Jaykumar Jitendrasinh Rawal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra recently visited Aurangabad, which is known for its many historical monuments and for being a tourist hub. During his visit the minister discussed about the cleanliness and preservation of the historic monuments with the officials of ASI and tourism.To boost the flow of tourism to the historic city, a meeting with all the stakeholders like Aurangabad Hotelier, Travel Agents and Cab driver association also took place with the tourism minister, where he proposed that work skills and development sessions be conducted for the Rickshaw and Taxi driver in Aurangabad. He also discussed in length about the ideas on how to make Aurangabad the top most visited city in India.In the stakeholders meeting, Rawal stated, “Aurangabad is a historic city in Maharashtra state of India. The city is known as the tourist hub, surrounded by beautiful historic monuments, a visit to this city is truly a cultural as well as an architectural delight for the tourist; it’s a great privilege for us to have such marvellous creations around us. We are all responsible for the cleanliness and preservation of these monuments. If the city and the environment around the monuments are clean and maintained, it will boost the tourism in the city. Aurangabad will also host tourism conclave every year and will also host rediscovery of Ajanta caves centenary year 2019 very soon. The department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra is keen on aggressive marketing in International market to amplify tourism in Maharashtra.”
Looking to boost tourist traffic from Indian cities, Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) conducted their first roadshow series of 2017 in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad. The roadshows were conducted in a networking workshop format with two DMCs from Israel and was attended by over 100 travel agents in each city.Hassan Madah, Director- India, Israel Ministry of Tourism, said, “Israel is an emerging destination for the Indian traveller and tourist arrivals have been growing from India to Israel over the last couple of years. We wanted to tap new markets, so we decided to conduct roadshows in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad this year. The response we received in all three cities has been encouraging and promising. We are working towards increasing our leisure and MICE travellers while continuing our focus on existing segments using different mediums, including investing in advertising campaigns, and continuing to build and strengthen our travel trade relationships in the Indian market.”Israel achieved a growth of 13% in 2016 over the previous year creating a new record with 44,672 Indian tourists visiting the destination. The Ministry is hoping to maintain its double-digit growth figures in 2017 as well.In a move to streamline communication with the Indian market, IMOT has recently appointed Blue Square Consultants (BSC) as its new Public Relation (PR) partner in India. BSC will be responsible for all aspects of Israel tourism’s communication strategy, consumer PR, brand management across its key target markets.Confirming the appointment, Madah, said, “We’re pleased to be working with Blue Square Consultants to drive all our communication strategies in India. India is one of the key emerging markets for us and with this new association we hope to further strengthen our presence in India and witness an increase in tourist arrivals.”Lubaina Sheerazi, COO, Blue Square Consultants, stated, “We are delighted to be assigned the PR responsibilities of Israel Ministry of Tourism in India. The appointment is a reaffirmation of our strong expertise in the communications domain within the tourism and hospitality sector. We are confident of helping Israel reach its goals and create its own identity as a leisure destination among Indian travellers.”
Qrius Connect has been taking the initiatives to promote a particular destination by curating a B2B platform.In the month of May, they are organising MICE CONNECT in Sri Lanka by hosting the potential MICE agents and wedding planners from India market.“I am delighted to share that this time we are coming up with MICE CONNECT in Sri Lanka at Hilton, Colombo. A concept like MICE CONNECT is definitely a strength to the overall destination to promote it in the MICE segment,” said Nishant Gulliya, Managing Director & CEO, Qrius Connect.MICE CONNECT focuses on promoting Sri Lanka as an emerging MICE and wedding destination.“We try to make a rich blend of destination promotion with the lucrative business development opportunities. I have personally witnessed the emergence and growth of Sri Lanka as one of the most preferred destinations for incentive groups, corporate conferences and destination weddings from India. The key reason behind the growing preferences being it is considered as a budget and pocket-friendly destination with easier accessibility due to significant growth and network expansion showcased by the national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines from Indian regions,” he added.“Through MICE CONNECT, we intend to showcase the premium hospitality of Sri Lanka which is capable to cater the Indian MICE and wedding segment. We wish to keep it exclusive primarily for the standalone hotels and resorts to come in front to showcase their MICE product and services to the decision makers so that the agency can equally guide their partnered DMC for a right selection of hotel to meet their requirement and taste.In terms of the supporting DMCs, we will be having very few selected and premium names as our participants. Our plans are healthier in terms of conducting this show year-on-year with a new touch and value ads to it. Apart from MICE CONNECT we would be organising different other events in a different genre,” concluded Nishant.
