The earthquake in Christchurch has forced organisers of MEETINGS 2011 to relocate the upcoming business expo out of the city. With the business event originally arranged to be held in Christchurch in June this year, Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau manager Leonie Ashford said the city has a lot of post-quake rebuilding ahead and it was logical to find an alternative city to host the expo.”We pride ourselves on being a stand-out destination and the perfect hosts, but sadly this year we can’t deliver on that,” Ms Ashford said. “Our focus needs to be on rebuilding our city and our industry so that’s why we’ve decided that we can’t host MEETINGS as planned this year.”Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive Alan Trotter said despite relocating the event, the organisation would continue to assist Christchurch and its business tourism industry. “Christchurch is a vital cog in our business tourism industry and it is in all our interests that it gets back on its feet as quickly as possible and re-opens for business,” Mr Trotter said. Rotorua Energy Events Centre has been selected as the alternative hosting city for MEETINGS 2011 to be held on 22 and 23 June. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Virgin Australia partners with V8 Supercars Virgin Australia announced today it will become the official domestic airline of the V8 Supercars in a partnership that will see the airline transport V8 Supercar staff, a majority of the teams and offer fans great savings on flights and holiday packages to events.With 15 V8 Supercar events around Australia and one in New Zealand, fans will have access to a range of fantastic value domestic deals and tailor made packages specific for the events with Virgin Australia as the new official domestic airline.Virgin Australia Group Executive of Commercial, Liz Savage, commented on the partnership as a unique opportunity, stating that Virgin Australia was proud to be the official airline. “With the convenience of more flights, more often, we can help fans reach their favourite race track destination all over the country,” Ms Savage said. V8 Supercar CEO David Malone also stated in a media release that is was a fantastic arrangement for V8 Supercars and fans, elevating the sport in Australia as it brings “fans closer to the race, with Virgin Australia delivering great value and service to our loyal fan base.”“This is the first step in what we hope to be a long association with Virgin Australia which is a perfect fit with our international carrier Etihad who have been with us for the past year,” Mr Malone concluded.Currently with 16 events scheduled on the calendar, the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship will take place at cities mainly around Australia including Adelaide, Melbourne, Philip Island, Bathurst, Gold Coast, Darwin and more. V8 packages are being offered by Blue Holidays including airfares, accommodation and tickets, and along with Virgin Australia’s daily services to each city from key ports in Australia, will enable V8 Supercar fans from around the country to travel to their favourite track. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
BIG4 Holiday Parks recently celebrated the outstanding achievement and success of its 180 park group with the annual BIG4 Awards presented in Brisbane. The BIG4 Gala Awards are held each year to acknowledge Member Parks that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year with winners selected by a panel of BIG4 shareholders and board members. Of the ten awards presented each year, the most prestigious park award is the BIG4 Supreme Award for Excellence, awarded to BIG4 Bellarine Holiday Park in Victoria for excellence in personal service, facilities, accommodation and tourism promotion. The highest award available to individuals involved with BIG4 Holiday Parks is the BIG4 Life Membership Award which was awarded to Lorraine Golightly of BIG4 Beacon Resort in Victoria. The award recognises the exceptional accomplishments of those who have contributed to the success of the organisation and continue to support the positive performance of the BIG4 group overall. BIG4 Holiday Parks CEO, Ray Schleibs, said that while all BIG4 parks continue to set industry benchmarks for quality service and facilities, the awards are about recognising the individuals and Member Parks that have gone above and beyond to provide the ultimate Aussie holiday experience. “These parks have been recognised for their continued commitment to providing outstanding customer service and facility excellence. Each one has worked so hard to be the best of the best so we are very proud to honour them and have them as part of the BIG4 network,” said Ray.The following awards were presented to parks with outstanding commitment to excellence across a range of criteria: Source = BIG4 Holiday Parks Certificate of Appreciation: Ken Davis – BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park/BIG4 Frankston Holiday Park & Jenine Drayton – BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday ParkBIG4 Staff Recognition Award – Member Park: Hannah & Martin McGill – BIG4 Harrington Holiday ParkBIG4 Staff Recognition Award – Central Office: Maree Fox George, Business Development Manager BIG4 Best Branded Park Award: BIG4 Bungalow Park BIG4 Rising Star Award: BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park BIG4 Most Improved Park Award: BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort Alan & Gloria Rowett BIG4 Club Membership Award – Highest Sales National: BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park Alan & Gloria Rowett BIG4 Club Membership Award – Highest Weighted Sales National: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday ParkThose wanting to enjoy the BIG4 experience for themselves can start their journey at BIG4.com.au to order a free 2012 BIG4 Holiday Guide and book their next holiday online.
