The best in Australasia – MCEC celebrates new accolade

first_imgSource = MCEC The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) put Melbourne and Australia on the world stage, taking out the title of Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre in the 2012 World Travel Awards on 19 October.Hundreds of thousands of industry travel professionals voted in the awards announced at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia gala ceremony in Singapore.MCEC was selected from eight nominated finalists from around Australia and New Zealand in the Asia and Australasia categories.MCEC’s Chief Executive Peter King said he was extremely proud of the venue’s achievements.“We have a world-class venue and a fantastic team who deliver an exceptional service to our customers, so it is wonderful to see this recognised within the travel and tourism industry,” King said.MCEC will now represent Australasia in a final round of voting to decide who will triumph in World Travel Award’s world awards, the ultimate accolade in the travel and tourism industry, in December 2012.MCEC is Australia’s leading venue for business events and the latest International Congress and Convention Association figures ranked Melbourne as the number one destination for business travellers. In July 2014 MCEC will host the largest medical conference ever to be held in Australia, International AIDS Conference, which is expected to bring 14,000 delegates and generate an estimated $80 million in economic impact for the state of Victoria. last_img read more

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Virgin Australia forces foggy landing

first_imgA diverted Virgin Australia (VA) flight had to make an emergency landing at Mildura last month before the aircraft ran out of fuel, according to a preliminary report by air-safety investigators.The VA service from Brisbane to Adelaide was forced to divert to Mildura, where the airport’s automated weather station was not available and conditions not as forecast, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.The pilots warned authorities of a “fuel emergency” and requested to land immediately.As they began their first approach into Mildura, the first officer “provided support and assessed the aircraft’s position visually over the ground,” the Air Transport Safety Bureau’s preliminary report revealed.The first officer said that visibility to the front of the plane was “virtually non-existent”.The pilots proceeded to pull out of the landing and conducted a “go around” before attempting to land the plane a second time.The 85 passengers aboard the VA Boeing 737-800 were told to “keep their heads down” and that the “touchdown would be firm.”Passengers were told to “brace, brace, brace” as the aircraft was brought down amidst dense fog.The aircraft landed safely and a final report into the incident is due in June 2014.Source = ETB News: P.T. A foggy fuel fiasco surrounds an emergency landing at Mildura.last_img read more

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Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens through the good looking glass

first_imgThe Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne has completed the last stage of its upgrade by recreating all of the glass panels in its lobby, rooms, bathrooms and lifts.The new program includes 100 refurbished bathrooms with new sparkle black glass panels, reception desks with rumpled silver glass panelling and backdrop muted white glass panelling. Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne general manager Steve Finlayson said that work had been undertaken over several months to install the glass and the installation had not affected the hotel’s 90 per cent occupancy rate.“We have shed much beach wood panelling and created a bright classy glassy look,” Mr Finlayson said.“Our new lobby furniture and Reception glass panels for instance were installed overnight which amazed guests when they came down for breakfast.”The refurbishment program, dubbed The Refurbishment by Evolution does not engage with traditional upgrade routine rooms. Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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CLIA Australasia partners with Virgin Australia

first_imgCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has brought Virgin Australia on board as a new executive partner for 2015.In welcoming the airline as a new member, CLIA Australasia general manager Brett Jardine said a CLIA membership was a valuable asset at this time of growth.“The awareness of cruising in Australasia continues to go from strength to strength and by bringing key players together through the association, we are able to deliver extensive benefits to our members and the cruising public,” Mr Jardine said.Virgin Australia’s general manager global sales Shirley Field, said membership was an important step for the airline, which services many cruise embarkation ports in Australasia.“Like the cruise industry, Virgin Australia’s network extends across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands so it makes sense to foster greater coordination through CLIA Australasia,” Ms Field said.“A strong partnership between Virgin Australia and CLIA Australasia is good news for our customers as it enables us to work more closely to provide a seamless experience for our guests.”Virgin Australia will be among the 45 companies exhibiting as part of this year’s Cruise3sixty conference on February 27.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Australias Nature Coast strikes gold in QLD Tourism Awards

