Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways may reinstate its suspended flights into the Northern Territory after discussing its options with the state’s tourism leader.Services into the NT have been suspended since the carrier was forced to ground all its flights earlier this year due to safety concerns delivered to the Australian court by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA).Despite resuming flights between Melbourne and NSW and Queensland since the suspension, the carrier has yet to signal its future in the NT.However, eager to increase arrivals into the Territory, Tourism Minister Malarndirri McCarthy organised a meeting with the carrier’s chief executive Chin Yau Seng and managing director in Singapore Stuart Adams to restart flights between Melbourne and Alice Springs as well as consider adding new services into the state.“Alice Springs needs a low cost airline to give Territorians increased travel options and the Henderson Government is continuing to push for this,” Minister McCarthy said.In addition to domestic links, Ms McCarthy said she also initiated conversation regarding flights between Singapore and Darwin, a service which was suspended in 2008. “My meeting today with Mr Chin and Mr Adams is also about establishing an ongoing and productive working relationship with Tiger Airways,” she added.Visiting the Asian region to develop the NT’s industry, the tourism leader will also meet up with China International Travel Services, Qantas China, Mandarin MICE Travel and CTrip in a bid to tap into China’s growing travel market.“The China tourism market is one of the fastest growing in the world and it is now the third largest international source market for Australia and the largest in terms of visitor expenditure,” Ms McCarthy said.“We have to be in there fighting for a share of this market and during my visit I will be emphasising the NT’s standing as Australia’s leading nature and culture holiday destination.”Currently tourism contributes up to $1.5 billion to the NT economy per year and plays an important role in the sustainability and growth of the region.
“The new advertisements tell the story of Natalie Hensby, who was injured in a high speed boat crash on her way to a Full Moon Party in Thailand,” Mr Westbury said. The Federal Government’s latest Smartraveller campaign has been welcomed by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) during its official launch aboard Celebrity Solstice this week. AFTA’s boss also commended the advertisement’s focus on the importance of travel insurance. The Government’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, officiated the event. “Natalie had not only registered her travel details with Smartraveller but she had also taken out comprehensive travel insurance through her travel agent. “These steps didn’t just save her more than AU$100,000 in medical costs, they saved her life.” AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury said the Government’s new advertising promotion will encourage more Australians to register and subscribe with Smartraveller before heading abroad. Source = ETB News: P.T.
British Airways celebrates 80 years of flying to Hong KongThis year British Airways is celebrating 80 years of flights to Hong Kong. On 24 March 1936, British Airways’ predecessor Imperial Airways became the first commercial airliner to land at Kai Tak Airport. To celebrate this remarkable anniversary, British Airways, today, announces discounted return fares to Europe from HK$4,080.British Airways is inviting travellers from Hong Kong to join its year-round celebration with return fares to London and the UK from HK$4,680 in World Traveller economy class, from HK$12,680 in World Traveller Plus premium economy, from HK$33,380 in the award-winning Club World business class and from HK$62,380 in First. Customers can also travel to Europe from HK$4,080 in economy class. The offer is available for outbound travel from Hong Kong between 11 January and 30 September 2016, and tickets must be booked by 3 February 2016 on ba.com.Noella Ferns, British Airways’ regional general manager for Greater China and the Philippines said, “As a pioneer of Hong Kong’s civil aviation, British Airways takes great pride in our long history of connecting people from Hong Kong to the UK and Europe, over the past 80 years. Airline travel has changed remarkably and British Airways has been at the forefront of innovation from our first flight eight decades ago, to today as the first and the only airline to operate a non-stop A380 service to London.”Back in 1936, a trip from London to Hong Kong would take eight days and a one-way ticket would cost £175, which is equivalent to £11,113 (HK$127,800) in 2016. The entire trip from London to Hong Kong 80 years ago involved 21 stops to change aircraft and refuel. Passengers would stay overnight in hotels in Alexandria (Egypt), Baghdad (Iraq), Sharjah (UAE), Jodhpur and Calcutta (India) and Bangkok (Thailand).Over the years, the route has seen many pioneering aviation developments and has been served by various revolutionary aircraft, such as Imperial Airways’ Short C Class Empire flying boat in 1936 and De Havilland DH86 in 1937. In 1940, the merge of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd., created the new airline, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). BOAC, started flying Canadair Argonaut (land planes) in 1949 to Hong Kong and from the 1960s, the airline started operating Boeing 707s. In 1974 British Aiways was formed following the merger of BOAC and British European Airways (BEA).British Airways currently operates 14 non-stop flights a week between Hong Kong and London. It is also the only airline to fly the Airbus A380, the largest commercial plane in the sky, non-stop between Hong Kong and London.To celebrate the anniversary, British Airways is giving away free tickets to the Great European Carnival and limited edition British Airways 80th anniversary calendars on its Facebook page. Entries must be submitted by 21 January 2016. Fly British AirwaysSource = British Airways
