Month: August 2019

Leading hotels and tourism groups have signed the

Leading hotels and tourism groups have signed the

first_imgLeading hotels and tourism groups have signed the “Phuket Pledge” at the Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism Forum 2018 (PHIST) aiming to create a sustainable model for future island tourism development in Asia.The Phuket Pledge is a commitment by tourism operators to reduce, reuse and recycle single-use plastic in Phuket with the ultimate goal to eradicate it. In addition, the stake-holders vowed to undertake a youth community education program to ensure grassroots awareness of the critical problems surrounding plastic usage on the island.According to Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas President Bernhard Bohnenberger, one of the signatories to the pledge, “The industry is finally waking up to this issue, but we need coordination and action to make tangible change and see results. This is what we hope PHIST will go a long way to achieving.”Supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Sports and Tourism, PHIST is the largest hospitality event dedicated to sustainability in Asia. Over 550 delegates from countries including Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong gathered at the JW Marriott Mai Khao in Phuket to debate key issues.A Green Groove area added an extra dynamic to the event as regional suppliers headlined an innovative exhibition of Asia’s cutting-edge producers and inventors of sustainable products for the hospitality and tourism industries.Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association and Eric Ricuarte, Founder of GreenviewEnvironmental and sustainability storylines have been global press leads for the past six months, many of which have focused on islands in Asia. Earlier in the year, Thailand made a stand with the closure of iconic Maya Bay and in the closure of Boracay in the Philippines also made headlines. Both were shut to allow for environmental regeneration.With Indonesia’s Beyond Bali campaign, an island focused tourism strategy that looks to leverage Indonesia’s expansive archipelago, and the emerging marine tourism industries in Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia, sustainable tourism in Asia’s islands has shot to the top of the regional agenda.Bernhard Bohnenberger, President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas; Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, Vice President & Environmental Chair — Thai Hotels Association and Executive Vice President — Sukosol Hotels; Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree, Senior Vice President, Central Pattana Public Company; Anthony Lark, President, Phuket Hotels Association and Managing Director, Trisara.“We need to fight for Phuket. It is as simple as that. And we can’t do it alone. We need to do it together,” said Phuket Hotel Association President and Managing Director of Trisara, Anthony Lark.“We hope the Phuket Pledge will be a start and ultimately become a model for us and other islands regionally to come together for the sake of sustainable island tourism in Asia.”PHIST was opened by the Deputy Governor of Phuket, Khun Prakob Wongmaneerung, and featured experts in their respective fields, focusing on marine and coastal tourism, sustainability, youth education and community tourism.Khun Prakob Wongmaneerung, Deputy Governor of PhuketThese included Thai Hotels Association Vice President & Environmental Chairperson Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, Central Pattana Senior Vice President Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau Senior Manager Pat Satkhum, Tajara Leisure & Hospitality Group CEO Cyndy Tan Jarabata from the Philippines and Horwath HTL Indonesia Matt Gebbie.Bill Barnett, Managing Director of C9 HotelworksPHIST is co-organised by Phuket Hotels Association, C9 Hotelworks led by Managing Director Bill Barnett and Greenview CEO Eric Ricaurte. Sponsorship and endorsement is from the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Thai Hotel Association, Central Phuket, BMW, Blue Tree Phuket, C9 Hotelworks, Greenview, AmCham, QUO and Delivering Asia Communications. eco tourismsustainable tourismthailandlast_img read more

Representatives from state tourism organisations

Representatives from state tourism organisations

first_imgRepresentatives from state tourism organisations, ports, ground handlers and shipping agents make up an 18-strong member delegation from the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) – the highest number of ACA attendees on record – who will attend Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami, Florida this month. And, for the first time, ACAs Chairman, Grant Gilfillan, has been invited to participate in a conference panel session on the Asia Pacific region, speaking alongside Debbie Summers (NZCA) and Joel Katz (CLIA Australasia).Regarded as the cruise industry’s most significant worldwide event, Seatrade attracts representatives from over 75 cruise lines providing an outstanding opportunity to promote cruising in Australia.Jill Abel, CEO of the Association is attending for the 15th year. “Australia continues to grow in importance as a must-see destination on cruise line itineraries,” Abel says. “Cruising currently delivers nearly $5B to the Australian economy annually through direct and indirect contributions. Attending this event each year gives our members the opportunity to meet with key decision makers in one place at one time and have discussions which will ensure the continued success of our industry.“Attending Seatrade also gives us the opportunity to showcase the important destination development taking place around Australia including port infrastructure upgrades and new land-based touring experiences. This means we can focus on tailor-making the experiences for the cruise lines so they can be assured their passengers have the best possible experiences.”The Australian Cruise Association, with the New Zealand Cruise Association, will reprise the “Down Under BBQ” again this year, delivering fabulous food, beverages and entertainment. Following Seatrade, ACA is also holding an “Aussie Day” at the Royal Caribbean offices in Miami. This will be a destination development opportunity working with their marketing departments, sales teams and itinerary planners to develop shore excursions and pre and post visits. ACAAustralia Cruise AssociationcruiseMiamiSeatradelast_img read more

