Goways new Travel Planner offers more choice in Central South America

Goways new Travel Planner offers more choice in Central South America

first_imgTags: Goway Travel Monday, October 3, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO – There are more destinations and more product at more competitive pricing with Goway Travel’s brand new 2017 Central and South America Travel Planner.Designed to be a comprehensive selling tool for South and Central America, as well as the Polar regions, the Travel Planner allows holiday planners to combine city stopovers with South America’s big name attractions and boutique travel ideas.New this year is Goway’s ‘Haciendas of the Yucatan’ tour in Mexico, which stays in historic haciendas and explores the rich archeological region of the Yucatan. Also new for 2017 is the ‘Belmond Andean Explorer train’, which journeys from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and onward to Arequipa.In addition, Goway’s ‘Holidays of a Lifetime’ has undergone some revisions. The popular ‘Cradle of the Incas’ tour covers the highlights of Peru, while the new nine-day ‘Samba, Tango and Waterfalls’ tour offers the best experiences in Brazil and Argentina. These two tours come together to create the 17-day ‘Signature of South America’ program, allowing travellers to visit all three countries in style.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backGoway’s Small Group Touring programs remain a popular choice. With the introduction of the ‘Wonders of Rio, Iguassu and Buenos Aires’ trip, the series now offers all of South America’s key destinations to the budget traveller looking for guaranteed small group departures.To celebrate the launch of the new 2017 brochure, Goway is offering 10% off all trips to Peru that include Lima, the Sacred Valley and a visit to Machu Picchu.For more information email info@goway.com. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Goway’s new Travel Planner offers more choice in Central & South America Sharelast_img read more

Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast

Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast

first_imgTags: Uber Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Posted by ZAGREB — Uber Technologies Inc launched its speedboat service in Croatia on Friday, connecting major tourist spots along the country’s Adriatic coast.UberBOAT, which offers speedboats for up to 12 people, has already been tested in Istanbul and Miami among other locations, and will operate in Croatia during the summer tourist season.It will compete with other boat services along the Adriatic coast.The service will be available, via the Uber app, from the cities of Split and Dubrovnik in the southern Adriatic as well as from the island of Hvar. The price of hiring a speedboat for up to eight people to travel from Split to Hvar, for example, will cost 2,600 kuna (US$400).“UberBOAT offers two different services – transfer between the mainland and the island or speed boat rent for half-day or whole-day trips … There is no possibility to stay overnight on the boat nor to hire the boat without captain and sailors” Uber said in a statement.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe users will be able to define their own itinerary during daily trips or opt for an organized schedule involving some of the most popular destinations.Croatia is a popular tourist destination in Europe with tourism accounting for 18% of the country’s gross domestic product. Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coastcenter_img Reuters Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Airlines tour ops suspend Cuba cays SXM flights until Oct 31

