Kerala Tourism highlights Responsible Tourism Mission at WTM London 2017

first_imgSharing the sustainable practices and ethical methods to drive the responsible tourism agenda, Kerala Tourism participated in a three-day-long World Travel Market London 2017 to highlight the success of the state’s “Responsible Tourism Mission” at a global platform and highlighted the sustainable practices to put into action the responsible tourism agenda.“Owing to the tremendous growth of Indian tourism industry, there is an immediate need to invest and focus on sustainable tourism practices across the world to conserve India’s vibrant heritage. Kerala Tourism has always been on a forefront to promote tourism in a responsible manner,” said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-operation, Tourism and Devaswoms, Government of Kerala.The Tourism Minister launched an initiative of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) – ‘AyurBodha’, highlighting the significance of Ayurvedic practices to attract tourists from across the globe. He inaugurated the Kerala Pavilion followed by the launch of KTM brochure 2018. The pavilion was themed around Backwaters and Houseboats. The backwaters were brought to life through a two-minute film that was shot using a 360-degree technology via six cameras simultaneously.The Kerala Tourism pavilion’s location in WTM added to its importance as the UK is the primary source market for Kerala Tourism. Kerala received 1,55,548 tourists from the UK last year, accounting for 17% of the total foreign tourist arrivals to the state. Kerala Tourism has been conducting roadshows in Britain and has been participating in the World trade Mart (WTM) for the last two decades.Recently, Kerala Tourism initiated a first of its kind initiative in India- PEPPER (People’s Participation for Planning and Empowerment through Responsible Tourism), aimed at promoting unexplored and pristine destinations through people’s participation in the process of tourism planning.Highlighting the significance of Responsible Tourism at the event, Dr. Venu, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala stated, “It gives us immense pleasure to be a part of the World Travel Market London 2017 that provides a global platform to draw special attention of the world leaders towards the significance of our ambitious Responsible Tourism mission. Under Responsible Tourism mission, Kerala Tourism has developed a community tourism network to include the local community not just as a participant, or even a beneficiary, but as a leader.”In the event, Kumarakom Responsible Tourism Initiative spearheaded by Kerala Tourism was awarded the Highly Commended Responsible Tourism Award at WTM London.Speaking on the occasion, P Bala Kiran, IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism and Managing Director, Kannur International Airport stated, “Responsible Tourism Mission is aimed at promoting green principles in construction and waste management while protecting regional art and culture. In addition to that, the initiative has been providing employment to women and marginalised community.”Kerala Tourism was accompanied by twelve private exhibitor-partners at the event; Alhind Tours And Travels Pvt Ltd, Grand Hyatt Bolgatty, Jayasree Travels and Tours Company, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, Kumarakom Lake Resort, Pioneer Personalized Holidays, Punarnava Ayurveda Hospital Pvt Ltd, Raviz Hotels and Resorts, Spiceland Holidays, Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel and Xandari Resorts.last_img read more

Egypt expects about 140000 Indian tourists in 2018

first_imgEgypt Tourism organised their annual roadshow today at St. Regis, Mumbai with travel agents and select media in attendance. Ismail A. Hamid Amer, Egyptian Tourism Counselor, Regional Director addressed the media and travel agents present at the roadshow and presented various tourist attractions and activities in Egypt.Egypt Tourism is largely promoting their new product – Christian Pilgrimage i.e. Journey of the Holy Family. For this purpose, Egypt Tourism has organised a roadshow in Cochin, Kerala, targeting many Christians from in and around the city.In 2017, Egypt received 103,000 Indian tourists, which is a 30% increase compared to 2016. Out of this 30%, Christian pilgrimage and leisure are the major contributors. Egypt expects about 130,000 to 140,000 Indian tourists in 2018.Talking about the average spend by a tourist, Amer said, “Indians rank number two when it comes to expenditure. An average spend by an Indian is USD 102 per night. Indian market is exotic for Egypt and is second only to Japan.”Indian tourists have also increased their length of stay in Egypt, from 5.5 nights in 2016 to 7 nights in 2017, with an increase of 1.5 nights.As far as film tourism is concerned, Amer confirmed that Egypt considers giving incentives to movies that portray the country in a positive light.last_img read more

