Did you know? Why you should never wear leggings on airplanes Share Wednesday, March 15, 2017 NEW YORK — Say it ain’t so! An aviation expert has come forward to denounce the many benefits of leggings, which have become the must-have accessory for women while travelling.According to Cosmopolitan, aviation expert Christine Negroni told The Sun that yoga-style leggings shouldn’t be worn on planes, not because they may not be warm enough or can be regarded by some as ‘skimpy’, but because they may actually be a fire hazard.“Everyone is wearing yoga pants on aeroplanes now, but I avoid all artificial fibres because they are more likely to burn and stick to you if there is a fire,” she told The Sun during her interview.Negroni suggests clothes made of cotton and natural fibres as a safer alternative, and also advises passengers to put their shoes on prior to arrival. While many of us are guilty of shedding our footwear throughout the course of a long flight, Negroni says that the riskiest time on a flight is during landing, which is why a shoe policy should be enforced.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“If you escape an aircraft, the floor could be very hot or cold, it might be covered in oil or on fire, or in a cornfield – you won’t want to be barefoot,” she added.Got it. Ditch the leggings and keep our shoes on. But oh, how difficult it’ll be to leave those leggings at home. Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Planes << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 TORONTO — Melia Hotels International is bringing its Sol by Melia brand to Costa Rica, taking over the Tamarindo Diriá Beach Resort and renaming it Sol Tamarindo Hotel effective Aug. 1.The move marks Melia’s return to Costa Rica.With more than 370 properties around the world Melia Hotels International has a long list of well-known resort brands including core brand Melia, the luxurious Paradisus by Melia, and Gran Melia.Another brand, ME by Melia is all about ‘luxury lifestyle’. And sister brand Sol by Melia is ‘ME lite’, says Melia’s VP Global Brand Strategy, Tony Cortizas.The Sol brand has a lot of the same emphasis on style as ME by Melia, but at a lower price point. In an interview with Travelweek, Cortizas noted that Sol has a lot of appeal for younger Millennials.Melia has chosen a strong destination for its first Sol by Melia in the Americas. The resort is right on Tamarindo Beach, known as one of the best beaches in Costa Rica.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe resort is owned by the Diriá Group, the biggest real estate group in the area, and is located alongside the beach and the famous Diriá Grand Boulevard with a selection of restaurants, shops and a casino.The resort has 242 rooms in several buildings, half with sea views and the others with views of the pools or the gardens.Dining options include six restaurants and three bars, plus there are four swimming pools, tennis court and gym.Tamarindo and Liberia airports are five minutes and one hour away respectively. San Jose Airport is about four hours away by car.MHI says the new addition reaffirms its commitment to growth in the Caribbean and Central America, reinforcing its market leadership and extending the international expansion of its Sol by Meliá brand of resort hotels.“As world leaders in resort hotels with brands such as Sol by Meliá which will now be present in 10 countries on four continents, we continue to strengthen our presence in the most important leisure destinations,” says Gabriel Escarrer, MHI’s Executive Vice President and CEO. “We are also very excited to welcome the addition of Sol Tamarindo, a resort which allows the company to operate again in the essential destination of Costa Rica.” Posted by Melia returns to “essential destination” of Costa Rica with Sol Tamarindo << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Tags: Melia Hotels, Openings & Renovations
Related posts:Medical tourism fair to offer 1,000 jobs in Costa Rica Is corporate medical tourism the next niche? Medical tourism healthy in Costa Rica Costa Rica: Medical tourism hot spot From the print editionThe Medical Travel International Business Summit kicked off Monday morning at the Hotel Real InterContinental in the southwestern San José suburb of Escazú. Thirteen countries and 200 businesses took part in the three-day summit, organized by the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine and aimed at developing medical tourism in Costa Rica and Latin America.Costa Rican Vice President Luis Liberman inaugurated the event.“We have the doctors, we have the dentists, we have the whole operating system of a public-private medical system that is reaching high levels,” Liberman said. The vice president added that Costa Rica now competes with countries across the globe for travelers seeking medical treatments – something Liberman attributes to Costa Rica’s educational system.“Today, Costa Rica is the second country in Latin America in terms of absolute exports of medical devices,” Liberman said. “We have achieved that based on an educational system that we have fostered for 160 years.”Medical tourism generated about $288 million in Costa Rica in 2010, with an estimated 36,000 medical tourists visiting the country, according to figures provided by the Presidency Ministry. In 2014, the industry is expected to generate some $800 million in dividends and attract 100,000 visitors to the country.Sergio Monge, from the Costa Rican Tourism Board, said that Costa Rica is a natural choice for travelers seeking medical treatments.