Jim Eastwood has been appointed global sales director at Travel Counsellors.Eastwood has a wealth of sales and management experience for a number of well-known global brands. He joins from Groupon, where he held a number of senior leadership roles, and was most recently the firm’s vice-president of sales for the UK and Ireland.He finished as runner-up on the seventh series of BBC reality show The Apprentice in 2011, with Lord Alan Sugar referring to him as ‘the world’s greatest salesman’.In his new role, Eastman will be responsible for driving Travel Counsellors’ leisure and corporate sales internationally, working across all areas of the company, including marketing, business development and recruitment to identify opportunities for growth and improvement. He will also be working closely with the company’s Travel Counsellor franchisees to continue to improve the support it offers globally.“Jim not only has a wealth of experience and talent, but he also shares the ethos and values of the company, putting people and customers at the heart of everything. Jim also has considerable experience of working on a global scale, which will be crucial when it comes to supporting our 1,600 Travel Counsellors across the world,” said chief executive Steve Byrne. Travel Counsellors
In response to growing demand for more sustainable cruises, Peregrine Adventures has announced it is tripling the number of its small ship Adventure Cruising departures in Europe in 2018. The carbon-neutral travel company will add four new charter itineraries to its Adventure Cruising range in Europe, with a total of 20 departures available in 2018, and offer a wider range of trips operated in partnership with Variety Cruises, which are carbon-offset by parent company, the Intrepid Group. Additionally, as part of its commitment to sustainable tourism, in 2018 Peregrine Adventures has banned all single-use plastics such as straws, cups, and water bottles on board its Adventure Cruising charter trips. Cloth bags and refillable water bottles will be provided. Peregrine’s small ships carry no more than 50 passengers, enabling travellers to visit the small ports that big ships can’t get to and explore little-known towns and villages in some of the world’s hottest travel destinations. “Travellers are increasingly aware of the impact they can have on holiday,” says James Thornton, CEO of the Intrepid Group. “We’ve heard from local leaders that cruise ship travellers are now being called ‘ice cream tourists’ because that’s all they’re buying when they visit an increasingly overcrowded city like Dubrovnik.” Thornton says he believes the demand for a more sustainable style of small ship cruising is so big, that Adventure Cruising travellers may outnumber those on Peregrine Adventures land-based trips in another ten years. “We’re starting small, but we have big ambitions to grow a more sustainable style of cruise ship travel. There has been an overwhelming response to this first season. By 2025, we may even see more Peregrine customers travelling on small ship cruises than on our land-based trips.” IMAGE: Peregrine Tours & trips–Italy cruiseEuropePeregrine AdventuresSustainable
appointmentsMICENew Caledonia Tourism New Caledonia Tourism has appointed Jackie Caldwell as Business Development Manager – MICE, Australia, effective immediately. She will oversee the growth of the destination’s MICE business within the Australian market.Jackie steps into the role with more than 30 years’ experience in the business events industry in Australia, commencing her career as a Conference and Event Coordinator in Sydney with internationally renowned PCO, ICMS Australasia, before taking on high profile roles including as Manager of the Melbourne Ambassadors Program for the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and Business Development Director AU/NZ for the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau.
Star Alliance has signed a partnership agreement to develop a biometric data-based identification platform that will significantly improve the travel experience for frequent flyer programme customers of Star Alliance member airlines.The interoperable platform advances the Star Alliance and NEC strategic vision of delivering a seamless customer journey, while strengthening loyalty value proposition within the travel ecosystem.Once implemented, Star Alliance customers who opt-in to biometrics will have a seamless and handsfree passenger experience, allowing them to pass through curb-to-gate touchpoints within airports, such as check-in kiosks, bag-drop, lounges, and boarding gates, which traditionally require both a passport and boarding pass, by using a secure identity management solution featuring facial recognition technology.Moreover, the platform will help airports and the Star Alliance member airlines to increase operational efficiency.The service will be available to customers who are enrolled in one of the Star Alliance frequent flyer programmes and who have authorised the use of their biometric data.(L-R) Masakazu Yamashina, Executive VP NEC Corporation and Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance Frequent Flyer ProgramNECStar Alliance
