PEOPLE Jordan Tourism expands Canadian team in light of increased visitation

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share [PEOPLE] Jordan Tourism expands Canadian team in light of increased visitation Posted by MCLEAN, VA — Canadians continue to flock to Jordan in record numbers, with a 22% increase in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. And now, relations between the two countries are expected to strengthen with the appointment of Deirdre Campbell to the Jordan Tourism Board North America (JTBNA).Campbell, along with her company Tartan Group, will represent Visit Jordan across Canada. Based in western Canada, Tartan Group has worked within the international tourism industry for more than 16 years, with clients that include Adventure Travel Trade Association, Destination Canada (Connecting America) and the Cayuga Collection.According to Malia Asfour, JTBNA’s Director, “Canada continues to be within our top five markets for Jordan, and thanks to the efforts of Frank and Marie LeFleche, who led our efforts within the Canadian market for over 12 years, Canadians’ desire to visit Jordan remains strong.”On her new role, Campbell said: “I look forward to bringing Jordan’s many amazing stories and experiences to every corner of Canada. My first visit to Jordan was in 2012 where I spoke about marketing ecotourism and authentic experiences and I fell in love with the destination. I have big shoes to fill following in Marie and Frank’s footsteps, and they have created such a solid foundation for us to build upon.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsInterest in Jordan is expected to spike this year with the launch of the iconic Jordan Trail, a 650-kilometre continuous route that spans the entire country. Hikers may opt to hike the entire themselves, which would take approximately 36 days to complete, or incorporate sections of the trail into their Jordan journey.In addition, several significant new hotel openings across the country are scheduled, including the Fairmont (Amman), St. Regis (Amman), W (Amman), Hyatt Regency (Aqaba), Jumeirah (Aqaba) and the Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa.And taking place May 15-17, JTBNA will host the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) ‘AdventureNEXT Near East’, the first travel conference of its kind in the region. Canadian tour operators and travel media will be taking part to connect and build partnerships with Jordan and regional tour operators. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 last_img read more

Now open Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

first_imgNow open: Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park Tags: California, Disney Travelweek Group Share Monday, June 25, 2018 center_img ANAHEIM — Pixar Pier is officially open for business at Disney California Adventure Park, kicking off the summer season with beloved Pixar stories and characters.Having opened its doors on June 23, this newly reimagined land debuts during Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration of friendly that runs through Sept. 3, 2018 throughout the Disneyland Resort. One of the highlights of Pixar Fest is the new ‘Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular’ fireworks show at Disneyland Park.Upon arrival at Pixar Pier, guests walk through a marquee that leads to four whimsical neighbourhoods. The first is Incredibles Park, inspired by Disney-Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ and home to the Incredicoaster, the first ride-through attraction in the world to feature characters from ‘The Incredibles’ franchise.Incredicoaster at Disneyland’s Pixar PierAdjacent to Incredibles Park is Toy Story Boardwalk, a neighbourhood with the popular ‘Toy Story Mania!’ attraction and its 4D carnival games. Guests can also get ready to saddle up on Jessie’s Critter Carousel, coming in 2019.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaNext to Toy Story Boardwalk is the seaside Pixar Promenade, which celebrates a collection of favourite Pixar stories. The iconic Mickey’s Fun Wheel has been transformed to the Pixar Pal-A-Round, which takes guests up high on 24 freshly decorated gondolas. Pixar Promenade also features the new Games of Pixar Pier where guests can test their skills and win a prize at pay-for-play game booths, and opening later this summer is Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff, which will offer saltwater taffy and rainbow cotton candy.Pixar PromenadeJust past Pixar Promenade is Inside Out Headquarters, which was inspired by Joy, Sadness and the emotions of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’. This neighbourhood will feature another new family-friendly attraction in 2019.Guests have a wide range of food and beverage options while visiting Pixar Pier, from the new Lamplight Lounge, which serves a menu of California gastro-pub cuisine, to Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, already a fan favourite for its soft-serve cones and parfaits. Other options include Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums in Incredibles Park, Poultry Palace and Señor Buzz Churros at Toy Story Boardwalk, and Angry Dogs at Pixar Promenade.Angry Dogs at Disneyland’s Pixar PierThe remaining areas of the original Paradise Pier – including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumping Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – have become a new land called Paradise Gardens Park. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Coming in 2020 Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe Bahamas

first_img ORLANDO — Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe, set to debut in 2020 in the Bahamas, recently marked its topping off celebration.The five-star property will be an integral part of Margaritaville at The Pointe, a US$250 million, seven-acre luxury development on Nassau Harbour.Upon completion, the 150-room resort will feature signature brand décor elements in the lobby, including a larger-than-life flip flop sculpture, luxury residences at One Particular Harbour at The Pointe, a deep-water marina and boardwalk, a waterpark, entertainment centre, upscale shopping, and signature food and beverage concepts.Margaritaville Beach Resort will officially be a part of Margaritaville’s growing collection of hotels and resorts, which currently comprises 17 lodging locations and 24 additional projects in the pipeline.Resort LobbyPenthouseBedroomKing Room Posted by Tags: Margaritaville Beach Resort, Openings & Renovations Coming in 2020: Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe, Bahamas Sharecenter_img Friday, April 26, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Outdoor fitness event will host 125 women in Herradura

