Statistics New Zealand reveals steady visitor arrivals

first_imgStatistics New Zealand figures have revealed that international visitors arrivals are holding steady as the industry heads into the off-peak season. International visitor arrivals were down 0.4 per cent last month, compared to 141,000 visitors in May last year. However, in total, international visitor arrivals have risen by 3 percent for the year to date.  The Chinese, Japanese and South Korean markets saw significant growth in visitor numbers compared with last May, when outbound travel from these countries was negatively affected by the Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreak.Tourism New Zealand CEO Kevin Bowler says visitor arrivals from Asian markets are yet to return to the pre global financial crisis levels however they are improving. “We’re unsure of the impact the Shanghai Expo will have on travel from China in the short term, but our work in this market is firmly focused on driving growth beyond 2010,” says Kevin Bowler. Visitation is also improving from the United States, with arrivals up 6.3 per cent (to 11,520 visitors) in May. This is positive news for New Zealand following a drop in arrivals of 14.6 per cent in April from the comparable period in 2009. Growth has come off the back of bargain airfares, returning economic stability and some high-profile PR and advertising campaigns.  Arrivals from the UK continue to decline (down 14.7 per cent), with the May general election, ongoing economic uncertainty and the disruptions from last month’s Icelandic ash cloud all impacting travel from New Zealand’s second-biggest visitor market.Kevin Bowler says New Zealand is also likely a change in visitor arrivals over June/July as Europeans watch the FIFA World Cup closer to home, and backpackers watch the World Cup games in a number of different destinations. Arrivals from Australia also dropped 4.7 per cent last month, compared with 2009 when the market was up 15.8 per cent. With 64,300 arrivals, however, New Zealand’s biggest visitor arrivals market is still performing strongly. Arrivals are up 11.2 per cent for the year to date, with holiday arrivals up 19.0 per cent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Aussie dollar shot to historic level US99c

first_imgAustralian dollar shot up, up, up and away to the highest we have seen in up to 27 years.Australian shoppers and travellers are reaping the rewards with the Aussie dollar breaking through to US99 cents its highest since the currency floated in 1983. Jetaround Holidays Managing Director Zaia Andrew Bazi told e-Travel Blackboard the dollar is incredible and travellers will definitely benefit from it. “Travellers will receive the best value for their money, it will take them further and at the moment it really is a dollar for a dollar,” he said. “Travellers will find that it is cheaper to travel, buying things in or from America will be cheaper.” Investors have already warned the dollar will not last long, so now is the time to spend or invest. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Island to reflect indigenous experiences

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Luxury destination off the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island will undergo changes as part of the island’s new owner’s plan to offer guests indigenous experience. The island which was purchased this week by financial market service Computershare Chris Morris, will reopen in July after minor renovations, The Australian reported.”We were lucky that the hotel only had minor damage from the recent typhoon,” he told the source. Part of the philanthropists plan is to train indigenous workers to work in the resort island.”We think having indigenous workers in the resort would add to the experience of our guests,” Mr Morris added. “We expect to start a hospitality training course next month.” Mr Morris finalised the purchase this week and is said to have paid less than AU$10 million, which is considerable less than the AU$15 million the previous owner paid three years ago. Orpheus Island has hosted many celebrity visitors over the years including Elton John, Vivien Leigh and Phil Collins.last_img read more

Virgin Australia introduces new fare structure

first_imgVirgin Australia offers new fares to go with its new look Virgin Australia has announced the introduction of a new three-tiered fare structure, now offering passengers the choice of Saver, Flexi and Premium fares.The new structure has been designed to offer Virgin Australia guests greater flexibility, simpler choices and better value, and will go into effect immediately.“With this new product offering we are able to deliver what every traveller wants – genuinely simple and easy to understand fares, the choice of what you want included and incredible value for money,” Virgin Australia commercial group executive Liz Savage said. “For example, starting from just $199 between Sydney and Melbourne, you get priority check-in, a checked baggage allowance, a food and beverage package and the ability to change your flight – all included in the price.”The new fare structure has been streamlined from the previous five fare types, with V Australia fares to remain unchanged.  The new Saver fare will allow customers to pre-purchase a checked baggage allowance as well as in-flight entertainment and food and beverage services.Flexi fares will introduce for the first time on Virgin Australia, a fully-inclusive food and beverage package in economy class, priority check-in, and a checked baggage allowance of up to 23 kilograms.The Premium fare offers a full premium service including access to the Virgin Australia lounge and an extra checked baggage allowance. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