The Arizona Cardinals would be hard pressed to be anymoreexcited about their fourth round pick in this year’sdraft.Bobby Massie, who they selected out of Mississippi, wasprojected to go as high as the second round. That he fellto the Cardinals in the fourth is a gift the team washappy to receive.“You don’t find 6’6″, 325 lb lineman with athleticism andlong arms growing on trees,” newly-appointed VicePresident of Player Personnel Steve Keim told ArizonaSports 620’s Doug and Wolf. “We were fortunate to findthat he was still available at pick 112.” Indeed.The offensive line has long been a concern for the team,and many were shocked they didn’t address the positionearly in the draft.The Cardinals instead kept true to their draft board,landing them players like Michael Floyd and Jamell Flemingprior to nabbing Massie.But, if the tackle is as good as the team thinks he canbe, they’ll have themselves a bookend for many years tocome, possibly even at left tackle — but that would bedown the road.“He certainly has the mobility and the movement skillsthat rival many of the offensive tackles that I’ve seenplay on the left side at our level,” Keim said. “So Icertainly wouldn’t count it out, but I think to bring himin right away, he’s the prototypical right tackle.“He’s long, he engulfs people at the point, he’s got adegree of explosiveness through his hips. He’s a fun guyto watch.”The Cardinals may be banking on watching Massie play thisseason, as there’s a good chance he’ll be needed toreplace former right tackle Brandon Keith. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories “I can’t say that I really have butterflies, man,” Mathieu said Friday. “I’m just excited to finally have the opportunity to play in my first career NFL game. It’s blessing, I’m humbled and I just want to go out there and do what I do.”Mathieu played well in Arizona’s preseason games, registering 12 total tackles and a quarterback sack. He also averaged 7.7 yards on three punt returns. Because of his solid preseason, Mathieu feels comfortable heading into live fire for the first time.“I feel like I’m an NFL player, I’ve been practicing like an NFL player,” he said. “I think my understanding of the defense and what we’re trying to do is getting better every week and I’m just looking forward to going up against some opponents for four quarters.”One of the opponents Mathieu will face Sunday is a familiar one. Rams’ rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin should be a focal point of the St. Louis offense Sunday, and the “Honey Badger” is familiar with his game having faced him twice in college while Austin was at West Virginia.“He’s a great talent, we’ve got a ton of respect for each other,” he said. “We definitely like competing against each other and challenging each other.” LSU beat West Virginia in 2010 and 2011, with Mathieu collecting an interception in each game. But Austin did have a huge game in 2011, catching 11 balls for 187 yards in a game LSU won 47-21.“He’s quick, you can’t give him a lot of space — he’s definitely going to make the most out of it,” Mathieu said. “But I think you challenge him at the line of scrimmage and just compete with him for four quarters, I think it would be good for me.”Opposition aside, Mathieu has a goal for his first game and beyond.“Hopefully I’m exciting, hopefully I’m entertaining and hopefully I’m doing my job to the best of my ability.” There was a time when it didn’t look like Tyrann Mathieu would play in the National Football League.Despite being named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and finishing fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2011, off-field troubles derailed Mathieu’s LSU career and put his pro prospects very much in doubt.Those issues are in the rookie’s rearview mirror as he and his Arizona Cardinals teammates get ready for their season opener Sunday in St. Louis. But Mathieu isn’t overwhelmed by the enormity of his first real NFL game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments Share Having Cromartie would be quite a boon for Arizona, especially given that it looked like he would be out for an extended period of time immediately after he suffered the injury.But the Cardinals, who are 10-3 and trying to make a push toward the postseason, would certainly be happy to have him on the field against a 6-7 Rams team that is playing well and has a solid group of receiving threats.“Oh there’s no doubt that we need to be full strength,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “Especially with Tyrann (Mathieu) down.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Wednesday afternoon, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie said he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams, adding he would know after he went through warmups before the game.Cromartie, who suffered an ankle injury last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, apparently did not even need that to make a determination.Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie, listed as questionable with ankle injury, will play tonight versus St. Louis Rams, per team official.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2014 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 50 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Tyrann Mathieu did not want his offseason to begin just yet.But now that it has arrived, he cannot wait to get it started.“I’m excited about this offseason,” Mathieu said Sunday at the team’s Tempe practice facility, less than 24 hours after the Cardinals fell to the Panthers 27-16 in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs. “Obviously, I feel like this is my first official offseason. So I’m really looking forward to it, getting back healthy, really coming back in here in April, really just contributing and playing well.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The 2014 campaign was not an easy one for Mathieu. Much of his time was spent rehabbing and recovering from the knee injury suffered late in the 2013 season. The mental aspect of his return, as well as the physical part, impacted his performance. Then, when he finally seemed to be rounding into form, he suffered a broken thumb against Atlanta in late November. Mathieu went on to play in the Cardinals’ final two regular season games as well as Saturday against Carolina, registering 10 total tackles while wearing a bulky cast.Mathieu said the thumb injury was “unfortunate,” but that he’s looking forward to getting healthy because “I know I can be really good.”The 22-year-old finished the season with 37 total tackles, one interception and four passes defended. The season before, he amassed 68 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two interceptions, displaying the kind of athleticism and instincts that led people to believe he would be a star in the NFL.With a productive handful of months, that could be as early as next year.