Celebrity chefs to sell tastes of Australian tucker to international t

first_imgTourism Australia has recruited top celebrity chefs to promote Australia food to tourists.The Restaurant Australia campaign features top chefs such as John Torode and Vlado Gregurek promoting Australian food across a number of mediums including online, in blogs and articles, The Australian reported. The campaign promotes Australia as the world’s greatest living restaurant. “These shows provide a tasty appetiser for the promotion of Restaurant Australia, bringing together passionate locals, breathtaking landscapes and the freshest of produce to represent some of the unique and most distinctive food and wine experiences of our beautiful country,” Tourism Australia chief marketing officer Nick Baker said.  Memorable parts of the series for Torode include diving for abalone off Bruny Island and going spearfishing in Tropical North Queensland. The latest promotion is Torode’s John Torode’s Australia which showcases him travelling to places that invigorated his love for food. Tourism Australia hopes the campaign will lift visitor numbers from the UK especially after ABS data indicated that British tourist visits had jumped by 6.3 per cent in 2013 to 634,100 people. Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

TAT viral campaigns win PATA Gold Awards 2015

first_imgAT viral campaigns win PATA Gold Awards 2015The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is proud to announce that two of its campaign commercials have won awards at the recent Pacific Asia Travel Association’s annual PATA Gold Awards. The viral hit “I Hate Thailand” took home a Gold Award for Marketing in the Social Media Category, while a second PATA Gold Award went to the “Discover Thainess” campaign in the Promotional Travel Video category.Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT Acting Governor and Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) said, “We’re pleased that these commercials were so successful at the PATA Gold Awards, as they showcase all that is wonderful about Thailand’s culture – the wonderful friendliness of the Thai people that keeps visitors coming back year after year and the huge range of unforgettable experiences our guests have when they enjoy the destinations and culture that make Thailand unique.”The ‘I hate Thailand’ video tells the tale of an independent traveller’s experiences of the kingdom after losing his belongings, in which frustration is replaced by love for the nation thanks to the friendly help of the local people. The five-minute film, released onto YouTube on 18 November, 2014, became a viral sensation thanks to shares on social media and has been viewed nearly three million times.The PATA Gold Award is another testament to the success of the ‘I Hate Thailand” video. In March 2015, the campaign won the Lotus Award for Branded Content and Entertainment in the Asia-Pacific region’s top annual advertising festival, AdFest as well as one Silver and two Bronze Awards. The ad also picked up awards at the 8th International Tourism Film Festival 2015 in Riga, Latvia as well as other international accolades.Meanwhile, the “Discover Thainess” viral campaign, which took top prize in the Promotional Travel Video category, was admired for the way it showcased the kingdom’s unique Thai experiences; such as, culture, music food, and dance. The video is part of TAT’s 2015 Discover Thainess tourism campaign, which promotes Thai destinations and experiences including the Thai way of life, Thai culture and activities; such as, Thai boxing, Thai massage, Thai cooking, and Thai classical dance.The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) promotes responsible development of the Asia- Pacific travel and tourism industry, and the PATA Gold Awards were established with the aim of recognising exceptional achievement in a range of media to promote the travel industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four main categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment, and Heritage and Culture.This year, there were 269 entries from 83 travel and tourism organisations and individuals. Other Thai winners this year included Siam Niramit’s “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam”, which won the Gold Prize for Heritage and Culture.The Awards presentation will take place at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on 8 September, 2015, during the PATA Travel Mart 2015. Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

MTA announces key social media specialist appointment

first_img Join MTA herediscover more about MTA hereSource = Mike Parker-Brown, MTA PR MTA announces key social media specialist appointment – Karla BriskiMTA announces key social media specialist appointmentMTA – Mobile Travel Agents has boosted its overall social media delivery with the appointment of specialist Karla Briski.Announcing the appointment, MTA CEO, Don Beattie said Karla would be working closely with MTA Marketing & Communications Manager, Michelle Graham in further establishing and building on the company’s social media presence.Her role will also include providing much needed support and advice to all MTA Members to ensure continuity in keeping with MTA’s social media-related brand guidelines.Karla holds a BA in business, majoring in marketing and management with experience in photography and design.Prior to joining MTA, she was employed as Digital Channel Manager – Social Media at Village Roadshow Theme Parks.“Having Karla on board represents a major win for MTA given her vast experience in this ever-important and ever-growing sector of our overall business model,” Mr Beattie said.“The skill set she brings to us will have a major impact on what we want to achieve in this area moving forward.” MTA – Mobile Travel Agentsdiscover more about MTA herelast_img read more

