New Carnival bookings offer agents chances to win cash prizes

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has launched a ‘Travel Agents Rock!’ sweepstakes that runs from now until Feb. 20.New individual FIT bookings made through any online channel during the contest period and registered on the sweepstakes web page by the closing date will qualify for the giveaways.“We want to show agents how much we truly think they ‘rock’ by kicking off the year with an incentive-rich sweepstakes that awards numerous booking levels,” said Carnival’s Vice President of Sales and Trade Marketing, Adolfo Perez. “This is the busiest time of the year for our partners and it’s important for us to say thanks for the hard work they do.”Prizes vary with bookings: two qualifying bookings win a set of ‘Travel Agents Rock!’ luggage tags; four online bookings earn a ‘Travel Agents Rock!’ watch; eight online bookings get a US$25 Visa gift card and 10 online bookings qualify for a $50 Visa gift card. All agents who book 11 or more qualifying reservations will be entered into a random draw for $5,000 cash.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAgents must register all qualifying bookings on the contest registration page by the closing date with all prizes awarded after. More information can be found at GoCCL.com. Posted by Tags: Carnival Cruise Linecenter_img Tuesday, January 10, 2017 New Carnival bookings offer agents chances to win cash, prizes Sharelast_img read more

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Collettes Book Your Own Bonus incentive is back for its 100th birthday

first_imgCollette’s Book Your Own Bonus incentive is back for its 100th birthday Travelweek Group Friday, September 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — In honour of its upcoming centennial birthday, Collette has brought back its popular ‘Book Your Own Bonus’ agent incentive.Agents qualify for this promotion after their first booking, and can receive incentive earnings in addition to their commission. Following their initial booking, earnings start to increase.With the second booking, agents earn $50, with the third they earn $100, and any booking after three will earn $100 per booking. There is no limit.“Collette’s Book Your Own Bonus program encourages agents to gain limitless rewards and watch their “bonus” earnings increase,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing at Collette. “We’re celebrating our 100th birthday in 2018 and we want to reward you with the chance to earn $100 as often as possible!”This offer is valid on new retail bookings made between Sept. 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, for departures through April 30, 2019. Incentives will be paid within 30 days following the quarter that the qualifying bookings have travelled. A booking is defined as a minimum of two full-paying passengers in a double room or a single passenger in a single room. All payments are payable per agent and bookings cannot be combined with other agency bookings. Not valid on existing bookings. Posted by Tags: Collettelast_img read more

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The latest on WestJet strike talks Air Canada weighs in

first_imgThe latest on WestJet strike talks; Air Canada weighs in Share << Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — The union that represents pilots at WestJet has called for a strike vote to press its demands for its first contract.The Air Line Pilots Association says pilots began voting Wednesday and the balloting will continue for 15 days. The Calgary-based airline and its pilots have been in contract negotiations since September.A 60-day conciliation process ends April 27. The pilots could then launch a strike after a 21-day cooling off period.Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of the association’s master executive council, says the two sides remain far apart on working conditions, compensation and job security.McFadyen said the union’s bargaining proposals are reasonable and consistent with the contracts that other pilots within North America enjoy.“Unfortunately, our management team believes there is no issue with outsourcing our work and our careers,” McFadyen said in a release. “Our goal remains to reach a fair contract that also brings stability to the airline.”WestJet CEO Ed Sims responded to the association’s release by noting a strike authorization vote is a common step taken by unions during labour negotiations.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“We remain focused on successfully negotiating an agreement that will benefit our pilots and WestJet,” said Sims.McFadyen said the pilots hope to avoid a strike and the union is still open to negotiating an agreement.A statement issued April 26 by Air Canada says the airline will adjust its schedules and capacity in the event of strike. “We know that people travel for a variety of reasons and as the busy summer period approaches, we appreciate that the traveling public may be feeling anxious about their plans resulting from the uncertainty associated with potential labour disruptions at WestJet. With our extensive network and varied fleet, we are well placed to accommodate passengers disrupted by this situation. The travelling public can book Air Canada with confidence at aircanada.com or by calling their travel agents.” Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: WestJet Thursday, April 26, 2018 last_img read more

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Air Canadas new lifestyle publication out now enter to win 2 free