Marriott International has launched an allinclusi

Marriott International has launched an allinclusi

first_imgMarriott International has launched an all-inclusive platform to bring its brands, scale and trusted service to growing, global vacation segment, leveraging its Marriott Bonvoy travel program and iconic brands, including The Ritz-Carlton and Westin Hotels & ResortsThe company also announced that it has signed management contracts with hotel developers who plan to build five new all-inclusive resorts, investing more than $800 million and demonstrating their confidence in Marriott International’s scale, loyalty platform and operational expertise. The resorts are expected to open between 2022 and 2025.“Our new, all-inclusive resort platform is a natural progression for Marriott International,” said Tony Capuano, Marriott International’s Executive Vice President and Global Chief Development Officer. “It will provide the ownership community a game-changing value proposition for their luxury and premium resort projects around the world, while providing guests a new vacation option with brands they trust.”Marriott International plans to further expand its all-inclusive portfolio in popular leisure destinations worldwide with a mix of new-build properties and conversions of existing resorts, including properties currently in the Marriott International portfolio. The new platform will provide the company’s 133 million Marriott Bonvoy members the option to earn and redeem points for this convenient, pay-one-price concept. Marriott Internationallast_img read more

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What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Comments   Share   Kolb has started seven games in his career. Orton has started 61.With Orton, teams have a better idea of what they’ll be getting. All the speculation around Kolb is based purely on potential. However, potential does not always pan out.Orton may not be viewed by many to have as much upside as Kolb, but he is a safe pickup who threw for 1,952 yards last season. Orton also threw 20 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.Although Orton is the safe pick, he is not the long-term solution that Kolb is. If acquired, Kolb will be expected to be the future whereas Orton could be the quarterback while John Skelton develops.“I don’t need to pay the price the Eagles are asking for Kolb for a franchise quarterback of the future if I think Skelton can play,” Franz said.If the Cardinals believe in Skelton then they should pursue a quarterback who can start in the short term while being a mentor as well. Orton seems to fit that bill. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Kevin Kolb has been at the center of all Arizona Cardinals quarterback discussions, but some believe Kyle Orton may be the right guy for the job.“I want Orton,” Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug Franz said on Doug and Wolf. “I want Orton based on the price. If I have to give up a first round pick for Kolb when I could probably get Orton for a third rounder, I’m taking Orton.”Kolb may be the quarterback that everyone wants, but there are a few reasons, in addition to price, that say the Cardinals should get Orton.last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Rumors about Peyton Manning wearing Cardinal red next season are not going away. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Arizona Cardinals are on the short list of teams that Manning would sign with if he was released by the Colts. Indianapolis owns the first overall selection in this year’s draft and is expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. If this occurs, Manning’s time with the Colts could be over. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 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 center_img 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The term ‘culture change’ gets thrown around a lot in the world of professional sports.The Arizona Cardinals are going through one of those changes right now.After a two-year span in which the Cardinals won four playoff games and played in the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history, the boys in red and white have gone 18-30, including a putrid 5-11 mark in 2012.There were sweeping changes: General Manager Rod Graves was fired and replaced by Steve Keim; Ken Whisenhunt and nearly his entire coaching staff was let go, and reigning NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians took over; the roster underwent a huge facelift as well. Top Stories center_img The individuals who can best recognize true culture change are the ones who were present during the previous regime. Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett fits that bill.Dockett is entering his 10th season with the Cardinals, and said he truly appreciates the change that’s happening — especially the signing of free agent pass rusher John Abraham.“I applaud Steve Keim and Mr. Bidwill for going out and getting some pieces for us to compete in the NFC West, and Abraham is going to bring a lot of energy and a lot of passion to the game,” Dockett said. “I’m glad that they went out and got him. In the past times, it’s been hard to get certain big-name free agents in, but this is a change of the culture. I’m happy my coach went out and made that move.”Dockett was critical of past defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s scheme, which was designed to let others make plays while Dockett would just “occupy” offensive lineman. He finished 2012 with just 1.5 quarterback sacks. The former Florida State Seminole believes Abraham’s presence will help him be more productive.