Punjab Government to promote water sports and ecotourism

first_imgThe state government of Punjab has announced its plans to develop Ranjit Sagar Lake as an international tourist destination by promoting activities including water sports and eco-tourism. Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister informed that Shivalik Dhauladhar Tourism Development Board (SDTDB) has been set up already for this purpose.A pre-feasibility report had been prepared on this project where possible activities at various locations around the lake site would be provided which includes star category eco resorts, convention center, water based and adventure activities etc.At present, the state government has begun developing nearly 300 plus acres of land, including two islands of Kulara and Musharba, spread across nearly 17 and 3 acres respectively. While nearly 2.5 acres Mango Island is being promoted by a private developer of the region, Deepak Maini.To conserve the rich heritage of the state, Punjab state government has allocated Rs 300 crore on conserving the heritage buildings of religious and historical importance, said Sohan Singh Thandal, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister of Punjab on the occasion of World Heritage Day. Besides, thousands of crores of rupees have been spent to build world class historical monuments.The tourism department has also launched ‘Punjab Tourism’ Mobile App which is available in Google Play Store. This unique app integrated with Google Maps contains information about tourist places in all the districts of the state.last_img read more

Exploring the Parliament Buildings in Belfast

first_imgParliament Buildings, located in the Stormont Estate area of Belfast, is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which had previously housed the defunct Parliament of Northern Ireland.Source: Expedialast_img

Oman makes visa rules easier to woo Indian travellers

first_imgOman is making it easier for the citizens of India, China and Russia who reside in or who hold an entry visa to one of these countries – USA, Canada, Australia, UK and Schengen states – to enter the Sultanate of Oman by granting them non-sponsored tourist visa. The new terms and conditions were issued by the Omani Authorities stated that the visa shall be granted for a period of one month for the fee of OMR 20. Salim Adi Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, from the Ministry of Tourism in Oman said, “With the revision of visa regulations, we are expecting that Indian arrivals across all segments will grow exponentially – especially leisure and visitors to conventions and exhibitions. Oman has gained immense popularity with mature and evolved travellers in the recent years. We aim to expand our travel and tourism offerings and are certain that the revised policies will offer expediency and convenience to travellers and will encourage more impromptu trips to the Sultanate.”Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative, Ministry of Tourism, Oman, stated, “The outbound segment in India is on a rise with the Indian economy booming and increasingly better standards of living. Most Indians typically travel for three to five nights as they want to experience Muscat and beyond. We are certain that the recent change in policies will be favourable for the Indian travellers and Sultanate will see a positive growth in this upcoming festive and holiday season.”last_img read more

MBA Data Shows Drop in New Home Purchase Applications

first_imgMBA Data Shows Drop in New Home Purchase Applications Share in Data, Origination Applications for new home purchases plummeted from October to November, the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mba.org/default.htm (MBA) estimates in its latest Builder Application Survey (BAS).[IMAGE]The BAS, which tracks application volume from mortgage subsidiaries of homebuilders nationwide, shows applications for new homes fell an estimated 18 percent (unadjusted) month-over-month in November.[COLUMN_BREAK]By product type, MBA reports conventional loans accounted for 66.2 percent of loan applications; loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) made up 19.9 percent; mortgages insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) composed 12.9 percent; and loans insured by rural-focused government agencies made up 1.1 percent of volume.Using information from the survey–as well as assumptions regarding market coverage and other factors–MBA estimates sales of new single-family homes ran at an adjusted annual rate of 455,000, up 11,000 from the Census Bureau’s estimate for October (but down from the association’s prediction of 509,000). Unadjusted, MBA estimates there were 32,000 new home sales in November.The average loan size for new homes was up slightly, rising a little more than $1,000 to $295,523.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Service Providers 2013-12-12 Tory Barringer December 12, 2013 436 Views last_img read more

