German banker appeals Formula 1 bribe conviction

first_imgBERLIN (AP) – Lawyers for a German banker convicted of taking an illegal payment from Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone have filed an appeal to a federal court.News agency dapd reported that an attorney for Gerhard Gribkowsky, Daniel Amelung, said Wednesday the defense team had filed an appeal with the Federal Court of Justice. The appeals process typically takes several months in Germany.Gribkowsky was found guilty by a Munich court last month of taking the $44 million payment in connection with the sale of a stake held by his bank, BayernLB, in the racing series. Gribkowsky was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison after being found guilty of corruption, tax evasion and breach of trust. Ecclestone hasn’t been charged in the case but is under investigation.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Quick workouts for men More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

The Latest on China Boat Sinking Rescuers hear survivors

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice 0 Comments   Share   BEIJING (AP) — 12:45 p.m. (0445 GMT)State broadcaster CCTV says rescuers heard survivors yelling for help from inside a capsized cruise ship on China’s Yangtze River after it went down overnight in a storm with 458 people aboard, most of them elderly.The broadcaster says 12 people survived, and at least five people are confirmed dead.CCTV says search teams heard people calling out from within the partially submerged ship about 12 hours after it went down late Monday during a windy storm in Hubei Province. Stormy weather is hindering the rescue. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories The broadcaster showed rescuers in orange life vests on the upside-down hull, with one of them lying down tapping a hammer and listening for a response.___10:30 a.m. (0230 GMT)State broadcaster CCTV said search teams heard sounds coming from within the capsized cruise ship more than 12 hours after it flipped over in the Yangtze River on Monday night, and were trying to confirm whether they were from survivors trapped inside.Footage from the broadcaster showed rescuers in orange life vests standing on top of the upside-down hull, with one of them lying down tapping a hammer and listening for a response, then pointing downward.___10:15 a.m. (0215 GMT)Chinese state media say that at least one person is dead and nearly 450 are missing after the ship sank. Ten people have been rescued, according to state broadcaster CCTV, which said the four-level ship was carrying 406 Chinese passengers, five travel agency employees and 47 crew members. Most of the passengers were 50 to 80 years of age.___8:40 a.m. (0040 GMT)Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is on his way to the accident site where a passenger ship carrying more than 450 sank on the Yangtze River. Only a small number of survivors have been found so far, including the captain and chief engineer, who said the ship sank quickly after being caught in a cyclone. The Communist Party-run People’s Daily said the ship sank within two minutes. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ___8 a.m. (0000 GMT)The state-run Xinhua News Agency says that rescuers are battling winds and rain in the search for missing from a small cruise ship that sank late Monday on China’s Yangtze River. Footage from state broadcaster CCTV calm waters Tuesday morning, with dozens of rescue personnel in bright orange vests gathered on the shore. Several rescue ships were searching the waters, and submersible craft had been deployed.___7:30 a.m. (2330 GMT)Chinese President Xi Jinping orders all our rescue effort after the passenger ship carrying 458 passengers and crew sank late Monday night in the Hubei section of China’s Yangtze River. He has ordered a work team from the State Council, the country’s Cabinet, to rush to the site to guide the rescue work. The ship, the Eastern Star, sank after being caught in a cyclone while steaming upriver in a section of the river in Hubei province, according to the Yangtze River navigation administration.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Leopard mauls guides arm in attack in South African park

first_img Sponsored Stories Tourists in the vehicle hit the leopard with whatever objects they had, but the leopard only let go of the guide’s arm after a tourist in another vehicle drove up and scared it away, the park said.Park spokesman William Mabasa said the guide was able to drive the vehicle away from the scene, and was treated for wounds on his right arm and released.Rangers later shot and killed the leopard, which was ill, emaciated and also injured after being hit by the vehicle carrying the guide and tourists, according to Mabasa.He said tourists who get close to leopards, lions and other potentially dangerous animals should be vigilant.“Never take your eyes off the animal because you don’t know what the animal is thinking,” he said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A leopard mauled a guide in an attack on an open tourist safari vehicle in South Africa’s flagship wildlife park Thursday, authorities said.The attack happened in Kruger National Park as a guide and his passengers watched a leopard about 6.5 feet (two meters) from their vehicle, the park said. The leopard “cunningly disappeared” around the side of the vehicle and then leaped and grabbed the guide’s arm, according to a park statement. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Puerto Rico power company rejects bondholders debt plan

