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first_img May 29, 2015 578 Views Homebuyers Opportunity Cost Report 2015-05-29 Staff Writer Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img The financial costs of delaying or forgoing a home purchase in today’s unexpected market have become very high, according to the inaugural Opportunity Cost Report released by, a leading provider of online real estate services operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc. With interest rates and home prices expected to rise within the next year, consumers could end costing themselves more by putting off buying a home.The report reviewed the 382 largest markets in the U.S. using data on current median existing home prices, rents, local mortgage rates, and estimates of property tax, and insurance rates. It also factored in maintenance costs, costs of selling, forecasts for mortgage rates, home prices, and rents over a 30-year time period.“Current market conditions give buyers the opportunity to build substantial wealth in the long-term, compared with renters and later buyers, in advance of the projected increase in mortgage rates and continuing price appreciation,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for  “The problem is inventory is low, which has many would-be home buyers –especially first timers – standing on the sidelines and missing out on potentially material financial gains.”The estimated wealth an average buyer would accrue over a 30-year period totals $217,726, the report noted. The penalty of waiting one year to buy is $18,672, while the penalty of waiting three years to buy is $54,879. National data shows that homeowners see sizable financial benefits compared to lifetime renters, despite some markets being more buyer-friendly than others. The 30-Year financial benefit of owning ranges from more than $1 million in Santa Cruz, California to $200,000 nationally. In 88 percent of metro areas, buying a home produces a financial benefit of at least $100,000 over 30 years.With estimated 30-year financial gains above $500,000, and opportunity costs of waiting three years as high as $200,000, ten markets are much more appealing to owners, the Realtors report. California and other Western states metros are expensive markets with strong housing demand and limited supply. The long-term wealth potential and financial penalty for delaying homeownership in these areas are the highest nationwide. This is mostly due to price appreciation, escalating rents, and higher mortgage rates on the horizon.“This analysis looks solely at the financial reasons to buy a home, based on assumptions about rising mortgage rates and changes in home values,” Smoke said. “It’s important to remember that a home purchase decision is deeply personal. Potential buyers need to consider factors such as upcoming life events, job security, and potential relocation, in addition to financial benefits, because they too can have a significant impact on ownership.” Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost Consumers Thousandslast_img read more

IDS Announces New Promotions

August 15, 2019 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

first_img Clint SalisburyMortgage document preparation vendor International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), announced that it has promoted two employees to provide additional support in mission-critical areas of the organization. Clint Salisbury, Former Manager of Implementation has moved to the Sales and Marketing team, and Travis Carroll, who previously worked on IDS’ Integrations team, has moved into Salisbury’s role as Head of the implementation department.“Clint and Travis are two of the finest that IDS has to offer,” said Mark Mackey VP and General Manager IDS. “As IDS begins to set the stage for the exciting changes to come in 2019, shifting these two valuable assets makes use of their unique talents to better meet prospect and client needs in the year to come while continuing to maintain the stellar level of customer service that has been our organization’s trademark from day one.” Salisbury originally joined IDS in 2008 as in-house counsel on the Compliance team. In October 2015, Salisbury assumed responsibilities for the implementation team, which he had helped establish. Carroll started at IDS in October 2014 as a business analyst on the integrations team, having previously worked in product and implementation management at Docutech. “I look forward to working with all of the great people on our sales and marketing team and I am grateful for the opportunity to inform players in the mortgage industry about all of the great things the idsDoc system can do for them,” said Salisbury.“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead our client onboarding efforts,” said Carroll. “With our knowledgeable team of specialists and the robust features that are built into the idsDoc platform, the implementation cycle is very fluid. As more mortgage lenders join the IDS family, it will be my pleasure to share in their success.” in Headlines, Media, News, Origination November 16, 2018 565 Views Clint Salisbury DocuTech HOUSING International Document Services Mark Mackey mortgage Travis Carroll 2018-11-16 Donna Josephcenter_img IDS Announces New Promotions Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share January 25, 2019 2,694 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Media, News, Origination, Servicing 2019-01-25 Donna Josephcenter_img The mortgage industry has been quick to look towards Artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline its processes and efficiency. But the question most lenders face today is how can they adopt this technology and utilize it optimally? At MReport’s webinar titled “Intelligent Lending: The Rise of AI”, presented by AI Foundry, a panel of experts including—Stephen Butler, Founder and President of AI Foundry; Peter Piela, Head of Solution Development at AI Foundry; Rocky Stubbs, Head of Consumer Direct and Digital Mortgage Lending at Flagstar Bank; Rick Bechtel, EVP of Head of U.S. Mortgage Banking at TD Bank, and Robert Bush, SVP, Senior Strategy