Agents can win a 5night stay at Melia Braco Village in Jamaica

first_img Monday, July 31, 2017 Tags: Jamaica, Melia Hotels, Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Agents can win a 5-night stay at Melia Braco Village in Jamaica TORONTO — and The Jamaica Tourist Board have launched the ‘Jamaica Nice All The Time’ contest, giving agents a chance to win a five-night stay at Melia Braco Village in Rio Bueno, Jamaica.The contest launched on Friday, July 28 with a video from Phillip Rose, Regional Director for Canada, Jamaica Tourist Board on Watch it here:To enter agents must:In 30 seconds or less record a video of themselves explaining why they love Jamaica or love selling JamaicaUpload the video on their personal Instagram or Twitter page, or on the WheelsUpNetwork’s Facebook page with the post open to the public and use the hasthtag #WUJamaicaSubmit the URL to show how easy it is to enter, Rose even made an example video:last_img read more

Viceroys ultramodern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything youve ever seen

first_img Posted by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Viceroy’s ultra-modern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything you’ve ever seen Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Mexico, Viceroy Hotel Group LOS ANGELES — A super modern, ultra-luxe Viceroy hotel is coming to Los Cabos this year, marking Viceroy Hotel Group’s second property in Mexico.Scheduled to open in the spring, Viceroy Los Cabos, formerly the Hotel Mar Adentro, is Viceroy Hotel Group’s 14th property and will debut as a member of The Viceroy Icon Collection. The hotel is also the brand’s first collaboration with Rodina Group, which acquired the hotel in December 2017.Upon opening, what guests will notice first is the hotel’s sleek lines and minimal design, a departure from the warm and colourful look typical of other Caribbean properties. Considered an architectural achievement, the beachfront property is located in San José del Cabo on the outer rim of Baja California Sur and boasts 194 rooms, suites and villas plus 50 residences.On-site amenities include a beach bar and beach pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa, and four newly updated dining outlets. Guests can also enjoy a cinema room for movie screenings, meeting spaces, and new restaurants and bars.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection“This is an incredible opportunity to expand our presence in Mexico and to offer travellers a remarkable Viceroy experience in Los Cabos,” said Bill Walshe, Viceroy Hotel Group. “It is a privilege to collaborate with such an accomplished partner as Rodina, who shares our vision to create an extraordinary new modern luxury resort experience in one of the world’s most sought after destinations.”Minutes away from downtown San José del Cabo, guests have easy access to exciting nightlife, multiple dining options and nearby activities such as whale watching, marine park exploration and swimming in La Paz lagoon.Viceroy Los Cabos’ grand debut will coincide with the resort hosting the 2018 ‘Gala de Danza’, a dance and music festival that celebrates artistry and creativity.For more information go to << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Third generation of the Sullivan family ready to step up at Collette

first_imgThird generation of the Sullivan family ready to step up at Collette Share Tags: Collette, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Pawtucket, RI — Collette is celebrating its 100th anniversary with some historic news: Jaclyn Leibl-Cote is taking over as President and is on her way to becoming the third generation of the Sullivan family to head up the company as CEO.The succession plan will see Leibl-Cote working alongside her dad, current Collette CEO Dan Sullivan Jr., for the next several years.She will then become his successor and the third generation of the Sullivan family to occupy the role of CEO of Collette.The company notes that Leibl-Cote’s promotion “is significant not only to Collette, but to the travel industry as a whole. As a female President, she is one of very few women occupying senior leadership roles in the travel industry and serves as an inspiration to others.”Leibl-Cote started at Collette in 2005, working in the mail room as a teenager. Since then she has occupied many roles within the company, spending time in sales, working as a tour manager and tour designer, and most recently as the Executive Vice President of Product and Tour Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Babson College.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureShe’s also an avid supporter of many nonprofit organizations and sits on the boards of Gennaro, Inc. and serves on the board of advisors for the Collette Foundation. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more