Study Home Warranties Boost Sale Prices Reduce Market Time

first_imgStudy: Home Warranties Boost Sale Prices, Reduce Market Time in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News A study released Monday by the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC) has found that homes covered by a protection plan sell faster and for more money than those without one.According to SCIC’s most recent look at home sale prices nationally, homes sold with a protection plan spend, on average, 11 fewer days on the market.SCIC’s findings also show that homes on average sold for about $2,300 more when covered by a plan. The ability to transfer a home warranty to new owners also helps create added incentives for buyers, according to Tim Meenan, the council’s executive director.”Because home warranties can be transferred to the new owner, buyers are finding that the extra protection of a service contract can ease this apprehension,” Meenan said. “Home buyers understand that when it’s time to sell in the future, the home will have an increased resale value.”With housing sales increasing amid the economic rebounds, home warranties make sense to help increase the home’s marketability, Meenan said.National housing markets are indeed showing signs of strength and stability. And while there’s been much talk of shrinking inventory in some markets (particularly in markets like coastal California or Houston, where competition for homes among rapid population growth is fueling a seller’s market), the most recent National Housing Trend Report released by Realtor.com has found that inventory and price continued to rise for the month of April. This suggests a more robust national housing market in which the “dramatic shortages” of 2013 are being replaced by moderate home price gains and increasing inventories.Whatever the case, warranties give sellers a competitive edge, Meenan said. They also give buyers the peace of mind that the everyday breakdowns on smaller electrical appliances, such as refrigerators or microwaves, that come from defects or everyday wear and tear will be covered. These contracts help homeowners avoid unexpected, potentially large repair and service bills to things like duct work, plumbing, or the HVAC system. Home Warranties SCIC 2014-06-09 Scott_Morgancenter_img June 9, 2014 453 Views Sharelast_img read more

GDP Growth Climbs to 40 in Q2

first_img July 30, 2014 553 Views GDP Growth Climbs to 4.0% in Q2 in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The U.S. economy experienced a sharp turnaround from the first quarter to the second, fueling hopes of a rebound as the rest of the year plays out.Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.0 percent in the second quarter of the year, according to an advance estimate released by the Commerce Department. Growth came in at the high end of a survey of economists, with the consensus forecast calling for an increase of 3.1 percent.GDP for the first quarter was also revised to reflect a 2.1 percent drop, a modest improvement over the estimated 2.9 percent contraction reported previously.The Commerce Department reported that the upturn over the latest quarter mostly reflected gains in private investment and exports as well as growing consumer spending. Increases in state and local government spending also contributed, as did improvements in both residential and nonresidential fixed investment.Acknowledging that part of the second-quarter growth is due to a rebound from a weather-weakened first quarter, Doug Handler, chief economist for IHS, said that recent trends point to better than average economic growth of 3.0–3.5 percent for the second half of this year as the labor market keeps expanding.”The data are consistent with an economy that can add 200,000-plus jobs per month for at least the next several months,” Handler said.The next employment situation report is due from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. Economists anticipate 233,000 jobs were added to payrolls in July, which would mark six straight months of growth above 200,000.The government’s second estimate for Q2 GDP, which will offer a more complete look at data, is scheduled for release August 28.center_img Commerce Department GDP IHS Global Insight Jobs 2014-07-30 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Home Values Still On the Rise in April

