first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Baluchistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the violence began Friday night when the gunmen abducted 25 passengers and killed 19. He said authorities recovered the remaining six passengers, one of whom is in critical condition.Bugti said the abductors initially captured 70 passengers but let around 50 flee.Private satellite news channel Geo TV aired an interview with a man it identified as a survivor, who said the gunmen who attacked the buses wore security force uniforms. He said the gunmen separated passengers by ethnicity, ordering Pashtun people to stand in line while allowing Baluch passengers to flee.“The gunmen lined up Pashtun passengers after checking their identity cards and then opened fire,” said the survivor, who the channel did not identify by name.No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Baluchistan is the scene of a low-intensity insurgency by Baluch nationalists, separatists and other groups demanding more autonomy and a greater share of the province’s gas and mineral resources. Similar attacks by Baluch nationalists have seen them let Baluch flee.Elsewhere in Pakistan, a suicide bomber blew himself up Friday near a stadium in Lahore where a cricket match was underway between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, killing a police officer and wounding six, Information Minister Pervez Rashid told Geo TV. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces launched a major operation before dawn Saturday to hunt down gunmen who hijacked two buses and killed at least 19 passengers in the country’s southwest, officials said.In a statement, the country’s paramilitary Frontier Corps said 200 troops were taking part in the operation in the country’s restive Baluchistan province, the home of a long-running insurgency that has seen increasing violence in recent weeks. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Police initially said the explosion, which was heard during the match, was caused by an electric transformer nearly a kilometer (mile) away from the Gaddafi Stadium.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, but the Pakistani Taliban, which has been at war with the government for years, has carried out past suicide bombings targeting civilians.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

first_img Top Stories FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. The Synagogue Church of All Nations of televangelist T. B. Joshua on Thursday, July 9, 2015 rejected a coroner’s report recommending prosecution of the Nigerian church and two structural engineers in the collapse of a church building that killed 116 people, most of them visitors from South Africa. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File) Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img Fatal building collapses occur frequently in Nigeria because corruption and bureaucratic delays lead to shoddy infrastructure.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In a verdict Wednesday, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe said the Sept. 12 church building collapse was caused by “structural failure due to the combination of designs and detailing errors.”Komolafe said the victims were 85 South Africans, 22 Nigerians, two citizens of Benin and one from Togo. Another six bodies were unidentified, he said.The remains of only 74 South Africans made it home, and then only two months later. There was no explanation for the discrepancy, one of many that dogged the tragedy that soured relations between Nigeria and South Africa.The church said Thursday that it maintains the collapse at its sprawling campus on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria’s ocean-side megacity, was caused by the overflight of a mysterious plane possibly connected to Islamic extremists.“The church maintains its stand that the incident was as a result of sabotage,” its statement said.The coroner recommended prosecution for “criminal negligence” of structural engineers Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun of HardRock Construction Co. Ltd.He said the church should be investigated and prosecuted for its failure to obtain building permits. The church said it had begun that process. LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian televangelist’s church on Thursday rejected a coroner’s report recommending prosecution of the church and two structural engineers in last year’s collapse of a building that killed 116 people, most of them visitors from South Africa.In a statement, the Synagogue Church of All Nations of televangelist T. B. Joshua called the report “unreasonable, one-sided and biased.” Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

