Source = THAI – Thai Airways International THAI A350 in BangkokTHAI joins with Airbus to develop Southeast Asia’s aircraft maintenance centerHis Excellency Mr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) and Airbus to study the development of a major new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility or TG MRO Complex Development at U-Tapao International Airport as the aircraft maintenance center for the Asia-Pacific region. The MOU was signed at THAI’s Head Office by Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, and Mr. Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, which was witnessed by Mr. Akhom Tempittayapaisit, Minister of Transport, Royal Thai Navy Admiral Thaweechai Boon-anan, and Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-Oom, THAI Chairman of the Board of Directors.Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, said “THAI has reached initial agreement with Airbus to exchange necessary information and jointly evaluate the potential development of a TG MRO Complex Development at U-Tapao International Airport, which is part of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan 2017-2021. This will drive Thailand to become the most modern Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Center in the Asia-Pacific, equipped with the best innovation and technology that adheres to international standards, and furthermore support other aviation business industries that comply with the Government’s policies. The new aircraft maintenance center will serve airlines across the region and worldwide as well as create sustainable revenue for THAI and Thailand, bringing the country closer towards Thailand 4.0 as the future Gateway to Asia.”Mr. Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said “this exciting new project will help to meet strong demand for maintenance services in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. With the fleet in the region set to almost triple to over 15,000 aircraft over the next 20 years, this project represents a sound opportunity for Thailand to develop its footprint in the aerospace sector.”Upon its completion, the new aircraft maintenance center will be one of the most modern facilities to provide aircraft maintenance in the Asia-Pacific region with the capability to provide light and heavy maintenance for multiple aircraft types utilizing the latest digital technology to assess and conduct aircraft maintenance with high performance evaluation technologies. Furthermore, it will include an intelligent maintenance center that can reduce investment costs, is environmentally friendly, complete with an aircraft maintenance training center to train the best aviation technicians and engineers based on international standards, which will support the future expansion of aircraft maintenance business in the years to come. THAIbook flights here
Thailand posts increased visitor numbersThailand posts increased visitor numbers and tourism revenue for January-October 2017Thailand welcomed over 28.8 million international visitors from January to October 2017 and earned 1.47 trillion Baht in tourism revenue. Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, recently told a press conference on the kingdom’s tourism performance. Both figures represented increases over 2016.The precise number of overseas tourists for the 10 months of January to October was 28,824,753, an increase of 6.69 percent over the same period of 2016. Tourism revenue generated was 1,472,698.81 Baht, up 9.31 percent over the 2016 period.For the month of October 2017, the number of foreign tourists jumped 20.92 percent over October 2016 to 2,723,971. Tourism revenue for October 2017 also rose significantly, up 24.38 percent to a little over 142.63 billion Baht.Among source markets, Southeast Asia stood out with 29.38 percent growth in tourists sent to Thailand during October. The top 10 individual markets were China, Malaysia, Lao PDR., South Korea, India, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, the US and UK.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, commented: “With the launch in November of the TAT’s new ‘Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018’ marketing concept, which focuses on segments like sports, gastronomy, weddings and honeymoons, luxury and community-based tourism, we’re confident of even higher visitor growth.”Thailand’s domestic tourism sector also showed positive growth. January to September 2017 saw Thais made 109.15 million trips in their own country (up 6.32 percent over the same 2016 period) generating more than 695.23 billion Baht in revenue (up 7.34 percent over the same 2016 period).Combining the overseas and domestic markets, total tourism revenue for January to October 2017 amounted to 2,167,932.74 Baht, an 8.67 percent rise over the same 2016 period.The Ministry of Tourism and Sports highlighted the main reasons behind the growth in tourist numbers and revenue, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s lifting in October of the red flag imposed on Thailand since 2015 over significant safety concerns in its aviation sector. This, Mr. Pongpanu said, had since resulted in a lot of requests for more flights into Don Mueang International Airport, the second of Bangkok’s two main airports.Also, Thai Airways International launched a new four times weekly direct Bangkok-Vienna route in November and NewGen Airways introduced new flights from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai and Phuket, among several new routes and increased flight frequencies by both Thai and international carriers.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand
Wyndham DestinationsWyndham wins at Annual Vacation Ownership AwardsWyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has claimed three Australian Timeshare Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) Awards, with teams from the Gold Coast and Fiji and a Queensland resort manager picking up major accolades.Presented at the peak body’s annual conference in Fiji, the ATHOC Awards are nine prestigious honours that recognise and reward exceptionally talented individuals, teams and companies in the vacation ownership industry across the South Pacific.Wyndham Destinations’ Gold Coast-based Owner Marketing team, which communicates with the WorldMark South Pacific Club’s 57,000 vacation owner families and manages the company’s social media pages, was named Best Marketing Team of the Year.“Our Owner Marketing team has done an exceptional job of improving our marketing and social media efforts, site visitation and engagement through the optimisation of quality user-generated content,” said Gary Croker, Senior Vice President of Business Development Asia Pacific, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific.“This Gold Coast team is skilled at building constructive relationships with our vacation owners and helping them gain an understanding of the power our product gives them. The team’s campaigns and solutions are leading the field in an area which is undergoing enormous technological change and disruption.”Meanwhile, the company’s Fiji Sales team was honoured with the Sales Team of the Year award, thanks to its commitment to customer service and using innovative ideas to showcase Fijian culture and hospitality to its guests.The General Manager at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas, Duncan Mars, also received the Best Resort Manager accolade for implementing a high standard of personalised service and markedly improving the property’s performance.Duncan presided over a 7.8 per cent increase in occupancy during 2017 and an overhaul of housekeeping that brought about vast productivity improvements. Guests providing feedback on the resort now give Duncan and his team an average ranking of 9.09 out of 10.Source = Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the global passenger traffic results for March showing that demand rose by 5.3%, compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew at 5.9% which pushed the average load factor down by half a percentage point to 79.6%.March performance shows a moderate slowdown on the year-on-year growth rates recorded in January (7.2%) and February (8.6%) even after adjusting for the leap-year impact in February. Demand for international traffic grew significantly more quickly (6.2%) than that for domestic travel (3.7%).Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA, said, “While in line with long-term trends, demand growth in March represented a slow-down compared to January and February. It is premature to say whether this marks the end of the recent very strong results. We do expect further stimulus in the form of network expansion and declines in travel costs. However, the wider economic backdrop remains subdued.”March international passenger demand rose 6.2% compared to March 2015, which was a decline compared to the 9.1% increase in February. Airlines in all regions recorded growth. Total capacity climbed 6.9%, causing load factor to slip 0.5% percentage points to 78.5%.Domestic demand rose 3.7% in March compared to March 2015, a dramatic slowdown from the leap year-aided 7.8% growth recorded in February. This was driven primarily by performance in the two largest markets, the US, which accounts for two of every five domestic passengers and China. Domestic capacity climbed 4.3%, and load factor retreated 0.4 percentage points to 81.6%.