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Travel agents can win two Business Class tickets or Air Canada Signature Class tickets with  Air Canada’s new agent contest, launched in partnership with Travelweek to commemorate the airline’s newly released ‘Elevated by Design’ lifestyle publication.Polybagged with Travelweek’s May 30 issue, the 44-page publication showcases Air Canada’s premium offerings for both leisure and business travellers, including the new Air Canada Signature Service and recently-opened Air Canada Signature Suite, its award-winning Maple Leaf Lounges, as well as high-end onboard amenities ranging from menus designed by Chef David Hawksworth to curated wine lists by resident sommelier Véronique Rivest.‘Elevated by Design’ also includes a handy Cities Guide that highlights the many world-class destinations Air Canada flies to, from San Francisco and Honolulu, to Paris, Madrid and Hong Kong. Agents are encouraged to use the guide as a resource tool when selling and packaging Air Canada to clients.“As the premium segment has grown over the last 10 years, so have customers’ expectations,” said Andrew Yiu, Vice President, Product, Air Canada. “We take great pride in bringing a little Canada to the world every time we fly – it’s at the core of our pursuit of a great flight experience, every flight.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTTo celebrate the arrival of the new publication, Air Canada has announced an agent contest that includes two Business Class or Air Canada Signature Class tickets to anywhere it flies, for travel before June 30, 2020 (blackout dates apply). Flights are not eligible to earn miles with this offer, and all travellers must travel together.The contest closes on July 5, 2019 with the winner being notified on July 18, 2019. The winner will be randomly drawn and will need to respond within 48 hours.Go to travelweek.ca/contests to enter the contest. Share Air Canada’s new lifestyle publication out now, enter to win 2 free tickets Tags: Air Canada, Launchcenter_img Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, May 30, 2019 last_img read more

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Temptation Cancun now offering agent rates

first_imgTags: Temptation Cancun Share Temptation Cancun now offering agent rates Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, June 26, 2019 MIAMI — Temptation Cancun Resort has launched exclusive rates for travel agents to visit the property.Rates are US$99 per person/per night, single occupancy, or US$69 per person/per night, double occupancy.Says a rep for the property: “With these unbeatable prices, agents curious about selling this to their clients can take advantage of the offer and become a walking testimony, while returning agents can relive the fun and see first-hand what’s new at the property.”The offer applies for travel between June 15, 2019 through December 20, 2020. An agent ID is required at the time of booking and upon check in. The maximum length per stay is seven nights.For reservations or more information, agents are asked to contact reservog@original-group.com or call 1-855-556-1632 from Canada and the U.S. Blackout dates are December 21, 2019 to January 1, 2020 and the agent rates are subject to availability and hotel confirmation. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Arenal Report

first_imgThe Arenal Christian Community Church celebrated its seventh birthday Sunday. It is the only church in the area offering separate services in Spanish and English. A large gathering of Ticos and Gringos enjoyed a delicious típico breakfast, followed by an afternoon of fun activities for the children, including a piñata full of goodies. Congratulations to Pastor John Bradley and his wife, Lyn, and to Pastor Bañero and his wife, Flory, for their dedication to the church and its growing congregations.American football has been put to rest for another season. The prognosticating pundits, most of whom assured everyone that the 49ers would win easily, ended up with muchos huevos on their faces as the Baltimore Ravens took care of business.Interestingly, the boisterous crowds at the Sunset Grill and Iguana’s Tropical Bar and Grill definitely supported the underdog Ravens. The noise evoked by the 105-yard kickoff return that started the third quarter likely was heard in Tilarán and Guatuso. The extended delay of the game caused by the failure of the stadium lights in no way diminished the enthusiasm of the fans who packed both locations. Great food and drink specials plus football pools combined to provide an enjoyable, if raucous, night of entertainment.Judy Reisman has organized two spay/neuter clinics this month. The first one is scheduled in Sabalito on Saturday, Feb. 23, and the second will be in Tilarán on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the ATRA bullring. Appointments may be made by calling 2695-6652. Judy’s home phone answering message is in Spanish, so wait for it to finish before leaving your message. Appointments also may be made by email at judyreisman@mindspring.com.The cost per animal is $20. Everyone with a dog or cat should take advantage of this opportunity to help control the population of homeless animals. Sponsorships of stray dogs and cats are encouraged and very welcome. Judy says her cell phone has limited reception, but you can try at 8812-0956.Late entry: For our friends from New Zealand, we hope you enjoyed a happy Waitangi Day on Feb. 6. It’s that country’s equivalent to July 4th in the U.S. and Costa Rica’s Sept. 15.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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A hailstorm frosted Irazú Volcano on Friday