Jacó Happenings

first_imgNo related posts. Big news on the surf contest scene: Freddy “Salsiboy” Camacho will be commentating the Hermosa Pro 2012 Surf Contest, to be held Saturday, June 30, starting at 6 a.m.This contest offers more than $3,000 in prize money and features categories in open pro, metropolitan, girls, juniors and grommets. Bomber Eyewear based out of Costa Mesa, California, is one of the main sponsors. Bombers were invented to help protect your eyes in the water and were patented by Tommy Bonacci, four-time world champion jet-ski racer. Bombers are the fastest growing brand of sunglasses in Costa Rica and have gained in popularity with the much-anticipated New Gilbert Brown Signature IRIE Bomber. Jacó’s Chris Clark is the exclusive distributor for all of Latin America and features them in many of Jacó’s local surf shops. Bomber Costa Rica Team Riders are Gilbert Brown, Craig “Tequila” Scheiber, Anthony Flores, Anthony Segura, Juan Carlos “Flaco” Naranjo, Emily Gussoni, and body boarders Lorena Vera and Megwyn Saunders. For more info, contact Chris Clark at 8976-1679.Ron Tomasso from Big Ron’s Pizza in the center of Jacó says the restaurant is still offering its Tico Tuesday Special – an eight-slice, 16-inch pizza with one free topping for ₡5,000. Ron is also opening a new store in the Mall San Pedro food court on the second floor, so you can get Jacó’s New York-style pizza in the city, too. José Rondón has opened Mono Verde Bar & Grill next to the DVD Center in Jacó, just down from Banco Nacional. This cute place features gourmet fusion in a lounge setting, with some of the best margaritas and mojitos in town. For more info or reservations, call 2643-6000. Jim Gray and Allan Umana have finished the new pool bar at the Hotel Cocal & Casino, a great spot for live music and poker. Further South, in Esterillos Oeste, owners Mike and Julie Textor have opened the new Sandbar. They serve melt-in-your-mouth Tex-Mex cuisine Tues.-Sun., 4 p.m.-close. Tomorrow night, we will find out who will be queened Miss Jacó 2012. The event will be held at Colegio Inmaculada de Jacó on Calle La Nación at 6 p.m. Entrance costs ₡3,500 ($7) at the door. Candidates are Lorgie Quesada, Engie Borgers, Michel Acevedo, Stephanie Donzon, Jennifer Barrantes, Traci Obando Graham, Fabiola Roberlo and Juana Chávez. The Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce will host its six-year anniversary Tuesday, June 26 at Balcón del Mar at 7 p.m. For those operating 501(c)3’s in the Central Pacific Zone, the WalMart Foundation offers between $1,000-$50,000 to organizations that serve communities in our zone. Grants are due before Aug. 10. For more info, see –Christina Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Whats the schedule for baseballs League Championships Series

first_imgNo related posts. All four series in the divisional round went the limit, but championship series are set at last.The Tigers and Giants both won their Game 5s on Thursday. On Friday, the Yankees held off the Orioles in the afternoon game, and the Cardinals made another improbable rally to defeat the Nationals later that night.  Below is the Major League Baseball playoff schedule for the best-of-seven American League and National League championship series to determine berths in the World Series (games five through seven if needed):American LeagueDetroit Tigers v New York YankeesSat. Oct. 13 – Detroit at NY YankeesSun. Oct. 14 – Detroit at NY YankeesTue. Oct. 16 – NY Yankees at DetroitWed. Oct. 17 – NY Yankees at DetroitThu. Oct. 18 – NY Yankees at DetroitSat. Oct. 20 – Detroit at NY YankeesSun. Oct. 21 – Detroit at NY YankeesNational LeagueSan Francisco Giants v St. Louis CardinalsSun. Oct. 14 – St. Louis at San FranciscoMon. Oct. 15 – St. Louis at San FranciscoWed. Oct. 17 – San Francisco at St. LouisThu. Oct. 18 – San Francisco at St. LouisFri. Oct. 19 – San Francisco at St. LouisSun. Oct. 21 – St. Louis at San FranciscoMon. Oct. 22 – St. Louis at San Francisco Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. A series of break-ins and robberies has occurred in the Arenal area and continues unabated.The thieves are targeting the homes of Ticos as well as Gringos. These are not just “targets of opportunity,” as the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) labels theft of objects left out in the open such as bicycles and tools, etc. These robberies involve forceful entry of homes and bodegas. The most recent report involved breaking steel-reinforced rods out of concrete to remove hinges and locks from a bodega door. A chapeadora (weedwacker) worth $600 was stolen. The Parcelas elementary school in Barrio San Antonio was stripped of virtually everything, including the pots, pans, eating utensils and electric appliances in the kitchen.Kudos to Moya’s restaurant for hosting a party with live music and great food as a fundraiser to replace the items stolen from Parcelas school.Although OIJ is working on these cases, watching friends and neighbors be victimized has been extremely disheartening. We hope the perpetrators are soon brought to justice.On a happier note, Jeff Spencer reports that an indoor soccer league is being developed with the youngsters of the Arenal area. Teams will be formed using a draft format to distribute talent evenly. Anyone interested in participating may contact Jeff at 8991-7651.–William & Jean Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Unity Party leaders to blame for Rodolfo Hernándezs exit campaign manager says

