Auctioncom Launches Platform to Enhance Ohio Foreclosure Sales

first_img October 30, 2017 545 Views Auction.com Launches Platform to Enhance Ohio Foreclosure Sales in Headlines, News, Technology Auction.com Bill 390 HOUSING Javid Jaberi 2017-10-30 Rachel Williamscenter_img Share Auction.com has announced its new online platform to execute mortgage foreclosure sales of Ohio properties in conjunction with Private Selling Officers (PSOs), which with the signing of Ohio House Bill 390 allows third-party sales to be conducted online.According to the auction company, “With foreclosure sales now online in Ohio, it is possible for buyers to track whether a property is going to sale, ‘on hold’, or cancelled through email notifications. Sellers can expect their assets to gain greater visibility through Auction.com’s massive marketplace, use of digital advertising network, search engine marketing, geographic marketing and other industry-leading marketing technologies.”Headquartered in Irvine, California Auction.com is the nation’s largest online real estate transaction marketplace focused exclusively on the sale of bank-owned and foreclosure properties.“Buyers gain confidence to bid when they have detailed insight into the asset and understand the process,” said Javid Jaberi, EVP of Operations for Auction.com. “House Bill 390 enables buyers to view asset information from their own computer or mobile phone, enabling them to bid on assets completely online from the comfort of their homes or businesses. These resources enable faster transaction timelines, lower holding costs and increased numbers of potential bidders, better ensuring that assets are sold at market price.”last_img read more

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Less Regulation Wont Mean Reduced Compliance Work for Lenders

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News May 2, 2018 625 Views A slowdown in regulation changes in the first quarter and the discussion around reducing regulations for lenders aren’t likely to reduce compliance work for lenders, according to data from the latest quarterly Banking Compliance Index, published by regtech solutions provider, Continuity. The report found that regulatory activity in the first quarter of 2018 remained low, dropping 15 percent from the same time last year. It reflected a sharp drop of 61 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017. The quarterly index quantifies the incremental burden on financial institutions in keeping up with regulatory changes. Data on the index revealed that regulatory activity during the quarter remained historically low and that the discussions around regulatory reform in Congress saw very less concrete action being taken last quarter. This inaction caused uncertainty about the regulatory environment for many financial institutions, the report revealed.“This regulatory pause is likely just an intermission; Congress continues to buzz with talk of reducing regulatory burden, pointing to the potential for substantial change in the coming months,” said Donna Cameron, Director of Regulatory I/O at Continuity. “Institutions should avoid claiming victory prematurely, as there will be much work to do if rules are modified.”The report found that the typical community financial institution needed a little over one half-time employee to keep pace with regulatory changes in the first quarter. While the 50 issuances during the quarter were on par with previous quarter volumes, they were less complex according to Cameron, who said that it wasn’t unusual to see a regulatory slowdown in the first quarter. The first quarter saw only 1,234 pages of new regulation and cost for compliance held steady at $10,766 for an average financial institution.The report said that the adjustment to the Prepaid Accounts Rule and update to the status of the Payday Lending Rule were the two significant regulation changes seen during the quarter.  Financial institutions will look at keenly following the rulemaking process to reconsider the Payday rule announced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in January, the report indicated.“The current CFPB posture suggests that several of its previous enforcement might be repealed or amended; in fact, there have been no enforcement actions issued by the Bureau since director Mulvaney assumed his position,” Cameron said. “However, it’s critical for financial institutions to realize that even if regulations are rolled back and the burden is reduced, that still represents a significant change that requires a shift in procedures, training, and software. Financial institutions must remain proactive in their regulatory monitoring and management to prepare for the changes ahead.” Banking Compliance Banks CFPB Congress Financial Institutions Lenders Regulations 2018-05-02 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Less Regulation Won’t Mean Reduced Compliance Work for Lenders Sharelast_img read more

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Zombie Homes Webinar—Challenges and Guidance

