Etihad Airways executive breaks world record

first_imgSource = Etihad Airways Etihad Airways executive breaks world recordEtihad Airways executive breaks world recordEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has honoured its high flying executive Andrew Fisher following his record-breaking feat of travelling around the globe in the fastest time and in the fewest number of flights.Clocking a flying time of 52 hours and 34 minutes, Andrew managed to beat the previous record by 3 hours and 13 minutes, and using only four scheduled commercial flights instead of five to achieve his lifelong ambition.The Guinness World Records has officially declared his successful attempt a world record.Andrew’s journey covered 41,375 km on scheduled flights operated by Air New Zealand, KLM and China Eastern that took him from Shanghai to Auckland; Buenos Aires to Amsterdam; and back to Shanghai.“It’s an incredible feeling to have finally achieved my dream,” recalled Andrew, Etihad Airways Vice President Fleet Planning, after touching down at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.“Although I managed only 16 hours of sleep throughout the journey, I still felt fresh, perhaps due to the adrenalin and excitement at completing this unique experience. And it’s a great feeling to be part of a company that encourages and enables its employees to pursue their dreams.”Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, added: “On behalf of employees across the company, I congratulate Andrew for this remarkable achievement.“This feat requires significant commitment, dedication and perseverance – values that we at Etihad instil in all our employees, and we are extremely proud to have Andrew as a member of our Etihad family.”New Zealander Andrew, who joined Etihad Airways in 2007, and who has a passion for studying airline route networks and schedules, meticulously charted his journey. He targeted the record for over 20 years, and was first keen to attempt to break it as a teenager.“With the advent of new longer range and fuel-efficient aircraft over the years, airlines have been able to introduce non-stop long haul flights and add frequencies that facilitated my record-breaking attempt,” commented Andrew.“Planning the trip was a matter of identifying the most suitable qualifying antipodal city pairs and then finding the best routes, schedules and tightest possible connections within the right window of opportunity.”Andrew had a few words of encouragement for those pursuing their ambitions: “Never give up on your dream no matter how unrealistic it might seem to others. Take every opportunity to follow your passion.”last_img read more

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Australias newest guided bushwalking experience

first_imgSunshine Coast-Cooloola Great Walk Day 5 Carlo Sandblow Reuben NuttAustralia’s newest guided bushwalking experienceA fully-guided trek along the Queensland Sunshine Coast’s spectacular Cooloola Coast will be launched in April providing an unforgettable adventure through massive sand-dunes, hidden sub-tropical rainforests and along unspoilt beaches between Noosa and Rainbow Beach.Renowned small-group trekking specialists, Tropical Treks, will offer the new Great Cooloola Walk guided trek on a fortnightly basis starting from Sunday 22 April to Sunday, 23 September 2018.The 88km, 5-day/4-night, fully-guided, self-sufficient trek, links the Noosa Northshore to Rainbow Beach via the 500,000 year old Cooloola Sandmass and its unique dune, water, and vegetation systems.Experienced Tropical Treks guides will lead the tours highlighting the many rare and native animals inhabiting the Sandmass, including Ground Parrots, Feathertailed Gliders, Koalas and Wallabies, along with rich flora and myriad wildflowers. Humpback whales can be seen as they migrate up the coast during the winter months.Groups are limited to six and the package includes all camping equipment, meals and drinks along the trek. Nightly accommodation is in four walkers’ camps, which offer tranquil camping experiences with toilets and freshwater.Cooloola is the word of the local Aboriginal Gubbi Gubbi people, meaning “the sound the wind makes as it whispers through the branches of the trees”. The heritage and culture of the Gubbi Gubbi people is a major feature of the commentary provided throughout the guided trek.A moderate level of fitness is required for the trek. Participants are required to pitch their own tents but the schedule allows plenty of time to relax, bird watch, encounter wildlife and appreciate the scenery and the amazing night skies. The weather throughout the six month period is mild and generally dry, making it ideal for trekking.The trek starts at Noosa North Shore, with a night’s pre-trek accommodation included in the package. Noosa can be reached via Sunshine Coast Airport (30 minutes drive) or Brisbane Airport (two hours drive). Transfers are included in their package.Fares and InclusionsAll-Inclusive Fare: $1595.00 incl. GST per person. Inclusions:All camp gear, equipment, meals and drinks on the walk.Camp gear: 75 lt. backpack, screen tent/fly, 3/4 length ‘Thermarest” self-inflating mattress, sleeping bag, liner and pillow and walking poles.1 night pre-walk accommodation, nibbles, drinks and dinner at Noosa NorthshoreTransfers from Noosa to Noosa Northshore accommodationCelebration lunch, including drinks, at Rainbow Beach.Transfers from Rainbow Beach to Noosa after celebration lunch (Day 5)GuideCamping permitsBring-Your-Own Gear Option: $1095.00 incl. GST per person. Inclusions:Provide own camp gear, equipment, meals and drinks on the walk.Pre-walk Welcome BBQ nibbles, drinks and dinner/meeting at Noosa Northshore. Mandatory attendance.  Make your own way or we can arrange return transfers.Transfers from Noosa accommodation to the start of the walk on Day 1Celebration lunch, including drinks, at Rainbow Beach.Transfers from Rainbow Beach to Noosa after celebration lunch (Day 5)GuideCamping permitsSpecial rates are available for bookings of six guests.Travel DealsWalks depart fortnightly between:Week 1: Sunday, 22 April 2018Week 12:  Sunday, 23 September 2018.Full details: https://www.tropicaltreks.com.au/tours/cooloola-great-walk/Source = Tropical Trekslast_img read more

