Helix Leisure announces the acquisition of Booking BossHelix Leisure announces the acquisition of Booking BossHelix Leisure announces the acquisition of Booking Boss, a leading provider of online booking, ticketing and POS solutions for the tour, activity and attractions (TAA) industry in the Asia-Pacific region.Booking Boss, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, provides sophisticated and powerful cloud-based ticketing, reservation and point of sales solutions to businesses looking to modernize their business practices, retain customers through memberships and season passes and provide 24/7 booking capabilities to global consumers with their innovative and award-winning products.Booking Boss’s founders, Renee and Andy Welsh, lead an experienced team with a demonstrated track record of scaling at pace. They will remain on board and continue to run the business, thereby ensuring continuity for customers, partners and employees.The acquisition was completed in July, 2017 and adds a very complementary business to Helix Leisure’s portfolio of companies. In the months following the acquisition, Booking Boss has been fully integrated into Helix Leisure, and international growth plans are underway. Leveraging best-in-class cloud technologies, the combined development teams have been working with leading customers to develop a beautifully-integrated party booking system for another Helix Leisure company, Embed. “Using our modern cloud platform and many years of experience in online bookings, Embed’s customers can expect an intuitive and appealing application that will lead the industry in the entertainment venue pre-visit experience” says team leader Andy Welsh.For Booking Boss, the integration with Helix Leisure provides access to new markets and infrastructure to rapidly scale their products around the world.Commenting on the acquisition, Theo Sanders, CEO of Helix Leisure, said:“The industry is becoming increasingly aware that a guest’s interactions with the location start long before they step foot in the facility. Their pre-visit experiences form a vital part of their perception of a brand. With the Booking Boss acquisition, we’re now able to connect a beautiful pre-visit experience to Embed’s existing on-site capabilities, and in doing so, allow operators to engage with their guests at every step of the journey.”Renee Welsh, CEO of Booking Boss, added:“We are delighted with the opportunity to join the Helix Leisure team. Their industry leading experience, company culture and global reach is going to take Booking Boss to exciting new industries and drive the future of the Out-of-Home Entertainment industry, which includes attractions, tour operators and activity providers. We share the same passion to innovate booking and ticketing services and promote best-in-class practices.”The acquisition demonstrates Helix Leisure’s commitment to growth and development as an Out-of-Home Entertainment service provider, creating solutions that help operators increase profits while creating better experiences for guests.For more information on Booking Boss please visit www.bookingboss.com.About Helix LeisureHelix Leisure is a privately-owned company that provides best-in-class products and services to the Out-of-Home Entertainment (OOHE) Industry. Companies include LAI Games, Embed, The LockerNetwork and Booking Boss, with offices in the USA, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia. Helix Leisure is a truly integrated, global group, leading the growing OOHE market.Follow Helix Leisure on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/helix-leisureSource = Helix Leisure
Palladium Hotel Group held a campaign recently in all its hotels aimed at raising awareness of the role that people and companies play in fighting climate change and preserving the environment.The Spanish hotel company, which belongs to Empresas Matutes Group, has been promoting environmental initiatives and projects for years within the framework of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy which, this year, has been reinforced with new commitments.Among them, the priority objective of eliminating single-use plastics stands out. Since 2018, and with a significant step forward this season, Hard Rock Hotels in Ibiza and Tenerife, Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Palladium Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Europe, are withdrawing all single-use plastic products and replacing them with biodegradable or reusable material.In addition, the group has recently joined the movement ‘Ibiza and Formentera Without Plastic’ promoted by the Foundation for the Conservation of Ibiza and Formentera (IPF). The organisation has awarded the company the certification of ‘a star’ recognising its work in the elimination of plastics. This initiative is also being successfully carried out at TRS Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in the destinations of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Brazil.The group had also organised recycling workshops for children at the Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts on the island, promoting sustainable actions at resorts in the Caribbean and Americas and had created a visual information campaign with a presence in all hotels through posters and screens. The campaign, which advocates sustainable tourism, is also broadcast on the group’s corporate social networks and the different hotels, as well as on the ‘Palladium Feeling Green’ brand channel.Palladium Hotel Group continuously promotes actions in all its hotels regarding waste management, rational use of water, control of the carbon footprint and energy saving. It also carries out awareness-raising campaigns aimed at customers on the importance of preserving and caring for the environment. In terms of energy saving, in addition to the good practices that are being implemented in all hotels, resorts in the Caribbean and Americas joined the celebration of WWF Earth Hour on March 30 with a symbolic blackout at their facilities.Other relevant actions are those aimed at the conservation of natural environments with great ecological value and the protection of species. In this way, Palladium Hotel Group will join the International Coastal Cleaning Day in September in several of its hotels located on the American continent. For their part, the resorts of Jamaica, Vallarta and Riviera Maya have Tortuguero Camps and, in fact, the Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa has managed to protect more than 6,500 nests and has released more than 600,000 hatchlings since its launch in 2012.Palladium Hotel Group has received numerous awards for its commitment to the environment. These include the recent Rethink Hotel award, given to Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife and the Earth check certifications awarded to TRS Yucatan Hotel, TRS Turquesa Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, as well as the Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit (Mexico); Montego Bay (Jamaica); Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Imbassaí (Brazil).To these are added the Blue Flags in Kantenah Bay Beach (Riviera Maya) and Cortecito Beach (Punta Cana); the S Distinctive granted by the Mexican Ministry of Tourism to Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit; the Sustainable Clean Beach seal granted by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of the same country to Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa and the Travelife certificate to TRS Cap Cana Hotel.
