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This Caribbean resort is offering agents two free nights throughout the year

first_imgThis Caribbean resort is offering agents two free nights throughout the year Travelweek Group Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Margaritaville Currently in soft opening and on track for completion in March 2018, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman features a ‘casual-luxe’ design inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer Jimmy Buffet. As part of the resort’s soft opening phase, its four pools, retail store, watersports desk, lobby bar, coffee shop, bar & grill and signature restaurant are all currently open. Upon completion, it will also feature flexible meeting and function space, a fitness centre and the Banana Wind Café.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterFor reservations contact Reservations@mrgc.ky. Agent accreditation is required at time of booking. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Posted by GRAND CAYMAN — As a huge thank you to its retail partners, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman has announced that it is offering travel agents two-night complimentary stays for two through December 2018.The offer, says the resort, will allow agents to learn more about the new full-service destination beach resort, which was recently added to Grand Cayman’s growing hospitality lineup.Agents looking to extend their trip can enjoy a special rate of US$189+ per night between now and April 1, or $139+ per night between April 2-Dec. 20 with resort fees waived. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Competition Bureau takes action to strengthen competition in travel industry

first_imgCompetition Bureau takes action to strengthen competition in travel industry Share Travelweek Group OTTAWA — After an investigation, Canada’s Competition Bureau has issued a press release advising that it has taken action to strengthen competition and innovation in Canada’s travel industry.As per the release, Softvoyage will not enforce several types of exclusionary and restrictive contract terms in its contracts.John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, stated: “We commend Softvoyage for its collaboration in resolving our concerns. We believe that today’s agreement will promote greater competition and innovation in the travel industry, resulting in better choices for Canadian travellers.”To read the full press release go to canada.ca/en/competition-bureau/news/2018/01/competition_bureautakesactiontostrengthencompetitionandinnovatio.html. Thursday, January 18, 2018 center_img Posted by Tags: Softvoyage << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Kids fly free with TravelBrands Cruises latest promotion

first_imgKids fly free with TravelBrands Cruises’ latest promotion Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 12, 2019 MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands Cruises is making family travel much more affordable with a new kids fly free promotion.The limited-time offer allows children 12 and under to fly free when booking a cruise vacation with TravelBrands Cruises, by Encore Cruises.Applicable on new individual bookings made between April 10-20, 2019, the offer is valid on any six-night (or longer) sailing in a balcony stateroom or above, for departures between April and August 2019. There is a maximum of two children aged 12 or younger when sharing a stateroom with two adults.Free air will be in the form of an air credit.“With so many different destinations and onboard activities, a cruise is the ultimate choice when booking a family vacation,” said Nathalie Tanious, senior vice president, commercial, TravelBrands. “We wanted Canadian families to enjoy summer break and decided that this offer for kids to fly free would be the best way to make a splash.”Cruise line partners include: Azamara Club Cruises; Carnival Cruise Line; Celebrity Cruises; Costa Cruises; Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; MSC Cruises; Norwegian Cruise Line; Princess Cruises; and Royal Caribbean International.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthTravel agents can visit travelbrandsaccess.com to make qualifying cruise bookings for their clients.center_img Tags: Encore Cruises, Promotions, TravelBrands, TravelBrands Cruises Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Israel tourism numbers on the rise ahead of planned airport expansion

