Tourism New Zealand appoints new General Manager AustraliaTourism New Zealand appoints new General Manager AustraliaTourism New Zealand has announced a new leadership appointment of Andrew Waddel to the role of General Manager Australia.Andrew joins Tourism New Zealand from organic syrup manufacturer Soda Press Co, which he joined after founding his own consultancy Freewheelers & Co. and prior, was the Marketing director at Red Bull Australia.Andrew has extensive marketing experience with Fonterra and leading brands including Stella Artois, Beck’s and Red Bull.Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen England-Hall said Andrew has a passion for all things New Zealand and is a strong advocate of understanding consumer needs.“Andrew’s senior leadership experience across UK, South Africa and Australia markets, make him an excellent fit for this key role which manages New Zealand’s largest tourism market.“His growth mindset for developing brands coupled with a deep connection to New Zealand was a stand out.“Tourism New Zealand is delighted to welcome Andrew on-board, we look forward to working with him.”Born in Wellington, Waddel studied marketing at the University of Otago and is a brand marketer by trade.“I’m hugely excited to lead the 100% Pure New Zealand brand in Australia and help shape Tourism New Zealand’s story.After travelling and working abroad for over 15 years, I’m honored to be in a role that’s brought me back to my roots.”Waddel will be based in Tourism New Zealand’s Australian office in Sydney, with his appointment effective immediately.For more information on the Australian Market visit newzealand.comSource = Tourism New Zealand
The Ministry of Railways, in order to promote digital and cashless transaction has initiated some additional package of incentives and measures, which became effective from January 1, 2017.The Ministry has instructed Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras (YTSKs) to install POS machines and accept payments through all banks debit and credit cards for issuing both reserved and unreserved tickets. They have also been encouraged to accept payments through other modes like UPI, USSD, e-wallet, Aadhar enabled payments system.Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Seva (JTBs) have also been instructed to accept payments through other modes like UPI, USSD, E-wallets, Aadhar enabled payments system to issue unreserved tickets. Five percent discount will be allowed for booking of Retiring Room through digital means like using debit/credit cards.A discount of 0.5% in the base fare of season tickets (monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, yearly) over suburban section shall be granted in case the payment is made through digital means like a debit card, credit card etc. Other charges such as MUTP surcharge, Mela surcharge, service tax etc, if applicable shall be levied separately on the base fare arrived at after giving the 0.5% concession.
Akansha Pandey | New DelhiIn order to enhance the perception and educate the travel trade on the new product offerings, Destination DC, the official destination marketing organisation for Washington, DC, organised a three-city sales mission covering Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi. Speaking to Travel News Digest, Elliott L Ferguson, President and CEO, Destination DC stressed on the need to set-up an Indian office by next year.“In 2016, Washington, DC welcomed 100,000 Indian visitors, majorly visiting friends and relatives, making India the fifth largest overseas source market. The potential is huge, more so with Air India operating a direct thrice a week flight between Delhi and Washington DC since July this year. Hence, we are focussing on India as a long-term market and going forward plan to establish a full-time office in India,” he highlighted.Making headlines every day, Washington, DC is mostly seen as the political capital of the United States of America. However, Ferguson asserted that the branding reads – DC Cool as it surprises the visitors with its green outdoors and wholesome tourist offerings. “There is so much to see and do, free of cost. From shopping to nightlife and adventure sports, Washington DC offers something for everyone. Travellers should ensure a minimum three-night stay in the US capital city,” he suggested.
Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth shooting in the Darjeeling hills for almost 10 days now has said the world will see the region’s beautiful and unexplored places through his upcoming film.Rajinikanth is shooting in Darjeeling for his upcoming film and has a month-long shooting schedule in the hills. Recently, The Tourism Minister of West Bengal, Gautam Deb also met Rajinikanth at a resort in Kurseong. “I hope that through my movie, the entire country will come to know what this place is,” he told reporters, adding that he was very happy to be here and meet lovely and kind-hearted people and explore beautiful places. The Minister also discussed that how West Bengal tourism can be promoted through film tourism and with the support of the film community. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is committed to the all-round development of the state and the Hills. As per this policy of our government, I met Rajinikanth to promote the Hills through films,” Deb said.Deb also urged the actor to shoot more in the Hills and the state. “I reminded Rajnikanth that many big banner Hindi movies like Aaradhana and Barfi have been shot here before,” he said, adding that he hoped the Rajinikanth-starrer being shot here would promote Darjeeling tourism in a big way.Deb confirmed that the CM is taking new initiatives to promote and develop film tourism in the state. Speaking on the occasion, Anit Thapa, Vice-Chairman, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Board of Administrators said, “While superhit films had been shot in Darjeeling Hills earlier, the trend was hit because of frequent agitations and unrest here, which also hit the tourism industry.” “We have been taking up various measures for the all-round development of the Hills and the people here, and in comparison, with previous years, a large number of tourists have visited the Darjeeling hills this time. The economy of Darjeeling Hills depends on tourism. Hence, Rajinikanth’s film will also surely promote the tourism industry and encourage other filmmakers to make their films in the Hills,” he said.
March 27, 2012 417 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-03-27 Abby Gregory “”QBE FIRST””:www.qbefirst.com/ has named a new CEO, recently announcing the appointment of Christopher Davies to the executive position. The company will capitalize on Davies’ two decades of experience in the banking and mortgage industries to promote the growth of QBE FIRST throughout North America.[IMAGE]Most recently, Davies served as the president of “”Capital One’s””:www.capitalone.com/ home loans division where he was responsible for creating a mortgage and home equity business. While part of Capital One, Davies was able to increase the company’s presence throughout the industry by managing its servicing and asset portfolio,[COLUMN_BREAK]integrating the mortgage businesses of acquired financial institutions, and helping lead the acquisition of “”ING Direct””:home.ingdirect.com/. Other career highlights for Davies include executive stints with “”Wachovia Mortgage””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/wachovia/mortgage/ and “”LendingTree, LLC””:www.lendingtree.com/. Davies performed as the president and CEO of Wachovia Mortgage, and while with LendingTree, Davies acted as the company’s CEO and vice-chairman.Commenting on Davies’ hiring, John Rumpler, president and CEO of QBE FIRST’s parent company “”QBE North America””:www.qbeamericas.com/the-americas/about-us.aspx, said, “”He brings a strong track record of leadership in building, integrating and managing successful mortgage businesses.””Continuing his statements, Rumpler went on to call Davies a “”strong and respected leader in the financial services industry with more than 24 years of mortgage experience covering all aspects of the business.””QBE FIRST operates as a nationwide insurance provider offering mortgage and auto-lender insurance, as well as voluntary insurance products, loss-mitigation services, and customized property tax solutions. As part of QBE North America, QBE FIRST is also a part of global company “”QBE Insurance Group Limited””:www.qbe.com/. QBE FIRST Appoints New CEO in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Multifamily Rental Properties Service Providers 2013-08-20 Tory Barringer Report: Affordable Housing Programs Creating Residential Segregation Federal affordable housing efforts may be responsible for perpetuating racial segregation, the “”Fair Housing Justice Center””:http://www.fairhousingjustice.org/ (FHJC) says in a new report.