WestJet brings back popular HamiltonVancouver route to meet demand

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first_imgWestJet brings back popular Hamilton-Vancouver route to meet demand Share Posted by Tags: WestJet Tuesday, November 8, 2016 center_img The Canadian Press CALGARY – In response to high demand, WestJet has announced it will once again launch service between Hamilton and Vancouver, commencing next spring.Four-time weekly service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and Vancouver International Airport will kick off on April 30, moving to a daily flight from June 28-Sept. 7. It will return to four-time weekly flights until Oct. 27.“The people of the greater Hamilton area adore WestJet’s low fare, high care service as evidenced by the high demand we saw on the route this past summer,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “We heard the citizens of Hamilton and we want to thank them for their loyalty by bringing back even more nonstop service, giving them access to Vancouver’s 27 nonstop routes on approximately 63 daily departures.”Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport’s President and CEO, added: “Hamilton to Vancouver is one of the most requested services we receive from passengers in Hamilton and surrounding region, both for business and leisure. We are thrilled with today’s announcement and thank our longstanding partner, WestJet, for recognizing this need.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHamilton/Vancouver flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737NG aircraft featuring Plus, Canada’s only system-wide, premium economy seating. Introductory one-way fares start from $244.78. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

China Airlines picks up TransAsias routes after airline ceases operations

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first_img Travelweek Group Posted by China Airlines picks up TransAsia’s routes after airline ceases operations Tags: TransAsia Airways TAIPEI — China Airlines says it will temporarily take over TransAsia Airways’ routes starting Dec. 1 after the Taiwanese airline abruptly ceased operations earlier this week.On Nov. 22 TransAsia Airways’ board members agreed to dissolve the company and halt all flights. The carrier couldn’t bring its business back to previous levels after two plane crashes in three years. The airline ran up losses of more than NT$2.2 billion (about Cdn$93 million) in the first three quarters of 2016 “and did not see optimistic prospects”.“It was a painful decision to dissolve the company,” said Board Chairman Vincent Lin. “We kept trying to find domestic and international professional bodies, partners, or even a new operational team to help TransAsia. It’s a pity that the hope was not fulfilled.”“We choose to dissolve the airline at this point of time because the company still has more asset than liability, so we’re capable of providing necessary protection to the interests of passengers, employees and partners,” said Lin. “Before exiting Taiwan’s civil aviation industry, the 65-year-old airline will do everything we could to shoulder our last responsibilities.” TransAsia has formed an emergency task force to deal with issues related to passenger refunds, employee layoffs, debt clearance and shareholder interests.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?China Airlines is expected to take over virtually all over TransAsia’s domestic and international routes at the beginning of next month.center_img Share Friday, November 25, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Burnt bagel causes mass evacuation at airport

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first_imgBurnt bagel causes mass evacuation at airport Travelweek Group ST. LOUIS — That must’ve been one heck of a bagel.Everyone’s favourite breakfast item has been blamed for an evacuation at St. Louis International Lambert Airport earlier this week after it became overly toasted and set off a fire alarm.Airport officials say a bagel burned in a restaurant in Terminal 2 around 6 p.m. Tuesday, setting off smoke detectors and prompting a full evacuation. An estimated 300 to 400 people were required to go outside, where the temperature was 11 degrees.The airport says the evacuation lasted only about five minutes, but passengers had to go back through security checks once they re-entered the building. No flight delays were reported.No word as to whether the bagel in question was plain or seasoned. But judging by the level of disturbance it caused, we’re thinking it was of the Everything variety. Posted by Friday, December 29, 2017 With file from the Associated Press Tags: Airports Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Air Canada counts down to yearround YVRMelbourne service

