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Airbus partners with United Airlines to manage aircraft data

United Airlines has become the latest US airline to connect to Airbus’ open-data platform, Skywise, following an agreement recently signed between the airline and Airbus. United will leverage Skywise to enhance all aspects of its maintenance and engineering operations on its Airbus fleet.

With flexible and visual tools, Skywise enables airlines to store, access, manage, and analyze data more efficiently while also benchmarking against other airline users’ trends. Skywise provides all technology elements in one place, including data warehousing, visualization, alerting, and even machine learning packages, allowing United and other airlines to nimbly develop and deploy their own analytical products.

In addition, Skywise seamlessly connects with the data integration platform, Palantir Foundry. United began using this platform in 2018, and the combination of Palantir Foundry and Airbus’ Skywise will provide United with the data and tools to enhance its operational reliability.

“We are proud to partner with Airbus and Palantir on this new data platform, which will allow us to maximize the performance of our Airbus fleet by analyzing the best data we have available and using those insights to continuously improve our operation,” said Praveen Sharma, United’s Vice President of Digital Products and Analytics.

Marc Fontaine, Airbus’ Digital Transformation Officer said, “Skywise will bring significant value by unlocking data, which will power operational efficiency in aircraft maintenance and flight operations for United Airlines’ fleet. He added, “By extending Skywise to other company business functions, with Palantir, the potential for United will be even bigger.”

Launched in 2017, Skywise is fast becoming the platform of reference used by all major aviation players to improve operational performance, ensuring complete data continuity with benefits across the entire value chain. Today over 70 airlines around the world are connected to Skywise.

Skywise provides all users with one single access point to their aggregated and anonymized aviation data, enriched from multiple sources across the industry into one secure, cloud-based platform. The more data that airlines or OEMs share into the Skywise Core platform, the more accurate the predictions and models for customers connected.

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World’s largest luxury cruise company spewing air pollution to the extreme

The world’s largest luxury cruise operator, Carnival Corporation, emitted more pollution in the form of nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOX) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017. This is according to a new analysis by sustainable transport group, Transport & Environment.

The report states that Royal Caribbean Cruises, the world’s second largest cruise company emits 4 times more than the same European car fleet used in the comparison.

SOX emissions form sulphate (SO4) aerosols that increase human health risks and contribute to acidification in terrestrial and aquatic environments.

In absolute terms, Spain, Italy and Greece, closely followed by France and Norway, are the European countries most exposed to SOX air pollution from cruise vessels while Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Venice are the most impacted European port cities, followed by Civitavecchia (Rome) and Southampton.

These countries are so exposed because they are major tourist destinations, but also because they have less stringent marine sulphur fuel standards which allows cruise ships to burn the dirtiest most sulphurous fuel all along their coastlines

Faig Abbasov, shipping policy manager at T&E, said: “Luxury cruise ships are floating cities powered by some of the dirtiest fuel possible. Cities are rightly banning dirty diesel cars but they’re giving a free pass to cruise companies that spew out toxic fumes that do immeasurable harm both to those on board and on nearby shores. This is unacceptable.“

NOX emissions from cruise ships in Europe also heavily impact some cities, equivalent to about 15% of the nitrogen oxides (NOX) emitted by Europe’s passenger car fleet in a year, the report finds. In Marseille, for example, 57 cruise ships emitted in 2017 almost as much NOX as one-quarter of the city’s 340,000 passenger cars. Along the coasts of countries such as Norway, Denmark, Greece, Croatia and Malta a handful of cruise ships are also responsible for more NOX than the majority of their domestic car fleet.

Europe should implement a zero-emission port standard as soon as possible, this could then be extended to other ship types. The report also recommends extending emission control areas (ECAs), currently in place only in the North and Baltic Seas and English Channel, to the rest of the European seas. Furthermore, the report recommends regulating NOX emissions from existing ships, which are currently exempt from NOx standards applying in emission control areas.

Faig Abbasov concluded: “There are enough mature technologies to clean up cruise ships. Shore-side electricity can help cut in-port emissions, batteries are a solution for shorter distances and hydrogen technology can power even the biggest cruise ships. The cruise sector are apparently not willing to make the shift voluntarily, so we need governments to step in and mandate zero emission standards.”

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Hard Rock International honors legendary Freddie Mercury

Hard Rock International announced a continuation of its partnership with The Mercury Phoenix Trust, a UK charity created in memory of Freddie Mercury by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor together with their manager Jim Beach to support the global fight against HIV/AIDS, that includes a series of collaborative initiatives taking place from June through December 2019. As The Mercury Phoenix Trust brings together Freddie Mercury’s legendary passion for music and social purpose, so too does Hard Rock. The iconic restaurant and entertainment brand was founded on the mottos, “Love All – Serve All,” “Take Time to Be Kind,” “Save the Planet” and “All is One,” and honors its commitment to serve people and the planet through its partnership with The Mercury Phoenix Trust.

As part of the partnership, The Hard Rock Heals Foundation – Hard Rock’s charitable arm – will donate a portion of proceeds from co-branded activations and Freddie Mercury inspired merchandise such as collectible tees and tote bags to The Mercury Phoenix Trust in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

“The Mercury Phoenix Trust has been a valued partner of Hard Rock’s for nearly a decade, and we are excited to continue the partnership in 2019 starting with an exciting collection of co-branded merchandise launching in June during Pride Month with proceeds benefiting the foundation,” said Edward Deutscher, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and eCommerce at Hard Rock International. “Our new Pride merchandise collection is inspired by Freddie Mercury and provides a unique opportunity to celebrate equality and raise awareness and funds for The Mercury Phoenix Trust, while embracing Hard Rock’s All is One mantra alongside the LGBTQ+ community.”

To honor Freddie Mercury and Queen, Hard Rock Cafe locations around the U.S. will host various Queen-themed activations from July through August in celebration of Queen + Adam Lambert’s sold out North American tour taking place this summer.

“Hard Rock’s ongoing support of The Mercury Phoenix Trust’s mission has been invaluable, and we cherish the partnership that continues to strengthen year over year between their iconic brand and our foundation,” said Mercury Phoenix Trust trustee and Queen’s manager, Jim Beach.

As a loyal partner since 2013, The Hard Rock Heals Foundation has donated proceeds from its annual Freddie for a Day celebrations to The Mercury Phoenix Trust. This year, Hard Rock will further its support for the foundation by extending the annual tradition to Freddie for a Week – a week-long, fundraising celebration taking place this September. Fans will be able to participate in Freddie for a Week celebrations at Hard Rock properties around the world and support The Mercury Phoenix Trust by purchasing limited-edition Freddie Mercury pins and popular Freddie-inspired mustaches.

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Nepal Tourism Board official response to Mount Everest expedition deaths

Is Nepal a safe destination to travel after 11 people died climbing Mount Everest this season?

The answer should be a certain yes. Nepal is so much more than climbing the tallest mountain on earth. Nepal is peaceful and beautiful, and like no tourism destination in the world has even close to the variety of activities and experiences a traveler should expect when visiting Nepal.  Nepal has been setting trends on global accessible tourism. Climbing mountains is not an activity most tourists take part in.

While news emerges about an American climber who died in what is called a “traffic jam” on Mount Everest the Nepal Tourism Board issues an official press- release extending deepest condolences for the loss of lives at Everest, 8,848 m, during recent expeditions.

“As is known, climbing Everest is a hardcore adventure activity, a daunting experience even for the most trained and professional climbers. Every life lost is one too many. Solutions for more safe and sustainable options for climbing must come from this heartbreaking time.

Everest will always be a source of great natural wonder and tourist aspiration. Nepal stands with the global trekking community to continue to allow this gift of nature to be safely, sustainably celebrated.

Importantly, the Nepal Government, DoT, Nepal tourism industry and people of Nepal salute the heroes who lost their precious lives pursuing their greatest passions, defying all challenges in the glory of the indomitable human spirit.”

After a number of accidents reports about over tourism at Mount Everest are getting louder. It appears tourists are underestimating the dangers involved.

Even though Nepalese mountain guides are among the best in the world the number of tourists, the narrow window of days weather permits the climb and the jetstream of 120 mph winds make it possible to try. The oxygen only has 1/3 of the pressure a human body is used to.

The longer a person remains above 8000 meters the more dangerous it is. Regulations should be put in place to require anyone climbing Mount Everest to have climbed an 8000 feet mountain prior, experts told eTurboNews.