first_img Facebook Comments An international outdoor fitness event for women organized by Roxy, RUNSUPYOGA, is coming to Costa Rica this weekend. The contest includes three different disciplines: Running, standup paddle, and yoga.This year the event has already taken place at paradisiacal beaches in Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, England, Panama, the United States and Canada. This November 21-22, it’s Playa Herradura’s turn, in Puntarenas.The event will be hosted by Los Sueños Marriott Hotel. It will include with a 4-kilometer run along the golf course, ending at the beach; a 1-km trip on a standup paddle board; and a 60-minute yoga class by Krama Yoga Center in the hotel’s gardens.The contest expects to host approximately 125 women from all around the country.Inscription costs $25, which includes the competition kit — hat, backpack, number, and yoga mat— as well as insurance, medical assistance, and a professional yoga instructor.A surfboard and award certificates worth more than $2,000, exchangeable for products at Mango and Arenas stores, will be raffled among the participants.For more information, visit the ROXY RUNSUPYOGA Costa Rica Website. Related posts:10 can’t-miss talks at this year’s TEDxPuraVida International Design Festival: How to organize a massive, successful event in Costa Rica Dining options for your New Year’s celebrations 2017 International Design Festival to feature wide range of guestslast_img read more

Business confidence still low in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Employment outlook among industrial sector shows no improvement Online shopping still low in Costa Rica, study finds Majority of companies in Costa Rica are family affairs Companies announce job openings in business, engineering and interpretation services Wariness about the country’s employment and economic situation caused a slight decline in confidence among business sector leaders during the first quarter of this year, according to a recent survey.The Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce (CCCR) released results Wednesday of its Business Confidence Index, which measures perceptions quarterly on four variables: economy, employment, sales and the business situation.The index this time recorded the minimum level considered “confident,” a decrease over the previous quarter.Concerns about the country’s employment and economy knocked down the confidence score.Businesses also expressed a cautious hiring outlook for the upcoming quarter, with 14 percent of employers surveyed saying they are considering reducing their staff in the next three months.Chamber President Yolanda Fernández Ochoa described the low confidence level in employment as extremely worrisome, mostly because “that variable has failed to surpass the minimum confidence level for 19 consecutive quarters.”The CCCR’s survey found that the number of companies planning to hire decreased from the previous quarter, from 21 to 19 percent. Most employers — 67 percent — said they plan to maintain their current staffing levels.Despite the lukewarm confidence looking outward, those surveyed expressed strong confidence in their own firms’ sales and performance.The Chamber took the opportunity to ask the government to refrain from promoting the approval of new taxes, saying it “would further affect the private sector’s confidence as well as hiring and investment expectations.”The chamber surveyed CEOs, CFOs and other managers at 700 companies from March 16-31. The study has a margin of error of 3 percent and a confidence level of 95 percent. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tico Talk for expats and tourists Part 1

first_imgYou can’t call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang.Tiquismos, as they are known, play an important role in most daily conversations. Despite having been a Spanish teacher for many years with a Masters Degree, I quickly found myself overwhelmed by Costa Rican slang when I moved here in 1980.I began an exhaustive study of the local lingo and compiled thousand of tiquismos or costarriqueñismos (expressions) in the process. Learning these phrases will help you navigate Costa Rica’s linguistic jungle, especially if you plan to live here.I am going to start this series with some of the more commonly used terms.A cachete: This expression is used when something is really good. A cachete inflado is a synonym.Un Aguila: Literally means “eagle” but is used to refer to Imperial beer that has an eagle on its label. If you ask for an “águila” you will be served an Imperial. In Costa Rica there are three things that are important in every man’s life: beer, soccer (fútbol) and women, but not necessarily in that order.Choza: Means a shack but refers to someone’s home or casa. For example, vamos a jalar a la choza (let’s go home). Chante is also slang for home. Chunche: Is an all-purpose word that can refer to almost any thing or object. Cuidado pierde: This expression is really popular nowadays and means “you can’t go wrong,” “can’t miss,” or  “you can’t lose.” Mae: Means “guy,” “man,” “buddy,” or “dude.” Some women also refer to each other by this term, una mae. Hacerse el mae means “to play dumb” or “to turn a blind eye.” Mae or maje can also means stupid or dumb, so be careful how you use this word.Mejenga: Is an informal or “pick up” game of soccer (fútbol) among friends.Pura vida: Is the de-facto national motto that reflects the country’s incredible lifestyle.Solo bueno: Means “only good” and also reflects life in Costa Rica.Tico/a: Is another name for a person from Costa Rica or a Costa Rican (costarricense). Since Costa Ricans frequently use the diminutives ico/ica to the end of words as suffixes, the term tico evolved to refer to the locals.Tuanis: Means “good” or “cool” and is used at times like the expression, “pura vida.” It isn’t derived from the English phrase “too nice,” as many believe.Una teja: Is slang for 100 colones (the official currency). It is also synonymous with the distance of one block, or 100 meters. Finally, there is a daily newspaper called La Teja. Originally it cost 100 colones, giving it its name. As of May 2019, the newspaper costs 250 colones (two and one-half tejas). Vara: Is a “thing” and  similar in meaning to chunche.  It may also used in many other ways such as “Qué es la vara?’” which means “What’s up?” or “What’s the deal?”  The world can also be used to indicate a joke: Son varas, mae means “just kidding, man.” Costa Rican expression of the week de Bagaces a Liberia is a phrase that basically means to be lazy. Perezoso/a or ocioso/a are more commonly used to describe a lazy or idle person. Christopher Howard has been conducting monthly relocation/retirement tours to Costa Rica for over 30 years. See He is also the author of the one- of-a-kind bestselling, “Guide to Costa Rican Spanish,” that may be purchased through Facebook Comments Related posts:Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 2 Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 4 Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 5 Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 6last_img read more

