People Spirit Airlines Senior Executive makes the jump to Canada Jetlines

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by RICHMOND, B.C. — A former Spirit Airlines executive has joined the ranks at Canada Jetlines as its new independent director.Tony Lefebvre, who spent eight years at Spirit Airlines in various senior executive positions including Chief Operating Officer, started his new role at Canada Jetlines on Feb. 5.“Mr. Lefebvre is a welcome addition to the board,” said Mark Morabito, Executive Chairman of Canada Jetlines. “His extensive experience in the ultra-low cost airline industry will be invaluable to the company as we commence and grow operations.”At Spirit Airlines, Lefebvre was responsible for operating functions like flight operations, maintenance, inflight, airport operations, systems operations control, safety and security. He was part of the senior management team that successfully publicly listed the company on the NASDAQ and led cost-cutting initiatives that resulted in a sustained sub $0.06 CASM (Cost Per Available Seat Mile).Prior to Spirit Airlines, he worked with US Airways for 15 years as a Managing Director where he led European operations across 16 countries. Lefebvre is currently President and Chief Operating Officer at BBA Aviation, responsible for its global Engine Services and Signature MRO businesses.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsCanada Jetlines has granted a total of 225,000 stock options to Lefebvre in his role as a director. The stock options have been issued for a five-year term, with one quarter vesting every six months from the date of grant.The airline has also appointed Warren Kinsella and Tayfun Eldem to its Advisory Board.Kinsella is the president of Daisy Group and was previously a partner at the law firm McMillan Binch. For a number of years, he was United Airlines’ chief consultant in Canada, and also served as the chief government and public relations advisor to the Toronto Port Authority during Porter Airlines’ inception.Eldem, meanwhile, is a seasoned business executive based in Montreal who has held senior roles at multinational organizations. He was recently reappointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Stock Exchange listed Alderon Iron Ore Corp, and was also the Managing Director and Associate at Hatch Ltd., where he led business development, client engagement and project delivery functions in Eastern North America.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Canada Jetlines has also announced the resignation of Mark Lotz from the Board of Directors. << Previous PostNext Post >> [People] Spirit Airlines Senior Executive makes the jump to Canada Jetlinescenter_img Tags: Canada Jetlines, People Share Tuesday, February 6, 2018 last_img read more

Intrepid Group announces new Director of North America

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Intrepid Group, Intrepid Travel Travelweek Group TORONTO — The Intrepid Group has a new leader in charge of its North American division.Darshika Jones, the company’s former Group Finance Director, has been named the new Director of North America, replacing Leigh Barnes who moved into the newly-created role of Chief Purpose Officer in July.In her new role, effective immediately, Jones will oversee the Group’s fastest-growing region while focusing on both purpose and profit in a company-wide approach. Intrepid Group includes small group tour operators Intrepid Travel, Peregrine Adventures, Urban Adventures and its not-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation.Prior to working for Intrepid, Jones was a loyal customer, having taken more than 10 trips including hiking Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu and exploring Bolivia.“With her customer-first approach and passion for culturally-immersive travel, we’re confident in her abilities to lead the North American business—focusing on sustainable, life-changing travel experiences for our customers,” said Michael Edwards, who was appointed Chief Growth Officer of Intrepid Group in 2017.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upIt’s been three years since Intrepid Group returned to independent ownership to run a business with the ethos of “Purpose Beyond Profit”. Since then, the global company has seen record global growth of 20% across all its brands. North America has been the fastest-growing region for the Australia-based company, with a recorded 60% growth in the last two years.“It’s become increasingly evident to us that having a ‘Purpose Beyond Profit’ can actually be profitable,” said Edwards. “Growth is nice on its own, but it’s this sense of purpose that has us excited about the future because it means the more we grow, the more we can do.”As the world’s largest B-Corp certified travel company, the carbon-neutral business has taken a firm stance on gender equality, pushing for 50/50 gender split across its global business; animal welfare, being the first tour operator to ban elephant riding in 2014; and, marketing for inclusivity in travel, including no extra fees for solo parents and solo travelers.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“From a financial perspective, I’ve reported on Intrepid Group’s North American growth for over two years. We attribute the growth to our innovative product and focus on sustainable tourism, which aligns with our customers,” said Jones. “I’m now honoured to work directly with the North American team to ensure more customers experience the world, with purpose at the core of every travel experience.” Intrepid Group announces new Director of North Americacenter_img Posted by Share Tuesday, October 30, 2018 last_img read more

