first_img China: Dongfang sees lower profit in 2018 but reco … China retaliates against U.S. with higher tariffs … December 03 , 2018 China and the U.S. have agreed to hold off on implementing the next wave of tariffs that had been set for Jan. 1, in order to discuss and negotiate future commercial relations.U.S. President Donald Trump reached the agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit that took place last week in Buenos Aires.”President Trump has agreed that on January 1, 2019, he will leave the tariffs on US$200 billion worth of product at the 10% rate, and not raise it to 25% at this time,” a White House release said.”China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other product from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries. China has agreed to start purchasing agricultural product from our farmers immediately.”The two presidents have agreed to begin negotiations on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture, the release said.Both parties agreed that they will endeavor to have this transaction completed within the next 90 days, it added.However, the statement said that if at the end of this period of time the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10% tariffs that the US has implemented will be raised to 25%.“This was an amazing and productive meeting with unlimited possibilities for both the United States and China. It is my great honor to be working with President Xi,” said Trump.Xi was quoted as saying: “Only with cooperation between us can we serve the interest of world peace and prosperity.” Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … Trump and Xi offer concessions in trade talks but … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

first_imgViking has launched its World of Viking sale, with a range of offers on both river and ocean cruises, many with free or discounted flights, stateroom upgrades, free city extensions and savings of up to $4,000 per couple. Offers are available until 30 November 2018, unless sold out prior.“We have curated a selection of offers with handpicked itineraries that showcase the World of Viking. We’re known for being the ‘Thinking Person’s Cruise Line,’ with an emphasis on cultural immersion and personal discovery. If your guests yearn to really discover something new – not just skim the surface – Viking is for them and now is the time to book their next adventure.” said Michelle Black, Viking Managing Director Australia and New Zealand.Viking is supporting trade with a marketing toolkit that is available on the Viking travel agent portal. Collateral includes ocean and river flyers, individual itinerary flyers, Facebook tiles and an email signature.Agents can find additional information by emailing au.agents@vikingcruises.com agentssaleVikinglast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Join Jon Bloom and Vince Marotta as they break down the Cardinals 31-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field. This Spreecast starts at 10:00 a.m. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_imgSeattle Seahawks running back Bryce Brown (36) is pushed out of bounds by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Credit Arians for recognizing this and not letting ego and pride get in the way of the bigger picture.“It was planned ahead of time,” Arians said.You can make the argument that Arizona gave Seattle playoff momentum with Sunday’s win, but the Seahawks need no help in navigating the NFL’s playoff waters. They’ve been there; done that.The only thing that really changed on Sunday was fickle perception, but that’s as common as wind shifts on open water. It’s the nature of a game where teams only play once a week: Too many conclusions are attached to too little data.New England lost its second straight game to close the season on Sunday and suddenly some analysts are ready to rule out the NFL’s most experienced team. It’s ridiculous.The simple reality is this: The Cardinals will have one home playoff game in two weeks to earn a shot at the NFC Championship game. They have proven repeatedly this season that they are up to the task. They have proven repeatedly that they are an elite team with no significant weaknesses and an arsenal of weapons. They should be afforded the benefit of the doubt if a minuscule payoff wasn’t worth the considerable physical and mental investment this week. While he wasn’t excusing the effort, receiver Larry Fitzgerald compared this loss to a 33-7 loss to Green Bay to close the 2009 season after the Cardinals had clinched the NFC West. Arizona rebounded the following week and beat the Packers in the first round of the playoffs.One lackluster performance doesn’t change a fact the Cardinals have driven home all season: they are every bit a Super Bowl contender. If Arians has his way after this loss, this minor setback might actually help the cause.“We’re not going to hang onto this one very long,” Palmer said. “We’re excited about the opportunity ahead of us and we’ll bounce back and be ready to roll in a couple weeks.“We’re not, in any way, panicking or freaking out. Whoever comes here, we’ll be ready.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 39 Seattle had a chip on its shoulder after an embarrassing home loss to the Cardinals in Week 10. The Cardinals would have preferred chipping golf balls to Sunday’s glorified exhibition game.The only potential significance attached to this game was removed quickly when Carolina opened up a huge first-half lead over Tampa Bay to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. That left Arizona exactly where it started, as the No. 2 seed with a bye and plenty of time to refocus, rest up and turn this loss into a motivational tool.“This was a valuable lesson,” Arians said. “You could see it coming all week. I think coaches, players, everybody fell into that reading the press-clippings thing, anointing us Super Bowl champs. This was a nice wake-up call.