TripAdvisor Insights is a new web portal that allows business owners and other members of the travel industry to research trends and statistics, news, tips and other information on a daily basis. Visitors will gain access to best practice marketing strategies, thought-leading articles from TripAdvisor insiders, case studies from hospitality practitioners, and the latest travel trends from industry authorities. “We hope this new resource will become indispensable to online marketing professionals and anyone who wants to learn more about the sector.” “As the world’s largest travel site, we have unprecedented access to industry experts and trend revealing data,” TripAdvisor for Business vice president marketing Alison Copus said. TripAdvisor has launched a new online marketing resource, designed to inform and assist travel industry professionals. The content will be available in a number of formats; including webinars, videos, printed materials and more, which were previously accessible through the TripAdvisor for Business blog and Management Centre. New marketing site provides industry with a range of daily resources. Source = ETB News: P.T.
Sabre Tech Summits a roaring successGlobal technology leader Sabre has just wrapped up its series of Tech Summits which have been happening for the past 5 weeks, saying they have been a huge success.Over 500 agents from across the region attended the Summits which highlighted and explored the opportunities for travel agents to better leverage technology.The Summits had a particular focus on data, automation, apps, cloud computing and the traveller experience and were the launch pad for several new critical developments. New solutions were revealed at the Summits including the launch of four new automation solutions, all new data options and a new service to enable agencies to access their agency info from a virtual desktop.“I’m excited to partner with a company as progressive and dynamic as Sabre, who are constantly evolving their technology offerings to ensure my team have the tools they need to work efficiently, accurately, and profitably. The Tech Summit was a fantastic opportunity to survey the travel technology landscape to see what trends are evolving, and how we can maximise their potential through our partnership with Sabre.” Chris Cheyne from Goldman Travel Corporation.Since the Summits started 100 agents have registered to receive Sabre’s new automation tools and 500 agents in Australia have downloaded the RoomDeal app which gives travel agents an expanded view of 350,000 pre-paid boutique and branded hotels while being able to add their own discretionary fee.“The response to the solutions we are developing and releasing to market has been overwhelming,” said Sabre Pacific Managing Director Jeremy van de Klundert. “It’s great to see the strategies we have been working on for the past 6-18 months starting to come to fruition and the excitement it’s generating from customers and non-Sabre customers alike.“I was very impressed with the huge range of innovations Sabre has been working on, a few of which I am already looking at implementing into my business,” said Karen Kenter from The World @ Braeside Travel.To really highlight that they are at the forefront of technology innovation, Sabre gave away an Apple Watch to one lucky attendee at each Summit. The winners were:Liz Christiansen from Harvey World Travel Browns Bay – AucklandZlata Savic from Air Travel Services – SydneyLynn Liu from Goabout Travel – MelbourneStacey Lekias from Director of Northline Travel – PerthDenise Truong from Happy Travel Service – Brisbane Sabre Pacific Source = Sabre Pacific
Source = International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions IAAPA International Association of Amusement Parks and AttractionsIAAPA announces Leadership Breakfast SpeakerThe International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announces Jim Seay as the Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2016 Leadership Breakfast keynote speaker. Seay is a leading expert on amusement ride safety around the world. The breakfast is Wednesday, 15 June, during AAE 2016, which takes place 13 – 16 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China. AAE is the premier international business event for attractions industry professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, and is owned and produced by IAAPA. Seay is chair of the IAAPA Global Safety Committee and is a member and immediate past chair of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. The committee develops and refines ride safety standards that are used globally. He has promoted the use, application, harmonization, and adoption of ASTM amusement standards around the world, and has testified before the U.S. Congress about industry safety.Seay’s background gives him a unique perspective. A Cornell University graduate, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and completed graduate studies at California State University Long Beach. He was an aerospace engineer at Hughes Aircraft and then an engineering and maintenance executive at Six Flags Theme Parks Inc., before joining Premier Rides Inc. in 1995 as executive vice president of engineering. He was named president of the company the following year.Additionally, Seay serves on the IAAPA Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the AIMS International Board, the Themed Entertainment Association, the National Safety Council, and several regional attractions associations. He also serves on a number of philanthropic boards, including the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland.Information about event registration for Asian Attractions Expo and the Leadership Breakfast is available at www.IAAPA.org/AsianAttractionsExpo.Sponsors