first_imgCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “It imposes disproportionate risks on ratepayers and other creditors,” the company said in a statement. “In addition to being unachievable, it is not supported by other creditor constituencies such as the bond insurers or the revolving fuel line lenders.”The negotiations between the power company and the bondholders group comes nearly two months after the agency submitted a long-awaited restructuring plan that calls for a minimum investment of $2.3 billion and a revision of rate structures, among other things. The full plan has not been publicly released.At the time, the Los Angeles-based investment bank Houlihan Lokey, an adviser to bondholders, said parts of the plan were positive but that others were unworkable and needed further negotiation. The group represents 40 percent of bondholders, which overall own $8 billion of the power company’s debt.In its new counterproposal, the bondholders group seeks to privatize generation to lower rates and delay debt payments for $2.5 billion in savings it said could be invested elsewhere by the power company.“These savings would fund billions in capital investment for (the power company) without the need for external financing with consumers directly benefiting from this approach by way of lower, more stable rates and a more modern and reliable utility,” said Stephen Spencer, a managing director at Houlihan Lokey. Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s power company on Thursday rejected a new proposal from bondholders that calls for an $8.1 billion debt exchange amid growing concerns the public agency could be the first one in the U.S. territory to go bankrupt.The Electric Power Authority said the proposal would not lead to a successful restructuring and does not share the burden of its more than $9 billion debt. Top holiday drink recipes Power bills in Puerto Rico are on average twice that in the U.S. mainland given the government’s heavy reliance on petroleum. While Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has said he supports privatizing power production and has pushed to find alternate energy sources, Lisa Donahue, the power company’s chief restructuring officer, has said Puerto Ricans will see some sort of rate increase regardless of what type of final plan is approved.Last month, the Electric Power Authority was forced to sell $128 million in bonds to generate liquidity as it struggled to avoid defaulting on a $415 million debt payment. The bondholders group agreed to extend the debt payment deadline to Sept. 15 but warned it would automatically end if a deal to restructure the company is not reached by Sept. 1.The group also said it would take legal action if bondholders are treated unfairly or if negotiations derail.Puerto Rico’s power company has obtained several extensions this year to avoid default and make payments.Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, said it appears Garcia’s administration is trying to force the island’s government into a default as a strategy to renegotiate its overall public debt. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   “This would be disastrous for Puerto Rico because it would lead to an avalanche of costly lawsuits,” Pierluisi said.The negotiations between bondholders and the power company come as the U.S. territory enters its ninth year in recession and struggles with a $72 billion public debt the governor has said is unpayable because of current economic conditions.Garcia’s administration is pushing for the right of Puerto Rico’s public agencies to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 9, but the proposed measure has not drawn any Republican co-sponsors. The White House has said no one was contemplating a federal bailout of Puerto Rico.Moody’s issued a statement Wednesday warning that Puerto Rico’s economic crisis is worsening.“We now believe the probability of default is approaching 100 percent and that losses given default are substantial,” it said. “We also believe Puerto Rico’s pursuit of Chapter 9 bankruptcy is not a viable solution. Changing the U.S. bankruptcy code faces significant challenges, and bankruptcy authorization would not be sufficient by itself to manage Puerto Rico’s current pressures.”___Danica Coto on Twitter: 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Australian ecoresort wins best service award

first_imgParadise Bay Eco Escape is revelling after receiving several accolades from TripAdvisor’s 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards voted on by over 30 million people.The property, located at Paradise Bay in the Whitsunday Islands, was rated No.1 for ‘Service’ in the South Pacific and No.1 for ‘Romance’ in Australia.It also ranked in the top three South Pacific Hotels in the ‘Bargain’ category.“What a delight it is to be acknowledged by the most important people in the world – our guests” said Paradise Bay Eco Escape Owner Peter Spann.“It is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of my team living up to the service ideals of Paradise Bay and delivering a fabulous Australian relaxed luxury experience whilst still maintaining the pristine beauty of our glorious Whitsundays through strong Eco-Principals.” Only two other hotels in Australia have been recognised for Best Service out of over 11,000 hotels in the South Pacific since 2007. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