Father of slain Tiananmen protester kills himself

first_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Ya’s son Ya Aiguo was shot in the head by martial-law troops in Beijing, according to an obituary the support group posted on its website. A testimony by Ya Aiguo’s mother on the same site says that at the time, the 22-year-old had been waiting to be assigned a job and had gone out shopping with his girlfriend the evening he was killed.His father killed himself out of despair and to protest the government’s long-standing refusal to address the grievances of the victims’ relatives, said Zhang Xianling, who knew Ya and his wife from the support group.“The government’s cold-blooded behavior has caused this tragic ending,” said Zhang, who lost a 19-year-old son in the crackdown.“I hope this incident will make the government circumspect and that such a thing will not happen again,” Zhang said. “In this, the government has a responsibility. It owes a life now.”The Chinese government has never fully disclosed what happened when the military crushed the weekslong Tiananmen protests, which it branded a “counterrevolutionary riot.” The government has never provided a credible account nor allowed an independent investigation into the events and the fatalities. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements ___Follow Gillian Wong on Twitter at An obituary the group posted on its website said that according to Ya’s family, he had carried a note that detailed his son’s death and declared that he would die in protest because the issue had not been addressed for more than 20 years.“We have written repeatedly in the past 18 years,” Ya said in a 2007 interview with Catalonian TV3. “They never bothered to reply, not even once, totally ignored us.”Beijing police did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.Ya’s death came about a week ahead of the anniversary of the night of June 3-4, 1989, when the military crushed the weekslong, student-led protests, possibly killing thousands of students, activists and ordinary citizens.Official silence has been maintained about the incident ever since, with nothing written in school textbooks and public discussion virtually taboo.The Tiananmen Mothers routinely issue open letters urging the country’s leaders to account for the deaths. They have for years called for a full investigation, compensation to victims’ families and punishment of those responsible for the military crackdown on student-led protesters. Members say the government has never responded. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – The father of a man killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has hanged himself in protest after two decades of failed attempts to seek government redress, a support group said Monday.The group, known as the Tiananmen Mothers, said 73-year-old Ya Weilin’s body was found in an unused underground parking garage below his residential complex in Beijing. He was believed to have killed himself Friday. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

