Tourism Central Australia Announces Award Winners

first_imgSource = Tourism Central Australia Tourism in Central Australia was honored last night at the annual Central Australia Tourism Industry Awards.“The awards recognise business excellence in the region and to win this industry award is an achievement,” said Jeff Huyben, the chairman of Tourism Central Australia. “I congratulate all the winners and nominees.”Jim Cotterill received the Barry Bucholtz Award for Excellence. In 1960 Mr Cotterill and his father Jack saw the potential of the spectacular Kings Canyon as a tourism destination and established Wallara Ranch on Angus Downs Station. The first tourist arrived in 1961 and by the time the family moved to Stuarts Well in 1990 visitation numbers had grown to 60,000 per year.“Mr Cotterill has been a true pioneer of the industry in the Centre and we recognise him for his commitment, vision and passion,” said Mr Huyben.The Young Achiever in Tourism for 2011 is Mark Newman from the Eldorado Motor Inn in Tennant Creek and his brother Jason Newman has been awarded the Industry Achiever in Tourism.The National Road Transport Hall of Fame’s annual ReUnion event has received the award for Community Festivals and Events. Thousands of transport industry enthusiasts attend ReUnion each year and it has delivered an economic boost of more than $10 million dollars to the local economy.The award for Small Primary Tourism Operator went to SEIT Outback Australia and AAT Kings is the Large Primary Tourism Operator for 2011.Longhorn Bikes is the New Innovation in Tourism having commenced business in August 2010 and now boasts a fleet of 90 bikes to service their tourism hire market.“We have a vibrant tourism industry in Central Australia and I know you will join me in saluting all tourism businesses across the region for their dedication and energy in promoting our area to both national and international travelers,” Mr Huyben said.last_img read more

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Aerolineas connectivity is key

first_img“This year, Aerolineas celebrates 27 years of operations in the Australia market,” Aerolineas Argentinas sales manager Sergio Gomez said. Argentine Roadshow highlights 27 years of operations in Australia. “We continue to operate direct flights from Australia to Buenos Aires and as a member of the SkyTeam global alliance, our customers have improved connectivity to the rest of the world.” In 2012 Argentina registered 34,380 arrivals from Australia, an increase of almost 50 percent compared to 22,864 five years earlier in 2007. Aerolineas has modernised its fleet in order to remain competitive on a global level, however, the aircraft servicing the Australian route have not yet been upgraded. “We will be introducing new A340-300 aircraft on our Australia service by first semester next year,” Mr Gomez said. The Argentine Roadshow was sponsored by Aerolineas Argentinas, the Consulate General of Argentina and long-time Australian wholesaler Trans Am Travel. Aerolineas Argentinas emphasised the importance of increased accessibility and connectivity for customers in Australia during the Argentine Roadshow in Sydney this week. “Developing tourism as an industry is incredibly important for Argentina, especially in the lead up to the World Cup and Olympics, considering our long spread of climates, endless attractions and intrinsic culture,” Argentinian Consul General Ricardo Bocalandro said. SkyTeam will open a new lounge in Sydney by the end of 2013, adding to their 500 lounges worldwide which cater for alliance airline’s business and first class passengers. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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Emirates welcomes Rob Gurney

first_imgSource = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Former Helloworld chief executive officer and Qantas Airways executive Rob Gurney has been appointed by Emirates as its divisional vice president commercial operations Australasia, effective 1 October.Mr Gurney will replace Emirates’ current divisional vice president, Bryan Banston, when he departs on 10 October, after serving in the role for just over a year.“I thank Bryan for his sterling contribution as he passes the ‘baton’ to Rob with Emirates in excellent shape in the South Pacific,” Emirates divisional senior vice president, commercial operations East Barry Brown said.Mr Gurney, who has had a number of prominent roles within the industry, his most recent being chief executive officer of Helloworld, will be responsible for overseeing Emirates’ operations within one of its top three regions in terms of revenue and passenger traffic.Based in Emirates’ Sydney office, Mr Gurney will manage the key areas of Australia and New Zealand and will also assume local responsibility for the partnership between Emirates and Qantas.last_img read more

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AccorHotels revolutionizes hospitality with its new brand JOJOE