first_imgZombie Homes Webinar—Challenges and Guidance in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Servicing Click here to view a recording of the DS News Zombie Homes webinar, sponsored by Altisource.On Thursday, MReport’s sister publication, DS News, and sponsor Altisource Field Services presented an exclusive, complimentary webinar entitled “Zombie Homes—Challenges and Guidance.” This event united subject matter experts to discuss the unique challenges posed by zombie homes, ranging from servicer responsibilities, legal challenges, and the property preservation demands involved with maintaining due diligence for these properties that are often caught in a sort of legal limbo.Zombie homes are vacant properties caught in the midst of the foreclosure process, but which are not yet under the control of the servicer or noteholder. They are often created as a result of well-meaning legislators and regulators who are attempting to help borrowers by extending foreclosure processes. In judicial foreclosure states, the foreclosure process can drag on for more than 1,000 days, during which the property may be uninhabited and falling into disrepair, posing safety risks as well as driving down local property values. Unfortunately, the process of dealing with zombie properties is complicated by statutes and regulations that vary wildly even when it comes to the basic definition of what constitutes a vacant or abandoned property in the first place.The DS News “Zombie Homes—Challenges and Guidance” webinar featured presentations and insights from moderator Rick Sharga, EVP, Carrington Mortgage Holdings; Dawn Adams, SVP, Default Servicing, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing; Stephen Hladik, Partner, Hladik, Onorato & Federman; and Timothy Meyer, SVP of Field Services, Altisource.After a quick rundown of the current state of zombie properties, which are most prevalent in states such as New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio, moderator Rick Sharga handed things off to Dawn Adams from Roundpoint. She delved into the challenges presented by the lack of standardized definitions as to what constitutes a zombie property, and how expedited foreclosures can help combat the zombie properties problem.From there, Stephen Hladik walked attendees through the complex web of legal challenges presented by zombie homes, and how some states such as Pennsylvania are passing new legislation to aid in the fight against these abandoned properties.Finally, Altisource’s Timothy Meyer covered the property preservation angle, discussing inspections, repairs, compliance, and complaint resolution, as well as highlighting how field servicers should partner with local governments to combat urban blight.If you missed out on the webinar today, don’t worry—you can still view a recording of the presentation by clicking here. June 21, 2018 595 Views center_img Vacant and Abandoned Homes webinar zombie homes 2018-06-21 David Wharton Sharelast_img read more

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August 21 2018

first_imgAugust 21 , 2018 You might also be interested in Around 50mm of rain could fall in Sydney towards the end of the week and into the weekend according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM); 40mm in Brisbane and as much as 80mm in northern NSW and 65mm into the Gold Coast.New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, which produces about a quarter of the country’s agricultural output, was officially declared entirely in drought on August 8.For the entire month of August so far Sydney has only received 1.4mm of rain and Brisbane only a touch more at 3mm. The average rainfall for this time of year in Sydney is around 55mm, so if the upper end of the BOM forecast is realised that could see much of the month’s moisture pour down in just days. A “substantial ran event” is forecast to be heading for large parts of eastern Australia, which has been struggling with an extreme drought.A weather system is expected to travel across Australia from the west over the coming days, local website News reported.When it hits South Australia it will take a northeast turn and barrel straight for New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland. Parts of Victoria and Tasmania could also feel the effects. Australia: New project will boost capability to de … center_img Aussie produce industry sets ambitious goals for s … Australia ag robotics startup Agerris raises US$4. … Australia: Hort Connections a “one-stop shop” for … last_img read more

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first_img U.S.: Florida expects “typical” avocado volume, de … You might also be interested in It encouraged people to head to the coffee chain for a bacon roll or egg muffin instead.Costa reportedly said the advert played on the “unfortunate issue of ripening” avocados and was not suggesting listeners make a definitive choice over two breakfast items. It simply informed customers they had a promotional offer “to satisfy breakfast requirements”, the company was quoted as saying.However, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said consumers would interpret the ad as a comparison between the experience of eating an avocado and a bacon roll or egg muffin.  “We considered that, although the ad was light-hearted, it nevertheless suggested avocados were a poor breakfast choice, and that a bacon roll or egg muffin would be a better alternative, and in doing so discouraged the selection of avocados,” the ASA reportedly said, ruling that the advert must not be broadcast again.”We told Costa to ensure future ads did not condone or encourage poor nutritional habits and that they did not disparage good dietary practice.” A Costa Coffee radio advert has been banned by U.K. authorities for encouraging people to eat its bacon rolls for breakfast instead of avocados, local media The Independent reported.Costa is the country’s leading coffee chain in terms of number of outlets.  Two listeners reportedly complained the promotion discouraged consumers from selecting fresh fruit.The commercial, aired in June, featured a voice-over that was quoted  by the article as saying: “Oh, there’s a great deal on ripen-at-home avocados. Sure, they’ll be hard as rock for the first 18 days, three hours and 20 minutes, then they’ll be ready to eat, for about 10 minutes, then they’ll go off.” October 03 , 2018 center_img Australia expects bumper avocado crop, plans expor … Peruvian avocados: Export value grew to record US$ … Calavo kicks off 2019 with record results as Q1 ne …last_img read more