“Medical tourism is more than a source of revenue, we offer good, quality services,” Monge said. “And it is an opportunity for travelers to get to know more of Costa Rica.”Edgar Salazar, manager of Nova Dental Advanced Dental Center, said 95 percent of Nova’s customers are foreigners, and the majority are U.S. or Canadian citizens. He said the market for foreigners travelling to Costa Rica to have medical procedures is only going to grow.Costa Rica is already a global brand in terms of eco-tourism, biodiversity and adventure travelers, Salazar said, but “we’re going to arrive at a point in five, six or seven years in which the medical tourism industry is going to overtake all of that.”At Clínica Bíblica Hospital in San José, 18 percent of patients are foreigners, said Mary Lys Ulloa, a marketing executive in the hospital’s international services department. Like Salazar, she anticipates a growing market.“We feel that boom hasn’t even happened, yet,” she said.Medical tourism isn’t something that will just affect hospitals, she said, but will create new opportunities for all tourism-related businesses.“The industry is still in diapers,” Ulloa said. “But we feel, in this very summit, that very soon we’re going to see the industry standing up.”An example of a business looking to benefit from an uptick in medical tourists to Costa Rica is Imago, a distance-learning company that offers digital training courses to members of the tourism industry. In particular, said Imago Administrative Director Carlos Valverde, the company offers a Virtual Medical Tourism course to train tourism workers to be ready to deal with foreign patients traveling to Costa Rica for medical reasons. Neighboring countries Nicaragua and Colombia showed up at the summit to promote their own growing medical tourism markets.Ramiro José Manzanares, vice general director of Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in Managua, Nicaragua, said with low crime rates and lower prices, Nicaragua hopes to soon become a destination for medical tourists. Foreigners or Nicaraguans who live outside the country already account for some 8 percent of patients at his hospital.Medical tourism manager for Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, Arlen Pérez, said the idea is to offer, in addition to the price and security of the country, a “more personal style of tourism” in Nicaragua. Pérez pointed out that near Managua are numerous tourist attractions including colonial-era cities and volcanoes. Facebook Comments
No related posts. United Airlines announced plans Wednesday to begin new non-stop service on several international and domestic routes in the spring, including weekly year-round service between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and San José, Costa Rica, scheduled to begin April 13.The flight is subject to government approval and will operate using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the company said in a release.From other hubs, United also will begin international service between Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport and San José, subject to official approval.The airline is set to launch new domestic services from Dulles to Vancouver, British Columbia, between Newark and Edmonton and between Denver and Fort McMurray, Alberta. Facebook Comments
More Costa Rican women are coming forward to report sexual harassment at public agencies than in the past, according to Liliana Castro, director of women’s issues at theOmbudsman’s Office. Castro appeared Thursday at the Legislative Assembly‘s Commission on Women’s Issues, which is currently gathering research on sexual harassment claims in the public sector.According to the Ombudsman’s Office, the number of complaints at public agencies increased from 82 in 2008 to 276 in 2011. The top targets of those complaints were doctors, teachers and police at the Social Security System, Education Ministry and Public Security Ministry, respectively. Most of the cases – 30 percent – were filed against co-workers, while complaints against higher-ranking employees accounted for 26 percent of the total.The findings are part of a study by the Ombudsman’s Office that began last year. Initial results cover 2008 to 2011, Castro said.“The Ombudsman’s Office cannot conclude that the number of alleged perpetrators has increased; rather, we believe that more women feel comfortable [reporting harassment],” she said.The agency’s research also mentions complaints against women. Complaints against men accounted for 91 percent of the total during the reviewed period, and while no complaints were filed against women in 2008, there were 16 in 2011, or 9 percent of the total, the report noted.By province, the largest number of complaints was registered in San José (45 percent), followed by Alajuela (12 percent) and Puntarenas (11 percent).Castro told lawmakers that her office currently is collecting data for 2012-2014, but as of this week, they have received 25 complaints this year.Ruling Citizen Action Party legislator Emilia Molina Cruz said at the hearing that lawmakers plan to follow up at the Labor Ministry to seek a full report on actions that have been taken regarding the complaints.“This investigation is just the Ombudsman’s Office’s initial effort to analyze the problem of sexual harassment in the public sector,” Castro said.Earlier this year, Broad Front Party lawmaker Ronal Vargas Araya resigned after claiming he needed medical treatment for a severe health problem. It was later discovered, however, that party leaders had asked Vargas to quit after finding out he would face criminal charges for allegedly sexually harassing an office assistant. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica Supreme Court strikes down labor reform law, upholding ban on strikes that shut down essential public services Labor Ministry receives 147 complaints over Christmas bonuses Unions call for nationwide protest against proposed budget cuts Public employee protest takes over San José’s Second Avenue