Sydney Airport launches real time flight information service for passe

first_imgSydney Airport launches real time flight information service for passengersSydney Airport launches real time flight information service for passengersSydney Airport has launched an innovative new service offering tailored, real time flight information to passengers via social media to further enhance the customer experience.The airport has partnered with software provider TIC, whose BizTweet platform connects passengers with airports through social media.Passengers flying to or from Sydney Airport can keep up to date with the latest flight information by tweeting their flight number to @flySYD or visiting the flight information page at Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said the service would improve the passenger experience, helping travellers plan their trip before they arrive at the airport.“We want to make the airport experience as simple and stress free as possible for the 42 million passengers who fly in and out of Sydney Airport on more than 300,000 flights every year,” Ms Mather said.“We’re proud to engage with our passengers through this information service, which provides access to the latest details on international and domestic flights, departure gates and boarding times at the touch of a button.“Importantly, passengers will be able to access personalised flight information in their native language, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they’ll receive timely and relevant information, when and where they need it.”The new service is also expected to enhance efficiency by improving passenger flow throughout Sydney Airport’s terminals.Founder and CEO of TIC Paul Brugger said the company was pleased to partner with Sydney Airport.“Sydney Airport is one of the most well-known airports in the whole world and we are now able to offer our tailored solution to more people than ever before, further enhancing the airport’s service to its passengers,” Mr Brugger said.“It’s great to see Sydney making their service as relevant as possible to the passenger by using our multi-lingual functionality to communicate in up to 41 different languages instantly.”The introduction of this new service builds on Sydney Airport’s technology strategy, which is delivering new and more customised ways for visitors and passengers to access the information they need when planning their trip to the airport.Sydney Airport has implemented a suite of state-of-the-art technology, including free Wi-Fi and airport apps, self-service check-in, automated bag drops, SmartGates, dynamic wayfinding e-directories and beacon technology.New multilingual Flight Information Displays (FIDS) are also available in 13 languages at the T1 International terminal. The new look FIDS feature bolder colours, larger font and a more intuitive display to enhance readability and wayfinding for passengers.The airport is Australia’s leading airport for social media followers, with around 160,000 followers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and offers the BizTweet service in 41 languages, from Arabic through to Vietnamese.About Sydney AirportSydney Airport is Australia’s gateway airport, serving 42 million passengers a year and connecting Sydney to a network of around 100 international, domestic and regional destinations.Located just eight kilometres from the city centre, Sydney Airport contributes $30.8 billion in economic activity a year, equivalent to 6.4 per cent of the NSW economy. Sydney Airport is a major employer in NSW, generating more than 306,700 direct and indirect jobs, equivalent to 8.9 per cent of NSW employment. Some 29,000 of these jobs are at the airport itself.About TIC and BizTweetTIC is an innovative technology company based in Cork, Ireland. Serving customers across four continents, it designs bespoke and user friendly software solutions that businesses can use and adapt to communicate more efficiently with their customers.BizTweet is TIC’s flagship product and has won numerous business awards since its inception in 2011. The innovative software provides corporations with the ability to segment their customer base depending on their customer’s data and send pre-configured Tweets in real-time. Helping businesses to overcome the problems of impersonalised or time-sensitive social media replies and responses, BizTweet helps businesses to stand out from their competitors, easily and effectively.Source = Sydney Airportlast_img read more

Redfin Demand Loses Steam in October as Home Tours Offers Fall

first_img Housing has made significant strides in 2012, but the market may close out the year with a whimper, according to data in “”Redfin’s””: Real-Time Demand Pulse for November.[IMAGE]Data collected from October shows the number of customers requesting home tours fell 3.0 percent from the previous month. At the same time, the number of offers signed see-sawed from week to week, leading to an overall 3.8 percent decline at month-end.[COLUMN_BREAK]While it’s not unusual for demand to sink in Q4, the decrease this year was more pronounced: In October 2011, requests for home tours fell only about 0.5 percent from the month prior, while signed offers slipped 3.7 percent. Based on October’s figures, Redfin expects sales to slow down in November and December, possibly falling slightly below last year’s levels in some parts of the country.””We have been bullish about the U.S. real estate market overall, but in October demand among home-buyers took a step backwards,”” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “”This trend will be even stronger in November due to Hurricane Sandy, but it isn’t just the time of year or the weather. Many markets are intensely competitive and inventory is very low, so plenty of our home-buyers are taking the rest of the year off.””The company’s data showed inventory was down 29.3 percent year-over-year at the end of September. The decline in tours was most likely due to that drop in inventory–a problem on course to fix itself as “”sellers regain confidence””: and make a return to the market in the next few months. Until that time, however, Redfin expects touring volume to remain low. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share November 9, 2012 447 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2012-11-09 Tory Barringer Redfin: Demand Loses Steam in October as Home Tours, Offers Falllast_img read more

Wells Fargo Loses Bid to Dismiss FHA Lawsuit

first_img FHA Quality Control Wells Fargo 2014-06-10 Tory Barringer June 10, 2014 527 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by Wells Fargo to block a government suit alleging the bank falsely certified the underwriting credit of loans it originated as a direct endorsement lender for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).In its attempt to have the suit dismissed, Wells Fargo argued the agreement outlined in 2012’s National Mortgage Settlement barred the types of claims the government is now making. Wells Fargo was one of five banks participating in the $25 billion settlement with 49 state attorneys general.A three-judge panel disagreed with the bank’s argument, reasoning that the government’s suit falls under a different category than the servicing and foreclosure practices covered by the settlement.The latest ruling upholds an earlier decision made by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer last year.A representative for Wells Fargo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Out of the five banks involved in the National Mortgage Settlement, FHA went on to pursue four, alleging losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars on insured loans due to faulty quality assurance procedures. Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase went on to settle their cases, leaving only the nation’s biggest lender still left.center_img Share Wells Fargo Loses Bid to Dismiss FHA Lawsuitlast_img read more