Airlines tour ops suspend Cuba cays SXM flights until Oct 31

first_imgAirlines, tour ops suspend Cuba cays, SXM flights until Oct. 31 Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Florida’s largest airports have reopened but operations are limited and hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed as the state recovers from Hurricane Irma, with wide swaths of the state and its neighbours still without power. Meanwhile airlines including Air Canada, WestJet, Transat and Sunwing have updated their start dates for flights into Irma-damaged Cuba and other Caribbean destinations.Hurricane Irma’s march across Florida and into the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in U.S. history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers.“Power, power, power,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. “The biggest thing we’ve got to do for people is get their power back.”As reported on Travelweek.ca, Air Canada is resuming flights to Florida airports today. Air Canada is looking to operate its full schedule to Florida including service to Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, plus the next regularly scheduled flights to Fort Myers on Sept. 15, and Sarasota on Sept. 16. “Customers are advised that aircraft are very full on outgoing flights from Florida and, while Air Canada is adding additional capacity, space may be limited initially. However, Air Canada is committed to add extra capacity in order to transport customers who wish to travel.”Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge have also resumed all scheduled service to the Caribbean including Havana, however other destinations in Cuba remain cancelled with plans to resume services to Holguin and Varadero in the coming days, says Air Canada, subject to the safety and security of airports and infrastructure. The airports serving Cayo Coco and Santa Clara are closed until at least Sept. 25.Meanwhile WestJet has made the decision to remove regularly scheduled flights to and from Cayo Coco (CCC), Santa Clara (SNU) and St. Maarten (SXM) through Oct. 31, as local airports and hotels have suffered significant damage from the storm. The airline says it is in the process of reaching out to passengers and travel agents with bookings between now and then (Oct. 29) for re-bookings. Passengers booked for travel through Dec. 31 will be offered flexible change/cancel for these destinations.WestJet says it is still evaluating flights into Providencials (PLS), Varadero (VRA), Myrtle Beach (MYR), and all of WestJet’s Florida destinations including Orlando (MCO), Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Tampa (TPA), to ensure the airport, runway and hotel infrastructure are intact and safe and the destinations have the ability to service its passengers.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemGuests booked to any of these areas will be offered flexible change/cancel for travel through Sept. 30.WestJet is back to normal operations for airport and hotels in Bahamas (NAS), Bermuda (BGI), Aruba (AUA), Antigua (ANU), Grand Cayman (GCM), Dominican Republic (AZS, PUJ, POP), St. Lucia (UVF), Curacao (CUR), all Mexican destinations, Costa Rica and Jamaica. WestJet says it will no longer be offering flexible change/cancel to these destinations as they are confirmed to be business as usual.“WestJet would like thank our valued guests for their patience and understanding over the past few days. We can certainly understand the confusion that Canadian travellers have over their future travel plans to regions of the Bahamas and Florida specifically and to the Caribbean in general. Overall, we are thankful that the hurricane has now diminished to the point that we are able to evaluate many of our destinations and hotel partners and provide some certainty around change and cancel to destinations in affected areas.”Transat is also making changes to its flight schedule due to the impact caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma.Transat’s flights to Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria will be suspended until Oct. 31. “Our operations to Holguin will continue as normal, with a flight scheduled as of this Sept. 15. We expect to resume our operations to Varadero as of Sept. 22.”To meet the higher demand Transat will be increasing capacity on its flights to the D.R. and Mexico during the months of September and October.“We are currently coordinating all the changes to our bookings following the passage of hurricane Irma. Our teams will contact all customers impacted by those changes. We thank you in advance for your collaboration.”Sunwing’s flights to Manzanillo are operating as normal but all southbound flights to Holguin have been cancelled up to including Sept. 14. Flights to Varadero are currently cancelled up to and including Sept.17. Flights to Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Camaguey are suspended until Oct. 31.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAmerican Airlines said the storm forced it to cancel more than 5,000 flights over several days, cutting into revenue and profit. American Airlines Group Inc., which has a major hub in Miami, said all the storm-related cancellations caused it to cut a forecast for third-quarter revenue per mile by about 1 percentage point. American didn’t give a dollar figure, but a drop of 1.5 points in the same figure at United Airlines after Hurricane Harvey equaled about $150 million in lost revenue.American said the combination of lost revenue from Irma and higher fuel prices from Harvey, which shut down many Texas refineries, would cause its third-quarter pretax profit margin to fall from around 11% to around 9.5%.In St. Martin, French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild the wrecked island and diversify its economy from a sole reliance on tourism.Macron stayed overnight on St. Martin, reportedly sleeping on a camp cot. He was heading to the heavily damaged island of St. Barts today with the French health minister, who has warned about diseases spreading on the islands after water supplies, electricity and communication were knocked out for days.“What we have seen today are people determined to rebuild and return to a normal life,” said Macron. He said France was bringing in air-conditioned tents so children can start classes again soon, and that a centre would be established by Sept. 18 to begin processing requests for financial help.Macron pledged to rebuild St. Martin as a “model island” that would be a “showcase of French excellence.”“I don’t want to rebuild St. Martin as it was,” he said. “We have seen there are many homes that were built too precariously, with fragile infrastructure. The geography of the homes was not adapted to the risks.”The Category 5 hurricane killed 11 people in St. Martin, while another four people died on the Dutch side of the island, bringing the death toll in the Caribbean to at least 37.For the latest update from CTO on all the Caribbean islands, with the exception of Cuba where reports are still very preliminary, see ‘What’s open, closed & damaged in the Caribbean’.With files from The Associated Press Share Tags: Hurricane, Hurricane Irma Wednesday, September 13, 2017 last_img read more

