Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Just popping in. Hawaii saw record visitor numbers in April (Image Ken Bradshaw) Visitor numbers to Hawaii reached a record high in April, pushing year-to-date tourism arrivals to the state up nearly ten per cent.According to figures released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Aloha State welcomed a record 647,194 visitors in April this year, beating the previous record of 618,230 set in 2006.The 11.3 per cent year-on-year increase in April arrival numbers also saw a record US$1.17 billion pumped into the state’s economy, with visitor spending climbing 26.8 per cent over the year before. Leading the way in growth was Hawaii’s top international market, Japan, whose arrival numbers during April rose a whopping 36.2 per cent to 86,685. Spending by Japanese visitors surged 45.8 per cent to $153.7 million. During the first four months of 2012, visitor numbers rose by 9.4 per cent to 2.6 million visitors, while spending rose by a healthy 16.7 per cent to US$4.78 billion.“It is important that we continue to support efforts that help to balance airlift and room availability for the overall benefit of our state’s tourism economy,” HTA president and chief executive Mike McCartney said. “The increases in airlift to the Hawaiian Islands with new routes, as well as the move to larger aircraft, were significant contributors to a robust April.”All Hawaiian Islands saw growth in total visitor expenditures and arrivals for April 2012, with Oahu experiencing a 12.9 per cent gain in arrivals, the largest visitor rise among the isles.
“Qantas International needs to thrive in order for Qantas Loyalty and Qantas Domestic to succeed, so now is the perfect time to invest in this segment for the future and ensure it continues feeding the success of other segments for years to come,” Mr Susz said. “Now is the time for Qantas to be bold and capitalise on the momentum being made in the International segment with strategic and forward-looking aircraft purchases,” AIPA spokesperson Adam Susz said. With Qantas’ international competitors being bold in their own aircraft renewal, AIPA believe Qantas cannot afford to be left behind. As Qantas celebrates profits, it is warned against resting on its laurels. With fuel costs continuing to be a key factor for Qantas in the coming years, the need to invest in more fuel-economic aircraft to replace the current ageing Boeing international fleet will become crucial. The positive trend in Qantas International and the Qantas Group emphasises the need to make the most of the situation by investing in fleet renewal, according to the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA). The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has spoken about Qantas’ good fortune, stating that although the news is good, the company cannot afford to rest on its laurels. Source = ETB News: L.B.
The alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines took flight early Tuesday morning with the first return service between New Zealand and Singapore departing Auckland just after midnight.From tomorrow the Star Alliance carriers will each operate one daily return service between Auckland and Singapore, adding to that, Singapore Airlines will also operate a daily return service between Christchurch and Singapore.Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon, said that the launch of the alliance is an exciting way to kick off 2015.“Our New Zealand – Singapore service is a key to our Pacific Rim strategy, providing our customers with not only a convenient direct service, but great connectivity to South East Asia and markets beyond,” Mr Luxon said.The launch of the alliance is exciting news for the airlines’ customers with Air New Zealand operating to Singapore for the first time in eight years and Singapore Airlines now operating the Airbus A380 on the route.Through the alliance, both the carriers aim to increase capacity between New Zealand and Singapore by up to 30 per cent year-round over time, while delivering enhanced benefits to customers.In addition to the increased capacity Air New Zealand’s customers can now enjoy codeshare connectivity to more than 50 additional destinations on the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir networks, and a further 40 routes in the Air New Zealand network.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Lori UeblerHigh Tide DMC hires Lori Uebler as VP of Sales for North America and CanadaHigh Tide DMC is pleased to announce the hiring of Lori Uebler as VP of Sales for USA and Canada Lori will be responsible for all sales throughout North America and Canada, building and maintaining relationships both nationally and internationally. Lori has over 16 years of experience in all facets of the hospitality industry, while focusing on the meetings and incentives over the last 6 years while she worked for AMResorts. Ms. Uebler is considered an expert in Mexico and the Caribbean meetings and incentives. In her role with High Tide DMC as VP of Sales for North America and Canada, Lori offers a world-class commitment to her clients, her goal will be to service all clients with her utmost care and attention through dedication, honesty and friendship. We are excited to have Lori join High Tide DMC; she is a polished professional who brings an extensive amount of experience and knowledge, in business development, account management and client service to the role. Lori Uebler Contact Information:Phone Number: 610.393.5017 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.hightidedmc.comAbout High Tide DMCHigh Tide DMC is a local US, owned