“Yeah,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if Mathieu needs the offseason to get healthy. “He’s got to get his left side rebuilt.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If you didn’t know any better, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer’s play in Saturday’s preseason opener versus the Kansas City Chiefs resembled that of a player in midseason form and without the accumulated physical and mental rust of languishing on the sidelines as a spectator following a season-ending knee injury nearly a year ago.Which makes Palmer’s performance in his first action since having surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered versus St. Louis last November all the more impressive. “Just glad to get the first one out of the way and it didn’t seem like we came away with very many injuries…that’s what you want out of these games, to go out there, execute and be efficient and get away without guys having to miss time.”In addition to the focus, familiarity also appeared to play a major role in the strength behind Palmer’s outing. Entering his third year in the Cardinals offense orchestrated by the offensive brain trust that is head coach Bruce Arians, assistant head coach Tom Moore and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, Palmer admitted that there’s a level of comfort he hasn’t felt perhaps dating back to his time in Cincinnati.“I think Year 3 in any system is really a big year for you,” Palmer said. “There’s not a lot of new faces other than Mike (Iupati) and Jermaine (Gresham) and J.J. (Nelson). There’s a lot of continuity between our guys and guys have played next to each other for awhile now and been in this system for awhile now and I think we’re right where we need to be. We’ve done a good job and we’ve got a long way to go and there’s a lot of things we need to clean up…maybe not things that showed up on today’s game film, but just things that have happened in practice. We’ll just continue to work at it and get better each week.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Though he only played one series versus the Chiefs, Palmer played as if he’s been operating the high-powered Cardinals offense without interruption. His final line: 4-of-4 for 77 yards, with his singular drive spanning seven plays and covering 80 yards, punctuated by a one-yard rushing touchdown by Andre Ellington.The 12-year NFL veteran summed it up perfectly, calling the series “clean” and “efficient” in the aftermath of Arizona’s 34-19 loss.“Other than that first run play down on the goal line, it was very efficient, very clean and I thought we executed at a high level,” Palmer said. “That’s what you want. You know you’re not going to get many opportunities and many plays, and the ones you do get, you want to execute them and make sure you’re firing on all cylinders and I think we did that.”They did, with Palmer exuding confidence and poise despite playing on a surgically repaired knee that had yet been truly tested by an opponent wearing a different jersey prior to Saturday.If he was nervous, it didn’t show.“It was an exciting couple day build up to it and just excited to be able to play again and fortunate and thankful and blessed to be able to play,” Palmer said. “But then when I got to the stadium, it was kind of a very focused couple hours before the game and a very focused three or four minutes or however long that drive was. Comments Share For Palmer, his coaches, his teammates and Cards fans everywhere, however, it was a sight for sore eyes to see the hard work and resiliency pay off this week, with an encouraged and hopeful eye fixated on the future. – / 45 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories
Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Dwight Freeney needed only 11 games to lead the Arizona Cardinals in sacks last season.It was as much an indictment on Arizona’s somewhat lackluster pass rush as it was a sign that the then-35-year-old still had plenty left in the tank. In truth, the veteran and the Cardinals were a perfect match in 2015, providing each other with something they sorely needed.For Freeney, it was a team to give him a chance; for the Cardinals, it was a much-needed pass rushing presence. Since last season ended, the Cardinals went out and acquired pass rusher Chandler Jones from the New England Patriots and added defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche in the draft. It is believed that they, along with Markus Golden, Calais Campbell and Alex Okafor — among others — will help Arizona apply more pressure to quarterbacks in 2016.Meanwhile, Freeney sits and waits as an unrestricted free agent.“There’s been some interest,” he told ESPN’s SportsCenter Thursday. “The thing is, when you’re I guess as old as me — not really old in life but old in football — those teams want to kind of figure out what they want to do. They want the young guys, they have their draft picks.“So an older guy like me, who has been playing for a while, and I don’t know — I’m not saying I’m playing for another five years — but I can give you a couple more. They’re going to take their time and that’s OK with me. I’m not complaining, I’m here.”Not long after last season ended with the Cardinals losing in the NFC Championship Game to the Carolina Panthers, Freeney said he would take a little time to decide on whether or not he wanted to play a 15th season. Since then, he has made it clear he wants to continue a career that has seen him play for the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers as well as the Cardinals. Freeney’s 119.5 career sacks are 19th in the NFL all-time and, following Jared Allen’s retirement, place him third among active players. While not the dominant player he was in his prime, it was clear last season he could still help a team, which makes it a little curious that he has not yet signed a deal somewhere.Things could always change, of course, and knowing that Freeney said all he will continue to do is stay in shape and be ready for when a team calls looking for his services. He hopes is the right time reaches out, and when asked who that might be, he mentioned the Cardinals.