Florida goes into damage control mode over Zika

first_img TAMPA, Fla. — Thank goodness it’s the slow season in Florida.At least that’s what officials and representatives of the state’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry are thinking in the wake of the news that 16 people have been infected with Zika in a small, trendy neighbourhood in Miami.The outbreak has sent another chill through the Sunshine State’s all-important tourism industry just weeks after the Orlando nightclub massacre and the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at nearby Walt Disney World.Florida officials have gone into damage-control mode, with Gov. Rick Scott insisting, “We have a safe state!” during a tour of the Zika hot zone in Miami’s Wynwood district.Tourism is Florida’s biggest industry. Visitors spent some $89 billion here last year. And Disney is America’s No. 1 tourist attraction.Outside of a few business owners in the affected square-mile neighbourhood, however, Zika appears to have done little damage to tourism so far.“We have not had anyone cancel a trip to Florida because of Zika,” said Jenny Cagle, vice-president of Elm Grove Travel in Wisconsin. “It’s definitely a conversation. People are talking about it.”Demetra Prattas, vice-president of Turon Travel, a New York-based company that books art tours and trips, including the annual Art Basel festival that includes events in Wynwood, said: “I don’t think it’s a factor in deciding where to go. We’ve had no cancellations.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe governor has been on something of a statewide Zika tour, meeting with county health officials and business owners in Miami and along the Interstate 4 corridor that runs through Orlando. He said tourists should use caution and not worry about mosquitoes, adding that Florida knows how to prepare for crises because of its hurricanes.“We will make sure all the tourists feel comfortable coming to Florida,” he said Thursday in Wynwood, site of the first mosquito-transmitted cases of Zika on record in the continental U.S. “We’ve got to continue to support these businesses because, why? They have employees and those employees need their jobs.”He said the state is doing everything it can to test people, spray against mosquitoes, get rid of the standing water in which they breed, and encourage people to use insect repellent.The Visit Orlando tourism board issued a statement noting that no locally acquired cases of Zika have been reported in the Orlando area, which is over 200 miles from Miami. The board gave assurances that “safety is the top priority for our region.”The next few months will be crucial, said Henry Harteveldt, founder of the San Francisco-based Atmosphere Research Group, a travel-industry watcher.“If Florida is able to address this efficiently and quickly and be able to pronounce with confidence that they’ve been able to eradicate, there won’t be long-term consequences,” he said. “If Zika remains a long-term challenge, it’s possible some potential tourists might think twice.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaFederal health officials have warned pregnant women to avoid Wynwood because the virus can cause severe birth defects, including stunted heads. England’s public health agency is advising mothers-to-be to postpone non-essential trips to Florida.U.S. experts say expectant mothers planning a visit to the state should consult with their doctor.For the most part, theme park visitors should be fine, said North Carolina State University entomologist Michael Reiskind, because the mosquito species most likely to spread the disease is less prevalent in Orlando and the theme parks are likely to spend heavily on insect control.Kathy Torian, a spokeswoman for Visit Florida, the state’s tourism arm, said anecdotally there were minimal cancellations in the wake of the Orlando shootings and the Disney alligator attack.In 2015, 106.3 million people visited Florida, a record number.Some tourists are shrugging off the dangers.“I feel very safe in Orlando. The recent tragedies and even the Zika concerns have not deterred me in any way from enjoying my vacation,” said a vacationing Tam Fuller, of Atlanta. “I keep my kids close to me at all times and stay aware of my surroundings, so I never feel unsafe.” Monday, August 8, 2016 Share Florida goes into damage control mode over Zika << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Florida, Travel Alert, Zika By: Tamara Lush Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Amid turmoil in Zimbabwe Canadians urged to remain indoors

first_img Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Posted by OTTAWA — Canadians in the Zimbabwe capital of Harare were being advised to stay indoors Wednesday amid political turmoil in the African nation and reports that President Robert Mugabe and his wife are in the custody of the military.In a message posted on its website, Global Affairs Canada said the “situation is tense” in the city due to increased military activity and advised Canadians there to “remain indoors and monitor the media.”There is increased military activity in Harare and the situation is tense. If you are in Harare, remain indoors and monitor the media. The Embassy will be closed November 15th.— Canada in Zimbabwe (@CanEmbZimbabwe) November 15, 2017Zimbabwe’s army said it has Mugabe and his wife in custody and was securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.The activity triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a “bloodless correction.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaArmed soldiers in armoured personnel carriers stationed themselves at key points in Harare, while Zimbabweans formed long lines at banks to take out cash. Overnight, at least three explosions were heard in Harare and military vehicles were seen in the streets.In an address to the nation, an army spokesman said the military is targeting “criminals” around Mugabe, and sought to reassure the country that order will be restored.The precise whereabouts of Mugabe, 93, and his wife were unclear. “Their security is guaranteed,” the army spokesman said.The United States issued a similar advisory to its citizens in Zimbabwe, encouraging them to “shelter in place.”Mugabe has been long been accused of human rights violations, including increasing crackdowns on dissent, amid a deteriorating economy.“Police abuse increased, and there was excessive use of force to crush dissent,” said the New York-based Human Rights Watch in its latest report on the country.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongHuman rights defenders, civil society activists, journalists, and government opponents, were harassed, threatened or faced arbitrary arrest by police. Widespread impunity continues for abuses by police and state security agents.Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the United States and a host of other countries, as well as health and human rights leaders, in condemning Mugabe’s appointment as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization.“Quite frankly I thought it was a bad April Fool’s joke,” Trudeau said last month after hearing the news.The WHO removed Mugabe from that role after numerous organizations, including the World Heart Federation and Cancer Research U.K., said they were “shocked and deeply concerned” because of Mugabe’s “long track record of human rights violations.”– With files from The Associated Press The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Zimbabwe Amid turmoil in Zimbabwe, Canadians urged to remain indoorslast_img read more

