Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: Maritime Travel, Virtuoso Thursday, November 9, 2017 HALIFAX — Maritime Travel, one of Canada’s largest independent travel agency chains with 116 locations nationwide, has joined the Virtuoso luxury travel network.Gary Gaudry, President, Maritime Travel Inc., says the agency’s membership in Virtuoso means Maritime Travel can now offer a host of rare travel experiences and exclusive values to its clients. Benefits from Virtuoso’s hotel program are worth up to US$450 per stay, he noted, allowing the agency to provide more value to their clients.“Less than 1% of travel agencies are admitted for membership in Virtuoso,” said Gaudry. “This renowned network of luxury travel specialists leverages its annual sales of more than $21.2 billion to negotiate special upgrades, amenities, values and experiences exclusively for the clients of its member agencies.“For the clients of Maritime Travel, this translates into complimentary room upgrades, airport transfers, special dining experiences, exclusive cruise shore excursions and custom itineraries, all offered by the world’s best providers of upscale travel. We are very proud to have been invited to join Virtuoso and to be able to offer these incredible perks to our clients.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaMaritime Travel’s membership in Virtuoso also gives its counsellors direct access to the world’s top hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines and tour operators, as well as expanded insider knowledge and insights into the industry’s trends and destinations, said Gaudry. These personal network connections will allow Maritime Travel to secure VIP treatment around the globe for its clients.Maritime Travel has been in business since 1949 and is Platinum member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, and has been awarded as one of Canada’s Best Employers for 2017. Last week Maritime Travel announced it was joining the Radius Travel network.The by-invitation-only Virtuoso network has grown its membership in leaps and bounds in recent years, with agencies in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Newest member of Virtuoso: Maritime Travel << Previous PostNext Post >>
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News The Long Road to Saving for a Home According to a report by Private Mortgage Insurance, it takes an average of 20 years to save the necessary 20% to purchase a home, with California leading the nation at 40 years.Hawaii followed at 35 years, which is an increase of one year from last year, and it takes 33 years to save 20% in the District of Columbia. Iowa, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania all report that it takes 12 years to save 20%—the shortest wait time in the nation.Private Mortgage Insurance states these calculations are based on median sales price or median listing price for single-family homes in 2018, unless otherwise indicated.The report states that it would take a firefighter, making an average salary of $49,620, about 26 years to save 20%. Middle school teachers making $58,600 take roughly 22 years and nurses making $71,730 take 18 years. Veterinarians making $93,830 have to wait just 14 years to save 20%.African-American buyers have the longest wait time, averaging 32 years to save 20%. It takes Hispanic approximately 25 years to save 20% and 20 years for caucassians. Asians have the shortest wait time at 16 years.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced last month that while 53% of buyers are actively seeking a home in Q1 2019, 46% of those searching state they are having issues finding an affordable home.The NAHB also reported that not being able to find a home in their desired neighborhood was a barrier for 40% of potential buyers, and 38% said they couldn’t find a home with features they want.According to the report, the share of buyers who consider high prices the biggest hurdle fell 5 points when compared to 2018. The amount of people who couldn’t find a home in the proper neighborhood fell 2 points and there was no change for people who couldn’t find home with features they want. June 10, 2019 488 Views Down Payment home ownership 2019-06-10 Mike Albanese Share
Go back to the e-newsletter >A luxury service for bespoke Latin American travels is now available to the Australian market. Travel agents with discerning clients looking for new and authentic experiences can call upon DB Americas – an expert, on-the-ground destination management company which designs unique itineraries covering all areas of Central and South America – showcasing the region’s diverse historical, cultural and natural experiences.The Australian-run, South-American-based company sources, contracts and packages the best of Latin America’s luxury travel products and offers access to innovative experiences and products that have not traditionally been explored. It also offers truly flexible, complex itineraries and has the ability to adjust arrangements at any time, even as the clients are travelling.Director Seng Wing Chong commented: “With two Australians at its helm, DB Americas understands the ethos of the Australian market. In recent years we have seen significant interest in travel to Latin America from Australia and we see huge potential growth in Australian travellers seeking new and authentic luxury experiences in the region.”DB Americas is focused on providing access to exclusive and authentic experiences that go beyond standard itineraries of the region. Managing Director, Edward Fokin, and his team have personally experienced the majority of the destinations and providers that they work with.