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first_img You might also be interested in An apple flower clusterU.S. researchers say there is exciting potential for plant-based nanocrystals to play a huge role in protecting buds and flowers from frost damage in the future.A team at the Washington State University (WSU) is developing a solution using cellulose nanocrystals which are sprayed onto trees. Trials are in their initial stages, but initial results show a significant improvement in hardiness level.The university recently received a US$500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop the nanotechnology. The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission contributed an additional US$100,000 to help fund field trials.Matthew Whiting, scientist and professor of horticulture at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, said the solution isn’t just more environmentally friendly and sustainable than traditional frost protection methods, but it could actually be more effective at preventing damage.Speaking with Fresh Fruit Portal, he explained that the nanocrystals were produced by breaking down cellulose via a digestive process and then dissolving them in water. The resulting suspensions can then be sprayed onto crops.There has been a lot of innovation and interest in finding markets for nanocrystals, Whiting explained, but the researchers have now taken a new approach by investigating the product’s thermal traits.”We tried this first in late spring 2017 and found really interesting and very promising results,” he said.”From there we built our proposal to the USDA based on those preliminary results and got the funding, and we’ve been pursuing it in earnest this past winter and this spring.” Turkish cherry industry confident of strong future … July 24 , 2018 U.S.: California forecasts record-breaking cherry … center_img Dalian Yidu chief wins visionary award at Global C … Crops all over the world suffer devastating frost damage on a regular basis, and while there is already an array of protective measures available, many of them – like propane burners or water sprinklers – are based on unsustainable technologies.Cellulose, however, is a renewable resource and Whiting believes it “ticks the boxes for being a sustainable, long-term solution.”It could be more effective than other methods as well, with trials over the last year and a half suggesting the technology could improve crop hardiness by up to 4 degrees Celsius. “We really began this with significant field trials this past spring. We were working with apples and cherries, and also had some preliminary evidence in wine grapes,” he said.”The interesting thing is it doesn’t seem to matter which species you’re working on – the protective effect is not crop-dependent. We are excited by the potentially broad applicability of the results.”The trials so far have involved small-scale research farms, with the researchers taking 10 replicate trees and treating them with different concentrations of the nanocrystal films. They then take branches with buds at various stages of development and put them in a freeze chamber that mimics a cold frosty night. The tissue and flower death is then evaluated and compared with the untreated samples.”We’ve seen a 3.5- and sometimes a 4-degree improvement in the hardiness level. For example, if an untreated flower is killed at -1ºC, the treated were hardy to -3ºC or -4ºC,” he said.There has been a lot of local interest from industry stakeholders who are eager to assist with large-scale trials, which are due to begin next year.Whiting said it was still early days and trails are expected to continue for another three years as there are many questions that need to be answered, such as the best concentrations in which the nanocrystals should be applied.Photo: WSU Turkish cherry industry eyes strong future in Chin …last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   “It was unbelievable, it was our fans in there pulling for us and pushing us to victory. It was an unbelievable feeling.”Sunday’s matchup is not likely to have the same energy as the championship game, though it is a battle of teams looking to remain undefeated on this young season.Besides a chance to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1974, the game also represents an opportunity for the Cardinals to pick up their play on offense against one of the league’s better defenses. “We’re not thinking about the 3-0, we’re just thinking about going out there and playing 60 minutes of good football,” Fitzgerald said. “We need to be able to do that. We haven’t done that thus far; from an offensive standpoint we haven’t even been close.”The Cardinals have scored 20 points in each of their first two games, though they rank 30th in the NFL in total offense and are tied for last in the league with a 5.6 yards per attempt average in the passing game.“You know the way our defense is playing, the way our special teams is playing,” Fitzgerald mused, “the blocked field goals, the blocked punts.“These guys are playing lights out, it’s time for us to pull our weight.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald remembers the 2008 NFC Championship Game quite well.The Cardinals were facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles for the right to go to Super Bowl XLIII. The game was at University of Phoenix Stadium, and it’s the last time the Eagles played in the building. Philadelphia is Arizona’s opponent this Sunday.“I just remember, vividly, the energy in that building,” Fitzgerald said of the championship game. “When they announced us and we were coming out of that tunnel…the hair on my arms was standing up, I mean, I’d never heard it that loud. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories LISTEN: Podcast – Big Red Rage With the NFL draft approaching in two weeks, the Arizona Cardinals are working feverishly to settle their draft board.Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 620’s Big Red Rage Show Thursday the team has had spirited conversations about this year’s crop of players.“We rank them one through 120 on who we would take for the Arizona Cardinals,” Keim said. “So once we get to draft day and all the emotions are running, we’ve already had those tough conversations, we’ve already separated these players. So once we get to the seventh pick and six players are gone, it’s easy to know who we’re taking.” “It happens every year. You just have to be willing to turn over every stone and to dig and we have a great scouting staff that does their due diligence and we feel very good about our process.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But despite making great progress, Keim said the organization hasn’t come to a consensus on a pick.“Not yet. We’ve actually gotten most of the way through the offensive part of our discussions,” Keim said.Keim said those discussions have proven to be heated and opinionated at times, which he believes is a good sign.“You want to see people fight for what they believe in,” Keim explained. “So if you had a camera in that war room while we’re talking about the players, it can get quite interesting. But at the end of the day when we put that card on the board, it’s a Cardinal grade.”The Cardinals’ GM said the team remains steadfast on selecting the best available player and will look to draft accordingly.But one area of the draft that appears particularly strong is the depth at the offensive line position, which is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Keim and the Cardinals.“We finished talking about most of the offensive lineman [Thursday],” Keim stated. “It is a good group, not only from top to bottom. I mean there are guys that are going to go in the first round and I think they’re going to have tremendous success. I think there are going to be guys you could find in rounds three through six that are going to be good, quality NFL starters. Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals return home Sunday, where they’ll face the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium.Below is the official Week 14 injury report for both teams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgHouston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien watches play against the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Do not expect a high-scoring affair when the Houston Texans host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium.The Cardinals only scored 10 points last Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks. But without rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson, the Texans’ offense has scored a total of 14 points in their last two games with Tom Savage under center.Houston’s chances of winning a third-straight AFC South division title seem to hinge on how the Texans’ defense performs. But without three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, the Texans’ defense has taken a step back in 2017. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s unit has given up 26.8 points per game, the second-worst average in the NFL. • Robert Griffin III: I could help the Texans (Toro Times)The 27 year-old Griffin was released by the Cleveland Browns back in March after playing only five games last year for them due to injury. He threw for 886 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 59.2 percent of his passes.