Mobile users are last minute bookers

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Almost 70 percent of Americans booking hotel rooms on mobile devices are seeking accommodation within a 24-hour period, according to results released in Expedia’s latest survey.Online agency Expedia and Harris Interactive examined more than 2000 US traveller’s mobile device habits during their summer holidays.  More than 61 percent of those surveyed admitted to owning a smartphone, tablet or e-reader device.Social media is paramount to US travellers, considering 86 percent of respondents took photos while vacationing and nearly 60 percent of those uploaded and shared their experiences online.Nine of the ten most popular destinations for hotels booked via mobile devices are in America.The afternoon, between 12pm and 6pm, was the most popular time for mobile bookers.Friday and Saturday were the most popular days to book.“Mobile devices have continued to become an essential part of travel, whether traveling for business or leisure,” Expedia.com vice president and general manager Joe Megibow said. “With more travel options than anyone else, and now with exclusive deals just for mobile users, Expedia is making sure that no matter where you are, you can find the right deal for you.”last_img read more

Flight Centre Travel Group launches 4th Dimension

first_imgThe Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has launched 4th Dimension, its new Australian based consulting division, representing a new approach to advisory services for the corporate travel market.4th Dimension will offer private and public organisations unique travel benchmarking services, as well as advisory services for airline and hotel rate sourcing, program analysis and contract procurement, through leveraging travel data from FCTG’s global network and third party sources.“FCTG has recognised the potential for significant organic and new client growth through consulting and views 4th Dimension as a strategic expansion of the group’s current offering in the corporate market,” FCTG Australian corporate division executive general manager John Veitch said.4th Dimension is FCTG’s sixth corporate business to launch in Australia and it will work alongside FCTG’s other key corporate brands including; Stage and Screen Travel Services, Campus Travel, Corporate Traveller, FCm Travel Solutions and Cievents.“The corporate travel market is now as diversified as the leisure market and FCTG’s expansion in the corporate sector to date reflects this diversity with dedicated brands offering specialised services and with the establishment of 4th Dimension, we now have a highly experienced team to provide dedicated support for companies looking to outsource aspects such as contract procurement, rate sourcing, benchmarking and provide strategies for program process enhancements.”Led by the company’s senior advisor, Virginia Fitzpatrick, the 4th Dimension main office will be based in Sydney and consist of a highly experienced team of industry professionals with backgrounds in travel, finance and procurement.“These are complex areas of corporate travel management that require broader research, planning and sophisticated analysis tools which my team of sourcing contractors and commercial analysts have access to,” Ms. Fitzpatrick said.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

THAI economy and business class 7 day flash sale

first_imgTHAI economy and business class 7 day flash saleTHAI economy and business class 7 day flash saleTHAI Airways International 7 Day flash sale for economy and business class travel ends 07 August 2016, the clock is ticking and you must book now.Book now for travel departures up to 30 June 2017.Bag a bargain to your favourite places in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and to the Middle-East, UK/Europe, Scandinavia and lots, lots more!Don’t delay as seats are strictly limited.Claim your dream holiday at these very special rates and save some $$ here to spend over there!Get a quote or BOOK NOW!* Conditions Apply check with your local Travel Agent or online THAI – smooth as silkbook your flash sale seats here today Source = THAI International Airwayslast_img read more