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Air Partner named Best Executive Travel Solutions Provider by MEI

first_imgAir Partner named “Best Executive Travel Solutions Provider” by MEIAir Partner named “Best Executive Travel Solutions Provider” by MEIAir Partner, the global aviation services group, was named “Best Executive Travel Solutions Provider” by Major Events International (MEI) at an awards dinner held on 27 June 2018, as part of its Major Events Summit in Liverpool.MEI provides international business services for companies who want to take advantage of Olympic and World Cup opportunities and win more business in the major events marketplace. Now in its fourth year, the Summit brings together experts from current and future organising committees, sports bodies, venue and key commercial suppliers involved in major sports events to knowledge share and collaborate.Air Partner has extensive experience chartering flights for major sporting events across its Commercial Jets, Private Jets and Freight divisions, transporting sportspeople, supporters, the media and important equipment across the globe. It sees demand from across the sporting spectrum, including football, rugby, Formula 1, golf, sailing, cycling, athletics, handball and even ice hockey.The group sees particularly strong demand from the football industry, and this year, has been called upon to operate 15 flights to Russia for the FIFA World Cup for players, supporters and corporate customers. In 2016, the team also flew nearly 10,000 passengers on a total of 62 flights to and from the UEFA European Championship in France.Other highlights of recent years include flying the entire Hungarian Olympic team to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in 2016, and transporting important sports equipment, such as bikes and other kit, for cyclists taking part in the Giro d’Italia, Italy’s most prestigious bike race.Clive Chalmers, Director of Charter at Air Partner, said: “Air Partner has worked with the sports industry for several decades now and has a deep understanding of its unique requirements, whether flying elite athletes or fulfilling time-critical lifts of equipment. I am delighted that we have been acknowledged by MEI in this way and would like to thank all my colleagues who work tirelessly to make the logistics for these major sporting events a success.”Dennis Mills, Chief Executive Officer at MEI, commented: “Every year, we honour a number of our members who actively engage with us, have a great international presence, and whom we are proud to support. Air Partner has been an extremely valued partner for over a year now, and I look forward to carrying on our relationship well into the future.”Source = Air Partnerlast_img read more