first_imgAustralia’s Nature Coast has won the Queensland Tourism Award for best Destination Marketing, reflecting the success of the innovative marketing project in attracting European and other international visitors to the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast.The ‘Richard Power Award for Destination Marketing’ was announced at the Queensland Tourism Awards in Brisbane last night.The power of the Australia’s Nature Coast (ANC) marketing strategy has seen record growth in European visitation to both the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast, with the Great Beach Drive – launched earlier this year – attracting significant international and domestic interest as well.In the most recent International Visitor Survey (IVS), the Sunshine Coast recorded 10.6% increase in overseas arrivals to June 2015, fuelled largely by growth in the UK (up 23.7%) and Germany (30.6%) – the two markets where ANC is most heavily promoted.Similarly, the Fraser Coast enjoyed strong international growth in the 2014-15 year, with the IVS figures showing a 14.1% increase in overseas arrivals, including 13.8% growth in the UK market and an impressive 30.5% rise in German visitors.The launch of Australia’s Nature Coast in 2013 was aimed to broaden international market appeal and attract new investment by leveraging the unique natural assets of the adjoining Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast tourism regions.The decision to launch the joint initiative recognised the need for diverse, product-rich natural attractions to compete collaboratively in key international markets.“Consumers don’t recognise regional barriers, and given our proximity and our joint commitment to nature based tourism, the partnership was an ‘obvious’ one,” said Sunshine Coast Destination CEO, Simon Ambrose.“Our strategy targeted the European market in particular because of their specific travel patterns and interests, but the success of marketing initiatives like the ‘Great Beach Drive’ has resonated far wider and we have seen major growth in the Australian, New Zealand and American markets.“Very few regions can offer such easy access – both Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast have their own airports – and such remarkable diversity of attractions.”Fraser Coast Opportunity’s Interim General Manager, Leigh Burnett, said: “The collaboration, professionalism and commitment between Fraser Coast Opportunities and Sunshine Coast Destination and our other partners has underpinned the project’s success.“While Fraser Island was already well known in the international market, by combining with the Sunshine Coast we added a new level of international-ready product that provided a rich, nature-based experience that has proven attractive not just to Europeans, but to markets like America, which has grown 25.2% over the past year.“Australia’s Nature Coast has been principally an international marketing program, but the launch of the Great Beach Drive has sparked excellent domestic interest as well.”Australia’s Nature Coast has been marketed in major campaigns in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), including participation at international trade shows and in dedicated marketing programs in Germany and the UK.With the two regions’ significant diversity in nature, the overall ANC campaign objective was to develop international awareness and appeal by positioning the area as a unified world-class ecotourism destination named Australia’s Nature Coast.By focusing on conversion, the key outcome for both destinations was increased visitation, length of stay, dispersal and visitor expenditure.To achieve this ANC created new product such as the Great Beach Drive, supported by a series of touring itineraries, and actively engaged travel distribution partners to increase product experiences, building knowledge and commitment, and targeting industry activities to convert enquiries into actual bookings.Now in its third year, the ANC project team is led by key representatives from Sunshine Coast Destination Limited (SCDL), Fraser Coast Opportunities (FCO), Destination Gympie Region, Tourism Noosa and the Great Sandy Biosphere.Overall, Sunshine Coast tourism operators took out the third highest number of award wins with 11 accolades at this year’s annual Queensland Tourism Awards, as individuals and businesses celebrated the industry’s many achievements. Australia’s Nature Coast Source = Sunshine Coast Destination Ltdlast_img read more

