The world in 1988 when Suu Kyi last in Europe

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements _ Prozac was introduced to the U.S. market and quickly became a leading treatment for depression._ Ben Johnson won the 100m gold at the Seoul Summer Olympics and was later disqualified for taking a steroid._ The Oscar for best picture went to “The Last Emperor,” directed by Bernardo Bertolucci._ George Michael’s song “Faith” was the No. 1 song on Billboard’s year-end chart._ President Ronald Reagan was ending a second term and George H.W. Bush was elected to the White House._ The Iran-Iraq War _ also known as the First Persian Gulf War _ ended after eight years._ The first trans-Atlantic fiber optic cable was laid with capacity to carry 40,000 telephone calls simultaneously._ A Libyan terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103 killed 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland._ There were about 2 million cellphone subscribers in the U.S. Last year there were more than 330 million _ more cellphones than people.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) (AP) – The world was a different place the last time Aung San Suu Kyi was in Europe in 1988. The Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union still existed.Elsewhere that year:_ The Morris worm became, if not the first computer virus, the first to get widespread attention. It crippled about 6,000 computer systems, which at the time was about one-tenth of the Internet._ Panama leader Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega was indicted in the United States on drug smuggling charges. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

India China hold talks to resolve border dispute

first_imgDuring the two-day meeting, India is expected to raise its concerns about incursions by Chinese troops into Indian territory across the Line of Actual Control that serves as an informal border. Officials will also discuss ways to ensure better communication between the two sides should any incident take place near the border.In April, the two countries were caught in a three-week stand-off when Chinese soldiers moved deep inside Indian boundary. Indian officials have reported several minor incursions since then, including three in the past week, when Chinese troops entered the Indian side in the Leh region of northern India adjacent to southwestern China.India and China have separately held 16 rounds of talks since 2003 to resolve their border dispute, without making much progress.China claims around 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles) of land in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, while India says China is occupying 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 square miles) of territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the western Himalayas.The two nations face tensions in other areas as well. China is a longtime ally and weapons supplier to Pakistan, India’s bitter rival. The presence in India of the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile irks Beijing. China is also suspicious of New Delhi’s growing ties with the United States. Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes NEW DELHI (AP) – Officials from India and China were meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss ways to restore peace and tranquility on their shared Himalayan border, a source of longstanding tension between the Asian giants.Top military and foreign ministry officials from the two sides were examining the workings of a group set up last year to deal with incidents on the border and defuse them before they escalate into major standoffs, said an Indian official speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media. Despite the tensions, trade between India and China has soared, with China becoming India’s biggest trading partner. Two-way trade jumped from $5 billion in 2002 to nearly $75 billion in 2011, but declined slightly last year because of global economic conditions.India is concerned, however, that trade remains heavily skewed in China’s favor.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

Prince Harry talks rugby and presses noses in New Zealand

first_img WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry arrived in New Zealand Saturday for a weeklong visit and was soon talking about the country’s prowess in rugby, pressing noses with indigenous Maori leaders, and laughing off marriage proposals.Harry was greeted by Prime Minister John Key and other dignitaries when his plane landed in Wellington on a sunny and calm fall day. Wearing a blue suit, Harry stopped often to say hello to cheering fans as he began his first tour of the South Pacific commonwealth nation of 4.5 million. Britain’s Prince Harry, left, receives a traditional Maori greeting called hongi, with Kairangi (welcome) leader Thomas Vela during a welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Prince Harry arrived in New Zealand Saturday for a weeklong visit that will take him to one of the country’s most remote islands.(Ross Setford/SNPA via AP) NEW ZEALAND OUT New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Harry seemed to take the attention in good spirits. When two young women held up a sign saying “Harry, fried rice at our palace tonight?” he jokingly asked them where their palace was located.He even stopped to join in singing “Happy Birthday” to a girl wearing a party hat.Harry plans to visit New Zealand through May 16. One of his scheduled stops is at Stewart Island, population 378.From there he will take a boat to the even more remote Ulva Island, a predator-free sanctuary for native birdlife that is home to rare species including the Stewart Island brown kiwi.He’s also scheduled to visit Christchurch, Whanganui, Linton and Auckland.The prince, grandson of Britain’s monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, arrived from Australia after a monthlong embedment there with the Australian army.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself up Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility From the airport he traveled to Government House for an official welcome. He pressed noses with Maori leaders in a traditional greeting called a “hongi” and met with military representatives. He also talked with schoolchildren, feigning surprise when some told him they didn’t play rugby.“I thought you would be forced to play rugby,” he said. “That’s why you have such a good rugby team isn’t it?”Harry was scheduled to watch a rugby game Saturday night between Wellington’s Hurricanes and South Africa’s Durban-based Sharks. The prince also talked about soccer, telling the children that most royal family members were Arsenal fans.One young girl gave Harry a card for his niece, Princess Charlotte, which the prince popped in his suit pocket and promised to pass along. Charlotte was born last week, bumping Harry down a notch to fifth in line to the throne.The prince then traveled to the National War Memorial where he laid a wreath at the foot of a statue and placed a native fern on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, to honor those killed in war.The 30-year-old prince was greeted along the way by exuberant fans, some offering to marry him and one woman holding a sign with lipstick kisses that read “Don’t worry, I won’t KISS YOU!” — a reference to a woman who managed to land a kiss on the prince’s cheek in Sydney earlier this week. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   last_img read more

