Peasant Restaurant named best overall in Brisbane at the 2011 Savour A

first_imgSource = Peasant Restaurant Brisbane’s Peasant Restaurant, famed for its authentic Spanish menu with nods to the wine and tapas bars of Barcelona, Seville and Madrid via Buenos Aires, was last night named Brisbane’s Best Overall Restaurnt as well as winning Best Speciality Restaurant at the 2011 Savour Australia™ Awards for Excellence, hosted by Restaurant and Catering Queensland. After beating out some of Brisbane’s leading names in Tukka Restaurant at West End, Libertine also at Paddington, Alegria Bistro Bar in Milton and five others for Best Speciality Restaurant, Peasant was then given the judges choice award as Best Overall Restaurant. Peasant owner Jamie Webb said while it was certainly wonderful to be recognised, he paid tribute to his team of chefs, wait staff and behind the scenes people who make Peasant the experience it is. “What gives us pride is the thanks we get every night and every day from happy customers, that’s why we are in this business.” Peasant Restaurant is famed for its authenticity of menu, wine list (this has quietly morphed into one of the best in the country for Spanish, Portuguese and Argentinian wines) and setting – long shared wooden tables, graffiti covered ceilings, walls of wines, a smokey-wooden interior, and a great sense of ‘family’ from the wait staff.  The menu is changed seasonally to incorporate the freshest and best produce, with new dishes starring on the daily specials board and in them menu proper. Lunch is now served from Wednesday to Friday, alongside Sunday’s hugely popular lunch (12noon to 4pm), and dinner is served every night.last_img read more


Aussies take a Side Trip to Oman

first_imgTaking a trip to Oman doesn’t necessarily mean completely changing your travel plans, it’s just taking a Side Trip, according Tourism Oman Australia and New Zealand manager Mona Tannous.Teaming up with creative group, The Other Dimension to launch the bureau’s first ever consumer driver campaign and website, Ms Tannous explained the site was build on the idea that travellers heading to Europe will stop by Dubai or Abu Dhabi, so why not take a one hour detour and explore the ‘Jewel of Arabia’.Going live at 4.30pm yesterday and hosting up to 140 videos running for less two minutes each and filmed through first person, http://www.sidetripofalifetime.com.au/ allows agents and travellers to experience Oman online through hotel tours, interacting with locals and even buying and selling at the local markets.Ms Tannous said the site not only offers travellers the opportunity to “discover the treasures of Oman” but to also control their own holiday.“As you enter the site you start your journey,” she said.“Videos are made to show exactly what you’ll see if you were in Oman.”Although still maintaining links to the industry by offering travellers the chance to chat to a local agent or pick four of the biggest Oman itineraries sold in Australia, Ms Tannous explained the consumer site would give the bureau an opportunity to showcase the destination to the public.As well as building it with the potential to go social, the Tourism Oman head said the website would also be promoted through digital and social media platforms as well as cinema ads running for 12 months from mid-June this year.To find out more check out www.sidetripofalifetime.com.au or click here to find out how the industry will benefit from the new site. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more


Air NZ increase US capacity

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J New Zealand’s national carrier has announced the addition of up to 5,000 return seats a month to North America, with extra flights to San Francisco, Vancouver and Los Angeles.Commencing from April 2013, the airline said additional flights would replace more than 75 percent of seats lost from the California market when one of the carrier’s competitors pulled out earlier this year.Capacity increases will include daily flights between Auckland and San Francisco, up from five times weekly. Flights between Auckland and Vancouver will increase with three return services per week during off pear, up from two, as well as five times weekly during peak.Meanwhile, Auckland to Los Angeles will become twice daily, up from 12 flights per week.Offering additional opportunity for the airline, Air New Zealand deputy chief executive Norm Thompson said extra flights would assist New Zealand exporters as well as play a role in boosting the local economy. This week, Mr Thompson also announced his retirement, officially leaving the airline on 30 June 2013. last_img read more


Ryanair boss bulks up tax on big baggage

first_imgRyanair is determined to dramatically reduce the amount of heavy luggage on its flights, according to the airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary.Ryanair has increased its tax on larger baggage items by €20 for the summer period, The Daily Telegraph reported.Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air charges for additional cabin baggage and while Ryanair have no plans to follow suit yet, Mr O’Leary envisions a time when all airlines will charge for carry-on bags.“At some time in the future I think it’s likely that airlines will charge for carry-on bags but I can’t get my head round how you would do it. I think it’s unlikely that we will do it – until I can see what’s in it for us,” Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said.“However, I would be surprised if we cannot reduce the number of passengers with heavy luggage from 19 percent to 10 percent”.Ryanair’s passenger traffic rose 5 percent year-on-year in 2012 to 75.8 million, while profits jumped 25 percent last year to €503 million.Source = ETB News: P.T. Profits and passenger numbers continue to rise, as luggage costs increase.last_img read more


IHG announces dual branded hotel near Heathrow Airport

first_imgInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of a dual branded hotel development near Heathrow Airport, London. The two hotels Holiday Inn London – Heathrow Bath Road and Staybridge Suite London – Heathrow Bath Road will operate under a franchise agreement with Bathroad Corp Sarl.Due to open in 2018, the 190 room Staybridge Suites property will be built alongside a new 433 room Holiday Inn hotel. Located on Bath Road, the hotels are close to the main entrances to Terminals 1,2&3 of Heathrow Airport, one of the world’s major international airports, serving 75 million air passengers annually.Holiday Inn® London – Heathrow Bath Road will feature the brand’s signature Open Lobby, which takes a unique approach to the in-hotel experience for guests. The Open Lobby combines the front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge area and business centre into one open, cohesive space, and has a refreshing new design to give it a more contemporary feel.The Staybridge Suites® London – Heathrow Bath Road will feature spacious studios and one-bedroom suites, which are well thought out for apartment living. The suites include fully equipped kitchens, LED TV’s, large work areas, air conditioning and free wireless internet throughout.With both hotels in the same building, the dual branded model allows for operational efficiencies through shared facilities and amenities whilst at the same time as offering guests a choice of accommodation to fit their needs. These two hotels will also contain seven meeting rooms, an onsite gym each and over 300 parking spaces.Philip Lassman, Development Director, UK & Ireland, IHG said: “We’re delighted to have established a new partnership with Bathroad Corp Sarl and to be working on this project together.“We’re confident the combination of brands, coupled with the hotels’ great location; will make these two hotels the number one choice for business and leisure guests staying at Heathrow.This is an exciting time for IHG as we continue to grow a pipeline of quality hotels here with our portfolio of preferred brands.”Morris Katri, Director, Bathroad Corp Sarl said: “With the number of visitors coming to and from Heathrow Airport, this dual branded development is especially suited to its location. With two hotels we can appeal to a wider pool of guests and the full suite of food and beverage and meetings services offered at Holiday Inn complements the Staybridge Suites service offer perfectly.”Staybridge Suites offers a warm, social and home-like environment for guests spending an extended period away from home. There are currently six Staybridge Suites properties in Europe with a further three in the pipeline (Figures as at 30th September 2015).IHG currently has 309 hotels open in the UK, including five open near Heathrow Airport, and a further 25 hotels in the pipeline* in the UK. InterContinental HotelsSource = InterContinental Hotels Grouplast_img read more