“You’d like to go in with a 10-game winning streak but sometimes getting the hell beat out of you is better.”When Chandler Catanzaro’ 51-yard field goal attempt bounced off the left upright as a fitting end to the first half of a 30-6 Seattle whipping, it was time to sit quarterback Carson Palmer and other key players to make sure the Cardinals didn’t get the physical hell beat out of them as well. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. — You could see this one coming from miles away.Despite Bruce Arians’ bravado about playing to win and keeping the foot on the gas pedal, it was clear in practice this week and from the get-go on Sunday that the Cardinals had pulled into a rest stop immediately after last week’s bye-clinching win over the Green Bay Packers.Maybe it bothered you that Seattle had its way with the Cardinals in a thorough 36-6 rout at University of Phoenix Stadium, but let’s not attach false significance to this game. There was none.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 16 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Buzz, thy name is that game.In fact, the way NFL.com’s Adam Schein sees it, it’s the top primetime game of the entire season.This is my way-too-early Super Bowl pick for the coming season, so you had better believe it’s my No. 1 game in prime time. You can easily make the case that the Patriots and Cardinals have the two best rosters in the game today. Both teams have superb coaches and front offices. And Chandler Jones gets to open the season against the club that just traded him in a blockbuster deal. On national television. In prime time. Yes!Adding to the excitement, Glendale, Arizona, has turned into a fantastic environment for prime-time games, with its gorgeous stadium and incredible sea of red.This is the Bizarro Super Bowl 50 matchup we didn’t get to see: The two losing teams from Championship Sunday. Tom Brady going against Jones and that Cardinal defense? I’m counting the days.As for this being a potential Super Bowl matchup, indeed both the Cardinals and Patriots are in the group of favorites to reach the game, and it would not be a surprise to anyone if they met up again next February in Houston.Of course, plenty will have to happen before that is even a possibility, including this delicious Week 1 affair in Glendale. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Week 1 is already an exciting time for NFL fans, as it is the beginning of a season that seems like it took forever to get to.And for Cardinals fans especially — after the way last season ended — Week 1 of the 2016 campaign cannot get here soon enough.Adding to the aura of Arizona’s first regular season game this season is the fact that it will be at home against the New England Patriots. And if that’s not enough, note it will be played on Sunday night and broadcast on NBC.last_img read more

first_imgThe Rooftop at QT, QT Melbourne’s hotly anticipated bar, sitting on the 11th floor of Melbourne’s newest design hotel, is now open.Showcasing views of the spectacular Melbourne city skyline, The Rooftop at QT is set to be the destination for decadent soirées this summer, hosting up to 185 patrons in the split indoor/outdoor space.The bartenders will serve up a handcrafted cocktail list showcasing a twist on classic favourites, with the QT Rooftop G&T – West Winds Sabre Gin, Elderflower Quinine Syrup, Fresh Lime, Sugar, Cucumber Sparkling Water, Rosemary, Cucumber – and the Yarra Valley Sour – Four Pillars Gin, Fresh Lemon, Orange Blossom, Orgeat, Egg White, Pinot Noir, Edible Flowers – expected to be summer hits. The menu will also boast a list of local spirits, house-made tonics and share cocktails.To accompany the cocktail selection, The Rooftop at QT will also serve bar bites, including minced Thai beef on toast, with green chilli, sweet basil and sambal, Scotch Quail Eggs wrapped in Wagyu beef, mortadella, sesame and sticky black sauce and polenta crumbed onion rings with squid ink mayo.The sophisticated space designed by longstanding QT Public Areas Designer & Stylist, Nic Graham, features a selection of contemporary outdoor furniture by Australian designer and producer Tait amidst a colour palette of olive green, red and matte black. And with a curated playlist of new disco and house music by Creative Music Director Andrew Lewis, the rooftop caters for Melbourne’s late-night party scene.Open seven days a week from 4.30pm until 1am, The Rooftop at QT is also available for private events.last_img read more

first_imgSeptember is often overlooked as key month in the Kimberley cruising calendar, but for the Coral Expeditions crew this month brings many unique rewards. Here are seven reasons why:It offers a whale of a time! September is the season to get up close and personal with the majestic Humpback Whale. The humpbacks migrate from the icy waters of the Antarctica to Kimberley’s warm tropical waters between June and October but September is the best month to get a glimpse of them calving after the mating is done. With Coral’s onboard marine biologist, guests are given an immersive whale-watching experience and have a good chance of seeing one of the 35,000 creatures who visit the Kimberley coast.Tranquillity. September marks the end of the dry season, so tours taper off and visiting numbers decrease, giving those who make the effort to visit this region, the opportunity to experience the Kimberley at its most tranquil.It is blooming show. Wildflowers start blooming in the Kimberley from July but really reach their peak in September. Wildflowers of all colours, sizes and shapes, like the grevilleas or Kimberley rose or any number of the 65 species of Acacia (wattle) can be seen lining rivers and lakes and across the region.The birds and the bees. September sees the migration of half a million wading birds arriving on the coast from their breeding grounds in Siberia, which is a truly spectacular sight to behold. Many of these birds are still sporting their colourful breeding plumage and bring their chicks in tow, who are often only weeks old.Turtle time. While turtles can be seen all year round in the Kimberley, sightings