Typhoon causes flight disruptions at Tokyos major airports

first_img Posted by Share The Canadian Press Monday, August 22, 2016 TOKYO — Strong winds from a typhoon forced air traffic controllers to temporarily abandon the control tower at Narita International Airport on Monday, shutting down one of Tokyo’s two main airports for about an hour. Hundreds of domestic flights were cancelled at the city’s other major airport.Narita was closed at 2:20 p.m. after the controllers left the tower when wind speeds reached 126 kilometres (78 miles) per hour, said a Transport Ministry official at the airport who would give only his surname, Matsumoto. The airport reopened around an hour later.It was the first time the tower had been closed because of a typhoon. It closed once before, because of shaking during the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami in March 2011.Typhoon Mindulle, which made landfall south of Tokyo early Monday afternoon, brought heavy rain and strong winds to Tokyo and surrounding areas.Eleven people were injured, three seriously, said Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?South of Tokyo in Kanagawa prefecture, a woman was unconscious after being washed away on a flooded road, and another woman, in her 80s, was blown over by strong winds and seriously injured. Further southwest on the Izu Peninsula, a man in his 30s was knocked over by winds and broke a rib bone.Narita, which is located outside of Tokyo, said that 88 international and 34 domestic departures and arrivals had been cancelled. More than 400 domestic flights were cancelled to and from Tokyo’s other major airport, Haneda.Mindulle had sustained winds of 108 kilometres per hour Monday evening, down from 126 kph when it made landfall, and gusts of up to 162 kph (100 mph). It was forecast to move north over the Tohoku region and reach Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Tuesday.Japanese television showed scattered damage around the region. One house had lost much of its roof. A train on a small commuter line in western Tokyo had to be evacuated after the earth under the tracks gave way, leaving the tracks, train and overhead lines tilted, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. No one was injured.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Heavy rains have swollen rivers, and authorities warned of the possibility of flooding and landslides. Typhoon causes flight disruptions at Tokyo’s major airports << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Its the Big Day for 16 winning Canadian couples saying I do

first_img NASSAU — Wedding bells will be ringing throughout The Islands of The Bahamas as 16 Canadian couples say ‘I do’ at 16 different venues on Nassau/Paradise Island, Exuma, Eleuthera, Abaco, Cat Island and Bimini, at exactly 1600 hours (4 p.m.) on Nov. 16, 2016.The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) rolled out the red carpet for the 16 couples, who all finally arrived in New Providence on Monday after months of planning for their dream weddings in paradise.The couples were met with a warm welcome by the BMOT team at the Lynden Pindling International Airport where they were took advantage of a photo opportunity before being escorted to the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in a stretch limousine. They were alsoLater that evening the couples were treated to a welcome reception at Fathoms at Atlantis. Tourism Director General Joy Jibrulu thanked the couples for showing interest in The Islands of The Bahamas for their special day and invited them to celebrate all of their milestones in The Bahamas.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks“In 2015 the World Travel Awards voted The Bahamas the best wedding destination in the world,” Jibrilu told the couples. “It’s not just us saying that this is the best destination, it has been independently verified and we’re excited that you could experience some of the beautiful islands that earned us that title.“We’re delighted to have you here and to be a part of your special day. I hope that your journey is a beautiful one.” It’s the Big Day for 16 winning Canadian couples saying ‘I do’ in the Bahamas Travelweek Group Vinincia Strachan, Sr. Manager of Romantic Travel, said the idea of destination weddings in The Bahamas is growing in the Canadian market, and it is her hope that the promotion continues to stimulate growth.“More and more people are wanting to have destination weddings, and now they’re beginning to look at The Bahamas as one of the premiere destinations for a wedding. I’m hoping that this 16 weddings promotion inspires more Bahamas destination weddings, particularly to the Family Islands. We hope this promotion gets Canadians excited to learn about all of The Islands of The Bahamas,” she said.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamOn Nov. 13 the couples received their marriage licenses from the Registrar General Department and enjoyed some shopping at the Straw Market and John Bull in Downtown Nassau.Debbie Thompson and Jason Carrington from Toronto will wed in Nassau at Sapodilla Estates. “We’ve never been to The Bahamas before this but we’ll be back, it’s beautiful,” said Thompson. “We brought 21 people with us. This is a big deal for us and we’ll also be celebrating our one-year anniversary here in The Bahamas. We will never forget this; we will tell our grandchildren about this.”The couples were chosen out of hundreds of entries to the Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Bahamas 16 Weddings Invitation’ promotion. The unique multimedia contest invited engaged couples to select one of 16 locations within The Islands Of The Bahamas as a backdrop for their dream wedding. For more information see bahamas16weddings.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Tags: Bahamaslast_img read more