“Absolutely, that’s the big thing,” Dockett said. “He’s going to open it up for everybody. It’s not about me; it’s about using what he does best to help our team win — that’s what it’s about at the end of the day.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories “But as a big brother I just want to make sure that he’s mentally prepared and making sure he’s not getting into a slump, making sure his energy level is still there because I know all he loves to do is be around us and be around the football team in the locker room.”Mathieu’s contributions on the field will surely be missed, as the third-round pick emerged as a playmaker early in his rookie season. The “Honey Badger” had combined to make 68 tackles while intercepting two passes and forcing one fumble, and earlier in the week coach Bruce Arians talked about how he had become a team leader while praising the former LSU star’s versatility, as he could play nickel corner, cornerback and safety.While needing to replace him isn’t ideal, it’s a fact of life for the team.“Ty’s been having a great year this year and he’s been a tremendous addition to our defense, but we’re pretty deep in the secondary, in my opinion, we’ve got a lot of guys that’s played a lot of football and a lot of veteran guys,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “I don’t expect there to be any type of drop-off because Tyrann’s out, even though we would love to have him on the field with us. But I think we’ll be fine.” The role of replacing Mathieu will fall on multiple players. When asked what attributes he’s looking for in a nickel corner, Arians quipped, “Tyrann’s,” and the team has a variety of options when looking to fill his other roles.But as the Cardinals plan for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, chances are Javier Arenas, Antoine Cason, Rashad Johnson and Powers will see their roles change, while younger players like Bryan McCann and Curtis Taylor may find their way onto the field more than they usually do. For the Cardinals, it’s all about “next man up.”“We just know that when your opportunity comes, whoever it is, you’re going to get more snaps,” Johnson said. “It’s time to just step in and do what you’ve got to do. No added pressure — we’ve got a lot of guys in here that can play, and I’m just looking forward to see how we go out and respond to it because there’s a lot of guys that have been waiting for an opportunity to play. “Not that we want anyone to go down, but at the same time, we’re all here and we all want to compete, we’re all competitive.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Injuries are nothing new in sports, but that does not make them any easier to deal with. So the fact that Arizona Cardinals rookie Tyrann Mathieu is going to be out the rest of the season, and perhaps even longer, is not something anyone wanted to see.“It’s very hard,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “He has already gone through a lot throughout his young life already, and for an injury like this to sit him down and get him away from football, it’s definitely devastating for him. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The “White” plan will combine the Nov. 16 game with the Detroit Lions, the matchup on Dec. 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs and the contest with the Seahawks.These plans will go on sale Wednesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. exclusively to season-ticket holders. The general public can buy the plans beginning Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m., and the plans will be available for purchase at the Cardinals’ Tempe training facility box office starting Monday, July 21. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals released details Thursday about two ticket plans that will allow fans to see some of the team’s premier games in Glendale next season.The “Protect The Nest” ticket plans will include a chance to see either the Sept. 21 game against the San Francisco 49ers or the Dec. 21 Sunday Night Football matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.The “Red” plan will include the Sept. 8 home opener against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, the matchup against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 12 and the game against the 49ers.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Pierre signed with the Chicago Bears in May as a rookie free agent out of Miami. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound defensive lineman remained with the team until he was released on Aug. 30. In four seasons with the Hurricanes he appeared in 44 games, tallying 96 tackles, 2.5 sacks, nine tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.Byndom and Pierre will take the place of cornerback Leon McFadden, who was claimed by the New York Giants, and defensive end Lawrence Okoye, who was released by the Cardinals. Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Carolina Panthers’ Carrington Byndom (37) arrives for practice during the NFL football team’s training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday they signed cornerback Carrington Byndom and defensive tackle Olsen Pierre to their practice squad.The 6-foot, 180-pound Byndom entered the NFL with the Carolina Panthers last season as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Texas. He appeared in three regular season games as well as two playoff games, recording a tackle on special teams. In college, he played in 51 games, recording 189 tackles, five interceptions, two sacks and 29 passes defensed.last_img read more

