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Jewish group honors Christian Poles who rescued Jews in WWII

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first_img Top Stories “You represent the very best in Polish society. You are heroes,” Stanlee Stahl, the foundation’s executive vice president, said as she stood before them. “It is so important to acknowledge the courage and heroism of the righteous, for each of you saved the honor of humanity.”Poland was the only country under Nazi occupation where non-Jews caught helping Jews and their entire families were punished with death. Once home to Europe’s largest Jewish population, about 3.3 million before the war, Poland also has the largest number of non-Jews recognized as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem.“You will always be remembered in our prayers for you made it possible for generations to be born and to live,” Stahl said, her voice cracking.They are often referred to as “Righteous Gentiles,” and are people who lived for decades after the war with little recognition in Polish society, though in recent years the state has done more to acknowledge them.Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, who knows many of the rescuers, describes them as modest people who don’t consider their actions heroic, and who continued to lead admirable lives of goodness after the war too. “A universal theme is that ‘we did nothing special. We were just normal,’” Schudrich said. “It’s a really important lesson for everyone that helping another human being is normal.”Among those gathered was Janusz Durko, a retired historian who turned 100 in February and who recently finished reading the ancient Greek historian Herodotus for pleasure. During the war he and his wife hid 20 Jews who fled the Warsaw ghetto. He said it was simply the “obvious” thing to do and that he never considered himself courageous.“You had to help a person whose life was at risk,” he said.Another rescuer being honored was Maria Lopuszanska, 86, who fought back tears as she remembered the Jewish woman that she and her family rescued.For decades after the war, the two women were close like sisters, living around the corner from each other. As she was leaving the luncheon hall, she approached the rabbi to bid him farewell, fighting back tears as she told him her “sister” died last year of leukemia.She said she was thankful to the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous for helping pay for the expensive medications that the woman needed before her death. The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jewish officials honored nearly 50 elderly Christian Poles who saved Jews during World War II, praising them as heroes during an event in Warsaw on Sunday organized as an expression of gratitude.The oldest rescuer was 100 and others were in their 80s and 90s, some in wheelchairs or on crutches. They gathered for a luncheon at a luxury hotel in the city center where Poland’s chief rabbi, an Israeli diplomat and a representative of the U.S.-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous paid tribute to them. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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Haiti rocked by magnitude 7 earthquake and 24 aftershocks

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first_imgThousands of lives are expected to be lost after the Caribbean nation of Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday afternoon, and while the search for survivors continues many tourists are also among those missing.Several hotels have collapsed with the aftershocks, including the Hotel Montana popular with American and European tourists, where 300 people were believed to have been inside, 100 have managed to escape, leaving 200 missing.The final death toll is believed to be very high, though an estimate is hard to produce with thousands still missing, the Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN that the death toll could be “well over 100,000”, while the international Red Cross estimates that 3 million people will be effected.A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck only 15 kilometres away from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince at nearly five o’clock in the afternoon.  Half of the 24 major aftershocks registered a magnitude of 5.0 to 5.9.Already, the tourism industry has offered its support, with the Caribbean Tourism Organization offering its condolences as well as relief efforts.“It is evident that in the aftermath of this terrible disaster the challenge is to alleviate the suffering,” said the tourism body in a statement.“We at the CTO and throughout our member countries in the Caribbean will be doing whatever is necessary to offer financial and other assistance and to coordinate relief efforts in the days and weeks ahead.” Tourism impactedThe earthquake will likely impact the emerging destination’s tourism growth chances, with recent efforts to push the destination to western tourists now likely stalled.Choice hotels early in this month announced it will be opening two hotels in the country at the resort town of Jacmel, some 25 minutes drive from Port-au-Prince.  The status of these developments is currently unknown.In a push to further tourism infrastructure, the local government recently upgraded its main international airport to include jet-ways and escalators, and also approved expansion plans for a second international airport in the city of Cap-Haitien,There had also been rumours that Best Western and Hilton were interested in new Haitian projects prior to the quake. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/26ecd/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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2013s most desired destinations

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first_imgAsia’s value-for-money has made it a must for British Airways panellists. The holiday season may be coming to an end but travellers are already planning their next vacation and according to a new study, the Asian nations will be among the most desired destinations in 2013. Although British Airways Facebook users selected New York, Australia and Hong Kong as the top destinations to visit in the New Year, the airline has compiled its own hotspots to hop to.A panel of experts using British Airways data listed Sri Lanka, Seoul in South Korea and Vietnam as three of the best travel options for 2013.“Undoubtedly consumers will continue to be driven by value-for-money next year, with routes such as Dubai, Cape Town and Bangkok already proving popular,” British Airways head of UK & Ireland sales Richard Tams said. “We’re also experiencing a real growth in Asia right now and responding to demand with a number of new routes, including Seoul and Sri Lanka.” Other destinations that made the airline’s list included popular favourites such as Las Vegas, Derry in Northern Ireland, Cape Town, San Diego in the United States, Croatia and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, as well as surprising inclusions Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Tbilisi in Georgia, Alicante in Spain and Dubai. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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Maya in Mexico end of the world or giant hoax

