Welcome to the Club

Welcome to the Club

first_imgWelcome to the Club Rachael HardingWelcome to the Club: Rachael Harding as New General Manager, Club Med Australia & New ZealandEntering the brand at the heart of an exciting period of global expansion and record market growth, Club Med welcomes Rachael Harding as the newly-appointed General Manager for Club Med Australia and New Zealand.Harding will lead the charge of rolling out Club Med’s plan to accelerate the ‘upscale’, ‘global’, and ‘digital’ focus of the group, a strategy which has already started to deliver peak profitability (+4.4% YoY), record global client growth (6.6%, their highest since 2000) and 85% of resorts now classified as 4 and 5 Trident (stars), compared to a decade earlier with 75% classified as 3 Trident.Bringing two decades of industry experience both within Australia and internationally, most recognisably through her previous roles with The Travel Corporation, Harding plans to use her know-how to further evolve the Club Med brand in the Pacific and has already started strengthening relationships and strategizing with key trade partners, as well as being involved in key global initiatives that will accelerate the offering and growth in this region.On her appointment, Rachael says, “I am thrilled to join Club Med and be part of such an iconic, pioneering brand. Over the years I’ve visited a number of resorts myself, both as a child and now with my own family – an incredible testament to the unique, all-inclusive experience that Club Med continues to evolve and offer families, couples and groups throughout its resorts. It’s exciting to lead our exceptionally talented team and work with our important trade partners in this next chapter of Club Med innovation and growth.”Recently receiving three nominations at the 2018 Women in Travel Awards and taking home ‘Sales Woman of the Year’, Harding will ensure Club Med achieve their ambitious target of growing the Pacific market by 50 per cent over the next three years, following the success of another female Club Med General Manager, Madeleine Clow-Suares, who lead the region to a 50 per cent growth between 2014 – 2017.“We are thrilled that Rachael has joined our Pacific team – a region that has seen some truly impressive results and we have no doubt she will further this growth trajectory throughout 2018 and beyond. Rachael is such a well-recognised and highly-respected travel professional, and we’re excited to see her passion for travel, and for the brand, continue the success of Club Med in the Pacific and globally,” says Xavier Desaulles, CEO East & South Asia and Pacific.2018 has been an exciting year for the brand with the opening of the first 5 Trident resort in the Mediterranean, Club Med Cefalu in Sicily, as well as two more resorts to open this year with Club Med Les Arc Panorama in France and Club Med Marbella in Spain. This rapid growth aligns with the international develop strategy released earlier this year: three to five new resorts globally each year by 2020.Club Med also recently announced their plans to eradicate single-use plastic items in all resorts globally, a new experimental concept bringing immersive experiences to the Maldives with Fusions by Club Med, plus several other major concepts in the works to be released soon.Source = Club Medlast_img read more

Glen Agustin

first_imgOTM 2017 in Mumbai has been a very good platform for the Philippines. It has helped us to showcase our destinations and to effectively introduce our partners from both the private and the government sectors to Indian travellers. The event helped us to promote new destinations like Palawan and many more. I would like to congratulate the organisers of OTM for such a wonderful and business oriented event.last_img

Tourism Authority of Thailand launches Open to the New Shades campaign in

first_imgThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched its new marketing concept ‘Open to the New Shades of Amazing Thailand’ in India. Yuthasak Supasorn, the TAT Governor, headed the Thai tourism team at the launch event held at JW Marriott Aerocity in New Delhi. It was attended by several senior executives from Indian travel companies, travel media and invited guests from the business community.In his product presentation, Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communication, TAT, said, “The Open to the New Shades concept is about asking visitors to ‘open’ their minds and hearts to deepen and widen their experiences into a new perception of attractions and variety of experiences in Thailand.”The communication campaign will introduce brand-new products to visitors, or reveal a new charming character of well-known destinations through creativity. This campaign is aimed at attracting more repeat visitors and also first-time visitors. Visitors can discover new perspectives on existing attractions, or indulge in unique experiences in new tourist attractions. Tanes outlined the broad variety of tourism products that Indian visitors will enjoy in the categories of Gastronomy, Nature and Beach, Art and Craft, and Thai Culture and Way of Life.All guests also enjoyed a live music performance by Koh Saxman, a famous Thai saxophonist along with an Indian musician.  Guests also witnessed a demonstration of Thai culture such as the coloring a Khon Mask, painting Thai pattern on the hand, fruit & vegetable carving and stage performances (Muay Thai and Thai Classical Dance).Yuthasak said, “India is now one of our top ten sources of visitor arrivals, a member of a small club of countries that generate more than one million visitors a year. In 2017, Thailand recorded 1.41 million visitor arrivals from India, up by 18% over 2016, generating an estimated 120 billion Rupees (62.40 billion baht) in tourism income. We are targeting a revenue growth of 12% for Indian market in 2018. More and more Indian travellers are diversifying beyond their traditional spots of Bangkok and Pattaya, and exploring Chiang Rai, Rayong, Trat, Hua Hin and Samut Songkram. In 2018, bilateral business and MICE travel is expected to increase as India’s economy grows and new airlines launch more bilateral flights. The completion of the Asian Highway road linkage through Myanmar will allow a whole new generation of travellers to open up new corridors of travel between South and Southeast Asia.”TAT is also targetting a new wave of visitors from secondary cities in India. Given the large number of Indian cities with a population base of more than three million people, India is seen as being a major source of visitors for Thailand in the years ahead.last_img read more

