Fed minutes indicate June rate hike unlikely

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The minutes showed that Fed officials are concerned about market reaction once they do start raising rates, especially as bond price “volatility may be greater than it had been in the past.” Some officials worried about triggering a sharp rise in bond rates, similar to the spike that occurred in June 2013 when the Fed first discussed the possibility of trimming its monthly bond purchases.The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a meager rate of just 0.2 percent in the January-March quarter. The figure could well be revised by the government next week to show that the economy actually contracted during the period.In its policy statement issued after the April meeting, the Fed blamed the deceleration on “transitory factors” such as severe winter weather and a now-resolved labor dispute at West Coast ports. But the minutes of the discussion show that officials debated just how temporary the slowdown might be.It cited a number of officials who felt that the strong dollar’s impact on exports or the effects of cheaper oil on business investment “might be larger and longer-lasting than previously anticipated.”Some officials also noted that lower energy prices have yet to fuel consumer spending, while others said the downside risks to growth had risen since the Fed’s March meeting. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The divergent views were revealed Wednesday in the minutes of the central bank’s discussions at their April 28-29 meeting. The Fed has kept its key rate near zero since December 2008.Many economists at the beginning of the year pegged June as the most likely date for the first rate hike. But private analysts have now pushed that liftoff date to September or even later given unexpected weakness at the start of this year.“The Fed is still in wait-and-see mode,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.While rates may not rise as much or as quickly this year as he had initially forecast, Ashworth said he still believes that rising wages and higher inflation will push the Fed to move more aggressively next year.The Fed reiterated that the decision to raise rates will be based on data and considered on a meeting-by-meeting basis. It is unlikely to issue a separate notice when a rate hike is imminent. Policymakers said the public could instead look to its description of the economy in its regular post-meeting statements for clues on the likely timing of a rate hike, according to the minutes.Financial markets took the Fed minutes in stride, although a brief afternoon rally faded leaving the major indexes mixed. The Dow Jones industrial average finished the day down 27 points at 18,285, while the Nasdaq composite index was up slightly. Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed when they met last month that it would be too early to start raising interest rates in June, as they debated whether the economy’s winter weakness would fade or persist.While “a few” Fed officials believed that the U.S. economy would be ready to raise rates in June, they were outnumbered by “many” Fed officials who viewed it as “unlikely” that the economic data would be strong enough to justify a hike next month. Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories center_img How do cataracts affect your vision? But policymakers who were confident that the economy would regain momentum pointed to a consistent seasonal pattern in recent years: The economy is generally weaker in the first quarter before rebounding in the spring and summer. They also underscored fundamental strengths of the economy such as low interest rates, solid consumer confidence and rising household income.The Fed next meets on June 16-17.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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Dutch govt eyes limited ban on facecovering clothing

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government announced plans Friday to introduce a limited ban on “face-covering clothing,” widely interpreted as a new attempt to outlaw burqas, the head-to-toe Islamic robe worn by only a few hundred women in this European nation of 17 million.Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his ruling coalition has drawn up a proposal aimed at banning people from wearing clothing that obscures the face on public transport and in schools, government buildings and medical institutions. The proposal will be sent to a panel of legal advisers for assessment. The panel, the Council of State, was heavily critical in 2012 of an attempt by the government to ban burqas, saying it breached religious freedom provisions in the Dutch constitution. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Rutte insisted the latest move is not targeting any particular religious group and will not go as far as the earlier attempt at a general ban on burqas.“It has nothing to do with religion or what people do in their own homes,” he said.Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said people “can still walk along the street in a burqa,” but added they would have to remove it to get onto a bus.France in 2011 became the first country in Europe to enact a law forbidding face-covering veils anywhere in public.The Dutch Muslim women’s organization Al Nisa, which has lobbied against any kind of burqa ban, saying the proposal is not tackling a serious problem in society but reacting to fears.“Fear that threatens to manifest itself against anything that we find different or strange,” the group said in a statement. “And that while the Netherlands was known for her tolerance and level-headedness.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning

first_img Check your body, save your life The week’s events have pushed aside, for now, the talk of Egypt’s budding economic recovery. GDP is accelerating, foreign investment has jumped and the stock market is rising. Unemployment is down and the country’s credit ratings are up. Gas lines are gone and the country has capital to invest, thanks in part to a multi-billion dollar aid package from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.Among Brotherhood’s supporters, calls to abandon non-violence are growing, deepening an internal split over the issue. Wednesday’s call for revolt may reinforce those urging the use of force.Security expert H.A. Hellyer said it was not inevitable but “increasingly likely” that the call will result in “a more militant and insurgency-style route.” Hellyer, of London’s Royal United Services Institute, said such calls would find “a much more receptive audience against the backdrop of the political realities in Egypt and the crackdown.”The events do not bode well for attempts to support democracy, form a more pluralistic society, or even elect a parliament, which el-Sissi had said would come at the end of the year.Those elections, whenever they take place, are likely to produce a strongly pro-el-Sissi legislature. Islamists, in various forms, may still have a solid base of support but are likely to largely boycott — something that allowed el-Sissi to easily win election a year ago. The existing non-Islamic parties, an assortment of nationalists and liberals, were disorganized and hapless in opposition to Morsi and largely back el-Sissi now. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A sense of foreboding fills the air, with officials and media speaking of a state of war and urging national unity. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has promised swift justice, which critics fear will mean a further step away from democracy. The Muslim Brotherhood, banned but unbowed, has upped the ante by calling for revolt against his rule. There is fear of even worse attacks of the kind that have become sadly familiar around the region.It all presents a major challenge for el-Sissi, who as army chief led the takeover against Morsi two years ago, when millions filled the streets outraged over what they saw as Brotherhood misrule. He was later elected president, and the deal he has offered Egyptians — a curtailing of freedoms in exchange for stability and security — was one many seemed eagerly willing to embrace after several years of upheaval, in which the wider region has gone up in flames.The first part of that equation has been carried out: the once-ruling Muslim Brotherhood has been largely crushed, thousands of its members and scores of leaders in jail and hundreds — including Morsi — handed the death penalty. Public protests are restricted, as is political activity. The media has been cowed amid an atmosphere that seems to equate criticism with disloyalty, and even many liberal activists are in jail. The result has been quieter streets, without protests that often turned to riots the past three years, and violence against Christian and Shiite minorities has lessened, though not stopped. The crackdown on the Brotherhood and other opponents following Morsi’s ouster claimed hundreds of lives and landed thousands in jail. With most of the Brotherhood cadres imprisoned, youth supporters have been left leaderless. Some still protest several times a week in dilapidated Cairo suburbs and narrow alleyways, or restive rural areas off-limits to the state.Unprecedented, coordinated attacks by militants including massive suicide bombings on the army in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday underlined the failure to stem an insurgency that blossomed in the area after Morsi’s overthrow, despite a heavy-handed crackdown.The army said 17 soldiers and over 100 militants were killed, although before the release of its official statement, several senior security officials from multiple branches of Egypt’s forces in Sinai had said that scores more troops also died in the fighting. The same day, a special forces raid on a Cairo apartment killed nine leaders of the outlawed Brotherhood, which said they were innocents “murdered in cold blood,” and called for a “rebellion.”Sinai’s main insurgent organization, which calls itself the Sinai Province of the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s assault. El-Sissi has yet to address the public about the attacks, but in the past he has described the Brotherhood as the root of all Islamic extremist groups. Just two days earlier, the assassination of Barakat was claimed by an obscure militant group. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   ___Follow Rohan on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Brian_RohanCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img But stability, which for a time seemed attainable, seems to be in danger of unraveling. Militants affiliated with the regional Islamic State group have turned the northern part of the Sinai peninsula into a war zone, this week staging a brazen multi-pronged attack on army positions. Last month a key tourist site at Luxor was attacked, and on Tuesday chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat was assassinated while leaving his Cairo home for work.Islamic radicals have claimed responsibility for the attacks. Authorities generally blame the Muslim Brotherhood itself, claiming its leaders issue orders from behind bars. Some believe the group’s denials while others don’t, and proof is scarce.Michael Hanna, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based Century Foundation, sees an “escalatory cycle … deteriorating security is eroding confidence in the capacity of the regime but at the same time also reinforcing hard-line trends in Egyptian society with respect of how to deal with these security threats.”After the killing of Barakat, an angry el-Sissi went on TV to promise more efficient justice. He also suggested that the death penalties against the Islamist leaders would — contrary to expectations — actually be carried out. FILE – In this Thursday, July 2, 2015, file photo, people carry the coffin for 1st Lt. Mohammed Ashraf, killed in Wednesday’s attack by Islamic militants in the Sinai, during the funeral procession in Ashmoun, north of Cairo, Egypt. When Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the army’s overthrow of Egypt’s Islamist president two years ago, he promised to usher in new stability for the country. Instead, now President el-Sissi is facing an even tougher challenge: An Islamic militant insurgency that unleashed its worst violence yet the past week. (AP Photo/Ashour Abosalm, File) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home CAIRO (AP) — Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt’s Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo’s Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt’s upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week’s dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country’s chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital. Sponsored Stories Action will be taken within days “to enable us to execute the law, and bring justice as soon as possible,” he said. In a thinly veiled reference to jailed members of the Brotherhood, el-Sissi blamed the violence on those “issuing orders from behind bars,” and warned: “If there is a death sentence, it will be carried out.”“We will stand in the face of the whole world, and fight the whole world,” el-Sissi said.El-Sissi was alluding to the widespread global criticism of his heavy-handed rule — charges certainly also echoed by domestic opponents, not all of them Islamists.On Friday, hundreds of mostly young Islamist demonstrators held several small protests in Cairo suburbs, carrying pro-Morsi signs and chanting “down with military rule.”But el-Sissi also has wide support among Egyptians who have come to feel that liberal democracy is a bad fit in a society where almost half the people are illiterate and significant political forces would, if allowed, create a theocracy which would hardly be democratic.“There’s progress and stability, we feel more order in the streets and the economy. But there’s nobody who’s not sad in Egypt these days because of the attacks in Sinai,” said Ibrahim Hamdy, a shopkeeper at a hardware store in a popular neighborhood of central Cairo, where Ramadan decorations hung from the buildings. Top Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Japan launches free WiFi on Mount Fuji

