Manuel Antonio Quepos Tidings

first_imgKids Saving the Rainforest is having its first fundraiser since two young girls founded it in 1999. The nonprofit organization used to bring in enough proceeds for its Wildlife Rescue Center through a souvenir store, but with the downturn in the economy, the center will have to close if it can’t raise enough money to pay monthly expenses.The organization has a full-time wildlife vet, an animal caretaker and a guard living on the property. The rescue center is the only legal one in our region, and is a necessary part of the community. All injured wild animals are brought there by the community. Please help save the rain forest and rescue the rescue center. The fundraiser takes place from 1-5 p.m. at Byblos Hotel on Sept. 9 (National Children’s Day). There will be bands, kids’ activities, drinks, food, a raffle and lots of fun. Tickets are on sale at Hotel Byblos Resort, Jungle Juice, Sancho’s Restaurant and Hotel Mono Azul. They cost $25 for adults and $10 for children. If you can supply food or raffle prizes or would like to donate, contact Anita Myketuk at 2777-1002. Our Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee will provide logistical support to the municipality for the water sewage treatment plant and solid waste disposal issues. Representatives are consulting experts on water sewage treatment in low-lying areas. A chamber/municipal delegation met with officials at the Lohmeyer Water Sewage Treatment Plant in our sister U.S. city, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to learn about the various treatment processes. Unfortunately, this was as far as the chamber was able to go and it was up to the municipality to continue the process. Chamber board members also met with Chinese investors to open a dialogue on the establishment of a solid waste disposal plant for the Central Pacific region with the same results. The chamber is still meeting with the Health Department and other officials here and in San José. Thanks for all your hard work, chamber!–Jennifer Ricejennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Nicaragua patrols its new Caribbean maritime territory

first_imgNo related posts. MANAGUA – Nicaraguan Army Gen. Julio César Avilés said Tuesday that Nicaraguan Coast Guard ships are now patrolling the maritime area recently turned over to the country following a ruling by the International Court of Justice.“We are at the [maritime border] limits that the world court has assigned us. We sailed east of longitude 82 and the cays of Quitasueño, Serrana and the southern part of San Andrés, and there is no presence of Colombian Navy ships,” he added.The military official said he was confident that Nicaragua and Colombia – which rejects the court ruling – “will soon make the necessary arrangements to keep peace and security in the Caribbean.”On radio and television Monday night, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced his country would “exercise sovereignty” over the maritime territory. But he added that fishermen from San Andrés, Honduras, Costa Rica and Jamaica could “fish where the usually have, … but now, Nicaragua must grant permission.”On Nov. 19, the world court issued a binding ruling in a dispute between Bogotá and Managua that stated all islands, islets and cays in the disputed area belong to Colombia, while some 90,000 km2 of maritime territory in the Caribbean was placed under Nicaraguan control.Colombia rejected the decision and on Monday formed a committee of experts to consider legal action, including a possible withdrawal from the Bogotá Pact of 1948, by which that country accepted the world court’s jurisdiction. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Police raids in Puntarenas lead to the arrest of 31 people on

first_imgNo related posts. A morning raid on Tuesday in the Pacific province of Puntarenas led to the arrest of 31 people suspected of having links to a drug trafficking gang.The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), arrested 11 people, and the Drug Control Police nabbed 24 other suspects.The raids began at 4 a.m. at various locations in Puntarenas, and officers had to restrain a mob of residents who threw stones and small improvised explosives that damaged a police car. No injuries were reported.Police seized a BMW and crack cocaine valued at ₡12 million ($24,000), as well an undetermined amount of cash in the home of one of the alleged gang leaders, who owns a popular night club in the area.Officers conducted 36 raids in total. The suspects were taken to the Puntarenas Prosecutor’s Office for booking, and they face various drug possession and trafficking charges. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Scientists from 15 countries study deep carbon sources in Costa Rica