California Monitor Dual Tracking Complaints Increased After Settlement

first_imgCalifornia Monitor: Dual Tracking Complaints Increased After Settlement All five of the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders said they complied or worked with the Office of Settlement Management Oversight to conform to more than “”300 new servicing standards””:https://themreport.com/articles/deadline-for-adopting-national-settlements-new-servicing-standards-arrives-2012-10-03, but one state monitor reports that servicers took their time on some issues.[IMAGE]In her first “”monthly report””:http://californiamonitor.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Report-Final-4p.pdf as California Monitor, “”Katherine Porter””:http://californiamonitor.org/ described the servicers’ efforts to reform their practices before the October 2 deadline outlined in the national mortgage settlement. Porter’s first evaluation examined the practice of dual tracking.Described by Porter as a “”race between foreclosure and loan modification,”” dual tracking is a practice used by some mortgage companies to negotiate a loan modification for a distressed homeowner while initiating foreclosure sale proceedings at the same time. [COLUMN_BREAK]The national mortgage settlement has provisions to restrict dual tracking, and a separate law in the recently passed California Homeowner Bill of Rights provides protections for California mortgages serviced by the banks involved in the settlement.The companies in the settlement were given 180 days to reform their dual tracking procedures, a period during which complaints about dual tracking actually increased, Porter revealed. At their height in August, complaints about dual tracking made up 25 percent of the total complaints heard by Porter’s office. Dual tracking complaints saw a sharp decline through September as the final deadline approached, a trend Porter sees as a sign of cooperation with the settlement’s restrictions. While servicers did work with the monitor’s office to ensure fair attention was given to loan modifications since the settlement, Porter said it may be a cold comfort to homeowners who faced dual tracking while waiting out the deadline.””While some changes, such as implementation of a single point of contact for borrower communication, occurred quickly, the banks have taken the full 180 days (six months) to stop dual tracking,”” Porter said. “”This is permissible under the settlement. But this waiting has been painful for homeowners, whose fate is uncertain under the dual track regime.”” Share in Government, Servicingcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Citigroup Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Loan Modification Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight Processing Regulation Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-10-03 Tory Barringer October 3, 2012 647 Views last_img read more

Builder Confidence Hits Wall in January

first_imgBuilder Confidence Hits Wall in January Builder confidence stalled in January as the Housing Market Index (HMI) stood at 47, remaining at its highest level since April 2006, the “”National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)””:http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?newsID=15709 reported Wednesday. Economists had expected the index to tick up to 48.””December’s reading””:https://themreport.com/articles/builder-confidence-up-again-in-december-2012-12-18 was unchanged at 47, but one of the index components–the outlook for sales six month in the future–notched down to 50 from the originally reported 51.[IMAGE]The outlook dropped again in January (this time to 49), but the measure of buyer traffic edged up to 37–its highest reading since April 2006–from December’s 36. The gauge of current sales was unchanged in January at 51.With the January report, the index remained below 50–the tipping point between a positive and negative market assessment–for the 81st straight month. The last time the HMI was above 50 was April 2006, when the reading was 51 and falling. The index peaked at 78 in December 1998. The boost in current sales should be reflected in the government’s new homes sales report (to be issued next week), though the improvement in the current sales index last month matched with a slight decline in new home sales. That said, the current sales index is at its highest level since April 2006.The HMI├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós flat reading in January ended a streak of eight consecutive monthly increases. Although the index is reported as “”January,”” it would reflect builder attitudes since the middle of December, when Congress and the [COLUMN_BREAK]White House were mired in “”fiscal cliff”” negotiations that could have involved tax changes affecting home purchases and home ownership, increasing uncertainty about housing and the economy as a whole.””Conditions in the housing market look much better now than at the beginning of 2012 and an increasing number of housing markets are showing signs of recovery, which should bode well for future home sales later this year,”” said Barry Rutenberg, NAHB chairman. Rutenberg said the fiscal cliff talks and concerns about “”the future of the mortgage interest deduction”” which he said “”could put a damper on housing demand in the coming months.””Even with the flat month, the overall index is up 22 points in the last year, the 19th straight month of year-over-year improvement. The current sales index has risen 26 points in the last year, the sales forecast measure is up 20 points in the last year, and the traffic index is up 19 points in the last 12 months.The HMI, considered a measure of builder confidence, could be reflected in permits and starts data reported for January. That report from the Census Bureau will be issued in February. Meanwhile, Census will report Thursday on permits and starts for December, when builder confidence rose two points to 47.The index improved in two of the four census regions, jumping 14 points in the West to 59–the highest reading in the region since June 2006–and increasing three points to 50 in the South, the highest reading there since July 2006. The index fell six points to 46 in the Midwest and five points to 36 in the Northeast.The index, built based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.”” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor. _Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 Eastern time._ January 16, 2013 395 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Marketcenter_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Demand Home Sales Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers 2013-01-16 Mark Liebermanlast_img read more

Report Examines Seriously Underwater Rate by Loan Vintage

first_imgReport Examines Seriously Underwater Rate by Loan Vintage Home Equity RealtyTrac Underwater 2014-10-29 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharecenter_img October 29, 2014 617 Views The highest percentage of residential mortgage loans that were seriously underwater in this year’s third quarter were originated during the housing bubble between 2004 and 2008, according to RealtyTrac’s U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report for Q3 2014.RealtyTrac reported that about 15 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage in the U.S. were seriously underwater in Q3, meaning the combined loan amount secured by the property is at least 25 percent higher than the property’s estimated market value. About 40 percent of the mortgage loans originated in 2006 were seriously underwater in Q3 2014, the highest percentage for any year after 2004, according to RealtyTrac.The number of Q3’s seriously underwater mortgages that were originated in the years following 2006 has declined steadily with each year before inching back up in the last two years. The percentage of seriously underwater mortgages in Q3 originated in 2007 was 35 percent; in 2008, it was 25 percent; and for every year, it declined until hitting a low of 7 percent in 2012. The percentage of mortgage loans originated in 2014 that were seriously underwater in Q3 was 10 percent.Meanwhile, the highest percentage of equity-rich homeowners, which are those with at least 50 percent equity in their properties, were those who bought or refinanced their homes between 1994 and 1998, according to RealtyTrac.The highest percentage of seriously underwater homeowners in Q3, according to RealtyTrac, were those that owned homes that were worth less than $200,000. About 55 percent of homes worth less than $50,000 were seriously underwater in Q3, while only 10 percent of homes in that price range were equity rich. About 34 percent of homes in the price range of $50,000 to $100,000 were seriously underwater, while 13 percent were equity rich.Homes worth more than $200,000 had lower percentages of seriously underwater homeowners and higher percentages of equity rich homeowners in Q3, according to RealtyTrac. For example, about 6 percent of homeowners with homes worth between $500,000 and $750,000 were seriously underwater, while 31 percent of homeowners with homes in that price range were equity rich.last_img read more

