Turkmenistan holds naval drills on Caspian

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How men can have a healthy 2019 ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) – Turkmenistan has held its first naval drills on the Caspian amid a dispute with Azerbaijan over a section of the oil-rich sea.Tensions over how the inland Caspian Sea should be divided among the five surrounding nations, which also include Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan, started after the 1991 Soviet collapse.The drills held Wednesday near the western seaport of Turkmenbashi involved an exercise in repelling a naval attack on ships and oil refineries. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 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 Top Stories President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov said that they “showcase the defense potential” of the Turkmen navy.They follow tensions over Azerbaijan’s interception of a Turkmen scientific ship in the disputed area in June.The European Union is trying to broker a deal for an undersea pipeline linking Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan that could carry Turkmen gas toward Europe.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Report Woman charged after Swedish skeleton find

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The TT agency reports that police also found a CD titled “My Necrophilia” as well as photographs in which a woman is seen kissing and hugging the skulls.The woman has denied the charges, claiming she collected the bones out of historical interest.(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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)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 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Comments   Share   STOCKHOLM (AP) – A woman in Sweden has been accused of necrophilia after investigators found some 100 skeleton parts in her apartment.The Swedish news agency TT cites prosecutor Kristina Ehrenborg-Staffas as saying that the 37-year-old woman is suspected of using the remains, which included six skulls and one backbone, in “sexual situations.”The woman from southwestern Sweden was charged “with violating the peace of the deceased” in Goteborg District Court on Tuesday. Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Burundi officials skip crisis talks days before poll

first_img Comments   Share   BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Government representatives failed to show up Sunday for talks in Burundi aimed at ending the unrest caused by the president’s controversial bid for a third term, forcing the mediation to be adjourned just ahead of Tuesday’s election, the talks facilitator said.Ugandan Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga, who is acting as mediator, stopped short of saying the talks had collapsed and said the government should be given a chance to explain itself. The talks are backed by the East African Community. Quick workouts for men Earlier United Nations-backed negotiations between the parties collapsed after the opposition insisted on Nkurunziza’s exit._____This version corrects Uganda’s Defense Ministers name from Crypus to CrispusCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A cyclist carries a metal gate on the back of his bicycle in Bujumbura, Burundi, Sunday July 19, 2015. As Burundians are getting ready to go to the poll Tuesday July 21, three candidates, including two former presidents, announced their withdrawal from Burundi’s upcoming presidential race, predicting the contest in this restive African nation will not be free and fair. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “The dialogue has not failed it is still on, we have only adjourned,” Kiyonga said. He said the mediation process had made progress in a few days by getting the government and the opposition to sit down and agree on what the issues are to be discussed, including restoring security and the refugee crisis.Burundi has been rocked by violence that has left more than 100 people dead. Over 144,000 people have fled the country since the ruling party announced President Pierre Nkurunziza’s candidacy in April.Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana said that the government had skipped the dialogue because of statements made by the opposition about the need for democratic institutions, which he said suggested they hoped to take power through a coup.He told The Associated Press that the government had to discuss the opposition’s remarks with the facilitator before returning to the talks.The opposition, however, maintained that the government quit because discussions had shifted to the upcoming elections.“The government does not want to discuss the electoral calendar and wants to do everything according to its plan,” said opposition spokesman Jean Minani.Kiyonga said talks will continue even after the elections and the contentious issue of the president’s third term will still be in the agenda. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Survey US companies less optimistic about future sales