first_imgAccorHotels revolutionizes hospitality with its new brand JO&JOEAccorHotels revolutionizes hospitality with its new brand JO&JOEJO&JOE is a vibrant living space, a home that is open to the external world and designed to meet the expectations of Millennials and all those who value sharing, spontaneity and experience. JO&JOE rounds out the Group’s economy-brand portfolio, providing a made- to-measure solution for the vast international community of Millennial-minded trend- setters revolutionizing the market. To cater to this new demand, JO&JOE aims to expand rapidly by opening 50 venues by 2020, with locations including Paris and Bordeaux (2018) as well as Warsaw, Budapest, Rio and São Paulo. JO&JOE venues will take root in bustling city-center locations that are close to public transport and less than 15 minutes away from the major points of interest.The project is an example of “excubation” led by AccorHotels’ Marketing Innovation Lab, which identifies, tests and shares customer- centric and disruptive solutions that can generate additional revenue for the Group. The JO&JOE brand is the result of a co- construction process with future guests, external experts, students, the shadow executive committee and AccorHotels teams, with the overarching aim of challenging conventions and imagining the future of hospitality, catering and social interaction.Break with tradition, forget old habits, be surprising, authentic, unexpected, bring a breath of fresh air to AccorHotels. Do it quickly and do it well. It wasn’t an easy brief to put into practice, particularly when you’re primarily targeting Millennials, who can be very difficult to win over. But with the launch of our new brand, JO&JOE, we have now more than met that challenge. I’m extremely proud of the work accomplished by the AccorHotels teams in mobilizing the energy necessary – both inside and outside the Group – to bring this enormous project to life. JO&JOE represents the very essence of hospitality: welcoming, exciting and beyond our guests’ expectations, said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AccorHotels.More than just an accommodation solution, JO&JOE has been conceived as an experience enhancer thanks notably to its offbeat design, innovative digital ecosystem and catering offerings. With its “open house” concept, the brand diversifies the customer journey by welcoming guests as well as locals, who treat JO&JOE venues as an annex of their living room. The project is also a reflection of the Group’s cultural and managerial transformation, which shapes JO&JOE’s approach to hiring, management and service, another of the brand’s distinctive components, added Frédéric Fontaine, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Innovation Lab.Lifestyle by JO&JOEJO&JOE is a living space, an  unexpected and innovative Open House welcoming both Townsters (people living nearby) and Tripsters (people in town to explore).The concept is designed to promote inter- action and foster positive community living thanks to common areas that are open to both the external and internal worlds. An integral part of neighborhood life, JO&JOE always has something going on, be it a concert, a yoga class or a DIY workshop. The JO&JOE team and the Townsters and Tripsters themselves help keep the venue active and buzzing, nota- bly thanks to the brand’s geosocial application, which helps bring people together.Reflecting the Group’s overall strategy, JO&JOE’s catering is based on research and in-depth analysis into Millennials’ aspirations. The result is an unconventional offering starting at €10 for a menu, with a focus on interaction, sharing and simple, healthy flavors:The bar is central to the JO&JOE social experience. Its unique design and high visibility from the street encourage local residents to join guests to enjoy a wide range of drinks, focused on a flagship product (wine, beer or cocktails), with a unique selection promoting local and craft products. Local, affordable craft cuisine delivers quality without the frills. JO&JOE offers a range of simple and authentic restaurant concepts with a warm atmosphere: grill, open flame barbecue, wok or wood fire pizzas.The collaborative kitchen offers guests a showcase for their culinary talents and a stage for sharing their best recipes. Guests wanting to keep their budget under control can use the space to cook meals, just for themselves or for a whole tribe.The Happy House is a private area where Tripsters can relax, work, cook or wash their clothes, just like at home. Together, which embodies the essence of the brand, is an ingenious modular sleeping area that guests share without sacrificing privacy. In addition to spacious beds, private lockers, reading lights and USB ports, guests have access to shared recreation areas and bathrooms. Yours consists of rooms and apartments for two to five people with a private bathroom and, depending on the format, a kitchen space offers a completely different look from a conventional hotel room thanks to originally shaped and extremely comfortable beds. OOO! (Out Of the Ordinary) offers unexpected accommodation for people traveling alone or in groups of up to six people. Different at each JO&JOE venue, these original formats include yurts, hammock and caravans and ensure guests have unforgettable experience.Disruption at JO&JOE also takes the form of innovative accommodation solutions for people traveling alone, in pairs, in groups or as a family, with rates starting from €25 a night.JO&JOE -the irl*(In Real Life) community and its AppTo understand the expectations of future guests, enhance the user experience (UX) and lay the foundations of the JO&JOE community, the Marketing Innovation Lab worked with teachers and students from the Webschool Factory, a Paris-based management school specializing in design, marketing and digital technology.A unique and experiential community application was designed by a network of internal and external experts  to  help  forge  links  between  Townsters,  Tripsters  and  the  JO&JOE  team. A veritable digital experience enhancer, it enables Townsters and Tripsters to connect, meet, initiate events, share tips, or arrange to get together for a meal or a walk. All these features are “social accelerators” that will become references in this area.At JO&JOE, the only boundaries are those of the imagination. The brand wanted to break with the conventional vertical distribution of spaces and functions and instead takes a liberated, flexible and rebellious approach to meet the expectations of its guests. JO&JOE’s disruptive design was co- constructed with UK design company Penson, known for creating intelligent and aesthetic spaces for the world’s most visionary brands. Flagship designs include campuses for Google, YouTube, Jaguar Land Rover, Playstation, Jay Z’s ROCnation and interiors of the world’s 5th tallest building, Lotte World Tower.Having never worked on a hotel before, Penson delivered a decisively innovative and singular response that breaks away from industry norms. Beyond its design reality, JO&JOE is also a strong and distinctive brand identity fashioned by W, a territory designing agency. It doesn’t matter whether Jo is a girl and Joe is a guy – or the other way around. The name can be read any way because JO&JOE is an open house that blends genres. There is no right or wrong way to read the logo either: a dot as yellow as the sun – alive, radiant, variable shapes, multiple styles – the brand regenerates and nourishes itself with local culture and vibes. The hearts of cities around the world – places made for moving, chilling and exploring – are ideal settings for JO&JOE to deploy its resolute character and offbeat atmosphere.Source = AccorHotels – JO&JOElast_img read more

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Biggest Savings on 2020 Club Med Holidays on NOW