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first_img Share Friday, May 18, 2018 Tags: Air Canada, Australia, Events, Flight Centre TORONTO – The wine flowed freely and the tapas were bountiful at Air Canada’s cocktail reception in Toronto last night, which celebrated the upcoming launch of year-round flights to Melbourne, Australia.Partnering with Flight Centre and Visit Victoria, Air Canada hosted media, travel agents and industry partners at Flight Centre Travel Centre for a fun evening complete with wines from the Yarra Valley, delicious tapas inspired by Melbourne’s vibrant culinary scene, hand-crafted cocktails including a signature drink called the ‘Mel-tini’, and a virtual reality experience that allowed guests to ‘pre-check’ the check-in process.Vigushin checks out Air Canada’s VR check-in experienceGuests were also invited to enter a contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Melbourne, valued at $15,0000, courtesy of Air Canada and Visit Melbourne.Starting June 1, year-round, nonstop service from Vancouver will be available aboard the Boeing 7878 Dreamliner, with convenient connections from Toronto. Flights will be offered 3x/week, and increase to 4x/week starting Dec. 1.Speaking to Travelweek, Marc Roy, Manager Global Accounts, said Vancouver is the perfect gateway to launch year-round service. “We obviously don’t have direct Toronto flights yet, but the good thing about Vancouver is that there are seamless connections from any gateway in eastern Canada.”Roy also noted that the route plays an integral role in Air Canada’s global expansion plans.“Australia has always been an important part of our international network, but let’s face it, we were only flying to Sydney up until a few years ago. So once we started flying to Brisbane, it was a game-changer for us. And now that we’re adding our third Australian destination I think it establishes us as a major North American airline that not only services Asia but also Asia-Pacific, including Australia,” he said.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upMelbourne, which is located in the state of Victoria, has become an increasingly popular leisure destination for Canadians. According to Amanda Ladd, Marketing Manager, The Americas for Visit Victoria, a total of 52,000 Canadians visited Victoria in 2017, many in search of its famous Yarra wines and its Great Ocean Road, considered one of the most popular self-drives in Australia.“Victoria and Melbourne certainly play into one of those iconic destinations that first-time travellers really want to check off their bucket lists,” she told Travelweek. “The term ‘bucket list’ gets thrown around a lot with Australia, but it shouldn’t be. There’s no reason to wait and there’s no reason to only go once. There’s so much to do and see in Australia, and so many ways to see it, that it shouldn’t be a once-in-a-lifetime destination, but one that people will want to see again and again.”And with Air Canada’s new direct flights, the once ‘bucket-list’ destination is even more accessible for Canadians.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“Having direct access into Melbourne is amazing for Canadians, as it’s a great alternative to LAX,” added Ladd. “It’s great for us to have a new route coming out of Canada with a partner like Air Canada. It really does open up a new partnership for us with travel agents and wholesalers here.”Air Canada will continue to partner with agency partner Flight Centre to promote the year-round route through a marketing campaign that will run through September. The service, which was initially offered seasonally with 4x/weekly flights back in December 2017, will fly year-round on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring lie-flat seat suites known as Executive Pods, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Cindy Sosroutomo About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Air Canada counts down to year-round YVR-Melbourne service Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Contiki promotes Dave Marathakis to National Sales Manager

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first_img TORONTO – Contiki is pleased to announce the promotion of Dave Marathakis as its new National Sales Manager, effective immediately. Once a Trip Manager, Dave first joined the Canada team as a Sales Manager for Eastern Canada before recently becoming the team’s Senior Sales manager. In his new role, Dave will lead sales for the youth travel expert and continue to further develop relationships with trade partners across Canada.“Over the previous four years as a Sales Manager with Contiki, I have had the pleasure of getting to know and helping amazing agents in Canada. With this new and exciting opportunity as National Sales Manager, I am able to pass my passion onto a new, dynamic and young sales team to continue the support and grow our trade partners all over the country,” said Dave Marathakis.“We are delighted to have Dave continue to apply his experience working with our wonderful trade partners in his new role,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “Dave has worked tirelessly to grow sales for our valued partners since joining our team four years ago and we couldn’t think of a better brand advocate to lead our energetic and experienced sales team.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckDave can be reached at david.marathakis@contiki.com, via phone on (647) 270-8005 or on Twitter at @Contikidave. Tags: Contiki, Promotions Monday, June 4, 2018 Share Travelweek Group center_img Contiki promotes Dave Marathakis to National Sales Manager Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Ecuador fam new with NARAT

