Fans of the film ‘Mama Mia’ can discover Nisi Glisteri (the clifftop where ‘Our Last Summer’ was performed) first hand, in 2019, on a Star Clippers itinerary that explores the Greek Islands where Meryl Streep & Co frolicked. But you don’t have to be a movie buff to enjoy the experience aboard the Star Flyer, which will explore the islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, and visit Limos, Poros and Athens. There are four dates with departures from Piraeus on 18 May, June 8, June 29, 17 August 2019. Priced from $2,999 per person, the seven night Mamma Mia sailing includes double occupancy, shipboard accommodation, all meals, onboard entertainment, ship’s watersports program, gratuities and port charges. Skiathos offers over sixty golden beaches to explore, and at the old harbour featured in ‘Mamma Mia’ and where Sam’s race with Harry took place, with the two characters running to reach the boat that would take them to the neighbouring island of Kalokairi. Skiathos is also home to the clock tower where Sophia posts the wedding invitations.Several locations on the island of Skopelos featured throughout the film, including Kastani Beach where Tanya sang ‘Does your Mother Know’, and where Sophie and Sky sang both ‘Lay all your Love on Me’ and ‘I Have a Dream’.Discover Nisi Glisteri, and visit the Agios Ioannis Prodomos Monastery – one of the island’s most beautiful landmarks and the location for the film’s wedding scene. A short 105-step climb from the Agios Ioannis Beach will take you to the small chapel, where you can also enjoy mesmerising views out to sea. cruiseGreeceGreek IslandsMama MiaStar Clippers
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories 0 Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Arizona Cardinals selected OT Nate Potter from Boise State with the221stpick overall Saturday.The 6’6″ 303-pounder started all four years at Boise State. He has goodathletic ability but needs to add weight to his frame. He has the potential tobe a solid pass protection blocker if he adds to his body mass but he’llneed to get stronger if he wants to become a starting offensive tackle.Potter has proven to be a consistent force on the field at Boise State, havingstarted every game the past two years for the Broncos. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation He possesses quickness, good range and is a solid technical blocker. Hehas the skills to earn a starting job but will likely need a few years ofseasoning before he is ready to tackle such a role. Potter has big hands andcould be assigned to block against speedy edgerushers.The Cardinals made Potter their final selection in the 2012 NFL draft. Theyopted to choose three linemen in this year’s draft who all have high levelpotential and could develop nicely under their coaching staff.Potter will likely be listed behind Levi Brown and D.J. Young at left tackle.
Comments Share But they trail Seattle’s Matt Flynn/Russell Wilson combo and Minnesota’s Christian Ponder, so yeah, not good.Neither quarterback has done much to win the starting job. That’s not an insult to Skelton, who is considered a developmental quarterback. It is an insult for Kolb, who is paid more than $10 million a year. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The saying is a team with two quarterbacks really doesn’t have one, and many believe that’s the case with the Arizona Cardinals.Because while they’ve had a QB battle all training camp between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, it’s fair to say neither has truly emerged as a great option. According to John Clayton in his NFL starting QB rankings, Arizona’s duo ranks 28th of 32.Ouch.They are ahead of Tennesee’s Jake Locker, Mimai’s Ryan Tannehill and Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden and Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert, so there’s that. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Clayton says Arizona’s QB arrow is pointing down, and unless one of the two really steps up over the next few weeks and establishes himself as a quality starter, we may very well see their ranking slip a bit. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Top Stories Should that continue for the final three weeks of the season, Palmer would become the first QB since Kurt Warner in 2008 to start all 16 games for the Cardinals. Perhaps not coincidentally, Arizona reached the Super Bowl that season. “It’s been good to have the stability at that position,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I think everybody appreciates that and understands that when you keep him standing up and healthy and the same guy in there, everybody gets the same amount of reps and you get to have that continuity that you all want, so it’s been a great time having Carson back there. He’s been a phenomenal leader for us.”A full season with a good quarterback is rarely a bad thing, and while the road to get there may not have been easy, the Cardinals appear to be a few games away from doing just that. On that note, it may have been Arians who said it best.“Without a quarterback, you don’t have a chance.” Life is different for the team this season. Entering Week 15, only two people other than Carson Palmer have thrown passes for the Cardinals, and neither are quarterbacks. So perhaps it’s no coincidence that the Cardinals, at 8-5, have a chance to post their best record since 2009, and possibly since moving to the Valley. “It’s huge,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of having stability at quarterback. “When you look at teams that are in the playoffs already, they’re solid at quarterback.”At this point, only three teams have clinched playoff spots, and they are led by Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, respectively. Of course, it’s no secret that the key to winning in the NFL is good quarterback play. In Arizona, when the Cardinals had it, they won. When they didn’t, they lost. It’s not a difficult concept.Yet, as the Cardinals know better than anyone, finding a good quarterback is easier said than done. They tried via the draft, trade and free agency, but before this season none of them led to the right passer.But Palmer, a veteran who was acquired from the Oakland Raiders for only a seventh-round pick, may be the right guy. He ranks eighth in the league in passing yards and ninth in completion percentage, and while his interception total is still high, he’s been picked off just four times in the last six games while throwing 12 touchdown passes. 