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Agents receive 50 off accommodations at new Kimpton Seafire Resort

first_imgAgents receive 50% off accommodations at new Kimpton Seafire Resort Travelweek Group Tags: Cayman Islands, Kimpton Monday, July 25, 2016 Posted bycenter_img GRAND CAYMAN – Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, launching in November on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, is offering travel agents 50% off the best available rate.This offer is valid for all bookings made now until Dec. 19, for travel from Dec. 1-19, 2016 and Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2017 (based on availability, subject to blackout dates). Offer includes up to one accommodation for the travel agent at non-commissionable rate (exclusive of nightly fees).A site inspection will be scheduled prior to arrival. Email Paola with dates, IATA number and agency details on letterhead to: Paola.Juarez@seafireresortandspa.com. IATA ID must be presented at check-in.Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is Kimpton’s first ‘international’ property and is being built to a higher level at a half-to a full-star above existing properties. It’s also the first new development in Grand Cayman in 10 years and will be the destination’s first boutique-style resort.Upon opening, it will offer 265 rooms, three F&B offerings including a signature restaurant, two pools, spa and extensive event and meeting space. There are also three beachside bungalows, a Presidential Suite, and a kids program called Camp Seafire. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Trafalgar Insight offer Canadians airinclusive deal with Delta

first_imgTrafalgar, Insight offer Canadians air-inclusive deal with Delta TORONTO – The Travel Corporation, the world leader in award-winning vacations, is offering Canadian travellers exclusive savings on Trafalgar and Insight Vacations journeys booked in conjunction with flights on Delta, KLM, Air France or Alitalia.Travellers can save up to $400 per couple and 10 per cent Early Payment Discount. “We are so pleased to partner with Delta and offer this air and land deal to Canadian travellers,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “This is the perfect time to book that dream vacation to Europe as clients will not get a better deal.”Just in time for the holidays, travellers can treat themselves to a European vacation with savings of $400 per couple on air-inclusive bookings with Trafalgar* and Insight Vacations**. Travellers can also save 10 per cent off the land portion with Trafalgar and Insight’s Early Payment Discount, making this by far the best offer of the year!“Our ongoing relationship with Delta has allowed us to offer travellers incredible savings to make their Europe travel plans a reality,” said Cris David, president of Insight Vacations Canada. “It is thanks to this partnership that we can provide incentives for clients to book with the knowledge that they are receiving the very best value.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaValid for a limited-time only from December 21, 2016 until January 12, 2017, clients can choose from over 215 itineraries to Europe with Trafalgar and Insight. Visit some of the world’s most coveted destinations while enjoying VIP treatment, exclusive access to major attractions, unique local experiences and effortless travel thanks to the highest levels of service. The Canadian Press Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, December 23, 2016 last_img read more

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Visits to Canadas national parks and historic sites jump this year

first_img Share Tags: Canada Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Visits to Canada’s national parks and historic sites jump this year By: Mia RabsonSource: The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The federal government will consider what to do with admission fees for national parks beyond Canada’s 150th birthday after this year’s free parks program has proven to be exceptionally popular.After Ottawa decided to eliminate fees for national parks and historic sites for all of 2017, Parks Canada says preliminary estimates show more than 14 million visits between January 1 and July 31.That’s an increase of 1.5 million over the same period in 2016, or a 12 per cent jump.The numbers are for 39 national parks and 82 national historic sites which report attendance numbers. Some parks and sites are currently closed, are brand new or do not report visitor statistics.While parks attendance has been rising over recent years, the spike this year was double what was seen during the same period the year before and business owners near some of the parks say the free admission is behind it.“When I talk to a lot of the customers they’re down here for the Canada 150 celebrations,” said Mike Makhlouf, co-owner of Freddy’s restaurant near Point Pelee National Park in southwestern Ontario.Point Pelee, billed as the southernmost point of Canada and a bird watcher’s paradise, saw the biggest absolute increase in visitors this year, with 130,000 more people passing through the gates. To the end of July, visitors to the park were up 66 per cent and in July alone visitor numbers were up 90 per cent.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalMakhlouf said the people started coming in May and haven’t stopped.“This is the first time I’ve heard of the park closing the gates because there were too many people inside,” he said. “I know it’s happened more than once (this year.)Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she is thrilled with the visitor numbers so far, and believes when the year is over the government needs to take a look at what the impact was on the local communities and what should be done with the admission fees going forward.“I think it’s a good time to take a step back and actually look at the broader economic case for national parks and historic sites but certainly no decision has been made to extend it,” she told The Canadian Press in an interview.The government already planned to eliminate admission fees for anyone under 18 after this year.The 2016 federal budget set aside $65.4 million to replace lost revenues from the gate fees in 2017. Another $4.7 million was invested to meet anticipated increases in visitors and $5.7 million to produce, order and distribute the free Discovery Pass given to people so they can get into the parks for free.Joel Reardon, Parks Canada’s Canada 150 spokesman, said 3.7 million discovery passes were ordered online thus far. About 150,000 people have downloaded the Parks Canada app.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesReardon said the parks and historic sites are seeing “record visitation” but it has been manageable with the additional planning and staff hired to keep things on track.Kathleen Yetman, owner of Birdie’s Perch restaurant and the Point Pelee Trading Post said business this year has just been “fantastic.”“It’s surpassed my expectations,” said Yetman, who has owned the seasonal restaurant since 2012.Both Yetman and Makhlouf would be thrilled if Ottawa extended the free passes beyond 2017.So would Heath MacDonald, P.E.I.’s minister of economic development and tourism. Prince Edward Island National Park saw attendance jump by 37 per cent, or more than 101,000 people so far this year and the park saw an increase of 54 per cent in July alone.“We’re seeing a tremendous amount of traffic inside the national park,” said MacDonald. “I would love to see the federal government extend this at least for another year.”The increase in visitors has not been uniform. The top 10 busiest national parks account for 75 per cent of visitors to all parks and were responsible for 66 per cent of the increase in traffic. Seven parks, most of them in remote locations in the North, saw a drop in visitors. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Air Canada has ticket change policy ahead of Typhoon Lan