Manager, Citizens Bank—not only answered this question but also gave real-life case-studies of how mortgage institutions were adopting AI to improve their processes as well as cost-efficiency. Opening the proceedings, Stephen Butler shared his insights into the need for adoption of technology enablers such as AI to make the mortgage industry ready for the future. He also listed some key concerns that organizations grapple with such as where to start the journey, how to execute the technology as well as the role of digital assistants in the future of mortgage. Addressing the approval times taken for loans, Butler said, “with the use of AI, one-day approvals could be the norm within five years compared to the current norm of three weeks.” The panel was moderated by Peter Piela. He talked about how AI can create seamless lending experiences using the exponential data that is available in digital format. Though AI is in its nascent stages in many aspects, he said that “it is changing the way we do everything.” Piela touched upon the use of mathematical and neural networks such as Machine Learning and Deep Learning to deliver promising results on a wide range of problems faced by the mortgage industry. He also spoke about the barriers to the adoption of AI on account of a lack of proven success, and the difficulty in being able to make a clear business case. Social concerns such as privacy and the shortage of expert staff that have a deep understanding of AI act as impediments to the adoption of AI, he noted. Speaking of the impact of voice technology, Rocky Stubbs pointed out that out of a national survey of 1,000 consumers, 90 percent are aware of the technology, and 72 percent have used voice technology. “It’s an exciting time for the industry. We are rapidly moving from an era of product comparisons to an actual intelligent recommendation process,” he said. Rick Bechtel elucidated on the Encompass platform, an all-in-one system that consolidates digital processes on a single ecosystem—which helped increase TD’s overall agility and enabled faster ability to audit in-process loans and cut down on the time consumed in product deployments. “Historically, TD was slow to introduce digital solutions in the mortgage arena. As a result, we could not simply begin launching and integrating these technologies–we had to build the foundation in order to deploy digital offerings that would be meaningful to our customers and employees,” Bechtel said. Addressing some key questions regarding the adoption of AI, Robert Bush, spoke about how organizations can navigate through the process of AI adoption. “Focus on current business challenges across end-to-end experience and then look where AI can be a solution to increase the likelihood of getting AI’s benefits and ensure a better buy-in from stakeholders,” Bush said. Citizens Bank is currently implementing an AI use case in collections for its Consumer Lending business and will shortly work towards implementing this in their mortgage business. Click here to view the full webinar. Creating Seamless Lending Experiences Through AIlast_img read more

Dianne M Minor Joins Carrington

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first_img California-based Carrington Mortgage Services LLC has announced the appointment of Dianne M. Minor to lead client acquisition and business development for its Correspondent Lending Division. Minor brings more than 30 years of real estate and management experience to the company along with an expansive knowledge of the mortgage industry.“We are confident Dianne will deliver further growth to the Correspondent Lending Division,” said Greg Austin, Executive Vice President of Wholesale and Correspondent Lending for CMS.  “I am convinced that her personality, broad industry expertise and network will make her a powerful addition to the team.”Carrington launched its Correspondent Lending Division in late 2018. The company’s product offering is designed to meet the needs of today’s non-delegated originators and includes conventional Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac products, FHA and VA products, and Carrington’s proprietary Flexible Advantage Products that have been developed to meet the needs of underserved borrowers.“I’m pleased to join such a highly accomplished company as Carrington, and for the opportunity to help build and grow the Correspondent Lending Division,” said Minor. “I look forward to enhancing the company’s strong position in the market.” Minor earned a degree in Paralegal Studies from California State University, East Bay. She also volunteers at the Los Angeles Mission and the Orange County Rescue Mission.Carrington Mortgage Services is a part of the Carrington Companies whose primary businesses include asset management, mortgages, real estate transactions, and real estate logistics. Collectively the businesses are vertically and horizontally integrated and provide a broad range of real estate services encompassing nearly all aspects of single family residential real estate transactions across the country. Through its collective associates made up of Carrington leaders and employees, the company’s nonprofit organization, Carrington Charitable Foundation, contributes to the community through causes that reflect the interests of Carrington Associates. Carrington Correspondent Loans Lending loans mortgage Servicing 2019-02-15 Radhika Ojha Dianne M. Minor Joins Carrington February 15, 2019 1,162 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

first_img Total Produce’s 2018 revenues rise 18% on back of … U.S.: Dole inks deal for executive office in uptow … The story added Goldfields clarifications that Dole was incorporated in North Carolina with sales and marketing units in Kannapolis, which lies northeast of the city.”Recently the company has moved some additional functions and personnel, including members of the C-suite, to the greater Charlotte area,” Goldfield was quoted as saying.At the time of writing, Dole had job listings on its website for roles in Charlotte, including ‘Sr. Manager, Treasury’, ‘Sr. Manager, Financial Reporting’ and ‘Sr. Financial Analyst’. You might also be interested in Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … March 20 , 2019 One of the world’s most well-known fresh produce companies may be scoping out opportunities to develop a new office in Charlotte, North Carolina.Earlier this week the Charlotte Observer reported that Dole Food Company had filed a construction permit for the city’s 200 South Tryon skyscraper under the name “Dole Headquarters”.The company currently lists its head office as Westlake Village, California, and William Goldfield told the publication “nothing is currently planned” when asked about a potential move to uptown Charlotte.last_img read more