first_imgNo related posts. Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) campaign manager Humberto Vargas on Friday accused three top party leaders – Rolando Laclé, Gonzalo Fajardo and Jorge Guardia – of sparking internal clashes that led to the resignation of former presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernández.In an interview on Telenoticias Channel 7, Vargas said those three politicians, along with members of PUSC’s Strategy Committee, attempted to force Hernández to dismiss several party members, including three of his closest advisers.Hernández announced his resignation on Thursday, just five months after winning the party’s nomination and one day after the 2014 election season kicked off.Hernández was the only candidate from a major party not to attend the opening campaign ceremony on Wednesday at the Supreme Elections Tribunal in San José.In a public letter Hernández, who is director of the National Children’s Hospital, claimed that he was “a victim of backstabbing” by members of his own party.Although Hernández had never participated in politics, recent polls showed him as second favorite to win the presidency, behind ruling National Liberation Party candidate and former San José Mayor Johnny Araya.PUSC leaders are currently considering alternative candidates including Rodolfo Piza, who placed second in the party’s primaries and was Hernández’s candidate for vice president.Party officials also are considering sitting out the 2014 presidential race, running only candidates for the Legislative Assembly instead.A group of PUSC supporters on Saturday will march to Hernández’s home in eastern San José to ask him to reconsider his decision. The march will begin at 11 a.m. at the La Hispanidad roundabout, east of the capital, and will end in Sabanilla. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Dominican Javier Fortuna knocks Tiquito Vásquezs hopes for world title

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Rican boxer Bryan “Tiquito” Vásquez lost to Dominican Javier Fortuna Friday night in a heated battle for theWorld Boxing Association‘s  super featherweight, 130 pounds title.It was a gripping fight with both Vásquez and Fortuna landing a number of punches, however Fortuna’s precision, speed and stamina allowed him to improve his score as the rounds progressed.Tiquito had a lot of heart but he was unable to mount any sort of sustained offense against Fortuna.The fight was sometimes sloppy with both fighters throwing punches in the air. Vásquez began pressing the action in Round 3 and hammering Fortuna on the ropes, but overall the Dominican landed more blows and cleaner connects.Fortuna landed 64 more punches than Vásquez. Out of a total of 637 punches, he landed 237, or 37 percent, while Tiquito landed only 25 percent, or 174 out of 710 attempts.During the last seconds of the seventh round the Dominican was about to knock Vásquez out, but Tiquito managed to return a few hits.In previous days, Fortuna had predicted a knock-out ending for the fight, however the bout, held at the Barclays Center in New York, went on for the full 12 rounds.Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 knockouts), ended the last two rounds by dancing and celebrating to a chorus of boos from the crowd. But the judges’ decision was unanimous in favor of the Dominican: 117-111, 117-111 and 116-112.In the end, the fight’s intensity showed on both of the boxers’ faces: Fortuna had a visibly swollen left eye and Tiquito displayed cuts on both eyes.Vásquez (34-2, 18 knockouts) said he has to keep his head high, look forward and continue.“He constantly hit me with his head and elbows, he threw several low blows but the referee never said anything. The guy is too dirty, that’s the right word for him, but it doesn’t matter because in the end he won the title,” a visibly upset Vásquez told Telenoticias reporters who attended the fight.Shortly after the fight Tiquito posted a message on Twitter saying he was sorry to have dissapointed his fans and that he had given it his best shot. No lo puedo creer … Hice mi mejor esfuerzo … Siento defraudarlos … Seguimos para adelante adelante Costa Rica— Bryan Vasquez (@BryanTiqVasquez) May 30, 2015center_img Related posts:Costa Rican boxer Tiquito Vásquez shoots for world title in Brooklyn Costa Rica’s world boxing champions win fights on the same night Boxing: Nicaragua’s ‘Chocolatito’ González, from garbage collector to flyweight champ Hanna Gabriels retains her world titles in vibrant fightlast_img read more

China sentences 4 Mekong smugglers to death

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Parents, stop beating yourself up BEIJING (AP) – A Chinese court sentenced four members of a Myanmar drug gang to death Tuesday for kidnapping and killing 13 Chinese sailors last year on the Mekong River, state media said.The grisly murders on a section of Mekong flowing through the Golden Triangle region, which is notorious for drug traffickers and extortion gangs, prompted China, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand to begin joint patrols there in December. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The Bangkok Post reported a few days after the killings that local Thai authorities seized both the hijacked Chinese boats after a gun battle with the gang and found cargo that included amphetamine pills worth 100 million baht ($3.22 million), garlic, apples and fuel.___Associated Press writer Vee Intarakratug in Bangkok contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Earlier reports said the Chinese victims were bound and blindfolded with adhesive tape before being shot. Their bodies were found near Chiang Rai in northern Thailand.Gang leader Naw Kham was extradited from Laos at the request of Chinese authorities in May. He and three members of his gang were sentenced to death by the People’s Intermediate Court in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.Xinhua said another gang member was given a suspended death sentence and one was sentenced to eight years in prison.All six defendants were charged with intentional homicide, drug trafficking, kidnapping and ship hijacking. All told the court they would appeal, Xinhua reported.Nine Thai soldiers who are accused of taking part in the killings previously surrendered but have not been tried or extradited. They remain in Thai military custody and are suspected of murder and concealing evidence, Deputy National Police Chief Police Gen. Pansiri Prapawat said Tuesday.Sailors shipping Chinese produce and manufactured goods down the Mekong have long complained of armed gangs that loot their boats or demand cash. Little action was taken to protect them until the Oct. 5, 2011, attack near the Thai-Myanmar border, which sparked Chinese demands for a thorough investigation.last_img read more

