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first_imgSource = Choice Hotels Australasia Choice Hotels Australasia is proud to launch the campaign ‘Your Stay Is Building The Foundations To Prevent Youth Homelessness’, with the aim of raising more than AUD$55,000 to build a new studio for a young person at risk of homelessness through charity partner Kids Under Cover.Held between 3 and 9 August, during Homelessness Prevention Week, Choice Hotels will donate AUD$2 from every night stayed across their portfolio of more than 230 hotels across Australia, including the Econo Lodge, Comfort, Quality and Clarion hotel brands, and the Ascend Hotel Collection.The significant donation will fund the build of a new studio for the Kids Under Cover Studio Program, and will be built by Choice Hotels’ head office staff and franchisees in 2016.The Kids Under Cover Studio Program offers fully relocatable unique accommodation that are constructed on the grounds of the family/carers home to provide young people at risk of homelessness with a secure and stable environment to grow into healthy adulthood.Trent Fraser, Choice Hotels Chief Executive Officer, is very proud to be working with Kids Under Cover for a second year.“Choice Hotels partnered with Kids Under Cover because of their amazing accomplishments in helping families to stay together,” Fraser said.“We thank all of our guests, staff and franchisees for getting behind this initiative and giving disadvantaged young people the opportunity to reach their full potential,” he said.Jo Swift, Kids Under Cover’s Chief Executive Officer, said the organisation firmly believes the most effective way to reduce the number of young people experiencing homelessness is through prevention.Without such interventions, young people will increasingly become the face of homelessness in Australia.“With the support of community minded businesses like Choice Hotels Australasia who understand the importance of making people feel at home, young people will be able to build a brighter future,” said Swift.Aimed at raising awareness of the issue of youth homelessness and the importance of early prevention, Kids under Cover are the only organisation in Australia that offer the unique combination of relocatable housing, and education/job training scholarships for homeless and at-risk young people. Learn more about Kids Under Coverlast_img read more


first_imgThe USD 500 plus billion global wellness tourism industryA group of seasoned wellness industry executives have joined forces to create the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA). Registered in the State of Colorado as a not-for-profit, privately-held organization, the WTA has been established and designed to serve this booming travel sector.“Our mission is clear and concise,” says Co-Founder and Chairman Andrew Gibson, VP Wellbeing, Accor Hotels, “We plan to support and further the growth and development of the wellness tourism industry through networking, education, communication and marketing.”The new association will be a network of and for qualifying members of the wellness tourism industry. Its objectives will help to define the industry, as well as educate consumers to recognize legitimate and credible wellness suppliers and operators.Co-Founding member Tom Klein, President & COO of Canyon Ranch stated, “The WTA will fill a gap in this global industry by providing a credible and unified voice.” Klein added, “As with all associations, the goals and objectives will be determined by the members.”According to the Global Wellness Institute’s 2017 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, the Wellness Tourism segment is a $563 billion industry — growing faster than the tourism industry itself.  “It makes perfect sense to have our own association,” says Co-Founder and President, Anne Dimon, Founder/CEO of TravelToWellness.com “Especially since there is some confusion with consumers and travel agents as to what constitutes legitimate ‘wellness travel.”Nilendu Srivastava, Managing Director of The Art of Living Retreat Center, a year-round wellness retreat facility in Boone, North Carolina is another Founding Member.The association’s first tourism office member – the Monaco Government Tourist Office – will be represented by Cindy Hoddeson, Monaco’s Director, North America. The wellness history of this city-state dates back to 1860 and the Etablissement des Bains, Monaco’s first baths where people traveled to benefit from the curative powers of the Mediterranean.Madeleine Marentette, owner of Grail Springs — recent recipient of Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat 2017 — will also sit on the first Board of Directors – – as will Jim Forberg, Founding Partner and COO of Unicomm LLC, producers of the long-running Travel & Adventure Show and introducing a wellness element to their shows in 2018.Wellness Tourism is not a new industry, as people have traveled both nationally and internationally with health or wellness the primary focus since the time of the Roman Baths. Today, the commitment to ‘health as your wealth’ transcends borders, cultures and ages, with many new companies flocking to the sector.Membership will be open to qualifying destination marketing organizations, hotels and resorts, destination spas, tour operators, travel advisors, wellness educators and others with an interest in supporting the industry and helping shape its future and sustainability. Dimon adds that, “while ‘wellness’ is often thought to be a luxury category of travel, we also want to ensure we represent a diverse range of members across consumer segment.”For more information, please visit http://www.wellnesstourismassociation.org and for interview opportunities and additional details, email the WTA at admin@wellnesstourismassociation.orgSource = Wellness Tourism Association (WTA)last_img read more