Housing Starts Permits Fall in January

first_img Commerce Department Housing Permits Housing Starts IHS Global Insight National Association of Home Builders 2015-02-18 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Share Housing Starts, Permits Fall in Januarycenter_img February 18, 2015 481 Views Builders began work on fewer homes last month than they did at the end of 2014, underscoring the stop-start pace of housing’s recovery.Homebuilders broke ground on new homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.07 million in January, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. January’s rate of new construction was 2.0 percent below December’s revised estimate of 1.09 million units annually but 18.7 percent above the year-ago pace of 897,000 units.January’s drop came entirely in the market for single-family houses, with starts falling 6.7 percent month-on-month to an annual rate of 678,000. Multifamily starts, meanwhile, climbed 7.5 percent to an annualized 387,000.For January, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported that its index of builder confidence slipped slightly to a reading of 57, keeping above the line separating a market largely viewed as good from one viewed as bad. That index fell again in February, dropping to 55, the group said Tuesday.While February’s decline in confidence was chalked up to adverse weather hindering near-term homebuyer activity, conditions were fairly mild in January, note economists Patrick Newport and Stephanie Karol at IHS Global Insight. In an analytical note, the pair observed that “January 2015 was the 24th warmest and the 18th driest January in the 121-year record.”Starts slipped in three of the country’s four regions, retreating to an annual rate of 111,000 in the Northeast; 140,000 in the Midwest; and 286,000 in the West. Construction remained healthy in the South, coming in at an annualized rate of 528,000.Permits for new construction projects also fell back for the month, sliding 0.7 percent to an adjusted annual rate of 1.05 million, the Commerce Department said. Single-family permits were at a rate of 654,000, down 3.1 percent from December’s revised figure.Despite starting the year on a sour note, new housing should see some improvement in the coming months as the economy continues to strengthen and policymakers take aim at boosting housing affordability, Newport and Karol say.”On the demand side, new construction will get a boost from the improving employment picture, but also from policy changes at the FHA, which seeks to improve affordability by cutting its annual mortgage insurance premium,” the pair wrote. “This will have a secondary effect on the new-home market: FHA-insured mortgagees will likely buy existing homes, freeing up the current owners of the existing homes to enter the market for new homes.”last_img read more

Which Housing Markets are Most Affordable

first_img May 13, 2016 494 Views Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Which Housing Markets are Most Affordable?center_img Home Prices Housing Affordability Mortgage Rates National Association of Home Builders 2016-05-13 Staff Writer As mortgage interest rates continue to remain at historical lows and home prices stay on favorable ground, housing affordability followed these trends with an increase in the first quarter of 2016.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) showed that 65 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of January and end of March were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $65,700. In the fourth quarter of 2015, only 63.3 percent of homes were affordable to families earning the median income.The index also showed that the national median home price fell from $226,000 in the fourth quarter to $223,000 in the first quarter. Over the same period, the average mortgage rates edged lower from 4.09 percent to 4.05 percent.Source: NAHBYoungstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania was rated the nation’s most affordable major housing market for the second quarter in a row, NAHB reported. In this market, 93.1 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the first quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $53,900.Syracuse, New York; Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton, Pennsylvania; and Toledo, Ohio wrapped up the top five most affordable major housing markets.Among the smaller housing markets, Cumberland, Maryland-West Virginia was the most affordable small housing market in the first quarter of 2016. In this market, 98 percent of homes sold during the first quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $55,100.“With interest rates near historic lows and attractive home prices, this is a great time to buy a home,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Illinois.NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz added,“This is the second consecutive quarter that we’ve seen a nationwide improvement in affordability due to favorable home prices and mortgage rates. These factors, along with rising employment, a growing economy and pent-up demand will provide a boost for home sales in the second half of 2016.”last_img read more

CoreLogic Enhances University Data Portal

first_img Share in Headlines, News, Technology CoreLogic Enhances University Data Portal CoreLogic, an Irvine, California-based provider of global property information, analytics, and data-enabled services, has announced that its online University Data Portal will offer access to the most comprehensive foreclosure and mortgage information available to the industry.With CoreLogic’s University Data Portal, faculty and students both at the graduate and undergraduate levels can run queries, extract residential or commercial property characteristics, and download reports at preferred rates for qualified academic research.The enhancements made to the University Data Portal include two new datasets:Comprehensive foreclosure data that includes nearly 45 million foreclosure and pre-foreclosure records through court action and both judicial and non-judicial foreclosure sales. The data covers 94 percent of U.S. counties.CoreLogic MarketTrends, which contains 45 million geographic-level records from 2000 to the present, covering more than 85 percent of all outstanding mortgages. Information featured in MarketTrends includes median sales price, median loan-to-value, delinquency, distressed sales, real estate owned, housing stock, number of sales, and negative equity.“These enhancements significantly expand the scope of research that can be performed through use of the CoreLogic University Data Portal and provide deep insight into the most seismic real estate event of the last 80 years: the mortgage and foreclosure crisis,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “By expanding the portal, we hope to help economists shape and provide insight into the future of the housing and commercial real estate industries.”The University Data Portal was developed by CoreLogic in response to the hundreds of requests the company receives each year from acadamics researching various mortgage and real estate-related topics. CoreLogic data covering subjects such as housing migration, employment, demographics, housing reform, and housing market topics have been widely used in academic research.center_img July 21, 2016 577 Views CoreLogic University Data Portal 2016-07-21 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Frutas de Argentina Crisisridden fruit sector

