Club Med provides Winter Olympians and Paralympians with Slopes to Suc

first_imgSSA AwardsClub Med provides Winter Olympians and Paralympians with Slopes to SuccessPartnership with OWIA to support winter athletes in the lead up to 2022 gamesClub Med is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) – a coming together of two organisations with a shared passion for winter sports and supporting Australia’s elite winterathletes in the lead up to the 2022 Winter Olympics.Club Med will begin providing the OWIA access to their 20+ mountain resorts to support athletes with international training and recovery within Club Med’s expertly-appointed resorts. During grueling World Cup competitions, athletes will be treated to Club Med’s comfortable accommodation, vast selection of nutritious gourmet food and activities to help relax and unwind including yoga, après ski and spa facilities, all assisting them to perform at their best.Through the partnership, Club Med will also provide recognition for athlete’s hard training, outstanding performance, and positive attitude aligning with the OWIA / Club Med shared values of kindness, responsibility, and passion, by rewarding athletes with truly relaxing holidays at their 70+ resorts worldwide from the Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico and more.On working with the OWIA, Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “Since 1956 we have been committed to offering a world-class snow experience (both on and off the slopes) in the best ski domains in the world. We are very proud to launch into this joint venture with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. We are dedicated to supporting both the team and the growth of awareness on ski in Australia. Together we will work hand in hand with the OWIA to spread the joy of snow holidays and the passion of Olympians.”Since opening its first snow resort in 1956, Club Med has been passionate in pioneering its world-renowned snow experience for guests worldwide. Today, Club Med is an industry leader in ski holidays, operating over 20 snow resorts in the most iconic ski domains in Europe and Asia, with a Canadian resort on the horizon. Many of the resorts’ qualified ski and snowboard instructors include top-level athletes, from World Champions to Olympians.When it comes to training Olympians and World Champions, the OWIA are Australia’s leading organisation, preparing Australia’s elite winter athletes for their participation in Olympic Winter Games, World Championships and World Cup events. OWIA ChiefExecutive Officer, Geoff Lipshut says, “We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Club Med, helping to support and reward our high performing Australian athletes.”“We believe this partnership will drive awareness of, and engagement with, snow sports among Australian enthusiasts and we’re excited for our relationship with Club Med to grow well into the future.”Club Med works with a number of renowned partners across the globe, including iconic ski schools (ESF, Scuolasci, Swiss Ski School), as well as having an exclusive relationship with leading ski and snowboard equipment manufacturer, Rossignol. This latest partnership with the OWIA will further enhance Club Med’s leading ski position.Madeleine Clow-Suares says, “Our outstanding snow concept attracts ski and snowboard lovers from across the globe from novices through to aspiring Olympians. We combine the most beautiful settings in the world with an authentic ski experience that includes food, drinks and après ski, kids clubs, ski lessons for all ages, lift passes and more. We take care of it all so all our guests have to do is enjoy!” Source = Club Medlast_img read more

Swell Lodge opens on Christmas Islands remote tropical paradise

first_imgSource = Swell Lodge Swell LodgeSwell Lodge opens on Christmas Island’s remote tropical paradiseChristmas Island’s first luxury eco-accommodation Swell Lodge has opened its doors this week, revealing knockout views of the Indian Ocean and welcoming its first guests to an exclusive and unforgettable experience of this astonishing island destination.Positioned on a sea cliff with floor-to-ceiling glass and luxury appointments, sustainably-designed Swell Lodge is set along the uninhabited, rugged west coast of Christmas Island, renowned as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Pods of spinner dolphins play in the surf, while seabirds soar high overhead.Swell Lodge is the first ecologically-sustainable accommodation to be approved in an Australian Federal National Park. The groundbreaking new tourism project has been developed by intrepid travellers and wildlife photographers Chris and Jess Bray. The pair run luxury, small-group photography tours around the world and when in 2014 they started running tours to Christmas Island, they fell in love with the destination.Located around 1550 kilometres northwest of the mainland, the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island is best known for the annual migration of some 50 million red crabs, a spectacular event descibed by Sir David Attenborough as one of the ten greatest natural wonders on earth. Water and air temperatures rest at an idyllic 27-29 degrees year round.Guests at Swell Lodge can do as much or as little as they like, with daily activities including boat trips to the best snorkel spots, guided walks to waterfalls, beaches and blowholes, cave swims, a visit to the National Park’s research station and bird rehabilitation centre, tickets to the outdoor cinema, golf and access to a four-wheel-drive vehicle for island exploration. Optional extras include yoga and massage sessions, dive trips and fishing expeditions.All-inclusive rates feature the services of private French chef Felix Legrand, with gourmet meals prepared specially for guests on their oceanfront deck using locally grown and foraged ingredients including wild-caught crayfish, wahoo and tuna, as well as coconut, wild papaya and more.Sustainable tourism is a new focus for the Christmas Island economy, with the appeal of a pristine, tropical paradise, home to endemic birds and offering world-class snorkelling and diving in crystal clear, warm waters with coral reefs and spectaular drop-off walls. Resident turtles and dolphins cruise the waters while manta rays and whale sharks visit by season.Chris Bray said he and Jess were excited to be pioneering the first luxury eco-accommodation on the tropical paradise of Christmas Island.“Christmas Island is Australia’s best kept secret, a jungle-clad island full of rare and unusual birds, crabs, waterfalls, turtle-nesting beaches and some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving, Mr Bray said.“Swell Lodge has been several years in the planning and we consider now is the perfect time to launch. With the island’s mine and detention centre winding down, eco-tourism is the new future for Christmas Island and has huge potential. We’re in at the ground floor with a product that’s truely unique and unrivalled anywhere in the world.”“Where else in the world can guests experience complete immersion in such a remote, pristine wilderness, while staying in luxury accommodation and also helping the environment?”Rates at Swell Lodge start at $690 per person per night and include all meals, drinks, a private chef, daily services, airport transfers, daily guided activities including snorkelling, walks to waterfalls in the jungle and more. A portion of the nightly rate goes towards conservation projects in the National Park.For more information and bookings visit SwellLodge.com or phone 1300 790 207last_img read more

Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurates exhibition on International Yoga Day

first_imgThe Minister of State for Tourism and Culture and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the exhibition “Yoga Chakra, Tradition & Modernity – a Multi-media encounter with Intangible Culture” on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at the Rabindra Bhawan in New Delhi. The exhibition is a part of the larger endeavour of the Ministry of Culture, to present Yog Parv, a festival of Yoga in the context of performing and visual arts as well as workshops and interactive session in three interlinked segments. The Yog Parv has been organised by the autonomous organisation of Ministry of Culture, Sangeet Natak Akademi, in association with sister organisations and museums from across the country.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahesh Sharma said the fact that the International Yoga Day was celebrated across the world is a matter of great pride for India. The celebration of Yoga Day has given India a unique recognition in the world, the Minister said. The Minister highlighted the significance of Yoga depicted through various forms of cultural activities. Yoga is a part of our culture and our ancient culture has found a place worldwide with the celebration of Yoga Day, the Minister added. Dr Sharma said that177 different countries from across continents and cultures have adopted the idea and have joined India in this initiative to celebrate yoga worldwide.The exhibition ‘Yoga Chakra’, curated by Sushma K Bahl and Archana B Sapra with support from Sangeet Natak Akademi highlights the all encompassing philosophy of life sustaining practices across ages, cultures and continents for meditation and stress relief. The ensemble features 370 works by over 150 artists from across India, including historic masterpieces sourced from museums and institutions as well as several fresh new age creations by contemporary artists. It showcases the all inclusive multicultural multimedia Indian creativity through a convergence of illustrated manuscripts, paintings, photographs, books, interactive installations, digital work, and films for health, happiness and healing. Displayed in three interlinked thematic segments – Gyana, Dhyana and Karma – the exhibition relooks at the ancient Indian traditions and tenets, from a modern perspective through a convergence of visual and performing arts, science and life styles, as well as faiths- Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Zorashrian, Sufi and other sacred practices.The other aspects of the festival integral to the concept of yoga include dance performances, music concerts, theatre, lecture demonstrations, discourses, talks, workshops, meditation sessions, and consultations with Yoga experts as well as an interactive arena to experience a host of herbal remedies and organic cuisine from across the country.The Sangeet Natak Academy has partnered with various prestigious Institutions including the National Museum New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Sahitya Kala Akademi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Indian Museum Kolkata, Allahabad Museum, Isha Foundation and AYUSH, besides Museum of Sacred Arts from Belgium and other Indian cultural institutions to highlight the importance of this great traditional Indian practice over 5,000 years old.The exhibition will provide a wholesome experience to visitors giving them an opportunity to feel and understand the concept of Yoga as it is practised, encompassing the traditional within the contemporary context of modern lifestyles. The festival will be a celebration for enhancing our lifestyle by providing focus on how to improve our wellness and good health through different aspects of Yoga.The ‘Yog Parva’, has been organised to celebrate the International Day of Yoga from June 21 to 27, 2015 at Rabindra Bhavan premises, New Delhi.last_img read more

Thailand opens 12 Tourist Assistance Centres across key locations in the destination

first_imgThe Thai Ministry for Tourism and Sports has undertaken a brand new initiative to ensure that on-ground tourist needs are heard by the government. Tourist Assistance Centres (TACs), will offer tourists a helping hand in case of any eventualities. Additionally, TACs will be responsible for making recommendations (based on hands-on interaction with tourists) to the government.The TAC concept has been rolled out after extensive research and reasoning. The world over, popular tourist destinations that experience very high footfalls experience similar issues – tourists are often subject to fraud. Accidents tend to happen. Moreover, when a natural or man-made calamity occurs, control and communication with countless tourists amidst the chaos becomes an issue. The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports is keen to do everything in its power to prevent such issues and in the event that they occur, offer remedial measures to ensure that the tourist is well taken care of.Soraya Homchuen, director, TAT Mumbai says, “India being one of Thailand’s foremost markets, showing among the largest number of tourist arrivals annually, I expect that this news will be well-received. All destinations popular among Indian tourists will have a TAC.”Over a dozen TACs are already up and running. Tourists visiting Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchatthani, Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Phuket, Krabi, Songkhla, Suratthani and Chonburi can all access TACs in these locations. There are also TACs at both Suvaranabhumi and Don Muang Airports in Bangkok.Authorities have gone all out to make the new body as approachable as possible. Besides the staples such as emails and phone calls, tourists can also visit their facebook page, TouristCareThailand.“I expect this to be a great convenience to Indian travellers,” Homchuen concludes.last_img read more

Jordan Tourism Board collaborates with Pammi Aunty to showcase tourism

first_imgSsumier Pasricha and his Internet-breaking hit sensation Punjabi alter-ego Pammi Aunty has entered into collaboration with Jordan Tourism Board, India Office, to promote the country’s tourism.The actor will be travelling in Jordan and visit destinations comprising Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and Amman, from where he will be making and posting videos. “Imagine Pammi Aunty swimming in the Dead Sea and calling Sarla Pehnji! It will be fun,” said Ssumier Pasricha.“Pammi Aunty in Jordan has already become an Internet sensation within a few hours of the first teaser video; and will mark a turning point for Jordan tourism and arrival numbers for Indians to Jordan,” commented Ashit Taneja, Country Manager, Jordan Tourim Board, India Office.The first video will have Pammi Aunty talking about being invited to Jordan. “She obviously doesn’t know anything about the country, so she will start reading about it,” says Ssumier, who is currently working on the creatives.last_img read more