“As our team is on the ground, we are able to quickly identify the latest products and experiences and bring them to the Australian market more effectively and efficiently,” Mr Fokin added. “We’re able to offer bespoke, comprehensive itineraries specific to each client’s requirements; we see ourselves as a concierge service for Australian travel agents handling discerning clients travelling to our region.”DB Americas’ highly customised, experiential itineraries are often multi-destinational and feature iconic destinations and lesser-known luxe hideaways in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and Antarctica, as well as El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay and the parts of the Caribbean.The company offers competitive pricing for the region’s best products, on-the-ground service and 24-hour support for its clients.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Categories: News,Slagh News 18Jan Slagh tapped to vice chair two budget subcommittees Legislator will vice chair Appropriations Subcommittees on Corrections and Joint Capital OutlayState Rep. Bradley Slagh has been named as vice chair of two state budget subcommittees by House Speaker Lee Chatfield for the current legislative session.Slagh, of Zeeland, will vice chair the subcommittees on Corrections, and Joint Capital Outlay as well as serving on the subcommittees on Higher Education and Community Colleges, and Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.“It’s a great honor to be selected to participate in our state’s budget deliberations,” Slagh said. “There must be value in each and every dollar spent by the state, as the revenue we use represents a sacrifice made by hard-working taxpayers across our state. I intend to keep that in mind with every decision we make.”The first-term lawmaker, who represents the people of Ottawa County, spent 18 years in the financial services industry, 5 years as Zeeland Township Supervisor and 11 years as Ottawa County Treasurer.“It’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Ottawa County for so many years, and I will continue to uphold our values in this new role on our state’s budget committee,” Slagh said.The representative’s office can be reached at (517) 373-0830 or BradleySlagh@House.MI.gov.###
State Rep. Joe Bellino released the following statement tonight in response to the governor’s State of the State address:“The people of Michigan need more than canned promises – they need results. We need to build up our skilled workforce – with training, with jobs, and with social supports, like opioid addiction care, that will put more of our kids in high-quality careers at home.“Tonight the governor missed an opportunity to address the opioid epidemic plaguing many Michigan communities and families. It’s important to me that Michigan families know their lawmakers are listening and responding to their needs. Opioid abuse affects families across Michigan and I want the state to be on the side of protecting people’s wellbeing and offering helping hands where needed. We have to ask ourselves, what’s the cost of doing nothing?“The toll this crisis is taking on our families and young people is too high. If we are going to keep investing in Michigan’s economic future, we need to make sure we are investing in the next generation.” 13Feb Rep. Bellino: Investing in Michigan’s economy means investing in young people Categories: Bellino News,News
Carsten DillingDanish telco TDC expects to earn close to a quarter of revenues this year from TV, moves and entertainment services, following last year’s acquisition of Norwegian cable operator Get. DC Group’s combined share of the TV market in Denmark and Norway now totals almost 40%, the company said in its full-year earnings statement.TDC added 76,000 broadband and TV customers in 2014, including 45,000 in its domestic market.TDC TV IPTV customers numbered 258,000 at the end of the year, up from 218,000 a year earlier. YouSee cable customers numbered 1.152 million, down from 1.166 million.“We are satisfied with meeting our financial targets for 2014. This included high cash flow generation, continued opex savings, and a substantial increase in TV and broadband customers in the Danish consumer market,” says CEO Carsten Dilling, TDC Group.The telco posted EBITDA of DKK9.8 billion, down 1.8%, on revenues of DKK23.3 billion , down 2.7% for the full year. TV gross profit of DKK552 million, down 4.2%, was less than expected as price rises were offset by faster than expected downward migration and migration to the lower ARPU TDC TV service.
Deutsche Telekom now has over 2.8 million TV customers in Germany, having added 41,000 in the third quarter, and over four million elsewhere in Europe, having added 49,000 in the three months to September.Telekom released the statistics with its quarterly financial results.The figures mean that Deutsche Telekom’s German TV base has grown by 7.1% year-on-year, while its European base elsewhere has grown by 4.6%. TV-specific revenues in Germany amounted to €51 million for the nine months, up 2%.In Greece, Telekom-backed OTE had 1.6 million TV customers, up 10%. In Romania, Telekom Romania had 1.46 million TV customers, up 2%, while in Croatia, T-Hrvatski Telekom had 394,000 TV customers, up 2.3%.Hungary’s Magyar Telekom had just over one million TV subscribers, up 4%. Slovak Telekom had 517,000 TV customers, up 5.7%. Deutsche Telekom’s Czech unit had 16,000 TV homes.
