<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Wednesday, January 4, 2017 NCL extends the holidays with 500 reasons to sail TORONTO — Norwegian Cruise Line’s new offers for the new year, available through Jan. 6, now includes onboard credit of up to US$500 in addition to the Free at Sea promotion now with shore excursions credits in unlimited ports of call.When booking Free at Sea for a three-day or longer cruise in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite stateroom clients will receive $140 in onboard credits and have the choice between two free (out of five) onboard amenities, including unlimited open bar, free Specialty Dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, a free 250-minute WiFi package, or Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free offer that includes third and fourth guests of all ages sailing free on more than 350 cruise departure dates.Studio and Inside staterooms receive one free offer plus up to $50 for onboard credits. Guests who book a suite or The Haven by Norwegian will get up to $3,300 in added value including $500 in onboard credit and all five of the amenities free.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe newly renovated Pride of America, starting from Honolulu and sailing year-round, includes unique Free at Sea offers with onboard credits. From now through Jan. 16, booking a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise on the Pride of America in any stateroom will give guests the option for one of five offers to experience, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with the opportunity to choose a reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free Specialty Dining Package, free pre-paid service for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norewegian’s Kids Sail Free with the third and fourth guests sailing free on select dates. Booking a suite will allow access to all five offers. Some restrictions apply. See ncl.com. Tags: NCL, Promotions Share Travelweek Group
Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii, Openings & Renovations Now open: The Residences at Waikiki Beach Tower HONOLULU — Aqua-Aston Hospitality has announced that The Residences at Waikiki Beach Tower, located on Waikiki’s iconic Kalakaua Avenue, is now open following an extensive multi-million-dollar transformation.Previously known as Aston Waikiki Beach Tower, the oceanfront resort is just steps from Waikiki Beach. In addition to its sought-after location, The Residences offers guests a luxe, private-living experience with only four residences per floor.Each two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence comes equipped with separate living and dining areas, a full kitchen, and a balcony with 180-degree beach views. A remodel of each residence was completed that included new flooring throughout, island-living furniture, chef-inspired kitchens, and four- and five-piece, spa-like master bathrooms.Millions were also invested in the public spaces, including an open-air recreation deck overlooking the beach from the fourth floor, complete with a new fitness centre, motion studio, and shower facilities. There’s also a new sunset deck with fire pits, a jet spa and children’s pool, a new kitchen facility with an expanded dining area and barbeque grills, and a new air-conditioned Aloha Lounge, complete with ample seating, a supersized flatscreen television, and a Hawaii-themed book collection.In addition to the facility improvements, guests can also look forward to new amenities like arrangements for luxury airport transfers, in-room spa services, family services (babysitting referrals and kid-friendly amenities) and special guest experiences like hula and ukulele lessons.Upon opening, The Residences at Waikiki Beach Tower will join the ranks of Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s Instinct Collection brand. For more information, visit TheResidencesAtWaikikiBeach.com. Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Posted by
MONTREAL — Following a year of record growth in 2017, with over 18.2 million passengers representing a 9.5% increase over 2016, Montréal-Trudeau airport (YUL) is anticipating further growth this year thanks to new services and destinations.The airport will welcome five new destinations from Montreal in 2018, all served by Air Canada. These include Tokyo (from June 1, year-round); Bucharest (from June 7, summer only); Baltimore and Pittsburgh (from May 17, year-round); and Victoria (from June 22, summer only);The airport will also welcome low-cost carrier Level-France, its 34th carrier and 22nd international airline. It will offer a thrice-weekly flight from Montreal to Paris Orly from July 2 to Nov. 3.In terms of capacity, the total number of seats offered will rise 6%, with 8% growth for the international sector. Added seat capacity for the season come courtesy of several carriers, including Interjet (+52%), Air Transat (+18%), Air China (+10%) and Air Canada (+8%).More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsAdded seat capacity was announced for many destinations, especially for international service, including Tel Aviv (+52%), Mexico City (+21%), and Paris (+4%). The number of weekly flights to Lisbon will double for the summer.Lastly, several international carriers will increase their flight frequency for the summer season, including Tunisair (four flights/week), Air China (six flights/week to Beijing), and Air Algérie (eight flights/week).