Sears Travel will be The Travel Experts as of Nov 1

Sears Travel will be The Travel Experts as of Nov 1

first_imgTags: Sears Travel, TravelBrands Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — As reported first on Travelweek.ca, in light of Sears Canada Inc.’s latest CCAA filing TravelBrands is rebranding Sears Travel as The Travel Experts, effective Nov. 1.Sears Canada Inc. issued a statement Oct. 10 saying it was permanently closing its doors and going out of business. The company had filed for bankruptcy protection in June, hoping to find a buyer for its remaining locations. “Following exhaustive efforts, no viable transaction for the company to continue as a going concern was received,” said Sears Canada, adding that it “deeply regrets this pending outcome and the resulting loss of jobs and store closures.”Sears Travel is a TravelBrands business and not part of the Sears Canada Inc. CCAA proceedings.However plans were already underway (and continue) to vacate the Sears department stores and continue both from a limited number of new locations and as a home agent program.Back in June, when Sears Canada first filed for bankruptcy protection, TravelBrands, which manages Sears Travel, said it was consulting with its legal team.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTwo years earlier, when TravelBrands filed for creditor protection in 2015, the Amended Sears Agreement – along with dwindling margins and lease obligations including $3.6 million in yearly rent on a vacant building, a holdover from the Thomas Cook Canada deal – was blamed as one of the factors dragging the company down.With sales declining TravelBrands negotiated what’s now known as the Amended Sears Agreement to reduce its advertising commitments; adopt more flexible store hours; reduce the annual percentage of gross revenue payable as royalties; reduce its minimum annual commission payments by 27%; and reduce annual lease payments for common area charges by 13%. But sales continued to decline.“The expense of operating a store-front operation, coupled with the decreased revenue associated with such operations, has caused a significant strain on TravelBrands’ profitability,” said the 2015 affidavit. “Furthermore, as noted above, store-front operations, like Sears Travel, are not a core part of TravelBrands’ business due to their high operating costs coupled with intense price competition across the Canadian leisure travel industry.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe affidavit also stated that TravelBrands shoulders substantial commission and royalty payments under the Amended Sears Agreement, as well as rent and operational costs related to the staffing of 88 Sears Travel retail locations. The company’s fixed costs are payable regardless of the revenues achieved under the Sears Agreement and the Amended Sears Agreement. One industry insider called the Sears Travel deal “a bad deal from the get-go and a dying model. Agencies in stores in a chain that is shrinking and closing stores all the time … [no] upside.”TravelBrands exited creditor protection in early 2016.Like every other bricks-and-mortar retail chain Sears Travel has gone to great effort to keep up with changing preferences in how clients want to book travel, building up a strong online presence and making the move back in 2005 to use outside sales reps. It marked the first time a national travel brand had developed a home-based market with a specific focus on experienced agents.center_img Share Sears Travel will be The Travel Experts as of Nov. 1 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Family loses pet cockatoo ahead of cruise only to find it landed

Family loses pet cockatoo ahead of cruise only to find it landed

first_imgFamily loses pet cockatoo ahead of cruise, only to find it landed on another cruise ship headed to New Zealand Tags: LOL Travelweek Group Thursday, February 8, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Share QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA — Imagine spending countless hours and money planning an epic cruise vacation with the entire family, only to be showed up by your pet bird who landed its own luxury cruise all on its own.Harri, a rose-breasted female cockatoo who lives in Nundah, Queensland, Australia, was accidentally set free from her cage while her family was packing for a cruise vacation. Michelle and Brett Cozzi and their four-year-old daughter Georgia were devastated, and despite their best efforts they were unable to track the bird down. They boarded their P&O Cruise ship a few days later with heavy hearts, convinced they’d never see their beloved Harri again.But little did they know that while they were sailing onboard P&O Cruises, Harri was living it up on her own cruise ship heading straight for New Zealand. Turns out after escaping from her cage, the adventurous bird somehow made its way to sea, only to be found by the Sea Princess, which is part of the Princess Cruises’ fleet and sister line to P&O.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksWe suppose ol’ Harri was struck by a sudden case of wanderlust.Crew members scanned Harri for a microchip and quickly discovered the bird was the family pet. They welcomed Harri to join them for the remainder of the cruise, putting her up in her own stateroom, giving her daily meals and even awarding her with a laminated crew identification card.Meanwhile, the Cozzi family, who at this time was still sailing on their P&O cruise, received word from Australian Agriculture Department officials that their beloved Harri had not only been found, but was on her own cruise adventure to New Zealand.Once back on land and awaiting her return, the Cozzis learned of Harri’s fantastic journey. During her 14-day New Zealand cruise odyssey, she was cared for by Sea Princess Environmental Officer Tibor Filipovic and the ship’s Master, Princess Cruises Commodore Giuseppe Romano.“The entire ship’s company has come to love Harri and she has been a very good shipmate and no trouble at all,” said Commodore Romano. “But we could also see that Harri was missing her human family, so it was a great pleasure to be able to reunite them.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsAs the journey came to an end, the Cozzis had Harri’s birdcage delivered to the terminal where Sea Princess docked, and then waited patiently while she receive a pre-disembarkation veterinary check, which she passed with flying colours.“We are very excited to have Harri home because she is a much loved member and indispensable part of our family,” said Michelle Cozzi. “We’d hoped for her safe return but after Harri had been gone for a few days, it wasn’t looking good. It was amazing to discover she had been found on another cruise ship. It was just the best news possible.”No word as to where Harri’s next travel adventure will take her, but let’s hope she uses a travel agent to avoid any future mishaps.last_img read more