Macedonia allows migrants to legitimately transit country

first_imgSKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia changed its asylum law on Thursday to let migrants entering the country illegally avoid jail if they leave within three days.The move follows a series of fatal accidents involving migrants traveling through Macedonia on the way to more prosperous European countries, following dangerous routes to avoid police arrest.Macedonia has become a major transit route for thousands of Middle Eastern and African refugees and migrants who cross over from Greece and then continue into Serbia. At least 25 have been killed by trains since January as they walked on railway tracks. Many others are robbed by criminal gangs. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   The new law approved in parliament on Thursday will come into effect in eight days, and follows pressure from human rights groups. It allows migrants to apply for temporary asylum at the border or the nearest police station. That will allow them to travel legally through the country for three days.Interior Minister Mitko Cavkov told lawmakers that the number of migrants has tripled since last year — with 2,000 to 3,000 people trying to enter every day — and criticized neighboring Greece for letting thousands flow clandestinely across the border. Greece is a major destination for refugees and migrants entering Europe, most of whom cross, in turn, from neighboring Turkey.Macedonia’s ombudsman recently criticized the government over its treatment of migrants, saying they are being held beyond a 30-day legal limit in “degrading and inhumane” conditions. Ixhet Memeti made the comments after visiting a detention center in the capital, Skopje, where more than 500 migrants, including 35 children, were living in squalid conditions, poorly fed, with many sleeping on the floor.Human rights activist Suad Misini, told The Associated Press that the new law didn’t go far enough. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona “The change in the law offers only a partial solution to the problem,” he said, urging authorities to release migrants from the Skopje detention center.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for menlast_img read more

Police 9 killed in bomb blast in the Somali capital

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Witnesses described chaotic scenes as civilians fled through nearby alleys while soldiers fired in the air to prevent a crowd from gathering. Civilians carried wounded victims to nearby hospitals.“We die like insects every day,” said Ahmed Mohamed, whose wife was wounded in the attack.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of al-Shabab, the Somali Islamic extremist group that has vowed to step up attacks against the government and African Union forces during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The militants, who have ties with al-Qaida, have been pushed out of much of the territory they once controlled across the Horn of Africa nation, including Mogadishu. But they remain a lethal threat, carrying out guerrilla attacks on government and civilian targets.On Sunday al-Shabab militants tried to attack a training compound used by intelligence officials in Mogadishu. One government soldier and four militants were killed in that attack.____Associated Press writer Aya Batrawy contributed to this report from Dubai.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Nine people were killed Wednesday after a suicide bomber tried to ram his explosives-laden car into a convoy of vehicles transporting Emirati diplomats in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, a police official said.The diplomats from the United Arab Emirates were unharmed and most of the victims were Somali civilians caught up in the blast, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein.Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, confirmed that the targets of the attack were unharmed and safe, and he extended his sorrow at the loss of Somali lives in the incident, adding that the “cowardly terrorist attack” will not deter UAE support to Somalia.last_img read more

