Goa, which is expected to draw around 7.5 million visitors in 2016, would be boosting its tourism with seaplanes, helicopters and amphibious vehicles.Goa Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar said, “The sea plane project will start shortly. We have already signed a contract with Mumbai-based MEHAIR company, which will run the sea planes connecting the Dabolim airport to different rivers across the state. While the seaplanes and helicopters will be flying across the state from the Vasco-based Dabolim airport, plans are afoot to start amphibious vehicle services for tourists which will take them from cities to inland water routes.”Parulekar said that seaplanes would land in the Mandovi and Chapora rivers during the first phase and the tourists would be directly flown from the airport to the heart of the coastal state.The state tourism department would also commence private helicopter services connecting Dabolim airport to various helipads. “Semi-government organisation Pawan Hans has already entered into an agreement with us wherein they will fly tourists from the airport to various helipads in places like Aguada, Old Goa and Canacona,” added Parulekar.The tourism department is also ready with four amphibious buses which it intends to launch in the state after proper approval is obtained from the Union shipping ministry.
The High Commission of Rwanda in India in cooperation with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) turned their vision towards the Indian travel trade to promote Rwanda as a new destination for tourism and investment opportunities by organising a two-city road show. This followed close on the heels of a very successful participation at the OTM Mumbai held at the Bombay Exhibition and Convention Centre from February 18-20. This is the first major initiative undertaken by an African country following the successful India – Africa summit hosted by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in October 2015. The road shows were held in Mumbai (The Westin, February 19, 2016) and Bangalore (The Chancery Pavilion, February 20, 2016).The High Commissioner of Rwanda His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo highlighted in his speech that, “We are happy to be here in Mumbai and showcase Remarkable Rwanda to the second outbound travel market in the world. In 2014-15, Indians were the 2nd largest visitors to Rwanda after Americans.”Anny Batamuriza, Vice Chairperson of Tourism Chamber Rwanda Private Sector Federation said, “We look to the India as the future for various tourism opportunities in Rwanda.” She highlighted various initiatives being taken by the Rwanda Tourism Board to tap into the Indian tourism market.Linda Mutesi, Division Manager, Tourism Marketing, Rwanda Development Board gave a detailed presentation on ‘Destination Rwanda’ highlighting the investment opportunities available in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality sector’ and assured maximum support from the Rwandan authorities.A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Batamuriza in the presence of the High Commissioner with the President of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Zakkir Ahmed in Mumbai.During their visit to Bangalore, the Rwandan delegation had the opportunity to interact with members of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Karnataka.In Bangalore, Arvind Jadav, Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka addressed the gathering and extended the support of the Government of Karnataka to Rwanda in its endeavours.A large section of the business investors from Karnataka expressed their interest in the various investment opportunities in Rwanda at the Bangalore road show.The seminars held in Mumbai and Bangalore were a huge success with an attendance of over 200 participants at each city, including eminent leaders from the travel trade and the corporate world.The Q & A received enthusiastic participation from the audience seeking the support of the diplomatic authorities of Rwanda to collaborate to promote Rwanda as a major destination in the Indian market.The event concluded with a colourful cultural performance by the Rwandan students in India who showcased the traditional Rwandan dance with active participation from the audience.
