This woman used an Ikea hack to outsmart NYC’s no-big-dogs-on-subway rule Share Tuesday, June 4, 2019 NEW YORK CITY — Everyone’s got a favourite Ikea hack, whether it’s transforming a planter into a chandelier or turning a plain desk into a stylish bar cart. But one woman’s hack may have trumped them all after she was spotted on a New York City subway platform.To get around a pesky city policy that permits only dogs small enough to fit in a bag to travel on trains, the unidentified woman used an Ikea blue bag – yes, that Ikea blue bag – to get her dog onto the subway.But even though she could have carried her dog in the bag (everyone knows how roomy those blue bags are), the woman did one better – she cut out four leg holes in the bottom of the bag so that her dog could walk freely on their own.Genius!my favorite lifehack is NYC residents who follow the “your dog must fit in a bag to ride the subway” rule on the slimmest technicalities possible pic.twitter.com/O7ZTprwNWk— Christopher Sebela (@xtop) June 1, 2019Writer Christopher Sebela witnessed the woman’s stroke of genius and snapped a quick pic while waiting for the train. He then tweeted the photo and wrote: “My favourite lifehack is NYC residents who follow the “your dog must fit in a bag to ride the subway” rule on the slimmest technicalities possible.”More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalThe photo is reminiscent of another pic taken earlier this year of a man waiting for the subway with his shaggy dog casually slung over his shoulder in a big burlap sack. Despite his attempt at convincing the train conductor that the sack was, in fact, an extra-large tote bag, the conductor refused to let him board.No word as to whether the woman and her dog ended up making it on the train, but Ikea hacks very rarely let us down so the odds are good!Saw this guy arguing with an @MTA conductor about bringing his dog on the subway. Dude said the dog’s burlap sack was a bag; conductor said nope, wouldn’t let him on the train. @Gothamist @A_W_Gordon @2AvSagas #NYCSubway pic.twitter.com/qjgN5anKV3— Will Sabel Courtney (@WillSCourtney) April 7, 2019 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Dogs, New York City << Previous PostNext Post >>
A group of 21 volunteers were sworn Friday as new members of the U.S. Peace Corps in a ceremony held at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Anne S. Andrew.The volunteers, five men and 16 women aged 22-50, come from various U.S. states and will be teaching English in public schools.Under the program, volunteers will work for 24 months with English teachers from the Education Ministry in schools across Costa Rica.New Peace Corps members are graduates in the fields of education, international relations, political science and anthropology, among others. They have spent the past 10 weeks training to prepare for their assignment.The Peace Corps volunteer program has operated in Costa Rica since January 1963, with more than 3,300 volunteers serving the country in the last 50 years. Facebook Comments No related posts.
A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise.Meanwhile, 2015 could be the year of the double whammy — when we learned the same about one gigantic glacier of East Antarctica, which could set in motion roughly the same amount all over again. Northern Hemisphere residents and Americans in particular should take note — when the bottom of the world loses vast amounts of ice, those of us living closer to its top get more sea level rise than the rest of the planet, thanks to the law of gravity.The findings about East Antarctica emerge from a new paper just out in Nature Geoscience by an international team of scientists representing the United States, Britain, France and Australia. They flew a number of research flights over the Totten Glacier of East Antarctica — the fastest-thinning sector of the world’s largest ice sheet — and took a variety of measurements to try to figure out the reasons behind its retreat. And the news wasn’t good: It appears that Totten, too, is losing ice because warm ocean water is getting underneath it.“The idea of warm ocean water eroding the ice in West Antarctica, what we’re finding is that may well be applicable in East Antarctica as well,” said Martin Siegert, a co-author of the study and who is based at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.The Totten Glacier covers an area of 40 miles by 18 miles. It is losing an amount of ice “equivalent to 100 times the volume of Sydney Harbour every year,” noted the Australian Antarctic Division.That’s alarming, because the glacier holds back a much more vast catchment of ice that, were its vulnerable parts to flow into the ocean, could produce a sea level rise of more than 11 feet — which is comparable to the impact from a loss of the West Antarctica ice sheet. And that’s “a conservative lower limit,” said lead study author Jamin Greenbaum, a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.In its alignment with the land and the sea, the Totten Glacier is similar to the West Antarctic glaciers, which also feature ice shelves that slope out from the vast sheet of ice on land and extend into the water. These ice shelves are a key source of instability, because if ocean waters beneath them warm, they can lose ice rapidly, allowing the ice sheet behind them to flow more quickly into the sea.The researchers used three separate types of measurements taken during their flights — gravitational measurements, radar and laser altimetry — to get a glimpse of what might be happening beneath the massive glacier, whose ice shelves are more than 1,600 feet thick in places. Using radar, they could measure the ice’s thickness. Meanwhile, by measuring the pull of the Earth’s gravity on the airplane in different places, the scientists were able to determine just how far below that ice the seafloor was.The result was the discovery of two undersea troughs or valleys beneath the ice shelf — regions where the seafloor slopes downward, allowing a greater depth of water beneath the floating ice. These cavities or subsea valleys, the researchers suggest, may explain the glacier’s retreat — they could allow warmer deep waters to get underneath the ice shelf, accelerating its melting.In this particular area of Antarctica, Greenbaum says, a warmer layer of ocean water offshore is actually deeper than the colder layers above it, because of the saltwater content of the warm water (which increases its density). And the canyons may allow that warm water access to the glacier base.