The Singapore Airlines subsidiary announced that it would fly Singapore-Perth five times per week, beginning 19 December 2013. Perth becomes Scoot’s 12th network destination and third in Australia. Scoot will launch flights to Perth, just in time for Christmas, adding competition to the route. Source = ETB News “With Singapore and south-east Asia now representing one of Australia’s strongest tourism growth markets, the decision by Scoot to choose Perth as their third and largest Australian port of call is a huge win for Western Australia, where direct air services are such a key driver of international tourism,” Mr McEvoy said. Image: Scoot Scoot will utilise 402-seat Boeing 777-200s on the route, boosting competition and receiving praise from Tourism Australia’s soon-to-be-former managing director Andrew McEvoy.
Vivid Sydney 2016 VIVID Sydney injects one hundred and ten million into NSW economyVIVID Sydney injects one hundred and ten million into NSW economyFigures released today confirm that Vivid Sydney 2016 injected a phenomenal $110 million of visitor spend into the State’s economy according to Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres.In 2016 the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW made the strategic decision to extend the festival from 18 to 23 nights.“This year’s festival included an extra five nights and three new precincts which helped drive this phenomenal result and extend the positive benefits Vivid Sydney brings to the State’s visitor economy,” Mr Ayres said.“$110 million in visitor spend is a huge result and is up 75 per cent on last year’s figure. Not only did we smash visitor expenditure, we became Australia’s largest event with 2.31 million attendees experiencing the spectacular Vivid Sydney.“Of these attendees, almost 184,000 were visitors who travelled to Sydney specifically for the festival, generating more than 621,000 visitor nights for the NSW visitor economy.“Vivid Sydney continues to shine bright on the State’s events calendar. I congratulate the dedicated team at Destination NSW and the many Government agencies involved in delivering another sensational event and look forward to a brilliant return of the festival in 2017.”Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Vivid Sydney Executive Producer Sandra Chipchase, said the results were driven by exceptional marketing, partnership campaigns and outstanding programming.“Our biggest ever program of light, music and ideas saw Vivid Sydney expand into new precincts including the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo and present over 190 Music and 180 Ideas events. These initiatives supported by our marketing and partnership campaigns were instrumental in increasing both visitor numbers and the length of stay.”Vivid Sydney 2017 will be held from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June. Vivid SydneySource = Destination NSW – Vivid Sydney
Avis Australia names 2016 scholarship recipient (L-R) Avis Australia Travel Industry Manager Russell Butler, 2016 Avis Scholarship winner Barbara Baron (Sylvania Travel & Cruise), The Hon. John Barilaro MP (NSW Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business) and Avis Pacific Region Managing Director Kaye CeilleAvis Australia names 2016 scholarship recipientBarbara Baron from Sylvania Travel & Cruise in New South Wales today joins an elite group of Australian travel consultants after by being named as the 2016 recipient of the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship – the retail travel industry’s most prestigious award for customer service.The Scholarship — which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary — is awarded annually to an Australian travel consultant who consistently delivers outstanding customer service.Avis Travel Industry Manager Russell Butler says Baron impressed this year’s judges with her enthusiasm and passion.“Barbara’s determination to exceed her customers’ expectations was obvious through every step of the Scholarship process,” says Butler. “She deserves her place among our extraordinary group of Scholarship recipients, and I am confident she will make an excellent ambassador for the program and the Australian travel industry during our 20th year.”Baron was announced as this year’s recipient at an award ceremony in Sydney attended by Australian travel industry leaders and guest of honour, The Hon. John Barilaro MP, New South Wales’ Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business.As the 2016 winner Baron receives a prize package valued at more than $40,000 and including:two return Qantas Airways Business Class tickets to New Yorksix nights’ accommodation in Manhattan, seven days car rental from Avis and appointments with senior executives at Avis World Headquarters in New Jersey, with site visits to US travel agenciesa scholarship to study at Southern Cross University with financial support of up to $8,000 (subject to the terms and conditions identified by Southern Cross University)12 months’ individual membership of Cruise Lines International Association (Australasia) and two tickets to attend Cruise3sixty Australasia