Ukraine International Airlines expands its fleet to 33 aircraft

first_imgUkraine International Airlines expands its fleet to 33 aircraftIn March 2016, as part of Ukraine International Airline’s program of fleet renewal and expansion Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) received the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Therefore, the carrier`s fleet currently consists of 33 aircraft.Being the UIA 28th Boeing aircraft, the newly received Boeing 737-800 has passed an official registration procedure in Ukraine and received the registration number UR-PSN. With a capacity of 186 seats, the aircraft will operate mainly charter flights in an all Economy Class configuration. The new UR-PSN is expected to operate its first UIA flight on April the 2nd, 2016.“We keep on implementing our fleet renewal and expansion program. The second out of six aircraft that we plan to receive in 2016 has passed the registration procedure and is currently being set into commercial service. We regard the aircraft delivery to be timely since in Summer 2016 we plan to expand our geography and increase flight frequencies on a number of popular routes, – noted Yevgen Churyumov, UIA Fleet Projects Manager. – Consequently, we need to increase our fleet`s passenger capacity. I`m glad we are successfully completing our tasks according to the 2016 fleet plan – we have already received two aircraft, while another two Boeing 737-800 aircraft are expected to be put into operation in early May”.Optionally, in 2016 UIA considers the possibility to lease another 4 aircraft.As of March 28, 2016, Ukraine International Airlines’ fleet currently consists of 33 modern aircraft: long-haul Boeing 767-300ER, medium-haul Boeing 737NG, medium-haul classic Boeing 737 (including one freighter 737-300SF), and medium-haul Еmbraer 190 aircraft. Fly Ukraine International AirlinesSource = Ukraine International Airlineslast_img

Aussies keen for safari adventure

first_imgAussies keen for safari adventureAussies keen for safari adventureHome to lions, elephants, rhinos and more, Africa is a wild land filled with a rich array of unique fauna and 21 per cent of Aussies list an African Safari tour on their bucket list.For those planning a trip, May to September is a great time to visit South Africa’s wildlife parks as this is the dry season when bushland is low and animals regularly congregate around watering holes and rivers. High season for Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia is slightly later, beginning in July and running through to October.Whether experiencing the continent’s raw beauty from a vehicle or on foot, the team from World2Cover has these insider tips to help keep travelling Aussies safe on safari:If you are planning to enjoy a 4WD-style adventure, avoid standing up or sticking your arms out of the car as this has been known to startle and even aggravate nearby animals. If your vehicle has windows, there may also be times where you need to keep them closed to deter baboons looking to steal a cheeky snack – they are not afraid of human interaction. Failure to follow your guide’s safety instructions can also negate your travel insurance policy, as it reflects that due care has not been taken should anything happen.African safari can be a photographer’s dream but don’t be tempted to get too close to an animal and never leave your vehicle or group if on a walking tour, even if the creature seems docile. If you do have a close encounter with one that doesn’t seem to like your presence, give it a wide berth with a clear exit route and back away slowly and quietly. If you turn your back or run, this could be mistaken for behaviour of prey and the animal could give chase.Sleeping under the stars might seem like a great idea but predatory animals such as hyenas and cheetahs are also active then. Stay in a fully-zipped tent and don’t take any food in there as this may attract foraging wildlife.Although Australia is no stranger to venomous creepy crawlies, Africa too is home to snakes, spiders, scorpions and other dangerous insects. Take insect repellent and wear enclosed walking boots and keep them in your tent overnight. Check inside your shoes before putting them on too to avoid any nasty surprises.While you might get warm, resist the urge to take a dip in local lakes or rivers. Crocs are camouflage experts and hippos are renowned for being aggressive. They may well be the most dangerous of all the big animals you encounter.Get the paperwork right – check you have plenty of time left on your passport and you have the correct vaccinations and visas in place before you travel. Also ensure you have the correct travel insurance that will ensure you are protected should anything go wrong and secure this as soon as you book your trip. This will mean you’re covered in the event your plans need to change.Claudio Saita, Deputy CEO and Executive Director in Australia for Tokio Marine, underwriters for World2Cover travel insurance, said maintaining high safety standards outside of the bush should also be kept front of mind.“It is easy to relax when lions and crocs are no longer in the immediate vicinity, but your holiday doesn’t end when the tour stops. When travelling through urban areas before and after your tour, keep your valuables well secured and out of sight and stay up to date with local news to avoid unsafe urban areas.”Mr Saita also said it’s important to be fully protected when travelling internationally and all World2Cover policies will be underwritten by the Australian arm of leading global insurer, Tokio Marine, Japan’s largest non-life insurance company.“World2Cover offers protection from the moment you buy, covering cancellation and lost deposits. Our comprehensive cover is available to all Australian travellers, delivering peace of mind, a simple claims process and superior customer service.”For more information on the comprehensive range of coverage options from World2Cover, visit www.world2cover.com.au.About Tokio MarineTokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd (TMNF) was founded in 1879 as The Tokio Marine Insurance Company, Ltd. and has been operating in Australia since 1963. TMNF is Japan’s largest non-life insurance company and is placed in the top ranking of non-life insurance companies worldwide. The Company began its operations in the marine insurance field, where it has long been recognised as a world leader with a long history of financial stability and an excellent security rating. They are now present in over 39 countries around the world with more than 40,000 employees globally.Source = World2Cover Travel Insurancelast_img read more

