ACV heads south – way south – for new Cartagena program

first_img Thursday, July 20, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Posted by ACV heads south – way south – for new Cartagena programcenter_img MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has added Cartagena, Colombia to its winter lineup, with 11 hotels and new, nonstop Toronto-Cartagena flights on Air Canada Rouge.Departures start Dec. 18, 2017 and run every Monday through April 9, 2018. Flights will be operated on 136-seat Air Canada Rouge A319s offering two classes of service: Premium Rouge and Economy.ACV says its 11 hotels, available across a range of price points, are located throughout the main areas of the city: Bocagrande Beach, the Old Town and the northern area. Hotels will offer a choice of meal plans, as well as the more traditional all-inclusive option.“We are thrilled to offer our customers the opportunity to discover this vibrant and eclectic destination, rich in history, art and culture,” said George Platanitis, VP, Sales & Partnerships of Air Canada Vacations. “We believe this unique blend will appeal to a wide array of travellers, providing them with both an authentic experience and modern comfort.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaCartagena is known for its beaches, colonial architecture, excellent cuisine, original street art and relaxed atmosphere, he added. Main tourist attractions in the city include the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the Walls of Cartagena de Indias, the Cartagena Gold Museum, the Palace of the Inquisition and the Clock Tower.With the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels, cruises and groups will receive 600 points per room for packages of 7+ nights; 400 points per room for packages of 3-6 nights; 600 points per stateroom for Air & Cruise packages; and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME Points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or Visa gift cards. Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Colombia << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

American Airlines averts Christmas chaos after reaching agreement with pilots

first_img Share American Airlines averts Christmas chaos after reaching agreement with pilots Tags: American Airlines Monday, December 4, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press NEW YORK — American Airlines has reached an agreement with its pilots’ union to avoid cancelling thousands of flights during the holiday season.A scheduling glitch had left thousands of flights without a captain, co-pilot or both between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31 at dozens of airports. The airline and the Allied Pilots Association had disagreed how to overcome the problem.American said Friday that the two sides “have put that worry to rest to make sure our flights will operate as scheduled.”The union said it withdrew a grievance after reaching an agreement in principle. Union spokesman Dennis Tajer said details will be released after pilots see the deal.American, the world’s biggest airline, expects to operate more than 200,000 flights in December.last_img read more

Holland America adds new BDM Affinity Diversity Group Sales

first_img Friday, March 15, 2019 Holland America adds new BDM, Affinity & Diversity Group Sales Share Tags: Holland America Line, New Hires Posted bycenter_img SEATTLE — Holland America Line has added the position of Business Development Manager, Affinity & Diversity Group Sales to its growing sales force. Lisa Blake, a hospitality and travel industry professional with more than 20 years in the business, was appointed to this new role.In this capacity, Blake will aim to expand group sales and work with travel advisors looking to grow their business in the affinity and diversity market, including, but not limited to, women, a variety of ethnicities, people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community. Blake will report to Denella Ri’chard, Holland America Line’s senior director of trade communications and engagement.“There is an untapped market for affinity and diversity groups in the cruise industry; and as we grow our sales team, we’re excited to add a professional like Lisa who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be beneficial in building up this area of our business,” said Eva Jenner, VP Sales for Holland America Line. “Holland America Line’s perfectly sized ships are ideal for both business-oriented and vacation groups, and Lisa is going to provide invaluable support to the affinity group community.”  Travel advisors can connect with their BDMs and the sales team through or by emailing Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Calm restored in Panama following violent protests

