VOLARIS LAUNCHES GUADALAJARA-DALLAS | Uganda group tours

Volaris Airlines has started new international service connecting the ...

Volaris today consolidates their presence in the Texan marketplace with the introduction of new international service connecting Guadalajara, Jalisco with Dallas, Texas, effective April 29.

The announcement underscores the airline’s position as the Mexican carrier with the highest total of routes in Mexico and the US, now offering 138 routes to 59 destinations, of which 21 are international flights and 38 domestic. In addition, Volaris reports transporting over 49 million passengers since it was inaugurated. Of these, 7 million have been to US cities, and this number continues on the rise as a result of an average 230 daily operations.

The carrier’s Chief Commercial Officer, Holger Blankenstein, spoke of the importance of entering the Dallas market, “We are extremely excited to forge ahead with our expansion into the US via its most important cities, and that is the case of Dallas- Fort Worth, through its major cities such as Dallas and Fort Worth, region where now we give connectivity to all Mexicans who visit family and friends in Mexico with clean fares.”

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport welcomes Volaris as our newest airline partner,” said John Ackerman, Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Development at Dallas- Fort Worth International Airport.

“Mexico is a vital trade partner with Texas with more than 190 billion dollars in exports and imports combined. Texas generates more trade with Mexico than any other U.S. state, and represents 40 percent of Dallas Fort Worth’s international traffic. The new service increases travel options for all customers to Mexico and will support more growth of the leisure travel market between Guadalajara and North Texas.”

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MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL | Budget Rwanda trips

Marriott International Inc.

First quarter 2015 net income totaled $207 million, a 20 percent increase over 2014 first quarter net income. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the first quarter totaled $0.73, a 28 percent increase from diluted EPS in the year-ago quarter. First quarter 2015 results reflect impairment charges totaling $12 million pretax while the prior year quarter included both a $10 million pretax impairment charge and a net $16 million tax benefit. On February 18, 2015, the company forecasted first quarter diluted EPS of $0.68 to $0.72.

Arne M. Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, said, “Worldwide constant dollar RevPAR increased at the high end of our expectations in the first quarter of 2015. Strong transient and group demand and very high occupancy rates in the U.S. allowed us to continue to reduce special discounts and enhance pricing. Internationally, robust demand in Mexico and our Caribbean resorts and increasing travel to Egypt drove RevPAR higher. Weak currencies in Europe, the U.K. and Japan encouraged both domestic demand and international arrivals into those markets. As a result, constant dollar RevPAR at our international hotels increased 6.7 percent, well ahead of our expectations.

“New hotel room openings accelerated in the first quarter as we added over 10,000 rooms compared to nearly 6,000 room additions in the first quarter of 2014. We are delighted to welcome guests to our newest hotels including the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa and the JW Marriott Austin and look forward to the opening of The New York EDITION in a few weeks. Despite this accelerated openings pace, our development pipeline totaled over 240,000 rooms, comparable to the year-end 2014 level.

“In 2015, we expect worldwide gross room additions of 8 percent, or 7 percent, net, including the approximately 10,000 rooms associated with our recently completed acquisition of Delta Hotels. Given our significant development pipeline and strong owner and franchisee demand for our brands, we expect our worldwide organic room growth will accelerate meaningfully in 2016.

In North America, comparable systemwide RevPAR increased 6.9 percent (a 6.6 percent increase using actual dollars) in the first quarter of 2015, including a 4.9 percent increase (a 4.7 percent increase in actual dollars) in average daily rate. RevPAR for comparable systemwide North American full-service hotels (including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance Hotels, Gaylord Hotels and Autograph Collection Hotels) increased 5.3 percent (a 5.0 percent increase in actual dollars) with a 4.6 percent increase (a 4.3 percent increase in actual dollars) in average daily rate. RevPAR for comparable systemwide North American limited-service hotels (including Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites) increased 8.3 percent (an 8.0 percent increase in actual dollars) in the first quarter with a 5.6 percent increase (a 5.3 percent increase in actual dollars) in average daily rate.

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FLEXJET CEO: FLEXJET PENDING LITIGATION | Budget Rwanda gorilla tours

: (from left) Flexjet President Fred Reid; Executive Vice President ...

On April 27, eTN published a story: Pilots sue luxury jet airline. Now chairman Kenn Ricci issued the following statement in response to actions announced by the IBT 1108 earlier..

