Travellers Choice agents pose like Egyptians

first_imgSource = Travellers Choice Travellers Choice agents pose like Egyptians Travellers Choice agents cruised – and dressed – like Egyptians this month during an exclusive educational for the group’s Silver Choice Award winners.The group of 10 agents flew Emirates to Cairo for a nine-day ‘Wonders of Egypt’ tour courtesy of Insight Vacations, with highlights including trip to the Great Pyramids of Giza, an overnight train journey from Cairo to Aswan and a relaxing four-night Nile river cruise through Luxor and Aswan.Travellers Choice announces 10 Silver Choice Award winners each year at its Annual Shareholders’ Conference, with winners determined by their support for strategic suppliers.Back row (L-R): Saibra Twigg (Australind Travel WA), Maureen Van Metter (Insight Vacations), Rosie Tripodi (Travel House SA), Gillian Connors (Ucango Travel QLD). Middle row (L-R): Phil Cox (St George Travel NSW), Lynn Bradley (Compass Travel & Cruising NSW), Leah Squire (Tewantin Travel QLD), Jen Winter (Central Coast Cruise & Travel NSW) Mark Hastwell (Travellers Choice). Front row (L-R) Walter Andrews (Tour de Force WA), Denise Bradley (Moss Vale Cruise & Travel NSW) (kneeling) and Hans Went (Canadian Bay Travel VIC). last_img read more

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Sunny Australia home to the Rainiest Place in the world

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N Find out if your next holiday destination ranked on the rain list. Image: TripAdvisor If you thought that London was the rainiest place on Earth, then you would be mistaken, by quite a bit.According to the World Meteorological Organisation, London is the seventh rainiest destination in the world with 162 rainy days, an entire wet season away from the crowned winner.Australia’s very own Macquarie Island, located approximately 1,500 kilometres south-east of Tasmania, halfway between Australia and Antarctica, came in first with an average of 307 rainy days per year.Wadi Halfa in Sudan was found to be the least rainiest place with no significant rainfall recorded.last_img read more

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Approval granted Delta buys Virgin Atlantic stake

first_imgDelta Air Lines has received European and US regulatory approval to purchase 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic.In December last year, Delta said it would purchase the 49 percent stake from Singapore Airlines for up to US$360 million, making it the second largest holder, following Virgin Atlantic founder, Sir Richard Branson.   Six months after submitting its application, both the European Commission and the US Justice Department have granted approval for the acquisition, claiming it will provide sufficient competition between the US and the UK and offer better services from business travellers, Global Atlanta reported.In addition to the purchase, Delta also applied for an antitrust immunity between the two airlines to expand scheduling and frequencies.Once approval is secured, the American airline said it will launch non-stop services between Seattle and London-Heathrow.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. European and US bodies approve acquisition.last_img read more

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New Qantas luxury lounge fires up LA Airport

first_imgSource = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman Los Angeles International airport has an impressive new luxury lounge, which was launched by Qantas this week.The multi-million dollar business class lounge is a key addition to one of Qantas’ most important hubs.The lounge is located on level 5 of LA international airport’s brand new terminal and it is shared with Cathay Pacific and British Airways customers.Qantas International chief executive, Simon Hickey said the airline had received feedback from customers saying the old lounge was too small so the new terminal was a great opportunity.There is stiff competition for Qantas with Virgin Australia, Delta Airlines and United Airlines on routes to the US and Hickey believes the lounge will enable Qantas to lead the market.The area seats 400 people and is designed in a glamorous Californian style by Woods Bagot, with a fireplace as the distinct central piece.Renowned Sydney chef Neil Perry has created new exciting menus for the lounge, based upon LA’s multicultural cuisine.The lounge echoed the airline’s new attitude, to overseas markets, and the aim is to make a statement to passengers on all airlines, that Qantas cares for their customers.Hickey said “this is a major step for us, cementing our position in that market.’’last_img read more

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Starwood Hotels continues expansion

first_imgStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and IOI Properties Group today announced the debut of the Four Points by Sheraton brand in Klang Valley, with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Puchong.The opening of the hotel underscores Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ confidence in Malaysia’s tourism industry and solidifies the Four Points brand’s footprint in the country.Starwood Hotels & Resorts regional vice president Southeast Asia Chuck Abbott, said that Starwood is excited to begin work in the fast growing district of Puchong.“As the fifth Four Points by Sheraton property in Malaysia, the brand will enable us to cater to the growing middle class and the increased number of business and leisure travellers in the market,” Mr Abbott said.Starwood currently operates 12 hotels in the country’s key destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, and Kuching with six more hotels in the pipeline.Puchong is a major town in the Petaling district of Selangor, Malaysia and is situated midway between Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital.Four Points by Sheraton Puchong within PFCC is located about 32 kilometres from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport; and is approximately a 20-minute drive to the Kuala Lumpur city centre.Four Points by Sheraton Puchong features 249 stylish and contemporary guestrooms designed for a comfortable stay, be it for business or pleasure.From events to meetings and weddings, the hotel features over 1,358 square meters of flexible space across four venues including a pillar-less 760 square meters Puteri Grand ballroom and a pre-function area.Four Points is currently the third largest brand within the Starwood portfolio, as well the second largest brand in terms of growth pipeline.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Airport hotel completes multimilliondollar transformation

