Estação Gabiraba, Inverted America Travel, Uakari Lodge, Tropical Tree Climbing, Turismo Consciente and Vivejar have launched MUDA – Brazilian Collective for Responsible Tourism to support responsible tourism in Brazil. MUDA means ‘Change’ and these companies have formed a collective and collaborated to position Brazil as a responsible tourism destination.“We believe in collaboration and partnership. That is why we are more than an association, we form a collective, where we bring together companies with products of similar values and proposals, based on responsible tourism, with the aim of leveraging our promotion, marketing and commercialisation,” averred Marianne Costa, founder of Vivejar.MUDA believes in educating and creating awareness about responsible tourism along with promoting it.“Our goal is to always work in partnership with Embratur – Brazilian Tourism Board, influencing public policies and bringing our expertise in responsible tourism to offer technical skills and products that are truly up to the most conscious international tourists,” explains Gustavo Pinto, Director, Inverted America Travel.
November 17, 2014 599 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share As federal housing agencies push mortgage firms to lend to more consumers, a recent survey indicates most lenders feel the regulatory risk is still too great for them to lower their standards.In a poll conducted by the Collingwood Group throughout October, 71 percent of mortgage lenders said the odds of them lowering credit score requirements for borrowers are between “somewhat” and “extremely unlikely,” with several saying they feel their standards are already relatively low and that they generally follow the credit parameters set by agency investors.As homeownership numbers sit at their lowest level in nearly two decades, regulators have recently announced plans to boost mortgage availability by allowing the GSEs to purchase loans with lower down payments and by clarifying their repurchase framework.Despite those steps and the strain some originators are feeling as the mortgage market shrinks, one anonymous respondent commented that “[i]t isn’t worth the business risk” to relax their lending criteria.”The reluctant to broaden the credit parameters to reach additional borrowers is a clear indication that lenders are passing up additional volume to avoid regulatory enforcement actions,” the Collingwood Group said in a report detailing the survey findings.The findings echo recent remarks from Bank of America’s CEO, Brian Moynihan, who said the bank has little to no incentive “to try to create more mortgage availability where the customers are susceptible to default.”Out of all the regulatory worries contributing to lenders’ anxiety, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mortgage rules are the biggest concern, the survey shows, with 74 percent of respondents pointing to the bureau as the biggest source of concern. Also on the list were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Federal Housing Administration program requirements, and state regulations, with each earning single-digit shares of responses.In their views of CFPB, many originators questioned whether the bureau’s rules are actually in American borrowers’ best interests, and some said they feel the agency is too focused on finding faults and fining companies rather than offering guidance.”CFPB is rule making through enforcement,” said one unnamed lender. “No clear guidance on certain issues. They won’t put anything in writing when you ask a question. No recourse to their fines and penalties. No real due process.”Other respondents indicated that while they’re not concerned about any one agency, it’s the volume and complexity of new rules that are making lending more burdensome. The vast majority also said that the enforcement of the new regulations is “subjective” and “unfair.”In response to the new regulatory environment, 82 percent of respondents reported their companies are taking expansionary actions, including increasing compliance staff, enhancing risk controls, and investing in compliance technologies. Another 9 percent said they are taking the opposite strategy by reducing third-party originations and tightening credit standards.At least one lender remarked that his or her firm has left the residential mortgage business altogether, the Collingwood Group reported. Collingwood Group Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Credit Availability Regulations 2014-11-17 Tory Barringer Lenders: Increasing Mortgage Availability Not Worth Regulatory Risk
January 15, 2017 660 Views The most recent New Construction Report from HUD and the Census Bureau was largely disappointing, with starts and permits both taking a step back.New construction has been cited by many analysts as a key to improving the ongoing shortage of available homes for sale. Will starts and permits pick up in December’s report? The industry will find out when the report is released on Thursday, January 19.Housing starts declined by 19 percent over-the-year in the report covering November, down to an annual rate of 1.09 million. Permits did not fare much better, falling by 6.6 over-the-year down to an annual rate of 1.2 million. Completions had a good month, rising by 25 percent over-the-year in November up to a rate of 1.22 million.The decline in starts may have simply been a return to the norm, according to one economist.“(October’s) construction report confirmed just how disappointing new construction has been this year,” realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “The seasonally adjusted rate of starts in November was down a whopping 19 percent from October, a much greater drop than anticipated. But the 26 percent increase in October was really an aberration, and can be attributed to factors such as mild weather and the 33-percent rise in multifamily starts.”Presidential Inauguration, Friday, January 20After two months of transition following November’s presidential election, Donald J. Trump is scheduled to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, January 20.The housing industry has been following the transition closely. Trump has promised to roll back regulation for the housing industry. At the National Association of Home Builders’ 2016 Midyear Board Meeting in Miami last August, Trump said, “Overregulation, which is a big problem, is costing our economy 2 trillion dollars a year. Think of that. And you are a big beneficiary of overregulation, because there’s nobody other than, I would say, the energy industry, that is overregulated more than the home building industry. Nobody.”Trump’s pick for HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, testified before the Senate Banking Committee last week. Carson told the Committee, “Throughout my life, I have done things that many deemed impossible. I pledge to work with this Committee and the dedicated career staff at HUD to solve difficult, seemingly obstinate issues and address the needs of those who rely on the services provided by HUD.”Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s choice for Treasury Secretary, has also promised to cut back regulations for the financial industry, particular in regard to the Dodd-Frank Act, which passed in 2010 and is considered by the Obama Administration to be one of its greatest achievements. Rumors have swirled around possible reform to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; citing Trump spokesperson Sean Spicer, the Huffington Post reported that Trump interviewed former U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) for the position of CFPB Director. The term of the Bureau’s current Director, Richard Cordray, expires in July 2018.Monday, January 16Martin Luther King Day, All Markets ClosedWednesday, January 18Fed Beige Book. 2 p.m. ESTThursday, January 19HUD/Census Bureau New Residential Construction Report for December 2016, 8:30 a.m. ESTConfirmation hearing for Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary-Designate, Senate Committee on Finance, 10 a.m. ESTFriday, January 20Presidential Inauguration of Donald J. Trump Housing Starts 2017-01-15 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share The Week Ahead: Waiting for Housing Starts to Pick Up
Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, Market Studies, News Affordability Home Prices HouseCanary 2018-02-24 David Wharton February 24, 2018 592 Views Since the 2008 financial crisis, predicting where the housing market is headed next has become a game with very high stakes indeed. Tracking the interactions between home prices, affordability, the impact of regulation (or deregulation), and a thousand other factors all need to be considered. In an attempt to foresee where housing is headed in 2018, HouseCanary examined all 381 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the US in terms of local affordability (and change in affordability), housing market price growth, and the pace of housing market price growth. HouseCanary VP of Analytics Alex Villacorta broke that data down into a recent post entitled “5 Housing Trends That Are Changing The Market Today.”“While we are still seeing a positive trend in growth on average,” says Villacorta in the report, “the explosive acceleration we’ve seen over the past few years is clearly softening, market by market.” Several markets that had been growing dramatically have been decelerating. Moreover, 10 of the 25 markets showing the most marked growth deceleration all happen to be in Florida.What’s causing the deceleration? HouseCanary’s report cites several possible factors, including “an affordability crisis in many rapidly appreciating markets, waning home sales volume and prices in specific price segments, a likely increase to mortgage rates, implications of the recently passed tax law, and general uncertainty about the future.”The 10 MSAs that have shown the strongest home price growth so far in 2018 versus 2017 include Scranton, Pennsylvania; Stamford, Connecticut; Hartford, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Syracuse, New York; Norfolk, Virginia; New York, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; and Indianapolis, Indiana.HouseCanary also found notable softening in the luxury segment of several markets, which the report says is “typical of mid-to-late cycle behavior where exceedingly high prices in most desirable areas drive buyers further out in search of relative affordability.”The 10 MSA showing this “luxury lag” the strongest include Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (-7 percent); Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (-7 percent); Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida (-7 percent); Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida (-6 percent); Stockton-Lodi, California (-6 percent); Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida (-6 percent); Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida (-6 percent); Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (-6 percent); Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida (-6 percent); and Jacksonville, Florida (-5 percent)You can read HouseCanary’s full report by clicking here. Home Price Growth Slowing in Several Markets
July 16, 2018 684 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Bank Bank of America loans mortgage Origination real estate 2018-07-16 Radhika Ojha Anticipating Bank of America’s Loan Originations Performance Bank of America’s consumer real estate originations are expected to remain solid as balances in this segment are growing well, but “there are headwinds from the runoff from its non-core mortgage portfolio,” the bank said during its investor call to announce its second-quarter results on Monday.The bank’s residential mortgage portfolio fell from $65 billion in the second quarter of 2017 to $51 billion in Q2 2018. Looking at the rest of the year, the bank told investors that it anticipated “modest growth on consumer loans.” It said that 90 percent of the bank’s mortgages are booked on its balance sheet and that it remains “focused on prime and super-prime lending in all loan categories.”The bank said that its second-quarter results included a $729 million charge in other income related to the redemption of certain trust preferred securities, which was largely offset by a $572 million gain from the sale of non-core mortgage loans.The bank reported that its net income grew 33 percent during the quarter to $6.8 billion, mainly driven by improved operating performance and the benefits of tax reform. The overall consumer loans for Bank of America were up 7 percent to $281 billion, while its deposits grew 5 percent to $688 billion during the quarter. In the first half, the bank recorded a net income of $13.7 billion.The second quarter of 2018 was Bank of America’s 18th consecutive quarter of positive operating leverage. It said that revenue net of interest expense decreased 1 percent to $22.6 billion against $22.8 billion recorded during the same period last year. Its net interest income increased $664 million to $11.7 billion reflecting benefits from higher interest rates and loan and deposit growth.“Responsible growth continued to deliver as a driver for every area of the company,” said Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America. “We grew consumer and commercial loans; we grew deposits; we grew assets within our Merrill Edge business; we generated more net new households in Merrill Lynch, and we supported more institutional client activity—all of thiswhile we continued to invest in our businesses and began an additional $500 million technology investment, which we intend to spend over the next several quarters, due to the benefits we received from tax reform.”Despite these investments, Moynihan said that the bank “managed to lower expenses again this period.”Learn more about how Bank of America performed in Q1:Bank of America Reports Record Earnings in Q1 Share
Advancing Mortgage Tech: Three Barriers to Overcome AI eMortgages machine learning technology 2019-05-03 David Wharton May 3, 2019 1,737 Views With all the advancements in AI, machine learning, and similar developments taking place, it seems our industry is on the verge of a real digital mortgage revolution. On the other hand, it can also feel as though adoption isn’t happening quickly enough. Why is this?Certain obstacles to implementing technology are beyond a lender or servicer’s control. For example, the IRS does not yet provide instant turnaround on tax transcript requests, and some states still require pen-and-ink signatures on closing documents.On the other hand, most lenders and servicers face their own challenges when it comes to implementing new technologies. Here are several reasons why, and some quick thoughts on how they can be addressed.A Complex Financial ChallengeThe most obvious challenge to implementing new technology is financial—but there’s more to it than numbers alone. Many lenders and servicers are experiencing shrinking profit margins and consecutive quarterly losses. It’s not just the cost of buying or building technology that matters, either. There is the additional cost of running dual systems during the time that new technologies are being implemented and tested.As just one example, more lenders are adopting hybrid eClosings, where the note is signed in ink and submitted electronically for recording. However, fully electronic eNotes are clearly the better option—they’re more convenient for borrowers and make it much easier to perform automated reviews on loan files. However, relatively few lenders have adopted them.Until eNotes are more widely embraced, lenders, servicers, and their warehouse partners will need to accommodate both eNotes and hybrid eNotes, which adds costs to the equation. It’s an investment that will ultimately pay off, but can be difficult to justify at this time.The Investment in Vendor SelectionEvaluating technology vendors properly is absolutely essential at a time when profits are already tight. But the evaluation process also requires its own investment.The objective behind evaluating vendors is to get to the truth behind the technology being offered to you and to avoid vaporware at all costs. It’s critical to get references from other clients, even competitors, to determine whether you’ll get what you’re paying for. If a new technology provider has no track record of results, that could be an obvious red flag.Lenders and servicers must carefully examine, quantify, and ensure the ROI behind a technology before selecting a vendor. They should also consider the time and effort required to implement the technology, including the amount of training required of staff, as well as any potential hidden obstacles or capability gaps.Planning for ChangeImplementing technology inevitably demands a change in business processes. To make this transition successfully, it takes a strong buy-in and a commitment from the entire organization, as well as a willingness to invest the proper time into training. Lenders and servicers must also plan for successful cutovers to ensure their business operations and customer-service levels will not be disrupted or compromised during the implementation stageImplementing any new platform, system, or software takes a great deal of coordination. If the project manager leading the implementation is consumed with existing work priorities, the process will take longer, which adds even more expense. Even after implementation, the benefits of new technology must be constantly tested and demonstrated to your team.None of this is to say that implementing new technology isn’t worth the effort. In the short term, it may seem that way, but if pursued wisely and for the right reasons, it will pay off. It just takes real commitment, a well-defined implementation strategy, an effective training plan—and, usually, having the right partner by your side. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News, Origination, Servicing, Technology Share
