Too much capacity to Tel Aviv WOW air adds new flights ex

first_img TORONTO — WOW air says it plans to launch four flights a week from Tel Aviv to Montreal and Toronto, with stopovers in Reykjavik.When the flights start Sept. 12 WOW air will be the third airline in as many months to add or boost capacity on the routes.In February Air Canada announced it was launching seasonal nonstop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv this summer, twice weekly from June 22 to Oct. 16, as well as increasing its current Toronto-Tel Aviv nonstop service from six days a week to daily frequency year-round.Meanwhile Air Transat is offering new direct flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv, as well as from Toronto with a connection in Montreal. The nonstop flight will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays, from June 18 until late October. Flights will operate on A330-300s with 332 seats.El Al also offers flights from Toronto (and Montreal via Toronto) to Tel Aviv.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”WOW air’s CEO Skúli Mogensen says his airline will offer “one of the lowest fares ever” from North America to Tel Aviv, starting at $199 one-way. Bookings open today.It’s the first destination for the airline outside of Europe and North America.“We are thrilled to add Tel Aviv to our growing list of overseas destinations for Canadians,” said Mogensen. “By adding a third continent to our ever-expanding roster of destinations, we can continue connecting Canadians with their dream destinations at the best possible prices.”Like most ultra-low-cost carriers WOW air doesn’t pay commission, and the flights aren’t direct. Passengers can layover in Reykjavik for as long as they wish with the WOW Stopover program.“We set a goal to bring new airlines to Israel, so I’m happy and congratulate WOW air, which is known for its long haul low cost flights, on its entry into Israel in cooperation with the Israeli tourism ministry,” says Yariv Levin, Israel Minister of Tourism. “I’m confident the launching of this new historic route will significantly increase the number of tourists traveling to Israel from Iceland, Canada and the U.S., and will also contribute to the unprecedented trend of growth in the number of tourists visiting Israel over the last number of months.” Travelweek Group Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Tags: Israel, New Routes, WOW air Too much capacity to Tel Aviv? WOW air adds new flights ex YYZ, YULlast_img read more

TPI celebrates record sales at its annual conference in the DR

first_img Travelweek Group Share TPI celebrates record sales at its annual conference in the D.R. << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — TPI’s sales are up for the fiscal year-to-date including record-breaking increases in cruise, hotel, and insurance, says TPI President and CEO Morris Chia.Chia greeted attendees at TPI’s 2017 conference, under the banner ‘Secrets to Success’, by applauding the resiliency of TPI’s advisors in the face of the year’s natural disasters. The conference attracted more than 200 travel advisors, guests, staff and supplier partners to Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa in the D.R.Sponsor partners include Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations and AMResorts. The annual conference allows travel advisors from across Canada to come together for a week of multi-faceted networking, business development workshops, expert presentations and product education, says Chia.Assisting in leading future sales growth for the company are technological innovations within its proprietary Lynx system, allowing advisors to market more efficiently and effectively, he added.“We all collaborated and worked as a team, and throughout it all, the common thread was our relationship,” said Chia, adding that the key to ensuring continued success is not only innovation and growth, it’s also about synergy and communication.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise rates“The ability for us to connect, to have that personal connection with all of you – that is what gives you the ability to shine, and reinforce the relationships that you have.”Bob Becker, NCL’s Senior VP of Sales and a keynote speaker for this year’s conference, took the stage on opening day to impart his hard-won wisdom on sales success, sharing secrets from his trademarked ‘Dirt to Diamonds’ program with TPI advisors.“Eighty-five per cent of consumers tend to switch products after they book a cruise, which means 15% of clients stay loyal,” Becker told the audience. These sorts of numbers emphasize the importance of staying in touch with a client, he added. “By staying in touch with your client, you create relationships to last a lifetime.”Opening day for the conference was preceded by TPI’s Club Velocity Day, which took top-performing advisors on a WestJet Vacations-hosted day of fun in the sun at Majestic Elegance and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, as a way of celebrating the club members’ hard work throughout the year.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“It’s a little like a high school reunion,” said Jen Langlois, a Club Velocity travel advisor, noting that attending the conference allows her to connect and collaborate with people she doesn’t usually get to see throughout the year. She added: “I’m part of TPI because it allows me to focus on my clients while also giving me the resources to grow. Otherwise, I’d be doing it all alone!”center_img Friday, November 17, 2017 Tags: TPI Posted bylast_img read more