Syrian rebels launch offensive aimed at southern city

first_img Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Our armed forces repelled them and inflicted large casualties among them” al-Hannous said. “The situation is under control and they did not advance even one meter.”___Associated Press writer Omar Akour in Amman, Jordan contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels launched an offensive Thursday to capture government-held neighborhoods in the southern city of Daraa, setting off fighting that killed dozens of people, including a man struck by a shell that slammed into a market in a nearby Jordanian border town.Daraa is the birthplace of the uprising against President Bashar Assad that erupted in 2011. The uprising began with mostly peaceful protests but escalated into a full-blown civil war after a brutal government crackdown. The new offensive started around dawn Thursday, aiming to “liberate the city of Daraa,” said Maj. Issam el Rayyes, spokesman for the Southern Front, a coalition of several dozen moderate rebel groups that is leading the push.The spokesman said rebels and government troops were clashing in several locations.Syrian State TV said rebel shelling attacks on Daraa killed six people and wounded 13. It said electricity was cut in the city after a main station was hit north of Daraa.A Jordanian security official said one man was killed and four people were wounded when a shell from Syria struck a market in the Jordanian border town of Ramtha. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with reporters.The website of the Jordanian daily Al-Rai said a total of three shells hit Ramtha and that the sound of explosions on the Syrian side of the border could be heard throughout the day. It said the four wounded included two 12-year-old boys.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 20 troops and pro-government gunmen as well as 18 rebels were killed on the first day of fighting.Daraa governor Mohammed Khaled al-Hannous told Syrian state TV that the attack on the city began at 5:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) with intense shelling. Parents, stop beating yourself up New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

QA Kurds fight Islamic State and endure attacks

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society Mesa family survives lightning strike to home FILE – In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, Syrian Kurdish militia members of YPG make a V-sign next to poster of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed Kurdish rebel leader, and a Turkish army tank in the background in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria. Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Friday and Saturday in what were the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013. The strikes in Iraq targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, whose affiliates have been effective in battling the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Mursel Coban, Depo Photos, File) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WHERE DO THE KURDS STAND IN SYRIA?Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Syria, making up more than 10 percent of the country’s pre-war population of 23 million people. They are centered mostly in the impoverished northeastern province of Hassakeh, between the borders of Turkey and Iraq.The Kurdish Democratic Union party, or PYD, is the most powerful political force among Syria’s Kurds. The party is a deeply secular, and affiliated with the PKK. The People’s Protection Units, known by its Kurdish acronym YPG, is the main Kurdish fighting force in Syria.Since Syria’s civil war began, the Kurds have made unprecedented gains, strengthening their hold on the far northeast reaches of the country and carving out territory where they declared their own civil administration in areas under their control. They have demonstrated a surprising resilience in their fight against Islamic State group militants in Kobani, pushing them out in January with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes. More recently last month, they ejected the Islamic State group from their stronghold of Tal Abyad along the border with Turkey, robbing the IS of a key avenue for smuggling oil and foreign fighters. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories WHERE DO THEY STAND IN IRAQ?Five million Kurds have their own government in Iraq’s semi-autonomous north and have significant representation in the central government with several key posts including the presidency, which is allocated to Kurds. They currently represent about 20 percent of Iraq’s population, making them the largest ethnic minority.There are two main Iraqi Kurdish factions: The Kurdistan Democratic Party is led by Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan is led by former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. The factions fought a bloody war for power over northern Iraq in the mid-1990s, before agreeing to a power-sharing deal that ended the fighting in 1998.The Iraqi Kurdish militia, known as the peshmerga, has been a major force in repelling the Islamic State group’s onslaught in recent months, with nearly a dozen countries rushing to its aid with weapons and training in the absence of genuine support from a strained Iraqi military.The United States has been one of the most ardent protectors of Iraqi Kurds for over a generation, helping establish and enforce a safe haven in northern Iraq to protect them from Saddam Hussein. After the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials sought to give equal power to Kurdish politicians even in navigating the delicate rivalry between the factions. Turkey and its U.S. and European allies consider the PKK — which has Marxist origins — a terrorist organization for killing civilians in urban bombings.In 2012, Turkey launched secret talks with the PKK’s imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, to end the conflict. The talks were made public in 2013 and the PKK declared a cease-fire a few months later.Kurds accused Turkey of not doing enough to help Syrian Kurds during the battle against Islamic State militants over the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani, prompting violent clashes and straining the fragile peace process.Tensions flared again after an Islamic State suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday killed 32 people. Kurdish groups held the Turkish government responsible, saying it had not been aggressive in battling the Islamic State group.Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party, the People’s Democratic Party, said the strikes on the PKK in Syria and Iraq amounted to an end of the two-year-old truce. It called on the government to end the bombing campaign and resume a dialogue with the Kurds.Turkey views Kurds in Iraq as an ally but is suspicious of Syrian Kurds who are affiliated with the PKK. Ankara is worried that Kurdish gains in Iraq and in Syria will encourage the aspirations of its own Kurdish population. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation ___Associated Press writers Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   BAGHDAD (AP) — Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Friday and Saturday in what were the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013.The strikes in Iraq targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, whose affiliates have been effective in battling the Islamic State group.The Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become a major part of the war against the Islamic State group, with Kurdish populations in both countries threatened by the militants’ advance. Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish Kurds took part in cross-border operations to help rescue tens of thousands of displaced people from the minority Yazidi group from Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain in August last year and they continue to fight in cooperation with one another against the Islamic State group in areas along the Iraq-Syria border. They have been somewhat effective in limiting the expansion of the Islamic State militants across northern Iraq but there are concerns that Turkish airstrikes on the PKK could jeopardize Kurdish positions.WHO ARE THE KURDS?The Kurds are an ethnic group with their own language and customs whose nomadic past led to their modern-day dispersal across several countries, mostly Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. Sunni Muslims make up the vast majority, but there is a sizeable Shiite population, particularly in Iran.After the collapse of the Ottoman and Qajar empires and the subsequent creation of these modern states, Iraq, Iran and Turkey each agreed to oppose the creation of an independent Kurdistan, making them the largest stateless minority group in the world. With nearly 25 million people living in five countries, they continue to push for self-rule.WHAT IS THEIR ROLE IN TURKEY?Turkey is home to an estimated 15 million Kurds, about one-fifth of the country’s population of 76 million. Most are Sunni Muslim.The PKK has fought a three-decade war, initially for independence and later for autonomy and greater rights for Kurds. The conflict with the PKK has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984.last_img read more