LendingTree Launches New Ad Campaign

first_img May 9, 2013 494 Views “”LendingTree””:https://www.lendingtree.com/, an online source for competitive home loan offers, announced the official launch of a new advertising campaign which will run across all marketing channels, including television, radio, print, online, direct marketing, and social media.[IMAGE]The campaign addresses the full breadth of LendingTree services and is built around the company’s core proposition: Empower borrowers to make smarter financial decisions. [COLUMN_BREAK]””With record low interest rates and an improving housing market, consumer interest in mortgage financing is flourishing. However, our research shows there is an enormous amount of anxiety and uncertainty associated with getting a mortgage,”” said LendingTree CMO Gabe Dalporto. “”This campaign was born out of that insight. It builds on LendingTree’s pro-consumer brand heritage by demonstrating how consumers can have more control in the mortgage process and redress the balance of power with banks.””LendingTree partnered with Merkley+Partners, based in New York, to create the campaign.””We’re thrilled to work with LendingTree on this campaign,”” said Merkley+Partners CEO Alex Gellert. “”There is no better brand to help consumers take control of their important financial decisions. This friendly and relatable creative approach will give consumers confidence that they are getting the best deal on their mortgage.”” LendingTree Launches New Ad Campaign in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers LendingTree Processing Service Providers 2013-05-09 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Fitch Finalizes Criteria on QM NonQM Securities

first_img March 19, 2014 549 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Fitch Ratings announced it has finalized its criteria for analyzing loans securing U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) under the new qualified mortgage (QM) and ability-to-repay rule recently adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).Fitch developed assumptions with respect to the probability of challenges to the rule or a mortgage’s QM status, as well as the potential costs or damages.”We expect some defaulted borrowers will likely challenge the Rule, but a lack of legal precedent could make the first few cases high profile and prone to significant legal costs,” said senior director Suzanne Mistretta.The announcement commented, “Fitch will make upward adjustments to its credit enhancement calculations if the originator designates the loan as higher priced QM (HPQM) or non-QM. Loans identified by the lender and confirmed by third party due diligence as safe harbor QM (SHQM) will not receive an adjustment.”Fitch makes a few assumptions regarding how to handle new loans. First, Fitch will consider the lifetime probability of default derived from Fitch’s mortgage loan loss model. Additionally, the population is narrowed further to indicate only those borrowers who are likely to default within five years of origination. Finally, a state’s foreclosure process, either judicial or non-judicial, plays a factor.Mistretta noted, “Lower credit quality pools will see a larger effect on credit enhancement relative to higher credit quality pools primarily due to their higher probability of default and smaller loan balances.”Fitch will make mark a key difference between structures—those that provide for expenses to be paid from available funds, and those that deduct expenses from the mortgage pool’s net weighted average coupon (Net WAC).The announcement clarified, “Where expenses are absorbed by the pool’s Net WAC and the note rate is capped at the Net WAC, Fitch will not adjust its loss expectation for the pool. Although expenses are borne by both senior and subordinated investors, this provision does not affect the trust’s ability to pay contractual amounts due.””The loan designation and determination of potential challenges and legal costs and damages will be highly dependent on the results of Fitch’s review of the originator’s/aggregator’s underwriting guidelines and origination processes,” the release added. Sharecenter_img Fitch Ratings Mortgage-Backed Securities Qualified Mortgage RMBS 2014-03-19 Colin Robins Fitch Finalizes Criteria on QM, Non-QM Securitieslast_img read more

