Technology to remove checkin stress

first_imgWaiting in airport queues could become a thing of the past, according to a report which found technology could eventually eradicate the need for travellers to check-in. A ‘From chaos to collaboration: how transformative technologies will herald a new era in travel’ report compiled by Amadeus found that technology is key to increasing the customer’s travel experience and expects chips, biometrics, long range fingerprinting and near field communication to be deployed as well to get people through the airport faster.As well as cutting queues, technology will also allow travellers to integrate all payments made during and after a trip into a digital memory of expenditure while intelligent luggage tags will help relieve the stress of missing luggage.Mobile-health is another key game changer for the industry, with the report finding that the application will allow travellers to monitor their health as if they were still at home. “The growth of a technology-enabled travel ecosystem is increasing the scale of the global travel market place, with dynamic Asian markets at the forefront,” Amadeus Asia Pacific president David Brett said.  “These report findings will help the travel industry across Asia Pacific realise its ambition to meet the growing demands of a new generation of Asian travellers.”    Meanwhile the industry heading into a decade of cooperation according to the study, which found the industry is moving into a new era of Collaborative Travel.Amadeus Global Operations executive vice president Eberhard Haag said the changes in the industry over the coming decade would create an opportunity to “redefine how the industry delivers and packages services” to meet travellers needs.He said the key to achieving these goals would be “more intelligent information exchange, a willingness to challenge the status quo and greater two-way partnership between travellers and travel players”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

DJ NZ add Queenstown ski services

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Off the back of a recent announcement to increase capacity between Perth and Auckland, Virgin Australia said it would pick up more Tasman business this ski season through increased Queenstown services. Working alongside its alliance partner, Air New Zealand, the Australian carrier said the two airlines would increase direct flights between Australia and Queenstown by up to eight percent from 18 return trips per week to up to 243 return flights for the season.Hoping to meet demand, the extra 6314 seats will include 13 percent more seats on flights from Melbourne, 10 percent more from Sydney and three percent extra taking off from Brisbane. Meanwhile Air New Zealand said it would also tap into the winter market with further domestic flights into Queenstown this ski season.The extra services include 68 percent more on flights between Wellington and Queenstown and 18 percent more on Auckland to Queenstown.Virgin Australia group executive of alliances network and yield Merren McArthur said the alliance enabled the two carriers to increase capacity and meet growing demand. “As a fly-in fly-out world-class ski destination, Queenstown has proved very popular withAustralians looking for a convenient skiing option and competitive package deals,” Ms McArthur said.  ”Australians are also using Queenstown as a starting point to explore other parts of NewZealand’s South Island, which helps to support tourism in the country.” Virgin Australia planelast_img read more

Fiji Airways new brand makes mark

first_imgFiji’s international airline Air Pacific has launched new branding to be used when the carrier relaunches as ‘Fiji Airways’ in 2013.The brand mark launch is the next step in Air Pacific’s rebranding and restructure as the airline returns to its original 1951 name of Fiji Airways.The brand mark embodies Fijian culture and its people with a striking new Masi symbol, designed by a renowned local Fijian Masi artist Makereta Matemosi, who has been practicing this uniquely Fijian art for 32 years.The highly respected and traditional art form Masi, has been a part of Fijian culture for several centuries and will link the country’s culture and heritage to the name ‘Fiji Airways’.An integral part of the new brand mark is a Teteva motif, symbolising the airline’s values and the spirit of Fiji while representing spirituality and the consideration of others found with the Fijian hospitality.Air Pacific chief executive and managing director David Pflieger said the ambitious project to re-brand Air Pacific involved a name with a lot of history.“We decided that we wanted a new and distinctly Fijian symbol and brand mark that would help us best represent the country while also ensuring our planes stand out at some of the world’s busiest international airports,” Mr Pflieger said.The CEO summed it up by saying the airline wanted to become a flying billboard for Fiji and its stunning 333 islands in the South Pacific.Ms Matemosi said she hoped to create a symbol that captures all that is unique about the airline and the Fijian experience. “I hope this Masi symbol means a lot to our nation, our people, and our visitors, because we are proud of our country and proud of the new ‘Fiji Airways’,” she added. Following this rebranding, the Fijian airline will complete the final phase of the revitalisation and modernisation plan with delivery of three new A330 to add to the fleet.‘Fiji Airways’ new brand identity and colour scheme will be revealed 10 October and by 2013 the airline will have rolled out across the marketplace, ticket offices, check-in counters, airport lounge facilities and the airline’s official website. Find more photos of the rebranding in our Photo Gallery Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

