Free shore excursions shipboard credit offer with Regent Seven Seas

first_img Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Tags: Alaska, Promotions, Regent Seven Seas Cruises Posted by Travelweek Group MIAMI — Free and unlimited shore excursions are the norm while onboard an Alaska cruise with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.Its Seven Seas Mariner ship will sail Alaskan waters from late May through August 2017, providing passengers an expansive catalog of free and unlimited shore excursions for the best value. Plus, travellers can take advantage of Regent’s limited-time ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer to receive US$500 shipboard credit per new suite booking to apply toward select Alaska adventures while sailing aboard the ship.“Shore excursions are particularly important in order to experience the most of Alaska, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers up to 43 free, unlimited shore excursions on our seven-night Alaska voyages,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of the cruise line. “And with our limited-time ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer, travellers receive a generous shipboard credit to apply toward some incredibly breathtaking, supplementary experiences while sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckFor example, sample shore excursions on Seven Seas Mariner’s July 5 voyage include witnessing iceberg calvings atop Hubbard Glacier, panning for gold in Skagway, hiking at Tongass National Forest (the world’s largest temperate rainforest) in Sitka, cruising in George Inlet, and a catamaran sail in Juneau.Passengers can apply their $500 shipboard credit toward Regent Choice options, a curated collection of immersive experiences that are available at an additional charge.On the same July 5 voyage, guests can utilize their shipboard credits on a three-hour sport fishing excursion from Sitka, a rafting ride through the Valley of the Eagles, or a short floatplane ride to Prince of Wales to spot black bears in their natural habitat.The ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer is valid for bookings made from April 1 through May 31 on all 2017 Alaska voyages. It is combinable the doubled Ambassador Offer for 25th Anniversary voyages, public National Account promotions, and Seven Seas Society savings of up to $700 per suite for returning guests.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyCanadian and U.S. travel agents will receive up to a $200 gift card for each new booking they make for their clients in these regions. Guests must register the code ‘Book Now’ at the time of reservation in order to receive the offer. Travel agents must register for the gift card at RSSC.com/booknow by June 14.center_img Free shore excursions & shipboard credit offer with Regent Seven Seas << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

Agents can win one of four Contiki trips by sharing travel stories

first_img Thursday, October 26, 2017 Travelweek Group TORONTO — Referring to travel agents as “magic makers”, Contiki is showing just how much they value its agent partners with a newly launched contest that includes Europe trips and airfare.To highlight the lasting impact agents make on their clients’ lives, Contiki is asking agents to tell their best ‘Travel Makes Better Humans’ story (either about a client or about themselves) for a chance to win one of four new Europe trips, plus airfare for 2018. Should the winning agent be over the age of 35, they will be rewarded with $1,000 instead.Agents have until Dec. 1, 2017 to enter. They can apply via contiki.com/ca/en/activity/travel-creates-a-better-you-agent-contest.“We are excited to launch this new national contest for our loyal agent partners. They are the ones out in the front lines changing people’s lives on a daily basis,” says Sheralyn Berry, Vice President of Sales for Contiki Holidays Canada. “Our new ‘Travel Makes Better Humans’ Europe 2018 campaign celebrates the many reasons why it is so important to travel and seeks to show how travel has the ability to create better humans. We can’t think of any other group of people that better epitomize this statement than our travel agents!”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe winning entrant will have a choice of four new Contiki trips plus airfare:Best of Britain: This 10-day, summer-only itinerary visits London, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff, with highlights that include the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio tour and the option to experience a Free Time Add-On Welsh Banquet in the Cardiff CastleIbiza & Beyond: Spread over nine days, this Spain-based itinerary starts in Barcelona then travels onward to Valencia and Madrid, and includes quad-shared hotel and hostel accommodation, standard breakfasts and all travel throughout.Fiestas & Siestas: This 11-night trip floats through Spain and Portugal and features hotel accommodation throughout and visits to Porto, Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona.Fire & Ice: This six-day itinerary based in Iceland ventures to Reykjavik, Vik, Selfoss and Skaftafell, and is ideal for adventure and outdoor lovers. No Regrets Inclusions offer entry into the Blue Lagoon, while Free Time Add-Ons include horseback riding in Selfoss, buggy and glacier adventures, and caving. Twin-share hotel accommodation throughout, with all breakfasts and three dinners included. Posted by Sharecenter_img Agents can win one of four Contiki trips by sharing travel stories << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Contests, Contikilast_img read more

Heres your first look at Norwegians new terminal at PortMiami coming in

first_img Share Tags: Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line Posted by As a result of the continued relationship with the cruise company, Miami-Dade County will invest US$100 million to build the new terminal dedicated to Norwegian Cruise Line, with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. augmenting the county’s allocated funds with its own contribution.“Investing in PortMiami’s infrastructure positions Miami as a global destination for visitors,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued partnership.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, March 12, 2018 center_img Upon completion, the multi-level, 166,500 square-foot terminal will boast indoor and outdoor waiting areas, a dedicated lounge and service area for large groups and charters, a new parking garage, and a valet parking area with direct access to the terminal and lounge. It will be able to accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over 50 years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honoured to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. Travelweek Group MIAMI — The first images of Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new terminal at PortMiami have just been released, depicting a facility that’s ultra-modern, sleek and spacious.Pending the final approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, the project will commence in May 2018. It is scheduled for completion by fall 2019, just in time for Norwegian Encore – the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class – to make its debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean. Here’s your first look at Norwegian’s new terminal at PortMiami, coming in 2019last_img read more