Online Muslim travel platform, HalalTrip, has today unveiled the industry’s most comprehensive tour packages to over 65 global destinations.HalalTrip has created a bespoke portfolio of Muslim friendly tour packages that includes excursions and activities to cities across the world including Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.The tour packages, available on its website as well as through the mobile app, is tailored specifically for Muslim consumers – a sector predicted to grow to $200 billion in the next four years.Consumers can choose a tour package to suit their needs from options such as type of holiday, which region of the world to duration.Each package is also rated on how Muslim-friendly it is by HalalTrip’s sister firm, CrescentRating – the world’s leading authority on Halal travel.Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of HalalTrip, said: “It is widely recognised that the Muslim travel market is becoming increasingly important and lucrative to the travel sector and the launch of these exclusive worldwide tour packages is a reflection on this,” he said.“The Muslim consumers are looking to explore new destinations and experience different cultures across the world which is why we have launched these tailored packages that cater for every occasion together with satisfying needs such as Halal food and prayer facilities.“Whether it is a experiencing Great White Sharks in South Africa, taking in some culture and history in Spain, honeymooning in Maldives or shopping in Dubai, we have something for every need.”The packages not only include tours to the world’s most popular destinations such as Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, Maldives, and London but also cities such as Tbilisi, Dubrovnik and Kunming. HalalTrip plans to add more destinations in the coming months.As part of the tour packages launch, HalalTrip has also partnered with MasterCard to provide exclusive benefits to MasterCard cardholders.CrescentRating has rated each tour package from Bronze to Gold against a range of criteria that includes the availability of Halal food and prayer facilities.The Muslim travel market is now widely recognised as a key growth tourism sector projected to be worth $200 billion by 2020 according to the MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015, the most comprehensive research that has been released on the sector.To explore and book these tour packages visit www.halaltrip.com or download HalalTrip mobile application for iOS or Android devices.Five of the best Muslim Friendly Tour Packages – at a glanceGems of Islamic Spain – 8 day tour that highlights Madrid and visits the three most celebrated cities of Al Andalus including Cordoba, Granada and Seville.Sweet Escape – 3 day Honeymoon Package to BaliAmazing Balkan- 12 Days Tour to Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.Shark Cage Diving – Full-day unforgettable underwater experience with the Great White Sharks near Cape Town.Dubai Shopping Festival- 5 days of shopping extravaganza including a desert safari with a BBQ Dinner, tour of Dubai and a visit to the Marina Dhow Cruise with dinner. Book hereSource = HalalTrip
Megan Gale, The Timber Trail. Image credit: Tourism New ZealandTourism New Zealand announced Megan Gale as the first ever ambassador to promote cycling to the Australian market at a press conference held in Sydney today.The international model, swimwear and homewares designer, TV personality and actress has signed on to promote The New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT).Megan Gale, Otago Central Rail Trail. Image credit: Tourism New Zealand.The diverse network of off-road cycle trails includes over 2700 km of pristine cycle ways that showcase the many great sights New Zealand has to offer.A new social and digital campaign will see Megan endorse The Great Rides that are suitable for all ages, cycling tastes and levels.Megan Gale is one of Australia’s most highly regarded talents with a career spanning over two decades.Megan’s success as a model, multiple business endeavors and her latest role in award-winning action blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road has made her a true icon both within Australia and abroad.With strong family links to New Zealand, Megan says she is proud to be the Ambassador for Tourism New Zealand’s cycling campaign.“New Zealand is in my blood – my mother is part Māori so the connection to New Zealand has always been strong and the opportunity to promote New Zealand as a destination and its Great Rides is incredibly exciting,” Ms Gale said.“Cycling is part of my exercise routine so combining it with travel is the perfect balance. The best part is you can explore the country from an entirely different angle – it’s like riding through a postcard.”During her journey on The Otago Central Rail Trail and The Timber Trail, Megan was accompanied by locals including cycling Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ulmer, cross-country cycling Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sam Gaze and celebrity chef and writer Annabel Langbein.Gibston Valley, Queenstown. Image credit: Miles HoldenTourism New Zealand General Manager, Australia Tony Saunders says we are ecstatic to welcome Megan Gale as our new ambassador for cycling.“We are confident Megan’s influence and authentic connection to New Zealand will increase awareness and preference for New Zealand as a world-class cycling destination,” Mr Saunders said.“Currently just under nine per cent of Australians cycle as part of their holiday across the Tasman. We are seeing many Australians travel to New Zealand specifically to enjoy our diverse trails and expect to see this number rise following today’s announcement.“Megan was able to experience the very best of New Zealand’s food, wine, culture, history, nature and stunning scenery all within such close reach of one another.”Cycling has been identified by Tourism New Zealand as a key special interest activity to help drive higher value and seasonal visitors to New Zealand during autumn and spring.“Holiday visitors that participate in cycling spend more and stay longer than average visitors,” Mr Saunders said.Since 2009, the New Zealand Government and local communities have invested over NZD$80 million into developing The NZCT for both experienced and leisure cyclists. Tourism New ZealandSource = Tourism New Zealand