May 14 , 2019 Australia: Hort Connections a “one-stop shop” for … PRESS RELEASENewark, Del. – The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is pleased to announce that PMA Vice President, Supply Chain and Sustainability Ed Treacy will take on leadership for PMA’s sustainability work in 2019. PMA announced in 2018 that they would be focusing on sustainability as a focus area for their work supporting the industry to grow a healthier world.The fresh produce and floral industry has need for a shared definition of sustainability, to help people understand trends, information, resources and best practices for their business. PMA will work with industry members to inspire them to continuously optimize processes and resources available to drive economic, social and environmental benefits for their companies and for the world. The industry can incorporate sustainable practices into their businesses by sharing and adopting sustainable business models, strategies, methods, and information across the supply chain.In focusing on the successes of the industry, PMA seeks to showcase the floral and produce industry as a prime place of innovation in the area. “We ultimately see sustainability as the responsibility for the entire supply chain,” said Bob Whitaker Ph.D., chief science and technology officer for PMA. “There’s no one who has a better grasp on all of the intricacies and opportunities within the floral and produce supply chains than Ed. He is a relentless advocate for our industry in a variety of important places, and I am thrilled that he will be leading PMA’s efforts as we become a resource for our industry around sustainability.” Ed Treacy has served as PMA’s expert in developing supply chain practices to lead the produce and floral industries forward for more than nine years. Among his responsibilities, Treacy monitors and forecast trends related to supply chain efficiencies, designs and maintains related products, services and educational events for PMA members. He also serves as staff lead and technical consultant to the industry-wide Produce Traceability Initiative and leads all data standardization initiatives for PMA.Treacy will also lead a new committee formed by PMA to bring together industry leaders around sustainability. The Sustainability Committee is charged with identifying sustainability trends, information, resources and best practices so industry members can apply them to their business both domestically and globally and is chaired by John Chamberlain. John Chamberlain is Vice President of Global Marketing at Limoneira Company. With more than 25 years of marketing, brand development and communications experience with global multinationals (14 with Limoneira), Chamberlain has extensive skills in story-telling.“John is not a sustainability guy, so to speak,” said Treacy. “His role is in marketing. It was so important that he was involved because his talent and instinct for telling the industry’s story through marketing is exactly what we need. There is already so much happening as it relates to sustainability in our industry. It’s our goal to uncover these stories and share them, within our industry and beyond it. We are first and foremost, stewards of the land and know better than anyone how to sustain it. It’s my goal to make sure that the world knows about the great work we do in our industry, and in doing so, inspire more great work.”About Produce Marketing AssociationProduce Marketing Association (PMA) is the leading trade association representing companies from every segment of the global produce and floral supply chain. PMA helps members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption. For more information, visit www.pma.com PMA hires Rubén Ramírez as general manager in Me … U.S.: PMA to take the stage at SXSW … You might also be interested in
A joint-venture agreement with KSL Capital Partners (KSL) has seen Baillie Lodges add Silky Oaks Lodge to its portfolio of luxury lodges, with the Tropical North Queensland property officially on deck from April 2019.The move comes just weeks after Baillie Lodges announced its partnership with KSL, reaffirming a commitment to grow its portfolio of luxury lodges in Australia’s most extraordinary destinations. The new company will invest in property enhancements and product developments at Silky Oaks Lodge in the coming months, aligning it with the trademark Baillie Lodges’ guest experience. Already a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, Silky Oaks Lodge was considered a perfect fit with the existing Baillie Lodges properties, offering guests a broader range of multi-lodge itineraries and leveraging Baillie Lodges’ distribution network and operations expertise.As a destination experience, the discovery of the Daintree at Silky Oaks Lodge is an ideal complement to Baillie Lodges’ existing lodges including the outback encounter offered at Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, the remote coastal wilderness at Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and the barefoot luxury at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island. Silky Oaks Lodge’s recognition among Australia’s best luxury lodges is a tribute to owner managers Paul and Barbara Van Min, who have led the property’s direction and welcomed thousands of domestic and international guests over the past nine years. The Lodge’s dedicated staff will join the broader Baillie Lodges team, with future opportunities now open to them to work at other lodges in the portfolio. Recruitment will also commence for a new senior management team at the property. Baillie Lodgeshotels & resortsSilky Oaks LodgeTropical North Queensland
Comments Share Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Welcome to the Arizona Cardinals, Mr. Taylor.According to Kent Somers, Taylor will arrive in Phoenix tonight and is believed to have accepted a one-year deal.The former Chicago Bears running back is likely to become the Cardinals’ third down and pass protection back.Taylor was a great pickup for the Cardinals, who were in need of a running back after rookie Ryan Williams suffered a season-ending rupture to his patella tendon. Taylor’s experience will be a good compliment to Beanie Wells’ youth. He has mentored other outstanding running backs in the NFL, including Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings and Matt Forte of the Bears, something that Wells would do well to take advantage of. There’s a new running back on the way to the desert. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Cardinals agree to terms with Chester Taylor. Flying into AZ tonight, says league source.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyKent Somerskentsomers
Toler is the only one among the inactives with a known injury. He was limited all week because of a hip issue.And there will be no brother vs. brother battle. McQuistan’s twin brother, Paul, is the Seahawks starting left guard. Pat McQuistan recently signed with the Cardinals.Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch (back) is active. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away September 9, 2012: Cardinals inactivesDespite being added to the injury report late in the week, running back Beanie Wells is active and will play today in the Cardinals season opener. He was limited in practice Friday because of a hamstring issue. Wells missed both games against Seattle last year.Here are the Cardinals inactives:WR LaRon ByrdOL Senio KelemeteQB Ryan LindleyOL Pat McQuistanRB William PowellCB Greg TolerLB Jamaal Westerman Top Stories
Top Stories The Cardinals called earlier this year.“Paul Fanaika has really grabbed a hold of his opportunity. Now he’s at guard. He was tackle most of spring (during organized team activities). Right now, he’s looking really good,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Those are the surprises that you find out when a guy gets an opportunity and gets those reps — make the most of it.”When told of those comments, Fanaika replied, “It feels good, but we’re still early in camp. We’ve just got to keep plugging away, plugging away, plugging away. It’s a good start, but there’s definitely still a lot to go. It would be better if we’re having this talk later at the end of the season. All I can just hope is just be consistent every day, come out here and do my job with a big smile on my face.” – / 9 GLENDALE, Ariz. — The drive from the players’ hotel to the stadium can’t take much more than a minute, unless of course the shuttle van gets stopped at the light on the corner of Maryland and 95th avenue.Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza is near that corner.“Everyday we drive by that Pat Tillman statue,” Paul Fanaika said, “I still get the chills everyday I pass that thing on my way to practice and on my way back. I always look out for it every day. It’s a neat deal.” Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Fanaika played four seasons at Arizona State University. He was named the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman as a senior in 2008.Five years later, Fanaika is back in the Valley, playing for the local pro team.“It’s definitely a great experience to play here, being a former Sun Devil,” he said.Fanaika, 27, is more than just playing. With the leg injury to guard Daryn Colledge, Fanaika is lined up at right guard, working with the first team offense through the first week of training camp for the Arizona Cardinals.“It’s been good,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to get a lot of reps. It sucks that we got a guy injured, but you’ve just got to step in there and do your best, so the offense can run smoothly; just plug in the next guy and go.”Fanaika had nowhere to go last year.After two seasons in Seattle, he was released by the Seahawks and found himself out of a job and out of the league in 2012.Fanaika said he spent the year away watching a lot of football, enjoying time with his family and waiting for the phone to ring.“I knew I still had some good ball in me, so I didn’t really worry too much about the opportunity coming because I felt I still had a lot left,” he said.
