August 12, 2019

Last week seven agents travelled with Busabout th

first_imgLast week, seven agents travelled with Busabout through Thailand on a round trip from Bangkok through Khao Sok, Phuket, Koh Lanta and Ao Nang. The lucky agents had been asked to sell at least three Europe or USA Hop-on Hop-off passes, Asia trips or Small Group Adventures to qualify.The top regional sales manager, top sales manager as well as five wild card entrants were treated to a Busabout trip that started with a stay along Cheow Larn Lake in a river bungalow. The agents enjoyed a visit to an ethical elephant sanctuary in Shao Sok, undertook a spot of Island Hopping through the incredible Thai Islands of Koh Lanta and Krabi along with an array of amazing adventures along the way. Busaboutfamillast_img

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August 11, 2019

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Top Stories Then the Cardinals defense, who played well all day, extinguished anyhopefor the 49ers. Arizona’s stout defense, led by defensive end Calais Campbell, held SanFrancisco to just 78 yards of offense in the 2nd half. After Roberts’ go-ahead touchdown, the Cardinals held San Francisco without a first downintheir final three possessions.Player of the Game: Could it be anyone other than LarryFitzgerald? The Cardinals’ all-everything receiver did a little bit ofeverything on Sunday.Fitzgerald finished with 7 catches for a season-high 149 yards and atouchdown. His touchdown catch was a thing of beauty, as went up towrestle it away from San Francisco’s Dashon Goldson came down, andoutraced the 49ers defense to the end zone.On Early Doucet’s 60-yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter, it wasFitzgerald who laid out 49ers’ DB Tarell Brown, freeing Doucet for hisdash to the house.And then, on the Cardinals’ clinching touchdown drive, Fitzgerald caughta pass over the middle from John Skelton, spun away from threedefenders and turned the play into a 53-yard gain all the way down tothe San Francisco 20-yard line. Four plays later, Skelton hit Roberts withthe go-ahead touchdown pass.center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation John Skelton has had some success as a starter this season, and now he’shad some success as a reliever as well.The 2nd-year man from Fordham relieved injured starter Kevin Kolb,threwthree touchdown passes and got a lot of help from his defense in a 21-19win over the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium.The clinching score came with just under 12 minutes to play whenSkeltonfound Andre Roberts on a 3-yard scoring strike. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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As the Arizona Cardinals head into their final pre