BA to look more like lowcost carrier with removal of reclining seats

first_imgBA to look more like low-cost carrier with removal of reclining seats Tuesday, January 9, 2018 LONDON — British Airways continues to look for ways to cut costs, and next on the chopping block? Reclining seats.According to Fox News, the airline will outfit 35 Airbus A320neos and A321neos with non-reclining seats in economy. The aircraft, which will come into service later this year, are scheduled to fly short-haul flights.A BA spokesman said that the change will “allow us to offer more low fares to customers”, and that the aircraft will still offer perks like at-seat power and, soon to come, onboard Wi-Fi. “The new aircraft will have brand new seats set to a gentle recline to ensure everyone in the cabin enjoys a comfortable journey,” the spokesman said.The move could force BA to change its elite status as it emulates budget airlines. Since Alex Cruz, former CEO of Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling, took over the reins at BA in 2015, the airline has stopped providing free food and drink to passengers in economy on short-haul flights. Even more, it’s been reported that BA is considering halting the sale of duty-free products on short flights, forcing passengers to do their shopping prior to takeoff at airports. Tags: British Airways, Trend Watch Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sharelast_img read more

AMResorts has discounted rates for its new Reflect Resorts brand

first_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, August 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sharecenter_img Tags: AMResorts TORONTO — Time is running out for AMResorts’ ‘Opening Special’ for its three Reflect Resorts & Spas, part of the resort company’s recently announced strategic alliance with Mexico’s Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe’s Krystal Grand division.The three resorts are Reflect Krystal Grand Cancun, Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos and Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta. Bookings made by Sept. 9 for travel by Dec. 22 will receive rates from US$94, plus up to two kids, stay, play and eat free. Clients booking by the deadline will also receive $200 in resort coupons per room.AMResorts announced its new partnership with Krystal Grand in June 2018. The alliance, which came into effect July 1, sees AMResorts responsible for the brand management, sales and marketing of the three resorts, representing a total of 1,329 rooms.Reflect Resorts & Spas is positioned as a family-friendly luxury resort brand offering AMResorts’ ‘Unlimited-Luxury’ concept.AMResorts has set a goal of 100 properties by 2020, with a focus on Mexico. AMResorts has discounted rates for its new Reflect Resorts brandlast_img read more

Tico students improve English level

first_imgA study by the Costa Rica Multilingual Foundation showed that the English level of local students has improved in the last four years.The study evaluated 8,000 high school and university students and shows that 47 percent had a lower intermediate level, while 14 percent had an upper intermediate level.Despite the improvement, only 1 percent scored an advanced level.The online study known as “Business English Skills Test” was applied at the request of the Presidential Council for Competitiveness and Innovation.The company used the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages standards, which defines two categories for beginners (A1 and A2), two intermediate (B1 and B2) and two advanced (C1 and C2).In public and private universities, most students tested score levels B1 and B2 (lower intermediate and upper intermediate) grades.From 2008 to 2012 the English level of high school and university students in Costa Rica went from beginner to intermediate levels. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

US technology firm Ingram Micro opens new facility in Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. Ingram Micro Inc., the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor, on Wednesday opened a new repair facility in Santa Ana, southwest of San José.The facility employs 300 people and will be fully dedicated to supporting the company’s mobile device lifecycle services, “specifically repair, recovery and recycling,” the firm said in a press release. The jobs number could increase to 400 by the end of the year, it added.“We chose Costa Rica because of its impressive infrastructure and highly talented workforce,” said Christopher Newell, vice president of Global Reverse Logistics.Costa Rica’s plant will primarily serve Ingram Micro Mobility’s partnership with a major U.S. mobile carrier.“This location also further extends our reach into the important Latin American market,” Newell added.The California-based firm currently serves approximately 160 countries on six continents with a diverse portfolio of IT products and services. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