[IMAGE]The report, titled “”Choice Constrained, Segregation Maintained: Using Federal Tax Credits to Provide Affordable Housing,”” centers on an analysis of ten years of data on affordable housing developed under the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. The center obtained data from three tax credit allocation agencies in New York.According to the study’s findings, 77 percent of LIHTC affordable housing units were located in minority neighborhoods, while 71 percent were located in areas of high or extreme poverty. Housing units were concentrated in those neighborhoods regardless of whether they involved the rehabilitation or new construction of multifamily housing.In addition, more than half of the LIHTC units developed in the study area received tax credits from New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Out of those, only 2 percent were located in low-poverty neighborhoods, and 9 percent were located in white or predominantly white areas of the city.The report “”underscores why it is important for government agencies to take their duty to affirmatively further fair housing seriously,”” said executive director Kumiki Gibson.””Had they done so over the decade studied in our report, the LIHTC program could have expanded housing choices for lower-income families and contributed to a reduction in residential segregation,”” Gibson continued. “”Our hope is that, going forward, these agencies will take steps to ensure that tax credits are used to create more mixed-income housing opportunities in low-poverty areas.””In response to the report, the “”National Fair Housing Alliance””:http://www.nationalfairhousing.org/ (NFHA) issued a release calling for the Treasury and New York housing finance agencies to administer the program in a way that doesn’t counteract the Fair Housing Act.””The LIHTC program is a critical tool for providing much needed affordable housing to communities across the country, but the site location of tax credit developments may restrict housing choice and perpetuate entrenched patterns of segregation in our neighborhoods,”” said NFHA president and CEO Shanna Smith. “”The recommendations proposed in the report will help ensure that the LIHTC program affirmatively furthers fair housing, a key requirement of all executive agencies.”” in Government August 20, 2013 509 Views Share
Bank Failure FDIC 2014-06-03 Colin Robins Following a prior collapse in Ohio, FDIC announced over the weekend the closure of another bank: Slavie Federal Savings Bank of Bel Air, Maryland, has been closed. The agency entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Bay Bank, FSB of Lutherville, Maryland, to assume all the deposits of the recently shuttered Slavie Federal Savings Bank.”As of March 31, 2014, Slavie Federal Savings Bank had approximately $140.1 million in total assets and $111.1 million in total deposits. Bay Bank, FSB will pay FDIC a premium of 0.20 percent to assume all of the deposits of Slavie Federal Savings Bank,” FDIC said in a statement.In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Bay Bank agreed to purchase approximately $129.9 million of the failed bank’s assets. FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.FDIC estimated that costs to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $6.6 million. Bay Bank’s acquisition was the least costly solution for the fund.Slavie Federal Savings Bank is the ninth FDIC-insured institution to fail this year and the first in Maryland. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Bank of the Eastern Shore in Cambridge, Maryland, in April 2012. Maryland Sees 9th Bank Collapse of 2014 June 3, 2014 436 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share
Chase Kicks Off Consumer Relief Obligations JPMorgan Chase RMBS Settlement Monitor Settlements 2014-07-22 Tory Barringer Eight months after striking a landmark $13 billion deal with the government over faulty residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), JPMorgan Chase has started to make headway in the consumer relief provision of the agreement, the settlement’s monitor reported.Joseph A. Smith Jr., who also oversees the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement between five major mortgage servicers and 49 states, said Tuesday that Chase has provided more than $6.3 million so far in credited consumer relief, with nearly $5.1 million coming from cuts to borrowers’ principal loan amounts and the rest coming from forbearance actions.The crediting formula includes separate calculations for the type of relief provided and the ownership of each loan. Other potential credits include interest rate reductions and lending activities to hard-hit areas or low-income borrowers.Under the terms of last year’s settlement, the bank agreed to distribute $4 billion in consumer relief by the end of 2017. Smith’s report marks the first leg of Chase’s efforts.The monitor’s calculations are based on a sample pool of 100 loans Chase submitted to ensure its testing procedures were appropriately designed.Chase also informed Smith it has provided creditable relief to borrowers on loans not included in its submission. That additional activity will be reported to Smith in August.”I look forward to sharing additional results in my next public report on Chase’s consumer relief activity before the end of the year,” Smith said. “I am honored to have been chosen to monitor this settlement, and my colleagues and I will do our very best to justify the faith the parties put into our work.” in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market July 22, 2014 601 Views Share