https://vine.co/v/e6havuaBX6tBut Costa Rica’s defense held on for the entire game, despite a string of close calls, especially in the second half where Carlos Vela had some great opportunities at goal. However, Mexico’s attack, minus injured stars Giovani dos Santos and Javier Hernández, couldn’t finish on nearly a dozen opportunities near goal.La Sele had a multitude of chances to get on the scoreboard as well. A perfect cross from Joel Campbell in the 34th minute went for naught when Johan Venegas pushed the ball over the crossbar. Minutes later, Celso Borges missed high on a beautiful setup by Bryan Ruíz when Mexican defenders were caught off guard.After allowing four goals in its last match against Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico’s defense looked much improved against Costa Rica. Besides the first half misses, the Ticos weren’t able to really threaten again until Joel Campbell broke through a maze of Mexican defenders and got a beautiful shot on goal that was saved by a diving Guillermo Ochoa.In Costa Rica’s most meaningful game since the World Cup quarterfinals a year ago, the team exits the 2015 Gold Cup in a far more disappointing manner than when it departed proudly from Brazil after a grinding battle with the Netherlands. This time around, thanks to a questionable yellow card, Costa Rica fails to make the Gold Cup semifinal’s for the third straight time. Facebook Comments If CONCACAF wanted to lose its reputation as a punch line, that wasn’t the way to do it.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 20, 2015 Though he drew the game-defining foul, Peralta was fortunate to even be on the field. The 31-year-old tackled Elías Aguilar while blatantly swiping his right leg to cut the back of Aguilar’s legs. Officials gave Peralta a yellow card for a play that probably merited a red.But for Costa Rica, the loss puts one more game on the Paulo Wanchope winless counter. Under the young coach, La Sele advances to 0-4-5 and has failed to answer its most consistent concerns, namely a defense that continues to suffer from breakdowns in communication. No fue penal. Perder así NO se vale. México no ganó el partido, se lo regalaron envuelto en celofán. ¡Qué vergüenza!— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) July 20, 2015 Just seconds away from taking the game into a shootout, a stunning yellow card against Costa Rica brought about the one and only penalty kick needed to send the Ticos home from the Gold Cup. The controversial call landed on Roy Miller in the 122nd minute after Oribe Peralta landed awkwardly in the penalty box in Costa Rica’s 1-0 loss Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.An Andrés Guardado penalty kick at the end of the second stoppage time gave Mexico the only goal of the quarterfinal matchup. For the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the officiating again becomes the story for a federation marred with past referee controversies. Related posts:CONCACAF Gold Cup preview: Ticos look to re-establish themselves as region’s top team Costa Rica lets win slip away, draws 1-1 with El Salvador Mexican media agree: Controversial yellow card in Sunday’s match against Costa Rica was unwarranted Final thoughts from Costa Rica’s short-lived Copa América: Is Ramírez in the hot seat?
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Related posts:Health Ministry orders improvements at Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio National Park administration moving to comply with Health Ministry orders Municipal project to build cableway to Chirripó’s peak faces opposition Alleged gold miners end protest at Corcovado National Park The administration ofManuel Antonio National Park failed to comply with a Health Ministry deadline to conduct improvement works in the park’s infrastructure, prompting the Ministry to extend the deadline for three additional months.Ministry officials reported that they reached an agreement with Environment Ministry (MINAE) officials to extend the deadline, issued last week. The Health Ministry had issued a sanitary order asking the park’s administration to perform a series of improvements in the national park, the most visited in the country.Health Ministry staff conducted an inspection of the park on Tuesday morning and concluded that problems with the toilets’ drainage system, the drinking water supply system, and accessibility standards persist.“The only compliance was with improvements on the park’s emergency plan,” inspectors reported.PetitionThe extension comes after MINAE officials presented a petition asking for more time to resolve the park’s problems. The petition detailed current actions being performed to address the issues, and indicated that most of the work would be done through public bids to private contractors.MINAE indicated it will allocate ₡550 million ($970,000) to repair damaged infrastructure, build tourist trails and fix the drainage and the water supply systems.One of the Health Ministry’s main requests to the park administration was that new tourist trails meet accessibility standards, according to provisions of local legislation. MINAE reported that new trails they are building provide “all required measures to address visual, motor, hearing and sensory disabilities.”Legislative Assembly hearingOn Tuesday afternoon, the Legislative Committee on Environmental Issues asked Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez to appear before them on Thursday evening to explain the situation at the park. Committee members will ask Gutiérrez to explain the reasons for failing to comply with the Health Ministry deadline.Social Christian Unity Party legislator Gerardo Vargas said at the committee session that MINAE has a lot of explaining to do regarding Manuel Antonio’s management, and that their handling of the park “leaves much to be desired.”He added that problems at Manuel Antonio affect thousands of people, “not only tourists, but also local residents who depend on businesses related to the park’s attractions.” Facebook Comments