Share Homes for sale saw their asking prices tick up 0.5 percent in April, more than in March, according to “”Trulia””:http://www.trulia.com/.[IMAGE]Asking prices climbed quarter-over-quarter by 1.9 percent, while price increases unadjusted for seasonality went up 4.8 percent. Prices for for-sale homes also went up 0.2 percent nationally.[COLUMN_BREAK]Miami and Phoenix saw the biggest increases among asking prices, with figures up by more than 15 percent year-over-year.Forty-four of the 100 largest metro areas observed year-over-year price increases, while pickups took place in 92 of these on a quarterly basis.””Housing prices have already bottomed with asking prices on the rise for three straight months. Aside from a stumble in December, asking prices have been stable or rising for the last eight months,”” “”Jed Kolko””:http://www.trulia.com/about/people/jed-kolko, chief economist with Trulia, said in a statement. “”Prices have joined the recovery, alongside sales and construction. But foreclosures threaten prices, especially in judicial-foreclosure states like Florida, New Jersey, Illinois and New York, where many more distressed sales are still to come,”” he added.Rents also went up, with cities in California, Florida, and New Jersey among those seeing the largest increases. Figures for these went up by 5.6 percent year-over-year. Asking Prices for For-Sale Homes Up in April May 3, 2012 405 Views Agents & Brokers Asking Prices For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Rental Properties Service Providers 2012-05-03 Ryan Schuette in Data, Servicing
Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Credit Access mortgage Urban Institute 2016-04-12 Staff Writer April 12, 2016 625 Views Mortgage Credit Access Reverses Course Credit availability in the mortgage industry increased slightly in the fourth quarter, reversing a long-time downward trend over the last four quarters.The Urban Institute’ s Housing Finance Policy Center’s latest credit availability index (HCAI) shows that mortgage credit availability rose to 5.6 in the fourth quarter of 2015, up from 4.9 in the previous quarter.According to the Institute, the HCAI measures the percentage of home purchase loans that are likely to default, or go unpaid for more than 90 days past their due date.”A lower HCAI indicates that lenders are unwilling to tolerate defaults and are imposing tighter lending standards, making it harder to get a loan.” the report said. “A higher HCAI indicates that lenders are willing to tolerate defaults and are taking more risks, making it easier to get a loan.”According to the report, mortgage credit availability among Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been at the highest level over the past four quarters since its low in 2010 and reversing course in the second quarter of 2011. From the second quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2015, the total risk taken by the GSE channel increased 50 percent, from 1.4 percent to 2.1 percent.Urban Institute stated that both the government channel (Federal Housing Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Agriculture Rural Development program) and portfolio and private-label securities channel remain close to or at the record low on the amount of default risk taken by the two markets.”Significant space remains to safely expand the credit box. If the current default risk was doubled across all channels, risk would still be well within the precrisis standard of 12.5 percent from 2001 to 2003 for the whole mortgage market,” Urban Institute said.Recent reports have shown a different picture of mortgage credit access among lenders. Fewer mortgage lenders are reporting that they are loosening credit standards, and many do not expect credit to become more accessible over the next few months.The share of mortgage lenders reporting easing credit standards over the prior three months fell for the second straight quarter, according to Fannie Mae’s first quarter 2016 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey conducted in February. In addition, the survey also found that the share of lenders that expect credit standards to ease over the next three months decreased from last quarter for all mortgage types.Fannie Mae reported that 13 percent of lenders surveyed noted that credit standards eased over the last three months in the first quarter of 2016, down from 17 percent in the previous quarter. Over the next three months, 13 percent of lenders said credit standards will ease, down from 18 percent last quarter. Five percent of lenders said that credit tightened over the last three months, up from 4 percent last quarter. Only 7 percent of lenders said credit will tighten over the next three months, the same as last quarter.Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, explained, “Lender expectations for easing over the next three months have also moderated. Many lenders also indicate a likely increase in the sales of mortgage servicing rights, possibly to compensate for these countervailing pressures on profits and to take advantage of current favorable pricing in the market.”
Company News Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. PathSoftware technology 2017-01-25 Phil Banker Share in News, Technology CalyxSoftware announced Monday its mortgage loan origination software, PathSoftware, is integrating with Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC).This integration allows for two-way communication and secure data exchange between PathSoftware and MGIC. PathSoftware customers can now obtain MGIC rate quotes and order mortgage insurance without leaving their loan file. The integration also auto-populates the appropriate mortgage insurance premium fields back into the loan file without leaving Path, decreasing data entry time and increasing accuracy.Margaret Crowley, VP of Marketing and Customer Experience at MGIC, elaborated on the benefits of the integration. “Our integration with CalyxSoftware addresses the growing demand for automation in the loan origination process,” she said. “This partnership further illustrates our commitment to providing best-in-class customer experiences.”Doug Mitchell, Director of Sales and Support at PathSoftware, expressed his approval of the integration and is looking forward to the future. “PathSoftware was designed to simplify and streamline the mortgage origination process and tight integrations with our partners further this goal,” he said. “We’re proud to partner with MGIC, the nation’s first private mortgage insurer, to make it easier than ever for joint clients to order MI and help first-time borrowers get into homes.” January 25, 2017 616 Views PathSoftware and MGIC Announce Integration
March 27 , 2019 Roundup trial: Judge threatens to ‘shut down’ canc … A lawyer for a man who said his cancer was caused by Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup on Tuesday urged U.S. jurors to “send a message” to the company by holding it liable and awarding millions in damages, Reuters reported.The case is only the second of more than 11,200 Roundup lawsuits to go to trial in the U.S. as litigation setbacks and a prior jury verdict against the company have sent Bayer shares plunging.“A responsible company would test its product. A responsible company would tell their customers if they knew it causes cancer,” Aimee Wagstaff, a lawyer for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman, was quoted as saying during closing arguments on Tuesday. She called conduct by Bayer’s Monsanto unit reckless and offensive.Bayer, which bought Roundup maker Monsanto in a US$63 billion deal last year, denies the allegations, saying decades of studies by independent scientists have shown glyphosate and Roundup to be safe for human use. Bayer and AlphaBio Control join forces to distribu … You might also be interested in Monsanto dealt first Australian lawsuit over cance … Bayer hires law firm to investigate claims Monsant … In Hardeman’s case, the jury on March 19 found Roundup to have been a “substantial factor” in causing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That verdict followed a first phase of the trial that focused exclusively on science. The decision allowed the trial to proceed to a second phase in which the same jury will decide if Bayer is liable.In the second phase lawyers for Hardeman were able to present previously excluded internal documents allegedly showing the company’s efforts to influence scientists and regulators about the popular product’s safety.Jurors will now decide whether Roundup was defectively designed, whether Monsanto acted negligently, and if it failed to warn consumers of Roundup’s cancer risks. If jurors find the company liable, they can award compensatory and punitive damages.Monsanto and Bayer have continued to argue that Roundup is safe to use and does not cause cancer.