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Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have agreed

first_imgAir New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have agreed to operate flights between Christchurch and Singapore from December 2019 as part of their joint venture alliance.Air New Zealand will operate a five times weekly seasonal service between Christchurch and Singapore from 1 December 2019 to 22 February 2020 using new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The increase in seasonal services to Christchurch follows approval for the two airlines to extend their alliance for a further five years until March 2024.Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer Nick Judd says the changes have been introduced to meet growing demand for alliance services.“We’re deploying our larger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the route which will increase capacity as well as add more premium seating to the route. With the growth in frequency of the seasonal service to five times weekly, these changes will ultimately deliver greater choice, great connectivity beyond Singapore and increased connections into the domestic New Zealand network.“We’d also like to acknowledge our partners in Christchurch – ChristchurchNZ and Christchurch Airport – for their support as we’ve gone about establishing these services.”Tickets for the new Air New Zealand operated service will go on sale from 23 January 2019.Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines’ Christchurch-Singapore schedule from 1 December 2019 – 22 February 2020, subject to slot availability, is as follows:last_img read more

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first_imgagentsCzech RepublicCzech Tourism Boardfamil A select group of Australian travel agents is currently exploring regional areas of the Czech Republic as part of a Czech Tourism Board global marketing initiative incorporating 20 countries, to highlight what’s hot in areas outside of Prague.The wine region of Southern Movarian is becoming increasing popular with domestic and international guests and currently produces 97 per cent of all Czech wines. The wine region covers 16,514 hectares and includes 306 winemakers – all creating a wide variety of red, white, rose, orange and dessert wines.The group is pictured enjoying a drop of the traditional Becherovkaat at the Punkva Caves in Moravian Kras which is located north of the country’s second largest city of Brno. This limestone cave system was discovered in 1909, with the ‘Dry Sector’ open for visitors to walk through. In 1920 the ‘wet sector’ was opened, where guests board electronic boats and cruise through the water system of the caves.L-R: Jacqui Xerri- senior consultant from Victorian based Trans World Travel, Graham Bow – Prague based Australian with Eastern Europe Tours, Jan Urban, marketing director Asia Pacific Czech Tourism Board, Even Fang, sales consultant Sydney based Beyond Travel and Tania Clarke- travel designer Where2Travel.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   The game Whisenhunt is referring to is next Thursday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos. It will be the Cards’ fifth preseason game, and that they have not figured out the most important position on the field is cause for concern.But Whisenhunt said a lot will go into the decision, so it’s not a simple as just seeing who plays better next Thursday.“We’ve still got some practice days left,” the coach noted, adding that there is still time for competitive practices against the defense. “A lot of it’s how they respond to their corrections from the game this week and the games the week before.“There’s a lot of things that go into it.”Part of that is how his QBs respond from their mistakes. Whisenhunt said Kolb responded well not only from his outing against the Raiders, which prompted an opposing defensive lineman to question his toughness, but how he battled back from turnovers Thursday night.“Kevin obviously had a lot going on last week,” Whisenhunt said. “And I thought he responded like a pro to us.”Still, the head coach was not pleased with how many times his team turned the ball over. John Skelton was intercepted once, Kevin Kolb was picked off twice, and both Ryan Lindley and Jaymar Johnson lost fumbles. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “The one thing we’ve got to get corrected,” Whisenhunt said, “Is we can’t turn the football over. The reason we didn’t win the game [Thursday] night was because we turned the football over, and that’s not going to cut it going forward.” – / 25 Ken Whisenhunt was not surprised the first question he was asked Friday was about his quarterbacks.The Cardinals coach, roughly 12 hours after his team arrived in the Valley following a preseason tilt with the Titans, gave no indication that anything has been decided.“I don’t really know right now,” he said when asked if there’s any change in how the quarterback situation will be approached this week. “Each of them have gotten two starts, obviously, but that’s something that we’re going to think about going into this game.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact What a 2013 season it was for the Arizona Cardinals.A new general manager plus a new coach and a newly-revamped roster meant a new outlook for the future.The Cardinals went 10-6, narrowly missing the playoffs, but more importantly, changing the direction of the franchise just one season after a woeful 5-11 campaign.But the work has already begun for 2014. In May, the Cardinals hold the 20th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. To follow all the rumors and predictions of what the Cardinals (and the other 31 teams) will do in the draft, check our Mock Draft Tracker. We’ll keep you updated on what all the top experts are projecting leading up to the draft. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgNot far below Nelson was third-round pick David Johnson, who is expected to carve out a role in Arizona’s backfield.65. RB David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals: Don’t be surprised if he quickly works his way up the depth chart. Bruce Arians will have some create uses for his abilities. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Christian is looked at as an H-back in Arizona’s offense, and for a team that is short on experience at the tight end position, a solid offseason could lead to him having a greater role than anticipated. – / 8center_img Humphries was followed by receiver J.J. Nelson, a fifth-round selection who posted the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine. And the final Cardinal on the list was the last player selected in the entire draft, tight end Gerald Christian. 90. TE Gerald Christian, Arizona Cardinals: Mr. Irrelevant? Hardly, as Christian will be a quality player for the Cardinals. The Arizona Cardinals chose seven players in the 2015 NFL Draft.According to NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer, four of them are among the top 100 rookies who will make an impact in 2015.The highest-ranked Cardinal was first-round pick D.J. Humphries.23. OL D.J. Humphries, Arizona Cardinals: Humphries should help take care of Carson Palmer while also boosting the run game. 61. WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals: A threat to take it to the house in the return game, don’t be surprised if Nelson makes his presence known in a crowded receiver corps, too. Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img – / 38 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona head coach Bruce Arians confirmed to Paul Calvisi of 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station after the 20-18 loss to Dallas that Logan suffered a wrist injury but he did not know the severity.“He’s a dynamic guy. That’s why we drafted him,” Arians told Calvisi after the game. “He loves running kickoffs back, he did a great job with the punts, he’s fearless — and he’s a running back, so it’s not like a receiver running with the ball.”He recorded two kick returns for an average of 35.5 yards and had a 10-yard punt return in the first preseason game.Logan also entered the game as a running back in the second half, taking four carries for 24 yards (6.0 yards per carry). Sixteen of those yards came on one bruising run, when he found a seam and then finished the run with a lowered shoulder.“T.J. was very electric,” Arians told Calvisi. “Knock on wood that injury isn’t serious. It’s a wrist. We don’t know how severe it is.”Inject T.J. Logan into my veins!!! pic.twitter.com/J4witstR6f— Revenge of the Birds (@revengeofbirds) August 4, 2017 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 1 Comments   Share   Cardinals RB T.J. Logan waits during an OTA practice May 16. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cardinals rookie running back and return man T.J. Logan left the Thursday preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys with a wrist injury. NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya said Logan was undergoing x-rays in the locker room during the second half of the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.Logan, the Cardinals’ fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was in the running to see immediate playing time as a return man. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals released veteran running back Chris Johnson on Friday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 25 Comments   Share   Johnson also previously spent time with the New York Jets in 2014.As for the rest of the Cardinals running backs, Arizona boasts superstar David Johnson, along with Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams, Elijhaa Penny, James Summers and the injured T.J. Logan. Of course, that situation could change as cuts continue.center_img Cardinals released veteran RB Chris Johnson, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2017Johnson, 31, played for the Cardinals for the last two seasons, appearing in 15 games and rushing for just over 900 yards. The former All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowler once ran for more than 2,000 yards in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans, but finds himself as a free agent as NFL teams near the requirement to cut their rosters down to 53 players. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) is hit by Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) makes a touchdown catch as San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tyvis Powell (30) and cornerback Jimmie Ward (20) defend during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 0 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. — Through three quarters of Sunday’s game at State Farm Stadium, it looked like the same old uphill slog for the Arizona Cardinals’ offense.Sure, the guy calling the plays was different, but Arizona had managed only 134 yards of offense and three points against the struggling San Francisco 49ers.But the fourth quarter looked and felt different; the Cardinals moved the ball efficiently and exploded for 15 points to escape with a hard-fought 18-15 win in front of 61,923 fans. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, making just his fifth start as a pro, completed 12-of 18 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the final quarter, spearheading the Cardinals’ comeback.Related LinksCardinals base defense stands up against 49ers run gameThere’s a first time for everything: Larry Fitzgerald spikes the ballRapid Reactions: Josh Rosen gets first comeback victory for CardinalsRosen, Fitzgerald lead Cardinals to comeback win vs. 49ersThings looked bleak early in the quarter after San Francisco’s Robbie Gould nailed a 20-yard field that capped an 11-play, 73-yard drive and gave the 49ers (1-7) a 15-3 lead. What the Cardinals’ offense has shown through the season’s first half gave that deficit an unsurmountable feel.But Rosen wasn’t having any of it. On the ensuing possession, he marched the Cardinals down the field with the big play coming on a 37-yard completion to Larry Fitzgerald, which was coupled with a roughing-the-passer penalty on Arik Armstead, which moved the ball all the way to the San Francisco 13-yard line.On second down, Rosen hooked up with Fitzgerald again on a 13-yard scoring strike to pull the Cardinals to within five points.Fitz passes Tony Gonzalez for 7th on the all-time TD receptions list 💪(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/x79gk5hViq— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 28, 2018San Francisco punted on its next possession, and the Cardinals appeared to be on the move again. On 2nd-and-8 from the Arizona 40, Rosen hit tight end Jermaine Gresham down the left sideline for a 17-yard pickup. Gresham, however, fumbled (and the ball inexplicably remained inbounds) and it was recovered by linebacker Fred Warner with just 4:44 to go. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Four plays later, facing third-and-goal from the 9, Rosen located Kirk in the back of the end zone for a beautiful touchdown pass to give Arizona its first lead since 3-2 in the second quarter. For good measure, he found Fitzgerald on a two-point conversion pass to pad the lead to three with :39 left.Rookies lead the comeback in Arizona!(via @AZCardinals) pic.twitter.com/qNMEuNhOvL— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 28, 2018The defense held and the Cardinals earned just their second win of the season.The 15-point outburst marked just the fourth time this season the Cardinals have hit double-digits in a single quarter and also established a new season high. The 49ers didn’t do anything on their next possession either, punting the ball back to Arizona with 2:16 to go.Needing 73 yards for a score and the lead, Rosen didn’t exactly tiptoe into the huddle meekly, as most rookies in that situation would have.“We’re about to win this (expletive) game, that’s what he said,” left tackle D.J. Humphries said of Rosen’s late-game motivational words. “Excuse my French. That’s what he said. Josh is always like that. That’s how he moves.”Facing a third down at the 27, Rosen looked to Fitzgerald again, completing an 11-yard pass and moving the chains on the final play before the two-minute warning. On the next play, he hit Fitzgerald again, this time for 20 yards into San Francisco territory. After an incompletion, Rosen found fellow rookie Christian Kirk for 19 yards down to the 23.Strangely enough, Rosen’s best pass of the game might have been an incompletion. On first down, the 21-year-old laced a rocket down the seam to J.J. Nelson, who was matched up against 49ers corner Richard Sherman. The throw was right on the money, but Sherman had good enough position to prevent Nelson from making the catch. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterUnited Airlines is launching a 15-hour non-stop flight from San Francisco to Singapore from June.This will be the first ever direct route connecting the two cities and the only current non-stop flight from the US to Singapore. United will use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets on the 14,000-kilometre route, which it says is the longest scheduled 787 flight operated by any US carrier.“We are very excited about introducing non-stop flights between San Francisco and Singapore,” said Marcel Fuchs, United’s vice president of Atlantic and Pacific sales. “This long-awaited service has been made possible by the newest version of our customer-pleasing Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Customers arriving to San Francisco will have dozens of options to connect to other cities across the Americas.”With the launch of flights on 1 June 2016, United will discontinue its current Singapore-Tokyo Narita service.The route will continue to be served by trans-Pacific joint venture partner All Nippnon Airways.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLos Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) has launched meetLA.com, a brand-new website designed as a comprehensive, one-stop destination for Australian meeting professionals looking to conduct business in Los Angeles, one of the world’s premier meeting destinations.Created specifically to accommodate the needs of meeting and event professionals, the site ensures buying decisions are simple and stress-free. meetLA.com offers critical tools to navigate the city of Los Angeles with ease such as:Find a Venue – Users can discover L.A.’s robust portfolio of venues including hotels, unique event spaces or the Los Angeles Convention Centre and filter between L.A.’s regions, attendee numbers (from 50 to thousands), meeting room totals and minimum square footage to immediately obtain targeted results.Compare Venues –Selected locations can then be quickly compared with detailed descriptions and up-to-date meeting room specifications.Interactive Mapping –An integrated Google map displays selected venue locations, estimated distances, nearby attractions and public transportation routes.“L.A. Tourism understands the importance of the meetings industry and we’ve taken detailed measures to create a website that truly reflects a planner’s interests and desires,” said Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales at the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.“meetLA.com is designed to ensure we connect with, and provide an engaging platform for, all generations of the meeting community.”Readily accessible from all mobile devices, meetLA.com boasts enriched creative and up-to-date content such as information on new and refreshed hotels, group dining, green meetings and airport options. Planners can easily contact L.A. Tourism sales staff directly with a click of a phone number or email.The launch of the new site follows the unveiling of L.A. Tourism’s meetings campaign, meetL.A., which serves as an introduction to planners who might be unfamiliar with the destination while offering those who haven’t visited recently an opportunity to rediscover Los Angeles.Citywide convention business is booming for Los Angeles with 33 conventions booked for 2016, the most for the city since 2001. Economic impact of these conventions is estimated to be AUD$605 million (USD$429 million). 2017 also looks to be a major year as bookings are approaching 350,000 projected hotel room nights generated, due to larger citywide conventions than in 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterNorth American travel agency Travel Leaders Network has released a shortlist of some suggested destinations for luxury travellers looking to avoid the crowds and experience travel from a new perspective.Luxury travellers today are seeking personalised itineraries in out-of-the-ordinary destinations that offer them exclusiveness and all of the VIP amenities of the more iconic, top-visited destinations, Travel Leaders said.Luxury travellers are most interested in exclusive access, including VIP tours, private cars and drivers, and customised culinary experiences, according to results from the most recent Travel Leaders Group travel trends survey. Sometimes their customised experience is through community service in a foreign land.IschiaSet in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about an hour off the coast of Naples, Italy, is a small mountainous island called Ischia that is a dream for any traveler looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby Amalfi Coast, said Atlanta Travel Leaders advisor Marybeth Green, who just returned from Italy.