first_imgAs the Arizona Cardinals head into their final preseason game, they do so with a few position battles still yet unresolved. We are looking at what is left to be determined, including the defensive secondary.While Patrick Peterson, Adrian Wilson, Kerry Rhodes, William Gay and Jamel Fleming are all safe, there are still quite a few players battling for even fewer spots. The group includes veterans as well as youth, all of whom may need a good performance Thursday against Denver to make the 53-man roster. Comments   Share   Michael AdamsThe diminutive Adams is a veteran and an asset on special teams, though at 5-foot-8 sometimes struggles to matchup with opposing wideouts. He’s not going to get any taller, and at this point he is what he is. Will that be enough to secure a roster spot? Probably.Rashad JohnsonA third-round pick in the 2009 Draft out of Alabama, Johnson’s career has been underwhelming thus far. The 26-year-old’s play picked up last season, when he posted a career-best 50 tackles, but increased depth at the position could make him expendable.A.J. JeffersonPlenty can change in a year. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   And as far as former NFL player and current NFL Network analyst LaDanian Tomlinson is concerned, the Palmer to Fitz duo is the best new one formed this past offseason.“You think about what Larry did last year with who’s who of quarterbacks,” LT said, noting his stats. “You take on top of that, you look at what Carson Palmer did in Oakland. Still 4,000 yards passing, 61 percent completion percentage, that’s very productive.”Tomlinson added that combined with new coach Bruce Arians, who has a reputation for getting the most out of his offenses, and you have the recipe for a dynamic combination. “I think they’re going to have a big year together,” he said. The Cardinals and their fans can only hope. – / 36 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Larry Fitzgerald has caught 77 touchdown passes in his career, with more than half (39) coming from Kurt Warner.In total, he has been on the receiving end of touchdown passes by 11 different passers, some of whom (John Navarre, Richard Bartel, Brian St. Pierre, Max Hall) were never really heard from again. Odds are Carson Palmer will be quarterback number 12 on the list, as Arizona’s new signal caller is expected to stabilize the position and hopefully give the Cardinals a QB/WR combination similar to when No. 13 was under center.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img – / 15 Of course, that means getting back on the field, which is probably more of a concern than his contract given that Mathieu is signed through the 2016 season. Surgery to repair the tear has been done and the safety was walking with the help of crutches over the last couple of weeks since.“I think the next step is getting off the crutches and taking that first step, and from there it’s really downhill from there,” he said of where he goes next. “So once I get off the crutches things will kind of pick up for me. It will get tougher, it will get more difficult, but that’s part of it.”It helps, Mathieu said, that he’s been through this before. He said he rushed through the rehab the first time and did not quite come back the player he wanted to.“So for me, it’s really just take my time with this so that I can come back 100 percent and not have one of those 2014 seasons,” he said.What does that mean for a target date?“I haven’t got a target date yet,” Mathieu said, before smiling and laughing. “Carson came (back by) OTAs so I figure I’m 10, 12 years younger than him, so hopefully I can make it around that time too.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu cleans out his locker, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship football game to end their season. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — It did not take very long for Tyrann Mathieu to make his mark on the Arizona Cardinals.A third-round pick in the 2013 draft out of LSU, he quickly became one of the most dynamic and dominant players on the defense.As a rookie, he notched 63 total tackles along with one sack, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed in 13 games before suffering a torn ACL and LCL.In his second season, Mathieu’s quick recovery allowed him to be active for the team’s second game of the season, and he went on to appear in 13 games, tallying 39 total tackles, one interception and five passes defensed. Comments   Share   center_img Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, when asked by Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday about whether or not the team’s secondary is a strength, weakness or average part of the team, began his answer by talking about Mathieu.“When we lost Ty I think it’s hard to replace someone like him because of his positional flexibility and everything he does on the back end,” he said. “Whether it’s blitzing off the slot, whether it’s playing the nickle or playing the deep pass, he does so many things for you and his coverage is obviously exceptional.”Mathieu is listed as a safety, but plays slot cornerback and is also effective in the box as a blitzer or in run support.In terms of how much money Mathieu figures to make, there’s a good chance his extension will leave him among the highest paid safeties in the NFL. However, according to the player, that does not matter much to him.“It’s a blessing, but I don’t play for money so it doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “Like, it doesn’t really matter to me. It’s not going to distract me or deter me from my main goal, which is to continue to get better, continue to be a leader; just trying to make this team the best team in the NFL.” He was admittedly not himself that season, though, and believed he would be back to his normal self the following season.Mathieu was right.This past season, the “Honey Badger” was in top form, finishing with 89 total tackles, one sack, five interceptions and 17 passes defensed. He had put himself in the conversation for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, and was a big reason as to why the Cardinals had one of the best defenses in the league.Unfortunately, he tore an ACL in the team’s Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles while making an interception, cutting yet another season short. However, despite his injury history and because of his effectiveness and leadership, the team appears set on trying to lock Mathieu up with a long-term contract this offseason.For his part, Mathieu is perfectly fine with the idea.“That’s very encouraging,” he said. “Obviously I love this team, I love our locker room, I love our coaching staff, upper management.“I think this is the perfect place for me so I wouldn’t mind spending the rest of my life here.”The idea that the team would want to keep Mathieu around for the long haul is not at all surprising or unwarranted. Though he entered the league with a checkered past, he has been a model citizen and someone head coach Bruce Arians has proclaimed to be his favorite draft pick. The 23-year-old has become one of the faces of the franchise, and his level of importance was magnified when he was no longer able to play. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Carson Palmer had a sensational season and he was awarded for it by being named the FedEx Air Player of the Year.Palmer threw for 4,671 yards this season and 35 touchdowns, both franchise records. His 104.6 passer rating was third in the NFL and also set a new franchise record.The Cardinals set a franchise record for points, touchdowns, wins, first downs, total yards, games scoring 30+ points and games won by 10+ points, all of which would not have been possible without the play of Palmer. Adrian Peterson was named the FedEx Ground Player of the YearThe finalists alongside Palmer were Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.FedEx is donating $25,000 to each winner’s local market of the American Red Cross.Previous winners of the award include Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers in 2014 and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos in 2013. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) calls a play against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Free agent defensive tackle Xavier Williams will not return to the Arizona Cardinals after they declined to match a contract offer from the Kansas City Chiefs, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro confirmed Tuesday.The Kansas City Star first reported that Williams’ offer was not matched.Williams was Arizona’s only restricted free agent this offseason.Arizona tendered the tackle to make him a restricted free agent but did so at a price of $1.9 million, the slot for an undrafted free agent signing, meaning the team will not net any draft pick compensation for losing him in free agency. Related Links2017 Cardinals Karlos Dansby, Blaine Gabbert make free agent visitsMathieu ready to take next step after Cardinals, PetersonWilliams recorded 20 tackles, 0.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2017.The 2015 undrafted tackle out of Northern Iowa will play for the professional team near where he grew up and went to school at Grandview High just outside Kansas City. He visited Kansas City over the weekend.Along the defensive line, Arizona has not made any additions and could lose veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker, who is an unrestricted free agent.The team also released defensive end Josh Mauro and lost free agent outside linebacker Kareem Martin to the New York Giants since free agency began. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs past Arizona Cardinals nose tackle Xavier Williams (94) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

