Associated PressRIGA, Latvia (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that China and Singapore are making progress in reducing their imports of Iranian oil as a deadline hit for the Obama administration to begin deciding whether to impose sanctions on the countries under a law aimed at pressuring Iran to prove its nuclear program is peaceful.Speaking in Latvia on the day of the deadline, Clinton said China and Singapore shared the goal of keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. She said they have cut back on purchases of Iranian oil, but she gave no indication the two countries would get exemptions or receive a waiver based on national security considerations. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories The U.S. sanctions target foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran’s central bank by barring them from opening or maintaining correspondent operations in the United States. They would apply to foreign central banks only for transactions that involve the sale or purchase of petroleum or petroleum products and then only if the administration determined that there is enough non-Iranian oil available to make up the difference without disrupting oil markets.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share Sponsored Stories “We are actively working this issue,” Clinton said.“China and Singapore both share our goals of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and they appreciate that international sanctions and the pressure that these sanctions have brought to bear on the Iranian economy have been a key aspect of our dual-track policy over the years,” she said.“Both countries have announced steps that they have taken already in their own national interest to move on this important matter, and we’re continuing to discuss and gather additional data on the implications of those steps,” she added.Clinton has already exempted nearly all of the world’s major importers of Iranian oil except China and Singapore from the sanctions designed to choke the Iranian economy.Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, India, Malaysia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Turkey have been exempted, meaning that banks and other financial institutions based there will not be hit with penalties under U.S. law for a renewable 180-day period.U.S. officials say Iran’s oil exports have declined from about 2.5 million barrels a day last year to between 1.2 and 1.8 million barrels a day, reducing a main source of revenue for the regime, which remains defiant of international demands to come clean about its nuclear intentions. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology
How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – Rebel spokesmen confirm that fighting has resumed in northern Mali between Islamist extremists and Tuareg secular rebels.Oumar Ould Hamaha, spokesman for the Islamist MUJAO rebels, told The Associated Press that the fighting between the two rebel groups resumed Monday. He said the town of Menaka is now in the hands of the Islamists.But reached in Paris, Moussa Ag Assarid, spokesman for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, or NMLA, denied that the Islamists have won control of Menaka. He said the secular Tuareg rebels are fighting the Islamists of MUJAO, as well as reinforcements from Al Qaida in the Islamist Maghreb who came from Timbuktu. Ag Assarid said the Tuareg secularists have fired on the Islamists and prevented them from entering Menaka Monday. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
Obama’s spending plan would boost spending on domestic and military programs and seek to raise taxes by $2 trillion by raising levies on the wealthy, corporations and smokers.Republicans have attacked Obama’s proposed tax increases and the fact that under Obama’s spending plans, the budget will never reach balance. A GOP budget which cleared Congress last month seeks to balance the government’s books over the next decade. It would cut spending on domestic programs and government benefits like Medicaid and food stamps.Democrats have charged that the GOP budget only balances on paper because Republican lawmakers will balk at approving the follow-up legislation to enact the painful cuts needed to achieve balance without raising taxes.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 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Comments Share FILE – In this May 19, 2015, file photo, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, accompanied by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, speaks during a Financial Stability Oversight Council meeting at the Treasury Department in Washington. The Treasury Department releases federal budget data for May on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit for May dropped sharply from the level a year ago but much of the improvement reflected a calendar quirk.In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that the May deficit dropped to $82.4 billion, down from a deficit of $130 billion in May 2014. But last year’s deficit was inflated because June 1 fell on a Saturday, requiring the government to mail out $35 billion in June benefit payments in May of last year. For the first