first_imgThe interior of the Earth has large unexplored sources of carbon, and a group of 35 scientists are meeting at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) Thursday to share the latest advances and research on the subject.The experts, from 15 countries, were invited by the U.S. Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) to attend a workshop organized by the UCR’s Central American School of Geology and the National Seismological Network (RSN).The group will tour the Turrialba and Poás volcanoes, where they will conduct measurements of gases that will help them better understand those emissions.“Currently the location of only 10 percent of the planet’s carbon is known, and the remaining 90 percent is in the interior of the Earth. Hence the importance of joint research,” RSN expert Carlos Ramírez Umaña said.Some substances obtained from carbon such as methane, benzene and alcohol, are widely used in industry and in everyday activities such as vehicle fuel, cooking and for providing energy to homes.The forum also will address issues related to underground life, volcanic emissions and even the beginning of life, “as the human being is made ​​of carbon compounds,” RSN geologist Gino González said.The group of scientists includes geologists, biologists, chemists, physicists and engineers from India, China, France, Italy, Japan, England, Portugal, South Africa, the United States, Taiwan and Costa Rica. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican students turn larvae, crickets into nutritious meals to fight hunger Which little piggy is it? Sexual rebellion and murder among the bees Researchers find specimen of Costa Rican frog believed to be extinctlast_img read more

Authorities cite helpful and effective meetings with FAA as Costa Rica seeks

first_imgCosta Rican authorities on Wednesday reported “helpful and effective meetings” with the Federal Aviation Administration as the country takes steps to restore its Category 1 rating.The Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) and other Costa Rican representatives met with the FAA in Washington, D.C. from June 10-12.Read: Costa Rica ‘does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards,’ FAA saysDGAC said in a statement that the FAA will provide “technical assistance” to expedite Costa Rica’s return to Category 1 status.The FAA also signed an agreement with the Central American Air Navigation Services Corporation (COCESNA) to offer “specialized advice” to Costa Rica as part of a corrective plan that will include additional visits with the U.S. agency.“This includes the support for Costa Rica in all terms from the FAA,” said Guillermo Hoppe, DGAC’s director.The FAA’s partnership with COCESNA will aid all of Central America, a DGAC statement said, because it will allow for increased assistance from the U.S. agency and access to grants for personnel training.A Category 2 rating means Costa Rican air carriers “cannot initiate new service and are restricted to current levels of any existing service to the United States while corrective actions are underway,” according to the FAA.Costa Rica joins Bangladesh, Curacao, Ghana and Thailand as the only countries assigned a Category 2 rating under the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.DGAC did not provide a timeline for when Category 1 status could be restored. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica working with FAA to restore Category 1 rating ‘as soon as possible’ Costa Rica to begin work with FAA to recover Category 1 status Costa Rica airport restricts liquids in carry-ons American Airlines expanding service to Costa Ricalast_img read more

Russias prosecutor general lashes out at NGOs

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s prosecutor general on Tuesday accused 215 NGOs of bypassing a recent law on foreign funding by refusing to register themselves as foreign agents.Parliament passed a controversial law in November requiring all such groups that receive foreign funding and engage in vaguely defined political activities to register as foreign agents, a term that carries Cold War connotations of spying. Critics said the definition of political activity is so loose that it could be used against almost any non-governmental organization. Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Chaika’s comments came less than a week after Putin sided with rights activists who want the law amended to make NGOs that do not engage into politics exempt from it. Several Russian officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, have indicated that the law could be amended that way.Pavel Chikov, head of Agora, told the AP Tuesday that most of the recent legal action taken against Russian NGOs was related to funding received before the law was adopted.In a statement that made top news in Russia on Tuesday, Chaika told Putin that prosecutors have uncovered 17 Russian NGOs that have received funding through embassies.Dozens of embassies have been active in Russia in the past two decades, funding projects run by Russian NGOs, Chikov of Agora said, adding that “this is an absolutely legal source of funding” in Russia and the government has never banned it.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Prosecutors have searched the offices of as many as 2,000 NGOs across the country, while 36 groups have had legal action brought against them, according to Agora, an NGO that provides legal assistance to other NGOs and is itself one of the 36.At a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika defended the sweeping searches, saying they have uncovered 215 NGOs that “in our opinion” should register as foreign agents, even though most of them stopped receiving foreign funding after the bill was passed.Chaika also decried attempts by some NGOs, including Agora and election monitor Golos, to “dodge the law” and urged the groups to comply. Golos was fined 300,000 rubles (about $10,000) in April in the first penalty imposed under the law.Grigory Melkonyants, deputy executive director, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the board of Golos in June decided to discontinue the organization in order avoid legal complications. Golos members have set up a new NGO that will run their projects, Melkonyants said. They also will set up a separate fund that will handle the donations, he said.Putin has been distrustful of foreign-funded NGOs and has accused the U.S. State Department of funding Russian non-profit groups with the aim of undermining his government. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Morocco says cell with alQaida links dismantled

