Party Peruvian-style at Coya’s La Noche Blanca

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As the summer season really starts to heat up, COYA Monte-Carlo has unveiled its plans for an all-white Peruvian-style La Noche Blanca party at the end of June. Here are all the details. 

On Friday 28th June, COYA Monte-Carlo on the Avenue Princesse Grace will be throwing a white party full of South American flair, with live music, dancing and gourmet food all on the agenda.  

Starting at 7.30pm, the popular nightlife spot will be serving cocktails inspired by the bars of old Lima alongside resident Chef Victoria Vallenilla’s unique style of accoutrements and appetisers, a vibe that she exported to Monaco’s Hôtel de Paris with her Taera restaurant towards the end of last year. 

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There will also be lots of live music courtesy of singers, saxophonists and DJs until the early hours.  

To reserve a table in advance, click here. 

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Nice Airport announces improved service to Istanbul

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has announced a change to its Turkish Airlines route between the Riviera and Istanbul. From next month, passengers will be flying aboard an Airbus A330s, an update that will provide increased comfort and improved services to those onboard.

Beginning 11th July, Turkish Airlines will be ferrying its passengers from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport to the historic city of Istanbul on the spacious and comfortable Airbus A330.  

The flight path will be running twice per week, on every Tuesday and Thursday.  

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Turkish Airlines’ A330, the stalwarts of the fleet, will provide travellers with extended legroom seating and double aisle space on the quietest commercial ride in the air today. The aircraft is also more eco-friendly than models previously used by the airline.  

What’s more, there are great in-flight entertainment and onboard internet connection options available, as well as top-of-the-line high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to make the air on the flight as safe and clean as possible.  

These flights make an excellent addition to Nice Airport’s already exciting summer destination schedule, which features 122 cities in 45 countries worldwide. This includes 13 long-haul connections to the Middle East and North America, as well as 10 new European short-hauls to Agadir, Alicante, Kefalonia, Rabat, Tenerife and Valletta with easyJet, Aalborg on Norwegian, Faro with Transavia France, Nuremberg on EuroWings and Yerevan with FlyOne. 

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Herculis EBS to host five world champions ahead of Olympic Games

In exactly one month’s time, the Stade Louis II will host the annual Herculis EBS athletics event. Five world champions, including the US’ 200m star Noah Lyles and hurdler Grant Holloway, who set a personal best when he last appeared in Monaco, have confirmed they will be attending.  

For many of the competitors, the Herculis EBS track and field event will be their last public showing before they head to Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games, which will be held between 26th July and 11th August.  

Among those set to make an appearance in Monaco are five sportsmen and women who have claimed the title of world champion in their discipline.  

They include US 110-metre hurdler Grant Holloway, a three-time world champion and a Herculis veteran. When Holloway last came to Monaco, he not only won, but also set his best time of the 2022 season: 12.99 seconds.  

“I can’t wait to race in Monaco, on a track where I have very good memories,” he says. “It’s always a pleasure to be here.” 

Fellow American Noah Lyles is another big name confirmed for Herculis. The 200-metre sprinter dominated in Monaco in 2022 with a record time of 19.46 seconds. He is also a three-time world champion.  

The US’ pole-vaulting star, Katie Moon, will be returning to Monaco for the first time since 2021, an event she dominated with a 4.90-metre jump. She has racked up two consecutive world championships since and was previously the gold medal winner at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. 

Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi will also be in Monaco this July. The seven-time Wanda Diamond league winner and Japanese record holder for the javelin is keen to return to Monaco to go for the top spot and better her 2022 second-place finish at the Stade Louis II.  

Finally, 800-metre men’s runner Marco Arop will star on the Principality track come summer. The last time the Canadian competed in the Herculis EBS, in 2020, he beat his own personal best. 

For tickets, the schedule and further information on the 2024 Herculis EBS event, click here.

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A €1 billion industry: Monaco’s hospitality sector goes from strength-to-strength

From five-star hotels to Michelin-starred restaurants and iconic bars and nightclubs, the Monaco hospitality industry is booming. The sector produced record revenues nearing €1 billion in 2023, and things only look set to improve, with exciting new establishments like Amazónico Monte-Carlo boosting coffers even more this year.

