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August 2019

No offence for Britons at 2010 Olympics

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London, British Tourist Authority, VisitBritain have prepared a list of etiquettes outlining cultural differences to prevent British people offending visitors. The Telegraph reported the list originally created to help waiters, taxi drivers and hotel to maximise business by understanding tourist needs, has been updated for the event to include “a rundown of holiday patterns of each country’s inhabitants”. VisitBritain Chief Executive Officer, Sandie Dawe said it is important to provide a friendly and understanding environment because “overseas visitors spend more than £16 billion a year in Britain, contributing massively to our economy and supporting jobs across the country”. “With hundreds of thousands of people thinking of coming to Britain in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, this new advice is just one way of helping the tourism industry care for their customers – wherever they come from.”Service industry employees are cautioned to avoid eye contact with the Japanese, resist offering bacon to someone from the United Arab Emirates and not take offence to Australian and New Zealanders pom jokes.last_img read more

Room rates rise despite ash quakes

first_imgFlooding and ash clouds have not affected the cost of staying down under with the cost of Australian hotel prices rising higher than the global average during the first half of the year.Achieving a nine percent growth for the first six months of the year, the figure was three times higher than the three percent global average growth.According to a Hotels.com, Melbourne and Sydney were among the top ten cities for the highest hotel prices, with a 11 percent and 10 percent rise on last year.While Brisbane and the Gold Coast managed to withstand the natural disasters with a 27 percent and 17 percent rise in hotels costs, Canberra and Cairns experience the only drop around Australia with eight percent and 10 percent.Hotels.com Asia Pacific managing director Johan Svanstrom said the results were pushed by the economy growth, a strong MICE market and the increasing number of Asia-based leisure travellers.“The strength of the in-bound Asian market was offset by a decline in travellers from Europe and the US, caused by the rising cost of long-haul flights due to oil price inflation, and the decline in value of their currencies against the Aussie dollar,” Mr Svanstrom explained.Topping the list in growth for the first six month was Stockholm with a 17 percent rise to $210 per room per night, followed by Wellington, Honolulu, Melbourne and Buenos Aires with 15 percent, 13 percent and 11 percent. Feeling the blunt of earthquakes and a tsunami, Japan’s cities Hiroshima and Kyoto witnessed double digit price falls of 38 percent, 33 percent in average rates, while Auckland and Wellington received three percent and 15 percent growth after the Christchurch quake.   Other cities experiencing a drop in prices for the first six months included, New Delhi with a 38 percent fall, Cape Town experience a 24 percent decline and Shanghai witnessed a 23 percent dip. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Perth Airport puts restrictions on Skippers

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Skippers Aviation, Perth’s independent airline has filed a complaint against Perth Airport over the restrictions put on the future growth of its business.Skippers Aviation chief executive Stan Quinlivan said the airport operator was obstructing him from importing two new 70 seat Q400 planes valued at A$24 million, through restrictive lease provisions, the West Australian reported.“Perth Airport is singling out independent local operators by putting restrictive covenants on the maximum arrival and departure numbers and the ability to upgrade the fleet,” Mr Quinlivan said.According to the airline the new lease extension, effective 2021 reduces the amount of passengers it can carry to 200 an hour, down from 600, which evidently freezes the plane size to existing types no bigger than 50 seats.Mr Quinlivan explained that adding restrictive limitations to smaller operators would affect regional and rural communities.“We service 11 of the 13 regulated passenger routes north of Perth, these are the less glamorous bur critical routes that look after remote communities and tourist destinations.”Mr Quinlivan added that what was confusing about the matter was that larger planes would relieve some of the pressure from Perth Airport’s congested runway. In other news, Perth Airport has opened a new taxi rank at the international Terminal and plans to build a second rank at the domestic terminal by the end of 2012.The new rank offers eight pick up bays staffed by taxi marshals and state of the art technology to ensure a continuous smooth flow of taxis.There is an automatic call up system, which allows the taxi marshal to call on taxis waiting in the holding yard to attend the rank.The new rank is also fitted with CCTV cameras and emergency call point to provide a safe environment for passengers.last_img read more

