Trains, complaints and passenger woes

If you work in Monaco, the chances are that you'll be living in one of the cities or towns in the surrounding region. About 20% of the Principality's 45000 make the journey every day from Nice, and I used to be one of them.

Leading party first off the mark

On Wednesday evening, the Union Pour Monaco (UPM) presented a taste of things to come if they're re-elected to the National Council in February. On this website, we're particularly interested in their proposals to improve life for the business community of the Principality. Some of the projects which were presented for the 2008-2013 session are to:

  • Make it easier to create new enterprises.
  • Allow the self employed (apart from shopkeepers) and non-salaried to obtain premises in the local estates.
  • Work towards a law against harassment at work.

Births, marriages, divorces and deaths

Local newspaper Monaco Matin reports today on key demographic statistics for the Principality in 2007.

Spa conference this weekend

Tomorrow sees the opening of the 3rd Monaco Spa Event. There are three days of conferences, workshops, exhibitions and most importantly, networking for those involved in the luxury spa and wellness industry. It's just what's needed after the excesses of the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Alliances form opposition to Union for Monaco

There are just nine days left for Monaco's political parties to put together their candidate lists for the parliamentary elections.

Smoke gets in their eyes

Local newspaper, Monaco Matin, reports today that several Monaco trade unions are hoping to turn casinos into no smoking areas.

Wealthy Chinese prefer Louis XIII cognac

The annual Hurun Report surveys the wealthiest Chinese to find out which premium and luxury brands are the most preferred. This year's overall winner is BMW, but awards were presented in several categories including jewelry, drinks, financial services and luxury travel destination, won by France. In comparison to rich Americans' favourite whiskey, the Chinese placed Macallan in 3rd place, after Royal Salute and Johnny Walker.

Americans favour Grand Marnier

A survey conducted by the Luxury Institute reports that wealthy Americans think Grand Marnier is the most prestigious liqueur. The institute regularly surveys the richest 10% of Americans for their Luxury Brand Status Index. Besides the findings for liqueurs and cognacs, they've also discovered that the favourite whiskey of high net worth individuals in the USA is Macallan.

Brits eyeing up Monaco hotels?

There's a report on that Andrew Davis of luxury hotel group Von Essen is interested in buying a hotel in Monaco.

Monaco consulate general for the UK

The Consulate General of Monaco in the UK now has a website where you'll find contact details, a profile of the Consul General, and background information on Monaco. Prince Albert II was in London in October to launch the new consular service, which aims to change the image of the Principality in the UK and attract young, entrepreneurial British millionaires.

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