World Environment Day

first_imgFacebook Comments Related posts:Tico designer founds furniture company to aid Filipino typhoon victims British Embassy celebrates 25th anniversary of Pacuare Reserve US experts tracking wildlife trade help train Costa Rican customs inspectors Plastic bag pollution is daunting but has an easy solution, says environmentalistlast_img

PHOTOS San José Childrens Hospital lights up its giant Christmas tree

first_img Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico TImes Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico TImes Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timescenter_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Downtown San José lit up Thursday night with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at the Children’s Hospital. The tradition has taken place since 1964 in the heart of “Chepe,” as San José is known, and this year the tree was decked out with 22,000 lights, according to an event manager. Hundreds of kids and parents enjoyed the latest edition of the tree-lighting ceremony, which included music and other festivities.Here’s a look: Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica PHOTOS: Perfection in a block of wood National Theater inaugurates nativity scenelast_img read more

Brazil Land fights up but fewer activists dead

first_imgThe 25 tomes that made up the law suit were full of “suffering, tears, blood and death,” the judge said in court.Another potentially violent case involves Embu das Artes, a small town near Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous metropolis.  According to the Landless Peasants Movement, about 8,000 people live in over 3,000 tents in Embu, an area with three natural springs and 4.7 million square feet (440,000 square meters) of native forest that’s grown into the country’s largest landless occupation.The land in this case officially belongs to a developer, which had planned to build homes for 1,200 families on the spot. In 2006, however, Sao Paulo environmentalists went to court and won an injunction forbidding any construction within the forest.With the legal case dragging on, the landless workers occupied the land in March with the support of the local mayor. Their settlement grew as more families joined in, clearing trees and erecting tents in the forested hillside.___Associated Press writer Bradley Brooks contributed to this report from Sao Paulo.___Follow Juliana Barbassa at http://twitter.com/jbarbassaFollow Bradley Brooks at http://twitter.com/bradleybrooks New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories The Land Pastoral report said efforts to develop Brazil’s countryside and the powerful economic interests involved were behind the rise in conflicts over land.“A battle has been declared that is expressed in the violence against those considered obstacles to development and progress, because their projects run counter to the prevailing development models,” the Catholic Land Pastoral said in a press release.Brazil is a global export leader in products that the Land Pastoral and others say are most responsible for conflicts and deforestation in Brazil’s countryside – soy from massive farms, beef raised on ranches that dot the rainforest and iron ore from mining projects. Hundreds of conflicts over who had rights to land mushroomed last year when ranchers, farmers and miners clashed with subsistence farmers and Indians living on reserves set aside by the government.Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is a proponent of developing rural areas including the Amazon, though in a manner her government argues is responsible and balances protecting the environment with the desire to expand the nation’s economy on the back of commodity production.It’s a battle of economic will that’s been persistent in Brazil since Portuguese explorers arrived 500 years ago, said Antonio Brand, a historian and professor at the Catholic University of Dom Bosco. Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Conflicts over land issues in Brazil increased last year, although the number of rural activists killed nationally went down slightly, according to a report released by a watchdog group that tallies land-related threats and murders. The report found that at least two ongoing conflicts could turn into violent conflagrations.The Catholic Land Pastoral `s survey released Monday showed murders connected to land disputes fell from 34 in 2010 to 29 in 2011. Murder attempts also fell, from 55 to 38. In spite of the trend, the number of conflicts nationwide rose from 1,186 to 1,363, and the number of death threats grew from 125 to 347. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Check your body, save your life More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   About 150 other police officers were indicted for those killings but were eventually acquitted.The massacre was carried out in the eastern Amazon town of Eldorado dos Carajas as the landless peasants gathered to protest for land reform. It has been symbolic of the impunity that exists in Brazil to this day when it comes to killings over land conflicts. It’s also a rallying cry for land rights activists, who each April invade and occupy land to honor those killed. Under Brazil’s 1988 Constitution, unproductive terrain may be expropriated as long as the owner is compensated. Agrarian reform remains a hot-button issue in Brazil, where just 3.5 percent of mostly rich landowners control more than half of the arable land in Latin America’s largest nation and one of the globe’s biggest agriculture powers.Officials say that loggers, ranchers and farmers have always been responsible for most of the killings targeting protests over illegal logging and land rights. Most of the killings happen in the Amazon region, but also occur in most other Brazilian states.  In nearly three-quarters of the cases, the victims come from traditional communities such as indigenous villages and settlements of slave descendants known in Brazil as quilombos, the report showed. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The report was released on the same day a state judge ordered two former high-ranking police officials to be jailed for their part in the worst massacre carried out during a land conflict in Brazil _ an April 1996 clash that saw police open fire on some 2,000 landless peasants, killing 19 of them.In Brazil, killings over land are common and seldom punished, as powerful landowners clash with farmers and others for control of lucrative farming and logging land. More than 1,150 rural activists have been slain in Brazil over the past 20 years, but fewer than 100 cases have gone to court since 1988, the Land Pastoral said. Out of those cases, the courts have only found guilty 15 of the men who ordered the killings, and only one had been serving time in prison before Monday, a man responsible for the much-publicized 2005 murder of U.S. nun and environmental activist Dorothy Stang.However, a Para state court on Monday ordered the arrests and jailing of former police Lt. Col. Mario Pantojo and former Maj. Jose de Oliveira. Officials said Pantojo had already presented himself at a jail and that Oliveira would do so on Tuesday. Both were convicted more than five years ago and sentenced to over 100 years each for their leadership role over the officers who carried out the 19 killings and for wounding another 69 landless peasants. But they have managed to remain free using the Brazilian legal system’s extensive appeals process.   “The argument of colonization that was used to justify the murder of so many indigenous people has been substituted by the argument of the country’s development,” Brand said. “It allows, as was the case in the past, the violation of rights and the continuation of violence.”Just last month a man was shot to death and another injured in the northeastern state of Bahia in a 30-year-old land dispute between farmers and the Pataxo indigenous group. Brazilians first learned about the case in 1997, when an indigenous man known by his first name, Galdino, went to the country’s capital to plead his tribe’s cause. He ended up burned to death by well-to-do teenagers who found him sleeping in a Brasilia bus stop.Last week, Brazil’s Supreme Court finally ruled on the issue the victim had been championing and found that the land titles of farms operating within the 54,000-acre (22,000-hectare) indigenous reserve were not valid, and that the farmers had to leave. This case was not on the Supreme Court’s schedule, but had to be resolved because it was a situation of “extreme conflict,” according to judge Carmen Lucia Antunes Rocha.last_img