Luxperience announces Virgin Australia as Platinum Airline PartnerLuxperience announces Virgin Australia as Platinum Airline PartnerLuxperience, Sydney’s leading luxury and experiential travel trade exhibition, is delighted to announce Virgin Australia as the official Platinum Airline Partner for this year’s event, taking place 18-21 September, 2016.The airline will showcase its expansive network and premium products and services by hosting VIP buyers travelling from North America, New Zealand and across Australia to the 2016 business exchange, to experience the best of Australasia’s unique luxury and experiential travel product.Eric Lewanavanua, Director of Sales and Partner Alliances at Luxperience commented: “Virgin Australia has partnered with Luxperience since its inception five years ago and it is testament to this successful partnership that they will join us again this year. The business exchange provides Virgin Australia with an opportunity to promote the airline’s customer proposition for the premium market and build relationships with key decision makers from all over the world at Luxperience 2016.”Virgin Australia recently unveiled its new International Business Class cabin ‘The Business’, now available on select Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which has 37 suites that convert to the length of a queen size bed with more storage. Virgin Australia also launched a dedicated Business Class Bar and Lounge rolling out across its Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts, as well as a refreshed Premium cabin and Economy Space +, a new section of the Boeing 777 main cabin.Luxperience is the only travel trade forum of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel providers dealing in luxury and high-end experiential travel. LuxperienceSource = Luxperience
“Don’t turn your back on the power of live events” says EEAAThe Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is taking a strong message to the marketing industry when it leads its inaugural Masterclass at the Mumbrella360 Conference at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on 7 June.The Mumbrella360 Conference is being held on Global Exhibitions Day and the Association will deliver an important message to the marketing community: Don’t turn your back on the power of live events.Mumbrella360 attracts 2000 people who influence marketing spend and the EEAA is pitching the Power of Exhibitions and Events to this important group of influencers.EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the association-led Masterclass will focus on demonstrating how live events have been strengthened through the integration of event tech platforms.“Live event experiences are being transformed with the overlay of a range of event tech applications that deliver new levels of experience, engagement and impact measurement,” Ms DiMascio said.“This is an important message to marketers who are looking for ways to validate their decisions on marketing investment.”“Events are now more compelling and measurable as a marketing channel thanks to increasingly robust engagement and analytics tools. Event technology has enabled us to demonstrate more effectively the merits of our industry as a powerful marketing channel and this is a message we are taking to the Mumbrella community.” Ms DiMascio said.Led by EEAA and experts from the EEAA Member community, Reed Exhibitions and Eventbrite, the Masterclass – How to build profitable customer relationships with events will cover the following content:How technology can help improve registration conversions, including highlighting some key ‘conversion killers’ to avoid on event registration pages.What technologies can be used at the event to enhance the attendee experience, such as apps, gamification and integrated social media.The importance of integrated data for more accurate insights to inform event curation and customer engagement and for enhanced reporting and real-time measurement of individual marketing and engagement tactics.Using demographic and behavioural data to increase sponsorship sales and customer engagement.How to build a community around your event.Ms DiMascio stressed that technology should not be a substitute for a well-curated event experience.“Technology is an essential partner of event planners and organisers. Consumers expect technology integration which also delivers highly “personalised” experiences. We should be careful to ensure that our use of technology enhances the live experience and is curated end-to-end.”The Power of Exhibitions Masterclass session at the Mumbrella360 Conference is part of a two-day program of activity (7-8 June) that is being delivered by EEAA alongside Global Exhibitions Day. Other activities include the EEAA Annual General Meeting, EEAA Global Exhibitions Day Reception and EEAA Leaders Forum. EEAARegister hereSource = Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia
Bangkok Airways expands codeshare agreement with Jet AirwaysBangkok Airways expands codeshare agreement with Jet AirwaysBangkok Airways, Asia’s Boutique Airline and Jet Airways, India’s premier full-service international airline today announced expansion of their existing codeshare agreement to provide more choice and convenient travel connections for guests travelling between key destinations across Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India.This expanded partnership will offer guests enhanced connectivity and seamless access when travelling throughout the combined networks of both the airlines.Under the expanded codeshare agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Bangkok Airways’ flights beyond Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Sukhothai and Trat in Thailand, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap in Cambodia and Da Nang, Phu Quoc in Vietnam.Bangkok Airways will also place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ flights beyond Mumbai to key destinations like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa and Chennai; as well as beyond Delhi to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.This is in addition to the existing arrangement, which has been in place since October 2013, whereby, Jet Airways places its code on Bangkok Airways’ flights between Mumbai and Bangkok while Bangkok Airways places its codes on Jet Airways’ flights between Bangkok-Mumbai and Bangkok-Delhi.Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways said “Jet Airways is a leading international airline with a major presence in India and across the world. We are pleased to expand cooperation with Jet Airways to strengthen our respective route networksand offer business and leisure travelers with unprecedented and convenient access to new gateways. Moreover, Jet Airways’ codeshare passengers traveling on Bangkok Airways will enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services such as lounge access and in-flight meal.Mr. Gaurang Shetty, Whole-time Director, Jet Airways, said, “This is a continuation of our efforts to offer our guests more choice and connectivity options across key markets around the globe. Jet Airways and Bangkok Airways have been codeshare partners since 2013 and with this enhancement we will for the first time, now be able to offer our guests seamlessly connectivity on codeshare flights to seven key tourist hot-spots across Thailand, as well as growing markets in Cambodia and Vietnam, thus helping to further boost tourism and trade between India and these nations.For more information about Bangkok Airways, please visit www.bangkokair.com or contact Call Center 1771 (24 hours) or +66(2) 270 6699. About Bangkok AirwaysBangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com), with the ASIA’S BOUTIQUE AIRLINE slogan, is the first private airline established in Thailand since 1968. Taking off daily with about a hundred flights per day from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Airways flies travelers from around the world to more than twenty five exquisite destinations across Thailand and Asia. To name a few; Samui, Phuket, Trat (Koh Chang), Maldives are amongst the most popular beach selections; whilst Sukhothai, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap (Angkor), are of the world heritage personalities, each of which possesses her unique flair. Currently, Bangkok Airways’ fleet consists of 39 aircrafts; 15 A319s, 9 A320s, 6 ATR72-500s and 9 ATR72-600s.Source = Bangkok Airways
The Etihad Aviation Group Board of Directors has announced that James Hogan will step down as President and CEO of the company in the second half of 2017. The Board and Hogan first initiated the transition process in 2016 with the formation in May of the Etihad Aviation Group, a diversified global aviation and travel organisation.Commenting on Hogan’s time at Etihad, H.E. Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman, Board of the Etihad Aviation Group, said, “We are very grateful to James. In just ten years, he has overseen the growth of the company from a 22 plane regional carrier into a 120 aircraft global airline and aviation group, with seven airline equity partnerships which together serve more than 120 million guests every year.”James Hogan commented, “Along with the Board and my 26,000 colleagues, I am very proud of what we have built together at Etihad and of the company’s substantial contribution to the UAE and to the development of Abu Dhabi. The last decade has seen incredible results but this only represents a first chapter in the story of Etihad.”Commenting on current priorities for the business, H.E. Mazrouei said, “To position the company for continued success in a challenging market, the Board and management team will continue an ongoing, company-wide strategic review. We must ensure that the airline is the right size and the right shape.”Hogan will join an investment company along with Etihad Aviation Group CFO James Rigney, who will also leave the company later in 2017. A global search for a new Group CEO and a new Group CFO is already underway.
The nation’s economy came to a screeching halt in the first quarter as investments in business and residential projects struggled.According to numbers put out by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Wednesday, real gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualized rate of 0.1 percent in Q1, a plunge from the final 2.6 percent growth rate reported for Q4 2013. Economics surveyed by Bloomberg projected a consensus forecast of 1.1 percent growth.The sudden slowdown reflects in part the toll this year’s winter season took on economic expansion, though not all changes were weather-related. One anticipated decline was in real private inventories, which knocked more than half a percentage point off of GDP growth as business cut down on supplies.