Jetset Travel Norwoods Nick Lowes win Australian Rookie of the

first_imgSource = Jetset Travel Norwood (Left to Right) Neil Moreton, Manager/Director at Jetset Travel Norwood; Derek Lowes; Nick Lowes,Travel Consultant at Jetset Travel Norwood; Tracey Lowes; Michael Pound, Manager/Director at JetsetTravel Norwood.Nick Lowes, Travel Consultant at Jetset Travel Norwood, has been awarded “Rookie of the Year” at the 2013 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) in Sydney on Saturday [20 July].Hosted by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), the awards celebrate the achievements of the Australian travel industry over the past 12 months.Nick, who flew to Sydney with Directors Michael Pound and Neil Moreton, along with his mum and dad to attend the event, says he was shocked to receive the award.”To be nominated for this award in the first place was a surprise, but to get up in front of 1,200 people and receive an award was something else. It’s been an incredible year and this is the icing on the cake for me,” says Nick.Having caught the travel bug from childhood trips with his parents, Nick opted to go straight into a travel course after finishing high school. Within six months of landing a role as a receptionist at Jetset Travel Norwood, Nick was promoted to Travel Consultant.  Nick says success is about making the most of the opportunities you’re presented with.”For anyone starting out in the travel industry, I’d say it’s important that they get out and do as much training and learning as they can. I know I wouldn’t be receiving this award without the help of my colleagues and sales reps, who have been not only great to work with, but are excellent sources of knowledge for me as well. All the support they’ve given me over the years, including tips and tricks, have helped set me apart from the rest.”Nick celebrated his third anniversary with Jetset Norwood on 15 July and says he now looks forward to continuing to grow with Jetset Travel Norwood.Michael Pound, Manager/Director at Jetset Travel Norwood, says Nick’s positive demeanour, customer service and teamwork have made him a valuable part of the team.”In the past three years, Nick has consistently demonstrated his passion for travel by providing our customers with a very high quality of service. He’s an asset to have on board and I expect he’ll go a long way in the industry,” says Michael.Jetset Travel Norwood was also nominated for “Best Retail Travel Agency Single Location,” and “Best Manager Retail,” and won the coveted “Best Retail Travel Agency – Single Location” at the 2010 NTIA.last_img read more

Tigerair SydneyPerth takes off

first_img“The commencement of our new Sydney-Perth service re-enforces Tigerair’s commitment to respond to consumer demand and initial demand for the route has been positive, with our customers in NSW and WA offered more choice when travelling between the east and west coasts of Australia,” Tigerair Australia chief executive officer Rob Sharp said. Tigerair’s new Sydney and Perth services commenced yesterday, operating up to six times per week and providing 2,160 additional seats. Tigerair’s sixth new route in 2013 will see domestic tourism on the east and west coast significantly increase with the addition of 112,000 seats annually through Perth and Sydney airports. Tigerair has also announced it will commence new daily Sydney-Adelaide services, as well as additional flights from Sydney to Melbourne and its new Brisbane base early in 2014. Source = ETB News: L.B.last_img read more

Carnival Corporation release 2014 results

first_imgCarnival Corporation & plc announced non-GAAP net income for the full year 2014 of USD$1.5 billion, or compared to non-GAAP net income of USD$1.2 billion for the prior year.Full year 2014 American GAAP net income was USD$1.2 billion, which included unrealized losses on fuel derivatives of USD$268 million and USD$20 million of net charges.Revenues for the full year 2014 were USD$15.9 billion compared to USD$15.5 billion for the prior year.Carnival Corporation & plc president and chief executive officer Arnold Donald, said that full year earnings were significantly higher than the prior year primarily due to strong profit improvement at Carnival Cruise Lines and Costa Cruises brands.“We enjoyed some early wins from our collaboration efforts that contributed to our improved results, particularly for onboard revenues. We worked hard to contain costs and achieved an almost five percent reduction in fuel consumption for the year as we continue to implement energy conservation measures,” Mr Donald said.During the fourth quarter, the Carnival Cruise Lines brand achieved a significant increase in revenue yields despite a highly competitive environment in the Caribbean.Additionally, Costa’s Asia operations achieved double-digit revenue yield improvement on a capacity increase in that region.New ship introductions during the quarter generated substantial media coverage and positive buzz including the star-studded North American debut of Regal Princess which featured a reunion of the Love Boat cast.The company also recently placed orders with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for three innovative new ships for its Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Seabourn brands to be delivered in 2018.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