first_img Share The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) is still climbing, with single-family gains in April up nearly 2 percent over March numbers and 6 percent up from a year ago, according to the company’s latest HPI report.In fact, the HPI shows home price gains hitting new month-to-month highs in 17 states, predominantly in the Midwest and West. Only Connecticut showed a drop in its HPI , down 0.5 percent in April.Factoring in distressed sales, this latest HPI makes the 51st consecutive month-over-month increases in home values nationwide, though the national growth rate is no longer posting double-digits.“Low mortgage rates and lean for-sale inventory have resulted in solid home-price growth in most markets,” said Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s chief economist. “An expected gradual rise in interest rates and more homes offered for sale are expected to moderate appreciation in the coming year.”Five states, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, posted the largest increases in April and year-over-year. Oregon and Washington, in fact, each had more than 10 percent growth in both categories. And though Nevada’s HPI was up about 8 percent in both categories, it was one of five states‒‒also including Florida, Rhode Island, Arizona, and Maryland‒‒to remain furthest from its peak numbers. Nevada is still 33.5 percent lower than its pre-recession peak.Also, while 17 states were in peak shape in April, the national HPI is still about 8 percent shy of peak values reported in 2006. At the going rate of increase, however, CoreLogic expects national housing prices to hit new peaks by September 2017.That going rate is expected to remain strong, and CoreLogic predicts that May’s numbers will be nearly a full percent up from April’s and more than 5 percent up from last year’s figures.The top 10 metro areas‒‒Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.‒‒ all reported increases in HPI in April, with Chicago and Las Vegas up most, by about 1.5 percent each. Year-over-year, Denver posted a 10 percent increase. CoreLogic expects Las Vegas and San Diego to post the most dramatic increases next year, with each market expected to be up more than 10 percent.Overall, about 25 percent of the top 100 markets studied are believed to be at sustainable levels. On the flipside, 101 markets overall are considered overvalued, and 16 of those markets are in Texas. June 7, 2016 514 Views CoreLogic Home Prices Home Values 2016-06-07 Scott_Morgancenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Home Values Still On the Rise in Aprillast_img read more

Buyers Working Quickly to Grab Whats Available

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Buyers Working Quickly to Grab What’s Available Share November 30, 2016 830 Views center_img The latest Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed a slight increase from that of the year prior, rising 1.8 percent. Additionally the index indicated that pending sales grew 0.1 percent from September 2016.In combination with the latest Existing Home Sales and Builder Confidence reports, Stephen Melman, Director of Economic Services at the National Association of Home Builders, says, “These reports are good news for new residential construction as the housing recovery continues to address demand among first-time buyers and broadens across a wider range of markets during the balance of 2016 and into 2017.”In the Pending Home Sales report, Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, states that homebuyers in October appear to have worked quickly in order to outbid other buyers for the short supply of affordable homes on the market.“Those obtaining a mortgage last month were likely the last group of buyers to lock in a rate near historically low levels now that rates have marched to around 4 percent since the election,” Yun said.The shortage of inventory comes as no surprise, though, according to the report. Yun says this lack of available homes for sale is merging with a time when price growth is still close to three times the pace of wage growth.The report also depicts the the imbalance of supply to demand, with 40 percent of sales in October sold at or above list price.“Low supply has kept prices elevated all year and has put pressure on the budgets of buyers,” says Yun. “With mortgage rates expected to rise into next year and put added strain on affordability, sales expansion will be contingent on more inventory coming onto the market and continued job gains.”Broken down regionally, the index shows that pending home sales compared to the year prior grew 3.9 percent in the Northwest, 1.2 percent in the Midwest, 0.8 percent in the South, and 2.5 percent in the West.“Most of the country last month saw at least a small increase in contract signings and more notably, activity in all four major regions is up from a year ago,” says Yun. “Despite limited listings and steadfast price growth that’s now carried into the fall, buyer demand has remained strong because of the consistently reliable job creation in a majority of metro areas.”To view the full Pending Home Sales Index, click here. Pending-Home Sales 2016-11-30 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Land Gorilla Announces Technology Integration with Black Knight

first_imgLand Gorilla Announces Technology Integration with Black Knight in Headlines, News, Technology August 9, 2018 714 Views California-based construction loan management software provider, Land Gorilla, has announced a technology integration with Black Knight’s LoanSphere and Empower loan origination systems (LOS).This integration will provide lenders with full visibility and control of their construction loan pipeline, from origination to post-close management, Land Gorilla said in a statement.Through this integration, lenders will have the ability to transfer loan data from the Empower system to Land Gorilla’s Construction Loan Manager (CLM), saving time for loan onboarding, increasing process efficiency and consistency, and reducing errors. Key benefits of the integration to Land Gorilla’s end users include:Process automation for initiating data deliveryReduced loan touch time and associated costsGreater efficiencies for loan admin teamReduced risk and legal exposureBetter consumer and builder experience“We are very excited to bring our premier technologies together in this integration to provide a more efficient experience for lenders,” said Sean Faries, CEO, Land Gorilla. “The integration between Black Knight and Land Gorilla will equip users with the transparency, risk abatement, and cost efficiencies required to be successful and meet the growing demand for construction and renovation loans.”LoanSphere Empower is Black Knight’s enterprise LOS used by lenders of all sizes to originate both first mortgages and home equity loans and lines of credit on one unified system. With its process automation capabilities, lenders can enhance data integrity, improve cycle times and lower their origination cost per loan.“The integration of the Empower system and Land Gorilla’s CLM software will benefit our mutual lender clients by helping them better manage the draw management processes for the construction period more efficiently,” said Rich Gagliano, President of Black Knight’s Origination Technologies division.Land Gorilla’s CLM software manages and streamlines all aspects of the construction loan management process—from pre-closing due diligence to post-closing draw administration.center_img Black Knight Land Gorilla Lenders LOS mortgage technology 2018-08-09 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

