Hyatt announces plans for first Hyatt Centric Hotel in Australia

first_imgHyatt Centric HobartHyatt announces plans for first Hyatt Centric Hotel in AustraliaHyatt Hotels & Resorts today announced it has entered into a management agreement with Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. for a Hyatt Centric hotel in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, Australia. The 221-guestroom hotel will be the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Australia, and will include one restaurant, a bar and meeting facilities. With a cosmopolitan vibe that will invite exploration and discovery, Hyatt Centric Hobart will be located in the center of the action, close to the bustling Hobart Waterfront.Hobart, known for its great food, wine galleries and boutiques, has been one of the strongest performing hotel markets in Australia in recent years – fueled by a strong economy and strong tourism arrivals from China, the United States and the U.K., as well as domestic visitors from elsewhere in Australia. Taking advantage of the hotel’s prime location in the commercial and tourism center of the city, Hyatt is committed to working with Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. to develop a hotel that caters to the millennial-minded traveler, providing guests with everything they need while still feeling simple and welcoming.“We are delighted to be working with Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. to bring our first Hyatt Centric brand hotel to Australia,” said David Udell, group president – Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “The Hyatt Centric brand offers an upscale, cosmopolitan experience that was created for millennial-minded travelers. With hotels placed in the center of the world’s most unique destinations, this brand provides our guests with a launchpad to explore the best a city has to offer – which in the case of Hobart includes the breathtaking surrounding countryside.”Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. has engaged a high-quality team of consultants to develop the new Hyatt Centric Hobart, including Hobart-based JAWS Architects, and are also in the process of working with Dreamtime Australia Design, a leading Sydney-based interior designer, to create bespoke, artisan and inspired interiors.Hyatt Centric hotels captures the spirit of a city’s surrounding culture and environment, and collaborate with local partners to connect guests with authentic experiences related to the area. This includes working with regional food and beverage partners to provide both guests and city residents with cuisine crafted by in-demand chefs.With construction planned to start mid-2017, Hyatt Centric Hobart is expected to open in early 2019, joining Hyatt’s Australia portfolio of hotels including Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Hotel Canberra Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Regency Sydney, Hyatt Regency Perth, and Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, solidifying Hyatt’s presence and demonstrating its strong growth plans for the country. Hyatt Hotels & Resortsfor more information, visitSource = Hyatt Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Trusted Service Award for Hotelbeds

first_imgTrusted Service Award for Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities websiteTrusted Service Award for Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities websiteGroup´s isango! websites receive prestigious Trusted Service Award from Feefo.Status only given to brands that achieve average service rating in 4.0-4.5 range out of 5.Recognition reflects the significant growth and popularity of the isango! websites.Hotelbeds Group, the leading bedbank worldwide and a provider of business-to-business services to the travel industry globally, has announced today that the Group´s tours & activities arm isango! – the web-based specialist retailer of tickets for tours, experiences and attractions in both the B2C and white label solutions channels – has been given Trusted Service Award status by Feefo.The Trusted Service Award status is given by Feefo, an independent company that collects ratings and reviews from verified customers for over 4,000 brands, each spring to companies that have an average service rating of between 4.0 and 4.5 out of 5 during the previous calendar year.Javier Arévalo, Director of Hotelbeds Group Ancillary Bank, the unit that isango! forms a part of at Hotelbeds Group, states that “By spotting the fast expanding niche in the travel distribution landscape for people organizing more complex trips that require experiences, activities and tours, isango! is fulfilling a consumer need and this Trusted Service Award from Feefo only confirms that they are going about it in the right way.”Vinay Gupta, Managing Director of isango!, confirms that “It gives us great honour to be able to display the badge of the Trusted Service Award from Feefo on our websites – and we would like to thank all of our customers who proved us with valuable feedback. We are now another step forward on our journey to becoming a “gateway”, as our name means in the Zulu language, for travellers everywhere; on this journey we remain committed to finding all the best activities in the world´s most amazing cities, delivering memorable travel experiences.”Dharmesh Garala, Head of Digital at isango!, comments, “This recognition reflects our overall growth story, in particular the exponential growth we have had in gaining bookings from travelers who are already in-destination and use their mobile to make the booking; having the Feefo status will also help us with expanding our non-English language websites in German and Spanish – of which we have already opened five – that are strongly growing as a proportion of the overall isango! bookings.”isango! operates a range of websites such as, Local Paris Tours, Hop on Hop Off Bus, Love Orlando Tickets plus offers white label solutions to B2B clients such as airlines and online travel agencies.The website’s success is driven by a significant increase over the last few years in the offering available on the isango! platform, which now sells 7,500 tours and activities in more than 300 destinations worldwide, including attractions such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Statue of Liberty in New York.Today´s news follows figures published late last year that isango! had achieved 87 percent growth in trading over the previous four years, year-on-year representing a compounded annual growth rate of 36 percent.About isango!isango! is a specialist retailer of tours, experiences and attraction tickets. We work across 300+ destinations with more than 7,500 experiences to choose from. Working alongside the best local operators from around the world, we curate travel content, products and services, ensuring our customers are well informed and easily able to choose the right experience for them. We deliver only the best to our customers, with all isango! products handpicked by our expert travel team. Our team are forever on the hunt for quality, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences to suit the varying budgets and interests of our customers. This thorough selection process for tours, trips, and activities has resulted in a growing customer base of more than 150 countries around the world. We pride ourselves on our high customer satisfaction score conducted by independent rating agency Feefo, which in 2018 award isango! with Trusted Service Award status.isango! is part of Hotelbeds Group, the B2B provider of services to the global travel industry. We sell our tours and activities via a portfolio of websites –, Hop on Hop Off Bus, Local Paris Tours, Love Orlando Tickets, Just London Theatre Breaks, Paris Magic Moments, among others – as well as offering white label solutions to travel industry companies such as online travel agents, airlines and tour operators.About Hotelbeds GroupHotelbeds Group is the leading bedbank worldwide and a provider of business-to-business services to the travel industry globally.The Group’s proprietary technology helps providers of travel services distribute their offering to travel sellers globally via an easy-to-use, advanced technology platform that increases reach, revenue and yield for both the provider and the seller.Operating mainly under the Hotelbeds, Bedsonline, Tourico Holidays and GTA brands, the company connects over 60,000 travel intermediaries across more than 185 source markets globally with travel providers in over 200 countries representing more than 170,000 hotels, 22,000 transfer routes and 16,000 activities.Additionally, the Group also operates a Destination Services division offering in-bound destination services, such as tours or transfers, in around 40 countries. The Group also owns several other B2B travel brands such as Pacific World (focusing on the MICE area), Intercruises (shore side cruise solutions) and more.In September 2016 the company became independent under the ownership of Cinven and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). In June 2017 Tourico Holidays became part of Hotelbeds Group, followed by GTA also joining the Group in October; both companies remain independent brands whilst they are being integrated into the Group.The Group is headquartered in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and has 8,300 employees globally (including Tourico Holidays and GTA).Source = Hotelbeds Grouplast_img read more

