hotelsOutrigger Hospitality Grouptravel industry

first_imghotelsOutrigger Hospitality Grouptravel industry As mentioned in Travel Monitor last Friday, Outrigger Hospitality Group has wrapped up its week-long Australian showcase with over 450 travel industry guests in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney including key wholesalers and product managers, specialist travel agents, tourism industry partners, airlines and travel media.Outrigger Resorts and Flight Centre ExecsOutrigger’s properties in Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, Mauritius and The Maldives were all represented at the showcase.During his welcome address at the Brisbane event, Jeff Wagoner flagged the likely re-entry of Outrigger into Australia if the company could find a beach or beach community-based resort, preferably in Queensland. He said that Australia, particularly Surfers Paradise, was the perfect market for Outrigger and fitted its objective of being the premier beach resort brand in the world.President and CEO Mr. Jeff Wagoner joined the team in Brisbane while Vice President Hotel Operations Hawaii/Guam Mr. Mike Shaff, VP Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific, Andrew Gee and VP Corporate Communications, Monica Salter travelled with the team to all three cities. Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Sean Dee joined the showcase in Sydney and Melbourne.The 2019 event launched in Brisbane at Blackbird Restaurant, Eagle Street Pier followed by events at Rivers Edge, World Trade Centre in Melbourne and at L’Aqua, Cockle Bay Wharf Darling Harbour in Sydney.Outrigger extends a huge thank you to all travel industry friends for their on-going support and business.last_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Yet another page in the Peyton Manning saga, but this one will likely have Arizona Cardinals fans excited.In the midst of Manning’s meetings with the franchise, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 620 tweeted that things were looking up at the Tempe facility.Just got off phone so in nutshell I’m hearing that unless bidwill screws this up peyton should be a card. Nothing done yet!! but promising 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away While it will likely be a few more days until anyone hears anything solid, it looks like the Cardinals are quickly becoming one of the best options for Manning, if not his preferred one. As the rumors about meetings and situations fly, Cardinals fans are likely encouraged by the news they’re hearing. The quarterback has only met with one other team, Denver, thus far. He spent more time with the Cardinals than he did with the Broncos. Target-wise, the desert boasts Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, where as the Broncos can only offer a combo of Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. And with time to meet with just one more team prior to the opening of free agency, Manning will be forced to make a decision soon. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals announced they have re-signed nine players to future contracts for the 2014 season. Center Philip Blake, receiver Dan Buckner, linebacker Kenny Demens, center Tom Draheim, tight end Darren Fells, running back Robert Hughes, safety Orhian Johnson, defensive tackle Anthony McCloud and linebacker Kenny Rowe. Each of the nine players was on the team’s practice squad in 2013. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 3:This is not the first time the Cardinals have taken a player from Washington State since moving to Arizona. In the seventh round of the 1995 draft, they selected defensive tackle Chad Eaton and in 1997 they selected wide receiver Chad Carpenter in the fifth round.4.48:At the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Bucannon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds — third-fastest among safeties.6:During his senior season, Bucannon was tied with Rashaad Reynolds, Robert Nelson and Steven Nelson for the Pac-12 lead with six interceptions.49:Out of a possible 49 career games in Pullman, the No. 27 overall pick played in all 49. 114:In addition to leading the conference in interceptions as a senior, Bucannon was tops in the Pac-12 with 114 total tackles. 384:Lauded as a hard-hitter, the 22-year-old finished with 384 career tackles at Washington State and earned the 2013 CFPA Elite Defensive Back Trophy. 1978:Bucannon became the first safety taken by the Cardinals in the first round since they selected Ken Greene out of Washington State with No. 19 pick in the 1978 NFL Draft.2003:The Oakland, Calif. native also became the first Cougar to be taken in the first round since the Seattle Seahawks selected Marcus Trufant in the 2003 NFL Draft. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals traded their No. 20 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the New Orleans Saints for the No. 27 pick and the No. 91 pick in the third round.With that 27th selection, the Cardinals selected safety Deone Bucannon out of Washington State.Here’s a look at Arizona’s newest addition by the numbers:1:Bucannon comes to the Valley with plenty of accolades. In 2013, he was named a first-team All-American and a first-team All-Pac-12 member. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 35 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgErrorOK ErrorOK ROBERT HUGHES:He’s the fullback. Twenty years ago, he’d be considered a great player because he does everything. In Bruce Arians’ offense, the fullback doesn’t exist but Hughes has forced the hand of the organization. He was a star of blitz pickup during the first few weeks of practice. Tuesday, Hughes was in a two-back set with Andre Ellington, something we didn’t see last year.JONATHAN COOPER:Out with knee trouble. Earl Watford did well but didn’t have a “WOW” moment as Cooper’s replacement. You’ll know how Cooper stands with the coaches at the beginning of the Texans/Cardinals game. I love Cooper’s potential. He’ll be fine eventually, but the Cardinals don’t have “eventually” to wait. TEMPO:Practice has been played at a fast and physical tempo. Tuesday was the first practice where the pace was gone.DARREN FELLS:Every year I pick a player that I love to watch and believe he’ll surprise. Within a few days, Fells was my guy. This pick was difficult because it appeared Fells had no chance to make the team. With each passing day, his opportunities increase and he’s continually impressing coaches. The problem is he’s 28 with only one year of experience. I spoke to a member of the Cardinals front office who told me that Fells has “an outside shot” at making the team. Although that doesn’t sound like much, that’s a dramatic difference from the beginning of camp. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Mississippis Robert Nkemdiche walks on the stage