Kuoni wins Best Travel Team of the Year and Best

first_imgSource = Kuoni Leading travel specialist Kuoni won ‘Best Tour Operator of the Year’ and ‘Best Travel Team of the Year’ (a new award for 2012) at the TTG Travel Awards 2012, as voted for and shortlisted by 30,000 travel agents and a judging panel of industry experts. With stiff competition in the form of other shortlisted companies, Kuoni stepped up to the stage to be congratulated by celebrity guest host, actor and comedian, David Walliams and TTG Brand Director, Daniel Pearce.The red-carpet event was held at London’s prestigious Odeon West End theatre on Leicester Square. Celebrations continued at the exclusive after-show party in the Penthouse night club, Leicester Square with live music and stunning views of London’s skyline. Over 700 movers and shakers of the travel industry flooded Leicester Square, setting it alight with true Hollywood glitz and glamour for a show-stopping ceremony, including Kuoni UK Managing Director Derek Jones, National Sales Manager for Trade Amanda Darrington and National Sales Manager for Retail Helen Roberts.  Commenting on Kuoni’s win, Derek Jones, Kuoni UK MD said: “The TTG Awards ceremony was a spectacular evening of entertainment showcasing the best of the best in our industry. “We are delighted to have been voted best ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ and we are thrilled to have won their new award for best ‘Travel Team Agency of the Year’, in recognition of the outstanding hard work and commitment of everyone at Kuoni. “Kuoni has enjoyed considerable success in the past in both the Long Haul and Luxury Tour Operator categories but we have never before won in the Best Tour Operator section which includes all tour operators large and small. “I am so proud of the team’s achievements and to have been recognised by our industry peers with these accolades.”TTG Brand Director, Daniel Pearce added: “I’d personally like to congratulate Kuoni on winning ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ and ‘Travel Team Agency of the Year’ at the TTG Travel Awards 2012. With over 30,000 travel agent ratings and an esteemed panel of judges, our rigorous judging process makes winning these awards a huge achievement in the travel industry.”Judges for the awards include experts from trade bodies and leading travel companies and the Institute of Travel and Tourism, as well as leading figures from the worlds of commerce and retail.last_img read more

FCm named top travel management company

first_imgFCm Travel Solutions can add yet another accolade to its line-up of achievements in 2012 after being named Australasia’s Leading Travel Management Company (TMC) as part of the World Travel Awards.FCm accepted the prestigious accolade at a World Travel Awards Ceremony held 18 October at the InterContinental Singapore.During the awards ceremony, FCm was also named Asia’s Leading Travel Management Company.FCm currently holds the mantle of ‘World’s Leading Travel Management Company’ and earlier this year was also confirmed by the 2012 World Travel Awards program as the Leading Travel Management Company for Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and Central America. This year FCm also took out the award for Africa’s Leading Corporate Travel Company.FCm Global Leader Gregory Lording congratulated FCm’s teams around the world for their efforts, which had been broadly recognised by the World Travel Awards during 2012.“These new titles for our operations in Asia and Australasia cap off an outstanding performance on the world awards stage for FCm,” Gregory said. “So far FCm has taken out eight awards for being a corporate travel market leader as part of the 2012 World Travel Awards program and I’d like to congratulate our travel and account management teams for their hard work and commitment.”FCm General Manager New Zealand Simon McKearney said the Australasia award was testament to FCm’s success in the Australian and New Zealand corporate market.“Our corporate business in New Zealand has gone from strength to strength in the past year, recording strong client growth and high retention rates,” he said. “Our ability to offer strategic account management that drives long-term value and service that generates efficiencies at every stage of the booking and buying process has been key to our success.” Source = FCm Travel Solutionslast_img read more