first_img Facebook Comments Meteorologists were expecting heavy rains Friday, but instead the country received a rare hailstorm that left Irazú National Park covered in white.Alejandra Varela, a park official for the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), photographed the aftermath of the unusual phenomenon, and Irazú Volcano SINAC shared the photo on its Facebook. The photo, however, did lead to some debate about what to call the frosty material on the ground.One Facebook commenter wrote on the photo: “I’m informing you that the white stuff is called snow, not hail.” The Irazú Volcano SINAC Facebook account responded: “Thank you. It’s difficult for us to give it an accurate term because this has never happened in the park.”In another comment on Facebook, the Irazú Volcano SINAC account wrote: “We’ve had frost in the early hours of the morning and when the temperature goes down to 0 degrees Celsius. What happened yesterday was during the afternoon, and the temperature was between 10 and 14 degrees Celsius. We are still collecting official data.”We’ll update the story once SINAC settles the controversy. Either way, Irazú Volcano has had a star-making past couple days. On the same day the hailstorm occurred, Sony debuted a dazzling ad that showed the Cartago volcano gushing out 8 million flower petals.UPDATE: A forecaster at the National Meteoroligical Institute confirmed to La Nación that no snow fell in Costa Rica on Friday, and all the frost was left by the hailstorm.SINAC ceded the issue to the meteorologists, citing the La Nación article on their Facebook page: “We thank everyone for their comments and the follow-up that has been conducted on this phenomenon, as our staff are not skilled in this area.” The park saw an uptick in the number of visitors to the park Saturday, with 400 people coming to observe the icy grounds.The park service also shared one more photo taken by Varela of the ice-covered park: Related posts:Costa Rican authorities seize $50,000, heavy weapons at second stash site near Irazú Volcano 10 cool facts about Sony’s gorgeous flower eruption ad filmed at Costa Rica’s Irazú Volcano Experts detect increased activity at Turrialba Volcano Crater lake in Costa Rica’s Irazú Volcano disappearslast_img read more

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Strike ends at Panama Canal expansion project

first_imgPANAMA CITY — Atwo-week strike by workers expanding the Panama Canal has ended after they won wage increases, a union leader said Wednesday.The huge project is already a year behind schedule and was halted earlier this year in a dispute over large cost overruns.The agreement to end the stoppage was announced by Saúl Méndez, secretary general of the construction workers union Suntracs.The strike was by construction workers throughout Panama. Workers involved in big projects like the canal expansion will get an 11 percent raise this year and further increases over the next three years, Mendez said.Until now, skilled workers in the canal project were earning $3.99 an hour.The canal, completed by U.S. interests in 1914 to create a shortcut and safer journey for maritime traffic between the Atlantic and the Pacific, is used by 13,000 to 14,000 ships each year.The expansion — one of the biggest civil engineering operations in the world — will add a third set of locks to the canal. Facebook Comments Related posts:New proposal made to break Panama Canal expansion deadlock Work resumes to expand Panama Canal Strike halts work on Panama Canal expansion The Panama Canal in facts and figureslast_img read more

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Costa Rica not planning to play injured Uruguayan superstar Luis Suárez

first_img Facebook Comments SANTOS, Brazil — Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz admitted Wednesday his team is not expecting to face star Uruguay striker Luis Suárez when the two sides clash in the World Cup on Saturday in Fortaleza.Suárez underwent an operation on his knee on May 22 and has since been facing a race against time to play any part in the World Cup group stages.He recently dismissed speculation he would even be fit for Uruguay’s second match against England a week on Thursday in São Paulo.“Given what he’s said we’re not expecting him to play and we’re working on other options with other players,” said PSV Eindhoven forward Ruiz.Even if Liverpool forward Suárez is fit, Ruiz, whose parent club is Fulham, says his teammates will be ready.“I played against him in Holland [when Suárez was at Ajax and Ruiz at FC Twente] and in England and the defenders have been warned about what can happen, about his style of play,” added Ruiz, 28.Young midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda is one player hoping not to line up against Suárez on Saturday.“Suárez is a player the whole world knows about, he’s scoring so many goals in England,” said the 22-year-old, who plays for Saprissa in his homeland.“If he’s not there it will be to our benefit. [But] we can’t just think about Suárez, there’s [Edinson] Cavani and [Diego] Forlán and other players who score goals.”Veteran forward Forlán also had to sit out of a Wednesday training session ahead of the World Cup because of a digestive problem. The 35-year-old was one of the stars of the last World Cup in South Africa, being awarded the Golden Ball for best player of the tournament.With Luis Suárez, who has a knee injury, unlikely to be fit for Saturday’s first match against Costa Rica, Forlán is expected to play an important role. He returned to practice Thursday.Costa Rica suffered a blow earlier with the news that fullback Heiner Mora has had to withdraw from their squad because of a broken heel.The 29-year-old suffered the injury in a training session on Tuesday at their base in Santos.Dave Myrie has been called up as a replacement.Myrie, 26, made his international debut in 2010 but has had a nomadic club career taking in 10 clubs in four different countries.Meanwhile, Uruguay defender Diego Godín says his side’s only aim at the World Cup is to get through their tough group, which also includes Italy.“We’re confident and we believe in our potential. We’re dreaming just like the three million Uruguayans are dreaming that things go spectacularly well for us,” he said. “With our feet on the ground, we’re not thinking beyond the match with Costa Rica. Related posts:Uruguay star Luis Suarez could miss Costa Rica match after knee operation Injured Uruguay star Suárez in camp; England crushes Peru; key Italian player breaks leg Luis Suárez bites again as Uruguay eliminates Italy La Sele looks to clinch spot for final round of World Cup qualifyinglast_img read more