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first_imgTags: Ecuador, FAMs, NARAT Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — NARAT’s ‘Ultimate Ecuador & Galapagos’ fam takes place Feb. 19 – March 1, 2019.The 11-day specialty educational program introduces agents to the cultural and geographical highlights of Ecuador and includes an option for an Amazon extension.The trip includes: UNESCO heritage sites, including the 16th century Spanish colonial city of Quito; an exploration of Otavalo Market, the largest indigenous market in South America; and a Galapagos Islands cruise.There’s also an overnight at a 300-year historic ranch, a residence of South American legend Simón Bolívar, and a one-night stay in a traditional South American indigenous village in the Andes Mountains. Accommodation is with deluxe hotels, historic haciendas and an overnight with a traditional family.Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a 4-day fam extension to the Amazon region.Fam cost is US$2,885 per agent plus flight taxes totalling $645 and includes international flights from Toronto and Montreal and all domestic airfares in Ecuador.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upA $250 add-on supplement from Vancouver applies. Single supplement is available subject to availability. One companion per agent is allowed.To receive a fam itinerary and application for the Ultimate Ecuador & Galapagos fam, agents are asked to email fams@narat.org. Posted bycenter_img Monday, October 29, 2018 Travelweek Group Ecuador fam new with NARATlast_img read more

Costa Rican exports increase 13 percent from January to April

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first_imgCosta Rica exported a total of $3.9 billion in goods the first four months of this year, representing an increase of 12.9 percent over the same period  in 2011, the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer) announced Monday.According to the report, the total of exports reached $443 million more than the same period last year. Free zones accounted for $2 billion in exports, 17 percent more than previous year.“Despite some clouds hanging over the international economy, especially in economic regions that are important destinations for our exports, the results show a positive trend,” said Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González.North America, primarily the U.S., is the leading destination for Costa Rican products (42 percent of total exports), followed by the European Union (19 percent) and Central America and Asia with 13 percent each.In Asia, Costa Rica has a free-trade agreement in place with China, which increased by 91 percent Costa Rican exports between January and April, according to Procomer figures. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rica and Canada to expand trade agreement

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first_imgNo related posts. Canada’s trade minister, Ed Fast, on Monday announced the successful conclusion of a fourth round of negotiations to modernize the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement. Negotiations took place in San José last week.“To create new opportunities for Canadian workers, businesses and investors, we are working closely with our Costa Rican partners to modernize our agreement by removing more barriers to trade,” Fast said.The original Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement entered into force in 2002 but did not include provisions in such areas as cross-border trade in services, financial services, investment and government procurement. An expanded agreement will create new opportunities for Canadian businesses and provide them with a competitive edge in many sectors, including construction, manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications, officials said.Since 2006, Canada’s two-way merchandise trade with Central America has risen by 16.7 percent. Costa Rica accounted for 11.8 percent of Canada’s two-way merchandise trade with Central America in 2011. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Public and private workers unions announce street protests

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first_imgThe National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) is demanding an amendment to salary laws so that doctors have separate regulations guiding salary adjustments.Albino Vargas, president of ANEP,  said that “for every ₡1,000 ($2) of wage increases approved for Costa Rican employees, doctors receive ₡4,000 ($8) added to their base salaries because of bonuses and incentives.” Vargas said that makes it necessary to separate doctor salary adjustments from the system used for other sectors.ANEP will begin lobbying legislators to change the law, and they may use street protests to make it happen.An ongoing dispute between ANEP and doctors unions began last month when Vargas said doctors’ salary policies are going to bankrupt the Social Security System, or Caja, and that they “keep all other workers from getting fair wage increases.”Caja Executive President Ileana Balmaceda said last month that the payment of “two economic benefits to doctors and other professionals would cost up to ₡14 billion ($28 million) this year, and that would probably mean the end of the institution.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Lawmakers approve 55 million loan for Caribbean docks

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first_imgCosta Rican lawmakers on Tuesday approved a loan to build a new pier in the Caribbean port of Moín.The approval in a second round of debate will provide the Atlantic Port Authority (JAPDEVA) with $55 million to improve docks infrastructure in the province of Limón.Allan Hidalgo, president of JAPDEVA, said the credit “will help to overcome the lag in dock operation in the country,” adding that [the loan] will be used to build a 300-meter dock onto existing facilities.Social Christian Unity Party lawmaker Walter Céspedes Salazar said that in order to finalize the loan with a national or international bank, lawmakers should draft a new bill for the contract to be approved by the Legislative Assembly.Current Limón ports do not meet appropriate requirements to allow the docking of new ships that require greater depth in berths.The new port terminal mostly will be used for tourism, but also for maritime cargo, imports and exports, and as a marina for recreational boats, among other activities. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Turning a Mayan doll gift idea into a small business that helps

