July 26, 2018 507 Views Mortgage Rates Remain Stable … For Now Freddie Mac homes HOUSING Inventory loans mortgage 2018-07-26 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Mortgage rates moved up slightly over the past week to end July on a strong note, according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market survey. The rates surged over the past week to their highest level since late June, the survey said.While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose two basis points to 4.54 percent over 4.52 percent registered last week, they were well above the 3.92 percent recorded last year.The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also rose slightly to 4.02 percent from 4 percent. A year ago, it averaged 3.2 percent, Freddie Mac said.Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid Adjustable-rate Mortgages (ARM) remained unchanged from the week prior at 3.87 percent. However, a year ago, during the same period, they were at 3.20 percent, the survey indicated.While the rates have remained stable, the next few months will be key for gauging the health of the housing market, according to Sam Khater, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. “Existing sales appear to have peaked, sales of newly built homes are slowing and unsold inventory is rising for the first time in three years,” he said.Strong economic growth and concerns over tariffs have also continued to neutralize movement this week and according to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, buyers can expect “mortgage rates to continue to hold steady until one of these opposing forces wins out over the other.”Khater also pointed to the increasing pressure on affordability as one of the indicators to watch for. “Affordability pressures are increasingly a concern in many markets as the combination of continuous price gains and higher mortgage rates appear to be giving more prospective buyers a pause,” he said. “This is why new and existing-home sales are not breaking out this summer despite the healthy economy and labor market.”Read more about how new and existing home sales performed:New Home Sales Paint a Favorable PictureWhile Home Sales Lag, Demand Grows Share
U.S. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico after talks with Canada broke with no immediate deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).U.S. officials plan to resume talks with their Canadian counterparts next Wednesday with the aim of getting a deal all three nations could sign, Reuters reported.All three countries have stressed the importance of NAFTA, which governs billions of dollars in regional trade and a bilateral deal announced by the U.S. and Mexico on Monday paved the way for Canada to rejoin the talks this week. But by Friday the mood had soured, partly on Trump’s off-the-record remarks made to Bloomberg News that any trade deal with Canada would be “totally on our terms”. He later confirmed the comments, which the Toronto Star first reported.“At least Canada knows where I stand,” he later said on Twitter. The global blueberry industry gathering in British … You might also be interested in Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … ‘New NAFTA’ fails local growers, says Florida Farm … August 31 , 2018 Ottawa has stood firm against signing “just any deal.”The Canadian dollar weakened against the U.S. dollar after the Wall Street Journal first reported that the talks had ended on Friday with no agreement. Reuters reported that one contentious issue between the U.S. and Canada involves Chapter 19, the mechanism that has hindered the U.S. from pursuing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases. Lighthizer said on Monday Mexico had agreed to cut the mechanism. For Ottawa, Chapter 19 is a red line.Trump reportedly argues Canada’s hefty dairy tariffs are hurting U.S. farmers. Canada’s cherry industry suffers 50% drop in seaso …
“Supposedly, after handcuffing the crew member who made the case known, the strangers proceeded to contaminate with 298 packages, brick type, one of the containers that was on the deck of the ship, which was destined for New Zealand,” the Ministry was quoted as saying.With the help of dogs from the anti-narcotics unit, the police inspected each of the seals placed in the containers until it was determined that the safety of one, belonging to a fruit export company, had been altered and they found the alkaloid there.He added that in the operation, called ‘Blue Star’, prosecutor René Ormaza of the Aquatic Crime Unit intervened and that the alkaloid blocks had the logos of two multinationals that produce technological equipment.“The case is being investigated, until we determine the details of how the contamination was carried out, which could have been in the quarantine area, as the area near the Maritime Port of Guayaquil is known,” one of the police officers was quoted as saying. Ecuadorian authorities have seized a 296-kilogram load of cocaine discovered in banana boxes bound for New Zealand, The Maritime Herald reported.The Ecuadorian Ministry of the Interior said counter-narcotics police found the drug in a container on a ship that stopped at Puerto Bolívar, El Oro province, having first departed from Guayaquil.While drugs are often found in shipments of Ecuadorian bananas, it is rare that they are discovered in a consignment destined for New Zealand.The inspection was made after one of the crew members informed the captain of the ship that unknown persons had access to the site where the containers were placed, the article reported. October 05 , 2018 Costa Rica expects lower pineapple, banana exports … EU-Mercosur trade deal increases risk of banana ov … Fresh Del Monte: Lower banana profits contribute t … LatAm countries form united front against TR4 – ‘D … You might also be interested in
Construction has now started on Discovery Eco Village Rottnest Island at Pinky’s Beach, with an anticipated opening date of December 2018. The project is a $20 million joint venture deal between former Rottnest ferry owner and operator, Baileys Group, and Discovery Parks to build an environmentally sensitive eco village on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island. It will be the first accommodation development on the island in 30 years.The resort will be located in the dunes behind Pinky’s Beach, offering guests the chance to experience the island’s rich natural environment in low-impact, high- quality eco tent accommodation.“We are excited to be partnering with Discovery Parks to help realise the vision for Pinky Beach,” said Guy Bailey, Baileys Group Director.Pinky’s BeachThe eco village will be located 650 metres from the main settlement and jetty at Thomson Bay, and will offer tourists the opportunity to virtually sleep beneath the stars.The retreat will have 83 eco-tents with ensuite pods, connected via elevated walkways through the dunes to the Pinky’s Beach Club complex. It will also feature a swimming pool, alfresco bar and licensed dining areas.Illustration: by Mike Edwards.Many visitors to Rottnest Island make day trips however a lack of accommodation has kept overnight visitation at a stagnant rate. Discovery Eco Village has been developed with the local Rottnest holiday maker in mind, but will also cater for visitors to Western Australia who seek a natural experience. Accommodation options range from affordable family tents through to a true five-star glamping experience.The project has been supported by the Rottnest Island Authority Board and the Western Australian government.It is expected that from July, pre-bookings will be open.You can keep up to date with the resort’s progress at the website here.
