KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) – Nearly 30 Africa-based rights groups have signed a letter condemning Sudan for sentencing a 20-year-old woman to death by stoning over charges of adultery.The statement, signed and released Friday, is urging Sudanese authorities to cancel the sentence passed May 13 and release Intisar Sharif Abdallah.Rights groups are concerned that Sudan is leaning toward the application of a strict interpretation of Shariah, or Islamic law. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Abdallah is being held in a prison in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum with her 4-month-old baby.The rights groups say she initially pleaded not guilty to the adultery charges, but later admitted to them after beatings from her brother. Then she was subjected to what they called an “unfair trial.”Rights lawyers have filed an appeal for her.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The vital role family plays in society Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “Weapons deliveries to Mali are not up for debate. It’s about a training mission. It’s not about combat troops,” he said. “It might be about providing logistical, technical and financial help, but that depends on how the situation develops there.”O’Brien said Britain was “in a position where one of the things we could contemplate offering is training of various kinds. At this stage, I’m not going in with a closed mind to rule anything out. We will do our best to play our part. I haven’t ruled anything out.”After talks with Westerwelle in Berlin, ex-Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, the U.N.’s special envoy for the Sahel, suggested the priority should be a political solution in Mali _ where the country’s democratically elected leader was ousted in the March coup.In August, Mali’s interim leaders announced a 31-minister government, including five seen as close to coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo, who nominally handed over power but still has not completely relinquished control. European diplomats said elections are not likely to be held there before next April.“It is our and my duty to examine all possible solutions and not to fixate on a military solution,” Prodi said. “We are facing a particular situation that has a political and ethnic origin, and that’s why we should even avoid a military operation. And we can discuss military aspects in a later phase, but there’s a real need to find a political solution.” Comments Share ___Associated Press writer Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Proposals for an offensive by Mali’s forces, supported by troops from neighboring nations and other African Union states _ but not Western countries _ are to be discussed at a meeting of African officials in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday.However, diplomats expect that the preparations and moves to secure a United Nations Security Council resolution to authorize the action could take months.Ex-British aid minister Stephen O’Brien, U.K. special representative to the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa, which includes Mali, said nations will take until December to work out what help to provide to the troubled West African country.The assistance will likely include training for the nation’s armed forces, help with military logistics and work on a plan to hold elections in 2013.“That will all, around the turn of the year, start developing a very clear twin track approach _ on both the political and the possible military side,” O’Brien said.France, which plans to move surveillance drones to West Africa and is holding secret talks with U.S. officials on Mali, has pressed for quicker action, as have some African nations. Last month, French President Francois Hollande called for an African-led military intervention in Mali “as quickly as possible.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressLONDON (AP) – A planned African-led military offensive to reclaim northern Mali from al-Qaida-linked rebels is unlikely to begin before next year _ despite growing concern about the terrorist threat militants there pose to the continent and the rest of the world, a Western official said Tuesday.An international plan is being finalized to help Mali’s weak interim government root out the Islamist groups, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, that have become the de facto rulers of the country’s north following chaos prompted by a military coup in March. O’Brien insisted that plans won’t likely be finalized by the year’s end, but acknowledged there are growing concerns over the security risks posed by extremists sheltering in northern Mali.“Al-Qaida in the Maghreb, which has activities in the area, is growing in both capability and ambition, and if we don’t act there is a very real threat of further attacks in Africa, and eventually Europe, the Middle East and beyond,” he said.In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he was also growing increasingly wary. “If the north of Mali falls apart, if terrorist schools appear and a safe haven is created for terrorists worldwide, then it won’t just endanger Mali and the North African states, but it endangers us in Europe, too,” he said.Asked by The Associated Press if Germany would consider sending unmanned observation drones, like France, he said: “It’s too soon to talk about further details.”Westerwelle said European foreign ministers will discuss options for supporting Mali at a meeting on Nov. 19, but insisted that nations in Europe would not contribute troops or weapons _ seeking instead to offer training and logistical assistance. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches The vital role family plays in society Top Stories