FHFA Price Index Slows to 0.8% Growth in Q2 Every major home price tracker released in the last month has shown ongoing—albeit slower—appreciation in June, and the latest report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is no exception.FHFA’s seasonally adjusted House Price Index (HPI), calculated using sales price information from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, rose 0.4 percent on a monthly basis in June, matching May’s rate of growth. The increase marks seven straight months of gains.On a yearly basis, the index was up 5.1 percent compared with May’s 5.5 percent.The agency also included quarterly comparisons in its June index, finding that home prices were up only 0.8 percent from the first quarter to the second—the first time quarterly price growth has been below 1 percent since early 2012.Compared to the same quarter in 2013, appreciation came in at 5.2 percent.”The extraordinary price appreciation observed over the last few spring seasons was not evident in the second quarter of this year. However, house price appreciation for the nation as a whole remained positive,” said Andrew Leventis, principal economist at FHFA. “FHFA’s data indicate that house price appreciation in the quarter was near or below the baseline rate of inflation in most states.”FHFA’s purchase-only index picked up in 40 states throughout the second quarter, down from 42 states and the District of Columbia in the year’s early months.Of the nine census divisions, the Pacific again experienced the strongest increase in Q2, reporting a 1.3 percent quarter-over-quarter increase and a 9.8 percent gain over last year. Growth was weakest in the East South Central division, where prices fell 0.1 percent over the quarter.At the state level, annual appreciation was led by Nevada, which posted nearly triple the national price growth rate at 14.8 percent. California (11.38 percent), the District of Columbia (10.74 percent), North Dakota (8.68 percent), and Arizona (8.39 percent) made up the rest of the top five states for price appreciation. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News FHFA Home Prices S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-08-27 Tory Barringer August 27, 2014 431 Views
Other Events in the Week Ahead: July 2017 NAHB Housing Market Index, Tuesday 10 a.m, EDTU.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development Nomination Hearing, Thursday 10 a.m EDTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday 10 a.m. EDTHousing Finance Reform: Maintaining Access for Small Lenders, Thursday 10 a.m. EDT Housing Starts HUD U.S. Census Bureau 2017-07-16 Joey Pizzolato Share This Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will release its monthly report on new residential construction for the month of June.Seasonally-adjusted housing starts have continued to decrease since March 2017, when they were sitting at about 1.19 million. In April, that number fell to approximately 1.16 million, only to fall further to 1.09 million in May. Wednesday’s numbers will indicate if housing starts’ decline is the beginning of an emerging trend, or if the last two months’ drop was an irregularity. The Census Bureau reports that it may take up to six months to identify underlying trends. July 16, 2017 559 Views The Week Ahead: Housing Starts in Daily Dose, Featured, News
BankUnited Fannie Mae FHFA Foreclosure Freddie Mac Ginnie Mae HUD mortgage National Mortgage Servicing Association NMSA 2017-11-02 Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News To view the full letter, click here. Organizations Reach Out for Borrower Mortgage Relief Assistance November 2, 2017 557 Views The letter was signed by the following organizations: Americans for Financial ReformCenter for American ProgressCenter for New York City Neighborhoods Center for Responsible LendingEmpire Justice CenterJacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsNational Community Reinvestment CoalitionNational Community Stabilization TrustNational Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low-income clients National Fair Housing AllianceNational Housing Resource CenterNational Low Income Housing CoalitionUnidosUS This week, a group of housing organizations sent a letter to several government officials regarding mortgage relief options for homeowners living in areas affected by the natural disasters. The letter was specifically addressed to leaders of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Ginnie Mae.In the letter, the organizations ask for their specific leadership to prevent further devastation in communities that were hard hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the recent wildfires in California.“The options available to homeowners affected by natural disasters should be strengthened, and should be available to all homeowners, regardless of who owns, insures or services their mortgage,” the organizations wrote.In reaction to the letter, Ray Barbone, Chairman of the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) and EVP of Mortgage Services at BankUnited said, “NMSA is committed to ensuring that homeowners affected by the natural disasters of the recent months are protected.”