QF strikes could hit holiday season

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Union bosses have taken to advising travellers on their future travel plans, recommending they reconsider booking with Qantas over the coming months to avoid any holiday season strike disruptions.The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers (ALAEA) said earlier this week it would step up its industrial action against the carrier over pay disputes, indicating walk-outs could continue through to December, The Canberra Times reported.The Group’s federal secretary Steve Purvinas explained that strikes would pick up pace and travellers could see full day walk outs by 28 October this year.“If I was a person considering travel over the period up until Christmas I’d probably be looking at airlines other than Qantas,” Mr Purvinas said. Doing their members little injustice with the statement, Qantas highlighted that recommencing travellers fly with an alternative carrier would weaken employment security. ”Telling customers not to fly with Qantas for the next three months will make the jobs of our 1600 licensed engineers less secure and will not get the union any closer to an agreement,” the airline said in a statement. last_img read more

Amadeus Mobile Access gives travel agents easy secure 24×7 custo

first_imgAmadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, today announces the launch of Mobile Access, a browser-based mobile device reservation solution to help travel agents in Asia Pacific address the needs of travellers 24×7. Amadeus Mobile Access enables travel consultants to connect at their convenience to the world of  Amadeus content and functionality via the Amadeus Cryptic Command screen.  It is available via mobile devices including Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows.Amadeus Mobile Access helps travel agents address the immediate needs of travellers remotely via a familiar user interface, on a tablet or smartphone. This helps them stay on top of customer needs without work accumulating back in the office, or relying on other staff members to complete traveller requests. Mobile Access gives access to a range of travel content, from fare quotes and bookings, PNR creation, modification & cancellation through to ticketing and sales reports across air, car and hotels.Sari Vahakoski, Managing Director, Amadeus IT Pacific said:: “As mobile devices infiltrate the travel ecosystem, consumer expectations for immediate travel-related mobile services have heightened. If technology shapes consumer behaviour, then right now, it’s all about using mobile devices to research, book or amend travel plans on the fly.“Increasingly, travel agents are also less deskbound but still need to manage their workload efficiently to provide good customer service and avoid a backlog of fulfilment. Amadeus’ role is to identify these trends and innovate to support our travel agency customers. Amadeus Mobile Access also allows agents to react quickly to crisis situations in the travel industry, for example in cases of extreme weather. By being connected via a mobile device, travel agents can conveniently modify a customer’s booking at the touch of a screen from wherever they may be. Bruno des Fontaines, Vice President, Business Solutions, Amadeus Asia Pacific said: “As consumers increasingly look to travel comparison sites and even direct bookings to arrange their travel, Mobile Access helps travel agencies maximise sales, efficiency & customer service in a highly competitive environment. Not only does the tool support new sales, but it allows travel agents to provide a premium service to existing customers, ensuring customer loyalty with no additional cost involved.”Mobile Access is the latest technology in a full suite of Mobile Solutions which Amadeus has developed to meet new traveller demands; for all segments of the travel buying ecosystem including travel agencies, travel consultants, corporate customers and end-travellers. Source = Amadeuslast_img read more

Another national tourism training award for TAFE

first_imgTravel 21 fiftythree has again been recognised as Australia’s best in tourism education by winning the national award on February 15. The Travel, Tourism and Event Management Section of TAFE NSW –Western Sydney Institute’s The Hills College was awarded the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Award in the category of Tourism Education and Training. Director Education Tourism, Hospitality and Events Anne Goonetilleke said that she is proud of her team who have had “a steady influence over the quality of the tourism industry.” “The tourism industry is subject to many changes and trends. Travel 21 fiftythree is a trailblazer: not merely responding to what other people are doing within the industry but providing training which is putting people at the forefront of the industry. “For example in 2012 we introduced training in Sustainable Event Management training – and were the first educational organisation in Australia to do so. We were also played a lead role in the NSW event for World Responsible Tourism Day and always ensure that students are well versed on the latest in digital services so that they can contribute to their organisation’s advancement,” Ms Goonetilleke said.Travel 21 fiftythree also won the national Tourism Education and Training award in 2011 and has received numerous accolades at state and regional levels. Individuals, businesses and other groups benefit from a range of tourism, travel and events training offered by Travel 21fiftythree. Source = TAFElast_img read more

