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Hawaiian Airlines plans new China route

first_imgNew service a boost for Hawaiian economy. Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch a non-stop service between Honolulu and Beijing in April 2014.The route will offer tourists from China’s capital access to the US via Hawaiian’s extensive network.Pending regulatory approval, the new service will become Hawaiian’s tenth new international destination since November 2010.“With our network of flights between the islands and from Hawai’i to eleven cities in the US mainland, Hawaiian is in a great position to offer the multi-stop itinerary that many visitors from China prefer,” Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive Mark Dunkerley said.The Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) estimates the new service will generate US$81 million in annual visitor expenditures and $8.47 million in tax revenue for the island state.China is Hawaii’s highest spending visitor market.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

AccorHotels celebrates 200th milestone in Greater China

first_imgSource = AccorHotels – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts – Fairmont Chengdu Fairmont ChengduAccorHotels celebrates 200th milestone in Greater China with the opening of Fairmont ChengduThe debut of Fairmont Chengdu marks the 200th property for AccorHotels in Greater China as part of the group’s rapid luxury brand expansion. As Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ first property in Western China, Fairmont Chengdu is a landmark hotel in the capital city of Sichuan province, known for its rich history and cultural heritage.Strategically located at Tianfu Middle Avenue, the city’s “Hi-tech Zone”, the hotel is only a 25 minute drive to Shuangliu International Airport and is in close proximity to the metro station that has easy access to Tianfu Square, the upcoming Tianfu International Airport, and the fast developing South CBD zone.“The opening of Fairmont Chengdu signifies AccorHotels’ 200th hotel in Greater China and celebrates the first Fairmont hotel opening following the FRHI acquisition last year,” said Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer AccorHotels Greater China. “The strategic location of Fairmont in the fast-changing city of Chengdu symbolizes an important growth strategy for the group’s luxury brand development in the China market.”The hotel lobby features a delicate handmade Shu embroidery landscape of the Qianli Yanxia Jinshuitou otherwise known as Gorgeous Cloud and Waters in Distance. The embroidery is a masterful blend of traditional landscape painting, handwoven tapestry, and modern photography. Its 336 guest rooms and suites offer stunning views of Chengdu’s skyline.MICE facilities include 11 meeting rooms and function spaces.  The 730 square metre grand ballroom features natural daylight with an adjoining VIP room.To wine and dine, the hotel features four restaurants with seven different dining concepts – Spectrum, an all-day dining restaurant at lobby level, offers an array of Asian and Western cuisines. Cube combines a lounge, cocktail bar and Japanese restaurant into an innovative integrated space over three levels of unique architectural design. The first of its kind in Chengdu, Cube is an ideal venue for social activities and private salons. For guests who would like to experience a modern interpretation and style of Sichuan food, Chang Yi, the Chinese restaurant offers spicy delicacies for the adventurous palates. Along with its unique cuisine, guests will also savour the arts, culture and history of the Sichuan Province. Opening mid 2017 with sweeping panoramic views of the city, Manhattan occupies the top floors and will be one of the highest restaurants and bars in the city offering an escape to the vibrant era of 1920s with its art deco inspired décor and ambience.Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy a light work-out at the Fitness Centre or a leisurely swim in the indoor pool. For a therapeutic spa indulgence, the signature Willow Stream Spa by Fairmont, which is scheduled to open in March 2017, offers an array of holistic therapies designed to rejuvenate and energize the body and soul.“Each Fairmont property reflects the destination’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges, distinctive design and décor,” said Jane Mackie, Vice President, Fairmont Brand. “The opening of Fairmont Chengdu is the latest addition to the luxury brand’s network of hotels in China joining the renowned Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, the Fairmont Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan and the Fairmont in Beijing.”AccorHotels is one of the pioneering international hotel management companies with over 30 years of development experience operating in Greater China.  The group has established strong relations with its local partners and its brand portfolio includes such internationally renowned luxury brands as Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel Legend, Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, and Swissôtel; as well as the popular midscale and boutique brands of Novotel, Mercure; the in-demand economy brands including ibis, ibis Styles, and the regional brands Grand Mercure and The Sebel.About FairmontFairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,500 of the finest private homes around the globe.last_img read more