AIME announces 2015 lineup

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Asia-Pacific Meetings & Incentives Expo (AIME) has announced the highly anticipated line up of speakers presenting at the 2015 AIME Knowledge program. AIME 2015 will take place on 24 and 25 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will cover topics such as innovation, technology, industry trends, the global MICE industry, strategy, marketing, and creativity. AIME exhibition director Jacqui Timmins, said that there has been some heavy investments in AIME to deliver the best program yet. “We have responded to the growing demands of the global MICE industry for new business initiatives, and designed a new Knowledge strategy to deliver the AIME community access to the best speakers and education sessions on offer from around the world,” Ms Timmins said.  AIME Knowledge speaker, digital strategist and social commentator, Chris Riddell will highlight the event, and has previously worked with some of the largest and most successful companies and brands in the world.  Another important speaker presenting at AIME 2015 is Craig Davis, who is best known for his work in the advertising industry, he will focus on creativity and how it can generate new ways for companies to do business. Other speakers presenting at 2015 AIME Knowledge include:  –       Carolyn Miller, communications strategist, keynote speaker and media commentator–       Vinh Giang, presentation coach, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and magician–       Wendy Mak, business mentor to bloggers and fashion stylists, speaker on personal brand, career dressing and author of 1000 Outfits–       James Adonis, employee engagement specialist and team leadership educator  AIME Knowledge will also play host to ‘Australia Speaks: Celebrating 50 Years with Saxton’, presenting an exciting line up of renowned Australian speakers including Ita Buttrose, Mark Bouris, Layne Beachley, Tim Cope, Megan Quinn, and Rachel Botsman.last_img read more

ANA receives 5star SKYTRAX rating for fourth year in a row

first_img(L-R) Mr. Edward Plaisted, Skytrax CEO and ANA President ShinobeANA, Japan’s largest airline, was recently awarded in Tokyo the highest rating of 5-Stars for the fourth consecutive year by SKYTRAX, the worlds leading airline and airport review specialists.SKYTRAX has bestowed this top rating to only six other airlines across the globe (Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines) and ANA is the only Japanese airline to earn this award.The award recognises ANA for the consistently high levels of service it provides to customers from check-in to arrival. It also recognises that ANA has gone above and beyond to continuously improve its service quality to meet the needs of its increasingly international customer base.ANA has positioned its robust international network as a central pillar to drive growth. The airline continues to expand the scope of its business and launch new routes, while staying true to its core value of a thorough, customer-centric approach with a personal touch to improve service quality, which allowed the airline to maintain its 5-Star rating.As a prestigious, globally-recognised international measure of quality and customer satisfaction, the SKYTRAX award plays an important role in ANA’s business strategy to ensure it is positioned as a leading airline across the globe.ANA’s continuous investment in its network, offerings and services is enabling the airline to capture growing demand from international travellers. ANA is committed to providing inspired service as well as safe, high quality air travel to customers around the world.ANA Boeing 787-9 Fly ANASource = All Nippon Airwayslast_img read more

MTA Members score tickets to Manchester Derby

first_img MTA – Mobile Travel Agentsdiscover more hereSource = MTA – Mobile Travel Agents – Mike Parker-Brown MTA – MTA Etihad Top Sellers ProgramMTA Members score tickets to Manchester DerbyOne of the most sought after experiences in international football, five lucky MTA Members recently scored tickets to watch Manchester City play Manchester United in the annual Manchester Derby thanks to Etihad Airways.Part of an Etihad Airways incentive study tour to Manchester, London and Abu Dhabi for MTA top sellers, the group is pictured outside the world-famous Etihad Stadium, from left to right, Salli Youl, Jan Bracey, Craig Thomas, Tamera Buongiorno and Valma Herb along with Etihad account manager, Norhan Youssef.Football to one side the group was also hosted to a stay at the Rosewood London Hotel and the Jumeirah Etihad Towers during an Abu Dhabi stopover which included both a city and seaplane tour and a Hala Sunset Desert Drive and BBQ.last_img read more