Ana Salazar has re-joined Adventure World as Latin America Product Manager. A native Ecuadorian with over 24 years’ experience promoting South America, Salazar previously directed Adventure World’s Latin America department from 2007 to 2014.Salazar has explored eighteen countries throughout the region, and welcomed the opportunity to put her passion for all things South American back into practice at Adventure World.The Adventure World Latin America product team have recently returned from an exploratory trip in Mexico and Guatemala to further enhance their product offering, with a focus on boutique ‘hacienda style’ accommodations and new off the beaten track itineraries, which will launch in the 2018 collection.“South America has certainly had a buoyant 2016 and we see no signs of that abating in 2017. Central America has experienced a significant increase in demand, largely aided by the ease of air access with routes via Dallas and Los Angeles opening up the destination for Australian travellers,” said managing director Neil Rodgers. Adventure WorldLatin America
India is excited about cruise tourism and is preparing an action plan that will be ready in the coming months. During yesterday’s inaugural session of a workshop on ‘Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India’, chaired by India’s Union Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said cruise tourism will be a ‘game changer’ for the country, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared that sentiment and supported initiatives to tap into the tourism potential of the country and cruise tourism.“The arrival of tourists has gone up and India, which was placed on 52nd spot in world tourism and travel index of 2015, has improved its ranking further by 12 notches getting placed at 40th spot in 2017,” Sharma said.Minister Gadkari said that 2018 would be ‘very good for cruise tourism in India.’According to Daily News & Analysis India the Indian government intends to promote cruise shipping and tourism as a ‘project of national importance’ through the coordination of Shipping and Tourism ministries. cruisecruise tourismindia
MTA Professional Plus, a ground-breaking new accreditation program for Mobile Travel Agents, was launched in Sydney yesterday by MTA CEO, Don Beattie.As MTA CEO Don Beattie launched this innovative new training program to key members of travel media at a press conference in Sydney, each of MTA’s 390 Travel Advisors around Australia received a package: an Earl Grey teabag, a bar of chocolate, a USB memory stick and an invitation to take a break, watch the enclosed video and find out how to take part.By mid-morning 10 MTA Travel Advisors had already completed the first module.The program, designed by in-house training manager Kirsty Tate, has 50 training modules in total, designed to help further educate and support MTA Advisors in their day to day business and importantly; enhance their standing as travel industry professionals.MTA CEO Don Beattie, Training Manager Kirsty Tate and Marketing & Communications Manager Kerryn Taylor.The self-paced program allows Advisors to gain accreditation within a time frame that suits their own lifestyles, and comprises nine core pathways with two optional pathways.These focus on social media, corporate, cruise, air, land product, luxury, marketing, business and professional development.“MTA Professional Plus establishes a new level of professionalism which the entire Australian travel industry stands to benefit from,” Mr Beattie said.“The various pathways are intended to help Advisors further their expertise in the capability of all MTA technology, gain master-class product knowledge, learn about small business compliance and management while providing the requisite skills needed to assist them in building client relationships and growing their business.“Each learning pathway is divided into three levels, with content accessible from any device, even offline, with Advisors knowledge and understanding of the various components assessed along the way.”MTA Professional Plus starter kit.The Professional Plus program includes some modules designed by MTA’s Head Office Support staff and key partners such as Virtuoso and CLIA to help further educate and support MTA Advisors in their development as business owners.“MTA is already known for aligning with some of the best travel experts in the industry and to ensure that they continue to grow their expertise and professionalism we at MTA devised a new learning strategy.”The assessment process is quite rigorous containing both theoretical and practical demonstration of understanding with annual maintenance modules required to maintain accreditation.Mr Beattie said that additional core elements would allow Advisors to expand their knowledge beyond the product and business development factor to gain a greater understanding of customer care, handling client interactions and enhancing their social media skills.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“Completing ‘MTA Professional Plus’ will enable our Advisors to market themselves as MTA Certified Travel Professionals, secure in the knowledge they will be regarded and respected as some of the best travel professionals in the industry,” he said.Australian Federation of Travel Agents chief executive, Jayson Westbury congratulated MTA on its initiative.“MTA has once again demonstrated how its market leading initiatives support its people and align with the values of AFTA by elevating its already very high standards across the entire MTA network,” Mr Westbury said.Find out more about becoming a Mobile Travel Agent
3:32 left in second quarterCardinals go three-and-out and Zastudil is brought on to punt. A 52-yard boot puts the ball at the St. Louis 29. End of gameThat’s going to do it for another lousy game in Glendale. The Cardinals fall to the Rams by a score of 31-17. It’s their seventh-consecutive loss and their record falls to 4-7 on the year. End of first quarterWell that does it for the first quarter, with the Cards up 7-0. Offensively they were about as good as you could hope, and the defense came up with a pair of stops. Not a bad start for a team that desperately needed a good one. 2:28 left in third quarterLindley, looking for Fitz, throws off his back foot to Janoris Jenkins. It’s taken back for a TD and now the Rams are up by a score of 28-17. This one is getting away from Arizona. 9:58 left in third quarterThey moved as far as they could.Brandford hits Chris Givens with a perfect throw for a 37-yard score, and just like that the Rams are on top. Justin Behtel was beaten on the play, but that was more of a great throw/catch than poor coverage. The QB and Larry Fitzgerald read the coverage differently, with Fitz going deep and Lindley expecting a shorter route. The result is an interception with a long return, and the Rams can really make this tough on the Cardinals with another TD here. 11:37 left in first quarterRams pick up a first down but the Arizona defense holds, and a punt puts the Cards at their own 9 to start. Time for the Ryan Lindley show! 0 Comments Share 13:30 left in fourth quarterCardinals force a punt and will start their drive at the 24. Over/under how many plays before a turnover?OK, that may be a bit harsh, but this second half has been abysmal for the Arizona offense. 8:24 left in third quarterOne moment Lindley looks great, the next he looks like a rookie. HalftimeCardinals agreed with me and went for points, and a good drive leads to a Feely field goal. Cards go into the half with a 17-14 lead. 2:00 left in fourth quarterThe Cardinals force a punt and get good field position. A pass to Andre Roberts gives them a first-and-10 from the Rams 21. 