eight months of this budget year, which began Oct. 1, the deficit totals $365.2 billion, down 16.3 percent from the same period last year. This year’s deficit improvement has been helped by a stronger economy, which has pushed up tax receipts by 8.6 percent.The revenue increase pushed receipts to $2.1 trillion for the period October through May. Outlays were up at a slower pace, rising 4 percent to $2.47 trillion.The government has run a deficit in May for 60 of the past 61 years. The May deficit followed a $156.7 billion surplus in April, when a flood of tax payments pushed government receipts to an all-time monthly high.The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting that the deficit for the full year will total $486 billion, little changed from last year’s deficit of $483.4 billion.The 2014 deficit was down from $680.2 billion in 2013. Before then, the U.S. had recorded four straight years of annual deficits topping $1 trillion. That reflected the impact of a severe financial crisis and the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.In the budget plan President Barack Obama unveiled for 2016, his final full year in office, the president is seeking authorization from Congress to spend $4 trillion and is projecting a deficit of $474 billion. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Comments Share MADRID (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallied Tuesday against a new Spanish public security law nicknamed the “gag law” before it went into effect at midnight, slamming it as legalized muzzling of free expression and the media.Greenpeace activists started off the demonstrations with a surprise act of civil disobedience in the morning, draping a banner reading “Protesting is a Right” on a construction crane next to Spain’s lower house of Parliament. Firefighters, bottom, arrive as Greenpeace activists, top left and right, display a banner reading “Protest is a right” as they hug from a crane to protest against the Public Security Law above the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Greenpeace activists have hung a banner defending people’s right to protest from a construction crane close to Spain’s Parliament as part of activities to highlight the coming into effect of the Public Security Law, known as the “gag law,” on July 1. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) How do cataracts affect your vision? Critics include the leading opposition Socialist Party that has said it will rescind the law if elected in general elections later this year, a panel of five United Nation human rights expert and the Human Rights Watch advocacy group.Media advocates are also concerned that the law could stifle journalists because it allows for fines for “unauthorized use of images” of police, including live and recorded video.The Popular Party government says images of police cracking down on protests could prevent them from doing their jobs or put them at risk.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The banner was positioned to look like it was looming over Parliament — where protesters will face fines if they demonstrate near it.Later Tuesday, thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Madrid and other Spanish cities to protest the law that goes into effect Wednesday.The wide-ranging law allows for the summary expulsion of migrants caught illegally entering the Spain’s two North African enclaves, sets hefty fines for protests outside Parliament or strategic installations and allows authorities to fine journalists or media organizations who distribute unauthorized images of police.The bill sets fines of up to 30,000 euros ($33,000) for protests near Parliament and regional lawmaking buildings when there is a “serious disturbance of public safety.”A fine of up to 600,000 euros ($638,000) is included for unauthorized protests near key infrastructure, including transportation hubs or nuclear power plants.It was pushed through by the conservative Popular Party in the wake of largely peaceful protests that hit Spain after the financial crisis began in 2008. The demonstrations hit an apex in 2012 as the nation teetered on the verge of economic meltdown only to be saved by a bailout of its troubled banks. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Men’s health affects baby’s health too Check your body, save your life Top Stories
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Balilo says the ferry, MB Kim Nirvana, had just left Ormoc for Camotes Islands, about 44 kilometers (27 miles) to the south, when it was hit by big waves.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ___5:30 p.m.Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo says the captain and some of the crew of the overturned ferry boat have been rescued and are in custody pending an investigation.He says there were a total of 189 passengers and crew; 127 have been rescued; 36 are dead and 26 more are missing.Balilo described the boat as a large, 36-ton outrigger that plies the Ormoc-Camotes route regularly.Balilo says coast guard district head Capt. Pedto Tinampay is requesting a vessel to be able to lift the capsized boat.According to the Ormoc rescue group team leader Ciriaco Tolibao, six divers are working at the moment along with several army frogmen and coast guard divers, scouring the hull of the overturned boat.