Three challenges for the Colombian avocado sector

first_img Three challenges for the Colombian avocado sector … “Based on the market access request submitted by Colombia, we considered the pathway to include the following processes and conditions: washing,” APHIS said.”The risk ratings in this risk assessment are contingent upon the application of all components of the pathway as described in this document.”Although Colombia is a huge producer of mangoes, it only exports a very small proportion of that fruit to overseas markets, with Europe and Canada among its main destinations. Colombia produces mangoes year-round, but with peak volumes arriving in May through September.  Panalpina expands LatAm perishable export network … You might also be interested in Colombia: TR4 suspected on two banana farms … center_img The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency (APHIS) is seeking comments on the draft pest risk assessment it has published for proposed Colombian fresh mango imports.The organization is welcoming comments on the document until May 1.If approved, U.S. importers would be able to source from one of Latin America’s biggest mango-growing countries to complement supplies from countries including Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Australia and Guatemala. Colombia: ICA confirms TR4 quarantine in effect on … April 01 , 2019 last_img read more

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first_imgJuly 09 , 2019 Although SanLucar is anticipating a successful 2018-19 campaign, with 9% forecast sales growth to about 440 million euros (about US$490 million) in sales, the multinational fruit company has decided to overhaul its organizational system.It has announced that it will be eliminating the company’s CEO position for the short- and medium-term. As a result, Michael Brinkmann, who formerly held the role, has left the corporation.Meanwhile, the two founders of SanLucar, Stephan Rötzer and Jorge Peris, will take over management again.With this change, the company says it hopes to concentrate even more on its operations, setting the course for the future.”From field to fork, our priority is to successfully perform all our value chain activities”, says Stephan Rötzer, founder and owner of the company.”That is why we have opted for a structure, in which the best experts in each part of the value chain lead the decision-making process.”He explains that this process starts with the selection of varieties, cultivation and logistics. From there, it progresses to presentation and advice at the point of sale. China imports record banana volume … You might also be interested in SanLucar to expand its specialists’ rolesBy relying on its own specialists, the company believes it’ll be able to provide superior-quality fresh fruit and vegetables.“These experts are already in our management team. And we want to expand their responsibilities to drive our continued growth”, comments Rötzer.“Thanks to their know-how in their respective areas of expertise, we will continue working to differentiate the SanLucar brand in the global fruit and vegetable market”.Though the company is moving forward in a new direction, it has voiced its gratitude for its former CEO.Rötzer says: “We are very grateful to Michael Brinkmann for his dedication and commitment over all these years.”Michael Brinkmann has made a very important contribution to the current structure and also to the positive development of the last years.”He emphasizes the reason for the company’s major revision. “We are convinced that the clear focus on operations will help us to continue to be innovative at all levels.”center_img NZ: T&G Global’s profits drop despite revenue … Agricenter S.R.L. named exclusive distributor of S … Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal … last_img read more

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Travelport and Fiji Airways have signed an agreeme

first_imgTravelport and Fiji Airways have signed an agreement to create a mobile app for the airline that will be powered by Travelport’s new Fusion product.The Fiji Airways app is due to be launched to the public in the second quarter of 2018.“We recognise the importance of mobile engagement and being able to connect with our customers, bringing them highly relevant, personalied information and services they need, at every step of their journey,” said Marc Cavaliere, Chief Commercial Officer of Fiji Airways. “Travelport Fusion allows us to implement this mobile app rapidly.” The agreement gives Fiji Airways access to digital analytics that include booking trends and behaviours, allowing them to adapt their sales and marketing strategies more effectively. appfiji airwaysTravelportlast_img read more