Rugby League World Cup 2017 establishes official travel office

first_imgRugby League World Cup 2017 establishes official travel officeThe Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) today announced the establishment of an Official Travel Office for the tournament which will be staged in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from 27 October to 2 December 2017.Mummu Sport, global sports travel and event firm, is the Official Master Travel Agent for the sport’s pinnacle international tournament and will operate the “RLWC2017 Travel Office”.RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, said the appointment of Mummu Sport marked an important milestone in the global promotion and delivery of the RLWC2017.“With less than 500 days until the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup 2017, the Organising Committee is entering an exciting phase in the delivery of the event.“We will soon unveil the official tournament draw and release ticketing details and hospitality programs on what we believe will be the greatest ever Rugby League World Cup.“To have the Rugby League World Cup 2017 contested in three countries provides an exciting dimension to the tournament and we look forward to working with Mummu Sport on delivering a fan experience beyond expectation.”Fan packages offered by the Official RLWC2017 Travel Office will enable rugby league supporters to access unrivalled experiences during and outside of game days. An extensive range of international and local packages will feature competitive airfare and accommodation deals, and include other exciting event elements such as VIP experiences, official merchandise, functions and hospitality events.“Mummu Sport is delighted to be partnering with the Rugby League World Cup 2017 in the establishment of the tournament’s Official Travel Office,” said Marcel Berger, Chief Executive Officer of Mummu Sport.“We share the Organising Committee’s fan-focused vision for the Rugby League World Cup and are passionate about delivering a range of unmatched travel packages that feature once in a lifetime experiences.” RLWC2017Source = Rugby League World Cuplast_img read more


Qantas to fly non stop Perth to London

first_imgQantas to fly non stop Perth to LondonQantas to fly non stop Perth to LondonQantas is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate non-stop flights from Perth to London using the 787-9 Dreamliner.The 14,498 kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe when it begins in March 2018.Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making route would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade.“When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.“This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge.“It’s great news for travellers because it will make it easier to get to London. It’s great news for Western Australia because it will bring jobs and tourism. And it’s great news for the nation, because it will bring us closer to one of our biggest trade partners and sources of visitors.”Mr Joyce said passenger comfort on the long flight was a key consideration.“When we designed the interior of our 787s, we wanted to make sure passengers would be comfortable on the extended missions the aircraft was capable of.“That’s why we have features in our Economy seats that other airlines reserve for Premium Economy. Our Business Suite has been nicknamed ‘mini First class’ by many of our frequent flyers. And we’re redesigning our on-board service to help reduce jetlag,” he added.The enhanced Qantas cabin design is in addition to the comfort factors that Boeing built in to the Dreamliner – improved air quality, lower cabin noise and technology to reduce turbulence.Mr Joyce said the direct route is expected to appeal to travellers on the East Coast as well as West Australians, helping to deliver a tourism boost.“A direct flight makes travelling to Australia a much more attractive proposition to millions of people. We expect many travellers from Europe will start their time in Australia with a visit to Perth before going on to see other parts of the country.Qantas Airways Limited ABN 16 009 661 901 Further information and media releases can be found at the Qantas website: qantasnewsroom.com.au“Our modelling shows that people from the East Coast as well as South Australia would fly domestically to Perth to connect to our non-stop London service. Some will take the opportunity to break their journey, whether it’s for business meetings in Perth, to holiday or to visit family.”The new flight will operate through Qantas’ existing domestic terminals (T3/4), which will be upgraded to accommodate international flights. The airline’s current international services from Perth (to Singapore and to Auckland) will also move to this terminal, helping to simplify the journey for thousands of people every year. Qantas will move its operations to an expanded Terminal 1 at Perth Airport by 2025, pending a commercial agreement.“We’ll be looking at the timing of our domestic flights through Perth to offer the best connections we can to our international flights, particularly given they will all be under the one roof,” added Mr Joyce.“I’d like to acknowledge the support of the West Australian Government and Perth Airport in helping make this service a reality.”Seats on the Perth-London flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.Fast Facts Perth to LondonThe 14,498km flight will take approximately 17 hours (slightly more or less depending on winds)When it launches, is expected to be the third-longest passenger flight in the worldLongest flight on the Qantas network, followed by our non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service (13,730km)Will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the worldThe first regular passenger service from Australia to Europe adds to Qantas’ list of flying firsts, including: o First passenger jet services across the Pacific in 1959 with a B707. o First (and only) non-stop passenger flight from London to Sydney in 1989 with a B747-400. o First to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft (A380) on the world’s longest route (Sydney-Dallas) in 2014Perth was also used as a stopover on flights to London between the 1940s and 1960sIn 2015, Qantas operated a one-off B747-400 charter flight from Perth to Istanbul to take Australians to the Centenary of Anzac at Gallipoli – the last time the national carrier flew from Australia to Europe non-stop. Source = Qantaslast_img read more