Bets on tourism to create 5 lakh jobs, 5,000 cr investment per yearThe Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has set an ambitious target of generating five lakh jobs every year, attracting INR 5000 crore investment and increasing the arrival of foreign tourists by 10% in Uttar Pradesh’s new tourism policy which was unveiled recently. Released by Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Tourism Minister, Uttar Pradesh the key aspect of ensuring the safety of women tourists also found a prominent mention in the policy. Another highlight is the plan to set up to 50 heritage hotels in the country’s largest state. The policy will be applicable for five years and has set a target of increasing domestic travel by 15%, and foreign tourist arrivals by 10%. “The sector will generate five lakh direct or indirect jobs and attract an investment of INR 5,000 crore per year. The new policy targets attracting one lakh additional tourists to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the state and also to convert 10 heritage building to heritage hotels per year. The focus will be on promotion of eco-tourism. Efforts will be made to explore local entrepreneurship avenues through execution of fairs and festivals,” Joshi said. The tourism department will create a land bank for promoting tourism in the state. Investment opportunities would be offered within 20 km of all tourist sites of 10 tourism circuits including the Ramayana circuit, Krishna-Braj circuit, Buddhist circuit, Wildlife and Ecotourism circuit, Bundelkhand circuit, Mahabharata circuit, Shakti Peeth circuit, Aadhyatmik circuit, Sufi-Kabir circuit and Jain circuit.
April 29, 2014 442 Views Following a Redfin report indicating one in four homeowners have buyer’s remorse over their current home, new research from Chase shows more than half of recent homebuyers wish they had gone into the process with greater knowledge about the financial aspects.In a survey of more than 800 recent homebuyers, Chase found approximately nine out of every 10 said that overall, they “felt prepared” when they purchased their home. Still, looking back, a combined 56 percent said they wish they were armed with more knowledge about making an offer and negotiating, the financing aspects of purchasing a house, and the actual details on closing the transaction.“While consumers said they felt prepared to buy a home and were satisfied with their home purchase, our results found that there are challenges and areas for improvement,” said Lisa Foradori, chief marketing officer for Chase Mortgage Banking.Asked about overall homebuying experience, most homeowners—40 percent—said the process took longer than they expected, while only 16 percent were surprised by how quickly it happened compared to expectations.As far as their new lifestyle goes, more than a third of recent buyers said the costs of maintaining a new home exceeded their expectations, with just more than half of first-time buyers expressing that feeling.Finally, looking back, a total of 39 percent of respondents said they would make a different choice in their purchase—either in price, size, or neighborhood—if they had a second chance.To help homebuyers—especially first-timers—coming into the market, Chase announced the launch of its “My New Home” campaign, which includes a mobile app, online educational materials, and a YouTube channel, all offering materials and advice on the entire process, from finding and financing a new home to identifying necessary loan paperwork and everything in between.“Our My New Home app helps homebuyers identify their must-haves to avoid any surprises or even regrets later,” Foradori said. Chase First-Time Homebuyers 2014-04-29 Tory Barringer What Recent Buyers Wish They Knew Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News
in News, Technology Real estate brokerage firm RE/MAX acquired booj, an award-winning Colorado-based web design, and technology company as part of its technology strategy.Moving forward, RE/MAX will leverage the capabilities of booj and other strategic partners to deliver core technology solutions designed for and with RE/MAX affiliates, the company said in a statement. The acquisition will help RE/MAX use technology platforms that create a distinct competitive edge for its brokerages and agents and complement other tech products they choose to use.“Our strategy is to serve the industry’s most productive agents by providing technology that saves them time, connects them to buyers and sellers, helps them leverage the brand and its many competitive advantages, and ultimately enables them to be even more productive and successful,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX CEO.Booj has developed powerful technology systems for more than 40 regional real estate companies and 20,000 agents, allowing agents and brokerages to grow their business. These platforms, designed by and for the real estate industry, include websites, mobile apps, lead generation and cultivation systems and predictive analytics.“We’re passionate about building technology that changes agents’ lives and makes buying and selling a home easier,” said Ido Zucker, Enterprise Director and Managing Partner of booj. “Putting our existing platform and new innovations into the hands of RE/MAX agents will be incredibly rewarding for our entire team. We’re excited to see what world-class technologies we can build together.” March 4, 2018 634 Views Share RE/MAX Acquires Technology Firm booj analytics booj broker clients platforms RE/MAX real estate technology 2018-03-04 Radhika Ojha