Jaipur experiences a surge of tourists for New Year

first_imgWith destinations brimming with tourists in Jaipur, tourism stakeholders are all set for the year-end celebrations. It is the government’s initiative to launch night tourism that is responsible for the footfall of tourists.“Night tourism began at a slow but steady pace. But over the last two days of 2015, the influx of tourists has broken all records. Since Christmas, we have been getting a footfall of 14,000 tourists per day. This rush is anticipated till January 10. Recently, on a single day nearly 14,703 came to the Amber Fort. The per-day income of the Amber Fort is nearly `17 lakh,” said Pankaj Dharendra, Superintendent, Amber Fort.Jaipur is welcoming the maximum tourist flow from New Delhi as they had planned their New Year celebrations in the city. “Majority of the budget to luxury hotels are full to the capacity. It is good to see a huge percentage of tourists coming from Delhi,” said Sanjay Kaushik, a Jaipur-based tour operator. The extended weekend has added to the new-year revelry.last_img

Avani to debut in Mauritius in 2021

first_imgAVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of its first hotel in Mauritius located along a stretch of the island’s unspoilt south coast. When it opens in 2021, the 150-key beachfront AVANI Bel-Ombre Mauritius Resort & Spa will offer the best of stylish accommodation coupled with an untouched beach paradise.Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director, AVANI Hotels & Resorts, commented, “Mauritius is one of the most vibrant beach destinations in the world and AVANI is the ideal brand to offer honeymooners, adventurers and incentive houses an alternative dynamic hospitality offering. AVANI is rapidly expanding, not only in urban destinations such as Dubai, Busan and Auckland, but also our current resort portfolio in Vietnam, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and now Mauritius.” Only 30-minutes from the international airport, AVANI Mauritius Bel-Ombre Resort & Spa will comprise 150 guest rooms, including 134 Standard Rooms and 16 AVANI Suites. In addition, 12 offer for purchase residential four-bedroom Pool Villas will also be included in the development.The new upscale resort will offer a speciality restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant, large multi-functional meeting space catering for MICE and weddings, an AVANI Spa and AVANIFIT gym, AVANI Pantry, AVANI Kids Club, a beach activities centre and two swimming pools.last_img read more

Dassault Aviation seeks industrial partnership opportunities in India

first_imgParis based aircraft manufacturing company, Dassault Aviation, in a top-level meeting in India last month signalled the importance of building an industrial partnership in India.The gathering of the committee illustrates the company’s commitment to pave the way towards building up an Indian aero-defence manufacturing ecosystem, matching the highest standards in this field and positioning India as an industrial supplier reference in the global aerospace market.In the four-day tour of India, organised by French aerospace trade body, Gifas, 60 French companies interacted with local firms in Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Pune in search of industrial partners. Dassault seemed to meet the requirements of the country’s policies Make in India and Skill India.In 2015, Dassault had come under a joint venture with Reliance Industries and set-up Dassault Reliance Aerospace. In 2016 Dassault won an Indian order worth some EUR 7.89 billion (USD 9.7 billion) for 36 Rafale fighters. The deal requires 30% of the total order invested in India’s research programs related to military aeronautics and 20% in local production of Rafale components to meet mandatory offset requirements.last_img read more

Home Prices Stagnate in StillWeak National Economy

first_imgHome Prices Stagnate in Still-Weak National Economy Share November 29, 2011 473 Views Agents & Brokers FHFA GDP Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Pending-Home Prices Processing S & P Index Service Providers 2011-11-29 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Home prices drifted lower over the third quarter this year, falling year-over-year by 3.9 percent, according to “”Standard & Poor’s””: Case-Shiller Index.[IMAGE]””Home prices drifted lower in September and the third quarter,”” “”David Blitzer””:, chairman of S&P Indices, said in a statement. “”The plunging collapse of prices seen in 2007-2009 seems to be behind us. Any chance for a sustained recovery will probably need a stronger economy.””The figures inched forward by only 0.1 percent from last month, with the modest pickup reflecting a 5.8-percent improvement from figures seen for home prices over the second quarter. The numbers beat forecasts for a 3.0-percent slide back from the 20-city composite.Fourteen of 20 cities fell in a southerly direction over September 2011, with figures for home prices in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco sliding back. Only two ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Detroit and Washington, D.C. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô climbed [COLUMN_BREAK]forward by 3.7 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively, with trends for the former marking the third consecutive month.Seventeen of the 20 cities listed by S&P fell for the month, with the 20-city composite regressing by 0.6 percent in September when contrasted with figures from the month before. The 10-city composite meanwhile posted a 0.4-percent decline.Annual rates for the 20-city and 10-city composites offered shortfalls that landed home prices at 3.6 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively, down from rates seen in September last year.The same day S&P released figures for home prices, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””: (FHFA) mirrored findings by posting only a marginal increase by 0.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, a change from the second quarter.The FHFA found that prices climbed by 0.7 percent on an unadjusted basis, with the seasonally adjusted monthly index rising by 0.9 percent from August values. “”In most regions of the country, third-quarter home values were relatively stable, even in some areas that experienced sharp price declines in preceding quarters,”” “”Andrew Leventis””:, principal economist with the FHFA, said in a statement. “”While most housing markets still face stiff headwinds, the fact that some beleaguered states ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô such as Idaho, Florida and Utah ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô saw quarterly price increases is a positive development,”” he added. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