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Mexico has profited from the Mayan calendar’s expiration. Image: Chichen Itza Although Mexico’s federal government is not officially recognising the phenomenon, the country’s tourism agency has launched a ‘Mundo Maya 2012’ website with a countdown to December 21.December 21 signals the end of the Mayan calendar and has been predicted as the date of the apocalypse, the beginning of a new age or simply a great excuse to celebrate with friends.200,000 people are expected to visit Chichen Itza, a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya civilization, the Hindustan Times reported.“It’s a psychic epidemic,” Mexican cigar salesman Miguel Coral from Merida said.“It’s all about business, but that’s fine. If it helps our country – I think it’s excellent we’ve exported this idea.”Merida Tourism official Jose May said nobody in Mexico believes the end of the world is coming.“Those people were sold an idea,” Mr May, a Maya descendent himself, said.Maya academics, who have fought to downplay the fuelled hype, say there could still be some surprises.“I think there may be some mischief on December 21 because the whole world is watching,” Maya anthropologist at the University of Kansas John Hoopes said.“It’s a very fertile opportunity for a tremendous prank.”last_img read more

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No commercial flights for GaryChicago Airport

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first_imgChicago’s Gary-Chicago International Airport will be without any commercial services from August this year, after Allegiant Airlines said it would pull its Gary services this year.The airport’s only commercial airline, Allegiant said it would cease its twice weekly Gary and Sanford service on 10 August, leaving the airport with no passenger flights, Chicago Tribune reported.Although disappointed to call it quits, an Allegiant spokesperson said the airline was failing to see strong demand in the market.Based less than an hour’s drive from Chicago, six airlines have now attempted to use the gateway to create a niche service, however, have found it difficult enticing travellers to fly out from the airport.Transportation expert Joseph Schwieterman told the newspaper the public just will not “warm up” to Gary-Chicago and suspects the issue to be a lack of facilities.Hoping renovations could help boost the airport’s appeal, the gateway is expected to undergo a US$167 million runway extension project in December to handle any Boeing or Airbus aircraft.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ Allegiant Airlines axes Gary services. Image: Gary-Chicago Airportlast_img read more

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Virtuoso recognises leaders in sustainable tourism

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first_imgInternational luxury travel network Virtuoso recently recognized Natural Habitat Adventures as a winner of its prestigious Virtuoso Awards honoring the network’s finest travel advisors, agencies and preferred partners. Nat Hab was singled out for its leadership role in sustainable tourism.“We are thrilled to receive this distinguished award. Since our inception in 1985, Natural Habitat Adventures has strived to be a global leader in sustainable travel and ecotourism. Our commitment to these principles runs deep within our company ethos and is manifested throughout our office and field operations. We’re proud to have initiated a number of “industry firsts,” and we continue to push our company and our partners to be sustainability leaders,” said Ted Martens, Vice President of Marketing & Sustainability.The award recognizes Nat Hab’s leadership and commitment to sustainable tourism principles and practices, including the company’s innovative partnership with World Wildlife Fund, their Carbon Pollution Reduction program, the introduction of the planet’s first hybrid safari truck, and support of local communities through the Natural Habitat Foundation.The awards were announced at its gala dinner on Aug. 13 at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which closed the 27th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. Hosted by Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, the gala attracted more than 2,700 attendees, including some of the biggest names in luxury travel.“Virtuoso’s selective acceptance process means that only the world’s top travel professionals are part of our network,” Upchurch said. “Because of that, the peer-to-peer Virtuoso Awards are an especially valued industry recognition.” Natural Habitat AdventuresSource = Natural Habitat Adventureslast_img read more

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TIA recognised for excellence in business support

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first_imgTIA recognised for excellence in business supportThe Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) has won the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation Award at the 2015 AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards.TIA was one of 10 category winners, with the Supreme Award going to Advanced Security Group. A full list of 2015 winners is below.The Awards are the only national performance measure for New Zealand organisations that provide business support. Applications are judged by evaluators from the AUT Business School with oversight from the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.“TIA provides support to large and small businesses in the tourism sector to achieve tangible benefits for the industry and New Zealand. It has been instrumental in developing the Tourism 2025industry growth framework which outlines a clear vision for all tourism operators to work towards. TIA also has strong relationships with central and local government. I was impressed with TIA’s enthusiasm for New Zealand, and the way its communications and processes ensure member bodies are well supported,” category evaluator and AUT Lecturer in Accounting Gillian Craig says.TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says the Award recognises the efforts TIA makes to support its 1500 members and the wider tourism industry.“TIA is the only national, private sector organisation that represents all sectors of the $30 billion tourism industry, including accommodation, transport, activities and attractions. With a membership ranging from large stock exchange listed corporates through to small owner-operated businesses, TIA strives to meet the needs of a diverse business community. This Award is a valuable third party recognition that we are achieving high standards in our sector,” Mr Roberts says.AUT Dean of Business and Law, Professor Geoff Perry says: “These Awards are important to AUT because they allow us to recognise the best providers of business support in New Zealand. Business support organisations and individuals make a significant but often unseen contribution to the performance of businesses, helping behind the scenes with everything from dispute resolution, research and legal services to security, compliance and logistics.  This celebration of the business support sector is a great opportunity for the AUT Business and Law Schools to join with the business community and celebrate excellence.”The Awards were celebrated with a gala dinner at the Langham, Auckland on 29 October, attended by more than 600 business leaders and members of the business community. Tourism Industry Association New ZealandSource = Tourism Industry Association New Zealandlast_img read more