first_imgBiggest Savings on 2020 Club Med Holidays on NOWAgents can win a speaker + Biggest Savings on 2020 Club Med Holidays on NOWToday marks the official opening of sales for 2020 Club Med holidays and the biggest saving on the premium all-inclusive holidays all year – up to 30% off sunny resort destinations for departures from May to October, 2020!For three days only (now until 2nd August, 2019), the Super Early Bird offer is guaranteed on all dates, rooms, and services such as Kids Club, which book out early due to demand. After the first three days, the Early Bird offer price may increase, so get in quick!Want more? Exclusive to this sales opening, upgrade your clients to a Deluxe Room for only 10% more than a Superior Room (from as little as $21 per person, per night) at Club Med Bali in Indonesia, Club Med Phuket in Thailand and Club Med Bintan Island in Indonesia (offer is strictly limited).PLUS! To celebrate the opening of sales for the 2020 sun season, Club Med are giving Australian travel agents the chance to win a waterproof Bluetooth JBL speaker. All agents need to do to be eligible to win is sell Club Med holidays & share the 2020 Early Bird campaign on their socials. Any bookings made between 31 July and 30 September 2019 for travel 1 May to 31 October 2020 will go into the prize draw. There will be 16 winners, two per state – one with the highest sales and one wildcard. Agents can find full details on this incentive here.As always with Club Med, the all-inclusive package includes non-stop activities, entertainment, services for the little ones, gourmet restaurant dining and open bar in the one package price. With everything taken care of, your clients can focus on the things that really matter, like making memories and spending quality time in paradise with the ones they love.Highlights for 2020 holidays:New Amazing Family activity program now available at all Asia sun resortsRedesigned resorts for families in Mexico and MauritiusNew wholefood, plant-based menu designed by renowned Australian chefNew foot bridge and viewing platform for exclusive guest access to surfing in the MaldivesUncover the beauty of the mountains in summerNew beach bar and renovated Manta Lounge in the MaldivesNew resort in the Spanish mountains, Club Med Magna MarbellaActive, relaxing, adventurous, cultural, and everything in between – no matter your client’s style of holiday, discover what Club Med has in stall for their 2020 holiday at 30% off:FAMILY HOLIDAYSASIADiscover the new jam-packed, fun-filled Amazing Family activity program, designed for kids and parents to enjoy together. Ditch the screens and find your inner kid to better connect with your little ones.Now available at all Asia sun resorts including:Club Med Bali, Indonesia – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,225ppClub Med Bintan Island, Indonesia – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,535ppClub Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,140ppClub Med Phuket, Thailand – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,030ppEXOTICTreat your family to an exotic escape at these completely redesigned resorts with brand new family zones with pools, games, cultural adventures and more.Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,385ppClub Med La Pointe aux Canonniers, Mauritius – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,500ppHAPPY & HEALTHY HOLIDAYSEATRenowned Australian chef, clinical nutritionist and Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, Samantha Gowing, has designed 42 new wholefood and plant-based menu items at select Club Med sun resorts to elevate the healthy offering alongside the expansive buffet choices on offer each day.PLAY From a new foot bridge and viewing platform being added at Club Med Kani in the Maldives for better access to the infamous surf breaks, to playing tennis on professional-grade courts in Club Med Bali, testing yourself on the silks with aerial yoga at Club Med Bintan Island, or learning to dive on the world’s second largest barrier reef at Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Mexico, there’s plenty of fun to be had!RENEW Join the Club Med wellness weeks of Body & Soul at Club Med Bintan Island and Eat, Play, Renew at Club Med Bali, with professional fitness instructors, wellness workshops, and activities for the mind and body. Those who prefer a slower pace can choose to unwind with a yoga session or indulge in a spa treatment.SUMMER MOUNTAINA fresh take on the traditional mountain holiday, enjoy the most stunning natural landscapes and the sporting discoveries at your fingertips; hiking, mountain biking, cooking classes, mountain yoga and much more.Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,375ppClub Med Les Arcs Panorama, France – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,470ppClub Med Grand Massif Samoens, France – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,710ppClub Med Valmorel, France – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,560ppClub Med Pragelato Vialetea, Italy – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,505ppELEVATED EXPERIENCESClub Med Finolhu Villas, Maldives – 7 nights all-inclusive for $3,760ppA dream all-inclusive eco-retreat with private villas and butler service, set on a beautiful exclusive island made to welcome only 100 lucky guests More resorts to discover:NEW Club Med Miches Playa Esmerelda, Dominican Republic – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,720ppClub Med Cefalu, Sicily – 7 nights all-inclusive for $2,285ppClub Med La Palmeraie, Morocco – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,450ppClub Med La Caravelle, Cancun – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,775ppFurther information on the Early Bird offer & the opening of sales, including a dedicated Travel Agent sales tools and resources, as well as details on famils, incentives and agent benefits, can be accessed by Club Med’s Travel Agents Portal CLICK HERE EXPLORE FURTHERClub Med Magna Marbella, Spain – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,625ppIntroducing a new resort in the Spanish mountains, Club Med Magna Marbella. Cool off in one of the five swimming pools, explore the natural beauty of the surrounding region, unwind at the world class Cinq Mondes spa, embrace the Spanish way of life with tapas, jamón ibérico and oil olive, or take part in Spanish wine-tasting workshops in the contemporary restaurants with stunning views. Club Med Kani, Maldives – 7 nights all-inclusive for $2,030ppBrand new beach bar serving fresh juices and artisan coffee, as well as a renovated Manta lounge, exclusive for guests of the overwater Manta suitescenter_img  Club Med La Plantation d’Albion, Mauritius – 7 nights all-inclusive for $1,555ppSwitch off the screens and enjoy true serenity overlooking the Indian Ocean. Feast on delicious local cuisine, soak by the adult-only Zen pool, and discover the Creole culture at your own pace. About Club MedClub Med provides amazing holiday experiences, made easy, in the world’s most beautiful destinations. With over 70 premium and luxury all-inclusive sun and snow resorts located in some of the most beautiful places on earth, Club Med resorts blend seamlessly with their environment, drawing inspiration from the local culture and nature to immerse guests in the destination.Since 1950, Club Med has been dedicated to providing guests with amazing new experiences that make for an unforgettable holiday – from the rejuvenating to the exhilarating, and everything in-between. Each resort offers a vast selection of opportunities to try something new, immerse in local culture, revive body and mind, and give back to the local community and environment.Club Med holidays are a truly hassle-free experience, with premium all-inclusive packages and a wide range of innovative services – giving guests more time to spend doing what they love.For more information, visit www.clubmedta.com.au, www.clubmed.com.au or follow Club Med at: · Travel agent Facebook /ClubMedforTravelAgents · Instagram @clubmed · Facebook /ClubMedAustralia · Twitter @ClubMed_Au* T&Cs Prices in AU. Summer 2020 Early Bird Offer for sale from 31 July– 29 November 2019 for departures 1 May – 31 October 2020 (Bali Available for departures 1 May – 30 November 2020 and European resorts available for departures 1 May – 15 December 2019) for a minimum 5 nights consecutive stay.Adult prices are based on 7 nights twin share in a Club room non-connecting (unless further specified), and on the following arrival dates – Club Med Bali, Club Med Phuket, Club Med Bintan Island (including ferry transfers to and from Singapore), Club Med Cherating Beach, Club Med Kani, Club Med Finolhu Villas (in a beach sunrise villa, 12yo+ only), Club Med Guilin, Club Med Sanya, Club Med Kabira Beach, Club Med la Plantation d’Albion (based on 6 nights) and Club Med Albion Villas (based on 6 nights in a 2 Bedroom, garden view, 4 pax) on 10 May 2020, Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers on 5 September 2020 for 6 nights, Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda, Club Med Sandpiper, Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Club Med Punta Cana, Club Med Ixtapa and Club Med Turquoise (18yo+ only) on 12 September 2020, Club Med Gregolimano, Club Med Magna Marbella, Club Med Cefalu (8yo+ only), Club Med Opio, Club Med Marrakech La Palmeraie and Club Med Da Balaia on 19 September 2020, Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido on 1 June 2020, Club Med Les Arcs Panorama on 20 June 2020, Club Med Valmorel & Valmorel Chalets, Club Med Pragelato, Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Chalets & Morillon and Club Med L’alpe d’Huez on 27 June 2020.Prices advertised are based on Adults (18+), Teens (12-17) and Children (4-11). Child and teen pricing is based on a child or teen sharing a room with their parents. Local transfers not included in price but available for pre-booking.Discount may vary depending on the Resort and Date of travel and Blackout dates may apply. Prices and promotion may vary. Extra charge may apply for children staying in their own room – in a second interconnecting room for example. Offer not valid for group travel or in conjunction with any other offer.Offer is valid for new bookings by Australian resident only and is subject to availability and may change without notice.For more information on our terms and conditions visit clubmed.com.auBEST OFFER GUARANTEEDPrice Guarantee: The best discount will remain available for the first 3 days of sales. Regardless of volumes of sales with no quotas. After 2 August 2019, offer subject to quota per date of departure and to removal without notice once reached.Best offer guarantee: Club Med will reimburse the difference in form of a credit note if you find a better price than the early bird offer. Applicable on the land component (resort stay) of the package as Club Med does not control airfares prices.DELUXE ROOM UPGRADE OFFERThe reduced surcharge of 10% to upgrade from a superior room to a deluxe room, will apply to Deluxe rooms in Club Med Bali, Club Med Bintan Island and Club Med Phuket only for travel 1 May 31 October 2020. The following blackout dates apply – Bali: 27 June – 17 July & 28 September – 7 October 2020, Phuket: 1 – 5 May, 4-10 July & 30 September – 7 October 2020, and Bintan Island: 1 – 2, 7 – 9 & 23 – 24 May, 27 June – 17 July & 28 September – 7 October 2020. Offer includes inter-connecting rooms. Offer subject to availability, so cannot be guaranteed.Source = Club Medlast_img read more