in Sydney in September 2017a Polonious Resources Personal Profile, feedback session and on-call personal/professional coaching for 12 monthstwo tickets to the 2017 National Travel Industry Awards Gala Dinner in Sydney (including return flights and overnight accommodation).In addition, she will enjoy a one year honorary position on the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Board.This year’s Scholarship finalists also included:Joanna Tatton, Cruiseabout Noosa (QLD)Jeanette Lasek, Travel by Design (NSW)Melissa Pointon, MTA Travel (NSW)Janene Ferguson, Helloworld South Melbourne (VIC).Each finalist will now receive a personal online behavioural profile and consultation session with a Polonious Resources business coach.Butler thanked every travel agent who took part in this year’s Scholarship program, and acknowledged the award’s major sponsors for their ongoing generosity over the past 20 years.“Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any awards program, and this would not have been possible without the support and commitment of our sponsors. We thank them on behalf of Avis and the Australian travel industry.” Avis Scholarshipdiscover more hereSource = Avis
WhitsundaysWhitsundays to feature in marketing campaign with Expedia and WotifThe Whitsundays will feature in a massive online marketing campaign as part of an ongoing partnership with Expedia and Wotif.The region’s marketing and visitor attraction agency, Tourism Whitsundays, is partnering with Expedia Media Solutions on a 12-month campaign occurring across Wotif.com and Expedia.com.au to drive awareness and sales to the Whitsundays.The Expedia group will promote the Whitsundays through a branded landing page on its website, as well as social media, blogs, e-newsletters and display adverts.Tourism Whitsundays will do the same and Whitsunday tourism operators are being encouraged to provide attractive deals and offers as part of the campaign.Tourism Whitsundays’ sales and marketing manager Tash Wheeler said the organisation was excited to be launching an ongoing 12-month campaign in partnership with Expedia Media Solutions to keep the Whitsundays top-of-mind for consumers.“This campaign will provide the Whitsundays with one ‘hero’ campaign for the entire financial year, aimed at increasing visitation to, and spend in, the region,” she said.“It will give the Whitsunday tourism industry the opportunity to increase demand and therefore revenue, and it will keep the Whitsundays competitive against other holiday destinations.“It is also aimed at converting holidaymakers from thinking about a holiday in the Whitsundays to actually booking one.”Expedia Media Solutions’ Director Gianluca Armando said, “beautiful imagery can capture the attention of potential travellers, and help them picture themselves immersed in the destination, and ultimately inspire them to book a trip. We are showcasing all that the Whitsundays has to offer, with the goal of driving interest and creating a larger demand for the destination.”The first wave of activity, which is aimed at raising awareness, kicked off in June Australia-wide, with the sale period set to run in September and again in January 2018.Source = Tourism Whitsundays
Club Med Travel Agent Survey Winners AnnouncedClub Med Travel Agent Survey Winners AnnouncedClub Med would like to congratulate the five lucky Travel Agents, each winning a $100 voucher for completing Club Med’s annual Travel Agent Survey. A total of 470 Australian Agents completed the 66 question survey within the two week survey period.The 2017 Club Med Travel Agent Survey winners are:Monique Cook from Helloworld Mornington Cruise and Travel (VIC)Scott Docherty from Flight Centre Miranda (NSW)Kirsten Ault from Flying Colours Travel (VIC)Rachael Pearce from Ract Helloworld Devonport (TAS)Cassandra Zayonce from TravelManagers (QLD)From the survey, Club Med are proud to say that 74 percent of travel agents position Club Med as Premium offer and 97 percent think that all-inclusive is the best feature of Club Med Resorts, 74 percent that activities is the best feature and 70 percent the Kids club.Club Med value the contribution of Travel Agents to their overall business and continue to work hard to deliver travel agents with the tools they need to sell Club Med holidays.Travel Agents can access Club Med sales tools and marketing resources from the Club Med Travel AgentPortal www.clubmedta.com.au (AU) www.clubmedta.co.nz (NZ)Source = Club Med
By Harsh AgarwalThe European flight comparison site, idealo, has landed in India. It has announced the launch of its 15th site, flights.idealo.in. First launched in Germany in 2000, the meta-search company already operates 14 airfare comparison websites around the world, designed to offer customers the best prices on flights.Through the new site, Indian travellers will be able to compare thousands of flights, including low-cost and full-service carriers, from hundreds of online travel agencies and airline websites.“idealo’s focus on transparency and quality of service means users can enjoy reliable, honest and stress-free flight finding,” the company stated.