Personal Travel Managers living the Shanghai life

first_imgPersonal Travel Managers living the Shanghai lifeShanghai is one of the world’s great financial centres, but five Victoria based personal travel managers (PTMs) who took part in a TravelManagers exclusive famil discovered that visitors who focus purely on business during their stay, miss out on much of what this vibrant city has to offer.For PTM Margherita Cilauro, representative for Pascoe Vale South it was her first visit to Shanghai, and she now feels comfortable and confident promoting the destination to her clients.“I used to think that the majority of visitors to Shanghai were there for business, but I now realise that it is a city that has so much to offer, with something for everyone.”Daniel Price, representative for Windsor, agrees that the famil has changed his perceptions of the city.“Getting a sense of Shanghai airport and the layout of the city, especially the downtown area around Nanjing Rd including the People’s Park, was really beneficial for me,” he explains.PTMs also attending the famil were Jeremy Ferguson representative from Brunswick West, Luke Vaughan representative from Kooyong and Frances Cochrane representative from Mooroolbark along with Marlene Lane, representing TravelManagers’ national partnership office.Lane was fascinated by the different styles of architecture and many unique modern buildings that make up the city skyline.The city lights provide a spectacular backdrop for PTMs’ hosted first night dinner in Shanghai, atop the Radisson Blu at Epicure 45 restaurant. Front Daniel Price, from left to right Luke Vaughan, local guide, local Radisson Blu host, Kathryn Quigley, Jeremy Ferguson, Mark Mulville, Fran Cochrane, Marlene Lane and Margherita Cilauro“At night, it was even more amazing. We had dinner at the Radisson Blu Shanghai New World hotel’s restaurant, Epicure on 45, and as the restaurant revolved it revealed an incredible light show. The following night we saw the same show from another angle, as we took a 45-minute cruise along the river.”TravelManagers’ exclusive Shanghai famil included a day trip to Tongli water townHowever, the group’s time was not spent solely in Shanghai. On the Go Tours hosted the participants on a day trip which gave the opportunity to experience a very different side to China which included a visit to the village of Tongli, just one and a half hours’ drive from the city. This ancient village, which is sometimes described as ‘the Venice of the East’, is criss-crossed by 15 small river lanes that are spanned by 49 stone bridges in a variety of styles.Cilauro says the village’s well-preserved architecture, private gardens, temples and houses made their visit a journey back in time.“The authenticity of the village, shops, restaurants and gardens took us back hundreds of years to how life used to be in China. I would highly recommend my clients make the effort to see it for themselves.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the experiences of the PTMs on this famil support the company’s philosophy that first-hand knowledge is essential for providing great service to clients.“For many of our PTMs, Shanghai is thought of primarily as a business destination and this famil has shown them a different side to the city, knowledge and experience they can share with their clients.”Gazal adds, “First-hand experience also makes it easier to answer questions such as ‘what sort of power adapter will I need?’, ‘what are the local taxis like?’ and ‘what is internet access like?’ It’s this type of personal expertise that provides real value to their clients.”PTMs Daniel Price and Fran Cochrane made a formidable team in the famil’s day-long ‘Amazing Race’- discover Shanghai activity at the entrance to the city’s Ocean AquariumThe seven-night famil included plenty of time to explore the city, including a full day mystery Amazing Race-style activity and a free day to enjoy shopping on Nanjing Road or soak up the views during a walk along the Bund.Experiencing a Shanghai river cruise from left to right local guide, Mark Mulville, Margherita Cilauro, Kathryn Quigley, Fran Cochrane, Jeremy Ferguson, Marlene Lane, Danial Price and Luke VaughanThe famil was escorted by Kathryn Quigley from Carlson Rezidor Hotels and Mark Mulville of Malaysian Airlines with the participants appreciating the opportunity to experience both Malaysian’s business and economy class products. All five PTMs agreed that they were greatly impressed by the service in both cabins.“Business class obviously offers you amazing personalised service and comfort that is truly fantastic. You can put your feet up and enjoy a chair-massage whilst you watch a movie, or lie flat for a good sleep,” says Cilauro, who adds that she was surprised and happy to find sufficient leg room and equally good service in economy class.Mark Mulville – Malaysian Airlines with PTMs Fran Cochrane, Daniel Price and Margherita Cilauro at Tongli water townPrice says Shanghai surprised all five first-time visitors, who found the locals to be friendly and helpful, and the city safe, easy to get around and paradise for shoppers.“I was impressed by the number of trees in the downtown area and how clean and organised everything is, it is truly a holiday destination for anyone – solo travellers, families or honeymooners.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