can increase during the early part of the nesting season as turtles gather, in masses or alone, on beaches to lay their eggs. Australia is home to six of the seven species of sea turtle found in the world with the Flatback only nesting in Australia, but is most abundant on the northern WA coastline. With hatching occurring from October onward, September is a great time to spot turtles in the nesting phase.A land of contrast. As the Kimberley enjoys the balmy days before the onslaught of the rainy season, the landscape offers contrasts between the burnished ochre and reds of the land and the brilliant aqua tapestry of rivers that run through the region. It also makes for great swimming conditions in Kimberley’s, occasional, crocodile-free pools.Smooth sailing. Clear skies, warm days and balmy nights create ideal sailing conditions, and evening sunsets are a not to be missed experience.Coral Expeditions offers a 10-night Darwin to Broome (v.v) itinerary which includes two shore excursions per day, from exploring prehistoric Aboriginal rock art galleries with an expert guide to hopping in a Zodiac for a thrilling awe-inspiring cruise through the Horizontal Falls, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”. Other highlights include cruising the Prince Regent River before arriving at King Cascades, enjoying an Australian Beach barbecue and sunset drinks, as well as witnessing the tidal phenomena at Montgomery Reef.With facilities tailor-made for expedition cruising including the unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, coupled with the expert local knowledge of Coral Expeditions’ experienced Expedition Team, guests will complete this voyage with a new understanding and respect for this region.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSingapore Airlines and wellness brand COMO Shambhala, which forms part of the COMO Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week on a wide-ranging partnership aimed at enhancing the customer experience for travellers.The initial phase of the partnership will see COMO Shambhala’s award-winning wellness cuisine introduced on selected Singapore Airlines’ flights departing Singapore in the second half of 2019, elevating the airline’s range of food and beverage offerings on board.Using seasonal and sustainable ingredients each with their own nutrition profile, this style of cooking aims to inspire the palate with memorable and delicious flavours, marrying healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy.The inclusion of co-developed wellness dishes will progressively be made available in SIA’s Book the Cook service. In addition, a new wellness menu featuring specially curated dishes will be introduced.Future collaborations may also extend to onboard amenities and inflight entertainment content relating to wellness, among other features.“It’s an exciting moment for the COMO Group, as this collaboration marks the coming together of the world’s most awarded airline and COMO’s passion for holistic wellness and nutritious cuisine that has been at the heart of our brand offering since the beginning of COMO Shambhala and COMO Hotels and Resorts” added Mr Olivier Jolivet, CEO of the COMO Group.Lead image: Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore Airlines and Olivier Jolivet, COMO Hotels ink the MOU.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWellness-inspired resort and hotel chain Fusion will introduce a property to the oceanside of Bao Ninh Beach, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province. Located at the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, with Son Doong — the world’s largest cave, the three-hectare Fusion Resort Quang Binh will offer Fusion’s unique all-spa inclusive service plus a range of original wellbeing-oriented concepts & services.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Outdoor (rendering)Blending natural and contemporary design elements with a strong focus on earth tones, textures, and materials, the property’s 60 well-appointed villas start at a spacious 132 square-metres and range in size up to a palatial 800 square-metres. Each offers private gardens and plunge pools and either a sea view or an enclosed tropical garden. Ideal for couples, young families, or groups of friends, the low-lying resort will make full use of the stunning views, the surrounding natural vegetation, and the crisp natural light, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an interior colour scheme of the natural world.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Restaurant (rendering)“Quang Binh is an up-and-coming destination,” said Peter Meyer, Fusion’s CEO. “Exploring Son Doong Cave and the many other natural gems in the area will make this province the newest travellers’ bucket list destination alongside the likes of Ha Long Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An.”Fusion’s holistic approach to well-being begins with the “all-spa inclusive” service. As with every Fusion Resort before it, Fusion Resort Quang Binh will offer daily spa journeys to all guests at no extra cost. The resort will launch a new spa concept: Water & Earth. Supported by 10 double treatment rooms, the spa menu will include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, plus body scrubs, wraps, and a signature mud treatment, all featuring 100% natural products.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Spa reception (rendering)Complimentary wellness activities such as yoga and meditation will also be offered, plus hot steam and cold plunge experiences for total rejuvenation and a healthy boost to the body’s immunity.Fusion Resort Quang Binh will boast a selection of dining options including Fresh restaurant, the brand’s signature all-day dining spot, the Zen Bar, and a seafood restaurant. All will offer indoor and outdoor seating with beautiful views of the ocean and a warm, casual, and friendly Fusion vibe.