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TJ Logan has been Arizonas kick return man in r

first_imgT.J. Logan has been Arizona’s kick return man in recent games, while cornerback Patrick Peterson has been taking punt returns since receiver Christian Kirk went down with a foot injury on Dec. 2 at Green Bay. TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals claimed wide receiver and return man Pharoh Cooper, who on Wednesday was added via waivers after being released by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.He joins Arizona as the Cardinals prepare to face his former Rams team Sunday at State Farm Stadium.“They’re getting a great competitor, tough football player, has great instincts when he has the football in his hands. We think the world of him here,” said Rams head coach Sean McVay in a conference call Wednesday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 9 Comments   Share   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Cooper, who was a Pro Bowler last season, has missed most of the year due to an ankle injury suffered in the season opener. He returned in Week 13 but was released as the Rams added veteran running back C.J. Anderson, who could fill in Sunday with starter Todd Gurley nursing a knee injury.Related LinksCardinals add LB Pete Robertson, S Fish SmithsonArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson selected to 2019 Pro Bowl“It really wasn’t anything that Pharoh didn’t do,” McVay said. “It was more a result of a numbers deal where two of the three running backs on our active roster were banged up.”ESPN’s Field Yates reported that the Giants, Jaguars and Titan also put waiver claims in for Cooper, but Arizona had priority on the wire due to its record.Since returning this year, Cooper has two punt returns, including a fair catch and a 12-yard return. He’s taken 13 kick returns for 277 total yards.The 23-year-old was a fourth-round pick out of South Carolina in 2014 and has some experience at receiver, where Arizona could also use some help. He has 25 receptions for 190 yards in 31 games played.Cooper has yet to record a reception this year.Cooper could challenge for playing time at receiver, where undrafted rookies Trent Sherfield and Jalen Tolliver have earned snaps alongside veterans Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

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AP PhotoRalph Freso

first_img(AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Top Stories Related LinksFormer Broncos OG Max Garcia signs with CardinalsArizona Cardinals acquire OT Marcus Gilbert for 6th-round pickCardinals sign free agent OG J.R. Sweezy to 2-year dealInjuries plagued Iupati the last two seasons specifically.After starting 14 and 15 games including the playoffs in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Iupati was only able to play 16 games combined in 2017 and 2018.Coincidentally, the 2015 season saw Iupati stretchered off CenturyLink Field in Seattle with a neck injury before returning the following week against the 49ers on the Cardinals’ run to the NFC Championship Game.The Cardinals are reportedly adding free agent guards J.R. Sweezy and Max Garcia to the team. 7 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals free agent guard Mike Iupati will sign a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, according to multiple reports.Iupati, who turns 32 in May, has spent his entire career in the NFC West.Drafted in the first round in 2010 by the San Francisco 49ers, Iupati spent five years in the Bay before calling the Valley home for the last four seasons.In his tenure as a Cardinal, the former Idaho Vandal made one Pro Bowl and was named a Second-Team All-Pro, both in 2015. He also started 42 games including the playoffs over his four years in Arizona. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter On 2 March Travel Lea