Melbourne to join SriLankan Airlines global route network from October 2017

first_imgSriLankan Airlines will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne commencing from October 29, 2017. The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/from Australia. The Airline will be operating Airbus 330-200 aircraft on the route, offering its passengers modern in-flight comforts.SriLankan Airlines’ CEO, Captain Suren Ratwatte, said, “Our presence in Australia cements the long-standing relationship between the two countries. We recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our nations and the addition of Melbourne signifies our strategy of optimising the Airline’s network in line with our restructuring..”SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Siva Ramachandran, said, “Despite the absence of direct connections, we have witnessed a steady increase in passengers travelling between Colombo and Melbourne via various Asian connecting points such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. With the launch of the new services, SriLankan Airlines’ passengers will also have the choice of flying to other Australian cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide as well as Auckland, New Zealand.”Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Bryce Hutchesson, said, “We congratulate SriLankan Airlines on the addition of a direct flight to Australia. Direct air connections between countries stimulate two-way tourism, business, trade and people-to-people exchange which are the core ingredients for a vibrant bilateral relationship. We are seeing a growing number of Australians looking to travel to Sri Lanka for tourism and business and to reconnect with family.”These operations will further complement the existing double daily services offered by SriLankan Airlines between Sri Lanka and Australia via Singapore and Kuala Lumpur with its codeshare partners, Qantas and Malaysia Airlines.last_img read more

House Prices Hit Lows Not Seen Since 2002 CaseShiller

first_imgHouse Prices Hit Lows Not Seen Since 2002: Case-Shiller Share Agents & Brokers Capital Economics Confidence Federal Reserve Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing S & P Index Service Providers 2012-02-28 Ryan Schuette Home prices reached fourth-quarter lows not seen since 2002, with the “”Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Index””:http://www.standardandpoors.com/indices/sp-case-shiller-home-price-indices/en/us/?indexId=spusa-cashpidff–p-us yielding 3.8 percent in declines for December last year.[IMAGE]The index found that prices fell 4 percent year-over-year, alongside 1.1 percent in month-over-month declines for 10- and 20-city composite measures.Eighteen of 20 metropolitan areas monitored by S&P bore the brunt of monthly price declines, with figures up 0.2 percent and 0.8 percent for only Miami and Phoenix, respectively. Atlanta slouched into the negatives at 12.8 percent.Detroit served up the only positive annual return at 0.5 percent [COLUMN_BREAK]in December. Average home prices sagged to new lows for Atlanta, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Tampa.””In terms of prices, the housing market ended 2011 on a very disappointing note,”” “”David Blitzer””:http://www.imn.org/pages/biography.cfm?personid=BLITZ10001, chairman of S&P Indices, said in a statement. “”With this month’s report we saw all three composite hit new record lows,”” he said. “”While we thought we saw some signs of stabilization in the middle of 2011, it appears that neither the economy nor consumer confidence was strong enough to move the market in a positive direction as the year ended.””””Paul Dales””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/global-economics/paul-dales.html, senior U.S. economist with consultancy “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, differed by saying the new lows suggest “”compelling reasons to believe that the end of the housing crash is finally in sight.””He cites price declines at 34 percent below peak from last year and signs of strength from around the economy, including trends that show “”banks appear a little bit more willing to lend.””The economy notably added 243,000 jobs in January, just as construction spending went up by 1.5 percent in December. A “”Loan Officer Survey””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/snloansurvey/201201/fullreport.pdf conducted by the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ muddied the trend by fielding mixed reviews for lending conditions, which respondents said had stayed the same from October.center_img in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing February 28, 2012 432 Views last_img read more

FirstTime Unemployment Claims Inch Up Stop Short of Expectations

first_imgUnemployment,First-Time Unemployment Claims Inch Up, Stop Short of Expectations First-time claims for unemployment insurance edged up by 4,000 to 367,000 for the week ended September 29, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm reported Thursday. The previous week’s report was revised upward to 363,000 first time claims from the originally reported 359,000. [IMAGE]Economists had predicted a larger increase to 370,000 first-time claims.Continuing claims├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôreported on a one-week lag├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôwere unchanged at 3,281,000. The previous week’s report of 3,271,000 continuing claims was revised up to 3,281,000.The report will have no impact on the monthly employment situation report for September to be issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. That report├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôtracking the nation’s unemployment rate and job creation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôis compiled based on payroll and household surveys for the week of the month including the 12th calendar day. First-time unemployment claims rose 14,000 from mid-August to mid-September, suggesting another weak payroll report.This week’s report was again affected by a low seasonal adjustment factor. The Labor Department’s experience has been that claims in September are generally affected by seasonal factor├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôsuch as individuals leaving part-time summer jobs├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôand therefore need to be adjusted to be comparable with other weeks.Although initial claims appear to have plateaued (occasional weather-related spikes notwithstanding) first-time claims fell in only five weeks during the third quarter, with a wide range: As high as 388,000 in the week following the July 4 holiday week and 385,000 in each of the two weeks following Hurricane Isaac, but as low as 352,000 when the quarter began. [COLUMN_BREAK]Since the beginning of the quarter, claims have risen an average of 1,250 per week├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôcertainly lower than during the depths of the recession, but a worrisome trend, nonetheless.The upward adjustment to the prior week’s report was the 34th time this year the preliminary data was revised higher. The four week moving average of first-time claims was unchanged at 375,000. The four week moving average of continuing claims fell 12,750 to 3,285,250. Continuing claims generally reflect the ability of the long-term unemployed to find work and thus considered an indicator of payroll jobs, but could also be affected by legislative action to reduce the duration of unemployment benefits at state levels. Many states have reduced benefit periods for budgetary reasons.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôreported on two week lag├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôfor the week ending September 15 fell to 5,088,612, a drop of 85,386, primarily in basic state programs├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôrather than emergency and extended programs enacted by Congress.States have been borrowing from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôunless Congress intervenes├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôwith higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of October 2, 20 states have an aggregate $26.4 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls, up from $26.1 billion one week earlier. Absent Congressional action, interest on those loans could lead to states increasing contribution rates required from employers.States reported 2,143,049 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 15, a decrease of 17,399 from the prior week, the Labor Department said. There were 3,027,447 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 22 were in Mississippi (+3,314), Ohio (+1,975), Michigan (+1,179), Alabama (+823), and Kentucky (+372), while the largest decreases were in California (-13,527), New York (-3,773), North Carolina (-2,198), Indiana (-2,160), and Virginia (-1,969). in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-10-04 Mark Lieberman October 4, 2012 435 Views last_img read more