Air Canada Signature Service to include lieflat seats on select CanadaUS routes

first_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Air Canada Signature Service to include lie-flat seats on select Canada-U.S. routescenter_img Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Tags: Air Canada, Business Travel MONTREAL — Air Canada has just introduced its brand new ‘Air Canada Signature Service’, providing a “level of service unsurpassed in North America”.Available to passengers flying in Air Canada Signature Class (the premium cabin of its wide-body aircraft), the new service makes Air Canada the first North American airline to designate aircraft with lie-flat seats for premium customers on select nonstop, transcontinental flights within Canada and to the U.S. These include overnight daily flights from Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Toronto.Air Canada Signature Service launches today for international customers, and June 1 on select flights within North America.“Our new Air Canada Signature Service and Air Canada Signature Class brands reflect the ongoing refinements to our premium travel service. We know our premium customers travelling on longer flight itineraries place a high value on convenience and comfort when in airports or onboard an aircraft, and with Air Canada Signature Service we provide a level of service unsurpassed in North America on every widebody flight,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Passenger Airlines.Air Canada Signature ServiceAir Canada Signature Service customers will receive the following perks:Access to airport concierge servicesExpedited check-in and security clearancePriority baggage handlingPreferential boardingAir Canada Maple Leaf Lounge accessAccess to the exclusive Air Canada Signature Suite (for eligible customers travelling to international destinations from Toronto-Pearson)More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Air Canada Signature Service will be available on select transborder and domestic Canadian transcontinental flights when operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 777, Boeing 767 and airbus A330 aircraft. This includes routes between Toronto and the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and between Vancouver and the cities of new York-Newark and Montreal.To note, Air Canada Signature Service with lie-flat suites will be available daily on the following North American nonstop overnight flights beginning June 1: Vancouver-Toronto (AC126); Lost Angeles-Toronto (AC788); and San Francisco-Toronto (AC754).To add to the seamless travel experience, Air Canada Signature class has also introduced new amenities, including:Updated onboard menu items from chef David Hawksworth, including for the first time on flights serving lunch and dinner in North America Air Canada Signature class starting June 1, and a South Asian menu by chef Vikram Vij on flights to Mumbai and New DelhiFor transcontinental travellers, enhanced wine and spirits, and the added option of espresso and cappuccino served with dessert or a new cheese selection, while for international travellers Air Canada will now offer Laurent-Perrier champagne; on all routes, customers will enjoy the new Air Canada Signature cocktailFor international travellers, personal comfort items by Canadian brands such as enhanced amenity kits by Want les EssentialsMattress pads to enhance the sleep experienceAt Toronto-Pearson, full fare Air Canada Signature Class customers departing on international flights will have access to the Air Canada Signature Suite, featuring a la carte complimentary dining, Moet & Chandon champagne, fine wines and premium cocktailsFor full fare premium cabin customers originating in Toronto-Pearson or arriving at Toronto-Pearson originating from a domestic f light with onward international travel, Air Canada will also provide Air Canada Valet Service, powered by BMW, starting later in 2018More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“Customers travelling Air Canada Signature Class on international itineraries and, beginning in June, on select transcontinental flights within North America, will receive seamless Air Canada Signature Service,” said Smith. “They will enjoy added amenities throughout their journey, from curbside-to-curbside and at all points in between.”last_img read more

We couldnt do it without agents St Vincent The Grenadines to surpass

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travelweek Group Posted by These ‘mistakes’ led many neighbouring islands to be overwrought with tourists, something that St. Vincent and The Grenadines is at no risk of. With virtually no crowds, it’s the perfect place for total relaxation.Botanic Gardens (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) Wednesday, July 24, 2019 “We’re not an area of mass tourism, which sets us apart from most of the other islands,” says Shelley John, Director of Sales – Canada for the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office. “With the lack of an international airport prior [to the new terminal built in 2017], we’re lagging behind a little, which is a good thing since you won’t find any crowds.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOf course, this could all change in time as more airlines offer service to Argyle International Airport (SVD), a US$250 million facility that debuted in February 2017. Air Canada Rouge was the first global airline to launch flights to SVD, a point of pride for Beache, a Canadian native.“This airport has been a game-changer for us,” he said. “Our big issue has always been access to the destination, and now that we can have direct flights it has changed the way a lot of people in the industry now look at St. Vincent and The Grenadines.”The airport, added Beache, has ushered in a wave of investments in the next few years, including a highly anticipated 250-room hotel by the Library Hotel Collection, the same group behind Toronto’s Hotel X. A 99-room Holiday Inn Express is also in the works, as well as a 250-room, all-inclusive resort from a major hotel brand that Beache said will be announced in the next couple months.“The interest is there right now, we’re very excited about everything that’s coming on stream. Our partners, particularly those in Canada, have done a great job,” he said.It’s no surprise that the island has seen increasing interest from Canada. Air Canada Rouge’s weekly year-round service from Toronto was so successful that the carrier launched a second weekly flight during the peak 2018-2019 winter season. It will once again operate a second weekly Sunday nonstop flight for this winter starting Dec. 15.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe increased lift has resulted in big visitor numbers. This year, the destination has seen a 16.9% increase from the Canadian market, which means St. Vincent is on track to surpass 10,000 visitors from Canada for the first time ever.“We’ve seen a jump of over 40% in the past eight years or so from Canada,” said John, “and the most recent jump is definitely because of our new direct flights with Air Canada Rouge. They’re getting more people down and we’re sure that’s going to get bigger and bigger.”Canouan Mandarian Oriental Villa (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) John is also counting on travel agents to help get the word out that St. Vincent and The Grenadines is for everyone – and not just high-end travellers as many would believe. The island’s approximate 2,200 hotel rooms range in price and preference, and with 32 islands and cays in total, there’s something for everyone.“We couldn’t do it without travel agents, which is why they are one of our main focuses throughout the year,” said John, who also noted that product launches and road shows will take place in October in Ontario (Kitchener, London and Toronto) as well as Vancouver. “We’re definitely focused on engaging travel agents and trying to get them down themselves and build more awareness of the destination.”For more information go to discoversvg.com. For details on upcoming roadshows and product launches email svgta.ca@discoversvg.com. TORONTO — As the famous tale of the Tortoise and the Hare goes, sometimes a slower approach is best. Just ask Glen Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority, who says that the destination’s late entry into the tourism industry was actually a blessing.“We’re one of the last in the Caribbean to get into the industry; it wasn’t until 1993-94 when tourism overtook agriculture as our main source of revenue,” he said at a media luncheon in Toronto yesterday. “Obviously in the world of marketing, it’s always best to be the first on the scene to get your product out there. But because we weren’t first, we were able to look at some of our neighbours and make sure we didn’t make some of the same mistakes.”Union Happy Island (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) “We couldn’t do it without agents”: St. Vincent & The Grenadines to surpass 10K Canadianslast_img read more

