first_imgReed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) announced at ibtm world in Barcelona that it has signed a global agreement designating oneworld® as its exclusive airline alliance partner for 2016, in what is believed to be the biggest yet partnership of its kind.It will see the world’s leading organizer of travel and tourism events offer clients attending these events attractive discounts on the worldwide network of the most highly prized global airline alliance.It covers RTE events worldwide in 2016, including World Travel Market (WTM), International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events (ibtm) events – a total of 19 shows, taking place in some 15 cities on five continents, attracting an estimated 100,000 delegates from across the travel sector worldwide.Participants of the travel events that are under the umbrella of Reed Travel Exhibitions ( will, from December 2015, be able to make flight reservations via for travel to these shows – and receive discounted fares for themselves and a companion.  They can fly on any oneworld member airline, which include 15 of the world’s leading carriers, serving between them more than 1,000 destinations in 150 plus countries.Members of any oneworld member airline frequent flyer programme will be able to take advantage of their usual privileges and benefits along the way – including earning miles/points and, for top tier cardholders and one companion each, the use any of the 650 plus airport lounges provided by the alliance’s airlines the world over.oneworld and oneworld events, the alliance’s travel solution for the meetings, conferences, conventions, exhibitions and special events sector, will be prominently promoted at RTE’s 2016 events including during their build up.“I am delighted to announce this partnership with oneworld events, the one stop air travel solution for large-scale meetings, conventions and events worldwide, so the strategic match with our portfolio creates a great partnership,” said Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director of Reed Travel Exhibitions.“Every attendee whether exhibitor, buyer, media or trade visitor will be able to book simply and easily through the oneworld events portal where each show will have its own customized link, as well as a 24 hour support desk.“Being the world’s largest travel event organiser, with shows on all continents and customers travelling all over the globe to attend our events, the synergy with oneworld’s global network, with 15 major carriers and their affiliates, is an excellent fit for our customers,” added Pilbeam.oneworld Director of Sales José María Alvarado said: “We are delighted and proud that Reed Travel Exhibitions – which brings together the travel, events and conventions industries worldwide – has selected oneworld events as its exclusive official airline alliance partner for its events in the year ahead.” Reed Travel ExhibitionsSource = Reed Travel Exhibitionslast_img read more

first_imgRoyal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean International clinches Best Cruise OperatorRoyal Caribbean International clinches Best Cruise OperatorRoyal Caribbean International is named Best Cruise Operator of the TTG Travel Awards 2016 for nine years in a row, and received the award at the 27th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016 Ceremony in Bangkok this evening.Royal Caribbean has been voted unanimously by readers of TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice, TTG-BTmice China, TTGassociations and TTG Asia Luxury for the award. The TTG Travel Awards are given out annually to honour organizations in Asia Pacific’s travel industry for their strong commitment towards service excellence.The global cruise brand won the award for offering the best product, services and facilities. This is highlighted by the Quantum Class Ovation of the Seas, the newest and largest ship in Asia, which features unique first-at-sea amenities such as the North Star elevated glass capsule, skydiving simulator, the Bionic Bar with robotic bartenders and SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea with bumper cars and a circus school. The award is also recognition for Royal Caribbean for being the most professional sales and marketing team in terms of innovative ideas and servicing.Sean Treacy, Managing Director, Singapore & Southeast Asia of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. who received the award said, “It’s a great honour to receive this prestigious award for the ninth consecutive time. It shows Royal Caribbean’s growing strength as the leading cruise brand of choice in Asia with our amazing ships and revolutionary onboard experiences. We will continue to deliver to everyone “the One holiday” with “endless adventures”.“We thank all our partners for their strong confidence and support, in our journey in making the cruise industry more vibrant and our brand a top vacation choice across the region. Come 2017, we can look forward to another exciting year together with even more sailings and most of all, celebrating Royal Caribbean’s 10th anniversary in Asia!” he added.Royal Caribbean will be homeporting Ovation of the Seas in Singapore from March to April 2017 to bring more of the Quantum experience to Singapore. This is preceded by Mariner of theSeas’ fourth consecutive Singapore season starting in October with new itineraries such as the 3-Night Penang Weekend Cruise and the 4-night Phuket Cruise. Voyager of the Seas will also be returning to Singapore in May 2017. Together, these three ships’ sailings will offer the longest-ever deployment for Royal Caribbean in Southeast Asia.About Royal Caribbean InternationalRoyal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 46-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Onboard, guests are catered to with the cruise line’s world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service by every staff and crew member. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 13 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards and named the “Best Cruise Operator” for 9 consecutive years at the TTG Travel Awards as well as “Best Cruise Line” at the Travel Weekly Asia’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2015.The cruise line sails 25 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. Source = Royal Caribbean Internationallast_img read more