Zillow Citi Announce Digital Marketing Alliance

first_img February 10, 2015 612 Views Zillow, Citi Announce Digital Marketing Alliance in Headlines, News, Technology Citi Company News Zillow 2015-02-10 Tory Barringercenter_img Share One of the country’s biggest names in banking has teamed up with one of the biggest names in real estate to reach even more homebuyers.In a joint release, Citi announced it has entered into a digital marketing alliance with Zillow, giving the megabank a heightened presence on the online marketplace’s website and its related sites, Zillow Mortgages and StreetEasy.”Today, the vast majority of potential homebuyers begin their property searches online,” said CD Davies, head of Citi’s mortgage business globally. “We are stepping up our digital presence in the real estate space to ensure we are a leading mortgage provider in the markets we serve. Zillow offers us the opportunity to reach homebuyers and engage the real estate community in an easily accessible and productive way.”As part of the agreement, Citi has increased its advertising program for mortgages on StreetEasy, including multiple ad placements and sponsored content. In addition, Citi’s brand will be more prominent on Zillow’s desktop and mobile interfaces, all of which attracted nearly 90 million unique visitors in 2014’s peak home shopping month.Citi’s special mortgage features, including its on-time closing guarantee and relationship pricing, will also be available through the online sites, as well as expanded consumer support services with Citi representatives.”With more than 26 million loan requests submitted on Zillow Mortgages over the past year, mortgage shoppers clearly look to Zillow and StreetEasy for guidance with mortgage shopping,” said Erin Lantz, Zillow’s VP of mortgages. “The increased presence of Citi on Zillow and StreetEasy will help ensure home shoppers have more options in home financing.”last_img read more

Dont Jump to Conclusions Quite Yet

first_img According to Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing, when home prices are adjusted for inflation, they are still 9 to 16 percent below peak, depending on the measure used. Harvard uses an interactive map to show price changes in 951 markets across the country in 2000 and since the areas mid-2000 peak. The map covers about 85 percent of the nation’s population in Metropolitan Statistical Areas and 31 Metropolitan Divisions. An additional 9 percent of the population was studied in the 549 smaller Micropolitan Statistical Areas.There has been uneven growth over the U.S. with nominal home prices above their mid-2000s heights concentrated in the middle of the country, Pacific Northwest, and Texas. This accounts for 48 percent of all markets. In real dollars, prices reached their peaks in only 15 percent of all markets. Prices were above their peak in 10 percent of Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions and topped their peak in 17 percent of the smaller micro areas. In one-third of all markets, real prices were still 20 percent below peak. This was seen in the places where the housing crisis was seen the most: Florida, large parts of the Southwest and Northeast, and parts of the Midwest.The report said this uneven growth has led to increasing differences amongst housing costs with the 200 inflation-adjusted median home values in the 10 most expensive metros being $350,000. This is, on average, three times higher than the median value of homes in the 10 least expensive metros. When taking a look at the increase between January 2000 and December 2016, real home values in the top 10 rose 64 percent to about $574,000 while the least expensive were about $113,000. This is a rise of 64 percent and 3 percent respectively.To view the full report, click here. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Home price 2017-07-10 Brianna Gilpincenter_img July 10, 2017 522 Views Don’t Jump to Conclusions Quite Yetlast_img read more

Altisource Welcomes New VP Head of Valuations

first_img in Headlines, News, Technology Altisource Portfolio Solutions, a service provider for the real estate and mortgage industries, announced Thursday the addition of a new VP to grow the company’s valuations business and an expansion of its sales team.Phil Huff joined Altisource as VP and Head of Valuations as well as President and CEO of Springhouse, a full-service appraisal management company owned by Altisource. Springhouse is an indirect subsidiary of Altisource Portfolio Solutions.“Phil brings a deep expertise in technology, sales, marketing and business development strategy and an extensive real estate industry network,” said Joseph A. Davila, President of Servicer Solutions at Altisource. “His proven expertise and seasoned network will be a big factor to the success of our Valuation Services business.”Huff brings more than 25 years of experience in the realm of financial technology to his new role. Huff served as President and CEO of Platinum Data Solutions prior to its sale to Mercury Network in 2016 and was President and CEO of eLynx, which Black Knight Financial Services purchased in 2016.Altisource also announced the addition of George Paquette as Manager of Valuations.“We are excited to add George to our sales and business development team as we continue to grow our client base and product suite,” said John A. Vella, Chief Revenue Officer of Altisource.Paquette brings more than 15 years of experience as chief appraiser, compliance officer, and manager of review for national appraisal management companies and lenders to his new role. He also previously owned one of Orange County, California’s largest appraisal offices. September 21, 2017 604 Views Altisource Welcomes New VP, Head of Valuationscenter_img Altisource Appraisal Management Companies Springhouse Valuations 2017-09-21 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

The Week Ahead Spotlight on Home Sales and Prices

first_img February 25, 2018 574 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News The week begins with the release of the New Home Sales Report for January 2018 by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday at 10 a.m. EST. The report, which is jointly announced by the Census Bureau and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides national and regional data on the number of new single-family homes sold and for sale along with national data on median and average prices, the number of houses sold and for sale by stage of construction, and other statistics.Last month the report analyzed new home sales for December 2017 and indicated that sales of new homes during the month were down 9.3 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate compared to the prior month, but were 14.1 percent above the same period in 2016. The report also gave data on the annual number of homes sold and said that an estimated 608,000 new homes were sold during 2017, showing an 8.3 percent increase over the year before.Here’s what else is in store in The Week Ahead:S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTFHFA House Price Index, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTJerome Powell to testify before the House of Representatives, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ESTNAR Pending Home Sales Index, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Apps Survey, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTConstruction Spending Report, Thursday, 10 a.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4.30 p.m. EST The Week Ahead: Spotlight on Home Sales and Pricescenter_img Construction Home Prices Home Sales HOUSING New Home Sales Pending-Home Sales Spending 2018-02-25 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