1000perpill drug overtaken by pricier successor

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The $1,000 pill for a liver-wasting viral infection that made headlines last year is no longer the favorite of patients and doctors.The new leading pill for hepatitis C is more expensive, and the number of patients seeking a cure has surged.Sovaldi, last year’s wonder drug, has been pushed aside by a successor called Harvoni, made by the same company. The sticker price for Harvoni is $1,350 a pill. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation “I would have had to basically deplete my entire retirement,” Rosario said. “As much as I wanted to be cured, I would have not gone through the treatment and waited for another option.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision? Gilead spokeswoman Cara Miller said the company is working with public programs and private insurers to broaden access. Gilead estimates that 80 percent of insured people with hepatitis C have coverage for its medications.“We are pleased that many payers have recognized the value of our single-tablet regimen for hepatitis C and, in most cases, have chosen to open up broad access on their formularies,” Miller said. The company says its drugs will save the system money in the long run.Hepatitis C is complex, and treatments differ for its subtypes. Patients say it feels like a deep, never-ending fatigue. While the disease advances gradually, it can ultimately destroy the liver, and transplants average $577,000. It’s also a public health concern, since it can be transmitted by contact with infected blood, by drug users sharing needles, and sometimes through sexual activity.Daniel Rosario, a New Yorker who works in retail, said his insurer would not pay for Harvoni because his hepatitis C hadn’t advanced to the point of severe liver damage. He finally got his prescription at no charge through Gilead’s patient assistance program, which took into account his income. Top Stories SURGE OF PATIENTSThe number of prescriptions filled for hepatitis C drugs has more than doubled, from an average of 20,600 a month during the first three months of last year to a monthly average of 48,000 for the same period this year, according to IMS.“People are coming in who never wanted to be treated before,” said Dr. Douglas Dieterich, director of outpatient liver disease treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “When I started in 1989, I used to have a 3 percent cure rate. Now I have a 3 percent failure rate.”___SIMPLICITY’S APPEALHarvoni, the new pill from California-based Gilead Sciences, accounted for about three-fourths of the prescriptions filled for hepatitis C drugs in the first three months of this year, IMS said.A big part of the reason is simplicity, explained Dieterich. Patients on Harvoni need only take a single pill daily, for 12 weeks in most cases. Previously, patients took combinations of drugs.Harvoni quickly rose to the top after its approval last fall, with monthly sales crossing the $1-billion mark by January.Another new drug, Viekira Pak, is gaining market share but appears to be far behind. It’s an equally effective cure and priced lower. Comments   Share   Still, Viekira Pak is a four-pill daily combination, and patients have to take another antiviral drug as well. It was introduced late last year by Illinois-based AbbVie.The extent of Viekira Pak’s inroads is hard to discern. The company has not disclosed prescription volumes. And a major pharmacy that promotes the drug does not report hepatitis C data to IMS.___NOT MANY DEEP DISCOUNTSDRX’s analysis of prices paid by private health plans shows the median discount for Harvoni was 13.7 percent between April and June.That reflects a modest price break for most insurers, including those delivering Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, said DRX executive vice president Jim Yocum.“This sets the stage for some of the new cancer drugs coming out, both in terms of a vast improvement in effectiveness and a vast increase in prices,” said Yocum. “This is a concern not only for commercial health plans, but for Medicare.”Medicare is barred from negotiating drug prices.___State Medicaid programs, however, and the federal Veterans Affairs health system are legally entitled to deep discounts.Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, said competition from Viekira Pak has enabled states to win bigger rebates from the manufacturers. But Salo says cost remains a “major, major problem” because of the large number of people with hepatitis C. At the median discounted price, a 12-week treatment regimen of Harvoni costs about $98,000.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories The fast-paced changes in hepatitis C treatment are being watched closely amid fears that breakthrough drugs could reignite the rise of U.S. health care costs. Other medications that could turn into cost drivers include a new treatment for melanoma and a cholesterol-lowering drug awaiting approval. More hepatitis C drugs are also headed to market.Hepatitis C affects some 3 million people in the U.S. and claims more lives here than AIDS. With the new drugs, patients finally have a choice among highly effective cures with minimal side effects. Previous treatments were hit and miss, and many patients couldn’t tolerate the side effects. But newfound choice doesn’t seem to have led to widespread price competition.“As a society we need a way of determining what is a reasonable price at the time of introduction of a new drug,” said Stephen Schondelmeyer, a University of Minnesota professor who specializes in pharmaceutical economics. “We have expanded coverage, but we haven’t done anything to control costs on the pricing side.”The Associated Press asked two companies that track the prescription drug market for a hepatitis C update. IMS Health collects data on pharmacy prescriptions and sales, while DRX surveys prices paid by private health plans and prescription benefit managers. What they found:last_img read more