Millennial Homebuyers are Fleeing to the Burbs

first_img March 10, 2016 620 Views Millennials are known for their tech-savvy lifestyles, but nearly all buyers predominantly used the Internet and a real estate agent while looking for a home. The study found that 87 percent of millennials and Gen X buyers used an agent and were also the most likely to use mobile or tablet applications and mobile or tablet search engines during their search.”Supply shortages, strong competition and rising home prices in today’s market can make buying a home very stressful,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “While the Internet is the initial go-to destination to search for available listings, consumers want the expertise and insights of a Realtor to help them find the right home within their budget.” Share Homebuyers Millennials National Association of Realtors 2016-03-10 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img Click here to view the full report. Millennial Homebuyers are Fleeing to the ‘Burbs Despite popular beliefs, the millennial generation will eventually want to transition from their fast-paced, renter lifestyle into a single-family home with a mortgage, but the real surprise is where these young homebuyers are choosing to settle down.Millennial homebuyers are growing in numbers, and more of them are purchasing single-family homes outside of urban areas in the suburbs.The 2016 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study of 94,971 recent home buyers, which evaluates the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers from June 2014 to June 2015, found that the share of millennials buying in an urban or central city area fell to 17 percent from 21 percent a year ago in this year’s survey, while only 10 percent purchased a multifamily home compared to 15 percent a year ago. The largest group of recent buyers were millennials (35 percent) for the third consecutive year, more than the combined amount of younger and older boomers (31 percent), the survey data found. The median income of millennial homebuyers was $77,400, and they typically bought a 1,720-square foot home costing $187,400. Overall, the majority of buyers in all generations prefer to buy a home in a suburban area and younger buyers tend to favor older homes, the report said. So while urban areas may fit millennial needs as renters, they do not remain in city-centers when they are ready to buy a home, according to Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist.”The median age of a millennial homebuyer is 30 years old, which typically is the time in life where one settles down to marry and raise a family,” Yun said. “Even if an urban setting is where they’d like to buy their first home, the need for more space at an affordable price is for the most part pushing their search further out.”Yun continued, “Furthermore, limited inventory in millennials’ price range, minimal entry-level condo construction and affordability pressures make buying in the city extremely difficult for most young households.”last_img read more

The Week Ahead New Residential Construction

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News June 11, 2017 643 Views This Week’s Schedule:Federal Budget, Monday 2 p.m. ESTYellen Press Conference Wednesday 2:30 p.m. ESTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday 10 a.m. ESTNew Residential Construction Report, Friday The Week Ahead: New Residential Construction Share Housing Starts 2017-06-11 Brianna Gilpin The housing market is currently facing many challenges, the main one being lack of inventory for sale. In order to meet demand, builders must increase the total stock. However, there is a lower supply of labor that can’t meet the demand of increased production.“Until the supply of residential construction labor increases and housing starts pick up the pace, expect continued supply shortages in many housing markets,” First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming said about last months report, “Good for prices and homeowners, but an affordability challenge for the millennial first-time homebuyer.”Labor isn’t the only issue facing new construction. Lack of property lots and higher construction costs make it difficult for many builders to move at the pace the market is demanding for. In the midst of National Homeownership Month, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson reiterated the importance and availability of homeownership in America.“After all we’ve been through, homeownership remains an American value and the cornerstone of our economy,” said Secretary Carson. “Today, we recognize the abiding value of owning a home, and rededicate ourselves toward ensuring that every hardworking and credit-worthy American enjoys a fair chance at becoming a homeowner.”The Census Bureau’s New Residential Construction Report will release at 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday.last_img read more

February 01 2019

first_imgFebruary 01 , 2019 You might also be interested in ‘Cooperation, communication and education’ key … The Netherlands has proposed a solution that could avoid potential delays and disruptions to produce exports to the U.K. if it leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal in place with the economic blocThe country currently ships around US$1.4 billion of fruit and vegetables to the U.K. annually – equivalent to 50,000 trucks crossing the channel every year, the BBC reported. Currently, British supermarkets can place an order with a Dutch company and have the produce on their shelves within 24 hours, but a no-deal Brexit could result in delays of several days while it is inspected and goes through customs.While the U.K.’s customs authority HMRC says it has “well-developed plans” for a functioning system from day one, fruit and vegetables are the Dutch exports most vulnerable to disruption.”The nightmare is our tomatoes and cucumbers rotting at the border,” Gert Mulder, director of GroentenFruit Huis, the national fruit and vegetable growers’ body, was quoted as saying. “British supermarkets have stock for around three days. They don’t have any storage capacity. So it would have to be built. But there isn’t time. The orders have already been placed. The plants are already growing.”Of course we read about the British who are stockpiling food. If the supply chain fails the shelves will be empty. It is our job as producers to find a solution.”According to the BBC, the Dutch have come with an idea designed to fast-track perishable products, called “green lanes”.This would involve a digital pre-clearance system to allow customs checks to be conducted before the trucks arrive at the ports. All information, including certificates, would also be uploaded to a database.U.K. customs officials would check lorry cargoes remotely before they even disembarked from the ferries, and vehicles approved in advance would be given a special “green lane” to avoid any customs queues.For more on this story, click here. LPS19: Despite challenges, Britain and Holland’s f … Shipping companies drop British flag to avoid Brex … last_img read more