Darshan Baid | KolkataSituated in North Africa, Morocco is home to beautiful and pristine beaches, mosques and ancient cities. According to the data shared by Morocco’s Tourism Ministry, in 2017 Morocco welcomed more than 11.35 million travellers from across the globe making it one of the most visited countries in Africa.Speaking exclusively to Travel News Digest, on the sidelines of recently concluded Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) official spokesperson from Moroccan National Tourist Office said, “Our main object of participating in ATM is to attract travellers from different markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.”Pointing out India as source market, he asserted, “ India is definitely one of the important markets for us. We are focusing on the Indian market, we will organise FAM trip, roadshows, promoting our destination through Media. We will also work on improving the air connectivity between India and Morocco.”Notably, Morocco welcomed more than 21,850 Indian travellers in 2017 and the Moroccan Tourist Ministry is eyeing to double the above-mentioned arrivals from India in 2019.The official spokesperson also confirmed that a representative body from the Moroccan National Tourist Office (MNTO) will open in New Delhi in order to promote Morocco’s high potential in the Indian market.In regards with exchanging tourism with India, Moroccan Ambassador in India, Mohamed Malki said, “The opening of a representative body of the MNTO will allow us to plan strategic promotion programs in order to benefit from the Indian market, which offers great opportunities.”The official spokesperson also highlighted that Morocco tourism is also focusing on India destination wedding market as India has a great potential as a wedding market.
Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology FGMC to Expand Wholesale Lending Division August 20, 2012 440 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-20 Abby Gregory Expanding its wholesale unit, “”First Guaranty Mortgage Corp. (FGMC)””:fgmc.com/ has appointed a new national wholesale sales manager. The company recently announced that Industry veteran Patricia Trimble has been hired to fill the leadership position.[IMAGE]Prior to teaming up with FGMC, Trimble was a senior vice president and national wholesale manager for Home Savings of America. [COLUMN_BREAK]Boasting more than two decades of experience in the mortgage industry, Trimble has also spent time with American Mortgage Network/Wachovia Mortgage and “”JP Morgan Chase””:www.jpmorganchase.com/.In her new role for the company, Trimble will be responsible for growing FGMC’s wholesale division. Additionally, she’ll be actively maintaining relationships with FGMC’s current client base.””There is a tremendous opportunity in the wholesale space after the departure of some of the bigger lenders,”” noted Trimble. “”We are moving aggressively to let brokers know that FGMC is a growing, client-focused company, and that we will continue to support our wholesale partners,”” she added.””FGMC is known for its niche products, and we will continue to promote those,”” stated FGMC’s CEO Andrew Peters. “”But having recently devoted a good deal of effort to bulking up our operations and compliance foundation, we are now ready to grow our mainstream programs. Patty is a devoted advocate for her clients, and her experience and drive make her the ideal choice to grow our wholesale division.””
Illinois Bank Shuts Down in Seventh Failure of 2014 Bank Failure FDIC 2014-05-18 Tory Barringer May 18, 2014 480 Views Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News An Illinois bank has closed its doors for good, bringing the national tally of FDIC-insured bank collapses to seven so far this year.The agency announced Friday the closure of AztecAmerica Bank, which was shut down by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. The bank, based in Berwyn, is the state’s second failure of 2014.To protect depositors, FDIC announced a purchase and assumption agreement with Republic Bank of Chicago, which has assumed all of AztecAmerica’s estimated $65.0 million in deposits. The Chicago institution has also agreed to purchase approximately $58.3 million of the failed bank’s assets, with FDIC holding on to the remaining $8 million for later disposition.As a result of the collapse, the estimated cost to the government’s Deposit Insurance Fund will be $18.0 million.