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International event buyers experience regional NSW first hand

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first_imgFifteen international corporate incentive agents and three international journalists will visit Glenworth Valley today as part of a four-day program to showcase the strengths of Sydney and New South Wales (NSW) as world leading destinations for business events.NSW regional economies have benefited to the tune of more than AUD$21 million from major international business events secured by the bureau and held in the state in 2014 and 2015.Business Events Sydney (BESydney) CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the figures demonstrated the allure of NSW’s diverse regions for international conferences, conventions and incentive reward programs – both for their pre- or post-touring opportunities, and for their unique and inspiring team-building activities and backdrops.Importantly, through this activity the business events sector is also helping to support local jobs and businesses.“Business event visitors spend up to 6.5 times more than holiday tourists, so getting them out into the regions is vital,” said Ms Lewis Smith.“Good event facilities, accommodation and leisure activities all help to ‘sell’ regional NSW to business visitors.“It’s our job to showcase the depth and breadth of options available on Sydney’s doorstep to the world, just like we are today,” concluded Ms Lewis-Smith.In Sydney for four days (9-12 December), delegates from India, Korea and Hong Kong will be treated to a bespoke program designed and delivered by BESydney, in partnership with the NSW Government and the convention bureau’s world-class event supplier, attraction and venue partners.The Sydney Educational is part of Dreamtime 2015, Tourism Australia’s premier incentive travel showcase. Held every two years, Dreamtime provides a business, educational and social environment for Australian suppliers to meet with qualified international agents of corporate meetings and incentive programs.“The Asian incentive market has grown strongly over the past few years. We’ve seen 20 per cent year-on-year growth over the past decade in the value of events secured from Asia and this market now accounts for almost half of the business we secure and deliver each year. Our research shows that Asian incentive delegates are also our highest-yielding delegate, outspending holiday visitors by an average of 6.5 times, and up to as much as 9.4 times*,” added Ms Lewis-Smith.Today, as part of their Sydney/NSW program, Dreamtime delegates will travel to Glenworth Valley on the NSW Central Coast. Exploring the 3,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness, the group will take part in quad biking, horse riding and kayaking and finish with a gourmet BBQ of local and seasonal produce.*Reference: Asian incentive events in New South Wales: expenditure and retail impact, Business Events Sydney, May 2015. Business Events SydneySource = Business Events Sydneylast_img read more

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NT a winner at AIME 2017

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first_imgMatt Wright made an impact on the NT Stand at AIME 2017NT a winner at AIME 2017The Northern Territory Convention Bureau and its five NT Stand partners at AIME 2017 enjoyed a very successful show, leveraging off the ‘star appeal’ of VIP guest, chopper pilot, crocodile hunter and TV personality, Matt Wright.Matt is the star of the hit National Geographic WILD TV series, ‘Outback Wrangler’ and he was on the NT Stand for the duration of the first day of AIME, as well as attending the Welcome function on the Monday evening. Matt met with hosted buyers and show visitors in one-on-one in appointments throughout the day. He talked about “his NT” as well as the exciting experiences available through his tour company, Outback Floatplane Adventures, which operates out of Darwin in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Some lucky visitors to the NT Stand also received an autographed copy of Matt’s recently published book, “The Outback Wrangler. True tales of crocs, choppers and shockers”.In addition to the 56 appointments handled by the NT Convention Bureau on the Stand over the two days, the Northern Territory was also a stand-out winner at AIME 2017, taking out the “Best Innovative Stand 2017”. This award acknowledges the use of innovation to further develop the business events industry. As part of its innovative approach in 2017, the NT arranged for brand ambassadors dressed in bespoke NT fashion representing the NT destinations of Darwin, Alice and Uluru to stroll the AIME show floor during the day, inviting visitors to enjoy some warm NT hospitality during AIME’s Tuesday afternoon Networking Hour. The lemon myrtle gins and the mango mojitos served on the NT Stand were a big hit, as were the ‘Taste of the Territory’ platters which provided a selection of NT tastes – kangaroo and emu prosciutto, house-smoked barramundi, olive jam, mango salsa, green ant crusted Persian fetta, pickled okra and damper with lemon myrtle and macadamia dukkah.The NT Convention Bureau was joined at AIME by the Darwin and also the Alice Springs convention centres, accommodation providers Oaks Élan Darwin and also Hilton, representing Hilton Darwin as well as the DoubleTree by Hilton properties located in Darwin and Alice Springs. NT’s leading exhibition, themed event and equipment hire company, Fusion Exhibition & Hire Services, also participated on the Stand.For further information on meetings, conventions and incentives in Australia’s Northern Territory, visit www.ntconventions.comThe Northern Territory Convention Bureau (NTCB) is an NT Government non-membership organisation which provides the key to unlocking a successful business event in the NT. Its concierge level of service is independent and impartial, designed to connect event planners and delegates to the many surprising and ingenious perspectives of the NT.Through the NTCB, unparalleled personal access is provided to destinations, venues and facilitators of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions in the NT.Source = Northern Territory Convention Bureaulast_img read more