“Obviously I have some ties there, but you know what, if it doesn’t work out here it could be anywhere,” he said. “It just depends. It has to be a winning team, something that I would love to be a part. I’m used to winning; it’s not great to be part of a losing organization, so for me, if they have a chance of winning and doing some great things, you know what, I’m there.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson (14) is chased by Indianapolis Colts’ Kenny Moore during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) Top Stories Although no official word has come from the Cardinals as to who will be No. 2 or No. 3 on the WR depth chart, the point is clear: the Cardinals lack depth at wide receiver.To make matters worse, Clay listed Brandin Cooks of the division-rival Los Angeles Rams as the best No. 3 WR option in the league.Cooks joins the Rams incumbent wideouts, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, after spending one season with the New England Patriots.The newly acquired Brandon Marshall ranked No. 14 for the Seattle Seahawks, while Trent Taylor of the San Francisco 49ers came in one spot behind Nelson at No. 29. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With Larry Fitzgerald as the Arizona Cardinals’ clear-cut No. 1 option at wide receiver, the offense is hoping that multiple other players will emerge to give Fitzgerald some breathing room on the outside.According to ESPN’s Mike Clay, the other options are not too impressive. Clay ranked the third-best wide receivers for all 32 NFL teams and the Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson came in at No. 27.“Larry Fitzgerald is the team’s clear top receiver and 2018 second-round pick Christian Kirk is the early favorite for No. 2 duties. That leaves Nelson to compete with Brice Butler and Chad Williams for No. 3 duties,” Clay said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Specialist UK Northern Lights travel company, Off the Map Travel, have created a unique way for Australian travellers to experience the Northern Lights.The Aurora Village overnight experience will see you staying is one of three traditional Swedish ice-fishing huts on the banks of a frozen lake in Northern Sweden. The huts, traditionally used by ice-fisherman in the region during the Arctic Winter, have uninterrupted views of the greatest light show on earth, but Jonny says they are “cosy, heated and insulated”.“Isolated from any light pollution on the frozen lake with pitch black skies, the huts give you perfect conditions to experience the Aurora. Although you feel like you are deep in the Arctic Circle, the Aurora Village is easily accessible by either snowmobile or snowshoe from your base in Bjorkliden.”If that’s not glamping it enough, there’s the Aurora Safari Camp – five traditional Sami Lavvu rooms (traditional Arctic tepees) purpose built on the banks of the Råne River in northern Sweden. With plenty of log burning stoves in all of the rooms, the Lavvu rooms stay warm and cozy, regardless of the freezing outdoor temperatures. An open fireplace outside also gives guests a magnificent view over the river and up through the trees to spot Aurora.Jonny Cooper says it’s a wonderful mix of luxury and adventure. “ They have got the balance of both here spot on. Taking the five star ‘African safari camp’ concept and transporting it to the Arctic has really given our visitors to the area something new, and a different base from which to experience the Northern Lights.”Backed by a forest caped mountain there is plenty of wildlife for neighbours including moose, red fox, reindeer, bears (which hibernate in the winter), roe deer and plenty of birds.The best time to see the Northern Lights is from September to March.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterThe team from Visit Seattle put on a great event on Thursday 7 December, which, much like the city itself, was understated but delivered in a big way. The venue was PS40, a hot ticket in Sydney by anyone’s standard, serving up two of its signature cocktails; a deliciously refreshing whisky and citrus-based number meant that the sweeter-looking fruit-based number wasn’t personally sampled. For those not looking for cocktails there was local chardonnay and sauvignon blanc on offer to wash down the Sydney rock oysters, spanner crab, house-made mushroom rice paper rolls and deconstructed prosciutto BLTs.The message of the night was clear: Seattle is an underutilised gem. Delivered in friendly conversations by the Visit Seattle team, with a brief welcome from Tom Norwalk, Visit Seattle CEO, it was an informative and well presented evening.A stepping stone to cruise Alaska or join a Rocky Mountaineer train journey, Washington state’s largest city has a lot more to offer than just being a stopover. Cultural and artistic pockets, enviable live music, a strong foodie scene, the Needle, large investment in industry (this is the home of Amazon), and outdoor activities provided by surrounding mountains and waterways in winter or summer make it a veritable gold mine of experiences.The reception was the final event in a whirlwind tour by the Visit Seattle team that has seen them visit Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney in the space of five days. They are excited about their partnership and representation through GTI Tourism as of this year and look forward to welcoming many more Australians to their city. My overall impression of the evening was that if the city is as friendly and charming as its representatives, I want to go! On Wednesday night they held a more formal reception at Bennelong Restaurant with American Consulate staff and dignitaries. Photos supplied are from that event.Words: David Newling, Signature MediaGo back to the e-newsletterTom Norwalk, President & CEO of Visit SeattleLeft to right: John Boesche, Vice President of International Tourism; Ali Daniels, Head of Marketing; Amanda Parsons, General Manager of The Thompson Seattle; Leslie Kunde, Chairman at Visit Seattle/Director of Customer Relations at Boeing; Tamara Thorhallsson, Tourism Manager of Australian & New Zealand; Tom Norwalk, President & CEO