Whilst some may view the personal travel manager c

first_imgWhilst some may view the personal travel manager concept as a unique distribution channel, there is no doubting its place and growing importance in the industry as a whole as TravelManagers is named as finalist for the ninth consecutive year in the ‘Best Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location’ category in the 2017 National Travel Industry Awards.“With more than 510 personal travel managers throughout the country in every state and territory TravelManagers as the only truly national home-based host agency is a model that clearly works and this is further vindicated with our ninth nomination in the NTIA travel agent awards. We regard our finalist nomination as success in itself – nine really is a charm,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.“We are extremely grateful for the support of our partner suppliers. It is testimony to how highly TravelManagers is regarded by these suppliers, to be consistently nominated in NTIA’s prestigious ‘Best Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location’ category again this year.“TravelManagers is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year business. We recognise that behind the scenes central and local state-based support is crucial to the success of our personal travel managers. The locally-based business partnership managers, combined with the national partnership office providing technology, training, marketing, ticketing and fares and all round support, adds huge value and makes that extra difference when it comes to service standards.“With our personal travel managers having full 24/7 access to all systems including mid and back office, this enables them to process every aspect of their client’s booking at any time that suits them. Our personal travel managers can then focus on the tailoring of travel arrangements to suit their individual client’s tastes and needs and deliver on our promise of providing exceptional client service. With our continued advanced technology focus and personal travel manager knowledge and experience, our clients receive the best travel experiences and value for money holidays that is unrivalled in the industry. “We are extremely proud that our personal travel managers on average, have 21 years of industry experience. It is this knowledge and expertise, combined with their genuine love and passion for travel that ensures their clients receive tailor made and co-created itineraries the majority of which are based around personal experience which we attribute to being a key to our success.” IMAGE: TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager – Michael Gazal NTIA AwardsTravelManagerslast_img read more

Fijis Nanuku Auberge Resort at Pacific Harbour

first_imgFiji’s Nanuku Auberge Resort, at Pacific Harbour, has decided to abolish the practice of peak travel period and school holiday blackouts and allow bookings to be made at any time of year on any type of luxury villa accommodation the resort offers its guests.To celebrate the Resort has released a two-tiered stay option, offering guests the choice of B&B or full board, and inclusive of a FJD150.00 per day resort credit. The offer is valid for sale from 1 April 2018 to 13 December 2018, for travel 1 April to 20 December 2018.Option one – a 20 per cent discount on accommodation costs plus complimentary land transfers for stays of between three to six nights.Option two – a 30 per cent discount on accommodation plus a one-way air transfers and a one-way road transfer for stays of seven nights or more.All stays at Nanuku Auberge resort include complimentary non-alcoholic beverages from in-room minibars, complimentary high-speed internet and 50-plus in-room movies, daily afternoon team, in-room popcorn machines, cookies at turn-down and evening snacks at the resort’s Clubhouse.Complimentary activity program includes yoga, a cultural night, the opportunity to join in coral and mangrove planting, arts and crafts plus access to non-motorised water sports.Conditions apply. fijiResortlast_img read more

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first_imgcompetitionLuxury EscapesSeniors Intern ProgramSeniors Week Luxury Escapes has launched its 2018 Senior Intern Program, offering Australians aged 60+ the opportunity to intern at Luxury Escapes and win a luxury holiday of a lifetime to California, USA and Cabo, Mexico.Coinciding with Victorian Seniors Month, the Senior Intern Program aims to support the Government’s plan to help older Australian employees stay in the workforce for longer. The initiative will see the company commence a nationwide search for ten Senior Interns, who will undertake a week-long internship at Luxury Escapes’ headquarters in Melbourne. At the end of the week, a winner will be chosen by a panel of travel experts and flown to California, USA and Cabo, Mexico for a luxury holiday ‘assignment’. The ten successful interns will be given a wardrobe to equip them for their week at Luxury Escapes’ headquarters – dressed by iconic Australian brands Akubra, Sportscraft and STM Goods, and will live in Melbourne for five days, staying at the newest Luxury Escapes partner hotel, The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, which reopens this month after a multi-million dollar refurbishment, as the latest hotel in the TFE Hotels Collection. Competition key dates 20181 October – Competition launch 22 October – Competition closes29 October to 2 November – Internship commences27 November to 10 December – Winner/s travel to Cabo, Mexico and California, USA, including San Francisco, Yosemite, South Lake Tahoe, Sonoma, Palm Springs, Los Angeles.Luxury Escapes’ Co-Founder and CEO, Adam Schwab, said the company was pleased to be expanding its Senior Intern Program in 2018, and simultaneously support this year’s Federal Budget, which announced a raft of measures to help older Australian employees with careers in the modern workforce.“Seniors throughout Australia have the opportunity to apply to become the Luxury Escapes Senior Intern. We pride ourselves on offering our team with a vibrant culture fostering inclusion, wellbeing and personal and professional development, and the program demonstrates to our interns how the workplace has changed over time. Our team will help them up-skill in social media and teach them how to create amazing content, among other fun activities like table tennis championships, in-house massages, unlimited Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, yoga and meditation classes.“We plan to leverage our 2.6 million-strong member base which has made Luxury Escapes Australia’s fastest growing travel company. This generation is influencing the global travel ecosystem, and we recognise that by tapping into this generation, we are creating value and wisdom for our business.”IMAGE: The Senior Intern Program builds upon the inaugural 2016 competition where the company selected a Victorian couple, Jenny and Dennis McCarthy, as winners of a two-day internship and trip to Bali.last_img read more

