in Data, Headlines, News Which Southern City Was Named Best Place to Live? February 7, 2017 488 Views According to the 2017 Best Places to Live list released by U.S. News & World Report today, Austin, Texas is the best place to live in the country.Taking into account factors like housing affordability, quality of life, and job prospects, the Best Places to Live listing ranks the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Though Austin took the top spot, the top five was rounded out by Denver; San Jose, California; Washington, D.C., and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Seattle; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Boston; Des Moines, Iowa; and Salt Lake City, Utah took the No. 6 through 10 spots, respectively.”When considering a move, people are concerned about finding a job in their field, earning enough to afford a home, sending their kids to good schools, and feeling like a part of their community,” said Kim Castro, Executive Editor at U.S. News & World Report. “The Best Places to Live ranking takes all of that into account; the metro areas that do well are the ones with strong job markets and high quality of life.”Many metros made strides in this year’s rankings, including Boston, which jumped from No. 30 to No. 8, and Salt Lake City, which rose from No. 27 to No. 10. Three other metro areas—Hartford, Connecticut; Syracuse, New York; and Milwaukee—jumped more than 20 spots since their 2016 ranking.The Best Places to Live list arrived on the back of Zillow’s recent hottest market predictions, which also listed Salt Lake City and Denver in its rankings. In fact, according to Zillow, Salt Lake City will likely grow by at least 4 percent over the course of 2017.The Best Places to Live list is determined through public surveys; data from the U.S. Census, FBI, and Bureau of Labor Statistics; and U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools and Best Hospitals rankings. To view the entire list, visit RealEstate.USNews.com. U.S. News & World Report 2017-02-07 Staff Writer Share
Steven MnuchinThe recently confirmed Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, today announced his ambitious goals for a U.S. tax-code overhaul by August. He also wants to deliver economic growth at rates not seen in more than a decade, according to the Wall Street Journal. He said that the slower economic growth since the financial crisis had primarily been an anomaly and a result of Obama administration policies that can be reversedIn his first television interview since assuming office, he told CNBC that “We want to get this done by the August recess. We’ve been working closely with the leadership in the House and the Senate, and we’re looking at a combined plan.” However, experts believe that this is unrealistic considering the fact that lawmakers already have a complex agenda to deal with.President Donald Trump has repeatedly made promises for tax reform and regulatory cuts since he took office without giving many details. Mnuchin said the administration is “primarily focused on a middle income tax cut and a simplification for business.” He reiterated what he told CNBC in November that he is focused on any tax cuts for the wealthy being canceled out with closed loopholes.The new Treasury Secretary said the administration still aims for “sustainable growth of 3 percent or more.” He said he expects to hit that mark more toward the end of next year.Mnuchin said the tax plan should not necessarily be judged by how much the United States tax revenue drops but by how much economic growth the reform could create. Critics on both sides of the aisle have raised concerns that the plan would not be revenue neutral, meaning that any tax cuts are canceled out by closing existing loopholes.Steven Mnuchin was confirmed as Treasury Secretary on February 13.During Mnuchin’s confirmation hearing, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) went to bat for him, saying claims that his businesses helped precipitate the 2008 financial crisis were “lacking in merit.” Mnuchin, 54, is a hedge fund manager, former Goldman Sachs partner, and former executive with IndyMac and OneWest Banks.When nominated for Treasury Secretary in November, Mnuchin said at that time that he would end the government’s controversial conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “We will make sure that when they are restructured, they are absolutely safe and don’t get taken over again. But we’ve got to get them out of government control,” according to Bloomberg.In addition, Mnuchin has also said he would roll back key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010 to regulate Wall Street. Share Treasury Secretary Address Future of the GSEs, Promises Economic Growth February 23, 2017 533 Views Dodd-Frank Mnuchin Tax Relief Treasury 2017-02-23 Rachel Williams in Daily Dose, Featured, Government
