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Yes human excrement can leak from airplanes and it may have just

first_imgYes, human excrement can leak from airplanes, and it may have just happened (again) in India Monday, January 22, 2018 Tags: WTF HARYANA, INDIA — People say it’s good luck when they’re unexpectedly hit by bird poop. But can the same be said for frozen balls of airline poo that fall from the sky?Indian officials are saying that an icy ball that fell on the village of Fazilpur Badli in the northern state of Haryana is actually frozen human waste that dropped from a plane overhead. The 25-pound poop ball landed with a thud on Saturday morning, startling residents and leading some to believe it was an extra-terrestrial object.A sample was sent for chemical analysis, though officials already strongly suspect that it is frozen airline excrement.The 25-pound poop ball. Credit: Gurgaon PoliceHuman waste on planes is stored in special tanks and is disposed of once the plane has landed. But according to international aviation authorities, leaks can sometimes occur mid-flight. When that happens, sub-zero temperatures outside cause the liquid to immediately freeze.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIn December 2016, an Indian court ruled that airlines in India would be fined if planes release human waste from toilets in the air. The ruling came nearly a year after a woman in central Madhya Pradesh was hit by a football-sized chunk of ice that crashed through the roof of her house. Local media reported that she may have been hit by frozen airline waste. Sharecenter_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Judge orders preventive prison for flight attendant arrested with 160000

first_imgA criminal court in the province of Alajuela on Friday issued three months of preventive prison to a Mexican flight attendant arrested Wednesday at the Juan Santamaría International Airport while carrying $160,000 in cash.The 28-year-old woman, whose last name is Rodríguez, is now under investigation for the crime of money laundering.The woman arrived Wednesday at 11 p.m. from Mexico on an Aeroméxico flight, and was able to make it through airport security checkpoints with the money attached to her body.She then took a taxi to a hotel in the capital. However, shortly after she was stopped during a “routine check” carried out by officers from the Drug Control Police, Judicial Investigation Police and other security agencies.While being questioned by police, officials said she appeared nervous, and agents proceeded to conduct a body search. They found a belt attached to her waist holding 15 bundles of cash.According to Judicial Police officers, the woman was hired to bring the money into the country and then return to Mexico on Friday.If convicted, the woman could face up to 20 years in prison according to Costa Rica’s laws. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Costa Rican officials to deport US expat accused of fraud

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Rican immigration officers arrested U.S. expat Doug Smith last Friday for failure to renew his tourist visa, Allen Ulloa, a public relations officer with the Immigration Administration, told The Tico Times.According immigration officials, Smith was nabbed while on a shopping trip at Plaza Herradura near Jacó beach, on the central Pacific coast, and is now being held in San José while his deportation paperwork is processed. Smith arrived in Costa Rica in 2005 and set up the WillSpy Private Investigation and Security Services company. Immigration Police sought his detention after a former client filed a legal complaint alleging he had taken money but simply drew out the case without solving it. The client had paid up to $400 a day, the Spanish-langauge daily Diario Extra reported.According to immigration officials, Smith never renewed his 90-day tourist visa, an offense punishable by automatic deportation. Visa irregularities are an administrative offense, and Smith will not have a hearing nor face trial on the fraud accusations. Authorities are currently trying to obtain money from Smith to buy him a plane ticket back to the U.S.According to his website and Facebook page, Smith lived in the southwestern San José suburb of Escazú with his wife and daughter, but, according to the Immigration Administration, Smith had no family in Costa Rica. He also claimed to be an ex-FBI agent with Navy SEAL training.This story was updated at 1:58 p.m. Nov. 18 to include information from the Immigration Administration. Related posts:Costa Rica signs agreement to report holdings of U.S. citizens living here UPDATE: U.S. missionary gored by bull at Zapote festival out of hospital Britain targets Guardian newspaper over Snowden leaks Snowden seeks asylum in Russia, meets activists at airportlast_img read more

