Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Personalisation and technology will play a large role in influencing travel this year, according to industry leaders.In an EyeforTravel Industry Leaders Predict Top Trends for 2012 report, Google Southeast Asia head of travel Ali Yilmaz explained personalised search results will help travellers find holiday requirements specific to their needs.He said that this year the global search engine will look at organising searches so that results come back with colleague’s reviews, peer photos, family videos of the destination or a business page of a local agency.“So search results will become more personal, more social and most importantly more relevant,” he said. Technology, particular mobiles and social network sites are also expected to become invaluable resources for travel this year.According to Abacus International chief executive Robert Bailey, companies will aim to enhance their mobile handset offerings, even attempting to “push the envelope even further”.“Instead of treating the mobile platform as a down-sized version of the web, to look at building travel application that can only be used with today’s smartphones,” he explained. “These apps would be able to integrate great content with the traveller’s social graph as well as location-awareness.”The same unique application stance will also be taken on the tablets, while social media will continue to be examined for the right way to utilise the product.Worldhotels global senior director of social media Edward Perry said he expects to see hotels in particular take social media beyond the experimental phase and merge it with everyday business.“I predict that in 2012, hotels/hotel groups will seek to integrate social outreach into all aspects of a hotels business: sales, front desk, housekeeping, customer service, operations, food and beverage,” he said.“Social networkers will play an instrumental role in assisting team members to understand the role they play on the social graph.”Mr Perry, Mr Yilmaz and Mr Bailey will join Priceline group management board member Adrian Currie at this year’s EyeforTravel TDS Asia to present industry insights.
Finnair continue expansion in Asia and Europe. Source = ETB News: P.T. Travelport has announced a new, multi-year global distribution deal with Finnair. “Finnair has, in the last few years, been actively growing its network value towards strategically important premium traffic between Asia and Europe,” Finnair head of global corporate sales and GDS sales distribution Jani Peuhkurinen said. Finnair will gain full content access to Travelport solutions, aiding the expansion of the airline’s global business strategy. “Travelport sees Finnair as an important, high quality airline partner and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming years,” Travelport Nordics country manager Mathias Andersson said.
Garuda Indonesia will service its Bali-Denpasar to Perth route with a new Airbus A330.The move makes the airline the first to operate a wide-bodied aircraft on this route and ensures 257 passengers will be able to fly, compared to 162 when the airline used a Boeing 737-800.Garuda Indonesia Australia vice president Pak Uun Setiawan said that the move continues to build on the airline’s Quantum Leap strategy.“The move to the Airbus A330 is another milestone for Garuda Indonesia as we continue to expand and enhance our fleet across the region in line with our ongoing ‘Quantum Leap’ strategy,” Mr Setiawan said.“Introducing this spacious fleet will allow us to better serve both the growing corporate and leisure markets out of Western Australia and provide our passengers a new level of comfort in the air.”Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
The once-in-a-decade International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress has been named the 2015 CIM Magazine Best Meeting or Conference at the Australian Event Awards Industry Night of Nights (17 November).The 6th IUCN World Parks Congress, held in Sydney in November 2014, is an international forum that gathers to develop the global strategy for the conservation of parks and protected area.In Sydney, the Congress doubled forecast numbers, attracting 6,000 delegates, 30 Heads of State and government ministers from 170 countries at Sydney Olympic Park, and culminated with the ‘Promise of Sydney’ – a 10-year global conservation agenda for the planet’s 200,000 plus protected areas that includes individual country and organisational pledges and solutions to enhance implementation of conservation and development goals for ‘Parks, People and the Planet’.Secured by Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and co-hosted by Parks Australia and the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, the 2014 Congress provided an opportunity for Australia to demonstrate international leadership and cooperation in protected area policy and practice.Representatives of co-hosts Parks Australia, Agnese Hubbard and Leanne McLaughlin, and the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service jointly accepted the award on behalf of the organisers, recognising the amazing achievement of delivering an award winning event.