Phuket to profit off shopping

first_imgPhuket plans to open a new US$32 million entertainment, shopping and convention centre, as figures reveal shopping now accounts for 24 percent of all tourists’ spending in Phuket.Typical tourist spending in Phuket is approximately US$108 per day, C9 Hotelworks research reported.On average, visitor arrivals to Phuket airport have risen 9 percent each year since 2004, with growth rates surging in 2012, up 13 percent on 2011 figures.Phuket recorded an estimated 76 percent occupancy rate in 2012.Central Retail Corporation will develop Phuket’s new complex and to avoid over-saturation more than 4,000 new hotel rooms are also planned for 2013-16.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. New shopping complex to bedeveloped on resort island.last_img read more

Perfect 10 for SAs Phil Hoffmann Travel

first_imgPHIL HOFFMANN – AFTA 2013 AWARDS South Australia’s premier travel agency Phil Hoffmann Travel has been named Best Retail Travel Agency (Multi Locations) at the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards.This is the 10th time in the 22-year history of the annual awards program that the SA-owned and operated company has taken out the coveted title.The award – recognising a retail agency operating across two or more locations that demonstrates best practice in management and service delivery – was announced on Saturday 20 July at AFTA’s gala event in Sydney.It was accepted by Phil Hoffmann Travel Managing Director Phil Hoffmann, in front of 1200 industry leaders.Phil Hoffmann Travel was the only Adelaide-based travel company selected as a finalist in its category – picked from a national field of contenders including STA Travel, Sydney-based Concierge Traveller, Harvey World Travel Tasmania and Travel Managers.Georgina Nunn of Phil Hoffmann Travel Glenelg was also a finalist in Best Travel Consultant (Retail) category.Founded in Adelaide in 1990, Phil Hoffmann Travel is now one of Australia’s most awarded travel agencies. With more than 150 employees, it has offices at Norwood, Stirling, Victor Harbor, Adelaide City, Hyde Park, Semaphore and Glenelg.Phil Hoffmann Travel Managing Director Phil Hoffmann said he was thrilled with the outstanding result.“To achieve this type of recognition from industry peers at a national level, for the 10th time, is an absolute honour,” he said.“For the past 23 years, Phil Hoffmann Travel has established itself as a reliable, respected brand that continues to get stronger each year.“A passionate and successful team is the backbone of our company and this is a credit to their ongoing dedication and professionalism.“Winning this major award, against some of the best agencies in the industry, is something of which we are very proud.“It certainly reconfirms our philosophy and commitment to providing the best and most memorable travel experiences for our customers.“I am extremely grateful to my team, suppliers, and clientele, for their ongoing support and belief in our services.”The AFTA National Travel Industry Awards is Australia’s leading travel industry event of the year.The awards program celebrates the achievements of Australia’s travel industry over a 12-month period and congratulates those companies who have excelled in the retail travel business. Source = Phil Hoffmann Travelcenter_img PHIL HOFFMANNlast_img read more

Boeing Emirates Celebrate Airlines 150th 777 Delivery

first_imgBoeing, Emirates Celebrate Airline’s 150th 777 DeliveryBoeing and Emirates Airline today celebrated the simultaneous delivery of three 777s – two 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter – marking the entry of the 150th 777 into Emirates’ fleet.Today’s delivery marks the first time in 15 years that Boeing has delivered three 777s at one time to a single customer.Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the 777 and also the only airline ever to operate all six of the 777 variants introduced into service by Boeing.Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline, said: “We have enjoyed a strong and long-standing relationship with Boeing on the 777 programme. As the world’s largest 777 operator, our multi-billion dollar commitment to the programme continues to support jobs and innovation across the aerospace manufacturing supply chain. The 777s give Emirates the range, reliability, and flexibility to efficiently serve close to 100 destinations on six continents with non-stop flights from our hub in Dubai. We are pleased to mark the delivery of our 150th 777 aircraft, and will continue to work closely with the Boeing team on the next generation 777X for the Emirates fleet.”“This triple delivery to Emirates is an outstanding moment in a partnership that has grown phenomenally over the last three decades,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “As Emirates takes delivery of its 150th 777, it underlines the remarkable track record of this aircraft, undiminished as the leading long-haul passenger and cargo carrier. We are proud of this relationship and the confidence that Emirates has shown in Boeing airplanes over the years.”Emirates ordered its first Boeing 777s in 1992 with delivery beginning in June 1996.  The airline’s order book for the 777 continued to grow over the following years including a then record-breaking order for 50 777-300ERs at the 2011 Dubai Airshow and 150 777Xs at the 2013 edition.Today’s 777-300ER, which forms the largest part of the Emirates fleet, is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class and the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane. Emirates currently has 46 additional 777-300ERs on order with Boeing.With today’s delivery, Emirates now has 13 777 Freighters, the world’s largest and longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload at general cargo market densities. The airplane’s range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators – fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.Boeing also provides Emirates with essential support and services including parts and components and Airplane Health Management to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues, Jeppesen Crew Rostering services to optimize flight crew scheduling, and AerData STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) to manage aircraft and engine records.Source = Boeinglast_img read more