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn 2 March, Travel Leaders Group’s Hotel Division formally introduced its new ‘Select Wellness Collection’ – the inaugural offering from the travel agency powerhouse that combines curated travel experiences with luxury hotel bookings.The Travel Leaders Group Select Wellness Collection already includes an introductory portfolio profiling 40 of the world’s most exclusive hotels and spa resorts renowned for their focus on health and wellness. Designed in conjunction with wellness travel and spa expert Sallie Fraenkel, the amenity-driven collection is only available to consumers through Travel Leaders Group’s more than 40,000 travel agents.“Since wellness travel is projected to grow by more than 9% annually – nearly 50% faster than overall global tourism – we created our Select Wellness Collection to meet the growing demand for this type of experience among our agents’ clientele,” explained Erick Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of the Travel Leaders Group Hotel Division.Wellness tourism now represents approximately 6% of all domestic and international travel, and it accounts for 14% of all tourism expenditures globally and is expected to grow to reach $678.5 billion next year, according to the Global Wellness Institute. The institute has also indicated that the global wellness market is now a $3.4 trillion per year industry, or approximately three times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry.To help curate its Select Wellness Collection, Travel Leaders Group’s Hotel Division enlisted the expertise of Sallie Fraenkel, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of SpaFinder and Executive Vice President of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS).According to Rodriguez, three primary objectives for Travel Leaders Group have been achieved through the creation of the Select Wellness Collection. The first was to address the growing demand for a wellness product among agents and their clientele. The second was to extend the same high level of standards agents’ clients are already enjoying through its Select Hotels & Resorts program to curated wellness experiences. The third was to provide qualifying properties with entrée to its agents.The Select Wellness Collection is among the proprietary programmes offered by the Travel Leaders Group Hotel Division exclusively to travel agents within Nexion, Protravel International, Results! Travel, Travel Leaders Associates, Travel Leaders Corporate, Tzell Travel Group and Vacation.com.Travel Leaders Group is one of North America’s largest travel companies – encompassing nearly one-third of all travel agents – and generates gross travel sales of approximately $20 billion annually. Travel Leaders Group is a leader in both leisure and corporate, consistently ranking as one of the top travel companies nationwide.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe newly unveiled renovation of The Peninsula Beijing marks the latest chapter in The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels’ (HSH) long tradition of hospitality excellence in China. With a front-row seat in the capital city, HSH’s hotels have witnessed the remarkable transition of China into an economic superpower. Located in central Beijing, just a short walk from Tiananmen Square and the city’s historic cultural venues, The Peninsula Beijing has welcomed the world to Beijing and Beijing to the world for more than a quarter of a century.The RMB 890 million (US$123 million) renovation of The Peninsula Beijing was conceived in 2013 by celebrated Hong Kong designer, and long-term Peninsula collaborator, Henry Leung of CAP Atelier. The inspiration behind the rebirth of The Peninsula Beijing is informed by the Middle Kingdom’s opulent imperial palaces and tranquil gardens, which provided a serene oasis for Chinese Emperors and nobility to meditate and relax.Chinese artistic expression extends across every floor the hotel, including the restyled guestrooms and suites. Designer Henry Leung has adopted a contemporary take on Chinese culture and heritage as the design concept for the new rooms and suites. The hotel’s original 525 rooms and suites have been reduced and reimagined to just 230 suite-style rooms, each offering a separate bedroom, living room, bathroom and dressing room. With standard rooms at an average of 65 square metres, the standard rooms are now the largest in Beijing, and among the most spacious in China.The hotel’s theme suites include The Peninsula Suite – styled after a Chinese aristocrat’s home – and 17 reimagined Beijing Suites, while the Loft collection of duplex rooms offers a chic and sophisticated twist on urban living. Unique in China, the duplex rooms are 69 square metres in size and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, affording expansive views over Beijing from the master bedroom upstairs, and from the entry lobby and living room downstairs.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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LATTE attended an intimate lunch with Trails of In

first_imgLATTE attended an intimate lunch with Trails of Indochina (TOI) and select travel advisers on Thursday 8 December to hear the latest news, including its new incentive programme for agents.TOI offer bespoke itineraries throughout South East Asia ranging from one-day to three weeks and have recently launched new high-end adventure tours which can incorporate trekking, cycling and even dirt bike riding in select destinations.Kirsty Thomas-Thoeun hosted the event at Mekong Restaurant in Chippendale and introduced the  ‘fam-tastic’ incentive for agents.Luxury travel advisers can earn up to $1500 to spend on land arrangements with TOI by making new bookings between 15 December 2016 to 31 March 2017 with departures until 30 June 2017.A total booking value of AU $10,000 in combined departed and forward bookings by 31 March 2017 will receive $500, $20,000 earns $1000 and agents with  bookings in excess of $30,000  will receive $1500 to spend.For full terms and conditions please email oz@trailsofindochina.com.last_img read more