first_img Travelweek Group Friday, October 20, 2017 Share TORONTO — With the approach of Typhoon Lan Air Canada has issued travel alerts for passengers flying to and from Japan.Air Canada passengers who purchased an Air Canada ticket no later than Oct. 19 and whose itinerary includes a flight to, from or via an airport in Japan between Oct. 20 and Oct. 24 can change their flight, free of charge, to another date between now and Nov. 7, subject to availability in the cabin originally purchased. Otherwise, any fare difference will apply.Passengers may also choose to travel to an alternate destination. Any change fees will be waived provided travel takes place between now and Nov. 7. Fare differences will apply.The policy applies to Air Canada’s flights into Nagoya (NGO), Osaka (KIX) and Tokyo (HND and NRT). Air Canada has ticket change policy ahead of Typhoon Lancenter_img Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Japan, Travel Alert << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Goway releases 2019 Africa and Middle East Travel Planner

first_img TORONTO — Goway’s new 2019 Africa and Middle East brochure is all about uniqueness and customization, says the company, and includes more than 250 travel ideas in 22 countries.With a wide range of product and multiple styles of travel, “this is the definitive planning tool for an agent selling Africa,” says Moira Smith, Goway’s Africa & Middle East General Manager.In line with global trends, every idea can be personalized and custom built to the travellers requirements. Many unique experiences, and innovative new itineraries, are included, as well as tried and tested best-sellers, says Smith.The Middle East is showing exponential growth for Goway and this is reflected in the product lineup, with trips including Pyramids to Petra, a 14-day trip combining the best of Egypt and Jordan, and the 8-day Israel Odyssey, a small locally escorted tour with many inclusions.In East Africa the ‘sampler series’, Tanzania Sampler and Kenya Sampler, offers affordable accommodations on the most popular routes.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSouthern Africa sees an expanded range of lodges in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Exclusive to Goway in North America is the 13-day Rediscover Zimbabwe small group tour. Also new is the seven-day Classic Kaleidoscope tour which takes in the highlights of Namibia.Throughout the brochure unique experiences are featured, from the Heli and Harley Tour, to rhino tracking opportunities, to the Royal Livingstone Express and visiting the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.For more information or to order call 1-800-245-0920 or email info@africaexperts.com. Posted by Goway releases 2019 Africa and Middle East Travel Planner << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Africa & Middle East, Goway, Goway Travelcenter_img Share Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Stop what youre doing and watch these sea otters perform a synchronized

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Stop what you’re doing and watch these sea otters perform a synchronized swimming routine Friday, May 24, 2019 Posted by MOSS LANDING, CALIFORNIA — A group of sea otters could very well make a run for Olympic gold in Tokyo next year after being caught on video performing an unintentional synchronized swimming routine.The video, which was taken at Moss Landing in California by a group of very amused onlookers, shows the adorable marine mammals swimming in sync from one side of the Elkhorn Slough to the other.Over a dozen otters can be seen languidly floating on their backs, bobbing their heads above the water, using their hind feet to paddle across the water. As one onlooker gleefully states, “They’re all in almost perfect formation, all in the same way!”The entire ‘routine’ was made even more delightful after Twitter user Paul Bronks added the iconic theme from ‘Hawaii 5-0’ to the video.Everything is awful so I added the Hawaii Five-O theme to this clip of some otters swimming. : https://t.co/Vj5TCh7uOZ pic.twitter.com/SlbzEzAx2n— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) May 22, 2019So what do you think? Is the routine good enough for the gold?last_img read more

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Taxi drivers call for strike on Tuesday

first_imgCosta Rican taxi drivers plan to strike Tuesday over the granting of permits by the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) to informal taxi drivers known asporteadores. These are chauffeurs, different from what are referred to locally as “pirate” taxis, which are generally considered less-safe.Formal taxi drivers plan to demonstrate outside Casa Presidencial in the southeastern San José district of Zapote.José Luis Quesada, a member of the National Taxi Drivers Forum, a trade association, said drivers are angry with the government for breaking a previous agreement to limit the number of permits issued to porteadores.In July 2011, MOPT Vice Minister Rodrigo Rivera issued a small number of special-status permits to approved porteadores. That move also led to a protest by already permitted taxistas.Tuesday’s taxi strike will coincide with a second demonstration organized by the High School Teachers Association, a union. Facebook Comments Related posts:Increase in taxi fares approved Taxi drivers end protests after government promises no new permits Taxi fares to increase Taxis drivers block capital roads to demand crackdown on ‘piratas’last_img read more

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Sea Shepherds Watson posts message to followers from undisclosed location

