No related posts. Agents from the Drug Control Police seized more than a ton of cocaine in three different raids by land and sea.The first confiscation took place Tuesday evening in the waters of the South Pacific, 400 kilometers from Punta Burica, where agents seized a boat carrying near a ton of cocaine.Security Minister Mario Zamora explained that the boat left the Pacific port of Puntarenas on Nov. 14, and after three weeks of a joint operation between the United States and Canada, authorities were able to arrest the smugglers. Three men were arrested in the operation.A second shipment of 138 kilos was found Wednesday inside the air conditioning system of a truck in Peñas Blancas, on the border with Nicaragua. The truck was driven by a Honduran national who was arrested on the spot.Finally, agents from the Border Police in Sixaola, on the border with Panama seized nine kilos more from a suitcase. They had been performing a routine check of a Panamanian bus heading to San José.No arrests were made because no passenger claimed ownership of the suitcase. Facebook Comments
No related posts. The International Court of Justice at The Hague on Tuesday rejected a series of counter-claims filed by the Nicaraguan government in an ongoing border dispute with Costa Rica over a prior occupation by Nicaraguan nationals of Isla Calero, a small territory bordering the two countries.Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry posted the court’s ruling on its website. Justices also rejected Nicaragua’s request to halt construction of a border road by Costa Rica along the Río San Juan, which divides the two countries, on the basis that “the case did not warrant the use of the court’s jurisdiction.”The court also will consolidate two similar claims – one filed by each country – into a single case to expedite the process.Nicaragua lost its bid to claim open navigation rights on Costa Rica’s Río Colorado, and justices ruled against a petition to strip Costa Rica of its rights to the dually held bay of San Juan del Norte. The world court said Nicaragua’s requests were “unacceptable within current procedures.”As a result of the various rulings, a single oral hearing will be held to discuss remaining issues. In December, Costa Rica must submit a reply to the case involving construction of the scandal-plagued border road. Facebook Comments
No related posts. On May 3-4, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Costa Rica following an official trip to Mexico. Here are some of the highlights in photos, from Tico Times photographers. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Expansion of monoculture farming could mean extinction for some tropical birds Happy International Sloth Day! Inside Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary: Horror show or a solution to a complicated issue? PHOTOS: Every Costa Rica sloth image you will ever need to see Biologists estimate that at least four percent of the world’s plant and animal species live in Costa Rica. Now, information on all of those species is available to anyone at the Costa Rica National Museum’sonline national biodiversity portal, Ecobiosis.The portal pulls together maps, multimedia and taxonomic information from the museum’s databases. Users can browse through different species of birds, fungi, insects, mammals, plants and even fossils. There are also descriptions of Costa Rica’s different ecosystems and an interactive map showing where certain species live.In order to search the database effectively you need either the species’ scientific name or the common name in Spanish, but don’t worry, The Tico Times already has found both species of sloths (two-toed, three-toed), the tapir and the howler monkey for you. Facebook Comments
After another government opinion came down against the ride-hailing service Uber at the end of last week, a lawmaker announced his intention to present a bill to “modernize” Costa Rica’s transportation law.Ruling Citizen Action Party lawmaker Franklin Corella Vargas released a statement Tuesday calling for the reform after the Government Attorney’s Office issued an opinion that Uber’s service is illegal under the current law. Corella said that the bill would legally regulate “digital transportation platforms and other forms of collective movement.”The opinion from the Government Attorney, dated Sept. 25, said that Uber is a public service — a designation that the company has disputed — and therefore requires permission from the Public Transportation Council to operate legally. The opinion said that Uber’s service is not protected under the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement with the United States because it is a public service, a category not covered by the free commerce clauses of DR-CAFTA. Drivers who offer transportation services in any form without permission “should be punished and fined,” according to the opinion written by Omar Rivera Mesén.