Caliber Appoints SVP for National Builder Division

first_img Caliber Home Loans, Inc., introduced a new leader in its National Builder Division, naming Michael Brown as SVP.”I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead this new initiative for Caliber,” Brown commented on his new role. “Caliber has a strong leadership team that is truly committed to having the right products, tools, services, and support for our strategic partnerships with builders.”Brown has more than 25 years’ worth of experience in the mortgage industry, spending most of that in senior management positions for various firms across the nation. He comes to Caliber from Guild Mortgage Company, where he led the national builder division as manager.He also spent more than a year as builder sales manager for the western United States at MetLife Home Loans and nearly 15 years as SVP and builder sales executive for Bank of America/Countrywide Home Loans.John Bianchi, EVP of national retail production for Caliber, said he is excited to welcome Brown to the company.”Michael is a strong leader with an outstanding reputation in the industry as an enthusiastic, results-oriented individual,” Bianchi said. “He is a great addition to the Caliber team and we look forward to him working directly with the homebuilding industry while building stronger relationships for mutual success.” Caliber Home Loans Movers & Shakers 2014-08-14 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Caliber Appoints SVP for National Builder Divisioncenter_img Share August 14, 2014 474 Views last_img read more

US Negative Equity Rate Drops to 169

first_imgU.S. Negative Equity Rate Drops to 16.9% The number of U.S. homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth has fallen off by nearly half in the last two years, but third-quarter data shows millions are still close to slipping back under.In a report released this week, property data company Zillow estimated that 8.7 million homeowners living in the nation’s top housing markets were underwater on their mortgage as of the end of the third quarter, putting the country’s negative equity rate at 16.9 percent. The U.S. underwater rate peaked at 31.4 percent in 2012’s first quarter.”The market has made terrific strides since bottoming out in late 2011 and early 2012, with millions of underwater homeowners freed in just the past few years, and millions more set to surface in coming months and years,” said Dr. Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow.By the end of Q3 2015, the company expects negative equity will drop further to a rate of 15.2 percent.While improving trends in home values and foreclosures have helped push more homeowners into positive equity positions, many are still barely afloat, possessing too little equity to realistically afford the cost of selling their home and buying a new one. Because they’re essentially locked into their houses, those homeowners are unable to contribute to their local stock of for-sale homes and are stuck in the way of entry-level or move-up buyers.Factoring in that group, Zillow estimates the “effective” negative equity rate is closer to 35 percent.On top of that, most of the improvement in home values has happened in the housing market’s highest price tier, where homeowners are only about one-third as likely to be underwater as those in bottom-tier homes (9.3 percent compared to 27.4 percent).The gap is even greater in some of the nation’s still-struggling markets—like Detroit, where nearly 50 percent of homes valued in the bottom price tier were underwater, while 7.6 percent of the highest-priced homes were upside down.Humphries says those problems are partly a reflection of some of the housing market’s current challenges, including low inventory, rapid value appreciation, and weak sales.”None of these problems will be solved overnight, in large part because negative equity will likely be a part of the housing market for years, and easily into the next decade in some hard-hit areas,” he said. “But we’re moving in the right direction, and time will heal all wounds.” December 18, 2014 550 Views Home Equity Home Values Underwater Zillow 2014-12-18 Tory Barringercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

Study Shows New Jersey Has Highest Property Taxes Hawaii Has Lowest

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Homeowners with almost insignificant property taxes and those with hefty burdens are, literally, about as far apart as you can get, according to a new report by Wallet Hub regarding the states with the highest and lowest property taxes in the nation.The recently released April report finds that homeowners in Hawaii have the country’s lowest property tax burden, coming in at an average of $482 per year. Meanwhile, New Jerseyans must contend with the highest property taxes, paying an average of just under $4,000 a year. This puts the national average for property taxes at $2,089 a year, almost to the dollar what residents of Massachusetts, Alaska, and Minnesota (ranked 31st to 33rd) pay.Wallet Hub’s rankings, however, do not factor in the hidden costs with which mortgage borrowers must often contend. Mortgage companies, for example, typically add one-twelfth of a borrower’s estimated property taxes to that client’s monthly mortgage payment (a process called escrow or impound) as a way to stave off costly filing and service costs they would assume should a borrower go delinquent.But while some states, such as California, allow residents to pay property taxes as part of their mortgages, others do not. According to the National Tax Lien Association, property tax delinquency sends roughly $15 billion worth of homes into foreclosure annually.  According to Thomas C. Kinnaman, a professor of economics at Bucknell University, every $1,000 in property tax increases equals a $50,000 increase in the cost of the house.Diane Lourdes Dick, assistant professor of law at Seattle University, reminds that mortgage borrowers should be aware of more than just the dollar amounts quoted for a property tax bill, whether hidden in a mortgage loan payment or paid separately. “Taxation is not only important from a home affordability standpoint,” she says. “The way that tax revenues are used by the government to fund education, infrastructure, and public services should also be considered by prospective buyers.”Alabama, Louisiana, Delaware, and South Carolina round out the five states with the lowest property taxes, each coming in at less than $1,000 a year. Michigan, Nebraska, Connecticut, Texas, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Illinois join New Jersey in having annual property taxes that average above $3,100 a year. Study Shows New Jersey Has Highest Property Taxes; Hawaii Has Lowest homeowners Property Taxes Wallet Hub 2015-04-06 Scott_Morgancenter_img April 6, 2015 585 Views Sharelast_img read more