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Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon welcomes Prime Minister of India

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first_imgChatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon welcomes Prime Minister of IndiaChatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon Welcomes the Prime Minister of IndiaThe management of Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon led by May Myat Mon Win, General Manager of the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon (6th from right), welcomed The Prime Minister of the Republic of India His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi (7th from right), and the Indian delegation who stayed in the property during His Excellency’s State Visit to Myanmar recently.The Department Heads of Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon and the Diplomatic Staff and their families from the Embassy of India in Yangon offered a very warm Chatrium welcome to His Excellency and his delegation and were lucky enough to have a group photo taken with His Excellency before bidding a fond farewell upon his departure to New Delhi.It was a truly proud moment for the entire team at Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon to provide His Excellency with the hotel’s renowned levels of superlative service and we look forward to welcoming His Excellency back in hopefully the not too distant future. Source = Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangonlast_img read more

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MSC Cruises newest Flagship MSC Grandiosa

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first_imgMSC Cruises – the Swiss-based world’s largest privately owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America, Arabian Peninsula and South Africa – announced that sales for MSC Grandiosa’s maiden voyage departing on November 10, 2019, from Hamburg (Germany) to the Mediterranean are now open exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members.  MSC Grandiosa is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique (formerly, STX France) in Saint-Nazaire, France. She will be the first of two yet again highly-innovative Meraviglia-Plus class ships to come into service, in November 2019. MSC Voyagers Club members will have exclusive access to bookings for a two-week period through to October 21st .  Sales for MSC Grandiosa’s inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean are already open and she will commence sailing from Genoa on November 23, 2019 with seven night itineraries calling at six beautiful and historic destinations: Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille. See hereGuests who will be the first to experience this state-of-the-art cruise ship can choose from a 10 or 13 night sailing, embarking in Hamburg and disembarking in Genoa, Italy or Marseille, France. MSC Grandiosa will also call Southampton, UK, Lisbon, Portugal and Barcelona Spain. An overnight in each port will allow guests to fully explore each of the destinations. Furthermore, MSC Grandiosa will become the Company’s newest flagship: the biggest and richest in features to be built by MSC Cruises, she will live up to her name, which means magnificence and grandeur.The MSC Cruises Meraviglia generation of ships – which includes the ground-breaking MSC Meraviglia and the next MSC Cruises’ ship to come into service MSC Bellissima, in March 2019 – is already setting new standards for the cruise industry and is just one of the three brand new highly-innovative prototypes that have been designed by MSC Cruises to bring the cruise guest experience to the next level.  MSC Grandiosa will feature, amongst other soon-to-be-announced exciting features, even more public space to enjoy and live this unique ship, brand new and exciting dining options as well as the longest Mediterranean-style promenade at sea and LED dome, as well as other new features.The newest MSC Cruises flag-ship will be christened in Hamburg on November 9th, 2019 and will make the maiden voyage to her new home port of Genoa, where she will commence 7-night sailings in the Mediterranean starting on November 23.From October 22, 2018 onward, sales of MSC Grandiosa’s maiden voyage will open to all guests.MSC Grandiosa will bring to her guests, amongst other features, two brand new shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea, created exclusively for MSC Cruises guests and these incredible shows cannot be seen anywhere else in the world or at sea! This is part of a long-term and exclusive partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil, the world leader in artistic entertainment, that will result in a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available with  two on each MSC Cruises’ four Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus class ships.Other MSC Grandiosa highlights include:The MSC Yacht Club will continue to offer the more discerning cruise guest a luxurious stay in the ship-within-a-ship concept with key features such as the stylish Top Sail lounge, stunning One Pool Deck, private restaurant and 24-hour butler service.Restaurant options on board include a choice of at least 12 different dining venues, ranging from specialty restaurants to the buffet and serving fresh, authentic food each and every day. A new restaurant concept will be introduced on the Promenade exclusively for MSC Aurea experience guests.New family activities and entertainment building on the already extensive and award-winning offering[i]. The DOREMI Lab will offer new themes each day, while the DOREMI Studio Lounge focusses on allowing children to have fun through the magic of music. This multitude of concepts ensure that children of every age will have an unforgettable holiday at sea.An authentic Balinese Spa onboard, offering MSC Cruises guests a massive choice of health and beauty treatments. The MSC Aurea Spa boasts an exotic interior of natural stone, precious woods and rich mosaics, and is equipped with massage and treatment suites, hair and beauty salons and of course a thermal area.MSC Grandiosa will be the second ship to feature Zoe – the first cruise digital assistant, designed to provide the guest with a simple and stress-free way to find out information in the comfort of the cabin. Available in 7 languages, this innovative service is the evolution of MSC Cruises’ digital innovation programme MSC For Me designed to connect guests with their cruise experience.Additionally, on MSC Grandiosa guests will enjoy a variety of possibilities to ensure the best on board entertainment like a Broadway-style theatre, a casino, an amazing sportplex, full-sized bowling alley, a Sports’ Bar, F1 simulator and a virtual games arcade.When booking MSC Grandiosa over the initial two-week opening of sales period, MSC Voyagers Club members will receive a special 5% discount in addition to their 5% loyalty discount as well as benefitting from being able to have the first selection of cabins.Other Meraviglia class ships currently open for sales are:MSC MeravigliaMSC Bellissima MSC Cruises newest Flagship MSC GrandiosaMSC Cruises newest Flagship MSC Grandiosa Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Joins IHG®