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Watch Costa Ricas Plaza de la Democracia erupt after Ticos score against

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: Costa Ricans go wild celebrating World Cup upset over Uruguay 26 photos from Costa Rica’s tremendous post-victory celebration in San José Pain and pride: Costa Rica falls to the Netherlands in hard-fought World Cup quarterfinal VIDEO: Even in defeat, Costa Rica celebrates Watch La Sele fans in the Plaza de la Democracia in downtown San José go wild as Bryan Ruiz strikes first in the match with Greece at the 52nd minute.Ruiz almost proved to be enough for Costa Rica, but Greece managed to equalize with only minutes remaining in the match. But once Keylor Navas stopped Theofanis Gekas’ penalty kick and Michael Umaña blasted in the game-winner, the real celebration began throughout the country. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Colombian president to visit tense border city

first_imgRelated posts:Venezuela’s Maduro closes more of country’s border with Colombia Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problems Former Colombian, Bolivian leaders warn of looming humanitarian crisis in Venezuela BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos made plans to fly to a border city Saturday amid soaring tensions with Venezuela that have triggered an exodus of Colombian residents.In Washington, the U.S. State Department expressed concern about the situation, and urged both countries to resolve the dispute diplomatically.Santos’ office said the president would visit shelters established in the city of Cucuta for the hundreds of Colombians who have fled Venezuela, carrying with them their meager belongings.The crisis erupted on Aug. 19 after Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro closed the border and then declared a state of emergency following an incident in which three Venezuelan soldiers were shot and wounded by two assailants on a motorcycle.See: Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problemsThe two countries have recalled their respective ambassadors and Maduro has said 3,000 troops were being deployed to search “high and low” for Colombian paramilitaries, whom he has blamed for last week’s shooting.Since then, about 1,000 Colombians have been summarily deported from Venezuela, triggering an exodus of by several thousand more Colombians fearful of being targeted as well.The U.S. State Department said it was ready to work with other countries “to find a peaceful, humane and enduring solution.”“As we do so, we urge that special attention be paid to the worsening humanitarian situation along the frontier,” it said.It stressed the deportations “should take place in accordance with international law, respecting the human rights of all involved, and in coordination with the receiving country.”“We also believe that refugees with recognized protection concerns should not be deported,” it said.In a statement late Friday, Santos vowed to continue conducting its foreign relations “with firmness, but with dialogue and diplomacy.”“We are now concentrating on attending to the humanitarian needs that this situation has generated,” he said.As the crisis simmered, Maduro announced he was leaving Saturday on a trip to China and Vietnam to drum up financial support for his socialist government.Venezuela is mired in a deepening economic crisis, made worse by a plunge in oil prices, its main source of hard currency.Widespread shortages, roaring inflation and rampant crime have undermined support for Maduro, whose ruling party faces legislative elections in December. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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The Tico Times on Radio Dos Community organizes to fight fires

first_imgVolunteer firefighters mobilize to protect Nosara from wildfires This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments And if you’re looking for more audio content from The Tico Times, check out our podcast, The Tico Times Dispatch. You can subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music. Related posts:The Tico Times on Radio Dos The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Dec. 03, 2018 Oh, baby: Costa Rican population hits 5 million Introducing the Tico Times Weekly Digest Did you hear The Tico Times on Radio Dos this morning?The Tico Times has teamed with Radio Dos to give you 90 seconds of news every Wednesday during “Margie in the Morning.” Listen to the segment below, or tune in next week to hear it live.This week, Assistant Editor Alexander Villegas discussed Bomberos de Nosara, the volunteer firefighters who helped protect their town from a raging wildfire.Read the full story in The Tico Times here:last_img read more

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Mozambique floods Death toll rises to 55

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mozambican state television showed children in need of food and water. One man held an empty plate and told the camera: “Look, we are starving. The government must do something.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) – The United Nations says the death toll from the flooding in Mozambique has risen by seven to at least 55 people.The U.N. said Thursday that heavy rains in northern and central Mozambique have displaced 19,000 more people, raising the total number of displaced by floods the past two weeks to nearly 170,000.The Mozambican government said there is a shortage of food for flood victims in southern Mozambique. Luis Nhala, a health official, said that residents are eating food that has mixed with contaminated flood water, which is resulting in cases of diarrhea and vomiting. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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6 found guilty for 2012 Brazzaville explosion