ACV launches 2019 Canada Collection appoints newest ASM

first_img Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Share ACV launches 2019 Canada Collection, appoints newest ASM Tags: Air Canada Vacations, New Hires MONTREAL — The latest news from Air Canada Vacations includes a new Area Sales Manager in Quebec as well as the debut of the company’s 2019 Canada Collection.The new collection features 91 vacation packages, which include flight and hotel accommodations, options for stays ranging from three to fifteen nights, and the ability to combine two or more regions.“When we dream about our next vacation, we often think of adventures in far away places,” says ACV’s Managing Director Nino Montagnese. “Our goal with our Canada Collection is to highlight our country’s charm through well-designed, convenient travel packages that let Canadians experience untamed tundra and city flair found in their own backyard.”The Canada Collection has been enhanced to include 10 of the greatest ski resorts in Western Canada and three in Quebec, he adds, plus options for non-skiers like snowmobiling, dogsledding and wildlife adventures.It also offers up golfing, camping, cruises and urban getaways as well as Fly & Drive and Fly & Rail vacation options. Packages come with possible inclusions for ski mountain transfers, lift tickets, train tickets or complimentary camping gear, among others.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAir Canada Vacations has also partnered with Trafalgar to offer additional guided tours.All packages come with roundtrip flights from 63 Canadian cities aboard Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, as well as hotel accommodations and options for guided tours, activities and car rentals. Clients can benefit from free seat selection, a $100 future travel credit and 2,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles per couple.Meanwhile, in Quebec, ACV is welcoming Mary-Gina Mercier as its newest Area Sales Manager – Quebec. Mercier will cover Downtown & South Shore Montreal, as well as the regions of Estrie, Lanaudiere and Mauricie.Mary-Gina MercierMercier joins ACV’s Quebec Sales team with 14 years of marketing and sales experience. The team also includes Veronica Di Ruocco representing the regions of North Laval and Montreal, the Laurentians, Outaouais, and Ottawa, and Dave Boudreau representing the region of Montreal, South Laval, Quebec City, Estrie and East of Quebec. The Quebec sales team is led by David Côté.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsMercier can be reached at mmercier@vacv.com.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

Earn 500 bonus when booking groups with CIE Tours

first_img Posted by Share Monday, November 19, 2018 Tags: CIE Tours MORRISTOWN, NJ — CIE Tours International has launched a new limited-time promotion that allows travel agents to earn up to a $500 bonus for group bookings of 10 or more travellers.Available through Dec. 15, 2018, the offer is valid on 2019 travels in all markets in which CIE Tours hosts guests. These include Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Iceland and Italy.Sample tours include:Taste of Iceland, starting at $3,035: On this tour clients will see Iceland’s waterfalls, geysers and the colourful city of Reykjavik. They will also soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, traverse the Golden Circle, visit the icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and, from September to April, have a good chance of seeing the famed Northern Lights.Irish Foodie Tour, starting at $2,575: Foodies can immerse themselves in Ireland’s culinary heritage and culture, meet artisan and traditional producers, and enjoy a tea tour of Dublin on a vintage double-decker bus. They’ll also forage for seaweed along the shore and taste cheese on a goat farm.English Knights and Wizards, starting at $2,515: Guests explore England and Wales on this exciting family-focused tour. Highlights include visits to Harry Potter’s London, Stonehenge, and the ancient Roman Baths. Clients will also take in a play in the famed West End, feast in luxury at Cardiff Castle, visit the falcons at Chester Cathedral, and learn about music history at the British Music Experience in Liverpool.Taste of Italy, starting at $2,455: During this introductory tour, clients will see the glorious architecture of Venice from a gondola, discover the birthplace of the Renaissance as they tour Florence and the Uffizi Gallery, and see the ancient sites of Rome. Also included is an evening visit to the Vatican.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFor more information call 1-800-223-6508 or email groups@cietours.com.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Earn $500 bonus when booking groups with CIE Tours Travelweek Group last_img read more

