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GLP Worldwide produces first ever Discover Asia brochure

first_img TORONTO — GLP Worldwide has launched its first Discover Asia brochure, in print and online, featuring destinations like Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.“We are getting increasing interest and bookings from agents where their clients are very keen on exploring a variety of Asian destinations in a culturally interactive way,” said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide. “This brochure will outline the many programs we can offer agents which will give them a true traveller and cultural experience.”Discover Asia includes excursions focusing on one country or multiple destinations. There are 14 itineraries in total that focus on the culture, history and people of each destination.Itineraries include the 15-night ‘Incredible Mekong & Hong Kong’, priced from $4,580 per person. Clients start at Siem Reap where they’ll visit Angkor Wat before embarking on a seven-night cruise on the Mekong River with stops at Preah Khan and Phnom Penh. Other highlights include visits to catfish farms and stops in Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThe eight-night ‘Tokyo, Osaka, & Seoul’, priced from $3,220 per person, includes a high-speed bullet train to Osaka, Japan’s culinary centre, as well as a visit to the National Folk Museum in Seoul. Guests will also explore Changdeok, a UNESCO site, and savour the sights and smells of Seoul’s famous and largest food alley.Lastly, the 16-night ‘Exceptional China & Hong Kong’, priced from $3,660 per person, starts in Beijing with visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. After flying to Xian, guests will view the Terra Cotta Warriors then see pandas and other wildlife in Chongqing. From there, the tour continues with a four-night cruise on the Yangtze to Shanghai, and concludes with a flight to Hong Kong for three nights.For full details go to glpworldwide.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, January 30, 2017 Share GLP Worldwide produces first ever Discover Asia brochurecenter_img Tags: GLP Worldwide Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

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Victours Africa India brochures now in distribution

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Victours has launched two new brochures offering Africa and India. Each is a stand-alone book offering safaris and tours to various destinations.In Africa Victours covers the safari lands of East Africa, namely Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. In Southern Africa, itineraries include South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.Victours’ India brochure meanwhile offers coverage on the Indian-subcontinent and also includes Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and Sri Lanka. For stopover opportunities enroute there are several hotel stays and touring options in Dubai.Victours has been handling FIT and group requests to both Africa and India for several years, says Victours’ General Manager, Product and Marketing, Firdosh Bulsara.“The success and growth of Victours’ business in this part of the world has prompted us to expand our market share through the support of the travel trade,” says Bulsara.For more information and for reservations call (416) 736-6613 or 1-800-668-7475 or email info@victours.ca. Victours’ Africa & India brochures now in distribution Tuesday, February 27, 2018 center_img Share Tags: Victours << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Sandals rakes in 10 wins at World Travel Awards

first_img Share Tags: Awards, Caribbean, Sandals Resorts Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Sandals rakes in 10 wins at World Travel Awards << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTEGO BAY — Sandals Resorts International (SRI) cleaned up at the 25th Annual World Travel Awards, taking home a total of 10 awards, including the notable recognition of the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for the 25th consecutive year.While at the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony on Sept. 22 at Sandals Montego Bay, (SRI) garnered the most awards of any highly acclaimed hotel brand, including:Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand 2018: Sandals Resorts InternationalCaribbean’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort 2018: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & SpaCaribbean’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive Resort 2018: Sandals Grenada Resort & SpaCaribbean’s Leading Resort 2018: Sandals BarbadosCaribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2018: Sandals South Coast, JamaicaCaribbean’s Most Romantic Resort 2018: Sandals Grande AntiguaGrenada’s Leading Resort 2018: Sandals Grenada Resort & SpaJamaica’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort 2018: Beaches Negril Resort & SpaJamaica’s Leading Resort 2018: Sandals Montego BaySt Lucia’s Leading Resort 2018: Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach ResortMore news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“We are thrilled to be honoured at the World Travel Awards here at Sandals Montego Bay as the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for the 25th year in a row,” said Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “We continue to innovate at every touch point of the all-inclusive experience to provide the most luxurious experiences for our customers and exceed their expectations. In the year ahead, we look forward to showing the world the best of the Caribbean across all of our resorts.”last_img read more

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Watch out drag racers Costa Rica has a new police brigade out

first_imgA group of Traffic Police officers, Judicial Investigation Police and National Police next week will begin joint surveillance operations aimed at stopping drag races, which take place mostly in the Costa Rican capital.The new brigade was formally created on Thursday after a series of meetings of officials from three police squads.Illegal street races frequently occur on different highways in Costa Rica, usually from Thursday to Saturday nights.In the past, offenders would receive only a traffic citation. But since the entry into force of a new Traffic Law last year, drag races are now sanctioned as criminal offenses.The fine for participating in the illegal races is ₡280,000 ($560), and offenders can now face prison sentences of up to three years. Cops also can confiscate vehicles and suspend driver’s licenses for up to two years.At a Thursday meeting, officials from the new brigade also agreed to establish a schedule that ensures highway surveillance is permanent.According to police, the routes preferred by drag racers include the Florencio del Castillo Highway (Cartago-San José), Route 27 (San José-Puntarenas), the southern stretch of the Circunvalación (a belt route around the capital), the San José-Pavas road (west of the capital) and the main entrance road to the province of Alajuela. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Florida child dies after contracting amoeba from Costa Rican hot springs