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Four benefits of having a wireless security system The heaviest sentence went to an army corporal, who received 15 years of forced labor for arson. A colonel was sentenced to five years for embezzling funds which were supposed to be used to build proper containers for the munitions.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Men’s health affects baby’s health toocenter_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) – A court in the Republic of Congo convicted and sentenced six people for contributing to an arms depot fire, which set off a deadly string of explosions in 2012, killing close to 300 people, according to the president of the tribunal.A total of 26 others were acquitted for involvement in the blasts, which began after a military warehouse caught fire under suspicious circumstances on March 4, 2012, said Mathurin Bayi, president of the criminal court after the verdict was read late Monday. The war-grade weapons that were inside exploded in quick succession, pulverizing hundreds of houses nearby. Aerial photographs showed that the explosions leveled a one square-mile area. Top Stories last_img read more

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US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other.Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean. And sometimes, routes are cut because there isn’t enough demand. Nothing is illegal about that. Top Stories Any company can limit the supply of its own products, whether airline tickets, sneakers or smartphones. But it would be illegal for airlines to work together to limit flights in order to drive up fares.The government’s investigation is just in its initial phases. Letters went out this week to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Together, those four carriers control more than 80 percent of the domestic seats on planes.Airlines are quick to say they can’t talk about pricing decisions. But in recent years, airline executives and Wall Street analysts have been much more open in discussing how the airlines have kept their passenger capacity — the number of seats they put into given markets — in check. With that capacity kept from growing too fast, airplanes have been fuller and carriers have been able to command higher ticket prices. That’s led to record profits.But were airlines simply responding to Wall Street’s questions about capacity, or were they illegally agreeing not to compete too hard as part of an effort to make more money?“Matching supply to demand is not a novel idea and running a company for profit is not a crime,” Raymond James analyst Savanthi Syth told investors in a note Thursday. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation In 1982, Robert Crandall, then a senior executive who would become CEO of American Airlines, expressed his anger about these fare wars in a phone call with Howard Putnam, CEO of Braniff Airways.Putnam, who was recording the call, asked Crandall if he had a suggestion to deal with the problem. Crandall told him to raise his fares and he’d follow suit.Specifically, Crandall replied: “Yes. I have a suggestion for you. Raise your goddamn fares 20 percent. I’ll raise mine the next morning.” He said: “You’ll make more money and I will too.”The Justice Department sued and the case was settled for little more than an agreement by Crandall to keep a written record of all of his contact with other airline executives for two years.It’s unclear if there is a similar smoking-gun comment today.Airline executives have been talking publicly about how they’ve learned not to add capacity too fast. But no statement appears to be as blatant as Crandall’s.After a brief industry increase in seats in the spring, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker spoke about the need for capacity discipline to a Reuters reporter at the International Air Transport Association’s annual conference in Miami. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies __Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott, Tucker at http://twitter.com/etuckerAP and Koenig at http://twitter.com/airlinewriter.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that the carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Antitrust law draws a line between the entirely lawful practice of companies’ following each other’s behavior and companies illegally conspiring. The Justice Department appears to be hunting for communications and other signals that cross that boundary, said Andrew Gavil, who teaches antitrust law at Howard University.“The distinction involves whether or not there was really express or intentional coordination by two firms,” he said.It’s too early to know where the investigation is going. But if the government does find evidence of improper collusion, it could attempt to negotiate a consent decree with the airlines to stop them from certain behavior, such as issuing public statements about their intentions about capacity.Ever since the government stopped regulating routes and prices in 1978, airlines have struggled to avoid nasty and unprofitable fare wars. Historically, when the price of jet fuel fell, one airline would launch a new route or add extra flights on existing ones. Fares would be slashed to attract fliers and other airlines would be forced to match the new, lower fare.Airlines didn’t like it, but legally they couldn’t coordinate routes or fares. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories “The real question is,” Parker said, “is this a one-time catch-up for fuel prices being lower, or is this airlines behaving like airlines used to and just increasing capacity because times are good? I don’t know if we know the answer to that yet.”A few weeks earlier, the United Airlines chief financial officer, John D. Rainey, spoke at a conference for Wall Street analysts and investors.“We are a big believer in the right balance between supply and demand, and we’ve demonstrated that with our capacity discipline,” Rainey said. “We’ve grown our (available seat miles) at less than GDP for eight consecutive years, and so we’ll continue to believe in that.”A government investigation could take years.Jonathan Baker, an antitrust law professor at American University, said investigations like this one generally need more than just circumstantial evidence. A case with explicit discussion between executives would be easy to prove. The harder challenge is one where collusion would need to be inferred from statements by executives to analysts, and other signaling.__Mayerowitz reported from New York, Koenig from Dallas.last_img read more

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Strong Aussie dollar wounds inbound tourism