Reports that Carnival has cancelled Antigua calls

first_img Share Reports that Carnival has cancelled Antigua calls Friday, March 15, 2019 Tags: Antigua & Barbuda, Carnival Cruise Line Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Carnival has reportedly cancelled calls in Antigua for the 2019 – 2020 season and other Carnival Corp. cruise lines are said to be following suit.The cancellations are said to stem from comments made by the Antiguan government.Last month Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne accused the cruise industry and specifically the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) of “exploiting the Caribbean”, according to a report in The Daily Observer.Media outlets including Fox News have reported that Carnival reps confirmed the move to drop Antigua. “Government officials in Antigua have taken steps which indicate they don’t want cruise lines and our guests to visit so for the time being we are focusing our itineraries on the destinations that are more welcoming.”Now the St. Lucia Times and the Antigua Observer are reporting that Seabourn’s Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Sojourn, and Holland America’s Volendam and Konigsdam, have cancelled Antigua ports of call as well. Both Seabourn and Holland America are part of Carnival Corp. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Experts hunt for reason why 41 died in Moscow plane fire

first_img MOSCOW — The plane that burst into flames while making an emergency landing at a Moscow airport, killing 41 of the 78 people on board, was without radio communications because of a lightning strike, Russian news media on Monday quoted the pilot as saying.A flight attendant said there was a sharp flash soon after takeoff Sunday evening from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport as the plane headed to Murmansk.Some of the 37 survivors were seen on video carrying hand luggage as they plunged down an inflatable slide from the plane’s forward section, raising questions about whether grabbing their baggage might have impeded an evacuation in which every second could separate life from death.The plane, a Sukhoi SSJ100 operated by the Russian flagship carrier Aeroflot, had taken off from Sheremetyevo but turned back within minutes, asking for an emergency landing. The plane came down hard on the runway and flames and black smoke burst from its underside.The plane reportedly did not jettison any fuel before the landing, as is common procedure. It was not clear why it did not take the time to do that.Pilot Denis Evdokimov was quoted as saying by Zvezda TV and the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that “because of lightning, we had a loss of radio communication.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsFlight attendant Tatiana Kasatnika said in a video posted on Yutube that “We took off, got into a cloud, there was strong hail, and at that moment there was a pop and some kind of flash, like electricity.”Russia’s main investigative body said both of the plane’s flight recorders – data and voice – have been recovered from the charred wreckage. Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko was also quoted by Russian news agencies on Monday as saying that investigators were looking into three main possibilities behind the cause of the disaster: inexperienced pilots, equipment failure and bad weather.Storms were passing through the Moscow area as when the plane made its emergency landing.One survivor praised the plane’s attendants for helping save him and others.“It was dark and there was gas, very high temperature. They helped people out of there, helped them to descend,” Dmity Khlebnikov said, according to Komsomolskaya Pravda.Another passenger, Mikhail Savchenko, wrote on Facebook that some passengers grabbed luggage as they fled the plane.“I do not know what to say about people who ran out with bags. God is their judge,” he wrote.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe SSJ100, also known as the Superjet, was heralded when it went into service in 2011 as a new phase for Russia’s civil aviation industry. It was introduced as a replacement for outdated Soviet-designed aircraft.But the plane has been troubled by concerns about defects in the horizontal stabilizers. Russia’s aviation authority in 2017 ordered inspection of all Superjets in the country because of the problems. A Mexican airline, Interjet, grounded Superjets in December 2016 and later said it was phasing them out of the fleet.Transportation Minister Yevegny Dietrich said Monday that it was too early to decide whether to ground the planes in Russia, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the decision was not within President Vladimir Putin’s power.One of the dead was flight attendant Maxim Moiseev, Dietrich said. Russian news reports, citing unnamed sources, said the Moiseev was in the back part of the plane, which was engulfed in flames and tried unsuccessfully to deploy an evacuation slide. Monday, May 6, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Aeroflot, Plane Crash, Russiacenter_img By: The Associated Press Experts hunt for reason why 41 died in Moscow plane firelast_img read more