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Suspect in double homicide in southern Costa Rica threatened victims on Facebook

first_imgA suspect in a double homicide Thursday night posted threats to the victims on Facebook. (Screenshot from Facebook)A suspect in a Thursday night shooting that resulted in two deaths near Costa Rica’s border with Panama threatened the victims on Facebook.Assailants on Thursday night attacked a home in San Jorge, Paso Canoas, in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone, spraying the residence with bullets. Fredis Concepción Ríos, 41, and Guido Fuentes Ríos, 36, were killed, and two other men were injured and transported to a hospital in Ciudad Neily.According to a Tico Times investigation, the Facebook profile of “Josafat Gutiérrez” contains threats directed at the victims, ordering that they “should pay what you owe them.”The messages also state that “they don’t want to keep killing people.”According to a source in the judicial branch, police suspect the shooting was related to a drug trafficking debt.The Tico Times has photographs and other evidence of the Facebook messages, which are now under investigation by Judicial Investigation Police. Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal Costa Rica approves joint US patrols and docking permits to fight drug war ‘El Chapo’ extradition could take a year: prosecutor Nicaragua seizes cocaine on board small aircraft from Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Envision Festival is officially sold out

first_imgRelated posts:Envision Festival announces 2016 music and arts lineup Envision Festival, Paula Rock, and other happenings around Costa Rica Beerfest to pour into La Sabana Park Artist Justin Griffin-Zúñiga receives first solo show in Costa Rica Since 2010, Envision has beenone of the most anticipated events of the year: The massive festival in the Pacific town of Uvita celebrates sustainable permaculture, music, yoga and spiritual openness, attracting thousands of people.But as of 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, the festival hit its limit: Envision is officially sold out.“There are no longer any general admission tickets available for Envision,” read a message on the festival’s website. “If you have not purchased your ticket at this time, please do not come to the venue as you will be turned around to find somewhere else to go.”Popularity has long been a conundrum for festival organizers, as throngs of Costa Ricans, expats, and international travelers cram into a small patch of rain forest and beach. While a large percentage of attendees prefer to camp on the premises, area hotels struggle to accommodate the influx.All this despite the price: Admission cost as much as $300; the least-expensive option (a ticket good only for Sunday) cost $80 and could only have been purchased if there was room available. But now that the festival has reached capacity, no such tickets will be sold.In related news, 40,000 individual tickets for Burning Man were made available since Feb. 11 and have not yet sold out. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Dominican bus crash kills 3 French tourists

first_img 0 Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – A bus packed with French tourists collided Thursday with a train in the eastern Dominican Republic, killing at least three people, a civil defense official said.At least 10 passengers on the bus were injured when the bus hit the train and were taken to nearby hospitals, said Amado Avila, director of the civil defense agency for La Altagracia Province. The two men and a woman who were killed were French citizens but their names were not yet available, he said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories center_img Nearly 30 French tourists were on board the bus along with two Dominicans. It was coming from the airport when it struck a train operated by a local sugar company near the town of San Rafael del Yuma, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Santo Domingo.The tourists were apparently heading for the Punta Cana tourist complex. The cause of the crash was under investigation.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Check your body, save your life Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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House panel OKs bill punishing State over Benghazi response