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Villa (rendering)With the introduction of Fusion Resort Quang Binh, Fusion is expanding into all of Vietnam’s top destinations, with a total of five hotels and resorts now in operation in Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phu Quoc island. Besides Quang Binh, three more Fusion properties are currently under development for 2019 and 2020 openings: a Fusion Original in Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Resort & Villas Da Nang, and Fusion Suites Vung Tau.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Outdoor bathtub (rendering)Lead image: Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Ocean villa renderingGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_imgStansted Airport in Essex has unveiled expansion plans which would see the building of a second runway.Already the third busiest airport in the UK, the multi-million pound project proposed by BAA would help it to cope with the 68 million passengers it is expected to be welcoming every year by 2030.If the development is given the green light, the airport would double in size and, according to BAA, boost the country’s economy by £9 billion.Sir Nigel Rudd, BAA chairman, said: “BAA is proud to reach the significant milestone in the future development of Stansted.”We remain fully committed to building a second runway, a project that is central to government policy in delivering additional runway capacity in the south-east.”This important project will bring huge benefits to the east of England and UK economy and will increase choice and opportunity for millions of business and leisure travellers.”Conservationists have expressed concerns over the project, however, saying it would damage the local community and have a huge impact on the environment.*[BAA]: British Airports AuthorityReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPlans unveiled for new T2 building at Heathrow AirportPlans for the £1 billion renovation of Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2) have been unveiled to the publicStansted crowned king of low cost travelBritain’s third busiest hub, Stansted Airport, has been named Europe’s central departure point for low cost flights.BAA: ‘Responsible’ Heathrow development must get green lightPlans for a third runway would be contingent on noise levels remaining no higher than in 2002.last_img read more

first_img RelatedCzech Airlines enjoys modest passenger growth during 2008The number of people booking flights on Czech Airlines increased by 2.4 percent last year to more than 5.6 million.New Czech Airlines route opened to service Prague and NovosibirskCzech Airlines’ decision to open a new route will increase the number of cheap flights from Prague to NovosibirskCzech Airlines’ flights to New York to be taken over by DeltaCzech Airlines’ flights to New York to be taken over by Delta Czech Airlines will increase the number of flights to Toronto from Prague during the 2009 summer season.This year’s summer schedule will begin at the start of May and run until the middle of October, with the number of flights to Canada increasing from three to four a week.A total of 156 flights will be operated between the two cities this summer, representing a year-on-year increase of 44 percent.Commenting on the increase, a Czech Airlines press release said: “The new model of operating to North America, launched last year, when Czech Airlines only focused on seasonal flights to Toronto, has increased profitability and the seat-load factor.”The airline has said that it expects almost 30,000 passengers will use the route over the course of the summer.Last year, a little over 19,000 passengers used the route.Czech Airlines announced earlier this month that the number of people that have signed up to its frequent flyer programme has risen by 28 percent. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_img RelatedBargains of the week: Geneva | Innsbruck | ToulouseBargains of the week: Geneva | Innsbruck | ToulouseSkiscanner ski report: 13/01/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is fallingSki Bargains: last minute ski trips to popular ski airportsSkyscanner rounds up the best deals on flights to Europe’s ski airports Skiers booking flights to the Pyrenees this winter can benefit from both snow and sun, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport has said.Head of leisure traffic development at the airport Chantal Pitin said ski resorts in the Pyrenees are “special” owing to the unique weather and the quieter atmosphere compared to the Alps.”Last winter, we had a lot of snow in the Pyrenees so it was great and people enjoyed their stay there,” she commented.Ms Pitin went on to say that it is easy for skiers and snowboarders to reach the Pyrenees thanks to charter flights from London, Bristol and Edinburgh.Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is located 4.1 miles from Toulouse and served almost six million passengers last year.Skiers heading to Andorra can board one of two daily coach services to their resort as the country does not have a commercial airport.Midi-Pyrenees is the sixth-largest tourist region in France and has a 4.5 per cent share of the market.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgIncreasing numbers of Brits are expected to travel on flights to Nepal next year thanks to the country’s Tourism Year.This is according to the nation’s tourism board, whose Nepal Tourism Year is expected to attract one million international visitors to the south Asian country, a figure that would represent a significant increase from the 400,000 recorded in 2009.Nepal Tourism Board spokesman Laxman Gautam said that Nepal is traditionally known among tourists for the Himalayas and its mountain trekking.”It is equally known to the world that Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha and is a treasure house of vibrant cultures and festivals,” he commented.Mr Gautam went on to say that the country is expecting “an unprecedented rise” in the number tourist arrivals from the UK over the course of 2011.According to the country’s tourist board, 24.3 percent more travellers visited Nepal in August compared to the same month last year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMozambique more accessible for touristsMore Brits are expected to book flights to Mozambique now that the country’s tourism market has opened up.More Brits travelling on flights to TunisiaMore Brits travelling on flights to TunisiaDemand for flights to Brazil expected to increase in run-up to 2016 OlympicsMore people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bidlast_img read more