Aer Lingus The Smart Way to Fly from Montreal Toronto to Dublin

Aer Lingus The Smart Way to Fly from Montreal Toronto to Dublin

first_img Aer Lingus is the smart way to fly to Ireland, Great Britain and Continental Europe from Canada. Montreal service commences August 2019.The smart way to flyAer Lingus flies non-stop to Ireland from Montreal and Toronto. Experience seamless connections from Canada via Dublin to Great Britain and Continental Europe.Our Route NetworkIn addition to their direct flights from Montreal and Toronto, connecting service is available from many Canadian cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, St. Johns NL, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg with our partners British Airways, Air Canada, United Airlines and WestJet.Fly from Montreal and Toronto to Dublin and connect to the following European destinations:AberdeenAmsterdamBarcelonaBerlinBirminghamBordeauxBristolBrusselsCardiffDoncasterDonegalDusseldorfEdinburghFrankfurtGenevaGlasgowIsle of ManKerryLeeds BradfordLondonLyonMadridManchesterMilanNewcastleNiceParisShannonSouthamptonZurichAdditional European cities are available, but require an overnight in Dublin.Experience Business ClassLie-flat beds, priority boarding, and gourmet cuisine are just some of the benefits of their Business Class. You’ll be able to keep your laptop and essentials at your fingertips, so you could work flat out – or lie flat out and allow yourself to be distracted by world-class entertainment and a 16” HD TV screen.Their new Revival Lounge in Dublin means whatever you do, you’ll be able to freshen yourself up before leaving the airport.Surf while you fly!With Wi-Fi and their mobile network on board, you can keep in touch with friends and family, catch up on work, send some texts, or simply browse your favorite sites, all from the comfort of your seat.Wi-Fi is only available on the A330 aircraft.For more information, visit www.aerlingus.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Wednesday, October 31, 2018 center_img Aer Lingus: The Smart Way to Fly from Montreal & Toronto to Dublin, Ireland Travelweek Group Tags: Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Spotlightlast_img read more

Airbnb names Fred Reid head of transportation

Airbnb names Fred Reid head of transportation

first_img By: The Associated Press Airbnb names Fred Reid head of transportation SAN FRANCISCO — Home-sharing company Airbnb has hired veteran aviation executive Fred Reid to explore future partnerships with airlines and other providers.Reid has served as the founding CEO of Virgin America, president of Delta Airlines and president and chief operating officer of Lufthansa. Most recently he was president of Kitty Hawk’s Cora program, which is developing autonomous, electric “air taxis.”Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says the company doesn’t want to start its own airline or sell tickets. It wants to partner with providers who make travel easier and more fun.The hire is part of Airbnb’s goal of becoming an end-to-end platform that gets people to its properties and helps them plan what to do when they arrive.Airbnb is preparing for an initial public offering as early as this year. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Airbnb, New Hires Friday, February 8, 2019 last_img read more

4X STAR points and a chance to win a vacation with Sunwings

4X STAR points and a chance to win a vacation with Sunwings

first_img Monday, March 4, 2019 Travelweek Group Share 4X STAR points and a chance to win a vacation with Sunwing’s new Iberostar promo Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, Sunwingcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sunwing wants to help agents Learn, Earn and Win with Iberostar throughout the month of March.Through March 31 agents can earn 4X STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash on all new bookings at Iberostar resorts for departures from April 1, 2019 until Oct. 31, 2020.Located in top-rated destinations across Mexico, Jamaica and the D.R., Iberostar’s wide selection of premium properties include options for family vacations, romantic retreats and group getaways.On top of their earnings, each time an agent secures a booking at a participating resort they’ll be entered into a weekly contest to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to a select Iberostar resort. The more bookings an agent makes, the more chances they will have to win.Taking part in this promotion, the brand new Iberostar Bavaro Star Prestige is set to open on Bavaro Beach in Fall 2019. The upscale resort-within-a-resort with Iberostar Bavaro offers an elevated experience with luxury suites featuring swim-out options, exclusive access to two sparkling pools and a private beach area with elegant Bali beds, butler service and more.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyIn addition to incentives for agents, travellers benefit from exclusive rate reductions at all participating Iberostar resorts with Sunwing, together with complimentary resort credits and generous group rates where the eighth adult travels free at all resorts in in Mexico, Jamaica and the D.R Vacationers also receive a 20% discount on spa treatments at all Iberostar resorts in the D.R. Posted bylast_img read more