of the Leadership Breakfast are Brogent Technologies, JRA, and Wӓrtsila FUNA International. Information about additional sponsorship opportunities is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian-attractions-expo/exhibit-and-sponsor, or by contacting Jessica Gelsinon at jgelsinon@IAAPA.org.About Asian Attractions ExpoSince 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international event for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian Attractions Expo 2016 takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, 13-16 June, and includes a 11,000-net-square-meter trade show floor, a comprehensive industry education program, networking events, and visits to some of the region’s premier attractions. More than 8,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 65 countries will participate in the 2016 event. @IAAPAHQ #AAE16About IAAPAFounded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries. Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando. IAAPAregister here
Alitalia – Air Malta joint statementAir Malta and Alitalia have jointly decided to terminate the talks which would have led to Alitalia becoming a 49% shareholder in Malta’s national carrier.The two airlines agreed that the current changing landscape in the airline industry was not ideal for a such a transaction and that both airlines would concentrate on the current challenges without entering into a partnership.Air Malta and Alitalia will continue to collaborate closely commercially through a recently launched extensive code-sharing program.About AlitaliaAlitalia – Società Aerea Italiana (alitalia.com) is Italy’s largest airline and commenced operations on January 1, 2015 after acquiring the operational activities of Alitalia – Compagnia Aerea Italiana, now named CAI. CAI has a 51% controlling stake in Alitalia and the remaining 49% of shares are owned by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (Airline of the Year 2016 by the prestigious US-based aviation industry publication Air Transport World). As part of its 2016/2017 winter schedule, Alitalia flies to 80 destinations, including 26 Italian and 54 international destinations, with 3,600 weekly flights and 106 routes. Alitalia boasts one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the world. It is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and is part of the Transatlantic Joint Venture alongside Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines. Alitalia also collaborates with the other Etihad Airways Partners – airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional operated by Darwin Airline, Jet Airways and NIKI – in order to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.Source = Alitalia – Air Malta
If current trends persist, this year may be the first year since 2006 the housing market records an annual price increase, according to a report released Thursday by “”Trulia””:http://www.trulia.com/. [IMAGE]At the current rate of change, the year could close with a 4 percent price annual price increase. Asking prices rose 2.5 percent year-over-year in September. When foreclosure sales are excluded, prices were up 3.5 percent. Month-over-month, asking prices were up 0.5 percent in September. [COLUMN_BREAK]””The timing of the housing price rebound couldn’t be better for President Obama,”” said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia. He points out that asking prices are rising in most swing states, which will help the president’s campaign. North Carolina is the only swing state to record a year-over-year price decline in September, and that was less than a 1 percent decline. Nevada posted the greatest increase among the swing states, 7 percent, closely followed by Florida with a 6.9 percent increase. Colorado posted a 5.5 percent increase, Iowa, a 3.2 percent rise, Missouri a 2.4 percent gain, and Virginia posted a slight 0.4 percent increase. Meanwhile, rent prices not only continue to rise but also are rising faster than home prices. Trulia recorded a 4.8 percent rise in rental prices year-over-year in September. In a survey of the 25 largest rental markets, Trulia found Houston and Miami experienced the steepest price gains year-over-year in September with rent in Houston rising 15.9 percent and rent in Miami rising 10.4 percent. On the other hand, San Francisco, which recorded a 14.5 percent rent price gain in June, posted a 7.2 percent gain in September. Trulia: 2012 Looking Good for Overall Price Growth October 5, 2012 449 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Rental Properties Service Providers Trulia 2012-10-05 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share
A weaker short-term outlook dragged down consumer confidence in July, the “”Conference Board””:http://www.conference-board.org/ reported.[IMAGE]The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, which had increased for the third straight month in June, pulled back to 80.3 in July as its two sub-components moved in different directions.””Consumer Confidence fell slightly in July, precipitated by a weakening in consumers’ economic and job expectations,”” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “”Consumers’ assessment of current conditions continues to gain ground and expectations remain in expansionary territory despite the July retreat.””The Present Situation Index increased to 73.6 from June’s reading of 68.7. According to the Conference Board’s report, the number of those stating business conditions are “”good”” increased to 20.9 percent from 19.4 percent, while those stating conditions are “”bad”” dropped 4 basis points to 24.5 percent. Respondents’ assessment of the current job market was also more positive, with the number of those claiming jobs are “”plentiful”” increasing to 12.2 percent from 11.3 percent in June.The improvement in the Present Situation Index was offset by a larger decline in the Expectations Index, which fell from 91.1 in June to 84.7 in July. The percentage of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months decreased to 19.1 percent from 21.4 percent; the number of those expecting conditions to worsen remained flat at 11.2 percent.While consumers were positive about the labor market’s current state, they were less upbeat in their outlook. Those anticipating more jobs in the coming months declined to 16.5 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs increased 2 percentage points to 18.1 percent.Meanwhile, the proportion of consumers expecting their incomes to increase dropped moderately to 15.3 percent–however, the percentage of respondents expecting their incomes to decline also fell, slipping to 13.8 percent. Consumer Confidence Slips as Outlook Weakens Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Unemployment 2013-07-30 Tory Barringer in Data Share July 30, 2013 445 Views
Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Home Prices Up 12.2% in February; Smaller Gains Predicted CoreLogic reported another double-digit year-over-year improvement in its Home Price Index (HPI) in February, marking two straight years of annual increases in home prices.According to the company, home prices nationwide rose 12.2 percent (including distressed sales) in February compared to the year prior. The change represents 24 months of consecutive yearly gains.On a monthly basis, home prices inched up 0.8 percent from January’s revised index.At the local level, 14 states experienced double-digit year-over-year growth, led by California (19.8 percent), Nevada (18.5 percent), Georgia (14.2 percent), Oregon (13.8 percent), and Michigan (13.5 percent). Meanwhile, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas, and the District of Columbia all topped their previous home price highs, with another 22 states approaching their own peaks.“As the spring home-buying season kicks off, house price appreciation continues to be strong,” said Dr. Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “Although prices should remain strong in the near term due to a short supply of homes on the market, price increases should moderate over the next year as home equity releases pent-up supply.”Moving forward, CoreLogic says indicators point to slower increases. For March, the company’s Pending HPI predicts prices will bump up another 0.5 percent month-over-month and 10.5 percent year-over-year.While consumer sentiment measures suggest Americans have grown skittish about the slowdown in home price improvements, CoreLogic’s president and CEO, Anand Nallathambi, says we’re still headed in the right direction: “The consistent upward movement in home prices should ultimately prove to be an important stimulant for higher levels of sustained market activity and growth in the housing economy.” April 1, 2014 479 Views Confidence CoreLogic Distressed sales Home Prices 2014-04-01 Tory Barringer
October 2, 2014 488 Views Access to mortgage credit remained unchanged in September following a slight tightening in August, according to a leading measure.The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Mortgage Credit Availability Index was flat at 116.1 for the month, the group reported Thursday. The gauge is calculated based on borrower eligibility metrics nationwide and underwriting criteria for more than 85 lenders and investors.At its current level, the index points to a slightly looser credit market now compared to when it was benchmarked in March 2012.MBA’s monthly measures show credit access expanded in six of the first nine months of 2014, even as more stringent rules governing lending have taken hold. While experts argue there’s been little evidence of this year’s wave of regulatory changes making a significant impact on mortgage volumes, 85 percent of senior lending executives still say the current environment is too restrictive for most consumers to secure a home loan.In its September index, MBA reported a slight decline in credit availability for government-insured loans, which was offset by a minor increase in availability for conventional mortgages. Benchmarks for those indices were also set in March 2012, with the conventional measure based at 69 and the government measure based at 222, reflecting a sizable slant toward government loan programs. Credit Availability Credit Standards Mortgage Bankers Association 2014-10-02 Tory Barringer Mortgage Credit Availability Unchanged in September in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share
Deutsche Bank Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Goldman Sachs Mortgage-Backed Securities Royal Bank of Scotland 2015-08-11 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market FDIC Suit Revived Against Deutsche, Goldman, and RBS Share August 11, 2015 613 Views The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has revived a lawsuits filed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) accusing Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and the Royal Bank of Scotland of fraud with regards to $840 million worth of mortgage-backed securities sold to a Texas bank that later failed, according to multiple media reports.Citing a federal law passed in 1989 following the savings and loan crisis, the 5th Circuit Court ruled that the FDIC had an extended amount of time to file lawsuits on behalf of institutions it insures that went into receivership. The FDIC is accusing the Deutsche, Goldman, and RBS of making false statements in selling $840 million in mortgage-backed securities to Texas-based Guaranty Bank in 2004 and 2005. The FDIC took the bank