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility RABAT, Morocco (AP) – Morocco’s government says a terror cell with links to al-Qaida affiliates in North Africa and Syria has been dismantled.In a statement Friday, the country’s Interior Ministry said the cell’s four members were led by one of the most visible militants on jihadist websites. He was said to have been directed by leaders of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate to recruit Moroccans in anti-government attacks. Top Stories center_img Check your body, save your life How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The statement said among those being recruited were Moroccans with links to al-Qaida fighters in Syria.Friday’s announcement brings the number of terror cells dismantled this year in Morocco to four, including two in May.(Copyright 2013 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 soberlast_img read more

Obama to try to allay Gulf nation leaders fears about Iran

first_imgSen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, chairman of the Senate panel overseeing foreign aid, warns against the U.S. offering a massive arms package in exchange for Gulf nations’ support of a nuclear deal. Graham said he isn’t opposed to upgrading the military capabilities of Arab allies, but “if it has a hint of being connected to the Iran deal, I will do everything I can to make sure they never get one bullet or one plane.”Jon Alterman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington wonders if there is anything the United States can do that would reassure the Gulf states when it comes to Iranian expansionism.“It seems to me that where they most want reassurance is where the U.S. is both least able and most unwilling to provide it,” he said. “My guess is that the summit is going to leave everybody feeling a little bit unsatisfied.”___Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper in Paris and Aya Batrawy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of Gulf nations unnerved by Washington’s nuclear talks with Iran and Tehran’s meddling across the Mideast look to President Barack Obama to promise more than words and weapons at Thursday’s Camp David summit.They want commitments from Obama that the United States has their backs at a time when the region is under siege from Islamic extremists, Syria continues to unravel, Iraq is volatile and Yemen is in chaos. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A high-level Saudi official told The Associated Press in Riyadh that his country wants a defense system and military cooperation similar to what the U.S. affords Israel. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to disclose details of the Saudis’ wish list at the summit, said they also want access to high-tech military equipment, missiles, planes and satellites, as well as more technology and training cooperation with the U.S.The U.S. and five other nations are working to complete a deal intended to stop Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons in exchange for easing penalties that are choking the Iranian economy. The White House says the Gulf countries would be better off with an agreement that blocks Iran’s path to an atomic weapon.But the nuclear deal is not the only source of unease.Arab allies feel threatened by Iran’s rising influence and they fear a nuclear pact will embolden Tehran. They worry that the deal would unlock billions of dollars that Iran might decide to use to further intrude in countries or support terrorist proxies.In the midst of such palpable tensions, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Sunday that King Salman will not attend the summit as had been expected. Adel al-Jubeir explained said the summit coincides with a humanitarian cease-fire in the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Shiite rebels known as Houthis, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef would lead the Saudi delegation next week instead. Obama had planned to meet the king one-on-one a day before the gathering. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In this May 8, 2015, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir outside of the Chief of Mission Residence in Paris, France. President Barack Obama wants to reassure Arab leaders that an emerging deal with Iran will not further destabilize the Middle East. When officials from Persian Gulf nations meet with Obama this week at Camp David, they will bring wish lists of weapons systems and other items they want for supporting the nuclear agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool) “I think we are looking for some form of security guarantee, given the behavior of Iran in the region, given the rise of the extremist threat,” said Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States.“In the past, we have survived with a gentleman’s agreement with the United States about security. I think today, we need something in writing. We need something institutionalized.”What are the expectations for Obama’s meetings with Gulf Cooperation Council countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman?Weapons sales. A renewed call for a coordinated missile defense system. More joint military exercises. Better cooperation on cybersecurity, as well as maritime or border security. Making the countries’ defense systems work in concert.“I don’t believe there’s a single country (in the council) that doesn’t think a defense shield for the region is a bad idea,” Otaiba said. “The challenge is how do you turn on a regional defense system when different countries are purchasing different equipment and at different paces? How do you link it? How do you get the radars to talk to each other?” Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Obama will have to work hard to convince the Arab allies that they do not need to fear fallout from any nuclear deal.“Right now they feel that they have no support from this administration so he has a steep hill to climb,” said McCain, pointing to Saudi Arabia’s decision to act unilaterally in Yemen.McCain said that’s why the Saudis gave Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of the U.S. Central Command, only “an hour’s notice they were going to strike Yemen.” Saudi Arabia has led airstrikes against Iranian-backed rebels who have toppled the Yemeni government.Secretary of State John Kerry declines to say exactly what kind of reassurances Obama is prepared to offer at Camp David.In general terms, Kerry said Friday in Paris, the U.S. wants to strengthen its “security-military relationship” with its Gulf allies and tackle a variety of problems, “foremost of which is the Iranian interference in the affairs of the countries of the region.”He said U.S. officials were fleshing out commitments that will create a “new security understanding, a new set of security initiatives.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   last_img read more