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first_imghelloworldqantas Helloworld’s recent Qantas agent incentive saw the lucky winners flying business class to San Francisco for a fabulous five day trip that took in a Bay River cruise, cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, a day in the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma sampling wonderful wines, and a food tour of the lively and vibrant neighbourhood of Mission, where the agents experienced a myriad of cultures and delicacies. The agents capped off a sensational trip seeing San Francisco’s hilarious pop-culture musical, ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’.Back row… Left to right(Jacky)Zhen Wei Zhou – Eclipse Travel, Lauren Bryant – Experience Travel & Cruise Toowoomba , Violeta Ramirez Carrasco – Directions Travel, Amie Regan – helloworld Belmont, Julie Wheelhouse – helloworld Business Manager, Kristine Harmer – helloworld Edge Hill, Joseph Toleman – Phil Hoffmann Travel Victor HarborBottom row.. left to rightIan McMinn – Blue Full Service Travel, Maria Papakastsikas – Qantas Host, Kendra Tripaway Corporate Travel, Margaret Rodriguez – helloworld Melville, Ash Akber Ali Ladha – Payless World Travellast_img read more

first_imgPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb may be or may not be on the move. It all depends on who you want to believe on any given day.NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi is of the mindset that if Kolb does get traded by the Eagles a team will likely overpay for him.“It’s hard to watch tape on Kevin Kolb and think he’s worth a first round pick,” he told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Thursday morning. “It’s going to require somebody selling him in the building and someone has to know him.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Top Stories Lombardi didn’t stop there though. He went as far to insinuate that Kolb is overrated in the eyes of many around the league.center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Cunard has announced its  flagship Queen Mary 2 will sail on two historic cruises from Sydney and Melbourne in 2017, giving Australians an opportunity to experience the legendary liner as she makes her maiden visits to Tasmania and South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.Releasing details of its latest world voyage program, Cunard revealed that Queen Victoria will also make history in 2017, claiming the title of the largest ship ever to sail on the Amazon River, with a five-night cruise on the famous waterway as part of her global circumnavigation.Cunard’s trio of Queens will all visit Australia during their 2017 world cruises, with Queen Mary 2 set to embark on two regional jaunts in Australian waters.Sailing on her first ever roundtrip cruise from Melbourne on February 18, 2017, Queen Mary 2 will make her inaugural call to Kangaroo Island on February 20 before returning to the Victorian capital. Fares for the four-day cruise start from $1169* per person double occupancy.The 151,400-tonne liner will also offer a special five-night roundtrip cruise from Sydney to Tasmania, departing February 25, 2017, and featuring her inaugural calls to Port Arthur on February 27 and Hobart on February 28, with fares from $1469* per person double occupancy.The two cruises are part of a 118-night world voyage which will include Queen Mary 2’s maiden call to Busselton in Western Australia on February 13, 2017, with guests able to explore the Margaret River wine region.As she sails the world’s oceans, calling at 38 ports in 22 countries, Queen Mary 2 will undertake a 14-night roundtrip cruise from Hong Kong visiting Taiwan, China, South Korea and Japan, as well as a seven-night roundtrip cruise from Shanghai visiting Korea and Japan.Meanwhile, Queen Victoria will make a splash in New Zealand during her 2017 world tour with a special voyage from Auckland to Wellington taking in Australia’s east coast and New Zealand’s South Island.Departing Auckland on March 6, 2017, the cruise will visit the Bay of Islands and overnight in Sydney before sailing to Melbourne. After crossing the Tasman, Queen Victoria will cruise the waters of Fiordland National Park then call at Dunedin and Akaroa before reaching Wellington. Fares on the 13-night cruise start from $3819* per person double occupancy.The New Zealand loop will be a feature of Queen Victoria’s 120-night round world voyage, which will also see her spend five days cruising South America’s famous Amazon River and making maiden visits to Manaus and Santarem in Brazil. The ship’s 64-night cruise from Southampton to Sydney via South America is priced from $17,429* per person double occupancy.Queen Elizabeth will also be making history on her world voyage with a maiden call to Papua New Guinea as part of her 120-night circumnavigation. The gracious 2000-guest liner will visit the beautiful waters of Alotau in Papua New Guinea on her way north to Japan from Sydney.For the first time, Cunard’s world voyage program also includes a complimentary flight credit for guests who book a sailing from Southampton and New York to any Australia or New Zealand port. Under the new offer, guests who book an inside, ocean view of balcony stateroom will enjoy a complimentary one-way economy flight while passengers who book a Princess Grill or Queens Grill suite will enjoy a complimentary one-way business class flight.Cunard’s 2017 World Voyage program will be on sale from 11 September.