Bosnian police arrests 7 war crimes suspects

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Over 100,000 people were killed during the war, which also turned half of the country’s population of 4.3 million into refugees.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Authorities say police have detained seven former Bosnian Army soldiers who are suspected of having killed 20 Bosnian Serb civilians during the country’s 1992-95 war.A statement from the prosecutor’s office said Friday the suspects attacked a group of civilians as they were fleeing fighting in 1992. The statement describes the killings of mainly women, children and elderly people, as the worst wartime killing of Serbs in eastern Bosnia.last_img read more

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UN chief urges all nations to help end Ebola in West Africa

first_img Comments   Share   UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday that as long as there is one Ebola case in West Africa “all countries are at risk” and urged all nations to support the final battles to wipe out the deadly disease in Sierra Leone and Guinea.“We are on the home stretch now and what happens now is critical,” the U.N. chief told a General Assembly meeting on efforts to end the Ebola epidemic that has killed over 11,100 people mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since it was first reported in March 2014. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Liberia, once the worst affected country, is now Ebola free, but Ban warned that in Sierra Leone and Guinea “the battle has not yet been won” and “any lapse in vigilance could allow the virus to spread.”Dr. David Nabarro, the U.N. Ebola chief, told the assembly that the priority is to ensure the outbreak ends as soon as possible “which will take several weeks and may take a number of months.”“But everybody should be ready in case the disease recurs and needs to be controlled, especially in the coming 12 months,” he said.The secretary-general said U.N. agencies who will be taking over responsibility for tackling Ebola as the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response known as UNMEER scales down “will need considerable resources to go the distance and support recovery” in the three hardest-hit countries.UNMEER’s acting chief Peter Jan Graaff said UNMEER’s Mali office closed on March 31, its Liberia office already handed over operations to the U.N. country team and the Sierra Leone office is expected to end operations by the end of June.“UNMEER could complete its transition by July 31 and be closed by the end of August,” he said. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories If the situation deteriorates, however, Graaff said, the timeline could be changed “to ensure that the U.N.’s political leverage and convening power is maintained.”Ban said he will convene an International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York on July 10 to mobilize resources to start early recovery in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.“We must also translate lessons learned from this Ebola outbreak into stronger national and international systems to prevent and respond to health crises,” he said.Last week, the World Health Organization’s decision-making body examined how the response could have been improved to reduce suffering, deaths and other consequences including serious economic damage. Ban has also commissioned a high-level panel on improving the Global Response to Health Crises led by Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Auto sales plummet in Brazil hamstringing key industry