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first_imgPhilippinesresorts The Philippines Department of Tourism has announced that a number of new hotel developments are set to be unveiled in late 2019 and 2020, including Westin Manila Sonata Place and Ritz-Carlton Manila.“With our innumerable tropical islands, far flung beaches, festivals, wildlife sanctuaries, world-renowned dive sites, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historical sites, art precincts, shopping hotspots, and dining and nightlife options, there’s no question that the Philippines’ appeal is growing,” said Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand.“As a country, it is rapidly emerging as the must-see destination in Southeast Asia. We have 7,641 islands for visitors to explore and enjoy and, with travellers constantly seeking new destinations, the Philippines’ popularity is continuing to rise. We already have a beautiful offering of world-class resorts and hotels, however we are excited by the prospect of the new developments that will be unveiled in 2019 and 2020.”Westin Manila Sonata PlaceThe final months of 2019 will see the opening of the Westin Manila Sonata Place. Nestled in Manila’s CBD Ortigas Center of Pasig City, this 30-storey hotel will offer guests 303 rooms, the choice of three eateries, an executive lounge, a spa, gym and swimming pool. The developer is also set to release an offering of upscale private residences in 2021.Hotel Okura ManilaWith proximity to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Hotel Okura is set to be a crowd-favourite for international travellers. Located in the ultra-convenient Resorts World Manila, Newport City, the state-of-the-art hotel will boast 196 spacious rooms and will offer its guests numerous dining options, as well as a pool and fitness facility. It is set to open its doors in the second half of 2019.Sheraton Cebu Mactan ResortThe beachfront Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort in Cebu will be unveiled in September 2019 and will offer 250 sophisticated guestrooms and suites. Hotel features include the “Shine Spa for Sheraton”, three dining venues, an enhanced lobby lounge, and recreation facilities including a terraced swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness facility.Dusit D2 Waves HotelScheduled to open by the final quarter of 2019, Dusit D2 Waves Hotel is the first global hospitality brand under Dusit International to locate in La Union. With approximately 200 rooms, an elegant Olympic-size swimming pool, health and wellness spa plus gym, two world-class restaurants and bars, and a mini cinema, the hotel is located within a 7-hectare luxury residential resort complex. Its arrival is expected to shake up the lifestyle and leisure landscape in San Juan, La Union.Ritz-Carlton ManilaA luxurious revamp and rebrand of the existing Maxim Hotel will give way to the upmarket Ritz-Carlton. The hotel is to be unveiled by the first quarter of 2020 in the expansive Resorts World Manila. The Ritz-Carlton brand has a long and rich history behind it, renowned for its array of luxury hotels and resorts that craft unforgettable travel experiences in the world’s top destinations.Seda HotelsSeda Hotel has announced that it will expand its portfolio in the region over the next two years. In 2019, the Seda brand is set to launch a second tower in Bonifacio Global City (BGC); Seda Residences Makati, and Seda Cebu IT (Information Technology) Park. In 2020, the hotel brand also aims to complete Seda Manila Bay in Aseana City, and a second tower for Seda Nuvali.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith gained some valuable experience in his NFL debut against the Seahawks on Sunday.“It was a great opportunity for me. I just wanted to go out there and show everybody I can play in this league,” said Smith after practice on Monday.Smith carried the ball 17 times for 54 yards rushing and also caught three passes for 21 yards.The Cardinals’ rookie feels his first NFL action reaffirms his belief that he can be a productive NFL back. Comments   Share   center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “Throughout the game, my confidence picked up and now I know I can go in and do what they ask of me. I’m pretty confident in my abilities,” said Smith.Still, Smith knows he needs to improve in certain areas if he’s to become a good all around running back.“I need to get better at protecting these quarterbacks in the league. I need to work on my protection and catching the ball,” said Smith.Still, given Beanie Wells’ penchant for getting injured, it should give the Cardinals hope that their first year player can fill in when called upon.“I showed them they can depend on me to go in there if Beanie goes down,” said Smith.However, Smith wasn’t satisfied with his performance on Sunday.“I’m going to grade it as an “F” because we lost. I didn’t do enough to help the team win,” said Smith.“I’m going to be my worst critic and just say I need to do better.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Here’s what the rest of the staff looks like:Amos Jones – Special teams coordinatorJames Bettcher – Outside linebackersBrentson Buckner – Defensive lineMike Caldwell – LinebackersRick Christophel – Tight endsDarryl Drake – Wide receiversKevin Garver – Offensive assistantSteve Heiden – Assistant special teams/assistant tight endsStump Mitchell – Running backsTom Pratt – Pass rush specialistNick Rapone – Defensive backsKevin Ross – CornerbacksLarry Zierlein – Assistant offensive lineFreddie Kitchens, who was on Ken Whisenhunt’s staff as the tight ends coach, now shifts to quarterbacks and Ryan Slowik moves from outside linebackers coach to defensive assistant/assistant defensive backs.Strength and conditioning coordinator John Lott and conditioning coach Pete Alosi were retained in those roles.As Cardinals vice president of media relations Mark Dalton tweeted, this is a very experienced group of coaches assembled by Arians.New @azcardinals staff has 196 combined yrs coaching exp at college level, 191 yrs NFL coaching exp & 66 yrs NFL playing exp— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) February 5, 2013 When Bruce Arians was introduced as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals January 18, he stated at his press conference that he’d like to have his new coaching staff in place by the end of that weekend.It didn’t happen quite that fast, but Arians did fill out his coaching staff Tuesday afternoon.We knew that Todd Bowles was the defensive coordinator, Harold Goodwin the offensive coordinator and Tom Moore was the assistant head coach and offensive assistant, but 13 new members of the staff were revealed. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “And learning from the coaches and the NFL staffs, I would be ready. And from my veteran teammates, too. There’s no doubt in my mind (that I’d be ready).”If the Cardinals do in fact take Carr, odds are the plan would be to have him sit and learn for at least one season. It’s not necessarily an easy thing for a three-year collegiate starter to handle, but something the future draft pick would be able to handle.“If the scenario played out to where I did have to sit out and learn from a guy like Carson or guys like that, then I’m still going to be the same guy,” he said. “Of course it’s going to be hard, of course being the competitor I am it’s going to be really hard.“But I can promise you that starter will get better because I’m going to be out there working my tail off every day trying to take his job, knowing my role is to learn from him for that amount of time.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With more than two weeks until the NFL Draft, there is still plenty of time for prospects to see their stock go up and down.It’s like a roller coaster, really, and nobody can get off until May 8, at the earliest. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr is one of the prospects expected to have their name called that night — or the night after, at the latest — and at this point he’s just ready to know where he’ll be playing next season. LISTEN: Derek Carr- Fresno State quarterback center_img “All the traveling, going to this team, going to that team,” he told the Dan Bickley Show with Vince Marotta Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, “you know, really, you just want to finally get your routine down.”For football players especially, routines are a very important part of their lives. But it’s pretty much impossible to keep one as you are preparing for the draft, and Carr said much of the time is spent trying to find hotel gyms to workout in. Carr isn’t so much nervous about the upcoming draft as he is ready for it to happen.“I just want to get on a team and get my routine going and get to work,” he said.And while he doesn’t really care what team he ends up with, Carr said the Arizona Cardinals would be an exciting option.Go through enough mock drafts, and some have the Cardinals using their first-round pick — number 20 overall — on the 6-foot-3 signal caller. “I would love it, oh my goodness,” Carr said of the possibility of coming to Arizona. “Especially learning from a guy in Coach Arians and their whole staff. And learning from Carson, what an opportunity that would be, to learn from a great quarterback like Carson.” Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carr added that given that the California roots he and Palmer share give them something else in common, and that couldn’t hurt. But with Palmer on the roster entrenched as the starter, would the Cardinals spend their first pick on a quarterback? Carr, who is the brother of former number one overall pick David Carr, is coming off a season in which he completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 5,082 yards and 50 touchdowns. He passed for a ridiculous 12,730 yards and 113 touchdowns in three seasons as a starter at Fresno State, numbers that certainly give the impression of a franchise quarterback. Palmer is that guy for the Cardinals right now, but at 34 he’s in no way the long-term answer, meaning a player of Carr’s caliber could prove to be useful down the road.However, when a team views itself as a contender who may just need one or two more pieces who can contribute right away, it may not make much sense to draft someone with an eye on the future.Though Carr is confident he could help a team right now.“If I need to come in and start and help a football team, I’m ready to do that. There’s no doubt in my mind I’m ready to do that. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgWhen you talk about surprises in training camp, start with John Brown. Nobody expected a third-round receiver from Pittsburg St. to come in and absorb the offense the way he did. He’s the talk of camp, still; which speaks to how rare it is to come into the NFL from a small school and do what he’s done.But then there’s Bruce Gaston. Gaston is an undrafted rookie free agent from Purdue. He’s 6-2, 310-pounds, and he is explosive. Gaston is quick off the ball and has a speed to power ratio that belies his draft status. Gaston has flashed ever since the Cards put the pads on and popped in the mouth guard. He’s done well in 1-on-1 drills working against the O-lineman. But he really showed up in the goal line scrum at Fan Fest. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img This is how rookies make teams — especially undrafted rookies. You have to “pop;” you have to get the coaches’ attention and make them notice you. And many times rookies get the attention they need only to have it drift away when the preseason games start — unless they have unearthed a key discovery about themselves.Gaston is Exhibit “A” when it comes to rookies making the transition, mentally, from college to the NFL. In order to get the most out of your ability you need to be confident and you get confident by doing and having success while you’re DOING. Having success while doing carries an epiphany for many players: I can play with these guys…I belong here…I can do this. Every player, from first-round pick Deone Buccannon to undrafted free agent rookie Bruce Gaston, has got to have that football epiphany. You have to say at night, when you lie down and it’s you and the pillow, I belong here. I think Gaston has had that moment. Let’s see if it translates this Saturday. – / 13 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Tune in to Weekend Tod