into receivership in June 2009.A judge in Austin, Texas, dismissed the lawsuits filed by the FDIC last year against the financial institutions, stating that a Texas law that required lawsuits to be filed within five years of the sale of the mortgage-backed securities superseded the federal law. The lawsuits were filed in 2014, nine and 10 years after the securities were sold.Circuit Judge Carolyn Dineen King wrote in her ruling that it was “highly unlikely” that Congress would have applied the time limit in some cases but not all, according to a report from Reuters. She wrote in her ruling that the federal law allowed the FDIC to focus on handling bank failures instead of worrying about whether or not there is a potential statute of limitations and what that time limit might be.This is not the first case in which an appeals court has ruled in favor of the regulators on the time limit issue. Last year, a federal appeals court in Denver found that the National Credit Union Administration filed its mortgage-backed securities lawsuits in a timely manner, according to Reuters.Another mortgage-backed securities case in which RBS was involved was decided in May in favor of the government agency that filed the suit. The FHFA alleged it suffered monumental losses when the sponsor of the mortgage-backed securities, Nomura, and the securities’ underwriter, RBS, did not follow underwriting guidelines on 68 percent of a sample of a bundle of securities backing more than $2 billion worth of mortgages sold to the GSEs prior to the financial crisis of 2008. FHFA was seeking $1.1 billion; the court found Nomura liable and FHFA was awarded $806 million. Nomura has appealed the penalty, and the time limit issue could be pivotal in the appeals court’s decision, since Nomura contents that the FHFA waited too long to file the suit.FHFA currently has a separate suit pending against RBS; the Scotland-based bank is the last case to be decided out of 18 lawsuits filed by the FHFA against lenders in 2011 to recoup U.S. taxpayer costs following the government’s $188 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008. Sixteen of the lenders settled; the Nomura case was the first one to go to trial. The RBS case is expected to go to trial sometime next year.
Share Concern over what will happen now that the Fed has raised the interest rate for the first time in a decade‒‒and with further increases on the way‒‒is surprisingly minimal. But any worries are based largely on that person’s economic status, according to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index survey.The results of the 1,003-person telephone survey, released Wednesday, found that 41 percent of Americans believe rate increases could have dire effects on their personal finances and on the U.S. economy in general. However, these concerns are not spread evenly across the population. According to Bankrate, age, economic status, and education level play major roles in how high someone’s anxiety might be.Those between 30 and 49 were most worried, the report found. A full 44 percent in this age range expressed concern over where the economy is headed. Twenty percent of Millennials, the largest generational group to voice concerns, said they worried about their personal economic futures. Millennials were, however, the least likely (12 percent) to be concerned about the effects of rate hikes on the economy overall.On the other side, those 65 and older were far less concerned‒‒37 percent in this age group said they worried about their own finances or the economy in general.Most surveyed did not see much cause for alarm about rate increases. A full 56 percent were not concerned about rate hikes and 15 percent felt rates are getting back to normal after being artificially low for years.”The impact of rising interest rates will take some time to show a cumulative effect,” said Greg McBride, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst. He added that now is the time for consumers to insulate themselves from rising rates by refinancing from an adjustable-rate to fixed-rate mortgage or by snagging zero-percent balance transfer credit cards.It should be noted, however, that Americans’ financial security is actually better now than it was in December. The January Financial Security Index clocked in at 101.5, compared to December’s 101.1, and Bankrate found that greater feelings of job security and higher overall net worth among Americans of all age groups led the list of reasons. Bankrate.com Interest Rate Rate Hike Status 2016-01-20 Scott_Morgan January 20, 2016 818 Views Rate Hikes Low on the List of Worries for Most Americans in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News
April 25, 2017 530 Views DeMarco Tapped to Head HPC in Government, Headlines Ed DeMarco, former Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, has been tapped to head the Financial Service Roundtable’s Housing Policy Council (HPC).DeMarco served as the Acting Director of FHFA from 2009 to 2014 and was previously named Housing Wire’s Person of the Year. According to FSR CEO Tim Pawlenty, DeMarco is coming at a pivotal time for the HPC.“FSR is proud to welcome Ed DeMarco to lead our Housing Policy Council at a critical time for housing issues in Washington,” said FSR CEO Tim Pawlenty. “Ed is a deeply knowledgeable and passionate policy expert who understands how government and industry can better work together to drive economic growth while protecting taxpayers and consumers. We look forward to Ed’s leadership and thank Secretary John Dalton for his twelve years of service driving HPC forward and working tirelessly on behalf of our members.”DeMarco previously served as a Senior Fellow in Residence at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets, where he helped moved forward a number of pressing housing policy issues. He has also served as COO and Senior Deputy Director at the FHFA, as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the Social Security Administration; and Director of the Office of Financial Institutions Policy at the Treasury Department.He will take over as president as of June 1. 2017-04-25 Aly J. Yale Share