“Travellers from Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec will have access to a record number of international destinations this summer,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “Montréal-Trudeau is, more than ever, a gateway for discovering the world!”Rainville also noted that the inaugural flight to Tokyo in June will be a third direct link with Asia, a continent that was not served until just recently.“We are continuing to move steadily forward, with sustained growth and a constant focus on providing our passengers and partners with a vibrant, pleasant and safe airport environment.”More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthProportionately speaking, Montréal-Trudeau is the most international of all Canadian airports. This year, it will service 146 destinations, a record 89 of which are international. For more go to admtl.com. Record growth continues at YUL, with five new destinations this summer << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Montreal-Trudeau International Airport Share Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, March 29, 2018
DENVER — Where were you in 1969? Starting in New York City all those years ago, the U.S. tourism industry mega-event now known as IPW is rolling out the red carpet in Denver this week for its 50th installment, at IPW 2018.Tourism industry partners and media here are celebrating the half-century mark for IPW. Those three little letters have a powerful bearing, headlining a conference that forges strong trade relations and ultimately generates US$4.7 billion in international travel to the U.S.“IPW is known by our U.S. suppliers and international buyers as an event not to be missed,” says Roger Dow, President and CEO of US Travel Association. “This is a spectacular opportunity for buyers and sellers to do business in a convenient location and we are very pleased to be welcomed by the city of Denver this year.”Dow assured delegates that Brand USA will be around for a long time – despite stories circulating in May 2017 that a budget proposal from President Trump had put Brand USA on the chopping block – and will continue to expand on the various international markets.Attending this year’s IPW are nearly 6,000 participants from over 70 countries, including 1,300 buyers, with some 100,000 business appointments scheduled between suppliers and buyers.Always a star performer for the U.S., Canada continues to bring in big numbers, easily retaining its position as the country’s biggest market with more than 20 million visitors each year. Mexico is in second place with 17.6 million expected in 2018, followed by the UK and Japan with 4.4 and 3.6 million respectively.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAccording to the latest Oxford Economics Brand USA study, Canadian visitors were more numerous in 2017 with a 5% increase to 20.3 million, after falling 7% in 2016 due to the weakening of the Canadian dollar.According to the report, 2018 figures are expected to increase by 4%, bringing the number of Canadian travelers to 21.1 million.What inspires Canadians to travel south of the border? According to the study, the top 5 motivators are: art of living (61%), culture and historical heritage (55%), beaches and water activities (43%), gastronomy (43%) and urban life (40%).The study also pinpointed the top 10 favorite Canadian destinations: California (43%), New York (38%), Florida (34%), Hawaii (16%), Nevada (16%), Alaska (14%), Texas (13%), Washington (13%), Arizona (10%) and Maine (9%).The destination that stands to benefit most from this week’s IPW is, of course, Denver. Based on econometric analyzes of past IPW conferences conducted by Rockport Analytics, Denver and the surrounding area can expect 700,000 new international visitors over the next three years, generating more than $1.5 billion in local economic benefits.The State of Colorado says it’s aiming to exceed one million international visitors thanks to IPW 2018.Among the many cities using IPW as a global platform for destination news, New York & Company presented ‘2019: A Monumental Year for New York City’. “With blockbuster openings, historic anniversaries and big events, 2019 will be a monumental year for New York City,” said NYC & Company president and CEO Fred Dixon.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesNew York City’s largest development since Rockefeller Center in the early 20th century, Hudson Yards is now rising in the 21st century to its west (hudsonyardsnewyork.com). When complete Hudson Yards will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops, a collection of dining experiences, 14 acres of public space, an Equinox branded luxury hotel, Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel, and the multi-arts centre The Shed (theshed.org).New York City posted a record $45 billion in visitor spending and $65 billion in economic impact in 2017, reinforcing its position as the largest tourism economy in the U.S., as well as the country’s number one international destination.Dow is already looking ahead to IPW 2019. “This year the conference is celebrating its 50th birthday and it will probably be in the next 50 years,” said Dow.The 51st IPW will be held in Anaheim, June 1 – 5, 2019. And after that? Here’s the IPW lineup for the next few years: Las Vegas, May 30 – June 3, 2020; Chicago, April 24 – 28, 2021; Orlando, June 4 – 8, 2022; San Antonio, May 20 – 24, 2023; and L.A., May 4 – 8, 2024. Share Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Tags: Conference, Denver, IPW << Previous PostNext Post >> IPW 2018 in Denver: Nothing can stop the U.S. tourism industry, even in challenging times By: Gwendoline Duval