first_imgNo related posts. PANAMA CITY – Business slowly returned to normal Saturday following a violent week in Panama that left at least three people dead during protests against the government’s approval of public land sales in the country’s free zone.“Tranquility and normality have returned to the streets following last week’s protest,” police spokeswoman Mara Rivera told AFP.Police clashed with rioters on several occasions beginning Oct. 19, both in the capital and the city of Colón, where the free zone is located. The riots were sparked by a law allowing the sale of public land there. Three people were killed in the clashes, and dozens were injured. President Ricardo Martinelli returned early from a tour of Asia, announcing via Twitter that the government would pass a bill “rescinding all parts of the law, without exception.”Panama’s Chamber of Commerce reported that the demonstrations caused $40 million in losses and blocked some $500 million in goods from being traded in the free zone.On Saturday, the Panamanian Congress unanimously approved by a vote of 57-0 a bill to rescind the law in a second of three debates. A third debate is scheduled for Sunday, and final passage will require Martinelli’s signature.Protest organizers agreed to hold talks with the government to transfer funding from free zone profits and other parts of Colón to social programs. Although Panama’s free zone contributed $1.7 billion of a total $23.2 billion of gross domestic product in 2011, it is located in one of the poorest regions of the country. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. At the time of writing, traffic is still diverted onto gravel roads around the massive washout along the lake road 3 kilometeres east of Nuevo Arenal. Heavy equipment and trucks are busy daily with repairs and word has it that soon a single lane will open for light vehicles. It is planned that heavy trucks and buses will continue to use the established detour route for approximately two more months.In spite of the “grand canyon” directly in front, Gingerbread restaurant remains open and had a hopping night of live folk rock music with group Caballeros sin Caballos on Saturday, July 27.  Special guest Jack Cash (visiting from Boston) added exquisite percussion.  There was a full house and brisk trade in delicious food and drink.  If you have not been to Gingerbread, you can call 2694-0039 to make reservations for a culinary adventure at Eyal’s.Beer drinkers around the lake will be happy to know that your local microbrewery is NOT closing. Despite reports to the contrary, The Volcano Brew Pub will continue to operate and brew the same beers using the same ingredients after the current administration ends their lease at the end of August.  Drop in after Sept. 1 to enjoy your favorite local brew with a new name yet to be announced.  Any questions should be directed to Jean Paul at 2695-5788.-Janet Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Stranded Cuban migrants say goodbye to Costa Rica as airlift begins

first_imgRep. Cuellar applauded the Costa Rican government’s humanitarian assistance to the migrants and told The Tico Times that the U.S. should provide support to Costa Rica considering that a U.S. law is the “magnet” drawing Cuban migrants through the region. Cuellar said that as a member of the House Appropriations Committee he and others would work with the State Department to determine the specifics of U.S. assistance regarding the migration crisis.Beside helping the Costa Rican government grapple with the influx of migrants, the largest in years off the island, Cuellar said that the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act was the main policy at issue. Cuban migrants are allowed to apply for permanent residency after one year in the U.S. and receive federal benefits.“No other group of people get automatic federal benefits and I think the Cuban Adjustment Act needs to be reviewed. I think everyone should be treated the same and no one should get preferential treatment, with all due respect to the Cuban people,” he said, “In my opinion it should be eliminated.”Costa Rica’s foreign minister bids farewell to the Cuban migrants at the airport: Interior Vice Minister Carmen Muñoz told reporters that the temporary legal status would protect the Cuban migrants from illegal smugglers after they arrive at the border checkpoint in Tapachula, Mexico. Immigration experts, though, have expressed skepticism that temporary visas would be enough to protect the migrants from organized crime there.From the border, many Cuban migrants plan to travel north and enter the U.S. through the border crossing in Lardeo, Texas, the hometown of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar. Cuellar and U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Texas visited several shelters in northern Costa Rica earlier this year and met with officials to discuss the crisis and speak with migrants. Facebook Comments #MigrantesCubanos Es una realidad, primeros cubanos ingresan al vuelo directo a El Salvador— Casa Presidencial CR (@presidenciacr) January 13, 2016 Related posts:Cuban migrant airlift set to continue but could take months First Cuban airlift direct to Mexico takes off amid controversy over airfare Panama to send 3,800 US-bound Cubans to Mexico Cuban migrants with children to be among first out in Costa Rica airliftcenter_img First 180 #migrants in the Cuban airlift at the airport to leave Costa Rica, via @presidenciacr. @TheTicoTimes— Zach Dyer (@zkdyer) January 13, 2016 #MigrantesCubanos Canciller @mgonzalezsanz despide a los primeros 180 pasajeros— Casa Presidencial CR (@presidenciacr) January 13, 2016 Cheers and clapping erupted at a shelter in La Cruz, Guanacaste, as the names of the first Cuban migrants to leave Costa Rica in months crackled out of a megaphone on Tuesday afternoon. That evening, the first group of 180 Cuban migrants flew out Daniel Oduber International Airport in the provincial capital of Liberia en route to El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and eventually their final destination, the United States.This latest wave of Cuban migration has drawn increased attention to the 1966 law that grants Cubans preferential immigration status in the U.S., a benefit that many U.S. representatives are reconsidering.The pilot program to fly out the roughy 8,000 Cuban migrants that have been stuck in Costa Rica since November 2015 was the first tangible sign that the immigration crisis here had finally abated. If all goes well, the remaining 7,000-plus migrants will start leaving Costa Rica by air from Daniel Oduber and Juan Santamaría international airports, the latter located just outside Costa Rica’s capital, San José.last_img read more