“The response demonstrates that our transportation legislation should be modernized to cover new service technologies and platforms in this area,” Corella said in a statement, adding that the bill should take into consideration the “new realities” that technology was creating.Corella said he would set up a roundtable between taxi drivers, private transportation services, the Public Works and Transport Ministry and the Public Services Regulatory Authority to determine a regulatory framework for ride-hailing technology here.The Tico Times contacted Uber for comment but did not receive a response by close of business Tuesday.The Government Attorney’s Office opinion was the second to come down from the government against Uber. On Sept. 12, the Public Transport Council issued a similar legal opinion, saying that Uber’s operations were illegal. After two drivers were fined and their cars impounded by Transportation Police on Uber’s first day of service on Aug. 21, there haven’t been any further reports of official actions against drivers for the app-based service.Despite the decisions against Uber, the company has continued to operate and recruit new drivers. The company announced Tuesday evening that the private automobile insurer Quálitas would start offering specialized policies for Uber drivers in Costa Rica.Read the full opinion from the Government Attorney’s Office (in Spanish): Related posts:Uber starts accepting drivers in Costa Rica but government threatens fines Costa Rican police leadership denies targeting Uber drivers Uber supporters say court case could legalize ride-hailing service in Costa Rica Uber rival Cabify coming to Costa Rica Facebook Comments
Related posts:VIDEO: Killer whales hunt tiger shark near Costa Rica’s Cocos Island 30th Costa Rican tourism expo to focus on adventure and emerging markets Sport fishing season in the South Pacific could generate up to $331 million, study says Tourism entrepreneurs oppose license, royalty payments to canopy patent holder Facebook Comments A 49-year-old female tourist from the United States was killed by a tiger shark this week while diving off the Isla del Coco, a Costa Rican island in the Pacific Ocean, the government and local media reported.The attack also badly injured the 26-year-old male Costa Rican diving guide leading the group that included the U.S. woman.The shark savaged the two on Thursday as they were surfacing after a dive off Coco Island, a pristine national park located 500 kilometers (300 miles) off the Costa Rican mainland, the Environment Ministry said in a statement.It stressed the attack was “an isolated incident” and the first one of such seriousness recorded for the island. According to the daily La Nación, the guide noticed the shark approaching his group underwater and tried to scare it away.But as they surfaced, the shark went for the U.S. woman, tearing at her legs.The guide, too, suffered leg injuries.Park rangers came to assist, as did doctors who happened to be diving in the area and who declared the woman dead.The injured guide was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition and conscious. He told La Nación he believed the shark was a female.Tiger sharks, which have dark stripes on their body when young, are predators often found around Pacific islands. Unlike many other species of shark, they can be aggressive and account for a large proportion of reported attacks on humans.
Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Four people have died in Puerto Rico during a couple of drive-by shootings that police say are connected.Police say three people were shot in front of a tire repair shop while a fourth was shot in front of his house. No suspects have been arrested, and police have not provided a motive.The shootings occurred Tuesday in the northern mountain town of Gurabo.Police say 539 people have been killed this year, compared to 651 in the same period last year, when the U.S. territory reported a record 1,117 homicides. Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top holiday drink recipes Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Sponsored Stories Top Stories ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – A Turkish military helicopter carrying soldiers on a mission against Kurdish rebels crashed because of bad weather on Saturday, killing all 17 troops onboard, officials said.Thirteen soldiers and four military crewmembers were killed in the crash in a mountainous part of Pervari district in Siirt province, in southeastern Turkey, where the rebel Kurdistan Worker’s Party is fighting for self-rule. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) President Abdullah Gul said the soldiers were on their way “to help their friends” in an operation against the rebels who have escalated attacks in recent months, adding the incident would not deter Turkey from its determination to fight the rebels.The provincial governor, Ahmet Aydin, blamed the crash on heavy fog and ruled out an attack by the rebel group.“The weather during the transportation (of troops) was bad. There was extreme rain. The helicopter crashed into rocks because of the fog,” Aydin said in televised statements. “The incident was the result of a crash and any kind of an attack is out of the question.”The Kurdish rebels have been fighting since the 1980s and they seek more rights for Kurds, including autonomy in the mostly Kurdish southeast of the country. Turkey and its Western allies categorize the rebels, known by the acronym PKK, as a terrorist group.On Friday, the office for the governor for the nearby province of Hakkari said as many as 42 Kurdish rebels had been killed in the past three days in operations that were backed by airpower. It made no mention of any casualties among troops.Several days ago, Turkish media reported that Turkish soldiers were airlifted into northern Iraq for a brief operation against suspected rebels, who have bases there. There were no reports of casualties on that mission. Turkey periodically carries out artillery and air strikes on PKK positions in northern Iraq, but reports of cross-border incursions by troops are rare. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in society
Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies More than 11,000 people have died from the disease since the first cases became public in rural Guinea in March 2014. In a memo that month, the WHO itself noted that the outbreak was very unusual.“It is still unclear to the panel why early warnings, approximately from May through to July 2014, did not result in an effective and adequate response,” the experts wrote in their first report issued Monday.“Although WHO drew attention to the ‘unprecedented outbreak’ at a press conference in April 2014, this was not followed by international mobilization and a consistent communication strategy.”Internal documents obtained by The Associated Press earlier this year detail how WHO resisted declaring the Ebola outbreak a public health emergency until months after staff considered raising the alarm.The documents show WHO’s top leaders were informed of how dire the situation was but resisted declaring an emergency in part because it could have angered the countries involved, interfered with their mining interests or restricted the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.The emergency was eventually declared on August 8, when nearly 1,000 people had already died from Ebola. FILE-In this Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 file photo, health workers carry the body of a old man from his house, with the Ebola virus being the suspected cause of death, in the Siah Town area on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Liberia is now free of Ebola after going 42 days _ twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease _ without any new cases, the World Health Organization announced on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh, File) Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An independent panel of experts said Monday that “deep and substantial” change is needed at the World Health Organization following its slow response to early warnings about West Africa’s Ebola outbreak.After studying what went wrong in the WHO’s response to the Ebola crisis, the panel said it’s still not clear why the global body took so long to heed warnings. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WHO has acknowledged acting too slowly. In its defense, the agency says the virus’ spread was unprecedented and blames factors including lack of resources and intelligence from the field. WHO’s Ebola response leader, Dr. Bruce Aylward, couldn’t say whether an earlier declaration would have made a difference.The panel of experts plans to travel to the affected countries in the coming weeks.Ebola continues to spread in the West African nations of Guinea and Sierra Leone, while Liberia was declared Ebola-free on Saturday.___Associated Press writers Maria Cheng and Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain How do cataracts affect your vision?
Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Iranian state television also reported that a current plan allowing for lower subsidized prices on the first 60 liters (15.85 gallons) of gasoline purchased a month by the consumers for each car they own also would end. Diesel fuel prices also will rise to 3,000 rials (9 cents) per liter, up from 2,500 rials (8 cents).Iran, an OPEC member, consumes 70 million liters (18.49 million gallons) of gasoline daily, with some 10 percent refined and imported from abroad.Iran began cutting energy and food subsidies in 2010 under then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, part of what he described as a radical “surgery” to help the Islamic Republic’s ailing economy as it faced increased international sanction for its contested nuclear program. The second phase, which targeted further gasoline subsidy cuts, was to take effect in March 2012, but was pushed back to 2014 over fears of stoking inflation.Before the cuts, Iranians had some of the cheapest gasoline in the world. Previous attempts to change the price at the pump have seen dissent. In 2007, protesters rioted and damaged gas stations over prices increasing, with authorities arresting dozens of people.Iran’s low fuel prices has led to rampant smuggling to neighboring countries. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country’s official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic’s fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion a year.While previous attempts to raise prices have sparked dissent, last year’s increase saw no major unrest.The report Monday by IRNA, quoting Davood Arabali, a spokesman for Iran’s state oil products distribution company, said the new price per liter for subsidized gasoline would be 10,000 rials (34 cents), up from 7,000 rials (24 cents). That’s about a $1.28 gallon, compared to the average U.S. price of $2.66 a gallon. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
The Latin American country has been dubbed the safest travel destination in Central America, recording the lowest homicides in the region last year.According to United Nations Development Program (UNDP) figures, the country’s homicide rate fell below 12 per 100,000 inhabitants last year, while the region’s average sat at 26 homicides per 100,000.Honduras recorded among the highest number of homicides in the region, with up to 86 respectively followed by El Salvador with 72.According to the study, Nicaragua also had the lowest number of vehicles stoles, with only 272 reported while its neighbours Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rice reported 7,334, 5,475 and 3,800 vehicles stolen last.Recognised for its safety levels and picturesque settings, the 2012 Global Peace Index ranked Nicaragua as having one of the most peaceful and favourable climates in Latin America and ranked the country second in Central America has showing improvement in the overall score of the GPI. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