Go back to the enewsletterVidanta, Grupo Vidanta’s luxury vacationing brand, is entering into cruising and is promising to “transform the industry by bringing new levels of luxury, comfort and exclusivity to the Mexican coastline.” Vidanta Cruises‘ first ship, Vidanta Elegant, will welcome members and guests aboard later this year, with its first voyage in Q3 2019. This move distinguishes Grupo Vidanta as the only provider of luxury accommodation in Mexico operating both on land and sea.The launch of Vidanta Cruises marks Mexico’s first-ever luxury cruise line. Voyage itineraries are currently being finalised and, according to the company, will “provide access to routes that no other cruise line is offering”.“Vidanta is proud to bring a revolutionary new approach to cruising,” said Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta. “We have built a legacy 45 years in the making based on the extraordinary luxury and personalised service offered by our resort vacations. Now we’re extending that legacy to the open sea while utilising our unique perspective as a Mexican company to give access to the hidden gems of the coastline and rarely offered transformative cultural experiences.”Vidanta Elegant promises an “unprecedented level of luxury”. After acquiring a ship, Vidanta stripped and rebuilt it from the hull up, performing bespoke construction throughout.Boasting 149 staterooms and suites and a one-to-one passenger-to-crew ratio, Vidanta Elegant is a modern masterpiece of privacy and exclusivity. Each of the accommodations reflects comfort, style and spaciousness with stunning exterior views. By reducing the number of cabins, Vidanta was able to not only create a more intimate experience but also to create sizable and striking staterooms more generous than suite-level units on traditional cruises. Guests will also enjoy the attentive service of a Personal Concierge assigned to their cabin, available to attend to their every need.At 153 metres long and 15,396 gross tonnes, the ship is also outfitted with six public decks and dining areas, 11 bars and lounges, an entertainment venue, a full-service spa and fitness centre, a top-deck pool and several Jacuzzis. In order to create a dining experience that is second to none, Vidanta Elegant will feature two highly awarded culinary veterans as its signature chefs: chef Eric Pansu, named Best Chef in France, and pastry chef Pascal Molines, named Best Pastry Chef in France and World Pastry Chef Champion.The onboard amenities and services will ensure a relaxing and entertaining voyage, while the destination excursions will showcase some of Mexico’s best-kept secrets, including unique experiences and explorations of local culture and tradition. The capacity of the ship will be 298 passengers.Vidanta Cruises will also offer a “game-changing new benefit that will allow guests to experience the luxury of Vidanta both on land and at sea,” the company said.“With just one check-in, travellers will be able to seamlessly split their trip between Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta and Vidanta Elegant, giving them access to the best of both a cruise and resort vacation.”More information on itineraries, voyage length, destinations and cruising dates will be released in the coming months.Go back to the enewsletter
A recent agreement with discounted flight specialist JTA has confirmed the ascendancy of global distribution system (GDS) provider Amadeus and its its application programming interface (API) solutions, GDS specialist claimed.In addition to API uptake, the firm claimed that off-the-shelf solutions such as Amadeus Cruise and Amadeus Selling Platform (ASP), used for air, car, hotel and rail bookings, were also gaining exposure, with clients said to be happy to obtain both solutions like the ASP for call centre staff and tailored developments like the API from the same supplier.JTA’s agreement with the company adds to other recent subscribers to Amadeus travel technology solutions such as dial-a-flight brand operator Lotus Group, as well as Scottish travel agent Barrhead Travel, highlighting the versatility of the firm’s products.Julian Mills, director of sales at Amadeus UK & Ireland said: “Because we don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach, Amadeus invests in delivering award-winning applications including the tools that enable travel agencies and third party developers to customise technology to suit their unique and evolving business environments. This flexibility proved a key factor in JTA’s decision to move to Amadeus. We take pride in understanding our customers’ technology needs so that we continue to deliver the right mix of Amadeus off-the-shelf solutions and development tools.”Wayne Darrock, managing director of JTA, added that working with Amadeus had allowed faster automated booking processes through streamlined electronic distribution channels, helping the company to grow and expand.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAmadeus cements Middle Eastern promiseGlobal distribution system specialist Amadeus has recorded strong growth in the Middle East region.Amadeus: easyJet surcharge spat will be healedAmadeus has given a strong indication that easyJet and bookings systems would not be burning their bridges.Amadeus offloads Rumbo, cements Opodo tiesAmadeus has announced the sale of a 50 per cent stake in online travel agent Rumbo.
