5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments Share Police said that clashes erupted when troops tried to stop groups of Shiite Muslims from gathering.Large public gatherings have been banned in Indian Kashmir since the outbreak of an armed insurgency against Indian rule in 1989.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories Sponsored Stories SRINAGAR, India (AP) – A Kashmiri Indian man set himself on fire Friday to protest a police ban on religious processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s main city.Police said that the man suffered minor injuries and was been detained.During Muharram, Shiite Muslims commemorate the seventh century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.Authorities imposed a curfew in at least at three places in Srinagar fearing the religious processions would turn into anti-India protests. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How do cataracts affect your vision?
Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Speaking by phone from El Salvador late Wednesday, Berjeaut said he had done freelance work for many outlets over the years, including Charlie Hebdo several years ago.About 10 days ago he was informed that the Nicaraguan government would not allow him to enter the country if he arrived, he said. Berjeaut said he was not given a specific reason, but he did not believe it had anything to do with his work as a cartoonist or the panel he was scheduled to speak on.The director of Nicaragua’s immigration agency was not immediately available to comment. France’s ambassador in Nicaragua, Antoine Joly, said he did not know why Berjeaut was barred.In January, a terror attack in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo killed 12 people. The magazine had lampooned religions and used depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. French ambassador in Nicaragua, Antoine Joly speaks next to a projection with a portrait of French cartoonist Jul during the inauguration ceremony of the “Centroamerica Cuenta” writer’s meeting in Managua, Nicaragua, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Jul was refused entry into Nicaragua by immigration authorities as he arrived to participate in the tribute to Charly Hebdo. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) Top Stories 0 Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials denied entry to a French cartoonist who had been scheduled to speak on a panel paying homage to the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, though the reason remained unclear Wednesday.Cartoonist Julien Berjeaut said he had been scheduled to participate on a panel called “Humor against barbarity, homage to Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression” on Tuesday evening at a conference in Managua. Instead, the event played a video from the cartoonist, known as Jul, in which he said the government apparently did not want him to attend. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches “Seersucker was invented in Louisiana,” he said, “but now belongs to all Americans.”Lawmakers-in-seersucker never achieved huge numbers. But it transcended party, gender and region. Among the more faithful wearers of seersucker suits in the Capitol was Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories A valid point, perhaps. But it seems at odds with Republican complaints about Democrats who point fingers at the wealthy. For example, when President Barack Obama proposed a new tax on persons making more than $1 million a year, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called it nothing short of “class warfare.” Graham is seeking the 2016 presidential nomination.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, agreed. “Class warfare may make for good politics,” Ryan said at the time, “but it makes for rotten economics.”You can’t say the RNC lacks a sense of humor, however. A big headline on its Web site reads, “Clinton’s Latest Fundraising Hypocrisy.”—–The Pelican State is also the Seersucker state, Sen. Bill Cassidy would have you know, and it’s time to don that most summery of suits.National Seersucker Day is June 11, the Louisiana Republican announced Thursday. He wants to revive a lapsed Capitol tradition in which several lawmakers wear seersucker suits on designated summer days.“Seersucker is more than fabric,” Cassidy said in a statement. “It’s a symbol of American-made products that create manufacturing, shipping and sales jobs across the country.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Hypocrisy runs rampant in Congress and campaigns, and this week it’s the Republicans’ turn to engage in a practice they’ve often denounced: class warfare.The Republican National Committee produced interactive charts highlighting the wealth of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.“Here is how the Clintons’ $30 million income stacks up against everyday Americans in each state,” the report says. In Florida, for instance, it would take 417 average household incomes to match the Clintons’, the RNC says. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Aussies are taking the road less travelled, with South America rising in popularity amongst soft adventure travellers in Oz. Adventure World product manager Greg Lee told e-Travel Blackboard that Aussies are more and more taking interest in the culture and activities only South America has on offer. “Latin America is definitely a destination Australians a looking to travel to and it is also a future destination, that Aussies plan to visit,” he said. “South America is going through a renaissance as such, it’s been 100 years since it was discovered and that is something of interest to travellers.” Mr Lee added that more visitors returning from Latin American, particularly Mexico, are realising the beauty behind the destination, breaking away from the negative perceptions they left with. Offering road trips through the US, Canada and Mexico, TrekAmerica sales representative Brian Topolosky told e-Travel Blackboard that people travelling through Latin America with the group get to experience and see scenic and cultural pictures come to life. “You see pictures like this [in brochures] and it is like it, it is amazing. “But not only that, it is adventurous and it offers a different type of adventure that is not mainstream.” Among the benefits of travelling with Adventure World and its partners, Mr Lee said is that the itineraries are developed with guides from the destination.“These days, with the net people are one step ahead,” he said.“So we’ve developed itineraries that can’t be replicated because the staff has either been to the destination or comes from the destination.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Beijing Capital International Airport has a brand new co-located check in area for members of the SkyTeam alliance, making travelling through the airport easier for passengers.Located in Terminal 2, the area will be used by Air France, Aeroflot, Alitalia, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air, KLM and Vietnam Airlines. These shared facilities strengthen the SkyTeam brand in the region, enabling the airlines to realize a number of important synergies.With 50 check-in counters and 10 self-service kiosks to be added before the end of the year, the facility is the first of its kind in China.“The co-location of SkyTeam carriers worldwide is an integral part of our strategy as it offers tangible benefits to both our customers and our members,” VP Airport Services of SkyTeam Gordon Humpherys said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard N.J. More than 12 percent of loved up Aussies have admitted to getting a little mile-high action, according to a new study.A Zuji.com.au Facebook poll found 32 percent of Australians have experienced mile-high proclivities while 20 percent admitted to flirting in the sky.Although 20 percent of Aussies say they haven’t yet got some action at 30,000 feet, they certainly would like to. 68 percent said they would never dream of it.Of those asked, one in ten said they’d met their perfect somebody on a plane, a figure Zuji APAC managing director James Gaskell described as “interesting”.Is mile-high lovin’ on your list of things to do?