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. The city is the home of the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Musée d’Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914).Source: Expedia
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“”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/home announced that as of mid-November, it has saved customers more than $100 million in real estate fees and reached more than $8 billion in home sales.[IMAGE]According to Redfin, customers have saved more than $25 million on fees in 2012 alone. The company also boasts a satisfaction rate of 97 percent.””The changes that Redfin is bringing to the whole process of buying and selling a home are now happening at a meaningful scale,”” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “”And saving customers more than a hundred million in fees is only part of the story.””According to a company release, Redfin has grown faster than any other large-scale brokerage, even during a time when home sales fell to a third of their peak. Across the 19 markets Redfin serves, Redfin.com is among the [COLUMN_BREAK]most-visited brokerage websites, and the company’s mobile applications have been the highest-rated among all real estate tools.Growth has even extended to Redfin’s Seattle headquarters, where the company is gearing up to double its current workspace. By the end of the year, Redfin will have added more than 400 agents, software engineers, and other positions.The secret, the company says, is in its approach to customer service. Every client who attempts to buy or sell a home with a Redfin agent receives a satisfaction survey, regardless of whether or not the deal closes. Every review is published to an online map, showing customers where the agent has succeeded and failed at representing buyers and sellers. It’s those ratings, not commissions, that determine agents’ bonus pay.In addition, the company promotes listings on its website, mobile tools, and via email, doubling traffic and exposure. The additional exposure and the review system are the main reasons why Redfin managed to, on average in 2011, sell homes 15 days faster than other brokerages at $8,700 higher than the asking price, the company said.””We have prospered by being the best, not the least expensive,”” Kelman said. “”And the scale we have achieved isn’t simply a reflection of our success; it’s instrumental to our success. We can now meet every client and know every block because we’re reaching the point where we can employ local agents in each of the neighborhoods we serve.”” Redfin Celebrates Company Growth, Industry Advances November 15, 2012 452 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2012-11-15 Tory Barringer Share
Share Fannie Mae’s Book Sees Another Drop in August October 1, 2013 406 Views in Secondary Market Business at “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html took another tumble in August, marking the third straight month of declines for the company.[IMAGE]The GSE’s book of business fell at a compound rate of 0.8 percent, a slower pace than -1.7 percent in July. Year-to-date, the book’s average monthly growth rate was -1.1 percent as of the end of the month.[COLUMN_BREAK]Fannie Mae estimates the book’s value at $3.167 trillion, down a little more than $2 billion from the prior month.The secondary market giant’s gross mortgage portfolio continued to drop, though the rate of contraction was slower at 29.6 percent negative growth. The portfolio’s growth rate was -32.4 percent in July, the fastest rate of shrinkage since January 2010. Year-to-date, the average monthly growth rate for the portfolio was -23.1 percent in August.After improving slightly in July, new business acquisitions fell to $68.2 billion, the lowest level since April 2012.Meanwhile, delinquency rates continued to improve. According to Fannie Mae, the single-family serious delinquency rate fell 9 basis points to 2.61 percent in August, while the multifamily rate was flat at 0.18 percent.Fannie Mae completed 13,791 loan modifications in August. So far this year, the company has recorded 109,172 modifications. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Fannie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Service Providers 2013-10-01 Tory Barringer
April 11, 2014 523 Views Long & Foster Movers & Shakers 2014-04-11 Tory Barringer Long & Foster Welcomes 12-Year Real Estate Veteran in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Share Real estate veteran Dan Devine has joined Long & Foster’s Greenville, Delaware, office, the independent real estate firm announced.“We’re thrilled to welcome Dan to our team of highly trained real estate professionals,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster. “As the No. 1 brokerage in the Mid-Atlantic region, Long & Foster operates with an agent-first mentality. We look forward to the energetic partnership Dan has created by deciding to join the industry-leading Greenville office and our company.”Devine has been a real estate professional for more than 12 years and was formerly a top producer with another local firm before joining Long & Foster. He specializes in working with buyers and sellers in all areas of residential real estate in New Castle and Sussex counties and also has experience in new construction projects and land development.R.T. Christopher, who manages Long & Foster’s Greenville office, says it’s the company’s innovation in developing cutting-edge tools and technologies that attracts professionals like Devine.“With the best-trained, best-equipped agents, Long & Foster continues to help Delaware and Pennsylvania area buyers and sellers reach their homeownership goals,” Christopher said.