Todd Arthur named vice president of sales and market development

first_imgTodd Arthur named vice president of sales and market developmentTodd Arthur named vice president of sales and market developmentSabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has named Todd Arthur vice president of sales and market development for Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific. In this role, reporting to Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific senior vice president Roshan Mendis, Todd will be responsible for sales performance and business growth across Asia Pacific.“Having spent many years in the travel business, ranging from Travel Management Companies to hotel distributors, Todd brings a rounded and well-informed approach to the position. This, paired with 16 years in APAC and a track record of driving topline and organizational growth, makes him a valuable addition to our leadership team in Asia Pacific,” said Roshan Mendis.In addition to identifying and championing growth opportunities, Todd will also work closely with Sabre’s Asia Pacific product and technology teams to drive customer-centric solution development and deployment in the region.Todd brings to Sabre more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry spanning Asia and North America. Most recently he was Managing Director for HRS in Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Prior to that he held senior management and business development positions for companies including BCD Travel, Advito, Finnair and Malaysia Airlines. He also represents Asia on the board of directors of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.“Todd joins us at an exciting time. Sabre Travel Network is a market leader in Asia Pacific – we hold the number one position for GDS air bookings and have local operations in 28 markets across the region. Pairing our highly localised footprint, teams, relationships and knowledge with Sabre’s global network of content, expertise, innovation and vision, we’re in the strongest position yet to deliver technology to our customers that will have a tangible impact on their bottom line,” added Mendis.Todd will be based at Sabre’s Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Singapore.About Sabre CorporationSabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. Source = Sabre Corporationlast_img read more

Australias visitor economy soars off the back of record visitor

first_imgAustralia’s visitor economy soars off the back of record visitor spendThe Australian economy has been significantly bolstered by an influx of international visitors who in the last 12 months have spent a record $39.8 billion.Tourism & Transport Forum Chief Executive, Margy Osmond, said the latest International Visitor Survey also shows more than 7.7 million visitors (up nine per cent) stayed a collective 262 million nights (up five per cent).“As the national economy continues to transition from the end of the mining boom to a diversified services-based economy, there is no question that tourism is Australia’s next super-growth sector,” Ms Osmond said.“These remarkable figures have been underpinned by the incredible growth across Asia, with double digit growth for visitor arrivals across eight of the top ten Asian markets (China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, India, Indonesia, Taiwan and Thailand).“While the last quarter has seen a four per cent drop in Chinese holiday visitation, the Chinese market overall continues to break growth and spend records, with one in every six visitors now coming from China and $9.7 billion spent in the last year, up a staggering 396 per cent since March 2010.“After recording modest growth in the last decade, there has been a surge in visitors from two of our traditional markets in the last 12 months, with 884,000 visitors from the United States (up 14 per cent) and 390,000 from Japan (up 18 per cent).“The Federal Government’s compromise on the backpacker tax last year has also averted a potential collapse in the backpacker and working holiday maker market, with 645,000 backpackers visiting in the last 12 months (up eight per cent).”Ms Osmond said the figures highlighted the need for state and federal governments to realise the full potential of the tourism sector and stop treating it as a cash cow.“While these are great numbers we need to be thinking about the potential for them to be even better by supporting our tourism sector rather than jeopardising future growth by slugging visitors with increased charges, such as the recent visa increase,” Ms Osmond said.“We simply cannot keep increasing the taxes and charges on traveling to Australia and believe that it will not have any impact on the number of visitors coming to our country. Every extra dollar on the cost of travel is a disincentive to visit Australia.” TTFSource = TTFlast_img read more