AK Brazil opens

first_imgA&K Brazil opensA&K Brazil opensLuxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has opened its Brazil office in downtown Rio de Janeiro. This is the company’s sixth office in South America and 53rd around the world. Led by Country Manager, Mikael Castro, many months of site visits, product research, itinerary design and staff recruitment culminates in this exciting new venture.As a destination, Brazil is a world in one country. Nature lovers will be mesmerised in equal measure by the Amazon and the lesser-known wetland ecosystem of the Pantanal. Foodies will relish the country’s diverse cuisine while the wealth of colonial and modernist architecture will dazzle the inquisitive traveller. Whether a special celebration, family gathering or honeymoon, A&K is now perfectly positioned to deliver one-of-a-kind experiences and unique Insider Access opportunities on a wide range of itineraries through this exceptional country. To book your A&K itinerary today or to enquire further please contact Abercrombie & Kent visit www.abercrombiekent.comAbercrombie & Kent is the world’s leading luxury travel business.  Founded as a luxury safari company in Africa in 1962, A&K has grown into a respected international travel company employing over 3000 staff in more than 100 countries. A&K organises private, tailored and escorted travel to every corner of the globe and has a wholly owned portfolio of cruise boats, luxury lodges, tented camps, hotels, and all-terrain vehicles. As part of its global commitment, A&K brings a wealth of expertise, experience and attention to detail to any travel arrangements. Whether travelling solo, as a couple, with a family or in an escorted group, A&K is expert in providing luxury, experiential and memorable travel experiences. Abercrombie & Kent. Inspiring Experiences. Source = Abercrombie & Kentlast_img read more


New Zealands first online travel store to launch in China

first_imgNew Zealand’s first online travel store to launch in ChinaNew Zealand will be front of mind for millions of keen Chinese travellers following a partnership between Tourism New Zealand and China’s largest online travel agency, Ctrip.The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the development of specialised travel products based on travellers’ needs and preferences further promoting New Zealand to Ctrip’s 300 million members.“China is New Zealand’s second biggest tourism market and our top priority is to continually improve the travel quality and experience for Chinese travellers. Ctrip delivers high quality services to both group and individual travellers and we believe this partnership will provide a more in-depth and high-quality travel experience to Chinese travellers,” said Gregg Wafelbakker, Tourism New Zealand’s General Manager Asia.“Our partnership with Ctrip will see the launch of the first online flagship store for New Zealand-based travel providing Chinese travellers with all the information they’re looking for about our country, activity and accommodation recommendations, and reservation capacity.”Founded in 1999, Ctrip.com is now China’s leading provider of travel services including accommodation reservation, transport ticketing (including flights, trains, and long-haul buses), package tours, corporate travel management, and destination services (including car rental, insurances, visa services, and attraction tickets). It has offices in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Japan, the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Ctrip’s mobile app, launched in 2013, has been downloaded more than 1 billion times.“In the past year (to June 2017) 296,336 Chinese nationals holidayed in New Zealand. More than half of these visitors were independent travellers, rather than being part of a tourist group. Our Ctrip online store will make it easier for independent travellers to learn more about New Zealand, and plan and book their holiday here,” says Mr Wafelbakker.“We know from experience that safety, climate, and adventure activities are high priorities for Chinese travellers. We will be able to promote our range of activities and uniqueness of New Zealand directly to this audience through Ctrip and show travellers that there is a lot to see and do in New Zealand, safely, without travelling far.”Source = Tourism NZlast_img read more


