Tourism Authority of Thailand appoints three new deputy governorsThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced the appointments of three internal executives to the Deputy Governor posts effective from 1 October, 2016.Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Executive Director for Europe, Africa and Middle East Region, has become Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) while Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Executive Director for Advertising and Public Relations Department, has been promoted to Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, and Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, Executive Director for Events Department, has been named the Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business.They have replaced the former Deputy Governors, who retired on 30 September, 2016. The retiring executives are Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, and Mr. Visanu Jaroensilp, Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business.Profile of the three new Deputy GovernorsMr. Tanes PetsuwanDeputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas)Mr. Tanes PetsuwanDeputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas)Education:Bangkok University: Bachelor of Communication Arts (Advertising)Professional Experience:2003: Director of International Public Relations Division2006: Director of the TAT London Office2010: Director of the Europe, Africa and Middle East Division2013: Executive Director for the Europe, Africa and Middle East RegionMr. Chattan Kunjara Na AyudhyaDeputy Governor for Marketing CommunicationsMr. Chattan Kunjara Na AyudhyaDeputy Governor for Marketing CommunicationsEducation:Boston University: Master of Arts in International RelationsChulalongkorn University: Bachelor of Arts in Political ScienceProfessional Experience:2007: Director of the TAT New Delhi Office2012: Director of the International Public Relations Division2013: Executive Director for the Monitoring and Risk Management Department2014: Executive Director for the Advertising and Public Relations DepartmentMr. Noppadon PakprotDeputy Governor for Tourism Products and BusinessMr. Noppadon PakprotDeputy Governor for Tourism Products and BusinessEducation:Chulalongkorn University: Master of Urban Planning in Urban ArchitectureSrinakharinwirot University: Bachelor of Education ProgramProfessional Experience:2004: Director of the Attractions Promotion Division2006: Director of the Services Promotion Division2008: Director of the Events Promotion Division2012: Executive Director of the Events Department Amazing ThailandSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand
Preferred Hotels & Resorts Named “Most Excellent”Preferred Hotels & Resorts Named “Most Excellent” Large Hotel Chain Globally By TripAdvisorPreferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, has earned the prestigious distinction of being named the number one “Most Excellent” large hotel chain in the world by TripAdvisor. For its first-ever “Most Excellent” awards, TripAdvisor selected the winners based on which brands have the highest percentage of Certificate of Excellence recipients globally for 2018. With an abundance of distinctive properties within its global brand portfolio boasting this prominent seal, Preferred Hotels & Resorts made the top of the list in the “large hotel chains” category (>500 hotels).“This “Most Excellent” award is testament to the dedication of our incredible member hotels who continuously inspire travelers by delivering genuine and memorable hospitality experiences in a way that only independent hotels can,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “We are incredibly proud to receive this recognition by the TripAdvisor community, and look forward to connecting even more travelers to the unique story that each of our hotels has to share.”This global recognition comes during an already momentous time for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a family-owned company that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Since 1968, the brand has been the steadfast champion of the independent hotel experience, representing a global portfolio that embodies the highest levels of luxury, life, and style. Since January 2018, as part of its milestone celebration, the company has launched a variety of 50th-themed marketing campaigns, which include a celebratory package at more than 250 of its hotels, a video series, and social media activations; welcomed more than 60 new member hotels, including more than 15 new openings; and announced the appointments and promotions of three women to key executive appointments.To browse all of the independent hotel experiences available within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, visit www.PreferredHotels.comSource = Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Stuba has recently completed benchmarking comparisons and has consistently ranked between 5.8% and 9% more competitiveStuba has reported that through their ‘Smart Search’ technology and direct connectivity to over 24 global hotel chains, they are handing power back to the travel agent.Managing Director, Stuba Pacific, Mark Luckey said, “Technology is a wonderful thing. But it can become wallpaper to travel agents when there are so many options to choose from; if you’re not clear, the agent can end up offering the wrong type of property to customers, which has a knock on effect to sales and complaint ratios”.Stuba’s Smart Search filter enables agents