World first underwater proposal

first_imgL-R: Justin McIntaggart, pilot Erika Bergman, Kate HartbergWorld first underwater proposalUntil now, underwater romances have been the stuff of blockbuster movies, but thanks to Queensland and Uber, one lucky competition winner finally made his wish to create a subaquatic marriage proposal a reality.Last month, Justin McIntaggart, a barber shop owner from Ontario, Canada, entered the global scUber competition, a campaign which resulted in more than 152,000 entries. He never expected entering the competition would change the course of the rest of his life.After being selected from 152,000 people to be one of six lucky winners, the 29-year-old took the opportunity to plunge in and ask his girlfriend, Kate Hartberg, 25, to take his hand in marriage at 20 metres (57 feet) below the ocean’s surface in scUber, the world’s first rideshare submarine on the Great Barrier Reef.Back on land, a shell-shocked Kate, originally from Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, said: “Wow, I am speechless! What a beautiful surprise. Justin and I both adore the ocean, and riding in the scUber submarine was already a “pinch myself” moment, but I really couldn’t believe my eyes when Justin got down on one knee.“We were in this magnificent bubble, surrounded by stunning coral and the most bright, colourful marine life, both in awe by the whole experience.“It was just perfect, and extra special to share this moment in my home country.”The newly-engaged couple will celebrate this week by exploring the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest, and a tour around some of Australia’s greatest waterfalls around Cairns, before planning their dream wedding!Their love blossomed after a long distance friendship which started in Canada. Kate, an avid traveller, met Justin in Banff, Alberta, while on a working holiday in 2014. Fast forward five years and the couple returned to Kate’s home state for an incredibly special milestone in their relationship. A moment Justin had been romanticising over for the past year.Available to book in Tropical North Queensland until 18 June, the scUber experience includes a return transfer from your location with a ScUber car, a helicopter ride with Nautilus Aviation to the Quicksilver pontoon located at Agincourt Reef, and a one-hour ScUber experience offering stunning 180-degree views of the Reef. The exclusive experience costs $3,000 per couple.Agincourt Reef, off the coast of Port Douglas, is named one of the world’s greatest diving and snorkelling sites and runs parallel to the continental shelf on the northern section of the outer Great Barrier Reef. Below the crystal clear surface lives some of the most vibrant aquatic animal and plant life unique to Australia’s coast. Riders at Agincourt Reef will marvel at spectacular corals and marine life including clownfish, giant clams, butterfly fish, parrot fish, angel fish and white tipped reef sharks, amongst many other species.Greater than 69 million football fields in size, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest and longest coral reef system. The extraordinary biodiversity of its species and habitats make it one of the most complex natural systems on Earth, containing more than 600 different types of coral (one third of the world’s coral species), approximately 1,625 species of fish and more than 1,000 islands.As part of the global launch of scUber, Uber will donate AUD $100,000 to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, to support their ongoing Reef conservation initiatives. Uber will also donate the equivalent value of every scUber ride to initiatives Citizens is undertaking in an effort to preserve the Reef. The Citizens movement aims to engage people from all over the world in the Reef’s future and inspire them to take action to help protect it. To find out more about Citizens’ Reef Tracks program, visit here.For more information on scUber, the consumer competition and partnership between Queensland and Uber, visit: www.scUberQueensland.com.Source = scUberlast_img read more

Bookingcom creates the worlds first avocadoshaped condo

first_imgBooking.com creates the world’s first avocado-shaped condoBooking.com creates the world’s first avocado-shaped condoHoly guacamole! Avocado fans have a unique opportunity to stay inside Australia’s most-beloved brunch staple – an avocado-shaped condo, available exclusively on Booking.com starting July 29If avocado has smashed its way into your heart, then get ready to guac and roll – for the first time ever, you can stay in one! In celebration of National Avocado Day on July 31, Booking.com, the digital travel leader connecting travellers with the widest choice of unique places to stay, a range of must-do travel experiences and seamless transport options, has created the world’s-first Avo-Condo – an avocado-shaped condo.Located at Campbell’s Cove Lookout at Sydney’s Circular Quay for a limited time, the Avo-Condo is a custom-built, self-contained condo, which resembles half an avocado on the outside and is complete with avocado-themed furnishings on the inside – all with a world-class view.For two nights, lucky travellers will have the chance to live the ultimate millennial’s dream and experience a once-in-a-lifetime sleepover overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House inside a giant avocado! Guests will also enjoy a hamper of avocado-themed goodies during their stay.The Avo-Condo will be available exclusively on Booking.com for two nights only – July 31 (National Avocado Day) and August 1 – so ‘avo’ fans must be quick to avoid missing out. At 9:00am AEST on Monday July 29, consumers across the globe will be able to book one of the two nights available on a first-come, first-served basis.This totally unique experience can be booked exclusively on Booking.com here: https://www.booking.com/hotel/au/avocondo.html“At Booking.com, we’re proud to offer our customers unique and unforgettable places to stay all over the world”, said Luke Wilson, Area Manager at Booking.com Australia. “Inspired by the world’s obsession with all things avocado, the Avo-Condo is a fun, quintessentially Australian experience like no other. With more than 6 million holiday homes, apartments and other unique stays available on Booking.com, there’s something for everyone to discover!”How to book the world’s first Avo-Condo:Visit Booking.com here from July 29 to book your once-in-a-lifetime stay in the Avo-Condo or check out millions of other unforgettable places to stay, from villas and apartments to treehouses, castles and igloos!Price per night: $100 inc GSTLocation: Campbell’s Cove Lookout, 4 Circular Quay Way, The Rocks, NSW 2000How to book: For further information and T&C’s on the Avo-Condo, visit https://www.booking.com/hotel/au/avocondo.html from July 15 and to book, from July 29CONTACT DETAILS: For further information, contact the Booking.com Australia Press Office; avocondo@redhavas.comAVOCADO FACTS: 1, 2 [Statistics sourced from Avocados Australia]About Booking.comEstablished in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com B.V. has grown from a small Dutch start-up to one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com now employs more than 17,500 employees in 198 offices in 70 countries worldwide.With a mission to empower people to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. At Booking.com, we connect travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos. The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in 43 languages, offer over 28 million total reported listings, including more than 5.8 million listings of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay, and cover more than 148,000 destinations in 280 countries and territories worldwide.Each day, more than 1.5 million room nights are reserved on our platform. So, whether traveling for business or leisure, customers can instantly book their ideal place to stay quickly and easily with Booking.com, without booking fees and backed up by our promise to price match. Via our customer experience team, customers can reach Booking.com 24/7 for assistance and support in 43 languages, any time of the day or night.Source = Booking.comlast_img read more