first_imgSource = Mike Parker-Brown, PR, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji Nanuku Auberge Resort FijiNanuku named as one of South Pacific’s top 25 hotelsNanuku Auberge Resort Fiji has once again been recognised for its superior service receiving a much coveted TripAdviser ‘Travelers Choice’ award.Based on reviews and opinions received from literally millions of international travellers, this latest accolade recognises the Pacific Harbour-based resort as being among the top 25 hotels – both large and small – in the South Pacific for its luxury and service elements.The award builds on a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence for Superior Service’, Nanuku received in 2016.The resort is again in the running to win a much sought-after ‘Best Dining Experience’ title at this year’s ‘Fiji Excellence in Tourism’ awards for the second time having won the prestigious award in 2016.Paying tribute to the Nanuku team for the efforts they go to in ensuring the resort continues to receive these accolades, a delighted Director of Sales & Marketing, Shashita Nand said after client recognition, industry acknowledgement was highly appreciated.“We are extremely honored to have received this accolade,” Ms Nand said.,“Being recognized as one of the top 25 hotels in the South Pacific is huge recognition when you take into account the number of luxury resorts and properties in the region these days.”For further information CLICK HERElast_img read more

first_imgFirst Meraviglia-Plus ship is named MSC Grandiose Samuel Aoustin (STX Worker), Mr Vago (Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises), Khadidja Bensasi (STX worker), Mr Castaing (STX General Manager)First Meraviglia-Plus ship is named MSC Grandiosa at steel cutting ceremonyMSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line and market leader in Europe and South America, celebrated today a further acceleration in its industry-unprecedented ten-year investment plan. Under the €9 billion plan, six of a total of 11 new ships will have come into service between June 2017 and November 2020, resulting in a doubling of the MSC Cruises fleet capacity in just three and a half years.In connection with this, today the Company held at STX France the ceremonies of the coin for MSC Bellissima as well as the cutting of the first steel for its first Meraviglia-Plus class ships, representing key building milestones for two of the four new MSC Cruises ships currently and simultaneously under construction (the other two ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, are currently being built at FINCANTIERI, Italy.) MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, commented: “Today we are celebrating a truly unique moment, as it is the first time that key shipbuilding milestones for two different ships are celebrated on the same day. This is a testimony of the strength and ambition of our investment plan.”Additionally, at the cutting of her first steel ceremony Mr Vago revealed that the first of MSC Cruises two Meraviglia-Plus ships will be named MSC Grandiosa, commenting: “The Meraviglia generation of ships is already setting a new standard for the cruise industry and is just one of the three brand new prototypes that we have designed to bring the cruise guest experience to the next level. MSC Grandiosa is named to signify magnificence and grandeur, a fitting name for this even richer, ultra-modern mega-ship.”Mr Vago continued: “Additionally, with MSC Grandiosa we also continue to innovate in product. Just as MSC Cruises “democratised” the luxury cruise experience when we were the first cruise brand to introduce a ship-in-ship luxury concept – the MSC Yacht Club, we are now doing the same for art and culture with the very first fine art museum at sea. Similarly,” he continued, “MSC Grandiosa will be the third of only four MSC Cruises ships to exclusively feature Cirque du Soleil at Sea, hosted in the uniquely complex, custom-built Carousel Lounge. ”Mr Vago concluded: “Of course, over and above everything else, these ships will be once again at the forefront of environmental technology at sea. In fact, amongst other innovations, they will feature the latest hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems, SCR-Catalysts, state-of-the-art waste management and recycling capabilities, emission-reducing energy and heat recovery systems, and highly advanced wastewater treatment.”The second part of the proceedings was the traditional coin ceremony for MSC Bellissima where two commemorative coins were placed into one of the ship’s blocks as a sign of blessing and goodfortune for the ship and her crew. The two mega-ships are due to come into service in March 2019 and November 2019, respectively.Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France , commented: “Today as we celebrate a cutting of the first steel and then a keel laying in the same day, we are living an unprecedented experience that marks the beginning of a new era, both for our client and for our yard. For MSC Cruises, it is the realization of an extraordinary investment plan, which will elevate the Company to become one of the three largest players in the global cruise industry; for us, it is the illustration of our very healthy order book, which leads us to deliver two ships a year until 2022. We are partners in the same virtuous circle, where boldness and the performance of each is a benefit to the other.”The Meraviglia-Plus ships are a further evolution and enrichment of the highly successful Meraviglia prototype, which includes MSC Meraviglia – in service since June of this year – as well as MSC Bellissima. They feature 181,000 GRT’s, 331 metres in length and maximum capacity of 6,334 guests. The fact that this highly successful prototype can be extended is further proof of the engineering capabilities of the partnership between STX France and MSC Cruises and will bring guests an even more connected and rich cruise experience. In fact, the Meraviglia-Plus ships will feature the very first fine art museum at sea, with a collection of classic and contemporary art, elevating the entertainment experience on board to a whole new level and giving guests access to some of the world’s most beautiful works of art.Another key highlight on board both MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa will be Cirque du Soleil at Sea. The long-term exclusive partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil is setting new standards in live entertainment at sea and will see the world’s leader in artistic entertainment create a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships. Each of the four ships will feature two brand new contrasting shows, the first two debuted on MSC Meraviglia in June this year and creative work is underway on two more shows for MSC Bellissima.The two ships celebrated today are part of MSC Cruises’ existing investment plan, which includes the development of new prototypes for each of the three new classes of ships – the Meraviglia class, Seaside Class and World Class. This June, MSC Cruises launched the first of these new ships, MSC Meraviglia in Le Havre France and in December MSC Seaside will come into service in Miami. In June 2018 MSC Seaview will join the ultra-modern fleet. MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line brand to develop an investment plan of this length and magnitude, a testament to the Company’s ambition. Sales are already open for MSC Bellissima’s inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean. The much-awaited opening of sales for MSC Grandiosa will be announced soon.To find out more about MSC Cruises and its fleet visit Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