first_imgReduce your risk of Naegleria infection by using nose clips or keeping your head above water in warm freshwater:http://t.co/1zuStUvDM0— CDC NCEZID (@CDC_NCEZID) July 25, 2014 Health Ministry staff in the region conducted inspections to verify the signs are visible to the public.“Our inspections concluded that no further measures are required, because the chances of becoming infected are very slim,” Trejos said.The health official said the presence of several types of amoebas is common in ponds, lakes, rivers and other locations, but lethal infections are uncommon.“Prior to this case we didn’t have any record of people affected with it [Naegleria fowleri]. But CDC guidelines coincide with our actions – informing visitors of the presence of the amoeba and asking them to avoid submersion. That’s what the CDC recommends for situations like this,” she said.Elizabeth Abrahams Sandí, a microbiologist with the University of Costa Rica’s (UCR) Parasitology Department, confirmed this is the first documented case of a Naegleria-related death involving Costa Rica. The Parasitology Department’s lab evaluated the water samples collected by the Health Ministry.“Amoebas are present frequently in many different environments, but a case of them causing a deadly situation is not that common,” Abrahams said. “Being affected by PAM not only depends on entering the water but also on a series of situations involving age, health and even the outdoor activities being performed in the water.”Children are most prone because their bodies absorb the amoeba more easily.“Situations like submerging and swimming increase the possibilities of absorbing the amoeba, but just going underwater isn’t enough to develop the infection,” Abrahams said.She did note that the only confirmed case of PAM in Costa Rica was a cow in 2006.“It is essential to make clear that PAM can be caused by other species of amoeba, not just Naegleria fowleri,” she said. “We are working on a series of studies to standardize diagnosis methodology and for updating our information regarding the presence of these types of amoeba in the country.”The UCR’s study currently is being conducted at hot springs resorts, and also in swimming pools, showers and other water sources.“There is no need to be alarmed, but we recommend owners of tourism businesses to remain vigilant at their facilities,” Abrahams said. “Placing warning signs is a preventive measure, but considering that amoebas are present all over the world, this could mean that every single hot springs resort in the world should warn visitors about this.”To honor their son and raise awareness about their experience, the Smelskis created the Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican health officials seek preventive alert for chikungunya virus Red Cross concerned about number of violent deaths in first few weeks of January Costa Rican health officials worry that children traveling to US will bring back measles Despite Zika virus, Garabito mayor says “no chance” World Surfing Games will be cancelledcenter_img The death of 11-year-old Florida resident Jordan Smelski from a brain infection in July has prompted the Florida Health Department to issue an advisory alert after tests confirmed the infection was caused by an amoeba he contracted while vacationing in Costa Rica.U.S. media outlets over the weekend reported that Jordan died from a brain infection caused by Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba widely found in warm freshwater and soil.While infections from the amoeba are rare, most are fatal as it causes a rare and devastating brain infection called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM). PAM is fatal in 98 percent of cases, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Steve and Shelly Smelski told a Florida TV station last Friday they did not allow their son to swim in lakes or rivers because of the risk of infections. But they didn’t realize the amoebas also could live in hot springs.Jordan chose Costa Rica for the family’s vacation destination because they had visited La Fortuna – a popular tourist region in the Northern Zone – three years ago and “had a great time,” his parents said.Jordan’s father said he and his son swam for hours at hot springs, and a few days later, back in Florida, Jordan began having severe headaches. He was taken to the hospital after he began hallucinating and became violently sick. Doctors told his parents he had meningitis.“We didn’t know how critical it was; we thought Jordan had meningitis, and we thought we would be taking him home in two to three weeks,” his father said.Less than 72 hours later, Jordan died.There are only 134 documented cases of deaths from Naegleria fowleri in the past 50 years in the U.S. Most cases occurred in the warm waters of central Florida, according to the CDC.The agency reports that people cannot become infected from drinking water containing the amoebas, but rather when the amoebas enters the body through the nose.Local reaction from Costa Rican health officialsFollowing Jordan’s death, CDC staff contacted Costa Rica’s Health Ministry to report the case, Director of Health Surveillance María Ethel Trejos told The Tico Times. Health Ministry officials, however, would not release the hotel’s name where the hot springs are located.“We tested all of the water at the facilities and detected the presence of Naegleria in some of the hot springs. The results were negative for swimming pools, showers and all other water sources,” Trejos said.“As a cautionary measure we asked the owners of the business to place visible signs warning tourists about the presence of the amoeba in the hot springs and asking them to avoid submerging to prevent water from entering through the nostrils,” she said.last_img read more

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Costa Rica loses seat on UN Human Rights Council

first_imgAfter the votes were tallied on Tuesday, Costa Rica ended up short the two-thirds support from the United Nations General Assembly needed to keep its seat on the Human Rights Council. Costa Rica was one of four countries runningfor three open seats for Latin American and Caribbean states. The Central American country that has long advocated diplomatically for global human rights issues – but which has sometimes fallen short back home – was edged out by Bolivia, El Salvador and Paraguay.Costa Rica collected 120 votes from the U.N. General Assembly of the 129 minimum required to maintain its seat on the 47-member body. Human rights have been a banner issue for Costa Rica’s foreign policy, and President Luis Guillermo Solís urged U.N. member states to consider re-electing Costa Rica to the council during his General Assembly address in September.“This doesn’t mean that Costa Rica will not continue fighting for its principles and values and positions when it comes to human rights. We will continue to be observers of the council and from this point of view, it’s true we don’t have a vote but we do have a voice,” said Foreign Minister Manuel González on Tuesday during a press conference at Casa Presidencial.González said that Costa Rica was late in starting its re-election campaign toward the end of 2013, during President Laura Chinchilla’s administration (2010-2014), but added that he was pleased with the efforts of the Foreign Ministry and its missions in New York and Geneva.Costa Rica has held a place on the Human Rights Council and its predecesor, the Human Rights Commission, nine times, the minister said.Chile and Peru also will leave the council at the end of the year, but they were not running for re-election. Member states sit on the council for three -year terms and are not elegible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms.During the same press conference, González addressed a call from Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other member states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, or ALBA, for an emergency meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), of which Costa Rica is presidente pro tempore, to promote regional efforts against the Ebola virus, during a summit in Havana on Monday.González said that Costa Rica has not yet received a formal request for such a meeting. The foreign minister stressed that CELAC, a loose collection of Western Hemisphere nations excluding the United States and Canada, could only issue a political statement, and that the mechanism did not have the authority to mobilize member states’ health or securities forces in response to the virus’ outbreak.Costa Rica is not one of the nine countries that make up ALBA. Facebook Comments Related posts:UN confronts deadly Ebola epidemic New bill would protect HIV positive employees from workplace discrimination Obama promises human rights talk with Castro Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even furtherlast_img read more