first_img Sponsored Stories Fifty-nine percent of businesses expect their sales to grow in the next three months, down from the 71 percent who forecast sales growth three months ago from the 68 percent who projected growth in January.The relatively pessimistic outlook may reflect that sales growth was not nearly as widespread in the second quarter as many companies hoped. Just 46 percent of firms said their sales rose in the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent in the first quarter and 54 percent in the final three months of last year. And 18 percent said sales fell, the most in more than a year.The NABE’s survey is based on responses from 112 member companies, about half of whom have more than 1,000 employees. The survey was conducted from June 17 to July 1.The survey results echo recent data that suggest growth in the second quarter will be slower than many analysts had hoped earlier this year. Americans cut back their spending at stores and restaurants in June, even though hiring has been steady this year and there are signs wage growth may be picking up.Analysts at JPMorgan Chase now forecast the economy will expand just 2.2 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter, down from a previous estimate of 2.5 percent. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses’ outlook on sales in the coming months has darkened after sales growth slowed in the second quarter, according to a survey released Monday.More companies also expect to cut back on their investment in equipment and buildings in the July-September quarter, the survey found. However, hiring and wage and salary increases are likely to continue at about the same pace in the third quarter as they did in the previous three months. The overall survey results, compiled by the National Association for Business Economics, portray an economy muddling along at a steady, if tepid, pace. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Weaker sales are likely a reason some firms are spending less on large equipment. Twelve percent of companies reduced their capital spending in the second quarter, roughly double the total in each of the previous four quarters.Much of that cutback occurred in manufacturing, the survey found, where companies have been hit by a strong dollar. The dollar has risen about 14 percent in the past year against a basket of currencies. That makes U.S. goods more expensive overseas.Thirty-eight percent of companies said the dollar’s strength has hurt their businesses. The impact has been more dramatic for manufacturers: 69 percent of the companies in that sector said it has had a negative effect. Only 20 percent of services firms said they were hurt by the strong dollar.Meanwhile, businesses are largely split on the impact of an eventual increase in the short-term interest rate controlled by the Federal Reserve. Thirty-seven percent think it will have a negative effect on their business, while 25 percent think it will help. Thirty-eight percent said it won’t have any impact.Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has said the Fed may start to raise rates sometime this year if the economy continues to improve. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Explosive honey shuts down US airport

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2423b/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L A Californian airport was shut down on Tuesday after security staff mistakenly thought bottles of honey found in a passenger’s bag contained explosive materials.31-year-old Francisco Ramirez was stopped at Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield after U.S. Transportation and Security administration screeners found five Gatorade bottles full of “suspicious-looking liquid” in his bag. While Ramirez told officials the substance inside the bottles were honey, swabs of the bag and bottles tested positive for TNT and TATP.Two screeners also claimed nausea after opening the bottles, which they said emitted a strong chemical odour.The airport then went into shut down mode for hours and was evacuated, with all flights diverted while Ramirez spent the day being questioned by FBI agents and a “joint terrorism task force.”However, officials were left red-faced after further tests found the ‘explosives’ really were just honey, subsequently allowing Ramirez free to catch a flight home to Milwaukee.”The substances in the bottles did turn out to be honey” FBI spokesman Steve Dupre told Reuters.“They tested negative for all explosives and narcotics. It is nothing but honey.”Is profiling to blame?While photos of Ramirez were not released, his name, which is of Mexican descent, questions whether this latest mistake by U.S. screeners is an outcome of racial profiling.On Monday, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration issued directives for enhanced screening on more than a dozen nations and countries which it claimed were “state sponsors of terrorism” or “countries of interest.”These included Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, most of which are Muslim-majority nations. It has since outraged many civil rights groups, in particular the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who said the move only served to “alienate and stigmatize Muslims and does nothing to improve airline security.” “First look at behaviour, not at faith or skin colour” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Then spend what it takes to obtain more bomb-sniffing dogs, to install more sophisticated bomb-detection equipment and to train security personnel in identifying the behaviour of real terror suspects“The minute U.S. officials put out the word that they’re not scrutinizing people with blond hair and blue eyes is the minute that al-Qaida starts recruiting people with blond hair and blue eyes” In 2005, British police chased and gunned down 27-year-old Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes in a London subway while looking for suspects linked to attempted bomb attacks on the city’s transport system.Police later admitted that they had shot dead the wrong man and that de Menezes was not believed to be connected in anyway to the London bombings.last_img read more

Boeing 737s undergo another round of airworthiness checks

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/28d23/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Following a round of emergency checkups in March, the US Aviation safety watchdog has now issued a brand new airworthiness directive for all operators of narrow-body Boeing 737s to double-check their aircraft.The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) checkups relate to the a bearing found on the plane’s side elevators, which help control the plane’s pitch, and when loose can lead to severe vibrations.This recent airworthiness directive issued on Monday was announced after an aircraft experienced the severe vibrations despite having conducted the checkup when it was mandated earlier in March.“On March 18, 2010, we issued AD [airworthiness directive] 2010-06-51… Since we issued that AD, we received an additional report of failure of the aft attach lugs on the left elevator tab control mechanism,” said the FAA in its new airworthiness directive.“We have determined that an improved inspection is necessary to address the identified unsafe condition.”FAA’s directive for inspection of the inboard and outboard aft attach lugs of the left and right elevator control tab mechanisms is valid across the entire Boeing 737 family including the -600, -700, -800, and -900.last_img read more