In three days two earthquakes with magnitude 5plus shake Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Magnitude-6.6 earthquake rocks Costa Rica on Tuesday night Costa Rican government: $50 million estimated for repairs after Nicoya earthquake Costa Rican officials: A strong earthquake could still occur in Guanacaste Following 7.6-magnitude earthquake, 1,200 aftershocks hit Costa Rica For the second time in a week, an earthquake with a magnitude greater than 5 hit Costa Rica’s pacific coast. The earthquake registered a magnitude-5.2, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori). The tremor was felt at 1:24 p.m. Friday, and with an epicenter in Parrita on the central Pacific coast, near the tourist town of Manuel Antonio. No damage or injuries have been reported.In San José, shaking was felt for at least 10 seconds. Early reports say the quake was not felt on the Caribbean coast.On Wednesday, a magnitude-5.3 earthquake hit 27 miles south of Liberia, the capital of the northwestern province of Guanacaste. No damage or injuries were reported during this either. Hundreds of tremors have rattled the region since September 5 when a magnitude-7.6 earthquake in the Nicoya Peninsula shook the country. That quake caused minor injuries and did tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Many aftershocks have followed, but this week’s tremors have been two of the strongest in the past month.UPDATE: Ovsicori says Friday’s earthquake was caused by a different plate than the ones the magnitude-7.6 earthquake. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Jungle Jam 2013 brings the beat dredlocks

first_imgJam band enthusiasts from far and wide descended on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast last weekend for the third annual Jungle Jam music festival. The event was held Jan. 17-20 at Doce Lunas Hotel and various venues around Playa Jacó and Playa Hermosa, and the line up included BK3 with Bill Kreutzmann (of The Grateful Dead), Max Creek, Oteil Burbridge (of the Allman Brothers Band), Zach Deputy, Viral Sound, DJ Matt Carey, Gin & Tonic, and Paul Damon Alford & The Tipsy Chicks.The festival was designed so that patrons could enjoy Costa Rica during the day and early afternoon, and then dance the night away with the talented musicians. Each of the acts performed multiple times over the four-day event, ensuring that everyone would have the opportunity to see them play at least once. Tico Times caught the talented Zach Deputy twice. We first saw him play at Doce Lunas on Friday night to a high-spirited audience, which included fire dancers and hula-hoopers among a backdrop of tropical trees draped in tie-dye tapestries and psychedelic light shows. The second performance took place during the middle of the day at beachfront Backyard Bar, and the hot sun didn’t stop the audience from getting its groove on. No matter the conditions, it is nearly impossible to sit still while Deputy plays.Zach Deputy is a one-man band with big, dynamic sound. On stage, he utilizes looping technology, though which he records various sounds – including beat boxing – one by one, synthesizes them, and then plays and sings over the rich mixture. He developed his style while he was growing up along the coast of South Carolina, listening to Calypso, R&B and soul. He calls it “Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul.” Deputy told us “I am self-taught and started writing when I was 14 years old.”Deputy plays in more than 250 shows a year prompting references to him as a “touring powerhouse.” It’s a well-deserved moniker, considering that he has been on tour almost full time for four and a half years. There might be some R&R in his near future, though. When asked about future plans, Deputy said, “I am going on a bit of a hiatus this year, I want to take it easy.”There were a few hiccups in the Hermosa show in which the equipment stopped working and some adjustments needed to be made, causing Deputy to have to start over. He seemed amused by this. “It was so hot, I had to ice my board. We had to ice the equipment!” he said. Deputy seemingly had absorbed some pura vida. When asked what he thinks about the country, he replied “I love Costa Rica! I think the people are nice, it’s absolutely gorgeous. There is really never any pressure.”It’s a surprising statement from someone who has never been outside of Jacó. Zack Deputy: after your hiatus, please play the rest of Costa Rica. Facebook Comments Festival included fire dancers and hula-hoopers. Photo: Erin Morriscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

President Solís wants fewer words more action from UN Security Council

first_imgSolís’ U.S. travels continue in Washington, D.C., where he met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senate Democrats and Republicans to discuss economic development, regional security, climate change and sustainable development on Thursday. He returns to Costa Rica on Friday. Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís called for a more “proactive,” interventionist United Nations Security Council during his address before the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday morning. Solís had strong words for the Security Council for its perceived inaction in preventing and combating crimes against humanity and its lack of progress in disarming nuclear powers.“The council’s focus on conflict prevention is inadequate, and when it does take action, it often comes too late,” Solís told the audience of world leaders in New York, referencing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica. “None of these crises emerged without prior warning.”Solís’ more interventionist view of the U.N. came into view when he addressed the obligations of member states, especially Security Council members: “When governments fail to meet the responsibility to protect, either because they lack the will or the ability to safeguard the rights of their own people, then it is up to the international community, and in particular the Security Council, to intervene and deploy the wide variety of resources at its disposal to resolve conflicts.”That ability to intervene, however, has been quashed by the threat of a veto by the Security Council’s permanent members, Solís said. According to the U.N. Charter, if any of the five permanent members of the Security Council — the U.S., U.K., France, Russia and China — cast a veto in the 15-member Security Council, the resolution or decision does not pass. The president called for a reform to the veto power of the Security Council, saying that the mechanism undermines the mission of the United Nations and member-states’ trust in the U.N.’s ability to resolve the difficult conflicts it was designed to tackle. Que se impida el uso del veto cuando se comentan genocidios, crímenes de guerra o crímenes de lesa humanidad #UNGA— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) September 30, 2015 «Ha llegado la hora de que la ONU esté encabezada por una mujer»: presidente de Costa Rica http://t.co/j2SFALThAU pic.twitter.com/Wc3Eb7JI5I— Naciones Unidas (@ONU_es) September 30, 2015 En el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos pic.twitter.com/yYeV3BRqlq— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) October 1, 2015 Facebook Commentscenter_img Nos reunimos con el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes de EEUU pic.twitter.com/C9EyKx9cCK— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) October 1, 2015 Read Solís’ full U.N. General Assembly address in Spanish and English below: Solís said Costa Rica supports a reform proposed by France, a permanent member of the Security Council, which would establish a Code of Conduct that would prohibit Security Council members from using their veto power in situations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and “demand a political commitment to act promptly and decisively in such situations.”“The opinion of a single permanent member cannot continue to bear more weight than the necessity to save lives,” Solís said.Solís also called on nuclear powers to make good on their pledge to disarm under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The president said that nuclear weapons were often on hair triggers and suggested that they were susceptible to cyber-attack.Gender equality was also on Solís’ mind as he reiterated Costa Rica’s support for serious consideration among member countries of women to lead the U.N.“The time has come for the General Secretariat to be occupied by a woman,” he said. Related posts:Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry Pope Francis calls for climate, migrant action in Congress speech President Solís to support reforms, female leadership at United Nations President Solís meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at UNlast_img read more