first_imgNo related posts. Embattled marine conservationist and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson on Monday issued his first public message since disappearing from Germany on July 22. Watson had been held under house arrest pending an extradition request from Costa Rica on 2002 charges of endangering a ship’s crew.In a post on Sea Shepherd’s website, the silver-haired captain said his May 13 arrest in Frankfurt was the result of a conspiracy between Costa Rica, Germany and Japan to force Watson, 61, to face criminal charges over a 2010 incident at high seas involving the Japanese ship Shonan Maru #2 and Sea Shepherd’s Ady Gil. In that incident, Watson said the Japanese ship rammed the Ady Gil, “nearly killing six people.”Watson said the former captain of Ady Gil, Peter Bethune, provided Japanese authorities “false evidence” implicating Watson in the incident.“The German politicians had made up their minds politically before the German court had made a decision [on Costa Rica’s extradition request], and during the time I was held in Germany, the Japanese negotiated with Germany to file for an extradition order to Japan on fabricated evidence provided by former Sea Shepherd Crewmember, Peter Bethune,” Watson wrote from an undisclosed location.“I am presently in a place on this planet where I feel comfortable, a safe place far away from the scheming nations who have turned a blind eye to the exploitation of our oceans,” Watson wrote.Watson said that on July 22 he learned of a decision by German authorities to approve a Japanese extradition request on July 23.Earlier this year, Costa Rica filed an extradition request on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation between a Sea Shepherd ship and a Costa Rican vessel over alleged shark finning in 2002.“With Costa Rica, I had the evidence on film and with two dozen witnesses I was confident that I could win the case against the allegations of the shark finners. My only concern was that Costa Rica would then hand me over to Japan. For with Japan, there is the absolute certainty that once in Japanese custody, I will never be released,” Watson posted.“That certainty meant that there could only be one option: I made the decision to depart Germany immediately,” he added.On July 25, Germany reissued an arrest warrant based on Costa Rica’s extradition request, following Watson’s disappearance. A German court had ordered the Sea Shepherd captain to check in with authorities twice daily after he was released on €250,000 ($303,500) bail.“For me it is obvious that the German government conspired with Japan and Costa Rica to detain me so that I could be handed over to the Japanese,” the marine conservationist wrote.Watson noted that he and his crew had battled Japanese whalers for eight campaigns in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, costing Japanese fleets millions of dollars. He also announced plans for a ninth effort, beginning in December.“This is not about justice; it is about revenge,” he said, referring to the Japanese and Costa Rican court cases. “I can serve my clients better at sea than in a Japanese prison cell and I intend to do just that.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Chiquita gets takeover proposal that would kill Fyffes deal

first_imgRelated posts:Banana giant Chiquita rejects Brazilian takeover bid Chinese leader’s visit has big implications for Latin America Whole Foods’ responsibly grown rating system labels Costa Rican bananas grown at EARTH University as ‘Best’ New strain of banana fungus threatens world harvests NEW YORK — Chiquita Brands International, owner of the namesake banana label, received an unsolicited $611 million takeover proposal that envisages the company scrapping its pending merger with Irish competitor Fyffes.Brazilian juice maker Cutrale Group and financial conglomerate Safra Group said Monday in a joint statement they are offering $13 a share for Charlotte, North Carolina-based Chiquita. The proposal is 29 percent more than Chiquita’s closing share price on Aug. 8. and isn’t subject to financing conditions, Cutrale and Safra said.The proposed bid jeopardizes the Fyffes merger that would lower Chiquita’s tax bill by moving its headquarters from the U.S. to Ireland. Cutrale, a closely held company controlled by Brazil’s José Luis Cutrale, is partnering with banks controlled by Joseph Safra, Brazil’s second-richest man, to challenge the Fyffes tie-up.“To have a new bid at such a high premium come out of left field is quite surprising,” David Holohan, an analyst at Merrion Capital in Dublin, said by phone Monday. “The market clearly is attributing value to the new bid as opposed to the old tie-up between Fyffes and Chiquita.”Cutrale controls more than one-third of the $5 billion orange-juice market, and also has global operations in apples, peaches, lemons and soybeans, according to the statement.“This platform offers Chiquita extensive experience in all aspects of the fruit and juice value chain,” Cutrale and Safra said in the statement.Safra has more than $200 billion of assets under management and operates banks in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, according to the statement.Joseph Safra, 75, has a net worth of $13.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The majority of his fortune comes from his sole ownership of a banking empire whose flagship is São Paulo-based Banco Safra. Most of the rest comes from a wealth management company built around his $2.1 billion acquisition of Switzerland’s Bank Sarasin.“If we are able to proceed on a timely basis with due diligence and discussions, we will be in a position to close the transaction before the end of the year, within the same timeframe you have indicated for the Fyffes transaction,” Cutrale and Safra said in a letter to Chiquita’s management, a copy of which was included in the statement.Brian Bell, an external spokesman for Fyffes, declined to comment. Ed Lloyd, a Chiquita spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment.The Chiquita-Fyffes deal, which was announced in March, would bring together two of the world’s oldest fruit importers to create the biggest banana company, with operations spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia.Cutrale decided to make the proposal to Chiquita after the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta dismissed a human rights case against the fruit importer on July 24, said a person familiar with the matter.Chiquita was sued by thousands of Colombians who contend Chiquita financed the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, a paramilitary organization accused of committing war crimes and killing thousands of Colombians during the conflict with guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.The AUC was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 2001, and the company pleaded guilty in 2007 to U.S. criminal charges stemming from the payments. It paid a $25 million fine.When the lawsuit was dismissed, Cutrale figured there was no longer a legal risk in acquiring Chiquita, said the person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.Chiquita also has stabilized its financial performance, the person said. Chiquita reported an $18 million second-quarter profit, its first in four quarters. Profit in the quarter was down from $31.1 million a year earlier.Chiquita-Fyffes plans to domicile in Ireland, even though Fyffes is the smaller of the two companies, to take advantage of a lower corporate tax rate, a practice known as inversion that has been criticized by members of the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration. A Senate bill meant to deter inversions would retroactively affect eight pending deals, including Chiquita-Fyffes.Cutrale and Safra said their proposed acquisition of Chiquita is “without the execution risk and uncertainty inherent in” the Fyffes transaction.Kaskey reported from Houston, Griffin from Dublin.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica appeals court overturns murder conviction of US expat Ann Patton

first_imgRelated posts:Ann Patton on her new trial: ‘It is my opportunity to finally, hopefully, get true justice’ US expat Ann Patton faces third murder trial in Costa Rica  Following recent crime wave, Solís announces new investment in San Carlos police force Dutch couple, laborer found dead at Costa Rica farm Ann Patton, a U.S. citizen foundguilty of killing her husband, U.S. financier John Felix Bender, in Costa Rica in 2010, was released from prison Thursday at 10 a.m. after an appellate judge overturned her 22-year sentence, a family friend confirmed to The Tico Times. Patton was serving preventive detention while judges reviewed the May 2014 conviction.The appellate judge ordered what will be Patton’s third trial in the shooting death of her 44-year-old husband, which occurred at the couple’s luxury jungle estate in Florida de Barú, Pérez Zeledón, in southern Costa Rica. A different court had acquitted Patton in 2013, but an appeals court ordered a new trial that started on May 19, 2014.Patton has been ordered to hand over her passport to authorities and is prohibited from leaving the country as the third trial is prepared. She must also report weekly to the the judicial office closest to her home, according to a statement from the Prosecutor’s Office.The story is developing. Follow ticotimes.net for updates.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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How Costa Ricas 2015 International Arts Festival flopped