For the longest time Kurt Warners 2008 team that

For the longest time Kurt Warners 2008 team that

first_img For the longest time, Kurt Warner’s 2008 team that advanced to Super Bowl XLIII has been regarded as the greatest in Arizona Cardinals history. And if not for Santonio Holmes’ right big toe, that team would have gone down in NFL history as a champion.Fast forward to 2015.Warner joined Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and explained how this year’s Cardinals far more dynamic than the team he led in 2008. Although former general manager Rod Graves took the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl, that team was unbalanced and lacked top-tier talent at the skill positions. Current general manager Steve Keim has not only constructed the most talented Cardinals team in history, with a franchise-record tying seven players selected to the Pro Bowl, but possibly the most talented team in the league.And if nothing else, it’s better than the team that came oh-so-close to bringing the Valley its first Super Bowl championship seven years ago. – / 36 Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Kurt Warner, NFL Network analyst Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald pumps his fist as he runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Bengals 34-31. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “If you look at this team, they are so talented across the board, they can beat you in so many different ways. That’s what you want when you’re on a team, if you’re a quarterback you struggle one week, you can still win because you can run the ball, stop people on defense, score points off turnovers”, Warner said. “All those different things, that’s the kind of team you want to be on, because come playoff time, you’re going to have to win different ways, and this team has potential to win in different ways.”Warner did not have the luxury of struggling, not even for one week. The ’08 team was led on the ground by Edgerrin James, who ran for 514 yards, and Tim Hightower, who tallied 399. The duo combined for 13 touchdowns but averaged just 3.7 yards per carry. This season, the Cardinals are led by Chris Johnson’s 814 yards, while David Johnson had run for 556 and Andre Ellington 287. The trio is averaging 4.7 yards per carry.The discrepancies between the two teams doesn’t stop there. This year’s team has scored 57 touchdowns to ’08’s 51, with one game still remaining for the 2015 version. Palmer has thrown for 34 touchdowns, breaking Warner’s franchise record of 30 set in 2008. Comments   Share   Even the 2015 defense is superior, producing more sacks (35 to 31), more interceptions (19 to 13) and allowing fewer touchdowns (30 to 52) than the ’08 squad.That type of balance and being able to dominate in all facets of the game is what separates this Cardinals team from the 2008 Super Bowl team.Warner did address the one weakness this year’s team has that opponents will attempt to exploit.“The worry I have is if somebody has the ability to take away the big play. When you watch them, they are so built on the big play and so good at it,” Warner said. “With all the different weapons they have, and I think Carson throws the deep ball better than anybody in the league right now — when teams take that away, and they have to be more consistent and drive the football, and win in different situations, that’s my biggest concern.”The emergence of David Johnson might be the solution to that problem.Warner had an aging Edgerrin James and an inexperienced Tim Hightower in his backfield. The ’08 team was very pass dependent, and could not establish a run game. Forcing defenses to respect what the Cardinals could do against them on the ground helps allow Palmer to pick apart the secondary. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img – / 13 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that he will start quarterback Drew Stanton over Blaine Gabbert on Sunday against the New York Giants.“He’s healthy enough now, and it’s just a matter of us getting those touchdowns that are there from experience and trying to win this game,” Arians said of Stanton. “It is no way an indictment on Blaine. I think he’s played his a** off for three weeks.” 27 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Stanton hasn’t appeared since making a start Nov. 9 against the Seattle Seahawks, a loss that saw him suffer a knee injury and play through it.Arians said he made the decision after watching film from the 20-15 loss Sunday to the Washington Redskins. The head coach added that Stanton’s improved health played a part in switching quarterbacks.Arizona enters its Week 16 game against the Giants having gone 10 quarters without scoring a touchdown with Gabbert under center.“I don’t want to take it in negative light,” Arians told Bickley and Marotta on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I don’t want people to see it in a negative light.”Gabbert has made five starts since Stanton’s injury. The 28-year-old has completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s also fumbled three times.Stanton has completed 48 percent of his passes in three appearances this year. He’s thrown for 540 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.“I think Blaine is a player. I really do. I think he has a great future,” Arians said. “Some of those things, he’s experiencing for the first time, and it’s not a lack of talent. It’s a lack of experience in this offense at that time.”center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Related LinksFootball Outsiders: Cardinals O-line remains biggest holePatrick Peterson not at Cardinals mini-camp TuesdayCardinals hope Robert Alford can bring the best out of Patrick PetersonPFF: Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson posted a career-low in targets“I feel like he’s the best corner, personally,” Green told Adam Schefter on ESPN’s The Adam Schefter Podcast. “I think he’s big, he’s fast, he has great ball skills. When you have a corner who has all those three, it’s hard to beat them.”The two haven’t squared off since 2015, when Green finished with four catches for 79 yards on 12 targets in a 34-31 Cardinals win. Peterson had two tackles and a pass defensed in that outing.Before that, the two hadn’t met since their rookie season in 2011. Green had two catches for 25 yards in that one, while Peterson finished with a tackle and two passes defensed.A bit more seasoned, the two stars will get a chance to play in Arizona’s fifth game of 2019. The Cardinals visit the Bengals on Sunday, Oct. 6.Green comes off a toe injury that made for his first career season finishing under 964 receiving yards. Peterson, meanwhile, enters 2019 with evidence of discontent in Arizona dating back to last season and playing under his third defensive coordinator in the past three years. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) 23 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Receiver A.J. Green’s career, and success, has run parallel to cornerback Patrick Peterson’s.Both spent three years in the SEC from 2008-10 before leaving for the NFL. They went back-to-back with the fourth and fifth picks in the draft.Both earned Pro Bowl nods in their first seven professional seasons before the Cincinnati Bengals shut down an injured Green last year, limiting him to nine games.Safe to say they know each other well despite playing one another just four times dating back to their first year in college. Green believes Peterson, 30, remains the best in his prime. Top Stories last_img read more