Abandon Sydney Airport ExVirgin CEO

first_imgSydney Airport Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Former Virgin Blue Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brett Godfrey is ready to pull the rug out under Australia’s busiest airport and start anew. The former head of Australia’s second largest airline made his feeling towards the future of the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA) no secret during his Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Lecture earlier this week at the annual Royal Aeronautical Society dinner, Aviation Business reported.Mr Godfrey described the government decision to defer plans for a second airport as “a source of shame for successive governments… [and] a paradox that can only be explained by political expediency”.The former CEO said while hosting two major airports would lead to wholesale duplications, expanding the current KSA is unrealistic.Mr Godfrey suggested the government commence work on a second airport, get everything right the second time around and then shut down Mascot located airport.While Mr Godfrey was quick to doll out multimillion dollar suggestions he did not provide input on possible location sites for the second airport.Supersonic flight was another aviation topic Mr Godfrey touched on during his lecture stating that “airline executives can’t entertain such extravagances” and should focus on commercial viable and fuel efficient vehicles. Other topics in Mr Godfrey’s lecture included; Australia’s much needed involvement in the fast growing Asia, regulators recognising the results of their decisions on consumers, low revenues are a result of low customer satisfaction and the importance of finding an alternative fuel solution. last_img read more

QF parks more aircraft cancels 80 flights

first_imgOngoing pay disputes with the carrier’s engineers union has forced Qantas to ground two more aircraft.Parking the planes from Monday, the carrier said the move would cancel up to 80 domestic flights over the next month and reduce capacity by 20,000 on domestic services.The move comes days after the Australian flag carrier announced it would ground five aircraft to reduce maintenance work as Australian Licenced Engineers Union (ALAEA) members implemented ‘go-slow’ and overtime bans. In total a Qantas statement read that grounding seven aircraft would see the cancellation of up to 500 flights and remove up to 88,000 seats over the next month.Chief executive Alan Joyce explained ongoing bans on overtime work was creating the backlog of maintenance and the airline is lacking the “manpower to full fill all the necessary maintenance on our fleet”.   “The industrial action has caused a shortfall of more than 60,000 man hours of maintenance and this is increasing on a daily basis, forcing us to ground aircraft,” the airline’s head said.“If this overtime ban continues, we will be grounding even more aircraft.”Mr Joyce stressed parking aircraft was not an action carried out of safety concerns.Although the ALAEA told the carrier it would hold-off any work-stoppages until 28 October, the day of the airline’s Annual General Meeting, the union said its members could continue to ‘go-slow’ until Christmas.“Work stoppages have now be[sic] cancelled until at least the Qantas AGM when it is likely there will be a longer stoppage in Sydney,” ALAEA federal secretary Steve Purvinas said in an online statement.“Overtime limitations and work to rule remain in place as per notices.”Mr Joyce said he was committed to reaching a deal with the union along with two other unions the carrier is currently in dispute with.He explained that representatives from both parties are meeting up on Thursday to discuss a solution.The airline will also discuss pay with its pilots’ union on 28 October. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Global aviation remains robust

first_imgImage: colourbox Middle East carriers had the strongest year-over-year traffic growth in October (+14 percent), followed by Latin carriers (+8.3 percent) APAC airlines (+7.8 percent), European carriers (+5.4 percent), North American airlines (+3.6 percent) and African airlines (+3.5 percent). China had the most productive month in terms of domestic passenger traffic (+12.3 percent), followed by India (+11.5 percent), Russia (+11.4 percent), Brazil (+5.5 percent), Japan (+5.1 percent), the United States (+2.8 percent) and Australia (+1.2 percent). “In 2013, the airline industry will carry more than 3 billion passengers in a year for the first time… and on 1 January 2014, we will celebrate a century of scheduled commercial aviation,” IATA director general Tony Tyler said. Globally total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose 6.6 percent, while capacity increases of 6.5 percent meant that load factor was virtually flat at 78.9 percent, compared to October 2012. Global aviation traffic figures for October reinforce expectations for a strong fourth quarter performance, following a surge in business confidence and improved economic performances. Asia-Pacific airlines witnessed a 7.8 percent rise in international passengers carried during October, compared to the same period last year, the strongest performance among the three largest regions. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released global passenger traffic results for the month of October, showing a moderate acceleration in demand for aviation services. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Storm delays continue in North America