first_imgThe restaurant’s design features an open plan dining space with modern buffet design and open kitchenAirport hotel completes multi-million-dollar transformationHoliday Inn Auckland Airport hotel is now the perfect place to ‘holiday’ before or after connecting to domestic and international destinations, thanks to a multi-million-dollar refurbishment.Drawing inspiration from New Zealand and the Pacific, Holiday Inn Auckland Airport has a contemporary new look following a full renovation of its public spaces.The $3million refurbishment, which commenced in June last year, has transformed the hotel’s ground floor restaurant and bar, hotel lobby, reception and swimming pool into eye-catching yet welcoming spaces, with a nod to cultural New Zealand and Pacific heritage.The property’s ‘open marae-inspired design’ offers the perfect meeting ground for travellers and Aucklanders alike, giving it a ‘welcoming heart’ with bursts of colour, life and energy.The stylish new lounge bar is a welcoming space for families or groups to relaxThe stylish new lounge bar sits at the heart of the hotel, where the removal of its original floor and ceiling features has revolutionised the space and opened it up to the sub-tropical gardens and the new swimming pool deck.The hotel’s restaurant is now a destination in its own right, taking diners on a culinary journey of native New Zealand in a Pacific holiday setting – think hanging plants, bursts of colour and authentic finishing touches.Ten flexible meeting and function areas have received a fresh new look. The refurbishment reinforced the popularity of these rooms which have a relaxed resort, rather than city ‘feel’. The rooms are known to be particularly spacious, with an airy atmosphere and plenty of natural light.Delighted with the transformation and the investment in Auckland and New Zealand tourism, Holiday Inn Auckland Airport General Manager Scott Schaefer described the new look as a “runway success”.“From check-in to departure, there’s plenty to do to keep the family or colleagues entertained in comfort while you wait for your next flight or seminar,” he said.“We have invested in games and other family-friendly amenities, reinforcing Holiday Inn’s family proposition and what the Holiday Inn brand is known for worldwide.“A new cultural personality shines from within and it’s pleasing to say we’re now fully open for dining, weddings, ceremonies and family events. It is such a privilege to see the owner’s vision for the hotel come to life.”New furniture, flooring, light fixtures greenery and artwork throughout has added a modern twist, complemented by injections of Maori wood carvings, gifted by the local Iwi.The pool is an oasis of calm amidst sub-tropical gardens, although it’s just minutes away from Auckland Airport terminals and all major motorways.A group of committed stakeholders in the project included owners Cockpit International, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Designworks, JSC Ltd and construction company Format.The creative Designworks team designed the hotel so all public areas were on one level, with a strong central core.“Guests gravitate towards the central courtyard and pool area now that a variety of spaces have been opened up and flow into what is the ‘welcoming heart’ of the site,” said Designworks’ Group Head of Spatial Design Clark Pritchard.“The overall style is relaxed and inviting, using a fresh and natural palette of materials interjected with pattern and colour to reflect the Pacific holiday concept while also celebrating New Zealand and Pacific modern art, flora and fauna.”Jacques De Lange, Managing Director of construction company Format, said they were “proud” to deliver the transformational project.“Holiday Inn confirmed the strength in their brand by investing hugely in an improved facility,” he said.“Hotel General Manager Scott Schaefer, the hotel management and design team were outstanding in the delivery process of this lovely project.” Source = Holiday Inn Auckland Airportlast_img read more

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RwandAir to have nonstop flights to Johannesburg in January

first_imgRwandAir, from January 2017, would put several schedule changes into place, which has aimed at making travel to and from Southern African countries faster and easier. The airline would also offer seamless connections into their trans-Africa network and to their new intercontinental destinations.Johannesburg would revert to nonstop flights, with several traffic days earmarked for a second daily service between Kigali and South Africa’s commercial hub. This change would also assist in onward travel to Cape Town or Durban and vice versa.New destination to Harare in Zimbabwe would be launched in mid-January, which would be combined with Lusaka, Zambia in a standalone triangular service routing KGL – LUN – HRE – KGL. In fact, flights would be raised from the present three times a week to LUN to five flights a week at that stage January.The introduction of long haul services to Mumbai and later in 2017 to London would see RwandAir tap into the market of connecting passengers to make sure that they fill their new Airbus A330’s but also carry more traffic into their Eastern and West African networks.All flights to South Africa would be operated on Boeing 737 aircraft.last_img read more

