MITT 2018 to be held from March 1315

first_imgThe 25th edition of Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT) will be held from March 13-15, 2018 at Expocentre, Moscow, Russia. The 2017 edition, held from March 14-16, witnessed 1971 companies from 187 countries and regions of the world, comprising 23,047 visitors from 79 regions of Russia and 89 other countries.A U Manilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, said, “MITT has established itself not only as the place for presenting the tourism potential of dozens of countries, but as the place to meet professionals in the tourism industry: from tourism administrations to representatives of national governments. I wish that the hope that both international exhibitors and the Russian regions (more than 60 Russian regions are exhibiting, which is very important for us) have come here with is realised. Now is a very good time for developing international tourism– both in Russia and throughout the world.”O P Safonov, Head of the Federal Agency on Tourism, said, “I am confident that constructive dialogue, sharing experience and expanding partner relations at MITT 2017 contributes to the further establishment of tourism as a high-revenue and dynamically growing industry of the Russian economy and a reliable foundation for long-term socio-economic development for Russian citizens.”last_img read more

Fed Residential Real Estate Continues to See Growth

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Beige Book Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-07 Mark Lieberman The economy expanded at a “”modest to moderate”” pace from early April to the end of May, the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ said Wednesday in its periodic Beige Book. The assessment reflected a weakening from the report in April when the expansion was characterized as “”moderate.””[IMAGE]Economic outlooks, according to the report “”remain positive, but contacts were slightly more guarded in their optimism.””Activity in the New York, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts was described as moderate, while the Richmond, St. Louis, and Minneapolis Districts noted modest growth. Boston reported steady growth, and the Philadelphia District indicated that the pace of expansion had slowed slightly.The Beige Book report was based on information collected through May 25, before the release of the Employment Situation report which showed the economy added a disappointing 69,000 jobs in May.Though followed closely by economists and the media, the Beige Book ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô issued two weeks in advance of a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô is rarely cited in the minutes of the committee meetings. Residential real estate activity improved in most districts since the previous report, the Beige Book said. Several districts saw “”consistent indications of recovery in the single-family housing market, although the recovery was characterized as fragile.”” The apartment market continued to improve, the report said, and multifamily construction increased in several districts.Home sales were reported above year-ago levels in most areas of the country and several districts reported sales had “”improved since the previous report, although some noted that the pace was well below the historical average.”” The New York, Cleveland, and Richmond Districts in particular noted a pickup in the pace of distressed sales. Residential brokers and some builders in the Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dallas Districts said home sales were exceeding expectations.Contacts in the Richmond District, according to the report, said homes “”were being snapped up as investors become more confident in the housing recovery,”” and the Atlanta District reported there “”stronger sales to cash buyers and investors in Florida. Chicago said more sales had multiple offers. Apartment rental markets improved in the New York, Atlanta, and Dallas districts. One contact from the New York District noted rising apartment rents have made buying more attractive, contributing to a slight uptick in sales.According to the Beige Book, “”most Districts reported that home inventories decreased”” and “”overall, home prices remained unchanged in many Districts, although reports were mixed.””There were a few reports, the Beige Book added, “”that sellers were lowering asking prices, leading to downward pressure on housing prices.””The Fed report said “”new home construction increased in a number of Districts, including Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and San Francisco”” but the Philadelphia District said demand for new home construction eased slightly. Builders in Kansas City noted housing starts were down, but they expected an increase in the next three months. The Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago districts reported an increase in multifamily construction, and