Vision Travel signs alliance with Uber for Business

first_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — Vision Travel has become one of the first travel management companies in Canada to form an alliance with Uber for Business.The new partnership allows Canadian companies working with Vision Travel to incorporate Uber for Business into their travel programs.“In today’s world where travellers prefer more independence and flexibility, Uber for Business provides a platform for companies to satisfy traveller preferences while outlining parameters for policy compliance. Through this new alliance, Vision Travel can expertly advise companies on how to integrate Uber for Business into new and existing travel programs, thereby reducing ground transportation costs,” says the company.Brian Robertson, President of Vision Travel (Ontario-West), adds: “We are pleased to collaborate with Uber for Business to offer our clients a more diverse range of transportation options. With this solution, companies can define rules for policy compliance while offering their travellers more flexibility through Uber’s on-demand service around the world.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tuesday, February 13, 2018 center_img Tags: Uber, Vision Travel Solutions Vision Travel signs alliance with Uber for Business Sharelast_img read more

General Cañas Highway closed at nights starting Monday

first_imgNo related posts. General Cañas Highway, which connects La Sabana Park in western San José to Juan Santamaría International Airport in the province of Alajuela, will be closed Monday night for repairs.Roadwork will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The section under repair is in the direction of San José to Alajuela only, and begins from the bridge over the Virilla River to the junction with the Real Cariari Mall.Traffic police will close access to the Juan Pablo II Bridge in La Uruca, west of San José, and all transit will be redirected through the provinces of Heredia and Alajuela.Transit Police Director Diego Herrera said the work will take no less than a week, and he asked drivers to be patient and use alternate routes. Facebook Commentslast_img

Sarapiquí Stories

first_imgNo related posts. Georgina’s Butterfly Garden was a recipient of a small project donation from the United Nations Development Program’s Cinchona Project.If you are in San Miguel de Sarapiquí, stop by and enjoy a fresh, homemade pumpkin ice cream and visit the rustic butterfly garden, open Mon.-Sun. 8-4 p.m.–Gloria Oliugosarapiqui@gmail.com Facebook Commentslast_img

Costa Rican products have potential for Norway market study says

first_imgNo related posts. Some 685 products from Costa Rica have high potential for export to Norway, a little-explored destination, according to a study by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer) entitled “Expanding trade relations with Europe: the case of Norway,” published Tuesday.Banana, coffee, pineapple, tires and integrated circuits were among the potential products identified by Procomer. Some, such as bananas and coffee, have already entered the market of 4.9 million people, whose purchasing power is five times the per capita income of Costa Ricans, according to the study.In the first half of 2012, Costa Rica exported $7.8 million worth of products, which was more than all of 2011, according to Arianna Tristán, market research coordinator for Procomer. “These studies provide tools for entrepreneurs to initiate a trade,” she said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Father of missing hiker hopes to continue search in Panama

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican gov’t and Red Cross suspend search for US hiker believed missing in Corcovado Nat’l Park US man reported missing in Costa Rica’s rugged Corcovado National Park Red Cross officials suspect missing hiker may be inside gold mining tunnels Father continues search for Alaska hiker, believed missing in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park Facebook Comments Since 27-year-old Alaskan Cody Dialwent missing after hiking in Costa Rica’s wild Corcovado National Park, his father has traversed the park, repelled down waterfalls and trekked illegal gold mining trails in an attempt to find him. But even after weeks with no sign of his son, Roman Dial, a legendary Alaskan outdoorsman, is not ready to give up.“It just doesn’t seem like he went missing in the park,” Dial told The Tico Times. “I think the other possibility is that somebody has him.”The younger Dial has been missing since July 10 when it is suspected he first entered Corcovado National Park, using trails off-limits to tourists. The young backpacker had been traveling through Mexico and Central America since January. He had significant experience in backcountry hiking.Since his disappearance two Red Cross search teams combed the park and aerial patrols conducted more than 10 hours of flyovers in the region. After the Red Cross ended their rescue mission, Roman Dial continued exploring the park’s canyons with help from friends. None of the searches turned up any sign of the missing hiker.Foul play currently is not being investigated as a cause for Cody Dial’s disappearance, but according to Carlos Rivera, one of the leaders of the Red Cross search-and-rescue team, it has not been ruled out.“There is no indication that foul play was involved, but there is no indication that it wasn’t,” Rivera said. “With so little information to go on we can say that anything is possible.”He could even be in Panama, according to Roman Dial.“I walked back and forth across the park. We had a reward out for his gear and his equipment. We had a private investigator around,” he said. “I don’t think he is in Costa Rica because if he was it seems like something would have turned up.”Using online crowd-funding site GoFundMe, the family is now trying to raise $15,000 to  send a search team to Panama’s Darién Gap, where they believe Cody may have gone after his trip in Corcovado.“That area is known for violence,” Roman Dial said. “It just seems like a place worth looking.”last_img read more