People of Australia to vote on Australias Favourite Event in ne

first_imgSource = Australian Event Awards From Sydney’s New Years Eve Fireworks display that stops the world and major sporting events like the Australian Open Tennis, to the local community festivals that put regional towns on the map and high profile business events attracting international delegates, its easy to see how Australians participate in hundreds of millions events each year. While Australians love and support all types of events, people across the country are now voting for Australia’s Favourite Event of the year in a national online competition launched by the Australian Event Awards.“Australian events make a contribution to our economy in excess of $22 billion each year, employing over 260,000 people and touching the lives of Australians every single day, whether they are planning their next holiday, reading about them in the newspaper or deciding what they are going to do on the weekend,” said Sandy Hollway, former CEO of SOCOG and co-chair of the judges in the Australian Event Awards. “On the eve of the 10th Anniversary of one of Australia’s all-time favourite events, the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the people of Australia are being asked to vote on which event they have loved the most in the past year – the one event that engages them and gains their support above all others.”The search for Australia’s Favourite Event is taking place as part of the 2010 Australian Event Awards, a national program to recognise the outstanding achievements and innovation of events across all sorts of industries, including sport, the arts, community, charity, business events and more. While the public will decide one event to be named “Australia’s Favourite,” dozens of events across Australia are competing for well-deserved recognition judged by a panel of event industry leaders. Finalists in the 2010 Australian Event Awards include Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations, the Australian Open 2010, the Biennale of Sydney, Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival and AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour.Regional Australia are also very well represented in this year’s list of finalists with events competing from regional South Australia, Byron Bay (NSW), Boddington Gold Mine (WA), Warrnambool (VIC), Port Douglas (QLD) and Glenworth Valley (NSW). The Australian Event Award winners and “Australia’s Favourite Event” will be announced at a decadent Gala Dinner at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Thursday 7 October.last_img read more

APT Group big winner in NT Brolga awards

first_imgThe APT Group has collected three titles in the 2010 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards announced in Darwin.Intrepid Connections won the Major Tour and Transport category, Warwick “Rocky” Rock won Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and Luke Paterson won the Interpretive Guide category.Fleur Ulbrick, General Manager of Intrepid Connections said the awards acknowledged the depth and diversity of APT’s presence in the Northern Territory, in terms of special remote accommodation, market segmentation, product and the quality of personnel who work with the industry and APT customers.Intrepid Connections, a joint venture between APT and Intrepid Travel, is renowned for its quality, value for money, fun, integrity and respect, operating small group (maximum 24), nature and culture, innovative and interactive itineraries.Mr Rock is Regional Manager Central Australia for the APT Group which encompasses Intrepid Connections, VIP Touring and Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge. His career in tourism spans 22 years, 17 of which have been in the tourism industry based in Alice Springs. Mr Paterson is an interpretive guide for Intrepid Connections, guiding three and four-day tours to Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks in 25-passenger 4WD Isuzu vehicles and smaller 4WDs.Winners of the 2010 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Award Categories of Major Tour/Transport Operator and Unique Accommodation automatically become finalists in the 2010 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Source = APT Grouplast_img read more

Membership to promote Sunshine Coast

first_imgTourism leaders in the Sunshine Coast have launched a new membership program for the industry where local operators can advertise their business and leverage from Sunshine Coast Destination marketing campaigns (SCDL).Unveil yesterday, SCDL chief executive Steve Cooper described the membership as in demand.“There has been an absence of a Sunshine Coast wide tourism membership program for some years,” Mr Cooper explained. “The industry has requested a membership program and we are now delivering it.”Designed to accommodate businesses of all sizes, Mr Cooper added that in its inaugural year the program will include discounts for various membership levels.“If we unite as an industry, we can make a real difference for tourism on the Sunshine Coast,” he explained.Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt concurred, stating that the member was a great way to unite the industry and sell the destination.“The SCDL membership program is critical to bringing the industry together to sell this great destination and get visitors spending their dollars on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Jarratt said. “This program will give members the opportunity to participate in marketing campaigns, subsidised activities and access the latest research reports and industry development programs.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Avoid jet lag for a good flights sleep BA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Avoid jetlag, sleep comfortable on the plane Jet lag and travel fatigue is not a desired way to start a holiday or business trip, so British Airways has surveyed passengers’ in-flight sleeping habits to develop some helpful tips to minimise jet lag.While most travellers understand how jet lag comes about, 67 percent of people don’t know how to manage it, according to the recent airline survey.British Airways’ appointed sleep advisor Dr. Chris Idzikowsk revealed light is one of the main cues the body uses to distinguish a link with the outside world and the internal body clock.  Flights across different time zones introduce the body to new patterns of light and activity and the body can not adjust quick enough, causing jet lag. Different to jet lag but experienced by travellers regularly, travel fatigue is a result of stress while travelling and accrued sleep debt.  It can reduce your attention span by 75 percent and your ability to make judgements and decisions by 50 percent, according to the Dr. Identifying these problems in the study, British Airways research has come up with some top tips for a restful flight.Exercise in the morning of your new time zone and taking it easy before bed time and during the flight with gentle stretches will help reset your body clock and revitalise after a long flight.Manage your caffeine intake, because it disrupts your sleep so instead of drinking a tea or coffee all day, have a cup when you are at your most sleepy and need to stay awake.While alcohol is widely used as a sleep remedy, it can also disrupt sleep and by managing your alcohol intake you can ensure a restful flight’s sleep.Strategic napping is also essential to improve performance and alertness, according to the airline because some sleep is better than no sleep.Last of all, be aware of your slump time and do not book any important meetings or schedule anything too strenuous for this time.  It is when you will be your sleepiest and less likely to make accurate judgements and decisions.Pre-flight preparation to avoid jet lag includes establishing a bedtime routine, start adjusting your sleep schedule with your destination’s time zone in mind, minimise stress during the flight by getting organised for your trip early, pick out a travelling outfit of loose fitting comfortable clothes and check in online so you can start relaxing as soon as you get to the airport.last_img read more

