Cannes sets new beach rule amid terrorism concerns

first_img Share Friday, July 29, 2016 Source: The Associated Press Cannes sets new beach rule amid terrorism concerns PARIS — Vacationers in the French Riviera city of Cannes have been banned from bringing big bags to the beach for security reasons in hopes of deterring a terrorist attack.Cannes Mayor David Lisnard says the restriction seeks to stop “bags that could contain explosives or weapons and allows police forces to intervene in a pragmatic way.”Lisnard said Thursday that the ban on large backpacks, suitcases and other luggage would run until at least the end of October.His decision comes two weeks after a Tunisian man used a truck to kill 84 people celebrating Bastille Day on the waterfront in Nice, 33 kilometres (21 miles) northeast of Cannes, and two days after a Catholic priest was killed while celebrating Mass in Normandy, northern France. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: France, Travel Alertlast_img read more

Hawaiis Island Air files for bankruptcy

first_img Share Tags: Hawaii Posted by Hawaii’s Island Air files for bankruptcy << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img HONOLULU — Hawaii’s second-largest airline, Island Air, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy.The company states the bankruptcy filing was caused by threats of legal action to ground the aircraft and strand hundreds of passengers. The filing prevents the threatened action and allows it to continue interisland service for its customers.The airline just this year brought in a new fleet of larger aircraft as part of an aggressive expansion strategy.This is Island Air’s first bankruptcy filing in 37 years of operation. The airline has lost money for 17 straight quarters.During the reorganization, Island Air stated it expects to fly its scheduled routes as normal and honour all previously purchased tickets and confirmed reservations. The Canadian Press Tuesday, October 17, 2017 last_img read more

Canadian man 51 arrested at airport in Amsterdam for alleged bomb threat

first_imgCanadian man, 51, arrested at airport in Amsterdam for alleged bomb threat << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Canadian Press AMSTERDAM — Police in Amsterdam are interrogating a 51-year-old Canadian man who was arrested after allegedly claiming he had a bomb at at the city’s Schiphol Airport.Border patrol agency spokeswoman Joanna Helmonds says authorities are trying to figure out a motive for the alleged incident.She alleges that on Monday, the man reported he had a bomb in his luggage that was set to go off.She says it was a false alarm, but a serious threat nonetheless.Helmonds says the departure hall was evacuated for about half an hour as a precaution, but was later reopened after the arrest.She says he is facing charges in connection to making a false bomb report.Further information, such as the man’s identity or what province he was from, is not available yet as the investigation is ongoing. Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Share Tags: Amsterdam, Schiphol Airportlast_img read more