Competition Bureau clears WestJet and Deltas transborder joint venture

first_imgCompetition Bureau clears WestJet and Delta’s transborder joint venture CALGARY — WestJet and Delta Air Lines are one step closer to cementing a transborder joint venture that will expand their codesharing and expand their networks with more frequencies and destinations.The proposed venture has received clearance under Canada’s Competition Act from the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB). The CCB issued a no-action letter confirming that it does not intend to challenge the agreement.“Today’s clearance by the CCB is an important step towards satisfying the conditions necessary to implement the proposed WestJet-Delta transborder joint venture,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “We thank the CCB for its timely and thorough review. The joint venture will lead to more consumer choice, connectivity, and economic benefits on both sides of the border by growing U.S.-Canada business and tourism travel.”The proposed joint venture between the two airlines is still subject to regulatory approval from the Department of Transportation in the United States.Upon receipt of all regulatory clearances, the venture will allow the two carriers to deepen their existing partnership with expanded codesharing, reciprocal elite frequent flyer benefits, optimized growth across the U.S.-Canada transborder networks, and co-location at key hubs.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe partners will also begin implementing joint sales and marketing activities. Tags: Delta Air Lines, WestJet Share Travelweek Group center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, June 27, 2019 last_img read more

Music streaming services Spotify and Rdio launch in Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. Streaming music serviceSpotify is now available in Costa Rica, along with one of its top competitors Rdio.On Wednesday, the companies announced their expansion into 20 new countries, including a large chunk of Latin America. Over the past few years, streaming music services have enjoyed a boom in demand in the United States. But due to licensing constraints, the best-established programs had not been available in Costa Rica. The most popular service, Pandora Radio, still only serves its 70 million users in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.Spotify offers an ad-supported, free model and a premium subscription for desktop streaming. Rdio will give new users “metered access to the web version of Rdio for six months and a 14-day mobile trial,” according to The Verge.The two companies – Rdio to a lesser extent – are considered two of the biggest players in the increasingly crowded world of streaming music services. Apple and Google each have launched their own streaming music programs though neither have the service available in Costa Rica. Spotify, with 24 million users and six million paying subscribers, is now available in 55 countries. Rdio is available in 51 countries. However, Rdio recently laid off some of its employees and has never released its number of users. But the service does have one statistic in its favor – the majority of Rdio’s growth is coming from outside the United States. In addition to its international expansion, Spotify made two other big statements. The Swedish company will improve the features available for free streaming on mobile and tablet devices (a premium subscription is also available). The music service also is now carrying the catalog of Led Zeppelin. The legendary rock band signed an exclusive deal with Spotify, after previously refusing to license its music to streaming services. According to the New York Times, Led Zeppelin representatives had been negotiating a deal since at least January and Spotify beat out Rdio and other smaller programs for the musical rights of one of rock’s most celebrated groups.The expansion, the new mobile and tablet service, and the Led Zeppelin deal all should help the rapidly-growing company compete with Pandora. “Today we’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone and the tablet,” Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO and founder, wrote in a statement. Rdio’s expansion makes it the second largest music streaming service in terms of global coverage, The Verge wrote.The two sites moved into many of the same markets in Latin America and Europe, and first-time subscribers can experiment with both services. Which one should Costa Rican users choose? Reviews seem to favor Rdio for interface and functionality, but prefer Spotify for its convenient free and paid subscription models and its massive catalogue (If you’re a Led Zeppelin fan, obviously you’re going to choose Spotify).Try out both sites here:Spotify – www.spotify.comNew countries for Spotify: Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Malta, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Slovakia, UruguayRdio – www.rdio.comNew countries for Rdio: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela.Matt Levin is a correspondent for The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Due to residency issues Costa Rica might have to leave its best