Cyclone expected to hit Fiji tonight

first_imgAll of Fiji’s emergency services have been placed on full alert in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Tomas later tonight, Tourism Fiji said today.Fiji’s Disaster Management Authority (DISMAC) issued the alert as the cyclone is expected to hit tonight in the eastern corner of Vanua Levu in the north-east of the archipelago. The full force of the cyclone is not expected to strike until early tomorrow morning.TC Tomas is not expected to directly hit the main island of Viti Levu but the area will experience strong winds, heavy rain and huge seas in the next few days according to the Fiji Meteorological Service.Tourism Fiji CEO Josefa Tuamoto said hotels and resorts in the north-east had been taking all necessary precautionary steps as early as last Friday.These included making sure all properties were fully equipped with adequate food, water and emergency medical supplies and communication services.Airlines have also taken precautions, with Korean Air cancelling its Seoul-Nadi services today and tomorrow.Air Pacific has also postponed its flights ex-Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney until tomorrow. Air New Zealand and V-Australia have both cancelled all Fiji services until further notice. All cruise services operating in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands have also been cancelled due to anticipated heavy seas, said Tuamoto.“We are very much in a holding pattern at this moment in time. We will be advising further on the situation as more information comes to hand,” he said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

Virtuoso® VIRTUOSO LIFE magazine reveal recipients of the 2010

first_imgSource = Virtuoso Leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso®, along with its award-winning magazine VIRTUOSO LIFE, announced this year’s winners of the prestigious “Best of the Best” hotel awards at the recent 2010 Travel Mart conference at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from 15-20 August 2010. This marks the fourth year Virtuoso has reviewed its collection of more than 800 world-class properties and recognised hotels that set new standards in luxury travel, and hospitality professionals who elevate the industry through their efforts.  Virtuoso CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, VIRTUOSO LIFE publisher, Terrie Hansen, and Virtuoso vice president of hotels, destinations & tours, Albert Herrera, revealed the award winners at Travel Mart.“Those named ‘Best of the Best’ deserve this honour in every respect,” said Herrera. “Characterised by the service and standards they set, these recipients are emblematic of the exceptional properties and individuals within our network.  They were chosen by our travel advisors, the most knowledgeable travel professionals in the industry who also possess the most exacting standards for their clientele.  These hoteliers and world-renowned properties continually deliver in their respective categories, raising the bar and guest expectations year after year.”Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE magazine, the Virtuoso network’s award-winning publication, collaborated with the organisation’s elite travel advisors to select hotel nominees in ten categories that ranged from best architectural design to top hotel and hotelier of the year. Winners represent the best in their category, demonstrating innovation, dedication, social conscience and even courage.Travel Mart brings together more than 1,500 of Virtuoso’s member travel advisors – considered the top producers in the industry – and over 1,600 of the world’s best travel providers to participate in the industry’s preeminent networking event. Award categories and winners follow:Best Achievement in Design:  Armani Hotel DubaiKnown for his classic style, Armani had his hand on everything from the A-shaped swimming pool to the zebrawood paneling. The 160-room hotel goes minimalist inside Dubai’s cloud-piercing Burj Khalifa, with curved walls, metallic finishes and limestone floors – the bronzed A-shaped arches in the triple-height lobby are one of Armani’s favorite details. Best Hotel Dining: Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Dorchester Hotel, London Awarded three Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester offers contemporary French cuisine in a random and elegant décor along with professional and friendly service. Guests can book tables overlooking beautiful Hyde Park; or parties of six can book Table Lumière, a table surrounded by a shimmering curtain of 4,500 fiber-optic lights.  