Judge Reaffirms Voluntary Dismissal of GSE Lawsuit

first_img Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Pershing Square Treasury Department 2015-01-23 Seth Welborn January 23, 2015 687 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Judge Reaffirms Voluntary Dismissal of GSE Lawsuitcenter_img A U.S. District judge denied the U.S. Department of Treasury’s motion to strike Pershing Square Capital Management’s voluntary dismissal of a lawsuit it filed in August over misappropriation of government funds.Pershing Square CEO William A. Ackman, whose company is the largest non-government Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholder with about 170 million shares and close to $700 million invested in both GSEs combined, filed two lawsuits in August alleging that the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury, which began in 2012, was unconstitutional. Ackman withdrew one of the suits in November. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled in favor of the huge New York-based hedge fund, writing in his ruling that “(t)his case remains dismissed.”The first Pershing Square suit was filed the U.S. Federal Court of Claims and alleges that the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury equates to taking private property for public use without “just compensation,” a practice forbidden by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and created a “windfall” for the government while shortchanging GSE shareholders. The second suit, filed in the U.S. District Court the day after the first complaint, claimed that Pershing Square was denied fundamental shareholder rights and that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), conservator for both GSEs since 2008, refused to allow Pershing Square to inspect books and records despite written demands made by Pershing to the FHFA board of directors to do so. The second complaint also calls for all GSE profits being diverted into Treasury to be divided among the GSEs’ shareholders. The second suit is the one Ackman voluntarily dismissed.Lamberth wrote that Treasury sought to reverse Ackman’s voluntary dismissal of the suit because the agency was “(f)rustrated by the fact that the plaintiffs’ voluntary dismissal occurred ‘one business day before Defendants’ planned filing of dispositive motions,'” and that Treasury was “aware that the purpose of voluntary dismissal may have been to permit the plaintiffs to argue that preclusion does not apply to a separate action filed in another federal court.”Two similar lawsuits filed in 2013 by investors Fairholme Funds and Perry Capital were dismissed by Lamberth in late September 2014, with the judge ruling that the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury was legal under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. Both Fairholme and Perry have appealed the judge’s decision. Some suggested that Ackman voluntarily dismissed his suit because he anticipated his complaint meeting a similar fate to the other two in Lamberth’s court.”There is no doubt that the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their case as part of a broader litigation strategy—and not because they suddenly decided their claims had no merit,” Lamberth wrote in his ruling. “But strategic conduct in the face of high-stakes litigation is not a punishable offense.” Sharelast_img read more

Are Stated Income Loans Reentering the Market

first_imgAre Stated Income Loans Re-entering the Market? Stated income loans were huge contributors to the housing crisis, but they are making a very quiet reappearance in the housing market. Should the industry be concerned?As originally designed stated loans were rational vehicles for borrowers that have a lot of assets, income, are self-employed, and have a lot of corporate records and tax records. The drama with these loans began just before the housing crisis when borrowers were no longer stating what they earn. but instead, stating what it takes to get the loan, while lenders did not take the time to properly underwrite these loans.Ann Fulmer, Senior Industry Advisor for FormFree, discusses how these loans were misused prior to the crisis, the new emergence of these loans now, and how lenders should properly administer these loans.MReport: There is an increasing amount of evidence that stated income loans or so-called “liar loans” are mounting a comeback. Is this true, and if so, why now?Fulmer: The reason that these loans are coming back is because the majority of the lending industry is very cautious about mortgage loans because of the qualified mortgage (QM), the ability-to-repay (ATP) rule, and TRID. Stated income loans don’t fit into those boxes but they are making a comeback because many borrowers –especially in the jumbo loan space–have all kinds of assets and stellar credit, but they can’t qualify under ATR because of income. When people that are self-employed are living off the cash flow from a business they may reduce their taxable income by reducing the amount of money that is classified as income. While that may be a good strategy for reducing tax liability, it can cause problems when trying to qualify for a mortgage. Stated income loans, properly underwritten, are useful for borrowers who don’t fit into the QM or the ATR box. The loans in today’s market are at quality levels that are unheard of in part because today’s technology allows lenders to go directly to the custodians of relevant depositories to obtain 100 percent accurate information about the borrower.MReport: After all that has happened with the financial crisis, do you think there is a place for such products in the market? Why or why not?Fulmer: I do. Not all borrowers will fit into the QM/ATR boxes, especially when they’re self-employed or if they’re seeking a jumbo loan. Stated loans are not inherently problematic. If they are properly underwritten, with the appropriate amount of due diligence and verification, lenders are making their decisions based on accurate data so those loans are likely to perform wellPart of what happened during the housing boom was that there was so much pressure to increase volume that underwriting standards were reduced to where they had the rigor and strength of wet tissue paper. That was compounded by using stated loans for borrowers who had W-2s and by layering risk:  stated income, plus adjustable rate mortgages with introductory teaser rates, plus 100 percent financing equaled disaster. That kind of risk layering has been outlawed so stated loans are once again a much safer niche product. The industry has refocused on quality. Technology has been advancing and it is empowering better lending decisions by going directly to the source of the critical data.  Directly sourced data removes any possibility that a lender will end up with forged bank statements or misrepresented income. It also eliminates transposition and other errors that occur when application data is manually transferred from a loan application to a loan origination system. I am not saying that down the road people may not find ways to abuse stated loans but right now, in this environment, these loans serve a special purpose in the market and  it’s OK so long as they are being underwritten appropriately.MReport: Assuming stated income or so-called “low-doc” loans are back, what steps can and should be taken to mitigate the risk? At what point do lenders draw the line of trust with the consumer?Fulmer: One of the things that has happened is that pre-collapse, underwriters had very little time to make a decision. Now, every time lenders originate and underwrite a loan, they are making legally binding representations about that loan’s characteristics. Lenders don’t want anyone that comes through the door and hands them a loan file to make that decision so they’re increasingly turning to automated systems. In order to protect themselves, lenders must make sure all compliance T’s are crossed and all compliance I’s are dotted. That focus on compliance means that the industry is not as focused on fraud as it should be.One of the key ways to avoid fraud is to give underwriters enough time to step back and ask whether the application and the story it tells about the borrower make any sense. When you apply automation to the process, the efficiencies and the cost savings are tremendous. An efficient automated process that stops fraudulent and inaccurate information from getting into the system creates enough time for underwriters to critically analyze the application as a whole. Leveraging training, awareness, technology, tools, and high standards are how lenders and underwriters maintain quality and fight fraud.  As for trusting borrowers, I can’t speak for all lenders, but a wise lender is a lender who trusts but verifies. Share April 13, 2016 799 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Technology FormFree Liar Loans Stated Income Loans 2016-04-13 Staff Writerlast_img read more