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Climbers make their way as a route to climb Mount Fuji on the Shizuoka prefecture side opened for climbing season in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka prefecture, central Japan Friday, July 10, 2015. Climbers who reach the summit of Mount Fuji will now be able to share their achievement via free Wi-Fi. A Japanese mobile phone network says it will begin offering free Wi-Fi Friday at eight hotspots on Japan’s most famous mountain, including the 3,776-meter (12,389-foot) summit. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT Top Stories Users on Mount Fuji will need to enter a user ID and password provided in fliers in English, Chinese and Korean that will be distributed at some trailheads. NTT DOCOMO Inc. will provide the service for 72 hours from the initial log-in.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Patients with chronic pain give advice Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall TOKYO (AP) — Climbers who reach the summit of Mount Fuji will now be able to share their achievement via free Wi-Fi.A Japanese mobile phone network says it will begin offering the service Friday at eight hotspots on Japan’s most famous mountain, including the 3,776-meter (12,389-foot) summit.The initiative is aimed at attracting more overseas visitors to Shizuoka and Yamanashi, the two states that are home to Mount Fuji. From airports to subway and bus operators, Japan has been expanding free Wi-Fi service ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.last_img read more

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After 2 weeks of silence Philae comet lander back in touch

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories DLR said Friday the probe sent back data from a radar-like instrument that scientists hope will allow them to understand the composition of the comet’s core.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img BERLIN (AP) — The Philae space probe that landed on a comet last year has made contact with Earth for the first time in more than two weeks.The German space agency DLR, which controls the lander, says it received data from Philae over a 22-minute period late Thursday, although the connection broke off several times.Scientists were joyous in June when the comet lander awoke from seven months of hibernation. But they have been unable to explain why Philae isn’t communicating more regularly. Its signals are relayed to Earth by the lander’s mother ship, Rosetta, which is orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet that Philae is on. Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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Qantas to increase Melbourne and Joburg services