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau have announced a brand new benefit exclusively for our Hawaii Destination Specialist (HDS) graduates.The new consumer referral tool is live on the GoHawaii homepage, the ‘Find a Travel Specialist’ link allows potential Hawaii customers find agents based on state, zip code or island speciality. The tool is an exclusive benefit for HDS graduates, and, if agents complete the In-Depth Island Training they will also be identified as an Island Destination Specialist.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises has announced plans for another epic voyage to circumnavigate the globe in 2018 with an itinerary that explores sensational destinations across the Southern Hemisphere. The 137-night Navigate the World voyage will set sail aboard the luxury line’s most intimate ship, Seven Seas Navigator, which recently underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment and features a stunning and sophisticated new look.Setting sail 8 January 2018, the 38,528-nautical-mile sojourn will begin and end in Los Angeles, taking a southerly route to explore the world’s most exquisite destinations, visiting five continents, 28 countries and 64 ports of call-including 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 490-guests onboard will be able to indulge in Regent Seven Seas Cruises most inclusive luxury experience, which includes a vast array of complimentary and unlimited shore excursions.Guests sailing on the world cruise will also enjoy several complimentary shoreside experiences as they traverse the globe, including exclusive engagements such as a pre-cruise gala at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Los Angeles, dinner in the bush at the Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve in Richards Bay, South Africa and a tranquil visit to the Australian countryside with a visit and tasting at a local winery in Adelaide, Australia.In addition, guests sailing on the world cruise will receive additional included amenities, such as first-class air, door-to-door luggage service, a comprehensive visa package, unlimited laundry service, satellite phone time and onboard medical services.“The overwhelming response to our 2017 world cruise prompted us to offer another unprecedented global adventure,” said Jason Montague, President and COO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The newly refurbished Seven Seas Navigator is absolutely stunning, and for our 2018 Navigate the World voyage we added more included amenities, making this world cruise the most luxurious and inclusive world cruise available.”Seven Seas Navigator was the first Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship to be refurbished as part of a $125 million fleet-wide renovation project. The public spaces and suites were updated to feature the same elegant style and indisputable attention to detail famously featured on Regent Seven Seas Cruises newest ship, Seven Seas Explorer.Unprecedented itineraryThe 137-night journey departs from Los Angeles and sails across the Pacific Ocean to the Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia, American Samoa and Fiji. Multiple stops in picturesque ports of New Zealand and Australia precede a cruise through such exotic Southeast Asian destinations as Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.Seven Seas Navigator will then cross the Bay of Bengal, making many stops to explore the cultural wonders of Richards Bay, Durban, East London and Cape Town in South Africa.Crossing the Atlantic, the ship will arrive in South America with stops in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. From there, Seven Seas Navigator will cruise the Caribbean Sea to Curacao and Aruba and then traverse the iconic Panama Canal. The ship will explore delightful Central American ports in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala before returning home to Los Angeles on 25 May 2018.Navigate the World: Ports of call highlightsHighlighted destinations are 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including:Australia: Sydney Opera House, a 20th-century architectural masterpieceSingapore: Singapore Botanic Gardens, the 156-year-old tropical garden is the only tropical garden recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage SiteNicaragua: Ruins of León Viejo, a site that preserves the original layout of the first cities founded by the Spaniards in the New WorldMalaysia: Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site that boasts more than 5000 vascular plant species and more than 90 lowland mammal speciesAdditionally, Navigate the World includes a number of free unlimited shore excursions, valued at nearly $10,000 per person for all 64 ports of call. Among them are:Hawaii: A memorable visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where guests will have the opportunity to encounter an active volcano closer than ever imaginedCape Town, South Africa: A tour with wine tastings in the Stellenbosch wine districtBali, Indonesia: A sightseeing tour that explores the temples, dance, cuisine, arts and crafts of historic BaliGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterJames Bond meets Indiana Jones. That is perhaps the best way to describe the latest offering from luxury travel operator, Abercrombie & Kent, in association with Land Rover. The two have partnered up for what’s being billed as “the most luxurious road trip on Earth” – and with a price tag to match.So what do you get for US$140,000 per person? An amazing adventure spanning five continents, eight countries and nine world-class hotels over three weeks – all involving the new top-of-the-line SVAutobiography Range Rover. Add in extraordinary off-road activities ranging from personalised fragrance-making classes in the lavender-scented hills of Provence to picnicking on a glacier in the peaks of the Italian Alps.The first leg of the tour begins in the glamorous Côte d’Azur staying at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, before moving onto a drive along dramatic mountain passes into Italy and a stay on Lake Como at Villa d’Este. Then it’s off to Marrakesh in Morocco for off-road fun in the