Travellers dont want to pay for toilets survey

first_imgBusiness travellers on a budget airfare are willing to pay extra for comfort and entertainment, but are less eager to pay more for amenities traditionally included in ticket cost, a survey reveals.When asked for which of the in-flight services they would be prepared to pay more respondents to Corporate Traveller’s online survey voted for extra legroom (33 per cent), seat choice (19 per cent) and comfort packs (11 per cent). Only ten per cent of votes went to paying for toilet facilities and carry-on luggage storage. The privilege of paying for a reading light scored a minuscule three per cent.Corporate Traveller’s National Marketing Manager Chris Preston claimed that generally travellers accept the expansive costs of flying, but still retain certain expectations of flight price inclusions. “There has been plenty of discussion in the travel industry recently about airlines charging passengers for certain on board amenities,” Mr Preston said. “While some of these features or privileges such as seat selection, already are attracting an additional fee on some carriers, passengers don’t seem to like the idea of having to pay extra to use the toilet, turn on a reading light or store luggage in an overhead locker. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a1a0/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> “These are items passengers expect to be included in the price of an airfare, just like you expect to get linen, soap or a cupboard in most hotel rooms.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Thailand increasingly popular for Australians

first_imgThe first five months of 2010 has seen an increase of 18 percent in the numbers of Australians visiting Thailand, compared to the same period last year. Without including its immediate Asian neighbours, Australia provides the fourth highest number of foreign visitors to Thailand, behind Russia, Germany and the UK. The 275,945 Australians that visited Thailand by the end of May also recorded higher spending rates. Around AU$3.23 billion was spent, again the fourth highest recorded spending rates of visitors, excepting Thailand’s Asian neighbours. But the increase in numbers has not translated into higher hotel occupancy rates. Marketing chairman of the Thai Hotels Association Ms Suprawan Tanomkieatipume said that Thailand’s 30,000 four and five star hotels have showed occupancy of only 45 percent, down from normal figures of 75 percent. She added that these figures would rise again soon once more Australian and European visitors flock to the country for the high seasons of June to July, and December to January.The country’s recent political turbulence has not affected investment, according to Ms Tanomkieatipume, who said that 4000 new rooms currently under construction would be available by the end of December. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/28d96/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Flast_img read more

LAN Lonely Planet sign agreement during WTM

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F LAN Airlines has entered into a five-year agreement with Lonely Planet at the World Travel Market in London this week. Under the terms of the agreement, LAN Airlines will be able to license content from Lonely Planet to promote tourism in both South America and other international markets. The LAN website (LAN.com) will feature expert Lonely Planet content, effective from 2011, which will showcase the destinations, tourist attractions and wonders of South America. This initiative will offer millions of tourists free access to this travel information in English, Spanish, German and French via LAN.com. The agreement was official signed during World Travel Market in London, the premier global event for the travel industry. At the end of the forum, Marcelo Grether, LAN Director of Global Tourism, Francisco Vidal, LAN Europe Managing Director said, “The development and growth of the tourism industry in South America is one of LAN Airlines main objectives, and the signing of the agreement with Lonely Planet is a firm demonstration of the company’s commitment to promote South America as a destination. We seek to build the most extensive tourist network in our continent” “We are excited to be part of this dynamic partnership with LAN. By providing expert global destination content in multiple languages, we are enabling LAN to effectively promote travel in its market.” “Consumers will have trusted information easily accessible on LAN.com, as only Lonely Planet can provide,” said Lonely Planet EMEA Managing Director Douglas Schatz.last_img read more