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first_imgSix Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Joins IHG®Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Joins IHG®Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is bursting with news: it has become part of the IHG family of brands. (IHG®) (InterContinental Hotels Group) is one of the world’s leading global hotel companies with a growing number of luxury brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.IHG purchased the award-winning hospitality and wellness company from private equity fund Pegasus Capital Advisors for USD 300 million. The sale includes the management of 16 hotels and resorts, 37 spas and sister companies Evason and Raison d’Etre. Following the acquisition Six Senses is now expected to grow to 60 hotels within the next 10 years.“This is an exciting new era for Six Senses,” said Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “IHG believes in our purpose to merge the two platforms of wellness and sustainability to promote personal health, and the health of the planet. Joining forces with IHG means we can use a wealth of systems and operational excellence to grow our brand and reach new markets without losing our quirky personality and playful touch. It’s been a great pleasure to work with Pegasus over the last six years and we would never have reached this milestone without their vision and deep involvement.”Over the next 12 months, Six Senses will open properties in surprising locations. From the private island of Krabey in Cambodia, a circuit of five lodges in Bhutan, to a 14th-century-old restored fort in Rajasthan. The dream list also includes a desert hideaway in Israel’s Negev Desert, the transformation of a series of 19th-century mansions in Istanbul and the group’s first project in North America, a contemporary duo of twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingles located in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood and along the High Line. Additional projects are currently under way in Austria, Brazil, Mainland China, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.Although Six Senses took its first (barefoot) steps on remote beaches and tropical hideaways, the people behind the brand have shown that purposeful travel and emotional hospitality is not formulaic. It can be successfully replicated across a diverse property portfolio, which includes a 19th century quinta (wine estate) in the UNESCO heritage-listed Douro Valley in Portugal and two sister hotels in Singapore’s Chinatown. The model can be adapted and still retain all the sustainable commitments for which Six Senses has become the industry inspiration.IHG’s Chief Executive Keith Barr said, “IHG’s growing portfolio of luxury brands is a collection of the very best in the travel industry. Each one offers something unique to our guests, and together they offer an unparalleled choice of locations and experiences. We’re incredibly proud to welcome Six Senses in to our family of brands and look forward to opening more stunning hotels, resorts and spas – each one staying true to Six Senses’ world-renowned reputation for wellness and an unwavering commitment to purposeful travel.”The beating heart of every Six Senses property is a Six Senses Spa, working in harmony with each hotel and resort to create a depth of personalized wellness support. Each spa offers a menu of Six Senses signature treatments and therapies plus locally-inspired specialties, yogic programs and a range of feel-good pamperings. Skilled therapists are drawn from all over and Six Senses’ Visiting Practitioners bring an extra depth of knowledge to each spa guest.Unique to the hospitality sector, Six Senses has taken wellness out of the spa and integrated it into the entire stay for guests: from the food they eat to the way they sleep. Sleep With Six Senses, Eat With Six Senses and the latest Grow With Six Senses childrens’ initiative have all been highly successful in helping people (young and young at heart) to learn something new and reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas includes 16 award-winning resorts and hotels around the world. The newest addition to the portfolio, Six Senses Krabey Island, opens on March 1, 2019 in Cambodia. The resort features 40 well-appointed villas all with private plunge pools.A variety of exhilarating experiences are available across all 16 hotels and resorts in the Six Senses portfolio. In Oman at Six Senses Zighy Bay, guests can arrive by air and paraglide into the 82 all-villa resort.Six Senses offers a variety of wellness programs across all 37 spas. Guests can tap into the good vibes, ground breaking sleep standards, vitality-boosting menus and pioneering wellness integrated into every moment of their stay.About IHG® IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels,HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®,Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid® hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,500 hotels and approximately 826,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with more than 1,800 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, a global loyalty program, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 375,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club.About Six Senses Hotels Resorts SpasSix Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 16 hotels and resorts plus 37 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. Resort, hotel and spa projects are under development in Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.Six Senses properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the enduring purpose is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 16 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.Six Senses Residences provides the best life has to offer. From beautifully-appointed villas on the beach, rustic chalets in the mountains and spacious urban hideaways, Six Senses features a variety of residential choices in stand-alone buildings or attached to a resort or hotel. No matter the location, the promise remains the same and the commitment to create a community where every day revolves around learning and growing, great food and drink, innovative wellness programming, sustainable living – all mixed in with a lot fun.Evason follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love.Source = InterContinental Hotels Grouplast_img read more

