Group shot in Mandfredi’s private dining roomAgents enjoy VIP cruise on new Viking OrionTop selling agents circumnavigated Italy on an 8-day cruiseTop selling Viking agents boarded brand new Viking Orion earlier this month, to experience the award-winning Viking difference whilst cruising the popular 8-day Italian Sojourn ocean cruise between Venice and Rome, hosted by Viking Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Michelle Black.Highlights included exploring the town of Trogir, an open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site set within medieval walls on a tiny island in Croatia. Agents loved wandering the labyrinth of alleyways, staircases and arches of the white cities of Ostuni and Alberobello in Italy. Later, some climbed Mt. Etna’s towering volcano, viewing ancient temples and arenas before visiting Taormina, a glorious medieval hillside town overlooking the shimmering sea in Sicily.The agents were also among the first to experience Viking Orion’s new planetarium-like immersive theatre; the Explorer’s Dome, and the “Explorations in Space” collection – a photographic journal through space including astronaut portraits and documents of complex mission activities, produced by NASA.For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 138 747 or visit vikingcruises.com.auSource = Viking Cruises
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Iran’s historic bathhouses, known as ‘hammams’ in Persian, where patrons are rinsed and massaged beneath graceful archways and tiled walls, may soon disappear as interest in them diminishes. But business has declined as modern conveniences now allow showers and baths in most homes across the Islamic Republic. The few that remain, mostly in old neighbourhoods, largely draw day labourers and travellers.“Nowadays, there are only three or four public bathhouses in Tehran,” stated Mahdi Sajjadi, Head of the Tehran bathhouse owners’ association.Now, bathhouse owners like Gholam Ali Amirian, 70, who has spent four decades working in a hammam that is some 850 years old, fear the institution will dissipate like the steam from its heated pool. “Some 35 years ago, before the revolution, we had lots of customers. Five people worked here and we had over 50 customers a day. But now we have three customers a day on average,” informed Amirian.Sajjadi suggests that the government could turn the bathhouses into tourist attractions by offering low-interest loans to owners to renovate their aging interiors.
Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, had an extra helping of FUN planned for July. The excitement which kicked off on July 1 with the four-day Nature Island Food and Drink Festival and continues with the island’s 22nd annual Dive Fest from July 10-19.The Nature Island Food and Drink Festival offered four days of culinary excellence and passion. The festival took place from July 1 to July 4. It incorporated island chef cook-offs and mixologist competitions, culinary arts and I-tal food symposiums and expos, and a farm-to-table experience for kids. This festival included health and wellness activities, health-conscious foods, trends for whole and raw foods and delicious fusion cuisine.Carla Armour, festival producer, noted that the culinary arts would be recognised as an internationally marketable heritage and tourism niche.“The festival strives to raise the standard of food and drink offerings by using local produce in new and interesting ways in fusion with international concepts, flavours and local ingredients,” explained Armour.This year, the Nature Island Food and Drink Festival featured Toronto-based Chef Carlos Laville and New York-based Chef Stefan Shillingford. The festival concluded on July 4, with the island chef finals and cook-off competition and mixologist face-off finals.
The state government of Jammu and Kashmir has announced massive rebates to boost tourist arrivals to the valley.“Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) will provide 50% rebate on lodging and transport charges or even on total packages in some cases to the tourists visiting the Valley,” said Ghulam Jeelani Zagar, Deputy Director of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism.The Deputy Director also informed that private tourism players were also offering 32% concessions in boarding and lodging or on total packages to the tourists.West Bengal topped the list in domestic tourist inflow, with the valley welcoming tourists from the state as well the eastern region.Jammu and Kashmir is offering major tourism products like leisure, pilgrim, adventure, water sports, golf, MICE tourism, heritage and Tibetan culture.Stating that tourist inflow to the valley during 2016-17 was nearly 17 lakh, Zargar hoped that the number would be more this time following massive campaign to boost the sector. The state government is emphasising on carrying out a mass publicity campaign to attract more tourists from other states and abroad to the valley.