first_imgIn this June 11, 2015 photo, new cars sit parked in rows at the General Motors car park in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Behind the worst crisis in more than a decade for the world’s fourth-largest auto market is the “uncertainty surrounding the country’s sluggish economy, reduced access to credit and a drop in consumer confidence,” said Rodrigo Baggi, an auto industry analyst at Sao Paulo’s Tendencias Consultancy. “Purchases of nonessential durable goods like cars, motorcycles and electrical appliances are being postponed.” (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine) SAO PAULO (AP) — Plummeting auto sales in Brazil amid the nation’s worst economic crisis in a decade have battered the industry that makes up one-fourth of the country’s industrial gross domestic product and has led to widespread layoffs and mandatory leaves.At least 6,000 workers in auto factories have been laid off since January, officials say, and another 20,000 put on furlough. Those add to thousands of jobs lost last year. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “I saw my dream crumble,” he said. “I started out with a lot of hope and now I am unemployed, in debt and without any hope that one day things will get better. I have put my apartment and car up for sale and my daughter won’t be able to study in a private school anymore.”Mercedes-Benz said in a statement that “the sharp drop in bus and truck sales” forced it last month to rescind the contracts of 500 workers who had been furloughed several months earlier.Workers at General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen also have been forced to take leaves.Rafael Marques, president of the Metalworkers Union that represents the Sao Paulo area, said he thinks “the worst has already passed and things are beginning to come under control, as we negotiate job stability agreements with Volkswagen, Ford, Scania, Mercedes and others.”___Associated Press video journalist Alexandre Rampazzo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Additionally, Fenabrave, an association of auto dealers, said 250 of the country’s 8,000 dealerships have gone out of business this year, resulting in 12,000 lost jobs.Behind the worst crisis in more than a decade for the world’s fourth-largest auto market is the “uncertainty surrounding the country’s sluggish economy, reduced access to credit and a drop in consumer confidence,” said Rodrigo Baggi, an auto industry analyst at Sao Paulo’s Tendencias Consultancy. “Purchases of nonessential durable goods like cars, motorcycles and electrical appliances are being postponed.”It’s another sign of the serious trouble facing the Brazilian economy, which is forecast by most economists to contract by more than 1 percent this year, with consumer spending dwindling, unemployment hitting a five-year high and inflation soaring about 2 percentage points above the government’s target ceiling of 6.5 percent.The Brazilian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association estimates that vehicle production will drop to 2.6 million units in 2015, about 18 percent less than last year’s output as a result of the lower demand, said the association’s president, Luiz Moan. Comments   Share   That’s a severe blow to automakers, who for a decade have enjoyed booming auto sales in Brazil and consider the nation vital to their overall bottom lines. Carmakers maintain a 10-percent profit margin in the South American nation, as compared to the global average of about 3 percent. But it’s also putting stress on a massive supply-chain industry that employs more than 200,000 people.Moan said that during the last 12 months, roughly 10 percent of the automakers’ labor force of 138,000 had been dismissed — many taking early retirements offered by auto companies trying to cut costs.Marcos Aurelio Prado Araujo, a welder for the past decade at a Mercedes truck and bus chassis plant in the Sao Paulo suburb of Sao Bernardo do Campo, where much of Brazil’s auto industry is centered, was given his pink slip in late May.He said that he and his wife, Erika, who also worked on the bus assembly line at Mercedes, brought home the equivalent of $3,500 a month — enough to buy a used car, put a down payment on a small apartment and enroll their daughter in a private school.But late last year, his wife was fired and in May he received a telegram from Mercedes Benz saying that he’d lost his job, too. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Drinks on us Sheratons celebratory shout

first_imgSheraton on the Park celebrated a successful year and the end of a well-timed refurbishment at the launch of its newly kit out Conservatory Bar on Wednesday night. Key sponsors and partners supped on delicate canapés and fruity cocktails while grooving to pianist Gregg Arthur and watching Yves saint Laurent make up artists paint the faces of some lucky guests.Overlooking Sydney’s Hyde Park, the Conservatory Bar’s AUD250,000 refurbishment realised the vision of international designer Joseph Pang, its completion heralding an end to the hotel’s AUD40 million refurbishment.“This is only one piece of the puzzle, but it’s the last piece,” Starwood Pacific Hotels regional vice president and Sheraton on the Park managing director Sean Hunt said of the bar’s completion.Mr Hunt told e-Travel Blackboard the “timing was perfect” for the hotel to refurbish given the global financial crisis (GFC).“90 per cent of Sheraton’s refurbishment was completed in 2009 and then the GFC happened and we paused,” he said“We completed the refurbishment this year, working from the top down…[from] the roof top to the tea lounge.” According to Mr Hunt with Sydney currently in such strong demand, Sydney hotels which hadn’t already undergone renovation would find it hard to do so.“We’ve had a great year,” Mr Hunt said, telling e-Travel Blackboard together with the Westin, Sheraton on the Park is leading Sydney’s five star hotels, running at over 90 per cent occupancy.“Room rates are growing with the compression of Sydney,” he said and added that as the trend looks to continue, Starwood have set their sights on expanding their portfolio.“We would dearly love more hotels.” Earlier this year, also part of its refurbishment, Sheraton on the Park was one of the first in Starwood’s global portfolio to introduce state-of-the-art Cisco TelePresence technology allowing guests and corporate clients to meet their overseas partners in a true-to-life setting. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Former Ten News anchor Tracey Spicer, Sean Hunt and Starwood Sales Director Daniella Tonettolast_img read more