Hilton named one of Australias best

first_imgFlexible Work Practices – These practices allow for customisation and personalisation in order to meet the distinct needs of each Team Members’ lifestyle, their location and their role, to encourage work/life balance. Examples of the various options Team Members have include work-from-home, flexible scheduling, compressed workweek, flextime, job sharing, and part-time working options.Travel with Purpose – Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy that empowers Team Members to make a difference and develop local solutions that positively impact their communities and environment. In the last 12 months, 1,567 Team Members in Australia have volunteered, completing over 12,000 hours and have activated over 170 solutions to local community challenges.Heart of House upgrades – In February 2015, Hilton embarked on a Heart of House initiative to create an inviting back-of-house environment for Team Members. So far, Australian hotels have invested in over $420,000 to create an engaging look and feel, consistent with Hilton’s brand culture, of which Team Members can be proud.Celebrating diversity – Since launching in 2015, the Women in Leadership Program has empowered more than 100 female Team Members in Australia, assisting them in their career journeys. So far, 35% of participants have already been promoted or transferred within the company.Opportunities for development – Hilton Australia launched a training program called ‘Driving Effective Career Conversations’. Since launching the course in 2012, 656 Team Members have attended the course, which was designed to assist Team Members in better planning and communication of their career goals, including the completion of a Birkman Profile and Career Map.Go Hilton – A travel programme that provides exclusive travel discounts and benefits for Team Members, as well as their family and friends. Not only is the program great for Team Members, though the program has also been beneficial for hotels across Australia with over 4,700 room nights booked, generating $300,000 in revenue since launching the program in 2016.Recognition – Hilton offers several opportunities for recognition through programmes such as Catch Me at My Best, and the CEO Light & Warmth Awards that acknowledge Team Members at all levels from guests, peers and managers. Team Member Appreciation Week saw over 120 events organised to celebrate their Team Members in Australia in 2017.Hilton employs more than 1,300 people each year in Australia, across its 12 hotels and corporate office.Source = Hilton Hilton named one of Australia’s Best Companies to work for in 2017Hilton named one of Australia’s Best Companies to work for in 2017Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has been recognised as one of Australia’s best companies to work for, an accolade dedicated to companies with exceptional workplace cultures. Placed third on the top 50 list, Hilton has been distinguished for creating a high trust and high performance organisational culture by offering Team Members great work environments, careers and rewards.“What an honour being placed third in the 2017 Best Places to Work Study. This accolade comes from our Team Members’ passion and dedication to providing memorable and heart-felt experiences for our guests. Our employee value proposition is to create great rewards, great careers and a great environment to help our Team Members thrive.,” said Brendan Toomey, vice president of human resources, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “This achievement really supports our commitment of being the most hospitable company in the world.”This recognition follows a number of other recent accolades across Asia Pacific for being a great place to work. Hilton was ranked third in Asia’s Best Multinational Workplaces 2017, third in Best Companies to Work For in Greater China, and 25th in the top 100 Great Place To Work® for India.The recognition bears testament to Hilton’s leading practices and programmes that build a strong team culture. For Australia, these are:last_img read more

More than 1 million tickets priced just from HK0

first_imgMore than 1 million tickets priced just from HK$0More than 1 million tickets priced just from HK$0To welcome the Lunar New Year 2018, Vietjet offers 1,220,000 tickets with a shocking price of just only from HK$0 (*) on three super-promotional days from September 27 to 29 during the golden hours from 13:00 to 15:00. The promotional tickets will be applied for all Vietjet domestic and international routes serving Hong Kong/ Seoul, Busan (South Korea)/ Kaohsiung, Taipei, Taichung, Tainan (Taiwan)/ Singapore/ Bangkok (Thailand)/ Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)/ Yangon (Myanmar)/ Siem Reap (Cambodia) with the flight time being from November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.The promotional tickets are available for booking within the golden hours from 13:00 to 15:00 daily at or at Payment can be easily made with debit and credit cards of Visa/ Master/ AMEX/ JCB/ KCP.Passengers who purchase the early-bird fares will enjoy the super-saving price benefits and avoid the ticket crunch situation. In addition to the tickets, passengers can update fully the promotions or baggages, travel document regulations, ticket and carriage conditions for foods, apricot, peach blossoms etc. published on our website, to avoid any unexpected situations during the Tet holidays (Lunar New Year).Vietjet has launched many new routes and increased frequencies to serve the rising traveling and family reunion demands for the Tet holidays. With its high-quality services, diverse ticket classes, special low-fare tickets, Vietjet offers its passengers pleasant flying experience on its new aircraft, comfy seats, delicious hot meals, beautiful and friendly flight attendants and other interesting added-on services.(*) excluding taxes and fees.Source = Vietjetlast_img read more

Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe by Luxury Travel Advisor

first_imgSource = Hotel Esprit Saint Germain Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe by Luxury Travel AdvisorTop Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe by Luxury Travel AdvisorWe are thrilled and honored to announce that Hotel Esprit Saint Germain has won the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence for “Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe“. This significant distinction is a result of the hotel’s continued commitment to excellence in service and hospitality.Hotel Esprit Saint Germain has been designed along the lines of a private residence. Ideally situated in the heart of Paris, on the Left Bank. This is a very Parisian, very intimate and very warm five-star boutique hotel, stunningly designed with real loving care put into each of its 28 rooms and lounges. Clients are welcomed as if they were guests in a friend’s home sitting in the living room by the fireplace with a personalized and dedicated service, while enjoying complimentary drinks anytime during their stay.It is just what you imagine a French hotel should look like.All this is thanks to your support during all these years. Our goal is always to have happy guests.Our relationship with the travel agent community is most important to us.We continue to work towards taking the best care possible of your valued clients.last_img read more

AAT Kings Solo Traveller growth

first_imgMirror Lakes New ZealandAAT Kings Solo Traveller growthAAT Kings, the guided holiday expert, has revealed steady growth since 2015 in solo traveller bookings with 22% of all bookings, including Short Breaks and Day Tours being made by solo travellers. The percentage of customers that book more immersive solo Guided Holidays sits even higher at 28%.Explore AAT Kings’ handpicked Guided Holidays for solo travellers with No Single Supplement on selected departures to the iconic landscapes of Tasmania and the enchanting scenery of New Zealand, with private rooms at no extra cost. Travelling by premium coach in the company of an expert Tour Director, and a group of like-minded travellers, take advantage of the convenience and value of travelling on a Guided Holiday. Solo Travellers can now save up to $795pp.Renowned for its pristine wilderness and gourmet food and wine, you’re in for a treat when you journey to the Apple Isle on the 5-day Tassie’s East Coast Highlights holiday. This journey along Tasmania’s acclaimed East Coast offers sandy beaches, blue horizons, fascinating convict history and premium produce. Take a walk in Freycinet National Park, step back in time at the Port Arthur Historic Site, cruise the haunting Isle of the Dead, and sample Bridestowe Lavender Estate’s lavender products. Solo Travellers SAVE $385, now from $1,575*pp.For a getaway across the pond, consider the 9-day Northern Wonders holiday. Departing from New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, you’ll journey through landscapes that blend magnificent beaches, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders, as you make your way to the Far North. Explore fertile heartland, showcasing lush forests, rugged mountains and steep gorges. Experience Māori culture through fascinating legends and prepare yourself for the energy of the haka. Solo Travellers SAVE $795, now from $2,695*pp.AAT Kings Managing Director, Matt Cameron Smith commented, “Guided Holidays are ideal for solo travellers and we are seeing a strong growth in this sector. The introduction of no single supplements on these tours is an excellent opportunity for our agent partners to grow their business.”This exceptional offer is available on selected 2019 November and December departures. For more information, call 1300 556 100 or visit = AAT Kingslast_img read more

