Howe out to stop City and Sterling

first_imgBournemouth’s poor record against Manchester City is inspiring Cherries boss Eddie Howe to oversee an improvement, and he believes halting Raheem Sterling will be key to avoiding defeat this weekend.Howe’s men won promotion to the Premier League in 2015, yet they have never beaten City in the competition, losing all eight of their top-flight meetings by an aggregate score of 25-3.But the 41-year-old says Bournemouth’s dismal recent history in this fixture – with City set to visit on Sunday – does not cause him concern, and instead provides a motivating factor. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “It inspires me,” Howe said at his pre-match news conference. “We’ve got to try to turn that around and use that record to inspire us in this game.”I don’t think we’re the only team to suffer a bad record against Manchester City in recent years.”They’re an outstanding team and, every time we’ve played against them, we’ve come off the pitch learning more about ourselves and what we have to do to grow and become better.”We try to embrace these challenges and not look at it fearfully.”I think the two games against them last season were pretty strong (3-0 and 1-0 defeats). We felt we were competitive without showing our best attributes, but we managed to limit their main strengths for spells of the games.”They’ve just got quality and they can hurt you in any moment of the game and we’ve just come on the wrong side of the games against them, but I’d like to think we’re getting closer.”We know historically that, if we perform at our very best, we’ve got a chance of beating anybody and I think that’s been the story of our Premier League journey.”Sterling has been a particularly problematic figure for Bournemouth, netting eight goals in seven meetings, along with a pair of assists.The England forward hit the first Premier League hat-trick of his career in his first match against Bournemouth in 2015 and has since developed into a proven goalscorer, netting four times in his opening two league games this term.Howe said: “He’s a player who’s done very well against us in recent seasons and he’s an outstanding talent.”He’s added a huge, consistent run of goals to his game, which has made him even better, and he’s certainly someone who we’ll have to keep quiet.”You look through their team though and they’ve got other players in the attacking positions that you’re going to have to deal with, but we hope to keep him quiet and nullify his strengths. He’s certainly in very good form at the moment.”last_img read more

Montrose Travel Joins Virtuoso® as a National Account

first_imgMontrose, CA, May 23rd, 2017– – Corporate Travel Management-owned Montrose Travel and host agency MTravel, have moved on from its decades-long relationship with Ensemble Travel Group to become Virtuoso®’s newest national member. As Virtuoso®’s only global account, the expanded partnership gives the company access to Virtuoso®’s extensive network of supplier partners and amenity programs. Together with Corporate Travel Management’s leisure arm, Allure Travel by CTM and Travizon, Montrose Travel now joins Virtuoso® as one of it’s national accounts. New World of Opportunities for Montrose Travel’s Travel AdvisorsVirtuoso® is the leading luxury travel network with instant industry brand recognition worldwide. Its reach puts $21.2 billion in global buying power into the hands of Montrose Travel’s advisors, connecting them to a community of 1700 preferred suppliers in more than 100 countries. Montrose Travel’s professionals will be able to offer exclusive rates, perks, free upgrades, blocked group cruise space, and even corporate rates and contracts to their clients. “It’s been particularly wonderful to welcome Montrose Travel and its highly respected network of professional advisors into the Virtuoso® family because of our many synergies,” says Virtuoso® Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch. “Both Virtuoso® and Montrose Travel hold dear as key values: excellence in client service, continued learning and growth, and close relationships with industry partners. These shared qualities, along with our mutual longevity in the competitive luxury travel industry, bode well for a highly successful future together.” MTravel’s Independent Travel Professionals Happy With MoveThough one of Virtuoso®’s newest agency members, MTravel’s independent travel professionals are already reaping benefits. “I had clients call recently for a last-minute booking. MTravel helped me beat the price for the property by 25 per cent with the Virtuoso® membership. I was able to get free daily breakfast, $100 food and beverage credit, plus a room upgrade,” said Marla Kornfeld, owner of upmarket agency LUX Orientations and independent advisor with MTravel. “Virtuoso® bent over backwards to help. Advisors get to enjoy the benefits to pass on to our clients and look like a star.” Advisors will also enjoy Virtuoso®’s exclusive search-engine-optimized Travel Advisor Profile on their website, allowing clients to search and connect with a Virtuoso® advisor of their choice. The profiles work with all search engines and will help MTravel’s advisors boost their brand visibility online. Virtuoso® Professional Development and Marketing Tools Boost Agent GrowthIn addition to supplier perks, the new partnership gives Montrose Travel’s advisors access to Virtuoso®’s suite of marketing tools and award-winning publication Virtuoso Life. Professionally-designed pieces are customized at the local level for each advisor’s clientele, including ready-to-use marketing materials such as postcards, ad templates, brochure outlines and more. For professional development, the Virtuoso® Travel Academy provides over 1600 active online courses to help advisors master the benefits of their network. Exclusive two-day and week-long training and networking events also prepare travel advisors for long-term success. Excitement for the FutureThough moving their brands under a new consortium was difficult, the move was considered a wise one for the future. “Montrose Travel has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with our friends at Ensemble, and we thank them for their support over the years,” said Andi Mysza, Head of Leisure and MTravel for North America. “Our new partnership with Virtuoso® will empower our advisors and directly benefit our clients. We’re ready to forge ahead with excitement.” About MTravelA top 5 host agency and member of the prestigious Corporate Travel Management family, MTravel is the ideal match for business-minded independent travel professionals. With 45 years of hosting expertise, MTravel helps agents achieve success beyond their individual scope by providing deeply personal support, unmatched online booking technology and access to decades of frontline travel-selling experience. To learn more, please explore www.MTravel.com or call 800-870-5799. About Montrose TravelCelebrating 60 years in business, family-operated Montrose Travel has grown a small local travel agency into a Top 30 Travel Management Company and a Top 5 Host Agency nationwide. Montrose Travel provides the highest quality services with complete vacation, corporate, loyalty and group travel management solutions for its clients and independent travel professionals. Learn more about its leisure division at www.MontroseTravel.com | 1-800-MONTROSE (666-8767); its corporate division at www.MontroseCorporateTravel.com | 1-800-766-4687; and its hosting division for independent travel professionals at www.MTravel.com | 1-800-870-5799.About Virtuoso®Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 770 travel agency partners with more than 15,200 elite travel advisors in 44 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $21.2 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso® a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.last_img read more

EDC says Canadian exports seeing big gains on strength of global economy

CALGARY — Export Development Canada says exports are growing significantly as both the U.S. and the global economy as a whole continue to improve.The crown corporation reports that overall exports are expected to grow eight per cent in 2017, led by “massive gains” in the commodity space, and four per cent next year.At $77 billion, EDC says oil and gas exports are forecast to have grown by 31 per cent, after production was hit last year by the Fort McMurray wildfire.The boost from energy exports will make up half of the gains for the year, though EDC says that growth is expected to flatline in 2018 as high levels of global oil supplies come online.Ores and metals are also seeing gains this year, with double-digit growth led especially by increases in iron ore exports, but lower prices expected next year for the metal means growth is expected to slow in the sector as well.EDC says aerospace should also come out ahead this year after a weak showing last year, while forestry is expected to take a hit both this year and next from the ongoing softwood lumber dispute. read more