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AirAsia launches daily GuwahatiImphal flight

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first_imgMeeting the mandatory requirements of the route dispersal guidelines (RDGs), budget carrier AirAsia India will start flights from Guwahati to Imphal, adding the 10th destination and the second city from the North-east into its network. The airline currently flies to Bengaluru, Goa, Pune, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Guwahati,Delhi, Vizag and Kochi.The airline is offering a promotional fare of as low as Rs 900 on the route. The initial bookings was open till June 7 and valid for travel between June 25 and May 31 next year, the airline said in a statement.Under the RDGs, all Indian carriers have to deploy at least 10% of their capacity on remote routes, termed Category-II routes, which may be commercially unviable but socially important.“Imphal is a market with huge potential and we are certain this route will further stimulate and encourage affordable air travel. The positive feedback we have been receiving from our guests on our product and services has been very encouraging as we continue to expand our network,” AirAsia India Chief Executive Mittu Chandilya said.last_img read more

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Tonga Tourism plans to triple its current budget

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first_imgTonga’s Ministry of Tourism plans to triple its current budget in order to expand the tourism industry so it can increase its capacity for visitors.An estimated 15,000 overseas tourist visited the capital Nuku’alofa last week, which meant that the industry was at full capacity.An executive at the Ministry of Tourism, Sione Moala Mafi, said the government has determined that boosting the tourism industry will be the fastest way for recovering Tonga’s economic.Mafi said the increase of the budget would be sought through aid donors and foreign investors.“We are trying to open up the airlinks and even to attract investors. We do not have to build hotels ourselves. We can attract investors to build it for us. So we are looking at reclaiming some areas in the front harbour of Nuku’alofa and so that will be most appropriate for some of the, say, 5-star hotels to be built.”last_img read more

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Mortgage Activity Increases as Rates Find New Lows

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first_imgapplication,Mortgage Activity Increases as Rates Find New Lows in Origination More consumers are applying for a mortgage ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Ø on both the refinance and homebuying fronts ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Ø and taking advantage of extremely low borrowing costs as interest rates plunge to new record-lows on the Federal Reserve├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós pledge of another mortgage-bond-buying spree.[IMAGE]The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org (MBA) says its composite measurement of total mortgage application volume rose 2.8 percent last week when compared to the previous week, getting a boost from both refinance and home purchase activity. MBA├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Refinance Index increased 3 percent for the week ending September 21 to hit its highest level in six weeks. At the same time, the Purchase Index rose 1 percent. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 81.2 percent of total applications, up slightly from 81.0 percent the week prior. MBA says it├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós the highest refinance share recorded in its weekly survey since early August. [COLUMN_BREAK]All fixed-rate loan products posted their lowest average rates in the history of MBA├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós survey last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of $417,500 or less decreased from 3.72 percent to 3.63 percent last week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances greater than $417,500 dropped to 3.87 percent. The week before, the average 30-year jumbo rate was 3.99 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) decreased to 3.44 percent last week. It fell 6 basis points from 3.50 percent the week before. The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 2.98 percent last week, down from 3.03 percent the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) remained unchanged in MBA├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós study at 2.61 percent, matching its survey record-low. With mortgage rates resuming their fall nearly across-the-board, housing affordability remains extremely high even as home values head higher across much of the country. “”Standard & Poor├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós reported Tuesday””:https://themreport.com/articles/case-shiller-price-indexes-at-20-month-high-2012-09-25 that both the 10-city and 20-city composite readings of its Case-Shiller home price indices rose in July to their highest levels in more than a year-and-a-half. Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2012-09-26 Carrie Baycenter_img September 26, 2012 439 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Survey Americans Prefer MixedUse Communities