first_imgGerman news agency dpa quoted one of the lawyers, Wolfgang Heer, as saying ahead of the court’s decision that if the court approved their resignation, the trial against Zschaepe would likely have to start over.German media have reported that Zschaepe distrusts Heer and his two colleagues, Anja Sturm and Wolfgang Stahl. Her recent request that they be replaced was denied by the court, though it did grant her a fourth attorney.Revelations about the authorities’ bungling of the case have caused deep embarrassment in Germany, as well as accusations of deliberate cover-ups.Official inquiries showed investigators in different parts of Germany failed to exchange important clues about the group after they were first sought by police in 1998.For years police also attributed most of the killings to immigrant gangs, sparking a debate about institutional racism in Germany.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 Lawyers of defendant Beate Zschaepe, alleged member of the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground, NSU, from left : Anja Sturm, Wolfgang Stahl and Wolfgang Heer leave the court in Munich, Germany, Monday, July 20, 2015. The three court-appointed lawyers for the sole surviving suspect in Germany’s biggest neo-Nazi murder trial have asked the court for permission to resign. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk BERLIN (AP) — A Munich court on Monday ordered three lawyers to continue their defense in Germany’s biggest neo-Nazi murder trial, rejecting their request to resign from the case.The three court-appointed attorneys had asked to be relieved from defending Beate Zschaepe, who has been on trial since May 2012 for alleged complicity in 10 murders.Prosecutors allege that she was part of a group, calling itself National Socialist Underground, which allegedly killed eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007. The group’s two other members died in an apparent murder-suicide in November, 2011. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 26,000 to 255,000, the fewest since November 1973, the Labor Department said Thursday. If the data were adjusted for the growth of the U.S. population since then, last week’s figure would likely be an all-time low.The four-week average, a less volatile number, fell 4,000 to 278,500. The average has fluctuated around that figure since May.That is a far cry from the depths of the 2008-2009 Great Recession, when more than 600,000 people were applying for jobless aid each week.One reason for last week’s drop, however, is that auto plants and other factories close briefly in July to prepare for next year’s models. That pushed up applications in the previous two weeks. Now that many factories have reopened, applications have fallen back.“We should always take this summer period for claims with a grain of salt,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets. “From a long-term perspective, we’re still looking at claims bobbing around at the lowest level in ages.”“Employers are holding tightly onto their staff,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “This is the flipside of the difficulty they report in finding qualified people.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years after a brutal recession that wiped out more than 8.5 million jobs, Americans are now enjoying a nearly unprecedented level of job security.The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest in nearly 42 years. Applications for jobless benefits are a proxy for layoffs, so the low level indicates that employers are keeping their staffs and likely hiring at a steady pace. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Comments   Share   Analysts expect the economy will expand at about a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, after contracting 0.2 percent in the first three months of the year.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at .Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories With layoffs down, employers are also hiring more to meet greater demand for their goods and services. The economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent.The economy has gained nearly 3 million jobs in the past year. With that many more people earning paychecks, economists forecast that spending should pick up and help fuel growth for the rest of this year.Even so, there are some signs of ongoing weakness in the job market.The unemployment rate fell in June mostly because many of the unemployed stopped looking for work, rather than found jobs. The proportion of Americans working or looking for work fell to a 38-year low.And average hourly pay was unchanged last month from May. Pay has risen at roughly a 2 percent annual pace since the recession ended in 2009, below the 3.5 percent typical in a healthy economy.That sluggish wage growth is likely keeping spending from increasing as much as the healthy job growth would suggest. Sales at retailers and restaurants fell last month, the government said earlier this month.Yet home sales have picked up, and Americans are buying more cars. Sales of existing homes jumped in June to an eight-year high. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

first_imgTrafalgar are reporting more than 20 per cent growth in sales for its European Christmas itineraries, and are expecting a similar upturn with its latest 2011/12 Autumn, Winter & Spring programme.The new brochure, launched today with discounted rates and an added agents incentive to win Apple products, offers customers new tours including an English Stately Homes at Christmas as well as adding the popular At Leisure programme for the first time to the range.“The tours were built on from consumer feedback,” Trafalgar, Managing Director, Matthew Cameron-Smith said.Also new is the incorporation of Eurostar and New Year Eve transfers, and all inclusive wine to be served during the major meal each night.The brochure, launched earlier this year due to market demand, is expected to follow other packages with a shorter lead time for bookings, according to Mr Cameron-Smith.“Australians are still weighing up their options.  There’s more options for travel these days and everyone is very deal orientated.”Mr Cameron-Smith said there was a “real pick-up” on Trafalgar’s new products, which also encourage repeat passengers to diversify their selection of tours.Although the European summer programme is still the company’s most popular, Mr Cameron-Smith said the Christmas itineraries was still an integral part of the mix and offers would-be travellers savings of up to 20-30 per cent compared to other times of the year.“The winter prices are sharper, more inclusive and we are transparent with our guests on their inclusions,” he said.The USA family programme has also been successful, which Mr Cameron-Smith attributed to the strong Australian dollar and inter-generational travel options.A trend of attracting a new demographic of younger travellers has also boosted business, with Mr Cameron-Smith specifically identifying local Regional Tours as a key seller for “changing the conversation we have with guests, changing the perception of our brand in the marketplace”.Mr Cameron-Smith urged agents to continue selling 2011 summer itineraries with several tours still offering good availability.New demand for Groups has resulted in the appointment of a specialised team at Trafalgar to handle growing enquiries.For more information on Trafalgar’s 2011/12 Autumn, Winter & Spring program, visit Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