When he’s not building things Sammartino advises some of the world’s largest companies on technology strategy. And his unique perspective on emerging technology trends – and ways in which small businesses can transition into the digital age – is set to be a highlight of the Travellers Choice Conference in November at the Cairns Convention Centre.In addition to member workshops, a Preferred Supplier Exhibition and the company’s Annual General Meeting, the three-day conference will feature an ‘Electrified’ Gala Dinner and the presentation of Travellers Choice’s annual Gold, Silver and Bronze Choice Awards.Managing Director Christian Hunter says this year’s Conference theme, ‘The Power of Connection’, will reinforce the philosophy now underpinning much of the company’s strategy.“At its core it’s about helping our members forge closer connections with their customers, for instance by the more sophisticated use of quality databases,” says Hunter. “But it’s also about connecting with other members and connecting with our preferred partners in ways that help grow each other’s businesses.“Just as important is the need to connect with emerging technologies and that is where the experience and insights of Steve Sammartino, who founded one of the world’s first sharing economy start-ups and has been involved in a range of disruptive technologies, will prove absolutely invaluable.” This year’s Travellers Choice Annual Shareholders’ Conference, to be held 30 November – 2 December, 2018 at the Cairns Convention Centre, will feature a man who, among many other achievements, built a working car out of 500,000 LEGO pieces! Australia’s leading futurist – and LEGO legend – Steve Sammartino, has been announced as a keynote speaker for the Conference – and that LEGO car video (with a Romanian collaborator) has now been enjoyed by almost 10 million people globally. His next project will see him build a house in regional Australia using only a 3D printer. LEGOSteve SammartinoTravellers Choiceupcoming events
AccorHotels and sbe Entertainment Group have announced the completion of AccorHotels’ acquisition of a 50% stake in sbe, a partnership that the hotel group says will allow it to pursue its strategy to expand its offering in the luxury lifestyle hospitality segment and its footprint in gateway cities across North America.This long-term investment will allow sbe to leverage AccorHotels’ leading global hospitality platform while remaining an independent luxury lifestyle operator. sbe will continue to be led by its Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian as well as its expert management team while retaining its global headquarters in New York.sbe hotels, culinary and entertainment venues will be distributed on the AccorHotels platform, be featured on Accorhotels.com and will be part of the AccorHotels loyalty program. With its global hotel development platform and its presence in 100 countries, AccorHotels will play a key role in developing sbe’s iconic luxury lifestyle hotel, restaurant and entertainment brands globally including SLS, Delano, Mondrian, Hyde and The Originals (Sanderson, St. Martin Lane, 10 Karakoy, Shore Club and Redbury).Renowned for its unique 360-degree approach to lifestyle hospitality sbe develops, manages and operates award-winning global properties and brands that includes luxury residences, serviced apartments, wellness and spa platforms and dining & entertainment experiences.Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of sbe: “This partnership with AccorHotels marks the beginning of a new chapter in sbe’s history and I’m thrilled that this strategic partnership has now been completed. sbe has grown rapidly since the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group in 2016. The sbe portfolio will grow to over 50 hotels by 2020, paired with tremendous expansion in the residential, culinary and entertainment segment of the 360 lifestyle experience, including over 50 global venues in the pipeline. The partnership with AccorHotels is only going to accelerate this growth both in the US and in international markets. Sébastien Bazin has built an incredibly successful global platform in an ecosystem and digital market. Everyone at sbe is hugely excited to combine the unique offerings of both groups to provide our guests with unparalleled lifestyle experiences.”IMAGE: sbe corporate office – Los Angeles California AccorHotelsacquisitionhotelspartnershipsbe Entertainment
Tuesday, a panel of ESPN insiders placed the Arizona passer in the third tier of NFL QBs, largely due to injury concerns.Palmer is, after all, recovering from his second career torn ACL.But one thing you really can’t question with regards to the 35-year-old is his team’s success with him on the field. That’s evidenced in this tweet:Carson Palmer has the best W-L record in the NFL since Week 8 of 2013. pic.twitter.com/RJS0yeuj7p— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 21, 2015 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories There are varying opinions on just how good a quarterback Carson Palmer is.In some ways, really, that’s how it has been his entire career.A former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick, he has had some brilliant seasons, as would be evidenced by his pair of Pro Bowl nods. However, he is also a quarterback who has thrown at least 20 interceptions in a season three times, and has yet to lead a team to a postseason victory. Now, there is certainly more into the Cardinals’ record over that span than just Palmer’s performance. Yet, since winning is the most important thing a quarterback can do, it’s tough to look at Palmer and question his viability as the team’s starter at the position.Over that 15-game stretch, Palmer has completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 4,159 yards and 27 touchdowns. He’s been picked off just 12 times, posting a QB rating of 96.1. And if you’re wondering, the two losses over that span both came in 2013, when Arizona fell at Philadelphia 24-21 and vs. San Francisco, 23-20. In those two games, Palmer combined to complete 52-of-90 passes for 709 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions.