Emirates will operate a second daily non-stop service between Dubai and Dublin from September, facilitating more effective onward connections to Australia and New Zealand. “There is a clear traffic flow taking place from Dublin to a number of destinations in our network, therefore boosting connections makes business sense” said Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline. Tourism Ireland has estimated that average passenger traffic growth rates from Asia and the Middle East to Ireland will rise more than 6 percent by 2020, given the additional capacity and connections. The Boeing 777-300ER that will operate the Dubai-Dublin route will add 5,000 seats per week in both directions, complementing the existing Boeing 777 service that commenced in January 2012. The additional services’ flight times have been scheduled to enhance the airline’s forwarding network; enabling shorter journey times into Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane. The new flight also introduces new connections to the Far East, India, East and Southern Africa. Source = ETB News: P.T.
Garuda Indonesia has announced it will increase flights between Jakarta and Amsterdam to meet rising market demands and strengthen its position in the international market.The airline has increased flight frequency on the route from five times per week to six times per week.Garuda Indonesia director commercial, Handayani, said the increased service offers the airline’s customers greater travel convenience.“In addition to serving Jakarta to London via Amsterdam three times a week, Garuda Indonesia also serves flights from Jakarta – Singapore – Amsterdam – Jakarta as many as three times a week,” said Handayani.These changes will enable Garuda Indonesia to develop its connections with Singapore and Europe and offer greater choice to travellers.Handayani said London is a very important destination for the airline’s European network.“In line with the airline’s route restructurization in Europe, Garuda Indonesia is also developing codeshare agreements with various airline partners on the Amsterdam – London service to complement its three times a week schedule,” she said.“We will continue to enhance our London service in the future to meet increasing market demands.”Both the Jakarta – Singapore – Amsterdam – Jakarta and the Jakarta – Amsterdam – London services will operate Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.With a capacity of 314 passengers, the aircraft is equipped with Inflight Connectivity to allow passengers to connect to the Internet for the entire flight.Passengers also have access to live broadcast television on six international channels: CNN International, BBC World, BBC Arabic, NHK World Premium, Euronews, and CNBC.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson
Image via Apple iTunesThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) released details of a new mobile app for passengers to monitor their health and wellbeing before, during and after a flight. Used in conjunction with a ‘Jawbone’ fitness wristband, the SkyZen app, with data and analytics supplied by OAG, enables air travelers to view their activity and sleep patterns throughout the whole flight experience. Helpful hints will enable users to improve their travel experience and combat jet lag when crossing time zones.“Recent advances in personal health monitoring give air travelers a great opportunity to track how they respond to the various stages of a trip. With its global perspective on the air transport industry, IATA is uniquely placed to develop a single app which passengers can use across all flights, anywhere in the world. We are confident SkyZen delivers a completely new perspective on travel for passengers, with handy tips offering a fun and interactive way to improve the quality of their flying experience,” said Tom Windmuller, IATA Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.SkyZen is free to download and use from the Apple iTunes store, and currently works with the Jawbone health tracker. The Apple Watch and Fitbit version will be released shortly. Users of the app only need to enter their flight number, date and class of travel, and SkyZen will automatically collect and aggregate the data. Using the data collected, SkyZen will offer passengers personalized insights on their flight activity, and strategies to minimize jet lag before and after flight.OAG, the leader in aviation information and analytics, provides the SkyZen mobile app with flight schedule, status and aviation data. As travelers begin using the app, OAG will partner with IATA to analyze the sleep and health habits for specific flight routes, times of day and length, with the aim to improve the quality of the flying experience.“We are always looking for ways to improve the passenger experience, and with a tool like SkyZen and OAG’s detailed analysis, we are hopeful to provide insights and recommendations to achieve that goal,” said Mark Clarkson, Business Development Director for ASPAC of OAG.Source = OAG