Adventure World reveals agents support kit

first_imgAdventure World has launched a promotional kit, designed to assist agents marketing the group’s product range. Adventure World said at the launch that the kit would be distributed throughout the month and would include a promotional DVD for agents to use in store or on client information evenings. “Our promotional kit is aimed to assist our supportive travel partners to find the best and most suitable product for their clients,” Adventure World general manager Andrew Mulholland said. “We’re forecasting a big year ahead for the travel industry and are excited to offer agents the best product around, including new and never-before-seen experiences in 2011.” The kit also includes an “essential manual” filled with Adventure World’s 30 year legacy, product range and target market. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Oprah invited to boost Egypt tourism

first_imgIn a bid to restore Egypt’s tourism image, Egypt’s minister of tourism said he has invited a number of Hollywood stars including Oprah Winfrey to hold shows at Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Minister Adbel Nour said during a press conference that he would not allow Egypt to turn into a cheap tourist destination with low cost programs following the political turmoil that troubled the country last month, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. Starting with Italian travellers, the Minister said other part of the campaign will require the recruitment of Facebook users to publicise Egypt as a tourism destination and invite international travellers to visit the country. Airlines will also play a role in the future of the country’s tourism, with EgyptAir increasing its 23 flights per week to Italy starting from 17 March this year. Mr Nour added that he and his ministry would follow up on its campaign and will attend tourism exhibitions and conferences to promote the glamour of the country’s pro-democracy revolution. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Travel Leisures Worlds Best Awards ranks The St Regis Singapore am

first_imgSource = The St. Regis Singapore The St. Regis Singapore’s Remède Spa Ranked 3rd for Hotel Spas in Asia & Top 10 for Hotel Spas Worldwide, by Prestigious Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011The only Singapore hotel ranked in the 2011 Top 100 hotel category, and top 10 for city hotels in Asia categoryThe arbiters of luxury accommodation and refined living, The St. Regis Singapore debuts the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2011 ranked 91st of Top 100 Hotels Worldwide, and ranked 8th in the category of Top City Hotels in Asia.These unprecedented results from the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 Readers’ Survey announced on 7th July 2011, debuts The St. Regis Singapore as the only Singapore hotel to make the Top 100 Hotels Worldwide list and Top 10 City Hotels in Asia list.The St. Regis Singapore’s Remède Spa was also ranked 10th for Top 10 Hotel Spas Worldwide, and 3rd for Top 10 Hotel Spas in Asia, the only Singapore spa to receive this coveted recognition.“Seasoned travelers like Travel + Leisure readers have asserted The St. Regis Singapore as one of the best hotels in the world, especially in Asian cities where we ranked eighth. We are honoured by the recognition, and mandate of travelers who voted for us. The St. Regis Singapore remains committed to our promise of delivering exceptional service and refined living for our guests,” said Ananda Arawwawela, Managing Director of The St. Regis Singapore.Celebrate this esteemed accolade with us, as The St. Regis Singapore presents you the captivating signatures that have won the hearts and votes of artistic voyagers worldwide.Inspired Weekends at the Unrivalled Address Treat yourself to a luxurious stay in Singapore’s urban sanctuary, made even sweeter with a 20% reduction on the best available weekend rate. Book this exclusive celebratory package online, with rates beginning at SGD304++ for an Executive Deluxe Room, inclusive of an epicurean breakfast at Brasserie Les Saveurs.Bask in the year-long tropical warmth, as you enjoy your weekend in the multi-cultural island-city of Singapore. Located minutes from the Orchard Road shopping belt, The St. Regis Singapore is a haven of plush, refined accommodation, with bespoke St. Regis butler service. Enter the serene, award-winning Remède Spa for a pampering experience of a lifetime.This offer is valid from 8th July to 19th December 2011. Terms & ConditionsOffer is valid for stays on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Black-out dates of 23rd to 25th September applies.  Rates are per room per night and subject to availability.  Advance reservation is required.  Rates are pre-paid and non-refundable.last_img read more