JGWPT to Enter Reverse Mortgage Market Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-09-01 Abby Gregory September 1, 2011 438 Views Private holding company JGWPT, which recently announced the acquisition of “”J.G. Wentworth””:http://www.jgwentworth.com/ and “”Peachtree Financial Solutions””:http://www.peachtreefinancial.com/, has made another advancement, with the launch of its reverse mortgage division. The newly formed reverse mortgage segment will operate as part of the Peachtree group of companies and will be based in Boynton Beach.[IMAGE]Approximately one year ago, JGWPT began a pilot program for reverse mortgages via J.G. Wentworth’s Radnor, Pennsylvania, office, and with the merging of Peachtree and J.G. Wentworth seven weeks ago, the company executed a strategic decision to initiate the reverse mortgage division, noting Peachtree’s specialty product lines already in place.[COLUMN_BREAK]Deciding that reverse mortgages were an operational fit post-acquistion, JGWPT moved forward with the new segment, and the company is planning to add sales staff accordingly.CEO of JGWPT, David Miller, said of the transaction, “”We anticipated that there were going to be new market opportunities under a single holding company and today’s announcement of this new division is tangible evidence of that.””Continuing his comments, Miller stated, “”We decided to reaffirm our commitment to Peachtree’s Boynton Beach presence where it continues to be a significant employer of financial services experts and by establishing the new division there under the management of Peachtree’s COO, Alberto Cairo. This decision means that Peachtree’s four existing divisions will be joined by a fifth.””Adding to Miller’s statements, Cairo weighed in, saying, “”This is a business with excellent potential that we can grow over the coming years in Boynton Beach. ├âÔÇÜ├é┬áWe are moving quickly to capitalize on this opportunity.””Pennsylvania-based J.G. Wentworth’s family of companies and Florida-based Peachtree’s family of companies are heavy buyers of non-liquid financial assets. Operated independently for more than 20 years, the companies have collectively purchased over $9 billion in future payment obligations and other receivables during the past two decades. Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology
Minneapolis Home with Hollywood Past Lists for $2.895M in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Celebrity Homes Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-09 Abby Gregory Share A home with a Hollywood past has hit the market in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for $2.895 million. Built at the turn of the century, the property was made famous in the 1970s thanks to its connection to _The_ _Mary_ _Tyler_ _Moore_ _Show_, on which the house’s exterior was featured as the main character’s abode.””According to Curbed””:http://curbed.com/archives/2013/01/07/mary-tyler-moore-bachelorette-pad-listed-for-sale-again.php, the 9,500-square-foot home boasts contemporary finishes and modern touches while still maintaining a “”vintage vibe.”” The website went on to note, however, that potential buyers should be aware that dozens of tour buses frequently visit the estate, which _Entertainment_ _Weekly_ once dubbed “”TVs most famous bachelorette pad.”” [COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE] January 9, 2013 381 Views
The share of cash transactions for homes fell to less than 40 percent in March, signaling a possible return in traditional homebuying activity as the spring season got underway.For March, CoreLogic reports cash sales accounted for 38.7 percent of total home sales, down from 40.2 percent the prior month and 41 percent a year before. Due to the seasonal nature of the housing market, CoreLogic senior economist Molly Boesel said the year-over-year comparison provides a better picture of the decline in cash sales.While cash purchasing did fall, the cash sales share of total sales remains elevated compared to where it was prior to the housing crisis: 25 percent.Historically, cash sales have typically been the territory of investors who can bring that kind of money to table, but as financing becomes more of a hassle, studies suggest more average American homebuyers are paying cash to ease the process and avoid delays in a competitive market. According to a recent study released by Campbell and Inside Mortgage Finance, an estimated 26.2 percent of March purchases by current homeowners were made with cash, based on a three-month moving average.Examining its own numbers, CoreLogic reports REO sales made up the largest cash share of March sales at 57.2 percent, followed by re-sales (38.6 percent), short sales (36.2 percent), and newly built homes (17.2 percent).However, Boesel said, “While the percentage of REO sales that were cash transactions remained high, REO transactions made up only 10.3 percent of total sales in March and therefore did not have a large influence on the overall cash sales share.”At the state level, Florida remained the leader in cash activity, with 57.4 percent of March transactions done with cash. Following the Sunshine State were New York (56.5 percent), Alabama (53.4 percent), Kansas (48.8 percent), and West Virginia (47 percent).Though Florida had the highest share of cash sales, among the 100 largest core-based statistical areas, Detroit reigned with a share of 68.3 percent. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News All-Cash Sales Slowly Waning; Florida Continues to Lead All-cash CoreLogic Home Sales 2014-06-12 Tory Barringer June 12, 2014 432 Views Share