Carnivals 2018 TPAC includes half a dozen Canadian agents

first_img Share Posted by Tags: Carnival Cruise Line MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has appointed three new members to its 32-member Travel Partner Advisory Committee (TPAC) for 2018, including New Brunswick’s Expedia CruiseShipCenters Fredericton owner Tina Gallant.Each year Carnival invites select travel partners spanning an array of agency models to take part in TPAC, offering guidance related to various trade programs, tools and initiatives introduced by Carnival.Some 29 of the committee members have returned in 2018 to continue their advisory role for ongoing trade programs.Returning to TPAC this year are Canadian travel agents Gor Mahal, Sales Manager – Expedia CruiseShipCenters Westwood; Marilyn Tavener, Cruise & Vacation Consultant – Expedia CruiseShipCenters Newmarket Aurora; Mary Lynn Villeneuve, Travel Consultant – TravelOnly; Mireille Guertin, Manager – Expedia CruiseShipCenters Ottawa; Cyndi Stone, Travel Consultant – Progress Travel Plus; Darren Single, Vice President – Odenza Marketing Group; Susan Woodcock, Director of Reservations – Dargal Interline Travel; and Paula Baglole, Cruise & Vacation Specialist – Expedia CruiseShipCenters Prince Edward Island.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“In the last year, we’ve introduced many new initiatives through our Travel Agents Rock program, and our TPAC has been instrumental in providing valuable feedback throughout the process,” said Carnival’s Vice President of North American Field Sales Mike Julius.“We want to continue the strong momentum we have with our current group and are thrilled that the majority of them are returning for another year, along with some exciting new additions.”Members of TPAC are nominated by Carnival’s sales leadership team and business development managers. Nominees are selected with the goal of creating a panel that reflects an array of business models to provide expert, balanced and objective feedback through an open exchange of ideas, says the cruise line.Travel professionals are invited to participate in the committee for a one-year period.TPAC members provide Carnival with feedback throughout the year and participate in quarterly meetings with members of Carnival’s sales leadership team. The group is led by Julius, and includes a panel of business development managers and trade marketing team members.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCanadian travel partners participate to reinforce Carnival Cruise Line’s commitment to this key North American market.Canadian TPAC members are led by Justin French, Carnival’s Regional VP of Canada and Northern U.S. Sales, and are part of the overall TPAC group while also dedicating focus on the Canadian region. Travelweek Group center_img Carnival’s 2018 TPAC includes half a dozen Canadian agents Thursday, February 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Strongman Noriega hospitalized

first_imgPanama City.-Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was transferred from prison to a hospital Wednesday after suffering a respiratory infection, one of his daughters said.Thais Noriega, the youngest of his three daughters, said her father was taken to the Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama City because he had bronchitis and was running a high fever.“It’s not a routine checkup, and he didn’t have an appointment. He’s had a fever since yesterday, and they are going to keep him hospitalized today,” she said on Wednesday.The 78-year-old has been imprisoned in El Renacer Penitentiary on the banks of the Panama Canal since Dec. 11, 2011, when he was brought back to the country after 21 years in prison in the United States and France on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.Noriega, a former CIA informer who was overthrown in a U.S. invasion in 1989, has been in and out of the Santo Tomas Hospital three times since his return.His lawyers, who say he is in poor health, have asked that the former general be allowed to serve out his term in a hospital setting or at home. Panama’s courts have yet to respond to the request.Noriega, who ruled the country from 1983 to 1989, is serving three 20-year prison terms for the disappearance of opponents during his years in power. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former strongman Noriega behind bars in Panama Noriega victims worry justice won’t come in Panama Noriega could be home in Panama for Christmas Noriega Fights Extradition to Francelast_img read more

