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Estonia to open maritime museum in seaplane hangar

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The hangar was a closed military zone from 1940, when the Soviet Union annexed Estonia, until 1991 when the Baltic state regained its independence._____Online: New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   TALLINN, Estonia (AP) – Estonia is set to open the Baltic states’ largest maritime museum in a hanger once used by Charles Lindbergh.The main attractions at the (EURO)15 million ($20 million) Seaplane Harbour will be a British-built submarine dating from the 1930s and a life-size replica of the 184 seaplane, a British two-seater designed by Short Brothers.The unique concrete hangar housing the museum was built in 1916-17 when Estonia was part of czarist Russia. Its most famous guest Lindbergh, the U.S. aviator, who flew there from Moscow in 1933 as part of his tour around Europe. Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

Chinese VP says consensus reached in US meetings

first_imgBEIJING (AP) – Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said a consensus was reached on many points in bilateral talks with President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, who concluded a visit to Beijing on Wednesday.Thomas Donilon underscored the shared responsibility the United States and China have to address challenges such as Syria, Iran, North Korea, Asian security and rebalancing the global economy, a statement from his office said. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Xi, who will succeed President Hu Jintao later this year, said Donilon’s visit shows the importance the U.S. government attaches to relations with China.Further details of the meetings were not released. Donilon spoke with Xi and met with a Chinese general Wednesday after meeting with Hu the previous day.China and Russia last week vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution backed by the U.S. and other Western nations that would have imposed new sanctions on Syria’s government as the rebellion there has grown into a civil war.Washington has also been pressing the Chinese military for more transparency about its plans, while Beijing is wary of the U.S. military shift to the Asia-Pacific region. Donilon met with Gen. Xu Caihou, a vice chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission.The official People’s Daily reported that Hu and Donilon pledged to promote U.S.-China relations. But the newspaper said Hu asked for a “cautious” approach in handling sensitive issues. It did not say what those issues were.Donilon also met State Councilor Dai Bingguo, China’s top diplomat, and Vice Premier Wang Qishan during his two-day visit. He is scheduled to visit Japan next. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Russia mogul under pressure wants to sell assets

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Lebedev said on Ekho Moskvy radio that he may hand over some of his assets to Novaya so that the newspaper may continue operation, because he no longer has no cash to keep funding it.Lebedev has also supported Alexei Navalny, a charismatic anti-corruption crusader and blogger who was a key driving force against massive protests in the past winter against Vladimir Putin’s rule. Earlier this week, Navalny has been charged with theft amid a widening crackdown on dissent that followed Putin’s re-election to a third term in March. He may face 10 years in prison if convicted.Lebedev, a KGB veteran like Putin, has avoided blaming the president for his woes. He said that security officers targeted him because he was the “main sponsor of the opposition,” but dismissed that claim as “utter rubbish.” He added, however, that he had expected the Kremlin to intervene to stop attacks on him.Lebedev has made his money in the banking industry and owns the National Reserve Bank. He also has a stake in Russian flag carrier Aeroflot and owns Red Wings airline and other assets.Lebedev said that it would be hard for him to sell his assets because the security services would discourage any potential buyers. He said he had no intention of leaving Russia, adding that he would try to take a more active role in politics. Parents, stop beating yourself up Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “For the past three years my business has been deliberately and continuously destroyed by Division K of the Federal Security Service’s economic security department,” Lebedev said on his blog. “Haunting and pressure has targeted not only me and workers of my companies, but my family members as well.”He said the main reason behind the Russian Federal Security Service’s pressure on him was corruption investigations by the Novaya Gazeta he has financed, alleging that some of its officers were involved in corruption.Lebedev and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev own a 49 percent stake in the newspaper, while the remaining shares are controlled by Novaya’s staffers. Lebedev also owns two newspapers in Britain, the Independent and the Evening Standard.The Novaya Gazeta’s relentless criticism of the Kremlin and its investigations into official corruption have put many of its journalists under fire. Four of its reporters have been killed since 2000, including Anna Politkovskaya, a fierce critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya who was gunned down in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building in 2006. Others have been harassed and attacked. Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – A Russian tycoon whose holdings include a leading investigative newspaper critical of the Kremlin said Friday that he wants to sell his Russian assets because of pressure from state security services.Alexander Lebedev, worth $1.1 billion according to Forbes magazine, said the main KGB successor agency has targeted him with a series of investigations and inspections to push him out of business. Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Netanyahus bomb steals the show in his UN speech