first_imgCollette announces unprecedented selection Oberammergau-credit Florian Wagner_TBCollette announces unprecedented selectionIn the spirit of Christmas, renowned tour operator Collette has introduced several new European tours featuring the highly anticipated Oberammergau Passion Play. This event is already in high demand for 2020, and with the arrival of the festive season comes the welcome announcement that travellers wishing to experience this iconic performance will have more choice of tours than ever before.Collette’s new Passion Play tours, which combine several of its most popular existing European itineraries with this once-in-a-decade experience, have been announced in the wake of overwhelming public response to its initial range of Oberammergau tours.Alison Mead, General Manager of Collette Australia, says ticket and travel options are booking out fast for the coveted 10-yearly event. “We have had an incredible amount of interest since announcing our Oberammergau Passion Play tours for 2020. These tours are a great option for travellers wanting to experience this iconic event without having to worry about navigating the unprecedented demand for tickets, accommodation and travel arrangements,” said Mead.Tourists from all over the world clamour for tickets to see this historic event which takes place once every decade in the small Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau. Securing seats to the world’s most famous Passion Play is akin to booking for a World Cup.Collette offers tours which visit Oberammergau each year, having developed excellent relationships within the region which means travellers and arts aficionados are in good hands. 2020 is slated to be one of the most impressive years yet, as Collette’s newly-expanded range of inspired itineraries offer the chance for travellers to get close to the action with stays in hotels just a stone’s throw away from the Passion Play theatre.Collette’s newly-introduced suite of tours featuring the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play includes: Imperial Cities, Austrian Delight, Classic Danube River Cruise, Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria, and Alpine Explorer & Glacier Express Train. The much-loved itineraries of these classics favourites are complemented by the chance to experience one of Germany’s oldest cultural treasures, the Oberammergau Passion Play. These tours will follow their established itineraries before finishing up in the charming village of Oberammergau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, where travellers will bear witness to this spectacular performance.Oberammergau’s devout villagers first performed this play in 1634 in the hope that they would be spared the devastating effects of the Black Death plague which was decimating Europe. Miraculously, the villagers survived the pandemic and as a token of their thanks to God, they have continued to perform their passion play ever since. Profits from the show are reinvested in the village, enabling it to provide the services and infrastructure necessary for future generations to experience the marvels of this colourful show.The 16-act Passion Play follows the final period of the Messiah’s life, ending with the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Tradition dictates that the play is performed in years ending in zero with a cast chosen from the villagers who have either resided in Oberammergau for more than 20 years or who were born there. Locals vie for the 2,000 roles as performers, technicians and musicians in this seminal work which is performed in German. Language barriers are clearly not an issue for audiences as more than half a million spectators viewed the production when it last took place in 2010.For more details on Oberammergau tours or to book a trip:Contact your local travel agentCall Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit Source = Collettelast_img read more

first_imgThe fact that travel tourism is something that is a cause for joy to many is understandable. There even more who are extremely passionate about it. However, there is a dark side to this world, whether its burnt-out business people or tired out tourists.Source: CNNlast_img

