<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Blair Hirtle has been named the new Account Manager for Western Canada for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).Hirtle has extensive experience in the tourism and travel industry having worked for Tourism Whistler, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Pr1me Strategies. His background includes a number of roles in marketing, sales and community relations.In his new role he will be responsible for managing the travel trade activities for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and promoting tourism in Western Canada. He will be based in Vancouver but his territory extends from Manitoba west to B.C. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Tags: Las Vegas [PEOPLE] LVCVA appoints Blair Hirtle as new Account Manager, Western Canada Share Travelweek Group Posted by
Share LAX’s new Terminal 6 inspired by Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: LAX LOS ANGELES — The iconic Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles has found a new home, smack dab in the middle of the airport.Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Westfield has unveiled the new Terminal 6 at LAX as part of the airport’s milestone modernization that includes a bold new design and 21 new retail and dining concepts. Terminal 6 is the second redesigned terminal unveiled this year following the transformation of Terminal 2, which debuted in February.More than 22,000 square feet were transformed in Terminal 6, which was inspired by L.A.s’ famed Sunset Boulevard. Travellers will now find the new retail and dining collection as well as nearly 5,300 square feet of improvements to common areas.The transformation was made possible through a US$70.5 million total investment from LAWA, Westfield and operating partners.“We’re raising the bar for what’s possible at an airport,” said Deborah Flint, Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer. “LAWA and Westfield are providing passengers a special experience that allows them to sample the best of L.A., food and drink, unique shops and modern amenities. Now they can find all that and more in Terminal 6.”More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaUsing the existing terminal components, like winding hallways and varying elevations, the new traveler experience mirrors the drive along Sunset Boulevard. The new ribbon ceiling and terrazzo floor guide travelers into Sunset Plaza, which has inviting, open spaces to eat, drink and people watch. Travelers then flow into the Sunset Strip and Garden Terrace zones, where high-end retail and local dining burst with the energy of West Hollywood. The traveller journey is complete at the beach, where the gates have renewed life and energy. It’s the perfect place to wait for a flight.Los Angeles and LAX had a record-breaking year in 2015. The city had 45.5 million visitors, and LAX – undergoing an $8.5 billion modernization program – saw 74.9 million passengers. Thursday, October 20, 2016
Tags: WestJet Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — WestJet says its new no-frills, low-cost airline won’t launch until at least next summer, with an initial flight schedule expected in early 2018.WestJet announced its plans for an ultra-low-cost carrier in April 2017 and all indications pointed to a fast-tracked launch for the end of 2017 or early 2018.The initial fleet for the ULCC is expected to include 10 ‘high-density’ B737-800s. In May 2017 Bob Cummings was appointed Executive Vice-President. Cummings, who has been with WestJet since 2005 at the EVP level, will be accountable for all aspects of the yet-to-be-named carrier, including planning, branding, pricing, product development and operationalization.News about the ULCC’s launch date came as WestJet released its 2017 second quarter results. The airline’s net earnings totalled $48.4 million, compared with $36.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 32%. Year-to-date net earnings came in at $96.7 million, down 22% from year-to-date 2016.Total revenue for the quarter was up 11%, from $949.3 million in Q2 2016 to $1.55 billion in 2017. Year-to-date revenue was also up, by 9.5%WestJet also achieved its 49th consecutive quarter of profitability and flew a record 5.9 million guests.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“I am very pleased with the positive momentum we are seeing in our business as we reported second quarter earnings growth, margin expansion, double digit revenue growth, and for the second consecutive quarter positive year over year RASM growth,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “Clearly our business fundamentals are strong and we are confident that the strategic initiatives we are pursuing position us for continued profitable growth.”Air Canada has also released its Q2 2017 results, including record-breaking earnings totalling $670 million, up from $605 million in Q2 2016.Air Canada’s Q2 2017 operating income was $281 million versus $277 million in Q2 2016. The airline’s adjusted net income was $215 million compared to $203 million in Q2 2016.