first_img ‘Frutas de Argentina’: Crisis-ridden fruit sector … You might also be interested in This story is exclusive to Fresh Fruit Portal. If you would like to reproduce any elements of it on other sites or publications, please make a request to our editorial team at news@freshfruitportal.com September 13 , 2018 Shipments of organic blueberries – which account for around 16% of total production – are expected to increase by 70% to the U.S.Exports to ChinaArgentina expects to carry out its first blueberry shipment to China in mid-September. Chinese phytosanitary inspectors will son visit the country and remain there until after the first delivery is completed.”We calculate that between week 37 and week 42 the export will be carried out, which will be trial volumes by plane and sea,” said Giua.He said that Argentina will not be focusing on big volumes for China, but shipments would likely increase next season once they have the results from this year.The export protocol was signed in 2017 during a trade mission to China.Taxes on exportsThe industry has also criticized a series of economic reforms recently announced by Argentine President Mauricio Macri. The reforms include an increase in taxes for exports.”The producers rejected the measure announced by the government because they believe that the exchange rate is not enough to equalize competitiveness with this tax,” Giua said.Giua said that the move would lower Argentine exporters’ competitiveness.  Argentina: Table grape exports from key region ‘lo … The Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) is expecting a 15% year-on-year rise in exports this season to 18,500 metric tons (MT).The season started late due to a colder winter than normal, but growers expect stable volumes from week 38, according to Pier Giua, vice president of Hortifrut Expofresh and ABC representative.He said this season is going to be heavily focused on maritime exports via Chile to the U.S., following successful trials on the new trade route over the last couple of years.In total he expects one-third of exports – around 6,500MT – will be sent via sea freight. Traditionally the country has shipped the vast majority of its blueberries via air freight.“In addition to the route from Argentina, the Chilean route will also be used, which we also consider very good,” Guia told Fresh Fruit Portal.Shipments to the U.S. are expected to reach 11,000MT, which would be similar to last season, but exports to the EU and the U.K. are set to increase. Pears in Charts: Recent pricing pushed below previ … Argentina to send increased blueberry volumes in s …last_img read more

We are excited to add new country member Chile a

first_img“We are excited to add new country member Chile, and expect to add Kenya and Morocco later this year, to join South Africa, Peru , Colombia, Mexico (State of Jalisco), Spain, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and USA,” said chairman Zac Bard, of Westfalia Fruit.“As avocado consumption continues to rise, WAO is pleased to represent the majority of avocado producing countries in the world.”During the meeting representatives from Carrefour (France, Spain, Italy and Belgium), Bama (Norway), ICA (Sweden) and Edeka (Germany) discussed examples of retail partnerships being planned for 2019. WAO is expanding top retailer and PR programs from eight to 11 countries this year, and will include U.K., France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.“Following WAO’s exciting collaboration with Michelin Guide’s 110th Edition, Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, chose to partner with WAO to implement their first ever marketing program concurrently covering four countries (France, Spain, Italy and Belgium),” said Xavier Equihua, CEO of the WAO.“WAO will also implement a multi-market marketing program in Europe and introduce its generic brand for avocados in the US during World Avocado Month in June.”The WAO expects 2019 to be another “record-breaking and memorable year” with large-scale retail, trade and foodservice collaborations with some of the biggest names in their respective sectors. These initiatives will be supported by digital and social marketing campaigns worldwide. You might also be interested in Mexico forecasts record-breaking avocado exports t … Avocado, coffee and citrus ‘threaten global food … South Africa: Maluma Symposium to draw larger inte … center_img February 12 , 2019 The World Avocado Organization (WAO) has established a committee for the Chinese market to lead the implementation of the entity’s first marketing program in Asia.In addition, the WAO has announced a Chilean company as a new member to the organization and also highlighted that consumption in Europe has grown by 60% since 2016.The announcements were made at third annual WAO meeting at Fruit Logistica last week in Berlin.The China Committee will be chaired by WAO director Jose Antonio Gomez-Bazan, of Camposol International. WAO said the focus on China is a natural step as it is considered the second-fastest growing market for avocados worldwide.The new Chilean member is Jorge Schmidt Exports Spa, represented by Nicholás Schmidt. Australia: Massive hail storm rips through NSW avo …last_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img The Arizona Cardinals finished 31st in the NFL in total defense in 2010. That, and the fact that the team hasn’t been able to hand out playbooks to their players due to the lockout, hasn’t stopped their new defensive coordinator from having lofty goals for his squad.Ray Horton thinks the Cards defense won’t just be improved next season but could be near the top of the league.“I’ve looked at every game from last year,” Horton told 3TV’s Warren Trent. “I looked at the players. The things we need to work on are very correctable. If we’re not remarkably improved, I’d be shocked. Not surprised but shocked if we’re not one of the better defenses in the league.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation It’s a bold statement for a first year coach who hasn’t even been able to meet his new defensive players let alone teach them a new defensive scheme. One has to wonder if, for a moment, he forgot that he was no longer in Pittsburgh but rather in Arizona.While bold statements and confidence are good characteristics for a coach to have, Cardinal fans are hesitant to buy in to that kind of act after hearing false bravado and hallow promises from the likes of Buddy Ryan and Denny Green. After a disappointing 5-11 campaign Horton and his defense will have to back up his offseason talk on the field this fall if he wants fans to believe that things have truly changed.Making that happen will be a tough task for a first year coordinator. Especially since we’re just weeks away from the scheduled start of the preseason and the pieces he’ll have to work with are still a mystery.last_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals announced some changes to the practice squad on Monday, re-signing running back Zach Bauman and releasing cornerback Anthony Gaitor.Bauman originally signed with the team during the offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Arizona. He rushed for 49 yards during the preseason and had one catch for three yards, scoring a touchdown on a broken play against the Minnesota Vikings.The running back made a permanent mark with the NAU Lumberjacks, setting team career records with 5,132 rushing yards and 6,316 all-purpose yards. In 2013 Bauman became one of only nine players in FCS history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four different seasons. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The Cardinals made room for Bauman by releasing fourth-year veteran Gaitor.Gaitor did not appear in a game with the Cardinals, but started 12 games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 and 2012, recording 11 tackles and five passes defended. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Lead is now 143