10 Best and Worst States to Raise a Family in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Affordability family Homebuyers Massachussets New Mexico raise real estate states 2018-01-08 Staff Writer January 8, 2018 612 Views Homebuyers looking at purchasing a new home sometimes look at moving states for a better lifestyle, more affordability or just generally to raise a healthy stable family. According to a WalletHub study, Massachusetts has emerged as the top state to raise a family, while New Mexico has been ranked at the bottom of the list.WalletHub compared the 50 States across 42 key indicators of family-friendliness for these rankings, with the data set ranging across five key dimensions—family fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability, and socio-economics.Minnesota, which was ranked second overall was followed by New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, New York, Iowa, Nebraska, and California to round off the top 10 states list. Apart from New Mexico, states at the bottom of this list included Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona.Minnesota also got top marks for highest median family salary, followed by Virginia, North Dakota, Iowa and Wyoming. West Virginia, New York, Oregon, California, and Hawaii were ranked as the top states with the lowest median family salary.In terms of states with most affordable housing, Iowa topped the list followed by North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas. The states that offered least affordable housing according to the list, included, Oregon, Florida, New York, California, and Hawaii.Mississippi received high marks for lowest child care costs followed by Louisiana, South Carolina, Missouri, and Alabama, while Wisconsin, Nevada, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and New York made up the other end of the spectrum of states with the highest child care cost.The survey also ranked states on the basis of most and fewest families with young children. Utah, Texas, Alaska, California, and Colorado were among the top 5 states with the most families with young kids whereas Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Florida, and West Virginia were states with fewest families with young kids.In terms of per capita crimes, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Connecticut were states that had the fewest per capita violent crimes. However Louisiana, Tennessee, Nevada, New Mexico and Alaska ranked high on the Most violent crimes per capita index.To view the entire report and rankings, click here. Share
Central Italyearthquake Wednesday’s earthquakes in central Italy have triggered an avalanche that has buried the Hotel Rigopiano in the town of Farindola, on the Gran Sasso mountain in the central Abruzzo region, with rescuers mounting a desperate search for survivors.Up to 29 hotel guests and workers have been reported as either missing or dead, rescue workers said yesterday, as they face formidable weather conditions trying to reach the resort.“There are many dead,” Antonio Crocetta from the Abruzzo mountain rescue team told Italy’s ANSA news agency.Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italy’s civil protection agency, confirmed that 22 guests registered at the hotel were unaccounted for, along with “six or seven” workers.The prefect of Pescara, Francesco Provolo, said: “This is one of the most important hotels in the area. They are prepared for emergencies.”The president of Italy’s Marche region has talked of a “catastrophe” and appealed for aid as four quakes above magnitude 5 struck in one day. Luca Ceriscioli said quakes and snow had caused landslides and thousands of families were suffering power cuts, with some villages left isolated. The Lazio region was also affected on Wednesday and the tremors were felt in the capital, Rome.Marche was one of the regions worst hit by the earthquake of 24 August, with 46 of its 298 victims losing their lives in a single mountain village there, Pescara del Tronto.Image: Hotel Rigopiano after Wednesday’s avalanche. HANDOUT / Reuters
Air Tahiti Nuiairlines This is Air Tahiti Nui’s new logo, unveiled to mark the airline’s 20th anniversary. The Tiare flower, long synonymous with Air Tahiti Nui and The Islands of Tahiti, takes a central position in the revamped logo, carefully crafted by globally-acclaimed Tahitian artist, Alex Lee. The stylised Tiare flower embodies the pure, natural beauty and spirit of The Islands of Tahiti. The airline says the ‘forward-facing flower conveys a subtle but powerful message about Air Tahiti Nui’s preparedness for the future and captures the very essence of taking flight and moving forward.’The new logo and branding were designed by Future Brand, a brand agency specialising in brand creation and transformation. Future Brand’s past work includes the design of the new American Airlines brand as well as The Islands of Tahiti brand for the tourism board of French Polynesia.In addition to updating the airline’s visual identity and its most visible icon, the Tiare flower, Air Tahiti Nui is refreshing its positioning, values and personality around the experiential Polynesian nature of “Mana”. As part of its ongoing anniversary celebrations the airline will take delivery of its first Dreamliner B787-9 aircraft in October and will toast to 20 years in the sky on its official anniversary in November.