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Qantas have announced at ATE 2010 plans to introduce daily A380 services from Melbourne and step up the number of its flights from Sydney to Johannesburg.At first, the carrier will increase its existing two return A380 services between Melbourne and London via Singapore to five services a week after it receives delivery of its eighth A380.After its ninth A380 is delivered, Qantas will operate six services a week and then daily services when its tenth arrives.The ninth and tenth A380 will also increase the carrier’s Melbourne – Los Angeles services by four and then six services a week.“Melbourne- Los Angeles is an equally important trunk route for Qantas, so we have also targeted an increased frequency of A380 services to serve this market” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said on Monday.Qantas said it expected to take delivery of its seventh A380 in the final quarter of 2010 and to have received its tenth by March 2011.The carrier will also introduce an extra Boeing 747 on its Sydney-Johannesburg route and will operate a daily schedule from 21 September this year. South African Airways will codeshare on the daily services.“South Africa is an important market for Qantas, particularly for business travel and it is important for us to offer our customers the flexibility of daily services” To celebrate the daily service, Qantas have released special fares for its Economy and Premium Economy cabins. Tourism Australia MD Andrew McEvoy with Qantas’ Alan Joyce and Rob Gurneylast_img read more

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Chifley Hotels awarded best in Sydneys West

first_imgChifley Eastern Creek and Chifley Penrith Panthers have been recognised as leaders in ‘DeluxeAccommodation’ in Western Sydney, taking out the Silver and Bronze Awards respectively in thecategory at the inaugural Greater Sydney Tourism Awards on Wednesday, 4 August at Castle Hill RSL. The two Chifley’s beat another two finalists to command the top accolades for their outstanding service,facilities and excellent business practises. The Chifley Hotels aim to solidify its position as a contender inthe NSW Tourism Awards 2010 in November. “Over the last few years Chifley has invested time and effort into improving guest satisfaction throughnew hotel developments, refurbishments and additional services. We are proud to be acknowledged asthe leading hotel group in the Greater Western Sydney region” Cameron Stewart, Constellation HotelsDirector of Operations. Since opening its doors in 2008, Chifley Eastern Creek has provided Western Sydney with a superior 4.5star hotel offering 104 trackside and courtyard guest rooms and suites with Internet lounge, spa, sauna,indoor heated lap pool, gymnasium, along with exciting dining and social venues including ColdwaterCreek tavern and Octane lobby bar and café. The hotel has also established itself as a leader in business tourism and events in Sydney’s west, housingthree state of the art conference and function rooms capable of catering up to 200 delegates. The recent million dollar facelift at Chifley Penrith Panthers included the addition of seven brand newaccommodation rooms increasing the number of rooms on offer at the hotel to a total of 223. Existingground floor rooms have undergone a full refurbishment and the hotel lobby has been transformed intoa cosy lounge and bar area with a big screen TV, complementary wireless Internet and two Internetworkstations. Both hotels are located within close proximity to the M7 and M4 motorways, allowing for easy andconvenient access to all areas of Sydney. A benefit echoed by John Gardiner, General Manager ofWestlink M7, the principle supporter of the Awards, who said, “The M7 is an important part of Sydney’sinfrastructure. The M7 makes it easy for visitors to visit local tourism attractions.” Greater Sydney Tourism AwardsChifley Hotel Team Source = Constellation Hotelslast_img read more

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Sydney in top 10 for meetings destination

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In the 2010 International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) ratings Sydney has been ranked number ten out of 364 global business meeting destinations.The ratings also revealed Sydney is ranked number two business events destination, second only to Singapore.“The result is a strong indication of the robustness of Sydney’s meetings industry and our ability to deliver world-class meetings, events and conferences,” Business Events Sydney (BESydney) chief executive Jon Hutchinson said.The ICCA’s results are highly regarded and this excellent result will bring renewed interest to our destination that will have a significant impact on future global business opportunities for Sydney, Mr Hutchinson said.BESydney will also be working on developing growth in the Asian market to increase Sydney’s market share from the region and will work closely with both industry and government bodies to reinforce Sydney’s leading position for business events.This financial year BESydney has secured 66 business events expected to generate AUD$185million for the economy which is 50percent more than last year.last_img read more