first_imgLead is now 14-3. :55 left third quarterThe drive ended with an incomplete pass, though it was nearly Stanton’s third pick of the game as he was behind an open John Brown on the play. Punt was fine, but the Lions have moved up to their own 45. It’s 3rd and a big 1. 2:46 left in first quarterLions move down the field with the help of a 33-yard run from Bell. Defense stands tall, though, and forces them into a 50-yard field goal attempt, which Prater banks off the upright and through. 9:48 left in first quarterLions get a pass completion to Golden Tate, but a pair of runs (including one on 3rd and 1) go nowhere and they punt it away. Great start for the defense — and team, really.Punt is caught at the 23. 11:42 left in fourth quarterDrive stalls when Stanton misses John Brown on 3rd and 5, and the punt is returned to the Arizona 45 by Jeremy Ross. Cards had a chance to down it deep, but batted the ball to him and he made a great play. That’s not what they had in mind. 2:42 left in fourth quarterDefense gets the job done. Lions get a first down but Jerraud Powers gets to Stafford on a blitz for a sack, then a premature snap causes the Lions to scramble into an incomplete pass on third down. End of gameIndeed it did. Stanton kneels down a few times and that does it in Glendale. Pretty? No, not in the least.But a win is a win, and the Cardinals are 9-1. Punt is returned to the Arizona 22, but a taunting penalty pushes it out to the 37. What do the Lions have to taunt about? 13:17 left in third quarterLions get the ball and are looking very sharp on offense. Already at the Arizona 47, mixing in some good passes with solid runs. Joique Bell well on his way to being the first player to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark against Arizona this season. 11:49 left in third quarterAlex Okafor comes up with a sack and then Calvin Johnson is stopped short of the sticks, and the Lions punt it away. Ten yards added to the return by way of a hold on the Lions, and the Cards take over at their 20. 4:05 left in third quarterStafford looks for Megatron deep but is picked off by Rashad Johnson. Patrick Peterson also looked like he would have made the interception, but the Cards will gladly take it. False start on Bobby Massie puts the Cardinals on their own 17. 6:45 left in fourth quarterLions do well to get down the field and, facing a fourth and four, decide to go for it. Stafford’s pass to Megatron sails wide, and Arizona takes over at its own 47. Gutsy call by Lions coach Jim Caldwell — and I think the wrong one. You’re down one score and the Cardinals can’t seem to move the ball. Punt it away, see if your D can get a stop. Still plenty of time. Now you give a struggling Arizona offense a short field to work with in a situation where a field goal would probably end it. Either way the Cardinals will take it. Still 14-6. 4:17 left in third quarterLions driving and Cardinals are fuming after a couple of iffy penalty calls (one on the Cards, a couple not called on the Lions). Detroit is at their own 44 facing a 2nd and 13. The defense has done a good job holding the Lions in check, but sooner or later you’d have to think they’ll do something. Too talented not to. At that point, it will be up to the offense, which has done very little positive since the first quarter, to step up. Still 11:42 left in fourth quarterBruce Arians challenged that Justin Bethel possessed the ball at the one before throwing it back, and the refs rule in his favor. Wow, huge play. Lions take over at their 1. 2 minute warningCards facing 2nd and 6 at their own 40. More important, perhaps, is Larry Fitzgerald went to the locker room with a trainer. Probably dinged up on the play he couldn’t quite come up with on the last drive — he got hit pretty hard. 13:17 left in second quarterCards were moving the ball just fine until Stanton found Lions linebacker Josh Bynes. It was the QB’s first pick of the year, and probably overdue. Bad spot for it. Lions moving the ball as Stafford takes a hit but finds Tate down the field. Momentum turning? :25 left in second quarterWith help from what appeared to be a bad spot, the Cardinals hold and force the Lions into another field goal. It’s good from 28 yards out, and the score is now 14-6. 2 minute warningFacing a 3rd and 11, Larry Fitzgerald makes a catch for 11 yards. Knew where the sticks were, ran the route to them. Great job. That should just about clinch this one. 6:06 left in first quarterThat great start got even better. Robert Hughes took a short pass 52 yards, then a few plays later Stanton finds Floyd again, this time on third down, for a 12-yard touchdown.Tell you what, that Bruce Arians guy can really coach. Gets the most out of the talent he has. Cards up 14-0. Comments   Share   4:34 left in fourth quarterCards move a little but not enough, as the drive stalls and Arians sends Drew Butler out to punt instead of Chandler Catanzaro for a field goal attempt. It’s the right call given the circumstances, though a field goal would have essentially iced the game.Instead Detroit takes over at its own 11. They need 89 yards — and then a two-point conversion. Seems almost criminal to ask more of this defense, but that’s what a pitiful offensive performance will do for you.center_img 2:27 left in second quarterLions move a bit and Cards catch a break as Calvin Johnson can’t come up with a deep third-down pass, and the punt puts the ball at the Arizona 36. With two timeouts, I doubt they get conservative here. 4:46 left in second quarterDrive almost continues with an amazing catch from Fitzgerald, but he isn’t quite able to hang on and the Cardinals punt it away. Penalty on the return pushes the Lions back to their 26. The Cardinals have certainly slowed down since their great start, and the last thing they want is to let the Lions back into the game on this drive. Detroit gets the ball to start the third. 6:34 left in third quarterStanton can’t connect with Floyd deep and the Cards punt it away. Looked like he may have had Fitzgerald open for the first down, but took the shot downfield instead. Also took a shot himself on the play, though he got up fine.Punt is fair caught at the 16, where the Lions will go to work. 5:48 left in second quarterCardinals chewing up some clock and moving the ball down the field, albeit in a very deliberate and methodical manner. Short passes have been key, as have been some decent Ellington runs. Offensive line has been very good so far.Second and 10 from the Arizona 30. Stanton finished the first half rather poorly; how does he respond in the third quarter? End of first quarterFirst frame ends with the fans giving the home team a standing ovation.Cards have the ball facing a 3rd and 5 at their own 44. Larry Fitzgerald caught a 22-yard pass on this drive, pushing him over 12,000 career receiving yards and making him the second-youngest player to ever reach that mark behind Randy Moss. While no one would say the Cards’ lead is safe, you certainly have to be feeling pretty good after the first 15 minutes of play. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7:07 left in third quarterCardinals moving some, though now facing a 3rd and 12 from their own 47. Stanton still getting solid protection. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling :30 left in second quarterStanton makes a bad read/throw and is picked by Cassius Vaughn. Stanton’s second interception of the game — that’s the last thing the Cardinals can afford. Lions deep in Arizona territory looking to get a bit closer before the end of the half. 12:35 left in first quarterStanton moves the chains once with a nice third-down throw to John Brown, then takes a deep shot that gets picked off but is negated by a Lions penalty (they were offsides, which Stanton knew when he threw it, and then a hold on the defense, which they accepted). Andre Ellington followed that up by a nice run, and then Stanton found Michael Floyd with single coverage, heaved it up and watched him make the play for a 42-yard touchdown. Welcome back, Michael Floyd. Cards lead 7-0. PregameChowing down on the last (for now) of my miniature pie, which was one of the best features of today’s media meal. Because I’m sure you all care about that. For those who are more interested in the game, however, you are in for a good one. Two of the NFC’s best teams doing battle with plenty on the line.The Cards got some good news earlier in the day when the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the Seattle Sehaawks, meaning an Arizona win today would give them a three-game cushion in the NFC West. As you all are aware, Drew Stanton will get the start in place of Carson Palmer, who is out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL. Stanton was solid earlier in the year when called upon, but how will he fare as “the guy” now? Cardinals won the toss and chose to receive. Here we go. 9:00 left in second quarterDefense eventually forces a punt, which is downed by Detroit at the Arizona 7. Let’s see how Stanton and the offense respond to their first setback of the afternoon. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo :25 left in third quarterDefense comes up HUGE, getting the stop and forcing a punt. Ball downed at the Arizona nine. First play is a run that loses a yard. To the fourth we go, with the score somehow still 14-6. HalftimeStanton kneels on the ball and Arizona heads into the half with a 14-6 lead. It seems kind of hollow, though, because if Stanton keeps turning the ball over it’s tough to see the Cards holding on here. A backup QB’s job is to not make mistakes. Stanton is more than the backup now, but he still has to protect the ball. Cardinals are 8-1 in large part due to their taking care of the ball. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact However, there will undoubtedly be a market for a player with more than 900 career receptions, 12,000 yards and 89 touchdowns if he should be come a free agent, which are numbers Fitzgerald should easily reach and surpass this season. Top Stories Over the course of his 11-year NFL career, Larry Fitzgerald has emerged as the face of the Arizona Cardinals as well as one of the best receivers the game has ever seen. And during that time, he also got paid very, very handsomely for his efforts. Fitz and the Cardinals restructured his contract in February, and though it bought both time to sort things out in 2014, in a way it just delayed the inevitable decision that is going to have to be made. Though Fitzgerald got off to a slow start this season, he’s certainly come on strong in recent weeks, bringing his season line to a team-best 44 receptions for 625 yards. The third-overall pick in the 2004 draft is still an effective player, and the Cardinals have consistently maintained they’d like him to finish his career in Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 31-year-old is scheduled to make a substantial amount of money next season, and chances are the team has little interest in paying him that kind of coin. And according to ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Fitzgerald’s is one of the six most onerous contracts in the NFL.Full deal: Seven years, $113 million through 2018 Relevant terms: Fitzgerald has an $8 million roster bonus due in 2015, along with a cap number of $23.6 million and total cash compensation of $16.25 million. Analysis: Fitzgerald is on pace for his first 1,000-yard season since 2011 and almost certainly has a number of productive seasons remaining in his career. But his elite-level contract makes him vulnerable at age 31 and in the presence of young Cardinals receivers Michael Floyd and John Brown. The 2015 offseason will be the first time the Cardinals could save cap space ($9.2 million) by releasing Fitzgerald. It’s possible he would agree to a pay cut or a restructure, and in truth he could help the Cardinals for years to come. But his contract is an obstacle that seems likely to force a move that otherwise wouldn’t be contemplated. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald walks off the field after a win over the Los Angeles Rams in an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If Fitz were to come back for next season, he is in line to be the third-oldest wide receiver in the league, trailing only Vincent Jackson (34 years old) and former teammate Anquan Boldin (36).Only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has ever had more receptions in a season at 33 years or older than Fitzgerald’s league-leading 107 from last year.The reliable Cardinal also has the second-most receptions with a single team, as his 1,125 trail only Rice’s 1,281 with the San Francisco 49ers.If Fitzgerald were to retire, he would surely go down as one of the greatest players to never win a Super Bowl. In fact, his 101-100-1 record with the Cardinals is barely above .500.Fitzgerald currently has 1,125 receptions (third all-time), 14,389 receiving yards (ninth) and 104 receiving touchdowns (eighth) in his career. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Much has been said about Larry Fitzgerald’s potential retirement and what it would mean for the future of the Arizona Cardinals.But fans who were hoping to have a swift answer to that question will need to wait a little longer, according to the 33-year-old receiver.“Right now I’m enjoying the offseason,” Fitzgerald told NFL Network’s Dan Hellie on Friday. “Giving my body some time to rest. Working on my golf game. Got the kids down at Disney. Having a good time. That’s what my priority is right now, and in a couple weeks I’ll figure out what I’m gonna do next year.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