“As co-hosts we would like to say thank you to the Australian Event Awards, the industry judging panel and Business Events Sydney for their support with our submission and all the people of Sydney for working with us to deliver such a major event,” Ms Hubbard said.“We were proud to have this opportunity to showcase our country and demonstrate the benefits of protected areas globally. The IUCN World Parks Congress established a groundswell of international cooperation that we hope will carry us through the next 10 years.”“The legacies from this global congress will be felt for decades to come,” said Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney.“It is so important to gather the world’s thought leaders in one place to help solve global problems. I congratulate the team on such an amazing achievement.” Full list of winners here Source = Australian Government – Director of National Parks
Tuk-Tuk Thailand won Best National Costume at Miss UniverseTuk-Tuk Thailand won Best National Costume at Miss Universe 2015The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is proud to congratulate Miss Universe Thailand 2015 Ms. Aniporn Chalermburanawong for the winning of the Best National Costume Award at the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.Ms. Aniporn or “Nat,” the 21-year-old beauty from Lampang, also advanced to the last 10 of the Pageant’s finalists.TAT partly sponsors the creation of the dress as part of its strategy to promote Thailand’s tourism. The dress’ creator, Mr. Hirankrit Pattaraboriboonkul took the inspiration from one of the most iconic and playful symbols on the bustling Bangkok streets and incorporated it with engineering precision, 3D imaging technology, and high fashion couture craftsmanship to create the winning national costume.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT said, “The award-winning Tuk-Tuk Thailand national costume is a great promotion of the country’s tourism through the beloved three-wheeled auto rickshaw that represents one of Thailand’s well-known uniqueness. It also boosts the kingdom’s image while underlining the charm of Thai hospitality and the tourism industry among millions of viewers of the world’s biggest beauty pageant. We are very proud that one of Thailand’s most iconic symbols has been recognised by the respected judges at the Miss Universe Pageant 2015. Amazing Thailanddiscover more here Source = Tourism Authority Thailand
Ready for A380 take-off – hello Los AngelesReady for A380 take-off – hello Los AngelesThe destination for the premiere could hardly be more spectacular. This coming Sunday, a Lufthansa Airbus A380 will for the first time take off from Munich on a regular passenger flight. Its destination will be the City of Angels, “Los Angeles”. Flight LH 452 will be taking off for California at 12.00 pm, probably from the northern take-off and landing runway. Lufthansa chief pilot Raimund Müller will welcome nearly 509 passengers on board the “Munich”, as the A380 has been named – that’s how many seats the largest passenger aircraft in the world has. Among other things, 890 main courses, 530 cushions and 41 liters of tomato juice will also be loaded onto the aircraft for the passengers.Not long afterwards, in the early evening, the second A380 flight will follow on: LH 722 will take off at 7.15 pm, heading for Peking, and at 10.25 pm, the third A380 will take off for Hong Kong, bearing flight number LH 730. All A380 flight connections will be offered daily from Munich.The Airbus A380 has been Lufthansa’s flagship aircraft since 2010. Currently the fleet comprises 14 aircraft, five of which are to be stationed in Munich as of March 25. When it comes to being environmentally friendly, the A380 stands out from the crowd with a specific fuel consumption of around three liters per passenger per 100 kilometers and a quiet Trent 900 engine made by Rolls Royce which has a very low level of noise emission.Source = Lufthansa
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (sixth from left) and Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications (fifth from left) are joined by the Thailand Tourism team and Malaysian travel agents and mediaTAT launches Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ Marketing ConceptThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched its latest Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ Marketing Concept in Malaysia.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, headed the Thai tourism team at the launch event held on 2 May, 2018, at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It was attended by several senior executives from Malaysian travel companies, travel media and invited guests from the business community.Mr. Yuthasak said: “Malaysia and Thailand are not just geographically close. We are linked by good political and economic relations, and our people share a strong and historic religious and cultural heritage. Our public and private sectors are also working on economic and technical co-operation in various fields.”