The persistently high Australian dollar has continued Australia’s love affair with international travel – Flight Centre generated almost 80 per cent of its total transaction value from overseas to travel to the US and UK. The bumper profit, which is an increase of 20 per cent over the first half will be a boon for shareholders, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Flight Centre has posted a record AUD $111 million profit in its half-yearly results. Flight Centre shareholders are expected to receive a 55 cent a share dividend, a boost from 46 per cent per share in the first half of the financial year. ”While we are making sound progress and first-half trading results are promising, it is too early to amend full year guidance. ”The second-half is historically Flight Centre’s busiest period.” ”The company sees growth opportunities in all markets,” Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said. Source = ETB News: T.N.
The Federal government advertising campaign promoting ATAS, “Pack Some Peace of Mind” begins today and is intended to inform consumers what they need to know when they buy travel under the new scheme.The campaign will run across radio, print and internet and provides key information on how consumers can get the most value out their travels by booking with a trusted agency and one which has ATAS accreditation.The Australian Federation of Travel Agents chief executive officer Jayson Westbury said that the government campaign helps highlight the importance of ATAS.“The majority of the Australian travel industry in terms of turnover are already ATAS accredited including Flight Centre, Helloworld, Magellan, MTA, CTM, Travel Partners, Travel Counsellors, Travellers Choice, and the Travel Corporation,” Mr Westbury said.“It is also pleasing to see that a number of the individual brands are incorporating ATAS into their own advertising efforts and today we launched the “Find an ATAS travel agent” web search directory to help consumers find an accredited ATAS agent.”Mr Westbury also said that ATAS provides a flexible framework which recognises the diversity of the Australian travel industry, acknowledges multi-channel booking and lifts professional standards.Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
Emirates Aviation University introduces a new Executive MBA ProgrammeEmirates Aviation University has announced the introduction of a new Executive MBA Programme in Aviation Management in collaboration with Coventry University in the UK. The specialised programme will begin in January 2017 and applications will now be accepted on EAU’s website.The Executive MBA curriculum was designed for students who plan to pursue a career in aviation management or want to transition from an operational role into a general management role.Professionals enrolled in the programme will benefit from the dynamic structure as the course is set to be delivered in both Dubai and the UK. As a growing aviation hub and home to one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Dubai will be the ideal place for Aviation Management MBA students to learn about the industry. While in Dubai to study the first three modules, students will have the opportunity to visit and see first-hand the breadth of operations in aviation-relevant organisations such as Emirates, Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and dnata. In the UK, students will also have the opportunity for organised visits to a range of organisations within the aviation sector. All enrolled students will need to attend modules at both locations to complete the course.Consisting of six modules and set over the course of 12 months, the Executive MBA programme was specifically developed to fit the lifestyle of busy professionals. Teaching will be delivered in an intensive four day block, followed by individual study and submission of coursework.Emirates Aviation University remains committed to offering new and industry-relevant programmes. Over the years, EAU has grown from a small college to a full-fledged university offering more than 44 programmes in various fields of study. The growth of EAU underscores the demand for quality higher education in the UAE and the rapid development of the aviation industry in the MENA region. EAU continues to expand and strives to cement its position as the centre of aviation education excellence both nationally and internationally. Some of the programmes offered by EAU include postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in aviation management, logistics and supply chain management, aeronautical engineering, aerospace technology, pilot training and a wide range of aviation and aviation related programmes.EAU participates annually in several national and international higher education exhibitions where prospective students have the opportunity to learn about the course offerings and speak directly to the faculty. The university is currently present at Najah 2016 Abu Dhabi’s leading higher education exhibition which has concluded. EAU will also take part in China Education Expo in Shanghai between 29 October until 30th October. Emirates Aviation University for more information, visitSource = Emirates Aviation University