More Brits who book flights abroad are getting involved in socially responsible holidays, travel experts i-to-i have said.Jan Ashton, a travel advisor for i-to-i, said that more people are aware of travel implications such as carbon emissions.”[They are thinking]: ‘Is that journey really necessary? If we’re going to go travelling, let’s give back and do something at the same time, let’s not just be a tourist,’” she said.International development charity VSO reported a substantial rise in the number of enquiries for volunteer placements this week.A total of 2,813 enquiries were received between September 2008 and January, up from the 1,346 received between September 2007 and January 2008.Research published by Good Business in January found that almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of travellers thought that holiday companies were not doing enough to address social and environmental concerns.A further 76 per cent of travellers said they do not normally have enough information about environmental and social concerns to make an informed choice about where to travel on holiday.Insterested? Read Skyscanner’s article: Working Holidays for more information and ideas. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMillions of Brits planning to embark on solo travelAs many as five million Brits are planning to travel by themselves this yearEurozone travel may be boosted by improving poundIncreasing numbers of Brits could be encouraged to book cheap flights to eurozone countries if the pound continues to improveMore Brits travelling on flights to ArubaIncreasing numbers of British holidaymakers travelled on flights to Aruba during the first nine months of this year.
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4. FaroThe capital of the Algarve offers plenty of distractions, such as a metal fish market designed by Gustav Eiffel (of tower fame) and the free Trem Gallery of Municipal Art (open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm). You can peruse our guide to Faro for more ideas on what to do in the town. In terms of nearby beaches, Ilha de Faro is just out of town near the airport, but it can get very busy – Praia da Falésia further west tends to be quieter and offers a long stretch of sand and some wind shelter thanks to its high cliffs. East from Faro is the enormous Parque Natural da Ria Formosa. This protected area is home to a string of sandbank islands that can only be reached by boat, hence these golden sands remain relatively quiet compared to the rest of the Algarve. Armona island is around 20 minutes by ferry from the coastal town of Olhão (check the ferry timetable here) and hosts miles of unspoiled sandy beaches. Where to stayPousada Palacio de Estoi is a small luxury hotel to the north of Faro that has some beautiful gardens and large rooms with balconies – perfect for a tranquil getaway.Find hotels in Faro 2. LagosWith its sixteenth-century walls, cobbled streets and attractive churches, Lagos is a thoroughly pleasant place to take a family stroll. The Museu Municipal (open 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday, entry €3) has all sorts of interesting trinkets on display, from Roman mosaics to swords and pistols, while the Igreja de Santo António next door is an incredibly ornate baroque church dating from the early eighteenth century. Head out to Ponta da Piedade on the coast for some stunning cliff-top views, but if it’s beaches you’re looking for, the four-kilometre-long Meia Praia offers plenty of room to stretch out your beach towel.Where to stayVila Valverde is a refurbished nineteenth-century country house that’s surrounded by orange trees. It offers plenty of activities, too, from horse riding to sailing. 10. AlmancilSituated around 13 kilometres northwest of Faro, Almancil might not be an obvious spot for an Algarve beach holiday due to its location inland. But it boasts some of the best resorts in the region along with some stunning architecture, and several top-notch beaches are just a short trip away. Igreja de São Lourenço de Matos is a seventeenth-century baroque church in Almancil that has some simply stunning interior decoration – prepare to be blown away by the intricately painted blue tiles. And the beaches of Ilha Deserta (Deserted Island) and Praia de Garrao are within easy reach, the latter being host to the famous Julia’s Restaurant, which has been serving seafront cuisine for more than 50 years.Where to stayVale do Lobo Resort is located close to the beach and offers an astonishing 15 restaurants, along with a golf course. Vilar do Golf, as the name implies, also offers golfing, and has comfortable two-bedroom villas surrounded by pine trees. 7. LuzLuz, situated six kilometres to the west of Lagos, is hugely popular with British tourists, but is far more compact than the package-holiday haven of Albufeira, and is much more relaxed as a result. The main draw is Praia da Luz, a huge sweep of sand peppered with excellent cafés and restaurants. Beach Hut Watersports operates from Praia da Luz and provides boat trips to see dolphins and the local caves, as well as renting jet skis, inflatables and kayaks. You can even drop off the kids with them from 10am to 5pm, and they’ll be treated to a whole day of sailing, water skiing, kayaking and beach games.Where to stayLuz Ocean Club offers four-star apartments in easy reach of the beach, and has several swimming pools, including a kids’ pool. Estrela Da Luz is another family-friendly apartment complex near the beach, with entertainment laid on for the kids and spa treatments for adults. 