“We have a joint tourism promotion agreement, and also work closely together under regional groupings like ASEAN as well as sub-regional groupings like the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT). The range of cooperative areas includes not just tourism, but many others like trade and customs, finance and investment, sea and air linkages, land transportation, agriculture and fisheries, human resource development, energy, and telecommunications.”Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT GovernorIn his product presentation, Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communication, said: “The Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ concept is about asking visitors to “open” their minds and hearts to deepen and widen their experiences into a new perception of attractions and variety of experiences in Thailand.“The communication campaign will introduce brand new products to visitors, or reveal a new charming character of well-known destinations through creativity. This campaign is aimed at attracting more repeat visitors and also first-time visitors. Visitors can discover new perspectives in existing attractions, or indulge in experiences in new tourist attractions.Mr. Tanes outlined the broad variety of tourism products that Malaysian visitors will enjoy in the categories of Gastronomy, Nature and Beach, Art and Craft, and Thai Culture and Way of Life.Mr. Tanes added “Apart from new products, Thailand is a very Muslim-friendly destination. Visitors can download information on tourism products and services for Muslim travellers, including Halal restaurants, accommodation, hospitals, mosques, prayer rooms, etc. as well as the function for prayer times, alarm notifications, and Ramadan calendar by using the Application.”Thai cultural performance telling the story of Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ conceptTo underscore the Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to New Shades’ concept, TAT featured a presentation by Thai Celebrity Chef Chumpol Chaengprai on “Introduction to Thai Gastronomy”, and a Muay Thai live show by famous Thai kickboxer Buakaw Banchamek.Malaysian guests also enjoyed a live music performance by Mr. Koh Saxman, a famous Thai saxophonist.At the end of event, Mr. Yuthasak presented the awards to a number of Malaysian travel agents, airlines, media and corporations for their continued partnership and support in promoting tourism to Thailand.Malaysia also remains the only country in the world with which Thailand has air, road, rail and sea contacts. In 2017, Thailand welcomed a total of 3.35 million Malaysian visitors, generating an estimated 11 billion Ringgit (87 billion Baht). In 2018, Thailand is expecting an increase of 6.48 percent over 2017.In 2017, the top five tourism activities of Malaysian visitors were enjoying Thai food (85 percent), spa and wellness treatments (51 percent), historical sites (40 percent), nightlife (37 percent), and sea and beach (22 percent). As you can see, their main interests are seeking a variety of unique experiences in Thailand.Malaysia currently has the most number of direct flights into 8 Thai cities: Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Pattaya (via U-tapao Airport), Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Ko Samui, Hat Yai and soon Hua Hin.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
Deluxe Park View King Room – Stamford Plaza AdelaideStamford Plaza Adelaide launches 96 brand new roomsStamford Plaza Adelaide launches 96 brand new, Deluxe accommodation rooms into the Adelaide hotel market.This milestone marks the completion of all 335 Stamford Plaza Adelaide accommodation rooms; which have been progressively refurbished since 2015Stamford Hotels & Resorts has invested over $5 million into Stamford Plaza Adelaide over the past 3 years to ensure the hotel stays competitive in Adelaide’s booming hotel market. The hotel has put its valued corporate and leisure customers at the forefront of the decision to invest.General Manager, David Donald, said “We are very excited to launch the final 96 of our immaculately refurbished rooms at Stamford Plaza Adelaide. As one of Adelaide’s largest corporate and leisure hotels, it is vitally important that we offer our guests the very best in comfort, technology and food & beverage options”.The 96 modern, Deluxe Rooms all offer king sized beds, city or park views, and are all located within the 14th to 19th floors of the hotel; many overlook the revitalised Adelaide Riverbank Precinct, Torrens River and Adelaide Oval.Mr. Donald continued “We not only have the newest hotel rooms in Adelaide today, we also offer our guests one of the most authentic dining experiences in Adelaide with La Boca Bar and Grill, our Argentinean themed restaurant”.“With the newest rooms, our well-established service excellence and attractive dining options, Stamford Plaza Adelaide will remain as one of Adelaide’s preferred city hotels”.For more information and to Book Direct for your next stay with Stamford Hotels in Adelaide, please visit:Stamford Plaza Adelaide – www.stamford.com.au/spaStamford Grand Adelaide – www.stamford.com.au/sga Stamford Direct benefits include Priority Check-In and Service throughout your stay at an exclusive lobby desk, $20 Discount on Dinner in hotel restaurants, Complimentary Bottled Water, Freshen Up Amenity on Arrival and Free High-Speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Source = Stamford Hotels and Resorts