Revel in romance on Valentines Day with Dorchester Collection

first_imgAmbassador Suite – BedroomRevel in romance on Valentine’s Day with Dorchester CollectionLocated in the most beautiful cities in Europe and California, Dorchester Collection hotels provide the perfect background to celebrate Valentine’s Day in luxury and comfort. From bespoke couples’ treatments to six course Michelin-starred Valentine menus, below is a summary of what each Dorchester Collection hotel has to offer this season.The Dorchester, LondonFully embrace the romantic atmosphere in the heart of Mayfair at Dorchester Collection’s iconic London hotel, The Dorchester. Capitalising on its close proximity to Hyde Park, guests can appreciate the picturesque setting as they stroll along the banks of The Serpentine this Valentine’s Day. As part of the hotel’s newly launched Romance at The Dorchester package, the happy pair will be greeted upon arrival with an upgrade to the next room category, flowers by talented in-house florist Philip Hammond and a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne and chocolates. After a luxury overnight stay followed by breakfast, couples can unwind with free access to the spa including the Aromatic Steam room and experience showers.The “Romance at The Dorchester” package is priced from £603 for a Superior King. For reservations please call +44 (0)20 7317 6530.For a lavish break, guests can enjoy the hotel’s Valentine Champagne Afternoon Tea in the opulent setting of The Promenade, with elegant, welcoming service. At The Dorchester Spa, guests can experience a ‘his & hers’ Valmont facial while relaxing on the warmed couches in the couples’ suites, followed by a glass of champagne.The Valentine Champagne Afternoon Tea is available from Saturday, February 10 to Sunday, February 18, 2018 and is priced at £70 per person with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée NV or £77 per person withLaurent-Perrier Cuvée Rose Champagne. For reservations, please call +44 (0)20 7629 8888.The Valmont facial for couples is available throughout February from £165 per person. For reservations, please call +44 (0)207 317 6583.45 Park Lane, LondonDorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair and preeminent art hotel, 45 Park Lane, offers couples a romantic experience thanks to its cosy atmosphere and intimate spaces. Couples can enjoy a selection of romantic cocktails and champagne at BAR 45, and dine on a special Valentine’s menu, created by executive chef David McIntyre, at CUT at 45 Park Lane, celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck’s only restaurant in Europe. The set menu is available on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and priced at £115 per person. To make a reservation, please call +44 (0)207 493 4545.For a day to remember, 45 Park Lane’s new Romance package includes a luxurious overnight stay for two with English breakfast, a bottle of champagne on arrival and a beautiful bouquet of flowers by in-house designer florist, Philip Hammond. For an extra special touch, a bespoke amenity awaits the couple each evening on turndown. “Romance at 45 Park Lane” is priced from £866 for a Park View Studio. For reservations please call +44 (0)207 317 6540.Coworth Park, AscotFor those who would rather escape the city on an enchanting getaway, Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel and spa, Coworth Park welcomes guests for a romantic overnight stay for two with breakfast, a bottle of champagne and special chocolate amenity on arrival. To add to the magic, Romance at Coworth Park includes a three-course dinner for two at The Barn with a sommelier’s choice bottle of wine. As an additional romantic touch, couples are then welcomed back to their room adorned with rose petals to end a perfect day. “Romance at Coworth Park” is priced from £654. To make a reservation, please call +44 (0)134 487 6600.With traditional finger sandwiches and pastries, a glass of bubbles and a single red rose, guests can enjoy views of the rolling English countryside over a Valentine Afternoon Tea at The Drawing Room. Michelin-starred Restaurant Coworth Park offers a Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu, including a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne and wine pairings, or guests can enjoy a cosy four-course Valentine Dinner Menu at The Barn.Available on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Valentine Afternoon Tea is priced at £55 including a glass of bubbles and a single red rose. Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at Restaurant Coworth Park is priced at £125 including a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne and a single red rose or £200 with wine pairing. Valentine Dinner Menu at The Barn is priced at £75 for four courses including a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne and a single red rose. To make a reservation, please call +44 (0)134 487 6600.Le Meurice, ParisOverlooking the Tuileries Gardens, Dorchester Collection’s Parisian hotel, Le Meurice, offers guests their La Vie en Rose package for a romantic city break. With a bottle of champagne, mini pink pastries and a bouquet of roses prepared for guests’ arrival, the package also includes a room upgrade and late check out at 4pm. A complimentary book about romance in the City of Love and free access to the sauna, hammam and fitness centre at the Dior Institut, completes the special day.Rates start at €945 for a Superior Room, for reservations please call +33 (0)1 53 67 66 67.Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse is the perfect place to celebrate love, in the splendid dining room inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles. The two Michelin-starred restaurant offers a private tour of the kitchen, followed by dinner for two with a complimentary glass of champagne. On departure, the happy couple will be presented with a box of chocolates by La Manufacture de Chocolat Alain Ducasse and a surprise souvenir to take away.The Tasting Menu is priced at €380 per person and the Wine Pairing Tasting Menu at €580 per person. For reservations please call +33 1 44 58 10 55.The Champagne Duo Ritual is an additional romantic touch encouraging guests to unwind with their loved one in Spa Valmont’s double treatment room. The treatment starts with a relaxing moment in the hammam, followed by a soothing warm oil massage and completed with a glass of champagne in the lounge.“The Champagne Duo Ritual” is a one-hour treatment, priced at €420 for two people. For reservations please call +33 (0)1 44 58 10 77.Hôtel Plaza Athénée, ParisHôtel Plaza Athénée, the legendary fashionable address on avenue Montaigne in the heart of Paris, offers a luxury stay with breakfast to experience the City of Love. With a bottle of champagne, chocolates and a special bouquet of flowers prepared for guests’ arrival, the package is complemented by a room upgrade and free access to the sauna and hammam at the Dior Institut.Rates start at €1,190 for a Deluxe Room, for reservations please call +33 (0)1 53 67 66 67.To add to the occasion, couples can enjoy the perfect dinner at three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. At the iconic Cabane Table, hidden away yet in the middle of the action, guests can savour a tasting menu, complimentary box of chocolates and a special surprise to take away. Couples can also experience the five-course Valentine menu at Le Relais Plaza, including Turbot with Black Truffles, King Crab and Veil Filet Mignon.The Tasting Menu is priced at €390 and the Wine Pairing Tasting Menu at €495 at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. For reservations, please call +33 (0)1 53 67 65 00. The Valentine’s menu is priced at €220 at Le Relais Plaza. For reservations, please call +33 (0)1 53 67 64 00.Those in love can also enjoy an intimate moment with the Revitalising Escape treatment at theDior Institut’s double treatment room. An anti-jet lag face and body massage followed by a facial treatment leaving couples feeling refreshed and relaxed.The treatment is priced at €300 per person. For reservations, please contact: +33 (0)1 53 67 65 35.Hotel Principe di Savoia, MilanHotel Principe di Savoia, located in Piazza della Repubblica, offers couples a taste of romance in the historical city of Milan. The hotel’s Romance Offer includes one night accommodation for two with breakfast, a bottle of champagne and strawberries on arrival. A celebratory dinner atAcanto Restaurant and complimentary limousine service to and from the city centre are also available as part of the offer.Rates start at €461 for a Classic Room. For reservations, please call +39 02 6230 2026.Guests can visit Club 10 Fitness & Beauty Center for a special Valentine’s Day Spa package. Included is a 50-minute Deep Tissue massage or a Hydramemory Complete Facial treatment by Comfort Zone, and at the end of the session, couples can enjoy complimentary access to Club 10’s facilities.The Valentine’s Day Spa package is priced at €200 for two people and available from Saturday, February 10 to Saturday, February 17, 2018. For reservations please call +39 02 6230 4024.Acanto Restaurant will charm guests with its special dinner for the evening of Valentine’s Day. Offering Pecorino Cheese Hearts, Smoked Lobster with Exotic Fruits and Raspberry Hearts with Chili Chocolate Ice Cream, the experience will be accompanied by live music and a deep red rose for the ladies.The menu is available on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and priced at €125 per person, including wine pairings. For reservations, please call +39 02 6230 2026.Hotel Eden, RomeHotel Eden, located in the Eternal City, is the perfect place to create life long memories. The hotel’s Memories Last Forever package includes a celebratory bottle of champagne on arrival, €100 spa credit and luxury accommodation for two nights with breakfast, offering couples ample time to wander through the city centre and discover famous landmarks such as The Vatican City and the Colosseum.Rates start at €660 per night for a Classic Room. For reservations, please call +39 06 47812 731.Guests staying at Hotel Eden have the choice of a romantic scented aperitif at La Libreria in partnership with artistic research perfumery Campomarzio70, a four-course menu at Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar, or a six-course Valentine menu at La Terrazza, Hotel Eden’s Michelin-starred restaurant. The Valentine’s dinner at Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar is priced at €100 per person excluding drinks. For reservations please call +39 06 4781 2761.The Valentine Menu at La Terrazza is priced at €200 per person, excluding drinks. For reservations please call +39 06 4781 2752.The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly HillsThe Beverly Hills Hotel offers guests the possibility to discover the hotel’s timeless Hollywood glamour with a romantic escape for two. Loved-up couples can enjoy a Deluxe Room with a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and $100 daily breakfast credit per room. Rates for the “Beverly Hills Romance” package start at $825 for a Deluxe Room with patio and fireplace. For reservations, please call +1 310 276 2251.The Polo Lounge extends a four-course dinner menu by chef Kaleo Adams on Valentine’s Day, including Poached Santa Barbara Spot prawns, Maryland Bass with Braised Fennel and Dark Chocolate Molten Cake, accompanied by a selection of wine pairings from the expert sommelier.The menu is available on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and priced at $150 per person. For reservations, please call +1 310 887 2777.In the spirit of love, for the whole month of February, spa guests receive a complimentary aromatherapy upgrade with all massages, which includes a bespoke scented oil, blended in house and used during the massage. Additionally, guests who treat themselves to a 90-minute Brilliant Diamond Lifting Facial will receive a complimentary Natura Bisse spa gift.Offer applies to new bookings only. For reservations, please call +1 310 887 2006.Hotel Bel-Air, Los AngelesHotel Bel-Air, the legendary romantic destination in California, is a tranquil paradise. Guests can enjoy luxury accommodation for two, a bottle of champagne, Wolfgang Puck chocolates and $100 daily breakfast credit per room.Rates for the Bel-Air Romance package start at $775 for a Deluxe Room. To make a reservation, please call+1 310 276 2251.The warm and inviting setting of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is the ideal location for dinner on Valentine’s Day. With champagne and caviar to start followed by a three-course menu featuring French Black Truffles, the intimate garden atmosphere at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air makes it the perfect place to be this Valentine’s season.Available on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the menu is priced at $195 per person. For reservations, please call +1 310 909 1644.Guests can celebrate love with a Relaxing Romance treatment at the Hotel Bel-Air Spa featuring an Aromatherapy Massage and Bel-Air Gardens Manicure. They can also try a Beloved Bliss treatment, including a Hydration Facial and Bel-Air Gardens Pedicure. A glass of champagne, sweet treats, and a luxury Valmont gift-to-go complete the experience.“The Relaxing Romance” 90-minute treatment is priced at $310 and the “Beloved Bliss” 120-minute treatment is priced at $325. They are available from Monday, February 12 to Thursday, February 16, 2018.For reservations, please contact: +1 310 909 1681.Terms and conditions vary for each Dorchester Collection hotel. For more information about terms and conditions, additional rates and special offers, please visit dorchestercollection.com.Source = Dorchester Collectionlast_img read more