Regional ag ministers agree on program to fight coffee fungus

first_imgAgriculture ministers of Central America and the Dominican Republic agreed to give high priority to the implementation of a program to fight the effects of a fungus known as “roya,” which has devastated coffee crops across the region.The plan will consolidate efforts by various government agencies and does not rule out asking international agencies for help. It is expected to be approved no later than the third week of March.According to the ministers, who met in San José on Monday and Tuesday, roya has already affected more than 50 percent of the coffee sector in the region.Data from the Cooperative Program for the Technological Development and Modernization of Coffee estimate regional losses at 20 percent for the 2012-20013 harvest, at a cost of some $500 million.The International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health also has noted roya outbreaks in Mexico and Colombia.Costa Rican Agriculture and Livestock Minister Gloria Abraham, who currently chairs the American Agricultural Council, reported that the fungus affected 64 percent of the country’s coffee plantations.The total affected area is 60,441 hectares, and of that, 26.3 percent has serious damage, 48 percent faces moderate problems and 25.6 percent has only mild problems, the minister said.In total, Costa Rica has 94,000 hectares of coffee plantations. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Facing closures of makeshift garbage dumps Costa Rican municipalities scramble to manage

first_imgIn a press conference Monday afternoon, National Liberation Party lawmaker Juan Rafael Marín threatened to trash the front lawn of the Casa Presidencial – literally. Marín, along with five other lawmakers, called the press conference to draw attention to the closure of 22 municipal solid waste dump sites across the country. They say the closures have left municipal governments with few options to manage their citizens’ solid waste.“If things don’t change soon, I think we should just take all of the trash and bring it to Casa Presidencial,” Marín said. “Show President [Luis Guillermo] Solís what we are dealing with.”Costa Rica’s Environmental Tribunal ordered municipalities to stop using the sites after concluding the mostly open-air garbage pits failed to comply with the country’s environmental standards for solid waste disposal. The majority of closures are taking place in the provinces of Alajuela and Guanacaste. Affected municipalities now must choose between the expensive option of transporting trash to private facilities, where they pay by the load, or leaving it uncollected in the streets.“It’s a vicious cycle, we know that,” José Lino Chaves, president of the Environmental Tribunal, told The Tico Times. “This is what needs to be done according to the law. But at the same time a lot of this garbage is going to end up in the streets. There needs to be a solution worked out between the municipalities and the national government to manage this problem.” This open-air garbage dump in Nicoya was ordered to close due to improper solid waste management. (Courtesy of the Environmental Tribunal)According to Chaves, most of the sites already have been closed, but others are slated for “technical closures” coordinated with the Health Ministry. In these cases, the ministry works with municipalities to clean up the area to use the land for other purposes in the future. None are eligible to reopen for solid waste disposal.Costa Rica’s solid waste management problem is not new, but it isn’t improving either. According to the University of Costa Rica, 25 percent of the country’s trash was dumped into rivers in 2011, and a 2013 study from the Costa Rican Tourism Board found that only half of the municipalities in the eastern province of Limón had solid waste management plans on the books.“It’s not a secret that solid waste is a problem for all of the country’s 82 municipalities,” said Johnny Leiva, a lawmaker for the Social Christian Unity Party and chair of the Legislative Assembly’s Guanacaste Commission. “But the government is leaving us without any options.”Leiva and the rest of the Guanacaste Commission arrived at the press conference armed with a list of demands for the Solís administration. They asked the president, who took office in May, to delay the closures of all 22 sites, to declare a national sanitary emergency and to grant leniency to municipalities in Guanacaste struggling with solid waste problems. Commission members also asked Solís to lift a moratorium on burning trash for energy, which his government signed in June.The moratorium – adopted by decree – was signed by Vice President Helio Fallas, Health Minister María Elena López and Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez as a reaction to the growing interest in waste-to-energy incinerators in the energy sector.“We still don’t have confidence in the technology used to burn solid waste,” López wrote in the decree. “With the consequences it could have on the environment, it is best to be sure about this first.”Guanacaste lawmakers disagree, arguing that waste-to-energy incinerators are the country’s best option for its solid waste problem, and new technologies for high-temperature incinerators help reduce the risks – an argument the Union of  Concerned Scientists and many environmentalists say is garbage. Related posts:Climate change threatens human’s and wildlife’s access to water, says new report From the land of the rising sun Honduras, Myanmar, Haiti top disaster risk list, says climate group Water concessions: A priority for use in Costa Rica Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Where is the ash from Turrialba Volcano headed Track it on OVSICORI