“For the defense, there’s a lot of uncertainty,” Fitzgerald said. “You don’t know where guys are going to be. You don’t know who’s going to be getting the ball when so many guys can beat you. We have so many great personnel packages. It’s going to be tough for teams to beat us.”Fitzgerald went on to add that the Cardinals have to make sure they don’t turn the ball over and continue to capitalize in the red zone, which is of the utmost importance. But those are the same for every team; the number of weapons in Arizona is not.“It’s a good thing by all of us,” Brown said. “It takes pressure off most guys who have to accept their role. We have plenty of players who can do whatever we need done.” – / 21 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In all, Arizona’s offense amassed 427 net yards, converted 5 of 10 third-down chances and was a perfect three-for-three in the red zone.It wasn’t always pretty, but for the most part the Cardinals moved the ball with a level of ease and consistency that highlighted just how dangerous the team can be.That’s especially true if the Cardinals can continue to run the ball the way they did against the Saints.“It’s great,” Palmer said of the success there. “We ran the ball right through the teeth of their defense a number of times.”The QB went on to point out how well the offensive line played in making that happen, and it’s true. If there was any concern going into the opener, it had to be up front. The right side of the line was essentially made up of first-time starters, while center Lyle Sendlein, a veteran, was not even with the team until a little while into training camp. And the left guard, Ted Larsen, was only at that spot because the team’s big free agent signing, Mike Iupati, is sidelined with an injury.As it goes, you can have all the talent at QB and the skill positions, but if there is no time to throw and no room to run, it will go for naught. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) But what happened Sunday was a positive sign that maybe the line will hold up better than some think. And having a capable offense sends a message to the defense that if you at least keep the game close, there’s a good chance of coming away with a win.“When you’re dealing with a high-powered offense like the Saints, you know if you keep them out of the end zone and give your offense enough chances to go down there and win the game for you, it’s always going to be a good outcome for us,” Tyrann Mathieu said.If nothing else, the odds appear to ever be in their favor.Going forward, the offense may have to change a bit if Ellington is out for an extended period of time. He hurt his knee in the fourth quarter, with Arians saying after the game the early indication is an injured left PCL but that more tests will be needed to get an official diagnoses.But even if Ellington is out for a while, the team’s backfield is deep with Chris and David Johnson. And the passing game will surely get a boost as Michael Floyd, who caught just one pass Sunday, gets back into game shape.No doubt, the Cardinals will face better defenses than the one New Orleans brought to town, but even still, Arizona appears capable of giving opponents fits. And on the ground, the Cardinals’ Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson combined to run the ball 22 times for 106 yards and one touchdown. Adding Palmer’s 14 yards on three scrambles, the running game produced an average of 4.8 yards per touch, which is a significantly better mark than last season’s league-worst mark of 3.3 yards per carry.Sure, it was only one game, but Arizona’s offense showed a level of diversity and potency that has some believing it could be one of the best groups in the NFL. Based off of their performance Sunday, who would you design the defense to stop? Does it matter? Whoever a defense aims to take away, the Cardinals will have no problem sending the ball elsewhere.“Like I’ve said, check your ego at the door,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “I don’t give a s*** if anybody catches 10 passes, as long as nine or 12 catch passes and nobody drops them. Because Carson is going to distribute to where the coverage says. Not to who is getting it and we don’t design anything to who is getting it.“It’s the Cardinals offense, not somebody’s offense.”Sunday, Larry Fitzgerald led the team with eight targets, while John Brown had seven and Darren Fells five. Andre Ellington and J.J. Nelson were each targeted three times, while four others had one pass go their way. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — Though it went through some rough patches Sunday, what you saw in the Arizona Cardinals’ 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints was pretty much what the offense is supposed to look like.Through the air, eight different players were on the receiving end of a Carson Palmer pass, with a ninth — J.J. Nelson — drawing a key pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter. The quarterback finished the game completing 19 of 32 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He was not intercepted or sacked. 