Segway in Running for Major Tourism Award

first_imgDirector of Segway Central Coast, Ron Bell Source = Segway Central Coast Mt. Penang Parklands, 20 August 2012, Central Coast based tourist destination Segway Central Coast is in the running for the 2012 Hunter & Central Coast Tourism Awards, as a finalist in the New Tourism Development category.Based at Mt. Penang Parklands, Segway Central Coast offers Segway ride experiences for people aged 9-89 with a variety of different packages available, depending upon numbers in the group, skill level and if the group is there for fun with friends and family or as a team bonding experience.  Director Ron Bell is thrilled with the finalist nomination. “To be acknowledged as a leader in the Tourism Development category is a fantastic recognition of our business.”“At Segway Central Coast we want to offer our customers an experience they’ll never forget. In return, the positive feedback and encouragement allows us to continue to build the business and strive for bigger goals – such as the 2012 Hunter & Central Coast Tourism Awards” says Ron. With Segway Central Coast’s first anniversary of operation just around the corner, the next few months will well and truly focus on celebrating their achievements and ensuring the next 12 months are even more successful and enjoyable for their customers. “The 12 months have been a fun learning curve, much like our rides; we were a finalist in the Central Coast Tourism 52 Secrets campaign earlier this year and with this latest nod, we’re looking forward to continuing this wave of success – considering we’re a small player in the bigger tourism scene we’re happy to have made it this far!” says Ron. The Hunter Central Coast Tourism Awards judging process includes a site visit by tourism officials and a written submission. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 30th August at Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley. “We’re hoping for a great outcome on the night, however if we’re not successful, we’ll still be pleased” adds Ron.last_img read more

Mermaids in Sydney Copenhagen statue turns 100

first_imgHans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy-tale statue, The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen celebrates its 100th anniversary in August, with a special body-painted mermaids to appear at Sydney Harbour. Source = ETB News: P.T. On Friday 23 August from 7.30am until 2pm Sydney-siders and visitors can meet the mermaid at Circular Quay’s harbour promenade in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Little Mermaid statue has become a symbol of Denmark and the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Celebrating the centennial of the statue, real-life mermaids will be popping up in cities around the world on 23 August 2013 – including Sydney – clad in seashell bikini tops and fish tails, perched on artificial rocks.center_img VisitDenmark organise worldwide photo competition. The Danish Tourism Organisation, VisitDenmark, will host a mermaid photo competition with an opportunity to win a trip for two with Singapore Airlines to Denmark. For the chance to win, contestants must post their photo with the body-painted mermaid to their Instagram or Twitter account using the hashtag #littlemermaid100.last_img read more