“The major cities of Western Europe are wonderful, but Ischia offers the views, charm and experiences without the crushing crowds,” Green said. Ischia offers stunning views of the Bay of Naples and some of the best beaches in Italy. Ischia Pointe is home to most of the hotels, charming shops and cafes. Adventurous outdoor enthusiasts will want to head to the town of Fontana, where they can journey to the top of Mount Epomeo, which rises more than 2,500 feet above sea level and offers stunning 360-degree views of Capri and the Sorrentina Peninsula.TallinnWhile virtually all European cities provide charm and culture, the port cities lining the Baltic shores – from St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki, Finland, are worth the trip. One stop in particular is Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia with its beautiful beaches and all the trappings of a modern metropolis. It’s one of the ports of call on the Crystal Cruises Serenity Baltic Treasures cruise that sails from Denmark to Sweden.“Tallinn is really a Baltic gem wrapped up in an easily walkable package,” said Ted Blank, a luxury advisor with Travel Leaders in Stillwater, Minnesota. “As overtourism becomes a fact of life in many destinations, travellers are seeking a stress-free alternative that still allows authentic cultural experiences. Less crowded destinations can offer tremendous historical, cultural, and culinary highlights in a serene environment, where the locals still welcome travelers with open arms,” he added. For example. Tallinn’s Old Town neighbourhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobblestone streets, is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe.Tuamotu IslandsA cruise in the southern Pacific Ocean is one way travellers can uncover the hidden gem of the Tuamotu Islands, a French Polynesian chain of almost 80 islands and low-lying atolls near the eastern part of Tahiti. Whether one arrives on a Silversea Cruises world cruise or a 10-day Windstar Cruises sailing, it’s awe-inspiring to realise that The Tuamotus cover 16 regions in an archipelago that stretches across an area roughly the size of Western Europe. Manihi, built on a coral reef, is the farthest north of Tuamotu Archipelego and is less than a two-hour flight from Tahiti. This obscure getaway, known as the Island of Pearls, has a lagoon perfect for scuba diving, especially for people interested in searching for black pearls.“Traveling to destinations that are less crowded can be a great way for clients to really immerse themselves in the local culture,” said Lynch. Manihi is less inhabited than its largest sister, Rangiroa, and is a great location for connecting with the local fishermen.Canadian Rockies“The view of the Canadian Rockies onboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train allows unparalleled views in a comfortable, relaxed setting, with all of the details taken care of,” said Blank, adding that there are opportunities to stop and visit the quaint mountain towns and parks. For one, Banff National Park is a bucket list destination that thrills millions of visitors a year, with certain areas in the Alberta park, such as Lake Louise being extremely popular for their hiking trails, skiing and turquoise lakes.For a less crowded experience, but all the joys and natural wonders of the Canadian Rockies, venture across the border into British Columbia to visit Yoho National Park, which sits along the western slope of the Continental Divide of the Americas. Although Yoho is the smallest of the country’s national parks, within its borders is The Takakkaw Falls, the second largest waterfall in Canada and a site to behold.Other feedback“I had a client who wanted to rent a private island for his wife’s 40th birthday,” said Rey Alton, a Travel Leaders advisor in Houston, Texas. “He wanted space for a total of five couples, so they could include their friends, and he wanted a private chef capable of unique culinary options. We found them the perfect island – Cayo Espanto in Belize. It has only seven villas – the ultimate in privacy and an on-site massage therapist. At $25,000 a night, it is also the ultimate in luxury.”Not all luxury travel is as pricey or as remote. “Luxury travel is trending toward unique vacation locations such as Greenland, which is only a 90-minute flight from Iceland,” said Valerie Lederle, a Travel Leaders advisor in Colleyville, Texas. “A unique hotel with a small spa, a hot springs experience, a private champagne lunch overlooking the fjords or staying in a deluxe safari-style camp on the edge of the Greenland Ice sheet is a very unique and appealing experience.”“Luxury travel has evolved from being more than just five-star accommodations. It is also five-star itineraries,” stated Allegra Lynch, a Santa Rosa, California-based Travel Leaders advisor. “For example, consumers don’t necessarily think of traveling to the Arctic Circle, but they are open to the idea if they are able to join a luxury winter safari, complete with traditional igloo stays,” she said.“Some want to help with a community project or spend time, for example, in an orphanage in Africa for an extended period of time, not just for an hour or two,” said Tom Mieczynski, a luxury Travel Leaders advisor in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. “They fulfil deeper connections with themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones and finding real meaning in their experiences.”Travel Leaders Network is one of the largest sellers of luxury travel, cruises and tours in the travel agency industry, with approximately 6,600 travel agency locations across the United States and Canada.Lead image: Ischia in the Tyrrhenian Sea.More info at travelleaders.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Michel Reybier founder