ONYX Hospitality Group to accelerate the growth of OZOONYX Hospitality Group has entered a strategic alliance with Singapore Hospitality Holdings to accelerate the growth of the OZO and Shama portfolio across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. A newly formed joint venture established by both partners is targeted to open 46 OZO and Shama properties in key Asia-Pacific city and resort destinations by 2024.The partnership will boost ONYX’s current portfolio of 24 OZO and Shama properties to 70 properties by 2024. During the initial period, the joint venture will invest in new OZO openings in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and the Maldives.OZO is a select service hotel brand created for travellers who seek a great night’s sleep, a great breakfast, and great connectivity. There are currently four OZO hotels in operation in Thailand, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka and an additional four hotels under development in Vietnam, Malaysia and China.Shama is a leading provider of serviced apartments in prime gateway cities in the region. The current Shama portfolio consists of 10 properties in China, Hong Kong and Thailand, with an additional six properties under development in Malaysia and China.Peter Henley, President and CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group, said:“This is a significant development for ONYX which will help us expand our reach in the select service and extended stay segments regionally. OZO and Shama both perform well and continue to exceed consumer expectations whilst attracting strong regional investor interest. This joint venture with Laith Pharaon and Singapore Hospitality Holdings will accelerate the growth and expansion of OZO and Shama and help us reach our strategic goal of becoming the leading mid-sized hospitality management company in Asia.”Laith Pharaon, owner of Singapore Hospitality Holdings which is also a shareholder of the brand-new Amari Havodda Maldives, said:“There is strong growth and development potential in the select service and extended stay segments. OZO and Shama are already achieving good success and expanding in their respective segments. We have enjoyed working with ONYX on the opening of Amari Havodda Maldives and look forward to working with them on multiple projects in the long term. This partnership presents opportunities for the growing OZO and Shama brands to expand even more strategically and benefit from the combined strengths of Singapore Hospitality Holding’s hotel development experience and ONYX’s hospitality management expertise.”Source = ONYX Hospitality
New Caledonia International Marathon 27 August 2017GET YOUR RUNNERS ON and join New Caledonia’s 35th International Marathon this August! In partnership with Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa, New Caledonia Travel Connection is offering two holiday packages to celebrate the event. Both include 1 free marathon ticket, great savings on accommodation along with flights and transfers. Run the full 42km race around Noumea’s picturesque bays, next to largest lagoon in the world. A half-marathon, a 10km and a 5km race are also planned.Race: Sunday 27 August 2017❖ 07:00AM (42km and 21km races)❖ 07:15AM (10km race)❖ 08:00AM (5km race)MARATHON OFFERS include 1 free marathon ticket, airfares, transfers, accommodation and taxes:1. Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – 35th International Marathon Quick Getaway4 Nights from $1,499ppSave up to $500 per couple on this quick getaway. Your stylish studio-style room at Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa provides the flexibility and independence you need to take part in this major sporting event and unwind once it is over!2. Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – 35th International Marathon 7-Night Package7 Nights from $1,879ppSave up to $1,000 per couple if you choose to make a holiday out of the occasion. With a great range of recreational facilities such as a spa, beautiful beach and outdoor pool, the 4* Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa offers the relaxation a marathon runner deserves.For full details and bookings contact New Caledonia Travel Connection on 1300 108 625, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.newcaledoniatravel.com.auNote to Editors: New Caledonia Travel Connection is Australia’s leading specialist in travel to New Caledonia. We have a dedicated team of experienced consultants who regularly travel to Tahiti and give you a personalised service. Our packages are all-inclusive of international airfares, transfers, accommodation, and tour options. For more information, please visit www.newcaledoniatravel.com.auSource = New caledonia Travel Connection
Thailands tourist arrivals and revenue continues growthThailands tourist arrivals and revenue continues growth in 3rd Quarter of 2017Thailand expects to enjoy continued growth both in tourist arrivals and tourism revenue during the 3rd quarter of this year.International visitor arrivals are expected to grow by 5% to 8.7 million with tourism revenue increasing by 10% to 460 billion Baht (US$13 billion).Arrivals from ASEAN grew by 7% to about 2.5 million tourists, while North East Asia remains the top inbound source market with 3.7 million visitors (2% increase). Visitors from Europe totalled 1.3 million tourists (up 8%), with arrivals from the Middle East (+14% to 340,000 tourists), South Asia (+11% to 390,000 visitors) and the Americas (+9% to 280,000 tourists); all showing strong growth.