first_imgSource = InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Best Luxury Resort Spa Australia and OceaniaBest Luxury Resort Spa Australia and OceaniaInterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is delighted to announce that Spa InterContinental has won Best Luxury Resort Spa- Australia and Oceania at the annual 2019 World Luxury Spa Awards™ held at the State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia.The World Luxury Spa Awards recognize establishments for excellence in world-class service. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continental and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by the staff. In its fourth year running, the awards ceremony hosted more than 200 guests from around the world with representation in over 90 countries, of which 450 spas belong to.“This is indeed a great honour to win this award alongside so many reputed spas in the region. It defines the property and its spa facilities as being the best. Our natural location, impeccable service standards and a rejuvenating menu of treatments have all contributed to this achievement,” said Manager of Spa InterContinental, Kalpana Devi.“This is a recognition of the dedication of my team and highly trained therapists at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa to delivering outstanding service that enables our guests to stay relaxed and rejuvenated,” said Spa Manager, Kalpana Devi.Beyond the stylish reception area, which features a generous shopping area for both Pure Fiji and Phytomer beauty essential products, guests will find a warmly lit communal space, the WAI ZONE -featuring a steam room, hydrotherapy pool and rain forest shower, and an ice room, all designed to enhance and relax the senses.A haven of peace and relaxation, Spa InterContinental presents the perfect getaway for Spa Breaks. Combining Asian, Eastern and Western treatment methods to bring balance to the body, mind and soul. Spa InterContinental provides a wide range of spa experiences focusing on wellness and well-being with qualified therapists on hand to offer the best of Fiji’s day spas and hospitality.InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) with over 5,000 and 744,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries. Overlooking the azure waters of Natadola Beach – voted by CNN as one of the best beaches in the world, and Fiji’s finest beach, the resort is spread across 35 acres of tropical manicured gardens and offers all of the facilities and services expected of a luxury international resort.Click here for more news and updates on the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa or contact the resort on 673 3455 / enquiries.fiji@ihg.comlast_img read more


first_imgThe Department of Tourism of Philippines recently branded 100 radio cabs and 100 BEST buses in Mumbai. This was recently inaugurated by Rajshree Birla, Consul General (A H), Consulate General of Republic of Philippines.The Indian market has continued to be one of the important contributors of international visitors to the Philippines. India has jumped up to the 12th position for tourist arrivals in the Philippines till September 2015, registering over 22.40% increase in the number. February 2015 showed an impressive growth of arrivals to almost 40%.Such growth can be attributed to the marketing efforts and participation of the country in international travel fairs as well as tourism infrastructure development initiatives. In addition, Indian travellers holding any of the valid and current AJACSSUK visas (U.S., Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, Singapore and UK) are allowed visa free entry into the Philippines for a period of 14 days.Navritu Rai, Account Director, Philippines Tourism Marketing Office – India said, “DOT is focusing on consumer promotions for 2015 and 2016 and we feel that branding taxis and buses are an appropriate method to promote the Philippines as a fun destination since these cover print as well as mobile form of advertising – this increases number of eyeballs and awareness and presence of the Philippines in the India market.”last_img read more