China Southern Presents a Summer of Fun with Sydney Festival

first_imgChina Southern Presents a Summer of Fun with Sydney FestivalChina Southern Airlines (CZ) will celebrate its fifth sponsorship of the Sydney Festival with a range of cultural events that promise to bring plenty of fun and entertainment to the capital this summer.And in a first, this year China Southern Airlines is pleased to be a part of the Parramatta Festival, from January 7 until January 24. The festival program features dazzling circus and acrobatics spectacle La Verita, the fairground like no other Arquitectura de Feria and the raw celebration of hip-hop culture, Cypher. Meanwhile, Riverside’s Lennox Theatre plays host to this year’s Parramatta summer of music, with performances ranging from American West Coast funk to Icelandic electro-pop and Australian roots music melded with Indian rhythms.Mr. Louis Lu, China Southern Airlines Managing Director Australia & New Zealand said the airline was delighted to have the opportunity to bring world-class shows to Sydney’s most iconic venues in its fourth year as official airline sponsor.“As the largest arts festival in the Southern hemisphere, the Sydney Festival continues to be a fantastic opportunity for the airline to build greater cultural and tourism links between China and Australia.”“Australia is one of the most important strategic markets for China Southern Airlines, and the 2016 China Southern Airlines sponsored Sydney Festival program was a wonderful blend of culture and art,” finished Mr. LuThe program of events for Sydney Festival 2016 has been unveiled and includes almost 500 shows, some ticketed and others like the popular Domain events free.Lift off to the popular Summer Sounds concerts in the Domain will be The Flaming Lips – from psychedelic pop anthems, the beamed-from-outer-space live shows, and the feelings of joy and goodwill. This will premiere on January 9 from 5pm, with supporting acts from 5.30pm.This year the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is doing something special, gathering a repertoire of music performed at Symphony in The Domain over the years to astound with a ‘best of’ musical journey, with everything fromMendelssohn to Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.The announcement of the Sydney Festival program follows the successful start of SYD-CAN-SYD service increase from double daily to triple daily with an additional morning service CZ601/602 from 11 December 2015 to 27 March 2016. Learn more about the Sydney FestivalSource = China Southern Airlineslast_img read more