West Bengal Tourism will conduct a 7-city B2B roadshow, starting with Indore and Nagpur on September 22 and 24, respectively. Thereafter, the roadshow will take place in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Surat throughout this month.Surajit Bose, WBCS (Exe), Joint Director, West Bengal Tourism, said that the state tourism board aims to familiarise the tour operators in the said cities with the new and unique offerings of West Bengal Tourism.Also, a new advertisement campaign is being designed by Ogilvy & Mather (O&M), which will be out by November this year, along with a television commercial starring the brand ambassador, Shah Rukh Khan, who will be seen welcoming travellers to West Bengal.“We are emphasising on the promotions part. Given the diverse tourism products and rich culture in the state, not much has been promoted among discerning travellers. We are now focusing on experiential tourism with the change in our tagline from ‘Beautiful Bengal’ to ‘Experience Bengal – Sweetest Part of India’. Based on the same, O&M is developing new creative for print, television, website, outdoor, radio, and YouTube, in sync with the new logo. The same is in process and would be out by November. We plan to air it on national television for at least three months so as to create a recall value,” said Bose. New destinations in the Dooars and Sundarbans are also being developed on PPP mode, which will come up in few years, he added.Bose also informed that the dream tourism projects of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, such as Jharkhali in Sundarbans, are in process. The bid has been floated for the Gajoldoba project in North Bengal, while Sabuj Dwip in Hooghly will be developed by a private player in the next two years, he added. Also, cottages are being built at Jhargram Rajbari in Jangal Mahal, which will be ready in the next two months, Bose said.About tourist arrivals to the state, Bose stated, “We are already witnessing good traffic from the key source markets of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi-NCR, but wish to increase them. Globally, footfalls from China, Sri Lanka, and South East Asian nations have increased due to the proximity and options for air travel. Foreign language guides are also being trained to leverage these markets further.”
A MoU has been signed between the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and Pawan Hans to provide city tours on a helicopter for tourists. The new Heli-Tours commenced its service from January 7, 2016.The helicopters would take off from Juhu airport and fly northwards, keeping to the city’s western side to avoid interfering with air traffic to/from Mumbai airport. The base fare of approximate Rs 320 per minute excluding taxes has been arrived at between the state government and Pawan Hans, with a 10 minute inaugural launch ride to cost about Rs 3200, per person.Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, IAS, MD of MTDC, said, “Initially two choppers will be in service for Mumbai Darshan. The idea is to provide an enthralling experience to the tourists and boost potential tourism in the state. Gradually, we will shift rides and tours to south Mumbai and then to Matheran, Murud-Janjira, Aurangabad (Ajanta-Ellora), Nashik, Shirdi, Konkan beaches and Tadoba forest near Nagpur.”
Commencing from November 27, 2014, e-Tourist Visa facility was available until February 25, 2016, for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 airports in India. The Government of India has extended this scheme to citizens of 37 more countries with effect from February 26, 2016, taking the tally to 150 countries.A total of 1,17, 210 tourists arrived in February 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 24,985 during the month of February 2015 registering a growth of 369.1%.The high growth may be attributed to the introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 43 countries. The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during February 2016 were – UK (27.86%), USA (13.85%), France (8.08%), Russian Federation (6.21%), Germany (4.92%), China (4.91%), Canada (4.21%), Australia (3.64%), Republic of Korea (2.15%) and Ukraine (2.00%).The percentage shares of Top 10 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during February 2016 were as follows- New Delhi Airport (40.96%), Mumbai Airport (20.62%), Goa Airport (13.42%), Chennai Airport (6.19%), Bengaluru Airport (5.42%), Kochi Airport (3.44%), Kolkata Airport (2.50%), Trivandrum Airport (1.88%,) Hyderabad Airport (1.86%) and Ahmedabad Airport (1.58%).