The Top 25 Companies to Work For Are …

first_img November 1, 2018 3,652 Views The Top 25 Companies to Work For Are … in Daily Dose, Featured, News MReport’s November issue on the Top 25 Companies to Work For is out now.What does an exemplary work culture mean? The answer lies with the companies that feature in MReport’s inaugural list of Top 25 Companies to Work for. The list serves as a premier platform to highlight the achievements of organizations in the mortgage and housing industries who are leading the way in making a more conducive workplace for the people they employ.Each of these organizations was nominated by an employee or peer in one of five categories: Law Firms, Lenders/Servicers, Minority/Women-Owned or Operated, Service Providers, and Tech. “MReport is privileged to celebrate these organizations and their leadership in the Top 25 Companies list,” said Rachel Williams, Editor-in-Chief of MReport. “Each of these companies have worked tirelessly to cultivate exemplary workplace cultures, and this list is our way of giving them the recognition they deserve.”The law firms that are leading the way in creating a great place to work include KML Law Group, Manley Deas Kochalski LLC, McCarthy & Holthus, Stern & Eisenberg, and Potestivo & Associates, PC.Citizens Bank, Mr. Cooper, PennyMac, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation, and Waterstone Mortgage Corporation, have been recognized in the lender/servicer category for their ground-breaking initiatives in talent engagement and growth of individual employees.”We are honored to be recognized as a Top 25 company, and consider it our highest responsibility to be a place where employees want to work,” said Chad Neel, Chief Executive Business Officer at McCarthy & Holthus. “We recognize that people have a choice of where they spend their day and so we are appreciative of our dedicated team who comes to work every day with the goal of providing “Service Second to None” to our clients.”Five Brothers Mortgage Company Services and Securing Inc, LBA Ware, loanDepot, and WeatherCheck were among the firms recognized in the Minority/Women-Owned or Operated category. In the Service Provider Category, Amrock, Carrington Mortgage Services LLC, Fiserv, Mortgage Contracting Services, MortgageFlex Systems, and National MI were recognized for leading the way in fostering talent retention and engagement.“We’re truly grateful to be recognized by MReport as one of the top 25 companies to work for. At Black Knight, we pride ourselves on having built an unmatched team of talented, diverse and creative thinkers who are committed to bringing transformational change to the industry through innovation,” said Michelle Kersch, SVP, Marketing & Corporate Communications, at Black Knight which was one of the Tech Providers recognized in the Top 25 list.DataTree by First American, Factom Inc., Pavaso Inc., and Sagent Lending Technologies joined Black Knight in this category.We would be remiss if we didn’t honor and recognize all the companies nominated by their employees and peers for this list. They include:5 ArchAccumatch Property Tax IntelligenceACES Risk Management Alderus MortgageAldridge PiteAmerican Financial NetworkAsurity TechnologiesATA National Title GroupBaird & Warner Real EstateBronColdwell BankerColdwell Banker – Janice Lee Real EstateCollateral ManagementCredit Plus Fairway Independent Mortgage CorporationFinicityFirst American Mortgage SolutionsFirst Choice Loan Services FirstCloseFormFreeFreedom MortgageGSF Mortgage CorporationGregg & ValbyGuardian Asset ManagementHomeBased RealtyInlanta MortgageIDSJornayaJust WorksKeller Williams RealtyKeller Williams Select RealtorsLend PlusLender ToolkitLRES CorporationThe McCarthy CorporationMCH Of Rockland Inc.Mid America MortgageMiMutual MortgageMoody National CompaniesMortgage Network, Inc.Mortgage Quality Management and ResearchNewDay USANCP SolutionsOcwen Financial CorporationO’Kelley & Sorohan, Attorneys at LawOneTrust Home LoansOpenCloseOS NationalPeterson & PricePlanet Home LendingProfessional Real Estate TeamPromonTechRCN CapitalSafeguard Properties ManagementSilva Real Estate GroupSimpleNexusSimplifileThe StoneHill GroupTaylor Morrison Home FundingTrans-Action Realty 500WebMaxWindermere Real EstateWilliam Mills AgencyXINNIXcenter_img companies mreport Work Culture 2018-11-01 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