The modernisation of France’s digital-terrestrial TV platform is necessary and a revamped platform could be delivered in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024, according to French media regulator the CSA.According to a report on the future of the audiovisual industry by the CSA Lab, the DTT platform remains vital in view of the pay nature of alternative platforms and the fact that DTT is the only platform to cover the entire national territory.The CSA report said that the principle of windowing rules and production obligations placed on audiovisual service providers should be maintained to assure the creation of programmes that were independent, locally relevant and which addressed diversity and plurality.However, it said that these rules should be revised and harmonised, in particular to create a level playing field between linear and non-linear actors.The report also called for rules to be introduced covering the neutrality and openness of boxes. It said that these rules would not be intended to prevent innovation or rule out all forms of exclusivity, which could help stimulate the creation of quality content.The regulator said that advertising should be subject to co-regulation by the industry and regulators, but accepted that an easing of restrictive rules appeared to be necessary to enable broadcasters and service providers to remain competitive.The CSA called for closer alignment between regulatory bodies to meet overall goals.
Telefónica has denied doing any deal with online TV provider Opensport for Champions League football rights after the latter claimed that it had struck an agreement with the telco to transmit coverage of the tournament as part of its streaming sports offering.Telefónica told the El Español business newspaper that it had agreed to provide its El Partizado channel, which covers key matches from Spain’s top-tier domestic league, but that it had not struck any deal to provide Champions League coverage.Opensport has said it will offer “all football” for a monthly fee of €19.99, indicating that it will provide La Liga, the Champions League and Europa Ligue, Spanish second-tier football channel La Liga 1|2|3 and the best matches from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 over the web.According to newspaper El País, the OTT TV provider has said it will offer three tiers of subscription – El Partizado and La Liga 1|2|3 for €7.99 and, from September, a Plan Partizado + Champions tier, which will also include the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 competitions, for €15.99. According to the newspaper, the streamer has also said it will provide a Plan Todo Fútbol offering including La Liga and the European competitions fro €19.99.However, Opensport is currently only promoting its inclusion of Telefónica’s Movistar Partizado channel and Mediapro’s BeIN Liga channel on its homepage.Telefónica has agreed a distribution deal with telco Orange for its Champions League and Europa League channel, and is currently in talks with Mediapro to provide the service as part of the latter’s streaming offering BeIN Connect.Both Telefónica and Orange have deliberately targeted Vodafone’s customers base following the operator’s decision not to offer the Movistar football line-up. Howevere an online offering – whether from Opensport or BeIN Connect – could provide a potential alternative for football fans who subscribe to Vodafone’s telecom and TV services other than switching provider.Earlier this year, Spanish regulator the CNMC approved the dropping of moves to sanction Mediapro for abuse of its position in premium football rights relating to the Champions League following a complaint from Opensport, after a compromise deal was reached. The OTT TV provider had claimed that Mediapro was abusing its dominant position in the premium pay TV sector thanks to its control of Champions League and La Liga rights, aired on the BeIN Sports and BeIN La Liga channels.The dropping of the case was conditional on Mediapro making its pay TV services available to OTT TV players including Opensport on fair and non-discriminatory terms, equivalent to those already enjoyed by traditional pay TV operators including Telefónica and which take into account the scale of operations of new OTT players. However, Mediapro subsequently sold its rights to the Champions League to Telefónica, leaving it to third parties to strike a deal with the telco for redistribution of its Champions League service for the current season.
