Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The Qantas Group is said to be planning the launch of a new Hong Kong based low budget carrier that will focus its operations on China routes.According to BigPond News, Australia’s flagship airline is negotiating with the city’s government and is seeking majority shareholders for the new carrier.While the news remains unconfirmed, a Jetstar spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard that the Group is looking at different options in Asia. “Qantas Group is looking at a range of options across the region,” the spokesperson said. “There is a lot of speculation about it.”
One road show, three different destinations, cultures and attractions, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Dubai are speculated to be teaming up to promote tourism into the region.The united road show is expected to be on the road from September this year.Click back onto e-Travel Blackboard later today for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Major Tourist Attractions Gold AwardTaronga Zoo (Sydney)http://taronga.org.au/taronga-zooSilver AwardBridgeClimb Sydney (Sydney)www.bridgeclimb.comBronze AwardCape Byron State Conservation Area (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.environment.nsw.gov.auTourist Attractions Gold AwardThe Magic of Jenolan, Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains)www.jenolancaves.org.auSilver AwardMogo Zoo (South Coast)www.mogozoo.com.auBronze AwardGlenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures (Central Coast)www.glenworth.com.auMajor Festivals and Events Gold AwardBluesfest Byron Bay (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.bluesfest.com.auSilver AwardSydney Royal Easter Show (Sydney)www.eastershow.com.auBronze Award2011 Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia Port Macquarie (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers) www.portmacquarieinfo.com.auFestival and Events Gold AwardNSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)www.caravan-camping.com.auSilver AwardChristmas Lights Spectacular (Hunter)www.hvg.com.auBronze AwardDeniliquin Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival (Riverina)www.deniutemuster.com.auEcotourism Gold AwardLane Cove River Tourist Park (Sydney)www.lcrtp.com.auSilver AwardThe Ancient Underworld- Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains)www.jenolancaves.org.auBronze AwardDorrigo National Park (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.nswnationalparks.com.auHeritage and Cultural Tourism Gold AwardWritten in Stone- Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains)www.jenolancaves.org.auSilver AwardBlue Mountains Walking Tracks (Blue Mountains)www.environment.nsw.gov.auBronze AwardAvoca Beach Picture Theatre (Central Coast)www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.auIndigenous Tourism Gold AwardCoffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery (North Coast – Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers)www.nswnationalparks.com.auSilver AwardSculptures in the Scrub (New England NW)Specialised Tourism Services Gold AwardNewcastle Airport (Hunter)www.newcastleairport.com.auSilver AwardBentonu – incorporating Bent on Food/Bent on Life (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.bentonfood.com.auBronze AwardSpa Sublime (Blue Mountains)www.spasublime.com.auVisitor Information and Services –The Rod Murdoch Memorial AwardGold AwardGreater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)Silver AwardLismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres (Northern Rivers)www.visitlismore.com.auBronze AwardThe Next Revolution: Visitor Services 2.0 (South Coast)www.visitwollongong.com.auMeetings and Business Tourism Gold AwardShoal Bay Resort & Spa (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.shoalbayresort.comSilver AwardMercure Kooindah Waters (Central Coast)www.kooindahwaters.com.auBronze AwardOld Leura Dairy (Blue Mountains)www.oldleuradairy.comMajor Tour and/or Transport Operators Gold AwardMoonshadow Cruises (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.moonshadow.com.auSilver AwardAAT Kings Sydney Day Tours (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)Bronze AwardNorthern Highland Travel (Hunter)www.nht.com.auTour and/or Transport Operators Gold AwardTri State Safaris (Outback NSW)www.tristate.com.auSilver AwardActivity Tours Australia – Hunter Valley Tour (Hunter)www.activitytours.com.auBronze AwardLife’s An Adventure (Blue Mountains)www.lifesanadventure.com.auAdventure Tourism Gold AwardTri State Safaris (Outback NSW)www.tristate.com.auSilver AwardAdventure Underground – Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains)www.jenolancaves.org.auBronze AwardGlenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures (Central Coast)www.glenworth.com.auTourism Marketing Gold AwardThe Legendary Pacific Coast (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.pacificcoast.com.auSilver AwardNew England North West Drive Campaign (New England NW)Bronze AwardThe NSW Caravan & Camping Holiday and Touring Guide 2011 (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)Tourism Education and Training Gold