first_imgRelated posts:The iron men of stand-up paddleboarding Costa Ricans compete in the stand-up paddleboarding world championship for first time ever Tica Jenny Kalmbach earns Costa Rica’s first-ever medal at SUP World Championship Fear and joy at the National Masters, SUP and Longboard finals Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Over the weekend,stand-up paddleboarders in Puntarenas competed in the final race used to decide which Costa Rican paddlers will travel to Nicaragua for the ISA Stand-up Paddle World Championships, held from May 3-11. The Federación de Surf likely will make the decision sometime next week — and the result could end up being controversial.As has become customary, Tamarindo powerhouse Geovanny Espinoza took first place in the long distance race last weekend. The race involves a 9-kilometer course that runs parallel to Puntarenas’ Paseo de los Turistas and requires three laps around oversized red buoys. Rolando Herrera, of Jacó, finished second. Reigning national champion Erick Zamora, from Playa Potrero, came in third.In a second event, a 4.5-kilometer contest, Herrera narrowly beat out Espinoza, who was followed by Andy Seidensticker. In the women’s 4.5-kilometer race, Josephine Schiebe won, Edith Garcia took second and Joice Solano finished third.Although the Federación has not announced its first-ever world championship team, attendants were abuzz over who might be selected. Federación President Randall Chaves said Costa Rica would likely send six to eight athletes, and it seemed obvious that Espinoza, who has won competitions all season and likely will take the national title this year from his friend Zamora, would be on the team. But not necessarily, said Chaves.“Nicaragüense,” he explained succinctly. He meant that Espinoza might not be able to compete because he was born in Nicaragua, and doesn’t have residency in Costa Rica.Yet Espinoza has lived in Costa Rica since he was 2 and is working with lawyers to quickly obtain the residency, a requirement of the organization hosting the world championship. But if Espinoza’s paperwork can’t be processed in time, he will have to sit out this year. At the same time, a Tica who has lived most of her life in Hawaii may be tapped to join the team, Chaves said.Resting beneath a tent with some watermelon after the competition, Espinoza seemed stoic about the prospect of missing out. “I’m gonna race with the best,” he said. Just maybe not this year. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timeslast_img read more

UPDATE Costa Ricas Turrialba Volcano explodes again

first_imgUPDATE:OVSICORI reports another explosion at 1:48 p.m. and a 2:26 p.m. report states that the ash column reached some 1,000 meters (some 3,280 feet). Facebook Comments Related posts:National Emergency Commission lifts two road closures near Turrialba Volcano Turrialba Volcano vapor plumes are normal, experts say Ash from Turrialba Volcano keeps falling on the Central Valley Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vaporcenter_img Original story continues here:Volcanologists from the University of Costa Rica and the National University confirmed a new ash, vapor and gas explosion of Turrialba Volcano at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday.The fumarole spewed materials for about 24 minutes and reached some 500 meters (1,640 feet) above the crater’s summit, located some 67 kilometers northeast of the capital San José.A series of volcanic tremors in the surroundings of Turrialba canton followed the explosion, said Raúl Mora, a volcanologist with the National University’s National Seismological Network, who was at Turrialba at the time.Mora said the explosion had a greater magnitude than those recorded last weekend.Reports on the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica’s Facebook page stated ashes were visible on roofs, windows and cars as far as the provinces of San José and Heredia.See a video of the explosion recorded by an OVSICORI’s webcam:last_img read more