Not a bad 2013 debut at all.“The guy hasn’t had full pads on since late August and he comes out and just has that kind of presence, it’s just amazing to me the kind of player Daryl Washington is,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on Arizona Sports 620.For as proud as Keim is of Washington’s on-field dominance Sunday, the first-year general manager is equally impressed with the linebacker’s transformation away from the gridiron.“We had a long talk after some of the issues he had and I made it clear what my expectations were. I know Michael Bidwill had an opportunity to talk to him as well, and coach Arians,” Keim said. “Daryl has done everything right since we talked to him.“He had an opportunity to come in here and work out every day and attend our meetings although he couldn’t practice the past four weeks, and he has worked his tail off. I know it means something to Daryl, and that’s half the battle.”When pressed to pick which of Washington’s game-changing plays impressed him the most, Keim declined to play favorites.“They’re both equally impressive to me,” he said. “My man can run, now. He looks like he’s got a rocket up his rear half the time. It looks like he was shot out of a cannon. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Having served his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington returned to the field Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Carolina Panthers.It didn’t take long for No. 58 to make his mark.Washington finished with a team-high nine tackles, had two sacks and intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter that thwarted a Carolina drive in the red zone. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “That’s the element we were missing on defense is speed at that position, the ability to cover, the ability to bring pressure and I think we saw that (Sunday).” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“Was very pleased yesterday. Again, a lot of really good things. First time we really played football, going up and down the field. Thought our first offense did extremely well, scoring a touchdown. Thought our threes were really terrible, and that we kept turning guys loose on the running back and the quarterback. That’s really the first time the lights have come on. When you take them out of individual drill, 7-on-7 and 9-on-9, and all of sudden you go play football and you’re going to move the football and make first downs, guys panic. We had a few panic attacks out there. But, overall, very pleased with where we’re at right now. Get this one in and take a day off.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Have you ever encountered a situation like Phillip Sims who has vision problems “No, I haven’t. It’s a remarkable story that he can play quarterback with his vision. I was one of those ones like, if we fix it, (expletive) he might see a lot of (expletive) that he don’t want to see. All them guys coming after him. Like he said, he’s used to it, so maybe we’ll fix it later.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. His team went 11-5 last season, earning a playoff berth for the first time since 2010. (AP Photo/Matt York) “I thought Drew looked outstanding. Everybody in our organization has great confidence in him when he’s at the helm.”What have you seen out of tight end Ifeanyi Momah“He’s stuck his face in there pretty good, had a couple of nice blocks yesterday. That was the thing we all wanted to see because he was one hell of a player in FIFA. He was like the all-star FIFA player. Now he’s a pretty good football player.”Will you work on two-point conversions a lot in camp“There really involved in our red zone offense, in our tight red zone. We have a number of two-point plays that we use but all within the offense.”What should be the goal for kicker Chandler Catanzaro in camp“Perfect. Perfect. Unless he goes beyond 54, I expect it to go in because that’s what he’s capable of.”Will you give him more chances this year over 50 yards“Oh, there’s no doubt. And again, it depends on what team we’re playing and who’s getting that ball if we miss it at the 50 or at the 40 because our defense—if we put them back down there (near the end zone) we’re going to get it back, usually, around the 40 and have a chance to score again. That three points versus the next three points that we might get or seven points, flopping that field position is always very, very critical in that decision.” 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What have you been able to see with Rodney Gunter“He’s held his own against everybody. He walked Mike (Iupati) back into the quarterback two days ago. I really like where he’s at. He’s got position flexibility. He’s finding out how good he is. He’s got that great one-hand punch. He’s going to be a force.”What have you seen between the wide receivers and defensive backs battles“Our top guys are really going after each other and making each other better. You know, we can’t play press in OTAs. Now, we can play football the way we play football. I think it’s a little bit of a disadvantage by the rules that we can’t practice the way we play in shorts. Now, we’re getting a chance to do it.” Are you hoping Tyrann Mathieu sets the tone on the defense“He’s not a vocal guy, but he plays loud.”Are you seeing Jaron Brown making steps“Finally. He had taken too many steps backwards in the previous weeks until that catch. He caught everybody’s attention with that catch, so he put a little more money back in the bank because he withdrew a bunch. Finally nice to see him make a deposit.”How did Drew Stanton look running the first-team offense yesterday
Go back to the e-newsletterSingapore Airlines and Tourism Malaysia have agreed to work together to boost tourist arrivals into Malaysia through the signing of their first ever Marketing Collaboration Memorandum.The two-year partnership was signed at ITB Berlin 2016, witnessed by Hon. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, H.E. Dato’ Zulkifli Adnan, Ambassador of Malaysia to Germany and H.E. Mr Jai S Sohan, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to Germany. It will take effect from 1 April 2016 and will see the two parties jointly explore and implement activities to promote tourist traffic to Malaysia through the Singapore hub from 14 key inbound markets, by way of SIA and SilkAir’s services.Signapore Airlines and Tourism Malaysia have also agreed to cooperate on advertising and promotional campaigns, as well as familiarisation programmes for travel trade and media, among other initiatives.“We are thrilled to be working with Tourism Malaysia to boost air travel into Malaysia. Singapore Airlines and SilkAir together serve nearly 100 destinations in 35 countries, making us well positioned to support the development of tourism in Malaysia and the broader ASEAN region as a whole. We look forward to offering more customers the opportunity to discover Malaysia’s unique culture and heritage, as well as its world-renowned cuisine,” said Singapore Airlines’ Divisional Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mr Foo Chai Woo.“Tourism Malaysia is proud to associate with Singapore Airlines to provide convenient access to the varied and unique tourist attractions of Malaysia within a short flight from Singapore. In particular Borneo (Sabah & Sarawak), Langkawi, Penang and East Coast of Malaysia,” said the Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab.Go back to the e-newsletter