The 16th edition of South Africa Tourism Annual Roadshow came to a close this February after a successful run. Hosted in four major Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata, the roadshow was attended by over 1,300 Indian travel agents as they interacted with a plethora of key hospitality service providers, DMCs, airlines, tourism associations and activity partners from South Africa.The India roadshow is a long-going tradition, bringing together Indian trade partners with South African services and suppliers for over a decade. Speaking of the relationship between both nations, Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head, MIESEA said, “Our Annual Roadshow is a reflection of what South African Tourism currently stands for in India and what it aspires to be in the future. It is a testament to our commitment to grow and diversify this market.” She further divulged her plans of engaging with more Indian destinations outside Mumbai, focussing on the prospective markets of Gujarat and Chennai.The Indian outbound tourism market continues to be one of the top 10 source markets for South Africa with 86,405 arrivals as of November 2018. This, coupled with a 20% increase in spending by Indian travellers has given South African Tourism a target of surpassing as many as 100,000 Indian travellers in 2019.In an exclusive interview, Ms Nkani talked of greater plans of diversifying South African tourism attractions. She said, “Outside of conventional tourism, we’re going to engage with wedding planners and take them to South Africa and the wedding media. For the Film Industry, we’re going to have round tables with top producers.”She also insisted on the unmatched appeal of the country as a romantic destination, adding, “We’re quite top of mind as a wedding destination. Romance, you can’t ask for more. There’s nobody who can beat us when it comes to what we can offer in romance. You take wine, you take scenery, you take food, you take scenic beauty, you take the adventure, it’s a love story made in heaven. But heaven is SA.”The South African Consulate General in Mumbai was also present at the roadshow, providing support to the efforts at improving the inter-country relationship between the two nations. Ms M L Ramokgopa, Head of Mission said, “A part of our agenda is to increase people to people relation. People to people relation not only in doing business but also normal people should be able to meet and know each other. The youth, the women. People who’re working, people who’re not working. We’re looking at all sectors. We want to attract all sectors so that we could be able to meet our agenda that has been set by our principles.”In a bid to improve travel relations between the countries, South African Tourism has joined hands with Consulate General of South Africa in Mumbai to introduce changes in the visa procedure. In a personal interview with Travel New Digest, Ms M L Ramokgopa, Head of Mission, South Africa Consulate General Mumbai, India said, “We’re increasing the amount of time that the Indian tourist can stay in South Africa. Before we used to give a visa only for 13 days or 15 days based on what you qualify for. But, a new agreement that we have with our contact person is that we should issue long term visas. So, people don’t always have to come over and over again to our office. We give a five years visa, a person can go to SA for the next five years. It’ll decrease the number of people that actually apply for visas on a daily basis.”Ms Ramokgopa also elaborated that the relationship between India and South Africa is not limited to travel and tourism. Visiting universities to address the youth about what South Africa has on offer is also a part of establishing diplomatic ties.The four-city roadshow followed the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to India as a Guest of Honour at the Republic Day celebrations.
Baseball Legend’s Former California Estate Lists for $2.41M in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology July 25, 2012 450 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Celebrity Homes Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-25 Abby Gregory The Glendale, California, house that once belonged to sports legend Casey Stengel has hit the market for $2.41 million. The Mediterranean home, which was built in 1925, was Stengel’s life-long residence, and the baseball star called the property home until his death in 1975. “”According to””:http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-hotprop-20120722,0,6783720,full.story the _LA Times_, veterinarian to the stars James C. Davis bought the house from Stengel’s estate in 1978; though he may not have made the Baseball Hall of Fame like Stengel, Davis enjoyed his own slice of the celebrity scene thanks to his impressive client roster which included post pets belonging to Cher and Marlon Brando. The 4,600-square-foot home encompasses nearly an acre of land, and the property boasts charming amenities like a pool house, tennis courts, and a fruit orchard, and G&C Properties’ “”Gerri Cragnotti””:http://www.gerricragnotti.com/ hold the listing.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE]