first_imgBollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt have been signed up as the new brand ambassadors for MakeMyTrip. The move aims at strengthening the brand’s appeal, stature and recall amongst its audience in first tier towns and cities across the country.Saujanya Shrivastava, Chief Marketing Officer, MakeMyTrip said, “Makemytrip aims to inspire and enable the restless wanderlust in every person’s heart. And as the brand injects new energy into its ambitions, there is a raring-to-go spirit that it has started to spread. On that journey, taking on two key protagonists to represent this spirit of wanderlust is a key step. Like the brand, both Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt represent the new age of Indians – confident, bold, and unafraid to try new things. In their cinematic journey too they are experimental, have fun in whatever they do and give everything its maximum due. Like true travellers who push forth on their travel ambitions, their persona is incredibly aspirational. It’s a great fit with the brand, which we hope can inspire more of India to travel.”The duo has engaged in high-decibel campaign that has high visibility and impactful presence across mediums and is supported by digital and on-ground marketing activations.last_img read more


first_imgProxce recently announced the adoption of its Proximity Identity Manager (PIM) at the Jumeirah Group’s hotels. Proxce’s PIM will provide guests with a more personalised experience on their smartphones such as mobile check-in and advanced location-based services with many new features to be announced in the upcoming months.“Proxce’s innovative technology is a powerful identity management solution that creates personalised interactions for our guests and allows Jumeirah to extend its capabilities to providing the finest service quality and making their experience with us memorable and unique,” said Nancy Wolff, Vice President of Hotel Systems at Jumeirah Group.With the help of Proxce’s technology, guests will be able to upload profile information, associate existing profiles, experience real-time location based interaction with the hotel and Jumeirah can create contextual experiences based on each guests’ likes and preferences.“We are excited to partner with Jumeirah to provide a state-of-the-art identity management and mobile check-in experience. The Jumeirah group has always been at the forefront of innovation especially when it comes to providing exceptional guest experience and we are proud to be a part of that,” said Proxce’s CEO and Founder Madhu Madhusudhanan.last_img read more


first_imgRussia’s top vacation spot and the only place in the country where you can experience five climate zones, from sub-tropical to mountain permafrost, in a one hour drive.Source: National Geographiclast_img


first_imgWith the constant boom in global travel and tourism industry, the stakeholders of the industry including travellers have become more alert to environmental and sustainable elements of a destination.Speaking exclusively to Travel News Digest, Aditi Balbir, Founder & CEO, V Resorts said, “Responsible tourism is no longer a matter of choice for operators today. If we don’t push through on specific and quantifiable ‘Environmental’, ‘Social’ and ‘Governance’ objectives, the topic shall only remain a hypothetical one which is not taken seriously.”Balbir also stated that travellers should take smaller steps to ensure the sustainability of a destination. She mentioned steps like zero-plastic usage and usage of disposal bins instead of the rampant littering should be encouraged from the grassroots level.Speaking about India’s position on the global Ecotourism map, Balbir averred, “We are a country that has possibly the greatest ecotourism, there are positive initiatives driven across specific states – in Andhra Pradesh for example, the government is promoting Farm-to-Fork tourism in a big way.”“The way locals live define the well-being of a destination. If locals can come together and streamline their own set of practices of in terms of responsible economic growth, this not only improves the tourism potential of the region but also helps improve the micro-economies which with time become circular in nature,” Balbir remarked while stressing on how locals can contribute to the well-being of a destination.Balbir also stated the difference between an Indian traveller and a foreigner. She said,“Foreign travellers tend to explore the land in a far more responsible way compared to the typical Indian tourist. The biggest reason for that is the consciousness of the environment that has been ingrained over generations in the west as compared to India.”However, she confirmed that with increased social awareness about the environmental plight, the millennials of today are the trendsetters of this new wave of an evolved, more responsible Indian traveller.last_img read more


