Travelweek Group Tags: Brochures, Luxury Travel, River Cruising, Uniworld Uniworld releases 2018 brochure with ‘The World is Your Canvas’ campaign Share Posted by TORONTO — Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has unveiled a new brand strategy as part of its 2018 brochure.‘The World is Your Canvas’ encourages travellers to embark on a Uniworld journey to discover both the world and themselves, says the company.“Uniworld has upheld an unparalleled standard of excellence for more than 40 years,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO, Uniworld. “We continue to deliver this level of quality with the new 2018 brochure, which delves deep into the brand’s history and strategically narrates the story behind the design of each ship. These additions to the brochure reflect a new direction for Uniworld in which we place value on identifying the key elements that set us apart.”Programs and excursions are geared to first-time travellers and experienced river cruisers alike.New for 2018 and outlined in the brochure are Uniworld’s Enchanting Danube & Prague, Remarkable Rhine and Enchanting Danube & Munich itineraries, sailing the Rhine and Danube Rivers and offering coinciding multigenerational departure dates with special family programming.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe Remarkable Rhine itinerary will incorporate the exploration of Jewish heritage and culture along the Rhine, as well as offer ‘The Choice is Yours’, giving guests alternative ways to discover Germany, France, The Netherlands and Switzerland.Uniworld says the 2018 brochure is designed to serve the needs of travel agents “by illuminating the Uniworld story”, so agents can educate their clients on the brand’s distinguishing qualities.With a portrait orientation to better fit agents’ display racks, the brochure encompasses all of Uniworld’s products, including ships and itineraries in all 26 countries, as well as the themed cruises and multigenerational programs. Monday, March 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Share Posted by Tags: Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line Wednesday, September 26, 2018 MIAMI — Norwegian Bliss is set to wrap up its inaugural season to Alaska on Sept. 29 when it returns to the Port of Seattle, Washington.From there, the ship will head to Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Oct. 5-27, before repositioning to Port Miami for the fall/winter season in the Caribbean.Following the most successful ship launch in the company’s history, Norwegian Bliss was christened in Seattle on May 30. On June 2, it commenced its first summer season of seven-day Alaska cruises, welcoming nearly 77,000 guests over 17 voyages calling to Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau in Alaska, as well as to Victoria, B.C.The ship will return to Seattle on May 5, 2019 for a second Alaska season. At that time, it will be joined by Norwegian Joy sailing from Seattle, and Norwegian Jewel cruising from Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.“Norwegian Bliss was one of the most highly anticipated ships in the company’s history and was well received by our loyal guests and travel partners,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Her success surpassed anything we could have imagined, and as a result we are very enthusiastic about our decision to introduce her sister ship, Norwegian Joy, to the U.S. market in April 2019, when she joins Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Jewel in Alaska.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Norwegian Bliss completes first season to Alaska, will return next spring Travelweek Group
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 4, 2019 Tags: Fort Myers, Fort Myers Spotlight 2019, Spotlight Share Travelweek Group Posted by Consumers often ask “What sets The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel apart from the rest of Florida?” Well, there is a lot actually and here are just some of the fun facts about the area that you can share:Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is an award-winning facility with Air Canada and WestJet providing year-round nonstop service from Toronto (and seasonal service from Ottawa and Montreal).Lee County, Florida, has more than 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore.Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a must-see attraction. Thomas Edison, who spent many winters in Fort Myers, is considered the most inventive man who ever lived, holding 1,093 patents for everything from light bulbs, cement and phonographs to the natural rubber he made from goldenrod.The banyan tree at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, a gift from industrialist Harvey Firestone, is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. The tree’s aerial roots now have a circumference of more than 400 feet.Gifts from the sea – The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is ranked to have some of the best shelling in the world with over 400 species of shells including the rarest of them all, the brown speckled junonia.You will find shell seekers on Sanibel Island in the famous “Sanibel Stoop” position all day looking for treasures.Cape Coral has more canals than Venice, Italy.The area is home to a very high concentration of bottlenose dolphins.Known as the Tarpon Capital of the World, thanks to the best tarpon migration. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel area is truly a fisherman’s paradise.Over 190-miles of canoe and kayaking trails, The Great Calusa Blueway is named after the Calusa Native Americans, the first residents of the area.Seafood – Fort Myers has a shrimp fleet on San Carlos Island which offloads more Florida pink shrimp than anywhere else in Florida.Fort Myers is the spring training home of Major League Baseball teams the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.Sanibel Island is known for having no buildings taller than the tallest palm tree (three stories), 26 miles of off-road bike paths and restaurants/stores that are all locally owned.