to select hotels not just by city and date, but according to lifestyle (including romance, family, luxury, service), hotel chain, star rating, as well as customer reviews and ratings. Stuba also features a ‘Preferred by agents’ tool, which is not a ‘best seller’ tool, but a review rating system, from travel agents for travel agents, which has been extremely popular and effective. Stuba has recently completed benchmarking comparisons and has consistently ranked between 5.8% and 9% more competitive. Matt Stuart, Stuba COO says “We know that agents are finding the right hotels at the right price for their customers. Our direct connectivity to over 24 global hotel chains including the likes of Marriott and Starwood has given us some fantastic rates, that agents can then access according to their search criteria, booking quickly with complete confidence”. STUBA: Handing power to the agent Source = STUBA.com
In order to increase tourist footfalls from India, Ministry of Tourism, Oman recently conducted multi-city road shows. Commencing in Chennai, the road shows were also conducted in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. Oman witnessed 36% growth in Indian arrivals over the last five years and received 256,210 Indians in 2014 according to the Ministry of Tourism.Officials from the Ministry of Tourism – Oman along with representative partners from the tourism industry of Oman, including Al Bustan Palace – A Ritz Carlton Hotel, Al Nahda Resort & Spa, Atana Hotels, Millennium Resort, Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Bahwan Tours, Tour Oman, Zahara Tours and Oman Air were present at the roadshow. For the B2B session, Oman Tourism invited travel agents for prefixed meetings with the delegates from Oman. The roadshow saw a stupendous response and was well attended by travel agents and tour operators in all the cities.Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism – Sultanate of Oman said, “Oman and India share a lot of cultural, historical and traditional affinity. The two nations also share very cordial political and socio-economic relations. India represents an important and vast market for Oman because of the high percentage of its residents willing to travel and experience new destinations across the world. We have over the years increased our operations and entered different cities in India promoting Oman. Tourism is a developing sector in Oman and the tourism infrastructure is expanding tremendously but at a responsible pace without compromising on our culture, heritage and nature.”Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative, Ministry of Tourism – Sultanate of Oman said, “The road shows offered us a platform to showcase the uniqueness of Oman as a holiday destination from India. Being a short haul destination, it has a diverse landscape and a lot of activities to offer to the ‘evolved’ Indian traveller. From luxurious resorts and campsites to exotic scuba diving spots to dramatic mountain drives, Oman has something to offer to anyone who has a quest for adventure and thirst for a distinctive cultural experience. It is the best kept secret of Arabia and relatively unexplored and we want more Indians to discover this alluring destination.”
The Thailand Travel Mart 2017 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion is all set to take place in the northern capital of Thailand. Now in its 16th consecutive year, this year’s TTM+ will be held under the theme concept ‘Delivering Unique Experiences’. The event will be opened on June 14, 2017 followed by the forum for sellers, buyers and then local tourism product presentation. The trade show will be held from June 14-17, 2017 at the CMECC.The mart has already reported a registration of 480 buyers from 64 countries and 354 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries. Although final numbers will be established closer to the actual date, so far it is the highest turnout is above the 343 buyers in 2016 and the 440 buyers in 2008. The largest contingent of buyers for TTM+ 2017 is Europe (182), East Asia (137), ASEAN (42), America (38), Oceania (29), Middle East (11) and Thailand (41).The registration of 354 sellers is also higher than the 342 recorded in 2016. The sellers comprise hotels and resorts (272), tour operators and travel agents (30), GMS (14), entertainment (11), sustainable tourism (8), associations (6), NTOs (5), transportation (4) and other travel services (4).Speaking about the mart, Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “This is a clear indication of the high level of interest in Thailand and Northern Thailand in particular. We are now finalising some very interesting events, activities and tours for the buyers which I am sure will go a long way towards helping them better promoting Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand to their clients.”The decision to maintain Chiang Mai as the venue of the TTM+ for the second consecutive year was designed to ensure that buyers and media get yet another chance to explore the many unique emerging cultural and natural attractions of Northern Thailand and the border countries of Myanmar and Lao PDR.In the first quarter of 2017, Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to 9.2 million, generating nearly five million Thai Baht, up by two to seven percent, respectively over the same period of 2016. Amongst these numbers, visitors from Southeast Asia were up by 18% followed by the Americas (+14%), Europe (+8%), the Middle East (+7%), ASEAN (+3%), and Africa (+2%).