February 25 2019

first_imgFebruary 25 , 2019 Monsanto dealt first Australian lawsuit over cance … Bayer hires law firm to investigate claims Monsant … Bayer hit with US$2B verdict in third Roundup tria … U.S. jury urged to “send message” to Monsanto as R … center_img Germany-based Bayer AG is facing a second U.S. jury over allegations that its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a US$289 million verdict in California state court.A lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company was scheduled to begin on Monday in federal rather than state court Reuters reported.The trial is also a test case for a larger litigation. More than 760 of the 9,300 Roundup cases nationwide are consolidated in the federal court in San Francisco that is hearing Hardeman’s case, according to the article. You might also be interested in Bayer denies all allegations that Roundup or glyphosate cause cancer.Under a January ruling by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, who presides over the federal litigation, jurors in Hardeman’s case will not initially hear all the evidence presented in last year’s California trial.Chhabria reportedly called evidence by plaintiffs that the company allegedly attempted to influence regulators and manipulate public opinion “a distraction” from the science in the cases. He said such evidence should only go before the jury in a second trial phase that would only take place if they determined Roundup caused Hardeman’s cancer.Evidence of corporate misconduct was seen as playing a key role in the finding by a California state court jury in August that Roundup caused another man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that Bayer’s Monsanto unit failed to warn consumers about the weed killer’s cancer risks, Reuters reported.That jury’s US$289 million damages award was later reduced to US$78 million. Bayer had not completed the acquisition of Roundup owner, U.S.-based Monsanto, when last year’s trial took place and could therefore only provide limited legal support to Monsanto. But with the traction now finalized, it will be able to take on a much more significant role.last_img read more

2019AustralisCLIA AustralasiaCLIA LIVE eventscruis

first_img2019AustralisCLIA AustralasiaCLIA LIVE eventscruiseCruise Lines International Association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia is taking its popular CLIA LIVE events national with an expanded program in 2019. In addition to the East Coast and Auckland events that launched this year, CLIA Australasia & Asia Managing Director Joel Katz said CLIA LIVE will make its debut in Perth and Adelaide in the new year, while the New Zealand event has been extended to two days.CLIA LIVE is an exclusive training event for CLIA agents which sees dozens of cruise industry representatives gather under one roof to provide insights into their brand during an action-packed two-day program.“At CLIA LIVE, representatives from the world’s biggest ocean, river and expedition cruise lines gather together to share the latest on their brands including their unique selling points, target audiences and onboard guest experiences,” said Katz.“Because these events are exclusive to our members, we’re offering CLIA agents the chance to get in-the-know and get ahead when it comes to selling cruise. These are must-attend events for anyone, whether you are new-to-cruise or have been selling cruise for many years.“We had such a great response from our inaugural events that we’re thrilled to be taking CLIA LIVE to Adelaide and Perth for the first time. We’re also excited to offer our New Zealand members two full days of CLIA LIVE in Auckland.”CLIA LIVE events will take place between March and September 2019Perth – Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 MarchAdelaide – Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 AprilSydney – Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 AprilAuckland -Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 MayBrisbane -Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 MayMelbourne – Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 SeptemberCLIA members will earn 30 accreditation points for attending and can attend either or both days depending on their availability.All CLIA LIVE 2019 events are on sale now and cost $50 per person per day. Due to its popularity this year, CLIA LIVE events are expected to sell-out and therefore CLIA encourages agents to book their tickets fast to ensure they don’t miss out.Tickets are limited and are available on a strictly first come first served basis. For more information or to book CLICK HERE. last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation With all due respect to Mr. King, umm, pass. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Sure, Barber was one of the league’s best backs when he last played, but that was in 2006. Four seasons away from the game likely haven’t made the 36-year-old any better, and there’s no chance he’ll contribute on special teams.No, what the Cardinals need to do is sit back and wait. Chances are someone better than Barber will become available before the season opener, and at that point the Cardinals should make a move.Panicking and signing a guy who hasn’t played since Dennis Green was roaming the Arizona sideline is not the way to go. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Arizona Cardinals are down a running back, but they will not be turning to the “Today Show” for Ryan Williams’ replacement.According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the former Giant-turned-broadcaster-turned-NFL free agent agent’s said the Cardinals are looking a different direction.I just don’t get why a team desperate for an experienced back wouldn’t look at him. It can’t do any harm to work him out. I realize there are some teams who need spare running backs to also play special teams. But teams like Arizona, Detroit and Tampa Bay have enough youth all over their roster to take on a veteran back and make him a runner only.last_img read more