first_img2011 has been the ‘year of the app’ for Skyscanner and today sees total downloads for its Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone apps hitting five million in just ten months – an average of one download every five seconds. RelatedSkyscanner launches new ‘widget’ version of Android app and hits 10m downloadsSkyscanner’s suite of free mobile apps have been downloaded over 10 million times since launching in September 2011Skyscanner marks mobile success with 20m app downloads53% of flights searches are now mobile.Skyscanner app set to fly off Amazon shelvesSkyscanner is available in Amazon’s Android Appstore in the UK The suite of free flight comparison apps have brought the highly flexible functionality of the Skyscanner site to smart phone users who are utilising it to find the cheapest flights on the go.The iPhone app has topped the free travel app category in 47 countries since launch, and all Skyscanner apps have user ratings of 4+ (out of 5). The iPhone app was also ‘Travel App of the Week’ in The Sunday Times and has received recommendations from international media including: The Guardian, The Seattle Times, Le Parisien and Australian Business Traveller.As with the main Skyscanner site, the apps are available in over 20 different languages, including French, Turkish and Spanish, which has helped fuel the huge download numbers. In addition to English-speaking markets, the app has been particularly popular in Russia, Italy and Germany.Continual innovation has seen new features added to the apps with the latest version of the iPhone and iPad app offering an interactive globe that allows users to spin, zoom and browse flight prices around the world. Windows Phone users can monitor flight prices with the ‘Live Tile’ feature which automatically updates flight searches they have pinned to their start screen.Barry Smith, Skyscanner Director of Mobile commented:“The popularity of the Skyscanner apps has surpassed our expectations and we expect to see traffic to our apps exceed traffic to the main website at some point in the near future. More and more people are now accessing the web via their phones and we’ve brought the full functionally of Skyscanner to the smart phone and tablet world with apps that find users the cheapest flights, fast.”In addition to its suite of apps, a lightweight version of the Skyscanner site is available for mobile phone web browsers, meaning Skyscanner is now optimised for all major mobile phone platforms.Skyscanner’s apps are free to download from the iTunes, Android and Windows Phone market places.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_img1. Get lounge access, without a business-class ticket Yotel Family Cabin6. Enjoy a luggage-free transferOne of the least glamorous aspects of air travel is lugging your luggage. Lug no more: the genius AirPortr is a baggage check-in and delivery service that picks up your bags from your home or hotel and whisks them to Gatwick or Heathrow airports – and vice versa – allowing you a hassle-free transfer, particularly if it involves public transport.7. Effortlessly navigate airport parkingEver wasted hours searching for your hatchback in the endless sea of cars? A real transfer transformer is Looking4.com’s Meet & Greet, in which a driver meets you at the terminal entrance, collects and parks your car, then later returns it to the terminal when you land. It’s available at most UK airports including Birmingham, Bristol, Doncaster, East Midlands, Exeter, Liverpool and Newcastle (prices vary, but they start from around £45 at Doncaster). Who needs a chauffeur?8. Entertain yourself during delaysWhile we’re yet to open an airport cinema in the UK – Hong Kong wins with its 250-seater IMAX – or indeed anything to rival Singapore Changi Airport’s stunning rooftop pool, there’s a growing range of activities to keep you occupied should your flight be delayed. While you can relax with a manicure or massage at Cloud Spas in Manchester, Birmingham or East Midland airports, Heathrow comes out on top with its landside T5 art gallery, open 365 days a year; a Bradley Smith barbers; and its Be Relax spas. You can even flex your plastic with a spot of personal shopping, which you can collect on your return to the airport or have delivered to your home. Escape Lounge, Manchester AirportLounges offer an oasis of calm amidst the frenetic swirl of an airport, and they’re not the exclusive preserve of premium-ticket travellers. For a £20-40 one-off fee you can buy access to several – and write off most of the cost against your savings on drinks and snacks, which are usually free. Pay-per-visit lounges include Aspire Lounges at airports including Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh, or the No 1 Lounges at Edinburgh and Gatwick – where benefits include private resting areas, showers and beauty treatments. Visit the website of your nearest airport to find out what’s on offer.Alternatively, buy cut-price lounge access by downloading the nifty LoungeBuddy app, which lets you browse and book hundreds of lounges on the day or up to two months in advance. Or you can give the gift of lounge access this Christmas in the form of vouchers for No 1 Lounges, with the added bonus of premium security access (see below).Compare flight prices and plan your next trip2. Sidestep the security queuesEconomy travellers can give themselves a mini upgrade by investing in premium security access, which lets you whizz through a priority lane and bypass the long wait for security. It can now be