In Israel Romney declares Jerusalem to be capital

first_img Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The presidential election hovered over the speech. The Old City formed a made-for-television backdrop behind Romney, while some of his campaign donors listened in the audience.Romney’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital was matter-of-fact and in keeping with claims made by Israeli governments for decades, even though the United States, like other nations, maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv.He did not say if he would order the embassy moved if he wins the White House, but strongly suggested so in a CNN interview.“My understanding is the policy of our nation has been a desire to move our embassy ultimately to the capital (Jerusalem),” he said, adding, “I would only want to do so and to select the timing in accordance with the government of Israel.”His remarks on the subject during his speech drew a standing ovation from his audience, which included Sheldon Adelson, the American businessman who has said he will donate millions to help elect Romney to the White House.Romney’s embrace of Israel was on display throughout the day when he met with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and other leaders. He also visited the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, where he was mobbed by worshippers. In addition, Romney met with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. In his remarks, Romney steered clear of overt criticism of President Barack Obama, even though he said the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran “has only become worse” in the past five years.In an unspoken rebuttal to Obama and other critics, Romney said, “It is sometimes said that those who are the most committed to stopping the Iranian regime from security nuclear weapons are reckless and provocative and inviting war.“The opposite is true. We are the true peacemakers,” he said.The former Massachusetts governor also stepped back from a comment a senior aide made a short while before the speech.“We recognize Israel’s right to defend itself,” he told the audience. Earlier, the aide, Dan Senor, previewed the speech for reporters, saying that “if Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the governor would respect that decision.”Israel is the second of three stops on an international trip for Romney in the weeks before he claims the Republican nomination at his party’s national convention in Tampa, Fla.He flew to the Middle East from Britain, where he caused a stir by questioning whether officials there were fully prepared for the Olympic Games. A stop in Poland will complete his trip. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Whatever the reality, the administration has taken steps in recent days to reassure Israel of its support.Most notably, Obama approved an increase in assistance to strengthen a missile defense system that is designed to protect Israel from rocket attacks launched from the Gaza.Senor’s comments caused a stir in the hours leading to Romney’s speech, a reminder of the controversy that Romney had created a few days earlier in London.He later clarified his comments in a written statement, saying that the candidate “believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so. In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded.”Pentagon officials have spoken publicly about the difficulty of such a strike and American officials have expressed concern about the destabilizing effect such military action could have in the region, even if carried out successfully.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Tehran is closer to developing nuclear weapons capability than before, Romney said. “Preventing that outcome must be our highest national security priority.”In a March speech before a pro-Israel lobby in Washington, Obama warned of “loose talk of war” that serves only to drive up oil prices. “Now is not the time to bluster,” he said then. “Now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in and sustain the broad international coalition we have built.”It was unlikely that the day’s events would settle the issue.Obama’s former press secretary, Robert Gibbs, told ABC’s “This Week” that the administration has delayed Iran’s nuclear program. The president has imposed U.S. penalties against Iran and worked to tougher strictures applied by other nations. There have been numerous published reports of a coordinated U.S.-Israeli cyberattack that caused damage to Iranian equipment vital to creating weapons-grade nuclear material.Even so, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before the speech that “all the sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota.” Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – Standing on Israeli soil, U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States has “a solemn duty and a moral imperative” to block Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability.“Make no mistake, the ayatollahs in Iran are testing our moral defenses. They want to know who will object and who will look the other way,” he said. “We will not look away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel.” Four years ago, then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama also visited Israel as a candidate, part of a five-nation trip meant to establish his own foreign policy credentials.In his speech, Romney said Syrian President Bashar Assad “desperately clings to power” in Damascus in the face of an attempted overthrow, but he did not call for his removal.He noted that Egypt is now headed by an “Islamist president, chosen in a Democratic election. … The international community must use its considerable influence to insure that the new government honors the peace agreement with Israel that was signed by the government of Anwar Sadat” more than three decades ago, he said.A goal of Romney’s overseas trip is to demonstrate his confidence on the world stage, but his stop in Israel also was designed to appeal to evangelical voters at home and to cut into Obama’s support among Jewish voters and donors. A Gallup survey of Jewish voters released Friday showed Obama with a 68-25 edge over Romney.Romney and other Republicans have said Obama is insufficiently supportive of Israel, noting statements the president has made about settlements and his handling of evident Iranian attempt to develop nuclear weapons. Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Thieves steal 18 tons of chocolate

first_img Quick workouts for men Top Stories The trip should have taken less than a day, but as of Friday _ four days after the truck was loaded _ the delivery was still outstanding.Police are investigating.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Thieves with a huge sweet-tooth have driven off with 18 tons of chocolate in Austria.State broadcaster ORF says on its website that the driver of a Slovak tractor trailer loaded the 33 pallets of milk chocolate onto his vehicle from the producer in the western town of Bludenz earlier this week _ supposedly to deliver an order from a company in the Czech Republic. But, police in the westernmost province of Vorarlberg say that the license plates and papers of the Slovak truck and driver were apparently counterfeit. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Queen Elizabeth II meets Merkel gets grand Berlin boat tour

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, left, waves as she and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrive at their hotel in Germany’s capital Berlin, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are on an official visit to Germany until Friday, June 26. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Quick workouts for men Elizabeth strolled across the grounds with Gauck for a formal greeting by a military honor guard and band that played ‘God Save the Queen’ as well as the German national anthem.The four then took a leisurely boat ride along the Spree River, with the royals waving at hundreds of school children who packed bridges along the route, holding British and German flags.They then met Merkel at the chancellery. In a video on the government’s Facebook page, Merkel and Elizabeth chatted in English while walking through the chancellery to a terrace where Merkel pointed out the former course of the Berlin Wall.“And where the train goes, there, there was the wall … and I lived in East Germany, just a few hundred meters behind these railways,” Merkel told the queen.In another room, Merkel again expressed a “warm welcome” to the queen and pointed out that her visit coincides with the 70-year anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945.Earlier, the British royals were met by cheering crowds outside the Hotel Adlon as they climbed inside a Bentley limousine to take them through the city. The iconic luxury British car brand Bentley was taken over by Germany’s Volkswagen in 1998. Patients with chronic pain give advice Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories BERLIN (AP) — Waving to cheering crowds as she began a three-day state visit to Germany, Queen Elizabeth II met with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday and rode in an open-topped boat along the Spree River in Berlin.The 89-year-old monarch and her husband, 94-year-old Prince Philip, started their jam-packed day at Berlin’s Bellevue Palace, where they were greeted by President Joachim Gauck, Germany’s head of state, and his partner, Daniela Schadt, and signed a guest book. Thursday will be spent in the financial hub of Frankfurt, with time blocked out for the queen to meet the public in the city’s central square.On Friday, the royal couple plans to meet with residents of Berlin in Pariser Platz before traveling to Lower Saxony for a visit to the former Nazi Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.Bergen-Belsen was liberated by the British on April 15, 1945, and Elisabeth plans to visit a memorial there and meet with some survivors and liberators of the camp.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Tourism Australia says Theres Nothing Like AustraliaR