desert and mountains, including lunch at Kasbah Tamadot, a member of Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition collection. The tour then moves to Arizona and the Amangiri resort in Utah for dinner under the stars, and breakfast in the stunningly beautiful Zion National Park. Next is a flight to Chile’s Atacama Desert and a stay at Awasi, one of South America’s most luxurious and remote lodges. Among the adventures lined up for Chile is a drive to the Alma Observatory, a $1 billion astronomical telescope that can see the ‘beginning of time’.Finally, guests head to Australia, first to Sydney where a behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House and VIP bridge climb await. Then it’s off to Tasmania staying at the award-winning Saffire Freycinet Lodge, and some driving through the vast, rugged wilderness for chance to really put the SVAutobiography through its paces.Says Mark Cameron, Land Rover Experiential Marketing Director, at Jaguar Land Rover: “We set out to design a trip worthy of the ultimate luxury SUV and thanks to our partners at Abercrombie & Kent we have achieved just that. From Europe to Australia, this trip is all about the epitome of luxury, but done so in a Land Rover way – the unexpected, the off-the-beaten-track and the once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This itinerary represents the definitive drive adventure, achieved in the definitive vehicle. ”Sujata Raman, Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent Australia, adds, “A&K is delighted to be partnering with Land Rover in offering this, the most ultimate of driving journeys. Over 50 years of crafting luxurious adventures, gave us the inspiration for this expedition, which is packed full of unforgettable experiences. Our pioneering customers will relish the opportunity to explore landscapes, see wildlife and meet communities.”Priced from US$140,000 per person based on twin share, even though the itinerary is comprehensive, this matchless road trip is fully customisable according to guests’ preferences.And yes, for the same money one could just buy a Range Rover. But that wouldn’t be half as much fun, would it?Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis autumn, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in the Heidiland region of the Swiss Alps is expanding its already impressive spa menu with three new treatments to help guests let go of the tensions and stresses of everyday life and pamper themselves in five-star surroundings. The wellbeing and medical health resort is also giving female guests the perfect chance to indulge in a well-earned break and spend some valuable time with the special women in their lives with the Girlfriends package.Guests wanting to strengthen their nails ahead of the cold winter months and leave them shining with a natural glow can treat themselves to a Japanese Manicure. After a manicure, a traditional Japanese beeswax paste is massaged deep into the nails and a mineral-rich powder is then used to seal them. The 80-minute Japanese Manicure is priced at CHF 140 per person.Those looking to release muscle and joint tension and reduce stress levels can try the new Transdermal Magnesium Ritual, a combination of a detoxifying magnesium massage and a rejuvenating bath for muscles and joints. While relaxing into the massage and enjoying the aromatic fragrance of Sicilian lemon, the limbic system will start producing endorphins. Meanwhile, the magnesium will help release tension in the muscles and joints, support a healthy heart and significantly reduce stress levels. The 90-minute Transdermal Magnesium Ritual is priced at CHF 265 per person.Guests hoping to define their look and improve the shape of their eyebrows this autumn can try Microblading, a special micropigmenting technique that leaves eyebrows looking natural but defined. The treatment comprises an extensive consultation, the exact measuring and drawing of the brow shape that bests suits the face, shade selection, as well as the local anaesthetic, micropigmentation and four-week follow up. The 150-minute Microblading session is priced at CHF 720 per person.As well as unlimited access to the resort’s 36.5 Wellbeing & Thermal Spa, the Girlfriends package gives women the chance to take part in daily fitness classes, pamper themselves with an exfoliating body scrub or facial and treat themselves to a manicure or pedicure. Whether guests want to treat their mother, sister, cousin or granddaughter, pamper their best friend or celebrate a landmark occasion, the experienced cosmetologists at Bad Ragaz will be on hand to help.Guests booking the Girlfriends package at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz can look forward to the following:Two nights including a generous buffet breakfast36.5° Wellbeing-PackageWelcome drink at the bar36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa welcome giftChoice between one Soglio body scrub including final skincare treatment (50 minutes) or one essential facial treatment (50 minutes)One classic manicure with nail polish (60 minutes) or one classic pedicure with nail polish (60 minutes)Daily sports and activity programme The Girlfriends package is priced from CHF 320 per person per night based on two people sharing a double Comfort Room at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz’s Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFollowing their win at the Meetings & Events Australia 2017 NSW Industry Awards in April, Get Global, the one-day MICE trade event dedicated to outbound product, has been awarded the Exhibition of the Year at the MEA National Awards in Adelaide at the beginning of May 2018.Among very tough competition, Get Global founders, Donna Kessler and Gary Bender commented on the win, “We would like to offer our congratulations to all the other nominees as well as MEA for running such a terrific national conference and awards night once again.”Putting their win down to “a lot of hard work and dedication from our amazing team of professionals,” Gary and Donna recognise that Get Global has disrupted the MICE trade event industry.