Autograph Collection Hotels has announced its debut of four properties in Asia next year. In early 2017, the brand expects to open The Shanhaitian Resort Sanya in China, The Majestic Hotel and Hotel Stripes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and RYSE hotel in Seoul, South Korea.“Over the past few years, there has been a growing demand in Asia for authentic and engaging travel experiences that highlight the distinctive qualities of the locale – something that sits at the very heart of the Autograph Collection philosophy,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President & Global Lead, Autograph Collection Hotels. “We are delighted to debut four ‘exactly like nothing else’ properties in exotic new locations that both deliver on this demand and shine a light on our brand’s commitment to offering differentiated guest experiences at one-of-a-kind hotels around the world.”The Shanhaitian Resort Sanya is located in the Da Dong Hai Bay area of the Sanya region on China’s Hainan island.Originally built in the 1930s, The Majestic Hotel is an Art Deco landmark and is home to The Smoke House – a celebrated lounge and bar featuring a card and cigar room, screening room, bespoke tailor and gentleman’s grooming salon. Hotel Stripes is a chic urban hotel in Kuala Lumpur’s trendy Jalan Kamunting area, which is home to a burgeoning art and culinary scene. RYSE hotel in Seoul embodies the creative spirit of the city’s hip Hongdae district with an artistic and design-centric aesthetic.“We are thrilled to have this vital opportunity to continue growing Autograph Collection’s brand presence in Asia,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President of Brand Marketing, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “The exponential amount of growth in the region over the last few years, particularly in China, offers rich development opportunities for the brand – and we believe these four properties will open even more doors for the collection.”Currently there are four Autograph Collection hotels in the Asia-Pacific region, including The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali (Bali, Indonesia), The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), THE PLAZA Seoul (Seoul, South Korea) and Pier One Sydney Harbour (Sydney, Australia).
137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts newest edition, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, is scheduled to open on 15 February 2017. The property is located on Sukhumvit Soi 39, a short distance from the upscale and fashionable shopping district of Emquartier/Emporium.137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok will showcase 34 exquisitely appointed suites and 179 private residences. The architects for the property are Palmer and Turner from Bangkok, with Interiors by P49 Design and Landscape by Wabi Sabi Studio. Interiors will showcase a warm palette of rich tones with exquisite white and grey marble bathrooms and expansive use of mirrors and glass.137 Pillars SuitesThe hotel suites will be located from the 24th to 32nd floor with four categories of one and two bedrooms ranging from 70-127 square metres. Features will include private dining tables, private butler service, maxi bars with wine cellars, user friendly mood lighting, high ceilings, large walk-in wardrobes and stunning marble ensuite bathrooms with chic circular baths complete with built in television. The sleep experience will be of the highest standard and the spacious balconies will be the ultimate chill zone, complete with the traditional 137 Pillars House signature rocking chair and an oversized day-bed for two, with superb view of the Bangkok skyline. 137 Pillars Suites will be a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.Introductory rates for Suites start from Baht 18,500 (US$514) per night for two people and include fast track immigration service at the airport, private round trip airport transfers, 24-hour butler service, all-day daily breakfast, available from 6.30am to 10.30pm, access to exclusive Leonowens Club, use of the hotel’s private London Cab to Emquartier shopping complex and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to applicable service charge and government taxes. Book now and stay between 15 February and 30 April.137 Pillars ResidencesThe residential charm of 137 Pillars Residences will combine world-class facilities with spacious, well-designed and elegantly furnished studios as well as one- and two-bedroom residences. The 179 residences will offer four configurations ranging from 40-91 square metres, all with spacious private balconies.Introductory rates for Residences start from Baht 4500 (US$125) per night for two people and include daily breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to applicable service charge and government taxes. Additional advantages and promotions are available for early bookings.137 Pillars Suites & Residences will feature the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts signature Leonowens Club, the Jack Bain’s Bar and Cigar Divan, and the exquisite Nimitr specialty restaurant featuring Thai favourites with a molecular twist as well Western delicacies created by our Group Executive Chef and Culinary Artist, Peter Marx from Sweden. The Bangkok Trading Post Restaurant on Soi Sukhumvit 39 will be an all-day dining bistro and deli appealing to local residents and guests and will serve Western and Asian favourites as well as freshly baked breads, connoisseur coffee and specialty beverages, to go or dine-in.A range of creatively designed retail products will be available at the Bangkok Trading Post. Both restaurants have been designed and created by Bangkok’s chic design couple Sophie Beghin and Faun Israrena na Ayudhya of Santhaya Associates.Additional features will include the Sky Bar and rooftop infinity edged pool on the 32nd floor. Jack Bain’s Bar and Cigar Divan will be situated on the 28th floor above the specialty restaurant Nimitr on the 27th floor with a beautiful six-metre ceiling with panoramic views to the City of Angels. Jack Bain was the owner of the original teak homestead in Chiang Mai which dates back to the late 1800s and after which 137 Pillars House is named. A spa and wellness centre with a separate yoga and meditation sala will offer activities including aerial flow yoga, tai chi, reiki and dance. The 27th floor will also have our feature late check out and early check in pods and separate shower facilities in the event suites are fully booked.Guests can arrive in ultimate style in the hotel’s customised complimentary London Cab. Limousines will also have complimentary Wi-Fi connection.Others services include 137 signature dining and picnics by design, a personal shopping service and guide, privately curated and customised tours, tennis and golf practice putting and chipping with personal trainers for both on request, kids’ corner and meeting space.