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first_img The majority of Americans are willing to sacrifice on living space if it means living closer to their most-visited spots, according to findings released by the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR).[IMAGE]NAR put out Thursday the results of its 2013 Community Preference Survey, which measured the living preferences of 1,500 adult Americans.According to the findings, most Americans–60 percent–prefer to live in walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, which include a combination of houses, shops, and local businesses. On the other hand, only 35 percent said their [COLUMN_BREAK]ideal community would be a neighborhood of houses located farther away from shopping areas and their workplaces.More notably, NAR found many of those consumers would be willing to compromise on their ideal property to gain those conveniences. For example, while 52 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer to live in a single-family detached home with a large yard, 78 percent said they would give up the larger yard if it meant a shorter commute to work. In addition, 55 percent said they would be willing to forgo having a large yard if the alternative included living within walking distance of schools, stores, and restaurants as opposed to having to drive.””Realtors build communities and care about improving those communities through smart growth initiatives. Although there is no one-size fits all approach, smart growth is typically characterized by mixed-use development, higher densities, and pedestrian friendly streets that accommodate a wide diversity of transportation modes,”” said Gary Thomas, NAR president and broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, California. “”Growth patterns, economic development and quality-of-life issues are inextricably linked to the success of communities and residents.”” Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Service Providers 2013-11-04 Tory Barringer in Datacenter_img November 4, 2013 399 Views Survey: Americans Prefer Mixed-Use Communitieslast_img read more

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New Employment Needs Emerge as Industry Morphs

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first_img Compliance Jobs 2014-03-26 Sandra Lane in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Uncategorized The slowdown in origination as well as the decrease in defaults is having a devastating effect on mortgage industry employment. In the past two months, non-bank mortgage companies cut 8,600 employees from their payrolls. In addition, JPMorgan recently announced that 8,000 jobs were being cut, with similar cuts being made at all their depository institutions.Although employment is being reduced, the need for certain types of talent is more critical than ever, according to Rick Glass, founder of R.T. Glass & Associates, one of the mortgage banking industry’s leaders in executive search since 1993. However, he said the demand for certain types of skills has changed during the past several years, and continues to change in order to adapt to new regulations and fluctuating markets.In a radio interview for “Mortgage Markets Today,” Glass explained that there have been three trends predominant since the crash in 2007. “There was not much happening in 2007 through the end of 2008,” Glass said. “There was a cautious attitude, a hesitation because investment into the mortgage banking infrastructure was mild at best.”Beginning in the first quarter of 2009 to the end of 2011, Glass said the hiring trend was like a tidal wave. “The demand for servicing talent was off the map, and we were extremely busy searching for chief servicing officers and senior leadership in top-level impact roles.” However, he said that demand started to diminish in 2012 and 2013.“We saw a shift in 2013,” Glass explained. “There was a need for leadership to guide companies in the new environment, and we began to search for experts on risk and compliance as well as some of the more traditional key roles in operation and production.”So, what has happened to the people who were hired for default servicing at the senior level from 2009 to 2011? Glass said for the most part, the people brought into those leadership roles at that time are still in place. “Those companies have been growing, and some are adding origination channels, some are carving up servicing, and others are adding component servicing,” he added.The trend for 2014 is a larger demand for change management. “As the entire industry is changing, there seems to be a need for transformational change in leadership with a broad execution focus,” Glass said. “Recently, I’ve noticed the need for key executives to upgrade and revitalize company performance, implement transparent best practices, and optimize or even rewire existing platforms.”He believes the Six Sigma methodology type of approach is something the industry needs more of. In support of this, Glass said, there is currently demand for driven subject-matter experts with an engineering/manufacturing type of mindset, capable of steering and optimizing performance. They must also have a passion for measuring, monitoring, and integrating controls.Glass stated that leaders for the mortgage industry of tomorrow may come from other disciplines. He believes that someone who has been in the industry for 30 years may not have the skillsets needed to retrofit or re-engineer existing operations if that person has been out of touch with the Six Sigma process improvement model.“There have been a few people from the manufacturing side who have done very well in the mortgage industry,” Glass said, “but there is not a pipeline for that. My job is to find them, but there is also a void of new talent coming into the industry.” He observed that people are retiring, and others are leaving the industry while younger people are not rushing out of grad school into the mortgage industry. “There has been a void since the sub-prime crash, and the mortgage industry has been given a bad name over the past several years,” he said.To attract and train new talent, Glass feels that companies are going to have to make a significant investment in organizational development. He noted that companies like Quicken Loans have mastered that practice and set themselves apart. “They are career pathing and offer incredible internal learning opportunities to younger people,” he said. “I think there are a lot of firms waking up to that practice and realizing if they don’t choose that path, they are going to suffer.”In addition to searching for specific skills, Glass said that candidates’ personality traits are also involved in his searches. “We’re looking for a high-performance driven athlete, a person who has a passion for the discipline and goes the extra mile,” he explained. “Owning the discipline, being able to engage and keep the team accountable, and running at a high performance level, is a standard,” he explained. “In addition, we look for someone who is aligned with the client’s culture, core values, and philosophies.”Predictions for 2014: “I think there is change in the wind, and I think there are going to be some opportunities in this business,” Glass said. “Once we can get a little creative, there’s going to be some real excitement. I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”The Five Star Institute and iServe Companies have partnered to create “Mortgage Markets Today,” an in-depth, formal talk radio resource featuring expert guests, quality subject matter, and timely insights. The show delves into a vast array of topics ranging from the secondary market and federal compliance standards to real estate and mortgage lending.Investors, lenders, service providers, and all those interested in and affected by the mortgage and housing markets can tune in on the Web or download audio podcasts of program broadcasts from iTunes.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and theMReport.com. New Employment Needs Emerge as Industry Morphscenter_img March 26, 2014 443 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Housing Sentiment Softens as Wage Growth Stagnates