Generous quality deal for MSC Cruises Arabian Highlights Fly Land CruiseGenerous quality deal for MSC Cruises Arabian Highlights Fly Land CruiseMSC Cruises are offering a quality discount for the Arabian Highlights Fly, Land, Cruise deal. This heavily discounted package includes return airfares, transfers, 1 night accommodation, and a 7 night cruise. The MSC Fantasia will travel to the United Arab Emirates and Oman, bringing guests to multiple exotic locations. Guests will discover exotic scenery and attractions. The iconic Dubai city skyline looks like a futuristic journey. Muscat and Khor al Fakkan are authentic Arabian Desert experiences. Sir Bani Yas Island is a peaceful exclusive getaway. There is something for everyone on this exotic experience of a lifetime.Life on board the MSC Fantasia will make every moment memorable. The real stone piazza features an espresso bar for caffeine fans, plus pastries and gelato for a bite to eat.Shopaholics will enjoy the boutiques and duty free centre. Dining is divine at the grand Il Cerchio d’Oro, the Red Velvet with Murano glass chandeliers and El Sombrero’s Tex-Mex.Guests can be entertained with sports facilities, Aqua Park Pool Complex, Formula 1 simulator and 4D Cinema.The MSC Yacht Club luxury area offers exclusive pampering. MSC Fantasia caters to all preferences, from casual to classic.Departure from Australia is for 8 Nights from AUD $2,589pp* – every Friday from 2nd December 2016 to 17thMarch 2017.Further information is available at the MSC Cruises web site: https://www.msccruises.com.au/en-au/Cruise-Deals/fly-land-cruise/Arabian-Highlights.aspx.For further information about MSC Cruises, see www.msccruises.com.au or call 1300 028 502 (in Australia) or 0508 4278 473 (in New Zealand). Arabian Highlights Fly, Land, Cruisebook your cruise deal hereContact UsMarketing Department MSC Cruises (Australia & New Zealand) Pty LimitedEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 1300 028 502Online: www.msccruises.com.au@MSCCruisesAUSMSC Cruises, part of the MSC Group is the Swiss-based, world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, sailing year-round in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Cuba. Seasonal itineraries cover Northern Europe, West Indies, South America, South Africa and Arabian Peninsula.The MSC Cruise experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes. Its fleet comprises 12 of the most modern ships at sea: MSC Preziosa; MSC Divina; MSC Splendida; MSC Fantasia; MSC Magnifica; MSC Poesia; MSC Orchestra; MSC Musica; MSC Sinfonia; MSC Armonia; MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. Source = MSC Cruises – Australia
SeaLink South Australia Launch Chinese WebsiteSeaLink South Australia Launch Chinese WebsiteSeaLink South Australia has launched a new website in Chinese, after identifying China as one of the key growth markets for the South Australian Tourism Industry.The Chinese website provides consumers with information on what SeaLink South Australia is offering the China market including accommodation options and day and overnight tours in Adelaide or on Kangaroo Island.Day tours in Adelaide include the Barossa Valley Food and Wine Experience, Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale Highlights tour, Adelaide Sightseeing Tour and Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf tour, to name a few.Kangaroo Island one, two and three-day tour options include Kangaroo Island Odyssey’s luxury 4WD tours, Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours and a range of SeaLink Coach tours.The website also features information on three, four and seven night Murray River cruises on-board the PS Murray Princess.The SeaLink South Australia Chinese website provides a direct booking link to SeaLink’s official booking website or visitors can send a request in Chinese to SeaLink’s Mandarin speaking operations team.According to SeaLink’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Richard Doyle, “with China a key market for our South Australian transport and tourism operations, we are confident that providing our Chinese website will help the Chinese market understand our products and with the increase of direct flights to Adelaide from China Southern, we envisage visitor numbers will grow further resulting in increased direct bookings from our Chinese consumers. ““The website will expand the national SeaLink Travel Group brand within the China market and help achieve on-going long term growth for all our businesses.” Continues Mr Doyle.For information and bookings CLICK HEREAbout SeaLink Travel GroupSeaLink Travel Group has operations in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory operating under the well-recognised brands of “SeaLink” and “Captain Cook Cruises”, servicing 10 Islands and 12 destinations around Australia.SeaLink South AustraliaSeaLink South Australian businesses operate largely to and on Kangaroo Island as well as on mainland South Australia including ferry and coach transfer services, on-island shuttle bus services, on-island coach tours, small group adventure tours, luxury 4WD tours, self-drive and packaged holidays with accommodation and now the accommodated river cruising operations of the PS Murray Princess.SeaLink Ferries SeaLink South Australia’s two large, fast luxury 50 metre purpose built passenger, vehicle and freight ferries provide the forty-five minute services to and from the island. The MV SeaLion 2000 and MV Spirit of Kangaroo Island are modern twin hull vessels with licensed cafes, multiple decks and free WIFI, capable of carrying up to 353 passengers and up to 55 passenger vehicles per trip and operating up to 12 return ferry departures.Source = SeaLink South Australia