China’s investment in the Australian property and tourism sectors is expected to see an AUD $20 million injection, as Chinese companies plan a number of investment projects in the country and Chinese visitor numbers show no signs of slowing down, but doubling, over the next six years.One of China’s largest developers, Greenland Holding Group, is determined to expand its Australian portfolio, with an investment of up to AUD $4 billion worth of local projects across tourism, infrastructure and agriculture on the horizon for both Sydney and the Gold Coast, The Australian reported.Greenland Group already has existing development projects across Sydney and Melbourne worth AUD $1.5 billion, and earlier this month, announced a joint venture with Crown Resorts for the Queens Wharf casino and resort site in Brisbane, in what will be a multi-billion dollar development project.The latest announcement follows Hong Kong billionaire’s proposal to invest up to AUD $8.2 billion in luxury resort development, Aquis, in Yorkey’s Knob near Cairns, featuring five hotels, two casinos, a shopping centre and golf course.Moreover, as the Asian middle class and its desire for international travel continues to surge, Chinese outbound travel is expected to double to 200 million in the year 2020, and tourism officials believe Australia is in a good position for this.Senior government officials believe that this expected tourism boom, together with Chinese investors taking advantage of rising real estate prices, has the potential to see an estimated AUD $20 billion injection in the Australian tourism and property development economy over the next six years.“Tourism and hospitality is undoubtedly one of our great strengths and we are determined to leverage that to a new level to capitalise on the demand coming from Asian markets, including China,’’ Trade Minister Andrew Robb said.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman In order to celebrate 10 years of cruising in Australia, Princess Cruises are preparing to launch two new world cruises in 2016, including its first circumnavigation to visit the Baltic region.Since 2005, the cruise line’s Australian-based ships have sailed more than 716,565 miles on long cruise itineraries of 28 days or more.Demand for its longer cruises continues to grow, and the cruise line has revealed a new 104-night world voyage itinerary, which will feature a return to the popular South America region.In addition the cruise line has also announced the return of its popular 75-night Circle Pacific voyage making four new port calls to China and San Francisco.Princess Cruises vice president, Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison, said that Princess Cruises reputation as the destination experts would be further enhanced by the new 2016 winter program.“Since we first circumnavigated Australia in 2005, we’ve spent more than 2000 days taking local cruisers on port-rich, longer journeys which have become signatures of our program,” Mr Allison said.
Sunshine Coast ready to ride new wave of cruise tourismA signature Sunshine Coast welcome awaits passengers from P&O cruise ship ‘Pacific Pearl’ when they arrive at Mooloolaba on Saturday, 18 July.The 64,000 tonne superliner is the first of four cruise ships that will make stopovers here this year and Sunshine Coast Acting Mayor Cr Chris Thompson said the 1,800 passengers on board would be given every opportunity to discover the many attractions of Mooloolaba and the Sunshine Coast.“From the moment passengers arrive on shore they’ll be welcomed with open arms, including opportunities to have their photo taken with some signature surfboards that are iconic to the Sunshine Coast,” he said.“These boards have been designed by local company ADFX and there will be volunteers taking them around Mooloolaba and encouraging passengers to take photos and upload them to social media to share their Sunshine Coast experience with the world.”“We have first class tourist attractions and hospitality here on the Sunshine Coast like the Eumundi Markets, Australia Zoo, the fantastic hinterland and of course our magnificent beaches and towns right up and down the coast.“When passengers come ashore they’ll be looking to experience as many of these attractions as they can. Statistics show that 30% of cruise ship passengers return to places they visit so this is a terrific chance for our region to make a lasting impression.”“I encourage all locals to extend a warm welcome to our cruise ship visitors over the weekend and if you can, head down to Mooloolaba and take a look at the Pacific Pearl anchored offshore because it’s an awesome sight!”Mooloolaba Business and Tourism (a combination of the local Chamber of Commerce and tourism marketing organisations for Mooloolaba) is also gearing up for the arrivals and will be handing out ‘Mooloolaba Passports’ to cruise ship passengers as they arrive.“These passports will feature information about Mooloolaba and special offers for cruise ship guests to really help them make the most of their stopover here and ensure their Mooloolaba experience is a memorable one,” Mooloolaba Business and Tourism President Peter Foran said.“More than 70 local businesses in and around Mooloolaba have registered on this tourist passport so our business community is ready and raring and passengers will have a wealth of options for fantastic specials once they come ashore.”The Pacific Pearl’s planned visit to Mooloolaba has been made possible by the active support and encouragement of Sunshine Coast Council. Sunshine Coast Destination LimitedSource = Sunshine Coast Destination Limited