first_imgFreezing temperatures and a backlog of flights caused by a severe snowstorm last week, has forced airlines to continue to cancel and delay thousands of aviation services across North America. Image: Zoran Milich/Reuters Many airlines are waiving cancellation fees for customers affected by the tumultuous weather, however, passengers have been advised to check with their carrier directly regarding conditions. Source = ETB News: P.T. American Airlines has reportedly cancelled more than 500 flights “with more to come,” according to airline spokesperson Matt Miller. The effects of the snowstorm have been felt as far south as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, where 43 flights were cancelled and 89 have been delayed.center_img “This is to ensure recovery of our operations as efficiently as possible and to be fully operable by tomorrow,” a JetBlue Airways statement said. Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has been the hardest hit, devastated by a foot of snow last week, causing 803 flight cancellations and 63 delays. reported that a total of 3,621 flights had been cancelled and 4,392 had been delayed so far, as a result of the colossal blizzard which has battered the northeast states. JetBlue Airways virtually ceased operations to and from Boston, Newark and New York City on Monday, with the expectation of returning to full operations by late Tuesday, USA Today reported.last_img read more

Gold Coast set for influx in visitor arrivals

first_imgThe Gold Coast is set to see an influx in domestic aviation capacity, particularly from Victoria, when Qantas commence its Melbourne-Gold Coast service (25 October) and Jetstar commences its Avalon-Gold Coast services (26 October).Reports indicate that at the end of September, 20,000 seats had already been sold on Jetstar’s new Avalon service.In September 2015, Jetstar also announced that it would significantly increase its available seat inventory on flights to Queensland as part of its summer schedule for 2015, in response to strong travel demand.The Gold Coast can expect to see an additional 110,000 seats, many of which will originate from Melbourne, with Jetstar becoming the main tenant of Terminal 4 from November 2015.Gold Coast welcomes first service from WuhanMeanwhile, Gold Coast Airport and Gold Coast Tourism today welcomed Jetstar’s inaugural service between Gold Coast and Wuhan China.These direct flights are the result of a landmark agreement with Jetstar and Hubei Wanda New Airline International Travel Services Co. Ltd.Passengers arriving from the first flight were met by key tourism, government, and aviation executives, as well as Australian animals from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and theme park characters from Movie World and Dreamworld.Central China represents a new frontier for the Gold Coast in our marketing efforts in China.With existing air services from Southern, Northern and Eastern China, the addition of these Jetstar services from Central China greatly enhances the overall accessibility of the Gold Coast in this critical growth market.The Gold Coast – Wuhan China service operates twice weekly, and is operated by a B787 aircraft. The city of Wuhan, with a population of 10 million people, is the capital of Hubei Province in China which has an overall population of 57 million people. Visit The Gold CoastSource = Gold Coast Tourism Influx in domestic aviation capacity with new services and more seats for Gold Coast last_img read more

Friends of MSC Cruises

first_imgFriends of MSC CruisesFriends of MSC CruisesMSC Cruises has experienced enormous growth over the past 12-months and Travel Agents and trade partners are more excited than ever to learn about MSC Cruises!With new ships, new technologies and exciting on board enhancements it has never been a better time to book your clients on an MSC Cruise.To keep our valued travel agent partners up to date, MSC Cruises has launched a trade facing Facebook group called “Friends of MSC Cruises AU/NZ ”. This Facebook page will keep agents updated in a fun and interactive way.The Friends of MSC Cruises AU/NZ Facebook page already has over 250 followers.Join now to and be part of this exclusive group, simply search Friends of MSC Cruises AU/NZ.For more information contact or call 1300 028 502 AU or 0508 4278 473 (NZ)Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