Best Bar: Sir Elly’s, The Peninsula Shanghai Crowning the upper two floors of the new hotel, Sir Elly’s has an edge when it comes to gigantic views – a circular bar area and three raised sofas facing huge windows ensure everyone gets a great look at The Bund, the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline. Named for Peninsula’s founder Sir Ellis Kadoorie, this glam space seals its staying power by offering inspired cocktails and cuisine from a five-star French chef. Best Family Program: Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily With its exclusive beach, acres of wide-open countryside, two championship golf courses and idyllic climate, Verdura makes the perfect destination for a family holiday. There are kid-size bicycles, a shallow children’s swimming pool and free organised activities. Little ones enjoy mime classes, treasure hunts and biscuit making, while the Teenagers Club offers rugby, beach volleyball and golf.Best Spa: The Spa at Grand Velas All-Suites & SPA Resort, Riviera Maya At 89,000 square feet, The Spa at Grand Velas All-Suites & Spa Resort is the largest spa in the Yucatan. Built amid the lush jungle that hugs the resort, the Spa boasts an organic style reflective of its Mexican surroundings. A cavernous lower level takes its inspiration from the region’s underground water pools, or cenotes. A hand-hewn rock wall emerges from a winding chlorine-free pool that’s outfitted with water-bubble beds, cascades and a gurgling volcanic geyser. Most Innovative Guest Experience: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China Hidden in a picturesque valley, Amanfayun enjoys a serene setting surrounded by tea fields, natural forest, quaint villages and a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples. Designed in the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, the property comprises 47 dwellings, several of which date back more than 100 years. Bonds forged with local monks at the fourth-century Temple of Goodness make it possible for guests to hike up the mountainside to join them for prayers before sunrise and afterward share a traditional vegetarian breakfast. Most Socially Responsible: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo  Since 2001, the Four Seasons’ owners have been the backbone of the Growing Together program, which benefits rural communities on the Papagayo Peninsula through customised volunteer experiences that support local schools and conservation efforts. Now 12 staff ambassadors match guests who want to volunteer with communities that have the greatest need. One to Watch: Alan Fuerstman, Montage Hotels & Resorts As a young college graduate, Alan Fuerstman was hired as a bell captain at Rancho Las Palmas where, it is said, even J.W. Marriott himself was impressed by the young man. Fuerstman moved on and up, running good resorts and making them better. He left the Bellagio in Las Vegas to start Montage. With Utah’s Montage Deer Valley Resort set to open in December, all eyes are on the 53-year-old as he expands Montage beyond the West Coast.  Hotelier of the Year: Claudio Ceccherelli, General Manager Park Hyatt Milano When Claudio Ceccherelli was a 25-year-old reception manager, he taught at the Aurelio Saffi hotel school in Florence. Now, at 53 years of age and the general manager of the Park Hyatt Milan, Ceccherelli is a gracious old-world gentleman who’s not too buttoned-down to come to work wearing an Inter Milan team jersey the day after a big win or don chef’s whites and cook lunch for the staff. He’s an exceptional mentor for an hotelier on his way up. Hotel of the Year: The Goring, London For almost a century, four generations of the Goring family have run the exceptional property. Opened in 1910, The Goring was the first hotel to introduce private bathrooms and central heating for every room. Today, the hotel is a bastion of quality and absolute individuality. Well-known British designers Nina Campbell, David Linley and Tim Gosling have all had a part of the design concept; and later this year, the hotel will debut six new Russell Sage-designed rooms done up with historic fabrics – and sheep.   In addition to the “Best of the Best” awards, Virtuoso recognised its outstanding members and suppliers in the annual Virtuoso Performance Awards at Travel Mart. Among the winners were Silversea Cruises (Best Small Ship/ Specialty Cruise Company); Regent Cruises (Best Large Ship Line), and Lufthansa German Airlines (Best Airline).last_img read more