Costa Rica police rule out foul play in death of Ann Pattons

first_img Facebook Comments More difficult news happened last week for AnnMaxine Patton, who was convicted last May in Costa Rica of killing her husband, U.S. financier John Felix Bender in 2010 in a case that has drawn ongoing international scrutiny, the latest of which is from the CBS program “48 Hours.”Last Wednesday, Patton’s boyfriend, 40-year-old New York State native Greg Fischer, was found dead in his Escazú apartment southwest of San José, from an apparent heart attack or asthma attack, his brother Brian stated in a Facebook post.https://www.facebook.com/brian.m.fischer.92/posts/10153336848643858?pnref=storyA spokeswoman for the Judicial Investigation Police confirmed the death to The Tico Times and said no foul play is suspected.A memorial service is scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Claude R. Boyd/Spencer Funeral Home in West Islip, New York, Brian Fischer posted on Facebook.In recent months, Greg Fischer had joined Patton’s friends and family members in a campaign to draw attention to her case, which has been featured on CNN, CBS and several other international news outlets. A court previously had exonerated Patton of the charges of shooting to death her husband John in 2010 in the bedroom of their extravagant jungle estate in southern Costa Rica. Patton always has maintained the death was a suicide.Yet after an appeal by prosecutors, a second trial was ordered, and last May a different court found Patton guilty of murder and sentenced her to 22 years in prison. Friends, family members and supporters are fighting for her release, citing several inconsistencies in the evidence presented by prosecutors, and what they say is enough reasonable doubt to have the case tossed.Patton’s supporters have started a signature drive at change.org and a fundraising effort at gofundme.com.According to the Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office, Patton currently is held at the Buen Pastor women’s prison in San José, where she awaits a hearing on an appeal of the conviction. Related posts:US State Department lists Costa Rica among major drug-transit countries Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Top 6 crime stories of 2014 More than 170,000 call for pardon of Netflix ‘Making a Murderer’ subject Steven Averylast_img read more

Qatar is building seven cities just to house its World Cup migrant

first_imgQatari officials announceda plan this week to erect seven whole new “cities” to accommodate more than a quarter-million migrant laborers tasked with completing the myriad stadium and infrastructure projects associated with the 2022 FIFA World Cup.The new “accommodation centers,” as a report by Agence France Presse dubs them, are part of the Qatari government’s attempt to upgrade living conditions for the hundreds of thousands of migrants toiling in the tiny, petro-rich kingdom. The blueprint for the largest project — unimaginatively named “Labor City” — involves 55 buildings, including a mall, a health clinic, a cricket stadium (since many workers in Qatar hail from countries in South Asia, a cricket hotbed) and what may become Qatar’s second-biggest mosque.“There are in the pipeline [several] cities around the nation. I know our people want to have better accommodation for their laborers,” Qatari labor and social affairs minister Abdullah bin Saleh al-Khulaifi told the AFP. Mubarak, a laborer from Bangladesh, rests in his bedroom at a private camp housing foreign workers in Doha, on May 3, 2015. Marwan Naamani/AFPAuthorities expect to finish this construction — also on the backs of migrant labor — by the end of 2016. This basic infrastructure will need to be in place should Qatar hope to realize its eye-catching World Cup plans, which include raising nine new stadiums from the desert and building a city for a half-million people, replete with man-made islands and a sanitation system that moves waste through pneumatic tubes. Kupttamon, an Indian laborer working in Qatar, washes his bed blankets at a private camp housing foreign workers. Marwan Naamani/AFPQatar’s 2022 bid has been shrouded in controversy since it was first accepted, dogged by corruption allegations and concerns over the country’s beastly hot summers. FIFA, soccer’s governing body, recently confirmed that the tournament would be played in the winter.Underlying all this are larger fears over the treatment of the countless migrants employed in Qatar, a country whose fewer than 300,000 citizens are a fraction of the nearly 2 million people who make up its population. Numerous reports by rights groups and journalists last year tracked the horrendous conditions at building sites and migrant hostels in Qatar. An investigation by Britain’s Guardian newspaper found that Nepalese laborers in the country were dying at a rate of one a day.Earlier this week, it emerged that Qatari authorities had detained a German TV crew filming a documentary on labor conditions in the country in March. Their camera equipment, notebooks and personal cellphones were taken by state officials; when they were returned, much of their footage had been deleted.At the root of the problem is the “kafala” system, a process of employment practiced in various gulf countries that critics liken to a system of indentured servitude. That has led to widespread abuse. The Qataris say they plan to end the system this year. The creation of these new labor cities are meant to be a sign of their seriousness about improving living standards for foreign workers.“We have labor accommodation standards and we are monitoring them and penalizing those who are violating [the rules],” Khulaifi said. “Our business community knows we are taking it very seriously.” “The Qatar World Cup Memorial project is a scalable building that raises awareness about the number of workers who died during the construction of the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It is in the form of a tower made of concrete modules, each one representing a deceased worker. The higher the number, the higher the tower,” 1Week1Project writes on its website. (Via 1Week1Project Facebook)Far removed from the epic visions of Qatari officials, a French design firm last year published a blueprint (see above) for a hypothetical memorial to Qatar’s dying migrant laborers. A long, spiral tower would be shaped by interlocking rectangular stones, each representing a migrant fatality. If some predictions proved accurate, the structure would dwarf every other building in the country by 2022. Foreign laborers work at the construction site of the al-Wakrah football stadium, one of the Qatar’s 2022 World Cup stadiums, on May 4, 2015, in Doha’s Al-Wakrah southern suburbs. Marwan Naamani/AFP© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:World Cup sponsors Coke, Visa also concerned about Qatar labor conditions World Cups and Olympics should be auctioned FIFA: Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw Real Madrid thrown out of Spanish Cup over ineligible player, federation confirmslast_img read more