HONG KONG — Talk about a holiday sale.Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific accidentally promoted select business-class tickets at economy prices on its website earlier this week. The pricing faux-pas included premium return fares from Vietnam to Canada and the U.S. starting as low as US$675 in August, a fraction of what it would usually cost to fly the long-haul journey in first class.The unbelievably discounted rates were first announced by travel blogger Gary Leff on his blog https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/ on Dec. 31. He wrote at the time:“Since we don’t know for certain how Cathay will feel about such a deep discount airfare sale, whether they might get seller’s remorse, I’d wait a few days after buying additional travel or making additional non-refundable plans around the fare.”Hurry: Cathay Pacific Business Class Back to Several US Cities From $675 https://t.co/ldy3wXh01z— gary leff (@garyleff) December 31, 2018By Jan. 2, all fares appeared to return to their original price, with business-class roundtrip tickets from Da Nang to New York priced at approximately $16,000 for travel in July and September.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Although the accidental fares were posted for less than 48 hours, many travellers still took advantage and booked flights. But after the airline noticed its blunder, passengers were left wondering if Cathay would honour the fares.As Leff wrote on his website, “The US Department of Transportation no longer requires airlines to honor mistake fares. All they have to do is cover non-refundable costs travelers incur in reliance on a purchased fare if they decide to cancel. And even that could take a fight.”But Cathay Pacific put all fears to rest by stating on its Twitter and Facebook pages Wednesday that it would still welcome passengers that bought tickets during its unintentional ‘sale’.Happy 2019 all, and to those who bought our good – VERY good surprise ‘special’ on New Year’s Day, yes – we made a mistake but we look forward to welcoming you on board with your ticket issued. Hope this will make your 2019 ‘special’ too!.#promisemadepromisekept #lessonlearnt— Cathay Pacific (@cathaypacific) January 2, 2019“Happy 2019 all, and to those who bought our good – VERY good surprise ‘special’ on New Year’s Day, yes – we made a mistake but we look forward to welcoming you on board with your ticket issued. Hope this will make your 2019 ‘special’ too!” the airline wrote on Twitter, ending the tweet with the hashtags #promisemadepromisekept and #lessonlearnt.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSo there you have it. For all those who’ll be flying Business Class for just a few bucks, kick back, enjoy and happy new year! Cathay accidentally sells Business Class tix at Economy prices Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Travelweek Group Share Posted by Tags: Cathay Pacific, Funny, sale << Previous PostNext Post >>
Related posts:Suspected US serial child predator taught at American Nicaraguan School Peru nabs Costa Rican ‘black widow’ wanted by FBI Costa Rican ex-lawmaker Justo Orozco faces another criminal complaint for alleged sexual abuse Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault Charley Hollin, 59, a U.S. man wanted by the FBI on charges of alleged kidnapping, child molestation and unlawfaul flight to avoid prosecution is believed to be hiding in a Latin American country, and he could be in Costa Rica.According to the FBI, on Jan. 20, 1999, Hollin allegedly abducted a 10-year-old girl from Seymour, Indiana, outside a local girls’ club and later sexually assaulted her at knife point. After the attack, Hollin allegedly forced the unclothed victim to leave his car.An arrest warrant was issued in the state of Indiana on Feb. 3, 2000, on two counts of confinement and three counts of child molestation. Additionally, on April 5, 2007, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court, District of Indiana, after Hollin was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, an FBI report stated.FBI agents believe Hollin might be hiding in Costa Rica as he enjoys the outdoors, boating, water-skiing, sports cars and has previously raised cattle. He claims to be a devout Pentecostal and a private detective.“He also professed to have fake hair pieces, mustaches and other means of disguising his true identity, as well as exhibiting a badge to others indicating that he is a police officer,” the report stated.On Monday, a local Interpol office in San José said they had not received any alerts regarding the alleged presence of Hollin in the country.The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tips can be reported to Interpol, located in San José’s Judicial Investigation Police facilities, by calling: 800-8000-645, or to the U.S. Embassy in San José at: 2519-2000. Facebook Comments
Travelers between the city of Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo in the Nicoya Peninsula will have to wait three weeks for ferry service to resume. The bridge and dock ramp to access the ferry in Playa Naranjo collapsed on Sunday, forcing ferry ownerCoonatramar to suspend the service.Strong winds and a choppy sea destroyed the structures. Some 20 passengers that were on the ferry Sunday had to be transported to the dock in small boats. Nobody was injured.Poor weather conditions on Monday prevented technical staff from the Public Works and Transport Ministry’s (MOPT) from inspecting the damage.