the Minneapolis District said numerous multifamily projects were in the pipeline.Commercial real estate conditions, the Beige Book said, “”improved in most Districts, and there were some reports that commercial construction picked up.”” The New York, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts noted “”growth in the technology sector was prompting the absorption of [COLUMN_BREAK]commercial space”” while “”energy activity was helping boost demand for space in the Richmond and Dallas.”” According to the report, Boston’s “”relatively strong commercial market continued to generate robust investor interest, although commercial property sales in the New York District remained slow.””The Richmond District said “”expansion in manufacturing led to a pickup in construction and reports from the Cleveland and Chicago Districts suggested an increase in hotels and higher education projects, and a New York contact noted that interest in luxury hotel development increased.”” While the report said “”outlooks were positive overall,”” it noted “”there were a few reports of increased uncertainty from still unknown U.S. fiscal changes and Europe’s debt situation.Not all of the districts commented on lending, but most of those that did “”noted steady or slightly stronger loan demand,”” the Beige Book said. Small- and medium-sized banks in the New York District, “”reported the most broad-based increase in loan demand since the mid-1990s, the Federal Reserve report said.Reports on mortgage lending generally indicated “”slow improvement,”” according to the report. The New York District noted “”stronger mortgage lending, although growth in refinancing eased.”” The Cleveland District indicated strong mortgage demand and a shift from home refinancing to new purchases while the Richmond District cited “”continued improvement in mortgage demand,”” although refinancing still dominated much of the mortgage lending. The Atlanta District said “”more applicants had ample cash for down payments or enough equity in their homes to meet refinancing requirements.””A number of districts – including Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco – said loan pricing “”remained quite competitive.”” The New York District noted a “”decrease in spreads of loan rates over the cost of funds, particularly for commercial mortgages.”” Lending standards were relatively unchanged to slightly easier across Districts and loan types though the Federal Reserve’s quarterly Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey through April, published in early May, indicated precisely the opposite. Bankers cited in the Beige Book said “”credit quality remained solid, and there were several reports of improved loan quality.”” Most district banks said loan delinquencies continued to decline.Hiring, according to the Beige Book, was “”steady or showed a modest increase.”” Reports of hiring were “”most prevalent”” in the manufacturing, construction, information technology, and professional services sectors. Staffing firms in the Cleveland and Dallas Districts noted a pickup in orders, and contacts in the Boston and Philadelphia Districts reported steady growth in orders while demand for temporary workers rose in the Richmond District. Though often seen as an omen of future hiring, an increase in temporary workers can also be interpreted as a lack of confidence by employers that a pick-up in orders or demand will continue.Atlanta’s report pointed to positive employment growth in the district but hiring “”remained limited”” in the Chicago District, and modest employment increases were noted in the San Francisco District report. There were, however, “”widespread reports that firms continued to face difficulty finding highly trained or skilled workers-especially in information technology, engineering, and manufacturing fields-and manufacturers in the Chicago District said they were easing job requirements or using interns to fill open positions.””There were reports of slight wage increases for skilled workers in the Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco. Contacts in the Philadelphia and Chicago districts noted increases in healthcare costs.The Beige Book is often cloaked in secrecy. The district reports are sent to one of the banks to prepare the national summary. The identity of District bank which prepares the summary is closely guarded. This report was prepared by the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank which last wrote the summary in October 2010 when it reported “”on balance, national economic activity continued to rise, albeit at a modest pace, during the reporting period from September to early October [2010].”” September 2010 was the last month to show a decline in payroll jobs.The Federal Open Market Committee is scheduled to meet in late June to review monetary policy. Fed: Residential Real Estate Continues to See Growthcenter_img June 7, 2012 389 Views Sharelast_img read more