TTF The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF), has welcomed four new members to its Advisory Board – Sture Myrmell, Rachel Argaman, Sally Fielke and Tom Walker.Chief Executive Margy Osmond said the new additions to the Advisory Board will be great assets for TTF as the organisation continues to promote the importance of the visitor economy and stays at the forefront of the debate on the issues impacting the tourism and transport sectors.“Rachel Argaman is the Chief Executive Officer of TFE Hotels and brings to the Board over 20 years of international experience at executive management level in the travel and hospitality industry,” Ms Osmond said.“Sture Myrmell is the President of Carnival Australia and has been a leading figure in global cruising with Carnival Corporation for nearly 25 years, including the past 10 years at P&O Cruises Australia where he was instrumental in the brand’s evolution to a contemporary product that reflects modern Australia. “Sally Fielke is General Manager Corporate Affairs at Sydney Airport where her key focus is driving Sydney Airport’s leadership role in tourism and working collaboratively with stakeholders and industry partners to grow tourism to Sydney, NSW and Australia. With a background in law, hotels and aviation, Sally brings almost 20 years of industry experience to the table.“Tom Walker is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Cubic Transportation Systems Asia-Pacific where he has led a number of once-in-a-generation reforms, including the implementation of the award-winning Opal smartcard ticketing system in NSW.“As TTF looks to 2018 and beyond, our role in leading the national debate will be more important than ever, with governments at all levels increasingly looking to industry organisations such as TTF for leadership and support on the policy reform agenda Australia needs to pursue to guarantee the tourism and transport sectors reach their potential – and our new Board Members will play a critical role in achieving this aim.”Ms Osmond also thanked outgoing Board Members Allan Vidor, Ann Sherry AO and Kerrie Mather for championing the needs of the tourism and transport sectors throughout their time as members of the TTF Advisory Board.
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As the Arizona Cardinals head into their final preseason game, they do so with a few position battles still yet unresolved. We’ll take a look at what is left to be determined, beginning with the battle at running back.Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams are locked in as the team’s top two backs, and LaRod Stephens-Howling will also have a role on the team, leaving both William Powell and Alfonso Smith vying for the role of backup to the backup’s backup. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share William PowellA 24-year-old who went undrafted out of Kansas State, Powell has had an excellent preseason for the Cardinals, racking up 231 yards and three touchdowns on 33 attempts.Powell leads the entire NFL in preseason rushing yards, and while his numbers ultimately won’t count, they have certainly put his name in the conversation for a roster spot that was anything but guaranteed just months ago.It’s a far cry from last season, when Powell was best known as the guy who carried the rock a healthy 29 times in the preseason finale, as the coaching staff was hoping to preserve the running backs it was planning on keeping around. Powell is set to get a substantial amount of carries Thursday night, but for a completely different reason.Alfonso SmithAlfonso Smith went into training camp this year likely with a roster spot in tow, but all bets are off now. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
“We’ve always had the confidence in ourselves,” Skelton said. “We know we have the players; we have the right guys to get the job done. But when push comes to shove, we haven’t been getting it done.”After watching film of the first nine weeks, Skelton said ball security is going to be key for this team going forward.“Dropped balls on third down, bad balls on third down, turnovers,” Skelton said. “All these factors add up to losses. We have the ability, we’ve seen it in practice and we’ve seen it in weeks past, we just gotta translate it to Sundays now.”The Cardinals hope that positive play from practice pays dividends Sunday against the Falcons in Atlanta. Kick off is slated for 11 a.m. local time. You can catch that game on Arizona Sports 620 and 92.3 KTAR. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories “Yeah I looked back at some of the film from the past few games,” Skelton said. “You know I think across the board we’ve got to play better, obviously our record speaks to that.”Skelton returned to the role of starting quarterback after Kevin Kolb went down with a rib injury October 14. Since that time he’s been trying to find his rhythm and some consistency in his play. On November 4 against Green Bay, he may have had his best effort yet despite suffering another loss. “There’s always room for improvement whether you’re winning or losing and we’ve been losing so there’s more room for improvement than that,” Skelton said.Speaking of losing, what happened to the team that rattled off four straight wins to start the season? “We probably play best when we’re underdogs and no one really expects anything out of us,” Skelton said. “People called the 4-0 start a fluke and rightfully so because we lost the last five. All we can do is worry about ourselves, go out there and play the game no matter who the opponent is.”Skelton also said that despite this rough stretch, he feels they have the guys in this locker room to get back on track. The Arizona Cardinals head to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Sunday. Atlanta will be hungry for a win after suffering their first and only loss of the season last weekend, but the Cardinals should be ravenous, considering they’ve lost five straight. Coming off the bye, Arizona has had a full week to look back and evaluate their play up to this point and that includes the performance of quarterback John Skelton. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling One preseason game into his career and the train is not only chugging ahead, but picking up steam.Gunter was credited with two tackles, one of which was a sack. And it was not your regular sack. No, Gunter burst through the offensive line virtually untouched and just demolished Kansas City quarterback Aaron Murray in the end zone for a safety.It led one media member to proclaim — in words that cannot be written here — how divine it was. Head coach Bruce Arians also enjoyed the play.“King blew the gap just like he was supposed to and made a real nice play,” Arians said, using Gunter’s nickname. “That’s what he’s capable of doing.”Exciting?As far as career milestones go, everyone knows this one will not be counted in any record books. Still, for Gunter, his first taste of NFL game action in Arizona’s 34-19 loss was a rather pleasant experience.“It felt great man,” he said. “My first NFL preseason game, it felt great, man. I got a few more to go, man. I’m ready to improve on.”As for the play where he got the sack, Gunter said he got off the ball fast, shot the gap, saw the quarterback and just speared him. He said it felt great because you don’t get too many open lanes at the quarterback. But while the scenario may have been unexpected, Gunter said he anticipated getting his first sack. – / 45 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — The legend of Rodney Gunter seemed to be growing at an impossible-to-sustain rate shortly after he was taken in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.An incredible physical specimen at 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds with quickness and strength, the talk was how if he had gone anywhere but Delaware State, Gunter would have been taken much higher in the draft.Of course, none of that talk would have mattered much if the 23-year-old didn’t produce in real games against NFL players. Struggles there and, well, the hype train would have slowed down — if not come to a stop altogether. Top Stories Comments Share Arizona Cardinals’ Rodney Gunter (95) works out during an NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) “I wanted it, I wanted it bad,” he said, before adding it was everything he thought it would be.Calais Campbell, who has amassed 43.5 sacks in his seven-year career, knows what it’s like to bring down an opposing quarterback. Watching Gunter do it for the first time is something he very much enjoyed.“I was very hyped for him,” Campbell said. “He’s been working very hard. He exploded off the ball very fast and he tackled him with tenacity.“I was very excited for him, especially being a safety, he’s getting points on the board. Definitely very excited for him.”The hope is it’s just a start for Gunter. The rookie said the speed of the game was something he had to adjust to, and after a while he was able to get into a bit of a groove. As a rookie he said he knew it would take some time, but once he figured it out, he was able to just play his game.Where he goes from here, we’ll just have to see. But for a player who has had some big time expectations placed upon him, Saturday’s effort was a sign that there could be something to them. That’s of little concern to Gunter, however.“I’m here just trying to contribute to the team, that’s all,” he said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories There’s no way around it — The Arizona Cardinals’ Sunday night game against the Seattle Seahawks is going to be a good one. One team is working toward regaining their place on the top of the NFC West, a place they’ve grown accustomed to the past few years; the other currently holds that spot and plans on increasing their lead.“I think most [Seahawks] fans are worried,” John Clayton of ESPN told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday. “They realize this is now going to be the difference between are you competing for the division or are you just going to be in the mix for the Wild Card.