0 Comments Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires (Screenshot/@AZCardinals) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Team president Michael Bidwill sent a strong message with his disciplinary measures, displaying no favoritism to one of his top executives or hypocrisy to the players in the locker room. He emerges as a clear-thinking owner with a deep well of trust among those in uniform, a rare asset to a league that always seem to alienate and infuriate its players. His rising status in the league will do nothing but help the Cardinals in the future.Meanwhile, Keim is poised to become the best kind of redemption story. He’s always owned his personnel mistakes, and now he’s done the same with his personal mistakes. He seems legitimately appalled at himself, whether the epiphany occurred in jail, in the mirror or in the mess he caused.Maybe it’s what he lost. Or what he became. Or what he didn’t lose. Or what he risked along the way. We don’t need to know. We just need to believe.To his credit, the Cardinals’ GM delivered more than an apology in his official return to the spotlight.He went deeper than required and ended up closer to the hearts of those he disappointed. And those happy to see him back.Reach Bickley at email@example.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Bad decisions are not reserved for bad people. They are often pitfalls of an addled brain. Most of us have been there. Not everyone pays the price.Steve Keim is different. His arrest for extreme DUI came with a five-week suspension, a $200,000 fine and a public flogging exacerbated by an erroneous police report. A popular website posted a headline that read: “Cardinals GM Steve Keim Tried To Name-Drop A Dead Cop During His DUI Arrest.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo That wasn’t true. The official report was quickly corrected. Stories were updated. But that headline remained, looming over updated content, the genie that never fits back into the bottle.Keim’s bill does not condone or absolve his decision to drive impaired, needlessly endangering everyone in his path. But it provides precious context for his behavior following his reinstatement.Related LinksCardinals GM Keim apologizes for DUI, calling it ’embarrassing beyond belief’Cardinals GM Steve Keim returns from suspension after DUIHe spilled guts when addressing the organization on Tuesday. He did the same when standing before his football players on Wednesday morning, followed by a poignant session with the media.Each time, his emotions were genuine and raw. He did not pull from the Mark McGwire playbook and direct all questions to the future, focusing on moving forward and nothing else. He didn’t draw lines in the sand or announce he would take no questions on his arrest after his sacrificial appearance was over.Keim went further than most and further than required, and that says something about the man.He also looked different, at least 25 pounds slimmer. A beard has replaced his trademark goatee. He shared an uncomfortable story, how he placed his 12-year old son in the center of unwanted attention, losing the hero worship of a child along the way. “My 12-year old son texted his buddy, and (his friend) said, ‘They keep showing your dad over and over again on TV. I’m so sorry he’s having to go through that,’” Keim said. “And my son said, ‘I’m not. He shouldn’t have been doing it.’ And my son is right.”Say what you want, but Keim ate his plateful of crow and swallowed hard. His demeanor carried no scent of spin control or embitterment. He never deflected or tried to avoid the storm. He chose the harder path, vowing that his old job comes with a new path, and that poor decisions can also make better men.The Cardinals didn’t flounder in his absence, and while Keim deserves credit for assembling a talented staff of underlings, that must compound the sting. As a young boy, he told his mother he would become a NFL general manager. Clearly, he never doubted his ability or perceived destiny.But after climbing the ladder and leading a successful team, growing exponentially in wealth and fame, he found himself behind bars. Wearing an oversized orange jumpsuit. Staring at a cement slab underneath his feet. In jail, amid unnerving company, facing the hardest question of all: How did I end up here?Things have changed during Keim’s suspension. The new head coach has grown in stature. Steve Wilks became the face of the organization overnight, and his captivating authority has sparked a new energy in Arizona. 138 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
On 5 August 2015, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority (LVCVA) brought together over 160 Australian travel agents at The Westin, Sydney for the 2015 Las Vegas Travel Agent Roadshow. Accommodation and entertainment providers presented their products and companies located in Las Vegas, showcasing why Vegas is regarded as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’.Highlights included an acrobatic performance by Adagio Act, personal recounts of Vegas experiences by renowned travel writer, Ben Groundwater, and plenty of prizes. The major prize, a trip for two to Las Vegas including flights, accommodation and entertainment, was won by Peter Duncan from Aqua Travel Group.LATTE attended as one of the many guests of the Vegas themed night, accompanied by ten key companies including Travel Nevada, Caesars Entertainment, Cirque Du Soleil, Exotics Racing, Graceland Wedding Chapel, Machine Guns Vegas, Maverick Aviation Group, MGM Resorts, Miracle Mile Shops and Papillion.The Roadshow continued with a B2B event and a VIP event at The Ivy Penthouse, before moving on to Auckland. Australia is the number two source of overseas travellers to Las Vegas attracting more than 350,000 travellers in 2014.