Vietjet announces Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta route launch

first_imgVietjet announces Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta route launchVietjet announces Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta route launchVietjet today announced the launch of a new international route connecting Ho Chi Minh City with the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The announcement ceremony was witnessed by high-ranking dignitaries from Vietnam and Indonesia on the official visit of His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam to Indonesia. The new route will meet the increasing demand for travels between the two countries and boost regional trading and integration.The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)-Jakarta route, a three-hour journey, will operate daily from December 20, 2017. The HCMC-Jakarta flight departs from HCMC at 20:40 and arrives in Jakarta at 23:40 (local time). The return flight takes off at 01:40 (local time) and lands in HCMC at 04:40.Mr. Dinh Viet Phuong, Vietjet’s Vice President, said: “Since its inception, Vietjet has been developing friendly and professional flight services in operating key international routes, helping connect Vietnam’s main business and tourism hubs with foreign destinations, including Jakarta. With its mission of making air travel approachable and possible for everyone and building a future in the air, Vietjet’s new route from HCMC to Jakarta will boost ties between these two economic, cultural and financial hubs, thus helping to boost regional trading and integration.”Jakarta is famous for its own distinctive multicultural style, amazing cuisine and colorful tourism attractions. It also serves as a gateway to the country, which offers the world “Consistency in Diversity”. The Indonesian archipelago boasts UNESCO-listed world heritages such as Borobudur and Prambanan, Komodo National Park, Ujung Kulon National Park and Sumatra rainforest and, of course, breathtaking ‘paradise’ islands, such as Bali, one of the world’s most incredible beach destinations.In turn, Ho Chi Minh City will be the country’s doors to Indonesian visitors travelling in Vietnam, which also boasts UNESCO-listed world heritages and incredible beaches. The capital city of Hanoi is an incredible historic city with a rich culture and unique atmosphere. Other cities and destinations include the former imperial capital, Hue, a wonderful, romantic destination, the city of Da Nang, where there are stunning beaches and the wonderland of Quang Binh province, home to the largest caves in the world. As the country’s largest economic, financial and modern tourism hub, Ho Chi Minh City is a destination in its own right, one that visitors will find is as sweet and charming as it is dynamic and entertaining.With its high-quality services, special low-fare tickets and diverse ticket classes, Vietjet offers its passengers enjoyable flights with a dynamic and friendly flight crew, comfy seats, delicious hot meals, special surprises as part of the inflight activities and amazing ticket fares during the daily “12 pm, It’s time to Vietjet” promotion.About Vietjet:Vietjet is the first airline in Vietnam to operate as a new-age airline with low-cost and diversified services to meet customers’ demands. It provides not only transport services but also uses the latest e-commerce technologies to offer various products and services for consumers. Vietjet is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. The airline was also named as one of the Top 500 Brands in Asia 2016 by global marketing research company Nielsen, the “Best Asian Low Cost Carrier” at the TTG Travel Awards 2015, which compiles votes from travelers, travel agencies and tour operators in throughout Asia and Asia’s Best Employer Brand by the Employer Branding Institute and World HRD Congress for many years. The airline was also rated as one of the top three fastest growing airline brands on Facebook in the world by Socialbakers.Currently, the airline boasts a fleet of 45 aircraft, including A320s and A321s, and operates 350 flights each day. It has already opened 73 routes in Vietnam and across the region to international destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia. It has carried nearly 40 million passengers to date.Looking ahead, the airline plans to expand its network across the Asia Pacific region. To prepare for this plan, Vietjet has signed agreements with the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers to purchase more brand-new and modern aircraft.Like Vietjet on Facebook,, follow us on Twitter, @Vietjetvietnam, and watch our videos at = Vietjetlast_img read more