October 1, 2012 407 Views in Data Construction Spending Continues to Slide in August Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Census Bureau Department of Commerce Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-10-01 Tory Barringer Having reach its apparent peak in June, construction spending continued its backward slide in August, the “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ reported.[IMAGE]The bureau estimated construction spending for the month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $837.1 billion, 0.6 percent down from the revised July estimate of $842.0 billion.While August marks the second consecutive month of decreases, spending was still significantly up year-over-year, coming in at an estimated 6.5 percent above August 2011’s annual rate of $786.3 billion.Housing posted gains in both public and private construction spending, increasing month-over-month by 1.2 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. Year-over-year, private residential spending jumped up 17.8 percent (led largely by new multi-family construction), while public residential spending dragged total public construction down with a 27.7 percent drop.Numbers were more mixed in the nonresidential categories, with private construction reporting mostly month-to-month decreases. Public construction spending saw a few increases from July ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô mostly in the areas of commercial construction, public safety, and sewage and waste disposal ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô but private construction spending still posted bigger year-over-year gains, thanks largely to a 33.7 percent spending on lodging construction.The news on construction spending follows a more positive release on a slight turnaround in the manufacturing sector. The “”Institute for Supply Management””:http://www.ism.ws/ismreport/mfgrob.cfm reported that after three months of contraction, manufacturing expanded in September.While some may see that growth as a sign of a strengthening economy, some experts are cautioning against high hopes. In a commentary on the day’s news, “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ warned that September’s manufacturing growth is unlikely to translate into major economic improvement, and although housing market continues to pull its weight, it can’t shoulder the burden alone.””The one silver lining was that the 0.9 percent month-over-month rise in private residential spending provides more evidence that the housing recovery is gathering pace,”” wrote Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist for Capital Economics. “”But even the housing sector is not large enough to set the overall economy alight.””
Buy New or Buy Used? New Home Construction Costs Outweigh Existing-Home Costs November 4, 2015 446 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination Share The cost of building a new single-family home far surpasses the average price tag on an existing home, but aside from mortgage payment differences, there are pros and cons to both options.The National Association of Home Builders’ most recent Cost of Construction Survey showed that the average home was built on about half an acre of land (20,129 square feet), had 2,802 square feet of finished space, and sold for an average of $468,318, the highest average since the survey began in 1995.Now, compare this price to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) report last month, which showed that the median existing-home price for all housing types was $221,900 in September, 6.1 percent above the $209,100 recorded during the same period last year September 2014. NAR’s report said that this increase marks the 43rd consecutive month of year-over-year gains.Supply and demand challenges are expected to slow down existing-home sales to early summer levels at 5.44 million units, according to Auction.com’s Real Estate Nowcast.On a wider scale, Auction.com projects that existing home sales for the month of October will fall between seasonally adjusted annual rates of 5.26 and 5.61 million annual sales, with a targeted number of 5.44 million. This is 2 percent below September’s number, but still in line with sales recorded during the early summer months.“Challenges on both the supply and demand side appear to be slowing down existing home sales,” said Rick Sharga, Auction.com, EVP, “Inventory levels remain stubbornly low, especially for entry-level buyers, despite rising home prices, and credit is still very tight for the average borrower. The good news is that, considering the weaker than expected jobs numbers, and the usual seasonal dip in purchase activity, it doesn’t appear that sales will fall off significantly for the balance of the year.”Black Knight Financial Services’ August 2015 Home Price Index (HPI) showed that average home prices reached $253,000 in August and is now just 5.3 percent off its June 2006 peak of $268,000. In addition, the HPI is up over 27 percent from the market’s bottom in January 2012.NAHB’s data on the total cost of construction included a host of costs that contributed to the grand total of nearly