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2713e/” 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 global middle class will triple in size in the current 25-year period and those are the people who will travel, Mr Richardson said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Acenter_img Australian tourism is likely to suffer at the hands of a strong dollar creating a serious trade imbalance said the head of a tourism lobby group.A report from the Tourism and Transport Forum revealed that Australian outbound travel is forecast to further outstrip inbound over the next decade. “The gap between international visitors to Australia and Australians travelling overseas is now forecast to be 1.2 million in 2010,” the report said.Discussing the results of the report at last week’s Tourism Futures conference held in Brisbane, executive director of the Tourism and Transport Forum, Brett Gale, claimed the higher Australian dollar has contributed to the imbalance.Speaking at the same conference, a leading economic forecaster said despite Australia’s short-term challenges, the long-term forecast is bright.“Even if the Australian dollar does settle at a high level, which is eminently on the cards, it doesn’t mean that’s going to permanently hurt tourism growth,” Access Economics director Chris Richardson said.“Over time you can expect world travel to grow because it’s a luxury and there’s a big number of people who are becoming more prosperous in emerging economies.“The trouble is, Australia’s share of that is going to be very much determined by the Aussie dollar.“You can have brilliant marketing campaigns and all the rest of it, but the Australian dollar rules ‘the dollars’ as far as travellers are concerned.”Mr Gale said Australia’s tourism industry needed to better cater for emerging markets by making travel and tourism development easier. “We need to cut through the red tape and regulation and we need to make it easier to come up with new tourism product, whether it is allowing eco-sensitive development in our natural landscapes or new hotels in our cities,” Mr Gale said.”The red tape gets in the way and we can’t offer things that overseas visitors want.”Both Brett Gale and Chris Richardson agree that it is the burgeoning wealth of the global middle class that will improve the outlook for the country’s inbound tourism.last_img read more

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Forty years of excellence for WA tourism

first_imgSource = WA tourism Call for nominations for 2012 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards Industry award named after Sir David BrandNominations for the 2012 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards have opened, Tourism Minister Kim Hames said today.Dr Hames said this year was the 40th anniversary of the awards. Western Australia was the first State or Territory to introduce an annual awards program“These awards are delivered by Tourism Council WA and have a rich history. They were instigated by the WA Department of Tourism in 1972 and named in honour of Sir David Brand, the longest-serving WA Premier,” Dr Hames said.The Minister said by acknowledging and promoting achievements in the industry the State Government was going a long way towards setting the standards visitors expected and deserved.“Providing visitors with top quality products and services is the best way to continue to attract people to the State,” he said.“I encourage all those involved in WA tourism to celebrate your industry and get involved in the 2012 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.”The 40th annual WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Burswood Entertainment Complex on Saturday November 10, 2012. “This will be a spectacular night as we celebrate the past and present achievements of tourism in WA,” Dr Hames said. last_img read more

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MSC Cruises enriched kids entertainment across its fleet