“They will try again today and if bad weather conditions persist they will keep trying every day,” MOPT spokesman Juan Carlos González said Tuesday.Officials estimate that a temporary solution will be ready in up to three weeks, while permanent repairs will take at least two months.The ferry service is used by many tourists traveling to and from hotels and beach destinations in the Nicoya Peninsula, and by residents of the communities of Jicaral, Lepanto, Cabo Blanco, San Pedro, Coyote, Canjel and Dominical.Alternate routes to get from Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo include taking the Puntarenas-Paquera ferry and then traveling by road to Playa Naranjo. The trip on a gravel road takes up to two hours.Another option is to do the entire trip by road through La Amistad bridge, which takes up to six hours.For those traveling to the Nicoya peninsula from the capital, the company ARSA offers bus service.Buses make the 275 kilometers (171 miles) trip between San José and Jicaral in about six hours at a cost of ₡4,050 ($7.50) roundtrip. The ARSA bus station is located in downtown San José on Calle 12, Ave. 7-9, next to Hotel Don Tobías. Bilingual staff are not available. Strong gusts and rough seas on Sunday collapsed the dock in Playa Naranjo in the Nicoya Peninsula. (Via MOPT) Facebook Comments Related posts:Ferry service between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo will resume by Holy Week, MOPT promises Ferry service between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo to restart on Sunday Paquera ferry adjusts schedule Ramp collapse causes closure of Nicoya ferry
Facebook Comments All across Costa Rica, thousands of worshipers gathered in churches and plazas on Friday to joinlas procesiones, religious parades that honor the life of Jesus Christ. The queue was a mix of Roman soldiers, robed apostles, winged angels and a mannequin representing the messiah himself.Founded in Spain and celebrated throughout Latin America, the processions are an essential part of Holy Week. While hordes of Ticos migrate to Pacific and Caribbean beaches for seven straight days of parties, traditional towns stage their own reenactments of the crucifixion.The Tico Times attended one such performance in downtown San José, followed by a funeral march in San Miguel de Escazú. Traditionally, the crucifixion takes place in the morning, followed by church services, then a mournful promenade at sunset. Despite two earthquakes, the processions went on without incident. Related posts:PHOTOS: A Holy Week children’s procession in Heredia PHOTOS: Palm Sunday in an indigenous Guatemala town Catholics look to hold their ground to rising number of evangelicals in Latin America Pope Francis in Cuba: Mass before a packed Revolution Square
Top Stories JetBlue Airways Corp., which flies out of JFK, said it has canceled more than 1,000 flights from Sunday through Wednesday morning.American Airlines and American Eagle canceled 140 flights Sunday and canceled another 1,431 flights Monday through Wednesday due to Hurricane Sandy, the company said.US Airways said it had suspended all operations at the three New York airports Sunday evening and Monday and at Philadelphia and Washington on Monday.Disruptions on the East Coast of the U.S. also impact international carriers. Air France has canceled four Monday flights into JFK and two departures. Lufthansa canceled three flights to the Northeast and one flight out of Newark.South Korean flag carrier Korean Air delayed a flight scheduled to leave Incheon International Airport for JFK on Monday by 22 hours. Asiana Airlines delayed its JFK flight from Seoul by 26 hours. Hong Kong’s Cathay canceled two Monday flights to New York. A total of 8 flights out of Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to New York, Newark and Washington were canceled.Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph as of Sunday afternoon, was blamed for 65 deaths in the Caribbean before it began churning up the Eastern Seaboard. It was expected to hook left toward the mid-Atlantic coast and come ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, most likely in New Jersey, colliding with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic. Experts say the rare hybrid storm that results will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Cancellations are mounting. According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, more than 7,600 flights had been canceled for Sunday and Monday as of late Sunday evening. Both Philadelphia International Airport and Newark International Airport, a hub for United Airlines, each had more than 1,200 cancellations for the two days.The disruption spread to Asia where numerous airlines canceled or rescheduled flights to New York and Washington from cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea. Flight cancelations from European cities also mounted.At New York’s LaGuardia on Sunday, crowds filled the American Airlines terminal near midday, with families sitting on the floor waiting for a flight out _ any flight out. A few travelers were sitting at a bar having a beer, watching football. Others nervously paced before flight information boards showing canceled flights, hoping their flight wouldn’t be added to that list. It was almost double the normal crowd. Travelers were calm, but anxious.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs five airports in the area, said it expects all carriers to cease operations Sunday night. It advised passengers to check with their carriers before heading to the airport. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The vital role family plays in society 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments Share Sponsored Stories Passengers on Sunday were reporting multi-hour wait times at airline call centers.Eileen Merberg, 50, was booked on a United flight from her home in Rochester, N.Y. to New Orleans, connecting at Washington D.C.’s Dulles airport.First, the airline sent her an automated message via email saying that her Washington flight was canceled and that she had been rebooked on a flight through Newark. About an hour later that flight was canceled. Another email informed her she was rebooked through Chicago.By that point, she already had told the higher education conference that she was scheduled to speak at that she wouldn’t be coming. She tried to cancel her flight but United’s phone lines were jammed. First she waited 62 minutes before her phone battery died. After recharging, she then spent 45 minutes on hold before a recording told her it would be at least another hour before a customer service employee would be available.“Then I hung up,” Merberg said.Sandy is expected to make landfall Monday, likely in New Jersey. Already, nearly 5,600 flights have been canceled, more than 2,500 of those at Newark, LaGuardia Kennedy airports, according to FlightAware.A spokesman for United Airlines parent United Continental Holdings Inc. said the carrier has suspended an unspecified number of flights to New York and Washington-area airports beginning Sunday evening with plans to resume Tuesday as conditions permit. NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines hastily canceled flights in the Northeast Sunday as Hurricane Sandy moved up the coast. The massive storm threatens to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days in a key region for both domestic and international flights.Major carriers such as American Airlines, JetBlue and Delta planned Sunday night to cancel all flights into and out of three area airports in New York, the nation’s busiest airspace. Delays rippled across the U.S. and the Atlantic, affecting travelers in cities such as San Francisco, Chicago and Paris.
Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Huang Can, the editor-in-chief blamed by journalists for carrying out the changes ordered by the censors for the New Year’s edition, had been removed from approving the final edition of the issue on Thursday, Jan. 10. Instead, Wang Genghui, another executive of Nanfang Media Group, signed off on the final pages before they were sent for print.The South China Morning Post reported that Wang again oversaw this week’s Thursday edition. The Associated Press was not been able to verify that independently. Wang’s temporary assignment could signal Huang’s eventual departure from the weekly, or a tactic by the government to calm the dispute.Members of the editorial staff could not be reached for comment Friday because they had been asked not to talk to the foreign media.Calls to the newspaper and its parent company, Nanfang Media Group, were either unanswered or not returned.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Parents, stop beating yourself up Journalists at the Southern Weekly said the mistakes resulted from last-minute changes made by censors who ignored a usual review by the paper’s editorial department. The journalists used the errors to air their frustration and draw attention to how heavy censorship changed the paper’s New Year’s message from a call for constitutionalism into a tribute to the Communist Party.Journalists had threatened to go on strike, but the tension fizzled after the editorial staff and the censors reached a compromise that would relax some intrusive controls while keeping much of the censorship in place. Public calls for the ouster of the region’s top censor were ignored, and the newspaper was published last Thursday with no hint of the dispute.On Thursday, the paper ran a correction at the bottom of the second page to fix three glitches from the New Year’s edition: a typo, a wrong date and an erroneous numbering of the edition. But there was more: The journalists also made their first _ though oblique and mild _ reference in print to the censorship dispute.“Newspaper mistakes are always in black and white. In every link of editing and publishing a newspaper, its standard process should always be respected and followed. We have never been more keenly aware of this,” read the correction signed by the editorial staff. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – A Chinese weekly newspaper whose editorial staff had a rare but short-lived revolt against censorship issued a correction for mistakes that were blamed on censors and helped fuel the dispute.The correction came as a bookend to a dispute in which journalists tested the boundaries of state censorship and in which China’s ruling Communist Party showed that it is not ready to loosen its tight grip on the media.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Affairs Anne Richard speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia Monday, June 1, 2015. Richard said resettlement in a third country is not the answer to the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia and called for Myanmar citizenship to be given to Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution there. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul) Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “One thing that was really good was that Myanmar was there and stayed for the whole meeting and was very engaged,” said Richard, who attended the meeting. “We hope Myanmar will stay engaged.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Richard said 18-24 months would be a more realistic time frame for the United States to resettle refugees.But she warned that only a small fraction of the world’s refugees will be resettled, mainly including torture victims, widows and orphans or those with medical needs.