first_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-30 Tory Barringer “”Continental Title Holding Co., Inc.””:http://ctitle.com/, an independent title insurance agency with headquarters in St. Louis, announced the acquisition of “”Assured Title Company of Warrenton, LLC””:http://atitleco.com/.[IMAGE]””We feel that by combining two of St. Louis’ most recognized and respected title companies, we are able to offer our clients the first class service they deserve from our exceptional staffs,”” said Brian Scheidegger, VP of [COLUMN_BREAK]business development for Continental Title of Missouri following the acquisition. Scheidegger added that though there were many potential buyers under consideration, “”Continental was definitely the right fit for our employees and our customers.””Assured Title Company’s offices will continue to operate, and its current employees have been asked to join Continental Title. With the acquisition, Continental Title will now have a total of 13 offices throughout the St. Louis metro, expanding its footprint in the market.””The combined companies will enhance our ability to provide exceptional title and escrow services in the entire metropolitan area and indeed throughout the entire state of Missouri,”” said Daniel Klauber, VP and owner of Continental Title. “”By combining forces, Continental Title, with support from Assured Title Company’s staff, and Brian, will be able to provide enhanced title and escrow services in every area in which we operate.””The combined entities expect annual revenue for 2013 to be $26 million.center_img Continental Title Holding Co. Acquires Assured Title Company of Warrenton April 30, 2013 397 Views last_img read more


first_img February 10, 2014 388 Views in Technology “”Kroll Factual Data, Inc.””:https://www.krollfactualdata.com/, a Colorado-based provider of risk mitigation and independent verification services to lenders, announced the integration of several of its products into “”Ellie Mae’s””:http://www.elliemae.com/ Encompass mortgage management solution.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]As of February 6, Kroll’s suite of Third-Party Verification Services–including Verification of Employment, Social Security number verifications, and more–are available through Encompass, with the Risk Mitigation Services suite planned for integration later this year.The latest integration adds to the number of Kroll solutions already worked into Encompass, including Bureau Express Credit Reports, Flood Determination Reports, and Loan Review Report, a product created to help clients comply with Fannie Mae’s Loan Quality Initiative.””Independent verification of borrower data and mitigating risk are vital cogs of a high-quality, compliant mortgage,”” said Joe Tyrrell, SVP of client management and business development at Ellie Mae. “”We’re pleased to be able to strengthen Kroll Factual Data’s integration in Encompass and offer our mutual clients an efficient way to access these new services.”” Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Ellie Mae Investors Kroll Factual Data Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-02-10 Tory Barringer Kroll Announces Additional Integrations with Ellie Mae Platformlast_img read more


first_img May 5, 2014 521 Views Negative Equity Rate Down to One in 10 Black Knight Financial Services Home Equity Underwater 2014-05-05 Colin Robins In Black Knight Financial Services’ latest Mortgage Monitor Report, the company found that only one in ten Americans are underwater, down from one in three as recently as 2010.Overall, the company’s look at March data reflected a shifting landscape. As home prices have risen over the past two years, many distressed loans have worked their way through the system, and the percentage of Americans with negative equity has declined considerably.”Two years of relatively consecutive home price increases and a general decline in the number of distressed loans have contributed to a decreasing number of underwater borrowers,” said Kostya Gradushy, Black Knight’s manager of Loan Data and Customer Analytics.”Looking at current combined loan-to-value (CLTV), we see that while four years ago 34 percent of borrowers were in negative equity positions, today that number has dropped to just about 10 percent of active mortgage loans,” he added.Gradushy references the 10.1 percent negative equity average, but which states homeowners reside in paint a clearer picture of negative equity across the spectrum. Judicial foreclosure states have a higher negative equity rate at 13.4 percent, compared to the 7.9 percent rate experienced in non-judicial states.Regardless, Gradushy notes that both judicial and non-judicial states have experienced declines. “Overall, nearly half of all borrowers today are both in positive equity positions and of strong credit quality—credit scores of 700 or above. Four years ago, that category of borrowers represented over a third of active mortgages,” Gradushy said.Black Knight had more positive news in its Mortage Monitor Report: Leading indicators, such as foreclosure starts, new problem loan percentage, 90-day defaults count, and 30 to 60 roll count were all down heading into the second quarter.The company offered that the 2013 population of loans was “the best vintage on record,” but the statement belies the fact that higher credit restrictions severely hampered new originations for lower credit borrowers.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more