first_img 107 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That protest movement ballooned Sunday following Trump’s weekend rant that began with him calling for NFL protesters to be fired. It continued Saturday with the president rescinding a White House invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who had said they were considering not attending.By Sunday, it was one of the main topics of conversation on social media and around the country.In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than a dozen New Orleans Saints players sat during the anthem, including star running back Adrian Peterson. In Buffalo, New York, more than half the Denver Broncos knelt during the anthem and a handful of Buffalo Bills sat or knelt.In Minneapolis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson knelt with the rest of the team locking arms during the “Star Spangled Banner.” The Minnesota Vikings also locked arms. Although no Vikings were spotted taking a knee during the anthem, at least a dozen players sprinted into one end zone and took a knee with head bowed, before the crowd was asked to stand.On Sunday, NFL owners continued issuing statements condemning the president’s divisive words and players took part in displays of unity across the league. The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stay in their locker room for the national anthem before their game against the Chicago Bears. A host of Browns players demonstrate pregame in Indy. pic.twitter.com/McNxeMGKvu— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) September 24, 2017 A group of Saints players remains seated during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/3NsTiiBWBK— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 24, 2017The reactions reverberated across the Atlantic, where about two dozen players, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the teams’ game at Wembley Stadium in London.Other players on both teams and Jaguars owner Shad Khan remained locked arm-in-arm throughout the playing of the national anthem and “God Save The Queen.” No players were kneeling during the British anthem.Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest to police treatment of minorities last year. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy. Whole bunch of Patriots players are kneeling. There are some boos in the crowd pic.twitter.com/nLkc6TeQRh— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 24, 2017 Top Stories Sports hasn’t been immune from America’s deep political rifts, but the president’s delving into the NFL protests started by Kaepernick brought new attention.After the Warriors White House invite was rescinded, the National Hockey League’s reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced they did accept a White House invitation from Trump.In a statement released Sunday morning, the Penguins said they respect the office of the president and “the long tradition of championship team visiting the White House.” The Penguins were honored by Barack Obama after winning the Stanley Cup in 2016 and previously by George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s.Wading into thorny issues of race and politics, Trump’s comments in a Friday night speech in Huntsville, Alabama, and a series of Saturday tweets drew sharp responses from some of the nation’s top athletes, with LeBron James calling the president a “bum.” Hours later, Major League Baseball saw its first player take a knee during the national anthem.“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,’” Trump said to loud applause Friday night at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, comments he kept echoing over the next two days.center_img Baltimore Ravens strong safety Tony Jefferson (23) and Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon, left, kneel down with teammates during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) President Donald Trump’s criticism of players who protest during the national anthem incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday, with more than 100 NFL players sitting or kneeling, others raising their fists and whole teams standing with locked arms to display unity.One team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, stayed in the locker room during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”Last week across the entire NFL, only four players knelt or sat, and two stood with their fists raised. In the nine early games Sunday, AP reporters counted 102 players kneeling or sitting, and at least three raising their fists. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” the president said in a Sunday morning tweet.Trump also mocked the league’s crackdown on illegal hits, suggesting the league had softened because of its safety initiatives, which stem from an increased awareness of the devastating effects of repeated hits to the head.The league and its players, often at odds, have been united in condemning the president’s criticisms, with commissioner Roger Goodell saying Saturday that “divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended Trump’s attacks Sunday, saying on ABC’s “This Week” that the president thinks “owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem.” Mnuchin added that “they can do free speech on their own time.”New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who’s been a strong supporter of the president, expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump on Sunday. 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first_imgFitzgerald had a salary just under $17 million for the 2018 season. 81 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Fitzgerald’s contract includes an $11 million base salary, all guaranteed, plus $1 million in incentives.Fitzgerald’s first 15 years, all with the Cardinals, will surely earn him a Hall of Fame nod at the first opportunity.His 16,279 receiving yards rank second all-time and his 1,303 catches sit third. The receiver needs 23 receptions to pass tight end Tony Gonzalez for second all-time.Related LinksCardinals’ Bidwill believes Kingsbury helped quicken Fitzgerald’s returnLarry Fitzgerald will take time deciding to return or not next seasonCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald tweets his appreciation for Steve WilksLarry Fitzgerald hits hole in one while playing golf with Barack ObamaHe is already the franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, total touchdowns and 100-yard games.“I’d been talking to him over the last couple of weeks,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “His passion, his drive, his determination — it’s like his rookie year. Last four years, he’s started every game. He seems to get better with age.”Originally drafted by the Cardinals No. 3 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald has made 11 Pro Bowls. In a testament to his longevity among the elite pass-catchers in the league, Fitzgerald led the league in receptions in 2005 and again 11 years later in 2016. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will return for the 2019 season after he reached a one-year deal with the team, it was announced Wednesday.“A fire burned inside of me my rookie year…a desire, over all else, to be great. To excel on the field. To impact the lives of others off of it,” Fitzgerald wrote in an Instagram post.“I’m grateful that the fire still burns just as bright today, and that this organization has let me chase that fire for well over a decade. Nothing excites me more than continuing to chase greatness with everyone here on and off the field. Let’s get to work! #YEAR16”center_img In nine of his first 15 seasons, Fitzgerald reached at least 1,000 yards and recorded triple digits for receptions on five different occasions. That includes a run at ages 32-34 when he caught 109, 107 and 109 balls over three seasons from 2015-17.Fitzgerald’s last home game in Week 16 featured his first-career passing touchdown, a 32-yard connection to David Johnson. He also became the oldest wideout to ever throw a touchdown pass. That was his 234th career game for Arizona, tying the franchise mark for most games played (K Jim Bakken). Thank you to Mr. Bidwill for your honesty, support, and friendship (and for lowering the hurdles for your guy lol) https://t.co/UhINlrO7eV— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 23, 2019He enters 2019 with an active streak of 227 consecutive games with a reception.Fitzgerald’s return comes during a shift in the Cardinals’ coaching staff. Steve Wilks was fired after leading Arizona to 3-13 in 2018 and was replaced by former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.The new head coach spoke highly of Fitzgerald at his introductory press conference on Jan. 9.“As a coach, what a great role model for me to be able to tell my college players, ‘Hey, this is a guy that does it right all the time on and off the field. The way he handles himself. The way he carries himself,’” Kingsbury said. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams won 31-9. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