“The mortgage servicing industry looks forward to continuing active participation in the process of aiding residents in returning to their homes,” Barbone continued. “It is in the best interest of all parties—lenders, government entities, and most importantly homeowners—that prudent steps be taken to ensure that homeowners have a clear understanding of their options under this unique set of circumstances.”Barbone added that since the onset of these disasters, NMSA leadership has been in regular communication with leaders from HUD, FHFA, the GSEs and other federal stakeholders for the purpose of developing prudent and responsive servicing policy in the name of preserving homeownership for those who wish to remain in their homes.“The mortgage servicing industry will continue our practice of open communication with all interested parties and we remain confident that federal housing authorities will sensibly address the existing needs of homeowners,” said Barbone.The letter addressed factors and provided recommended terms including; disaster relief forbearance, disbursement of insurance proceeds, media outreach, and post-forbearance periods. Regarding disaster relief forbearance, the group proposed allowing affected homeowners to hit pause on their mortgage payments while they are responding to the emergency, assessing their financial situation, and putting their lives back together. According to the letter, “homeowners shouldn’t be penalized for needing help in the wake of a disaster.” A few of the recommendations outlined in the letter include:Automatic 90-day forbearance for all homeowners living in an area affected by a disaster, regardless of whether the servicer has successfully made contact with the borrower.Clear eligibility for extensions of forbearance of up to 12 months. Homeowners experiencing extreme hardship, including those who are displaced whilerebuilding or who are living in very hard-hit communities, should be eligible for up to a 24- month forbearance based on clear guidelines.Additionally, the letter addressed the concern for homeowners needing immediate resources to stabilize their homes, recommending that mortgage servicers should be, “instructed to release up to $10,000 up-front made payable only to homeowners and to release the balance of the funds as homeowners rebuild.”Other recommendations included media outreach, proposing written materials and spoken communications should be available in languages prevalent in affected areas with significant limited english proficiency (LEP) populations—including nearly 1 million in Houston, Texas, approaching 1.5 million in Miami, Florida, and 2.8 million in Puerto Rico.In the end, the organizations thanked HUD Secretary Ben Carson, VA Secretary David Shulkin, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, FHFA Director Mel Watt, CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and Ginnie Mae President Michael Bright, for the “consideration of our recommendations.” Share
You might also be interested in October 17 , 2018 India pushes back U.S. apple tariff rise date … “We had an excellent spring and summer weather wise here in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia which has resulted in the variety sizing up nicely with some beautiful color,” says BCTF Marketing Manager Chris Pollock. “Our growers are excited about the season to come for this consumer favorite as we feel that our Ambrosia apples, which come from the birthplace of the variety, provide consumers with exceptional eating experiences and this year will be no different.”Ambrosia apples have a unique bi-color appearance which provides a beautiful color break at retail while the honey-like flavor has consumers continuing to come back for more. To help promote the variety, BCTF has various display materials available with the re-branded look accompanied by the tag line “Sweet Perfection”. These materials include the shipping outer, display bins, header cards, recipe cards and more. Also seen on all elements will be a short story on the variety and a description of the unique flavor profile.BCTF Ambrosia apples are available now through the spring 2019. Stop by the Oppy booth (#2643) at the PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando this week. Oppy is the largest marketer of BC grown Ambrosia in the U.S. PRESS RELEASEKELOWNA, BC – Ambrosia apple harvest is well underway in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BCTF) is excited about the season to come for the homegrown premium variety. BCTF is estimating an Ambrosia crop of over 650,000 cartons for 2018, up over 20% from last year. Ambrosia apples were discovered as a chance seedling in Cawston, British Columbia, Canada in the early 1990s and continue to gain in popularity worldwide with both retailers and consumers.After re-branding the popular variety last year and launching it at the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans, BCTF followed up the launch with a solid first year under the new brand. The variety continues to be one of the top selling premium varieties in the United States, ranking third year to date in 2018.