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “And that’s great because now you have a great game with both teams going in healthy and that’s what you want this late in the season.” But there’s a big difference between fans and the players themselves, as Clayton points out.“The players, they’re fine,” he said. “They’ve been through enough big games, enough pressure games. They pretty much treat every game the same, whether it’s an easy game or in this case, a tough game.”Clayton said he witnessed a loose team in the Seahawks locker room, including a ping pong game between pro-bowler defensive back Richard Sherman and defensive end Bruce Irvin. However, that doesn’t mean they’re expecting a cake walk, according to Clayton.“I think there’s an appreciation on the team for how good the Cardinals are,” he said, “particularly with guys like Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Richard is a very good friend of Larry Fitzgerald. I think you can see there’s a genuine respect for Carson Palmer.”The Cardinals have been fairly healthy all season and go into this game with four players limited at practice this week but no one ruled out. The Seahawks are in a similar position, also coming off a bye week.“The bye week has helped both teams. If you look at the injury list, really for Seattle there’s only one guy,” Clayton said referring to Ricardo Lockette. Additionally, he said Seahawks tackle Russell Okung’s toe injury is nothing serious and the Cardinals should see a very fresh team in Seattle. Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, right, talks with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, after an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks won 35-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Most love to the guys I came through those doors with in ’13 as rookies. No matter what is next its all been fun & Ill have yall back always— Earl Watford (@EWatts78) January 2, 2017Here is a look at how the nine-player class, Keim and Arians’ first, has fared in the NFL.– / 8 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As the old adage goes, you cannot fairly judge a draft class until it has been in the league for at least a couple of seasons, and in the case of the 2013 haul, 2016 represented a milestone of sorts.It was, after all, the final year of the players’ rookie deals, at least for those who are still with the team four seasons later.Now, they become free agents. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A little less than four years ago, the Arizona Cardinals produced the first draft class under new general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians.The Cardinals, who made some draft trades to add picks, ultimately made nine selections, with their first being No. 7 overall and their last No. 219.The three-day event saw the Cardinals make one trade — to add more picks — while selecting two offensive linemen, two running backs, two linebackers, one defensive back, a receiver and a tight end. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates a Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn over during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fresh off his #CapitolHill snowball fight with @CoryBooker, AZ Senator @JeffFlake meets @theorganicfrost. ☃️⛄️☃️⛄️ Coincidence? pic.twitter.com/xdFez9CoFX— WilliamRaymondPR (@WillRaymondPR) March 22, 2018 Tour of @SenJohnMcCain’s office while in DC advocating for @AmDiabetesAssn #TeamTackle #ThisIsDiabetes pic.twitter.com/tx440lhH2d— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 22, 2018 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Wanted to let all my friends and family battling this disease know you’re not alone. Amazing things are being presented at the #TeamTackle call to Congress. Progress is upon us. More help, more ideas. More funding. #RickyBerry Follow #ThisIsDiabetes and @AmDiabetesAssn pic.twitter.com/cdQIVQrF44 — Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 21, 2018 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments Share Top Stories Rucker toured Capitol Hill on Thursday on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. He spoke with United States leaders like New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall to raise awareness about the difficulties for diabetes patients, such as making insulin affordable.While in Washington D.C., Rucker met with Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and toured Sen. John McCain’s office.The defensive tackle was just one of many diabetes advocates who spoke with leaders about the disease in the American Diabetes Association’s call to congress. Insulin affordability affects millions of families. Asking congress to push for transparency surrounding the rising costs. @AmDiabetesAssn #teamtackle #ThisIsDiabetes pic.twitter.com/pIE1kND8D2— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 22, 2018Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Frostee Rucker may be a free agent, but he doesn’t appear too worried about his next contract.There are bigger issues to fight for. First meeting for #Call2Congress with @AmDiabetesAssn in @SenJohnMcCain’s office with Chief of Staff Truman Anderson. Great honor to share our stories on Capitol Hill. #TeamTackle #ThisIsDiabetes pic.twitter.com/1y3Y4i0nqg— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 22, 2018