first_imgTourism Australia is taking a different tack with its tourism campaign this year, after the lacklustre response from the market in regards to the last two ad campaigns.Federal tourism minister Martin Ferguson launched Australia’s new global tourism marketing campaign at a press conference this morning. He said the innovative campaign would revolve around the “great historic invitation” from everyday Australians telling others that “There’s Nothing Like Australia”.Using social and digital media along with more traditional forms of print and broadcast media, the new campaign will officially launch to the public on April 15. People will have the chance to upload why they think ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ on with personal photos and a short description starting with the phrase “There’s nothing like…” Nick Baker, Tourism Australia, Executive General Manager Marketing believes the campaign will work because “there is nothing more authentic then a word of mouth recommendation.”Tourism Australia will pick a number of the best entries to be used in online and print advertising globally. Andrew McEvoy, Tourism Australia, Managing Director said TA will use the photo entries to create an online geo-tagged map of Australia, which will be used as a searchable online resource on Matt Hingerty, Managing Director of the Australia Tourism Export Council (ATEC) said the multi-disciplinary nature of the new campaign worked well with the ‘Brand Australia’ concept – using a single idea to promote Australian exports such as agriculture, manufacturing and technology. Mr McEvoy said the new $4 million campaign and tagline had the potential to withstand the test of time as well as cross cultural boundaries.“Longevity is key in this industry…The next thing we do will be something for the long term,” said Mr McEvoy. There’s Nothing Like Australia Nick Baker, Tourism Australia Executive General Manager Marketing Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Great Hotels of the Worlds members win multiple World Travel and Trip

first_imgSource = Great Hotels of the World Great Hotels of the World’s members receive World Travel AwardsGreat Hotels of the World is thrilled to announce that a total of 12 awards were won by nine Great Hotels of the World member hotels ( at this year’s World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar. For over 18 years, the World Travel Awards have acknowledged excellence in the world travel and tourism industry. Often described as the Oscars of the travel industry, the awards aim to stimulate world-class competition, provoke creativity and innovation, and maybe most important of all, guarantee travellers quality customer experience. The awards are voted for by thousands of travel professionals from 183,000 travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations in over 160 countries. The awards are regarded as the very highest achievement a hotel can hope to receive.Great Hotels of the World member hotels were awarded with the following accolades:Airways Hotel, Papua New Guinea: World’s Leading Airport Hotel and Australasia’s Leading Airport Hotel for the second consecutive yearCorinthia Hotel St Petersburg, St Petersburg: Russia’s Leading Conference HotelForte Village, Sardinia: World’s Leading Resort for the 14th consecutive year, World’s Leading Green Resort for the second consecutive year and Italy’s Leading Resort for the eighth consecutive yearJetwing Ayurveda Pavillions, Negombo: Sri Lanka’s Leading Wellness HotelJetwing Lighthouse, Galle: Sri Lanka’s Leading Spa ResortLonda Hotel, Limassol: Cyprus’ Leading HotelMandala Spa, Boracay Island: Philippines Leading Resort for the third consecutive yearMoevenpick Hotel Istanbul, Istanbul: Europe’s Leading Business HotelSandton Sun, Johannesburg: Africa’s Leading Business HotelGreat Hotels of the World’s member properties awarded TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Hotel Awards 2012 TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, has revealed that 14 of Great Hotels of the World’s member properties have been honoured, receiving TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Hotel Awards in a number of categories. These awards reward the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from the experiences of real travellers. Great Hotels of the World is delighted to announce that The Toren in Amsterdam was chosen as a winner in the luxury, service and top 25 hotels in the Netherlands category. Hotel 1898 in Barcelona has been listed within the top 25 hotels in Spain, at number eight. Royal Wing Suites and Spa in Pattaya was also voted by travellers into the esteemed top 25 best hotels category, as well as the luxury, relaxation/spa and best service categories for Thailand. Reviews for Royal Wing Suites and Spa have all been overwhelmingly positive and there has not been a single negative experience posted on TripAdvisor thus far. Elounda Gulf Villas and Sensimar Royal Blue Resort and Spa have been listed in the top 25 relaxation/spa hotels in Greece. St. James’s Hotel and Club and The Landmark in London have been honoured with the Traveller’s Choice Award for the top 25 luxury hotels in the UK. Domes of Elounda in Elounda and Royal Olympic in Athens have both been listed in the top 25 luxury hotels in Greece. The Plaza has been voted in the top 25 luxury hotels in South Korea. Gloria Serenity Resort has been voted in the top 25 relaxation/spa hotels and luxury hotels in Turkey. Hotel BLOOM! in Brussels was listed in the top 25 trendiest hotels in the World category at number 13 and Cavo Tagoo in Mykonos was voted number 10 in the top 25 trendiest Hotels in Greece. In addition, Hillside Beach Club in Fethiye has been recognised as one of the top 25 all-inclusive resorts in Turkey, voted number four. As TripAdvisor has continued its growth globally, featuring sites in 30 countries and in 21 languages, the Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards now highlight a broader range of spectacular properties across the globe.  last_img read more