It has been four games and counting since Marshawn

first_imgIt has been four games and counting since Marshawn Lynch surpassed 100 yards rushing, and he’s averaging 3.2 yards per carry in that span. It’s a trend that is not necessarily as troubling as it is puzzling because the Seahawks seemed to have lost a step at precisely the moment you would have expected them to pick up speed.Russell Okung is back at left tackle. Has been for the past four games. Same for Breno Giacomini at right tackle, and while the pass protection has improved remarkably since they came back, the rushing production has waned.Over the first 10 games, Seattle averaged 153.4 yards rushing per game, 4.65 yards per carry. Over the last four: 110 yards per game, 3.58 per carry.Not exactly the best time to be hosting the No. 1 rush defense in the league, which is exactly where the Cardinals rank.We pause now to inject a little bit of perspective. This is the football equivalent of first-world problems. Call it a first-place problem, and before we get hip deep in hand-wringing, let it be stated that Seattle has rushed for more yards than every team but the Eagles while Lynch has already surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the third consecutive season.But on a team that has allowed a grand total of 19 yards in punt returns, made 21 consecutive field goals and is on pace to set a franchise record for fewest points allowed for the second consecutive year, penalties and these rushing “struggles” are the closest thing Seattle has to a sore spot. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires SEATTLE, Wash — If the NFL season is a marathon, the Seahawks need to work on their closing kick.Seattle isn’t picking up speed as it nears the finish line. At least not like you’d expect in the one offensive category that is only the most important for this team: rushing.Marshawn Lynch has averaged 54.5 yards rushing and 3.2 yards per carry over the last four games even though the Seahawks’ offensive line has returned to full strength. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Comments   Share   “I think we’re OK,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’re still going to pound away at it and keep working, keep getting our numbers and attempts up there. It’s just a matter of breaking one that means the difference in those stats sometimes.”He’s not wrong about that. Two Seahawks penalties nullified rushing first downs in the game against the 49ers, one of them a 20-yard gain by Lynch.But the running game is the foundation of Seattle’s offense. Not only does it echo the physical style that Carroll wants to see from his defense, but it’s what sets up the play-action pass that is such a staple in Seattle’s offense.This is hardly a secret, and for the past three weeks it’s possible to see a concerted effort from defenses to stop the run above everything else, a fact that probably has been reinforced because the improved pass protection has made quarterback Russell Wilson less of a target for opposing defenses.But that doesn’t change the fundamental formula Seattle relies upon nor the importance of getting back up to speed in the ground game that is so important for everything this team does.“Our attitude about it is right,” Carroll said. “We’re on it and consistent with it, so I’m fine about it. We would like to get more production and I would think that it would happen.” That’s certainly the expectation. Then again, you would expect the return of the team’s two starting offensive tackles would have provided the requisite giddy-up for the running game, and that hasn’t been the case.– This story is courtesy of MyNorthwest.com and 710AM Seattle. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   We found out about it via a tweet: Top Stories This little dude at @AZCardinals camp had never owned a jersey. His favorite player is @Mathieu_Era I gave him mine pic.twitter.com/oLubRs0tlY— Richard Harmon (@RichardHarmon23) August 7, 2016The 31-year-old Harmon, who is about as passionate a Cardinals fan as you will find, gave a little more background into what transpired.“So I was walking around and saw a young kid and mom they were at the AZ Sports stand,” he said.Harmon, who started his own truck dispatching business after spending eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry and has a son who is a little more than two years old, noticed they did not have any Cardinals gear.“I asked the mom if her son has his own jersey and she said unfortunately not,” he said. “I asked who the little guy’s favorite player was and he said the Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu). So I took off my jersey and gave it to him. The mom snapped a few pics of us and she had tears in her eyes. The little guy had a giant smile and gave me a hug and we went our separate ways.”Harmon, who did not get either of their names, added he was not even planning on getting a photo of it but realized his wife would wonder why he came back from a trip to the concession stand without his jersey. As for the tweet, he was hesitant to post it out of concern people might feel like he was looking for attention. “But with all the politics and negativity on social media I wanted something positive on there to make people want to be nice to each other,” he said. – / 21 For a long time, the Arizona Cardinals’ fan base was a fairly tight-knit community of die-hards who supported their team no matter what.Over time — and as the franchise has experienced more success — the community has grown, as evidenced by the consecutive sellout streak at University of Phoenix Stadium as well as the amount of Cardinals gear you see worn and displayed all over the Valley.After something that happened Saturday during the team’s Red & White practice, the BirdGang can be exceptionally proud of one of its members.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Conrad Hotels Resorts is welcoming guests to the