Adventure Canada has launched a special offer on a voyage through the Northwest Passage this September, including free return flights plus two nights’ accommodation when booked by 31 July, 2018, exclusively through Cruise Traveller.Free flights are from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Edmonton, and ex Toronto on return, plus a free night’s accommodation both before and after the voyage, available until sold out.Departing Australia on 1 September, 2018, Adventure Canada’s 18-night ‘Out of the Northwest Passage’ itinerary features a sixteen-night voyage aboard the 198-passenger Ocean Endeavour from Kugluktuk in Canada’s Arctic, through the famed Northwest Passage to Greenland, with its quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and glaciers. IMAGE: Canadian Arctic – Northwest Passage Adventure CanadacruiseCruise TravellerexpeditionNorthwest Passage
A group of 11 top achievers from Flight Centre, APT and Infinity have taken a first look at Rocky Mountaineer’s newest fleet of custom made GoldLeaf railcars this week in Berlin. Rail company Stadler have custom-built the 10 new bi-level glass domed carriages for Rocky Mountaineer at their Reinickendorf-based facility. The group of top selling Rocky Mountaineer agents, product managers and senior leaders are the first Australian and New Zealand agents to see the new product. Flight Centre Travel Group’s top achievers and valued partners were in Berlin for their annual ‘Global Gathering’, held this year in the German capital.“We were delighted to show off our new set of railcars to such a worthy group of advocates for Rocky Mountaineer,” said Fiona Watson, Managing Director, Sales, Asia Pacific.“These custom-designed, custom-built railcars really are at the cutting edge of technology and will add capacity to meet the growing demand for taking Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies,” she added.Rocky Mountaineer is currently revitalizing its entire fleet of GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf railcars, the largest capital investment in Rocky Mountaineer’s 28 year history. The first four of the total of 10 new carriages will join the fleet at the start of the 2019 season.The group included:Karen Hardie – VP of Sales, Rocky MountaineerFiona Watson – MD, Sales, Asia Pacific, Rocky MountaineerHelen Hersom – Sales Manager, AU & NZ, Rocky MountaineerSarah Revell – Training & Sales Executive, UK, Rocky MountaineerDebra Fox – Chief Commercial Officer APT GroupSusan Haberle – Commercial Manager Retail APT & TravelmarvelEmily Stickland – FC Product Manager UKChelsea Horne – FC Infinity Manager UKJulia Leary – FC GM Product AUGlen Kilpatrick – Area Leader Infinity Rail/Infinity Holidays AURylie Heathfield – Infinity Rail AUSarah Coates- Infinity Rail AUKris Heinceslater – Infinity Holidays AUNeil Campbell – Infinity Holidays AUSandro Eshu – Infinity Holidays AUIMAGE: Flight Centre, Infinity and APT take first peek at new Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf railcars apteventsFamilsFlight CentreGold Leaf CarriagesInfinityRocky MountaineerTravelmarvel
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Colledge has been in the league since 2006, so he’s no stranger to trainingcamp. He’s also at the point in his career where he doesn’t need a realreason to pick a fight. “We’ll fight pretty much anybody,” Colledge said. “It’s one of those thingswhere you’re just kind of tired of hitting the same guys every single week.You kind of remember something he did two days ago and you remembersomething he did a day ago and it all bubbles over.”Colledge didn’t hesitate to name names.“I wanted to fight Levi [Brown] Tuesday just for stepping on my foot once,so it’s just one of those things if you have the chance to hit a guy we do it,so New Orleans is rolling in right about the right time,” Colledge stated.Like he said, the Saints game is coming at the ideal time. The Cardinals willplay New Orleans in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday. – / 23 What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals training camp in Flagstaff is in full swing, and the players haveendured endless practices, film sessions and walk-throughs up to thispoint. Tempers start to flare in the second week, so you might even see afew fights, according to offensive tackle Daryn Colledge.“You know it’s just kind of getting to that point where we’ve been practicingagainst each other long enough and we’re not hitting anybody else so we’rejust getting tired of everybody.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Things have been different this year, though, especially at University of Phoenix Stadium.The Cardinals are 6-1 at home, with point differentials of 4, 16, 14, 3, 13, 29 and 20 in their wins. That comes out to just more than 14 points a game, or two touchdowns. Including their lone loss, the Cardinals are outscoring opponents 27.6 to 17 at home. They are one of seven teams to score at least 20 points in every home game this season.The defense has been especially effective in the Grand Canyon State, tallying 23 sacks and 15 turnovers while not yet allowing a 100-yard rusher. In fact, the Cardinals have allowed fewer than 15 points in five of seven home contests. “I think point differential does speak highly of a football team,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “I think it’s becoming a tough place to come play because most of our big leads are at home because our defense is scoring and our offense is starting to set the pace early in most of these ball games.