Vatican No 2 urges AIDS cure sidesteps condom

first_imgPope Benedict XVI made headlines in 2010 when he said a male prostitute who intends to use a condom might be taking a first step toward greater responsibility because he is looking out for the welfare of his partner. The Vatican insisted he wasn’t justifying condom usage to prevent HIV spread.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories center_img VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican’s No. 2 official has called for universal, free access to drugs to combat HIV and for investments into finding a cure.But Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, made no mention of condoms in a speech Friday at an international AIDS conference in Rome. And he made no explicit reference to the Vatican’s traditional position that the best way to prevent HIV transmission is to abstain from sex before marriage and remain faithful within marriage. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

2 Thais get life in prison for killing Australian

first_imgBANGKOK (AP) – Two Thai men were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for murdering an Australian tourist they were trying to rob on one of Thailand’s most popular resort islands.The Phuket provincial court initially sentenced the men to the maximum penalty of death but commuted it to life imprisonment because they had confessed to killing 60-year-old Michelle Smith, said prosecutor Wiwat Kitjaruk. One told reporters later he didn’t kill her, and both said they would appeal. Top Stories Smith had traveled to Phuket from Perth, Australia with colleagues to survey the island for their travel agency. She was walking back to her hotel after dinner on June 20 with a friend when two men on a passing motorcycle tried to steal her pocketbook.Streetside surveillance cameras captured the attack: The motorcycle slowed alongside Smith as the bike passenger attempted to grab her bag, but Smith resisted.Surasak Suwannachote, 26, jumped off the backseat of the motorcycle and stabbed Smith repeatedly before racing back onto the moving bike.Smith collapsed and died shortly afterward.Surasak and the motorcycle driver, Surin Tabthong, 37, both admitting to attacking Smith. Surasak told police he had intended to slash her pocketbook strap and never meant to hurt her.On Wednesday, the two men showed little sign of remorse. Speaking to reporters through the bars of a prison van, both men said they planned to appeal. Surin said, “I didn’t do it,” despite having confessed to the crime.Smith’s traveling companion, 45-year-old Tammy Lee Lynn, suffered a gash on her arm while trying to aid Smith. She required hospitalization but was well enough to return home.Thailand’s top police officials were assigned to the case, showing the importance authorities placed on prosecuting the killers in an attempt to protect the country’s tourist-friendly image. Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Quick workouts for men More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Unification Church founders condition worsens

first_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   A respiratory specialist was traveling to South Korea from the church hospital in Japan, and Moon was moved Friday to CheongShim International Medical Center in the town of Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeol said. Doctors in Seoul told the church they cannot cure Moon.Moon has developed new complications since being hospitalized for pneumonia at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital earlier this month, church officials said. The complications involve Moon’s kidneys and liver, but officials didn’t elaborate further.“Our prayers will hopefully work better in Gapyeong,” Ahn said.To help treat Moon, CheongShim will receive whatever intensive care equipment it doesn’t have from Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, Ahn said.Moon’s church and its mass weddings gained fame around the world after the church’s foundation in 1954. Moon claims he was 15 when Jesus Christ personally called on him to complete his unfinished work.Moon’s last major public appearance was last month when he took part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Peace Cup soccer tournament sponsored by his church in South Korea.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s condition has worsened and the Unification Church moved its founder to a church-owned hospital near his home, officials said Friday.The church said it was also bringing in a specialist from Japan to try to treat Moon’s pneumonia and increase his chances of recovery.Moon, 92, is a self-proclaimed messiah whose church runs a worldwide multibillion-dollar religious and business empire that includes The Washington Times newspaper, the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, Bridgeport University in Connecticut and hospitals in South Korea and Japan. Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Father defends taking Kan children to Gaza Strip