first_img Wednesday, June 19, 2019 NEW YORK — As recent numbers show, tourism in Israel is on the uptick, with a total of 1.9 million visitors in 2019 so far compared to 1.75 million during the same period last year.This past May alone, says the Israel Ministry of Tourism, 440,000 tourists arrived in Israel, marking an increase of 11.3% over the previous year and a 26.8% increase when compared to May 2017.“The May 2019 tourism statistics continue the consistent upward momentum and record-breaking trend in incoming tourism to Israel,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.This momentum can be attributed to numerous new developments and offerings, including:• Renovations at Dan Caesarea: After eight months of renovations, the Dan Caesarea Hotel has reopened. The hotel underwent a NIS80 million renovation to attract a younger generation, upgrading 116 rooms and suites, the lobby, dining room, event halls, spa, children’s club and public areas.• Six new hotels from Jordache Enterprises Group: The Group is expanding its hotel business in Israel with six new hotels this year, which include three 4- and 5-star properties under the Herbert Samuel brand: the 162-room Milos Dead Sea Hotel; the 110-room Opera Tel Aviv Hotel; and the 30-room Boutique Tel Aviv Hotel. In addition, the Setai hotel brand will open three hotels with a five-star rating.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back• 11 new hotels from Isrotel: Isrotel announced plans to open 11 hotels in Israel, eight of which will be built by 2022. Five hotels will be in Tel Aviv, with others being built in Eilat, Jaffa, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Negev Desert.• Expansion of Ben-Gurion Airport: Israel’s Transportation Ministry approved a NIS3 billion expansion plan of the airport, which includes expanding Terminal 3 by 80,000 square metres. In addition, a fifth passenger concourse will be built to accommodate additional aircraft. The expansion will allow the airport to accommodate up to 30 million additional passengers a year.• New interactive map: The Israel Ministry of Tourism has introduced a new interactive map of Israel that displays thousands of items of information, including attractions, hotels, restaurants, hiking routes and other accommodation options. The site is translated into 11 languages. • New app for the visually impaired: The Tower of David Museum and the Center for the Blind in Israel have partnered to launch a mobile app that provides guided tours and routes for the visually impaired to experience Old City Jerusalem. The app provides descriptions of sites and encourages the listener to physically interact with the area through touch.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFor more information go to www.israel.travel. Israel tourism numbers on the rise ahead of planned airport expansion << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Israellast_img read more

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31 Photos from Puerto Viejos Rasta Tope

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Red Hot Chili Peppers to play Lollapalooza as new album emerges

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Forget Lollapalooza; this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago is way better Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new album Q&A with Robyn Hitchcock: He began in the punk era but landed in Nashville Pop icon Prince dead at 57 The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline Chicago’sLollapalooza festival, it was announced last Wednesday, as the alternative rock greats complete work on their first album in five years.The July 28-31 festival in Chicago, which is marking its 25th anniversary, also said that Radiohead would perform, in the latest date for the acclaimed British arthouse rockers whose small arena tour sold out within minutes.See: Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new albumRed Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis last month told a radio station that the band had written “two dozen songs” and was “in the home stretch” of selecting and recording them for the new album.Band members have said they were in the studio with longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich as well as Danger Mouse, a diverse producer with a background in hip-hop who worked on the latest albums by Adele and U2. Lana Del Rey attends her “Freak” music video premiere at The Wiltern on Feb. 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Interscope/AFPThe album, whose release date and title have not been revealed, will be the first since the Chili Peppers’ 2011 “I’m With You,” which brought in new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.The Chili Peppers emerged in 1980s Los Angeles as they brought funk elements into punk rock.Each of the band’s albums has entered the top five on the U.S. chart since “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” which came out in 1991 during a surge of interest for music outside the pop mainstream.Lollapalooza was launched that year by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, who envisioned a traveling festival to celebrate music and alternative culture.The festival declined as fans increasingly found it too commercialized, but was reborn in 2005 as an annual event in Chicago’s Grant Park.Lollapalooza has since expanded internationally, with editions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Germany, with a Colombian version to debut in October.For the 25th anniversary, Lollapalooza is expanding to four days in Chicago, one day longer than usual.Other performers include LCD Soundsystem, the influential New York electronic act that is reuniting for April’s Coachella festival in California, as well as rappers J. Cole and Future, the wildly popular Lana Del Rey, and many others.last_img read more

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Brazil removes diplomats from Syria