Best Western brings BW Premier Collection to AsiaBest Western brings BW Premier Collection to AsiaBest Western® Hotels & Resorts has unveiled plans to bring its new upscale hotel concept, BW Premier Collection®, to Asia for the first time.The hotel group has signed an agreement with Thai real estate company, Habitat Group, for BluPhere Pattaya – a new-build eight-storey project in Na Jomtien, a peaceful beach front setting on Thailand’s popular eastern seaboard.Located just 100 metres from the beach, a few minutes from the attractions of downtown Pattaya, and just over an hour’s drive from Bangkok, BluPhere Pattaya is a brand new property providing 195 apartment-style units ideal for upscale family getaways. The property will retain its existing branding and will be managed by Best Western as part of the BW Premier Collection, its upscale soft brand.The property will benefit from Best Western’s global support network, including employees training, sales and marketing, global distribution, quality control and access to Best Western Rewards®, the company’s popular loyalty program.BW Premier Collection is a carefully curated portfolio of upscale and luxury boutique hotels, selected for their superior facilities and unique personalities. Like all Best Western hotels worldwide, BW Premier Collection provides their guests with exemplary service and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout their stay.“Thailand’s tourism industry is in an extremely healthy position. Simply looking at the numbers, Thailand welcomed a record 32.6 million international visitors and generated THB2.52 trillion (US $71.8 billion) in revenues in 2016, which exceeded the initial government targets set at the start of the year,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s Managing Director of International Operations – Asia.“But looking beyond the figures, Thailand is creating a strong and sustainable base on which to build its tourism industry in future. The country’s stated ambition of focusing on quality tourists will raise visitor spending, extend average length-of-stay, and build a more prosperous tourism economy for all stakeholders, allowing the Kingdom to continue reaping the benefits of tourism in future.“In line with this strategy, BW Premier Collection is a great fit for Thailand. Designed for guests who crave individuality, character and local charm, this upscale concept is expanding into some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. We are delighted to bring BW Premier Collection to Asia with BluPhere Pattaya, and to continue our close relationship with the Habitat Group,” Olivier added.This signing marks the second collaboration between Best Western and Habitat Group, following the Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya – another upscale development on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, which is becoming one of Asia’s most desirable destinations.According to the 2016 MasterCard Asia Pacific Destinations Index, Pattaya was the tenth most-visited Asian city last year, attracting 7.3 million international visitors, 25.2 million room nights and US$3.3 billion in visitor expenditure. This makes it Thailand’s third most popular destination, after Bangkok and Phuket.Officially launched in 2014, BW Premier Collection is a selection of independent upscale hotels in key destinations around the world, including San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, Vancouver, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Edinburgh and Liverpool.Source = Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
South Australia shaping the direction of tourism into the futureTourism has been recognised as one of the key economic drivers and growth industries for South Australia and the forces that will shape its future will impact on our State’s success in such a competitive environment.Delegates attending the South Australian Tourism Industry Council’s 8th annual Tourism Conference in June will be given insights into the challenges, opportunities and changes affecting the tourism industry and learn how they can tackle them head on.More than 26 presenters will introduce ideas around connected customers, digital storytelling, increasing profitability, leveraging our strengths, capitalising on technology and embracing new markets.Google’s Strategy & Insights Manager, Matthew Evans will reveal how to win tomorrow’s traveller by taking delegates on a futuristic journey of advanced computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence.Economics Commentator, Michael Pascoe will present on the economic challenges and opportunities for the tourism industry and spreading the growth of our “two speed” economy.Tourism Australia’s Managing Director, John O’Sullivan will offer innovative strategies for converting the appetite for Australia’s tourism experiences to grow visitation, and counter the challenges of an increasingly cluttered and competitive global travel market.SA Tourism Industry Council General Manager, Shaun de Bruyn says the conference is a must attend event for tourism education, networking and professional development.“By holding an annual conference, we are facilitating the development of a dynamic, innovative and highly competitive tourism industry,” Mr de Bruyn says.“The 2017 Conference aims to equip delegates with the knowledge, skills and strategies to sustain business growth now and into the future, in turn supporting the State’s visitor economy and building on the momentum of an industry which is a key economic driver for the State.”Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said a strong tourism sector was vital to the economic future of South Australia.