Cartels for years have erected their own communications networks in the border area, complete with their own antennas. Since the start of the year, Mexican authorities have seized 55 radio communication antennas between the border cities of Matamoros and Miguel Aleman.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — A drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas used at least 39 surveillance cameras to monitor the comings and goings of authorities in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas, Mexican officials said Friday.The cameras were powered by electric lines above the city streets and accessed the Internet through phone cables along the same poles, according to a statement from state authorities. The cameras included modems and were capable of operating wirelessly or through commercial providers’ lines. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in society The revelation came one day after President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the city, but authorities said the cameras were seized Monday and Tuesday.Several of the cameras were trained on an army base, while others captured movement outside a marine post, offices of the attorney general and state police as well as shopping centers, major thoroughfares and some neighborhoods.An official with the state’s security coordination group, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to release details on the case, said the cartel’s cameras were revealed when the government’s own surveillance cameras detected suspicious people making installations on poles.Once discovered, authorities simply thought about the places the cartel would most like to monitor and looked for more cameras there, he said.Once cartel members realized authorities had discovered their network, they took down 18 cameras before authorities could seize them.Authorities did not identify the cartel. But Reynosa, which is across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas, has been the scene of intense violence in recent months between suspected factions of the Gulf cartel.Cartels have long used “halcones,” or hawks, stationed strategically around their turf to monitor the movements of authorities and rivals. The camera surveillance network would simply be a technological progression on the same idea and one that is increasingly employed by governments around the world to fight crime. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like
The three-judge panel said the Constitution does not automatically extend birthright citizenship to the nation’s self-governing political territories.One American Samoa-born plaintiff in the lawsuit said he wanted to become a law enforcement officer in California. Because he isn’t a citizen, he cannot.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says people from the South Pacific islands of American Samoa do not have a right to U.S. citizenship simply because they were born on the U.S. territory.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday rejected a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal laws that make those born in American Samoa U.S. nationals, but not citizens like those born in Puerto Rico and other territories. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in society Check your body, save your life Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and German President Joachim Gauck , right, walk to the ‘Roemer’ the town hall in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are on an official visit to Germany until Friday, June 26. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Thousands of cheering Germans welcomed Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday in Frankfurt, which she visited on a day trip that included a stop at the city’s St. Paul’s Church — considered the birthplace of German parliamentary democracy.Church bells rang and a Frankfurt children’s choir sang for the 89-year-old monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, as they visited the church and met more than 100 local citizens. How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The royal couple then walked on a red carpet over to city hall where they had lunch with dignitaries, featuring local specialties from Hesse state and wines from the region. The queen waved to a crowd in the square outside from the building’s balcony — often used in the past by German soccer teams to celebrate winning titles.After the short four-hour trip, the queen and Prince Philip were returning to Berlin, where the British ambassador will host a garden party in honor of the queen later Thursday. They traveled to and from Frankfurt with German President Joachim Gauck aboard a German government plane.At a banquet Wednesday night, Elizabeth was joined by Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of his trip to a Brussels summit of European Union leaders. Cameron is set to outline his hopes there Thursday for changes in Britain’s relationship with the EU ahead of a referendum on whether to stay in the bloc.The queen told banquet guests that “division in Europe is dangerous.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patients with chronic pain give advice