PNC Elects New Board Director CEO

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing PNC Elects New Board Director, CEO Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers PNC Bank Processing Service Providers 2013-02-15 Tory Barringer February 15, 2013 493 Views center_img In Pittsburgh, “”PNC Financial Services Group’s””:https://www.pnc.com/webapp/unsec/Homepage.do?siteArea=/PNCCorp/PNC/Home/Personal board of directors elected president William S. Demchak as director and announced that he will succeed chairman James E. Rohr as CEO.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The board held the election in response to Rohr’s desire to step down as CEO at the company’s 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on April 23 and his intention to retire from the company and the board next year. Rohr will serve as executive chairman for one year to ensure a smooth transition.Demchak joined PNC in 2002 as CFO. In 2005, he became head of corporate and institutional banking, serving there until his promotion to senior vice chairman in 2009. He was named head of all PNC businesses in 2010 and elected PNC president in April 2012.Prior to joining PNC, Demchak served as head of structured finance and credit portfolio for JPMorgan Chase. He is also a director of BlackRock, Inc., an investment management firm owned in part by PNC. Sharelast_img read more

The Feds Disappearing Act

first_img Share The Fed’s Disappearing Act Since the highly anticipated rate hike last year, mortgage interest rates have not moved up as many in the mortgage industry expected, leaving many to wonder what happened to the Federal Reserve’s so-called increase in rates.Interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from January to February, according to an index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).The index, released Tuesday, showed that the national average contract mortgage rate for the purchase of previously occupied homes by combined lenders was 3.88 percent for loans closed at the end of February, down 10 basis points from 3.98 percent in January.Additionally, the average interest rates on all mortgage loans declined 8 basis points from 3.97 in January to 3.89 percent in February.The FHFA also found the average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages in the amount of $417,000 or less was 4.11 percent in February, down 12 basis points from 4.23 percent JanuaryThe effective interest rate on all mortgage loans, which accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage was 4.03 percent, down 7 basis points from 4.10 percent.According to the report, the average loan amount for all loans was $316,700 in February, up $6,300 from $310,400 in January.The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) opted out of raising rates at their last meeting until “further improvement” in the economy. With the economic picture on the path of improvement, many in the industry are wondering why the Fed held off this month and when the Committee will actually follow through with one of the four anticipated increases.”The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run,” the release said. “However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.”In December, the Federal Reserve made the long-awaited, much-anticipated announcement that the federal funds target rate will increase by a quarter of a percentage point from its near-zero level where it has been since 2006. The federal funds rate is now one-fourth to one-half percent, according to the Federal Open Market Committee.”This action marks the end of an extraordinary seven-year period during which the federal funds rate was held near zero to support the recovery of the economy from the worst financial crisis and recession since the Great Depression. It also recognizes the considerable progress that has been made toward restoring jobs, raising incomes, and easing the economic hardship of millions of Americans,” said Fed Chair Janet Yellen. “And it reflects the Committee’s confidence that the economy will continue to strengthen. The economic recovery has clearly come a long way, although it is not yet complete.” in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img March 29, 2016 588 Views Federal Housing Finance Agency Federal Reserve Mortgage Interest Rates 2016-03-29 Staff Writerlast_img read more

DocMagic BeSmartee Aim for Millennialstyle Speed

first_imgDocMagic, BeSmartee Aim for Millennial-style Speed BeSmartee DocMagic eMortgage eMortgages Millennial Homebuyers Mortgage Loan Applications Mortgage Loan Disclosures 2017-05-11 Krista Franks Brock DocMagic, Inc., and BeSmartee are working together to accelerate the mortgage loan origination process, delivering speed and accuracy BeSmartee CEO Tim Nguyen says millennials expect.Based in Torrance, California, DocMagic offers document production and eMortgage services, while Huntington Beach, California-based BeSmartee is a loan origination software provider.Together the two companies are allowing borrowers to complete loan applications and receive disclosures online within minutes instead of the days or weeks it previously took with a paper process.“Together, we’re delivering the type of speed and service that Millennials have come to expect, which is key to securing new business from this coveted group of borrowers,” Nguyen said.According to Nguyen, the integration offers “a level of speed that the industry hasn’t experienced before but that, as more lenders discover its impact on sales and operations, more borrowers will come to expect.”Dominic Iannitti, CEO of DocMagic, said the integration allows the two technologies “to operate at their peak collaborative performance.”Borrowers complete their online application, and then receive disclosures automatically, which they can sign electronically—all without any action by the lender.BeSmartee offers an auto-population feature that helps shorten the time it takes to complete a loan application, and then it connects lenders with providers that validate borrower information instantly.DocMagic then offers compliant electronic disclosures based on the application within minutes.“A true eMortgage uses no paper at all. It’s a start-to-finish electronic process that requires collaboration among certain technology providers,” Iannitti said.He also explained that eMortgages offer several benefits, including “better speeds, security, quality and accuracy, which translate to a better borrower experience and more efficient economical operations for the lender.”He continued: “DocMagic is proud to be the solution that connects not only those technologies, but also all of the entities that use them, to enable a truly electronic process. It’s great to partner with progressive companies like BeSmartee who are helping to make eMortgages possible.” May 11, 2017 660 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more

Climbing Mortgage Rates Take a Breather

first_img 30-year Fixed Rate Mortgage ARM Freddie Mac Homebuyers mortgage Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Realtor.com 2018-05-03 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Mortgage rates saw a slight dip over the last week after rising steadily in April according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market survey by Freddie Mac. Data from the survey indicated that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.55 percent declining three basis points from last week when it averaged 4.58 percent.“The 10-year treasury remained flat along with inflationary pressures in the economy that took a pause in the last week,” Sam Khater, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac, told MReport. “Mortgage rates followed the 10-year treasury yields and saw a slight decline.”The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) also saw a slight decline from 3.74 percent last week to 3.69 percent. However, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage increased marginally to 4.03 percent from 4.02 percent last week.Though rates rose steadily in the last month, they haven’t really affected homebuyer sentiment. “Consumer confidence remains very high, demand for purchase credit remains roughly the same as what it was last year in terms of the growth rate. The steady rise in mortgage rates since the beginning of the year has not impacted consumer sentiment or behavior yet,” Khater told MReport. According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, this week’s pause in mortgage rates would also give homebuyers something to cheer about. “This pause should give home buyers a little breathing room amid declining inventory and increasing prices,” she said. Rates haven’t really impacted homebuyer demand either. “While mortgage rates have increased by one-half of a percentage point so far this year, it has not impacted home purchase demand, which continues to grow this spring,” said Khater. “It’s also good news that first-time buyers appear to be having more success so far this year–despite higher borrowing costs and home prices. Khater said that Freddie Mac’s data through April showed that first-timers represented 46 percent of purchase loans, up from 43 percent over the same period a year ago. May 3, 2018 529 Views center_img Climbing Mortgage Rates Take a Breather Sharelast_img read more