Free Up Your Summer Vietjet opens Nha Trang – Danang route

first_imgDa Nang‘Free Up Your Summer’ Vietjet opens Nha Trang – Danang routeCelebrating the year’s most attractive program “Free up your summer with Vietjet”, the airline has opened sales on its Nha Trang – Danang route to meet the traveling and trading demands of locals and tourists.The Nha Trang – Danang route will operate a return flight every day beginning 21 September 2018, with a flight time of approximately 1 hour per leg. The flight will depart from Nha Trang at 11:45 and arrive in Danang at 12:45. The return flight takes off at 13:20 in Danang and lands in Nha Trang at 14:20.To welcome the new route, Vietjet continues to offer the promotional series “Free up your summer with Vietjet” with millions of super saving tickets priced from only VND0 during the golden hours from 12:00 to 14:00 (GMT+7) from now until 31 July 2018.The promotional tickets are available on all sales channels during the golden hours from 12:00 to 14:00 (GMT+7) everyday on (also compatible with smartphones at or (just click the “Booking” tab), hotline (+84)19001886, booking offices and agencies, both domestic and international. Payment can be easily made with debit and credit cards of Visa/ MasterCard/ AMEX/ JCB/ KCP/ any ATM card issued by 34 Vietnamese banks that have been registered with internet banking.Nha Trang and Danang – two famous coastal cities in central Vietnam are popular destinations for international and local tourists. With the new route, tourists will have more opportunities to discover these two interesting destinations with more flexible and easier timing.Aiming to be a “Consumer Airline”, Vietjet is continually opening new routes, adding more aircraft, investing in modern technology and offering more added-on products and services to serve all demands of customers. Vietjet is a pioneering airline that is loved by many for its exciting promotional and entertainment programs, especially during the festive season. With high-quality services, diverse ticket classes and special low-fare tickets, Vietjet offers itspassengers flying experiences on new aircraft with comfy seats, delicious hot meals, beautiful and friendly cabin crews, and other interesting added-on services.About Vietjet:Established in 2007, Vietjet is now leading the domestic aviation market in Vietnam and actively expanding its international flight network. After more than five years of operations, the airline has flown 40 million passengers, and been awarded 32 domestic and nine international accolades such as being named one of the Top 500 Brands in Asia 2016 and “The Best Asian Low Cost Carrier 2015” at the TTG Travel Awards 2015.Currently, the airline boasts a fleet of 60 aircraft, including A320s and A321s, and operates over 385 flights per day. It currently operates 93 routes in Vietnam and across the region to international destinations such as Hongkong, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia. For more information, please visit its website at www.vietjetair.comSource = Vietjetlast_img read more

Crystalbrook Collection Introduces Riley in Cairns

first_imgSource = Crystalbrook Collection About Crystalbrook CollectionCrystalbrook Collection is an Australian based tourism and hospitality group. Its portfolio consists of Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, hotel and resort developments, a luxury lodge and a 90-foot motor yacht.To date, Crystalbrook Collection has committed more than AU$800 million in tourism investments within Australia. The group has recently added Littlie Albion in Sydney’s Surry Hills to the family (trading from December 2018) and have their eyes set on other key Australian destinations. Crystalbrook Collection Introduces Riley in CairnsCrystalbrook Collection Introduces Riley in CairnsFive-star, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort will open its doors in Cairns on 6 November 2018. To celebrate, the group has pledged that $100 from every room booked at crystalbrookcollection.com1 for stays in the first week of operation will be donated to Citizens of Great Barrier Reef2.Mark Davie, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection says, “As an organization hugely committed to the environment and as a Founding Citizen of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, this was a natural choice for us to celebrate this exciting opening.“The initiative is just one way in which Riley will speak to Crystalbrook’s core value of responsible luxury,” he said.Andy Ridley, CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef says, “Crystalbrook has been incredibly supportive of Citizens, most importantly in how they have embraced the environmental approach right from the beginning. It is great to have their support to help our efforts.”Meet Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection ResortCentrally located at the northern end of Cairns iconic waterfront Esplanade, Riley is all about living in the moment and embracing the now. The resort features 311 stylish rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars including Cairns’ highest rooftop bar, Rocco, an expansive lagoon pool and private beach, the stunning Eléme Day Spa, functions and events spaces for up to 400 people and a 24-hour fitness centre.Riley’s Restaurants and BarsRocco – Cairns’ highest rooftop bar – 42 metres above sea level and featuring 270-degree uninterrupted views of Cairns and the Coral Sea. Serving up a contemporary take on Mediterranean fare, along with an inspired drinks menu and a stellar Champagne list second to none.Paper Crane – Emulating the sights and tastes of Asia, Paper Crane offers a culinary experience like no other. Taking advantage of Tropical North Queensland’s fresh produce, the modern Asian inspired menu instantly transports you to the bustling streets of Asia.Greenfields – With a focus on all things raw and simple, Greenfields embodies all aspects of healthy eating…well mainly. Think cold pressed juices by day with a splash of vodka in the evening.#responsibleluxuryCentral to Crystalbrook Collection’s philosophy, and that of its hotels and resorts, is the concept of #responsibleluxury whereby immersive environmental initiatives are introduced to enhance each guest’s stay, without compromising on creature comforts.Responsible luxury for Riley has many faces including a paper free check-in and out, no plastic drinking bottles or straws on premise – even the plastic guest room key cards have been replaced by 100% recycled wooden cards, and overall 90% less in-room paper than the average five-star hotel. Technology has helped to achieve this, with iPads replacing paper in-room and at check-in.Taking the locally-sourced concept one step further, Riley serves beef directly from Crystalbrook Collection’s own station, located three hours inland from Cairns. This ensures Crystalbrook can be certain of the highest levels of animal welfare. In addition, over 80% of the fresh fruit and produce served at Riley is sourced from within a three-hour drive of Cairns.A new look for CairnsRiley is the first of three personality led sibling hotels from Crystalbrook Collection set to open in the city over the next 14 months and the first new five-star hotel for Cairns in over 20 years, conveying their confidence in the thriving tourist region.last_img read more