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Costa Ricas Turrialba Volcano erupts sends ash 3 km high

first_imgRelated posts:Hear Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano rumble Costa Rica’s erupting volcanoes may help slow global warming Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano sees new ash, gas explosions Facebook Comments Turrialba Volcano decided to celebrate the Annexation of Nicoya national holiday with a bang Monday. At 7:22 a.m., the volcano sent a column of ash, rock and steam3,000 meters high in its latest eruption.Volcanologists with the National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) said winds would blow ash from Monday’s eruption across the Central Valley. Turrialba Volcano sits 50 kilometers east of Costa Rica’s capital, San José.Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela is operating normally, according to Aeris spokeswoman Silvia Chaves.There were two “moderate” eruptions Sunday evening that each reached roughly 500 meters high. OVSICORI reported increased seismic activity at the volcano before Sunday’s eruptions.Turrialba Volcano has been erupting sporadically since October 2014.last_img read more

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5 question for a Costa Rican painter

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH 5 questions for Costa Rican painter Man Yu Fung 5 questions for Costa Rican sculptor José Sancho 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer “Some believe that the art of a painter is understood by her work, by selection of subject and color, by her perception of light… I believe that the art of a painter can only be understood if her life is known,” says painter Silvia Monge. “Because the real painter paints a little what she sees or imagines, but above all, what she lives and feels.”During Monge’s 37-year career, she has experimented with a broad range of media and forms, using glass, ceramics, mosaic, drawing, watercolors and acrylics to make abstracts, figures, structures, aberrant organic forms, liquids and angels.She started her university studies as an architecture major, but left it to dedicate completely to the art she loved.On November 17, Monge received first place for her drawing “La gata con botas” in the category “The animal in our gaze” from the Costa Rican Association of Visual Artists.The Tico Times talked to the artist about her many influences, including her childhood, time spent living in the United States, and a painful personal experience that transformed her art. Excerpts follow.How did you discover art was for you?I was born in a blessed and propitious home that allowed me, from a very young age, to have abundant and varied experiences. My house filled with music when my mother played piano pieces by Strauss and Mozart; my dad strove to take our family to see different countries. I had the opportunity to interact, at a very early age, with Ms. Cristina Fournier, from whom we bought several hundred works for a family business, and spent time with my neighbor’s aunt, Magda Santonastasio, while she painted in an enclosure of her house that I called “the estancia.”During my childhood, I remember that my parents allowed me to paint, on a wall of my room, three flowers of eighty centimeters each. Those flowers were very significant for my career, because they were my first brushstrokes. It was then that I discovered how much I like to paint. “Atrapado,” glass sculpture. (Courtesy of Silvia Monge)What’s the influence of Costa Rica on your art?The audacity, brightness, variety, mischief of the chromatics of my work are encompassed in the Costa Rican tropics that surround me. Nothing is hidden here and, paradoxically, there is a perennial game between exhibition and the camouflage. The tropics know color and nuance better than anyone else! Those of us who live here unknowingly absorb this colored chess.In my case, this is reflected in one of my first exhibitions, “The Colors of the Tropics.” There are scenes of the little town of Barra del Colorado, plunged in the humid tropical forest, where you can see the clothes lying out to dry in the sun. It goes without saying that the colors of the garments are not at all like those used in London or Amsterdam. “Intensidad del instante,” watercolor. (Courtesy of Silvia Monge)What’s the main characteristic of your work?I take every artistic project I do very seriously; I prepare it and study it conscientiously. My work is always supported by a lot of theoretical research, testing materials, drawings, blueprints and thought. The desire to hunt for something new torments my spirit. It is a main characteristic of my work. That has made me try many forms of art.When you paint so much, you have to be curious and innovative because otherwise you would die of boredom. First I went through the almost obligatory stage of the Costa Rican painter: painting peasant houses, gates of peasant houses, view of the mountains from the corridor of the peasant house and “veraneras” [a kind of flower] at the peasant house. One day I wondered why, in almost every interpretation of the peasant houses, there is always sunshine. Could it be that the painters of yore only worked in the summer? So, in honor of a country in which it rains half of the year, I made a watercolor of a peasant house under a good downpour. Silvia Monge working on a glass sculpture. (Courtesy of Silvia Monge)How did living in the United States for four years influence your art?[I did that] when I began to mature as an artist; it changed my perspective. On the one hand, I found a rich access to materials and instruments that I did not know. On the other, I realized the competition, camaraderie, organization and learning opportunities that exist there.I joined the Miami Watercolor Society, took courses in baking, ceramics. I experienced [new things] like crazy and shared with many people with my same vocation. Works that stand out from that time: broken leather shoes that are ceramic but look leather, and a vase that is very heavy because it was made with an old technique and not with a lathe… very three-dimensional, very unique. During this period there were also several exhibitions. In one of them I received first prize. “Rayo,” acrylic. (Courtesy of Silvia Monge)Have you had any particular experiences that changed you as an artist and as a person?My husband, Carlos, went to prison. We were forced to be apart for several years. In the context of my artistic work, it would be too superficial to describe Carlos as my husband or my partner. Carlos has been my center, besides being many times the reason for my strength, my hope and, always, my joy.I have no words to describe this painful experience. It was worse than if I had lost a part of my body, because it was the suffering of a loved one. I had to get used to a new routine and put on a brave face for my children. Learning to live alone after many decades of doing it together. To look forward, and to look after the person who looked after me in previous years.During this period my work came to life and filled with meaning. Art was the source of my strength. I remember one day when I was very confused, I cried and painfully painted a painting and put it aside. When I returned to it later, I noticed how, at the bottom, there was a face that I had not painted. I then felt the presence of my Guardian Angel. There he was, taking care of me. I keep this work as one of my most intimate treasures.From this period came more spiritual pictorials, interaction with people, children, songs of hope. One of these works is in the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington; it took first prize in a contest with artists from all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Another is the Angels exhibition at the Costa Rican North American Cultural Center.And from the perennial struggle were born The Roosters that fight with their brightness, their look, their violent strokes. These roosters that aren’t indifferent to anybody. They keep and camouflage my past tears, but they also exhibit the beauty of living! These are [exhibited] all over the world. Two are in Japan. Another stimulated the passion of a top executive of a U.S. company and hangs prominently in his company.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica at a glance top news from the past week