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean “The proposed 15 percent cut to the State Department’s operating funds if officials don’t feed the sham investigation of Benghazi is simply atrocious,” Lowey said.Jamal Ware, a spokesman for the Republicans on the Benghazi panel, asked: “What is it exactly they are afraid the people will find? All this provision does is withhold some non-security related funds until State Department implements a plan to assure policy decisions are transparent to the public.”Earnest said the move to withhold funding called into question the sincerity of Republicans who have called for additional security at U.S. outposts in the wake of the Benghazi attacks. He said it was hard to believe that cutting such a substantial chunk of State Department funding wouldn’t undermine security at embassies.State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said a 15 percent cut “would be counterproductive and would only further constrain the resources that we need (to meet) these growing increases in requests over recent years,” citing the FOIA and congressional requests.The bill provides money for embassy security and assistance to countries, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ukraine. It also funds democracy programs; international broadcasting; and Central America’s efforts to address the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have come to the United States during the past year. It also states that the Palestinian Authority will not receive economic aid if it continues to pursue unilateral efforts at the United Nations and other international organization outside of a negotiated peace agreement with Israel. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ___Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor, Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.The $47.8 billion bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 also restricts funds to set up a diplomatic presence in Cuba — a setback to the Obama administration’s effort to thaw relations with the communist state after a half century. The Republican-led Appropriations Committee approved the bill by voice vote. Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The provisions are just the latest salvo as newly-empowered Republicans try to use their power over the federal purse to challenge President Barack Obama on the environment, health care, regulation of the Internet, and abortion — just for starters. As the same time a battle is ongoing between the White House, its Democratic allies and Republicans controlling Congress that’s about to come to a head next week with a Senate filibuster of a half trillion-plus Pentagon funding bill approved by a Senate panel on Thursday.Democrats are trying to jump-start a budget summit aimed at swapping longer-term budget cuts and new revenues to provide relief for domestic agencies hit by returning budget cuts known as sequestration. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he’d welcome a call to start a budget summit — rather than reams of veto threats and position papers — but he’s yet to hear directly from Obama about one.Responding to Boehner, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House would engage in the spending process in a supporting role, but said it was up to lawmakers to negotiate.“Ultimately, this is something that the Congress must resolve,” he said. The House foreign aid bill withholds nearly $700 million — or 15 percent of the department’s operational funds — until it develops and implements a plan to reduce a backlog of Freedom of Information Act and congressional requests. The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and other Republicans have complained that the State Department has delayed providing emails and other documents involving former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and some of her top staffers.Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president, used a personal server and email address while she was secretary of state. The department says it has provided more than 40,000 pages of documents, some 300 emails and has provided interviews with people with knowledge about the 2012 attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.Under a judge’s order, the department must release batches of Clinton’s email correspondence every 30 days starting June 30, a process that would encompass 55,000 pages of emails sent from the personal email address that Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee that handles State Department spending, tried unsuccessfully to remove the punitive provision from the bill, but her amendment failed.last_img read more

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Report says 2 South Koreans lied about MERS to skip work

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two South Korean women are in trouble with authorities after being caught lying about MERS to get time off work.South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported Friday that police charged a 20-year-old saleswoman at a department store for spreading a rumor online that it was hiding an outbreak of MERS among staff. Her boyfriend was charged for helping her post the rumor on Facebook via another user. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The woman, who lives in Incheon near Seoul, told police that she began the rumor hoping the store would close and she could take time off. The Facebook post was taken down after it prompted a complaint by the department store.More than 120 people in South Korea have contracted MERS and 11 have died since the country reported its first case last month. The outbreak has been contained within hospitals but it has caused widespread fears and rumors. Nearly 3,000 schools and kindergartens remained closed Friday and more than 3,000 people are quarantined at home after possible contact with MERS patients.Another woman living in central Seoul was off work for two days when her employer sent her a text message. A person who identified himself as her husband replied that she was asleep at a hospital after testing positive for MERS.Yonhap said police and health workers found the woman at her home after being called by her employer. She wasn’t exhibiting any symptoms of MERS, such as fever or cough.She told authorities that she did not want to go to work.Among nations in the OECD rich club, South Koreans have the second-longest working hours behind Mexico.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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China says South China Sea island building to finish soon