Blue Water Financial Technologies Hires Travis LaMar

first_img Share Blue Water Financial Technologies Hires Travis LaMar January 18, 2019 607 Views in Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img Blue Water Financial Technologies (BWFT) announced it has added to its growing executive team and hired Travis LaMar as Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets.As Managing Director, LaMar joins a strong data science and analytics team and brings 20 years of experience in mortgage secondary and capital markets to BWFT. LaMar will work out of BWFT’s headquarters in Minneapolis where he will focus on MSR brokerage, structuring solutions for MSR, and hedging solutions.Prior to joining Blue Water, LaMar ran Mortgage Secondary Markets for Bank of Oklahoma following his role as a Managing Director at Incenter, where he was responsible for all aspects of pricing, hedging and loan, MBS and MSR sales. Earlier in his career, LaMar held Senior Trading roles at US Bank and GMAC-RFC, where he hedged a large MSR portfolio and ran a non-agency ARM desk, respectively.“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to join Blue Water, as it is a homecoming on two fronts; a return to Minnesota and the chance to be reunited with Al and a core group of individuals with whom I have worked over a number of years,” LaMar said. “At Blue Water, we are committed to capital markets and technology innovation and with my years of secondary marketing and mortgage servicing experience, I’m confident I can help deliver better outcomes, deeper insights and greater efficiencies to our customers as we expand our capital markets capabilities,” he added.LaMar graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management where he double majored and obtained bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Accounting.“Travis has much of the same founding DNA in his past experience as well as a familiar approach to tackling many of the issues our clients rely heavily on us to solve for them day in and day out. I’m delighted to have Travis on board. His experience as an MSR hedger, deep knowledge of Secondary Mortgage Markets and keen desire to solve for and deliver the best client outcomes set him apart,” said Al Qureshi, Managing Partner at BWFT.BWFT is a provider of asset valuation, MSR distribution, MSR hedging and electronic solutions to mortgage lenders. Its mission is to offer extensive modeling capabilities and tighter attribution through conservative risk management and intense regulatory insight. Al Qureshi Blue Water Financial Technologies Travis LaMar 2019-01-18 Donna Josephlast_img read more

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first_imgImage: Rachael Harding & Matthew Cameron-SmithTrafalgar has unveiled its inaugural e-learning program, specially created to help agents increase their earnings and make selling more fun. The Trafalgar Academy empowers industry partners with its interactive guidance on how to sell, as opposed to what to sell, and upon completion of each course they are further equipped to learn, earn and travel more.The initial launch phase of the Trafalgar Academy is available now and invites users to discover the Trafalgar difference. Following in close succession in the coming months are ‘Converting Opportunities Into Success’ and ‘It’s Lifestyle Not Features That Matter’, with additional courses forthcoming as the program gathers momentum. Agents registering for the Academy will uncover insights on increasing conversion and commission, as well as enjoying exclusive travel offers.“We are excited to introduce our latest industry initiative, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to providing our valued partners with all the tools they need for sales success. For those choosing to become Trafalgar experts, they can look forward to seeing conversion, commission and retention rates rise,” said managing director Australia Matthew Cameron-Smith.Whether agents wish to inject more energy and excitement in their sales process, unravel the best way to sell a destination or understand travel trends and what drives client preferences, the on-demand e-learning initiative has been created to cover all needs. Upon successful completion of each module, agents can access downloadable certificates of accreditation.The initiative complements the recently-launched parent group e-learning program from The Travel Corporation agent resourcesTrafalgarTTClast_img read more

attractionsHollywoodWarner Bros Studio Tour

first_imgattractionsHollywoodWarner Bros. Studio Tour Visitors will now have the chance to experience the original costumes and props used by the cast on the film set of Justice League, as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood expanded DC Universe: The Exhibit.For the first time, fans are able to unite with their favourite League members through this new exhibit, which joins the tour’s popular Wonder Woman exhibition currently on display. The Justice League addition is offered exclusively to tour guests.“Get up close and personal with your favourite Justice League character including: Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash. See the unique Mother Boxes that were used on the film set and designed to reflect the individual styles of the guardians that protected them.”last_img read more

