VIS­I­TORS DRINK UP AT­MOS­PHERE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

THE drink­ing has be­gun as wet weather and en­hanced se­cu­rity did not dampen the spir­its of beer en­thu­si­asts at the 184th Ok­to­ber­fest, which opened in Mu­nich, Ger­many at the week­end.

Six mil­lion peo­ple from all over the world are ex­pected to visit the world’s largest beer fes­ti­val, which runs un­til Oc­to­ber 3.

Ok­to­ber­fest is hop­ing more peo­ple will come to the fes­ti­val this year af­ter at­ten­dance in 2016 dipped in part due to con­cern over ter­ror at­tacks.

Se­cu­rity has since been bol­stered at the fes­ti­val, with back­packs as well as large bags now be­ing banned. The en­trances will be watched over by more than 650 se­cu­rity guards, up by 200 from last year. CCTV cam­eras have also been added and a new loud­speaker sys­tem can now be used to alert vis­i­tors in three lan­guages: Ger­man, English and Bavar­ian.

Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES

Peo­ple pro­pose a toast to the open­ing of the 2017 Ok­to­ber­fest in Mu­nich.

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