First trees planted on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

first_imgSource = MSC Cruises First trees planted on Ocean Cay MSC Marine ReserveFirst trees planted on Ocean Cay MSC Marine ReserveWith just one year to go until Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will receive its first guests, MSC Cruises marked an important milestone in the island’s transformation with the planting of the first trees. With the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve project, MSC Cruises is transforming a former industrial sand extraction site into a flourishing marine reserve and private island destination exclusively for MSC Cruises guests, that will exist in harmony with the local ecosystem. With uninterrupted 360° horizon views of crystal blue waters and some of the most spectacular white sandy beaches in the world, this island paradise will be an unforgettable highlight in MSC Cruises’ Caribbean itineraries.After visiting the island to personally plant one of the inaugural trees, reflecting the island having entered into the final phase of its transformation, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago commented: “It was a very special moment to be on the island together with the team that has been working non-stop on this incredible project to see how our vision is starting to take shape. Words cannot convey the unbelievable natural beauty of our island and it is only when you have stood there for yourself, surrounded by nothing but beautiful ocean with nothing else on the horizon, that you can really understand what we are accomplishing here. I can’t wait to welcome in one year’s time our first guests to this truly magical place, a one-of-a-kind island and experience that will set new standards for a private island experience in the Caribbean.”With the landscaping work underway, over 75,000 native shrubs and plants will be planted with more than 60 types of indigenous Caribbean trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs to create a lush, tropical environment. Work will commence soon on over 100 environmentally-friendly structures, which will include bars, restaurants and housing for employees and staff who will live on the island. Work will also shortly be underway on the lighthouse – set to become an iconic landmark of the island and a focal point of the evening’s entertainment for guests.One of the island’s most distinguishing features will be a pier that allows the ship to dock alongside the island so that guests can simply walk on and off at their leisure throughout the day and evening. MSC Cruises has designed each aspect of the island to create an authentic, immersive Bahamian experience that will allow them to immerse themselves in this beautiful environment.Among all of this, the stunning ocean access will undoubtedly stand out as the highlight of the island experience. MSC Cruises is in the process of recreating the seabed surrounding the island, which will soon be repopulated with a great variety of vibrant marine life. A year from now, guests will have the opportunity to discover the ocean in all of its natural glory through swimming in the warm shallow waters, snorkelling or diving or taking a boat trip out to one of the neighbouring deserted cays.Mr Vago continued, “We are already seeing the return of the marine life that is usually so prevalent in this area. We are seeing an abundance of lobster, conch, stingrays and other fish and by the time we finish the work the waters around the island will be again teeming with life and new coral. As a company with such a rich maritime heritage, preserving the oceans is of the highest importance to us and this is a wonderful opportunity to protect a little piece of paradise and allow our guests to experience it.”During the island’s clean-up, over 500 tons of historic industrial waste and scrap metal have been removed, with the final underwater debris clean-up about to begin. To create a solid foundation, over 500,000 tonnes of sand and soil have been moved and work has been carried out to shape the island itself. A shallow water lagoon will be created in the centre of the island to provide a fun area for families to relax and while away the day. The island will feature eight world class beaches each with a different character, ambience. The beaches are formed from aragonite sand, which is distinctive not only by its stunning white colour but also it plays a key role in the growth of the coral reefs by maintaining the pH levels of the water.With the ambition of creating a protected paradise and restoring the natural coral around the island, MSC Cruises is working in close collaboration with environmental auditors, Bahamian environmental experts and other entities to ensure that best practices are followed. Plans are underway for a marine laboratory to be situated on Ocean Cay, which will research climate change-resistant coral in hopes of providing insights to similar island habitats.The Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve project has been developed to create a positive long-term impact both on the environment and in the communities of the Bahamas. MSC Cruises has been sourcing materials locally wherever possible, and by project-end, around 800 Bahamians will have been directly and indirectly involved in the construction of the island. Up to 140 Bahamians will be recruited for permanent operational jobs on the island covering a range of different roles including management, technical staff, island attendants, lifeguards and rescue divers. Local vendors will also provide resources for the many shore excursions offered to guests. Solidifying MSC Cruises’ commitment to the Bahamas, the island marks its permanent presence in the region. In restoring Ocean Cay to its former beauty to match the unparalleled beauty of this region, MSC Cruises hopes to further enhance the already positive image of the Bahamas as a must-visit tourist destination throughout the world.last_img read more