Miami gives Branson celebrity welcome for train renaming

Miami gives Branson celebrity welcome for train renaming

first_img Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Tags: Brightline, Virgin Group Share By: The Associated Press Miami gives Branson celebrity welcome for train renaming MIAMI — Billionaire businessman Richard Branson got a rock star’s welcome recently at the public rollout of his Virgin Group’s partnership with Florida’s privately owned, higher-speed passenger rail service that backers hope will soon stretch from Miami to Orlando. People cheered, news photographers jostled like paparazzi and passengers onboard a soon-to-be rebranded Brightline train grabbed the British magnate for selfies as they zipped between Miami and West Palm Beach in just over an hour. A year after beginning operations, the newly christened Virgin Trains USA hopes the Branson boost rubs off on the company’s ridership and financing. Virgin’s partnership with what was then Brightline was announced in November, but Brightline’s downtown Miami station became ‘Virgin MiamiCentral’ on Wednesday. Brightline’s trains and other stations should be rebranded by year’s end. Branson said Virgin hopes to “sprinkle some of its magic dust” on the operation by delivering an experience with some panache. As Brightline, the system was the first private U.S. train service founded in a century. Branson called Americans’ reputation for disdaining rail travel outside the Boston-Washington corridor unfounded. They just haven’t taken to trains because “the rail service was not great.” “Brightline has already proven that wrong with its first offering,” said Branson, pointing to its 100,000 monthly riders. He said train travel is more convenient than in the past. “In the old days, you didn’t have WiFi. Now you have almost seamless Wi-Fi on this train almost the whole way,” he said. “Students can work, business people can work, lawyers can work, accountants can work on the train. And it is much safer and more environmentally friendly.”This is a crucial period for the renamed service, whose trains currently run at an average speed of about 130 kph. Its first phase was completed 11 months ago with a 115-kilometre run between Miami and West Palm Beach. The company has overcome legal and financing challenges to sell $1.8 billion in bonds for a crucial 275-kilometre connection from West Palm Beach to Orlando and its theme parks. That is scheduled to open in 2022. From Orlando, the company hopes to eventually expand west to Tampa and north to Jacksonville. Patrick Goddard, the company’s president, said rebranding Brightline as Virgin gives it instant name recognition while complementing an experience he already believes was first rate. The stations are clean and the decor is modern. The trains are quiet and smooth, with engines powered by biodiesel fuel. The economy seats are wider and have more legroom than a typical airplane coach seat. Tickets between Miami and West Palm Beach cost about US$25 each way for economy and $40 for first class. No pricing for Orlando has been announced. “The big difference between what we are doing and traditional public transportation is this is an experience … from the moment you park your car. Because we own the stations and we own the infrastructure, we control the whole experience,” Goddard said. For Virgin, the partnership gives it a toehold in the U.S. passenger train market – outside Florida, there are plans for a Southern California to Las Vegas line. It also gives its British customers a potentially seamless Florida holiday. They could take a Virgin train to London and fly to Orlando aboard Virgin Atlantic. From there, they could take the planned Virgin train to Miami, and stay in an eventual Virgin hotel before embarking on a Virgin cruise that starts next year. Joseph Krist, a Court Street Group analyst who has been following Brightline, said it is “very hard to tell” whether Virgin Trains USA will thrive long-term once the glamour and novelty fades. Krist said that while Branson has had success in widely divergent fields, from recording to transportation, his British train operation has had a mixed record over 20 years. Virgin America, his U.S. airline known for mood lighting and hip touches, struggled with profitability for a decade, before being sold to Alaska Airlines for $2.6 billion in 2017. “Branson is a huge branding success – and that’s not to say he hasn’t been an economic success,” Krist said, calling him a “genius” when it comes to getting Virgin’s name in front of the public. “His brand as an innovative, somewhat thinking out-of-the-box kind of guy has survived regardless of the absolute level of operating success achieved by his various businesses.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Windstars new Voyage Collection brochure highlights 50 new itineraries