0 Comments Share “Guys are comfortable with the plays that we are running and the schemes that we are running. Just repetition -—through repetition and really, quite frankly, doing it wrong.”Arians noted that throughout his career, quarterbacks have seen their interception totals take a dramatic drop following the player’s first eight games in his system. “Once you get the nuances of everything and you know where the ball is going pre-snap once you see the coverage and you start trusting the receivers, those things come down,” he said. And as the interceptions have come down, the team’s win total has gone up. The Cardinals have won five of their last six games to remain in the playoff race. It may not have been possible had Palmer not remained under center. “Knock on wood, Carson’s been extremely healthy, he’s been able to come in every single week,” guard Daryn Colledge said, adding that injuries played a role in what happened at the position last season. “It’s one of those things where Carson has been able to keep himself healthy, we’ve been able to keep him a little healthy, and he’s been able to go out there and play at a consistent level. That’s something you can’t put a price tag on. It gives us the reassurance that we know, ‘Hey, that guy’s going to be back there behind us every single week.’” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo That decision, or lack thereof, seems to have paid off, as Palmer has since entrenched himself as the team’s unquestioned starter and leader.“It makes everybody comfortable, including the defense, they know if we’re ever in a jam, Carson can get us out of it,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “I think it gives us a whole lot of confidence as an offense that that guy’s behind center.”As Goodwin said, that resonates throughout the entire team.“Fans only see what’s going on on Sunday, they just care about the output that you put out there on Sunday,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “They don’t see all the hard work and everything you try to do just to get on the same page with the guy beside you, and Carson and the offense have done a tremendous job of just working through the nicks and the kinks and getting on the same page and they’ve been playing tremendous, especially the past five weeks or so.”Is the reason for Palmer’s resurgence really that simple? Was it only a matter of time before the veteran, now in his 10th season, would start playing at a higher level? “I think we have come a long way as a group,” Palmer said. “I know we have come a long way in the trust department for sure, just trusting where a guy is going to be, trusting where the ball is going to be on their end. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In last Sunday’s 30-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, Palmer tied a franchise record for completion percentage in a game at 84.4 percent, and on the season the 33-year-old is completing 64.3 percent of his passes with 3,458 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. At his current pace, he’ll finish among the franchise’s all-time leaders in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns in a single season. Once someone fans wanted benched, Palmer has instead turned into a quarterback the team can rely on, which is something that cannot be understated. No drama, no controversy. He’s been the guy, and he will continue to be the guy.“It’s extremely important,” center Lyle Sendlein said. “That way there’s no distractions in the locker room and sometimes players disagree with coaches on who’s playing, and when it’s a clear-cut decision on who your quarterback is and he’s our captain, he’s our leader, it’s one thing that’s not a distraction.”Indeed, quarterback is a position the Cardinals have not had to worry about much this season. Because even when Palmer was struggling early in the season, Arians continued to voice support for the veteran and never really seemed close to making a change. TEMPE, Ariz. – Since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season, six different quarterbacks have taken a regular-season snap for the Arizona Cardinals.In 2012 alone, four different signal callers started a game for the team. An old adage says if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have one, but there’s nothing in the book about having four. Based on experience, though, it’s probably not a good thing. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories You didn’t think Richard Sherman would wake up to see Patrick Peterson had signed the richest cornerback deal in NFL history and not say anything did you? If so, you must have forgotten the back and forth these two had just two short months ago. The Seattle Seahawks outspoken cornerback tweeted a photo with his Super Bowl ring early Wednesday. He’s not “mad” about the $48 million Peterson is guaranteed. Really, he’s not. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. A guest of Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday, Peterson responded to Sherman’s ring tweet.“Super Bowl is a team achievement, not individual.”Well said, Patrick. Sherman then went for the knockout blow:Can’t ever be too mad lmao… pic.twitter.com/ZHA28B9Tji— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 30, 2014 At least that’s what he wants you to believe. Tuesday night, Sherman retweeted this:Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson combined to allow 8 touchdown passes in 2013. Peterson gave up seven of those.— Cody Swartz (@cbswartz5) July 30, 2014 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share LISTEN: Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Wednesday morning, Peterson fired off this tweet:Yu mad bro!!!! LMAO😂😂😂😂😭— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) July 30, 2014 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact David Johnson’s stellar performance in primetime last week earned him the FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors for Week 15.Johnson had his coming out party, rushing for 187 yards and three touchdowns.After not rushing for more than 42 yards in a game all season, Johnson has taken advantage of injuries to Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson, rushing for at least 90 yards in the past three games.The 2015 third-round pick out of Northern Iowa is starting to become well-known and breaking off runs similar to those of Marshawn Lynch will certainly help the cause. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 💪 David Johnson 💪47 yards of pure beast mode. #AZvsPHI https://t.co/13AQeQA9Kj— NFL (@NFL) December 21, 2015The FedEx Ground Player of the Week is a weekly NFL award given out to both the Air and Ground Player of the Week in honor of Super Bowl 50.The winners will have FedEx make a $2,000 donation in their name to the American Red Cross. Johnson was up against New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings and Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue.Ben Roethlisberger was the Air Player of the Week in Week 15. Carson Palmer has not won the award yet this season, but has been nominated three times for his performances in Weeks 1, 8 and 10. Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson, left, breaks free of Philadelphia Eagles’ E.J. Biggers on a touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals are one of four teams alive in pursuit of a Super Bowl 50 championship.The Cards punched their ticket to the NFC Championship Game with a thrilling 26-20 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium that was hailed as an instant classic.But many pundits and fans around the country are still scratching their heads over a late-game coaching decision from Arizona head coach Bruce Arians. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals head coach Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arians said Palmer didn’t necessarily call an audible, but had the option to check out of the original call when the Packers brought another defender into the box.“Everybody blocked the running play, so it’s a running play, but with one-on-one out there, you know you’re going to have time to throw it, so he stepped back and threw it,” Arians said. “I’ve got no problem with that.”The coach was a little more direct in explaining his stance on the decision after the game.“Oh, hell no,” he said. “I never regret a call.” – / 40 The Cardinals led 17-13 and faced a 2nd-and-8 from the Green Bay 22-yard line with 2:34 remaining after the Packers had called their third and final timeout. On the next play Carson Palmer threw a fade pass to Larry Fitzgerald, who was well covered by Green Bay’s Sam Shields. The pass fell incomplete and only five seconds elapsed on the play.The Cardinals did run the ball on third down, with David Johnson picking up four yards to the Green Bay 18. Chandler Catanzaro would kick a 36-yard field goal to stretch Arizona’s lead to seven points, but many were wondering why Arians would have called for a pass play, knowing that an incompletion would leave more time on the clock for one of football’s best quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers, to engineer a comeback.As it turned out, he did. Rodgers hit Jeff Janis on a 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired and the Packers forced overtime, only to see the Cardinals win it just 1:05 into the extra period.Monday, Arians clarified the call.“I did call a run, but (the Packers) had 10 guys up, so it was going to be a negative run,” Arians told Bickley and Marotta Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Larry’s one-on-one, I’ll take that all day long.”
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In four NFL seasons, Tyrann Mathieu has proven that when healthy, he is one of the league’s best defensive players.The problem has been, of course, keeping him healthy.Mathieu has yet to play a full season, and three of his four campaigns have ended with the former LSU Tiger on injured reserve.Heading into 2017 Mathieu is feeling healthy and confident, all while understanding that he still has plenty left to prove. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Mathieu is the second Cardinal to land on one of Schein’s lists, as he already named running back David Johnson as one of the most indispensable offensive players.The running back came in at No. 4.Johnson didn’t make this list in 2016. Now, having proven last season that he’s a bona fide star and one of the most well-rounded players in the entire league, Johnson earns a top-tier slot.Arizona can survive a Carson Palmer injury or a Carson Palmer skid, with Johnson dazzling and dominating like he does. Johnson posted 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the first 15 games of last season — an astounding NFL record. You could make the case that he’s the best runner and receiving target on the 2017 Cardinals. I know I would.In all, Johnson set a franchise record with 2,118 scrimmage yards, while his 20 touchdowns also topped the Cardinals’ record books as well as led the NFL in 2016. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 3 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu waits his turn to run drills during an NFL football organized team activity, Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the team training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Again, no one doubts how good of a player he is, which is why last summer the Cardinals signed him to a contract extension even while he was recovering from a second torn ACL.When Mathieu is healthy and at his best, the Cardinals’ defense is one of the most difficult to handle, and it’s why even though they have other stars in cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebackers Markus Golden and Chandler Jones, NFL.com’s Adam Schein lists the Honey Badger as the league’s seventh-most indispensable defensive player.Mathieu hits and covers and breaks up passes. He changes games by creating turnovers. And most importantly, he is the heart and soul of this Cardinals team. With a banged-up Mathieu last year — the safety missed six games with a shoulder injury — the Cardinals missed the playoffs. There is a direct correlation. He’s that special.Mathieu is just such a crucial chess piece, with all the mismatch players and formations NFL offenses are rolling out these days. His skill set is extremely hard — if not impossible — to replace. And that, folks, is what we mean by indispensable.A defensive player of the year candidate before hurting his knee in Week 15 in 2015, Mathieu collected 36 total tackles with one sack and one interception in 2016 as he battled his knee and then a shoulder injury.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has taken the first steps to spinning off its vacation ownership unit into a separate publicly traded company.In the process it will change its name from Starwood Vacation Ownership to Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc.The business was previously known as Vistana prior to the Starwood acquisition in 1999.Starwood has filed its intention to spin off the business with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and expects to complete the process later this year.