AP PHOTOS Srebrenicas annual sorrow

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressSREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Seventeen years later, Bosnian Muslims are still burying more victims from the Srebrenica massacre.Tens of thousands flooded into the Bosnian town whose name is now synonymous with genocide for funeral services Wednesday for 520 newly identified victims killed in 1995 by Serb forces.In a ceremony broadcast live across the country, emotions ran high, the passage of time seemingly not easing the pain of losing loved ones. Top Stories Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family In all, some 100,000 people were killed in Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.Here’s a gallery of photos from Wednesday’s ceremony at Srebrenica.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Leader of alQaida N African branch dies in car

first_img Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Patients with chronic pain give advice Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Check your body, save your life BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – A spokesman for a radical Islamic group in northern Mali has confirmed that a leader of al-Qaida’s North African branch was killed in a car crash.Sanda Abou Mohamed, a spokesman for Ansar Dine, which seized control of cities in northern Mali in April, says that Nabil Makhloufi, known by his alias Nabil Alqama, was killed in the accident near the city of Gao on Sunday.Makhloufi, an Algerian national who is a longtime member of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, was appointed “emir of the Sahara” last year, controlling operations in the southern half of AQIM’s territory, including in Mali. Makhloufi was close to Abou Zeid, the feared leader of one of AQIM’s most violent brigades. Zeid is responsible for the death of at least two European hostages, and is believed to be holding four French nationals kidnapped two years ago in Niger.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Bumper summer season for Carnival Australia