Ctripcom International links with Amadeus

first_imgAmadeus has announced the signing of an agreement with China’s International to help aid an international expansion plan for the Chinese company.The multi-year agreement with Ctrip will include the provision of all air content for points of sale outside of mainland China.Ctrip will implement Amadeus Master Pricer TravelBoard as their low fare search engine, as well as Amadeus Mini Rules and Amadeus Ticket Changer.Ctrip chief executive officer of air ticketing business unit Xiong Xing, said that working hand in hand with industry partners has helped Ctrip grow.“Now, as the world becomes even more connected, being a truly international travel player is paramount to our success in the future. Collaboration is the key to growth and Amadeus, as a global leader, is well positioned to power Ctrip in these new international markets,” Mr Xing said.“This is a major milestone in our relationship and we truly feel that it will provide Ctrip with cutting edge solutions coupled with unique benefits, enabling us to become a one-stop international travel service platform.”Amadeus head of leisure online & travel media Sebastien Gibergues, said that Amadeus has built a solid and successful relationship with Ctrip over the last few years.“It is a natural next step to grow our partnership through Amadeus Flight Search and our merchandising portfolio in the global online travel market. Amadeus’ powerful global travel technology is a natural fit for Ctrip’s commitment to providing consistent excellent customer service as it steps outside of China,” Mr Gibergues said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

APTMS unveils new partnership

first_imgAsia Pacific Travel Marketing Services (APTMS) has announced its latest partnership, teaming up with Go West Tours.Go West Tours will add to APTMS’s range of representation products in the United States of America and Canada. APTMS managing director Kylee Kay, said that it is exciting to add touring of the USA to the company’s portfolio of product.“The announcement of this partnership firmly cements our dedication to the destination and our ability to advise agents and wholesalers on available options right throughout America.  We understand well that travellers looking to go to USA are increasingly 2nd and 3rd time travellers and it is our mission to ensure differentiated product offering is availed,” Ms Kay said.“Go West Tours offers a very competitive rate and a quality product.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with their extremely professional team.” Go West Tours started in 1992 from a passion for the American West which gradually grew to encompass the entire United States and Canada, it is based in San Francisco, with a presence in New York City, Los Angeles and Montréal.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

AirAsia X launches sales for new Gold Coast to Auckland route

first_imgAirAsia X has launched its service from the Gold Coast to Auckland, New Zealand and in turn will connect New Zealand to its vast network of over 100 destinations with the first flight to Auckland taking off on 22nd March, 2016.This new route for the popular low cost carrier went on sale yesterday morning (2.01am Gold Coast time 13 January) and will continue until 24 January 2016, or until sold out, with an incredible low fare available for a limited time only of from AUD$119* one-way to Auckland.The travel period is from 22 March 2016 to 5 Feb 2017.AirAsia X’s popular Premium flatbed seats will also be on sale from AUD$299* one-way.AirAsia X will commence services with daily flights between Gold Coast and Auckland. Flights will depart Gold Coast at 9.05am each day for Auckland arriving at 3.30pm local time.AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “We’re delighted to launch this service and bring added competition to this popular route across the Tasman and provide another low cost travel option.“The Gold Coast was AirAsia X’s inaugural route from Malaysia and has been well supported by our Australian and international guests.“We’re also delighted to offer New Zealand as an exciting destination for travellers looking to enjoy the many unique experiences which New Zealand offers.”An Airbus A330-300 aircraft will operate the route with a seating capacity of 377. The configuration will be AirAsia X’s standard configuration of 365 economy seats and 12 Premium flatbed seats.AirAsia X commercial manager Australia and New Zealand Russell Hole said, “The Gold Coast is perfectly situated to allow convenient travel between our Asian network from Kuala Lumpur to New Zealand.“Two flight arrivals each day reinforces the Gold Coast’s importance to our network and continues to open up travel opportunities in this region.”Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer, Marion Charlton, says, “The commencement of this daily service is a demonstration of AirAsia X’s commitment to the South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales regions.“The Gold Coast community are familiar with AirAsia X and the variety of destinations they offer by flying via Kuala Lumpur, as such, we are confident this route will perform strongly both from an inbound and outbound perspective.“Gold Coast Airport look forward to working closely with AirAsia X to ensure the success of this service into the future.”AirAsia X was the first low cost carrier in the world to introduce flatbed seats, which have standard business class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretch out to 77” in full recline position.They feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen.Business Class guests also enjoy complimentary products and services including Pick A Seat, Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Priority Baggage, Baggage Allowance, Flight Change, Combo Meal and Premium Pillow & Duvet.The Quiet Zone is another innovative product option available to guests on AirAsia’s A330-300 fleet.The Quiet Zone has been reserved exclusively for guests aged above 12 and comprises the first seven economy class rows (row 7-14), immediately after the Premium cabin. The section also features ambient soft lighting for a more relaxing cabin atmosphere as well as early meal service. Book hereSource = AirAsialast_img read more