Fair Weather for Homebuyers

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Three driving forces–mortgage rates, household income, and unadjusted home prices–which drove the housing market in 2018 continue to do so this year too, according to the latest data from First American’s Real House Price Index (RHPI) for November 2018.The RHPI measures the prices changes of single-family properties throughout the U.S. after adjusting for the impact of income and interest rate changes on consumer house-buying power over time at national, state and metropolitan area levels and therefore gauging housing affordability too.“November 2018 was no exception, as household income, mortgage rates, and the unadjusted house price index all increased compared with a year ago,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, First American.According to the latest RHPI data,  real house prices grew at a slower rate month-over-month recording a growth of 0.8 percent between October and November 2018. However, they increased 15.3 percent year over year. However, consumer house buying power so a decrease both month-over-month as well as annually, decreasing 0.04 percent between October and November and 7.5 percent year over year.While average household income reflected an increase of 3.5 percent over the previous year, the RHPI data indicated that real house prices were 9 percent less expensive than they were in 2000.Compared with peak prices during the 2006 housing boom, the RHPI indicated that while unadjusted home prices were 1.8 percent above that period, real, house-buying power-adjusted house prices remain 35.3 percent below their 2006 housing boom peak.According to Fleming, six cities were leading the shift in the housing market to a buyers’ market. “Consider that in October 2018, real house prices increased month over month in all 44 of the markets we track in the RHPI. In November, however, some outliers emerged,” he said. “Real house prices declined in six cities, signaling an improvement in affordability.”A majority of these six cities have been amongst the hottest housing markets of 2018 and include San Jose, which saw an decline in RHPI of 0.7 percent; Boston with a 0.4 percent decline; Portland (-0.2 percent); Pittsburgh (-0.2 percent); San Diego (-0.1 percent); and Seattle (-0.1 percent).“Rising inventory is one reason these markets are bucking the national trend. According to, the number of active listings increased year over year in five of the six markets listed. In San Jose, Seattle, and San Diego, the increase in active listings was substantial, as active listings jumped 158 percent, 77 percent, and 46 percent, respectively,” Fleming said. “As more inventory enters the market, buyers have more options, bidding wars are less likely and sellers start reducing list prices.”Click here to read the full analysis. January 28, 2019 801 Views Sharecenter_img Fair Weather for Homebuyers? Affordability First American Home Home Prices HOUSING Mark Fleming Mortgage Rates Real Home Price Index 2019-01-28 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

Etihad Airways has announced yearround deployment

first_imgEtihad Airways has announced year-round deployment of its Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route.The aircraft, which features The Residence, will operate from 1 July 2017 on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE capital city to Paris.Flight EY31 has a scheduled departure time from Abu Dhabi at 2.15am which arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 7.50am local time. The return flight, EY32 takes off from the French capital at 10.40am and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 7.30pm. ‘The Residence’ on Etihad Airways A380Abu DhabiEtihadParisThe Residencelast_img read more

Scenic has announced the appointment of four key o

first_imgScenic has announced the appointment of four key operational roles in preparation for the maiden voyage of Scenic Eclipse on 31 August 2018.· Hans Heger – General Manager Operations, Scenic Discovery Yachts – assumes responsibility for all operations relating to the Scenic Eclipse fleet.·Guillermo Muro – Culinary Director – will oversee the menu development across the 10 on board dining experiences, as well as manage operations for the ship’s extensive culinary department in conjunction with V Ships·Frederik Ekelund – Hotel Director – will be responsible for managing Scenic Eclipse’s on board operation ·Sonja Altmann – Operations Manager – will oversee all shore-based guest operations, including shore excursions and supplier relationshipsScenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney welcomed the team to their roles. “Hans and his team bring exceptional luxury ocean cruising experience which will be of immense value as we prepare for the August launch of Scenic Eclipse.”He added, “With the build of the first Scenic Eclipse nearing completion, the appointments within this senior team will ensure we deliver a truly world-class, 6-star luxury cruise experience for our guests.”TOP IMAGE: Hans Heger Sceniclast_img read more

LISTEN Jason Licht Buccaneers GM

first_imgLISTEN: Jason Licht, Buccaneers GM The most recent addition, rookie D.J. Humphries out of Florida, is someone Licht says Arizona will be happy with.“We had him up there now,” he said when asked where the Bucs had Humphries, who went 24th overall to the Cardinals in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. “The Cardinals got a great player. “Steve (Keim) and Bruce (Arians) and Goody (offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin) and the scouts there, they know what they’re looking at. This guy has got great feet. Thought he’s the most athletic, if not, very close to being the most athletic lineman in the draft. You’ve got a great future there with him.”Humphries was one of 24 tackles selected over the course of the three-day draft, and the fifth to be taken following Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins), Ereck Flowers (New York Giants), Andrus Peat (New Orleans Saints) and Cedric Ogbuehi (Cincinnati Bengals). The Cardinals have said the plan is to have Humphries, who played left tackle in college, compete at right tackle. Fourth-year pro Bobby Massie started every game there last season, though the 6-foot-5, 307-pound Humphries said he is ready to step in and contribute right now. Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. – / 8 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Jason Licht was named the general manager of the Tampa Buccaneers on January 21, 2014.Before that he was the director of player personnel and then the vice president for personnel in Arizona with the Cardinals.So he knows a little bit about the team’s troubles in trying to build an offensive line.Of course, the last couple years has seen the team’s front five undergo a considerable transformation, with pricey free agent additions as well as top draft picks making up most of the group. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Honorable mention JJ Nelsons catch at Clevelan