first_imgDiamond Princess Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A More than 310,000 passengers will sail through Australian waters on board a Carnival Australia ship this summer, making the 2011-2012 season the largest one yet for the company.Nineteen Carnival Australia ships, including Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Princess Cruises’ megaliner, Diamond Princess will embark on itineraries down under.The season officially commences in Brisbane on 21 September when Sun Princess begins her first season of cruising from Queensland waters and claims the title of the largest and the first international ship to be home ported in the city.Queen Mary 2, the largest ship to ever visit Brisbane, will make her maiden call on 16 February with her sister, Queen Elizabeth visiting on 2 March. Five ships will be deployed to Australia for home porting over summer, joining the six ships that the company has positioned here full time. “It’s a great indication of the growing popularity of cruising in Australia as well as the economic impact that cruising is having right around the country,” said Jenny Lourey, Senior Vice President Carnival Australia. Australia’s cruising capital, Sydney, will experience 107 separate calls by 18 Carnival Australia ships, including 19 days where the harbour city will welcome two ships on the one day.Dawn Princess will be home ported in Melbourne from 14 December 2011 to 8 April 2012 with Queen Mary 2 making her maiden call to the city on 5 March following her maiden call to Darwin on 22 February. Overnight visits have become more popular, with Hobart welcoming three overnight stays in summer including two by Dawn Princess and one by Pacific Pearl. “No matter where you are on the Australian coast, from Broome in the north-west to Hobart in the south, there’ll be big white ships sailing by. In fact, there will be a lot of days when we’ll have two ships in the same port,” said Ms Lourey. The company estimates that their 300 calls to 24 different Australian ports between October and April will generate more than AUD$230 million for the economy.  With almost half a million Australians having cruised in 2010, this summer season is set to see the records soar. last_img read more

Smokers hit hard by new limit

first_imgCommencing 1 September, as part of this year’s Federal budget, duty free limits on Tobacco are being reduced from 250 cigarettes to 50 or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products.This new limit applies to all tobacco products in accompanied baggage, regardless of where or how they were purchased.The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has warned that if passengers exceed the duty free concession they will be charged duty and tax on all items of that type (general goods, alcohol or tobacco), not just the items which exceed the limit.The general goods and alcohol duty-free concessions remain the same, if you are 18 years or over you can bring up to A$900 worth of general goods into Australia Duty free.If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 liters of alcohol duty free into Australia with you.  All alcohol in accompanied baggage is included in the category, regardless of where or how it was purchased. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Definitely Dubai … Definitely desirable

first_imgAiming to build overnight stays from the Australian market, Dubai’s tourism leaders are stressing that Dubai is more than just a stop-over destination and more affordable than expected. Speaking at the Definitely Dubai Roadshow in Sydney last night, Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) deputy director Mohammed Essa Al Shaikh told agents that the region is eager to build on its arrival numbers and increase its overnight stays.The event saw agents learn more about the destination by engaging in interactive workshops and challenges where they sniffed spices, built buildings and were clad in Kandura’s.Mr Abdullah Bin Suwaidan and DTCM head of region, Australia and Asia Mr Mohammed Essa Al Shaikh were accompanied by sponsors, Emirates and Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, who addressed an audience of over 100 agents.In addition to the workshops and challenges,  the night offered networking opportunities with a delegation of co-exhibitors from 10 hotels, resorts, ground operators and attractions from Dubai. With over 72,000 rooms across 573 hotels that range from budget to complete luxury, the choice is endless for travellers.At least 25 percent of the hotels in Dubai are 4 – 5 star, 40 percent are 1 -3 star and the remaining are serviced apartments.“People often think that Dubai is expensive, but we have hotels that range from budget to luxury, discounted shopping and affordable transport,” Mr Mohammed Essa Al Shaikh commented.Visitors to Dubai can experience a range of cultural tours, adrenalin sports, play golf of one of nine championship courses and relax in one of 35 spas or shop at some of the 68 shopping malls.As the new Emirates partnership agreement with Qantas kicks off, the worldwide network to access Dubai will grow.From Dubai, Emirates services over 100 destinations worldwide with the largest fleet of Boeing 777’s and aims to make Dubai the number one aviation hub in the world.Agents wanting to learn more about the destination can visit www.dubaixperts.com and complete the online training. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