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first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – When expat Catherine Humber helped out with a Christmas gift delivery in 2011 to a poor school in rural Guatemala she noticed there were many children for whom Santa didn’t come.“That was the seed: to make sure those kids weren’t forgotten about again,” Humber said.The Missouri-born artist started thinking about how she could cater to the deprived pueblo in a way that would be artisanal in nature and culturally sensitive.Humber wanted the children to be able to relate to their gifts, so she began a project sewing indigenous-style dolls using tela típica (traditional Maya fabric) to clothe the figurines and members of a small local village to make them.With her assistant, Rosa Gil, and two other helpers, Humber began drawing, cutting and sewing in April 2012. By the following December they had created 300 dolls for the girls of a school in El Hato, just outside of La Antigua.With the project now in its second year, the women say they have perfected their indigenous doll design, although the first couple of weeks were challenging.“Neither of us knew what we were doing, so everything was trial and error. I actually failed the sewing portion of Home Economics in school, and here I am trying to make patterns for little blouses,” she said.“There was a lot of laughter at first, but we have it down to a science now. The first doll we made was horrible and looked like an alien, so I call her Lady Gaga. We keep her in the workshop to remind us of how far we’ve come,” added Humber, who moved to Guatemala in 2011.Using materials such as ribbon, lace, buttons, wool, cloth and embroidery thread, the women made the first batch of dolls 22 inches tall, before scaling down their creations so that the project would be more financially sustainable. On average they make 30 dolls a month and are now preparing to distribute the second batch in March.Resources are limited in their casita-cum-workshop, which consists of just one sewing machine, plenty of newspapers to make patterns, a couple of tables for cutting and bags of dolls covering other available space. But the women say being low-tech is better because it forces them to be more creative.“I am learning almost everything: to cut, to sew on the machine, to make patterns, to plan and to keep improving,” Rosa Gil said.As well as employing only local workers, the project’s materials are sourced from local suppliers, including one woman who provides elastic from her closet-sized, unlit tiendita in San Pedro Las Huertas, just south of Antigua.Humber says that support from the local community has been remarkable: “Word travels fast on the coffee-bean grapevine, so I occasionally have little groups of women who will stop by, excited to see what we’re doing and eager to recruit themselves.”Humber is also planning to make toys for the boys of El Hato, which will be distributed alongside the dolls.“Rosa and I are currently negotiating with a local craftsman to make cup-and-ball games, trompos [tops with strings] and wooden cars and trucks, again, keeping in mind the culture, the environment and helping the local economy,” Humber said.Eventually, Humber plans to hold small-business workshops for the local community, and she says the most important thing is to give her employees the skills they need to start their own businesses, hire their own workforce and keep the project moving forward. Facebook Comments Related posts:Guatemala ex-President Alfonso Portillo pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy charges in New York Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina dismisses ‘spurious’ corruption case In Guatemala’s capital, little enthusiasm for country’s next president In Costa Rica visit, Guatemala president-elect Jimmy Morales reaffirms opposition to drug decriminalizationlast_img read more