first_imgHonorable mention: J.J. Nelson’s catch at Cleveland, Chris Johnson’s 26-yard TD run vs. Baltimore, Andre Ellington’s game-sealing TD run at Seattle, J.J. Nelson’s TD catch vs. Cincinnati, Carson Palmer’s TD run (and spike) at San Francisco, Larry Fitzgerald’s 1,000th career catch at St. Louis, John Brown’s TD catch and run vs. Minnesota, Carson Palmer’s shovel pass to Larry Fitzgerald vs. Green Bay in the playoffs 4. Chris Johnson’s 62-yard scamper vs. Baltimore (Week 7 – Oct. 26)Leading 17-10 in the the third quarter of a Monday night affair with the Baltimore Ravens, the Cardinals faced a 1st-and-10 from their own 30-yard line. Carson Palmer handed off to Chris Johnson, who tried the left side of the line. He was pulled down after a 4-yard gain by Baltimore defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Or was he? Johnson came down on top of Williams at the 34, but never hit the ground. After pausing, Johnson got up and sprinted downfield, only to get caught by safety Will Hill at the Ravens’ 8. Four plays later, Arizona would get a field goal from Chandler Catanzaro to push their lead to 20-10. They’d hang on for a 26-18 win — their first of six wins on primetime television in 2015.The Quote: “Basically, you just keep playing until the whistle. That is something (Coach) Arians teaches us: We always have to play to the whistle and have to finish. That is something you learn coming up from little league: Keep playing until the whistle blows.” — Chris Johnson Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his game winning touchdown with teammates agasint the Green Bay Packers during overtime of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 1. Larry Fitzgerald’s 75-yard playoff reception vs. Green Bay (NFC Divisional Playoffs – Jan. 16)Larry Fitzgerald has had countless highlight plays in his storied career, but this play has to rank in the top five on that list. After Aaron Rodgers had engineered an unbelievable 86-yard touchdown drive that included a 61-yard completion on 4th-and-20 and a Hail Mary touchdown pass to Jeff Janis on the last play of regulation to force overtime, the crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium was stunned silent. It wouldn’t take them long to explode once again. On the first play of overtime, Carson Palmer dropped to pass, felt pressure and spun away from it, rolling to his right. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Fitzgerald standing all alone at the 35-yard line on the left side of the field. Fitzgerald started upfield, cut right at the 50 and split two Packers defenders. He stiff-armed Morgan Burnett at the 30 and kept weaving toward the goal line. Casey Hayward made a great ankle tackle at the 5-yard line, setting up the Cardinals with a 1st-and-goal and nearly blowing the roof off the stadium. Two plays later, fittingly, Fitzgerald took a shovel pass from Palmer and scored, giving the Cardinals the win and advancing them to the NFC Championship Game. 3. Michael Floyd’s spectacular one-handed catch vs. Philadelphia (Week 15 – Dec. 20) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 5. Jaron Brown’s pinball catch vs. Seattle (Week 10, Nov. 15)The Cardinals had what you would call an up-and-down game against the division rival Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. They dominated play early and led 25-10 midway through the third quarter after a 43-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro. That’s when the momentum shifted. Seattle’s defense fueled a stretch where the Seahawks scored three touchdowns in a 6:52 span to take a 29-25 lead. Arizona faced a 2nd-and-7 from the Seattle 49-yard line when Carson Palmer dropped to pass and threw right to a well-covered Jaron Brown. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman undercut the route and deflected the ball with his right hand, but Brown aggressively went up and caught the ball off the deflection for a huge 10 yard gain that moved the chains. Four plays later, Palmer hit Jermaine Gresham on a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish. They’d go on to win 32-29 to push their record to 7-2 on the season.The Quote: “That’s the thing about J.B., he is tough as nails, that’s why he’s such a great special teams player. He just went up and took it away — and then he made two more big plays. You know, he’s a starter on most teams. ” — Head coach Bruce Arians Tuesday, we looked at the top five defensive plays of the 2015 season for the Arizona Cardinals.Now, it’s a look back at the top five plays on offense — and there were a lot to choose from. The Cardinals set a franchise record and led the NFL with 6,533 yards and their 489 points ranked second in the league, behind only the Carolina Panthers.Here’s what I thought were the top five offensive plays of the season for the Arizona Cardinals: The Quote: “I saw a couple of my guys come running through and I saw a little area to push through when I saw Darren (Fells) picking up a block for me on the way. I saw Mike (Floyd) and Smoke (John Brown) doing the same thing — those guys really led the way for me to get down that far.” — Larry Fitzgerald Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The Quote: “He’s a grown man. He does not play like a rookie. He runs powerfully, he runs smart. He protects the football, he catches the football extremely well, he blocks extremely well. He’s 225 pounds, I mean that’s not who you want to tackle, especially in the fourth quarter.” — Carson Palmer 0 Comments   Share   One of the areas where Michael Floyd made strides during the 2015 season was in the highlight department. The fourth-year receiver out of Notre Dame had several ridiculous catches during the campaign, but none better than his one-handed snag in a 40-17 Sunday night win over the Eagles in Philly. On a 3rd-and-2 from the Philadelphia 30 and the Cardinals leading 17-10, Carson Palmer took a shot down the right sideline to Floyd, who was well covered by Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins. Floyd shielded Watkins with his left side, while laying out to make the catch with his right hand at the 1-yard line. One play later, David Johnson punched it in to extend the Cardinals’ lead.The Quote: “Unbelievable!” — NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth 2. David Johnson’s “Beast Mode” TD run vs. Philadelphia (Week 15 – Dec. 20)Rookie running back David Johnson got his chance to shine late in the season, but he shined brightest at Lincoln Financial Field on national television. Johnson ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ division-clinching 40-17 win over the Eagles, but his second score of the night was one of the best runs in the NFL in 2015. On a 2nd-and-5 from the Philly 47-yard line, Johnson took a handoff from Carson Palmer, ran right and was met by a mass of humanity at the 45. He kept his legs churning though, breaking six or seven tackles and finished it off with a rugged stiff-arm of Philadelphia corner E.J. Biggers at the 10-yard line. The score gave the Cardinals a 17-10 lead and led to a collective “wow” from the millions watching at home.last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP Photos) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He had a great week at the Senior Bowl, and was one of the MVPs of the combine, running a 4.52 40 with a 36½-inch vertical and 11-foot-1 broad jump. He’s probably an inside player in the Cardinals’ 3-4, but he can get after quarterbacks from outside linebacker, too.Kiper then notes that while the Cardinals paid a big price to move up for Budda Baker in the second round, he sees why and has a feeling he will be an impact player in his rookie season.Arizona gave up three picks to trade up for Budda Baker, but I love the player. He might have been a top-15 pick if he had been bigger — he’s only 5-10, 195. The comparison I made before the draft? Tyrann Mathieu. Now Arizona has both of them, and after losing Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger, a plug-and-play safety was needed. Baker has cornerback-type cover skills, and he’s not afraid to tackle. He could be Arizona’s slot corner. I’m going to make an early prediction and say he ends up on my Rookie Big Board next season.The third round is where the Cardinals failed to impress Kiper, as he notes wide receiver Chad Williams was a sixth or seventh-round pick on his board and there were several better receivers available in his eyes with that selection. This, of course, is nothing new for the Cardinals and a selection in the third round, as the same was said of their selection of cornerback Brandon Williams last season. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals did not get their quarterback of the future in the 2017 NFL Draft but still managed to address several needs on the roster.ESPN’s draft expert Mel Kiper was a fan of the draft for Arizona, giving the Cardinals a “B” grade among his grades for every team’s draft.Kiper spoke of first-round pick Haason Reddick’s flexibility in the Arizona system, being able to play inside or outside. While Kiper had fourth-round selection Dorian Johnson ranked as a top-five guard and fifth-round pick running back T.J. Logan as the top kick returner, he still has concerns looking at the Arizona roster from a draft standpoint.The lingering question over this class is the Cardinals’ not getting a quarterback and having no potential long-term starter who could replace 37-year-old Carson Palmer, but other teams traded up in front of Arizona, so I can’t fault them for holding steady. I would’ve liked a potential replacement for Calais Campbell, as well.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Four members of the Arizona Cardinals received Pro Bowl honors from the NFL with two more picked as alternates Tuesday.Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, outside linebacker Chandler Jones, cornerback Patrick Peterson and special teamer Budda Baker each received the nod in their respected positions.For Fitzgerald, it’s his 11th Pro Bowl selection, the most by a Cardinal in franchise history. In the NFL, only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has more selections as a receiver. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec.10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 7 Comments   Share   center_img Through 14 games, Patrick Peterson has 29 tackles and one interception to along with eight pass deflections. He hasn’t missed a start all season and has started all 110 regular season games since entering the league in 2011.Baker becomes the first rookie since Patrick Peterson in 2011 to make the Pro Bowl.His 15 special teams tackles leads the team and marks the first time a Cardinals rookie has led the team in the category since Justin Bethel in 2012.Not only does he lead the team in special teams tackles, but he also leads the NFC and ranks third in the NFL.Along with Jones, Baker led Pro Bowl voting for his respected position among fans.In addition to the four selections, running back Adrian Peterson and safety Tyrann Mathieu were selected as Pro Bowl alternates.The Pro Bowl will take place on Jan. 28 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact This season, he’s reeled in 92 receptions, good enough for second in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL. If Fitzgerald can reach 1,000 yards — currently at 982 — he will accomplish the feat for the ninth time in his career and would be one of just six players in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards in at least nine seasons.In NFL history, Fitzgerald has the third-most receptions in the league — 1,217 — and is one of four players with 15,000 career receiving yards and 100 receiving touchdowns.Jones is making his first Pro Bowl appearance for the Cardinals and his first as a linebacker — previously selected as a defensive end while with New England.His 15 sacks lead the league and are the most in team history through 14 games. He also leads the NFL in tackles for loss with 25.Jones has recorded a sack in 12 of his 14 games this season. Since joining the Cardinals, Jones leads the NFL in sacks, with 26.0, and 40 tackles for loss.Out of NFC outside linebackers, Jones accrued the most votes from fans.Patrick Peterson made it seven-for-seven with his latest Pro Bowl selection.He joins Jim Brown and Barry Sanders as the only players to be selected to the Pro Bowl seven times before turning 28-years-old. He also ties teammate Fitzgerald’s franchise record of consecutive selections with seven. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgNo Fortnite hereBryant, the former Cowboys receiver, remains on the market. He’s been linked to the Cleveland Browns, but with Arizona taking four inexperienced wide receivers into the season, Keim was asked about the possibility of the Cardinals looking in to signing the proven veteran.“This isn’t fantasy football. There is a business side to this as well you have to take into account,” Keim said. “Many times we talk about all these players — we certainly have reports and conversations about everyone who is on the street. At the same time, there are business sides to it that, you know, can cause some obstacles.“Everything, whether it’s in-house with (president) Michael Bidwill, with coach, and then with agents — we have those conversations and that kind of dialog all day, every day. That’s what we do. We’re not over here playing Fornite.”Couldn’t have done much betterArizona exits the preseason with a healthy starting quarterback, Sam Bradford. Rookie Josh Rosen is the No. 2, and Mike Glennon is an experience third-stringer with plenty of starting experience.Considering the Cardinals entered the offseason without a quarterback under contract, Keim likes where his team is entering Week 1. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim does an interview with The Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Matt Layman/Arizona Sports) Top Stories “I want to see if Robert Nkemdiche can transition from the type of camp he had prior to the injury to the regular season,” Keim told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “At the same time, we know the history that he’s had some injuries and he’s been a first-round pick so it’s time for him to pick it up, there’s no doubt about it.Related LinksReport: David Johnson, Cardinals not close on contract extensionArizona Sports’ look at the 2018 Cardinals and the rest of the NFLAdrian Peterson wants to break Jim Brown’s rushing mark in Arizona“We have expectations, he has expectations of himself, but talk is cheap and it’s time to do it on the field. He’s a guy that to me has all the physical traits you look for, but the fact that he hasn’t done it has been a real concern. He’s healthy and he’s ready to go this week.”Nkemdiche missed the last few weeks of the preseason nursing a foot injury. He was limited in practices Wednesday and Thursday but by all indications is expected to play Sunday as Arizona opens the year against the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium.The third-year tackle recorded 11 tackles and a forced fumble last year as a reserve but has yet to record a career sack.Keim made the first of his weekly 7:45 a.m. Friday visits with Doug & Wolf. This week, he also discussed David Johnson’s contract extension negotiations, the possibility of the Cardinals looking into free agent receiver Dez Bryant, plus the successful offseason of refurbishing the quarterback and receivers rooms. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I feel like we’re really strong in that room,” Keim said Friday.The general manager saw Bradford’s accuracy and command of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s system. He believes Rosen’s presence in the huddle and quick learning has made him a fine option as a backup.But if Keim had a choice, he wouldn’t want to see Rosen, the No. 10 pick that Arizona traded up five spots to draft.“Based on everything I’ve seen so far, I think Sam Bradford still gives us the best chance to win right now,” the GM said. “If it comes to an injury, obviously I’d be very excited to see Josh go.“I will tell you this: as we went through every scenario in the offseason, whether it was free agency or the draft and all the different things that could’ve panned out for us at that position, to me when I think about this scenario with the quarterback room that we have, I don’t think it could’ve gone any better.”Mixing it upKeim believes McCoy and the Cardinals will attack each week with very different gameplans and packages from an offensive standpoint.Versatility from tight end, to receiver, to running back will allow Arizona to create mismatches depending on opponent.center_img “Well, I mean I think there is some young talented guys that certainly need to step up,” Keim said. “Teams are going to play us differently from a defensive schematic standpoint. Not only can you just look at the receiving core, but you look at the two backs we have and the tight end in Ricky Seals-Jones, who also creates some mismatches.“I think the one thing we’ll have to do from a week-to-week, is determine where are our mismatches and where are the strengths of the defense versus what we pose offensively. I think Mike McCoy will do a great job scheming it up and putting us in a position to succeed.” 8 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals saw great value when Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, a potential top-15 prospect in the 2016 draft, fell to their No. 29 slot.An off-the-field red flag likely led to the tumble, but since entering the NFL, it’s been Nkemdiche’s on-field production that hasn’t lived up to the potential Arizona believes he’s left untapped.General manager Steve Keim said Nkemdiche, now thrust into a starting role and coming off a strong preseason, has the most to prove. 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The rebirth of Benguerras first lodge the reopen