U Tropicana Alibaug earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

first_imgU Tropicana Alibaug spread over 12 acres, located off Chondi Naka announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence 2016.The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.“Team U Tropicana Alibaug is gratified of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016,” said Mr. Muneesh Budden, General Manager.“TripAdvisor platform is a true expression of the customers and guests. We read all the reviews carefully to ascertain whether we are meeting or exceeding the high expectations of our guests and make note of any observations they may be concern with ways in which we can improve on or enhance the guest stay.”“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor.“This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.About U Tropicana AlibaugU Tropicana Alibaug spread over 12 acres is located off Chondi Naka and just three kilometers from picturesque Kihim Beach. Tropically landscaped gardens and greenery allowing guests to forget about the worldly worries and bask in an atmosphere of ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.All rooms and suites are decorated in the contemporary design with local influences and U’s unique concept of service. Facilities include an all day dining restaurant, lounge bar, spa, fitness centre and library for guests to catch up on news or sunk in their favourite books or magazines.U’s unique concept of service allows guest to enjoy their room for 24 hours from check in time as well as breakfast whenever/wherever during their stay, international and local calls at cost, pre-select amenities such as pillow, tea and soap that guests can select from our online U Choose programme and more. U Tropicana AlibaugSource = Absolute Hotel Serviceslast_img read more

Study reveals Aussies have the worst worklife balance in the world

first_imgAustralian travel professionals have the worst work/life balance and are among the most stressed, overworked and overwhelmed travel professionals in the world. Moreover, Millennial travel professionals in Australia feel they are the least respected and valued in the workplace out of all generations globally.This was revealed in the recent Happiness Index study conducted by global travel and hospitality recruitment leader, Progressive Personnel, aimed at assessing the general satisfaction of international travel and hospitality staff in the workplace.Launched mid-May, the survey, the first of its kind in the global hospitality and travel environment, was distributed to travel and hospitality professionals in key global markets, probing their happiness in three key areas:Happiness at WorkWork/Life BalanceFuture ProspectsAmong those questions for which we sought answers, says General Manager James Roberts, were how motivated staff felt at work, whether they were being remunerated adequately and whether they felt respected and valued in their job.“We also looked at how stressful they believed their job to be, how often they worked outside contracted hours and what their prospects were for promotion, growth and development, not to mention whether they would recommend working in travel and hospitality.”The survey was conducted in a rating scale format from 1 (least) to 10 (highest) and was segmented by geographic location, gender and generation.The Top 10 highlights for Australia revealed in Progressive Personnel’s 2016 Happiness Index include:Travel professionals in Australia are less happy than their global counterparts.Australian travel professionals have the world’s worse work/life balance.Millennial travel professionals in Australia are among the least satisfied and motivated with their overall jobs.Australian travel professionals believe they are being remunerated the least fairly globally.Australian Millennials are among the least respected and valued out of all generations globally.Travel professionals in Australia are among the most stressed in the world.Australian travel professionals are among the most overworked and overwhelmed in the world.Australian Baby Boomers are among the world’s least likely to look for another position in the next 12 months.Australian Millennial travel professionals perceive there to be much higher equal opportunity in the workplace than the global millennial average.Australians are also slightly more likely than their global counterparts to recommend working in travel.Comprehensive highlights of the Happiness Index’s results for the world, as well as certain regions polled, by gender and generation, can be viewed in an infographic format on Progressive Personnel’s website. The results will also be available on Progressive Personnel’s Facebook Page and Linkedin Company Pages.“We are very pleased with the participation from travel professionals globally in helping us compile the definitive annual survey into the happiness of the world’s travel and hospitality staff. We hope the results will give professionals key insights into motivating, retaining, developing and recruiting talent,” concludes Roberts. Learn more hereSource = Progressive Personnellast_img read more