Comments Share Heading into Sunday’s matchup against the PhiladelphiaEagles, Larry Fitzgerald had 38 catches, 646 yards andthree touchdown catches. Pedestrian-like numbers for thefuture hall of famer. But the lack of production was never blamed on anythingFitzgerald was doing or not doing; fans knew he was readyto break out any game. The Eagles were victims of Fitzgerald’s biggest game ofthe season, and that led to an upset victory and theCardinals first road win in 11 games. “In the time that we’ve been here, some of the plays thatLarry has made have been unbelievable,” head coach KenWhisenhunt said on Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf.“Every once in a while you see these things that evenamaze you more and how he took over that game and madesome plays for us when we needed him to make plays is whyhe is the best receiver in the game.”The big numbers–seven catches, 146 yards and two scores–only begin to tell the story of the impact Fitzgerald hadon the victory.“That play in the fourth quarter where almost scored onthird down, you know you have to give John [Skelton]credit, that was a good throw, but the catch…to run thatway he did and make that catch — which is tough over yourhead — is just incredible,” Whisenhunt said.Losing and poor quarterback play have been known to bringout the worst in NFL wide receivers, but Fitzgerald hasmaintained his status as a leader in the locker room forbetter or worse this season. “We’re very fortunate to have Larry not only because he isa great player but because of his leadership, because ofthe way he works and what a great teammate he is.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Regent Seven Seas Cruises this week unveiled its 2019/20 voyages season, comprising 118 new sailings, departing from March 2019 through June 2020 aboard four of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator.Travellers can choose among enriching and immersive itineraries that range from 7 to 131 nights in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Alaska, Asia, Australia, South Pacific, Canada & New England and the Caribbean. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ fares include all-suite accommodation and exquisite dining, free unlimited shore excursions, free unlimited Wi-Fi, unlimited beverages (including fine wines and premium spirits), specialty dining and pre-paid gratuities. Guests in Concierge-level suites and higher also enjoy a free one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay before embarkation, and transfers between hotel and ship. The 2019/20 voyages collection will open for general booking on 17 August 2017.Travellers also can choose among two new exciting Grand Voyages, which provide guests a regionally immersive and extended experience with no repeating ports. The 66-night Grand Pacific Paradise, sailing from Miami to Sydney aboard Seven Seas Mariner, will take guests throughout Hawaii, French Polynesia, Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The 66-night, Circle South America itinerary will sail roundtrip from Miami aboard Seven Seas Mariner and circumnavigate South America and cruise up the Amazon River. Guests aboard a Grand Voyage or World Cruise enjoy even more included amenities, such as pre-cruise hotel and dinner, exclusive shoreside experience, unlimited laundry (including dry cleaning and pressing), a commemorative gift, and phone time per suite.Fascinating itineraries aboard the world’s most luxurious shipsSeven Seas Explorer will sail Northern Europe and Mediterranean itineraries from April through November 2019, and cruise the Caribbean from December 2019 through February 2020. Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) will be a maiden port on Christmas Eve 2019. The ship also will offer a westward and an eastward trans-Panama Canal voyage in March 2020 before returning to Europe in April.Travellers can choose the best value on an Alaska cruise aboard Seven Seas Mariner, which returns to the region from May through September 2019. The ship will cruise the Caribbean in October – making a maiden call on Acujutla (El Salvador) – before embarking on the 66-night South America circumnavigation voyage. After a Panama Canal transit from Miami, the 2020 world cruise begins on 24 January from San Francisco for an epic 131-night, roundtrip itinerary.Seven Seas Voyager will return to the Mediterranean from April through October 2019, and then sail Asia and the South Pacific from November 2019 through March 2020. Travellers also can choose one of two Australia and New Zealand itineraries in January. Maiden ports include Kos (Greece), Calvi (Corsica, France), Miyazaki (Aburatsu, Japan), and Nelson (New Zealand).Seven Seas Navigator will ply Northern European waters in June and July 2019 and make maiden port calls on Cherbourg (France), Fishguard (Wales), Galway (Ireland), Kollafjørður (Faroe Islands), Patreksfjörður and Húsavík (Iceland), and Molde (Norway). The ship will sail Bermuda, Canada and New England itineraries from August through October 2019, and then reposition to sail Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific itineraries through March 2020. While in the South Pacific, Isle of Pines (New Caledonia), Phillip Island (Australia) and Adamstown (Pitcairn Islands) will also be maiden ports of call.Enjoy more and explore moreOn select Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator sailings in Asia and the South Pacific, guests in all suite categories enjoy a free three-night, pre- or post-cruise land programme to delve deeper into the cultures and experiences of destinations such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Bali, Sydney, New Zealand, and Dubai and the Emirates.