“We are trying hopefully to find survivors or at least recover the bodies,” he says.It is a low tide now and the bottom part of the boat’s hull is visible above the water.___5 p.m.Low visibility, clouds, a choppy sea and strong winds are hampering the rescue operation at the site where the ferry capsized.Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, says the air force could not operate in those conditions. He says a team of divers was supposed to be deployed but additional divers could not fly in because of the bad weather. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments Share MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The latest on the ferry sinking in the Philippines (all times local):___7:15 p.m.Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo says a coast guard ship from nearby Cebu province is heading to Ormoc with a fresh crew to help in the search and rescue operation all through the night.He says a sea current in the area is not strong and expects any bodies or survivors could be found in the vicinity of Ormoc Bay. ___4:40 p.m.Among the 173 passengers were at least three Americans and a Canadian who were rescued Thursday.Lawrence Drake, 48 years old, of Rochester, New York, said he was able to revive a woman who wasn’t breathing while they were in the water via mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.He says he is a retired firefighter and emergency medical technician. He says he also saved an 8-year-old boy and the woman’s pregnant daughter.He says he saw at least 7 bodies floating in the water, including two children.Drake is married to a Filipino. His wife was traveling with him from Ormoc to Camotes along with her mother. They too survived by swimming out of the boat after it overturned.___4:30 p.m.Survivors tell The Associated Press by cellphone that the bow of the ferry suddenly rose from the waters before the vessel flipped over on one side and began to sink near the port of Ormoc.The ferry boat is made of wood.___4 p.m.A ferry with 173 passengers has capsized 100 meters (yards) from a pier in the central Philippines, and 36 people are confirmed dead.Rescuers are in the waters off Ormoc city on Leyte Island looking for 19 people still missing.Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo in the capital, Manila, says 118 have been rescued so far. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Rodriguez Larreta is an economist and was chief of staff for outgoing mayor and likely presidential candidate Mauricio Macri. Rodriguez Larreta won the most votes in the opening round of balloting July 5, but did not garner enough votes to avoid a run-off with Lousteau.In his victory speech, Rodriguez Larreta thanked Macri for his work as mayor and vowed to continue improving public education, health and security for Argentina’s capital city.“I’m optimistic about the future because with Mauricio (Macri) as president, Argentina will recover its path of growth and well-being for all. And that will benefit all of the citizens of Buenos Aires as well,” he said.With Buenos Aires’ 2.5 million voters accounting for nearly 8 percent of Argentina’s voting population, the capital city’s election was being closely watched for tendencies for the Aug. 9 presidential primaries and the Oct. 25 national election.Both Rodriguez Larreta and Lousteau are critical of President Cristina Fernandez’s leftist government. The candidate representing Fernandez’s Victory Front coalition, Mariano Recalde, was knocked out of the race after finishing third in the first round July 5. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Conservative Horacio Rodriguez Larreta won Sunday’s mayoral run-off election in Buenos Aires, in a closer race than his opposition party had hoped for in the key region ahead of presidential voting later this year.With 99.9 percent of ballots counted, the candidate of the business-friendly PRO Party had 51.6 percent of the votes. His rival, ECO Party candidate and former economy minister Martin Lousteau, got 48.4 percent. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help ___This story has been corrected to say Fernandez’s party is not represented in the run-off election.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments Share Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Rodriguez Larreta has said he hopes to help achieve change for all of Argentina after the 12-year rule of Fernandez and her late husband and predecessor as president, Nestor Kirchner.The PRO had been hoping for a stronger margin in the mayor’s contest to give a boost for Macri’s chances in the presidential race. His main rival is Buenos Aires Gov. Daniel Scioli, who has been picked by Fernandez to continue the populist policies that began with her husband’s presidency. Fernandez is barred from seeking a third consecutive term.Restoring Argentina’s sense of pride and sovereignty after the country’s worst economic crisis in 2001 has been the central goal of Fernandez and Kirchner. The presidential couple negotiated or paid off most of Argentina’s defaulted debt, nationalized the pension system, kept energy cheap through subsidies and dug deep into the treasury to redirect revenue to the poor through handouts.But many Argentines are calling for change amid frustration with one of the world’s highest inflation rates, government currency and trade controls and corruption accusations that have penetrated deep into Fernandez’s inner circle. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mesa family survives lightning strike to home FILE – In this July 5, 2015 file photo, Buenos Aires Mayor Chief of Staff who is running for mayor, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, right, stands before supporters with Buenos Aires Mayor and presidential candidate Mauricio Macri as they celebrate the results of mayoral elections in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Although Larreta won the mayoral election, Buenos Aires is holding a July 19 runoff between Larreta and his rival Martin Lousteau from the ECO coalition. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo, File)
The vital role family plays in society SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels and their opponents battled across several provinces Monday after the start of a five-day humanitarian pause in the Saudi-led air campaign, Yemeni officials said.Coalition planes carried out flyovers over Yemen but did not drop munitions, the officials said. Ground fighting erupted in multiple provinces within minutes of the start of the unilateral cease-fire late Sunday.The rebels, known as Houthis, said in a statement that they fired missiles across the border at a Saudi military position in the kingdom’s Jazan region. The Saudi-owned Al-Hadath news channel said Saudi forces “responded” to Houthi shelling in Jazan, without elaborating. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk How men can have a healthy 2019 Fierce clashes also broke out in the nearby town of Sabr, which is on a key supply route. Officials aligned with pro-government fighters say they have regained control of the center of the town and trying to advance into northern neighborhoods. Witnesses who fled Sabr Monday morning say corpses of fighters lay in the street next to destroyed military vehicles.Officials and witnesses said there were sporadic clashes in Yemen’s central Marib province. In Taiz, mortar shells fired in the center of the city killed four civilians, security and medical officials said.Anti-aircraft gunfire was heard in the rebel-held capital Sanaa as coalition planes buzzed overhead.The humanitarian pause is intended to help allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to ease the suffering of civilians in the Arab world’s poorest country.All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a62f/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Gulf Air has introduced a Voluntary Redundancy/ Retirement Scheme (VRS) for its employees.Gulf Air CEO Samer Majali said the VRS scheme was aimed at optimising the airline’s workforce and improving efficiency. “A key part of our strategy is to review all cost elements of the business that have an impact on its sustainability and profitability. This included personnel-related costs. “Offering a VRS was one of the suggestions put forward by employees and employee representatives to address this issue,” commented,”After careful consideration and a series of consultations with the Gulf Air Trade Union (GATU) and the Ministry of Labour, we have come up with a VRS that we feel offers a reasonable financial package to Bahrainis and former owner-state nationals wishing to leave Gulf Air and wanting to pursue other business or personal ventures,” he added.”While not all of the GATU’s demands could be fully met, many were taken into consideration and the VRS scheme was modified to accommodate their suggestions. “I was pleased with the final outcome as both Gulf Air management and GATU have became more aligned following negotiations and reached an understanding for a voluntary scheme.” According to Majali, participation in the VRS is entirely voluntary however, the final decision on each application rests with a management committee.Under the scheme, employees that are Bahrainis or former-owner state nationals and have worked for the company for a minimum of six months are entitled to apply for VRS. Employees whose VRS applications have been approved will receive a compensation of one month’s salary for each completed year of service, three month’s salary as an ex-gratia payment and one month’s salary in lieu of notice period. Under the VRS, employees will also receive other benefits such as medical insurance coverage and staff travel benefits. “Whilst we are conscious of the financial impact due to the high number of employees we have on our payroll, our main priority will always be, retaining the best and most productive talent, safeguarding the jobs of Gulf Air employees who continue to work hard for Gulf Air’s long term success and future,” he said.”Notwithstanding the VR scheme, we are actively moving on employing more Bahrainis. “I am proud to say that today 82% of non-flight crew positions in Bahrain are held by Bahrainis, while our overall Bahrainisation level has reached 54%.