Ascott wins third prestigious award in Australia in four months

first_imgStudio Deluxe Citadines on Bourke Melbourne wins ‘Best Suite/Apartment Hotel’ at the AHA National Awards for Excellence 2011The Ascott Limited (Ascott)’s first Citadines Apart’hotel in Australia, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, was announced as the winner of the ‘Best Suite/Apartment Hotel’ category at the 2011 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence. The awards recognise Australia’s outstanding hotel industry performers who display excellence in service standards, business operations and quality management. This is the third prestigious award for Citadines on Bourke Melbourne in four months. The property, which opened in July last year, also garnered the Silver Award in ‘New Accommodation Development’ at the National Accommodation Industry Awards for Excellence 2011 and the ‘Best Suite/Apartment Style Hotel’ at the 2011 AHA State Awards for Excellence (Victorian Accommodation Division) earlier this year. Mr Dean Minett, Ascott’s Country General Manager for Australia, said: “Having won at state level was a wonderful achievement for Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, but to win nationally with such fierce competition in this category is the ultimate accolade.”  “The awards are judged by a mystery guest audit of the property. The win is a testament to our outstanding customer service and the quality of our product” said Mr Minett.Citadines on Bourke Melbourne is located in the heart of Melbourne on Bourke Street. At Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, guests can create their own stay experience.The property offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments and each apartment comes with separate living and dining areas, kitchenettes, modern fittings, state-of-the-art home entertainment system and wireless broadband internet access. In addition, travellers can choose to enjoy a range of facilities including conference and meeting spaces, launderette, swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and outdoor sundeck and services such as business support and room service. Source = Ascottlast_img read more

Travellers offered Inspiring Journeys to NZ

first_imgAgents will now have the option of sending their clients on Inspiring Journeys into New Zealand after the tour operator announced it has added New Zealand to its 2012/13 brochures.Launching online yesterday and expected to arrive in stores next week, next year’s offerings will include three new options to travel around New Zealand including a six day ‘Endless Shore’ North Island escape, eight day Southern Drift program as well as a full North and South Island 13 day itinerary, ‘The Long White Cloud’. Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard yesterday Inspiring Journeys managing director Tammy Marshall explained the extension into New Zealand came as a result of feedback which found the neighbouring country quite popular amongst Aussies.She said the New Zealand itineraries will be based on the tour operator’s pillars; eco, nature and experiential as well as bring in aspects of the Maori culture.“Key for us is choice, we try to allow the travellers to customise their experience on any day that we can so they can have their any choice of activities to choose from,” Ms Marshall said.Despite still undergoing recovery from the quake earlier this year, Ms Marshall noted that Christchurch would play a role in the new itineraries, with guests staying on the outskirts of the city for one night.“Christchurch will be rebuilding itself over time,” she said. “Where we stay on the outskirts is a garden type of area so it is safe and outside the CBD area so we are still supporting New Zealand by using Christchurch as a gateway.”As well as the new New Zealand additions, Ms Marshall said the new brochures would see an extra South Australia option that will offer “diverse outback experience as well as a trip through the wineries”.The company’s head also told e-Travel Blackboard the company was looking to move its offering to more of an international market over the coming years. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Fiji lift embargo Air Pacific update

first_imgAir Pacific will attempt to have passengers aboard flights bound for Fiji today from Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, and Los Angeles. The following flights are now operational:FJ410 – Auckland to Nadi (1445L AKL departure)FJ910 – Sydney to Nadi (1410L SYD departure)FJ412 – Auckland to Nadi (1900L AKL departure)FJ922 – Brisbane to Nadi (2355L BNE departure)Please note all times noted above are local airport times. There is no need for passengers to have amended or re-validated flight tickets for these departures. Customers should expect some boarding and departure delays and certain flights noted above will not be catered with food or meals. The original embargo of no inbound passengers or commercial cargo came as a result of severe flooding and cyclone warnings for the troubled Pacific islands. Air Pacific passengers with any queries or concerns should visit the airline’s Travel Alerts page. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