• Cardinals starting QB Blaine Gabbert versus Texans (Houston Chronicle)“I think he’s a quick decision-maker,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think he throws an accurate ball. I think he can move. I think he’s fairly athletic. I think he’s a smart guy. We practiced against him when we scrimmaged against San Francisco last year saw some good things from Blaine. High draft pick. I know that he’s had some really good games in this league and so we need to be ready to go.”Friday, November 17• Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney: ‘I’m having an OK season’ (Houston Chronicle)Despite the season-ending injuries to J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilius and becoming a marked man from blocking schemes, Clowney has still managed to tie his career-high with six sacks. He already has a dozen tackles for losses, four less than his total from all of last season with seven games to play. “The thing about Zach is he runs around and plays hard,” Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel said. “He’s much more physical than what we saw on film coming out. He’s just got to continue to develop and improve.”• Challenges mount for Texans’ Tom Savage after injury to WR Will Fuller (ESPN NFL Nation)Fuller injured his ribs in the Texans’ Week 10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams while attempting to catch a short pass in the middle of the field from quarterback Tom Savage.• Injury to ribs expected to sideline Will Fuller this week (ESPN NFL Nation)“He took a pretty good shot,” coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday. “He’s a tough guy. … Very tough guy, especially for the way he’s built. He’s one of our better receivers when it comes to blocking. He does a lot of different things for us that people probably don’t even notice. But he’s slightly built.”• Run game in focus as Texans get set for Cards ( ran for 94 yards in the loss to the Colts, and 89 yards last week at Los Angeles. They’re now sixth in the NFL with 127.9 rushing yards per game. Getting back closer to that mark, or above it, is a priority and a bonafide possibility for the likes of Lamar Miller, D’Onta Foreman and Alfred Blue. • Without Deshaun Watson, Texans’ success will again rely on defense (ESPN NFL Nation)Nine wins generally gives a team a chance at a playoff berth in the NFL — as it has for the last three seasons under O’Brien — which means the Texans have little margin for error moving forward. With an offense that has struggled since Watson’s injury, that means the defense has to step up and carry the team, just as the unit has had to for most of the franchise’s history.• Texans’ Tom Savage has struggled, but no better option on roster (ESPN NFL Nation)(Head coach Bill) O’Brien said the Texans did discuss Kaepernick, but the team instead opted to sign Yates and McGloin immediately after Watson was put on injured reserve. On Saturday, Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told the Reasonable Doubt podcast that the Texans’ poor play has made the case against the NFL “even stronger.”The Texans had the fourth-easiest schedule to play in the second half, but as Houston showed in the first game on that list, it won’t be smooth sailing unless something changes. Now at 3-6 and three games back in the division, the Texans are quickly losing time to right the ship, and there’s no healthy quarterback on the roster who can help plug the Texans’ Watson-sized hole. • Tom Savage pops up on injury report (Toro Times)It turns out that starting quarterback Tom Savage suffered a shoulder injury during this past Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.Wednesday, November 15• City of Houston makes Sunday ‘Andre Johnson Day’ (Houston Chronicle)“When I came here in 2003 I never thought I’d be given a day,” Johnson said. “I came here just to play football and live out my dream. I see that now I was able to touch a lot of people in this community. And now to be given my day, it just means a lot.”• Texans work out tight ends Gabe Holmes, Brandon Barnes (Houston Chronicle)The Texans have two tight ends on the active roster, C.J. Fiedodorowicz and Stephen Anderson, after placing tight end Ryan Griffin on injured reserve last week with a concussion.• Texans need consistent running game to spark struggling offense (ESPN NFL Nation)The Texans have the NFL’s sixth-best rushing offense and have averaged 127.9 yards per game this season, but the majority of that came with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson under center. Watson contributed to the success with 269 yards on 36 carries in seven games, and his mobility also opened up the Texans’ passing game, giving them a balanced and effective attack that turned into one of the league’s best offenses. • Texans injury report: Chris Thompson sidelined with knee injury (Houston Chronicle)The Texans’ return game is hurting.With rookie wide receiver Chris Thompson sidelined with a knee injury and wide receiver Will Fuller out with cracked ribs, the Texans are shorthanded on special teams.• DeAndre Hopkins learned a lot from ‘big brother’ Andre Johnson (ESPN NFL Nation)Hopkins’ breakout season was Johnson’s last in Houston, in 2014. Hopkins had 76 receptions for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns that year, during which he established himself as one of the NFL’s best. Johnson and Hopkins combined for 161 receptions in each of their two seasons together from 2013-14, and they totaled 2,209 yards in 2013 and 2,146 in 2014. The pair’s combined 322 receptions and 4,355 receiving yards from 2013-14 are the fourth most by any pair of teammates in that span.• Mercilus once star struck by Andre Johnson (“The best moment of me remembering Dre was when I pulled my hamstring,” Mercilus said. “I want to say it was my second year in 2013 in the summer and we sat down in the meal room. I sat down right across from Dre and he turned to me and said, ‘Man, was that you who went down?’” I was like, oh my gosh. Dre just talked to me. He’s a legend.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img • Texans tried to ‘mix it up’ with Braxton Miller at QB (Houston Chronicle)The most experienced quarterback on the Texans’ roster besides the actual quarterbacks who play the position for a living is wide receiver Braxton Miller. On Sunday, Miller relived his old role as a quarterback at Ohio State as he was utilized in some Wildcat-style plays. Miller handed off once and rushed one time for a single yard during a loss to the Los Angeles Rams.Texans coach Bill O’Brien didn’t sound thrilled with the results, though, or likely to expand Miller’s role as a quarterback.“Just trying to mix it up a little bit,” O’Brien said. “I just felt like it didn’t really help the rhythm of the offense. It wasn’t Braxton’s fault. It just didn’t really help what we were trying to do. It didn’t have the effect that I thought it was going to have.”• Texans CB Kevin Johnson regaining old form (Houston Chronicle)On Sunday during a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Johnson arguably delivered his best performance of the season.Johnson covered well and was an aggressive tackle, including a tackle for a loss on a Tavon Austin run. He had four tackles overall. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact • Houston Texans: Why the team should sign Robert Griffin III now (House of Houston)The Houston Texans have become an absolute snooze fest because of Watson not being around with his ailments but one familiar name has recently said he’s open to signing with the Houston Texans.• Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt bonding in treatment room (Toro Times)It looks like Houston Texans’ stars Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt are building a strong relationship while they both recover from serious injuries.Thursday, November 16• Bill O’Brien on Texans QB Tom Savage’s play: ‘It’s time to get going’ (Houston Chronicle)Savage has lost all three of his starts this season, including the past two since replacing injured rookie star Deshaun Watson. Savage is in his fourth NFL season, but has started just five career games.• Texans assistant Mike Vrabel once caught an Adrian Peterson stiff-arm (Houston Chronicle)“Guys were asking me if I got one of those stiff-arms,” Vrabel said. “I think I was in my 15th year in a preseason game. I came off the fullback and next thing I know I caught one of those stiff-arms in Minnesota.”• Texans impressed with rookie Zach Cunningham’s development (Houston Chronicle) • Bill O’Brien noncommittal on Texans WR Will Fuller’s status (Houston Chronicle)Texans starting wide receiver Will Fuller absorbed a big hit Sunday from Los Angeles Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner, enough of one that he injured his ribs and left the game. The Cardinals have relied on Adrian Peterson since his arrival, but Houston has been stout against the run, allowing only an average of 99.7 yards per game. Regardless of who starts at quarterback, the Cardinals could have success throwing the ball against a Texans’ secondary that has been torched to the tune of 253.8 passing yards per game, the fifth-worst average in the NFL.The Texans need a win to stay within shouting distance of the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cardinals are right in the thick of the wild card picture. All week, we’ll take you to Houston to give you an inside look at the story lines and players surrounding the interconference showdown.It’s Behind Enemy Lines.Saturday, November 18• Vandermeer’s View: Dre Day (’s important work to do this weekend. The Texans are in a deep hole at three games under .500. They have lost three in a row and are in desperate need of getting their offense going to stop the bleeding.