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first_imgWhiz-AW w/ some kind of elbow/bicep injury. Having MRI. From my pt of view…looked like he was in pain-crouched in corner away from field.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyKyndraKyndra620 Uh oh.The Arizona Cardinals are frantically trying to cram a full off-season into just a few short weeks and could now be faced with replacing a key defensive player. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away If Wilson managed to tear something in his elbow, the Cardinals defense will be left with a gaping hole. Wilson has been the backbone of the defense and has not missed a game in the last two seasons.While Wilson has been known to play through injury, like a hip abductor injury that was repaired by surgery after last season, a torn tendon or two could greatly affect his ability to make a play.The young players have something to lose as well, should Wilson be injured. He’s been seen mentoring several younger players during this year’s camp.If Wilson is out for a while, the Cardinals will be hard-pressed to replace his leadership and ability. Top Stories last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But there is little denying the amount of talent the team has at the skill positions — especially at wide receiver with Fitzgerald, Floyd, John Brown and Ted Ginn, Jr., among others — and Ellington may very well prove to be a capable lead back.Things could always go south for the team and it is possible this projection will prove to be true. But on the surface, at least, it appears the Cardinals’ offense may be a tad bit underrated. Comments   Share   The concerns are somewhat valid, because until the Cardinals’ revamped offensive line proves it is better, there will be questions about if, in fact, it is. center_img The Arizona Cardinals made considerable strides on offense last season.They scored 129 more points in 2013 than they did in 2012, while scoring 16 more touchdowns, gaining 83 more first downs, tallying 13 more passing touchdowns and 1,333 more yards. Ultimately, the Cardinals finished 12th in the NFL in total offense and 16th in points per game. While not great, they were better than before and appear primed to take another step forward given the addition of talent along with comfort in Bruce Arians’ system. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Yet, according to Pro Football Focus’ Gordon McGuinness, in an ESPN Insider piece, Arizona actually has the 29th-best offense in the league. That’s out of 32 teams, by the way, with the Cards finishing ahead of only the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.McGuinness writes that the Cardinals are ranked 22nd in QBs, 24th in running backs, 24th in receivers and 30th in offensive line. The way they see it, Arizona is “below average” at every position except for offensive line, where they are “poor.” On the surface the Arizona Cardinals have some talented pieces in place, most notably at wide receiver with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The offensive line, however, allowed the most pressure on a per-snap basis a year ago, with 242 total pressures from 620 passing plays.The good news is that adding Jared Veldheer helps, as will Bobby Massie’s expected return to the starting lineup at right tackle, but will it make enough of a difference? At running back it’s hard not to be impressed by Andre Ellington, who forced 31 missed tackles from just 157 touches on offense, but it’s fair to question whether he can be an every-down back or if he’s better suited for a lower-volume, higher-impact role in which he won’t be worn down by a full workload. Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11)runs with the ball, trying to get past Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake (41) after making a catch in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 25-13. (AP Photo/Don Wright) In fact, as a team they are rather enjoyable to watch, as NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal placed them second in his Watchability Rankings behind only the Denver Broncos. The Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills round out the top five.The Cardinals, the Official Team of the Around the NFL Podcast, is a joy to watch on both sides of the ball. Chris Johnson, Carson Palmer and Tyrann Mathieu are all among the best stories this season. Any offense that stays aggressive throwing downfield this much is going to rank high. That’s why this version of the Bengals is No. 3. Andy Dalton‘s deep success is more disarming than Manning’s struggles. … Aaron Rodgers has been the most entertaining quarterback on balance since he entered the league, although the injuries around him have had an effect this year.There really is plenty to like about the Cardinals, at least in terms of enjoyment to follow. As Rosenthal notes, they have reclamation projects in Johnson, Palmer and Mathieu, along with some fun personalities, too. Led by head coach Bruce Arians himself, there are many people within the organization — coaches and players — who are always good for a quote or story. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Even with a sub-standard effort Sunday in Pittsburgh in which they lost by a score of 25-13, the Arizona Cardinals still find themselves in a pretty good position in the standings.At 4-2 they are still pacing the NFC West, 1.5 games up on the St. Louis Rams and a full two games ahead of the Seattle Seahawks. They also remain the NFL’s highest scoring team, with 203 points, and their plus-88 point differential is also easy on the eyes. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Of course, there’s also their style of play. With Palmer at quarterback, they have an offense that involves getting the ball into the hands of future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald as well as speedy players like Johnson, David Johnson, Andre Ellington and John Brown, often times for big plays. And on defense, coordinator James Bettcher’s attack involves plenty of blitzing in order to try and apply pressure on the quarterback, which leads to turnover opportunities for a ballhawking secondary that includes Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, Jerraud Powers and Tony Jefferson, among others.All that aside, what truly makes the Cardinals enjoyable to watch is the fact that they are a winning team, which is a trait they share with the majority of the top 10. – / 11 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   #Seahawks and former #AZCardinals OT Bradley Sowell agreed to terms on a 1-year, $1.5m deal, source said.