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – This wildlife refuge, containing more than 6,400-acres, and nearly half of Sanibel Island, was established in 1945 and is one of the top birding hotspots in the nation.Offshore Sailing School, operating out of South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, is America’s #1 Sailing School.Cabbage Key, one of the many offshore islands, features a historic inn and restaurant where the walls, beams and ceiling are papered in more than $70,000 autographed dollar bills. About $10,000 a year falls off, which goes to charity.For those seeking a secluded spot for a wedding in paradise, who can resist a wedding under a gazebo at Lovers Key, Florida’s most romantic state park.Key West Express – Enjoy the tropical island paradise of Key West in just 3 ½ hours when you travel from Fort Myers Beach to America’s southernmost city with the Key West Express. Modern and spacious jet-powered vessels offer year-round, high-speed service to the vacation spot of pirates, poets, presidents and partygoersFor more information on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com Fun Fast Facts about The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Share Tags: Air Canada, Group Mach, Transat Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Posted by Transat, Air Canada stay the course as acquisition talks continue << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — While it has “taken note” of the announcement from Group Mach, offering $14 per share as part of an acquisition bid that would take the company private, Transat says it remains committed to its 30-day binding period of exclusive negotiations with Air Canada.Group Mach’s bid tops Air Canada’s and includes $15 million from Spain’s TM Grupo Inmobiliario in exchange for a minority equity stake in Transat. TM has three hotels in Mexico, which is would roll over to Transat. Transat expects to open its own first resort in Mexico in 2020.Air Canada’s bid for Transat, announced May 16, offers $13 per share in a $520 million deal. Following Group Mach’s announcement yesterday, Air Canada was quick to reconfirm its commitment to Transat, saying it is in the process of finalizing its binding agreement to acquire the company. Air Canada added that it “has all necessary funding to complete the transaction and therefore it is not subject to financing conditions and does not require government or taxpayer assistance.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe statement from Transat said: “Transat would like to reiterate that it has entered into an agreement with Air Canada, pursuant to which it has agreed to a 30-day binding period of exclusive negotiations, beginning upon the commencement of a formal due diligence review. During this exclusivity period it is contemplated that Air Canada will complete its due diligence review and the parties will finalize the negotiation of a definitive agreement regarding the acquisition of all of the shares of Transat. This exclusivity period expires towards the end of June 2019.”Transat also said it won’t be issuing any further updates or comments as the process continues, except as required by law. Transat added: “The operations of Transat continue in their normal course and there will be no change for its clients, suppliers and employees. In particular, travellers and clients of Transat can continue to travel and book their flights and vacation packages with Transat as usual.” Travelweek Group
March 13, 2019The Cosanti Foundation is once again participating in Modern Phoenix Week! Participants of this annual celebration of Architecture and Design will be invited for an intimate tour of Cosanti on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00-11:30 am and again on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00-10:30 am. These two special tours are being offered for a suggested donation rate of $20 per person, attendance is limited to 25.Register here for the tour on March 16th, and here for the March 23rd date. We’ll see you at Modern Phoenix Week!
Hungary’s Office of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has estimated that the country was home to 3.2 million TV subscriber households at the end of November.The number is based on the figures that show the country’s top 12 service providers had 2.8 million TV subs between them. By the end of the month, the operators had attracted 1.6 million digital TV subs, representing 57.8% of total customers. That number is up from 57.6% a year earlier. The number of digital cable and IPTV subscribers was up to 677,000 from 662,000 the previous month, while digital DTH services were taken by 909,000 customers and 42,000 took DTT services from Antenna Hungary.UPC was the market leader in November, with a market share of 26.1%, followed by DIGI with a 23% share and T-Home with 22.2%.
Liberty Global has paid roughly €632.5 million for a 12.65% stake in the Netherlands’ largest cable operator Ziggo. Through the deal, Liberty has acquired 25.3 million Ziggo shares from Barclays Capital Securities for €25.00 per share, giving it an almost 13% stake based on the shares outstanding as of December 31, 2012.Commenting this morning, Liberty said that the acquisition was an “attractive opportunity” to make a strategic investment in a market where it already has a strong presence through its UPC Netherlands subsidiary.“The purchase price is also financially attractive given the stock’s approximate 7.4% dividend yield, which is implied by Ziggo’s expectation that it will pay €370 million of dividends during 2013,” the firm said.The deal comes just days after Barclays inadvertently acquired a 14.2% stake in Ziggo after failing to find enough buyers for a block of shares it agreed to underwrite.Private equity owners Cinven and Warburg Pincus moved last week to sell 40 million shares in the operator, the equivalent of a 20% stake. However, the share sale, which was completed on March 19, left Barclays as Ziggo’s biggest shareholder after it failed to find enough buyers. Barclays had guaranteed the sale at €25.05 a share last week.Liberty is funding the acquisition with a non-recourse margin loan and existing liquidity, and does not require regulatory approval as it is taking a minority, not a controlling stake in Ziggo.The deal is Liberty’s latest of the year, after the firm agreed a blockbustert US$23.3 billion (€17.9 billion) buyout of Virgin Media in February.