From the pages of Produce Business UK The London P

first_img From the pages of Produce Business UKThe London Produce Show and Conference 2019 (LPS19) hosted more than 100 different exhibitors in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House hotel last week during the three-day event. Traveling from across the globe, the exhibitors showcased a number of products and services to the various international retail and foodservice buyers walking the show floor. Here is a snapshot of some of the key stories from a handful of the exhibitors taking part.South African Raisins AssociationPBUK learned that the South African Raisins Association plans to launch a U.K., and possibly European, marketing campaign early next year to promote raisins as a natural, portable snack.“Dried fruit is a really interesting category,” explained John Valentine, chairman of RED Communications, which will coordinate the campaign in the UK. “Raisins are a natural product with great health properties. It’s a snack that’s easily portable, and an ingredient for the baking industry.”For South Africa, the promotional push presents an opportunity to raise its market share in the U.K., which currently stands at less than 4%. “That’s staggeringly low for a country like South Africa whose natural market is the U.K.,” Valentine pointed out.Located around the Orange River in the Northern Cape, South Africa’s raisin industry benefits from hot and dry conditions. “The product is almost naturally organic,” Valentine noted. “The growing region doesn’t have problems with diseases like producers in hot, humid areas. South African raisins have almost zero MRL residues.”Although well organized with a long history, South Africa’s raisin industry is not yet mature, meaning there is potential to grow the U.K. market and to gain market share. In particular, Valentine said the sector can compete effectively thanks to its relatively low labor costs in comparison to raisin suppliers California and Turkey.Citrus from ChileExhibiting for the third year running, the Chilean Citrus Committee once again made the trip to promote lemons, clementines and mandarins on the U.K. market.“The Chilean citrus industry is diversifying its exports, and a good place to start is the U.K.,” commented Christian Carvajal, Marketing Director for the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex). “Slowly, slowly we have been building our presence, making contacts and looking for opportunities.”Carvajal also shared the latest export estimates for the 2019 Chilean citrus campaign as projected by the committee. Volume is set to contract by 3% in total, due largely to an 8% drop in clementines to 58,000 tons and a 3% decrease in oranges to 97,000 tons. Supplies of lemons and mandarins are not expected to change greatly, with sendings pegged at 88,000 tons and 107,000 tons respectively.Nonetheless, the committee predicts a solid production year in terms of citrus sizes and quality thanks to benign weather conditions.MaerskMaersk was at the LPS19 to promote its new company branding following the amalgamation in January (2019) of shipping line Maersk Line and freight forwarder Damco as an integrated logistics company under the name of Maersk.“We’re a one-stop-shop right from the farm to the supermarket,” explained Danny Wright, Reefer Client Manager, who added that the change has been a seamless transition.As part of the integration, Maersk has invested heavily in logistics, having just recently unveiled a coldstore in Russia to complement facilities in South Africa and Iberia. In the future, Maersk is considering partnering with a company in the U.K. to operate a domestic coldstore.“It’s an exciting time, with many different, new opportunities,” Wright said. “We are offering a more bespoke solution for customers; they have a choice of options.”Later this year, Maersk will roll out the second release of its Remote Container Management system for use on mobile phones via an app. The upgrade will have more user-friendly and proactive features.PeruPeruvian produce exporters Don Ricardo, Camposol, Agrícola Chapi and Ecosac exhibited at the show, together with the Peruvian Trade and Investment Office in the U.K.Joanna Meza from the trade office was pleased to share the news of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that was signed on 15 May between the U.K., Peru, Colombia and Ecuador to ensure the continued, smooth supply of fresh produce into the U.K. whatever happens with Brexit.Peru continues to be the world’s leading exporter of avocados and mangoes to the U.K., the third-largest supplier of blueberries and the fourth-ranking distributor of table grapes.Exports remain on the up too. During the 2018/19 season, figures provided by the trade office indicate that Peru’s exports to the U.K. of table grapes rose by 47%, blueberries by 44.7% and avocados by 7.3%.“We’d like to push more Peruvian exotic and tropical fruits on the U.K. market, like golden berries, pineapples and bananas, as well as organic produce,” Meza commented. “The U.K. is one of the most important markets worldwide, and a trendsetter within Europe.”Apeel Sciences, U.S.Hot on the heels of gaining European approval for the use on avocados of its plant-derived shelf-life extension solution, Apeel Sciences was in London to explore the opportunities for citrus.Gordon Robertson, Chief Revenue Officer, told PBUK that the California-based company plans to carry out trials with U.K. retailers for citrus from Peru.Apeel expects its technology will double the shelf-life of the product, and offer a “total solution for the supply chain”, including reduced shrink, less food waste, a lower carbon footprint and a better eating experience.