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Savio Pereira

first_imgOTM Mumbai is an event where you get a range of travel agents attending. For us the main intention is to do the branding because OTM as a brand is in the market for long time. We have been participating for many years representing our company and I am very happy with what we saw.last_img

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Thomas Cook launches its new campaign Bachat ka Baadshah

first_imgThomas Cook (India) Ltd is witnessing the strong delivery of its e-commerce strategy with a focus on leveraging the rapidly growing digital native Indian consumer. The company’s e-commerce (led by its portal thomascook. in) accounts for over 11% of its overall travel business.Having successfully transitioned from a brick and mortar player to its current omnichannel ‘Clicks & Bricks’ hybrid model, Thomas Cook’s eBusiness had launched a slew of innovative products: its Foreign Exchange & Holiday Apps, Visa Online, Online Forex Store and Forex on Mobile. Its Foreign Exchange App has seen over 40% of all transactions completed sans human intervention.This season, to tap into the innate value seeker Indian psyche and inspire bookings, Thomas Cook India has unveiled a new campaign Bachat Ka Baadshah, with a range of great value holiday packages easily bookable on thomascook.in.The campaign introduces a character called Bachat Ka Baadshah, with quirky, humour to drive home the benefits of being a ‘Smart Saver’ or Bachat Ka Badshah. The month-long campaign incorporates a healthy mix of, outdoor radio and digital focus, across Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru. The campaign is also being promoted aggressively on Social Media via Twitter and Facebook contests.Amit Madhan, President & Group Head – Technology & Shared Services Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, said, “Indian consumers today are looking at multiple options when planning their holiday, and our hybrid omnichannel ‘clicks n bricks’ strategy is hence working very well in our favour. As market leaders, Thomas Cook India’s objective is to give consumers what they truly want – a great value experience. Our Bachat ka Baadshah campaign hence aims to optimise on the strong growth in traffic to our one-stop-shop portal thomascook.in and inspire demand by offering savings.”last_img read more

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Ghana signs destination agreement to promote tourism with South Africa

first_imgIn order to promote tourism between Ghana and South Africa, the Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA) has signed a multiple destination agreement with South Africa, which would facilitate tourists to tour major cities in the two countries.“Ghana is the gateway to West Africa and if you a serious tour operator or tourism personnel or a country that really wants to penetrate West Africa, Ghana is the country to look at and this is something which South Africa has identified,” Nancy O. Sam, the president of TOUGHA said.In the past two years, she said the Union had been familiarising countries in Africa on the concept of multiple-destination travel.“It also for promoting each other so that when you go to the South Africa information desk they will not sell only South Africa but will also showcase Ghana,” Sam said.“We are encouraging this destination whereby the monies that come to Africa stays in Africa,” she stated.She added that Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana had also embraced the concept and believes it was a very good concept for Africans to sell Africa.last_img read more

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Strong Servicing Sector for First United

first_imgStrong Servicing Sector for First United in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”First United Bank””:https://www.firstunitedbank.com/ has reason to celebrate, with the company’s recent announcement that its mortgage servicing division’s portfolio has ballooned to more than $1 billion. The Oklahoma-based financial institution will now be able to serve even more customers in its home state and Texas thanks to its achievement.[IMAGE]””First United Bank Mortgage Company””:http://www.fubmortgage.com/Default.aspx benefits from being a Ginnie Mae-approved mortgage backed security issuer and an official Fannie Mae seller and servicer. Additionally, First United Bank, founded in 1900, boasts over $2 billion in assets, ensuring a solid financial base to support its mortgage and servicing divisions.[COLUMN_BREAK]Commenting on the growth in First United’s servicing sector, James Hinton, president of the entity’s mortgage division, said, “”Attainment of this significant milestone reflects First United’s commitment to serve the residential mortgage needs of the communities we serve. Our success reflects the dedication of our mortgage professionals to deliver best in class residential products and service.””First United has more than 31 bank locations throughout its region, and the company employs over 600 people in 20 communities. The privately held financial institution serves over 75,000 clients and is headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma, home to the Choctaw Nation.First United’s owner and chairman of the board, John Massey, says of its goals, “”We know that our deposit customers want us to pay them more, our lending customers want to pay less. Our stockholders want a return, our employees want raises – our mission is to just do what is right.””In a company statement, First United notes that it continues to pursue the philosophy of one of the bank’s founders, Granny Massey, which promises consumers “”a hug when you walk through the door.”” We’ll presume that a “”hug”” from the bank is now extended in theory, as opposed to literally, but either way, First United’s thriving servicing division is well prepared to meet the needs of its client base. September 6, 2011 461 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-09-06 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more