All good things come to an end. And so it will be with Netflix’s growth spurt. At some point, the pioneering online video provider will run out of new customers willing and able to subscribe – provided it sticks to its current business model. But what if Netflix were to pursue more radical options?It’s first worth stressing that Netflix’s model – offering ad-free, subscription-based access at largely similar prices worldwide – has plenty of distance to run. Although the number of net new Netflix subscriptions peaked in 2017, Ovum forecasts that the company will still be adding over 13 million annually, even in five years’ time.By then, however, its annual growth rates in many of the world’s largest markets will have slowed from double-digit to single-digit percentages. In the US, Netflix’s subscriber base will grow by just 0.2% in 2023 (see Figure 1). And despite its global expansion, the US will still be a hugely important market for the company, accounting for about a third of subscriptions and revenues.So how else can Netflix grow, beyond simply raising its prices? Ovum has identified three options.1. Make mobile video even more affordableOvum forecasts that over 500 million people in India will have smartphones and data connections powerful enough to watch online video in 2022, yet Netflix will have fewer than 5 million subscriptions by then. Why? It’s about affordability.Netflix has taken several steps to make its service more accessible and affordable in emerging markets, such as streaming technologies that consume minimal amounts of data and enabling people without credit cards or bank accounts to charge their subscriptions via their mobile phone bills.But the main sticking point is Netflix’s US$7.99 entry-level price point – great value for consumers in developed markets but too expensive for many in emerging markets, where disposable income levels are often several times lower. Last month, the company was revealed to have acknowledged this issue by trialing a $4 per month “mobile-only” plan in Malaysia for access on one phone or tablet at standard definition quality.For hundreds of millions of consumers in emerging markets, roughly halving prices won’t be enough. Put simply, subscription services aren’t the no-brainer they are in developed countries. In Malaysia, 75% of mobile connections are pay-as-you-go. In India, 95% are. If Netflix really wants to move the needle in these massive markets, it will need to explore more radical pricing and bundles through closer partnerships with local mobile operators.2. Bring a truly fresh take on TV advertisingTo be 100% clear, adopting a Hulu-like model where viewing is interrupted by ads before or during TV shows and movies would be a bad move for Netflix. Using ads to offer a “free” version would risk cannibalising its paid subscriber base, while showing ads to paying customers would ruin the viewing experience.Instead, Netflix could invest in evolving product placement, the practice of including brands within the content and storylines of TV shows and movies. Around three in four Netflix shows already feature at least one example of this covert form of advertising, according to specialist agency Branded Entertainment Network. Augmented reality-like technology could take the concept to the next level, digitally inserting different products into videos for different viewers, so say, one sees a Coke and another a Pepsi.There’s already a precedent in another globalised form of media, sport, with broadcasters overlaying “virtual advertising” over banners at matches. Vendors such as Accenture and Ryff are working on bringing more advanced technology to movies and TV shows. To put this opportunity in perspective, various estimates suggest advertisers will spend over US$20 billion on product placement this year; subscription online video services will generate US$32 billion, according to Ovum’s forecasts.3. Reinvient itself as a TV ‘re-intermediary’Netflix once looked set to become a kind of “Spotify for TV” – before content providers realised that selling their most valuable content to a single, increasingly powerful intermediary was not such a good idea. Netflix has since invested heavily in exclusive and original content to become more like HBO’s TV brand, while HBO, Disney, and others have sought to become more like Netflix.But few established media companies will come anywhere near their inspiration’s level of success. In 2023, Netflix will account for around one in three online video subscriptions worldwide (excluding China, one of the few places where the service is not available). In many countries, its market share will be well over 50%, leaving most rival apps fighting over relatively small numbers of subscribers.Netflix could use its scale to help these providers to survive, by reinventing itself as an Amazon Channels-like aggregator handling marketing, technology, and customer support in exchange for a cut of fees from subscriptions it brokers or manages.The question is whether another company will get there first – not least Amazon. The battle to become the platform that profits most from helping consumers navigate today’s fragmented TV landscape will be fought by the biggest names in media and tech, including AT&T Time Warner, Apple, Comcast Sky, Google, and Liberty Global. Netflix will be increasingly dependent on such “re-intermediaries” for attracting subscribers, billing, and driving viewing – unless it becomes one itself.Playing safe versus changing the gameNever underestimate the power of one big idea – and one company’s ability to deliver on its promise. But no single idea has infinite potential. Sooner or later, Netflix will need to look beyond the limits of its current business model – just like when it made the truly game-changing move from DVD rentals to online streaming.Straight Talk is a weekly briefing from the desk of the Ovum’s Chief Research Officer. To receive this newsletter by email, please contact us.