5. TaviraSituated on the eastern side of the Algarve, Tavira is a quiet, charming town of cobbled streets and storied buildings. The ruined castle that sits on a hill above the town dates from the seventeenth century, but the first fortifications on the site may have been built as far back as 2000 BC. The castle offers great views across the town, but keep the kids close as there is a distinct lack of railings. Torre da Tavira, meanwhile, is a converted water tower that also provides great views thanks to its funky camera obscura, and the Núcleo Islâmico museum provides fascinating insights into the history of Tavira during the Islamic era (entry €2).Where to stayPensão Agricola is a wonderfully quiet six-room guesthouse situated ten minutes to the east of Tavira, and surrounded by fields and olive groves. Meanwhile, nearby Quinta dos Perfumes is a beautifully converted farm that provides home-made breakfasts and offers babysitting services. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. SagresIf you want to really get away from it all, the isolated village of Sagres is ideal. Perched on a dramatic cliff-top in the far west of the Algarve and blessed with a fine selection of quiet cafés and bars, Sagres is as far from the razzmatazz of Albufeira as you can get. The nearby beaches are also superb, including Praia da Baleeira next to the fishing harbour and the huge, unspoilt Praia do Beliche, which is often practically deserted in the off season. Atlantic winds often mean that beaches in Sagres can be a little chillier than those to the east, but it’s a price worth paying to have them all to yourself.Where to stayMartinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel is close to Praia da Baleeira and offers three outdoor swimming pools along with a health club. Or you could try nearby Memmo Baleeira, which has a kids club and can arrange bicycle tours and jeep tours of the region, as well as surfing lessons. 1. PortimãoPortimão’s big draw is Praia da Rocha (‘beach of the rocks’), which is a great place to hang out if you want to avoid the crowds of the Algarve – even at peak times you should be able to find a good spot on this huge expanse of sand. A rocky headland divides the beach in two, and there are plenty of small caves to explore along the cliffs. It’s also fairly sheltered, so it makes an ideal place for sunbathing and swimming. But if you get bored of beautiful beaches, the Castle of Silves near Portimão (entry fee approximately €3) was built between the eighth and thirteenth centuries, and is one of the most well preserved Moorish fortifications in the area. Discover more of Portugal’s best beaches, including one made famous by James Bond.Where to stayHotel Apartamentos Mirachoro II is a cheap and cheerful apartment complex just 15 minutes’ walk from Praia da Rocha. But if you’re after something a bit fancier, the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort to the west of Portimão offers tennis, archery, billiards and an in-house gym as well as its own golf course. Bonus point: their kids club means that the wee ones will have plenty to occupy them while the adults get some golfing in. 9. Olhos de AguaOlhos de Agua is a small fishing village around seven kilometres east of Albufeira that derives its name (‘eyes of water’) from the freshwater springs that supply it. It makes an ideal, relatively quiet base for exploring the roman ruins at the Museu Cerra da Vila in Vilamoura to the east, and for shopping trips to happening Albufeira to the west. The local beach is fairly small but is easy to access with a pushchair and has plenty of rock pools to explore, while the impressive cliffs of Praia da Falesia are just a short journey to the east.Where to stayClub Hotel RIU Guarana is a highly-rated, all-inclusive resort with three restaurants and two swimming pools located minutes from the beach. 8. CarvoeiroCarvoeiro is a tiny, idyllic town of cliff-top, whitewashed buildings surrounding a small but perfectly formed beach. A boardwalk along the top of the cliffs gives amazing views of the coastline and is easily navigated with a pushchair. The small size of the town’s beach means that it can get absolutely rammed in high summer, but fortunately there are several beaches further along the coast that are ripe for exploration: Praia da Marinha just east of Carvoeiro is undoubtedly the highlight, and has plenty of underwater crevices for snorkellers to explore.Where to stayAgua Hotels Vale Da Lapa is close to the beach and boasts a poolside bar and a spa, as well as a children’s club. All of the apartments offer kitchen facilities, and there’s even a playground for the kids. Looking for a break with the wee ones? Here are a few more ideas for finding the perfect family holiday:The 10 best family city breaks in EuropeA city holiday with children can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are ten of the most family-friendly cities in Europe, from Paris to Copenhagen, along with ideal places to take the little ones when you get there.10 of the best family holidays on a budget for 2017If you’re looking for budget family holiday ideas, here are 10 cheap, child-friendly destinations that will make for a fantastic family trip.Cheap flights for family breaks from £15It’s raining and the kids are bored. Swap the weekly supermarket shop for a family weekend away, be it a sunny short break or a weekend in a new city, and forget having to wash smelly sports kit or cook dinners for fussy teens.*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 3. AlbufeiraAlbufeira is the number one destination for cheap package tours to the Algarve, and as such it’s home to plenty of neon bars packed with Brits and Germans. But it also has loads of family activities, not least the Zoomarine Algarve water park (tickets from £27.30). There’s no shortage of things for the kids to do, including pirate shows and all sorts of exotic animals to coo at, as well as pools suitable for all ages. Albufeira also has a great range of fantastic beaches nearby: two of the best are Praia da Falesia, with its impressive orange cliffs, and the secluded Praia do Castelo near the village of Sesmarias.Where to stayIf you want to stay in style, the five-star Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa has an on-site health club and a whopping seven bars and lounges and four restaurants. The all-inclusive Clube Humbria, on the other hand, offers great value for money and has a children’s club that’ll keep the little ones happy all holiday. 