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil’s Foreign Ministry says it has removed nearly all diplomats from its embassy in Syria because of heavy fighting there.The ministry says in an emailed statement Friday that the diplomats are now stationed in Beirut.The ministry emphasized it’s not closing the embassy. It says a diplomat remains in Damascus to attend to any Brazilians in the Middle Eastern country.Fighting between government troops and rebels has been raging in Syria’s capital Damascus, with hundreds being killed in recent days. Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Brazil has a large and influential expatriate Syrian community, mostly in Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city.The first Syrian immigrants arrived toward the end of the 18th century and established themselves in business, medicine and academics.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Grenade blast wounds 37 watching Philippine circus

first_imgMANILA, Philippines (AP) – Police say a grenade attack on an army outpost in the southern Philippines has wounded at least 37 people who were watching a nearby circus performance.Police Senior Inspector Romeo Abler says a man hurled the grenade toward the outpost but it hit a protective net and bounced toward dozens of villagers watching a nearby circus late Saturday in Paquibato district in Davao city’s rural outskirts. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img Abler told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that 37 villagers were wounded by the powerful blast and a stampede that followed. At least three were in serious condition in a hospital.Communist guerrillas are active in the remote region but an investigation has not yet clearly pinpointed who may have carried out the attack, according to Abler.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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Israeli model rallies support for Gadhafi son

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   “He challenged his father’s regime,” she said.Seif al-Islam, 40, was arrested by Libyan rebels last November, weeks after they captured and killed his father. Held in a Libyan jail, the younger Gadhafi is now caught in a legal tug of war.The International Criminal Court wants him in the dock in the Hague on charges of crimes against humanity for alleged involvement in attacks on civilians during the uprising against his father. Libyan authorities say they will try him for torturing and killing rebels and have refused to hand him over to ICC representatives. His international defense team has said there is no way he can receive a fair trial in Libya. The ICC refused to comment on Weinerman’s efforts.Weinerman said the international community, especially the U.N. Security Council and the same NATO countries that gave military muscle to Libya’s rebels, are responsible for Seif al-Islam’s safety, and called on them to do more to get him into ICC custody. He would likely face the death penalty if convicted in Libya.Weinerman, who appeared in a number of popular Israeli TV shows in the 1990s, also said he should be treated as a prisoner of war because he was arrested on the battlefield. Weinerman’s campaign is remarkable both because of the serious allegations against Seif al-Islam_ he faces murder charges inside Libya and an international war crimes indictment _ and the taboo nature of their relationship. Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed by rebels last October, was a staunch opponent of Israel, and contacts between citizens of the two countries, much less romances, are extremely rare.In an interview, Weinerman described Seif al-Islam as “very calm and quiet, polite, a real gentleman.” She said she was introduced to him by mutual friends in London in 2005, and that their relationship was romantic. She would not elaborate.“He has a great sense of humor and we always had laughs together,” she said.She said she has never visited Libya but said to have met other members of the Gadhafi family. She did not provide names and declined to show The Associated Press any photos, correspondence or other mementos from their time together.Weinerman’s purported romance with Gadhafi first appeared in European tabloids in 2006. But only this month did she go public, hoping to draw attention to his plight.She said that Seif al-Islam was a moderating influence on his father, and that he introduced “some reforms to Libya and he wanted to bring so many more.” Sponsored Stories Libyan officials said last month that Seif al-Islam’s trial would begin in September.The online petition, which aims to collect 50,000 signatures, accuses the ICC of prosecutorial misconduct and says Seif al-Islam “has been the victim of a mass media campaign to implicate his guilt for crimes that he has not committed and for which there is no substantive evidence.”___Associated Press writers David Stringer in London and Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report.___On the Web:The petition can be found at http://bit.ly/sezApNBackground on the case against Gadhafi: http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/PIDS/publications/SaifAlIslamSenussiEng.pdf Four benefits of having a wireless security system Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories center_img She was especially critical of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who she says was a close friend of the younger Gadhafi.“They worked together and became very close friends, sharing each other’s company,” she said. She urged Blair to “show some loyalty” and Christian compassion.Blair’s office declined to comment on the accusations. But in the past, it has acknowledged that in 2007 it responded to a request for assistance from Seif al-Islam as he worked on a thesis on international governance at the London School of Economics. The note, drafted by officials, offers some examples of good practice in international civic society and was signed by Blair.Blair has defended his relationship with the Gadhafi family, saying his efforts helped push Libya to curb its nuclear and chemical weapons programs and end ties to terrorist groups.Weinerman claimed it was Seif al-Islam who helped persuade his father to come clean on Libya’s weapons of mass destruction program, an important step in bringing Libya out of isolation and one which Blair touted as a diplomatic triumph.With Seif al-Islam languishing in a Libyan jail controlled by the rebels who caught him, Weinerman sits and waits in Tel Aviv, worrying for his safety. She said she has not had any contact with him since his arrest. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressTEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – An imprisoned son of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is getting help from an unlikely source: an Israeli actress and model who says she had a romantic relationship with him.Orly Weinerman is rallying support for a petition drive calling on Libyan authorities to release Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, saying he is a generous and caring person who has been abandoned by the international community and deserves a fair trial outside Libya.last_img read more