Hilton again named one of Australias best companies to work for

first_imgHilton again named one of Australia’s best companies to work forHilton again named one of Australia’s best companies to work for Hilton has again been recognised by the Great Place to Work® Institute as one of Australia’s best companies to work for in 2018. Hilton placed 4th on the top 50 list for companies with over 1,000 employees.This recognition is a great addition to Hilton’s recent win of being Asia’s Best Multinational Workplace, and is an incredible testament to Hilton’s leading practices and purpose-led culture that has built a strong team culture and outstanding working environment. In particular, Hilton’s Team Member value proposition, Thrive@Hilton, has been distinguished for creating a high-trust and high-performance organisational culture by offering Team Members great work environments, careers and rewards.“We are again thrilled to have been recognised by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Our hotels and corporate offices are committed to providing meaningful career opportunities for our team; having already facilitated more than 375 internal transfers and promotions across the Australasia region already in 2018,” said Richard Todd, senior regional director, human resources, Australasia.“This accolade is an attribute to all of our dedicated Team Members’ who work tirelessly and passionately to provide our guests with memorable and heartfelt experiences. We want to reward our Team Members and help them thrive as we know they are our greatest asset in supporting our commitment to be the world’s most hospitable company.”In Australia, Hilton’s leading practices and programmes that build a strong team culture include:Thrive@Hilton – In 2017, Hilton introduced Thrive@Hilton which completely evolves the way Hilton works and leads by creating more time for what matters most to Team Members so they can be at their best every day. The initiative aims to improve the health and happiness of all Team Members in Body, Mind and Spirit.Flexible work practices allow for customisation and personalisation in order to meet the distinct needs of each Team Members’ lifestyle, their location and their role, to encourage work/life balance. Examples of the various options Team Members have include work-from-home, flexible scheduling, compressed workweek, flextime, job sharing, and part-time working options.Initiatives such as Thrive Sabbatical which gives Team Members the opportunity to apply for a month-long paid sabbatical to either ‘Give a Dream’ or ‘Live a Dream’ and take time to recharge and enrich their spirit, returning to work feeling rejuvenated, accomplished and more inspired. To ‘Give a Dream’, Team Members will be looking to enrich the lives of others through a philanthropic volunteer activity of their choice, while those wanting to ‘Live a Dream’ will be wanting to achieve a personal goal, explore a new interest or embark on a meaningful exercise.Travel with Purpose – Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy that empowers Team Members to make a difference and develop local solutions that positively impact their communities and environment. Throughout 2017, there were 10,315 volunteer hours contributed by Team Members on over 210 community projects.Hilton also has a national partnership with The Smith Family which sees them collaborate on the Work Inspiration program that saw 150 disadvantaged youths gain work experience at one of the eight participating hotels across Australia in 2018.In Q2 2018, Hilton eliminated plastic straws from all hotels across Australasia with the aim of removing approximately 2.5 million straws from the environment annually.Hilton Sydney partnered with the City of Sydney on the Sustainable Destination program and also the World Wildlife Fund to improve its food waste program, reducing food waste by 15 percent and recording an annual saving of $30,000 in 2017.Hilton Brisbane houses two beehives on the hotel rooftop in collaboration with Bee One Third, a regional beekeeping organisation with the intention of educating Brisbane’s inner populace on the importance of bees in our global food system. The honey from the hives is then served in Vintaged Bar + Grill at Hilton Brisbane.Celebrating diversity – Since launching in 2015, the Women in Leadership program has empowered more than 139 female Team Members in Australia, assisting them in their career journeys. So far, 29% of participants have already been promoted or transferred within the company. Additionally, 39% of females at Hilton are in leadership positions, including Heidi Kunkel, Hilton’s recently appointment Vice President, Operations, Australasia and Jane Lyons, General Manager of West Hotel Sydney, Australia’s first Curio Collection by Hilton property.Opportunities for development – Hilton Australia launched a training program called ‘Driving Effective Career Conversations’. Since launching the course in 2012, over 1,000 Team Members have attended the course, which was designed to assist Team Members in better planning and communication of their career goals, including the completion of a Birkman Profile and Career Map.Go Hilton – A travel program that provides exclusive travel discounts and benefits for Team Members, as well as their family and friends. This program allows Team Members to explore the world and experience any of Hilton’s 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,400 properties, in 106 countries and territories.Recognition – Hilton offers several opportunities for recognition through programs such as Catch Me at My Best, and the CEO Light & Warmth Awards that acknowledge Team Members at all levels from guests, peers and managers. Team Member Appreciation Week saw over 100 events organised to celebrate their Team Members in Australia in 2018.Hilton promotes or transfers 20% of its Team Members every year in Australia, creating more than 1,300 employment opportunities each year in Australia across 12 hotels and corporate office.About HiltonHilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,400 properties with nearly 880,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.About Great Place to Work®Great Place to Work Australia, part of Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index® Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results.Source = Hiltonlast_img read more

France sees growth of international domestic tourist numbers

first_imgThe summer season has been rather good for tourism in France, where it showed an overall increase in tourist numbers. The amount of visitors arriving in the country is expected to be no less than that of summer 2014. Though, the data also indicated that more and more domestic travellers are exploring their homeland.As per the first wave of a cyclical survey, conducted by the Tourism Offices of France, Rn2D, ANMSM and Atout France, the number of French tourists travelling around their home country is likely to increase during the summer of 2015, along with the number of foreign visitors.The survey noted a “good general dynamic” for the start of the season between April 15 and June 15, 2015. It is “particularly characterised by the French clientele”.The tourist numbers are usually higher than that of the same period last year, particularly on Brittany’s, Norman’s and Northerner’s coasts and in many provincial cities, as well as the whole of the South East, where the service providers reported an increase in the amount of bookings.Travellers from Britain remained the principal group among all the international tourists coming to France. They are followed by the Belgians, the Dutch, the Germans and the Italians. Other visitors such as the Russians, the Canadians, the Chinese and the Japanese are on the rise as well.last_img read more