Melbourne good for MICE survey

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H A study into the travel and spending habits of 3,270 MICE delegates to Melbourne has found the city to be a top-notch host of major corporate events and conferences.  The Melbourne Convention Delegate Study 2010, released by the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCVB), conversely revealed business events to be significant contributors to revenue for the Victorian economy.Outgoing MCVB chief executive Sandra Chipcase said the survey confirmed “what many already know – that conventions create new visitors, repeat visitors and drive regional tourism”.“However, it also allows us to pinpoint exactly how much delegates are spending, learn more about their travelling habits and their views on key attractions in Melbourne and regional Victoria,” Ms Chipcase said. With 63 per cent of respondents first-time travellers to Australia, the MCVB boss said the study highlighted the importance of MICE in attracting new visitors to the country as well as driving future business and tourism. “Seventy five per cent of respondents indicated that attending the conference had increased their likelihood of returning to Australia to do business in the future, while 71 per cent would consider returning to Melbourne for a holiday,” Ms Chipcase said.Even more encouraging for the state was that 27 per cent of visitors attending conferences travelled with two holidaying companions who also generated a “significant economic impact”. “Best of all, delegates reaffirmed that Melbourne is a safe and friendly city that is easy to navigate and blessed with outstanding infrastructure and convention facilities,” Ms Chipcase added.The Melbourne Convention Delegate Study 2010 covered eight conventions held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from March to November 2010last_img read more

Qantas potential Easter strikes wont impact services

first_imgQantas assures strikes at Melbourne Airport will not disrupt flights. Qantas has assured passengers a possible strike by security screeners at Melbourne Airport over Easter will not impact flights.Up to 200 security screeners working at the Qantas and Jetstar domestic terminal at the Melbourne gateway are considering walking off the job over failed pay negotiations, Seven News reported.The group’s union representative said workers voted for industrial action for the Easter period after four months of negotiations for a five percent annual pay rise from employer MSS Security recently failed.Although the walk-out would close screening gates at the Qantas and Jetstar domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport, Qantas said flights would not be disrupted.“At this stage this will not impact flights or the operations of the airport,” the airline told media.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Minister declares the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards Open

first_imgThe Hon. George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, officially launched the 24th NSW Tourism Awards program, by recognising the role the awards play in acknowledging excellence in tourism businesses, in front of 2012 award winners, sponsors and various State MPs at Parliament House last night.The 2013 NSW Tourism Awards are managed by the Tourism Industry Council NSW and proudly supported by Destination NSW. The awards celebrate best practice in tourism businesses across 31 categories, and are judged by an expert panel of tourism professionals. “The NSW Tourism Awards fosters healthy competition and supports our industry to strive for excellence. The process helps businesses to grow and challenge themselves. “These high standards delivered NSW a staggering 16 wins (seven gold awards and nine silver awards) at the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart earlier this year. The depth and breadth of product was certainly on show, with unique tourism experiences like the Tamworth Music Festival and Deni Ute Muster gaining recognition at the national level,” said Minister Souris.Tony Clarke, from Travel 21fiftythree, a division of TAFE Western Sydney Institute at Baulkham Hills won the national title for the Tourism Education and Training category for the second year in a row. “We entered the awards to lift the profile of TAFE but also to acknowledge and reward the staff. Being involved in the awards also gave us a really strong business focus, because you have to talk about your marketing and business strategy.”As a result of undergoing the process to complete the submissions over a few years, we have become not only the training arm of TAFE but a business arm. The awards have shown us that you can’t just do the same thing day in and day out; you need to improve what you do year on year,” said Mr Clarke.Ken Corbett, the Chair of Tourism Industry Council NSW, unveiled the new look logo of the 2013 award program and announced a reduction in the entry fee for Tourism Industry Council NSW members, a fee waiver on the entry for new members and a special ticket offer for the Dinner and Ceremony for members choosing to enter the Awards program.He encouraged all tourism operators across the state’s tourism industry to enter into the prestigious awards program this year, to build upon the success of 2012.The NSW Tourism Awards Gala Dinner 2013 will be on Thursday 28th November at the newly developed Royal Randwick Racecourse Ballroom.Mr Ken Corbett also shared the recent news that the Board of the Tourism Industry Council has voted to put a proposal to an Extraordinary General Meeting of its members to proceed with a new strategic partnership with the NSW Business Chamber, drawing together the extensive policy, research, training, business development and advocacy expertise of the Chamber with the Council’s tourism industry capability and knowledge. The Hon. George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, launching the 2013 Awards program. ……. New look logo for the 2013 Award Programcenter_img Attendees at the Launch Source = Tourism Industry Council of NSWlast_img read more