Maritime Museum celebrates 25 years

first_imgMuseum Chairman Peter Dexter, Marine Scientist David Mearns and Director Kevin Sumption join museum members at the Australian National Maritime Museum Members’ 25th Anniversary LunchMaritime Museum celebrates 25  years of its members program with renowned marine scientistThe Australian National Maritime Museum, Australia’s home of maritime history, celebrated its 25th anniversary in late November. And to mark this major milestone over 210 museum members gathered for a gala lunch with special guest David Mearns OAM, renowned marine scientist, author and deep-sea shipwreck hunter.The museum’s membership program was established at the same as the museum and now has over 12,000 loyal members. The annual members lunch, this year with record attendance, recognised the members and supporters of the museum and celebrated the achievements of the program over the past 25 years.Kevin Sumption, Director and CEO, paid tribute to the members,“The museum’s membership program is one of our great achievements of the last 25 years. Members are tremendously important to the museum and we are delighted to have such a unique relationship with them – as supporters, ambassadors and friends.”“Our members program offers individual and family members unique and memorable experiences. And the past 25 years has certainly seen some impressive moments… from stepping on board Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior in 1993, to witnessing the stunning display of visiting warships on Sydney Harbour in 2013 for the International Fleet Review and exclusive on water experiences for Australia Day and Vivid Sydney. And we look forward to even more in the next 25 years.”To assist in the celebrations was special guest speaker David Mearns OAM, marine scientist, historical researcher, author and expedition leader of deep ocean projects.Deanna Varga, Assistant Director of Commercial and Visitor Services, explained Mr Mearns was a welcome addition to the event’s proceedings.“Maritime archaeology is one of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s areas of expertise and our members are particularly interested in this fascinating subject.“David Mearns is regarded as a world authority in his field, whose knowledge and passion is well aligned with the museum’s objectives. He is a wealth of knowledge and we were absolutely thrilled to have him speak at this significant annual event.” said Ms Varga.The ongoing development of the museum’s membership division has been a focal point for Mr Sumption and Ms Varga over the past few years. Changes have been made to the program, based on member feedback, which have ensured the museum continues to build on one of its greatest assets – its supporters.Becoming a member of the Australian National Maritime Museum is a fantastic way to stay connected to everything that’s happening at the museum, meet like-minded people and support Australia’s national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology and is a perfect Christmas gift idea. For further information visit www.anmm.gov.au/get-involved/membership or call 02 9298 3777.Source = Australian National Maritime Museumlast_img read more

The Ritz Carlton Bali named Best Family Beach Resort in Asia

first_imgThe Ritz Carlton, Bali named Best Family Beach Resort in AsiaThe Ritz Carlton, Bali named Best Family Beach Resort in AsiaOnce again, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali has been honored with a prestigious World Luxury Hotel Award. The acclaimed beachfront luxury resort in Bali was named as the Best Family Resort in the Region at a gala event in Bali on 10th November 2018.“It is always a thrill to be recognized in prestigious global awards and to win the Best Family Resort in the Region for two consecutive years at the World Luxury Hotel Awards is quite an accomplishment and one for which we are exceedingly proud. The Ritz-Carlton, Bali believes in creating unforgettable memories for its guests, including children and it is with great pleasure that we welcome families to the resort. Here they can enjoy a vast array of family-oriented activities and experiences, including luxurious stays in our spacious private pool villas and suites,” says General Manager Karim Tayach.Established in 2006, The World Luxury Hotel Awards are the pinnacle of achievement in the high-end hotel market, offering international recognition to hotels around the globe, as voted for by guests, travelers and industry players. Over 300,000 international travelers make their selection each year.Ritz Kids provides an atmospheric clubhouse and swimming pool and offers inspired and educational activities for kids of all ages, from Night Safaris, to Little Fisherman, to being a Little Mermaid for the day. Family-oriented activities include beachfront cinema under the stars, kite flying and participation in the Turtle Conservation program. As well as luxurious accommodation with ample space for the whole family to spread out, the ocean front swimming pool and white sandy beach is a natural magnet for fun family vacations.This award winning best hotel in Bali offers guests a 5-star luxury experience with the aim of creating the vacation or business experience of a lifetime. Guests discover supreme luxury in space, location and facilities as well as a highly attentive personalized service from the Ladies and Gentlemen. The resort’s dramatic setting in the beautiful tourist enclave of Nusa Dua incorporates, lush tropical gardens and a beachfront of dazzling white sand. Guest can enjoy sublime dining experiences and revel in the luxury of superb lagoon access suites andbest villas in Bali. A dedicated concierge provides inspirational itineraries for those who wish to explore the sights and sounds of the island, while a plethora of activities are offered within the resort, from health and wellbeing pursuits, to Balinese inspired Soul Purification rituals, to non-motorized water sports. The resort also makes an inspired choice for meetings and conferences in Bali, while its romantic beachfront setting and choice of elegant venues create a dreamy setting for destination weddings. Source = The Ritz-Carlton, Balilast_img read more