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “It’s a perfect and extreme example of how politicians and leaders find themselves adapting their modes of communication in order to get the maximum amount of publicity,” said Gadi Wolfsfeld, a professor of political communication at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a college near Tel Aviv.Within hours of Netanyahu’s speech Thursday, the stunt was fodder for jokes.A “Bibibomb” hashtag made waves on Twitter. Memes of Netanyahu and the bomb diagram surfaced, with the weapon replaced with a photo of President Barack Obama and Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart mocked Netanyahu’s simplistic drawing by saying: “Bibi, bubbe. What’s with the Wile E. Coyote nuclear bomb?” Stewart then presented his solution to counter such a weapon by holding up a drawing of an equally cartoonish giant magnet.Barcelona’s El Periodico newspaper poked fun at the drawing in a headline that said Netanyahu used “a ridiculous chart” to warn about the advance of Tehran’s nuclear program.Madrid’s El Mundo said: “Netanyahu explains the nuclear threat with a comic strip.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too The image of Netanyahu and the diagram of a bomb with a lighted fuse was top news around the world. Headlines in Europe referred to Netanyahu’s “bomb cartoon” and “comic strip.”“How much enriched uranium do you need for a bomb? And how close is Iran to getting it?” Netanyahu asked in his speech Thursday to the U.N. General Assembly. “Well, let me show you. I brought a diagram.”He proceeded to use a marker to draw a red line across what he said was a threshold that Iran was approaching and that Israel could not tolerate _ 90 percent of the way to the uranium enrichment needed to make a nuclear weapon.Netanyahu is a fan of visual aids. At the U.N. in 2009, he waved the blueprints for the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. For a speech to the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC in March, he brought letters between the World Jewish Congress and the U.S. government written during the Holocaust. Both documents were used to link the Nazis and the possible modern threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.He also uses props on domestic issues. At a news conference in Jerusalem earlier this year, Netanyahu drew a tree to symbolize the state of Israel. As he explained his economic vision, he added roots, fruit and leaves to represent different facets of society. Journalists in the room chuckled, but the diagram made headlines. While the international community has pushed for diplomacy as a way to dislodge Iran, Netanyahu has prodded world powers to set a red line on Iran. Obama has vowed to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power but has rejected Netanyahu’s demands for setting an ultimatum past which the U.S. would attack. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be an existential threat, citing Iranian denials of the Holocaust, its calls for Israel’s destruction, its development of missiles capable of striking the Jewish state and its support for hostile Arab militant groups. Iran says its nuclear program is for civilian purposes, a claim that is rejected by much of the international community.Wolfsfeld said the diagram could be viewed as patronizing or insulting by diplomats.“In this familiar ploy, (Netanyahu) apparently bought himself a respectable spot in the pictures that will appear in American newspapers and on television,” columnist Eitan Haber wrote in Friday’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper. “But gimmicks and speeches don’t destroy the Iranian nuclear threat.”___AP writers George Jahn in Vienna and Alan Clendenning in Madrid contributed to this report. Photos of the prime minister and the drawing were in a handful of Austrian newspapers, including The Kurier, headlined: “Netanyahu and the Bomb Cartoon.”But even the mockery was welcomed by Netanyahu’s supporters.The jokes “are maybe part of the success because it was an unforgettable speech that delivered its message,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Israel’s Channel 2 TV. “Today everyone is talking about it.”It’s not the first time that visual aids have been used in a U.N. speech. Displays of aerial photos were used in a 1962 speech by then-U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson on the Cuban missile crisis and satellite imagery was used in a 2003 presentation by then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to make the case that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.While the simplistic drawing displayed by Netanyahu succeeded in grabbing attention, it’s not clear what effect it will have on the international community.Netanyahu has repeatedly been at odds with world powers over Iran’s nuclear program. He has argued that time is running out to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power and that the threat of force must be seriously considered. Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held up a cartoon-like drawing of a bomb during his speech at the U.N., he set off an explosion of jokes and mockery _ but it also got plenty of attention.The Bibi Bomb, as it’s being called using Netanyahu’s nickname, is the latest in a series of props used by the Israeli leader as he tries to keep the global spotlight on Iran’s disputed nuclear program. Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ___Follow Tia Goldenberg on Twitter (at)tgoldenberg(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Deadly attack in Myanmar ahead of Obama visit