MTPA conducts travel agents seminar in Mumbai

first_imgMTPA (Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority) India and Air Mauritius organised a seminar for travel agents on March 19 at Ramada Plaza Palm Grove, Mumbai. Five Mauritian hotels also participated in the event. The product presentation was conducted by Vivek Anand, Country Manager, MTPA India and Girish Vidwans, Sales & Marketing Manager India, Air Mauritius. The participating hotels also made product presentations. 80 travel agents were present at the seminar and it provided an ideal platform for the agents to learn more about the destination.The objective of the seminar was to update the Mumbai travel trade about the latest developments and product offers in Mauritius. Vivek Anand said, “Mumbai is a very important market for us and we are overwhelmed to see the response at the seminar. Air Mauritius flies thrice a week from Mumbai and the frequency will be enhanced to five by April end. This makes the destination an easy sell for Mumbai agents.”He added, “Indians visiting Mauritius are increasingly looking for ‘different experiences’ through a varied range of activities and Mauritius offers breathtaking activities like sky diving, ziplining, quad biking, seakarting, submarine rides, helicopter tours. Walking with the lions and safari are other options. Rum and tea tasting tours are also gaining popularity among the tourists. Those who are sports minded, can enjoy a game of Golf at one of the many championship level courses in Mauritius. Indians while in Mauritius also enjoy long drives, shopping or can rejuvenate themselves at the world class spas. Mauritius is a perfect MICE destination. Besides its natural splendour, the island has all the key facilities required for organising successful meetings, conferences and events. Luxurious hotel accommodations and attractive wedding packages make Mauritius a popular wedding destination. The DMCs and hotels are geared towards providing all facilities required for large Indian weddings.”last_img read more

Cruising Industry now eyeing Cuba

first_imgExplore how lifted sanctions is likely to result in the arrival of cruise ships in Havana and ultimately the re-emergence of cruise tourism in Cuba.Source: CNNlast_img

Ayana Hospitality launches new luxury boutique hotel

first_imgAyana Hospitality promoted by the ICS Group (India) has launched its flagship property– ‘Ayana Fort Kochi’, a luxury boutique hotel in Kochi, Kerala. Blending history with modern luxurious comfort, ‘Ayana Fort Kochi’ is a 200-year old courthouse that has been meticulously restored and then renovated to its rightful glory.Appropriately named ‘Ayana’, a resting place in Sanskrit, ‘Ayana Fort Kochi’ with its array of services and amenities is well positioned to provide customised luxury to discerning guests.  The hotel is situated on Bazaar Road, the oldest international trading market in India.Speaking during the  launch, Akhil Behl, CEO, Ayana Hospitality, said, “We are proud to launch Ayana Fort Kochi. It has been designed and renovated in perfect harmony with the legacy of the property, the environs and culture of the region. Our efforts towards guest’s experiences are not limited to the hotel premises only, but are far more rounded and encompassing. Going forward we will add more unique properties to our portfolio and will strive to raise the bar in personalised tailored luxury.”The interiors of the property were revamped under the direction of Kavita Premnarayen, Design Director, Ayana Hospitality, who envisioned an ‘Indian-Art Deco’ Concept.last_img read more

Indias biggest travel show network TTF concludes Chennai Bengaluru editions successfully