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Korean Air consolidates its presence in India with Jet Airways

first_imgKorean Air has launched a new codeshare agreement and frequent flyer program with Jet Airways.The new codeshare agreement promises to offer great convenience and choice to the passengers travelling from India to Incheon, Seoul, through gateway airports in Asian destinations such as Singapore and Bangkok. Passengers will also benefit from the connections onto Jet Airways’ daily service to Delhi.Under the agreement, Korean Air will place its ‘KE’ code on Jet Airways’ 7 to 14 weekly flights from Mumbai and Delhi, to Bangkok and Mumbai Singapore, and the codeshare routes are expected to be expanded even more by the end of this year. Passengers will benefit from the increased connectivity and frequency between Incheon, Seoul and cities in India.This codeshare will in turn give Korean Air its first daily flight to Delhi which passengers will be able to access via Korean’s own Seoul-Bangkok flights. The Mumbai connections will operate alongside Korean Air’s own thrice-weekly Seoul-Mumbai service.A new frequent flyer reciprocal partnership program is also in the line that will enable members of both airlines’ frequent flyer program, SKYPASS and JetPrivilege, to earn and burn mileage on the entire network of the two airlines.Korean Air currently operates an A330 aircraft from Incheon to Mumbai three times a week. The flight departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Incheon and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Mumbai.last_img read more

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Turkish Airlines launches new direct flights from Middle East and Germany to

first_imgTurkish Airlines has recently announced new direct flights from various cities in the Middle East and Germany to some of the cities in Turkey such as Bodrum, Antalya and Trabzon and the Middle East, beginning from June 2017. Turkish Airlines will continue to offer alternative routes to cater to the permanently increasing passenger traffic in this region as it launches direct flights between Kuwait, Riyadh, Dammam, Al Qassim, Baghdad, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Amman and some domestic destinations of Turkey.In this context, Turkish Airlines will be providing a total of 16 weekly flights between Jeddah, Kuwait, Riyadh, Al Qassim, Yanbu, Medina and Trabzon. Furthermore, the global carrier will also be providing 13 weekly flights between Jeddah, Baghdad, Erbil, Riyadh, Amman, Kuwait, Sulaymaniyah and Antalya during this summer.Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart are other cities benefitting from the new direct flights, connecting travellers from Germany to Izmir. Additionally, passengers from Kuwait will also be able to travel directly to Izmir.Commenting these direct flights, Turkish Airlines’ Deputy Chairman and CEO, Bilal Ekşi, said, “We are always looking to provide our passengers with the most convenient and time-efficient way of travel. Tourists worldwide have been continuously increasing due to the fantastic attractions and features provided by all our Turkish cities. As we move forward, our goal will be to create these direct flights from all the markets; we operate globally so that travellers can now fly directly to their destination of choice.”last_img read more