Jamaica welcomes Airbnb to diversify tourism

first_imgCarlos Muñoz, Head of Public policy at Airbnb Inc, Central America and the Caribbean, cited that the natural warmth and friendliness of Jamaicans were the major factors in Airbnb’s decision to give the Caribbean the signal honour of establishing the first Airbnb host club in the Caribbean.“On the one side, Government has been tremendously receptive to the concept of Airbnb and home sharing in general as a way to diversify the tourism product that Jamaica offers. Also, it allows for more everyday Jamaicans to participate in the tourism industry,” Muñoz explained.While the launch took place in Kingston, Muñoz said the long-term plan was for more branches to be launched in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and other resort areas, as needs dictate, in the long run.Havanah Llewellyn, President of the Jamaica Home Sharing Association, put into perspective the game-changing potential of the tourism dynamic and cited, “Airbnb is probably one of the single most important things that have happened to Jamaica in the last 50 years.”She added, “Although Jamaica is known for sand and sun and all that is great, it’s really about our people. Now you get an opportunity to really interact with our people.”last_img read more

DocMagic Announces First Start to Finish Paperless Digital eClosing

first_img 2016-12-01 MirashaBrown December 1, 2016 598 Views DocMagic, Inc., a national provider of loan document preparation and comprehensive eMortgage services headquartered in Torrance, California, has announced the completion of the start to finish eClosing using its Total eClose solution system in Massachusetts.Total eClose’s all-encompassing system incorporates eSignature-enabled SMART Documents, World Wide Notary’s (WWN) eNotarization services to electronically notarize documents, MERS eRegistery access, a secure eVault, and Investor eDelivery to execute a seamless eClosing. The solution keeps track of progress by logging and storing all activity.Santander Bank played an integral role in the eClosing process by serving as the eWarehouse lender. Tim Anderson, Director of eServices at DocMagic, described the promptness of the eClosing process using Santander Bank. “We helped test and implement an eWarehouse process to eDeliver acceptance of the eNote to Santander Bank within seconds after the eClosing was completed. This is an industry-altering achievement.”DocMagic was selected as one of 12 participants in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) eClosing pilot project in 2014, which helped explore the benefits of digital mortgage technology. After the pilot was deemed a success, DocMagic continued to further develop and perfect its eClosing solution.Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic, discussed the process of digital closings and what they mean for the mortgage industry. “There are a few mortgage technology vendors that have been working to deliver an eClosing for some time now, but they have all fallen short in various ways,” he said. “Most of these solutions are merely hybrids that require certain documents to be executed on paper and often force lenders to maintain numerous complex integrations. With Total eClose, however, you work with a single vendor, on a single platform, and clients need to only access DocMagic or the company’s SmartCLOSE system to seamlessly and compliantly fulfill paperless closing.” in Headlines, Newscenter_img DocMagic Announces First Start to Finish Paperless Digital eClosing Sharelast_img read more

Industry Reacts to Hurricane Irma

first_imgIndustry Reacts to Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma, the biggest hurricane recorded in the Atlantic Basin, hit the Florida Keys Sunday morning leaving a path of destruction behind it.To combat storm damage, President Trump signed a $15.3 billion disaster relief package into law Friday that will suspend the U.S. borrowing limit and extend the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8, 2017.The House approved the package of bills Friday morning in a 316-90 vote in which The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Community Development Block Grant program will each receive $7.4 billion of the $15.3 billion. The remaining $450 million will support the Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and state bank regulators plan to assist financial institutions that are in the Irma affected areas. To help those institutions meet the financial services needs of their communities, they have provided guidelines for a number of services such as lending, investments, and temporary banking facilities.Additionally, Wells Fargo President and CEO Tim Sloan announced that the company is in the process of deploying Mobile Response Units to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.“… Our thoughts are also with everyone now in the path of Hurricane Irma. Our teams on the ground and across the country are closely monitoring the new storm, and we will deliver the same payment, fee relief, and on-the-ground support to customers in impacted communities after Irma passes,” Sloan said.For those affected by Irma, Freddie Mac recommends to reach out to your mortgage company as soon as possible, register for disaster assistances at the federal (FEMA) and state levels, contact your insurance agents, and document to your home and belongings.To see details of the bill, including video coverage, click here.To see the guidelines for financial institutions, click here. September 8, 2017 727 Views Sharecenter_img HOUSING irma mortgage 2017-09-08 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