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Spacecraft London to Sydney under 2 hours

first_imgKLM Airways has teamed up with Formula One mogul Michael MoI to develop a new spacecraft that could reach long-haul destinations in less than two hours.Set to rival Richard Branson Virgin Galactic venture, the ground breaking vessel is designed and built to complete journeys from London to Sydney in just one hour and 45 minutes, the Daily Mail reported.Despite the fact that organisers do not expect to have the commercial space journeys in operation for another 15 to 20 years, tickets for the first seats on the ‘Lynx spaceship’ have already been sold.A preliminary edition of the spacecraft is due to be unveiled at the beginning of next year and the first flight which is set to carry passengers, is scheduled for take-off in 2014 and tickets for the trip are being sold for £60,000 each. The first generation spacecraft, the Lynx, will carry customers at speeds of around 2,200mph.To date, 36 passengers have booked for the first set of flights which are planned to depart from Curacao in the Caribbean. All passengers will have to go through a physical examination prior to getting on board.Mr Mol said being able to travel from London to Sydney in an hour and 45 minutes is the future of global travel.“I think there will be millions of people who would prefer to be in Sydney in a little more than one and a half hours rather than 24 hours.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Captain Cook Cruises awarded the Excellence Award in FIJI EXPERIENCE

first_imgCaptain Cook Cruises has been awarded the Excellence Award in FIJI EXPERIENCE for their Northern Discovery Cultural and Heritage Cruises at the annual AON Excellence in Tourism Awards 2012.Proud to have won the award, Captain Cook Cruises believe it’s not only the wonderful cruise experience and itineraries but the crew of the MV Reef Endeavour that helped them achieve this award.“I personally believe that the crew of Reef Endeavour are the ones who won this award for the Company. Therefore it is only fitting that the Master, the Officers and crew must be congratulated for the effort and great work that contributed to the success and subsequent Award”. Says Semi Koroilavesau, Managing Director, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji.Captain Cook Cruises only launched the seven nights Discovery Cultural Cruise, in June 2011 and it was the first ever Fiji cruise to circumnavigate Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest Island giving passengers the ultimate chance to discover and experience four distinctive Fijian cultures, Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijian and Indians visiting untouched villages and schools.The seven nights Discovery Heritage Cruise is also an amazing cruise that reveals the unique history, art and culture of the Northern Fiji Islands and allows passengers the ultimate experience of standing’ on the natural International Dateline. The cruise visits Ovalau, Taveuni Island, Savusavu, Waiyevo and of course the 180th Meridian – the arbitrary Dateline between today and tomorrow.The Discovery Cultural Cruise has five remaining departures in 2012 including, 03 April, 05 June, 07 August, 02 October, 04 December and 05 February 2013.The Discovery Heritage Cruise has four remaining departures in 2012 including, 01 May, 03 July, 04 September and 06 November and 2013 dates include 01 January and 05 March. Both seven night cruises depart Denarau Marina at 1.00pm and Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares start from just AUD$1537.60 per person twin share including accommodation, all meals, guided village and island tours, glass bottom boat excursions and use of the ship’s facilities. Source = Captain Cook Cruiseslast_img read more

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Joyce justifies Qantas decisions

first_imgJoyce told the inquiry, which is looking at the future of Qantas, that the airline is facing “a manifestly un-level playing field, which threatens our future prospects.” Joyce highlighted that Virgin Australia is 70 per cent owned by foreign airlines and that they had invested AUD $300 million into Virgin as a way to bust Qantas. Joyce, along with Chairman Leigh Clifford’s management of Qantas, is also being blamed for the airlines’ dire straits with some commentators predicting Joyce may not survive the restructuring either.  Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce fronted an Australian Senate inquiry last week to defend the company’s decision to fire 5,000 workers and offshore operations. The Qantas chief executive pleaded that similar national carriers had received government help and emphasised that Qantas was cutting its cost base, lowering capital commitments, suspending growth in non-essential areas and protecting its domestic market position. Joyce also said that “in the past five years Australia has been flooded with capacity at more than double the rate of global capacity growth, mostly by airlines in partial or full government ownership” and that the high Australian dollar and fuel costs were hurting the airline’s bottom line. Source = ETB News: T.Nlast_img read more