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Emirates will increase capacity on its services to

first_imgEmirates will increase capacity on its services to Egypt from 29 October 2017, with the launch of four additional scheduled flights every week to Cairo.The four new flights will increase the number of frequencies between the two cities to three each day, and take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Cairo to 21.“Emirates is committed to offering customers more flights choices, which will enable them to seamlessly connect to points across the Middle East, Asia, Americas, Africa and Australia including Bahrain, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, Cape Town, Entebbe, Melbourne, and Sydney; while experiencing the most comfortable and entertaining experience in the sky,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ senior vice president commercial operations for Africa. “We will continue to invest in Egypt, empowering the local economy and helping it expand its business and tourism presence.”Similar to the current service between the two cities, the new flights will be operated by a 360-seat Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration featuring 8 private suites and 42 Business Class seats; adding a total of 1440 seats each way per week on the route as well as 23 tonnes of additional capacity for cargo per flight.The additional Dubai–Cairo flight EK 925 will leave Dubai at 2050hrs and will arrive in Cairo at 2305hrs. The return flight, EK926, will depart Cairo at 0045hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0615hrs.As with all Emirates flights, customers travelling to and from Cairo can access more than 2500 channels of visual and audio entertainment on the airline’s award winning ice system, featuring the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family-friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.In addition to the onboard comforts and products, customers will experience the hospitality of Emirates’ multinational cabin crew while enjoying regional and international cuisine, as well as complimentary beverages. They will also enjoy extra generous Emirates baggage allowance of up to 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class. The additional services also provide more opportunities for members of Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer programme of Emirates airline, to earn Skywards Miles on their travel.Emirates started operations to Cairo in April 1986 with three flights a week. Operations have steadily grown with increases in both frequency and capacity between Cairo and Dubai to match customer demand. Today, Emirates operates 17 weekly flights between Cairo and Dubai. Globally, the airline employs more than 2000 Egyptian nationals in a variety of roles across the Emirates Group, including over 800 cabin crew.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Visitors to London can

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterVisitors to London can enjoy sumptuous surroundings and their own private front door in the Royal Borough of Kensington, while having 24/7 access to the personal services and facilities of one of London’s most prestigious five-star properties.Located in what was formerly a private home, with a sweeping staircase and rooftop terrace, the seven Residences are accessible via a discreet side entrance and are perfect for extended business stays or for those travelling with family or friends.Living Room – Victoria & Albert ResidenceThere are five two-bedroom Residences and one newly converted three-bedroom Residence – the Kensington Palace Residence – with the latter now sleeping up to five guests. Each features a standalone kitchen, spacious living and dining area, luxurious walk-in showers and cleverly designed storage throughout.The design and décor of all six Residences were conceptualised by Red Carnation Hotels’ design team, headed by the collection’s President and Founder herself, Beatrice Tollman, along with her daughter Toni Tollman.Master Bedroom – William & Kate ResidenceNo two rooms are the same and every design detail has been carefully considered with the rich history of the building and the needs of the discerning modern traveller as its heart.Guests can expect deep hand-woven carpets, exquisite fabrics, antique or custom made furnishings, hand-crafted chandeliers, polished brass tables and Savoir beds, with rare artworks and vintage mirrors on the walls.Living Room – William & Kate ResidenceFeature pieces include a modern Murano glass chandelier and an antique mirror wall in the bright and airy William and Kate Residence, while the two-bedroom Price of Wales Residence features a selection of antique pieces including a rare mahogany, brass and cast iron zodiac table.Bathroom – William & Kate ResidenceThe Kensington Court Residence is a split-level Residence complete with a mezzanine bedroom upstairs, and access to a private terrace overlooking the rooftops of Kensington. The newly converted three-bedroom Kensington Palace Residence is the ideal choice for families, as the downstairs studio with separate entrance lends itself perfectly to accompanying nannies or teenagers seeking privacy.Living Room – Kensington Palace ResidenceGuests of The Milestone’s Residences will enjoy five-star services including 24-hour room service, twice daily housekeeping service, full concierge service, use of the hotel’s chauffeur, daily newspaper delivery, kitchen pantry essentials, plus a welcome basket of goodies featuring home-baked cookies, macaroons, juice, milk, bread, butter, preserves and more.William & Kate ResidenceThe Milestone Hotel & Residences General Manager Andrew Pike says, “Our newly designed long-stay Residences are a home away from home for business travellers spending an extended time in London, or families seeking comfortable yet stylish accommodation for their visit to the city.”“Offering guests their very own address in one of London’s most desirable villages, Kensington, the Residences combine the value, space and authenticity of renting a private home, with the service, facilities and security of a five-star hotel. Our talented in-house design team have bestowed their creative talents to create functional yet elegant spaces, complementing the mansion house’s rich heritage which dates as far back as the 1880’s.”Kensington Court ResidenceLiving Room – Prince of Wales ResidenceGrand Master Suite For more details on the Milestone Hotel & Residences, go to milestonehotel.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter MTA – Mobile Travel Age