“I am pleased to report that, in our second quarter, we delivered record operating revenues, record EBITDAR and ended with record liquidity levels, exceeding last year’s financial results and analysts’ consensus estimates for EBITDAR,” said Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu. “We also improved our guidance for key financial measures, including a significant improvement in projected free cash flow for 2017.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAir Canada launched 16 international and U.S. transborder routes this quarter alone. “On June 29th we served close to 167,000 customers, setting an all-time record which we expect to surpass during the upcoming August long weekend,” said Rovinescu.He said demand continues to be robust in a stable fuel and pricing environment. In 2018, capacity growth, driven by Air Canada’s wide-body fleet expansion, will begin to slow as the airline shift its focus to its mainline narrow-body fleet replacement program which is expected to further reduce our unit costs and improve operating margins.With files from Canadian Press WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier launch pushed back to summer 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group New 2018-2019 Crystal River Cruise Atlas hits the stands Share MIAMI — Crystal River Cruises has released its 2018-2019 Crystal River Cruises Atlas, detailing the river cruise line’s 35 separate itineraries available along the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers.The brochure also includes a look at Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel. The latter two ships are set to embark on their maiden voyages this April and May. This is the first year Crystal will sail as a fleet of five luxury river ships.The 124-page 2018-2019 River Atlas comprises the roster of choices from ship to shore, with highlights including:. New itineraries such as a 10-day ‘Enchanting Moselle’ voyage roundtrip from Amsterdam; new seven-day routes roundtrip from Vienna; seven-day cruises between Linz and Budapest with optional two-night pre-/post-cruise programs in Salzburg; new springtime sailings focusing on the tulip season in the Netherlands and Belgium; and a seven-day ‘Magnificent Christmas Markets’ sailing between Passau and Budapest and visiting the famous markets along the Danube.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth. New pre- and post-cruise land options including optional stays at five-star luxury hotels; and optional three-night Extended Land Programs to Prague, Berlin, Paris and Slovenia.. The new Crystal Collection of free shore excursions, with more than 200 choices including about 80% that are complimentary.. Michelin star dining experiences in Vienna, Budapest, Basel and more.. Signature Events on every voyage including Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, Linz’s St. Florian Monastery and Rüdesheim’s Monastery Eberbach. << Previous PostNext Post >>
MOUNT EVEREST, Nepal — Helicopters airlifted injured climbers off Mount Everest Sunday after an avalanche killed at least 18 people, an AFP team at the scene reported, even as a powerful aftershock hit the world’s highest peak.At least six helicopters landed at base camp in Nepal, the agency’s Kathmandu bureau chief Ammu Kannampilly reported after weather conditions improved overnight.“People being stretchered out as choppers land — half a dozen this morning,” Kannampilly said in a text message.“Weather clear, some snowfall.”Pictures taken by AFP’s South Asia photo chief Roberto Schmidt showed an enormous cloud of snow and debris cascading down the mountain as survivors recalled the horrifying moment that disaster struck on Saturday.“I ran and it just flattened me. I tried to get up and it flattened me again,” Singapore-based marine biologist George Foulsham told AFP at base camp.“I couldn’t breathe, I thought I was dead. When I finally stood up, I couldn’t believe it passed me over and I was almost untouched.”A spokesman for Nepal’s tourism department, which issues the permits to climb Everest, said the death toll had risen to 18 with more than 60 injured.“Deaths at the base camp have reached 18,” Tulsi Gautam told AFP. “Those who are able are walking down. Others are being airlifted to Pheriche.”Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal mountaineering association, said the nationalities of those killed was unclear, “but most of them would be foreigners.”Sherpa said there were more than 800 people at different places when the avalanche, triggered by a massive earthquake, struck on Saturday lunchtime.Fearful climbers again reported smaller avalanches on the mountain, at camp one above base camp, on Sunday after a 6.7-magnitude aftershock hit Nepal around lunchtime.