Oceania Cruises has unveiled its latest epicurean masterpiece, La Cuisine Bourgeoise, by Jacques Pépin.An elegant seven-course affair, La Cuisine Bourgeoise is rooted in seasonal ingredients, time-honoured flavours and celebrates the rituals of the table and sharing a meal with friends and family. The dining experience features many classic dishes that Oceania Cruises’ Executive Culinary Director, Master Chef Jacques Pépin, has enjoyed over the years.“Cuisine bourgeoise is rooted in tradition and is one that shaped my childhood. It is a cuisine to savour rather than admire or evaluate, it is simply happiness on a plate, and I am thrilled to share this with our guests,” stated Pépin.The meal is paired from start to finish with wines that complement and echo the history of the dishes, while providing diners with a hint of the flavours, complexity and nuances that were experienced during the mid-20th century.“Pairing the wines took particular care and required extensive research to ensure that the wines featured with each course reflected the bright, approachable and celebratory nature of this dining experience”, stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.The menu itself exemplifies the full flavours and textures of the period, and each course not only brings joy to the palate, but delight to the eyes as well, with each course served in dramatic flair from gleaming silver trays in the best traditions of the century.“Oceania Cruises is all about feeling and emotion, so I am especially pleased with what Jacques has created with La Cuisine Bourgeoise. Imagine being transported back to the halcyon days of the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, enjoying a celebratory meal with great friends. This is an experience you can’t have anywhere else and one that will create memories for a lifetime. It is the epitome of special,” added Binder.La Cuisine Bourgeoise is now available aboard Marina and Riviera. This exclusive experience is limited to only 24 guests and reservations are required. Guests are encouraged to make reservations via the Dining Reservations desk located on Deck 5.LA CUISINE BOURGEOISE MENUKIR ROYAL: Champagne with Crème de CassisVELOUTÉ REINE-MARGOT: Poultry Cream with Vegetable Julienne and Pistachio DiamondsChâteau Carbonnieux Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, FranceSOUFFLÉ DE HOMARD PLAZA ATHÉNÉE: Maine Lobster and Cheese SouffléLouis Latour Meursault Chardonnay, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, FranceFILET DE SOLE BRILLAT-SAVARIN: Dover Sole Fillet with Crustacean Mousse and French Black TrufflesLouis Latour Morey-Saint-Denis Pinot Noir, Côtes de Nuits, Burgundy, FranceFILET DE BOEUF RÔTI RICHELIEU: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Stuffed Mushrooms, Tomatoes,Braised Lettuce, Château Potatoes and Madeira SauceChâteau Lynch-Moussas 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac, Bordeaux, FranceBRIE DE MEAUX AUX NOIX ET LAITUE: Nut-Crusted Brie de Meaux with Boston Lettuce HeartsOMELETTE SIBERIENNE: Baked Alaska with Williams Pears and Chestnut Ice CreamChâteau Laffitte-Teston Pacherenc Du Vic-Bihl, South-West, FrancePETITS FOURSCHOUQUETTE AUX PRALINES ROSES: Parisian-Style Pink Praline Cream Puffs
3. MarbellaNo carbs before Marbs! A playground for the rich and famous, the Costa del Sol’s glitziest resort is where you’re most likely to spot some famous faces, either on their mega-yachts in the dazzling Puerto Banus, or in its exclusive clubs along the Golden Mile. Dine in one of its renowned restaurants, such as the intimate Michelin starred Skina that serves up tasty artisan food in the heart of Marbella’s old town. Find the best car hire deal 5. Pueblos BlancosThroughout the Andalusian hills you’ll spot a spattering of white-washed villages amongst the sun-drenched scenery, the perfect place to escape the coastal crowds. Best explored by car, these tiny towns are where you’ll find the region’s most authentic tapas bars. Arriate and Cortes de la Frontera, sit amongst pretty cork groves, and make sure you visit other peaceful hamlets, such as Pujerra, Faraján, and Cartajima. Just make sure you get there before siesta or they’ll undoubtedly be closed for business! 6. GibraltarWhere else in the world can you soak up the Spanish sunshine, pop into staple British store Marks & Spencers, and take a selfie with an ape all in one day? Gibraltar is a curious slice of Blighty that dips into the Mediterranean Sea. A trip up the rock by cable car is highly recommended, not only to see its famous primates but also for the unbeatable views. Spain’s sunny coast has long been Britain’s favourite holiday destination.Known for its stunning stretches of sea, sand and guaranteed sunshine, it’s our go to location to top up our tans by the poolside. However, there is more to Spain’s southern coast than simply beach bars and cheap beer. So, before you pass it off as a one trick pony, read on and discover what else Spain’s Costa del Sol has to offer.1. MalagaSadly, most people will only know Malaga for its airport, bypassing it to head further along the coast, but it’s true to say that they’re well and truly missing out. Malaga is a fantastic coastal city; oozing with Andalusian charm, it’s incredibly compact, with all the main attractions just a short stroll away from the seaside. Highlights include its Roman amphitheatre, the imposing Alcazaba and The Picasso Museum, that pays homage to the city’s most famous resident.Read more: 10 best things to do in Malaga: A local’s guide Find flights to Malaga Find hotels in Spain Looking for more inspiration for your next sunny Spanish holiday? Check these out:15 of the most beautiful castles in SpainBest beaches in Spain: top 10 perfect playas in picturesThe 17 most beautiful places in the Balearic IslandsSecret Spain: 9 places to find the real EspañaSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 7. El Caminito del ReyUntil recently, Spain’s most thrilling (or terrifying) walk, El Caminito del Rey, was closed to the public but it is now open and you can stroll through this narrow gorge. Considered to be the most dangerous path of the world, there are four kilometres of trails more than 100 metres high. For those with a touch of vertigo, you can still see some pretty impressive views of the gorge from the town of El Chorro. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. NerjaThe picture-perfect town of Nerja is situated at the far east of the Costa del Sol. Once a quiet village, it’s now one of Andalucía’s most popular resorts – however, it remains blissfully unspoiled by the masses. Hike to the top of the Bálcon de Europa, a striking belvedere built on top of a 13th century fort, for amazing views of the Med. Head underground to check out Cuevas de Nerja, a massive caved labyrinth of stalagmites and stalactites. During the summer the caves host the International Festival of Music and Dance where you can see flamenco and classical music performances. Be prepared for some impressive acoustics. 2. Playa del CañueloHidden at the foot of the Maro cliffs, this is continuously referred to as the best beach on the Costa del Sol. Due to its unusual greyish sands, the sea is exceptionally clear – you’ll be able to see the fish swimming around your feet. Kick back and relax, wihtout the usual ‘Kiss me quick’ tack you might more readily associate with the sadny shores of del Sol. RelatedThe best hotels in Málaga for every budgetPlanning on a holiday in sun-soaked Málaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol? Whether you’re looking for family friendly accommodation, a cheap hostel for you and your mates, or a romantic five-star hotel on the beach, we’ve got plenty of options for every holiday budget.What to do in Malaga: a local’s guideWe bring you what to see and do in Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol and brimful of Andalucian charm.Secret Spain: 9 places to find the real EspañaWe’re all off to sunny Spain! Give Marbs a miss and seek out these nine secret Spanish spots more wowee than Towie!