“We believe this pending litigation is without merit and an act of desperation by the Teamsters who cannot accept the fact that the overwhelming majority of our 350 Flexjet pilots have chosen to not join a union. At Flexjet, our loyalty is to our employees, and we do not believe this lawsuit takes into account our company’s heritage and history of honoring and protecting our family of pilots who have industry leading compensation and work rules,” said Flexjet Chairman, Kenn Ricci.

Flexjet, LLC first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing. Flexjet’s fractional aircraft program is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, and Flexjet is the first and only company to be honored with its 14th FAA Diamond Award for Excellence.

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INDIA CONVENTION GOES | Budget Rwanda trips

All India Convention of Indian Revenue Service Association

The 8th Convention India Conclave will be held at the Expo Centre in Greater Noida, India, on August 8 and 9, 2015.

The event is being organized by the India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), an apex body to promote convention business in and to India.

According to Capt. Swadesh Kumar of Shikhar Travels, Vice Chairman of ICPB, the theme and other details of the conclave will be decided upon in the coming weeks.

ICPB is backed and supported by the government and the industry, with the membership involved in seeing that India gets a larger slice of the meetings and exhibitions business.

India now has a decent inventory of venues which can hold meetings of fairly large size.

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TEXAS CELEBRATES TOURISM INDUSTRY | Budget Rwanda trips

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In recognition of Texas’ dynamic travel and tourism industry and its important contributions to the state economy, Governor Greg Abbott has designated May 2-10 as Texas Travel and Tourism Week, in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week.

Texas is a premier destination for domestic and international travelers, and the travel and tourism industry is one of the state’s largest. Travel spending in Texas totaled an estimated $70.5 billion in 2014, the fifth consecutive year of growth and the highest level recorded to date. This directly supported 630,000 jobs across many industries, including leisure and hospitality, transportation, retail, trade services, finance, real estate, construction, insurance, and others.

The Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division is encouraging Texans to capture and share their favorite Lone Star State travel memories using the hashtag #TexasToDo. Users who include #TexasToDo may have photos and videos uploaded to Texas Tourism’s online gallery on TravelTex.com/TexasToDo, which serves as a continuously updated Texas To Do List for visitors and locals traveling throughout the state.

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THE DUKE MEETS DIRTY HARRY | Affordable Rwanda safaris

The Duke of Cambridge meets with Harry Kewell and Sheree Murphy. Photo ...

The Grand Opening of the brand new John Wayne Birthplace Museum, adjacent to his birthplace home in Winterset, Iowa takes place May 22-25, 2015. The charming town is also where Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the romantic film, “The Bridges of Madison County.” Winterset is approximately 30 miles southwest of Des Moines, on Iowa-169.

Since 1982, the historic John Wayne Birthplace home has drawn over a million visitors to see where John Wayne’s life began. The new John Wayne Birthplace Museum will enhance that visitor experience, with a colossal 6,100 square feet structure, which includes a theater, gift shop, and gallery display area with over $2 million in artifacts and interactive exhibits documenting his life and career. This is the only museum in the world dedicated to John Wayne, born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907.

John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are 8th cousins, 1 time removed. Their common ancestor is Cornet Joseph Parsons who emigrated from England in 1635. Both stars are Western movie legends, but Eastwood often played more sensitive characters in non-Westerns; whereas Wayne’s characters were generally more rough and tough. At least that’s what I was told – I’m married to a cinéaste who knows Hollywood inside and out.

Brian Downes, Executive Director of the historic John Wayne Birthplace and new museum, led us through both sites and knew the story behind every one of myriad of artifacts on display. Downes knew The Duke personally. As a young reporter, he interviewed Wayne at the star’s home in California in 1977. Downes had an unusually smooth encounter with the star, who was kind and generous in real life. This led Downes toward a passion for the actor’s oeuvres. The new museum is somewhat of a shrine to Wayne’s greatness, both as an actor and man.

The grand opening weekend is chalk full of free and low-cost activities for anyone who visits Winterset late May. A rodeo and dance will occur on Friday evening, May 22. Admission to the Museum and tours of the Birthplace house are reduced during the grand opening. There will be a Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning, offering a fabulous all you can eat meal. The Iowa Military Veterans Band concert at 11 am on Saturday, May 23rd and the ribbon cutting and keynote by New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman that follows is free. So are the John Wayne movies on the big screen at the Iowa Theater and the Cowboy Mounted Shooters on Saturday and Sunday.

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BURUNDI BACK INTO CYCLE OF VIOLENCE | Affordable Rwanda safaris

 

 Des réfugiés du Burundi fuient les violences du parti au pouvoir, à ...