AwardTravel 21fiftythree (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)http://wsi.tafensw.edu.au/colleges/baulkham-hills/welcome.aspx?mid=1238&pid=1011Silver AwardBlue Mountains International Hotel Management School (Blue Mountains)www.hotelschool.com.auTourism Restaurants and Catering Services Gold AwardMargan Restaurant (Hunter)www.margan.com.auSilver AwardByron Beach Cafe (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.byronbeachcafe.com.auBronze AwardThe Corner Restaurant Cafe (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.cornerrestaurant.com.auTourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries Gold AwardWyndham Estate Winery (Hunter)www.wyndhamestate.comSilver AwardSilos Estate (South Coast)www.thesilos.comTourist and Caravan Parks Gold AwardBIG4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.northstar.com.auSilver AwardLane Cove River Tourist Park (Sydney)www.lcrtp.com.auBronze AwardBIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park (Riverina)www.big4deniliquin.comBackpacker Accommodation Gold AwardSydney Harbour YHA (Sydney)www.yha.com.auHosted Accommodation Gold AwardMollymook Beach Waterfront (South Coast)www.mollymookbeachwaterfront.com.auSilver AwardOssian Hall Valley Retreat (Greater Sydney and Surrounds) www.ossianhall.com.auBronze AwardEldee Station (Outback NSW)www.eldeestation.comUnique Accommodation Gold AwardSomewhere Unique – An Escape for 2 in the Hunter (Hunter)www.somewhereunique.com.auSilver AwardAll Seasons Houseboats (The Murray)www.allseasonshouseboats.com.auBronze AwardBanjos Bushland Retreat (Hunter)www.banjosretreat.com.auStandard Accommodation Gold AwardScone Motor Inn (Hunter)www.sconemotorinn.com.auSilver AwardIbis Sydney Darling Harbour (Sydney)Bronze AwardThe Old Vic Inn Historic Guesthouse (Central NSW)www.oldvicinn.com.auDeluxe Accommodation Gold AwardMacquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.mwaters.com.auSilver AwardThe Observatory Port Macquarie (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.observatory.net.auBronze AwardShoal Bay Resort & Spa (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.shoalbayresort.comLuxury Accommodation Gold AwardSheraton on the Park (Sydney)www.sheraton.com/sydneySilver AwardChateau Elan Hunter Valley (Hunter)www.chateauelan.com.auNew Tourism Development Gold AwardTandara (Sydney)www.lcrtp.com.auSilver AwardSavannah Visitor Plaza and Free Access Area at Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Central NSW)www.taronga.org.auBronze AwardCorowa Whisky and Chocolate Venue (Riverina)www.corowawhiskyandchocolate.com.auQantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Gold AwardLane Cove River Tourist Park (Sydney)www.lcrtp.com.auSilver AwardOld Leura Dairy (Blue Mountains)www.oldleuradairy.comBronze AwardSilos Estate (South Coast)www.thesilos.comOutstanding Contribution by an IndividualJon Hutchison (Sydney)Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism by an IndividualLori Modde (Outback NSW)www.lorickmanagement.com.auYoung Achiever in Tourism AwardOllie Philpot (Central Coast)Tourist Pubs Gold AwardShoal Bay Country Club (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.shoalbayresort.comSilver AwardMorundah Hotel (Riverina)Bronze AwardGol Gol Hotel (The Murray)www.golgolpub.com.auThe Sun-Herald Readers’ Choice AwardMogo Zoo (South Coast)www.mogozoo.com.auClick here to read the article: NSW shines at the 2011 Tourism Awards The Full List of Winners: Source = Tourism Industry Council NSW
Travel agents are already beginning to receive enquiries from Australian travellers wanting to plan their trip to Mexico for “end of the world” celebrations scheduled on 21 December 2012.In celebration of marking the end of the ancient Mayan Calendar over 50million people are estimated to travel to Mexico for the event, news.com reported.Chimu Adventures, Marketing Manager Meg Hall said she was beginning to see a lot of interest from travellers wanting to travel to Mexico for the celebrations.“It’s a strange thing for people to be interested in but I guess it’s a unique event, people are asking about what kind of events are going to be on,” Ms Hall said.“Usually people don’t book until closer to departure, but obviously it’s going to be busy, it looks like a lot of Australian’s are going to be heading out there.”Tucan Travel Sales and Marketing Manager Todd Barry said there had been an increase in its “Mayan Circle” tour and are expecting inquiries and bookings will rise over the next few months.”Most people have just started planning for their holidays to that region – it’s a peak time to travel so it’s also the most expensive time,” Mr Barry said.Tourism campaign “Mundo Maya 2012” and a variety of other celebrations have been planned for the big celebration by the Mexican Government.However many Mexican archaeological establishments say the 2012 reference on a 1300-year-old stone tablet only represents the end of a cycle in the Mayan calendar and not the end of the world.Tour operators Geckos and Peregrine are currently offering tours for the “apocalypse” and cover places such as Mexico City, Cancun, Merida and Chichen Itza.I wonder if they are booking return tickets? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The City of Tikal created in 300BC