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:The future is in our hands More of our favorite pics from Costa Rica’s inauguration Legislative assembly president bikes to Costa Rica’s inauguration ceremony Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado visits the United States On the Front Lines of the Fight for Press Freedomcenter_img Sinart president investigated for alleged influence peddlingAccording to daily La Nación, days before leaving office on May 8, then-President Luis Guillermo Solís ordered an investigation of Mario Alfaro, president of the National Radio and Television System (Sinart), due to alleged influence peddling. Alfaro is accused of attempting to coordinate the hiring of a cooperative that includes some of his family members to provide services to Sinart. According to Delfino.cr, Alfaro asked the Alvarado administration to drop the investigation against him, but to no avail.Costa Rica refuses to acknowledge Venezuela’s election resultCosta Rica and Panama were two of 14 countries in the Americas to announce they would not acknowledge the results of the elections in Venezuela on May 20 in which President Nicolás Maduro was reelected with almost 68 percent of the vote. The two governments said the process was not democratic. Read the full story here.La Nación: National Restoration Party (PRN) paid for polls that showed a sizeable lead for their candidate According to the daily La Nación, the PRN paid Opol Consultores, a private polling company, for polls results that were then published in the online news source El Mundo CR without noting that PRN had paid for the survey. The polls published by Opol and El Mundo stood out from other polls during the second round of campaigning in that they showed Fabricio Alvarado, PRN’s presidential candidate, with a significant advantage. (Alvarado went on to lose in a landslide.)Costa Rica dismantles international drug trafficking ringCosta Rican authorities dismantled an international cocaine trafficking ring that used fishing boats on the country’s southern Pacific coast. The successful operation was supported by the governments of Colombia, Ecuador and the United States, according to information released by authorities on Wednesday. Read the full story here.Communications Minister fires Casa Presidencial’s Communications directorAccording to Delfino.cr, new Communications Minister Juan Carlos Mendoza fired Casa Presidencial’s Communications director, the lawyer Pablo Cárdenas, less than two weeks into the new administration. The decision took place in the midst of the controversy surrounding the National Radio and Television System (Sinart), where Cárdenas had been fired for loss of trust. However, the official reason for the dismissal was that Cárdenas is not a member of the country’s College of Journalists, and that professional association’s bylaws state that communications directors at public institutions must be members.(The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court annulled obligatory inscription in the College for journalists in general in 1985 and 1995, respectively. Read more below.)last_img read more

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World leaders weigh stimulus vs austerity at G20