Cape Town tops in ICCA rankings for business events in Africa

first_imgAccording to the recent 2014 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Country and City rankings, Cape Town has retained its position as the No 1 destination for business events in Africa.The destination moved up by an astounding 11 rankings in terms of worldwide performance to number 41, hosting 58 international association meetings, up 13 from the previous year with Johannesburg piping Marrakech 3rd and Durban 4th for the second position.Tim Harris, CEO of Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency Wesgro of which the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau is a strategic business unit is extremely proud of the destination’s performance internationally.“The business events environment is extremely competitive so it is a considerable achievement to retain the number one spot. Cape Town has remained on top because of our collaborative approach, our excellent service offering, and our levels of professionalism.”Harris added, “The Cape Town city region has global appeal, and our world class infrastructure- including the award-winning international convention centre and airport – combine to make us the first choice conferencing destination in Africa.”“This is brilliant news for South Africa,” said Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at South African Tourism. “It is an empirical reflection of growing confidence in South Africa and a confident indication that we may expect our share of the global market to grow. In 2013, South Africa hosted 118 international and regional business events. That number rose to 124 in 2014.”South Africa with 124 meetings maintained its No 1 spot in the country rankings, moving up 2 rankings worldwide to number 32.last_img read more

TRS Coral Hotel announces its inclusion in The Leading Hotels of the

first_imgTRS Coral Hotel, the luxurious adults-only property in Costa Mujeres, northeast of Yucatan Peninsula – Mexico, opening in autumn 2018 by Palladium Hotel Group, has announced its inclusion in the exclusive collection of hotels that make up ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’, after satisfactorily fulfilling demanding quality and service criteria.‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ is made up of more than 375 luxury hotels located in 75 countries. Located 30 minutes north from Cancun International Airport, Costa Mujeres is an exceptional enclave in the Mexican Caribbean that is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This unexplored tourist destination will welcome TRS Coral Hotel, as well as Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort and Spa, from November 2018, providing holiday-makers with the utmost in relaxation, freedom and the opportunity to connect with nature among exotic flora and fauna.TRS Coral Hotel has 469 luxurious rooms, each with a balcony or terrace, whirlpool bath, direct access to exclusive swim-up pools and stunning views over the Costa Mujeres landscape, with the aim of offering guests ‘unexplored luxury’.One of the hallmarks of TRS Coral Hotel is its fully personalised services that are tailored to every guest. Its exclusive butler service is available for every guest and is complemented with 24-hour room service to meet and exceed all expectations.TRS Coral Hotel guests will also be able to enjoy gastronomic offering at six themed restaurants, including the spectacular Chic Cabaret and Restaurant, and have access to all the services of Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort and Spa, including its nine à la carte restaurants, through the exclusive Dine Around programme.Leisure facilities include an impressive Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, which will offer exclusive training programmes based on Rafa Nadal’s personal values and adapted to all ages and levels. In addition, Zentropia by Palladium Spa and Wellness is a wellness oasis of more than 4,000 sqm.last_img read more