Hotelscoms Captain Obvious joins presidential race’s Captain Obvious joins Presidential RaceCaptain Obvious™, the biggest fan of®, has decided to join the 2016 presidential race. And he’s doing so in the best way he knows how, by physically running. He believes he is fit to win the race. He’s seen the other candidates, and doesn’t think they seem fit at all.Beginning with a national TV commercial airing tonight, Captain Obvious will spend the next several months running across the nation training and monitoring the pulse of the country – and his own pulse. Throughout the race, he will be promoting because it’s simple to book a room, and because he really needs a place to sleep at estimates that any given presidential candidate would spend more than $405,000 on hotels* during the primaries and caucuses in 2016. If they were® Rewards members, they’d save more than $40,000 on nights because for every 10 nights you book and stay, you get one free.Captain Obvious’ race for President will be shared with the public through social media including his Twitter-verified account @CaptainObvious, the hashtag #ObviousPresident, additional TV spots, a website, and online content beginning today through November. At, supporters can follow his presidential race, download a media kit, see the latest TV commercials, share Captain Obvious GIFs and watch 51 video messages from Captain Obvious made for every state and Washington D.C.The campaign was created by CP+B, the advertising agency of record for Continued marketing support for his race will include additional TV spots in mid-March, interactive online videos and live events featuring Captain Obvious himself.Follow @CaptainObvious on Twitter for his remarks on big presidential moments as they happen and catch his live-tweets during the upcoming presidential debates, starting with the debate in Houston this Thursday, February 25. Follow Captain ObviousSource = Hotels.comlast_img read more

Dream Cruises to homeport Genting Dream in Singapore

first_imgDream Cruises to homeport Genting Dream in SingaporeDream Cruises to homeport Genting Dream in SingaporeDream Cruises, announces its inaugural vessel, Genting Dream, to be home ported year-round in Singapore starting from 3 December 2017. This marks a first for Singapore to host a brand-new and large-scale 151,300-tonne cruise ship year-round.Genting Dream is a floating, luxurious integrated resort, designed in a bespoke fashion for the Asian market.  Built in Germany last year, she will soon be a Singapore and ASEAN icon, calling at more than 10 ports in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam during 2018.“We are truly excited to deploy Genting Dream in Singapore, a popular and well developed travel hub for the Asian region with an excellent cruise and tourism infrastructure.  Singapore’s prime geographic location also makes it the ideal homeport Genting Dream to cruise to popular as well as new ASEAN destinations,” said Mr. Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises. “We are pleased to support Singapore’s steadfast commitment to the tourism industry, as we cater to a growing number of sophisticated Singaporean and broader Asian Pacific fly-cruise vacationers.”Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “We warmly welcome year-round homeporting of the Genting Dream in Singapore. This historic deployment underscores the potential of Southeast Asia as one of the world’s prime cruising destinations. As the ASEAN lead coordinator for cruise development, Singapore will continue working closely with our neighbours to grow the cruise industry in this region.”Singapore’s excellent infrastructure reflected in its outstanding cruise centre facilities and strategic location.   Known as the gateway to Southeast Asia is ideal for the development of exciting itineraries that can reach multiple countries with convenient five-night cruises.  Singapore will open up new ports-of-call for Genting Dream guests to experience the tropical and urban attractions in the most exciting Asian destinations, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.Beginning 3rd December to the end of March, Dream Cruises will offer appealing range of 2 Nights week-end cruises and alternating 5 Nights Sunday cruises from Singapore to destinations in the Straits of Malacca and in the Java Seas. The 5 night Straits of Malacca Cruise will feature the popular Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Phuket itinerary to the launch of a brand new and highly anticipated 5-night cruise in the Java Sea to Surabaya and North Bali, capable only with the high speed design of the Genting Dream, which can sail at over 23 knots.  Passengers can combine the Straits of Malacca and Java Sea cruises for a 12-night cruise experience, with the option of spending the weekend in between either onboard the ship or in a hotel in Singapore.From April to October 2018, new itineraries will offer new destinations in the South China Sea and the Java Sea, giving passengers another new reason to cruise.The significant growth in the Asian cruise industry over the recent years has presented new opportunities for the region, and Dream Cruises aims to be a pacesetter in Singapore by being the first cruise liner to offer inspirational luxury, which is Asian at heart and international in spirit.Domestically, the number of Singapore citizens departing by sea in 2015 was 1,753,954, up 12% compared to 2012, which accounts for 19.2% of total outbound travellers in Singapore[1]. With an absolute increase of 35 percent in port calls over the 2013-2016 period, Singapore had a combined annual growth rate of 10.6 percent. Genting Dream will increase available cruise days in Singapore by over 20% in 2018 and will be a boon to the ASEAN Tourism Industry.  She is well poised to cater to domestic cruise travellers as well as the inbound fly-cruise market.Dream Cruises guests who embark on Genting Dream in Singapore will not only experience the cultural attractions of nearby Southeast Asia destinations, but they will also enjoy a new “integrated resort” experience at sea with the luxurious comforts, thrilling shows and numerous dining options.  The ultimate in luxury at sea is redefined at the Dream Palace, which offers a “ship within a ship’ experience featuring highly personalised European-style butler service. The two duplex Garden Penthouses are the epitome of elegance and amongst the largest at sea. Dream Palace features an exclusive pool and sundeck for all its guests in the 142 suites inclusive of fine dining in your private restaurant and exclusive gym. All designed for a discreet and exclusive vacation experience.Genting Dream also features Zouk the iconic Singapore night club brand.  Now, Zouk’s high-energy entertainment and night club scene can be enjoyed at sea. As one of Singapore’s oldest and most popular nightclubs and a perennial top 10 fixture in DJ Magazine’s list of Top 100 clubs in the world, Zouk is truly a place to be seen by the “in crowd” whether on land or at sea. Several nightlife concepts will be introduced such as the first-ever outdoor splash pool featuring a large LED entertainment screen that can showcase life DJ’s as well as new release feature films. Zouk will also be available for private functions offering a one of a kind party and event experience featuring the world’s best DJs with breath-taking dancers and performers and state of the art sound and lighting to elevate Genting Dream’s onboard nightlife to another level.Expect an array of inspirational on board experiences designed to cater to our guests’ preferences and interests. Signature experiences include comprehensive Dreamscape educational and enrichment program; Crystal Life health and wellness facilities offering largest Asian reflexology spa at sea; dedicated personal shopper for 1,100 square meters of duty free shops, a six slide waterpark, ropes course with “far-out” zip line for families and group team building, the world’s first Johnnie Walker House at sea, the world’s first Penfolds flagship Wine Vault at sea, and celebrity chef Mark Best restaurant. Genting Dream also welcomes small to mid-sized, high-end groups with dedicated services and facilities such as private board rooms and real-time language translation capability (up to 4 languages) in the Zodiac theatre for 400 guests.The successful product and service breakthroughs achieved by Genting Dream sets the pace for the advent of Dream Cruises’ second 151,300 tonne cruise ship “World Dream” which is currently being built at Meyer Werft shipyard and is scheduled for its inaugural sailing in November 2017 from Singapore to Hong Kong. The vision of Dream Cruises to be a distinctively Asian at heart and international in spirit cruise brand will be heralded in the banner year of 2017 when the two cruise ships of Genting Dream and World Dream will both be deployed in key Asia home and destination ports.Genting Hong Kong, Dream Cruises parent company, has led the development of an ongoing commitment to the Asia cruise industry by introducing Star Cruises in Singapore 23 years ago. Genting Cruises with the two brands – Dream Cruises and Star Cruises – will offer the largest cruise capacity days in Singapore and Asia by the end of 2017.Source = Dream Cruiseslast_img read more