first_imgMSC Cruises enriched kids entertainment across it’s fleetMSC Cruises enriched kids entertainment across it’s fleetMSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa this week announced exciting additions to its already rich on board family offering that include, amongst other, the introduction of an innovative kids sports programme as well as a kids-dedicated interactive cooking class designed with Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco.Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises, commented, “As a family-owned company, from day one we have understood and focused on the importance of offering families and their kids on-board our ships, a holiday that has all the elements that can make it a truly unforgettable family experience, in addition to being stress-free. For this reason, kids-dedicated activities and other family related services have always been an important part of our guest offerings and are strengthened on an on-going basis by further additions – thus making this element of our offering one of the richest at sea.”On-board its entire fleet, MSC Cruises provides a very extensive offering for families and their kids, including dedicated clubs segmented by age group as well as daily entertainment for all ages, family dining options, modern and fun-filled on-board facilities such as aqua parks and pools, bowling alleys and 4D cinemas, in addition to dedicated shore activities designed with the needs of the entire family in mind.New this European summer is the DOREBRO sports programme, an on-board entertainment innovation designed especially for kids to enjoy sport. Children from 3 to 11 years old and teens aged 12 to 17 can join the programme, which is currently running on MSC Cruises ships sailing in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. The programme offers an exciting variety of sports and active games for all levels, broken down in two daily sessions. The programme has been designed in collaboration with King’s Active, the UK-based company expert in designing engaging and fun youth activities to inspire the sports stars of the future.MSC Cruises for FamiliesAlongside this addition, MSC Cruises has also introduced “DOREMI Chef by Carlo Cracco”, a cooking class designed in collaboration with the two-starred Michelin chef Carlo Cracco. Led by MSC Cruises chefs and the on-board MSC Cruises star mascot DOREMI, children aged 3 to 11 will learn, amongst other recipes how to make homemade pasta from scratch while receiving plenty of cooking hints and tips from the globally renowned chef. Upon completion of the course, each child will receive an official mini-chef certificate signed by Carlo Cracco himself, the perfect memento for their MSC Cruises holiday.Finally, MSC Cruises continues to strengthen its wide range of on-board entertainment especially for kids, developed in collaboration with the LEGO Group, the world’s leading toy producer. As part of this on-going relationship, LEGO Group has also recently launched a very special LEGO® MSC Cruises toy of MSC Meraviglia – the Company’s newest next-generation smart ship that commences cruising in the Mediterranean on the 11th June 2017. This LEGO toy – which is available for sale through the on-board MSC Cruises Logo shop – will make the perfect memorable souvenir for any child to relive anywhere his or her MSC Cruises holiday.MSC Cruises also offers, amongst other features, a range of services for babies and young children including the Mini-Club for children under 3 as well as a dedicated childcare service at selected times giving parents the freedom to enjoy the ship, safe in the knowledge that their children are being cared for by dedicated and highly trained staff. Many of these services are offered in collaboration with Chicco® – the leading global baby brand and yet another exclusive MSC Cruises partnership.Cruise the Mediterranean with MSC Cruises’ newest ship, MSC Meraviglia for 2 Adults and 2 children under 12 years of age from AUD$2,756 per family or NZD$3,036 per family departing October 2017 and celebrate an easy European Family escape.Chicco Services For the younger children and babies, Chicco® helps parents handle the schedule of a baby’s day from feeding, napping to changing and more. MSC Cruises has made available through this partnership a wide choice of childcare equipment to make cruising even easier and stress-free for families with babies and toddlers.These services include: Baby equipment throughout the ship including Bottle Warmers, Cribs and Strollers (all free of charge)A Chicco corner in the on-board shop selling everything a parent would need during their holidayMSC BabyTime – a daily programme designed to dedicate playtime between babies and their parentsMSC BabyCare – a daily service that allows parents to leave their babies in the expert and loving care of highly trained staff at selected times when ship is at sea only.A specially designed children’s menu and warm milk available 24 hours a day (for a small charge)Dorebro Sports program ket featuresTwo 45 minutes sports sessions run each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoonSports on offer include football, basketball, baseball, handball and dodge ballA dedicated sports coach trains groups of children in age-appropriate activities (3-6 , 7-11, 12-17 year olds)Parents are invited to join in with fun family activities full of competitions and prizesChildren are able to remember their DOREBRO activities with a range of exciting merchandise including t-shirts and sports bags (surcharges apply)The DOREBRO sports programme also caters for kids at different skill levels, so everyone is able to enjoy a variety of sports to suit them. From fun introduction activities, engaging sports tournaments and sports to social games designed for teens, children can take part and celebrate achievements in something challenging and specifically designed for them.The DOREBRO sports programme is currently available on seven ships in MSC Cruises fleet, and by the end of July 2016 will be available on a total of nine ships. MSC Cruisesdiscover more for kids hereContact UsMarketing Department MSC Cruises (Australia & New Zealand) Pty Limited marketing@msccruises.com.au 1300 028 502 www.msccruises.com.au@MSCCruisesAUSMSC CruisesMSC Cruises, part of the MSC Group is the Swiss-based, world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, sailing year-round in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Cuba. Seasonal itineraries cover Northern Europe, West Indies, South America, South Africa and Arabian Peninsula.The MSC Cruise experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes. Its fleet comprises 12 of the most modern ships at sea: MSC Preziosa; MSC Divina; MSC Splendida; MSC Fantasia; MSC Magnifica; MSC Poesia; MSC Orchestra; MSC Musica; MSC Sinfonia; MSC Armonia; MSC Opera and MSC Lirica.In 2014, MSC Cruises launched an investment plan to support the second phase of its growth through the order of two ships of the Meraviglia generation and two others of the Seaside generation (plus an option for a third) and in February 2016, confirmed the existing options to build a further two Meraviglia Plus ships with an even greater capacity. In April 2016 this rose to €9 billion with the announcement of signing of the letter of intent to build a further four ships, each with next-generation LNG propulsion technology. Consequently, between 2017 and 2026 a total of up to 11 new, next-generation MSC Cruises ships will come into service. MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line brand to develop an investment plan of this length and magnitude, spanning a horizon of over ten years, from 2014 through 2026.MSC Cruises feels a deep responsibility for the environments in which it operates, and was the first company ever to earn the Bureau Veritas “7 Golden Pearls” for superior management and environmental stewardship. In 2009, MSC Cruises began an enduring partnership with UNICEF to support various programmes assisting children worldwide. So far, more than €5m has been collected in voluntary guest donations.Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