You might also be interested in Mexico forecasts record-breaking avocado exports t … Peru expecting huge increase in pomegranate export … Exhibitors make headlines at London Produce Show w … June 27 , 2019 Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture Ezz el-Din Abu Steit and his New Zealand counterpart Damien O’Connor announced a new trade deal on Wednesday, opening the New Zealand market to Egyptian oranges.As a consideration of the agreement, the political leaders also discussed the exportation measures Egypt would take to meet the requirements of New Zealand’s market, said Egypt Independent. Additionally, the ministers made a plan to tackle a number of industry challenges, signing a cooperation document for the implementation of a two-year work program. According to the publication, this program aims to address several agricultural issues.Abu Steit clarified that global markets import Egyptian citrus due to its high quality. He added that Egypt has managed to increase its international reach, accessing new export markets for its agricultural crops due to the country’s high quality of produce.Meanwhile, New Zealand has experience in agriculture and produce fields, he asserted. He said that his country is rich with high-quality livestock, and milk products, and asked for increased cooperation between the two countries. U.S.-based iTradeNetwork bringing supply chain sol …
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas plans to increase its portfolio by seven resorts and two further spas from now until early 2019, with a continued focus on sustainable practices and a deep commitment to pioneering wellness. Six Senses Uluwatu, BaliScheduled to open in March 2018 on a rugged cliff in Pecatu, close to the Pura Uluwatu temple, with views of the Indian Ocean. 103 keys comprising of suites and villas inspired by Balinese culture, embrace nature and offer every creature comfort. Six Senses Spa features locally inspired specialty treatments, multi-day Integrated Wellness programs and complimentary morning yoga sessions. The resort features multiple swimming pools, an open air event venue, function space, three restaurants including a chefs table, a cooking school and an extensive organic garden and farm.Six Senses Fiji on Malolo IslandScheduled to open in March 2018 on Malolo Island in the Mamnuca Island group. The property enjoys a 650m stretch of pristine private beach, two restaurants, three bars plus a gourmet deli and water bottling plant. The 66 residences and all facilities will be 100 percent solar powered by the first microgrid in Fiji to use Tesla batteries. Menus will feature sustainably-sourced ingredients gathered from local markets and fishermen, as well as the resort’s own garden. Activities on offer will include all water sports imaginable plus a well-appointed Six Senses Spa, gym, club house and kids club.Six Senses Kaplankaya, Turkish RivieraScheduled to open in May 2018, this resort’s vistas alternate between rugged rocks, secluded golden beaches and undulating hills clad in wild olives and cypresses. The resort has a total of 141 guestrooms and suites (75 in the main building and 66 Ridge Villas), plus 154 private adjacent residences. Spa, Fitness and Health & Healing Centre offerings have been designed with an integrated approach to optimal wellness. Six Senses BhutanScheduled to open in August 2018 with the first five lodges, and the remaining remaining two lodges opening by the end of 2018. Moving through the spiritual Himalayan Kingdom that lives by its ethos of gross national happiness, each of the five unique settings identifies with a specific theme for an uplifting journey through the senses. Beginning in the capital of Thimphu, the emphasis is on culture. The second stop is Punakha which is referred to as the flying farmhouse amidst the rice fields. Gangtey features a unique bird-watching bridge and is home to the fascinating black necked cranes while Bumthang has been created as a forest within a forest. The fifth stop, Paro, is on the site of old stone ruins, which have been playfully brought to life through the interiors.Six Senses Krabey Island, CambodiaScheduled to open in September 2018 with 40 pool villas set around a naturally landscaped 30-acre private island. There is an all-day restaurant, a deli with ice cream parlour and an elevated bar with the choice of dramatic sea views or cosy sunken area. Six Senses Spa Krabey Island features signature therapies as well as ancient Cambodian healing traditions, multi-day rejuvenation journeys and an Alchemy Bar. Six Senses Shaharut, IsraelScheduled to open in November 2018, the resort is situated south of the Negev Desert and featuresjust 58 suites and villas with one Retreat Villa. Designed to integrate into the desert topography and preserve the natural terrain, the villas are built from, and inspired by, local rock and pigments, and the landscaping features cacti and indigenous desert blooms. Six Senses Spa Shaharut includes single and double treatment rooms plus male and female steam, sauna and hammams. On-site attractions include the fascinating Earth Lab, camel stables and an open-air amphitheatre. The extraordinary desert setting presents a host of activities from overnight camel camping to extreme sports, hiking, jeep safaris and wine tours.Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan, IndiaScheduled to open in 2019, the 14th century fort, once owned by Rajasthan royalty, is being restored to its former glory, led by a team of conservation experts. There will be two restaurants, bar and lounge, two swimming pools, banqueting space and a kids club. Six Senses Spa Fort Barwara, located in the original womens palace, will feature an extensive Ayurveda program, meditation and local specialties to treat body and mind. The resort is just 30 minutes from the Ranthambhore National Park, famous for its tiger population. Six Senses will also be launching standalone spas, notably in the Middle East with the soon-to-be-opened Six Senses Spa Dubai and also Six Senses Spa Manama, Bahrain.Six Senses Spa DubaiThe first of its kind to offer treatment suites that are each dedicated to a different sense will open in February 2018. Located on level five of the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, guests can enjoy a variety of holistic therapies and sensory experiences based on sound, sight, touch, taste, smell and intuition, helping them rebalance their body, mind and spirit.Six Senses Spa Manama, BahrainOpening in mid 2018, on the 9th and 10th floors of the Wyndham Grand Manama, the spa is set against a calming theme of the mystical underwater world with textures and materials inspired by the features and curves of the pearl. The spa journey mirrors the different energies of the city life, from the sensory stimulation and movement of the street to the stillness and calm of a quiet park. luxurySix Sensessustainabilitywellness