Berjaya Hotels Resorts to get rate disparity under control

first_imgBerjaya Hotels & Resorts to get rate disparity under controlBerjaya Hotels & Resorts to get rate disparity under controlBerjaya Hotels & Resorts, a member of the Berjaya Corporation Group of Companies, has engaged SiteMinder, the global hotel industry’s leading guest acquisition platform, to take back control of the increasing disparity between its online room rates. The chain, which offers travellers more than 3,000 rooms across the Asia Pacific and UK, has adopted SiteMinder’s distribution technology to better influence and manage how its inventory is shared.Today’s move supports Berjaya Hotels & Resort’s marketing strategy to aggressively grow its online presence and achieve rate parity, where possible.“The disparity issue is getting more and more serious. It’s become a trend,” says Irvine Loo, Director of Digital Marketing at Berjaya Hotels & Resorts. “There will always be loopholes and, while we can’t be across every instance of a third party compromising our distribution platforms, we want to act quickly when it does happen. We want to be able to tackle the issue effectively, at both the group and individual property level.”For Mr Loo, who oversees the chain-wide online marketing function for Berjaya Hotels & Resorts – which encompasses 18 properties from luxury to mid-scale brands in Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Japan and the UK – the greatest challenge is maintaining a price point that reflects the brands of the hotel group.He says, “Travellers today are used to getting the best offers and deals online, but it is important that our pricing reflects quality. SiteMinder’s technology has made it easy to achieve exactly this. Bookings for Berjaya Hotels & Resorts are coming in faster than ever before, which means we need to be dynamic to drive revenue. My team could no longer afford to continue managing the extranets of our distribution channel partners separately, or to check the accuracy of our room rates with a credit card. I can now monitor and manage it all through SiteMinder, plus the integration of the platform with our property management system gives me comfort that it will not fail me.”SiteMinder’s regional vice president – Asia Pacific, Brad Haines, says, “Hoteliers are increasingly challenged with taking control and ownership of their own supply. We are pleased to support Berjaya’s team to regain that control and ownership, and to compete with the superior service that travellers have come to know and love from Berjaya Hotels & Resorts.”Berjaya Hotels & Resorts this year won the award for Best Luxury Beach Resort (The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort), Best Island Resort (Redang Island Resort), Best Beach Resort in Malaysia (Berjaya Langkawi Resort), Outstanding Beach Resort in Malaysia (Berjaya Tioman Resort), and Best Wellness Resort (The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort) at the Asia Pacific Tourism & Travel Federation Awards.About SiteMinderIn an age of rising choice and accessibility for curious travellers, SiteMinder exists to liberate hoteliers with technology that makes a world of difference. SiteMinder is the global hotel industry’s leading guest acquisition platform, ranked among technology pioneers for its smart and simple solutions that put hotels everywhere their guests are, at every stage of their journey. It’s this central role that has earned SiteMinder the trust of more than 35,000 hotels, across 160 countries, to generate in excess of 87 million reservations worth over US$28 billion in revenue for hotels each year. For more information, visit www.siteminder.comAbout Berjaya Hotels & ResortsBerjaya Hotels & Resorts is a member of the Berjaya Corporation Group of Companies, a public listed Malaysian conglomerate. Presently, the group manages Berjaya properties in Malaysia, Asia Pacific and UK. From the exotic island resorts of Langkawi, Tioman and Redang, to the city hotels of Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang in Malaysia, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts’ prominence extends across borders with the establishment of international hotels and resorts in Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, United Kingdom and Japan. The group also owns service suites and exclusive golf and country clubs in Malaysia. For more information, visit www.berjayahotel.comSource = SiteMinderlast_img read more


Sabre completes acquisition of Abacus International

first_imgSabre Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of Abacus International and also signed an agreement to acquire Abacus Distribution Systems Hong Kong.“The addition of Abacus further strengthens Sabre’s leading position in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region,” said Sabre President & CEO Tom Klein. “Our ability to combine Sabre’s strong global technology platform capabilities with Abacus’ deep local market expertise will provide Asia-Pacific airline, hospitality and travel agency customers with unprecedented innovation and service options. It also makes us an ideal technology partner for global customers seeking to grow and expand in Asia-Pacific.”“We will be contributing to the vision for the expanding regional business and look forward to discussing the detail with our valued customers over the weeks and months ahead,” said Jeetendra Sawhney, Managing Director, Abacus India.To realise the many advantages of this newly combined company, Sabre has appointed Roshan Mendis, as Senior Vice President of Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific, which Abacus is now a part of.“We can now combine the unique assets of Abacus and Sabre assets to unlock more opportunities for innovation and growth within the region and beyond. There are many benefits to the acquisition which we hope our valued customers will discover soon, such as faster access to Sabre’s low cost carrier and ancillary capabilities, latest data analytics, mobile, apps, personalisation and automation capabilities and more. We also have the ability to align even more closely with your priorities and plans,” added Roshan Mendis.Sabre, which previously owned 35% of Abacus, acquired the remaining portion for net cash consideration of USD 411 million.last_img read more


Singapore Airlines launches nonstop flights to San Francisco

first_imgSingapore Airlines has introduced a new non-stop service from Singapore to San Francisco, which would be operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft.The inaugural flight departed from Singapore Changi Airport at 0925hrs local time and arrived at San Francisco Airport at approximately 0850hrs local time.The new flights are the longest in the Singapore Airlines network, with flying time ranging between 14:35hrs and 17:45hrs depending on direction and time of year.To commemorate the inaugural flights, customers departing from Singapore and San Francisco were treated to an assortment of food and beverages at special boarding gate. Customers also received an exclusive gift pack containing collectables and three lucky passengers walked away with 10,000 KrisFlyer miles in addition to $350 worth of KrisShop vouchers during a special game segment held at the gatehold room.SIA serves San Francisco twice-daily, with the other flight operating via Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines also serves the U.S. cities of Los Angeles via both Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita, Houston via Moscow, and New York JFK via Frankfurt.last_img read more