first_imgOn Monday evening, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a report noting that 165 people from 13 communities said they had been affected by the volcano’s activity. Sixty-two families were evacuated as a precautionary measure.The CNE established a temporary shelter at a community center in Santa Cruz, north of the Turrialba canton. So far, the shelter is empty.Classes at 13 public schools have been suspended, and Education Ministry officials this week coordinated the transfer of high school seniors to other public schools in order to take their graduation tests that begin on Tuesday. Facebook Comments Read our coverage of the Turrialba Volcano eruptions here.The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) on Monday launched a new online tool for users to track the trajectory of ash expelled by the Turrialba Volcano.The tool, called Ash3D, was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). OVSICORI signed an agreement with the USGS to analyze data from the Turrialba Volcano and to make it available to the public on OVSICORI’s website.The Asg3D calculates weather conditions and evaluates wind changes in order to create a model of the possible trajectory of ash in case of an eruption.The software also allows experts to determine locations where volcanic material could accumulate. The information is updated every 12 hours and can be seen at: also launched a website for users to log locations where ashes have been seen:center_img Related posts:Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor BREAKING: New explosions at Turrialba Volcano National Emergency Commission lifts two road closures near Turrialba Volcano Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km highlast_img read more

Fiat plans to refocus Italian plants on exports

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Fiat said in a joint government statement that it will invest in Italy to prepare new products for launch when the market recovers, and that it has invested (EURO)5 billion ($6.5 billion) in the last three years.Fiat investments have come under scrutiny since it retreated on plans to invest (EURO)20 billion over five years due to uncertainty.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories MILAN (AP) – Italian carmaker Fiat has restated its commitment to remain in Italy and says it will refocus its Italian plants on exports.Fiat, which controls U.S. carmaker Chrysler, made the assurances Saturday after CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Premier Mario Monti amid growing concerns that the crisis would force plant closures.Fiat sales in Italy dropped by 20 percent in the first half of the year, and plants have been greatly underutilized.center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

11 detained in ambush of Saudi princes convoy in Paris

first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office says 11 people have been detained in relation to last year’s dramatic ambush of a Saudi prince’s diplomatic convoy.Spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre confirmed that 11 people were in custody on Monday but declined to release other details.The armed robbers ambushed the Mercedes in August 2014 as the convoy was headed to the airport, torching and abandoning the vehicle later. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober At the time, officials said the car had 250,000 euros ($280,000) in cash and embassy documents inside, and that the assailants seemed well informed about the convoy’s itinerary.Neither Saudi nor French officials have named the prince.Members of the Saudi royal family often come to Paris for diplomatic or business visits.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patients with chronic pain give advice New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.Ma’s initiative, announced Tuesday at an Asia-Pacific research forum in Taipei, calls for setting aside sovereignty disputes over the South China Sea and jointly exploring for resources. Taiwan is also prepared to join related dialogues and mechanisms for South China Sea cooperation, the president said. Taiwan, China, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines claim all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer (1.4 million square-mile) South China Sea. The ocean ranges from Taiwan’s southern tip southwest to Singapore.In recent months China has made other claimants and their common ally the United States bristle by landfilling tiny islets, a way to extend its reach. The tropical sea is rich in oil, natural gas and fisheries. It also holds international marine shipping routes.In a sign of recent tensions, Beijing filed a formal complaint with the United States this week after an American spy plane flew over one islet, and Japan has pledged to help Vietnam and the Philippines with defense as China’s presence grows.But other South China Sea claimants are unlikely to react openly to Taiwan’s initiative as they lack diplomatic relations with Ma’s government. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan itself and uses economic clout to bar other nations from exchanges that cast Taiwan as a nation.In 2012 Ma proposed a peace initiative for settling disputes in the East China Sea, which is claimed by his government as well as China and Japan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Fingerpointing starting in blame for government hack