Jason WolffTalking TravelTrafalgar Trafalgar Managing Director, Jason Wolff commenced his role in late April 2019, bringing with him over 15 years holding various senior positions in the travel, FMCG and retail sectors.Travel Monitor caught up with Jason for this week’s Talking Travel. Here is what he had to say.What does your job involve?Heading up our team to drive awareness of the Trafalgar brand in the Australian market and making it one of the country’s most preferred travel brands. We do this through the work of our Marketing, Sales and Contact teams based in Australia.What do you enjoy most about your profession?I love that I get to spend most of my day talking about incredible travel products and experiences. I walk away from a meeting thinking about how passionate our team is and how much I can’t wait to do my next Trafalgar trip.What are the biggest challenges for you in your profession?The pace of change in the industry is rapid. Keeping up with trends, technology and continuous improvement can be challenging, but also rewarding when you see new initiatives come together that make for a better and more sustainable industry.What do you think are the biggest challenges the industry faces?Managing our impact on the environment and the cultures we engage with. We need to ensure we are leaving destinations in the same or better condition than when we first visited and also ensure that our presence is supporting traditional cultural values.What do you think will be the biggest game changer in the travel industry in the next 12 months’?Sustainability initiatives developed by travel companies is a real consideration for our agents and our customers. Companies who can’t recognise the demand for sustainable travel will begin to lose relevance with consumers.Who inspires you most and why?My nine-year-old son Carter. He is fortunate enough to have travelled to many places around the world and his perspective on life is so genuine and open minded. He shows genuine concern for the environment and respects the differences in cultures of the people that he meets. I don’t know a kinder more genuine person than him, and I hope as he continues to grow up that these are values that he maintains. I think he is a great example of how travel can have such a positive impact on people’s perspectives.Who would you invite on your next holiday if you could choose anyone and where would you go?It’s a cliché, but any opportunity I get to spend more time with my family travelling is ideal. My next dream trip would be one of our Family Experiences in the Mediterranean as I love being by the water – such as our Greek Island Hopper, where we can get the perfect balance of the slower lifestyle swimming and eating the local delicacies and connecting with the wonderful culture, history and the locals.Contact Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals coaches and teammates beamed of rookie Josh Rosen’s confidence when rookie minicamp opened all those months ago. That word describing the young quarterback’s command of the huddle resurfaced again Wednesday after Arizona’s first practice with the No. 10 overall pick now leading the offense as the starting quarterback.The only question is whether Rosen’s best quality is that confidence. He seems to think that it’s a necessary, mandatory trait. What matters more is whether he knows which checks to make and where to throw the ball. Top Stories 3 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “The confidence he has — very humble, but very confident in his ability.”Rosen, of course, set himself up for this moment through preparing as a starting quarterback should. But he also helped to build a narrative that includes the three quarterbacks who were selected ahead of him in the 2018 NFL Draft: Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield, New York’s Sam Darnold and Buffalo’s Josh Allen.On draft night, Rosen infamously said the nine players picked before him were mistakes. He chopped that list down to three the next day, including only the quarterbacks selected ahead of him.All three made their NFL debuts before Rosen, and now that they are their teams’ respective starters, it’s game on.“We’ll see how it all turns out,” Rosen said. “Hopefully I can back up all of what I said.”EXTRA POINTS— Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring), Robert Nkemdiche (knee), Corey Peters (elbow) and Andre Smith (elbow) were among the Cardinals who did not practice in full on Wednesday. Smith remains day-to-day, though Wilks remained optimistic about the other three players who all played through injuries on Sunday.— Wilks used practice to show the Cardinals clips of successful plays in games and similar plays from practices. The point? To show them that their work throughout the week will translate to Sundays. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) tries to elude Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 16-14. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) But yeah, he’s confident in that, too.“I think my play on the field more carries than anything else,” Rosen said Wednesday as Arizona prepares to host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. “I think a lot of the times, attitude and confidence and persistence … I think that’s good in sort of times when things aren’t going too great, like this. I mean, at least fake it ’til you make it.Related LinksCardinals view Josh Rosen’s outspoken personality as a plusRookie Josh Rosen will be the ninth Cardinals starting QB since 2012Josh Rosen brings intrigue and new optimism to struggling Cardinals“For the most part, for us, how much confidence you have or not, if you’re not throwing the ball to the right receiver and getting to the right run play, doesn’t matter.”Rosen showed confidence and command of Arizona’s offense in his brief debut Sunday in a 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears, according to Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks. He completed 4-of-7 passes for 36 yards but threw an interception on a key fourth-down play.He connected with three different receivers, twice throwing to second-round draft pick and rookie receiver Christian Kirk, a long-time friend.Maybe Kirk has seen Rosen’s abilities in live game action more than anyone else on the Cardinals roster. At Texas A&M, Kirk played against Rosen twice. Two years ago, UCLA fell in the raucous Kyle Field, 31-24, and Rosen got roughed up against a pass-rush led by eventual No. 1 pick Myles Garrett. Rosen threw for 343 yards with three picks to one touchdown, plus fumbled twice (neither was lost).Last season, UCLA fell behind 44-10 midway through the third quarter in Los Angeles before Rosen threw four fourth-quarter touchdowns to cap a 35-0 run to close the game.Rosen finished that game having completed 35-of-59 passes for 491 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.