TFE to open new hotel in Brisbanes Fortitude Valley

first_imgBrisbane is about to gain its most sophisticated new hotel and lifestyle address, THE CALILE, in Fortitude Valley’s chic dining and boutique destination, James St.Sydney-based TFE Hotels will operate THE CALILE, which is being developed by Calile Malouf Investments (CMI) and due to open in 2018. CMI also delivered the highly acclaimed James St Market.THE CALILE will become the second hotel under the TFE Hotels Collection brand and will encompass the brand’s ethos of beautiful design, bespoke service and attention to the individual.Designed by Richards & Spence Architects, the seven-storey hotel will be located on bustling James Street – bounded by James, Doggett and Wandoo Streets – and will comprise 178 generously sized luxury hotel rooms and suites with over 2,600 square meters of new retail and hospitality space.Subtropical in style, THE CALILE promises a resort feel in a city-fringe location, making it a true urban oasis. It seeks to embrace Brisbane’s sunshine, blue skies and love of outdoor living to create a hotel that will set a new standard in design and service for travellers and locals alikeThere will be a mix of ground floor boutiques, restaurants and cafés linking to a podium level designed as a raised urban landscape – complete with pool, cabanas, a poolside restaurant, day spa, fitness centre and business centre. The podium level will also house a function room with capacity to host banquets for up to 300 seated guests. Basement parking will be provided for 220 vehiclesJames St in Fortitude Valley, just 2.5 km from the Brisbane CBD and 14 km from Brisbane airport, has rapidly become Brisbane’s foremost retail and lifestyle precinct. Having emerged organically from its inner-city industrial roots, the street and surrounding area has evolved into a high energy urban hub.James Street has a mix of 130 specialty shops, art galleries and day spas, award-winning restaurants Cru Bar & Cellar and James St Market and Palace Centro Cinemas.TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said THE CALILE would be much more than a hotel – it would be a new icon for Brisbane and a destination for the city’s stylish set and visitors to the city.“We are really excited to be partnering with CMI, who have been instrumental in transforming James Street into the most sought-after destination in one of Australia’s fastest growing cities,” Ms Argaman said.“This will be a sophisticated and fun resort experience in an urban location – where people will meet for drinks with friends, to shop or for a fun night out, taking advantage of that glorious sub-tropical outdoor lifestyle that Brisbane has to offer.” TFE Hotels Source = TFE Hotelslast_img read more

AccorHotels scoops Accommodation Chain of the Year

first_imgAccorHotels scoops Accommodation Chain of the YearAccorHotels scoops Accommodation Chain of the Year at 2016 Hotel Management AwardsAustralia and New Zealand’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels, has collected 10 coveted award wins at the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, including the highest accolade of Accommodation Chain of the Year.AccorHotels was one of the most triumphant hotel groups at the 2016 HM Awards ceremony, held at Sydney Town Hall on Friday night (2 September), receiving a further 10 Highly Commended achievements across a variety of categories for outstanding hotel properties, departments and people.It was a big night for new-build hotel, ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street, crowned Economy Property of the Year, whilst for the third year running, the iconic Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery by Sofitel won Meetings and Conferencing property. Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, which operates under a franchise agreement with AccorHotels, won the Environmental Program category for the Tintu Solar Field project whilst AccorHotels were honoured to take out the Service to the Community accolade for Race to Survive: Kokoda Trail 2015.AccorHotels prevailed in the People Award categories with the coveted Rising Star Award going to Mitchell Cole, from AccorHotels’ Darling Harbour, Sofitel Brisbane Central’s Pericles Yiannakis was named Concierge of the Year, Alice Vannini received the win for Revenue Management Associate from AccorHotels’ Darling Harbour, and best Housekeeper was awarded to Meili Maerdan (ibis Adelaide).Highly commended Awards were awarded to Sails in the Desert, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort (Upscale Property), Elements of Byron MGallery by Sofitel (Hotel Interior Design), Novotel New Plymouth Hobson (NZ Regional Property), Sofitel Brisbane Central (Meetings and Conferencing Property) and The Sebel Melbourne Docklands (Environmental Program, I Chose to be Green).Recipients of Highly Commended Awards were also issued to Michael Issenberg, AccorHotels’ Chairman and CEO Asia-Pacific (HM Magazine Asia-Pacific Hotelier of the Year). Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery by Sofitel’s Aliesha Dickon was Highly Commended as Human Resources Associate, Benjamin Blasset from AccorHotels’ Darling Harbour was recognised as Finance Associate, while Mark Mason (Hotel Engineer), Manfred Pieper (Australian General Manager) and Vanessa Grace (Hotel Chef) all from Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, were given a nod.Chief Operating Officer AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, said “We are humbled to receive an outstanding array of achievements at the 2016 HM Awards, particularly Accommodation Chain of the Year and Service to the Community. AccorHotels are proud of our remarkable people and the recognition they have received.“Congratulations to Dr Jerry Schwartz and his family for being inducted into the HM Awards Hall of Fame. I’d like to congratulate all our hotel finalists and winners on another successful year which is a testament to their exceptional performance and commitment.“Each year, the calibre of award finalists raises the hospitality benchmark even higher and AccorHotels congratulate our fellow industry colleagues for their HM awards achievements and service to our industry.”The annual HM Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements which exemplify excellence in performance and service within the hospitality industry across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. For a full list of Award winners visit www.hmawards.com.auSource = AccorHotelslast_img read more