first_img Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories While President Thein Sein’s government has concluded cease-fires with several ethnic guerrilla groups, it still faces a bitter insurgency from the Kachin Independence Army. Clashes between the military and ethnic rebels have displaced tens of thousands of civilians, prompting calls by the U.S. and others for humanitarian access to the isolated area.Obama will visit Myanmar on Monday, in a first for a sitting U.S. president. White House officials on Thursday said he will use his visit “to lock down progress and to push on areas where progress is urgently needed” _ most notably freeing political prisoners and ending ethnic tensions in the western state of Rakhine and the northern state of Kachin.Obama’s stop in Myanmar, scheduled to last about six hours, is the centerpiece of his first foreign tour since winning re-election. He will bookend the trip with visits to Thailand and Cambodia, a southeast Asian country with an abysmal record on human rights.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   center_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Men’s health affects baby’s health too YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Ethnic rebels in northern Myanmar staged a deadly attack on a prison convoy, state media reported Friday, highlighting one of the country’s violence-plagued corners days before President Barack Obama’s historic visit to the former pariah state.About 30 ethnic Kachin rebels ambushed the five-car convoy Wednesday in Kachin state, killing two convicts and injuring 14 others, the state-owned Kyemon newspaper reported. The newspaper did not give further details about the attack or the rebels’ possible motives. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Syrian gets prison term for spying in Germany

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories BERLIN (AP) – A Berlin court has convicted a Syrian man of spying on exiled Syrian dissidents in Germany for about three years.The court on Wednesday sentenced 35-year-old Akram O., whose full name was withheld in line with German privacy laws, to three years and three months in prison.The court found him guilty of regularly providing information about Syrian activists who were opposed to President Bashar Assad’s regime between 2009 and the man’s arrest earlier this year. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The Syrian national was also convicted of providing false information to obtain German citizenship as part of his bid to infiltrate the country’s intelligence services. The court said O., who was employed by Syria’s embassy in Berlin, was seeking to apply for posts with the German Interior Ministry.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Police clash with pillaging anarchists in Nantes

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Interior Minister Manuel Valls said the delinquents were from the “radicalized ultra-left” and were waging an “urban guerrilla” campaign.“These are individuals who are very violent.” Valls said on iTele TV station.Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the attackers, some wearing hoods and helmets. However, after night fall, approximately 200 were reportedly still roaming the Nantes city center.There have been numerous, sometimes violent, demonstrations against the building of an airport in Notre Dame des Landes, a pet project of Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a Nantes native. The anti-airport protests, mounted since 2009, have brought together an unlikely alliance of farmers, ecologists and anarchists _ who call themselves ZADists, based on the French acronym for “development zone.” The farmers trying to save their land have depended on the ZADists to keep their protest alive.It was unclear whether the ZADists were joined by even more radical elements. The interior minister referred to ultra-leftist groups also active in Germany, Italy and elsewhere.The prime minister issued a firm condemnation of the violence, saying “nothing can justify it.” (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies PARIS (AP) – Riot police moved into the western French city of Nantes on Saturday, clashing with hundreds of anarchists who broke shop windows, destroyed bus stops and pillaged the city center.At least eight police officers were hospitalized after violent confrontations with up to 1,000 “radicals,” the prefecture of the Loire-Atlantique region said. Fourteen people were detained.The rioters had joined an estimated 20,000 people protesting plans to build a regional airport. Officials did not say whether protesters were injured. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Quick workouts for men Top Stories last_img read more