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “The positive outlook is based on many favourable factors, including a surge in travel demands from the short-haul markets during school holidays and the month of Ramadan. A Chinese market recovery that started from May onwards also had a positive effect on Thailand’s overall tourism arrivals. At the same time, long-haul markets including the United States and Russia continue to grow steadily.”New air access from Taiwan, Indonesia, China and Turkey is considered among the favourable factors contributing to the growth. This includes new flights from Taipei, Bali and Shenzhen to Bangkok; from Guangzhou to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai; from Changsa to Chiang Rai and from Istanbul to Phuket.Thailand also ranked among ForwardKeys’ top destinations with a 4% share of overall future bookings. It measures future bookings based on the highest number of airline reservations secured during the months of June to August 2017.Mr. Yuthasak said, “TAT’s aggressive tourism marketing activities are also playing an important role in Thailand being marked as a preferred destination among international travellers.”TAT received positive results from its ‘Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017’ campaign (formerly known as the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale) organised from 1 June to 31 July. A ‘Women’s Journey Thailand’ followed in August for the second consecutive year, offering privileges and deals for women travellers alongside many special activities.In the first half of this year, Thailand welcomed 17.3 million tourists, generating 876 billion Baht (US$ 25 billion) for the Thai economy. TAT targets Thailand to finish 2017, earning 1.81 trillion Baht (US$ 50 billion). Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand
Top 10 countries for career womenTop 10 countries for career womenMoving abroad can boost your career but might also lead to financial drawbacks.Mexico, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bahrain, and New Zealand offer the best career prospects for women.51 percent of women working abroad are happy with their career opportunities, with 13 percent even very happy.Most women who move abroad for work-related reasons found a job on their own (47 percent).More than half the women working abroad (51 percent) are satisfied with their career opportunities. But at the same time, one-third of them (33 percent) state that their income abroad is lower than what they would make in a similar job back home, compared to only a quarter of men (25 percent) stating the same, as InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, reveals. Based on the insights of close to 7,000 female expats living in 168 countries in its annual survey Expat Insider survey, the social network compiled a so-far unpublished ranking of the best countries for women to pursue a career. While respondents in all top-10 destinations cite above-average satisfaction with their career prospects, they often also benefit from a higher income than at home.Moving Abroad for Their Career: Women vs. MenAlthough almost a quarter of women (24 percent) move abroad for work-related reasons, this is still 16 percentage points less compared to men. Especially among expats sent on foreign assignments, women are still much rarer than men: while only seven percent of female expats were sent abroad by their employer, male expats are more than twice as likely (15 percent) to name the same reason for moving abroad. This is also the case for expats being recruited by a local company (4 percent women vs. 9 percent men) and those who wanted to start their own business abroad (1 percent women vs. 3 percent men). However, when it comes to being more self-motivated, women are close to catching up: eleven percent of female expats state to have found a job abroad on their own as their main reason for moving abroad, which is only two percentage points less than among men (13 percent).1. Mexico Higher salary level abroad: 29 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 68 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 45 hTwo-thirds of women working in Mexico (67 percent) state to be overall satisfied with their job. A German expat especially points out the “job and career opportunities in an environment where expats have a good standing”. However, working long hours, it comes as no surprise that 26 percent of female expats working in Mexico are unsatisfied with that factor.2. MyanmarHigher salary level abroad: 46 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 70 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 45.5 hMyanmar is at the top of the chart when it comes to female expats having a high enough household income to cover everything they need: in fact, 39 percent even have a lot more than enough at their hands, which is more than four times the global average (9 percent).3. CambodiaHigher salary level abroad: 33 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 63 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 42.4 hWith 26 percent of female expats stating that having found a job on their own in Cambodia was their main reason for moving, this is the by far most named reason for relocating to the country. “There are so many ways to develop yourself and try yourself in different spheres,” says a female expat from Russia. Moreover, the country has the highest satisfaction rate with working hours (82 percent) and job security (75 percent) out of the top-10 destinations.4. Bahrain Higher salary level abroad: 65 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 65 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 40.9 hClose to every woman working in Bahrain (93 percent) works full time; however, they work the fewest hours out of the top-10 destinations to pursue a career and significantly less than the global average (42.7 h full time). Unsurprisingly, 77 percent of working women in Bahrain are satisfied with their work-life balance. “You can still find time to relax after a day of work,” states an expat from the Philippines.5. New Zealand Higher salary level abroad: 53 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 61 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 41.8 hWith just above one-third (34 percent), New Zealand has the highest share of women working only part time. One of the reasons for this might be that a large share of them moved in order