13:21 left in second quarterDrive goes nowhere and Cards punt it away. The refs do a great job of confusing everyone with penalty calls, and whatever the reason, St. Louis will take over at the 20. OK then.Check that, ref announces the ball will be placed at the 21. Yeah, that’s how it’s gonna be. 7:52 left in second quarterCongratulations are in order if you started Beanie Wells on your fantasy team today, as the RB just scored for the second time in the game. His 12-yard jaunt caps a nice drive, highlighted by Lindley hitting Rob Housler down the seam for a nice gain.The Cards are up 14-7 and Wells looks pretty spry. Not bad. 2:42 left in fourth quarterThe Cardinals drove the field but had a pass bounce off Larry Fitzgerald’s hands — and the hands of many others — before being picked off. Rams ball. And game. Rams’ ballgame. And by the way, the ref Corrente explains “THIS is the end of the first half.” We all chuckled. 1:47 left in second quarterWilliam Powell returns the ball 25 yards to the Arizona 23, where Lindley will go to work.Do the Cards open the offense up and look for points or will they play it safe? I’d look for points. 11:13 left in second quarterDaryl Washington comes in unblocked and sacks Sam Bradford on third down. It’s his 9th sack of the season, which is apparently one shy of the franchise record for sacks in a season by a linebacker. I’m not one to question coaches, so I guess it makes sense not to make sure No. 58 in red is accounted for. 2:39 left in third quarterThe Rams respond to Arizona’s punt with one of their own, though the visitors are winning the field position game this quarter. The Cards will start at their own 22 needing to do something positive on offense. It’s been a while. End of third quarterRams have the ball and a commanding lead. Sorry, that’s all I’ve got. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5:53 left in third quarterWith the help of a holding penalty the Cardinals D stands, and Legatron misses from 35-yards to swing the momentum back to the Cardinals. Arizona still down four, but could be worse. :14 left in third quarterCards go three-and-out and punt away to a chorus of boos. I’d join them but I assume the “no cheering in the press box” rule also applies to negative feedback. 7:45 left in second quarterCardinals are offsides on the kickoff. Rams will start drive at their own 30, looking to respond to a…gasp…Cardinals touchdown. The punt has the Cards starting from their own 35. 14:52 left in second quarterLindley, looking for Stephens-Howling in the flat, is picked off by Janoris Jenkins. He returns the ball 36 yards for a score, and we’re all tied up here in Glendale.Rookie on rookie crime right there. 11:11 left in third quarterCardinals move the chains but not far enough, bringing Zastudil in to punt.It’s a good one, and the Rams will start from their own eight. 2:00 left in second quarterRef announces “that’s the end of the first half” though it’s just the two minute warning. Not a good day for Tony Corrente thus far. Anyway, the Rams are at the Arizona 37 looking to put some points on the board before the end of the half. Would be a good momentum boost for AZ to come up with a stop, especially since the Cardinals are set to get the ball to begin the second half. 12:00 before kickoffFinishing up some apple pie and settling into my seat in the press box. The Cardinals and Rams in a game someone has to win, right? Well, the Rams proved a couple weeks ago that’s not exactly the case.At any rate, interested to see how Ryan Lindley does today in his first NFL start. Before that happens, check out Jarrett Carlen’s ode to Arizona’s QB issues by clicking here. – / 27 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 5:27 left in fourth quarterLegatron makes the field goal and it’s now 31-17. Barring a miracle this one is over, which is what many of the fans think as they head for the exits. :24 left in first quarterRams move a bit but are forced to punt, and Patrick Peterson nearly breaks the return for a TD. Instead it just gets the Cards to their 31, where Lindley and the offense will go to work. 15:00 left in first quarterJay Feely’s kick lands in the end zone, Rams start at the 20. Make that the 25 after David Carter jumps offsides.Cards D played well last week against Atlanta; team could use a similar effort today. :44 left in fourth quarterCardinals turn the ball over on downs and the Rams will kneel on the ball to run out the clock. Still 14:52 left in second quarterCards will begin their next drive at the 20. Let’s see how the rookie responds from his first career interception.As I type that he throws a bit behind Robert Housler down the middle. Catchable ball, but not where it is supposed to be. 4:23 left in third quarterThree-and-out for the Cardinals and Zastudil punts the ball away. Bethel with an excellent tackle for no return, but the Rams will start at their own 28. They are a drive away from really making this tough on Arizona. 10:17 left in third quarterQuentin Groves helped off the field, giving us a break. In the meantime the Rams are gashing the Cardinals on the ground, which isn’t a good thing. They’re at the AZ 37 and moving. Have a question or comment for Adam? Feel free to post it here or tweet Adam at @theAdamGreen 2:41 left in first quarterThe Cardinals take a 7-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Beanie Wells. Ryan Lindley put together a real nice drive, one that was both hindered and aided by dumb penalties. He looked accurate and made good decisions. Good start for Arizona.15 play, 91-yard drive. On a side note, the game was announced as a sellout, but there are a decent amount of empty seats in the building. 12:26 left in fourth quarteAnother three-and-out, another punt. This game has gone south in a hurry. KickoffSt. Louis will receive the opening kickoff as the Cards look to end their six-game losing skid and avenge a loss to the Rams earlier in the season. As I’m sure you haven’t heard by now , the Cardinals ended last season’s losing skid against this very same Rams team in this very same building. 6:05 left in fourth quarterThe Rams have the ball at the Arizona 1 with a fourth-and-1, and while this play probably won’t decide the game, it is still technically a big one. 4:36 left in second quarterThe Rams drove down into the red zone and Peterson picks off a pass in the end zone. Huge play, one of the few big ones he’s made this year.Ball is a touchback and Arizona starts at the 20. First play is one where Lindley misses an open Fitzgerald deep.Haven’t had that happen often the last few years. 3:26 left in second quarterQuentin Groves drills Sam Bradford after a pass and the QB leaves the game. Kellen Clemens is on to replace him so, uhh, yeah. Top Stories 1:53 left in second quarterBradford comes out and hits Lance Kendricks for a 37-yard touchdown. He was WIDE open. Just like that we’re tied here in Glendale. Still 2:41 left in first quarterFeely’s kickoff goes out of the end zone and the Rams will start at their own 20. Hey defense, you have an early lead: what are you planning on doing about it? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 15:00 left in third quarterCards begin drive at their 20. Let’s see if they can build off the momentum from that last drive.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Daryl Johnston Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact With the addition of Arians came a bounty of changes to the Cardinals’ coaching staff. The team supported Arians’ decision to choose his own staff, which has begun to take shape with the official hirings of three assistant coaches.Arians hired Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator, Harold Goodwin as offensive coordinator and Tom Moore as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator.Johnston trusts Arians brought the right personnel in, especially on the offensive side, to help the Cardinals rectify some troublesome areas from a disappointing 2012 campaign.