Airlines concerned over proposed global aviation tax

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A number of the world’s leading airlines are concerned that the Copenhagen Summit will back a global aviation tax to help poorer nations combat climate change. Although it is unlikely that detailed funding decisions will be finalised at the summit, several aviation tax options have remained in the official negotiating text. One is for a levy on all airfares except flights to or from poorer nations, and another is “in the order of $4 to $5 per international airline ticket”. “We certainly don’t want a levy, although unfortunately there’s some risk that that could occur in Copenhagen,” Andy Kershaw, British Airways manager of environment policy, told an Institute of Economic Affairs conference in London last week. Steve Ridgway, chief executive, Virgin Atlantic told the Financial Times, “We would hope that the politicians would recognise the limitations to any global aviation tax. “Any carbon tax or levy is a blunt instrument which won’t necessarily deliver any climate change benefit.”US airlines have called on Todd Stern, US special envoy for climate change to dismiss what the Air Transport Association of America calls “an exorbitant tax to fund climate change adaptation measures in developing countries”. This is a reference to the “international air passenger adaptation levy” proposed on behalf of several countries by the Maldives. Leaders in this area have proposed this levy as they fear their Indian Ocean islands will be submerged by rising sea levels unless radical adaptation steps are taken. Backed by other developing nations, the levy is projected to initially raise up to $10bn annually to help poorer countries deal with climate change.Finding the resources to help developing countries tackle global warming has been a critical part of teh Copenhagen talks.last_img read more

American and Japan share to offer more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P American Airlines and Japan Airlines have announced the joint operation of JAL’s Sakura Lounge at Honolulu International Airport, for their premium customers.The shared lounge at Honolulu International Airport is the carriers’ first joint lounge since gaining antitrust immunity and becoming partners in a transpacific joint business in 2010.American Airlines president Nancy Knipp said the arrangement to share lounges indicates the airlines strong commitment to working together to offer improved services to their passengers.”The lounge supports our efforts to provide more seamless service and a consistent lounge experience for our Admirals Club customers.” Ms Knipp said.The Admirals Club, ‘Sakura Lounge’ covers over 7,000 square feet and is located on the third level of the overseas terminal, close to the American Airlines ticket counter, gates and security checkpoint. Members of the Club can enjoy lights snacks and refreshments whilst relaxing in the ample seating provided or take a stroll through its cultural garden and take in views of its fishponds.Guests can also enjoy a massage on a complimentary programmable massage lounge or make use of two internet-ready computers available within the business area and complimentary WIFI, which is available to all guests.Japan Airlines vice president of product and service development Takahisa Hatakeyama, welcomed American Airlines customers to the Sakura Lounges many services and amenities.  “This cooperation is yet another example of how our joint business continues to bring greater benefits to our customers,” Takahisa Hatakeyama said.To celebrate the co-location between airlines, American Airlines is offering a US$50 discount on new Admiral Club memberships or US$25 off an annual renewal membership when purchased at the Honolulu Lounge.last_img read more

Aussies perfect travellers for Nevada

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More direct air services, a great dollar comparison, enthusiastic spirit and a mutual tongue makes Australians the perfect market for the US and Nevada, according to to the city’s tourism head.Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard at the destination’s Come Play showcase in Sydney last week, Nevada Commission on Tourism deputy director Larry Friedman explained as well as speaking the same language, Aussies have the desire to explore and Nevada has the attractions and space awaiting exploration.“We speak the same language and you know Australian travellers are independent and they like to explore less known attractions,” he said.“We all want to see the icons but the Australian traveller is perfect for the US because of all the less known sites they want to experience.” Already the region’s number one destination in room nights, Mr Friedman said the bureau had upped its marketing efforts down under this year after announcing Los Angeles representatives, Gate 7 would also promote tourism into Nevada.He said the decision was made to “compliment” the company’s work in LA as it would “take care of gateway cities”.Last week Mr Friedman also told e-Travel Blackboard that ‘Quirkiness’ was part of the destination’s appeal to travellers, particularly those eager to visit the quirkiest, loneliest and loveliest.last_img read more

Qantas to close Avalon plant shed 300 jobs

first_img“No business could afford to continue operating a facility under those circumstances.” Due to the gradual retirement of an aging Boeing 747 fleet, Qantas has announced it will be closing its heavy maintenance facility at Avalon.  Resulting in the loss of some 300 jobs, Qantas confirmed the plant would close at the end of March next year. Source = ETB News: M.H. Specialist B747 maintenance providers in Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and the US, as well as onshore facilities, are among the locations the carrier is considering for future operations, but according to Mr Strambi, no decision has yet been made. Qantas Domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi said despite the best endeavours of the airline, employee representative groups and suppliers, no tenable solution had been found to justify operations at the facility.  “Our fleet is now the youngest it has been in two decades and more modern aircraft have up to half the maintenance needs of older ones,” Mr Strambi said.  Qantas says it will continue to maintain aircraft at its major heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane. “Over the next four years there would have been up to 22 months with no scheduled maintenance at Avalon,” he remarked. “This will mean ongoing changes to our engineering operations in order for Qantas to remain competitive.”   “Any facility would need to meet Qantas’ safety standards and be approved by Australia’s safety regulator,” he added.last_img read more