first_img“It is learned from relevant Chinese competent departments that, as planned, the land reclamation project of China’s construction on some stationed islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands will be completed in the upcoming days,” the statement said, using the Chinese term for the Spratly islands, which lie at the heart of the South China Sea territorial dispute.Apart from satisfying defense goals, it said the main purpose of such projects was civilian in nature and not targeted at any third parties. It said the projects fell within the scope of Chinese sovereignty and were “lawful, reasonable and justified,” while causing no harm to the marine environment.The statement, attributed to ministry spokesman Lu Kang, said the projects “do not affect the freedom of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries in accordance with international law in the South China Sea.”That assertion will likely be scrutinized by the U.S. military following an incident last month during which a U.S. Navy plane flying near one of the reclaimed islands was repeatedly challenged by the Chinese military and told to leave the area.The disputed islands lie amid some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, rich fishing grounds and a potential undersea wealth of oil, gas and minerals. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea, while Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan also they own parts or all of it. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   The U.S. says it takes no side on the sovereignty questions, but insists on the right of free navigation and urges all parties to negotiate a settlement.The reclamation work has sparked fears China will use the artificial islands as military bases and to assert control over navigation in the South China Sea.According to the U.S., Beijing’s building program on reefs and atolls now totals more than 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and includes up to two airstrips capable of handling large military planes.The announcement is a sign of transparency showing that China is proceeding according to its pre-established schedule, said Ruan Zongze, of the Foreign Ministry think tank China Institute of International Studies, speaking on state broadcaster CCTV.“China is showing that it has its own timetable,” Ruan said.That could be an attempt to reassure others that the projects are not open-ended, in hopes of limiting the damage to China’s relations with its neighbors.Beijing attempted to keep the issue out of the headlines during a low-key visit to Washington this month by Defense Minister Fan Changlong, during which Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on China and others to “implement a lasting halt on land reclamation” and cease further militarization. Vietnam, with whom China has clashed bitterly over the Spratlys and other islands, is sending its defense minister to Beijing this week for talks.China also does not want the issue to overshadow President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington in September.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FILE – In this May 11, 2015, file photo, this aerial photo taken through a glass window of a military plane shows China’s alleged on-going reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within “upcoming days,” the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Photo via AP) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 BEIJING (AP) — China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within days, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an apparent bid to reassure its neighbors over moves seen as sharpening tensions in the strategically vital region.However, in a sign that developments were far from over, a statement posted to the ministry’s website said China would follow up by building infrastructure to carry out functions ranging from maritime search and rescue to environmental conservation and scientific research.last_img read more

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44 injured as American Airlines flight skids off runway

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1dbb9/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Bad weather in Kingston, Jamaica caused an American Airlines plane yesterday to skid off the runway while landing, injuring 44 passengers.Flight AA331 was carrying 148 passengers and six crew and flying from Miami International Airport to Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport when it encountered intense rain and poor visibility. When landing the plane overran the runway and skidded to the edge of the Caribbean Sea, its nose less than 10 feet from the water and broken off. Passengers were immediately evacuated with 44 injured passengers taken to local hospitals, 4 of which had serious injuries, officials said.Other reports have stated that more than 90 passengers were taken to the hospital.The Boeing 737-800aircraft was substantially damaged from the incident with its wing, engine and right hand engine torn off and its fuselage cracked and main gear collapsed according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Passengers told reporters that the turbulent flight had seemed to bounce when it had landed the first time and skidded after the second landing causing baggage to drop from the overhead lockers.American Airlines said today that all passengers that had been taken to local hospitals yesterday were treated and released except for two which have been admitted for observation and treatment at area hospitals. last_img read more

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Air New Zealand Skycouch scoops prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Award

first_imgSource = Air New Zealand Air New Zealand’s Skycouch Economy seat has won the Aviation category in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2011 Innovation and Design Awards.The Kiwi designed Economy Skycouch was selected ahead of new First Class A380 cabin designs entered by both Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.Conde Nast Travellers’ Innovation and Design Awards celebrate excellence in travel across ten categories including Aviation, Gourmet, Culture and Retail.  An expert panel developed a short list from all entries, and the winners were chosen by a readers’ vote.  The magazine commented that Air New Zealand is “… smoothing the way with its inventive approach to economy seating.”Air New Zealand Deputy CEO Norm Thompson says, “This latest award reinforces how revolutionary the Skycouch concept is in the commercial aviation sector.  While airlines have made incremental improvements to their premium cabins over the years, no other airline has put this level of research and development effort into improving the Economy flying experience.“Conde Nast Traveller’s readers are very experienced travellers who understand how the flexible Skycouch space makes such a difference to long haul Economy travel, where most travellers would give anything to be able to lie down for a rest.  The ability to be able to rest on a sofa-like platform – without the cost of upgrading to a premium cabin – is a huge relief for those travelling on 12 hour legs to Los Angeles and 24 hour journeys to London.”Air New Zealand offers the Skycouch option on the first 10 outboard rows of the Economy cabin in its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft operating NZ1 and NZ2 between Auckland and London, via Los Angeles.  last_img read more