How a Decline in Labor Will Raise Home Prices

first_img Immigration has stalled in the U.S. for several years now, and if this trend continues, home builders will be burdened with higher construction labor costs.Zillow’s Home Price Expectations Survey showed that more than half (61.7 percent) of experts say that if immigration numbers do not improve, labor costs will increase.Zillow’s Chief Economist, Dr. Svenja Gudell, noted, “While housing policy hasn’t been a big talking point thus far in this election cycle, immigration policy certainly has, and immigration plays a big role in housing.She added, “The supply of homes for sale isn’t keeping up with demand–especially among entry-level homes that first-time buyers want. New-home construction has been sluggish, and homes that are getting built are aimed at a higher-end clientele. If builders hire relatively more expensive U.S.-born workers, they may continue to focus on the more profitable higher end of the market.”Data from the Pew Hispanic center founds that the number of immigrants in the U.S. who entered the country illegally has remained flat for more than five years. In addition, the undocumented Mexican immigrant population in the U.S. is now 20 percent smaller than it was in 2007.The survey, sponsored by Zillow and conducted by Pulsenomics LLC, asked over 100 housing experts about their expectations for the housing market.About  43 percent said a decline in the undocumented immigrant population would result in more construction jobs for U.S.-born workers and other foreign-born workers, the survey found. Meanwhile, 40 percent said that higher labor costs would cause builders to focus on high-end construction, which has a higher profit margin. Over 30 percent of respondents tied immigration trends to the lack of inventory, and predicted that the number of new homes built will remain lower than historic norms.Over half of those surveyed noted that the decline in single-family construction over the last decade is due to high labor costs and a lack of skilled workers.The report also found that prices for newly constructed homes in December 2015 were up 7 percent from pre-recession times when prices averaged $267,000. “The outlook for 2016 home price appreciation is 3.7 percent, less than the 4 percent value increase realized in 2015,” said Pulsenomics founder Terry Loebs, noting that longer-term expectations for home values continue to drift lower. “The five-year average annual rate of home value appreciation expected by the panelists is stuck at 3.3 percent, its lowest level since 2012. These subdued expectations are remarkable in light of the improvement in headline unemployment numbers, recent evidence of real income growth, stubbornly low home inventory levels, and very low mortgage rates that seem unlikely to spike anytime soon.”Click here to view the full report. How a Decline in Labor Will Raise Home Prices in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharecenter_img February 18, 2016 625 Views Construction Labor Home Builders Home Prices Zillow 2016-02-18 Staff Writerlast_img read more

TMinus 25 Days Flood Insurance Expiration

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News T-Minus 25 Days: Flood Insurance Expiration September 5, 2017 634 Views Sharecenter_img The National Association of Realtors released an opinion Tuesday regarding the National Flood Insurance Program expiration. According to NAR, with only one month left, homeowners, consumers, and commercial property owners are at risk of being unprotected and—in worst case scenarios—unable to get a mortgage.The National Flood Insurance Program was created by Congress in 1968 to provide flood insurance to policy holders in the U.S. and its territories, but residents and business owners can only purchase the insurance if the community participates in the program. In order to do so, communities must agree to mitigate flood risks such as adopting building codes that require new structures built in floodplains “to be protected against flooding or to be elevated above the 100-year floodplain level.” Currently, the program covers 5.1 million policies with over $1.2 trillion in coverage for 22,235 communities.The U.S. House Financial Committee and the National Association of Realtors came to an agreement in July on legislation to reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program. Reforms to the program included retaining grandfathering and reducing rate increases. At the time, the draft limited proposed increases to fees and rate hikes that were present in earlier legislations.The agreement brought hope that reauthorization would be quickly approved, but now real estate professionals are feeling uneasy. With major damage done to Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey and impending damage in Florida from Hurricane Irma, the lapse in coverage could adversely affect millions of homeowners. Aside from hurricane damage, NAR President William E. Brown said the U.S. knows what will happen if the National Flood Insurance Program expires—it’s happened before.”Home buying activity grinds to a halt, to the tune of 40,000 lost or interrupted sales every month,” Brown said. “Meanwhile, existing homeowners, as well as commercial entities, may find their largest asset unprotected if the Federal Emergency Management Administration can’t renew NFIP policies that expire.”According to Brown, the critical reforms have been a long time coming and NAR looks forward to working with the House and Senate once the threat of lapse has been addressed. Flood Insurance 2017-09-05 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