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMTA – Mobile Travel Agents this week unveiled to its home-based travel consultants a new in-house online accreditation program called ‘MTA Professional Plus‘. Three years in the making, the program has been designed to create a new level of professionalism, dovetailing in with calls made in 2014 by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents to improve the standard of learning of face-to-face consulting.MTA Professional Plus is centred around a comprehensive set of learning “pathways” that provide the network’s members with the knowledge to be among the best travel professionals in the industry, at the same time teaching them about MTA’s systems, bookings tools, marketing, business development and compliance and social media. Other areas include legal and finance requirements, pathways many new home-based consultants may not be familiar with coming from a retail environment when they were required to primarily sell travel. There are also pathways focused on building product knowledge in the fields of Luxury, Land, Air and Cruise.MTA Professional Plus comprises nine core pathways and two optional pathways. Some modules within the program have been designed by MTA Head Office support staff.Each learning pathway consists of three levels, made up of written and practical components. As the program is online, it can continually be upgraded with the latest industry knowledge.MTA Chief Executive Officer Don Beattie said the role of the travel advisor has changed over the years.“I think it’s fair to say that the role of the travel advisor has changed over the years. It used to be you would go to your travel advisor because they had a lot more knowledge than you do about what product is available. Certainly, with things like the internet that has changed quite dramatically and what we see today is a plethora of information, so the role of the professional travel advisor has become one of a distiller of information, rather than a provider of what is available,” Beattie said.“People now go to a travel advisor because they have the expertise, because they are a stylist and they know their customer really well, and because they become a trusted travel advisor to people who are aspirational and are wanting now to travel. The dynamics are quite different, so I don’t think the traditional order-taker has a place as easily today.”MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Kirsty Tate, Training Manager; Don Beattie, CEO and Kerryn Taylor, Marketing & Communications Manager. Every member of MTA received a Tiffany-like gift box couriered to their front door, containing details on the new MTA Professional Plus platform. MTA Professional Plus isn’t the first in-house platform the Gold Coast-based company has created since its inception in 2000. MTA has already developed and designed a mid- and back-office system for members, and has an assistance team that offers its consultants support should they take leave, “so they don’t miss out on any commissions whatsoever,” Beattie explained. Members are also provided individual websites, not just a landing page, and they are offered 24/7 support.Aside from increasing knowledge and lifting MTA member professionalism, the newly launched platform will enable those who successfully complete the program with the ability to market themselves as an ‘MTA Certified Travel Professional’ and welcomed to invitation-only events across all areas of the industry.“The assessment process is quite rigorous, containing both theoretical and practical demonstration of understanding with annual maintenance modules required to maintain accreditation,” he said.“It’s not going to take 2 hours. It’s most likely going to take something like 4 hours a week over 6 or 8 months to complete,” MTA’s CEO said, adding that “it’s not an open-book, tick the box exercise”.Beattie highlighted that MTA has many highly experienced travel experts, saying the program is “not about starting from scratch, this is building on the expertise that we already have, because where is the next development lifecycle for those travel experts?” Tasked with developing Professional Plus was MTA in-house Training Manager, Kirsty Tate, who also created MTA’s four-day induction program.Tate said the “Product and Luxury” pathway includes modules provided by suppliers on how to sell high-end goods, tapping into a number of modules already accessible through the Virtuoso Academy. The pathway itself would take around 6-8 weeks to complete, based on a member committing 2-3 hours per week on the program.Members are unable to move onto the next level within a pathway until they’ve completed all the modules within each level. Using the “Air” pathway as an example, Tate told LATTE that Level 1 covered basic airfare structure and rules and has around 30 modules, Level 2 progressed to round-the-world airfares and Level 3 was repricing and more complex structures. “From a complexity point of view it gets more and more difficult as you progress,” she added.Tate joined MTA in a training capacity four years ago after being a retail consultant with Flight Centre Limited Group. She said Luxury is a “big part” of business at Mobile Travel Agents.“Interestingly, Luxury is challenging for a lot of people and that’s what we are trying to break down with this new pathway. A lot of people still think it’s ‘pie in the sky’ stuff. If you don’t have luxury clients, it’s a market for a lot of them they think it’s quite overwhelming. They all want to be in that space, but it’s a scary, daunting place to be.”Tate said for Luxury, it’s “all about knowing your client and building relationships. It’s just not understanding just product. It’s understanding what makes your client tick and really designing an experience around that, rather than providing a product. So the pathway is really helping them with that shift.”“Being such an intensive program, members who earn accreditation will be recognised within the industry for their dedication and commitment to learning and increasing their knowledge,” she said. “It has a reputation that they’ve had to jump through some serious hoops.”And the take-up? By early afternoon on its launch day, 15 MTA members had already completed the first module.More at www.mtatravel.com.au/professionalplusGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Ultraluxury hotel grou