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Report Small Midsize Servicers to Lose Most Under New Rules

first_img in Government, Origination, Servicing Report: Small, Midsize Servicers to Lose Most Under New Rules August 16, 2012 414 Views Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fitch Ratings Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Insurance Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight Politics Processing Regulation Richard Cordray Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-08-16 Ryan Schuettecenter_img The “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ strikes once more ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô against the little guy, reports suggest.[IMAGE]One of those came from “”Moody’s Investors Service””:http://www.moodys.com/ on Thursday. The ratings agency released a report that linked a tide of new rules from the credit bureau to “”costly”” and “”challenging”” new costs for small to midsize servicers.According to Moody’s, these servicers will likely encounter “”significant hurdles”” in moves to adopt the single point of contact strategy.Analysts William Fricke, Gene Berman, and Linda Stesney offered this much: “”Many small servicers will find the cost of implementing the rules prohibitive, because the rules require them to change borrower notices, implement new contact strategies, update compliance procedures and make core system changes.””As for the bigger guys? The report says they may just walk away without much of a scratch.[COLUMN_BREAK]According to the analysts, the new servicing regime would exert only “”minimal impact”” on large servicers, especially as federal consent orders from 2011 take effect with the historic $25 billion landmark settlement from earlier this year.A few changes may come down the pipeline for these servicers. Changes to billing statements, adjustment notices for adjustable-rate mortgages, and evaluations for forced-placed insurance policies, for example. But none of the changes will likely near the problems of cost for small to midsize servicers.And the result? “”The cost pressure would be another factor supporting the ongoing consolidation in the mortgage servicing industry as well as the increase in the transfer of servicing to specialty servicers that are more equipped to handle loans in a ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôhigh-touch’ fashion,”” according to Fricke, Berman, and Stesney.Analysts with fellow ratings agency “”Fitch Ratings””:http://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp would probably concur. A report from Fitch first “”forecasted””:https://themreport.com/articles/fitch-servicers-will-feel-burn-from-cfpb-rules-2012-04-16 “”increased operational, compliance, and reporting expenses”” for servicers in April.The CFPB stands firm behind the decision to roll out proposals for new servicing rules. Bureau chief Richard Cordray said in a statement last week that the “”rules would offer consumers basic protections and put the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôservice’ back into mortgage servicing.””The bureau certainly has company. In an “”earlier interview””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/behind-25b-settlement-joe-smith-2012-04-24 with _DS News_, our sister publication, settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr., said that he felt the nation would “”ultimately”” move forward with national servicing standards ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô “”and we ought to.””Do you think these predictions are as dire as analysts make them out to be? Sound off by writing us at editor@themreport.com for a chance to appear in our monthly magazine. Sharelast_img read more

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Cole Taylor Mortgage Picks Blueberrys RELAY to Streamline Production