Four US men charged in connection with billiondollar Costa Rica sportsbook operation

first_imgA billion-dollar sports gambling operation based out of San José, Costa Rica may be out of luck after United States authorities arrested the men they say are the brains behind the illegal gambling scheme.Thursday’s wide-reaching, 57-count indictment from Brooklyn, New York District Attorney Ken Thompson alleges that four men from California and New York promoted illegal gambling through a large network of sportsbooks with an office headquartered in Costa Rica.Online sports gambling is legal in Costa Rica but not in the U.S.Defendants Gordon Mitchnick, 58; Joseph Schneider, 39; Arthur Rossi, 66; and Claude Ferguson, 43, were charged with enterprise corruption, first-degree promoting gambling, second-degree possession of gambling records and fifth-degree conspiracy. If convicted, they could spend up to 25 years in prison.Prosecutors said that the California-native Mitchnick, whose bail was set at $2 million at an arraignment Wednesday, was the head of the operation. According to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, the network of offshore sportsbooks included WagerABC, The WagerSpot and Hustler 247, which Mitchnick and fellow defendants began operating in April 2015.Mitchnick is alleged to have accepted sports wagers from thousands of betters through the gambling-based websites. According to authorities, the operation accepted $927 million in bets just on NFL games during the most recent 2015-2016 season.District Attorney Thompson called the gambling operation “possibly the biggest ever to be dismantled by a local prosecutor’s office.”The DA said Mitchnick had a main office, called a “wireroom,” in San José, where up to $200,000 was sent every month to pay for employee salaries, rent and other operating expenses. Evidence showed that Mitchnick regularly stayed in contact with his Costa Rican-based staff through email and WhatsApp, according to the DA.“Illegal gambling is not a victimless crime,” Thompson said in a news release. “It preys on peoples’ vulnerabilities and directly leads to money laundering, loansharking, and a host of other crimes.”The indictment alleged that the sportsbooks used an affiliate program to pay clients an incentive that attracts active users to make wagers through the websites. The practice is common in the industry.The DA said that Mitchnick bragged in his communications about being one of the first bookmakers to employ the “pay-per-head” system that pays such affiliates a certain amount of money for each customer they bring into the sportsbook.That system is now considered somewhat antiquated. Many of the major offshore sportsbooks now use a program that pays their affiliates for the amount of money a client has lost in wagers.Schneider and Rossi are alleged to have been “Master Agents,” or affiliates who brought in accounts from a large number of clients. They are both accused of laundering payments and proceeds, according to the indictment.Ferguson is also believed to have laundered money as a “runner” who collected and distributed profits. Investigators said Ferguson once traveled between U.S. airports with a suitcase filled with over $50,000 in cash.The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said more arrests are likely to come from the investigation. Facebook Comments Related posts:Notorious crime family members indicted; alleged ties to Costa Rican sportsbook Park rangers arrested in drug bust Michigan fugitive John Saatio to be extradited Saturday Foreigner caught stealing hours after being detained for threatening neighbors with machetelast_img read more