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first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Confidence Demand Fannie Mae National Housing Survey 2014-09-08 Tory Barringer Housing Sentiment Softens as Wage Growth Stagnates September 8, 2014 773 Views center_img Another downturn in consumer attitudes has spurred analysts at Fannie Mae to rein in their outlook for the housing market in 2015.Despite economic strides made in the last few months, the company’s latest National Housing Survey found Americans’ outlook toward housing deteriorated in August for a second straight month, “[suggesting] that housing activity may resume its modest recovery in 2015 after some pullback last year,” analysts said.”The August National Housing Survey results lend support to our forecast that 2015 will likely not be a breakout year for housing,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae.Asked about their home price expectations over the next year, consumers surveyed in the company’s latest poll forecast an average 2.1 percent growth, down from 2.3 percent in July’s survey. Meanwhile, the percentage of respondents who expect prices to actually rise over the next 12 months was steady at 42 percent, while the percentage of those expecting depreciation climbed to 9 percent.All in all, 64 percent of Americans surveyed said now is a good time to buy a home, matching the all-time survey low. The share of those who said now is a good time to sell also fell, dropping 5 percentage points to 38 percent.Duncan explained that the softening in consumer attitudes reflects the combination of declining home affordability and weak income growth nationwide.”To date, this year’s labor market strength has not translated into sufficient income gains to inspire confidence among consumers to purchase a home, even in the current favorable interest rate environment,” he said.Fannie Mae plans to release the results of its third-quarter Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey later this month, revealing how weakening consumer sentiment toward housing is impacting mortgage demand.On the economic side, 23 percent of respondents in the August survey said their household income is substantially higher than it was a year ago, down from 28 percent in July. Fifteen percent said their income is significantly lower.Consumers’ outlook is a little brighter, though: 44 percent expect their personal financial situation to improve in the next year, up from 40 percent a month prior. Meanwhile, the share of respondents who said the economy is on the wrong track dropped, though it still remained high at 56 percent. Sharelast_img read more

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National Home Values Continue to Rise but for how Long

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first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News December 24, 2015 643 Views Appreciation Clear Capital Home Values 2015-12-24 Kerri Panchuk Home values continue to increase across the U.S., with Clear Capital’s December 2015 Home Data Index showing price appreciation of 5.2 percent year-over-year and 0.8 percent when comparing the most recent quarter on record to the previous quarter.Clear Capital’s most recent HDI Market Index shows most regions across the U.S. in a state of price appreciation, but Alex Villacorta, vice president of research and analytics at Clear Capital, says it’s too early to speculate on whether price appreciation will remain a trend heading into 2016—with the market already facing an interest rate hike from the Fed and economic uncertainty.“The slow moderation of home prices back to historical rates of growth is the most defining attribute of the market over the year,” Villacorta said. “Although housing continues to stabilize, there is still significant variability in individual market performance. For example, some Midwest markets still have a ways to go to return to their pre-bust levels, while other Western markets are seeing all-time highs. Perspective remains key.”Clear Capital concludes that the peak real estate season for the year has “come and gone” and national price appreciation fell 0.1 percentage points from the peak buying season, but overall regions are still showing price appreciation, with increases in the West even stoking fears about whether another price bubble is feasible.The Western region saw prices jump 1.2 percent quarter-over-quarter and 7.5 percent over last year, while the South saw a 0.8 percent quarter-over-quarter increase and a 5.8 percent jump over year ago levels.Meanwhile, the Midwest reported values that edged up 0.9 percent over the previous quarter and 4.6 percent year-over-year, and the Northeast saw values increase 0.5 percent over the prior quarter and only 2 percent from last year.While end of the year appreciation is a good sign overall, Clear Capital warned about outside influences that could artificially lift prices.“Several MSAs reflect an interesting growth phenomenon uncharacteristic for this time of the year,” Villacorta said. “This upward trend is encouraging, but we must remember that gains are as much a function of how low prices have fallen as they are a sign of stabilization and outperformance. Investors and consumers alike could also be pushing upward pressure on demand as they rush to purchase existing inventory at current rates before an anticipated rate hike from the Fed arrives later this month.”center_img Share National Home Values Continue to Rise, but for how Long?last_img read more

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