Go back to the e-newsletterLuxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is offering savings for travellers exploring the world’s largest country. On its 9-day private journey through Russia, discover vast artistic treasures, architectural wonders and intriguing age-old traditions.There are three nights in the cosmopolitan capital staying at The Ritz-Carlton Moscow, with highlights including the famous onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and a privately guided tour through the Space Museum with an astronaut.Five nights are spent in St. Petersburg at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe with a privately guided visit to Russia’s greatest museum, the Hermitage, a private canal cruise, a visit to Catherine’s Palace and the palace of Peter the Great.Included in the price is luxury accommodation, private transfers, sightseeing, breakfast daily, one lunch and one dinner and a high-speed intercity train ride.Travel on A&K’s 9-day ‘Jewels of Russia’ itinerary in 2016 and save up to $4,250 per couple, with twin share per person from $7,995 (was $10,120) and solo traveller from $14,055 (was $17,775).Go back to the e-newsletter
Flight No.OriginDepartsDestinationArrivesFrequencyAircraftEY862Abu Dhabi(AUH)22:25Shanghai(PVG)11:10 next dayDailyB787-9EY867Shanghai(PVG)00:30Abu Dhabi (AUH)06:15DailyB787-9Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterA state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down on Tuesday in Shanghai from Abu Dhabi on its first flight into China. The Dreamliner features the airline’s next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins, with 299 seats – 28 in Business Class and 271 in Economy – representing a 14 per cent capacity increase on the route.Flight EY862 from Abu Dhabi departed at 10.25pm on Monday 1 August arriving in Shanghai at 11.10am on Tuesday 2 August. The inaugural flight from Shanghai (EY867) will depart again on 3 August at 00.30am, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 6.15am the same day.To mark the event, guests were presented with commemorative certificates in Chinese and English, featuring Shanghai’s iconic landmark, the Oriental Pearl Tower.Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Since launching flights between Shanghai and Abu Dhabi four years ago, we have experienced firsthand the huge growth of China’s outbound tourism market and enjoyed strong demand from both business and leisure travellers.“The decision to upgrade to the Boeing 787 reflects the importance of Shanghai and China to the airline. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and a global economic, financial, trading and shipping centre, which underlines its importance within Etihad Airways’ global network and supports the introduction of the new aircraft.”Mr Baumgartner continued: “The new Boeing 787 services will help to support the increasing demand for outbound tourism from Shanghai and its surrounding cities in Eastern China. The additional capacity will enable more Chinese business and leisure travellers to enjoy seamless one-stop connections over the Abu Dhabi hub to over 40 destinations across the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and South America.”China has recently surpassed the USA as the biggest business travel market in the world, according to the Global Business Travel Association, representing US$291.2 billion spending on business travel in 2015.The Dreamliner will assist Etihad Airways’ growing reputation amongst the business community in China, with the aircraft specifically catering for the long-haul business market.The airline’s world-renowned guest experience begins well before departure and lasts long after arrival. For example, its chauffeur service is available in over 30 cities globally including Beijing and Shanghai. At Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi International Airport, guests pass through a dedicated premium check-in facility into the luxury of an exclusive Business Class Lounge, while a new flagship First Class Lounge & Spa opened at the end of May for First Class guests and eligible Etihad Airways Partners Platinum Frequent Flyers.On the aircraft, the Business Studios offer direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long, and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space. Upholstered in the finest Poltrona Frau leather, the Business Studio is equipped with an in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control system which enables guests to adjust the firmness and comfort of their seat. Each Business Studio has an 18-inch personal touch-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets.For inflight entertainment, Etihad Airways currently operates the latest Panasonic eX3 IFE system on its flagship fleet of Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. Guests can also enjoy mobile connectivity, access to onboard Wi-Fi and seven satellite channels of live TV on many aircraft.The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been designed for optimum long-haul travel with enhancements including humidity controls while air pressure levels are set to ensure a smoother flight allowing guests to arrive feeling fresher on arrival.Shanghai is the seventh destination in the world to be served by Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with the aircraft also deployed to Brisbane, Düsseldorf, Perth, Singapore, Washington DC, and Zurich.Etihad Airways first launched a five-times-a-week two-class Airbus A330-200 services to Shanghai in March 2012.With a further 62 Boeing 787 Dreamliners scheduled for delivery over the next few years, the aircraft will become the mainstay of Etihad Airways’ long-haul fleet.Flight schedule for Abu Dhabi-Shanghai:
Glasgow Airport officials are expecting to open the airport’s new Skyhub terminal from next month.Officials expect the £31 million construction project will take no more than two weeks to complete and expect the new Skyhub to be completed by September 19th.The new extension is the largest investment in the airport since the 1990s and will be opened on a phased basis once it is completed.Contractors Balfour Beatty are expected to begin fitting out the new terminal after construction work has been completed, with the new building expected to welcome its first passengers on October 21st.The arrival hall, which includes shops and restaurants, is expected to open first, followed by the new security area on the floor above, which officials hope will be in use by October 28th.Glasgow Airport has been under pressure recently to compensate residents in the local area that live under the flight paths of some of its routes.However, officials recently rejected a proposed £1 per passenger levy that would be paid into a community fund because of fears that it would impact on the airport’s cheap flight services and the wider economy.Find Skyscanner on Facebook!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedLatest phase of Glasgow Airport expansion opensThe latest phase of Glasgow Airport’s £31 million expansion has been openedGlasgow Airport on countdown to skyhubGlasgow Airport has started the 100-day countdown to the opening of its new skyhub extension.Station plans widen Glasgow Skyhub scopeGlasgow Airport’s high profile overhaul has taken another step forward, with plans now lodged for a train station at the hub.
Some banks whack on a charge every time you use your credit or debit card overseas, which can be as much as 3% of the cost of the purchase every time. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are credit cards and bank accounts that won’t charge a fee for foreign transactions or ATM withdrawals, like the Starling Bank personal account. If you’re travelling to a country in the European Union, then there’s no need to worry about extra call charges – the EU’s ‘Roam Like At Home’ policy means that you’ll be able to use your phone plan’s inclusive minutes and texts and pay the same rate for calls as in the UK, with no effort required on your part. But if you’re travelling outside the EU, for example to Turkey, it’s worth checking with your provider to see whether they offer a roaming plan that will provide cheaper calls, texts and data while abroad. Credit: Starling Bank In partnership with Plan your spending inadvance Use a bank that doesn’t charge any fees abroad You’ve just landed, and after fighting your way through baggage claim, you’re finally on holiday! But wait, after trying to get some cash out to pay for a taxi, your card has been swallowed by the machine. Your paranoid bank thinks someone has stolen your card because you forgot to tell them you’re going on holiday. Whoops! Thankfully, at least this isn’t an issue with Starling Bank – there’s no need to let them know you’re going away. And if someone else really is using your Starling card abroad, you can lock it with a swipe and a tap. Find out how the Starling Bank current account works It’s a good idea to plan out a budget for your holiday in advance, including things like the cost of taxis, trains, food, nightlife and entry for attractions. 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Avoid buying currency at airports Watch out for ATMfees It might be tempting to convert back your leftover holiday money as soon as you get back home, but you’ll be losing out, as the exchange rate for converting back into sterling is always worse than the rate for converting your pounds into a foreign currency. Instead, it’s a good idea to keep your currency for your next trip abroad, or if you need the cash sooner, try to wait for a favourable exchange rate before converting it back into sterling. Sure, you might get a few confused looks if you try to drive down the price of a dress in Zara, but there are plenty of markets where haggling is fine, if not the done thing. And you don’t want to be that ignorant foreigner who strolls up and blithely hands over a wad of cash when given an obviously inflated price. Haggling might be intimidating for some, but it gets easier with practice. Just remember, start with a price in mind that you’d be willing to pay, and then go in lower with your first offer. If the vendor refuses to meet the price you’re happy with (or go lower), then be prepared to walk away – and sometimes this can even result in the shopkeeper calling you back and agreeing on the deal you want. Almost without exception, the currency exchanges at airports will give you some of the worst