first_imgSingapore’s new low-cost carrier, Scoot, has made bookings available for airfares on its first two routes between Sydney or the Gold Coast and Singapore. Opened to the public at 6am on 22 March Singapore-time, Scoot offered its first departures from 26 June (Sydney) and 27 June (Gold Coast) through till 27 October 2012. “The commencement of sales is a huge milestone for Scoot, so we wanted to celebrate in a big way. “Besides being a fantastic deal, $88 each way, including taxes, it’s also a statement of intent: that Scoot will continue to offer exceptional value and give more people more opportunity to travel farther,” Scoot’s CEO, Campbell Wilson said.Scoot made use of social networking giant Facebook in order to promote its product and allowed the public to bid the price of airfares down. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Scoot Chief, Campbell Wilson celebratesImage Source: SMHlast_img read more

first_img…… The world’s next high speed rail link. Image: Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jcenter_img Giving airlines new competition, Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to build a new high speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.Launching in 2020, the new transport system is expected to cut down travel time, taking only 90 minutes to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa.Singaporean and Malaysian leaders have described the rail link as a “game changer” and expect it to stimulate travel between the two cities as well as enhance business linkages.Think high speed rail will give airlines a run for their money? last_img read more

first_imgVirgin Australia’s ownership travelling further offshore. Singapore Airlines has announced it will acquire a further 9.9 percent in Virgin Australia, increasing its stake in the carrier to 19.9 percent.Subject to regulatory approval, the purchase will include 255.5 million shares at 48 Australian cents per share for a total consideration of AU$122.6 million.In November last year, Singapore Airlines completed its ten percent investment in the airline, purchasing 245,577,511 shares for AU$105 million.Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong said the purchase is an example of the carrier’s commitment to the Australian market and support for the ongoing transformation of Virgin Australia.Currently, Air New Zealand holds 19 percent stake in Virgin Australia and Etihad holds eight percent.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

first_imgEtihad Airways has celebrated an aviation milestone – the delivery of its 100th and 101st aircraft.The 100th aircraft, a new A321-231 was delivered from the Airbus Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg and the aircraft was welcomed by over 500 Etihad Airways employees at a specially organised photo session.Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, James Hogan said that the new aircraft delivery is a turning point.“This is an important day for an airline which launched operations just over ten years ago. Etihad Airways continues to grow, to prosper and to lead the way in innovation and service,” Mr Hogan said.“Today, we fly the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient aircraft available, setting new standards in comfort and reliability.”The 101st aircraft, an Airbus A320-200 as well as the A321 are equipped with sharklets (blended winglets) which significantly increase fuel efficiency.In November 2013, Etihad Airways placed the biggest ever aircraft order at the Dubai Airshow with a value of US $67 billion for up to 199 aircraft and 294 engines.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

first_imgSource = Tourism Fiji Fiji Trade and Tourism Minister Mr Faiyaz S. KoyaMinister Koya commends the Fijian tourism industryA special session for representatives of the various associations within the tourism infantry, called by the Honorable Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism in Fiji, Mr Faiyaz S. Koya, was held on Saturday (27 February) at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi.In his opening address, Mr Koya commended the entire tourism industry for their swift responsiveness to the recent natural disaster.“I am very proud of the resilience of the tourism stakeholders, as they have come together once again in a time of need and strategized on how to ensure that the visitor numbers do not decline,” Mr Koya said.The Honourable Minister also acknowledged the activation of the Tourism Action Group (TAG), saying that the best way to enable all Fijians to rebuild their lives after a disaster is to provide them a continued stream of income and improving tourism can bring those benefits to the people in the form of employment.“We need the visitors to come to Fiji,” he added.The Tourism Advisory Group (TAG), which is made up of key representatives from each sector within the tourism industry will focus on immediate actions to reduce booking cancellations due to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston to parts of Fiji.And most importantly, focus on educating travellers that tourism in Fiji is very much active and ready to receive all our guests with the usual “Bula” smile.“We as the Fijian Government also are standing ready to address any concerns and provide the necessary policy support that will enable faster recovery,” Mr Koya said. Tourism Fijilast_img read more