Jharkhand Tourism to launch mobile app enabling tourists to book rooms and

first_imgJharkhand Tourism will soon launch a mobile application on the lines of popular hotel aggregator apps which will have a comprehensive database of state hotels and tour operators, both private and those run by the Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC). The app, to be launched alongside the web portal by the end of April, will enable tourists to book rooms and tours on the go.Rajeev Ranjan, Managing Director, JTDC, said that the app and website will provide up-to-date information on the status of rooms available to the tourists. “The app would be available for both Android and iOS platforms. We would also consider introducing discounts to the customers on the lines of private players after reviewing its performance later in the year,” he said.The app will generate revenue for the government in terms of commission charged on the bookings done by tourists in private hotels. All the rooms booked will offer free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast to the guests. Both the website and app will also have an integrated payment gateway for instantaneous booking.In 2014-15, around 3.5 crore tourists visited Jharkhand out of which only 0.2% chose to stay in JTDC run hotels, revealed the department’s data. So far, over 40 hotels based in Ranchi, Bokaro and Jamshedpur have voluntarily registered with the department to be included in the app database.last_img read more

New Zealands new national art gallery – Toi Art opens

first_imgToi Art, New Zealand’s spectacular new art gallery in Wellington, was recently officially opened by Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand.From art exhibitions to hands-on art activities for children, and interactive experiences like a virtual reality visit to an artist’s studio, Toi Art will showcase iconic works from the national art collection, alongside new art created especially for this space. The gallery is free to enter. The new NZ$8.4 million gallery spans two levels of Te Papa – New Zealand’s national museum which sits on the Wellington waterfront – and is part of a major renewal of all the museum’s exhibition spaces. Ardern said that the new art gallery at Te Papa is a landmark for art in New Zealand. “Toi Art is all about the fact that art is for everyone, and I believe every New Zealander will find something here that speaks to them, something to amaze and challenge them,” she said.The new gallery has 35% more floor space for art in the national museum, with flexible gallery spaces to show large-scale and immersive new works.last_img read more

Wingspan VP Moves Up to Newly Created Role

first_img April 25, 2014 441 Views Movers & Shakers Wingspan 2014-04-25 Tory Barringer Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, an award-winning diversified mortgage services company operating in the Dallas area, announced the promotion of veteran Eshna Ghosh to the newly created position of SVP of business development.Formerly a recruiter at Morgan Stanley, Ghosh joined Wingspan in 2011, working most recently as VP of business development. In that role, she was responsible for diversifying Wingspan’s client base and acting as a liaison between the company and its clients.In her new position, her duties have expanded to include oversight of Wingspan’s pursuit of new clients and the expansion of its business lines.“Eshna has been an integral part of Wingspan’s success,” said Wingspan president and CEO Steven Horne.  “With our industry and regulatory environment constantly changing, her skills at opening doors and helping to grow our business lines have been extremely successful to the business development team.” in Headlines, News, Uncategorizedcenter_img Wingspan VP Moves Up to Newly Created Role Sharelast_img read more

Fannie Freddie 10 Billion MSR Portfolio Up for Sale

first_imgFannie, Freddie $10 Billion MSR Portfolio Up for Sale in Daily Dose, Featured, Servicing March 30, 2015 511 Views Sharecenter_img Fannie Mae Freddie Mac MountainView Servicing Group MSR 2015-03-30 Samantha Guzman Residential mortgage servicing rights sales and valuation advisory services provider MountainView Servicing Group announced Monday that it is acting as adviser for the sale of a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage servicing rights (MSR) portfolio with an unpaid principal balance (UPB) of about $10 billion.According to MountainView’s announcement, features of the bulk servicing rights portfolio include 100 percent fixed-rate and first lien product, a weighted average original FICO score of 763, a weighted average original LTV ratio of 75 percent, a weighted average interest rate of 3.82 percent, and low delinquencies.  The portfolio contains no loans that are more than 90 days late; only 0.41 percent of the loans in the portfolio are between 30 and 59 days delinquent, and only 0.5 percent of the loans are between 60 and 89 days delinquent, according to MountainView.The average loan size for the portfolio is $232,719, and the average loan age is 24 months. Slightly more than one-quarter of the loans (25.5 percent) are located in California, followed by Colorado (11.8 percent) and Washington (6.5 percent). Bids are due on the portfolio by April 24.”This portfolio has a weighted average coupon of 3.82 percent, while a lot of the servicing portfolios that have recently come to market have had weighted average coupons above 4 percent,” said Robert Wellerstein, managing director at MountainView Servicing Group. “And given the recent move down in rates, this portfolio gives buyers a rare opportunity to buy a large amount of discount and par rate servicing.”The seller in the deal is a “well-capitalized bank” that wishes to remain anonymous, according to MountainView. The bank prefers to retain mortgage servicing rights through a sale with a subservicing agreement, according to MountainView, but the bank will consider a traditional sale.The $10 billion portfolio is the 15th MSR portfolio MountainView has brought to market in 2015, according to a MountainView spokesperson.  Based on the annual number of sales, MountainView usually ranks first or second in the nation, according to the company’s announcement. During 2014, MountainView advised on 44 MSR portfolio sales involving a total of $43.5 billion of UPB.last_img read more