first_img Check your body, save your life Earnest has declined to discuss details of those meetings and said the government has not made any “public declaration” of who was behind the hack.“The kinds of conversations that take place behind closed doors in the context of a summit as significant as the security, strategic and economic dialogue, are different than the kinds of public discussions that take place,” Earnest said Tuesday. “After all, that’s the reason that we would invite senior Chinese official to the United States, is so that we wouldn’t have conversations through the media, but actually have an opportunity in a private setting to have a direct face-to-face discussion.”___Follow Alicia A. Caldwell on Twitter at © 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 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Chaffetz asked Wednesday whether the figure could actually be as high as 32 million people.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday it is a challenge to determine the scope of breaches and who is responsible but promised “a serious commitment to trying to be as forthright as possible about what it is we know.”As Archuleta again defended herself and her agency, lawmakers pushed back.“I disagree that nobody is to be held personally responsible,” Chaffetz said. “As the head of the agency, Ms. Archuleta is in fact statutorily responsible.”Even the most sympathetic lawmaker during Wednesday’s six-hour hearing suggested Archuleta wasn’t helping herself with her responses.California Democrat Rep. Mark DeSaulnier said Archuleta came across as “petulant, defensive and evasive.”The focus on Capitol Hill over the federal government’s hacking continued during Wednesday’s conclusion of important U.S.-China diplomatic meetings in Washington, known as the strategic and economic dialogue. It was not immediately clear whether the hacking came up during the meetings, although Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said he anticipated “a very frank discussion of cyber security and other ongoing concerns.” For Archuleta, it was the latest appearance before angry lawmakers demanding answers about the personal information, including information used for background investigations for those seeking a security clearance. Some lawmakers have urged the White House to fire her.House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, said Wednesday he had no confidence in Archuleta.“I think you are part of the problem,” Chaffetz said. “That hurricane has come and blown this building down, and I don’t want to hear about putting boards up on windows (now). It’s time for you to go.”Archuleta said it was the responsibility of her and her chief information officer to protect OPM records, but she again sought to steer blame to the hackers, whom she described as a “very dedicated, focused actor.” Asked directly about reports that U.S. officials blamed China’s government, she responded: “That’s classified.”Across town, senior China diplomats were meeting with U.S. officials in the final day of meetings about strategic and economic issues.On Capitol Hill, the chief operating officer for a federal contractor, KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc., told lawmakers that it wasn’t his company’s fault. 0 Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — Finger-pointing burst into the open on Capitol Hill Wednesday over blame for hacking into the U.S. government’s personnel records, which the chairman of a House oversight committee said might affect as many as 32 million current and former employees and others.The head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Katherine Archuleta, acknowledged to lawmakers that she was responsible for keeping the files safe but blamed the hackers, and an executive disputed an official account that hackers had used one of his employee’s credentials in one of the break-ins. It was the third congressional hearing on the subject in recent days. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img “There is absolutely no evidence that KeyPoint was responsible for that breach,” executive Eric Hess said.Hess countered assertions by Archuleta on Tuesday and Wednesday. She told lawmakers that hackers used a stolen KeyPoint credential to break into the network. Credentials are equivalent to electronic keys.“There was a credential that was used, and that’s the way they got in,” Archuleta said, answering a question from Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.Hess later told lawmakers that Archuleta was referring to a KeyPoint employee who had an OPM account.Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, was critical of Hess’s parsing of responsibility, saying he was making “some fine distinctions” in explaining the role of a KeyPoint employee in the data breach.Archuleta told a Senate appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday that while a KeyPoint credential was used, “we don’t have any evidence that would suggest that KeyPoint as a company was responsible or directly involved in the intrusion.”She said, in fact, that no one person was responsible, and blamed the hackers for the intrusion.Archuleta has declined to say how many current or former government employees, contractors or job applicants may have been affected, repeating only the original figure of 4.2 million people disclosed last month. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Katherine Archuleta, director, Office of Personnel Management, gestures while she testifies before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearings to review IT spending and date security at the Office of Personnel Management in Washington, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)last_img read more

IASC grants JAL JQ code share

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Japan Airlines and Qantas’ low cost subsidiary, Jetstar have received regulatory approval to code share on services between Australia and Japan. The International Air Services Commission (IASC) approved Japan Airlines (JAL) to code share on Jetstar services until 31 December 2012 under the conditions that Jetstar must price and sell its services on the route independently of JAL. Jetstar are also requested to submit a report on the number of code share seats sold by JAL on Jetstar-operated services. According to the Register of Available Capacity, there is unlimited capacity for designated Australian carriers to operate scheduled passenger services between Australia and points in Japan except for Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. The IASC also delivered determinations regarding capacity allocations for Virgin Australia. The IASC issued a decision transferring capacity, previously allocated by prior determinations, from Virgin Australia to Virgin Australia International Holdings (VAIH). A transfer of 8,560 seats of capacity per week and unlimited capacity overall was approved by the Commission. Virgin Australia’s new business model, VAIH, was approved by the IASC in March. Virgin Australia requested the International Air Services Commission approve an allocation for up to 1,000 seats per sector for a period of up to five years on the Sydney-Taipei route. The determination was granted by the IASC for each direction on the Australia-Taiwan route for the full five year period.last_img read more