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Queen brings the royal back to WA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Following Prince Williams stop by Queensland earlier this month, a second royal will be visiting Australia this year with Queens Elizabeth II making her way down under to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).Her Majesty accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will make her way into Perth for the event on 28 October to open the meeting for up to 50 Commonwealth countries.Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett said the Queen’s visit demonstrates the importance of the event as well as offers the state the opportunity to showcase itself to the world.  “We have announced cultural and sporting events to coincide with CHOGM and now The Queen’s attendance is confirmed, I’m sure it will add to people’s excitement about this event,” Mr Barnett said.“With The Queen’s Birthday public holiday moving to October 28, it is fitting that West Australians will get to celebrate the occasion with The Queen on that day.”According to Mr Barnett, this visit will mark the Queen’s eighth visit to the state, with her last trip made in 2000. last_img read more

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FLT opens Singapore leisure store

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.C Flight Centre (FLT) is expanding on its Asia based operations, launching its first ever leisure store in Singapore late last week.With an establish presence in corporate travel, FLT Singapore executive general manager Suyin Lee said the new store targets a niche market in the local area and would continue to offer the company’s “low airfare guarantee”. “Flight Centre has an extremely strong global presence in leisure travel and our aim is to capitalise on this by offering the brand’s powerful mix of price, product and service in the Singaporean leisure market,” Ms Lee said.The office will continue to sell a range of products including airfares, accommodation, car hire, tours, insurance and cruises and will hire both English and bi-lingual consultants. “We invest heavily in destination and product training in addition to service excellence to create a different experience for our customers in a very competitive market,” she added.Earlier this year, Flight Centre Limited said it was in line to achieve its full year pre-tax estimate between $220 million and $240 million.FLT currently has up to 2,000 stores located in Singapore, Greater China, Australia, New Zealand, India, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Dubai. last_img read more

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Low domestic travel a concern Contiki head

first_imgDespite their outbound operations going “gangbusters”, Contiki Holidays managing director Fiona Hunt told e-Travel Blackboard she was concerned with the decreasing trend of young Australians to tour their home country.With nearly triple digit growth in demand for Contiki’s Asia tours and strong growth in demand for tours to the US and Europe, Contiki’s future is looking bright, but Ms Hunt wants all aspects of the business to boom.Following from last night’s launch of Contiki’s annual Travel Trends Research Report, Ms Hunt told e-Travel Blackboard Contiki has exciting plans to boost domestic demand, but has yet to officially reveal her strategy.“It’s a really exciting time, though,” Ms Hunt said, itching to share her news. From an outbound perspective, Ms Hunt told e-Travel Blackboard of her recent trip to Europe, where she was surprised by the impact Australian travellers were having on a markedly down market.“We are making a difference.” According to Ms Hunt, Contiki are seeing lead times shortening in general but a trend toward booking multiple tours is increasing. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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Thai Airways operates first biofuels flight

first_imgThai Airways set to be the first in Asia to fly passengers using biofuels Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Leading the way in green travel, Thai Airways (THAI) is set to be the first airline in Asia to operate a commercial flight using biofuels.Thai Airways has announced it will operate its inaugural biofuels flight, TG8421 on 21 December 2011, utilizing Boeing 777-200 aircraft.On the following day, 22 December, Thai Airways will operate its first passenger biofuels flight in Asia, flight TG104 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, carrying a total of 100 students and professors.Thai Airways President Piyasvasti Amranand said the green initiative is in support of the airlines Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program which is in line with His Majesty the King’s vision of creating sustainable and renewable energy.According to the airline, the decision to operate a commercial flight using bio jet fuel is one way it can help reduce global warming and carbon dioxide emissions.The airline claims it is revolutionizing the use of bio jet fuel in Asia and Southeast Asia, which it hopes will kick start other carrier in the region to follow suit.Thai Airways has received total support by petroleum producers, research firms, educational institutions, aircraft and engine manufactures as well as government agencies affiliated with the aviation industry to develop bio fuel for aviation in Thailand.Revenue from the first passenger flight will go toward further developing renewable energy in Thailand.last_img read more