The Singaporean carrier has confirmed its placement of up to 245,577,511 shares in Virgin Australia has been completed, representing a ten percent stake in the airline.The AU$105 million purchase was secured today and is part of the airline’s strategic investment to fund future growth. Although an Australian carrier, Virgin Australia is now almost 30 percent owned by international investors, with Air New Zealand holding 19.99 percent of the airline.In other Virgin news, the carrier announced a new partnership with American Express to offer a $0 annual fee credit card giving Cardmembers the ability to earn Velocity Points on their everyday spending. Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Young Australian travellers think they have a pretty good reputation overseas. Disregarding stereotypes of the big Aussie drinker, young Australian travellers think they have a pretty good reputation overseas, according to a new study.Research conducted by wholesaler, Topdeck found 67 percent of Australians between 18 to 39 think they are seen as laid back, friendly and good humoured while travelling abroad.Eighteen percent believe they are seen as well-travelled and adventurous while only 15 percent recognise their bad reputation for being loud and drinking excessively. The survey also found that surprisingly partying was not high on the list of travel motivations, with drinking and celebrating coming in at fourth on the list of priorities, following sightseeing, experiencing new cultures and bragging rights. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A. Image: thedenverchannel.com A malfunction rendering the emergency generator inoperable yesterday has caused Carnival Dream to be detained in her scheduled port of call, St. Maarten, with 4,363 passengers and 1,370 crew onboard.At no time did the ship lose power and the ship’s propulsion systems and primary power sources were not impacted, however, the line deemed it unsafe to sail back to Carnival Dream’s homeport of Port Canaveral without an emergency back up generator.Contrary to reports via social media, Carnival has confirmed that, apart from a short period of time last night, there were no interruptions to the restroom and elevator service with only one public restroom taken offline due to toilet overflow and one request for cleaning of a guest cabin bathroom.All restrooms and elevators were operational again as of 12:30am last night local time.Passengers have been given the option to disembark the ship to visit St. Maarten until their scheduled return home, with Carnival providing a complimentary water taxi service for passengers wishing to explore other areas of the island.All passengers will be flown via a combination of private charter and commercial flights to either Orlando for the quickest access back to Port Canaveral, or their final destination and will be given a refund equivalent to the three days left of the voyage and a 50 percent discount off a future cruise.Carnival Dream’s 16 March voyage has been cancelled with passengers booked receiving a full refund and 25 percent discount off a future seven-day cruise. Those who select to rebook will have their rate protected on the future sailing.Any passengers not sailing with a passport have been cleared by the local authorities to travel.Carnival has arranged two special performances by Grammy Award winning Jon Secada onboard tonight as a way of thanking their passengers for their patience.
Virgin Atlantic will launch a new global advertising campaign in Australia next month, aimed at showcasing the airline’s staff and ongoing dedication to youthful business acumen.The multi-million pound promotion has been designed to highlight the skills young people have to offer, reflecting Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson’s staunch ethos.“We’re always on the lookout for gifted young people to grow our business,” Virgin Atlantic president Richard Branson said. “Our staff hold the keys to the future of Virgin Atlantic, they work so hard and we are delighted to dedicate this new advert to them – people are at the heart of Virgin Atlantic and we believe this advert celebrates this”.The advertisement traces the lives of real workers at the airline and has been infused with humour.‘Flying in the Face of Ordinary’ is the new slogan for the marketing campaign.The campaign, designed to highlight the airline’s cabin crew, experiences and destinations will launch online this month and a minute-long cinema advertisement will be broadcast across screens throughout Sydney from mid-September 2013.“It’s a challenging market for the travel industry with the online space growing more competitive,” Virgin Atlantic marketing manager Margy Vary said.“Agents have to work even harder than before and it’s important to celebrate them and the value they add to this industry.”Agents visiting Virgin Atlantic’s dedicated trade website will have the opportunity to enter a competition to win a trip to Hong Kong and Macau with a friend with entries closing 31 August 2013.Source = ETB News: P.T. Promotion to launch in Australia, competition for travel agents.