LATTE editor Madeline Hoskin has freshly returne

first_imgLATTE editor, Madeline Hoskin, has freshly returned from a trip to New Caledonia, a destination that is currently reinvigorating its approach to tourism. Along with a number of other wholesalers, agents and media from Australian and New Zealand, she primarily retreated to its magnificent blue waters, white sands and French-infused cuisine to attend the first Rendezvous Workshop.The Rendezvous Workshop was held in the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, with the group welcomed warmly with traditional Melanesian singing and dancing as well as an authentic customary gesture (the exchanging of gifts). This setting provided the ideal place in which suppliers and wholesalers could make face-to-face introductions, expanding knowledge on the area and future working partnerships. As such, agents can look forward to an increasing number of itineraries taking in the delights of New Caledonia.New Caledonia Tourism’s sales and marketing director, Caroline Brunel, said Australians and Kiwis love visiting New Caledonia as it’s so close, yet a world away. This has been reflected in the first three months of 2015 visitor figures which are up 41.1 per cent for Australians and 52.5 per cent for New Zealand, compared to the respective months in 2014.“The destination has received strong interest and investment from several globally renowned brands including the Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences in 2013 and the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa last year.”The week-long celebrations saw pre and post famils for product managers and travel trade, with itineraries including activities across the island paradise, covering the Northern, the Southern and the Loyalty Islands provinces. LATTE was fortunate to experience first hand the tourism focused delights of the Isle of Pines, Noumea and the southern part of Grand Terre (the main island).Le Meridien Noumea was the primary accommodation base, and the luxury hotel is (invisibly) in the midst of a truly grand makeover. LATTE have tested the new rooms, and can report that the comfort, luxury details and facilities have been superbly redone to make this hotel one of the finest places to stay in the country.www.learnnewcal.com.aulast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Championing a health

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Championing a healthier planet, Grand Hyatt Macau has taken a purposeful approach to its 2015 Christmas decorations, using repurposed objects used around the hotel.The brainchild of General Manager, Paul Kwok, the Enchanting Eco-friendly Christmas theme took a full year to plan, prepare and actualise. Grand Hyatt Macau’s Florist Master Steven Lu designed 7 different types of Christmas trees using 100% repurposed materials, ranging from glass vases and wine bottles to kitchen utensils and party hats, and illuminated them with low-wattage LED lighting.“This is the first time in my career that I’ve been involved with such a unique Christmas Tree Project. Every step was challenging yet exciting. The entire hotel team put a great deal of effort into the decorations, from collecting and matching materials and experimenting with designs, to cleaning all the pieces, shaping materials and incorporating the LED lighting,” says Steven Lu, Florist Master, Grand Hyatt Macau.“Christmas is a time for love and care – toward each other and our planet. Our 2015 Grand Christmas Tree Project took an entire year to create and the results are truly remarkable. Not only do the decorations look spectacular, but they deliver an important message about cutting down on unnecessary waste and operating in a sustainable fashion for the good of our planet. We’re already in the festive spirit and looking forward to all the celebrations we have planned for Christmas and New Year at Grand Hyatt Macau,” says Paul Kwok, General Manager, Grand Hyatt Macau.Festive calendar highlightsChristmas boutiqueGuests can discover enchanting holiday gift ideas and sweet treats at the Christmas Boutique in the hotel lobby. Imported traditional sweets from famous Italian bakers Flamigni include signature handwrapped panettoni and hazelnut-chocolate noccioletti biscuits. The gourmet delicacies come beautifully wrapped in silver baskets, gold gift bags and fun novelty items, such as Santa boot-shaped pen jars.mezza9 MacauAuthentic gourmet cuisine from around the world will be served at mezza9 Macau’s theatrical show kitchens during Christmas lunch and dinner, and New Year’s Eve dinner. The extravagant array of local and international favourites features an enhanced seafood and grill selection. Highlights include a 12-hour slow-roasted Portuguese-style lamb leg, a selection of authentic Thai dishes and French duck liver pan-fried à la minute by our Executive Chef and served with sweet parsnip, plus indulgent desserts.Lobby LoungeLobby Lounge is the epitome of elegance for afternoon socialising. The Lounge is serving refined Afternoon Tea sets, featuring foie gras beef burgers, focaccia turkey melts, Christmas log cake, stollen, gingerbread cookies, raisin scones, dim sum baskets and more throughout Christmas and on New Year’s Day, accompanied by live music from the resident band.Grand countdown2016 is just around the corner and Grand Hyatt Macau will once again host its famous New Year Countdown Party. The New Year’s Eve celebration in the soaring hotel lobby is one of Macau’s hottest parties, with guest DJ, champagne, dancing and celebrations well into the New Year. At midnight, 20,000 balloons will cascade from the ceiling in a dazzling spectacle to honour the first moments of 2016.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more