Churchill Mortgage Expands Into Missouri

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Churchill Mortgage Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2014-02-05 Matt Coffelt in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Churchill Mortgage Expands Into Missouri February 5, 2014 470 Views center_img “”Churchill Mortgage””: announced the opening of its first brick and mortar location in Missouri.The new branch is in Kansas City, Missouri, and will be headed up by Joanna Redden. Having previously worked as a mortgage professonal at several other institutions, Redden brings 19 years of industry experience to her new position.””Expanding into Missouri allows us to serve a new population of borrowers and Joanna’s expertise ensures that they have the most direct route to the American dream of homeownership,”” said Mike Hardwick, president of Churchill Mortgage. Sharelast_img read more

Cashing Out Through Refinance

first_img Cash-out refinancing is being increasingly used by borrowers and homeowners looking to renovate their homes, consolidate debt, make a purchase, or even as a down payment for a second home, according to a study by LendingTree.According to the data of this study, cash-out refinance loans have risen to 62 percent of all refinancing in the first quarter of 2018 from 54 percent during the same quarter last year. To find out which cities and regions had a greater ability to access cash through refinancing a mortgage, LendingTree analyzed mortgage requests and offers for refinance borrowers between March 1, 2017, and March 1, 2018, based on the location of the property to be mortgaged. It then based the rankings on the percentage of total refinance mortgage funded that included a cash-out portion of the loan. Albany, New York had the highest share of cash-out borrowers with an average loan amount of $166,504 and 73 percent of the refinance mortgages funded with a cash-out portion, the study indicated. In the second place, Portland, Oregon had 72 percent of refinance mortgages being funded with cash-out portion and was tied with Cape Coral in Florida on the percentage. However, the average loan amounts varied with Portland and Cape Coral recording average loan amounts of $266,152 and $162,975 respectively.Boise City, Idaho; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Denver, Colorado; Greenville, South Carolina; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Tulsa, Oklahoma also made it to this list. Three cities tied for the tenth place in the rankings. They included Des Moines, Iowa; Grand Rapids; Michigan; and Ogden, Utah.When it came to highest cash-out loan amounts, the average borrower in Bridgeport Connecticut took out a loan of $453,307 earning it the first spot on this list. San Jose, California followed with an average loan amount of $451,777. Neighboring San Francisco came in third with an average loan amount of$442,099. Honolulu, Hawaii; San Diego, Los Angeles and Oxnard, California; Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Washington; New York, New York; Boston Massachusetts; and Denver, Colorado rounded off this list.The study found that while loan amounts clearly lined up with cities that had higher home values, no data was available on cities with the most cash-out refinance borrowers. Borrowers Cash Cash Out LendingTree loans mortgage Mortgage Loan Refinancing Refinancing Refis second home 2018-04-02 Radhika Ojha April 2, 2018 602 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img Share Cashing Out Through Refinancelast_img read more

August 20 2018

first_imgAugust 20 , 2018 A range of New Zealand nurseries and orchards could lose up to a potential NZD1.5 billion (US$1 billion) due to an order given by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to destroy or contain 48,000 seedlings.The companies have gone to the High Court to revoke the order, which was given due to an inadequate or contradictory information from a U.S. facility that meant the material’s biosecurity status could not be guaranteed.The case affects apples, cherries, apricots and other types of fruits, according to local media Radio NZ.An audit in March found incomplete and incorrect record-keeping at a U.S. company, which led MPI to halt all imports from the company and begin seizing plants from five nurseries and a small number of growers. NZ: T&G Global posts H1 profit rise despite w … Zespri operating revenue exceeds NZ$3B for first t … You might also be interested incenter_img NZKGI hails success of labor shortage declaration … The cuttings, which were imported from 2012 to 2017, are said to have been caught up in a bureaucratic error. Even though MPI agrees there is no evidence of bugs or other biosecurity dangers, they say they had to seize the seedlings as a precautionary measure.”It’s been through a really rigorous quarantine process in the U.S. for about three years and then another two years in New Zealand,”  Matthew Dolan, chief executive at New Zealand Plant Producers, was quoted as saying.”There have been a lot of eyes looking at this material. There is no real concern about its biosecurity status – it really about the documentation and record keeping relating to importation of the material.”As the plant material would be propagated into thousands of fruit trees in the future, the value of losses would grow over time, said Dolan.The seedlings represented new varieties of fruit, and so 10 years of breeding work could be wasted, he said.Grant Pearson, a lawyer acting for the Waimea Nurseries, one of the companies affected, said that nurseries and orchards face a NZD$1.5 billion loss. The amount covers future as well as past losses. NZ: Seasonal labor shortage declared for Bay of Pl …last_img read more

