“The kangaroo route has brought many millions of Australian residents to London since the 1930’s and last year Australia was London’s 4th biggest market for tourism expenditure, generating £470 million and the 7th biggest visitor market with 600,000 visitors coming to London from Australia,” London & Partners director consumer marketing and digital channels Julie Chappell said. Virgin Atlantic, VisitBritain and London & Partners team for new marketing strategy. Over the last five years, passenger numbers from Australia have steadily improved, while expenditure has grown by 52 percent. “Last year was a record year for Virgin Atlantic on the Kangaroo route… our passenger numbers travelling through to the UK increased by more than 20,000 people and we saw a marked improvement in our market share to London,” Virgin Atlantic general manager Australia and New Zealand Luke Fisher said. More than 3 million Australians have visited London since 2008, spending £2.2 billion in the capital. Virgin Atlantic has partnered with VisitBritain and London & Partners to release a co-branded marketing campaign to drive additional tourism from Australia to London and the United Kingdom. The combined strategy, ‘Flying in the face of ordinary to Britain’ will commence from 2 September 2013, featuring discounted fares and promoted offline and online; primarily with Yahoo! 7, BBC.com and Ninemsn Gourmet Traveller. Source = ETB News: P.T.
International High-speed Rail Association (IHRA) and Embassy of Japan in India in collaboration with Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), conducted a Japan Travel Seminar 2019 recently, ‘The Shinkansen – Make your way through Japan with a high-speed Train’, at The Lalit, New Delhi.The key agents of New Delhi were invited to the event. The objective of the seminar was to introduce, promote Japan tourism in India and help Indian travellers know about the rich cultural heritage of the country and for travellers to explore it through the high-speed train.The opening ceremony was kicked off by a welcome greeting by Masafumi Shukuri, Chairman, IHRA; Kenko Sone, Minister, Embassy of Japan and Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Minister of Tourism, Government of India. This was followed by a brief presentation by Mamoru Kobori, Executive Vice- President, JNTO and Akihiko Tamura, Former Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner.“The Shinkansen, commonly known as a high-speed train, is the safest and the most reliable mode of transport within Japan. The aim of the high-speed train is to shorten the time people spend travelling from one destination to another. The high-speed train may change the way tourists travel, leaving more time for them to enjoy the destination. It plays a very prominent role in the country’s economy and lifestyle. Even India has decided to have its own high-speed rail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, which will help us build a better relationship between the countries,” said Masafumi Shukuri, Chairman, IHRA.Kenko Sone, Minister, Embassy of Japan said, “India is a key market for Japan. Recently the 3rd Meeting of India-Japan Tourism Council summit was held in India in early January 2019 to improve our relationship with India. We have decided to promote Japan in South India and are planning to start direct flights from Chennai and Bangalore as well to Japan, very soon.”Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Minister of Tourism, Government of India thanked the gathering and commented that he was looking forward to the inauguration of the high speed rail in India. He also expressed his sincere wish that the relationship between India and Japan should continue to flourish and grow.Mamoru Kobori, Executive Vice-President, JNTO made an extensive presentation on the JNTO website, its navigation and features. He also spoke about The Japan Specialist Program, key visuals of Japan and requested the attendees to enrol in the same.The final presentation was by, Akihiko Tamura, Former Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner who said, “The Shinkansen is the most effective mode of transport within Japan as it cuts down the travel time immensely. The high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will play a major role in Indian economy and lifestyle as well.”Several senior officials attended the seminar from the Tourism and Urban Planning and Transportation department of India and Japan.#ANA and #JAL will introduce new direct flight route from Japan to Chennai and Bengaluru, respectively.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince Royce to headline MLS All-Star concert by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2019 6:09 am PDT NEW YORK — Latin singer Prince Royce says he’s looking forward to headlining the 2019 Major League Soccer All-Star Concert because he loves singing live. But another motive? To gain some new fans.The Dominican singer will perform at the free July 27 event in Orlando at Wall Street Plaza.Royce says: “I think for me it’s a great way to continue to gain a bigger audience. It’s a whole different type of crowd.”The concert will kick off five days of soccer festivities, with the MLS All-Star Game capping off events July 31 at Exploria Stadium.Royce released his self-titled debut in 2010, topped the Latin charts with “Corazon Sin Cara,” ”Las Cosas Pequenas” and “Darte un Beso,” and earned 13 Latin Grammy nominations.He released a new song, “Curame,” last week.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press
Categories: Howrylak News State Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, invites residents of the 41st House District to connect with him during office hours this month.“I believe talking to friends and neighbors face to face is the best way to gather ideas, answer questions and listen to suggestions,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Now that the 2017-2018 Legislative Session has begun, I look forward to connecting with residents of the 41st District to discuss the ways we can improve our state government.”Office hours will be held at the following locations:Saturday, Jan. 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road.Monday, Jan. 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main St. in Clawson.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend office hours may contact Rep. Howrylak’s office by phone toll free at 1-877-248-0001, or by email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.### 05Jan Rep. Howrylak schedules office hours in Troy, Clawson
14Feb Rep. Canfield sets office hours for Sebewaing, Caro ### Categories: Canfield News,News State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., will host local office hours in Sebewaing and Caro within the next few weeks.The details:3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Sebewaing Village Hall located at 222 N. Center St. in Sebewaing.4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 3 at the Caro Area District Library located at 840 W. Frank St. in Caro.“This is a good opportunity to meet and talk about the issues that are most important in Huron and Tuscola counties,” Canfield said.No appointment is necessary.Canfield, of Sebewaing, is in his second term as a state representative.For those unable to attend, you may contact Canfield’s office any time at 517-373-0476 or through email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov.
Categories: Kesto News,LaSata News,News 09Feb Michigan State University granted an extension to comply with House inquiry into Nassar failings The Michigan House of Representatives today did not receive information from Michigan State University in response to the official request made on January 25, 2018. The university had been given a deadline of February 9, 2018 to turn over the information.Michigan State University instead requested a short extension to collect and provide all requested information. State Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata have granted that extension in order to receive full disclosure. Michigan State University will turn over all records regarding allegations made against Larry Nassar in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 by Wednesday, February 14, 2018.State Rep. Klint Kesto, chairman of the Law and Justice Committee, and state Rep. Kim LaSata, chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, today released the following statement:“This information is important to our ability to improve state law and build a better, safer system for crime victims and students. We look forward to reviewing this information, finding points of failure in the university’s process and beginning work on important reforms that can ensure these mistakes will never be made again.“We fully anticipate all requested information being turned over by Wednesday. If it is not, our committees will meet shortly to discuss the next steps in compelling the university to do the right thing.”#####
02May Rep. Vaupel, a veterinarian, introduces plan to protect pets in Michigan New legislation requires transparency and tougher standards on sales of dogs from breeders and pet storesState Rep. Hank Vaupel testifies in support of his legislation today before the House Agriculture Committee.State Rep. Dr. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, this week introduced legislation raising the standards for all pet stores and breeders operating in the state of Michigan to protect Michigan pets, families, communities and small businesses.“Ensuring animal health and welfare is of paramount importance to me as a veterinarian,” said Rep. Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “This legislation adds important protections for all dogs sold to and in these establishments while also providing consistency for small business owners in the form of a statewide standard.”The plan laid out in House Bills 5916 and 5917:Requires pet stores in Michigan to purchase from reputable breeders that instill and follow best practices as set by federal and state guidelines.Establishes safeguards like breeders not having ANY direct violations for the past two years and no more than three indirect for the past year.Requires detailed records be maintained about where every dog is acquired and that each animal has a certified health certificate from a licensed state veterinarian, has all shots, and is micro-chipped.Allows community stores to operate, provided they meet these higher standards, while allowing animal control authorities to inspect and request certifications at any time, providing municipalities with local control.“It’s important to recognize the impact of a brick and mortar retail location in a community. Not only do they provide a valuable service, many of these family-owned businesses have been staples in the community for years, they also provide a gamut of consumer protections,” said Dan Papineau, Director of Tax Policy for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. “Giving families a choice when they are looking for a pet is important as is ensuring these entities are well-regulated and reputable.”With demand in American households for pets growing every year, more and more consumers turn online or unwittingly to sources like flea markets or unregulated breeders. In a recent study by the Better Business Bureau, experts believe up to 80 percent of online advertisements for pets may be fraudulent. In addition, when forced to online retailers, consumers often have no recourse if the puppy is not as advertised or unhealthy.The legislation remains under consideration by the House Agriculture Committee.### Categories: Vaupel News
Categories: Green News,Green Photos State Rep. Phil Green of Millington attended the governor’s State of the State address Tuesday at the state Capitol.“Rural advancement is the single biggest issues I am fighting for in Lansing. Giving these areas of the state the tools to thrive will present opportunities for job providers and residents in our communities,” Green said. “I look forward to working with Governor Whitmer to address these issues and others over the next two years.”Rep. Green’s district covers Huron and Tuscola counties.FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: State Sen. Dan Lauwers, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Liesl Clark, Huron County Commission Chairman Sami Khoury, Huron County Commissioner Steve Vaughan, and State Rep. Phil Green. 13Feb Rep. Green attends governor’s State of the State address
Spanish cable operator ONO has launched Disney 3D content to its TiVo-enabled set-tops.ONO viewers will be able to view Cars 2 3D via the TiVo service from today, which ONO says is the first time that a Spanish service provider has delivered 3D on-demand content from Disney.ONO’s TiVo service is now available across its network in Barcelona and Madrid, with plans to roll out nationwide in 2012.
TV and internet advertising is set to fuel continued growth of the overall advertising market in the absence of further economic shocks, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.Nick George, partner, strategic entertainment and media at PricewaterhouseCoopers told Informa’s Digital TV Summit yesterday that advertising in the UK was expected to grow by 4.8% between 2010 and 2015, with advertising in Germany growing by 3.8% and France by 3.6%. Emerging markets Russia and Turkey would deliver growth of 13.9% and 10.6% respectively, while China would deliver growth of 14.1%.George said he did not expect any growth in traditional advertising in mature markets including the UK, but said growth will be driven by digital advertising and online media. He said he expected digital’s share of the UK advertising pie to grow from 33% in 2010 to 44% in 2015.George cautioned that it was difficult to deliver long-term forecasts amidst continued economic uncertainty, and that the situation could change if the global economic situation worsened significantly.
The respective board of directors of Antena 3 and La Sexta have agreed to merge the Spanish broadcasters.The move completes the integration process that began last month. The merger will see La Sexta shareholders getting 14% of the new entity.The deal comes a year after Mediaset-owned commercial broadcaster Telecinco acquired smaller rival Cuatro in December 2010.
SBS has renewed its output deal with CBS Studios, giving its stations in the Netherlands a raft of the Hollywood major’s TV current and upcoming TV series.The ProSiebenSat.1-owned pan-regional broadcaster runs Net5, SBS 6 and Veronica in the Netherlands and these channels will get free-to-air rights to series including NCIS, Hawaii Five-0 and The Good Wife as well as the series unveiled at this week’s LA Screenings, which include new Sherlock Holmes series Elementary.
French media regulator the CSA has called for applicants to launch digital-terrestrial local TV services in the Nice, Menton, Saint-Raphaël, Cannes, Grasse and Mercantour region in south-east France.Applicants must commit to air at least one hour devoted to local news services, which along with local or regional programming must represent at least half of the service’s output each week.
Estonia-based transmission services provider Levira has appointed Gabriel Cocean as sales executive for playout and media management services.Levira said the appointment would help with its planned expansion into other central and eastern European territories. Cocean previously worked at IPTV software provider Espial.“The central and eastern Europe is the key region for the continued expansion of Levira,” said Indrek Lepp, director of the division of media services. “Therefore we are delighted to welcome Gabriel to our sales team. I am confident that Gabriel’s experience will help us achieve our goals in the CEE area.”
Dutch telco KPN has launched a new pay TV service in Belgium via its local subsidiary. The service, called Snow, will combine TV, internet and telephony in a bundled offering, competing with existing providers Telenet and Belgacom.The Snow service will be marketed separately from KPN Belgium’s existing mobile telecom offering in the country, Base. The service offers 33 channels including public broadcast channels from France and the UK.Snow went live yesterday and includes French and Flemish options. The French service includes all the channels of UK broadcaster the BBC – BBC One, Two, Three, Four, CBeebies, BBC HD, BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and CBBC – as well as France 2, 3, 4 and 5, TF1, LCI and TV Breizh from France, Belgian Francophone channels La Une, La Deux and La Trois, RTL TVI, Club RTL, AB3, MCM één, Canvas, Ketnet, OPTV, Trace Sports, Viacom’s MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr, Disney, Disney Junior and Disney XD, Turner’s CNN and Cartoon Network, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel.The Flemish version excludes France’s public channels but includes Flemish public channels, OP12, VTM, VTM Kzoom, 2BE, Vier, Vijf, Vitaya, Acht, Jim and TMF.Ian McDonough, senior vice-president and general manager EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels, said: “The BBC channels are well-known for setting the standard for high quality television and this is another exciting chapter in the expansion of our portfolio throughout Europe. We are proud to offer so much of our content to Belgian viewers through this new agreement.”A triple-play pack costs €39 a month, while internet and fixed phone together without TV is available for €35. Additional channels are available both in Flemish and French versions either à la carte or in mini-packs, with a kids pack available for €6. Additional multi-screen offerings are available €3, with additional SnowBox set-tops available for second screens for €6 a month.KPN began marketing the service by sending individuals dressed as snowmen to the headquarters of rival services Telenet, Begacom and VOO bearing placards with the slogan “All you need is Snow”.Earlier this week, KPN revealed that it had 1.766 million TV customers in the Netherlands at the end of December, up from 1.4 million a year earlier. The number included just over one million IPTV subscribers, almost double the total for 2011, while Digitenne digital-terrestrial customers declined from 827,000 to 754,000.
Nokia Lumia 1020Netflix is teaming up with Nokia to give UK buyers of the phone maker’s latest smartphones free access to the subscription video-on-demand service. The offer, which is available via Vodafone, will give new customers who buy a contract for Nokia’s September-released Lumia 1020 Windows Phone a 12-month free subscription to Netflix.The operator will also give a 6-month Netflix subscription to customers that buy the June-launched Nokia Lumia 925 or the August-released Nokia Lumia 625.UK mobile phone retailer Phones4U is also offering six-months of Netflix to Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 625 customers.The Financial Times, which first reported the tie-up, said that Nokia is running similar Netflix campaigns in other countries, including Finland, where it working with operator Gigantti on a similar six-month deal for buyers of Nokia’s Lumia 625 handset.
Channel 4 has announced plans to shut down its youth-skewing network E4 on May 7, the day of the UK general election, to encourage its viewers to “stop watching TV and get out and vote.”Channel 4 said that E4 will switch off its regular schedule, commercials and promos for the day, instead airing footage of “Darren – the guy in charge of making sure E4 is on” who will be seen manning the ‘on’ and ‘off’ switch in the channel’s fictional control room.“Less than half of under-25s voted at the last election so we’ve engaged the most powerful weapon that we have at our disposal to try and boost that number – switching off their favourite TV channel for the day,” said Channel 4’s chief marketing and communications officer, Dan Brooke.Channel 4 said the move marks the first time that a UK channel will shut down to encourage people to vote.
Set-top box maker Humax has partnered with Netflix in a deal that will give viewers easy access to the SVoD service across its range of set-top boxes.Humax said that in the coming months consumers will be able to access Netflix on its set-tops and, for the first time, switch seamlessly between live broadcast, recordings and internet TV.Many Humax devices will also feature a dedicated Netflix remote control button and a ‘quick-launch’ function that will let viewers to start Netflix faster than on some other devices,“The Netflix partnership is monumental to Humax, providing our customers with the unique opportunity to enjoy even more quality content, straight from their set-top boxes. The partnership also opens up the pay TV market even further by offering effortless access to a renowned TV service.”The update will apply to current and future set-top boxes and will be rolled out in the near future. A spokesperson for Humax told DTVE: “We will be announcing the exact models in the near future, as the Netflix service becomes available.”
Swisscom grew its TV base by 13.3% year-on-year to the end of September, despite what it described as “fierce competition” from cable operators.Swisscom said it had 688,000 TV 2.0 customers on its books at the end of September, out of a total TV base of 1.275 million. TV 2.0 custoemrs increased by 124,000 in the third quarter, most of whom upgraded from another offeringThe overall TV base grew by 37,000 in the third quarter. Fixed-feee subscriptions account for 1.11 million of the overall TV base.The number of retail fixed-line broadband connections saw a year-on-year increase of 65,000 or 3.5% to 1.94 million. The growth in the number of TV and broadband connections – up 152,000 together – more than offset the decline in the number of fixed network connections, according to Swisscom. The number of revenue generating units increased year-on-year by 182,000 or 1.5% to 12.5 million.By the end of September 2015, the number of customers using a bundled package had increased year-on-year by 202,000 or 17.5% to 1.36 million. Revenue from bundled contracts rose year-on-year by CHF 242 million or 17.2% to CHF 1,647 million.Swisccom’s Italian subsidiary Fastweb saw its broadband business grow by 156,000 or 7.7% to 2.17 million over the year.