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Choosing The Best Hotel For Your Clients

first_imgAn experienced travel agent has the advantage over an OTA.The choice of hotel can make a holiday great or leave a nasty taste, which is why it’s an important decision. If your clients are seasoned travellers, they have more than likely got their favourite accommodation – if it’s not broken don’t fix it. However, for new clients or for the adventurous, I’d look at these key components when deciding on booking accommodation.Profile the customerSo it might not be broken, but do you really know what your pax wants, or is it what you thought, or just what they told you? A great chance to upsell can exist in providing that something much better for just a little more.  Shows you are doing your job as well.  Also, if something goes wrong with a hotel they chose themselves, less pressure on you to resolve it.Location, Location, Location!This saying isn’t just reserved for buying property. It’s one of the most important factors when deciding on a hotel. As nice as the hotel is, do you really want to spend half of your holiday taking public transport or taxis to and from your accommodation? The appeal of a cheaper hotel could end up costing you more when factoring this in.Check out the address on a map and if a hotel has multiple locations in a city, check which one you booked.Past ReviewsHow can you trust some of them I hear you say? And I would agree, however when you have 10 reviews that have very similar complaints it’s hard to ignore. Sometimes reviews from popular websites such as TripAdvisor should be taken with a grain of salt, as it’s been well documented that there can be fake reviews posted.It’s just as important to look for the bad as the good. If there are a lot of poor reviews, it’s worth checking around for a third opinion.Word Of MouthOne of the best reviews you can get is from word of mouth. How often do you hear stories from friends and family after they’ve returned back home from a holiday, and provided a play-by-play of their trip? If they’ve loved a hotel that they stayed at, you’re more than likely going to want to stay there too!This is very important if a pax comes to you saying “I want this property”.  Whilst this creates “all care, no responsibility” it’s good to know which mouth the word came out of.  Is your plumber the right one to take a 5 star hotel recommendation from?Ultimately, you the travel agent have the biggest say and could influence your client’s decision. Each client is different, with certain needs and requirements, and that’s where an experienced travel agent has the advantage over an OTA. .roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Deals www.roomsxml.com learn more about roomsXML.com herelast_img read more

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Win Five Luxury Asia Cruises with Silversea Cruises

first_imgSilver ShadowWin Five Luxury Asia Cruises with Silversea CruisesSilversea Cruises is offering five lucky agents the incredible chance to win five luxurious cruises through Southeast Asia on board Silver Shadow.  From Monday, 4th February, and running for the next five weeks, all new bookings made on any Silversea voyage will automatically be entered into the weekly draw to win an all-inclusive Silversea cruise for two people.Sailing in true whispered luxury, the five lucky winners will be indulged in Silversea’s all-inclusive lifestyle as they sail roundtrip from Singapore on 21th March 2019 on a 12-day voyage through Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.  Guests will spend three nights in the spiritual and enriching city of Yangon, while four days at sea will provide ample time to relax and experience the ship’s well-appointed amenities.  Ports of call include the modern, vibrant island of Phuket, plus Malaysia’s ultimate tropical escape, Langkawi, creating an exciting journey of jungle, coast, culture and fishing villages.On board, the winners will enjoy all the hallmarks of ultimate luxury at sea. With one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea, Silver Shadow is a firm favourite in the Silversea fleet, offering open-seating gourmet dining; butler service for all suites; Champagne, select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite dining; and 24-hour dining service; lecture and enrichment programmes; and on board gratuities.Terms and conditions apply.For more information contact your BDM, or call Silversea’s friendly reservations department on +61 2 9255 0600.Source = Silversea Cruiseslast_img read more

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Travel Counsellors appoint Supplier Relations Manager

first_imgAbout Travel CounsellorsFounded in 1994, Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company with over 1,800 self-employed travel consultants and a global support team of over 400 staff. The company is headquartered in Manchester U.K, with operations in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Travel Counsellors Australia Pty Ltd. was established in 2007. Today, nearly 150 Travel Counsellors run their own travel business from home with the support of a Melbourne based Head Office. Travel Counsellors Australia is proud to be a full member of IATA and AFTA and is accredited with ATAS and CLIA.Source = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellors appoint Supplier Relations ManagerTravel Counsellors appoint Supplier Relations ManagerTravel Counsellors are delighted to welcome Megan Larsen-Smith to the Melbourne team in the key role of Supplier Relations Manager.Speaking of the senior role, Regional Managing Director Kaylene Shuttlewood said; “This is a new role that supports our goal to build strategic partnerships, with deeper engagement and greater recognition with key suppliers”. Megan’s role will own and drive the buying strategy for Travel Counsellors in Australia encompassing land, air and sea. She will work to leverage relationships to drive greater partnership opportunities for the business across sales, marketing, events and sponsorships. Megan will head up the Australian commercial team that includes product buyer Jason Bell-Davey, cruise executive Jane Tanti and product executive Ellie Miller.Megan joins Travel Counsellors with over 15 years’ experience in the tourism industry. Her previous roles have covered wholesale, corporate TMC, hotel and airline – all sectors that are key elements within the Supplier Relations Manager role.last_img read more