Syria resurrects mother of all catchphrase

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements But Saddam sent “mother of all” into the `90s lexicon, as politicians, TV hosts and headline writers used it as a superlative for everything from parades to Johnny Carson monologues.Then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney mocked Iraqi’s performance against U.S. forces in the Gulf War, declaring, “the mother of all battles has turned into the mother of all retreats.” The media began to refer to Desert Storm commander Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf’s televised updates as “the mother of all briefings.”“The mother of all parades,” “the mother of all parties,” “mother of all games” followed. Johnny Carson opened his late-night show with a promise of “the mother of all monologues.”The phrase cropped up in wartime again months before the 2003 Iraq war, when the U.S. tested a 21,000-pound called Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) _ the Mother of All Bombs.And over the years:_ Mother of all was resurrected to describe 2008’s massive financial meltdown and bank bailouts that followed.“This is the mother of all bailouts, and we don’t see the end in it yet,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates _ Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf last year said he would consider running again in 2013, in “the mother of all elections.”_ In 2010, a lawyer for environmentalists and injured workers seeking to sue BP over the Gulf oil spill predicted: “This will be the mother of all liability claims.”_ A CBS sitcom in development a few years ago was to showcase the life of blogger and Twitter star Kelly Oxford. Produced by actress Jessica Alba, the show was titled, “The Mother of All Something.”Saddam did not invent the mother of all. The phrase appears in the King James version of the Bible to refer to both Jerusalem and Eve. And inventor-founding father Benjamin Franklin used it to raise gluttony to new levels, in an entry in Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1755.“A full belly,” Franklin wrote, “is the mother of all evil.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How do cataracts affect your vision? Four benefits of having a wireless security system New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated Press (AP) – It’s the mother of all catchphrases.A Syrian newspaper on Saturday used a banner headline to proclaim a high-stakes fight for the city of Aleppo in the country’s 17-month-old uprising “the mother of all battles.”Iraqi president Saddam Hussein famously invoked the same phrase at the beginning of the Gulf War: “The battle in which you are locked today is the mother of all battles,” he told the nation in January 1991, days before a deadline to pull out of Kuwait or face U.S. action. The Arabic translation recalls a seventh-century victory by an Arab army over the Sassanian Persians, seen as an ultimate battle. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   last_img

Islamist rebels seize control of Douentza

first_imgIslamist leader Oumar Ould Hamaha told The Associated Press by telephone that the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (known by the French acronym MUJAO) had seized Douentza after a brief standoff with the local self-defense militia, which formerly controlled the town. The head of the militia could not be reached, and his phone went straight to voicemail.The Malian military lost control of the northern half of the country in April, including the town of Douentza. But up until now, the Islamists didn’t have a presence in the town either, relying instead on an agreement with the local militia, which patrolled the area.Hamaha said they had “closed their eyes” to numerous things that the secular militia was doing. They had lost patience, however, in recent days after it became clear that the militia was attempting to operate independently, insisting on holding on to their own name (“ganda-iso,” which means “sons of the land” in the local Sonrai language).“I told my elements that we need to get rid of these people because they are refusing to respect us. We gave them the authorization to come to this place, and now they want to work independently of us,” Hamaha said on Saturday. 0 Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The fall of Douentza shows that Islamist forces are gaining territory and moving closer to southern Mali.Until March, Mali was considered one of the most stable countries in the region, with a 20-year history of holding democratic elections. That changed in a matter of hours on March 21, when renegade soldiers overthrew the elected government, installing themselves as the new leaders by the next morning. The coup plunged the nation into disarray, providing an opening for the Islamists in Mali’s far north.The extremists have since made huge gains, taking the entire northern half of Mali, including Timbuktu, and causing some 440,000 people to flee, according to the United Nations.Since April, however, the unofficial line of control between the government-controlled south and the rebel-held north has not shifted. Saturday’s development indicates the Islamists may have ambitions beyond the north, which unlike the more developed south, is sparsely populated and largely comprised of desert.Asked if they planned to hold Douentza, Hamaha said: “We never retreat. Even if we don’t advance any further, we will not go backward.”However, when asked specifically if they planned to try to take Bamako, he said that they would only advance on the capital if the Malian military provokes them. “In the morning, when we encircled the town, we told them (the militia) to turn in their arms. They resisted a little. They tried to make phone calls to ask for reinforcements, but when they saw that no one was coming to help them they laid down their arms in order to avoid a bloodbath. We tied them up and they are now with us,” said Hamaha.Moussa Ongoiba, a resident of Douentza, said that he counted at least 10 pickup trucks carrying the Islamists. After patrolling the town the rebels took over a hotel at the entrance to Douentza, which now serves as their military base, he said.After settling in, the Islamists, said another resident Oumar Samba, called a meeting with officials from the mayor’s office and from the town’s major civic organizations. The townsmen asked MUJAO to return the arms they had seized from the self-defense militia.“The mayor’s office and civic leaders demanded that they return the arms taken from the militia,” said Samba. “But the Islamists did not accept. Many of the members of the militia have fled in order to leave Douentza. The rest that stayed behind have been detained by the Islamists,” he said.On Friday, before entering Douentza, the Islamists passed through the town of Hombori, where residents also counted roughly the same number of pickup trucks. Maouloud Dao of Hombori said he saw the convoy speed through his town on Friday afternoon, in the direction of Douentza _ but he said that he never imagined they could actually seize the small, but key town. Associated PressBAMAKO, Mali (AP) – Islamic extremists seized control of the strategic town of Douentza on Saturday, moving much closer to government-held territory in central Mali, according to witnesses in the town and a rebel spokesman.Residents say that early in the morning, a convoy of pickup trucks carrying bearded men entered the town, located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) northeast of the capital, Bamako. While far from the capital, Douentza is only 190 kilometers (120) miles from Mopti, which marks the line-of-control held by the Malian military. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “If ever the Malian military attempts to take back the north, then in less than 24 hours, we will take the quasi-totality of Bamako and the black flag of the Islamists will fly over Koulouba,” he said, mentioning the name of the presidential palace in Mali’s capital.__Associated Press Writer Rukmini Callimachi contributed to this report from Dakar, Senegal.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

