Video prompts plan to protect Holocaust memorial

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said Monday that the site was specifically designed to be open to the public, but that a fence could be erected around it during big events.Jenifer Stolz, a spokeswoman for the foundation that maintains the memorial, says a temporary barrier would be acceptable.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up BERLIN (AP) – Berlin police say they are considering additional security for Germany’s main Holocaust memorial after an online video appeared to show New Year’s revelers urinating on the site last week.The YouTube video appears to show drunken partygoers relieving themselves and launching fireworks from among the 2,711 concrete blocks commemorating the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.The site in the heart of Berlin is close to the Brandenburg Gate where hundreds of thousands of people traditionally ring in the New Year. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Motley mix of players challenge Polish president in election

first_imgDespite its colorful characters, the campaign has been strangely uneventful. Many Poles have decried a campaign that seems lacking in real options for voters — and at times has descended into farce.“We are being served third-rate theater instead of real elections,” prominent Polish film director Agnieszka Holland lamented in a TV interview last weekend.Wojciech Szacki, an analyst with Polityka Insight, a Warsaw-based center for policy analysis, says that there have always been “unserious candidates” running in Polish presidential elections alongside heavyweights like Lech Walesa. What’s new, he said, is that against Komorowski “there are no serious candidates at all.”The reason is that no potentially serious challenger wanted to face defeat by running against a president certain to win re-election, Szacki said.The second-most popular leader in the race is Andrzej Duda of Law and Justice, the nationalist party led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the surviving twin brother of the late president. Jaroslaw Kaczynski was himself defeated by Komorowski in the 2010 presidential election, held shortly after his brother’s death. A conservative who says his values are in line with those of the late Polish pope St. John Paul II, he has taken a strong position against in-vitro fertilization, a position Komorowski attacked in a recent campaign ad. 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 FOR POLAND PRESIDENTIAL RACE STORY — In this May 5, 2015 photo Magdalena Ogorek, the left wing candidate in a Sunday presidential election, poses for a photo prior to a televised debate in Warsaw, Poland. The former actress and TV presenter Ogorek has no real political experience. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski seems destined for re-election on Sunday May 10, 2015, but first the conservative leader, whose large family and aristocratic roots make him the very embodiment of Polish tradition, has to stand for election against a colorful cast of unconventional rival candidates. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The incumbent is an aristocrat who embodies Polish tradition. His challengers include a punk rock star, a blonde bombshell actress and a renegade vodka producer who once wielded a gun at a press conference.Poland’s presidential elections Sunday have a colorful cast of candidates whose antics are providing most of the drama, because there’s little suspense about the result: President Bronislaw Komorowski expected to easily win re-election. Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories The third-most popular candidate is the punk rock star Kukiz. Describing himself as a “right-wing man with a left-wing heart,” he has positioned himself as the anti-establishment favorite. He has polled at above 10 percent recently.One candidate who has captured more attention than respect is Magdalena Ogorek, the 36-year-old candidate for the Democratic Left Alliance. Though she has a doctorate in history, the former actress and TV presenter has no real political experience and many commentators have dismissed her as a lightweight. She has not helped her own cause, appearing recently at a fashion show wearing a decidedly un-presidential outfit: a flimsy petticoat-style dress with straps that ended well above the knees.Soon hundreds of people clicked on a Facebook page titled “I will vote for Magdalena Ogorek if she shows her breasts.” Another left-wing candidate made headlines when he “liked” the page, later apologizing and saying he did so by accident. She polls around 3 or 4 percent.Another attention-getter has been Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a far-right member of the European Parliament who has compared the EU to the Third Reich. Last year he caused outrage by using racist language in Parliament. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Janusz Palikot, the head of a left-wing party, is a vodka tycoon who has called for the legalization of marijuana. A few years ago, he waved a pistol and dildo at a news conference to protest an alleged police rape.Several candidates don’t even have 1 percent support. Among them is a far-right candidate, Grzegorz Braun, who claimed in a presidential debate on Tuesday that Poland is being ruled by Germans, Russians and Jews.“The biggest political parties in Poland have played a trick on voters, exposing them to actors instead of real candidates,” Holland said. “Some play better, others more clumsily, but generally speaking, this is not a normal presidential campaign.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Komorowski, a popular leader aligned with the ruling center-right Civic Platform party, won office in 2010 after his predecessor, Lech Kaczynski, died in a plane crash.His time in office has been marked by general harmony with his allies in government. He has long enjoyed high approval ratings, though some voters seem to be growing bored by him and Civic Platform, which has been in power since 2007. That has given a boost to the anti-establishment candidates, most of all for the punk rocker Pawel Kukiz — pronounced like “cookies” — who used to perform in a band called “Breasts.”If no candidate wins at least 50 percent on Sunday, a runoff will be held on May 24. The presidency carries many ceremonial duties, with most power in the hands of the government. However, the president is also officially the commander-in-chief and has the power to propose and veto legislation.The election will also be a test for political parties ahead of parliamentary elections this fall.Until January, Komorowski had polled well above 50 percent. But the most recent surveys now predict he will take about 40 percent of the vote Sunday, significantly more than any of his challengers but not enough to avoid a runoff. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Swedens supreme court upholds Assanges detention order

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s highest court on Monday rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal of a pre-trial detention order in a nearly five-year-old investigation of alleged sex crimes.The Supreme Court in Stockholm on upheld rulings by lower courts ordering the detention for Assange, saying there is no reason to rescind it as the investigation continues.Since 2010, prosecutors have sought to interrogate Assange over allegations of rape, sexual molestation and illegal coercion made by two women after his visit to Sweden that year. Assange denies the allegations and has not been formally indicted.center_img How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Swedish prosecutors in March agreed to question Assange in London where he has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy for nearly three years to avoid being extradited.Assange’s lawyers say he fears extradition to Sweden would merely be a first step in efforts to take him to the U.S., where WikiLeaks infuriated officials by publishing secret documents including 250,000 State Department cables.It is not clear when the Swedish prosecutors will travel to London. They are still discussing practical details with Assange’s defense lawyers, such as possible dates and who will be present for the interrogation, said Karin Rosander, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

CDC investigating error that caused live anthrax shipments

first_imgHe doesn’t know why it was sending anthrax and is perplexed at how the mistake was made.“This is an accident that should never happen,” Blechman said. “You should have double-triple-positive controls over any live, lethal agent.”Steve Erickson, of the volunteer military watchdog group Citizens Education Project, said the incident isn’t cause for panic but suggests more oversight is needed.“Ever since 9/11, there’s been a propensity to throw money at biodefense,” Erickson said. “When you allow these activities to blossom and burgeon over a period of years without any effective oversight, you are asking for trouble.”The Dugway Proving Ground was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The site has gone through name changes and been closed and reopened several times.It sits on 180,000 acres of flat, desert terrain. It’s miles from any population base, but it has a village with an elementary and high school, medical clinic, a few restaurants, a theater, pool, gym, and homes and temporary lodging.About 1,700 people work at Dugway, including a mix of military and nonmilitary scientists, chemists, microbiologists and engineers. Top Stories Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told reporters the problem may have been a failure in the technical process of killing, or inactivating, anthrax samples.Odierno said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating what went wrong at Dugway Proving Ground, the Army installation in Utah where the anthrax originated.Officials said the government labs that received the suspect anthrax were at the Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Virginia. The rest were commercial labs, which the Pentagon has declined to identify, citing legal constraints.Some of the samples sent from Utah were also transferred to other labs in the U.S. by the Edgewood center, a research and development resource for nonmedical chemical and biological defense.CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said four people at labs in Delaware, Texas and Wisconsin were recommended to get antibiotics as a precaution, although they are not sick. U.S. officials at Osan Air Base in South Korea said 22 people were being treated for possible exposure.Odierno said normal procedures had been followed, and that he was not aware that such a problem had surfaced previously at Dugway. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too It is one of six Army equipment-testing facilities that also include sites in Maryland, Arizona, Alabama and New Mexico.In one of the chemical testing buildings at Dugway, chambers are used to test chemical warfare agents, the Army says in online materials. An outdoor range tests smokes, obscurants and explosives.___Associated Press writer Brady McCombs reported from Salt Lake City.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army’s top general said Thursday that human error probably was not a factor in the Army’s mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples from a chemical weapons testing site that was opened more than 70 years ago in a desolate stretch of desert in Utah.Samples from the anthrax lot ended up at 18 labs in nine states and an Army lab in South Korea, leading more than two dozen people to get treatment for possible exposure. Four benefits of having a wireless security system But there have been at least two other questionable incidents at the military post 85 miles west of Salt Lake City that has been testing chemical and biological warfare weapons since it was opened in 1942.In 2011, Dugway was locked down for 12 hours because less than one-fourth of a teaspoon of VX nerve agent was unaccounted for.Military officials launched an internal investigation, but the results were not released. Questions about the incident were not answered Thursday by military officials. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in 2011 that he met with the base commander and that the issue had been resolved to his satisfaction.In 1968, Dugway came under scrutiny when 6,000 sheep died nearby. An Army report acknowledged that the nerve agent was found in snow and grass samples, The Salt Lake Tribune reported based on a report that was declassified in 1978. An Army spokesman said in the late 1990s that state agriculture scientists never identified the cause of death of the sheep.Herbert said in a statement he’s concerned about the incident and is working with the CDC to monitor the investigation.Test facilities like Dugway are intended to develop ways to defend against biochemical warfare, which some fear could be used by terrorists, said Barry M. Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan global security group in Washington. Former Arizona Rep. 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UN At least 1466 Iraqis killed in June due to violence

first_imgThe U.N. mission said those killed in June include at least 665 civilians. It put the total number of wounded at 1,687. Baghdad was the worst-affected province, with 324 civilians killed and 650 wounded.In May at least 1,031 people were killed across the country, including 665 civilians. The latest casualty count was the highest since last September, when 1,420 Iraqis were killed.The U.N. said the latest figures are an “absolute minimum” as it has not been able verify causalities in conflict zones or count those who have died from the secondary effects of violence after fleeing their homes.“The terrorists of the so called ISIL and sectarian extremists are largely responsible for this violence which has affected all aspects of life in Iraq,” U.N. envoy Jan Kubis said.He called on Iraq’s leaders to “come together and find a peaceful political solution to the existential problems that are facing Iraq and its people.”Four bomb attacks in and around Baghdad on Wednesday killed at least 10 civilians and wounded 33, police officials said. The deadliest was a roadside bomb that exploded on a commercial street in southeast Baghdad, killing three civilians and wounded 11 others. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 1,466 Iraqis were killed by armed conflict in June, up more than 40 percent from the previous month as security forces suffered mounting casualties battling the Islamic State group, according to U.N. figures released Wednesday.The monthly death toll was the highest since last September, and the rise from last month appeared to be almost entirely due to higher casualties among security forces. Some 800 Iraqi security forces and pro-government militiamen were killed in June, more than twice the 366 killed in May, according to the U.N. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall On the capital’s western outskirts, clashes erupted between Islamic State group fighters and Iraqi forces, leaving two soldiers and two Shiite militiamen dead, the officials said. Separately, authorities found three dead bodies, including that of a policeman, dumped in the streets of Baghdad. All had gunshot wounds, and their legs and hands were tied, they said.Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.___Associated Press writers Qassem Abdul-Zahra and Murtada Faraj contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

Burundi election results to be announced Friday

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home A police officer stands outside a room where tallied ballots from the Tuesday presidential elections are being stored in Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday July 22, 2015. The head of Burundi’s electoral commission says vote counting is underway and results are expected Thursday for a controversial election in which incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in power has sparked widespread unrest.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Agathon Rwasa, the main opposition figure, said his attempts to campaign had been frustrated by the government, and the U.S. and Britain said the election was not credible due to the intimidation of Nkurunziza’s opponents.The Coalition of Independence of Hope, which supports Rwasa, will reject the outcome, said Charles Nditije, who is part of the coalition.More than 100 people have died in protests since April when the ruling party announced Nkurunziza would seek a third term. The demonstrations triggered an attempted coup in May that was quickly put down by forces loyal to Nkurunziza. Earlier this month, the government said it crushed a rebellion in northern Burundi, killing 31 insurgents and arresting 171 others.Many fear that Nkurunziza’s efforts to stay in power to could bring renewed conflict in Burundi, which gained independence from Belgium in 1962. Since then, it has had four coups and a civil war that killed 250,000 people.“The attitude of the government is pushing people to create a rebellion,” said Francis Nyamoya, secretary general of opposition party Movement For Solidarity and Democracy.“If it is necessary, force will be used to push out Nkurunziza,” he said, adding that members of his party are being killed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Results from Burundi’s presidential election will be announced Friday, with incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza expected to win a third term that his opponents allege is unconstitutional.About 72 percent to 80 percent of the country’s 3.8 million voters cast ballots Tuesday, said electoral commission head Pierre-Claver Ndayicariye.Violence on Monday night, as well as an opposition boycott, hindered turnout in the capital. Three people, including two police officers, were killed by gunfire in opposition strongholds. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Bombs kill 29 as Nigerian leader says US hampering fight

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “The application of the Leahy law … has aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorist group in the prosecution of its extremist ideology and hate, the indiscriminate killings and maiming of civilians, in raping of women and girls, and in their other heinous crimes,” Buhari said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Wednesday night’s bombings in northeastern Gombe town are the latest in a series by Islamic extremists that has spilled across Nigeria’s borders. In neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, two suicide bombers killed at least 18 people at a marketplace near the border, officials said.Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari returned home Thursday to the capital, Abuja, from a four-day visit to the United States where he was warmly received by President Barack Obama, but failed to get all he wanted.“Buhari returns to Abuja, with no weapons sale from USA,” said a headline in The News.Buhari told policy makers at the U.S. Institute for Peace on Wednesday that Nigeria’s armed forces are “largely impotent” because they do not possess the appropriate weapons to fight Boko Haram.He urged the U.S. president, Congress and government to find ways around the Leahy Law that prohibits sales of certain weapons to countries whose military are accused of gross human rights violations.Amnesty International charges Nigeria’s military is responsible for the deaths of 8,000 detainees — twice as many as Boko Haram’s victims in the first four years of its 6-year-old insurgency. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Bomb blasts at two bustling bus stations killed 29 people and wounded 105, officials said Thursday after Nigeria’s new president warned that the U.S. refusal to sell his country strategic weapons is “aiding and abetting” Boko Haram.Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency called Thursday for urgent blood donations to treat 105 wounded people, according to spokesman Sani Datti who said at least 29 bodies have been recovered. Comments   Share   last_img read more

IATA top spot goes to Cathay Pacific CEO

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced Cathay Pacific CEO, Tony Tyler, will replace Giovanni Bisignani as Director General next year. Mr Bisignani’s decision to retire came earlier this year amidst his bid to raise the profile of the IATA. Mr Tyler’s unanimous selection will be made official during an annual meeting of the Board of Governors in June 2011. Cathay Pacific released a statement declaring Mr Tyler’s final day as Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific to be 31 March next year. “Tony’s leadership of Cathay Pacific through challenging times prepares him well for the job. “His knowledge of Asia will help IATA take advantage of opportunities in the industry’s largest market,” said David Bronczek, Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.Mr Tyler’s duties as the Association’s head are scheduled to commence 1 July 2011.last_img read more

Interest in Turkey grows

first_imgThe Turkish tourism industry is experiencing a relative boom in interest as tourists look to travel to a destination away from the recent upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East.Figures released by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism have shown a 20.46 percent increase in tourist arrivals into the country in January 2011. compared to the same month in 2010, local media have reported. According to the source, the reshuffling of tourist destinations will see Turkey win more business than previously forecast not only because tourism to the country continues to follow an upward trend, but as a substitution for travel to countries that have face unrest.Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard at last week’s Eastern Mediterranean Tourism Association’s Product Evening in Sydney, Time Flys Travel owner Trudy Rice said she had already had four enquiries within the month, for unique Turkey Gulet Cruises.“People are talking about their holidays and getting other people excited about destinations and experiences,” Ms Rice said.To see pictures from Sydney’s EMTA product evening, click here. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Tourism Aus unveils new MICE pitch

first_imgTargeting MICE growth down under, Tourism Australia has unveiled a new marketing campaign that will strengthen the sector by up to AU$16 million by 2020.Announced yesterday at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), the digital campaign will see the group set up a new website businessevents.australia.com as well as establish a consumer marketing project that will follow the footsteps of ‘There’s nothing like Australia’. Rolling out to key markets including the US, UK, China, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore and Indonesia, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy explained the new pitch was developed based on insights contributed by event planners from the selected regions.He added that the campaign has the potential to expand on the sector’s AU$8.4 billion contribution in 2010. “On average business events visitors spend 55 percent more per day than the average visitor at AU$212 per delegate per night – so the returns on our investment are strong but what’s more they are also more likely to return for a business and leisure visit to Australia in the future,” Mr McEvoy said. “Tourism Australia’s new campaign and its dedicated business events website are about reaching the decision makers for such events with a strong message that Australia is a good place to do business.”The GM added that continued external impacts to the industry including the high Aussie dollar emphasizes the need for a dedicated campaign to draw in the business events groups. “It is why the new campaign is so critical in telling the world how Australia can deliver on their business objectives – whether it is incentivising their teams or improving their business performance, and do this with team building activities, experience of our modern cities, unquestioned natural appeal, and great people.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Melbournes observation wheel almost spinning

first_imgThe Southern Star Observation Wheel at Docklands in Melbourne is reportedly set to reopen this year, four years after the city viewing platform shut down.Originally launched in 2008, the wheel spun for only 40 days before being shut down in January 2009 after cracks were found in its frame.Since, the ride has been taken apart and rebuilt and although the wheel’s owner, ING, has been reluctant to give an estimated finish date due to persistent setbacks, the company’s representative Ken Davis said the wheel could be spinning again in the “second half of 2013”, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.He explained the ride’s reopening has been delayed by Melbourne’s weather, which will put construction on hold during wind and rain. “This makes it extremely difficult to make any announcements regarding an opening timeline,” he said. Meanwhile, local retailer, Groove Train Cafe owner John Dimos said news of its reopening was a “small light at the end of the tunnel”.Mr Dimos said delays have caused “grief and pain” among local operators, even watching several business close around him.“I’ll be damned if I’m going to shut my doors,” he said.“I’m going to keep them open and absolutely make sure that we thrive when this thing comes back.” The wheel that spun for 40 days is set to go round again. Image: Travel Victoria Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

LATAM chooses oneworld alliance

first_imgLATAM goes with oneworld over Star Alliance. LATAM has confirmed it will join global alliance, oneworld, prompting TAM Airlines and its Paraguay subsidiary to set aside its association with the Star Alliance.With Chile’s LAN Airlines has been flying as a full member of oneworld since June 2000 and LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru added since as affiliate members, the decision will bring the entire group into the same global airline alliance.TAM’s transition away from the Star Alliance is expected to be completed during the second quarter next year, with an intention to become part of oneworld to be placed after its exit.Meanwhile, LAN Columbia will join oneworld as an affiliate member in the fourth quarter of 2013.Assuring a smooth transition, LATAM Airlines group chief executive Enrique Cueto said the decision was made after an evaluation of alliance options.“We are very happy with the decision,” he said.With the addition of TAM and LAN as well as impending additions of Qatar Airways and SriLankan, the oneworld network will grow to more than 950 destinations in 160 countries.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

TAP Portugal wins two awards at the World Travel Awards

first_imgSource = TAP Portugal TAP Portugal wins two awards at the World Travel AwardsTAP was honored at the World Travel Awards (WTA), which are considered the “Oscars” of world tourism, at a ceremony held yesterday in Sardinia, Italy, where the Portuguese airline won the awards for Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa and Europe’s Leading Airline to South America. UP magazine was declared Europe’s Leading Inflight Magazine.“The fact that TAP has once again been honored in one of the world’s most prestigious travel sector awards strengthens our conviction that the investments made in our primary markets and our efforts to continually improve the quality of the products and services we offer are spot on, which is a great satisfaction to all of us who work at TAP, and I believe to the Portuguese people in general”, says Luiz Mór, executive director of TAP.“This year, TAP is also being distinguished through UP magazine, which was voted Europe’s Leading Inflight Magazine. This fills us with pride and satisfaction because we believe that UP is one of the best, if not the best, vehicles for promoting Portugal and Portuguese identity”, he added.Nominated along with some of the most well-known airlines, TAP was elected winner through an online voting process, mainly by professionals in the travel and tourism industry, including travel agents, tour operators and tourism organizations from more than 100 countries, as well as by the public at large.The World Travel Awards were created in 1993 with the aim of recognizing, awarding and celebrating excellence in all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Fly Tap Portugallast_img read more

Australian Event Awards national finalists announced

first_imgThis year 77 national finalists across 20 categories have been announced for the 2015 Australian Event Awards, which will be held on 17 November.Coming from all across the country, this year’s finalists have been recognised for their great events and achievements across the entire events industry.Finalists span from a Parlour of Curiosity to a writers’ feast, a grand slam, a muster and almost every kind of event in between; a testament to the diversity and talent of Australia’s events industry.See the full list of national finalists here.Australian Event Awards has already announced 18 State and Territory winners, including events which celebrate cultural diversity, the arts and vital services like St John Ambulance.More State and Territory Winners will be announced at the Australian Event Awards ceremony at Doltone House in Pyrmont, New South Wales.Early Bird rates for both the Event Awards ceremony and the Australian Event Symposium end on 28 September.Australian Event Awards is a great opportunity to be involved in the recognition of the nation’s event industry and participate in discussions about the way forward. Book your tickets hereSource = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