Flying with Confidence

first_imgFlying with ConfidenceFlying with ConfidenceBritish Airways is celebrating its big birthday weekend in August with the first ever Flying with Confidence course at London City Airport.The course, which has run for three decades and helped more than 50,000 people overcome their fear of flying, celebrates the airline’s centenary on August 25 when it takes off at the Docklands airport for the first time.It is run by British Airways Captain Steve Allright and a specialist team who will explain the technical side of flying, challenging regular areas of concern such as turbulence.There will be expert advice from a clinical psychologist on relaxation techniques and managing anxiety and the day will finish with a flight on a modern Embraer 170 jet.British Airways’ centenary celebrations include initiatives that are designed to look ahead to the next 100 years of aviation and Captain Allright believes the course will help more people than ever take to the skies in the future.He said: “We love flying and want everyone to share that feeling of limitless opportunity and adventure that only air travel can really deliver. British Airways is the largest airline at London City Airport so we want to give nervous customers the chance to spread their wings and enjoy exploring all the new destinations we have to offer, most recently Split in Croatia.“We’ve had so many incredibly heart-warming stories during the 33 years of the course, but what they all have in common is that we’re helping to connect people, and that definitely makes it all worthwhile.”The one-day course will start at mid-day, with presentations by British Airways pilots and a psychologist, at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, New Providence Wharf.  It will conclude with a 45-minute flight on a British Airways aircraft when participants will be talked through the flight by the airline’s expert flight crew and offered support and encouragement from experienced cabin crew.Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

HRAEI calls for lower rate of GST for the hospitality industry

first_imgHotels and Restaurants Association of Eastern India (HRAEI), the umbrella body of hospitality industry in the region, has welcomed the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill and its passing by Lok Sabha and the hospitality industry is happy that there will be a single point uniform taxation for all hotels and restaurants throughout the country. It will substantially reduce paper work and multiple filing of various tax returns will be a thing of the past.The optimism is however circumspect as the industry is not sure about the rate of GST that will be fixed by the government. The indicative rate of 16% to 20% which is being speculated is very high for the hospitality industry and will mean a body blow to the industry, as a result of which the hotels and restaurants will suffer.“​The members of our Association feel that the GST rates for the hospitality industry should be capped at 10%. Since government is now targeting a manifold increase in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) it should introduce a facility whereby the foreign guests who have paid GST on their hotel and restaurant bills can claim refund of GST at the airport at the time of departing”, said Sudesh Poddar, President,​ ​HRAEI​. He said, “We are confident that the eTV initiative of the Government of India coupled with GST refund for foreign guests will spur the tourism industry into a high growth trajectory.”last_img read more

Greece looks forward to attracting more than a million tourists from Turkey

first_imgGreece has announced that the 2016 projections show the country will host even more Turkish tourists than the 1.15 million it saw in 2015, which was an 18% increase from 2014.Along with the GNTO (The Greek National Tourism Organization‘s bureau), other regional authorities wanting to increase their presence in the Turkish marketplace have become involved with various events being held to encourage Turkish tourism in Greece.Joint events between the GNTO in Istanbul have allowed the tourism sector to learn more about what drives Turks to visit Greece and what common knowledge about destinations attract the tourists to the Greek islands. The new joint efforts hope to help create more tourism opportunities for Turkish tourism in Greece.last_img read more

Cox Kingsowned MEININGER Hotels to open its second hotel in Brussels

first_imgCox & Kings owned MEININGER Hotels signed a lease contract with Nelson Canal for a hotel in Brussels. The hotel will have 150 rooms and 668 beds and will be located on Rue Bara 101 close to the main railway station in Brussels. The hotel is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will be Meininger’s second hotel in Brussels.Due to its strategic location next to the biggest train station in Belgium, Gare du Midi, the hotel’s connection to public transport is convenient. The train station, streetcar stop and subway station are within walking distance.The new building has a gross floor area of 6,700 sq mt. The room types will range from standard double rooms to private rooms with multiple beds through to a bed in a dormitory. The basement area will offer 30 private underground parking spaces next to the public parking that is being created.Hannes Spanring, CEO, Meininger Hotels, said, “In two years’ time Meininger will have two hotels in Brussels. The location of the new hotel at Gare du Midi is excellent. We are looking forward to welcoming the typical Meininger guest mix of families, tourists and business travellers.”last_img read more

Sharing private jets is now a reality

first_imgPrivate jets are considered as one of the prime examples of an uber expensive way to travel. However, nowadays the introduction of fractional jet ownership by the likesNetJets have changed the scenario.Source: CNNlast_img