half a million dollars. The largest surprise and the largest share of the costs was the total construction cost, which was $289,415, and 61.8 percent of the price.The price gaps on these homes can severely affect the mortgage payment that a consumer will make every month, but a study from GOBankingRates breaks down the pros and cons of building a home or purchasing an existing home while looking at the costs that a consumer may incur in the process.”There are pros and cons that everyone faces during the home-buying process and there’s no one-size-fits-all answer,” the study said. “The choice between building vs. buying a home can be tough and greatly depends on what options you have available to you.” Construction Costs Existing-Home Costs National Association of Home Builders 2015-11-04 Staff Writer
Share Equator, a California-headquartered Altisource business unit and a provider of residential loan default software and marketing solutions for many of the country’s top servicers, real estate agents, and vendors, has announced an agreement with Factom, Inc. to integrate the Factom Harmony blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform into the Equator PRO solution.Equator PRO is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that helps servicers increase efficiency and vendor oversight across the default servicing process. Designed for all portfolio sizes, the Equator PRO product suite of loan management, loan modification, short sale/deed-in-lieu, foreclosure/bankruptcy, and real-estate-owned (REO) focused products, provides servicers with tools to help manage defaulted loans and REO and make more strategic and cost-efficient default servicing decisions.Factom’s Harmony BaaS platform harnesses the power of blockchain to create an immutable record of activities, data, events, and decisions. Factom’s blockchain solutions will provide a distributed mechanism to preserve data, files, and digital records, making them verifiable and independently auditable.“Equator is committed to delivering technology that provides transparency and compliance throughout the default process,” said Patrick G. McClain, SVP of Equator and Hubzu Auction Services for Altisource. “Incorporating Factom’s blockchain tools will support our customers’ compliance obligations. At Equator, we are regularly working to improve and advance our default servicing technology, and adding cutting-edge tools like Factom’s Harmony is another example of our continued leadership.”The addition of Factom’s Harmony provides Equator customers the opportunity to incorporate the recordation of data, documents, and key audit events onto Factom’s blockchain solution. Factom’s Harmony provides options for individual loans to be tracked as individual chains of data on the blockchain. This design allows Equator PRO customers the option to embed blockchain preservation into their various workflows, allowing for an immutable and encrypted blockchain audit record to be built for each loan and each workflow step.“At Factom we know a practical blockchain solution is needed to specifically deal with complex business data and documents,” said Laurie Pyle, COO of Factom. “We look forward to working with Equator, who shares the vision of using blockchain technology to bring transparency and efficiency to the default servicing process.”Equator PRO with Harmony offers a blockchain technology solution to help address the complexities of the default mortgage process. The combination of Equator’s powerful workflow technology and Factom’s blockchain offers default mortgage participants the opportunity for enhanced tracking, management, and collaboration within the default servicing process. In this model, each party retains their documents, files, and data securely within their data centers while providing confidence in the integrity of the information being shared and accessed. November 15, 2018 696 Views in Data, Headlines, journal, News, Servicing, Technology Blockchain Company News Equator Factom 2018-11-15 David Wharton Equator Launches Mortgage-Servicing Blockchain Solution
“We have both success stories in our industry and progress still to be made. We are providing these resources to encourage additional companies to endorse the Ethical Charter and demonstrate a commitment to workplace safety, respect for worker dignity, compliance with applicable laws, and to building a shared understanding across the industry on responsible labor practices.”PMA CEO Cathy Burns said she applauded all the good work already being done in this area both through advocacy and action, but added “we also recognize we have a responsibility to do more as companies and individuals to advance this cause.”“Public launch of the Charter supported by key endorsers should drive further collaboration, momentum and endorsement. Central tenets to success include education, continuous learning and progress, and day-to-day behavior and actions.” Work on developing the Ethical Charter began in late 2015 when the boards of PMA and United Fresh formed the joint committee on responsible labor practices to develop an industry-wide framework. This committee of buyers and suppliers incorporated input from association members, expert consultants, key stakeholders and public comments to develop a draft charter.Brian Kocher of Castellini Group of Companies co-chaired the committee on behalf of United Fresh, while Russell Mounce of Sam’s Club co-chaired on behalf of PMA.