The “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/ closed another Pennsylvania institution, bringing the state’s year-to-date tally to two and the national tally to 47.The FDIC approved the payout of the insured deposits of NOVA Bank in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, after the “”Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities””:http://www.psc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/dobs_home/14319 closed the institution. The FDIC was not able to find another financial institution to take over the closed bank’s operations and will instead mail checks directly to depositors for the amount of their insured money. Arrangements have been made with “”National Penn Bank””:http://www.knbt.com/ to accept NOVA’s direct deposits from the federal government, such as Social Security, through January 25 of next year.As receiver, the FDIC will retain all the assets from NOVA Bank for later disposition. As of the end of the second quarter, NOVA had approximately $432.2 million in total deposits and $483 million in assets. The FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund is expected to take a loss to the tune of $91.2 million. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-29 Tory Barringer October 29, 2012 413 Views Pennsylvania Bank Falls, Bringing 2012 Total to 47 in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Homebuilders Housing Starts Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Unemployment 2013-05-07 Tory Barringer May 7, 2013 465 Views in Data Report: Homebuilding Employment Unlikely to Return to Boom Levels Share While “”Fannie Mae’s””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group believes homebuilding activity will bounce back to normal by 2016, employment in residential construction may not recover as well.[IMAGE]In the latest in its _Transition to “”Normal””_ series, the ESR group examines the residential construction sector, which lost 41 percent of jobs between 2006 and 2011 due to the housing bust. Even though housing starts are expected to double over the next four years as the recovery brings us back to even keel, the group is doubtful that employment in the industry will see the same rebound.If housing starts do indeed return to normal levels in 2016, residential construction employment is predicted to rise to nearly 2.5 million jobs, an increase of 412,000 over current levels. Despite that gain, homebuilding employment is forecast to remain nearly 1 million less than it was at the peak of the housing boom.””Full recovery is unlikely in the near term because residential construction employment exceeded levels needed to meet fundamental housing demand growth by roughly 1.6 million jobs at the top of the housing bubble,”” the group explains in its report. “”The number of homebuilding jobs is now better aligned with fundamental demand, setting the stage for sustained gains in homebuilding employment.””However, even with renewed job growth, many residential construction workers who were employed at the peak of the boom and displaced during the downturn are unlikely to regain employment in their former trade and might need assistance in transitioning to work in other sectors of the economy,”” the researchers continue.Even with the housing construction recovery providing lift to the residential sector and the broader economy (helping home sales, mortgage lending, home furnishings sales, and manufacturing), the number of former builders unable to return to construction might prove to be a drag on economic growth, the report concludes.
Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New,Former Nationstar VP Joins Pacific Union Financial In Texas, “”Pacific Union Financial””:http://www.pacificunionfinancial.com/, LLC hired Tim Wagner as SVP of marketing.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Wagner joins the company from Nationstar Mortgage, where he was VP of marketing. There, he directed the integrated and ecommerce marketing teams, supporting all corporate, servicing, and originations decisions. He has extensive experience using various integrated mortgage marketing models, bridging traditional and digital methodologies to surpass revenue and volume goals.””We are very excited to have a marketing professional of Tim’s caliber join Pacific Union,”” said Rick Skogg, president and CEO. “”In his role, he will help us enhance our marketing efforts and communication to our third party originators, build a comprehensive marketing program for our consumer direct retail and servicing platforms, and assist in our overall corporate branding efforts as Pacific Union continues on its aggressive growth path.”” August 14, 2013 384 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-14 Tory Barringer