Fidelity National Acquires Stewart Information Services for 12B

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination Fidelity National Acquires Stewart Information Services for $1.2B Share Fidelity National Servicing Stewart Information Services Title Insurance 2018-03-19 Radhika Ojhacenter_img March 19, 2018 870 Views One of the country’s largest title insurance companies, Fidelity National Financial Inc (FNF), has signed an agreement to acquire Stewart Information Services, for $1.2 billion, Fidelity said in a statement on Monday. Both the companies have signed a merger agreement for the acquisition, for $50 per share. FNF has said that the consideration will be paid half in cash and half in FNF common stock. Shareholders of Stewart Information will also have the option to select and receive their payment in all cash or all stock, subject to pro rata reductions in case the cash or stock options are oversubscribed.FNF plans to fund the entire purchase price through a combination of cash, debt financing, and issuance of FNF common stock to Stewart shareholders. The deal includes the assumption of $109 million in Stewart’s debt. As a title insurance company, Stewart provides residential and commercial title insurance, closing and settlement services, appraisal and valuation services, and other offerings to the real estate industry across the country.“The venerable Stewart brand has a long and respected history in the title insurance industry, and we see tremendous potential in working with the Stewart management team to invest in and grow the Stewart brand on a national basis as part of our long-time, successful strategy of operating multiple title insurance brands under the FNF umbrella,” said FNF Chairman William P. Foley, II in a statement.Under the terms of the agreement, if the combined company is required to divest assets or businesses for which revenues exceed between $75 million and $225 million to receive required regulatory approvals, the purchase price will be adjusted down to a minimum purchase price of $45.50 per share of common stock.FNF has said that it plans to achieve at least $135 million in operational cost synergies and expects the acquisition to be at least 15 percent gradual addition to its adjusted net earnings per share at that operational cost synergy target.“We are very familiar with Stewart in the marketplace and see multiple areas where we can assist and accelerate Stewart’s growth plans,” said Raymond Quirk, CEO at FNF.  “We also believe there are significant operational efficiencies we can bring to bear by leveraging FNF’s shared services infrastructure that will provide meaningful long-term value creation opportunities for our shareholders.”The transaction is expected to close by the first or second quarter of 2019, subject to certain closing conditions including approval from Stewart’s stockholders.FNF will host a call with investors and analysts to discuss the acquisition at 11.30 a.m. EST.last_img read more

Housing Starts and Building Permits Rise

first_img Share Single-family units were at the center of increasing housing starts in July. According to the latest new residential construction statistics for July published by the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), housing starts rose 0.9 percent over June 2018. Though building permits increased 1.5 percent month over month, housing completions saw a decline of 1.7 percent.On a year-over-year basis, housing starts were 1.4 percent below their July 2017 estimates. However, building permits rose 4.2 percent over the same period last year. The rise in building permits was led by single-family unit authorizations that were at a rate of 869,000 units, a rise of 1.9 percent over the revised June figures, the data indicated.According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, the rise in single-family permits shows that homebuilders are pushing through new construction projects despite the headwinds of rising tariffs and costs.“Despite significant cost headwinds, home builders are pushing through new construction projects. In fact, residential building permits increased 4.2 percent since this time last year,” Fleming said. “Permits for single-family homes increased 1.9 percent compared to the previous month, the largest monthly gain since October of 2017.”The data indicated that housing completions for single-family units lagged and were 5.2 percent below the revised June rate of 859,000. So what do these figures mean for homebuyers? For one, they can take respite in the fact that construction of new homes is on the rise, according to Fleming. “The Census Bureau report on housing construction showed builders are starting work on additional housing, inching closer to balancing inventory with demand,” he said.The increase in building permits also pointed to some easing of the inventory pressure in housing. “The increase in permits is a welcome sign as a strong economy with continuing job and income growth, millennials aging into homeownership, and baby boomers living longer and more independently than ever will continue to drive demand and keep the pressure up on the housing market.” Builidng Construction Data homes HOUSING Inventory Permits Starts 2018-08-16 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img August 16, 2018 571 Views Housing Starts and Building Permits Riselast_img read more

Always popular with agents Vanuatu Tourism Office

first_imgAlways popular with agents, Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) brought another fun-filled week-long tour to the Australian travel trade last week, kicking off with Sydney on Monday, followed by a mid-week soiree in Brisbane, with Melbourne hosting the finale last Thursday. VTO, along with 22 local operators, welcomed over 400 agents to the educational evenings, which showcased the destination’s latest and greatest offerings through interactive games and networking opportunities.This year’s tour was designed to provide a platform for face-to-face introductions, enabling agents to discover new products and increase their destination knowledge, along with the opportunity to score themselves some fantastic prizes, including a major prize giveaway.One lucky agent in each city walked away with return international airfare from Sydney or Brisbane to Port Vila thanks to Air Vanuatu; two nights’ accommodation at the Havannah on Efate; two nights at White Grass Ocean Resort on Tanna and a night volcano tour at Mount Yasur with Entani. Vanuatu Tourism Office’s Chief Executive Officer, Adela Issachar Aru, said these industry events are crucial to driving interest from the Australian market and ultimately continuing to increase visitor figures year on year.“Australian visitation in 2017 was up an 17.33 per cent on 2016 figures, which is fantastic to see, and there has been a united effort by operators on the ground and the industry in Australia to grow these figures. In 2018 we are forecasting visitation to Vanuatu to be up 20 per cent on 2017 and with increased direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane via Air Vanuatu from June, along with a number of exciting new products and destination events, we’re certainly on track to make this happen.” said Ms Issachar Aru.VTO will now begin gearing up for its annual Tok Tok event, which will be held in Port Vila between 27 and 31 August, 2018. Tok Tok 2018 will offer wholesalers and travel industry buyers the opportunity to meet with local suppliers, exchange ideas and learn about upcoming opportunities in Vanuatu, as well as experience some highlights of this South Pacific destination firsthand.Industry buyers can register their interest in Tok Tok by emailing agentsroadshowVanuatu Tourismlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories It’s why Palmer, who has completed 52.3 percent of his preseason throws with two touchdowns and more importantly, no turnovers, may not need another audition ahead of the curtain rising on Week 1.“I feel very comfortable with going into St. Louis,” Palmer said. “I’ve already started preparing for them.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Should he not, then the final preseason image of Palmer is of him throwing a 16-yard pass to Michael Floyd for a third quarter touchdown, the only one scored by the Cardinals against the Chargers Saturday.Palmer finished the game 12-of-23 for 122 yards.“I really don’t put too much weight on any preseason games,” Palmer stated.Fair enough.What Palmer does put weight on is the number of reps he’s received between OTAs, minicamp and training camp in an offense that is brand new to him.“I’m very excited,” Palmer said.Palmer sees the potential with passing targets in Larry Fitzgerald, a future Hall of Famer, Andre Roberts, Michael Floyd and Rob Housler; not to mention having a two-time 1,000-yard running back in Rashard Mendenhall.“When I first came in, you weren’t sure, you haven’t met guys, you haven’t seen guys on the field,” Palmer said. “Until you get in 7-on-7 sets and have a chance to go back and study with guys and watch things and talk about plays, you get to see how football-bright people are.“For some of the silly things we did in our last preseason game, we have smart football players on offense. Combine that with athleticism and speed and experience — you look at a guy like Larry’s experience and his catches and his touches in games, I’m as excited and as optimistic as ever.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians is unsure how long the starters will play in the final preseason game Thursday at Denver.“They will not play much,” Arians said Monday.Quarterback Carson Palmer may not play at all.“If your number gets called, your number gets called,” Palmer said. “You always got to be ready, on any day; but it’s not my decision.”No, the decision is Arians’ and he said it “will be determined later” whether Palmer sees the field again before the regular season opener at St. Louis. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Coach is a fighter theres no doubt about that