FICO Releases Alternative Credit Pilot Program in Daily Dose, Featured, News alternative credit Equifax FICO HUD Julián Castro LexisNexis 2015-04-03 Samantha Guzman Share April 3, 2015 476 Views Fair Issac Corp. (FICO) in partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, and Equifax announced Thursday a pilot program is in the works that will allow people who have difficulty getting approved for financing, creditworthy. The Fico pilot program allows 12 of the largest credit card issuers in the United States to use alternative data to identify creditworthy individuals who would otherwise be unlikely to obtain traditional credit.After extensive research, data scientists from FICO found that info such as property records, telecommunications, and utility information can be used as reliable sources to score 15 million consumers who do not have enough credit data to generate FICO score. By using this alternative data from LexisNexis and Equifax, FICO will give card issuers a FICO score that complies with relevant regulations that they can use to extend credit responsibly to millions of additional people.”Working with Equifax and LexisNexis, we set out to help unbanked, under-banked and disadvantaged people gain equal access to the standard credit products enjoyed by millions of Americans,” said Jim Wehmann, FICO’s EVP for Scores. “We’re excited by our pilot program’s strong results thus far. FICO’s focus is on expanding access to credit; not simply scoring more people. Our approach also addresses a paradox for people seeking their first traditional credit product – you often need a credit history before you can get traditional credit.”The data used in FICO’s pilot program includes telecommunications and utility bills from Equifax as well as property and public records from LexisNexis. This new FICO Score is engineered to work alongside existing FICO® Scores. Card issuers will be able to use the alternative score without having to “rip and replace” existing systems, significantly lowering the cost and accelerating time to market.”Card issuers are seeking opportunities to safely expand access to credit based on new data sources that are reliable, compliant and predictive and we have received an incredible response to this pilot program,” said Rick Trainor, CEO, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Business Services. “LexisNexis data, which the financial services industry has trusted for more than 40 years, provides additional insights about creditworthiness that can help bring millions of consumers into the financial mainstream.”Creditworthiness has been a big obstacle for many consumers looking to buy a home. This week HUD Secretary Julian Castro said the FHA is exploring alternative credit options to help mortgage borrowers.”FHA’s work alone will not solve all the industry’s challenges, which is why I appreciate this focus today on out-of-the-box thinking,” he said. “I know that new credit scoring models are being developed so that non-traditional factors can be considered when determining creditworthiness.”
The Week Ahead: Measuring Growth in the Housing Market in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News February 15, 2016 553 Views Federal Reserve Housing Market National Association of Home Builders U.S. Census Bureau 2016-02-15 Staff Writer As predicted by economists, the housing market and economy are expected to see slower growth this year and there are several industry reports coming this week to see if they were indeed spot-on with their expectations for 2016. So will the slow growth housing market continue?First, the industry will have a chance to see where builder confidence will fall for February. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will release their Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) on Tuesday, February 16 at 10:00 A.M. (EST).Home builder confidence in January 2016 changed very little from December’s level, but this only means that economists were spot on with their predictions for the new year.Last month, builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes decreased to 61 but was later revised to 60. This month, builders’ confidence rests at 60 as well, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).“January’s HMI reading is right in line with our forecast of modest growth for housing,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “The economic outlook remains promising, as consumers regain confidence and home values increase, which will help the housing market move forward.”One of the most important housing indicators comes in on Wednesday, February 17 8:30 A.M. (EST). Housing starts and building permits posted disappointing numbers in December, but year-end and year-over-year totals came in strong.The U.S. Census Bureau and HUD reported that housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,149,000 in December, down 2.5 percent from the revised November estimate of 1,179,000. Year-over-year, starts are up 6.4 percent from the December 2014 rate of 1,080,000.The Bureau and HUD also reported that single-family housing starts in December were at a rate of 768,000, 3.3 percent below the revised November figure of 794,000. Approximately 1,111,200 housing units were started in 2015, 10.8 percent higher than the 2014 figure of 1,003,300.”Given the tight inventory that we’ve seen in many housing markets across the country, today¹s release is a positive sign for new housing starts. The upward trend reflects upward price movements over the