Hong Kong Cruise Yacht Industry Association Gives FREE

first_imgHong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association Gives FREEHong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association Gives FREEHong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) is to give free talks to Tourism and Hospitality Studies students of 166 secondary schools from October this year to March next year. The talks are designed to enable students to acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of the global cruise industry, thereby encouraging them to pursue their careers in the fast-growing cruise sector.Kara Yeung, Executive Director of HKCYIA, said “The cruise markets in Europe and the United States are relatively mature, while the Hong Kong market is still an emerging one. HKCYIA is dedicated to advancing the long-term development of the Hong Kong cruise industry through promoting youth employment in the cruise industry.”HKCYIA is currently arranging the cruise talks with the 166 secondary schools and inviting students to attend the talks. Lasting around 3 hours each session, the talks will be given by purser trainers with many years of experience in cruise operations and management. The talks will cover international cruise information, structure of international cruises, introduction to cruise travel, and career development in cruise industry. These talks will provide students with extensive knowledge of the cruise industry, enabling them to explore the different pathways for further advancements in the sector.The free talks will be held at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal where most international cruises berth in Hong Kong. Students wanting to visit the cruises are required to make prior arrangements with travel agencies on their own.“We are currently reviewing the applications of virtual reality (VR) technology in education with several international cruise lines. These will provide students with a real-world experience in cruise operations,” said Yeung.Source = Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA)last_img read more

Ghana and Kenya agrees to join hands for developing tourism

first_imgGhana and Kenya have agreed to work together to strengthen the tourism industry in their respective countries. This was agreed at a meeting held, at the recently concluded ITB Berlin, between Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Phyllis Kandie.Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts said, “It is a great honour to work with Kenyan tourism stakeholders…We are ready to share our experience and we hope we would learn a lot from you as we try to find ways to develop our hotel and catering schools in Ghana.”She also mentioned that Kenya has rich experience in the field of tourism and hospitality, human capacity development, and collaborating with the East African country would help strengthen and shape Ghana’s hospitality industry.Phyllis Kandie, in the other hand was happy about the collaboration between the two countries to share knowledge on their strengths to develop the tourism industry and said one area Kenya was looking at enhancing is cultural tourism which she believed Ghana was very strong in. She said she would lead a team from her Ministry to Ghana to study Ghana’s model.last_img read more