World Surfing Games in Jacó 5 things to know about attending

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica surf squad will bring out its brightest stars for World Surfing Games World Surfing Games preview: Can Costa Rica win second consecutive title? Costa Rica’s surfers maintain control nearing finals of World Surfing Games Team Costa Rica shines on first day of 2016 World Surfing Games The ISA World Surfing Games are back in Costa Rican waters for the first time in seven years and the Tico “Dream Team” is preparing to defend its title from a year ago.Featuring a lineup of the country’s very best surfers, including the McGonagle siblings and Carlos “Cali” Muñoz, the Costa Rican side will be well-represented on the waves in front of its home crowd. The action begins on Saturday, Aug. 6 with the ceremonial parade of nations and other inauguration festivities before surfers hit the water on Sunday, Aug. 7 to kick off the weeklong competition.If you’re planning to attend the 2016 World Surfing Games in Jacó, here are some things to keep in mind: Pack bug sprayAuthorities say the outbreak of Zika in Jacó’s canton of Garabito will be a non-issue by the time the games begin. Then again, they’ve been saying that for months and the municipality is still reporting week-to-week increases in cases of the mosquito-borne disease. According to the latest statistics, there are 116 active cases in the canton of Garabito, nearly half of all active cases that have been reported in Costa Rica.Garabito Deputy Mayor Damaris Arriola Coles said at a recent news conference that those attending the event can be sure Zika, which has been linked to birth defects and a rare neurological disorder, will not threaten spectator health during the games.“We can assure all of you that we’ll have it stopped by then,” Arriola said. “We’re working every day to prevent it and make sure the event is a success.” View of road signs with surfing stickers in Jacó, host of the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games that starts Aug. 6. Ezequiel Becerra/AFPCome early…or elseDespite the Zika scare, officials are expecting around 100,000 people to be in town during the games. Last time Costa Rica hosted the World Surfing Games, in 2009, more than 70,000 people attended, causing major gridlock on the main highway between the capital and the Pacific coast and on the roads into Jacó.Municipal authorities and event organizers say there should be no major traffic problems this time around, but it won’t hurt getting to the beach early to make sure you can watch your favorite surfers in action.There will be more than 1,000 parking spots available near the competition site. You can search “Mundial de Surf” on the Waze phone app to find exact locations of parking, campgrounds, competition areas and more.The spectator’s speck of beachRows of bleachers will be set up to hold 1,000 people on the sands near the competition area, which will be right in front of the Best Western Hotel on the north end of the beach. These seats will cost ₡5,000 per person and can be purchased at www.publitickets.com. Watching from your beach chair is free.The inauguration ceremony starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 and competition begins at 7 a.m. each day and lasts until 5 p.m. Carlos “Cali” Muñoz could help lead Costa Rica to a second consecutive world surfing championship. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesBring out your inner rasta with some reggaeIt’s not truly a surf event until there’s reggae music jamming over loudspeakers.Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profética will perform at 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of the competition, Aug. 13, near the competition area by the Best Western. VIP tickets will cost ₡30,000, standing-room tickets cost ₡24,000 and bleacher seats cost ₡15,000. You can buy tickets online at www.publitickets.com.Costa Rican reggae band Ojo de Buey will play on opening day, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m.Surfers to keep an eye onIf you don’t know much about competitive surfing, don’t fret. We’ll have an in-depth preview of the games and scoring explainer available in the next few days so that you’re not completely lost when it comes to the tournament’s background, the rules and the athletes.In terms of surfers, the men’s and women’s champions from last year are both returning to this year’s games. Noe Mar McGonagle of Costa Rica and Tia Blanco of the United States will be favorites to repeat their individual titles. Other Costa Rican riders to watch out for are current national champions Anthony Fillingim, who finished second in the men’s category of the World Surfing Games in 2014, and Leilani McGonagle, who finished second among women last year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Espressivo brings Battlefield to National Theater for iconic buildings anniversary

first_imgRelated posts:Ocean-gazing under the dome All together, boys A helping hand in La Cruz, Guanacaste Queen of the Avenida Costa Rica’s National Theater is turning 120 – and the Teatro Espressivo Cultural Association (ACTE) is ready to help the country’s cultural icon celebrate its birthday in a big way.The National Theater and Teatro Espressivo have teamed up to present “Battlefield,” from acclaimed director Peter Brook, on Oct. 18-19 at the theater in downtown San José. The work is based on the Mahabharata, an Indian epic, which explores the nature of war.Stay tuned for more from The Tico Times about “Battlefield” and the anniversary events. Tickets and more information are available on the production’s website. Watch a video about the show here: Facebook Comments Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you.last_img read more