AmeriFirst Announces Hiring of Patrick Mars as Area Manager and Loan Officer

first_img AmeriFirst HOUSING mortgage Patrick Mars 2017-11-13 Rachel Williams in Headlines, News, Origination Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, AmeriFirst Home Mortgage is an independent community mortgage lender founded in 1983 by Mark Jones and David Gahm. AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, a division of AmeriFirst Financial Corp., announced that it’s broadening its Central Florida lending team by adding a new Area Manager and Loan Officer, Patrick Mars, to its Winter Park branch. AmeriFirst Home Mortgage provides FHAA, VA loans, rural development mortgages, conventiona,l and renovation lending products.Mars brings nearly 20 years of experience to the role and is charged with growing market share throughout Central Florida while guiding clients throughout the mortgage process.“I have known Patrick for many years, and had the privilege of having him on my lending team when we worked together at a previous company. His leadership ability is outstanding, and his customers rave about him,” said Doug Long, Southeast Regional President.“I wanted to join the firm because of its supportive culture and family atmosphere. It’s an organization that I truly want to represent in our marketplace,” said Mars. AmeriFirst Announces Hiring of Patrick Mars as Area Manager and Loan Officercenter_img November 13, 2017 574 Views Sharelast_img read more

The Drivers Impacting Home Buying Decisions

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Homebuyer enthusiasm is on the wane driven by rising home prices, according to the latest quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey released by ValueInsured on Wednesday.The survey revealed that housing confidence amongst American homebuyers, led by millennials, had seen a steady decline in the previous 12 months. In the third quarter of 2018, the survey said that the percentage of millennials who believed that buying a home today was a good investment dropped to 48 percent from 54 percent in the previous quarter. This was also a steep drop from the high of 77 percent recorded by the survey in 2016.Millennials are also not very enthusiastic about buying a home over renting. The survey revealed that 61 percent of millennials believed it was beneficial to buy a home instead of renting one, down from 83 percent during the same period in 2016. “While 76 percent of all homeowners believe that now is a good time to sell a home, only 39 percent of millennials who want to become homeowners believe now is a good time to buy a home,” the survey said.The ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index for millennials also registered a low score of 56.9 on a hundred-point scale in Q3 2018, declining 1.7 points from Q2 and 10.1 points from the same period last year.“Conventional wisdom assumed millennials were buying homes later because they chose to get married and have children later,” says Joe Melendez, CEO, and Founder of ValueInsured.  “New research now suggests homeownership may be the cause, not the effect, of a delayed family formation. It is an alarming trend, and we see more acute evidence in the expensive housing regions.”Even among millennials who are interested and motivated to buy a home today, their decision comes with a lot of anxiety, the survey revealed. The top concern? They would not save enough to buy the home they wanted. The survey found that 67 percent of millennials were concerned that they would not be able to save enough for a home that they actually liked. Fifty-two percent said that a home they bought now was likely to drop in value within a year, while 49 percent of those willing to buy a home now were concerned that rising mortgage rates could make homes that were currently within their budget become unaffordable later.To learn more about what millennial homebuyers want and how lenders can reach out to them,  join MReport’s webinar Hottest Buyers on the Block: Reaching Millennials, presented by Ellie Mae. At this webinar, experts will discuss the latest millennial homebuyer trends, lender strategies to reach out to this market segment, and how digital channels can help. Click below to register for this webinar. The Drivers Impacting Home Buying Decisionscenter_img Home owners Homebuyers homes HOUSING Millennials valueinsured 2018-08-15 Radhika Ojha August 15, 2018 772 Views last_img read more

Suppliers and partners got together last week for

first_imgSuppliers and partners got together last week for the celebratory Grand Opening event at the brand new Helloworld Travel at Essendon Fields in Melbourne, to toast the new store and wish owner Vas Nikolovski and his team all the very best!L-R:Sahil Nijhawan – Office Manager, Vas Nikolovski – Owner, Michelle Hallan – Consultant, Natalie Carmody – Consultant and Jack Blackwell – Consultant Helloworld Travellast_img