first_imgAssociated PressWICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A divorced Palestinian man accused of illegally moving his three young children from their Kansas home to the Gaza Strip insists they are safe despite the ongoing bombings his 9-year-old daughter describes hearing while playing with her Barbie dolls.Ahmed Abuhamda was charged in Kansas with aggravated interference with parental custody after he took his children overseas earlier this year amid a custody dispute with their American mother. He told The Associated Press in an interview that while he believes the family is in no real danger, as a Muslim he has taught his children that everybody has to die one day. The initial divorce decree allowed Abuhamda to move the children overseas, provided he had their mother’s permission. Abuhamda has denied all wrongdoing and has steadfastly insisted his ex-wife knew he was not returning with the children. Gonzales said that’s untrue.Abuhamda told AP that the children want to stay with him in Gaza where they have family who love and care about them. He said he allows them to talk with their mother when she calls.“She is still their mother,” he said. “I am not going to cut all the relations between the kids and their mother.”Gonzales said she recently put up her children’s Christmas stockings at the Kansas home. Their bedrooms have remained untouched, left just as the children left them. On the Christmas tree is a mismatched ornament that her middle son got last year at the local Hallmark factory during a visit there a year ago with his mother.“It is hard for me because I don’t have my kids. My kids need to be home, and I don’t have that,” Gonzales said. “I don’t have anybody helping me or even giving me a hope that they are going to return back to the States safely.” 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Under the couple’s 2008 divorce decree, the children _ who in addition to Jannah include her brothers 14-year-old Jehed and 11-year-old Edhem _lived with the father and the mother had visitation rights. Last month, the mother was granted temporary sole legal custody and residential placement of the children, court documents show.The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children put the children’s pictures and information on their online postings of family abductions.But the Kansas mother has limited political and legal means available to her in the Gaza Strip, a largely isolated and impoverished Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. The Gaza Strip is a densely populated coastal enclave of 1.7 million people.Gonzales said the U.S. State Department has told her it can’t send anybody into the Gaza Strip to do a welfare check or get the children and has advised her not to go there to get them herself.“It really, really bothers me that nobody can do anything about it,” she said. “These are American kids … and nobody is helping me at all.”A federal court filing alleges Abuhamda used his sister’s wedding in Gaza to convince his ex-wife to sign off on passport applications for the children. He picked up the three children from school Feb. 21, but instead of returning the children in March, he unlawfully kept them in Gaza, according to court documents. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice “The kids they accept whatever is going on here and they know that if their time is coming, it is going to come no matter what,” Abuhamda, 40, said in the interview Tuesday. “Nothing is going to stop it.”But such talk only heightens fears for the children’s safety from their already distraught mother, Bethany Gonzales, who lives in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.“How do you say to your kids, `If you die then it is OK?’ You don’t talk to your kids like that,” Gonzales said. “You are supposed to be encouraging and nurturing your kids and, you know, wanting them to grow up and have a future.”Despite the threat of bombings from Israel following Gaza’s intensifying rocket attacks, Abuhamda said his family is living in a part of the city he believes is safer than the border areas.Still, evidence of the ongoing conflict is within earshot. Nine-year-old Jannah Abuhamda told AP in a phone call from Gaza that she can hear the barrage of bombings as she plays with her Barbie dolls in her father’s home, but insists she is not scared.“It is normal, like if I didn’t go to school,” Jannah said. “I still do my homework. I study for my tests, even (with) bombings.” ___Online:National Center for Missing & Exploited Children poster: 0 Comments   Share   last_img

UN body Around halfmillion Syrians now refugees

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. refugee agency says about 84,000 people fled the escalating civil war in Syria in December alone, bringing the total number of those displaced since the beginning of the 22-month-old conflict to around half a million.The agency said Wednesday that the number of registered refugees rose from about 394,000 to 478,000 within a month. If those still awaiting registration are included, around 569,000 people have fled Syria for neighboring countries. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Sponsored Stories It says Turkey hosts the largest group of registered Syrian refugees, totaling almost 150,000 as of Jan. 1. Some 130,000 people have fled to Lebanon, and another 120,000 to Jordan. Iraq hosts some 68,000 refugees.Separately, another U.N. body said new figures suggest more than 60,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, topping activists’ estimate of 45,000.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Thousands in Greece march in memory of 1973 revolt