first_imgConrad Hotels & Resorts is welcoming guests to the new Conrad Guangzhou, the seventh Conrad property to debut in China. Created as an urban oasis in the heart of CBD Zhujiang New Town, Conrad Guangzhou boasts panoramic river views from its rooms and restaurants while offering intuitive amenities and service. The hotel is ideal for leisure and business travellers alike who want to explore, do business and stay inspired.“We are thrilled to introduce smart luxury to the Guangdong Province. As the 31st hotel in the global Conrad portfolio, Conrad Guangzhou reinvents the luxury hotel landscape in the region and provides today’s travellers with a stylish way of exploring the world around them,” said Jin Qian, area president, Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton. “Through inspiring design, intuitive amenities and services, and the opportunity for authentic connections to their destination, Conrad delivers a more inspired experience every time.”Conrad Guangzhou offers 309 guest rooms and suites in a modern 27-storey tower overlooking the Pearl River. The hotel enjoys a prime location in the amid a new, multi-use complex, where guests can easily walk to premium shopping, entertainment and public art, or attend to business at the nearby corporate offices. Popular landmarks like the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Opera House and Canton Tower are minutes away, as are the subway system and bus stations.“Conrad Guangzhou perfectly reflects the city’s character – rich in tradition and culture, yet stands true to the brand in its smart luxury ethos,” said John T. A. Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts. “We’re excited to open our seventh Conrad hotel in China, welcoming global luxury travellers with worldly style and flawless service.”Conrad Guangzhou features a variety of modern and spacious rooms and suites with panoramic river views and best-in-class amenities. Starting at 48 square metres, rooms feature walk-in closets, large flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and wired internet access, Nespresso coffee machine, and a shoe dryer, an amenity unique to Conrad Guangzhou to keep shoes dry and toasty.Guest may choose from three signature restaurants along with a lounge and bar, designed by André Fu and design firm, AB concept. Renowned for his design aesthetic that reinterprets traditional ideas with unique and playful presentation, Fu has created three distinct culinary experiences. At Yun Pavilion, Chef Tan presents his innovative take on traditional Cantonese served in the contemporary dining area or private dining rooms. Sense is Conrad Guangzhou’s all-day restaurant, offering a menu of international favourites served buffet style. Aroma, open for lunch and dinner features a seasonally-inspired menu and Mediterranean dishes. Connect with happy hour cocktails or afternoon tea at Gem, the ground-floor lounge adjacent to the art park. After dark, gather at Mg, Conrad Guangzhou’s chic destination bar offering a range of drinks and light bites.Conrad Guangzhou guests can stay healthy, fit and inspired while travelling with a fitness centre located on the sixth floor with state-of-the-art equipment, a 25-metre indoor pool and sweeping views of the city. The onsite Spa offers relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.Ideal proximity, convenience and unique services make Conrad Guangzhou the preferred choice for business travellers and conferences as well as corporate events or weddings. The hotel is an easy walk to nearby corporate office buildings and the CBD transportation hub. Express, in-room dining is available as well as an Executive Lounge with stunning river views offering complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and soft drinks throughout the day. With over 1800 square metres of flexible meeting space, Conrad Guangzhou can accommodate event groups ranging in size from intimate to up to 1000 guests and offers state-of-the-art audiovisual technology including extra-large LED screens. A 24-hour business centre offers a wide range of secretarial and administrative services.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter A record 600 media and