first_img Housing Inventory Housing Market 2016-11-29 MirashaBrown in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News November 29, 2016 562 Views Sharecenter_img Zillow’s October 2016 Market Report and Redfin’s October 2016 Market Report analyze and compare a medley of findings and trends that will impact housing in the near future. Industry experts are also predicting a “pendulum shift” in the coming years, according to Zillow.A shortage of home inventory has resulted in low homeowner morale over the past few months. The Redfin Housing Demand Index decreased by 3.5 percent due to fewer homebuyers touring properties and making offers. The number of homebuyers using Redfin to request tours decreased by 3.7 percent from September, and the number of customers who were making offers on homes declined by 5.9 percent.Home value prices have increased in several cities across the nation, specifically in the northwest and southern regions. The national price of homes has increased 6.2 percent since 2015 and is at a Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) of $191,200. Home values in Portland, Oregon, have seen a 15 percent median home value increase of $349,000. Prices of homes in Dallas, Texas, and Seattle, Washington have risen over 12 percent since last October.Several cities have seen a limited selection of home sales on the market. Denver, Colorado, has seen a 22.3 percent decrease in inventory compared to 2015. Corey Keach, a real estate agent in Denver, has noticed homeowners searching for deals before the start of the new year. “Buyer interest has been picking up over the past week or two,” he told Redfin. “Last year, I felt it in January, with people wanting to beat the busy spring season. My sense is that people are getting an even earlier jump this year. For homes prices below $400,000, we’re once again seeing multiple offers above the asking price. There simply aren’t enough homes to meet demand in that price range.” Other cities that have seen a decrease in property inventory are Boston, Massachusetts, and Indianapolis, Indiana.Zillow’s October 2016 Market Report predicts that the housing market will veer from the current seller’s market to a buyer’s market by 2018 or 2019. Aaron Terrazas, Senior Economist at Zillow, attributes steady rent growth, building regulations, negative equity, and job growth to this forthcoming adjustment.“Slower rent growth means that some renters will feel less urgency to buy and easing building regulations, both at the federal level and by local governments, should boost new construction making the supply of homes for sale more plentiful,” he told MReport. “Negative equity will continue to recede allowing the relatively small number of owners still trapped in their underwater homes to move. As job growth shifts away from the pricey coasts toward suburban communities and interior metros, demand will shift toward less supply constrained communities.” Trends Indicate that a Shift is Imminentlast_img read more

first_img Share Fees HOA Trulia 2017-03-15 Staff Writer March 15, 2017 916 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Newscenter_img Homeowner Association fees (HOA) have risen across the nation, even outpacing inflation, according to a report from Trulia. The average monthly HOA in 2005 was $250, but by 2015, that number grew to $331, outpacing both national housing prices and inflation. HOA fees are primarily used to help cover the cost of maintaining community common spaces such as pools and landscaping. This can include both multi-family homes and single-family houses in a community.Trulia notes that the financial crisis did not do much to slow the rising HOA fees, even in the face of dropping home prices. Trulia’s data attempts to identify what kind of properties are likely to have high HOA fees.Using data from the U.S. Census, Trulia found that HOA fee increases outpaced home prices. Between 2005 and 2015, HOA fees rose 32.4 percent, while the median home price rose only 15.1 percent. HOA fees are particularly higher in older buildings. HOA fees for homes built in 2005 or later were, on average, $90 cheaper than homes built between 1960 and 1969. Smaller homes also tend to have smaller HOA fees, and data shows that an additional bedroom could mean $30 more per month in HOA fees.Trulia links the rising cost of HOA fees to aging homes. The average age of buildings occupied by homeowners is 5 years older than it was in 2005, 36 years compared to 41 years. As buildings got older, HOA fees rose, even throughout the recession.Trulia looked at the largest metros to see where HOA fees differ. New York took the top spot, with average HOA fees averaging $571 per month. Nashville, Tennessee enjoys the cheapest average HOA fees, averaging $194 per month, closely followed by Las Vegas at $198 per month.By metro, HOA fees increased the most in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area, between 2005 and 2015, jumping up 75.4 percent. Though New York may have the highest HOA fees, it saw the least change, as average HOA fees only increased 12.8 percent in that time.To read Trulia’s complete report, click here. HOA Fees Outpace Home Priceslast_img read more