Go back to the e-newsletterAs well as with its diverse offerings in Thailand, Centara Hotels & Resorts also has a strong international presence in key leisure destinations such as the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Bali, and is pleased to announce more significant global growth. Centara is building on its brand strength by establishing properties in Doha, Muscat, Cuba, Turkey and undergoing further expansion in current destinations.With two properties scheduled to open in Q4 2016, Doha and Muscat become Centara’s first properties in the Middle East. In Doha, the Centara Grand West Bay Hotel is located in the new business and shopping district West Bay, at the heart of the city. The property will have 261 rooms and suites plus 96 apartments that vary from one- to three-bedroom units. Centara Grand West Bay will have Centara’s own signature Thai restaurant, Suan Bua along with four other F&B outlets. The rooftop will feature a unique restaurant with stunning city views along with the swimming pool and relaxation zone. Other facilities include award winning SPA Cenvaree, with male and female facilities and private hammams, Club level business rooms and Centara Club Lounge and ballroom and meeting facilities.In Muscat, the Centara Muscat Hotel, with 152 rooms, will offer travellers a comfortable and centrally located property with all the classic Centara facilities, which includes SPA Cenvaree, a fitness centre, ample meeting and event space along with a premium lounge and roof deck available for private events. The roof deck with also have a swimming pool.There will be further expansion in Doha with two additional properties. Centara West Bay Residence & Suites will open in Q2 2017 in the West Bay area close to the Centara Grand. Slightly further down the pipeline in 2018, there will be a third luxury property to open that will have 514 keys in the West Bay area as well.Cuba, as a destination, is going to provide Centara with other growth opportunities. The first property, Centara Grand Beach Resort Cayo Guillermo, will have approximately 250 keys and will be the first truly five-star product in the region. Given the trusted reputation of Centara, the property in Cuba will allow loyal guests to travel to new destinations with the comforts of the Centara brand standards. This property will mirror the successful Centara Grand in the Maldives with the introduction of over water villas. This property is scheduled to open late in 2017. Additionally, Centara is working on two more projects in complementary locations.Centara Grand Lykia World Resort & Spa will be the first venture into Turkey. The property is located in Denizyaka, between Belek and Side, on the coastline of the river Koprucay. The resort will have 449 rooms, 10 restaurants and 10 bars and will offer an all-inclusive concept, allowing guests to experience a cash-free stay. “As we start to create a presence in Europe, I think it’ll become apparent that blending the Centara/Thai quality with the local culture and styles will allow us to deliver unique, premium experiences for our guests,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.Centara currently has two properties in the Maldives which has encouraged the company to further invest in the region with 4 new properties. Centara has been very strategic in the products and services offered at their current two properties. The Centara Grand Island, which has been open for over six years, was one of the first properties to introduce safe family travel in the Maldives.“We are very confident that the service-oriented formula that Centara has perfected in Asia will be just as popular in many of our new destinations,” shares Chris Bailey, Chief Operating Officer for Centara Hotels & Resorts. “Given the changing desires of travellers, we are able to deliver an experience with quality service that reflects the heritage of Centara and Thai hospitality, which is warm, nurturing and gentle. We are very excited about these new projects and will be sharing some more exciting destination news later this year.”The expansion plans will take Centara Hotels & Resorts to new levels. Currently Centara has about 14,000 rooms over 6 brands in their portfolio across Asia, Indian Ocean, and the Middle East, which span city, resort and beachfront destinations.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterImperial Springs Resort and Spa opened its doors for guests to join world leaders in a monumental sustainability forum on 29 May.The forum welcomed over 100 respected experts from around the globe for a two-day forum to discuss the issues around maintaining Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities worldwide, as part of China’s Belt and Road policy. Among the guests include 13 former Prime Ministers including John Howard (former Prime Minister of Australia) and Jenny Shipley (former Prime Minister of New Zealand.)The forum focused on bringing together committed, experienced people from around the globe and sharing knowledge, identifying critical issues, and agreeing on plans of action.Imperial Springs Resort and Spa was a natural fit for such a forum. The resort has a strong focus on sustainability and is a leader in its area, being awarded the Gold LEED rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) Located only 60 minutes from the bustling business hub of Guangzhou in the hot spring valley of Old Canton, the resort has capitalised on its stunning surroundings, leaving 90 per cent of the 2.5 million square metres of lush greenery untouched, in its natural environment.Go back to the e-newsletter
In the spring of 2018 two more sleek new-build river yachts will make their debut into the elegant fleet of Crystal River Cruises, the world’s only luxury river cruise line, as Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel embark on their maiden voyages on 9 April and 10 May 2018, respectively. The company has announced the European itineraries for the inaugural year of the two vessels, which will join Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler on the picturesque waterways through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. Notable among the itineraries are new seven-day voyages, at least two overnight stays on most sailings and visits to some of the region’s oldest and most fascinating riverside villages.“Travellers’ enthusiasm for Crystal River Cruises has been tremendous, as we have set a new standard of excellence and become the only true luxury river cruise line in Europe,” says Crystal CEO and President, Edie Rodriguez. “We’re delighted to introduce even more choices for guests to enjoy the acclaimed Crystal Experience aboard a river voyage, and to further expand our offerings to meet travellers’ wishes and interests.”Crystal Debussy will sail routes along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers between Amsterdam and Basel, visiting some of Germany and Switzerland’s most picturesque locales.Tulips & Windmills, seven nights – Amsterdam (overnight), Rotterdam, Netherlands (overnight); Ghent, Antwerp, Belgium; Middelburg, and return to Amsterdam (overnight), Netherlands.Splendors of the Rhine, 10 days – Amsterdam, Netherlands (overnight); Cologne, Koblenz (overnight), Rudesheim, Speyer, Kehl, Breisach, Germany; and Basel, Switzerland (overnight).Legendary Rhine, seven days – Basel, Switzerland; Kehl, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Rudesheim (overnight), Koblenz (overnight), Cologne (overnight), Germany; Amsterdam (overnight), Netherlands.Crystal Ravel will offer a varied selection of itineraries along the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Danube Rivers, embarking from Vienna, Budapest and Basel and calling in historic locales in Germany, as well as Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland.Majestic Europe (Eastbound), 14 days – Basel (overnight), Kehl, Speyer, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Miltenberg, Wertheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Deggendorf, Passau (overnight)– all in Germany; Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Krems and Vienna (overnight), Austria.Majestic Europe (Westbound), 14 days – Vienna (overnight), Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley, Melk, Austria; Passau (overnight), Deggendorf, Regensburg, Nuremburg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Miltenburg, Koblenz, Speyer, Kehl – all in Germany; and Basel (overnight), Switzerland.Danube Serenade (Southbound), seven days – Vienna (overnight), Krems, Linz, Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest (overnight), Hungary.Danube Serenade (Northbound), seven days – Budapest (overnight), Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Melk, Linz, cruising the Wachau Valley, Krems, and Vienna (overnight), Austria.The two luxury river yachts will bring Crystal’s fleet of Rhine Class river yachts total to four sleekly designed vessels, boasting the superlative standard of luxury for which the company is celebrated and amenities not found on any other river ships. Each river yacht will offer all-suite luxury accommodations, each with its own private balcony. Guests will enjoy ample space and options aboard the 135-metre river yachts (the maximum size permissible to transit the Main-Danube Canal).A swimming pool with a glass roof allows for swimming and relaxation in any weather conditions, while luxurious amenities indoors surpass the comforts of home. All four Crystal river yachts will offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service for every suite, plush king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets, dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines. Additional enticing features include Crystal’s highly-acclaimed cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; the Palm Court; and a full-service spa and separate fitness centre, equipped with modern machines and cardio equipment as well as free weights.Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler are set to debut in summer 2017.
Azamara Club Cruises is excited to announce the boutique brand made its maiden call to Cuba over the weekend, when Azamara Quest arrived at Cuba’s Sierra Maestra terminal on 31 March 2017.The ship sailed down the Bahía de la Habana alongside Havana’s famous El Malecón providing guests magnificent views of the local shoreline before turning alongside Cuba’s Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro through the Canal de Entrada to dock.Azamara Club Cruises President & CEO, Larry Pimentel, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. President & COO Adam Goldstein, and Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. Vice President of Business Development, Global Government and Community Relations, Jorge Delgado joined Captain Angel Albertini, Chief of Havana Cruise Terminal and a contingent of Cuban Dignitaries to toast the arrival of Azamara Quest, and the important moment in the brand’s history.“Azamara takes pride in bringing guests to new and remarkable destinations and we’re especially proud to be the first brand from RCL’s global fleet (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises) to bring our guests to Cuba, a magical country with such inner beauty. We’ve put together memorable land experiences for our guests to connect with the local people on this first visit to the island nation, a country rich in history, culture, education and the arts.” said Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.“Today demonstrates our commitment to Cuba and our eagerness to help guests discover the many aspects of Cuba by connecting guests to the people and places that make the country so vibrant and full of rich history.”Azamara created a variety of unique people-to-people land programmes, by night and by day, to enable guests a fully immersed experience in the destination and the opportunity to connect with the great culture and people of Cuba. Azamara is able to do this because of the brands unique longer stays philosophy which meant Azamara Quest stayed docked overnight in Havana.All tour programmes offered by Azamara are designed to meet United States’ requirements for travel to Cuba. Highlights include:Tropicana Cabaret Extravaganza: The most spectacular of the open-air cabarets showcase Caribbean rhythms and sultry dancers. An English speaking guide shares history of the famous show while on the ride to the Tropicana. Once there guests sip on rum cocktails surrounded by lush tropical gardens and enjoy the folklore and music of Cuba.Nelson Dominguez Art Gallery Tour: Located next to the pier, guests joined Larry Pimentel for a private gallery tour of renowned artist Nelson Dominguez followed by the chance to browse and shop artwork to take home as a souvenir.Evening Stroll and El Cañonazo Ceremony: A guided walk through the cobblestone streets of Old Havana at night allows travellers to appreciate the city’s rustic charm and rich history. A brief bus ride transports the group to the nearby Morro Castle with a ceremonial firing of the cannon.Best of Havana – a full-day, all-encompassing trip through Havana exploring the city’s beautiful sprawling cemetery, notable squares, artsy neighbourhoods, literary connections and authentic cuisine.Havana By Classic American Car – Guests can venture back to 1950’s Cuba in a vintage American automobile for a panoramic ride to a historic luxury hotel and along the quintessential Malecón waterfront.Hemingway’s Havana – Guests get to explore the literary connections between Cuba and the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway on a dynamic four-hour tour that offers the chance to see where he lived, dined and sipped his favourite cocktails.Following this Hemingway Hideaways voyage which also visits ports in New Orleans and Florida, Azamara is offering two additional sailings to Cuba for 2017:Havana Discovery: Departing on 20 November 2017, the Havana Discovery voyage begins and ends in Miami with a journey that visits laid-back Key West, followed by an overnight stay in the bustling city of Havana with a historic exploration of Vieja Havana (Old Havana) and dive into the aquamarine waters of Cozumel, the Caribbean jewel. Fares start from $3049 per person, twin share for an Club Oceanview stateroom.Havana Getaway: Departing 27 November 2017, the four-night Havana Getaway packs a lot of adventure into a little time. The voyage explores the colourful buildings and eclectic plazas of Havana with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site and overnight stays allow for guests to experience the quintessential Cuban nightlife. Fares start from $2159 per person, twin share for an Club Interior stateroom.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to Providenciales’ newest resort, The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach, a premier destination for leisure travel, amazing getaways and memorable events. The 106-suite resort embodies a warm and inviting atmosphere enhanced by modern amenities, and elegant suites and penthouses. Situated on a lush 3.6-hectare landscape, it features a 250 metres of beachfront and unobstructed views of magnificent Long Bay Beach. The Shore Club’s convenient location is only 10 minutes away from shopping, local restaurants, entertainment, world-famous Grace Bay Beach and only 15 minutes from Providenciales International Airport.The Palms is a magnificent resort with different dimensions: luxury accommodations, award-winning spa, a location on Grace Bay (one of the best beaches in the world), unique shopping, and fine dining at Parallel23 restaurant, recently named in Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards. The Palms is the perfect resort where guests can discover a level of style and comfort beyond all expectations.