Cunard announces record Australian deployment for Queen Elizabeth

first_imgSource = Cunard Cunard announces record Australian deployment for Queen ElizabethCunard announces record Australian deployment for Queen ElizabethCunard has unveiled plans to base its popular liner Queen Elizabeth in Australia for a record two months, in a move which reflects growing demand for local cruises on the luxury cruise line’s ships.The 90,900-tonne Queen Elizabeth will offer seven different cruises to New Zealand, South Australia and Tasmania from Sydney and Melbourne between February and April 2019 – the longest deployment Down Under for any of Cunard’s current fleet of Queens.The cruises are a major highlight of Cunard’s 2019 world voyage program, which will be released in Australia on March 14 and go on sale on March 30, 2017.Announcing the move just days after the spectacular Sydney Royal Rendezvous of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2, Cunard Vice President International Development David Rousham said the number of Australians cruising on Cunard world voyages was continuing to grow.“Whenever Cunard’s itineraries have included roundtrip options from Australian ports and visits to New Zealand, the demand has always been tremendous,” Mr Rousham said.Mr Rousham said he expected similar strong interest in the 2019 local cruises, which will double the number of Australians and New Zealanders travelling on Cunard compared to previous years.“In February 2019, Queen Elizabeth will have recently undergone a refit, and so our youngest Cunard ship will be looking her most luxurious best as she starts this new chapter in Cunard’s long and illustrious 179-year history,” he said.The 2019 program features two roundtrip New Zealand voyages – one from Sydney and the other from Melbourne. There are also three roundtrip voyages including Tasmanian itineraries – two from Melbourne and one from Sydney.Mr Rousham said Queen Elizabeth’s local season would offer a total of 27 combination itineraries to meet guests’ needs.“This will be the first time that Cunard has featured so many voyages to and from Melbourne in addition to Sydney, and will give Australians a much greater number of options to experience Cunard than ever before,” he said.“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the number of Australians and New Zealanders cruising with Cunard since the spectacular maiden visit of Queen Mary 2 to Sydney in 2007 and we look forward to expanding the market further with this latest exciting development.”last_img read more

1st Modern Riverboat in US History American Song

first_img1st Modern Riverboat in U.S. History, American Song1st Modern Riverboat in U.S. History, American Song, Has Departed On Inaugural Cruise From New OrleansAmerican Song, the 1st modern riverboat in U.S. history, departed from the Port of New Orleans this past Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Underway at 100% capacity, this historic new riverboat is off to a great start and is cruising the Mississippi River on its 8-day inaugural sailing between New Orleans and Memphis.  American Song’s184 guests are enjoying an unforgettable cruise with stops at Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, Natchez, and Vicksburg, arriving in Memphis Friday, October 12th.American Song is the first ship in American Cruise Lines’ new modern riverboat series—the 2nd ship in the series, American Harmony, is already well under construction and will be launched in a few weeks. American Cruise Lines is pleased to offer American Song and its new series of modern riverboats in addition to its current fleet of authentic paddlewheelers.After this week’s inaugural cruise, American Song will continue to cruise the Mississippi throughout 2018. In 2019, American Song will reposition out West to the Columbia & Snake Rivers and 2nd modern riverboat, American Harmony, will begin cruising the Mississippi.Equipped with every modern advancement, including a unique bow with a retractable gangway, American Song represents the historic evolution of American Riverboats. Showcasing gorgeous interior design elements, from a five-story glass atrium to spectacular spacious lounges, American Song inspires. Thoughtfully designed to bring the outside world in, American Song boasts sweeping views throughout the ship. With the largest staterooms in the industry, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and private furnished balconies, American Song is the first ship of its kind available on U.S. Rivers.About American Cruise LinesAmerican Cruise Lines was recently awarded Cruise Critic’s 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best River Line in the U.S. & Canada.  American operates the largest and newest fleet of authentic paddlewheelers, coastal cruise ships, and the only modern riverboats in the U.S. With over 35 itineraries visiting 25 states, American cruises along the rivers, as well as the coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system, and the Southeast.Source = American Cruise Lineslast_img read more