Ryanair fires slanderous pilot

first_imgSource = ETB News: P.T. Ryanair has sacked a pilot who made defamatory claims against the airline on a British television documentary. The documentary has allegedly raised fears over the Irish airline’s fuel and safety policies. “Since Mr Goss’s contribution to the C4 Dispatches programme is contradicted by his prior written confirmations to Ryanair… that he has ‘no concerns’ about Ryanair’s safety, the airline has today terminated Mr Goss’s employment with immediate effect,” a Ryanair spokesperson said. “We look forward to correcting Mr Goss’s defamatory claims in court in due course, but will not be commenting further on this issue which is now the subject of legal proceedings.” The documentary highlighted three occasions on which the low cost carrier’s pilots called in emergency alerts because the aircraft they were flying was low on fuel. Irish airline also files legal proceedings against the former employee.  Ryanair terminated pilot John Goss and will file legal proceedings against its former employee, who was featured in Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The programme quoted members of the Ryanair Pilot Group, however, Ryanair has stated that the group was not made up of pilots but was a front for unions not represented at the airline.last_img read more

Lufthansa to offer broadband Internet on board

first_imgwww.lufthansa.comLufthansa to offer broadband Internet on boardFrom early summer 2016, Lufthansa will be the first network airline in Europe to offer broadband on board its short and medium-haul flights. This will enable passengers on continental flights and flights within Germany to enjoy the full freedom to communicate and to use the Internet with a wide bandwidth above the clouds. The first aircraft will be fitted with the new technology in early summer 2016.Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, comments: “Lufthansa has always been a pioneer of Internet services on board its aircraft. Having equipped all planes in the Lufthansa intercontinental fleet with our successful FlyNet® system, we are now continuing our success story by providing Internet on board our short and medium-haul flights. We are therefore the first airline in Europe able to offer its guests an Internet surfing experience boasting the same quality and speed as they are used to at home.”The new service from Lufthansa and its technology partner Inmarsat is based on the most modern broadband satellite technology from Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network (Ka-band) and offers seamless, reliable coverage on short and medium-haul flights. Inmarsat recently successfully launched the third satellite in this global constellation and Lufthansa will be its first aviation customer. The service will enable passengers to make the most of broadband Internet access on their own mobile devices via a wireless network. They will not only be able to use simple e-mail services, but also superior applications and even streaming. On top of all this, passengers will also be able to use their mobile phones to send and receive text messages and for the transfer of data based on their own mobile phone contract. Telephone calls on board, however, will still not be allowed due to customer preference.Lufthansa Technik will integrate all systems and components into the aircraft thanks to its many years of experience in the field of plane modification. This work will not only include installation activities, but also all tasks required in terms of aviation and licensing law.Lufthansa Systems will provide the technical infrastructure needed to establish a well-functioning Internet connection on board. This work will include tasks such as setting up network operations in the aircraft, which is the main technical requirement for a wireless network on board and providing the software required for the operation of an Internet portal.Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik are additionally planning a long-term global partnership in order to also be able to offer other airlines a modern on-board IT platform (BoardConnect) with broadband Internet access that can be used for a number of different purposes. Both the Lufthansa Group and future clients in the third-party market will benefit from the additional services and lower risks provided by this strong partnership.With regard to the future, Lufthansa is also committing to a flight trial programme for a new hybrid network being developed for Europe. The European Aviation Network combines an S-band satellite from Inmarsat with a complementary LTE ground network being provided by Deutsche Telekom. This promising and innovative technology offers potential in terms of costs and can be flexibly adapted to suit the broadband transmission demands of the future. From 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will commence a flight trial program of the new technology.Lufthansa operated the world’s first scheduled flight with broadband Internet access on 15th January 2003. Although it was increasing in popularity among passengers, this technically reliable broadband Internet connection via a wireless network had to be suspended in 2006 because the necessary satellites were no longer in operation. Since December 2010, Lufthansa has again been the first airline to offer broadband Internet access on its intercontinental flights. FlyNet® has been available on all 106 long-haul aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet since the beginning of this year. Lufthansa therefore boasts the world’s largest long-haul fleet with broadband Internet access. LufthansaFly and Book hereSource = Lufthansalast_img read more