“Co-operation between our public and private sector is stimulating visitor demand, attracting more events, tourists and business travellers – who are spending a record $6.3 billion a year,” Minister Bignell says.“The State Government has invested an additional $70 million into the tourism portfolio and along with record spending in our visitor economy – this has resulted in the creation of 4000 extra jobs in the sector.“Our operators and our natural environment offer some of the best visitor experiences in Australia and the annual tourism conference is a fantastic opportunity for experts and industry leaders to come together and share their success stories and gain further insight into how to facilitate economic growth.”Principal Sponsor and SA Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex says the South Australian visitor economy has entered a period of record expansion.“It is important for tourism operators to understand the recent drivers of this growth and what is in store for the visitor economy through to 2020 and beyond,” Mr Harrex says.The Conference will wrap-up with an Industry Dinner, featuring City Collective’s David Cooke, who will share his radical urban development plan to use the Commonwealth Games as a catalyst to increase Adelaide’s city centre population, vibrancy and urban quality.The Conference will be held at the Stamford Grand Adelaide on 6 & 7 June, offering more than 26 speakers, 8 plenary sessions, 4 masterclasses and 15 practical workshops to choose from. South Australian Tourism Industry CouncilSource = South Australian Tourism Industry Council
Kenya will host the Africa Travel Association (ATA) in November this year. 115,000 tourists visit the country every year mostly in Safaris and for cultural events.Cabinet Secretary East Africa, Commerce and Tourism, Phyllis Kandie said that the ministry was also participating with U.S. based ATA to market Kenya through roadshows in the U.S. streets in the coming months in order to penetrate their lucrative tourists markets.Kandie said the ministry would also use the unveiling of the Turkana Boy slated for later this month to also popularize Kenya as origin of mankind telling tourists, ‘welcome home’.Cabinet Secretary East Africa, Commerce and Tourism, Phyllis Kandie said that the ministry was also participating with U.S. based ATA to market Kenya through road shows in the U.S. streets in the coming months in order to penetrate their lucrative tourists markets.Kandie said the ministry would also use the unveiling of the Turkana Boy slated for later this month to also popularize Kenya as origin of mankind telling tourists, ‘welcome home’.
The Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2016 was jointly organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Sitapura in Jaipur.Held from April 17-19, 2016, the travel mart was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, who articulated the importance of tourism with special emphasis on extensive promotion of that of Rajasthan.The CM also released the FICCI-MRSS knowledge paper on ‘India as a Hotspot for Inbound Tourism – reigniting destination appeal’.In the key note address, Tourism Secretary, Government of India, Vinod Zutshi recounted a growth of 13% in domestic tourism in 2015 which the government aims to increase up to 15% by 2018.Delegates gracing the event were SK Agarwal, Principal Secretary- Tourism, Government of Rajasthan; Dr Jyotsna Suri, Immediate Past President, FICCI, Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee & CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group; Dipak Deva, Co-Chairman, FICCI Tourism Committee & Managing Director, Travel Corporation (I) Ltd and Randhir Vikram Singh, Co-Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council, General Secretary– IHHA and Joint Managing Director, Mandawa Hotels, Jaipur.Hosted by the state of Rajasthan, this 8th edition of GITB was also supported by leading national and regional associations like Hotel & Restaurant Association of Rajasthan (HRAR), Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) and Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO).
The National Capital Region is all set to witness another edition of Global Hospitality Conclave (GHC). Now in its fourth edition, the Global Hospitality Conclave 2017 would be held on January 7, 2017, at The Leela Ambience Gurgaon. The conclave, which is an independent initiative by the alumni of the erstwhile Oberoi School of Hotel Management (OSHM) now, The Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development (OCLD), brings together a host of industry leaders to discuss the trends and developments in the hospitality industry.The conclave seeks to touch upon trends and opportunities in the hospitality landscape of the country and the world, in addition to discussing the priorities to arrive at all potential gateways and drivers of growth in the coming years.The Global Hospitality Conclave, which is organised annually, sees participants from around the world who have been part of The Oberoi Group in a leadership position. The main objective of the conclave is to get the Oberoi Hotels alumni together annually, who are presently employed in different sectors across the world such as banking, aviation, universities etc, and go beyond the customary batch reunions by creating a compelling platform for knowledge exchange, experiences and networking opportunities.GHC is open exclusively to all who have either graduated from OSHM/OCLD up to the year 2007 or have worked with the Oberoi Hotels in senior management for 10 years or more and is, therefore, a select club of top hospitality professionals.