Hot tropical escapes on sale with Mantra Hotels

first_imgPeppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm CoveHot tropical escapes on sale with Mantra HotelsNorth Queensland is at its tempting best with Mantra Hotels’ newly launched range of great-value Tropical Escape accommodation deals.Renowned as an aquatic paradise, perfect for snorkelling, diving and swimming, and boasting the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, first-class golf courses, day spas and incredible dining options, North Queensland provides a stunning holiday backdrop.Rates start from just $110* per room per night at Mantra Hotels’ most popular tropical locations from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay and many of the offers are valid for sale and travel until June 2019.To book any of the below deals, call 1300 987 603 or visit mantrahotels.com/deals/tropical-escape.Port DouglasEnjoy browsing Macrossan Street’s famous boutique stores, a stroll along Four Mile Beach, or simply relax by the pool with a stay at Mantra PortSea, Port Douglas. Stay from $110* per night in a Hotel Room (two night minimum stay of $220*). Offer includes a 10% discount at Wildlife Habitat and Lady Douglas River Cruise. Valid for sale and travel until 28 June, 2019.Palm CoveIdeally located between Cairns and Port Douglas, the charming village of Palm Cove is the ideal romantic holiday destination. Stay from $199* per night in a Resort Spa (two night minimum stay of $398*) at Peppers Beach Club & Spa and receive full breakfast, Wi-Fi (up to 500MB), movies, 10% off food at Lime & Pepper and a complimentary 30 minutes when you book any 60 minute treatment or longer at the onsite Exclusive Spa. Valid for sale and travel until 28 June, 2019.CairnsCairns is calling for guests in search of a relaxing break within easy reach of the famous attractions of the Tropical North. Located on the Cairns Esplanade overlooking the harbour and within walking distance to some of Cairns best restaurants and entertainment hubs, Mantra Trilogy is the perfect place for a tropical getaway. Stay from $125* per night in a Hotel Room (two night minimum stay of $250*). Offer includes 10% off Cairns Aquarium admission. Valid for sale and travel until 28 June, 2019.WhitsundaysAirlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, and is always bustling with activities, from dining to shopping to nightlife and more. Stay at Mantra Club Croc, conveniently located on Shute Harbour Road within a few minutes walk of the Whitsunday Shopping Centre and five minutes drive to the vibrant main street of Airlie Beach, from $135* per night in a Garden Deluxe Room. Offer includes a two-for-one breakfast voucher. Valid for sale and travel until 28 June, 2019.Magnetic IslandHop aboard the Sealink Ferry in Townsville and in just 25 minutes, you’ll find yourself on beautiful Magnetic Island. Overlooking the Coral Sea and marina, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is an island oasis. Stay from $145* per night in a Hotel Room (two night minimum stay of $290*). Offer includes full breakfast, 10% off dining at Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar, Wi-Fi (up to 500MB) and movies. Valid for sale and travel until 27 June, 2019.Hervey BayMantra Hervey Bay overlooks Hervey Bay’s famous calm waters – one of the safest, most family-friendly beaches on the Queensland coast. Stay from $105* per night (Sun-Fri) in a Hotel Room (two night minimum stay of $210*) at Mantra Hervey Bay. Offer includes car parking for one vehicle. Valid for sale and travel until 30 June, 2019.*Conditions apply, subject to availability.ABOUT ACCORHOTELSAccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,500 hotels, resorts and residences across 100 different countries.With an unrivaled portfolio of internationally renowned hotel brands encompassing the entire range from luxury to economy, from upscale to lifestyle and midscale brands, AccorHotels has been providing savoir-faire and expertise for more than 50 years.In addition to its core hospitality business, AccorHotels has successfully expanded its range of services, becoming the world leader in luxury private residence rental with more than 10,000 stunning properties around the world. The Group is also active in the fields of concierge services, co-working, dining, events management and digital solutions.Relying on its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated staff, AccorHotels is committed to fulfilling its primary mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome.  Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs – Le Club AccorHotels.AccorHotels plays an active role in its local communities and is committed to promoting sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21 Acting Here, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.From 2008, the AccorHotels Solidarity Endowment Fund has acted as a natural extension of the Group’s activities and values, helping to combat the social and financial exclusion experienced by the most disadvantaged members of society.Accor SA is publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States.For more information or to make a reservation, please visit accorhotels.group or accorhotels.com. 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Andhra Pradesh Tourism ropes in Ajay Devgn and Kajol as brand ambassadors