DMC, dedicated to providing a real experience on Customer Service, we are known for our tours, transfers and our hospitality throughout Mexico. We have been bringing groups both large and small to Cancun for over 20 years. During that time we cultivated solid relationships and trust with every reputable vendor, from renting an umbrella at the beach to the decision makers at the best resorts throughout the region, we have built solid relationships that go far beyond the traditional business relationships. Over time our contacts and vendors became friends and in some cases, nearly family. From bellmen to General Managers, the term “Mi Casa Su Casa” has a unique and true meaning with High Tide DMC. Through the years, we have spent countless holidays, birthdays, weddings and other special occasions with our friends from Mexico, so when we decided to combine forces, not only was it seamless, but it was built by people with a rich and long history.Source = High Tide DMC
NSW celebrated in Russell Crowe’s latest music videoDestination NSW has partnered with Russell Crowe’s musical project The Indoor Garden Party for the band’s new music video for the single Out of Range, which features an array of spectacular New South Wales vision.Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the music video was a celebration of the beauty and unique landscape of the State.“The Out of Range music video showcases more than 15 different spectacular locations throughout NSW, highlighting the depth and breadth of our exceptional State,” Ms Chipchase said.“This music video not only celebrates the beauty of NSW, but highlights the vast range of landscapes, attractions and experiences on offer to visitors travelling to every corner of the State.“From the stunning coastal shots stretching from Bondi Beach to Newcastle, the hinterland and ranges of the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains, to the red dirt of Broken Hill and lush farmland of Russell Crowe’s own Nana Glen property, the video reinforces that there is nowhere quite like NSW,” she said.The decision to showcase NSW in his music video comes as no surprise from Crowe, who is passionate about his home state. Having grown up in Sydney, the Oscar-winning actor and musician is also part owner of South Sydney rugby league side the Rabbitohs.Out of Range is the latest single from album The Musical which was released on June 16, 2017. The album was curated by principal songwriter Crowe and features Canadian folk rock icon Alan Doyle and producer Carl Falk, as well as vocalists Scott Grimes and Samantha Barks. The album is available on all major outlets.00:0000:00Source = Destination NSW
Thailand’s most pet-friendly beach resortThailand’s most pet-friendly beach resortIf there’s a single word to describe Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas it would be “unspoilt” – a pristine white beach overlooking a clear sea and backed by virgin jungle. Quiet. Authentically rural. A place to relax, read, and rejuvenate and a place to bring your dog!Take your fur baby for a walk by the ocean, through the garden, even to lunch or dinner with you in the open-air restaurant. There are even pet washing and grooming tools supplied in every villa. If your dog isn’t too large, it can even stay in your room with you.Whether you bring your poodle or Pomeranian or just yourself, the resort has an endless array of things to see and do. The palm-covered hills of Koh Chang lie across the strait; you can take a boat there or to Koh Kood to experience world famous dive sites. Enjoy the infinity pool and a traditional Thai massage in the resort’s spa. Stroll the 800-metre stretch of beach just outside your front door, take a Thai cooking class or join the candle-making and T-shirt painting activities.Situated in Trat on the South-East coast of Thailand close to the Cambodian border. The area surrounding the resort is steeped in history and offers a real Thai experience where the locals go about their daily activities without the hustle and bustle of other resort areas.You wouldn’t expect a resort like this to be very big, and it isn’t. All 44 units are suites or villas each with its own living room, and a balcony or terrace. The accommodations feel serene and spacious. At the Azure restaurant you can enjoy a breakfast buffet, Thai, Asian, or international food, with views out over the ocean. Or get closer to the water with a snack or refreshment at the Breezes Beach Bar.Source = Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas
Explore the gems of ancient Greece with STUBA roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = stuba.com Greece. Probably the most important player in much of current day arts, philosophy, politics and democracy. From the alphabet, to much of the food we enjoy, Greece has had its finger in the pie, and remains one of the worlds top tourist destinations world wide. With over 24.8 million visitors, and a population of only 11 million, you’re guaranteed top service !The Greek empire rose around 1200 to 800 BC, being the Golden Age of Greece, lasting centuries and nurtured scientific, political, artistic and literary development.The golden age of Greek tourism is, or course, Now ! The best time to visit Greece is , strangely enough, tourist season: April through to October, with peak season being July through August. Pleasant weather for those not keen on extremes, would be May to JuneWith tourist hot spots scattered all over the country, some of the best things to arrange for your clients are:– Athens Scenic Bike Tour: check out the Roman Forum, Dipylon Gate, Ancient Agora, Acropolis, and much more, while burning off some calories.– Climb Mount Olympus: Travel to Litochoro to take the trek. Don’t feel bad if you cant make it to the top; there’s plenty of satisfaction getting half way.– Take a seat in the Epidaurus Theatre: dating back to the 4th century , marvel at the tiers and let your mind wander as to the day to day activities of the Greeks.– Hephaestus Temple : Admire the elegant architecture and garden surrounds, of the temple dating back to 450 BC perched on Agoreao Koronos Hill.– Marvel at something made in the last thousand years ! – The Corinth Canal was created by Nero, but only completely finished in the 19th CenturyWhatever the timeframe, budget, and experience of your client, Stuba can help the dreams of a lifetime come true. With over 2,800 Properties across Greece, there’s always something for everyone !
British Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London HeathrowBritish Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London HeathrowBritish Airways’ first Airbus 350, registration G-XWBA, touched down at London Heathrow this weekend, featuring the airline’s newest generation business class seat, Club Suite.The airline will take delivery of 18 A350s, with four of the new aircraft joining the fleet before the end of the year.Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A350s to the fleet. This aircraft marks a significant and exciting milestone in our £6.5 billion investment programme and is even more special as it comes with our new Club Suite. The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort on board.”The newly-branded ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Boasting 40 per cent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power; every aspect of British Airways’ Club Suite has been designed for today’s customer.The A350 promotes a feeling of well-being, space and calm due to its reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting which is intended to compliment the time of day and outside light. Customers will leave their flight feeling rested thanks to higher levels of humidity and refreshed air as the cabin pressure is equivalent to an altitude of just 6,000 feet. There are also environmental benefits to flying on the state-of the-art A350 as 25 per cent lower fuel burn significantly reduces CO2 emissions.As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 features the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and warm quilt, new amenity kits and an enhanced service and an improved dining experience. The World Traveller (economy) cabin offers 219 seats. Customers will also benefit from high-speed WiFi, allowing travellers to browse the internet on their personal electronic devices.In a world first, the airline mapped out their new Club Suite and A350 in lasers within the British Airways Laserdrome, a 100 square metre structure, towering 6 and a half metres high.During phase one in August, the first A350 aircraft will start some short-haul flying between London and Madrid to allow the airline’s teams to perfect their customer service delivery and familiarise cabin crew with the aircraft layout.In phase two, which starts during September, the aircraft will begin long-haul flying to Dubai, followed by services to Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore this year. During this period another three A350 aircraft will join the British Airways fleet and two Boeing 777 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new cabin.At the start of 2020 phase three will begin which will see British Airways rolling out its Club Suite on further long-haul aircraft across the network.The arrival of the A350 is part of the airline’s £6.5bn current investment programme and forms part of an exciting year for the airline as it celebrates its centenary. Other activity includes the airline’s BA 2119 programme exploring the future of fuels, the customer experience of the future and the aviation careers in the next 100 years. Source = British Airways
The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism (MITT), Faiyaz Siddiq Koya has revealed that Tourism Fiji will lead the way to achieve a sustainability conscious tourism industry – that aligns itself with the Fijian Government’s Green Growth Framework – to protect the pristine natural environment of Fiji.Koya made the announcement during a press conference at the Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) 2015.The Fijian Government in June this year launched the Green Growth Framework, which focuses on rebalancing the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social, and environment.The press conference highlighted examples of environmental and sustainability conscious tourism industry operators that are doing well in supporting the vision of ‘A better Fiji for all’ and taking into consideration the global and regional developments on green growth.“The last impression that Fiji and its people leave in the minds of the international buyers, exhibitors and media is a very important one. Therefore, this calls on each individual to regard Fiji as a precious destination,” stated Koya.Koya noted that despite the fact that globally, the travel industry is perceived to have the highest carbon-footprint, it is important to recognise the efforts of key industry partners who are taking momentous steps in trying to offset the carbon emissions from tourism-related activities through innovation.Koya emphasised that Fiji has real examples of industry partners who have been conscious of the fragile nature of Fiji’s natural environment and have already put environmental best practices in place to ensure its sustainability.
In an effort to tap the outbound tourism season in Middle East, Kerala Tourism is targeting the Arab travellers by rolling out a high-octane promotional campaign in Dubai, showcasing the state’s spectacular features via colourful visuals draped on a bevy of taxis moving through the bustling metropolis.Around 200 Kerala branding taxis will ferry the message of ‘A Faraway Land Four Hours Away’– with eye-catching visuals featuring hill stations, backwaters, waterfalls as also Ayurvedic therapies – through the streets of Dubai.“Apart from the favourable climate, the relative proximity and excellent air connectivity between Kerala and the cities of the Middle East make it easier to attract holiday makers to the state,” said Dr Venu V, Principal Secretary of Tourism.With Arab tourists being one of the biggest spenders, Kerala has received more than one lakh visitors in from the region in 2015. The majority came from Saudi Arabia with 51,149 Saudi nationals visiting last year, while Oman accounted for 18,763 footfalls.“As the holiday season in the Middle East coincides with the Monsoon season here, Kerala is well-positioned to benefit from the influx of travellers looking to trade in the sizzle and dust for cooler climes and greener pastures,” said U V Jose, Director, Kerala Tourism.
Singapore is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Not to mention the fact that if you are looking for luxurious casino resorts then you are in the right place. Marina Bay Sands is a world of fine dining, high-end shops, Broadway shows and infinity pools.Source: BBC
Home Prices Housing Permits Jobs National Association of Home Builders 2014-03-07 Krista Franks Brock Energy Sector Growth Boosts Recovery March 7, 2014 445 Views Nationwide, the economy and housing market are functioning at a level about 87 percent of their pre-crisis normal levels, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and First American’s Leading Markets Index released this week, which measures metro markets based on housing permits, home prices, and employment.Fifty-nine of the 350 metro markets are at or above their pre-crisis norms, according to the index, up from 58 metros last month. At the same time, 130 markets are at least 90 percent of their pre-crisis levels, according to NAHB.A little less than half—about 45 percent—of the normalized markets are located in areas benefitting from strong employment in the energy sector.“The strong energy sector is at the forefront of the recovery and centered in many small and mid-sized markets in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Wyoming,” said David Crowe, chief economist at NAHB. He also pointed out that eight of the top 10 markets in NAHB’s index are located in these four states.A look at the unemployment rates in these states supports NAHB’s findings. Texas’ unemployment rate is 6 percent; Wyoming’s is 4.4 percent; and North Dakota’s is a meager 2.7 percent, according to December data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Among major metros, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ranked highest on NAHB’s Leading Markets Index with a score of 1.41, indicating the market is “41 percent better than its last normal market level.” Honolulu, Hawaii; Oklahoma City; Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also ranked near the top.A few smaller markets outranked the best of the larger metros. Odessa and Midland, Texas, both scored at least 2.0, indicating their markets are performing twice as well as they did before the economic downturn, according to NAHB.“Despite the cold weather that has constrained economic and housing activity across much of the nation this winter, markets are returning to normal levels,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of NAHB. “As the job and housing markets continue to mend and the onset of spring releases the pent-up demand for new homes, this will bode well for the remainder of 2014.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Share