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2 Norwegians rescued from basket stuck over fjord

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Jan Gunnar Hole, who led it, told The Associated Press that he proposed dropping ropes to the men from a helicopter, then instructing them via mobile phone how to rappel down to one of two boats.“This was the simplest solution,” he said. “The men were cold, of course, but when you’re climbing down from 85 meters there’s a lot of adrenalin.”Given the success of the operation, he must have been right.The fjord is located south of the city of Trondheim.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement OSLO, Norway (AP) – Two Norwegian electricians trapped for an entire day in a basket 85 meters hanging (280 feet) above a fjord successfully rappelled down to a boat waiting below, rescue workers said Tuesday.The workers were stranded over the Nordfjord in western Norway on Monday after the basket they had been working in became stuck on the power cable due to an unknown technical failure.An attempt early Tuesday to rescue them by helicopter failed because of windy weather, so rescue services called in a local group of alpinists to lead a new rescue operation. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 0 Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Afghanistan says Pakistan will help in peace talks

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation _Nooruddin Turabi, former Taliban justice minister._Jahangirwal, a special assistant to Taliban leader, Mullah Omar._Qutub, a Taliban leader._Abdul Salaam, former Taliban governor of Baghlan province._Maulvi Matiullah, the Taliban’s director of the customs house in Kabul._Mahamad, the Taliban’s former governor of Kunduz province._Sayed Saduddin Agha, a former Taliban commander._Allah Dad, the Taliban’s former deputy minister of communication.The ninth prisoner released was Anwarul Haq Mujahid, the son of the late Mohammad Yunus Khalis, who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He has joined his family in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, according to a cousin and family friend who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.Afghan officials are still hoping for the release of the Taliban’s former deputy leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was captured in Pakistan in 2010. Baradar was reportedly conducting talks with the Afghan government that were kept secret from the Pakistanis.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Some members of the peace council suggested that Pakistan’s religious and political leadership might be having a change of heart _ in part because of violence committed by Pakistan’s branch of the Taliban movement.“This is the first time that we really saw some changing of the minds while we were speaking,” said Qayumuddin Kashaf, a member of peace council and head of the top religious council in Afghanistan. He said that in the past, Pakistani religious leaders insisted that insurgents were waging a holy war in Afghanistan. “Now we see some changing of the mindset because the security situation in Pakistan is very bad if not worse than Afghanistan.”Others in Kabul believe, however, that Pakistan may simply be playing a waiting game, trying to appease Afghanistan with small gestures until international troops leave Afghanistan and the Taliban can try to mount a comeback.Despite the prisoner release, the peace process still has little traction and has experienced many setbacks, including the assassination of Rabbani’s father in September 2011. Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former Afghan president and the first leader of the peace council, was killed in his Kabul home by a suicide bomber posing as an emissary from the Taliban. Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A top Afghan peace mediator hailed Pakistan’s recent decision to free nine members of the Taliban who favor negotiations, saying Saturday it was a sign Islamabad is willing to help bring the militant group to the table and end Afghanistan’s 11-year-old war.The cooperation of Pakistan, which has longstanding ties to the Taliban, is seen as key to jumpstarting the stalled Afghan peace process. The Afghan and U.S. governments accuse Islamabad of backing insurgents _ an allegation Pakistan denies _ and say many militant leaders are hiding in the country. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories It’s unclear whether the Taliban are interested in negotiating peace, but the insurgent group welcomed the release of the prisoners. “Without a doubt, releasing prisoners fosters confidence between two neighboring countries and their nations,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement issued Friday.During the delegation’s trip, both countries appealed to the Taliban to join the peace process and sever ties with al-Qaida and other international terror networks. They said Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States would provide safe passage to members of the Taliban who want to talk with negotiators.They agreed to work with the international community to remove prospective Taliban negotiators from the U.N. sanctions list so they can participate in any peace talks. The sanctions include a travel ban, arms embargo and assets freeze.Afghanistan and Pakistan also agreed to hold a conference of religious leaders and scholars from Islamic countries to address violence in the name of Islam, council members said.The peace council did not identify the prisoners who were freed, but an Afghan official familiar with the peace process gave The Associated Press a list of eight. They were: Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Afghanistan needs Pakistan’s help in reaching out to top Taliban leaders, but still insists that peace talks be led by Afghans, saying it will fight those who try to interfere.Salahuddin Rabbani, the head of the High Peace Council who led a delegation to Islamabad this week, said Pakistan’s prisoner release marked a shift in the neighboring country’s policy. In the past, the Pakistanis have arrested Taliban figures interested in peace talks with the Afghan government, he said, but now the government is releasing them and pledging to give them safe passage to negotiations.“It seems that Pakistani officials have realized that a close cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan can be effective for the peace initiative,” Rabbani said. “Of course, this is a vision we have been insisting on for a long time.”Rabbani, whose delegation spent four days in Islamabad this week meeting with high-ranking government, political and religious leaders, said Pakistan has pledged to release additional Taliban prisoners who will be allowed to stay in Pakistan, return to Afghanistan or seek residence in a third country. While nothing can guarantee they won’t rejoin Taliban fighters, Rabbani said he was confident that they would continue to cooperate with the peace council. “We will be in contact with those released,” he said. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! 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Spain king Millions need unemployment relief

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories MADRID (AP) – Spanish King Juan Carlos has used his annual Christmas address to the nation to express sympathy for millions of Spaniards who have lost their jobs amid the nation’s economic crisis and have little relief in sight.The 75-year-old monarch says a big effort is needed to jumpstart the Spanish economy because “we cannot accept as normal the anguish of the millions of Spaniards who do not have work.” Spain has an unemployment rate of 26 percent, and joblessness is more than twice that for Spaniards under age 25.Juan Carlos spoke Tuesday night. He did not mention scandals that have hit Spanish royalty hard. Juan Carlos received huge criticism last year after going on an elephant hunting trip just as Spain’s economy was teetering on the verge of collapse.(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 sober Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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ACCC eyeballs Stella Jetset merger

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1d258/” 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> The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have today called for comment on Jetset Travelworld’s proposed acquisition of Stella Travel Services Holdings.The Commission issued a statement this morning seeking “further information on certain competition issues which have arisen from the ACCC’s market inquiries to date”.According to the release, the ACCC invites submissions from the market by 12 August 2010, which will result in their final decision being deferred to 2 September 2010.The Statement of Issues is available on www.accc.gov.au/mergersregister.Submissions can be sent to the ACCC at: mergers@accc.gov.au.   last_img read more