Andes survivors mark 40th anniversary of crash

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system “I would ask myself: Is it worth doing this? And it was because it was in order to live and preserve life, which is exactly what I would have liked for myself if it had been my body that lay on the floor,” he saidDesperate after more than two months in the frigid peaks, Canessa and Fernando Parrado left the crash site to seek help. It was the group’s last attempt at survival.After 10 days of trekking, they spotted Sergio Catalan, a livestock herder in the foothills of the Chilean Andes. The conditions were such that the pair couldn’t get too close to Catalan, but from afar, they heard him say one word: “Tomorrow.”“With that (word), our suffering ended,” Canessa said.Catalan, who at the time rode his horse to the nearest town to alert rescuers, returned to meet the survivors on Saturday in a hat and poncho. He walked slowly this time with the aid of a cane and pointed at the sky when helicopters hovered over the field just as they did 40 years ago over the barren mountains.Carlos Paez, 58, waved a small red shoe at a helicopter carrying Parrado as he did when the Chilean air force choppers rescued him and the others. Parrado gave a similar red shoe to his friends at the crash site before he left for the cordillera and guided rescuers back. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “At about this time we were falling in the Andes. Today, we’re here to win a game,” crash survivor Pedro Algorta, 61, said as he prepared to walk onto the playing field surrounded by the jagged mountains that trapped the group.During the anniversary ceremony, military jets flew over the field, where parachutists draped in Chilean and Uruguayan flags landed. In a corner, survivors wept when officials unveiled a commemorative frame with pictures of those who died in the snowy peaks.“The conditions were more horrifying than you can ever imagine. To live at 4,000 meters without any food,” said survivor Eduardo Strauch, 65. “The only reason why we’re here alive today is because we had the goal of returning home … (Our loved ones) gave us life. They made the sacrifice for others.”The Uruguayan air force plane that carried the team crashed in a mountain pass in October 1972 while en route from Montevideo to Santiago. Of the 45 passengers aboard, 16 survived by feeding on dead family members and friends preserved in the snow.“I think the greatest sadness I felt in my life was when I had to eat a dead body,” said Roberto Canessa, 59, who was a teenage medical student at the time of the crash. Parents, stop beating yourself up “I came back to life after having died,” said Parrado, whose mom and sister died in the Andes. “It’s something that very few people experience.” His experience, he said scarred him but made him stronger and brought him a newfound appreciation for life.“Since then, I have enjoyed fully, carefully but without fear. I tried to enjoy my friend, my dog, my passions, a second at a time,” said Parrado, who has been a TV host, a race car driver and a motivational speaker.Survivor Daniel Fernandez, 66, held the trophy that would have been the reward for the game to be played the day of the crash.The ordeal “taught me that we set our own limits,” Fernandez said. “If I had been told: `I’m going to leave you in a mountain 4,000 meters high, 20 degrees Celsius below zero (-4 Fahrenheit ) in shirtsleeves, I would have said: I last 10 minutes.’ Instead, I lasted 72 days.”___Follow AP’s Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenao Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Surviving members of an Uruguayan rugby team have played a match postponed four decades ago when their plane crashed in the Andes, stranding them for 72 days in the cordillera and forcing them to eat human flesh to stay alive.The Old Christians Club squared off Saturday in Santiago in a game that was tied 1-1 against the Old Grangonian Club, the former Chilean rugby team they were supposed to play back when their flight went down. Their terrifying story became the basis of a best-selling book and a Hollywood movie. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img

UN rights chief urges Iran to ease up on dissident

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   The European Parliament awarded the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Sotoudeh _ sentenced to six years in prison on security charges after representing imprisoned Iranian opposition activists _ and dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day GENEVA (AP) – The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging Iran to improve conditions for a jailed human rights activist who has been on hunger strike since mid-October.A spokesman for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s health is deteriorating rapidly. She is protesting against prison conditions and a ban on visits by her family.Rupert Colville told reporters Tuesday that Pillay is urging Iran to urgently help Sotoudeh by “lifting the travel ban and other sanctions on her family, which cannot be justified under international law.” The vital role family plays in societycenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Italian King of Jeans Fiorucci dies at 80

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories center_img In 2001, Fiorucci gave up his creative role.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MILAN (AP) — Elio Fiorucci, founder of the Fiorucci brand that pioneered stretch jeans and exemplified the youthful, graphic ethos of the 1970s and 1980s, has died at age 80.The news agency ANSA reported Monday that Fiorucci died of a sudden illness at his Milan home. No one responded to calls at Fiorucci’s headquarters.Fiorucci opened its first shop in Milan in 1967 with novelties from London’s Carnaby Street, expanding into a lifestyle brand and adopting the famed two angel logo a few years later. The brand was linked with some of the biggest pop cultural moments of the 1970s and 1980s, with the Fiorucci team organizing the grand opening of Studio 54 in 1977, and Keith Haring decorating the Milan flagship store in 1984. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Parkroyal returns to Melbourne

first_imgThe Parkroyal is returning to Melbourne, under the new title Parkroyal Melbourne Airport. From 1 April this year, the Hilton Melbourne Airport will be transformed into the Parkroyal, marking the hotel brand’s third Australian location since its return in November last year. “We are delighted to bring PARKROYAL back to its birth city,” Pan Pacific Hotels Group (owners of Parkroyal) chief executive Patrick Imbardelli said. “Visitors to Melbourne can look forward to a refreshed and updated Parkroyal brand that emphasizes authentic local experiences and friendly and unobtrusive hospitality.” The hotel will be located next to the domestic and international airport and be connected to the terminal skybridge.   Parkroyal Melbourne Airport will offer 276 guest rooms as well as 16 meeting and function rooms. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Million Dollar Memo attracts million clicks