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C The International Cruise Council Australasia (ICCA) has announced that global distribution system (GDS) Sabre Pacific has joined its associate member ranks.The cruise sector has seen prodigious double-digit growth in recent years, and the partnership of Sabre Pacific with ICCA reflects that prosperity, Cruise Council general manager Brett Jardine said“Global Distribution Systems provide an important tool for agents booking cruises, and helps them match appropriate flights, hotel accommodation and tours to create complete holiday packages for their clients,” Mr Jardine said.“As an associate member, Sabre Pacific will be able to communicate their advantages to hundreds of ICCA’s retail members around Australia and New Zealand who book cruises and associated travel every day.”Sabre Pacific CEO Gai Tyrrell said ICCA was the ‘go to’ point for the cruise industry.“The advantages of ICCA membership are enormous for an organisation like Sabre Pacific,” Ms Tyrrell said. “Cruising is a burgeoning travel category worldwide and the Asia Pacific region is a key growth point in the trend,” she said.The International Cruise Council Australasia is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1996, committed to training travel consultants and raising consumer awareness of cruising.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Cruisers will be able to sail direct from Cairo to Aswan for the first time in 16 years following an announcement by the Egypt Tourism Authority in London this week. In an effort to boost tourism to the country, the Lower Nile will be opened to ships with shallow drafts once dredging of the riverbed and improvements to docks are complete. Cruises will take between 11 and 14 days and will allow passengers to enjoy additional days on the Nile along with the opportunity to see tombs at Beni Hasan and the Temple of Dendera.Discover Egypt commercial director Philip Breckner told Cruise Critic that they are planning to commence cruises in March 2012 subject to Egyptian government approval.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The Papua New Guinea Government has announced its new plans to invest K10 million per year over the next five years to boost international visitation numbers.The country’s Prime Minister Mr Peter O’Neil said the new investment is part of his five-year plan to improve and invest in international tourism marketing and tourism infrastructure.“Tourism offers huge potential for the country, not just in the shape of foreign exchange earnings but just as importantly from the perspective job creation,” the Prime Minister said.“Tourism generates a plethora of jobs in many, many areas, fishing, agri-business, cultural activities, building, sport, transport and hospitality to name just a few.”The Prime Minister explained that the country has some of the most beautiful natural assets to showcase to the world.“Our scenery is breathtaking, our oceans and the opportunities they present to scuba divers and surfers are some of the best in the world, particularly the Kokoda Track, is legendary and everything is overlaid with one of the most diverse and colourful cultures to be found anywhere on the planet.”The Prime Minister added that his intention is to invest K10 million into the country’s tourism sector and to achieve a 20 percent increase in international tourism numbers by the next 24 months.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H A perusal of this year’s winners’ lists at the World Airline Awards reveals a distinct lack of US carriers. So how did America’s airlines actually stack up against the best of the rest at global aviation’s most prestigious awards? By all accounts, not well. Of the 23 international categories up for grabs at the awards, which garnered the opinions of more than 18 million air travelers, none were bestowed upon US carriers – as was the case in 2011 and in 2010. Even Air Canada won Best Airline North America for the third consecutive year. In the coveted Airline of the Year award, the highest placed US airline was ‘British-born’ low-cost carrier Virgin America, which was ranked 26th. Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines were the next best placed US carriers in 49th and 51st positions respectively, while the highest ranked full-service international carrier was Delta Air Lines in 57th place. Perhaps even more concerning for US commercial aviation than passenger satisfaction is a domestic tax and regulatory system, which according to airline trade association, Airlines for America (A4A), has made it increasingly difficult to be “sustainably profitable and compete globally”. Calling on the Senate to support a National Airline Policy to keep American airlines competitive with foreign carriers, A4A president and chief executive Nicholas E. Calio said the United States faced “the very real risk of U.S. airlines increasingly shifting to feeding foreign airlines at our gateways, rather than expanding their flying of lucrative international routes”. With some US carriers having already reduced capacity to certain international markets – the most profitable part of the business and a subsidizer of many domestic routes – Mr Calio said a further loss of ground to foreign competitors would “take a toll on the larger economy”.“Airlines enable their local businesses to export goods, connect their residents to the world for business and leisure travel – and, importantly, create good-paying jobs.” US carriers are losing ground to their international counterparts (Image AP)