“Initially, we’re focusing on easy peelers (Murcotts) from Peru,” Robertson revealed. “The application will be at source. We are in discussions now with the U.K. retailers.”While it will be another year before Apeel gains European approval to treat more produce items, in the U.S. the firm is launching its solution for use on cucumbers and apples. “We know we can get two-times the shelf-life on dozens of products,” affirmed Robertson. Chilean citrus: Clementines end with 18% volume dr … June 13 , 2019 EU to consider activating South African citrus saf … Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … center_img You might also be interested in Naylor Farms, UKU.K. cabbage grower-manufacturer Naylor Farms used the occasion of the LPS19 to showcase its new range of long-life coleslaw and potato salad products.Company CEO Simon Naylor told PBUK that the unique selling point is a 120-day shelf-life with no preservatives. In addition, the range benefits from strong provenance, being manufactured by a family-owned grower established over 100 years ago.Launched in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Dubai, the products are packed in resealable pouches and come in a number of different flavors, including original, cheese, sweet chili and chipotle.“It’s a nice format that’s different, fits easier into the fridge and uses less plastic,” pointed out Naylor, who runs the business in Lincolnshire. “We’re trying to create a brand for the company.”Delgado Pitahaya, EcuadorEcuadorian supplier Delgado Pitahaya came to London to raise the awareness among U.K. buyers of yellow dragonfruit, with the goal of exporting the exotic fruit to the market.“Yellow dragonfruit has a white flesh that tastes sweeter than red dragonfruit,” explained deputy manager Gabriel Álvaro. “It’s easier to eat as it’s more watery, so you can cut it with a spoon, and it’s easier to hold due to being less spiky. In my opinion, it’s better than red dragonfruit.”Benefiting from a range of health benefits, including regulating cholesterol, Álvaro suggested that yellow dragonfruit has a variety of uses, from salad to meat dishes, and as a decoration.Delgado Pitahaya, which is GlobalGAP-certified, has the capacity to produce 900 tonnes of yellow dragonfruit on a year-round basis, with production peaking in February.“It’s an interesting product with a long shelf-life,” Álvaro indicated. “We can export it at 60-70% ripe, so it’s 80% ripe on arrival in the market. We’ve had interest [during the LPS19] from buyers in the U.K., including the wholesale sector, as well as from Malaysia and Singapore.”PDO Spanish PersimonProtected Denomination of Origin (PDO) Spanish Persimon will be promoted actively during the U.K.’s Halloween holiday period when the U.K. supply season kicks off later this year.A series of activities, jointly coordinated by RED Communications, will roll out, including recipes, preparation and usage ideas, imagery, social media content, plus a Spooky Supper Club hosted by chef Kerstin Rodgers.“Persimon is ideal for Halloween as it’s far more manageable for children to carve,” noted John Valentine, chairman of RED Communications. “You can do everything you would with a pumpkin, but more safely. Halloween is such a big trend in the U.K. now, and it’s a good way to get kids involved with produce.”Equally, PDO Spanish Persimon has experienced “unbelievable” growth in the U.K. over the last 10 years. “It has gone from being almost unheard of to one of the fastest-growing fruits in its category,” Valentine revealed.Cañas Trejos, EcuadorEcuadorian grower-exporter Cañas Trejos came to raise awareness of the potential to grow both the plantain and yuca market in the U.K., as well as to look for baby banana buyers.Founded in Los Ríos during 2007, the company currently supplies year-round red bananas, baby bananas, plantain, yuca, and squash (Kabocha and Muscat varieties) to markets including Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Russia. Cañas Trejos also distributes plantain to one established importer in the U.K.Its point of difference is the ethical way in which it works with its associate growers. “I wanted to work in a different way, so we pay our growers 50% up front,” stated General Manager José Cañas.“Many exporters don’t care about the grower, but the only way to produce a quality product is to pay the grower well. For example, I pay my plantain growers US$0.50 more than other exporters, even Chiquita and Dole, and the quality is superior as a result.”Valstar, NetherlandsPart of the Best Fresh Group in the Netherlands, greenhouse vegetable specialist Valstar exhibited within the Holland pavilion for the fourth consecutive year to meet with existing customers and to attract new clients.Matthew Barritt, Valstar’s U.K. representative, emphasized the “big opportunity” in the U.K. to focus on seasonality and speciality varieties. “People want produce to taste good,” he stated. “Also, we want kids to buy into produce. It needs to not disappoint.”Recognizing the importance of differentiating itself, Valstar increasingly supplies specialty varieties where the focus is on flavor. To that end, the company showcased two of its branded products, Tinkerbell mini bell peppers and Tomberry tiny tomatoes, which have been developed by Dutch breeder Eminent Seeds.“Tinkerbell mini bell peppers have been picking up steadily on the retail market across Europe,” explained Account Manager Quincy Barrow. “They’re nice to stuff with meat or cheese. They’re ideal for the specialist wholesale market or foodservice sector.“Tomberry is a tiny tomato variety that’s nice for garnishing. It’s well suited to the foodservice and retail markets.”Pan United, U.K.As the leading supplier of garlic to the U.K., Pan United’s Commercial Manager Nilay Kamdar, spoke briefly with PBUK about the state of the market at present.As the trade moves into the new Spanish and Chinese crops, Kamdar said overall he expects garlic prices will be higher, while volume will be about the same compared with last year, although it remains too early to make an accurate indication.“Last year people were losing money,” he noted. “Some import prices from China were at cost or low-cost value, so no one wants that situation again.”Demand-wise, Kamdar said levels remain stable in the U.K. for garlic, while challenges for the trade currently are dominated by Brexit and the lack of clarity surrounding what, if any, trade deal will be agreed.Stay tuned for more LPS19 exhibitor stories over the coming week. South Africa: Labor court stops striking workers a …last_img read more