___Associated Press writers Aye Aye Win in Yangon, Myanmar and Grant Peck in Bangkok contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Suu Kyi’s party was on the cusp of taking power in 1990, when it won a landslide victory, two years after a pro-democracy uprising was crushed by the military, and Suu Kyi — daughter of the country’s independence hero Gen. Aung San — became the country’s most popular political figure.They had won although she and senior colleagues were in detention, only to have the polls declared invalid by the army. Two decades of sharp repression followed.A total of 498 seats for the lower and upper houses, 644 region and state parliament seats and 29 seats representing ethnic groups are up for grabs in November.U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday that a credible vote will be an important step in Myanmar’s democratic transition.He said the U.S. was providing technical support to the election commission, political parties and civil society to ensure elections are “inclusive and transparent.” But the influential leader of the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, said the United States should not provide trade benefits to Myanmar until after November parliamentary elections indicate the state of political reform .McConnell strongly criticized Myanmar’s government for blocking constitutional changes last month. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The Myanmar opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi announced Saturday it will contest the general election on Nov. 8 despite misgivings about transparency, in an effort to challenge the ruling military-backed party.“We will contest the election to continue implementing the democratic transition that has yet to be achieved,” Suu Kyi told reporters in the capital, Naypyitaw. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Suu Kyi is still unable to run for president after lawmakers recently turned down efforts to amend the constitution. Her party boycotted the 2010 polls because it considered election rules to be unfair. It took part in by-elections in 2012 after changes were made, winning almost all seats it contested — which nonetheless represented a small bloc in Parliament.Myanmar was under army rule from 1962 until 2011, when the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party took power. President Thein Sein, a senior leader in the former military government, introduced surprising reforms, especially in the economy, but their pace has slowed, and the military still is the ultimate power-holder.Asked if the elections will be free and fair, Suu Kyi replied: “Not completely.”She said the main concern is the voter list, which she said contains “many, many errors. … It means that the voter concerned will not be allowed to cast his or her vote on the day of the election and this is a grave concern for us.”Her party has repeatedly said the election cannot be free or fair if the constitution is not amended.The constitution was enacted during military rule, and gives the army a dominant say in the administration of the country. One clause mandates that 25 percent of the seats in Parliament must be held by the military, ensuring it has veto power over constitutional amendments. Another clause has the effect of barring Suu Kyi from presidency. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
Source = The Murray Regional Tourism Board (MRTB) The Murray Regional Tourism Board (MRTB) congratulates Gol Gol Hotel for winning top Tourist Pub and the Deni Ute Muster for winning top Festival and Event at the 2012 CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Awards. New South Wales’ best inland regional tourism operators and attractions were announced on Saturday, 28 July at the awards ceremony in Mudgee.MRTB CEO Mark Francis is thrilled that operators from the Murray are being recognised state-wide for their high standard of professionalism and innovation.“The Gol Gol Hotel and Deni Ute Muster are a testament to the high quality tourism experiences on offer right across the Murray region and MRTB is proud to see them recognised as the best of the best.”Of the 42 Murray region finalists selected, four work in partnership with the Murray Regional Tourism Board: Gol Gol Hotel – Tourist Pubs Winner Deni Ute Muster – Festivals and Events Winner WillowBend Caravan Park – Tourist and Caravan Parks Finalist Deniliquin Visitor Information Service – Visitor Information Services Finalist “MRTB is proud to be working with industry leading operators and aims to continue generating investment in tourism products and infrastructure”“Over the next five years, MRTB will lead the way to ensure the growth and development of the tourism industry in the Murray region,” Mr Francis said.The MRTB works in partnership with Destination New South Wales, Tourism Victoria and 14 local government areas with an aim to enable more effective development of tourism within the Murray region.
Source = ETB News: Tom Neale The head of search international search operations, Australia’s Angus Houston, said that the Oceanic Shield would continue to look for signals from the black box by attaching a ‘pinger’ detector to its hull and that an amphibious vessel would not be deployed until China and Australia were absolutely sure of the origin of the signals. “We will not deploy it unless we get another transmission, in which case we will probably get a better idea about what’s out there,” Mr Houston said. Australian Defence Minister David Johnston said that fair weather the last few days had allowed the search effort to be scaled up, with 14 ships and 14 sonar buoys racing to find any more signals, the Guardian reported. “If we can get more transmissions we can get a better fix on the ocean floor, which would enable a much more narrowly focused visual search.” The Australian authorities are running short on time to successfully find the MH370 black box, with the black box only active for 30 days. The Australian ship Oceanic Shield, detected signals like those emitted from a black box last Tuesday – the first one lasted for 2 hours and 20 minutes and the second only 13 minutes.