CBS Travel Asialearn more here HotelClub88connect today CBS Travel Asia www.cbstravelasia.com www.hotelclub88.comCBS Travel Asia shines at WTM 2015WTM 2015 was no different than any of the past World Travel Marts attended by CBS Travel Asia’s executive team, says, Mr Sivachak Ussamarn, Vice President – Operations & Marketing. The only difference being was that CBS Travel Asia’s founder and CEO, Khun Chaladol Usamarn was not in attendance this year due to other business commitments.Attending WTM 2015 on behalf of CBS Travel Asia was, Sivachak Ussamarn, Vice President – Operations & Marketing and Sasimol Ussamarn, Vice President – Business Analysis & Strategic Planning, the next generation of this famed Thai travel and tourism family. Khun Chaladol commented that he was extremely proud of his children who are all highly educated professionals and have grown up within the travel and tourism business. He went on to say that CBS Travel Asia was in very capable hands and as a result of the next generation, the business had grown significantly and had been able to develop new and technologically advanced systems which benefit not only their impressive list of partners but also the products to which CBS makes available.CBS Travel Asiawww.cbstravelasia.comwww.hotelclub88.comCBS Travel Asia this year at WTM 2015, secured five new partners with another seven pending for their online hotel system and three new traditional partners who will take advantage of the successful infrastructure and buying power of CBS Travel Asia. Sivachak commented that their online hotel system, HotelClub88 was getting stronger and stronger, primarily due to the advanced technology it deploys matched with the incredible hotel rates on offer not only within Thailand but throughout Asia. HotelClub88 is truly a global player with an impressive list of inventory and the best wholesale rates available. Sasimol commented that it was pleasing to have an opportunity to meet with over thirty of CBS existing partners, many who had worked with us for many many years she said. My father has been around in the travel and tourism industry for so long and he is known to so many international companies, it is a privilege being a part of our family business she said.CBS Travel Asia was established in 1999 and is one of Thailand’s leading destination management companies headquartered in Bangkok. Source = CBS Travel Asia – HotelClub88
Nauru Airlineslearn more here Nauru AirlinesNew links in the Northern PacificEffective 01 January 2016, Nauru Airlines northbound flights operating via Honiara every Friday will allow travellers seamless connections on ‘same plane’ services through to Nauru, Tarawa, Majuro, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk.Southbound flights operational every Sunday will offer the same inter-island connections.Nauru Airlines will operate a Boeing B737-300 aircraft on the new route.Announcing the new flights in tandem with the appointment of Solomon Airlines as its new Honiara-based passenger and cargo sales agent, Nauru Airlines CEO, Geoffrey Bowmaker said the northern Pacific services offered immense benefit both from the perspective of passengers and cargo.“Travellers around the north and central Pacific will benefit greatly by these new, direct links between the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia,” Mr Bowmaker said.Solomon Airlines General Manager Operations & Commercial, Gus Kraus said both Nauru Airlines and the country of Nauru had long been associated with the Solomon Islands in various forms and as natural neighbours.“We have continued to develop our association via such mediums as aviation partnerships and in this case, via enhanced economic benefits which will see Nauru consumers buying goods from Honiara to send to Nauru on these flights as well as offering a new seamless air link for travellers,” Mr Kraus said.Mr Kraus advised all passenger ticket and cargo enquiries are now being managed by Solomon Airlines Travel Centre in Hibiscus Street-Tongs Building, Honiara.For further information contact Nauru Airlines CEO, Geoff Bowmaker, telephone + 61 7 3229 6455.For all Honiara-based passenger and cargo enquiries please contact Solomon Airlines Travel centre, telephone + 677 20152. Nauru Airlines Route MapSource = Nauru Airlines and Solomon Airlines – Mike Parker-Brown
SPG Resorts in Hawaii extend “Pack for Paradise”SPG Resorts in Hawaii extend “Pack for Paradise”The 12 SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) Resorts in Hawaii have extended their biggest sale of the season, “Pack for Paradise,” through October 31.The extremely popular “Pack for Paradise” offers special values at all 12 SPG Resorts on four islands. Rates start from $145 at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Waikiki and $169 at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Travel can be booked now through Oct. 31 atwww.packforparadise.com and rates are valid for stays through Dec. 20, 2017 on Oahu, Maui,Kauai and Hawaii Island.In addition to helping travelers pack on the savings, SPG Resorts in Hawaii makes it easy to pack on the fun with “How to Pack for Paradise,” a free download exclusively available at: www.packforparadise.com. It’s a helpful guide for those planning a vacation experience in the Islands.While sunglasses, sunscreen and a swimsuit might be obvious choices for Hawaii’s pristine beaches and fun-filled poolsides, what do you bring for other exciting adventures, such as visiting the volcano, bird-watching, or snorkeling with manta rays at Sheraton Kona?Each Hawaiian island offers unique experiences – from Oahu’s sizzling nightlife to Maui’s breathtaking scenery to exploring the volcanic landscapes of Hawaii Island. These “Pack for Paradise” tips help vacationers prepare for an island getaway with comfort and convenience.