Mexicos Peña Nieto pledge to find students falls short for families

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first_imgRelated posts:Mexico’s 43 missing students continue to haunt President Peña Nieto – and they should Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing students Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students Independent probe doubts 43 Mexico students cremated Recommended: Kidnappings in Mexico surge to the highest number on recordMEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto has pledged to redouble efforts to find 43 college students who were allegedly kidnapped by local police last month as their parents criticized the failure of the government’s efforts.After meeting with the parents from the southern state of Guerrero Wednesday night at the presidential residence in Mexico City, Peña Nieto said in a nationally televised address that he’ll renew the search for their children and punish those responsible for their disappearance. The families held their own news conference across town an hour later, demanding results from the investigation that after five weeks has failed to determine whether the missing students are dead or alive.The families believe the missing students are still alive, said Felipe de la Cruz, a representative of the parents. They called on international human rights officials to join the search, citing the lack of success from the Mexican government.“We don’t trust in the government’s work,” de la Cruz said. He spoke to a dimly lit auditorium packed with journalists at a human rights center as dozens of relatives of the students stood behind him holding posters showing the faces of the missing.“Despite all of the force of the state, we don’t have anything,” he said.Federal officials conducting the investigation say the students were handed over by local police to a drug gang in the city of Iguala after they tried to disrupt a public event held by the wife of then-Mayor José Luis Abarca. Investigators are in the process of identifying remains from mass graves in Iguala and a nearby town, and Abarca, his wife and the police chief are fugitives and suspects in the disappearance, Attorney General Jesús Murillo said at a news conference on Oct. 28.Excelsior newspaper reported Thursday that state authorities found another mass grave with 13 bodies in the town of Zitlala. Parents and relatives of 43 missing students in Guerrero state listen during a press conference after a meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City on Oct. 29, 2014. Francisco Canedo/AFPThe case has highlighted corruption among local authorities and the weak rule of law in a country that has seen more than 70,000 deaths in drug-related violence since 2006, according to Mexico City-based newspaper Milenio. The crisis is dimming Peña Nieto’s legislative successes aimed at bolstering private-sector investment in oil, gas, telecommunications and other industries, according to political consultant Alfonso Zarate.Peña Nieto’s meeting with the families came after nationwide protests last week and Ángel Aguirre, the governor of Guerrero State, took an indefinite leave of absence. Investigations into the disappearance of the students led federal authorities to take over security in 12 Guerrero towns last week after uncovering alleged links between local police and organized crime.Representatives of the students and their families said they’ll stage protests in various cities nationwide on Nov. 5.The police in Iguala, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) southwest of Mexico City, handed over the students from a local teachers college to drug gang members, who then took them to an area where mass graves were found, Murillo said Oct. 22.Another grave was found in the nearby town of Cocula, and police from both towns have been detained in the investigation. Authorities are still in the process of determining whether the remains in any of the graves are those of the students, Murillo said on Oct. 28.The disappearances followed protests by the students on Sept. 26 and 27 that left six people dead. Abarca took leave last month before he and his wife disappeared, and he was stripped of his immunity from prosecution last week.With assistance from Brendan Case in Mexico City.See also: Disappearances and drug cartels: the whispered secret of southern Mexico© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Wider Panama Canal set for water trial

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first_imgRelated posts:Builders vow to repair leak in Panama Canal Panama Canal widening should be finished in early 2016 after $400 million boost Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns Work resumes to expand Panama Canal PANAMA CITY – Water will start rushing into the newly expanded Panama Canal on Thursday in one area that was widened, ahead of the waterway’s April 2016 re-inauguration.The area around the new Agua Fria locks in Gatún, on the Atlantic coast, will be the site of the preliminary tests, the Panama Canal Authority said.Completely filling up the first lock will take three to five months, according to the builders consortium Grupo Unidos Por el Canal.GUPC is carrying out the extensive upgrade to the canal’s system of locks, to allow the waterway to accommodate ships carrying up to 14,000 containers of freight, triple the current size.Upgrades began in 2007 and were scheduled to be completed in 2014 for the 100th anniversary of the canal, but the work has seen repeated delays.With a year’s delay so far, the cost of the megaproject has hit some $5.25 billion.About five percent of global maritime trade passes through the Panama Canal. Its biggest users are the United States and China.Nicaragua last year launched construction of an ambitious $50 billion rival canal that could handle even larger ships. It is set to be completed within five years. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Why Manuel Antonio and Quepos are king of the hill in Costa