first_img“Coach is a fighter, there’s no doubt about that” – A.Q. Shipley, who was with Bruce Arians in Indy and is confident he will be fine— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) August 17, 2016 Hearing BA is going to be fine is great news! Dude is made of Kevlar.— Ron Wolfley (@wolf987FM) August 17, 2016 Get well soon, BA!Players share their thoughts & well wishes for coach »— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 17, 2016 Prayers for the big guy tonight @BruceArians— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) August 17, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories BA & Young Savage #Love— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2016 S Tyrann Mathieu said the @AZCardinals are concerned about the health of coach Bruce Arians. “He’s our heartbeat. He’s our leader.”— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) August 17, 2016 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was taken to a local hospital in San Diego for further evaluation after alerting the team’s medical staff of stomach pain.Players and others close to the franchise let their thoughts out on the 63-year-old head coach after practice Tuesday night. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians congratulates running back Kerwynn Williams after Williams scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in third quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) WR Larry Fitzgerald upbeat about the health of coach Bruce Arians: “he’s going to be fine. We’ve got the toughest coach in the business.”— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) August 17, 2016 — Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2016 Prayers for my main man @BruceArians #WeGotYou Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With that being the case, Campbell, who put the hit on Newton, is now set take a hit to his bank account.According to USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, on Wednesday Campbell was fined $18,000 by the NFL for the play.Campbell is appealing the sanction, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who did not wish to be identified due to the sensitivity of the case.Campbell appeared to apologize to Newton after the play, and on Monday Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, in saying he does not think Newton has a case with regards to not feeling protected, said he was not sure if it should have been a penalty.“I thought Calais hit him low,” he said. “Whether he was blocked into him or not, that’s up to the officials to decide.”NFL rules dictate no defensive player who has a clear path to the quarterback can hit him around the knees or below when approaching in any direction, though a penalty should not be called if the player is blocked into the QB. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals’ Calais Campbell (93) defends as Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) looks to pass in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Campbell hit Newton after the throw, which Newton felt was an illegal hit that wasn’t called. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Remember that hit Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell put on Panthers QB Cam Newton in the third quarter of last Sunday’s 30-20 loss? You know, the one that was not penalized but led to Newton going off on the lack of penalties he draws after the game?Turns out he had a legitimate complaint, as on Tuesday, the NFL’s vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told the NFL Network that a roughing the passer penalty should have been called on the play.last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson 31