Minneapolis-headquartered Wolters Kluwer, a risk and compliance consultant, has released the 2017 HMDA (Home Mortgage Disclosure Act) aggregate data of U.S. lenders’ mortgage lending transactions, collected from individual lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and analyzed by Wolters Kluwer for use by its customers. The release shows lending practices in the aggregate as well as by individual institutions, allowing viewers market insights that are ahead of the federal government’s aggregate data report.The Wolters Kluwer data marks the earliest view that lenders have ever witnessed into an aggregated HMDA data set for the prior year’s lending. “We are very supportive of the Bureau having shared individual lender data so soon after the initial March 1 submission,” noted Heather Gentile, Senior Director, Compliance Analytics for Wolters Kluwer. “It allowed us to analyze, aggregate and package that data in a manner that provides our customers an early view into how they are performing compared to peers. The earlier that lenders have such data, the more effectively they can compare against market peers, make adjustments as needed, and fully implement those lending strategies.”On March 30, 2018, the Bureau posted the release of individual institutions’ 2017 HMDA modified loan application register data, making it available in downloadable, institution-specific form for all lenders who completed 2017 HMDA transaction data submissions. This approach differs from previous years when institutions’ lending data wasn’t made available until late in the calendar year.“Wiz users can also import lender-specific data files for analysis using Wolters Kluwer’s data import functionality,” Gentile said.Wolters Kluwer released the aggregate lending data to its customers at the beginning of April. Once the Bureau publishes its aggregated data set in May or June, Wolters Kluwer will process that data set and share with customers, giving them a final Peer Data file with which to work. The aggregated lender data file is available for all Wolter Kluwers Wiz clients via download at the Wiz Web Center. May 7, 2018 634 Views Wolters Kluwer Releases HMDA Data Share in Headlines, News, Origination CFPB Data HMDA Home Lenders Lending mortgage Wolter Kluwers 2018-05-07 Radhika Ojha
Sagent Lending Technologies Launches a New User Interface in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing, Technology Bret Leech Charles Sutherland LoanServ Sagent Lending Technologies user interface 2019-03-11 Staff Writer Sagent Lending Technologies, based out of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania has launched a new user interface (UI) for its loan servicing system, LoanServ. Inspired by client feedback and market needs, the new user interface is based on a human-centric design that could enhance the business user experience and increase a servicer’s overall productivity.“The new and improved look of the LoanServ user interface makes it easier and faster for users to navigate the system, assess the information presented there, and take appropriate action,” says Charles Sutherland, CPO at Sagent. “The new look and feel is intuitive and easy to use as it is based on the design principles already incorporated into many familiar web-based applications, so user training on the system can focus on servicing activities.”The new LoanServ UI is a direct result of iterative design and test cycles performed in partnership with LoanServ clients, coupled with work from Sagent user experience designers. Today as a result of this investment, LoanServ aims to provide servicing teams with optimized user experience.The company’s suite of origination, servicing, and processing solutions are designed to help borrowers to gain control of their finances by offering the ability to complete transactions online, some may be able to view and pay their billing statements, manage loans, obtain payoff estimates. Context-sensitive guides are designed to submit requests related to property damage, dropping mortgage insurance coverage, and loss mitigation.In November, the company announced that it had supported 1 million consumer loans on the previous version of the loan-servicing system that allowed servicers to consolidate their applications into a single platform. Consumer lending is highly variable in product and support needs and the system helped to automate direct and indirect channels. LoanServ is designed to support changing product types while helping servicers manage state compliance on rates, refunds, late changes, and more. The system also adds automation for collections, reserved balances, secondary marketing, and even hypothecation functions.Bret Leech, CEO, Sagent Lending Technologies said “Solutions need to be built for today’s marketplace to help servicers compete, deliver best-in-class borrower experiences, and reduce overall costs. One million consumer loans actively being serviced on LoanServ signals to the market that the solution is trusted by a variety of servicers and can handle the increased scale and flexibility that modern lending demands, this is quite the milestone for us.” Share March 11, 2019 854 Views
You might also be interested in March 31 , 2019 He said that the new market access provides “significant potential”.“Chile is home to 18 million people and this will also help us tap into valuable Latin American markets,” he said.“Improving market access is an important part of increasing farm gate returns and ensuring growers get premium price for their premium produce.”Australia’s almond crop is expected to be 16% above last year’s at a record 93,000 metric tons (MT).Each year Australia exports around AUD$4 million worth of agricultural produce to Chile. U.S.: California’s almond acreage on the rise … Australia expecting best quality almond crop in a … The Australian Government has announced that it has secured market access for almonds into Chile, with which it hopes to be able to further penetrate the Latin American market.Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said it was great news for the AUD$440 million almond export industry.“Gaining market access for Australian produce helps our farmers sell more and employ more regional people,” he said. “We are the second largest producer of almonds and our almond crop is expected to hit record levels this year and the next five years.“The majority of these almonds have been grown for export, so opening new markets is vital for the success of the industry.”