• Houston Texans vs Cardinals: 2017 Week 11: Three things to watch (House of Houston)The team look like a beat-up jalopy trotting up and down the field with enough guff to get themselves in the end zone just once to avoid the embarrassment of getting blanked.  They, of course, ended up falling to the Rams 33-7. • Houston Texans: How Kevin Johnson has begun his ascent to greatness (House of Houston/Fansided)Johnson delivered four bone-crunching tackles — with one assisted — that indicates his injury that he sustained earlier in the season — that caused him to miss five games — is quickly starting to be of little concern with each day that passes.• The Houston Texans are Searching for Answers (’Brien attributes the Texans poor performances the past two weeks to not finishing drives. Combined in those games, the Texans are 0-5 in trips to the red zone after being a top five team in the red zone with Deshaun Watson. Interceptions have really set the Texans back when Savage is running the offense.• Robert Griffin III thinks he could help Texans (Houston Chronicle)Robert Griffin III is a quarterback who would like to get his foot in that revolving door again, but a team has to give him a chance.If the Texans are in the market to sign another quarterback, all they have to do is give him a call, and Griffin will answer on the first ring.Tuesday, November 14• Texans coach Bill O’Brien stresses need for consistency (Houston Chronicle)“Finish drives,” he began. “There were five games in a row when we were scoring a punch of points. I know we had a different quarterback (Deshaun Watson), but we were finishing drives pretty well. We’ve got to get back to finishing drives – in the end zone, not with field goals and obviously not with turnovers.” 1 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgCardinals OC Mike McCoy has a tendency to run his RBs too much behind C:•The NFL avg is 28.9% over the last 3 years•David Johnson has a 10% success rate on 1st down running behind C (1.8 YPC)•McCoy’s run offenses ranked #32, #24 & #22 the last 3 yrs•Run rate visualized:— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 18, 201831Ranking 31st in the NFL and ahead of only the Bills, the Cardinals averaged 156.1 passing yards per game and 5.8 yards per attempt.13.1Arizona also ranked ahead of Buffalo in points per game, averaging 13.1 under McCoy. Buffalo heads into its seventh game at 12.7 points per game, while the New Orleans Saints lead the NFL at 36. Only six teams average fewer than 20 points per game.32, Part IThe Cardinals ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing yards averaged per game (64.6) and average yards per carry (3.2).32, Part IIArizona also ranked at the bottom in several passing statistics through Thursday. The Cardinals are tied for having thrown the most interceptions (9). Five have been thrown by Rosen, while four were thrown by Sam Bradford through the first three weeks of the season. The rest of the league has yet to wrap Week 7 of play, but here’s a look at just how much McCoy’s offense struggled to produce during his tenure.Related LinksArizona Cardinals fire OC Mike McCoy, promote Byron LeftwichArizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim calls loss to Broncos ’embarrassing’Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen has ‘frustrating’ night in loss to BroncosArizona Cardinals hit rock bottom in lopsided loss to DenverRapid Reactions: Cardinals struggle on both sides of ball in loss to Denver23.1The Cardinals haven’t put themselves in position to succeed on third down. That said, they haven’t gotten it down on third downs, either. Arizona ranks last by converting 23.1 percent of their third downs, by far worst in the league. The Buffalo Bills are second-to-last at 27.9 percent, and every other team ranks from 31.2 percent to 49.4 percent on third-down conversions heading into the weekend.0-of-17Spanning the Cardinals’ Week 6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings through the first half Thursday against Denver, Arizona went on a streak of 0-of-17 on third-down conversions before a Rosen scramble broke the streak on the first drive of the third quarter. That was part of an 11-play, 63-yard touchdown drive that was significant in itself.49-7Halftime adjustments haven’t been productive for the Cardinals’ offense. They entered Thursday having been shut out 42-0 in third quarters this season before Rosen led the offense on the aforementioned drive that ended on a four-yard touchdown throw to Larry Fitzgerald. The McCoy-led team was outscored 49-7 in third quarters. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 8 Comments   Share   Mike McCoy has been fired three times since the 2017 calendar year began.On New Year’s Day, the San Diego Chargers relieved him of duties as head coach. McCoy latched on to the Denver Broncos as offensive coordinator heading into 2017, but he was fired after Week 11 of that season in the midst of a six-game losing skid.He didn’t even last that long in Arizona. Joining first-time head coach Steve Wilks’ staff and challenged with a new-look quarterback room that included veteran Sam Bradford and rookie Josh Rosen, McCoy was replaced with quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich on Friday, the morning after the Cardinals’ 45-10 loss to the Broncos on Thursday Night Football. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy call a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals announced Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, that McCoy has been relieved of his duties and that quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich will assume his position. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 1Fitzgerald’s catch with 8:33 left in the third quarter, by the way, was his first score this season. He has caught 26 balls on 43 targets for 255 yards so far this year and is on pace to total 583 yards, which would be nearly 200 yards off his worst season of 780 receiving yards his rookie year.3.2That’s David Johnson’s average yards per carry this season. He’s rushed for just 335 yards through the seventh game of the year. According to Sharp Football Stats, he struggled immensely on first downs and third downs, respectively averaging 1.9 yards and 1.4 yards per rush.Johnson averaged 5.0 yards per carry on second downs.63 percentNot including the loss to Denver, McCoy’s Cardinals rushed the ball behind rookie center Mason Cole 63 percent of the time in 2018 with limited results. That was even extreme by McCoy’s standards. He ran it behind center 47 percent of the time with the Chargers in 2016. As offensive coordinator of the Broncos last year before getting the axe after Week 11, McCoy called runs up the middle 40 percent of the time, according to Sharp Football Stats.The NFL average, according to Sharp Football Stats, is 28.9 percent over the last three years. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Egypt, opened its doors on 22 October 2015. The property, which reopened under the stewardship of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., will offer leisure and business travellers an opulent retreat in the heart of the city.“Cairo is a city that fuses the majesty of the past with the pulse of the present and the promise of the future,” stated Herve Humler, President & COO, The Ritz-Carlton.“Visitors over the centuries have been drawn by its ever-evolving mix of history, trade and culture, which continues to draw adventurists, as well as families and business travellers to this vibrant city. With millennial travellers seeking luxury as part of their travel experience, the Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo marries this “bucket-list” city with world-class services. This has not only made Cairo more appealing but has also given us the opportunity to raise our first Ritz-Carlton flag on the banks of the Nile.”The hotel features 331 rooms, with ultramodern facilities including an Olympic-size pool as well as meeting rooms, ballrooms and business facilities. Gourmands visiting Egypt will also be spoilt for choice with an array of dining venues, spanning Arabian, Italian and Continental cuisine.“Cairo is a vibrant destination and no matter what your purpose in visiting the city, business or leisure or visiting family, there is always a sense of discovery. The past has left a strong imprint on the personality of the city but its dynamism comes from its ever-evolving cultural and social scenes. For the global tourist, it is this tasteful fusion that appeals and keeps Cairo current,” added Humler.