Australia Massive hail storm rips through NSW avo

first_img Australia: Massive hail storm rips through NSW avo … July 23 , 2018 Aussie produce industry sets ambitious goals for s … You might also be interested in Chile has this year overtaken New Zealand as the leading Southern Hemisphere kiwifruit supplier to the Indian market for the first time ever, according to leading produce company IG International.Tarun Arora, director of the India-based importer-distributor, said that by the end of June Chile had supplied 3,800 metric tons (MT) of kiwifruit while its rival had supplied 2,800MT.During an interview with Fresh Fruit Portal, Arora also spoke about the huge effect U.S. tariffs could have on apple supply dynamics, and the progress IG had been making with blueberry plantings – its first foray into fruit production.Kiwifruit competition intensifiesStrong competition between Chile and New Zealand has led to far greater supplies than normal in India this year, and Arora said he wouldn’t be surprised if total imported volumes during 2018 end up more than 40% higher year-on-year.”The kiwifruit market is definitely under tremendous stress because none of the nations including Chile and New Zealand want to give away the market share they have managed to attain in India,” he said.”So there is an oversupply situation which is putting pressure on prices.”This is the first time in Chile’s four-year history in the Indian market that it has surpassed New Zealand, which has been shipping to the market for around 15 years.Arora said that in general the Indian kiwifruit market has been growing at an impressive annual rate of 20%, with volumes last year reaching 24,000MT. A little under half of that was supplied by Iran, which has the logistical advantage of being just four days away.Behind Iran was New Zealand and then Chile, but Arora said the South American country would likely take the number-two spot this year.”This year we are forecasting around 30,000MT of total kiwifruit imports, but considering how heavily both origins are shipping I wouldn’t be surprised if it surpassed 35,000MT,” he said.Arora also believed that eventually either Chile or New Zealand would have to give way.”It’s very difficult to forecast at this moment, considering that what happened this year was not expected. Both Chile and New Zealand have been more aggressive, so it will be very interesting to see how the market behaves in the coming years,” he said.”Obviously both will remain in the market, but one has to settle for a smaller market share.”Green varieties remain the most popular in India, he added.Tariffs would cause sharp decline in U.S. applesWhile not under the same pressure as the kiwifruit market, the Indian apple market has also seen heavy supplies this year. “We’ve already seen two back-to-back months of 65,000MT each in May and June, which is very large. Generally, you won’t see this kind of volume coming into India around the month of July because it’s very close to the Indian apple season,” he said.center_img “Everybody has definitely taken a higher risk – anticipating a later Indian crop and anticipating U.S. tariffs to increase on August 4 – so it will be interesting to see what happens to the apple market in August. There will be more product in storage than what an importer would normally carry in any other year.”The Indian Government has said it plans to increase tariffs on U.S. apples by 25% next month in retaliation for the U.S. raising duties on steel and aluminum imports. This would mean U.S. apples face a 75% tariff coming into India while everyone else remains on 50%.The development comes during a year that saw India become the U.S. state of Washington’s number-two market by mid-May, putting it ahead of Canada and second only to Mexico.Arora predicted the tariff rise would lead to a dramatic drop in U.S. apple volumes and a possible destabilization of the Indian market, which receives significant supplies of U.S. Red Delicious – the favorite among Indian consumers.If the tariff were to persist for a long time there would likely be “big changes” for the market, he said.”This year India has imported a total of 8 million cartons from the U.S., and you could possibly see that going down to 2 or 3 million cartons,” he said, explaining India was a price-sensitive market.”25% is a big increase and there are a lot of alternative markets that are willing to supply India, but they are not able to compete with the U.S, very well at the moment,” he said.While there will also be advantages for Southern Hemisphere apple producers, Arora said European countries like Poland, Italy and Belgium would be the biggest winners.”They [the U.S. and Europe] are both Northern Hemisphere, and they compete with each other. There would therefore be a much bigger playing field for Europe – they could start from October and go until maybe June, which is a big window,” he said.Blueberry plantings in IndiaEarly this year IG planted the first six hectares of blueberry production through a joint venture announced last year with Australian company Mountain Blue.The two companies are creating a new company called BerryLife, and plan to plant 50 acres of blueberries in Western India over the next couple of years. “We are planting a little bit at a time. We have started with six hectares, and then we will plant 22 hectares next year and another 22 the year after that,” he said.”Mountain Blue have been doing really a fabulous job. They know a lot about blueberries, so we’ve been very happy,” he said, noting the first small harvest of fruit could take place next year.He expects the fruit to be harvested between around February through June – a time when imports into India are normally “negligible”.He said Chilean volumes are limited due to the fumigation protocol, while India does not yet have agreements with Mexico or Peru, and the U.S. normally receives attractive prices when its domestic season starts.”So it [Indian blueberries] will come at a good time,” he said.Photo: Shutterstock Australia scores improved citrus, carrot access to … Australia expects bumper avocado crop, plans expor … last_img read more