“Aftershock @ 1pm! Horrible here in camp 1. Avalanches on 3 sides. C1 a tiny island. We worry about icefall team below.. Alive?” UK-based climber Daniel Mazur tweeted.Deadliest disaster in Everest historyMany had travelled to Nepal for the start of the annual climbing season, which was cancelled last year after 16 sherpa guides were killed in what was previously the deadliest disaster in the mountain’s history.Alex Gavan, a Romanian climber, said on Twitter “all badly injured heli evacuated.”Ropes, ice screws and snow pickets were being flown to a large number of climbers trapped above the treacherous Khumbu icefall which was the scene of last year’s disaster, he added.Snowfalls on Saturday had thwarted efforts to airlift survivors before the skies cleared on Sunday morning.Google executive Dan Fredinburg was among the handful of victims to have been identified so far.He was with several colleagues who survived the tragedy, Lawrence You, director of privacy at Google, said in a blog post.You said Google.org was contributing $1 million to the response efforts.U.S.-based Madison Mountaineering said its doctor Marisa Eve Girawong had died in the avalanche.“Eve perished in the aftermath of the avalanche that struck the base camp area following the devastating Nepal earthquake earlier today,” the company said in a statement.The earthquake dislodged a “huge block of ice” above base camp on Saturday which sparked a “huge aerosol avalanche” that slammed into the upper section of base camp, blowing tents across the mountain, another team said on its website, adding that its climbers were uninjured.Kanchaman Tamang, a Nepali cook who was working for the Jagged Globe tour group, said the latest tragedy was particularly painful coming so soon after last year’s deaths.“I was in the dining tent when the avalanche hit — it sent the tent flying,” he told AFP.“After last year’s avalanche, I never worried about coming back. I told my family I work at base camp and it’s safe, not like icefall,” Tamang said.“The season is over, the route has been destroyed, icefall ladders broken.”“I don’t think I will come back next year. This mountain means too much pain.” Facebook Comments Related posts:UPDATE: Thousands dead in Nepal quake, deadly avalanche on Everest Dozens dead as new quake hits shattered Nepal China monitoring animals to predict earthquakes At least 215 dead as powerful quake rocks South Asia
Facebook Comments “Yoga has the power to bring the entire humankind together. It beautifully combines Gyan (knowledge), Karm (work) and Bhakti (devotion),” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted last December after proposing the idea of celebrating International Yoga Day before the United Nations General Assembly.On Dec. 11, 2014, the U.N. approved a resolution declaring June 21 “International Yoga Day,” a global initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the multiple benefits of maintaining a yoga practice.“Yoga offers a simple, accessible and inclusive means to promote physical and spiritual health and well-being. It promotes respect for one’s fellow human beings and for the planet we share. And yoga does not discriminate; to varying degrees, all people can practice, regardless of their relative strength, age or ability,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a message regarding the world’s first Yoga Day.“On this first-ever International Day of Yoga, let us see the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve public health, promote peaceful relations and usher in a life of dignity for all,” he added.On Sunday, Modi’s vision will materialize as the world celebrates its first Yoga Day.Tomorrow the world will celebrate the first #YogaDay. I urge you all to be a part of it & inspire others to join as well.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 20, 2015In India, where the prime minister, a strict vegetarian with a daily yoga practice, created a Ministry of Yoga and the traditional healing science of Ayurveda, 35,000 government officials, soldiers and citizens will gather in the capital New Delhi for a 35-minute, open-air yoga session that could break the record for the world’s largest yoga class, AFP reported.In Costa Rica, those who enjoy stretching and bending their minds and bodies will be able to enjoy free yoga classes throughout the country on Sunday.Activities, organized by the Costa Rican Association of Yoga Teachers (AsoYoga), the Indian Embassy in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Culture, Health Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Relations, will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Costa Rican Art Museum in La Sabana, west of San José and carry on throughout the day in each of Costa Rica’s seven provinces.Katya Cordero, a yoga instructor and member of AsoYoga’s board of directors, told Amelia Rueda News that yoga “helps to activate energy and improves the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems.” Related posts:Envision Festival announces 2016 music and arts lineup Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Envision Festival prepares to kick off its seventh edition