first_imgFacilitating the trade to meet and market their products for 29 years, TTF – the biggest travel show network in India, recently provided the much-needed opportunity to the travel industry from across India to connect and conduct business in Chennai and Bengaluru.Chennai edition of TTF garners accoladesThe opening event of TTF 2018 series, India’s biggest travel show network, recently concluded its first leg in Chennai on an optimistic note. The three-day travel show attracted excellent response with more than 1,500 trade visitors and over 6,000 walk-in visitors conducting business with close to 150 exhibitors from 8 countries and 21 Indian states and Union Territories (UTs).The show had official participation from the state tourism boards of Andaman and Nicobar, Bihar, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Many other Indian states and UTs such as Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana and West Bengal were represented by travel suppliers.Apart from the National Tourist Organisations (NTOs) of India and Nepal, other countries such as China, Dubai, Iran, Maldives, Singapore and Thailand were represented by travel operators and hotel brands.Placing their best foot forward with a good presence were exhibitors like Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Showcase Munnar Association For Responsible Tourism, JMD Heritage Lawns (Sadda Pind), Southern Travels, Vythiri Village, The Tamara, The Royal Adventure Ladakh, Yeti Airlines Domestic, etc.TTF Chennai 2018 was inaugurated by Shreevats Sanjay, Regional Director (South), India Tourism Chennai Office, along with Ashok Kumar Singh, IAS, Director Tourism, Government of Bihar.Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Sanjay said, “Fairfest Media made the right decision to prefer the travel hub of Chennai as the city to start off with the TTF 2018 series. Diverse travel trade suppliers from across India, as well as foreign countries, ensured their presence at the recent edition. The trust and support of exhibitors reflect that TTF is the most effective and countrywide platform for marketing and promotion of travel products and services.”Highlighting the role of the Host State, he opined, “The state of Tamil Nadu is ultimately going to be the biggest beneficiary of TTF Chennai. India’s biggest travel show network – TTF not only connected the dots among travel buyers and suppliers, but it also played a key role in showcasing the capital city to the travel trade. Good networking and business were capitalised at this edition and these business tie-ups will go a long way in bringing mutual benefits for all travel destinations. Overall, I found TTF Chennai to be a great success and wish good luck to Fairfest Media.”Simultaneously, Singh also shared that TTF Chennai served as an ideal platform to exchange business ideas, trade news, and keeping abreast with recent travel trends. “The travel show also provided an excellent promotional opportunity for marketing different travel products. It is only at TTF that we get an opportunity to interact with travel agents, tour operators and also, officials from other states. This knowledge sharing, in turn, brings awareness about good practices and success formulas that can be adopted going forward.”Nepal was the Partner Country at TTF Chennai 2018 and since years, TTF has been a very important travel exhibition for them. Khem Raj Timalsena, Officer, Tourism Marketing and Promotion, Nepal Tourism Board remarked, “The Nepal Tourism Board has been associated solely with TTF for a very long time now. We don’t participate in any other trade show as TTF serves all our objectives and is value for money. TTF has been the biggest trade fair in India which makes it all the more important platform for Nepal Tourism. In the future as well, TTF will continue to remain a must-exhibit travel show for us.”In a first, Google Premier Partner joined hands with TTF Chennai to educate the travel trade on how digital can assist in scaling up business and enhance visibility to digital consumers at the key moments of their purchase decision. O3M Directional Marketing (Google Premier Partner) saw an overwhelming response to their workshop.TTF’s Bengaluru edition receives excellent turnout The second leg of TTF 2018 series in Bengaluru also concluded on a positive note at the Palace Grounds. The three-day travel show welcomed over 1,400 trade visitors and more than 6,500 walk-in visitors over a period of three days who networked with over 180 exhibitors from 8 countries and 21 Indian states and union territories.The State Tourism Boards which had big participation at TTF Bengaluru 2018 were – Andaman and Nicobar, Bihar, Chandigarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. Other Indian states and UTs such as Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal were represented by travel suppliers.The NTOs of India and Nepal participated at TTF Bengaluru while other countries such as Bhutan, China, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand and Uzbekistan were represented by travel companies and hotel brands.Exhibitors such as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Southern Travels, Ezeego One Travel & Tours, Swosti Group, JMD Heritage Lawns (Sadda Pind), Showcase Munnar Association For Responsible Tourism, Hotel The Zen Ladakh, The Royal Adventure Ladakh, Yeti Airlines Domestic, One Bhutan Adventure, Bergamont Group of Hotels, etc. placed their best foot forward with a good presence.Supported by the Ministry of Tourism as well as trade associations, the three-day travel show was inaugurated by Roshan Baig, Minister for Urban Development, Government of Karnataka, in the presence of Kumar Pushkar, IFS, Managing Director, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC).Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of TTF Bengaluru 2018, Pushkar said, “Tourism promotion is all about networking between buyers and sellers which is most effective when all the stakeholders come under the same roof. In this regard, TTF provides the best opportunity in India to the travel trade to connect and conduct business in all major target markets. Over the years, TTF has grown from strength to strength. This travel show is a major platform for the local and budding travel suppliers to showcase their travel products and market them among the buyers coming down from across India. I congratulate Fairfest Media on such an eventful show in Bengaluru.”Google Premier Partner – Capillary Technologies collaborated with TTF Bengaluru 2018 to conduct a workshop on “How digital is shaping the travel industry.” The workshop educated the travel trade on how to utilise the digital platform to their advantage and boost the business revenues using digital means.Since years, TTF has been a significant travel show for Nepal Tourism. This year Nepal was the Partner Country at TTF Bengaluru. TTF is the best and most popular travel trade show network in India and it’s an honour for us to ensure presence at TTF, said Gobinda Raj Oli, Manager, Nepal Tourism Board.He further added, “The Nepal Tourism Board along with the local suppliers always looks forward to participating in TTF. This year we had 13 sellers from Nepal who participated at TTF Bengaluru 2018. We are very satisfied with the response in Bengaluru. South India is one of the main source markets for Nepal Tourism and Fairfest Media did an excellent job in executing the travel show. No doubt, they are the No. 1 travel show organisers in India.”Himachal Pradesh has been exhibiting at TTF for more than two decades. With 10 local suppliers, Himachal Pradesh was the Partner State at TTF Bengaluru 2018. “During the three days, we received a number of queries from the travel agents and tour operators as well as general visitors. TTF is a great marketplace for the public and private players as it facilitates networking under the same roof. We will continue to participate in the upcoming events of Fairfest Media,” highlighted Dinesh Guleria, Tourism Information Officer, Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh.Participation at TTF Bengaluru 2018 was also a success for the Feature State of Goa. In Bengaluru, Goa Tourism promoted many new adventure sports such as hot air balloon ride and river rafting along with the new properties across Goa.Deepak Narvekar, Senior Marketing Manager/PRO, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, outlined, “We participate in almost all the major TTFs across India and it is undoubtedly the biggest platform for Goa Tourism. TTF is organised at all prominent Indian cities and we leave no stone unturned to showcase our tourism products and network with travel buyers. This time yet again, the organisers did an excellent job.”Both the editions were supported by Incredible India, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Indian Association of Tour Operators’ (IATO), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), SKAL International and Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA). Travel News Digest was the Official Publication of the event.After reaping success at TTF Chennai and Bengaluru, the TTF 2018 series will now move to Kolkata from July 6-8 and Hyderabad from July 13-14. The series will conclude with West India editions of TTF covering Ahmedabad (September 7-9), Surat (September 14-16), Pune (September 28-30) and Mumbai (October 5-7) in 2018.Fairfest Media Limited, the organiser of TTF, OTM and BLTM has strengthened its unparalleled lead as India’s No. 1 Travel Show Organiser, with about half the market share. While OTM is the leading travel show in the Asia-Pacific region; BLTM is India’s leading trade show on Business, MICE and Luxury travel segments.For more information visit – http://www.ttfotm.com/last_img read more