to increase their quality of life (28 percent), while only four percent named work-related reasons as their main motivation. However, those who work are highly satisfied with their work-life balance (74 percent), their job security (71 percent), and their job in general (76 percent).6. KazakhstanHigher salary level abroad: 62 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 67 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 45 hMore than half of the women living in Kazakhstan (53 percent) moved for work-related reasons: they found a job on their own (26 percent), were sent by their employer (15 percent), or recruited by a local company (12 percent). An expat from Georgia is happy to do “the job that I like and be valued as a good professional”.7. United KingdomHigher salary level abroad: 51 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 67 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 41.1 hWhile expat women often work in education (20 percent globally), the fields of work are more diverse in the UK: a share of 14 percent each works in education and in healthcare, while another 14 percent are found in advertising, marketing, and PR. A French expat reports that “the UK gave me a chance to prove that I could the job”.8. USA Higher salary level abroad: 62 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 64 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 43 h“The career opportunities are incredible,” says an expat from Canada living in the USA. Close to one in six expat women (16 percent) say they have a yearly gross household income of more than 150,000 US dollars, which is twice the global average (8 percent). On the other hand, they seem to have to work hard for it: the satisfaction with working hours is the lowest (52 percent) out of the top 10 countries to pursue a career abroad.9. KenyaHigher salary level abroad: 36 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 60 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 46.4 hA majority of women working in Kenya were sent abroad by their employer (20 percent), compared to only seven percent globally. However, they face long hours and jobs that are not necessarily secure — only 48 percent state to be satisfied with the latter (57 percent globally). It might be the income that makes them stay: same as in the USA, 16 percent have a gross household income of more than 150,000 US dollars per year.10. Ireland Higher salary level abroad: 51 percentSatisfaction with career prospects: 63 percentWeekly full-time working hours: 41 hIn Ireland, a majority of women (14 percent) work in healthcare, which is twice the global average of female expats in that field (7 percent). “It is easier to find job opportunities here,” states an expat from Romania. Moreover, they enjoy a high job security (64 percent) and, with less hours per week than the global average, they are also satisfied with their work-life balance (69 percent).Read More about Women Working AbroadThe Best Countries for Women to Pursue a Career AbroadWhat are the best expat destinations for women in search of great career opportunities? Drawing on the results of our Expat Insider survey, we’ve taken an in-depth look at the ten countries where women working abroad rate their career prospects most favorably. Some of the answers may surprise you!Desperately Seeking: The Typical Expat Women In honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we are taking a closer look at the average expat woman. Where does she live? Why has she moved there? What’s the state of her career? And is she happy abroad? Based on our Expat Insider survey, we can answer these questions and see if her experience of life abroad differs from that of her male peers.Women on a Foreign AssignmentAmong expats sent on foreign assignments, international women are still “the odd man out”. However, such figures don’t include many expatriate women who find a job abroad on their own. In both cases, international women, as well as their spouse, may face unexpected issues.What to Do When You’re Overqualified and UnderemployedAs an accompanying expat spouse, it can sometimes be difficult to get hired overseas, even when you’re motivated and highly qualified. Our guest author Emily McGee offers tips for thinking creatively about how to move your career forward or finding fulfillment outside of paid employment.About the InterNations Expat Insider 2017 SurveyFor its annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations asked about 13,000 expatriates representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories to provide information on various aspects of expat life, as well as their gender, age, and nationality. Participants were asked to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of one to seven. The rating process emphasized the respondents’ personal satisfaction with these aspects and considered both emotional topics as well as more factual aspects with equal weight. The respondents’ ratings of the individual factors were then bundled in various combinations for a total of 16 subcategories, and their mean values were used to draw up six topical indices: Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life, Personal Finance, and Cost of Living Index. Except for the latter, all indices were further averaged in order to rank 65 expatriate destinations around the world. In 2017 the top 10 were Bahrain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan, Portugal, New Zealand, Malta, Colombia, Singapore, and Spain.For a country to be featured in the indices and consequently in the overall ranking, a sample size of at least 75 survey participants per country was necessary. The only exception to this is the Family Life Index, where a sample size of more than 40 respondents raising children abroad was required. In 2017, 65 and 45 countries respectively met these requirements. However, in most countries, the sample size exceeded 100 participants.About InterNationsWith about 3 million members in 390 cities around the world, InterNations (http://www.internations.org/) is the largest global network and information site for people who live and work abroad. InterNations offers global and local networking both online and face-to-face. At around 6,000 monthly events and activities, expatriates have the opportunity to meet other global minds. Online services include country and city guides created by a team of professional writers, guest contributions about life abroad, and discussion forums to help members with topics such as the local job or housing search. 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Source = Sunshine Coast Airport Sunshine Coast Airport CEO set for new horizonsSunshine Coast Airport CEO set for new horizonsSunshine Coast Airport (SCA) CEO, Peter Pallot announced today that he will retire from his current role later this year, allowing time for a smooth transition to his successor.Mr Pallot will leave after 12 years as General Manager and CEO of Sunshine Coast Airport having transformed the airport into one of the most respected regional airports in Asia Pacific.Under his stewardship the airport has been awarded Major Airport of the Year twice, 2017 CAPA Best Small Airport in Asia Pacific, and been awarded the 2017 Routes Asia Marketing Excellence Award.Having developed the long term vision for the airport through the Airport Master Plan, Mr Pallot has successfully delivered a massive expansion of the airport, including infrastructure and terminal upgrades, international airport status, the transition of the business from Council to private management and the construction of a new runway, which is currently underway.Mr Pallot was also instrumental in positioning SCA as the first airport in Australia to achieve “Carbon Neutral” status and has been an advocate of the Airports Council International Carbon Accreditation Program.Mr Pallot has almost four decades experience working in the aviation sector having begun his aviation career learning to fly in Melbourne then working in airport roles in Adelaide, Darwin and Townsville before joining Sunshine Coast Airport in 2006.Mr Pallot has served on a number of national aviation advisory panels over his career and his personal contribution to the industry was recognised in 2016, when he received the Outstanding Contribution to the Airport Industry Award from the Australian Airports Association in recognition of his “pivotal contributions to the airport industry, his contributions to regional airports and the development of the industry through education and training.”Sunshine Coast Airport Chairman Mr Dennis Chant said that Mr Pallot’s contribution to establishing the Airport as one of Australia’s best-performing regional airports is testimony to his professionalism and commitment over the twelve years of his leadership at the airport.“Pete is rightfully recognised as a leading figure in the aviation industry, with some 38 years of service, including a massive contribution to the regional airports sector,” said Mr Chant.“He has done an outstanding job in elevating Sunshine Coast Airport to its current level, establishing a very strong platform for his successor to take over and lead the Airport into its new era.“There have been some great achievements in recent years with Pete at the controls. In the latest statistics released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), Sunshine Coast was again the fastest growing airport in the year to March 2018 with 12.9% annual growth, having exceeded one million annual passenger movements for the first time in 2017.“The success of Sunshine Coast Airport’s marketing campaigns and route development achievements were recognised last year when the Airport was crowned as a winner in the Routes Asia 2017 Marketing Awards. To be honoured in such a prestigious Asia Pacific forum will contribute significantly to the Airport’s goal of attracting direct services from Asia once the new runway is commissioned in 2020.“I think Pete’s greatest success was in his belief in the Airport’s future potential. This was reflected in his tremendous contribution to developing and delivering a Master Plan for the upgrade of the airport and obtaining the regulatory approvals for the new runway project. It will be a lasting legacy that benefits the whole of the Sunshine Coast economy and community.”Mr Pallot said that he was very proud of what he had achieved at Sunshine Coast Airport and the contribution the airport continues to make to the development of the Sunshine Coast community.“It has been an honour to have led this business for the past 12 years. l am leaving on a high with the airport ready to take advantage of the strong foundations we have built in the last decade.“It has always been my belief that as an Airport CEO, I need to build on the great work of those who came before me and leave a legacy for those who come after me to continue to build the business to best serve this amazing community.“SCA will start a high-level international recruitment-drive shortly to attract an exceptionally-credentialed candidate, as the new runway and terminal facilities provide unparalleled opportunities for Sunshine Coast Airport to become a future force in Asia Pacific aviation. Mr Pallot will continue in his role until a replacement has been selected to ensure a seamless transition process.
Memories in the travel bubble make the greatest tripsI’m just about over my most recent trip to India. I’m pretty much “home”. Due to the intensity of what’s going on at STUBA, it was a real “travel bubble” type experience.You know the concept of living in a bubble – isolated from the rest of the world, waiting to pop. It’s that dislocation from normal life that brings new experiences into focus.Planning to create experiences within a travel bubble is what makes for an easy to remember and talk about trip.The travel bubble starts blowing up just before we leave; the restlessness, the desire to get to the airport four hours ahead of time…. and the expanding continues until about day two or three when we suddenly feel “there ”. It might be a time zone, finally relaxing, becoming familiar with surroundings.It’s inside this bubble where the real memories of travel happen. The travel bubble isolates us from all the normal things in our life. It could be a work trip where the work done is high-quality. It can be a deserted island without email which makes those sunrises and sunsets all the more interesting, because there is no distraction.The strongest memories happen during this travel bubble period. We become our best inside the bubble.It pops not too long after we get home, normally when we open the first bill on the kitchen table…I spoke to a few people about this during the trip, how when they dislocated from the every day how much more vibrant and engaging their travel experience was.Word-of-mouth still generates most travel agent business. So for a trip that is easy to talk about, it is essential that you peak the itinerary inside the bubble. Let them have a couple of days to settle and get into the experience. Don’t check them in and rushed out the next day when they are probably still jetlagged, getting used to the weather or the prices.Give them peak experiences when they are most going to appreciate it, their perception of the trip will be better and they are most likely to come back for more.www.stuba.com learn more about stuba.com here Source = STUBA
Jenny Tucker, Michelle Barker and Leanne Flanagan-Smith with Brett Jardine and their sparkling CATO Awards.THREE travel agents make historyo The first ever CATO Awards have been run and won at the Australian travel industry’s night-of-nights—the National Travel Industry Awardso Four award categories. Three winning travel consultants. Who made history twice?The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural CATO Awards stream named at the National Travel Industry Awards held in the Grand Ballroom of the International Convention Centre, Sydney, on 20 July, 2019.The world class venue played host to some 1,300 travel industry guests from every sector of the industry – airlines, hotels & car hire providers, tour operators, wholesalers, river and cruise operators and of course leisure, corporate and online travel agencies.“We’re so proud of the CATO Awards and acknowledge the opportunity provided by AFTA in sharing the NTIA stage. The “CATO’s” are an articulation of the level of connectivity and engagementbetween travel agents and suppliers of quality touring and experiential travel product—two vibrant parts of the retail travel ecosystem”, said Brett Jardine, Managing Director of CATO.“To see the CATO Awards take place at the travel industry’s biggest annual event was the culmination of effort from many areas and, importantly, the calibre of finalists was terrific. And to see one consultant walk away with TWO CATOs was remarkable”, said Brett Jardine, Managing Director of CATO.The CATO Awards stream recognises and rewards consumer-facing travel consultants in four core categories:· Adventure Travel· Group Touring· Ski· F.I.T.“Each of the four category was hotly contested and we congratulate every finalist. All CATO members recognise the significant effort that goes into the journey from the moment of nomination to attending the awards gala with high-hopes”, continued Jardine.AFTA and CATO congratulates the inaugural winners of the CATO Awards:· ADVENTURE TRAVEL: Leanne Flanagan-Smith from Back Track Adventures· SKI: Jenny Tucker from Travel Partners· GROUP TOURING: Michelle Barker from Jayes Travel· F.I.T: Michelle Barker from Jayes TravelThe CATO Awards were sponsored by Globus, G-Adventures, Intrepid and The Travel Corporation—four high profile brands demonstrating the renewed collaborative focus of Australia’s land-supply sector.To learn more about the CATO Awards, please visit the link below: http://www.afta.com.au/events/ntia/cato-awardsSource = Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO)
Following a record-breaking year for hotel guests in Abu Dhabi, the emirate has recorded impressive growth in the first couple of months of 2017, seeing a 5.5% rise in hotel guests.According to figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), 749,650 hotel guests have checked into the emirate’s 170 hotels and hotel apartments in January and February – an increase of more than 40,000 guests over the corresponding period last year.More than 4.4 million hotel guests were recorded in the emirate over the course of 2016, which was an eight percent increase over 2015. Statistics across guest nights, the average length of stay and revenues also offered strong results, with 12,031,628 guest nights recorded.H.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said, “The first two months of this year has seen our key overseas markets continue to perform well, and we remain committed to expanding our outstanding tourism and cultural assets. With our year-round programme of events, we plan to gain further growth across the tourism sector and achieve our target of reaching 4.9 million hotel guests throughout the course of this year.”January 2017 saw particularly strong figures, with an eight percent increase year-on-year in guest arrivals with the top five visitor source markets – the UAE, India, UK, China and Saudi Arabia – continuing to post impressive figures. Al Dhafra Region (formerly known as the Western Region), and Al Ain Region (formerly known as the Eastern Region) continued to post significant length of stay.February 2017 witnessed a four percent rise in guest arrivals in comparison to February 2016, and an increase of 3% in hotel guest nights with the leading international source markets, China, India, UK and USA. Revenue per available room also rose by nine percent while the average room rate rose 10% to AED 451.TCA Abu Dhabi will be spearheading numerous delegations to international travel trade events throughout the year to bolster visitor and guest arrivals. Already this year the Authority has led a delegation of the emirate’s leading hotels, attractions, destination management companies and tour operators to ITB Berlin in Germany, with trips to China and Saudi Arabia also taking place imminently.