The 6th edition of ILTM Americas at Riviera Maya

The 6th edition of ILTM Americas at Riviera Maya

first_imgThe 6th edition of ILTM Americas at Riviera Maya, Mexico (25 – 28 September 2017) will showcase some of the most significant brands from the European luxury travel landscape, reflecting the markets of interest to North American outbound travellers according to the latest European Travel Commission quarterly report.ILTM Americas exhibitors are given the opportunity to meet with over 300 handpicked front-line buyers and agents from Mexico, Canada and the US in mutually matched, 15-minute, business-generating appointments throughout the event.The European Travel Commission report shows that Europe is very much in demand for these buoyant outbound markets with 27 million US outbound travellers choosing this region, particularly Southern and Central European destinations such as Italy and Croatia. The same can be said of Canada – from a total of 34 million Canadian outbound travellers, 5 million set their sights particularly on Southern Europe. Up to 75% of agents hosted at ILTM Americas 2017 are from these regions.As for the Mexican market, Western Europe (Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland) has attracted 1.5 million from a total of 22 million travellers, with the region registering the highest growth with an average of 5.1%.European exhibitors at ILTM Americas include LVMH Cheval Blanc, The Set Hotels, Boscolo Hotels as well as London private members’ club Dukes London, The Curtain, The Corinthia Hotel London and The London EDITION; Amsterdam’s Pulitzer; Switzerland’s Clinique la Prairie, Beau-Rivage Palace, The Dolder Grand and luxury boutique hotel Ultima Gstaad; Domaine de Murtoli, The Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, La Reserve Paris and Hotel Royal – Evian Resort in France; Kempinski’s Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Germany and Spain’s Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa and SHA Wellness.last_img read more

Work has started on a £70 million redevelopment pr

Work has started on a £70 million redevelopment pr

first_imgWork has started on a £70 million redevelopment project at Leeds Bradford International Airport.Phase 1 and 2 of the improvements started last week and will see changes made to the car parking facilities and terminal approach at the airport.A designated taxi zone will be created as part of Phase 1, which will also see improved access for the airport shuttle service.The second stage will include a new pick-up and drop-off zone, redevelopment of the short-stay car park and improvements to the existing pedestrian walkways.”We are delighted that development has commenced and are very confident that these works will ensure the continued success of Leeds Bradford International Airport,” said John Parkin, chief executive of the airport.”We are determined to improve the quality of services we provide to our passengers and this investment will deliver a significant enhancement to our car parking and public transport facilities.”The airport recently welcomed plans from Air Southwest to increase the number of flights to Plymouth it offers from Leeds Bradford. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFirst phase of improvement work completed at Leeds BradfordLeeds Bradford Airport has announced the completion of the first phase of a £2 million improvement to its forecourtLBIA terminal building set for expansionLeeds Bradford International Airport has been given the green light to begin a £28 million redevelopment of its terminal.Leeds Bradford Airport Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationCheck the latest flight arrivals and departures at Leeds Bradford Airport with the Skyscanner flight status board. We have all the latest flight information for you whether you’re meeting family and friends at the airport or keeping up to date with your own flight’s status. Find cheap flights direct from…last_img read more

Related Top tips to make your pound go furtherTop

Related Top tips to make your pound go furtherTop

first_img RelatedTop tips to make your pound go furtherTop tips to make your pound go furtherInternational Rovers – travelling with your petsThe information below is designed to help answer some common questions about travelling with dogs, cats or ferrets.Flights to Nepal prove popular for older volunteersOlder travellers are booking flights to Nepal, South Africa and St Lucia to embark on volunteering breaks. A uniform travel scheme proposed by the European Union (EU) could help older people who may otherwise not be able to afford a holiday.Antonio Tajani, the EU’s commissioner for enterprise and industry, wants to see the initiative commence across the continent following its successful introduction in Spain.Every euro invested in the scheme has enabled the Spanish Central Inland Revenue Service to recover €1.5 and Sean Tipton, spokesman for ABTA – The Travel Association, believes a Europe-wide initiative would have huge benefits for both older people and the tourism industry.”This is win-win situation for everybody and we look forward to seeing German, Portuguese, Greek and Spanish pensioners enjoying their holidays in York, Manchester, Wales and the Lake District and our own getting some well deserved winter sun,” he commented.Mr Tipton went on to say that because the scheme has worked so sell in Spain, there is “no reason” why it cannot achieve the same levels of success in other countries.There are 102 million people in the EU aged between 55 and 75, and many of these could benefit if the initiative became a reality.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Following the first ever Skyscanner Photographer o

Following the first ever Skyscanner Photographer o

first_imgFollowing the first ever Skyscanner Photographer of the Month competition (have you voted for your favourite shot yet?) we speak to Dan Milner, professional travel and mountain photographer, to get his tips on cameras, taking the perfect shot and getting your pictures published. **1. Do you need to spend a fortune on a camera to take a good picture?**No. How much you spend depends on what you are trying to do with the results; obvious but true! Many of today’s enthusiast cameras, such as the Canon G11 , do a great job without the bulk and expense of a digi SLR.To get work published and go pro though you need good quality lenses and that’s where much of the expense comes in; most pro lenses are £1000 or more. To get good shots on whatever you use though you need to understand your camera and know its functions. Don’t just shoot on auto!2. Give us three tips for taking the perfect shot.Think about what you are trying to capture and make that the “story” behind the shot. Understand composition and the rule of thirds (divide your image into thirds horizontally and vertically and place the subject on the intersection of two of these lines). Decide on the image and exposure when you take the shot and don’t rely on “rescuing” the shot in Photoshop afterwards! These will all make you a better photographer.3. Where are your favourite countries to shoot?Anywhere that has a different culture and lifestyle rates high on my list. Assignments to countries like Nepal and Indian Kashmir make for a rewarding trip with or without the bonus of shooting great travel images. I just got back from a three week assignment shooting a bike trip across Upper Mustang region of Nepal – stunning place. That said, I’m smitten with mountain biking in the UK at the moment and love to capture the gritty UK scenery.4. Has the rise of digital photography made it easier to take better pictures?Yes definitely, but many people still just snap away and then rescue their shots in Photoshop. The instant results from digital cameras makes learning potentially very quick so make use of that! For the pro, the digital has made it so much easier; you no longer have to change or push film, or worry about airport security X-ray machines. You also have the bonus of being able to see if a model blinked at the wrong moment, plus you can check style and flash lighting levels instantly.5. Are there certain times of day, or weather, that are better for shooting than others?The last half hour of light anywhere is the best, period. We’ve stayed up on mountains braving hefty descents in the dark on bikes and skis just to get that golden half hour. For photographers this is the ultimate and most of us would pass a whole day’s shooting just to get that last half hour of light instead. As far as weather goes, I prefer mixed sun and cloud. The cloud shadows add so much depth and impact to landscapes. Bright sunny blue sky days are overrated – the shadows are too harsh!**6. How did you get started as a professional photographer?**I began freelancing features for mountain bike magazines in the early 1990s and realised I needed to polish my basic photo skills to get the right kind of images.In 1998 I made the leap of faith needed to go pro full time, after spending 3 years juggling summer jobs with winters away shooting assignments.It’s not an easy thing to get into, at least my way, and today making a good living from the niche travel market is a hard thing to do. I’d recommend getting some kind of education in photography and doing a spell as an assistant, then working out your direction.7. What advice would you give for budding photographers to getting pictures published?It’s a slog and takes a lot of confidence but if you’re good at what you do you will get noticed and published, eventually. Unfortunately a lot of the industry is all about who you know, and a lot of sport imagery is about professional athletes.That said, start by sending your images to photo competitions and if you are shooting a certain subject matter (such as skiing) then start by sending in a SMALL submission of your best work to photo editors on spec. There are no guarantees and it will take time but keep trying and don’t be afraid to shoot something different, in your own style. After 20 years of the ‘same old’ shots, magazines are looking for some new directions and contemporary look to the images they use. Use the opportunity.Dan Milner is based in the French Alps from where he continues to explore the world with his camera in hand. His assignments have taken him to far flung lands such as Kashmir, Alaska, Greenland and Patagonia. His photos regularly appear in both the mainstream press and consumer magazines including: Men’s Health, FHM, Daily Mail Ski, GQ, The Observer and Maxim. See more at DanMilner.com.Images © Dan MilnerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related10 top tips for travel photographers10 invaluable travel photography tips, like how to get the best shots, what equipment to use, and more.How to make money from your holiday photosNeed extra cash to pay for Christmas? Earn from the comfort of your home by simply selling your holiday photos.10 Paycations: how to make money on holiday10 holidays where you can make money, rather than just spend it.last_img read more

3 Gran Canaria from £60 Temp 21C Sun hours 7 Ra

3 Gran Canaria from £60 Temp 21C Sun hours 7 Ra

first_img3. Gran Canaria from £60Temp: 21CSun hours: 7Rainfall: 26.6mmWith winter temperatures sneaking into the 20s, Gran Canaria is a good bet for winter warmth – and sea breezes, which is why windsurfers love the place. As well as massive breaker-washed beaches, the island is characterised by monumental sand dunes – close your eyes and you could be in the Sahara desert. 4. Tenerife from £70Temp: 18CSun hours: 8Rainfall: 66mmWhile Brits flock to Tenerife in summer for fun in the sun in busy resorts such as Playa de las Américas, the winter months are pleasantly quiet .. and warm. But not in February at the time of the Santa Cruz Canarval, when 24-hour partying is the order of the day, and night. You don’t have to be a celeb to jet off to the sun this winter. We bring you 10 lovely places that you can fly to for under £100. Let there be sun.Of course, the further you fly (and the more you pay), the more likely you are of getting hot and sunny weather, but when it’s minus five and snowing in ther UK, being warm enough to eating al fresco on the Costa del Sol or take a stroll on the beach in just a t-shirt in the Canaries is going to feel bloomin’ great! RelatedTop 10 winter sun destinations under £350: in picturesEscape to the sun from just £37 – start dreaming with these gorgeous pics of 10 of our top winter warmer destinations.7 cheapest autumn sun spots under £50Escape to the sun for less than you think this autumn with these seven places you can fly to for under £50.7 short-haul winter sun spots under £79Say bye to the winter blues with these seven seriously sunny beach destinations, all with flights under £79. 6. Bognor Regis, England from £55Temp: 8CSun hours: 4Rainfall: 44mmNot including the Channel Islands, bonnie Bognor is the officially(-ish) the sunniest place in the British Isles, with an average nearly 2000 hours of the shining stuff in a year. And it can proudly boast to have less than half the rainfall of Madeira. Statistics, eh! Flight prices subject to change. Prices are correct at time of publication: 25 November 2013*Source: Holiday Weather.comReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 1. Malaga, Spain from £52Average January high temperature: 17C*Average daily sunshine hours in January: 8Average monthly January rainfall 70mmWhile the sun will have his hat on summer long (well, not at night, obviously), in southern Spain, you’re not guaranteed beach weather in winter, BUT the Costa del Sol is your best bet for winter sun on mainland Europe, and a January average of 17 degrees isn’t too shabby.More: 10 best things to do in Malaga: a local’s guide 5. Madeira from £83Temp: 18CSun hours: 10Rainfall: 110mmA dot in the Atlantic Ocean 400km north of Tenerife, this Portugese island looks more tropical than European, with its jungle-like laurel forests straight out of Jurassic Park. That’s where all that rain falls. With a daily average of 10 hours sunshine, you’ll come home refreshed, refuelled, and with a tan to make your coleagues envious as hell. 2. Lanzarote from £57Temp: 20CSun hours: 6Rainfall: 30mmLanzarote belongs to Spain, but lies a mere 70miles off the coast of West Africa, which explains why the island is well-placed for winter warmth. Its beaches are volcanic black, while the moon-like landscape of its interior is even more impressive.last_img read more

Mexico Cancun 30°C 86°F

Mexico Cancun 30°C 86°F

first_img Mexico Cancun 30°C / 86°F City holidays in JanuaryIf you’re after shopping and a lively nightlife, Dubai is a great choice for a winter city break. If you’re in it for the long haul, you could go Down Under to Sydney, where you’ll find plenty of culture and the right amount of surfer dudes. Average temperature in January United Arab Emirates Dubai 19°C / 66°F READ MORE: Australia Sydney 27°C / 78°F Barbados Central Barbados 29°C / 84°F Thailand Phuket 27°C / 78°F RelatedGetting to TwitchCon 2017: Flights to Long Beach, CATwitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, is back with their third annual convention and this time it’s heading to sunny Long Beach, California. Looking for flights to TwitchCon 2017? Then you’ve come to the right place.Pay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?Monday blues: the best travel deals to get you through the weekFed up with the week already? Need something to look forward to? Boss driving you absolutely insane? We’ve found a handful of the best deals so you can start planning your escape. You’re welcome. City Cape Verde Santa Maria 25°C / 77°F Country Where’s hot in January? Top 10 holiday destinations… Canary Islands Lanzarote 20°C / 68°F ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Canary Islands Tenerife 21°C / 70°F Brazil Rio de Janeiro 30°C / 86°F More holidays in JanuaryFrom swanky city breaks in Miami, to Northern Lights trails in Reykjavik, we’ve got a whole host of other suggestions for where to go in January, regardless of the weather. Check out our suggestions here.Compare cheap flights using the Everywhere toolNEXT: South Africa Cape Town 27°C / 78°F Beach holidays in JanuaryIf you’re looking to defy the odds and spend January on the beach sipping a cocktail, you’re in luck: there are plenty of long-haul options so you can make that happen. Cancun, Barbados and Rio de Janeiro are all viable sandy destinations. Just remember to pack a duffle coat for reentering the UK. Kick start your wanderlust with our destination inspiration series:The 10 best family city breaks in EuropeTen of the most family-friendly cities in Europe, from Paris to Copenhagen, along with ideal places to take the little ones when you get there.21 cheap countries to visit for a great low cost holidayWe’ve scoured the globe for cheap places to travel, from South Africa to South America, and found 21 beautiful countries to visit on a budget. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a short, cheap holiday in Europe, or planning a low cost backpacking trip in Asia.Travel Trends: Where to go on holiday in 2017We’ve gathered the latest travel insights to bring you the top holiday destinations for 2017 to add to your bucket list this year.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.last_img read more

