<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Cindy Sosroutomo Tags: Melia Hotels, Openings & Renovations Everything that’s new & upcoming with Meliá Hotels International Share TORONTO — With eight brands in total, it’s no surprise that there’s a lot happening at Meliá Hotels International, most notably a brand new luxury resort coming in spring 2019.While on a North American road show that included stops in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver, representatives from several of its brands shared the latest happenings with members of the media, just in time for the busy winter booking season.Here are some key takeaways from the Toronto stop:As of Dec. 15, 2018, Meliá Caribe Tropical in Punta will be split into two separate properties: the adults-only, 538-room Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort, and the all-ages, 609-room Meliá Caribe Beach Resort. Meliá Punta Cana will offer THE LEVEL, Meliá’s elevated service concept featuring upscale amenities like VIP lounge check-in/out, an exclusive pool, restaurant, premium beverages and hors d’oeuvres throughout the day. Meanwhile, the rooms at Meliá Caribe Beach will include 154 THE LEVEL Suites, 123 Beachside Family Rooms, and a mix of 322 Premium Beachside and Deluxe Rooms. Guests at both properties will enjoy dine-around privileges for a total of 13 restaurants.Also opening on Dec. 15 is the brand new, 432-room The Grand Reserve, located at the entrance of Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana. This resort-within-a-resort boasts one- and two-bedroom suites that range up to 3,000+ square feet and feature independent soaking tubs and balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs. Its Swim-Up Suites offer one- or two-bedroom accommodations with direct access to an exclusive pool, garden and solarium.Paradisus Playa del Carmen will welcome a brand new waterpark this winter, located outside of the Kid’s Zone area and available to all guests of the hotel. It will include three pools, five water slides, dumping buckets and a splash pool for small toddlers.Set to debut in spring 2019 is the brand new Paradisus Playa Mujeres, located north of Cancun. As the fifth Paradisus-branded property in Mexico, this luxury all-inclusive resort will offer 498 rooms with Internet and private balconies, Family Concierge, plus the adults-only Royal Service section featuring private butlers. Other highlights include four pools, six bars, seven restaurants, arcade, theatre, kids club, the renowned YHI Spa, and a convention centre that can accommodate up to 1,500 people.Paradisus Los Cabos has joined The Leading Hotels of the World, one of the largest global hotel collections comprising over 400 properties. As Meliá’s fourth hotel in Mexico, this all-inclusive beachfront property truly impresses with 350 rooms including 98 Royal Service Suites with butler service, 30 Family Concierge Suites, 28 Ocean View Swim-up Suites, the adults-only Royal Service, four pools, seven bars, seven restaurants, a wine cellar, beach club, convention centre and the YHI Spa.The four-star, all-inclusive Meliá Cozumel Golf Resort is the perfect place for clients in search of rest, relaxation and solitude. Known for its diving and golf, Cozumel was recently voted by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) as the #1 destination worldwide.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFor more information go to meliahotelsinternational.com.
Monday, November 12, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises, Openings & Renovations What do you think? Crystal Serenity shows off its most extensive reno ever Share MIAMI — After a 4-week dry dock Crystal Serenity now boasts new dining options and open-seating dining along with new butler-serviced Seabreeze Penthouse and Seabreeze Penthouse Suite accommodations, a redesigned Palm Court and more, all featured in just-released images.The updates also include a new production show called Crystal on Broadway, The Show and new interactive technological amenities. The renovations are the most extensive ever for the ship, says Crystal, and mirror the changes implemented aboard Crystal Symphony in fall 2017.Crystal Serenity set sail from Lisbon on Nov. 10 on its first voyage since the completion of its redesign.“The scope of this redesign is truly remarkable. Our ocean ships remain at the heart of our brand and our commitment to their continued excellence and success is unwavering,” said Crystal President and CEO Tom Wolber.Here are the details and pics…NEW DINING OPTIONSOpen-seating dining is now available aboard Crystal Serenity, in line with industry trends to allow guests to choose can dine where, when and with whom they choose. New venues are also making their debut, including:Waterside – Taking the place of the Crystal Dining Room and reflecting the chic elegance of the main dining venues aboard Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Symphony, this centrally located restaurant continues to serve daily changing menus of international classic and modern cuisine, paired with unlimited fine wines, spirits and beers. The restaurant now features more seating with tables for two and four.The Marketplace and Churrascaria – The new daytime and evening identities of the former Lido Café, respectively. Both venues feature an open-kitchen concept with dishes made to order. The Marketplace serves an expansive menu of buffet-style breakfast and lunch options and transforms into Churrascaria during the dinner hours, a Brazilian-style bar-be-que.Silk Kitchen & Bar – In the Trident area of the ship that was formerly Tastes, this Asian-inspired venue serves traditional Chinese comfort food in an elegant al fresco atmosphere. Silk also serves Crystal’s late risers breakfast service. Silk offers open seating for breakfast and lunch and requires reservations for dinner.