“What we found here is that there are seafloor valleys deeper than the depth of the maximum temperature measured near the glacier,” Greenbaum said.One of these canyons is three miles wide, in a region that was previously believed to simply hold ice lying atop solid earth. On the contrary, the new study suggests the ice is instead afloat.The availability of warm water, and the observed melting, the study noted, “support the idea that the behaviour of Totten Glacier is an East Antarctic analogue to ocean-driven retreat underway in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). The global sea level potential of 3.5 m flowing through Totten Glacier alone is of similar magnitude to the entire probable contribution of the WAIS.”One limitation of the study is that the scientists were not able to directly measure the temperature of ocean water that is reaching the glacier itself. While this could be done with robotic underwater vehicles or other methods, that wasn’t part of the study at this time.Thus, the conclusions are more focused on inferring the vulnerability of the glacier based on a number of different pieces of evidence — topped off by the fact that the glacier is, indeed, retreating.For residents of the United States — and indeed, the entire Northern Hemisphere — the impact could be more dire. If Antarctica loses volumes of ice that would translate into major contributions to sea level rise, that rise would not be distributed evenly around the globe. The reason is the force of gravity.Antarctica is so massive that it pulls the ocean toward it, but if it loses ice, that gravitational pull will relax, and the ocean will slosh back toward the Northern Hemisphere — which will experience additional sea level rise.For the United States, the amount of sea level rise could be 25 percent or more than the global average.Much as with the ocean-abutting glaciers of West Antarctica, just because a retreat has been observed — and because the entirety of the region implies a sea level rise of 11 or more feet were all ice to end up in the ocean — does not mean that we’ll see anything near that much sea level rise in our lifetimes.These processes generally are expected to play out over hundreds of years or more. They would reshape the face of the Earth — but we may never see it.The problem, then, is more the world we’re leaving to our children and grandchildren — because once such a gigantic geophysical process begins, it’s hard to see how it comes to a halt.“With warming oceans, it’s difficult to see how a process that starts now would be reversed, or reversible, in a warming world,” Siegert said.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Attack of jellyfish turns deadly on sea farms Warming seas rising faster than predicted, NASA scientists say With current rate of climate change, 23 percent of species in South America could face extinction, study finds Climate: China’s emissions overestimated, study says
Monday is a national holiday: the Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya Festival, which this year commemorates the 192nd anniversary of the day when the Partido de Nicoya, today known as Guanacaste, became a part of Costa Rica. There are ways to celebrate nationwide, and the province of Guanacaste will be bursting with events, but one of the most mouth-watering is certainlythe Festival de la Tortilla Palmeada al Aire at the Vocational High School in the town of Corralillo (Saturday, July 23 – Monday, July 25), where expert tortilla-shapers will feed the crowds their delicious wares as traditional music, cuisine, cimarronas and a Corn King and Queen entertain.Want to bask in guanacastequidad, but can’t get out of the capital? Check out a tour of Guanacaste trees in San José from Chepecletas (Saturday, July 23) or a folk music and dance festival at the Parque la Libertad in Desamparados, complete with food, comedy and the sale of handicrafts (Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24).Across town at the National Stadium in La Sabana, the Festival Ditsö, which draws its name from the Bribri word for “seed,” will offer a wide range of products from small businesses, organic food, and artistic presentations throughout the weekend (Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24).And now for something complete different: “Les Miserables” in Monteverde! The nonprofit Far Corners Community Musical Theatre stages the classic as its 10th annual youth musical production (Thursday, July 28 – Saturday, July 31). Can you hear the people sing?Finally, Keller Williams Costa Rica Realty will hold public service events in Jacó and Flamingo at their annual Red Day: in Jacó, they’ll collect donations for local nonprofits at the Mas x Menos supermarket from 10 am-4 pm (shoppers can pick up a list of needed items on their way into the store), and in Flamingo they will be painting a family’s home. For more information write Tim Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org (Saturday, July 23). Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica
Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) agents detained five U.S. men suspected of running a criminal gang that allegedly swindled $9 million from U.S. seniors through a call-center scam.Agents arrested the suspects at various simultaneous raids on Wednesday in locations on the west side of the San José area: Pavas, León XIII and Escazú.The OIJ said in a news release on Thursday that the suspects allegedly ran the scam through a San José based call-center. They called people living in the United States and told them they had won a cash prize and could collect after wiring a refundable fee to a bank account in Costa Rica, authorities said.Police identified detainees by the last names Dodt, Jordan, Sniffen, Nastasi and Fink. All of them are required by U.S. judicial authorities for the crimes of fraud, illicit association and money laundering.A sixth member of the group, a woman by the last name of Mommers, remains at large.The OIJ said agents proceeded with the arrests after receiving warrants issued by Interpol. U.S. officials also filed extradition requests for all the suspects in order to take them to North Carolina.Retirees