first_imgEtihad Airways today officially opened its spectacular new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport, offering guests a stylish, comfortable environment in which they can relax, re-energise, dine, work or be entertained pre-flight.A natural light filled space with floor-to-ceiling glass, it offers expansive views across the runway. At more than 800m2 with seating capacity for up to 133 guests, it is the airline’s largest Premium Lounge outside Abu Dhabi.A centrepiece of the new lounge is the intimate 26-seat dining area. Here guests will enjoy the airline’s signature hospitality with restaurant-style a la carte dining and an international buffet.Shane O’Hare, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Marketing, who cut the ceremonial ribbon with Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi at today’s official opening said, “The new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport is in a class of its own – it is the airport lounge as it is commonly known, totally reimagined.“Blending the best of a fine dining restaurant and a chic city cocktail bar, this lounge is a showcase of intelligent design and sophistication where guests will enjoy the highest levels of comfort and luxury, complemented by our world-class hospitality, culinary innovation and cutting-edge beverage technology.“The opening of this remarkable new facility and the launch of our flagship A380 services on 1 June, offer travellers on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route our most compelling guest experience proposition ever.”Another striking feature is the sculptural showcase bar, stocked with wines from Victorian makers and more than 70 premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs.  A bespoke cocktail menu is also available.From an interior design perspective, the principles of style, space and serenity are complemented by Etihad Airways’ distinctive ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ branding.  With its geometric patterns and colour palette inspired by the UAE landscape, it is the ultimate expression of 21st century Abu Dhabi modernism.Custom furnishings – by Boss – offer lounge guests a choice of seating styles, each designed for maximum comfort while dining, working and relaxing.With the commencement of A380 services from 1 June, guests in The Residence will enjoy the exclusivity of a private lounge – discreetly located adjacent to the main lounge entry.With custom-made arm chairs upholstered in Poltrona Frau Italian leather, plush soft furnishings, its own restroom and separate entry, The Residence Lounge embodies the bespoke luxury and personalised service that is synonymous with the airline’s most exclusive hospitality experience.Other amenities in the main lounge include separate male and female restrooms with shower facilities and Scaramouche + Fandago products, dedicated male and female ablution and prayer rooms, a children’s playroom, and a luggage room.High-speed Wi-Fi connectivity is complimentary and multi-zone electric and USB power outlets are conveniently located throughout the lounge.Guests in The Residence, First Apartments and Business Studios will be invited to visit the lounge pre-flight. Platinum, Gold and Silver members of Etihad Guest and eligible members of Etihad Airways Partners and partner airline loyalty programs will also be able to use the lounge when travelling in Economy Class. Guests must be booked on an Etihad Airways-operated flight on the same day.Located in Terminal 2 adjacent to gate 10, the lounge will open approximately three hours prior to the departure of Etihad Airways’ twice daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights. Fly Etihad AirwaysSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

first_imgSource = Metro Hotel on Pitt Metro Hotel on Pitt in Sydney CBD awarded has awarded Metro Hotel on Pitt, for the second consecutive year, with a 2016 Award of Excellence, due to an average review score of 8.2, based on positive online feedback from its guests.The award recognises the hotel as a best guest experience provider among some 800,000 properties on The site features more than 42 million guest reviews on its website and mobile apps.The annual award honours accommodation partners for their achievements as measured by their overall guest review score on the site. To receive an award, the accommodation must have an average review score of eight or higher, based on at least 10 guest reviews.Property Manager Simon Wanstall said Metro Hotel on Pitt’s outstanding average score is the outcome of months of consistently glowing reviews.“My team constantly strive to deliver the best possible experience for our guests. This Award is recognition of our success in demonstrating our commitment to our guests and exceeding their expectations,” Simon said.Metro Hotel on Pitt completed a major refurbishment in 2015, including all 119 guest rooms and public areas.last_img read more