25th edition of ATM concludes on an encouraging note

first_imgArabian Travel Market (ATM), concluded its 25th anniversary with 39,000 travel, hospitality and tourism professionals from across the world, with the previous records being broken across the board by the time the four-day show closed on 25 April 2018. The show witnessed a 40% increase in the footfall since celebrating its 20th year in 2013.Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM stated, “The continued growth of ATM is a testament to the robust strength of the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East. ATM provides an ideal platform in that sense, bringing travel and tourism professionals together to discuss the potential of the inbound and outbound markets of the Middle East.”The 2018 edition, on the theme of responsible tourism, boasted more than 400 main stand holders with over 100 new exhibitors making their debut. The number of countries represented at ATM 2018 totalled over 140.During the session on Hyperloop and future travel experiences in the region, it was revealed innovative Hyperloop connections could reduce travel times between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) by around 34 minutes at some stage in the future. The session explored the impact ultra-modern travel infrastructure will have on the tourism industry in the UAE and wider GCC over the next decade, as technological advances bring new and improved modes of transport to the market.Michael Ibbitson, Executive Vice President (Infrastructure and Technology Dubai Airports) said, “Having both Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) as key stations on the Hyperloop system is essential and could allow Emirates to effectively and efficiently work from both hubs.”Omar Ahmed, Founder and CEO of Sociable Earth, said, “The halal travel market has graduated from its niche status to become an industry-shaping force in its own right. It is clear that mainstream travel and tourism organisations will now have to become far more pro-active if they want to attract increasing numbers of Halal travellers and tap into the potential of this massive market.”This year ATM hosted its first Student Conference – Career in Travel, as part of its line-up of special focus events. Press highlighted that the inaugural Student Conference was a great success, increasing student and graduate opportunities within the travel and tourism sector. The two-hour conference featured three interactive sessions including how to gain a career in the industry; developing tourism skills and employment opportunities in travel and tourism and how to create a job in the travel and tourism industry.last_img read more

Shore Financial Takes On Two New Hires

first_img Agents & Brokers Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2011-07-26 Ryan Schuette July 26, 2011 482 Views in Origination, Servicing In a statement released Monday, Michigan-based mortgage lender “”Shore Financial Services, Inc.””:http://www.shorefsi.com/index.php announced its decision to appoint Susan Pelto, a regulatory compliance expert, its chief compliance officer. Alongside Pelto, the company advanced COO Kathy Welty to CRO, whereby she will now participate in a risk committee.[IMAGE]””In an increasingly regulated world, effective risk management is a key differentiator for mortgage lenders, and a key part of this is a strong compliance offer,”” Kip Kirkpatrick, CEO of Shore Financial, said in a statement. “”Shore Financial’s appointment of respected compliance expert Susan Pelto as Chief Compliance Officer, and proven senior executive Kathy Welty as Chief Risk Officer, shows our determination to build the best risk management team in the industry.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]””At a time of rapid industry change, it’s exciting to see Shore Financial’s commitment to quality underwriting, effective compliance and strong risk management in general,”” Pelto said. “”I look forward to being a part of this dynamic, industry-leading company as it continues to build its national profile.””According to the statement, Pelto previously served as regulatory compliance officer at Detroit-based “”Quicken Loans””:http://www.quickenloans.com/ over a nine-year stretch. In this role, she managed compliance measures for the company’s retail mortgage lending operations around the country. Before her position at Quicken Loans, she served as VP at Michigan National Bank, overseeing compliance and retail lending operations. Her recent move to Shore Financial caps nearly 30 years of professional experience in the retail lending field.Pelto will join the risk committee, whose members include herself, Welty, Kirkpatrick, CFO Michael Jones, and several other representatives from the company. In her new role, according to the statement, she will oversee internal audits, compliance measures, and quality control.According to its Web site, Shore Financial supplies brokers with mortgage services through “”United Wholesale Mortgage””:http://www.uwmco.com/, its wholesale arm, and maintains operations in all but three states across the country.center_img Shore Financial Takes On Two New Hires Sharelast_img read more