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsUmi Uma – The rebranded Silk Road & The Sushi Bar continues to serve the Japanese-Peruvian specialties of Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa by his personally trained chefs and remains the only Nobu restaurants at sea. Dinner reservations are required for Crystal’s specialty restaurants, including Prego.Stardust Supper Club – A brand new dining experience reminiscent of the era of the Rat Pack debuts on black-tie-optional evenings in the Stardust Club, featuring a four-course menu, live musical performances from Crystal’s Ensemble and string quartet.Prego – The specialty restaurant continues to serve regional specialties of Italy in a cozy, authentic atmosphere.PUBLIC SPACESPalm Court – This favourite spot has been reimagined with an intimate atmosphere, says Crystal. The stage has been relocated to an ‘in-the-round’ concept, with a new modernized bar. There are also more tables for two and intimate seating areas, new finishes, lighting, carpeting and furniture reflect. Plus, the previous stage area has become a dedicated culinary space to feature fresh pastries and snacks as guests take in sweeping views from the venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows.The Stardust Club – Now with a new dance floor, new bar finishes and a refreshed décor. New seating configurations allow the room to be transformed into a multi-functional space to host the Stardust Supper Club and large gatherings from bridge tournaments to live evening entertainment.In the Galaxy Lounge, the Crystal entertainment team is installing a new Broadway-style production show called Crystal on Broadway, The Show featuring songs from the hit musicals Rent, Something Rotten! and West Side Story. The show debuts on the Dec. 7 Pacific Coast Panorama cruise. Pulse and the Resorts World Casino at Sea have also been updated.NEW SEABREEZE PENTHOUSESOn Deck 10, 36 new Seabreeze Penthouses and two Seabreeze Penthouse Suites now occupy the space of former Deluxe Staterooms with Verandah. The new accommodations offer the same personal butler service, specialty services, walk-in closets, spa-like bathrooms and spacious square footage as the other Penthouses on board (367 sq. ft. and 491 sq. ft, respectively, including the verandah). The Seabreeze Penthouses also feature unique entries, which are shared between two suites and recessed from the hallway. This enables a seamless design for connecting two suites for larger families upon request.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe transformation reduces the ship’s capacity from 1,070 guests to 980 guests, while the number of crew on board remains the same.TECHNOLOGICAL ENHANCEMENTSNew, state-of-the-art HD flat-panel TVs have been added in all rooms, both public and guest suites. The TVs feature technology that allows guests to access a variety of information on their TVs including onboard folios, Crystal Life Spa & Salon menus, the Connoisseur Wine menu and daily restaurant menus. The new on-demand system also offers a library of top films and entertainment, as well as live views from the ship, broadcasts of ship lectures, presentations and destination info. Upgraded, pervasive WiFi coverage throughout the ship is delivered via dedicated antennae in every suite and all public areas and open decks.A new guest portal – Crystal Connect – is also now live, found on the landing page of onboard Internet service. Guests can access it from their smartphones, tablets or computers and instantly find shipboard and itinerary info, daily menus, shore excursions and port maps, daily issues of Reflections and an array of complimentary global newspapers and entertainment library.Crystal Serenity’s enrichment facilities also were redesigned. The Computer University@Sea has received new carpeting, seating and computer equipment, along with 70” TVs. The multifunctional enrichment room, The Studio, has been divided to offer a classroom for language, art and other instruction and a separate dance studio for private lessons. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
No related posts. Tyler Gernstein, 8, is no stranger to roosterfish.Last year he caught a 59-pound monster with a little help. This time, a year older and with experience under his belt, he hooked into a 35-pounder. The mate on the boat tried to help Tyler lift the rod, but he didn’t need it.“Don’t worry about the rod, I got it,” he said. “Hang on to me!”Everyone on the boat smiled. If the rod was going in the water, the boy would be attached to it.In the end, Tyler landed the fish pictured here all by himself. Facebook Comments
No related posts. In a unanimous decision on Friday, the municipality of Matina, Limón, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, passed an ordinance banning the growth of genetically modified crops.Matina becomes Costa Rica’s 64th municipality to ban GMO production in some form, making 80 percent of Costa Rica theoretically GMO-free. Without a national ban, however, GMO projects approved by the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry are allowed to continue even in municipalities with active GMO prohibitions.On Oct. 16, lawmakers introduced a bill that would place a moratorium on the expansion of GMO projects in Costa Rica. If passed, current GMO farms would be unable to expand, and new GMO ventures would be prohibited.Only 17 municipalities have yet to enact a GMO ban. Two Costa Rican anti-GMO groups, the Ecologist Federation and the Bloque Verde, will meet with officials from three municipalities without bans, Siquirres, Parrita and Alajuelita, in November. For a background on GMOs in Costa Rica, see our GMO explainer here. Facebook Comments