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterTune in to Weekend Today over the next four weeks to enjoy the highlights of David Whitehill’s river cruise on board Scenic Diamond in beautiful Bordeaux.Watch David as he experiences the spectacular scenery, fascinating history and delicious food and wine from the famed Bordeaux region of southwest France. Including the picturesque town of Saint-Émilion; the riverside towns of Blaye and Bourg; Arcachon – the jewel in France’s western coastline; and the World Heritage-listed city of Bordeaux.Weekend Today is on Saturday 20 and 27 February, and 5, 12 and 19 March on Channel 9 and WIN, 9.50am (AEST).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterQatar Airways’ flagship A380 aircraft touched down in Perth for the very first time this week.Now in its sixth year of operation, the deployment of the superjumbo on the Perth-Doha route will add an additional 300 seats daily, an increase of more than 44%. Perth is also Qatar Airways’ third gateway in Australia to fly the 517-seater aircraft, following Sydney and Melbourne. Qatar Airways also flies the A350 daily to Adelaide and the B777 to Canberra.Qatar Airways senior manager for Australasia, Adam Radwanski, said: “Our Australia footprint has grown tremendously in the last two years, bearing testament to the country’s robust travel demand. We are hence delighted to fly our iconic A380 aircraft to Perth, offering Western Australia travellers an unparalleled travel experience on board their entire journey with us. Passengers whose final destinations are in Europe can do so on board our ultra-modern fleet featuring the A380s, the A350s, the Dreamliner B787s and the Qsuite-equipped B777 planes after transiting through Hamad International Airport, one of only six five-star airports in the world.”Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown said: “The A380 is the largest commercial aircraft and Qatar Airways’ decision to utilise it on this route, strengthens its commitment to the Perth market. The larger aircraft will add almost 109,000 additional seats annually providing an extraordinary opportunity to bring more international tourists to our capital city and our state. This is a quality aircraft being operated by one of the world’s top airlines and with Qatar Airways’ major sectors beyond Doha being London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Rome and Paris, this opens up new opportunities to attract more tourists from the European market.”Featuring a tri-class configuration of seating in First, Business and Economy Class over two decks, the A380 features a luxurious First Class cabin, one of the largest onboard lounges in the sky, the world’s best Business Class offering and a spacious Economy Class cabin for 517 passengers.Qatar Airways has also put in great effort to optimise the A380 for passenger wellness. Besides quiet, spacious cabins, passengers can also enjoy an extensive dining menu on board. First and Business Class passengers can indulge in an on-demand à la carte menu, with a signature caviar service available for First Class customers. All passengers can enjoy Qatar Airways award-winning Oryx One on-demand entertainment system featuring up to 4000 entertainment options.The launch of the A380 service comes in tandem with a series of recent announcements by Qatar Airways to expand its global network. The new A380 service will allow more passengers to connect seamlessly to Qatar Airways UK and Ireland network, offering passengers seamless access to Dublin and five UK gateways: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cardiff.The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, with a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIn celebration of its partnership with chic French dining phenomenon Diner en Blanc, Marriott International has introduced a new cocktail and dining series across its Sydney properties, inspired by the event’s French heritage and exclusive all-white theme.The chefs and bartenders at Marriott International’s five city properties – Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, The Westin Sydney, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park, and Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – have created their very own Diner en Blanc-inspired menus, available from today in the lead-up to the white pop-up picnic, taking place on 17 November.Scallops and pork – Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Central Park“We are absolutely delighted to announce that Marriott International is the official 2018 hotel partner for Diner en Blanc in Sydney, and thrilled to present a new menu in celebration of, and inspired by, the event’s French culture and striking white aesthetic,” said Florencia Aimo, Area Director of Marketing, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International.The White Burger – Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection“Marriott International