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first_imgadventureeventsGreat Canadian TrailsWorld Expeditions Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year so it’s hardly surprising that Lonely Planet has declared the country the top destination for 2017, as this already popular destination prepares for a surge in eager visitors!If you want to learn more about Canada, and celebrate Canada – join Great Canadian Trails expert, Keri May, and discover more about the excitement of finalising the last sections of the world’s longest network of recreational trails – the Trans Canada Trail, at World Expeditions’ FREE events next week. Sydney – 28 February 2017Melbourne – 1 March 2017Brisbane – 2 March 2017Enjoy tasty Canadian treats, be inspired by Canadian landscapes and maybe win a lucky door prize! Canada boasts 47 National Parks and Reserves, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, hundreds of thousands of lakes, a handful of stunning mountain ranges and the longest coastline in the world and World Expeditions’ 29 adventures there are a great way to see some of its most scenically stunning regions.IMAGE: Idyllic much? Cycle lakeside on beautiful Prince Edward Islandlast_img read more

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first_imgcruiseKathmanduNepalOvation of the SeasSingaporetour ecruising.travel has just released an exclusive cruise tour package that explores the historic and scenic sights of Nepal and includes a cruise from Singapore to Sydney onboard Ovation of the Seas.This comprehensive 23-night itinerary has been introduced at $6499 per person (was $12,499) but must be booked and deposited by 31 August 2017, unless sold out prior.The inaugural departure from Kathmandu will be on 10 October 10, 2018, and the round trip takes in Bharatpur, Chitwan National Park and Pokhara. Highlights include Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath. Fly to Singapore for the journey to Sydney on Ovation of the Seas, with Australian port visits in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. Priced from $6499 per person twin share, the package includes one-way flight from Sydney to Kathmandu (other capital cities available),one-way flight from Kathmandu to Singapore, domestic flights in Nepal ,seven-nights’ accommodation in centrally located hotels, a private eight-day Nepal land tour with comprehensive sightseeing, transportation, English-speaking guide, entrance fees and some speciality meals, 14-nights cruise accommodation with all meals, transfers in Singapore as well as port charges and government taxes.For more details click hereIMAGE: Nepal Bodhnath Stupa Kathmadulast_img read more

TripAdvisor has revealed the winners of its Travel

first_imgTripAdvisor has revealed the winners of its Travellers’ Choice awards for Beaches in Australia and the world.For the first time, Sydneysiders’ favourite Manly Beach took the #1 spot in Australia whilst six beaches in Queensland made it into the Australia top 10 list. Globally, the gorgeous Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos was rated as the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor reviewers.“There are few things that Australians love more than a day out at the beach and for those planning a beachside getaway before summer officially comes to a close, TripAdvisor has identified the top award-winning beaches across Australia,” said Grant Colquhoun, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “We have also listed top-rated nearby great value hotels that will enable travellers to enjoy a fantastic beachfront holiday.” Member for Manly James Griffin said this accolade is well-deserved recognition for what is now officially Australia’s best beach. “Manly is loved by locals and visitors from across the globe so it’s no surprise to see our beach named the number one beach in the country, thanks to its stunning coastline, waterside bars and restaurants, picturesque walking tracks and direct access by ferry from Sydney’s CBD,” Mr Griffin said. “Manly attracts around 2.3 million visitors each year and with the inaugural Vissla Sydney Surf Pro kicking-off this weekend, now is the perfect time to visit our beautiful beachside suburbs.”Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Australia BeachesTripAdvisorcenter_img Manly Beach – Sydney, NSWSurfers Paradise Beach – Surfers Paradise, QLDWhitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, QLDNoosa Main Beach – Noosa, QLDBondi Beach – Sydney, NSWFour Mile Beach – Port Douglas, QLDCable Beach – Broome, WAMooloolaba Beach – Mooloolaba, QLDBurleigh Heads Beach – Burleigh Heads, QLDTurquoise Bay – Exmouth, WATop 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in the WorldGrace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and CaicosBaia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, BrazilVaradero Beach – Varadero, CubaEagle Beach – Palm – Eagle Beach, ArubaSeven Mile Beach – Seven Mile Beach, Cayman IslandsLa Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, SpainClearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida Seven Mile Beach – Negril, JamaicaBavaro Beach – Bavaro, Dominican RepublicPlaya Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexicolast_img read more

In celebration of The Year of the Dog Chinese New

first_imgIn celebration of The Year of the Dog, Chinese New Year 2018, Belmond Hotels has launched ‘Pet Set’ packages, designed for canine companions and their stylish globetrotting owners.With a portfolio of global travel experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring locations, Belmond properties offer a whole host of dog-friendly activities and furs-class treatments to set tails wagging. From bespoke spa treatments and doggy-concierge to divine dog beds and puppy pyjamas; Belmond embraces the increasing demand for travelling and taking time out with man’s best friend.Pampered PoochesFor pet-setters used to five-star treatment, Portofino’s Belmond Hotel Splendido offers individually crafted wellbeing sessions and pet-sized fluffy dressing gowns. Set in the hotel’s open air massage zone overlooking Portofino Bay, trained pet therapists will treat pooches to tailored Swedish massages while owners learn the basic techniques to perform at home. Madeira’s own Puppy Palace, Belmond Reid’s Palace has created a retreat specially designed to provide a safe haven in which pets can be groomed, indulged and revitalised – a luxury wash and fluff dry service, calming full body grooming, mind, body and balance physiotherapy and personal training sessions are just some of the special amenities available.Adventure TailsFor those looking to escape and breath some fresh country air, slip on a pair of Le Chameau boots at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and explore the 11 beautiful gardens and rolling hills of the Oxfordshire countryside, or meander in 30 acres of Olive Grove at Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca. Also on offer is the chance to head above the clouds and discover the mountains surrounding Belmond Reid’s Palace, Madeira with views spanning the island, or enjoy a stroll around Portofino Harbour at Belmond Hotel Splendido. Many Belmond hotels offer recommendations for dog-friendly outings, as well as the opportunity for some healthy time apart; dog-sitters and dog-walkers are available too.Paw-fectly PersonalisedTaking the lead when it comes to a personalised stay, Belmond Miraflores Park, Lima welcomes four-legged guests with a special arrival letter from their new friend, the hotel’s resident pup, Sariri. Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice and Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca take canine cuteness to new levels with the bespoke offering of personalised bowls, pet names embroidered on a perfectly plumped pillow and customised treats – at Belmond Hotel Cipriani dogs can even explore the gardens wearing a papillon or tie for  extra elegant ‘walkies’.Ensuring pet-guests look adorable at all times, keep the dedicated ‘doggy concierge’ on speed-dial at Belmond Hotel Splendido for a tailored shopping excursion to Portofino’s luxury dog boutiques – where bespoke folding travel bowls, dog bathrobes, perfumes and glamourous evening necklaces are all the rage. The ‘doggy concierge’ can also recommend a Dog Taxi service to the most stylish pet hairdresser in the picturesque seaside village.Doggy Dining DelightsCanine friends are kept well fed at important meal times. At Belmond Reid’s Palace gourmet menu choices include beef stew, hearty meatballs, salmon rolls or boiled rice with vegetables, whilst at Belmond Miraflores Park in Lima a well-balanced healthy menu for dogs has been designed and verified by a local vet including; vegetables, quinoa and lean meat. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Belmond Hotel Splendido offer all-day doggy room service – the perfect remedy after a long day of exploring the hotel grounds.Find out more herelast_img read more