purchased at many UK airports, including Manchester, Stansted, Luton and Newcastle, for £3 to £5. Because who wants to start off their holiday standing in a queue with their shoes off?3. Eat – and drink – like a king The Fortnum & Mason Hamperling. Photo: © Heathrow AirportYou’re either one of those people who adores airline food and its tiny compartmentalised trays, or you’re most definitely not. If you fall into the latter category, you can still dine like a king with a Fortnum & Mason “hamperling” (think smoked-salmon salad with capers and rye bread – cutlery included – for £15) at Heathrow Terminal 5. Meanwhile, Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food offers a “Grab and Go” option, so you can gleefully tuck into a butter-chicken curry hot pot with saffron rice (£10) at 40,000 feet.Nowhere else can quite match T5’s slick flight-friendly picnics, but many airports in the Highlands and Islands Group (including Barra, Dundee, Inverness, Islay and Tiree) steer clear of the usual chains and have independent outlets packed with fresh, local produce. At Wick John O’Groats’ Airport Café, everything is made from scratch and passengers can treat themselves to a hot bacon sandwich or a homemade sausage roll to take on board an early morning flight.5. Get some smart shuteyeStaying in an airport hotel doesn’t have to equal bland mega-chains. Even if you just need a few hours to relax and refresh, hi-tech micro-hotel Yotel in Gatwick’s South Terminal and Heathrow Terminal 4 was inspired by super-compact Japanese pod hotels and has been designed to remove the stress of early departures and long layovers, with super-speed WiFi, soundproofing and blackout blinds (from £37 for four hours). No 1 Lounges also offer stylish pod bedrooms with ensuite showers at Heathrow Terminal 3, starting at £20 an hour.Pods not your thing? Look beyond the immediate area surrounding the airport for a spot of luxury. The meticulously restored vintage charm of the new Pilgrm hotel in Paddington (from £110) is a mere 15-minute Heathrow Express ride away from Heathrow, or the elegant Dakota Deluxe in Leeds (from £125) is on the right side of town for a 30-minute drive to Leeds Bradford. RubyBlue Potato Vodkas and LiqueursHeathrow, the UK’s biggest transport hub, is the highest flier when it comes to airside food, with opulent offerings in the form of The Perfectionists’ Café by Heston Blumenthal at Terminal 2, and Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food at Terminal 5. Pre-order with the Grab app to make your dining experience go without a hitch when you’re pressed for time.Meanwhile, in 2015, Belfast International became the first to set up an airport farmers’ market, supporting Northern Irish producers by selling handmade food and drink such as Hughes Craft Distillery’s RubyBlue fruit liqueurs and potato vodkas, and Kearney Blue cheese by Farmview Dairies.Hip London coffee and cocktail chain Grind has also recently announced its plans to launch a series of café bars in airports across the UK and Europe, so keep your smartphone on standby for some ‘grammable latte art.4. Buy a gastronomic picnic for the plane RelatedEight clever ways to make your airport time luxuriousDon’t let your departure become a chore. These airport treats are inexpensive and easy to organise: and they’ll get your holiday started long before you board your flight.Visit the smartest address at the airportGet 15% off airport lounge access with No.1 Traveller.5 top tips for accessing the airport loungeTips and advice on how to improve your airport experience – and save money – by booking an airport lounge. No1 Lounge, Gatwick AirportPrices correct at the time of publication (December 2017).ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineQatar Airways today announced a strategic alliance with fractional jet program provider Flexjet to offer customers access to over 5,000 destinations beyond the Doha-based airline’s four North American gateways.Flexjet is aircraft manufacturer Bombardier’s fractional ownership business, providing access to more than 80 modern executive aircraft. Aircraft available as part of the Flexjet Connect program, are operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions.The new agreement, effective today, May 14, enables customers traveling on Qatar Airways’ scheduled flights to and from New York, Washington, Houston and Montreal, to book a private premium jet service in a single transaction to cover over 5,000 airports across the region.The exclusive partnership, managed by the airline’s private jet division Qatar Executive as part of Qatar Airways’ premium product portfolio, will ensure passengers have seamless and hassle-free onward connections in the USA, Canada, as well as parts of Mexico and the tropical islands of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos**.No matter if the final destination is in California, Florida or British Columbia, Qatar Airways’ customers from across its global network traveling to or from North America via its Doha hub can conveniently connect in the privacy and exclusivity of a private jet to their final destination with Bombardier* Challenger* aircraft operated by Jet Solutions.All Qatar Airways’ customers will receive the same industry-leading customer service provided to Flexjet’s fractional jet owners.Speaking at a press conference at EBACE, Europe’s premier business aviation show, in Geneva today, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the new service was yet another enhanced product offering by Qatar’s national carrier.“We are extremely pleased to be launching this new program and are confident that it is an attractive product offering for individuals and large multi-national companies alike,” said Al Baker.“Today’s customers want flexibility, extensive reach, confidentiality and convenience all from a single source.