FBI Number of officers slain on duty rose in 2014

first_imgThe slain officers include two in New York City who were ambushed last December while sitting in their patrol car.Besides those slain on duty, the FBI says an additional 44 officers died accidentally while on the job.The FBI says final statistics and complete details will be published in the fall.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is reporting an increase in the number of law enforcement officers from across the country who were killed in the line of duty last year.Preliminary statistics issued Monday during National Police Week show that 51 officers were killed on duty in 2014, compared to 27 the year before. That was lower than usual.Almost all of those who died were shot to death, including during ambushes, traffic stops or after answering disturbance calls. Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologycenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Libya foreign minister says wartorn country at a crossroads

first_img Comments   Share   The U.N. talks have reached a critical point as negotiators meet in Morocco to discuss a final draft of a power-sharing agreement and ending the country’s unrest.Libya is divided between rival governments and hundreds of militias in the aftermath of its 2011 civil war that ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Meanwhile, groups allied to the Islamic State group grow in strength.The violence has impacted the country’s oil revenues heavily. U.N. envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon has warned that the country only has enough money to pay salaries for another six weeks, urging warring parties to agree on a unity government. He urged all sides to reach an agreement on the fourth version of the draft proposal currently under discussion.___This story has been corrected to show the U.N. talks are taking place in Morocco.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Four benefits of having a wireless security system CAIRO (AP) — The foreign minister of Libya’s internationally recognized government said Monday the North African nation is at “crossroads” as it faces mounting political and security crises, including the expansion of extremist Islamic State affiliates along its coast.Mohammed al-Dairi told journalists in Cairo on that parties opposing peace talks hosted by the United Nations are automatically allying themselves with the Islamic State group. Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

House moves to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The American Civil War was fought, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, to ‘save the last best hope of Earth,’” Huffman said in a debate in which he was the only speaker. “We can honor that history without celebrating the Confederate flag and all of the dreadful things that it symbolizes.”The flag ban was adopted by a voice vote. The Park Service funding bill is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.Pressure has mounted to ban display of the flag on state and federal property in the wake of last month’s tragic murders at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The accused killer, Dylann Roof, posed with the Confederate flag in online photos and reportedly has told authorities that he wanted to start a race war.Following the lead of GOP Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the flag from the Capitol grounds and the state House was taking up the measure Wednesday.But House leaders have deferred action on a plan by Bennie Thompson, a black Democrat from Mississippi, to ban Confederate images such as that contained in the Mississippi flag from being displayed in the House complex. Numerous statues of Confederate figures such as Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States, are also on display in the Capitol. WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to ban the display of Confederate flags at historic federal cemeteries in the deep South.The low-profile move came Tuesday evening after a brief debate on a measure funding the National Park Service, which maintains 14 national cemeteries, most of which contain graves of Civil War soldiers.The proposal by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., added language to block the Park Service from allowing private groups to decorate the graves of southern soldiers with Confederate flags in states that commemorate Confederate Memorial Day. The cemeteries affected are the Andersonville and Vicksburg cemeteries in Georgia and Mississippi. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