“I definitely know what type of guy he is in those moments,” Kirk said.Indeed, the NFL is a different game. Arizona is cognizant that putting too much on the rookie is a danger, and Wilks said he wanted Rosen to, simply, have fun playing football.“We threw a lot at him from the standpoint of the install. Great job at the line of scrimmage checking and getting us in the right call from the standpoint of protections with the blitzes. I thought he looked good today,” Wilks said. “He has a lot of confidence. You saw that when he went into the game this past week. You see it each and every day that he’s out there, particularly today. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling — Wilks, on what he is saying to the 0-3 team: “These guys are looking for direction. I got to set the tone each day I go in there. I’m being honest and upfront with these guys,” Wilks said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterSecure the best seats in town to experience this year’s Vivid Sydney, 27 May to 18 June, at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.Enjoy uninterrupted views of the colourful projections across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House from the privacy of one of the hotel’s harbour view rooms or suites.Stay just a minute’s stroll from the Light Walk around The Rocks and Circular Quay, with Four Seasons Hotel Sydney’s special Vivid Sydney Package, including overnight accommodation, buffet breakfast and a complimentary signature cocktail in Grain bar, starting from AU$330 per night.Before heading out and exploring Vivid at street level, dine at the hotel’s award-winning Pei Modern restaurant by Executive Chef Mark Best.Mark and his team have created a series of special Vivid menus on offer each night, Monday to Saturday, with two courses for $49 or three courses for $59 per person.What’s more, make a dinner booking from 5.30pm to 7pm Monday to Thursday and receive complimentary valet parking at the hotel for up to three hours, as part of Pei Modern’s Park Pei Play offer.Sip a pre or post dinner drink at Grain, overlooking George Street and Circular Quay, choosing from an extensive drinks list of creative cocktails, premium spirits, craft beer, and local and international wines.Four Seasons Hotel Sydney’s façade will also feature as a backdrop to a major Vivid Sydney light projection across the cityscape, illuminating the building each evening from 6pm to 11pm.Go back to the e-newsletterPei Modern restaurant by Mark Best
Pushing the boundaries of experiential travel to the natural world, Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge has launched its highly-anticipated Dragonfly canopy gondola for guests to enjoy captivating bird’s eye views of the 1300-hectare Mashpi Rainforest Reserve via a cable-driven system of gondolas that glide above, below and through the tree canopy up to 200 metres above the ground and travelling two kilometres across the magical cloud forest with Mashpi’s resident naturalists to identify the sights and sounds of the forest.Comprising three different stations and embarkation points located at different altitudes, guests can choose whether to combine a ride on The Dragonfly with a testing hike through the forest and along the riverbed, or to take the full two-hour return trip for a more relaxing experience, while still accessing hidden waterfalls, swimming holes and walking trails. Adhering to Mashpi’s sustainability ethos, The Dragonfly was carefully constructed over a period of 18 months largely by hand and without the use of any heavy machinery, to ensure minimal impact to the Reserve and its wildlife. Much like the lodge itself, The Dragonfly is powered by renewable energy and designed to blend seamlessly and silently into the surrounding forest.Opened in April 2012, and last year selected as a founding member of National Geographic ‘Unique Lodges of the World’, Mashpi Lodge is an intimate cocoon in the clouds, accommodating 44 guests in 22 understated yet luxurious rooms. The contemporary glass and steel structure features floor-to-ceiling windows, giving remarkable views of the forested mountains on one side and the rainforest up close on the other.A paradise for nature lovers, Mashpi Lodge features an immersive Life Centre, where wildlife enthusiasts can learn more about the Reserve’s magical inhabitants including 500 species of bird, as well as butterflies, frogs and monkeys. The Hummingbird Viewpoint offers avid birders an unrivalled setting for bird-watching, featuring a shelter with seating and feeders for the birds strung from its roof. Mashpi’s unique ‘Sky Bike’ is another truly thrilling way to explore the canopy up close, as guests pedal their way along a cable stretched between the trees, while the climb to the top of the 26m-high Observation Tower rewards with panoramic views across the forest.Back indoors, guests can be pampered in the Wellness Area, indulging in specialised massages using natural ingredients from the forest. The double height dining room offers exquisite Ecuadorian cuisine inspired by flavours of the forest, utilising regional ingredients such as naranjilla, papaya, palm heart, coffee, manioc, chocolate and plantain.Rates start from $1437 per room per night based on two sharing, including all activities, meals, guiding and return transfers from central Quito hotels.