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Another record breaking year with IHG Foundation week

first_imgAnother record breaking year with IHG Foundation weekIHG Foundation Week (10-18 September) was another record breaking year with employees from IHG branded hotels and corporate offices all around the world taking part and pledging their support for the IHG Foundation.IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and established the IHG Foundation in 2016 to show the power of hospitality to transform lives for the better. The IHG Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which works to achieve long lasting benefit for communities all around the world.During IHG Foundation Week, employees across the globe pledge their support to the IHG Foundation by organising fun activities. For each activity an employee takes part in, IHG makes a donation to IHG Foundation on their behalf. Leading the pledge global leaderboard this year was the AMEA region with an impressive 657,385 total pledges.Karin Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer at IHG said: “We are delighted with the success of our fundraising activity for the IHG Foundation. The momentum behind the event, the level of support, and the variety of activities our colleagues took part in has been fantastic. This demonstrates the strong sense of shared purpose that is embedded throughout the culture of our organisation”.IHG employees were encouraged to pledge and take part in as many different activities as they could outside of their daily routines. Highlights included:InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort held their own Tour de Resort by keeping a bike going for 24 hoursCrowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley’s team donated teddy bears for kids in hospital, the kitchen provided chicken laksa to the Richmond Soup Kitchen, the spa team pampered the ladies at the retirement facility next door, the properties loyalty manager rode 800 kilometres and the rooms department donated hampers to Nova Employment for their Christmas activities.“Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley has always been a strong supporter of worthy causes within the Hawkesbury Region, however Foundation Week gave each department the opportunity to go one step further in making a difference in a way that was significant to them” said Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley General Manager, David Ross.“It was a real joy to see the expression on the faces of those we touched in the community knowing we were also contributing to a bigger cause”.Launched in February 2016, the IHG® Foundation is doing its part to make local communities better places to be for all. The independent charity focuses its activities on four key areas – helping communities to develop skills in hospitality, providing support for those impacted by disasters, encouraging grassroots community support and protecting the environment.Source = IHG Foundationlast_img read more

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Bundaberg Rum celebrates 130 Years at Spirit of Bundaberg Festival

first_imgSource = Bundaberg Tourism Bundaberg Rum celebrates 130 Years at Spirit of Bundaberg FestivalBundaberg Rum celebrates 130 Years at Spirit of Bundaberg FestivalOn Saturday 13th October the award-winning Spirit of Bundaberg Festival returns even bigger and better to kick off celebrations for Bundaberg Rum’s 130th birthday – and all Bundaberg Rum and food fans are invited.Located on the grounds of the iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery, the family friendly festival will serve up tasty dishes, cocktails and the best in local produce, with more than a dozen rum-inspired food vendors.Crowds will be entertained as local music talent ‘battle it out’ for a major prize of $5k in the Battle of the Sounds competition, which is sure to get everyone into the festival spirit. All attendees are also invited to dress as their favourite ‘Aussie legend’, with the chance to win some great Bundaberg Rum prizes.Festival goers will be the first in the country to get their hands on the limited-edition Bundaberg Rum Small Batch Spiced 130th birthday edition, which is sure to add an extra element of spice to an already pumping day.“130 years making Australia’s favourite rum is another legendary milestone to be celebrated here at the Distillery. We’re so proud of Bundaberg as a region, and this festival is our way of thanking the community and our loyal Bundaberg Rum fans for their ongoing support.”“The limited edition 130th birthday Bundaberg Rum Small Batch Spiced will be available to those at the festival on the day, and Bundaberg Rum Small Batch Spiced will then be released nationwide following the festival. There are plenty of other Australian legends, aside from our rum, and we can’t wait to bring them all together at what has been voted the Best Distillery Event in the World*” says Duncan Littler, Senior Brand Manager for Bundaberg Rum.Showcasing the best of the local food scene, festival goers will enjoy more than a dozen rum-inspired food stalls with dishes such as pork belly glazed in Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Rum spiced sausages, tacos with rum dipping sauce and Dutch pancakes with Salted Caramel Rum Sauce for a deliciously sweet hit.For those with more of an interest in the world famous locally made rum, the distillery store will also be open with exclusive Bundaberg Rum releases found only at the cellar door.Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Spirit of Bundaberg Festival provided a unique experience for visitors – having been voted The World’s Best Distillery Event at the 2016 and 2018 Distillery Experience Awards.“The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival has become an important drawcard for visitors and labelled Australia’s biggest and best food and rum festival,” Ms Jones said. “Bundaberg is well-known for outstanding produce, the Great Barrier Reef and native wildlife experiences. Events like this help us to show the best of what Bundaberg has to offer.”The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival will open to the public with free entry from 10am to 5pm.For more information visit: www.bundabergrum.com.au/sobf.last_img read more

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