The APAC travel industry will once again gather in the third travel technology innovation summit – Phocuswright India 2018. The event will be organised by research agency – Phocuswright and will be held from April 19-20, 2018 at the Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel and Residences. The first round of speakers and program topics were recently announced.In its third year, Phocuswright India promises to assemble a program and speaker roster that’s bigger and better than previous events. Attendees will see panellists deliberating on the potential of ‘Digital Travel Rush’. Consumers are fervently researching and booking on digital mediums, especially mobile and investors are placing massive bets on startups during the ongoing digital transformation. The dynamics of the ‘APAC Travel Market’ will also behighlighted where nobody is safe, competition is intensifying, startups are attracting capital while the established order is actively consolidating and cornering the markets. ‘One Size Doesn’t Fits All’ session will elaborate on how each market needs its own strategy and communication and how winners emerge after a long gestation period.The list of speakers finalised so far includes Urrshila Kerkar, Executive Director, Cox & Kings; Aloke Bajpai, CEO, ixigo.com; Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip; Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President-South Asia, Marriott International, Dhruv Shringi, Co-Founder and CEO, Yatra Online, etc.The upcoming edition promises a combination of unprecedented networking opportunities, the Phocuswright Innovation Platform, candid conversations on stage and insightful workshops.
Elizabeth Warren Elected to U.S. Senate Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Elizabeth Warren Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-07 Tory Barringer Share “”Elizabeth Warren””:http://elizabethwarren.com/, law professor and the driving force behind the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB), received a major promotion–not from any company or agency, but from the citizens of Massachusetts.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]After campaigning for more than a year, Warren claimed victory in the race for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent “”Scott Brown””:http://www.scottbrown.com/. She received 53.7 percent of the state’s votes, according to “”Politico””:http://www.politico.com/.A professor of law at Harvard for nearly 20 years, Warren rose to national prominence as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP). After the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, she worked as special assistant to President Obama in the creation of the CFPB, an agency she described as “”a tough cop on the beat”” for the consumer credit industry. Her time as CFPB advisor earned her praise and criticism alike as she pushed for more aggressive regulation. In a “”blog post””:http://elizabethwarren.com/blog/thank-you following the announcement of her victory, Warren thanked supporters and vowed to work hard to break the partisan gridlock in Washington.””I won’t just be your Senator, I will also be your champion,”” she said. November 7, 2012 390 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
Mortgage Servicing Rights new residential corp Ocwen ocwen shares 2017-05-02 Aly J. Yale It seems Ocwen is finally getting a reprieve from its recent streak of bad news. The servicer’s stock has spiked since a recent acquisition announcement by New Residential Corporation, which will purchase a portion of Ocwen’s mortgage servicing rights for the next five years.Ocwen stock rose as high as 46 percent following the announcement, reaching $3.32 per share at its peak. Shares currently sit at $3.08 as of 1 p.m. May 2—a stark contrast to prices just a few weeks before.Ocwen shares have plummeted since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with 21 U.S. states, sued the lender for committing errors in its mortgaging process. At one point, Ocwen’s shares dropped more than 50 percent, hitting as low as $2.23 toward the end of April.Stock on New Residential Corp. has also jumped following the acquisition announcement, rising more than 3 percent just this week; it now sits at $16.90 per share.According to the deal, New Residential act as a subservicer for Ocwen for the next five years, taking on $117 billion in mortgage servicing rights. It will also pay an upfront fee of $425 million, as well as an equity investment. The investment will entitle New Residential to 4.9 percent of the company. The two companies had partnered previously, though New Residential’s servicing rights were never “fully-owned.””We are excited about the prospect of this new arrangement and expect that this agreement will further strengthen what I view as an already strong partnership by eliminating some of the uncertainties inherent in the existing arrangement, which will be good for shareholders of both companies,” said Ron Faris, President and CEO of Ocwen.Ocwen has made lots of headlines as of late, as the CFPB and numerous states filed suit against it. The company responded by filing restraining orders against cease and desists issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Commissioner of Banks of the Massachusetts Division of Banks. Ocwen has also filed two motions to expedite a court ruling on the constitutionality of the CFPB, as well as a third motion to invite the Department of Justice to take part in the case.Fitch Ratings recently issued a new Servicer Rating for the organization, dropping it from “Stable” to “Negative.” May 2, 2017 600 Views Ocwen Gets Good News; Shares Spike in Daily Dose, Headlines, Servicing Share