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first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf: A new surf philosophy Hooray! Now we can go fishing with our children Barrio Chino aims to be San José’s next big food spot Caminos de Osa rural tourism project takes you to the doorsteps of Costa Rica’s people Have you heard of this place called Manuel Antonio? It’s got the most popular national park in Costa Rica, a gleaming new marina in nearby Quepos and a ridge between the two lined with world-class hotels, restaurants and shops.It’s got monkeys, sloths, macaws, toucans, dolphins, whales — oh, and also: lots of tourists.Some people avoid Manuel Antonio because it’s too “crowded,” too “touristy” — and they’re making a big mistake. Sure, a lot of people come here, but there are many good reasons for that.In the second installment of our series on “Costa Rica’s Greatest Places,” today The Tico Times Travel section kicks off a multi-story package on the attractions, the adventures and the backstory that have made Manuel Antonio and Quepos the top destination in Costa Rica.Read the opening story in Travel. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Chimps in S Africa attack being reintroduced

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first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Officials say the two chimpanzees that mauled a U.S. college student at an animal refuge in South Africa are being reintroduced at the center.Eugene Cussons of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden SA in eastern South Africa said Monday that chimpanzees Amadeus and Nikki were in separate cages. Cussons said scientists would watch their behavior before letting them back together and with other chimps. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Amadeus, the alpha male, had been held in solitary confinement at the center since the June 28 attack on University of Texas at San Antonio student Andrew Oberle. Nikki, shot in the abdomen and leg after the attack on Oberle, was transferred from the Johannesburg Zoo to the refuge this weekend.A state investigator says Oberle lost fingers and sustained head and other injuries in the attack.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Chavez ducks tough questions on election eve

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first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 ways to recognize low testosterone How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Sponsored Stories His challenger, Henrique Capriles, has not appeared in public since Thursday in compliance with election law.Capriles’ campaign manager, Armando Briquet, called Chavez’s news conference “a clear violation of the citizens’ right to freely choose, without pressure.”And Capriles tweeted a response to Chavez’s typically long-winded answers, which made the obscure references to which Venezuelans have become accustomed in the president’s nearly 14 years in office.“Some people at this hour are continuing with the same nonsense as always, the same old stories, with the difference being that they are of farewell,” Capriles said.Asked about the possibility of disputes or unrest after Sunday’s voting, Chavez said he hoped no one attempted a “destabilizing game.” If that happens, he added, “we’ll be alert to neutralize them.”Chavez has spent much of the past year battling cancer in the pelvic area, whose nature he has kept secret. He claims he is now cancer-free.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez held an impromptu news conference for international media Saturday on the eve of what is expected to be his closest election yet, but he refused to answer tough questions such as whether he would quit politics if he lost.Chavez excused himself from responding by citing election law, which prohibits candidates from making political statements in the two days before election day. 0 Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

UPDATED British Airways publishes improvised schedule for first strik

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first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1debe/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X British Airways has published its contingency plans for the first three day strike planned by its cabin crew, saying travellers up until the first day should not be effected and overall 60% of customers will be “protected”.An improvised schedule has now been published for the first three-day strike taking place this Saturday, while information is still being put together for the second four day strike next Saturday.Those travelling on the 20th to the 22nd of March with British Airways through London City airport (LCY) will operate as normal, while those travelling long haul through Gatwick (LGW) will also not be affected.  Half of the short-haul flights at LGW will be cancelled.“British Airways has also agreed with 40 other carriers that customers can be rebooked free of charge during the actual strike period onto their flights if they had been due to travel on a BA flight which has been cancelled,” said the airline in a statement.The bulk of the airline’s long-haul international services, which operate from Heathrow, are now understood to be the ones affected by this strike, and it is currently unsure how many flights are being cancelled.UPDATE: e-Travel Blackboard understands that British Airways’ daily services via Bangkok to Australia, flight BA9/10, will still operate as scheduled, and will be one of the services from London Heathrow which will operate as per normal.Qantas watches carefullyQantas has been monitoring the situation carefully, in particular regards to its codeshare services with the British carrier, and is likely to respond after British Airways publishes its cancelled flights.For the time being, Qantas is advising its travel agents to continue to adhere by its commercial policy which states that “Commercial and Any Seat Award passengers may, without penalty: defer travel for up to 6 months, re-route travel via the most direct routing using, return to the origin port via the most direct routing using Qantas, [and] retain the value of the ticket in credit for future travel within ticket validity 12 months from the date of issue.”last_img read more