No related posts. As lawmakers ended their 2013 session Thursday, the Finance Ministry reported that the legislature approved seven new agreements on the sharing of tax information with several Nordic countries.During the month of December, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly approved accords to exchange tax information with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Norway, Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.“The legislative approval of these seven Information Exchange Agreements represents a great advancement in international accountability and an important commitment by the country in terms of fiscal transparency and automatic exchange of information relevant for tax purposes,” said acting Finance Minister Jose Luis Araya, in a statement Friday.Earlier this year, Costa Rica signed an agreement to share information with the United States about the financial holdings of U.S. citizens living in order to enforce the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, FATCA.The recently approved tax transparency agreements come as President Laura Chinchilla’s administration works to prepare Costa Rica’s application to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a club of many of the world’s developed countries.In the past, both the International Monetary Fund and the OECD have accused Costa Rica of being a tax haven.Since 2009, Costa Rica has signed similar agreements with Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Mexico and the Netherlands. Facebook Comments
Recommended: ARESEP announces pricing proposal for consumer-generated electricityAccording to organizers, ExpoSolar, which takes place Oct. 31- Nov. 1 in downtown San José, will be the first event of its kind in Central America to focus exclusively on solar power. Organized by the Costa Rican Solar Energy Association (Asociaciόn Costarricense de Energía Solar, or ACESOLAR), the event will feature a wide variety of firms that will present their products, including systems for heating water and photovoltaic systems for generating electricity, according to ACESOLAR board member Mauricio Solano.According to a study by Katja Nikola Frick and Alessandra Salgado of ACESOLAR, 50 companies currently are involved in the solar energy business in Costa Rica. They offer services in a number of areas, including consulting, construction, design, installation and distribution, among others.The University of Costa Rica and the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC) will send representatives who will be available to discuss the results of recent studies and to provide advice on career opportunities.TEC students, who recently won the prestigious prize for “Favorite House” with their “Casa Trόpika” at the Solar Decathlon Europe competition this year in France, also will be present. This was an impressive win not just for the 35 students who put the project together, but also for the country, which beat out submissions from all over the world. The winning Costa Rican entry is a single-family, intelligent house for senior citizens that not only feeds the dog, but also automatically dispenses medications to residents, and of course, is completely solar.Watch a video of the project (in Spanish) here: Related posts:How one island powered itself with a volcano Delays, excuses and gripes mark approaching deadline for distributed electricity generation in Costa Rica Former US Ambassador to Costa Rica Anne S. Andrew launches pongamia biofuels venture New York wants to lead the renewable energy revolution. Here’s how. The Central American Bank for Economic Integration and BAC San José also will be present to provide information regarding the types of funding available to small- and medium-sized firms interested in photovoltaic power.On the first day, technical presentations by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute and their retail subsidiary the National Power and Light Company, as well as various universities will focus on a variety of topics, including planning and operating solar systems, and accessing the national grid for both small and large projects.The second day will focus on more general presentations about how photovoltaic systems work. A previous event organized by Acesolar. (Courtesy of ACESOLAR)Costa Rica has come a long way since 1978, when a handful of researchers from three local public universities started the first solar power projects in the country. The primary work was done at the Solar Power Laboratory at the National University (UNA). By the end of the 1980s the trend towards solar power dramatically picked up speed with an official “Day of the Sun,” and workshops.The Costa Rican Solar Energy Association (ACES) was founded in 1990 by Dr. Shyam Nandwani, from the UNA solar lab. It started with 11 founding members and represented the country at the International Solar Energy Society. Along with the Sol de Vida foundation, these early pioneers were known for their work in rural areas, especially the northwestern province of Guanacaste, where they built and taught local residents the ins and outs of solar stoves.The solar energy industry began to snowball during the ’90s. In Heredia, in 1993, Eddio Rici and Reinaldo Cartín developed a solar system that used pork product wastes to produce biogas. In 1995, Juana Coto and Dr. Nandwani helped build and install solar kitchens and water purification systems in two schools in Heredia and Alajuela. In 1996, Luis Enrique Piñeda was part of a team that developed a system to produce energy from sugar cane waste.In 2011, ACES was replaced by ACESOLAR, established by Carlos Meza and Bernhardt Johst.Further recommended reading: Delays, excuses and gripes mark approaching deadline for distributed electricity generation in Costa Rica —What: ExpoSolarWhen: Friday, Oct. 31, from 1-5 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Where: National Cultural Center (CENAC), in front of Parque España, in San José.Entrance: FreeInformation: Tel. 8550-3612 or http://www.facebook.com/acesolarCR Facebook Comments