“As a member of the PMA Board, I’ve been involved in this work because it is important to us, the industry and our customers,” said Mounce. “This is an important step in our ongoing efforts to support the dignity of workers, wherever they may be in our supply chains.”“We worked hard to build consensus on the fundamentals of responsible labor practices, as well as measurement criteria that will demonstrate compliance with these principles,” said Kocher. “We are now inviting all industry members to endorse the Charter, and to commit to its unified guiding principles. Further commitment and progress will benefit the entire industry.”www.freshfruitportal.com The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association have launched the ‘Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices’, a framework for responsible labor practices in fresh produce and floral supply chains. Photograph by James Rodríguez © 2013 Fair Trade USA. All Rights ReservedThe boards of directors of both PMA and United Fresh began this effort two years ago to create an industrywide framework that supports the dignity of workers who are critical in bringing fresh fruits, vegetables and floral products to consumers.Consumer demand to know more about the food they eat has been rising sharply over recent years, and a damning investigation into worker abuse on Mexican farms published by the LA Times in 2014 gained widespread attention.The boards approved the charter in January – following the publication of a draft in January 2017 – with more than 40 companies formally endorsing the charter, including Albertsons, Costco, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Wegmans.PMA and United Fresh will now encourage companies throughout the produce and floral supply chains to add their endorsement and join this growing community.In formally launching the Ethical Charter, PMA and United Fresh say they aim to raise awareness, encourage commitment to the charter and its principles, and provide tools and resources to promote responsible labor standards across the fresh produce and floral industry.“The Ethical Charter and its principles reflect the desire of our members to converge and harmonize the many positive efforts that already exist to enhance working conditions,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. You might also be interested in July 12 , 2018
U.S.: Border closure threat sends Mexican Hass avo … State of the Market – Week 12, 2019 … March 20 , 2019 Novel watermelon rootstock proves resistant to dis … The recent news comes 2.5 years after another Fresh Del Monte veteran, the company’s former president Hani El-Naffy, announced his exit.Contreras will continue to serve in his present capacity until March 25, 2019, when Bezerra will formally take over the roles. The outgoing executive will stay on to help with the transition until April 12.Bezerra will also serve as Fresh Del Monte’s principal financial officer and principal accounting officer.”Mr. Bezerra, age 44, most recently was Global Finance Integration Lead at Monsanto Company, a leading global provider of agricultural products, from January 2017 until February 2019, where he was responsible for, among other things, the financial integration associated with Monsanto Company’s acquisition by Bayer AG,” the company said in an SEC filing. “In addition, Mr. Bezerra previously served at Monsanto Company as International Business Chief Financial Officer and Head of Global Finance Shared Services from September 2014 until December 2016 and as Brazil Chief Financial Officer from 2009 until August 2014.”Mr. Bezerra also served in multiple financial, commercial and strategic roles internationally during his tenure of over 20 years with Monsanto Company, including in Brazil, Argentina, Central American and the United States.”Bezerra will receive an initial annual base salary of $395,000, and will also be eligible to participate in other compensation and benefits programs. In 2017, Contreras’ total salary was $992,957. The company’s incoming CFO Eduardo Guarita Bezerra was responsible for financial integration at Monsanto when it was acquired by Bayer. The presence of Fresh Del Monte veteran Richard Contreras will surely be missed when he leaves the company on April 12, making way for former Monsanto executive Eduardo Guarita Bezerra.Contreras has been with the group since taking up the role of controller, North America in 1999, and over time he rose up the ranks to obtain his current roles of CFO and senior VP in May, 2008.The executive held these roles through both challenging and buoyant times, including when the company’s share price hit an all-time high of US$66.86, but the price is worth less than half that now. The last two years have been difficult for the Florida-based company, with the benefits of fruitful strategic acquisitions of companies like Mann Packing offset by cost pressures in other segments of the business.Last year Fresh Del Monte ran at a loss of US$21.9 million, a result that for the leading pineapple trader was not helped by port delays in Central America. T&G ships U.S. blueberries to Vietnam for the … You might also be interested in