as targetsThe OIJ report states that the suspects conducted the scam by impersonating agents of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and other public agencies. The group targeted primarily retired people and other citizens over 55 in the United States. Victims were told that, in order to claim their prize, they would need to pay a refundable fee for taxes and for insuring safe delivery.The scam then went even further, authorities said. Once victims were convinced of their winnings and had made an initial payment, they received another call telling them that their prize amount had been increased. They were informed that because of this, they would need to pay higher taxes and a larger insurance policy before getting their prize, the Prosecutors’ Office explained.The indictment sent from North Carolina includes evidence of many of the transfers that victims wired to Costa Rican accounts between 2010-2014. Figures ranged from $500 to $1,850 dollars.The extradition process could take up to six months, the OIJ confirmed. Facebook Comments Related posts:Government announces increased security measures to curb recent crime wave Arrests made in case of murdered Dutch couple and laborer Notorious crime family members indicted; alleged ties to Costa Rican sportsbook UPDATE: ‘International con artist’ quickly released after arrest in Puerto Viejo on fraud charge
5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories _Allocation of seats: 100 for Tripoli and the west, 60 for Benghazi and the east, 40 for southwest._Candidates seeking election: About 3,700, including 585 women._Main contenders: Muslim Brotherhood (Islamists), Al-Watan (Salafis and other Islamists), Alliance of National Forces (secular), National Front (veteran opposition to Gadhafi), National Centrist (former Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni)._Next steps: New Assembly appoints Cabinet within 30 days. A second election for a 60-member body to write a new constitution. Referendum on constitution. Election for new parliament in 2013.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How men can have a healthy 2019 (AP) – Facts about Libya’s Saturday election for a 200-member General National Congress, the first nationwide vote since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi last year:_Eligible voters: 3.3 million._Registered voters: Almost 2.9 million._Not eligible to vote: Officials from Gadhafi’s regime._Polls open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time (2 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT; 0600 to 1800 GMT)._Results expected within a week of voting. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Chery says the asbestos does not pose a risk to drivers during use of vehicles. But it warned owners to not replace the gaskets themselves.Chery is moving strongly into Brazil’s auto market and is now building a $400 million auto plant.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) SAO PAULO (AP) – A Chinese automaker says it’s recalling nearly 12,500 cars sold in Brazil after asbestos was found in engine and exhaust gaskets.Chery International says in an emailed statement that it investigated the asbestos problem after it was discovered about two weeks ago in vehicles sold in Australia. Asbestos is a known carcinogen.A recall of 23,000 cars was made in that nation.The automaker says in its Wednesday statement that the Brazil recall is of its Tiggo and Cielo models, both hatchback and sedans. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the injured were seriously hurt. Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu had earlier said around 50 people were injured in the incident and 20 to 24 of them were being treated in hospitals.Rally organizers first said a malfunctioning power distribution unit caused the explosions, but Energy Minister Taner Yildiz later dismissed that. He said they were caused by an “external interference” with the power unit, though he did not say whether he believed a bomb was involved.The explosions come at a tense time, two days before Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Turkey, in which the Kurdish votes will be critical.The party is vying to pass the threshold of 10 percent of total votes required to take seats in parliament. If it succeeds, it could make it impossible for the ruling AKP to reach a supermajority in parliament. That would scuttle the AKP’s ambitions to introduce a new constitution and change Turkey’s parliamentary system into a presidential system that could give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan executive powers.Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said authorities would investigate the cause of the explosions.“Whatever is behind this incident — whether it was a power transformer explosion, an assassination attempt, an act of provocation — we shall investigate it,” he said. “I call on my brothers in Diyarbakir: Please beware of exploitation of the incident and provocations. No one should be involved in provocations.” The rally was cancelled but a large group of youths remained at the site, protesting the explosions. Some threw stones at a police water cannon that moved in to disperse the crowd.Demirtas urged calm.“Whatever the cause, I invite the people to retain their common sense,” Demirtas told CNN-Turk television by telephone. “Whatever happens, Turkey is in need of peace.”Demirtas said some of the injured lost limbs.Earlier this week, assailants fired on a HDP campaign vehicle, killing its driver. Last month, bombs at two local HDP offices injured six people in southern Adana and in neighboring Mersin.__Mucahit Ceylan in Diyarbakir, Turkey, contributed.__This story has been corrected to reflect the proper spelling of the dateline, Ankara.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two people died and more than 100 were injured after two explosions rocked a Kurdish party election rally in southeast Turkey on Friday, the country’s Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker said.The blasts occurred five minutes apart at the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, final election rally as party leader Selahattin Demirtas was preparing to address the crowd in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories
The battered bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found Sept. 15 on the rocky shores of Koh Tao, a scenic island in the Gulf of Thailand known for its scuba diving. Autopsies showed that the young backpackers, who had met on the island while staying at the same hotel, had both suffered severe head wounds and that Witheridge had been raped.The first policeman on the scene, Lt. Jakrapan Kaewkao, told the court that he got a call at 6:30 a.m. that morning about two tourists’ bodies found on the beach. He said he arrived to find a gruesome sight.“I found a man’s body lying on the beach with seawater lapping his body,” said Jakrapan, the prosecution’s first witness. “Then I found the woman’s body behind the rocks.” The rocks were spotted with blood, he said. The two bodies were several meters (yards) apart and both were mostly unclothed, with Witheridge’s body bearing signs of physical assault, he said.Inside the small courtroom on Koh Samui, an island near Koh Tao, the accused sat in orange prison uniforms with their legs shackled.The two men — Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 22 — were arrested in early October and initially confessed to the killings but then retracted their statements, saying they were extracted through beatings and threats, which police deny. Human rights groups repeatedly called for an independent investigation and raised concerns that the men might be scapegoats. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments Share The victims’ families traveled to Koh Samui for the trial and issued a joint statement.Witheridge’s family urged the media not to focus on the “speculation, rumor and theory” that has surrounded the case, making “an unthinkable time harder to bear.”Miller’s family said that just hours before he died, their son called home and described the beauty of Koh Tao and the friendliness of the Thai people. “Over the coming weeks we hope to gain a better understanding as to how such a wonderful young man lost his life in such idyllic surroundings in such a horrible way,” they said in a statement.About 2.5 million people from Myanmar work in Thailand, most as domestic servants or in low-skilled manual labor industries like construction, fisheries or the garment sector.The gruesome killings tarnished the image of Thailand’s tourism industry, which has been struggling to recover after the army staged a coup in and imposed martial law in May 2014.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The accused were indicted on several charges related to the murders and to illegally working in Thailand. Prosecutors say they have a solid case against them that includes DNA evidence linking them to the crime.Journalists were initially allowed into the small courtroom, which seats about 30 people, but then ushered out to make room for relatives of the victims, diplomats and others attending the trial. Prosecutors were also expected to call to the stand a doctor who examined the bodies.“We hope the truth will be revealed,” defense lawyer Nakhon Chompuchat said as he headed into the courtroom. “We hope the mechanism of justice in Thailand … will have the same standards of international countries.”From the start, the case raised questions about police competence. Investigators faced a variety of criticisms, including their failure to secure the crime scene and their releasing of several names and pictures of suspects who turned out to be innocent.Under intense pressure to solve the case, which drew global attention, police carried out DNA tests on more than 200 people on Koh Tao.Concerns that the men were tortured by police originated with advocates for migrant workers, who are often abused and mistreated without the safeguard of rights held by Thai citizens. But the allegations caught the attention of the British government, which expressed concern to Thai authorities about the way the investigation was being conducted. As a result, British police were allowed to observe the case assembled by their Thai counterparts. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — Ten months after two British tourists were killed on a resort island in Thailand, prosecutors called their first witnesses Wednesday in a case marked by claims that the accused — two migrant workers from Myanmar — were tortured into confessing.Following widespread attention, the case has been called a test for Thailand’s justice system and its treatment of migrant laborers. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/22865/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Nicole Kidman is using her star power to help boost Australia’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.The Hollywood actress helped Football Federation Australia (FFA) present Australia’s hosting credentials in a new film and book package in Cape Town.The film, which is narrated by Kidman, promises a ‘no worries’ FIFA World Cup that is “fun, relaxed, safe, secure.”FFA Chairman, Frank Lowy AC led a delegation to South Africa to showcase Australia’s bid, a year out from the FIFA decision on who will host the 2018 and 2022 finals.Australia’s World Cup bid was attended by FIFA Executive Committee members Franz Beckenbauer, Angel Maria Villar Llona, Geoff Thompson, Mohammed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner.“One of the unique aspects of Australia’s bid is the fact that we offer those four factors in tandem,” Lowy told the World Football Insider.“But we have many other qualities to our bid also.“We are bridge between Asia and Oceania; we have significant experience in hosting major events; we have world class infrastructure and the capacity to improve it further; we are an attractive tourist destination; and Australians are friendly and welcoming.”Lowy said Australians are increasingly embracing the world game especially through the success of the Qantas Socceroos.“Almost 1 million Australians play the game – boys and girls, men and women – which is a significant strength for our game.”Kidman has invited the world to ‘Come and Play’ in Australia during the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.Her closing lines in the film include a compelling proposition: “Our island home, the oldest continent on earth, has never hosted a World Cup. It would be a FIFA World Cup to be proud of.”“We have a story to be proud of as a nation, as a people and in football, and this package shares that story with the world,” Lowy said.