past year, which makes homebuilding less risky,” said Ralph B McLaughlin, Ph.D, Chief Economist at Trulia.The Federal Open Market Committee will also release the minutes from their January meeting, where they left the federal funds rate at it current level on Wednesday 2:00 P.M. February 17. The Fed cited the usual economic concerns as the reason for no change in the rate. The rough, unexpected start to 2016 has some in the industry questioning if the Fed will dial back on its December decision or ease up on the four “gradual increases” projected for this year.Fed Chair Janet Yellen, noted in one of two testimonies last week that persistent economic headwinds have kept the federal funds target rate at a historically low level—and that future rate hikes may occur even more gradually than originally anticipated. In her second testimony, Yellen discussed the possibility of falling into a negative rate environment given the state of the economy. Share
How Rising Rates are Affecting Refinancing December 4, 2016 749 Views Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Refinances 2016-12-04 Seth Welborn While many analysts are forecasting fewer finances and more purchase loans for the year ahead, the October 2016 Mortgage Monitor from Black Knight Financial Services found that the population of refinanceable borrowers is already shrinking—by millions.Interest rates that have risen above 4 percent after hovering in the 3.40 to 3.50 range, slightly above record lows, for much of the year have removed the incentive for approximately 4.3 million borrowers (out of 8.3 million) to refinance their mortgage loan, according to Black Knight. That reduction equates to more than half of the refinanceable population, leaving 4 million in that pool. The spike in interest rates equates to adding $16,400 to the average home price over the space of just a couple of weeks, according to Black Knight.“We’re now looking at a population of just 4 million total, matching a 24-month low set back in July 2015,” Black Knight Data & Analytics Executive Vice President Ben Graboske. “While there are still two million borrowers who could save $200 or more per month by refinancing and a cumulative $1 billion per month in potential savings, this is less than half of the $2.1 billion per month that was available just four short weeks ago.”The third quarter just experienced its highest refinance origination volume $270 billion) for a quarter in more than three years; overall during Q3 there were $579 billion worth of loans originated, highest volume for any one quarter in seven years, driven by a 17 percent increase over-the-quarter in refinance origination volume, according to Black Knight. This may be short-lived, however.“These changes will likely have an impact on refinance origination volumes moving forward. And, since higher interest rates tend to reduce the refinance share of the market—specifically in higher credit segments—which typically outperform their purchase mortgage counterparts, they may potentially impact overall mortgage performance as well,” Graboske said.Click here to view the entire Mortgage Monitor for October 2016.
AgroFresh gains approval to expand its proven tech … PRESS RELEASEThe Institute of Risk Management South Africa awarded the first prize to Novo Fruit Packers in the Agriculture sector for their alternative water supply project. Novo competed against 10 nominations in its category before walking away with the accolade at the awards ceremony hosted on 9 November 2018 at the Annual Gala Dinner in Johannesburg.Novo, owned by Capespan, is a state-of-the-art pome fruit packing facility situated in Paarl, Western Cape, strategically located to service pome fruit farmers in the Ceres, Villiersdorp, Piketberg and Grabouw areas. Novo was one of the largest users of municipal water in the Drakenstein Municipal area, located in Paarl, the Western Cape. Their annual usage exceeded 50 million litres. December 05 , 2018 Coastline Family Farms and Madison Ranches form ne … You might also be interested in Wonderful Pistachios, the perfect everyday snack, … IFCO acquisition by Triton and ADIA has been final … In 2017 Novo commissioned a borehole and water sanitation plant to substitute its usage of municipal water amidst the worst drought ever experienced in the Western Cape. The entire region was under pressure with extreme water restrictions and a looming “day zero” threat of completely running out of water supply.Due to the fact that water is an integral part of Novo’s service offering, the water needed to be of potable standard. In the period between April and October 2017 the treated borehole water was used in combination with municipal supply. In November 2017 the municipal water supply was closed and Novo’s operations were 100% “off-grid”. This allowed Novo sustainability in its service delivery, even in the event “day zero” materialize, whilst also relieving supply pressure on the local municipality.The packhouse has BRC accreditation, and is fitted with the IQS4 (internal quality system) technology from Greefa, Netherlands. The facility run 120 000 bins at full capacity and its CA cold rooms have a current bin capacity of 50 000 bins. The ability to simultaneously pack different grades enables Novo to optimise the full bin of fruit as well as service the different needs of diverse market segments.Capespan owns and farms a number of citrus, top fruit and grapes production units and Novo packhouse forms an integral part of Capespan’s fruit basket offer.