Go back to the e-newsletterOne of the enduring trends which the travel experts at Abercrombie & Kent continue to identify year after year is multigenerational travel. This comes in many forms. Whether the motivation is to celebrate a special milestone or simply to reconnect away from everyday life, multigenerational travel means sharing life-changing experiences with loved ones.For A&K, this means handcrafting a journey to suit every family dynamic. It may comprise three generations travelling together – grandparents, parents and children – or simply grandparents with one or more grandchildren or a mother and son combination. The possibilities are endless but the end goal the same.One of the most popular ways A&K brings travelling families together is on a curated luxury African safari. Exciting, educational and also relaxing, a safari is guaranteed to deliver lifelong memories for people of all ages: watching children when a herd of elephants emerges from the African bush or spotting hippo midstream from a canoe, marvelling at a pride of lion on the prowl or a Maasai beading workshop. It’s the rare opportunity of getting out in the open air, appreciating nature and witnessing the circle of life. Lodgings come in a variety of shapes and sizes: there are under-canvas options for that Out of Africa safari experience, well-thought-out lodges and villas with all the expected conveniences and there are even safari houseboats for something different.For families with young children, A&K recommends Europe or Southeast Asia. Those willing to travel long-haul to a destination like Italy are rewarded by a rich culture, the best family hotels and villas with all the trimmings, swimming pools and restaurants to suit plus an endless array of activities guaranteed to excite, from gladiator school and pizza-making to mask-making and gelato tastings.Closer to home, A&K pinpoints Vietnam as one of its best family destinations and most economical. It has great diversity from bustling cities and beaches to the mountainous interior and the watery wonderland of the Mekong Delta. There are ancient ruins to explore, country trails and villages to bicycle around, street food tours by scooter, spring roll making for would-be chefs and silk lantern workshops for young creatives. Accommodation is diverse from luxury resort stays by the beach to well-appointed city hotels and a private junk on Halong Bay.Cruises are also popular for multigenerational get-togethers and some of the most rewarding are polar expeditions. These are once-in-a-lifetime journeys to some of the most remote and pristine parts of the planet. They are full of educational experiences and unforgettable wildlife encounters. On A&K’s Antarctic expeditions, guests travel on board the chartered luxury small ship Le Lyrial which has a limited capacity of 199 passengers. The ecosystem of Antarctica is unfathomable. Explored by a lucky few, it is the last true wilderness with vast icebergs, towering mountains, glaciers and geothermal beaches, all providing a backdrop for a huge variety of marine and bird life that cannot be experienced anywhere else on the planet. On each journey, A&K’s expedition team includes award-winning research scientists, habitat conservationists, wildlife photographers and historians who deliver enriching lectures and top-notch guidance on twice-daily Zodiac excursions. Plus, for younger travellers, A&K’s young explorer’s program conducts educational workshops like knot tying, photography, squid dissection, bridge visits and wildlife identification plus a souvenir scrapbook created for each child as a memento of the trip.One of the important elements of a multigenerational holiday which A&K travellers have identified is the wish to impart social awareness to the next generation. It’s a desire to leave the planet in a better shape than it was found, respecting cultural differences, protecting the environment, providing health care, empowering the disadvantaged, ensuring access to education and encouraging economic advancement. A&K Philanthropy has a commitment to all these things and manages over 30 different projects worldwide which A&K guests have the opportunity to visit and see firsthand how lives are being positively impacted.For example, travellers on safari in Zambia are invited to visit Nakatindi Village near Victoria Falls where AKP has initiated projects that include constructing boreholes for clean water, building a medical clinic and maternity ward, expanding the school’s vegetable garden to generate income and supplement children’s diets, building a new classroom block, introducing a school lunch program and establishing a village bike shop and bike tour enterprise run by local women. Time spent in the village with the community and taking a bike ride around the area is a rewarding part of any visit.Families travelling with A&K to Cambodia’s Angkor temples have the opportunity to see the impact AKP has had in the construction of wells for clean water. More than 1200 wells have been installed, bringing fresh, bacteria-free water to more than 20,000 people. Not only does the clean water improve sanitation and health, it is also used to irrigate farm plots and water domestic livestock, helping to improve livelihoods as well. A&K guests will meet a family who has benefited from the installation of a well and witness firsthand the impact that clean water has on their lives.In India, AKP supports Hansraj Children’s Home in Udaipur where 100 orphaned and underprivileged girls are provided with free education, books, accommodation, meals and clothes. Families visiting Udaipur with A&K have the opportunity to visit the school and connect with the students and teachers, an uplifting experience for all concerned.Here is a small sample of what A&K offers for multigenerational travellers:A&K’s 11-day ‘Family Adventure in Southern Africa’Price from AU$37,165 for a family of fourA&K’s eight-day ‘A Family Adventure in Italy’Price from AU$13,995 per adultPrice from AU$5795 per childPrice is based on two adults and two children under 12A&K’s 12-day ‘A Family Adventure in Vietnam’Price from AU$6520 per adultPrice from AU$4520 per childPrice is based on two adults and two children under 12A&K’s six-day ‘Family Adventure to Middle-Earth’Price from AU$8990 per personA&K’s 17-day ‘Antarctica, the Falkland Islands & South Georgia’22 December 2018 – 7 January 2019Prices from US$17,995 per adult (bookings by 31 March 2018)Prices from US$10,995 per child (seven—18) sharing with an adultGo back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterTravel Associates’ Western Australia offices showcased the world of luxury cruising to valued clients last week at the Perth Convention Centre.Recognising the continued popularity of cruising to the Australian market, the event was a great example of the brand’s high-touch and premium style of client engagement, and a productive way to present eight of the world’s leading premium cruise lines.According to CLIA, Australia is the fifth most important world cruise market, and cruising clients are now spoilt for choice with exceptional five-star cruise brands regularly departing Australia. Cruise partners in attendance at the WA showcase event included luxury operators APT, Azamara, Lindblad Expeditions, Oceania, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking and Windstar.Plenary session“We design our luxury cruise showcases to inspire and inform our clients in a relaxed setting, and the result was some excellent feedback from our guests, with one saying they felt like they were already on a cruise,” said Regional General Manager of Travel Associates, Western Australia and South Australia, Andrew Boyce.