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Australias Convention Bureaux Seek NEXTPractices

first_imgDestination Marketing Association International (DMAI) recently hosted a strategic-level workshop in Adelaide with AACB and its member bureaux to gather input for the DestinationNEXT scenario model and its phase 2 NEXTPractices.The workshop, attended by convention bureaux CEO’s, focused on the future of the global destination marketing industry. The DestinationNEXT vision is to provide Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) with practical, clear actions and strategies for sustainable success in a dramatically changing world.“DestinationNEXT is an international collaboration seeking DMO intelligence from around the world,” said Scott Beck, Chairman of DMAI. “The project will identify specific strategies that will help DMO’s be more successful in the future. I am excited to have AACB involved with the initiative. AACB’s recoginsed global leadership adds to the value and creditability of DestinationNEXT.”Direct input from bureaux CEOs will better define the current state of the destination marketing industry and position in the marketplace, identify major trends and issues, recommend action strategies, determine possible new DMO prototypes and prepare a tool kit to assist DMOs on an ongoing basis.“DMAI recognises the strong leadership of Australian convention bureaux and the contribution we make to the national economy,” said AACB President Lyn Lewis-Smith. “DestinationNEXT will help Australian convention bureaux identify possible new and sustainable priorities and strategies that deliver greater benefit and value to the economy. AACB is proud to be part of this international collaboration and continue to lead and support the business events industry in Australia.”Source = Destination Marketing Association Internationallast_img read more

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Come and watch allwomen functioned flight at Ethiopian Airlines

first_imgSource = Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlinesbook and fly here Ethiopian Airlines www.ethiopianairlines.comCome and watch All-Women functioned flight at Ethiopian AirlinesEthiopian Airlines, the leading, fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it will operate an All-Women Functioned Flight on November 19, 2015 on the Addis Ababa – Bangkok route.This historic flight is aimed at crystalizing Ethiopian corporate conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth” and it is the first of its kind in Ethiopian 70 years of service.This historical flight will be operated by an All – Female crew led by Female Flight deck crew members and senior female executives onboard that flight. On ground Flight preparations will also be conducted by females only such as Cabin Operations, Airport Operations, Flight Dispatcher, Load Controller, Ramp Operations, On-board logistics, Aviation Safety and Security, Ticket Offices, Catering, Air Traffic Controllers as well as Global Call Center.Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, It is a great honor for us to have competent Women Aviation Professionals at Ethiopian in every aspect of the aviation field, which portrays Ethiopian as gender responsive organization that strives to pursue its underlying stance of being an equal opportunity employer. We are very proud of their achievements and contributions and it is our sincere belief that this will continue with an enhanced magnitude and passion to sustain Ethiopian on its fast growth trajectory.Above all, this is an ample opportunity to inspire young African female students to believe in their dreams and embark to fill the skill gap for Aviation professionals. Women are the continent’s greatest untapped resources, and hereby fully dedicated to ensure the increase number of women in decision making positions on top of key operational areas by consistently grooming and mentoring successor female employees for top managerial, technical and operational positions. We invite the whole world to watch our all-female operated long haul flight to and from Bangkok.”It is to recall that Ethiopian Airlines has created a more conducive situation for new mothers, by launching a Nursing Room equipped with modern amenities; comfortable reclining chairs, and refrigerators for the storage of breast milk. New electronic breast pumps are also distributed to new mothers. The fact that female employees comprise 30% of the total Ethiopian employee population signifies Ethiopian core value of equal opportunity employer.last_img read more