FutureProof Price Guarantee is back Singapore Airlines

first_imgThe early bird really does catch the worm or in this case the best deals with Singapore Airlines not only offering cheap flights to book early to Europe but a FutureProof Price Guarantee.Travellers who book a trip to Europe in Economy Class with Singapore Airlines between this week and 31 October 2010 for trips from March 2011 to 30 September 2011 will be “assured the airline will not offer cheaper fares within the guarantee period”.Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President Subhas Menon said the airline will offer Australian customers booking international flights the best deals with lots of value.Travellers to Europe will also receive a free stopover in Singapore as well as 172 add on destinations including New York for just $390.For the first time, the airline will also include Early Bird Fares to Istanbul, the Middle East, Africa and Japan.Early Bird Fares to Japan and Europe include Economy and First Class.“With a strong Aussie dollar to boot, our customers have never had it so good when they travel to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Japan on Singapore Airlines,” Mr Menon said.“The FutureProof Price Guarantee to Europe, great fares, new flights to Japan and an attractive menu of options all add up to a real treat for our customers after the difficult times of the past year.”Pricing samples from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide to Europe in Business Class up to $8000, Economy Class to Istanbul from $1660, Economy Class to Tokyo from $1232, Economy Class from Brisbane to Johannesburg for $1720 and Suites Class from Sydney to Zunrich for $16,965. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Important Changes to Qantas through checked baggage policy

first_imgQantas has identified opportunities to further improve and streamline the Qantas customer experience. One of these opportunities is for customers to have their travel documented in one passenger name record (PNR) which allows for a more automated rebooking process in the event of a disruption and enables our airport staff to focus on delivering a high standard of customer service.Customers holding two separate PNR’s for their journey will no longer be provided with through check or baggage interline through to their final travel destination. Qantas will however, continue to provide this facility for customers connecting with Qantas flights and Oneworld carriers (please note: other exemptions apply).Changes will take effect from Wednesday 3 November 2010.Click here to download in PDF EXTERNAL Frequently Asked Questions Changes to Through Check Processes Source = Qantas Airwayslast_img read more

Harbour Plaza Hotels and Resorts Receives the 2010 Asian Excell

first_imgHarbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce its receipt of the prestigious 2010 Asia Excellence Brand Award.This award honours those Asian brands which have risen to prominence at a time of rapid development and fierce contest for brand recognition. Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts was chosen from among a range of consumer and business enterprises from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia with the most influential brands from these five countries receiving the honour. “We are extremely proud of this award and pleased that our commitment to excellence and service has been recognised by our respected industry peers. A strong and consistent product coupled with attentive first-class service has always been our motto and will continue to be so,” said Ms. P.C. Koh, Director of Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts. Yazhou Zhoukan was founded in 1987 and is the world’s first Chinese current affairs magazine. The magazine provides weekly updates on all the top regional and global current affairs for the Chinese community and has become a trusted platform of information for both Chinese and international Chinese businesses. Source = Randall Marketing / Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Strong ATM attendance points to regional growth

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) opened yesterday with high exhibitor and buyer expectations, in line with a strong interest in the region.ATM organisers Reed Travel Exhibitions, who added an extra day to the ATM programme in answer to buyer and exhibitor feedback, expect more than 20,000 trade visitors to attend the (now) four-day show.“The number of exhibitors we have attracted this year is particularly impressively, especially given the difficulties in some parts of the region along with residual effects of the economic downturn,” Reed Travel Exhibitions group exhibitions director Mark Walsh said.According to Mr Walsh, the increase of exhibitor space taken was indicative of “renewed business and consumer confidence in the region”.New to the show is the attendance of Iraq, as well as dedicated cruise and medical tourism pavilions. To see pictures from the first day of ATM, click here.last_img read more