A blue agenda for Costa Rica is necessary

first_imgNo related posts. By Enrique Ramírez Guier    |   Director, Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP)According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) latest report on the state of world fisheries and aquaculture, more than 80 percent of world fisheries are fully exploited, overexploited or depleted, affecting the stability of fishery resources.Costa Rica is no exception. The major impact on the marine ecosystem in our country is that of overfishing with nonselective fishing gear. Between 2000 and 2007, total volume of fisheries products decreased by 40 percent, and by 2012, this decrease has probably reached 50 percent or more. This is the result of extractive fisheries policies – more comparable to those of the 17th century – in which the prevailing criteria are maximum capture, least possible effort, lowest cost and as quickly as possible.FAO and World Bank data indicate the world economy could recover up to $50 billion annually should fish stocks be restored and the fishing effort reduced to optimal levels. In Costa Rica, we are lacking this type of study, as there is no planning involved in the management of fishery resources.When nations around the world declared exclusive economic zones in the 1970s and 80s, one-third of the planet’s oceans came under control for the very first time, and countries started to take control of their fisheries and resources. Beyond these limits, the prevailing law of the sea has not changed since 1650. In Costa Rica, however, tuna-fishing vessels operate 12 miles from the coast with the consent of authorities, interfering with sportfishing as an economic sector and capturing huge quantities of juvenile fish with purse seines, and some with fish-aggregating devices, especially mahi mahi. On several occasions, these foreign-owned vessels have frightened families of visiting tourists with sticks of dynamite to keep them out of the way while they take tuna from our waters.The depletion of resources due to excessive fishing of shrimp populations has resulted in shrimp-fishing vehicles directing their trawl nets at stocks of conger, snappers and sea bass very close to the coast, competing unfairly with the fleet of artisanal fishers using handlines. Some shrimp vessels have offloaded up to 11 tons of fish – equivalent to three dump trucks – as bycatch from one single vessel, inundating the local market. Such practices drive prices down and deprive more than 14,000 artisanal fishers and their families of their livelihoods for several months at a time. It is estimated that the average waste of unusable discards from shrimp is around 80 percent of total catch. In spite of this reality, the country has no technical or scientific criterion, proportionality or rationality through which to establish a limit to the highly convenient and indefinite concept of bycatch, as a result of which sanctions are conspicuous by their absence in this plundering of our seas.After the Second World War, the Asian fleet started industrial fishing along the Japanese archipelago, and 15 years later, stocks had dropped by 80 percent. They now seek out alternative stocks heading to the eastern Pacific using nonselective surface-longline-fishing gear mainly used for catching sharks. Currently more than 79 million sharks are killed on an annual basis as a result of surface longlines, and it is estimated that 90 percent of the world’s shark populations have disappeared as a result of the lucrative trade in finning, a status symbol of an economically powerful group and part of an unsustainable economic model of consumerism. Longline fishing involves a single line up to 80 miles long with 3,000 baited hooks. It involves sacrificing other species such as porpoises for bait. This form of fishing can hook up to 40 turtles in one cast, in addition to marlin, sailfish and even sea birds, and has a profound impact on biodiversity and the Costa Rican economy. Nonetheless, we open our ports and docks to these foreign fleets leaving the country with only losses and disrepute. Surface-longline fishing also affects the fishing-tourism sector. More than 85 percent of marlin and 90 percent of sailfish populations have disappeared from the Pacific coast due to longlining. The Asian fleet has a curtain of more than 10 million hooks along the Pacific coast, preventing seasonal migrations of marlin, sailfish, sharks and mahi mahi.We have devalued our natural capital that is the basis of a blue economy. But there is still time. Costa Rican seas are a potential source of recreation, tourism, responsible fishing and sportfishing. Here, tourism contributes 25 percent to gross domestic product, and visits to coral reefs generate an estimated $2 billion annually. The Bahamas values a live shark at $250,000 as a result of visits from scuba divers, while dead it is valued at only $50. In Palau – where a shark sanctuary was declared in 2009 – the life of 100 sharks is valued at $1.9 million during their lifecycles, while finned and dead they would be worth a mere $11,000.The University of Costa Rica places a value of $3,000 on a live sailfish, while dead it is worth only ₡1,400 ($3) per kilo at the wholesale market CENADA. We are eating our natural capital. The university’s study indicates that sportfishing attracts more than 100,000 tourists annually and is responsible for creating 4,000 direct jobs and 63,000 indirect ones, and for generating a gross income of almost 2 percent of GDP. But fishing tourists are not returning because fishing tourism is on the decline. Sportfishing is another means to ensure natural capital is benefited from indefinitely, if we are able to save these animals from nonselective fishing practices, such as surface longlining.Marine Areas for Responsible Fishing have been created by organized coastal communities in addressing deteriorating fish stocks, food insecurity, lack of regulations and the absence of fish-resource management. The Marine Areas for Responsible Fishing of Palito en Chira, Tárcoles, Golfo Dulce and, more recently, San Juanillo, have made great efforts to organize themselves and take the preliminary steps toward implementation of a management model. While FAO is considering this initiative as exportable to other fishing communities along the eastern Pacific, fishing authorities in this country have not deigned to reply to this community effort, while 12 shrimp vessels trawl all the fish along the coast of Guiones and San Juanillo.We must recuperate our oceans and our heritage. The sea is part of the environment, and our main economic wealth lies in our biodiversity. Through responsible resource management we can invigorate a blue economy. Through the contribution and cooperation of scientists, fishers, economists, students, government authorities and civil society, we can develop and strengthen the Marine Areas for Responsible Fishing along the whole coast. We can convert indiscriminate fishing gear into selective fishing gear that improves incomes and reduces bycatch, thereby recovering and encouraging fishing tourism as an integral part of economic development. We can also establish laws and regulations pertaining to the use of marine areas, favor the development of biological corridors to guarantee the free migration of species, and establish the basis of a coastal economic policy that increases productivity of our natural capital and the responsible use of marine resources instead of an extractive policy that depletes them.We have 567,000 square kilometers of territory that need to be rediscovered. Let’s bring afloat what is happening to our seas. Let’s support the blue agenda in Costa Rica and responsible fishing policies. It is a question of economic policy and national sovereignty. Sponsored by Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Naked cyclists protest aggressive drivers in Mexico