shares Diner en Blanc’s passion for extraordinary events and exceptional cuisine, and we saw this partnership as a natural extension of our food and beverage offering here in Sydney. At Marriott we appreciate how closely food and travel are entwined, and our focus is on expanding and enhancing our dining venues by working with local profiles, events and suppliers to present fresh and engaging experiences to our guests.”The Picnic in the Park – Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde ParkThe new Diner en Blanc cocktails will be available at Sydney hotels until 26 January 2019 and are designed to invoke thoughts of springtime picnics in the French countryside. Each hotel has its own guest Diner en Blanc cocktail, incorporating a signature French infusion of flavours like Lillet Blanc, Cointreau or St. Germain Elderflower eau-de-vie.Marriott International’s all-white dining menu joins the cocktail menu for a limited period, and will be available across the city until 30 November 2018.Lemon Drop by Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph CollectionFor attendees wanting to stay at one of Marriott International’s Sydney properties following Diner en Blanc, there is also an exclusive overnight package starting from $280.Diner en Blanc has become a cultural icon since its inception 30 years ago in Paris, when founder François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant picnic, asking them to dress in white. Since that first dinner, the event has grown to more than 70 cities worldwide.Participation in the Diner en Blanc event is either by personal referral or wait-list invitation only, and its exclusivity draws crowds of some 20,000 in Sydney each year. The event location changes annually, and is a closely guarded secret, to be revealed only as attendees in white descend for the city’s most anticipated and stylish pop-up picnic.For more information regarding Marriott’s Diner en Blanc cocktail and dining collection, or to book a stay, visit www.meeteatdrink.com.au/whats-on.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedWorld’s biggest Britophiles revealed by SkyscannerWith British Tourism Week (15th-21st March 2010), Skyscanner reveals which of our foreign friends have the most love for the UK.Turning Staycationers into Vacationers: the global battle for international touristsThe global recession has led to an increasing trend for staycationsTurkey expecting recovery in tourism numbersTurkey expecting recovery in tourism numbers Skyscanner investigates which countries like to flash their cash the most when they travel – Germans in the lead, but China is hot on their trail.Skyscanner investigates which countries like to flash their cash the most when they travel – Germans in the lead, but China is hot on their trail.With the world economy apparently on the road to recovery, tourism will play a huge part in many countries’ income and competition is high to capture the biggest share of that market. International tourism is on track for a rebound with growth of 3-4% projected for 2010 – a welcome recovery after 2009’s slump.But when it comes to international travels, who spends the most and where should travel and tourism organisations be targeting their marketing budgets to attract the big spenders?At number one, it’s the Germans who spend over $90 billion a year on their travels, a disproportionate amount compared to their population which numbers just over 80 million, less than a third of the next biggest spenders – the USA, who splash $79.7 billion a year on holidays. Known for tipping big in restaurant and bars, Americans certainly know how to spend.In third place it’s the UK who splurge $68.5 billion to escape the UK on cheap flights each year. No doubt the lure of sun and sand plays a huge part in the mass exodus, with Spain by far our favourite holiday escape. This is also backed up by recent Skyscanner stats, with cheap flights to Malaga topping the most popular searched in January.France, which is also the world’s most popular country in terms of tourist arrivals, empty their wallets of $42.1 per year, whilst the Chinese spend $36.2 billion annually on their travels.China is part of a new force of international tourists. The country’s huge economic boom over the last decade has created a new middle class and with travel restrictions now a distant memory, more and more Chinese are taking advantage of their new found wealth and travelling the world – normally in tour groups.Italy, Japan, Canada, Russia and the Netherlands made up the rest of the ten big spenders list.Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and business director commented:“It will be very interesting to see how tourist spending changes since the downturn. So far, the latest figures show that only the Japanese spent less on international tourism than the previous year. China is fast rising, spending 21% more on their global travels, and are likely set to grow even more. Meanwhile, it’s the Germans who remain the world’s biggest spending tourists, and there would have to be significant change for anyone else to catch up with them.”1. Germany – $91.0 billion (+2%)2. USA – $79.7 billion (+4.4%)3. UK – $68.5 billion (+4.4%)4. France – $43.1 billion (+9.6%)5. China – $36.2 billion (+21.4%)6. Italy – $30.8 billion (+4.9%)7. Japan – $27.9 billion (-7.9%)8. Canada – $26.9 billion (+8.4%)9. Russia – $24.9 billion (+11.8%)10. Netherlands – $21.7 billion (+9.2%)Amount spent on international tourism in USD (latest figures 2008), according to The World Tourism Organisation.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Related Australia crowned king at Skyscanner Trave