Auckland Airport awarded two $50,000 grants each to two regional tourism groups as part of its fifth annual round of Tourism Development Grants.The grants, awarded to Haka Tours and EatNZ, will support both recipients to continue developing and enhancing tourism experiences that will attract international visitors in off-peak seasons.Scott Tasker, Auckland Airport’s General Manager Aeronautical Commercial revealed that this year operators were asked to demonstrate a clear vision for “new tourism products and outstanding seasonal and country-wide travel experiences.”“The airport has a particular interest in the ‘clustering’ of tourism products that bring together groups of operators who create attractive experiences that enable travellers to explore more of New Zealand,” revealed Tasker.Haka Tours was awarded the grant for its small group of adventure snow and mountain bike tours. Founder Ryan Sanders said that this may help in extending their digital marketing campaigns across their North Island product range as well as assist in the development of a number of new tour initiatives.“We’re thrilled to have this support to continue developing our brand and experiences, particularly our new ‘Haka Black’ premium tours and our mixed activity tours across the mountain biking and snow industries.”EatNZ is a cooperative the country’s best chefs, producers, media event and tourism operators. Bringing together a platform to connect New Zealand’s food industry, EatNZ assists in promoting New Zealand as a food tourism destination.Angela Clifford, CEO EatNZ, said the grant will help to create a platform where travellers can find out more about New Zealand food, with the aim of growing the international profile of New Zealand food and the number of visitors travelling here for a food experience.
in Data, Origination Study: One-Third of Americans Unlikely to Qualify for a Mortgage A study from “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ finds three out of 10 Americans are still unable to get in on today’s improving market as mortgage availability remains tight.[IMAGE]For its analysis, Zillow analyzed 13 million loan quotes and more than 225,000 purchase loan requests on its Mortgage Marketplace in the first half of September. Results were compared to a similar study conducted in September 2010.The findings show that borrowers with credit scores under 620–about 28.4 percent of Americans today, according to data from myFICO.com–were unlikely to receive even one quote for a 30-year fixed-rate loan, even if they offered a higher down payment of 15-25 percent.””Despite all-time high levels of affordability in the housing market, tightened lending standards mean that nearly one-third of Americans are unlikely to be able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership because they can’t qualify for a mortgage due to a low credit score,”” said Erin Lantz, director of mortgages at Zillow.Meanwhile, those who are able to secure a loan are having more trouble getting the best mortgage rates.According to Zillow’s analysis, the lowest rates are currently reserved for those with credit scores of 740 or higher–compared to 720 in 2010. Records from myFICO show 40.3 percent of Americans fit that criteria, while 47 percent qualified for the relaxed standard three years ago (borrowers with scores higher than 740 in 2010 “”did not receive significantly better mortgage rates,”” Zillow said).In the 2013 study, Zillow found borrowers with credit scores of 740 or above received an average low annual percentage rate (APR) of 4.42 percent for conventional 30-year fixed mortgages. Borrowers with mid-range credit (between 620 and 739) received APRs between 4.47 percent and 5.09 percent, and those with scores below 620 received too few quotes to even calculate the average low APR.To avoid surprises, Lantz recommended borrowers to check their credit score and report at least six months before they intend to purchase “”to see if there are any costly inaccuracies, pay down high-balance lines of credit and make sure your bills are always paid on time.”” September 27, 2013 489 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Borrower Profile Credit Standards Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers Zillow 2013-09-27 Tory Barringer Share
Going forward, the “”Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency””:https://www.masshousing.com/portal/server.pt/community/home/217 (MassHousing) will maintain its policies and procedures using the “”AllRegs””:http://www.allregs.com/ technology platform, the Minnesota-based information provider announced.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release from AllRegs, the MassHousing Seller Guide will now be available in the organization’s Lending Library, which is accessible to visitors through its website. Subscribers to AllRegs’ Single-Family Lending Package product will also be able to access the content through the State Housing Finance Agency section of Agency Guidelines.””We at AllRegs are excited to work with MassHousing to publish their guidelines through our proprietary technology,”” said AllRegs EVP Dan Thoms. “”Further, their content is a valuable addition to our library of mortgage industry content for our Single-Family Lending Package subscribers.””””The world of mortgage lending and affordable housing is always changing and evolving,”” said Peter Milewski, director of MassHousing’s Home Ownership Division. “”AllRegs is a dynamic tool that allows us to provide information to our lenders more efficiently than ever before.”” January 10, 2014 499 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-01-10 Tory Barringer Massachusetts Housing Agency Publishes Guidelines with AllRegs in Technology Share