Rydges Darwin Airport Resort to be rebranded as Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. Image via Rydges.comAustralia’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels will increase its presence in the Northern Territory following the takeover of two existing hotels in Darwin – Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort in March 2016.The owner, RECAP IV Fund managed by SC Capital Partners Group, is a strategic partner of AccorHotels across the Asia Pacific region with current hotel agreements in Japan, Seoul and Myanmar, and has now entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with AccorHotels to manage its Darwin hotels.The 136-room Darwin Airport Hotel, located just metres from Darwin International Airport terminal, will undergo an extensive refurbishment program and rebrand as Novotel Darwin Airport.The neighbouring 181-room Darwin Airport Resort property will rebrand to Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, and a further 108 new-build rooms will be added to the property in 2016. The hotel is currently completing a refurbishment of the public areas.Chief Operating Officer AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, said “We are pleased to continue our successful partnership with SC Capital Partners Group across Asia Pacific and expand our presence in the Darwin market.“Considerable investment is going into the properties to bring them in line with our internationally-renowned midmarket brands Novotel and Mercure and we look forward to taking the properties into a fresh new phase in 2016”.“The Novotel brand already has an award-winning presence in the Top End with Novotel Darwin Atrium which unveiled a multimillion dollar upgrade in 2014.“We’re extremely proud of this hotel asset as it has the contemporary Novotel Next generation room concept which is championed by the brand worldwide. We hope to see some great synergies between the Darwin three hotels over the coming months,” concluded Mr McGrath.The re-branded Novotel Darwin Airport and Mercure Darwin Airport Resort will complement the existing Novotel Darwin Atrium as well as support the growing network of AccorHotels in the Northern Territory which include: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, four properties at Ayers Rock Resort, ibis Styles Katherine and ibis Styles Alice Springs. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotels
Source = TravelManagers TravelManagers’ Noree Kahika’s Journey of Discovery TravelManagers’ Business Partnership Manager Queensland & Northern NSW Noree KahikaTravelManagers’ Noree Kahika’s Journey of DiscoveryNoree Kahika, TravelManagers’ Business Partnership Manager (BPM) Queensland & Northern NSW has recently celebrated her seven-month anniversary. Whilst seven months may not seem that long, considering its personal travel managers (PTMs) have an average of 21 years’ experience, for Kahika it’s been an inspirational journey of discovery that’s worth celebrating.Through a series of questions, Kahika will inspire and motivate you with her love of being a Business Partnership Manager and shares her secret to success.1. Prior to TravelManagers you had 13 years in the travel industry with almost eight years as a Sales Manager for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and six years as a travel consultant/group travel coordinator. What motivated you to make the move to TravelManagers? Moving to TravelManagers was the easiest decision I’ve ever made! As a Sales Manager with Uniworld, I dealt daily with travel agents (my territory held over 1,100 travel agencies) yet I found the passion and enthusiasm from the PTMs were unequalled. They were more motivated and driven and whilst achieving similar sales growth as their contemporaries they exuded a genuine joy and happiness with their work-life balance. They were more open to training, suggestions and sales advice. I could clearly see self-employed contractors operating as home-based personal travel managers were the way of future and I wanted to be a part of a company that was spearing heading this relatively new sector of the industry.2. What has surprised and delighted you most about the TravelManagers’ PTM concept? a. The average industry experience of a PTM is 21 years!b. Dedication and passion for travel are not just tag lines to a PTM – they are truly a way of life!c. Every single day I’m inspired by ordinary people doing the extraordinary – daily living their dream of running their very own successful travel businesses.d. I was told when I first started that each PTM was an Individual…and they weren’t wrong! From young mothers to professional power couples, from those looking to work on their own terms to those who seek the ideal work-life balance – they are uniquely individual with one thread in common – their unrivalled knowledge, expertise and passion for the travel industry.e. The infrastructure and ongoing support to the PTM out there from the national partnership office (NPO) is second to none! Whether it’s IT, marketing, fares & ticketing or Finance – TravelManagers offers comprehensive support, training and guidance every step of the way.3. It often takes time to become an integral member of a company. Was this your experience with TravelManagers?My expectations of TravelManagers have been exceeded. Firstly, I was immediately made to feel like one of the family – and I say family because TravelManagers makes you genuinely feel like family and not just a team member of a large company. My superiors and colleagues were genuinely interested in my thoughts and ideas and were extremely nurturing, supportive and encouraging throughout my first six months in the role, and continue to be. And as I observed over the months I found these attributes were not exclusive to me but were principles shown to all staff and personal travel managers alike. Communication and education are also high priorities within the company and although I work remotely from the NPO, I still feel closely connected to everyone down at NPO.4. The travel industry faces challenges every year. What in your view is the biggest challenge PTMs will face in 2017?Motivation. Motivation is certainly the key to running your own successful business. You can have all the knowledge, experience, training and passion you like but if you are not motivated or are too overwhelmed to implement those elements in your business then you won’t succeed. As a BPM, I see it as being a part of my job to work with the PTMs in tackling their obstacles, breaking them down into manageable plans of actions and supporting and encouraging them to see those plans through.5. As a BPM what are the key aspects of your role? I am a business coach, a mentor, and a trusted and objective source of motivation, inspiration and guidance. It’s my role to be impartial, fair, to be honest, to be a straight shooter when they need it and to show them I’m there in their corner cheering them on when they need that too. It’s my job to be insightful, thoughtful, caring and creative. To foster an environment where the PTM can feel safe to share their ideas and I can advise, guide and recommend suggestions and initiatives to them. It’s not my job to be their best friend – but it’s my job to believe in them wholeheartedly, to see and understand their vision for their business and to genuinely want to help them to achieve that vision and bring it into fruition.6. You have 50 PTMs in the Queensland/Northern NSW region, how do you effectively communicate with them all? I will be in contact with the PTMs every day via email, often via phone. I officially meet every PTM individually at least twice a year for business planning and coaching sessions. Additionally I organise weekly cluster meetings, which are diverse in their focus, ranging from supplier product updates and training, PTM workshops, industry events, travel destination and business days to social gatherings and networking.7. It’s evident you love what you do, what is it you most enjoy as a BPM? Mentoring, coaching and assisting the PTMs with their business and watching as they make their dreams become reality. Seeing firsthand the PTMs thrive and achieve their goals. I love witnessing the PTM’s overcoming obstacles and achieving goals their counterparts in the industry can only dream of.8. You talk a lot about TravelManagers’ comprehensive support, training and diversity. Is this the company’s secret weapon? TravelManagers is the only home-based model that has a significant ground support team with their BPMs. There are seven BPMs dedicated to each state, on the ground supporting their PTMs and as such they know their business, dreams and goals intimately. We are able to effectively foster, cultivate and initiate relationships with not only the PTMs themselves but between the PTMs and trade partners and suppliers.The Travel Sector is an ever changing and ever evolving industry and with TravelManagers, the ongoing training and education is a critical priority. TravelManagers not only offers comprehensive induction for the new PTMs, but there is a plethora of webinars, training and refreshment courses, business coaching, mentoring, one-on-one consultations, training programs and supplier educationals on offer.TravelManagers welcomes diversity and understands travel professionals are not all the same. Whether their specialty is corporate, high-end leisure, FIT, groups, families, cruising, package tours – TravelManagers offers the PTM guidance, marketing, expert knowledge and training for their selected field of expertise. TravelManagers cultivates, encourages and celebrates those PTMs with niche markets and clientele. The tag line “Individual as you are” is the living, breathing philosophy of TravelManagers.9. What does success look like for you in 2017? Assisting my existing PTMs to grow their individual businesses and encourage traditional travel agents to make the jump to becoming a personal travel manager – I know they will all say “Why didn’t I do this sooner!”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. ENDSAbout TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.