Aircalins 2017 New Caledonia Spring Sale

first_imgAircalin’s 2017 “New Caledonia Spring Sale”Aircalin’s 2017 “New Caledonia Spring Sale”Aircalin Australia is offering your clients a “New Caledonia Spring Sale” deal, flying to New Caledonia from only $297* one way including taxes.Flying somewhere exotic doesn’t need to be a chore. Did you know New Caledonia is just over the horizon? We invite you to experience our island paradise this spring: everything from relaxing in our warm crystalclear waters, pristine white sand beaches, and aquarium-like lagoons to wind surfing, sailing and hiking across our unique bushlands. Our blend of French and Melanesian cultures mixed with our relaxing island life attitude will certainly remind you that you’re on holiday. A trip that will certainly make your friends green with envy. For an easy long weekend away in the sun and no worry about jetlag, discover this idyllic island escape just over 2 hours flying time from Brisbane, under 3 hours from Sydney and less than 4 hours from Melbourne flying on direct services with Aircalin.Take advantage of this amazing sale and visit your closest South Pacific neighbour today.Sale Period: From 06 October 2017 to 27 October 2017Travel Period: 11 October 2017 to 31 July 2018Prices are ONE WAY GROSS airfares and include all taxes. (Surcharge dates may apply)• Sydney to Noumea: from $297* one way• Brisbane to Noumea: from $297* one way• Melbourne to Noumea: from $299* one wayThese discounted airfares have protected inventory on every flight in each direction to ensure excellent availability for the Australian market and are booked in W-class.Source = Aircalinlast_img read more

Qatar Airways A380 service makes first touchdown in Perth

first_imgQatar Airways introduces its new A380 daily service to PerthQatar Airways A380 service makes first touchdown in PerthThe award-winning airline’s luxurious double-decker aircraft increases capacity on the route by more than 44 percentQatar Airways’ flagship A380 aircraft proudly touched down in Perth for the very first time this evening.Now in its sixth year of operation, the deployment of the superjumbo on the Perth-Doha route will add an additional 300 seats daily, an increase of more than 44 percent. Perth is also Qatar Airways’ third gateway in Australia to be flying the 517-seater aircraft, following Sydney and Melbourne. Qatar Airways also flies the A350 daily to Adelaide and the B777 to Canberra.Qatar Airways Senior Manager for Australasia, Mr. Adam Radwanski, said: “Our Australia footprint has grown tremendously in the last two years, bearing testament to the country’s robust travel demand. We are hence delighted to fly our iconic A380 aircraft to Perth, offering Western Australia travellers an unparalleled travel experience onboard their entire journey with us. Passengers whose final destinations are in Europe can do so onboard our ultra-modern fleet featuring the A380s, the A350s, the Dreamliner B787s and the Qsuite-equipped B777 planes after transiting through Hamad International Airport, one of only six five-star airports in the world.”Perth Airport CEO Mr. Kevin Brown said: “The A380 is the largest commercial aircraft – and Qatar Airways’ decision to utilise it on this route, strengthens its commitment to the Perth market. The larger aircraft will add almost 109,000 additional seats annually providing an extraordinary opportunity to bring more international tourists to our capital city and our State. This is a quality aircraft being operated by one of the world’s top airlines and with Qatar Airways’ major sectors beyond Doha being London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Rome and Paris, this opens up new opportunities to attract more tourists from the European market.”Featuring a tri-class configuration of seating in First, Business and Economy Class over two decks, the A380 features a luxurious First Class cabin, one of the largest onboard lounges in the sky, the world’s best Business Class offering and a spacious Economy Class cabin for 517 passengers.Qatar Airways has also put in great effort to optimise the A380 for passenger wellness. Besides quiet, spacious cabins, passengers can also enjoy an extensive dining menu onboard. First and Business Class passengers can indulge in an on-demand à la carte menu, with a signature caviar service available for First Class customers. All passengers can enjoy Qatar Airways award-winning Oryx One on-demand entertainment system featuring up to 4,000 entertainment options.The launch of the A380 service comes in tandem with a series of recent announcements by Qatar Airways to expand their global network. The new A380 service will allow more passengers to connect seamlessly to Qatar Airways UK and Ireland network, offering passengers seamless access to Dublin and our five UK gateways – London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cardiff.The national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, with a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.Perth – Doha Flights Schedule:Perth-Doha QR 901 Departs 23:05hrs, Arrives 05:40hrs+1Doha-Perth QR 900 Departs 02:05hrs, Arrives 18:25hrsSource = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more