first_imgMississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche walks on the stage after being selected by Arizona Cardinals as the 29th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   – / 35 Welcome my SEC brother!!!— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) April 29, 2016https://twitter.com/RealPeterson21/status/725888656385302528 @AZSports sacks sacks sacks pic.twitter.com/D43OF9ARZw— TRÏBĒ ÅLÎVË (@TribalThrasher) April 29, 2016The Cardinals currently have no second round pick for Friday and will have to wait until selection No. 92 in the third round to make their second selection of the draft. Good pick @BruceArians 😊!!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) April 29, 2016 Welcome to the desert my brother.#BirdGang— MichaelFloyd (@MichaelMFloyd) April 29, 2016 @AZSports I like it, Darnell Dockett2— Mike K (@mikelkaz) April 29, 2016 @AZSports Super pick SUPERBOWL bound !— Jordan Tendler (@JordanTendler) April 29, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Yall know where he from!!! Congrats big dogg @TheLegendMerlin #NAWFSIDEATLANTA— Kevin Minter (@Kmint_46) April 29, 2016 @AZSports no risk it, no biscuit!!!— born&raisedazfan (@Forkemdevils42) April 29, 2016 #RobertNkemdiche @TheLegendMerlin welcome to the squad #Birdgang— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) April 29, 2016https://twitter.com/tonyjefferson1/status/725891367314935811 LISTEN: Arizona Cardinals Draft Robert Nkemdiche Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Sack time!!!— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) April 29, 2016 Many of them tweeted about the newest member right after the pick. The Arizona Cardinals and general manager Steve Keim may have ended up with a gift on Thursday night.Robert Nkemdiche is said to be one of the most talented players in the NFL Draft, but was still available when the Cardinals were on the clock at No. 29.With a talent like Nkemdiche still available and eventually selected by the Cardinals, one can imagine the players and fans are excited to see what the Ole Miss product can bring to the BirdGang.last_img read more

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Virgin Limited Edition Sir Richard Bransons awar

first_imgVirgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s award-winning collection of retreats and the luxury division of Virgin Hotels Group Limited, took the chance at ILTM Asia 2015 to announce the current packages at Mahali Mzuri, Kenya’s most luxurious retreat.The kids stay free package includes:Accommodation in a family tent or in two tentsReturn transfers from the Mara North airstripAll meals and drinks (premium branded spirits and champagne for the adults)Daily game drives and conservancy fees covering 13,500 hectares!Tailor-made child-friendly menus and milk and cookies before bedtimeGuided bush walks and visits to the local marketsPrivate Game vehicle for the family subject to availabilityChildren’s books, games and family activitiesWireless internet throughout the campLaundry service (dry cleaning not available)All taxes and local leviesThe romance package includes:3 nights’ accommodation in a luxury tented suite with extra nights availableAll food and beverages including unlimited champagneTwice daily game drives and daily safari walksA fruit basket and champagne in the room on arrivalOur Nasaro Devotional Journey (60 minute couples spa experience)Lovers’ Picnic private lunch on a day of your choicePrivate dinner on the last evening with your own personal butlerTransfers from the nearest airstripWireless internet throughout the campLaundry serviceMahali Mzuri is also available to hire exclusively for anniversaries, birthdays or any type of gathering. Exclusive use of Mahali Mzuri is quoted per night and exclusive use rates apply. Exclusive use rates apply when booking seven or more tents. Visit Mahali Mzuri for more information and for the full list of offers.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSet along the spectacular Bodrum coast with views overlooking the Aegean Sea, Jumeirah Bodrum Palace has announced the reopening of its Lebanese restaurant Al Nafoorah.Diners can soak up the relaxed ambience and enjoy a mouthwatering menu of traditional dishes with a modern twist such as mezze, shawarmas, fresh seafood, grilled meats and delicious oriental desserts.The stylish restaurant offers traditional décor, mosaic tiles and decorative features which complement Al Nafoorah’s striking natural beauty. After dinner, the shisha lounge is the perfect place for guests to relax and take in views of the Aegean sunset.Just 20 minutes from Bodrum International Airport, the hotel comprises stylish accommodation ideal for families. From Premium Suites to Maldivian-inspired villas, each provides a balance between luxury, comfort and seclusion. The Premium Suites are set over 90 square metres and can accommodate up to three guests. Added extras include a walk-in closet and a lavish private balcony. Stay in the Grand Suites and enjoy a private terrace with direct access to the pool area. The slightly larger 120-square-metre one-bedroom Noble Suites even offer a private pool and Jacuzzi on the terrace.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina Switzerland