Globus International Destinations The Eastern Mediterranean Tourism Association (EMTA) held a packed out travel industry road show in Sydney on Wednesday night. Now in its 10th year, the annual EMTA seminar provided agents with a gold mine of information on 15 of the hottest Eastern Med destinations including Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Libya. The evening highlighted areas that are attracting more Australian travellers such as Syria and Lebanon as well as traditional favourites like Greece and Italy.Agents also enjoyed screenings of fascinating new destination features in the Cinque Terre, Greece and Egypt which were filmed by Getaway.There was also a fun Quiz to test travel agents’ knowledge of the region with generous prizes provided by EMTA members including TouchTown Tours and Royal Jordanian Airlines. Presenters included Eastern Med experts from: Tempo Holidays, CHAT Tours, Globus Cosmos, Adventure World, Sun Island Tours, Touchdown Tours, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre, Peregrine Geckos, Timeless Tours, International Destinations, Inside Holidays, Insight Vacations, On the Go Tours and Made Easy Tours. At the end of the evening each agent took home a goodie bag jam packed with informative brochures, which will help them sell the popular Eastern Med region to their clients.The Sydney event marked the end of another popular series of national EMTA seminars, which have been held in Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Parramatta. Adventure World Royal Jordanian Airlines CHAT ToursInsight Vacations Greece and MediterraneanSun Island Tours Jetta Excess Baggage Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Opa! Sun Island Tours hosted a premiere screening of Wog Boy 2: The Kings of Mykonos at Hoyts, Broadway last night. The film heralds the return of Steve Karamitsis (Nick Giannopoulos) who travels to Mykonos with his good friend Frank (Vince Colosimo) to claim his family inheritance. The island of Mykonos, which was marketed as the ‘third star of the film,’ is spectacularly shot and movie goers across the country are guaranteed to catch the travel bug after seeing this film. One lucky guest won Sun Island Tours’ grand prize, which was three nights accommodation in Mykonos. Below is the video of The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2 – FULL LENGTH Trailer [HQ]
Source = agoda.com agoda.com, a leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced the winning hotels of the agoda.com Gold Circle Awards 2011.Each year, agoda.com recognises outstanding hotel partners by presenting them with a Gold Circle Award. The awards, launched in 2009, are unique to agoda.com and are intended to honour hotels that show commitment to providing a superior online product.Winning hotels must meet certain criteria to qualify for an award. First of all, they must have worked closely with agoda.com to offer consistently competitive room rates. They also must have utilised agoda.com’s custom-built YCS 3.0 yield control system to maximise revenue. Finally, they must have earned positive reviews and comments from agoda.com customers.This year, a total of 381 hotels worldwide will receive a Gold Circle Award. The awards themselves sport a sleek new design and will be presented to the winning properties by a local representative of the agoda.com Hotels Team.For some properties, such as the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa and Lebua at State Tower Hotel in Bangkok, this is a second win. Fourteen properties in total will receive their second agoda.com Gold Circle award this year. Below are this year’s winners for Australia.Mr. Errol Cooke, Director of Hotels – Global at agoda.com, said: “With the Gold Circle Awards in their third year, hotel partners are increasingly recognising them as a mark of excellence in online distribution. This year, we are delighted to award hotels across the globe for their commitment to online revenue management and how well they are making use of all the customisable merchandising and promotional tools available via agoda.com.”Travelers who stay at a Gold Circle Award-winning property are assured excellent service and great value at a fair price.
AU$2.84 billion in excess revenue collected by Passenger Movement Charge. The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has called for a research and development fund to be established, utilising excess revenue collected as a result of an increase in the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC).The recent announcement by the Department of Resources Energy and Tourism to increase the PMC by AU$8 has sparked a debate surrounding surplus funds gathered from the tourism industry.While 20 percent of additional revenues were used to create the Asia Marketing Fund (AMF) and the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF), this represents less than 3 percent of the total funds that will be collected over the next four years.The PMC will collect AU$3.74 billion by 2017, as outlined in the recent Federal Budget.The 2013/14 budget projects that the cost of servicing passenger facilitation through to 2016/17 will be at a cost of AU$901.5 million, leaving a surplus of AU$2.84 billion in consolidated revenue.“While the industry is not foolish enough to think that this charge can be reduced, it would be fair to think that a greater proportion of the surplus could be committed back to the industry that has driven its success,” ATEC managing director Felicia Mariani said.“ATEC has long called for the need for an R&D Fund to be established to assist the industry in its long-term planning, similar to the funds that exist for other key sectors.”The increase to the PMC appears to have had little effect on visitor numbers, with arrivals growing by 5 percent over the previous period.“While numbers of arrival have indeed increased, again this is only part of the picture – length of stay and regional dispersal are also key factors in measuring our success,” Ms Mariani said.“It is vital that the importance of regional dispersal is recognised as a key factor in measuring our success and pure numbers are simply not reflective of the real picture being experienced by our operators on the ground across this vast country.”Source = ETB News: P.T.