Today a Maoist splinter group which calls itself the Communist Party of Nepal enforced a widespread strike and two vehicles were burned in Makawanpur district southeast of the Nepali capital.  Even this group agrees on the economic potential tourism gives to Nepal. Such an incident should stay as far away from tourism security evaluation as it can. No one can compare such incidents with the ongoing strikes in Paris or day to day situation in other regions around the world.

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Star Alliance launches Connection Service at Newark Liberty International Airport

The Star Alliance Connection Service is now available at Newark Liberty International Airport. This assists passengers with tight connections between two Star Alliance member airline flights. Dedicated Connection Service staff use special software to monitor the transfer window for customers with onward flights. Cases, where passengers and checked bags appear in danger of missing a connection, are automatically highlighted. The Connection Service agent can thereby already consider the various options available to ensure that the customer reaches the onward flight, or if necessary book alternative options, before the inbound flight even lands.

“We know how important it is for our customers to make their connection on time. By extending the Connection Service to Newark, we want to provide our customers connecting from one Star Alliance airline to another with the peace of mind knowing that their transfer is taken care of.” said Christian Draeger, Star Alliance Vice President Customer Experience.

Newark is the 12th biggest Star Alliance transfer hub worldwide, with more than 400,000 passengers connecting from one Star Alliance carrier to another each year.

In addition to home carrier United, the following Star Alliance member carriers serve Newark: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Avianca, Austrian, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, SAS, Swiss and TAP.

The Connection Service was first introduced in Chicago (ORD) in 2017 as part of the Alliance’s strategy of further improving the customer journey.

With Newark (EWR) now also offering Connection Service, the combined passenger and baggage expedite is now available at the following Star Alliance hubs: Chicago (ORD), Frankfurt (FRA), Houston (IAH), Munich (MUC), Newark (EWR) and Toronto (YYZ).

At present, baggage-only expedite is offered at Denver (DEN), London (LHR), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Washington (IAD).

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Etihad Airways extends free two-night Abu Dhabi getaway offer

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, announced it is extending its free Abu Dhabi stopover campaign to the end of the year due to the popularity of the special offer in its opening month. Travelers flying through the capital of the UAE with the airline are invited to enjoy a free two-night hotel stay to break up their journey and explore the city’s vibrant and diverse attractions.

Abu Dhabi offers visitors the chance to explore cultural highlights, impressive architecture, world-class theme parks as well as striking beaches and desert landscapes. The city appeals to solo travelers and couples in search of unique travel experiences as well as families looking to create extraordinary memories with children, making it the perfect destination for a holiday within a holiday.

Etihad is offering two free nights of hotel accommodation in Abu Dhabi for all guests booking flights to and from all Etihad destinations via Abu Dhabi. Guests can choose from a range of hotels located across the city including the five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Intercontinental Abu Dhabi and Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, as well as the Pearl Rotana, Courtyard by Marriott WTC, Crowne Plaza and Radisson Blu.

The free Abu Dhabi stopover promotion is available for bookings online or via a travel agent made by 1 December for travel until 31 December 2019.

Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are extremely pleased that our Abu Dhabi stopover has appealed to so many of our guests and exceeded our expectations in the first month since it launched. This incredible promotion allows us to showcase our extraordinary home to more visitors worldwide. Guests can explore the emirate’s many highlights as well as relax and rejuvenate as they break up their journey.?

Abu Dhabi visitors can experience cultural masterpieces and architectural highlights including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the newly opened Presidential Palace, Qasr Al Watan.

Tourists seeking nature can escape to the beautiful sand dunes of the Arabian desert, or find calm on the pristine coastline and beautiful beaches surrounding Abu Dhabi island.

Adrenalin-seeking adventurers can revel in the thrills of the city’s theme parks including the intense G-force experienced on Ferrari World’s roller-coasters, as well as the rides and attractions at Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

Unforgettable desert safari expeditions, a myriad of world-class golf courses and an exceptional range of local and international dining experiences ensures there is something for everyone.

The advantage of a stopover goes beyond creating two holiday experiences out of one and can also support with combating jetlag. Global travelers on long-haul journeys will benefit from adjusting to the time zone along their journey, arriving at their final destination feeling more refreshed.

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Would you travel nude or naked?

Face Forward. Please!

Traveling sucks the moisture out of our skin! We may start the journey looking terrific and deplane looking a total wreck because of the anxiety of getting to and through airports and security, the questions on whether the flight will depart/land on-time without incident, the dismay caused by the dry air on flights, the concern that the right clothes have been packed and whether of not the luggage will arrive at the airport…stress this takes a toll on our face.

Then there is the issue of sanitation. The bacteria found at airports, trains, airplanes and rest stops can spread to our face and the rest of our body. Changes in time zones combined with sleep deprivation impacts on skin. Between dehydration and swollen blood vessels around the eyes producing a raccoon look – travel becomes a nightmare.

Cannot wait to get to the hotel for a hot shower: Remember, hotel soaps and shampoos do not belong on a body. Although it depends on the hotel, most likely the free beauty products have ingredients that are heavily perfumed and loaded with chemicals that are a direct link to irritation – especially if you have sensitive skin.

The Cosmetics Challenge

It becomes obvious that we need to use products that will keep us healthy and clean, smell and look good while not polluting the environment or blinding/killing animals. With all the choices available, how can we make a correct decision?

We are seduced at every turn. The global cosmetics industry (including sun/skin/hair care, deodorants, makeup/color cosmetics and fragrances) is likely to reach $429.8 billion by 2022 from sales sourced through retail stores (supermarkets, exclusive brand outlets, specialty shops) and online channels.

What is truly staggering is how rapidly this sizable business is growing and how quickly market share is moving online.  Thirty percent ($12 billion) is spent through online shopping, representing a 24 percent increase in just one year.

Beauty and personal care products are particularly ripe for online development, given consumers’ combined interest in both exploring new products and replenishing the ones they already own and love.

These two shopper modes—discovery and replenishment—are among the strongest drivers of online penetration.

Travel Retail. Another Opportunity for Seduction

Another new and growing distribution channel for cosmetics are Duty Free – airport shops. Travel retail (shopping in airports, in-flight, tax-free shores and cruises) is one of the largest markets for the cosmetic industry. Duty-free started at the Shannon Airport, Ireland, 1947, and now is a common part of many people’s traveling experience. Today travel retail is a global industry worth almost $64 billion. Of that, perfumes and cosmetics account for approximately 1/3 of sales, and the Asia-Pacific region, the largest of all markets, controls 38.6 percent of market share.

Travel retail is one the largest markets for Estee Lauder and L’Oréal, and many new collections are sold exclusively through these channels of distribution.

Trends

Consumers of all ages are delighted with the wide-range of new products and new brands. Young consumers are supporting locally made, artisanal, chemical – free products. Independent brands are finding traction and entrepreneurs are bringing new creative products to the marketplace.

Because consumers want it NOW, products that promise immediate gratification are a growing segment, especially in the skincare slice of the market. Men and women want to see the immediate elimination of lines, bags and other imperfections and skincare products that are natural, clean and focus on wellness are succeeding.

Choices. Nude or Color Coded

There are over 679 unique colors of foundation to choose from and it is left to the consumer to make the color choice. Nude cosmetics are extending beyond beige, and sales of products that offer individually relevant experiences are increasing. Regardless of age, increasingly diverse consumers are actively seeking options when they step up to a beauty counter, spend time with beauty YouTube videos or explore websites with an increasingly wide range of cosmetic products. Consumers have always wanted their beauty products to reflect their individuality. What has shifted over the last few years is that shoppers have immense options wherever and whenever they choose to shop.

Going Naked

With space limitations (thanks to airline restrictions, smaller hotel rooms, and reduced luggage space), travelers are seeking ways to carry the products they want that meet the mobility challenges. Products that are package-free or “naked” have grabbed the attention of the road warrior and 35 percent of the Lush line meets this requirement.  The products are solid and formulated with little or no water and made without synthetic preservatives, reducing the need for plastic for products that include shampoo bars, solid conditioners, soaps, scrubs, massage bars and bath oils. For consumers that prefer packaged versions, the wraps are made from recycled, reusable or compostable materials.

Waterless Beauty

Water is the industry’s most used ingredient and there are concerns about the use and abuse of this resource.  L’Oréal has committed to a 60 percent reduction in water consumption per finished product by 2020 (2005 baseline) and Unilever has committed to a reduction of water usage by 2020 (2010 baseline). Water conservation is motivating a launch of new products that are “dry” (i.e. powdered cleansers and dry sheet masks) along with entirely waterless beauty brands.

Conservation and a minimalist approach to beauty has motivated Korea to develop hybrid products that tone and hydrate in one product, using natural ingredients such as green tea and vitamin E. The results-driven products have genderless and ageless appeal, creating less clutter.

International Makeup Artist Trade Show. IMATS

If you are interested in where the professionals in the cosmetics industry go for inspiration and education…they attend the IMATS events that are held in major cities throughout the USA and Europe. Educators, professional makeup artists, product vendors, and other segments of the industry eagerly share their knowledge, expertise, and suggestions for looking terrific and feeling better. Whether the search is products to improve the “commuter” look or have a desire to win the next Halloween costume party, the IMATS programs are the go-to destination.

While it might be fun to shop for cosmetics at Bloomingdale’s or Sephora, professionals are finding the best brands for their clients and customers at IMATS. One of the most respected brands among professionals and consumers is Kryolan. I recently participated in one of the training programs for wanna-be makeup artists, and walked away with a flash drive full of ideas on how to look better – with a minimum of effort. I also became a fan of the extensive product line.

Kryolan

If you are definitely committed to a totally vegan lifestyle, the focus does not have to stop with your digestive system. Thanks to Lip Bar, lips can now meet the objective as the lipsticks are a blend of natural ingredients enriched with shea butter, avocado and coconut oils and Vitamin E.

Khuraira Musa

Technology is moving makeup artists and consumers away from brushes, sponges and fingers, replacing the process with the technology of the airbrush. Only a few years ago, you needed an advanced degree in art and engineering to nail the use of the airbrush, but time and effort has brought this 21st century tool to the personal tote bag and bathroom shelf.

For over 20 years, Khuraira Musa has been making the world a bit more beautiful, “One Face at a Time.” For airbrush equipment and classes, her New Jersey studio offers the opportunity to learn from a professional.

Temptu

For a natural-looking, skin-perfecting finish, Temptu provides the technology and the products to create a professional look at home with their version of the airbrush. The Airpods can be customized and individualized for day-to-night, casual to elegant, spot correcting, contouring, and strobing thanks to a product line that includes foundation, blush, highlighter and bronzer.

It is a secret to flawless skin with TEMPTU’s patented technology and one-of-a-kind airbrush makeup, proven to deliver less makeup for ASENT, the perfect fusion of beauty and technology with the TEMPTU airbrush.

An airbrush makeup machine has 3 major parts: the airbrush stylus, the air compressor and the air hose connecting the two. For creating a flawless complexion (without the assistance of a professional artist), the airbrush wins. Professional artists have used the technique forever, but now the travel size has made it useable and affordable putting home beauty buffs into the picture.

The airbrush requires special foundation that is applied via the gun, it must have a very thin consistency and goes on the skin like a mist, covering the skin with a thin layer of pigment creating a natural looking complexion.

Kevin James Bennett

If you are not into creating your own professional look (or want something very special for a wedding or anniversary), it is time to reach out to a professional. IMAT brings the pros front and center. Not only do they bring their magic to the stage with master classes, they are kind and generous enough with their time and talent to provide advice and guidance on a personal level.

When packing for the business trip or holiday, short intervals way from home, means that small sizes of cosmetics and other personal care products are more practical than the jumbo sizes from Costco. Paying a premium for travel minis is a waste, so purchasing reusable kits and containers will lighten the luggage.

M-Y-O-Cosmetic Cases

The company is committed to sustainable practices and the products are recyclable and follow Carbon Offset and Take-Back programs. The cases are made in Canada from food and medical grade materials.

Dynamic Innovation Labs

The creepy crawling lines that appear (as if by magic) on our faces, frequently toggle a fit of rage (and/or depression) creating a depression. Dynamic has a topical serum that will minimize the crow’s-feet without the need for plastic surgery.

For additional information, go to imats.net.

© Dr. Elinor Garely. This copyright article, including photos, may not be reproduced without written permission from the author.

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Air Transat launches nonstop service between Montreal and New Orleans

Air Transat announced that it will add New Orleans, Louisiana, to its portfolio of fall and winter destinations. Beginning in November 2019 , the airline will offer two direct flights a week from Montreal , giving travelers a chance to experience the festive atmosphere of jazz clubs or a contemplative stroll along the Bayou.

“With the steady demand for New Orleans , Air Transat is pleased to be the only airline to offer non-stop service from Montreal to this unique vacation destination, and to be enhancing its offering for next winter with this distinctive option,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “Adding this new route strengthens Air Transat’s status as a Canadian leader in leisure travel while also providing greater flexibility to business travellers visiting Louisiana , who will have the option of extending their stay.”

“We are extremely pleased to welcome this first direct connection to New Orleans from Montréal,” said Philippe Rainville , President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “Thanks to Air Transat, travellers will be able to discover a vibrant and culturally rich destination. Known as the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans is definitely worth the trip! With this new link, YUL is further enhancing its air service and now offers a total of 152 direct destinations.”

“We are thrilled to have Air Transat provide this convenient direct connection between New Orleans and Montreal—two great North American cities with rich cultures and shared historical ties to France ,” said Kevin Dolliole , Aviation Director for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “The addition of this new flight brings us to a total of 8 international destinations, which allows us to connect more and more people from around the world to everything New Orleans has to offer.”

“Tourisme Montréal is delighted with this first non-stop route between Louisiana and our metropolis, which will certainly help us reach our objective of welcoming 13.5 million tourists annually by 2022. Each year, more and more travellers visit us from the United States . This important addition opens up a promising market of people, which will certainly be open to discovering Montreal’s authenticity and creativity. I would like to congratulate Air Transat for its dynamism and its contribution, year after year, to the development of tourism in Montreal and Quebec , “said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

Air Transat will fly twice a week to New Orleans , on Thursdays and Sundays, beginning November 3, 2019. Details of Air Transat’s 2019 winter flight program will be announced shortly.

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American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association welcomes new leadership

The Board of Directors of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherry L. Rupert as the new Executive Director for the tourism association charged with extending the voice of tribal tourism in the United States. Ms. Rupert, the Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission and former Board President of AIANTA, is an American Indian of Paiute and Washoe heritage.

Ms. Rupert’s appointment comes after careful consideration by the board and reflects the leadership’s commitment to expanding AIANTA’s impact in working with tribes to develop, sustain and grow tourism programming in Native American communities.

With extensive experience in tribal tourism, economic development, marketing, tribal relations and legislative advocacy, Ms. Rupert is the ideal candidate to assume the position of Executive Director of the organization. In her former position, she managed Nevada’s Indian Territory, the state’s official arm for promoting Native American tourism, and created and produced the annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference for more than a decade. Her work at the national level includes serving on the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (US TTAB) and AIANTA’s Board of Directors since 2010. She is also the recipient of multiple awards for her work in tourism and economic development and she was also instrumental in passage of the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act during her tenure as AIANTA Board President.

“I have served the state of Nevada and Nevada’s tribes proudly these last 15 years as their Indian Affairs Director and now look ahead to serving all of the nation’s tribes,” said Ms. Rupert. “I believe strongly in AIANTA’s mission and in the provisions of the NATIVE Act and was proud to be a part of the Act’s passage. I am equally proud to now be able to have a hand in implementation of the Act. I would like to thank Camille Ferguson for her leadership and for building a strong foundation with which to move forward.”

Camille FergusonMs. Rupert replaces Camille Ferguson, who announced she is stepping down from her position to return to her family and home community of Sitka, Alaska, where she will focus on growing tourism and economic development opportunities for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska as the Economic Development Director. Ms. Ferguson will continue to serve as an advisor to AIANTA during the transition period.

Ms. Ferguson spent six years building, growing and stabilizing AIANTA as a national organization. Her work has contributed to the awareness of the importance of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism nationally and internationally. Her testimony before Congress led to the funding of the NATIVE Act and her efforts also resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of the Interior, Department of Commerce and AIANTA, and finalizing a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to implement provisions of the Act.

“I am excited for AIANTA as Sherry Rupert takes over leadership of the organization,” said Ms. Ferguson. “With the structures in place, the path will be much easier to navigate, especially with Sherry’s institutional knowledge and history with AIANTA. I am confident and know I will see great things happening in Indian Country, especially with stable funding secured this year through the NATIVE Act.”

Replacing Ms. Rupert as AIANTA Board President is Emerson Vallo (Pueblo of Acoma), the Chief Executive Officer of the Isleta Business Corporation, where he oversees and manages all company assets, existing businesses and future business development opportunities.

”I have been serving on AIANTA’s Board of Directors for several years now and have seen the positive progress in AIANTA’s mission,” said Mr. Vallo. “The leadership Ms. Ferguson exhibited propelled AIANTA to the next level. Our Board President Ms. Rupert, with her strong leadership and extensive experience in tribal tourism and legislative advocacy, has been the catalyst for the Board to make tough decisions in bringing AIANTA to the forefront. With Ms. Rupert’s appointment as Executive Director of AIANTA, we will continue on this progressive road to build AIANTA and to continue to advocate for all of Indian Country tourism.”

Mr. Vallo, who has served on AIANTA’s Board of Directors for more than six years, was appointed to the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) as a Commissioner by then Governor Susana Martinez and is the current Native American representative to the NMTD.

He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Acoma Business Enterprises, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Haak’u Museum and Director for Sky City Cultural Center and Museum. He actively participates in the Junior Achievement program of New Mexico and has taught several classes around the State of New Mexico. His efforts are focused on the economic development of his Pueblo, the welfare of his native lands, and the promotion of cultural tourism in New Mexico and all of Indian Country.

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Air Canada updates schedule due to ongoing grounding of Boeing 737 MAX jets

Air Canada said today that to provide customers greater certainty for their summer travel plans it has further adjusted its schedule through to August 1 and taken other measures, including obtaining additional capacity, so that customers can book with full confidence. The changes are in response to the continued grounding by Transport Canada of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which has now been removed from Air Canada’s schedule until August 1.

“With the continued grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, Air Canada is prudently adjusting its schedule and is finalizing arrangements for additional aircraft to transport customers to their destinations. Through these measures, we are giving customers certainty to book their summer travel plans on Air Canada with full confidence. We understand the importance our customers attach to their summer travel and through the actions we are announcing today, Air Canada now has in place a schedule and the capacity to meet travellers’ needs,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

“Since the Boeing 737 MAX fleet was grounded on March 13, Air Canada has successfully protected 96 per cent of planned flying through strategic commercial adjustments. This includes optimizing the current fleet, consolidating flights on larger aircraft and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet. By leveraging our deep, global network and through arrangements with Star Alliance partner Lufthansa and other airlines to provide capacity, we now have secured sufficient additional capacity to meet our customers’ travel needs this summer,” said Ms. Guillemette.

In compliance with a safety notice closing Canadian airspace issued by Transport Canada on March 13, 2019, Air Canada grounded its fleet of 24 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Boeing has advised that deliveries of its 737 MAX are currently suspended. Air Canada was expecting to receive another 12 aircraft for a total fleet of 36 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in July.

As the timeline for the return to service of the 737 MAX is unknown, for planning purposes and to provide customers certainty for booking and travel, Air Canada has now removed 737 MAX flying from its schedule until at least August 1, 2019. Final decisions on returning the 737 MAX to service will be based on Air Canada’s safety assessment following the lifting of government safety notices and approval by international regulatory authorities.

A full summary of schedule adjustments is posted on airlines’ website. Highlights of measures taken by Air Canada include:

Mitigations

To mitigate the impact, Air Canada has substituted different aircraft on 737 MAX routes, including flying routes with similar-sized or larger aircraft. To help provide this replacement flying, the carrier has extended leases for three Airbus A320 and three Embraer 190 aircraft which were scheduled to exit the fleet.

Air Canada is also accelerating the in-take of six Airbus A321 aircraft from WOW Air into its fleet. For customer comfort, the first four of these aircraft, despite being less than three years old, are being reconfigured, equipped with Wi-Fi and repainted in Air Canada Rouge livery and will begin entering the fleet in May, a month earlier than scheduled. The remaining two will enter service later.

Working with Other Airlines

The carrier is working with other airlines to provide immediate extra capacity and provide alternative options to customers. Air Canada’s Montreal-Frankfurt flight for the month of May will be operated by Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Air Canada is now finalizing capacity agreements with other airlines to temporarily operate flights on its behalf, subject to government approvals and conclusion of final documentation. Beginning June 15, Qatar Airways will operate one Airbus A330-200 on daily flights between Montreal and Barcelona and one Airbus A330-200 daily flight between Montreal and Paris. Beginning June 2, Omni Air International will operate flights with one Boeing 767-200ER aircraft between Vancouver and Honolulu and Maui.

Schedule Changes until July 31

The airline has implemented a number of route changes to date, either adjusting operating days and times, substituting larger aircraft with fewer frequencies, or re-deploying Air Canada Rouge aircraft on additional routes. For example, Air Canada’s Montreal-Bordeaux flights will be operated three times weekly with Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, Montreal-Los Angeles will operate once daily with larger Airbus A330 aircraft, Toronto and Montreal flights to Keflavik will operate with Air Canada Rouge A319s, and one of two daily flights between Toronto-Charlottetown will be operated with an all-Economy Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321, among other adjustments.

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American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association welcomes new leadership

The Board of Directors of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherry L. Rupert as the new Executive Director for the tourism association charged with extending the voice of tribal tourism in the United States. Ms. Rupert, the Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission and former Board President of AIANTA, is an American Indian of Paiute and Washoe heritage.

Ms. Rupert’s appointment comes after careful consideration by the board and reflects the leadership’s commitment to expanding AIANTA’s impact in working with tribes to develop, sustain and grow tourism programming in Native American communities.

With extensive experience in tribal tourism, economic development, marketing, tribal relations and legislative advocacy, Ms. Rupert is the ideal candidate to assume the position of Executive Director of the organization.

In her former position, she managed Nevada’s Indian Territory, the state’s official arm for promoting Native American tourism, and created and produced the annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference for more than a decade. Her work at the national level includes serving on the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (US TTAB) and AIANTA’s Board of Directors since 2010. She is also the recipient of multiple awards for her work in tourism and economic development and she was also instrumental in passage of the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act during her tenure as AIANTA Board President.

“I have served the state of Nevada and Nevada’s tribes proudly these last 15 years as their Indian Affairs Director and now look ahead to serving all of the nation’s tribes,” said Ms. Rupert. “I believe strongly in AIANTA’s mission and in the provisions of the NATIVE Act and was proud to be a part of the Act’s passage. I am equally proud to now be able to have a hand in implementation of the Act. I would like to thank Camille Ferguson for her leadership and for building a strong foundation with which to move forward.”

Ms. Rupert replaces Camille Ferguson, who announced she is stepping down from her position to return to her family and home community of Sitka, Alaska, where she will focus on growing tourism and economic development opportunities for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska as the Economic Development Director. Ms. Ferguson will continue to serve as an advisor to AIANTA during the transition period.

Ms. Ferguson spent six years building, growing and stabilizing AIANTA as a national organization. Her work has contributed to the awareness of the importance of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism nationally and internationally. Her testimony before Congress led to the funding of the NATIVE Act and her efforts also resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of the Interior, Department of Commerce and AIANTA, and finalizing a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to implement provisions of the Act.

“I am excited for AIANTA as Sherry Rupert takes over leadership of the organization,” said Ms. Ferguson. “With the structures in place, the path will be much easier to navigate, especially with Sherry’s institutional knowledge and history with AIANTA. I am confident and know I will see great things happening in Indian Country, especially with stable funding secured this year through the NATIVE Act.”

Replacing Ms. Rupert as AIANTA Board President is Emerson Vallo (Pueblo of Acoma), the Chief Executive Officer of the Isleta Business Corporation, where he oversees and manages all company assets, existing businesses and future business development opportunities.

”I have been serving on AIANTA’s Board of Directors for several years now and have seen the positive progress in AIANTA’s mission,” said Mr. Vallo. “The leadership Ms. Ferguson exhibited propelled AIANTA to the next level. Our Board President Ms. Rupert, with her strong leadership and extensive experience in tribal tourism and legislative advocacy, has been the catalyst for the Board to make tough decisions in bringing AIANTA to the forefront. With Ms. Rupert’s appointment as Executive Director of AIANTA, we will continue on this progressive road to build AIANTA and to continue to advocate for all of Indian Country tourism.”

Mr. Vallo, who has served on AIANTA’s Board of Directors for more than six years, was appointed to the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) as a Commissioner by then Governor Susana Martinez and is the current Native American representative to the NMTD.

He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Acoma Business Enterprises, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Haak’u Museum and Director for Sky City Cultural Center and Museum. He actively participates in the Junior Achievement program of New Mexico and has taught several classes around the State of New Mexico. His efforts are focused on the economic development of his Pueblo, the welfare of his native lands, and the promotion of cultural tourism in New Mexico and all of Indian Country.

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TIME Hotels to open five new properties across Middle East in 2019

TIME Hotels, the UAE-headquartered hospitality company and hotel operator, is set to announce plans to open five new properties across the Middle East during 2019 – as it targets 35 properties by 2025.

The properties, which will see the growth and launch of existing as well as new TIME Hotel brands to key territories throughout the region, will be unveiled during Arabian Travel Market 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May.

Mohamed Awadalla, CEO TIME Hotels, said: “Our pipeline of hotels and residences meet the demands of multiple value-driven markets by offering a high-quality experience right across all of our branded properties.

“We currently have 15 properties in operation across the UAE and wider GCC with new additions in Dubai, Sharjah and Saudi Arabia scheduled for this year as well as extending our presence to Egypt – further supporting our strategic business plan to increase our total portfolio to 35 properties across the Middle East by the end of 2025.”

TIME Hotels will debut its TIME Express Hotels brand with the opening of a property in Sharjah, during the third quarter of 2019. The three-star TIME Express Hotel Al Khan will feature 55 keys in total and is located 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport, 20 minutes from Sharjah International Airport and a 15-minute walk from Al Khan Beach.

In Dubai, TIME Asma Hotel is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2019. The four-star property, located in Al Barsha, will feature 232 rooms including 12 suites, a gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, four meeting rooms, a business centre and two restaurants.

“Plans are in place for two floors of the hotel to be reserved exclusively for female travellers, with dedicated services, including: personalised room service, a female-only check-in counter, dedicated ladies-only guest relations, in-house baby-sitting services, and in-room tablets highlighting all of the services offered for women as well as enhanced bathroom amenities in each room,” said Awadalla.

Meanwhile, TIME Hotels’ international openings in Saudi Arabia and Egypt demonstrate the brand’s strength and popularity in markets outside of the UAE.

TIME Hotels opened its second property in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of April. Featuring 28 deluxe apartments – comprising four one-bedroom units and 24 two-bedroom units – TIME Dammam Residence is located 35 minutes from King Fahad International Airport and just minutes from various shopping and dining destinations in Dammam.

Joining TIME Dammam Residence in the kingdom will be TIME Golden Tower Al Khobar. Scheduled to open August 2019, the 65-key property will be strategically located on Al Khobar Main Street and within close proximity to Al Khobar Waterfront. The property will feature a roof-top garden lounge, a gym and a high-tech business centre.

In Egypt, TIME Nozha Beach Aqua Park Hotel & Resort will open its doors during Q3 2019. The four-star property – located in Ras Sudr, on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast – will feature 52 rooms and four suits as well as five castles, 93 villas, 891 chalets and 136 studios.

Located along a 945 metre stretch of white sand beach, the resort will feature the largest aqua entertainment complex in Ras Sudr, complete with various water slides, wave pools and water sport activities.

Awadalla, said: “This is a very exciting chapter in TIME Hotels’ short history as we open TIME Nozha Aqua Park & Resort, our first beach resort and first property in Egypt. Built with leisure and adventure visitors in mind, this resort is fully-equipped with everything the modern traveller requires for the perfect family getaway.”

These scheduled openings follow the signing of a new management agreement by TIME Hotels Management to operate Dunes Hotel Apartments’ three properties located throughout Dubai.

TIME Hotels took over day-to-day operations of TIME Dunes Hotel Apartment Al Barsha, TIME Dunes Hotel Apartments Al Qusais and TIME Dunes Hotel Apartments Oud Metha following the signing of the agreement on 24th January 2019.

“It has been a busy year for TIME Hotels with a raft of properties announced with several of them due to come online within the next 12 months. We have been very strategic with our openings, identifying and assessing the demand within the market and implementing the most suitable brand from the TIME portfolio, that best matches that demand and we’re looking forward to bringing more properties into our portfolio,” added Awadalla.

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Time Hotels to open five additional hotels in Dubai, Sharjah and Saudi Arabia

TIME Hotels, an UAE-headquartered hospitality company and hotel operator, is set to announce plans to open five new properties across the Middle East during 2019 – as it targets 35 properties by 2025.

The properties, which will see the growth and launch of existing as well as new TIME Hotel brands to key territories throughout the region, will be unveiled during Arabian Travel Market 2019.

Mohamed Awadalla, CEO TIME Hotels, said: “Our pipeline of hotels and residences meet the demands of multiple value-driven markets by offering a high-quality experience right across all of our branded properties.

“We currently have 15 properties in operation across the UAE and wider GCC with new additions in Dubai, Sharjah and Saudi Arabia scheduled for this year as well as extending our presence to Egypt – further supporting our strategic business plan to increase our total portfolio to 35 properties across the Middle East by the end of 2025.”

TIME Hotels will debut its TIME Express Hotels brand with the opening of a property in Sharjah, during the third quarter of 2019. The three-star TIME Express Hotel Al Khan will feature 55 keys in total and is located 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport, 20 minutes from Sharjah International Airport and a 15-minute walk from Al Khan Beach.

In Dubai, TIME Asma Hotel is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2019. The four-star property, located in Al Barsha, will feature 232 rooms including 12 suites, a gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, four meeting rooms, a business centre and two restaurants.

“Plans are in place for two floors of the hotel to be reserved exclusively for female travellers, with dedicated services, including: personalised room service, a female-only check-in counter, dedicated ladies-only guest relations, in-house baby-sitting services, and in-room tablets highlighting all of the services offered for women as well as enhanced bathroom amenities in each room,” said Awadalla.

Meanwhile, TIME Hotels’ international openings in Saudi Arabia and Egypt demonstrate the brand’s strength and popularity in markets outside of the UAE.

TIME Hotels opened its second property in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of April. Featuring 28 deluxe apartments – comprising four one-bedroom units and 24 two-bedroom units – TIME Dammam Residence is located 35 minutes from King Fahad International Airport and just minutes from various shopping and dining destinations in Dammam.

Joining TIME Dammam Residence in the kingdom will be TIME Golden Tower Al Khobar. Scheduled to open August 2019, the 65-key property will be strategically located on Al Khobar Main Street and within close proximity to Al Khobar Waterfront. The property will feature a roof-top garden lounge, a gym and a high-tech business centre.

In Egypt, TIME Nozha Beach Aqua Park Hotel & Resort will open its doors during Q3 2019. The four-star property – located in Ras Sudr, on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast – will feature 52 rooms and four suits as well as five castles, 93 villas, 891 chalets and 136 studios.

Located along a 945 metre stretch of white sand beach, the resort will feature the largest aqua entertainment complex in Ras Sudr, complete with various water slides, wave pools and water sport activities.

Awadalla, said: “This is a very exciting chapter in TIME Hotels’ short history as we open TIME Nozha Aqua Park & Resort, our first beach resort and first property in Egypt. Built with leisure and adventure visitors in mind, this resort is fully-equipped with everything the modern traveller requires for the perfect family getaway.”

These scheduled openings follow the signing of a new management agreement by TIME Hotels Management to operate Dunes Hotel Apartments’ three properties located throughout Dubai.

TIME Hotels took over day-to-day operations of TIME Dunes Hotel Apartment Al Barsha, TIME Dunes Hotel Apartments Al Qusais and TIME Dunes Hotel Apartments Oud Metha following the signing of the agreement on 24th January 2019.

“It has been a busy year for TIME Hotels with a raft of properties announced with several of them due to come online within the next 12 months. We have been very strategic with our openings, identifying and assessing the demand within the market and implementing the most suitable brand from the TIME portfolio, that best matches that demand and we’re looking forward to bringing more properties into our portfolio,” added Awadalla.

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Marriott International official hotel sponsor of Brand USA United Stories international campaign

Today, Brand USA, the destination-marketing organization for the United States, announces Marriott International across the United States as the official hotel sponsor for United Stories. The sponsorship will help expand the global reach of the United Stories campaign, which aims to inspire international travelers to visit the USA through visual storytelling efforts. This new United Stories collaboration also provides Marriott International, one of Brand USA’s founding and diamond partners, fresh localized content and innovative ways to reach international customers.

Launched earlier this year in partnership with Beautiful Destinations, United Stories utilizes mobile content creation labs to track and share relatable, human stories to inspire lasting emotional connections between international travelers and people and places across the United States. Throughout the year, accomplished content creators, storytellers, and influencers will travel to various points of interest across the country in eye-catching, buzz-worthy vehicles branded with #UnitedStories.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Marriott International on United Stories. Marriott’s strong international brand recognition and ongoing dedication to their customers makes them an ideal partner to expand the reach of this campaign,” said Tom Garzilli, chief marketing officer of Brand USA. “We believe in the power of storytelling to engage global audiences and highlight the diversity of real travel experiences in the USA. Our partnership will help deliver these inspiring stories to an even larger population of international travelers, extending the United Stories campaign to millions of people around the world.”

Marriott Bonvoy will be integrated within the United Stories campaign to generate awareness and create connectivity with its newly launched travel program. This includes branding of the mobile content creation labs and hosting influencers and content creators at hotels across the USA.

“The United Stories mission aligns with our passion for travel, said Kieran Donahue, vice president, marketing, The Americas. “Our sponsorship of United Stories is a great extension of our ongoing partnership with Brand USA. The mobile content labs allow us to show the breadth, depth, and variety of our brands, destinations, and hotels throughout the U.S., and most importantly, connect with our members and guests in a way that showcases how good travel can enrich and unite the world.”

The Marriott Bonvoy travel program is built on the belief that all travel is good travel; it enriches the individual and connects the world. The program offers a global footprint of extraordinary hotel brands, experiences for every passion on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and the richest rewards and benefits.

The United Stories mobile content lab launched in January and has traveled to nine U.S. states and territories: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont. At each destination, United Stories content creators spotlight first-person perspectives of American culture via locals, influencers, and travelers.

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Sharjah Ruler Opens Historic Dh 6-Billion Khorfakkan Highway

HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, accompanied by HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated on Saturday the new Khorfakkan highway. Extending 89 kilometers and with an estimated cost of Dh 6 billion, the new highway is the latest addition to the world-class roads network of Sharjah and the UAE, linking the arterial Emirates Road (E611) in Sharjah with Wadi Shi Square in Khorfakkan.
HH the Ruler of Sharjah and HH the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah inspected the intersections, tunnels and underground crossings of the new highway that passes through deserts, plains and mountains. The highway includes 14 intersections, and 7 underground crossings along with five pairs of tunnels dug through high mountains. These include Al Sidra Tunnel (2700 metres), which is the longest covered mountain tunnel in the Middle East.

Their Highnesses also inspected Al Rafisah Dam, one of the most important family tourism destinations in Khorfakkan. Spanning a total area of 10,684 square metres, it includes a mosque, outdoor seating area for 300 people, car parking for 45 vehicle, a walkway, and three playing areas spanning 410 sqm.

Foundation Stone
HH Ruler of Sharjah laid the foundation stone for the branch of Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Khorfakkan on this occasion. The Academy will grant students a bachelor’s degree in applied, theoretical and maritime sciences. He also inaugurated the Khorfakkan Lakes and Fountains Project at the entrance of Khorfakkan. It features 4 lagoons and a number of fountains. It is surrounded by cedar trees in all directions, transforming the place into a massive park.
He also unveiled the Resistance Monument, which bears a historical and symbolic significance for the city’s authentic heritage, and is a testament to the steadfastness of the Khorfakkan people in the face of the Portuguese invasion in the early 15th century.
The leaders also went up to the top of the mountain, where the unique Al Rabi Tower sits, which is distinguished by its unique architecture, to unveil the memorial plaque of the tower that introduces the tower and the history of its construction. He also inaugurated “Al Adwani Tower” located on a hilltop near the Khorfakkan Port besides unveiling a memorial plaque for the excavations of the ancient Khorfakkan wall.
“Khorfakkan 1507”
Later, the leaders attended the premiere of the film “Khorfakkan 1507” which is inspired by the book, “Khorfakkan’s resistance against the Portuguese invasion of September 1507” authored by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed al Qasimi. The film has been produced by the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority in cooperation with Get Go Films Ltd.
More than 300 people, including Emirati and Arab artists and producers, took part in the making of the historical film. The film was shot on the shores of Khorfakkan and the ancient city. Through the film, HH Ruler of Sharjah aims to promote the idea of Khorfakkan’s resistance at that important era of the country’s history, and to introduce current generations to the hardship suffered by Khorfakkan and its rebels due to the Portuguese unlawful invasion and occupation.

Key Projects
On this occasion, HH Sharjah Ruler also announced that many more projects will continue to be developed in Khorfakkan to increase the beauty of the city, and provide it with all educational, sports and leisure facilities.

He also promised to develop Shis area along the lines of Al Rafisah besides establishing Khorfakkan Sports City. The projects at the entrance of Khorfakkan will also continue with a new Clock Tower being built along with the Cultural Palace which will include theatres, libraries and halls for all cultural activities, he added. HH Ruler of Sharjah also promised a new corniche project that will extend from Zubarah beach to Luluah areas, and will be named Al Sabihiyah Beach. Also he announced that the Khorfakkan branch of Sharjah University would be developed into the Khorfakkan University within 2 years.

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Agoda appoints new Chief Marketing Officer

 

Agoda, one of the world’s fastest growing digital travel companies, today announced the appointment of Ittai Chorev as its Chief Marketing Officer. Chorev, previously Vice President of Marketing at Agoda, will now oversee all of Agoda’s global marketing functions as part of his expanded portfolio, including performance marketing (SEM/PPC, MSE, display), CRM, pricing and loyalty, brand marketing and consumer public relations.

“Ittai’s appointment as CMO reinforces our commitment to innovating the way people travel and using technology to enhance the overall customer experience,” said John Brown, CEO & President, Agoda. “Ittai has deep expertise in scientific marketing and as CMO his approach will be to apply that same scientific, measurable vigor across the marketing disciplines to help continue Agoda’s growth in both our core Asia markets and beyond.”

Prior to his role at Agoda, Chorev was the co-founder of Qlika, a startup specializing in online marketing optimization, which was acquired by Booking Holdings Inc. in 2014. He subsequently joined Agoda and held several roles leading teams including data science and PPC.

“At Agoda, we have been hugely successful in how we have used technology to optimize our marketing offer and drive real business results. It’s exciting to work for an organization that is willing to take risks and innovate, and I am looking forward to extending these learnings across our marketing channels in Agoda to continue this success.  Only by constantly testing and refining we will continue to stay ahead of our competition and achieve our global growth ambitions,” said Chorev.

Chorev graduated summa cum laude from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with Master of Science degree in Mathematics and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Talpiot program of the Israel Defense Forces.

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Marriott to open South Asia’s first Tribute Portfolio hotel at Cochin International Airport

Twenty14 Holdings has announced plans to launch Port Muziris – South Asia’s first Tribute Portfolio hotel, part of Marriott International, near Cochin International Airport.

The 55-room property is all set to be opened to the public in April. “We are thrilled to debut the first Tribute Portfolio in South Asia. At Twenty14 Holdings, we share the vision of offering a unique experience for guests,” said Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings. “Kerala has long been one of the most sought-after destinations worldwide, and we are excited to be part of the state’s flourishing tourism sector. We look forward to extending our legacy of providing outstanding hospitality to guests across Kerala and India through our bespoke properties,” he said.

Tribute Portfolio, launched by Marriott, is a collection of independent hotels around the globe with a focus on expressive design moments, vibrant public spaces, and a flexible food and beverage model. “We are delighted to announce the first Tribute Portfolio hotel in India with the opening of Port Muziris hotel in Kochi. This will also mark the debut of our 16th brand to join the Marriott International portfolio in India,” said Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President — South Asia, Marriott International. He added, “We are honoured to partner with Twenty14 Holdings for their first hotel in India. With its unique design and vibrant social spaces, we are sure this hotel will become a preference for leisure travelers.”

Port Muziris is Twenty14 Holdings’ first property in India. Currently, the hospitality investment firm has over $750 million portfolio of properties around the world, including the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – the Caledonian in Scotland, Sheraton Oman in Muscat and Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in UAE.

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Abu Dhabi Airports extends city check-in facilities to Indian airline IndiGo

As part of its drive to continuously enhance customer experience, Abu Dhabi Airports is extending city check-in facilities to Indian airline IndiGo.

This new service is in line with the airline’s commitment to provide courteous and hassle-free travel experience to its customers. This new feature will enable passengers flying out of Abu Dhabi airport to check-in 24 hours before reaching the airport.

Maarten De Groof, Chief Commercial Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “We are delighted to welcome IndiGo passengers to stop by our easily accessible and conveniently located remote check-in facilities. Ensuring a seamless and efficient customer is one of our top priorities at Abu Dhabi Airports, and we look forward to introducing travelers to our world-class services and unique brand of Arabian hospitality. India has always been one of our most important and largest areas of operations, and we are looking forward to continuing to work closely with IndiGo passengers to meet the market’s growing demand.”

William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We are delighted to introduce this new check-in feature for our passengers in Abu Dhabi which will both add convenience and ease to their travel experience with us. We thank the Abu Dhabi International Airport team for extending us all the support to make this feature live. IndiGo will continue to enhance its hassle-free experience which is one of the core values that the airline stands for besides providing on-time and affordable fares to customers.”

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Strong 7.5 Pacific Ocean Earthquake: No tsunami threat

A strong 7.5 earthquake occurred Wednesday night 185 miles South of Loyalty Islands. at 6.08 pm local time, December 5.

Local authorities in Vanuatu issued a local tsunami warning, but according to USGS in Hawaii no warning is in place for the Pacific Ocean including Guam and Hawaii.

Location:

  • 168.2 km (104.3 mi) ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia
  • 254.4 km (157.7 mi) ESE of W New Caledonia
  • 298.9 km (185.3 mi) E of Mont-Dore, New Caledonia
  • 309.9 km (192.2 mi) E of Dumba, New Caledonia
  • 311.1 km (192.9 mi) E of Noumea, New Caledonia

The December 5, 2018, M 7.5 earthquake east of New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean occurred as the result of shallow normal faulting within the oceanic crust of the Australia plate, just west of the South New Hebrides Trench which marks the plate boundary between the Australia and Pacific plates in this region. Focal mechanism solutions indicate faulting occurred on a moderately dipping fault striking either to the northwest or to the southeast. At the location of this earthquake, the Australia plate moves towards the east-northeast with respect to the Pacific at a rate of approximately 78 mm/yr. At the South New Hebrides Trench, Australia lithosphere converges with and sinks beneath the Pacific plate, descending into the mantle and forming the New Hebrides/Vanuatu subduction zone, stretching from New Caledonia in the south to the Santa Cruz Islands in the north, a distance of about 1,600 km. The December 5, 2018, earthquake occurred very close to this trench, and just to its west, in the tectonic region sometimes known as the “outer rise” where the subducting plate begins flexing (extending) before sinking into the mantle. The location, depth, and focal mechanism solution of this earthquake are all consistent with the event occurring as a result of intraplate faulting in this outer rise region.

While commonly plotted as points on maps, earthquakes of this size are more appropriately described as slip over a larger fault area. Normal faulting events of the size of the December 5, 2018 earthquake are typically about 75×30 km in size (length x width).

The December 5, 2018 earthquake is sixth M 6+ earthquake to occur in this region over the past three months, and is part of an active sequence of events that began on August 29th, 2018 with a M 7.1 interplate thrust faulting earthquake to the east of the South New Hebrides Trench and about 70 km to the east of the December 5, 2018 earthquake. Over this time period, about 140 M 4+ earthquakes have been recorded in this region by the USGS, most thrust faulting earthquakes to the east of the plate boundary. Today’s earthquake was preceded by 4 minutes by a M 6.8 foreshock, about 13 km further west of the oceanic trench. A similarly active sequence occurred between October-December 2017, just to the north of the 2018 events and predominantly in the Outer Rise region. The 2017 sequence involved upwards of 350 M4+ events, including seven M6+ (and 1 M7+) events.

The Loyalty Islands region is very active seismically, and the region within 250 km of the December 5, 2018 earthquake has hosted 24 other M 7+ earthquakes over the preceding century. The largest was a M 8.1 earthquake in September 1920, which was located about 230 km to the northwest of today’s event, just to the east of the oceanic trench. Five of these M 7+ earthquakes have occurred to the west of the oceanic trench, including a M 7.7 earthquake in May 1995, 125 km to the southeast, a M 7.1 earthquake in January 2004, 40 km to the southeast, and the aforementioned M7.0 earthquake in November 2017, 70km to the northwest. None of these are known to have caused any damage or fatalities. The January 2004 M 7.1 earthquake was also part of an active sequence of about 270 events, beginning in December 2003. That sequence included both interplate thrust faulting earthquakes (the largest event in the sequence was a M 7.3 thrust faulting earthquake on December 27, 2003) and normal faulting earthquakes to the west of the oceanic trench. Between December 25, 2003, and January 3, 2004, 12 earthquakes of M 6+ occurred. The 2003-2004 sequence eventually died down in early-mid February of 2004.

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How to look magnificent while traveling: The Indie Beauty Expo

Get in Line.

If you have even the slightest interest in your FACE and BODY – this is a show to add to your calendar. While geared toward the professional makeup artist, there are so many things that the consumer does not know about looking good and smelling even better. The Expo is truly a learning experience as it introduces pro-driven brands, services, celebrity artists, educators, beauty insiders and products that can be purchased at pro-discounts.

Hotel, travel and tourism industry buyers and designers should attend the event and discover the latest lines and most important products from gold eye shadow to radiant hazelnut bella contact lenses to Russian Bear weight gainer that will be of interest to their guests.

Best of Show (definitely my opinion)

These Products should be in hotel rooms, airline business/first class gift bags, economy class passengers (in sample sizes), exercise club men’s /women’s locker rooms, spas, and all other areas where people are in transit and welcome distractions that not only smell good but are good for you.

Kanya Luxury Oils (Doing Good by Being Good)

If your chakras are out of whack and your entire systems is off-kilter, these essential oils will help to rebalance your attitude toward life. Kanya is Sanskrit for “girl” and indicates youth, innocence and purity. Yoga inspired and created with natural ingredients in small batches every inch of skin and every sense will be invigorated. Currently available at the Four Seasons and the NY Surrey hotels, plus luxury spas and resorts across the USA, keeping these oils and salts in your travel case will help ease the anxiety of exposure to the bad air and stress associated with international airports, airlines, hotels without access to the outdoor air.

An added bonus: Kanya supports global charities that provide education and wellbeing to girls in emerging countries.

Cotarde

The product name is derived from the Polish word for bow or loop (Kokarda) and inspired by the rotation of an airplane propeller, and not surprising, he product line is designed for “people on the go.”

Started in 2013, Cotarde is a product dedicated to airline pilots and frequent travelers. The line offers skincare for people exposed to very dry air (like flying in airplanes), frequently changing time zones and weather that can wreak havoc to skin.

Product research is conducted on pilots and jet-setters who travel internationally. The dynamic partnership for Cotarde includes Dr. Danuta Dudek (researcher and skincare expert) and Victor Pellon (MBA, MSc), a graduate of MIT, and professional pilot.

Aroms Natur Skincare

Catalunya, Spain is the birthplace for Aroms where, 40 years ago, the women in the family began to blend botany and aromatherapy. The holistic approach to skin and body care evolved and today the company is committed to helping women feel confident and beautiful. There are many benefits from using 100 percent natural and toxin-free products and they offer a positive path to wellbeing.

The Aroms blog recommends using Love Your Breasts massage oil daily after a shower to improve tone and texture while adding firmness. The product is formulated for the nourishment and health of beautiful breasts.

Andmetics

Men and women are tweezer challenged and shaping eyebrows can be time-consuming and painful. To make matters even worse, removing one hair too many can destroy the perfect shape. Removing the very fine hairs – may never happen. Andmetics solves the problem by offering a patented wax strip that quickly pulls off and presents the perfect shape.

The company was started by Andrea Lehner who finds that the eyebrow gives shape and contour to the face and the perfect brow is essential for professional and appealing face. In 2 minutes the andmetics strops remove all hairs to their roots. The removed hairs do grow back – approximately one month later.

Kryolan Professional Makeup

For anyone who uses makeup – this is a brand that should be on speed dial. Kryolan supplies professionals in the film, theater and television industry with product for over 70 years. The company offers over 16,000 high-quality make-up products and accessories. Company chemists develop new products from headquarters in Berlin and have created and perfected 750 color-intensive shades and available in over 80 countries. One of the most recent products includes Dermacolor for clinical dermatologists. The good news is that the products are not tested on animals.