first_img Borrowers Data Diversity FFIEC Financial Institutions HMDA Home HOUSING Lenders loans mortgage Purchase Loans Refinance report 2018-05-08 Radhika Ojha May 8, 2018 848 Views A change in Regulation C saw fewer financial institutions reporting Home Mortgage Financial Disclosure Act (HMDA) data in 2017 according to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). The council recently released the data on mortgage lending transactions covered by HMDA for financial institutions. They included data from banks, savings associations, credit unions, and mortgage companies. The FFIEC data covered lending activity submitted by financial institutions on or before April 18, 2018. Data revealed that home loans to low- and middle-income borrowers saw a slight uptick for new properties, rising from 26.2 percent to 26.3 percent in 2017. Refinance loans to this group of borrowers also saw an increase from 16.9 percent in 2016 to 22.9 percent in 2017.In terms of borrower diversity, the report said that the share of home purchase loans for family properties made to black borrowers rose from 6 percent in 2016 to 6.4 percent in 2017. For Hispanic borrowers, this number remained unchanged at 8.8 percent and for Asian borrowers, it rose from 5.5 percent to 5.8 percent.For refinance loans, the share of loans made to black borrowers increased to 6 percent from 5 percent in the earlier year. The share for Hispanic borrowers also increased from 6.2 percent to 6.8 percent. However, the share of refinance loans to Asian borrowers declined from 5.5 percent to 4 percent during the period.The data reported information on 12.1 million home loan applications of which 7.3 million resulted in loan originations and 2.1 million in purchase loans for more than 14.1 million actions. The report revealed that the total number of originated loans of all types and purposes also decreased 12.4 percent or more than 1 million during the period. Refinance originations decreased by more than 33 percent. However, home purchase lending increased by more than 4 percent.The report indicated that the decline in reporting HMDA data by 13 percent to 5,852 financial institutions was due to “Regulation C changes requiring HMDA collection and reporting from depository institutions only if, in each of the two preceding calendar years, they originated at least 25 home purchase loans, including refinancings of home purchase loans, that are not excluded under 12 CFR.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Originationcenter_img HMDA Data: Loans to Low-Income Borrowers Rose in 2017 Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share March 25, 2019 882 Views The Homebuilders’ Blocks in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Ashok Chaluvadi builders NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. 2019-03-25 Donna Joseph A chronic labor shortage in the housing industry is a problem that has been steadily gaining steam over the past few years, according to NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. More than four out of five builders expect to face serious challenges regarding the cost and availability of labor in 2019, the recent monthly survey revealed. The questions in the survey aimed at finding the problems faced by builders in 2018 and expect to face in 2019. Cost and availability of labor were among the top concerns among 82 percent of builders in 2018. This was followed by the price of building material. An identical 82 percent expect labor shortages will be their primary issue in 2019, while material prices fell to the second slot at 69 percent, the report stated. Only 13 percent of builders cited labor issues as an important concern in 2011, with the rate steadily rising over the ensuing years and peaking at 82 percent in each of the past three years. Ashok Chaluvadi, in his blog entitled “Top Challenges for Builders: Materials in 2018, Labor in 2019” noted that In 2011, building material prices was reported as a significant problem by 33 percent of builders. This share increased to 46 percent in 2012 and went up to 77 percent in 2017 before reaching a peak at 87 percent the previous year. “Compared to the supply-side problems of materials, labor and lots, problems attracting buyers were not as widespread last year, but builders expect many of them to become more of a problem in 2019. Negative media reports making buyers caution was a significant problem for 48 percent of builders in 2018, but 62 percent expect it to be a problem in 2019,” Chaluvadi said. He also noted that concern about employment/economic situation was a problem for only 28 percent of builders in 2018, but 46 percent expect it to be a problem this year. According to data that looked into the share of single-family builders reporting problems attracting buyers revealed that 31 percent of buyers in 2019 expect prices or interest rates to decline if they wait compared to 23 percent in 2018. Twenty-four percent of buyers in 2019 are unable to sell existing homes. Read the full report here.last_img read more

first_img March 29, 2019 710 Views in Headlines, News, Servicing Fannie Mae Recognizes Colonial Savings as STAR Performer Sharecenter_img Fort Worth, Texas-based Colonial Savings (Colonial), a national, multi-service financial institution, has again been named a Fannie Mae STAR Performer in General Servicing for 2018.Fannie Mae’s Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards, or STAR Program, recognizes financial institutions who have demonstrated best practices in a number of servicing categories including a review of relevant people, strategies, processes, and applicable metrics.According to Colonial, this award comes on the heels of the launch of its Mortgage Services’ new state-of-the-art website that is designed to make it easier for its customers to make a mortgage payment, access FAQs, schedule automatic payments, and more.”We are very proud to again be named a Fannie Mae STAR Performer,” said Tim Neer, SVP, Director of Loan Servicing. “Colonial continues to be a top-tier mortgage servicer year after year. Being awarded this distinction helps to solidify the fact that we continue to make positive changes for our customers.”Founded in 1952 as Fort Worth Mortgage Corporation Colonial is one of the largest servicers of residential mortgage loans in the United States, with a servicing portfolio of $26 billion. Colonial operates three mortgage origination divisions, Colonial National Mortgage, CU Members Mortgage, and Community Bankers Mortgage.”Colonial has been a customer-first company since it was founded as Fort Worth Mortgage Corporation in 1952,” said J. David Motley, President. “Colonial has continued to improve the customer experience, embracing the latest technology and other methods to ensure our customers receive the level of service they have come to expect over the last 67 plus years.” Colonial Savings Fannie Mae mortgage Servicer Servicing STAR Award 2019-03-29 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