New flights to grow emerging tourism market in New Zealand

first_imgNew flights to grow emerging tourism market in New ZealandAir New Zealand’s new flights from the Philippines will help deliver on the tourism industry’s goal of growing total annual revenue to $41 billion by 2025, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).Pending government and regulatory approvals, the new air route linking Manila with Auckland will launch in December 2016, with three flights per week.“This new service connects Auckland to one of the major Pacific Rim cities with a rapidly growing middle class who are keen to travel,” TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.“We already have six travel buyers from the Philippines coming to TRENZ 2016, the New Zealand tourism industry’s premier annual international trade event, which is taking place in Rotorua, 10-13 May. They will be looking for New Zealand activities and experiences to sell in this emerging market. Today’s announcement of permanent new direct flights will only boost their interest.”The tourism industry’s Tourism 2025 growth framework identifies increases in sustainable air connectivity as critically important to boosting the industry’s value, from its current $30 billion a year to $41 billion.“We know that new airline routes help stimulate demand, so we look forward to seeing more visitors arriving from the Philippines year-round,” says Mr Roberts.Tourism 2025 identified that when new air connections are established the whole tourism industry benefits.“To ensure new air services are sustainable, it’s also vital that tourism operators on the ground get in behind them, by offering fantastic products and experiences that appeal to that market.” Tourism 2025Source = Tourism Industry Association NZlast_img read more

Tourism Authority of Thailand presents its 2017 Amazing Thailand Roads

first_imgSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand – TAT Wat Prakaew Bangkok – Grand PalaceTourism Authority of Thailand presents its 2017 Amazing Thailand RoadshowTourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Sydney office will host its annual “Amazing Thailand Roadshow” in Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney between the 8th and 15th May.In line with global travel trends, TAT Oceania’s marketing strategy in 2017 will focus on promoting Creative Tourism through the Unique Thai Local Experiences to create memorable and invaluable holiday experience for tourists.Global travel trends indicate that more and more travellers are seeking personal enrichment and authentic immersive experiences, so TAT’s focus on wellness retreats, culinary experiences and local experiences such as eco-tourism and agro-tourism, fit well with global demand.The Amazing Thailand brand will remain in place supported by the powerful narratives of “Discover Amazing Stories in Amazing Thailand”.As part of this year’s focus on new and immersive experiences, TAT has developed five new online training modules, bringing the total number of training modules now available to eight, and will shortly be announcing incentives for travel agents to complete the new modules. Training modules cover; An Introduction to Thailand; Beaches; Food & Shopping; Action & Adventure; Romance; ASEAN Connectivity; Creative Tourism and Touring Beyond Thailand’s Big Cities.The Amazing Thailand Roadshow is an annual event, held usually in May, for Australian and New Zealand travel professionals to network and update their knowledge on Thailand’s tourism.Over 50 Thai hotel and tourism operators from various parts of Thailand, alongside airlines such as Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways, are expected to present at each city. Operators from well-known destinations such as Phuket, Koh Samui and Bangkok will be joined by upcoming destinations such as Khaolak, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.This year, events will be held in Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. 8 May – Auckland, Sky City Auckland Convention Centre10 May – Brisbane, Hilton Brisbane11 May – Melbourne, Cargo Hall & Showtime South Wharf15 May – Sydney, Dolton House, Hyde ParkTAT will send out invitations in March and invitees should RSVP by 15 April. For more information, please email: info@thailand.net.auAgents are also encouraged to become Thailand Experts by completing the online training course. The course has been designed to give travel professionals practical and important information about Thailand, from answers to visitor’s FAQs; such as the best time to go to Thailand, how to get around, things to see and do, where to get reliable and up-to-date information and some useful travel tips. This is an opportunity for travel professionals to learn more about destinations beyond the mainstream and encourage travellers to spend more time exploring Thailand.The workshop, which can be found at http://www.thailandtraining.com.au/, covers Thailand’s more popular attractions as well as the unseen and untouched alternate destinations.About the Tourism Authority of Thailand Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is a Thai National Tourist Office responsible for promoting Thailand as a premier tourist destination.The Sydney office is responsible for the regional area of Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. We provide information and support to the public, as well as media, wholesalers, airlines, travel agents and other partners.More Information:Trade enquiries:  Sherly@thailand.net.auGeneral enquiries:  info@thailand.net.auTourism Authority of Thailand Suite 20.02, Level 20, 56 Pitt StreetSydney, NSW 2000, Australia Tel. (612) 9247 7549www.tourismthailand.org/au Blog: http://thailand.net.au/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/HugThailandInstagram: @HugThailandTwitter: @HugThailandlast_img read more