“We really expected the inventories to whack GDP growth fairly significantly,” commented Brendan Lowney, principal and macroeconomist at Forest Economic Advisors (FEA). “They had built up over the past few quarters, and we were due for that correction.”Also continuing on its downward path was residential fixed investment, which declined at an annual rate of 5.7 percent as homebuilding and sales turned up largely disappointing numbers throughout the year’s opening months.Not all of Wednesday’s report was negative, however: Personal consumption expenditures, while slower compared to the fourth quarter, still grew at a rate of 3.0 percent, while federal government spending actually contributed to economic growth after a long period of drag.With other economic indicators showing more positively—in particular employment, which has picked up after a few slow months—analysts don’t expect the early GDP numbers to affect any policymaking at the Federal Open Market Committee’s April meeting, which ends Wednesday. The meeting is expected to end with the announcement of further cuts in the Federal Reserve’s stimulative asset purchases program.Still, even with two more revisions to Q1 growth scheduled for the coming months, final GDP numbers seem poised to come up short of initial expectations. FEA, which had projected a growth rate of 1.5 percent in the government’s advanced estimate, now expects first-quarter GDP to expand at a rate closer to 1 percent.Said Lowney: “I would expect the revisions to more likely than not be positive, but it’s still a weak quarter, no matter how you slice it.” in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News First-Quarter GDP Growth Hits Wall Share April 30, 2014 401 Views Forecast GDP Home Sales Housing Starts 2014-04-30 Tory Barringer
JK Huey Appointed to Aspen Grove Solutions’ Advisory Board Aspen Grove Solutions, a Maryland-based mortgage technology solutions provider, has appointed JK Huey to its Advisory Board. Huey brings over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Recently retired from Wells Fargo, Huey will offer her expertise to assist Aspen Grove in providing technology solutions to the mortgage industry. “JK’s extensive knowledge, industry experience, and exemplary reputation will help guide Aspen’s business to ensure we are providing the right solutions to the industry,” said Sean Ryan, CEO at Aspen Grove Solutions. “We are delighted to welcome JK onto our Advisory Board and we look forward to many years working together to improve the outcomes for everyone including the borrower.”Throughout her career, Huey has demonstrated her passion for excellent service to customers and communities. Before joining Wells Fargo, she held senior management positions at other large companies where she oversaw a variety of areas, including customer service, default management, retail production, and acquisitions.“I am honored to be asked to serve on Aspen Grove’s Advisory Board. Knowing the challenges, the industry is faced with and having worked with many technology solutions; I know the team at Aspen Grove is ready to provide the support and solutions needed for companies to be successful. I’m looking forward to assisting them in the development of tools and solutions to better serve their clients,” Huey said.As well as being a certified mortgage banker, an accredited mortgage professional, and a member of MORPAC and loan administration committees, Huey was recently appointed as the Chairman Emeritus of the National Mortgage Service Organization. She has received the 2014 Five Star Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Larry E. Temple Distinguished Service Award, and the 1992 Young Mortgage Banker of the Year Award. In the past, she served as President of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association and served on the Black Knight Mortgage Advisory Board, the Fannie Mae Customer Advisory Board, and the Freddie Mac Servicer Advisory Board. February 27, 2018 572 Views Aspen Grove Solutions JK Huey mortgage Mortgage Solutions technology 2018-02-27 Radhika Ojha in News, Technology Share
Borrowers JMA Outreach Lenders technology 2018-12-14 Radhika Ojha December 14, 2018 534 Views in Headlines, News, Origination, Technology To commemorate 20 years of connecting lenders with borrowers, JMA Outreach Solutions launched a new mobile field technology solution for the lending industry.JMA field agents are now equipped with secure, company-provided tablets and a proprietary technology platform that streamlines the borrower outreach and engagement process. The new tablets and platform enable JMA’s employee agents to collect information in the field real-time through a secure wireless network. This on-site process, rather than the industry-standard end-of-day data entry at the agent’s home or office, helps eliminate missed details, speeds the reporting process and provides immediate audit trails with geo-coded date and time-stamped photos.“For over 20 years, JMA has been a leader in borrower outreach strategies tailored to meet the needs of both lenders and borrowers alike,” said Matthew Preuss, COO of JMA Outreach Solutions. “Our longevity has a great deal to do with our customer service, our processes, and our success rate. But it’s also been driven by our ability to adapt to client and market needs. This new in-field technology is a testament to that ability.”JMA said that with this new technology the company can offer its clients the ability to customize each campaign or visit down to the individual borrower. As an example, the campaign details and scripted communications enable JMA to address client-specific outreach needs for things like HUD face-to-face right-party contact and letter delivery, custom modification package presentation and education or borrower relocation assistance offers. The technology enables the agent to speak directly to the borrower’s needs on behalf of the lender or servicer and help ensure a consistent, accurate message is conveyed while reducing reputational, regulatory and financial risk for JMA’s clients. Share A New Solution for Borrowers