American Enterprise Institute Credit Standards FHA First-Time Homebuyers Mortgage Risk 2014-11-24 Tory Barringer Mortgage Risk Levels Remain Elevated in October Share Loan risk in the mortgage market stayed more or less flat from September to October, remaining at nearly double the historical stable level, according to a report.The American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) National Mortgage Risk Index for home purchase loans stood at 11.4 percent in October, little changed from the previous three-month average but nearly 1 percentage point above its year-ago level, the group said Monday.The index measures the percentage of purchase loans that would be at risk of default in the event of another economic downturn. According to AEI, an index value of less than 6 percent is “indicative of conditions conducive to a stable market.”Among the nearly 4.8 million mortgages measured in October’s index, 44.7 percent were made to first-time homebuyers. The risk reading for these loans came in slightly higher than the composite index at 14.5 percent.AEI said the elevated level of risk for that group stemmed largely from the concentration of mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), as few first-time buyers have the money needed to make a standard down payment.The risk index for all FHA loans registered 24.2 percent in October, up 2 percentage points from a year ago and “modestly higher” than the average of the last three months, AEI reported.”This extremely high level of risk indicates that FHA loans would perform poorly in a serious stress event, fueling home price volatility, particularly in lower income and minority areas,” the group said.Meanwhile, the index gauging loan risk among mortgages purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remained level at 6 percent.Despite the relative stability in the Fannie/Freddie index, AEI says the GSEs—like FHA—aren’t doing enough to monitor and compensate for the number of high debt-to-income ratio loans being originated today. While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s qualified mortgage (QM) guidelines instituted a 43 percent debt-to-income limit for protected loans, there is an exemption for mortgages insured by FHA or approved by the GSEs.”There continues to be little discernible volume impact from the QM regulations on the share of loans, with 22.5 percent of loans having total debt-to-income ratios over 43 percent,” AEI said. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News November 24, 2014 461 Views
in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Servicing Rights on Offer for Massive GSE Portfolio The new year brought with it a new mortgage servicing rights (MSR) opportunity for interested buyers: a substantial GSE portfolio valued at $4.2 billion in aggregate unpaid principal balance.According to MountainView Servicing Group, which is acting as facilitator for the sale, the portfolio is entirely made up of fixed-rate and first-lien product and features low delinquencies.The latest offering is the fourth billion-dollar-plus portfolio to be offered through MountainView in as many months.”We continue to see strong demand for the MSR asset,” said Matt Maurer, managing director at MountainView. “And given the quality of this collateral from a well-capitalized seller, we expect this offering to sell at a strong level as well.”Among other quality features, the portfolio has a weighted average original FICO score of 752, a weighted average original loan-to-value ratio of 75 percent, and a weighted average interest rate of 4.19 percent. The average loan size is $243,937.The majority of loans included in the sale are in California at about 51.3 percent, according to MountainView. Other top states include Arizona (8.0 percent), Texas (5.9 percent), and Colorado (5.2 percent).Bids are due Wednesday. January 6, 2015 472 Views Share Mortgage Servicing Rights MountainView Servicing Group 2015-01-06 Tory Barringer
New home sales have been trending up for the last three years and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) expects that to continue on into next year as job gains drive up demand for housing, according to the NAHB’s biweekly survey, Eye of the Economy, on Wednesday.Sales of new single-family homes rose 18 percent year-over-year in June at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000 compared to June 2014’s pace of 408,000, according to the survey. This yearly increase occurred even with a month-over-month decline from May to June of 517,000 down to 482,000, a drop of 6.8 percent.”Rising builder confidence, housing starts and low interest rates all point to continuing recovery in the housing sector, even as industry headwinds, including access to lots and labor, will produce bumps along the road,” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe wrote.Existing home sales also showed the same trend – month-over-month decline despite climbing year-over-year, according to the June National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index. The index showed an increase of 8.2 percent from a year earlier, the 10th straight year of year-over-year gains, despite dropping down by 1.8 percent from the previous month.The increasing number of households who both rent or own has been growing, which is positive news for the housing market, according to Crowe. According to the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey, the total number of households in Q2 was approximately 117.3 million, a gain of 1.6 million households from the