IHG to introduce the largest hotel in Fiji

first_imgIHG to introduce the largest hotel in FijiIHG to introduce the largest hotel in FijiInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Quantum Hi-Tech Group Limited to develop the largest hotel in Fiji, Crowne PlazaÒFiji Wailoaloa Beach.Opening in 2020, the new 453-room Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach will boast tranquil ocean views and feature direct access to the beach. The Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach is located just a short ten-minute drive from Fiji’s main airport, Nadi International Airport.With its prime beachfront location, leisure travellers will be able to unwind while enjoying unparalleled sunset views from one of the island’s finest beaches, right at their doorstep. Guests can also choose to relax and dine at any of the five restaurant and bar offerings at the resort, including a pool bar and a beach club. The resort will also feature one of the largest conference centres in Fiji, a fully-equipped 24-hour fitness centre, two swimming pools and a Kid’s Club among other exclusive resort facilities.Rajit Sukumaran, Chief Development Officer, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), IHG said: “As the most popular travel destination in the South Pacific, the islands of Fiji accounts for close to 40 percent of travel to the South Pacific, a figure that continues to grow annually. In 2017 alone, Fiji recorded an increase of 7.8 percent in the number of international travellers visiting the country[1]. This strong growth potential represents a key opportunity for us to introduce the Crowne Plaza brand to Fiji.”“As the first resort in Fiji for the brand, Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach complements IHG’s existing portfolio of brands in the South Pacific, allowing us to better meet the different needs of travellers visiting the Fiji. Guests can look forward to a truly immersive travel experience with the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach, with such vast, pristine natural beauty that Wailoaloa offers. With panoramic ocean views, we invite guests to take in the exquisite wonders of the island from the comfort of the resort, whether in their rooms or in and around the resort.”This is the inaugural partnership between IHG and the developer Quantum Hi-Tech Group Limited.Wilson Wang, Chairman, Quantum Hi-Tech Group Limited, said: “We are thrilled to build the largest hotel in Fiji with IHG at such an exciting time for tourism in Fiji. The Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach fills an existing gap in the local market by providing the best in-class resort facilities and amenities for leisure and corporate travellers, while its choice location allows travellers easy access to the exquisite wonders of Fiji. We’re confident that the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach will be well-received when it debuts in 2020.”IHG is excited to build upon the success of its three properties and two IHG Brands already present in the South Pacific: the award-winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn Suva Resort and Holiday Inn Vanuatu. The Crowne Plaza brand enjoys a strong presence the Asia, Middle East and Africa region with 76 hotels and resorts, with another 21 Crowne Plaza hotels and resorts expected to open across the region over the next three to five years. Source = InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®)last_img read more