Deniliquin, once only known as the rural hometown of Aussie Cricketer Adam Gilchrist, is now attracting some of the biggest international country music names to its annual Ute Muster on 4 -5 October, thanks to wide-spread recognition following its win at the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards.Alan Jackson, Kasey Chambers, Corb Lund, Morgan Evans and the Sunny Cowgirls have already been announced, and recently Russell Morris, Adam Brand and Kaylee Bell have been officially added to the already impressive line-up.The Deniliquin Ute Muster won gold at the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards in the Festival & Events category largely due to the ongoing economic and tourism benefits the event brings to the local area – attracting thousands of interstate visitors and helping to widely promote the town.Karla Notley, Marketing Manager of the Deniliquin Ute Muster says that entering and winning the award has been an amazing process and achievement for both the event and the town.“Entering was like writing a business plan backwards, and we learned a lot about our business and event. The award submission also helped us identify key concerns and goals for the Ute Muster’s future.“We’re really proud of winning the award; it’s helped us secure lots of great publicity for the area, but more importantly it’s helped us get some really big name acts for this year’s Ute Muster.“We also used our award win to launch and host the inaugural Deniliquin Blues & Roots Festival in April 2013. It was a huge success with more than 5,000 people in attendance each day; we’ll be entering that event into the Inland and the NSW Tourism Awards too,” said Ms Notley.The Deniliquin Ute Muster is one of Australia’s largest rural and Australian themed festivals. The idea for a festival celebrating the “Aussie Ute” was created in 1999 to encourage tourist visitation to Deniliquin on the NSW Labour Day Long weekend.Despite being severely affected by rainfall for many years in a row, the festival has continued to be hugely successful, attracting almost 20,000 people to the two-and-a-half-day event in 2011 alone.“We’re already way ahead on ticket sales for this year’s Ute Muster thanks to the preliminary line-up announcement featuring Alan Jackson; so we’re expecting this latest announcement will help us reach our target – breaking the 2010 attendance record!“2013 will also be the first year the Ute Muster has permanent toilet and shower facilities available at the camp ground thanks to a Regional Development Award grant.“We’ll definitely be entering the NSW Tourism Awards again this year, and will also use our wins to apply for Hallmark status, just like some of the other big-name events like the Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival,” said Ms Notley.The Deniliquin Ute Muster also won gold at the 2012 National QANTAS Australia Tourism Awards in the Festivals & Events category and will be inducted into the Inland Tourism Award’s Hall of Fame in July. Source = NSW Tourism Awards
A rise in income from the business attracted to this year’s FIFA World Cup has increased outbound tourism from Brazil. A growing number of Brazilian students are travelling to Queensland for study and work holidays, the Australian reported. Figures from the Tourism Queensland show the numbers of Brazilians taking study holidays has increased 16.3 per cent. Tourism and Events Queensland has honed in on Brazil as a source of tourists. Source = ETB News: T.N. “Feedback from our industry network indicates Cairns, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are aspirational destinations for Brazilians who love Queensland’s lifestyle and beach culture,” Queensland Tourism Minister, Jann Stuckey said.
ANA Inspiration of Japanbook your flights by clicking here ANA 30th AnniversaryANA celebrates 30 years of international serviceThanks to our many customers, ANA celebrated our 30th anniversary as an international airline. To show our appreciation, we held special events on March 3rd at Narita Airport, where our first regular international flight to Guam took off 30 years ago.Honorary guests at our event at Narita Airport included Narita City and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport representatives. Some of them also came 30 years ago to celebrate our first international flight!The ceremony began with an award presentation of ANA’s highest 5-Star SKYTRAX Rating for four years straight to President Shinobe by SKYTRAX CEO Edward Plaisted. Only seven airlines in the world have received this honour and ANA is the only Japanese airline to do so.A special dance performance by 30 ANA employees and cheerleaders livened up the event. Just as they do in the front lines of our services, they brought their energy to excite the crowd.Our international flights featured some special services and menu items on this day. The Narita to Los Angeles flight’s cabin attendants showcased ten different uniforms worn throughout ANA’s history. ANA’s own chef came on board to serve ANA’s original parfait, which was served in First and Business Class until 2013.Our promise at ANA is to always make our passenger’s air travel experience more enjoyable and comfortable.We look forward to seeing you on board!About ANAANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 81 international routes and 112 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 240 aircraft. In FY2014, it carried 50.4 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.71 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine and in 2016 was awarded five stars for the fourth consecutive year by the world’s leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Source = ANA – The Walshe Group