Out of the leading varieties, the estimates for this season are 9.3 million standard boxes for Green Anjou (about 49.6% of total Northwest fresh pear crop), 4.6 million standard boxes of Bartlett (24%), and 3.2 million Bosc (16.7%). Red Anjou will represent 5.6% of the crop with a potential 1.1 million standard boxes.The Green Anjou crop is showing a projected increase of 10% compared to the smaller crop in 2017, but down 5% from a five-year average.Growers estimate that the Bartlett pear crop will be up 24% compared to last season, marking a 5% increase over a five-year average. The Bosc crop is estimated to be 42% higher than last season’s small crop and 8% above the five-year average, while Red Anjou production is expected to be 7% higher than last year and 5% above the five-year average.The organic pear estimate is expected to come in at 1.64 million standard boxes (36,000MT), which is 8.7% of the total Northwest crop.Newly transitioned orchards and a strong pear crop overall have contributed to the growth in organic pears, PBNW said. Out of the entire organic crop, growers project 583,500 standard boxes of Green Anjou, with the Bartlett and Bosc crops sizes projected at 564,700 and 321,050 standard boxes, respectively.”A ripe pear is exceptional and the industry is committed to providing consumers with a fantastic eating experience,” said Moffitt.”We will be grabbing the attention of consumers through a strong social media program and messaging through media and influencers while working to keep pears in front of today’s consumer. We will be connecting with them through online shopping sites, promoting meal kits with pears, targeted advertising and more.”Photo: www.shutterstock.comwww.freshfruitportal.com The U.S. 2018 Washington and Oregon pear crop has been forecast 18% up year-on-year at 18.9 million box equivalents, or 415,000 metric tons (MT). The Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW) says the increase follows an “unusually small crop” last year, and will be equal to the five-year average.”The growers and shippers of USA Pears are pleased to see a solid crop of excellent quality pears on the trees,” PBNW president and CEO Kevin Moffitt said.”The pear category offers retailers an unmatched opportunity for growth in the produce department. We are providing retailers with category and consumer insights and offering effective promotions to help them capitalize on the opportunities.”Pick dates for the coming harvest are projected to be roughly a week earlier than last season, staying close to the historical average.Starkrimson are expected to be picked in early August, with the Bartlett harvest expected in mid-August.Anjou is expected to happen in late August in all districts while Bosc and Comice varieties will be harvested beginning in September and span through early October.Finally, Concorde, Forelle and Seckel will be picked in September and October across the four growing districts. June 13 , 2018 You might also be interested in U.S.: Northwest pear crop forecasts rises amid lar …
August 09 , 2019 Adding to the worry, dealers are also encountering an increase in payment delays.“When you get into a slowdown, it takes a while for demand to build back up,” Schmidt said. “These things don’t change on a dime.”This is a worrying sign for Deere, which gets nearly 60% of its sales from the U.S. and Canada.The Illinois-based company is expected to report lower sales at its agriculture & turf segment when it reports its third-quarter earnings on Aug. 16.The segment, which accounts for the bulk of the company’s sales, is expected to report quarterly sales of US$6.24 billion, compared with US$6.29 billion a year ago, according to Refinitiv IBES’ average analyst estimate.Deere already slashed its full-year profit and sales outlook in May; it blamed the U.S. trade war with China for weak demand for its farm machines, according to Reuters.“We are not expecting demand for planting equipment to come back up this year,” Schmidt said. “We might see more repair and upgrading of the existing equipment.”Deere has downgraded the estimates for U.S. principal crop cash receipts this year, an important indicator for equipment demand, citing China’s retaliatory tariffs on American imports, which have slashed exports earnings of American farmers.Read the full article here. SH Pratt’s Halo facility confirmed for Logistics … You might also be interested in Dealers of Deere & Co’s (DE.N) tractors, planters and combines are struggling with dropping sales as farmers have put off equipment purchases in the wake of the yearlong China-U.S. trade standoff, reports Reuters.China announced this week that it had stopped buying U.S. agricultural products.National officials also announced the country might impose additional tariffs on farm shipments from the U.S.With this in mind, Dave Schmidt, a dealer at a Wisconsin-based Deere & Co’s, braced for another blow to his business.Schmidt says sales at his dealership declined by as much as 15% in the first half of the year. He also comments there was a general decrease in the demand for large equipment.He is not alone. Half a dozen dealers of Deere’s agriculture equipment across the Midwest shared similar accounts in interviews with Reuters.One of those dealers, in Geneseo, Illinois, said sales at his dealership were down 50% so far this year from the same period last year. The Idaho Potato Commission partners with Mexican … Ecuador’s banana exports to EU fall in Q1 … NZ: MPI issues positive update on fruit fly contro …
Bunnik ToursfamilPeru Eight Aussie agents have returned from a Bunnik Tours-hosted 13-day famil in Peru, flying LATAM Airlines. From Lima, the group travelled south to ‘The White City’ of Arequipa, and took in the spectacular volcanic scenery of the Colca Canyon, where they were lucky enough to get great photos of llamas and alpacas. Journeying on to majestic Lake Titicaca, home to the amazing floating reed Uros Islands, the famil continued to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, and through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. The group experienced two different properties in the city of Puerto Maldonado, the capital of the Madre de Dios region, and gateway to the southern Amazon jungle. They were lucky enough to spot capybara, (the world’s largest living rodent) and the famous giant river otters on Oxbow Lake.IMAGE:L-R: Dan Zadow (Famil Host – Bunnik Tours), Kellie Hayes (Escape Travel Mountain Creek), Kaya Russell (Bunnik Tours), Alyx Hardman (Flight Centre Mount Barker), Fatima Trasmonte Maltese (Coltur Peru), Rebel Jenkins (Bunnik Tours), Christine Mangan (Helloworld Torquay), Nicole Mirams-Harrison (Helloworld Corrimal)
Six Personal Travel Managers recently explored Egypt as part of a nine day famil hosted by On The Go Tours.From the great pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings; from cruising by felucca along the mighty Nile to browsing the colourful souks of Aswan, Lesley Cavill, representative for Mosman Park, WA said the famil was one of the best trips she’s been on.“I left a piece of my heart behind in Egypt. To actually see the Pyramids and Sphinx blew my mind! The Valley of the Kings was another highlight – the tombs are so well preserved and so beautifully decorated with hieroglyphics, and the sheer age of these monuments and tombs is amazing.”The group began their itinerary in Cairo, where they spent time at the Pyramids and visiting a Government-supervised papyrus emporium before boarding an overnight train to Aswan. This city, which straddles the Nile and has an enviable reputation as one of the sunniest places on Earth, served as a base from which to explore the highlights of the wonders of Abu Simbel.“We were lucky to have a wonderful tour guide with a four-year degree in Egyptology, so he was able to show us the treasures of Abu Simbel and the rest of Egypt with full historical detail, bringing these ancient sites to life by sharing many wonderful historical stories,” said Cavill.Sailing the Nile in a felucca is a quintessential Egyptian experience, so it was with great excitement that the group boarded theirs in Aswan, sailing downstream as far as Kom Ombo to visit some of the region’s finest temples before continuing to Luxor and the famed Valley of the Kings.“Selling the destination is definitely easier now,” said Karen Raeburn, representative for Aitkenville, QLD. “Understanding the logistics of distances between the main attractions and how best to travel between them, the best time of day to visit the various sites and having accommodation recommendations to suit every taste and budget means that I can confidently build an Egypt itinerary that’s perfectly tailored to suit my individual clients.”The group flew to Egypt from Australia with Etihad Airways, which was another first for many of the participants.“It was also helpful to gain a clear understanding of the political stability in Egypt,” adds Cavill, who describes the locals as “delightful and friendly people who rely on tourists – treated us all with kindness and respect.”“I wanted to see for myself how safe, affordable and worthwhile a journey to Egypt would be,” adds Phoebe Luong, representative for Bankstown, NSW. “Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made me feel confident that On the Go Tours are Egypt experts.”The group concluded their famil itinerary back in Cairo, where they had a full day to explore the mind-boggling array of relics and antiquities from almost every period of Egyptian history at the Egyptian Museum, followed by free time to explore the Khan el Khalili bazaar and pick up a few souvenirs to take home.IMAGE: The only way to see the Pyramids of Giza, says PTM Lesley Cavill. FamilsTravelManagers
Comments Share Good news for Calais Campbell and the Arizona Cardinals, according to team media relations guru Mark Dalton.Great news: Calais @Campbell93 was released from Bay Area hospital late last night & has returned home to AZ.— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) October 14, 2013 Campbell was injured in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 32-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Candlestick Park. “The good news is that Calais was released last night from the Stanford hospital,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Monday. “We got him back late last night and were updated that he will be in meetings (Monday) morning. We still have a few items to review with the x-rays and the MRI, but everything, at this point, looks positive.” Campbell experienced numbness and tingling in his extremities following the play, but didn’t lose motion. He gave a “thumbs-up” sign as he left the field on a stretcher.I want to give a big thank you for all the support and kind words today. I am feeling good and anxious to return! #appreciatethelove— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) October 14, 2013 The six-year veteran from Miami has registered 18 total tackles and 3.5 quarterback sacks this season. – / 22 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 22 TEMPE, Ariz. — Andre Ellington is the Arizona Cardinals’ starting running back.The second-year pro out of Clemson emerged last season, gaining 652 yards and three touchdowns on just 118 carries while catching 39 passes for 371 yards and a score.While Rashard Mendenhall led the team in carries and rushing yards, by the end of the season there was really no debating who the team’s featured back was. And as the Cardinals continue with OTAs here in late May, there are no mind games being played, misinformation being spread or battles brewing. Ellington will be the starter in 2014, and not part of a committee with Stepfan Taylor, Jonathan Dwyer or any other running back on the roster. “It gives me a lot more responsibilities, that’s why I’m in my playbook constantly trying to learn and trying to pick up on things that I did wrong last year to try and get better as a player,” Ellington said of his status as the lead back.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has noticed a change in Ellington’s mindset now that he’s the guy.