March 11, 1999: Lightning hits a power substation in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, leaving 97 million people without power for as long as five hours. An official says it is linked to transmission lines from the Itaipu dam.March 1989: A solar geomagnetic storm knocks out power to 6 million people in the Canadian province of Quebec and parts of the U.S. for nine hours.July 13, 1977: A lightning bolt knocks out electricity to about 8 million people in New York City. Power isn’t fully restored until 25 hours later after widespread looting.Nov. 9, 1965: The Great Blackout shakes Americans’ faith in the power system. A faulty substation relay darkens New York City and thousands of square miles of the U.S. northeast for about 14 hours. Power is out for 25 million people. It inspires the popular film, “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Sponsored Stories Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family (AP) – Some notable power outages around the world:July 31, 2012: Three power grids across half of India fail in what authorities call overdrawing of the system, leaving a record 620 million people without power for several hours and raising serious concerns about whether the country’s outdated infrastructure can meet soaring demands.July 30, 2012: India’s northern electricity grid fails for much of the day, leaving 370 million people without power. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Nov. 10, 2009: Storms near the Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Paraguay-Brazil border are tentatively blamed for outages that cut power to as many as 60 million people in Brazil for two to three hours. The entire nation of Paraguay, population 7 million, is also briefly blacked out.January-February 2008: Winter storms cause a nearly two-week blackout to about 4 million people around the central Chinese city of Chenzhou. Eleven technicians reportedly die trying to restore power.November 2006: A German power company switches off a high voltage line over a river to let a cruise ship pass. It triggers outages for 10 million people in Germany, France, Italy and Spain.Aug. 18, 2005: An imbalanced power grid kicks power plants offline in Indonesia leaves almost 100 million people in the dark, many for more than five hours.July 12, 2004: Heavy use of air conditioners and other factors are blamed for blackouts affecting at least 7 million people in Greece just a month before the summer Olympic games.Sept. 28, 2003: A short in a power line in Switzerland leads to blackouts affecting 95 percent of Italy. Some 55 million people are without power for as long as 18 hours.Aug. 14, 2003: The worst U.S. blackout. Power line problems in the Midwest trigger a cascade of breakdowns that cut power to 50 million people in eight states and Canada, some for more than a day. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help How do cataracts affect your vision?
Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kenan Evren, the general who led Turkey’s 1980 military coup that ended years of street-clashes between rival left- and right-wing militias and but also unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings died on Saturday. He was 97.The ailing former general who later ruled as president for seven years, died at Ankara’s GATA military hospital, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported, hours after he was placed on a respirator due to multiple organ failure and his family and lawyers were called to his side. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Evren was hailed as a hero at the time of the coup for ending fighting that had left some 5,000 people dead and put the country on the brink of a civil war. But he soon became one of the country’s most controversial figures, remembered more for the torture of former militants and their supporters and for introducing a constitution that restricted freedoms and formalized the military’s role in politics.Turkish political leaders are still scrambling to replace the constitution he helped institute.Last year, Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Part of the loans are already being used to fund the budget and support the energy and health sectors as well as road safety, at a total cost of $490 million, the bank said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Comments Share 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The World Bank has agreed to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion (1.08 billion euros) to support its public finances and invest in infrastructure.A statement from the bank Friday said the board of directors agreed on a 2015-2019 lending program to support Albania’s growth as it tries to join the European Union.The money will be used for fiscal stability, infrastructure projects and strengthening the private sector in Albania. The country suffers from rapidly rising public debt, which has reached 70 percent of gross domestic product, up from 60 percent in 2012. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober
Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said the change approved Friday would “ensure veterans can receive care outside of the VA health care system if they face geographic or travel burdens, have a medical condition that would impact their ability to travel or for other factors that may be determined by the VA.”VA officials have said they are sympathetic to lawmakers’ concerns but have cautioned that the change could cost tens of billions of dollars a year.The measure now goes to the House.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.The measure relaxes a rule that makes getting specialized care from local doctors difficult for some veterans, especially those in rural areas. Senators approved the bill by voice vote as they rushed to wrap up legislative work before a weeklong Memorial Day recess.The Senate bill would open up private care to veterans who live within 40 miles of a medical facility run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so long as the VA site does not offer the care required. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Senators said the measure was needed because some veterans were unable to get federally paid medical care from private doctors under the new Veterans Choice Act. The law blocks veterans from getting private care if they live within 40 miles of a VA medical facility, even if the veteran needs specialized care that is farther away.Lawmakers from both parties have criticized the 40-mile rule, which they say goes against their intention to put the needs of veterans ahead of all other concerns, including cost.Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said the VA was deliberately interpreting the 40-mile rule to deny veterans needed care. The VA recently tweaked the rule so it measures 40 miles by driving distance, rather than in a straight line.Moran, who sponsored the Senate bill, said it “puts the veteran first and provides the fix the VA says they need to make certain that veterans are not dismissed or forgotten just because of where they live.”Moran and other lawmakers have pressed for changes in recent months, after far fewer veterans than expected were receiving treatment offered under the Veterans Choice law. The law was adopted last year in response to a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking health care and falsified records covering up the delays. Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/233c9/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Fewer New Zealand travellers are planning to travel to Australia in the next six months according to a recent consumer survey.In the latest MasterCard Worldwide Survey on Consumer Purchasing Priorities, it found Australia has slightly lost its attractiveness as a foreign destination for New Zealanders.While the land down under still ranks as the number one travel destination among Kiwis, only 65 percent of respondents said they planned to travel to Australia within the next six months, down from 73 percent in the previous survey.Rising consumer confidence is seeing New Zealanders warm to long-haul destinations instead, the survey suggested.Twenty-three percent of respondents, up from 18 percent, are planning to travel to the United Kingdom in the next half year, while interest in the US has hiked 5 percent, from 12 percent last year to 17 percent.And while fewer Kiwis are desire travel to Australia, it is clear that they do want to travel and head abroad for a holiday at some point in the next six months.“Travel is seen to be the strongest incentive to save (45%) and the third most popular purchasing priority for New Zealanders (40%) in the coming six months” said MasterCard country manager New Zealand Stuart McKinlay.“New Zealanders have confidence in their employment and their regular income in the coming six months and this faith in the strengthening economy appears to be giving rise to more respondents looking to increase their discretionary spending, with travel proving popular.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Cathay Pacific are among the airlines forced to cancel flights to and from Bali yesterday after ash from a volcano eruption blew too close to Denpasar airport. Earlier this morning Virgin Blue advised that it had cancelled all flights to and from Bali over the next 24 hours as a precautionary method while Mount Bromo’s ash continued to move towards the runways. “Guests currently in Denpasar with bookings which were scheduled to depart within the next 24 hours are requested to stay in their current accommodation and await further advice from Virgin Blue,” the airline said. Jetstar Airways was also forced to cancel up to five flights to and from Sydney, Darwin and Perth to Denpasar. “Safety of our passengers and crew is Jetstar’s number one priority and as a result the airline has cancelled tonight’s flights between Australia and Denpasar (Bali).” Cathay Pacific Airways noted flight disruptions, with one flight en-route from Hong Kong to Bali forced to turn back around. Cathay Pacific postponed its Denpasar to Hong Kong service from yesterday afternoon to Friday 4.45pm Hong Kong time. Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre meteorologist Billy Lynch said the volcano could cause airline disruptions for days, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.”If it continues to erupt and the wind continues to blow the ash towards the airports, there could be disruptions,” Mr Lynch said. The volcano located in Java, Indonesia began erupting over a week ago and has been described as “moderate” compared to the eruption of Indonesia’s Merapi volcano last year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand Thailand was again named the “Most Popular Destination” and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was honoured as the “Best Asian Tourism Board” by Go Asia, at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) Berlin 2012, the world’s leading B2B platform for the travel and tourism industry. This is the ninth year in a row that members of Go Asia have chosen Thailand as Asia’s most popular destination, and the fourth year in a row that they have also recognised the TAT as the best Asian tourism board. Also in this year’s Go Asia awards, Thai Airways International received the “Best Asian Airline” award. In the private sector, the “Best Hotel in Asia” awards went to the Peninsula Bangkok, Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa, and the Mandarin Oriental Dara Dhevi in Chiang Mai.The awards reflect the outcome of an online poll conducted by Go Asia, a marketing network that specialises in marketing Asia as a destination for travellers. Members of the Go Asia network including tour operators, airlines, and tourism boards are