same quarter a year earlier. Other factors that point to continuing recovery in housing are rising builder confidence, housing starts, and low interest rates even as industry headwinds (such as access to lots and labor) attempt to slow things down a bit, Crow said.A stronger economy will also help the housing market, according to Crowe; the advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis last week showed real GDP grew at a rate of 2.3 percent, up from the first quarter’s paltry 0.6 percent.”NAHB expects growth for the third and fourth quarters of GDP to be stronger than the second quarter, which should further promote job creation, household formations, and housing demand,” Crowe said. Existing-Home Sales National Association of Home Builders New Home Sales Single-Family Homes 2015-08-05 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News August 5, 2015 520 Views New and Existing Home Sales Expected to Recover From Monthly Declines
April 15, 2016 666 Views 10 Real Estate Investment Hot Spots Share New, healthy housing markets are emerging in the midst of continued improvement in the job market. Which markets present the most opportunity for investors?HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor recently identified the ten best markets for real estate investors for the first quarter of 2016 based on cities with increased job opportunities in the last year. The report showed that the overall national average increase was 1.9 percent.At the top of the list for investors is the Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas metro area, San Antonio, Texas came in second , and Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan took third, but their numbers were strong, according to the data. Wrapping up the top five best cities for real estate investors are Orlando, Florida follows and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia.”Good job growth is driving prices higher in our markets, mainly in business services but also tourism (Orlando, San Antonio), finance (Charlotte, Dallas) and manufacturing (Grand Rapids),” said Ingo Winzer, President and Founder of Local Market Monitor.HomeVestors and the Local Market Monitor also based the ranking on markets that will be good rental markets and where home prices are likely to rise at an increased rate over the next few years. Other important criteria considered includes markets where:the population has been growing at above-average rates with growth coming from people moving there in search of jobs;the current rate of job growth of two percent or better; andthere is low unemployment, so that new jobs will be filled by people who move there, not by unemployed people who are already there.Although home prices have recovered in Texas, California, and Florida, the report predicts that some markets in these states will be over-priced in another year and could potentially endure the risk of a boom and bust down later.”Over the last year, we have seen an increase in population and job growth,” said David Hicks, HomeVestors Co-President. “However, housing prices are increasing significantly faster than incomes. As a result, home sales are slowing, limiting the housing demand. Therefore, investors need to be careful where and when they invest.”Winzer agreed, “Prices are still at or below the income price—and a couple of years away from being too high. Yesterday’s opportunity becomes today’s risk once prices move higher than they should. This is especially true for investors in rental properties and especially now that the deep discounts at which properties could be bought have largely disappeared.”Ken Channell, Co-president of HomeVestors said, “Investors always need to think hard, but in this environment they also can’t afford to think too long.”HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor ‘s first-quarter 2016 top 10 markets for real estate investing:1. Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas2. San Antonio, Texas3. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan4. Orlando, Florida5. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia6. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, North Carolina7. Salt Lake City, Utah8. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tennessee9. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida10. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, ArizonaClick here to view the full report. HomeVestors Housing Market Investors Local Market Monitor 2016-04-15 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News
in Headlines, News, Technology October 26, 2016 544 Views Seroka, a Certified Brand Development, strategic communications, and digital marketing firm specializing in the mortgage industry with offices in Milwaukee and Los Angeles, has launched a new division, Seroka Digital.Seroka Digital was launched with the goal of servicing the industry’s need for true digital communications leadership. The new division expands upon Seroka’s current core digital services and will complement the company’s well-established certified brand development and strategic communications divisions.The new division will assist clients with utilizing demanded marketing materials as they increasingly target millennials and seek to engage them more.