first_img July 8, 2015 542 Views The Enterprises & CSS Develop Industry Advisory Group Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and Common Securitization Solutions, LLC (CSS) jointly announced on Wednesday the development of an Industry Advisory Group. The group will provide feedback and share information on efforts to build the Common Securitization Platform (CSP) and implement the Single Security.According the organizations, the Single Security is a joint initiative of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, directed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), to develop a single mortgage-backed security that will be issued by the Enterprises to finance fixed-rate mortgage loans backed by one-to four-unit single-family properties.The CSP is a technology and operational platform that is being developed by CSS, the companies said. This new development is a new venture of both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. CSP will perform many of the core back office operations for the Single Security, as well as most of the Enterprises’ current securitization functions for single-family mortgages, on behalf of the Enterprises. The CSP is necessary for the implementation of the Single Security.In May, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued an update to mortgage-backed security (MBS) structure initiative, also known as Single Security. The new changes to the Single Security structure initiative were based on 23 responses to a “Request for Public Input: Proposed Single Security Structure (RFI)” released in August 2014 by the FHFA. The Single Security initiative has not yet been approved or enacted.”FHFA’s Update should give everyone a sense of how the Single Security will be developed and the solid progress that has been made over the past year,” said Dave Lowman, EVP of single-family business at Freddie Mac. “We strongly believe in the Single Security’s potential for expanding liquidity in the TBA (to be announced) market, lowering housing finance costs, and making the housing finance system more competitive and resilient.”The 2014 Conservatorship Strategic Plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac consisted of creating a single MBS that the enterprises could provide finance fixed-rate mortgage loans backed by one to four single-family unit properties. According to the FHFA, the initial goal was to assist in building a Common Securitization Platform (CSP) and support the statutory obligation to ensure the liquidity of the nation’s housing finance markets issued by the FHFA. Taxpayers would also not have to suffer the cost of subsidizing Freddie Mac’s securitization of single-family mortgage loans with the Single Security initiative.“Today’s Single Security Update is an important milestone, providing additional details on the features of the Single Security and the strong progress made to date by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions (CSS) on implementation planning,” said Andrew Bon Salle, EVP of single-family business at Fannie Mae. “We will continue to work with FHFA, Freddie Mac, and CSS to ensure we transition to the Single Security in a safe and sound manner.”Participants in the Industry Advisory Group will come from:Freddie MacFannie MaeCommon Securitization SolutionsThe Center for Responsible LendingFinancial Services RoundtableFixed Income Clearing CorporationMortgage Bankers AssociationIndependent Community Bankers AssociationAmerican Bankers AssociationSecurities Industry and Financial Markets AssociationStructured Finance Industry Group Sharecenter_img Common Securitization Solutions Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Single Security 2015-07-08 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more


first_imgU.S. Chamber of Commerce v. CFPB Share September 29, 2017 645 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img CFPB US Chamber of Commerce 2017-09-29 Joey Pizzolato The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule is coming under fire yet again.A group of lobbying groups, including American Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, and Financial Services Roundtable and numerous others, filed a complaint with a Dallas Federal Court against the CFPB Friday on the hotly-debated arbitration clause that was recently passed. The suit has been spearheaded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.The CFPB, when finalizing the rule, argued that it gave consumers more options when it comes to challenging Big Business, but opponents of the rule say it could have unintended consequences, such as higher interest rates for consumers and an increase in revenue for trial lawyers.In making its arbitration rule, the CFPB conducted a study defending its actions, which were contested by members of both the House and Senate, arguing that the data was skewed, and wasn’t indicative of the real ramifications of eliminating the standard arbitration clause effects.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency also released findings based on the data which contradicted the CFPB’s findings. According to the Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika, “In the published final rule, the CFPB states that analysts were unable to identify any evidence from the data to indicate companies that removed their arbitration agreements raised their prices. The OCC review of the same data, however, shows that there is an 88-percent chance of the total cost of credit increasing as a result of the final rule prohibiting mandatory arbitration to allow consumers to pursue class-action lawsuits and a 56-percent chance that costs will increase by 3 percentage points or more.”The complaint challenges the legality and the constitutionality of the arbitration rule based on four reasons, which according to the complaint are “independently sufficient to require invalidation of the [arbitration] Rule.”Complainants argue that the rule is a product of, “and fatally infected by” the unconstitutional structure of the CFPB, which was provided by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act. The complaint also argues that the rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, due to the fact that the CFPB failed to observe legal requirements when making its conclusion based on a study that was “deeply flawed” insofar as it misappropriated data and ignored important considerations when gathering said data.Third, the rule also ignores previous records reported by the Bureau, and such points to the fact that the finding is “the very model of arbitrary and capricious agency action.” Finally, the rule is counterintuitive, in failing to support public interest or consumer health by denying arbitration, an option that is commonly believed to benefit overall consumers in favor of the less beneficial option of class-action lawsuits.Interested parties can read the full, 52 page report, here.last_img read more