first_imgSpeaking on the sidelines of the summit, Geither said Europe will now focus on helping Greece stay afloat, designing a more integrated financial system and improving economic growth.“And all of us, of course, have a huge interest, a huge stake in the success of their efforts,” he said.Repeatedly, the G-20 plan stresses shoring up banking systems. It calls for a “more integrated financial architecture, encompassing banking supervision, resolution and recapitalization, and deposit insurance.”The cost of bailing out Spain’s (EURO)1.1 trillion ($1.39 trillion) economy would likely outstrip current global ability, even after the International Monetary Fund announced late Monday that a round of contributions had increased its lending capacity to $456 billion. The countries making the biggest IMF contributions will be Japan, at $60 billion; Germany, at $54.7 billion; and China, at $43 billion. The United States is notably not contributing in the latest round.___Associated Press writers Michael Weissenstein in Los Cabos, Mexico; Christopher S. Rugaber and Jim Kuhnhenn in Washington; Geir Moulson in Berlin; Sarah DiLorenzo in Brussels; and Colleen Barry in Milan contributed to this report. (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 British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande noted that the summit’s final declaration also pledges to avoid new protectionist measures until the end of 2014 and that China has agreed to let currency fluctuate more freely, according to market forces.German Chancellor Angela Merkel repeated Tuesday that Greece has to uphold its side of the bargain.“It’s obvious that the reforms that were agreed in the past are the right steps and that they therefore must be implemented,” she said, though she avoided directly answering the issue of giving Greece more time.Merkel said the G-20 leaders had a “very balanced” discussion on growth, though she stressed once again that growth “is not just about money.”“We need the right mix of budget consolidation … and at the same time efforts for growth,” she said.The statement said the Obama administration pledged to prevent sharp tax increases and government spending cuts from kicking in at the end of the year, as scheduled under current law, to avoid sending the U.S. into another recession.Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the U.S. was “encouraged” by European leaders’ plans to confront the continent’s economic crisis. Top Stories To ease the immediate market turmoil in Europe, Italian Premier Mario Monti proposed using the continent’s bailout funds to buy the government bonds of financially weak states like Spain and Italy. That would lower their borrowing costs, easing the risk they would need bailouts to finance its debt.Monti told reporters at a briefing that using the current bailout fund’s (EURO)440 billion ($555 billion) “was one of the topics of conversation,” but indicated that no decisions had been taken. He will meet the leaders of Germany, France and Spain in Rome on Friday to come up with a plan to present next week at a European summit in Brussels.But while such a deal would help stabilize debt markets in Europe in the short term, the continent’s fundamental problems of low economic growth and high debt would take time to solve _ and leaders remained divided over the best way to fix them.For months, governments and economists have weighed two different paths to ease the financial crisis: spending more to try to stimulate growth or slashing budgets.The battle lines in the stimulus-versus-austerity debate were clearly drawn among the 24 heads of state gathered in a heavily guarded convention hall lined by a moat. The conservative leaders of the United Kingdom, South Korea and Germany came out decisively for austerity, warning that budget cuts were crucial to restoring fiscal order and worldwide confidence. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “The countries in crisis will have to find measures that might be painful and politically unpopular in the short term, but nonetheless they must pursue this path,” South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Monday.On the other side were left-leaning governments such as those in Argentina, Brazil and France that have denounced the German-imposed austerity plan for struggling countries such as Spain and Greece and pushed for more stimulus spending.President Barack Obama said European leaders “grasp the seriousness” of their debt crisis and are moving with a “heightened sense of urgency” to find a solution.After the summit, Obama said the economic problems in Europe won’t be solved by the G-20 or the United States, but by European nations. He said he was confident they could do that, but acknowledged the difficulty of getting all the separate legislatures to agree.That the leaders adopted only some general policies is typical of G-20 declarations, said Jacob Kirkegaard, a research fellow at the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics.“On the big issue of the hour, of weeks and months, the G-20 communique is not going to make a big difference,” Kirkegaard said. “The communique will repeat the mantra about strong, balanced, global growth. With each member state free to do whatever they want, that’s the way to paper over those differences.” Comments   Share   Indeed, the statement’s reassuring words failed to sooth troubled world stock markets, which remained mixed and nervous Tuesday.Germany must shoulder a large share of the contributions to bail out economically weaker European countries that overspent for years. In exchange, Germany has been insisting on steep cutbacks from aid recipients such as Greece.Those cutbacks have led to dramatic economic hardship for voters in Greece and other countries. A growing number of European countries have been advocating spending and growth, not austerity, and the G-20 statement made limited mention of such a possibility.“We are united in our resolve to promote growth and jobs,” the document said. “Strong sustainable and balanced growth remains the top priority of the G20, as it leads to higher job creation and increases the welfare of people across the world.”The statement threw support specifically behind greater government spending in countries that can afford it, if conditions get significantly worse. Countries with “sufficient fiscal space stand ready to coordinate and implement discretionary fiscal actions to support domestic demand.”The plan also hinted at flexibility by asking that governments “take into account evolving economic conditions,” which could open the way for more latitude in troubled countries such as Greece. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressLOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) – With major European economies shaking, leaders concluding an annual Group of 20 meeting sought Tuesday to reassure the world that they would find a way to put out the debt-fueled economic wildfire that has threatened banks, wiped out jobs and toppled governments across the continent.But the presidents and prime ministers gathered in this seaside resort seemed content to delay any major decisions for a while longer, releasing only a general statement that stopped short of committing any nations to greater spending unless conditions worsen and urging fiscal responsibility.last_img read more

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New China law targets foreigners working illegally

first_imgBEIJING (AP) – China’s national legislature adopted a new law Saturday that will target foreigners who are living and working in China illegally, the official Xinhua News Agency said, adding that the government encourages citizens to inform on suspected illegal workers.The law approved by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee now requires foreigners to obtain valid documents _ including employment certificates _ to work in China, Xinhua said. It allows for employers to be fined 10,000 yuan ($1,580) for every foreigner they hire illegally, Xinhua said.Authorities encourage Chinese citizens to report clues regarding foreigners who may work in China illegally and ask universities and language schools to share the employment information of their students, Xinhua said.For at least a decade, foreigners on short-term visas have managed to live and work in China for extended periods of time by dashing to the border and renewing their temporary permits such as tourist visas repeatedly. Sometimes Chinese employers consider it a hassle to apply for work visas for their foreign workers.Vice public security minister Yang Huanning was quoted in the Xinhua report as saying the number of foreigners working in China tripled in the last 11 years.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centercenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

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Flooding in Myanmar forces 85000 people to flee

first_imgAssociated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – At least 85,000 people in Myanmar have fled their homes as the worst monsoon flooding in years submerged hundreds of thousands of acres (hectares) of rice fields, a government relief official said Saturday.Heavy rains over the last few weeks caused the inundation, which primarily affected the country’s southern delta region, said Soe Tun, a member of the government’s emergency response team. Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Around 70,000 people have been displaced in the delta and are being housed at 219 emergency relief centers set up at schools and monasteries, he said. Another 15,000 people have been displaced elsewhere in the country, and more than 600,000 acres (240,000 hectares) of rice fields have been swamped, he said.Annual monsoon rains often cause flooding in the region, and this year’s are the heaviest since 2004, Soe Tun said.However, the delta region was devastated in 2008 by Cyclone Nargis, which killed about 130,000 people and destroyed more than 800,000 homes and buildings.No casualties have been confirmed during the recent floods, which have affected 200,000 people nationwide whose fields have been swamped with water, Soe Tun said. Some families which have not fled have moved to the upper floors of their dwellings.Local newspapers have reported that heavy rains and flooding also damaged bridges, homes and rail lines.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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Crippled NKorean probe could orbit for years