“We will continue to hold these events for our valued clients across the country. We’ve recently held a series of cooking classes, long table lunches and walking tours, which have been incredibly well-received, and we ensure that our clients are always hosted by their trusted travel advisor. It’s part of our DNA to build and maintain incredibly strong relationships based on personalised service and on understanding the needs and expectations of our clients,” Boyce added.A string quarter entertained guestsGuests to the Perth Luxury Cruise Showcase were welcomed by a string quartet, drinks and canapés before industry partners presented the opportunities and features of their luxury cruise products.A friend of Lynette, lucky winner of the event’s $2,000 Silversea cruise credit prize, said: “She never wins anything and had a tear in her eye when she was accepting the prize.”Travel Associates’ next Luxury Cruise Showcase will be hosted in Adelaide on 27 March at The Pullman Hotel. Guests are invited to come along and discover the very best in ocean, river and expedition cruising. East Coast events will be next on the program.For more information or to book a ticket to the Travel Associates Adelaide Luxury Cruise Showcase, visit https://www.travelassociates.com/luxurycruiseshowcaseFor more information about Travel Associates, visit https://www.travelassociates.comLead image: Andrew Boyce with Lynette, winner of the $2000 Silversea cruise credit; Rebeka Belcher BDM, WA for Silversea and Christine Gardiner, BDM for Silversea Expeditions.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedJet2 launches first flight in Leeds Bradford expansionJet2 launches first flight in Leeds Bradford expansionNew Newcastle flights from Air SouthwestNew Newcastle flights from Air SouthwestJet2.com launches new flights to Newquay and JerseyJet2.com has launched new flights to Newquay and Jersey from Belfast International Airport. Low cost airline Jet2.com has launched a pair of new Mediterranean services from north-eastern hub Newcastle Airport.The carrier – based at Leeds Bradford International Airport and with a strong north of England presence – has put its faith in the pull of the Greek islands for sun-starved Tynesiders, with Corfu and Rhodes made available to local travellers.Starting from June, Corfu flights will be going to and from Newcastle Airport on a Monday, while Rhodes services will now jet back and forth every Wednesday.Jet2.com’s Philip Meeson said: “The announcement of our new services to Corfu and Rhodes is fantastic news for the north-east. Both destinations have lacked direct, scheduled and, importantly, low cost services from Newcastle and we’re delighted to be launching them today.”Ibiza is another new island destination offered by Jet2.com, with the carrier launching a summer route from north-western airport Blackpool and already claiming rapid pre-sales for the sunshine and party route.The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) has recently announced that Jet2.com will become its 12th member, entering into cooperation with the likes of Ryanair and easyJet.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Related’Staycationers’ don’t think travel insurance is needed’Staycationers’ don’t think travel insurance is neededBalmy weather sees Brits go Barmy for Britain this EasterWarm weather has positive effect on domestic tourism over the Easter holidaysForeign tourists booking more flights to Britain, figures revealForeign tourists booking more flights to Britain, figures reveal More people have booked domestic flights within Britain this year despite increasingly cheaper foreign holiday deals.This is according to a recent poll by Essential Travel, which revealed that 70 percent of UK holidaymakers were planning on travelling to a domestic location this year.It also suggested that this trend could continue, with 68 percent of respondents saying they were likely to opt for a ‘staycation’ in the future.Essential Travel director Simon Purnell said that the results prove that domestic holidays are still “a popular option”.”It’s great to see the UK is still a desirable destination for British holidaymakers,” he commented.”We have some great attractions right here on our doorstep and if we’re lucky enough to get some sunshine – all the better.”The weather appears to be a deciding factor in many people’s holiday choices, with 32 percent saying they would be put off holidaying in Britain in future if its rains.Foreign exchange company HiFX recently said that the weak pound would not put people off booking flights abroad.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Nearly two million Brits have booked a last-minute holiday deal this summer, new figures have revealed.Despite the increasing population of staycations, figures from independent financial advisor Moneybasics.co.uk indicated that 1.8 million booked a last-minute getaway in July.What’s more, the study showed that a further 4.6 million are considering jetting away because of the miserable summer weather.That is regardless of the fact that Britain is still paying off £2 billion in debt carried over from holidays taken in 2008.However, while many people are turning to last-minute flights, the research also indicated that importance of shopping around for the best deals on hotels, insurance, car rentals and other such items.In fact, moneybasics.co.uk warned that people booking flights to Spain, Turkey and Mexico could see their holiday costs rise by as much as 140 percent if they are not savvy in their choices.Flybe recently said that the trend for last-minute mini-breaks was encouraging more people to book flights to Edinburgh for this year’s fringe festival.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBrits prepared to wait for last minute holidaysMore than one million Brits left booking their summer holiday until the last minute this year in an attempt to save moneyBrits booking flights overseas after cold spellTens of millions of Brits are booking cheap flights abroad ahead of their summer holidayMore Brits booking flights to Hungary and IsraelGrowing numbers of holidaymakers are booking flights to Hungary and Israel to escape the eurozone