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterUltra-luxury hotel group Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will bring new life to a Hawaiian retreat that has laid dormant on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii since 2011.Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, is set to open in 2022 after a complete renovation of the property. Spanning over 30 hectares, the resort will draw inspiration from the history of the site, local culture and natural elements to create a unique guest experience that complements the distinctive Hawaiian setting.The original Kona Village Resort was best known for its free-standing, palm-thatch roof hales and tranquil location.“We have a long history of investing in Hawaii and we are humbled to be the next steward of Kona Village. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts shares our vision for creating a resort that honours the history of the region,” said Bill McMorrow, Chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson. “In coordination with our talented team of designers, architects, and now with Rosewood on board, we are on track to deliver a world-class experience in a tremendously special location.”“We are honoured to bring Rosewood’s ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy to such a hallowed resort in the most stunning of destinations,” says Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group. “Kona Village’s illustrious history and vibrant culture provide the perfect backdrop for Rosewood’s first property in the Hawaiian Islands. This is a defining development, not only for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, but also for Hawaii, and we are grateful to Kennedy Wilson for allowing us to be a part of it.”Around 15 kilometres north of the Kona International Airport, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, will debut 150 unique, standalone guest hales with locally inspired decor, spectacular views and a privileged sense of seclusion. Each accommodation will offer a private lānai and outdoor shower.Guests will have access to new leisure facilities including Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and multiple pools and tennis courts. A diverse outdoor recreational program will include ocean sports and activities designed to inform, inspire and excite travellers of all ages.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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August 10, 2019

Related Ryanair hand luggage explained and how to

first_img RelatedRyanair hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat is Ryanair’s luggage allowance and how can you avoid any last-minute hand baggage charges? Here’s everything you need to know…Ryanair baggage and check-in fees to riseRyanair baggage and check-in fees to riseRyanair risks check-in baggage fee hikeBudget Irish airline Ryanair has taken a risk in raising check-in baggage and airport check-in fees. Passengers who book flights with Ryanair from May 20th will have to check-in online as the airline phases out airport check-in desks. The changes, which also apply to people travelling with infants, come ahead of the airline’s decision to close check-in desks at all its 146 airports by October 1st.Further changes will see Ryanair no longer taking bookings for passengers under the age of 16, while all new booking will require passengers – including infants and those flying domestically – to hold a valid passport.In accordance with the development, the cheap flights carrier will remove its £10 airport check-in fee and replace it with a £5 online check-in fee.Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said that savings would be passed on to all passengers in the form of lower fares next winter.”Passengers travelling without checked in bags have already embraced our online check-in service and the extension of this service to all passengers, including those with hold luggage and those travelling with infants will allow all passengers to forever avoid check-in queues,” he commented.The airline will be laying on extra flights to Edinburgh from Dublin to help Leinster fans make the Heineken Cup Final on May 23rd. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Travellers in their 40s are enjoying the same expe

first_imgTravellers in their 40s are enjoying the same experiences from their overseas holiday as they did in their youth, new research has revealed.A poll from Jet2holidays.com revealed that 61 per cent of over-45s enjoy “exploring the holiday destination” the most, which was true among 59 percent of respondents earlier in their lives. In both instances, this was closely followed by “chilling out”, “drinking lots of alcohol”, “adventure sports” and “going on the pull”. It was also revealed that Spain is the over-45s most popular holiday destination, while Turkey had tripled in popularity from four percent to 12 percent.The Algarve has also become increasingly popular, with 11 percent of British forty-somethings choosing the destination – up from six percent. Commenting on the findings, Jet2holidays.com marketing manager Lucy Black said: “These results are interesting as people show more of a preference for re-living the delights of younger days – nearly a third (28 percent) now use holidays to re-visit their youth and recreate the experiences they couldn’t do with kids in tow.”In other news, Jet2.com will increase the frequency of its flights to Tel Aviv from Manchester to twice weekly between December 21st and January 4th and March 22nd to April 26th.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlights to Nepal prove popular for older volunteersOlder travellers are booking flights to Nepal, South Africa and St Lucia to embark on volunteering breaks.Internet becomes increasingly popular cheap flights search toolMore people are using the internet to research cheap flights to their holiday destination, new research has revealed.International flights to Manchester on the riseInternational flights to Manchester on the riselast_img read more