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-17 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology April 17, 2013 433 Views Cole Taylor Mortgage Picks Blueberry’s RELAY to Streamline Productioncenter_img “”Blueberry Systems, LLC””:http://www.blueberrysystems.com/, a Colorado-based technology solutions firm for the mortgage and financial services industries, announced that its RELAY loan origination system (LOS) is now the platform of choice at “”Cole Taylor Mortgage””:http://coletaylormortgage.com/.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Alan Holsztynski, SVP of mortgage information and technology at the Ann Arbor-based operation, said RELAY fits well with Cole Taylor Mortgage’s “”high-touch, relationship-based approach.””””What attracts us to Blueberry Systems is their mortgage DNA and their dedication to personal service,”” Holsztynski said. “”They know first-hand what problems we’re facing as a mid-tier lender. They are a great partner who will improve the quality of life around here and, ultimately, for our customers.””According to a recent independent study cited by Blueberry Systems, companies using RELAY see savings of $287 per loan within three years of implementation.””Cole Taylor Mortgage sets the standard for their approach to outstanding service and their utilization of mortgage technology,”” said Dominick Marchetti, EVP of Blueberry Systems. “”We are thrilled by their decision to leverage our platform, experience and expertise to grow their business and their reputation. We look forward to their continued success for years to come.”” Sharelast_img read more

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First American Executive Awarded as Valuation Visionary

first_imgFirst American Executive Awarded as ‘Valuation Visionary’ in Headlines, News, Origination Collateral Risk Network Company News First American MCrowd 2017-03-24 Mirasha Brown Alan HummelFirst American Mortgage Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation and provider of lender and servicer solutions covering the entire residential loan spectrum, announced that the Collateral Risk Network (CRN) has named Alan Hummel, Chief Appraiser and VP of valuations for First American Mortgage Solutions, the recipient of the 2017 Valuation Visionary award. According to CRN, the Valuation Visionary award recognizes a standout collateral valuation professional every year who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and professionalism. Winners are nominated by their peers within the network.He is a past national President of the Appraisal Institute, past officer of the Appraisal Foundation, and an Appraisal Qualifications Board-certified instructor of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. For more than 30 years, he has developed and implemented innovative appraiser training programs, efficiency tools and quality control initiatives, earning the title of “industry innovator” among his peers. One of his many accomplishments include testifying before Congress on mortgage fraud and appraisal issues.Hummel expressed his gratitude by stating, “I’m humbled to have my name placed alongside the industry-changing leaders who received the Valuation Visionary award before me,” he said. “I’m proud to receive this award from the CRN, where we challenge the status quo, while simultaneously defending the foundations of our profession. Being a ‘visionary’ is not only about looking to the future; it’s about looking inward to identify where we can do better for ourselves and for the communities we serve.”The CRN is a group of valuation experts focused on resolving the many challenges facing the collateral valuation industry. With a broad membership representing lending institutions, Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Veterans Affairs, the Federal Housing Administration, appraisal management companies, appraisal firms, and appraisers, CRN brings influencers together to act as counsel to one another, share experiences and assist one another in solving mutual problems.center_img March 24, 2017 611 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Mortgage Apps Decline

first_imgMortgage Apps Decline applications Average contract Interest Rates FHA MBA mortgage Purchase Loans rates Refinance survey VA 2018-05-02 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Mortgage loan applications declined for the second consecutive week decreasing 2.5 percent from last week according to the Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey by the MBA. The Market Composition Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the prior week, data indicated.While the Purchase Index decreased 2 percent from the earlier week, the Refinance Index fell 4 percent during the same period. The survey indicated that the refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 36.5 percent of total applications, from 37.2 percent last week, its lowest level since September 2008.The FHA and VA share of total applications increased slightly to 10.3 percent and 10.2 percent respectively, even as the USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent during the week.Here’s how the average contract interest rate on various loans performed during the week:For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances, the rate increased to 4.8 percent from 4.73 percent last week, touching its highest level since September 2013. The effective rate increased from last week.The rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances increased to 4.69 percent, its highest level since September 2013, from 4.64 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.For FHA backed 30-year fixed-rate mortgages the rates increased to their highest level since July 2011 to 4.81 percent from 4.71 percent; the effective rate increased from last week.Rates for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to their highest level since February 2011 to 4.21 percent, from 4.13 percent. The effective rate also saw an increase.Rates for 5/1 ARMs also increased to a survey high of 4.03 percent, from 3.98 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.center_img May 2, 2018 581 Views Sharelast_img read more