“Today’s filing is a pivotal step toward the planned spin-off of our vacation ownership business, which will allow us to continue participating in the timeshare industry while seeking to create stockholder value for both companies,” said Starwood’s acting CEO Adam Aron.“The spin-off will also further advance our asset light strategy with the planned contribution of five Starwood-owned resort assets to create future timeshare inventory.”Vistana Signature Experiences will initially have 22 resorts in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean and plans to transfer another five Starwood operated Westin and Sheraton resorts to the vacation ownership portfolio.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Emirates has unveiled its highly anticipated television commercial featuring Hollywood actress, director and producer Jennifer Aniston. This marks the first time Emirates has collaborated with the international star in a global digital and TV campaign.The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress showcases her impeccable comedic timing in the global airline’s light-hearted TVC, in which Aniston experiences the lows of air travel before waking up in her own Private Suite in the Emirates First Class cabin.Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand explained: “Jennifer Aniston’s appeal and effortless connection with a global audience makes her the perfect choice for our campaign. As one of the busiest women in Hollywood, Aniston, like many of our customers, enjoys downtime only when she is travelling. At Emirates, we ensure the experience is an exceptional one.“In a departure from the usual airline industry ads, we chose to take a humorous approach to showcase the amazing products we offer on board. We couldn’t think of anyone better suited for the role than Jennifer Aniston and we wrote the script with her in mind. Her professionalism and comedic talent shone on the set and we are very pleased with the outcome,” he added.The TVC was directed by industry veteran and Oscar-nominee Bryan Buckley, who is acclaimed for his numerous Super Bowl ads. RKCR/Y&R London developed the concept while the script was a collaboration between the agency, Buckley and Emirates’ in-house advertising team.The global digital and television campaign will begin in the United States and the UAE before being rolled out in November to other countries where Emirates has a big operational presence – including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, India and Australia.Emirates has, to date, invested US$20 million in securing TV spots worldwide for this campaign, which will have a 30-second and longer 60-second version. Go back to the e-newsletter >
South African Tourism Acting CEO, Sthembiso Dlamini, today said care has been taken to re-focus the event on the things that really matter to the industry, but more especially on the smaller players.“In our planning we kept coming back to wanting to create an event that embodies the spirit and soul of what Africa is about but in a business setting. Visitors and exhibitors should expect to come and connect with the roots of Africa’s unique tourism offering; and leave with business opportunities in hand.”INDABA will create more quality engagements for small business owners and buyers in the form of daily speed-marketing sessions. Through the online diary and matchmaking system, care will be taken to facilitate suitably matched meetings between exhibitors and credible buyers. The series of carefully tailored tech and trade talks, will see leading industry specialists in their respective fields deliver keynote addresses to equip businesses for future growth.“The INDABA 2016 programme is being designed in response to feedback from exhibitors who unanimously said that they want a business-enabling and informative show that will allow them opportunities to access the speakers, have face time with media and meet with reputable buyers. There are other changes we are working on to implement but all in all, we are excited that the programme we’re designing will meet the needs and expectations of exhibitors and cannot wait to reveal more,” says Dlamini.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterOwners of tourism businesses looking to use this year’s Tourism INDABA to grow their enterprises should prepare to be blown away, as this year’s offering includes more quality networking opportunities, more industry experts behind the microphone, and a renewed focus and perspective on creating future growth through tourism.
Go back to the enewsletterResident expert on meetings, conferences, events and incentives in Hawaii, Kritsada Phadungkiatipong (Kris for short) is Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania’s MICE & Trade Relationships Manager based in Sydney.Offering an entirely free service to event organisers, Kris has the connections and expertise to help you find the best venues, hotels and activities – and everything in between – to help you create an inspirational event in Hawaii.Receive useful destination information, marketing support from Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania’s Australia-based team, assistance with delegate boosting and pre/post touring itineraries.To connect with Kris, email email@example.comGo back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterThe 335-room Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport has opened in China’s Guangdong province at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport.“Hyatt is a pioneer of airport hotels and we are proud to announce the opening of the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Shenzhen, a fast developing city with huge economic vitality,” said Stephen Ho, President, Global Operations for Greater China, Hyatt. “The first Hyatt hotel was founded near Los Angeles Airport in 1957 to provide greater convenience and comfort to our guests. With the same sense of innovation that inspired Hyatt over 60 years ago, Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport will provide Hyatt guests with an experience to make the most of their stay.”Last year, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport welcomed over 45 million travellers and has become an important transportation hub in the Pearl River Delta Region.Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport is located on the west side of the terminal hall at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, a five-minute walk from the arrival and departure hall via an indoor pathway. With easy access to transportation by ocean, land or air, Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport enables business and leisure travellers to easily connect with the very best of China’s dynamic southern gateway city.© Hyatt Hotels Corporation“Every element of Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport has been designed to provide guests a world away from the stress of travel and the convenience and comforts of a truly hassle-free retreat,” said Billy Yap, GM of Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport. “We are ready to welcome guests to touch down in style. From the contemporary design and spacious layout of our guestrooms to the authentic flavours from our restaurants and bars, our guests can always enjoy an energising experience.”Contemporary guestroomsHyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport’s 335 well-appointed contemporary guestrooms are designed as soothing sanctuaries where functionality and style intersect to create a sense of true wellbeing.Guests will immediately feel the luxury of space with rooms ranging from 40 square metres to 245 square metres and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with exciting airport or city views.Those looking for an upgraded stay can select the Regency Club accommodations offering exclusive guest privileges including access to the Regency Club lounge on the 11th floor. With views of the runway, Regency Club guests enjoy private check-in/out, complimentary daily continental breakfast, all-day snacks and evening cocktails, plus use of the private meeting rooms.Inspired Shenzhen diningThe hotel’s four restaurants and bars connect guests with authentic flavors of the region and the world. Xiangyue Chinese restaurant showcases local Cantonese cuisine, as well as Northern Chinese and Sichuan specialties, accompanied by fine wines, spirits and teas. Ten private dining rooms with butler service are tailored for business banquets and elegant social dining.Market Café invites diners to celebrate the vibrancy of an Asian Da Pai Dong (street food) experience, along with an open-kitchen Italian Grill and The Deli & Bakery. Guests can feast on gourmet creations prepared à la minute at live chef kitchens during breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus an international all-day à la carte menu.The stylish Lobby Lounge is where travellers of the world connect. Guests can enjoy a light meal and refreshment before or after a flight, or gather with friends and colleagues for afternoon tea or cocktails. The relaxing lounge also offers the convenience of all business centre services, including wireless internet, printing and meeting rooms.The Bar is a jet-setter’s retreat inspired by vintage airport lounges with hardwood floors and leather upholstered bar stools setting a casually sophisticated ambience. As jets take off and land on the runway visible through picture windows, guests can relax and socialise with drinks and snacks while keeping up to date on real-time news, sport and flight information via interactive screens.Go back to the enewsletter
RelatedMore Brits book flights to long-haul destinations this half termThere has been a “surge in demand” for overseas currencies as more people book long-haul flights this half term.More Brits could book flights to Iceland last-minuteIceland, Jamaica and Hungary offer the best value for money for British travellers.Croatia emerges as cheap flights destinationCroatia emerges as cheap flights destination Growing numbers of holidaymakers are booking flights to Hungary and Israel to escape the eurozone, new figures have revealed.A report from foreign exchange company Travelex has highlighted the increasingly popular trend of booking flights to the ‘neuro-zone’, or new eurozone, in a bid to reduce the cost of people’s summer holidays.While Turkey emerged as the most popular holiday destination outside of the eurozone, it was also revealed that demand for Hungarian currency has doubled during the past two months, while Israel made the Travelex Destination Index for the first time.Commenting on the findings, a Travelex statement said: “Rather than forking out a budget busting £47 for a three course meal for two in France, UK holiday makers are opting to pay 64 percent less at £17 in sun-drenched Turkey.”The currency specialist added that the introduction of cheap flights to Bodrum from a number of UK regional airports had helped boost demand to Turkish resorts.A separate Travelex survey recently suggested that Brits are becoming more inclined to book a last-minute holiday deal in order to save money.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Related15 of the world’s best carnivalsBeat the winter blues and get the party started! Carnival season is here so go crazy with 15 of the best carnivals in the world.Why winter is when Barcelona is at its bestWinter is one of the most beautiful seasons in Barcelona. It is when the people of the Catalan capital reclaim their city. Moving away from big crowds of tourists and with much less noise, it is a time of relaxation, great weather, family moments and good food.Best of Barcelona: things to do in the Catalan capitalBarcelona boasts striking architecture and beautiful city beaches that keep the tourists flocking in, but dig a little deeper and you’ll also find a distinctive Catalonian culture. Uncover the best of Barcelona with our insider tips on what to see and do. Besides the sun, sea and beautiful architecture, Barcelona is going to be bursting with exciting events for you to experience this February. From costume parties on the beach, to fire-runs, to the future of communication, Gaudí´s city has plenty to offer tourists and locals alike, saying goodbye to winter with a bang! Read on to find out why you should visit Barcelona in February…Sitges CarnivalYou may have heard of the loud and bright Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, but you don´t have to go all the way to Brazil to get a taste of this fantastic festival! Carnival is celebrated across the city of Barcelona, but the biggest fiestas take place in Sitges, a picturesque beach town on the outskirts of the city. Only a 30-40 minute train ride from Barcelona, Sitges is renowned for its