Mexican berry association Aneberries has said that the industry has not been negatively affected by the delays crossing the U.S. border over the last couple of weeks, despite local media reports that sales had been significantly impacted.Aldo Mares, the organization’s president, said that the situation was regularizing, following an increase in average wait times from two to six or seven hours.The delays are the result of the U.S. Government reassigning some 750 agents from their normal assignments at specific ports of entry on the border, and reassigning them to help process the migrants who have been crossing the border illegally and seeking asylum.”Many of the agents who were reassigned to immigration matters are now returning to their positions and we can say that [the wait times] have regularized greatly. I don’t know if it’s going to continue like that, but this week has been much better than the previous weeks,” Mares said.He said the main challenge for the supply chain had been adapting to the different timings for border checks, but he said: “In berries, no company has reported losses or economic impacts at the moment.” Asparagus in Charts: Mexico’s prices hit five-year … U.S. ag secretary tours California avocado grove, … Transporters have absorbed most of the additional costs of having refrigeration units operating for longer periods, he added.”We know that packing companies have been very affected because those delays affect their production lines, but in terms of the berries we haven’t seen a direct impact,” he said, adding the association has not seen “any threat to sales at the moment”.Rising volumesMares also explained that Mexican berry exports continue to grow rapidly. In 2018 the total value rose 16% year-on-year to US$2.24 billion, he said.”We’re expecting 2019 to continue with the same pace of growth we have experienced over the last few years,” he saidBlueberries saw the strongest growth in export volume, rising 63% in volume from the 2017-18 season to the 2018-19 season, while raspberries grew 18%. However, strawberry volumes fell by 3% and blackberries by 17%. April 18 , 2019 You might also be interested in Dutch produce industry officials tout prioritizing … Q&A with Honeybear Brands: ‘We’re probably ex …
The spacious lounge is open daily from 6.00 am to midnight and offers free Wi-Fi. The lounge is staffed by a team of 26 and features comfortable seating for 200 guests, a quiet zone for relaxation, shower facilities, buffet cuisine from around the globe and a selection of premium Australian wines. Coffee provider Hudson Coffee is also on site in the lounge, preparing fresh coffee from its dedicated barista bar. airport loungesMarhaba LoungeMelbourne Airport Passengers wishing to use the Marhaba lounge can make online bookings at marhabaservices.com or simply walk in and pay for access on the spot. The marhaba brand is part of dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 84 countries across six continents. marhaba was established in 1991 and has been helping passengers to seamlessly arrive and depart from airports for over 25 years – from speedy clearance to facilitating transfers, baggage and family travel. Besides Melbourne, marhaba also operates airport lounges in Dubai, Bahrain and Karachi. Its meet and greet services are available at major airports worldwide, including Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. marhaba has opened its first airport lounge in Australia at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 2 – and the premium lounge is available to passengers departing Melbourne on any airline. marhaba has partnered with the world’s largest independent lounge access provider, Priority Pass, and is working with a number of international airlines, providing complimentary access to select passengers flying with those airlines.