Investors increased activity in the housing market in November, particularly upping their non-distressed purchases, according to the latest HousingPulse survey from Campbell Surveys and _Inside Mortgage Finance._[IMAGE]After a near-record 23 percent of home purchases were made by investors in early 2013, investor share in the purchase market dropped to 16.6 percent in August. By November, investor share was back up to 18.8 percent, based on a three-month rolling average, according to the HousingPulse survey. Current homeowners claimed the largest share of home purchases over the three months ending in November.[COLUMN_BREAK]They contributed to 47.1 percent of home sales, while first-time buyers made up about 34.1 percent. “”There has been a clear rebound in investor participation in the housing market,”” said Thomas Popik, research director for HousingPulse. Investors increased their purchases of non-distressed properties; although, they remained the biggest purchasers of distressed properties. HousingPulse reports investors contributed to 13.2 percent of non-distressed home sales in November, marking a seven-month high. Current homeowners contributed to 52.3 percent of non-distressed sales, and first-time buyers contributed 34.5 percent. While increasing their activity in the non-distressed market, investors still made up the greatest share of distressed sales–57.6 percent–over the three months ending in November. However, that figure is down from 60.7 percent a year earlier.The share of distressed properties available for purchase over the three-month period ending in November ticked up from the three-month period ending in October. According to the survey, 24.9 percent of homes on the market were distressed in November, compared to 24.1 percent the month prior. January 10, 2014 421 Views Share in Data Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies First-Time Homebuyers Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-01-10 Krista Franks Brock Investors Dial Up Market Presence in November
American Enterprise Institute First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share Index First-Time Buyers 2015-12-14 Staff Writer Loosening Credit Draws First-Time Buyers Out of Hiding December 14, 2015 581 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Origination Looser credit standards brought an influx of first-time homebuyers in November 2015.First-time buyers made up 56.7 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee in November 2015, according to the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk’s First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share Index (FBMSI) released Monday.This share of first-time buyers in November is up nearly 2 percent year-over-year from 55 percent. Since April, this share of homebuyers has improved from the prior year, which AEI believes looser credit is the direct result of job market improvements, riskier mortgage lending, and low mortgage rates.“Looser credit is fueling booming first-time buyer demand,” said Edward Pinto, Codirector of the AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk. “This in combination with shortness of supply, as evidenced by a seller’s market now in its 38th month, is fueling a vicious cycle that is driving real home prices higher—up 14 percent over the last 13 quarters and spurring calls for even looser credit.”The share of first-time buyers within the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was just over 80 percent, while Freddie Mac’s share was approximately 40 percent, the data showed. Fannie Mae’s share of first-time buyers reached 43.3 percent in November.According to the report, the combined FBMSI totaled about 51.2 percent in November 2015, a slight increase from 49.8 percent last year during the same month.AEI stated that the unsold inventory of existing single-family homes stood at 4.8 months of sales in October, while the unsold inventory of new single-family homes represented 5.5 months of sales. Both are below the threshold for a tight market.”The rising first-time buyer share and the strong increase in first-time buyer sales volume help explain the tight inventory conditions in the long-running seller’s market,” AEI explained.Click here to view the full report. Share
Economic Headwinds Won’t Affect Year-End or 2016 GDP Growth December 15, 2015 561 Views Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News Soft economic growth in Q4 to this point has done nothing to change Fannie Mae’s forecast for economic growth forecast for 2016, as current economic conditions suggest that that a long-anticipated increase in the federal funds target rate will be announced Wednesday afternoon, according to Fannie Mae’s December 2015 Economic Outlook released Tuesday.Despite persistent economic headwinds, Fannie Mae’s Economic &Strategic Research (ESR) Group is predicting real GDP growth at a rate of 2.2 percent for the entire year of 2015 in its December forecast. The rate of GDP growth is expected to rise to 2.4 percent for 2016. Both numbers are consistent with the ESR Group’s prior forecasts. Real consumer spending is expected to pick up in 2016 after slowing in Q4 amid a tightening labor market and declining gasoline prices, which the ESR group expects will offset some of those persistent headwinds.Other factors that remain downside risks to growth include the possibility of a sharp slowdown in China and other emerging market economies, a further rise in the dollar, and geopolitical turmoil, according to the ESR Group.“After a year of modest improvement, we continue to believe economic growth will close out 2015 at 2.2 percent before gaining momentum early in 2016,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “Overall conditions suggest the Fed will begin to raise the fed funds rate at the December Federal Open Market Committee meeting, but we don’t expect the financial markets to experience any sizable shocks as a result.”While the ESR group expects home sales to remain subdued for the near term, they noted that private residential construction has been strong in Q4 and that housing demand is up headed into 2016. The result will be an increase in total home sales for the year, according to the ESR Group.