MH370 relatives do reconnaissance in Malaysia

first_imgThe centre is offering counselling services and interpreter services for Australian families, perhaps in expectation that wreckage will soon be found.  Another relative, Wang Chunjiang, whose brother Wang Chunyong, was on the plane, said that the group wanted some closure for what is still a difficult time. After the relations entered their hotel, one of them, a man named Jiang Hui, was willing to speak to the media. More than 24 Chinese relatives of passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 have visited Malaysia to demand more information from the Malaysian government. “We don’t reject the media, but please give us a bit of time.” Source = ETB News: Tom Neale “We want to know what could have happened to them in the six hours the plane kept flying, and if they had to endure any mental and physical pain,” Mr Wang said. The fatigue of the relatives has been caused by carelessness in the search, with mis-sightings of wreckage, the Malaysian Prime Minister announcing the plane must have crashed without confirmation and several conspiracy theories as to the whereabouts of the plane. “Now that we’ve come here, we will disseminate comments in a unified way,” Mr Hui said. The search is now continuing the Indian Ocean and is being coordinated from a multi-coordination centre in Perth. The relatives are in Malaysia to meet top Malaysian bureaucrats to discuss MH370’s whereabouts, the Guardian reported.last_img read more

Meetings Events Australias new Event Show

first_imgMeetings & Events Australia has revealed the much anticipated details of its upcoming Event Show, which will take place at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse on the 1st and 2nd of September.Announcing the show earlier this week to delegates at the MEA National Conference on Hamilton Island, MEA ceo Linda Gaunt said it would be “Sydney’s only events trade show specialising in showcasing local venues and suppliers, with a focus on up and coming technology and service providers”.The MEA show will fill some of the void left by the demise of Inspire EX which was set to be held 17-18 August at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island.Exhibitions and Trade Fairs pulled the pin on Inspire EX just after AIME with the move part of a restructure which it said would see it focus on markets demonstrating the greatest potential for growth.The MEA Event Show will also occur just before Luxperience, which added an “Events by Luxperience” division to its show which takes place 6-9 September at the Australian Technology Park.Despite the close timing with Luxperience, Gaunt said MEA had already received an overwhelming amount of support for the show, and now that the venue has been announced this will further encourage industry members to get involved.Meetings & Events Australia has revealed the much anticipated details of its upcoming Event Show. Saxton Speakers Bureau has been announced as the major sponsor of the MEA Event Show, and delegates at the MEA conference were offered an “exclusive chance to be the first to get involved with the event”.Source = Business Events Newslast_img read more

Raffles Group in Fiji rebrands to Raffe Hotels Resorts

first_imgThe Raffles Group of Hotels & Resorts, which manages three iconic Fijian Resorts, is pleased to announce that it will be rebranding to Raffe Hotels & Resorts effectively immediately.Founded by the late Reginald Raffe, the hotel group has been trading in Fiji for more than 40 years and is led by its flagship property, Plantation Island Resort.Reg Raffe was one of the pioneers of the Tourism Industry in Fiji, opening his beloved Plantation Island Resort in 1969 and then running key properties such as the Tradewinds Hotel in Suva and the Raffles Gateway Hotel across the road from the Nadi International Airport.Reg’s children also opened one of Fiji’s leading boutique resorts, Lomani Island Resort, in 2004. Reg Raffe’s contribution to the Tourism Industry in Fiji was immense, and he leaves a legacy of one of the leading hotel management brands in the South Pacific.Bradley Robinson, CEO of Raffe Hotels & Resorts says “We are truly proud of the history our properties have in Fiji. Our founder Mr Raffe was extremely hard working and entrepreneurial; traits that we continue to value in our organisation today.“It seemed obvious to us that his reputation as a visionary leader of local tourism should lead us into the future.”Raffe Hotels and Resorts offer a range of product to suit most visitors to Fiji; Plantation Island Resort is the quintessential island experience, a three-star value for money resort great for families of all ages, couples and groups.Lomani Island Resort is a boutique four star adult only resort nestled in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands. Raffles Gateway Hotel is conveniently located across the road from Nadi International Airport and provides pre and post accommodation for an island stay or exceptional service for corporates or last minute travellers.Source = Raffe Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Vietnam Airlines upgrades to new Airbus A350 on Melbourne routes