“Packing for paradise is relatively easy given Hawaii’s casual lifestyle and gorgeous weather year-round, but it’s always helpful to plan for the distinct features and characteristics of each island,” said David Richard, area director of sales for Marriott International. “Having the scoop from local experts on what to bring and what to leave at home can alleviate some of the guesswork so Hawaii travelers can focus on more important matters – like where to watch the sunset or which waterfall to visit first.”Here are some top tips to help you Pack for Paradise:All Islands – Keep it light. One or two fancy pieces are great, but Hawaii is known for its casual dress code, and you’ll most likely spend the majority of your time outdoors, so comfort is key. Day-to-day attire is easy – casual shirts, shorts, tank tops, dresses and a pair of jeans. If you are planning to go horseback riding, zip lining or take an ATV tour, a pair of closed-toe shoes is a must.Kauai –Kauai’s has many trails that are fun to explore. If you’re planning to hike or ride horses, pack a durable pair of hiking boots/shoes to prevent slipping. A fulfilling day hike on the north shore is the ultimate “luxploration” activity that can be capped off with a well-deserved rejuvenating stay nearby at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas or The St. Regis Princeville Resort.There also are many sights on the island’s south shore, which is home to Sheraton Kauai Resort. Due to Kauai’s dramatic landscape, helicopter tours are a favorite activity. Bring dark clothing for the tour, as light clothing reflects on the glass during a helicopter ride.Hawaii Island – Portable GPS. Locals call it “The Big Island” for a reason. Hawaii Island is larger than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined. That’s why bringing your favorite GPS system is a great idea. Headed to Volcanoes National Park, which is less than a two-hour drive from the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay? The GPS device will provide audible directions that aren’t always available with a mobile phone.Maui – A thick jacket/sweater. If you’re planning to visit higher elevations like Haleakala National Park to experience a spectacular Maui sunrise, it will be chilly in the early mornings (especially at 9,740 feet high). After taking sunrise selfies, head back down to Kaanapali for an “Eat Well” breakfast at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas or The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, or warm up while roasting delicious s’mores at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s beachside fire pits. Oahu – Binoculars. Oahu’s North Shore is home to big wave surfing in the winter. Bring your towels, hats – and binoculars – and snag a spot on the beach to watch the annual surf competitions. During the rest of the year, surfers of all skill levels migrate to Oahu’s South Shore, home of world-renowned Waikiki Beach. Whether you’re relaxing on the lanai of an ocean-view room at Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort and Spa or Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, sipping a refreshing cocktail at the Mai Tai Bar at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Resort Collection, or floating in the Sheraton Waikiki’s Infinity Edge Pool, binoculars will come in handy to get aclose-up view of surfers, outrigger canoe paddlers and an occasional pod of dolphins.Pack for Paradise PromotionIs it time to plan your next trip to Hawaii? SPG Resorts in Hawaii makes it easy to pack on the fun and pack on the savings with the Pack for Paradise promotion. Book now through Oct. 31 for travel through Dec. 20, 2017 to Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island. Download the complete list of packing tips and book your Pack for Paradise vacation at www.packforparadise.com or call 866-716-8140.SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) is one of Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty programs. In Hawaii there are 12 SPG resorts on four islands representing the Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis and Luxury Collection brands. For more information, visit onlyinhawaii.com.Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 124 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. 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Park Inn By Radisson to open in BacolodPark Inn By Radisson to open in BacolodPark Inn® by Radisson, the colorful and contemporary upper midscale brand from Radisson Hotel Group™, has continued to expand its footprint in the Philippines with the signing of a brand-new hotel in Bacolod, the aptly nicknamed “City of Smiles”.Scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2020, Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod is being developed by SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., an affiliate of SM Prime Holdings Inc, one of Southeast Asia’s largest integrated property developers. The hotel will be connected to the SM City Bacolod lifestyle mall, providing guests with instant access to extensive retail, F&B and entertainment facilities. Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod will also adjoin the vast SMX Convention Center, making it ideal for business travelers and MICE delegates.This signing marks the latest collaboration between Radisson Hotel Group and SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. in the Philippines, following the successful launch of Park Inn by Radisson properties at SM Cities in Clark, North EDSA, Iloilo City and Davao City.“The combination of SM’s world-class developments and Park Inn by Radisson’s modern hospitality is a perfect fit for the market. Our expansion strategy in the Philippines reflects the social and economic trends currently sweeping the country. By locating our hotels at landmark lifestyle malls and conference centers, we are providing international accommodation for the growing number of business and leisure travelers in key destinations all across the Philippines,” commented Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod will feature 153 contemporary rooms, all fully connected with free Wi-Fi. Corporate travelers can choose from two modern meeting rooms and enjoy professional services at the business center. The hotel will also feature a fitness center, an all-day dining restaurant and a lobby bar for family, friends and colleagues to unwind.All stays will be underpinned by Park Inn by Radisson’s unique ‘Yes I Can!’ service philosophy, which is reflected in the positive attitude and professional approach the hotel’s staff, who are dedicated to creating memorable guest experiences.“Bacolod City has always been a gem in the Philippines tourism known for its history, culinary legacy and genteel people. It has emerged as one of the most important and sought after leisure as well as conventions destinations in the Philippines. With its combination of comfort, connectivity and excellent service, Park Inn by Radisson will elevate the experience of visitors to Bacolod,” said Elizabeth Sy, President, SM Hotels and Conventions Corp..The capital of Negros Occidental province in the central part of the Philippine archipelago, Bacolod is a major regional economic hub and home to more than 500,000 people. A famous friendly city that hosts a series of annual festivals, Bacolod has been nicknamed the “City of Smiles”.Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod becomes the brand’s fifth hotel in the Philippines, following Park Inn by Radisson Clark, Park Inn by Radisson Davao, Park Inn by Radisson Iloilo and Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA in Metro Manila.Source = Radisson Hotel Group™
Forbes has named Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, President and CEO of Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company in its list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.Forbes’ list was determined by analysing world’s most successful women as business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists and philanthropists and others. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is Vietnam’s first woman to be featured in the list and was placed number 62 overall. The list also includes the likes of Angela Merkel, Hilary Clinton and Janet Yellen.Thao’s wealth and success is derived from her 95% stake in Vietjet Air, residential projects and HDBank, where she serves on the board as Vice Chairwoman.Thao’s leadership has stimulated Vietjet to capture the largest market in the local aviation industry and to rapidly develop an extensive domestic and international network in just four years of operations. Providing the ease and convenience of air travel to millions of people, the airline has completely transformed the face of Vietnamese aviation sector.Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is also set to become Vietnam’s first female billionaire after it was announced that Vietjet is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in the coming months. The airline is looking to offer as much as a 30% stake and aims to seek a valuation of more than $1 billion. After this, Thao is set to have a net worth exceeding $1 billion, also making her South East Asia’s first self made female billionaire.
Air India has announced two new international flights for 2017, with the first being between India and Israel beginning from May 2017. The airline plans to open the New Delhi-Tel Aviv route with three weekly flights.Talking about the commencement of the new flight, Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India, said, “Air India is looking forward to the opening of the direct route to Israel in a few months’ time. I believe that this will have a positive effect on the tourism traffic between our two countries.”Hassan Madah, Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism in India, said, “We are very happy with the growth in Indian travellers to Israel. In 2016, there were 44,672 Indian tourists that travelled to Israel, setting a new record for the highest number of travellers from India. With Air India commencing operations directly to Israel, we are confident of an increased influx of arrivals to Israel in 2017.”Air India is also slated to begin operation on a non-stop flight from Delhi to Washington from July 7, 2017, connecting both the capitals of India and the USA. Washington will be the airline fifth non-stop destination in the USA following New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD) and San Francisco (SFO).The non-stop flight will not only provide convenient connections to Indians based in the Pacific Northwest region, but will also further enhance the diplomatic relations between the two countries. The direct flight will take approximately 15 hours and 30 mins to reach Washington from Delhi.