SITE India Chapter elects new board appoints Sanjeev Joshi as new President

first_imgSanjeev Joshi, Director, Tourism India Management Enterprise Pvt Ltd has been elected, as the President while Nitin Sachdeva, Executive Director, Venture Marketing is the new Vice President for Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) India Chapter. The other office bearers are Barun Gupta, VP-Corporate Alliance Group as Vice President- Secretariat, and Vikrant Gulani, Head-Commercial and Operations, Icon Planners as Vice President-Finance.The Board members include Amaresh Tiwari, Managing Director, A T Seasons and Vacations; Abinash Manghani, Area Manager and HEAD, ITC Hotels; Vikas Suda, Managing Director, VDOIT4U; Prashant Yadav, Managing Director, Liberty India DMC Pvt Ltd; Vishal Yadav, Director, IDMS Pvt Ltd; Naveen Rizvi, Executive Director, Pacific World; Rajeev Kohli, Joint Managing Director, Creative Travel; and Anup Nair, Managing Director, Inspiration India.Shoba Mohan, Give & Seek will be the Director of Communications – Ex Officio.Sanjeev Joshi said, “I feel extremely happy, privileged and honoured to be trusted with this position which allows me to take SITE India Chapter to the next level.”last_img read more


Clearing the Path to TRID Compliance

first_imgClearing the Path to TRID Compliance Share February 15, 2017 598 Views Commentary Ernst Publishing TRID Compliance 2017-02-15 Staff Writercenter_img The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) was designed to provide more clarity to consumers, who have traditionally been underwhelmed with the process of closing a mortgage loan. A few have said that the new disclosures accomplish this, but others question it. Regardless of what the new rule did for consumers, its impact on the mortgage industry has been significant.No one can argue against the fact that the mortgage industry has always had a problem communicating with its borrowers. Under federal law intended to provide more complete information, the industry has been driven to deliver pounds of paper disclosures to the borrower, few of which are ever read and even fewer of which are understood by consumers.The fact is that prior to TRID, borrowers did not have a clear picture of what the loan would cost them to close until they were sitting at the closing table. There were often surprises, which were never pleasant for the borrower. In survey after survey it was made clear that mistakes at the closing table were the No. 1 complaint lodged by consumers against our industry. The CFPB stepped in to change that with its TRID rule.Under TRID, lenders are required to disclose accurate costs within days of the borrower’s completion of the loan application process (as defined by CFPB). Then when the loan underwriting process is complete, lenders are tasked with disclosing again at least three days before the loan is closed. The numbers on the first disclosure, the Loan Estimate (LE), and the latter, the Closing Disclosure (CD), have to line up very well. And that’s where one of the most serious problems our industry faces with TRID becomes evident.Making the Numbers WorkFailure to offer the borrower a CD that closely resembles the LE puts the lender in a precarious position. Redisclosure is only permitted if certain details of the deal change. If possible, this must occur at least three days prior to closing, possibly pushing out the close another three days. Redisclosure is costly, time consuming and irritating to consumers. It can cause problems with business referral partners who need to close real estate deals on a schedule in order to better serve borrowers who are in transition between residences. Perhaps most significantly, it opens up the lender to other TRID-related problems, like botched timelines, that could render the loan unsellable. If the lender makes an error on the CD and cannot redisclose, the lender must absorb the loss.As you would expect, lenders have worked to avoid this by making certain that every cost and fee on the CD is known in advance so that it will always match up with the LE and preserve the timeline. Providing this kind of accuracy is as easy for smaller settlement services companies as it is for larger firms, but since lenders have traditionally not included them in their fee databases they have pushed them out of some deals in favor of larger title networks for which they already know the accurate fees in advance.The result has been the dismantling of local business referral machinery that lenders have counted on for years to generate new business. This will almost certainly hurt lenders, who will now find it more difficult to secure business in markets in which they do not have a strong business, but it is definitely very bad for smaller settlement services businesses, which could be driven completely out of the business.Some will argue that without an alternative, it’s far better to make fewer loans that you know you can sell than to make many loans that you may end up holding when TRID problems make them unsellable. The truth is that even if their loans are salable, lenders who do not have a good TRID solution will spend more money to close when they absorb losses due to incorrect LEs. Also, there is significant reputation risk from borrowers who feel that they are the victims of a “bait and switch” scam and report it to the CFPB.What lenders really need is the ability to create “plug and play” title networks based on their own preferences that are capable of delivering guaranteed accurate fees in time for the LE that do not change when the CD is issued. Fortunately, technology currently exists to make this possible.The Technology Required for a Workable SolutionToo often in our industry, we hear from bright mortgage technologists about the tools they would like to build, if they only get the right investment or the right backing or the time or the personnel. This is not the kind of technology we need to guarantee TRID compliance. Yet, the right kind of technology does exist and we talk about it in a recent white paper.It is possible to give lenders the TRID compliance guarantee they need to operate in today’s highly regulated lending environment. It’s also possible to give smaller settlement services companies the technology they need to provide guaranteed accurate fees to lenders in time for disclosure to the borrower on the CD. When these technologies are combined, they provide a clear path to TRID compliance. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more


Home Sales Set New Records

first_imgHome Sales Set New Records February 17, 2017 637 Views Home sales reached new heights nationwide in January, with last month seeing a record number of home sales at the highest prices, according to RE/MAX.The Denver-based real-estate company released a report on Friday that also found that these sold homes spent the fewest days on market than in any year over the last nine years of its reporting.According to RE/MAX, total sales in January leapt up by 4.5 percent across 53 metro areas, demolishing records previously set for the same category in the same month last year.The median sales price also rose to $208,500, reflecting the tenth such consecutive month of year-over-year increases.”January may have set the tone for the coming home-buying season with homes selling faster and at higher prices,” RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger said in a statement.”Home-buyer demand is strong, and not enough sellers are listing to keep up with the demand, despite rising prices. At any rate, the beginning of 2017 continued the strong pace of 2016,” Liniger added.Of the surveyed metro areas, RE/MAX found that home sales ticked up in some two thirds, with double-digit increases occurring in twelve cities.Markets with the most significant increases in home sales included Charlotte, Hartford, Honolulu, Providence, and Seattle.Those with better-than-average median sales included Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Portland.As home sales set new milestones, however, they also spent much less time on market than on average—at a new January low of 66 days—continuing declines in housing inventory that have been ongoing since the heady days of the financial crisis in October 2008.RE/MAX found that 46 metro areas reported falling below what might typically be considered a seller’s market.The number of homes listed for sale declined 4.3 percent from December last year, down 16.9 percent from the start of 2016, according to the company’s report. high Home Sales January record 2017-02-17 Rachel Williamscenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, Market Studies, Technology Sharelast_img read more