Stunning and Diverse: South America See for yourself: South America is both stunning & diverse roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = roomsxml.com roomsXML has over 96,000 properties worldwide. If you are unsure about which property to book, always check for the ‘Preferred’ logo next to the hotel; that means its been recommended by other Travel Agents. Thanks for Wikitravel for the tips. An amazing, large and diverse continent, South America has been one of the top tourism destinations for travellers for millennia. From the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the hilltop ruins of a 15th century Inca city featuring beautiful terraces and spooky isolation, to the ancient civilisations of Peru, South America is both for adventure travel, and comfort travel.This week we are taking a look at 3 destinations: Lima, Rio, and Buenos Aires; what to see, what to eat, and what to experience.Top 3 Things to do in Lima:1. Machu Picchu Day trip – yes it is possible ! – Cusco to Machu Picchu by train in just one day. It goes without saying that you need to book far ahead to avoid disappointment2. Temple of Pachacamac: Immerse yourself in ancient murals depicting the life of far gone civilisations. Its possible to do a half day trip from Lima central3. Nazca Lines: only visible form the air, these amazing ground drawings depict images close to the hearts of the Nazca people. Also locally, wildlife fans should visit the Ballestas Islands. Both on a day trip from LimaroomsXML has 123 Properties in LimaBuenos Aires1. If you have only a single day, lock in the Floralis Generica (amazing flower sculpture), the La Recoleta Cemetary, almost 200 years old, housing notables such as Eva Peron. Visit the huge Obelisk made from Cordoba, and the pink Casa Rosada Palace.2. An alternate day trip could comprise LA Boca, San Telmo, & the Recoleta, or museum hop in Palermo.3. Buenos Aires for art lovers would include the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, Fortabat Art Collection, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and the Xul Solar MuseumroomsXML has 423 properties in Buenos AiresRio De Janeiro1. Christ The Redeemer would be first port of call. The iconic statue of Christ created by French sculptor Paul Landowski is a symbol of the country itself.2. Ipanema: Chic boutiques, popular sun bathing beach, and people viewing. Enjoy with a cold one at one of the many eateries or drinkeries.3. To eat, don’t go past either Satyricon, Zaza Tropical Disco, or Gero Ipanema. Not cheap, but top food rarely is.roomsXML has 202 properties in Rio
Discover Amsterdam with STUBA Amsterdam conjures up notions of picturesque, albeit slightly wonky buildings, bridges, and bicycles; and a bit of liberal freedom thrown in for good luck. Amsterdam (originally called Amstelredamme) has over one million inhabitants (plus scores of happy tourists of course), being labelled the Venice of the North!Settled as a small settled fishing village in the late 12th century, Amserdam become a vital trading centre (during which it was known as the The Dutch Golden Age), creating the worlds first stock exchange helping to give birth to modern capitalism. In 2010, its canal belt region was designated a Unesco World Heritage site, affirming the uniqueness of the region.Amsterdam is a relaxed kind of place, and its people genuinely friendly and affable. If you are booking your clients on a Europe trip, don’t forget to include a trip to Amsterdam, and put the following on the to Do list:1.Rijksmuseum: One of the worlds finest, with extensive collections from the Golden Age, with contributions from Remrandt Van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen. Don’t miss Rembrandts Night Watch.2. Van Gogh Museum: One of the worlds most famous painters, Vincent Van Gogh’s influence cannot be calculated. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings in the world.3. Anne Franks House: Anne Frank’s diary gives us a unique perspective on the horrors and persecutions of the world war. The house she and her family hid in also contains a wider display of pieces surrounding discrimination and human spirit.4. Amsterdam for Free: If your clients are looking to save money, there are plenty of no cost attractions in Amsterdam; Ferry over the River IJ, Diamond Factory Tours, tour of the Royal Concert Centre. Join the Friday night skate tour; a unique perspective and awesome way to see AmsterdamFew visitors to Amsterdam are disappointed, so ensure you include Amsterdam on your Europe itinerary.Stuba has over 240 Properties to suit all tastes and budgets. Discover the canals and cycle tracks with Stuba roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = stuba.com