Related posts:Costa Rica seeking revenge against the United States Notorious crime family members indicted; alleged ties to Costa Rican sportsbook ‘La Platina’ bridge to be partially closed for over a month, officials say Human rights group calls for legal action against ‘erotic vacation provider’ The price of the US dollar has shown a slight increase over the last 7 days, according to Central Bank of Costa Rica data.The price of the US dollar has remained stable since the Central Bank announced a series of measures. These measures were necessary to curb an abrupt rise.Experts have called the behavior normal and pointed out that this movement does not compromise the situation of those who have loans in dollars. It was emphasized that the behavior of foreign currency in recent weeks has been relatively stable.“The exchange market has a growing participation of the Central Bank, ensuring that the movements are not of considerable magnitude, that there is a minimum of volatility and of course that seeks to neutralize or appease attacks or speculative tendencies” said economist Alberto Franco to La Prensa Libre.Economic specialists do not anticipate large volatilities for the second half of 2017. Facebook Comments
Costa Rica calls for compliance with international court ruling on gay marriage Facebook Comments A Venezuelan-Costa Rican couple has postponed what would have been the first gay wedding in Costa Rica following a pronouncement from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) in favor of same-sex unions.The couple made the announcement hours after Costa Rica’s Superior Notary Council prohibited its members from carrying out marriages between people of the same sex until a reform in local laws takes place.“We’ll postpone the wedding… but we’ll continue with the fight,” Mario Arias, 28, of Costa Rica, who had planned on getting married on Saturday to Roberth Castillio, 25, of Venezuela, told AFP.He indicated that the notary who was going to carry out the wedding recommended that the couple postpone the ceremony, scheduled for Saturday night at a gay bar in San José.The couple said that they plan to file suit against Notary Council – and they’re not alone in seeking explanations.Justice Minister Marco Feoli asked the Notary Council for explanations of actions in a letter to the council. Two of the three members of the council are named by the Justice Ministry.The minister pointed out in the letter that CIDH’s opinion, emitted on Jan. 9, is binding for all member states, and that Costa Rica’s government institutions must comply.“The Superior Notary Council’s agreement not only contradicts the opinion, but also the position of the Executive Power regarding” the ruling, Feoli wrote. President Luis Guillermo Solís has already called on Costa Rican institutions to comply with the ruling, although he said this process may be “gradual” and require extensive dialogue. Related posts:Gay wedding planned in Costa Rica following court ruling for marriage equality VIDEO: Will Costa Rica recognize this same-sex marriage? Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network Same-sex marriage issue shifts presidential elections in Costa Rica
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Using art as en excuse to travel the world has become French curator Emmanuel Javogue’s way of life. On a quest to determine the uniqueness and essential humanity of each work of art he comes across, Javogue says he sees art as a universal language in every corner of the world.Javogue’s journey began when he was 14-year-old living in Paris. His father gave him a book on modern art that quickly sparked his interest, leading him then to visit art galleries and simply appreciate the works around him.Javogue then decided to study art history at Christie’s in London, England. He began traveling between New York and Paris as an art curator, and then established his art own art galleries in France and Miami. He handled works by such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and organized exhibits around the world.In 2005, Javogue came to Costa Rica to visit a friend in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. Costa Rica immediately captivated Javogue and he moved here with his family, choosing the Guanacaste beach town of Flamingo. As he created a new life in a new country, Javogue decided to get involved with the Costa Rican government by collaborating with Manuel Obregón, the Culture Minister at the time.His initial talks with Obregón led Javogue to lend his art collection to various free exhibits at San José locations including the National Theater, the Casa Amarilla, and the National Gallery at the Children’s Museum. He then took on a bigger task closer to home: he became a member of the Tamarindo Art Foundation, which created the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival.On a sunny