first_imgArizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) scores a touchdown as New Orleans Saints cornerback B.W. Webb defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Fitzgerald joins Hall Of Fame receiver Jerry Rice as the only receivers to be selected for the Pro Bowl 10 or more times. Rice appeared in the game 13 times.Following the Cardinals’ Week 14 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Fitzgerald’s 1,116 catches through his first 200 games bests Rice’s previous record by one. The Arizona receiver has moved into third place of the NFL career receptions list this year, behind tight end Tony Gonzalez’s 1,325 and Rice’s 1,549.This week, the Arizona receiver said he was “uncertain” about whether he will continue playing after 2016. He is under contract but has not shut the door on the possibility of retirement.Johnson is also chasing history.The second-year running back out of Northern Iowa recorded his 14th-straight game of eclipsing the 100-yards from scrimmage mark. No other player in NFL history has accomplished that feat in the first 14 games of the year. Johnson could become the first player to reach the 100-yard mark in 16 straight games if he reaches 100 yards in the final two games of the year.Johnson has 1,138 rushing yards on 260 attempts, plus 13 touchdowns, in 2016. He also has 800 receiving yards on 73 catches and four touchdowns. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s Johnson’s first Pro Bowl invite.At cornerback, Peterson has 42 tackles and three interceptions. It’s his sixth Pro Bowl appearance, as he’s made the game in every year of his career.center_img Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson, CB Patrick Peterson and WR Larry Fitzgerald were selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl’s NFC squad on Tuesday.Special teamer Justin Bethel, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, corner Marcus Cooper, guard Mike Iupati and linebacker Chandler Jones were selected as alternates.Heading into Week 16 of the NFL season, Fitzgerald leads the NFL with 98 receptions for 949 yards to go with five touchdowns. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It’s something we have to talk about.”On whether the game-winning touchdown to Fitzgerald was a better catch or better throw:“I’ve got to give the throw. Larry’s made that catch his whole life. He gets two hands on it. If it had been a one-handed catch, maybe. But, that was a great throw.”On Fitzgerald getting up slow after the catch:“Yeah, I think he got the wind knocked out of him. He said, ‘I couldn’t breathe,’ so everybody kind of got off of him. He wouldn’t celebrate anyways.”On Palmer being second in the NFL in passing yards even though he’s getting hit as much as he is:“He’s tough. He’s as tough as nails. We know what we’ve got. He tried to throw a ball away. He probably should have taken the sack down in the first drive instead of trying to throw it out of the back of the end zone. He didn’t get enough on it, and obviously, it gets intercepted. But, I said he’s resilient. He’s tough and he’s a great leader.” – / 40 8 Comments   Share   (AP Photo) On what it’s like to lose that edge at that position with Golden’s injury:“It breaks everybody’s heart in there because they know how hard he plays. It takes a lot of spirit out of the defense because he brings it every play.”On how to combat losing passion and spirit due to an injury:“You’ve just got to keep going. It’s another guy’s opportunity. I think those guys – Kareem, Haason, whoever it is off the practice squad – have to be able to go up and bring that energy because they know what they’re replacing.”On what has clicked for LB Kareem Martin in 2017 so far:“Stronger, being a standing-up player now for a couple more years than he was. When he first got here, he always had his hand in the dirt. That’s hard to do. But, he’s getting more physical.”On if he has seen teams not be able to overcome injuries:“Oh, yeah. It can go the other way in a heartbeat. It’s my job to make sure that that doesn’t happen, and all the coaches, to make sure that we continue to know that when we put that helmet on, what’s expected of us.”On how that is done:“You start doing it in March when they all come back, in April. The most valuable player on every team is the backup. It’s not the starter; it’s the backup.” On why the team is winning overtime games and how it helps the Cardinals to win close contest:“Lucky, real lucky. Haason made a great play getting that guy down, and that’s a good back to tackle down there, to hold them to the field goal. But yeah, you’ve got to have some luck.”On if he’s concerned about all the hits QB Carson Palmer is taking:“Yeah. I mean, you never want to see your quarterback get hit that many times.”On if he feels good about getting T D.J. Humphries back this week:“Probably not. He reinjured it, and there’s another slight, little tear when we were in pads last week.”On when the team expects Humphries to return:“Hopefully in two weeks.”On if the team practiced with G/T Will Holden at tackle because they thought G Mike Iupati would play:“Yeah, Mike went all the way to the end of that practice. Then, Alex (Boone) maybe had a chance, but then we stuck Will in there on Friday, and he got a practice in, no pads, and that’s really a short-yardage, goal line, red zone – it’s not out in the field, two days’ worth of work and studying the guy he was going against.”On when can people get a good idea of what they have as a team: RELATED: Cardinals GM Steve Keim on 98.7 FM’s Doug & Wolf showIt was obviously a good win. Every win’s a good win. Learned a lot more about our guys – fourth quarter, overtime, defense. Red zone defense was exactly what we needed, holding them when we had to hold them. Young guys stepping up on offense, Will Holden practiced tackle all week and started at guard and looked like it. First experience out there in a position he hadn’t practiced, and he did a decent job. I thought Jared (Veldheer) bounced back and had a solid game.Carson (Palmer) is as tough as there is to take the hits and just keep on playing and not complain and come up with a game-winning play. None of it was perfect but it was good enough to win. I think that team will win some ball games as it keeps playing, and I don’t look forward to going to their place any time soon. But, I thought our special teams were better. Our punt coverage is getting better; it