Eastin Residences Vadodara announces opening today

first_imgSource = Absolute Hotel Services – Eastin Residences Vadodara Eastin Residences Vadodara announces opening todayEastin Residences Vadodara announces opening todayVadodara, which has been chosen by the Smart Cities Council to be part of the significant changes in high economic growth, infrastructure development and evolution of the services sector, now witnesses the opening of Eastin Residences Vadodara on 15th September 2016. This 4 Star Premium Apartment Hotel introduces, the first of it’s genre, “Service Apartment and Residences”, ideal for extended stays and a huge plus for regular business and leisure travel.Special launch rates start from INR 4,000++ per room per night inclusive of the Signature Eastin Buffet Breakfast, Broadband Internet, Airport Pick Up with provisions of early check in from 9.00 am and late check out till 4.00 pm.Room configurations include Studio and one Bedroom well-appointed Apartments, with contemporary design and stylish décor. The attached Kitchenette provides a distinctive edge to the functionality and convenience of every Apartment.All Studio Apartments are furnished with twin / king beds, which comprises of a sofa cum bed in the sitting area, walk-in wardrobe, kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and heating facility, beds with exclusive 10 inch pocket spring mattresses, air conditioning with individual control units, IP TV with international news channels, broadband wireless internet, tea and coffee maker and electronic in-room safe. The One Bedroom Apartments offer combination of a living room and a private bedroom with separate access, ideal for long-stays.Facilities and services are delivered keeping in mind value, flexibility and consistency to both business and leisure travelers. Includes All Day Dining Restaurant – The Glass House offering extended breakfast until 11.30 am, serving Local, Regional and International Cuisine, a Roof Top Gymnasium, and a Mini Mart cum Wine Shop. The Brand assures that, when arrival time is advised a minimum of 48 hours prior to arrival, there is a guarantee of the room being ready upon arrival, otherwise the first night is free. Truly committed to guests and living the promise ‘Value for all Occasions’.Commenting on the hotel opening, Mr. Sameer Dharkar, Managing Director – Indian continent & Middle East, Absolute Hotel Services India said, “We are delighted to announce opening of our new 4 star Boutique Service Apartment in Vadodara. This is a unique offering for Vadodara market and first of its kind from any of the international brand. We are looking to take maximum share of international and domestic long stay corporate guests.” Eastin Residences Vadodarabook your room hereAbout Absolute Hotel Services (AHS) AHS is one of the fastest growing hospitality management/branding companies in Asia with an ever-expanding geographic portfolio of hotels, resorts and serviced residences. ( quartered in Bangkok, Thailand with regional offices in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, India and Europe with more expansions planned, AHS and its brands have resonated with investors and consumers contributing value to all stakeholders. Covering the luxury to economy segments through its brands U Hotels & Resorts, Eastin Grand Hotels, Eastin Hotels & Residences and Eastin Easy, AHS have developed and continue to evolve relevant hospitality solutions which work.AHS is an affiliate company of BTS Group Holding Public Company which is one of Thailand’s largest public listed companies with a diverse portfolio covering mass transit, property development, construction management, media, food & beverage and services. About Paramount Hospitality and Infraproject LLPParamount Hospitality and Infraproject LLP is a partnership founded by three individuals who have deep roots and exposure in architecture, construction management and design. Combining expertise in these various fields, the company has targeted the hospitality market and aim to bring various cities in India, a different taste and perception of what we think hospitality and the modern design culture should represent. The firm was founded in December 2016, with an approximate turnover of twenty-four crore rupees to date. It has current employee strength of 25 persons.Paramount’s pilot project, located in Vadodara, Gujarat, is the blueprint for our future plans. It is a 44 room boutique apartment hotel in the suburb of Alkapuri. Each room comes with a built kitchenette, bar counter and enough seating space along with a king bed and walk in closet bathroom. It will be the first of its kind by a milestone in Vadodara.last_img read more

Vietjet reports first quarter profits of over USD65 million

first_imgThe expanding Vietjet fleetVietjet reports first quarter profits of over USD65 millionVietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (HOSE: VJC) has just released its consolidated financial statement for the first quarter of 2018 with significant growth for theairline that exceeds expectations.The airline’s revenue stood at VND12,560 billion (USD552 million), a year-on-year increase of 146 percent that is attributed to growth in passenger transport, ancillary service and sales and leaseback revenue.The airline’s fleet expansion, coupled with the opening of new international routes, raised its transport revenue to VND6,035 billion (USD265 million), an increase of 52 percent over the same period last year,and 10 percent higher than the company’s target. Vietjet’s core business profit was increased to nearly VND737 billion (USD32 million), a 74 percent jump over the previous year’s figure. Ancillary revenue also increased to VND1,825 billion (USD80 million), a rise of 64 percent year-on-year.The positive results in revenue growth contributed significantly to the company’s gross profit of VND1,810 billion (USD79 million), a 135 percent increase year-on-year. At the same time, sales and management costs also increased at a lower rate compared to revenue growth. Therefore, Vietjet’s profit before tax in this quarter stood at VND1,480 billion (USD65 million), an increase of 254 percent compared to Q1 2017. After-tax profit of the parent company’s shareholders stood at VND1,366 billion (USD60 million), a 263 percent increase. Earnings per share in this quarter stood at VND3,026 (USD0.13), one of the highest EPS on the Vietnamese stock market.Vietjet’s Q1 results were 25.5 percent over the airline’s original target of VND50,970 billion (USD2.24 billion) in revenue and VND5,806 billion (USD255 million) in profit before tax for 2018.In the first quarter of 2018, Vietjet operated 28,830 safe flights with the technical reliability rate of 99.7 percent, and with the safety performance indicators of flight as well as ground operation amongst the top in the region. The on-time performance in the first quarter stood at 83.4 percent. During Q1, Vietjet also announced plans to open international routes to India and Australia in line with its plans to expand its international flight network after having achieved full coverage on the domestic network.The airline’s stellar Q1 performance was further buoyed by the naming of Vietjet as the region’s top fastest growing airline by Singapore’s Changi Airport.As of March 31, 2018, Vietjet’s undistributed profit after tax was VND6,724 billion (USD295 million). The company will pay a cash dividend of 10 percent on May 25, 2018 to its shareholders and is on its way to finalizing the necessary procedures at the State Securities Commission of Vietnam to settle the remaining 20 percent dividend of 2017 by shares. Earlier last week at the 2018 General Shareholders Meeting, the shareholders also agreed with a proposal to pay dividends of 50 percent of its profits in 2018.Source = Vietjetlast_img read more