first_img February 24, 2018 496 Views Share in Featured, Headlines, journal, News The Bethesda, Maryland-based law firm of Rosenberg & Associates, LLC has announced that attorneys Megan Hirt and Nathan B. Greyard recently joined the law firm as associate attorneys in the firm’s Vienna, Virginia office.Megan Hirt holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Anthropology and in History from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School. She practices real estate law with a focus on foreclosure and creditors’ rights. Megan is admitted to practice in the jurisdictions of Maryland, Virginia andthe District of Columbia. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar, Virginia State Bar and District of Columbia Bar.Nathan B. Greyard holds a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law (cum laude). While in law school, Nathan was the Articles Editor for the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business. Nathan practices real estate law, focusing on foreclosure, bankruptcy, litigation, and evictions. Nathan is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and is admitted to all the state courts of Virginia and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. Nathan is a member of the Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association.Rosenberg & Associates, LLC is a Certified Women-Owned Business that provides foreclosure, title curative, bankruptcy, eviction, litigation and REO services in Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia.center_img Rosenberg & Associates LLC Adds Two Attorneys Company News Rosenberg & Associates LLC 2018-02-24 David Whartonlast_img read more


first_imgUnCruise Adventures has launched its 2018 schedule and brochure – highlighting a new adventure itinerary on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, the route forged by Lewis and Clark, plus a fresh line-up of itineraries and expanded selection of ships in Alaska.The 99-guest S.S. Legacy transforms into an adventure equipped ship to offer kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursion, hikes on remote trails or whitewater rafting down the Deschutes River, as well as other active adventures. New in 2018, the ship heads to Alaska from April through mid-August, then sails on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from August through November.“The Columbia and Snake River system is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca, and extending our style of adventure there is a natural fit,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “We purposely build flexibility into our itineraries to make each day the best possible for our guests.”Southeast Alaska also welcomes five new itineraries, bringing a total of 10 cruise adventures in Alaska with UnCruise. Most trips also include visits to the incredible Glacier Bay National Park and Haines.Guests can also save $250 per person with UnCruise Adventures when booking the 8-day Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales small cruise journey on the S.S. Legacy ship and deposit before 15 September 2017. adventureAdventure WorldUncruiseUSAlast_img read more


first_imgQatar Airways will begin weekly flights to Thessaloniki, Greece, from 27 March 2018. The new service between Doha and Thessaloniki will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.The airline has also launched its frequent flyer programme partnership with longstanding codeshare partner, Bangkok Airways giving Qatar Airways Privilege Club members the opportunity to earn and redeem Qmiles on all flights operated by Bangkok Airways. Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus members can also earn and redeem FlyerBonus points on eligible Qatar Airways flights. Both programmes require members to provide their membership card upon reservation or check-in.Increased demand for Thailand destinations sees the airline commencing direct flights to Chiang Mai (12 December 2017) and Pattaya (28 January 2018). On an entirely different note, cementing its commitment to prevent the illegal trade and transportation of wildlife, Qatar Airways attended a meeting of the signatories to the United For Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration, hosted by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in the presence of HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Rt Hon. the Lord Hague of Richmond, at Lancaster House in London last Wednesday (1 November 2017).“Qatar Airways remains faithful to our commitments to the Buckingham Palace Declaration,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “Since signing the Declaration, we have ramped up efforts on all fronts in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. This month we launched an extensive passenger awareness campaign, and our customers will start to notice our new wildlife posters appearing at our Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, and at strategically selected outposts worldwide. Passengers will find more information on-board with a new video appearing on our in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, and a feature length article included in the November issue of our in-flight magazine, Oryx.” airlinesQatar Airwayslast_img read more