Disney’s annual travel trade training event, the ‘Disney Days Roadshow’ is back, touring seven locations across Australia, providing agents with an opportunity to learn about the latest developments at Disney Destinations globally – AND – be treated to a preview screening of Disney.Pixar’s latest movie ‘Incredibles 2’.The Disney Days Roadshow 2018 will provide agents with training on a comprehensive list of Disney Destinations including: Disneyland Resort in California; Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; Disney Cruise Line; Hong Kong Disneyland; Disneyland Paris; and Shanghai Disney Resort.“The training event enables agents to receive the latest information on the new and exciting attractions, shows and activities to experience across our Disney Parks and Resorts. Agents will hear about the newly re-imagined Pixar Pier at Disneyland Resort in California as well as the two new Toy Story Lands recently opened at Walt Disney World in Florida and Shanghai Disney Resort” explained David Clark, Head of Disney Destinations Australia & New Zealand.1500 agents attended the Disney Days Roadshow 2017 so agents are urged to register their interest as soon as possible.The Disney Days Roadshow 2018 is set to take place in the following locations:Chadstone, Melbourne – Monday 25 JuneHighpoint, Melbourne – Tuesday 26 JuneChermside, Brisbane – Wednesday 27 JuneGarden City, Brisbane – Thursday 28 JuneParramatta, Sydney – Monday 2 JulyCBD, Sydney – Tuesday 3 JulyKotara, Newcastle – Wednesday 4 JulyClick here to register interest for any of the events.Please note that spaces are limited, and if an agent’s registration has been successful they will receive a ticket confirmation by Friday 15 June.Disney Days Roadshow 2018 is run in conjunction with airline sponsors Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines. Agents will also have the opportunity to hear from representatives from Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines at the training event.EDNA MODE ARRIVES AT PIXAR PIER AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Just in time for the opening of “Incredibles 2” in theaters on June 15, celebrated designer Edna Mode is jetting over to greet guests at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort, as part of the first-ever Pixar Fest. The iconic super suit designer, from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and the upcoming “Incredibles 2,” will continue to grace guests with her presence at Pixar Pier, to celebrate the opening of this newly reimagined land. Guests will discover Edna’s role at the new Incredicoaster, too, beginning June 23, 2018. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
The Tweed region of NSW will play host to Australia’s biggest regional tourism convention next month, with over 150 tourism professionals from across the nation convening from 23-25 October 2018 to discuss the future of regional tourism in Australia.The convention – with the theme ‘pushing the boundaries’ – will be attended by government, business and regional professionals and topics on the agenda include federal policy industry settings, agritourism, regional aviation and the future of Australia’s visitor information centres.NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the convention will provide an opportunity for the tourism industry to invest in new activity across our regions—boosting local businesses.“The tourism business is everybody’s business and the more activity across our regions means more heads on hotel beds, diners in restaurants and shoppers in boutiques, all boosting the local economy and generating more jobs.”The Australian Regional Tourism Convention 2018 is the most significant learning and networking opportunity of the year for industry, practitioners and government agencies engaged in regional tourism throughout Australia. The convention is supported by multiple industry and government partners. Every sector of the tourism industry is invited to attend and be part of shaping the future of regional tourism in Australia. View the 2018 convention program HERE. Australian Regional Tourism Convention 2018Destination NSWNSWregional tourismtourismTweed
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Carroll makes a fair point, as it would be difficult for any QB to complete passes while lying on his back. That said, the Seahawks also have Charlie Whitehurst on the roster, and while he may not be that great, they did trade for him just one year ago. There’s also a possibility that veteran Matt Hasselbeck may come back as well.So, while the Seahawks passed on a QB they had some legitimate reasons to do so. Whether it was because they placed a priority on fixing the offensive line (something the Cardinals didn’t do) or because they like the options they currently have (something the Cardinals can’t truthfully say), the last two teams to win the NFC West each failed to land a quarterback in the draft, but each seems to be perfectly fine with how things played out. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Some talk after the NFL Draft was about how certain teams, like the Cardinals, passed on the opportunity to add a quarterback.Clearly lacking in that area, the Cardinals — along with division rival Seattle — had their drafts questioned by some ‘experts.’ While the Cardinals said they considered the signal callers but ultimately felt like they were drafting better players, the Seahawks took the strategy of finding guys who could protect the QB, whoever it may be. Head coach Pete Carroll, in the Seattle Times, said his team just could not afford to take a QB yet. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share It was a telling comment, one that shows how Carroll plans to build this team. The NFL has been described as a quarterback’s league, but Carroll saw the offensive line as the more urgent situation facing his team. That’s why Seattle chose offensive tackle James Carpenter in the first round and followed with guard John Moffitt in the third.“You saw us go after a couple guys that were offensive linemen, which is an area that — without that — the quarterback can’t play,” Carroll said.