He did not expect additional shipments to be made

first_imgHe did not expect additional shipments to be made this season as it is now in its final stages.”The big challenge here is the journey because it’s 45 days with cold treatment, so we want to see how it arrives. We think it is a very resistant variety, so it should arrive well,” he said.MarketingBovino said the company is working with an importer-distributor in China.”We want to know if the fruit will arrive in good condition before focusing more on the commercial development,” he said.”It is an experimental shipment to assess the technical and travel conditions, so it is a priority to know how the product is going to arrive. Based on that we will make projections for the future.”If this arrives well there’s the possibility of looking into shipments from Chile, if the times are shorter. But in the end we are confident that it will go well, as this variety is sent to Southeast Asia. Here the difference is that it is shipped at a slightly lower temperature than normal.”Photo: Trébol Pampa. Argentina: Table grape exports from key region ‘lo … Limoneira completes Argentine citrus JV and land a … You might also be interested in This story is exclusive to Fresh Fruit Portal. If you would like to reproduce any elements of it on other sites or publications, please make a request to our editorial team at Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … Argentina has carried out its first shipment of sweet citrus to the Chinese market in eight years.A 22-metric-ton (MT) load of W. Murcott mandarins was sent by the Trébol Pampa and is due to arrive in Shanghai in late September.CEO Daniel Bovino told Fresh Fruit Portal that Argentina had shipped oranges to China until 2010, but a shipment sent by another company had arrived in poor conditions and exporters had decided to discontinue trade.Local media also reported that other factors involves in the decision included high internal and shipping costs and exchange rate issues.Bovino said this mandarin shipment is being carried out as a trial and will serve as a guideline for planning new exports in the future. August 30 , 2018 Brazil blocks market access for Argentine pome fru …last_img read more

October 05 2018

first_imgOctober 05 , 2018 Mexican berry campaign running well ahead of sched … NA: Heatwave, thunderstorms to affect grape, berry … You might also be interested in People are being asked to check the date mark on the back of the pack and warned that any affected product should not be eaten.”There have been no reports of injury. However, if you have consumed any of this product and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice” the notice said.The affected batch has a date marking of Best Before: 22 Jun 2021 and is sold frozen in a 1kg plastic bag. The product is sold in a number of supermarkets – New World, Pak’nSave and Gilmours stores around the North Island.The product is not exported, and this recall does not affect any other Fruzio brand products.The recall comes after dozens of incidents where fresh strawberries in Australia were found with needles pierced into them. There has been one report of an affected strawberry punnet found in New Zealand, sold at the St Luke’s Countdown supermarket in Auckland late last month.center_img Always Fresh Farms, Giddings Fruit to offer 52-wee … Mexican berry growers’ sales dip amid U.S. border … New Zealand-based FSL Foods is recalling a brand of frozen mixed berries because of the risk of contamination with metal, according to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).The Ministry for Primary Industries issued a recall notice for the 1kg pack of Fruzio brand premium mixed berries on Friday evening.”FSL Foods Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Fruzio brand premium mixed berries as the product may contain foreign matter (metal),” the statement says.last_img read more

Bound Roundconsumer mediafamily travel

first_imgBound Roundconsumer mediafamily travel Two Australian consumer family travel media companies – Bound Round Pty Ltd and Elwin Media Pty Ltd – have today announced a merger of their respective businesses – Family Travel and Out & About with Kids – effective immediately.The two brands will operate as a singular brand, Family Travel, and Bound Round says the addition of Out & About with Kids magazine and digital to its stable of owned channels will increase its scale and reach in the travel segment. “Over the years, both brands have established themselves as innovative and trusted names in the family travel segment. Joining forces enables us to operate with increased scale and improved efficiencies, as well creating opportunities for us to create and deliver more market-leading content and family travel offers for our community,” said Bound Round Founder & CEO, Janeece Keller. As a result of the merger, Out & About with Kids publisher Elisa Elwin has been appointed as the Head of Family Travel Magazine and Partnerships, and Executive Editor at Bound Round. She will be responsible for the delivery of the editorial strategy and direction of the Family Travel brand in collaboration with Natasha Keller, Bound Round’s Head of Online, Marketing and Communications. Tatyana Leonov has been appointed editor of the print publication, which will continue as Out & About With Kids until relaunch in the second half of 2018.“While the broader print industry may be undergoing a period of strain and disruption caused by the growth of digital, this is also a time of great opportunity. As a small, independent publisher, now was the perfect time to harness the power of a collaborative partnership,” said Elisa Elwin, adding that partnerships are key to the success of any independent publisher.The merger between the two brands, in the digital space, will be a longer transition. will continue to operate alongside for the remainder of 2018, with content and campaigns to run across both sites and to both audiences.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals’ offseason has been dotted by a great deal of uncertainty.The franchise has already seen its head coach retire, a subsequent coaching search that landed Steve Wilks and the retirement of its quarterback Carson Palmer.There was also the matter of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s future — would he come back for another season?The wait on the answer is over.“It’s a very exciting time for all of us. To all the Arizona Cardinals fans around the world, it’s very exciting because Larry mentioned to me last night that he is coming back for the 2018 season,” Wilks told Doug & Wolf Thursday morning on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station during Newsmakers Week. In 2017, Fitzgerald’s 109 catches for 1,156 yards made him only the second player in league history to post at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards seasons in back-to-back-to-back campaigns beyond the age of 30..@LarryFitzgerald informed HC Wilks last night that he’s returning for 2018!More info ➡️— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) February 15, 2018A battered offensive line and an injured Palmer didn’t stop Fitzgerald from producing Pro Bowl numbers in 2017. In Week 16, his last game at University of Phoenix Stadium, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the ninth time in his career, ranking him third all-time, trailing only Jerry Rice (14) and Moss (10). He is now tied with Tim Brown, Terrell Owens and Jimmy Smith.He also added to his receptions total, surpassing 100 catches on a 13-yard touchdown and becoming the oldest player to reach both receiving and reception marks. He has three straight seasons and five in his career with more than 100 catches.At the age of 34, Fitzgerald was relied upon perhaps more than any other year of his career. He had over triple the amount of the team’s second-leading pass catchers Andre Ellington and Jermaine Gresham, who both caught 33 balls. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-0. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. 49 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Steve Wilks, Cardinals Head Coach The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As for the receivers, Jaron Brown had 31 catches, J.J. Nelson had 29 and John Brown finished with 21.Fitzgerald caught 68 percent of his targets while Nelson checked in at 48 percent, Jaron Brown at 45 percent and John Brown only caught 38 percent of his targets.Fitzgerald came to Arizona in the 2004 NFL Draft as the third overall pick out of the University of Pittsburgh. He reached Pro Bowl status in his second season — the first of 11 appearances in the game.He capped the Cardinals’ 2008 season with an unbelievable run in the postseason. Fitzgerald caught 30 passes for 546 yards and seven touchdowns in Arizona’s improbable march to Super Bowl XLIII. His 64-yard touchdown reception from Kurt Warner gave the Cardinals a 23-20 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers with 2:37 left in the game.Fitzgerald’s 10 postseason touchdown catches are tied for the fourth-most in the history of the NFL, despite the fact that he’s played in only nine playoff games. “I’m extremely excited,” Wilks continued. “You’re talking about a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. I couldn’t be more excited to have Larry coming back next year. He is totally committed — those are his words — so we’re excited and ecstatic to have him part of the Arizona Cardinals.”Fitzgerald commences his attempts to move up the NFL receiving record lists.Wilks said Fitzgerald called him Wednesday night to inform the first-year coach he is committed to the Cardinals despite the team having a hole at the quarterback position.“Personally, I felt honored, to be honest, to know he is really committed to coming back, understanding right now that of course we don’t have a quarterback on the roster,” Wilks said. “Again, it just shows you his character and the kind of person he is.”He is currently third all-time in receiving yards (15,545) and receptions (1,234), and eighth in receiving touchdowns (110). Fitzgerald sits 389 yards short of Terrell Owens (15,934) for second on the all-time receiving yards list and is 91 receptions from catching Tony Gonzalez, who is also second in NFL history.Fitzgerald owns numerous NFL records, including the most seasons with 90 or more receptions (eight) and the most receptions (30), receiving yards (546) and touchdowns (eight) in one postseason.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter A extensive line up