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Australian hotels embrace connectivity says TAA

first_imgAustralian hotels embrace connectivity says TAAAn industry wide survey of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and serviced apartments by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) has revealed that 96% of Australian hotels surveyed* offer some level of free Wi-Fi to guests.Tourism Accommodation Australia represents the interests of hotels, motels and serviced apartment accommodation operators across Australia, including city, regional and remote areas.Responses from the survey revealed that:99 per cent of hotels currently offer Wi-Fi as a service to guests.The majority of hotels (65 per cent) do not charge for some level of free Wi-Fi access.A further 31 per cent offer it free to customers on a conditional basis (such as loyalty program member, upon booking direct, special inclusion).Less than 5 per cent of hotels require all guests to pay for Wi-Fi.In the past two years, major Australian hotel groups such as Rydges and Meriton have introduced across-the-board free internet access, while other groups have extended free Wi-Fi access to loyalty club members.Installation of high-speed, secure internet access in large hotels can cost over $120,000, especially in hotels with extensive conference facilities, and to satisfy bandwidth requirements at peak times is a premium ongoing cost for most hotels. Hotels in regional and remote areas can face monthly microwave link or satellite connection costs of over $20,000 per month to provide internet services.Tourism Accommodation Australia CEO, Carol Giuseppi, said that there had been a “revolution” in Australian hotels over the past few years with the number of hotels offering some form of free internet access to guests more than doubling.“Today, guests at most hotels in Australia have access to some level of free Wi-Fi coverage, particularly if they are members of a loyalty scheme or have arranged free access via a corporate or conference account,” said Ms Giuseppi.“In the past few years, hotels have had to upgrade their internet provision dramatically as the demand for connectivity has increased with guests often operating multiple devices and demanding ever-increasing bandwidth.“Hotels generally accept that a level of internet access should be provided free so that guests can answer emails or update their social media channels, but when guests want to download or stream items requiring massive bandwidth then it is only fair that they should pay for premium bandwidth usage.“To offset the high cost of internet provision, hotel groups are more likely to provide access for guests who are members of their loyalty club, so we would recommend travellers join the wide range of hotel loyalty clubs that are available.“Providing high-quality, fast, efficient and secure internet service is an important requirement for guests. Australian hotels have answered demands from guests by extending internet access, and our industry is now on par with most hotel sectors around the world.” Tourism Accommodation AustraliaSource = Tourism Accommodation Australialast_img read more

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Insider Journeys and Laos turn on charm for Prime Minister Turnbull

first_imgInsider Journeys and Laos turn on charm for Prime Minister Turnbull Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull receiving a Lao textile piece from Insider Journeys Laos guide KhamphouviengInsider Journeys and Laos turn on charm for Prime Minister TurnbullInternational leaders were in Laos for the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional summit meetings, where attendees included the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Barack Obama.Following the summit, Asia travel specialists Insider Journeys hosted Prime Minister Turnbull to a tour of Wat Sistaket, along with media and photographers, guided by Insider Journeys Laos guide Khamphouvieng.Situated near the Presidential Palace in Vientiane, Wat Sistaket, the oldest Buddhist monastery in Laos, is famous as the home of more than 6,800 tiny Buddha images and wood, stone and bronze seated Buddhas, dating from the 16th-19th century.In addition to the famous Wat visited by the PM, highlights in Laos include two UNESCO listed sites: Luang Prabang town and Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape.Insider Journeys’ Regional General Manager – Cambodia & Laos, Antony Giblin, said the company was thrilled to be able to share a famous site in Laos with the Prime Minister.“As an Australian company in Laos, Insider Journeys was delighted to share with the Prime Minister a highlight of this beautiful country,” says Giblin.“Insider Journeys has a rich history of organising inspiring small group and private holiday experiences in Laos. It was a privilege on this occasion to be able to present our brand and to escort the Prime Minister of Australia on his short visit to Wat Sisaket. We hope that he comes back to Laos for a fully-fledged holiday.“Insider Journeys’ involvement in Laos has resulted in direct and indirect investment in the local economy of tens of millions of dollars over almost 20 years,” explains Giblin.“The company has a history of working responsibly in Asia, and in Laos alone has supported a number of charities and NGO efforts over many years. A sizeable donation was made earlier this year to Friends International, which trains marginalised youth in Vientiane in hospitality and other skills.“Importantly, our investment and impact is not just in the main towns. Many of our tours go to the provinces, where the spend of tourism dollars is most needed and beneficial. This aligns with our responsible travel policy, which includes references to responsible investing.”SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, recently announced it will launch services from Singapore to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, from November 2016, making the destination more accessible to Australians wishing to travel there.ToursInsider Journeys offers three standalone Laos small group journey itineraries, as well as a number of Indochina cross-border trips that include Vietnam and Cambodia. The new flights into Laos by SilkAir are ideal for the 6 day Highlights of Laos, 19 day Indochina Explorer and 15 day Vietnam & Laos Explorer small group journey itineraries. Insider Journeys Source = Insider Journeyslast_img read more