first_imgOceania Cruises has unveiled its new Europe & The Americas Collection of itineraries for 2020 with voyages open for bookings on 18 October, 2018. AmericasbrochurecruiseEuropeOceania Cruises Sailing to more than 400 ports across Europe and the Americas, the brand’s six intimate and elegant ships, carrying only 684 or 1,250 guests, showcase the splendour of the Mediterranean, the diversity of Europe’s western wine country, the storied history of the Baltics, British Isles and Norway, and the majesty of Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian Maritimes. As the pioneer of destination-focussed cruising, voyages spend more time in port often arriving at sunset and departing in the evenings, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the culture, history, and culinary highlights of the destinations visited. To allow even more time for travellers to explore, more than 50 of the voyages feature overnight stays.Request a brochure HERE.last_img read more


first_img2018 Cruise Critic AU Editors’ PicksawardsViking CruisesViking Orion Viking is celebrating picking up the highly-coveted Best New Luxury Ship award, for Viking Orion, in the 2018 Cruise Critic AU Editors’ Picks Awards, selected by a global panel of impartial cruise experts from Cruise Critic.The awards combine Cruise Critic editors’ impartial cruise expertise, based on first-hand experiences and industry knowledge, to ultimately help travellers select the best cruise choice for them from an increasing number of options.“The cruise industry is experiencing a real boom at the moment and cruise lines are capitalising on this popularity by investing in fantastic new ships, well-thought out refurbishments and a host of amazing, new onboard innovations and destination itineraries to keep Australian holiday makers coming back for more,” said Louise Goldsbury, Managing Editor, Cruise Critic. “What has always set us apart is that we do things differently, so it is a particular honour to be celebrated for those very differences. We do not build large ships that try to be everything to everyone. We provide an alternative – we offer adults opportunities for learning and exploration around the world, with no children, no casinos, no umbrella drinks and no nickel-and-diming. All at a better value than any competitor, luxury or otherwise,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “This year we have again been named the #1 River Cruise line and the #1 Ocean Cruise Line – and Cruise Critic’s editors and community members have recognised us more than any other travel company. I want to thank our guests and the travel industry experts who continue to appreciate ‘The Viking Difference.’”last_img read more


first_imgCreative CruisingIncentiveRoyal Caribbean Creative Cruising has launched an exclusive Travel Agent $100* gift card reward for USA bookings made in March 2019 for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. This offer is applicable to any Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises USA sailing, booked and deposited between 1 March and 31 March 2019.To assist with the incentive offer, Creative Cruising has tailor made some spectacular packages with incredible savings for their Travel Agency partners.Creative Cruising’s tailored packages on offer will incorporate Royal Caribbean’s BOGOHO with savings up to 30% for the second passenger. As well as Celebrity Cruises current in market offer of GOBETTER for free. Meaning clients can pick 2 free perks, choosing from classic beverage package, unlimited internet and on-board credit.T&Cs applylast_img read more


first_imgCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia and Tourism Northern Territory have partnered to introduce a new education option for travel agent members, focused on the untamed expanses of Australia’s Top End.The new Northern Territory course is the latest addition to the CLIA Learning Academy and incorporates spectacular imagery and video to help showcase some of the destination’s best experiences for cruise visitors. It includes details on the seven regions of the Northern Territory, what travellers can expect to see, things they can do and places they can explore. The interactive course includes a handy notes portal, which is accessible throughout and allows users to print or email notes and keep them for future reference.Tourism Northern Territory is the latest CLIA Executive Partner to help create new and engaging educational content for CLIA travel agent members, with other recent additions including courses in partnership with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Travelvax.To find out more, visit the CLIA Learning Academy. agentsaustraliaCLIA AustralasiacruiseNorthern TerritoryTop EndTourism Northern Territorytraininglast_img read more