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >A extensive line up of new and returning major events will delight guests at Ayers Rock Resort in 2016.  Annual events the Tjungu Festival, Uluru Camel Cup, Outback Marathon and the Uluru Astronomy Weekend will be joined by two new events, the Desert Dreaming Yoga Festival and the Touch the Silence Within Wellness Weekend. These events are in addition to the monumental art phenomenon at Ayers Rock, Bruce Munro’s Field of Light.“Ayers Rock Resort’s major events are always popular, with guests able to enjoy our regular attractions while they also take part in other activities – whether that be Indigenous culture, light-hearted Outback fun, health and fitness or the wonders of the universe,” said Voyages CEO Andrew Williams.Bruce Munro’s Field of Light1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017Bruce Munro’s Field of Light will be created in its largest form to date at Ayers Rock Resort for most of 2016. The solar-powered installation will illuminate a remote desert area within sight of the majestic Uluru. There are three ways to experience the installation, which provides the perfect reason to add an extra night to any stay and experience this once in a lifetime event.Tjungu Festival2 to 25 April 2016A celebration of the best of Australian Indigenous culture, Tjungu Festival, pronounced tjoo-ngoo (meaning “meeting together” in local Anangu Pitjantjatjara language), celebrates its third anniversary in 2016. A four-day family-friendly Indigenous cultural festival, highlights include a local Anangu welcome to country, interactive markets showcasing Indigenous art and bush tucker, a spectacular line-up of traditional and contemporary Indigenous musicians and bands including festival favourite Marcus Corowa, the Tjungu Short Film Fest celebrating Indigenous film making, the inspirational Tjungu Fashion Parade with model Samantha Harris, the engaging and uplifting AFL Tjungu Cup, and ‘Tastes of Tjungu’, an exclusive dining experience under the stars hosted by celebrity chef Mark Olive.Desert Dreaming Yoga Festival24 to 29 April 2016Yoga Instructor Denby Sheather will host the first Desert Dreaming Yoga Festival at Ayers Rock Resort where guests will tune into the spiritual nature of the destination and be nourished through the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, healing, and wholefood medicine.Touch the Silence Within Wellness Weekend13 to 15 May 2016Popular life change facilitator Peter Bliss hosts this enriching, memorable and transformational weekend where guests will apply key universal principles to empower them in managing emotions and master their mind with practical mindfulness workshops, silence survival strategies, intuition and intention tips, Qigong workshops, and guided meditations to enhance their lives.Uluru Camel Cup27 to 28 May 2016Join locals at this fun-filled weekend and experience a true Aussie outback-style event. Now in its fourth year, the Uluru Camel Cup festivities begin at the atmospheric Outback Pioneer Hotel and Bar with the opportunity to bid on a favourite camel in a lively Uluru Camel Cup Calcutta, complete with live entertainment. The celebrated Uluru Camel Cup races include the ever-popular Fashions on the Field, outback BBQ, fun-filled activities and more, providing plenty to see, taste, and revel in for the whole family. The weekend culminates with a true blue outback style ball, set outdoors under the sparkling night sky.Australian Outback Marathon30 July 2016        Set amongst one of the most iconic backdrops in the world, The Australian Outback Marathon welcomes entrants from all over the world who pound the red dust while enjoying spectacular views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Race organiser and sports tour operator, Travelling Fit, have designed the event to be enjoyed by all levels of running ability offering four different events – a full marathon, half marathon and two fun runs.Uluru Astronomy Weekend26 to 28 August 2016Showcasing the vast outback night sky, the Uluru Astronomy Weekend hosted in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) provides an insight into astronomy.  Held during the phase leading into the new moon for even greater visibility and led by some of the world’s leading astronomy experts, the weekend includes interactive discussion sessions on astro-statistics, the structure of the cosmos, dark matter and more. It will provide those already familiar with the night sky new insights into the universe and for those new to astronomy an excellent introduction.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter On 20 October LATTE