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Payrolls Up Unemployment Steady in February

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The “”U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm reported data Friday that indicates nationwide employment gains and a static unemployment pace for February. According to the recent statistics, the country added 227,000 jobs during the month, and February’s numbers, which represent the seventh straight month of 100,000-plus payroll gains, mark the longest period of consecutive increases since 2005.[IMAGE]The country’s unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent, beating economists’ projections that called for a slight uptick in unemployment. Additionally, the rise in new jobs also bested predictions, with most forecasts anticipating about 210,000 new jobs in February.The strong report continued a positive trend with just one notable are of weakness seen in retail employment, which dropped slightly. Additionally, construction jobs declined, hinting that gains in construction in recent months were related to mild weather.The bureau revealed upward revisions for payroll gains in December and January, and January├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós payroll growth was changed to 284,000 from 243,000, while December├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós was revised to 223,000 from 203,000.Other key findings in the report included a rise in average weekly hours, as well as increases for average hourly earnings. The forward movement should help personal consumption spending, which makes up about 70 percent of the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Gross Domestic Product.The government was less of a drag on the payroll report in February than it has been in recent months, subtracting about 6,000 jobs. Federal payrolls shrank by 7,000 while state and local payrolls improved by a net, 1,000. State and local governments appear ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô for the moment ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô to have weathered the evaporation of federal stimulus funds.Even with the improved labor picture, those considered long-term unemployed, workers who have been without a job for more than 27 weeks, comprised 42.6 percent of the nation’s total unemployment base. However, the average duration of unemployment improved in February.For the housing sector, the unemployment report noted both positive and negative findings. Credit intermediation jobs, which are essentially underwriting positions, increased, but construction payrolls slipped, dropping 13,000 jobs, primarily in non-residential activity.For the broader economy, retail employment slipped slightly reflecting the wind-down of holiday shopping the resulting aftermath. Temporary jobs demonstrated a strong rise of 45,200 in February, a statistic which could be interpreted as good or bad. While temporary employment is considered a precursor to permanent positions, an uptick in the number of temporary workers represents a lower commitment and a potential reluctance by employers to increase staff – and benefit costs.Professional and business services payrolls, which includes those temporary jobs, expanded by 82,000, making it the strongest sector for February. Education and health care followed, rising by 71,000, as did leisure and hospitality, which went up 44,000. The leisure and hospitality sector is the lowest paying of the major industry sectors.The labor force ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the sum of employed and unemployed ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô grew 476,000 with increases in both components. The labor force participation rate, which signals confidence, improved to 63.9 percent after falling in January to 63.7 percent. It remains far below the 66 percent level at the onset of the recession in December 2007. The employment-population ratio measuring the employment percentage for the over-16 population currently holding jobs jumped to 58.6 percent, its highest level since May 2010. Movement in unemployment rates in most demographic sectors was erratic. Unemployment rates for adult (over 20) men and women remained flat at 7.7 percent each,and the unemployment rate for teenagers (16 to 19) rose 0.6 percentage points to 23.8 percent. The unemployment rate for high school dropouts improved to 12.9 percent from 13.1 percent in January, while the unemployment rate for college graduates was unchanged at 4.3 percent. Payrolls Up, Unemployment Steady in February March 9, 2012 421 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-03-09 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

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Fitch Gives Freddie Mac Initial CMBS Special Servicer Rating

first_img in Secondary Market, Servicing “”Fitch Ratings””:http://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp recognized the strength of “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ multifamily business, giving the GSE an initial commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) special servicer rating of CSS2, the ratings agency announced.[IMAGE]In a press release, Fitch said the rating “”reflects the ability of the multifamily division of Freddie Mac to work out commercial mortgage loans”” backed by apartment buildings with five or more units and acquired from its network of sellers and servicers.[COLUMN_BREAK]As of the end of September, Freddie Mac was a special servicer for more than 8,800 loans totaling $94.4 billion in its multifamily portfolio. The company was also involved in the workout of more than 100 loans and several REO assets totaling approximately $1.5 billion. Through loan modifications, foreclosures, and liquidations, Fitch noted Freddie Mac resolved more than $1.0 of loan defaults in 2011, losing on average less than other CMBS special servicers.””Freddie Mac’s commercial servicer special servicer ratings reflects Fitch’s assessment of Freddie Mac’s management team, asset management capabilities, technology, financial strength, and knowledge of the multifamily lending environment combined with the support of its seller/servicer network,”” Fitch said.Michael Lipson, SVP of multifamily asset management and operations for Freddie Mac, said the rating is a “”critical part of maintaining credibility in the market.””””It demonstrates the financial, operational and staff strength as well as our credit capabilities,”” Lipson said. “”We have a good track record of working with all types of sizes of loans to service nonperforming loans.”” Freddie,Fitch Gives Freddie Mac Initial CMBS Special Servicer Rating Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CMBS Company News Fitch Ratings Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-11-14 Tory Barringercenter_img Share November 14, 2012 418 Views last_img read more