Celebrating 25 years and Best Superior Regional Accommodation Win

first_imgSource = Accor Hotels Dr Jerry Schwartz centre, with Bernie Boller GM to his right,along with team from Fairmont Resort Blue MountainsFor the second year in a row, the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains has taken out the Best Superior Regional Accommodation award at the Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards which was held at a gala event in front of 600 people on 24th July 2013 in Sydney. Andrea Donaghy who is the resort’s Front Office Manager, took out Front of House Employee of the Year.Upon accepting the Best Superior Regional Accommodation award, the team went on stage and the award was accepted by the resort’s new general manager, Bernie Boller.”While I have only been at the resort for 6-weeks, it is easy to see why the Fairmont Resort has taken out this prestigious award. It’s not only its location which makes the resort so magnificent, it’s the staff and their passion for ensuring a memorable Blue Mountains experience which see our guests coming back for more,” said Bernie.”The Fairmont is celebrating its 25th birthday next month, so winning this award is a real coup for the resort and our owner, Dr Jerry Schwartz, who has been tireless in his pursuit of restoring and renovating the resort and making it into what it is today. I thank the team for their dedication and enthusiasm and I accept this award on behalf of them”.The TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence are recognised as one of the most prestigious hospitality awards, honouring the achievement of excellence in a wide range of categories across the accommodation industry. In its 16th year, the awards aim to increase public awareness of the hotel industry while celebrating the achievements of its peers.With an unrivalled location overlooking the Jamison Valley, the Fairmont Resort which is part of Accor’s MGallery Collection of hotels attracts guests from all over the world seeking refined accommodation in the heart of a World Heritage location and is proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary.After completing a $10 million refurbishment in 2012 which saw the sprawling 210-room resort brought into line with the demands of the savvy traveller, the resort has been restored to its former glory and has become the place to stay for romantic weekends away and families looking for space to run wild.Boasting two restaurants, a lounge and bar, two swimming pools – one heated and one outdoor with spa, a fully equipped gymnasium, day spa treatment room, kids magic games room, tennis and squash courts, Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains has come a long way since 1988 and continues to be awarded for excellence.last_img read more

Tigerair Australia ready to take a swipe at Jetstars market sha

first_imgTigerair Australia is aiming to take more of Jetstar’s market share in 2014, with the opening of its third base and a number of different routes. Tigerair will situate two of its aircraft at its Brisbane operation and will begin flying between Sydney and Adelaide, with its main base in Melbourne. “It is an extremely competitive industry here and clearly Jetstar and ourselves are in hot competition.” It will also take delivery of new A320 aircraft in April, bringing its total fleet to 13 aircraft, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.  Tigerair has also installed automatic drop bag technology at its major airports, which it hopes will speed up the boarding process for passengers.  “We certainly have capacity growth that we will bring into the market but we are not just opening bases for the sake of it or putting capacity in for the sake of it,” Tigerair chief executive officer, Rob Sharpe said. Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

Hawaiian Airlines release results acquires new aircraft

first_imgHawaiian Airlines has released a report detailing its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, and along with the results, the airline has made an announcement regarding the future.The airline has recorded growth in income for the second quarter, recording a figure of USD $22.4 million which is an increase of USD $9.7 million from last year.Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO, Mark Dunkerley said that consistency across all areas of business has seen the airline maintain growth year after year.“The same trajectory of substantially improving financial performance was evident in the second quarter as it has been over the last few quarters,” Mr Dunkerley said.Along with the release of financial figures, Hawaiian Airlines today announced the acquisition of six new Airbus A330-800neo aircraft starting in 2019, with rights to purchase an additional six aircraft in the future.The acquirement of the new fleet acts as the driving force for the carrier’s vision to serve farther non-stop destinations from Hawai‘i.The order, however, does replace Hawaiian Airlines’ existing order for six A350XWB-800 aircraft, which were due for delivery from 2017.Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy, has said that the new airplanes will allow Hawaiian Airlines to progress further by giving them a more global reach.“Hawaiian Airlines has long recognised the value of innovation and today’s commitment is yet more evidence of that forward-thinking mindset and the A330-800neo will serve the Hawaiian network well as the airline continues to expand,” said Mr Leahy.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more