eligible to vote in the poll. The two awards were presented to TAT Governor Mr Suraphon Svetasreni at the ITB Go Asia Award gala night.”The TAT is honoured to again receive such a high level of recognition from those in the travel and tourism industry. The Thailand brand has tremendous appeal for millions of visitors from all over the world, while the Kingdom’s tourism sector strives to offer an ever-increasing variety of unique and memorable experiences for visitors. This award will inspire us to continue developing Thailand as a destination of choice for international travellers from the German-speaking regions of Europe,” said Governor Suraphon.Go Asia is a dynamic marketing alliance that specialises in marketing Asia as a destination. Founded in 2003, Go Asia aims to enhance Asia in German-speaking regions through joint marketing activities; such as, the Go Asia website, participation in exhibitions and trade fairs, media relations and training initiatives.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travellers and locals in Thailand and Indonesia have returned to their homes and vacation spots after a tsunami warning prompted by two earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province was lifted. The warning was issued to countries across the Indian Ocean yesterday after an 8.6 magnitude quake erupted but was lifted two hours after the second 8.2 magnitude aftershock was recorded in the same area, ABC Newcastle reported.The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said “the threat is over for most areas” with Indonesia’s island, Simeulue sitting closest to the earthquake and receiving a massive wave of up to 80 centimetres along its shore. Although concerns dimmed down quickly, for many locals the warning brought back memories from 2004, when a tsunami triggered by a 9.1 magnitude quake caused mass destruction.
Source = TAA Victoria’s best hotels have been recognised at the 2012 Tourism Accommodation Australia (Vic) State Awards for Excellence, with the winners announced at a gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt on Tuesday 12 May. The dinner was attended by close to 400 hoteliers and hospitality industry leaders including Hon. Louise Asher, Minister of Tourism and Major Events, the Chair of Tourism Victoria Board and C.E.O’s of Tourism Victoria, Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau, Grand Prix Corporation, Tennis Australia, Destination Melbourne, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Liquor (V.C.GL.R) and TAA (National), as long with representatives from other tourism related organisations. Minister Asher presented the major prestigious award for outstanding contribution to the hotel and tourism industry.This most important award recognises an outstanding contribution by an hotelier or industry colleague who through their efforts over a long period of time has made a significant impact on the industry and have helped contribute directly or indirectly to the success of hotels in Victoria. Past winners include Doctor Sam Birman for servicing the medical needs of hotel guests; David Marriner for his contribution to the theatre, hotels and tourism; Leigh Harry for his great contribution to developing conventions, meetings and exhibition success and Dr Les Erdi as an owner, investor, developer and operator for 45 years.This year, TAA recognised John Dickson, who until recently was a hotelier and General Manager who made a great contribution over almost 20 years to the betterment of hotels in Victoria, particularly through AHA/TAA in Melbourne Apart from successfully managing these hotels, John is a team player who is always generous with his time and contributed to both the growth of the hotel market in Melbourne and to tourism generally through serving on many committees and in particular for the AHA Accommodation Division and TAA, where he has served continuously in a number of roles, including Victorian Chairman and National President.Other winners honoured were Accommodation Category Award Winners: Deluxe Accommodation Hotel of the Year – Park Hyatt Melbourne Apartment/Suite Accommodation of the Year – Citadines on Bourke Melbourne Superior Accommodation Hotel of the Year – Crown Promenade HotelMid-Range Accommodation Hotel of the Year – Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins Boutique Style Accommodation of the Year – Hotel CharsfieldResort Style Accommodation of the Year – Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat, Hepburn SpringsRegional Accommodation of the Year – Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld Specialty Category Winners: Hotel Restaurant of the Year (all day dining ) – Niche Café, Bayview Eden MelbourneDeluxe Restaurant of the Year – The Langham MelbourneHotel Bar of the Year – Market Lane Bar, InterContinental Melbourne The RialtoIndividual Excellence Awards: Administration Employee of The Year – Beverly Dalauidao, The Westin Melbourne Food & Beverage Services Employee of The Year – David Albert, The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park MelbourneFront Office Services Employee of The Year – Christy Doherty, The Langham Melbourne Hotel Industry Rising Star – Lisa O’Carroll, Stamford Plaza Hotel Melbourne & Rydges Melbourne, Sarah Begbie Outstanding Contribution to the Industry – John DicksonDarryl Washington General Manager of TAA (Vic) praised finalists, award-winners and individuals who were honoured and said”Melbourne and Victoria’s hotels provide for tourists a world class and very diverse selection of hotels that cater for all tastes and price levels. The industry is constantly ‘raising the bar’ when it comes to standards and again this year, the Hotels nominated and in particular those that have been honoured at the 2012 TAA (Vic) State Awards for Excellence Awards emphasise this point. Congratulations to all finalists and in particular, all winning hotels.”