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Data from trackers in South Africa and Britain suggest the brightness of the satellite has been fluctuating, which indicates it is tumbling as it orbits. That likely means a malfunction in the probe’s stabilizers because it was designed to constantly point toward the Earth.Even so, the probe is continuing to complete orbits and could do so for several years, said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. McDowell said that since the cause of the malfunction remains unclear, it is conceivable that North Korea could determine how to fix it and regain control.“The best guess at this point is that it is probably broken,’” he said by telephone from Cambridge, Massachusetts. “It is certainly continuing to complete orbits. It is up there and it will be up there for years. But the thing is sort of twirling around. It seems to me the satellite is not working.”North Korea has hailed the launch as a gift to the nation’s late leader, Kim Jong Il, and proof that his young son, Kim Jong Un, has the strength and vision to lead the country.State news agency KCNA said Wednesday that the satellite is transmitting signals of revolutionary hymns such as `Song of General Kim Il Sung,” referring to the founder of North Korea, who is the grandfather of the current leader. The United States, Japan, Britain and others see the launch as a provocation and violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning North Korea from developing its nuclear and missile programs. The Security Council has said it would urgently consider “an appropriate response.”“This launch is about a weapons program, not peaceful use of space,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. Even the North’s most important ally, China, expressed regret.Though missile and satellite launch technologies overlap significantly, and Pyongyang is clearly hoping to use the rocket launches to develop a deployable nuclear-tipped missile capable of threatening the United States, McDowell said its apparent success in getting the satellite into orbit may cloud efforts to further punish the North.“For North Korea, it lets them say to their people that they are an advanced 21st century country, although they can’t feed their people,” he added. “They can say that this was not a missile, it was a satellite launch. That gives them potentially more credibility on the international stage that they are being unfairly treated.”A similar attempt in April failed about two minutes after takeoff.center_img North Korean officials say a 2009 launch put a satellite into orbit, but the U.S. and other outside observers say they have seen no evidence that it did so.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressTOKYO (AP) – A North Korean satellite launched into space last week appears to be malfunctioning but could remain in orbit for several years, a leading expert in the United States said Tuesday.North Korea says the satellite is working. U.S. officials have said it is tumbling in orbit, but even so, its successful launch into space marks a milestone in the impoverished country’s technological advances, especially given accusations that the rocket launch was actually a test of systems that could be used to launch long-range missiles targeting the U.S. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img
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Ireland to exit bailout program without backstop

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “We will exit the bailout in a strong position,” Kenny told lawmakers in Dublin.Ireland sabotaged its own credit rating by deciding, in 2008, to insure the nation’s banks against losses incurred in a collapsing property market. That commitment ultimately cost taxpayers more than 65 billion euros, a bill the state couldn’t finance. But Ireland’s reputation has steadily recovered as, under EU-IMF scrutiny, the government has slashed spending, hiked taxes and exceeded a series of deficit-reduction targets.Reflecting his cautious outlook, Finance Minister Michael Noonan initially had said he wanted Ireland to take a precautionary credit line of potentially 10 billion euros to ensure the success of any bailout exit. Both the European Central Bank and IMF had said Ireland would be wise to secure one.But Noonan told an emergency Cabinet meeting Thursday that such aid would come with unattractively restrictive conditions, so Ireland should make do without it. He and other government leaders said taking out EU-IMF insurance would create the impression that Ireland was still subject to foreign aid.In Brussels, the EU figure most associated with Ireland’s bailout, Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn, said Ireland’s decision would “send a very clear signal to markets and international lenders that the adjustment effort undertaken in Ireland … has paid off.” Ireland has already resumed limited auctions of bonds over the past year at relatively affordable prices. The yields on Irish bonds have even fallen below those of Spain and Italy.Economists said Ireland’s decision to forego EU-IMF insurance was better news for Ireland than for the eurozone, whose 17 members still must find a way to guide Greece, Portugal and Cyprus back into the markets.“The region has missed the opportunity to establish a precedent for how (bailout) program exit is managed,” said Malcolm Barr, an analyst at JP Morgan Chase in London.“The fact that the Irish authorities remained distrustful of the strings attached to a credit line, even given the sense that they have been a good performer, does not send a very positive signal about intra-European cooperation,” he said.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes DUBLIN (AP) – Ireland will exit its international bailout agreement next month without the safety net of a precautionary credit line, Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced Thursday in a sign that the Irish are confident they won’t suffer a beating in the bond markets.Thursday’s decision means Ireland will be the first of the eurozone’s four bailout recipients to wean itself off of emergency aid from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The move comes three years after Ireland was forced to take 67.5 billion euros ($91 billion) in loans to avoid bankruptcy. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Kenny said would-be buyers of new Irish bonds should be reassured that the country has built up more than 20 billion euros ($27 billion) in emergency reserves.And he said the government next month would unveil a medium-term plan to spur economic growth while continuing to rein in the national debt.“It will be an economic plan based on enterprise, not speculation. Never again will our country’s fortunes be sacrificed to speculation, greed and short-term gain,” Kenny said in reference to the previous Irish government’s decade-long stoking of a runaway property market and weak regulation of banks.The Finance Department in a statement said the treasury’s reserves would be sufficient to fund Ireland through 2014 if, in a worst-case scenario, global investors again dumped Irish debt securities as happened in 2009 and 2010.It said Ireland expected to post a 2013 deficit of 4.8 percent of economic output, better than the EU-IMF goal of 5.1 percent. Ireland posted an EU-record deficit in 2010 of 34 percent, reflecting that year’s gargantuan bank-rescue costs.The reserves mean Ireland’s treasury does not need to rush into the bond markets next month, but can sell securities gradually through 2014 and pause in the event of any new short-term crises of confidence in the eurozone. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories last_img read more

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A Holocaust survivor remembers Lost in the rubble of Warsaw