Go back to the enewsletterIcebergs Dining Room at Bondi Beach was the perfect setting for a small media lunch on Wednesday 24 July with representatives from COMO Hotels and Resorts: Henry Scott, GM at COMO Uma Canggu in Bali; Josefine Norrman, Cluster Sales Manager – Maldives; Roselina Irmawati, Cluster Sales Manager – Bali; Katherine Gordon, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing – COMO Metropolitan London and COMO The Halkin; Gabi Vincent, Director of Sales at COMO The Treasury, Perth; and Orawan Chiraporn Director of Sales – Thailand and Bhutan cluster.While enjoying antipasti, Iceberg’s signature 150-day grain-fed Angus rib-eye and twice-cooked corn-fed chicken, guests heard about COMO’s latest addition in Tuscany, COMO Castello Del Nero, and the partnership with Singapore Airlines that is due to take off in September 2019. The agreement sees COMO Shambhala’s award-winning ‘wellness cuisine’ introduced on select flights departing Singapore, offering passengers nutritious, delicious meals in the air.COMO Castello del Nero, TuscanyCOMO The Treasury in Perth says it is an exciting time to be in the Western Australian capital. The city is brimming with new developments and is gaining popularity as a stopover destination with the launch of direct flights to London and (soon) Tokyo. Guests of COMO The Treasury are encouraged to see more of Western Australia with day trips out to destinations such as Margaret River; the wine region is one hour from Perth by seaplane.COMO The Treasury, PerthIn Bali, COMO Uma Ubud has introduced a spacious family suite to cater for multigenerational travellers, while COMO Uma Canggu is preparing for an 8-day surf and wellness retreat in November, hosted by Australian pro-surfer, Sally Fitzgibbons. The experience includes a 4-night stay at COMO Uma Canggu for surfing classes and wellness and a 3-night sojourn at COMO Shambhala Estate for therapeutic massages, yoga, Pilates, pranayama and high-intensity outdoors activities such as a mountain biking tours and sunrise ascents of Mount Batur.COMO Uma Canggu, BaliCOMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha in Bhutan are an adventurer’s delight, with some 75% of the country covered by jungle, while COMO Cocoa Island and COMO Maalifushi are consistently rated among the Maldives finest island resorts.Lead image: COMO Castello del Nero, TuscanyCOMO Uma Paro, BhutanCOMO Cocoa Island, MaldivesGo back to the enewsletter
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Related10 best cheap hotels and hostels in LondonThe UK capital can be an expensive place to visit, but did you know that you can stay there for as little as zero pounds per person, per night? That’s right! Find out where and how to bag a bed in some of the cheapest hotels, hostels and campsites in…Top 15 attractions and things to do in StockholmIf you want to enjoy Scandinavian style set against a backdrop of elegant architecture and stunning sea views, then Stockholm is the place to go for Nordic city breaks.Budget travel: 12 of the best hostels in EuropeOn a backpacking trip through Europe? Maybe you just fancy a cheap city break? These are some of the best hostels for partying, sightseeing and getting to know London, Paris or Berlin – whether you’re a new solo traveller or seasoned in the art of hostel stays. Freehand ChicagoChicago, Illinois, USARecognised as one of the Best Extra Large Hostels at the 2018 Hoscars awards, the 336-bed Freehand Chicago is housed in a classic 1920s building in the buzzy River North neighbourhood. Designed by Roman and Williams and inspired by Midwestern culture and Lake Michigan, it doesn’t look like a hostel at all. It’s filled with homely touches, such as warm sapele wood and fabric-based works by local artists and craftsmen. There’s even a gym and all-day café.Doubles from £48 at Freehand ChicagoBook flights to Chicago from £246 Safestay Kensington Holland ParkLondon, UKLuxury hostel brand Safestay opened its west London branch in 2015 in the east wing of the Holland House, a glorious Jacobean Grade I listed building. Yes, it spills over into the slightly less magnificent 1950s extension, but it’s just a few minutes’ walk from swanky Kensington High Street. While the heritage building’s traditional fixtures have been preserved, Safestay has modernised the interiors with its signature stamp, so you can expect all mod cons, such as free WiFi and touch-key room entry.Doubles from £57 at Safestay Kensington Holland ParkBook flights to London from £20 Baby Bush LodgeZanzibar, TanzaniaThe east coast of Zanzibar has one of the most dazzling coastlines in the world: white beaches, palm trees and clear ocean waters. Baby Bush Lodge, on the fringes of Kiwengwa Beach, keeps things simple and laid-back but effortlessly beautiful. Guests can choose from shared backpacker accommodation, private rooms in the main lodge or private bungalows looking straight out to sea. There’s a swimming pool, deck bar and chill-out lounge, but with that beach on your doorstep, what else could you need?Doubles from £24 at Bush Baby LodgeBook flights to Zanzibar from £306 The B.I.G. BackpackersCape Town, South AfricaB.I.G. stands for Backpackers