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STA Travel crowned Best Youth Travel Agent 2017

first_imgSTA Travel crowned Best Youth Travel Agent 2017STA Travel crowned Best Youth Travel Agent 2017STA Travel has been crowned the Best Youth Travel Agent in the world, after winning the category and scooping the overall award at the Global Youth Travel Awards ceremony in Montreal.Voted for by the public, STA Travel CEO John Constable said it was an amazing feeling to be recognised by young travellers everywhere.“I’m very grateful to the people who voted for us,” he said. “We believe travel is the ultimate adventure and are committed to giving students and young people all over the world access to affordable flights and adventures.”This is the third time that STA Travel has claimed Best Youth Travel Award at the GYTA. The world’s largest student and youth travel company, STA Travel also won Best Marketing Campaign for its pioneering Philippines Unplugged campaign in partnership with Tourism Philippines.“I’m extremely proud of our people for this incredible achievement,” Mr Constable said. “We have some of the best and most creative minds in the travel industry, and I’d like to thank every person that has contributed to our success.”STA Travel’s winning marketing campaign shines the spotlight on the Philippines and documents STA Travel Sounds’ band Skinny Living on a journey through the island province of Palawan.Philippines Unplugged offers a fresh and original perspective on the Philippines, presenting music, travel and culture in a way Millennials and Generation Z can relate to. To watch the six-part series click here.Now in its seventh year, the Global Youth Travel Awards is held annually at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference and recognises outstanding performers in the travel industry.Source = STA Travellast_img read more

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Astro Tourism Industry in Chile to boost World Tourism

first_imgBy allowing visitors access to its astronomical wonders, Chile has the potential to boost global tourism in the next few years. In the southern end of the Atacama Desert lies the Elqui Valley, the location of the Route of the Stars, a travel route and the name of a customised travel package that allows tourists to visit La Serena city and explore locations where stargazing is best.For a fee of USD 20 for locals to as much as USD 40,000 for foreign tourists, a person can gain access to the foothills of the Andes with their telescopes or simply visit the observatories there. One of the most known tourist-friendly observatories is the Pangue Observatory, which opened in 2008. Cristian Valenzuela, one of Pangue’s founders, noted that the venture was inspired by a life-long passion.Pangue Co-founder Eric Escalera said that Chilean skies in the country’s northern region are perfect for tourists who are heavily interested in astronomy and star mapping. Pangue offers its tourists high-resolution telescope rentals that are good for three hours or a whole night for groups of 3 to 15. Some stargazing programmes are designed for all kinds of tourists with different levels of knowledge and interests.last_img read more

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Government revises eTourist Visa fees

first_imgGovernment of India has decided to revise the e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) fee in four slabs of 0 (zero), $25, $48 and $60 from November 3, 2015. Presently e-TV application fee is $60 and bank charge is $2 which is uniform for all the countries. The revision of Visa fee has been done on the principle of reciprocity. Bank charges have also been reduced from US$ 2 to 2.5 % of the e-TV fee. There is no bank charge for zero visa fees.Out of 113 countries / territories included in e-Tourist Visa scheme $60 has been fixed for 5 countries / territories namely Mozambique, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA.$48 has been fixed for 86 countries / territories namely Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turks & Caicos Island, UAE, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela and Vietnam.$25 has been fixed for 3 countries / territories namely Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.Zero Visa fees has been decided for 19 countries / territories namely Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, and Vanuatu)The e-Tourist Visa holders can enter India through any of the 16 designated Indian Airports (Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi.Besides reciprocating the gestures of other countries it is expected that this revision of fee will also help in boosting tourism in the country. Since the launch of the scheme on November 27, 2014 more than 3, 40,000 e-TVs have been issued till now.last_img read more

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Kawal Tiger Zone to lure more tourists

first_imgThe sanctuary at Kawal, spread over 11,200 sq km, has been a major tourist attraction with its natural beauty and movement of animals including tigers, leopards, deer, bison and blackbucks. Tourists are booking resorts a month in advance. Officials are also making special arrangements, like three safari vehicles with guides. Each person is charged Rs 200.The natural beauty spots include dense forests, high hills, beautiful valleys and waterfalls. The animals attracting the tourists are deer, peacock and a variety of birds, including rare species.Visitors are taking a liking for spots like waterholes for animals and the lifestyle of girijans in the Kawal forest area.The creation of the tiger zone also makes bait for tourists. Two tigers and a young one have been spotted, according to tiger Protection Officer, Yellam. He said the area has been found suitable for tigers. There is a possibility that their number may increase in future. The zone is attracting tourists on a daily basis, he added.Tourists from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra are among those visiting the zone. They include many software engineers and students who visit on Saturdays and Sundays. VIPs like CAT officer Minnie Mathews, Judge Sitaram Murthy, were among the visitors. Visitors can stay in the Tourism department resort at Jinnaram, which has all the facilities.Besides, they can take boat rides in the Kadem project, which makes them feel the experience of Papikondalu. Both resorts in Jinnaram and Kadem are being booked months in advance.last_img read more