Shakespeares 100 million purchase of Novotel Twin Waters Resort

first_imgNovotel Twin Waters ResortShakespeare’s $100 million purchase of Novotel Twin Waters ResortThe Shakespeare Property Group has completed the $100 million purchase of Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from the Abacus Property Group.Shakespeare Property Group is an experienced hotel investor in Australia, with a string of projects in major centres along the east coast, including two other hotels managed by AccorHotels – Pullman Cairns International and Novotel Oasis Resort Cairns.  This is their fifth major hotel acquisition bringing their total room stock to more than 1,200 rooms.Located between the Maroochy River and Mudjimba Beach, the 36ha Novotel Twin Waters Resort site comprises the low-rise Resort with 361 accommodation rooms, extensive conference facilities, a wide range of leisure activities, and food and beverage outlets.Shakespeare’s immediate intentions are to improve the current facilities to reposition the resort as a leading business events venue and leisure resort in Queensland and create additional employment opportunities within the Sunshine Coast region.Matt Young, Vice President of Operations for AccorHotels in Queensland and Northern Territory said that AccorHotels is proud to strengthen its business partnership with Shakespeare Group.“We look forward to aligning with their new vision for the resort and continuing to position Novotel Twin Waters Resort as a premier facility for leisure and conference guests alike.”The $100 million purchase of the resort comes at a time of unprecedented investment in tourism infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast, with a new runway and terminal facilities being developed for Sunshine Coast Airport, significant upgrades to the Bruce Highway confirmed, and two new 5-star hotels approved over the past six months.Sunny Yang, General Manager – Hospitality Asset at Shakespeare Property Group said that the Sunshine Coast offered outstanding potential to grow tourism in the short and long term.“With the Airport being upgraded to an international airport in 2020 capable of attracting direct flights from Asia and the Pacific, we were very impressed with what the region can offer,” said Mr Yang.“The Sunshine Coast is still relatively under-developed, despite having excellent access to major source markets across Australia. With the vast expenditure in infrastructure development, we think our purchase of the Novotel is very timely.“We have worked closely with AccorHotels on other hotel projects in Queensland and we look forward to working with them on maximising the potential of Novotel Twin Waters Resort.”CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast, Simon Latchford, said that the purchase of 4-star Novotel was a sign that investors are confident in the investment opportunities and growth of Sunshine Coast as a destination.“We are very excited with Shakespeare’s involvement in our region,” he said.“They have an excellent track record in identifying high-potential tourism assets, and the Novotel plays a key role in supporting the region’s leisure and conference business. We welcome their intentions to upgrade and expand the resort’s facilities, as it enjoys a premier location on the Sunshine Coast and can build on its reputation as one of Australia’s most popular family friendly and conference venues.“There is over a billion dollars worth of infrastructure projects approved on the Sunshine Coast which will transform the region’s tourism sector, while still retaining our relaxed, ‘naturally refreshing’ image.”Mr Latchford said that Shakespeare’s purchase of Novotel Twin Waters Resort came just three weeks’ prior to the Sunshine Coast holding its first ever tourism investment event in Sydney, which was aimed at attracting more investment in tourism infrastructure across the Sunshine Coast.Source = Shakespeare Property Grouplast_img read more

Los Angeles welcomes LGBT tourism

first_imgAt the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA) 32nd Annual Global Convention, Los Angeles rolled out the red carpet for LGBT tourism professionals from 27 countries.The event brought together tourism professionals from 27 countries for education and networking designed to enhance the landscape of LGBT tourism.“Los Angeles truly proved itself to be one of the most LGBT-welcoming destinations in the world, from the host venues to the local media to the support of our LGBT travel expo in West Hollywood Park,” IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella said. “The outpouring of positive feedback for this year’s convention program has surpassed any other in our 32-year history. The bar is set really high now and we’re ready to meet that challenge head on as we prepare for our first convention in Africa in 2016.”last_img read more