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International tourism spending up

first_imgDespite the strong Aussie dollar and continuing global economic woes, international visitor spending increased by 2.5 percent last year according to Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF).According to the International Visitor Survey for December 2011 international visitor nights also increased 4.0 percent even though overall visitor numbers were the same as the year before.TTF Chief Executive John Lee said the increases in spending and nights is excellent news for the tourism industry and its operators.“Spending by international visitors continues to grow, even though their buying power has been reduced by the strength of our currency,” Mr Lee said.“Total spending by overseas tourists was $23.8 billion in 2011 up 2.5 per cent on 2010 with the increase driven by a 4.7 per cent increase in international business visitors whose spending rose 13.6 per cent.“Business travellers are less price-sensitive than leisure travellers, whose spending fell just 0.3 per cent, even though leisure visitor numbers fell 2.1 per cent.” Mr Lee said Mr Lee reported that spending by Chinese visitors jumped 15.0 percent to AU$3.5 billion in 2011 which further emphasizes the importance of the Chinese market to Australia.Mr Lee added that the number of trips taken by Chinese people is expected to jump from 70 million in 2011 to 130 million by 2020. “It is critical we continue to build on that momentum and capitalise on the competitive advantage of our proximity to Asia, noting that our competitors have also recognised the importance of China and are ramping up their activities.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Pacific Resort Hotel Group nominated for Best Hotel Group…

first_imgPacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) in the Cook Islands has been nominated as the Best Hotel Resort Group at the 2012 New Zealand Travel Industry Awards along side top international hotel groups Four Seasons Hotels, Accor hotels, Starwood Hotels and Hilton Hotels & Resorts to name a few.The New Zealand Travel Industry Awards 2012 will celebrate and honour the exceptional people and businesses in the New Zealand travel industry. The Awards will provide recognition for individuals and businesses that excel in customer service and develop innovative ways to stand out from the crowd.Pacific Resort Hotel Group properties Pacific Resort Rarotonga, Pacific Resort Aitutaki and Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa are also up for their own awards in the Best International Hotel / Resort category.  Other hotels competing in this category include The Langham (Melbourne), Bora Bora Nui (Tahiti), Park Hyatt (Sydney) and the Ritz-Carlton Central Park (New York).CEO Adrian Caruso’s vision for the New Zealand Travel Industry Awards is they will act as a development opportunity for skills and professionalism, and play an integral role in encouraging and rewarding excellence, innovation and commitment in the industry. It is the winning combination of passionate employees that go the extra mile to exceed customer expectations, company philosophy, values and culture, creativity and innovation in business practices and marketing campaigns, and operating in a sustainable, socially responsible way.People from all areas of the industry, from travel agencies and brokers, to tour and cruise operators, airlines, travel media, hotels and suppliers, will gather together at the New Zealand Travel Industry Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday 8th September 2012 at The Langham Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand.Other awards picked up in recent years by Pacific Resort Hotel Group properties include the prestigious World Travel Awards; “World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort” for the four consecutive year for Pacific Resort Aitutaki and “World’s Leading Island Villas” for the two consecutive year for Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa. Source = Pacific Resort Hotel Grouplast_img read more

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AFTA vice chairman appointed

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Image Source: Glenn Hunt Rob Gurney has been elected to the position of vice chairman of Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).The decision was made at the AFTA Board Meeting last week, following the resignation of Peter Lacaze.The former AFTA vice chairman also retired from his role as chief executive of the Jetset Travelworld Group.“Rob is known to many within the industry and it is an excellent endorsement of the work AFTA is doing that he has joined the Board and has accepted the position of vice chairman of AFTA,” AFTA Jayson Westbury chief executive said.“As you would know, Rob now holds the position of Chief Executive of Jetset Travelworld Ltd.”last_img

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Amadeus posts strong growth in first half year results

first_imgTravel technology company Amadeus Altea has posted a strong increase in half year growth, with its revenue increasing by 8.5 per cent to €1,730.9 million.In addition, its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) are €702.6 million and its adjusted profit margin grew 8.9 per cent` to €380.6 million.The distribution arm of Amadeus expanded by 3.8 per cent to 241.8 million bookings while its IT business posted an increase of 15.6 per cent in passenger numbers to 328.5 million.Amadeus president and chief executive officer Luis Maroto said that there were a number of positive results across the board.“Amadeus’ core business continues to deliver strong results despite improved but still challenging market conditions,” Mr Maroto said.“The Distribution business outperformed the industry enabling us to continue to gain market share.”“During the first half of the year, Amadeus reaffirmed its commitment to Corporate Travel IT – a key Distribution growth segment – with the acquisition of i:FAO, the strategic agreement with SAP and the launch of Amadeus Corporate Suite,“The Airline IT business continued to show strong growth underpinned by the Asia Pacific region, where an agreement with Japan Airlines was recently announced, in addition to Swiss International Airlines signing for our Altéa suite.”Mr Maroto also said that Amadeus and the USA’s Southwest Airlines partnership is very fruitful.“Southwest Airlines’ first international flight powered by Amadeus Altéa suite marked the successful implementation of Amadeus’ state-of-the-art passenger service system by the carrier,” Mr Maroto said.“The addition of Southwest’s domestic bookings to the agreement will turn Altéa Suite into the carrier’s only reservation system in the future and Southwest into Amadeus’ largest Airline IT partner worldwide by passengers boarded.”Up to July 2014, Amadeus has signed 21 content agreements with different airlines.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img
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AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 search update

first_imgAirAsia Indonesia wishes to inform the latest development on the SAR operation of flight QZ 8501 lead by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia.The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia today confirmed that they successfully lifted the tail piece of QZ 8501’s aircraft from the Java Sea.The sonar equipment continue to detect more objects which are suspected to be the plane’s front section and detected pings suspected to be from the plane’s black box flight recorders near the location where the tail was found.Good weather and clear visibility have allowed for SAR operations to continue with the focus remaining on the search and recovery of the passengers in the primary search area.SAR vessels and sea divers also approached the area where the pings were detected, suspected to be the location of the aircraft’s black box. No additional remain recoveries were reported today.In Surabaya, the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that they were able to identify three more remains, to date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of 48 remains of which 32 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI and 16 remains are still being identified.Earlier today, the Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan also visited the crisis center at East Java Region Police Headquarter to have a direct dialogue with the families of QZ 8501’s passengers.AirAsia Indonesia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Online booking service Hotelgo24com offers free Bitcoins

first_imgOnline booking service Hotelgo24.com offers free BitcoinsA new startup – Hotelgo24.com has been recently introduced to travelers from all around the world. This international booking service offers wide range of accommodation options to suit all tastes. Moreover, Hotelgo24.com guarantees hotel rooms at the lowest possible price, as well as Bitcoin cash back up to 5% for every reservation.Hotelgo24.com offers a perfect solution for the summertime, especially for Bitcoin enthusiasts. The service provides an extended base of accommodation, including 130 000 hotels, located in 20 426 cities from 198 countries. Customers will definitely enjoy simple and user friendly interface attractive prices for accommodation and Bitcoin cash back up to 5%.Booking a room with Hotelgo24.com is really simple and lasts only a few minutes. After completing the reservation, a confirmation email is sent to a user. The payment can be made by credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa. The registration is not require to use Hotelgo24.com. However, it is essential for obtaining free Bitcoins, as well as entering an individual BTC address. Bitcoin cash back is send within 7 days of user check-out from the booked hotel. The amount of Bitcoin cash back that client will receive depends on the reservation value and BTC exchange rate on the day of booking. HotelGo24.com Source = HotelGo24.comlast_img read more

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Skyscanner launches guide for Yuccies

first_imgImage via SkyscannerGlobal travel search engine Skyscanner has compiled a guide to the top 20 cities for Yuccies around the world after investigating the locations that attract and interest this newly identified group of “young urban creatives”, with details on why these cities are worth a visit.To bring these cities to life, the sequel to Skyscanner’s #24hPeriscope live streaming world tour will be held on Friday 24 July 2015 via broadcasting app Periscope and will enable travellers to explore these alternative urban areas and discover why these locations are so popular with this particular group.“We are always eager to uncover and investigate new trends, and were immediately intrigued by the Yuccie universe,” said Alana Saphin-Polchleb, Head of Marketing, Oceania at Skyscanner.“We wanted to know more about the Young Urban Creative and understand their interests, the places they go to and why.“We were keen to discover how they contribute to modelling the cultural scene of the cities, to help our travellers stay up to date with trends and highlight new and hidden gems for urban explorers, even in the most popular destinations.”The Skyscanner Yuccie City Guide includes up-and-coming neighbourhoods in cities like Leipzig, Milan, Islington and Sydney’s very own Alexandria, which has seen a flourishing of galleries, cultural spaces, start-ups and designer offices.The cities will also be featured in the 24-hour live Periscope broadcast by 24 people made up of bloggers, influencers and Skyscanner team members.“Broadcasting our guide through influencers around the globe via Periscope gives us another opportunity to engage and inspire travellers”, added Alana.The success of Skyscanner’s inaugural 24-hour broadcasting world tour on Periscope in April 2015 saw over 23 thousand people tuning in, reaching 1.6 million users and generating 1,200 tweets.This Friday’s sequel, which can be followed on both Android and iOS devices, will kick off at 10:00PM AEST and will feature 24 hours of alternating broadcasts from 20 locations. View the guide hereSource = Skyscannerlast_img read more

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NTIA 2019 Nominations Open

first_img2019 National Travel Industry AwardsNTIA 2019: Nominations OpenNominations for the 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards are now open.The AFTA NTIA celebrates and rewards excellence in the Australian travel industry through a process which includes nominating, voting or a written submission and judging candidates by an independent panel, culminating in the announcement of the winners at a Gala Awards Dinner.There are four (4) nomination forms used in the NTIA process;1. Travel agent form to nominate a supplier in various supplier categories;2. Supplier form to nominate travel agents and travel agencies in both the AFTA NTIA & The CATO Awards;3. Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship for self-nominations and4. Travel Writer nomination form also for self-nominations To make a nomination CLICK HERE.Nominations will only be accepted via the online forms and each nomination will be verified to ensure both its eligibility and validity. Industry is encouraged to view the Conditions of Entry prior to nominating, available here.The nomination period will run from 9:00am (AEDT) Monday 21 January through to 5:00pm (AEDT) Friday 15 February 2019.The list of all 2019 Nominees will be announced in March 2019.2019 NTIA Key Dates; • Nominations Open – Monday 21 January 2019• Category Nomination Submissions due – Friday 15 March 2019 (Selected categories)• Nominees Announced – Monday 25 March 2019• Voting Opens – Tuesday 26 March 2019• Finalists Announced – Monday 20 May 2019• Ticket Sales – Tuesday 21 May 2019• Judging Period – Wednesday 15 June to Friday 21 June 2019 (Judged categories only)• Gala Dinner – Saturday 20 July 2019For more information on the NTIA, award sponsors, categories, category criteria or to complete a nomination form visit the AFTA website.To make a nomination, CLICK HEREAbout NTIAThe AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (AFTA NTIA) acknowledge the best of the best in the Australian travel industry – with categories covering travel agencies and individual consultants, as well as the various suppliers which support them and their businesses.These awards are essential in providing encouragement and recognition to the businesses and personnel who demonstrate outstanding service, marketing excellence and business acumen within the travel industry.The 2019 AFTA NTIA Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 20 July at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.In 2019 AFTA, in conjunction with the Council of Australian Tour Operators, will launch the inaugural CATO Awards. The Awards will be held as a dedicated segment within the AFTA NTIA and recognises and rewards front line travel consultants across four categories.Source = AFTA National Travel Industry Awardslast_img read more

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Melbourne CBD Hotel opens rooftop pool terrace

first_imgSource = Holiday Inn® Melbourne on Flinders Brats and BeersMelbourne CBD Hotel opens rooftop pool terraceHoliday Inn® Melbourne on Flinders is opening their city rooftop pool on Saturday April 27 for a two hour adults only party in partnership with Urban Alley Brewery. It’s a city hidden gem that is usually reserved for hotel guests.Join the hotel for an afternoon of good food, good beer and entertaining vibes. Enjoy the unofficial long weekend in style with friends or family with a cool drink and snag in hand while chilling poolside.Great tunes will set the vibe for the afternoon, guests will be able to chill in the heated undercover terrace area or dip their toes in their heated pool, while enjoying free-flowing UTONIC Kombucha, cider, wine and soft drinks and a sausage sizzle which are all included in the ticket price.Urban Alley Brewery will be providing only the best ales which go perfectly with the gourmet sausages. The ale is sustainably crafted right in the heart of the docklands by their expert team onsite.The party will kick off at 12:30pm on the hotel’s sun-drenched astroturfed terrace and adjoining pool and will play host to a party that you rarely find in the heart of the city.Best of all a ticket to the two-hour rooftop party only costs $45.For guests wanting to book or learn more information can do so at https://holidayinnmelbourne.com.au/promotions/brats-and-beers/last_img read more

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Foreign Tourist Arrivals FTAs register a growth of 45 in JanuaryAugust 2015

first_imgMinistry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of August 2015.Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):> FTAs during the Month of August 2015 were 5.89 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.76 lakh during the month of August 2014 and 4.86 lakh in August 2013. There has been a growth of 2.3% in August 2015 over August 2014.> FTAs during the period January-August 2015 were 50.68 lakh as compared to the FTAs of 48.51 lakh, showing a growth of 4.5%.> The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during August 2015 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (15.79%) followed by USA (12.52%), UK (9.71%), Sri Lanka (7.25%), Malaysia (3.54%), Germany (2.85%), Japan (2.84%), France (2.78%), Oman (2.46%), China (2.41%), Australia (2.37%), Canada (2.33%), Nepal (2.24%), Singapore (2.00%) and UAE (1.79%). These top 15 countries account for 72.88% of total FTAs during August 2015.> The percentage share of  Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during August 2015 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (27.81%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.34%), Chennai Airport (10.66%), Haridaspur Land check post (8.83%), Bengaluru Airport (6.91%), Cochin Airport (4.47%), Hyderabad Airport (3.65%), Kolkata Airport (3.40%), Trivandrum Airport (1.95%), Sonauli Airport (1.87%), Gede Rail (1.86%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.67%), Ahmedabad Airport (1.31%), Ghojadanga Land check post (1.09%) and Attari Wagha Land check post (0.87%). These top 15 ports account for 93.69% of total FTAs during August 2015.Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in rupee terms and in USD terms> FEEs during the month of August 2015 were Rs 10,471 crore as compared to Rs 10,385 crore in August 2014 and Rs 8,351 crore in August 2013.> The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during August 2015 over August 2014 was 0.8%.> FEEs from tourism in rupee terms in January-August 2015 were Rs 82,225 crore as compared to the FEE of Rs 79,803 crore during January-August 2014, showing an increase of 3%.> FEEs in USD terms during the month of August 2015 were USD 1.608 billion.> FEEs from tourism in USD terms during January-August 2015 were USD 13.017 billion.last_img read more

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