first_img RelatedAustralia crowned king at Skyscanner Travel AwardsAustralia crowned king at Skyscanner Travel AwardsHead down under to banish the bluesSkyscanner has shown that Brits who escaped to Australia on holiday were happier than in any other country.Skyscanner Travel Trends July 2010: the Indian and Australian advanceSkyscanner Travel Trends July 2010: the Indian and Australian advance When it comes to choosing the perfect holiday, men and women can go off in distinctly different directions, the latest survey from Skyscanner can reveal.Whilst Thailand tops the charts as the country that most men want to visit, for women the South East Asian country only ranks fifth.And whilst India is number five in the men’s charts, the sub-continent does not even feature in the women’s top ten. Likewise, Austria charts at number seven for the ladies, but does not appear in the guy’s favourites.New Zealand, which is fourth for women, only appears at number eight for men.Over 400 people responded to the survey, where it was found that gender really does have an effect on desired destination. To keep both parties happy, couples looking for holiday harmony should book flights to Australia, the USA or Italy, which all ranked highly for both sexes. Top destinations for men1. Thailand2. USA3. Australia4. Italy5. India6. Japan7. Spain8. New Zealand9. Egypt10. Norway Top destinations for women1. USA2. Australia3. Italy4. New Zealand5. Thailand6. Japan7. Austria8. Croatia9. Canada10. GreeceInterestingly, Skyscanner search data for the most popular destinations shows that flights to Spain top the charts. While only 17% of men claim they call the holiday shots, and the majority of couples believe destination choice is a joint decision, Spain was actually the seventh most popular destination for men but didn’t even make the women’s top ten, proving perhaps that men have more holiday power than they realise, or admit to!Once on holiday more compromise is required because although both sexes agreed that sightseeing and dining were the favoured holiday pastimes, gender stereotypes then come into play. Sunbathing is the third top choice for women, while men only rank it as sixth in their pastime preferences. Shopping is the fifth most popular holiday pastime for women while men were far less keen on hitting the shops, scoring it as the ninth most popular pastime. Men however seem to enjoy a drink on holiday with this pastime taking the fourth spot, while women ranked it in only ninth.Top 5 activities for men1. Sightseeing2. Dining3. Wildlife and nature4. Drinking5. Sport and ActivitiesTop 5 activities for women1. Sightseeing2. Dining3. Sunbathing4. Wildlife and nature5. ShoppingReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Skyscanner has been named one of the Sunday Times

first_imgSkyscanner has been named one of the Sunday Times Best 100 Small Companies to Work securing 86th place.Skyscanner were one of just two Scottish companies and one of just three businesses in the travel sector to make the grade.The awards list the top 100 small companies in the UK according to their performance in eight key indicators: staff engagement, leadership, relationship with management, personal growth, wellbeing, teamwork, corporate responsibility, job engagement and fair treatment of staff.Skyscanner offers excellent career development opportunities in an innovative and free-thinking environment and prides itself on being a non-corporate, creative, diverse and respectful workplace. Chief Executive Gareth Williams commented:“We are delighted to have been recognised in the top 100 list and it’s a true indicator of the team at Skyscanner pulling together to create a productive and enjoyable working environment.“We’re extremely lucky to have received this accolade given we have grown so rapidly in the last year. It really just shows how much we truly value the people we work with.”Skyscanner is currently recruiting exceptional individuals for a variety of roles including market development executives for Turkey, India, Poland, Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, Ukraine and Taiwan and technology roles ranging from Database Developer-Operations to Web Scrapers.Want to work for one of the best 100 companies in the UK?Visit www.skyscanner.net/jobs for a list of the latest opportunities.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner is a great place to work: it’s official!Skyscanner scoops string of honours in UK’s biggest employer awards.Skyscanner AwardsSkyscanner have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards. Here are our most recent wins:Skyscanner: officially a great place to workWe’ve been awarded another great place to work award. So what makes us different?last_img read more