Tahiti Special Offers for November

first_imgSource = Tahiti Travel Connection Tahiti Special Offers for NovemberTahiti Special Offers for NovemberTahiti Travel Connection (TTC) is offering amazing entire travel packages. Book before 30 November and save up to $4,500 per couple!With its powdery white sand beaches, clear waters, and wonderful weather, it’s easy to see why Tahiti is one of the hottest destinations for relaxing and having a great time under the sun. With our range of early bird offers, now is the chance to experience this truly incredible destination!Entire travel packages available on special offer are:Manava Suite Resort Tahiti 5-night packageManava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea 7-night packageConrad Bora Bora Nui 7-night packageLe Meridien Bora Bora Overwater PackageLe Taha’a Island Resort & Spa 7-night packageSpecial offers start from $2,299 per person twin share and it includes accommodation, return economy class flights with Air Tahiti Nui, shared transfers, and many more!To book the special offers, call our Tahiti Travel Specialists at 1300 858 305 or email at to book today or visit for more information.last_img read more

Immerse your clients in Japans ancient culture with Stuba

first_imgSource = Immerse your clients in Japans ancient culture with Stuba Beautiful Japancenter_img The ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ is juxtaposed between thousands of years old cultural heritage, and one of the most modern and technologically advanced countries in the world.Modern skyscrapers sit amongst small huts, and traditional industries sit alongside the cutting edge od technology; it is in short, a land of contradictions that makes it so appealing for the tourism world, and the intrepid traveller.Across is long history, Japan has seen periods of both openness and self forced isolation. Todays Japan is welcoming to the traveller, and appreciates some effort made by tourists to respect tradition and customs.Japan is extremely homogeneous, with 99.9% of the population being of Japanese ethnicity. However, with sizable Pilipino, Chinese, and Brazilian population. The younger Japanese are extremely welcoming and curious of foreigners, and like to practice their English, but be respectful of older generations who prefer to stick to Japanese!Of all the cities in Japan, Hiroshima is one that probably come to mind as a tourism destination. However, it has become a modern cosmopolitan city, with some of the best food and nightlife in Japan. The way this city has rebuilt itself is nothing short of amazing. Founded in 1589, Hiroshima became a major industrial site, and port city.The best time to visit Hiroshima is usually in October and November. Cool, with less rain provides pleasant and refreshing temperatures.Some of the things not to miss are:– The Peace Flame: A monument  that reminds us of the devastating event that occurred. Located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, it provides a chance for reflection and thought.– Mitaki Temple: Beautiful and peaceful. This temple was originally part of the Hiro-Hachiman Jinja, but was dismantled and sent to Hiroshima as a memorial.– Restaurant Momonoki: We have all heard tales of astronomical process for beef in Japan, and this restaurant isn’t cheap. However, it is rated extremely highly. The tasting menu is popular, so ensure you have a booking. The restaurant is small, bit consistently gets some of the best foodie ratings going.– Raku Bar: for some of the best Japanese craft beer provides the option of ‘all you can drink’, which is wise or foolish, depending on the person. The local Kaigunsan is a favourite. Located in the party region of Nagarekawa, another popular bar is the  Wonderful Joke Bar. Cheesy Karaoke is the name of the game.last_img read more