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By Fresh Produce Marketing founder Lisa Cork Ive

first_img By Fresh Produce Marketing founder Lisa CorkI’ve spent the last few months researching the impact of omni-channel retailing on fresh produce. Part of this was in preparation to speak at an marketing conference on the topic in Europe and part of this was to satisfy my own curiosity as a brand and marketing strategist.What does omni-channel actually mean? According to Shopify, a company dedicated to helping companies sell online, “Omni-channel retailing — or, omni-channel (meaning, all channels) — is a fully-integrated approach to commerce that provides shoppers a unified experience across online and offline channels (e.g., touchpoints). True omni-channel shopping extends from brick-and-mortar locations to mobile-browsing, e-commerce marketplaces, onsite storefronts, social media, retargeting, and everything in between.”Within the fresh produce industry, where our consumer sales channels are less complex, I have interpreted omni-channel to mean an integrated approach to selling fruits and vegetables both offline and online.A simple example to explain this is Instacart. Instacart is the phenomena that has enable brick and mortar retailers to offer online and home delivery options using their existing, brick and mortar offer, including fresh produce. Let me use the following story as an example.I recently visited my hometown in California. Even with a population of only 50,000 people, we have access to Instacart (thanks to 36 local Insta shoppers) and seven different retail supermarkets. Wanting to ‘test’ the system, I placed an order for Food4Less, via Instacart, which gave me seamless access to Food4Less’s grocery and produce offer. I booked my delivery time and my Food4Less order arrived on schedule and was exactly what I had ordered, even down to the ripe and unripe avocados.To me, this is a simple but good example of omni-channel in action. I could go and do my own grocery shopping at Food4Less or I can use a service like Instacart that makes Food4Less items available to me online and for home delivery.Omni-channel is changing food shopping as we know it. While the numbers are small now, there is both evolution and revolution taking place and food shopping is an industry poised for disruption.As for fresh produce, there are multiple factors that will see shopper numbers and the conversion to omni-channel lag behind shelf-stable, packaged foods and grocery staples. But never say never and once the technical and logistical issues are overcome, look for more and more fruit and veg to be sold online.A good case study to note is Ocado in the UK now reports that 40% of its orders are for chilled fresh food and when they add bananas and potatoes into the mix, this moves to over 50% fresh.The lesson here is be prepared for change and the time to start thinking about the impact of omni-channel on your brand or business is now. I’ve talked to brick and mortar retailers who say omni-channel will be fully embedded within three years – that is how fast individual retailers are moving to prevent loss of sales and shares to their retail competition.Just when you were trying to get your head around the disruption caused by omni-channel selling…there is another major disruptor looming on the horizon – voice technology.Simply search ‘voice activation’ and you will get a million hits with all kinds of stats and data. If you like the numbers, check out this blog for voice search stats: https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2018/04/10/voice-search-statistics-2018. One of the stats the blog shares is that by 2020, comScore is predicting that 50% of all searches will be done by voice. Other experts note Google has reported that around 55% of teens and 40% of adults use voice search daily and voice search is growing faster than any other type of search.Here in New Zealand, a new ad by telecom company Spark paints an entertaining (and frightening) picture of what they are calling ‘Generation Voice.’ Click on this link to see the ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vaNl5d4rjk. It is interesting to think that even for young children, voice searching (and buying?) becomes available as soon as they are old enough to verbalise a request. Surely this will be a game changer for the next generation.To get my head around voice, I decided to start playing with voice activated searching and getting an understanding for the impact voice will have on brands and brand naming. What I can tell you is, voice changes everything – and here is why you need to care about this.I met recently with a company who wanted me to provide an external opinion on a new brand that had been proposed by their agency. The new brand name was long and not very distinctive. I asked the client, “Have you tested it on voice as part of ensuring the brand will work for you in the future?” and they had not. So we tested it…and it failed.On a search mechanism like Alexa by Amazon, the name was so generic that a search pulled up a raft of products with no relationship to fruit. The name was also long and slightly hard to pronounce, which also caused issues.Let me link this column together. More fresh produce companies will turn to branding as a strategy for survival in an omni-channel world. The alternative to branding is to become a generic, commodity supplier and I can’t see that being a satisfactory outcome for most produce suppliers. So brand is only going to grow in importance.If brand grows, then brand naming becomes important. Not only will a brand need to be suitable for offline sales and online sales, but a brand will need to be successful in a voice-activated search world too. That’s a lot of pressure for a brand!For those of you considering a new brand or rebranding as a part of your future strategy, here are five ways voice activation will change how you think about a new brand name.Think memorable. While anyone who creates a brand strives for this, memorability becomes even more important in a voice activated world where consumers may not have your product or packaging in front of them to know what to ask for. It is important they remember your brand.Think visual. Create a visual brand ‘hook’ as part of creating a memorable brand. Pink Lady apples is a good brand name. It is both visual AND linked to a core product attribute – the pink colour of the apple’s skin. Cotton Candy grapes is another great brand name. Cotton Candy is very visual AND it links to the flavour of the grapes.Verbally test any new brand to ensure it can be understood. If you are given a list of brands to choose from, test them verbally either using a home based device like Echo or using an app like Google or the Amazon shopping app. For example, I tested trying to find the Mighties kiwifruit brand on the Amazon Shopping app. I have tried and tried to get the app to find Mighties Kiwifruit but the app cannot understand what I am asking for. It will pull up brands with the name Mighty but it does not seem able to understand Mighties. This is important because if your brand can’t be found using voice, this is not good news for the future.Beware of clever, misspelled brand names. I know misspelled brands are all the rage now, especially in packaged food. Brands like Nootra, Verday, Vybes, Tranquini (verbal search shows Train Queenie) are all great on-shelf but the spelling and sound of the name makes them hard to find via voice. This is an important consideration.This final one is just a hunch but two/three syllable names search well, providing you have met the other rules above. There is something about the voice cadence of multiple syllables that works with search right now.Fresh produce is late to the branding party and the new rules around voice-activated search will make creating a good brand name challenging. Hopefully my observations provide some guidance for your next brand naming exercise. Happy branding! Opinion: Poland and Turkey have much in common wit … Perishable Pundit: The words that can’t be spoken … November 01 , 2018 You might also be interested in The Packaging Pitch: Why the museum of ice cream i … Opinion: Inaugural Global Grape Summit gathers the … last_img read more