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Air transport key to the growth of tourism in Kenya

first_imgTourism is one of the main sources of income for many of the world’s developing countries and for Kenya, one of Africa’s leading tourism destinations, it is the country’s second-largest source of foreign exchange.In 2016, tourism contributed over Sh100 billion in foreign exchange income, a 17.8% growth over 2015. The sector contributed over 13.5% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), directly supporting an estimated 250,000 jobs and an additional 350,000 indirectly.International visitor arrivals grew from 752,000 in 2015 to 877,600 in 2016, a 16.7% growth and in the first four months of 2017 they grew to 292,100 from 264,700 in 2016, a 10.3% growth.Presently, Kenya is serviced from the key long-haul source markets by five international full-service airlines flying directly from their hub to Nairobi. The country’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ) services directly seven long-haul international source markets, along with a handful of European charter carriers that fly directly into Mombasa.In comparison, South Africa (SA), which is also a long-haul tourism destination, is serviced by 16 international full-service airlines that fly directly to the country from their respective hubs. Their national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), services directly nine long-haul international tourism source markets. In 2016, SA reported having received 2.5 million international visitors.Therefore, air transport is a key component in the tourism industry and in particular for a long-haul destination like Kenya.In 2016, the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) appointed an international consultancy firm to work on the development of air transport growth strategy for Kenya that resulted in visitor arrivals growing significantly between 2015 and 2016, although there is an opportunity for more growth from all markets, including Africa.Long-haul flights are important for visitor arrival numbers, as witnessed in South Africa, which is why the country is looking forward to the introduction of direct flights between Kenya and USA.last_img read more

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Trends Show Shift in Market Dynamics as Summer Ends

first_imgTrends Show Shift in Market Dynamics as Summer Ends September 13, 2013 396 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Move Inc. Service Providers 2013-09-13 Tory Barringer As the summer buying season draws to a close, key housing market indicators show trends stabilizing in a way that hasn’t been seen for some time.[IMAGE]””Realtor.com””:http://www.realtor.com/ released Thursday its National Housing Trend Report for August, which shows prices leveling out as the inventory recovery becomes more widespread.””Where we have seen significant volatility in many markets, including double-digit declines in inventory as well as increases in median price for both yearly and monthly views, we are now looking at a housing market that is less heated and moving closer to normalcy,”” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Realtor.com operator Move, Inc.Of the 146 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) covered by Realtor.com, 123 registered a year-over-year increase in median list price last month, with 78 reporting an increase of 5 percent or more. Of the markets reporting a decline, only 11 experienced a drop of 1 percent or more, and three had a decline of 5 percent or more.The national median list price in August was $199,900, up 6.39 percent year-over-year but flat from July. “”Absent a significant weakening in economic conditions or significantly higher rates,”” Realtor.com expects prices to rise slowly moving forward.Meanwhile, the inventory recovery is also growing broader. According to the site’s report, there were 1,977,202 listings, down 2.5 percent from August 2012 but up 0.93 percent from July.Ninety-nine markets registered a net increase in inventory over July, and nearly one-third are now within 5 percent of last year’s inventory levels. Of all the markets posting declines, the most significant drops were in Melbourne, Florida (-30 percent); Sacramento, California (-26 percent); and Stockton, California (-31 percent).The median age of inventory in August was 92 days, down 8.0 percent year-over-year but up 8.24 percent from July. Median age of inventory increased across the board in 130 of 146 MSAs. The biggest gainers were Oakland, California (25 percent); Denver, Colorado (26 percent); and Seattle, Washington (25 percent).center_img Share in Data, Originationlast_img read more

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Survey Highlights Consumer Need for Clear Lending Guidance

first_img March 6, 2014 513 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Survey Highlights Consumer Need for Clear Lending Guidance Sharecenter_img Bank of America Customer Satisfaction TD Bank 2014-03-06 Tory Barringer Homebuyers polled in a recent survey rated their experience more positively than those in 2013, but when it comes to simplifying and de-stressing the experience, lenders still have some progress to make.In a survey of 1,500 consumers who purchased a home in the last 10 years, TD Bank found 69 percent would describe their experience with their lender as “excellent” or “very good,” up from 66 percent in its 2013 survey. Another 25 percent ranked their lending experience as just “okay.”Sixty-two percent rated the homebuying process as a whole as excellent or very good, down slightly from last year’s survey.Rating specific aspects of their experience, 66 percent said they were satisfied with the mortgage approval process, down 1 percentage point year-over-year. Also down was the number of consumers who said they were happy with their experiences in finding a home, reflecting frustrations stemming from inventory constraints in the couple of years.On the lender side, “accessibility” and “responsiveness” ranked highest among consumer experiences, while relatively fewer respondents were happy with their lender’s efforts to explain options or help them understand the process.“The results of this year’s TD Bank Mortgage Service Index indicate that there is still a need to provide consumers with more information and clarity in the home financing process,” said Michael Copley, EVP of retail lending for TD Bank.Given their worries about the complexities of borrowing, it may come as no surprise that more consumers reported their homebuying experience was “extremely” or “very” stressful—30 percent compared to 24 percent last year.Randell Gillespie, regional sales executive for Bank of America, likened the borrower experience to preparing an inexperienced traveler for their first flight: If they know what to expect and how to pack, the security line doesn’t look as intimidating.“In what our teams see, those who would describe [homebuying] as stressful is due to a lack of knowledge, preparation, and education,” he said. “When you have [the education], you’re not stressed. We have to do a better job in our industry of educating folks.”last_img read more

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Average Down Payments Rise in Q4

first_img Down payments on houses trended upward in the fourth quarter of 2014, jumping more than one and a half percentage points from the previous year, LendingTree said Tuesday.According to the company’s most recent data, the average down payment on conventional, 30-year fixed-rate loan offers made to LendingTree borrowers last quarter was 17.59 percent, up from 16.01 percent in the final months of 2013. A down payment of 20 percent is typically required for borrowers to avoid having to pay for mortgage insurance.In dollar amounts, the average down payment was up about $2,000 to $47,585.”The improving job market, rising home values and low mortgage rates have helped to bring borrowers with sizeable down payments in to the housing market during [the] fourth quarter,” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. “It’s encouraging to see responsible borrowing behavior. A substantial down payment will allow borrowers to build home equity, ease lender risk, avoid paying [private mortgage insurance] and reduce monthly mortgage payments, all of which will help to further strengthen the overall economy.”While down payments have been on the rise, that trend may not last with the launch of new low down payment products by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and a recent reduction in annual premiums for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).Arkansas ranked lowest among the states for down payment percentages, averaging 14.70 percent in Q4 ($31,293 by dollar amount). Also sitting low on the list were North Dakota (15.09 percent, or $30,869); Indiana (15.18 percent, or $32,307); Missouri (15.55 percent, or $31,808); and Ohio (15.62 percent, or $31,140).At the other end, the District of Columbia boasted the highest average down payment percentage at 20.26 percent, followed by New York (20.02 percent) and California (19.83 percent).At the market level, the Golden State was home to the highest down payment percentages in the nation, led by San Jose (23 percent), San Francisco (22.16 percent), and San Diego (21.29 percent). Average Down Payments Rise in Q4 Down Payments LendingTree 2015-02-10 Tory Barringer February 10, 2015 604 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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Mortgage Applications Down Mortgage Rates Experience Slight Decrease

