What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away If a player’s college career is his resume, pre-draft visits are the NFL’s version of job interviews. They are a chance for teams to get to know a player and take a closer look at who they are, what they think and how they react under the pressure of answering questions that could cost them millions.While it isn’t an exact science, these visits can be a very good indicator of who a team is and isn’t interested in. Like any good company, you wouldn’t think an NFL team would hire someone with a large salary without ‘kicking the tires’ at least once on a player and understanding who they are face-to-face. Then again, with each passing year the NFL Draft more and more resembles a high stakes game of poker where bluffing is just part of the territory. Two names the Arizona Cardinals don’t appear to have much interest in based on this theory are Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Fairley is set to visit with eight of the top 10 teams in next month’s NFL draft. One of those two teams is the Cards.In a report on NFL.com, they have Dareus meeting with seven of the top 10 teams, once again with the Cards as one of the teams abstaining. The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise after the Cardinals spent their first round pick in 2010 on defensive tackle Dan Williams and have Darnell Dockett, Alan Branch and Gabe Watson on the roster but it does cross another few names of the list of possibilities for the team in Round 1.For those of you keeping score at home, if you believe numerous reports, you can cross Fairley, Dareus and Cam Newton off the list of possible No. 5 picks for the Cards.
Go back to the e-newsletterLuxury travel buyers from across the globe are preparing to do business at the fourth ILTM Africa event, which will take place in Cape Town from 4 – 6 April 2016, in the midst of an exciting period of growth for the African hotel industry.The 2015 African Tourism Monitor Report, an extensive report into Africa’s travel and tourism industry produced by the African Development Bank Group states “tourism continues to be one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic sectors of Africa’s economy.”This time of growth shows no sign of abating – an analysis of deal signing activity by intended opening year reports that over 35,000 new rooms in 210 new hotels are already planned to open in Africa by 2018, with further deals expected.Alison Gilmore, Director of the ILTM Portfolio says: “Africa is proving to be the growth story of the 21st century – the variety of beautiful locations available to the luxury traveller throughout the continent is huge. As more hotels are developed, this story of success for African tourism is only going to continue. Now is the time for the African luxury travel industry to connect with the world’s best international Africa specialist agents during this time of growth and we are delighted to welcome the very best at this year’s ILTM Africa.”ILTM Africa is a unique, invitation only, Africa focused luxury travel business event, offering one-to-one meetings between African exhibitors and buyers from across the world. All buyers and exhibitors are required to follow a strict accreditation process in order to participate.Arvind Amersey, Safari Africa, a buyer travelling to ILTM Africa 2016 says: “ILTM Africa is the premier international event where the best properties and companies in Africa are represented. Safari Africa is one of the leaders in luxury Africa travel out of India and ILTM Africa gives us the perfect platform to connect with the leading luxury companies in this continent.”Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania and the Seychelles were all cited as specific regions where ILTM 2016 buyers are looking to place business. High end suppliers from all destinations are represented at ILTM Africa with exhibitors including The H Resort at Beau Vallon Beach (Seychelles), Naturally Namibia (Namibia), Alex Walker Safaris (Tanzania) and Etali Safari Lodge (South Africa).Go back to the e-newsletter