“The buyer path to choosing a company to work with is much more complex than it used to be. And, millennials have raised the bar in terms of expecting more from brands than ever before,” said John Seroka, a Principal and Brand Strategist at Seroka. “Many companies may recognize this, but they are not properly leveraging digital and social channels beyond posting content and generating some likes—which does little to drive real brand awareness, interaction and conversions. Seroka Digital has the strategic ability to integrate a robust, next-level digital presence that works alongside all other communications activities on and off line.”Through Seroka Digital, the company offers:Social media strategy, daily implementation and content creationContests and promotion development, creation and implementationSEM and paid social media strategySEOWebsite developmentMobile marketingReportingThe company has named Dave Perry to lead Seroka digital. Perry has more than 10 years of experience with strategic social media, including leading digital efforts for CITGO, Dell, Harley Davidson, HP, and Firestone. Additionally, he has built digital divisions for several global advertising agencies.“While we have been offering social media services for several years, we felt it was a natural evolution to develop a division that specifically specializes on the next gen of digital and social media marketing for the mortgage industry,” said Amy Hansen, Director of Client Service and PR at Seroka. “We’ve retained Dave Perry to lead this division. He brings strong credentials to provide these services to our clients.” Digital and Social Media Marketing Seroka 2016-10-26 Seth Welborn Seroka Launches Digital Division Share
AccorHotelsibis Budget Sydney Olympic ParkInternational Women’s Day Image: Kristy Stanton and Simon McGrathAccorHotels has appointed Kristy Stanton as general manager of ibis Budget Sydney Olympic Park, a timely announcement given that today is International Women’s Day. Stanton is the company’s first Indigenous general manager.The appointment marks a milestone for AccorHotels Indigenous Employment Program, which reached over 500 employees nationally at the end of 2016.“I am humbled to be AccorHotels’ first Indigenous general manager and so grateful for the opportunity. I feel proud to be creating a pathway for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, especially females within AccorHotels, and believe that the opportunities are endless, particularly with the support of the Group’s Indigenous Programs Team,” said Stanton.“Since taking on my role there are already other Indigenous employees – male and female aspiring to be in my position and already I can see they are more confident to be outspoken about their career goals rather than shying away from them.”AccorHotels Strategic Leaders Program is part of the group’s diversity strategy and the commitment to achieving greater gender diversity within senior leadership positions. The program focuses on developing new skills in areas of leadership, planning and analysis for female employees.“Kristy started with us in 2010 and it has been inspiring to see her progression from being a Welcomer at Pullman Sydney Olympic Park at age 19, to undertaking our Executive Leaders Program just four years later,” said COO Simon McGrath.“AccorHotels is a company that is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workforce and bridging the gender equality gap and it is days such as International Women’s Day which makes us reflect on our achievements and those of our female employees.”
Daydream Island Resort and Spa has made a preliminary assessment of the damage to the resort and its surrounds following yesterday’s extreme wind gusts and heavy rainfall from Cyclone Debbie. Conditions outside have not yet allowed a full appraisal of the extent of that damage.The resort advises that every guest has been accounted for and is safe, as are all resort staff. The resort’s priority is the ongoing safety of on-island guests and staff who will need to be taken off island as soon as practical.Daydream Island is endeavouring to contact all guests arriving on Daydream in the near future. All guests due to arrive on Daydream Island until Friday 31 March are urged to contact the Daydream Island reservations team on 1800 075 040 or by email email@example.com to get the latest update on their booking.Initially, it appears that the resort has sustained the following damage:Extensive damage to vegetation across the island with many uprooted treesSignificant damage to the resort’s jetty and pontoonsThe Rejuvenation Spa roof has been lifted with the premises suffering water damageGeneral water damage to the main atrium and accommodation wings from the force of the driving rainA boardwalk section has lifted awayTwo of the three iconic Mermaid statues have been swept awayFurther updates on Daydream Island will be made as soon as possible. Cyclone DebbieDaydream Island ResortWhitsundays
It was all hard work for a group of Helloworld Travel networks’ agents recently when Viva! Holidays hosted them on a Wellness Journey famil to Thailand, travelling with Thai Airways and with accommodation courtesy of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.The poor agents were subjected to a famil program that included spa treatments, cookery classes and Pilates at Banyan Tree Bangkok and Banyan Tree Phuket, and a Villa bbq dinner at Banyan Tree Phuket.Hard to take huh?Pictured doing it tough L-R: Fiona Laureau – Helloworld Travel Toowoomba City, Darren Baker – Helloworld Travel Portland, Susan Curtis – Helloworld Travel Knox Westfield, Julie Woodall – My Travel Expert Nowra, Victoria Hobbs – Banyan Tree Sydney, Mick Boylan – Viva! Holidays, Ludovic Gallerne, Banyan Tree Phuket. Banyan TreefamilHelloworld TravelThai AirwaysViva! Holidays