Israel keeps silent on mysterious Sudan airstrike

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Israel considers Iran to be a grave threat, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, suspicions that Iran is developing a nuclear bomb, and Iran’s support for militant groups on Israel’s southern and northern borders. Israeli officials have long contended that Sudan is a central player in Iranian efforts to funnel weapons to Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.Sudan claimed Wednesday that Israeli airstrikes caused an explosion and fire at a military factory south of the capital, Khartoum, killing two people. It said four aircraft hit the Yarmouk complex, setting off a huge blast that rocked the capital before dawn.“They used sophisticated technology,” Sudan’s information minister, Ahmed Belal Osman, said without elaborating. There was no word on the identities of the two people who were killed.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to comment on the incident at a news conference with the visiting Italian premier, Mario Monti.But Netanyahu’s vice premier, Moshe Yaalon, said Israel had “nothing to cry about.”Speaking to Israel Radio, Yaalon described Sudan as an important base for both Iranian and al-Qaida militants to carry out mayhem. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 0 Comments   Share   The following year, Hamas accused Israel of assassinating a top militant in a Dubai hotel room. Israel never confirmed involvement, but claimed the militant, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, had worked in Sudan and played a critical role in shipping advanced Iranian rockets to Gaza.Israel possesses a sophisticated air force of U.S.-made F-15 and F-16 warplanes, and has a record of carrying out daring air raids over enemy skies. In 1981, Israel destroyed an unfinished nuclear reactor being built in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. In 2007, it destroyed what the U.S. has said was a nearly finished nuclear reactor in neighboring Syria.In recent months, Israel has hinted that it is ready to use its air force against Iran as well. Israel believes Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons _ a scenario that it considers a threat to its very existence. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but Israel and many Western countries dismiss this.Israel has threatened to strike Iranian nuclear facilities if it concludes that international sanctions fail to stop the Iranians.Some Israeli commentators said that if Israel had indeed carried out an airstrike that caused Wednesday’s blast in Sudan, it might have been a dress rehearsal of sorts for an operation in Iran. Both countries are roughly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away from Israel, and an air operation would require careful planning and in-flight refueling. Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – Senior Israeli officials accused Sudan on Thursday of playing a key role in an Iranian-backed network of arms shipments to hostile Arab militant groups across the Middle East, a day after a mysterious explosion rocked a weapons factory near the North African country’s capital.The tough words were likely to add to Sudanese suspicions that an Israeli airstrike was behind the blast. Israel has both the motive and means to carry out such an airstrike, and Sudan has accused Israel in the past of operating on its territory. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories But there are key differences as well. Iran has a far more advanced air-defense system than Sudan, and its nuclear facilities are scattered across the country in heavily fortified sites.“The Iranians ought to be worried by Israel’s ability to deceive and achieve surprise at such a vast distance from home _ if it was Israel that carried out the attack,” wrote Alex Fishman, a military affairs commentator with the Yediot Ahronot daily. But, he noted, “a flight over Iran or to Iran is a more complicated effort.”Isaac Ben-Israel, a retired Israeli air force general and a former head of the Israeli space agency, said he had no idea what caused the explosion but that anyone with an advanced air force could pull it off.He noted that Arab countries tend to blame Israel for any attack that takes place on their soil. In the case of the explosion in Sudan, he said Israel had no interest in confirming or denying its involvement.“Even if it wasn’t us,” he said, “there’s no damage in letting them think it was.”___Follow Federman at www.twitter.com/joseffederman. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “It’s used as a base to disseminate terror, in Africa and in our direction too,” he said. “There’s no doubt that there is an axis of weapons from Iran via Sudan that reaches us, and not just us. It shows Iran continues to be a rogue state stirring up not a few conflicts in the region.”Sudan has been engaged in various armed conflicts for many years. Its government has been at war with rebels in the western region of Darfur and with its neighbors in South Sudan, which broke away to become Africa’s newest country in 2011.Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.Sudan was a major hub for al-Qaida militants and remains a transit for weapon smugglers and African migrant traffickers.The U.S. imposed economic, trade and financial sanctions against Sudan in 1997, citing the Sudanese government’s support for terrorism, including its sheltering of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden in the mid-1990s. In 1998, American cruise missiles bombed a Khartoum pharmaceutical factory suspected of links to al-Qaida.Jonah Leff, who monitors Sudan for the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, said it remained unclear what caused Wednesday’s blast. Although the U.S. also maintains warplanes in the region, he said Israel was the likely culprit if it turned out to be an airstrike. Top Stories “I can’t think of anyone other than Israel that would have conducted it,” he said, noting the Iranian ties with Sudan, the past reports of Israeli airstrikes in Sudan and Israel’s emerging alliance with South Sudan.Israel has grown increasingly concerned about the arms flow to both Hezbollah and Hamas. Israel believes that both groups possess tens of thousands of rockets, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles and other advanced weapons.These concerns have been illustrated by a pair of incidents in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Israel shot down an unmanned Iranian-made aircraft launched by Hezbollah. This week, Hamas fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel during a brief flare-up of violence.Israeli officials believe many of these weapons follow a circuitous route that begins in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, stretch through Dubai and on to Sudan, before crossing Egypt’s lawless Sinai desert and into Gaza through underground tunnels. The Israeli air force periodically targets these tunnels in an attempt to halt the flow of weapons.A number of other operations over the years have also been attributed to Israel. In 2009, Sudan accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike on an arms convoy near the Red Sea in eastern Sudan. The vital role family plays in society 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Los Angeles Chicano rights activist Castro dies

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “I started thinking, these teachers . should be able to understand me,” Castro said in a 1988 interview with The Times. “I didn’t think I was dumb _ I thought they were dumb.”Castro was a social studies teacher at Lincoln High School near downtown in March 1968 when he supported and joined walkouts by hundreds of Mexican-American students.Their “blowouts” protested run-down and overcrowded East Los Angeles schools, poor teachers and discrimination. Castro earlier worked with students and graduates to present the school board with a list of demands aiming to improve the schools.“The curriculum largely ignored or denied Mexican-American history,” said a statement from the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Chicano students were forbidden from speaking Spanish, and often _ in spite of strong academic abilities _ they were steered toward menial jobs instead of college.”Walkouts lasted several days and spread to 15 schools. Castro and 12 others people were arrested. He was jailed for five days and charged with 30 counts of conspiracy, but the charges ultimately were dropped.Castro was fired after the walkouts but was rehired after weeks of protests by local parents. However, he was sent to different schools around the district for several years before finally being settled at Belmont High. He retired in 2004. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “Sal Castro held a mirror up to our district that showed the need for a youths’ rights agenda more than 45 years ago,” district Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement. “Graduation rates, access to college-prep courses, allocation of resources _ all of these issues needed fixing and that is why we have spent every day striving to provide the education each and every one of our students deserves.”Salvador B. Castro Middle School was dedicated to him in 2010.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who took part in the student walkouts, called Castro a courageous leader who helped shape city history.“He will always be remembered for his zeal and commitment to improving educational opportunities for everyone, regardless of race,” the mayor said in a statement.In later years, Castro urged students to study if they wanted to improve conditions at their schools.“Here’s the protest: any kid with a book,” he told a 2008 symposium on Chicano activism at California State University, San Bernardino. “That’s the only way we can move forward, through education.”___Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sal Castro, a social studies teacher who played a leading role in 1960s Chicano student walkouts, has died at age 79.Castro had thyroid cancer and died Monday at his home, his wife, Charlotte Lerchenmuller, told the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/ZtQxOD).The son of Mexican immigrants, Castro was born in Los Angeles but spent some of his early childhood in Mexico. He couldn’t speak English when he returned to Los Angeles in the second grade and was made to sit in the corner. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Key moments in Dominique StraussKahns life and legal saga