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterA gorilla trek into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda, is a truly unforgettable experience. Tucked away on a on a flat ridge deep within the Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for encounters with Bwindi’s mountain gorillas.This exclusive luxury camp comprising just eight tents is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. Frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location, it is the perfect base for a once in a lifetime trip to track mountain gorillas – and to truly leave the mundaneness of everyday life far behind.As well as gorilla trekking, guests have an opportunity to meet local Batwa Pygmies and visit Sanctuary’ Retreats’ philanthropy project at Bwindi Community Hospital located on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which provides much needed healthcare to almost 100,000 locals in the area.As a special offer, book three nights at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp for stays between now and 20 June 2016, and only pay for two nights. Priced from US$760 per person twin share (normally US$1,140 – a saving of up to 33 per cent). Rates include accommodation, meals, drinks and laundry. Terms and conditions apply.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterScenic’s new 2017 Europe River Cruising campaign, The Difference is Scenic, will commence on 15 May with the launch of a new 90 second television commercial shot in Europe on board the recently launched next-generation Space-Ship, Scenic Amber.Continuing on from last year’s campaign entitled Wonders Never Cease, which coincided with the brand relaunch, the new TVC gives a clear insight into what differentiates Scenic from its competitors in the luxury river cruise market. Cleverly shot from the point of view of a Scenic guest on board, it brings to life their Scenic river cruising experience.The campaign aim is to address what makes Scenic different, and highlights the many premium inclusions Scenic guests can enjoy throughout their cruise with the luxury award-winning travel operator, including top shelf beverages, butler service, exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences and extensive onshore activities.In addition, a 30 and 60 second television commercial showing support for its top tier Diamond Specialist Agents will also run for one week starting on 22 May. Leveraging brand ambassador Catriona Rowntree as the voiceover, these tailored commercials have been created to help agents by driving Scenic footfall in store.Michelle Black, GM Sales and Marketing, commented: “We are really excited by this campaign as it allows us to focus on all the key elements of our river cruise product offering that make us stand out in a sea of sameness. And we are delighted to be able to support our top tier agents and further demonstrate our commitment to them and reward their efforts in selling our product. We really value their ongoing support and this is just one of the many ways we contribute to their marketing efforts.”The Difference is Scenic campaign will also feature online and in cinema.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCapella Hotel Group, with leading Chinese developer China Gezhouba Group Real Estate, has announced the opening of Capella Sanya in the last quarter of 2018. Located along the coastline of Blessed Bay on Hainan Island, Capella Sanya will offer 190 appointed rooms, suites and villas across 13.8 hectares of tropical paradise.Offering panoramic views of the South China Sea, Capella Sanya is a collaborative art piece by two of the world’s most celebrated designers: Jean-Michel Gathy and Bill Bensley. Inspired by a Chinese trader’s adventures along The Silk Road, Capella Sanya encapsulates the rich culture and heritage of ethnic communities along this historic trade route.The legend of Blessed Bay dates back around 600 years ago, when a group of Persian traders arrived in China. On their way home, they were pounded by typhoon at sea. The survivors floated to an unknown bay, where they rallied their way home and made a good fortune eventually. In honour of their experience and blessings, they named the bay “Blessed Bay” (Tufu Bay in Chinese).“Capella Sanya will be the new benchmark for China’s luxury beach resorts. Our pursuit of excellence in real estate development is complemented by Capella Hotel Group’s expertise in creating exceptional guest experiences,” said Mr. He Jingang, chairman of China Gezhouba Real Estate.Accommodation choices include executive suites, two- to four-bedroom villas and a Presidential Suite within the Manor House, as well as five low-rise mansions for an elevated sense of residential experience.Careful consideration was given to the needs of diverse clientele like honeymooners, extended families and incentive group travellers. To cater to their discerning palates, six distinctive dining concepts differentiate the culinary experience including a signature restaurant, authentic Chinese, a stylish Noodle Bar and Lobby Lounge. A wellness sanctuary offering unique and innovative treatments like the Moroccan Hammam and “Snow Cabin” complete the Capella Sanya experience.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCrystal River Cruises has unveiled the 2020 European schedule offered on its fleet of five all-suite luxury river ships – Crystal Mozart and identical sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel – available to book now.The collection includes an increased number of seven-day voyages, and sailings up to 16 days in length that aim to immerse travellers in the distinctive charm, architecture, traditions, festivals, Christmas markets, wines and cuisine of Bavaria and beyond.Crystal River Cruises’ 2020 itineraries include:Rhine & Moselle river cruises: Crystal Bach and Crystal Debussy“Legendary Rhine,” 7 nights, Basel to Amsterdam: Featuring overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calling in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France.“Romantic Rhine,” 7 nights, Amsterdam to Basel: Featuring overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calling in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France.“Tulips and Windmills,” 7 nights, round-trip Amsterdam: Calling in Kinderdjik, Hoorn, Rotterdam and Middleburg, Netherlands; and Ghent and Antwerp, Belgium.“Enchanting Moselle,” 10 nights, round-trip Amsterdam: Featuring overnight stays in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Trier, Germany; calling in Dusseldorf, Koblenz, Bernkastel, Chochem and Bonn, Germany; and Arnhem, Netherlands.“Rhine Christmas Markets,” 10 nights, Amsterdam to Basel/Basel to Amsterdam: Featuring double overnight stays in Basel and Amsterdam, as well as overnights in Koblenz and Rüdesheim (Northbound only), Germany; calling in Rüdesheim, Speyer, Breisach, Cologne and Mainz (Northbound only), Germany; and Strasbourg, France (Northbound only).Danube River cruises: Crystal Mozart, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel“Delightful Danube,” 7 nights, Budapest to Regensburg/Regensburg to Budapest: Featuring overnights in Budapest, Regensburg and Vienna; calling in Dürnstein and Melk, Austria; and Passau, Germany, as well as cruising the Wachau Valley.“Danube Serenade,” 7 nights, Vienna to Budapest/Budapest to Vienna: Featuring overnights in Vienna and Budapest; calling in Weissenkirchen (Crystal Mozart only), Dürnstein, Melk, Linz and Krems, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia, and cruising the celebrated Wachau Valley.“Treasures of the Danube,” 10 nights, round-trip Vienna: Overnighting in Budapest and Passau; calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Dürnstein, Melk and Linz, Austria; and cruising the Wachau Valley.Ultimate journeys: Danube, Rhine & Main Rivers combined“Grand Europe,” 16 nights, Budapest to Amsterdam/Amsterdam to Budapest: Overnighting in Budapest, Vienna, Amsterdam, Regensburg (westbound only) and Rüdesheim (eastbound only); calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Dürnstein and Melk, Austria; and Passau, Regensburg, Nürnburg, Rüdesheim, Bamberg, Cologne, Miltenberg and Würzburg, Germany, as well as Koblenz, Germany and the Middle Rhine River Valley on the westbound route.Holiday Cruises21 December 2020 – Crystal Ravel Holiday Cruise, 12 nights, Regensburg to Vienna with New Year’s Eve in Vienna: Beginning with an overnight in Regensburg and spending double overnights in Budapest and Vienna, including New Year’s Eve, and an overnight in Linz; calling in Passau, Germany; Melk and Krems, Austria; Esztergom, Hungary; and Bratislava, Slovakia.22 December 2020 – Crystal Bach Holiday Cruise, 11 nights, Basel to Amsterdam with New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam: Featuring overnights in Basel, Rüdesheim and Breisach and a double overnight in Amsterdam, including New Year’s Eve; calling in Strasbourg, France; Mannheim, Worms, Koblenz and Dusseldorf, Germany; Arnhem and Lelystad, Netherlands.23 December, 2020 – Crystal Mahler Holiday Cruise, 10 nights, Vienna to Budapest with New Year’s Eve in Budapest: With double overnights in Vienna and Budapest, the cruise features New Year’s Eve in Budapest; calling in Melk and Linz, Austria, as well as cruising the Wachau Valley; Vilshofen, Regensburg and Passau, Germany; and Bratislava, Slovakia.Fares for Crystal River Cruises’ 2020 voyages begin at $2,549 per person.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Natural Habitat Adventu