THAI holds Customer Board Meeting 2017THAI holds Customer Board Meeting 2017Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), recently presided over THAI’s Customer Board Meeting 2017, which was attended by significant frequent flyer customers from public and private sectors as well as members of the press, such as Mr. Eiam Achavakulthep, Mr. Boonchai Kongpakpaisarn, Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, and Mrs. Sangtip Yimlamai at the St. Regis Bangkok. The objective of THAI’s Customer Board Meeting was to collect feedback on THAI products and services, ticket and seat reservations, inflight meals, passenger lounges, seat comfort, and customer service. All customer feedback will be used to further improve THAI’s services for increased customer satisfaction. THAI Airways InternationalBook HereSource = THAI – Thai Airways International
Source = InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa InterContinental Fiji recognisedInterContinental Fiji recognisedInterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is proud to be awarded as Fiji’s Best Beach Resort and Fiji’s Best Family Resort at the renowned 2017 Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards™ Gala Ceremony hosted on 27 October 2017 at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit in Thailand. The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM was established to recognise exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels and is synonymous with status, luxury and acclaim.“Fiji is known for its stunning unique landscape, inviting Fijian culture and the warm tropical climate which combine to create a truly unique destinational experience. Ingrained in each Fijian is the epitome of gentle kindness and hospitality, which makes us one of the best destinations for travelling families. These awards are a great achievement which can only be attributed to the team’s unwavering dedication and hard work to deliver exceptional guest experiences on our iconic location on one of the world’s best beaches – Natadola Bay,” says Andrew Davidson, Area General South Pacific at the InterContinental Fiji.“We are truly honoured with this award and look forward to continue ensuring that our guests leave Fiji with truly memorable experiences from their time here to share with their friends and family back home,” continues Andrew.Launched in 2014, Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards™ provides travellers with a trusted source of award-winning properties to choose from when booking their holidays or business trips and are now in their 3rd year. Recipients of these awards are reputed to be the best in travel experiences in the travel industry.These awards celebrate the very best in hotel experiences across 7 continents, 172 countries and 90 unique categorise on a global, continent and country level. The Awards are decided with a unique process by gathering only quality guest feedback to continue raising the bar of excellence in service delivery and promising guests the best hotel experience. The 3rd Gala Ceremony for the 2017 Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards was hosted on 27 October 2017 at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit in Thailand.InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) with over 5,000 and 744,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries. Overlooking the azure waters of Natadola Beach – voted by CNN as one of the best beaches in the world, and Fiji’s finest beach, the resort is spread across 35 acres of tropical manicured gardens and offers all of the facilities and services expected of luxury international resort.
What is hot in Hong Kong March and April 2019What is hot in Hong Kong March and April 2019It’s all about “Art”! From major international events to local neighbourhood exhibitions, tours and street performances, throughout March and April Hong Kong will showcase the destination’s wide cultural diversity across all the arts, creating a kaleidoscope of colour, ambience and creativity for visitors and locals to enjoy. Here’s a taste of what’s hot in Hong Kong…PlayFrom 1 to 31 March the city will host the annual Hong Kong Arts Month, where local and overseas artists will converge to deliver inspiring programmes including exhibitions, dance, music, theatre and more. In addition to major international events, visitors are encouraged to take some time to explore the vibrant local neighbourhoods and art communities where art of all kinds can be discovered around every corner.A major highlight of Hong Kong Arts Month is the globally renowned Art Basel. From 29 to 31 March 2019 the exhibition will return to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with a lavish visual feast, and will feature 242 galleries from 36 countries, 21 of which are new additions. www.artbasel.com/hong-kong Another major highlight is Art Central, taking place from 27 to 31 March 2019. Now in its fifth year, the event will showcase over 100 galleries from around the globe. Complimenting this will be a range of carefully curated performances, large-scale installations, new media art and talks. http://artcentralhongkong.comThe Asia Contemporary Art Show will take place from 29 March to 1 April at the Conrad Hong Kong. Regarded as the longest-running and most successful hotel art fair in Asia, the 2019 show will feature artworks