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first_imghelloworldHelloworld Business Travel SummitHelloworld Travel 2018 OMC The 2018 Helloworld Travel Owner Managers Conference (OMC) and Helloworld Business Travel Summit have now wrapped up after four days of insight, education and entertainment for attending delegates, bringing together network agents from around the country to share in the positive direction and newest developments for the Helloworld Travel Group. The events were again combined in 2018, following the great success of 2017, culminating in over 650 delegates in attendance across the two events, made up of owner managers, preferred supplier partners, senior executives and staff. Held in South Australia at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the Premier of South Australia, the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, opened proceedings, welcoming the delegates to SA. The South Australian Tourism Commission certainly impressed the delegates early on with what was repeatedly described as the best conference show bag ever – featuring SA Wine and Haighs chocolate! Helloworld Travel Limited Chairman, Garry Hounsell, was also in attendance and spoke on behalf of the board to both welcome and thank the agents present for their contribution to the company. CEO and Managing Director, Andrew Burnes, officially began the formal proceedings with a presentation reiterating the conference theme of Transforming our Futures. He highlighted transformations occurring for the business through technology, marketing and brand initiatives, store brand updates, new partnerships and plenty of new announcements. Touching on recent market research, Mr Burnes also revealed an impressive uplift in key areas of brand recognition, customer satisfaction and positive brand attributes for Helloworld Travel. The conference days were peppered with an array of exclusive events throughout the evenings. Kicking off the Business Travel Summit, a welcome cocktail party was held at 2KW Rooftop and Bar on the Wednesday evening, followed by the Summit Dinner, proudly sponsored by Qantas Airways, at Ayers House on the Thursday night where the Business Travel network Award recipients were announced. OMC delegates started their evening delights in fine taste, heading to the National Wine Centre on the Thursday evening, thanks to Intrepid Group and South Australian Tourism Commission, before joining with the Business Travel Summit attendees the following evening for a Networking Dinner event at Adelaide Oval, with entertainment including a great Rat Pack tribute show, sponsored by Worlds Leading Cruise Lines. The conference culminated in the final night of nights, the Gala Awards Dinner, at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the Saturday evening, sponsored by Qantas Airways, with pre-dinner drinks thanks to American Express. The evening saw Branded and Associate Award Winners recognised for excellence across various categories. The entertainment didn’t fail to impress, with former Hunters & Collectors frontman, Mark Seymour, an exciting surprise guest performer on the night! Agents not only attended the conference, but also pre and post famils, taking in the best that Adelaide and South Australia has to offer. From the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula, the Murray River and Barossa, to Kangaroo Island or the Eyre Peninsula, delegates were able to sample the best of the best in the region, rounding out their conference experience. The formal conference proceedings closed with the announcement that the Helloworld Travel OMC and Helloworld Business Travel Summit will be held in May 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! View the 2018 Helloworld Travel Owner Managers Conference Photo Gallery HERE2018 Helloworld Travel OMC top tier sponsors are Qantas Airways, South Australian Tourism Commission, Qantas Holidays, Viva! Holidays, Insider Journeys, Sunlover Holidays, Territory Discoveries, Ready Rooms, The Cruise Team, Intrepid Group, The Travel Corporation, Worlds Leading Cruise Lines, Air Canada, and APT Travel Group. IMAGE: L-R: Chief Executive, SA Tourism Commission – Rodney Harrex; CEO & Managing Director, Helloworld Travel Limited -Andrew Burnes; Premier of South Australia – the Hon. Steven Marshall MP; Executive Director and Head of Wholesale & Inbound, Helloworld Travel Limited – Cinzia Burnes; Chairman Helloworld Travel Limited – Garry Hounsell. last_img read more

North Brisbanebased MTAMobile Travel Agents Memb

first_imgNorth Brisbane-based MTA-Mobile Travel Agents Member, Cei Creighton, is a familiar and friendly face in her community and, particularly, with local retailers. Seizing on an opportunity to enhance those community relationships, Cei embraced a suggestion, offered by her local Post Office, to create a pop-up shop, within the post office, to help service her clients and to set up a travel desk for prospective clients frequenting the building. Cei is pictured (left) with MTA BDM Queensland, northern NSW and NT, Sally Gorringe, at the North Brisbane post office pop-up agency. agents. home-based consultantsMobile Travel AgentsMTAlast_img

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first_imgCrystal Cruisesworld cruise Crystal Cruises opened for reservations its 2022 World Cruise “Myths, Marvels & Monuments: A Cultural Mosaic.” Sailing aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises’ 27th annual World Cruise offers multiple embarkation and disembarkation options of 86 to 116 nights in Los Angeles, Miami and Monte Carlo, all including the Full World Cruise Benefits and incentives for guests. The voyage spans the globe, beginning and/or ending with a Panama Canal transit (depending on Full World Cruise itinerary selected), and exploring New Zealand and Australia; Tonga and Samoa; Egypt, Israel and the Black Sea; Central America; the Caribbean and Mediterranean. The 2022 World Cruise is also available for booking in eight segments of 13 to 19 nights.Dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and hundreds of Crystal Destination Discoveries ashore illuminate the histories and cultures of the world, and Full World Cruise guests will enjoy special events in locales of historical and cultural significance. All-inclusive Full World Cruise fares begin at US$37,989 per person, while segment fares begin at US$4,769 per person. Travellers who book by April 30, 2019, can save up to US$20,000 per stateroom as part of Crystal’s Book Now Savings program.last_img read more