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterNatural Habitat Adventures is a US-based adventure travel company that offers wildlife explorations in more than 40 countries, from the High Arctic to the Antarctic, from Southeast Asia to Iceland, from India to New Zealand, and lots of places in between. The company is partially owned by Lindblad Expeditions, which itself is represented in Australia by Adventure World Travel.The company stands behind its pricing, offering a Quality Guarantee that it won’t be undersold for an identical trip with the same inclusions, and also offers a Cancellation Guarantee, in that once a client makes a deposit on an itinerary that tour will operate.Don Martinson (right) with Adventure World’s Elliott MillerDon Martinson is Natural Habitat Adventures’ Director of Travel Industry Relations. In Australia recently, Don sat down exclusively with LATTE to discuss Natural Habitat Adventures’ product offering, points-of-difference from other adventure travel companies Don, can you tell LATTE readers about the partnership with Natural Habitat Adventures has with Lindblad Expeditions? How does that work?Natural Habitat and Lindblad have been partners for many years in a mini-consortium, a shared marketing endeavour called the Adventure Collection which includes companies such as Backroads, Micato Safaris, Bushtracks Expeditions … mostly American based companies. Our directors have always been good friends. Ben Breseller at Natural Habitat and Sven Lindblad have known each other and shared marketing ideas, and about two years ago Lindblad Holdings bought a portion of Nat Hab and we became official partners. We learned about Lindblad working with Adventure World as a GSA and thought that might be worth our while.Does Natural Habitat Adventures have much traction in the Australian market? And what is your arrangement with Adventure World?We’ve had handfuls of Australian travellers and they are great. I think it’s a perfect product for them, the way that we operate, but our handicap is that it’s a long way to come for just a one-week program and we stick to what we know best, which is nature and wildlife. We weren’t able to create the pre- and post-city tours and to fill up extra time. We find that Adventure World fills that bill for us perfectly. I’m now looking at the opportunity of pairing two trips in North America or elsewhere in North America where Adventure World could fill in the middle part of a longer journey. As an example, January, February and March are the seasons for our Yellowstone Wolf trip as well as our Northern Lights trip in Churchill. We could certainly put that together for a client, but it’s that in-between part that we would have difficulty making arrangements [for], so with a partner like Adventure World those paired itineraries are possible.Why is Natural Habitat a “perfect program” for Aussies?Well I think, in my experience, Aussies aren’t that hung up on bespoke travel, they’re OK with group travel, but I think that our size of group – being 10–12 on average – is more intimate and for a luxury product – we’re not luxury accommodation necessarily, [although] we do have really nice accommodations on most of our trips and throughout the itinerary – the luxury of having eight to 10 or 12 people maximum and an amazing guide, I think that’s what the Australia market is craving and looking for. You don’t have to pay a lot of money just to have a private trip and at the same time you don’t have a motor coach for 25 people on a trip that we are doing. We offer a happy medium. And certainly, with Nat Hab’s small group size, there is that opportunity that if you have two families that wanted to privatise a trip and have it to themselves, we can accommodate them. It has happened in the past.What are some of the benefits of the small group with Natural Habitat Adventures?The other benefit of a small group is when you think about our world-class expedition leaders – who are very well vetted and come to us with loads of experience and education – you’re only as good as the group you are guiding for, so a guide that is in front of 15, 16, 20 people is certainly less effective than when they are in front of six or eight or 10. As an ex,ample we do offer some Galapagos trips [that are] different from Lindblad, one of which is a unique hiking and kayaking itinerary where we have permits that we are allowed to kayak in areas other companies can’t. But the trip itself is aboard a 14-passenger catamaran. We have two expedition leaders so when you are doing your shore excursions it’s a 7:1 ratio. The standard in the Galapagos is 16:1, so we can arguably say that, for a scheduled itinerary, we have the best client-to-guide ratio. Essentially, the three tenets of Natural Habitat are small groups, great guides and secluded accommodation. With a small group, we can also get to some more intimate and small off-the-beaten-path [accommodation], and sometimes luxury tented campsites that you couldn’t utilise if you were in a bigger group.Such as …?Going back to the Galapagos, we have our own tented campsite in the highlands of Santa Cruz, which no one else is doing. So when, typically, in the middle of an itinerary, when a ship will go to Puerto Ayora to refuel, folks will go up to see the tortoises on Santa Cruz. Whereas Natural Habitat guests actually overnight, and the reason we can do that there is that a small camp was developed just for us. It’s called the Natural Habitat Tortoise Camp and you arrive there in the evening, have a wonderful candlelight meal, sit by a crackling fire and then you can retire to a little treehouse or an African-style tented camp. The next day you wake up and have a nature interpretation of the giant tortoises, many of which are close to 100 years old. That’s an entirely different thing from the average visitor who just going up there for the afternoon. You’re more immersed, not only with the island, but you are engaging with Galapagians more than you otherwise would have.Another example is our luxury Greenland base camp. No one else is going to this part of Greenland and chances are if you’ve talked to anyone that has been to Greenland, chances are they have done it on a cruise ship. We have a land-based excursion in Eastern Greenland and it’s accessible via a quick 1-hour-and-15-minute fixed-wing flight from Reykjavik, and then a helicopter flight. When I refer to luxury it’s relatively speaking, but certainly, [it brings] creature comforts to an area that would otherwise only be served by backpacking tent camps and Sterno camp stoves and really roughing it. We have a chef that we fly in from Montreal who handles all the food and she’s sourcing the food from Copenhagen and Reykjavik. Imagine coming back from an excursion on a Zodiac and having fresh oysters and Arctic char and a crisp white wine to go with it. Again, it’s unheard of luxury in an otherwise outrageously wild environment.Does Natural Habitat Adventures operate in all seven continents of the world? Do you have a presence in Australia?We say so, if you expand New Zealand to be part of Oceania. Technically we’re not in Australia yet. For our dedicated Natural Habitat groupies that have been on our 10 or more trips, Australia is always the destination that comes up. “When are you going to add Australia?”What it is the definition for Natural Habitat of “nature”? Obviously that’s wildlife and fauna, but what about flora?A great example is Greenland. There are whales, there are shorebirds, but it’s really just about being in a test-tube of natural history and climate change. If you go on our canyons trip in Utah, you’ll see some small lizards and some mule deer and maybe some raptors, but it’s really about the formation of Arches and Zion and Bryce and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, so it’s more natural history than anything and when you can blend them both together, that’s fantastic.Another important aspect is our partnership with World Wildlife Fund [WWF]. Initially, they reached out to us because they were impressed with our commitment to conservation and it started out more or less as a symbolic relationship of us bringing them members and they bringing us travellers. We are celebrating 15 years with World Wildlife Fund now, but about five or six years ago we created more of a substantial partnership whereby our expedition leaders are now trained by WWF scientists and they have real-time access to the research that is going on. A guy in Brazil could actually research the increased number of jaguars in the Pantanal, or learn more about a new species of lemur in Madagascar and bring that real-time to their guest. We knew before the public knew that the panda was released from the endangered list a little less than two years ago and removed to vulnerable, so it’s not only great that we have access to that information ahead of time, but we are celebrating the positive progress of what the WWF is doing.Another great thing, which is very rewarding for all of us who work for Natural Habitat, is to hear testimonies of clients that come back and say they want to be an ambassador to nature. “I’m learning to shut my hot water off and carpool and take public transportation.” You get all these tiny little things, such as “My trip to see polar bears has made me want to change my lifestyle.” There’s nothing more rewarding than having travellers come back as ambassadors of conservation.What are some of the more remote locations that