first_imgVietnam Airlines upgrades to new Airbus A350 on Melbourne routesVietnam Airlines upgrades to new Airbus A350 on Melbourne routesVietnam Airlines has today announced an aircraft upgrade to their daily Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City flight. From 29 July to the end of October 2018 all Boeing 787 aircrafts travelling on the route in and outbound to Melbourne will be replaced by the new Airbus A350. This is the first time the new aircraft will be available to Australian passengers travelling with Vietnam Airlines.The new aircraft implementation comes as the increase in demand for flights on the Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City route has spiked in recent months. The Airbus A350 allows an extra 10 percent customer capacity than the long-standing Boeing 787.Similarities are seen between the aircrafts, both being long range, wide-bodied and featuring a twin-engine, with the largest change between the planes being the increase in passenger accommodation, with the Airbus A350 allowing for an additional 29 passengers each way. The Airbus A350 boasts a 212 ft 5 in (64.75m) wingspan, which is 15 ft (4.75m) wider than the Boeing 787.Mr. Hung Truong – GM of VN’s branch office in Australia said, “It is great to see an increase in demand from our Australian travellers and Vietnam Airlines is delighted to announce the upgrade to some of the current fleet to the new Airbus.”The new aircrafts also offer more legroom and increased passenger mobility, with Premium Economy on the Airbus featuring near-flat reclining seats, a bountiful 38 in (96.5cm) pitch and recline up to 8 in (20cm). Passengers will be able to enjoy the latest in entertainment on 10.6 in (27cm) private screens.About Vietnam Airlines:Vietnam Airlines is the national flag carrier of Vietnam and the major carrier in the Mekong sub-region, operating 90 routes to 20 domestic and 29 international destinations with an average of 400 flights per day, connecting the world’s major cities to mesmerising travel destinations in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.Vietnam Airlines’ efforts to enable innovation and development have been recognised by international and national communities through a series of prestigious awards. In 2017, Vietnam Airlines was honourably awarded the “Asia Pacific Airline of the Year” by CAPA; “World’s Leading Airline – Premium Economy Class” and “World’s Leading Cultural Airline” by World Travel Awards. In 2016 and 2017, Skytrax- the world’s leading airline and airport rating organization- has ranked Vietnam Airlines as a 4-Star Airline for 2 consecutive years and 14th among the 20 best premium economy class airlines in the world. This achievement is the result of the organisation’s tireless devotion and commitment to provide the highest quality across a range of products and services.During 20 years of development at a 2-digit annual growth rate, Vietnam Airlines has achieved a remarkable progression to become a major airline in Asia’s aviation market. Vietnam Airlines is a member of SkyTeam Alliance- the global airline alliance with 20 members providing access to an extensive global network with 16,609 daily flights to 1074 destinations in 177 countries. Becoming a member of SkyTeam enables Vietnam Airlines to reaffirm the carrier’s new position on the global aviation map as a strategic partner of the alliance in South-east Asia region. In 2015, Vietnam Airlines became the first airline in the world to successfully operate both next-generation aircraft Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 and Airbus A350-9XWB at the same time.Positioning itself as a modern and reputable carrier whose brand is characterised by Vietnam’s rich culture and national identity, Vietnam Airlines strives to become a favourite carrier the Asia Pacific region.Zachary PittasSource = Vietnam Airlineslast_img read more