Ecuador sent a 15 lighter yearonyear volume of

first_img Ecuador sent a 15% lighter year-on-year volume of bananas to the EU in the first three months of the year, says the Banana Marketing and Export Association (ACORBANEC).The association explains that the decrease was due to lower prices from other sources, such as Guatemala.Ecuador’s current law guarantees a minimum banana price for producers, which has made its category “much more expensive” than competitors’, explains Richard Salazar, ACORBANEC administrator.As a result, the nation has lost its competitive edge in the EU, where some countries such as Germany have opted to source from Central America, he adds.”Guatemala is selling cheaper bananas at about 50 cents less than Ecuador and that has made some customers from abroad, especially Germany, prefer to buy more from Central America.”Ecuador has not lowered its prices – it sells them at the same price. But the reaction was to buy more from the competition because we are much more expensive,” Salazar points out.According to ACORBANEC data, until March of this year, Ecuador’s main market has been the EU, with 29% of its exports. Russia follows with 23%, then the Middle East with 12%, the U.S. with 11%, Asia with 7%, South America with 6% and the rest to other markets. Colombia: TR4 suspected on two banana farms … June 06 , 2019 However, even as Ecuador’s bananas failed to perform well in the EU market, it saw a 2% year-on-year increase of its total banana export volume during the first quarter.”We have exported in 2019, an accumulated 95.3 million boxes, versus 93.3 million boxes in the same period last year,” comments Salazar.This 2% increase occurred even after Ecuador was affected by difficult growing conditions in winter. Extreme weather affected 5,000 hectares of bananas, of which about 3,000 were completely lost, he explains.”It didn’t affect us because we increased productivity a little more (…) despite the fact that we lost hectares, we exported a little more,” he adds.As for the biggest purchasers of Ecuadorian bananas this year, Salazar names China and Japan as the top importers. They bought the most bananas from Ecuador, due to production problems in the Philippines, he elaborates.A few other regions have also upped their imports. “There are other markets that have rebounded, especially in the Middle East, where we have exported 11% more,” Salazar notes.Regarding Ecuadorian banana exports to Brazil, Salazar points out “it is a potential market for Ecuador.”He adds: “It is not that it is a very representative market for us. In the last year, five containers have been exported.”He concludes that the nation could send around 80,000 boxes a week at the minimum. However, that number would depend on there being no restrictions on Ecuadorian banana imports entering Brazil, he concludes. Colombia denies rumored outbreak of TR4 in the cou … center_img You might also be interested in AUS: Proposed Great Barrier Reef regulations ‘igno … Germany: Cocaine worth €25M found in ALDI banana …last_img read more

Rocky Mountaineer has announced the appointment of

first_imgRocky Mountaineer has announced the appointment of Fiona Watson as Managing Director, Sales – Asia Pacific.Sydney-based Watson will be responsible for driving continued growth for the iconic global brand within the Asia Pacific region, including introducing the product to the China market. She previously held various leadership positions over a ten-year period at American Express, most recently as Director, Partnerships & Benefits (Travel), Asia Pacific. Prior to joining American Express, Watson was National Sales and Marketing Manager at Globus.“Ms. Watson is a passionate and dynamic leader with a wealth of sales and marketing experience spanning multiple channels,” says Karen Hardie, Vice President, Global Sales, Rocky Mountaineer. “We are thrilled to welcome Fiona to our team to continue to drive the upward trend of unprecedented growth from the Asia Pacific region.”Rocky Mountaineer has experienced seven consecutive years of double-digit growth in Australia and New Zealand, with 2017 showing signs of another profitable year. appointmentsCanadaRocky MountaineerThe Rockieslast_img read more