It’s what makes evaluating Rosen’s first year so hard. Statistically, it wasn’t good. He was inaccurate and unproductive — (here comes the but) but, HE HAD ALMOST ZERO HELP! Mike McCoy’s vanilla-flavored offense ended up crippling the team for the whole season because Byron Leftwich inherited his mess after seven weeks. The offensive line was banged up. In fact, 11 different players logged over 100 snaps of action on the line this year. The receivers, outside of Larry Fitzgerald and rookie Christian Kirk (before his injury) did nothing.I haven’t been high on Rosen this season, but I’m relieved the Cardinals have him as their signal caller moving forward as opposed to the scenario many were rooting for last winter — breaking the bank to sign Kirk Cousins.With the right coordinator, a healthy offensive line and some improved receivers, Rosen can improve. Cousins turtled again Sunday in a must-win situation with a loaded roster.As far as the head coach goes, as seemingly promising as Sunday was, I think Steve Wilks will be shown the door by Cardinals brass. It comes down to one thing for me: Lack of any marked improvement in one area of the team all season. I already mentioned the offense, but the defense didn’t make strides either. In Week 17, the Cardinals again were crippled by miscommunication in their zone scheme and both completions to Tyler Lockett effectively buried them. The Arizona Cardinals’ nightmare season is over.A 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks gave the Cardinals the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but several questions linger entering the offseason.Will Steve Wilks return as the head coach? Will Steve Keim as the GM? What about Larry Fitzgerald?Back to the game, Josh Rosen threw his first touchdown in a month and the Cardinals’ special teams had its best performance of the season. Seattle Seahawks’ Chris Carson, right, spins away from Arizona Cardinals’ Corey Peters to move out of the end zone on a carry during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Mercifully this season is over.Kevin Zimmerman, ArizonaSports.com editor and reporterA key 3rd-and-6 in the heart of the third quarter marked the turning point. A Russell Wilson fumble near Arizona’s goal line looked like it’d been picked up and returned by Patrick Peterson for a Cardinals touchdown, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty on Arizona.The Seahawks turned around to score, making their lead 21-13 rather than a 20-14 Arizona advantage had the turnover stood. It wasn’t the swing of that play that stood out — it was the next three that followed, which saw the Seahawks go 89 yards in less than two minutes that showed just why the Cardinals have failed time and time again this year.They haven’t been consistent. They haven’t been tough. They don’t respond to mistakes well. They break down at key moments in a game that was otherwise well-played. It was a microcosm of a season with many failures and a lot of questions that go deeper than the collection of talent in the locker room. – / 18 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The same problems popped up every week with the same explanations given to address them. It’s not acceptable.Dave Burns, co-host of Burns & GamboWhen the Cards tied the game late, I had this surreal moment of hoping they would lose. It’s one thing to talk about wanting things like that to happen but it’s something quite different when you’re actually rooting for it to happen. But in the final moments of the game that’s exactly what I was hoping for. A loss.You don’t come this close to the first pick in the draft only to blow it in the final seconds of a meaningless season finale. I was glad they lost.Now, the waiting game begins. As I write this, the Cards have already scheduled a media availability for Monday and it includes Coach Wilks, but that can easily change. They played hard for him on Sunday but it’s hard to see that factoring into the decision. I can’t imagine he’ll be back next year but I’ve been doing this too long to know for sure.Players are vouching for him but it’s hard to know if that’s just respectful men paying respect to their leader or if it’s how they truly feel. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough. 11 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Here are the rapid reactions from the 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station hosts.Vince Marotta, co-host of Bickley & MarottaThe Cardinals wrapped up their worst-ever season in the desert with a performance to be proud of.Of course, it still ended in a 27-24 loss thanks to a last-second field goal from Sebastian Janikowski — the second time this season the hefty lefty has inflicted pain on Arizona.This game felt different, because the Cardinals played really hard for 60 minutes. The defense balled out — holding Seattle to under 300 yards of offense.The special teams had its best game in a few years; Zane Gonzalez hit two field goals of 50 yards or longer. Pharoh Cooper had a 45-yard punt return and the Cardinals blocked two punts — one by Cameron Malveaux which Dennis Gardeck pounced on in the end zone for a game-tying touchdown.Offensively, this team remained a mess from Week 1 through the rest of the season. Arizona managed just 198 yards of offense. It was the third time this year they’ve been held under 200. That had happened only 26 times since the Cardinals moved to the Valley in 1988.Josh Rosen’s rookie season was very succinctly summed up with one late-game pass. Facing a 3rd-and-12 from the Seahawks’ 37-yard line, Rosen (who had again taken bad sacks on third downs earlier in the game) stepped up in the pocket and threw a strike to rookie Trent Sherfield…who couldn’t come up with the catch. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Pierre was a part of the Cardinals’ defensive line rotation in 2018, but his season was cut short due to a knee injury suffered in early December. He played in 10 games, started one, and recorded 12 tackles and one tackle for loss.Related LinksReport: Former Cardinals pass rusher Markus Golden signing with GiantsReports: Former Cardinals S Antoine Bethea to sign with GiantsPierre is the third player to reunite with former Cardinals and current Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher this offseason, with Antoine Bethea and Markus Golden being the other two. The Giants also have former Cardinal Kareem Martin on the roster, who left with Bettcher before the 2018 season.Pierre’s 5.5 sack season in 2017, his first year in the league, came under Bettcher, who held the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator position from 2015-17. He will now look to recapture that form with the coach who helped him get there in the first place.The Cardinals still look set at the defensive tackle position even with Pierre’s departure, though, as starters Corey Peters and Robert Nkemdiche are both returning to the team in 2019. Another potential option for that position is Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who has been mentioned as a possibility for the Cardinals at the top of this year’s draft. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Another defensive player has left the Arizona Cardinals in free agency, as defensive tackle Olsen Pierre officially signed with the New York Giants Friday afternoon.Pierre went undrafted out of Miami in 2015, and spent the last two seasons with the Cardinals after being cut by the Bears. He played in 24 games (including eight starts) for the team over that span and recorded 5.5 sacks, 42 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss. 3 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) celebrates a fumble recovery against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >EDITION, the luxury-lifestyle hotel brand collaboration between Marriott International and Ian Schrager, announced that it will open its first hotel in Iceland in 2018. Marriott International will manage the hotel under a long-term agreement.The 250-room hotel will be located on the harbour waterfront in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, immediately adjacent to Harpa, the city’s award-winning concert and conference hall.Speaking at a signing ceremony today in Reykjavik, Sandeep Walia, the area vice president for Marriott International in Europe stated: “Iceland is emerging as one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world for global travellers and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce our EDITION brand to this vibrant country.”Richard Friedman, president and chief executive officer of Carpenter & Company, the Boston-based owner and developer of the property said, “This project provides a unique opportunity to bring the first world-class, 5-star hotel to the booming Icelandic market. We have a long-standing history in our company of building highly innovative and successful luxury hotels and we are highly confident that this hotel will be a game changer for all parties,” he continued. “The location of this hotel couldn’t be more spectacular – with the hotel working in conjunction with the city’s well known Harpa centre and its location steps away from the vibrant downtown of Reykjavik.”Ian Schrager, chairman and chief executive officer of Ian Schrager Company, commented, “I am thrilled to continue the global expansion of the new EDITION lifestyle brand with this incredibly exciting project in Reykjavik. The city is emerging as a fascinating cultural hub making it the perfect location for an EDITION.”Now open in New York, London, Miami and Istanbul, the authenticity and originality that Ian Schrager brings to EDITION coupled with the global reach of Marriott International results in a truly distinct product.Future hotels are planned for Abu Dhabi (2016); Sanya, China (2016); Bangkok (2016); Times Square (2018); West Hollywood (2018); Wuhan, China (2019); and Bali, Indonesia (2019).Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter >Australians can cruise the Galapagos Islands in 2016, one of Lonely Planet’s Top 20 world destinations, and save, thanks to a 10 per cent discount on Chimu Adventures’ Galapagos cruises. Guests will travel on-board a luxury yacht or catamaran and have opportunities to swim, snorkel, kayak, hike and see the iconic Galapagos wildlife up close. Cruises are available from $AU3150 and vary in length from four to 15 days.Valid for bookings made before 30 October 2015, the offer includes all itineraries and departure dates on-board both the Galapagos Sea Star yacht and the Galapagos Seaman catamaran.The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their unique wildlife, including marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies and the giant Galapagos tortoises, and Chimu Adventures’ cruises aim to allow guests to get up close and personal with these stunning creatures which inspired Charles Darwin. Other animals guests are likely to encounter include the Galapagos penguins, flamingos and sea lions. The diverse wildlife is also known for its lack of an instinctive fear of humans, making it easy for guests to take great photographs.The various cruise itineraries also include opportunities to kayak, hike, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, swim, snorkel, and climb near volcanoes. Guests will also see striking scenery, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock, and visit historic sites such as Post Office Bay, where 18th century whalers used a wooden barrel to send messages home, and the remains of US barges from World War II. The Galapagos Sea Star and Galapagos Seaman provide spacious suites, bar, lounge, sun deck and dining areas for guests to relax in after a day spent exploring the unique ecosystem.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Scenic Crystal, BudapestGo back to the e-newsletter >Scenic has a number of flight offers still available across its 2016 Europe River Cruising portfolio.Category E cabins on the 2 and 7 November departures of 15-Day Jewels of Europe river cruise are priced at $6995, with this price now extended until 31 December 2015. This price includes return flights to Europe, butler service, complimentary laundry, complimentary beverages all day, world-class meals at 6 onboard venues, return airport transfers, Scenic Enrich events, Scenic Freechoice activities and all tipping and gratuities.In addition, Scenic has a new business class offer in lieu of fly free on all departures in March, April, October and November, regardless of cabin type. Guests can enjoy return business class airfares for just $1995 per person. Alternatively, those in a balcony cabin travelling from May to September can fly business class for $2995 per person in lieu of fly for $995 per person.These offers are available on all Bordeaux, Seine and South of France river cruises, and 15-Day Jewels of Europe river cruise. The first deposit of $3000 per person is due within 7 days.Aleisha Fittler, GM Journey Design commented: “We know our guests love to travel in luxury so we are pleased to be able to offer these fantastic business class offers to Europe in 2016. There is no better time to book a Scenic river cruise with lead in prices for our most popular Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise, complete with return business class airfares, starting at just $8990 per person.”Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterAbercrombie & Kent has announced that its guests can now earn Qantas Points when booking a luxury holiday with the company.Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn one Qantas Point for every dollar spent on an A&K private land itinerary of seven nights or more (excluding taxes and credit card fees).For example, members travelling on A&K’s eight-day Southern Tanzania safari, valued from $7900 per person will earn a minimum of 7900 points per member. On A&K’s 10-day Wonders of Eastern Europe, members will earn a minimum of 10,815 points.Qantas Frequent Flyers who book a tour with A&K using their Qantas Points-earning credit card could also earn more points.In addition to flights, Qantas Frequent Flyer offers its 11.2 million members thousands of ways to earn and use their Qantas Points, from paying the bills and hotel stays, to grocery shopping and products from the online Qantas Store.Sujata Raman, Regional Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent, commented, “We are excited about the new partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer. Many of our guests are already Qantas Frequent Flyer members, which makes the relationship a logical fit. Through the programme we can reward our loyal customers with Qantas Points that they already collect for redemption on a wide variety of rewards.”Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant said: “Tours can be a significant part of the holiday budget so we’re excited to be able to reward our members with another opportunity to earn Qantas Points on their holiday spend. It also means members can beat the post-holiday blues knowing they’ve already earned points towards their next trip.