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ErrorOK ErrorOK 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories ErrorOK ErrorOKAccording to generally conservative police estimates, about 10,000 mostly leftist, anarchist and union supporters joined one march in Athens and a similar number of Communist Party supporters marched separately. In the northern city of Thessaloniki, an estimated 13,000 have turned out, with no incidents reported.Both marches in the capital ended outside the U.S. Embassy, about 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) from the National Technical University of Athens, widely known as the Polytechnic, the center of the 1973 revolt. Most Greeks still blame the U.S. for supporting the 1967-74 military regime.The revolt was crushed when a tank stormed through the university’s gates in the early hours of Nov. 17, 1973. The number of fatalities is still disputed; at the time, the regime had announced 15 dead.A prosecutor’s report issued the following year, after the return to civilian government, estimated fatalities at 34, but mentioned only 18 names. There were over 1,100 injured.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Tens of thousands joined peaceful marches through Greece’s two biggest cities Sunday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a bloody student uprising against the then dictatorship.Previous marches had been marked by riots and running battles between anarchists and riot police, but this year’s commemoration went off without incident, partly thanks to heavy police presence. In Athens, 9,000 police were deployed and 99 people were detained provisionally before the start of the marches. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Elections in Suriname to decide govt for next 5 years

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Earlier this year, a U.S. judge sentenced Bouterse’s son Dino to serve over 16 years in prison after he admitted that he offered a home base in Suriname to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The son, whose father once picked him to lead a counterterrorist unit, said he was motivated by money and pleaded guilty.There are 353,000 registered voters in the country of roughly 550,000 people. The Organization of American States, the Caribbean Community and several other groups have sent observer missions.Results were expected Tuesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Bouterse promised a landslide victory in Monday’s election. His party needs a two-thirds majority of 34 seats in Parliament for him to be automatically re-elected as party leader without forging a coalition.Bouterse’s biggest rival is Chan Santokhi, a former justice minister who leads a new opposition coalition that calls itself the V7 alliance. Santokhi and his coalition accuse the government of corruption and such bad financial mismanagement that public debt has increased from roughly $295 million in 2010 to $1.7 billion now.Bouterse has loomed over Surinamese politics for decades. He first came to power in 1980, when he led a coup that saw the constitution suspended and Parliament dissolved just five years after independence from the Netherlands. Under international pressure he allowed the return of civilian rule in 1987, only to launch a second coup in 1990.His strategic coalition-building with former political enemies got him the presidency in 2010. Some of those old alliances fractured in recent years, but recent polls have indicated Bouterse remains popular.But he is dogged by old allegations of corruption. Convicted of drug trafficking in absentia in 1999 in the Netherlands, he was sentenced to 11 years but avoided that punishment because Suriname doesn’t have an extradition treaty with its former colonial ruler. Since 2010, he has also had immunity as head of state. PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse is betting that Monday general elections to choose the South American country’s next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years.Most recent polls conducted in Suriname give a comfortable majority to Bouterse’s National Democratic Party.The 69-year-old was military dictator of Suriname twice after leading coups and has been convicted in absentia of drug trafficking, but was elected democratically in 2010 to his current term in the ethnically diverse country of about 550,000 people. FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2010 file photo, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse speaks with journalists at the presidential cabinet office in Paramaribo, Suriname. Bouterse is betting that the Monday, May 25, 2015 election to choose the South American country’s next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years. (AP Photo/Edward Troon, File) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

IMF Financial risks growing at US insurers mutual funds

first_img Sponsored Stories But the IMF expressed concern about risks outside the banking sector.It warned the U.S. stock prices “are approaching levels that may be hard to sustain given profit forecasts” and the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates later this year.Mutual funds could “act as amplifiers” of a panic if jittery investors cash out, forcing funds to dump risky investments into a collapsing market.The IMF warns that at time when ultra-low interest rates are pressuring insurance firms to take bigger risks, regulation of the business is “fragmented” between states. It repeated its calls for a federal insurance regulator.“We consider it even more imperative at this stage,” the IMF’s Aditya Narain, who oversaw the report, told reporters Tuesday. He added that “in a severe scenario, (insurers) might be susceptible to major losses.”After the financial crisis, Congress passed a law tightening financial regulations. But regulators are still writing many of the rules needed to put the so-called Dodd-Frank law in place. The IMF urged regulators to finish the rule-writing but acknowledged it was a “sensitive” issue because some lawmakers want to “water down” the law. WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010.The IMF says that American banks are stronger but that risk has risen elsewhere. Its previous assessment of the U.S. financial system was conducted five years ago.Overall, banks and insurance companies have increased their capital defenses against losses. Check your body, save your life Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