TripAdvisor honours Pacific Resort Aitutaki as best of the South Pacif

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first_imgSource = Pacific Resort Pacific Resort Aitutaki has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Luxury Resorts in the South Pacific and Top 10 Resorts for Romance in the South Pacific by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice awards.TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards. This year 676 establishments were recognized in the ninth year of the competition. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.”Based on reviews from millions of travelers around the globe, TripAdvisor is able to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels for the ninth year of the Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “Outstanding service, great value and top quality are hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”“We are absolutely delighted and honored to receive these prestigious awards”, says Greg Stanaway, chief executive officer for Pacific Resort Hotel Group – Cook Islands. “we are thankful to Michael Shah, Resort General Manager, and his team for underpinning the excellence of what is today known as one of the World’s Leading Island Resorts. Pacific Resort Aitutaki will continue to build on its high standards in all the areas that awarded us this great recognition.”Cause for further celebration for the Cook Islands and Pacific Resort is Air New Zealand’s announcement earlier this month that it will operate direct services between Sydney and the Cook Islands from July 2011, making it the only airline to operate direct services between the two nations.  Flights will operate once a week from July 4, 2011 until March 2014. last_img read more

AccorHotels appoints Rhonda Hare as General Counsel Asia Pacific

August 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRhonda HareAccorHotels appoints Rhonda Hare as General Counsel Asia PacificAccorHotels has appointed Rhonda Hare to the positon of General Counsel Asia Pacific. Rhonda joins the Group with over 22 years of experience as an in-house and private practice lawyer across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. She was a Partner at Ashurst LPP (formerly Blake Dawson) and more recently part of the Legal Division at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). In addition to being admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW Australia, Rhonda has an Executive MBA from IE Business School and a Master of Law from the University New South Wales.  Rhonda’s international exposure and her experience in negotiating commercial contracts relating to real estate and hotel transactions will help support the fast growth of AccorHotels Asia Pacific.  As General Counsel, Rhonda will working closely with the Asia Pacific Development team to provide legal  support, develop and review deal structures and support hotel owner relations.AccorHotels operates in 18 countries with more than 800 hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific. In addition, more than 350 properties are scheduled to open over the next five years.About AccorHotelsAccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,200 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator, AccorHotels operates in 95 countries. Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Sofitel Legend, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, Fairmont, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, and Swissôtel; as well as the popular midscale and boutique brands of 25hours, Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; the much-prized economy brands including JO&JOE, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1. AccorHotels provides innovative end-to-end services across the entire traveler experience, notably through the recent acquisition of John Paul, world leader in concierge services.With an unmatched collection of brands and rich history spanning close to five decades, AccorHotels, along with its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated women and men, has a purposeful and heartfelt mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests enjoy access to one of the world’s most rewarding hotel loyalty programs – Le Club AccorHotels.AccorHotels is active in its local communities and committed to sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.Accor SA is publicly listed with shares trading on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY) in the United States.For more information and reservations visit accorhotels.group or accorhotels.comOr become a fan and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.Source = AccorHotelslast_img read more

THAI celebrates His Majesty the Kings Birthday with special desserts

August 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTHAI Celebrates His Majesty the King’s Birthday with Special DessertsTHAI celebrates His Majesty the King’s Birthday with special dessertsOn the auspicious occasion of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s birthday, Thai Airways International Company Limited (THAI) will serve special desserts for passengers traveling on 28 July 2018.Domestic Flights: Pineapple Cheese Tart will be served on all flights to and from Bangkok, during all meal services (except for flight TG226 Phuket-Bangkok.)International Flights: Special desserts will be served on all flights that depart from Bangkok (except flights departing to the Middle East and South Asia), during lunch and dinner meal services. Passengers in Royal First Class will be served Baked Egg Custard with Pumpkin Tart and Toddy Palm Ice Cream. Royal Silk Class passengers will be offered Baked Egg Custard with Pumpkin Tart and Coconut Whipped Cream, while Economy Class passengers will enjoy Pineapple Caramel with Coconut Mousse.For further information, reservations, and ticketing, please visit www.thaiairways.com, contact any THAI sales office or travel agent in Thailand, or call the THAI Contact Center at  Tel. 02-356-1111 (24 hours a day).Source = Thai Airways International Company Limited (THAI)last_img read more