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Columbia capital to host major global events through 2017

first_imgInvest in Bogota recently announced that the city will host numerous key industry events in 2015 through 2017, further establishing Colombia and its capital as a world-class destination for business. Colombia ranks third among Latin American countries in hosting events, with Bogota being the main contributor, according to the most recent report from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).Sandra García, Bureau Director for Greater Bogota Convention said, “Our presence in these global events demonstrates the relevance countries in this region have undertaken. In particular Bogota has been ranked as one of the strongest options in the areas of tourism and investment by studies from prestigious firms such as IdN Intelligence, fDi Magazine, and AT Kearney rank.”Among the major events that the Colombian capital will host in 2015 is the Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology, scheduled for August 5 to 8. The event is estimated to attract 3,000 participants and approximate economic impact of USD 4,200,000. Bogota will also host the 5th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress in 2016, a significant opportunity to demonstrate to the world that Bogota is a city with long-term strategic vision. Another meeting of great importance to Bogota and its surroundings is the Annual Meeting of Latin American Dermatologists, which is confirmed for May 25 to 29, 2017. The event is estimated to attract 3,500 participants and approximate economic impact of USD 5,250,000.last_img read more

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Mortgage Credit Availability Expands Slightly

first_img in Origination November 12, 2013 447 Views Share The “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://mba.org/default.htm (MBA) latest analysis of underwriting criteria shows mortgage credit availability opened up in October.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) increased 0.7 percent last month to 111.5, putting a stop to declines recorded in the previous two months.According to the association, October’s gain reflects a reduction in minimum credit scores by investors on certain products; that was offset slightly by other investors reducing the availability of cash-out refinances and limiting other programs to primary residences which had previously allowed for second and investor homes.The MCAI, which combines MBA data with statistics from “”AllReg’s””:http://www.allregs.com/ Market Clarity product, calculates availability using several factors related to borrower eligibility and underwriting criteria from more than 85 lenders and investors. The index is benchmarked to 100 in March 2012; had it been tracked in 2007, the MCAI would have posted a level of roughly 800.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Credit Availability Credit Standards Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Service Providers 2013-11-12 Tory Barringer Mortgage Credit Availability Expands Slightlylast_img read more

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Housing Permits Completions Gain Momentum

first_img in Data, Headlines, News Housing Permits, Completions Gain Momentum Share February 16, 2017 555 Views center_img Construction activity for the month of January shows an increase in building permits and housing completions, which is good news for new homebuyers. However, housing starts are having a difficult time picking up speed, according to residential construction data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Privately owned housing starts saw a 2.6 percent decline from December to last month, but is 10.5 percent above the January 2016 rate of 1.12 million. Starts on buildings with five or more units was at 446,000.Housing completions also showed a 5.6 percent decrease from December, with privately owned completions declining from 1.1 million to one million. Completions on buildings with five-plus units was at 244,000.Despite declines in the aforementioned areas, building permit activity has seen a 4.6 percent jump for privately owned housing permits, rising from 1,228,000 million in December to 1,285,000. There was also a .4 percent increase in permits for buildings with five or more units, with a jump from 1.182 million to 1.186 million. Single-family building permits were also up, rising 4.7 percent month-over-month.Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist for Trulia, said that the increase in permits is great for potential homebuyers who are in areas with sparse inventory.“The big uptick in permits should be good news for inventory-constrained homebuyers, as permits eventually become starts, which in turn become new homes for sale,” he said. “As a result, we shouldn’t be surprised to see a strong uptick in starts in mid-2017.”A rise in single-family starts was detected, with a 1.9 percent increase since December 2016, bringing the number from 808,000 to 823,000.Marc Waco, PwC’s U.S. Engineering & Construction Advisory Leader at PwC, believes that the data “represents a continued sign of strength and optimism in the housing sector.”“As we begin the spring selling season, we have yet to see any material housing policy impacts from the Trump administration, however builders remain hopeful that President Trump’s pro-business approach could translate to a reduction in regulations on home builders, and an easing of credit requirements for home buyers,” he said. “Without any action we expect affordability concerns to increase as the combination of a rising interest rate environment along with a continued gap in supply and demand of new entry level housing forces some potential buyers to remain on the sideline.  We are also watching how the immigration policy plays out, as it could impact an already tight labor supply for builders.” Building Permits Data Housing Completions Housing Starts HUD U.S. Census Bureau 2017-02-16 Mirasha Brownlast_img read more

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Dr Chris BrownIndonesiaLombok

first_imgDr Chris BrownIndonesiaLombok Channel 10’s ‘The Living Room’ will be showcasing the Indonesian destination of Lombok this Friday (24 November) at 7.30pm [AEDT], when Dr Chris Brown explores this ‘peaceful paradise’ of 193km of coastline and spectacular waterfalls, only a 30 minute flight from Denpasar, Bali.“When The Living Room expressed interest in a destination beyond Bali we were keen to introduce Lombok as the next hot destination for Australians,” says Miriam Tulevski, representing the Visit Indonesia Tourism Office, Sydney.“Lombok is positioning itself as a peaceful paradise. It’s a fly in and chill out destination.” The Living Room story was sponsored by Friendly Lombok, Wonderful Indonesia, Garuda Airlines, A&T Tours, Blue Water Express, Scuba Froggy, Ombak Paradise Hotel and Novotel Hotel.last_img read more

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What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories After graduating from Kansas State in 2010, the undrafted rookie found himself on the practice squad for all of last season. Due such a dominating preseason, Powell is now expected to be named one of the last players added to the 53 man roster today by head coach Ken Whisenhunt. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Arizona Cardinals running back William Powell has finished the preseason as the NFL’s leading rusher. Powell, who had 249 yards and 3 touchdowns on 42 carries, has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise rough Cardinals preseason. Aside from leading the league in rushing, Powell also gives the Cardinals an option as a kick returner.As a senior at Kansas State in 2010, Powell was second in the nation averaging 34.6 yards per return. In the preseason, he returned 10 kicks for a total of 290 yards, including one that went for 53 yards. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Palmer 33 is clearly not the quarterback he once

first_imgPalmer, 33, is clearly not the quarterback he once was. A Pro Bowl selection in 2005 and 2006, the former top pick is no longer considered to be elite.However, he threw for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season with the Raiders, and has completed better than 60 percent of his passes in eight out of nine NFL seasons. While Palmer may not be great — the Raiders would not be parting with him if he was — it’s tough to argue the idea that he’d be an upgrade over the team’s other options at the position. As of this very moment, the Arizona Cardinals’ stable of quarterbacks includes Drew Stanton, Brian Hoyer, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has said Stanton will be the starter if the team does not add another signal caller, and many mock drafts have the team looking at a different position at the top of the 2013 draft.So, in other words, if the Cards are to add another passer it will likely be via free agency, and it just so happens an enticing option is likely to hit the market. Interesting: now “highly unlikely” Carson Palmer will be willing to restructure his contract meaning OAK pays him $13 million or cuts him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2013 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — Last season the Arizona Cardinals