PATA announces new Executive Board

first_imgL/R: Mr. Josefa Tuamoto, CEO – Tourism Solomons, Solomon Islands; Ms Flori-Anne Dela Cruz, Youth Representative – Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Guam; Mr. Pairoj Kiatthunsamai, CFO, PATA; Mr. Trevor Weltman, Chief of Staff – PATA; Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO – PATA; Ms. Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC – TripAdvisor, Hong Kong SAR; Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Fine and Applied Arts, and Director, International – Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada; Mr. Bill Calderwood, Managing Director – The Ayre Group Consulting, Australia; Mr. Luzi Matzig, Chairman – Asian Trails Ltd., Thailand; Mr. Soon-Hwa Wong, CEO – Asia Tourism Consulting Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Mr. Benjamin Liao, Chairman – Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei; Ms Jennifer Chun, Director, Tourism Research – Hawaii Tourism Authority, USA; Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director – Macao Government Tourism Office, Macao, China; Mr. Shahid Hamid, Executive Director- Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, Bangladesh, and Mr. Henry Oh, Jr., Chairman – Global Tour Ltd., Korea (ROK).PATA announces new Executive BoardThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the ratification of the 2019/2020 PATA Executive Board. Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Fine and Applied Arts, and Director, International at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada and Ms. Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC – TripAdvisor, Hong Kong SAR have been formally approved to continue for an additional one-year term as Chairman and Immediate Past Chairperson, respectively.During the PATA Annual Summit 2019 in Cebu, Philippines, PATA also elected five new members to its Executive Board including Mr. Soon-Hwa Wong, CEO – Asia Tourism Consulting Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Mr. Benjamin Liao, Chairman – Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei; Ms Jennifer Chun, Director, Tourism Research – Hawaii Tourism Authority, USA; Mr. Vinoop Goel, Regional Director – Airports & External Relations, International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Singapore, and Mr. Henry Oh, Jr., Chairman – Global Tour Ltd., Korea (ROK).Other Executive Board members include Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director – Macao Government Tourism Office, Macao, China; Mr. Bill Calderwood, Managing Director – The Ayre Group Consulting, Australia; Mr. Jon Nathan Denight, Representative, Palau Visitors Authority, Palau; Mr. Shahid Hamid, Executive Director- Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, Bangladesh, and Mr. Luzi Matzig, Chairman – Asian Trails Ltd., Thailand.Mr. Soon-Hwa Wong was elected as the new Vice Chairman, while Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes remains Secretary/Treasurer.Mr. Soon Hwa has some 40 years of extensive experience in the Asia Pacific tourism and hospitality industry. After a long and successful corporate career, he founded Asia Tourism Consulting to provide advisory and consulting services to commercial and not-for-profit enterprises. During his career, he started the Hertz Asia Pacific office in Singapore in 1993. After Hertz, as Regional Director – Asia Pacific, he helped Blacklane GmbH establish the Singapore regional office and built a service network covering some 80 cities. Prior to Hertz, he was Regional Manager – South East Asia for Air New Zealand, GM Marketing of Mansfield Travel and Deputy GM Avis Singapore.On the election of the new Executive Board PATA CEO Mario Hardy said, “I look forward to working with our new Executive Board in supporting our members in creating a more responsible travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific region. Our Executive Board this year is truly an example of PATA’s diversity and expertise. I am especially proud to recognise that PATA has five women on its Executive Board and five representatives from the Pacific, who will work alongside our other members representing the Americas, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia. I am confident that all of us together will continue to support the productive efforts of the global tourism industry and our core values at PATA.”Furthermore, Mr Josefa Tuamoto, CEO – Tourism Solomons, Solomon Islands and Dr. Fanny Vong, President – Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Macao, China have been appointed to the Executive Board as non-voting members.Ms Flori-Anne Dela Cruz, Youth Representative – Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Guam and PATA Face of the Future 2019, joins the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer for a one-year term at the invitation of the PATA Chairman.The new Executive Board members were confirmed at the PATA Board Meeting on May 12, 2019 during the PATA Annual Summit 2019 in Cebu, Philippines.Source = Pacific Asia Travel Associationlast_img read more

Lady Keane College organises programme on responsible tourism

first_imgLady Keane College in Shillong organised a 10-day programme named ‘Responsible Tourism and Entrepreneurship Development’ funded by the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUS) to improve awareness on responsible tourism practices and to encourage entrepreneurship for the young women of the college.The main focus of the programme was entrepreneurial values, business basics, branding fundamentals and core financials to help establish a meaningful business with minimal negative social, cultural and economic impact on the community. This initiative was taken to incite holistic tourism practices and inculcate life skills and entrepreneurial mindsets among the students.last_img