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterA record 600 media and PR industry representatives attended TravMedia’s second annual International Media Marketplace (IMM) USA on 25 January 2018, breaking new attendance levels for the global event program, now in its sixth year.IMM USA connected 300 North American media with 285 PR representatives of 204 international travel brands in the impressive all-glass River Pavilion, a 4180-square-metre space on the top floor of the Jacob K. Javits Center. Collectively they participated in 9628 pre-scheduled, one-on-one appointments – plus 4.5 hours of open networking which took place at multiple catered events.Headline sponsor Tourism Australia showcased 10 destinations, products and experiences in the Australia Pavilion, with a coffee cart in the adjacent Media Lounge by Bluestone Lane, New York, which originally hails from Melbourne. Media enjoyed more than 700 of Australia’s signature flat white coffees throughout the daylong program.Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) continued its support of the IMM program with 21 CLIA Members joining a dedicated Cruise Capsule within the event. More than 550 guests at the sit-down lunch enjoyed an address by Arnold Donald, CLIA global chairman and president and CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc, where topline results were revealed from the ‘2018 Cruise Travel Report: Annual Study of Attitudes, Behaviors and Travel Preferences’.Tourism Australia also hosted the official cocktail reception for media and VIPs, timed to coincide with Australia Day celebrations. Guests were treated to wines by Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia, gourmet pies and sausage rolls, and Australian ice-cream by Oddfellows including ‘Tim Tam Slam’, ‘Lamington’ and ‘Hokey Pokey’. At the reception, Tourism Australia’s managing director John O’Sullivan spoke on ‘Discover Aboriginal Experiences’, a new collective in its Signature Experiences program.Nick Wayland, CEO and founder of TravMedia said, “The tremendous success of our second annual IMM USA 2018 event would not have been possible without the record media and industry in attendance, and the incredible support of Headline Sponsor, Tourism Australia, as well as major exhibiting partner Cruise Lines International Association, who chose IMM to exclusively release their 2018 Cruise Travel Report with global chairman, Arnold Donald.” Hotel partner, Four Seasons Hotel New York, hosted a VIP Cocktail reception the evening before IMM, with IMM’s Advisory Board members, key sponsors, and hosted media in attendance.The new MOXY Times Square, conveniently located to the Jacob K. Javits Center, hosted the majority of the 50 media flown in from across the US and Canada under the IMM Hosted Media Program (IMMHMP).Transport partners, Lyft and SuperShuttle New York, supported transfer logistics for IMM Media and Exhibiting delegates.TravMedia’s IMM has become one of the leading travel industry events to meet the media. Upcoming 2018 International Media Marketplace events include: IMM Australia in Sydney on 23 February; IMM Germany in Berlin the day before ITB on 6 March; IMM UK in London on 12 March; the first ever IMM Brazil on 2 April; the inaugural IMM Paris on 25 September; and the third annual IMM Asia in Singapore just prior to ITB Asia on 16 October.TravMedia provides travel news feeds in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, China, UK, USA, Canada, Europe (Germany/Switzerland/Austria), Middle East, South Africa and Brazil. TravMedia also provides the online pressroom for the US Travel Association’s IPW trade show and the Society of American Travel Writers’ annual convention, as well as digital tools for the promotion of Brand USA.Registration for IMM USA 2019 (to be held on 24 January 2019) will open 1 March 2018.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Australia has become on