from Malaysia, United Kingdom, South Korea, Lebanon, Russia, China, Japan, Hong Kong and many others. General admission opens on 30 March. www.asiacontemporaryart.comFrom 29 March to 1 April Harbour City will present the Harbour Art Fair at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel. More than 50 hotel rooms will be transformed into contemporary art spaces, showcasing a wide range of artwork from photography and painting, to sculpture and pottery, and curated by top global galleries. Aiming to bring the public closer to art, Harbour City will also host “Art in Life” throughout the shopping mall and public spaces from 12 March to 3 April. This year’s exhibitions will feature three acclaimed artists from Korea. www.harbourartfair.comThe 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix will see a range of electrifying new features added to its programme as 22 drivers from 11 teams take to Hong Kong’s iconic harbourfront street circuit on 10 March. Spearheaded by the debut of the long-awaited Formula E Gen2 car, which has almost double the range and energy storage capacity of the previous car, fans will be among the first in the region to witness the future of everyday electric road vehicles. With no mid-race car swap, a new team in the HWA RACELAB, and Nissan e.dams replacing Renault, fans can expect more action on and off the track than ever before. www.discoverhongkong.com/au/see-do/events-festivals/sports-and-recreation/formula-e-hong-kong-eprix.jspThe world’s greatest rugby players will descend on the vibrant city of Hong Kong from 5 to 7 April for the forty-fourth Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament. The roar of more than 120,000 passionate spectators will engulf the stadium to create an electric atmosphere as international teams battle it out for glory and honour. The three day event will be held at Hong Kong’s largest outdoor sports venue, Hong Kong Stadium. Located amongst the foothills in the south of Causeway Bay, the stadium delivers picturesque surrounds with easy access via the MTR (Hong Kong’s railway system), plus loads of surrounding restaurants and bars where visitors can refuel. However, the party doesn’t stop there with the whole city embracing the excitement, from fancy dress costumes and the Fan Zone in Central to special dedicated events. www.discoverhongkong.com/au/plan-your-trip/vacation-packages/CathayPacific-RugbySevens-Oct2018.jspEatFollowing the successful launch of Aulis Hong Kong last month, celebrated chef Simon Rogan shakes up the local culinary scene once again with the opening of ROGANIC, his second restaurant venture in the heart of Causeway Bay. Located alongside 12-seater chef’s table Aulis, Roganic presents a city-centric take on a farm-to-table dining experience from London. www.roganic.com.hk Redhouse, the sister restaurant of Lane Crawford’s newly opened SHÈ, has opened its doors in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. With a concept rooted upon authenticity rather than traditionalism, Redhouse serves up an extensive menu of contemporary dishes that retain the essence of conventional Chinese cuisine. Now open on the 23rd floor of California Tower in Hong Kong’s bustling nightlife district, Redhouse blazes the trail for an intimate yet modernised Chinese dining experience. https://gaiagroup.com.hk/restaurant/redhouseModern Greek dining destination Estiatorio KEIA has opened in H Queen’s in the heart of Central. Capturing the rich culinary culture of the Mediterranean region, diners can look forward to fresh premium seafood and traditional Greek specialties. The restaurant is the latest venture from Bulldozer Group, the Dubai-based hospitality company that successfully launched ICHU Peru in September last year. www.keia.com.hkDrinkDai Bing, little sister to the world renowned Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, opened in Sheung Wan in February. Situated at 52 Bonham Strand West, the bar features Hong Kong’s first Artisanal Ice Suite, moody black interiors, and an active visual and performance art programme. The bar specialises in long drinks and Portuguese petiscos. www.facebook.com/Dai-Bing-350456479053360Gordan Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar has opened at The Peak Galleria. Ramsay’s ascent to The Peak in collaboration with Dining Concepts adds a gourmet edge to one of Hong Kong’s most visited destinations. Bread Street Kitchen & Bar serves unpretentiously simple yet meticulously prepared British comfort fare with European influences in a casual, welcoming hang-out. Standout dishes include the signature Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. www.diningconcepts.comSleepRosewood Hong Kong, a magnificent new ultra-luxury property situated within the Victoria Dockside arts, design and conceptual retail district, will open on 17 March 2019. The 413-room Rosewood Hong Kong will be located at a prime Victoria Harbour waterfront location at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The ultra-luxury hotel will occupy 27 floors of a multi-use tower, destined to become a landmark on the world-famous skyline. Eight restaurants and lounges will be complemented by recreational facilities including Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept, as well as a fitness centre and swimming pool. The Manor Club executive lounge will provide exclusive privileges while The Pavilion, the brand’s signature residential-style meeting and function space, will host corporate events, conferences and social celebrations. Also on offer will be 186 luxury Rosewood Residences for guests choosing longer stays with a dedicated lounge, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre along with special services and amenities. www.rosewoodhotels.com/hongkongFor more information on Hong Kong visit:www.discoverhongkong.com/au or www.discoverhongkong.com/nzSource = Hong Kong Tourism Board