first_imgStill, the damage that’s been done — to the Culture Ministry’s image, to the festival’s reputation, to the artists who had planned to share their work and to the artisans who had counted on selling theirs — won’t be easily fixed.Opting to move the festival out of central San José and into town and neighborhoods on the city’s margin was a laudable plan. However, the spectacular failure in the execution of that plan seems worse than not having tried in the first place. Facebook Comments Related posts:FIA conspiracy? Former culture minister blames ‘plot’ for festival failure Lawmakers to probe Culture Minister about International Arts Festival fiasco Costa Rica’s culture minister sacked over failed international arts festival Ousted culture minister blames subordinates for arts festival woes This year’s International Arts Festival has been plenty entertaining so far — just not in the way the Costa Rican government intended. Instead of people mapping out a schedule to squeeze in as much music and culture as possible, they’re gossiping indignantly about how the festival’s organizers could have possibly messed it up quite this badly.The Culture Ministry announced Monday evening on its Facebook news page that all major headliners for the rest of the festival were cancelled, including Chilean band La Ley and the Argentine rock icon Miguel Mateos.The ministry said that the artisan fairs scheduled along with the major events were cancelled as well.The announcement came on the heels of the first disastrous week of the 2015 International Arts Festival (FIA), during which most events were cancelled or reprogrammed. One major venue, in the town of Acosta, was completely abandoned by the organizers. As the 2015 edition of Costa Rica’s biggest arts festival began to unravel, unflattering memes were quick to circulate on social media, on April 27, 2015. (from Facebook)The extensive arts festival, which has traditionally been a major source of pride for the Costa Rican government — and a hugely popular event among residents of the Central Valley and beyond — massively flopped this year in the midst of major planning flubs and conflicts with contractors and artists.The Ministry of Culture finally issued an apology on Sunday, three days after cancelling dozens of concerts, workshops and performances with only vague notice to the public.In a news release, Minister of Culture Elizabeth Fonseca apologized to the communities of Aserrí, Desamparados, Alajuelita and Acosta for FIA’s failures. She also apologized to the artists and performers who were, or still are, part of the festival  — after blaming them for some of the festival’s problems last week.The minister promised the show would go on through May 3 as planned, with an adjusted schedule, part of which the ministry shared on Sunday. Finally, Fonseca promised to form a commission to investigate why FIA turned into a fiasco and who’s responsible.But that was before Monday evening’s announcement that all major acts were cancelled. Fonseca was absent from the press conference where two of her vice ministers made the announcement, La Nación reported.According to the daily, the vice ministers said Fonseca wasn’t there because “she felt exhausted from attending to the press all day.” Vice Ministers Alfredo Chavarría and Luis Carlos Amador also said they had suggested to Fonseca in March that she push back the festival to June, but she didn’t take the advice. They said it was unclear whether the government will still need to shell out compensation for the cancelled international acts  —  La Ley was to receive approximately $200,000 for their appearance  —  or face lawsuits from the bands.Lights? Sound?News of the festival’s troubles started to trickle out early last week when artists began complaining about the lack of contracts and limited communication with organizers. A wider public got wind of the problems when, on Wednesday, April 22, two days before the festival inauguration, the company chosen to provide lighting and sound at the major venues pulled out.The company, LuzArt S.A., said it would be impossible to fulfill the contract since the company hadn’t gotten word that it won the bid until 6 p.m. that same day. A review of documents on the government’s open contracting website, Comprared, confirms that the contract wasn’t awarded until Tuesday, April 21.In a letter to the Culture Ministry, LuzArt reminded the minister that the government’s original bid offer required the winning company to start setting up the venues on April 19. The company said it would be “materially impossible”  to comply with the contract’s equipment demands and timeline given the truncated timeframe.LuzArt has a thorny history with this administration. In July 2014, newly-appointed Minister Fonseca asked the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate several programs put on by the Culture Ministry throughout the previous year, including FIA. She said budgets for the events had skyrocketed during the previous administration, under the leadership of former Culture Minister Manuel Obregón (2010-2014). She also questioned the fairness of the bidding process.In a subsequent investigation, La Nación singled out LuzArt as one of the contractors included in the government’s investigation. The paper also noted that the company had worked for nearly a decade for Malpaís, the band that counts among its members former Culture Minister Obregón and former Vice Minister Iván Rodríguez.The investigation also showed that, for some of the jobs the government employed LuzArt to do, the bidding process was only open for a few days, and in some cases, only a few hours.While that’s not necessarily illegal, last year current Minister Fonseca indicated that she would run a more democratic bidding process, and one that cut costs for the government. FIA 2015 was her first big shot to do so.Even though LuzArt wasn’t officially invited to bid, the company won the contract for this year’s festival after bids from another two companies were rejected: one because it was incomplete and another because it was well over budget. The Culture Ministry set this year’s FIA budget for lighting and sound at ₡55 million (about $110,000). That’s also the amount LuzArt offered in its bid.Last year LuzArt won the contract for ₡99.5 million ($199,000).LuzArt also took action this year that, while within its rights, added to the delays in the bidding process: It filed an official complaint about the contract and three subsequent requests for clarification on aspects of the contract. The government modified the contract as a result of the complaint.LuzArt certainly wasn’t the only would-be collaborator to complain about the pre-festival chaos. Artists, musicians and show technicians complained that they hadn’t received contracts and that communication with festival organizers was severely lacking. Many quit out of frustration.Don’t ask usAfter the proverbial caca hit the fan, the ministry and FIA failed to inform the public, via its Facebook page, about the schedule changes until after several events had already been cancelled.On the second day of the festival, La Nación reported that a group of disabled adults was left waiting for a puppet show in Acosta that had been cancelled the day before. No one from FIA bothered to show up to tell the public that all shows at the venue had been called off.Meanwhile, some of the country’s top culture gurus, artists and musicians, including former minister Obregón, have blasted the Culture Ministry — and especially Inti Picado, the man in charge of FIA — for ineptitude.Critics have lambasted Picado’s lack of experience in producing events, especially major international festivals. Picado, himself a musician with the 22-year-old band El Parque, has publicly said very little about the fiasco in recent days. He was not named in the list of top Culture Ministry officials who officially apologized Sunday for the problems with this year’s FIA.Angry Costa Ricans have taken to social media to ask Fonseca and Picado to resign. Fonseca has thus far skirted questions from reporters on whether she’ll consider the suggestion, saying she had to concentrate on getting the festival back on track.Other government entities have tried to distance themselves from the Culture Ministry’s festival flop. ICE, the state-owned telecommunications company and one of the festival’s patrons, said Monday that it was holding off on handing out free tickets to festival concerts at its Kölbi cellphone stores until the Culture Ministry officially announced a revised schedule.Some shows have gone onDespite the last-minute schedule and venue changes, some concerts and other events have gone on, and people have shown up to enjoy them. Bands originally scheduled to play in Alajuelita played instead over the weekend at the National Cultural Center (CENAC) in downtown San José. (The Tico Times will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days and provide information about events available for the fair’s second weekend.)At some venues, artists took to self-promoting their shows in the absence of official help, La Nación reported.In Acosta, despite being abandoned by FIA, a local group, Colectivo Acosteño, stepped in to put on events there last Friday and over the weekend. They called it a “Cultural Tantrum.”last_img read more