Natural Habitat operates to?Greenland would be definitely one of the more remote areas. We do Borneo and Madagascar and again with expedition leaders that are not only great at what they do but we pair them with local guides. We are very involved with a sun bear conservation movement with a local Malaysian/Bornean who is there. You think about Borneo and the animal that leaps to mind is the orangutan, but the sun bear conservation in Borneo, one of our top expedition leaders, Brad Joseph, has really been a big part of that movement.We’re constantly working to find ways we can contribute outside of what we are doing with that kind of things.We do offer one of the wildest trips. It is a seven-passenger crossing fly/sail or sail/fly on a 75-foot ketch to Antarctica. We have permits that are unique to Natural Habitat where guests can camp on the peninsula, and only a few people are allowed to do that. It’s definitely not for everyone; it’s for the hearty traveller.Do you build customised itineraries from the ground up?That’s totally dependent on the region and the only areas currently where we have the vans and the expertise and enough guides. Our limitations a lot of the time are the quality of guides that are available, but where we can do that is all throughout Africa: East Africa and Southern Africa. I don’t think we are doing it yet in Madagascar or Ethiopia, but Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and then all throughout Southern Africa we can do custom trips. We can do customised trips everywhere in Peru, a little bit in Ecuador and throughout Costa Rica. We’re hoping to offer customised itineraries in Yellowstone, but that’s a work in progress right now. Our bread-and-butter and our main thing is small group escorted trips. But as I mentioned, we have had groups or two families take on a whole departure. The itinerary can’t be customised, but it can at least be privatised by just buying out the departure.If it’s 12 pax to a tour, what form of transportation is utilised?Mostly we’ll split up into two vehicles. That’s typically the case. We want to usually have no more than six or seven people to a vehicle. Our Yellowstone safaris and programs will usually have two vehicles so everybody gets a window seat. [For] photo safaris in Africa, we have a migration safari where we have two vehicles for eight people. Everybody gets an entire row, so you’re sitting at a bench with your photo equipment beside you and you have the row to yourself. That’s a huge benefit.Don, do you have any messages to the trade?Agents just need to be aware that we are not for everyone as Natural Habitat Safaris is such a niche program. We probably will appeal to about 10-20% of any given travel advisor’s clientele, but we have about 70% repeat/referral track record, so the hardest sale will be your first, but then it comes pretty easy.Thanks for speaking with LATTE, Don.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterScenic recognised the 2018 achievements of the top performing travel agencies and consultants in Australia and New Zealand last weekend at its annual ‘Night of Stars’ event in Sydney.Winner 2018  National Awards – Home Based | Sandra Reucker, TravelManagers’ Supplier Relations Executive, accepting the award from event co-host, Catriona RowntreeMore than 240 guests attended the prestigious evening, hosted by Catriona Rowntree and David Whitehill, reflecting the theme of product and marketing innovation and excellence. The gala event featured entertainment ranging from a Cuban-inspired opening to a New York Jazz Band, and a grand finale inspired by cabaret and a vintage circus ensemble.During the ceremony six national honours were presented, along with awards to the top offices in each state for both the Scenic and Evergreen brands. Ten agents were awarded Diamond status for 2018 as part of Scenic’s specialist partner program.Group General Manager, Sales & Marketing Australia/Asia Pacific, Anthony Laver, extended his congratulations to all the nominees and winners.“This year, the Scenic Group showcased more than three decades of innovation and excellence, the success of which is closely aligned with the strong relationships we have with our partner agents and consultants,” Laver said. “The Night Stars event is our chance to recognise those outstanding achievements.”Scenic State Awards2018 Highest Agency Sales Victoria Awards1st – helloworld Lower Templestowe2nd – helloworld Horsham3rd – italktravel East Doncaster2018 Highest Agency Sales New South Wales Awards1st – helloworld Miranda2nd – helloworld Winston Hills3rd – Travel Associates Toronto2018 Highest Agency Sales Western Australia Awards1st – Sorrento Key Travel & Cruise Centre2nd – Bicton Travel3rd – Tour De Force Travel2018 Highest Agency Sales Queensland Awards1st – helloworld Strathpine2nd – helloworld Mackay3rd – Travel Associates Rockhampton2018 Highest Agency Sales South Australia Awards1st – Phil Hoffmann Travel Norwood2nd – Phil Hoffmann Travel Barossa Valley3rd – Travel & Cruise Professionals2018 Highest Agency Sales ACT Awards1st – Weston Cruise & Travel2018 Highest Agency Sales Tasmania Awards1st – Launceston Travel & Cruise Centre2018 Highest Agency Sales New Zealand Awards1st – Midday Travel2nd – YOU Travel Westgate3rd – House of Travel Te AwamutuWinner 2018 Highest Agency Sales New Zealand: Midday Travel — From left: Karyn Blenkiron, Senior Sales Development Manager Scenic New Zealand; Evelyn Lee & Jeffrey Liu, Midday Trave and, Tracey Brennan, Sales Development Manager, Scenic New Zealand.Scenic National Awards2018 National Awards – Home Based1st – TravelManagers2018 National Awards – Online Travel Agency1st – Our Vacation CentreWinner 2018 Top National Consultant Award Australia — Kylie Cameron, Helloworld Miranda, pictured with Rob Kalemba, Scenic’s Director Sales & Agent programs Australia2018 National Awards – Single Location1st – Weston Cruise & Travel2nd – helloworld Miranda3rd – Sorrento Key Travel & Cruise Centre2018 Top Consultant National Awards – Australia1st – Kylie Cameron, helloworld Miranda2nd – Jan Welch, Sorrento Key Travel & Cruise Centre3rd, Emma Sullivan, Weston Cruise & Travel2018 Top Consultant National Awards – New Zealand1st – Evelyn Lee, Midday Travel2018 Diamond Status awardsAmerican Express Travel, Bicton Travel, helloworld Miranda, helloworld Strathpine, helloworld Winston Hills, Our Vacation Centre, Sorrento Key Travel & Cruise Centre, Travel Associates Toronto, Weston Cruise and Travel and Tour de Force Travel. Lead image: Rob Kalemba, Scenic’s Director Sales & Agent programs Australia, with Deb Long, Emma Sullivan and Allira Middlebrook from Weston Cruise & Travel, winner 2018 Highest Sales Single Location Australia.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter LATTEs parent company

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLATTE’s parent company, Signature Media, is seeking expressions of interest from Australia-based members of the Virtuoso luxury travel network to be part of a panel of industry experts. Those selected will assist with judging a collection of awards in upcoming issues of Five Star Kids and Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine.Family travelAre you a professional in the field of luxury travel for families? If so, you could be part of the panel of experts assembled for Five Star Kids to share their knowledge about the very best family-friendly hotels and resorts.“We’re assembling an elite panel of judges who specialise in top-of-the-line family holidays for discerning clients,” said Five Star Kids Editor, Hilary Doling.Judges will be called upon to contribute their expertise via email and/or online survey, and will have their biographies published as part of the awards feature.Luxury travel advisors with specialist interest in family travel that would like to be an expert advisor on the panel for Five Star Kids are invited to email Grace Cooper on islandsAre you skilled at recommending the very best private island retreats for your VIP clients? Your expertise is wanted for Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s upcoming issue and an insider’s guide to the world’s best private islands.Contributors will have the opportunity to share their knowledge in the form of comments and quotations, marking them as an expert in their field. Questions will be answered via email.Advisors who have strong knowledge of private islands and would like to be on the panel of experts for Signature Luxury Travel & Style, please email Cara Wagstaff on Platinum AwardsFor the past two years, Signature Luxury Travel & Style has had great success with its Best-of-the-Best Luxury Cruise Awards as voted by a panel of cruise specialists, with the awards going on to be an authoritative guide to all aspects of luxury cruising. In 2019, the magazine is expanding this model to encompass a comprehensive guide to luxury hotels and resorts. The inaugural Platinum Awards will be published in the Spring 2019 edition.The judges of the awards will vote via an online survey and will have their biographies published alongside the Platinum Awards feature.Advisors who would like to contribute their knowledge of the finest five-star hotels and resorts to the inaugural Platinum Awards, please email Cara on“Signature Luxury Travel & Style is the highest circulating audited consumer travel title in Australia and the most highly regarded luxury travel magazine. We are thrilled to expand on our Best-of-the-Best Luxury Cruise Awards to cover the most exclusive properties in the world,” said Signature Luxury Travel & Style Editor-in-chief, Cathy Wagstaff.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related Ryanair to launch five new flights from Li