Lhasa Tibet China – Reported by Elite Traveler

Lhasa Tibet China – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgLhasa, Tibet, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announces the debut of St. Regis’ first resort in China and first-ever luxury resort in Tibet, with the opening of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Standing on the “Roof of the World” at 12,000 feet above sea level, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers refined luxury and superlative service in a storied city. The resort boasts awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas and the Lhasa Valley from each of the 162 guest rooms, suites and villas which feature distinctive architectural details and décor that entwine modern luxury with traditional Tibetan elements.The spectacular resort embraces the enchanting natural surroundings and breathtaking mountainous views of Lhasa and is destined to set new standards of service and luxury for Tibet. The magnificent resort offers the signature St. Regis Butler Service and features three world class restaurants to please any epicurean taste, a signature tea room, wine bar and an expansive 11,700 square foot Iridium Spa with an ornate gold-tiled pool and Meditation Garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation.“We are proud to debut the first St. Regis Resort in China with the opening of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, offering our discerning guests access to the distinguished St. Regis legacy with the highest expression of personalization, refined elegance and uncompromised guest experiences,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “With the region’s unrivaled natural beauty and enchanting cultural heritage, Lhasa is one of the world’s most coveted destinations for global travelers, and The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is destined to be an unparalleled way to discover Tibet.”“Lhasa is one of the most intriguing and beautiful cities in the world,” said Magdy Anis, General Manager of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. “We are honored to be opening Tibet’s first luxury resort, offering global St. Regis guests the opportunity to experience Tibet’s mysterious traditions and stunning beauty while enjoying St. Regis signature amenities and services.”The St. Regis Lhasa Resort boasts 150 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 12 spacious villas and suites, including the Presidential Suite. Seamlessly blending Tibet’s rich culture and exotic natural surroundings, the resort has been designed from the ground up with sustainable features including solar panels, locally-sourced produce and herbs for the resort’s restaurants and an underground water recycling system. Guest accommodations feature beautiful residential interiors, custom-designed furniture and spacious marble bathrooms in addition to luxurious linens and amenities such as high-speed Internet and plasma televisions in room.St. Regis will also premiere its new spa brand, the Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Poised to be the world’s highest luxury spa, Iridium Spa allows guests to renew and refresh mind, body and spirit with a completely customized experience including traditional Tibetan herbal treatments and aromatherapy services using locally cultivated herbs and plants such as cypress and azalea leaves. Five-star luxury meets mystical Tibetan spiritual wellness at the Iridium Room with its ornate gold-tiled heated swimming pool and stunning Meditation Garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation.The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers an array of epicurean taste and experiences in a variety of culturally designed settings. Guests can enjoy convenient, all-day dining at the resort’s signature restaurant, Social, featuring with a wide selection of international cuisine or dine at Si Zi Kang, the first gastronomic Tibetan restaurant to savor authentic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine in a sophisticated and relaxed setting. For Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine, guests are invited to Yan Ting with six private dining rooms and a diverse menu.As the first luxury resort in Tibet, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is also proud to present Decanter by Haut-Brisson, the first wine bar in the region serving over 140 labels of wine, liquors and aged cigars. Also the first of its kind, the Tea Room will offer guests a relaxing afternoon with different blends of local and imported teas, and serving vintage teas aged from 10-25 years.Lhasa, christened “Place of the Gods” by ancient Tibetans, is the spiritual and political center of Tibet. With its ideal location in the ancient Barkhor area, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is close to the city’s most important cultural landmarks allowing guests to explore all of the city’s treasures. The resort is only a short walk from the Jokhang Temple or guests can rent a hybrid vehicle from the hotel for a short drive to the stunning Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulinka and the Drepung Monastery. Other scenic Himalayan destinations such as the Heavenly Lake Namtso and Yandra Yumtso Lake also surround The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Combining Tibet’s natural beauty and rich heritage with St. Regis’ timeless sophistication, bespoke service and modern luxury, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort’s arrival to China will forever change the landscape of luxury travel in the region.www.stregis.com/lhasalast_img read more