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 14, 2016Sowell appeared in every game last season on special teams and saw spot duty at tackle. Top Stories The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Sowell is the second member of the Cardinals’ offensive line to depart, as starting right tackle Bobby Massie signed with the Chicago Bears last week. Another lineman, Ted Larsen, has been taking free agent visits, too. @AZCardinals pic.twitter.com/MI0IUMdEbN— Bradley Sowell (@Bradley60Sowell) March 15, 2016The 26-year-old originally joined the Cardinals in 2013 after the team claimed him off waivers from Indianapolis on Sept. 1. He started the final 12 games of the season at left tackle, but since then the bulk of his snaps have come on special teams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals lost another offensive lineman on Monday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, right, celebrates his touchdown with teammates D.J. Humphries (74), Jaron Brown (13) and Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The Arizona Cardinals re-signed wide receiver Chris Hubert on Tuesday and placed Jaron Brown on injured reserve, officially ending his season.The Cardinals also released Martin Wallace from the practice squad.Brown played just one snap on offense and three on special teams before leaving the game in the first half in Sunday’s 6-6 tie with the Seattle Seahawks.Hubert spent the preseason and the first week of the season on the Cardinals’ practice squad before being released on Sept. 13. The 5-foot-9, 170 pound Hubert played at NCAA Division II Fayetteville State and finished his college career holding the school record in receiving touchdowns with 19 and second with receptions with 129 and third in receiving yards with 1,784. Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgConsequently, I wanted to see if it were still possible, and if the cost of flights had increased notably given many airlines decided to hedge their fuel prices when oil was selling at its peak last year, and had not anticipated it now being virtually free.Skyscanner provided all the information I needed, and so I set off around the planet once again for a six month trip leaving in March 2009:The JourneyFlight 1: London, Stansted – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.This comes courtesy of Air Asia and I can fly this route for £202 .Distance: 6553 miles.Flight 2: Kuala Lumpur – Bangkok, Thailand.Air Asia provide this one too for the bargain price of £48.00.Distance: 736 miles.Flight 3: Bangkok – Perth, Western Australia.Tiger Airways come up with the goods this time with a price of £121.Distance: 3313 miles.Flight 4: Perth – Sydney, AustraliaA combination of Tiger Airways and Virgin Blue offer a flight for £56 – remarkable given the distance.Distance: 2045 miles.So far I have “travelled” a distance of 12,647 miles, been to 4 cities in 3 countries, only used low-cost airlines and spent just over £400.Flight 5: Sydney – Auckland, New Zealand.Virgin Blue again and this time the price is £86.Distance: 1338 miles.Flight 6: Auckland – Brisbane (Australia).I backtrack here which often you cannot do with a standard round-the-world ticket. Once again Virgin Blue is the carrier and charge £99.Distance: 1421 miles.Flight 7: Brisbane – Los Angeles, USA.Ouch! This one puts a bit of a dent in the wallet and I can’t find a budget way of getting across the Pacific unless I plan another Kon-Tiki expedition. Air Pacific is the carrier and the cost is £601.Distance: 7189 milesFlight 8: Los Angeles – Toronto, Canada.Another departure from the budget carriers; United Airlines go to Canada for £150.Distance: 2173 milesFlight 9: Toronto – London, Gatwick.The final flight and happily it is with another low-cost carrier. Flyglobespan can ferry me back to the UK for £222.Distance: 3550 miles.The total cost of flights for this 28,300 mile trip is £1585, and represents a £200 increase on last year’s trip (which also included a couple of extra destinations). What about the alliance tickets?I called a travel agent and asked for a quote for a similar journey and she came back with the following proposal:London – Kuala Lumpur – Bangkok – Perth – overland to Sydney (not included in the price) – Christchurch – Auckland – Los Angeles – overland to Chicago (again not includd) – London. The price was £1500 including taxes which seemed pretty good. However, those two overland costs could mount up and if one flew I think £250 is the minimum one might pay. Some drawbacks thoughThere are some disadvantages to my low-cost idea: firstly, the budget airlines can often be less flexible with changes of flight, and altering your plans could see you being charged a substantial excess. Additionally, you don’t have the security of an airline “alliance” behind you, so if connecting flights are delayed, you might not get much sympathy from another carrier. Also, you are unlikely to be offered the same levels of comfort you might expect from the likes of Singapore Airlines or Virgin Atlantic. Finally, credit card booking fees and checked-in baggage could really ramp up the costs since let’s be honest, if you are off for six months, then your bag is not going to fit in the overhead lockers.So what’s the best idea?I think the solution to this round-the-world issue is, as with so many things in life, a compromise. I reckon, the cheapest way of seeing a lot of places is to mix and match between budget airlines and one of the alliance packages. Air New Zealand offer a London – Hong Kong – Auckland – Los Angeles – London ticket for about £700 which covers all the long haul bits of the trip. From there, you can add on some budget flights out of the cities: pop over to Sydney or Brisbane from Auckland or a trip to Fiji perhaps. There are numerous low-cost airlines going out of Hong Kong and Los Angeles International is hardly small. A good friend of mine in the travel industry (and probably the most well-travelled person I know) swears by this plan, and if it’s good enough for him, then that’s good enough for me.Read Nick’s article “Around the World in Thrifty Ways”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAround the World in Thrifty WaysWe researched a hypothetical trip with the aim of going to as many places of interest as we could, over the course of four months.Everything you need to know about booking a round the world ticketTrotting off around the globe sounds like a pricey business, especially when you consider all the flights you’ll need to get you from continent to continent. But it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re gearing up for a gap year or simply planning a multi-stop adventure, a round the world…Top tips to help you save for your dream holidayFar flung and exotic holidays may seem like an impossible dream, but give up that cup of coffee on the way to work and a few other favourite treats and you could save enough for the holiday of a lifetime. Find out how easy it is and how you could… Nick CarrI wrote a piece about this last year in happier financial times, but since then various airlines have gone bust which rather screwed up my hypothetical budget round-the-world adventure.last_img read more