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first_imgEvergreen Cruises & ToursScenicSolo Travelsolo travellersspecials Evergreen Cruises & Tours has launched its new Solo Explorers campaign, offering real savings for solo travellers on selected journeys including Europe river cruises, Mekong River cruises, Canada and Tasmania.Evergreen’s “no single supplement” offer is valid from 1 December 2018 until 11 January 2019, and includes the following options:· 15 Day Splendours of Europe, Amsterdam to Budapest. No single supplement on an Emerald Balcony Suite (Category A). Valid on departures May – October 2019. From $10,585per solo*· 8 Day Sensations of Lyon and Provence, Lyon to Arles. No single supplement on an Emerald Staterooms PLUS save an extra $250 per solo discount. Valid on departures May – October 2019. From $3,345 per solo*· 8 Day Secrets of the Douro, Porto to Porto. No single supplement on an Emerald Balcony Suite (Category A). Valid on departures April – October 2019. From $7,185 per solo*· 13 Day Majestic Mekong Discovery Cruise, Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. No single supplement on an Emerald Balcony Suite (Category A). Valid on departures September 2019 to April 2020. From $5,715 per solo*· 17 Day Treasures and Temples of Vietnam and Mekong Cruise, Hanoi to Siem Reap. No single supplement on an Emerald Balcony Suite (Category A). Valid on departures September 2019 to April 2020. From $8,385 per solo*· 21 Day Grand Tour Vietnam and Cambodia, with Mekong Cruise, Hanoi to Siem Reap. No single supplement on an Emerald Balcony Suite (Category A). Valid on departures September 2019 to April 2020. From $9,780 per solo*Solo travellers can join the Evergreen Solo Explorer Club, and be the first to know about exclusive offers on single travel deals on river cruises and tours. *Conditions apply. Limited availability. Prices correct as of 22/11/18.***last_img read more