AirAsia balances comfort and convenience with Premium Flex service

first_imgAirAsia has launched its latest service, PremiumFlex, which allows business travellers the discretion to change their flight twice and a complimentary 20kg bag allaowance.The service also includes Xpress boarding and Xpress baggage and flight change is available up to 2 hours before scheduled time of departure of the original flight and at least 3 hours before the schedule time of departure of the new AirAsia flight and 4 hours before the schedule time of the new AirAsia X flight.It also gives business travellers the freedom to enjoy Premium Seats at no extra charge.AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said that the new PremiumFlex service was necessary for the airline to remain the leader in the LCC market.“To maintain and remain on the cutting-edge, we must keep innovating and improving our products and services. Ancillary income contributes around 20% of our revenue and we are determined to boost this further with new products and services,” Mr Fernandes said.“The flexibility and other perks are designed to provide a travel experience with high satisfaction standards which I am confident will be a hit.”AirAsia is also offering a 20 per cent discount off all seats on flights until 17 August.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

European travel market set for record highs as online channels flouris

first_imgEuropean travel market set for record highs as online channels flourishTravel markets in Europe continue to surge as economies across the region exhibit slow but sustained growth.Across markets, consumers are moving to digital channels for booking their travel and mobile is leading the charge.A new Phocuswright report, European Online Travel Overview Eleventh Edition, explores six key European travel markets, and contains detailed information on all segments in the region.Total travel revenue rose to €264 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow to €282 billion by 2017. Online channels are growing faster than the total European travel market. In 2015, online travel grew 14% as compared to 5% for the total market.“The European travel market continues to bounce back, reaching new highs as traveler confidence returns,” says Phocuswright’s senior director, research, Charuta Fadnis.“Online adoption is growing and a large part of the growth is projected to come from mobile channels as European travelers take advantage of increasing smartphone penetration and improved mobile functionality.”After years of hype, mobile has gone beyond the trend stage and is proving to be a sustainable channel in its own right.Consumers have moved past using mobile for inspiration and search to conducting transactions.Mobile bookings are a key driver in the growth of online channels, increasing from €21 billion to €35 billion by 2017.This phenomenal growth means that by 2017, mobile bookings will comprise nearly a quarter of the online travel market. PhocuswrightSource = Phocuswrightlast_img read more

InterContinental Danang Sun to host prestigious award ceremony

first_imgInterContinental Danang Sun to host prestigious award ceremonyWorld Travel Awards has revealed InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort has been selected to host the prestigious Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2016.The event will take place in the Vietnamese tourism hot spot on October 15th, with hundreds of hospitality leaders from across the regions expected to be in attendance.A luxury hillside resort overlooking a sparkling private bay, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort allows guests to enjoy the very best of Vietnam.Designed by famed architect Bill Bensley, the resort reimagines Vietnamese design, history and myth to create a magical retreat over four levels – heaven, sky, earth and sea.From the moment guests arrive, they are pampered by the personal service and unparalleled amenities.Ahead of the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony, WTA President Graham Cooke said: “It is an honour for us to reveal InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort as the host for the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2016.“This is a wonderful resort in one of the most exciting tourism destinations anywhere one earth. It will be a pleasure for us to welcome our nominees to the event in October.”He added: “With voting still open there is a chance for members of the tourism industry, and the general public, to make their voices heard in the build up to the event.”Voting for the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2016 is open until August 31st, with more information here.WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.Juan Losada, Resort Manager, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort said: “We are delighted to be hosting the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2016.“Our magnificent resort, located in such a pristine setting, surrounded by a beautiful landscape with panoramic views of the sparkling East Sea, is the perfect backdrop to showcase the best that the destination has to offer.“We look forward to working alongside the WTA team to create a successful event.”WTA Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media. InterContinental Danangbook your hotel accommodation here Source = World Travel Awards – InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resortlast_img read more