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Belmond completes a successful tricity roadshow in India

first_imgBelmond, the London-headquartered hospitality group recently completed their annual roadshow in India. This was the company’s second annual roadshow in the country that covered Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai through a series of trade events as well as media interactions.Belmond Sales delegation was led by Shane Arrold, Regional Director of Sales – Asia Pacific and included representatives from Cape Town, Brazil, Asia, Russia and Italy. The trade turned up in good numbers to interact with the Belmond team and gain insights into various products including luxury hotels, trains, cruises and safaris.The media interactions, on the other hand, were headed by Maria Kuhn, Belmond’s Corporate Director of Communications where she revealed Belmond’s strategic plan which is focused on three key areas: driving top-line growth and bottom-line results, continuing to build brand awareness, and expanding the Company’s global footprint. The strategic plan projects that the company will double in size by 2020.last_img read more

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Barbados putting efforts to provide accessible tourism

first_imgGlobally, with more than 650 million people suffering from disabilities, there is a need for Barbados to continue in its efforts to put provisions in place to make sure that the island can be a competitive destination for accessible tourism. The Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), as part of Tourism Week, held a Tourism Week Symposium with the theme, ‘Universal Access… Is our Tourism Sector ready?’ which had invited members of the public and private sector to learn about the present policies, legislation and travel challenges of disabled persons in Barbados. The BTPA had invited representatives of the Courtyard by Marriott, Blessed Rentals, the Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) and the Town and Country Development Planning Office to speak on the topic.The Operations Manager of the BCD, Roseanna Tudor, started the event by presenting a promotional video detailing the vacation experience of a disabled visitor to Barbados and also highlighted the several fully accessible businesses and locations on the island. Even though it highlighted that Barbados can accommodate disabled visitors, there are still some challenges in relates to accommodation, transportation and accessibility to various shopping centres, roadways and places of interests. Roseann Foster-Vaughan, Administration Project Officer, who took on the role of ‘tourist’ in the promotional video, stated that the country has made some progress to become fully acces-sible, yet there was still more work to be done.The symposium concluded with another presentation from Tudor, who spoke on the topic ‘Becoming accessible,’ a disability sensitivity training session.last_img read more

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Survey Shows Impact of School Boundaries on Buyer Picks

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Investors Lenders & Servicers Move Inc. Service Providers 2013-07-29 Tory Barringer Survey Shows Impact of School Boundaries on Buyer Picks in Data, Origination July 29, 2013 414 Views center_img With summer drawing to a close and a new school year approaching, a new survey from “”Realtor.com””:http://www.realtor.com/ shows school boundaries factor in heavily for many homebuyers when they consider their purchasing decision.[IMAGE]In a poll of buyers planning to purchase a home within the next two years, Realtor.com found that three out of five respondents will consider school boundaries when choosing their next home. Out of that number, 90.53 percent said they are either an “”important”” or “”somewhat important”” factor.Of those who said school boundaries will have an impact on their decision, the majority said they would be willing to pay above budget for the convenience. According to the survey, about 23.59 percent would pay 1-5 percent above budget, 20.70 percent would pay 6-10 percent above budget, and 8.98 percent would pay 11-20 percent above budget, Realtor.com reported.In addition, many of that group would be willing to sacrifice a number of amenities to live close to the school of their choice; 62.39 percent of respondents would give up a home with a pool or spa, 50.60 percent would give up accessibility to shopping, and 41.99 percent would pass up a neighborhood with nearby parks and trails if it meant their children would go to the school of their choosing.Finally, Realtor.com asked homebuyers how far they would like to be located from the school they chose. The results found that 45.19 percent would be happy simply living within the school’s boundaries, 33.67 percent want to live within a few miles so their children can ride the school bus, and 17.20 percent want to live within one mile so their children can walk to school. Sharelast_img read more

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