Windstars new Voyage Collection brochure highlights 50 new itineraries

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Windstar’s new Voyage Collection brochure highlights 50 new itineraries Wednesday, July 31, 2019 center_img Tags: New Itineraries, Voyage Collection, Windstar Cruises Share SEATTLE — In keeping with its upscale approach to all things cruising, Windstar Cruises has unveiled its new 2019-2021 Voyage Collection, a beautiful full-colour brochure featuring 50 brand new itineraries.In total, nearly 700 cruise and cruise tour dates are available now through 2021, with 330 ports of call around the world visited and over 2,500 shore excursions on offer.Moreover, the boutique cruise line’s deployment expansion includes the following regions in 2018: Alaska; Canada & New England; Asia including the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan; increasing Northern Europe sailings with more visits to Norway, United Kingdom, and Greenland; while 2019 saw more ports in Japan, cruises to Indonesia, the U.S. West Coast, and Mexico.In 2020 and 2021, Windstar will sail to: Australia & New Zealand; South Pacific Islands; Western Caribbean featuring cruises homeporting from Miami; Central America; and expanded Mediterranean sailings to Israel and Egypt, as well as returning to Istanbul, Seville, and the Corinth Canal, with more to come.“It’s been fun work for our talented team adding more than 200 new ports of call in the last couple of years. Being a leader in destination delivery, we know that the ports we visit and how we visit them makes all the difference. We’re up to 330 ports and 2,500 shore excursions and place a monumental effort into designing cruises with more time in port and more overnights. Offering longer cruises on smaller ships, we take an uncommon approach to travel, allowing guests to discover places on a more personal level, in an authentic and culturally immersive way,” says Windstar President John Delaney.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaAccording to Delaney, the Voyage Collection brochure is also meant to be a resource for industry partners.“Travel advisors are vital partners in helping our guests channel their travel aspirations toward a specific region and experience, and to determine the best way of achieving their vision. Our brochure is an effective tool for our travel partners to use,” he says.Here’s an overview of what you’ll read about in the brochure:AUTHENTIC EXCURSIONSWindstar has three tiers of tours: Essentials, Concierge, and Beyond Ordinary collections. There are over 2,500 options to choose from, including ‘Signature Expeditions’ that offer biologist-led excursions by kayak and Zodiac launched directly from the ship.ONBOARD CUISINEMeals onboard Windstar’s ships include fresh local ingredients, often selected by the ship’s chef on a trip to a local market. There are multiple onboard dining choices with open seating, no surcharges, and no dress codes. Readers will get to know Windstar’s own star corporate chef and learn about the cruise expert behind Windstar’s new wine list.THE SHIPSWindstar has six small ships carrying fewer than 350 guests. The brochure highlights the cruise line’s US$250 Million Star Plus Initiative, which is revitalizing its three all-suite Star Class ships with new dining experiences and two new restaurants, expanded spa and fitness centre, and 50 new suites including a small-ship first – the Grand Owner’s Suite featuring an open living/dining room and spacious veranda.SOUTH PACIFIC SAILINGS IN 2020The Voyage Collection showcases Windstar’s expansion to an entirely new continent and region: Australia and New Zealand. Explorations of Auckland and Sydney are available onboard the reimagined Star Breeze, an all-suite ship, while the Wind Spirit will make an epic South Pacific roundtrip trek from Tahiti to Singapore.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoASIA SAILINGS IN 2020Next year, Windstar will return to Asia after a one-year hiatus with Southeast Asia and Grand Japan country-intensive cruises. It’s also adding destinations like Indonesia with sailings between Benoa (Bali) and Singapore.MORE NEW DESTINATIONSGuests can explore other new destinations, including Miami – a first for the line – which is part of the 2020 Star Breeze Star Plus maiden voyage. In 2020, wind Spirit will call for the first time on Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga and the Cook Islands. The 2020 Alaska season will feature first-time visits to tiny ports like Petersburg and new scenic cruising to the massive Hubbard Glacier. In Europe, cruisers can opt for themed-cruise events like SAIL Amsterdam or the Grand Prix of Monaco, or sail to returning ports in Greece, Turkey, Egypt, France, Israel or Iceland, to name a few.STAR COLLECTOR VOYAGESThis special collection allows travellers to combine multiple itineraries into a single trip. The brochure presents various Star Collector combinations in an easy-to-digest format that helps guests compare nearly 200 options, all with complimentary laundry service.To receive a copy of the 2019-2021 Voyage Collection, visit www.windstarcruises.com/request-a-brochure.last_img read more

Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebecbased agency

Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebecbased agency

first_imgFlight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency Share Travelweek Group Tuesday, August 6, 2019 TORONTO — The Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has acquired 100% ownership of Les Voyages Laurier du Vallon (LDV), a North American premium leisure and corporate travel business.FLT secured a 75% interest in LDV in August 2017 and acquired the remaining 25% interest on Aug. 5 under the terms agreed upon when FLT initially invested in the Quebec-based business.Managing director Graham Turner said LDV had become an “important part” of FLT’s Americas business during the past two years and had contributed to the company’s strong growth in the region.“LDV has proven to be a valuable addition to our network in the Americas and we are pleased to take 100% ownership of the business,” said Turner. “In addition to delivering solid earnings growth over the past two years, its corporate travel presence has enhanced our already strong customer offering across Canada and throughout North America in general. In leisure travel, LDV’s premium offering, which is similar to the highly successful Travel Associates model we use in some other countries, has complemented the Flight Centre branded offering in Canada and allowed us to target a broader customer base in this fairly large market.”More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyThe acquisition’s terms are currently confidential and have not been disclosed.FLT will release its 2019 fiscal year accounts on Aug. 22 and has already flagged a record profit contribution from its North American business.In April, the company said its Americas businesses, which together generated a AU$70.2 million profit before tax during FY18, were closing in on a profit in excess of AU$100 million for FY19.center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Flight Centre Travel Group, FLT, LDV, Les Voyages Laurier du Vallonlast_img read more