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Fancy spending days sunning yourself beside a 5-star swimming pool in a luxurious hotel? Escape the cold winter weather and take a peek at these poolside paradises. And don’t just dream, find your perfect plunge on Skyscanner Hotels.For many of us, the hotel swimming pool plays a big part in any holiday itinerary. From afternoons splashing around with the kids, to romantic couples cuddling up on sun loungers, the aquatic activities hotels offer can be the deciding factor when choosing holiday accomodation. Here are 16 swimming pools with stunning views to tempt you into a last-minute getaway or start planning next year’s summer hols.1. Santorini, GreeceWant traditional white-washed buildings, winding cobbled streets lined with pink blossom trees and guaranteed sunshine? Santorini, one of the Cyclades group of Greek islands offers all of this charming beauty. Enjoy it from the comfort of your own cliff-side swimming pool and stay put for dramatic sunset views. 9. Fajardo, Puerto RicoKnown as ‘the city that guards the sun of the Caribbean’ it may be a mouthful to say, but Puerto Rico promises lazy beach days and perfect pool weather. A territory of the US, this small paradise island is packed with Caribbean and South American charm, making it the perfect long haul holiday destination with a tropical twist. 3. Bangkok, ThailandThailand’s capital, Bangkok is famous for its frenetic streetlife, sidewalks filled with street food vendors, $5 massage salons and scooters whizzing through crowds of bewildered tourists and determined locals. Find a retreat away from the chaos and chill out in a rooftop swimming pool and enjoy views over this vibrant city’s skyline.Read more: Top 10 things to do in Thailand 2. MauritiusA firm favourite with honeymooners, Mauritius is the perfect place for lazing on pristine sandy beaches. Get plenty of selfie material and spend a day posing in one of the impressive infinity pools that hotels on the island offer. 10. The Côte d’Azur, FranceCheap red wine, delicious cheeses and plenty of small mountain villages to explore; the French Riviera is the perfect spot to go-slow and enjoy some cultured cuisine. Rent your own château for a fraction of the price with the Skyscanner hotel mobile app. Read more: 8 ways to explore the Côte d’Azur on a budget 14. Sentosa Island, SingaporeWhen you get sick of wandering around shopping malls and sipping cocktails in colonial hotels (as if!) then make sure you check out Sentosa Island. Singapore’s most popular tourist attraction and home to Universal Studios theme park, there’s plenty here to keep the kids, big and small, entertained.Read more: 10 best things to do in Singapore 13. MaldivesHead to the Equator and experience a small piece of paradise in the Maldives. With some of the best diving spots in the world, dive beneath the waves, or sit serenely on golden sands watching the world go by. However you fill your days, make sure you’ve got a luxury place to lay your head down without blowing the holiday budget with our hotel search tool. 5. Cancun, MexicoPool by day, party by night; that’s one way of experiencing the luxury hotel facilities and exciting nightlife in Cancun, often referred to as the Mexican Caribbean. Want to find the best bargain on hotels in this popular coastal resort? Check out Skyscanner’s hotel search. Click here to find out how to bag a bargain on the move with the Skyscanner hotels app, available for iOS and Android.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThe Maldives: The ultimate luxury island escapeThe Maldives has a bit of a spectacular reputation – and it’s well-deserved. Jewel-coloured water, acres of creamy white beaches, a wind strong enough for windsurfing but not quite strong enough to muss up your hair…15 fabulous hotels in EnglandFrom arty boutiques to sprawling country manors; check out 15 of England’s finest hotels.All aboard: 8 of the world’s most amazing floating hotelsBe lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves, without staying in a cramped cruise ship cabin. If you’re after the riviera lifestyle book into the brand new OFF Seine in Paris recently launched on the famous Seine river. Start daydreaming about spending the night in one of these… 11. Dubai, United Arab EmiratesPopular with footballers’ wives and the rich and famous, you’re guaranteed 5-star luxury in Dubai. Rooftop or infinity, whichever type of swimming pool you prefer, find it for pennies with Skyscanner. 16. TunisiaLooking for a winter sun getaway? The small north African country of Tunisia enjoys balmy temperatures for most of the year. So if you’re desperate to leave the snow boots behind and get your poolside posing on, then a trip to Tunisia makes a great last-minute winter sun escape. 8. IsraelGet your fill of golden sands of a non-beach kind, and beautiful vistas, with a trip to the Negev Desert, which covers much of southern Israel. Check in to your very own oasis and find the perfect hotel pool to cool off in with our hotel search tool.Read more: 10 best things to do in Jerusalem – a local’s guide 6. Bodrum, TurkeyEscape to the southern shores of Turkey and the ancient city of Bodrum. Take it easy poolside in a luxury hotel, or scrub up in a traditional _hanam _or Turkish bath. Bag a bargain on accommodation in Bodrum with Skyscanner. 15. Koh Tao, ThailandThe tiny island of Koh Tao has long had a reputation for awesome scuba diving sites. Take the opportunity to spot triggerfish, turtles and clown fish. If you prefer your waters creature free, then check out one of the many luxury resorts springing up all over the island. 12. Bahia, BrazilCopacabana may be Brazil’s most famous beach, but Bahia has some stunning sandy stretches, without the jostling crowds. Alternatively, swap the seashore and stay in one of the area’s premiere hotels and eco-resorts, where you can enjoy the sunshine without the stress of fighting for a spot to throw down your beach towel. Read more: 7 best beaches in Brazil 4. Atlas Mountains, MoroccoStick you head above the clouds and go on an adventure, mountain climbing and rambling in the spectacular Atlas Mountains, Morocco. After a hard day sweating it out in the hills, head straight to the swimming pool to cool off in the midst of the mountains. 7. Halkidiki, GreeceFly to Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, and head south to the peninsula of Halkidiki, famous for it’s beautiful beaches. Get some honey for your honey as a sweet souvenir, it’s the coastal town’s most famous produce.