can even be better. I thought Andy (Lee) kicked the ball really well. We’ve just got to make that first tackle when we were down there and not lose contain.Injury-wise, Markus Golden will be put on IR. He’s got an ACL, and we’ll probably wait for a few weeks to do the operation, let the swelling go down. No roster moves will happen in the next couple days. I really don’t have anything on that front. No one else in the game will miss any time, then the possibility of getting Alex Boone back this week. We’ll see how it goes. It was nice to see John Brown out there. Hopefully, we’ll keep both he and J.J. (Nelson) and sooner or later, get them both healthy to play at the same time. On if the team is sending video of the play in which WR John Brown appeared to have catch a touchdown to the league for review:“There’s no sense sending it. They made the decision. You’re barking up a tree. The thing that I b****** about in all of the competition committee and league meetings is why we don’t use the stadium feed in instant replay in New York because it’s so easy. Sometimes, those sight lines are much better when it’s a game that’s not a Monday night game or a Sunday night game. Obviously, the 80,000 people that were in that stadium, counting players, coaches, and everybody else, saw two feet in-bounds. But that shot wasn’t sent to New York.”On the RB Andre Ellington’s touchdown catch that was overturned upon review:“You’d have to ask New York.”On if the officials explained that he didn’t have control of the ball all the way:“They thought the ball moved in his right hand after his right foot had touched the ground. He never lost control of it. The ball might have moved this much. That’s not losing control.”On if calls like those test the team’s mental toughness:“Oh, there’s no doubt. Everybody, I think, in that stadium thought that the game was over when they showed it on the scoreboard, and then to have to come back. That’s why I think our guys were so resilient. They come back and make a play to win the game and don’t kick a field goal to tie it.”center_img Jaron Brown played 103 plays in that game, I think it was, or something close to that. He had his first 100-yard game. He got a game ball. Carson and Larry got game balls on offense. Challenged the young defensive linemen, and they went out and they were super productive. (Rodney) Gunter, (Xavier) Williams and Olsen Pierre all got game balls because they had unbelievable statistics for the amount of plays they played as far as productivity. And Tyvon Branch for a great ball game.”On what the Cardinals will do to fill LB Markus Golden’s roster spot in the short term:“We’ll talk about that a lot today. There’s a possibility of signing one of the practice squad guys, who have both looked very good, a possibility of maybe Haason (Reddick) maybe going out there with Deone (Bucannon) back in special packages because he can’t learn it all in one day. Just continue the rotation. Kareem (Martin) has been playing extremely well, and he can play in base, so we don’t have to teach all those guys, but we’ve got some different options to handle it.”On DL Josh Mauro possibly taking over Golden’s role on defense:“Josh has probably grown out of that position. Kareem would probably do a better job in dropping and spacing in the coverage’s. We’ve had that package in the past with Josh at SAM (linebacker).” TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Obviously, it’s great to have a win and then you wake up, and you see what happens in Las Vegas and your heart and prayers go out to those families who lost lives. Hats off to all the first responders, again, for the great job they did up there. Another tragedy, and it kind of puts football back in place. But again, our hearts and prayers go out to those people and those families. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On the pushback when he’s brought up the idea of using the stadium feed for replay review:“You’d have to ask them.”On attempting a field goal if WR Larry Fitzgerald didn’t make the touchdown catch:“You have to. On fourth down, you’ve got to take the tie. You can’t take the loss. There’s just no way you’re going to take a loss.”On how the team’s approach changed knowing that it had to score:“Well yeah, we had some things we thought of running-wise and in play action. It all went out the window. We did a great job of defending every blade of grass, but took way too much time off the clock. We had them stopped, then miss a tackle and obviously the two penalties. Or we get the ball and a field goal wins the game. That’s a whole different ball game with probably four or five minutes. But, when you get it at 2:30, and you’re straight into two-minute offense, and sometimes, that’s been the best way we’ve played this year.”On if he remains in favor of 10-minute overtime:“Yes. I think it was one of the other overtime games this year, and those guys had to play Thursday night. That’s hard on you. That’s really hard.”On if he’s considered going to a hurry-up or no-huddle offense: Your browser does not support the audio element. “Usually around Thanksgiving. With injuries, you’re either getting guys back or you’ve lost too many, or you know what you’ve got down the road and where everybody stands. Around Thanksgiving.”On if the team will have to work with whatever WR John Brown has for the rest of the season, or if they expect him to get back to how he was playing:“I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see.”On how much of an impact S Tyvon Branch has had on the defense:“Tyvon, being healthy, has been fantastic. He’s probably the most consistent player we have on defense right now. That was a great hit. We should have gotten that ball. We’re missing too many turnovers. Karlos (Dansby) had an easy interception. We hit that ball, we get it, the game changes. Both those plays would have been big, but Tyvon Branch has really been solid.”On S Tyrann Mathieu’s performance yesterday:“I thought he was having a heck of a game, and it’s a tough call at the end, when he’s going for an interception, but he hooks him on the DPI (defensive pass interference). He can still tackle better.”On $LB Deone Bucannon’s play in his first game back:“He knocked a lot of rust off. He looked fast. He wasn’t as instinctive because he just hasn’t had enough reps yet. But, he’ll catch up very fast.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach last_img read more