“Resettlement is not the solution for most refugees on Earth,” she said. “The most important solution is people don’t have to leave their country in the first place.”Richard earlier visited some 1,100 Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants who arrived in northern Malaysia by boats last month. She said the immigrants were detained in fairly modern and clean buildings at a facility in northern Kedah state.“They are safe right now, but it was clear to me that those people have gone through a terrible, terrible experience. They are not in good shape in terms of their general well-being. They don’t know what’s going to happen to them next,” she said, calling for their status to be reviewed quickly by Malaysian authorities.Richard also said she was encouraged that Myanmar attended an emergency conference on the boat people in Bangkok that drew 17 regional countries on Friday. The meeting ended with no major breakthroughs in how to resolve the crisis, but was praised as a good first step in getting the countries to talk face-to-face about the crisis. How do cataracts affect your vision? Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Monday that resettlement in a third country is not the answer to the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia and called for Myanmar to give citizenship to Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution there.Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland. Sponsored Stories “The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution,” she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia.“At the moment, there is tremendous persecution and oppression of the Rohingyas in Rakhine state. They do not have citizenship and we are concerned about their human rights,” she said.Since early May, more than 4,600 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been brought ashore from Southeast Asian waters. Several thousand more are believed to still be at sea after human smugglers abandoned their boats amid a regional crackdown.Some are Bangladeshis who left their impoverished homeland in hope of finding jobs abroad. But many are Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which has denied them basic rights, including citizenship, and confined more than 100,000 to camps. There are more than 1 million Rohingya living in the country formerly known as Burma.Malaysia and Indonesia, which initially pushed away boats carrying the migrants, recently said they would give temporary shelter to the boat people on condition that they are resettled within a year. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Either way, there is no doubt the North is actively promoting its space program to its people as a symbol of national accomplishment and prestige.Mock-ups, big and small, of the blue-and-white Unha-3 rocket launched three years ago are common in Pyongyang. Children climb on them in playgrounds; they are featured in amusement parks, assembly halls and even flower exhibitions. One of the catchiest tunes by North Korea’s most popular singing group — the Moranbong Band — commemorated the launch as evidence of how the nation is single-mindedly roaring off into the future.“The eagerness of our people for space development and conquest is becoming the mainstream of the era and it cannot be dammed up,” Paek said.Yun Chang Hyok, vice chief of the space agency’s research institute, said North Korea is also looking into developing and launching a communications satellite, and sees weather satellites as potentially useful for agricultural forecasting and planning. He said Pyongyang believes investment in space technology is good policy, even in a country like the North that is strapped for resources, because its ripple effects through the economy bring “eightfold” benefits. Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Paek, echoing the North’s often-repeated public statements about its intentions, dismissed any linkage between the space program and weapons development.“Our National Aerospace Development Administration has peaceful objectives,” he said. “America and its impure allies are always trying to persecute us … We will continue launching satellites in the designated place when necessary and whether it is recognized or not. The high dignity of our republic will be exalted.”The North was strongly criticized by Washington and subjected to tougher sanctions by the United Nations after the 2012 rocket launch carrying its first satellite.Most experts believe that launch did in fact place a satellite into orbit, though it’s unclear whether the spacecraft was able to do anything beyond that.Opinion is divided over whether the North’s primary goal was to bolster national pride with a high-profile technological achievement or, as Washington maintains, to move a step closer toward being able to field a long-range missile that could threaten U.S. cities. It could be a combination of both, as was the case with the United States and the Soviet Union during their own Cold War space race years. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories “We are developing a more advanced Earth observation satellite and when it’s complete, before launching it, we will inform international organizations and other countries,” Paek Chang Ho, vice director of the scientific research and development department of the North’s space agency, said in the interview.Paek did not provide further details of what the satellite will do, how close it is to completion, when development began or when the next launch might be.Speculation the North may be planning a rocket launch to mark the 70th anniversary this October of the ruling Korean Workers Party heated up after the release of recent satellite imagery at North Korea’s Sohae rocket launch site. Analysts at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies say the images show significant new construction.Concern has also been rising over North Korea’s weapons development.The North recently claimed it tested a new type of missile from a submarine and reiterated that it had built a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile. Outside analysts are skeptical about both claims, but they believe the North has built a small but growing nuclear bomb arsenal and advanced its missile program since international nuclear disarmament talks stalled in early 2009. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories TOKYO (AP) — North Korean space agency officials say the country is developing a more advanced Earth observation satellite and are defending their right to conduct rocket launches whenever they see fit, despite protests by the United States and others that the launches are aimed primarily at honing military-use technologies.The North launched its first and only satellite in 2012. The claim that it is working on another, made in an interview last week with an AP Television crew in Pyongyang, comes amid a flurry of attention to the country’s fledgling space agency, including a visit by leader Kim Jong Un to a new satellite control center that was repeatedly broadcast on North Korean TV early last month. “Outer space is becoming more of crucial part of people’s lives,” he said. “It is impossible to establish a powerful country without the development of space technology.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home A bulldozer of the Hungarian Defence Force is used to prepare the terrain for the building of at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast from Budapest, Monday, July 13, 2015. The fence is meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants, the government said Monday. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories “A daily average of 1,000 illegal border crossers are arriving in Hungary, so illegal immigration has become a severe problem and its control a prominent task,” the ministries said.Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Hungary was committed to building the fence, which it says is a temporary measure.The mayor of Morahalom, Zoltan Nogradi, said he had not been told in advance about the start of construction, but welcomed the initiative.“There has been no better idea to resolve this untenable situation,” said Nogradi, who is from the governing Fidesz party.Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto had said earlier the 4-meter (13-foot) high fence would be built first in the eight to 10 areas “most exposed to the immigration pressure” along the 175-kilometer (109-mile) long border between Hungary and Serbia.Around 80,000 migrants and refugees have reached Hungary so far this year. About 80 percent of them are from war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.Most of them request asylum, but they quickly go to other, wealthier European Union countries like Germany and Sweden before their requests are settled.Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government is staunchly opposed to immigration from outside Europe. The U.N.’s refugee agency and other groups have criticized the government for its anti-immigrant billboard campaign and a questionnaire sent to voters linking migration with terrorism. BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has begun building a fence on the country’s southern border with Serbia, meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants, the government said Monday.Military personnel began working on a 150-meter (490-foot) “sample section” Monday morning on the outskirts of the town of Morahalom, where a bulldozer and other heavy machinery were preparing the ground for construction, according to a joint statement from the interior and defense ministries. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home
Aircruise UK company, Seymourpowell has released a revolutionary new travel and transportation concept called Aircruise, which has been likened to a hotel in the sky. Standing at 265 metres tall from base to tip, the Aircruise is powered by natural energy and it features penthouse apartments, stylish bars and an array of glass viewing floors. The Jetson-esque hotel is capable of lifting 396 tonnes and has been designed for a maximum of 100 passengers. Nick Talbot, design director at Seymourpowell, said the concept presents an alternative vision of the future, where ‘slow is the new fast’.”The Aircruise concept questions whether the future of luxury travel should be based around space-constrained, resource hungry, and all too often stressful airline travel, Mr Talbot said. “A more serene transport experience will appeal to people looking for a more reflective journey, where the experience of travel itself is more important than getting from A to B quickly.” Lifted by hydrogen and powered by solar energy, the Aircruise concept would be both beneficial to travellers and economically friendly. “The physics of the airship requires a gigantic volume of lifting gas, yet simultaneously demands a relatively limited amount of weight. “This allows for a potentially large amount of space with relatively few people onboard – a luxury for any traveller,” Mr Talbot said. The company has designed a detailed technical specification for the project which it believes is “achievable”. It is been estimated that the Aircruise will have to the capability to travel from London to New York in approximately 37 hours with a cruising speed without tail or headwind of 100 to 150 km/h. There will be six flight crew members and 14 support staff.Korean giant Samsung Construction and Trading is also behind the project Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