Emirates Skywards has partnered with the ENTERTAIN

first_imgEmirates Skywards has partnered with the ENTERTAINER to launch the Emirates Skywards GO app for members, a mobile members’ travel companion with access to over 4,400 2-for-1 offers at some of the best restaurants and spas in over 20 cities. Emirates Skywards GO gives members access to day planners, city guides and the ability to instantly book tours and attractions in over 160 destinations. The app is free to download on iOS or Android devices.The 2-for-1 offers can be unlocked with 6,700 Skywards Miles and are available in over 20 cities that Emirates flies to including Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. After unlocking the app, members will have six months to start using the 2-for-1 vouchers. After redeeming the first voucher, they will have 30 days to enjoy as many offers as they would like. The special deals include restaurants, cafes, spas and wellness activities.Emirates Skywards GO complements the Emirates app where members can check their Miles, tier status and other member offers in the revamped Emirates Skywards section. airlinesappEmirates SkywardsEmirates Skywards GOloyalty programmemberslast_img read more

Bench Africa has developed a new help platform for

first_imgBench Africa has developed a new help platform for agents, as a simple and easy way to consult and convert Africa enquiries.Working with the experienced team of reservations consultants, Bench has created a list of the most important qualifying questions to be asked, so agents can get the best answers from their clients. With their clients’ trips then properly qualified and understood, agents can send the form through to an African expert with the click of one button, even specifying which expert they wish to deal with.“It’s taking the stress out of an African enquiry and nice to know that giving your clients the trip that best suits is as simple as asking Bench for help,” says Trade Relations Manager Cameron Neill. agentsBench AfricaBenchHelplast_img read more

From 20 June 2019 members of the loyalty programs

first_imgFrom 20 June 2019, members of the loyalty programs for Accor Group and the Air France-KLM Group, will be able to enjoy Miles+Points, offering a dual reward scheme to their entire global loyalty customer base.The new initiative is being offered as Accor Group and Air-France-KLM Group strengthen their partnership with benefits for members, allowing them to simultaneously earn points & miles while travelling with both companies. Members of the Flying Blue and Le Club AccorHotels loyalty programs will be able to enjoy: · Earn Miles for your hotel stay and Points for each flight· Convert Miles and Reward Points for even more ways to redeemEvery time our customers travel on a flight marketed and operated by Air France and/or KLM, or stay a night at an Accor hotel, they will now earn both Flying Blue Miles and Le Club AccorHotels Reward points.To take advantage of the Miles+Points service, members must link their accounts on flyingblue.com or on Le Club AccorHotels website. After registering, customers will earn Flying Blue Miles and Le Club AccorHotels Reward Points automatically when flying with Air France and/or KLM or staying in a Le Club AccorHotels participating hotel. Accor GroupAir France-KLM GroupairlineshotelsloyaltMiles+Pointsrewardslast_img read more