“This new alliance gives customers from Qatar and the rest of the airline’s international network the ability to book their travel on Qatar Airways’ commercial service and on-demand private jets to their onward destination within North America with a single phone call. Vice versa we look forward to providing the traveling public from North America a premium door-to-door service when heading to the Middle East and beyond.”Flexjet President Fred Reid said: “With a growing focus on the international business market, we have seen an increase in demand for travel to the Middle East and the surrounding regions. Today’s alliance with Qatar Airways – an award-winning airline that shares Flexjet’s passion for high levels of customer service – is an ideal way for us to provide a global aviation solution to our owners. It’s a win-win situation for all.”While Qatar Airways’ customers can obtain guaranteed access to a wide range of top-of-the-range Bombardier business jet aircraft, operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions, and access to over 5,000 airports in North America with as little as 24-hours advance notice, Flexjet fractional owners gain premium travel benefits beyond their North American service area, including access to Qatar Executive’s ultra-modern fleet of Bombardier private jets.At Qatar Executive, a dedicated concierge-style customer service team is available for all Flexjet Connect enquiries on 24 hours / 7 days basis to fully address all passengers’ needs and requirements, from flight arrangements to ground transportation and special requests.The Concierge team will arrange the required Qatar Airways’ tickets, as well as the contract, invoice and itinerary of the business aircraft sector, whether it is on aircraft available through the Flexjet Connect programme in North America or Qatar Executive out of the Middle East. Anyone can book this service starting today, May 14. The business jets on offer provide between 8 and 13 passenger seats, which are all available to the individual customer booking the flight.Being part of a well-established award-winning full service global network airline Qatar Airways, Qatar Executive customers can be rest assured to receive the highest standards of service in terms of quality, exclusivity, comfort and confidentiality provided by highly trained and experienced crew.For further information and bookings, the Qatar Executive Concierge service team is available 24/7 on +974 4445 3800 or request@qatarexec.com.qa. Further details are available at www.qatarexec.com.qa or on www.qatarairways.com.Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 108 aircraft from its Doha hub to 114 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.www.qatarairways.com.qalast_img read more

first_imgElevate Destinations has announced the launch of theme based donor travel for independent philanthropists interested in exploring and investing in issue-specific areas. The trips will focus on such issues as:-Coastal and marine preservation -Rainforest conservation -Cultural survival -Water scarcity -HIV/Aids alleviation -Human trafficking -Micro-credit -Women’s economic betterment -Youth empowerment and education.Each trip brings global philanthropists together with leading international NGOs working on these issues. Travelers will visit multiple projects and sometimes multiple countries to focus on the challenges of making an impact in these arenas.This is the latest innovation in strategic giving from a company that designs donor travel programs for leading international non-profits such as EcoLogic, Direct Relief International, the Global Fund for Children, KickStart, the School for Field Studies and WaterPartners International.Elevate Destinations relies on a deep network of non-profit partners and long experience in the international arena to ensure expertise and guidance to global philanthropists. The Independent Donor Travel Program offers flexibility and customization to philanthropists eager to optimize their contribution.www.elevatedestinations.comlast_img read more

first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2018 2:51 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News’ Shannon Bream said the network had to move a planned live broadcast indoors after she and her crew felt threatened by demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday following President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.People shouted obscenities at Bream and her crew, crowded around and touched crew members as they prepared to air Fox’s 11 p.m. Eastern hour from the location two hours after the nomination, she said.“I’ve been in the middle of many protesters and signs and chanting and we all do our jobs,” Bream said Tuesday. “But last night had a different feel to it.”Bream said Fox felt specifically targeted, although she said other reporters had a difficult time with the crowd. Disturbed by the scene, Fox executives made the decision to move to a nearby studio. Bream had been at the court for several hours, doing live reports during several programs.The incident on an emotional political night exposed Fox News to a threatening atmosphere frequently faced by reporters at other news organizations at Trump rallies. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta recently described how an elderly woman swore at him and tried to get him to leave one of Trump’s recent rallies.Bream, who has covered the Supreme Court for 11 years, said that often during demonstrations security separates demonstrators from the press with barricades, but they weren’t on duty Monday night. She recalled only one other similar situation, but that happened during daylight hours.“We don’t know if there were good guys, or people who are going to look around and make a funny face, or if they had other plans,” she said. “It’s tough to assess when you’re in the middle of a crowd that is yelling and pushing and shoving.”One man who stood near her wore a Trump mask and, judging from the sign he held, was not a fan, Bream said.She said no reporters, no matter the outlet, should feel in danger for doing their jobs.“There’s a lot of heat out there and I’m hoping that cooler heads will prevail,” she said. Demonstrators force Fox crew from Supreme Court broadcastlast_img read more