gay community, and lights up during the month of February with parties on the beach, parades, processions, music and dances in one of the biggest events of the year. Don’t forget to bring your costume! When: 16 – 22 February, 2012 – parades taking place on Sunday 19th and Tuesday 21st of February.Where: Sitges, near BarcelonaHow to get there: Renfe trains from Passeig de Gràcia, Sants or Plaça Catalunya to Sigtes run frequentlyAccommodation: Stay one of many Sitges apartments or an apartment in Barcelona and take a short train ride With the winter season coming to a close and the holidays now far behind us, February is the perfect time to give yourself a well-deserved break, and with so much going on, Barcelona is a great place to visit at this time of year. GSMA Mobile World CongressTowards the end of February, Barcelona will be buzzing with excitement (literally) as the largest mobile phone exhibition comes to town. Featuring the most advanced technology, the GSMA Mobile World Congress is an event where industry leaders, fanatics, experts and interested observers come together to display, demonstrate and discuss all in the field of mobiles. No longer just a means of communication, mobile phones today are our tour guides, books, entertainment and much more.With around 60,000 people expected to attend this year, you could be among the first to take part in app competitions, and see what’s coming next in the mobile world.When: 27 February – 1 March, 2012Where: Fira de Montjuïc, BarcelonaHow to get there: Metro stop – Espanya (L1 & L3)Accommodation: Find a range of Barcelona apartments in the city centre and close to the Mobile World CongressCirque du Soleil – Corteo 2012Head over to Barcelona this February and experience the most fantastic circus show in the world: the Cirque du Soleil. The adventure this year takes us into the imagination of a clown as he visualizes his own funeral taking place in a festive carnival atmosphere. The show features a variety of colorful characters, amazing stunts and laugh-out-loud sketches. Filled with passion, comedy, spontaneity and, of course, incredible talent, the Cirque du Soleil is one of life’s “must-see” performances.When: 20 January – 26 February, 2012Where: Grand Chapiteau at Plataforma Zoo Marino, BarcelonaHow to get there: Metro stop: Selva de Mar or Maresme-Fòrum (L4)Accommodation: Choose one of the many Barcelona beach apartments, close to the venueBarcelona Children’s Festival – Festes de Santa EulàliaAlso known as La Laia, this festival is arguably the biggest event for children in Barcelona as it celebrates the life of one of the city’s patron saints – Santa Eulàlia. Eulàlia was merely a teenager when she refused to recant her Christianity, which brought upon her a series of horrible tortures, including being rolled down a hill inside a knife-filled barrel.The Festes de Santa Eulàlia feature over a hundred activities in locations all across the city, from public squares to museums. Included in the celebrations are many Catalan traditions such as, correfocs (fire-runs), sardanes (folk dancing) and castellers (human towers), as well as puppet shows and workshops. Although it is known as a children’s festival, this particular event is fun for all and promises a great opportunity to experience some fantastic culture in Barcelona.When: 11 – 12 February, 2012Where: Plaça Sant Jaume (Gothic Quarter) and various venues across the city including museums and the Montjuïc Castle – click here for more info on daily activities (Catalan)How to get there: Metro stop – Jaume I (L4) for Plaça Sant JaumeAccommodation: Choose from one of many central Barcelona apartments for excellent access to any of the participating venuesSo, grab yourself some cheap flights to Barcelona and head on over to the Catalan capital this February to enjoy these fantastic events, as well as all the other sights that this beautiful city has to offer!10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Polyglot Irishman Benny Lewis tells us how to learn languages, his way, in Fluent in 3 Months“Err, deux beers please monsieur”. If you have ever tried to learn a language, you’ll like Fluent in 3 Months. When we visit another country, most of us prepare for interaction with the locals only by flicking through the phrasebook when we hear the ‘cabin crew prepare for landing’ announcement. Maybe we have repeated after Michel Thomas while doing the ironing; even enrolled in conversation classes. But Fluent shows us the way to really learn a language.Irishman Benny has spent the past nine years travelling the world learning nearly 20 languages. Not only has he been successful in learning lingos from French to Esperanto, he’s become so successful at it that he has made a career out of it. The blog tells the amusing, amazing story of each of Benny’s ‘missions’ to become fluent. It all started when he was failing to learn Spanish after six months in Spain, despite attending a language school. He realised he needed to totally immerse himself in the language, so set himself the first of many challenges – no English for a month. This proved a successful strategy, one which he has replicated around the world. Seemingly impossible to us single language mortals (monoglots), polyglot Benny is currently on a mission to learn Mandarin, in three months of course.Benny offers many ‘unconventional language hacking tips’, while a big part of his blog is its forum, where readers share their own tips. But if you are committed to getting fluent, you should probably learn Benny’s basic lesson and go for it 100%, starting with buying the appropriate Language Hacking Guide. The blog is engaging simply for an entertaining read back through Benny’s missions, but as a learning tool, if you’ve tried the tapes and binned the books, it could be invaluable.What’s your favourite travel blog? Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll consider it for our Blog of the Week series.10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related7 secrets to learning a language fastAlways wanted to learn a language but think you’re too old, not talented enough, or just too busy? Think again! Whether you want to learn German, Arabic or Chinese, multi-lingual creator of Fluent in 3 Months, Benny Lewis, gives us his top tips on how to pick up the local…10 Teachings of a Technomad10 Teachings of a TechnomadIs it all Greek to Brits abroad?UK tourists put off holiday destinations because they can’t speak the language, while men take the lead with the lingo.
RelatedThe Skyscanner 2012 Bloscar AwardsSkyscanner’s resident travel blogging expert James Cave pays homage to the best bloggers in the blogosphereTravel Bloscars 2013: International winners announcedThe votes are in! We reveal the winners of the International Grand Final of Skyscanner’s first travel blog awards.Travel Bloscars 2013: and the nominees are…Welcome to Skyscanner’s first International Travel Bloscars Competition! The wait is over. The votes have been counted.The Travel Bloscars 2013 are Skyscanner’s first travel blog awards, recognising the excellent work of travel bloggers on informing and inspiring travellers by sharing their adventures and travel experiences, and honouring the very best of the travel blogosphere.Here at Skyscanner, we spent countless hours reading travel blogs. It was a tough job. The standard of travel blogging is very high and there are many, many travel bloggers out there who deserve recognition, but eventually we narrowed down the field to five nominees in four categories. The categories are:Best male travel blogger: dedicated to male bloggers who have demonstrated excellent travel writing skillsBest female travel blogger: dedicated to female bloggers who have demonstrated excellent travel writing skillsBest travel photography blog: dedicated to those travel bloggers who capture the best moments of their travels with their cameras and delight us with outstanding imagesBest newcomer travel blog: recognising new and up and coming blogs, which have been around for no more than four years, and whose authors have proven to be excellent travel writer.There was also a fifth category, the user’s choice blog. We left it up to you to nominate a travel blog of your choice who you thought should be awarded as a worthy winner.Then it was down to YOU, the people, to decide which Bloscar nominee should be chosen as the “Best” Travel Blogger from the UK and Ireland in each category. Thank you to everyone who voted.And the winners are:Best male travel blogger: Man vs ClockTwitter: ManVsClockBest female travel blogger: 40 before 30Twitter: @jayneytravelsBest travel photography blog: Never Ending VoyageTwitter: @NevendingVoyageBest newcomer travel blog: Flora the ExplorerTwitter: @florabakerUsers’ choice: Travel EditsTwitter: @FionaHilliardCongratulations to all our winners. Each winning blogger receives a Kindle Fire HD.Our five UK winners go into the grand final, competing against the winners from across the world to determine the Best International Travel Blogger of the Year! The winners of each category, chosen by Skyscanner’s International judging panel, will receive 600 euros’ worth of flights.The winners will be announced on 4 March…ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedNew flight routes of the month: AprilFancy a quick weekend in Frankfurt? Or maybe it’s time to start planning a summer getaway to Costa Rica? With fantastic new flight routes from British Airways and Ryanair opening this month, you could be there quicker than you think.From Goa to the Norwegian fjords: 14 adventurous trips you can book with TUIFrom Thailand to Montenegro, TUI offers a remarkable range of holidays to far-flung and exciting destinations. Head off on an adventurous trip across the lunar landscape of Iceland, explore the islands of Cape Verde or trek through the lush forests of Vietnam – the possibilities are endless.Nature Holidays in World’s 10 Greenest CountriesNature Holidays in World’s 10 Greenest Countries Between its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Costa Rica is teeming with things to see and do. This tiny republic is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet, with a vastly varied landscape that is home to some 500,000 species of animal.From dense rainforests to isolated beaches, discover what makes Costa Rica a traveller’s paradise.Find flights to Costa Rica1. Explore San JoséIn the midst of Costa Rica’s rainforests and national parks, San José may come across as a bit of a concrete eyesore, but dig a little deeper and discover a colourful city filled with lively barrios and impressive street art. Thinking of heading to the Americas? Then check these out:10 of the most amazing places to go in South America: in picturesTop 10 things to do in BrazilTop 10 things to do in QuitoTop 10 things to do in NicaraguaSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. See the rainforest from above on a canopy tourWhat better way is there to see the rainforest than from above? Many of Costa Rica’s national parks offer you the chance to walk across cable bridges or zip-line through the trees. 9. Unwind in Rincon de la Vieja National ParkRelax and unwind in the park’s therapeutic hot springs among cascading waterfalls and enjoy the sound of tropical birds chirping along with the odd call from a howler monkey. 3. See Arenal VolcanoArenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Its national park has great hiking trails and tranquil hot springs to dip your feet into.More: Volcano Voyeurs: 10 places for lava lovers 7. Climb to the top of Poás VolcanoOne of the craters of this extremely active volcano features a turquoise blue acidic lake surrounded by diverse flora and fauna. 8. Snorkel in the sea at Playa ConchalPlaya Conchal’s clear waters and vibrant reef make it ideal snorkelling territory. 2. Spot some monkeys in Manuel Antonio National ParkFrom dozing sloths to playful capuchin monkeys, in the country’s smallest national park you’ll be guaranteed to get up close to some fascinating wildlife.More: Best places to see some of the world’s most endangered animals 6. Sunbathe on Playa ManzanilloThanks to strict regulations on regional development, the Pacific coast town of Manzanillo (and its beach) remains pristine. 4. Chill out in MontezumaMontezuma is the bohemian backpacker’s paradise. Set in a stretch of idyllic coastline this laidback beach town is a hot spot for surfing. 10. Horse-riding along Nosara’s coastlineWhat better way to end your trip than riding into the sunset with the Pacific Ocean as your back drop?