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is continuing the cel

first_imgOutrigger Hotels and Resorts is continuing the celebrations to mark its Platinum 70th Anniversary that kicked off in September, by announcing an exclusive promotion for its valued trade industry partners connected with the Outrigger Expert Agent (OEA) program.Agents have the chance to earn 100 reward points per night, compared to the standard 30 reward points, on actualised bookings of five-or-more night stays at both Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. Bookings must be completed by 31 December, 2017 and actualised by 31 March, 2018.Once agents reach 5,000 points, they may redeem their points for three free nights at either one of Outrigger’s iconic resort properties on Waikiki Beach. Complimentary stays must be completed by 21 December, 2018. “Our travel-industry partners play a vital role in introducing Outrigger’s uniquely immersive and authentic vacation experience to travellers from around the globe,” said Sean Dee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “This promotion is our way of saying ‘mahalo’ for all that they do for Outrigger and hopefully allow them to soon come experience our beachfront resorts in Waikiki.”IMAGE: View from a suite – Diamond Head as seen from Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort agentsHawaiiincentivesOutrigger Resortslast_img read more

agentsincentivesSi Holidays

first_imgagentsincentivesSi Holidays Agents who book and deposit any Si Holidays Hawaii land before 10 November 2017 will go into a draw for a chance to win a luxury 4-night stay in Hawaii with a friend.The more land agents sell – the more chances they have to win.The prize includes 4 nights’ accommodation for two at The Modern Honolulu, 160,000 Hawaiian Miles points (which equates to two return economy airfares from Sydney to Honolulu) and return Honolulu airport transfers.Si Holidays Hawaii packages include return Hawaiian Airlines economy flights, 4 nights accommodation including free upgrades, free nights and more, priced from AUD $1,399pp ex SYD*.Agents will also earn Si Rewards points for all bookings with the reward potential of a $100 UGC card on every $7,000 nett land they book and pay in full through Si Holidays.Call the Si Holidays Reservation team on 1300 658 544 to book.*Terms and conditions applylast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And now with the run out of the way, practice can begin.“We need to put pads on and start hitting each other a little bit and hitting somebody else,” Arians said smiling. “I’m tired of playing soccer. I mean soccer is a great game, but we play this one in the trenches and I want to see our offensive line and defensive line, and I think we can become pretty good, pretty quickly.” It marks the official start of training camp; and the players can’t participate in training camp until they pass the test which consists of a 300-yard shuttle run (50-yard intervals) to be covered in 70 seconds. “Extremely pleased, saw everything I needed to see,” said head coach Bruce Arians, who noted he stopped the run early after each player ran the drill twice.“He gave us a little break. He took it fairly easy on us,” linebacker Daryl Washington said.“Don’t need to see them run anymore in shorts. Obviously, they’re in really good shape and ready to go,” explained Arians.The Cardinals had not been together since mid-June, but each player in attendance passed the test. Rookies Jonathan Cooper (unsigned) and Ryan Swope (concussion questions) were absent Thursday.“Shows that people actually worked in the five, six weeks that we’ve had off,” center Lyle Sendlein said.Of course, this year’s run test took place inside an air-conditioned stadium as opposed to outside in the nearly 7,000-foot elevation of Flagstaff, the Cardinals’ previous training camp home.“I don’t know,” Sendlein said. “Us big guys and running don’t mix well no matter how high in the air you are. We did what we had to do.” GLENDALE — Much has changed since the whistle blew on the Arizona Cardinals’ 2012 season. There’s a new general manager, a new head coach, a new quarterback and countless other new faces tasked with returning the franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.Heck, there’s even a new training camp location –University of Phoenix Stadium.One thing though hasn’t changed: The run test. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   “When he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go because there’s nobody quite like him. Even if he’s 90 percent,” head coach Bruce Arians said this week. “The energy he brings and just the respect that he brings (means) you want him on the field.”Campbell has not seen the field on game day since getting chop-blocked by Broncos tight end Julius Thomas on Oct. 5 in Denver.Campbell practiced Thursday and Friday, albeit limited, and the 6-foot-8, 300-pound lineman will be wearing a brace on the knee.“It’s different,” he said. “I’ve never played with a brace on my knee before, so I’ve just got to get used to it. But I felt explosive (in practice) and I was able to play football the way I like to play football.”Meanwhile, running back Marion Grice, a former Arizona State Sun Devil, will be in uniform, active for the first time since he was signed off the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad on Sept. 23.The Cardinals’ seven inactives Sunday are defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, tight end Troy Niklas, nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu, quarterback Logan Thomas, guard Earl Watford and linebackers Glenn Carson and Thomas Keiser. Niklas was ruled out Friday after not practicing all week because of a bad ankle, an injury he suffered at Denver. The other six players are healthy scratches.Both Arians and Campbell said there will be no snap count limitation despite the defensive end’s layoff.“The big thing is just giving everything I have and being honest with the training staff and my coaches and myself — and just making sure that I’m doing what’s best to help the team. That’s it,” Campbell said. “This is a game I want to be a part of. It’s a huge game. The Eagles are a great team. This is a game that’s really going to matter at the end of the year.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Well, this is different.For much of the season, the Arizona Cardinals have gotten in the habit — a bad habit — of playing without a key player defensively due to injury.This week, the script has been flipped.After missing each of the past two weeks because of a sprained MCL in his right knee, defensive end Calais Campbell will make his return Sunday afternoon when the Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOKlast_img read more