A recent report by Reuters has claimed that Jetstar Asia is up for sale, however according to Qantas Group the report is speculation.The report states that Lion Air of Indonesia wants a share of the Singapore based Jetstar Asia, which is owned by Qantas.Qantas’ response so far has been vague, without making any clear confirmations or denials of the statement.Qantas have said that the report is just speculation however in February this year they announced that Jetstar expansion will be suspended.Recently Jetstar International has experienced cutbacks across the board, despite taking delivery of a small new fleet of airplanes.Figures from last year have shown a decline in nearly every area of business for Jetstar, however the same situation can be seen in budget air travel competitor, Tigerair.Jetstar Asia flew 2 million passengers in the six months ending December 2013, up 14.5 per cent from the same period in 2012 and load factors eased from 78.8 per cent to 78.1 per cent.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman
Diethelm Travel Group (DTG) has signed a deal with UK technology specialist Open Destinations, which involves the licensing of the company’s software, Travel Studio, which will be employed into DTG offices throughout Asia.DTG engaged in a worldwide search for a flexible technology solution, with chief operating officer Maarten Groeneveld, saying technological expansion was the forefront of the company’s strategic growth.“We looked for a system that not only has the flexibility to fit with our current organization, but also the capacity to grow with us in the future,” Mr Groeneveld said.The partnership also marks Open Destination’s development into South East Asia.Implementation of Travel Studio is underway, with the development of a business model that will be used in the Thailand office, and then replicated among all other offices in the network.The press release stated the completion of the project would result in an additional 400 users of Travel Studio, which currently hosts more than 10,000 users per day.Source = ETB News: Megan Tran
AirAsia X, low fare affiliate of the AirAsia Group, has officially launched its multi-city booking option to ensure easy bookings for those planning to fly across its networks in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.Multi-city flight booking is an option on airasia.com website which allows guests to book a minimum of two flights and a maximum of six flights in one go, and through a single transaction.The booking option which has gone through its pilot phase since 7th August, 2014, has been made available yesterday, 4 December 2014.Guests will also be able to book the Business Class and Premium Flex fares for point-to-point and fly-thru journeys via the booking option.AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani, said that the airline is excited to introduce the latest enhancement in booking trips.“Now our guests will be able to book multiple destinations, take advantage of trip breaks and stopovers all in one booking. It will be easy for them to manage their travel plans as it allows our guests to arrive or depart from different ports with the benefit of our wide route network. This is part of our commitment to provide a seamless booking experience to our guests,” Mr Osman-Rani said.A multi-city itinerary can consist of both point-to-point and Fly-Thru sectors in one booking, for instance, passengers will be able to book a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing followed by a flight from Shanghai to Sydney. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Etihad Airways has acquired a 75 per cent stake in Alitalia Loyalty, the owner and operator of MilleMiglia, Alitalia’s frequent flyer program, the remaining 25 per cent stake will stay with Alitalia.Alitalia Loyalty will become part of Global Loyalty Company (GLC), a loyalty and lifestyle company that allows Etihad Airways and its partners to target the global loyalty market more effectively.The addition of MilleMiglia will lead to enhanced opportunities for members to collect and redeem their miles around the world. Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer James Hogan, said that Etihad Airways’ majority stake in Alitalia Loyalty is a fundamental part of its investment in Alitalia.“The loyalty program sector is a faster growing and higher margin business than the airline industry. This approach allows both Etihad Airways and Alitalia to reap greater rewards together, with opportunities to generate sustained profits from our loyalty programs,” Mr Hogan said.MilleMiglia is Italy’s largest frequent flyer program, with 4.6 million existing members and more than 20,000 new members a month. The acquisition of a 75 per cent stake has been valued at €112.5 million and is being financed through a cash investment by Etihad Airways.
Source = IHG IHG Offers Guests Up to 30% Off Rooms Across All Hotels in Australasia, Middle East and AfricaInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced an exciting new advanced booking promotion across all its 251 hotels in the Australasia, Middle East and Africa region, from beachfront InterContinental resorts to city-centre Holiday Inn Express hotels. From now until 1 September, guests can enjoy up to 30% off on bookings purchased in advance for stays from 1 June to 4 September 2015. IHG® Rewards Clubmembers enjoy a further reward of an additional 5% off – meaning a possible discount of up to 35% – as well as their usual membership perks such as free internet, when booking during this period. IHG Rewards Club, the industry’s first and largest hotel rewards programme, with nearly 86 million members, is free and guests can join at IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® app or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 4,800 hotels worldwide. The programme offers industry-leading benefits, including free internet for members across IHG’s family of trusted hotel brands. Guests are always guaranteed the lowest price when they book directly with IHG, or their first night is free, as part of the group’s Best Price Guarantee.