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed that tourism revenue earned from international visitor arrivals to Thailand and domestic trips during the 2019 Songkran holiday showed year-on-year increases over the same period in 2018.TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that during the holiday period of April 12-16, 2019, total revenue from the international arrivals and domestic trips amounted to 22.07 billion Baht, a15% year-on-year increase.The number of international arrivals reached 543,300 (up 8% year-on-year) and generated revenue of 10.23 billion Baht (up 14%). There were 3.27 million trips by domestic tourists (up 3%) generating 11.84 billion Baht (up 7%).According to Yuthasak, international visitor arrivals performance was overall near the projections. The East Asia market accounted for the majority of foreign arrivals during the Songkran Festival. Arrivals from Hong Kong and India were higher than expected, thanks to the visa-on-arrival fee waiver in place. The domestic market also performed close to expectation.To showcase local traditions of the annual Thai water festival, TAT staged Songkran 2019 festivities in the three emerging destinations of Tak, Mukdahan and Ranong. It also supported activities in 10 other provinces (Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Lampang, Udon Thani, Songkhla and Phuket).“Together, these destinations saw 1.03 million domestic trips during the holiday period with 5.11 billion Baht generated for the local economy. Hotel occupancy in these destinations averaged 80,” Yuthasak informed.While the Songkran or traditional Thai New Year holiday normally takes place from April 13-15 every year, there are some locations that stage unique local festivities a little later. These include in Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district in the Central Thailand region, where the local Mon people observe New Year traditions from April 19-21.
Housing Permits Soar Highest Since September 2008 in Data, Government, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Department of Commerce Homebuilders Housing Affordability Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Residential Construction Service Providers 2012-06-19 Mark Lieberman Share Housing permits soared in May to their highest level since September 2008, surging 7.9 percent to 780,000, the “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ and “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD reported jointly Tuesday, but housing starts dropped 4.8 percent to 708,000, giving back all of April’s gains.[IMAGE]At the same time, permits for April were revised upward to 723,000 from the originally reported 715,000. April housing starts were also revised to 744,000, up from the originally reported 717,000.Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected increases in both areas, with 736,000 permits and 720,000 starts.Total housing completions fell to 598,000, a 10.3 percent drop, the first decline in four months. April completions were revised up to 667,000 from the originally reported 651,000.Multifamily (five or more units) activity accounted for most of [COLUMN_BREAK]the increase in permits, 40,000 of the reported 57,000 increase in May. Multifamily starts fell 57,000, more than the total 36,000 decline as single family starts increased.Of the housing completions, builders completed 458,000 single-family homes in May, a 6.3 percent drop from the 489,000 completed in April (unchanged from the initial report), compared with the 343,000 new home sales reported for April. Even with the month-over-month drop, total starts in May were up 28.5 percent from May 2011 and permits were up 25.0 percent from the year’s earlier activity. Total completions were up 10.1 percent from last year.The census data covered the same month for which the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.com/ reported builder confidence ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô measured by the Housing Market Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose to 28 (out of 100) from 24. Any HMI reading below 50 is considered to signal a contraction. Builder confidence for June as reported Monday by NAHB.Permits rose in three of the four Census regions, falling only in the Northeast, down to 81,000 from 88,000 in April. But permits soared to 399,000 in the South from 359,000 in April. In the West permits jumped to 179,000 in May from 162,000 in April while in the Midwest permits rose to 121,000 from 114,000 in April.Starts rose sharply in the West to 167,000 from 146,000 in April but fell in the three other Census regions, falling to 367,000 in May from 391,000 in April in the South, dropping to 111,000 in May from 128,000 in the Midwest and slipping to 63,000 in May from 79,000 in April in the Northeast. June 19, 2012 438 Views