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first_imgairlinesFrequent FlyersJapanPoints Planeqantas Qantas has announced the first of a series of dedicated Frequent Flyer redemption flights across its network, with seats only available to members redeeming Qantas Points.The inaugural Points Plane will be an Airbus A380 operating from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) on 21 October 2019, with Qantas Frequent Flyers able to book seats from Thursday 16 May 2019. The concept is one of many Qantas Loyalty is exploring to reward Qantas Frequent Flyer members and provide even more redemption opportunities.Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said that flight redemptions are Qantas Frequent Flyer members’ favourite way to use their Qantas Points.“This is the first time we have dedicated an entire aircraft – let alone an A380 – to our frequent flyers, and we are expecting to see significant demand for these flights,” Ms Wirth said.“Four flight redemptions are made every minute and sixty upgrades are confirmed every hour. We know our members love to redeem their points on travel, so we’re excited to be able to give them new ways to access these rewards.“Member-exclusive flights mean more redemption opportunities for our members and less time searching for reward seats.“If this concept is a success, which we think it will be, Qantas hopes to operate more regular Frequent Flyer only flights to other international and domestic destinations in the near future.”Members will be able to book any seat onboard (14 First, 64 Business, 35 Premium Economy and 371 Economy seats) at the standard Qantas Points redemption rate for the route. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum members will all have equal opportunity to secure a booking on dedicated Points Plane flights.To maximise flexibility on return travel, members have the choice of booking on an A330 return Points Plane on October 26th or depart on an alternative date of their choice by booking a Classic Reward seat with Qantas or a partner airline, or using Points Plus Pay on any commercially available seat.The inaugural Points Plane will also have a distinctive inflight service with special on-board experiences including a bespoke cocktail and meal service, signature pyjamas and inflight giveaways.Qantas occasionally moves unscheduled aircraft around the network for a range of operational and commercial reasons – creating opportunities for initiatives like Points Planes.Japan is a popular destination for Qantas Frequent Flyers and one of the top 5 most searched destinations on qantas.com making it the perfect first Points Plane port.Qantas Points required for booking seats on the inaugural Points Plane:Economy 35,000 Qantas Points*Premium Economy 54,000 Qantas Points*Business 72,000 Qantas Points*First 108,000 Qantas Points**Plus taxes fees and carrier charges. Subject to availability, accurate as at 13 May 2019 date. conditions apply.last_img read more