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober PARIS (AP) — Notable events in the life of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the 66-year-old former leader of the International Monetary Fund, who was acquitted Friday of pimping charges by a court in the northern city of Lille:1986: Elected to Parliament for the Socialist Party in the Val-d’Oise district north of Paris. Goes on to become mayor of Sarcelles, a working-class immigrant suburb.1997: Serves as Finance and Economy Minister under a new Socialist government through 1999. Manages launch of the euro and represents France on the board of governors for financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 2000: Teaches economics at Paris’ prestigious political science institute, Sciences Po, and is named visiting professor at California’s Stanford University.2006: Runs for the Socialist Party’s nomination for the French presidential election; finishes second in primary.2007: French novelist and journalist Tristane Banon claims Strauss-Kahn tried to force sexual relations with her during a 2003 interview with him.2007: Assumes office as the 10th managing director of the IMF.2008: Apologizes to IMF staff after accusations of a sexual relationship with a subordinate but says he did not abuse his position. IMF board finds the relationship was consensual.May 2011: Is accused by Times Square hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo of sexually assaulting her. He is arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport after boarding a flight to Paris. He is held in custody for five days, during which he resigns from the IMF, until posting a $1 million cash bail and $5 million bond. Moves to more permanent location in lower Manhattan for house arrest that lasts until July 1.June 2011: Insists he is innocent of attempted rape. Prosecutors question the accuser’s credibility and seek to reduce Strauss-Kahn’s bail. Top Stories August 2011: New York court dismisses attempted-rape and other charges against Strauss-Kahn. Prosecutors said they couldn’t pursue the case because of doubts about the accuser’s credibility and a lack of other evidence to prove a forced sexual encounter.September 2011: He admits to moral failings.October 2011: Paris prosecutor drops probe of novelist Banon’s claim against him, citing an end to the statute of limitations.December 2011: Reaches settlement with Diallo over her sexual assault allegations against him. Terms not formally disclosed.March 2012: Prosecutors file preliminary charges against Strauss-Kahn and others for pimping in an investigation into a hotel prostitution ring in the northern French city of Lille. His lawyer says Strauss-Kahn denies any wrongdoing, but had “a certain number of parties with women, libertine parties with friends and women who were friends of friends.”October 2012: Strauss-Kahn’s wife — famous French journalist Anne Sinclair — says they’ve split in a newspaper interview. Speaking publicly on their relationship in TV interview two years later, she acknowledged being in denial about his sexual behavior. Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation June 2013: Citing a lack of evidence, prosecutors say they’re seeking to drop all charges against Strauss-Kahn in the Lille case. Nevertheless, the next month, investigating judges in the case decide to go ahead with pimping charges against him and 13 others, paving the way for the trial that began in February.June 12, 2015: Strauss-Kahn is cleared of any wrongdoing in the Lille case trial.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 FILE, this May 30, 2015 file photo shows former Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss Kahn talking with his companion Myriam L’Aouffir during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces a verdict Friday in the last of a string of legal cases that started when a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011. The onetime presidential contender and former International Monetary Fund chief is accused of aggravated pimping in a prostitution trial in the French city of Lille, but he may well be acquitted for lack of evidence of a crime. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

British Airways cabin crew may hold third strike

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Another strike may be on the cards for British Airways as its disgruntled cabin crew plan a third round of industrial action.Unite members, who finished a round of strikes earlier this month, are reportedly set to conduct a fresh ballot with 11,000 members.According to The Guardian, the trade union has already completed preparations for the vote and could be notifying the carrier today, meaning voting will begin next week.Strike action will start as soon as 3 August if it is voted through by members, coinciding with the peak summer holiday season, and spelling bad news for BA, which suffered a 14.2 percent dip in passenger numbers in May.However, a BA spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard this morning that nothing had been confirmed as yet and that BA and Unite are still in discussion.BA cabin crew are fighting for a reinstatement of travel perks, which the carrier cut after walkouts in March.In a recent letter to members, the joint general secretaries of Unite Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson accused the carrier of being “vindictive” in its disciplinary measures. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1970b/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Aviation buffet new all you can fly airline

first_imgA new airline has launched in the US, offering travellers the opportunity to travel between certain cities as much as they like in exchange for as little as $1,650 a month.Taking off this week, Surf Air founder and chief executive Wade Eyerly said the start-up airline has been described as the Netflix of air travel, by allowing travellers to use their services as much as they want for a “flat-fee all you can fly subscription”, CNBC reported.So far the airline has launched initial services between Burbank and San Carlos, California and plans to add flights to Santa Barbara, Monterey, Las Vegas as well as other California cities.Mr Eyerly said in addition to the all you can fly promise, the private airline will also help frequent flyers save on travel time by avoiding the hassle of flying commercial.”If you are coming out of Southwest, Virgin or any other shuttles that are between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this represents a two hour time savings every time you fly,” Mr Eyerly added.So far, Mr Eyerly said 80 percent of the airline’s members are chief executives earning enough to fly private but without purchasing a private jet.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

Qantas partner China Southern

first_imgThe agreement includes expanded travel opportunities for passengers on China Southern flights into Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to fly on the Qantas domestic network to seven Australian destinations including Cairns, Adelaide and Canberra. China Southern Airlines have signed a commercial agreement with Qantas Airways, codesharing on flights and investigating other areas of potential cooperation. The new codeshare services are expected to be available for booking and travel from early 2014. China Southern is also considering pilot training assistance from Qantas and cargo opportunities. Qantas passengers can fly with China Southern from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to its main hub of Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou then onward to four major Chinese destinations – Xiamen, Kunming, Fuzhou and Urumqi. “We welcome this move because it will give our passengers greater access to Australia and will also open up Australian tourism to a leisure and business market that is growing by nearly 20 percent a year,” China Southern Airlines chairman Si Xianmin said. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Tourico Holidays partners with Globalia Spains largest tourist group