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Last season, the Arizona Cardinals became known across the league for their “next man up” mentality after suffering injury after injury across the roster. Week after week, a player would go down and another was ready to take his place. This season, that mantra can apply somewhere a little different: Defensive leadership. With the loss of veteran Darnell Dockett, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers in March, the shift of linebacker Larry Foote to a coaching role and the absence of two-year defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who took a head coaching position with the Jets, it could appear on paper that Arizona is in need of pilotage on defense. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories “That’s nice. Everything is the same,” he said. “They (Bowles and Bettcher) are very similar. Bettch, he’s changed some of the drills. (He has us do) a lot more run fits and a lot more communication, make sure everyone is on the same page.” All according to head coach Bruce Arians’ plan, apparently. “I didn’t want the players to come in here and have to learn anything different,” Arians said. “The core of our defense, the playbook is the same. And (Bettcher) has great communication skills with the guys and a lot of respect.” “He asks for a lot of feedback,” added Campbell, grinning and nodding emphatically. “Especially from the older guys like Patrick Peterson and myself. He’ll ask us what we want to do and if we like what we’re doing. “It’s always good when you can interact with the coaches and they’ll hear you out and respond. And Bettch is really good at that.” Not to hear defensive end Calais Campbell tell it. Losing players? No problem. Campbell says others were more than ready to step into their place. “We have a lot of leaders. Losing players is part of the game…“…On the defense, we’re not missing any leadership,” he said, citing cornerback Jerraud Powers and a highly competitive defensive backs corps, along with tenured players in defensive end Frostee Rucker and safety Rashad Johnson. What about the loss of Bowles? Next man up. In this case, that happens to be first-year coordinator and former linebackers coach James Bettcher. Campbell said Bettcher already got along well with the players. “It’s good that we already have a relationship with him,” he said. “You know, we had a really good relationship with him when he was a linebacker coach and now being a D-coordinator, it’s cool to continue to have that relationship.” One of the benefits of Bettcher stepping into the role, Campbell said, was the fact that the team didn’t have to worry about a new system. He said though the person running the defense is different, the terminology used is the same. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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The noise surrounding Cardinals QB Carson Palmer a

first_img The noise surrounding Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and his ability to win big games grew considerably louder last season when he struggled during Arizona’s two playoff games.Having entered the season without a single postseason victory, the thought was that while he was a good quarterback, he was not the kind of passer capable of leading a team to a championship.Needless to say, a six-turnover performance in the NFC Championship Game did nothing to diminish those beliefs, and Palmer understands that to be true. Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer (68) in the first quarter during an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Jared Veldheer, Cardinals OT Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img “You can’t win the big game until you win it,” he admitted Monday following the team’s first OTA practice.”We’ll revisit that when we get back to the NFC Championship and that will be that.“Right now I’m focused on what we’re doing today, what’s going in tomorrow, what’s getting coached up today in this afternoon meeting and moving on tomorrow. When we get to the NFC Championship Game we’ll talk about that again then.”Fair enough.The funny thing is, Palmer did lead the Cardinals to 13 regular season wins last season, with some of the victories being of the “big” variety. And while he was not exceptionally sharp in the Divisional Round, the Cardinals did beat the Green Bay Packers to advance to the NFC Championship Game.Was that game not big?Narratives like the one following Palmer are tough to kill, and really will not die until he leads the Cardinals to even greater heights than he did last season. However, while Palmer is aware and understanding of why people may think that about him, his teammate Jared Veldheer doesn’t like it.A guest of Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday, the left tackle said the talk that surrounds his QB upsets him. “Absolutely, because it’s interesting where it comes from — if you look at the entire body of work, there’s MVP talks the whole year,” he said. “You can’t just put one game on one guy and that’s why we can’t wait to get back into that big game to show that that’s a fluke.”Palmer was indeed in the conversation for MVP the majority of the year, and he even received one vote for the award that ultimately went to Carolina’s Cam Newton. Having recovered from a torn ACL suffered in the 2014 season, Palmer threw for a career and franchise-best 4,671 yards with 35 touchdowns and posted a QB rating of 104.6.The former Cincinnati Bengal and Oakland Raider was good — damn good — and there’s plenty of reason to believe he can have similar success in 2016.And Veldheer, at least, has the utmost amount of confidence in the 36-year-old even after the way he played in Carolina last season, when he completed 23-of-40 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.“I love him,” he said. “There’s not a guy I’d rather play for than Carson, or block for. Such a good guy; such a great guy and it’s not just his fault for that game.” 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Veldheer said the offensive line did not play well against the Panthers, adding there’s a lot of blame that goes to certain people.“It’s a team game and team-wise we didn’t get it done,” he said. “He’s back; he’s got fire. He’s such an awesome guy to play for. You can see what he does every game and I don’t think it’s going to be a question heading into this season.”Veldheer has a better read on Palmer than most having played with him in Oakland, and it’s clear the lineman is fond of the QB. Of course, he’s not the only one in that locker room who feels good about the captain and offensive leader.“He’s got great humility, great accountability; he’s going to shoot you straight and you know you’re getting the most prepared quarterback every week,” Veldheer said. “He’s very dubious with his studies, he’s making sure he puts in all the work and guys see that.“And he’s great in the huddle. He takes control of the huddle, takes control of guys — is able to grab a guy and bring him back in if he goes off a little bit. Just that kind of guy.” Veldheer added that Palmer is relatable and easy to talk to as well.“You can sit down, eat lunch with him, conversation,” he said. “He’s just normal. He’s just a good guy and I think guys really go towards that.” – / 23last_img read more