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAustralia has become one of the world’s most popular luxury destinations, holding its place in the Top 10 list since 2011. This week Australia hosted 500 of the most influential international decision makers in the luxury travel industry at an event held in Melbourne.Virtuoso has brought its 2019 Symposium to Melbourne, marking the second time the group has selected Australia as its host destination since Sydney in 2009.“Travellers at the  top end of the market are looking for more than luxury, they are seeking their own tailored experiences,  to explore and connect through genuine and meaningful interactions that make them feel like they’ve been absorbed into the local environment. That is something Australia offers in abundance,” says Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso.“People are fascinated by everything about Australia:  its unique wildlife, extraordinary landscape,  great food, and friendly and open people. It’s somewhere just about everyone aspires to visit.”“Over the past 10 years, Australian tourism products have really lifted to meet the needs of luxury travellers and that’s why we have seen incredible increases in traveller numbers through the Virtuoso network with a 23% increase in visitor numbers over the past two years alone.”The 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report reveals Australia is:One of the 10 Most Popular Global DestinationsRanks eighth as Most Popular Adventure Travel DestinationsIs the ninth Most Popular Cruise ItinerariesIs the fifth Most Popular Destinations for Millennial TravellersRanks as the ninth Most Popular Destinations for Women TravellersSydney is one of the 10 Most Popular CitiesSince 2009, Virtuoso network hotel bookings to Australia have increased tenfoldSince 2016, Virtuoso booking dollars to Australia have increased by 26 percentTour booking value to Australia has increased by 36% since 2016Cruise booking value to Australia has increased by 24%Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan says the return of Virtuoso’s Symposium, this time to Melbourne, is highly significant and recognises the evolution of the Australia’s luxury offering.“Over the past ten years or so, Australia’s offering for the high-end, luxury traveller has improved out of sight. Of course, Australia has always been a big country with spectacular and extraordinarily diverse natural environments and jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes. But we now have the luxury accommodation and experiences to match, giving our guests exclusivity of access to land, people, knowledge and place. This is really the essence of our unique style of Australian luxury. All delivered with that warm, uniquely Australian style of service that today’s discerning international traveller finds so appealing.“Having Virtuoso Symposium in Melbourne is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our evolving upscale  story and show this hugely influential group of travel decision-makers just how far Australia’s luxury tourism offering has come and why it will resonate so strongly with their clients.”Upchurch concurs. “Ten years ago we selected Sydney as the host city for our Symposium because Australia was one of those countries that was on everyone’s dream list. Flash forward a decade and Australia has gone from aspirational to attainable thanks in large part to the diversity it offers travellers, particularly at the top end of the market.”Virtuoso Symposium, held in a different location each year, is taking place on 7-11 May, with functions spread across Crown Towers Melbourne, Park Hyatt Melbourne and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre; with special events taking place at the Melbourne National Gallery and Melbourne Town Hall. Throughout the conference, the spotlight is on the host destination and its highly desirable luxury offerings. From day trips to the Mornington Peninsula, to walking and tasting tours of the city that include the Queen Victoria Market, to exclusive shopping excursions, attendees will experience the best of the area.Symposium is a high-level business event gathering more than 450 of the most influential decision makers in up-market travel for networking and luxury experiences as well as for discussions on industry trends, challenges, and opportunities. Both Tourism Australia and Visit Victoria have played pivotal roles in attracting the event, while also providing more than 18 months of support leading up to, and during, the Symposium.“We look forward to introducing our network to Melbourne – many for the first time – so that they can come to know this incredible city and country, and inspire others to come visit as well.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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