ACEB holds Professional Meeting Planners Series Seminar

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Variety was the order of the day at the Australian Convention & Events Bureau (ACEB) “Professional Meeting Planners Series” Seminar held in Sydney on Tuesday.In the space of three hours, nine educational presentations were given on a number of topics by Jakki Temple – Sofitel Sydney, Ian Stuart – Business Events Sydney, Simon Baggs – Lateral Marketing & Management, Felicity Zadro  – Zadro Communications, Craig Hoskinson and Robyn Johnson – ExhibitCo & Conexion Event Management, Matthew Crouch – Bartier Perry, Jane FullertonSmith – Sustainable Event Solutions and Daniel Lovegrove – The Leading Man.The topics discussed included meetings, events, social media, menu selections at meetings, time savers for event organizers and venue contracts. Felicity Zadro from Zadro Communications discussed how company’s can integrate social media into their marketing mix. She said that social media sites offer potential clients a “backstage pass into your company.” She said businesses should use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as a listening tool, where they can develop authentic relationships with their customers rather than using these sites as an avenue for sales. She described social media as ‘online public relations’ in which company’s can establish a point of different from their competitors. Simon Baggs from Lateral Marketing & Management said “events were a gateway to real people (customers).” In what has become one of the biggest corporate trends in recent times, Simon said that events have become the new frontline in promoting brands, products, services and perceptions. He said that events lead to “relationship marketing” which establishes loyalty in business.last_img read more

Central Queensland tourism hit hard by floods

first_imgThe impact of recent flooding in Central Queensland has been felt by the tourism industry as employers in the region are forced to cut back on jobs. A business survey by Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development (CTED) has revealed that the closure of roads, rail and air into the region’s capital Rockhampton since 3 January has impacted severely across all industries in the area, resulting in job losses and cuts in employment hours. “In the tourism/hospitality industry alone, we believe that approximately 1,200 full time equivalent employees have no work for an extended period of time as a result of this prolonged isolation of Central Queensland’s capital city, Rockhampton,” Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development chief executive Mary Carroll said. “Most employed on a casual or permanent part-time basis are receiving no hours and no pay, and many full time employees are being asked to take voluntary annual leave to assist business cash flow.” According to Ms Carroll, the impact on businesses will continue “for many months, if not years”. “The irony is that the severity of these job losses are not because of businesses being inundated by flood waters, but rather by the capital of CQ, Rockhampton being inaccessible, therefore unable to trade due to inadequate road access on the national highway from the south and Capricorn Hwy to the west”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Govt rules out rural Qld financial aid

first_imgWhile tourism operators report that recent flooding has caused a major slow down in visitors, Agriculture Minister Tim Mulherin said money is not available to them however the government can assist in other ways, ABC Rural News reported.”Under the arrangements for Natural Disaster and Relief Recovery arrangements, there is no provision for loss of income and I don’t think there’ll ever be a provision for loss of income,” Minister Mulherin said.”If the Progress Association or the Burke Shire want DEEDI officers to go in and work with small businesses around building the resilence capacity into businesses, we’re more than willing to do that.” The Queensland Government has said assistance is only available to people with physical property damage, ruling out financial aid for small companies in the Gulf of Carpentaria region suffering from business loss. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Top Australian Destinations

first_imgSee the harbour in a new light.Image: Destination NSW Sydney has been named the top Australian destination for the tenth year in a row.According to, Sydney topped the list which was based on more than 260,000 bookings made per month by customers in 2012.Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Byron Bay and Sydney were the five New South Wales destinations that made the top 20 list and accounted for one quarter of all hotel rooms booked, out of the top 20 listed destinations.Top 10 New South Wales Destinations in 2012: Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Byron Bay, Albury, Wollongong, Hunter Valley, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.Nlast_img