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 2012-08-17 Ryan Schuette August 17, 2012 422 Views in Data, Origination, Servicing “”Trulia””:http://www.trulia.com/ announced Friday that it filed an initial public offering, with major banks and financial institutions lining up behind the move.The real estate website opened up shares of common stock by filing registration papers with the “”Securities and Exchange Commission””:http://www.sec.gov/.According to a release, Deutsche Bank Securities and JPMorgan Securities will jointly serve as book-running managers for the offering, with Capital Markets, Needham & Company, and William Blair assuming roles as co-managers.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE] Trulia Goes Live With Public Offering Share
Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Zillow 2013-08-20 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Annual Home Value Appreciation Reaches 6% in July August 20, 2013 406 Views Annual home value appreciation hit the 6 percent mark for the first time in nearly seven years in July, according to “”Zillow’s””:http://www.zillow.com/ Real Estate Market Reports for the month.[IMAGE]The Zillow Home Value Index reached $161,600 in July, up 0.4 percent from June and an even 6.0 percent from July 2012. July marked the 14th straight month of annual home value gains.””After three straight months of annual home value appreciation above 5 percent, the U.S. housing market recovery has proven it is on very sound footing,”” said Zillow chief economist Dr. Stan Humphries. “”We have entered a new phase in the recovery when we can begin to turn away from ugly recent history and turn toward what the housing market of the future will look like and how it will act.”” Despite these strides, however, Humphries noted that this is no time for policymakers and industry professionals to rest on their laurels.””It may be tempting to look at how the market is currently performing and think that tackling GSE reform and other large issues is no longer necessary. But while we can afford to turn away from the recent past, we cannot afford to forget it, and simply ignoring these problems only dooms us to repeat them,”” he said. “”How we handle these all-important policy debates will be critical in keeping the housing market on sound footing for years to come.””Of the 393 metros tracked in July, 289 (73.5 percent) reported month-over-month price appreciation, and 303 (77.1 percent) showed annual appreciation. All 30 of the largest metro areas registered both monthly and yearly appreciation, and all “”have hit their bottom and are expected to show appreciation in the next 12 months,”” Zillow said.Metros with the largest annual increases in July included Sacramento (33.1 percent), Las Vegas (30.8 percent), and San Francisco (27.8 percent).For the 12-month period ending July 2014, national home values are forecast to rise another 4.8 percent to approximately $169,308, according to the Zillow Home Value Forecast. Of the largest metro areas, Sacramento, Riverside, and San Francisco are expected to show the most appreciation over the next year.
Hunoval Law Founder Appointed to NC State Banking Commission Matt Hunoval, founder of the Charlotte-based Hunoval Law firm, has been appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve as a member of North Carolina’s State Banking Commission. Together with the Office of the Commissioner of Banks, the two bodies regulate North Carolina’s state-chartered commercial banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, and trust companies.”I’m humbled by the trust and confidence that Governor McCrory has expressed in my appointment to the North Carolina State Banking Commission,” Hunoval said. “I look forward to re-entering public service, serving the people of North Carolina and helping improve the regulatory environment related to an industry that employs many thousands of North Carolinians and contributes nearly $238 billion to the North Carolina economy.”The groups also regulates various financial institutions operating in North Carolina, including consumer finance companies and mortgage lenders and brokers.The commission consists of the State Treasurer and 14 appointed members. Hunoval’s appointment is effective April 1, 2014. Share Hunoval Law Firm Movers & Shakers 2014-04-15 Colin Robins April 15, 2014 481 Views in Government, Headlines, News