More needs be done to attract overseas holidaymake

first_imgMore needs be done to attract overseas holidaymakers to book cheap flights to the UK following the announced cuts to Visit Britain.This is according to UK Inbound, the trade association representing the country’s inbound tourism industry, which issued a statement after it was confirmed in the government’s spending review that Visit Britain will receive 34 percent less funding.Mary Rance, UK Inbound’s chief executive, said that powerful overseas marketing is what’s needed to attract more people to travel on holidays to Britain.”Inbound tourism is the third largest exporter and major contributor to the UK economy,” she commented.”Visit Britain has taken its share of the pain in the comprehensive spending review and we as an industry stand poised to work in partnership with them to ensure that international awareness, presence and expertise is not lost.”Ms Rance went on to say that the travel industry needs to “work constructively” if it wants to achieve the prime minister’s aim of the UK becoming the world’s fifth most-visited destination.In July, UK Inbound challenged the findings of an independent report commissioned by Visit Britain, which predicted that the UK’s tourism revenue would grow by more than 60 percent by 2020.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedForeign tourists booking more flights to Britain, figures revealForeign tourists booking more flights to Britain, figures revealPM’s tourism pledge welcomed by Bristol AirportBristol Airport has lent its backing to prime minister plans to turn Britain into one of the world’s top destinationsLaunch of new campaign hopes to tempt US holidaymakers to the UKAmericans look set to book flights to the UK after Virgin Atlantic airways and Visit Britain launched a new campaignlast_img read more