afternoon in Tamarindo, The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Javogue about his life and work. Excerpts follow.Why did you choose to dedicate your life to art? Wow. The irony. All of it: I don’t know how to draw. I don’t know how to paint. I don’t know how to sculpt. I’m very, very, very bad at it, [to the point] that I’d be ashamed to show to you. But when I was 14 and my dad gave me a book on modern art in English, I connected. It was a fascination.Maybe in a previous life I was a painter or something… I came from a family where art was important. My father had paintings on his walls and he liked it, but nobody was an artist. Nobody was an art dealer. Nobody was a curator. It was just an interest. Javogue discusses a sculpture with an Art Wave attendee in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhen did you start your first collection?Collecting like I did is an addiction. Another form of drugs. I would buy things without having the money for it… I collect a lot of what they call primitive art… African mask, art from the Himalayas. I have a big collection of design from the 60s. Photographs. Collecting… is a disease because you get things you don’t need in reality.It stopped a little bit when I moved to Costa Rica for technical reasons. This isn’t the right the climate to keep important works of art because of the humidity where I live.Then I realized that the nature [around me] played the same role as the art… Art is talking about what nature has made…. Works of art are like mirrors of who you are; it’s an offering of humanity. I like that about art, but now nature is doing it for me much more efficiently.What have you learned about world cultures after such extensive travels and experiences living abroad?On the surface, they all have a different language, but if you’re able to transcend the barrier, we’re exactly alike. We’re all the same. Going into every country I learned the specifics of these countries, but the base, the core, the essence is all the same. It makes you very humble.Why is it all the same?The base of what people are sharing in art is very basic feelings. I think if you were to define them, I believe they come from love and hate. All feelings are based on these two things. We’re talking about love and all its forms, and fear. Javogue is part of the Tamarindo Art Foundation, which seeks to promote art as a means of social change. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhy did you decide to come here to Costa Rica and what made you stay?I think this is the happiest place on Earth, and I have traveled a lot. It’s a magical place. I have many tico friends and they’re very good at the sport of complaining about the country: Ahhh, la Caja doesn’t work and I’ve been waiting for too long…they complain a lot. And I tell them: guys, if you were traveling more, you’d realize how much you have here. What you have, a lot of countries have lost it, so don’t rush into getting everything else from outside. Keep what you have. It’s a treasure.Not only this nature, but with this connection with people. The fiestas típicas of Guanacaste. People come with their horses to the tope. Well, that is magical. There are very few places where it still exists.This rush towards getting all the new technology, all the new fashion trends, and so on, I’m not sure they do so much good to people. I’m coming from cities that are very developed in this sense, and people are not happier. I can assure you.So I came here to be happy and it’s working. The Damien Hirst painting at Pacific Park in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhat was your first impression when you came to Costa Rica?You have monkeys there in the trees. How many cities are going to allow you to watch Damien Hirst 50 meters that way [points to the Damien Hirst painting on Pacific Park] there and the monkey, not in a zoo, lives 50 meters to the right. I don’t know many.Another thing that I saw was the beauty. The diversity. It’s unbelievable what you have, from the volcanoes, the culture of the Caribbean. We foreigners, when we come, sometimes we get to know better Costa Rica than you guys… because we came here to discover it, so we take our cars, drive around through all the places. We’re very curious about the country.It’s the wealth of offerings that the nature has, and the culture. Ticos are the nicest people you can meet. They’re so funny. They have a very good sense of humor. They’re very open people if you respect them. Javogue came to Costa Rica for the first time in 2005 and moved here in 2008. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhat else have you discovered about Costa Rica?We always tend to believe that our neighbors are having a better life than ours. We believe things are so much better in other places, so we tend to want them and import them too fast without really thinking: do we really need all these things?Costa Rica is so privileged in being in charge of one of the most beautiful gardens on Earth with 5 percent of the biodiversity that is sitting right there in this tiny country. I’d be very careful with the big developments with this absolute need of putting technology everywhere. Try to stay tico. It’s a brand.In my country, in France, two years ago [before] the COP21, Pura Vida was on the Eiffel Tower [because of the country’s long stretch running purely on renewable energies]. That was the country that people respected. They shouldn’t underestimate themselves. They should be very proud of what they have… This is why people come here.Don’t copy the others. Be yourself. Preserve your values. Exchange, of course, but get what’s good. Be careful. Not everything’s good coming from the outside. Costa Rica honored at Paris climate talks with message on Eiffel Tower How the Tamarindo Labyrinth was created Related posts:A letter to our readers From Russia to Costa Rica: ‘This is a blessed country’ From New York to Costa Rica: ‘Costa Rica changed my entire life’ Lama Thubten Wangchen: ‘You are so lucky to be Costa Ricans’ One of the works on display at the second Tamarindo Art Wave Festival in January. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónAs for the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival, why did you decide to include a social component?The events I organized before, I always wanted them to be free. I think we were privileged to receive what we have and we have to give back as much as we can. All of us.It’s the same with the people from Cala Luna, Griet and Ann: they have a big farm outside in Santa Rosa, which is part of it. They do a lot of social things, helping the school.Everyone who is part of this foundation, we feel that we are ticos de corazón [ticos at heart]. We’re not ticos de nacionalidad, we try to give back. We’re lucky to live here. It’s the minimum we can do and if we can give an example to other foreigners here, who could help more, then that’d be good too. It’s everyone’s own choice in life to behave the way they want.Would you like to share your or your family’s coming-to-Costa Rica story? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share a post or video with the hashtag #SoyMigranteCR.Read more World in Costa Rica stories here. Facebook Comments
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober An ambulance forms part of a motorcade transporting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as it arrives at Massachusetts General Hospital, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Boston. Kerry, 71, fractured his right femur Sunday when he struck a curb with his bicycle and fell on a regular Tour de France route near Geneva. Kerry’s orthopedic surgeon accompanied him on the flight from Geneva to Boston for treatment of Kerry’s broken leg, the State Department said Monday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Comments Share Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has begun physical therapy as he recovers from surgery to his broken leg but his return to work in Washington remains unclear.The State Department said Wednesday that Kerry “was up and out of bed” at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston a day after the four-hour operation on his right femur that was conducted under a regional anesthetic. However, spokeswoman Marie Harf said it wasn’t yet clear when Kerry would leave the hospital or resume a full schedule. Kerry’s surgeon said Tuesday that the fracture was fully repaired and that the injury is not expected to interfere with his duties. Kerry broke his leg on Sunday in France at the start of a ride when he struck a curb in a parking lot and fell.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “At no time did Mr. Abdulazeez enter the State of Qatar. Statements suggesting Mr. Abdulazeez entered the State of Qatar are false,” Qatar’s government media office said in a statement responding to questions from The Associated Press.It said Abdulazeez changed planes at Doha’s Hamad International Airport on his way from Amman, Jordan in November en route to the U.S.Qatar has emerged as a major long-haul transit hub in the Middle East thanks to the rapid growth of government-backed Qatar Airways. Its new airport opened last year, a key piece of infrastructure ahead of its planned hosing of the 2022 World Cup.The Qatari government condemned the shootings as “contrary to all humanitarian values, ethics, principles and religions,” and expressed its condolences over the killings.Qatar is an important U.S. ally in the Gulf that hosts a major U.S. air base, though it has come under scrutiny for its links to Islamist groups, including Hamas and the Taliban. It insists it does not support terrorism.Abdulazeez, who was of Palestinian origin, was born in Kuwait and grew up in the United States, but has relatives in Jordan and the West Bank.