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NTIA 2018 Nominations open

first_imgNTIA 2018: Nominations openNTIA 2018: Nominations openThe AFTA NTIA celebrates and rewards excellence in the Australian travel industry through a process which includes nominating, voting and judging candidates by an independent panel, culminating in the announcement of the winners at a Gala Awards Dinner.Last year 1,076 nominations were received.There are three (3) nomination forms used in the NTIA process – one form for the travel agent to nominate a supplier and another for a supplier to nominate a travel agent in the various categories. The third form is for the Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship, which is a self-nomination application.To view the 2018 NTIA Nomination forms CLICK HERENominations will only be accepted via the online forms and each nomination will be verified to ensure both its eligibility and validity. Industry is encouraged to view the Conditions of Entry prior to nominating, available HEREThe nomination period will run from 9:00am (AEDT) Monday 22 January through to 5:00pm (AEDT) Friday 16 February 2018.The list of all 2018 Nominees will be announced in March 2018.2018 NTIA Key Dates;• Nomination period – Monday 22 January – Friday 16 February• Nominees Announced – Monday 12 March• Voting Period – Tuesday 13 March – Thursday 29 March• Category Nomination Submissions Due – 2 March (select categories only)• Finalists Announced – Thursday 3 May• Ticket Sales – Friday 4 May• Judging Commences – Monday 28 May (Judged categories only)• Gala Dinner  – Saturday 21 July 2018For more information on the NTIA, award sponsors, categories, category criteria or to complete a nomination form visit the AFTA website > www.afta.com.au/events/ntiaSource = Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)last_img read more

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Zambia Tourism Board conducts FAM trip for Indian travel agents

first_imgZambia Tourism Board recently conducted a FAM trip in association with Ethiopian Airlines for prominent tour operators in India.The agents took an 11-day tour to Zambia to explore the culture, wildlife and lodges in the country. This was coupled with some excellent service and connectivity by the airline.The agents also participated at the Zambia Travel Expo (ZATEX), 2016, held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) in Lusaka. Agents at the show not only exploited networking opportunities but also met some of the key global tourism players.The trip consisted of agents from Global Connections, Travel n Living, Earthwalk and Footprint Holidays along with Dency Mathew – Marketing and PR Manager, Blue Square Consultants. The group visited Lusaka, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Livingstone. The group also enjoyed canoeing in the Zambezi river amongst hippos and crocodiles; day and night game drives in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Park; microlight flight over Victoria Falls and a cruise on the African Queen in Livingstone.The trip was supported by Taj Pamodzi, Intercontinental, Sanctuary Retreats, Chinzombo Camp, Chongwe Safari, Sausage Tree Camp, Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Protea Hotel and the airline Proflight Zambia.Felix Chaila, Managing Director, Zambia Tourism Board, said, “India is an emerging source market for us and we want to see a positive growth from this market. Zambia is the new face of Africa and is a safe and secure destination. We feel Indians are looking at exploring new and exciting destinations and Zambia is a product they will love. Moving forward, we plan to conduct more familiarisation trips, focused network events for trade, branding activities and one-on-one sales meetings in India with the help of our India representative Blue Square Consultants.”last_img read more