Keynote speaker: Destination Gippsland chief executive officer Terry RobinsonThe Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) will welcome industry members and academics for the first Tourism Crises Response and Recovery symposium in Sydney next month.Senior Lecturer at UTS Business School and the symposium’s co-chair Dr David BeirmanThe event comes at a critical time for the tourism industry and will facilitate important discussions about issues facing Australian tourism and how the industry can prepare, respond and recover when they arise.Senior Lecturer at UTS Business School and the symposium’s co-chair Dr David Beirman says people from all sectors of the tourism industry are invited to attend.“The whole issue of risk, crisis and recovery really affects all of us,” Dr Beirman said.“Whether we’re talking about an airline that’s experienced a crash, whether a business has taken a downturn, whether a destination is doing it tough or where there is a fall in demand for a particular product.”Dr Beirman says the event will give industry attendees useful tools and information to help them respond with confidence to these issues.“What we’re hoping to see is people from all sectors of the industry coming to this, hearing from our terrific keynote speakers and panellists and, in a sense, trying to understand the issues of tourism security, tourism recovery strategies and marketing skills,” he said.Tourism Victoria industry sustainability manager Dr Stuart ToplisThe impressive lineup of keynote speakers includes Destination Gippsland chief executive officer Terry Robinson, 2M Hospitality marketing consultant Michael Meade, Tourism Victoria industry sustainability manager Dr Stuart Toplis and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) regional director Pacific Chris Flynn.Dr Bierman says the event will explore “how academics can help the industry and how the industry can work with academics”.For industry participants, the symposium will provide a platform to enhance their knowledge and awareness of effective response and recovery strategies, as well as practical research-driven recommendations from academia.Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) regional director Pacific Chris FlynnAcademic attendees will be able to extend their research program by gaining an understanding of the issues currently faced by the tourism industry that are in need of further investigation.More importantly, with multiple networking opportunities throughout the day, the event will further strengthen the connection between tourism educators and tourism practitioners.A highlight of the symposium will be a lively interactive panel session moderated by leadingInternational tourism risk management expert Professor Brent Ritchie (University of Queensland).Panelists will include Brek Batley director Consular Information Section Australian, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Adam Walters news director TEN Eyewitness News; Greg Wharfe, Insurance Council of Australia; Dr David Beirman University of Technology Sydney and representatives from the NSW Police Force andInternational SOS (Australasia).The symposium will be held immediately following the 26th Annual CAUTHE Conference on 12 February at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.For more information and the full program, click here. Buy tickets hereSource = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson
Qantas and Tourism Australia have signed a $20 million deal to promote Australia to the world.The three year agreement involves a joint investment from Qantas and Tourism Australia to attract more international visitors to Australia, with a focus on the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.With an emphasis on digital marketing, the new agreement will see Tourism Australia and the national carrier invest in joint campaigns that will be supported through public relations, social media and trade activities, and includes an anonymised data sharing arrangement to better reach customers considering travelling to Australia.Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan signed the deal today, marking a new era of partnership between the two organisations.Mr Joyce said Qantas’ multi-million dollar investment with Tourism Australia was about continuing the momentum of the tourism boom to deliver bigger benefits for Australia.“Both Qantas and Tourism Australia want the same thing – a strong tourism industry that makes Australia the first choice for people all over the world. With tourism both to-and-within Australia on the rise, it’s the ideal time for us to join forces once again,” said Mr Joyce.“Over the past two years Qantas has been increasing capacity to destinations around the world, building our alliances with the world’s biggest airlines, and investing in our fleet, lounges and technology to make sure that visitors to Australia get the best possible travel experience.“This new investment builds on the marketing we already do and our partnerships with state and territory governments to put Australia’s best foot forward.“Qantas has always been the biggest private sector supporter of Australian tourism and we will continue to focus on growing visitor numbers.”In the past year alone Qantas flew more than three million international visitors to Australia – more than any other airline – helping drive a double digit percentage increase in tourists from Asia, in particular.Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said he was extremely pleased to have a formal multi-year agreement with Qantas once again.“When you consider the nature of our respective businesses, this is a deal which just makes sense – for Tourism Australia, for Qantas and, most of all, for Australian inbound tourism. The shared resources this agreement brings together are considerable and we’re very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead to grow international inbound traffic and increase regional dispersal,” said Mr O’Sullivan.“The plans we have around data sharing are particularly exciting, allowing us to be more efficient and effective with our advertising but also enabling us to provide consumers with a much more relevant and personalised online experience.”Qantas invests more than $80 million in promoting Australia to the world. In addition to the new partnership with Tourism Australia, this contribution to tourism promotion includes marketing partnerships with New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory marketing agencies. This is over-and-above Qantas’ direct advertising and owned media activity across its global network.Qantas and Tourism Australia have collaborated on smaller projects over the past six months, including promoting the destinations featured in Qantas’ latest safety demonstration video. QantasSource = Qantas