Air NZ launches four ways to fly discount fares

first_imgWatch Air New Zealand’s ‘Seats to Suit’ offering four ways to fly Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Air New Zealand has introduced four new travelling options on flights between New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands and cut fares of lead-in economy seats.Following a successful trial on services between Christchurch and Sydney, the roll out of the new ‘Seats to Suit’, will give customers flying between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific the choice of Seat, Seat + Bag, The Works and Works Deluxe options. “The trial affirmed the conclusion we drew from our extensive customer research, which showed that customers have a range of needs for their travel depending on whether they are flying for business, leisure, for a short trip or a longer time away,” Air New Zealand General Manager Australasia Strategy John Whittaker said.“The new options enable customers to choose the level of product that suits them for each leg of their journey.”According to Mr Whittaker, customers who take the ‘Seat’ and ‘Seat + Bag’ options will still have access to standard airline provisions such as complimentary in-flight entertainment, tea, coffee and water.Air New Zealand also announced it is standardising its Airbus A320 Tasman Pacific fleet to one class with 171 seats, “which equates to an additional capacity of 6 per cent on these services”.The airline’s ‘Seats to Suit’ options are on sale now for flights from 17 November between New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, fares starting from $109 one way for a limited time.Please note: Auckland-Perth v.v, Auckland-Tahiti v.v and Sydney-Rarotonga v.v services will not have these choices available.last_img read more

Ovolo Hotels open office in Melbourne

first_imgOvolo Hotels have announced the establishment of their first international headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.The move marks a new era for the independent hotelier as it grows outside its Hong Kong home market and takes on Australia, and the world’s hotel scene.The Victorian Government provided investment facilitation services to Ovolo Hotels to secure the placement of the Group’s regional headquarters in Melbourne.Ovolo Hotels chief operating officer Dirk Dalichau said that Ovolo is excited about the new home in Melbourne.“Ovolo Hotels has found a home in Melbourne, we were very encouraged by the Victorian Government’s commitment. Now we will get to work growing our business and contributing to Melbourne’s buzzing tourism sector,” Mr Dalichau said.Ovolo Hotels first entered the Australian hotels market 2 years ago with the launch of Ovolo Laneways in 19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, which was recently named Australasia’s Best City Boutique Hotel at the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards.Over the past year, Ovolo Hotels has been ramping up its developments in Australia, where it now owns four properties, and is now exploring more investment opportunities in other major urban centres in Australia.Recent hotel acquisitions follow a landmark year for the Group which has seen it open Hong Kong’s first warehouse conversion hotel and third member of Design Hotels, Ovolo Southside.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

NZ acquisition to support helloworld launch and expansion

first_imgNZ acquisition to support helloworld launch and expansionHelloworld Limited is pleased to announce that it has agreed terms to acquire up to 10 retail travel stores from Air New Zealand ahead of the launch of the helloworld brand in New Zealand early 2016. The acquisition is subject to certain pre-completion conditions.The agreed consideration and anticipated effect on profit are not material. HLO CEO Elizabeth Gaines said the acquisition would support the strategic growth of HLO’s operations in New Zealand.“The intended acquisition of up to 10 retail travel stores from Air New Zealand would expand our geographical footprint, add strength to our existing networks and would assist in building the critical mass from which to launch the helloworld brand in New Zealand.”“HLO has a strong presence in New Zealand with over 90 agents currently operating under the Harvey World Travel and United Travel brands. The opportunity to transition to a unified helloworld brand will deliver a consolidated share of voice for our agents, as well as economies of scale for the business.”“HLO remains focused on delivering for our shareholders, agents, partners and consumers and this proposed strategic expansion of our retail footprint reflects that commitment.” HelloworldSource = helloworldlast_img read more

Courtyard by Marriott debuts in Taiwan

first_imgCourtyard by Marriott Debuts in TaiwanCourtyard by Marriott has made its debut into Taiwan with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Taipei in the centre of Nangang District. Owned and operated by the renowned Leofoo Tourism Group, the 465-room hotel is the 36th Courtyard branded hotel in Asia Pacific, and the latest addition to the growing portfolio of over 1,000 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in more than 40 countries worldwide.The Courtyard by Marriott Taipei boasts a prime location. The hotel itself sits on the 7th to 30th floors above CityLink Shopping Mall, a building which serves as the main Nangang Station for Taipei Metro, Taiwan High Speed Rail, and Taiwan Railway.  For air travelers, Songshan Airport is just 15 minutes away while and Taoyuan Airport a merely 45-minute ride. The hotel is in close proximity to the Nangang Exhibition Center, Nangang Technology Park, Nangang Software Park, Nangang Biotechnology Centre, Neihu Technology Park and the well-known landmark Taipei 101, making it perfect for business and leisure travelers.“Nangang is the new heart of Taipei city and home to a host of technology companies,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International, Greater China, remarking on the occasion. “We are extremely pleased to work with Leofoo Tourism Group, a prestigious organization with great experience in the travel industry, to open our first Courtyard in this emerging hub in Taiwan.”“We are delighted to partner with Marriott International” commented Lulu Chuang, Leofoo’s chief operating officer.  “Courtyard by Marriott Taipei is Leofoo’s fifth hotel.  We believe it will create a new atmosphere and expand Leofoo’s network, partnering with Marriott International’s extensive worldwide resources and professional management team.”Designed in a refreshing and modern style, Courtyard by Marriott Taipei offers scenic views from all sides of the building.  Six room types with size starting from 36 square metres provide good space for work and rest. Guests can also rejuvenate in the state-of-the-art Fitness Center.Being the first international hotel brand in Nangang District, the Courtyard by Marriott Taipei is an ideal venue for corporate and social events.  The 500-square-metre ballroom can be divided into eight function space to suit events of various sizes. Courtyard by Marriott TaipeiSource = Courtyard by Marriottlast_img read more