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December 20 2018

first_imgDecember 20 , 2018 Northern Hemisphere market report for Week 50 (ending December 14) You might also be interested incenter_img Decofrut/edited by www.freshfruitportal.comFreshfruitportal.com is not responsible for the information provided by State of the Market. The contents only reflect analysis carried out by Decofrut.last_img

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July 29 2019

first_imgJuly 29 , 2019 The USDA is increasing the number of areas in Florida under quarantine to halt the spread of citrus black spot (CBS).Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding eight sections in Charlotte County, nine sections in Lee County, 28 sections in Hendry County, and five sections in Collier County to the list of restricted areas.This action is in response to the discovery of CBS during the service’s annual survey of groves and residential areas.The disease can be hard to detect early because affected fruit typically shows no symptoms until after the leaves die. Symptoms of CBS are most evident on mature fruit, says the USDA.Florida is no stranger to such quarantines. The service detected the citrus disease in Florida last year. However, the USDA notes that this is the first time APHIS has detected CBS on a residential property since 2010.In response to the finding, APHIS is limiting the interstate movement of fresh citrus fruit and citrus plant parts. Groundbreaking plant gene discovery could lead to … Berry People transitions to Pacific Northwest blue … New study finds managed honeybees spread deadly vi … center_img You might also be interested in Calavo delivers ‘all-time record performance’ in Q … It’s also restricting the foreign trade of these products from the quarantine areas.Fresh citrus fruit that is moved interstate from the CBS quarantine areas must be packed in commercial citrus packinghouses operating under a compliance agreement with APHIS.Moreover, workers must process the fruit using APHIS-approved methods.The USDA has prohibited people from moving citrus plant parts other than fresh fruit outside the quarantine areaIt has provided a list of the current CBS quarantine areas, Federal Orders, and APHIS-approved packinghouse procedures at:http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/blackspotFor additional information regarding the CBS Program, you may contact Citrus Health Response Program National Coordinator Angela McMellen-Brannigan at 301-851-2314.last_img read more

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Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Solstice

first_imgCelebrity CruisesCelebrity Solstice Celebrity Cruises has reached 100,000 local Facebook fans within four years of launching of its local Facebook page.In celebration, the cruise has launched a search to find Celebrity Solstice’s biggest fans, with fifteen VIP double-passes awarded to the lucky fans selected to attend an exclusive event on Celebrity Solstice’s Lawn Club while the ship is berthed in Sydney on 13 March 2017.Celebrity is calling on Australians to upload their most memorable Celebrity Solstice modern luxury moment and explain in 25 words or less why are they are Celebrity Solstice’s Biggest Fan.The winning VIP guests will be spoilt with some only-on-Celebrity experiences similar to the ‘Taste of Film’ movie, food and culture event offered onboard.Entries for this Australia-wide competition close on 24 February 2017.last_img read more

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asiaTravel CounsellorsWide Eyed Tours

first_imgasiaTravel CounsellorsWide Eyed Tours Wide Eyed Tours Sheriff of Sales and National Sales Manager Greg Wilson, on behalf of the Wide Eyed Tours team, has issued an ecstatic “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU” after being named Top Supplier 2017 at Travel Counsellors Australia’s recent National Conference. Wide Eyed Tours has been operating in SE Asia for more than 13 years, under the leadership of its founders Travis Fennell and Mike Keenan, and has earned a solid reputation for delivering a high level of service. The Travel Counsellors’ recognition comes on the back of Wide Eyed Tours’ Best Supplier in Holland & Belgium 2016 award from Travel Counsellors worldwide. Fennell and Keenan and their teams have also garnered outstanding reviews on Trip Advisor, and agent loyalty, for their guarantee that once you factor in the inclusions and personalised service, the company’s packages represent the best value in the region.At the start of this year Wide Eyed Tours released their FIT brochure, allowing clients and agents to tailor and design their own tours based on their expertise and knowledge. “We seriously care about the types of holidays we deliver. It is vital that we understand who is travelling with us so that we can customise the holiday to perfectly suit each individual. Every traveller is different and so should every holiday be different. We like being creative and we love making people happy,” says Fennell. “We’re welcoming more agents every week to the Wide Eyed Tours family as agents discover that there really is a different way in the industry, for better service, knowledge, price and flexibility,” Keenan adds. last_img read more

