Sunday, April 28, 2019

Dutch tulip forecast: Brilliant, with a chance of ugly tourists

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By Reuters, The New Paper, 26 April 2019 at 06:00 am


A sign at the entrance of a tulip field near Creil.
PHOTO: A sign at the entrance of a tulip field near Creil.
AMSTERDAM - As spring flower fields around the Netherlands burst into bloom, painting the countryside with dazzling swathes of red, white and blue, a modern-day tulip bubble may be forming thanks to tourists.
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More than a million foreign sightseers visited the country of 17 million people on Easter weekend, a record number, the Dutch Tourism Bureau said.

Director Jos Vranken said he expected them to spend 300 million euros (S$456 million) - a boon for the national economy.



More than a million foreign sightseers visited the country of 17 million people on Easter weekend, a record number, the Dutch Tourism Bureau said.
PHOTO: More than a million foreign sightseers visited the country of 17 million people on Easter weekend, a record number, the Dutch Tourism Bureau said.
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Many are attracted to the Netherlands' museums and other cultural offerings, but in April, the flower fields and the Keukenhof flower show in Lisse top many must-see lists.

While flower lovers and the photographs they share on social media are free advertising for the country's tourism, cut flower and bulb industries, it is not all a bed of roses.



Ruffled Rainbows - great collection of tulips whose petals have frilled edges. (Bulb Box Ruffled Rainbows)
PHOTO: Ruffled Rainbows - great collection of tulips whose petals have frilled edges. (Bulb Box Ruffled Rainbows)
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"That has a downside," Mr Vranken said. "Farmers are having increasing damage to their fields from tourists taking photos."



Tourists posing in front of tulips at the Keukenhof garden in Lisse.
PHOTO: Tourists posing in front of tulips at the Keukenhof garden in Lisse.
"That has a downside," Mr Vranken said. "Farmers are having increasing damage to their fields from tourists taking photos."
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Foreign and Dutch tourists alike have learned to use Flower Radar websites to identify where fields are in bloom, especially in the main bulb-growing centre known as the Bollenstreek along the coast between Haarlem and Leiden.



Foreign and Dutch tourists alike have learned to use Flower Radar websites to identify where fields are in bloom, especially in the main bulb-growing centre known as the Bollenstreek along the coast between Haarlem and Leiden.
PHOTO: Foreign and Dutch tourists alike have learned to use Flower Radar websites to identify where fields are in bloom, especially in the main bulb-growing centre known as the Bollenstreek along the coast between Haarlem and Leiden.
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Signs and barricades - now printed in Chinese and English - saying "Enjoy the Flowers, Respect Our Pride" - have gone up at the edge of many fields.

They illustrate the concept that taking photos at the edge of a field is okay, but actually walking among the flowers to take pictures ruins them.



Signs and barricades - now printed in Chinese and English - saying 'Enjoy the Flowers, Respect Our Pride' - have gone up at the edge of many fields.
PHOTO: Signs and barricades - now printed in Chinese and English - saying "Enjoy the Flowers, Respect Our Pride" - have gone up at the edge of many fields.
They illustrate the concept that taking photos at the edge of a field is okay, but actually walking among the flowers to take pictures ruins them.
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Meanwhile, farmers in less-promoted areas of the country sense an opportunity.

In Creil, northwest of Amsterdam, one enterprising group has set up a "Tulip Experience" complete with a designated selfie area, hundreds of tulip varieties on display, helicopter tours, food and drinks, and bouncy castles for kids.



In Creil, northwest of Amsterdam, one enterprising group has set up a 'Tulip Experience' complete with a designated selfie area, hundreds of tulip varieties on display, helicopter tours, food and drinks, and bouncy castles for kids.
PHOTO: In Creil, northwest of Amsterdam, one enterprising group has set up a "Tulip Experience" complete with a designated selfie area, hundreds of tulip varieties on display, helicopter tours, food and drinks, and bouncy castles for kids.
Photo by Phil Koch, taken on 08 May 2017 - Wisconsin Horizons
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For You Are With Me
PHOTO: For You Are With Me
Tulips and sun rays - Spring time in Wisconsin. Horizons
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Lilies are a few of the most popular spring wedding flowers. Pansies are most likely one of the most popular of all.
PHOTO: Lilies are a few of the most popular spring wedding flowers. Pansies are most likely one of the most popular of all. They are cool weather tolerant and are easy to grow. 29 Most Beautiful Flowers for The First Day Of Spring.
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While flower lovers and the photographs they share on social media are free advertising for the country's tourism, cut flower and bulb industries, it is not all a bed of roses.
PHOTO: While flower lovers and the photographs they share on social media are free advertising for the country's tourism, cut flower and bulb industries, it is not all a bed of roses. Director Jos Vranken said he expected them to spend 300 million euros (S$456 million) - a boon for the national economy.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
(Hebrews 13:16).
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The Bible uses flowers often as imagery of beauty and growth.
PHOTO: The Bible uses flowers often as imagery of beauty and growth. Very few species of flowers are specifically mentioned, however Palestine and Western Syria are calculated to have over 2,000 different types of plants and flowers! In Palestine the annual spring-time display of wild flowers, so glorious for a few short weeks, is followed by such desolation. The fresh and brilliant colors fade into masses of withered leaves (not uncommonly cleared by burning), and then even these are blown, away, so that but bare, cracked and baked earth remains for long months where once all was beauty, color and life.

"(She) I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
(He) Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the young women.
" (Song of Songs 2:1-2).

People should be concerned about others and not just about themselves. (1 Corinthians 10:24).
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Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
PHOTO: "Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." (Song of Songs 2:12).

Don’t be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4 ESV).
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My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.
PHOTO: "My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies." (Song of Songs 6:2).

"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, 'All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.'" (1 Peter 1:23-25).

"Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon." (Philippians 4:5 ESV).

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'Be courteous and considerate in everything.' (1 Corinthians 14:40 MSG). Don't damage the beautiful flowers.
PHOTO: "Be courteous and considerate in everything." (1 Corinthians 14:40 MSG). Don't damage the beautiful flowers.
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By Reuters, The New Paper, 26 April 2019 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1] Reuters, The New Paper, Dutch tulip forecast: Brilliant, with a chance of ugly tourists, posted on 26 April 2019 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/travel/dutch-tulip-forecast-brilliant-chance-ugly-tourists


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