first_imgThe rebirth of Benguerra’s first lodge, the reopening of &Beyond Benguerra Island on 1 June has seen this exquisite lodge become the most exclusive destination in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Boasting the island’s best location and situated alongside a permanent deep water channel, the generously sized guest rooms peep out from among the boughs of a tropical forest, offering direct views onto the beach. With a distinct nod to both Africa and the Mozambican coastline’s Portuguese heritage you can expect light and airy casinhas and cabanas, and in keeping with the trend for multi-generational travel, the lodge’s private villa has been redesigned as the Casa de Familia, a three-bedroom suite ideal for families.&Beyond Benguerra Island’s USD 5.5 million rebuild is transforming this beautiful island paradise into one of Mozambique’s premier luxury lodges. Located alongside a permanent deep water channel, the lodge has a grand new entrance and welcome area with spectacular ocean views. The guest area incorporates a refurbished rim-flow swimming pool, while the dining areas will create the setting for delicious fresh meals, including just-caught seafood with traditional Mozambican flavours. Cocktail and light meals will be served at the Dhow Bar on the beach, a Benguerra icon.With a refreshed dive centre, new diving equipment, additional change rooms, as well as a new dive boat, vehicle and refurbished catamaran, guests will enjoy an unmatched experience when the lodge reopens its doors on 1 June 2015.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Merivale has launche