10 Small Cities on the Rise Share in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination May 8, 2018 699 Views Affordability East Coast Growth homes HOUSING population Prices Realtor.com 2018-05-08 Seth Welborn As the economy grows, the up and coming cities are from unexpected places. Several smaller east coast cities and beyond are poised to become “powerhouses” according to Realtor.com, as they fill up with top paying jobs and housing that is much more affordable than other major U.S. metros.Many of these cities, such as Salisbury, Maryland; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Worcester, Massachusetts are east coast cities, with no cities on the West Coast on Realtor.com’s top 10 list of cities poised to become “powerhouses”. For instance, Salisbury, with a population of just 390,091, is by no means a large city, but that population has doubled in the last five years and is on track to keep growing. A lower cost of living coupled with rising wages and affordable homes have kept the population on the rise steadily, and job opportunities have continued to increase in this city.A median home price of $289,900 is also a draw, especially compared with the median home price of $449,950 in nearby Washington, D.C. realtor.com also notes that there many homes for sale in Salisbury for just $100,000 or less.Other east coast cities, such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Worcester, Massachusetts, are also on the rise. Myrtle Beach hasn’t seen growth due to job opportunities and wages, but instead, has seen an influx of retirees looking for an alternative to nearby Florida’s higher cost of living. Myrtle beach’s current population of 265,100 has seen around 150,000 newcomers within the past five years, drawn to lower-priced housing, with a median home price of $239,050.Worcester, with a population of 930,667, is the second largest city in Massachusetts, but housing is half as cheap. The median home price in Worcester is $299,950, and the population is growing due to new businesses and industries cropping up.This means the east coast is booming and is set to continue to grow. Lafayette, Louisiana; Gulfport, Mississippi; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Grand Rapids, Minessota; Knoxville, Tennessee; Daytona Beach, Florida; and Ogden, Utah were other cities on this list.
Brad O’Connor Century 21 Hansen Realty Christine Hansen closings Florida housing Florida Realtors Freddie Mac Housing Market Hurricane Irma 2018-11-11 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News A year after Hurricane Irma swept through Florida, the state saw an uptick in closed sales, pending sales, and median prices, according to data released by Florida Realtors. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 21,087 in September, which is 17 percent up from a year prior.At the same time, according to Florida Realtors President Christine Hansen, the median time for a home sale to go to contract remained stable in the year-to-year comparison.“For single-family homes, it was 38 days, the same as a year ago,” said Hansen, who also is a broker-owner with Century 21 Hansen Realty in Fort Lauderdale. “For condo-townhouse properties, it was 46 days, down 2.1 percent.”According to the report, September was the 81st straight month in which statewide median sales prices for both single-family homes and condo-townhouse properties increased year-over-year. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes was $251,610. That’s a 5 percent uptick over the previous year, but still lower than the national average of $267,300—which also was up 5 percent from a year earlier.The statewide median price for condo-townhouse units in September was $182,500, up 5.5 percent over the year prior. Statewide, Realtors saw 8,492 condo-townhouse sales close in September, a 14.6 percent upturn in that market. At the same time, short sales for condo-townhouses dropped 37 percent and foreclosures fell 5.2 percent year-to-year, while short sales for single-family homes declined 4 percent and foreclosures fell 8 percent year-to-year.Brad O’Connor, chief economist for Florida Realtors, said that with most areas of the state out of commission for a week or more following Irma, Realtors saw “severely depressed levels of closed sales, new pending sales, and new listings last September.”He added: “Fortunately, the year-over-year changes we reported for most of Florida Realtors’ other metrics—like median price—were not as significantly skewed by the impact of Hurricane Irma.”End-of-month single-family inventory levels were up for the third consecutive month statewide in September, while condo and townhouse inventory rose by 3 percent.According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.63 percent in September 2018, up from the 3.81 percent averaged during the same month a year earlier. Florida, One Year After Irma Share November 11, 2018 637 Views