airlinesCathay PacificWiFi

first_imgairlinesCathay PacificWi-Fi From mid-2018, Cathay Pacific will begin rolling out inflight Wi-Fi across its wide-body fleet, following the successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft.Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We have been listening to our customers who have told us that staying connected inflight is important to them. Our passengers will soon be able to not only roam around the cabin when the fasten seat belt sign comes off – the whole internet awaits at 35,000 feet.“We envisage that by 2020, all of our wide-body aircraft will have inflight connectivity capabilities. This will open up a wealth of opportunities for us to provide more innovative experiences for our customers.”Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be the first major carriers in Asia to adopt Gogo’s 2Ku satellite-based broadband inflight connectivity technology. It will be installed on the airlines’ Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft.last_img read more

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first_imgagentsAlaskaCruise STARS 2019Incentive Cruise STARS 2019 will be inviting top-tier selling agents from across wholesale cruise brands including; The Cruise Team, Seven Oceans Cruising and GO Holidays.Steve Brady, National Sales Manager, said that the Cruise STARS 2019 reward was one of the most impressive he can remember. “We know our Cruise STARS will be treated to an absolutely amazing experience on the Crystal Symphony heading to Alaska, there is no doubt it will be a trip of a lifetime.“Our agents from across Australia and New Zealand will be super excited to be invited and they have 11 months to try and make that happen.” IMAGE: The Global STARS 2018 Gala Awards last weekend in Hamilton Island was the venue for a whole host of announcements including the 2019 destination for the awards – Dubai – and that Global STARS Cruise STARS will be awarded with an Alaska cruise in 2019!With thanks to Crystal Cruises, attendees of Cruise STARS 2019 will be treated to seven days on board Crystal Symphony in September 2019, cruising from Vancouver to Alaska and experiencing the best of Alaska cruising. last_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals waived both Quan Sturdivant and Ronald Talley Monday to make room for new signings.Tuesday both were brought back, re-signed to the team’s practice squad.A sixth round pick out of North Carolina, the linebacker Sturdivant tallied six tackles in preseason play. Talley, a defensive end, was also credited with six stops. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Given that, the Cardinals may very well be the favorites, and they could have the schedule to thank.“Arizona got Carolina, the Rams get the Saints,” Arizona Sports 620’s Dave Burns said. All scheduling aside, Burns thinks the Cardinals may have improved just enough in the offseason.“Are they great? No. Did they get good enough to win this division? I think [Monday night’s Rams/Giants game] proved to me that the Arizona Cardinals got good enough to win this division,” he said. “They get six games against the Rams, Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.”The NFC West was won by a 7-9 team last year because the division, as a whole, was terrible. Could the same thing happen again? Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Two games into the NFL season, the NFC West is a combined 2-6, a record that would likely be worse had the Seahawks and 49ers not played each other in Week 1. In fact, the division is so bad — once again — that mediocrity may take the crown, and while many thought the Rams would come out on top, that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. “It’s going to be a bad year for the Rams,” Arizona Sports 620’s John Gambadoro said. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Schefter also reported that 12 teams reached out toManning Wednesday after the 14-year veteran was releasedby the Indianapolis Colts. The Cardinals were among the12, and Jason LaCanforaof the NFL Network also named Seattle, Washington,Denver and Miami as teams that reached out to Manning’srepresentation.LaCanfora also expects Kansas City to jump into the fray. Strike one on the Arizona Cardinals.ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted the latest on thePeyton Manning sweepstakes Thursday morning, and itwasn’tnecessarily good news for Cardinal fans.PeytonManning prefers to stay in the AFC but is open to playinginthe NFC.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8,2012 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   center_img Marshall Faulk just said there’s no chance of Peytongoes to the NFC because the family doesn’t want to blowchance of a Manning Super Bowl.— Rich Eisen(@richeisen) March 7,2012 Schefter’s tweet is on the same wavelength as NFL Networkanalyst Marshall Faulk’s Wednesday proclamation viaRich Eisen’s Twitter feed. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more