“The rebound in purchase applications suggests that sales will gain momentum in the first quarter after retreating slightly in the current quarter,” Duncan said. “For all of 2016, total home sales are projected to rise 3.9 percent. We believe that further easing of mortgage lending standards will combine with a positive household formation outlook to help the housing sector expand.”The lack of housing inventory this year has been more problematic for the existing home market, according to the ESR Group. The drop in for-sale inventory of 4.5 percent in October was the largest in two years, and only twice this in 2015 did for-sale inventory increase on a year-over-year basis. One reason for the thin existing home inventory is that institutional investors are taking advantage of the high demand for rent by holding housing units as rentals.“We do not expect the inventory crunch to ease substantially next year, and the situation could get worse if geographic mobility declines or if homeowners are locked in with low interest rate mortgages in a rising rate environment,” the ESR Group said in its report.Despite volatility in the market this year, home sales are poised to have their best year since 2007 with an increase of 7.4 percent up to 5.8 million units.Click here to view the Fannie Mae ESR Group’s site, which contains all the December 2015 data. Economic Headwinds Fannie Mae Gross Domestic Product 2015-12-15 Staff Writer
March 13, 2017 956 Views A top official with the FDIC offered up a blueprint on Monday that would allow the largest banks to divvy up their financial activities in return for relief from some regulations under Dodd-Frank.FDIC Vice-Chairman Thomas Hoenig presented his plans to attendees at the Institute of International Bankers Annual Washington Conference.If enacted, the new framework would enable banks to separate spheres of traditional activity from more nontraditional ones in return for relief from the regulatory space.The plan would ideally eliminate a competitive disadvantage for smaller financial-services institutions unable to keep up with compliance reporting.Hoenig said that Dodd-Frank—while well-intended—had inundated banks with costly and complicated regulations, “especially smaller banks.”By making these long-overdue changes, he said, the FDIC and other regulators could also resolve insolvency concerns before they happen.“With these conditions in place, too-big-to-fail would be well on its way to being addressed, and a true opportunity for regulatory relief for these largest banks would be provided,” the FDIC official added.Critics have long held that Dodd-Frank imposes a one-size-fits-all approach to regulation that burdens smaller banks with onerous compliance requirements.One Harvard study found in 2015 that community banks had seen their shares of assets decline by more than 12 percent since Dodd-Frank’s enactment. The study’s authors claimed that “an increasingly complex and uncoordinated regulatory system has created an uneven regulatory playing field that is accelerating consolidation for the wrong reasons.”Hoenig—reportedly under consideration for a top regulatory job in the Trump administration—announced his proposal as Dodd-Frank’s defenders brace for an overhaul of the financial-reform law.Speaking with us for a related story, former Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) warned that too much change too quickly could reverse the economic gains seen since the Great Recession.“The financial stocks have never been higher . . . and [banks] have adjusted to dealing with Dodd-Frank regulations,” the former congressman said.He added that changes “could backfire” on those who seek to make them, especially if lax regulation leads to regulators easing off too much on banks that should be regulated. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government Dodd-Frank FDIC Thomas Hoenig 2017-03-13 Rachel Williams FDIC Official Plots Changes for Dodd-Frank’s Bank Regulations Share
NAR pending sales Prices sales 2018-09-27 Seth Welborn Pending home sales dropped slightly in August according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The NAR Pending Home Sales Index has now decreased on an annual basis for eight straight months, down 1.8 percent to 104.2 in August from 106.1 in July. Additionally, contract signings are down 2.3 percent year over year.According to Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, the housing market slowdown has been impacted in part by the low inventory.“Pending home sales continued a slow drip downward, with the fourth month over month decline in the past five months,” said Yun.