first_img RelatedRyanair to launch five new flights from Liverpool in OctoberCheap flights carrier Ryanair will launch five new routes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport this autumn.Ryanair offering more winter flights from EdinburghRyanair offering more winter flights from EdinburghFlights to Morocco and Canary Islands to be introduced by easyJeteasyJet will launch new flights to Morocco, the Canary Islands and Israel Budget airline easyJet will offer new flights to European destinations following the collapse of XL Airways earlier this month.easyJet cheap flights to Gran Canaria, Turkey and Lanzarote will be launched this October.The carrier claims that these new services will help to fill the gap that has been left on routes to these destinations following the collapse of the XL Group.Flights will launch from Gatwick to Arrecife in Lanzarote from October 2nd, Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and Dalaman in Turkey from October 6th.The airline also recently announced that it would be capable of adding additional cheap flights on Italian routes in the case of a collapse of the struggling Alitalia.A spokesperson told Reuters that easyJet could commit an estimated ten aircraft on routes from Milan to Naples and Palermo.He explained that “easyJet is prepared, at very short notice, to move into routes the Italian government cares about most”.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related LBIA hopes to launch new flights to Europe

first_img RelatedLBIA hopes to launch new flights to European destinationsLeeds Bradford International Airport has said it hopes to secure new flights to Germany, Switzerland and ScandinaviaIslamabad flights at Leeds Bradford AirportDirect flights to Islamabad will soon be available from Leeds Bradford International AirportRyanair to add two new flights at Leeds BradfordRyanair has announced two new cheap flights to Spain from Leeds Bradford International Airport. Pakistan International Airlines will increase its number of flights to Islamabad from Leeds Bradford International Airport from two to three times a week.The increase will come into effect on March 30th, just eight months after the route was introduced.Pakistan International said that an increased demand from passengers in the Bradford and Yorkshire region is the reason behind the decision to launch an additional weekly flight.Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford’s commercial and aviation development director, said that the airport had been working alongside local business tourism and cultural organisations to “guarantee the success” of the flight.”We are delighted that the significant demand from the Yorkshire region is now being satisfied with an additional weekly flight,” he said.Manx2 said in January that it had enjoyed a 15 percent increase in demand for its flights to the Isle of Man from Leeds Bradford in the first two weeks of 2009 compared to the same period last year. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

easyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowance

first_img56x45x25cm including handles and wheelseasyJet Plus cardholders can also take an additional bag to be placed under the seat in front of you. Maximum size 45x36x20cm  10kgOne hand luggage bag and one duty-free shopping bag purchased at the airport£12 per kilo at the airport KLMThomas Cook Aegean Airlines ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map UPDATE:easyJet’s hand luggage policy has been impacted by the UK Government’s ban on laptops and tablets in cabins, on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Full details here.How can you save money on easyJet baggage allowances?Now that easyJet have done away with their guaranteed cabin baggage policy, we’ve got seven suggestions for you, to make sure you definitely won’t be caught out by baggage charges.1. Buy a new cabin bagMaking sure your bag doesn’t exceed the maximum dimensions is a given, but to have a good chance of making it into the overhead lockers, it may be time to bite the bullet and simply switch to a smaller bag. You’ll save money on checking luggage into the hold, and save on stress at the airport worrying about whether your bag is too big, (which is priceless).Where can I buy a hand luggage bag?Most luggage stores sell bags specifically designed with airline measurements in mind.Read our Skyscanner staff reviews of the best cabin bags on the market. easyJet cabin bag sizeeasyJet hand luggage weight allowanceNumber of bags allowed onboardCost to check in oversized hand luggage Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Ryanair easyJet hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees easyJet hand luggage allowanceYou’re allowed one cabin bag on board but, to make life easier, there’s no weight limit so you just need to be able to lift it into the overhead locker. To save any hassle, make sure your bag (including wheels and handles) is 56 x 45 x 25cm to fit within the easyJet hand luggage size.center_img easyJet hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees RelatedJet2 luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowanceWhat is Jet2’s hand luggage allowance and how can you avoid paying last minute baggage fees at the airport? Get all the facts with our essential guide to Jet2 baggage.Lufthansa hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat size cabin bag can you take on a Lufthansa flight? How heavy can your luggage be and how much does checking your bags cost? Here’s everything you need to know about Lufthansa hand luggage allowance and restrictions, plus their rules on hold luggage. Oh, and we’ve got top tips…British Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees! Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: easyJet hold baggage sizeeasyJet hold luggage weight allowanceNumber of hold bags allowedCost of easyJet hold luggage and Flybe are common alternatives on domestic flights in the UK, while Jet2  fly to popular budget destinations in Europe like Spain. Restrictions differ between them though – for example, Ryanair have a weight allowance (up to 10kg) and Hungarian airline WizzAir  charge for anything larger than a laptop or a handbag. Check out our guide to luggage sizes and weight restrictions to compare more European short-haul airlines.Need more practical travel tips? Check these articles out:Airline baggage allowances and information from Skyscanner Everything you need to know about the luggage allowances with all of the UK’s major airlines including Ryanair, British Airways, Jet2 and Thomas Cook.Don’t take these on holiday! 10 tips on what not to packSave on space, save lugging your luggage around, and even go hand baggage only – take our valuable advice on what not to pack in your suitcase.Top suitcases tried and tested Looking to buy new luggage? Find out which suitcase came top in our tough test…Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.Information correct as of 1st May 2019, obtained from Please always check the latest guidance at before booking a trip Total size of all bags must be under 275cm – add the length, width and height of bag to calculate thiseasyJet has a range of bag options 15kg, 23kg or up to 32kgUp to 3 items of hold luggage per passengerOnline £13.99 – £33.99At the airport £37 – £47These fees can vary depending on the route you’re flying and weight of the bag  2. Keep calm and carry on using your old bagInstead of panicking in the face of this revolutionary rule change, you could just carry on with your carry-on. As long as your hand luggage is within the size restrictions stated above, all easyJet are saying is that they cannot guarantee that there’ll be space for it in the cabin. If the flight is full and you’re last in the queue, you might get to the gate and they say “sorry, there’s no room at the inn, it’s going in the hold”. But really, what’s so bad about that? You won’t have to pay for it. You’ll have to wait in the baggage reclaim area for a few minutes, but hey, you might meet the love of your life at carousel C. The only real way to ensure your hand luggage stays in the cabin is to turn up bright and early for your flight. To be the first at your gate arrive at the airport with two to three hours to spare for international flights, one to one and a half hours for domestic. Check the hand luggage restrictions on the airport website before you arrive, so you don’t get held up at security. See our list of common banned items here.3. Pack light for your holidayDo you really need to take a travel iron? Can you swap four pairs of wedges for some versatile day-to-evening flats? Might there be a hairdryer at the hotel? When you’re packing your suitcase, adjust to the baggage rules by correspondingly cutting your stuff down by a third, and you might find you can squeeze your holiday wardrobe into hand luggage alone. Stick to reasonably essential items. As long as you remember your underwear and enough t-shirts you can probably get by on