Social Club people and those of you charged with organising the company Xmas bash listen up! It’s time to start planning your Christmas events and Tangalooma Island Resort on Brisbane’s Moreton Island is offering you something different, and most definitely fun, across a choice of nine dedicated venue spaces, which can be hand-picked to suit your event, and a host of additional activities and experiences. Plus, the resort offers over 50 land and water based tours or activities, which means you can enhance the Christmas Party experience with your colleagues by participating in your choice of adventure, relaxation, exploration or educational experiences … and … if that wasn’t enough, Tangalooma also offers a range of unique and engaging team-building experiences exclusively through Banana Life! Refresh, realign and regroup (and party!) ahead of 2018! Passenger ferries run four times daily to the resort and you can even book a full day package from $99 per person (Mon-Thurs T&Cs apply) that includes a scenic return boat cruise, a 3-course Beachside Grill lunch, a dedicated VIP venue by the beach and your own guest services liaison for your event.For all details of venues, catering, Banana Life and more contact the Tangalooma Conference and Events Team email@example.com MICETangalooma Island Resort
IHG and Kyren Group (brokered by Savills) have signed an agreement that will see Crowne Plaza Adelaide open in 2020, in Adelaide’s tallest building, Frome Central Tower One on Frome Street, between Rundle Street and North Terrace. The mixed-use development will feature ground floor retail and the ”Adelaidean” – 83 exclusive residential apartments – as well as the 326-room hotel, which will showcase the newest evolution of the brand. It will feature a unique check in experience on the 10th floor, infinity pool, bar, restaurant, gym and parking facilities, as well as approximately 600m2 of cutting edge meeting and conference space, reflecting one of Crowne Plaza’s global hallmarks.Building work has already commenced, making Crowne Plaza Adelaide the only pipeline hotel currently under construction in the Adelaide CBD. Abhijay Sandilya, Senior Director of Development, Australasia, at IHG said: “We are very excited to bring Crowne Plaza back to Adelaide, after a brief hiatus. As the city comes alive around us with the Fringe Festival, it demonstrates the need for a contemporary, upscale hotel that embraces both business and leisure travel, with a focus on events. We are confident that Crowne Plaza Adelaide will capitalise on strong corporate, conference and leisure demand.” AdelaidehotelsIHG
awardsThe Travel CorporationTTC Last Thursday night, The Travel Corporation (TTC) won two awards for Contiki and Trafalgar brands at Mumbrella’s prestigious Travel Marketing Awards – with Contiki winning Travel Marketing Team Of The Year, as well as receiving a Highly Commended in the Ad Campaign of the Year for its What Will You Do In 2017 That You’ll Remember Forever? Campaign. Trafalgar was awarded Travel Brand Of The Year.“As a family of brands we are ecstatic about these incredible wins, such a wonderful achievement that re-affirms the brilliant and innovative work that our brands and the talented people behind them do every day,” said John Veitch, CEO of The Travel Corporation.A total of 19 Awards were handed out, with the leading companies in travel gathering to recognise the dynamic leaders in the travel industry, as Mumbrella saluted the integral part that travel plays in the Australian economy, and recognised the teams that deliver outstanding work and results on behalf the category.See all Award Winners HERE
Beginning tonight (15 October 2018) in Sydney at The Sheraton On The Park, the Dubai Tourism Roadshow will bring together the industry’s best, with suppliers from Dubai and Australia, with Melbourne (Wednesday 17 October 2018) and Brisbane (Thursday 18 October 2018) to follow. The Roadshow will offer attendees a unique opportunity to meet representatives from Dubai Tourism partner airline Emirates, as well as hoteliers, attractions and destination management companies. With over 18 suppliers involved, guests will be provided with the latest updates on their products and services and the best offerings available to travellers in Dubai.Each event will be hosted by a celebrity MC and be comprised of bespoke presentations from a selection of top tier suppliers, in addition to Emirates, including Arabian Adventures, Kerzner, Movenpick, Jumeirah, Fairmont, Al Maha, Minor Hotels, Marriott, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Taj Dubai, Hyatt, MSC Cruises and Cox & Kings – and there’s even a trip to Dubai to be won!Sydney and Melbourne’s events are close to capacity but there are still seats available so be sure to get in quick! agentsDubai TourismDubai Tourism Roadshowtravel industry