___Schreck reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian officials are questioning relatives of the shooter in last week’s killing of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee at a military recruiting office and a Navy-Marine operations center, a Jordanian official said Tuesday.Meanwhile, authorities in Qatar say Kuwait-born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who killed four Marines and one sailor in the Chattanooga attack, transited through the Gulf nation on his way back from a 2014 visit to Jordan but never set foot outside the airport. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation ___Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adamschreck .Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Jordanian authorities have been questioning relatives of Abdulazeez as part of an investigation into the time he spent in the kingdom last year, a government official said Tuesday. The official, who would not elaborate on the probe, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the case with journalists.A person close to Abdulazeez’s family has told the AP that he spent several months in Jordan last year under a mutual agreement with his parents to help him get away from drugs, alcohol and a group of friends whom his relatives considered a bad influence. The person spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern it would have business repercussions.Jordan is one of the most Westernized countries in the Middle East, with alcohol sold openly. However, the kingdom has also seen the spread of Islamic militant ideas in recent years, especially following the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.The Jordanian government official declined comment when asked whether the investigation of Abdulazeez also include possible ties to any militants.Media reports have suggested Abdulazeez also visited the small, energy-rich nation of Qatar on the 2014 trip. But Qatar’s government insisted his time in the country was limited to its gleaming international airport.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Tourism Malaysia (TM) has announced the opening of a new office in Auckland as part of its plans to restructure its operations in Australasia. Additionally, the organisation has revealed that it will close its Melbourne office from 31 March 2011, a move which will see TM’s Sydney branch take full responsibility for operations on the entire Australian east-coast. “Tourism Malaysia’s decision to close the Melbourne [office] will see simply a shift of responsibility to the team based in Sydney, a move which is important to Tourism Malaysia’s ongoing success in Australasia,” TM Sydney director Shahrin Mokhtar said. “For the first time ever, Tourism Malaysia will also have a dedicated New Zealand operation, to tap into AirAsia X’s new non-stop services from Christchurch to Kuala Lumpur which will commence in April 2011.”The Western Australian, South Australian and the Northern Territory markets will remain the responsibility of TM’s Perth office.
Image Source: Australian Aviation Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T QantasLink has opened a new, modern lounge facility at the gate for customers at Brisbane’s Domestic Terminal, displaying its commitment to the Queensland capital and travel gateway.QantasLink executive manager John Gissing said the gate lounge is a symbol of the strength the airline has garnered from the growing domestic market in recent years.“QantasLink is committed to Brisbane as it is the gateway to 13 QantasLink destinations in Queensland which support the state’s booming resource sector and world class tourism destinations.”Qantas has spent over $4 million to deliver a “state of the art facility which will provide customers with a premium QantasLink experience from the ground up,” according to Mr Gissing.Access to two additional boarding gates, an easy-to-locate customer service desk and seating for 150 guests are the highlighted features of the new lounge in Brisbane.A new QantasLink ground team will service the new lounge.“QantasLink’s new gate lounge is conveniently located in close proximity to Qantas’ premium Business and Qantas Club lounges as well as the terminals cafes and retailers.”The Minister for transport and main roads Scott Emerson is pleased the new lounge is providing the state with 250 new jobs.“It is great to see one of Australia’s most iconic brands investing in our state’s future by providing employment opportunities as well as a premium product at our major transport and tourism gateway, Brisbane Domestic Airport,” Mr Emerson said.QantasLink is also celebrating being named ‘Regional Airline of the Year 2012’ by launching a new element to its aircraft livery.“QantasLink is proud to be Air Transport World’s Regional Airline of the Year 2012. This award recognised our team of services professionals who are dedicated to connecting regional Australians to our nation’s capital cities and beyond,” Mr Gissing said.The new award livery will be introduced across QantasLink’s fleet and will remain intact for the next six months.