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Sydney Airport makeover to transform NSW aviation

first_imgAiming to increase traffic flow, Sydney Airport has released plans to divide its space into two airline alliance-based precincts that would integrate international, domestic and regional services under the single roof.Hoping for completion date of 2019 and awaiting necessary 2014 Master Plan approval, the proposed plan would see the Qantas Group operating under the current domestic terminals T2 and T3 while Virgin Australia and its international alliance members would operate from current international terminal T1.The Airport said in a statement to its shareholders that the makeover would provide better use of its current facilities, improve aircraft parking space as well as allow room for future terminal enhancements.Meanwhile other carriers including Tiger Airways, Rex, AeroPelican and Brindabella would undergo consultation to decide which terminal they would operate out of.Jumping on board with new plans, Qantas and Virgin Australia signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to progress the proposal.Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather explained that the integration has the potential “transform aviation in NSW”.“First, it would improve Sydney Airport’s attractiveness as a global hub and deliver a better passenger experience every day,” Ms Mather said.“Second, as Sydney Airport invests in its future it would bring with growth in tourism and business travel which would lead to job creation and contribution.”She added that the improvements would reduce aircraft turnaround times, eliminate towed main runway crossings, reduce aircraft emissions as well as minimise operating disruptions.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti concurred noting that the changes would significant benefits to travellers.“As passenger numbers grow over the next decade, it is vital that airlines and airports work closely together to deliver a seamless travel experience,” Mr Joyce said.While Mr Borghetti said Virgin believes “there is potential in Sydney Airport’s proposal” and is keen to see how it “supports the growth of Virgin Australia and its alliance partners”.Tourism Australia has also backed Sydney Airport’s decision to unite its split its operations based on airline alliances, claiming it would help achieve 2020 growth plans.The Group’s managing director Andrew McEvoy said in an online statement the new division expected to provide more seamless travel for holiday-makers, the plan would help Sydney Airport grow sustainably.“Sydney Airport has a vital role to play for Australian tourism as both the largest international air gateway to our country along with the busiest domestic air facility,” Mr McEvoy said. “All our international air gateways are critical, but the industry does acknowledge the key role Sydney Airport plays in catering for more flyers and greater onward connections than any other Australian airport.“Together with the recently announced Rydges hotel development for the international terminal at Sydney, this is continued evidence that Sydney Airport share our growth vision and, with it, the need for significant supporting infrastructure investment and realigning the use of existing terminal resources.”Earlier this year Tourism Australia released a 2020 plan which would see Australian tourism double existing overnight visitor expenditure to $140 billion per annum.The airport changes would also see Qantas receive a new engineering complex while Virgin Australia will welcome a new hangar. Proposed Virgin Australia and alliance precinct Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jcenter_img Qantas Group proposed precinctlast_img read more

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AITTC enhancing tourism connections

first_imgLiberal Party MP’s and India’s High Commissioner to Australia were supportive of the Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) goals at the association’s launch this week.The AITTC was introduced in November 2012 as an Australian-based association, formed to augment and guide bilateral tourist traffic movement between the two countries.The council’s membership comprises a diverse variety of travel industry constituents including hotels, travel agents, airlines, tour operators, media professionals and tourism bodies.Dr Geoffrey Lee MP Parramatta, David Elliott MP Baulkham Hills and India’s High Commissioner to Australia Biren Nanda expressed encouragement and necessity for a group such as the AITTC to assist in establishing lasting bonds between India and Australia’s tourism industry.“Developing this kind of network is so important to the future of a healthy and developing relationship with India and its emergent tourism market,” Dr Lee said.The AITTC has two founding members based in Mumbai and Delhi, a growing list of members and contacts in Australia and the support of tourism bodies such as Destination NSW and Tourism Australia.“We will provide a platform to connect, communicate and collaborate,” AITTC founder Sandip Hor said.David Elliot MP Baulkham Hills relayed the NSW Premier’s thoughts regarding the new tie-up. “The Premier says the door is open for Indian businesses and professionals to come to Australia and succeed and a direct aviation link with India is worth pursuing,” Mr Elliot said.Air India had plans to place Boeing Dreamliners on a direct service between the two countries last year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T New council established to guide tourist traffic between Aus, India.last_img read more

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