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Clearwater Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgClearwater, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAvantair Inc., the industry leader of fractional aircraft ownership in the light jet cabin category and the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator, today announced that its entire fleet of Piaggio Avantis will soon feature high speed Internet. The company is currently enabling its fleet for Wi-Fi and expects the installations to be completed over the next several months.“From email to movies and music, so much of people’s lives today require Internet connectivity,” said Avantair Chief Executive Officer Steven Santo. “Business travelers are always looking for opportunities to make the most productive use of their in-flight time. Simply being airborne can no longer be an obstacle to online access and we are pleased to rollout this feature for our customers.”Avantair has selected the ATG 5000 communications system made by Aircell, the world’s leading provider of inflight connectivity. The ATG 5000 covers the full continental U.S. above 10,000 feet AGL and portions of Alaska. The system provides fast mobile broadband connection speeds via a seamless nationwide network of ground stations. Its superior connection makes it easy for users to download files with attachments, access VPNs, surf the Internet and talk on the phone at the same time.“The Avantair family is very excited to provide this new technology that will make our customers’ digital lives seamless from the tarmac to 41,000 feet,” added Santo.Adding Wi-Fi for passengers follows another recent advancement for Avantair. The company recently received FAA approval for usage of electronic flight bags (EFBs) for flight crews. Avantair is equipping its flight crews with Apple iPad 2s as their EFBs, which will allow the pilots to eliminate cumbersome charts and manuals and simply replace them with the technologically enhanced tablets that allow for real time updates. This is yet another first for the company and another way to make Avantair even more “green” by going paperless.www.avantair.comlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTwo hotels in the Trump Hotel Collection were awarded today the coveted Five Diamond status from AAA: Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York and Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago. The distinction comes on the heels of a multimillion-dollar renovation of the brand’s New York flagship hotel and less than three years after the Chicago property’s triumphant debut. Trump International Hotel & Tower New York’s signature restaurant, Jean Georges, was also awarded the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond designation.“This is a great honor and a tremendous reflection on the tireless dedication of the teams at both our New York and Chicago hotels,” said Donald J. Trump, chairman and president, The Trump Organization. “The Trump Hotel Collection includes only the world’s best hotels and to earn two AAA Five Diamond ratings while the brand is so young proves that our instincts are on target. I’m extremely proud of our hotels, and confident that its newer additions are on the path to similar recognition.”Among the most well-known and respected trademarks in the global travel industry, the AAA Five Diamond status is the highest-possible rating bestowed by the travel authority, which conducts annual evaluations of hotels and restaurants across North America. According to AAA, the Five Diamond rating is reserved for hotels that meet “impeccable standards of excellence,” from first-class accommodations and extraordinary physical attributes to personalized services and amenities that exceed guest expectations. Only .5% of hotels in the world receive the highly coveted Five Diamond rating.www.trumphotelcollection.comlast_img read more

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first_img Rebecca Eaton, left, Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch (via satellite) participate in the “The Child in Time” panel during the PBS Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Benedict Cumberbatch returning as Sherlock? It’s a mystery by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2018 4:53 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img PASADENA, Calif. – Benedict Cumberbatch had a ready answer when asked when he might star in another “Sherlock” on PBS.“Goodbye,” he said, pleasantly, as he darted out of camera range during a satellite Q&A Wednesday.Cumberbatch was speaking to TV critics from London about a very different drama he stars in and produced, “The Child in Time.” The TV movie, based on Ian McEwan’s novel about a couple whose child is kidnapped, co-stars Kelly Macdonald and debuts April 1 on public television stations.Macdonald, who had flown in from her native Glasgow, Scotland, to promote the TV film, said she’d confessed to Cumberbatch that she was “a huge” fan of his modern-day Sherlock.She’s got her own connection with the fictional British sleuth: Macdonald plays Sherlock’s housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes, opposite Will Ferrell’s detective and John C. Reilly’s Dr. Watson in the big-screen comedy “Holmes and Watson,” set for release later this year.Cumberbatch was asked about how he manages a busy work schedule that includes the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” and launching a production company.“Don’t worry, don’t worry,” he replied. “Worry’s like trying to get someone on a rocking horse. It’s a bit silly. “last_img read more

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first_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2018 1:12 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Logan Paul resurfaces on YouTube with anti-suicide video NEW YORK, N.Y. – YouTube star Logan Paul has returned to YouTube with a 7-minute suicide prevention video he hopes will “make a difference in the world.”Paul was suspended by YouTube after posting video of him in a forest in Japan near what seemed to be a body hanging from a tree. The location is known in Japan as a frequent site for suicides.He returned to the video sharing platform Wednesday with a new video in which he speaks to suicide prevention experts and offers steps to help others, seeking to “further understand the complexity surrounding suicide.”Said Paul: “It’s time to learn from the past as I get better and grow as a human being. I’m here to have a hard conversation so that those who are suffering have easier ones.”last_img read more