Auction.com Demand Existing-Home Sales Forecast 2015-01-26 Tory Barringer Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News An early forecast of existing-home sales projects a minor bump in transaction activity this month following December’s modest gain.Based on company transactional data and Google search activity, Auction.com predicted Monday that existing-home sales in January will come in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.06 million, just slightly above the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) December estimate of 5.04 million. The company’s range of predictions includes a lower forecast of 4.90 million annual sales and an upper forecast of 5.21 million sales.”There’s nothing pointing towards a quantum leap in January home sales,” said Rick Sharga, EVP for Auction.com. “Demand continues to be tepid, reflected by the relatively weak search activity that we’re tracking in Google Trends data. And inventory levels of available homes continue to fall, which means that even if demand picks up, there might not be enough homes to meet it.”In its latest look at resale data, NAR reported that the stock of available existing homes for sale was around 1.85 million in December, putting the national supply at 4.4 months at the current sales rate.Also challenging the housing market right now are stringent credit conditions, stagnant wages, and “lingering wariness about homeownership benefits,” said Auction.com’s chief economist, Peter Muoio.Oil-producing states also have their own problems to contend with prices per barrel on the decline.”White-hot sales growth in Texas has well outpaced U.S. existing home sales growth over the past three years, pushing the Texas share of U.S. existing home sales up to a near-record 6.2 percent,” Muoio said. “Low oil will cool the Texas economy and likely with it home sales within the state, exerting a drag on U.S. sales in 2015.” Forecast Calls for Small Bump in January Existing-Home Sales January 26, 2015 486 Views
U.S. Rep. French Hill (R-Arkansas) said Monday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) needs to do a lot more to ensure the industry understand the new TRID-compliant ‘Know Before You Owe’ rules before they take effect. Specifically, Hill wants to make sure that the Bureau clears up confusing language regarding insurance fees in the mortgage process.Hill, addressing more than 250 attendees during Monday’s Federal Conference & Lobby Day, urged CFPB to correct “the inaccurate disclosure of title insurance fees when policies are issued simultaneously.” Because of the regulation, Hill said, consumers in over half of the United States receive confusing information about their title insurance costs on the new mortgage disclosures.“Informal guidance is of no value,” he said. “The lack of formal direction from the CFPB has resulted in uncertainty on how to interpret the rules. We need transparency so we can ensure consumers receive the peace of mind they deserve when buying a home or refinancing a mortgage. The CFPB needs to make sure it provides the detail before going retail with Know Before You Owe.”October 3 marks the day when CFPB will require mortgage servicers to provide a five-page closing disclosure document to all borrowers, and to make sure that those borrowers know what they’re getting into before their mortgages formally close.The proactive news is that most mortgagees are already giving clients these kinds of documents, well ahead of schedule. In fact, a recent survey by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) found that 92 percent of borrowers are reviewing their closing documents ahead of time and are being counseled by servicers in the process.Still, more formal leadership from the feds is key, according to Hill. Last year, Hill, House Financial Services Committee leadership, and industry representatives cautioned CFPB that Know Before You Owe could have unintended negative consequences on homebuyers unless there is clearer guidance and language geared towards helping the general public.For its part, ALTA is delighted that Hill is taking such forward action on the matter. Michelle Korsmo, ALTA’s chief executive officer, said that her company’s primary goal for the Know Before You Owe rules come into formal play is “ensuring consumers receive clear information about their title insurance costs on mortgage disclosures.”She added that the current mortgage closing disclosure calculation is “inconsistent with the Bureau’s mission to inform consumers about the true costs of their real estate transaction.” We are thankful for Rep. Hill’s commitment to push the Bureau to provide more clarity on TRID to make sure the rule is transparent, practical, and accurate.” Congressman Calls for Regulatory Transparency from the CFPB May 17, 2016 501 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News CFPB Congressman French Hill Regulation Title Insurance TRID 2016-05-17 Scott_Morgan Share