Star Alliance improves customer experience at LAX

first_img Star AllianceSource = Star Alliance Star Alliance is improving customer experience at Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) through a combination of co-locating the member airlines in a one single check-in zone and the progressive introduction of more automation.The aim is to offer customers a wider choice of check-in options, giving them more control over this part of the travel process and creating time savings.As a prerequisite to providing these enhancements, check-in for all 10 Star Alliance member carriers operating out of TBIT has been consolidated in one singe aisle.The check-in counters for Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SWISS and Turkish Airlines are now all in aisle “C”, at the north end of the terminal.This not only allows customers to easily identify the location of the check-in desks, but also permits the member airlines to share counter space to even better match capacity to the actual demand.A range of joint automated services is also progressively being made available by the TBIT based Star Alliance member carriers. Passengers are being encouraged to make use of the various mobile and web check-in options available.For those needing to print boarding passes at the airport, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has installed 24 common-use kiosks, which can print both boarding passes and luggage tags.In addition to the traditional full service check-in desks, fast bag-drop counters can also be made available for those who have opted to self-tag their bags.To further support these improvements, LAWA will be opening a new North Security Checkpoint located at the end of Aisle “C” sometime in March.With Scandinavian Airlines set to begin services to Los Angeles from Stockholm from mid-March, the total number of Star Alliance airlines serving the airport will rise to 15.Scandinavian will join the current 10 members in TBIT, with Air Canada and Avianca offering flights from Terminal 2, COPA from Terminal 6 and United from Terminals 7 and 8. Jointly they offer around 1,150 daily flights from the airport, connecting 79 cities in 24 countries.The changes at TBIT are being implemented in close cooperation with LAWA and have to a large extent come from the experience Star Alliance made during the Terminal 2 project at London – Heathrow Airport, where a completely new check-in concept was put into effect.All Star Alliance member airlines use the same check-in kiosks, make use of common bag-drop counters and even share Economy Class check-in desks.Using the success of the Terminal 2 project as a base, the Alliance is enhancing the customer experience at other airports around the globe, implementing various technological advances made in London.last_img read more

Wendy Wu inducted into British Hall of Fame Travel and Hospitality

first_imgWendy Wu November 2016Wendy Wu inducted into British Hall of Fame, Travel and HospitalityPace-setting Asia specialist Wendy Wu has been inducted into the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame as a result of the expansion of her Sydney-based operation into possibly the biggest tour operator into China from Britain.The prestigious accolade recognises her one of the U.K. industry’s highest achievers in one of the world’s most competitive travel markets.Having firmly based Wendy Wu Tours in Sydney, Wendy moved to London several years ago and quickly became known as having an unparalleled knowledge of China, its geographic format and tourist infrastructure.Members of the Hall of Fame are well known for the business acumen and for the inspiration they provide to their peers and industry as a whole.Marking the occasion, the British Travel Weekly said that the founder of Wendy Wu Tours in Australia 22 years ago now heads up a significant global company, which has extremely healthy operations on three continents – having opened office in New York in 2010.Wendy was born in Tibet and did tertiary studies in northern China and Australia before joining a small suburban retail travel agency in the suburbs of Sydney.She built an initial itinerary to China for her employer and then filled a group and personally escorted the tour – repeating the exercise several times before setting up her own operation.The Hall of Fame appointment crowns an illustrious career which has been recognised in Australia and overseas with a range of awards for her unique services and industry leadership.Source = Wendy Wulast_img read more

THAI and THAI Smile Win Three TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awa

first_imgTHAI and THAI Smile Win Three TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice AwardsTHAI and THAI Smile Win Three TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice AwardsMr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham (fifth from left), President of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), received three TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019 from Ms. Jane Lim (sixth from left), TripAdvisor Vice President of Business Operations & Strategy, Asia Pacific, and Ms. Janice Lee Fang (seventh from left), TripAdvisor Communications Director, Asia Pacific, at THAI’s Head Office. THAI was ranked one of nine Major Airlines in Asia in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for the third consecutive year. THAI Smile Airways was ranked the Best Airline in Thailand for the third consecutive year and received the Travellers’ Choice Regional Airlines in Asia award from TripAdvisor. Also present were Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj (fourth from left), THAI Executive Vice President of Commercial, and Mrs. Charita Leelayudth (third from left), Acting Chief Executive Officer of THAI Smile Airways.TripAdvisor is the travel website with around 490 million monthly unique visitors worldwide that is open for reviews and opinions. The award criteria include services, quality, and customer favorites that represent the best value for money, which is gathered from tourists’ reviews over the past 12 months.Source = THAI and THAI Smilelast_img read more