Buyers Willing to Compromise for the American Dream

first_img in Data, Headlines, News Buyers Willing to Compromise for the American Dream Home Affordability Low Inventory Owners.com 2017-02-03 Scott_Morgan A lack of affordability in the U.S. housing market is driving buyers to make big compromises in their savings plans and in what they want in a home, according to a new study by Owners.com. Steve Udelson, president of Owners.com, said, “Market pressures are forcing consumers to take necessary action to stretch their purchasing power.”The firm reported this week that shrinking inventories in markets around the country and the corresponding spike in prices over the past year are compelling buyers to loosen or even abandon their financial safety nets. The study of 1,000 consumers found that most value buying a home as a top financial decision, nearly 70 percent of prospective buyers are worried about their cash flow for a down payment. The lure to buy seems strong enough for buyers to funnel money from other purposes toward saving up for that down payment. Owners.com reported that 60 percent of prospective buyers are willing to sacrifice emergency savings as well as their retirement savings for their upfront homebuying money. Meanwhile, nearly three-quarters said they would limit their contributions to other investment funds to save for a home.Beyond compromising their financial safety nets, half of would-be buyers said they would buy a fixer-upper, even if that’s not what they were setting out for, if it meant they could buy a home, the study found. About a third reported they would buy a smaller home than they want.Nearly another third said they would willingly take on the transaction work themselves in order to save agent fees, something Owners.com said should be reconsidered.“These buyers may want to consider brokerage models that offer a rebate on agent commission costs,” the study stated.center_img February 3, 2017 748 Views Sharelast_img read more

Hazel Technologies launches new USDAfunded produc

first_img Hazel Technologies launches new USDA-funded produc … PRESS RELEASE(Selah, Washington) – Northwestern Washington is known for not only its apples and pears, but also its renowned cherries. The prime growing conditions of Washington State create the perfect plump, juicy, and flavor-packed cherries enjoyed around the world and Rainier Fruit has long been a trusted brand that always delivers on quality and flavor.How is this year’s crop looking?Experts at Washington’s premiere cherry grower, Rainier Fruit, say their cherries will be available mid-June with volume building quickly. The 2018 season ended as one of the best on record with some of the best quality and flavor in nearly 30 years and the 2019 crop looks to be a repeat of 2018.  The weather during bloom has been near ideal with moderate day temperatures and warm nights that have set a nice crop for all varieties including Chelans, Bings, Skennas and other varieties. Additionally, the prime weather was perfect for pollination and it has set a good crop of manageable volume. Rainier Fruit produces both Dark Red Sweet Cherries and Rainiers, known for their yellow flesh and sweet flavor.  Size and volume will be ample and with excellent export quality. Rainier Fruit is anticipating a great cherry season, with increased demand after last year’s high quality cherry crop.Cherries will be available in the Rainier Fruit brand in a multitude of packs and sizes including the traditional 5kg and 20 lb loose cartons.Just like the warm summer weather, Washington cherry season won’t be here forever. Don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of this special time while it lasts! Look for cherries from Rainier Fruit and enjoy the best flavor of the season.###About Rainier Fruit: Rainier Fruit is a multi-generation, vertically integrated fruit company based in Selah, WA.  For more than 100 years, Rainier Fruit has cultivated a culture of stewardship that extends from their orchards to their communities that has made them an industry leader in the production of apples, pears, cherries and blueberries.Contact: Troy Howard, Director of Export Sales, Rainier Fruit Co., 509-697-3996 Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … Another round of heat coming to western U.S. … center_img You might also be interested in Dalian Yidu chief wins visionary award at Global C … May 23 , 2019 last_img read more