first_imgNo related posts. A picture is worth 1,000 words. Courtesy of Doctora Molina MEXICO CITY – Thousands of Mexican cyclists rode naked Saturday to protest aggressive drivers and carbon emissions from cars – and the conservativeness of central Mexico’s Jalisco state – organizers said.Some 3,000 demonstrators, some bare head to toe, others in bathing suits or underwear, braved catcalls and embarrassed smiles from residents as they biked some 12 miles (20 kilometers) to end up in Guadalajara, the biggest city in Jalisco state.In downtown Mexico City, nearly 2,000 naked or scantily clad bikers also demonstrated. Some slapped “fragile” stickers on their bodies or painted messages on their skin: “More bicycles, less pollution,” and “The city is for everyone, let bikes pass.” center_img By stripping bare for the ride, the cyclists aimed to highlight the fragility of riders, and the risks they face on busy roads.But for the protesters in Guadalajara, it was also a chance to take a swipe at the conservative climate in that state.“It’s a very conservative city, and I believe that daring to (cycle naked) pushes beyond the limits of the Catholic sense of morality,” said bathing-suit-clad Lucía Escalante, participating in the rally for the first time.“That’s why it’s more important to show here that we are free,” the 27-year-old added.Jalisco, the home of tequila and mariachi music, has in recent years hosted a number of similarly provocative events, including Mexico’s biggest gay pride parade. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

International Cinema Festival starts rolling this Friday

first_imgEspejismo (Mirage)This psychological thriller explores the mind of Daniel, a painter with a tortured past (Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Cine Magaly). If there’s one thing Costa Rica excels at, it’s peace – so it makes sense that a major local film festival would have the theme “Peace with the Earth.” The 2014 International Cinema Festival will explore the concept of peaceful coexistence, and the pursuit of it, from a variety of angles, by way of 73 different features and shorts.Coming at the heels of the Shnit Short Film Festival, this seven-day event will also include a conference about film and audiovisual arts (Nov. 10 & 11, Veritas University).With so many films to choose from, screening at both Cine Magaly and Sala Garbo, you may find yourself stricken with option paralysis. The crowned king of the festival is “Relajos Salvajes” (“Savage Tales”) by Argentinean director Damián Szifrón. The film incorporates several vignettes about violence and revenge, all of them disturbingly hilarious. (Not exactly Costa Rican themes, but hey, it’s international.) La Caja de PandoraThis documentary by Pablo Ortega exposes the flaws on the Caja healthcare system (Nov. 11, 5 p.m., Sala Garbo). If you’re rooting for the home team, here are some selections produced by Costa Rican filmmakers.center_img Related posts:Shnit short film festival premieres at Cine Magaly European Film Festival hits Cine Magaly ‘Festival Under the Stars’ to screen third edition in Puntarenas ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: Baby, it was born to run El Codo del Diablo (The Devil’s Elbow)A 12-year-old boy searches for his father, from Limón to San José, but his pursuit is haunted by a terrible crime (Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Sala Garbo). Volátiles (The Volatile Ones)In Alexandra Latishev’s moving documentary, Costa Ricans with special needs openly discuss their place in the world (Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Sala Garbo).For more information about the film festival, visit its official website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Uruguays Pepe Mujica Regulating marijuana robs narcos of the market

first_imgUruguay’s ex-President José “Pepe” Mujica trumpeted the legalization of recreational marijuana in his home country in comments he made at Casa Presidencial Wednesday. But he stopped short of recommending it for Costa Rica.During his brief stay here at the invitation of the University of Costa Rica’s Student Federation, Mujica commented on his country’s experience with controversial laws passed during his administration (2010-2015). Some are similar to ones that Costa Rica’s legislature is grappling with, including medical marijuana and gay common-law marriage.Mujica, the avuncular former president and former Tupamaros urban guerrilla fighter, said that regulating marijuana “robs narcos of the market” by offering users a legal way to purchase pot. He compared smoking marijuana to drinking rum, noting that occasional use was “tolerable” but excessive use crossed into vice.“Love is the only good drug, all the rest are horrible,” Mujica said.Costa Rican leaders are currently studying the possibility of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Casa Presidencial included a bill from ruling party lawmaker Marvin Atencio in its priorities for the Legislative Assembly’s extraordinary session this month. The bill would regulate the production, distribution and commercialization of marijuana for medical purposes in Costa Rica.During his visit here, the world’s “humblest” president hedged his country’s experience with marijuana legalization when asked if he would recommend it to Costa Rica. Mujica said it was a question for the Costa Rican people and said there was no “magic formula” for addressing the drug war in Latin America.Uruguay, under Mujica, marked another progressive milestone when it legalized same-sex marriage in 2013.Mujica was nonchalant when asked about the law: “All we did was recognize reality.”Here, Casa Presidencial announced recently that it would support Bill 18.483, which would legalize common-law marriages for same-sex couples.Mujica and Solís met privately at Casa Presidencial before speaking with the media on Wednesday. No selfies have yet surfaced. Related posts:Cost of drug war in Costa Rica too high, says former police officer Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed Canada’s next big move? It may be legalizing pot. Mexico’s top court opens door to recreational pot use Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Pot popsicle lands high school student in hospital

first_imgRelated posts:92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Police bust gang for dealing pot, party drugs to teens Former pot growers fueling the US heroin invasion Police burn more than 38,000 marijuana plants found in Talamanca No, that’s not a brain freeze.Forget brownies (so 2014), Costa Rican kids are turning to ice cream get high.A 14-year-old student at a high school in El Guarco, Cartago was admitted to Max Peralta Hospital under the influence of marijuana she consumed as ice cream, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry Friday evening. A friend of the apparently unwitting drug user gave the student the THC treat. The dessert was an apretado, a kind of home-made popsicle frozen in small bags.Police reportedly called the girl’s parents and issued a public call for students to avoid anything handed to them in the street (like strange frozen things in plastic bags).Edible marijuana has taken off in U.S. states like Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana use. Law enforcement there has expressed concern over the home-made marijuana treats, from candies to brownies to other desserts, because the THC used in them is not regulated by state law.The police statement assured all that the girl “received medical attention and was out of danger.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

American Colony to host 56th annual US Independence Day picnic on Sunday

first_imgFor one day out of the year U.S. citizens and their Tico friends and families have a reasonable excuse to pig out on hot dogs, drink beer before noon, and get in ultra-competitive water balloon fights.That day is soon approaching as the American Colony Committee hosts its 56th annual 4th of July picnic on Sunday.Though the party technically falls on the 3rd this year, there will be no shortage of Independence Day spirit on hand for this year’s picnic, which will include a litany of family activities and games, as well as hot dogs and domestic birra. A water balloon toss at the American Colony’s 2015 Independence Day picnic. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesWhereThe picnic will again be held at Cervecería Costa Rica in Alajuela just off the General Cañas Highway (see map for precise location). Event-goers can no longer park along the side of the road, but there will be safe parking off of the Río Segundo road with free shuttle bus service going to and from the entrance. Waze users can enter “2016 Picnic Parking” into the app for step-by-step directions, as well.WhenThis year’s picnic is scheduled to run Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, with the all-important flag raising ceremony happening at 11 a.m. There will be a post-picnic fireworks show at 6 p.m. on Avenida Escazú. ¡Zarpe! Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesWho/$The picnic is open to all U.S. citizens and their immediate families. Each U.S. citizen is allowed to bring one Costa Rican friend. U.S. citizens must show their passports and Ticos must show their cédula at the entrance.A donation of ₡5,000, or $10, is collected at the entrance. All drinks, food, and games are included in the admission. Children 5 and under get in free.ActivitiesThis year’s live music comes courtesy of the band CRC. On the dance floor, the Coffee Pickin’ Squares will also be keeping the crowd entertained with square dancing.Other activities include face painting, water balloon contests, volleyball and sack races.For more information, please visit the American Colony Committee website. And don’t forget to check out the event program! Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Locals in Manuel Antonio prevent robbery of U.S. tourist with citizen’s arrest Former U.S. convict Dan Fowlie speaks out against being barred entry to Costa Rica again Costa Rican Coast Guard rescues U.S. tourists adrift at sea near Quepos Israeli investor accuses U.S. man of heading medical marijuana fraudlast_img read more

Body found in jets landing gear at Heathrow

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day LONDON (AP) – British Airways says a body has been found in a passenger plane that landed at London’s Heathrow Airport after a flight from South Africa.The airline says a man’s body was found Thursday inside the landing gear bay of a Boeing 747 at the end of a flight from Cape Town.BA says it is working with South African authorities and Cape Town’s airport and investigating how the incident took place. Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories center_img London police said the dead man was not a crew member or passenger on the flight and the death is not being treated as suspicious.It said it is working to determine the man’s identity.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Young Ecuadoreans stage musical sensation

first_imgQUITO, Ecuador (AP) – Not long ago, most of the 80 young cast members of one of Ecuador’s most successful musicals were barely seen or heard.They are blind, autistic, have Down syndrome or other disabilities. But on stage, the actors, singers and dancers of “Suenos,” or “Dreams,” easily transcend their limitations.“What I like about this project is that it dignifies the disabled. Above all, the intellectually challenged, who have faced a lot of prejudice,” said Marisol Nunez, a young blind woman whose acting and singing has captivated crowds. Nunez lost her eyesight as a child to a congenital disease and is among the most experienced actors and singers in the cast.The musical, which premiered three years ago, is based in part on the dreams of young people with disabilities and is presented by the nonprofit foundation El Triangulo.Those dreams have now been shared with thousands, and not just in Ecuador. Scenes from the musical have also been performed by cast members in the United States and Europe.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

DEA raids clinics pharmacies in pill mill crackdown

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Keith Brown said the medical professionals arrested had forgotten their pledge to “do no harm.”Agents in Arkansas raided a medical clinic, detaining seven, and also swept into a pharmacy.DEA data show Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana were among the top 11 states for prescribing hydrocodone in 2014.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How do cataracts affect your vision? 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal agents say they have carried out raids at medical clinics and pharmacies in four Southern states as part of a crackdown intended to help people addicted to prescription drugs.Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided facilities in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi on Wednesday.They said over the past 16 months, 280 people have been arrested under “Operation Pilluted,” including 22 doctors and pharmacists. The crackdown targeted the illegal sales of painkillers, including oxycodone and hydrocodone. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories last_img read more

Hotel industry surprises with higher occupancies last year

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X In a recent survey of the Australian hotel industry it was discovered that some 39% of properties actually saw an increase in occupancies last year, proving more resilient than first thought.Conducted by the Hotel, Motel and Accommodation Association (HMAA) the survey found that the Australian hospitality industry did not appear to be as hard hit by the GFC as initially predicted.Still it topped the list, with 58% of properties saying that the GFC was the biggest concern for them last year, and 56% of respondents felt that the federal government was not supportive of the accommodation industry.Though occupancies may have been up, most properties scarified higher profits for bumps in beds.“Whilst occupancies in some regions and sectors are of a major concern, of a greater concern is the return on capital investment and room rates as we have seen operators forfeiting profits for occupancy,” says Lorraine Duffy, HMAA CEO, of the report’s findings.She adds that the association will continue to lobby on behalf of accommodation providers on each level of government. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

BA ground staff agrees to pay freeze job cuts

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) has reached an agreement with GMB trade union members at London’s Heathrow Airport. The GMB union said 97 percent of its 1,000 members had voted to accept the offer, regarding pay and staffing levels, which was reached last month after more than a year of negotiations.”This vote is a ringing endorsement of all the hard work done by GMB workplace representatives at BA over 12 months to achieve a negotiated settlement to secure a future for the airline,” Mick Rix, GMB national officer for civil aviation, said in a statement.”GMB members hope that the future for BA will be bright and that when growth resumes that the prosperity can be shared between our members and the company.”The GMB confirmed that the deal involved a one-year pay freeze, as well as agreements on new employment and staffing levels.As a result of the settlement, a total of 500 jobs will be lost, all through voluntary redundancies.According to the GMB, a set of procedures has also been put in place to deal with any future changes.The settlement follows last month’s resolution of a dispute between Unite union ground staff and British airport operator BAA, which saved BAA’s six British airports from having to close.Despite the agreement with ground staff, BA still remains in an ongoing dispute with many of its cabin crew.This dispute has resulted in a series of Unite strikes, which have cost the carrier GBP£150 million. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Oman Air Scoops Top Industry Award

first_imgSource = Oman Air The award recognised Oman Air’s pioneering introduction of in-flight mobile phone and Wi-Fi connectivity, which utilises the Airbus ALNA V2 system and Honeywell’s SwiftBroadband (SBB) solution, via OnAir and Inmarsat.The award was accepted by Oman Air’s Chief Officer, Management Affairs, Abdulaziz Al Raisi, at a spectacular ceremony held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, attracting many international leaders of the aerospace industry alongside a host of other VIPS. Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Hill, said: “Oman Air is extremely proud to have won this important award and to be recognised as the first airline in the world to offer both full mobile phone and Wi-Fi connectivity onboard our widebody fleet. “The introduction of this cutting-edge technology offers passengers the convenience of connecting to the Internet and any one of a range of hand-held devices from the comfort of their seat. With the ability to make phone calls, send text messages, use instant messaging, check emails, surf the web or update social media, passengers onboard Oman Air’s A330 flights need never be out of touch with the world, even as they fly.” Organised by publisher ITP Business, the award has established itself as the ultimate celebration of achievements within the Middle East aerospace industry over the past 12 months. The 4th Annual Aviation Business Awards included 15 categories in total, covering the airline, airport and cargo sectors, and entries were assessed by  a prestigious panel of experts, selected from within the Middle East aerospace industry. Oman Air’s award win follows a year in which the airline has been at the forefront of technological innovation. In addition to in-flight connectivity, the airline has introduced a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system, featuring audio and video on demand and live satellite TV, as well as launching a new fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft and expanding its network to include      a range of exciting new destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.  Chief Officer, Management Affairs Abdulaziz Al Raisi, of Oman Air, added:  “I am extremely pleased to have received this award on behalf of Oman Air. We are honoured to have won the award in this highly competitive category, and against such worthy competitors, and we look forward to announcing further innovations and initiatives which will offer even more choice and value for our customers.”last_img read more

IHG launches Build for Success

first_imgInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today launches Build for Success, a new online platform for owners of Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.The new platform provides hotel owners and developers with valuable tools and resources to enable a more efficient approach to the hotel design and development process.IHG Australia Middle East Africa (AMEA) vice president, design and engineering, Khirstie Myles said Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are excited to introduce the online platform.“Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are two of the most globally recognised hotel brands and there is no doubt of their popularity amongst our guests,” Ms Myles said.“With the higher and faster return on investment these brands can provide they draw considerable interest from our hotel owners and development partners.“The Build for Success model is our solution to developing even better quality hotels under both brands and will help ensure our hotels open on time without sacrificing quality.”The Build for Success platform contains three main components: The Guide, The Roadmap and The Base.Upon signing a hotel management or franchise agreement, hotel owners will be able to access all components of the platform to help them understand and execute the development process.It will also ensure each hotel design meets guests’ expectations, reduce consultancy needs and costs, maximise revenue generating space in the hotels and increase speed to the market.IHG currently operates 109 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels across 27 countries in the AMEA region, with an additional 89 properties set to open in the next three to five years.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

Refurbished Six Senses Samui reopens

first_imgAfter an extensive upgrade and revitalisation of guest accommodations and public areas, Six Senses Samui reopens with refreshed interiors on July 1, 2015.The addition of floor to ceiling glass walls in the bathrooms make the well-appointed accommodations feel brighter, airy and more spacious as though the guest is ensconced in an open-view cube yet secluded by lush landscaping and trees.Updated furnishings and a new layout create additional space, allowing guests to enjoy their in-villa experience to the fullest. Bathrooms are fully enclosed and air conditioned for added comfort while the popular open showers have been retained. The entire villa interior and furnishings have been refinished with lighter tones conveying a more modern feel.All villa pools have been resurfaced with turquoise stone tiles, while an additional seven pools have been added to make a grand total 59 villas with private pools plus the main infinity pool. The resort still offers the choice of seven Hideaway Villas that feature spacious entertaining and lounging decks rather than a private swimming pool.Completed in time to welcome guest’s to Samui’s high season, the all-day venue Dining on the Hill and the adjacent spectacular infinity pool have also undergone an upgrade, with new landscaping, new decking and refreshed furniture. There’s a great new display buffet counter, plus a hot show kitchen. The resort’s much-awarded signature restaurant Dining on the Rocks also introduces an exciting new lounge deck.General Manager Gary Henden said, “I am delighted to see the exciting evolution of Six Senses Samui. The revitalised product and enhanced services lift our resort to new heights on the island and entire region. Our talented designers have succeeded in delivering a lighter, brighter and more spacious feel with improved functionality to give our guests an enhanced stay. ”Six Senses Samui opened in 2004 and has increased its popularity among Thai and international travellers over the last 11 years. Having hosted top charity events, gala dinners and memorable celebrations, together with Six Senses Spa, the resort has been awarded numerous local and international awards. Six Senses Samui Source = Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spaslast_img read more

Travel Counsellors launch video series

first_imgSource = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellors launch video seriesTravel Counsellors launch video seriesFeaturing content cultivated from a coast-to-coast video shoot, Travel Counsellors recently launched a series of new videos that provide a glimpse into the lives of Australian Travel Counsellors operating from home offices across Australia.From a sheep station in Western Australia, to an apartment on the Gold Coast, a home office in Western Sydney and a family home on the south coast of New South Wales, the new videos provide insight into the lives of Travel Counsellors operating home-based travel businesses all over Australia.Sharing their backgrounds, motivations, triumphs and challenges, the personal stories of the Travel Counsellors featured in the videos demonstrate the diverse range of agents that choose to run their businesses with the home-based travel network. Ranging in age from 33 to 66, the agents featured in the videos highlight the fact that Travel Counsellors come from all generations and walks of life.To be used as a recruitment and brand awareness tool, the videos can currently be viewed on the Travel Counsellors YouTube channel HEREWhile filming the videos some recurrent themes emerged, with work/life balance one of the most common elements that attracted the agents to the Travel Counsellors model. From having more time to spend with children, to taking advantage of the freedom that comes with setting your own work hours, and enjoying working from the comfort of a beautiful, home office environment, the agents featured in the videos are a great example of how the Travel Counsellors brand supports a healthy work/life balance.Receiving high levels of support, being able to book a wide range of travel products, giving highly personalised customer service and having the ability to earn uncapped earnings were also key reasons many of the agents profiled in the videos chose to join (and stay with) Travel Counsellors.Kaylene Shuttlewood, Regional Managing Director Travel Counsellors Australia believes that travel agents are increasingly looking for ways to further their careers, maximise their earning potential and develop genuine, lasting relationships with their clients. “These videos highlight the many talented agents that represent the Travel Counsellors brand across the nation. Each of them come from diverse backgrounds and approach their work in different ways, but what unites them is a passion for travel, a desire to build a sustainable travel business and a commitment to providing the very best, personalised service to their clients,” says Kaylene.last_img read more

Qatar Airways To Bring its StateoftheArt Airbus A3501000 to New Yo

first_imgQatar Airways Airbus A350-1000Qatar Airways To Bring its State-of-the-Art Airbus A350-1000 to New York’s JFKQatar Airways is pleased to announce that its ultra-modern Airbus A350-1000 will join the airline’s New York JFK route starting 28 October 2018, the airline’s first commercial route to the U.S. operated with this state-of-the-art aircraft.Qatar Airways is the global launch customer for the world’s most advanced passenger aircraft, the latest member of the Airbus wide-body aircraft portfolio, which currently operates daily non-stop service between Doha and London.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are thrilled to introduce the A350-1000 on flights to and from JFK, one of our key U.S. gateways. The introduction of this next-generation aircraft to the route demonstrates our commitment to providing passengers travelling to and from the U.S. with the most modern and technologically-advanced aircraft available, ensuring that their experience is second-to-none. We look forward to welcoming all passengers travelling to and from the U.S. on board this spectacular aircraft.”The A350-1000 offers a total of 327 seats across two cabins, with 46 award-winning Qsuite Business Class seats and 281 18-inch extra wide Economy Class seats. The aircraft provides enhanced levels of passenger comfort, thanks to the lowest twin-engine noise level of any aircraft, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting.Like the A350-900, more than 70 per cent of the A350-1000’s lightweight airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 per cent), titanium and advanced aluminum alloys. The aircraft’s carbon fibre reinforced plastic fuselage results in lower fuel burn, as well as easier maintenance. The A350-1000 also features a distinctive all-new, six-wheel main landing gear and four per cent larger wings.Qatar Airways’ A350-1000 features the airline’s patented, award-winning Business Class experience, Qsuite, which offers the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Qsuite is currently available on flights to and from JFK, as well as Washington, D.C., Chicago and Houston.Qatar Airways is known for its commitment to innovation; in addition to being the global launch customer for the A350-1000, the airline was the global launch customer for the A350-900 in 2014. The airline also recently took delivery of its fourth Gulfstream G650ER executive aircraft, the fastest ultra-long-range business jet in the world, making Qatar Airways the largest owner-operator of Gulfstream G650ERs.Qatar Airways serves 10 cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The award-winning airline provides double-daily flights from New York’s JFK airport.A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, with a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents. The award-winning airline recently revealed a host of upcoming new global destinations, including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia; and Da Nang, Vietnam. Source = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more