“We really wanted to produce an event where the business needs of our global exhibitors and the time restraints of our buyers, were prioritised.  From the feedback we have received, and of course this win, we have definitely delivered on our aim.”“Australia is fortunate enough to host some of the best events in Australia and we have a rich history of exceptional trade exhibitions. Thanks to the support of local and national government we have built some of the best exhibition spaces in the world and with Get Global, we have been able to showcase one of the newest venues to our global exhibitors,” Gary concluded.With buyer registrations having opened in the first week of May 2018, and only a few months to prepare for the event, this is busy time for the Get Global team.Buyers can enjoy free registration to Get Global which also includes the Get Up & Go breakfast with renowned nutritionist, Lola Berry, entry to the cocktail function, the Inspiration Corner, as well as lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and barista coffee throughout the day.  With no pre-scheduled appointments or arrival time to commit too, buyers can be flexible throughout the day and make the most of the new and existing international products, arranged in geographical zones.To register, buyers simply need to visit the website.Get Global – Where the World Meets, will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on 20 Friday July, 2018. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img Go back to the e-newsletter Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has released renderings of the newbuild Banyan Tree Krabi which is slated to open in Thailand in the second quarter of 2020.Set on the white sands of the sheltered Tubkaek beach on the west coast of southern Thailand, the luxury resort is marketed at those who enjoy a more secluded stay. Offering just 72 intimate pool suites and villas, the resort overlooks the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea in addition to breathtaking views of the surrounding limestone peaks and tropical islands. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Banyan Tree Krabi offers a place for guests to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul in a truly awe-inspiring location.The resort is also home to Banyan Tree Spa with an ethereal rainforest theme, focusing on the use of natural ingredients like fruits and flowers with a combination of fusion east-meets-west techniques. Guests can completely unwind with the intuitive touch of Banyan Tree’s expert therapists trained by Banyan Tree Spa Academy.More details will be revealed regarding Banyan Tree Krabi in the upcoming months as the opening date approaches.See Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_img RelatedSkiscanner ski reportWelcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski reportSkiscanner: Best Ski Conditions for Snow – 15/12/08Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular roundup for skiers and snowboardersSkiscanner ski report: 03/02/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there. So grab your goggles, book a flight and head for the hills!Many parts of the UK are still being affected by snow, which has brought excellent conditions to Scotland’s five ski areas. The European mainland continues to report fantastic ski conditions, as does many parts of the USA and Canada.France – another large load of snow for resorts in the French Alps, with 60cm being reported as fallen, and yet more on its way, along with some very cold conditions so pack those thermals. Find cheap flights to Geneva, Chambery, Lyon, GrenobleScotland – the recent heavy snowfalls have been welcomed in the Highlands and have dramatically improved ski conditions both on and off the piste, meaning that now is an excellent time to visit any of Glencoe, The Nevis Range, The Lecht, Cairngorm or Glenshee. Find cheap flights to Edinburgh or Glasgow.Italy – some resorts in Italy now have a base of more than 5m and the heavy fresh snow over the last few days means that Italy continues to have an excellent season. Yet more snow is forecast, but avalanche risk is high so be very wary about venturing off piste.Find cheap flights to MilanBest of the rest Andorra – fresh snow over the weekend for Andorra’s resorts, which are now in excellent shape – and more snow is on its way this week. Find cheap flights to ToulouseSwitzerland – up to 40cm of fresh snow for many resorts, vastly improving conditions. Find cheap flights to Geneva and Zurich.Austria – moderate top ups fell over many Austrian resorts ranging from 10cm to 40cm, and as in the rest of Europe, more snowy weather is on its way.Snowfall information source: more ski and snowboard articles ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgCredit: ©Neal Whitehouse Piper / CC BY-SA 2.06. Fireworks at the Fort, Segedunum, Tyne and WearNovember 5Get more than just a bang for your buck at Segedunum Roman Fort, on Hadrian’s Wall, this Bonfire Night. There will be fireworks at 6.30pm but this free display also allows free entry into the museum from 4pm, where interactive displays tell the tale of the furthest reaches of the Roman Empire. Read all about it before picking your spot for the display. There is no parking on site but Wallsend Metro Station is a five-minute walk away. Donations are Credit: ©TJStamp / CC BY 2.02. Alexandra Palace, LondonNovember 7thLondoners were gutted when one of the city’s biggest displays didn’t run for a couple of years, but it’s sparkler-lit smiles all round now this epic fireworks display is permanently back on the calendar. Expect laser shows, a funfair, some very hip food stalls and a German Bier Festival – plus the chance to crash every other Londoners fireworks display from your raised vantage point overlooking the city skyline. Doors open at 3pm with the disaply at 8pm. Tickets are available in advance only and cost £9 for adults and £6.50 for 7. Kaboom, Castle Howard, YorkOctober 31Combine Bonfire Night with Halloween this year at one of the north of England’s biggest and brightest celebrations. This is far more than just fireworks, you’ll find big screen movies, live music, carnival acts, and a fright night vintage