Ujjwala Dali

first_imgOur efforts this year will be to focus on tapping the market in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, as well as cities Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal and Patna, exploring new avenues. Our next product for the India market would be the adventure segment which has not been explored by the market yet, but which we are positive will strike a chord with the young audience, at this point of time. Our focus on TTF editions will be to communicate fresh updates about the destinations to the market to streamline positive message.last_img read more

Fiji Airways enters a codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines

first_imgFiji Airways is entering a codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines to attract more travellers from Asia in the future.The agreement with Hong Kong Airlines would see the Fijian national carrier place its ‘FJ’ code on Hong Kong Airlines’ services between Hong Kong and Bangkok, Tokyo and Osaka. This will enable travellers from these cities to travel to Fiji on a single ticket, transiting at Hong Kong International Airport.In return, Hong Kong Airlines will place its ‘HX’ code on Fiji Airways’ direct Nadi-Hong Kong and Nadi-Auckland flights.Andre Viljoen, Managing Director & CEO, Fiji Airways, said that they are delighted to have an excellent partner for airlines. The collaboration with Hong Kong Airlines will help expand their footprint in Northeast Asia and is a key part of the growth and presence in the region, he said.The codeshare agreement will allow through check-in of customers and their luggage all the way to their final destinations, offering convenient transit options in Hong Kong and Nadi.last_img read more

Oman to host 2nd UNWTOUNESCO Culture and Tourism Conference

first_imgThe 2nd UNWTO/UNESCO Culture and Tourism Conference has been scheduled for 11th and 12th December 2017 in Muscat, the capital of Oman. The Conference will bring together Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture of different countries to identify key opportunities and obstacles for a stronger cooperation between tourism and culture; and to discuss sustainable development that strengthens the socio-economic links, reinforce mutual engagement in the promotion, protection and safeguarding of culture and heritage.The United Nations has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development hence keeping in line with the theme the conference will revolve around sustainable development that strengthens the socio-economic links, reinforce mutual engagement in the promotion, protection and safeguarding of culture and heritage.The host government will be providing a free Oman visa for those interested to attend the conference.last_img read more

Axios Unveils Regulatory Review Program for Compliant Appraisals

first_img in Technology In Fort Worth, “”Axios Valuation Solutions””: now offers a Regulatory Review Program in its suite of services.[IMAGE]According to a company release, the Regulatory Reviews are designed to meet requirements outlined in the Texas Administrative Code that call for minimum independent compliance reviews on appraisals performed by appraisal management companies (AMCs). Those reviews must be performed by a Texas licensed appraiser who has access to local multiple listing service (MLS) data.””At Axios, we are making a big push to ensure that our clients and the industry are educated on these constantly changing rules,”” said Tony Pistilli, Axios’ chief appraiser, noting that non-compliance could result in a client’s license being suspended or revoked. “”Our goal is to make sure everyone is aware and taking the appropriate steps to comply.””By integrating with local MLS data, Axios is able to automatically and systemically validate the significant characteristics of the subject and comparables on every Regulatory Review, verifying accuracy and identifying potential fraud. In addition, certified appraisers have direct access to every MLS database in Texas and beyond along with national cost data to complete reviews in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).””That technology combined with a staff of highly competent, Texas licensed review appraisers, makes Axios the obvious choice,”” Pistilli said. September 17, 2013 446 Views Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-09-17 Tory Barringer Axios Unveils Regulatory Review Program for Compliant Appraisalslast_img read more

ABS Introduces Loan Servicing Solution for Smaller Lenders

first_img California-based technology firm Applied Business Software announced the launch of the Loan Office, a new product designed to aid small lenders seeking a powerful, affordable solution for managing loans.Among other features, the Loan Office supports QuickBooks integration, letter writing, a fully integrated document imaging and management system, contact management, and more, packaging together all of the necessities a smaller company may require.According to ABS CEO Jerry Delgado, the new system is also designed to work with the Mortgage Office, the company’s larger enterprise, multi-module software that users may wish to upgrade to as their business grows.“There has always been a need for powerful software for smaller lenders, and we understand the economics for small business when making these decisions,” Delgado said. in Headlines, News, Technology Share Applied Business Software Company News 2014-05-05 Tory Barringercenter_img May 5, 2014 473 Views ABS Introduces Loan Servicing Solution for Smaller Lenderslast_img read more