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Strong support for Costa Rica park ranger sentenced for attempted murder despite

first_imgCosta Rica park ranger Mauricio Steller Fallas — recently sentenced to 12 years in prison for shooting a suspected poacher — reached martyr status this past week in local media and among Costa Rican and international conservationists. Even some lawmakers said the 32-year-old Steller should be pardoned for what appeared to many to be an act of self-defense in a dangerous situation.Then, on Thursday, it came to light that Steller was the subject of a separate investigation for allegedly stealing and selling drugs. Steller’s current lawyer said his client failed to tell him about the investigation, making him question whether to continue representing the park ranger.Nevertheless, support for Steller among his colleagues and fellow conservationists appears to have wavered little. On Friday morning dozens of workers from Costa Rica’s National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), including Executive Director Julio Jurado, gathered outside SINAC’s main office in San José to protest against Steller’s prison sentence and, in general, against poor working conditions for park rangers.Steller, who worked in the Osa Conservation Area, was convicted of attempted murder for shooting a suspected poacher during a beach patrol in 2009. Park rangers say they are under-equipped and ill-trained to handle situations that could necessitate the use of deadly force.“This wouldn’t have happened if conditions for park rangers were better,” said Fernando Quirós, director of the Cocos Island Conservation Area, who was at the protest.SINAC protestors also pointed out discrepancies in the law that make it difficult for park rangers to legally use force, and regulations that prohibit the government from providing rangers with legal counsel if they face charges stemming from actions carried out on the job. SINAC employees protest in front of the SINAC building in San José demanding better conditions for park rangers, Friday, September 04. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesSteller’s case captured national attention last week as environmental groups took to social media to show their support for the park ranger. Many noted the apparent contradiction between jailing a park ranger who was attempting to stop poaching and releasing the suspected killers of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora after a badly botched investigation and trial.The Environment Ministry even helped contract respected criminal attorney Juan Diego Castro to represent Steller pro bono for his appeal.But Castro said Thursday that he was reconsidering representing the park ranger after his client allegedly failed to tell him that he was the subject of a separate drug investigation potentially related to a triple murder in 2012. Steller’s father was one of the victims.According to the Osa Prosecutor’s Office, Steller is under investigation for the possession and sale of eight kilos of cocaine that he allegedly found floating near Caño Island, off the coast of the Osa Peninsula, during a ranger patrol in 2012. Prosecutors allege that Steller gave the cocaine to his father, Rodrigo Steller, to sell. During a supposed drug deal Steller’s father and two other men were murdered.Steller told The Tico Times he is innocent of the charges. Meanwhile, his superiors in the park service have continued to support him.“People are now trying to mix these cases together, but [the drug investigation] has nothing to do with what Mauricio is charged with,” Eliécer Arce, the administrator for Corcovado National Park and one of Steller’s immediate supervisors, told The Tico Times.Arce said he had no knowledge of the narcotics investigation and that it is “completely false” that Steller found drugs during his ranger duties. Despite the investigation, Steller continued to work with SINAC until his sentencing in the attempted murder trial.Environmental groups have generally continued to support Steller, though some have toned their support down. Mauricio Álvarez, president of the Costa Rican Federation for Environmental Conservation (FECON) and one of Steller’s supporters, said that though he still believes Steller is innocent of attempted murder, the drug charges have made it difficult for his group to continue rallying for a pardon for StellerStill, he said, the lack of legal and physical protections for park rangers is a real, and widespread, problem.“I want to be clear that independent of [Steller’s] specific case there are many other cases,” he said. “Park rangers face systematic aggression and impunity in the cases they present in court against their aggressors.”SINAC Executive Director Jurado said Friday that he’s working to change regulations to allow SINAC to hire lawyers or use its own lawyers to defend park rangers in court. 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Uber gets 200 million for international expansion