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Russia’s defense spending has fallen sharply since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leaving the air force to rely on aging Soviet-built planes and depriving pilots of the opportunity of regular training flights.“I want to thank those who helped our air force survive during a difficult period in the 1990s and the early 2000s, and remained loyal to their jobs and traditions in the years when the planes were grounded,” Putin said during a meeting with military pilots and air force veterans.A recent boom in oil revenues has allowed the Kremlin to launch a costly effort to upgrade military arsenals. Air force chief Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Ekho Moskvy radio that the military will get 180 new aircraft this year alone.Putin, who has sought to revive Russia’s Soviet-era clout during his 12 years in power, has overseen a military buildup that comes amid a strain in relations with Washington over NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense plans that the Kremlin sees as a threat to Russia’s security.Russia’s leaders have said they plan to spend a total of 20 trillion rubles (about $625 billion or euro510 billion) on new weapons by 2020.But despite a hike in defense spending, Russia’s military industries, weakened by years of post-Soviet industrial meltdown, have struggled to meet rising orders for new weapons and to develop new designs. Analysts say that most of Russia’s new weapons systems are refurbished versions of Soviet-era designs. They blame corruption, aging equipment and broken links between subcontractors. Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories The development of Russia’s first stealth fighter, intended to match the U.S. F-22 Raptor, has dragged on slowly. The Sukhoi T-50 made its maiden flight in January 2010, about two decades after the Raptor, which it closely resembles. The new Russian fighter still lacks new engines and state-of-the art equipment, and its serial production is only expected to begin in 2015 at the most optimistic forecast.Russian aircraft-makers also have been slow to develop modern drones, prompting the government to buy some from Israel.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – President Vladimir Putin promised Saturday to re-equip the Russian air force with hundreds of new aircraft as part of an ambitious military modernization program.Speaking at an airshow at Zhukovsky just outside Moscow marking the air force’s 100th anniversary, Putin said the military will receive more than 600 new combat planes and 1,000 helicopters by 2020.He said boosting the air force is a key priority for the government. “I’m sure, each of us will feel pride for the country, for the people who build such aircraft and pilot them,” he said. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments Share How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
In a separate development, Niger President Issoufou Mahamadou sent a condolence message to U.S. President Barack Obama in which he called “cowardly” the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. citizens including Ambassador Chris Stevens.Issoufou said that “terrorism must be combated with the utmost vigor.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ErrorOK ErrorOK Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top holiday drink recipes NIAMEY, Niger (AP) – The Islamic Council of Niger asks Muslims not to attack Christian churches to protest the recent film on the Prophet Muhammad.In a speech on national television Sunday, condemned the film but urged Muslims to respond with “appeasement and tolerance, the cardinal virtues of Islam.”Niger’s religious leader proposed the creation of a confederation that would include representatives of all religions to foster “dialogue … and peaceful coexistence between religions.” Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How men can have a healthy 2019
Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of To this day, Francis speaks softly _ barely over a whisper _ and doesn’t sing.The Vatican’s no. 2, the secretary of state, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, has been recovering for a month from unspecified urgent surgery that made him a no-show at his own welcome ceremony Oct. 15.The Vatican has yet to reveal what has been ailing Parolin, except to say he was treated by the hospital’s hepatobiliary department; the body’s hepatobiliary system refers to the liver, gall bladder and bile ducts.Officials have said Parolin, 58, is expected in Rome on Saturday.___Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfield Top Stories Though he looked a bit bleary, Francis celebrated the Mass with his typical prayerful demeanor, delivering his homily in a clear voice, standing at the lectern and even ad-libbing to offer personal reflections to the new bishop.In the morning, Francis canceled his four appointments with Vatican officials, leading the Vatican to reissue a daily bulletin that had reported the audiences took place, a first for this pope.Francis had a busy day on Thursday, making his first state visit to the Italian president across town. He appeared tired but otherwise in good spirits during the two-hour visit.The Vatican typically restricts information about the health of popes, citing their privacy. The Holy See only confirmed that Pope John Paul II suffered from Parkinson’s disease after he died.Pope Benedict XVI enjoyed robust health during his seven-year pontificate, only missing a scheduled appearance after he broke his wrist in a fall in 2009.Francis doesn’t enjoy such good health. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, as he was known then, had wanted to be a missionary as a young priest but was counseled against it by his superior in Argentina because of the toll it would have taken on his frail health. (Copyright 2013 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 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ErrorOK ErrorOK VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis canceled his morning audiences Friday because of a cold, the first time the industrious pope is known to have slowed his busy schedule due to illness.The Vatican said the 76-year-old pontiff, who lost most of one of his lungs due to an infection in his youth, took the morning off to rest at his Vatican hotel. He kept his afternoon appointment, however, presiding over the ordination of a new bishop in St. Peter’s Basilica. Sponsored Stories Comments Share Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas took unusual steps Thursday in calling attention to crime victims as the Supreme Court ruled in two death penalty cases.Thomas dissented from the 5-4 majority that barred Louisiana from executing a convicted killer who is mentally disabled, and at the end of his opinion, included a photo of Kevan Brumfield’s victim, off-duty Baton Rouge police Cpl. Betty Smothers. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Alito wrote that Dunn’s story was “inspiring,” but the justice did “not want to suggest that it is essential to the legal analysis in this case.”In a second 5-4 case Thursday, Thomas was in the majority with the court’s conservatives in reinstating the conviction and death sentence of a California man convicted in a triple murder. The court ruled Hector Ayala was not entitled to a new trial even though a lower court made mistakes when it considered whether prosecutors illegally excluded blacks and Hispanics from the jury.Noting that Ayala has been in solitary confinement for most of his 25 years in custody. Justice Anthony Kennedy used the case as an opportunity to repeat his long-held views that “years on end of near-total isolation exacts a terrible price.”In a brief retort, Thomas said “the accommodations in which Ayala is housed are a far sight more spacious than those in which his victims … now rest.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thomas took the majority to task for its “disrespect for the human cost of its decision,” noting that Brumfield “deprived the people of Baton Rouge of one of their police officers and six children of their mother” when he shot her during a robbery.Thomas also referred to a video of Brumfield’s confession that was posted on the Supreme Court’s website. He devoted two full pages to discussing the life of one of Smothers’ children, Warrick Dunn, who “quickly stepped into the role of father figure to his younger siblings” and would go on to become a star running back at Florida State and later in the NFL.He noted that Dunn and Brumfield grew up with absent fathers, but “unlike Brumfield, Warrick did not use the absence of a father figure as a justification for murder.”The sentiments are not out of place for Thomas, who consistently takes a tough approach to criminal defendants and openly rejects hard-luck life stories as a reason for criminal behavior. They also reflect Thomas’ own experience growing up in poverty after his father abandoned the family.While Thomas was joined in dissent by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, those three other conservatives declined to join the part of Thomas’ opinion that compared the lives of Dunn and Brumfield. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Quick workouts for men Comments Share FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2014 file photo, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas sits for a conversation at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Thomas has taken unusual steps in calling attention to crime victims as the Supreme Court rules in two death-penalty cases. In one case, Thomas dissented from a 5-4 opinion that barred Louisiana from executing Kevan Brumfield, a convicted killer who is mentally disabled. Thomas included a picture of the crime victim at the end of his dissent and even referred to a video of the killer’s confession that was posted on the Supreme Court’s web site. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Police unsuccessfully attempt to end the protest by force on Monday.In a bid to expand the protest, several hundred demonstrators blocked another central avenue Friday evening, snarling traffic. Deputy chief of Yerevan police Valery Osipyan urged them to clear the street.Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan hasn’t yet commented on the situation. He has offered to meet with the protest leaders, but they have refused.Sargsyan’s premier said the government will not roll back the hike and offered compensation to the poorest families, a proposal the demonstrators angrily dismissed.Despite the tough stance taken by the government so far, many observers expect authorities to eventually compromise.In a statement that could pave the way for a softening of the government stance, a presidential advisory body called the demonstrations a “remarkable display of well-grounded and proportional reaction of the civil society.”Armenia’s power grid is controlled by a Russian electricity giant, and other Russian companies own key industrial assets in the nation of 3 million. Armenia also hosts a Russian military base and is a member of Moscow-led security bloc and an economic alliance. Some Russian politicians have raised suspicions that the West was behind the protests, allegations that angered the demonstrators. The Kremlin, however, has steered clear of such claims.On Friday, the protest looked more like a party than a political protest, with mostly young demonstrators singing and dancing as one of Armenia’s most popular rock bands performed for the crowds.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Dancing and singing demonstrators protesting a hike in electricity prices blocked the Armenian capital’s main avenue Friday for a fifth straight day, in a tough challenge to the ex-Soviet nation’s government.The protesters, most of them young, gathered on the road, separated from police by a barricade of large trash containers.The numbers swelled from several hundred in the daytime to thousands in the evening, as they have all week, in the worst unrest Armenia has seen in years. Armenian demonstrators relax during a protest in Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Armenia’s premier has rejected demonstrators’ demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years. (Aram Kirakosyan/PAN Photo via AP)n 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall
Wendy Xia AFTA have released the nominees for the 2010 National Travel Industry Awards with more than 300 agencies and suppliers nominated across 27 categories.Among the nominees in the supplier categories, Virgin Blue and Qantas are in the running for Best Domestic Airline while 18 other airlines including Emirates, Singapore Airlines and V Australia are competing for Best Airline International Online. Six travel agency groups including Concorde Agency Network, Harvey World Travel and Jetset Travelworld Group have also been nominated in the agency category of Best Travel Agency Group (100 outlets or more).e-Travel Blackboard is also incredibly ecstatic about the NTIA this year as our very own Deputy Editor Wendy Xia has been nominated among eight others in the Best Travel Writer category.“The entire e-Travel Blackboard team is very proud of Wendy’s nomination,” said Anthony Valeriano, e-Travel Blackboard General Manager.“She is our Deputy Editor and it’s fantastic her work has been recognised by AFTA.”“I am excited to have been nominated for a National Travel Industry Award this year,” said Wendy Xia, e-Travel Blackboard Deputy Editor. “It is humbling to be recognised for doing something that I’m passionate about every day.”Agents and suppliers are now able to vote for NTIA nominees, with voting to close at 5.00pm on Friday 30 April.AFTA said finalists would be notified by Friday 14 May while the winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 10 July at The Westin, Sydney.For the full list of NTIA nominations see below 2010 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards Nominees in Supplier CategoriesBEST DOMESTIC AIRLINEVirgin BlueQantasBEST AIRLINE INTERNATIONAL – ON-LINEAir New ZealandAir PacificBritish AirwaysCathay PacificEmiratesEtihadHawaiian AirlinesLAN AirlinesMalaysian AirlineQantas AirwaysQatar AirwaysRoyal BruneiAirlinesSingapore AirlinesSouth AfricanAirwaysV AustraliaVirgin AtlanticBEST AIRLINE INTERNATIONAL – OFF-LINEAir MaltaAir Tahiti NuiAlaska AirlinesAmerican AirlinesAustrian AirlinesFinnAirJet AirwaysKLM Royal DutchAirlinesLufthansaRoyal Jordanian AirlinesScandinavian AirwaysSwissairBEST CRUISE OPERATOR – AUSTRALIAN BASED OPERATIONSCaptain Cook CruisesNorth Star CruisesOrion Expedition CruisesP&O CruisesPrincess CruisesSteve’s Whale OneBEST CRUISE OPERATOR – INTERNATIONAL BASED OPERATIONSAPTAvalon WaterwaysCarnival CruisesCunard LineHolland America LineMSC CruisesOceania CruisesP&O World VoyagesRegent Seven Sea CruisesRoyal Caribbean InternationalSeaDream Yacht ClubSilversea CruisesUniworld Boutique River Cruise CollectionViking River CruisesBEST TOUR OPERATOR – DOMESTICAAT KingsAdventure Tours AustraliaAPTContiki HolidaysDownunder ToursGoin off SafarisBEST TOUR OPERATOR – INTERNATIONALAAT KingsAbercrombie & KentAPTContikiCosmosDestination AsiaG.A.P. AdventuresGlobusInsight VacationsIntrepid TravelKirra HolidaysPeregrine AdventuresScenic ToursTempo HolidaysTrafalgar ToursTravel IndochinaTucan TravelWildlife SafariBEST CAR/CAMPERVAN RENTAL OPERATORApolloAvisBritzBudgetEuropcarHertzMaui Motorhome & CarRentalsThriftyBEST TOURIST OFFICE – NATIONALHunter Valley Wine Country TourismNorfolk Island TourismSouth Australian Tourism CommissionTourism Sunshine CoastTourism NTTourism NSWTourism QueenslandTourism TasmaniaTourism Tropical North QueenslandTourism VictoriaTourism Western AustraliaBEST TOURIST OFFICE – INTERNATIONALAbu Dhabi TourismAustrian National Tourist OfficeCalifornia TourismCanadian Tourism CommissionHawaii Tourism OceaniaHong Kong Tourism BoardIreland TourismLas Vegas Convention & Visitors AuthorityNew Caledonia TourismSingapore Tourist BoardSultanate of Oman TourismTahiti TourismeTourism MalaysiaBEST WHOLESALER – AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTBroome & the Kimberleys HolidaysQantas HolidaysSunlover HolidaysBEST WHOLESALER – INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTBali ToursCIT HolidaysClub Med Australia PTY LTDCreative HolidaysDriveAway HolidaysGaruda Orient HolidaysHarveys Choice HolidaysInterasiaIsland EscapeOctopus TravelQantas HolidaysSun Island ToursThe Africa Safari Co.Travel 2Travelscene HolidaysVenture HolidaysWorld Drive HolidaysWorld ExpeditionsBEST AGENCY SUPPORT SERVICEAA AppointmentsAmadeus IT PacificBreakaway Travel ClubAir TicketsCover-More Travel InsuranceGalileo TravelportGow-Gates Insurance BrokersOrient ExpressSabre PacificTMS Asia PacificTramada SystemsTravcourTravel Express CourierSystemsThe Qantas Industry CentreBEST SALES EXECUTIVE – INDUSTRY SUPPLIERPeter Douglas – EmiratesCraig Brown – EmiratesMohammad Nasiry – EtihadCraig Owens – Oceania CruisesBrett Walsh – Thai AirwaysJulie Rogers – GlobusClare Sloane – Contiki HolidaysAdam Ferraro – Club MedNicki Keegan – EmiratesMark Haddad – China BestoursBrooke McQuilty – Contiki HolidaysDarren Evans – Travel 2Sally Plenderleith – Insight VacationsLucy Styles – Contiki HolidaysKate Richardson – Air TicketsVictoria Chapman – GlobusHayley Tidyman – GlobusMaria Manassero – Singapore AirlinesAnastasia Agius – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise CollectionJoanne Taylor – Air New ZealandAlan Burness – Insight VacationsMaria Pantazis – Qantas AirwaysSharon Hando – Travel the WorldTolita Dukes – Hamilton IslandKim Knight – Qantas HolidaysJulie O’Grady – World Resort of DistinctionsMonica Romeo – Rail PlusStacy Balderson – Austrian AirlinesJulie Simpson – APT TouringGary Manuel – VaustraliaFrank Levey – Insight VacationsShiran Ranatunga – EmiratesAntonietta Esposito – Qantas AirwaysJoanne Matse – AVISFiona Axford – Travel IndochinaKaren Koval – Air