IATA reveals modest traffic rise

first_img“Demand growth hit a speed bump in November… but with continued modest improvements in economic conditions the outlook remains positive,” IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said. China (+9.3 percent) led the charge, followed by Russia (+9.2 percent), Brazil (+4.5 percent), India (+3.4 percent), Japan (+3.3 percent), Australia (-1 percent) and the U.S. (-1.2 percent). Source = ETB News: P.T. International passenger demand rose 4.8 percent in November, while capacity increased 6.3 percent, compared to the same period in 2012 – with all regions experiencing growth bar Africa. Worldwide capacity expanded by 6.1 percent in November 2013, outpacing demand growth. Total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose 4.1 percent last November, compared to the previous period in 2012, yet this result was slower than growth figures recorded in October 2013. Domestic travel as a whole observed demand growth of 3.1 percent in November 2013, while capacity rose 5.6 percent – despite these increases, Australian and U.S. domestic traffic declined. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed a temperance in the pace of demand growth during November 2013, however, global aviation’s overall outlook remains positive. Carriers in the Middle East (+9.7 percent) and Latin America (+6.9 percent) witnessed the greatest demand growth during November, followed by Asia Pacific (+5.5 percent), Europe (+4.1 percent) and North America (+1.7 percent).last_img read more

Delta named Airline of the Year by Air Transport World

first_imgSource = Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has been named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine, the first time for a U.S. carrier in a decade.The ATW awards are among the most coveted and valued honors in the airline industry. In February 2014, ATW editors will present the 40th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards at a celebration in Singapore.”It’s an honor to have the hard work of Delta people recognized with the Airline of the Year award from Air Transport World,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “Our values and culture are the foundation for our success. The professionalism and commitment of Delta people to our company, to one another and to our customers is unmatched.”In selecting Delta as Airline of the Year, ATW editors cited leadership in several categories, including innovation and leadership by executive management; strong financial discipline; a consistent and excellent safety record; proven leadership in community, environmental and technological endeavors; consistent high standards of customer service; and excellent employee relations.”The airline industry, here in the U.S. and globally, has never been as competitive, so when ATW editors make their Airline of the Year selection they focus on those airlines whose leadership truly stand out from the crowd through strong financial discipline, innovative thinking, superb operational and customer service standards, and excellent employee relations, said ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker. “Delta clearly met all those standards and has demonstrable, measurable statistics to prove it. Delta and its employees thoroughly deserve this award and I congratulate them on their achievements.”Winners and their achievements will be featured in a special section of the ATW March 2014 edition. Additionally, highlights of the Gala Awards event will also be published in the ATW April 2014 edition.Delta in 2013 was named No. 1 airline on the Fortune magazine “Most Admired” global airline industry list for the second time in three years, received the No. 1 ranking in the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey for the third year in a row and was recognized as Best Domestic Airline at Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards, among other accolades.Air Transport World is part of the Penton Aviation Week Network.last_img read more

Club Med celebrates 60th snow anniversary with instameet

first_imgClub Med Peisey-VallandryAs the premium all-inclusive holiday pioneer, Club Med has been perfecting its snow offering for decades.This year marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of Club Med’s first snow Resort and to celebrate Club Med has invited 12 digital influencers from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia to enjoy the breadth of mountainside activities and après ski delights that makes Club Med #ThePlaceToSki.Club Med will host leading global digital influencers at two of its iconic French snow Resorts, Club Med Peisey-Vallandry and Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, where they will experience 60 mountain moments in six days; from alpine skiing and snow shoeing, to mountainside dining and luxurious spa treatments.Each attendee will share the experience with their followers on social media and inevitably showcase why Club Med truly is #ThePlaceToSki in Europe.Club Med Peisey-Vallandry#ThePlaceToSki InstameetThe six Australian digital influencers attending Club Med’s first snow instameet include beauty expert, Eleanor Pendleton (Gritty Pretty), men’s lifestyle blogger, James Want (The Versatile Gent), digital marketing and organisation guru, Beck Wadworth (An Organised Life), men’s lifestyle curator, Jack Slade (Boss Hunting), design and travel creative, Tara Whiteman (Tara Milk Tea) and fashion blogger and content creator, Yan Yan Chan (Yan Yan Chan).Other influencers joining include travel and lifestyle influencers from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.Each influencer will be whisked away courtesy of AirFrance and give their fans a behind the scenes look into what you can do with six days of snow filled fun in the French Alps.Club Med Val Thorens SensationsFrom 14 – 19 April the digital influencers will experience the authentic French-Savoy spirit of Peisey-Vallandry, situated in the Paradiski domain, and Val Thorens Sensations, Club Med’s newest, award-winning snow Resort, renowned for its high altitude in the famous Les Trois Vallées (3 Valleys) domain.Both Resorts offer the perfect combination of exceptional ski fields with the pleasure of après-ski in a setting with panoramic views and endless scenery – an ideal location for the inaugural Snow Instameet.Club Med’s Evolution of SkiClub Med is one of the world leaders when it comes to all-inclusive ski holidays, having pioneered and perfected the concept over the last six decades. In this time over 428,000 guests have visited Club Med’s Snow Resorts, located in some of the most iconic ski domains in the world including France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China.Club Med’s ski offering allows travellers the authentic ski experience within a premium all-inclusive package that includes everything from food, drinks and après ski, to ski lessons, hire, lift passes and more.On Club Med’s snow Resorts, Madeleine Clow, General Manager of Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “Our outstanding snow concept at Club Med attracts snow lovers from across the globe. We combine the most beautiful settings in the world with a constantly evolving premium, all-inclusive package. As well as delicious French fine dining and an open bar, we also include the best quality ski tuition and insurance in our packages, so all our guests have to do is enjoy! This unique concept continues to thrive; a very good reason to celebrate its 60th anniversary!”#ThePlaceToSki instameet can be followed on social media by using hashtags including;#ThePlaceToSki#ClubMedPeiseyVallandry#ClubMedValThorens#ClubMed Club MedSource = Club Medlast_img read more