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first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 10:22 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tell Cardi B she’s nominated for a Grammy and the breakthrough rapper will quickly remind you: She’s actually nominated for two.The chart-topping rapper performed late Thursday at a pre-Grammy party held by her record label’s parent company, Warner Music Group. And when the DJ said she “got nominated for a Grammy,” she corrected him.“Two of them,” she said.The 25-year-old performer celebrated her first pair of Grammy nominations at The Grill in New York City with a performance of her five hit songs, also giving the audience a dose of her humour and likable personality.She was energetic as she kicked off the performance with her verse on the remix to Bruno Mars’ anthemic and upbeat “Finesse.” In a black ensemble, she worked the stage with two background dancers, running through her hits that have dominated on radio and streaming services, from “Bartier Cardi” to “No Limit,” a collaboration with G-Eazy and A$AP Rocky.Cardi B currently has five songs in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including three in the Top 10 (“Finesse” is No. 4; “No Limit” is No. 7; and “MotorSport” with Migos and Nicki Minaj is No. 10).Her major label debut single, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” topped the Hot 100 last year and made her the first solo female rapper to hit No. 1 since Lauryn Hill in 1998. The song is nominated for best rap song and best rap performance at Sunday’s Grammy Awards — pitting her against Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar.“It’s the Grammys — hope a (girl) take one. Let me take it to the Bronx,” she said to the crowd.Cardi B thanked her label, Atlantic Records, at the event, where attendees included singers Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Rita Ora, Ciara, Kimbra and Bebe Rexha; country music group Little Big Town; Oscar- and Tony-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and rapper Gucci Mane.The rapper said before she signed to Atlantic “a lot of these labels were trying to play me … they were trying to sign me for $50,000.”“‘Love and Hip Hop’ was paying me that,” said Cardi B to laughs, referring to the VH1 reality show she starred on, which helped her fame grow after the former stripper developed a following on social media.Cardi B, who has released several mixtapes, is set to release her debut album this year. She will perform with Mars at the Grammys, airing live on CBS from Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday.“Y’all wanna know something y’all rich (people), if I (mess) up tomorrow I can still go to the strip club,” she said.___Online:http://www.grammy.com______For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason Cardi B celebrates Grammy nods, hit songs at label partycenter_img Model Winnie Harlow attends the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party at The Grill/The Pool on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) last_img read more

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first_img LONDON – A paperback copy of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” used by the judge in the U.K. obscenity trial of the novel’s publisher is expected to sell at auction for up to 15,000 pounds ($20,000), auctioneer Sotheby’s said Wednesday.Penguin Books was prosecuted in 1960 for publishing D.H. Lawrence’s book about an affair between a wealthy woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, a landmark in the frank literary depiction of sexuality.A prosecution lawyer infamously asked in court whether it was “a book that you would … wish your wife or your servants to read?”It took jurors just three hours of deliberation to find Penguin not guilty, and the case came to be seen as a landmark victory for freedom of speech and a sign of changing social mores.The copy being sold by Sotheby’s in London on Oct. 30 comes with a damask bag hand-stitched by Dorothy Byrne, the wife of judge Lawrence Byrne, so that press photographers could not snap the judge with the scandalous tome.It also includes a sheet of paper with Dorothy Byrne’s handwritten notes detailing the book’s explicit passages, with descriptions — “love making,” ”coarse” — and page numbers. Copy of ‘Lady Chatterley’ used at obscenity trial for sale by The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2018 5:59 am PDT Last Updated Sep 26, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FILE – In this B/W file photo dated Oct. 27, 1960, a queue forms outside The Old Bailey Central Criminal Court, in London, for admission to the public gallery where the “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” case is resuming. A paperback copy of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence’s, used by the judge in the book’s landmark U.K. obscenity trial is expected to sell at auction for up to 15,000 pounds ($20,000) by Sotheby’s on Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/File) last_img read more

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