first_imgThe tourism bureau’s chief executive Anthony Hayes said the marketing competition generated interest from up to 187 countries and earned in excess of five million in PR value. “The targeted approach of delivering the Memo to companies worldwide has worked, as we’ve received entries from country divisions of some of the world’s best known companies,” Mr Hayes said.Division from large multinational companies Mary Kay (Australia), Samsung Card (Korea), JW Marriott (Canada), Thomas Cook (India) and Twentieth Century Fox (Australia), were among the 290 entries submitted.   Coles, Commonwealth Bank, Collins Food Group, Stockland Development, Swann Insurance, Aussie Farmers Direct, Fantastic Furniture, Nova, Austereo and Wotif.Com were other large Australian companies included in submissions.  Mr Hayes added that the tourism bureau was also “pleased” to see a number of smaller companies across the globe enter the competition including; a garden centre in Alaska, a beauty salon in Switzerland, a radio PR agency in the UK, a cover music band in Sweden and a Buddhist education publication company in Indonesia.“The great diversity is also reflected in the 69 different types of industries represented in the entry mix,” he added.Of the entries approved to date, 99 were from around Australia, 24 from Germany, 20 from Taiwan, US companies submitted 18 while 16 were from Malaysia, another 10 were from China and others from Singapore, Indonesia, UK, Korea, NZ, Canada, Japan, India, Dubai, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Italy, Hong Kong, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Poland, Philippines, Estonia, Croatia and Belgium.“The corporate travel market is a high yield market, worth more than $334 million to the Queensland economy, and where travellers spend approximately 2.5 times more than the average leisure traveller,” Mr Hayes added.“We’re especially pleased to see a strong showing of entries from companies in our key incentive source markets in Asia with almost 70% of entries from the Asia Pacific region. “Our aim is to position Queensland as a leading destination for incentive travel and the large number of entries received from our key incentive source markets, show that we’re certainly getting the message to the right people.”Tourism Queensland said it will announce the Top 50 companies by 1 June this year, with the top five selected by votes on the website and the other 45 by the company.It will then announce the Top 20 by 6 July.Representatives from the Top 20 companies will then be asked to compete in an Incentive Challenge held at unique locations across the state on 23 August and the winner will then be announced by 31 August. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Entries closed for Tourism Queensland’s Million Dollar Memo earlier this week, with the campaign receiving up to 1.5 million views on the competitions webpage from around the world.last_img read more

Final building block for Disney Fantasy

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A The final building block was positioned on Disney Fantasy last weekend at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Sailing her maiden voyage on 31 March 2012, the 2,500 passenger Fantasy is the sister to Disney Dream which debuted in February. Featuring the popular ‘Aqua Duck’ water-coaster and an adult exclusive nighttime entertainment district, ‘Europa’, Fantasy will sail on alternating seven-night itineraries through the Western and Eastern Caribbean with each voyage scheduled to visit Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. View a complete photo gallery of Disney Fantasy herelast_img