“Contract signings also fell backward again last month, as declines in the West negatively impacted overall activity,” he added. “The greatest decline occurred in the West region where prices have shot up significantly, which clearly indicates that affordability is hindering buyers and those affordability issues come from lack of inventory, particularly in moderate price points.”Additionally, NAR notes that many Americans believe now is a good time to sell. Yun states that a record 77 percent of Americans say now is the best time to sell, up from 55 percent a couple years ago.Added Yun, “With prices having risen so quickly, many consumers were deciding to wait to list their homes hoping to see additional price and equity gains. However, with indications that buyers are beginning to pull out, price gains are going to decelerate and potential sellers are considering that now is a good time to list and bring more properties to the market.”Yun also notes that the rise in rates is not likely to deter buyers too much in the coming months.“We have two opposing factors affecting the market: the negative impact of rising mortgage rates and the positive impact of continued job creation. This should lead to future homes sales staying fairly neutral,” said Yun. “As long as there is job growth, rising mortgage rates will hinder some buyers; but job creation means second or third incomes being added to households which gives consumers the financial confidence to go out and make a home purchase.”Existing home sales are expected to fall by 1.6 percent to 5.46 million this year, while the national median existing-home price to increase 4.8 percent.Find the report from NAR here. Share The Impact of a Sellers’ Market on Home Sales in Daily Dose, News, Origination September 27, 2018 516 Views
September 04 , 2018 North American produce distributor Oppy says that with kiwifruit ‘on-trend’ and the organic produce sector skyrocketing, there is an ‘excellent opportunity’ to drive sales performance with Zespri Organic kiwifruit.“The time for organic kiwifruit is now,” said Chris Ford, organics and foodservice category manager for Oppy, Zespri’s North American sales and marketing partner.“Zespri Green and SunGold Kiwifruit are at their peak of flavor. With summer stone fruit availability wrapping up, this is the time to fill shelves with a great-tasting and nutritious fruit grown in New Zealand for quality, consistency and an amazing eating experience.”In a release, Oppy said that Zespri Organic kiwifruit growers joined Ford at the recent Organic Produce Summit, where they gained a greater understanding of the market.Ford points out that the greatest opportunity may lie in fixed-weight packs of organic green kiwi.“Industry-wide, sales of one-pound clamshells of organic green kiwifruit are up 76 percent compared with a year ago, according to IRI data,” he said.“We offer Zespri Green Kiwifruit in one-pound clamshells and bags. Packaging enables us to tell kiwifruit’s terrific nutrition story, share some usage ideas, and create a connection between shoppers and the brand.” Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal … You might also be interested in Another reason to take advantage of the packaged kiwifruit opportunity is differentiation, according to Sarah Deaton, Zespri’s marketing manager for North America.“With increasing volumes of yellow-fleshed Zespri SunGold coming into the market, packaging helps consumers understand how it differs from green kiwifruit, especially its flavor,” she said.“A benefit for the retailer, of course, is that the larger unit increases the ring.”Deaton said that the kiwifruit category is growing at a faster rate compared to all other fruit sales, with SunGold contributing to much of the category growth.“Efforts to build consumer awareness and trade confidence in both organic and conventional SunGold are really starting to turn the dial,” she said.“Our target consumer is a higher-income working mom—or woman who plans to start a family soon—who’s proactive about health and interested in food trends,” Deaton said.Organic and conventional Zespri Kiwifruit is available now from Oppy, with organic green and SunGold from New Zealand continuing through the next few months, dovetailing into supply from Italy that will extend availability through February 2019. Sinclair launches compostable labels for fresh pro … Chilean kiwifruit exports to Europe tumble, contin … NZKGI hails success of labor shortage declaration …
Greater Palm Springs is known as Southern California’s premier resort, special event, spa, and golf destination and for two days in October Flight Centre Hyperstore Sydney’s guests were treated to a taste of this SoCal gem when the Oasis Lounge took over the store.Alexandra Sparr of Greater Palm Springs CVB and Jamie Swan of Delta Air Lines hosted an activation at the Flight Centre Hyperstore in Sydney’s CBD on 26 and 27 October, with customers sampling the wellness and relaxation aspects the destination has to offer. Flight CentreGreater Palm Springs The Oasis Lounge delighted guests with massage chairs, putt putt golf, a juice bar and virtual reality experience provided by Delta Air Lines. The Greater Palm Springs region boasts nine distinctive cities –Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. While consumers were able to indulge in relaxation, they were also in for a chance to win free giveaways and a trip to Greater Palm Springs with return flights to LA from Sydney with Delta Air Lines, three nights at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, and an exhilarating Red Jeep tour through the San Andreas Fault with Desert Adventures.