Poll 4 in 5 Small Business Owners Support Tougher Rules for Wall

first_img February 7, 2013 473 Views An Internet poll conducted by “”Lake Research Partners””:http://www.lakeresearch.com/ and released by “”Small Business Majority””:http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/ shows entrepreneurs overwhelmingly support the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) and its mission to regulate the financial industries.[IMAGE]According to the “”poll””:http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/downloads/012913-financial-reform-report.pdf, 80 percent of small business owners believe Wall Street and financial companies should face tougher rules and enforcement following the financial crisis. The remainder believe those companies have showed enough evidence of change that further regulation is unnecessary.Additionally, a combined 66 percent of those surveyed expressed their opinion that the level of government oversight of financial companies should increase or is about right the way it is.Most notably, 84 percent of entrepreneurs support the CFPB and “”believe it’s needed to prevent predatory financial practices and ensure all financial institutions [COLUMN_BREAK]treat small businesses and consumers fairly.”” In addition, 58 percent of respondents agreed that the CFPB was needed because “”Wall Street banks and financial companies wrote their own rules and nobody was watching out for consumers and small businesses.””””Small businesses, along with our economy, are getting stronger, but they’re certainly not immune to the lingering effects of our financial meltdown,”” said John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority. “”That’s why they feel strongly that Wall Street banks and other financial institutions need to be held accountable with tougher regulations. Predatory lending practices are still a problem and small businesses support the government’s and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s role in fixing that.””Sixty percent of entrepreneurs agreed that the agency’s funding should remain independent so as to prevent lobbyists from launching efforts in Congress to block regulation.””More work needs to be done to give small businesses the ability to push back against these unfair practices. A lot of small businesses don’t have the power or the resources to fight against the big banks and financial companies,”” said Shaundell Newsome, President & CEO of “”Sumnu Marketing””:http://www.sumnumarketing.com/ in Las Vegas, Nevada. “”These companies’ practices haven’t really changed since the recession, which is why I think it’s incredibly important the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created to keep these folks accountable. However, many of the protections that individuals are seeing should be afforded to small businesses, as well.”” Share Poll: 4 in 5 Small Business Owners Support Tougher Rules for Wall Streetcenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Regulation Service Providers 2013-02-07 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Optimal Blue Acquires LoanSifter Builds on Operations

first_img December 19, 2013 462 Views in Technology “”Optimal Blue””:https://www2.optimalblue.com/, a cloud-based services provider headquartered in the Dallas area, announced its acquisition of “”LoanSifter, Inc.””:https://www.loansifter.com/, a leading provider of product eligibility and pricing, point-of-sale, and marketing solutions for lenders.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The acquisition adds more than 1,500 customers, 200 employees, and three nationwide offices to Optimal Blue’s operations.””Optimal Blue and LoanSifter are leaders in this industry. This is a rare opportunity to combine the strengths of two organizations with exceptional track records and capabilities and focus on the same mission, which is to more effectively provide innovative products and services to our combined investors,”” Optimal Blue co-CEOs Larry Huff and Ivan Darius said in a joint statement.””LoanSifter’s commitment to innovation has helped lenders grow their business and streamline their origination process,”” added Bruce Backer, former president of LoanSifter. “”That commitment continues with this acquisition. By becoming part of Optimal Blue, our customers and partners will benefit from the combined expertise and creativity of two highly successful, market-focused teams.”” Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-12-19 Tory Barringercenter_img Optimal Blue Acquires LoanSifter, Builds on Operations Sharelast_img read more

Assurant Committed to Harvey Relief Efforts

first_img in Headlines, News, Servicing Assurant Company News HOUSING Hurricane harvey mortgage 2017-09-10 Nicole Casperson The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has Assurant, a risk management solutions company, responding to the extensive homeowner and flood insurance claims from Texas and Louisiana.According to Assurant, the company’s First Response Team is prioritizing claims and inquiries from areas impacted by Harvey, with an emphasis on property and flood insurance policies.“Since Harvey made landfall, our employees have been working to support customers with property damaged by this unprecedented hurricane, always focusing on how we can best help them navigate the many hardships storms like this can bring,” said Michael Campbell, President, Global Home, Assurant.The company noted it wants its customers to know that it is committed to assisting clients through the recovery and rebuilding process, as inside adjusters have been working with policyholders since Harvey’s first impacts. Also, mobile claims teams are in the field and will be participating in state-run insurance claim locations.In addition, the Assurant Foundation, the charitable arm of Assurant, Inc. announced a $100,000 contribution to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.“All of us at Assurant appreciate the extensive work the American Red Cross does to help those impacted by natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, and we remain committed to supporting their mission,” Campbell said. September 10, 2017 629 Views center_img Assurant Committed to Harvey Relief Efforts Sharelast_img read more