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Companies in the Asia-Pacific region are not making full use of travel management companies (TMCs) and self booking tools (SBTs) when organising their business travel, according to global distribution system (GDS) leader Amadeus.Holding a strong presence in the Asian and Australasian travel markets, Amadeus revealed that its own survey of the business travel market found Asia-Pacific corporations to be lagging behind the US and Europe in their handling of high volume business travel.Carried out in tandem with Intercedent Asia, the survey found that business travel management was a high priority for most big firms in the region, but was not being met by advanced bookings and expense systems.David Brett, Amadeus president for the Asia-Pacific region, said: “In the past decade, the Asia-Pacific region has seen strong economic growth and heavy investment from global companies, particularly in the powerhouses of China and India. This has resulted in increased corporate travel with an ensuing pressure to reduce travel costs, and many companies are now taking a second look at how to make travel more efficient and cost effective.”The survey also found that 94.4 per cent of companies had entered talks with suppliers to bring their travel expenses down, while 83.3 per cent of businesses conducted conferences via phone and video to avoid excessive travel.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedQantas integrates Amadeus load control systemFlight management solutions from Amadeus have been further integrated into the activities of Australia’s leading airline.Technology ‘key to success of travel agents in Malaysia’The report shows that travel agencies in Malaysia can thrive if they harness new industry developments.Amadeus: easyJet surcharge spat will be healedAmadeus has given a strong indication that easyJet and bookings systems would not be burning their bridges.
Passengers who regularly travel on particular airlines should be rewarded through loyalty schemes, British Airways (BA) has said.Richard Tams, the airline’s head of UK and Ireland sales, said it was “very important” that, during the ongoing economic uncertainty, airlines were “maintaining the loyalty of individual travellers”.”We’ve done a lot with our loyalty scheme, the Executive Club, to make sure those of our loyal travellers who may not be able to travel with us as often as they have in the past, are still being rewarded when they do travel” he explained.Mr Tams added that punctuality and innovation were also among BA’s priorities heading further into 2009.Elsewhere, a recent Skyscanner poll revealed that passengers are not particularly concerned with loyalty schemes, with just three percent of respondents saying this was the most important factor when choosing which airline to fly with.BA recently revealed a record May punctuality performance, with 87 percent of its flights departing on time.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlight price and convenience most important for flyers say Skyscanner usersFlight price and convenience most important for flyers say Skyscanner usersBA and Virgin Atlantic give boost to British airlines in Skyscanner pollBA and Virgin Atlantic give boost to British airlines in Skyscanner pollRecession making Brits more flexible with travel plansRecession making Brits more flexible with travel plans
Cheap flights carrier Ryanair will be increasing its presence at Glasgow Prestwick Airport thanks to the establishment of a new maintenance hangar.The structure, which will cost £8 million to build, will be the airline’s second at the Scottish airport when it opens in October.Its approval was confirmed by Scottish first minister Alex Salmond and Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O’Leary, with the facility expected to create up to 200 engineering jobs.Mr Salmond said he is “delighted” that Ryanair is in a position to strengthen its Glasgow operations and praised the carrier’s contribution to the country’s economy.”The Scottish government is investing £1.5 million in this £8 million project, which shows Ryanair’s commitment to Ayrshire and builds on Prestwick’s reputation as a centre for European excellence in maintenance, repair and overhaul projects,” he commented.In addition to the opening of the hangar, Ryanair has confirmed that it will launch new flights to Faro, Marrakesh and Paris from Edinburgh in May.Elsewhere, May will also see the airline establish its 40th base at Kaunas in Lithuania, which will allow it to commence 18 new routes.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRyanair to launch new flights from Bristol and LiverpoolFrom March 28th, the airline will launch flights to Faro, Gdansk, Palma de Mallorca, Venice Treviso and ValenciaRyanair flights to Canary Islands from Prestwick expected to be a hitRyanair flights to Canary Islands from Prestwick expected to be a hitGlasgow Prestwick Airport expects to double passenger turnoverGlasgow Prestwick Airport expects to double passenger turnover
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