“I wanted to slow the ship down… but the helmsman did not follow my orders correctly,” Captain Schettino said. Italy’s most hated man, Captain Francesco Schettino, was arrested for sailing too fast and too close to the island of Giglio, attempting to ‘salute’ local residents, the Australian reported. The attempted salvage of the Costa Concordia was completed last week. Captain Schettino is on trial in Grosseto, Italy, accused of manslaughter and abandoning ship. Source = ETB News: P.T. “He steered in the wrong direction and we crashed.” The Captain of ruined cruise ship, Costa Concordia, has accused his Indonesian helmsman of “not following orders correctly”, diverting responsibility for the crash that killed 32 people. “The helmsman was thirteen seconds late in following the order but the impact would have taken place in any case,” Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, who led the team that examined the ship’s black box, said. Helmsman, Jacob Rusli Bin, was sentenced in July to a year and eight months behind bars after a court accepted a plea bargain for his role in the accident.
THAI Recruits 214 new Flight AttendantsTHAI Recruits 214 new Flight AttendantsThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) is recruiting 214 new flight attendants to provide services on board THAI flights, accommodating future route expansion.Flight Lieutenant Werasak Wiroonpetch, THAI Executive Vice President, Operations Department, said that as the Company is currently in the third phase of its Transformation Plan and is in the process of “strength building.” It is prepared to be a leading carrier or to go beyond the capabilities of competitors. The Company is in the process of recruiting 214 new flight attendants to serve THAI flights in preparation for future route expansion. THAI’s new flight attendants will hold a three year contract that may be renewed one time, whereby the contractual period will end on 30 September 2023. Applications were submitted online through www.thaiairways.com during 2-26 May 2017, resulting in 2,003 applicants, which shows that the flight attendant career remains highly popular. Currently, applications are being reviewed for qualified applicants, submission of required application materials, measure of body weight and height, and consideration of personality and image. The list of qualified applicants will be announced on 24 June 2017, those of whom may take the written exam before proceeding with the selection process that includes overall interview, third language interview, swimming test, and physical examination.This group of flight attendants will be employed for a contractual period that will terminate at the end of contract, which is an employment policy used by other leading air carriers worldwide. It is an opportunity to take pride in working for the national carrier with exceptionally high standards of premium class service. Thai Airwaysbook your flights hereSource = THAI – Thai Airways International
Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park_credit David KirklandBrisbane gets first boarding call for Red CentreBrisbanites will get their very first boarding call for the Red Centre with an announcement today that Jetstar will start thrice-weekly flights between the Queensland capital and Australia’s most famous monolith, Uluru in August.Jetstar’s new low fare service will fly from Brisbane direct into Australia’s spiritual heart and land at Ayers Rock Airport (Yulara/AYQ), giving Queenslanders and international visitors unprecedented access to the Red Centre and its diversity of cultural experiences.Michael Tennant, Acting CEO for the NT’s Department of Tourism and Culture, welcomed the move saying Tourism NT would continue to work closely with airline partners, like Jetstar, to strengthen the viability of existing routes and to increase demand to help establish new routes into the Northern Territory.“Brisbane is a key international gateway airport (after Sydney and Melbourne) and, until now, there have been no direct flights between Brisbane and Uluru,” he said. “That’s all about to change on August 3 – and what a great time to visit.”Mr Tennant said Jetstar was the second airline in a matter of months to announce new services from Brisbane to the Red Centre, with Virgin Australia set to commence services to Alice Springs from June 19.”Today’s announcement also coincides with Voyages Ayers Rock Resort opening the doors on its newly refurbished 100-room, boutique-style Lost Camel property at Yulara. This modern mid-scale hotel, just 20 minutes from Uluru, had been used for staff accommodation since 2012 and reopens to the general public on 1 July this year.Why put it off when you can fly direct? To celebrate the launch, flights between Brisbane and Yulara go on sale today with tickets priced from $89: https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/brisbane-uluru.Both announcements come off the back of the Northern Territory Government’s recent $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.To plan your Northern Territory adventure visit: northernterritory.comSource = Tourism NT