Share in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination 55plus homeowners Housing Prices Retire 2019-03-27 Seth Welborn For many older homeowners, retirement may means sacrificing comfort and living in the cheapest place possible, often in a big city. However, according to 55places.com, that doesn’t have to be the case. 55places determined which towns in the U.S.“Understanding not everyone wants to live in a big city or large community, the company researched the most affordable small towns to retire in 2019,” 55places stated.55places’ cheapest small towns for retirees included Logan, Utah, Wausau, Wisconsin, Cedar, Falls, Iowa, Winchester, Virginia, and Dunedin, Florida. Additionally, 55places surveyed its readers to uncover anticipated costs for buying a home for retirement when comparing it to the value of their current one. According to the survey, 26 percent of respondents answered “about the same,” 27 percent said “slightly less” and 24 percent said “much less.”Survey respondents also reported how much they want to pay for their home, with 30 percent wishing to pay $200,000 or less, and 62 percent expect to pay $300,000 or less.”Affordability is clearly a driving factor when purchasing a home for retirement,” said Danny Goodman, COO of 55places.com. “Whether retirees are looking to stay close to family, move to a warmer climate, adopt a low-maintenance lifestyle, or join the camaraderie that comes with active adult communities, the small towns recognized here offer practical options and attractive amenities at a reasonable price point.”55places used the U.S. Census to analyze metropolitan areas across the country with a population of 55,000 or less to determine rankings. From there, certain locations were eliminated based on local crime rates, cost of living, and extreme real estate prices, narrowing it down to 215 places. The remaining locations were determined based on 12 weighted data points, including median income and cost of living via Sperling’s Best Places, average home sale price, tax friendliness to retirees, active adult communities, local health care options, job growth based on the Milken Institute, AllTransit Performance Score. March 27, 2019 1,186 Views Best Towns for Homeowners to Retire
Azamara Club Cruises has announced the appointment of Carol Cabezas to Chief Operation Officer. As COO for Azamara Club Cruises, she will be responsible for the full range of operations of the cruise line including sales, marketing, revenue, finance deployment and shipboard operations.Cabezas has been a part of the Royal Caribbean team for the last 17 years and has held a variety of leadership roles across sales, finance and revenue management. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Investor Relations for Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. “Carol is no stranger to the Royal Caribbean family and we know she will be an incredible asset to Azamara,” said Larry Pimentel President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “She brings expertise across a variety of important channels and we look forward to elevating the brand through strategic planning and ideas coming from our internal leadership team.” appointmentsAzamara ClubcruiseRoyal Caribbean
IMAGE: Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia australiabrochureearlybirdsScemic Scenic’s luxurious fully escorted journeys include sightseeing through Scenic’s Freechoice program. Guests can enjoy an open top town tour in Broome; witness quokka in their natural habitat on Rottnest Island; take in a round of golf on Norfolk Island or explore the nearby lagoon by glass bottom boat; enjoy a tour of Hobart and the picturesque Huon Valley, or cruise the scenic Tamar River, while in Tassie. The Scenic Enrich program promises unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences – from a 4WD adventure to spectacular Wilpena Pound in South Australia, to a Port Hedland Harbour tour or a visit to the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School in the heart of The Kimberley. Special Sundowners events also provide opportunities to soak up the ambience at beautiful locations such as Western Australia’s El Questro.All Scenic tours feature accommodation at the finest hotels available, such as new itinerary inclusion Cicada Lodge Katherine. Scenic tours include the services of an expert, hand-picked tour director and knowledgeable local guides; return airport transfers, all tipping and gratuities.* Terms and conditions apply Released in conjunction with Scenic’s new Australia brochure – The Endless Wonders of Australia 2018/2019 – Scenic has unveiled a variety of great savings to encourage Australians to visit their beautiful backyard in 2018 and 2019.The new brochure features 14 itineraries ranging in length from seven to 23 days, across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia and Norfolk Island.Book by 28 February 2018 and receive:Included return flights for 23 Day Treasures of the West Coast (includes taxes up to $190 per person) – a saving of up to $1350* per couplePartner fly free for bookings on the 12 Day Top End and Kimberley Spectacular, 17 Day South Western Tapestry or 21 Day Territory Explorer and The Kimberley (includes taxes of up to $250 per person) – a saving of up to $900* per coupleEarlybird savings of up to $600* per couple for bookings on the 19 Day Top End and Kimberley Snapshot Cruise, 9 Day Territory Explorer, 13 Day Ultimate Tasmania, 11 Day Taste of South Australia or 8 Day Historic Norfolk Island.