10. Poutine from CanadaIngredients: French fries, thin meat gravy and cheese curd. The Candians have perfected the world’s best drunk food by drowing chips in gravy and gooey cheese. So wrong, but so right. Looking for a few new lunchbox recipes? How about snail soup or pickled herring?Take a peek at these pictures at some of the best on-the-go grub from around the world. WARNING: don’t scroll down if you’re prone to bouts of hanger or have a particularly weak stomach – it’s a mixed bag, but we’d love to hear what you think!1. Midye Dolma (stuffed mussels) from TurkeyIngredients: Mussels, rice, pine nuts, raisins, saly and pepper seasoning and parsley to garnish. Stuffed with the rice mixture, tied with string and boiled until all the liquid in the pot is gone. 3. Hollandse Nieuwe from the NetherlandsIngredients: Herring, vinegar or cider, sometimes mace and bay leaves, onion. The fish is preserved in brine or vinegar for about five days, traditionally in oak casks, and served either plain or with chopped up onion and pickles. 11. Arancini from ItalyIngredients: Rice, breadcrumbs, meat or tomato sauce, mozarella, peas. These fried rice balls, coated in breadcrumbs and stuffed with a variety of different ingredients, get their name from the Italian word for ‘orange’ _arancia, _because of their shape and colour.Read more: A taste of Italy – 5 regional food favourites 6. Burek (meat filled flaky pastry) from CroatiaIngredients: Filo pastry, cheese, meat or vegetables, often topped with sesame seeds. Believed to have come from Turkey during the age of the Ottoman Empire, today you can pick up a _burek _in many of the Balkan states.Read more: Top 10 things to do in Croatia 9. Acarajé from BrazilIngredients: Black-eyed peas, shrimp, chasews nuts, green and red tomatoes. Formed and fried, these bean patties are then spilt in half and stuffed with pastes made of seafood or nuts, before being dished up with a fresh side salad.Read more: **Top 10 things to do in Brazil** 7. Ghoulal (snail soup) from MoroccoIngredients: Snails, plus 15 different spices. Pick your snails from their shells with a toothpick and slurp down the spicy broth, which many Moroccans beileve aids digestion. 4. Chapulines (fried grasshoppers) from MexicoIngredients: Grasshoppers. The end. Mainly eaten in southwestern Mexico, in cities like Oaxaca.Read more: Top 8 things to do in Mexico City 5. Tang hu lu (candied fruit on a stick) from ChinaIngredients: Fruits, such as pineapple, strawberries, bananas and grapes, coated in sugar syrup, or chocolate sprinkles. These candied fruit kebabs originated in northern China but are now readily available across the country. 2. Jalebi (deep-fried sweet treats) from IndiaIngredients: Deep fried wheat flour, soaked in sugar. Not exactly one of your five-a-day, but great for satisying (or rotting) your sweet tooth.Read more: 5 unforgettable things to do in India 8. Quiche from FranceIngredients: Pastry, eggs, milk, cheese, cream and your choice of meat, fish or vegetables. Despite being one of France’s most famous to-go foods, quiche actually originates in Germany, before being passed on to the English as a type of custard tart in the fourteenth century.Read more: 14 fabulous places in France – in pictures RelatedFood in Florida: Top restaurants in OrlandoOrlando isn’t just about theme parks and thrill rides. These days, it’s known as Florida’s culinary capital, which is we why we’ve rounded up 10 of the city’s best restaurants for your perusal.12 places to go before you dietBefore you jump on the New Year diet wagon, feast your eyes on these top 12 places to gorge on gorgeous grub.5 once-in-a-lifetime things to do in Java’s YogyakartaYogyakarta is arguably a more important city than Jakarta when it comes to Java’s top tourist spots, with an intoxicating blend of ancient history and accomplished traditional arts that draws in thousands of travellers every year. Head to the cultural heart of Indonesia, with our guide to the best things… Hungry for more? See what’s on the menu in these foodie destinations:15 weirdest foods around the worldFrom chicken feet to tuna eyeballs: here are 15 weird foods to satisfy the most daring of palates.Top 10 weirdest food museums around the worldFrom spam to er, burnt food, we take a tour of the the world’s weirdest and most wonderful food museums.10 fantastic food and drink festivals around the worldForkin’ hell! Find out where to get your hands on some of the world’s tastiest grub.7 best food fights in the world ever!Come and have a go if you think you’re mad enough to get covered in tomatoes. Let’s get ready to rumble!Which food was your favourite? Is there a traditional dish we’ve got to try? Let us know in the comment box below!Skyscanner 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 12. Takoyaki (octopus dumplings in batter) from JapanIngredients: Wheat flour batter, octopus, pickled ginger, green onion. Since vendor Tomekicki Endo first rustled up a batch of these tasty seafood snacks in the streets of Osaka in 1935, _takoyaki’s _popularity has spread across Japan.Read more: Top 9 things to do in Tokyo
16. Yunnan Province, ChinaThe layer upon layer of green rice paddies in this part of China are a photographers dream, as they lead the untrained eye on a zig-zagging adventure which reaches as far as the borders of Laos and Vietnam. 17. Church of the Intercession on Nerl, RussiaThis secluded church, made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, lies on the banks on the Nerl and Klyazma Rivers just 13km from Vladimir, Russia’s ancient capital city. When the tides rise in the spring and the surrounding area floods, the church appears to float on water. Not completely awed just yet? Check out these incredible galleries:10 of the most magical places on the planetFrom a milkshake lake to a land of fairies, from Scotland to Senegal, be amazed at 10 of the world’s strangest and prettiest places.The amazing Northern Lights – in picturesThe experience of seeing the unearthly colours, and even hearing the heavenly sound, of the Aurora in the night sky above a snowy Arctic wilderness is on many a bucket list.Gallery: 14 spooky abandoned airportsThe amazing stories behind 14 of the biggest, weirdest, most expensive, most historic abandoned airports, with awesome photos.10 of the most incredible natural wonders of the world in picturesFeast your eyes and your imagination on this collection of the 10 most spectacular natural sights on the planet. And yes, all of these are real.Article written by Janet Newenham for Skyscanner.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotelsand car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Wayag Island, Raja Ampat, IndonesiaWith islands so green and water so blue, there are more than 1800 of them to explore by boat or by snorkel. Check out more of Indonesia’s best beaches here. 23. Rio de Janeiro, BrazilOne of the most spectacular cityscapes in the world, even the name conjures up magical images in your mind of the striking Christ the Redeemer statue and a city that hugs the coastline for miles. If you’re planning to visit, be sure to book your flights in time for the carnival, the biggest, loudest and most flamboyant street festival in the world. 5. Qiandao Lake, Hangzhou, ChinaA lake so beautiful it’s hard to believe it’s man-made: Qiandao lake was completed in 1959 and is now home to over 1,000 islands which can be explored by traditional boat. 21. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona, USASituated just off Highway 89, one of the best driving routes in the US, a few minutes (or even hours) exploring Horseshoe Bend is well worth the effort it takes to get there. 20. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, CambodiaThe most visited temple in Cambodia, and one of the best places to watch the sunrise, Angkor Wat is sure to take your breath away no matter when you visit. Situated just a few miles outside of beautiful Siem Reap, be sure to check out all the city has to offer, besides jungle trekking in search of lost temples. 13. The Forbidden City, Beijing, ChinaThe Forbidden City, located in the centre of China’s capital Beijing, is one of the most visited and photographed sights in China. Originally named the Forbidden City as access to the greater public was not allowed, things have changed and the Forbidden City is now a top tourist attraction. 7. Churún-Merú, VenezuelaChurun Meru, otherwise known as Dragon Falls, is one of the most incredible natural formations in Venezuela, dropping 979 metres to the river valley below, making it the highest free-falling waterfall in the world. 14. Upper Garden of Peterhof, St. Petersburg, RussiaBetter known as the Russian Versailles, thanks to its sprawling gardens and magnificent palace, the Upper Garden of Peterhof is a UNESCO World Heritage Site bang in the middle of beautiful St. Petersburg. After you visit, take a look at all the other interesting sites there are to see in Russia’s second city. 25. Sagrada Família, Barcelona, SpainSagrada Família, or the ‘Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family’ as it is known in English, is a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi in 1883. It is one of the top attractions for visitors to Barcelona. RelatedPhoto gallery: 10 iconic landmarks in BrazilAs the Rio 2016 Olympics kick off in Brazil, we celebrate with a selection (seleção) of ten of the country’s most breathtaking landmarks and attractions.The best things to do and see in ArgentinaNorwegian recently announced that they’ll be launching their first South America route – their London Gatwick to Buenos Aires flights, which launch in February 2018. If you’re planning on bagging one of their cheap flights to Argentina, check out our indispensable guide to this beautiful Latin gem. Find cheap flights…10 of the most amazing places to go in South America: in picturesA stunning collection of photos of incredible places in South America which you’ve just got to go to… someday. 8. Lone Island in The MaldivesThe Maldives is known to be one of the most exclusive honeymoon destinations in the world and with islands that look like this it’s not difficult to see why. For more luxury honeymoon destinations, check out our top 10 list here. 11. Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, ItalyRiomaggiore is the most southerly of the colourful Cinque Terre villages in northern Italy and is without doubt one of the most picturesque sights in the whole country, if not Europe. It is also home to an array of tempting regional delicacies to awaken your taste buds! 18. Paris, FranceWhether it’s your first time or your tenth time, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Paris. With so many incredible places to view from above, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower, it’s easy to snap some picture-perfect memories to take home with you. Think you’ve seen it all? Check out our guide for second-times in the city of love. 2. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and BrazilOne of the planet’s most awe-inspiring sites, this shot of Iguazu Falls as viewed from above, comes complete with a double rainbow separating neighbours Argentina and Brazil and a small snapshot of one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world. 15. Keukenhof Tulip Fields, The NetherlandsKeukenhof Tulip fields, which reach out towards the horizon in every direction you look, will put a smile on your face whether viewed from the air or the ground. Row after row of tulips and tall windmills greet you on arrival, and treat your eyes to a kaleidoscope of colour in every direction. 9. Lisbon, PortugalPortugal’s beautiful capital city, complete with old world charm in the form of terracotta roof tiles and colorful trams to transport you around the city – Lisbon is a city sure to win your heart. Find out what the top 7 things to do and see in Lisbon are here. Taken by not-for-profit organization AirPano, who have already photographed over 200 of the world’s most interesting destinations, these 27 images are sure to have you in awe and may even encourage you to take your travel photography skills to the next level.1. Istanbul, TurkeyOnce you see a photo of the iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, one of the most visited museums on the world, you’ll be booking yourself on the next flight so you can explore this incredible city from ground level! 22. Cesky Krumlov, Czech RepublicLocated in a small city in the South of the Czech Republic, this UNESCO World Heritage site dating as far back as the thirteenth century, lies on the Vltava River and is home to the Czech Republic’s second biggest castle. 19. The North PoleWhether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime cruise, an adventurous expedition or a long-awaited trip to see Santa, if you are lucky enough to visit the North Pole be sure to look to the skies for the natural phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis – check out our quick guide to the best destinations to spot the Northern Lights around the world. 26. The Twelve Apostles, Victoria, AustraliaOne of the many stunning sights to be seen along Australia’s Great Ocean Road, The Twelve Apostles are best viewed from the air – arrange a flight with one of the many local helicopter companies. For more idea’s on Australia’s best road trips, read our guide here. 24. Museum of wooden architecture, Suzdal, RussiaThey say the best things come in small packages and this really rings true with the small town of Suzdal in Russia. Dating back to the eleventh century, it’s home to rustic wooden structures including the Museum of Wooden Architecture. 12. Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Meteora, GreecePerched on top of some out-of-place rocks in the Peneas Valley, you’ll find one of the most inaccessible monasteries in the world. Part of the Meteora Monasteries, Greek for ‘suspended in the air’, the site is a perfect place for meditation and prayer. Click here for more information about visiting Greece. 10. Taj Mahal, IndiaOne of the most iconic attractions in India, a shrine that took 17 years, 22,000 men and 1,000 elephants to build – to this day the Taj Mahal remains one of the many wonders of the modern world. While the Taj might be your main draw to India, there are many more beautiful sights to see. 6. San Francisco, USAIt’s not all hippies and flower power in America’s coolest city, there are also some towering skyscrapers to check out downtown. Hop on the tram and get acquainted with the city by the bay with these top ten things to do. 3. Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka, RussiaYou know you’ve captured a unique moment when your camera shutter clicks just as a volcano that hasn’t been active for a few years shoots fiery lava up into the sky! See more incredible photos of the world’s most dangerous volcanos here.