first_img“We’ve witnessed an outstanding start to our new relationship with Chiquita. We have worked in close cooperation with all parties to be able to achieve higher levels of performance,” said Peter Richards, group CEO of the Gulftainer Group of Companies.”However, we could not have achieved such significant gains in productivity through this transition period without the help of our partners, the ILA workforce and our port employees all working in unison. Their efforts during these early operations have been carried out with the utmost professionalism and we are proud to have built these strong partnerships so early in our tenure at the Port of Wilmington.”It is expected that operations will continue to be streamlined and enhanced as GT USA recently announced that it will soon take delivery of new cargo handling equipment as part of the modernization and improvement program at the port.The new electric and eco-friendly equipment will enhance operational capabilities at the terminal, GT said.This equipment, along with civil works improvements forms part of the US$100 million investment in the current Port of Wilmington footprint being phased in throughout 2019, significantly strengthening operational efficiency. Port operator GT USA Wilmington has welcomed the start of a new partnership with Chiquita Fresh North America, which will see the continued presence of the banana company at the Port of Wilmington through the next decade.GT USA Wilmington is the U.S. arm of Gulftainer, the world’s largest, privately owned, independent ports and logistics company.It said that the relationship has already begun bearing fruit for the company, the port and the wider state of Delaware. The new levels of performance are expected to benefit all parties with increased efficiency, flexibility to meet customer demand, and improved time to market, it explained in a press release. April 09 , 2019 You might also be interested in U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out …last_img read more

first_img Apples in Charts: Honeycrisp, the queen of the U.S … Applewood gears up for the 2019 harvest season as … “Mexico is our #1 export market with 13 million boxes shipped annually. Since Mexico has demand for Washington apples year-round, the repeal of the duty will have a positive impact on the final months of this year’s export season,” she said.”Volume is still steadily moving into the market and will continue to do so. It will be great to end the year on a positive trade note with our largest market, and beginning the new crop year with open trade is an opportunity for a successful season.”In addition, she said it is “reassuring” to see that a provision in the joint statement released by the U.S. and Mexico states that if further trade conflict arises regarding steel and aluminum, retaliation would be limited to those products only – providing some protection for apple growers on this particular trade issue.As well as having to face a 20% tariff going into the Mexican market and a 50% tariff going into China over the last year, India has also been threatening an additional duty of 25% for the last year, which has affected trade with that country which in the 2017-18 season became Washington State’s third-largest export market.Total shipments to foreign markets have been reduced compared to previous years, partly due to smaller crop volume and partly due to barriers to trade, the WAC said.Exports to Mexico are currently down 29.3% year-on-year and exports have decreased by 32.7% overall. The Washington Apple Commission (WAC) says that Mexico’s lifting of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. apples will improve the state’s exports during the last few months of the current deal and also sets up a successful 2019-20 campaign.Mexico announced the move on Monday after the U.S. said last Friday it was eliminating tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum imports it imposed last year.As well as leading to Mexico removing its 20% tariff on U.S. apples, last week’s decision by the U.S. Government also quells concerns that Canada – the state’s number-two market – could also implement tariffs on U.S. apples, as it had threatened to do so earlier this year.”Mexico’s removal of the 20% tariff on U.S. apples is welcome news to the Washington apple industry indeed,” Toni Lynn Adams, communications outreach coordinator at the WAC, said in a statement to explained that Washington accounts for 90-95% of all U.S. apple exports and one-third of its fresh crop is shipped to international markets. You might also be interested incenter_img NZ: T&G Global’s profits drop despite revenue … May 22 , 2019 AUS: Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C …last_img read more