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Origination Freddie Mac Mortgage Bankers Association Primary Mortgage Market Survey Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey 2015-05-25 Staff Writer Mortgage Applications Down; Mortgage Rates Experience Slight Decreasecenter_img The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey found that mortgage applications are down 1.5 percent from last week. Freddie Mac also released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), revealing that the average fixed mortgage rates moved just slightly lower following three consecutive weeks of increases.The MBA’s market composite index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 1.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for May 13, 2015 to May 20, 2015, compared to last week, according to the survey data. The index decreased 2 percent compared with last week on an unadjusted basis. The refinance index increased 0.3 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted purchase index decreased 4 percent, the lowest level since April. The unadjusted purchase index experience a 4 percent drop and was 11 percent higher than the same week one year ago.”Mortgage rates increased last week, and Treasury rates increased to a recent high at mid-week before falling at the end of the week,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s chief economist. “Overall purchase activity fell for the week, along with conventional refinance volume, but government refinance volume increased. The level of purchase applications remained 11 percent higher than the same week last year, but the drop this week may indicate borrowers being wary of the recent run up in mortgage rates.”The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), found that 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) averaged 3.84 percent with an average 0.7 point for May 14, 2015 to May 21, 2015. This is a drop from last week’s average of 3.85 percent. The 30-year FRM averaged 4.14 percent one year ago at this time.”Mortgage rates were little changed this week amid positive housing news. Housing starts surged 20.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted pace of 1.14 million units in April, the highest level since 2007,” said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac.According to the survey this week, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.05 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week’s average of 3.07 percent. The 15-year FRM averaged 3.25 percent one year ago at this time. With an average of 2.88 percent and an average 0.5 point, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) experienced a small decrease from last week’s average of 2.89 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.96 percent. With an average of 2.51 percent and an average 0.4 point, the 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM increased from 2.48 percent last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.43 percent.“As homebuying season moves into full swing, home builders remain positive about home sales in the near future. Although the NAHB housing market index slipped 2 points to 54 in May it is still above 50, indicating that on balance builders remain optimistic about housing markets,” Kiefer said.View the full MBA Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey at: MBA.orgView the full Primary Mortgage Market Survey at: FreddieMac.com May 25, 2015 549 Views last_img read more

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CFPB Offers Lenders a Helping Hand

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News March 22, 2016 572 Views CFPB Offers Lenders a Helping Hand Sharecenter_img Starting March 31, more lenders will qualify for small, rural crediting provisions, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new ruling announced this morning.According to the CFPB, the Bureau has officially moved to implement Congress’ recent HELP Act, which stands for Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities. The act expands the guidelines for what “small creditors” are and will allow more lenders to take advantage of special lending provisions on CFPB mortgage rules set forth in January 2014.Since the initial implementation of these rules, the CFPB has made several moves to expand the definitions of “small creditor” and “rural area,” but before the HELP Act, smaller lenders were only eligible for special provisions if more than half its loans were in rural or underserved areas.Now, with the HELP Act in place, creditors have access to special provisions if they originate just one mortgage loan on a property in a rural or underserved area in the previous calendar year. The CFPB has said it will monitor the results of these changes and adjust the rules as needed in the future.One of the special provisions available to these newly qualified “small lenders” allows creditors to originate Qualified Mortgages with balloon payments, despite the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay rule, which disallows balloon payments and other risky loan features on QM loans. The special provisions also allow small creditors to originate high-cost mortgages with balloon payments, and they are not required to establish escrow accounts for those loans either.CFPB Director Richard Cordray explains: “The Consumer Bureau today has acted to implement the recent law that extends to more small creditors the specific provisions for operating in rural or underserved areas. This rule provides broader eligibility for lenders serving in those areas to originate balloon-payment qualified and a high-cost mortgages.”The new rule will officially go into effect March 31, and comments will be accepted for 30 days after. CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau HELP Act Lenders Underserved and Rural Areas 2016-03-22 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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To Lenders the Future Doesnt Look So Hot