Home Values Heat Up to Record Highs

first_img November 27, 2017 567 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Home Values Heat Up to Record Highs According to the October Zillow Real Estate Market Report—reporting the latest data—home values are gaining thousands of dollars in value each month.In October, the national home value rose 6.5 percent to a median of $203,400—making the median home $12,500 more valuable than it was a year ago.”Home values are growing at a historically fast pace, and those potential buyers want to get in the market while they still can,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “But with homes gaining so much value in just one year, buyers–especially first-time buyers–have to set aside more and more money for a down payment just to keep up with them.”Across the U.S., the report notes that over half of the nation’s largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) currently have home values higher than before the start of the Great Recession.Regionally, the San Jose, California market reported the greatest increase in home values over 2017, with homes worth 12.3 percent—a $118,200 increase—compared to the same month last year.Seattle and Las Vegas MSAs experienced double-digit increases in home value appreciation as well at 11.7 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively.What continues to drive up these values? According to Gudell, it’s the current inventory crisis that shows no signs of waning that’s impacting potential buyers all across the country.Today, there are 11.7 percent fewer homes for sale in the U.S. compared to 2016, the report noted. Supply has declined most significantly in San Jose, San Francisco and San Diego over the past year.In San Jose, there are 60.4 percent fewer homes on the market than October 2016, with 32 percent less in San Francisco and 31 percent fewer homes for sale in San Diego.Gudell added that unfortunately, there’s just not enough homes for sale, and demand will continue to drive prices higher until the market reaches a better balance between supply and demand.To view the full list of MSAs, click here.center_img Dr. Svenja Gudell Home Values HOUSING mortgage Zillow 2017-11-27 Nicole Casperson Sharelast_img read more

Assurant Names Industry Veteran Scott McGregor Managing Director of American Title Inc

first_img American Title Assurant Company News scott mcgregor 2018-01-07 David Wharton in Featured, journal, News Assurant Names Industry Veteran Scott McGregor Managing Director of American Title, Inc. January 7, 2018 630 Views center_img Industry veteran Scott McGregor is starting off the new year in a new role–Assurant, premier global provider of risk management solutions, announced his appointment as Managing Director of subsidiary American Title, Inc. (ATI), one of the industry’s top alternative title, valuation, and settlement services companies. McGregor joined ATI in May 2008 as Vice President of Title Service Operations and assumed his most recent role as COO in 2013.“Scott has a proven track record of leading teams to operational excellence while maintaining a strong client-centric approach,” said Dan Hoppes, SVP of Mortgage Solutions, Assurant. “His ability to successfully collaborate at all levels makes him the right leader for ATI, and I am confident he will play an important role in helping expand our capabilities in strategic markets.”As managing director, McGregor will oversee the ATI product lines and lead strategy and innovation while strengthening the Company’s presence in key markets. Sharelast_img read more

Buyers and Sellers Get Smart About Homes

first_imgBuyers and Sellers Get Smart About Homes Home Sellers Homebuyers Housing Market real estate smart home smart technology virtual tour 2018-01-16 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Virtual reality (VR) and smart technology are here to stay, when it comes to buying or selling a home according to the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Smart Home Marketplace Survey, published by real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker.According to the online survey conducted by Harris Poll among 3,000 adults across the U.S., VR is poised to become the next big revolution in real estate with 77 percent of the respondents saying that they would like to take a VR house tour before actually visiting a prospective home. In fact, the desire for VR tours is almost on par with traditional video tours, with 84 percent agreeing that they would like to be able to see video footage of prospective homes before visiting.One of the uses for a virtual tour for 68 percent of homebuyers was being able to see how their current furniture would fit into a prospective home. And that’s not all. Even when it came to choosing a real estate sales associate, 62 percent said they would prefer someone who offered virtual house tour capabilities that could be available on computer and smartphone, as a service for their clients.If buyers are keen on virtual tours, sellers would like to get suggestions from their real estate agents on staging their homes with smart home products and technology to help them increase the value for their homes. Around 42 percent sellers agreed that they would look to their real estate agent to provide them with information about how smart technology or products could impact the sale of their homes while 32 percent agreed they would look to their real estate agent to provide them with information about smart home technology and how it would add value for buyers.Speaking of technology, smart thermostats were the most wanted piece of tech for buyers with 77 percent saying they would want smart thermostats pre-installed in a home, followed by 75 percent saying they would like smart fire detectors pre-installed. Smart carbon monoxide detectors, smart camera, smart lock and smart lighting systems were some other gadgets that buyers would like pre-installed in a prospective home.center_img January 16, 2018 558 Views Sharelast_img read more