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Merivale has launched the first of three new properties on Oxford Street, with the opening of The Paddington on Tuesday 24 November. Located in the centre of the historic inner-Sydney strip, The Paddington (formerly The Paddington Arms) will serve a rotisserie-led menu by Executive Chef Ben Greeno, cocktails by Palmer and Co.’s Sam Egerton and Toby Marshall and wine curated by the award-winning Franck Moreau and Adrian Filiuta.Justin Hemmes, Merivale CEO, said: “We are extremely excited to open in Paddington, I have very fond memories of what Oxford Street used to be and we are looking forward to bringing some of that magic back to such an iconic part of Sydney. Ben is an undeniable culinary talent, arguably one of the best in the world, and he is going to deliver something truly special at The Paddington”.Specially-imported, custom-made French rotisseries form the centrepiece of the pub. Think dishes such as lamb rump with red pepper and almonds; wagyu beef with artichokes, pickled mustard seeds and watercress; whole fish stuffed with olives, lemon and thyme; and of course, roast chicken with French fries.The rotisserie is accompanied by a delicious selection of small plates including octopus, potato, confit tomato and black olives; smoked trout with English muffin and duck egg; spelt, roast cabbage, kombu and prawns; and parmesan custard with sprouted pulses.Adrian Filiuta, winner of the 2015 Australian Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge, has collaborated with the revered Franck Moreau MS to create a fun yet classic wine list to complement the rotisserie and appeal to all tastes and budgets.The Paddington will also be home to an impressive cocktail bar, led by Sam Egerton and Toby Marshall, the talented team behind the award-wining Palmer & Co.The Paddington has been brought to life by a design team including Kelvin Ho and Emilie Delalande of Akin Creative, stylist Amanda Talbot and Justin and Bettina Hemmes. Designed as if it was an old local butcher, it boasts a relaxed, quintessential British charm with white glazed ceramic tiles, painted timber panelling and dark timber furniture.Upstairs the space becomes more intimate with booth seating, panelled walls, a leather-fronted cocktail bar and mirrored tables. The private dining room is surrounded by a floor-to-ceiling distressed landscape mural painted by local Sydney artist Desmond Sweeney.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The move will increase

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe move will increase capacity on the route by more than 30% over the northern summer season and comes just weeks after the airline’s inaugural Dreamliner service to Adelaide on 26 October.The aircraft was initially scheduled to operate the route three times per week over the peak period from 26 October 2017 until 25 March 2018, complemented by A320 services. The aircraft will now operate on a year-round basis and will continue to be supplemented by A320 flying in peak travel periods.Air New Zealand chief revenue officer Cam Wallace says the reaction to introducing the Dreamliner on the Auckland – Adelaide route has been outstanding.“We’ve seen strong demand for the premium inflight experiences available on our Dreamliner aircraft with both Business Premier and Premium Economy really resonating with customers.“It’s also great to be able to offer our South Australian customers travelling to North or South America a seamless premium travel experience from the moment they board in Adelaide through to the transit experience at our Auckland hub and onto their long haul flight,” says Mr Wallace.Air New Zealand was the first airline globally to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2014 and operated its first scheduled Dreamliner service to Perth on 12 September 2014. Today the airline has a fleet of 11 Dreamliner aircraft.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more