Bravo Alpha Pappa takes off to celebrate Fathers Day

first_imgBritish Airways Fathers Day FlightBravo Alpha Pappa, takes off to celebrate Father’s DayTo celebrate Father’s Day (this year in the UK on 16 June) British Airways surprised some of its fathers and their sons and daughters by offering them the chance to work together on a special long-haul flight.The flight, from Heathrow to San Diego in California, departed with help from father and daughter and father and son teams working across the airline’s operation, from check-in to gate agents, operations managers to engineers. The flight was then operated entirely by fathers and their sons and daughters – both cabin crew and pilots. None of the pairs had ever worked together before, making the flight an extra special experience.Ian Romanis, British Airways’ Head of Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew said: “So many of our people have been inspired to work for British Airways because of the experiences of other family members and this was a fantastic opportunity to create a really special moment for everyone involved. It’s great to be able to reward the fathers in our teams who have inspired the next generation of aviation enthusiasts.”The team working on board the flight shared how they came to follow in their fathers’ footsteps.Lois Mackerness, British Airways’ cabin crew, said her Dad has always inspired her:“Growing up seeing the pride and passion my Dad has for caring for his customers really encouraged me to work hard and make sure that I love what I do too.  It was great to work on board together. I picked up some of his top tips that he’s learnt through his many years of flying.”British Airways’ Cabin Crew, Andrew Obal, said of working alongside his son:“With both myself and my son often working in different time zones and countries around the world, it sometimes means that we celebrate special days like birthdays and Christmas on different dates. Father’s Day is of extra importance for us as my son is now a father too, so being a part of this flight and watching my son serve our customers was such a special moment.”British Airways Captain, Martin Ewins, spoke of the enjoyment of working on the same aircraft as his daughter:“For 20 years my daughter watched me fly around the world and I’m so proud that I’ve inspired her to do the same as cabin crew. This is the first time we’ve ever worked on the same aircraft together and that’s such a special feeling. I was incredibly proud of her, and from the moment we stepped onto the plane we weren’t father and daughter, but two members of a flying crew getting ready to operate a flight. Despite everyone’s excitement about the flight, that professionalism was shown by the whole team on board.”Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

Foreign Tourist to North Eastern States registered a growth of 3976 in

first_imgThe number of foreign tourist visits to North Eastern States has increased from 66,302 to 84,820 in 2013 and further to 118,552 in 2014.Rs 144.68 crore funds released for North Eastern Region in 2014-15. Rs 34.68 crore more than actual sanctioned amount of 110 crore in 2014-15. A total of 10% of the plan allocation of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is earmarked for North Eastern States. Of the funds allocated to the Ministry.The Ministry of Tourism has launched two new plan schemes ‘Swadesh Darshan for integrated development of Circuits around specific themes’ and ‘PRASAD for National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive’. They are Coastal Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, North East India Circuit, Himalayan Circuit and Krishna Circuit identified under Swadesh Darshan Scheme initially. Seven more circuits viz. Desert Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wild Life Circuit and Rural Circuit have recently been identified under the scheme. Under PRASAD scheme 12 cities have been identified. Kamakhaya in Assam features under PRASAD scheme.Further, following initiatives are also been taken by the Government to promote tourism in North Eastern Region:(i) Provision of complimentary space to the North Eastern States in India Pavilions set up at major International Travel Fairs and Exhibitions.(ii) 100% Central financial assistance for organising fairs and festivals is allowed to the North Eastern States.(iii) Ministry of Tourism, as part of its on-going activities, annually releases print, electronic, online and outdoor media campaigns in the international and domestic markets, under the Incredible India brand-line, to promote various tourism destinations and products of the country, including the lesser known destinations which have tourism potential. The Ministry of Tourism undertakes special campaigns on NE Region on TV channels to promote tourism in the regions.(iv) International Tourism Mart (ITM) are organised annually with the objective of showcasing the largely untapped tourism potential of North East region in the domestic and international markets.The project ‘Integrated Cable-Car and Lakeside Tourism Development Project at Loktak Lake, Manipur’ has been sanctioned during 2013-14 for the State Government of Manipur at an amount of Rs 20.35 crore under Large Revenue Generating Scheme. Under this scheme, funds are allocated under Public-Private-Partnership.last_img read more

UNWTO reports four percent growth in international tourist arrivals worldwide in 2015

first_imgInternational tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014.2015 marks the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth, with international arrivals increasing by four percent or more.“International tourism reached new heights in 2015. The robust performance of the sector is contributing to economic growth and job creation in many parts of the world. It is thus critical for countries to promote policies that foster the continued growth of tourism, including travel facilitation, human resources development and sustainability,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.Results from the UNWTO Confidence Index remain largely positive for 2016, though at a slightly lower level as compared to the previous two years. Based on the current trend and outlook, UNWTO projects international tourist arrivals to grow by four percent worldwide in 2016.By region, growth is expected to be stronger in Asia and the Pacific and the Americas, followed by Europe. The projections for Africa and the Middle East are positive, though with a larger degree of uncertainty and volatility.last_img read more

Vacation guide to Melaka City in Malaysia

first_imgMalacca City is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Malacca. It is the oldest Malaysian city in the Straits of Malacca, having become a successful entrepôt in the era of the Malacca Sultanate. Source: Expedialast_img