Club Med to partner Apex Development in new Krabi projectClub Med to partner Apex Development in new Krabi projectThailand’s Apex Development PCL signed an agreement with Club Med to launch a spectacular new project in Krabi, Thailand.At a signing ceremony hosted by Club Med CEO ‘Xavier DESAULLES’ East Asia and South Asia & Pacific at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Apex Chairman Pongphan Sampawakoopit announced the details of his latest development to assembled media, and explained why Club Med represented the fulfillment of a long-held dream.“Back in the 1990s, about 25 years ago, I first came to know about Club Med,” he recalled. “I went to Kuantan, Malaysia, the very first Club Med to exist in Asia. I was surprised and impressed with the friendly hospitality rendered to all the guests, and all the sports facilities – and more than that, the variety of surprises and entertainment. I feel it was a lot of fun, and I thought to myself that one of these days I would try to develop a resort with Club Med.”“Since then, over the last 25 years I’ve seen many Club Med resorts around the world, and I’ve witnessed the high standards that are still there since day one when I came to know Club Med. So today I feel very happy that my passion has come true with Club Med,” he added.The all-inclusive resort represents an investment of USD 90 million, and is scheduled to open in 2021. The property will offer 300 rooms in a range of categories along with a further 50 suites for the Exclusive Collection. Located on Krabi’s Long Beach, just 30 minutes from the closest international airport, the resort will offer direct beachfront access to guests while providing the exciting variety of sporting activities which have proved so successful in upholding the Club Med concept down the years.Club Med Krabi will become the second Club Med in Thailand, 40 years after the opening of the first in Phuket. The choice of Krabi underlines Club Med’s penchant for expansion into undiscovered yet idyllic destinations, while the company’s focus on green initiatives ensures that the project will be undertaken within the constraints set by Club Med’s Green Globe certification, minimizing any adverse impact upon the beautiful natural site the resort will occupy.While Krabi is anticipated to play an increasingly significant role in Thailand’s tourism sector in the coming years, it is also expected that the collaboration between Apex Development and Club Med will lead to a mutually rewarding partnership combining the reputation of Club Med as a global leader in all-inclusive resorts with the long experience of Apex in developing resorts and residences.Source = Club Med
Last chance for Scenic Earlybird Offers to AustraliaLast chance for Scenic Earlybird Offers to AustraliaTo secure the best offers on a 2018 Scenic Australia tour for their clients, agents are reminded they have until 28 February 2018 to book and receive:Included return flights for 23 Day Treasures of the West Coast (includes taxes up to $190 per person) – a saving of up to $1,350* per couplePartner fly free for bookings on the 12 Day Top End and Kimberley Spectacular, 17 Day South Western Tapestry or 21 Day Territory Explorer and The Kimberley (includes taxes of up to $250 per person) – a saving of up to $900* per coupleEarlybird savings of up to $600* per couple for bookings on the 9 Day Territory Explorer, 13 Day Ultimate Tasmania, 11 Day Taste of South Australia or 8 Day Historic Norfolk Island.For more information call Scenic on 138 128 or visit scenic.com.auSource = Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Ground broken and on track for October openingNew Auberge Beach Villas to open in OctoberAdding a new level of sophisticated luxury and further cementing Nanuku Auberge Resort’s position and its overall product delivery in place at the very top of the Fiji resort listings, 13 new luxury one and two-bedroom ‘Auberge Beach Villas’ are bang on schedule for their official opening in October this year.One of the biggest resort developments to take place in Fiji in recent times, work is well underway on the beachfront site project following a traditional ground-breaking ceremony conducted by local chiefs, village elders and other local dignitaries.When complete and ready for guests, each of the Auberge Beach Villas will come complete with state of the art kitchens, private swimming pools and private open terraces offering the very best in both indoor and outdoor living fronted by a pristine, three kilometre-long white-sand beach and the resort’s own pristine house reef.An added benefit for guests staying in an Auberge Beach Villa is the opportunity to combine an intimate and very private villa style holiday in their own environment or, as desired, take full advantage of the fact they also have access to a full resort offering an award-winning restaurant and bar, a spa and wellness centre and a myriad choice of both on and off resort activities.A very proud Nanuku Auberge Resort GM, Sascha Hemmann said the ground-breaking event represented a watershed moment for Fiji’s tourism industry.“There can be no doubt we raised the bar considerably when we first opened our doors under a ‘Nanuku Resort & Spa’ branding in early 2014,” Mr Hemmann said.“The changes that have taken place since then, including a major rebranding as part of the internationally-acclaimed and highly respected Auberge Resorts Collection, have truly positioned us in place as one of the most desirable resorts to be found in Fiji and further afield in the South Pacific.“When complete and ready for guests, we are beyond confident that our new Auberge Beach Villas will take that reputation even higher, in the process taking both our standing as a true luxury resort offering a definitive outer island experience to levels previously unseen in this part of the world.”Photo shows artist’s impression of how the new Auberge Beach Villas will look once complete.