exchange rates around, and they might even charge commission on top. The exchange rates offered by banks are generally much better. For instance, the Starling Bank personal account uses the Mastercard wholesale rate, which Money Saving Expert found was a consistently better rate than those offered by competitors. There’s also the option of ordering your holiday cash to be delivered by mail from various online operators using more favourable rates than airport booths – but beware of commission, and make sure you order well in advance of your trip to ensure it arrives in time. Don’t forget tohaggle! Credit: Starling Bank Read Next Here are a few ways you can save some cash when travelling abroad, including how to avoid transaction fees on your holiday purchases, and how to get the best bang for your buck when it comes to swapping currencies. Find out more about travelling with Starling Bank What kind of traveller are you, and how can Starling Bank make your life easier? Mixing business with leisure: how to get the most out of your ‘bleisure’ trip Off the beaten track: check out these exciting alternative destinations ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map More about Starling Bank Credit: Starling Bank Always pay in local currency Foreign ATMs can be amongst the worst culprits for unexpected fees. Starling Bank won’t charge you a fee for drawing out money at ATMs when abroad – but there’s a chance that the ATM operator will charge you. If the machine says it’s going to charge a fee for withdrawals, try finding another ATM that’s free to use – the local tourist office might be able to point you in the right direction. Find out more about spending abroad with Starling Bank Find out more about spending abroad with Starling Bank Get a roaming planfor your mobile phone Tell your bank you’regoing overseas Hold on to your cash RelatedMixing business with leisure: how to get the most out of your ‘bleisure’ tripIn partnership with If you’re travelling abroad for business, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a bit of time for yourself by adding on a vacation day or two of pampering, exploring or adventure. Bleisure is a rising trend among business travellers – a 2018 survey found that 68% of…Tips for using Credit Cards abroadTips for using Credit Cards abroad10 ways to get the best deal on your travel moneyYou’ve saved money on flights and your hotel room – now get the most bang for your buck, Euro, or baht! Our guest financial expert Claire Connachan shares 10 insider tips on how you can get the best exchange rate on your travel money.
From March 22 to 25, 2012, a fleet of nearly 50 modern and classic sailing yachts gathered in St. Barths for the annual race known as the Bucket. The event originated in 1986 when three yacht owners decided to race an informal regatta in Nantucket, though the summer Bucket, held in August, has since been moved to Newport. The event has become one of the most successful regattas in the world and is more about wholesome fun than about winning.
New Delhi, India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has signed a Memorandum of Co-operation for a Joint Venture with Yunnan Tourism Co. Ltd to engage in development, construction, operation and management of two hotels in Kunming Expo Garden, situated in Yunnan province of southwest China. Kunming is a gateway to China, connecting Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa, and is just a two-hour flight from Kolkata, India. “The Indian Hotel Company’s presence in Kunming is critical for our selective global expansion plan because of its strategic location with access to key markets like Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Laos. It is a major communication and transport hub in China having good connectivity with the domestic Chinese tourism circuit. The entry of Taj and Vivanta by Taj brands in Kunming offers an exciting opportunity to establish the brands in the Chinese market,” said Mr. Abhijit Mukerji, Executive Director, IHCL. The IHCL and its subsidiaries, collectively known as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, is one of Asia’s largest group of hotels. Taj already has management contracts in place for a landmark hotel, Taj Temple of Heaven Beijing, in close proximity to the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing. A key tourist destination, The Temple of Heaven Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed between 1406 and 1420 and used by Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.Taj will also manage a luxury resort in Hainan Island, the premium resort destination in China. Apart from the renowned Taj hospitality, both the hotels will offer high-end accommodations, signature restaurants, banqueting facilities and Jiva Spa, Taj’s acclaimed Indian and all natural spa. Mr. Ge Bao-rong, General Manager, Yunnan Tourism Co. Ltd said, “We are delighted to partner with The Indian Hotels Company Limited to bring the Taj legendary service to the Yunnan province and China. We are confident that their expertise of the Indian and international markets combined with our understanding of the Chinese market will be immensely helpful in developing world class hotels at the historical Kunming Expo Garden.”www.tajhotels.com