Albatros Expeditions reveals second new build vesselAlbatros Expeditions reveals second new build vessel for the Arctic and AntarcticaAlbatros Expeditions has confirmed plans to add a second INFINITY class expedition cruise vessel to its fleet in 2022. The ship, named Ocean Albatros, will operate in both Antarctica and the Arctic, and on cruises between these core expedition areas. The Ocean Albatros will join the new Ocean Victory, that will be operated by Albatros Expeditions in Antarctica from December 2020 and is chartered to Victory Cruise Lines for operations in Alaska for the summer seasons.Ocean Albatros and Ocean Victory are 104 metres long, and 18 metres wide, featuring 93 large cabins, of which 68 benefit from private observation decks and nine with French balconies. The vessel is part of a brand-new generation of low-energy vessels and are of the highest Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6. They are being built with Safe Return to Port, Dynamic Positioning and Zero Speed Stabilisers. The vessels also feature the X-Bow® by Ulstein Design & Solutions. They are small enough to provide a sense of exclusivity and yet large enough to offer all the facilities and levels of services that you would expect from larger vessels.Albatros has also announced the appointment of Hans Lagerweij as president of its international businesses. Lagerweij has extensive experience in the Expedition and Small Ship cruise industry, and in the past was responsible for managing Quark Expeditions and recently Victory Cruise Lines.Hans Lagerweij, President of its international businesses, said; “Many expedition cruise companies are focusing on features such as under water lounges, helicopters or submarines for their new builds. At Albatros Expeditions, we have chosen vessels that are enhancing an authentic expedition experience which customers are looking for. The proven and patented X-Bow design gives our passengers a more enjoyable sailing, by improving guest comfort and safety, and even reducing seasickness. It provides very low levels of noise and vibration and gives us the ability to better maintain speed, ensuring we keep to our expedition schedules in rougher seas”. Lagerweij is also enthusiastic about the benefits of Dynamic Positioning; “With excellent maneuverability, it is easier and faster to change position during expedition operations like zodiac loading and no anchor handling is required. It also makes operations above underwater treasures like coral reefs easier, eliminating the possibility of any impacts. There will be no need for the sound and vibration of anchoring – so less chance of disturbing wildlife”. Lagerweij also stresses the importance of five zodiac loading points; “Where most expedition vessels only have two, with five this leads to less waiting time for Albatros guests, so they can spend more time off the ship exploring the wonders of our world. Also, it gives us the opportunity to deploy zodiacs more quickly when we have unexpected wildlife encounters. Finally, the highest ice class 1A means that we can safely operate deep into polar waters”.Albatros owner Soren Rasmussen stresses the benefits of the unique Zero Speed Stabilizers; “These offer a proven reduction of the roll of the ship of 80% to 85%, even if the ship is not moving. This offers more comfort to our guests, while at the same time making our zodiac operators easier, even in more challenging conditions”. Despite the vessels being Expedition and Explorer focused, guests will also enjoy all the the modern comforts and amenities of today’s luxury cruise ships. Rasmussen continues; “Next to large cabins, most with balconies, we offer a heated infinity pool, hot tubs, library, spa, gym, three restaurants and two bars. Finally, the vessels also belong to the greenest generation of cruise ships in the world. Its tier 3 compliant engines give up to 80% less emissions and operate on significantly lower fuel consumption. Furthermore, we will remove single use plastics, only use bio-degradable and eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products. We will only offer sustainable seafood, reduce the use of all chemicals and implement an onboard recycling program”.The ‘Safe Return to Port’ feature, following Solas 2012 classification, is not required for ships this size, but will be fully implemented. This means that all the critical equipment, machinery, propulsion and steering as well as pipe, duct and cable tray routings will be redundant on the ship in separate areas. Also, food preparation galleys are fully redundant. In the event of flood, fire or system emergency, passengers and crew can stay safely on board as the ship proceeds to port under her own power, maintaining minimum facilities like food preparation.Source = Albatros Expeditions
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