“We created Travel Unlocked specifically to address the direct feedback from agents, with 90% telling us they want and need better e-learning resources. Furthermore, 94% of agents surveyed said they wanted access to information that consumers could not find in any brochure or online, cementing their role as the experts in the industry,” said Conrad McCall, Trafalgar’s Global Trade Engagement Manager and podcast host. “As category leaders, we saw the opportunity to reach our valued agent partners in a way that suits them – that directly addresses challenges they currently face with accessing brand information in a hassle-free way. This e-learning series truly speaks to our AgentsFirst mantra and constant innovative thinking.“These Podcasts will change the game for our agent partners, opening up opportunities for them to learn about our brand on an even deeper level, in turn empowering them to share the Trafalgar story with their customers when recommending travel choices, and with plenty of laughs along the way.”Travel Unlocked will be available from 1 July, via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and more as well as TTC Agent Academy. ‘Travel Unlocked’ is Trafalgar’s newly launched agent e-learning podcast, which the company says is ‘another industry first’, providing behind-the-scenes access to the brand in a way ‘that has never been done before in travel.’The initial five-part series, ‘Travel Unlocked’, sees the brand reveal stories and never before shared information from a variety of guests within the business, such as Travel Directors, Sales Managers, Product Developers and CEO Gavin Tollman. Episode content includes FAQs, JoinTrafalgar sustainability efforts, and how Be My Guest – another innovation by Trafalgar – was born. The podcast series has been created in a way that is fun, engaging and takes listeners behind the scenes, whilst also doubling as Trafalgar’s official e-learning course. Each episode has an associated quiz, which can be accessed through TTC Academy, either via a desktop or on the go via the Litmos App. Agents can download the app, log in with their TTC Academy credentials and listen to the podcasts, accessing the review questions directly in the app, making it easy and accessible at their convenience. agentse-learningpodcastTrafalgartrainingTravel Unlocked
“I think a deep threat is something that they need, they need somebody that can stretch the field.”Yes, when Warner says “Randy” he’s talking about none other than the recently-retired Randy Moss. And no, Warner did not suffer another concussion just before joining Sports 620 KTAR’s Burns and Gambo Friday afternoon when he made the statement.It makes sense on some levels. Assuming he won’t stay retired for long, Moss could very well walk onto a field and be one of the best players on it. He’s just one season removed from an 83 catch, 13 touchdown campaign with New England, and has a career average of 15.6 yards per catch. Then again, this is the same Randy Moss who played for three different teams last season, tallying just 28 catches for 393 yards, scoring just five times on the year. Those numbers didn’t help the teams he played for, and a certain writer’s fantasy football team was hurt by them, too.Anyway, as an idea Randy Moss to Arizona sounds good. But remembering the fact that nobody really wanted him last season, and he retired because nobody wants him now, you have to believe there’s a legitimate reason as to why. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Arizona Cardinals missed out on signing both Braylon Edwards and Malcolm Floyd, but there is still a dynamic playmaker without a team.And, former Cardinal-turned-NFL Network-analyst Kurt Warner says the team should go get him.“I still think there’s something in the tank for Randy,” Warner said. “The one thing that you know is he has a great relationship with Larry Fitzgerald, that could be a huge plus coming to this organization. Top Stories Comments Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The original report can be seen below. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals’ Week 13 matchup in Philadelphia is supposed to kick off at 11:00 a.m. MST, but according to an Eagles reporter, the game is going to be pushed back later into the evening. NJ.com reporter Eliot Shorr-Parks tweeted Sunday that the Dec. 1 contest will be “flexed” by the league to Sunday night.#Eagles game against Arizona Cardinals is going to be flexed to Sunday night, according to league source. Official announcement to come Mon.— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 17, 2013 The Sunday night game currently scheduled for that day is the New York Giants at Washington Redskins at 5:30 MST on NBC.The Cardinals stand at 6-4 after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-14 Sunday on the road. The Eagles improved to 6-5 Sunday after holding off the Washington Redskins 24-16 at home. The Week 13 game looks to be an important contest for both squads as they try to enhance their playoff chances. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling UPDATE: A new report says the Cardinals-Eagles game will not, in fact, be flexed to Sunday Night Football.Just got word my report #Eagles game is NOT being flexed. My report was inaccurate. I apologize to everyone. #Embarrassed #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 18, 2013 0 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact