Luring business events to the Sunshine Coast

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In an effort to attract conference and incentives groups to Queensland, Business Events Sunshine Coast has launched a new Australia and New Zealand winter campaign.The new initiative offers complimentary cocktail parties, breakfasts, accommodation rooms and a 20 percent discount on a variety of venue hire and audio visual services.Business Events Manager Pippa McCreery said offering such an attractive range of business event products and services for professional conference and event organisers drives business to the region.“We have so much more to offer on the Sunshine Coast than I think most people realize and our new campaign is a way to not only offer some amazing discounts for event planners, but also to show off the great business event offering we have on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms McCreery said. “We are encouraging event buyers to take advantage of multiple offers while the campaign is on because it’s not just meeting space, its transfers, team-building activities, unique venues, attractions, AV. You name it, it’s on sale.”The offer applies to events booked between late May to mid August and must have a minimum of 30 attendees.Air New Zealand offers direct flights from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast twice weekly.  Initially, the flights will operate on a seasonal basis between 01 July and 18 September 2012.last_img read more

Samoa properties recognised for excellence

first_imgLitia Sini Beach Resort, on picturesque Lalomanu Beach placed in the Top 25 Bargain Hotels in the South Pacific. Savaii Lagoon Resort, on the Big Island of Savai’i, placed in the Top 10 Hotels for Service in the South Pacific. Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards honor the world’s best hotels and are chosen based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world. Peter Sereno of Samoa Tourism Authority says it is of no surprise that the world is starting to discover the excellent properties that Samoa has to offer.“Samoa has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and travelers – from deluxe spa getaways, to beachfront family resorts, city escapes and of course fales! It’s amazing how a five hour flight from Australia’s east coast seems to take you back thousands of years to paradise. Most of our properties have been designed to celebrate the natural beauty of Samoa’s surroundings and regardless of your star rating preference, everyone leavesSamoa a little richer in memories and experience” says Peter. Three of Samoa’s properties have been honoured at the TripAdvisor 2013 Traveller’s Choice Awards.Seabreeze Resort, located along the stunning south coast was chosen as one of the winners in the following categories:Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the South PacificTop 25 Bargain Hotels in the South Pacific Source = Samoa Tourism Authoritylast_img read more

Business Events Australia Greater China Showcase begins in Shanghai to

first_imgBusiness Events Australia Greater China Showcase begins in Shanghai todayThe largest ever contingent of Australian business events industry are attending Tourism Australia’s Business Events Australia Greater China Showcase from 13 to 15 April, underlining the importance of the China business events market to Australia, which already welcomes more than one million Chinese visitors annually.30 Australian destinations, products and experiences will be at this year’s Showcase to meet with over 100 buyers and media. This year’s Showcase also coincides with Australia Week in China 2016 (AWIC 2016), an Australian Government initiative to enhance Australia’s trade, investment, education and tourism engagement with China.“The China market is of great importance to Australia, and it is therefore only right to ensure that we are highlighting the depth, the uniqueness and the quality of Australia’s business events offering to Greater China buyers,” said Penny Lion, General Manager Business Events Australia.“The Chinese business events market is maturing quickly and our Showcase seeks to present Greater China buyers with new ideas, new products and new experiences. It is also a great opportunity to highlight our new Aquatic and Coastal campaign, which will give Greater China buyers even more inspiration when planning their incentive trips to Australia.”Key business events buyers, including corporates and business events planners will attend the event, to meet with Australian industry and gain deeper insights into Australia’s diverse and high-quality offering. They will also get the chance to network and develop relationships with industry, driving deeper awareness of Australia’s capability in business events delivery, as well as unique incentive experiences available for their next business event.AWIC 2016 itself has attracted the largest-ever contingent of more than 1,000 delegates to the four-day multi-city programme from 11 to 15 April. Delegates representing eight industry streams, tourism included, will visit 10 Chinese cities in a planned programme that comprises more than 80 events including CEO roundtables, seminars and site visits with potential Chinese business partners for Australia.Australian industry partners attending the Showcase include Convention Bureaus, as well as specialist business events products. Business Events AustraliaSource = Business Events Australialast_img read more

Use your noodle and plan your Asian travel early

first_imgScootUse your noodle and plan your Asian travel early Scoot to China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia2017 heralds in the year of the Rooster on January 28th 2017. According to some zodiacs, Roosters are very confident about themselves.Be confident in booking a getaway, when Scoot is offering fares to Singapore from $119 (FLY – basic fare only) ex Perth, $169 ex Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.Upgrading to ScootBiz will cost from a tiny $299 ex Perth (all in with baggage, meal and priority check in) and from $399 from Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast.The fares are per way, and include all government charges and taxes.On sale from 0001 (Perth/Singapore time) on Thursday 20th October 2016, and 0200 (Gold Coast time) and 0300 Thursday 20th October Sydney and Melbourne time.The sale continues until 2359 (Perth/Singapore time) Monday October 31, 2016.And until 0159 Tuesday November 1 on the Gold Coast and 0259 November 1 in Sydney and Melbourne.Go beyond Singapore to Taiwan from $209, Hangzhou or Tianjin (China) from $209 or Jakarta from $190 and onwards to Surabaya in Indonesia from $255 with Tigerair.So whether you like Mie Goreng, spicy hawker style Singapore noodles, or Lucky Dragon or Phoenix Longevity post Chinese New Year noodles, planning ahead pays off with these fares.For travel just after CNY between 8th February 2017 – 25th May 2017 (with some blackout periods for school holidays or events).Book your tickets at or contact our Call Centre.Find out more on,, Fly Scootbook your flights hereAbout ScootScoot™, the low-cost, medium-to-long haul arm of the Singapore Airlines Group managed by Budget Aviation Holdings, has carried over seven million guests since taking to the skies in June 2012. The world’s first all 787 Dreamliner fleet operates between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, Perth, Osaka, Kaohsiung, Hangzhou, Melbourne, Guangzhou, Jeddah, Chennai, Amritsar, Sapporo, Jaipur, and soon to Dalian and Athens. Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™. Offering amenities including on-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and in-seat power as well as the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015-16 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by and ranked in the Top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 by Skytrax. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance.Terms and ConditionsFares comprise the price of the air ticket and associated taxes. Taxes are subject to change due to currencDEy fluctuations. Fares indicated are per-way, for travel originating out of Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. Blackout periods may apply during school holidays and event periods. Selected flights beyond Singapore are operated by Tigerair. Unless stated otherwise, Economy class fares exclude checked baggage, meals, inflight entertainment and other optional charges, such as service fees that may be levied for bookings made through the Call Centre. Offer is valid for online bookings made at and on Scoot’s mobile app for supported devices only. Credit card payment charges, Scoot-Thru fees and payment processing fees per guest segment are not included. Full list of fees are available at Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all dates. Bookings are not refundable except as provided in the Conditions of Carriage. All the terms and conditions are available at = Scootlast_img read more

Emirates signs multimillion dollar deal with Thales

first_imgEmirates signs multi-million dollar deal with ThalesEmirates signs multi-million dollar deal with Thales to provide IFEC solutions for new Boeing 777X fleetEmirates has announced it has signed an agreement with Thales to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The airline will work in partnership with Thales to develop and enhance the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system to be fitted on its new Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery starting in mid-2020.This major investment underscores Emirates’ continued commitment to providing the best possible passenger experience, and its strategy to ensure the best and latest technology complements its young and modern fleet.“Our partnership with Thales represents a significant investment and emphasis on customer experience, which has always been a priority for us. The new Boeing 777X aircraft will herald a new era for the Emirates fleet, and we want to ensure that our product offering on these fuel-efficient planes will be a benchmark for the industry, including the inflight entertainment experience. We look forward to revealing more details when the time is right,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Emirates Airline.He added: “In addition to customers, the size and long-term nature of this deal also benefits the broader aviation industry, and we are pleased that this new partnership will help support thousands of highly skilled jobs across the Thales ecosystem – in France and elsewhere around the world.”The deal covers IFEC systems for Emirates’ first 50 Boeing 777X aircraft. The airline has a firm order of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft. The new Thales AVANT system will feature an innovative and highly customisable user experience, providing a further boost to Emirates’ award winning inflight entertainment system, ice.“Thales is proud to be selected by Emirates to provide the award winning AVANT inflight entertainment solution for their future B777X fleet. Emirates is at the forefront of innovation in passenger experience delivering remarkable services to its customers and Thales is honoured to support this continued success. We are committed to delivering excellence in customer satisfaction and driving the highest standards in passenger engagement, now and into the future,” said Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience.Emirates has an unbeaten 12-year record as the winner of World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. The airline offers up to 2,500 channels on demand including the latest blockbuster movies, award-winning television box sets, comedy series, live TV, music and computer games. Currently, 85% of Emirates’ fleet of 240 passenger aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi on board including all A380 aircraft and 107 aircraft are equipped with live TV, which has up to nine channels of live news and sport. Fly Emiratesbook your flights herelast_img read more

Royal Brunei Airlines Appoints Regional Director Australasia

first_imgRoyal Brunei Airlines Appoints Regional Director AustralasiaRoyal Brunei Airlines Appoints Regional Director AustralasiaRoyal Brunei Airlines (RB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Victor Sharan as its Regional Director Australasia effective 04 March 2019.Victor is an Industry Veteran with over 35 years’ experience in airline sales, marketing, business development and freight. He is well known to the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Islands travel industry having worked with them very closely over many years based out of Sydney and Fiji.“We are extremely delighted to have Victor on-board as we grow our presence in Australia. His knowledge, experience and industry relationships are key to our continued success in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island markets” said Mr Karam Chand, CEO of RB.RB currently operates daily flights from Melbourne and will recommence services from Brisbane on 11 June 2019. RB offers direct flights to Brunei and very good connections to London, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and many other destinations in Asia.Victor will be based in Melbourne and oversee all RB operations out of Australia. He will also oversee the business development out of New Zealand and Pacific Islands and cooperation with local airlines. Royal BruneiBook Here NowSource = Royal Brunei Airlineslast_img read more

Lee Kuan Yew transforms Singapore into an attractive destination

first_imgLee Kuan Yew, Former Prime Minister of Singapore, was a visionary personality who managed to turn the old British trading port into a major international centre for trade, finance, services as well as a major transportation hub for Southeast Asia, particularly towards Malaysia, Indonesia and, in the eighties, to Australia and China PRC.Singapore today is a leading international meeting and exhibition destination. Singapore is ASEAN third busiest destination with some 15.5 million travellers a year, while Changi International Airport is the third busiest airport in Southeast Asia, with 54.1 million passengers last year – an absolute record in its history. Even before the independence of the country, Lee saw tourism as a major industry and economic driving force for the city.Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) was established on January 1, 1964. The board coordinated activities of tourist enterprises, set up rules and standards for the industry and launched international marketing campaigns. In the 1990s, Singapore further refined its strategy positioning the city as a cultural hub for Southeast Asia and looking at developing further attractions.Singapore reached for the first time the milestone of five million international tourists (precisely 5.32 million). Since 2010, Singapore tagline is ‘YourSingapore’. More than ever, this slogan fits with Lee Kuan Yew strong vision for its city and its tourism.last_img read more

Bollywood actress Ileana DCruz to promote Fiji Tourism

first_imgTourism Fiji and Fiji Airways is hosting Bollywood actress Ileana D’Cruz on a trip to Fiji as part of the Travelogue which is being produced by the Times of India. The travelogue will feature D’Cruz’s experiences in Fiji.The two companies have indicated that the trip is part of a wider marketing campaign that Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways have undertaken and would showcase Fiji’s culture and scenery through video, images and social media to strengthen Fiji’s market relations with India.D’Cruz would travel with the Times of India film crew who would capture her exploring different aspects of Fiji’s tourism products. Shooting would take place in the Mamanuca’s Pacific Harbour, the Coral Coast, Suva and Denarau.last_img read more

Ireland tourism sees a 20 increase in North American tourists

first_imgAccording to the recent report of the first quarter of 2017, Ireland experienced an increase of over 20% in visitor numbers from the North American market which Tourism Ireland Chief Executive Niall Gibbons described as ’spectacular.’Visitor numbers from mainland Europe, particularly from Germany, Spain and France, grew by  six percent according to the latest Central Statistic Office figures.However, United Kingdom, which is Ireland’s largest visitor’s market, saw a decline of 6% in British visitors.Gibbons said, “Certainly the next 18 months are ones to watch, particularly in the off-peak season. We’ve a very active campaign in Great Britain at the moment working very closely with the tour operators there and a very active advertising campaign at the moment too. But we have to make sure that we offer value for money to the British consumer who has essentially seen the prices of their holidays to the euro zone as a whole increase by 15% over the last year.”Minister for Transport and Tourism Shane Ross shared that competitiveness in the tourism industry is vital at this point, with Tourism Ireland placing a greater focus on the ‘culturally curious’” audience, who are less impacted by currency fluctuations. He said he hopes the British-Irish visa scheme will be retained in the long term.last_img read more

Illinois Bank Becomes 14th to Fall in 2014

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News July 28, 2014 522 Views Bank Failure FDIC OCC 2014-07-28 Tory Barringer The fallout of the financial crisis caught up to another bank over the weekend, resulting in a shutdown by federal regulators.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced on Friday the closure of Chicago-based GreenChoice Bank. The recently shuttered bank is the second to fall in Illinois in the past two months and the 14th FDIC-insured institution to close so far this year.GreenChoice, which had a reputation in the region for its work in making its operations more sustainable and environmentally friendly, was brought down by losses as a result of rising defaults following the financial meltdown, with “no reasonable prospect that the institution will become adequately capitalized” again, OCC said in a statement.OCC’s release also says the bank “had experienced substantial dissipation of assets and earnings due to unsafe and unsound practices.”To protect customers, GreenChoice’s deposits—totaling an estimated $71.0 million as of Q1—have been assumed by Providence Bank in South Holland, Illinois, according to FDIC. Providence has also agreed to purchase $67.7 million of GreenChoice’s assets, with the remaining assets held by FDIC.FDIC estimates its Deposit Insurance Fund will take a $14.2 million hit as a result of the latest collapse.center_img Illinois Bank Becomes 14th to Fall in 2014 Sharelast_img read more

5 States Plaugued With Mortgage Loan Defects

first_img5 States Plaugued With Mortgage Loan Defects May 26, 2016 565 Views Share Mortgage loan defects, which includes fraudulence and misrepresentation in loan applications, still trouble some areas in the U.S.Although loan defects are back to their normal disappearing act on a national basis, some states are still fighting to get their defect numbers down, according to First American’s Loan Application Defect Index for April 2016.The index decreased 1.3 percent in April as compared with March and decreased by 5.1 percent as compared with April 2015. Loan defects are now down 26.5 percent from the high point of risk in October 2013.In March, First American reported that loan defects were beginning to reappear in the market due to heightened risk from government loans. At this time, the index rose 1.3 percent but was 2.6 percent lower than a year ago. The index rose in March for the first time since July 2015, ending seven consecutive months of declining defect and misrepresentation risk, but was down 25.5 percent from the high point of risk in October 2013.“April’s decline in defect risk was proof that the modest increase observed in March was not the beginning of an upward trend in defect risk. The index is again at the lowest point since its inception,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American.He continued, “Since the peak in late 2013, defect misrepresentation and fraud risk has trended significantly lower. While loan production expenses have increased during this time period, the decline in defect risk is reflective of the adoption and investment in better and more compliant loan manufacturing procedures.”According to First American, the index for refinance transactions fell 3.0 percent month-over-month, and is 7.2 percent lower than a year ago. Meanwhile, purchase transaction defects declined 1.2 percent month-over-month, and are down 5.7 percent compared to a year ago.“It’s important to note that misrepresentation and fraud risk is consistently higher on purchase transactions than refinance transactions. We expect, as mortgage rates increase, the share of refinance transactions will decline,” Fleming said. “So, it is possible that the overall Defect Index could indicate an increase in risk because of a change in the relative mix of low risk refinance transactions to higher risk purchase transactions.”“The mortgage industry continues to benefit from its adoption of technology and investments to improve the loan manufacturing process. Defect and misrepresentation risk is at historically measured lows. Yet, we should be wary that future increases in the overall index may not represent a true reversal of this benefit, but rather a reflection of the decline in volume of lower risk refinance transactions relative to higher risk purchase transactions,” he concluded.First American’s Top 5 States With the Highest Year-Over-Year Increase in Defect Frequency:North Dakota (+27.8 percent)Missouri (+14.7 percent)Utah (+12.5 percent)Kentucky (+10.9 percent)Oklahoma (+9.6 percent)First American’s Bottom 5 States With the Highest Year-Over-Year Decrease in Defect Frequency:Michigan (-20.4 percent)West Virginia (-17.4 percent)New Mexico (-13.0 percent)Florida (-12.5 percent)Alabama (-11.8 percent)center_img First American Financial Corp. Mortgage Defects 2016-05-26 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

Huge increase in Chilean DAgen plum exports to Ch

first_img Huge increase in Chilean D’Agen plum exports to Ch … Kiwifruit in Charts: With stocks at five-year high … You might also be interested in Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for … November 16 , 2018 Chile: SAG launches phone app to identify ag pests … The Chilean citrus industry notched total exports of 358,570 metric tons (MT) this season, marking an impressive 32 percent year-on-year growth. Juan Enrique Ortúzar, president of the Chilean Citrus Committee, said the export volume had 2018 a record season.”It was a season of great contrasts, with a market rarely seen for lemons, but complicated for oranges and for the first time, a market with sufficient supply of mandarins.”Chilean citrus exports were focused in the U.S., with 87 percent of shipments, followed by the Far East with 7 percent and Europe with 3 percent. The rest was sent to Canada, Latin America and the Middle East.Breaking down the citrus categories, mandarins made up 30% of exports, followed by oranges with 28 percent, lemons with 25 percent and clementines with 17 percent.”A key challenge during the whole season was the delay in ripening and harvesting, which generated an initial feeling that the estimated volumes would not be met, but in the end we exceeded our goals,” said Ortúzar.He added that the frosts that occurred from June onwards “were also an important test, both because of the decrease in the potential supply and because of the need to technical procedures to recognize and segregate the damaged fruit in the field and the packing, preventing it from reaching the market.”Clementines, which were unaffected by the frosts as the harvests had already wrapped up, surpassed forecasts during the season, rising by 55 percent year-on-year to 63,198MT.Similarly, lemons had a good season and were largely spared any frost damage and the season had almost wrapped up when the lowest temperatures arrived. Lemon exports rose by 14 percent year-on-year 88,140MT.Some orange farms were affected by the frosts, but the category still saw a 32% increase to 99,876MT.For mandarins, which are just completing their harvests now, the season got off to a slow start as cool temperatures had delayed the ripening process. In addition, they suffered the most severe frost damage, shaving off 15 percent of the fruit volume that would have been exported.But despite that, mandarin exports have so far jumped by 40%, exceeding forecasts and reaching 107,356.Photo: Shutterstock.comlast_img read more

Spain has signed a table grape export agreement wi

first_img Spain has signed a table grape export agreement with China, following two years of negotations between the two countries.The deal was inked during a recent visit to Spain by Chinese President Xi Jinping.Upon entry into China, Spanish table grapes will have a tariff of 13% and a VAT of 11%, according to industry association FEPEX.No details have yet emerged on what the export protocol will be or when the first shipments could begin. Chinese authorities typically certify individual exporters and packhouses after granting market access.FEPEX told Spanish local media La Vanguardia that the signing of the protocol is a “unique opportunity” to diversify the markets.The Spanish Government highlighted that as China doesn’t negotiate more than one fruit at a time, the signing of a new protocol in only two years is unusual due to the complexity involved.It added that “although China is the world’s leading fruit producer, it is also the main consumer, and its imports have been increasing year after year”.The U.K. is Spain’s leading grape market, following by Germany and Norway. Murcia is the main exporting region, followed by Valencia. The other fruits that Spain can export to China are citrus, peaches and plums, with access for the latter two granted in 2016.China imported 216,000 metric tons (MT) of table grapes during 2017 for a total value of 520 million euros (US$622.8 million). Spain last year exported around 143,550MT of grapes.Photo: Spanish growers ring alarm bells over citrus green … You might also be interested in Spanish lemon crop estimated to be lower than bump … November 29 , 2018 Spain’s largest avocado grower tests the waters of … Spain’s largest avocado cooperative expands into P …last_img read more

QA Westfalia Fruit on EU avocado markets i

first_img Q&A: Westfalia Fruit on EU avocado market’s i … In this installment of the ‘In Charts’ series, Colin Fain of Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. Each week the series looks at a different horticultural commodity, focusing on a specific origin or topic visualizing the market factors that are driving change.Agronometrics has often spoken about what is to come and how the market could be affected. We hold a strong belief in being able to look at objective data can help navigate complicated scenarios. The recent spike in prices that avocados have seen is an example of one of these scenarios, catching many by surprise at a time of the year where we had never seen movements like this before. This can be seen in the chart below where the 2019 line has towered above all other prices since Sept. 2017 and every price recorded for June in the last five years.Historic Hass avocado prices (2015 – 2019)(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]Comparing the volumes of this year to the last can offer some insight as to how these prices have come about. Considering the prices were almost flat last year, the volume data serves as a great benchmark to understand where customers expectations lie.In this year’s data, an important oversupply can be found at the beginning of the year contrasted with an important undersupply right around where the prices spiked. The argument here is that the resulting shift in volumes, compared to last year, have caused an increase in prices over the last six months.Historic avocado volumes(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]This undersupply in the market is not being caused by one specific origin, but shortfalls from both California and Mexico – the two largest suppliers to U.S. consumers. First to cause a stir was California, whose season began about six weeks late creating the shortfall that sent prices from a near all-time low at the beginning of the year to around US$50 per box we saw in April.California’s volume rose quickly after May, maintaining its normal trajectory, meaning that the origin has been consistently about 10M Kg short of their volume last year. maintaining prices high after the spike we saw in April.Historic avocado volumes from California(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here] July 16 , 2019 You might also be interested in The second spike which we can appreciate in June can be better attributed to the combined shortfall from California and Mexico, with a big emphasis on the latter’s producing regions. Looking at this year’s volumes compared to last, we can see the oversupply the origin sent at the beginning of the year, while the last two months have plummeted way below last years production, matching the volumes sent in 2016.On an interesting historical note, June of 2016 coincides with the first strike of Mexican avocado pickers. To the best of my knowledge, this event holds no relationship to the movements we are currently seeing, but is an interesting observation none the less, that may give some insight as to the mechanics that made the market prices rally in 2016.Historic avocado volumes from Mexico(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]As Mexico’s season gets its start, the question on everybody’s mind is where is the market headed? Will the rest of 2019 play out like 2016? If that were to be the case it might mean that prices could remain high through the rest of the fall, bringing in an unprecedented period of high prices for the fruit. There is a case to be made here, Mexico’s 2015-16 season increased a staggering 35% on the previous season, which stressed out the trees lowering production during the 2016-17 season and increasing the prices.Hass avocado prices in 2016 and 2019(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]If we take into account volume forecast of the Mexican Association of Avocado Producers and Packers (APEAM), however, this year could be very different to 2016 (Mexico forecasts record-breaking avocado exports to U.S. in 2019-20). The first hint is that the APEAM is forecasting a 5% increase on last season, a modest increase, but notable against the largest volume sent to date. Last years crop, although impressive, was only an increase on the previous year of 11%, with most of the growth concentrated in January, February and March, meaning that the volume increase forecasted by APEAM isn’t a huge stretch.The distribution of this increase, or when the volumes will come to market, is crucial in our analysis. Looking to the nearer future, the weekly forecast that APEAM publishes through the Hass Avocado Board suggests a 20% increase on last years volume from week 28 through week 41, son July through October. Should these figures be accurate and adding to our analysis that Peru is sending more volume than ever and California is finally catching up to last years production, the readjustment in price could take us into October with pricing that could even fall below 2018.Hass avocado prices in 2018 and 2019(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]In our ‘In Charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look at the other articles by clicking here.You can keep track of the markets daily through Agronometrics, a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that professionals need to access to make informed decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at where you can easily access these same graphs, or explore the other 23 fruits we currently track.center_img U.S.: Avocado price spike ‘largely the result of u … Avocados in Charts: Market jumps US$5 in one week … U.S.: California Avocado Commission sets extensive …last_img read more

IMAGE Bulgari Hotel Shanghai

first_imgIMAGE: Bulgari Hotel Shanghai hotelsVirtuoso Virtuoso’s 16,000 travel advisors worldwide have put their heads together to reveal their collective ‘hottest hotel openings around the globe’ for the coming months. Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China – Opening late 2017Situated in a tranquil riverside location in the heart of the city, Bulgari Hotel Shanghai will feature contemporary, spacious rooms and exceptional guest amenities including Maserati transportation. Offering stunning views of the city’s dramatic skyline, the hotel is located just minutes from attractions such as the iconic Bund and the museums of People’s Square. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade at arrival if available, breakfast for two daily offered 24 hours a day, hotel credit valued at $100 USD, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check in and late check-out if available.Montage Los Cabos, Mexico – Opening spring of 2018Perched upon 39 acres of white-sand beachfront, Montage Los Cabos will feature 122 expansive rooms and suites when it opens. The resort will offer spectacular views and unique walk-in access to the finest swimming, diving and snorkelling in the region. Guests can take advantage of wellness programs and treatments at Spa Montage, and fitness offerings including two pools and tennis and recreational lawn facilities. Virtuoso guests will receive an upgrade when they arrive if available, daily breakfast for two, special amenity, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in and late check-out subject to availability. Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland – Reopening spring of 2018Originally opened in 1857, the legendary hotel in Warsaw’s historic district has recently undergone restoration to preserve its heritage and character. Raffles Europejski, Warsaw will offer 106 elegant guestrooms and suites, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace showcasing Poland’s cuisine, a bar and cigar lounge, a patisserie and a spa. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability; daily buffet breakfast for two; hotel credit worth $100 USD; complimentary roundtrip private airport transfers; complimentary Wi-Fi; and early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability. Hotel Lutetia, France – Reopening spring of 2018The hotel on the Left Bank in Paris, opened in 1910, has attracted celebrities from the worlds of arts, culture and politics over the years. The Art Nouveau gem will offer 184 rooms and suites, a spa, fitness facilities, and jazz and cigar bars. Its esteemed Lutetia Brasserie will feature a bar, terrace, show kitchen and private dining room. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability; daily breakfast for two; $100 USD equivalent credit to be used during stay; complimentary Wi-Fi; and early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability. Six Senses Bhutan, Bhutan – Opening late 2018Five unique resorts in different locations will unite under the Six Senses name to offer an intimate new lodging experience with only 82 suites among all the properties. Each resort focuses on a specific theme, such as culture, and will feature the signature Six Senses qualities, including eco-friendly design, personalised service, world-class cuisine and wellness. Virtuoso guests will receive a daily buffet breakfast for two, special amenity, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in and late check-out if available. last_img read more

Kevin Kolb has not thrown a touchdown since Week 3

first_imgKevin Kolb has not thrown a touchdown since Week 3, andhas not gone a game without tossing an interception sinceWeek 1. He’s completing 58.7 percent of his passes and hasfumbled six times. And the Cardinals are 1-4. Questions and criticism have been piling up for theCardinals QB, as he was expected to come in and lead theteam back to respectability, not the NFC West basement. Kurt Warner, who knows a thing or two about thequarterback position as well as playing in Arizona, toldArizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Kolb is not in aneasy situation. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   “He’s already behind the 8 ball because he’s not fullycomfortable with this offense and what he’s seeing,”Warner said. “And now, when he starts feeling thepressure…”Kolb has felt plenty of that this season, as he’s beensacked 16 times and been hit/pressured on many otherattempts. That has caused him to bail on the pocket alittle early sometimes, causing some issues in the passinggame. “It’s tough to play this position because you’re alwayswondering, ‘Can I hold the ball long enough, you know,throw the ball down field,’” Warner said, “then you try tohold it and then you get whacked and fumble the ball andyou go ‘Okay, can I hold it the next time?’”center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ According to a press release from the NFL, “In researchingthe kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part oftheaudience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader gamekickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number thatwould have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.” The start time of five Cardinals games this season haschanged.The NFL, in an effort to ensure TV viewers do not leavethe end of one game to join another, has moved the kickofftime for Sunday late afternoon doubleheader games on bothCBS and FOX from 4:15 ET to 4:25 ET. Start times for gamesnot part of network doubleheaders will not change.Five Cardinals games are affected:September 9 vs. SeattleNovember 25 vs. St. LouisDecember 9 @ SeattleDecember 23 vs. ChicagoDecember 30 @ San Franciscocenter_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Despite receiving permission to interview Todd Haley, the Cardinals have not talked with him yet, according to an ESPN report. Is there a chance Haley, Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator, wouldn’t agree to the interview? ESPN’s Ed Werder tweeted Friday morning:“Steelers OC Todd Haley has not yet agreed to interview for Cardinals HC job and proceeding cautiously because he loves working for Steelers.” Haley, a former Cardinals offensive coordinator and NFL head coach, just finished his first year in Pittsburgh. They struggled down the stretch and missed the playoffs. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals might not be a coach’s ideal job, but it’s hard to believe someone wouldn’t even listen if it was a chance to be the head guy. 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Fair enough, but the coach was then asked if it is easier to have that mindset after a win.“Yes, it is.” – / 20 The biggest difference, really, is that unlike two weks ago in Philadelphia, this time the Cardinals were able to overcome any perceived bad calls to pull out a much-needed win.“There were some weird things that happened, some weird things that weren’t called in this game,” quarterback Carson Palmer offered up when asked about the defense’s off game. “I don’t know what the penalty was as far as who had more penalties — I’m pretty sure we had more penalties than they did. “It was just a weird game, kind of an eerie game like that. I just knew that our defense would come through when they had to, and they did.” Indeed, the defense survived the officials and itself to make enough plays and put the Cardinals in position to win the game. Had they not, the officiating would likely be a subplot in the story of the team’s epic collapse in Tennessee.But as Arians noted, the penalties are not of much concern to him. Now, is that because he didn’t think they were penalties or is it just that he appreciates his team’s aggressive nature?“I’m going to pass on that one,” he said with a smile. “I’m tired of talking about officials.” LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach center_img TEMPE, Ariz. – A lot went wrong for the Arizona Cardinals in their 37-34 win over the Tennessee Titans Sunday, especially on the defensive side of the ball.One of the best units in the league, the Cardinals were shredded for 460 yards of offense by the Titans, with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completing 36-of-58 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns — along with a field goal — came during the final 6:50 of the game as the Cardinals lost a 34-17 lead. Much of the struggles can be attributed to Fitzpatrick and the Titans simply making plays, as he used his feet and his arm to repeatedly burn what has been a pretty stout secondary. However, some of the Cardinals’ misfortune was of the self-inflicted variety, mostly via penalties and all in the second half. In fact, after the Cardinals took a 13-10 lead early in the third quarter, the Titans mounted a 15-play, 74-yard touchdown drive. Arizona was flagged for four separate penalties on the drive. Each flag granted the Titans a first down, and two of them came after the defense appeared to get a third down stop.Some were questionable, to say the least, and it seems as though the Cardinals have become a bit of a penalty magnet. In all, they were flagged nine times for 69 yards against the Titans.“I don’t get concerned with penalties,” coach Bruce Arians said. “They’re out of my hands.”It’s a much different perspective than the one Arians brought to the table just two weeks ago, when he voiced displeasure over the officials who handled the team’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Afterward, Arians said he sent upwards of 15 plays that he thought were called incorrectly to the league. A guest of Arizona Sports’ Bickley with Marotta, he said about that many were delivered after Sunday’s win in Tennessee. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element.last_img read more

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday Jan 2

first_imgThe 2015 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Campbell’s 7.0 sacks this season are the second-highest on the team and his 43.5 career sacks rank sixth on Arizona’s franchise list. His team-leading 54 tackles this season makes 2014 his sixth consecutive season with at least 50 tackles and six sacks, an extension of his own franchise record. He has started 13 games this season (he was out for two with a knee injury). Campbell also ranks second on the team with 10 tackles-for-loss and 17 quarterback pressures. Bethel joins radio analyst Ron Wolfley (1986-89) as the only players in franchise history to earn multiple Pro Bowl selections as a special teams player. He leads the Cardinals for the third straight year in special teams tackles with 18.Peterson becomes just the 11th player in Cardinals history (and fifth defensive player) to be chosen to four consecutive Pro Bowls. It is his third-straight selection as a cornerback, as he was selected as a kick returner as a rookie in 2011. Peterson joins Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith as the only players in NFL history to be chosen to four Pro Bowls before their 25th birthday. He has three picks (one for a touchdown return), 44 tackles, eight passes defensed and one sack this season. ErrorOK ErrorOK Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback Patrick Peterson and special teamer Justin Bethel have all been named to the 2015 Pro Bowl team, the NFL announced Tuesday. Corner Antonio Cromartie and receiver Larry Fitzgerald are alternates.This is Campbell’s first-ever Pro Bowl nod. He was named an alternate in 2013, and is the first Arizona defensive end to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Bertrand Berry in 2004. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more