Industry welcomes conditional approval for Packers Barangaroo r

first_imgImage credit: Crown Sydney ( Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has welcomed yesterday’s announcement of conditional approval for Crown Resorts’ planned six-star hotel resort at Barangaroo in Sydney’s CBD.TTF CEO Margy Osmond said the development would enhance the tourism appeal of Barangaroo, which has already proved to be a hit with visitors following the opening of the Barangaroo Point Reserve last year.‘’The conditional approval for this new development will increase Sydney’s luxury tourism stock and enhance the city’s reputation as a desirable destination for high-yield international visitors,” Ms Osmond said.Image credit: Crown Sydney (“Tourism will be the great economic driver and job-generator in the wake of the mining construction boom, and it is new multi-use precincts such as Barangaroo which will keep visitors flocking to Australia. The Barangaroo Delivery Authority is to be congratulated for reaching this major milestone in the project.”Crown Resorts Limited announced yesterday that the NSW Planning Assessment Commission has approved, subject to a number of substantial modifications and conditions, the applications for the modification of the approved concept plan for Barangaroo and for the construction of the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort at Barangaroo South.“While it has been a long and detailed process, we are pleased with the overall outcome and we’re deeply committed to building a six-star hotel resort that Sydneysiders and all Australians can be proud of,” Crown Resorts chairman Mr Robert Rankin said.“For too long Sydney has suffered from a lack of luxury tourism accommodation and Crown Sydney will help turn that around. We will now move quickly to begin excavation work. We are expecting to complete construction and open in early 2021.”Commenting on the approval, Crown CEO Mr Rowen Craigie said, “We are pleased that the NSW Planning Assessment Commission has given the green light for this important piece of tourism infrastructure to go ahead. Everyone at Crown is looking forward to commencing construction of Sydney’s first six-star hotel resort.” Crown SydneySource = Tourism & Transport Forum Australia / Crown Resorts Limitedlast_img read more

Mantra Group announce 2016 awards for excellence

first_imgMantra Group GM of the Year Chris McIntoshMantra Group announce 2016 awards for excellenceLeading Australian-based hotel and resort operator, Mantra Group, honoured its brightest stars and highest performers from its 127-strong network across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii at its annual Mantra Group Awards for Excellence gala ceremony held at Mantra on View Hotel, Surfers Paradise on 25 August.The top team member accolade, General Manager of the Year, was awarded to Chris McIntosh. Chris, who was recently appointed General Manager of the Group’s new Peppers Kings Square Hotel in Perth (opening in October) after excelling in his Mantra on Murray General Manager position for the past 12 months, received the top gong for implementing a number of strategies to improve service levels and team engagement.The region of North Queensland also prevailed on the night, winning the Corporate Social Responsibility award for their coordination of various Luke Batty Foundation fundraising events as well as the coveted Region/Area of the Year for their overall excellence in performance, guest sentiment, driving food and beverage initiatives, team culture and transitioning new properties.Other major awards on the evening went to Peppers Gallery Hotel at Canberra, Mantra on Kent at Sydney and BreakFree on Cashel at Christchurch for Property of the Year for their respective brands.Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer Bob East said the Awards for Excellence cap off a big year for Mantra Group.“FY2016 was another landmark year in the growth and development of Mantra Group, in terms of financial results, portfolio expansion in key destinations and ongoing product improvement,” Mr East said.“The awards recognise the outstanding contribution of our team members who ensure our guests are happy and properties are looking great and performing well on a daily basis.”The full list of 2016 Mantra Group Awards for Excellence winners are as follows:General Manager of the Year – Chris McIntosh, Mantra on Murray, Perth WA (now Peppers Kings Square Hotel, Perth WA)Region/Area of the Year – North QueenslandCorporate Social Responsibility Region – North QueenslandPeppers Property of the Year – Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra ACTMantra Property of the Year – Mantra on Kent, Sydney NSWBreakFree Property of the Year – BreakFree on Cashel, Christchurch NZExcellence in Guest Service – Peppers Parehua, Martinborough NZDavid Brill Award (in memory of late Mantra Group team member David Brill) – Chris Dickinson, General Manager, Mantra Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta QLD (now Mantra on Murray,      Perth WA)Service Star of the Year – Vimmi Boni Bangari, Guest Relations Manager, Peppers Docklands, Melbourne VICFood and Beverage Outlet of the Year – Home Kitchen & Bar, Mantra on Russell, Melbourne VICShared Services Department – FinanceShared Services Team Member – Gus Chan (International Sales Manager – Eastern) and Rachel Waters (Financial Controller)Profit Growth – Mantra City Central, Melbourne VIC Mantra GroupFor bookings, visitSource = Mantra Grouplast_img read more