HouseCanary Announces New Additions HouseCanary 2017-10-01 Brianna Gilpin October 1, 2017 533 Views Share HouseCanary announced last week the addition of its value report to Mercury Network’s OptiVal Automated Valuation Model (AVM) Cascade as well as the hiring of VP of Business Development and Financial Services Josh Seiff.Mercury Network’s OptiVal Cascade now contains 12 AVMs and is the only independent and objective Cascade that evaluates multiple AVMs to select the most accurate for a particular piece of real estate, according to the release.Nearly 1,000 of the nation’s lenders and appraisal management companies use Mercury Network’s technology to manage real estate valuation operations and collateral risk.“We’re proud to be selected for the OptiVal Cascade,” said Chris Stroud, Chief of Research at HouseCanary. “Lenders need easy access to highly accurate data to mitigate risk and HouseCanary’s AVM has an excellent history of pinpointing property values. Objective testing will make our AVM more accessible to lenders when they need it most.”The same week, Former Fannie Mae VP of Multifamily Capital Markets & Trading Josh Seiff was announced as a new addition to the HouseCanary Staff. Seiff will lead Business Development efforts in the financial services segment of the company and drive its strategic initiatives within the real estate capital markets ecosystem. His hiring will further HouseCanary’s goal of bringing price transparency to the real estate market.“During his 13 years at Fannie Mae, Seiff traded municipal bonds, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities, structured products, and derivatives, while also leading a variety of key technology and finance initiatives,” the release said. “As part of Fannie Mae’s multifamily senior management team, Seiff created and led the GeMS securitization program and the issuance of more than $70 Billion in Agency CMBS securitizations. In 2017, Seiff pioneered the first ever large-scale agency securitization of Invitation Homes’ portfolio of single-family rental properties.” in Data, Featured, News
May 18, 2018 625 Views Share in Headlines, News, Servicing Fabrizio & Brook, P.C., a Troy, Michigan-based law firm, has announced the addition of attorney Larry E. Powe to its team. The firm provides full legal services to mortgage industry professionals, including loss mitigation, residential and commercial foreclosure, REO, evictions, bankruptcy, real estate, curative title, and defense litigation, including federal agencies related thereto, and financial institution deposit insurance underwriters.Powe brings over 40 years of practical legal expertise, including financial institution receiverships throughout the state, creditors rights, bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters, creditor-related matters, contract disputes, alternative dispute resolutions, general circuit court and federal court receiverships, and secured and unsecured creditors.AV-rated in Martindale Hubbell and based upon his practical experience, Powe continues to be an invited lecturer for industry continuing education, as well as continuing legal education seminars for the Real Property Law Section and Probate Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, with emphasis in the areas of real estate, mortgages, foreclosure, title exceptions and disputes, intestacy, easement disputes, and priority of secured liens.The Fabrizio & Brooke firm is a member of the Legal League 100, the premier professional association of financial services law firms in the United States. Fabrizio & Brook Adds Legal Veteran to the Team Bankruptcy Fabrizio & Brook Litigation Property Law real estate 2018-05-18 Radhika Ojha
2018-08-12 Kristina Brewer The Week Ahead: Checking in on Housing Forecasts Local View – Next, get local, as our market experts give you the lay of the land in some of the rapidly evolving markets in the West Coast including:SeattlePortlandBay Area & SacramentoOrange County & Inland Empire On Tuesday, Metrostudy will be hosting its quarterly Housing Forecast Webcast at 2 p.m. EST. Agenda highlights for the webcast include:National Update – Metrostudy Chief Economist, Mark Boud, will present a state of the union on the current residential construction market, answering these critical questions: Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead:CoreLogic Home Performance Insights, Tuesday, 9 a.m.NAHB Housing Market Index, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ETHousing Starts Survey, Thursday, 8.30 a.m. ETFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4.30 p.m. ETFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Thursday, 9 a.m. ETValueInsured Summer 2018 Modern Homebuyer Survey in Daily Dose, Headlines, News What are the trends and forecasts for key indices impacting the housing market?What factors will likely play a role in the next housing downturn?How are product tariffs impacting construction costs and the market?How are immigration policies impacting employment and the housing market?What’s in store for the latter half of 2018? August 12, 2018 400 Views Share