“I think it says that we have a pretty good football team.”Whether the football team will be good enough to make the playoffs remains to be seen, though with three games left it does not look too promising. At 8-5, the Cardinals are currently the seventh seed in the NFC, one game back of both the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers, each of whom they are battling for a Wild Card spot. TEMPE, Ariz. — No one has ever complained about a win, but that does not mean some wins are not better than others.There’s something to be said for a comfortable margin of victory, after all. In 2011, when the Arizona Cardinals won eight games, the average margin of victory was 4.25 points. Last season, three of the team’s five wins were by four points or less. Point is, rarely have the Cardinals made it easy on themselves or their fans. Since the NFL moved to a 16-game schedule, the Cardinals have never won seven home games in a season. Their last game at UofP Stadium is in Week 17 against the 49ers. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Not making the postseason would be a disappointing end to what has been a very pleasing season, especially coming off a 2012 campaign that featured more losses by 14 or more (7) than wins (5).“It’s just fun being on a good football team,” quarterback Carson Palmer said after Sunday’s win. “It’s fun being in that locker room with that group of guys. With this coaching staff we have fun. We work hard. We enjoy each other. “We enjoy watching our defense play the way that they did tonight. They enjoy watching us. So it’s been a really fun year, and we just want to keep it rolling.”No matter where this season ends up, the difference is night and day compared to last year.Then again, even if the road ahead of them may not be a smooth one, at least the Cardinals are still driving. With three games left they are in contention, and that matters.“That’s what it’s all about, though,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “At the beginning of the year all we wanted was an opportunity, and this opportunity is right here; we’re just knocking on the door. So we just have to do our part and let the rest take care of itself.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander started his bye week by stopping by Phoenix Children’s Hospital to present a check on behalf of the team. The Cardinals gave $10,000 to Give-A-Thon benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Along with challenging his teammates and all Birdgang fans, Alexander also said he was going to donate an undisclosed amount. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals tasted defeat for the first time in 2014, falling to the Denver Broncos 41-20 Sunday. The Cardinals lost quarterback Drew Stanton (concussion), defensive end Calais Campbell (knee) and defensive back Patrick Peterson (ankle) during the game. Heading into Week 6, the Cardinals are faced with the very real possibility of having to start rookie Logan Thomas at quarterback. Thomas did play a little more than a quarter against the Broncos, completing just 1-of-8 passes, but that completion was an 81-yard touchdown strike to Andre Ellington.The St. Louis Rams dug themselves a hole, falling behind 34-7 before an Austin Davis-led rally fell short in a 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Davis, who threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, drove the Rams into Philadelphia territory on St. Louis’ final possession, but couldn’t get them into the end zone. Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks went to Washington and beat the Redskins 27-17. Russell Wilson ran for 122 yards and a touchdown, setting a record for most rushing yards by a quarterback on Monday Night Football. The third-year pro also had two touchdown passes in the Seahawks’ triumph.Week 6 Schedule• Washington Redskins (1-3) vs. Arizona Cardinals (3-1) – Sunday 1:25 p.m. – University of Phoenix Stadium (FOX) • Dallas Cowboys (3-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (3-1) – Sunday 1:25 p.m. – CenturyLink Field (FOX)• San Francisco 49ers (3-2) vs. St. Louis Rams (1-3) – Monday 5:30 p.m – Edward Jones Dome (ESPN) All four NFC West teams were back in action in Week 5. Two were victorious, two were not.The San Francisco 49ers appear to have righted the ship after a 1-2 start as they scratched out a 22-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Santa Clara. The Niners’ defense held KC to just 265 yards of offense and their offense enjoyed an efficient, unspectacular afternoon. Colin Kaepernick hit Stevie Johnson on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and kicker Phil Dawson booted five field goals in San Francisco’s second straight win. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 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 impact