Thousands of Manual Processes Increase Risk of Human Error, Strain Productivity; Half of Companies Missed GDPR Compliance Deadline–Most Plan New Hires for RegulationsDataGrail, the privacy management platform purpose-built for the European (GDPR), Californian (CCPA) and impending privacy regulations, announced the publication of “The Age of Privacy: The Cost of Continuous Compliance.” The report benchmarks the operational impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as well as sharing insights into lessons learned and attitudes toward privacy regulations.“Businesses without a European presence were not impacted by the GDPR. However, with the CCPA fast approaching, US businesses without GDPR are experiencing the same challenges that multinational companies did with GDPR,” said Daniel Barber, Co-founder & CEO, DataGrail. “Most companies reported taking at least seven months to achieve GDPR readiness, but now with CCPA only seven months away, they realize their systems will not support CCPA and other forthcoming privacy regulations. Companies will need to integrate and operationalize their privacy management to avoid the time-consuming and error-prone manual processes to comply with these regulations.”Marketing Technology News: Everflow releases SmartSwitch to Automate Optimization and Fraud Prevention for Performance and Partner MarketingDataGrail surveyed more than 300 U.S. privacy management decision makers; including IT, operations, security, legal, and risk and compliance professionals. Key findings from “The Age of Privacy: The Cost of Continuous Compliance” include:GDPR Compliance Took Longer Than ExpectedOnly half of companies achieved self-reported compliance before the May 25, 2018 deadline.Most companies took seven months or longer to achieve readiness.Even GDPR Readiness is CostlyTwo-thirds of companies assigned dozens, or even hundreds, of employees to manage GDPR compliance. Based on survey results, it’s likely the average organization spent 2000 – 4000 hours in meetings preparing for GDPR — more than a full year of work.Half of privacy management decision makers spent at least 80 hours personally preparing for GDPR, and another 80 hours to sustain compliance — also a full month of work.Privacy Rights Requests Are Time-Consuming and Error-ProneHalf of companies use manual processes to manage GDPR privacy rights requests, such as the right to be forgotten.Two-thirds of companies have processed at least 100 requests in the past year, across dozens of business systems and third-party services, and most of them have at least 25 employees involved in request management. That’s thousands of touch points with the potential to introduce human error — the overwhelming majority of privacy professionals are working to reduce the risk of manual error in these requests.Marketing Technology News: New Study Reveals Positive Impact of Page Speed on Google RankingsCCPA Compliance Programs Face the Same Challenges as GDPR ProgramsTwo-thirds of privacy professionals believe it will take less than six months to prepare for CCPA, even though most reported it took seven months or longer to prepare for GDPR. Even worse, technology adoption rates for CCPA are lower than they were for GDPR — companies are primarily training employees to manage privacy regulations — increasing cost and risk of ongoing compliance.Companies Will Be Challenged by the Future of Privacy RegulationsMost companies are approaching privacy regulations on a case-by-case basis; two-thirds of privacy professionals agree the systems they have put into place will not support new regulations.90% of companies plan to hire at least three new employees in the next two years to manage privacy regulations, but only one-third of companies are automatically updating their data inventory.“It is evident from this research that most companies still rely on piecemeal technology solutions and manual processes, when they should be turning to privacy management solutions purpose-built for privacy regulations,” said Barber. “As companies turn their attention from GDPR to CCPA and beyond, they must operationalize sustained compliance to reduce risk, provide transparency for their customers, and control operational costs.”Marketing Technology News: 51% of ‘Hungry Searchers’ Choose Restaurants by Food Type as Journeys Go Mobile DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy Regulations PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 3:16 pmMay 20, 2019 CCPADaniel BarberDataGrailGDPRMarketing TechnologyNewsprivacy management solutions Previous ArticleTravel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for HotelsNext ArticleMetadata.io Wins TiE50 Award for Breakthrough AI-powered Account Based Marketing Platform
SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL regional elections COMMENTS COMMENT December 11, 2018 Published on A Rajya Sabha member, who is an associate member of the BJP, Tuesday said the Assembly poll results are a ‘warning bell’ for the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.Sanjay Kakade, a Pune-based builder, also asked the party to introspect over the poll performance.“I am of the opinion that the BJP should stick to development agenda and not to caste (mobilisation), changing names of cities or a (Ram) temple. We need to revert to the track of development,” Kakade said. “What the BJP has been doing so far is Mandir-Masjid, changing names of cities, caste politics. Even if we win MP with a slender margin, I will call it our defeat,” Kakade said. Kakade said he was not surprised with Congress gaining decisive leads in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and TRS’s winning performance in Telangana, but Madhya Pradesh was a shocker.“The decisive trends in these four major states are a warning bell for us ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. If we do not learn from it, it will be difficult for us,” Kakade said.“I have personally surveyed these four states. I am not surprised with the losses in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The shocking result is of Madhya Pradesh. It looks like we have deviated from the development promises made ahead of 2014 general elections,” he said. Kakade, 51, also asked BJP to introspect after the setback in the Assembly elections.“Despite having (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (BJP chief) Amit Shah (as star campaigners) and a strong network of RSS in Madhya Pradesh, if the performance is negative it means some introspection is required,” said the Rajya Sabha member.“There are 65 MPs from these states, of which 62 are of BJP and three are of Congress. We need to take it (results) seriously,” he said. Kakade is no stranger to controversial comments. Ahead of the results of the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, he had said: “Forget absolute majority, the party (BJP) will not even get enough number of seats to form the government. The Congress, on the other hand, will reach close to the majority mark.”
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