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Walland, Tennessee – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBlackberry Farm, the beautiful 62-room Relais & Châteaux property located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, has yet another accolade to its name: The prestigious 2012 American Treasures Award.The award will be presented at the annual Take Pride in America celebration held at the United States Capital on July 4, 2012. Blackberry Farm is being recognized for its integrated approach to stewardship of culture, heritage and the environment and for its unique seed conservation program.Indeed, the property, which offers some of the world’s finest wines, cuisine, fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, sport clay, cycling, and mountain biking opportunities, takes immense pride and care in its farm-to-table approach, cultivating produce on-site, or sourcing it from neighboring farmers. In addition to an abundance of outdoor activities, Blackberry Farm offers an Aveda-Destination Spa and a series of annual culinary, enrichment and adventure events.The American Treasures Awards are presented annually to individuals and small producers in recognition of a singular and significant contribution to the US that preserves and fosters a unique all-American craft and tradition.“We couldn’t be more honored being named an American Treasure for the work we do on the farm and in the gardens,” says Blackberry Farm proprietor Sam Beall. “To be named amongst these other great farmers and producers that share a similar commitment to quality artisan products is humbling. We hope this helps to bring focus to the many farmers, producers and craftsmen that work to share a bit of the unique history and heritage of America.”Blackberry Farm’s products will be featured at the 2012 inaugural American Treasures Culinary Experience to be held at the Washington Design Center on the fourth of July. This tasting event will be prepared by a roster of distinguished chefs including Event Chair, Chef Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana Enoteca-Osteria, in Washington, DC.www.blackberryfarm.com
Bestselling Books Week Ending 12/31/17HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Doubleday)2. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Doubleday)3. “Year One” by Nora roberts (St. Martin’s)4. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child (Delacorte)5. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celest Ng (Penguin)6. “The Wanted” by Robert Crais (Putnam)7. “The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Little, Brown)8. “Artemis” by Andy Weir (Crown)9. “Tom Clancy: Power and Empire” by Marc Cameron (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)10. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)11. “End Game” by David Balducci (Grand Central Publishing)12. “Sleeping Beauties” by King/King (Scribner)13. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)14. “Death at Numering” by Griffin/Butterworth (Putnam)15. “Past Perfect” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)2. “The Wisdom of Sundays” by Oprah Winfrey (Flatiron)3. “Obama” by Pete Souza (Little, Brown)4. “The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook” by Melissa Hartwig (HMH)5. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!” by Ree Drummond (William Morrow)6. “Grant” by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press)7. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Norton)8. “Killing England” by O’Reilly/Dugard (Holt)9. “Promise Me, Dad” by Joe Biden (Flatiron)10. “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans” by Brian Kilmeade (Sentinel)11. “Tribe of Mentors” by Timothy Ferris (HMH)12. “Capital Gaines” by Chip Gaines (W)13. “Let Trump Be Trump” by Lewandowski/Bossie (Center Street)14. “Principles” by Ray Dalio (Simon & Schuster)15. “Guinness World Records 2018” by Guinness World Records Limited (Guinness World Records)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Never Never” by James Patterson (Vision)2. “Need to Know” by Fern Michaels (Zebra)3. “Any Dream Will Do” by Debboe Macomber (Ballantine)4. “Preacher’s Kill” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)4. “Dangerous Games” by Danielle Steel (Dell)6. “Dragon Teeth” by Michael Crichton (Harper)7. “Mississippi Blood” by Greg Iles (Morrow)8. “The Whistler” by John Grisham (Dell)9. “The Pines of Winder Ranch” by RaeAnne Thayne (HQN)10. “An Engagement in Seattle” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)11. “Man Overboard” by J.A. Jance (Pocket)12. “Cowboy Country” by Miller/Fossen (HQN)13. “12 Strong” by Doug Stanton (Pocket)14. “Man in Control” by Diana Palmer (Harlequin)15. “Final Scream” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMell)2. “Darker” by E.L. James (Vintage)3. “Instant Pot Miracle” (HMH)4. “The Whole30 Day by Day” by Melissa Hartwig (HMH)5. “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly (Ballantine)6. “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware (Scout)7. “Twisted” by Helen Hardt (Waterhouse)8. “16th Seduction” by Patterson/Paetro (Grand Central)9. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)10. “Instant Pot Cookbook” (HMH)11. “Pachinko” (National Book Award) by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)12. “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena (Penguin Books)13. “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris (Griffin)14. “It” (movie tie-in) by Stephen King (Scribner)15. “The Black Book” by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)Copyright 5/8 2017 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2017 NPD Group. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers by The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2018 10:56 am PDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email