Qatar Airways to deploy Dreamliner service to Kolkata

first_imgQatar Airways has announced that it intends to deploy its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to India. The airline will launch services to and from Kolkata starting December 1, 2015. The introduction of the service is due to the increase in demand for travel to and from the region and the airline’s commitment to the Indian market.The new addition would have an additional capacity of more than 76% in comparison to the A320. Qatar Airways’ daily seat capacity to Kolkata has nearly doubled from 144 seats on the A320 to 254 seats on the 787 Dreamliner aircraft.Qatar Airways presently operate the 787 Dreamliner twice daily to Delhi. The airline also recently announced further expansion with plans to re-launch operations in Nagpur, with daily flights from December 1, 2015.The flight QR541 from Kolkata to Doha would depart at 03:15 and arrive in Doha at 06:25. While, the return flight QR540 would depart Doha at 18:45 and arrive in Kolkata at 01:45 the next day.last_img read more

Dr Mahesh Sharma launches 24×7 toll free Tourist Infoline in 12 international

first_imgDr Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation launched the “24×7 Toll Free Tourist Infoline in 12 International Languages including Hindi and English” available on the existing Toll Free Number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363 at a function in New Delhi. This project is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India through M/s TATA BSS who have been associated with the work after an open bidding process. The languages handled by the contact centres include ten International languages besides English and Hindi, namely, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. A ‘Live Demo’ of this Multilingual Infoline Service in Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Italian languages was also presented on the occasion. The Minister also announced that very soon his Ministry will launch an ‘Incredible India Mobile App’ to facilitate tourists in a better way.Addressing on the occasion, the Minister said that the launching of this Multilingual Infoline has marked the fulfilment of the promise made to the people by the present Government for according priority for safety and security of tourists. This Infoline service will provide information relating to Travel & Tourism in India to the domestic and International tourists/visitors and to assist the callers with advice on action to be taken during times of distress while travelling in India and if need be to alert the concerned authorities.He said that now Tourists travelling in or planning to travel to India can seek help and information for a hassle free experience. He said that the calls made by tourists (both international and domestic) while in India will be free of charge. The international tourists in India and also international callers who speak the aforesaid languages will be directed to the call agents proficient in the respective language.Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism in his address said that the focus will be on IEC i.e. Information, Education and Communication for the Tourists followed by a Helpdesk and then safety and security of the Tourists. The website of Incredible India is also being revived to make it more Tourist friendly. Ministry of Tourism in order to provide information services to the incoming tourists & domestic tourists has setup this Tourist info line. This service will primarily serve those who know very little about India or about travel within India, and those who do not understand Indian systems and often not even English.Srinivas Koppolu, MD & COO of TATA –BSS gave the details of the functioning of Infoline and how it will be beneficial for Tourists. Dr Ravi Kant Bhatnagar, Addl DG (Tourism) dwelt upon the need for such a valuable Infoline and informed about the various aspects of it.last_img read more

Travelling guide to the city of New Orleans in Louisiana

first_imgNew Orleans is the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana in United States. The city is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.Source: Expedialast_img

WTTC forecasts India to add 10 million tourism jobs by 2028

first_imgAccording to a report published by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) India will employ around 10 million jobs in the travel and tourism sector by 2028.It has predicted that the total number of jobs which are dependent in some form on Travel & Tourism will increase from 42.9 million in 2018 to 52.3 million in 2028.India is currently the seventh largest travel and tourism economy in the world. Overall, the total contribution of the sector to the economy was INR 15.2 trillion (USD234 billion) in 2017. This forecast aims to more than double to INR 32 trillion (USD492 billion) by 2028.Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, WTTC, stated that tourism creates jobs, drives economic growth and helps build better societies. This is particularly clear in India which is forecast to be one of the fastest-growing tourism economies in the world.“Looking to the future, India can strategically lead travel facilitation within the SAARC region by introducing a standard technological solution, modern technology and biometrics. This will enhance the travel and tourism economies in the region,” she said.The Indian aviation market is expanding with rapid advancement in connectivity within India. Indian airlines have booked 900 plus new aircraft to add capacity and expand operations over next couple of years.The introduction of e-visas for 163 countries and the launch of Incredible India 2.0 campaign with major improvement has been well appreciated.last_img read more