Because of the industry focus, Kryolan products last and look good – even under HD lighting and filming conditions. The formulas are highly pigmented and color intense. They are able to guarantee color continuity and offer high degrees of product safety and reliability

Marinella

Daily skincare is essential and perhaps one of the easiest ways to ensure the feeling of confidence. Marinella products are made with all-natural ingredients and pure essential oils.

Amour New York

Amour New York is a company that offers a high-quality line of Certified Original Israeli Dead Sea Face, Body and Hari Care Products for men and women. The products are derived from naturally occurring minerals and salts found in the Dead Sea. Manufactured in Israel in a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and ISO manufacturing facility, guaranteeing high levels of quality control and product quality. The products follow strict guidelines developed by the Israeli Ministry of Healthy and the US FDA. The entire line is 100 percent cruelty-free and certified by Leaping Bunny and PeTA.

The Hemp & Gold Deep Cleansing Gel includes Dead Sea Minerals, Hemp Oil (including Omega 3, 6; Aloe Vera, Rosemary Leaf Extract and crushed seeds. The Diamond Nourishing Night Cream includes Diamond Powder, Dead Sea Minerals, natural oils and herbal extracts including Jojoba Oil. Avocado Oil Shea Butter, Lavender and Aloe Vera Extract as well as Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5.

Raw Spirit Fragrances

The brand has been inspired by Australian photographer Russell James’ collaborative art project, “Nomad Two Worlds,” that explored the intersection between ancient and modern cultures, celebrating the richness of indigenous and marginalized communities. It is a socially-conscious enterprise and is a collaborative endeavor that works in the space that links philanthropy and the private sector.

Raw Spirit is a collaboration with artist Dr. Richard Walley and spokesperson for Western Australia’s Nyoogar people and provided its first fragrance oil, Free Tree, inspired by 20,000 years of indigenous knowledge of the fire tree’s unique qualities. The company also works with farming communities in Haiti, sustainable sourcing premium Haitian Vetiver. The company is also engaged with Essential Oils of Tasmania, the fragrance house of Firmenich.

Restorsea

The organization offers medical grade skincare made with non-toxic ingredients. According to the company, all products contain Aquabeautine XL, an enzyme released by salmon fry at the time of hatching. The active ingredient provides the same benefits as glycolic acid without the abrasive side effects.  It is the only exfoliator that cleaves only the dead skin cells, leaving living, healthy skin cells untouched. The company technology is based on science and supported by third party clinical studies that are published in medical journals

Haleys Beauty

A new entry in the beauty/cosmetic industry, Haleys mission is to create makeup products that focus on treating the complexion. The product formulas use skin-friendly non-irritating ingredients and do not include parabens, sulfates, phthalates or fragrances and are vegan and cruelty-free. The company partners with PeTA’s Beauty Without Bunnies program and pledges never to test on animals or use animal derived ingredients.

The primer creates a silky-smooth surface for the application of the foundation. It is blended with vitamins and botanical extracts and aids in extending the longevity of the foundation. It is appropriate for all skin tones and different skin types.

The liquid foundation offers a matte finish and delivers a double dose of pigment hiding skin imperfections. It also includes an antioxidant that nourishes, smooths and protects the skin from the environment.

Dr. Macrene

Developed by Macrene Alexides (MD, PhD, and FAAD) who holds three degrees from Harvard University including a BA, MD and a PhD in Genetics, Alexides was a Fulbright Scholar with a research award in Europe. In addition, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and is Double Board Certified in Dermatology in the European Union and the US.

Dr. Alexiades has been associated with L’Oreal, Paris and created her own skincare research company, NY Derm LLC. She is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Yale/New Haven Hospital and Yale/West Haven VA Hospital. The focus of her practice is on topical dermatologic anti-cancer and anti-aging therapies, laser technology and skin rejuvenation.

“37” includes plant derived organic ingredients (i.e., organic coffee, Yerba Mate tea, Feverfew, Ginkgo Bilobolol, Milk Thistle, glycerin and lecithin), and is presented in re-cyclable glass and paperboard packaging that is made in the USA from US sourced ingredients. “37” does not use parabens, plastics, phthalates, sulfates, propylene glycol, fragrance, animal or human ingredients and it not tested on animals.

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Tourists be aware: Typhoon warnings for Guam and Northern Mariana Islands

Tourists and residents in Guam and the Mariana Islands should rush preparations to completion immediately and heed any instructions from local authorities. A warning of a potentially disastrous impacts was issued as Typhoon Vongfong moves toward Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands while it continues to strengthen. The impact should be most felt this Monday local time.

In a statement issued Sunday morning local time (Saturday evening U.S. East Coast time), the NWS office warned that “devastating damage is expected” on the island of Rota, which lies about 45 miles northeast of Guam in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth.

Rota also known as the “Peaceful Island”, is the southernmost island of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the second southernmost of the Marianas Archipelago. It lies approximately 40 nautical miles (74 km) north-northeast of the United States territory of Guam. Songsong village is the largest and most populated followed by Sinapalo village (Sinapalu).

The bulletin, eerily reminiscent of one issued by the NWS New Orleans office before Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, includes these ominous descriptions of potential destruction from winds forecast to gust as high as 130 mph:

“Collapse of some residential structures will put lives at risk. Airborne debris will cause extensive damage. Persons or animals struck by the wind blown debris will be injured or killed. Electricity and water will be unavailable for days and perhaps weeks after the storm passes. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted. Fallen trees may cut off residential areas for days to weeks.”

The bulletin said the islands of Tinian and Saipan to the north, as well as Guam to the south, could expect damage of a less extreme nature based on the current forecast.

Typhoon warnings remain in effect for both Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Vongfong is following closely in the footsteps of Typhoon Phanfone, which passed near Guam as a tropical storm and is now affecting Japan as a strong typhoon

Vongfong was first designated a tropical depression early Thursday, local time, and is slowly gaining strength about 300 miles east-southeast of Guam. According to the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Vongfong strengthened into a typhoon Saturday.

The latest bulletin from the National Weather Service in Guam says Vongfong now has maximum sustained wind speeds of 80 mph, similar to a Category 1 hurricane.

The Japan Meteorological Agency, on the other hand, is still calling Vongfong a “strong tropical storm” with 10-minute sustained winds of 70 mph. (The U.S. uses a 1-minute wind-averaging standard, generally resulting in higher estimated and reported velocities, but 74 mph is the threshold for becoming a typhoon by both standards.)

Vongfong will maintain a northwest track through the weekend under the steering influence of a subtropical high pressure aloft to its north. Its relatively quick forward motion — between 15 to 20 mph — will take it quickly toward Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

With low vertical wind shear (change in wind speed and/or direction with height), impressive outflow (winds in the upper levels spreading apart from the center, favoring upward motion and thunderstorms) and warm western Pacific water, Vongfong will continue to intensify over the next several days.

On its present track, the center of Vongfong would reach the longitude of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands sometime Monday local time (Sunday afternoon mainland U.S. time). While the most likely forecast track of the center places it near the island of Rota Monday, there is still a little bit of uncertainty even this close to the event. Furthermore, tropical cyclones are not points, but have wind fields extending from the center of circulation.

In this case, Vongfong’s wind field is quite compact, with tropical storm-force winds no more than 80 miles from the center, and typhoon-force winds confined very close to the center. As a result, slight differences in the cyclone’s track could lead to a big difference in actual weather conditions at any given location.

Further complicating matters is the amount of strengthening between now and the typhoon’s passage over the islands; more strengthening not only means higher winds, but potentially a larger radius of damaging winds away from the center of Vongfong.

Any southward deviation of Vongfong’s track may bring stronger winds, possibly to typhoon force, over Guam Monday. Bands of heavy rain, some surge flooding and high surf are also threats with Vongfong Monday.

Japan Again?

After passing the Mariana Islands, Vongfong will then track over roughly the same patch of western Pacific water Typhoon Phanfone churned up.

It seems a good bet Vongfong will intensify into another formidable typhoon before potentially threatening parts of Japan late next week.

Once again it may come down to how sharp and soon a turn to the north and northeast occurs to determine if and how much of a strike Japan has to bear from this latest system late next week.

It is far too soon to speculate on potential impacts to Japan from Vongfong. Stay with The Weather Channel and weather.com for more on this potentially dangerous system.