New look Luxury Collection highlights best of New Zealand

first_imgNew look Luxury Collection highlights best of New ZealandA new look Luxury Collection is set to debut at CINZ MEETINGS 2016 in June, promising the best of New Zealand in one stand-out location.Now in its third year, the Luxury Collection has evolved to showcase the finest end of the New Zealand business events product with everything from boutique lodges to luxury yachts. Exhibitors for 2016 include award-winning host TIME Unlimited Tours, Pacific Jemm luxury super yacht in Queenstown and Luxury Lodges of New Zealand.“Business event organisers looking for the five-star wow factor will find everything they need in the Luxury Collection,” says Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan.“New Zealand has established an international reputation for exceptional, high-end meeting and incentive offerings, and the Luxury Collection shows what sets us apart.”The stand’s stylish new design features contemporary dark-stained solid timber and striking destination graphics. Booths will be set within a premium island space, accentuated by a five-metre high designer curtain and plush black carpet.MEETINGS’ pre-scheduled appointments on 14 and 15 June allow buyers to meet a choice of 200 exhibitors from 19 regions of New Zealand all under one roof, with 35 appointments across two days.Over 100 Australian hosted buyers will be treated to experiences in eight regions across New Zealand on weekend familiarisation tours before MEETINGS, plus a day out in the host city with Auckland Convention Bureau on Tuesday 14 June.Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand are bringing influential international buyers and media to MEETINGS from North America, China, India and South East Asia. More than 300 day buyers are also anticipated over the two days of MEETINGS, as well as 100 New Zealand event organisers to be hosted in Auckland.Final applications for exhibitor bookings close next week, 28 March and hosted buyer applications close on 18 April. Conventions & Incentives NZSource = Conventions & Incentives NZlast_img read more

Wyndham Surfers Paradise honoured with International Interior Design

first_imgSource = Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise Wyndham Surfers Paradise honoured with International Interior Design AwardWyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise has won an international award for best interior design at the Perspective Magazine Awards held in Orlando, Florida this month.The hotel is a mixed-use property offering stylish apartment accommodation to hotel guests, along with timeshare owners in the WordMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham, CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA and RCI Exchange guests.The hotel’s recently refurbished two-bedroom grand suite was recognised for its wow factor at the prestigious awards. The grand suite revamp was part of an overall 1.6 million dollar refurbishment of 64 apartments at Wyndham Surfers Paradise, which took place during 2016.“We are delighted to have received this award,” said Craig Alcock Senior Manager Property Development and Facilities. “We strive to create meaningful spaces that help to create personalised and memorable experiences for our guests.”“The apartments have been designed to have an ambience that reflects the beach – which is just a short walk from Wyndham Surfers Paradise. The new colour palette features sandy tones that are reminiscent of the world-class beach and complementary pops of orange to signify the sun,” he said.The artwork within the apartments features local beachside and famous Gold Coast landmarks in black and white photography from the 1970s.“The Gold Coast has evolved very quickly and the older pictures help to emphasise the rapid growth and reinforce the city’s colourful history as an all-year tourist town.” said Mr Alcock.A Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence winner since it’s opening in 2010, Wyndham Surfers Paradise is one of the city’s most popular hotels enjoying 90 percent occupancy all-year round.Considered to be one of the highest accolades in the global timeshare industry, the Perspective Magazine Awards were held for the 7th year.  Winners were determined by a panel of four judges along with online votes from the public where each judge represented 20 percent of the nominee’s overall score and the public vote accounted for the remaining 20 percent.Wyndham staff and departments were recognised across the board at the 2017 Perspective Awards for their innovation and dedication to the industry, also receiving accolades for marketing performance and best online media.Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific President and Managing Director, Barry Robinson said it was an honour for the company to be recognised for making such a significant contribution to the industry.Wyndham Surfers Paradise provides spacious and luxurious accommodation that sets the scene for a perfect beach holiday on the Gold Coast. The hotel offers a selection of Deluxe one or two-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom Grand apartments where guests experience magnificent views of the ocean, river or hinterland. Wyndham Vacation Resorts for more information, visitlast_img read more

