Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Luxury Travel, Virtuoso Virtuoso’s ‘Best of the Best’ directory taps into 2017 hotel trends NEW YORK — Virtuoso has released its ‘Best of the Best’ directory for 2017, the largest collection to date with 656 pages, including 75 new properties, bringing the total portfolio to over 1,150 hotels in 100 countries.According to Virtuoso, hot hotel trends include:Luxury hotel boom in emerging destinationsSouth Africa, Portugal and Colombia are among the top up-and-coming destinations, says Virtuoso. New luxury hotels and resorts include South Africa’s Tswalu Kalahari and Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.Hotel lobbies that ‘work’Hotels are upgrading their lobbies to create a more comfortable work place to meet, network and conduct business. Two examples: San Francisco’s The Palace Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel New York.Hotels that bring destinations to lifeVirtuoso’s new collection incorporates 76 pages dedicated to cultural itineraries. These include sushi making with one of Tokyo’s top chefs, camel rides along Erg Chebbi and night safaris in Laos. Hotels are also now immersed in famous regions terrain, such as Amanera Resort inside the Dominican Republic’s jungle and Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, located in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsBoutique rulesBoutique and one-of-a-kind experiences are highly coveted. Some 60% of the 40 boutique hotels in Virtuoso’s directory have fewer than 100 rooms. New additions include Ted Turner’s one-room Ladder Ranch, spread over a 156,000-acre property, and the 18-room Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa with outdoor hot springs, both located in New Mexico.Wellness 3.0Wellness travel is expanding 50% faster than the overall tourism industry and is expected to hit US$680 billion this year, says Virtuoso. A destination spa in Sedona, Mii amo, offers therapies such as Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction. Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland, a new medical retreat, combines cell therapy and holistic wellness.
Posted by Tags: Canada, Luxury Travel, Toronto, USA & Canada << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Robert De Niro is bringing his upmarket hotel chain to Toronto TORONTO — Celebrities in town for TIFF will soon have a new place to see and be seen: Nobu, co-founded by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, will be launching a combination hotel and condo complex in Toronto.The brand, back by De Niro as well as chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, is building two 49-storey towers, which are set to include 700 condominium suites, hotel rooms and a 1,400-square-metre restaurant.Credit: Nobu ResidencesThe first Nobu restaurant was launched in New York in 1993 and the brand has since expanded to cities including Beijing, Dubai, Las Vegas, London, Melbourne, Mexico City and Moscow.Nobu hotels can be found in cities including Chicago, Malibu, Manila, Miami and Riyadh.Toronto is the first city to have a restaurant integrated with Nobu-branded high-rise residences and a hotel, the company said Wednesday in a release.Maybe someone should let them know they can still buy Trump Tower before they break ground.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported With file from The Canadian Press Michael Smith Thursday, March 9, 2017
Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Uniglobe Travel (Western Canada) signs new franchise agreement, unveils new 9-location franchise Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Posted by VANCOUVER — Uniglobe Travel (Western Canada) is expanding its franchise volume with a new five-year Master Franchise Agreement with Uniglobe Travel (International) LP.Irv Wight, President of Uniglobe Travel (Western Canada), said this is an “excellent time” to focus on the growth of its franchisees in areas of core strength: the Leisure Traveller, SME Corporate, Groups and Independent Agents. “A new five-year agreement supports our commitment to the Uniglobe brand and our partner relationships,” he said.In addition, Uniglobe Travel (Western Canada) also announced a newly formed franchise operating under the name Uniglobe LGI Travel. This nine-location franchise encompasses the Leisure, Groups and Independent division previously operated under Uniglobe One Travel.Despite the new name, Uniglobe LGI Travel and its 35+ travel professionals all have a wealth of experience in managing groups and customized vacation packages for the past 25 years.“With an excellent team of industry leading professionals at Uniglobe LGI Travel, we are excited about our future and our plans to lead the way in new technology and revolutionary solutions to simplify the travel process for our clients and our consultants,” added Wight. Tags: UNIGLOBE
Uniworld’s new District Sales Manager arrives from Porter Airlines Share Wednesday, September 19, 2018 TORONTO — Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has named Carlo Rinaldi as District Sales Manager for Eastern Canada, effective immediately.Rinaldi brings more than 15 years of experience in the Canadian hospitality and travel industry to his new role, most recently at Porter Airlines as one of the founding members of its sales team.“We are very excited to have Carlo join our North American sales team,” says Michelle Palma, Vice President, Field Sales of North America for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. “Carlo brings a wealth of expertise in sales and new business development to this role. His ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with our agency partners will allow Uniworld to build our market share in Eastern Canada in 2019 and beyond.”Kristian Anderson, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection adds: “Carlo has the passion, drive and commitment that we need to grow our business with our agency partners.”More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemRinaldi’s knowledge of the trade business, including direct experience in business development, sales strategy and account management with brands such as Starwood, IHG and Delta Hotels, will allow Uniworld to further strengthen its presence in Eastern Canada, says Anderson.For the last 10 years Rinaldi was with Porter Airlines in Québec and contributed to its corporate and agency growth in Eastern Canada.He can be reached at email@example.com, (818) 382-2718 at the office or via his mobile on (514) 743-6001. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: New Hires, Porter Airlines, Uniworld
GUATEMALA CITY – Once described by Aldous Huxley as the Lake Como of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán is a justified staple on the Central American tourist trail. However, over the past few years, agrochemicals, raw sewage, litter and shore development have taken their toll, turning the fresh blue water a murky shade of brown, turning tourists away.This week a joint initiative by the Italian and Guatemalan governments called “Yo soy Atitlán” aims to raise the profile of Lake Atitlán’s problems and work with environmental organizations, experts and the surrounding communities to combat the contamination that threatens to destroy one of the world’s most picturesque places.What was considered to be a local problem has drawn international concern as a team of Italian experts arrived in Guatemala earlier this week, keen to share their knowledge of how their own country rescued its lakes in the 1980s.The Italian Embassy in Guatemala said that in “Italy, too, we have lived through contamination.”According to a study by Del Valle University in Guatemala, over the past 45 years the pollution of Lake Atitlán, located 120 kilometers west of the capital, has contributed to a reduction in the transparency of the water, from 11 meters to 5.5 meters, and a decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the water from 7mg/liter to 0.3.According to Margaret Dix, a biology professor at Del Valle University, pollution of the lake has led to a reduction in tourism, jobs, fish and food, and an increase in poverty and illnesses for the surrounding communities, for whom the lake represents a primary source of water.“Every year one million cubic meters of untreated raw sewage enters the lake; 109,500 metric tons of litter – 3 pounds of solid waste per person, per day – and 110,000 metric tons of soil is lost due to erosion,” Dix said.“To improve the ecological conditions of the lake, territorial planning is needed with an integrated management of solid and liquid waste to prevent the entry of raw sewage and to reduce the accumulation of phosphorous and nitrogen.“Experiences in other parts of the world show that generally for lakes similar to Atitlán, traditional treatment plants are inadequate and have a prohibitively high operational cost. The solution is to export raw sewage to another basin where it can be treated to eliminate pathogens and the water can be used in agriculture. Many experts consider this to be the best option,” Dix said.Various activities have been organized as part of the two-week campaign launch, such as an Italian rock concert in Guatemala City, which was opened by a Mayan cultural group and attended by approximately 1,000 people. Proceeds were donated to the Yo soy Atitlán program.A forum for experts – from environmental ministers to conservationists – also was held to discuss possible solutions to eliminate the contamination, and a project called “Lancha Azul” will kick off next week to encourage dialogue among the surrounding lake communities and to teach them about solid-waste management.Yo soy Atitlán hopes to encourage as many people as possible from the government and nongovernmental organizations, as well as environmental experts, communities around the lake and academic institutions to get involved and debate the challenges and goals for Lake Atitlán over the coming years.The Guatemalan government already has agreed to allocate more funds to increase garbage collections in the area, purify water and improve waste management systems.Said Dix: “The future is in our hands. There’s still time to stop the degradation process of Lake Atitlán.”Recommended: Guatemala’s 6.8 Palopó makes Buzzfeed’s global list for restaurants with incredible views Facebook Comments Related posts:On Guatemalan mountainside, hopes are washed away with the rain Malnourished kids sue Guatemalan state and win, but not much has changed For Guatemalan Q’eqchi’ community, accessing health care depends on finding someone to speak their language Guatemalans bury victims of 1982 civil war massacre
REYNOSA, Mexico – Carlos boarded a bus last month using money he earned picking coffee beans and corn, fleeing the gangs of his native Honduras who’d threatened to kill him if he didn’t join. The 17-year-old made it as far as a migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, less than a quarter mile from the U.S. border, unsure of how to finish the trek.“Where I live, parents are obligated to give a son to the gangs,” Carlos said this week as he fought tears and fidgeted with the drawstring of his Hawaiian flower-print shorts at the Senda de Vida shelter. His last name is being withheld because of his age.If Carlos makes it to the United States before his birthday next month, he will join a record flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border, a deluge that began in 2011. About 52,000 have arrived since October, about 112 percent more than the entire prior year, Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said Friday in a conference call with reporters. They’re part of a surge of immigrants, mainly Central Americans, fleeing violence and poverty after hearing that immigration policy has grown more accommodating. A memorial to migrants who have died trying to cross the border stands in Reynosa, Mexico. More than 47,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border since October, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Bloomberg News photo by Tochiro GallegosPresident Barack Obama this month directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ameliorate the “urgent humanitarian situation” and asked Congress for funding. Courts and social-service agencies have been overwhelmed, and guidelines on processing and detention thrown into disarray.The administration is increasing enforcement and deportation, Mayorkas said. That includes adding detention facilities for adults with children and sending immigration judges and attorneys to process cases more quickly, he said.“It’s been a humanitarian crisis since long before Obama called it that,” said Kimi Jackson, director of the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which aids children in immigration court.They come north by foot, bus or atop the train they call la bestia, the beast. In border towns such as Reynosa, a city of about 600,000, shelters provide transients like Carlos with beds, food and prayer. Sister Rosalie Díaz Ayala looks through a log book at the Casa de Migrante shelter in Reynosa, Mexico. Bloomberg News photo by Tochiro GallegosSenda de Vida — the Path of Life — is a walled, church-run institution that spans a block, with a bleached courtyard and peripheral outbuildings: an office, dormitories with bunks and open-air areas for dining and religious services. Clothing flapped on a line as men clustered in shady spots. Two sat in pews watching Mexico play Brazil in the World Cup on a mobile phone.Some who’ve ventured beyond the walls have disappeared in the dangerous city, people at Senda de Vida said. At the river, cartel-linked traffickers extort money from the families of those attempting to flee Central America.“There’s such an enormous desperation to get out,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission in Washington. “Smugglers have come in to meet the demand.”Once minors get into the U.S., they typically turn to immigration agents for protection, she said.In 2011, officers in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, across from Reynosa, began apprehending more Central Americans than Mexicans for the first time in years. Most come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where gang warfare and social and economic instability have worsened, White House officials have said.The number of youths from those countries who were under 18 at the time they were deported decreased to 496 in 2013 from 2,275 in 2008, according to an analysis of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement data by Jessica Vaughan of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies. Men sit on pews inside the church at the Senda de Vida shelter in Reynosa, Mexico. Bloomberg News photo by Tochiro GallegosObama has ordered officials to coordinate a response to the crisis, providing equipment, supplies and expertise, according to a June 2 White House memorandum.Republican critics blame the administration for lax enforcement and sending the wrong message by releasing minors and women with children from facilities unequipped to handle the volume.The tidal wave shows no signs of stopping, and U.S. law requires children to be held pending arrangements for deportation or release.Carlos joined the migration after his sturdy build attracted gangs’ attention at home in Olancho Department, northeast of the capital, Tegucigalpa. An uncle defied the criminals and paid with his life, the boy said.Carlos spoke quietly and fast, with a thick Honduran accent to his Spanish, making little eye contact with interlocutors. He said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll try to reach an uncle in Houston clandestinely or voluntarily surrender to agents.“If I do that, they could deport me,” he said. That could be fatal. Abraham, 16, left, and Nery, 28, sit at the Casa de Migrante shelter in Reynosa, Mexico. Bloomberg News photo by Tochiro GallegosHonduras is home to the world’s highest murder rate, with 90.4 killed for every 100,000 people, according to the United Nations. About 49 percent of its citizens are younger than 20, compared with 27 percent in the U.S., according to 2010 United Nations statistics.The increase in lone children fleeing Honduras has outpaced that of any other country. More than 13,000 have been apprehended this year, up from 968 in 2009, according to U.S. government data.“You have to leave your family to live,” said Abraham, 16, a Honduran at another shelter, Casa de Migrante.Abraham said he and a 28-year-old cousin, Nery, left under cover of the night. Nery, who wept at a photograph of his daughter, Daisy, 5, wore a black T-shirt with an image of Homer Simpson and his right hand lacked the tops of two fingers. Gang members had accosted him on the street and wrapped fishing line tightly around them, said Nery, whose last name is withheld to protect his minor cousin.While the migrants’ stories couldn’t be independently verified, violent gang recruitment and extortion is pervasive in Central America, said Ev Meade, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego. Claiming children or amputating fingers is consistent with a culture of “extreme threats and practices of violence,” he said.Violence, along with economic motivations, prompts Hondurans to flee to the U.S., Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández said June 13 in Washington, D.C. Since he took office in January, Hernández said, the government has intensified enforcement.Many children are “fleeing because of the security problem, but we have been moving forward and our program has had some important successes,” he said. The bathrooms of the Senda de Vida shelter in Reynosa, Mexico. Bloomberg News photo by Tochiro GallegosFor Carlos, home was scant sanctuary. He said that he left his mother, 12 siblings and an alcoholic father who beat him. He dropped out of school at 13 and, he said, struggles with reading, except for the Bible.His journey of 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) took about a month by bus and foot, and he arrived in Reynosa last week carrying just a sack of a few extra clothes.“I want to work,” he said, perhaps in construction and carpentry. “Maybe I can bring my family.”Minors such as Carlos said friends and family tell them they’ll have a better chance to stay permanently in the U.S. if they surrender to border agents. Doing so sets in motion a legal process that can last years.The children are supposed to be held 72 hours or less in border-station cells, which usually offer only concrete or metal benches and a blanket, Brané said. From there, they go to resettlement shelters or emergency accommodations at military bases or other locations, she said.They aren’t entitled to legal representation. In the Río Grande Valley, that falls to the Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, a bar association group that’s grown to 32 lawyers and paralegals focusing on child cases, up from nine in late 2011, said Jackson, its director. A Justice Department program announced June 6 will dedicate 100 more lawyers and paralegals to helping the most vulnerable.As of June 10, 1,632 detained children were in Río Grande Valley shelters alone. A man stands inside of the Senda de Vida shelter men’s dormitory in Reynosa, Mexico. Bloomberg News photo by Tochiro GallegosMarlo, a 15-year-old with a mohawked tuft of hair, presented himself to agents in February. He was released to live with relatives in New Orleans until a judge weighs his case. He has nothing and no one to return to in Honduras, he said as he waited in a windowless room outside a Harlingen, Texas, immigration court, where he came to get his case transferred to his new hometown.“I came to study here and make a life,” he said.Across the border, Carlos took refuge from the 97 degree heat in the air-conditioned office of Angeles Caballero Gallegos, who helps run Senda de Vida. He sat in a folding plastic chair and gazed at a fresh pair of blue sneakers they’d given him along with a toothbrush. Carlos told her sheepishly that he’d surpassed the official three-day limit.Hardly anyone stays just three days, she replied. Carlos said he didn’t know when he would tackle the last quarter-mile that stood between him and the United States.With assistance from Mark Niquette in Columbus, Sandrine Rastello in Washington and Bill Faries in Miami. Carlos, 17, fidgets with the draw string of his pants while sitting at the Senda de Vida shelter in Reynosa, Mexico. Bloomberg News photo by Tochiro Gallegos© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama administration tightens border policy to stem immigrant flow from Mexico Central American leaders offer plan to slow child migrant surge Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans
Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Rachel responded by saying he and his cohorts were bored and had nothing better to do.Rachel and an accomplice staged a daring daytime theft of the Marlborough Diamond in 1980. They began serving 15-year prison terms in 1984 and were released in 1993. The diamond was never recovered.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments Share CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced a reputed Chicago mobster who first gained notoriety three decades ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewelry store.Arthur “The Brain” Rachel received an 8 1/2-year prison term for racketeering for his involvement in several unrelated robberies in recent years.Before Thursday’s sentencing, Judge Harry Leinenweber (LY’-nuhn-web-ur) asked the 73-year-old defendant why he got involved in planning more robberies after already spending so much of his life in prison. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Romney is expected to receive a warm reception in the conservative, Catholic country. Last year, when President Barack Obama traveled to Poland, the local press reported that Walesa had refused to meet with Obama.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories JERUSALEM (AP) – U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney heads to Poland on Monday, where he will visit the site of the first shots fired in World War II and pay tribute to the country’s anti-communist movement.Romney plans to meet with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Gdansk (guh-DANSK) before heading to the Westerplatte memorial, where a German battleship shelled a Polish military outpost in 1939.Romney also plans to see former Polish President Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEHN’-sah) and visit the famed shipyard where the electrician began an anti-government movement in the 1970s. Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The difference between men and women when it comes to pain How men can have a healthy 2019 How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Bolt will be collecting his 100-meter medal on Monday, the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from Britain.“I wanted to give Jamaica a great birthday present, and I think that’s a good start,” he said. “I’m sure it will be a wonderful feat for all of the people in Jamaica to stand up and sing the national anthem.”_ Jenna Fryer _ Twitter http://twitter.com/jennafryer___EDITOR’S NOTE _ “Eyes on London” shows you the Olympics through the eyes of Associated Press journalists across the 2012 Olympic city and around the world. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) (AP) – Usain Bolt thinks London has done a great job with the games, calling Britain, “a wonderful place.”And yes, the McDonald’s over here tastes just as good as it does everywhere else. Bolt said he’s had “a few nuggets, I’m not going to lie.” He also had a wrap from his favorite fast-food place as part of his pre-race fuel.“It was healthy, so don’t judge me,” he said, drawing laughs. Top Stories Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Prinsloo said Solly was lucky to have stayed alive as long as he did because most hippos don’t survive fights with dominant males.Doreen Cronje, a guest at the lodge, said she, like everyone gathered for the rescue, had hoped for a happier outcome.“Especially here in South Africa, we care a lot about our animals,” she said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “He was not as perky this morning, more agitated, like he was irritated. I think because he wanted to get out of the pool,” Ferreira told South Africa Press Association. “We’ve been waiting for the vets and I think they were just a bit too late.”Then, just as veterinarian Dr. Alex Lewis arrived, the hippo tried one last time to get to his feet. He couldn’t make it. Exhausted, he dropped his head into the knee-deep water, making a splash, then lay still.Wildlife rescue expert Simon Prinsloo was in tears as he confirmed to The Associated Press that Solly was dead. Only minutes earlier, Prinsloo had been pouring water from a hose onto the hippo in the warm and humid climate.Ferreira said hippos are sensitive creatures and Solly’s stress level had probably been rising since he was forced from his group, called a pod, and took shelter in the pool. Once inside, he couldn’t get out, adding to his stress.“It all just added up and added up,” she said.A wildlife activist cried as Solly’s lifeless body was hoisted from the pool, with the vet standing on it, and placed in an orange animal trailer.When reporters questioned Lewis about not arriving earlier, the vet said he couldn’t have saved the animal anyway because he was in such poor condition from the stress over fighting for a position in his herd. Lewis said he told the lodge owners to feed the hippo to build up his strength, and workers had been giving him hay and grass since Tuesday. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories The 4-year-old hippo had been chased from his herd by dominant males when he wandered into the Monate Conservation Lodge and plopped into its 8-foot-deep pool. Although he was able to swim freely, he couldn’t get out because the pool has no steps.Lodge workers dubbed him Solly, and the hippo’s plight captivated South Africans, with live TV broadcasts from the pool and newspaper headlines like “It’s all systems go for the rescue of Solly the hippo.”Someone even set up a Twitter account on Solly’s behalf and tweeted purported hippo quotes.Then on Friday morning, the TV news carried a scrolling headline announcing the animal’s death.Solly’s demise left several of those involved pointing fingers of blame.Ferreira said a game capture team had been waiting since Thursday for a veterinarian to show up to tranquilize Solly and oversee the operation to hoist him out with a crane.By early Friday, the hippo was showing signs of stress and was no longer able to stand in the pool, which had been drained of most of its water in preparation for the rescue.Lying in the murky, feces-strewn water, he emerged occasionally for air, sighing anxiously as he gazed at journalists gathering around the pool. Comments Share Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressMODIMOLLE, South Africa (AP) – What started out as a day of hope for Solly the hippo turned to tragedy when rescuers were unable to save the 3-ton beast from the swimming pool he plunged into after being chased from his herd.Solly’s plight captivated animal lovers and his death Friday left many in tears, with some blaming a vet who arrived too late.“It started out as a happy story and now it’s a tragic story. It’s devastating,” said Ruby Ferreira, manager of the game preserve lodge where the hippopotamus had been stuck in the swimming pool since Tuesday.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Brandon (SLH), Ralph (Eskaya Beach Resort), Somjai (Twin Palms Phuket), Sukesi (Oberoi Hotels), Eleanor (Lanson Place Hotel), Tiratas (Pimalai Resort) There were no Singapore Slings but there was plenty of rice wine at Sake Restaurant yesterday as delegates from five ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ (SLH) properties across Asia hit Sydney as part of efforts to garner more business from Australia. Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard at the event, Singapore-based SLH Asia Pacific director of sales Brandon Chan said, overall, business for the group this year had been very good.“Our supply has not been able to meet demand,” Mr Chan said of SLH’s Singapore properties.Following the acquisition of its latest Singapore property, The Scarlet Hotel, SLH currently has three properties in the island state. But Mr Chan says the group could do with “another two or three properties” to meet demand. Lanson Place Hotel account director Eleanor Young told e-Travel Blackboard that although most of the Hong Kong property’s business came from China, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the hotel did come under siege each year from Aussies and Kiwis during the Rugby World Seven’s tournament.“Anytime is a good time to visit us – except maybe during the rugby,” Ms Young said in reference to the high accommodation rates charged throughout the city during the event.“And our hotel overlooks Hong Kong Stadium!”Launched in March 2009, the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa in the Bohol province of the Philippines is hoping its unique Filipino architecture and pristine location will draw more Aussies to its thatched villas or ‘balai’. “Our largest markets are in Asia and Germany,” marketing vice president Ralph Lim told e-Travel Blackboard.“But we’re here because we are hoping to tap more into the Australian market.”Over glasses of sake, bowls of edamame and platters of kingfish jalapeno, guests of the event were updated on the latest offerings from across the five properties, which also included the Pimalai Resort & Spa and the Twin Palms in Thailand, and Oberoi Hotels and Resorts in Indonesia. As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations this year, SLH last month launched its revamped guest loyalty programme, inviting members of the Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World to feel Special, Loved and Honoured through enhanced loyalty benefits.
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/187f2/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.etbtravelnews.global/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=222&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=af663c61″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A new visitation goal has been set for New York City following the announcement at Pow Wow that Mayor Bloomberg’s initial goal of 50 million visitors has been reached ahead of schedule.e-Travel Blackboard was on hand at the press conference that announced the City’s new goal to generate USD$70 billion in economic impact from travel and tourism by 2015 in addition to increasing visitation to 55 million per year in the same time frame. With visitor spending increasing steadily in sectors including luxury retail, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta believes the goal is achievable.93 per cent of Australians are recorded as utilising their time in New York to go shopping as a result of the perceived prestige of purchasing high-end products in the City, an NYC & Company spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard. “We want to contribute not only to the wellbeing of our city but also to the wellbeing of our country,” Mr Fertitta said. “Every visitor that comes to our City and every dollar they spend are critically important to our economy. New York City is working hard to remain the favourite destination for visitors from around the world.”Approximately USD$600 million was generated in direct spending from the 10.3 million international visitors recorded in 2011.The attention of the U.S. travel and tourism industry has been directed toward these visitors over the past five years, with New York City investing heavily in their international market. Key growth sectors have also been identified including LGBT, youth and family with dedicated initiatives launching over the next three years particularly in the emerging markets of Latin America, China and India. The positive impact on employment has also been considered by the increase in visitation and direct spending with the tourism industry already supporting 320,000 jobs in New York City alone. “This increase in visitor spending is expected to add an additional 30,000 jobs over the next three years,” Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel said. NYC & Company aims to work closely with the newly formed Brand USA to ensure that the City’s position as the most popular U.S. destination for international visitors, the nation’s number one port of entry and the number one city destination for tourism spending is maintained.e-Travel Blackboard flights to Pow Wow proudly sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
Mr Cullum added that he wasn’t even able to seek outside assistance, because the seatbelt light was switched on. “I tried lifting her up, shaking her, and startling her, but it seemed like nothing was going to work,” he explained. Forced to decide whether to politely wake his fellow passenger up or lightly nudge her away as she rested on his knee, Mr Cullum decided to film his struggle with the exhausted woman. Uploading the video (below) to Youtube, Mr Cullum said the woman fell asleep pretty much as soon as they sat on the plane, The Daily Mail reported. What do you do when a co-passenger falls asleep next to you and ends up using your lap as a pillow? Record it, according to one flyer. Check out the passenger’s struggle below: On a recent flight, this was the exact awkward situation traveller Steve Cullum was placed in. Eventually the tired woman moved away from Mr Cullum and found the passenger on the other side of the three seater row. Record it, according to Mr Cullum.
Mr Fernandes noted that 80 per cent of AirAsia’s business came from the internet and that the company was now expanding into mobile platforms. He also believes that people are the key asset of any business and that their talents should be nurtured. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale “We can never let talent go waste,” Mr Fernandes said. AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes has told the Jeddar Economic Forum that airlines should reject the allure of fuel subsidies and governments should let airlines operate on their own merits. Lastly, Mr Fernandes highlighted the importance of using digital technology to build tourism businesses. Mr Fernandes said that governments propping up airlines with subsidies is a misallocation of resources and that the money would be better spent on health and education, Arab News reported.
Boeing hosts China President Xi JinpingBoeing (NYSE: BA) today welcomed China President Xi Jinping to its widebody commercial airplane factory and announced several agreements that will broaden and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation between Boeing and China.The agreements include orders and commitments for 300 Boeing narrowbody and widebody aircraft and expanded collaboration between Boeing and China’s commercial aviation industry.Together, Boeing and China committed to further advance development of China’s commercial aviation industry and meet strategic business objectives for Boeing in the world’s largest airplane market going forward.President Xi, accompanied by Boeing executives, viewed final assembly lines for the 787 Dreamliner, 777 and 747-8, as well as aircraft components made by Chinese aviation suppliers. The president also spoke with Boeing employees and the 787 chief pilot about their work on airplanes built for Chinese carriers.Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Boeing appreciated China’s continued trust and confidence. “Today’s visit by President Xi represents a new chapter in the valuable relationship between Boeing and China,” Muilenburg said. “Boeing is committed to further strengthening and deepening our partnership with China in mutually beneficial ways that will bring positive outcomes to Boeing and our Chinese partners.”“Boeing will continue to work closely with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders in China to support the long-term growth of China’s aviation industry and jobs here in the United States,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. Learn more hereSource = Boeing
Qatar Airways annual report shows airline’s annual revenue has increasedQatar Airways today released its annual report for the fiscal year 2017 (April 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017) revealing a 21.7 per cent year-on-year net profit increase. The results also show an annual revenue increase of 10.4 per cent.This is an outstanding result for the award-winning airline, which has experienced a busy year of expansion and investment, as well as celebrating its 20th anniversary in the global aviation industry. Qatar Airways’ Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased by 21.9 per cent in the fiscal year 2017, to 185,208 million.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our annual results once again reflect the success of our expansion and growth strategy that has seen the Qatar Airways Group grow from a small regional airline into an aviation powerhouse over the last two decades. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary in the industry, I am proud to share our annual results with the world so that they can see how far we have come as an airline group and how our dedicated team of more than 43,000 employees have worked together to make Qatar Airways the huge success it is today.”During the fiscal year 2017, Qatar Airways has made significant investments and partnerships; launched 10 new destinations; announced industry-changing on-board product developments and expanded its modern fleet to 196 aircraft.In July 2016, the airline announced an increase in its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 15.24 per cent to 20.01 per cent, strengthening its position as a shareholder in one of world’s biggest airline groups. A further strategic investment was made by the airline in December 2016, when it acquired 10 per cent of LATAM Airline Group’s total shares.Other key partnerships secured throughout the same period include a joint business agreement with IAG subsidiary, British Airways, with revenue sharing on the London Heathrow-Doha route, as well as new codeshare partnerships with airlines such as Finnair, Iberia, Sri Lankan, Vueling and Air Botswana.During the fiscal year 2017, the airline continued to build its global network, adding 10 new destinations: Adelaide, Australia; Atlanta, United States; Auckland, New Zealand; Helsinki, Finland; Krabi, Thailand; Marrakech, Morocco; Pisa, Italy; Mahé, Seychelles; Windhoek, Namibia; and Yerevan, Armenia.The airline has also announced that it will launch a record number of 24 new destinations in the next year, including exciting cities such as Dublin, Republic of Ireland; San Francisco, United States; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile.In order to support this ambitious growth strategy, the airline continues to expand its fleet, which as of 31 March 2017 boasted a total of 196 aircraft including 7 Airbus A380s, 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 16 Airbus A350s. Showing its ongoing commitment to this evolution of its fleet, the airline also announced an historic agreement with Boeing in October 2016, to purchase up to 100 aircraft comprising 30 firm 787-9s and 10 firm 777-300ERs with a letter of intent to purchase up to a further 60 B737 MAX 8 aircraft.Continuing to spearhead innovation in the aviation industry, Qatar Airways revealed its revolutionary new First in Business seat concept, Qsuite, at ITB Berlin in March 2017. The patented design brings a new level of comfort and privacy to the premium class passenger experience with its fully customisable suites that allow parties of two, three or four to create their own unique space within the Business Class cabin.Qatar Airways’ success relies on the support of its home and hub, Hamad International Airport, which was opened in 2014 and now processes more than 38 million passengers a year. As a testament to its design and efficiency, the state-of-the-art airport was classified as a Five-Star airport by Skytrax at its 2017 World Airport Awards, becoming the first ever Middle East airport to achieve this honour.In early June 2017, four specific countries namely the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the Arab Republic of Egypt took steps to sever diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar, and also closed transport connectivity by road, sea and air to these countries from the State of Qatar. Qatar Airways continues to operate to the rest of its network as per its published schedules with day-to-day adjustments for operational and commercial efficiencies, which is standard airline practice.Source = Qatar Airways
Scenic reveals new Scenic Eclipse voyage to CubaScenic reveals new Scenic Eclipse voyage to CubaWith little more than a year until Scenic Eclipse – the World’s First Discovery Yacht – makes her debut in Cuba, Scenic has announced a new voyage to the iconic Caribbean nation.The 14 Day Cuba in Depth cruise, which departs Miami on 5 October 2017, has been added to the schedule following increased demand from travellers eager to visit the country.Fares start from $15,595* per person twin share for the round trip voyage, which will call at Havana, Isla de la Juventud, Cayo Largo Sur, Cienfuegos, Casilda, Santiago de Cuba and Antilla.The cruise will include several overnight calls, providing guests with more time on the ground and opportunities to experience Cuba’s bustling nightlife in iconic Cuban cities such as Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Antilla.Whilst in Havana, cruisers will be able to enjoy two exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities include a thrilling private display of Cuban percussion drums and dancing, as well a front row seat at Castillo del Morro to witness the age-old tradition of the firing of the cannon, with the city lights as your backdrop.During the cruise guests will also have plenty of time to explore each destination at their own pace, with Scenic offering 41 Scenic Freechoice activities across eight ports. From a horse and carriage ride around Havana’s historic city centre and a visit to a cigar factory, to a visit to Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba and a dance lesson in Antilla, Scenic offers plenty of choice for all.With Scenic Eclipse’s on board kayaks and Zodiacs, guests will be able to explore Cuba from the water as well as land in Cayo Largo Sur, Antilla and Isla de la Juventud.The 6-star ship, carrying a maximum of just 228 guests, will offer guests a level of luxury, discovery, safety and world-class innovation never before presented in a ship of this size.As well as cruises to Cuba, Scenic Eclipse will also offer a series of cruises to the far-flung reaches of Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, Mediterranean sojourns, as well as cruises to South America and a series of Transatlantic rediscovery cruises ranging in length from five to 15 days.For more information call Scenic on 138 128 or visit scenic.com.au* Terms and conditions apply.Source = Scenic Luxery Cruises & Tours
Cunard Commodore Christopher Rynd retiresCunard Commodore Christopher Rynd retires after distinguished career at seaCunard has announced the retirement of Commodore Christopher Rynd following an epic seafaring career as distinguished as his presence on the bridge of the many ships he has commanded.Commodore Rynd was seen as the quintessential Cunard ship’s Master but his career spanned a number of cruise shipping lines and vessels that made him a popular figure with countless thousands of cruise guests.The Commodore was famously photographed by James Morgan in this signature position alongside the famous Queen Mary 2 red funnel when the Cunard flagship visited Sydney in 2012.But Commodore Rynd was equally at home saluting Australia’s ‘summer heroes’ – volunteer bushfire fighters and SES personnel who battled an epic summer of fire and flood – who sailed as guests on Queen Mary 2.Or, in a salute to seafaring heritage, carrying Captain James Cook memorabilia and Matthew Flinders’ original Nineteenth Century charts of Australia courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales and its former curator Paul Brunton.“Throughout his long career, Christopher Rynd was seen as the image of a ship’s Master with his distinguished manner, respect for guests and crew and love of ships and seafaring,” said Carnival Australia President Sture Myrmell“In the later years of his career, Commodore Rynd was most closely associated with Cunard but he also introduced many thousands of Australians to cruising at the helm of P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises vessels.”Commodore Rynd had an extensive career with our organisa tion starting in 1974 as junior third officer on the S.S. Oronsay when P&O Cruises was still part of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.His first command was on the much loved Royal Princess and over the years he has commanded nine different classes of vessels with propulsion systems ranging from steam to ultra-modern quadruple pods.Commodore Rynd joined Queen Elizabeth2 in 2005 and subsequently commanded Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.“All of us at Carnival Australia wish Commodore Rynd well in his retirement after such an awe-inspiring career at sea,” Mr Myrmell said. About CunardCunard is a luxury British cruise line based at Carnival House in Southampton, owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998. It has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, celebrating 175 years of operation in 2015. There are three Cunard Queens in its fleet – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. For more information, please see www.cunard.comSource = Cunard
In 2019, Carnival ships will sail over 150,000 guests out of Sydney HarbourIn 2019, Carnival ships will sail over 150,000 guests out of Sydney HarbourSome of the world’s top tennis players took time off the circuit to enjoy views of the iconic Sydney Harbour on board Carnival Spirit yesterday.Captain Binacchi held court with Bruno Soares, Jamie Murray, Milos Raonic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Lucas Pouille, Diego Schwartzman and Nick Kyrgios alongside The Hon. Adam Marshall MP, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Eventsand The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Sport, on board the ship showcasing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as part of the announcement of the ATP Cup, which will debut in Australia in January 2020.In 2019, Carnival ships will sail over 150,000 guests out of Sydney Harbour, on 60 cruises, making this Carnival’s biggest year to date sailing from the stunning harbour city. Carnival Splendor will also join the Australian fleet in December 2019, sailing from her new home port of Sydney. She is set to become the newest and largest ship home ported year-round in Australia. With over 45 activities to enjoy each day, Carnival’s ships offer fun-loving families and couples lots of fun, memorable holidays at great value.All photos and B-roll are by James D Morgan.Source = Carnival Cruises
Recently a senior delegation from Federation of Hotels Restaurants Association of India (FHRAI) has presented a representation to the Union Finance Ministry Officials highlighting that the proposal of 28% Goods and Service Tax (GST) slab will adversely impact the hospitality and tourism industry.The delegation has requested the government to relook at the current proposal and advocate a uniform hospitality GST at 12% across the country.The delegation has further requested the government to review the Luxury Tax limit of Rs 5000/- and enhance it suitably as service tax proposal under the new GST regime has been set at 28% for hotel tariffs above Rs 5,000/-.