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first_img“I thought that they might have found a way to address theoffensive line a little earlier in the draft, even tradingsome picks away from next year to move up in the draftthis year.”The Cardinals, remember, did not have a second round pickthis year due to including it in the Kevin Kolb trade lastsummer, meaning they didn’t have much of a shot at some ofthe bigger-name tackles who fell to the second round.“I know when you’ve got Michael Floyd sitting there,you’ve got to get him,” May said of the team’s first roundchoice. “But then you’ve got to become creative in thedraft, and I was surprised that (Cardinals GM) Rod Gravesand his crew weren’t creative enough to get into thatsecond round some place, or even earlier in the thirdround to get an offensive lineman there.”So, they got Massie, who at 6-foot-6 and 316 pounds couldend up being one of the draft’s bigger steals. He playedagainst some of the country’s best defenders in college,meaning experience could be an advantage early in hiscareer.“He should have a step ahead of most offensive linemenjust going against the competition that he’s gone againstin the SEC,” May said. “Hopefully Russ Grimm will be ableto take this player…and hopefully he’s an overachiever,because that’s what the Cardinals are looking for.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation A lot of people were surprised to see Mississippi tackleBobby Massie fall to the Cardinals in the fourth round ofthe NFL Draft.Projected by some to go as high as the second round, hewas the first lineman taken by a Cardinals team that coulduse some help at the position.And, while no one is questioning the selection’s value,ESPN college football analyst Mark May says the Cardinalsshould have done more.“Here’s a player that wouldn’t have fallen to the fourthround unless there were red flags,” May told ArizonaSports 620’s Burns and Gambo Tuesday. “The Cardinals gothim, and this is a team that gave up 54 sacks last year.center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I’m a people person,” Moore said at his introductory press conference Friday. “I have great, great respect for Bruce Arians.”Moore and Arians worked together with the Colts from 1998-2008, and more said the chance to reunite with his friend was not something he was prepared to pass up.“Bruce is a winner, and I want to be with a winner,” he said. “As soon as he called me, why, I told my wife, I said ‘honey, we just hit the lottery.’”The feeling appears to be mutual.Arians said Moore has “forgot more football than most people in this league know,” and is thankful he was able to bring a man with Moore’s credentials to Arizona.Moore said he’s excited to be part of a staff that includes many men he’s coached against, but more than that, is glad to still have a chance to keep doing what he loves.“It’s a great organization and I want to be a part of it,” he said. “To me it’s a privilege to get an opportunity to coach in the NFL. “There are no entitlements; it’s a privilege and I appreciate the privilege and I thank Bruce.”It’s not as if the Arians lured Moore out of retirement, though. Moore made it clear he’s never actually “retired”, but admitted he was “in denial” over how he was feeling the last few years. He said things had been tough since about 2008, with knee pain sapping him of energy. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories New Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach/offense Tom Moore didn’t need to continue his career for the accolades.Already regarded as one of football’s greatest offensive minds, he has worked with some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks and won a trio of Super Bowls, most recently with the Indianapolis Colts.So, one might ask, why would the 74-year-old joined Bruce Arians’ coaching staff in the desert? But he had both knees replaced last year, which led to him feeling good enough to spend some time working with the Tennessee Titans last season.“It’s like new world,” he said. “All of a sudden you’re pain-free. You’ve got all your energy back; you’ve got your life back and it’s a new world.”Moore said he feels like he’s 50, making his chronological age a non-issue. So, when presented an opportunity to continue his coaching career, the decision was easy.“I jumped on it because I still have got a lot of coaching to do,” he said. “I love coaching. You know, I’ve lived a dream, and to be able to continue to coach is, as I said, it’s a privilege. “And I appreciate the privilege, but I wanted to make sure I could do it justice because I believe in professionalism. I wouldn’t go and take the job unless I could give it 120 percent total commitment to do my job, because people deserve it, the players deserve it, the organization deserves it and certainly Bruce deserves it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The elder Fitzgerald obviously wasn’t happy about how the 11-year veteran was only targeted four times in the opener. This isn’t the first time Fitzgerald Sr. has voiced his displeasure with Cardinals formations and play calling.The Cardinals wideout apparently felt a need to address his father’s post-game tweets, referencing them in a tweet of his own Tuesday night.My fathers inflammatory comments dont reflect my feelings or mood. We’re 1-0 & working tirelessly to be 2-0 this week thats my only concern.— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) September 10, 2014 Although calling his father’s comments “inflammatory” might be over-the-top, the Cardinals star seemed to clear up any concerns in one tweet, all while refusing to echo Fitzgerald Sr.’s sentiments. – / 61 As a child teaching my son football.I was a lineman.I told them every play I hit somebody.He said dad I want to be a receiver.I told him-— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014 The Arizona Cardinals snuck their way to a season-opening win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night, even with star receiver Larry Fitzgerald only making one reception all evening.Although Fitzgerald’s 22-yard catch was instrumental in setting up the game-winning touchdown, the eight-time Pro Bowler’s father took to Twitter after the game to air his thoughts on how his son was utilized in the Cardinals’ win. Being a receiver you can work hard run all game and your dependent on the coach calling your number.And the quarterback getting you the ball— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014center_img Top Stories The world saw on Monday Night Football the politics and business of football.If its been decided that you are not getting the ball just win— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more