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Uncertainty Tempers Economic and Housing Forecast January 20, 2017 642 Views The U.S. economy is projected to grow 2 percent in 2017, according to the January 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook from Fannie Mae, though that could change as the new administration’s policies become more clear.The Outlook, released by the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research Group, noted that improved consumer spending in Q3 of 2016 drove the growth rate up slightly from previous forecasts. A friendlier labor market and increasing household wealth may also boost the rate as the year goes on.However, according to Fannie Mae, the lack of clarity on the new administration’s economic policies make the currently predicted growth rate subject to change.“Despite a strong year-end performance by the stock market and a post-election jump in confidence among consumers and businesses,” Fannie Mae’s release stated, “limited information on the new administration’s potential economic policies led to a conservative 2017 growth projects of 2 percent.”In addition to an improvement in the overall economy, Fannie Mae expects fixed business investments to increase, too—especially in the equipment sector. Government spending and inventory investment should also improve growth, the release stated.Mortgage rates have already begun to see change, jumping to an average of 4.3 percent in Q4 of 2016. They could continue to rise as 2017 goes on.“There is risk that rates could rise faster and higher than forecasted, but the impact on housing could be offset by strengthened income growth,” the release stated.Despite the rising rates, Fannie Mae still expects the housing market to continue its upward climb since the recession.“We expect housing to remain resilient and continue its recovery in 2017, with affordability standing out as the industry’s greatest obstacle,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “Demographic factors, however, are positive. Our research shows that older millennials have begun to buy homes and close the homeownership attainment gap with their predecessors.”Ultimately, the growth of the economy depends largely on the policies yet to be put in place by President Trump and his administration. Only time will tell what those are and how their impact will be felt.“Policy changes under the new administration—in its nature, sequencing, and magnitude—will determine the direction of economic growth in 2017,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “Incoming data suggest improving consumer spending, diminished labor market slack, and advancements in wages, but until we can more clearly read the political tea leaves, it’s difficult to say whether this late-cycle expansion will continue into its eighth year. Thus our theme for the year: ‘Will policy changes extend the expansion?’ If stimulus policy is enacted, it would likely add to growth but ‘could also be offset by potential tightened trade policy given the already historically strong dollar.”Click here to read the full Outlook report. Economic and Housing Outlook Fannie Mae 2017-01-20 Seth Welborn Share
Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing February 11, 2018 680 Views Stern & Eisenberg, a regional law firm servicing ten states and the District of Columbia with a team of over 50 attorneys and 200 staff announced the hiring of Elizabeth Potter in the role of Business Development Director and the promotion of Angela Wilson to the role of Client Relations Manager.Potter and Wilson will serve critical functions in the firm’s expanded Value Department, headed by Chief Value Officer Kathy Brady. Potter, who recently served as SVP of Business Development and Member Relations for the American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN), a national, legal-based trade association in the mortgage default industry, will spearhead the firm’s business development across all practices, business lines, and regions stretching from New York to Georgia.“We’re thrilled with the team we have in place,” said Brady. “Liz is an industry veteran and has seamlessly stepped into her role representing the firm and we’re excited about the business opportunities she will help us cultivate.”Brady continued, “Our existing clients are in great hands with Angela [Wilson]. She’s worked in several roles within the firm and is well versed in the issues and pain points of our clients and I know she’ll be able to swiftly and effectively manage the day-to-day needs of our clients in the hands-on and high-touch way they’ve come to expect from Stern & Eisenberg.”Wilson in her new role will lead and handle client relations issues and escalations, drive client strategies that continuously improve firm efficiencies, education and communication efforts for existing clients. Stern & Eisenberg Expands Team HOUSING MCrowd mortgage stern & Eisenberg 2018-02-11 Nicole Casperson
Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … Chile’s apple exporters have expressed concern that the heatwave experienced in the central valley over recent weeks could affect the fruit’s condition and post-harvest life.However, overall they are expecting a fairly similar season to last year with a slight increase in production and exportsSome of the hottest weather on record has scorched large areas of Chile recently and could lead to sunburn and shorter storage life, according to industry sources.Ricardo Gatti, manager of pome fruit and cherries at Unifrutti, said the company would start to harvest around weeks 7 or 8.“We’ll have to see what happens until then because we are seeing some very high temperatures and we might have issues with the condition of the fruit,” he said. The heatwave could lead to a lower proportion of fruit reaching export quality standards, he said.Raimundo Costa, general manager of San Clemente, said storage life may be an issue for Chilean apples in 2019.However, they both said that expectations were for around a 10% year-on-year increase in production this year and highlighted there would be larger volumes of newer varieties.Rodrigo Durán, commercial manager of David Del Curto, said his company was forecasting a rise in volumes of Ambrosia apples, which he said have been very successful in various markets.Gatti said that Unifrutti was also expecting larger volumes of newer varieties – as young orchards continue to mature – which he expected would drive a 10% overall rise in the company’s volumes. You might also be interested in Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in … U.S.: Fire at Washington warehouse causes US$8M in … February 14 , 2019 Golden Bay Fruit creates “One of a Kind” show …
The celebrations for APT Travel Group’s ‘90 Years of Unforgettable’ continue, with the group hosting a ‘glittering event’ for VIP agents and industry.Representatives from APT Travel Group’s Diamond and Platinum VIP agencies, as well as industry and media partners, will be invited to the special gala at Melbourne’s Regent Plaza Ballroom in March. The event, which will include the presentation of awards to top performing agents for 2016, is an acknowledgment of the Group’s loyal partners and a way of saying thank you for their support. Executive general manager global marketing & sales Debra Fox said the event would recognise the important role that agents and industry partners have played in the group’s story.“Our gala event will acknowledge the agency and industry partners who support us by building valuable relationships with guests, and by believing in our ability to deliver on our promise to delight the customer.”Image: A previous APT event APT Travel Group
A message in a bottle has been found on a beach on Long Island in the Whitsunday’s, after travelling 793 days and more than 6000 kilometres from where it was dropped in the ocean in the South Pacific over two years ago.A staff member of Long Island’s Elysian Retreat, Charlton Craggs, stumbled across the bottle while walking along the island’s beach recently, and has managed to track down the message’s author.“I was so excited and couldn’t wait to contact the author to tell him I’d found his message – it was like something out of a movie,” Mr Craggs said.Canadian Tom Love was travelling with his wife, Dora, on cruise ship, Oceania ‘Marina’, in the South Pacific in January 2016. The couple were enjoying their last night of their cruise, from Valparaiso, Chile, to Papeete, French Polynesia, when Mr Love decided to place a message, which he had scrawled on an envelope, in an empty wine bottle and drop it into the ocean.Mr Love was amazed to hear his message was discovered and was particularly surprised that the bottle had found its way to Australia.“I got straight online after hearing the news and found that the message had travelled over 6200 kilometres to your beach, in the Whitsundays,” he said.“It must have travelled past islands like Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and so many inhabited and uninhabited landfalls.”The message was nothing like what you would expect to see on a romantic movie; it merely contained some brief details about the cruise, the date, Mr Love’s contact details and an American one-dollar bill, to cover the finder’s costs of making contact.That said, Tourism Whitsundays’ General Manager, Tash Wheeler, confirmed the interesting find is already generating some publicity for the Whitsundays.“This is a great little story, and one which will certainly bring about some heightened interest in our beautiful region, particularly Long Island.“It has already gained the interest of a news channel in Canada and we expect to see more media coverage as word of the discovery spreads further,” Ms Wheeler said.The message is set to take pride of place behind the Elysian Retreat’s bar when the retreat opens later this year.Tourism Whitsundays and Mr Craggs have encouraged Mr Love and his wife to consider the Whitsundays for their next holiday, which, of course, would provide them an opportunity to see, first-hand, where the bottle was discovered.