Qantas back to Coast brings competitive fares

first_imgFlights to the Gold Coast just became more competitive as Qantas resumes its three times daily services between the Gold Coast and Sydney from late October. A special launch fare of $48 one-way will begin the services aimed at meeting growing demand for premium leisure and business travel in the region. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the airline was focused on delivering the best network, frequency and service throughout the market. “Qantas and all of our people are very excited to return to the Gold Coast and relaunch services between Sydney and the Gold Coast,” Mr Joyce said. The CEO said Qantas was responding to customers demand for a premium leisure and business service, complementing Jetstar’s existing services.“Qantas will be the only domestic airline operating out of the Gold Coast which includes the convenience of a meal and checked in baggage for all passengers as part of the fare no matter what time they are flying or which class they are travelling in,” Mr Joyce announced. The move comes at a time of development of South-east Queensland, making the Gold Coast Australia’s sixth largest city and a fast growing region in the travel market. The Qantas Club will reopen by the end of 2012 after the Gold Coast passenger lounge that is currently being used by Jetstar, undergoes a refurbishment. Qantas passengers will also enjoy a smarter, faster check-in kiosk at the airport. The route will be serviced by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring the new Sky Interior with state-of-the-art, touch screen in-flight entertainment from Panasonic for all passengers, and a seating design styled by Marc Newson. The $48 one-way airfare launch with run for 48 hours, for travel between Sydney and Coolangatta, available from 1500 AEST Monday 13 August until 1500 AEST Wednesday 15 August unless sold out prior. Qantas started in Queensland 92 years ago and according to Mr Joyce, the airline’s connection with the state had never been stronger. The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed the relaunch of the Gold Coast service for Qantas, saying it will go a long way to meet visitor demand for the route.ATEC managing director, Felicia Mariani said the Gold Coast is an important part of Australia’s international offering.“Providing a Qantas connection for international visitors is a very welcome move in support of the local tourism industry,” Ms Mariani stated.The Managing director also applauded the greater connectivity to come from this Qantas service, expanding the airlines regional capacity to “go a long way to help connect our regional experiences to the international traveller.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

Qantas domestic dividends dive

first_imgDespite increased capacity in the domestic market, Qantas Group’s domestic operations revenue dropped in July 2012 against the same period last year.The financial deviation pertaining to the decrease in domestic yield was not released by Qantas in the Group’s preliminary monthly traffic and capacity statistics.Both Qantas and Jetstar yields and loads in the prior period were favourably impacted by the grounding of Tiger Airways Australia last year, according to Qantas’ monthly report.Qantas International recorded an increase in yield, following the airline’s abandonment of loss-making routes during the second half of 2012.This follows Alan Joyce’s announcement in August that Qantas’ international network is the “biggest challenge” the airline currently faces.The prospect of a fare war comes as Emirates’ chief executive Tim Clark visits Sydney this week, further fuelling speculation that the Middle Eastern airline will sign an alliance agreement with Qantas covering routes between Australia and Europe, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.The Qantas Group also revealed the restructuring of its Boeing 787-9 order stream, enabling the Group to receive a cash benefit totalling US$433 million.In related news, Qantas’ budget airline Jetstar Japan will utilise Kansai International Airport as its second base for operations from October. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Etihad in talks to buy Jet Airways stake

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J A deal is expected to close within ten days and will see Etihad purchase 24 percent of Jet Airways. Following on from last year’s speculations, Etihad Airways is reportedly close to buying almost a quarter of Indian airline, Jet Airways.Although only confirming talks of a possible purchase, the deal is expected to close within ten days, with Etihad anticipated to purchase 24 percent of Jet Airways for up to Rs. 1,800 crore, Hindustan Times reported. Jet Airways said while it was in discussion with the UAE airline, “no terms have been firmed up”.Late last year, Jet Airways and Etihad announced an expansion to their existing code share agreement on flights between from Abu Dhabi to Paris.Click here for more information. last_img

AirAsia terminates participation in AirAsia Japan

first_imgAs part of the termination, ANA will need to return all of AirAsia aircraft leased to AirAsia Japan by 1 November 2013 as well as unwind the use of the AirAsia brand in its operations. AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes said although he has “great respect for ANA” it was time for the two airlines to part ways and AirAsia to focus its attention on running a “true LCC”. AirAsia has signalled it can no longer work with All Nippon Airways (ANA) when it comes to the shared management of AirAsia Japan. AirAsia says it is time for AirAsia and ANA to part ways. Announced today, AirAsia said due to conflicting management styles, it would sell its 49 percent stake in AirAsia Japan for up to JPY2,450,000 to ANA. AirAsia Japan will continue to operate under the AirAsia brand until 31 October 2013. “We have not given up on the dream of changing air travel in Japan and look forward to returning to the market.” “I remain positive on the Japanese market and believe there is tremendous opportunity for a LCC to succeed, as proven by the tremendous success AirAsia X has seen,” Mr Fernandes explained.   Source = ETB News: NJlast_img read more