funfair, with plenty of rides for all the family. Warm up with Yorkshire tea and a hog roast and look out for headless horsemen and the ghost of Guy Fawkes wandering the grounds. Coaches run from York and Malton and there is free pre-booked parking on site too. The display is planned for 8pm, entertainment starts at 4.30pm. Tickets are selling out fast; for adults it’s £13.75 if bought before October 25, for children it’s £10. The coach is £6 return from York.www.kaboomyork.com Sparks in the Park, CardiffNovember 7Wales’ biggest fireworks display has been running since 1981 and is expected to attract some 20,000 people with its sky-lighting display against an unbeatable backdrop – Cardiff Castle. Gates open at 4.30pm with a separate children’s display at 5.45pm, the bonfire lit at 6.15pm and the main display at 7pm. Organised by Cardiff Round Table, all profits go to community causes and tickets are 25 per cent cheaper when bought online in advance (adults £7.50, children aged 3–15 £3.75). Click on the photo to find out where to go in Cardiff for a post-fireworks drink to warm up once the show’s over. 5. Blists Hill, ShropshireNovember 7Time stopped sometime in the Victorian era at Blists Hill, and Bonfire Night is no exception. This Victorian town will celebrate on the Village Green with a fireworks display accompanied by music at 7.30pm but the gates will open at 6pm to give visitors the chance to meet the townsfolk – everyone from maids to shopkeepers, all in costume. Tickets are only available in advance and cost £9.75 for adults and £6.50 for children aged 3-15. Parking will be available on site for £2, though it is limited and will be first come first Know of any local Bonfire Night events or firework shows that you’d like to share with us? Leave a comment below and we may just give a shout out to your favourite one.1. Lewes, SussexNovember 5thYou won’t find any half measures here, no just rocking up and seeing what happens, this is the world’s largest November 5th celebration and it’s one hell of a spectacle. Six separate Lewes Bonfire Societies each have their own processions, costumes and bonfires, and that’s before we even get to the fireworks. You’ll need to plan in advance and be prepared for crowds, as well as the best Bonfire Night of your life. Things kick off around 5pm and run through to around 1am. Trains on the Brighton-Hastings line call at Lewes; don’t even think about Credit: ©Garry Burns / CC BY-SA 2.010. Hopetoun House, South QueensferryNovember 7Few fireworks displays have a backdrop as grand as the 17th-century Hopetoun House, its sweeping frontage lit up from all angles. Pre-show you’ll find a huge bonfire to keep you warm as well as plenty of live entertainment, with the fireworks the grand finale, set to music and starting at 6.30pm. Doors open at 4pm and tickets should be bought in advance. For adults tickets are £13 online or £12 from Hopetoun Farm Shop, for children they’re £6.50 online and £5.50 from the Farm 3. CambridgeNovember 5Cambridge’s Bonfire Night takes place on Midsummer Common in the heart of the city and as it’s hosted by the local council, it’s free. Keeping it free is pretty generous, considering that it’s the largest fireworks display in eastern England and is attended by some 25,000. A community atmosphere prevails and there’s a funfair and plenty of kid-friendly sweets stalls, as well as a bonfire that gets lit after the fireworks. The funfair is open 6–9pm, with the fireworks scheduled for Credit: ©Martyn M / CC BY-SA 2.09. Glasgow GreenNovember 4Ok, so there’s no bonfire, but we bet you won’t even notice once this huge pyrotechnic display gets underway. Local radio stars will provide the entertainment from 6.30pm and there will be a funfair and plenty of food and drink stalls to keep everyone entertained until the big kickoff at 7.30pm – expect around 3000 fireworks. Entry is free and 50,000 people are expected so arrive early, and via the Saltmarket or Greendyke Street entrances. 4. Leeds Castle, KentNovember 8No expense is spared when it comes to Leeds Castle’s fireworks spectacular, this year timed to music from the movies – there will even be giant projections of movie scenes onto the side of the castle. Gates open at 2pm for an afternoon of falconry (display at 3pm), live music and carousel and swing boat rides, with the fireworks display at 5.30pm. Tickets must be pre-booked and cost £19 for adults and £12.50 for children aged 4-15 Credit: ©Alasdair/ CC BY 2.0Looking for more fun day out ideas in the UK? Check these out:The UK’s most beautiful castlesFrom imposing hilltop fortresses, visible from miles around, to stumpy relics of power hidden throughout the countryside, you’ll find castles here of all varieties from all corners of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.10 of the most magical places in the UKYou’ll be spellbound by these pictures of Britain’s most mystical spots.10 of the best beaches in BritainGrab your bucket and spade and head to one of these beautiful beaches on the British coast.Explore the UK’s most beautiful gardensBloomin’ eck, these gardens are gorgeous, check out the photos!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedChampagne wishes for New Year’s Eve? Top 10 NYE city breaks on a budgetIf you’ve seen the fireworks over the London Eye, and marched down the Royal Mile at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, why not celebrate further afield this New Year’s Eve? From champagne-fuelled dinner cruises and fancy galas to street fiestas and record-breaking fireworks, book a break to one of these European party cities…10 of the top Christmas and New Year holidays for 2017/2018We’ve put together ten of the best places to visit for Christmas and New Year, whether you want to sun yourself on the beaches of Sydney or Cape Verde, experience a full-on advent extravaganza in the Christmas markets of Vienna and Berlin, or see some truly spectacular Christmas lights in…Best places for New Year partyingBarcelona, Edinburgh and Iceland are the places to head for the best New Year parties, say Skyscanner users.last_img read more