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share December 16, 2016 549 Views With the first Fed rate hike in a year occurring on Wednesday and three more increases expected in 2017—and the average 30-year FRM nearly 20 basis points higher than it was at this time a year ago—lender optimism toward the market has plunged as this year ends and a new one begins, according to a survey from Fannie Mae.The average 30-year FRM rose by another three basis points this week up to 4.16 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending December 15. For the same week last year, rates were at 3.97 percent.The PMMS was completed prior to the Fed’s announcement on Wednesday that it would raise the federal funds target rate up to one-half to three-quarters percent, however.”As was almost-universally expected, the FOMC closed the year with its one-and-only rate hike of 2016,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “The consensus of the committee points to more rate hikes in 2017. However, the experience of this year combined with the policy uncertainty that accompanies a new administration suggests a wait-and-see outlook.”Lenders may be waiting and seeing, but at the same time, they were much less enthused about the market in Q4 than they have been for the previous three quarters. Fannie Mae’s Fourth Quarter 2016 Mortgage Lenders Sentiment Survey found that after three quarters of optimism with regard to positive profit margin, lenders’ outlook reversed course in Q4, as the outlook for profit margin fell to a survey low. Additionally, survey lows were reported across nearly all loan types for the share of lenders expecting growth over the next three months in both purchase and refinance originations.“The survey captured lenders’ bearish sentiment driven by the recent surge in mortgage rates—a level of bearishness last seen in the summer of 2013 during the taper tantrum,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “The sudden surge in mortgage rates weighed on expected future purchase and refinance volume. Downbeat production expectations suppressed lenders’ profit margin outlook to the worst showing in the survey’s short history.”The good news for lenders is that mortgage rates are not expected to increase much more over the next 12 months than they already have—and they are still low compared to historic levels. Redfin recently reported they do not expect rates to rise higher than 4.3 percent by the end of 2017—only 17 basis points higher than Freddie Mac’s current average 30-year FRM. By comparison, the rate reached 18 percent in 1981.“Rates could slowly unwind in coming quarters, reversing some of the expected decline in volume,” Duncan said. “However, the potential normalization of interest rates after a sustained period of strong refinancing volumes presents the biggest business challenge facing mortgage lenders in some time.”center_img To Lenders, the Future Doesn’t Look So Hot Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Rates 2016-12-16 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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Former Capital One Exec to Lead Citizens Bank Mortgage Biz

first_img February 13, 2018 783 Views Share Former Capital One Exec to Lead Citizens Bank Mortgage Biz Capital One Citizens Bank Consumer Lending Home Mortgage mortgage 2018-02-13 Radhika Ojhacenter_img The mortgage industry was shaken in November 2017, when Capital One announced that it would be moving out of the lending business and closing its Mortgage and Home Equity business. The move affected 950 people.In an internal memo at that time, the bank had stated the decision to exit the business was a strategic one and had nothing to do with the team. “ I want to be clear that this decision was not made because of anything our Mortgage and Home Equity teams did or did not do. We had the right talent, right products, and the right customer experience. I am so very proud of what each person had done to help build these businesses,” Sanjiv Yajnik, President, Capital One, had written in the email.The team has moved on since then and are finding new positions in the mortgage industry. On Tuesday, Citizen Bank announced the appointment of Eric Schuppenhauer as President of its Home Mortgage Business, where he will lead the next stage of growth for Citizens Bank’s mortgage business. At Capital One, Schuppenhauer was responsible for all aspects of the bank’s mortgage production and mortgage and home equity servicing, including regulatory communications and both industry and community advocacy. In this role, he developed an industry-leading direct mortgage offering, distinguished by digital capabilities that drove superior customer service, improved profitability, and best-in-class quality. During his tenure, he oversaw a strong platform while servicing $28 billion in mortgage and home equity loans.At Citizens Bank, he will be responsible for managing mortgage sales, operations, strategy, secondary markets, and technology teams and will report to Brad Conner, Vice Chairman and Head of Consumer Banking at Citizens Bank.“I am confident that Eric’s deep expertise will help us take our home lending business to the next level, further accelerating growth and enhancing our direct-to-consumer and digital capabilities,” said Conner.In January 2018, 20 members of the former Consumer Direct Mortgage Team of Capital One, led by Rocky Stubbs found a new opportunity at Flagstar Bank. Stubbs, the former head of Consumer Direct and Digital Mortgage at Capital One is now SVP and Director of Consumer Lending at Flagstar Bank, where he and his team of 20 members, all former Capital One employees, are strengthening and scaling Flagstar’s digital platform.“Capital One built a best-in-class digital platform, so we are excited about attracting this proven, high-caliber team in the direct-to-consumer space to Flagstar,” Kristy Fercho, President of Mortgage for Flagstar Bank had said while welcoming the team. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

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Escorted TouringLuxury Gold

first_imgEscorted TouringLuxury Gold Luxury escorted journeys company Luxury Gold has announced ‘Definite Departures’ across select 2019 trips.Agents can confidently book their clients on journeys beyond the ordinary with remarkable itineraries around the world in Europe, Britain, Asia, Africa and the Americas, knowing that they have selected a Definite Departure.Luxury Gold is a collection of exceptional travel experiences unlike any other and has been personally curated by The Travel Corporation (TTC)’s Chairman, Mr. Stanley Tollman.What set’s these tours apart is the inclusion of its exclusive Chairman’s Collection, offering a rare opportunity to meet legendary locals on selected departures.Luxury Gold’s most popular journeys including Grand India and Elegance of the Nile feature 100% Definite Departures, while journeys such as Remarkable Russia, Majestic Japan and Imperial Rajasthan also feature Definite Departures on select dates.Trips to experience the splendour of Canada also feature Definite Departures for 2019, including specific departures for the 14-day Majesty of the Rockies itinerary.Luxury Gold is suited to guests looking for small group travel where they can experience luxury and unique destinations with no more than 24 like-minded new friends on all journeys. All trips feature the personalised service and expertise from a Travelling Concierge to further enhance their journey.“Thanks to the amazing support of our loyal agents and advisors, we have received strong growth with the launch of our 2019 Luxury Gold Collection – and we are so pleased to offer these Definite Departures with many of them being deemed the top destinations for 2019,” said Lorraine Sharp, MD of Luxury Gold.“We expect sales to further grow in January with travel plans solidifying in the New Year, so clients need to act fast since these Definite Departures will sell out quickly.”last_img read more