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMichel Reybier, founder of La Reserve, has acquired the house of the founder of Cos d’Estournel, Chateau Pomys to make it a country residence. This European summer, this elegant, refurbished hotel surrounded by vineyards in centuries-old grounds will reopen with simple, attentive service within a refined and relaxed décor.La Maison d’Estournel is located next to the St Estèphe property and was already a hotel when acquired by Cos d’Estournel’s current owner, Michel Reybier, in 2017.Due to reopen this winter, the refurbished hotel, surrounded by vines and the estate’s parkland, boasts 14 rooms, a restaurant, library and tasting room.Located in Saint-Estèphe in the Médoc, a few hundred meters from Cos d’Estournel, La Maison d’Estournel is part of the property inherited by Louis Gaspard d’Estournel in 1791. Nicknamed the Maharaja of Saint Estèphe, he lived in Pomys, Cos being devoted to the wine business.Michel Reybier has now brought together the two fundamental elements of the estate, and the property has been returned to its original structure: Cos d’Estournel, palace dedicated to wines, and La Maison, warm home of the founder.La ChartreuseLa Chartreuse adjoins the main château, offering an indoor pool and hammam, as well as patios overlooking the garden to bask in the morning sun and ornate fireplaces to settle before in the evenings.La Maison d’Estournel prices start from $485 per night. La Chartreuse is occasionally available and priced from $30,000 per night.For more information, contact Lea Seguier – La Reserve’s representative in Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney. Phone (02) 9299 0971.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Skyscanner are entering two teams in the Monster D