Source = TravelCube Win a spot on a luxury Arabian adventure with TravelCube incentiveWin a spot on a luxury Arabian adventure with TravelCube incentiveIf you’ve ever dreamed of an Arabian adventure, now is your chance. Book hotels in Dubai through TravelCube between 15 August and 26 September and you could find yourself whisked away in November for a five-night luxury famil that includes visits to two of the world’s newest and most ambitious tourist attractions.TravelCube has joined forces with Dubai Tourism to create the luxury famil, which offers 10 lucky travel agents the chance to enjoy Dubai’s unique mix of traditional Arabian culture, five-star hotels and ultra-modern attractions.Among the highlights will be two of Dubai’s newest tourism developments: IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts.Set over 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure this month became the planet’s largest temperature-controlled, indoor entertainment destination. The attraction brings together two iconic brands – Cartoon Network and MARVEL – in one location, with themed zones based around characters such Ben 10, Thor and Iron Man. Visitors also experience the prehistoric age roar back to life in the ‘Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure’ zone.Dubai Parks and Resorts will be even larger when it opens in November. Stretching over a mind-boggling 25 million square feet, the mega-attraction will combine four theme parks: motiongate™ Dubai (a movie-based park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters), Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND® Water Park.Agents taking part will also experience five-star (single share) accommodation, private transfers, an authentic desert adventure, some of Dubai’s most celebrated culinary attractions and world-class shopping.Places on TravelCube’s luxury Dubai famil will be awarded to each of the top 10 agencies that generate the highest number of created rooms nights to Dubai during the incentive period.To qualify, all bookings must be paid in full prior to 26 September and agencies must create at least 10 room nights. TravelCubediscover more here
Cathay Dragon celebrates the launch of an exciting new eraCathay Dragon celebrates the launch of an exciting new eraDragonair is today officially rebranded as Cathay Dragon, bringing the award-winning airline closer to Cathay Pacific in a launch that will provide customers with a more seamless travel experience across the airlines’ respective regional and international networks.At an unveiling ceremony at the newly-named Cathay Dragon House, the airline’s headquarters in Hong Kong, Cathay Dragon Chief Executive Officer Algernon Yau said: “This is a momentous day in the history of Cathay Dragon and I am excited about the future of the airline and the fresh opportunities that our rebranding brings. As we align more closely with Cathay Pacific, new prospects will open up on multiple fronts enabling us to become stronger and thrive in this intensely competitive industry.”The airline’s customers also joined in the launch celebration at a separate event at Hong Kong International Airport, which involved Cathay Dragon pilots, cabin crew and ground staff at a specially-arranged ceremony. Local celebrity Nicholas Tse was also on hand to welcome Cathay Dragon passengers at the departure gate with an assortment of treats from his Chef Nic’s Cookie Cha Chaan Teng range. In a newly formed partnership with the widely acclaimed singer-actor (and now culinary aficionado), Cathay Dragon will carry Chef Nic’s Cookies in all classes for selected periods and flights as part of the rebranding celebration.The Dragonair-to-Cathay Dragon brand conversion process started earlier this year following an initial rebranding announcement in January. The most visible change to date, which has received an overwhelmingly positive response from passengers, has been the progressive introduction of the new Cathay Dragon livery, which includes the iconic Cathay ‘brushwing’ logo, serving as a strong visual association to the integrated airline group that offers an expansive regional and international network.The rebranding, however, encompasses far more than simply a new name and look. It will introduce both airlines to a wider audience, from the growing inflow of overseas passengers who are more familiar with the Cathay Pacific brand, to the increasingly large numbers of Cathay Dragon passengers from Mainland China who seek the convenience and assurance of an internationally-recognised premium airline with global connectivity.Cathay Dragon, which last year won the title of the World’s Best Regional Airline in the Skytrax World Awards for an unprecedented fourth time, has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific since 2006. Over that time the two airlines have built up significant synergy, and have improved their customer products substantially, enhancing their cabins, seats and inflight entertainment with a view to greater brand alignment.The business of connecting its customers through each other’s networks has been an overwhelming success for Cathay Dragon and Cathay Pacific, with many millions of passengers a year choosing to fly on both airlines. By being more closely aligned, the airlines are better equipped to deliver on their brand promise of a “Life Well Travelled”, ensuring that all customers enjoy a consistently premium experience at every stage of their journey.From today, passengers will be greeted with the new Cathay Dragon identity at check-in desks, boarding gates and lounges across the airlines’ networks, from crew uniforms to boarding passes. The airline’s website will become fully integrated into a single shared website with Cathay Pacific in early 2017.Passengers will also enjoy a more unified brand experience, from aircraft interiors and inflight services, such as pillows and blankets, seating, entertainment and meals, to the Marco Polo Club loyalty programme. In addition, the G16 lounge in Hong Kong, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation, will reopen as a group lounge in 2017.Cathay Dragon, which operates a fleet of 42 passenger aircraft serving 52 destinations, has earned a well-deserved reputation built on its distinctive Chinese culture and hospitality. And while the rebranding brings many new benefits to its customers, the airline will retain its contemporary Chinese character. This especially applies to the cuisine it serves.Partnerships with renowned Chinese restaurants and local delicacies, such as Chef Nic Cookies Cha Chaan Teng range, in addition to seasonal menus – offering poon choi, winter melon soup, crab roe dishes and hot pot rice at certain times of the year, will characterise Cathay Dragon’s inflight dining experience. Similarly, Cathay Dragon’s reputation for excellence in service standards will remain.