NTIA’s ‘Best Mobile Travel Advisor’ for 2019, TravelManagers’ Kathy Millett, is congratulated by Wendy Wu Tours’ National Sales Manager, Tamba LebbieNTIA Home based Award Taken Home by TravelManagersEvery year, the Australian travel industry gathers to celebrate AFTA’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA): a glittering night that celebrates excellence in the travel industry. TravelManagers were among the big winners at this year’s event, scooping two major awards on Saturday night in the Grand Ballroom of Sydney’s International Convention Centre.TravelManagers, which is Australia’s market leader in home-based travel consulting, was awarded Best Mobile Travel Advisor Network, while one of its personal travel managers (PTMs), Kathy Millett, received the award for Best Mobile Travel Advisor.PTM Kathy Millett, representative for Claremont, WA, celebrates her win with husband TimMillett is TravelManagers’ representative for Claremont, WA, and has been with TravelManagers since 2012, although her involvement in the travel industry goes back twenty years. Originally from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), she credits her early career, arranging and escorting inbound travellers’ African itineraries, for her in-depth knowledge of all things Africa and for teaching her the importance of attention to detail and service.Millett acknowledges that the award, which was sponsored by Wendy Wu Tours would not have been hers without the strong relationships she has worked to establish with suppliers and clients, nor without the input of TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO).“When I joined TravelManagers, I had just moved from Perth to Onslow, a remote coastal town in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, which probably made me the company’s most isolated PTM in Australia at that time. However, the systems and support which TravelManagers’ have in place, from Business Partnership Managers (BPMs) to the rest of the NPO team, ensured that my business was able to thrive.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, believes that Millett’s proactive approach and keen interest in building and maintaining relationships have been key to her success; he describes this attitude as a hallmark of the TravelManagers’ culture, and integral to their double win on Saturday night.“Such is the calibre of our PTMs that we actually had a second finalist in the ‘Best Mobile Travel Advisor’ category – Belinda Le Breton, who is representative for Leura in New South Wales,” he explains. “The level of excellence demonstrated by Kathy, Belinda and their fellow PTMs was a major factor in TravelManagers’ win in the ‘Mobile Travel Advisor Network’ category.”TravelManagers’ Marketing Manager, Tania Myles, tucked up with the company’s ‘Best Mobile Travel Advisor Network’ trophy, to enjoy a midwinter awards night’s dream“Our overall success at this year’s NTIA Awards is a tribute to the professionalism and commitment of all involved, from the PTMs through the NPO support team to management,” says Chairman Barry Mayo. “All of our people invest a great amount of time and effort into their work and are very passionate about the services they provide – collectively and individually they are all very deserving of the win.”TravelManagers were previously finalists in NTIA’s retail agent category for nine consecutive years, but elected not to participate in the awards last year when a new home-based category was announced, citing a mismatch with the company’s consumer offering.“However, when NTIA renamed the category for 2019, we were thrilled to receive a number of supplier nominations,” adds Chief Operating Officer, Grant Campbell. “To come away with both Best Mobile Travel Advisor Network and Best Mobile Travel Advisor on Saturday night, despite competition from the other nominees, was a real thrill and we’re absolutely delighted.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. ENDSAbout TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel. TravelManagers is solely dedicated to providing the best possible support to its network of more than 570 personal travel managers throughout Australia, through a dedicated team at the company’s National Partnership Office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer funds in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. This is supported by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy to protect all clients’ funds in the unlikely event they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account. Source = TravelManagers
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it is all has been set to increase flight frequency to Cape Town to 10 times weekly beginning from December 1, 2016.Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Ethiopian Airlines, Busera Awel said, “Serving Africa is our prior commitment as a Pan-African carrier, and increasing services to Cape Town, known for the Table Mountain is part of this commitment. The increase in flight frequency to Cape Town, our third gateway in South Africa, will enable tourists and business travellers to enjoy convenient connectivity options to and from 95 Ethiopian global networks onboard our state-of-the-art fleet, Boeing 787. Furthermore, our 10 times weekly service will enhance our capacity to over 400% in a year time. We always strive to offer the best possible passenger and cargo services the industry has to offer, including a wide variety menu of meal services with the newly inaugurated modern In-Flight Catering facility, served with multiple award-winning in-flight services.”Ethiopian presently operates in three cities in South Africa, which include Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.