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QUOTABLE I drive by schoolyards and I see a bunch

first_imgQUOTABLE“I drive by schoolyards and I see a bunch of red out there. Fitz and I talked about it: his legacy, he wanted to have a generation of Cardinal fans that were Cardinal fans, not somebody that moved here from somewhere else … If the kids are Cardinal fans, mom and pop got no choice. ‘We’re going to the game and wearing red. Put your Bears jerseys away.’”— Bruce Arians on seeing the fandom for the Cardinals grow in the Valley – / 16 Top Stories “Justin better get back quick, ’cause he’s losing ground. You know, that’s Brandon’s job to lose right now,” the Cardinals coach said. “He’s played extremely well, he’s very competitive. You knew that because he was a great special teams player at A&M, learning how to play DB that one year. But he’s long, he’s fast.”Then, Arians added the kicker.“I’ll take young talent over an old, savvy guy that gets run past every time,” he said.Bethel had his good and bad moments when he took over starting duties for the final regular-season games and ensuing playoff run in 2015.For each, just look to his matchup against one team. Bethel had an interception and eight tackles as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers heavily targeted him in Week 16 of the regular season but he gave up a big fourth-and-20 play late in the Cardinals’ divisional playoff win against Green Bay.The challenge of unseating Williams atop the cornerback depth chart isn’t Bethel’s alone.The Cardinals signed veteran Mike Jenkins before camp but lost him to a hand injury. Additionally, the recently-signed Alan Ball could also challenge Williams, the Cardinals’ 2016 third-round pick. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach center_img Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is doubling down on one key roster battle as his team prepares for its first preseason game Friday.He’s already said that injured cornerback Justin Bethel will need to unseat rookie Brandon Williams from the starting cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson.After saying he’s “very comfortable” with Williams starting at this point, Arians reinforced that stance Monday while visiting Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Bickley and Marotta show. Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals rookie corner Brandon Williams in practice on Aug. 1, 2016. (Adam Green/ArizonaSports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   An NFL owner whose team used to call St. Louis home is stepping up his involvement in the community, though it’s not the recently departed Rams. It’s Michael Bidwill of  the Arizona Cardinals.As reported by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dospatch, the Cardinals’ president donated $10,000 to the St. Louis Tom Lombardo chapter of the National Football Foundation this week. The organization’s goal is to promote youth, particularly high school, football in the area. The organization has taken a hit since the Rams left for Los Angeles before the 2016 NFL season. Bob Bunton Sr., the executive director of the St. Louis chapter, sent a letter to Bidwill asking for financial help. Dan Dierdorf, Johnny Roland, Roger Wehrli, and coach Jim Hanifan, all ex-Cardinals players, signed onto the request.“It was manna from heaven,” Bunton said. “(Bidwill) didn’t even hesitate. It’s a big load off our backs to know that we can continue on with the programs that we feel recognize deserving kids.”The Cardinals called St. Louis home from 1960 to 1987 under Bill Bidwill, Michael’s father. The Cardinals current owner supported keeping the Rams in Missouri when the plan to relocate arose.His donation will provide tickets and plaques for the top 25 high school players in the area, who are honored at the chapter’s annual banquet. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill arrives at NFL offices for meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in New York. The NFL’s expansion committee comprised of six powerful owners is hearing presentations from St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland on their stadium situations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRecent additions to security, shopping, dining, and interior spaces at Los Angeles International Airport have transformed travel from hassle to indulgence, earning it a place among Skytrax’s Top 10 Most Improved Airports in 2018.Streamlined Travel:To streamline the passenger experience, while maintaining safety protocols, the Transportation Safety Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have incorporated futuristic improvements into security and customs. In the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), British Airways and Lufthansa check in some flyers using a facial recognition program, the first of its kind in the U.S.The international terminal and Terminal 2 are also home to 190 Automated Passport Control machines, which speed up the customs process.Private Lounges:For parties interested in an even more luxurious experience, The Private Suite, located in an exclusive A-list terminal, provides private screenings; attendants and concierges to handle baggage, ticket issues, rental cars, and more; as well as a three-minute chauffeured ride in a BMW directly to your plane. While these upgrades mean travellers can spend less time at the airport, new lounges and fine-dining and luxury shopping choices ensure that what time is spent at LAX will be pleasurable. Catering to affluent international travellers, upscale lounges such as the Qantas First Lounge, United Polaris lounge, Star Alliance Lounge and American Express Centurion Lounge are designed to reduce jet lag, help passengers adjust to a change of time zone and comfort them with amenities like private dining on fine cuisine, signature cocktails, daybeds and showers.Shopping & Dining: Westfield LAX has revamped the retail components of the terminals, adding 20 new shops. Southwest’s Terminal 1 now includes a Kiehl’s skin-care shop and a MAC cosmetics store. Offering more than the usual fast-food options, TBIT features elevated options from L.A.-only eateries: the sophisticated Petrossian Caviar and Champagne Bar, where visitors can dine in or purchase a “caviar in the air” picnic pack for the plane; Chaya Sushi, serving handmade sushi and premade sashimi and sushi rolls to go; celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio’s ink.sack restaurant, which serves up artisanal sandwiches; LAMILL Coffee, known for its always-pressed, never brewed joe; and Border Grill, featuring celebrity chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s renowned upscale modern Mexican cuisine.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel, has revealed a new look for one of its signature suites after an extensive refurbishment. The Glamis is billed as the “ultimate base” for couples and families, heads of state and VIPs.Named after one of the country’s royal abodes – Glamis Castle, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother – the newly launched Glamis Suite is full of period charm and regal references, its ambience and luxury offerings giving a hint of its namesake’s legacy of style, intrigue, rebels and revolution.Overlooking the entrance to the hotel on Princes Street, the new suite can be booked with one, two or three bedrooms. A new entrance has been constructed to provide discrete, private check-ins.The Glamis Suite features a dining room table set for four, a sitting room with working fireplace and antique chandelier. At centre stage of the Master Bedroom is a full-height, half-tester bed with a tapestried canopy that recalls the romance of a by-gone era. Lewis & Wood Bosky wallpaper by artist Alexander Hamilton adds afairy-tale quality to the scene, while two stone lions – a reference to The Royal Banner of the Royal Armsof Scotland – stand guard.A spacious Arabascato marble-clad bathroom, featuring an oversized free-standing bath that sits underneath a  vintage Czechoslovakian-glass chandelier, completes the suite.The Glamis Suite starts from £3,600 per night including breakfast and the following complimentary features:In-suite check-inPersonalised Concierge services before and during any stayFull In Room BarRocco Forte Nourish healthy cuisine for the In Room Bar (upon request)Breakfast in suite or in Brasserie Prince by Alain RouxUnpacking and packing servicePressing of up to 4 garmentsIn-house moviesHigh-speed Wi-Fi accessGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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