Tahitivideo Tahiti Tourisme has launched its latest digital marketing campaign – #TakeMeToTahiti – the next stage of the highly successful Two Stories/One Mana content series. Featuring travellers immersed in the iconic beauty and vibrant culture of The Islands of Tahiti, #TakeMeToTahiti has been designed to further showcase the diversity of The Islands of Tahiti.The content series, which will roll out across a range of Australian and New Zealand digital and social platforms follows three groups’ adventures across the Islands. Two couples – Helder and Fana from Brazil, and Erin and Evan from the United States – plus the Gobbett family from England, were chosen from a global casting call which asked the question – why they should be taken to Tahiti.The campaign microsite will include an interactive spinner, replicating the one used in the content series, allowing the creation of itineraries, trip planning, and Island education. #TakeMeToTahiti will launch with a prologue video today, and full episodes rolling out across all social platforms in April.
booking.comresearchstudytips The top five trips that people have already been on and would like to go on again, as they allow them to experience travel to the fullest, are: · Road trip (54%) which rises to a whopping 67% for Aussies. This is particularly popular with younger people, with a third of Generation Z (18-24 year olds) intending to take a road trip as their next holiday· Last minute trip (38%)· Solo trip (34%). A surge in solo travel for Baby Boomers was revealed with 40% having taken a solo trip in the last year, and a further 21% planning to take one in the future· Long distance train journey (32%)· Backpacking or hiking trip (30%). Baby Boomers (55 to 64 year olds) are looking for more adventurous travel with a fifth (20%) intending to go backpacking or hiking on their next tripAussies can grab an exclusive discount on their ili device with a limited edition Booking.com case. IMAGE:Zhangjiajie, China Travel desiresRespondents were asked what they want out of their limitless travel:· Almost two thirds (62%) of people want to experience new cultures· Over half (51%) want to taste local delicacies· Over a third (39%) are keen to experience staying somewhere new· A third (33%) want to embrace meeting new people whilst travelling – Booking.com and ili hope to help unlock this in new places with the partnership Pushing the limits 57% of Aussies think that the best thing about travel is getting outside their comfort zone, confirming they want more unique travel experiences to push their travel limits. The top getaways which travellers haven’t done before because they are too afraid, but would love to try one day include:· Volunteering trip (39%)· Gourmet adventure (38%)· Mystery trip (38%)· Sabbatical trip (36%)· Ancestry trip to find out about their heritage (36%) New research from Booking.com reveals a significant two thirds (63%) of global travellers don’t believe they’re making the most of their travel and ‘waste’ their holiday. One of the key obstacles cited is language barriers. Other issues include finding the right accommodation and the fear of unfamiliar situations in foreign countries. The survey was conducted with over 20,500 global travellers. Teaming up with ili, the world’s fastest offline translation device, booking.com is hoping to provide a solution to those language barriers, with ili devices translating English into three language outputs including Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin in a little as 0.2 seconds without internet connection. The devices can help with simple interactions such as asking for directions to locations off the beaten track, or ordering local food, and even chatting with the locals. The research shows one in five global travellers (20%) have never felt ‘limitless’ and the number rises on a local level to 67% of Aussie travellers revealing they are not adventurous enough on holiday. Nevertheless, there is a strong desire to push the boundaries while travelling, with over three quarters of Aussie travellers expressing that aspiration. The main barriers holding people back while travelling is language barriers and struggling to find the right accommodation, with 32% of Aussies stating these fears, examples include getting lost or ordering the wrong dish in a local restaurant. Over a third are also held back by struggles to find accommodation and over a quarter feel anxious about unfamiliar situations when travelling. When asked what would remove travel barriers and anxieties for future trips the top factors respondents called out were: · Great accommodation options (37%)· Positive reviews from other travellers (35%)· Being able to ask questions and directions in the local language (26% and 23%) with 33% of Aussies cited this as making them more confident on holiday· Being able to order their favourite food (22%)· Technology can help overcome these concerns as over half (52%) of global travellers and Aussies admit to using technology frequently while travelling to gain local insight