one pair of casual jeans and one jumper for a long weekend. And don’t forget to roll – careful packing can save you a packet. Check out our 15 packing tips as a helpful guide.4. Check in your bagYou could say that checking in your bag is loser talk (don’t let them win!) but you could also just be grown-up about the situation and accept easyJet’s rules as entirely reasonable, logical and in the interests of its passengers. Take the hit and check your travel bag into the hold: if you’re honest, you’ve probably annoyed other passengers for far too long, blocking the aisle while trying to force your case into an overhead locker.How much does easyJet charge for hold luggage?You’ll pay between £13.99 – 33.99 per item, per flight in advance online. This shoots up to £37 at the baggage drop, and a hefty £47 if you leave it until the boarding gate to admit you’re a heavy packer. If you know you’ve got something to check in, pay the fee when you book your flight.5. Become a memberFrequent flyer? Join the easyJet Plus scheme (annual fee £199) buy a FLEXI fare, or splash out a few quid on an Up Front or Extra Legroom seat, and you can bring on an additional under-seat bag like a laptop case or handbag. With Speedy Boarding you’ll also have first dibs at that oh-so valuable overhead locker space, and avoid ugly scenes in the rush for the cheap seats. But that’s all part of the fun of budget air travel, isn’t it?What are the benefits of booking a FLEXI fare ticket?These cost more than the standard fixed date tickets, but they allow you to bring more baggage: one hold bag and an extra under-seat bag no bigger than 45 x 36 x 20 cm. They allow you to change your flights with no penalty up to one week before and three weeks after your flight, as long as the new flights cost the same or less.6. Wear your luggage on the flightWe don’t mean using your suitcase as a makeshift sunhat or stuffing your rucksack down your pants. We’re talking about a new generation of ‘wearable luggage’ or ‘luggage jackets’ – essentially clothing that allows you to carry your belongings about your person when flying. Ok, in some cases you may look like a cleaner, while others are in fact rather stylish. But really, if it’s saving you money who cares? Besides, you can buy a new outfit with the money you save on check-in fees. Read our review of the best wearable luggage products around for more sneaky ways to boost your baggage allowance. 7. Use another airlineIf you object to this clampdown on cabin luggage then make a stand and fly with a different airline. There may well be a choice of carriers operating the route you’re flying. Of course, this may mean higher prices, or having to check in your bag. EasyJet’s allowance is actually pretty generous – there’s no weight limit on hand baggage. What other budget airlines are there?last_img read more

Las Vegas Nevada– Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLas Vegas, Nevada– Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSin City’s CityCenter has added another show-stopping store to its streets. Prada’s latest boutique is a three-story, 20,000-square-foot fashion juggernaut that holds the Italian fashion house’s oeuvre of ready-to-wear, bags, accessories and footwear for men and women.Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the boutique’s façade is a compilation of black steel cones of varying dimensions joined together to set up a colossal gradient-like wall. Inside, the ground level features chocolate floors and cream carpeting that host womenswear collections, while ivory saffiano leather walls mounted with polished steel display cases exhibit bags and accessories. Menswear is shown in an area cloaked in ebony walls and flooring and raw iron furnishings.Smoky iron and glass and mirror-clad walls lend the footwear lounge on the mezzanine level the illusion of floating in space. The first floor, dedicated solely to womenswear, is set up in a string of cozy rooms in multiple hues, played upon in dream-like designs by the light that filters in through the façade’s cones.www.prada.comlast_img read more

Atlanta Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgAtlanta, Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSignature Flight Support has entered into a licensing agreement with Starlink Aviation for Starlink Aviation’s fixed base operation (FBO) at Montréal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (CYUL) to become a branded Signature Flight Support FBO. Under the terms of this agreement, Starlink Aviation will re-brand and operate its FBO services as Signature Flight Support, forming part of Signature’s global network of FBOs. The Montréal FBO will offer its customers Signature’s full portfolio of services, with the benefits of the Signature Service PromiseTM. Starlink Aviation’s aircraft charter, aircraft management, corporate shuttle and maintenance, repair and overhaul services will remain unchanged and will continue to operate under the Starlink Aviation brand.“The value of Signature’s global FBO network will benefit our customers no matter where they fly around the world. The network offers enhanced connectivity from Montréal to all Signature locations and a consistent, exceptional service experience that they can depend on. The Signature brand represents exceptional customer service and efficiency.” said Glen Lynch, President and CEO of Starlink Aviation. “By entering into this agreement, our FBO becomes part of the largest global and best-in-class FBO network.”Signature Flight Support Corporation’s President, S. Michael Scheeringa states “We are excited about our entry into the Canadian market. This represents our first North American licensing agreement as we look for new ways to extend Signature’s customer offerings by expanding our global footprint and through our unwavering dedication to delivering world-class customer experiences at all of our 103 locations. Starlink Aviation is a quality facility staffed with dedicated professionals and we look forward to a sustained and prosperous future in Montréal.”The Signature Montréal FBO is 15 minutes from the city’s commercial, hospitality and entertainment districts. The facility features a secure, heated 65,000 sq. ft. hangar, crew and passenger lounge, sleeping room, shower facilities, café-bistro, conference room and wireless internet access. Services include: 24/7 operations, ground handling, BMW crew cars, Jet-A fueling, on-site customs (CANPASS), flight planning, computerized weather service, and anti-icing.“Signature Flight Support” and the related logos and proprietary processes are owned by SIGNATURE FLIGHT SUPPORT UK REGIONS LTD. and are used under license to CORPORATION STARLINK F.B.O. INTERNATIONAL INC., the owner and operator of the FBO.Starlink Aviation, a diversified business aviation company, providing regional air carrier services to a wide variety of clients world-wide. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in Montréal, Québec and Toronto, Ontario. A staff of 130 aviation professionals, 20 business aircraft under management, and an 88,000 square foot hangar and office complex, form the foundation for its Fixed Base Operation at Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (CYUL). Starlink Aviation has broad and deep expertise in the operation and support of business aircraft, and the operation of a corporate shuttle. For more information, please visit: www.starlinkaviation.comSignature Flight Support Corporation, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than 100 locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.www.signatureflight.comwww.bbaaviation.comlast_img read more

Orient – Express Hotels NYSEOEH wwworientexpr

first_imgOrient – Express Hotels (NYSE:OEH,, today announced the closing of a $30 million construction loan with the New York office of West LB. The financing is a first mortgage construction loan to complete development of the Company’s Porto Cupecoy residential mixed-use development on the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean’s Netherland Antilles.Porto Cupecoy consists of 180 luxury residences, retail boutiques and a 48 slip marina in a village setting, located between the beach and the bay in prestigious Sint Maarten, just steps from the French side of the island and Orient-Express’ famous La Samanna hotel. The development is designed in the style of a Mediterranean seaside town, reflective of the luxury Italian resorts of Portofino or Sorrento. There is a large waterfront plaza surrounded by boutique ground floor retail space, in which 10 of 15 units are fully leased and three awaiting signature. It includes a varied selection of restaurants, a gourmet market, high end home furnishings stores and many fine boutiques. The marina has 41 pleasure craft slips and 7 mega-yacht slips.Paul White, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orient-Express Hotels commented, “We are conscious that potential buyers have concerns in the current economic climate but with the successful closing of this loan, they can buy from us with confidence that the project will be completed and to a high specification. This is also good for Orient-Express in that from 2010, after repayment of the loan, we will be able to unlock surplus cash from the project, as we sell the remaining, unencumbered residences.”www.portocupecoy.comlast_img read more