Hot Hot Hot Hong Kong heats up for summer

first_imgAt the “Hong Kong Summer Spectacular” press conference, HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien and Country Manager of Visa Hong Kong and Macau Mr Tom Tobin The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) together with Visa International will roll out a HK$27 million summer spectacular in an aim to attract 12 million visitors.Themed ‘Hot Events – Cool Pace’ the campaign will fully capture opportunities of the popular summer season running from 22 June to 31 August.Showcasing Hong Kong’s fun and never-ending excitement with an extensive range of summer activities and tempting offers on shopping and dining throughout the city will entice travellers to spend their holidays in Hong Kong.HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien expressed his delight with the partnership with Visa International, saying the allocated HK$27 million will be used promoting visitor source markets and targeting specifically younger people and families from locally and other short-haul markets. “We hope this campaign will help us drive arrivals and stimulate spending during the peak travel season, while increasing Hong Kong’s appeal as a summer destination.”   Visa International also is happy to be working with the HKTB for the sixth year running on such a large scale campaign.Country Manager of Visa Hong Kong and Macau Mr Tom Tobin said last year alone, international visitors spent a record high of HK$21 billion on their Visa cards during their stay in Hong Kong. “Through jointly staging the ‘Visa go Hong Kong Super Shopper’ contest with the HKTB again, we aim to provide the participants with a first-hand experience of the diversity of Hong Kong’s offerings and the benefits of payment by Visa,” Mr Tobin said.After previous years successes, the HKTB and Visa will again launch the “Visa go Hong Kong Super Shopper” as a prime event during the “Hong Kong Summer Spectacular”.  The competition requires contestants to design and complete a Hong Kong itinerary based on their preferences for dining, arts and culture, greenery and nightlight. Visitors using their Visa cards at designated outlets in Hong Kong during the promotion will receive numerous special offers under the HKTB and Visa partnership.Other offers during the promotion include deals at major attractions including Hong Kong Wetland Park, Ngong Ping 360, Ocean Park, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, sky100 and The Peak will be providing various kinds of offers for visitors. If that is not enough, there are a string of events including the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, the “Summer Pop ? Live in Hong Kong” concert, the Hong Kong Book Fair, the Food Expo, the 14th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong, and the Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Fest.Even residents in Hong Kong can get involved in the promotion and are encouraged to take part in the “100 Hot & Cool Places in Hong Kong” snapshot competition organised by the HKTB. Photos of “hot” and “cool” places can include the city’s shopping, dining, green attractions, culture and arts, or nightlife.All details of individual programmes in “Hong Kong Summer Spectacular” can be found on the Hong Kong Tourism Board website. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W.last_img read more

Ukraine International Airlines announces competition winners

first_imgUkraine International Airlines recently ran a competition for Australian travel agents in which they had the chance to win one of 6 Visa gift vouchers. All they had to do to enter was complete a questionnaire and tell us in 25 words or less Your favourite destination that Ukraine International Airlines flies to, and why?. A great response was received during the competition and after judging the answers on creativity, originality and relevance six lucky winners have been chosen. Yuri Cherniavsky from Corporate Travel Headquarters was the grand prize winner and is the winner of a $500 Visa Gift Voucher. Kirrily Cummins from Figtree Travel Centre and Rodney West from Skiddoo take second place and will receive a $200 Visa Gift voucher each for their entries. Kristen Delugar from Our Vacation Centre, Donna Meads-Barlow from DBT Corporate Travel and Helen Reynolds from Landmark Travel all took out third prize and will receive a $100 Visa gift voucher each. Ukraine International Airlines would like to congratulate the lucky winners and also thank everyone who participated in the competition and for their support. Source = Discover the World Marketinglast_img read more