National Seismological Network to monitor Poás Volcano with four new cameras

National Seismological Network to monitor Poás Volcano with four new cameras

first_imgRelated posts:Poás Volcano spews material 300 meters high after explosion inside crater Poás volcano’s crater lagoon is losing water Tourist access to Poás Volcano closed after eruptions Monday Tourist access reopened at Poás Volcano following recent phreatic eruptions Volcanologists from the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network (RSN) are installing two video cameras and two thermal cameras at Poás Volcano, one of themost active volcanoes in the country.Last week RSN experts began transporting materials to the Poás Volcano National Park in the province of Alajuela and building the foundations for the cameras, which will broadcast real-time video and thermal video feeds to monitor frequent emissions of steam and other materials. Scientists also will be able to track of temperature changes inside the crater.Video feeds broadcast by the four cameras will be available to the public at the RSN website. Currently the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) has cameras at Poás, but they only take and broadcast snapshots in intervals.RSN crews last Thursday were able to observe activity in the crater’s lagoon. Volcanologist Raúl Mora said they witnessed five phreatic eruptions – which are composed of water, gas and mud – in a span of some five hours.“The highest reached some 60 meters, and falling material into the lagoon generated a series of waves, known as seiches, of up to 2 feet,” he said.Mora and RSN volcanologist Gino González also discovered several small white stones, which means “the lagoon’s acidic conditions harm the rock’s original composition until they become white and very fragile,” González said.After each eruption scientists also were able to observe sulphur deposits on the lagoon’s surface. This phenomenon has been occuring more frequently in recent months due to the lagoon’s low water levels.“Considering the region has seen several showers this month, characteristic of the rainy season, the lagoon is still very low. The water level rose only two inches compared to last month. That is an insignificant amount and leads us to believe the level is decreasing due to intense heat from the crater,” Mora said.Last February, Poás registered an explosion that expelled material 300 meters into the air, although María Martínez Cruz, a volcanology and geochemistry expert with OVSICORI, said the event is considered “normal for the volcano’s activity.”Despite the volcano’s intense activity tourist visits have not been affected. Access to the crater at Poás Volcano National Park is open Tuesday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.RSN experts also said that once they finish installing cameras at Poás, they will place four more at the Turrialba Volcano, another active volcano located east of the province of Cartago. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Samesex couples in Costa Rica now have equal access to public health

Samesex couples in Costa Rica now have equal access to public health

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica to extend same-sex couples equal rights for public health insurance, care access Costa Rica to regulate IVF after long row Hundreds of gay couples sign up for expanded health insurance coverage in Costa Rica Tico bullfights and horse shows: Tradition or torment? Costa Ricans who have health insurance coverage with the Social Security System, or Caja, can now cover same-sex partners at any public community health clinic (Ebais) or Caja hospital, the agency announced.The reforms of Costa Rica’s Social Security Regulations were six months in the making, and also apply to unmarried heterosexual couples who have lived together for at least three years.The latest changes to the regulations were approved by the Caja’s board of directors on May 22 and were published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta on Nov. 10.Same-sex couples now have the right to receive medical care at any Ebais, Caja clinic or hospital. They can go to specialists, use ambulances and receive any medical care necessary, including surgery. Same-sex partners also are able to accompany their loved ones if hospitalized, and are authorized to make critical medical decisions on their behalf.The changes were made to the basic concept of “family benefits,” including the “protection that health insurance provides to individuals who are directly tied to an insured individual, who have a financial dependency, and who meet other requirements defined in the new statute.”This also applies to unmarried heterosexual couples, children, stepchildren, siblings, parents and other dependents. The definition of “partner” was changed to include “someone who lives with you in a permanent fashion, publicly and exclusively, of either sex.”To facilitate the process, a registry of cohabitant partners was created on Oct. 9 following the Caja board’s approval.How do we register?The process for ensuring that an unmarried partner of either sex enjoys equal benefits is as follows:Visit an Ebais or Caja clinic or hospital and register at the “Registro de Parejas de Convivencia” (Registry of Cohabitant Couples).Present identification for both parties.Fill out a “Beneficio Familiar” (Family Benefits) form.Present proof that you have lived together for at least three years (this can include sworn testimony by third parties, or documentation that you are co-owners of real estate).The Caja will interview and prepare a socioeconomic study to establish your financial codependency.The process should take no more than 10 days. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Official Death toll could reach 100 in Mali clash

first_img Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for mencenter_img OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) – A government official says the death toll from a clash near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali could be as high as 100.The violence started Tuesday and pitted two ethnic groups against each other in the village of Sari, across the border in Malian territory.The governor of Burkina Faso’s northern region, Boukary Kalil Bara, said on state television Friday that eyewitnesses had identified 61 victims by Thursday night, overwhelmingly from the Peul ethnic group. The tally was close to 100 by Friday, when more survivors were interviewed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories Under an agreement with the Malian government, the Peul, traditionally herders, have been allowed to traverse an area occupied by the Dogon people near the border. The tension is due to the fact that cattle often damage the Dogon’s farm fields.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

China rescues 11 Vietnamese from prostitution

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Check your body, save your life BEIJING (AP) – State media say police in southern China have rescued 11 Vietnamese women who were abducted and forced into prostitution in a border province and are returning them home.State-run China News Service said Saturday that police in Guangxi province investigated the case in response to a request by Vietnamese police and located the women in Nanning city.It says the victims were confined to a spa in the city and forced to engage in prostitution, but one woman managed to notify her family in Vietnam. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements China News says police arrested one suspect.Despite repeated police crackdowns, there remains a thriving market for foreign prostitutes in China, especially in border provinces and big cities.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