first_imgThe state of Andhra Pradesh, which is on a massive drive to draw investments and build a new capital, has now roped in Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn as its brand ambassador. His wife Kajol would reportedly be the co-promoter of the state.The Bollywood star had a chat with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on movies, entertainment and business that he described as warm and delightful, and the CM was equally enthusiastic on Twitter about their lively meeting.Actor Ajay Devgn showed interest in investing in theme parks, resorts, water-based parks and the food processing sector. Devgn wants to put Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh’s up-and-coming capital on the frontlines of the global digital network with a media city – one that will feature film, HD TV and audio studios, digital post-production and media management services in the cloud.The Andhra Pradesh government has also approved a new policy for leasing out its land for tourism development activities. The state Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of CM Naidu, approved the new policy under which land under 10 acres would be leased out through competitive bidding.“Two percent of the basic land value will be fixed as the base price and land would be allotted on lease to the highest bidder based on their technical and economic capacity,” informed Naidu.Depending on the size of investment for a tourism project, land would be given on an initial lease of 3 years. “If they do well, we will extend the lease for a further 33 years,” the CM added. The more the tourism sector will be developed, the more it would contribute to economic development of the state, Naidu pointed out.last_img read more

ATF Dhaka gears up with an objective of Linking Tourism Diversity

first_imgThe 5th Asian Tourism Fair (ATF), organised by the popular tourism magazine in Bangladesh–Parjatan Bichitra in collaboration with Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Government of Bangladesh, is scheduled to take place on September 29, 30 & October 01, 2016 at the International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka, Bangladesh.The theme of ATF Dhaka this year is Linking Tourism Diversity. It is a mix of B2B and B2C pattern for inbound and outbound tourism operators. The fair intends to help build strong linkage among industry partners, service providers and travellers.Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing markets for outbound and domestic tourists. Many of the companies are offering the annual corporate trip at home as well as abroad. Flights are increasing significantly between Bangladesh and other countries, especially in the Asian and Middle East regions.ATF Dhaka is a platform providing huge opportunities for tourism sellers from Asian countries to come and showcase their latest products and services to Bangladeshi buyers. It is the largest and most popular tourism event in Bangladesh.As a comprehensive tourism showcase for better business networking, the fair acts as the ground for meeting point of private sectors, government organisations and development agencies with regional as well as far off countries.On the occasion of Visit Bangladesh Year 2016, ATF has taken added glory and prestige with the sideline events like the showcase of Green Initiatives, Community Based Tourism Mart, Tourism Skills Convention, seminars, workshops, cultural exchange, photo exhibition, etc. along with tourism trade exhibition and B2B sessions.last_img read more

AccorHotels sets its foot in Maldives

first_imgFrom September 2017, the European hotel group, AccorHotels will start functioning on private island of Meradhoo within Gaafu Alifu Atoll in Maldives. The resort, which has been  taken over from Dhevanafhusi Maldives Luxury Resort,  will be gradually upgraded before being rebranded as Raffles by 2018.Vincent Yeo, CEO of CDL Hospitality Trusts, the property owner said that the appointment of AccorHotels for the resort will progress to optimise its asset potential and redefine this resort at the very top end of the luxury resort sector in the Maldives, following the re-positioning exercise in 2018.The property currently features 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, along with three restaurants, a bar, spa, an over-water fitness centre, water sports facilities and a PADI-certified dive centre. Facilities like private dining and private chef along with 24-hour butler service will also be provided henceforth.Speaking to the Accor Hotel’s Chief operating officer, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, Patrick Basset said, “We are thrilled to announce our very first luxury resort in the Maldives at a time when the region is enjoying excellent growth, especially with travelers from Asia Pacific. AccorHotels is bringing to the resort our expertise in delivering unparalleled luxury experiences renowned in our Raffles, Fairmont and Sofitel brands.”The Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort is a 55-minute flight from Male International Airport, followed by a 15-minute speedboat transfer.last_img read more