first_img FILE – In this Saturday, June 24, 2017 file photo, Tom Petty performs with the Heartbreakers during their headlining set on Day 1 of the inaugural 2017 Arroyo Seco Music Festival, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tom Petty’s family and former band members say it was like therapy to compile a four-disc box set of his music so quickly after he died.“An American Treasure” went on sale Friday, four days short of a year after Petty died at age 66 of cardiac arrest. He and his band the Heartbreakers had just completed a triumphant concert tour with a show back home in Los Angeles.“I felt like when Prince died, unfortunately from a similar situation, that there was no central place to grieve for fans or for anyone, to make sense out of the greatness of that artist,” said daughter Adria Petty, an instigator of the box set alongside Petty’s widow, Dana; Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench; and producer Ryan Ulyate.It wasn’t like their grief was private. Petty, 43, would hear her father’s music in taxis and out of the windows of buildings she’d pass by. She went to get her eyes checked, and the optometrist broke down in tears.Their goal was to create a document that reflected Petty as an artist and a man, not just a hitmaker, she said.“You see a picture of a man that emerges from this box and that man was such a special, complex Southern gentleman,” Petty said. “He’s sort of the best of what you’d call an American. I felt like this was something beautiful to show people.”Each disc follows a period of time: years as hungry newcomers in the 1970s, the hitmaking period of the 1980s, Petty’s rough 1990s when he dealt with divorce and a heroin addiction, and late-career renaissance in the 2000s.What’s notable is the consistency of the work, the clarity of the writing. Petty was a rock ‘n’ roll classicist from the beginning and thoroughly loyal: Campbell and Tench followed Petty west from their homes in Gainesville, Florida, and they worked together throughout their lives.Ten of the songs had never been released in any form, 18 are alternate versions of songs previously released, 14 are live cuts and 18 are songs that had already been on albums or singles. Well-known songs like “Breakdown,” ”Even the Losers” and “I Won’t Back Down” are included; others like “American Girl,” ”Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Free Fallin’” are not.“It was good to have a task, and it was good to have a task involving Tom and involving the band,” Tench said. “It was good to hear all of this stuff. It kind of validated my opinion of him.”That doesn’t mean putting it together was easy. Tench said there were disagreements about what to include. He was initially in favour of a box consisting solely of material that had not been released before.Some of the previously unreleased material, like “Keep a Little Soul” from the early 1980s and the rockabilly raver, “Lonesome Dave,” are so strong they make you wonder why they were left on the shelf. But the risk in including too much unreleased material is it becomes obvious why they were set aside.Petty said her father was a perfectionist, and she could hear his voice in her head as she evaluated songs from the vault.“We started to pick stuff out and people said, ‘Well, this is kind of cool’ or ‘This is kind of interesting,” she said. “I would just sort of feel him cringing and saying ‘Wait, this is too soon. I just died. Why are you putting stuff like this out?’”The liner notes are also a voyage of discovery. Keyboardist Tench recalls his anger when he thought he would be called to record a late 1980s album only to be told that no, Petty intended “Full Moon Fever” as a solo disc. Complaining about it to a friend, Tench was told that he now had the time, and no excuses, to enter rehab.“So ‘Full Moon Fever’ saved my life,” he said in an interview, “by me not being on it.”It’s not clear whether Petty’s Heartbreakers will ever surface as a unit again. While Petty was obviously the leader, they weren’t a backing band. “It was blood,” Tench said. While they’ve been approached for projects, nothing has felt right. Tench, an in-demand session player who’s plotting a solo album, has a 9-month-old daughter. Campbell has joined Fleetwood Mac.“If somebody wanted to get together at the place where we used to record and rehearse, the Clubhouse, and play a little, I’d go down for sure,” Tench said. “But as far as being a band? I don’t know what we would do.” New Tom Petty set a form of therapy for his family and bandcenter_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2018 1:18 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

first_imgDerulo reaches out to K-pop with ‘Let’s Shut Up & Dance’ by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2019 11:50 am PDT FILE – In this April 12, 2018 file photo, singer Jason Derulo poses during a photocall upon arrival for the 2018 Echo Music Awards in Berlin. In “Let’s Shut Up & Dance,” the R&B singer collaborates with Asian K-pop acts Lay Zhang and NCT 127 in a trans-Pacific partnership he thinks ought to be increasingly common in the musical future. (Axel Schmidt/Pool Photo via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Jason Derulo is simultaneously looking ahead, looking back and looking across the ocean for his new project.The pop singer collaborates with K-pop acts from South Korea and China for his new single “Let’s Shut Up & Dance.”Derulo tells The Associated Press that this kind of trans-Pacific song-and-dance collaboration should become the norm for artists in the future.The song is also the first of four singles he plans to release in the coming months in tribute to his childhood hero Michael Jackson.Derulo says that he understands it’s a sensitive time to be honouring Jackson as allegations of child molestation have remerged, but he’s focusing on the performer who is the reason he became a musician, not anyone’s personal life.Andrew Dalton, The Associated Presslast_img read more