China protests US sanctions against Chinese bank

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories BEIJING (AP) – China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday urged the United States to rescind sanctions imposed on a Chinese bank over its transactions with Iran, saying the move damaged China-U.S. relations.Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement that China expressed its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition and would lodge an official protest with Washington.“We ask the U.S. to correct the mistake, withdraw its sanctions against Bank of Kunlun _ which is controlled by a major Chinese oil company _ and stop harming Chinese interest and hurting bilateral relations,” Qin said. Four benefits of having a wireless security system The White House on Tuesday announced penalties against China’s Bank of Kunlun and an Iraqi bank that the Obama administration says have helped Iran evade international sanctions. Kunlun will be unable to do business with any U.S. banks.A bill that will impose new sanctions on Iran’s energy, shipping and financial sectors also is gaining strong congressional support as lawmakers seek to boost economic pressure in hopes of halting Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.Founded as a municipal commercial bank in the far western region of Xinjiang, Kunlun is now controlled by state-owned China National Petroleum Corp., which invested more than 5.8 billion yuan ($920 million) in the bank between 2009 and 2010.Qin said China and Iran maintain normal relations and have open and transparent collaborations in energy and trade, none of which has anything to do with Iran’s nuclear program nor violates international rules.Qin repeated China’s stance against nuclear proliferation.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Endurance swimmer Nyad moves from Cuba toward Fla

first_imgHAVANA (AP) – Open-water swimmer Diana Nyad pushed through dark waters early Monday as she tried to complete a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim without the aid of a shark cage.Her team had been trying to find a path through a storm that was nearly stationary over the 62-year-old Los Angeles woman. But they said Nyad was safe and feeling strong as she swims.Her team was hoping she could capitalize on a great day of swimming Sunday. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories She takes periodic short breaks to rest, hydrate and eat high-energy foods like peanut butter.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona “Today was an awesome day,” Mark Sollinger, her operations chief, said in blog posting Sunday night.Sollinger said the crew accompanying her in watercraft played her music by the Black Eyed Peas.Nyad has already edured jellyfish stings on the current attempt. Stings forced her to cut short her second of two attempts last year as toxins built up in her system.Nyad, who turns 63 Wednesday, is making her third attempt since last summer at a cage-less crossing of the Straits of Florida. She also made a failed try with a cage in 1978.Australian Susie Maroney successfully swam the Straits in 1997, but she used a used a cage. This June another Australian, Penny Palfrey, made it 79 miles toward Florida without a cage before strong currents forced her to abandon the attempt.A kayak-borne apparatus shadowing Nyad helps keep sharks at bay by generating a faint electric field that is not noticeable to humans. A team of handlers is always on alert to dive in and distract any sharks that make it through.Nyad has been training for three years and is in peak shape, according to friend and trainer Bonnie Stoll.The team expects Nyad will take at least 60 hours to complete the swim, meaning she would arrive in the Florida Keys sometime Tuesday. She was more than 34 hours into the swim early Monday. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Rwandan genocide trial opens in Norway

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img “He strengthened the killers’ motivation to take lives with his presence,” the charge sheet said.The accused, appearing quiet and collected in court, denied all charges speaking through a Kinyarwanda interpreter. If found guilty he faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison.Bugingo, 47, arrived in Norway in 2001 to join his family. He was arrested last year in the western city of Bergen, where he had been employed as a cleaner.The trial is scheduled to last several months with a verdict expected in early 2013.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day OSLO, Norway (AP) – A Rwandan man pleaded not guilty to participating in the 1994 genocide in his home country at the opening session of Norway’s first genocide trial on Tuesday.The public prosecutor alleged that Sadi Bugingo took part in the killings of some 2,000 people mainly belonging to the Tutsi ethnic group, according to charges read out in the Oslo District Court.“He participated in killing and transported armed killers and internally displaced people to places where the internally displaced people were killed,” court papers said, singling out three prolonged attacks during April 1994 in Kibungo, eastern Rwanda. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

ExPuerto Rico senator pleads guilty to 93 charges

first_imgDe Castro was once spokesman for the pro-statehood New Progressive Party and chair of the powerful rules committee. He was accused of demanding money in exchange for favorable legislation.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A former high-profile Puerto Rico senator has pleaded guilty to 93 charges, including extortion, money laundering, bribery and perjury.The island’s justice department said Thursday that Jorge de Castro Font was sentenced to 10 years in prison.De Castro Font is already in prison serving a five-year federal sentence after pleading guilty last May to 20 counts of honest services wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit extortion. A judge on Wednesday ordered that he serve the new sentence concurrently with the federal one. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more