Zespri: “It’s certainly been a busy year for us” … Sweeki Green kiwifruit season starts in Chile, hol … You might also be interested in Kiwifruit industry employers have been working closely with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to place New Zealanders in vacant roles. Between January and April 2019, MSD has placed nearly 500 job seekers into the kiwifruit industry. Despite this more workers are still needed.The declaration of a seasonal labour shortage allows overseas visitors who already hold visitor visas to apply to vary the conditions of their visas for working in kiwifruit in the BOP.Overseas visitors are encouraged to visit the New Zealand Immigration website where detailed information about varying the conditions of a visa can be found.To date over 90% of this season’s total kiwifruit crop is yet to be harvested. It is forecast that a similar amount of fruit is required to be packed this year in comparison to last year. This includes an increase of 12% of SunGold kiwifruit which requires packing in a short period of time.Johnson says NZKGI seeks to employ New Zealanders as a first priority, especially kiwis who live in regions with orchards and packhouses. Work and Income has given help to people that need transport from other parts of BOP and other Work and Income clients who would like to access this should contact their local office for support.“However, because of the low unemployment rate this is not always possible, and other sources of workers, such as those from the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme and backpackers, are also required,” she says.She says the industry continues to have robust discussions with Government around increasing the number of workers available under the RSE scheme, as well as other avenues to meet demand during harvest. New Zealand has declared a labor shortage for the kiwifruit industry in the Bay of Plenty (BOP), relaxing regulations so overseas visitors can apply to vary the conditions of their visa to allow up to six weeks of seasonal work.New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) says it supports the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) declaration of a labor shortage in the major kiwifruit-growing region and the extension of the labor shortage in the Hawkes Bay.The BOP declaration announced on Friday is for the period 15 April until 27 May.There is a current shortfall of over 1,400 vacancies in the BOP’s kiwifruit industry which is expected to increase to 3,800 at harvest’s peak around mid-April. There was a shortfall of 1,200 vacancies at the peak of harvest in 2018.NZKGI CEO Nikki Johnson says: “The industry has been working hard to attract labour for this year’s harvest. NZKGI has been running a media campaign to promote work in our sector and early signals indicate that this has gone some way in reducing the number of vacancies.“However, it is vital to our industry that there is enough seasonal labour for harvest, and we currently don’t have enough people to pick and pack the intended crop. So it is entirely prudent and good risk management for MSD to take this step in support of our campaign.“We would encourage people – kiwis and visitors – to come and enjoy working in an industry that exports an iconic piece of kiwiana overseas.” April 04 , 2019 Sinclair launches compostable labels for fresh pro … Zespri operating revenue exceeds NZ$3B for first t …
June 21 , 2019 Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc saw huge growth in short interest during May, with shares up 31.2% from the previous month, says Riverton Roll.As of May 31st, there was short interest totaling 781,500 shares, compared with the April 30th total of 595,700 shares.Currently, 2.6% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 242,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.2 days.In related news, Director Michael J. Berthelot sold 2,207 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 17.The stock was sold at an average price of US$29.37, for a total value of US$64,819.59. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, and is accessible through the SEC website.Company insiders own 37.60% of the company’s stock.Institutional investors and hedge funds changing positions in Fresh Del MonteA number of institutional investors and hedge funds have raised their stakes in the company recently.To start, Morgan Stanley raised its stake in Fresh Del Monte Produce by 31.0% in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 137,051 shares of the company’s stock valued at US$4,644,000 after purchasing an additional 32,466 shares in the last quarter.Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB raised its stake in Fresh Del Monte Produce by 13.4% in the fourth quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB now owns 7,637 shares of the company’s stock valued at US$216,000 after purchasing an additional 900 shares in the last quarter. U.S. sweet potatoes target greater U.K. consumptio … You might also be interested in Mexico: Taco lovers cry foul over restaurants’ gua … Meanwhile, Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Fresh Del Monte Produce by 3.6% in the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 11,739 shares of the company’s stock valued at US$332,000 after purchasing an additional 407 shares in the last quarter.Additionally, Rhumbline Advisers raised its stake in Fresh Del Monte Produce by 40.4% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 47,578 shares of the company’s stock valued at US$1,345,000 after purchasing an additional 13,689 shares in the last quarter.Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp acquired a new position in Fresh Del Monte Produce in the fourth quarter valued at about $370,000. 60.22% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.FDP market capitalizationShares of FDP stock opened at US$27.71 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of US$1.37 billion, a P/E ratio of 561.80 and a beta of 0.82. The company has a quick ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 1.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40.Fresh Del Monte Produce has a 1 year low of US$24.15 and a 1 year high of US$45.30.Moreover, the company last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 30th.The company reported US$0.48 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of US$0.39 by $0.09.The company had revenue of US$1.15 billion for the quarter.Fresh Del Monte Produce had a positive return on equity of 0.10% and a negative net margin of 0.60%.Its revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted US$0.88 earnings per share. Trump moves to scrap trade privilege for India … Argentina to send increased blueberry volumes in s …
Singapore Airlines has announced flights SQ291/292 will be retimed from 28 October 2017 following a review of the ‘Capital Express’ service, with the new schedule meaning SQ291 will depart 55 minutes later from Singapore, resulting in a later arrival time into Canberra and later departure time for the Canberra-Wellington flight.There will also be a 1 hour and 5 minute change to the departure time for SQ292 from Wellington resulting in an earlier arrival into Canberra and subsequently an earlier arrival into Singapore. airlinesCanberraSingapore AirlinesWellington Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Tan Tiow Kor, said the timing changes were being made to improve the operational efficiency of the service.“While the loads we have achieved for the flights in the first 10 months have met our expectations, we believe there are some areas where we can improve efficiency,” Mr Tan said.“Re-timing the flights will assist in this goal, while also providing additional connections from the Singapore Airlines global network to SQ291. “The later departure from Singapore will allow customers travelling from Bali, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Phuket, and Shanghai to connect to the Singapore-Canberra-Wellington flight.”Mr Tan added:“As the first airline to operate the Singapore-Canberra-Wellington route there have been a number of learnings that we have taken out of the first 10 months of operation.“These learnings were fed into the review and have resulted in our decision to re-time the flights.“We will continue to monitor the performance of the operation and if required make further adjustments where necessary.”IMAGE: visitcanberra.com.au
MetroStephen NemetzTalking Travel Metro Hotels General Manager, Stephen Nemetz, deals with two serviced apartment hotels and feels there seriously need to be regulation in the unregulated accommodation sector.“I feel that everyone needs to be on a level playing field. This goes for all guests in all building with fire and health regulations.”Travel Monitor caught up with Stephen Nemetz for this week’s Talking Travel. Here is what else he had to say.What does your job involve?I am the General Manager of three properties. Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour, Metro Apartments on King St and Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney.What do you enjoy most about your profession?I love the variety in my work. It’s great being able to wake up every day and have new challenges to deal with.What are the biggest challenges for you in your profession?My biggest challenges is trying to keep everyone happy, as I deal with many different owners, strata’s and guests. I have a very supportive Managing Director and board.What do you think are the biggest challenges the industry faces?I think the biggest challenge in this industry, is finding skilled staff that really want to be in the industry as a profession.What do you think will be the biggest game changer in the travel industry in the next 12 months’?The biggest game changer in the industry will be the election in May, and depending on the outcome, I feel that the removal of online parity provisions with the OTA’s is going to change things dramatically. We look forward to the ACCC enquiry mid year.Who inspires you most and why?My mum, because she has always believed in me, and always pushes me to do better, and she has had to put up with me for 50 years.Who would you invite on your next holiday if you could choose anyone and where would you go?I would invite on my next holiday Eric Stonestreet (Cam Tucker from Modern Family), because he just makes me laugh so much.Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) Chief Executive, Margy Osmond, says the results of a recent TTF survey conducted with Nielsen show that 75% of Australians believe that the time, cost and difficulty of gaining a visitor visa to Australia affects our country’s competitiveness in some international markets.In Australia, the average length of time to process a visitor visa is seventeen days or more, while in France, the average is two days and in Japan, the average is seven days.“Unless we can begin to expedite these processes we will lose critical visitor market share,” Ms Osmond says.“People expect a timely turnaround in terms of holiday and working holiday visa applications and Australia is lagging behind key competitors, and the ramifications will inevitably come back to haunt us.”57% of Australian also believe more money is needed to promote Australia overseas to ensure we can maintain and grow our share of international visitors.Tourism and Transport Forum’s (TTF) annual conference, Outlook 2019, kicks off today, at the Hilton Sydney, with the theme – Rethink, Evolve, Adapt – covering:– Undercover tourism: turning history into high-end heritage tourism.– Get lost: the rise of experience tourism– Opening up the regions– Solo travel: two’s a crowd – travel solo, travel your way– The economic power of arts and culture.– Media and its influence on travel decisions. Tourism and Transport ForumTTF
Andy Reid is preparing to coach his last game with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday after the 13 years with the organization.But as ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday, even if Reid is handed a pink slip by the Eagles in the coming days, don’t expect him to be on the market long. [Reid] has been calling around the league, trying to put together a coaching staff, so that if and when he is let go in Philadelphia, he will be ready to resume coaching for another franchise next season. While most assumed Reid might be a logical replacement for Norv Turner in San Diego, Schefter reports the Chargers will not look be looking in the California native’s direction. One direction the veteran head coach might look in is the Valley and a potential head coaching vacancy with the Arizona Cardinals.Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks suggested the idea earlier in the week, and Schefter reported Sunday that the two parties might be a match.Although he is not expected to be a candidate with the Chargers, he could wind up as a candidate in Jacksonville if the Jaguars fire Mike Mularkey or in Arizona if the Cardinals part ways with coach Ken Whisenhunt.Under Reid’s guidance, the Eagles have made nine postseason appearances, including a trip to Super Bowl 39 and four NFC Championship games. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share The Dallas Cowboys sit atop the list at a whopping $2.3 billion. Rounding out the top five are the New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Houston Texans. The least-valued team in the NFL? That would be the Oakland Raiders at $825 million. Hey, we’d take it and so would you. The Arizona Cardinals are valued at $961 million, ranked 24th out of 32 NFL teams according to Forbes.The value is up from $922 million in 2012. The Cardinals also moved up a spot from 25th. All 23 teams ahead of the Cardinals are valued at more than a billion dollars. At their recent pace, 2014 would be the year they hit the nine-zero club.As far as NFC West teams go the Cardinals sit third, ahead of the St. Louis Rams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “We felt we needed to keep that spot open. As much as we want to get Jonathan back, the chances of him getting back and getting in football shape weren’t as realistic as we had hoped for.”It’s a tough blow for both the team and player. Taken with the seventh pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Cooper was expected to help anchor a revamped offensive line. “He’s disappointed in the whole situation,” Arians said of Cooper. “His biggest thing right now is getting off that bicycle he’s carrying his leg on and trying to get healthy.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jonathan Cooper’s rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals ended before it could even begin. Cooper, who broke his left leg in the team’s third preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, was placed on season-ending injured reserve Friday.“Probably the only difference so far is the decision to put Jonathan on IR rather than wait with the prognosis,” head coach Bruce Arians said Friday. “The latest prognosis would be 12 [weeks] at the earliest, and I just don’t feel like it’s fair to our football team in case we get somebody who can come back sooner if there is another injury.
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