Thailand organises ladies evening in Kolkata

first_imgTourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in order to promote the country as a great destination for bachelorette holidays and all women holidays, recently organised an event along with Kolkata-based travel agency Vayu Seva Tours & Travels for high-end women clientele.It is a fast growing segment that has high spends and travels in groups. Travel in this segment is becoming very popular due to the wide range of destinations and activities that Thailand has for lady travellers. Safety for women and the warm Thai hospitality has made the country a preferred choice for all women travel groups as well as solo women travellers.The event was organised for about 50 HNI ladies at the Oberoi Grand Kolkata. The evening showcased Thai techniques of fruit carving, live Som Tum making and traditional Thai snacks. Apart from this, the ladies were treated to traditional Thai massage by professionals from The Thai Spa in Kolkata and some delicious Thai food from Baan Thai.The evening started with the opening ceremony by H E Preecha Kaensa, Consul General- Royal Thai Embassy Kolkata, who addressed the gathering and welcomed lady travellers to Thailand. This was followed by a presentation on activities and attractions in popular destinations in the country that women travellers would specifically enjoy.Kaensa said,“As per my observation, most of the ladies that have attended this function are frequent visitors to Thailand and after conversing with them I have found that most of them are interested in visiting Thailand again. They are eager to know what more we can offer. Now although I do not know the exact number but I do know that the number of Indian tourist visa application is growing. From last year the number of Indian tourists which was one million has increased to 1.1 million. We also have other activities in store that will further increase the number of visitors to Thailand.”last_img read more

Dubrovnik Travel Guide

first_imgThe Croatian city of Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most enduring treasures. The Old Town through Pile Gate is a fascinating sight in this city filled with history, to reach this one must cross a medieval bridge. Source: Expedialast_img

St Kitts Nevis Takes Off in 2019

first_imgDemand for St. Kitts & Nevis as a premier destination for travellers continues to rise, with air arrivals for the first two months of this year, posting a year-to-date increase of 15.3% system-wide as compared to the same period in 2018.Results are even better from North America, the destination’s largest source market, registering a year-to-date increase in air arrivals of 19.3% for January and February 2019 as compared to the same months in 2018. This continues the growth of airlift from major gateways in 2018, which increased over 2017 by 9.3% system-wide and reached a total of 153,364 air passenger arrivals for the full year, the highest number ever recorded in the destination’s history.“I am extremely pleased to see such strong increases in air passenger arrivals to our Federation for 2018 continuing into peak season 2019,” said Lindsay F P Grant, Minister of Tourism for St. Kitts & Nevis. “These numbers are a clear indication that we are gaining momentum towards reaching our goal of 150,000 stay-over visitors in the next few years.”“We redoubled our marketing efforts in the fourth quarter of last year specifically to support our additional peak season air service and these numbers demonstrate that we have achieved very successful results,” added Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “With the milestone airlift arrivals recorded for 2018 and performance last year in the months of March and June nearing 30% growth over the same months in 2017, the significant growth measured so far in 2019 signals a rising demand for St. Kitts as a highly desirable travel destination, particularly from North America and for key events such as St. Kitts Music Festival. We will continue to employ this successful marketing formula as we strive to reach our goal of 150,000 stay-over guests by 2021 from our primary source markets of the U.S., Canada, UK and the Caribbean.”St. Kitts’ marketing strategy maintains a particular focus on reaching individuals who are a match with the geo-demographic lifestyle data of its target visitors in key gateway markets to support airlift year-round as well as marquee island events including St. Kitts Music Festival.last_img read more

Churchill Announces New VP of Operations

first_imgNew,Churchill Announces New VP of Operations Share August 27, 2013 412 Views “”Churchill Mortgage””:, a Tennessee-based provider of conventional and government-insured residential mortgages across 30 states, named Cara Costa as its newest VP of operations.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Costa has nearly three decades’ worth of risk management and quality assurance experience. Previously with Franklin American Mortgage Company, she served as VP and wholesale national underwriting manager, a position that saw her directing a team of five regional managers and more than 70 underwriters. She also served as assistant VP and quality assurance manager there and was responsible for audits for correspondent, retail, and wholesale channels.Beyond her work experience, Costa has a number of industry awards under her belt, having earned the Wholesale Executive Choice Award in 2012 from Franklin American and the Tennessee Horizon Award from Fifth Third Bank in 2003.””With tight regulations and industry awareness for compliance at an all-time high, Cara’s remarkable track record and comprehensive knowledge of industry issues are invaluable additions to our corporate team,”” said Mike Hardwick, president of Churchill Mortgage. “”We look forward to leveraging her expertise and proven leadership to continue providing our customers the very best service.””center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Churchill Mortgage Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-27 Tory Barringerlast_img read more