AccorHotelsbaliHotel ReviewMövenpick Resort Spa

first_imgAccorHotelsbaliHotel ReviewMövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali Away from the busier tourist spots, Jimbaran Bay is nestled away Bali’s southwestern coast. The bay area is part of the narrow strip connecting the Bali mainland and the Bukit Peninsula. Due to this, the beach and the bay offer small protected areas of peace and quiet, making it perfect for families.It certainly doesn’t have masses of tourists lining the streets like some other areas of Bali. The pace is far more mellow and has an authentic local community. Relax on the beach where the evening opens to a haven of restaurants to feast on local seafood or visit the local markets during the day.While you can feel far removed from the hustle bustle of Bali, you are still just a short distance to explore the rest of the island. Depending on traffic, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are about 30 minutes to 1-hour north. Uluwatu is just 15 mins – 30 minutes south. Nusa Dua is 15 minutes to 30 minutes away and Ubud is about 2 – 2.5 hrs away.The ResortAt Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali you can immerse yourself in 5-star Balinese island living at an affordable price. Located just a short walk from Jimbaran Beach and with Samasta Lifestyle Village on your doorstep, there is plenty to do in the area. It is what the resort offers however that makes this a hit with travellers.Set on an expanse of lush tropical gardens with pools that intertwine between, the resort is a paradise within paradise. The pools are separated to adults only and children’s pool, allowing for peace and quiet when needed. Hammocks hang over the water and cabanas line the pool edge for those wanting a bit more space than the deck chairs.The resort was built with families in mind, catering from parents needing a small break to kids who know how to have fun. Their global Family Programme provides fun, value and happy moments for every member of the family. Your family experience begins at check in, literally with small steps up to the counter allowing children to also be part of the check in process. There is a pirate themed Meera Kids Club that is open from 09.00 am to 08.00 pm daily and welcomes children aged four to 12 years old. You can still take in younger children, but they must be accompanied by an adult.The Arkipela Spa & Wellness centre offers the ultimate in relaxation with a range of treatments to soothe and rejuvenate. For the fitness fanatics, there is a gym packed full of the latest workout equipment.The RoomsThere are room types to suit any traveller and budget. The lead in Classic Room is appropriately appointed with modern Balinese amenities in a thoroughly modern setting.  The 34 sqm rooms have the option of king-size bed or twin beds and have a bath and separate shower. Families can make use of the spacious Family Rooms which are also interconnecting, so you can open the door and suddenly you have a small villa. Rooms then vary in views from Garden View to Pool View. The ultimate Jimbaran Pool Suites are the largest suites at 108 sqm, and they boast incredible views over the Indian Ocean from the spacious private balconies. The private swimming pools also add another element of luxury. With separate seating areas, dining rooms, king-size beds, and opulent bathrooms, the Suites are perfect for honeymooners, families, or those who want a stylish spot.The DiningDining at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is a cultural journey.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the Anarasa Restaurant. There is a communal feel here like you are home at your own kitchen, with live cooking stations and an international à la carte menu for meals throughout the day. There is even a breakfast bar for the kids full of creative delights like bananas dipped in chocolate, sandwiches with smiley faces, fruit kebabs and more. Light meals throughout the day can be shared around the pool areas in a relaxed environment. For a special treat, head up to the rooftop at Above Eleven Bali Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. With views over Jimbaran Bay and Indian Ocean, Above Eleven is the perfect spot to savour the sunset with live music at the rooftop sky bar. The cocktails were as spectacular as the sunset and the food has a Peruvian-Japanese flare. There is even a family zone on the roof setup with an open-air cinema and beanbags for the kids.ConferencingThe Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is positioned for business with dedicated meeting, conference and event facilities in the heart of Jimbaran for corporate travellers looking to conduct business in a vibrant lifestyle setting. With a choice of comfortable venues supported by modern equipment, a professional Meetings & Events team is on hand to deliver personalised service and tailor a memorable island experience. All meeting facilities are strategically located on a designated floor with direct VIP access in and out of the resort. For more information and reservations, please contact the Meetings & Events team at Resort.Bali.Mice@movenpick.com.To BookMövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, Jl. Wanagiri No. 1, 80362  Jimbaran, Bali, IndonesiaPhone: +62 361 4725777Email: hotel.bali@movenpick.comWebsite: www.movenpick.com/en/asia/indonesia/bali/jimbaran-balilast_img read more

He plays loathe himlove him lawyer Louis Litt i

first_imgHe plays loathe him/love him lawyer, Louis Litt, in the US drama series, Suits, but actor Rick Hoffman’s next starring role is in the upcoming rugby-themed Air New Zealand safety video, launching this Thursday (1 August 2019). Hoffman first visited New Zealand in 2017 and took to Twitter praising the airline as being “by far the most accommodating” airline in the world”, and ‘insisting’ on being Air New Zealand’s next spokesperson.“Air New Zealand is renowned for its safety videos and for risk taking and creativity. People want to see something fun onboard and Air New Zealand just has so much fun,” Hoffman said.“Kiwis are the nicest, friendliest, most laid-back crew. Air New Zealand has the most human customer service I’ve ever experienced – they’re incredible.”In the airline’s latest rugby-themed video, Hoffman plays a lawyer, alongside a star-studded Kiwi cast which features several All Blacks including Head Coach Steve Hansen and Captain Kieran Read, actor Cliff Curtis, Former Black Ferns Captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili and members of the renowned 1987 All Blacks squad, along with former Wallabies Captain George Gregan.Air New Zealand General Manager Global Brand & Content Marketing Jodi Williams says when Hoffman insisted on becoming the airline’s spokesperson it became clear he was going to be a fantastic ambassador for the next safety video.“Rick’s on and offscreen personality is infectious and goes hand in hand with the character of our tongue-in-cheek safety videos. He was fantastic to have on set and we had so much fun teaching him the ‘Kiwi’ way of doing things.”Hoffman says his affinity with New Zealand is “a love affair.”“It’s incredible – the food is amazing and the people are amazing. It’s the way it should be everywhere. I eventually plan on living there – not illegally but maybe becoming a resident somehow.”IMAGE: Rick Hoffman aka Louis Litt in Suits behind the scenes for the new Air NZ Safety Video Air New ZealandAir New Zealand safety videoairlinesLouis LittRick HoffmanSuitslast_img read more