New ZealandMegan Middleton – Abercrombie and KentSaskia Van Dongen – Qantas HolidaysROOKIE OF THE YEAR – SUPPLIER (UNDER 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY)Tenille Hunt – Gap AdventuresAaron Lovelock – LAN AirlinesAlisha Moss – Contiki HolidaysBernice Hartnett – Tucan TravelEmily Holmes – Scenic ToursEmily Kramer – Breakaway TravelclubBEST HOTEL/RESORT – AUSTRALIAN PROPERTYClub Med Lindeman IslandCouran CoveDaydream IslandHamilton IslandHayman IslandHilton SydneyIntercontinental SydneyNovotel SydneyO’Reilly’s Rainforest GuesthouseParadise Bay Eco Resort WhitsundaysPeppers KingscliffPullman at Sydney Olympic ParkqualiaSebel NoosaSheraton on the Park, SydneySouthern Ocean LodgeThe Westin, SydneyVoyages Sails in the DesertBEST HOTEL/RESORT GROUPAccor HospitalityAscott International Hotels GroupClub MedFour SeasonsHilton HotelsIHGMantraMariott HotelsMedina Apartment HotelsMirvac HotelsStarwood HotelsVoyages Hotels & ResortsWorld Resorts of DistinctionBEST REGISTERED TRAVEL INDUSTRY TRAINING INSTITUTIONAustralian Business AcademyAFTA Travel & Tourism College NSWAFTA Travel & Tourism College SABaulkham Hills Institute of TAFEBrisbane North Institute of TAFEMEGT College2010 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards – Nominees in Agency CategoriesBEST TRAVEL AGENCY GROUP (100 OUTLETS OR MORE)Concorde Agency NetworkFlight Centre LimitedHarvey World TravelJetset Travelworld GroupTravellers ChoiceTravelscene American ExpressBEST TRAVEL AGENCY RETAIL – SINGLE LOCATIONAlpha TravelAustralia Zoo TravelBritish TravelCarine Travel BugFlying Colours TravelHarvey World Travel CaloundraHarvey World Travel ChermsideHarvey World Travel Green HillsHarvey World Travel IndooroopillyHarvey World Travel Lane CoveHarvey World Travel RobinaHarvey World Travel SunburyJetset HurstvilleJetset NorwoodMaria Rosa TravelMary Rossi TravelPlatinum EscapeThe Village TravelTravel Concepts MiltonTrudi’s Travel CentreWOW! TravelBEST TRAVEL AGENCY RETAIL – MULTI LOCATIONAndrew Jones TravelConcierge TravellerDiscover Cruise & TravelEscape Travel – TownsvilleHarvey World Travel Mackay/Mt PleasantiTravelJayes Travel ServicePhil Hoffmann TravelRACQ TravelRACT TravelworldTravel CounsellorsTravel with KidzTravelManagers AustraliaBEST TRAVEL AGENCY CORPORATE – SINGLE LOCATIONAnywhere TravelConcierge BTContinental Pacific TravelDonna Barlow TravelGoldman Travel CorporationMaxim’s TravelSpencer TravelTurtle TravelWOW! TravelBEST TRAVEL AGENCY CORPORATE – MULTI LOCATIONPhil Hoffmann TravelShow Group EnterpriseThe Travel AuthorityTravelforceWorld Travel ProfessionalsBEST NATIONAL CORPORATE TRAVEL MANAGEMENT COMPANYAmerican Express Corporate TravelCarlson Wagonlit TravelCorporate Travel ManagementFcM Travel SolutionsHRG AustraliaBEST TRAVEL CONSULTANT – RETAILAnna Frost – CTM BrisbaneAnna Powell – Australia Zoo TravelCathy Moir – Travel ManagersChristine Benbow – RACT TravelworldCraig Andrew – The Village TravelDaniela Tatonetti – TravelManagersElizabeth Clarke – Travel Concepts MiltonFrances May – STA Acland StJames Hermiston – TravelManagersJennie Allen – British TravelJustin Jowett – Harvey World Travel ChermsideJustine Sealey – Ramsgate TravelLinda Care – Phil Hoffmann TravelLisa Myers – WOW! TravelLisa Whiston – Flight Centre HeidelbergNieccia Miller – Jetset NorwoodPaul Rickard – Harvey World Travel CaloundraSally Wareham Jones – RAA TravelSandra Harvey – Europe Travel CentreBEST TRAVEL CONSULTANT – CORPORATEAaron Sard – Phil Hoffmann TravelAbbie McBrien – CTM MelbourneAntony Armsden-Hutt – CTM BrisbaneBrent De Filippis – CTM Gold CoastCalvin Wilkinson – CTM MelbourneCarol Chapman – World Travel Professionals SouthportChris Perryn – World Travel Professionals BrisbaneClaire Bath – CTM BrisbaneDi Yates – TravelManagersDonna Barlow – Donna Barlow TravelJessica Mattaboni – CTM PerthJulie Brender – Goldman TravelLiz Frampton – RACQ TravelMary Pirimona – CTM BrisbaneRic Patero – TravelManagersRosemary Neeve – TravelforceTina Killeen – Spencer TravelViki Bogdanovski – CTM BrisbaneROOKIE OF THE YEAR – AGENT (UNDER 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY)Abbie Robertson – Harvey World TravelCaloundraHolly Francis – O’Connor Travel CentreJade Crawford – WOW! TravelNelson Fanelli – Flight Centre HeidelbergOlivia Wagner – City Centre TravelRebecca Duthler – Australia Zoo TravelSara Rowe – Travel Hotspot Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
Source = Hotels.com Hotels.com was named “Best Overall Customer Experience”according to a study by Keynote Competitive Research that examines nine of the top onlinetravel websites in the U.S. The rankings were based on responses from 1,800 real users,who were observed as they accomplished tasks on each of the sites, as well as real datacollected through Keynote website monitoring to assess the technical quality of eachwebsite. For this study, Keynote recognised companies with the overall top ranking, as wellas those exhibiting excellence in specific categories.Together with the highest award, Hotels.com gained other notable successes as well:-‐ winning first place in six other categories, including the key service areas of customer satisfaction, customer support and booking process-‐ achieving a total of 12 top three places overall-‐ improving its scores in 14 out of the 16 categories, compared to last year’s results“We’re proud to be honoured with the Keynote Competitive Research’s distinction of bestoverall customer experience as it shows that our commitment to offering a great service toour users is recognised and appreciated,” commented Scott Booker, Senior Vice President,eCommerce for Hotels.com. “Hotels.com is known throughout the industry for our site’s easeof use, features which include over two million unique user-generated hotel reviews, our 24/7customer service, and our price guarantee. ”Additional study findings also discovered that Hotels.com was considered most “convenient” and “friendly” and was also named most “flexible and accommodating to customer requests”.