AdrianPeterson296 rushing yardsIN A SINGLE GAM

first_img.@AdrianPeterson.296 rushing yards.IN A SINGLE GAME? 😱😱😱It happened exactly 10 years ago today.— NFL (@NFL) November 4, 2017 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 28 32 Comments   Share   Eight more carries and he would have tied the NFL record for most carries in a game with 45, a mark set by Jamie Morris in 1988.For the franchise, it’s the most carries by a running back since 1988.In addition, AD also passed Thurman Thomas (12,074) for 15th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list. He also became the fourth-fastest player to reach 12,000 yards in NFL history. Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson and Barry Sanders are the only ones to do it sooner.And although Peterson had a solid game, he felt he was a few big runs away from really pouring it on.“There was about 150 that was left out there,” Peterson said. “In that first half, second half, when I say there was 150 yards left out there, there was a 150 that was left.”Add 150 to Sunday’s total and the statline looks reminiscent of AD’s 296-yard performance on Nov. 7, 2007, which was 10 years ago to the day Saturday. Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson had himself a day in Santa Clara Sunday.The future Hall of Famer’s nickname “All Day” was only fitting as he carried the rock a total of 37 times for 159 yards — averaging 4.3 a carry — as the Cardinals took home the win over the winless San Francisco 49ers.“I knew we were going to pound the rock, I kind of felt like we were getting up there in the 30 range,” Peterson told Paul Calvisi of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I felt good, the guys did a great job up front, out wide. It was one of those games you just got to grind out.” In just three games with the Cardinals, Peterson has eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice. Before joining the team, he only had two games over 100 yards in his last 14 outings.Excluding Sunday and Monday Night Football, Peterson led all runners in Week 9. The closest to him? Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott at 93.With 2:23 left to play, Peterson also set a new career-high in carries with 36 on a big 25-yard run.“He’s an amazing athlete to carry it 37 times,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told Calvisi. “It ain’t heavy, but that’s a lot of pounding.” Top Stories It’s why they call him All Day.@AdrianPeterson breaks loose on his 36th carry of the day.New career-high in carries for him.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 6, 2017He would add one more for a total of 37 carries on the day, his most since 2013 when he had 35 against the Chicago Bears.“I want those guys to know that ‘hey, you can trust me.’ If you want to give it to me 40 times a game, I’m going to be ready,” Peterson said. “I’m ready to tote the load no matter the cost.“No matter what it is, I’m ready to get it done.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs against San Francisco 49ers defensive end Leger Douzable during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws under pressure from Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first half of NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) After an inspiring win over the Green Bay Packers last week, the Arizona Cardinals returned to their old ways on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.The offense could only manage three points against a Lions defense that had allowed 30 points or more in two of its past four games.Steve Wilks’ hot seat may have even gotten even hotter with the loss, the sixth in seven home games this season.The Cardinals fell to 3-10 while the Lions improved to 5-8. They weren’t. And now all the things that were seemingly off the table – the top pick, the future of Wilks – is back on.John Gambadoro, co-host of Burns & GamboWhat a finish. The Dolphins stunned the Patriots on a 69-yard pass and double lateral that culminated in Kenyan Drake going the final 52 yards past a diving Rob Gronkowski near the goal line on the final play of the game in one of the most dramatic endings to a game you will ever see. They are calling in the Miracle in Miami. And here in Arizona the Cardinals put up a whopping three points at home vs the Lions. Their punter, Andy Lee, unloaded for 299 yards on six punts.All I could think about on the way out of the building was that I just witnessed the SF at the SF: The Snooze Fest at State Farm.No, seriously, I almost nodded off like six times in the press box. I thought I heard Dan Bickley snoring next to me once or twice. This game was just flat out boring.You want positives? Joe Barksdale played well at right tackle. I was very impressed by what he did. Trent Sherfield had 5 catches for 77 yards and it will be nice to see him get some more targets in these final three games.Other than that there is not much to say. 11 Comments   Share   Here are the rapid reactions from the 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station hosts.Dave Burns, co-host of Burns & GamboUninspiring is probably the word. But the word that is stuck in my head right at this moment is boring. That was one of the most boring football games I’ve ever watched.It was so disappointing to see the Cardinals lacking that competitive juice that surprised us all from a week ago.The win over Green Bay led some to think that not only were back to back wins on the horizon but that this team could actually be capable of breaking through to the five-win threshold. Hardly inspiring territory but consider where this team has been most of the year.What we got was more in line with what we’ve seen most of the year. David Johnson did nothing to make you believe he’s turned a corner. Same for Josh Rosen. Though it doesn’t help when he has to hold a weekly “get to know you” session with his offensive line. A receiver room thinning by the day isn’t helping either. But he failed to generate any kind of a consistent offensive attack at home against a Lions team that was wearing out their blue injury tent on the sideline.Detroit has a decent defense, but they’re not that good and it’s fair to demand the Cards be a little more competitive against a team like that. Particularly at home. Detroit zeroed in on David Johnson and the screen game. Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was left with no choice but to repeatedly call for runs up the gut to no avail. And a makeshift offensive line couldn’t do much in any phase.The Cardinals didn’t have any excuses. The Lions — or what’s left of them — outplayed and outcoached them. – / 29 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Rosen didn’t get hurt but the more I watch him, the more I wonder if he is going to be late for his own wedding. He is late on almost every pass.The Cardinals held the opposing quarterback to 101 yards receiving and lost. They held the Lions’ top rusher to 54 yards and lost — although almost all of them were on the back-breaking touchdown drive to put the game away in the fourth quarter.Plain and simple, it was painful to watch. 2018 has not been kind to the Cardinals — can’t wait to get a new calendar.Kevin Zimmerman, editor and reporterFor the first time in three games coming off a victory, the Cardinals had a home game against a struggling team. They looked like they had reasonably high odds to build on a road win against the Packers.Instead, they followed it with another performance that erased any good feelings. Arizona fell at home to a Detroit team that came in banged up and left with six players out for the game. The Cardinals were the ones looking like they were playing a 6 a.m. game after a flight to England with backups taking snaps across the board.Arizona’s defense actually held up well for most of the night before a game-sealing drive by the Lions put them away in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the offense sputtered anytime it got a whiff of enemy territory.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter A new look Luxury Coll

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterA new look Luxury Collection is set to debut at CINZ MEETINGS 2016 in June, promising the best of New Zealand in one stand-out location.Now in its third year, the Luxury Collection has evolved to showcase the finest end of the New Zealand business events product with everything from boutique lodges to luxury yachts. Exhibitors for 2016 include award-winning host TIME Unlimited Tours, Pacific Jemm luxury super yacht in Queenstown and Luxury Lodges of New Zealand.“Business event organisers looking for the five-star wow factor will find everything they need in the Luxury Collection,” says Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan.“New Zealand has established an international reputation for exceptional, high-end meeting and incentive offerings, and the Luxury Collection shows what sets us apart.”The stand’s stylish new design features contemporary dark-stained solid timber and striking destination graphics. Booths will be set within a premium island space, accentuated by a five-metre high designer curtain and plush black carpet.MEETINGS’ pre-scheduled appointments on 14 and 15 June allow buyers to meet a choice of 200 exhibitors from 19 regions of New Zealand all under one roof, with 35 appointments across two days.Over 100 Australian hosted buyers will be treated to experiences in eight regions across New Zealand on weekend familiarisation tours before MEETINGS, plus a day out in the host city with Auckland Convention Bureau on Tuesday 14 June.Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand are bringing influential international buyers and media to MEETINGS from North America, China, India and South East Asia. More than 300 day buyers are also anticipated over the two days of MEETINGS, as well as 100 New Zealand event organisers to be hosted in Auckland.Final applications for exhibitor bookings close next week, 28 March and hosted buyer applications close on 18 April.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more