Flight Centre’s net profit more than tripled in the 12 months to June 30 due to a healthy increase in ticket sales and improved margins. The company reported net profit after tax (NPAT) of $139.87 million in 2009/10, up 266.5% from its $38.2 million profit in the previous corresponding period. “FLT’s results and achievements in several areas during 2009/10 have surpassed those of any other year,” Managing Director Graham Turner told the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). “Despite the fact that global economic conditions have not yet fully recovered, customer enquiry was at strong levels and more tickets were sold than ever before.”Mr Turner also announced that Flight Centre’s earnings before interest and tax totaled $203.5 million, a 665% increase from $26.6 million reported last year. ”Despite some ongoing volatility,” Flight Centre told the ASX that it expects further profit growth in the 2010/11 period. Flight Centre has announced an ambitious profit target of between $220 million and $240 million (before tax) for the fiscal 2011 period. “While it is extremely difficult to forecast results at this early stage, we will be disappointed if we don’t improve on last year, given the momentum established in 2009/10 in most countries and most businesses,” Mr Turner said. “After successfully moving away from tiered supplier contracts in recent years, we have again sought fixed margins in our contracts globally for 2010/11 and have generally achieved our goal.” Flight Centre declared a final dividend of 44 cents. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tibetan travel agents have reported that the Chinese government has closed off Tibet to international tourists, as the anti-government riots in Lhasa approaches its third anniversary. Travel agencies said the area has been shut down to foreign visitors until after April and even expects visas into Tibet to take up to ten days to receive approval. A Beijing Youth Travel Service saleswoman Li Jianyue told the source that the government verbally ordered agents to cease travel plans into Tibet, News.com reported.”A few days ago, they told us not to organise the foreign groups this month,” Ms Jianyue said. However, Jardin Secret Hotel receptionist told the source that it is likely that the ban could last up to three months.”This has grown into a yearly practice around March 14 every year,” the woman who wished to remain anonymous said. However, a few extra months is slim compared to the 12 month implement by the government after the 2008 riots which left up to 22 people dead.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Government imposed regulations and emissions taxes are among the top issues that will hurt air travel over 2012, according to a recent industry research.A bi-annual Sabre Airlines Solutions survey of up to 80 regional and global carriers worldwide found that 72 percent of respondents agreed that Government regulations would affect the industry this year.Among the largest concerns is the recently launched EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) tax which requires carriers flying into the European region to pay a certain amount for its carbon emissions.The tax sits on top of the UK’s ADP tax which charges airlines by the distance. Carriers responding to the survey explained the imposed taxes continue to threaten the cost of travel which results in a reduction in travel demand and causes an unstable economic environment.Sabre chief executive Sam Gilliland said the Government’s should consider alternative policies to reduce carbon emissions rather than charge airlines who are already investing heavily to reduce their own carbon emissions.“…governments would be better placed having more sustainable policies, such as incentives for the research and development of alternative fuels and adopting policies around NextGen air traffic control,” the CEO stressed.Tight airport security is also playing a role in hurting air travel, according to the report, with 59 percent of respondents explaining waiting in queues is putting a damper on demand, while 81 percent of airlines say fuel will bring them down in 2012.On a more positive note, customer loyalty and retention is a challenge airlines have pinned to have positive impact on air travel this year as well as IT investment and revenue/yield.“Travel plays such a critically important role in a healthy global economy and we should all be focused on finding ways to make travel easier and more accessible without compromising security and the health of the industry,” Sabre’s head added. “While some global governments are grappling with how to solve economic problems, they must remember to not bite the hand that feeds them.”
Cruise Whitsundays is gearing up for its move to Port Airlie on September 6th where they will have a custom built maritime terminal to themselves.Construction commenced on the terminal in February 2014 and it features check-in and conveyor belts for baggage, a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, a git shop and waiting areas.Cruise Whitsundays chief executive Nick Hortle said that the new terminal is putting a spring in the cruise liner’s step.“Our new maritime terminal sets new standards for the marine tourism experience in the region, with seamless operations flowing from check in to departure, and for our arriving guests,” Mr Hortle said.“This is a truly impressive welcoming statement for tourists to the area, and an excellent base for launching day cruises and resort connections from the mainland,” he said.Cruise Whitsundays admin staff will move into the terminal next week.Source = ETB News: Tom Neale