Introducing Vienna Austria to THAIs Europe network

first_imgIntroducing Vienna, Austria to THAI’s Europe networkIntroducing Vienna, Austria to THAI’s Europe networkAustria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions, stunning modern architecture and is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns and the very special Viennese charm.Vienna is a gateway to a country offering a seemingly endless choice of activities for visitors, no matter how active or leisurely the itinerary is planned to be.Discover Vienna HEREThroughout the year, there is an enviable list of events and celebrations throughout the city, not least the beautiful Christmas markets, found in almost every town across the country.Explore the Christmas markets HEREImages courtesy Austrian National Tourist OfficeThai Airways International will introduce four weekly direct flights to Vienna from Bangkok from 16 November, 2017 with connections to/from Australia.For the latest fares, schedules and information, please ask your travel agent or call us on 1300 651 960 THAIbook Vienna flights here Source = THAI – Thai Airways Internationallast_img read more

Hilton expands presence in New Zealand

first_imgDoubleTree by Hilton KarakaHilton expands presence in New ZealandSlated to open in 2020, new property will debut in Karaka, 30minutes south of Auckland cityHilton today announced the signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka, adding to DoubleTree by Hilton’s portfolio of 51 properties across Asia Pacific. Under a management agreement with Karaka Hotel Limited, a division of New Zealand Bloodstock, Hilton will manage the 120-room new-build hotel.Located in the beautiful rural town of Karaka, just 30 minutes south from Auckland city, the new DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is part of the famous New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Centre; the country’s largest international thoroughbred auction venue.Construction of the hotel will commence by the third quarter of 2018 and is due for completion by early 2020. The hotel will feature 120 stylish guest rooms, including four spacious suites, a restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, pool and two meeting rooms. The hotel will also have full access to Karaka Pavilion which encompasses four meeting and event spaces, accommodating events from 12 to 600 people.“We are thrilled to be partnering with Karaka Hotel Limited to bring our world-renowned DoubleTree by Hilton signature welcome to Karaka,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, Hilton. “The addition of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is a great expansion of the DoubleTree brand in New Zealand and will join three other DoubleTree by Hilton-branded properties across the country including the brand new DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington which will open its doors late June.”Andrew Seabrook, managing director, New Zealand Bloodstock, said, “We are pleased to be working with Hilton to bring the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to our world-class complex in Karaka. Our international clients, globe-trotting tourists, and local travellers alike will be able to take full advantage of our existing facilities including a variety of conference and event spaces, and world-renown thoroughbred auctions, whilst also having the convenience of retreating back to DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka to rest and relax”.Source = Hiltonlast_img read more