Go back to the e-newsletterIn conjunction with the launch of buyer registrations for Get Global, the one-day MICE trade event dedicated to outbound product, the founders made one of their most exciting speaker announcements this week.Nutritionist, bestselling author and yoga teacher, Lola Berry, will open the event at a special Get Up & Go Breakfast in the Inspiration Corner. Starting at 8am, before the exhibition doors officially open, Berry will give her vivacious take on the often-complicated health and wellbeing space followed by an intimate Q&A with light, healthy breakfast snacks.Loyal followers of Berry are already disciples of her approach to holistic living and she will look to inspire and teach buyers and exhibitors alike at Get Global 2018.“We have been lucky enough to secure some of the best international travel and business minds to present at Inspiration Corner, through our new partnership with ICMI Speakers & Entertainers. Lola will add colour, energy, thought and relevance for all our attendees. Launching with Lola will set the tone for Get Global 2018 and all people need to do is sign-up for the breakfast when they register to attend the event,” said Donna Kessler, co-founder, Get Global.“With this announcement that Lola will kick off our event and join speakers such as Contiki Holidays veteran, Mark Carter, and corporate motivator and skills trainer, Andrew Klein, and business disruptor, Gus Balbontin, in Inspiration Corner, we are thrilled with how the increased educational element of Get Global is progressing. Buyers should hurry and register, before news spreads of our speaker line-up and the international brands exhibiting and the event is a sell out!” enthused Gary Bender, co-founder of Get Global.Lola was also excited about the opportunity to speak at the one-day event, “I really enjoy speaking to new audiences who may not have even have considered a how good nutrition can change their lives. I love challenging people to explore healthy food and better living. The healthiest food, really is the tastiest!”Berry will also release her 10th book this month, The Yoga Body, the ultimate guide to detoxing, building strength and eating mindfully.Buyers can enjoy free registration to Get Global which also includes entry to the Get Up & Go Breakfast, cocktail function, Inspiration Corner, as well as lunch, morning and afternoon tea and barista coffee throughout the day. With no pre-scheduled appointments or arrival time to commit too, buyers can be flexible throughout the day and make the most of the new and existing international products, arranged in geographical zones.To register for Get Global and the Get Up & Go Breakfast, buyers simply need to visit the Buyer Registration page.Get Global – Where the World Meets, will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on Friday 20 July 2018.Go back to the e-newsletter
Writing his Money & Work column for Skymag, the shrewd entrepreneur recommended Skyscanner, describing it as a “great website” and explaining that he used it to book flights to Barbados for his family’s half-term holidays. He added that Skyscanner can “save half the price of a ticket”.Aside from his exceptional business skills, Peter Jones is known in Dragon’s Den for his sharp dress sense and in particular, his colourful socks.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHolly Willoughby has Skyscanner on her Windows phoneSkyscanner features on new Windows Phone TV advertSkyscanner short listed for Business of the Year & Innovative Business of the Year AwardSkyscanner has been short listed as a finalist for the ‘Angel or VC-backed Business of the Year’50 insider travel tips & tricks: what we’ve learned about travellingFrom the philosophical to the funny, the serious to the silly, we present our list of learnings from travelling the world. You might expect Peter Jones, the Dragon’s Den entrepreneur with a £157million business empire to fly his family around on a private jet, but you don’t become a multi-millionaire without knowing where to find the cheapest flights.
6. Don’t askHas anyone ever told you ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’? Well, the exact opposite is true for upgrades, if you do ask, you won’t get! Outspoken or pretentious business executives who ask for an upgrade will almost always be told that they can pay for an upgrade, assuming there are any free seats in the next cabin.7. Fix up, look smartTurning up at check-in wearing your work attire will also help your chances, because while airlines don’t have specific rules on dress-code for passengers, they are much less likely to upgrade someone who doesn’t look like they fit in. Think about it: the last thing the airline wants is to draw attention to the fact that someone from economy got a free upgrade. Imagine how all the other business class passengers who paid a small fortune for their ticket would feel!Dick Darlington works for a global business consultancy based in London and is a regular contributor of business travel articles for Skyscanner. His job regularly takes him to the other side of the world to support his overseas clients, so he’s no stranger to working away from home. Dick loves travelling and enjoys working in different countries. Through his articles on Skyscanner he shares some of his hints and tips to get the most out of business travel.For more tips and advice on how to get an upgrade, check out our podcast.https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131647240&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=trueAnd for more help with booking your next business trip, check out Skyscanner’s new TravelPro app for iOS (download it from iTunes now) and on desktop.