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Boston Massachusetts – Reported by Erin Riley for

first_imgBoston, Massachusetts – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFor those who think they need to leave the hustle and bustle of the city to find a haven of relaxation, think again. Exotic destination retreats have nothing on the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, which brings its guests all the elements of an oasis of complete calm without the need of a beachside breeze or jungle nook.The only Forbes Five-Star awarded spa in Massachusetts, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental debuts its most bespoke offer yet: Beauty at Mandarin Oriental. A series of results-oriented anti-aging facial treatments, the sublime skin cares preserve the signature Mandarin Oriental holistic approach and come replete with a new line of technologically advanced products and equipment from Aromatherapy Associates.The Ultimate Aroma Radiance Lift Facial ensures pure repose while simultaneously lifting, toning and plumping skin to improve natural radiance. Get acquainted with a deep galvanic cleanse and enzymatic peel to renew and soften the skin, followed by an epidermis circulation and lymphatic drainage. In a miraculous makeover, facial muscles elevate and tone to create visible lift while hydration plumps out fine lines. Once the skin is healed with a high frequency current, a nourishing mask is applied alongside a soothing shoulder and scalp massage, easing you out of your dramatic transformation.Other all-encompassing treatments such as the Aroma Lift Facial and Aroma Clear Facial combine similar advanced treatment elements, but target different features of skin for more personalized experiences. For an overall firmed and lifted look, pick the Aroma Lift facial, which applies sophisticated micro-currents to re-educate facial and neck muscles by lifting the eyes, forehead and lower face. Ideal for problem skin, the Aroma Clear Facial utilizes concentrated galvanic currents that are able to penetrate deep in to the pores to relieve congestion.“We are delighted to expand our spa treatments with the introduction of these three new innovative facials using natural products,” said Sharon Holtz, Spa Director. “Each facial is unique and highly effective, providing guests immediate visible results in addition to healthy, rejuvenated skin.”www.mandarinoriental.com/bostonlast_img read more

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Grenada – Reported by Elite Traveler the Private

first_imgGrenada – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineGrenada’s premier luxury hideaway, Spice Island Beach Resort has been voted “Gold” by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Chairman and owner Sir Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, credits the resort’s uncompromised luxury standards and attentive staff for the achievement.“Inclusion among the most exclusive resorts in the world is a tremendous honor for us,” said Hopkin. “As a family run resort without the marketing power of a large brand, this recognition is a testament to the hard work and discipline of our dedicated staff, many of whom have been with us for more than 20 years and have become our extended family.”Featured in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, the 23rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards ranks the top properties around the world on a multitude of criteria as judged by the magazine’s affluent readers. Spice Island Beach Resort was included among 30 idyllic Caribbean resorts at the # 12 spot.Spice Island Beach Resort is no stranger to accolades having received the coveted AAA Four Diamond® Award for the last seven consecutive years. For the last four years, the chic property was also recognized by Virgin Holidays as the number one hotel in the company’s Platinum Collection of exclusive hotels and resorts around the world.“The Condé Nast ‘Gold’ distinction had eluded us for quite some time as our decision to focus on service and amenities instead of marketing has made us the Caribbean’s best kept secret,” explained Hopkin.“The low profile is part of our charm as an unparalleled hideaway steeped in timeless luxury and frequented by celebrities and those who are in the know,” he added.“While our service-oriented philosophy will never change, recently expanded flight service into Grenada has placed us on the radar of travel agencies catering to exclusive clientele,” said Hopkin, referring to new direct flights on Caribbean Airlines out of New York’s JFK in addition to convenient routes on Delta and American from gateways across North America.“This greater flight accessibility, combined with the prestigious Condé Nast recognition, will enable us to welcome more affluent guests with the same level of luxury service that has set Spice Island Beach Resort apart from day one,” concluded Hopkin.www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.comlast_img read more

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