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first_imgBruce Arians, the new coach, has previously said he believes Kolb can be a good QB if given time to throw, so it stands to reason he’s probably not anxious to cut ties with the former Eagle. However, the move — if it’s made — may have more to do with what Kolb is making off the field rather than how he’s performing on it.And for what it’s worth, LaCanfora also notes QBs Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, Matt Cassel, Matt Hasselbeck and Matt Flynn could also find themselves on the chopping block, so the Cardinals may have some options to replace Kolb if necessary. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Now with a new coaching staff in charge, it’s possible Kolb’s time with the team has come to an end.According to CBSSports NFL insider Jason LaCanfora,, Kolb is one of many players who could be in line to become a “cap casualty” over the next couple months. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals ($9 million salary, plus $2 million roster bonus): He won’t make that kind of money to stay, and I can’t imagine Kolb getting the roster bonus, though if he’s willing to settle for more like $5 million there could still be an opportunity for him in Arizona. It’s not exactly breaking news that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb’s situation with the team is a little tenuous. Though clearly the team’s best option at the position last season, his production over two years with the team does not exactly warrant the high salary he is scheduled to make.The 28-year-old has appeared in just 15 of a possible 32 games over the last two seasons. Sure, he’s thrown for 17 touchdowns and been picked off just 11 times, but the Cardinals certainly expected more when they traded for the QB and signed him to a contract extension. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday they had signed offensive lineman Kyle Quinn.The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Quinn signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after going undrafted this past April, but was released last month before training camp began.Proud to be a member of the Arizona Cardinals! Time to go to work!— Kyle Quinn (@KQuinn76) August 6, 2013 The former Arizona Wildcat started 22 games over his last two seasons in Tucson, and earned All-Pac-12 honors as a junior in 2011 and as a senior in 2012. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Quinn will join a group of offensive linemen that includes veteran centers Lyle Sendlein and Mike Gibson as well as fellow recent signee Deveric Gallington, who tweeted early Tuesday that he was also joining the team. – / 13last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories – It didn’t appear to be the offense’s best day. Rashad Johnson and Deone Bucannon each picked off a pass, and overall the Cardinals struggled to move the ball on a consistent basis.– Jay Feely, who will handle the kicking duties Saturday in Minnesota, converted seven of his eight field goal attempts, including two from 50 yards out. His lone miss came from 43 yards. – Ryan Lindley once again got all of the third team reps at quarterback. It will be he, not Logan Thomas, who will play Saturday in Minnesota.– Receiver Dan Buckner had himself quite a day. The former UA Wildcat had at least one touchdown catch. Another one he seemed to bobble some before trapping it against his helmet, and a final reception may have had him out of bounds just shy of the goal line. Regardless, it was easily one of his best practices of camp. – Tight end John Carlson caught a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer during red zone work. He was wide open — like, nobody was near him.– Running back-fullback-something back Robert Hughes scored a touchdown on a run during 11-on-11 red zone work. He basically went into the end zone untouched by the first team defense. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — A sparse crowd was on hand to watch the Arizona Cardinals practice Tuesday. If anything, it was probably just another sign of how this time of year can kind of drag — for everyone. The Cards were in shorts Tuesday, meaning there was hitting involved, but it was not exactly a full-contact session.Of Note– Jonathan Cooper (toe), Kevin Minter (pectoral), Nate Potter (back), Max Starks (ankle) and Anthony Steen (neck) did not practice for a second straight day; Michael Floyd (groin), Ted Ginn, Jr. (knee) and Lyle Sendlein remain out, while John Abraham (personal) has yet to report. Cooper was, however, sans walking boot. Comments   Share   Stat of the DayJay Feely’s 127 points last season was the second-best single-season total in franchise history, trailing only the 140 points Neil Rackers racked up in 2005.Quotes of the Day“Until practice is over. You get ejected from the game, so you get ejected from practice. We practice like it’s a game every day. You play by the rules. You play the game. (If) you lose your temper and punch a guy in the game, you get ejected.” – Coach Bruce Arians on kicking Darnell Dockett and Bradley Sowell out of the previous day’s practice after they scuffled“There’s always room for improvement. We’re not satisfied with anything we did because we haven’t arrived yet.” – Defensive lineman Frostee Rucker on if the run defense could be even better in 2014 than it was in 2013, when it was the best in the NFL“You’ve just got to come out and compete every day. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Camp’s long and you’ve got to stack them. We talk about stacking practices as a team, and you’ve got to stack them as an individual. I had a good day today, but that means I’ve got to come out and have another good one tomorrow.” – Buckner on what was a good day of practice Tuesdaycenter_img – / 37 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals will have home games against the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams, along with road matchups with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, 49ers, Seahawks and Rams. Six of those opponents reached the playoffs last season, giving Arizona seven games against 2014 playoff teams. Not surprisingly, NFC West teams find themselves near the top of the list (they have to face each other twice, after all), with the 49ers and Seahawks each having a more difficult schedule than the Cardinals and the Rams just one spot easier than Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals won 11 games in 2014, which was good enough to finish second in the ultra-competitive NFC West. If they’re to post a similar record in 2015, they’re going to have to really earn it.John Breech of CBSSports.com went over every team’s slate of opponents for this upcoming season, and ranked the schedules in order of difficulty.That, of course, is done by overall winning percentage of opponents from the previous season, and according to that, Arizona’s schedule will be the fifth-toughest in all of football. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals added to their offensive line depth Wednesday with the addition of center/guard A.Q. Shipley on a two-year contract.The player himself confirmed the news.Couldnt be happier 2 sign with the @AZCardinals today! So excited for this opportunity & cant wait to put it all out on the field! #BirdGang— AQ Shipley (@aqshipley) March 11, 2015 The 6-foot-1, 307-pound center started 19 games over the last three seasons. According to ProFootballFocus.com, last season Shipley surrendered zero sacks, three QB hits and five QB hurries in 440 snaps. Shipley originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ in 2009. He spent that season on Pittsburgh’s practice squad before moving on to the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad in 2010. Shipley, 28, was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, where he played for now-Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. He was with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 before returning to Indianapolis in 2014. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson started out slowly, but reeled off a 16-yard run from the Arizona 20, sparking a 15-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Paul Lasike’s 4-yard TD catch from rookie Phillip Sims.Sims also warmed up after a sputtering start and began finding his targets — save for a pass to a wide-open pylon just before halftime that helped stall another 15-play drive, this one capped by Chandler Catanzaro’s field goal.Catanzaro, however, missed two PATs, the second coming after Logan Thomas’ 59-yard TD toss to J.J. Nelson that put Arizona (2-2) ahead 22-20 early in the fourth quarter.Those misses loomed large until McManus pushed his field goal try wide with 49 seconds remaining.Broncos running back Montee Ball ran 16 times for just 27 yards — the same total Kapri Bibbs managed in only six rushes. Ball, a third-year back from Wisconsin, slid down the depth chart this summer and was trying to convince coach Gary Kubiak he should keep four running backs.On his first snap, Brock Osweiler faked a handoff to Ball, rolled left and threw a 78-yard touchdown strike to a wide-open Bubba Caldwell. It was a classic Kubiak play the Broncos haven’t run in the preseason with Peyton Manning under center. Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (27) his tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray (56) and linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) DENVER — One veteran running back shook off the rust, the other failed to shake up his roster Thursday night when the Arizona Cardinals beat the Denver Broncos 22-20.Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal in the final minute as the Broncos (3-1) failed to complete a perfect preseason.Playing in a final preseason game for the first time since 2009, Cardinals running back Chris Johnson ran 11 times for 45 yards in his first action of the summer after recovering from a hamstring injury.center_img Manning watched from the sideline and, unlike his teammates who wore baseball caps, he had his helmet on so he could listen in on the play calls.Osweiler, in what’s expected to be his last significant action of the season providing Manning stays upright, didn’t do much after his long TD toss, completing just six more passes for 30 yards.Kubiak said this week that the Broncos “could be a five-, six-, seven-receiver football team depending on how things play out here over the weekend,” and he wanted to get a good look at receiver Corbin Louks returning punts.Louks had four fair catches and dropped a 17-yard potential touchdown pass two plays before Trevor Siemian found Bennie Fowler for the score.Arizona tight end Gerald Christian (left knee) was helped off the field in the first half and didn’t return. Neither did cornerback Jimmy Legree, who recovered a fumble in the first quarter but got hurt in the second. – / 31 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Because Johnson wasn’t a first-round pick, there’s no fifth-year option on him, and his extension likely has to get done this summer. Assuming it does and he doesn’t miss any 2018 games, Johnson is in position to shoulder more of his team’s offense than any other player in the league. As a runner and a pass-catcher, Johnson should be the best friend of whomever the Cardinals use at quarterback — Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen. And if he does get a huge new deal, you can bet the Cardinals will use him as much as they can to justify it. Johnson’s 2017 injury was a wrist, not a leg injury, so there’s no reason to doubt that he can return to his dominant 2016 form.Johnson has shown he can rack up the yards in both the run and passing games in a hurry.Prior to his injury in 2017, Johnson was one of the top backs in the NFL.His 1,239 yards on the ground were seventh best in the league, while taking home the No. 2 spot in touchdowns with 16. Only seven running backs had double-digit touchdowns.Related LinksCardinals’ David Johnson ready to reclaim his future in 2018‘Mindset of a vet’: Cardinals rookie QB Rosen is no long shot to be starterAnd if he wasn’t running out of the backfield with the rock, he was burning people as a receiver.Johnson was the only running back in 2016 in the top 40 for receiving yards. He compiled 879 yards on 80 receptions to go along with four scores. His MVP-esque season was almost one for the record books as well. If he would have reached the 1,000-yard mark through the air, he would have joined Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig as the only players to record a 1,000-1,000 season. (AP Photos) But unlike his 2016 season, Johnson is going through something relatively new in 2018.The running back, who is in his final year of his rookie deal, held out of mandatory mini-camp in June as both sides failed to reach a contract extension.Rosen, who has already been in numerous headlines during the offseason, is the other Cardinal mentioned.My offshoot prediction is that, at the conclusion of the 2020 season, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson is the 2018 draft quarterback about whom the league’s fans are most excited. But since I don’t expect Jackson to start at quarterback for the Ravens until 2019, I hedge here against Sam Bradford’s injury history. The Browns, Bills and Ravens don’t want to play their first-round quarterbacks this year, and the Jets probably would rather wait to play theirs as well. The Cardinals, given Bradford’s well-known fragility, may have no choice.While quarterbacks like Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield have garnered a lot of attention, it looks like they will have to sit and wait for a period of time.With Sam Bradford’s injury history, Rosen could get his chance sooner than later.The rookie has already seen time with the first-stringers and has turned heads within the organization with his confidence and command since he arrived. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “He’s smart. This guy is extremely smart. I mean, his ability to see certain things from the defense and pick it up quickly and execute — I don’t want to say this, but he has the mindset of a vet, the way he sees the game,” head coach Steve Wilks said during the second week of organized team activities.Here are some of the eyebrow-raisers within the 25 predictions:– Odell Beckham Jr. will change teams.– The Dallas Cowboys win one of the next three Super Bowls.– Jim Harbaugh returns to the NFL as a head coach.– The kickoff will disappear. Top Stories Do you have a picture of what the NFL will look like three years from now?Looking at the league as a whole, ESPN used their “mighty crystal ball” to put together 25 NFL predictions for the next three years.And some might be a little shocking.In terms of the Arizona Cardinals, two names cracked the list: Running back David Johnson and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.At No. 9, Johnson’s task is a tall one. According to ESPN, DJ will lead the NFL in scrimmage yards over the next three years. 3 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Travelport (TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions to the global travel industry, was again awarded the ‘Best GDS in Asia Pacific’ at the 2015 TTG Travel Awards for the 7th consecutive year at Thursday night’s award ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.Mark Meehan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Travelport, said, “Travelport is delighted to accept this award and I would like to personally thank all of our customers and partners in recognising the value of our technology, continuously for so many years.”The selection of the award winners is not made by TTG Asia but rather by their readers’ vote. Since the readers are mostly travel industry users of GDS systems, this award is an accurate industry affirmation of the Travelport platform.“This has been a great year of growth for Travelport in the APAC region,” Meehan added. “We had big wins especially in the OTA space, with the likes of Hutchgo and Alitrip. We consolidated our relationships with key customers such as Helloworld and expanded our content with low cost carriers and ancillaries.”Travelport released Smartpoint 6 in July this year with extensive improvements particularly in its Rich Content and Branding feature, further solidifying the preferred status of the Travelport platform. A major advantage of Smartpoint 6 is that agents can stay within the booking workflow and have all the rich ancillary content and branded fares at their fingertips for better efficiency.  The traveller can be shown images and photographs of seats, cabins, seat maps and descriptive text enabling them to make the right travel choice.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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