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHow to get a flight upgrade: 10 ways to get bumped up to businessThrowing tantrums, chatting up check-in staff and putting on weight: we’ve got some industry insider tips from Skyscanner staff on how to bag an upgrade on your next flight. See you in first class!7 ways to turn a boring business trip in to relaxing break from workTrips away from the office don’t have to be all work work work! Find out how to make the most of those boring business trips with these top tips.75% of flyers would lie their way to a free upgradeThree-quarters would tell a porkie to get a free upgrade, with half (49%) willing to flirt with check-in staff. 2. Travel by yourselfUpgrades are rare nowadays: they only tend to happen for operational reasons. So if a flight is full from overbooking or an earlier travel disruption, (think ash clouds or air traffic controller strikes) airlines have to move people around the cabins. Thankfully business travellers often fly solo anyway, so it’s much easier to upgrade a single passenger up to business class than a family of four, who would cause much more disruption and hassle for the check-in staff.3. Sign-up to the airline’s frequent flyer programAirlines like to look after their own, so if you’re a member of an airline’s frequent flyer program then you have already increased your chances of an upgrade. Naturally, if you have elite status then you stand a greater chance of being moved up to the next cabin than other members who don’t fly as often. Plus, if you work for a large company, then check with your travel department, as big corporations often have deals with their preferred airlines which automatically grant higher status to employees. 4 . Arrive early (or late)If passengers need to be moved between cabins for operational reasons, the airline will probably know this several hours before the flight. So if you’re among the first few passengers to check-in, you have a higher chance of being chosen. Likewise, closer to the end of check-in, airlines might be faced with overbooking if more passengers have turned up than they were expecting, so being fashionably late can sometimes be the perfect time to be offered an upgrade.5. Carry only hand luggageA passenger turning up with just hand luggage is much easier for an airline to accommodate, because when plans change, they don’t have to worry about the passenger’s hold luggage flying off on another flight. There’s no point changing your packing habits, but if you’re travelling light for your business trip anyway, then let the airline know, as this is one less thing for the airline to worry about when moving passengers around. Not carrying any hold luggage can also be useful when trying to catch an earlier flight on the same route. 1. Smile!You may not feel like smiling after a hard day’s work, but make that extra effort next time you check-in for that work trip. Check-in staff have to deal with a huge number of passengers each day, so who do you think they’d rather pick for an upgrade when choosing between a dull and grumpy smart-arse and a polite and friendly executive?
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Antiquorum concluded its 2009 auction in Hong Kong with an outstanding total of HKD 45,453,120 (CHF 6,397,981). Of the 479 lots that were offered for sale in the auction, 82% were sold representing 115% of the estimated value. There was standing room only at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with over 250 internet bidders from over 40 countries around the world.Outstanding prices were achieved for a very rare Patek Philippe 3974, which sold for HKD 3,000,000 (CHF 422,280), followed by the Franck Muller, Caliber 97 which reached HKD 2,820,000 (CHF 396,950).“We are extremely pleased with the results of this auction and look forward to continued growth in Asia, an increasingly important area for our business. In line with Antiquorum’s worldwide strategy, we are planning to open an office in Beijing in order to enhance the service we are already offering our clients in mainland China from our existing office in Shanghai. This auction demonstrated Antiquorum’s ability to provide service to our long-established client base in Asia, as we continue to see new clients in Asia entering at all levels of the market,” said Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO, Antiquorum.Other highlights included the rare pair of pocket watches “Farewell to the Beloved”, that were made for the Chinese market and realized an excellent result of HKD 1,800,000 (CHF 253,370). The “Cockatiel Clock” by Vacheron & Constantin, an exceptional chinoiserie desk clock, sold for HKD 420,000 (CHF 59,120), triple its estimate.Patek Philippe modern timepieces achieved outstanding results, such as a the Ref. 3970 in platinum, which sold for HKD 960,000 (CHF 135,130). As well as vintage Patek Philippe, such as the Patek Philippe silver travelling clock which reached HKD 222,000 (CHF 31,250), more than four times its estimate.“We are excited to see such outstanding results for our last auction of the season,” said Robert Maron, Chairman, Antiquorum. “In particular, we are pleased by the superb results achieved for complicated watches, pieces made specifically for the Chinese market, and Patek Philippe timepieces. As such, we look forward to another great season ahead starting with our September 16th and 17th auction at our US headquarters in New York City which will feature many rare and exceptional timepieces.”Other notable results included the Rolex Comex Sea Dweller Ref. 1665, that sold for HKD 768,000 (CHF 108,100); as well as the Richard Mille RM005 which sold for HKD 283,200, double its estimate.“Today’s excellent outcome for our Hong Kong auction demonstrates that despite worldwide economic turmoil, the Asian market remains strong. As our results indicated, the Asian market not only has maintained it’s strength, but has in fact grown to the extent that we have seen a 25% increase over last year,” said William Rohr, COO, Antiquorum.www.antiquorum.com