Wildlife Safari Managing Director, Trevor Fernandes, has released the following statement:“A group of heavily armed terrorists launched an attack on the DusitD2, a luxury boutique hotel and office complex in Westlands, an upscale suburb of Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday afternoon [15 January 2019]. Elite security forces and local police engaged with the terrorists and together with emergency medical services, managed to evacuate over seven hundred people from the complex. The entire complex was cleared in less than 24 hours and, in the words of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta. “…all the terrorists are eliminated.” Sadly, a total of 21 people were killed, including an American and a Briton, with around 30 people injured and receiving treatment at various hospitals.Al Shabab, the Somali based terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility as retaliation for Kenya’s long standing military support in the war against terrorist groups operating from Somalia, in support of US, UK and European forces.Wildlife Safari’s head office and operations centre in Nairobi, is constantly monitoring the situation. This office is open every day of the year and we are in regular contact with all our guests throughout the region, and every WS safari vehicle is fitted with UHF/VHF radio and cellular telephone with good cellular coverage available throughout the country.Wildlife Safari guests spend minimal time in Nairobi and our guests stay at selected Nairobi hotels with excellent security in place, including boom gates with metal detectors, all guests and luggage are screened on arrival. There are two excellent hotels inside the airport precinct, after the first security checkpoint, and all departing passengers pass through three separate security points prior to boarding their aircraft.The probability of a terrorist attack on safari is minimal as the safari lodges and camps Wildlife Safari uses are located deep inside wildlife sanctuaries, where the “residents” have four legs, fly or crawl.All current and future visitors to Kenya should be aware that every possible precaution is being taken to keep them safe. Sadly, terrorism is now a global scourge and cities everywhere are affected. Nairobi is a large city with over four million residents, founded at the turn of the 19th century as a railway siding to become one of Africa’s most prominent political, financial and cultural urban centres. Kenyans are a very proud and resilient people and they will protect their city and country. Nairobi will bounce back.The Wildlife Safari Kenya team is accessible 24/7/365 by telephone or email and they are in constant contact with myself. I am always accessible for our clients, agents and friends via telephone or email. Finally, thank you to our many friends who called, sent texts or emails during the last 24 hours to ask about the Wildlife Safari team in Nairobi. They are all safe and well and look forward to welcoming you on safari soon.”17 January 2019 AfricaNairobiWildlife Safari
This week, Tourism Tropical North Queensland is revealing its latest pitch to attract visitors to the tropics, with Aussie model Samantha Harris fronting the new campaign, #FeelGrounded.“We want to show where Tropical North Queensland fits into the Queensland story and how the destination benefits travellers,” said Tourism Tropical North Queensland ceo Pip Close. s“With wellness a priority for many Australians in 2019, Tropical North Queensland is the place where they can feel grounded with incredible locations for hiking, biking, swimming, diving and yoga.”The #FeelGrounded Campaign will showcase new highlights from the region across coming months including the arrival of cool new luxe resort “Riley” by Crystalbrook Collection in Cairns.“I totally connected with the feel grounded concept – it’s exactly what you feel from the minute you touch down in Tropical North Queensland – that feeling of letting all your stress and worry go,” said Harris.“If you’re feeling stressed or need to get back to nature, put Tropical North Queensland on the list for a long weekend away – I promise you will come back re-energised and re-inspired.Harris.“I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this part of Australia.”
Top Stories “The number of screen passes that are in the Eagles offense is just unbelievable, and I’m wondering if Ken Whisenhunt is taking advantage of all that coaching that [Kevin] Kolb has gone through to throw screen passes,” Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug Franz said. “Because they threw two screen passes [Thursday] that were just top notch.”Franz pointed out one that went to running back Beanie Wells, which he says would have resulted in a touchdown in a real-game setting.“I think we’re going to see a lot of that in the offense because boy Kolb looks good doing it.”Kevin Kolb takes the snap, backpedaling away from the pass rush. Just when you think the defense is going to bring the QB down Kolb flips the ball over to Beanie Wells who, with a wall of blockers in front of him, takes off for a huge gain.Can you see it Cardinals fans? You might. Ask almost any Cardinals fan and they’ll tell you the team has not run a successful screen pass since, well, ever.Often times tried, rarely pretty, the Cardinals seemed to do more harm than good with the play that is designed to suck the defense in before neatly dropping the ball off to the running back who, in theory, runs for a nice gain. Other teams can do it, have done it. Just not Arizona. That may change this season because of who the Cardinals will line up under center. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share