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Beyond Travel says agent demand for more options i

first_imgBeyond Travel says agent demand for more options in Scandinavia – as requested by clients – has prompted the latest expansion of its 2018 range, with 25 pages dedicated to the region in the 2018 Russia & Beyond brochure.“Forward bookings and enquiries for 2018 have been overwhelmingly positive, and with good feedback from agents on new products and services introduced in 2017,” said general manager sales and marketing Bryce Crampton.“This response has encouraged Beyond Travel to offer an even wider choice of hotels, tours and sightseeing options for 2018. The surge of interest in both escorted and independent travel prompted us to add five new escorted tours and five new tailor-made packages across Scandinavia, including specially designed winter tours.” New for 2018 is the 12-day ‘Grand Tour of Iceland’ escorted tour, which currently comes with a $700 discover more travel voucher per couple when booked and deposited by December 29, 2017. There are eight departures across June, July and August, with prices starting from $8695 per person twin share.Also new is the nine-day ‘Intimate Norway tour’, a great value option for independent travellers. The package includes 4-star hotels, ferry, coach and rail tickets and features six nights in the Fjord region plus Bergen and Oslo. Priced from only $3,040 per person, the tour departs daily in summer. Book by February 28, 2018 and receive a bonus $200 per couple discover more travel voucher. BrochuresScandinavialast_img read more

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appointmentsAvis Budget Groupdrive

first_imgappointmentsAvis Budget Groupdrive Avis Budget Group has announced the appointment of Ian Jones as Commercial Director for the Pacific region, responsible for driving growth across our Avis, Budget and Apex brands in the Pacific region. Mark Servodidio, President, International, Avis Budget Group, said “We are thrilled to welcome Ian and have him join our Pacific Leadership team. We are confident that he will play a valuable role in the future direction of the business within Australia and New Zealand. Jones, joins the organisation with a wealth of experience having worked at large-scale businesses across the country, such as ASX listed marketing services business, Salmat, and Australia Post. Ian’s role as Commercial Director is effective from 16 July. He will be based in Sydney. last_img read more