first_imgSkyscanner are entering two teams in the Monster Duathlon challenge around Loch Ness on the 12th September and are looking for sponsorship. As some may know most in the Skyscanner teams either hate cycling, hate running or hate both so dig deep and sponsor them for the pain they’re putting themselves through!This is no fun run – it’s a serious event where everyone is racing against each other. There are plenty of former sports professionals attending so Skyscanner don’t stand a chance but they will still be going all out on the day.The sponsorship page is located here – http://www.justgiving.com/skyscanner/Please leave a note with your donation to spur on the Skyscanner guys and girls on the day.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner recommends: The Great Glen Way, ScotlandCEO Gareth Williams gives us the lowdown on his favourite destiantionTwo Teams – One Skyscanner Charity ChallengeFor one day two volunteering teams from Skyscanner took part in the Skyscanner Charity Challenge, which was full of fun, creativity and competition!Eight Summer Lake Breaks: fresh ideas for fresh waterSkyscanner takes a look at some of the world’s best summer lake holidayslast_img read more

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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMandarin Oriental, Miami introduces “Latin Rhythms,” a room and spa package specially designed for travelers seeking to experience the city’s Latin beat first-hand.The program begins in the hotel’s Five-Star Spa with a refreshing exfoliation using lime and mint, followed by a citrus-infused Aroma Stone massage using heated stones to relieve deep-seated muscle tension creating a sense of balance and calm. The massage is accented with choice of body oil infused with either clove or citrus spice. Following the treatment, guests will enjoy a healthy signature bento box lunch of Latin and Asian infused flavors with a signature Spa Mojito cocktail at the infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking Biscayne Bay. Additionally, guests can learn the moves of Samba at a private class exploring this popular Brazilian dance.As always, guests will enjoy all the comforts and amenities of Mandarin Oriental – world-class accommodations, unrivaled levels of service and state-of-the-art facilities including Oasis Beach Club with a private white sand beach and innovative restaurants and bars.The “Latin Rhythms” package adds an array of Latin-inspired offerings to the guests’ overall Miami experience including:* Luxurious accommodations* American breakfast daily* Lime & Mint exfoliation* Citrus-infused Aroma Stone massage (80 minutes) www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced the opening of its debut Reserve property, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Krabi, Southern Thailand.As the world’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Phulay Bay embodies the attributes, philosophy and unique style and design of the Reserve brand extension. It has been designed for those who seek to escape the stresses of everyday life and immerse themselves into a completely bespoke and personally-tailored-to-suit vacation experience.Set on the shores of the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay is a striking 54-villa and pavilion boutique hotel offering unspoilt views of the naturally rugged shoreline and dramatic limestone karsts which make up this beautiful part of southern Thailand.The resort is the vision and work of in-demand Thai architect Lek Bunnag, and is an awe-inspiring combination of modern styling and architecture; grand and oversized in scale with distinctive accents from not only Thai, but Middle Eastern and Moroccan cultures. Bunnag takes inspiration from beautiful things from around the world to create an environment where the senses are continuously triggered and enlivened from the moment guests enter the resort driveway to the moment they leave.An exhilarating sense of arrival will immediately let guests know they are somewhere special: 20ft high aubergine walls and ‘hedges’ made from indigenous trees create a sense of wonder from the outside and a great sense of peace and stillness once on the inside. Guests enter the resort through the high walls and walk over a stepping-stone pathway that leads them to a magnificent pitched-roof Thai pavilion situated on an island surrounded by thousands of gently flickering candles.From here on in, guests subtly and gently have their senses enriched and stimulated with the resort’s own scent, signature drink, the stunning scenery from both inside the accommodation and throughout the resort, to tactile 100% Thai silk soft furnishings used in the villas and restaurants.“When styling and designing Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, we were very conscious of the abundant natural beauty surrounding us which is what makes people fall in love with Thailand,” explained Estelita Sebeto, the resort’s General Manager. “We want guests to enjoy and discover the extraordinary diversity so have worked with nature to maintain a setting that evokes the very best of the natural environment and sourced local and sustainable materials in its construction and styling.”Working closely with Thai interior designer IA49, Bunang has carefully designed buildings and public spaces to combine contemporary with culture, perfectly complementing the natural flora of existing trees and plants which cleverly act as privacy screens throughout the grounds offering greater intimacy in the resort. The use of traditional story-telling Lanna art forms both in architectural structure and as paintings and artworks on the walls and doors of villas further stimulates the senses and creates an element of interest for guests.No two of the resort’s 16 signature Reserve Villas are the same; all slightly different in physical design and styling, guests can opt for a villa with lap pool and lawn area for sun worshiping, a private rooftop for alfresco dining and sunset viewing, or a completely secluded pool bathing area for total privacy. Across all nonetheless, luxury prevails with oversized 3metre by 2metre beds, deep sunken baths, walk in closets, expansive decked gardens and vast ‘keyhole’ doorways that create a sense of magic setting the guest at ease and welcoming them to luxury.With an emphasis on personalised, bespoke experiences, guests can ‘design’ or tailor make their visit to perfectly suit their needs and desires. Their very own villa butler, can organise a light BBQ lunch at a favourite beach spot; a meditation class with local monks; elephant trekking to a remote picnic spot; a sea plane tour of region’s dramatic scenery; an in-villa personal yoga session; a boat journey to surrounding islands – the possibilities are endless.World-class culinary experiences will be available throughout the resort’s six intimate and carefully thought-out restaurants. Each designed to accommodate a small number of guests for highly personalised and non intrusive service. Chef will personally meet diners to better understand their tastes and preferences and all ingredients will be sourced from local markets and cooked fresh.Included is the resort’s signature Thai restaurant, Sri Trang, a modern, and stylish restaurant with private dining room for 10 set on its own jetty overlooking the shoreline called ‘Sri Trang by the Sea’. Lae Lay, the resort’s sea front pavilion sits parallel to a 23metre infinity pool stretching out to the sea beyond. Beautifully appointed with oversized chairs and hanging lanterns among rustling trees, guests can also choose to dine under the stars on their own in a private sala seating up to 8 guests, aptly named ‘Lae Lay Under the Stars’.An infinity pool bar will offer soft loungers and silk pillows by day with lighter more relaxed culinary offerings, while the resort’s sunset lounge, will offer day beds, oversized pillows, chill-out lounge bar music and candle lanterns for a truly intimate and relaxing feel. The perfect place for a glass of champagne or a stylish martini as the sun sets over the seemingly endless horizon.RAW spa café prepares fresh, uncooked and unaltered vegan products and has a green hydroponic bar growing the resort’s own wheatgrass and lettuce.The ESPA villa at Phulay Bay is a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation with stepping stones meandering through the spa leading to decked walkways and relaxation terraces surrounded by vegetation and reflection ponds that perfectly capture the unique character of Phulay Bay. The Spa itself comprises three traditional Thai pavilions set over two levels offering 11 treatment rooms including single and couples massage rooms and two VIP treatment suites with their own expansive decks for massage and showering.The opening rates for Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve are as follows: Resort Pavilion THB19,550; Ocean Pavilion THB21,250; Beach Villa THB 27,200; Reserve Villa THB44,200 and Royal Beach Villa THB68,000. All rates are subject to 18.7% service charges and taxes.www.ritzcarlton.comlast_img read more

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