Interestingly enough there were some who thought

first_imgInterestingly enough, there were some who thought this was going to happen as early as training camp. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King had suggested Lindley would have a shot to play by midseason, and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski said back in May he believed the rookie would be a starting QB in the NFL in four years.Looks like Lindley, who finished his collegiate career throwing for 12,690 yards with 90 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions, is a bit ahead of schedule. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals are going with the rookie.Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced after practice Wednesday that Ryan Lindley will start for Arizona against St. Louis Sunday.Lindley, who saw his first game action last week against the Falcons, completed 9-of-20 passes for 64 yards in Arizona’s loss in relief of John Skelton.The decision comes as little surprise, as with Kevin Kolb still injured and Skelton ineffective, it makes sense that the coach would want to see what his sixth-round pick has to offer. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 37 Top Stories Here’s what I saw and experienced at Cardinals practice on Tuesday (full disclosure, I was about 45 minutes late because I had a late meeting):JOHN BROWN:It finally happened. I was actually there to see it. John Brown made a mistake.During 7-on-7 drills, Palmer threw what appeared to be a slant pattern. I think Brown sat down and curled it to the sideline. I’m not reporting this to mock John Brown. I report in amazement. After attending every practice except one, I’ve never seen Brown make a mistake. Immediately after the pass, Palmer gave Brown the “go that way” signal. Coach Arians was just as fast with his sharp tongue. Although his mistake cost the team an interception, it’s a great testament to the rookie Brown that these moments are so rare.DEONE BUCANNON:Who was it that made the pick? Yeah, another rookie.DAN BUCKNER:He hasn’t shown much in camp. He’s been kind of forgotten with how intense the wide receiver battle has been. The only question has been whether Buckner will finish eighth in a five- or six-horse race. Tuesday was his day.He looked much more athletic and made some great catches. He had one touchdown (notice I said one, Craig Grialou). Didn’t fight the ball as he normally appears to. It would take about nine more practices like that for him to close the gap but you have to start somewhere.PAUL CALVISI:Jay Feely is involved in a drag-out kicking battle. He went 7-for-8 on field goals including two from 50+. The one that he missed occurred at exactly the moment Cardinals sideline reporter Paul Calvisi walked under the uprights. The Paul Factor struck.SCREENS:Heavy screen day by the Cardinals. Almost every drive had a screen mixed in it. The offense didn’t re-invent the wheel. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary but a very wide variety of screens. It was a very weak area for last year’s offense. An advanced screen game would dramatically help Arizona’s offense reach the much higher expectations for this year. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The hotel scene of the Spanish capital has receive