Waititu assured the company his administration wou

first_imgWaititu assured the company his administration would continue to provide a conducive environment to encourage it to invest more in the county.He asked his Murang’a counterpart, Mwangi wa Iria, to follow his example and renew Del Monte’s leasehold for the land in its jurisdiction.In 2016 the Murang’a County Assembly passed a motion compelling the National Land Commission (NLC) and the County Government not to renew a land lease for the company.Waititu said legal battles over the matter would jeopardize the company.“There is no need for court cases over the issue of leasehold. Murang’a County needs to borrow a leaf from us and seek alternative conflict resolution mechanisms,” he was quoted as saying. The leasehold of Del Monte Kenya’s 8,000-acre parcel of land in the southern Kiambu county has been renewed for another 99 years after the company surrendered 635 acres, according to Standard Media.The process to renew the leasehold has been a protracted one in the East African country, amid calls for the company to set aside land for public use.The North American company holds over 22,000 acres in Murang’a and Kiambu counties, according to the article.Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and Del Monte managing director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas signed a memorandum of understanding authenticating the lease last Friday. Court affirms Del Monte’s US$29M arbitration win a … September 11 , 2018 Fresh Del Monte CFO Contreras resigns after more t … center_img You might also be interested in U.S.: FDA finds no salmonella outbreak source at D … Del Monte loses in Kenyan land lease suit …last_img read more

The Austrian National Tourist Office has just anno

first_imgThe Austrian National Tourist Office has just announced details of its third annual Destination Summit, to be held from 13 – 22 October this year. Twenty Australian agents will be given the opportunity to exchange latest trends in travel, build a global network among peers, and learn from Austria’s leading tourism professionals.“Engage. Explore. Experience” is this year’s motto for agents attending the Austria Destination Summit (ADS).“The format has proven so successful that the ADS is back by popular demand. It is the third time we are hosting this prestigious event, tailored towards high-end leisure travel agents to gain full insight into the luxury and experiential offering of the “Heart of Europe” said Astrid Mulholland-Licht, Director of the Austrian National Tourist Office in Australia.The summit will start with a 3-day educational program in Vienna, including the Destination Day at Schoenbrunn Palace, a forum to meet 30 top suppliers face to face. The social program includes a welcome reception at Belvedere Palace with an exclusive viewing of Klimt’s “The Kiss” and a private evening performance at the Spanish Riding School. An in-depth tour program offering 6 different themes will help agents to tailor-make itineraries for discerning clients. Hotel partners in Vienna include Hotel Sacher, Hotel Bristol, Park Hyatt, Hotel Sans Souci and Hotel Steigenberger Herrenhof.Afterwards attendees can choose from four different Discovery Journeys to various regions in Austria to explore the country’s rich culture and beautiful landscape:Discovery Journey to Burgenland + StyriaThis trip is an introduction to Austria’s South East. After visiting Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt participants experience the best of Austria’s thermal spa hotels and then head to Graz, capital of Styria but often also referred to as Austria’s “Capital of Culinary Delights”.Discovery Journey to Lake District + the City of SalzburgA Journey dedicated to Austria’s centre. The picture-perfect Lake District invites visitors to hike, discover the local cuisine and marvel at crystal clear waters. The city of Salzburg offers an equally iconic panorama which was made famous through Sound of Music.Discovery Journey TirolThe Austrian Alps with their breathtaking peaks and an immense wealth of culture will take centre stage during this journey starting in the Oetztal valley with an option to glacier-ski in Austria’s most snow secure ski resort where James Bond once chased villains for the movie “Spectre”. Afterwards, the city of Innsbruck, host to 3 Olympic winter games, waits to be explored.Discovery Journey VorarlbergParticipants will find out why the contemporary art and design scene is blooming in Austria‘s most western province. The Bregenz Festival with its floating stage is only one of the cultural highlights. After spending a night in Bregenz the tour continues to the Montafon valley for a day hike and the rolling hills of Bregenzerwald region next to experience Austria’s exceptional hospitality in family run historic hotels. Produce is local and organic by default in this region.The nominal participation fee of AUD 895 includes return airfares on Emirates from the nearest Australian airport, airport transfers, seven overnights in luxury and first class hotels, all local transfers, all meals, educational and social programs and entrance fees.Further information about the Austria Destination Summit and application details are found on this dedicated website. agentsAustriaAustria National Tourist Officeupcoming eventslast_img read more

Rumors last week emerged that the Arizona Cardinal

first_imgRumors last week emerged that the Arizona Cardinals had reached an ‘understanding’ with quarterback Marc Bulger.If it is true, don’t expect the Cards to face any tampering charges from the Baltimore Ravens.According to the Baltimore Sun’s Ravens blog, the team won’t ask the league to reprimand the Cards if they did in fact have contact with Bulger.A Ravens source said the team won’t pursue tampering charges against the Arizona Cardinals because it would be difficult to find evidence to prove it.It’s good to know seeing as one of the top reasons for signing Bulger is that he supposedly would come cheap. If they do sign him and then are forced to give the Ravens compensation in return for tampering — which would likely be a stiff punishment from the NFL — he would be an extremely less attractive option at quarterback. Bulger could be the veteran presence the Cardinals need under center or at least provide some good competition at the position. That is, if the price is right and legally agreed upon. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more