Olympic Order of Merit Awarded to Helen Mantellato

first_imgAustralian Olympic Committee’s James Edwardsand Helen Brownlee (far right) with HelenMantellato (centre) Source = Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Helen Mantellato has been honoured with an Order of Merit in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Olympic movement over the past 20 years.The Director of Sales – Exhibitions at the Centre, Ms Mantellato joins a small and distinguished group of Australians who have been awarded the Order by the New South Wales Olympic Council.The distinction acknowledges Ms Mantellato’s work in helping the Olympic movement stage a range of fundraising dinners at the Centre since 1993, the year that Sydney won its bid for the 2000 Olympic Games.Presenting the Order of Merit at a recent special ceremony at the Centre, the Australian Olympic Committee’s General Manager of National Fundraising and Community Programs, James Edwards, said Ms Mantellato and her team had become an integral part of the Australian Olympic team appeal in NSW.Mr Edwards said more than $18 million had been raised for Australian Olympic Teams by the New South Wales Olympic Council since 1993, much of it through its fundraising dinners at the Centre. Over the 20 years, the funds had been used to prepare and send no fewer than five summer Olympic Teams to the Olympic Games from Atlanta 1996 through to London 2012. During that time Australia has won 63 gold medals, 81 silver and 86 bronze.“The major Olympic dinners have been so professionally run. It has been a pleasure to work with Helen and her team at the Centre,” Mr Edwards said.Speaking at the presentation, Australian Olympic Committee Vice-President Helen Brownlee OAM also paid tribute to Helen.“We like to think of you as part of the Olympic family as you’ve contributed so much,” Ms Brownlee said.Ms Mantellato said she was very humbled and honoured to receive the prestigious award, and thanked her team for all their work at the Olympic events.Helen said the Olympic dinners had been a huge part of her 25-year career at the Centre.“Thank you for trusting us with these events,” she said.last_img read more

Technology relationships changing accommodation

first_imgThe IHG Kinship economy report has revealed that new forms of ‘relation travel’ are changing the way traditional accommodation operators do business, incorporating non-tourism elements. Mobile travel bookings are also set to increase rapidly in the future. The role of traditional accommodation is transforming. The role of accommodation is transforming as travellers become more technologically aware, seeking to develop more meaningful relationships while on holiday. One in four travellers have used social networking sites to plan their travel, while almost 50 percent have made travel plans based on reviews and the experiences of others. The report said that business and leisure travellers have and will begin carrying high-tech devices and ‘accessories’, radically manipulating the way in which people search and book accommodation.center_img “Hotels could be used as local community hubs, for example with local bands and artists coming and performing, meaning that the hotel has much more connection with the community,” an extract from the IHG Kinship report said. The traditional hotel sector has begun to focus on building traveller relationships. This is why people like boutiques at the moment – people want to experience the local.” Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Thailands Platinum Group signs double deal with IHG

first_imgInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has signed an agreement with Thailand’s leading property group, The Platinum Samui, part of the Platinum Group, to develop the first Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Express hotel in the popular island destination of Koh Samui.Situated a short 15-minute drive from the Samui International Airport, travellers can opt to stay at the full service family-friendly Holiday Inn Resort Samui Bophut, or enjoy the comfort and convenience of the select service Holiday Inn Express Samui Bophut.Holiday Inn Resort Samui Bophut will boast 150 resort-styled rooms which include specially designed KidSuites and Family Suites.Travellers looking for a more affordable alternative to a full service hotel with the assurance of a global hotel brand will find it next door at the 200-room Holiday Inn Express Samui Bophut.IHG senior vice president, development, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Clarence Tan, said that Thailand is a very popular travel destination and a market of strategic importance to IHG.“Thailand currently has our most number of hotels open in South East Asia and we are looking to almost double that in the next three to five years. It is also a time of growth for hospitality players in Thailand with international arrivals projected to reach over 26 million per year,” Mr Tan said.IHG currently has 16 properties in Thailand across four brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels.With the signings of these two properties, the company has 12 hotels due to open in the next three to five years, including the first Hotel Indigo in the region which will open in Bangkok’s Wireless Road by the end of this year. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

roomsXML wins Silver in US Magellan Travel Weekly Awards

first_imgroomsXML wins Silver in US Magellan Travel Weekly has won silver in the 2015 Travel Weekly Magellan Award. The award recognises  innovations in Online Travel Services in the category of Travel Agent Only Website (Silver winner).From design to marketing to services, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.roomsXML’s category was “Online Travel Services – Overall – Travel Agent Only Website” with the successful award application of  “11 Innovations of roomsXML” with roomsXML’s innovations in the room type clarification a major focus.Anuj Bang, who lead roomsXML’s effort on clarifying room types says “At a company level, it’s great to receive recognition for such a large and challenging investment. At a personal level, for myself and my team who continue to work on this, its great to hear the industry say “job well done”.  they have been great in their diligence and application”.Mark Luckey, roomsXML Asia Pac says “Room types are a real challenge for the industry. It’s great to receive recognition in some of the worlds largest markets .  Agents in Australia have recognised the importance of the innovation and value to them as a feature of roomsXML.  Well done to Anuj and his team.  Tough slog!”Information on the award can be viewed here. About roomsXML roomsXMLConnect with roomsXML today Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more