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In this photo taken on April 10, 2015, Moshe Tirosh, 78, pauses during an interview with The Associated Press in Warsaw, Poland. Tirosh incredibly survived the Holocaust, being thrown out of the Warsaw Ghetto in a sack before being hidden at the Warsaw zoo. He was later abandoned in the rubble of the city after the Warsaw Uprising, but miraculously lived to the end of the war with other Polish orphans.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) Pietak stepped in again, this time to smuggle the Kenigsweins to the Warsaw zoo, where the director and his wife, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, had been sheltering Jews.On a rainy night, the family climbed into a horse-driven carriage for the trip, past German guards on both sides of a bridge.Pietak sat next to the driver. When they approached the guards, he pulled out a bottle of moonshine and splashed the horses and himself with it.“Halt!” the Germans ordered. When they smelled the alcohol, they shouted: “Polish pigs, go away!”They made it to the zoo. By this time, most of the animals had been killed or hauled off to Germany, and Zabinski had turned it into a pig farm.The Zabinskis could not keep them indefinitely. With the help of Pietak, the family found shelter in the tiny apartment of a captain in Poland’s underground army. But the necessity of buying so much food for such a small household was certain to arouse suspicion.So it was decided that splitting up the family would increase their chances.A shopkeeper agreed to adopt Stefania but it was more difficult to shield Jewish boys, because they were circumcised.Pietak found a place for Miecio with a woman he remembers as Mrs. Wala. She had a daughter about his age and agreed to take him in for money. Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation During the 1944 bombardment, the German response to the Warsaw uprising, sirens signaled for people to take shelter and Miecio ran into a cellar with Mrs. Wala.The bombing caused the four-story building above them to collapse. The survivors emerged to an apocalyptic scene.“In one hand, Mrs. Wala held a suitcase and, in the other, her little daughter’s hand,” he said. “I held onto her skirt and we ran.”“At one point, we stopped and I lost hold of her. … She turned to me and made an expression that said she was very sorry that she was leaving me, and then she walked away with her daughter.”Miecio pressed his hands together and kept repeating “Jesus, where is my aunt?” Mrs. Wala had taught him to do it — to appear Catholic.Polish underground fighters pulled him into shelter. They gave him a card saying he was an orphan and sent him on. With the help of another stranger, he made his way to an orphanage.He was evacuated with the other orphans to southern Poland, and lived out the war in a monastery.“There I endured hell,” he said, describing hunger, flea infestations and beatings by older boys who discovered he was Jewish after pulling his pants down. Disease was rife. Every day, nuns carted away the corpses of children. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   “How can he be yours if you are Jewish and he is a Pole?” the director asked.The boy was told to pull down his pants, his circumcision again the proof of his Jewish heritage.After the war, Samuel Kenigswein made a fortune manufacturing shoe polish. Two more children were born. Then their luck ran out: Samuel Kenigswein’s heart gave out in 1948, soon after his fifth child was born.In 1957, the rest of the family emigrated to Israel. Tirosh became an army officer and married.Today, he speaks with joy of his three children, six grandchildren and an extended family of 56.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The young boy emerged from the rubble of Warsaw, clinging to a woman he knew only as Mrs. Wala. She turned and walked off, and 7-year-old Mieczyslaw Kenigswein was alone, lost in the Holocaust.He is now 78, an Israeli with a Hebrew name, Moshe Tirosh. During a visit to Warsaw, he recalled surviving the war not knowing if his parents were dead or alive — and how random twists of fate saved his life. On New Year’s Eve, just weeks before the arrival of the Soviet army ended the Nazi occupation, a farmer and his wife came to the orphanage to adopt a boy. Lifting Miecio’s chin, the wife turned to the priest and said, “Father, we want this one.”“No, you don’t,” Father Andrzej said. “He is weak, and always sick.”But the couple insisted. That night, the farmer’s wife bathed him. Despite his efforts to hide his private parts, she discovered his circumcision. The next morning, the farmer returned Miecio to the orphanage.Today, he is grateful the couple didn’t keep him. Had he stayed on the farm, he might never have been found by his mother.With 6 million Jews dead and survivors bereft of loved ones, the Kenigsweins were lucky: Both parents and their three children survived, and Regina Kenigswein eventually tracked down her children.The woman who adopted Stefania did not want to give her up but was persuaded when offered money.The youngest, Stanislaw, had been evacuated with other foundlings to the city of Czestochowa, where his mother found him.She found Miecio 10 months later in a church-run orphanage in Krakow, where he was taken after the war. At first, he didn’t recognize her. The orphanage director, not knowing he was Jewish, didn’t want to give him up. Tirosh’s earliest memories are of hunger and misery in the Warsaw Ghetto.Called Miecio as a boy, he was nearly 5 when his mother, Regina, gave birth to her third child under floorboards, biting her knuckles to keep from screaming so the Germans would not discover them.The parents made the excruciating decision to part with the infant to increase his chances of survival.With the help of a young Pole, Zygmunt Pietak, his mother smuggled the newborn out of the ghetto and left him on a street corner with a card bearing the name “Stanislaw Pomorski” — meant to hide his Jewish origins.A Polish policeman took the baby to a home for abandoned children.The next year, Tirosh’s father, Samuel, was helping other Jews plan the ghetto uprising when he decided to flee with his family.Now 6, Miecio and his 4-year-old sister, Stefania, were packed in padded sacks and thrown over the ghetto walls. Then the parents climbed over.They found shelter with a Polish family, the Raczeks. The family hid behind apartment walls or in closets during German inspections. The punishment for helping Jews was severe: death to any rescuer and their family.Mrs. Raczek decided after a few months she could no longer bear the risk. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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Software installed in Boeing 777s to prevent runway overruns

first_imgThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered airlines to install new software on more than 800 Boeing 777 aircraft worldwide to prevent possible runway overruns during takeoff. The FAA said the directive is intended to prevent the autopilot from engaging inadvertently during the slower portion of the takeoff roll. Since 1995, there have been nine aborted takeoffs which have been directly related to the autopilot malfunction (two of which occurred in January). There have been no accidents or injuries related to the problem, but the FAA said if the malfunction was not corrected it could cause aircrafts to run off the end of a runway. Regulators and Boeing have agreed that airlines should comply with the directive over the next three months, the FAA said.The order affects about 145 Boeing 777s in the United States. Another 650 planes would be covered if regulators overseas adopt the US directive for their airlines, which is a common practice. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27ca6/” 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>last_img read more

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Untouched by floods but greater Queensland suffers aftereffects

first_imgSome of the worst hit areas for tourism in Queensland include Cairns, Whitsundays and the Gold Coast, despite being completely untouched by recent floods, according to Tourism Queensland CEO, Anthony Hayes.“The phones stopped ringing and nobody is making bookings for Cairns, the Whitsundays, and the Gold Coast, but they have been completely untouched by the floods,” Mr Hayes said, speaking at an afta organised industry forum yesterday in Brisbane.The tourism body has launched a $600,000 campaign to boost tourism throughout the State, but is pushing a message to Australians to help by taking a domestic holiday this year.“We are well on track for recovery, this would be a great place to holiday or have a conference,” Mr Hayes said.The 117,000 registered tourism businesses in Queensland comprise of nearly 90 per cent small businesses, which Mr Hayes said has been hit the hardest in these challenging times.  “These businesses are scattered throughout the state, cash flow is abominable at the moment and they are doing it tough”“We are open for business, and to ensure we get that message out domestically and internationally, we need your help.”There is nothing better than a unifying purpose to bring the industry together.  This industry requires 70 per cent of its business driven by locals, Australians.  We need Australians to enjoy a holiday in Australia more than ever before,” Tourism Transport Forum, John Lee said. “Tourism is a world competitive industry.  It’s now more than ever that we need people to come it’s un-Australian not to pack your boardies and enjoy a holiday in Queensland.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

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NZ targets Aussie MEETINGS

first_imgFunction and events centres across New Zealand are aiming to win over Aussie MICE planners, as the country prepares to host an exhibition that could build on its $1 billion business industry.Commencing next week from 22 to 23 June at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre, exhibitors at MEETINGS 2011 will use it as an opportunity to show off New Zealand’s close approximation, affordability and extensive facilities, according to Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Alan Trotter. “We know that on a cost basis we stack up very favourably as a destination for conferences and incentives,” Mr Totter said.“What we have to do now is convince the Australian market that the facilities we offer, including our new international convention centre to be built in Auckland, are as good, if not better, than what they can get in Australia, or in another off-shore destination, and that we have that x-factor they’re looking for.”CINZ head added that MEETINGS will also target growing markets China and India this year, and particularly aims to keep NZ in the minds of the 20 percent growth per year from Chinese business travellers. Up to 170 exhibitors will showcase the products and services on offer to 85 buyers from Australia, 17 hosted buyers from Asia.“Business tourism often flies under the radar but it’s a critical component of our country’s tourism industry,” Mr Totter explained. “It is vitally important to our economy that New Zealand present itself as a cost-effective and attractive destination for conferences, conventions and incentive travel and why we’ve put so much effort into this flagship event.“We’re hoping to get some big returns, particularly from the Australian market.’’ ETB News will be on location in Rotorua next week, so keep an eye on this space for all your MEETINGS news and updates. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

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Domestic tourism back in business

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Australia’s domestic tourism industry has experienced a revitalisation with visitor nights and expenditure rapidly increasing, according to business information analysts at IBISWorld.IBISWorld revealed a generous rise in domestic figures, with visitor nights increasing 6.7 percent and visitor expenditure advancing 17.5 percent year-over-year.“In the coming year, IBISWorld expects these figures will rise by a further four percent, 4.6 percent and 5.9 percent respectively”, Ms Dobie said,” IBISWorld general manager Australia Karen Dobie said.“Domestic weekend getaways increased in popularity last year,” Ms Dobie said – citing a 5.8 percent rise in domestic overnight trips, compared to last year.Australia’s low-cost carrier aviation market has sustained a competitive edge for customers.“In particular, we have seen low-cost airlines increase their range of destinations, driving competition on routes and resulting in downward pressure on airfares, as well as an increase in cruises driven by lower prices and improved products”, Ms Dobie said. Australia’s international tourism industry also witnessed an increase in visitation of one percent on the previous year, with China listed as the top international inbound market by economic value.“In the coming five years, IBISWorld anticipates visitors from China, India, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States will play the most significant role in contributing to Australia’s tourism industry,” Ms Dobie said. “Tourism Australia’s marketing efforts in China, and the gradual rebound of the UK and US economies will support growth.”last_img read more

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Ill fated Explorer of the Sea back in home port

first_imgExplorer of the Sea will be closed during a thorough sanitisation process and no one will be allowed on board for a further 24 hours, before it is due to depart on its next cruise. Upon disembarking, passengers spoke to media waiting at the dock, of their nightmare at sea, with hundreds of people throwing up into buckets and bags. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Explorer of the Sea, has returned to its US home port of New Jersey, after nearly 700 passengers fell ill after a suspected norovirus outbreak. Source = ETB News: L.B.center_img The norovirus, which is highly contagious, is easily spread from an infected person as well as contaminated water, food and surfaces, causing the victim to suffer from stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea for days. Although lab results are not expected until next week, health authorities suspect norovirus, believing it to be one of the biggest norovirus outbreaks on a cruise ship in the last 20 years.last_img read more

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