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A day in Mumbai

first_imgSpending a day at one of the most popular city in India i:e Mumbai is a thrilling experience. Meet with one of India’s most visionary businessmen, play cricket in a local park and travel to school with children from a Mumbai slum.Source: BBClast_img

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Arzan Khambatta

first_imgWe at OTM 2017 are largely positioning Macao now for family travellers. We have been participating at OTM since 2015. It’s a fantastic show and we hope to continue this association for longer. To the OTM team, keep on doing the good job, you’re all extremely friendly and hospitable.last_img

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Seychelles Tourism highlights hiking experience

first_imgThe Tourism Department of Seychelles has launched a new leaflet providing tips to hikers, especially tourists, keen to explore Seychelles’ walks and trails.The leaflet has been produced by the Risk Management Section within the Tourism Department, in collaboration with other partners including the Seychelles National Parks Authority and Seychelles police.The Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune and the Risk Management Director, Philomena Hollanda, presented a copy of the leaflet to Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine. “This goes well with the Seychelles brand as the country is a champion of a clean environment and when we engage in activities such as trekking this also helps us to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Loustau-Lalanne.The leaflet provides useful tips that nature lovers – both Seychellois and tourists – should observe while hiking on both official and unofficial walks and trails in Seychelles.last_img read more

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Senior Home Equity Went Up 30B in Q4 NRMLA

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Senior home equity went up by $30 billion in the fourth quarter last year, leaving senior homeowners to account for $3.22 trillion in equity, according to a recent report.[IMAGE]The “”National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association””:http://www.nrmlaonline.org/ (NRMLA) collaborated with “”Risk Span””:http://riskspan.com/ to release the Reverse Mortgage Market Index (RMMI).[COLUMN_BREAK]The results? The reverse mortgage market is stabilizing, according to the index, which registered 153.48 in the fourth quarter, up 0.9 percent from the third quarter.The group attributed increases to senior housing values, which went up by 0.6 percent, alongside a dip in mortgage debt by 0.3 percent.Senior mortgage debt also declined for the eleventh consecutive quarter to $1.01 trillion.””Our nation’s demographic and economic trends suggest that the reverse mortgage market will continue to grow,”” Peter Bell, president and CEO of NRMLA, said in a statement. “”This data further validates that reverse mortgages are a fundamental tool to help fund longevity at a time when many Americans might face limited options.””He added that “”[m]any seniors face the possibility of losing their homes based on a shortfall in cash each month,”” calling the reverse mortgage “”a great financial solution.””NRMLA and Risk Span have managed the index since 2000. Agents & Brokers Home Equity Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Debt National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association Processing Reverse Mortgage Risk Span Service Providers 2012-04-20 Ryan Schuette Sharecenter_img Senior Home Equity Went Up $30B in Q4: NRMLA April 20, 2012 436 Views last_img read more

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Builder Confidence Steady Confirms Modest Growth Forecast for 2016

first_img Share January 19, 2016 674 Views Home builder confidence in January 2016 changed very little from December’s level, but this only means that economists were spot on with their predictions for the new year.Last month, builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes decreased to 61 but was later revised to 60. This month, builders’ confidence rests at 60 as well, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).“After eight months hovering in the low 60s, builder sentiment is reflecting that many markets continue to show a gradual improvement, which should bode well for future home sales in the year ahead,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Missouri.The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.In January, only one HMI component experienced an increase, while the other two components decreased month-over-month, the NAHB reported.The component measuring current sales conditions rose two points to 67 in January. The component gauging sales expectations in the next six months fell three points to 63, while the buyer traffic index dropped two points to 44.According to the data, regionally, in terms of three-month moving averages for regional HMI, all four regions decreased slightly. The Northeast, Midwest and West all fell one point to 49, 57, and 75, respectively. The South declined two points to 61.“January’s HMI reading is right in line with our forecast of modest growth for housing,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “The economic outlook remains promising, as consumers regain confidence and home values increase, which will help the housing market move forward.” Builder Confidence Steady; Confirms Modest Growth Forecast for 2016center_img Builder Confidence Home Builders National Association of Home Builders Wells Fargo Housing Market Index 2016-01-19 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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