first_imgGrand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland, has unveiled 13 newly renovated rooms and junior suites by the award-winning French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, who has previously worked with other luxury brands such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and The Peninsula Hotels.All of the rooms are in the historic part of the hotel, which dates to the very late 19th century, but all have a contemporary feel incorporating calming colours that reflect the local landscape. So, for example, one colourway uses beige and peachy tones that echo the paints used on traditional Engadine houses, while another is predominantly green inspired by the colours of the heavily wooded slopes in the local area. Accents have been created with the use of lacquered pieces (a Rochon trademark) and all the rooms are carpeted in order to reduce noise impact.The end result is newly created rooms that provide the perfect synergy between grand hotel style and modern Alpine living, somewhere that regional traditions and international expectations combine to create tranquil, luxurious and light interiors where every comfort is met and guests can completely relax.“With every new project, I look at the existing architecture, the environmental characteristics, the local people’s way of life, typical materials, etc. I respect the village’s history and its traditions. And then I hope to create something that will amaze the hotel guests that choose and love this property and make them like it even more. The designhas to be committed to the needs of the guests and should not reflect the ego of aninterior architect.“And of course there are details that make a stay in the room more pleasant. A practical entry area, comfortable bathrooms with separate showers and toilets, a generous dressing space, the light, the view … The new hotel rooms of the Grand Hotel Kronenhof are designed like apartments or studios”.Pierre-Yves RochonThe rooms have inspired a new package called “Rendez-Vous avec Rochon”, which includes three nights’ half-board accommodation, a welcome bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne, a magical private horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque winter wonderland to Val Roseg and a gourmet menu at the Kronenstübli where the specialty Canard à la presse is served, as well as complimentary use of the Kronenhof Spa. Prices start from CHF1085 per person sharing a double room and the package is valid from 1 March to 1 April 2017.last_img read more

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This month Small Luxury Hotels of the World welcom

first_imgThis month Small Luxury Hotels of the World welcomes three new hotels – two of which are newly opening this summer. Enjoy a picturesque escape on quiet Paros, retreat to a seashore hideway in Cap Corse, head to the slopes at opposite ends of the world to explore the Karuizawa Mountains in Japan or a hygge retreat in Austria.Karuizawa Prince Hotel East: Karuizawa, JapanRooms from AUD $442Opening 12 July 2017This brand new 70-room resort in the Karuizawa Mountains, easily accessible by the Shinkansen (bullet train), blends nature and luxury with lush green interiors that reflect the forest just outside. Many rooms offer complimentary access to the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East Forest Hot Spring, with indoor and open-air baths fed by natural springs. There’s plenty to keep both kids and grown-ups happy, between climbing wall experiences and stargazing with the Nature Kids Forest House or nearby boutiques and golf clubs. At the on-site restaurant guests can watch chefs prepare Shinshu ingredients, share plates in the open kitchen or try a taste of modern Japan in the glass-fronted teppanyaki hot plate bar.SLH Insider Tip: Hike Yagasaki Mountain for some beautiful scenery – bring plenty of water as there areno concession stands.Severin’s – The Alpine Retreat: Lech am Arlberg, AustriaRooms from AUD $1038 per night (half board)Open between 8 December 2017 and 22 April 2018An up-to-the-minute take on the mountain chalet, Severin’s – The Alpine Retreat is as warm and snugas it is cool and contemporary. Made from ancient Tyrolean wood, stone and copper and with interiors by Richard Strasser, this handful of exclusive suites pairs alpine lodge hygge with high-end Minotti furnishings, Wittmann beds and state-of-the-art technology. iPad lighting controls, hidden sound systems and Amazon Prime and Maxdome movies provide cosy nights in front of a log fireplace, terraces and balconies provide views over the village and landscapes beyond and it’s just a short ski-lift ride to the world-class pistes of Lech and St Anton. Guests can enjoy a private dinner in the hotel’s wine cellar and relax in the spa’s infrared cabin.SLH Insider Tip: Book the Residence to enjoy a 423-square-metre two-storey apartment accessed byprivate lift, with four double bedrooms, kitchen, log fires, ski room and private cinema room. Mr and Mrs White New Style Hotel: Paros, GreeceRooms from AUD $211 per night (including breakfast)Opened 1 June 2017Mr and Mrs White New Style Hotel sits on the edge of Náoussa, a traditional Greek village where curved, whitewashed stone walls arch over winding, polygonal-paved streets. The hotel is a fresh-faced mix of Cycladic design and cool contemporary touches. White-on-white minimalism and driftwood-style beds channel attention to the views from each room’s private garden or balcony across the gardens and Náoussa’s whitewashed houses and blue domes. An unspoiled spot on the Aegean, this hotel is all about relaxing by the two freshwater pools and enjoying sushi from the restaurant before exploring the nearby beaches, Venetian Port and 15th Century castle.SLH Insider Tip: Don’t forget to take advantage of the tailor-made in-room mini bar.last_img read more

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first_imgQF002: leaves Singapore at 19:30, arrives in Sydney at 05:10 the following day;QF082: leaves Singapore at 21:10, arrives in Sydney at 07:00 the following day;QF036: leaves Singapore at 20:15, arrives in Melbourne at 05:35 the following day;QF052: leaves Singapore at 20:40, arrives in Brisbane at 06:05 the following day;QF072: leaves Singapore at 18:40, arrives in Perth at 23:55.QF081: leaves Sydney at 10:15, arrives in Singapore at 16:50;QF035: leaves Melbourne at 11:55, arrives in Singapore at 17:55;QF051: leaves Brisbane at 12:00, arrives in Singapore at 18:15;QF071: leaves Perth at 11:50, arrives in Singapore at 17:20.QF128: leaves Hong Kong at 20:00, arrives in Sydney at 06:55 the following day;QF118: leaves Hong Kong at 23:25, arrives in Sydney at 10:50 the following day;QF030: leaves Hong Kong at 20:10, arrives in Melbourne at 07:35 the following day;QF098: leaves Hong Kong at 20:15, arrives in Brisbane at 07:05 the following day.QF127: leaves Sydney at 10:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00;QF029: leaves Melbourne at 09:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:20;QF097: leaves Brisbane at 10:45, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00. AF256: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 20:50, arrives in Singapore at 15:45 the following day;AF257: leaves Singapore at 22:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:00 the following day.A daily flightAF188: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 23:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:35 the following day;AF185: leaves Hong Kong at 22:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 05:55 the following day.A daily flight Go back to the enewsletter Qantas and Air France will begin codesharing on flights between Europe and Australia via Asia after a five-year hiatus following a renewed codeshare agreement between the two carriers.The move is seen by observers as a crucial pillar to the establishment of Qantas’ earmarked nonstop Boeing 787-9 services from Australia into the heart of Europe, namely from Perth to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, which have previously been hinted at by QF Group CEO, Alan Joyce.Available for booking from 5 June for travel from 20 July 2018, and pending regulatory approvals, Air France will add its code to Qantas flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s domestic network: Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.Under the reciprocal deal, Qantas will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.© Air FranceThe new agreement will see the two airlines codeshare on a total of more than 200 flights per week.Qantas terminated its previous codeshare pact with the French carrier in 2013 after establishing a new global partnership with Dubai-based Emirates.Customers will benefit from more seamless travel experiences with single-ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage, as well as the opportunity to earn points on the new codeshare services.Eligible Air France customers will also be able to access Qantas lounges in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, as well as eligible Qantas customers to Air France lounges in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM, said, “We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas. Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia.  It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new cooperation confirms our group’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region.”© QantasAlison Webster, CEO of Qantas International, added, “This is great news for our customers who want to travel to Europe via Asia, giving them another option to get to Paris and more opportunities to earn Frequent Flyer Points.“The return of this popular codeshare delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly,” Webster added.Flight schedules (in local time) operated by Air France in July-October 2018:center_img Daily flight schedules (in local time) operated by Qantas in July-October 2018: Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAfter more than four years of limitless passion and hard work on the part of thousands of engineers, architects, artisans, designers and crew, Celebrity Cruises sets sail into a new era today. Celebrity Edge joined the fleet after a moving ceremony where the ship’s godmother, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, was joined by all on board to “bless this ship and all those who sail upon her.”The naming event brought together more than 3,000 guests, employees, crew members and students to commemorate the debut of Celebrity’s first new ship in six years and first new ship series in more than a decade.Yousafzai, who is now a college student at Oxford University, is the inspirational co-founder of Malala Fund, which advocates for a world where every girl can learn and lead by investing in local education activists, holding global leaders accountable and amplifying girls’ voices around the world.She discussed those issues before the ship’s crew and guests in a one-on-one interview with Celebrity’s President and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. From girls’ education to the power of diversity, both share a profound passion and commitment to these important issues.“We are honoured that Malala agreed to be the godmother of this ship, a role that reflects centuries of maritime traditions,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Celebrity’s parent company. “We are especially proud because Malala’s example of relentless persistence and achievement is an inspiration to our crew, who have all worked so hard and made real sacrifices to build better lives for themselves and their families.”Lutoff-Perlo added: “I am so very proud to have Malala Yousafzai as godmother of Celebrity Edge. Malala embodies our commitment to opening the world through education and gender equality. Seeing her aboard our ship sends a powerful message to our crew who represent over 70 diverse nationalities, and our guests who we sail all over the world.” She continued, “The ceremony today was both touching and symbolic of what Celebrity Cruises stands for. I am grateful to Malala, her family and Malala Fund for embracing today’s events and look forward to continuing our work together around the world.”Celebrity is proud to partner with Malala Fund and support its mission to see the 130 million out-of-school girls around the world get the 12 years of free, safe, quality education they deserve.“I’m fighting to ensure millions of girls stuck in situations of poverty or war that they didn’t create can learn what they need to choose a future for themselves. But to continue making progress for girls’ education, we need support from leaders in every sector. I am so grateful to Celebrity Cruises for their generous support and investment in the potential of girls everywhere,” said Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund.At the naming event, hosted by noted designer Nate Berkus, emotions ran high when acclaimed recording artist Andra Day took to the stage for empowering renditions of her Grammy-nominated single “Rise Up” and Oscar-nominated single “Stand Up For Something.” Both anthems were chosen for their bold statements about the power of girls’ education and its role in shaping the future.The brand chose to forego the traditional champagne bottle at the launch, and instead smashed a custom-made 18-litre bottle of Badoit French mineral water across the ship’s Parabolic Ultra Bow. And with that, the ship’s long-awaited inaugural season will get underway, ushering in the premium cruise line’s first new ship series in more than a decade.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic have filed plans for a proposed partnership on services between Australia and the UK and Ireland, via Hong Kong and Los Angeles. The alliance has the scope to include new routes, frequencies and capacity upgauges.The Proposed Cooperation aims to improve Virgin Australia’s passenger feed on flights to Hong Kong (which launched from Melbourne in July 2017 and Sydney in July 2018), and its loads between Australia and Los Angeles. It comes after Virgin Australia’s codeshare partner, Hong Kong Airlines, dropped its Australian operation in October 2018 due to poor performance, and abandoned its New Zealand services last month.Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic are currently codeshare partners and offer reciprocal frequent flyer benefits. The new venture relates to inventory management, sales and marketing, scheduling, network and capacity decisions, pricing, product, operations and  procurement, in addition to an extension of their existing frequent flyer agreements.Under the Heads of Agreement filled with the Australian Government last week, the Virgin branded airlines have sought approval for a long term cooperation agreement to better compete against the likes of Qantas and Cathay Pacific.They told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that under the alliance they will create “more competitive connecting international services” with a “compelling Virgin-to-Virgin brand proposition”.“The Applicants will better utilise each carrier’s home market strength, implement improved pricing and inventory management strategies and optimise their airport operations in Hong Kong and Los Angeles,” they said. In their application, the airlines said the cooperation would assist Virgin Australia to “more sustainably operate its Australia-Hong Kong services in competition with Qantas and Cathay Pacific”.They said those “dominant carriers” enjoy load factors on their flights to Hong Kong of over 80%, and share over 90% of the market, compared to Virgin Australia’s loads of “around 66%” and less than 10% of traffic.Currently, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic’s market share on the Australia to UK/Ireland route is less than a combined 3%. That’s compared to the powerhouse alliance of Qantas and Emirates which gobbles up 40% of the market under their long term alliance.Among the benefits of the VA/VS partnership is competitive joint pricing, product enhancements, improved schedules and reduced connection times and increase in competition between Australia and the UK/Ireland.Should the Proposed Cooperation be authorised, the carriers plan to enable codesharing between flights:Virgin Atlantic plans to codeshare on flights operated between Australia and New Zealand by Virgin Australia;Virgin Australia will codeshare on VS’s operated flights from London Heathrow to other cities in the UK and Ireland;and in the future, Virgin Australia will codeshare on Virgin Atlantic flights from other connecting points in the US and UK/Ireland on itineraries that include a VA flight from Australia.If approved, the carriers also said they may co-locate airport lounge and facilities at Los Angeles International Airport in the future.Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic are seeking interim authorisation by 21 June to initiate the partnership ahead of a draft determination by the ACCC in September this year. A final decision is expected to be handed down in November. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Hilton East Midlands Airport 14 minute drive WiFi

first_imgHilton East Midlands Airport14 minute driveWiFi, shuttle bus, restaurant, swimming pool, spa, fitness centre3pm12pm Here are some of our top picks for places to stay near East Midlands Airport Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport5 minute driveWiFi, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, family rooms 3pm10am What is the nearest hotel to East Midlands Airport?The nearest hotel to East Midlands Airport is the Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport. The hotel is located only 0.3 miles away from the airport making it an ideal for those arriving late or catching an early morning flight. East Midlands Airport hotels with parkingThere are a number of hotels near East Midlands Airport that have a park and fly facility for their guests. The Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport offers on site parking as part of their Park, Dream and Fly package. This is a cheaper option than the airport car park, so a stay in an airport hotel may be the ideal option for your holiday.East Midlands Airport hotels with a shuttle busAirport transfers can be one of the most stressful parts of a trip, this will not be an issue in an airport hotel. The majority of East Midlands airport hotels run shuttle buses to and from the airport. The Hilton East Midlands Airport offers its guests complimentary 24 hour airport transfers to ensure you make your flight whether it’s a late or early departure. Search airport hotelsLooking for more information on airport hotel options? Take a look at our top choices:Edinburgh Airport HotelsGlasgow Airport HotelsManchester Airport HotelsBirmingham Airport HotelsDublin Airport HotelsLiverpool Airport HotelsBelfast International Airport HotelsBristol Airport HotelsLondon City Airport HotelsSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. HotelDistance from airportFacilitiesCheck in timeCheck out timecenter_img RelatedLeeds Bradford Airport HotelsWhether you have an early departure or a late arrival, a night in an airport hotel in Leeds can really help take the stress out of travel.Bristol Airport HotelsWhether you have an early departure or a late arrival, a night in an airport hotel in Bristol can really help take the stress out of travel.Aberdeen Airport HotelsWhether you have an early departure or a late arrival, a night in an airport hotel in Aberdeen can really help take the stress out of travel. Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport6 minute walkWiFi, restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, spa, family rooms, meeting rooms2pm12pm Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport6 minute driveWiFi, parking, shuttle bus, restaurant, swimming pool, spa, fitness centre 2pm12pmlast_img read more

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6 hidden inflight extras that airlines want to keep a secret

first_img1. First Class treatsBeing nice never hurts in life, but on a plane it could make the difference between a miserable long-haul flight and a journey that quite literally flies by. If you like the sound of being furnished with First Class treats like a cappuccino or a cheese platter, start by sweet-talking the steward. No guarantees of course, but you’re much more likely to win favours by making their job easier vs. being that Annoying Passenger in Seat 38. Test out more of our flying tips and tricks, and you may just get a flight upgrade to Business or First Class! 5. First Aid Airplanes are usually well-stocked with those little luxuries that can help you sleep on a long-haul flight, so don’t fret if you’ve forgotten to pack your eye mask or your ear plugs, just ask for some! You’ll often be given a pair of socks or even slippers on international flights. But the most under-used air travel extra has got to be airline pyjamas. Change into the airline’s comfy lounge wear and you can step on and off the plane with your clothes still fresh. Ok, so they’re usually only available on major airlines like Emirates and British Airways and you’ll probably need a Business or First Class ticket, but if you happen to spill your tomato pasta all down your top, there’s a good chance the crew might take pity on you and hunt out a spare pair. Virgin Atlantic have even been known to stock onesies, so it’s definitely worth investigating. Find more ways of making cheap flights feel more like First Class, with our ten top tips. Jetlag: it’s the bane of the timezone-crossing frequent flyer’s life. We take a look at ways to beat this unfortunate travel side effect. All set to grab some goodies? Book your next flight via Skyscanner and see what swag you bag! Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, car hire and trains. 3. Get extra airline meals RelatedThe 7 carry-on essentials that will make your flight luxuriousJust because you’re not forking out for first class, doesn’t mean you can’t bask in a little in-flight luxury. These handy carry-on treats are just the ticket for an instant upgrade.How to get a good night’s sleep on long flightsGetting to sleep on long-haul flights can be tricky, whether you’re on a cramped, cheap flight to Bangkok, or you figured out how to get an upgrade on that red-eye flight to Dubai. To help you on your way to the land of nod, we’ve put together our top tips…20 reasons to fly Air TransatHave you every heard of Air Transat? Well it’s time to find out more, as this award-winning airline is offering some incredibly cheap transatlantic flights to Canada. How to cope with jetlag on long-haul flights From booking flights to fine dining: find out how to save cash on holiday. Why pay more than you need to on travel? Cut costs and travel cheaper with Skyscanner’s 20 top tips for slashing the price of your holiday. There’ll always be a first aid kit on board your flight in case of emergencies, so do alert the steward if you need a plaster, sanitary products or feel unwell. It’s wise to pack some basic painkillers in your hand luggage for things like headaches, as cabin crew are not permitted by law to dispense any medication. On major flights, there will often be a doctor on the plane but you should not rely on it: if you have a health condition, always assess whether you’re well enough to fly before booking your air ticket, and always invest in travel insuance. Flight crew appreciate a passenger who helps them out, in any case, so if you’ve lent a hand with a medical situation yourself, you may well receive a glass of champagne or a duty-free gift by way of thanks! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 4. Tour of the flight deckIf you’re curious about what goes on in the cockpit, ask and you may be able to see for yourself. It’s true that security has gotten a lot tighter over recent years, but it’s still possible to visit the flight deck, most likely before takeoff and after landing. The pilot will usually be more relaxed and happier to accommodate your request when the rest of the passengers have left the plane. Of course, allowing you to snoop around the dials and chat to the co-pilot is not an official service, but you may get lucky, especially if you’re travelling with children and mention to the crew that they’re keen to have a peek behind the scenes. Each airline has a different policy when it comes to flight deck tours, for example with Qatar it is strictly a no no, but you may just get lucky if you ask politely and are respectful of the pilot’s time and space. Fan of plane food, or just plain hungry? Enquire about a second helping of breakfast or dinner and you may be surprised. Some passengers on overnight or long-haul flights skip meals in favour of sleep, or there may even be a surplus on more interesting meal choices if the business class or first class air tickets on your flight haven’t been sold. Be patient, wait until the cabin crew have served everyone, then politely ask if there are any spare in-flight meals left over. Naturally, you shouldn’t expect a ‘yes’ every time, but no one likes wasted food, so it’s always worth a go. Alternatively, if you’re always peckish three hours before dinner is ready, ask the stewards for a top up of peanuts or any snacks they may have on board. Want more long haul flight tips? Read our long-haul survival guide here! 7 foods to avoid on your next flight Travelling on a budget: our top money saving tips For more air travel hacks, read on: 2. More in-flight comforts Take advice from our experienced Skyscanner travel writers and think before you eat to make sure that you don’t feel lousy on your next flight. 6. Travelling with kids? Just ask for help… Flying with a couple of noisy little ones in tow? Most cabin crew will sympathise, especially if you’re a solo parent. They can help out with holding babies while you store your hand luggage, keeping kids entertained with colouring books and crayons and even provide designated childcare. This is a rare service if you’re talking budget flights, but airlines like Etihad provide an onboard nanny on some of their flights, to do all the lullaby-singing and entertaining so you can get some rest. Ask about kids’ activity packs when you board, as some domestic and short-haul flights are starting to offer these as well as long-haul airlines. Bottom line: no one wants a screaming child on a flight, least of all the air crew. Get more of our top tips on flying with kids here. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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The Fairmont Acapulco Princess Tees Off With The O

first_imgThe Fairmont Acapulco Princess Tees Off With The Ochoa Golf AcademyAcapulco, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWHO: Renowned Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa and the iconic Fairmont Acapulco Princess hotel hosted the Ochoa Golf Academy, the official flagship golf academy for children and adults from around the globe, in the legendary resort destination of Acapulco this summer.WHAT: The Ochoa Golf Academy was holding 3-day Junior Golf Summer Camps this summer.WHEN: The Junior Golf Summer Camps are based on the teaching, techniques and philosophies of Rafael Alarcon, the long-time instructor of Lorena Ochoa. The 3-day camps focusd on educating junior golfers on all the facets of the game; from the basics of grip, swing and rules as well as chipping and putting to video swing analysis and course management and etiquette. On July 13th, Junior Golfers enrolled in the very first OGA enjoyed a special visit from Lorena Ochoa and Rafael Alarcon who were present to inaugurate the camp and host a private clinic for participants.WHERE: A magical combination of incredible beauty and hypnotic charm, Acapulco is Mexico’s largest and most dazzling seaside resort attracting over five million visitors annually.www.visiteacapulco.comlast_img read more

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Daughter of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray wins settle

first_imgDaughter of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray wins settlement by The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2018 12:05 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DES MOINES, Iowa – The daughter of the late heavy metal band Slipknot’s bassist Paul Gray has won a settlement in a lawsuit against a doctor and other health care providers for the loss of her father’s companionship and support.A document filed Monday in the Iowa court case says it’s settled.Gray struggled for years with drug addiction and died of a fentanyl overdose in a suburban Des Moines hotel room in May 2010. He was 38.His wife, Brenna Gray, sued Dr. Daniel Baldi and several medical care providers on behalf of their daughter, born three months after he died, claiming Paul Gray wasn’t properly monitored during drug addiction treatment.Baldi’s attorney Connie Diekema says details on how much or who will pay won’t be disclosed.Gray’s attorney didn’t respond to messages.last_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this May 22, 2018 file photo, Culinary Union members exit a university arena after voting on whether to authorize a strike in Las Vegas. There appears to be a tentative labor agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers that are threatening to strike in Las Vegas. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said in a tweet Friday, June 1 that the new five-year deal covers about 12,000 workers at nine casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) Las Vegas union: Tentative labour deal struck with Caesars by Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2018 7:22 am PDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Negotiators have reached a tentative labour agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers who are threatening to strike in Las Vegas.The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 on Friday said the new five-year deal with Caesars Entertainment covers about 12,000 workers at nine casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Tens of thousands of bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen and other unionized workers at 34 casino-hotels on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas have sought new, five-year contracts for months.The current contracts expired at midnight.Ninety-nine per cent of about 25,000 workers voted last week to authorize a strike at any time starting Friday. No date has been set, but workers have started signing up for strike pay, financial assistance and picketing shifts.Wages, workplace training and job security have been the main sticking points in negotiations.Caesars’ properties covered by the tentative agreement are Bally’s, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell, The Linq and Caesars Palace, including Nobu.Here’s a look at the negotiations and a possible strike:TO STRIKE OR NOT TO STRIKEThe Culinary Union and companies that would be affected if workers walk off the job have held bargaining sessions since February. Casino-hotels that could still see a strike, if the deal between workers and Caesars sticks, include Aria, Bellagio, Tropicana, Stratosphere and Golden Nugget.Analysts with Deutsche Bank put the likelihood of a citywide strike “as low” and said they believe negotiations could continue.“Recall, in 2013, the Culinary Union remained in negotiations with some Strip operators for several months post the June 2013 contract expiration,” analysts with the bank noted this week. “Business during this time was uninterrupted.”The last citywide strike was in 1984, costing the city and workers millions of dollars.ROOMS, KITCHENS AND LUGGAGECasino-hotels would lose unionized bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks and other kitchen workers in the event of a strike.MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment operate more than half the properties that have been negotiating contracts. Both companies have declined to provide details of their contingency plans.The union and hospitality experts have said the companies would use replacement workers and try to bring some in from properties outside Las Vegas.Properties that would not be affected include Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, The Venetian and Palazzo.The strike could come as fans head to the tourist destination for the Stanley Cup Final. The union for professional hockey players in the National Hockey League sent a letter to the Culinary Union on Wednesday expressing its support for the casino workers’ “attempts to reach a fair and equitable agreement.”“It is hoped that an accommodation can promptly be reached that will enable you to continue to provide the high level of service and professionalism that you have long exhibited,” National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr wrote.WAGESThe average hourly wage of Las Vegas Strip workers is $23, including benefits such as premium-free health care, a pension and a 401(k) retirement savings plan, and $20,000 down-payment assistance for first-time homebuyers.The union says it has asked MGM for average annual wage increases of 4 per cent for each of the next five years. It says the company has countered with an approximate 2.7 per cent raise.Caesars workers have asked for an increase of 4.2 per cent effective Friday, and annual increases of about 4 per cent thereafter. The union previously said the company had offered an approximate 2.8 per cent increase for each of the five years.“The companies are making millions and millions of dollars, they are growing and that’s excellent,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, union secretary-treasurer and a former housekeeper, said earlier this week. “We want them to share with the workers their success.”Neither the union nor Caesars on Friday immediately provided details of their tentative agreement.OTHER DISPUTESThe union said it is asking for training on new skills and job opportunities as the companies adopt technology that can displace employees. It also wants contract language that would protect workers if properties are sold.The labour organization, the largest in Nevada, also has proposed to MGM and Caesars an independent study paid jointly with the union to analyze the workload of housekeepers.The union has argued that hotel rooms have changed significantly, with new furniture and other amenities, since 2002, when the last workload study was conducted.“I wouldn’t be here today had not everybody gone out on strike in 1984 for those health benefits because I came down with a terminal illness,” said Deborah Jeffries, a cocktail server. “It was very important to me that I had that, and it was well worth the walk for two and half months.“We are ready and willing to do this again, not that we want it, but if need be, we will do it,” she said.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNOlast_img read more

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FILE In this Feb 11 2011 file photo Aretha Fr

first_img FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Aretha Franklin smiles after the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) Aretha Franklin by The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2018 4:33 am PDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2018 at 7:07 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The Latest on the first day of a public viewing of Aretha Franklin at a storied Detroit museum (all times local):___9:30 a.m.A public viewing for Aretha Franklin is underway in Detroit and is prompting people from as far away as Miami and Las Vegas to pay their final respects.People are approaching the gold-plated casket inside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to the sounds of Franklin’s gospel recordings. They find Franklin in repose, legs crossed at the ankles. The casket is surrounded by roses of varying colours.As people approached, they cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses.Museum board member Kelly Major Green says the goal was to create an environment akin to a church, the place where Franklin got her start.Tammy Gibson of Chicago says she lined up outside about 5:30 a.m. She came alone but made fast friends with others who sang and reminisced.___7:30 a.m.Hundreds of people are lining up to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin.Fans outside Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History have been talking about their memories of the Queen of Soul as they wait before dawn Tuesday for the start of public viewing. Occasionally the crowd bursts into song.Many of those in line are from Detroit, but others travelled from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings Tuesday and Wednesday couldn’t be more fitting. The associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech says Franklin is “being honoured almost like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States.”Franklin died Aug. 16 at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.___12 a.m.Thousands are expected to pour into Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin.Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings Tuesday and Wednesday couldn’t be more fitting. The associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech says Franklin is “being honoured almost like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States.”Seniors says the Queen of Soul was “a singer of the universe.” Yet she added Franklin, who died at age 76 on Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer, also was “so unapologetically black” and “so proud of being a black woman.”The museum hosted a similar viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death. The Latest: Aretha Franklin public viewing begins in Detroitlast_img read more

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