“He’s always had a lot of confidence, that’s what I like about him. He’s got that great smile and he can run real fast. That’s a good combination,” he said with a smile. “He’s got a little more swagger. He had success in the National Football League, and that gives you some. It’s better to earn it than to talk about it.”In today’s NFL, being the “number one back” means different things for different teams. For some, the title means no one else on the roster will get more than a handful of snaps per game. For others, like last season’s Cardinals, it is really more of a title than an indication of a player’s role with the team. The plan is for Ellington to be part of the first group, helping to elevate a rushing attack that has finished 23rd, 32nd, 24th, 32nd and 28th in rushing yards over the last five seasons. “I would love to get him 25 to 30 every game,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday when asked how many touches he’s envisioning for the former sixth-round pick.For some context, the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy led all running backs in 2013 with 366 touches, or just under 23 per game.Last season, the most times Ellington touched the ball in a single game was 17, which he did twice. Besides the time it took for the coaching staff to get comfortable enough with Ellington and, in turn, Ellington comfortable with facing NFL defenses, the team often talked about it being best to limit the 5-foot-9, 199-pound back’s touches in order to keep him fresh and healthy. But with little in the way of a proven option after him (Taylor and Dwyer have combined for 1,086 rushing yards and two touchdowns while the fourth running back spot is still up for grabs), it’s clear the team’s tune has changed a bit. Now it’s going to be all Ellington, all the time.“Of course,” Ellington said when asked if he thinks he will be able to handle the pounding that comes with the role he’s expected to have. “My goal is just to go out there and not take those big hits and just kind of get down when I’m supposed to. And not get hit at all, but it’s football, you’re going to get tackled, but I do my best to avoid those.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals fans are surely interested in how Tyrann Mathieu’s rehab from a torn ACL is going.Last Sunday, Mathieu said he feels great.“I’m moving around well. I couldn’t be more happier with where I’m at right now.”Still, every step of the popular player’s effort to return to the field will be viewed under a microscope, because the former third-round pick’s ability to get back to being the player he was pre-injury will go a long way toward boosting the team’s Super Bowl chances. But some things are about more than football, and the love between a father and his son fits into that category. That’s why a video Mathieu posted of himself doing some sit-ups — with his son doing the same next to him — is taking the internet by storm. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Generally, when a player is not among those chosen in the NFL Draft, there is a reason.Sometimes, there are off-the-field concerns; other times, a player does not have prototypical size, speed or attributes.Every now and then, a player is not called because he attended a lesser-known school, and therefore there were doubts about his competition.That might be the case with QB Antonio Pipkin, who the Cardinals have reportedly brought in from Division II Tiffin. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Tiffin quarterback Antonio Pipkin runs through drills during practice for Saturday’s Senior Bowl college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) In other words, Pipkin is like many other undrafted rookie free agents in that he is carrying little in the way of real expectations, though there is at least reason to believe he is someone worth taking a closer look at. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling That’s in Ohio, by the way.While you may not have heard of Pipkin, the QB landed on ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.’s list of 25 undrafted free agents to watch.Playing at tiny Division II Tiffin, Pipkin had 85 career touchdown passes to just 28 interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. He didn’t impress at the Senior Bowl, however, and doesn’t have ideal size (6-1, 225). There was some thought the Cardinals would use their first-round pick on a quarterback, but they didn’t draft one. Arizona is thin behind Carson Palmer, with only Drew Stanton and Zac Dysert on the roster.Pipkin was not on the list the Cardinals released of undrafted rookie free agents they had signed, which means if he is in Arizona, it is likely on a tryout basis. If he is, Pipkin is one of two undrafted QBs the Cardinals will have in rookie camp this weekend, joining Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight.“Both really good athletes,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of Knight and Pipkin at Steak 44 in Phoenix. “Trevor bounced around from Oklahoma — that Sugar Bowl game he had at Oklahoma against Alabama, he dropped about four or five dimes on them; got into more of a read-option offense at A&M, so yeah, he’s an intriguing guy. “And the young fella from Tiffin, we’ll see; I liked him at the Senior Bowl — Senior Bowl was good for a lot of guys — so we’ll wait and see how that pans out.”As Pipkin told the Advertiser-Tribune back in April, his goal is to show the other 31 NFL teams they missed out on a great player. He also said the Cardinals presented the best situation for him.“I got a call from my agent saying the (Cardinals’) staff really liked me,” Pipkin said.There’s reason to be intrigued.Last year, as a senior, Pipkin passed for 2,534 yards and 25 touchdowns while rushing for 905 yards and seven scores. He completed 64.9 percent of his passes and was intercepted just six times.A dual-threat who accounted for most of his team’s offense, Pipkin’s NFL.com draft profile says he is a “quick ball-handler with an even quicker release on inside play-action from the gun,” while noting he throws fades and seam passes easily and takes care of the ball.On the down side, his profile says he is short for the position, and he has a tendency to get antsy once his initial read is not open. His pocket poise also needs work, it says, and he also has some footwork issues.