first_imgTourico Holidays Tourico Holidays partners with Globalia, Spain’s largest tourist groupTourico Holidays partners with Globalia, Spain’s largest tourist groupTourico Holidays, the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage company, today announced a new distribution partnership with Globalia, one of the largest travel agency groups in Spain.  Globalia will now have access to Tourico’s massive inventory of over 100,000 worldwide hotels, as Spain’s inbound and outbound travel demand surges.As a source market, Spain’s hotel reservations have increased by 34 percent in 2016.  According to Tourico’s data, reservations to North America spurred much of the growth, increasing by 73 percent year-over-year.  The Asia-Pacific market (+34 percent), Latin America (+25 percent), and Europe (+8 percent) also contributed to the significant overall growth.“With outbound travel from Spain on the rise, our new partnership with Globalia will not only allow us to maintain momentum in the region, it will ensure Spanish travelers have access to even more travel product at unrivaled prices,” said Nadia Younes, the Regional Sales Director in Spain, Portugal, and France for Tourico Holidays.Tourico also today shared 2016 data revealing a 29 percent year-over-year increase in hotel bookings in Spain, with a 12 percent growth in average daily rates.  Spain’s inbound hotel growth can largely be attributed to source markets such as: United States (+178 percent), United Kingdom (+117 percent), China (+189 percent), Mexico (+150 percent), Brazil (+98 percent) Canada (+126 percent), Australia (+113 percent), Sweden (+74 percent) and Norway (+57 percent).To meet the growing inbound demand, Tourico added an office in the country for the first time.  A team of employees dedicated to Madrid, Palma, Bilbao, Andalucia, Portugal and the rest of Spain will be stationed in a new office in Via Laietana in Barcelona.“As a bourgeoning tourist market, travel agents and distributors across the globe are purchasing more product in Spain,” Younes said.  “To meet that growing demand, our local team is strategically contracting both big and small suppliers throughout the country.”About Tourico HolidaysTourico Holidays is a leading global travel distribution company that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotels, flights, cruise lines, attractions, car rentals, vacation homes and more. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,900 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.Source = Tourico Holidays – Globalialast_img read more

Cebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnour

first_imgCebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnourished childrenCebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnourished childrenThe Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), strengthens its partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to reach millions of undernourished children in the country. The endeavor is part of the global organization’s Change for Good program which accepts contributions from passengers on board flights of partner airlines. Proceeds contribute to the UN children’s agency’s First 1,000 Days campaign which provides optimal nutrition, from a mother’s pregnancy to a child’s second year of life.Since July 1, 2016, CEB began accepting contributions of all currencies from passengers. The contributions are being used to fund nutritional supplements distributed to poor households with pregnant mothers or malnourished children. A portion of the funds also support barangay-level information drives on nutrition in UNICEF’s focus areas in Northern Samar, Zamboanga, and Maguindanao.“We are very pleased with how warmly our passengers are receiving the Change for Good Program. Thank you for sharing in our vision of a better future for our children and in UNICEF’s advocacy of uplifting lives through the First 1,000 Days campaign,” says Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and CEO.“Children have the right to survive and thrive. It is important for all of us to pitch in and lift each other up, so that every Filipino child grows up happy and healthy. Your continued support to UNICEF will help make this happen,” says Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative.Sylwander explains the transformative impact of these small acts of generosity. “The nutrition received by children from the womb to their second birthday is crucial for their physical and intellectual development. If these children are able to grow to their full extent, they perform better in school and eventually get better jobs as adults.” A healthy and productive workforce, Sylwander says, is key to nation-building.Battling poverty with proper nutritionIn the Philippines, around four million Filipino children are “stunted.” These children are undernourished, causing irreversible damage to their health, physical growth and brain development.The global program Change for Good targets these children by cashing in donations for life-saving materials and services for vulnerable children in more than 150 countries.Its partner, CEB, has piloted the program in the East Asia and the Pacific region and focuses its collection efforts exclusively to UNICEF Philippines’ First 1000 Days program.You can do your share in helping fight malnutrition among Filipino infants and children. Donate to UNICEF’s Change for Good First 1,000 Days program on your Cebu Pacific flights.For more information on how to help the cause, visit www.cebupacificair.com and 1000days.unicef.phSource = Cebu Pacificlast_img read more

World Expeditions acquires majority shareholding in the Blue Mountains

first_imgWorld ExpeditionsWorld Expeditions acquires majority shareholding in the Blue Mountains Adventure CompanyAustralia’s leading adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions Travel Group (WETG) has acquired a majority shareholding in the Blue Mountains Adventure Company, a long-respected operator of day adventure activities including canyoning, rock climbing, hiking and abseiling based in the Blue Mountains.The acquisition, which takes to 13 the number of brands within the WETG, provides World Expeditions with a new operational base near Sydney, complementing its existing domestic operations in Alice Springs, Darwin and Launceston.According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, the company plans to develop a range of guided and self-guided walking trips in the Blue Mountains region, while remaining completely committed to the canyoning specialisation, on which the company’s excellent reputation is based.“We’re excited about this alliance with a like-minded organisation who are leaders in their specialised field of canyoning, rock climbing and bushwalking,” Ms Badyari said.“The cultural similarities between the Blue Mountains Adventure Company and our other brands is an ideal basis for closer collaboration, with all our brands having a strong focus on the customer experience, safety, adherence to responsible travel practices and philanthropic practices,” she said.“World Expeditions has had a long held desire to have an operational base in the Blue Mountains and the acquisition provides that with its Katoomba office, allowing us to provide even more opportunities for our guide team to have year-round employment, with operations based out of four Australian centres,” Ms Badyari said.“There’s enormous potential to grow the business, with World Youth Adventures’ expertise with school groups, and with our specialist experience with domestic adult private groups,” she said,  “and the fact that we share commonalities around our customers and their passion for the outdoors, challenging themselves and immersing in adventure activities helps too.”“The Blue Mountains Adventure Company offers great value for money experiences, with quality equipment and excellent guide interpretation provided on each activity and we’re delighted that its director, Dylan Jones, will stay on with the business for the next 12 months,” she said.A market leader in day-long canyoning trips in the Blue Mountains, particularly the lesser known canyons such as Wollangambe, Serendipity, and Yileen, the Blue Mountains Adventure Company employs a world-class guiding team with a strong focus on the customer experience, safety and environmental conservation.It offers introductory through to advanced outdoor enthusiasts opportunities to see a different side of the Blue Mountains as part of a shared small group adventure with groups of friends, schools and corporate groups making up the majority of the 4,000 clients it hosts each year.Like World Expeditions, the Blue Mountains Adventure Company has a long established philanthropic ethos, supporting Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST), an organisation which provides support and empowers local young people at risk, by providing outdoor programs for these young people to learn new skills, confront challenges and fears in a supportive environment & to grow in confidence.The World Expeditions Travel Group offers a range of active adventures across the globe, through brands including World Expeditions, UTracks, Great Canadian Trails, Tasmanian Expeditions and Australian Walking Holidays.  The Blue Mountains Adventure Company will be the 13th brand in the Group.More information at www.worldexpeditions.com and www.bmac.com.au or 1300 720 000.Source = World Expeditions Travel Grouplast_img read more