first_imgagentsHelloworld Business TravelSerko Helloworld Business Travel is celebrating the signing of the 21st HWBT agent to its Serko technology partnership deal. Over 30% of the network has now adopted Serko’s corporate Online Booking Tool (OBT) solution and the partnership is set to strengthen with the release of Serko’s premium platform, Zeno, in the coming months. From the initial agents using Serko, the HWBT network has increased its online technology adoption by an impressive 60% in just seven months. That figure includes a number of agents who have taken up the branded mobile app – a cost-effective way to stay connected with the traveller 24/7. A group of the agents have also taken up the SME Tool, a new low investment, cost effective way to grow their customer base of clients who traditionally book online direct with suppliers.“It is great to see such results with this partnership in a relatively short time” said Serko CEO, Darrin Grafton.“… the agent up-take shows us that the current offering is able to meet the needs of the HWBT members, and we will continue to work to make sure our solutions develop and continue to satisfy the needs of the customers in this market. In consultation and collaboration with HWBT we will continue to support the network members.”David Padman, Head of Corporate, Associate and Affiliate Networks at Helloworld Travel agrees with Grafton, emphasising the importance of Online Booking Tools (OBT) to SME businesses.“SME-sized customers requesting an OBT is no longer a trend – it’s a necessity. We’ve seen demand rise significantly in the last 12 months, so it’s great to have a market leading partner in Serko to meet these needs as we continue to invest in technology solutions for our corporate members.”IMAGE: L-R: Steve Hona, Helloworld Business Travel & Warren Lio, Serkolast_img read more

first_imgExplore TVVikingViking Orion The award-winning Viking Orion will feature on two episodes of Channel Nine’s Explore TV this month, starting Saturday 9 February at 4:30pm (AEDT). Presented by Trevor Cochrane, the first episode will introduce viewers to Viking’s unique ocean cruising style, as well as its popular 15-day Far East Discovery cruise itinerary.“We are thrilled to be able to showcase one of our most popular itineraries on Explore TV. Trevor Cochrane has an amazing ability to bring Viking Orion and the many destinations we visit as part of this itinerary to life. For anyone wanting to learn more about the Viking difference, these episodes are a perfect introduction,” said Jane Moggridge, General Manager of Marketing and Communications at Viking.The first episode begins in Beijing with an included excursion to the Great Wall of China, before moving onto Quingdao, Xiamen and Japan’s Okinawa Islands. Cochrane will talk to Viking Orion’s Resident Astronomer and treat viewers to a look inside the ship’s incredible onboard planetarium.The second episode, airing on Saturday 16 February at 4:30pm (AEDT), will further explore what the state-of-the-art Viking Orion has to offer — from the gourmet food and wine selection to the Nordic-inspired spa. This episode will also take in the highlights of Japan’s picturesque Ishigaki Island, vibrant Hong Kong and the spectacular Chinese city of Shanghai.last_img read more

first_imgArgentinaAustralis Patagonia CruisesChilecruisePatagoniaspecials Australis Patagonia Cruises is offering USD$400 savings per passenger on bookings made before 31 July 2019, for travel from September through December 2019.Two ships – Stella Australis and Ventus Australis – sail to the southernmost fjords of Patagonia, and Australis is the only cruise line operating in the area. The four-night cruises connect the two southern-most towns in the world (Ushuaia in Argentina and Punta Arenas in Chile or vice versa).Guests are taken ashore daily on zodiacs and in the company of expert naturalist guides. Australis itineraries also showcase the regional flora and fauna including elephant seals, cormorants, Magellan penguins and dolphins. T&Cs applylast_img