“I think that Bruce Arians has done a tremendous job for some very, very difficult circumstances in Indianapolis this year filling in for coach Pagano,” Johnston said. “I think [the Cardinals] got a good one. You’re building a good foundation out there. You got to get a couple of positions sorted out, get the guys headed in the right direction but I think Tom Moore will be one of those guys if it helps facilitate that transition.”The 74-year-old Moore has a bevy of experience, beginning his career as an NFL assistant in 1977. He also served as the offensive coordinator for the Colts in 1998-2000 when Arians was the team’s quarterback coach. Bruce Arians was brought on as the new Arizona Cardinals head coach because of his leadership, quarterback prowess and ability to get the most out of the talent on his roster.One FOX NFL analyst believes the Cardinals’ decision to bring Arians into the fold was a smart move, and one that should pay dividends going forward.“I think it’s good. I really do,” Daryl Johnston told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Monday. “You’re talking about a guy who had a big impact on what Indianapolis did in his time there. I know that Peyton Manning has the utmost respect for him. I think it’s a good move.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
“I don’t want to get into a debate as far as getting the stats that he has and things like that,” Patrick Peterson said. “Obviously his job is much easier than mine.”The Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson and the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman are both looked at as two of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. But as a guest of Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, the Cardinal wasn’t bashful about explaining why he thinks he’s a superior player to his division rival and worthy of a greater salary, as he said last week. Of course, Sherman didn’t see it that way.Want what I got? Get the stats I got! Least targeted. #opinionvsfact pic.twitter.com/f2juIjKm66— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 13, 2014 Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Patrick Peterson, Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Player, TeamPFF RankTargetsCatchesComp. %Yds.Avg.YACLongTDINTPDOpp. QB Rating Richard Sherman, SEA6583051.742114.01127328547.3 Part of the reason Peterson believes that is over the last three seasons not only is he asked to be a shutdown cornerback, but he’s also been the Cardinals’ primary punt returner and even dabbled on the offensive side of the ball. Sherman plays cornerback very well, but it’s all he’s been asked to do.But it’s not just his ability to do more that has Peterson, a three-time Pro Bowler who went as a rookie for his punt returning, thinking he’s a better player. It’s his ability to cover receivers, too.“If you look at their scheme and you look at our scheme, he’s a Cover-3 corner, period,” Peterson said. “A lot of guys say he’s a shutdown corner, but if you look at film and guys who understand the game, go back and look at film and see how his defense is.“I believe if you put him in our system, I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly, because I’m asked to do much more than he is.” Comments Share Patrick Peterson, ARZ16904954.468814.02847273691.3 “That’s all fine and dandy, but he’s only covering space, he’s not really covering a guy,” he said. “At the end of the day he has great stats, he has great playmaking ability — I’m not taking that away from him because he is a good corner. But as far as being a shutdown corner, man-to-man guy, in my eyes, I don’t believe he’s that.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Peterson knows the statistics and understands why people think highly of Sherman, especially when they see his interceptions total; he just doesn’t think that tells the entire story. Joe Haden, CLE18995555.655710.116941641275.2 Those are strong words from Peterson, especially given that Sherman is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he intercepted eight passes — his second straight year with that many picks — and has been a first-team All-Pro in each of the last two years. But what Peterson is saying is he’s asked to follow and shut down the opponent’s top receiver wherever he lines up, while Sherman is merely assigned to a part of the field, regardless of which wideout lines up opposite him.According to ProFootballFocus.com, Sherman graded out as the sixth-best cornerback in the NFL last season, while Peterson ranked 16th.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “They know him, they respect him, he’s bright, he’s got an unbelievable future in this business and I think he’s more than ready to lead us on and be the head coach.”Bettcher, 39, was reportedly the first candidate to interview for the job. Due to the organization’s familiarity with Bettcher, it is not expected for him to receive a second interview, unlike Keith Armstrong and Steve Wilks.Speaking of Armstrong, the Atlanta Falcons’ special teams coordinator since 2008 also has ties with Arians. Playing for him at Temple and then becoming a part of his staff, Armstrong is another candidate Arians has faith in as a successor.“One thing about a special teams coordinator is they deal with the entire football team so they are addressing that team. They have the largest classroom of all the coaches so they’re used to addressing an entire offense, defense — all the guys.”Arians admits Armstrong has his own way of communicating with players, but in a way that will feel familiar to the Cardinals.“Keith has a special way about him,” he said. “I know people that saw ‘Hard Knocks’ thought maybe he was too tough on his guys but I think Steve (Keim) and Michael (Bidwill) gotta say ‘we’ve been watching that for five years’ so I think he’s our kind of guy.” LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Former Cardinals’ Head Coach 12 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians joined Burns & Gambo on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station Friday, it was no surprise to hear who he would endorse as his replacement.Arians made a strong case that his defensive coordinator for the past three years James Bettcher could get the job done.“He’s qualified, he has the respect of the organization top to bottom, but mostly the locker room,” he said. “He’s a great presence in front of our team. Arians, of course, has his own reasons to believe in those two. He has ties and familiarity with them, but it would also make life easier for him when he wants to visit his team at times. He knows that his presence could make it more difficult for another head coach he doesn’t have a relationship with.“Being very selfish, I want to be able to come back and go to training camp and not have anybody looking over their shoulder that doesn’t know me and be able to hang with Steve and Michael and hopefully one of those guys is coach and still be a part of the organization in a very small way,” Arians said.As much as he loves the organization and his players, Arians knows he has to distance himself if there’s not that trust there.“If I don’t know someone I don’t want them to feel like I’m interfering in any way in their job,” he said. Your browser does not support the audio element.