Darwin showcases its unconventional assets

first_imgDarwin showcases its unconventional assetsThe NT Convention Bureau recently staged a four day Unconventional Darwin Showcase, attracting 20 business events planners from the association and corporate sectors, as well as Business Event planner specialists.  Similar Showcases will follow in Uluru in mid-October and in Alice Springs in early May 2018.The event highlighted Darwin’s status as a business centre of global significance, with its range of specialty sectors such as tropical and remote health, critical and emergency health care, mining, aquaculture and agribusiness.Technical tours included the renowned National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre’s warehouse facility and local not-for-profit organisation, Helping People Achieve.Diverse dining options available in Darwin for Business Events were showcased and included a casual welcome lunch at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort as guests arrived from their interstate flights, which set the scene for the program.   A poolside lunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin also provided a taste of the relaxed informality and excellent cuisine for which Darwin has become renowned.Impressive dinners were held at Wharf One in the Waterfront Precinct and at iconic CBD crocodile attraction Crocosaurus Cove. The expansive lawns of SKYCITY Darwin played host to the final evening dinner, with a pre-dinner surprise display of outback horsemanship, working dog handling and award-winning country music delivered by the Katherine Outback Experience.   Fusion Exhibition and Hire Services created stunning table-top décor for both the Wharf One and SKYCITY Darwin dinners.The group also undertook a Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tour near Humpty Doo, with young representatives from the local Adelaide and Mary River Region community providing fascinating insights into cultural traditions and protocols, as well as the skills required for spear-throwing and basket weaving.Rebecca Thompson, Sponsorship & Events Manager with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine talked about how much her perceptions of Darwin had changed as a result of the Darwin Showcase.“Visiting the NT this time, I’ve learned it’s about so much more than crocodiles! The cultural elements and artworks are everywhere! For an Australian, this is truly the place to experience Indigenous culture,” she said.The Showcase program included ‘NT Meets the Market’ business sessions at the Darwin Convention Centre, which enabled planners to meet in one-on-one appointments with 17 Darwin and Top End operators. They also heard from a range of speakers regarding why they should choose Darwin for their business events.Accommodation was hosted across three properties – Club Tropical, Hilton Darwin and DoubleTree by Hilton, Darwin. Site inspections were also arranged of other Darwin residential meeting facilities including Oaks Elan Darwin, Vibe/Adina, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade and the adjacent Darwin Entertainment Centre.Source = NT Convention Bureaulast_img read more

Aviation Online has entered into an agreement with Bhutan Airlines

first_imgAviation Online has entered into an agreement with Bhutan AirlinesAviation Online has entered into an agreement with Bhutan AirlinesAviation Online has entered into an agreement with Bhutan Airlines to be their General Sales Agent (GSA) and representative in Australia, New Zealand and the Territories.The operation will run from Aviation Online’s head office on Clarence Street in Sydney and the appointment will further develop the Bhutan Airlines sales, marketing and distribution strategy in the region.Aviation Online will have access to Bhutan Airlines reservation system and will be able to quote, book and issue tickets on flights operated by Bhutan Airlines.Tony Wilson, General Manager for Aviation Online said: “We are delighted to be working with Bhutan Airlines. As well as servicing the sizeable Bhutanese community in Australia, Aviation Online will work tirelessly to promote the airline and the region itself. The Kingdom of Bhutan is a unique place, and we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to contribute to the continued growth of this exciting, up-and-coming destination”The new contact details for Bhutan Airlines are:PH: 1300 781 747Email: bhutanairlines@aviationonlione.com.auAbout Bhutan AirlinesBhutan Airlines is the first private Airline, formed by the Tashi Group of Companies, the largest business house in Bhutan. Tashi Group was formed more than 50 years ago and operates shopping centres, several brand of hotels, mobile phone, many large and small industries, from carpet weaving, beverages and brewery, to large industries such as Ferro Alloys, and Calcium Carbide.Bhutan airlines started its International fights in October 2013 with an A320 aircraft on a wet lease. On the 24th of April 2014, Bhutan Airline’s new Airbus A319 -112 aircraft with seating configuration of 120 comprising 8 Business class, 16 Premium Economy and 96Economy class seats started operating and today has daily flights from Paro to Bangkok via Kolkata, and 3 times per week flights from Paro into Delhi via Kathmandu.About Aviation OnlineAviation Online is also the GSA for Alitalia, Air Serbia, Brussels airlines, Air Malta, Hawaiian Airlines and Samoa Airways.Source = Aviation Onlinelast_img read more