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first_imgChicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) warms up before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Fox sounds a lot like previous Bears coaches in the early days of their Jay Cutler inheritance.“I think he’s been outstanding,” Fox said of Cutler on Wednesday during a conference call with Arizona media members. “He works hard. He’s a smart guy. He’s on top of his preparation.“I’ve seen the guy I think throw, what, two interceptions over those five (including preseason) games. Unless I’m missing somebody that plays quarterback in the National Football League, if you haven’t thrown an interception, you haven’t played. That’s the only history I have with him, and so far I think it’s been a good history.” There is plenty of time to change that, especially if you subscribe to Cutler’s well-worn reputation as a malcontent, a difficult QB to coach and a guy who can’t lead his team to anything other than dissension and coaching changes.In nine NFL seasons — three in Denver; six in Chicago — Cutler had led his teams to just one playoff berth and one playoff victory (over the 7-9 Seahawks). He has thrown for 27,974 yards with 184 TDs and a whopping 131 interceptions.His hangdog sideline expressions are infamous in Chicago, previous teammates have been happy to throw him under the bus, he is the source of all evil in a town obsessed with the Bears and in Adam Gase, he is playing for his fifth offensive coordinator in those six seasons, having worn out Mike Martz, Ron Turner, Mike Tice and Aaron Kromer, who was really just a figurehead coordinator under play-calling head coach Marc Trestman.Cutler admits that he reacts to the criticism differently than he did when he was younger, but he is never able to fully block it out.“It’s a very emotional game and I think everyone in the locker room takes a lot of this stuff home with them,” Cutler said. “The older you get, you get some perspective on some things. That doesn’t mean I take it any more lightly than before or it doesn’t bother me, because some things do. “I think still, to this day, some things bother me, but you can’t control a lot of these things outside. You will hear some things and whether you like it or not, there’s not much you can do about it. I just try to concentrate on what I can control and move forward.”Cutler signed a seven-year extension last year with a total value of $126.7 million according to overthecap.com. If the Bears were to release him after the 2016 season, however, he would only account for $2 million in dead money and the team would enjoy a $14 million cap savings.That timing might just be right. If anyone can win with a less-than-elite quarterback it’s Fox. Fox took Jake Delhomme to a Super Bowl in Carolina and won a playoff game with Tim Tebow in Denver. If he can’t fix Cutler after two seasons, maybe nobody can.“Any time you learn a new offense you kind of have to forget everything you knew before and just buy into the new language and the verbiage and all the nuances that go into it,” Cutler said. “It’s a pretty in-depth process, especially with Adam’s offense. He’s really detailed and he’s got a ton of plays.”“You saw the productivity he had in Denver with Tebow and Kyle Orton and obviously with Peyton (Manning). I’ve known Adam for a long time, so I knew what kind of coach and system I was getting into. I knew at the end of the day he would take care of the quarterback and try to put us in a good position.” 0 Comments   Share   center_img The problem for Cutler may not be his ability. It may be the ability outsiders expect him to have. He is not Aaron Rodgers or Manning or Tom Brady. On the other hand, an honest assessment by those who want to replace him is that there aren’t 15 quarterbacks better than Cutler in the league. If the Bears cut him loose, things could easily get worse.Cutler has played with poor offensive lines much of his time in Chicago. The defense has been dreadful the last few years and as a result, Cutler has played from behind a lot. Cutler is 21-7 in games in which he has thrown fewer than 30 passes. He’s 32-41 in games in which he has thrown 30 or more passes. To that end, Fox is trying to have him do less, by using Matt Forte more, even if he won’t admit the change.“I think they ran the ball extremely well last week and controlled the clock,” said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who will face Cutler and the Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. “It put him in a very comfortable situation where he didn’t have to throw the ball 40 to 50 times a game.”Even so, Cutler’s one interception in that 31-23 loss to the Packers last week came in a critical moment with the Bears driving for the tying score late. That and his completion percentage (50) left doubts as to whether he was benefitting from his latest coordinator. “It’s a lot easier when you stay in the same system your whole career, but when you go through three or four in four or five years, it’s extremely hard on you,” Arians said. “He’s a very bright guy. It’s a matter of learning the language, all the little scenarios of hots and blitzes and those things, especially if you are changing personnel, which he has had to do.”Arians got a chance to talk with Cutler when he interviewed for the Bears head-coaching job that eventually went to Trestman, much to the hindsight dismay of the Chicago media and fan base.“I met a guy that was very passionate about the game, wanted to win and was willing to do whatever it took to win,” Arians said. “I always felt he might be the most misunderstood quarterback in the league.”Despite all the barbs, Cutler says it would still be fun to win in Chicago — for Chicago.“We’re going to get it,” he said. “We’re heading in the right direction, we have the right head coach, the right coaches around him, we’ve got great schemes offensively and defensively, and we’ve got the right players.“It’s just a matter of time, going out and experiencing some things, making mistakes, fix them and try not to make them again.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) makes a catch in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 25-13. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We haven’t lost our swagger in any sense of the word,” Arians said. “We just know that we’ve identified some problems that we get corrected, and (if) we get in that type of ballgame again we know how to fix them.”And fix them under the national spotlight of Monday Night Football.“When you play in front of your peers and the whole world, it’s the only game on Monday,” Arians continued. “Everybody is watching. It’s the biggest show in TV and the whole world, so, yeah; it’s still huge for every player.” “He had a little setback with his other leg,” Arians said, “but last week he couldn’t play on Friday, and he only caught 200 yards worth, so hopefully it’s the same.”Brown is coming off his best game as a pro. He posted career highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (196) in last week’s loss in Pittsburgh. His 196 receiving yards were tied for the sixth-best single-game total in team history. While Brown will play, tight end Darren Fells (shoulder) and linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) will not because of injury. Fells got hurt against Pittsburgh and did not practice, while Okafor is missing his second straight game. The remaining inactives include quarterback Matt Barkley, linebacker Shaq Riddick, tackle D.J. Humphries, tackle/guard Earl Watford and nose tackle Xavier Williams.Receiver J.J. Nelson is suiting up for his first action since Week 2, when he suffered a shoulder injury at Chicago.For the Ravens, safety Terrence Brooks (thumb), receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and tight end Maxx Williams (knee/ankle) are out due to injury. Also sitting are receiver Jeremy Butler, safety Kendrick Lewis, center Ryan Jensen and defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore.The Cardinals are looking to bounce back after their second defeat in three weeks.center_img GLENDALE, Ariz. – No player wants to miss a game, especially when that game is played on Monday night.“I’ll be ready to go,” wide receiver John Brown told reporters Saturday.And he is. The Arizona Cardinals’ second-leading receiver is active despite some concerns ahead of the matchup against Baltimore that a hamstring issue might keep him out of the lineup. Brown explained the hamstring tightened up “a little bit” on him as he was running routes. Brown was limited in practice on Thursday and Saturday, and he didn’t practice at all on Friday; all of which led to him being listed as questionable on the final injury report. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img– / 18 Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson runs past Carolina Panthers’ Shaq Green-Thompson during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) By the end of the season Johnson had ascended to the top of the team’s running back depth chart, and was a bright spot in the team’s NFC Championship Game loss to Carolina with 128 total yards and one touchdown.And though his production is not likely to see him rise above the likes of Oakland’s Amari Cooper, Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston or the Rams’ Todd Gurley with regards to the top award for a first-year player, if NFL.com’s Willie McGinist had a vote, it would go to the Cardinals’ running back.In a piece where a slew of NFL.com panelists made their Rookie of the Year pick, the former linebacker went with Johnson, writing, “opportunity knocked, and David Johnson answered in a major way.”David Johnson started third on the Cardinals’ RB depth chart, but when called upon, he was prepared to carry the load. Johnson did a good job catching the ball out of the backfield and scored a lot of touchdowns. Because of him, the Cardinals had balance down the stretch. They gave him a lot of carries and he held up. He really made a name for himself.He really did.Johnson set a franchise record for total touchdowns by a rookie with 13, and by the end of the season had likely cemented himself not only as the team’s running back of the future, but as a central part of the offense, too. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Chances are David Johnson will not win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, but that does not mean his first NFL season was anything other than a success.The third-round pick out of Northern Iowa ran for 581 yards and eight touchdowns on 125 carries while adding another 457 yards and four scores on 36 receptions. He also impacted the team as a kick returner, amassing 598 yards and one touchdown on 22 attempts. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more