A couple other quick hits:– The only Josh Rosen sighting we had on Sunday was a sideline shot of him ripping off a giant yawn. Don’t know how much longer they can avoid playing him but the one reason not to is a good one. If you were worried about Donald and Suh crushing him this week you might have the same reservations next week against Mack and the Bears. Other than that the Cards are out of reasons to keep sitting him. But if it’s truly about putting the “best guys on the field” as coach Wilks said after the game it’s hard to believe that that is Sam Bradford right now. I’ll buy the excuse for one more week. After that, take the kid out of bubble wrap and play him.– Is it a lack of ability or a lack of willingness to open up the throttle on this risk-averse offense? Is Bradford covering up his own flaws or is Mike McCoy doing it for him?– One sequence that highlighted how conservative things are. Late second quarter, after a penalty the Cards have a 1st and 20 at their 29. First down, David Johnson runs for a yard. Second down, a David Johnson run for four. Now it’s third and forever and there is no shot of converting. What’s a guy gotta do to get a biscuit around here anyway? The first two weeks of the Steve Wilks era have not gone as planned.After falling 24-6 to the Washington Redskins at home, the Arizona Cardinals were thoroughly defeated by the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.The Cardinals could not muster an ounce of offense in a 34-0 defeat.Here are the rapid reactions from the 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station staff.Vince Marotta, co-host of Bickley & MarottaBuffalo defensive back Vontae Davis shocked the football world by deciding he’d had enough. With his team trailing 28-6 at halftime, Davis put on his street clothes and announced his retirement, slipping out of the stadium. Comments Share Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) leaves the field after their 34-0 loss against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The play calling has been curious and ultra-conservative.The defense, which switched to a 4-3 and features a lot of zone, has been soft. Jamar Taylor, the latest candidate to fill the cornerback gap opposite of Patrick Peterson, has been a disaster through two weeks. The linebackers, a reason for concern going into the season, have been absent.Many members of the Cardinals said that they wouldn’t be defined by one game. Well, one game is now two, and as unbelievable as it seems, Arizona took a major step backward in Week 2.Kevin Zimmerman, reporter and editorOf the many problems that have plagued the Arizona Cardinals through two games, it’s the trends that make two bad losses look concerning beyond their final scores.The middle of the defensive zone has remained soft. Penalties at key points have kept opponent drives alive. And offensively, there’s been little creativity or production.Those trends are on the coaching staff. Arizona can talk fundamentals all it wants, but when the play calls and schemes try the same thing over and over and over, and when those things don’t work, it means the Cardinals haven’t been able to identity their flaws. If they have, they haven’t showed any insight as to how they will hide them. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Doug Franz, co-host ofDoug & WolfThe worst performance in professional football history was the Redskins losing 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship game. I’m sure there are plenty of candidates for the second worst performance, but this game has to be in the top 10.It took 59 minutes for Arizona to cross the 50.Last week, the Cardinals lost every aspect of the game of football except punting. This week the Cardinals’ punting was exceptional but Arizona’s Andy Lee averaged 50 yards per punt while John Hekker averaged 51 yards for the Rams. Unfortunately, the Cardinals can’t claim victory in any situation.The Cardinals had over 400 yards … in punts.The one thing I don’t understand is why Rosen didn’t play in the fourth quarter. There is no quarterback controversy. Bradford should not be benched. Rosen shouldn’t have played just to “shake things up.” Rosen should have played because you’re down by four possessions in the fourth quarter! – / 19 It’s most apparent offensively, where Sam Bradford has struggled to complete short screen passes, let alone attempted more than a handful of downfield shots. That’s concerning. Defenses know that, good Arizona offensive line play or not, the Cardinals aren’t looking to stretch the field. That makes it easy to load the box and stop David Johnson. And when Arizona inevitably falls behind, then it’s cake to stop an anemic passing attack.Is it on Bradford, whose arm strength (forget accuracy) looks shot? No, he is what he is. Is it on a receiving group whose No. 2 option going into the year, Chad Williams, has yet to make a catch? Nope.It’s on the coaches to make due with whatever they’re given. Even if you think they’ve been given a roster without talent, they need to make big schematic adjustments on both sides of the ball to put their players in better positions to succeed.Kellan Olson, reporter and editorIt sure seems like the Cardinals have screwed up the replacements for Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians.Sam Bradford’s performances have shown a quarterback who has lost a step (or six) that has no chance to establish the rhythm of an offense. His arm strength is a problem. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Well, I should correct that and say not the whole football world was shocked. Fans of the Arizona Cardinals likely also quit at halftime Sunday– and understandably so.Related LinksCardinals head coach Steve Wilks on loss: ‘Everybody will be evaluated’Tale of two quarterbacks: Cards’ Bradford outplayed by Rams’ GoffCardinals CB Patrick Peterson gets first interception of 2018Cardinals looking for answers on offense after loss to RamsFor the second straight week, the Cardinals were dominated in all phases of the game, this time in a 34-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at the L.A. Coliseum.The Cardinals provided one highlight – a Patrick Peterson interception when the team was already down 19-0 in the second half. Undeterred by the whooping being administered, Peterson and his teammates posed for effect. It was embarrassing.In fact, that’s a good way to define the first two games of the Steve Wilks coaching era. His team is predictable on offense, generous on defense and special teams and appears completely non-competitive. Wilks was shaken by a season-opening blowout to Washington and promised widespread improvement. We saw none.Let’s start with the offense. The common refrain from pundits was that if Sam Bradford is healthy, he’s a good quarterback who can win some games. Well, either Bradford isn’t healthy or we were all lied to. He looks jittery in the pocket and remains inaccurate. If this is the Bradford we’re going to see, it’s foolish and fruitless to leave him behind center when the quarterback of the franchise’s future, Josh Rosen, is waiting. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Steve Wilks’ defensive pedigree has hardly carried over to a talented group, and the combination of penalties and mental errors through two games suggest a poorly coached team.Worst of all, those factors have kept the team’s best player David Johnson from getting in the flow of game. Johnson, by the way, had one catch for three yards against the Rams. That is unacceptable.It’s hard to pull off this transition in two games, but the Cardinals went from a team that had loads of local optimism surrounding it to undoubtedly one of the three worst teams in the NFL.Dave Burns, co-host of Burns & GamboThe national pundits, the experts who thought this was a four- or five-win team, look like they’re right on the money.Most of the summer the locals looked at those national projections and were perplexed. Something along the lines of “don’t they know this team won eight games last year with no David Johnson, a banged up offensive line and the QB duo of Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton?” Sounds like something I said a time or two (though I did have them going 6-10).Through two games the Cards have been outscored by 52 points. Only the Bills are worse at 55 points. The lack of competitiveness has been brutal and the national predictions have been completely justified so far. – The Rams have outscored the Cardinals 99-16 in their last three games. We knew this wouldn’t be easy. But other than slightly better play out of the defense in the first half there was no evidence that anything got any better from Week 1. Washington getting beat by the Colts at home didn’t help.John Gambadoro, co-host of Burns & GamboWow.Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the Cardinals put up a stinker of epic proportions against the division rival Rams in an embarrassing performance.There was no sign of life from the offense. Like, none.Sam Bradford refuses to throw the ball down the field — he averaged a unconscionable 3.3 yards per attempt. And that wouldn’t be too bad if he was his normal accurate self, but he missed in 10 of 27 passes and was picked off.The question now is whose fault is this mess? Bradford? Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy? Maybe now we know why they ran him out of Denver last year.Or is the ineptitude on the wide receiving corps, which got zero from Chad Williams and J.J. Nelson and just 27 yards from Christian Kirk and 28 from Fitz?Calls for Josh Rosen from the fan base have started and you have to believe those discussions are happening within the Cards brass.
At ILTM Asia 2015 Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives presented a new 30m Azimut 98 Leonardo yacht. The addition offers guests the chance to set sail on the high seas for an extended diving trip, an ultra-private honeymoon experience or a family adventure in the Maldivian atolls. Her four cabins sleep up to 10 guests and she is equipped with an open-deck Jacuzzi and all the water toys one could want, from jet skis and tenders, to fishing and dive equipment.This new feature by Cheval Blanc Randheli means that guests can reach the 54 islands of the Lhaviyani Atoll for diving adventures, visit the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll and witness some of the richest waters in the Maldives.Trips can be taken over one, two or three days combining diving and snorkelling with beach scenery and water-sports. Couples can now enjoy even greater privacy on their honeymoon by setting sail for a two- or three-night cruise during their time at the Maison.Enjoy a family outing by taking a full or half day cruise to an uninhabited island – anchor and set off to explore the reef by snorkel or scuba or relax on the beach.For those looking to simply dip a toe in the water, a two-hour sunset cruise around Randheli’s neighbouring islands gives the opportunity to spot pods of dolphin and turtles, whilst sipping a glass of Champagne.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has announced that it will host the 16th Annual World Gourmet Festival this year, from 7 – 13 September 2015.The World Gourmet Festival gathers the best chefs, winemakers and food experts from across the globe for a week-long celebration of outstanding cuisine and superb wines.The full line up of chefs at the 16th Annual World Gourmet Festival is as follows:Chef Francesc Rovira, Fonda Xesc, Gombrèn, Girona, Spain (1 Michelin Star)Chef Jean-François Bérard, Hostellerie Berard, La Cadière d’Azur, Provence France (1 Michelin Star)Chef Francesc Gimeno Manduley, Bohemic Bistro, Barcelona, SpainChef Pierre Crépaud, LeCrans Hotel & Spa, Crans-Montana, SwitzerlandChef Patrick Raingeard, Cap Estel, Èze-Bord-De-Mer, French Riviera, France (1 Michelin Star)Chef Sean Connolly, Sean’s Kitchen, Adelaide, AustraliaChef Hirofumi Imamura, Kazuo Okada Restaurant, Kowloon, Hong Kong (1 Michelin Star)The event is coordinated and overseen by Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Executive Chef Nicolas Schneller, along with Shintaro Chef Satoshi Sawada,Biscotti Chef Daniele Bettini and Madison Chef Anchalee Pongrungsit. It is presented in association with Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia.Each guest chef will host 2 evenings in one of the hotel’s restaurants. This year’s World Gourmet Festival will also see the introduction of an exclusive sake tasting and pairing with Thai dishes event with the sake master, Keith Norum, an American who has worked with Miyasaka Brewing Company in Japan since 2005 educating its clients across the globe on sake. Also a first to the festival is the High Tea event with tea pairing by world-class master tea-blenders from Mariage Frères, France.The hugely famous World Gourmet Brunch, one of the most popular events of the whole festival, will take place on the last day of the event, on Sunday 13 September.Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has created the World Gourmet Festival package at THB 23,900, including overnight accommodation in a deluxe view room, access to Kasara lounge including buffet breakfast, evening canapés, and tickets to any selected World Gourmet Festival dinner with the exception of the Japanese dinner, for 2 persons.www.worldgourmetfestivalasia.com.Go back to the e-newsletter >