“I am confident that Cathay Dragon will maintain the highest level of operational and service excellence built by our people over the past 30 years. I truly believe that we have great potential and an amazing future ahead of us by working together to make the most of the opportunities for both our airline and our people,” added Algernon Yau.Seamless connectivity, increased customer convenience, an enhanced travel experience at every stage of the journey – an exciting new era in the history of Cathay Dragon has officially been launched. 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Source = Excite Holidays Go Big with Excite Holidays in Dallas and Fort WorthGo Big with Excite Holidays in Dallas and Fort WorthGet ready for some toe-tapping fun because Excite Holidays, in collaboration with Visit Dallas and Visit Fort Worth, are thrilled to announce the launch of their ‘Go Big’ campaign!For two weeks, they will showcase to agents all the incredible opportunities and activities on offer in this unique twin city destination. From honky tonks to rodeos, world-class shopping precincts, live music and some of the best burgers in the world, Dallas Fort-Worth is filled with something for all types of travellers, all year round.Explore the thriving metropolis of Dallas and take in a Dallas Cowboys game, before visiting Fort Worth and enjoying an authentic Western experience. A gateway to the Wild West and the South, Dallas and Fort Worth are the perfect places to begin your American adventure.The curated destination guide covers everything from shopping to the Wild West, to music, food and dining, and sports and entertainment. It features a variety of hotels, activities, eateries, bars and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are on offer in this American bucket list destination. The downloadable guide aims to help agents sell Dallas and Fort Worth in a fresh and exciting way, and inspire their clients to experience something new.View the Destination Guide HERE
New Adina Apartment Hotels to open in Leipzig, Hamburg and MunichTFE Hotels celebrates its tenth year operating Australian designed and managed apartment hotels in Germany, with the opening of two new hotels in coming months at trendy Leipzig and Hamburg.Toga Hospitality (now TFE Hotels) opened its first hotel in Germany in 2007 at the famous Berlin Wall crossing point Checkpoint Charlie in the Mitte district, known as Berlin’s beating heart. The group created a new niche for high quality apartment hotels and today the brand is flourishing there, working towards opening its tenth hotel in Germany, which is set to open in Munich in 2019.Adina Apartment Hotels provide guests with a “home away from home” atmosphere, offering studios or apartments that have their own kitchen, laundry and living room, with the bonus of a 24-hour reception with friendly and knowledgeable hotel teams, restaurant and fitness centre with gym equipment, jacuzzi, pool and sauna. With Adina hotels managed by TFE Hotels, headquartered in Sydney, Aussie travellers will get a little touch of home away from home while in Germany, with Aboriginal art works and even Vegemite on the breakfast buffet!The Adina Apartment Hotel Leipzig opens in November 2017 in the city’s historic city centre and beside the medieval market square. This beautiful redeveloped office building turned hotel is one of only two high-rise buildings in the charming old town, next to the Museum of Modern Art and the recently opened Bruehl Arcaden shopping mall. Its 131 spacious studio apartments and 35 larger apartments cater to strong corporate demand afforded by Leipzig’s booming economy as a major logistics hub.Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt opens in February 2018 in the centre of Germany’s second largest city, between the famous redeveloped warehouse district ‘Speicherstadt’ and the main shopping district. It is a short walk to the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall and Hamburg’s HafenCity quarter. The hotel’s 202 apartments comprise studios, premier studios, and one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The fitness area on the first floor enjoys stunning views over Hamburg´s Speicherstadt, with a sauna and swimming pool.TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said the German openings were an exciting milestone for TFE Hotels, which had cemented its place as Germany’s primary premium apartment hotel provider since 2007, and added hotels last year in Frankfurt, Europe’s finance and banking capital, and in Nuremberg, the historic medieval town famous for its Christmas markets and castle.”“Before we launched our Australian model in Germany, there was an existing serviced apartment market, but we applied sophisticated design and excellent service, and a fully-serviced hotel model, in central locations, and found this worked very well,” she said.“The apartment hotel market will remain a niche segment in Germany, but as the pioneers in this segment, our model has great growth potential, augmented by the increasing mobility of the labour market, a growing city traveller segment and growing demand for flexible accommodation.”There are seven Adina Apartment Hotels in Germany and three more in the pipeline:Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie (2007)Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte (2009)Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt Neue Oper (2009)Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg (2010)Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt (2011)Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt (2016)Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg (2016)Three Adina Apartment Hotels to open soonAdina Apartment Hotel Leipzig (Nov 2017)Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt (Feb 2018) Adina Apartment Hotel Munich (2019)Source = TFE Hotels