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >On 20 October, LATTE attended a dinner event for Alaska destination training at the Ivy Sunroom, Sydney, hosted by Tim Kelly, Manager, Travel and Tourism Promotion at Alaska Tourism. The Alaska Downunder events aimed to inform travel agents of the many and varied ways in which travellers can experience Alaska.Agents discovered that although summer has always been the favoured time to visit Alaska, winter itineraries are equally impressive and growing in popularity. Unique experiences like landing on a glacier (there are over 100,000 which span 5 per cent of the state), taking the rail road and embarking on a cruise are all on the radar of the adventurous traveller.The Alasksa Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train travels from Anchorage through the Mat-Su Valley, with views of panoramic vistas, wildlife, river valleys and rocky gorges. There are also events to entice visitors year-round, including the World Ice Art Championships in February and March , Running with the Reindeer in March and for 2016, the National Park Service Centennial.Agents were also informed of the availability of tools to help guide their selling of destinations such as Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter InterContinental Hot

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has announced the opening of the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, France. The hotel has been converted from the current Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa and is IHG’s fifth InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in France.InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand joins InterContinental Paris – Le Grand,  InterContinental Paris – Avenue Marceau, InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu, and InterContinental Carlton Cannes alongside over 50 IHG hotels already open in France. InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu signed earlier this is year is due to open in 2018.The historic building was refurbished by French Architect and Designer, Jacques Garcia, with a rich, colourful design, while preserving the property’s 18thcentury splendour.The hotel features 130 rooms including 44 suites, and also offers a range of fitness and wellness facilities including an indoor pool and hammam, 10 treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi on the 360° rooftop beach.The Gordon Ramsay Group brings international flair to the fine dining restaurant, Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay. Executive Chef Gilad Peled prepares uniquely seasonal dishes from the terroir of Bordeaux, all expertly matched with exceptional, prominent wines from the region.Angela Brav, Chief Executive, Europe, IHG says: “We’re very proud to be opening this iconic hotel in the centre of a legendary winegrowing region and one of Europe’s most elegant cities. With France being one of our most important markets and Bordeaux receiving over five million visitors per year, this move is very much in line with our strategy to expand our award-winning InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand in the most popular tourist destinations. InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand is the pinnacle of luxury and offers guests authentic enriching experiences, making it the perfect choice for local and international travellers.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Dusit Fudu Hotels and

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterDusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts, the Shanghai-based hospitality management arm of Dusit International, is pleased to announce the signing of a second management agreement with Jiangsu Huaqiang Real Estate Development Company Limited to manage a 400-room international mid-scale DusitPrincess Hotel and Residence in Jiangyin City, Jiangsu Province. The property is expected to open in late 2016.The DusitPrincess Hotel and Residence Jiangyin, Jiangsu will offer 150 guestrooms, 250 apartments and meeting rooms featuring the latest audio-visual equipment. Facilities will also include an all-day dining restaurant and a health club.Located on the southern bank of Yangtze River, Jiangyin is a county under the jurisdiction of Wuxi City, one of the thirteen prefecture-level cities in Jiangsu Province. Jiangyin has been a major port on the Yangtze since the Tang Dynasty and in 2014, the city’s GDP was 275 billion Chinese Yuan, topping the list of China’s Top 100 Counties. Jiangyin is conveniently only 20 minutes by car from Wuxi High Speed train station and a 2-hour drive from Shanghai and Nanjing.“We warmly welcome the DusitPrincess Hotel and Residence, Jiangyin to our growing portfolio of hotels in China. Three DusitPrincess Hotels and Residences are due to launch in 2016, in the cities of Shanghai, Panzhihua in Sichuan Province and now, Jiangyin. The DusitPrincess brand is welcoming, efficient and affordable and this hotel has been designed with the well-being of both travellers and long-stay guests in mind,” said Mr. Lim Boon Kwee, President of Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more