NMSA Announces New Chairperson

first_imgNMSA Announces New Chairperson Ray BarboneDuring the annual National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) member meeting in Washington D.C., on April 5,  NMSA announced the appointment of Ray Barbone, EVP of Mortgage Services at BankUnited, as the new Chairperson. Barbone assumed the position recently vacated by J.K. Huey, SVP at Wells Fargo, whose term ended in April. Huey won’t be ending her service to the group near term however, as she was named chairman emeritus of NMSA in recognition of her decades of service to the mortgage industry and her longstanding support of the organization.Huey served as NMSA Chairman from 2015-2017, and prior to Wells Fargo, has held management positions at several leading mortgage organizations, including IndyMac, Washington Mutual, and Homeside Lending. She has also chaired numerous organizations in the mortgage industry, and served as an executive board member for several strategic groups.J.K. Huey“What an excellent experience this has been, to work with industry colleagues to encourage and drive needed changes for our industry,” said Huey. “A great deal of work has been accomplished because of NMSA members and our Five Star partners, and I can’t thank these leaders enough for all they have done. As I transition this over to Ray Barbone, I know I am leaving this group in great hands.”Barbone brings several decades of experience to the NMSA. Prior to serving at BankUnited, Barbone was group SVP for operations at ABN AMRO Mortgage Group in Jacksonville, Florida, and before that spent 14 years as controller and SVP at Atlantic Mortgage & Investment Corp.Barbone’s service to the mortgage industry was recognized in 2015 when he was announced as a recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the  Five Star Institute.“The NMSA members represent a significant majority of the market and, as an association, have done some wonderful work on behalf of the industry over the years,” said Barbone “I appreciate the opportunity to be a member these past years and honored to be selected for this leadership role. I look forward to working with the NMSA membership in our continued efforts to advocate for consumers, homeownership and the industry.”The NMSA is a nonpartisan organization driven by top level executives and leaders to effect progress and change on the key challenges that face the mortgage servicing industry. NMSA member corporations represent over 80 percent of the mortgage industry.. The NMSA meeting hosted various leaders, policy makers, and agencies including most recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray to discuss critical issues impacting the mortgage servicing industry. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Servicing April 14, 2017 611 Views center_img mortgage Servicing 2017-04-14 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more


10 Most Affordable Cities for Teachers

first_img May 9, 2018 992 Views 10 Most Affordable Cities for Teachers in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharecenter_img Affordable Employment homes HOUSING loans Median Price mortgage Teachers 2018-05-09 Radhika Ojha Teachers across the country might be winning the right to earn higher wages, yet housing affordability remains a huge concern for the nation’s educators according to a study by Redfin. According to the study, In 2018, 11.5 percent of all homes for sale across 28 metros were affordable on an average teacher’s salary of $62,860. This is a decrease from 19.7 percent homes being affordable for teachers in 2016.For the study, Redfin used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate the average salary by metropolitan area for elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers. Based on these average salaries, the study then looked at all multiple listing service (MLS) listings active on the market in each metro as of May 1, 2018, along with the estimated property tax rates. These data points along with current homeowners association (HOA) dues, and the property tax rate for each listing were used to calculate the estimated monthly mortgage cost and determined the percentage of homes where the monthly mortgage payment was equal to or less than the max monthly mortgage payment possible on the average teacher’s salary.So which cities are the most affordable for teachers? The study found that 39 percent of homes for sale were affordable for teachers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, making it the top ranking city for teachers in terms of home affordability. This was despite the overall affordability of homes going down 12.4 percent since 2012. The median sale price of homes in this city were $164,000 and teachers could afford homes priced at around $210,000 in Pittsburgh.Detroit, Michigan earned the second spot on this list with a median sale price for homes at $127,000 and teachers being able to afford homes valued at an average of $237,000 in the Motor City. Average teacher salaries in Detroit were $68,500 and 35.4 percent of all homes were affordable for educators in this city. Coming in third was Cleveland, Ohio where 33.4 percent homes were affordable for teachers who earned an average salary of $62,000. The median sale price for homes in the city was $127,000, while the maximum home price that teachers could afford here was pegged at $210,000.However, home affordability in both Detroit and Cleveland has seen a steep decline since 2012. While affordability in Detroit decreased 24.2 percent, it fell 20.8 percent in Cleveland.With 29 percent homes that were affordable to local teachers earning a salary of $53,800 and a median home price of $170,000, St. Louis in Montana earned the fourth spot on the list. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rounded off the top five with 25 percent homes affordable to local teachers earning a salary of around $70,000.Joining these five cities were Baltimore, Maryland; Kansas City, Montana; San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and Atlanta Georgia.Denver, Colorado was at the bottom of this list with only 0.3 percent of homes affordable for local teachers earning a salary of $54,500, the study found. Joining Denver were Oakland, California; and Phoenix, Arizona.In fact, the study revealed that the recently approved 20 percent raises in teachers’ salaries in Phoenix, would increase their maximum home-buying budget from $130,000 to $170,000, and would more than double the share of Phoenix homes affordable to them from 0.5 percent to 1.1 percent.last_img read more


Tourism Western Australia has partnered with Trave

first_imgTourism Western Australia has partnered with Travelport to promote Perth and Western Australia to travel agents.Over the past month the campaign has engaged over 200 agents who have completed a mini-training portal and referred friends and colleagues to participate in the training. Based on bookings on Travelport’s platform, there was a 16 percent growth in October for WA, compared to the same period last year.Tourism WA’s Executive Director Strategy, Brand & Marketing Services, Louise Scott said, “With access to more than 68,000 travel agencies worldwide, Travelport would help our agency effectively reach thousands of travel professionals and teach them about what WA has to offer as a tourist destination.”“The aim of this phase of our partnership is to ensure maximum exposure to travel agents and inform them about what our beautiful state can offer visitors. This is the start of what I hope will be a long and prosperous partnership between Tourism WA and Travelport,” continued Ms Scott.Since 16 October 2017, a targeted trade campaign has been launched with the following objectives:· To stimulate interest among travel agents within Australia.· To raise the awareness of unique experiences offered by Western Australia.· To encourage more tourist arrivals for Western Australia. agentsTourism WATravelportlast_img read more