Carmen Nibigira’s work as Director General of the Burundi Tourism Office in 2014, when she made huge progress in putting the least developed tourism country of the East African Community on the regional and global map, has all but been destroyed by recent events in the country, when violence broke out in the streets of Bujumbura and over 20.000 people already sought refuge in neighbouring Rwanda.

More recent measures in regards to Visa for Burundi, driven solely by the aim to keep human rights activists, investigative journalists and others thought opposed to the regime leader’s attempt to serve another, unconstitutional term of office, were yesterday topped when the regime had internet service providers cut off all access to WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, causing incredulity across the region. Said one source from Nairobi

Similar sentiments were heard from across Eastern Africa but it was arguably the cutting of social media websites and the taking down of certain radio stations’ transmissions which incensed most commentators, all sharply condemning the Burundian regime.

There is growing concern across the border in Rwanda now that if the influx of refugees continues at this rate the country will be overwhelmed by an unfolding crisis to house and feed the now over 20.000 people which have crossed the border as they seek to escape the unfolding violence and anticipated repercussions against opponents of plans by the regime leader to stay in power.

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ENGINE FIRE FORCES UNITED EXPRESS | Uganda group tours

 

United Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Philadelphia « CBS New York

 

A plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after one of its two engines caught fire, authorities said. One passenger was taken to a hospital after reporting chest pains.

Officials say the United Express flight was operated by Republic Airways and had 75 people on board. It was heading from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Newark, New Jersey, but diverted to Philadelphia after the engine caught fire.

Airport officials say the two-engine DH8D propeller jet landed safely shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday and passengers deplaned. Afterward, the aircraft was sprayed with foam.

Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery says one passenger with a history of heart problems was taken to a hospital after reporting chest pains. No other injuries were reported.

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GOLD COAST TO HOST 2016 AUSTRALIAN | Uganda group tours

Gold Coast to host biggest tourism trade show in country, bringing $ ...

Tourism Australia has announced that Queensland’s Gold Coast will play host to the country’s largest annual tourism trade show – the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) – in 2016.

The announcement was made by Tourism Australia’s Managing Director John O’Sullivan whilst speaking on Wednesday (April 29) at an industry briefing on the Gold Coast hosted by Tourism and Events Queensland.

The economic benefits of hosting the Australian Tourism Exchange are significant and the Gold Coast economy can expect immediate $10 million uplift during the five days of the event.

Mr O’Sullivan said it was great to see Australia’s premier trade event for attracting international tourism business returning to one of Australia’s key regional tourism destinations after the overwhelming success of the ATE14 event in Cairns.

Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the Gold Coast was primed and ready to host ATE16 for the first time.

‘The Australian Tourism Exchange is the largest tourism trade show on the industry’s calendar and will connect Queensland tourism businesses directly with 600 international travel buyers who sell Australian holidays in more than 30 countries,” Minister Jones said.

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NASA SUCCESSFULLY TESTS SHAPE | Uganda group tours

NASA Successfully Tests Shape-Changing Wing for Next Generation ...

NASA researchers, working in concert with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and FlexSys Inc, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, successfully completed initial flight tests of a new morphing wing technology that has the potential to save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs, reduce airframe weight and decrease aircraft noise during takeoffs and landings.

The test team at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, flew 22 research flights during the past six months with experimental Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) flight control surfaces that offer significant improvements over conventional flaps used on existing aircraft.

AFRL began work with FlexSys in 1998 through the Small Business Innovative Research (SIBR) program. AFRL and FlexSys developed and wind tunnel tested several wing leading and trailing edge designs for various aircraft configurations through 2006. In 2009, AFRL and NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project agreed to equip a Gulfstream III jet with ACTE flaps designed and built by FlexSys, incorporating its proprietary technology.

ACTE technology, which can be retrofitted to existing airplane wings or integrated into entirely new airframes, enables engineers to reduce wing structural weight and to aerodynamically tailor the wings to promote improved fuel economy and more efficient operations while also reducing environmental and noise impacts.

Flight testing was key to proving the concept’s airworthiness. The test aircraft was flown with its experimental control surfaces at flap angles ranging from -2 degrees up to 30 degrees. Although the flexible ACTE flaps were designed to morph throughout the entire range of motion, each test was conducted at a single fixed setting in order to collect incremental data with a minimum of risk.

All the primary and secondary objectives for the test were successfully completed on schedule and within budget. The results of these flight tests will be included in design trade studies performed at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, for designing future large transport aircraft.

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