From left: Adelina Arancibia, St. Ives, Belinda Grist, Travel Specialists Mossman, Helen Nodland, Virtuoso Director of Training, Maria Theodosatos, Spencer Eastside, Sofia Coplin, Anywhere Travel. Over 110 Virtuoso accredited luxury travel advisors are this week spending time learning how to nurture and grow their high end client base with Virtuoso’s Director of Professional Development, Helen Nodland.“This is the first time these workshops have been offered in Australia, with content specially tailored to the local market following input from our local Virtuoso members, making it an invaluable opportunity for advisors,” Virtuoso Asia Pacific Managing Director, Michael Londregan said.“These training sessions are offered regularly to our members in the US, so we are pleased to be able to expand the offering to our Australian members and support them striving to achieve excellence in service.“We have had an outstanding uptake of these workshops and we truly believe that in order to be the best, it’s vital to keep investing time into that pursuit.”The Virtuoso Deep Dive sessions feature a full day programme focused on understanding the client and their needs.“Education in our industry is most often focused on sales skills and product knowledge, but Virtuoso believes advisors must ‘Dive Deeper’ to recognise and understand why clients act and think in certain ways, building stronger service relationships and a more rewarding professional engagement.”The Virtuoso Deep Dive sessions are being held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne over five one-day sessions. They will be facilitated by Helen Nodland, Virtuoso’s Director Professional Development who has conducted dozens of sessions in the United States over the past five years.
Go back to the enewsletterLocated on a 28,000-hectare outback property, guests staying at Mt Mulligan Lodge will be able to experience the spirit of North Queensland’s backcountry through a unique landscape and a place where people have lived and worked for tens of thousands of years. The new lodge will soft open in late December/early January.The majestic Mount Mulligan, composed of conglomerate and sandstone, boasts a spectacular 18-kilometre ridge and is one of Far North Queensland’s biggest hidden secrets.The mountain is a heritage site with Indigenous significance dating back 37,000 years. The expansive property bears the marks of the historic gold and coal rush and, in its current operation as a working cattle station, the pastoral history of Australia.Mt Mulligan Lodge is an all-inclusive luxury lodge surrounded by breathtaking rugged terrain which meets a sparkling weir bordered by gum trees. The lodge accommodates just 16 guests at one time and features eight luxury suites, a beautiful pavilion for meals and relaxation, an infinity pool and a sunset bar. Each room at Mt Mulligan Lodge is assigned its own ATV for self-guided tours.Guests will be able to enjoy chef-prepared gourmet meals and a curated wine list, celebrating the best of wine from Australia and beyond.A range of activities includes guided tours of the Hodgkinson Goldfield, with demonstrations of the working 19th-century 10-headed crusher at Tyrconnell, self-guided journeys through the historic Mount Mulligan coal mine and town, wildlife spotting, stargazing and the chance to experience the day-to-day operations of a working cattle station.The new lodge is the latest offering by Northern Escape Collection, which also operates the Orpheus Island Lodge and Daintree Ecolodge. In keeping with the sustainability values across the Northern Escape Collection, the resort is environmentally friendly, running on solar power, energy-efficient fittings and adopting sustainable building design methods.The lodge is accessible via a scenic35-minutee helicopter trip from Cairns serviced by Nautilus Aviation, providing a birds’-eye view of the changing landscape from reef to rainforest and the outback. For those travelling by road, Mt Mulligan Station is a 2.5-hour 4WD adventure from Cairns through rugged outback. In 2019, Northern Escape Collection will be offering bespoke itineraries exploring some of the world’s most unique natural wonders, connecting Mt Mulligan Station to Daintree Ecolodge, Orpheus Island Lodge and luxury motor yacht, MY Flying Fish.Mt Mulligan Station is open for bookings now. The property will close in early January for the green season, reopening on 2 March 2019.More at mountmulligan.comGo back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterExpress Travel Group has welcomed another new italktravel & Cruise store to its franchise group, with the opening of italktravel & cruise Ballarat last week.Previously Ballarat Travel & Cruise, owner-operator Alan Valpied first opened a store in Ballarat in 1983. Having been an Independent Travel Group member for several years Alan and the team made the decision earlier this year to move to italktravel and cruise.“It only seemed a natural progression to join the growing tier of Express Travel Group, italktravel & cruise, which was made more attractive once I knew I would have exclusive territory rights,” Valpied said.“Representatives of airlines, tour companies and the like had also spoken very highly of the italktravel & cruise franchise group, and I have since discovered they were right, having met other franchisees who welcomed my agency as part of the family, ” Valpied added.Ari Magoutis, Express Travel Group Executive General Manager said, “We are delighted Alan made the decision to move across to our fully branded franchise solution. He and his team bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the italktravel and cruise family and as a member-driven network we know his input will help drive the successful direction of the franchise into the future.”The Ballarat addition marks the fourth italktravel & cruise store to open in 2019.Lead image: italktravel & Cruise Ballarat staff – Tim Hickingbotham, Marita Cougle, Ann Bridgewater, Leanne Drummond and Alan Valpied.Go back to the enewsletter
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