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority sponsors The Summer Trophy

first_imgAs an endeavour to promote Mauritius as a golfing destination, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) India sponsored ‘The Summer Trophy’ Golf tournament at the Unitech Golf Club in Delhi recently. The event, with nearly one hundred players from top corporate in Delhi was organised in collaboration with GolfLan.  The day-night tournament, which finished under floodlights, had prizes in three handicap categories. In addition to the prizes winners, eight lucky draw winners walked away with MTPA branded Srixxon golf bags.The winners of each category were given half board couple stay vouchers by Constance, Beachcomber and Shanti Maurice hotels. The day ended with a delightful networking cocktail dinner.Vivek Anand, Country Manager, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority said, “Mauritius, besides being an ideal round the year destination for the entire family, has seven championship level Golf courses. In May this year Mauritius hosted the AfrAsia Bank tournament with prize money of one million Euros, which saw the participation of some top Indian Golfers as well. MTPA is planning to host more events of this nature in India to promote Mauritius as a golfing & luxury destination.” He also added that golfers who choose to visit Mauritius for their sporting holiday can also enjoy the stunning beaches, adventures sports, spa treatment, rum tasting and many more activities.last_img read more

Google and Yahoo executives headline technology programme at WTM London 2015

first_imgTop executives from the world’s leading search engines, Google and Yahoo!, will advise delegates at World Travel Market London 2015, the leading global event for the travel industry, how to improve their rankings.The events programme for the Travel Technology Show at WTM – the largest dedicated travel technology event in the UK – also includes senior executives from Carson Wagonlit Travel, ACCOR, bmi regional and Mr & Mrs Smith.Anna Chomse, Industry Head at Google Travel and Andrew Jones, Head of Search Account Management at Yahoo! will both offer valuable knowledge to keep the industry up to date; delving into the right tactics to increase search engine optimisation.The Search Engine Update session will take place on November 3, 12.30 – 13.30 in Platinum Suite 3&4. It is one of five seminars for The Travel Tech Show at WTM, being organised by Paul Richer, Founding Partner at travel technology consultancy Genesys, on the second day of WTM London 2015.The day kicks off with Bauer Radio, Head of Creative, Sam Crowther speaking during the Customers Crave Content session at 10.30am.At 1.30pm the Getting Personal session sees Catlin Ciobanu, Director – Innovation & Big Data Analytics, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Alison Broussy, Vice president Business Intelligence, ACCOR Distribution & Marketing discuss how to build a relationship with customers using big data.Digital Marketing is the focus at 3pm. The session will analyse how customers are interacting with brands through multiple devices as well as channels, such as social media, that organisations can not completely control. bmi regional, Director of Marketing, Colin Lewis and Mr & Mrs Smith, Head of Online Marketing, Andrew Lung will give guidance through the digital marketing minefield.The programme concludes with the What’s Happening in Technology session at 4.30pm hosted by Richer. He will discuss innovations in technology and how these have impacted and will impact the travel industry in the future.The Travel Tech Show at WTM Sales Manager Jo Marshall said, “We are delighted with this year’s line-up for Tuesday’s Events Programme for The Travel Tech Show at WTM. Search Engine optimisation is central to the success of travel companies and Google and Yahoo! are best placed to inform delegates of the most effective strategies.“Anna and Andrew are  just two of many senior executives sharing their expertise at WTM – it is an indication of the high calibre of speakers that WTM London and The Travel Tech Show at WTM can attract and demonstrates why our seminars are must-attend events.”last_img read more

Air Canada initiates nonstop flights between Montreal and San Juan

first_imgAir Canada recently inaugurated a new non-stop service between Montreal and Puerto Rico. The departure of Air Canada flight AC958 marked the beginning of weekly flights from Montreal to San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which would operate as a seasonal service.“This new route from Montreal will make it easier for customers to travel to Puerto Rico from eastern Canada and complements our existing twice-weekly services between Toronto and San Juan. It also strengthens Air Canada’s Montreal hub, which is playing a significant strategic role in our ongoing global expansion,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.“I would like to congratulate and thank Air Canada for adding San Juan, Puerto Rico to its already impressive list of non-stop destinations served from Montreal,” said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal. “This new service will offer one more option to our passengers seeking to diversify their sun destinations.”Air Canada’s Montreal-San Juan flights would operate with a 146-seat Airbus A320 featuring two classes of service with 14 Business Class seats and 132 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft features a personal seatback In- Flight Entertainment system and a power outlet available at every seat throughout the aircraft.last_img read more