Record Breaking Famil Month for Club Med Travel Agents

first_imgSource = Club Med Record Breaking Famil Month for Club Med Travel AgentsRecord Breaking Famil Month for Club Med Travel Agents65 travel agents were welcomed across 8 resorts, totaling 6 famil trips with 3 airline partners in only 31 days – March 2019 was all about focus, famils, and a whole lot of fun for the all-inclusive resort provider, Club Med, setting new records for their already robust famil program.From the paradise beaches of the Maldives to the high peaks of French Alps, Club Med Travel Agents enjoyed stunning locations, experienced the ease of the premium all-inclusive package, and experienced first-hand what the spirit of Club Med is all about.VIPS TREATED TO MALDIVIAN PARADISEAt the beginning of March, the Club Med sales team hosted VIP top selling agents in the beautiful islands of the Maldives. The four day VIP event saw lucky agents enjoying the turquoise playground, lapping up the vibrant Club Med Kani one day, and indulging in the opulent exclusivity of Club Med Finolhu Villas the next.Jean Summers from Globenet Travel, QLD said her favourite aspect was “having down time to enjoy the resort, so I had a good impression of what guests would experience!” Marcelo Buccella from Travel Extra (SA) echoed this, saying “My least favorite aspect was saying goodbye and leaving the resort!”FLIGHT CENTRE WINNERS DISCOVER CLUB MED TOMAMU IN JAPANTony Soden, Club Med National Sales Manager hosted the lucky winners of an Australia-wide Flight Centre ski sales incentive. Many of the participating agents experienced skiing or snowboarding for the first time and were astounded by the concept of waking up to 20cm of powder snow, even toward the end of the ski season, and feeling like they were the only ones on the slopes.“The G.O’s really made the trip fun; it was great hanging out with people from all over the world and getting to know them. Having two lessons per day was also really good and the quality of the lessons was fantastic” says Chloe Park from Flight Centre Garden City, WA.WESTERN AUSTRALIA AND NEW SOUTH WALES AGENTS SHRED HOKKAIDOTwo other famil groups also enjoyed the winter delights of Japan. In conjunction with Cathay Pacific, Erin Smith, Business Development Manager for Western Australia treated her Air + Land incentive winning agents to a powdery multi-resort educational in Japan, Hokkaido. The agents loved the snow and spent so much time playing in it – building snowmen, snowball fights and thesnow trekking through the forest was breathtaking. The agents also participated in Soba noodle making classes with a local Soba Noodle making Master, an unforgettable experience.Flight Centre New South Wales’s top selling and most improved sellers were the other group of now snow obsessed travel agents experiencing Hokkaido with All Nippon Airways and Club Med. Ally Solomou, Business Development Executive for New South Wales, hosted the nine agents who highlighted restoring their tired legs in the outdoor Canadian hot tubs, the newly renovated traditional style rooms with tatami mats at Club Med Sahoro and the unreal selection of local and international cuisine in both resorts restaurants as their favourite aspects.“All-inclusive was very convenient [with] drinks, food, ski and lessons. I noticed especially being in ski resorts how great it is that lessons are already included and this makes it very easy to join a lesson or make a decision on the day [with] flexible and great opportunities” says Jessica Pearce from Flight Centre Castle Hill, NSW.MAURITIUS DELIGHTS EXPRESS TRAVEL AGENTSSeven Express Travel Group agents were invited on a special famil to experience Mauritius with Club Med and Air Mauritius. Hosted by Kass Scarlett, Club Med Sales & Trade Marketing Specialist, the week-long famil saw the agent’s wowed by the Mauritius hospitality and food, flying high on the trapeze at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion and hearts racing walking with lions and on a quad bike safari at Casella Wildlife Park. There was still plenty of time to chill out by the new zen pool and snorkel off the pristine beaches of the recently renovated Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers.“I loved getting to see and stay at both Club Med resorts throughout Mauritius. This gave me more of an idea of the differences with the properties and a feel of the Club Med product. It was also great to inspect different room types which will allow me to recommend to clients with their individual needs & requests. It was great to dine at all restaurants, as well as try out some of the activities Club Med has to offer. Overall, a fantastic Famil!” highlights Meg Blakey from Jetsetter Travel, QLDVICTORIA & SOUTH AUSTRALIA AGENTS REACHED THE PEAK IN THE FRENCH ALPSClub Med Grand Massif Samoens and Club Med Les Arcs Panorama are the summit of the signature Club Med ski ‘made easy’ concept. Adam Ferraro, Business Development Manager for Victoria & South Australia specially selected his states’ travel agents to experience the thrill of high altitude skiing and premium mountain experiences in the French Alps.The travel agents were stunned by the beauty of the brand new Les Arcs Panorama resort in Paradiski, enjoying the wide, groomed and challenging runs as well as the DJ entertainment on the balcony and easy access to other mountain towns and villages including Arc 1950, Peisey Vallandry and La Plagne 2100.“Thank you Club Med for the most incredible experience skiing the French Alps. You have thought of absolutely everything to ensure your guests have a stress free, relaxing holiday and don’t need to think about a thing, OR take out their wallets! ‘Easy arrival’ means your ski equipment is already waiting for you in your locker when you arrive, so you can head straight out on to the snow, or just go directly to the bar – your choice!” Nicole Blackwood, 1000 Mile Travel Group, VICClub Med value the contribution of Travel Agents to their overall business and continue to work hard to deliver travel agents with the tools they need to sell Club Med holidays.Do you want to go on a famil trip with Club Med? Check Club Meds dedicated Travel Agent Portal with sales tools and marketing resources as well as details of famils, incentives and agent benefits: https://www.clubmedta.com.aulast_img read more