The 2012 Hall of Fame Tourism Award Winners prove Norfolk Island is a must do for AustraliansThe Norfolk Island 2012 Tourism Award winners were named on June 19thand taking top prize was Forrester Court Cliff Top Cottages, The Olive Café, The Travel Centre; all made the Hall of Fame for winning in their category three years in a row. With such a high quality of product, the Travel Industry is discovering there is more to Norfolk Island ………An intimate, family owned, eco property Forrester Court Cliff Top Cottages recently hosted Australia’s riches woman Gina Rinehart. The 5 Star self contained luxury cottages provide the perfect base for the most discerning traveller with native birds, and spectacular waterfalls that can be seen from the property after the rains. With a glass of local wine, relax on the bench overlooking Cascade and watch the Whales frolic in the Bay. For the ultimate night in, your own Personal Chef will create a special menu of local, seasonal produce served on an expansive deck with that unforgettable view. The Islands motto of paddock to the plate is showcased by The Olive Café. The Olive Café pride’s itself on the season menu, utilising all of the local produce and livestock while offering the perfect place to start the day; a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Cementing its status as the Islands premier group and events specialists, The Travel Centre Norfolk Island has crafted their winning formula by focusing on special interest and group travel. With the endless range of special event and tournament opportunities on Norfolk Island, the itineraries are only limited by the imagination; from the Hardys ProAM on the worlds only World Heritage golf course, Bounty Day at Kingston, First Fleet Celebrations, Jazz in the Pines week-long Festival, Line Dancing, Quilting, Ballroom Dancing, Squash and much, much more. Offering a very special venue for tailor-made holiday packages including weddings, family reunion and special occasions; The Travel Centre will show there is more to Norfolk Island. Glen Buffett, General Manager, Norfolk Island Tourism said:“The awards are central to the success of Norfolk Island tourism and our delivery of the World of Norfolk Experience. All winners demonstrated more than just excellence in product development, business planning, marketing and customer service; they also were able to show how our brand strengths of diversity and connectivity can be infused in a business approach for sustainable tourism in the future. Congratulations to all involved.” This is the fifth year that Norfolk Island Tourism has organised the awards, and it wouldn’t be possible without major sponsor Air New Zealand. The local businesses were judged by Australian national tourism veterans John Atkin (Chief Judge), Trish Denny and Bob Hagley Source = Norfolk Island Tourism
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Peru is more than just a historical and cultural destination, according to the country’s tourist bureau, with the Inca capital, Macchu Piccu, the city lights of Lima, the Amazon’s water safaris and breathtaking highlands. Showcasing the destination’s growing modern and high-end offering in Sydney earlier this week at the 2012 PromPeru roadshow, the tourism Group’s Australian representative Manuela Neilsen explained that there was “so much more” for Aussies to discover across the entire country.Ms Neilsen said Peru was “such a diverse country”, made up of 12 percent territory, 28 percent highlands and 60 percent Amazon and jungle. “Peru is well known as a destination for the intrepid Australian traveller but in recent years there have been significant developments in high-end hotels and services which have made the destination more appealing to the discerning traveller,” PromPeru Asia-Pacific coordinator Rosana Guinea said earlier this year.According to local statistics, traveller spending in the country spiked by five percent in 2011 over the previous year, with travellers spending over $1500 on their holiday.Meanwhile the number of Aussies heading to Peru also increased between January and June this year compared to the corresponding period 2011, with 23 percent more Australian arrivals.Click here for more information, otherwise click here to check out photos from the 2012 PromPeru roadshow in Sydney.
Pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments have been organised for attendees, providing enhanced interaction. The exhibition began over the weekend with a Thought Leaders Program on Sunday at Sydney’s iconic Town Hall, followed by a welcome reception. An event at The Star Complex will take place on Tuesday, followed by a Dine-a-Round program at The Star’s top restaurants – Balla, Black and Sokyo. Following the first day of meetings, delegates attended an official Luxperience event at the Sydney Opera House, enjoying spectacular views over the harbour, with catering by ARIA. The second annual tradeshow, which runs between 2-4 September at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal, connects high end travel providers with exclusive buyers. Luxperience 2013 kicked off in Sydney this week, hosting buyers and suppliers for B2B meetings and organising an array of impressive networking events and unique experiences around town. Two more full days of pre-scheduled appointments will occur this week. Click on the image below to see our Facebook photo gallery for images from Monday’s events.
Qantas and Arnotts have partnered to help the Australian country town of Winton reunite with Australian and overseas relatives. Source = Source: ETB News, T.N. The reunion was part of a celebration of Arnott’s 50th birthday. “We are thrilled that this partnership brings together two iconic Australian brands to reunite friends and families from around the globe,” Qantas executive manager, Samantha Tarant said. Qantas first established a presence in Winton in 1921. Family and friends of the residents of Winton were flown on a QantasLink flight in Anotts TimTam livery from Brisbane to Winton.