Central American countries agree to safe passage for Cuban migrants marooned in

first_imgAfter Central American countries spent months at loggerheads over what to do with thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica en route to the United States, a solution finally has been reached.Cuban migrants with temporary Costa Rican transit visas will be allowed to fly from Costa Rica to El Salvador, where they will be allowed to travel by bus through Guatemala and Mexico and up to the United States border, according to a statement from the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry Monday evening. If they can manage to set foot on U.S. soil, the Cuban migrants can claim refugee status and permanent residency, thanks to the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act.The flights out of Costa Rica could start as early as next week, according to a statement from the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry. Migrants will be expected to pay for their own flights and bus transportation. The exact details of the agreement and the logistics have not been publicly released, including what will happen to migrants who cannot afford the plane fare to leave Costa Rica.Costa Rica’s Immigration Administration has issued 8,000 temporary visas to Cuban migrants since Nov. 14 and there are 37 temporary shelters housing many of them across northern and central Costa Rica.President Luis Guillermo Solís is scheduled to meet with U.S. Rep. Kay Granger and Rep. Henry Cuellar, both from Texas, at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the immigration crisis.Monday’s meeting in Guatemala was the first success in a series of frustrated attempts to secure a regional agreement to allow the Cubans to pass through the isthmus. Cubans typically require restricted visas to travel to Central American countries and Mexico.After one failed meeting earlier this month, President Solís announced that Costa Rica would suspend political participation in the Central American Integration System, or SICA, a body designed to address issues that affect the isthmus. Solís was exasperated by the perceived “lack of solidarity” between Central American nations over the crisis.The Cuban migrant crisis started on Nov. 10, when Costa Rican authorities dismantled a human smuggling network that ferried migrants from Panama, through Costa Rica and into Nicaragua on their way north. Costa Rica announced it would close its border to the migrants, and a crowd of more than a thousand Cubans quickly amassed at the Costa Rica-Panama border checkpoint at Paso Canoas.Costa Rica started issuing temporary transit visas to Cubans on Nov. 14, but the Nicaraguan military violently turned back hundreds who tried to cross the border en masse on Nov. 15. The migrants continued arriving in Costa Rica until the government stopped issuing the temporary visas on Dec. 18.The Solís administration previously said that it would not deport any Cubans back to the island who were in the country with a visa, but the same courtesy would not be extended to those entering the country after Dec. 18. The Immigration Administration recently announced it would deport 56 Cubans who arrived after the visa deadline. Facebook Comments Related posts:The fate of thousands of Cuban migrants will be determined at a Quality Inn Cuban migrant airlift from Costa Rica starts Jan. 12 Costa Rica declares ‘success’ after first airlift of Cuban migrants Cuban migrant airlift set to continue but could take monthslast_img read more

Fall of the House of Bush How last name and Donald Trump

first_imgRelated posts:Super Tuesday: Polls open in the South and New England on a fateful day Mexico to contact US candidates to rebut ‘disinformation’ Campaign aims to ‘defeat Trump’ by encouraging more U.S. expat votes What Trump’s achievement has inspired For Jeb Bush’s campaign, August was a cruel month. Donald Trump’s attacks on the former Florida governor as a “low-energy” politician were beginning to stick, and the two were bickering over immigration. The issue before the Bush team was what to do about it.Some advisers argued for an aggressive response, even to the point of challenging Trump to some kind of one-on-one confrontation. Others resisted, believing Trump’s candidacy was unsustainable, while some cautioned against getting “into a pigpen with a pig,” as one adviser recalled. Others described it as “trying to wrestle with a stump.”Those summer days crystallized the plight of a campaign that had begun with enormous expectations and extraordinary resources, as the scion of one of America’s dynastic political families sought to follow his father and brother to the presidency.At what would become a crucial moment, Bush’s team had no clear strategy for a rival who was beginning to hijack the Republican Party that the Bush family had helped to build, other than to stay the course set months earlier of telling Bush’s story to voters.“There was no consensus,” senior strategist David Kochel said of the discussions about how to combat the threat of Trump’s candidacy. Other campaigns were wrestling with the same problems, but as the front-runner in the polls at the time, Bush would suffer more than the others.On Saturday night, the candidacy that had begun with such promise ended quietly after a disappointingly weak fourth-place finish in South Carolina.Ever the gracious realist, Bush announced in his concession speech that he would end his campaign as Trump continued to soar as the GOP front-runner. “I have stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds,” he said.Whether Jeb Bush ever had a chance to win the Republican nomination in a campaign year that proved so ill fitting for a rusty politician who preferred policy papers to political combat is a question that will be debated long after the 2016 race has ended.“Donald Trump channeled the worst fears, frustrations and anxiety of voters, but he also magnified those same feelings,” Sally Bradshaw, Bush’s chief strategist and confidant, said on Sunday in an email. “It would be difficult for any solutions-oriented conservative to tackle Trump in this environment, much less one who was seen as having been so much a part of the establishment. He was never going to be an angry guy-and voters wanted angry.”Another key strategist explained what had happened this way on Sunday. “Our theory was to dominate the establishment lane into the actual voting primaries,” he said. “That was the strategy, and it did not work. I think it was the right strategy for Jeb. The problem was there was a huge anti-establishment wave. The establishment lane was smaller than we thought it would be. The marketplace was looking for something different, and we’ll find out how that ends when we have a nominee.”The result is one of the most startling failures in the modern history of American politics: the fall of the House of Bush. It is a human story about the struggles of one of the most successful former governors in America in his bid to become president, like his father and brother, set against the backdrop of one of the strangest political cycles the country has seen in years.Beyond underestimating the anger in the electorate, three other problems led to Bush’s downfall. First, the candidate and his team misjudged the degree of Bush fatigue among Republicans.Aides said an internal poll conducted last fall showed discouraging news: roughly two-thirds of voters had issues with Bush’s family ties. “Bush stuff was holding him back” said one aide who saw the polling data. “We obviously knew it was an issue, but even still, the gap between it and other issues – I don’t think we thought it would be that big.”Second, Bush and his team miscalculated the role and power of money and traditional television commercials in the 2016 race. During the first six months of 2015, Bush raised more than $100 million, most of it stockpiled in a super PAC called Right to Rise USA, a strategy that seemed right at the time but came at the cost of not dealing with other pressing needs.“We didn’t use that time to introduce him as a unique brand,” said Vin Weber, an outside adviser. “We used it to raise money. I don’t want to say they made an obvious and clear mistake, but in retrospect it was a mistake.”The aggressive fundraising came to be known as “shock and awe,” an echo of the initial bombing of Iraq by U.S.-led forces before the 2003 invasion. In the campaign context, it could be read as code to other potential candidates to get out of the way. But the prodigious fundraising of Bush’s broad network scared off no one. As the Bush campaign would learn, every credible candidate today has a few billionaire friends who can enrich a super PAC. In the end, all that money came to symbolize frustration rather than power.Third, Bush ran a campaign that, whether deliberate or not, was rooted in the past, managed by loyalists who admired Bush and enjoyed his confidence, but who, like the candidate, found themselves in unfamiliar political terrain.His advisers were persuaded from the start that the more voters learned about what Bush had done as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, they would flock to him as their presidential candidate. Bush stubbornly held to that approach -even as evidence mounted that it was out of step with voters.Doug Gross, a prominent Iowa Republican, recalled meeting with Bush in July 2014 in Kennebunkport, Maine, to talk about the impending campaign. “He definitely wanted to run, he’s always had it in him and knew this was his last chance,” Gross said. “He was trying to figure out how to do it his own way. I was struck by his obstinate avoidance of any political discussion. . . . He wanted to do it his way or no way.”Skirmish, then turning awayIn contrast to the doldrums of August 2015, July seemed a glorious time for the Bush team. Early that month, Team Jeb gathered in Kennebunkport to celebrate that the campaign and two allied political committees had together raised nearly an unprecedented $120 million. The numbers were made public as nearly 300 major Bush fundraisers assembled to mingle with the Bush family and campaign advisers.Guests were transported in black-and-red trolleys to Walker’s Point, the Bush family compound. The group gathered for a photo with former president George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.That evening, Bush touted the team’s record fundraising as guests dined on lobster rolls and hamburgers at a luxury resort tucked among a forest of birch groves and balsam fir. “It was incredibly memorable to be there with several generations,” said Jay Zeidman, a Houston-based investor who helped raise money from young professionals.The next day, the donors got briefings from senior Bush aides including Bradshaw, campaign manager Danny Diaz and finance director Heather Larrison. They laid out how the campaign planned to take on contenders such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Throughout, there was little mention of Donald Trump.“None of us thought he would last the summer,” said one person who was in attendance.At that moment, however, Trump was already in the process of undermining Bush’s candidacy. If Bush had ever gone up against someone like Trump, it didn’t show. Trump was a new and different kind of rival, one given to personal insults rather than policy debates, who monopolized media coverage and got away with provocative statements that would have sunk normal politicians.After marching in two July 4 parades on a rainy Saturday in New Hampshire, reporters asked Bush about Trump’s claim that Mexico was allowing immigrants to illegally cross into the United States. It was one of the hundreds of times he would face such questions.Bush said “absolutely” he was offended by Trump’s rhetoric. “We’re going to win when we’re hopeful and optimistic and big and broad rather than ‘grrrrrr’ ” he said — literally, growling — “just angry all the time.”That very night, Trump attacked Bush as soft on immigration and took aim as well at Bush’s wife, Columba, who was born in Mexico and entered the country legally-retweeting and deleting a disparaging comment about her.Nothing, however, cut as close to the bone as Trump’s claim that Bush was too “low-energy” to serve as president.The accusation was laughable – until it began to stick. Trump’s charge was in fact a proxy for a different and more difficult argument to combat, that Bush was neither strong or edgy enough for a party seething with anger at the grass roots.“Nobody tapped into it, for all the polling, all the focus groups,” said Theresa Kostrzewa, a North Carolina lobbyist who raised money for the campaign. “The biggest thing they did was miss was just how angry the American electorate was and that Trump would be their Captain Ahab.”Bush’s advisers would contest that claim. They could see the anger, they said. The issue was what to do about it. “Donors, political operatives and big thinkers from around the country urged us to ignore Trump for months,” Bradshaw said. “There was no one in the news media or the operative class at the time who felt Trump would ultimately be a serious contender for the nomination.”At the same time, others feared that engaging Trump was almost beneath Bush and would thrust the candidate into a never-ending game of charge-countercharge. “Jeb should be bigger than this,” another aide recalled thinking.Over at Right to Rise, Bush’s super PAC, chief strategist Mike Murphy sent a clear signal: Trump is not our fight right now.“If other campaigns wish that we’re going to uncork money on Donald Trump, they’ll be disappointed,” the strategist told The Washington Post in late August. “Trump is, frankly, other people’s problem.”At that moment, the Bush team’s analysis showed that no Trump voters were likely to shift their support to Bush. Attacking Trump, an adviser to the super PAC said, would only have benefitted other candidates. Bush’s campaign needed to consolidate the establishment lane while hoping that Trump and Cruz would sort out the competition among the anti-establishment candidates.Bradshaw also dismissed complaints from some donors that she cut the candidate off from advice. Noting that Bush long has been active on email, Bradshaw responded in a message by saying: “Donors constantly gave conflicting advice — attack Trump, don’t attack Trump; smile more; smile less — you look like you are smirking. I didn’t tell people they were wrong – not my style – I did a lot of listening, and I’m sure there were things we could have done better – but withholding info from the Governor simply did not happen in our campaign.”For much of the autumn, Bush’s engagement with Trump was on-again, off-again — skirmish, then turning away. Not until late last year did he truly start a concerted and sustained series of attacks. Aides said Bush was particularly affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., and felt, as one adviser put it, it was “time to stand up to the bully.”“Jeb was the only candidate with the political courage at the time and frankly throughout the last six months to take on Trump directly for doing something that the governor felt was very harmful to the Party and to the country,” Bradshaw wrote. “There was no hesitation at that point given his comments about women, about Hispanics, his lack of knowledge on issues of national security and on and on.” Jeb Bush signs on the side of the road in New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016. Charles Ommanney/The Washington PostA flat-footed imageBush’s failure to come to terms with one of the downsides of his family name came to a head over a four-day period in May, when he stumbled over the decision by his brother, former president George W. Bush, to go to war in Iraq.Changing his answer on a daily basis, Bush came across as a flat-footed campaigner clearly uncomfortable articulating his views on the most critical moment of his brother’s presidency. But it highlighted as well the double-edged nature of being a candidate named Bush.A January Washington Post-ABC News poll, nearly 6 in 10 Americans held an unfavorable view of Bush. He was the only Republican with a negative favorability rating: 44 percent said they have a favorable impression of the former governor while 50 percent rated him negatively. His rankings grew worse as the campaign progressed.A fundamental weakness, supporters said, was the lack of a coherent rationale for Bush’s candidacy and the failure to make inroads with activists on the right. “At the end of the day, it wasn’t clear the name was ever surmountable,” said a Bush donor. “If the name was going to be surmounted, it would have to be because there was a fresh set of ideas.”Bush offered ideas, but in a campaign dominated by Trump, they were ignored or lost to most voters.One of the biggest tactical advantages Bush appeared to have early on — a richly endowed super PAC — was not the invincible weapon his team thought it would be. It cut off his access to a key adviser, Murphy, whom he installed at the group’s helm.It also meant that during the first six months of last year, nearly all of the coverage about Bush focused on how he was socking away millions into the super PAC, all while maintaining that he had not decided whether to run. In an election brimming with anger toward the wealthy elite, Bush seemed almost flippant about his pursuit of big dollars.Murphy was convinced that much of what was taking place was noise and that when the voters began to check in, the super PAC’s financial might would be overpowering.First, the committee would use it to lay out Bush’s biography. Then, as necessary, the group would turn its arsenal on his rivals. “Our job is just to amplify his story and what he’s saying and we banked enough cash that nobody’s turning our speaker off,” Murphy told Bloomberg Politics in October.Back at campaign headquarters, the team hewed to that timetable and sensibility. Once the Bush record was burned into voters’ minds, attitudes would shift, Bradshaw said at the time. A Bush donor complained, “Murphy had a timetable, and nothing mattered until December and January.”By the end of January, Right to Rise had raced through at least $95.7 million out of the $118.6 million it had collected, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Almost $87 million went into a barrage of television ads, online videos, slick mailers and voter phone calls-to no avail.Mel Sembler, a former Bush ambassador who helped raise money for the super PAC and served on its governance board, said he believes the group’s strategy was sound.“We had confidence in Mike, and I think we did the best we could in deploying of resources,” Sembler said. “That’s not where the problem is. … The timing was not right for Jeb. Our candidate was just not connecting with the electorate.”Retaining his good humorThe final months were difficult for Bush. After a particularly weak performance during a debate in Boulder, Colo., in October in which Rubio appeared to get the better of him, there were suggestions that he might quit the campaign right then.Reporters who made inquiries about the possibility were brushed off. In the middle of it all, Bush spotted a reporter who was a regular on the trail with him. “Hey — I didn’t drop out, did I?” he shouted. “You know, that kind of stuff really gets my juices going. I’m going to win this thing, and when I do — you’re going to give me a big hug.”Through it all, Bush attempted to keep both good humor and determination in the face of the inevitable.“I was stunned by how well he handled the last month of this campaign when the writing was on the wall,” said Tim Miller, Bush’s communications director. “It is hard to go out there every day and put on a fake smiley face. He was in really high spirits and didn’t lash out at people in private throughout the last two months.”The final indignity in a campaign that had suffered through many came three days before Saturday’s primary, when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Rubio rather than a man she described as a friend and mentor.When it ended on Saturday night, Bush told saddened supporters, “We put forward details, innovative, conservative plans to address the mounting challenges that we face. Because despite what you might have heard, ideas matter, policy matters.”His final remarks as a presidential candidate were a reflection of the campaign he had constructed from the start, one he had built to his unique specifications, which nonetheless proved to be a mismatch for a political environment that had caught him by surprise – and for which he paid a hefty price.© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Correction FranceVillage for Sale story

first_imgPARIS (AP) – In a May 21 story about the abandoned French hamlet of Courbefy being sold at auction to a photographer, the buyer’s name was incorrectly spelled. He goes by one name and that is Ahae.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system How men can have a healthy 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

US raises new concerns over Dubai hunger striker

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img He urged authorities to release Shahin on bail and consolidate several separate pending cases against him.UAE officials had no immediate comment.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi is raising new concerns about the health of a jailed American businessman on hunger strike in the United Arab Emirates.Zack Shahin has been held in Dubai for more than four years on corruption allegations, but has yet to stand trial. He has denied any improprieties and began a hunger strike on May 14 to demand authorities hear his case.Embassy official L. Victor Hurtado said in a statement Friday that “obviously there are serious concerns about Mr. Shahin’s health” after more than six weeks without food. Hurtado is the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires and visited Shahin this week.last_img read more

Iran leader unveils economy of resistance

first_imgIran says its non-oil exports have increased to about $40 billion a year, showing an annual 20 percent increase.Iran and the six-nation group _ the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany _ began talks for a final deal in Vienna Tuesday.Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, has said he had accepted the talks but doubts they will succeed, saying Washington is using the nuclear issue as an “excuse” to pressure the country.In his order, Khamenei has asked the government to closely monitor sanctions and impose costs on the “enemy,” a reference to the U.S.The West suspects that some Iranian nuclear activities are intended to give it the ability to build a weapon. Iran denies this, saying its program is for peaceful purposes.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s top leader ordered the government Wednesday to create an “economy of resistance” to counter sanctions imposed over Tehran’s nuclear program.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Western sanctions “a full-fledged economic war” and said Iran is determined to force the West to retreat.Iran has been hit hard by sanctions that have hit, among other targets, its vital oil sector. The program requires the government to diversify Iran’s exports, reduce dependence on sales of raw materials and promote knowledge-based high-tech industries. “If (Iran) pursues … an economy of resistance, we will overcome economic problems and will defeat the enemy … that has imposed a full-fledged economic war against this great nation,” he said in his order which was posted on his website leader.ir.Under the program, the government must take action to expand production and export of knowledge-based products, increase domestic production of strategic goods and develop markets in neighboring countries. It also encourages greater privatization and increased exports of electricity, gas, petrochemical and oil by-products instead of crude oil and other raw materials.Iranian officials say it will be harder to target oil byproducts with sanctions that it will be to target crude.Western sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program also shut Iran out of the international banking system, making it hard for its remaining customers in Asia and elsewhere to pay.An interim nuclear deal reached in November with world powers has eased some sanctions but the core remains in place _ including measures targeting Iran’s oil exports, the pillar of its economy.Crude oil exports account for nearly 80 percent of Iran’s foreign revenue but have been reduced by half in the past two years due to stepped up sanctions. It currently exports about 1 million barrels a day _ compared to 2.2 million in 2011. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Kremlin confirms PutinKerry meeting in Sochi

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has confirmed that President Vladimir Putin will meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the meeting about an hour before Kerry’s scheduled arrival on Tuesday morning.The State Department announced Monday that Kerry would meet with both Putin and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, but there had been no confirmation from the Kremlin. Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement This is Kerry’s first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began.Relations between Moscow and the West have been badly damaged over Ukraine, with Western nations accusing Russia of supporting separatists with arms and manpower. Russia denies this and has bristled at Washington’s pledge to provide Ukraine with military assistance in the form of hardware and training.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this May 6, 2015 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at the Presidential Palace, in Dijbouti, Dijbouti. The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Russia this week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

The Latest Greek PM urges voters to ignore scaremongers

first_imgHe said Greeks wants Europe to return to its core values which it has sidelined for the sake of “dead-end” austerity programs.Tsipras said Greece won’t abandon Europe “in the hands of those who want to drag her away from her democratic traditions.”He said Greeks “have justice on our side and we will win,” urging voters to ignore scaremongers and to remain united no matter the outcome.___9:00 p.m.Police in Athens say about 25,000 people have gathered in the capital’s Syntagma Square for a rally supporting a “no” vote in the upcoming referendum on whether to accept a new bailout deal.Meanwhile, about 17,000 people gathered outside the nearby Panathenian stadium for the “yes” rally, police said.Friday was the last day of campaigning before Sunday’s referendum on whether Greece should accept creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for bailout loans.___7:55 p.m.Brief clashes have broken out between a group of youths and police in the Greek capital’s Syntagma Square just before the start of the main “No” rally backed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government.Greek police used pepper spray Friday evening to deter several dozen anti-establishment protesters from throwing rocks and smashing property in the big Athens square in front of parliament. ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece’s financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local):___10:50 p.m.Greece’s prime minister is urging citizens to vote “no” in Sunday’s austerity referendum and shun those who threaten the country with economic ultimatums.Alexis Tsipras told throngs of demonstrators at the main “no” rally in Athens’ central Syntagma Square Friday that the referendum is not a choice about whether or not to stay in Europe, but a decision about living “in Europe with dignity.” Top holiday drink recipes ___6:50 p.m.A new opinion poll shows a dead heat in Greece’s referendum campaign with just two days to go before Sunday’s vote on whether Greeks should accept more austerity in return for bailout loans.The ALCO survey Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ___7:25 p.m.In a rare move, 16 former armed forces leaders of Greece have signed a joint declaration calling on the Greek people to show “calm and national unity” ahead of Sunday’s referendum on whether to accept creditors’ demands for more austerity.The letter said “Greece is at a highly critical moment in its history that will require difficult and inevitably painful decisions … All Greeks, united and above party political lines and divisions, must help with all means available to address this situation with calm and national unity.”The letter was signed by three former chiefs of the armed forces, nine ex-army chiefs, two former heads of the navy and two former heads of the air force.___7:15 p.m.The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, has rejected an appeal by two citizens asking for Greece’s critical referendum on austerity to be ruled unconstitutional. The vote will be held as planned on Sunday.Court president Nikos Sakellariou said Friday “the referendum will proceed normally.”The reasoning behind the decision was expected to be issued later in the day.The two men had appealed to the court on the grounds that Greece’s constitution bars popular votes on fiscal issues. Greek voters are being asked whether to accept creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for bailout loans. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Check your body, save your life The ‘Yes’ side was holding its rally just 800 meters away in a different section of central Athens. Friday was the last day of campaigning before Sunday’s referendum on whether Greece should accept creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for bailout loans.___7:50 p.m.The leader of Greece’s conservative main opposition party says a “no” vote in Sunday’s austerity referendum would drastically weaken the country’s negotiating position with its creditors.Antonis Samaras said Friday that all of Europe would perceive a “no” victory as a rejection of the euro currency itself — and that would result in Greek banks staying shuttered even longer, despite the government’s vow they will open Tuesday.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said earlier, however, that Sunday’s referendum was not a vote on whether Greece will remain in the 19-nation eurozone. Tsipras backs keeping the euro currency.Samaras also rejected Tsipras’ claim that a deal with creditors could be hammered out within 48 hours after the referendum.He called on Greeks to support a “yes” vote to keep Greece inside the eurozone. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   last_img read more

Financial crisis could spell the end of luxury air travel

first_imgLuxury air travel could be a thing of the past as airlines struggle to woo budget-conscious passengers away from economy in the wake of the global financial crisis. Major carriers such as Delta and British Airways now offer first class luxuries such as onboard beds, showers, and internet access. Emirates have gone as far as offering spas and private suites. Yet the majority of people who experience these services are flying on upgrades, according to Peter Yesawich, CEO of Ypartnetrship, a travel marketing company which tracks travel trends. Even the business sector can no longer be relied upon to purchase more high-end airline travel. Since the economic downturn, businesses have embraced the ease with which the internet can provide competitive ticket pricing, including for business travel, according to Mr Yesawich.”Every time airlines go in for this high-end luxury service, it’s a sign things are getting overheated,” said Jami Counter, senior director of TripAdvisor. Counter refers to the fate of Legend Airlines as a way to explain the possible future for luxury air travel in the wake of the economic downturn.  The company announced a high-end business class service out of Dallas in 2000, but lasted less than a year after the dot.com downturn. The similar fate suffered by high-end airlines L’Avion, which was bought out by British Airways, and Eos has led to most boutique airlines becoming low on cost and low on luxury, said Steve Loucks, vice president of Travel Leaders. But according to Counter, there will always be a place for luxury travel, just not necessarily through major airlines. Today’s luxury traveller is more likely to opt for private jets, or even fractional jet ownership, which Counter likened to a time share.”It’s flexible. You can tap into it, so it’s a nice alternative to owning a jet,” he said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1c9d9/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

One for the boys Disney to open Cars Land

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25a3a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Disney California Adventure park is set to become an even bigger playground for kids and adults alike with the opening of Cars Land in 2012, as part of a US$1.4 billion expansion plan.The all-new 12 acre addition to the park will involve recreating the entire town of Radiator Springs, inspired by the Disney Pixar film “Cars”.  Three family rides showcasing some of the most popular characters and scenes from the movie, including Radiator Springs Racers, a high-speed adventure through the town, will be one of the most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney park.Currently being built, the additional landscaping, new restaurants and retail shops is expected to draw bigger crowds to Disney California Adventure, increasing the value of admission and Park-Hopper tickets in conjunction with Disneyland.“We always listen to our guests, and the number one recurring message is that they love Disney California Adventure park,” President, Disneyland Resort, George Kalogridis told e-Travel Blackboard.“Six of the seven most popular attractions and experiences are at the park, but they wanted more Disney and they wanted to be immersed in it.”Other expansion plans for Disney California Adventure include the first-ever ride based on Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  “The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” will transport ‘guests under the sea’ to experience scenes and songs from the movie.“The investments we are making now are the largest which shows our confidence in the brand and the travel industry,” Disney Destinations Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Travel Operations, Randy Garfield said.“We are investing in the future.”last_img read more

Packer plans would kickstart Syd tourism Accor

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hotel Group, Accor has urged the state Government to support Australian tourism and push forth plans for the redevelopment of Barangaroo.The company’s chief operating officer Simon McGrath explained James Packer’s proposal to re-develop area would help Sydney compete against other Asia-Pacific destinations investing millions into the tourism and MICE sector.”Cities such as Melbourne in Australia, and Singapore and Hong Kong in Asia, have invested heavily in tourism infrastructure over the past decade and reaped the rewards, whereas in Sydney there has been virtually no development, which in turn has affected our ability to attract new – and particularly high-end – tourism to the city,” Mr McGrath said.”The O’Farrell government and individuals like Mr Packer should be praised for their commitment and foresight.”He added that tourism in Sydney and hospitality have “enormous” potential to growth in the employment sector and re-development could very well be the much needed “kick-start”  for Sydney.”The growth market for Australia is undoubtedly Asia in general and China specifically, which is why Accor has pioneered the introduction of Optimum Service Standards for the Chinese market,” Mr McGrath said.  “But we need more if we are to win our fair share of that market,” “This means high end hotels with superior entertainment facilities, such as the project suggested by Mr Packer.”last_img read more

Tourism ekit vital for travel industry

first_imgThe online booking world is expected to increase in the next ten years with Online Travel Agents (OTAs) becoming the fastest growing distribution channel according to PhoCusWright.Award winning ‘Tourism e-kit’ provides the tourism industry with a free online educational guide, covering the basics of online marketing.The useful resource is currently in its eighth edition and its latest release takes a closer look into topics like Online Travel Agents, the National Broadband Network (NBN) and Groupon.Australian Tourism Data Warehouse chief executive officer Liz Ward said that it is “critically important” suppliers posses their own direct booking capability on their websites.Ms Ward added that it is vital for suppliers to think about other distribution channels like OTAs as part of their online distribution strategy.“The two new tutorials (39A and 39B) about Online Travel Agents explain the differences between OTAs and other online distributors, how to work with them and who the key players are,” Ms Ward said.“It’s challenging for suppliers to find the knowledge all in the one place about online marketing, the various OTAs and their business models.“The Tourism e-kit delivers that in one free, easily accessible resource for the Australian industry.”The Tourism e-kit covers more than 50 tutorials and videos and can be downloaded by the Australian tourism industry for free at www.atdw.com.au/tourism_e_kit.asp. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more