Scoot to launch flights to Jeddah next month

first_imgSingapore-based value carrier Scoot, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will launch three-times-weekly, non-stop Jeddah-Singapore services from 2 May 2016.Scoot’s services will be operated with spacious, wide-bodied 787 Dreamliners and will replace Singapore Airlines’ existing services via Dubai, reducing flight time by about four hours. Jeddah is Scoot’s first destination in the Middle East.Australians wanting to explore this intriguing destination can fly return from Sydney or Melbourne from AU$1,210 Economy (Fly Bag Eat) and from AU$2,379 all in with ScootBiz.Scoot offers two cabin classes for guests to choose from. ScootBiz comprises an all-new, full leather seat with 38” pitch, 30kg checked-in baggage, up to 15kg of cabin baggage, and meals and drinks included, along with priority boarding and check-in.In Economy, guests can enjoy a peaceful journey in the ScootinSilence economy class quiet zone with seat pitches ranging from 31” up to 35”.The 787 Dreamliners feature improved humidity and cabin pressurization, the largest windows of any modern jet, more overhead compartment space and produce 20% less noise compared to conventional aircraft.Building on this solid foundation, Scoot has configured its 787 Dreamliners to transform the low-cost travel experience, accommodating up to 335 guests compared to 285 on Singapore Airlines’ A330-300 aircraft.Scoot’s airfares are typically about 40% cheaper than those of full service carriers. Combined with its new and state of the art 787 Dreamliners and superior product offerings, Scoot’s current network of 18 destinations offers a great value getaway to Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific via Singapore.And through the combined networks of partner airlines Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Nok Air, you can scoot onward to many more exotic and unexplored wonders of Asia and Australia, or beyond!Transiting in Singapore at the award-winning Changi Airport will be a breeze, with its abundance of retail and dining outlets, entertainment and recreation options such as transit hotels and the famed Butterfly Garden at Terminal 3, and complimentary Internet connectivity.Guests with at least five and a half hours to spare before their connecting flight can also register for a complimentary guided Free Singapore Tour at the transit area.To commemorate its foray into the Middle East, Scoot is offering a limited-time promotion from now till 2359hrs on 10 April 2016. One-way Economy fares to Singapore and selected destinations in Asia Pacific start from US$215; US$365 for ScootBiz.The applicable travel period is from 2 May to 14 November 2016, with a blackout period of 11 September to 12 October 2016 (both dates inclusive). Guests must travel from Jeddah, and some flights beyond Singapore are operated by Scoot’s partner airlines. Fly ScootSource = Scootlast_img read more

A look into the millennial generation travel trends

first_imgThe Millennial Traveler, the endless explorer thirsty for knowledge, prefers to travel to learn something new. They’re prone to taking last minute trips to satisfy sudden wanderlust. Social media plays a pivotal role in how the millennial traveler makes their decisions. In fact, 87% are looking at Facebook for travel inspiration. (Those “epic” selfies you took on your Barbados getaway? They’re working.) Brands need to embrace the power of UGC (user-generated content) over traditional advertisements if they are to connect with this generation.85% of millennials check multiple sites before booking their travel to get the best deal possible.46% book travel through a smartphone or tablet.60% will upgrade their travel experience by purchasing in-flight wi-fi, early deplaning, etc.They WILL post their experiences on social media. In fact, 97% will post while traveling, and 75% will post once a day. That’s a lot of social activity.68% will remain loyal to a program that offers them the most rewardsCash / Freebies.Millennials, like we said, are forever connected. Travel apps have become the millennials preferred method of interacting with brands, almost 1/3 more than past generations. They are also traveling abroad more than past generations. The spirit of adventure is alive and well with this generation… They also know this and want the world to believe their travels are the most important travels ever. #nofomoSource = Internet Marketinglast_img read more