in Green Point, a bustling area in Cape Town filled with nightlife and coffee shops. While there are six ensuite dorms for backpackers, the 12 private rooms (also ensuite) give it more of an upmarket B&B feel – as do thoughtful touches, such as the weekly barbecue, spotless swimming pool and three communal kitchens (one of which is pictured at the top of this page).Doubles from £81 at The B.I.G. BackpackersBook flights to Cape Town from £495 STF Jumbo StayStockholm, SwedenA one-of-a-kind hostel inside a converted 1976 Boeing 747 jumbo jet, Jumbo Stay is located – appropriately enough – right next to Stockholm Arlanda airport. It’s grounded, of course, and contains everything you’d expect from a hotel, including flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. And in an ingenious move, the cockpit has been transformed into a luxury suite with panoramic views of the airport.Doubles from £98 at STF Jumbo StayBook flights to Stockholm from £17 Hostel UppelinkGhent, BelgiumOnce the 16th-century home of Philip II of Spain (and later a storage facility for all the beer in Ghent), the magnificent limestone building housing Hostel Uppelink is the third oldest in this historic city. After a sympathetic renovation, it’s been Best Hostel in Belgium at the Hoscar Awards every year since 2014, thanks to its excellent location, spacious rooms, high ceilings and modern facilities, including key cards, secure lockers and free WiFi. As it’s perched on the bank of the Leie River, you can also hire a kayak right outside to explore Ghent’s pretty waterways.Doubles from £62 at Hostel UppelinkBook flights to Brussels from £19Published April 2018. All prices are lowest estimated prices only and are subject to change. Charges may vary if you book through an online travel agent rather than the airline or hotel direct. Always check the terms and conditions applicable to get up to date information. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Beirut, Lebanon – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAfter 20 years of strong presence in Lebanon through distribution channels and a corner at the ABC Mall, Boucheron is opening its own boutique in Beirut.The 592-square-foot boutique at the Gold Souks will have all of Boucheron’s emblematic collections available. These include Quatre, Exquises Confidences, Ava, Trouble, Bestiary and the new Ma Jolie. In addition, these collections are presented next to exceptional and unique high jewelry pieces, such as the Sweety and Liz rings as well as the Semiramis and Ava Scarf. Boucheron’s watches will also be shown, including the iconic Reflet line, which was created in 1947.With more than 50 boutiques worldwide, the classic Boucheron store follows the concept of the Place Vendôme Paris flagship: A signature color palette and wooden décor which lends a warm atmosphere and confidential ambience.The House of Boucheron, a French family dynasty of jewelers founded by Frédéric Boucheron 1858, has been expanded by four generations of the founder’s direct descendants. With a selective approach to international growth, this Beirut boutique is a testament to the brand’s long history of brilliant design and bold sophistication, as well as a confirmation of its ability to constantly reinvent the essence of elegance.www.boucheron.com
TORONTO – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will manage the new Fairmont Haitang Bay Resort in Sanya, China, which is scheduled to open in 2011. Sanya, on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island, is emerging as a premier tropical resort destination.This new resort expands the company’s growing presence in Asia, joining sister hotels in Singapore, Beijing (2008), Kunshan (2009), Macao (2010), Shanghai’s landmark Peace Hotel (2010) and Fairmont Manila, Philippines (2010).The resort will offer a beachfront location and 702 spacious guestrooms and suites including Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive lifestyle suites with amenities such as a private reception desk and a comfortable guest lounge. In addition, guests can choose from 50 one- and two-bedroom villa suites, as well as a Presidential Villa offering more than 5,000 square feet space and private butlers.Guests will enjoy a variety of restaurants and bars, including a Chinese restaurant. A wide range of meeting and function space can accommodate groups of varying sizes, including an 8,600 square foot grand ballroom, a 4,300 square foot junior ballroom and additional indoor as well as outdoor function space for elegant events. While on site, guests can enjoy a variety of recreational amenities including a Willow Stream Spa with 20 treatment rooms, outdoor and indoor swimming pools and access to a nearby golf course at the beach.“Sanya is rapidly developing into an exciting new destination for travelers both in the region and from all over the globe,” stated Thomas W. Storey, President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “The opportunity to partner with Antaeus Group on this project is a demonstration of strong partners joining together to provide a luxury hotel product that the market is encouraging and that travelers are demanding.”