Stowe, Vermont – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineStowe Mountain Resort officially opened for the 2010/2011 winter season on Wednesday, November 24. The centerpiece of Stowe Mountain Resort is undoubtedly the four-diamond, ski-in ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge located at the heart of the resort. With a fresh layer of snow and the start of the new winter season, Stowe Mountain Lodge and Stowe Mountain Resort are poised for a grand re-opening. A multitude of new additions including the South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, new menu launch in both of Stowe Mountain Lodge’s dining options, KidSpa and additional meeting space will nearly simultaneously open in December 2010.Stowe Mountain Lodge will open an additional 173 guest rooms on December 10, more the doubling the current capacity of the lodge and bringing the total room count to 312. The South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge will feature the same lavishly appointed accommodations as the 2-year old North Wing and will also feature a new type of guest room that did not exist previously: the Alpine View room. The Alpine View room type are rooms located on the fifth floor of the South Wing and boast panoramic views of Mount Mansfield, undisputedly the best views in Stowe.The culinary team at Stowe Mountain Lodge is preparing to launch a new menu for the signature restaurant Solstice, and après-ski lounge Hourglass. Stowe Mountain Lodge appointed new Executive Chef Tiffany Sawyer last month, a 21-year luxury hospitality veteran, who is relentlessly committed to refreshing and reinventing the current menus. Keeping the lodge’s farm-to-table culinary philosophy at the forefront of her creations, Chef Tiffany has announced the new menus will be released in December 2010, just in time for ski-season.With its grand opening slated for December 27, Stowe Mountain Resort will also be home to the 420-seat state-of-the-art Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is located just a few yards from the South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge, and will host a variety of music, dance and cinema performances. The first two opening weeks are jam packed with performances from a variety of famous artists and performers. The intimate theater space allows the audience to experience exclusive performances in close proximity to the performers.The Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge will launch a KidSpa in December 2010, dedicated to providing fun and simplistic spa services to children of all ages. The KidSpa was developed as a response by guests who requested their children be incorporated into their spa experience. Offering services including kid’s manicure and pedicures and temporary tattoos, the KidSpa will not only provide parents with additional children entertainment options, but it will also allow kids to stop, breathe and re-sensitize to their surroundings. These services, or “Kid Rituals”, will be provided to children ages 5-14 year old and last between 45-60 minutes. All elements of their treatment will be available for sale at the KidSpa so parents can recreate the treatments at home.www.stowemountainlodge.com
México City, D.F. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAeromexico, Mexico’s largest transcontinental airline, announced the addition of new flight frequencies to many of its destinations, providing its customers more options and flexibility to better suit their business and leisure travel needs.The airline will add an overnight flight from New York’s JFK airport to Mexico City, for a total of 19 flights per week from 14 flights weekly. The red-eye flight is part of Aeromexico’s new “voyvuelvo” initiative, allowing passengers to travel to and from their destination in the same day.Additional flights to Mexico City will also be added from Chicago, Houston and Las Vegas. These are in addition to the new service routes that Aeromexico recently added to its list of destinations, including San Jose, Costa Rica and Shanghai, China, both of which launched on March 26th.They also form part of the airlines strategic plan that includes new products and services such as a new section between its Clase Premier and Clase Turista (Aeroméxico’s Economy Class), SabreSonic Customer Sales and Service (CSS) solution, the industry’s most powerful revenue-generating and customer-focused reservations system, and new modern uniforms for 2011.The specific flight itineraries are as follows:New York-JFK – Mexico City: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, departing at 12:45 a.m. and arriving at 5:10 a.m.Mexico City-New York-JFK: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, departing at 1:05 a.m. and arriving at 7:00 a.m.Chicago-O’Hare – Mexico City: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, departing at 1:00 a.m. and arriving at 5:05 a.m.Mexico City- Chicago -O’Hare: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, departing at 4:30 p.m. and arriving at 8:30 p.m.Houston – Mexico City: daily, departing at 6:30 a.m. and arriving at 8:50 a.m.Mexico City- Houston: daily, departing at 8:00 p.m. and arriving at 10:20 p.m.Las Vegas – Mexico City:daily, departing at 2:40 p.m. and arriving at 8:15 p.m.Mexico City-Las Vegas: daily, departing at 11:45 a.m. and arriving at 1:40 p.m.Las Vegas – Monterrey: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, departing at 12:45 a.m. and arriving at 5:30 a.m.Monterrey-Las Vegas: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, departing at 10:00 p.m. and arriving at 11:00 p.m.Los Angeles – Mexico City: daily, departing at 5:50 p.m. (previously 6:00 p.m.) and arriving at 11:35 p.m.Mexico City-Los Angeles: daily, departing at 2:40 p.m. and arriving at 4:35 p.m. (previously 4:45 p.m.)www.aeromexico,com