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   The Cardinals are allowing a league-best mark of 13.3 points per game, which has allowed them to win despite a less-than-potent offense. However, Arizona did score 27 points in the win over Philadelphia, and if they can put up totals like that each week they’ll be incredibly tough to beat.“You just have to change your viewpoint of what you think Arizona is before you watch the games,” Carter continued. “Because their defense is dominant.” Top Stories center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation A lot of praise comes with a 3-0 start, especially when that record includes wins over Tom Brady’s New England Patriots and Michael Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles.The Arizona Cardinals have become media darlings, so to speak, with former NFL receiver and current ESPN analyst Chris Carter being the latest to say nice things about them.“[Sunday] Fitzgerald had the big game but we know that [Kevin] Kolb was consistent, didn’t have those costly turnovers, managed the football game,” Carter told ESPN’s Mike & Mike Monday. “Yeah, if you believe in defense you’ve got to believe in Arizona.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_img“He works his tail off and he’s really ahead of schedule in his rehab,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim told ProFootballTalk. The exact schedule that Mathieu figured to be on was always a bit unclear, as every player is different with regards to how quickly they can return to the field after an injury like the one he suffered. However, in an video series titled, “Tenacious,” fans are given an inside look at what the 21-year-old is going through. In the latest episode, which was released on March 19 and is the third in the series, Cardinals assistant trainer Chad Cook said Mathieu was moving into the next phase of his rehab.“Now we’re transitioning into that phase of just working on his range of motion, getting that full range of motion back, getting his strength back,” he said. In the video, Mathieu said there are some days where he feels better than others, which is to be expected when going through something like this. But his progression, and that’s the most important thing.“To see the progression over the last couple weeks, it’s been amazing,” Cook said, pointing to some of what Mathieu is now able to do that he couldn’t before, like wall squats. “He’s making tremendous strides.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Late in a Week 14 game home game against the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL in his left knee returning a kick. It was a crushing blow to the team’s secondary, forcing the star rookie to miss the final three games in what was otherwise a storybook season.Since then Mathieu has had surgery and begun the rehabilitation process, and while his story may have added a chapter he was hoping to avoid, it appears he’s ready to keep writing. Of course, Mathieu still has a long way to go before he’ll be back on the field, and what kind of player he’ll be upon his return remains a question. But if he is ahead of schedule as Keim says, we may find out soon enough.Your browser does not support iframes. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Warren Moon, Hall of Fame quarterback The Seattle Seahawks, coming off a Super Bowl victory, are dealing with an unhappy Marshawn Lynch.The San Francisco 49ers, who lost a nailbiter to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, will be without the services of Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis, who is also holding out for more money. The 49ers also dealt with some offseason drama courtesy of QB Colin Kaepernick, who recently signed a contract extension.The point is, the teams the Arizona Cardinals are chasing in the NFC West have had their share of issues over the last couple months, and appear primed to have more problems in the coming weeks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But none of that compares to what the Arizona Cardinals are having to deal with, according to Hall of Fame QB and Seahawks analyst Warren Moon. “I think the biggest losses will probably be the Arizona Cardinals,” Moon told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “Because you lose those two inside linebackers, they’re two very dynamic players.“You might want to lose one of them but definitely don’t want to lose both of them, and losing both of them, that’s a big hole they’re going to have to fill.”Moon is referring to Karlos Dansby, who left Arizona for Cleveland as a free agent, and Daryl Washington, who was suspended for the season due to violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.Last season, the two combined to form one of the best inside linebacker duos in the league, combining for 197 total tackles, 9.5 sacks and six interceptions. In their place, the team seems ready to turn to second-year pro Kevin Minter and veteran Larry Foote. Minter, a second-round pick out of LSU, played just one defensive snap last season, and Foote appeared in just one game due to injury. At best, what the Cardinals have is an unknown, though many believe they’re going to suffer a significant drop-off at an important position. Top Stories And that, Moon believes, is more damaging than any of the drama the Cardinals’ competition has to deal with.“Nobody else lost any players,” he said. “If anything, some of these teams gained players. Sam Bradford is coming back from an injury, Michael Sam is added to their football team. Marshawn Lynch is still going to be a part of the Seahawks football team. “But you guys actually lost two very good players that you won’t have their services this year, so that’s a bigger loss.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals’ odds have improved, the story notes, as they were 30-1 on February 1, but even now are still behind 10 other teams according to the oddsmakers. There is still plenty to sort out with regards to NFL rosters before we truly know what each team will look like in 2015.More free agency, the draft, workouts and camps all must be completed before Week 1.But that does not mean people are not placing odds on who will fare the best, as the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Arizona Cardinals are 25-1 to win Super Bowl 50.That, according to Dave Tuly in an ESPN Insider piece, makes them among the best bets, you know, if that’s your kind of thing. Comments   Share   While I’m sticking with the Steelers as my official pick, I like to have a rooting interest in each conference. Like Rynning’s pick above, the Cardinals were unceremoniously eliminated in the playoffs, losing 27-16 to Carolina. But while most people viewed Arizona as a laughingstock for only compiling an NFL playoff record-low 78 yards and losing by double digits, I see it as a positive that they weren’t blown out by 30 or 40 points. We all know the Cardinals were down to their third-string quarterback and had injuries up and down the lineup. Yet, they still led 14-13 at halftime and were within a touchdown until Ted Ginn Jr. fumbled a punt to set up the Panthers with an insurance touchdown.Now Carson Palmer is back at QB with all of his same weapons. They lost two offensive linemen in free agency but replaced them with center A.Q. Shipley from Indy and left guard Mike Iupati. The defense has some new faces but should be among the league’s best units again. We’ll have to wait to see the schedule, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cardinals get off to another strong start, down to single digits and among the favorites again in the future book. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more