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will conduct the Australian Census tonight (9 August) with travellers reminded that they are required to participate regardless of where they are and where they come from.The Census aims to count the number of people in the country, collect data on their dwellings and analyse their behaviour so governments can better plan infrastructure and community services. Travellers staying in hotels, hostels and other lodging will be provided with details about the Census by property management whilst those travelling on a plane, ship, train or bus on Census night should be contacted by their transport operators. The ABS has made arrangements for visitors to remote areas with Traveller’s Packs available from designated collection points located around Australia. The Australian Census is carried out every five years. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
Source = SA Tourism Industry Council Five of South Australia’s finest tourism experiences have been inducted into the State’s Tourism Hall of Fame at the 2011 South Australian Tourism Awards, after winning their category for a third year in a row: Santos Tour Down Under – best Major Festivals & Events Getaways Reservation Service – best Specialised Tourism Services Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre – best Visitor Information & Services Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage – best Hosted Accommodation The Sebel Playford Adelaide – best Luxury AccommodationProducer, writer and presenter, Ron Kandelaars, with Channel 9’s tourism and lifestyle program Postcards, was also honoured for his involvement in tourism, receiving the award for an Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.Ron’s love of a good story and the pride he takes in his craft; his genuine interest in the characters and tourism businesses; his ability to connect with interviews and audiences; and his ongoing commitment to promoting and fostering the SA tourism industry make him a worthy recipient.More than 550 people attended the black tie event at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where 28 awards were presented to businesses and individuals judged to be the most outstanding in their category (full list attached).A further 78 entrants who achieved a high standard in their category were recognised with a gold, silver or bronze medal.Tourism Minister Gail Gago congratulated all winners and inductees to the Hall of Fame.“The awards showcase outstanding tourism events, operators and services in South Australia,” the Minister says.“I was highly impressed by the breadth of talent from the Outback to the coast.“It’s tremendous to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the industry.”South Australian Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Ward Tilbrook says an impressive 150 entries were received this year, with almost 65% of our winners from regional South Australia.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Correcting incorrect media reports, the Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) has issued a statement assuring that the “impending demise” of Newmans Holidays is completely “inaccurate”.The company’s Australian wholesale general manager Rohan Moss said in a statement that the company was “very successful” over the Sky season despite a difficult year and the Group was committed to the evolution of the brand strategy.“I would like to reconfirm our commitment to Newmans Holidays, a brand synonymous with quality New Zealand Holidays and expertise,” Mr Moss stressed.He added that Newmans Holidays contact centre team were still in place and that JTG would continue to represent the brand. Newmans Holidays is preparing to unveils its 2012 Ski range brochure early next year and according to Mr Moss is filled with up to 100 pages of “quality holiday product”.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J/ K.W Aiming to better market T-QUAL Accredited operators, Tourism Australia has announced a new partnership with TripAdvisor that will see the micro site feature Australian tourism products carrying the T-QUAL Tick.Launching today, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy explained the agreement would help drive some of the 44 million TripAdvisor consumers to learn more about the Australian products awarded with the symbol of quality.“Word-of-mouth advocacy is incredibly powerful in destination marketing – whether it is the endorsement of high profile celebrities or grassroots advocacy through channels like TripAdvisor, Facebook, Twitter or Wiebo in China,” Mr McEvoy said.“The highest quality products will be promoted through the best form of advocacy – visitors who have experienced the products, and will further get the message out to Australians that the best holiday experiences are in their own backyard.”T-QUAL will help travellers to make more informed choices based on the accreditation of Australia’s best tourism products and services, giving them the confidence in booking with the knowledge that they will be taken care of.Backing the new initiative, the tourism Group added that it is looking to unveil a new T-QUAL Tick Tour early hosted by celebrity chef Matt Moran early next year as well as offer T-QUAL products preferential listing on Australia.com.“It is fantastic to have Matt Moran on board with the T-QUAL Tick Tour,” Mr McEvoy said. “As one of the most well-known and celebrated individuals in the hospitality industry, Matt has proven to be an outstanding advocate for Australian holidays as part of our Friends of Australia program.”Already up on TripAdvisor, accredited operators include EcoCertified Tourism, Earthcheck, AAA Tourism, Respecting Our Culture (ROC), Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP) and Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia, with a further 12 000 operators to join them.