One of the first things that comes to mind when you think about Monaco is its world-famous hotels and internationally renowned bars and restaurants. Some are so well-known and respected that they have inspired the names of corners of the legendary Grand Prix track, such as La Rascasse in Port Hercule, while big-name hotels have provided the backdrop for iconic on-screen moments in everything from James Bond to Becoming Karl Lagerfeld.  

A new report by IMSEE, Monaco’s official statistical agency, has revealed an incredibly strong 2023, during which record revenues were reached.

Never-before-seen revenues

According to the report, the combined revenues of the Principality’s hotels and accommodation, restaurants, bars and catering services climbed almost 15% in 2023 to reach €999.1 million – an all-time high. It was also the second year running that the sector had smashed pre-Covid records that had been set in the mighty 2019 calendar year. 

The 16 companies that fell under the hotel and similar accommodation sector produced €710 million alone, and Monaco’s 243 restaurants generated just shy of €265 million. 

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Beverage-serving establishments contributed €9.5 million, while events and catering services produced €14.7 million.  

In total, the sector was comprised of just over 300 businesses, including nine newly founded companies in 2023. The sector represented around 2.6% of all registered enterprises in Monaco, making the hospitality industry one of the smallest categories in the Principality, but it was still the second-biggest employer, with more than 8,100 workers on the books in 2023. 

More men than women were employed by the hospitality industry last year, a ratio of 68.3% to 31.7%, which is a slightly heavier weighting in favour of male workers than in the overall private sector.

The hotel sector had the largest proportion of employees – just over 5,500, according to IMSEE – followed by the restaurant and food service sector. While the majority of all employees were of French nationality, with Italians in second, the combined accommodation and food sectors employed 428 Monegasques, which equates to four in 10 of Monegasque nationals working in the private sector last year. 

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UPaint auction raises €31,000 for FPA2 and Monaco SPA animal shelter

The public auction of a dozen artworks created by some of the world’s leading street artists during the recent UPaint event in Larvotto has raised an impressive €31,000. The funds have been donated in full to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) and the Monaco Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA).  

Earlier this month, UPaint Monaco invited a dozen well-established urban and graffiti artists to the Principality for the eighth edition of the colourful and thought-provoking event on the Promenade du Larvotto.  

Among those who showcased their talents were Chanoir, Cofee and Mathieu_1976 from France as well as El Xupet Negre from Spain, Juanjo Surace from Argentina, Nina Valkhoff from the Netherlands, Piskv from Italy and Monaco’s Mr. One Teas. Many joined Prince Albert II in celebrating the success of the auction that concluded the event on 10th June. 

The Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo managed the sales, which ultimately raised €31,000 and featured a dozen artworks produced over the course of UPaint on the themes of regeneration and pets.

The proceeds have been donated to the FPA2 and the Monaco SPA via a charity cheque. The Monaco SPA will use its portion of the funds to continue its efforts to build shelters for the animals in need of refuge in the area. 

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Monaco’s Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology to celebrate European Archaeology Days

The Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology of Monaco will be holding a series of workshops and a special guided tour later this week in line with the continent-wide European Archaeology Days initiative. 

Founded by Prince Albert I in 1902, the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology in the Jardin Exotique neighbourhood of Monaco has been tasked with preserving the traces of primitive human activity discovered in Monaco and the surrounding areas and presenting these treasured artefacts to the public. The museum also regularly hosts guest exhibitions, such as the ongoing Lascaux à Monaco, which delves into the history of this globally renowned cave system in the Dordogne.

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Between Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June, the museum will be celebrating the European Archaeology Days event along with more than 30 other European nations, including France, which will be holding a staggering 670 events this coming weekend.  

In Monaco, the action will be centred on a number of guided tours and workshops. 

From 5pm to 6pm on the Friday, visitors of all ages will be invited on a VIP tour of the museum and specifically its Suzanne Simone Research Laboratory. 

The following day will feature two special workshops for the younger generation. From 2pm to 3.30pm, children aged five to seven can participate in an interactive workshop. This will be followed by a session for children aged seven and above from 3.30pm to 5pm.  

Admission to both days is free of charge, but reservations are required as spaces are limited. To reserve, call +377 98 98 80 06 or email 

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