Address 2200 S IH 35 Frontage Road Austin TX 78

first_imgAddress: 2200 S IH 35 Frontage Road, Austin, TX 78704We want to hear from you: what do you think about Best Western’s shift toward developing “hipster-friendly” hotels? Would you consider selecting Aiden by Best Western for your next Austin getaway? To learn more about rates and amenities Aiden by Best Western, click here.Or, for information about another fascinating new hotel in the United States, click here. Google Reviews/Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel Situated in the Travis Heights neighborhood of South Austin, the hotel promises to reflect the hip, carefree, and creative atmosphere that sets Austin apart from other American cities. With 158 colorfully decorated guest rooms, trend-oriented public spaces, mobile check-in processes, and all the standard amenities that come along with a typical Best Western stay, the hotel is sure to attract budget-minded Millennials and other travelers seeking style and charm without breaking the bank. Google Reviews/Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel In 2018, Best Western revealed its plans for a line of boutique hotels called Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden line founded its initial properties in South Korea and France, but its Austin hotel marks a shift to the American market. Google Reviews/Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel In an effort to rebrand the Best Western image, Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel focuses heavily on appealing to young, stylish clientele seeking chic lodging with modern conveniences and classic comfort. When you opt to stay at the Aiden property in Austin, you’ll find an impressive mix of cool and cozy.center_img June 09, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau Best Western Just Opened A Boutique Hotel That’s Specifically Designed For Hipsters Ready to embrace your inner hipster while enjoying a fun and comfortable getaway? There’s a new hotel in Austin, Texas that seeks to attract a youthful demographic with its hip style and amenities. As if the concept itself weren’t unique enough, you might also be surprised to find that Austin’s “hipster hotel” is owned and operated by Best Western – a long-standing chain that’s typically affiliated with unassuming, family-oriented lodging options. Posted in Travel News last_img read more

Beverly Hills California – Reported by Elite Trav

first_imgBeverly Hills, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRodeo Drive was transformed into an Arctic wonderland for the international debut of Zenith’s limited edition Manufacture watch, El Primero Striking “Jean-Louis Etienne.”Zenith joined forces with Arctic explorer Jean-Louis Etienne to develop a watch suitable for extreme situations and taxing weather conditions. Clear skies prevailed in Southern California on the evening of October 7th, but giant outdoor glacier walls, snow-white decorations and a carved ice bar turned the Westime Beverly Hills boutique into a glacial setting ideal for the timepiece’s debut.Westime President Greg Simonian welcomed guests, and Zenith CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour described his collaboration with Jean-Louis Etienne before introducing the explorer himself. The first man to reach the North Pole on foot alone, Jean-Louis Etienne recalled his most recent expedition for which the new watch was created—his solo flight over the North Pole in a hot air balloon. Founder of Westime John Simonian and President of Zenith USA Alain Huy were also in attendance to celebrate the occasion.El Primero Striking “Jean-Louis Etienne” is a 500-piece limited edition, and until mid-November it will be available only at Westime Beverly Hills and Westime Los Angeles.Westime’s two boutiques in California display the collections of more than 50 Swiss watch brands that represent the best of traditional watchmaking as well as the new guard in haute horlogerie. Westime is frequently cited as one of a dozen multi-brand retailers in the world that influences trends in the watch making industry.www.westime.comlast_img read more

As part of a new joint sales and marketing campaig

first_imgAs part of a new joint sales and marketing campaign, The Sukhothai and Rayavadee have launched the new six-day/five-night “City of Angels – Land of the Princess” package to Bangkok and Krabi, two of Thailand’s most exciting destinations.“The Sukhothai and Rayavadee are both members of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, so our new relationship brings together two distinctive properties with well-established reputations for style and service in diverse Thai locations,” said Gregory Meadows, General Manager of The Sukhothai.Located on the stunning Phranang Peninsula on the edge of Krabi Marine National Park, Rayavadee presents a luxurious beach retreat getaway in beautiful natural surroundings, the perfect counterpart to a stay at The Sukhothai where classic elegance and seamless service come together at the heart of Bangkok’s vibrant shopping and business districts.www.sukhothai.com www.rayavadee.comlast_img read more