World Gourmet Festival Celebrates 20 Years

first_imgWorld Gourmet Festival Celebrates 20 YearsWorld Gourmet Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Extraordinary Culinary Journeys in Asia’s City of AngelsBangkok’s oldest international culinary spectacular is returning to one of the capital’s most exclusive addresses for a landmark 20th year with a star-studded line up of some of the world’s leading chefs, and a tribute to the City of Angels’ world-renowned street food culture.From 2nd – 8th September 2019, sixteen acclaimed chefs from nine countries – from France to Japan and from Taiwan to Spain – will present an international culinary feast at the 20th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.  With no less than thirteen Michelin stars amongst them, the brigade of chefs includes:Wolfgang Becker: Becker’s Restaurant in Trier, Germany (2 Michelin stars)Hervé Deville:  Momo in London, United KingdomAlan Geaam: Alan Geaam in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)Kai Ho: Taïrroir in Taipei, Taiwan (2 Michelin stars)Chiho Kanzaki and Marcelo di Giacomo: Virtus in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)Hideki Ii: Shirosaka in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)Richie Lin: Mume in Taipei, Taiwan (1 Michelin star)Angel Zapata Martin: Barrafina in London, United Kingdom (1 Michelin star)Hajime Otowa and So Otowa: Ciel et Sol in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)Rui Silvestre: Vistas in Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal (1 Michelin star)Andrea Spagoni: BeefBar in Hong Kong (1 Michelin star)Yoji Tokuyoshi: Tokuyoshi in Milan, Italy (1 Michelin star)Each chef will host two dinners in the hotel’s award-winning Biscotti, Madison, Spice Market and Shintaro restaurants.On Friday, 6th September 2019, Taiwanese chefs Kai Ho and Richie Lin will be joined by the chef behind Thailand’s much-loved and respected streets-to-stardom culinary tale, Ian Kittichai, whose restaurants include Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, Tangerine in Singapore and Spot in New York City.  Chef Ian is an experienced hand when it comes to the World Gourmet Festival and his participation in the 20th anniversary celebration brings him full circle – in 2000 he was a member of the hotel’s culinary team who led the visiting international chefs during the inaugural event.  The trio of gastronomic artists will prepare a six-hands collaborative dinner of six courses – two each of their signature creations.In a first for the World Gourmet Festival, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel will showcase the City of Angels’ enviable status as the best city in the world for street food on Thursday, 5th September 2019, when Bangkok’s popular street vendors will prepare their fare in food stalls strewn around the Parichart open-air garden courtyard.  And as has become a tradition and crowd pleaser in recent years, the exclusive fringe events in the hotel’s iconic lobby and Aqua Bar return, including the hugely popular World Gourmet Brunch on Sunday, 8th September 2019.Foodies and budding and professional chefs alike can attend master cooking classes by all the visiting chefs, where they will have the opportunity to see and taste specially prepared dishes from the chefs’ World Gourmet Festival menu repertoire.  Joining the stellar line up of chefs this year is famed Dutch chef Roger van Damme from Het Gebaar in Antwerp, Belgium, who was awarded the best pastry chef in the world honour at the ‘Best Chefs Awards’ in 2017.  On Thursday, 5th September 2019 and Friday, 6th September 2019 he will present master classes of four desserts served with afternoon in the Lobby Lounge.The 20th World Gourmet Festival is a proud supporter of HRH Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha HIV Prevention Fund.  THB 600 per dinner ticket sold and proceeds from the auctions, which take place throughout the Festival, will be donated to the Fund.Reservations for the 20th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are essential and can be made by visiting www.worldgourmetfestival.asia, where detailed information and prices of all the events are available.Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Amazing World Gourmet Festival accommodation package offers gourmands a sumptuous opportunity to experience an extraordinary international culinary feast by some of the world’s best chefs in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.  Starting from THB 18,000 per room per night, this special offer includes accommodation, a sumptuous daily buffet breakfast, and a table for two at a guest chef’s dinner each night of the stay period.  Guests will also receive fifteen percent discount on treatments at the hotel’s award winning Anantara Spa.For more information about this special offer or to make a reservation, please visit www.anantara.com/en/siam-bangkok/offers or contact Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel on email reservations.asia@anantara.com or telephone +66 2 126 8866. Source = Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotellast_img read more

IRCTC to launch Executive Lounges in 48 locations

first_imgIndian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will set up Executive Lounges at 48 locations across the country, as reported by Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways. These lounges promise value added services at a charge, and will offer facilities such as Wifi Internet, buffet services, wash and change, concierge services for pre-departure and post-arrival assistant to passengers, similar to the facilities provided at the airports. Executive lounge at New Delhi Railway station has started operations.The locations include Delhi, Nizamuddin, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Jammu, Agra Cantonment, Bhopal, Nagpur, Vijayawada, Chennai Central, Bangaluru City, Trivandrum Central, Madurai, Kozhikode, Ernakulam Junction, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Bandra Terminus, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ajmer, Kathgodam, Bhubaneshwar, Lucknow, Lucknow Junction, Varanasi Cantonment, Kalka, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Pune, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Raipur, Dhanbad, Tatanagar, Guwahati, Visakhapatnam, Puri, Sealdah, Howrah, New Jalpaiguri, Patna, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, and Kanpur.last_img read more

JNTO and KTO announce an exclusive partnership with Flight Shop

first_imgFlight Shop, a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of FCTG (Flight Centre Travel Group), Australia, recently announced a joint partnership with Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) and Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) to offer combined holiday packages to the discerning Indian travellers. As both tourism boards come together for the first time, the collaboration intends to strengthen mutual relationships and expand their presence in the Indian market.Commenting on the collaboration, Shravan Gupta, Executive Director – Leisure Businesses, FCM Travel Solutions India, said, “As a first-of-its-kind, the partnership aligns with our commitment to offer unbeatable escapades to our customers. As key long haul destinations, Japan and South Korea have witnessed a robust growth of 30% in Indian outbound travellers; the joint collaboration aims to double this growth over the next few years.”Byungsun Lee, Director, KTO, said, “We are elated to collaborate with Flight Shop and JNTO to promote Far-East in India as we strongly believe that the Korea-Japan combination holiday is a star-offering for Indian market this summer season.”Kenichi Takano, Executive Director, JNTO, said, “We want to reach out to every Indian traveller who is looking for a holiday option that is full of culture, heritage and absolutely exceptional experiences. Hence, embarking our association with KTO and Flight Shop, we wish to drive awareness and consideration of Japan and South Korea as one-holiday destinations.”last_img read more