first_imgRelated posts:Uber rival Cabify coming to Costa Rica Uber supporters say court case could legalize ride-hailing service in Costa Rica Taxis protest as lawmakers present bill that could legalize Uber Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses The ride-hailing app Uber got a $200 million boost from investors Friday to help its push into emerging markets. The latest round comes from Luxembourg-based investment group LetterOne (L1), according to a joint statement.The news of the multi-million-dollar investment came soon after the Costa Rican government met with several taxi unions on Thursday. During a news conference following the meeting, Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro said Uber, valued at $50 billion, has a “strong negative social impact” on Costa Rica.“Our goal is simple: reliable and affordable transportation everywhere, for everyone, at the push of a button,” said Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick. “L1’s knowledge of emerging markets will be crucial in helping us make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more opportunities for drivers.”Uber has aggressively expanded around the world, especially in Asia, and is now operating in more than 60 countries around the world. In Latin America, Uber operates in 22 cities from Mexico to Argentina. The company started operations in Costa Rica in August 2015 and has announced plans to hire 300 people for a corporate services operation in San José.The company’s expansion has chaffed against Costa Rica’s official taxis and left President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration with an uncertain strategy to combat the app’s spread. Taxi drivers blocked traffic in front of the president’s office in Zapote, in southeastern San José, on Feb. 1 after the administration refused to block its download. On Wednesday a female taxi driver chained herself to a tree outside the president’s home in protest over Uber, unlicensed “pirate” taxis and regulations for red taxis.The Solís government has maintained that the company’s service is illegal in Costa Rica but has yet to outline an enforcement strategy.“This concerns us as the government because we don’t have the administrative tools to block Internet applications,” Alfaro said. The presidency minister said that while the executive branch could not block the application, a court order might be able to.There was no mention during the three-hour meeting how the government would address non-Uber unlicensed transportation, Presidency Ministry spokeswoman Ilse Chango said.Taxi drivers did not say if they planned to protest again over the application or perceived government inaction. Alfaro said the administration is open to continuing dialogue with the taxi unions. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Sneakersmaker Puma tracks its carbon footprint

Still, changes are difficult to implement precisely because of the gap between the company and its far-flung, sometimes opaque suppliers, which often provision hundreds or even thousands of different brands.By 2015, the company aims to source 50 percent of its raw materials from suppliers that meet its sustainability criteria, said Zeitz, who has also been named PPR’s Chief Sustainability Officer at Puma’s parent company, luxury conglomerate PPR.Still, not everyone is eager to see “green accounting” widely applied.“You can imagine there are a lot of industrialists who aren’t keen to have this adopted,” Preston said. “Their numbers would be mind-boggling.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) While Puma hasn’t been able to break out the environmental cost of manufacturing a pair of shoes or other individual products, the label in 2010 put the estimated cost of its overall environmental impact at 145 million euros ($185 million). Puma distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 11,000 people worldwide and had more than 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) in consolidated sales last year, more than half of that for footwear, according to the company’s website.“I realized that valuing natural capital and nature was something that had gained traction and was something that scientists were starting to come up with methodologies for … and I thought `why not apply that to a business context,’” Zeitz said on the sidelines on the United Nations’ earth summit in Rio de Janeiro. “I was surprised that no one had done it before.”Zeitz didn’t rule out the future possibility of being able to include on a product tag the monetary value of the environmental destruction inflicted by the making of a pair of sneakers. “I think consumers are beginning to get interested in this kind of thing,” he said.Long relegated to the fringes, initiatives to put dollar figures on the life-sustaining functions of ecosystems have gained currency in recent years, and such “green accounting” programs were very much in vogue at the U.N.’s Rio+20 conference on sustainable development that wrapped up on Friday. Proponents hope that assigning monetary values to resources will help put the brakes on unfettered development. They say such initiatives could help make governments and corporations less likely to jeopardize the natural assets and environmental systems that make the planet habitable, which could help stave off the kind of wholesale environmental meltdown many scientists are predicting.Case in point: a recent study that PricewaterhouseCooper did for the government of Malaysia, which was considering razing a mangrove forest to build a tourist resort. Taking into account the crucial role mangrove forests play in protecting coastlines from devastating storms and tidal waves, plus their status as incubators for a plethora of aquatic life, the team estimated the forest’s value to society at $30 million a year.The hotel was not built, said Malcolm Preston, who led the PricewaterhouseCooper team.In the case of Puma, the sportswear manufacturer paired with PricewaterhouseCooper to assign a monetary value to each aspect of Puma’s environmental degradation, from its land and water use to its pollution and waste generation, as well as its creation of greenhouse gases.Teams from Puma and the consultancy company worked to follow the supply chain as far back as they could, tracing each raw material back to its country or even region of origin. The team then consulted academic studies that parse out the environmental costs associated with producing a kilogram of leather, cotton or rubber in a particular place. They later consulted other studies by environmental scientists that assigned a dollar price to those intangible but very real environmental costs. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates For example, the team valued a ton of carbon dioxide at 66 euros a ton, said Preston, who led the team for the 2010 Puma account, the first and only EP&L the sportswear company has yet released.“Is it accurate to the dollar? Absolutely not. But it gives you a reference point,” acknowledged Preston. “Air, land and water have an intrinsic value to society that was never acknowledged before because those things were thought of as free.”Still, Preston acknowledged that the numbers were purely theoretical. They aren’t counted in calculating the company’s bottom line, nor does Puma actually have to pay out those sums to make up for the damage they’ve inflicted.“Nobody’s suggesting that you’re going to pay for this environmental degradation,” said Preston. “You’re trying to put a value on it so you understand what’s happening and can integrate it into your decision-making.”Zeitz said that having a clear breakdown of where and how Puma pollutes will help the company clean up its act.The EP&L shows that raw materials account for the lion’s share of brand’s total environmental impact: production of water-thirsty cotton and rubber and land-devouring leather alone was behind 57 percent of the company’s total impact, the balance sheet found. Possible changes to improve those numbers could include moving the sourcing of water-intensive raw materials from arid counties to rainier ones or finding a way to re-use scraps and other left-overs that might normally be thrown out, Zietz said. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Check your body, save your life Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – How big is a sneaker’s carbon footprint?In a quest to find out, sportswear giant Puma’s chairman, Jochem Zeitz, helped develop the Environmental Profit & Loss Account, or EP&L, a balance sheet that assigns a dollar figure to the environmental costs inflicted at every step of the manufacturing process that transforms rubber, cotton, leather and other materials into the brand’s iconic soccer shoes, track suits and jerseys. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share  

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Kenya Fears of more violence over Islamist killed

first_img Top holiday drink recipes Associated PressMOMBASA, Kenya (AP) – Muslims should avoid planned protests Friday over the killing of a hardline Islamist preacher whose death sparked deadly riots in Kenya’s second largest city, religious leaders in the country said Thursday.Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki also visited Mombasa on Thursday, as an uneasy calm set in following a grenade attack that wounded four police officers the previous night. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   On Monday, gunmen shot to death Sheik Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who authorities allege was member of the al-Qaida affiliated Somali militant group, al-Shabab. Riots in the aftermath of the killing left at least four people dead, wounded several others and caused damage to some properties, including three churches.The Inter-Faith Council of Clerics Trust asked Muslim clerics to use Friday prayers to preach peace and to ask the faithful not to protest afterward.The chairman of the trust in the coastal region, Father Wilybard Lagho, urged Christian leaders to restrain their followers from engaging in retaliatory attacks or any other acts that may add to tensions.Similar sentiments were echoed by Kenya’s president. “We should never allow any negative forces to divide us along any lines,” Kibaki said as he opened an agricultural trade fair.Tens of heavily armed police officers cordoned off the Majengo area, which officials say was the hotspot of the riotingMohammed was acquitted in 2005 of murder charges for the 2002 bombing of a tourist hotel near Mombasa. That attack killed at least 12 people.He is one of several alleged Muslim extremists who have been killed or disappeared in the last four months, according to human rights campaigners.last_img read more

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French government gets antisexism lessons

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Earlier this month, in an interview with L’Express magazine, French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll sparked controversy by saying: “I’ve tried to promote women as much as possible, even though some of our dossiers are very technical.”Though Le Foll said his words were taken out of context _ given that the interview was on the subject of gender equality _ they nevertheless caused outrage and went viral on Twitter.As far as the public is concerned, sounds like some ministers need instruction.“I’m not proud, but it’s good (the lessons are) happening,” said Nicolette Kost, 33, in central Paris. “After all, at such a high level in French government non-sexist attitudes should just come naturally.”The lessons are “positive… since France is so far behind other European countries,” said Edwige Bernard, 57.Some ministers have already taken the training, which includes a slide show, such as Labor Minister Michel Sapin and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira. Taubira’s office declined to comment about the minister’s training.It includes statistics about gender inequality in France, and points out how gender stereotypes are inscribed in French children from an early age. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology One example de Haas noted: In stores, clothes for 18-month-old children are marked “pretty” and “cute” for girls, but “brave” and “cunning” for boys.The anti-sexism training initiative comes rather unsurprisingly from Sweden, a country that tops the Global Gender Gap report list on male-female equality. In Sweden, toys are often unisex, and one Swedish kindergarten _ in order to discourage gender stereotypes _ has even forbidden or discouraged children to use the words “he” or “she.”France sees itself as the cradle of human rights and is progressive on some fronts, but has lagged behind on gender equality.Under Prime Minister Alain Juppe in 1995, no one blinked an eye when French media named his 12 female ministers patronizingly the “Jupettes.”In July, French Housing Minister Cecile Duflot was the victim of hooting and catcalls in France’s National Assembly, all for wearing a blue and white flowered dress.The whistles did not cease for the entire time she spoke. The heckling didn’t come from an unruly crowd, but from male legislators who later said they were merely showing their appreciation on a warm summer’s day. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressPARIS (AP) – First there was Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who allegedly referred to women as “material,” then catcalls in the French Parliament just because a female government minister wore a floral dress.But when this month the French agriculture minister _ in an interview about promoting gender equality _ suggested that women couldn’t get their heads around technical jobs, that was too much. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn reinforced the stereotype and tarnished the image of French male politicians after he admitted conducting orgies and reportedly referred to women as “material” when planning for them.French President Francois Hollande _ whose partner is one of the only working French first ladies in recent times _ has made equal gender representation in government a key part of his election manifesto. Half of his Cabinet members are women. And this summer the Socialist-led Parliament pushed through legislation that made anti-harassment laws in France more robust.The lessons are “a good PR stunt by the Socialists,” said Victoire Monnoyer, a 20-year-old student in Paris. “To know if it works, we’ll just have to wait and see.”____Thomas Adamson can be followed at http:/ /Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The prime minister of France _ a country which produced feminist icons such as Joan of Arc and Simone de Beauvoir _ has decided that his ministers need to go back to school for anti-sexism classes.On Jean-Marc Ayrault’s orders, the Equality Ministry has set up a series of 45-minute gender equality “sensitization sessions,” during which ministers are being trained to identify sexism in daily life and taught how to avoid sexist stereotypes in political communication.Organizers told The Associated Press that it’s a full class, with all 38 ministers signed up or in the process of registering. In the interest of gender equality, the female ministers are going, too.The goal, said organizer Caroline de Haas, is that ministers take time to think about sexism. “If you’re not vigilant, de facto inequalities are created,” she said.De Haas said 80 percent of politicians interviewed on French TV and radio broadcasts are men. She said she wants to fight against the “illusion” that France “has almost achieved equality” between men and women. France is now trailing in an unimpressive 48th place on the Global Gender Gap equality list. 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Slings and Games at YourSingapore Launch

first_imgKah Peng Aw (Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board), Catriona Leonard-Rogers (Getaway) – winner of puzzle competition (trip to Singapore) Subhas Menon (Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Singapore Airlines), Tetsuya Wakuda (Chef Owner, Tetsuya’s restaurant), Kah Peng Aw (Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M back row: Edward Shute (Assistant Manager, Singapore Toursim Board Oceania), Yee Choong Chooi (Regional Director, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania), Evon Lam (Manager, Singapore Tourism Board)front: Michelle Thoo (Manager, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania), Agatha Seeto (Executive Assistant, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania), Kah Peng Aw (Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board), Sandra Leong (Area Director, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania), Gillian Huang (Assistant Manager, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania). Singapore Tourism Board hosted a lavish launch party at Tetsuya’s unveiling its much anticipated new digital marketing campaign and brand, YourSingapore. Moving forward in a new direction from tagline marketing and its previous Uniquely Singapore banner, the new brand is expected to empower visitors to create their own Singapore experience.“It’s all about empowering the visitor.  In the 21st century, that’s what people are after,” STB Chief Executive, AW Kah Peng said. “We want to speak to visitors in a way that they understand and can connect with, making it powerful and meaningful.” YourSingapore was chosen specifically to showcase the destination’s flexibility and ability to offer a wide variety of unique sights, sounds, tastes and cultures for travellers to personalise their own unique Singapore experience. The main component of the branding campaign is the launch of the yoursingapore.com website which is a digital marvel incorporating travel itineraries and a shopping cart for a complete virtual experience.“Our website, which is packed with up-to-date interactive content about all things Singapore, will deliver a virtual experience unlike any other destination website,” Ms Aw said. STB are also considering incorporating a trade section to upload relevant travel packages, following their China specific site which already offers this function. Visitor arrivals exceeded expectations during a tough 2009 according to Ms Aw, who revealed the 9.7 million travellers; 830,000 of which Australians, were more than originally forecasted. 2010 is already shaping up to be another bumper year, with 20 to 30 per cent growth expected.  The openings of Singapore’s new integrated resorts are also projected to create a huge impact in visitor numbers. Australia currently represents Singapore’s fifth biggest market, and with visitors spending more than the average traveller, it is also considered to be one of its most lucrative markets. With the launch of Singapore’s new cruise terminal, set to be operational in 2012, Ms Aw said the tourism board was now focusing on the cruise market as another potential area of growth with Australia playing a key role considering its current successful cruising industry. Singapore’s ever evolving culinary scene was outlined as another drawcard for travellers, according to Ms Aw, who said it was part of their “living heritage”.  Tetsuya’s is poised to open Waku Ghin, his new restaurant at Marina Bay Sands at the end of the month.View www.yoursingapore.com for more informationlast_img read more

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United Airlines Ready to takeoff

first_imgJeff Smisek, CEO United Airlines NAPC Lunch The National Aviation Press Club held its monthly luncheon at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia on Thursday to discuss the new United Airlines. United Airlines president and chief executive Jeff Smisek gave details regarding the future of the combined carriers. “Customers, staff and partnerships are the key to success,” Mr Smisek said. “I am extremely focused and dedicated to providing a safe, reliable and global airline.” Teaming with Star Alliance, the union looks to make United Airlines the world’s leading carrier. “We’re making world history in aviation,” he said. “No-one has such a sizeable network as we do now.” The new head referenced he “would like to” change the fact that Sydney to Los Angeles 747 United flights do not have back-of-seat in-flight entertainment systems. When asked about creating sub-fleets, Mr Smisek said “it is a possibility but sub-fleets add costs and currently that would come at an inconvenience to our customers, which is something we don’t want”. Mr Smisek was heralded as an agent for change when he took over operations at Continental and led the struggling airline from ‘worst to first’ during the mid-1990’s. Yet during the luncheon Mr Smisek was quietly reserved regarding any major changes to the new United Airlines.“At the moment, we are simply trying to consolidate our information systems, staff and networks to ensure everything is running as smoothly as possible,” he told e-Travel Blackboard.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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ITCM China takes to the big stage in 2012

first_imgAs IT&CM China 2011 kicked off on Wednesday, it was announced that this year’s event would be the last at the ShanghaiMart Expo.“We are delighted to announce that IT&CM China 2012 will be held at a brand new venue – Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, from 17 to 19 April 2012,” TTG Asia Media managing director Darren Ng told media in Shanghai.  “We expect to increase our event significantly both in terms of exhibiting organisations, as well as buyers.”Mr Ng, whose company co-hosts the event with MP International, promised that next year’s event would boast “new alliances and partnerships to enhance the value of the event”, but would not divulge any details.The announcement reflects the rapidly increasing presence of MICE in China, an industry Mr Ng admits is “still relatively young” in the country.“MICE is one of the fastest growing markets and I think more and more companies are beginning to recognize the fact that they need to reward their staff with incentives,” Mr Ng said.When asked about the role social media would play in promoting future IT&CM events and MICE in China, Mr Ng told e-Travel Blackboard TTG Asia would eventually work on a strategy. “Right now it is just a matter of resources,” Mr Ng said.Click here to view the photo gallery from IT&CM’s Welcome Dinner TTG Asia Media MD Darren Ng Mr Ng and MP International CEO Sylvia Phuacenter_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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JAL dreamlines plans into Boston

first_imgJapan Airlines is adding Boston Logon International Airport to its US ports, it’s first gateway into North America in up to 13 years.  Utilising its anticipated Dreamliner, the four times weekly service between Tokyo and Boston is expected to take-off from 22 April next year, with plans to increase the route to once daily from 1 June 2012.The carrier’s president Masaru Onish said the only direct link between Asia and Boston will be valuable for commercial and cultural exchanges between the two cities and is part of the airline’s growth strategy.”This new service will connect New England and Asia as never before,” Massport chief executive  Thomas J. Kinton Jr. said. “Asia is a priority for Governor Patrick’s administration to further enhance the economic competitiveness of the Commonwealth and nonstop flights to Asia are the number one service target among the Boston-area’s business, academic and tourism communities.”Bookings for the new service launched late last week, while code share partner American Airlines will open bookings for the flights from June this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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