THAI Holds Carnival of Travel PromotionTHAI Holds Carnival of Travel PromotionThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) is organizing a special “Carnival of Travel” promotion for Royal Orchid Plus members, with four travel deals with THAI and THAI Smile.Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Executive Vice President, Commercial, said that THAI is offering members of THAI’s Royal Orchid Plus frequent flyer program the chance to take advantage of four travel deals.Details are as follows:1. Redeem a minimum of 7,500 miles or use 50% of accrued miles for a roundtrip domestic award ticket in Economy Class to: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Hat Yai, Narathiwat, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani, with flights operated by THAI and code-shared with THAI Smile under a four-digit TG flight number, with flights operating from Monday-Thursday. Reservations may be made and tickets may be issued at THAI sales offices worldwide from today until 30 September 2019.2. With the special Cash + Miles offer, by using Royal Orchid Plus accrued miles to purchase award tickets in Economy Class for flights to all destinations served by THAI along with cash payment, miles accumulated will increase at up to 50%, for example:Bangkok-Hong Kong-Bangkok Redeem 10,000 miles + 4,975 BahtBangkok-Taipei-Bangkok Redeem 16,000 miles + 7,570 BahtBangkok-Osaka-Bangkok Redeem 20,000 miles + 10,525 BahtFor this offer, passengers must make reservations only via thaiairways.com, for travel today – 10 July 2019.3. At prices starting from 4,700 Baht with ASEAN CONNECT, Royal Orchid Plus members can travel with THAI or THAI Smile in Economy Class for two or more people and four or more people, on flights departing from Bangkok to 14 cities in the ASEAN region. Details as follows:Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Yangon, Mandalay, Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, at prices starting at 6,220 Baht per person for two or more people and 4,700 Baht per person for four or more people (including taxes and surcharge).Manila, for two or more people at the prices starting at 9,110 Baht per person and for four or more people starting at 8,140 Baht per person (including taxes and surcharge).Jakarta, Denpasar, for two or more people at the prices starting at 9,740 Baht and for four or more people starting at 8,770 Baht per person (including taxes and surcharge).Reservations can be made from now until 10 July 2019 for travel today until 30 September 2019.4. Special double miles bonus offer for new Royal Orchid Plus members who will travel now until 10 July 2019: Receive 2,500 bonus miles, more than the regular offer of 2,500 miles, at a total of 5,000 miles.For more information, to make reservations and issue tickets on the website thaiairways.com/rop, at THAI sales offices, and travel agents nationwide or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 0-2356-1111 (24 hours a day).Source = THAI
Source = German National Tourist Board Ore MountainsUNESCO adds German Mountain Region to World Heritage ListThe UNESCO World Heritage Committee has included the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge in German) in the UNESCO World Heritage List at its latest committee meeting, a huge coup for the southern state of Saxony.Idyllic landscapes, unique river valleys and picturesque settlements make up the Ore Mountains. The region’s mining heritage has distinctively shaped the natural landscape. Not only has mining been happening in the region since the 12th century, but it is also a significant source of technological and scientific innovation that helped shape modern mining developments.Recognising the cross-border area with Czech Republic as a World Heritage Site celebrates and honours the shared cultural significance of mining in both countries.Saxony was awarded its first UNESCO gong in 2004 for the Muskauer Park as a joint Polish-German cultural heritage site. The UNESCO World Heritage title underpins Saxony’s reputation as one of the country’s top cultural destination. Every year, more than eight million visitors from Germany and abroad choose to holiday in Saxony. The region is known for its art and culture, as well as natural beauty.In 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee admitted 29 sites to the World Heritage list. There are now currently 1,121 cultural and natural sites in 167 countries on the UNESCO World Heritage list, 46 of which are entirely or partly in Germany.About the GNTBThe German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It works on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to represent Germany as a tourist destination and is funded by the Ministry in accordance with a decision taken by the German Bundestag.The GNTB develops and communicates strategies and products to promote Germany’s positive image abroad as a tourist destination and to encourage tourists to visit the country. It has 32 agencies around the world to support its activities. More information can be found in our online press centre at www.germany.travel/press.