first_imgCunard’s three-ship royal tourCunard’s three-ship royal tour gives Australians a regal bucket list experienceAustralian cruise guests for whom a single voyage on one of Cunard’s fleet of magnificent Queens merely whets the appetite, have the exciting option again in 2019 of sailing back-to-back on all three ships including a fabled Transatlantic crossing on flagship Queen Mary 2.Proving the popularity of the three-ship Cunard royal tour more than 650 Australians are currently delighting in the amazing experience during voyages on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.And as the entire Cunard fleet assembled on August 10 in Southampton, these Australian guests – 253 from NSW, 141 from Queensland and 121 from Victoria, and the remainder from other states and territories – were treated to a spectacular flyover by the Royal Air Force’s world famous ‘Red Arrows’ display team.The 2019 packages travel to destinations including Iceland and the Baltics, Norway and the Mediterranean – and of course the most iconic voyage – a Transatlantic Crossing on Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2.“Sailing on all three Cunard Line ships experiencing fantastic destinations and all the delights of Cunard’s White Star service on back-to-back cruises is one of those must do travel experiences for 2019,” said Ryan Taibel Vice President, Sales & Marketing Cunard.“There are so many unique aspects of this Cunard experience and sailing on all three Queens is perfect for the many Australian travellers who believe that one voyage is simply never enough.”The current three-ship Cunard experience has included a Queen Mary 2 crossing from New York to Southampton, a two-week Queen Elizabeth voyage that includes Iceland plus calls to Rotterdam and Belfast, and a Queen Victoria voyage that includes the beautiful fjords of Norway.A Note on the 2019 Cunard Three Ships PackageFares for a 35-night Three Queens package, departing Southampton on July 28, 2019 start from $9,777* per person double occupancy. The first sector of the cruise onboard Queen Victoria visits ports in Iceland and British Isles. The second cruise onboard Queen Elizabeth takes in the highlights of the Baltic region, while the final leg onboard Queen Mary 2 is an iconic Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York.For more information and to book, contact your travel consultant, call Cunard on 13 24 41 or visit*subject to availability, conditions apply.About CunardCunard is a luxury British cruise line based at Carnival House in Southampton, owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998. It has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, celebrating 175 years of operation in 2015. There are three Cunard Queens in its fleet – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. For more information, please see www.cunard.comSource = Cunardlast_img read more

first_imgUber and Emirates announce a unique multi-country partnershipUber, the world’s leading ride-sharing app and Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, have announced an exclusive partnership that will provide Emirates passengers visiting Dubai from select international countries with discounted airport rides. The collaborative offer will see visitors to Dubai from Australia, Egypt, France, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa avail special offers from Uber on bookings made between 26 September to 10 December 2018.To avail the special offers*, travellers will need to book an Emirates Economy Flex or Economy Flex Plus fare on flights from Australia, Egypt, France, Saudi Arabia, South Africa to Dubai via the Emirates website, during the promotional period. Economy Flex Plus travellers will get one free ride from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to anywhere in Dubai up to the value of AED 120 (or AUD $45), while Economy Flex passengers will get 50% off one ride from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to anywhere in Dubai up to the value of AED 60 (or AUD $22.50).Brooks Entwistle, Uber’s Chief International Business Officer commented: “We are delighted to partner with Emirates, one of the world’s leading airlines and most respected companies in the travel industry, to offer a seamless fly-and-ride experience for passengers from five participating countries at the push of a button. Emirates and Uber share a truly global footprint, serving millions of customers in hundreds of cities around the world. We also share a commitment to creating opportunities for people to experience more of the world around them with the help of world class customer service and cutting-edge technology.”Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Emirates, said: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Uber, which will now offer our passengers travelling to Dubai a seamless travel experience and smooth arrival in Dubai, one of the most exciting cities in the world.  Emirates continues to look at evolving customer trends and we will continue to look at innovative ways to provide exceptional services with partners that offer an outstanding customer journey from end-to-end.”Travellers from Australia have even more reason to look forward to their next trip to Dubai with this partnership. The ease and convenience with having an Uber ride from the airport already secured upon purchase of an Emirates flight ticket, means seamless travel is possible, and lasting memories can be made. Visitors travelling to and through Dubai can explore the vibrant city and its many offerings, including year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and exceptional restaurants.*The offer is valid for both existing and new Uber users.Source = Emirateslast_img read more

first_imgKorean Air Celebrates 30 Years in the NetherlandsKorean Air Celebrates 30 Years in the NetherlandsKorean Air marked the 30-year anniversary of its scheduled service between the Netherlands and South Korea with a celebration at The Hague’s Madurodam Park, which was attended by industry representatives and Korean Air colleagues.The Korean Ambassador to the Netherlands, Mr. Yun Young Lee; Amsterdam Airport’s head of aviation marketing, Ms. Maaike van der Windt and Mr. Guillaume Acolas, Korean Air commercial director for Europe attended the event to recognise the anniversary, alongside Korean Air’s regional manager Amsterdam Mr. Yun Hee Lee.Madurodam is a famous miniature park and major tourist attraction, with Dutch landmarks, historical buildings and cities all built in miniature. There is a miniature Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where since 1989, the year that Korean Air commenced the route between Seoul and Amsterdam, a Korean Air B747 aircraft model has been displayed which even taxies on the runway.Surrounded by the impressive miniatures of the Madurodam, guests celebrated Korean Air’s achievements in the Netherlands over the past 30 years and enjoyed traditional Korean entertainment and a prize draw.The route between Amsterdam and Seoul is an important route for Korean Air, operating 4 up to 6 flights a week with B777-200 aircraft.Korean Air’s regional manager Amsterdam, Mr. Yun Hee Lee said, “We are proud to celebrate both Korean Air’s 50th anniversary and 30 years in the Netherlands this year. The Amsterdam route has a great advantage as Schiphol is one of the busiest transfer airports and thanks to our SkyTeam Alliance partner KLM it is set to enjoy further growth. We remain committed to providing an excellent flight experience for our loyal customers who have supported Korean Air all these years. Go Korean!”About Korean AirKorean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines carrying more than 26 million passengers in 2018. The airline operates over 460 flights per day to 124 cities in 44 countries on five continents; it has a modern fleet of 167 aircraft and employs over 20,000 professional employees. Korean Air’s core business includes passenger, cargo, aerospace, catering and in-flight sales. The airline’s main hub is at the Incheon (ICN) International Airport Terminal 2 which opened in 2018.Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which together with its 19 members annually welcomes 630 million passengers worldwide, on more than 14,500 daily flights, covering 1,150 destinations in 175 countries. The airline launched a joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines in the trans-Pacific market in May 2018.In 2019 Korean Air celebrates its 50th anniversary. With a vision to be a respected leader in the world airline community, Korean Air is dedicated to providing excellence in flight.More on Korean Air’s programs, routes, frequencies and partners is available at,,, and Twitter@KoreanAir_KE. Source = Korean Airlast_img read more

first_imgOTM Mumbai is a larger platform where we can participate and can meet B2B partners under a roof. OTM is a great scope for people, travel agents and customers from all over India as well as other countries to meet up at a one particular place. So it is very much convenient for travel agents like us.last_img

first_imgDr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation, recently held a workshop with several leading industry stakeholders, in an effort to devise the policy. The new national tourism policy include infrastructure, including the need for connectivity in remote areas, e-ticketing, visas, safety and security, and tax incentives for the hotel and transport sectors.It was also agreed that the new national tourism policy should be measurable, with deliverable timeframes on each issue and specific people assigned to each task. The 2015 plan will continue to concentrate on the ‘seven Ss’ used in previous policy – swagat (welcome), soochna (information), suvidha (facilitation), suraksha (security), sahyog (cooperation), samrachana (infrastructure development) and safai (cleanliness).“It will also give a serious thought to the causes of non-implementation of various schemes under 2002 policy,” mentioned Dr Sharma.In terms of tourism sectors, India is planning to develop the soft adventure, wildlife, desert, nature and wellness tourism industries. The development of the new national tourism policy forms part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s increased focus on the tourism industry.last_img read more

first_imgIn order to re-ignite interest in Ghana’s tourism sector, the country’s Minister-Designate of Tourism, Culture, and Creative Arts, Catherine Abelema Afeku told the Parliament that she will aggressively promote a unique Ghanaian brand of tourism both locally and internationally.Afeku said that if approved, she would ensure that the Ministry would collaborate with other Ministries and the private sector to rehabilitate tourism infrastructure in the country, including road networks to tourist sites to boost domestic and foreign patronage.This will increase the country’s tourism revenues which currently ranked as the fourth largest source of foreign exchange earnings for the country, she stated recently while addressing the Parliamentary Appointments Committee during the vetting of her appointment.Afeku, who is the Member of Parliament for Evalue/Gwira/Ajomoro in Ghana’s Western Region (Province), said that the Ministry would collaborate with the National Commission for Civic Education to re-orient citizens on the unique Ghanaian cultural values so that Ghanaians would continue to exhibit their hospitable nature to foreign tourists.last_img read more

first_imgWith an aim to leverage the ongoing holiday season and provide best value deals to customers on their purchase, SOTC has announced ‘Domestic Holiday pe International Holiday Free’ offer.Travellers with a budget for a domestic vacation can now enjoy an international vacation at the same cost. This offer enables customers to enjoy free stay for three nights at Thailand or Dubai on booking any domestic holiday. The free stay at Dubai or Thailand includes accommodation for three nights in a three star hotel or equivalent inclusive of breakfast. The free stay need to be availed before September 30, 2017.The one-of-a-kind unique proposition will encourage the value seeking Indian customers to be able to affordably book both domestic and international vacations within the same budget. The offer includes a bouquet of destinations such as Kashmir, Sikkim, Bhutan, Karnataka, Ladakh, to name a few.To reach out to customers digitally, native and retail and ensure convenience and easy access, the new offer is available across SOTC’s Omni-channel network, its online platforms (mobile & website), call centres and extensive offline outlets.The packages include accommodation, meals, transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary. Escorted holidays also include airfare and service of the SOTC Tour Manager.last_img read more

first_imgThe PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 began on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 180 delegates from 33 countries in attendance for the three-day niche event.The event, which was organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and hosted by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, brought together international experts at the forefront of the adventure travel industry from both the private and public sectors to discuss the issues and opportunities in travel and tourism. Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, said, “The event aims to be a catalyst for generating new ideas and improving collaboration between public and private sector organisations. Throughout the Asia Pacific region, the Association understands the need for all stakeholders to work together in planning, building and promoting the uniqueness and diversity of each country’s offering. PATA is honoured to work with the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi in organising this event, which highlights their commitment to the responsible and sustainable development of the travel and tourism industry.”Delegates heard from a diverse line-up of international speakers at the one-day conference under the theme ‘Adventure in a New Era’. The 15 pioneers, thought leaders and change-drivers who are shaping the emerging landscape of the adventure travel industry, examined various conference topics that covered ‘2018 Adventure Travel Trends – looking ahead to 2021′, ‘Partnerships for a New Era’, ‘New Operators for a New Era’, ‘The Middle Eastern Adventure Traveller’, ‘Micro Moments:The secret to always winning in an era of Facebook and Instagram’, ‘Stimulating Innovation in a New Era’, ‘LocalHood: The end of tourism’, and ‘OverTourism: Loving Destinations to Death’.The conference was opened by H.E. Sultan Al Matawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director – Tourism Sector, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi. Other speakers included Achiraya “Achi” Thamparipattra, CEO and co-founder – Hivesters; Ahmed Samra, Product Development Manager – Wild Guanabana; Ali Mokdad, Founder & Chief Creative Officer – Creative Animals Content Creators; Elaheh Peyman Granov, Senior Project Manager – Wonderful Copenhagen; Jesse Desjardins, Director – fwNation; Karma Lotey, Chief Executive Officer – Yangphel Adventure Travel & Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel; Manal Saad Kelig, Co-founder – GWE Companies; Michael Youngblood, Co-Founder – Unsettled; Nishchal Dua, Founder & CEO – Remote Life; Norie Quintos, Editor at Large, National Geographic Travel and Independent Communications Consultant; Richard Devadasan, General Manager – Business Development, Royal Arabian Destination Management; Shannon Guihan, Director – Bannikin Travel & Tourism; Simon Goldschmidt, Chief Commercial Officer – Orbital Systems, and Willde Ng, Founder – 40urs.Dr. Mario Hardy concluded, “As the UAE celebrates the Year of Zayed, marking 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, it is fitting that delegates will depart this event with a much greater appreciation about the UAE and Al Ain. As one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlements, they will understand that the destination has attractions and activities to suit travellers of all types, from its green oasis, archaeological sites and forts to its adventure activities such as white-water rafting, kayaking and go-karting.”last_img read more