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Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Matt William of Scouts Inc. ranked the players and he, like every other football player, coach, analyst and fan, is impressed with the Arizona wideout. If a down year for a wide receiver is producing 90 catches for more than 1,100 yards, it just shows how great that player really is. Fitzgerald had awful quarterback play to blame for his decreased production in 2010. Fitzgerald is an extremely hard worker and does everything well. His ball skills are the best in recent memory, he catches anything thrown near him and his ability to use his body is unmatched. Arizona’s poor pass-protection (and the guys throwing the ball) limited Fitzgerald’s ability to stretch the field last season, but despite just average playing speed, Fitzgerald is extremely dangerous deep. Last year, may have been a down year by Fitzsgerald’s high standards, yet he was still productive and his numbers should increase once the Cardinals acquire a new quarterback. Top Stories Larry Fitzgerald is good and everybody knows it.In fact, he is so good he was named the best player in the NFC West. Fitzgerald is obviously the best receiver in the division and arguably the league, but to be the best overall player in a division is special.The NFL is a quarterback driven league so it is a bit unique to see a receiver rated so high which can either be attributed to Fitzgeralds’ talent, the NFC West’s lack of a sklilled quarterback or a bit of both.last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories “He’s a dynamic player; he brings a lot to this offense and our backfield,” Mendenhall said. “I enjoy playing with him.”Said Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin: “I’m sure after Andre’s last performance, he’s ready to go.” Like Mendenhall, Goodwin believes the two backs complement each other well, which is why each can — and will — continue to have a role going forward. “I think Rashard’s more of a hammer and he’s pretty good running downhill,” he said. “I think Andre can do it as well, but I think Andre gives you the elusiveness in space and stuff like that.”Mendenhall was brought in with the hope that he could rediscover what made him one of the league’s better running backs from 2009-2011, when he tallied 3,309 yards on 794 carries (4.17 YPC) with 29 touchdowns. However, Mendenhall has struggled to get going with his new team, rushing for just 281 yards on 92 attempts, with an average of 3.1 yards per tote. If the season ended today, that mark would be the worst he’s posted since his rookie campaign.“I feel good about how I’ve played and where I’ve been at,” he said when asked if now he can finally show people the ‘real’ Rashard Mendenhall. “I had to deal with some things, but that’s part of football and I’m just glad I feel better now.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Rashard Mendenhall, who missed the Arizona Cardinals’ win over the Atlanta Falcons due to a toe injury, will be back on the field Sunday as his team hosts the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium. “I’m feeling good, just ready to get back out there,” Mendenhall said Friday. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Mendenhall will resume his role as the team’s starting running back, though that does not mean he can expect to see the bulk of the team’s carries. He has averaged just more than 13 carries per game this season, and has never received more than 17. Add in the emergence of rookie Andre Ellington, who torched the Falcons for 154 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and you figure those numbers are not likely to go up. Sharing the running game duties with the rookie does not bother the veteran. center_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And that, along with everything Mathieu has shown him since being drafted in April, is why the coach is confident this will be little more than a speed bump for a rising star.“He’s got a bright, bright future, just right now he’s got to work hard at getting his leg back,” Arians said. “And I’m sure he will.” – / 27 The road to recovery will be a long one. Of course, his path to this point has not exactly been a smooth one, so adversity is not anything new to the former LSU star. But his previous issues were of the self-made variety, and not injury related. That Mathieu has been able to overcome those, however, emerging as a key member of a playoff contender, bodes well for his comeback journey.“He’s been fantastic, and he’s a leader,” Arians said. “Very seldom do you see young guys come in and become a leader like he has, especially in the secondary. But his personality is infectious with the guys because he loves football. “He’ll stay out there and practice all day and go as hard as he can. Those are guys you miss.”From here, it will be all about how Mathieu responds to something that happened to him.“He was crying, he was sad,” Arians said. “He’s never been injured. These guys that get hurt for the first time, it’s devastating. And when you take away the thing he loves the most and works so hard for, he was devastated.“But he’ll get over it, he’s strong. He’s got a lot of support.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — It may be a while before we see Tyrann Mathieu on a football field again.The safety left Sunday’s game with what was feared to be an ACL injury, and news came out Monday that things were even worse than originally thought.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced Mathieu, who hurt himself returning a safety-kick in the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, will need surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in his left knee. He added surgery is usually performed eight days after the initial injury. Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s a shame,” he said. “Prognosis is crazy — it’s individuals. Some guys…this will be a long one, but I won’t tempt to say how long because it’s individual guys now.”Asked if Mathieu could be back in time for training camp, Arians was not optimistic.“I would doubt that,” he said. “I would doubt that.”The injury is a significant blow to a Cardinals defense that has evolved into one of the best in the NFL. Though a rookie, Mathieu had become one of the team’s most important players, as the safety had 68 tackles to go along with two interceptions and one forced fumble.Able to play both safety and cornerback, his versatility in the defensive backfield will be missed.“It will take two guys to take his place,” Arians said. The coach said Rashad Johnson, Antoine Cason, Jerraud Powers, Bryan McCann, Javier Arenas can all help fill the void in coverage, but added with Mathieu, no substitutions were necessary. With three games left in the regular season and the Cardinals still in the playoff race, replacing Mathieu on the field is certainly an important issue to figure out. However, much of the focus will turn to the 21-year-old’s future, especially given how bright it appears to be.last_img read more

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