first_imgThe hotel scene of the Spanish capital has received a big piece of news – one of Europe’s original grand luxury hotels, Hotel Ritz Madrid, has been sold. Mandarin Oriental and Olayan Group (Saudi Arabia-based) have announced a joint acquisition of the iconic property, that was finalised in a deal worth $148 million. Hotel Ritz Madrid – once of Belmond acclaim – is a Baroque palace that has roots going back to 1910.The hotel is anticipated to undergo a $103 million renovation in 2017, which will see a destination spa and new restaurants added to the mix. All guestrooms and public spaces will get a makeover, and the historic façade is scheduled for a refit in the coming months.A new website for Hotel Ritz is coming soon: www.mandarinoriental.com/madrid.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterQueenstown’s popular ski field, Coronet Peak, is amping up the snow magic with a new interactive experience called The Ice Slides by Ice Castles.Located next to the main Coronet Express chairlift, the display is within easy walking distance from the base building deck. Guests will be able to race down winding slides encased entirely in ice and perched on a frozen throne. The ice is illuminated at night with colour-changing LED lights which will add to the magic of Coronet Peak’s night skiing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.Nigel Kerr, Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager, says the experience is all about sharing the magic of winter, especially with those who don’t ski or snowboard.“The changing country-of-origin mix of New Zealand tourism means more people are attuned to sightseeing all year round, summer or winter. This is part of moving our product mix to appeal to them as well as our regular pass holders who will love the surprise.”Only 20 minutes from downtown, Coronet Peak is one of the most popular sightseeing ski fields in the region, with greater non-ski traffic than nearby Queenstown ski field, The Remarkables, which is 40 minutes from downtown.Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis said the icy attraction was the first for New Zealand.“We love being able to bring our experience to the Southern Hemisphere. Our team is all about giving more people around the world another way to enjoy the outdoors together, make memories and freeze time with their loved ones.”Utah-based Ice Castles is a seasonal entertainment company that creates elaborate, frozen castles, slides and other structures each winter in six cities across North America.Made entirely of frozen water, the giant structure at Coronet Peak has taken 52 days to build. A crew of six ice artisans from across the United States and Canada have moved to the area to construct the experience.Passes are priced at NZ$35 for 12+ and NZ$29 for 6-11, with 5 and unders admitted for free. Ticket sales are now available to purchase at http://icecastles.com/new-zealand, or with Coronet Peak guest services.It opens at 10am daily, weather permitting.The light display will operate on Coronet Peak’s night ski evenings, running on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from late July.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Singapores The Fullert

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSingapore’s The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts is set to expand internationally for the first time, revealing it will take over management of The Westin Sydney and 1 Martin Place, effective 18 October 2019, re-branding the property as The Fullerton Hotel Sydney.The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts presently owns and operates two award-winning hotels in Singapore: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (opened in 2001) and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore (opened in 2010). Both hotels anchor the historic and cultural Fullerton Heritage precinct located in Marina Bay, the heart of Singapore’s city centre.The Fullerton Hotel SingaporeBuilt in 1928, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s building was previously home to the country’s General Post Office (GPO) and several other important government departments. In recognition of the building’s significance, and subsequent heritage conversion efforts, it was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument in December 2015. This is the highest form of national recognition in Singapore and the equivalent of a listing on the National Heritage List in Australia.The Fullerton Hotel Singapore GM, Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale“We are delighted to have the opportunity to present The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ award-winning style of hospitality and hotel to Australia,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.“The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will become a sister hotel to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, both of which share a similar rich history as former GPOs. We strive to deliver a luxury hotel that can further contribute to Sydney’s growth as an international tourist destination and showcase the beauty and heritage of the original building to a wider audience, both nationally and globally.”While hotel operations will remain very much ‘business as usual’, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s website is going live today.Another key project, scheduled to commence early in the new year, is remediation and repair of the hotel’s façade.“As dedicated custodians of the building, and as part of our commitment to the community, this project has been designed to restore the beauty of the façade and will be carried out in line with the Heritage Management Plan and safety regulations,” explained Cavaliere Giovanni.Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International said, “Marriott International has managed The Westin Sydney at 1 Martin Place for over 20 years and we would like to thank all of our colleagues at the hotel for their continued support, hard work and dedication to its success.”Hotel enquiries can be directed to fhs.enquiries@fullertonhotels.comLead image: The arrival area of the Fullerton Hotel.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Holidaymakers looking for cheap flights to keep th

first_imgHolidaymakers looking for cheap flights to keep the cost of their holidays down this summer shouldn’t scrimp on car park costs.That is according to Stansted Airport, which has stated that its official facilities are the only ones for the airport that have been approved by Essex Police.Julia Gregory, head of transport planning and policy at Stansted, explained that the airport’s official parking is accredited to the Park Mark safety and security standards.”It’s the only place passengers should book to guarantee the safest car park option before jetting away,” she said.Her comments come after a Which Car magazine report highlighted the dangers of using unofficial car park operators.Graham Stubbs, deputy divisional commander at Stansted Airport, added that Essex Police is “thoroughly committed” to the Park Mark scheme, which is an official initiative of the UK police.Meanwhile, BAA Heathrow is planning to introduce a new parking enforcement scheme in its short stay car parks to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow around terminals and cut down on dangerous parking.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedStansted Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationCheck your flight is leaving on time, or be ready to meet friends and family off the plane with our Stansted arrivals and departures information. We’ve got accurate, real-time flight updates as they happen, to make your journey as easy and stress-free as possible. Find cheap flights direct from Stansted…Pay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?England’s cheapest airport parking can be found in LiverpoolLiverpool John Lennon Airport has the cheapest airport parking in England, a new survey from Which? has revealed.last_img read more