After the success of Monmouth becoming the 1st Wikipedia town in the United kingdom, Gibraltar is to become the 1st Wikipedia city. GibraltapediA is aiming high. It will be the first time a whole city has been embraced in this way.
This means that there will be Wikipedia pages describing all the different tourist attraction and places of interest around the rock.
This will be fantastic for Gibraltar. Visitors to the rock will be able to use their mobile devices such as iPhones, smart phones and iPads to look up all the historical facts regarding the places they are seeing in their own native language.
QrPedia codes will be used to enable this. The QrPedia codes sense the language that your mobile devices are set to.
All landmarks and places of interest, for example St Michael’s Cave, will have a Qr code for you to scan and obtain all the relevant information regarding its history.
Absolutely amazing news for Gibraltar that is said to receive anything from 6 million to 9.5 million visitors a year.
Gibraltar is such a historical place that these Qr codes will be invaluable for visitors wanting to gain knowledge without going on an official tour. They will be able to learn so much simply by using their phone!
The government has this week announced that cruise ships will be allowed to open their onboard casinos and shops after 6pm.
This will provide an incentive for the ships to remain alongside until the early hours of the morning, allowing for the passengers to go ashore in the evening and off duty staff to have some free time in Gibraltar.
In the past the ships usually embarked on their trip at around 5pm in order to reach international waters so that casinos and shops could open even if the next port of call was close by.
This is fantastic news for businesses on The Rock and should increase trade.
It will be made law in the future which is a win win situation for the cruise operators, crew and residents of Gibraltar.
Importantly too is that fuel consumption will go down, good for the pockets of the operators and the environment.
The uk is nominating Gorhams Cave Complex as one of the Worlds Heritage Sites.
11 different sites are being put forward including Jodrell Bank, the observatory in Cheshire, Chatham Dockyard in Kent and the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. The move was being welcomed in heritage circles in Gibraltar where Gorhams Cave has often been described by the world’s leading archaeology as a “Rolls Royce” of sites because of the way in which it has recorded early history.
The new list is to be submitted to Unesco for consideration of the sites to be added to the official list in 2012.
So good luck Gibraltar, we all hope that the Gorhams Cave Complex will be a well deserved addition to the official list. It will be a great boost to the tourism trade.