first_imgBangkok, Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Siam, Bangkok’s newest luxury urban retreat is nestled among the city’s historical palaces, temples and museums in the royal Dusit district. Inspired by its surroundings, the 39-suite riverfront property offers ample places to savor gourmet dining at leisure, drawing on centuries of Thai life and culture.The Siam’s signature Thai restaurant, Chon, is set within a cluster of three traditional teakwood houses. Once part of Thai socialite Connie Mangksau’s home, the venue allows guests to enjoy home-cooked Thai cuisine in the same space that once entertained Jackie Kennedy, John Rockefeller and Henry Ford. Specialty dishes include Tom Yum Goong, a curry soup flavored with chili, lime, and lemongrass, and Phad Krapaow Gai, a chicken dish mixed with garlic, holy basil, and oyster sauce.Chon is also home to a cooking school where guests can master the art of Thai cuisine through private classes with Executive Chef Blair Mathieson. The exclusive lessons include trips to the local market followed by culinary instruction, teaching guests to prepare three of their favorite Thai dishes. At night, Chon offers an intimate Chef’s Table where guests can enjoy an indulgent dinner with their closest friends, prepared privately by one of the resort’s chefs.The Siam’s soul and history continue in its Deco Bar and Bistro, which evokes the timeless atmosphere of Thailand’s Art Deco period with snappy black and white interiors and a dazzling display of wall-mounted brass instruments. This casual chic venue is open all day, offering international comfort food and bistro cuisine with a jazzy ambiance.For the jet-set social crowd, The Siam’s Café Cha patisserie offers the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by. Freshly baked treats, coffee, tea, and exotic infusions can be enjoyed with views of the Chao Praya river, or in the hotel’s spacious courtyard, complete with intimate Poetry & Book Readings.Of course guests can also enjoy 24-hour room service, presented in Thai Bento Boxes, in the privacy of their suite, or nosh poolside at the hotel’s Bather’s Bar.Chef Mathieson, who overseas The Siam’s four main restaurants, brings a global cooking sensibility encompassing many different styles and techniques from the Mediterranean, Europe, Middle East and Asia. A true master of his craft, his creations pay homage to traditional dishes and styles of cooking that have evolved since the beginning of time while using only top quality fresh market produce and ingredients. www. thesiamhotel.comlast_img read more

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRiding in style always has its benefits, but Taj takes it to a whole new level for Jaguar owners. Arrive in a Jaguar for dinner or an overnight stay at any of our three historic hotels in the US — Taj Campton Place, San Francisco — and receive complimentary valet parking.The Pierre, on Fifth Avenue facing Central Park, is fresh from a $100 million renovation of its ever-glamorous ballrooms, all guest rooms and elegant Grand Suites, a new bar/lounge Two E, and Le Caprice restaurant from London.Taj Boston, at the corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets, overlooks the Public Garden and is just steps away from art galleries, boutiques, and cafes. Here traditions such as the seasonal fireplace butler, rooftop Sunday brunch and afternoon tea endure.Taj Campton Place exudes European charm at the edge of Union Square, in the heart of the City’s best shopping, dining and nightlife. The cognoscenti meet here for drinks at the Bar and Bistro, and dine in the renowned restaurant.Pull up in your Jaguar and join the party.www.tajhotels.comlast_img read more

first_imgExclusive coverage by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAcapulco, Mexico — Making an all out play for elite travelers, the Los Cabos Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Tourism Board of Baja California Sur used Tianguis, the annual Mexico tourism trade fair to unveil a presentation “Los Cabos: Setting New Standards in Luxury Travel.”Positioning its appeal to the private jet set, Ella Messerli, a representative of the CVB and General Manager of the Marquis Los Cabos, noted at the opening of her comments the addition of a new FBO (private jet terminal) in late 2009. She noted 43 private jets on the tarmac as she was leaving Los Cabos for Acapulco as evidence the destination has become “a suburb of Beverly Hills.”In conjunction with Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism Alberto Trevino, Messerli outlined for 25 minutes a continuous stream of new hotels, resorts, golf courses, marinas, shopping and other facilities specifically targeting the high end traveler.Among the high end hotel openings in 2009 she noted Espiritu, Barcelo, Zoetry Casa del Mar and Sirena del Mar while in terms of developments Phase 1 of Tortuga Bay has opened, work on Puerto Los Cabos, a 1,900 acre gated community with Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman golf courses is moving forward, and Phase 1 for Grand Solmar, a 293 suite project is slated to start in January 2011. Montage Los Cabos, a sister of the highly acclaimed Montage Laguna Beach and Montage Beverly Hills is expected to move forward as is Chileno Bay, she said. Yet another project, Diamante Cabo San Lucas, with an 18 hole Davis Love III golf course is in the works.Messerli noted that events continue to draw elite travelers, pointing to the 1st Annual Marine Show held in April, the Puerto Los Cabos (fishing) World Cup October 10-13, four additional major fishing tournaments, including the $850,000 prize Bisbee, plus the launch of the Los Cabos International Film Festival November 5-10, 2010.Other enhancements private jet travelers will find of interest include an expansion of retail complex Luxury Avenue which in December added stores from Chopard, Cartier, Ferragamo, Paul & Shark and Hermes.Additionally Capella, Las Ventanas, a Rosewood Resort and One & Only Palmilla have added new spa treatments, and on the culinary front, six Los Cabos chefs were recently honored with the Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality.last_img read more