PONANT takes delivery of Le LapérousePONANT, the global leader in luxury expeditions and the only French cruise line, is pleased to announce the arrival of its new vessel, Le Lapérouse, the first of the six EXPLORERS-class ships.On 15 June, as per the agreed construction schedule, PONANT successfully took delivery of Le Lapérouse, the brand-new vessel and the first of the six exceptional PONANT EXPLORERS series. Construction of the other five ships is currently under way. Le Lapérouse left the shipyard in Ålesund, Norway, on 16 June. The ship will reach Reykjavik in Iceland on 19 June for the start of her maiden cruise. The inauguration will take place on 10 July in Reykjavik.“Le Lapérouse is a wonderful achievement for the company and the result of intensive teamwork with Vard and Fincantieri. From remarkable nautical performances to technical excellence and offering an extraordinary level of comfort, everything is in place for the PONANT EXPLORERS series to be a huge success,” says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and Co-Founder of PONANT.Of a smaller capacity with just 92 staterooms and suites all with a balcony or private terrace, the ship boasts an elegant design, a long sleek line, state-of-the-art technology and major innovations. Also designed to respect the environment, Le Lapérouse is the true symbol of a new generation of ships flying the French flag.The six PONANT EXPLORERS will feature a world first: the “Blue Eye”. The innovative multi-sensorial underwater lounge will allow passengers to discover and experience the underwater world via two portholes in the form of a cetaceous eye, looking out on to the sea bed, non-intrusive underwater lighting, and hydrophones integrated into the keel that retransmit the natural symphony of the deep water, as well as Body Listening sofas, offering a unique sensorial listening experience by corporal resonance.ABOUT PONANTEstablished in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of luxury cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard luxurious smaller-scale ships.Source = PONANT
The land of record-breaking skateboarding dogs, Inca citadels, chill surf towns and possibly the world’s best cuisine, Peru, has captured the curiosity of more tourists this year and is projected to continue bringing in more in the coming years.Peru succeeded in welcoming an increase of 7.9% tourists in the period between January and August 2015 compared to last year, announced Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Magali Silva.Silva hopes that tourism will reach a seven percent expansion at the year’s end. By the end of next year, the Minister has the goal set to receive four million tourists for all of 2016. In 2014, Peru counted 3.21 million tourists with an expectation for 3.5 million for the current year.“To date, results are reasonable and enable us to maintain our projections…for the medium and long-terms,” said Silva.
Etihad Airways has announced the expansion of scheduled services between Abu Dhabi and India as its strategic partner Jet Airways unveiled new routes and additional frequencies to further strengthen their partnership.The two airlines, from early 2017, would expand their services between the United Arab Emirates and India by adding 28 weekly flights and three further Indian cities.Presently, Etihad Airways operates 175 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and covers 11 Indian cities. Together with Jet Airways, Etihad offer 252 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi that cover 15 cities across India. With the newly-announced flights, the airlines’ cooperative services would cover 18 Indian cities with 280 flights each week.Etihad Airways would launch a fourth daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Kozhikode in March 2017, which would allow the partnership to better serve the important south Indian market. The airlines would also double its frequency between Abu Dhabi and Ahmedabad from February 2017 with the launch of a new daily service.Jet Airways has also announced a number of changes in its operations between India and Abu Dhabi, which include the launch of daily flights between Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) and Abu Dhabi from February 2017. The airline would also introduce daily services from Kannur to Abu Dhabi. It has also planned daily services from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh to Abu Dhabi that would benefit travellers to and from the state of Punjab. These two routes are slated to begin operation in the second half of 2017.From January 2017, Jet Airways plans to introduce a second daily service between New Delhi and Abu Dhabi, with Etihad Airways already operating three flights a day between the two capital cities. James Hogan, Etihad Aviation Group President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Today’s announcement reflects how we have been working together to enhance our services to give the travelling public more and better choices by using each other’s networks. “Our partnership with Jet Airways has gone from strength to strength. Sharing resources and reaching decisions together are key to our success. Jet Airways is Etihad Airways’ leading equity partner in terms of revenue and passenger contribution, and this expansion is indicative of the years of friendship, strong bilateral relationship and economic, trade and cultural ties enjoyed between India and the UAE.”
Tourism data compiled by the Department of Statistics showed that international tourism arrivals to Chile last year were up 26% compared to 2015 with UK visitors showing an increase of 11%, as announced by Tourism Chile.European arrivals grew by nine percent compared to the previous year with 449,667 visitors from Europe recorded in 2016 of which 51,611 were from the UK, up 11% from 2015. From the other primary European markets, Chile received 77,987 visitors from Spain (up 6.3%), 77,129 from France (up 10.2%), 73,854 from Germany (up 3.9%) and 41,523 from Italy which showed the largest increase at 24%. From the rest of the world, Chile received 50,958 Australian visitors (up 11%) and 22,992 Chinese visitors (up 49%).Luis Felipe Cespedes, Minister of Economy, Promotion and Tourism, said, “The increase was the result of a targeted tourism strategy implemented by the government with a focused international marketing plan which included a new international campaign as well as a considerable increase in connectivity during 2016.”Tourism is projected to see a 14% increase in international arrivals in 2017 from 5.6 million to 6.4 million, including an increase of four percent for the European market with a predicted 465,000 visitors expected to visit Chile this year from Europe.