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Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and Skelton has been one of the most-talked-about in the entire National Football League. But it’ll be Skelton, who threw for 131 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions in the preseason, who will guide the offense in the opener.In Kolb’s absence last season, Skelton led the Cardinals to a 5-2 record as the starter. His success in 2011 may have helped him lock up the job this season.Whisenhunt said Skelton, a fifth-round pick out of Fordham in 2010, has made considerable progress as a professional. – / 7 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img John Skelton will start at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals’ season opener a week from Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium.Coach Ken Whisenhunt made the official announcement Friday afternoon. “Looking at a lot of different factors, and I’m not going to get into the specifics of everything that was involved, but it’s fair to say that at this point going forward we feel like the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win right now is John Skelton,” Whisenhunt said. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Here are six things that stood out to me from Sunday’s win.1. Defense, defense, defenseIt shouldn’t come as any real surprise that Arizona’s defense excelled again on Sunday — that’s been a common plot line all season long. But once again, the Cardinals’ ‘D’ elevated its level of play, limiting the Texans to just 41 yards after halftime and none in the the third quarter. The Texans’ lone second-half points came after a turnover deep in Arizona territory (more on that later.)Just another dominating defensive performance.2. There’s a reason they’re not on offenseAnother common refrain for the Cardinals’ defense has been a large number of dropped interceptions. Sunday, there were a couple more. One by Karlos Dansby and one by Daryl Washington that very well could have resulted in two more defensive scores.“We played a strong game in all phases, from the defensive line to the linebackers,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said, then pausing to look in Dansby’s direction. “Of course, ‘Los could have helped us more, but I just think we put together a strong performance.”Washington knows he missed an opportunity as well. “Oh man, don’t talk about that. That was just to the house right there,” he said. “I should have had two hands on it and I should have caught it. But unfortunately I didn’t, but we got the win.” Top Stories But the Texans were still in field goal range, and a make on a 40-yard attempt by Randy Bullock would have stretched Houston’s lead to 20-14 going into halftime. Enter Cardinals special teams player extraordinaire Justin Bethel. The second-year pro from Presbyterian blew around the right side of Houston’s line, right past tight end Ryan Griffin, and blocked Bullock’s attempt to keep the Texans’ lead at three — which turned out to be the Cardinals’ winning margin. Head coach Bruce Arians summed it up rather succinctly in his postgame press conference. “Justin Bethel is just outstanding at blocking field goals. There are very few guys that can do that.”5. Mendenhall’s performanceFacing a third down and one from the Houston 16-yard line and trailing 17-14 midway through the third quarter, Arians called Rashard Mendenhall’s number. Despite a pretty good push by guard Paul Fanaika and tackle Eric Winston on the right side, Mendenhall hesitated and was stopped for no gain by Houston’s Brooks Reed.The Cardinals had to settle for a field goal from Jay Feely which tied the score. Mendenhall actually responded well immediately afterward, even gaining 12 yards on a second down carry — his longest run of the year. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires I know this falls under the nit-picking column as Dansby and Washington have been arguably the team’s most valuable players through nine games this season.3. John AbrahamAdmit it — through the first six games of the season, you had the 14-year veteran pegged as one of those guys who came to Arizona “to retire.” The NFL’s active leading sack artist failed to get to the quarterback until getting two in a Thursday night loss to Seattle in Week 7 — his longest sackless streak since a six-gamer in 2006 when he was with the Atlanta Falcons. But since he got a taste, he’s been a frequent visitor to the opposing signal caller ever since. The former South Carolina Gamecock had two more Sunday, with the big one coming on the game’s first offensive snap. He’s got five sacks in his last three games, and has been way more visible in all facets of the defense recently. If Abraham can continue his upward trend, the Cardinals will be a much more difficult team to attack via the passing game down the stretch. 4. Justin Bethel with the play of the game?After J.J. Watt strip-sacked Carson Palmer inside the Cardinals’ 25-yard line with just :37 left in the first half, the Texans failed to advance the football. Case Keenum threw two incomplete passes followed by a third down run by Dennis Johnson that gained zero yardage. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals built their lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter, and surely this would be a time for the veteran runner to carry the load and help Arizona run out the clock. But on the first play of a possession that started with under five minutes to play, Mendenhall was stripped by J.J. Watt, who also recovered at the Cardinals’ 5-yard line. The Texans scored three plays later to pull to within a field goal and Mendenhall wouldn’t see the field for the rest of the game.With Mendenhall’s struggles — he’s averaged 3.1 yards per carry and has lost two fumbles — you’d think maybe his head coach would lose a little faith in him. Nope.“Oh yeah. There’s no doubt,” he said when asked if his faith in Mendenhall was the same. So if you were looking for more carries for Ellington or fellow rookie Stepfan Taylor, or (God forbid) Ryan Williams, you’ll just have to keep waiting, Cardinal fans.6. Tight end productionIt certainly wasn’t a huge day, but it was nice to see the Cardinals get some production from the tight end position.Rob Housler had five catches for 57 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown, while Jim Dray (1 catch, 9 yards) and newcomer Jake Ballard (1 catch, 15 yards) also got into the act. With Michael Floyd exiting the game with a shoulder injury, production from the tight ends was a welcome addition. GLENDALE, Ariz. — That’s how they wanted to start the second half of the season.Yes, the Arizona Cardinals lost the turnover battle Sunday, but they had just enough to beat the Houston Texans 27-24 to push their record to 5-4 and announce themselves as true second-half players in the NFC Playoff picture.The Cardinals struck early — on Houston’s first play from scrimmage, in fact — as John Abraham strip-sacked Texans QB Case Keenum. Matt Shaughnessy scooped it up and took it into the end zone from six yards out to give Arizona an early lead. That play set the tone for a strong defensive performance for the Cards.last_img read more

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Weve read the calls to cut Daryl Washington You

first_imgWe’ve read the calls to cut Daryl Washington. You can find them here and here.We’ve also read why now is clearly not the time to do so.We all understand that “Next Man Up” is, A) the new sports cliché (mercifully replacing “It is what it is”) and B) certainly applies in this circumstance.The fundamental problem here is that the Cardinals must now replace their most irreplaceable player. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Quick, name a player more valuable than Washington. Patrick Peterson? Calais Campbell? Larry Fitzgerald? Carson Palmer? If I were making a Guys-I-Can’t-Lose list, Daryl Washington would be at the top. It’s not meant as a slight to anyone else on the field. Football teams fail and succeed because of the collective effort, not the individual. Players work in concert with each other to make plays and win games. Yet I’m not certain there is another player on this roster whose absence affects that roster more than Washington. Speed. Instincts. Versatility. You just don’t have anything close in terms of an in-house or out-house solution to replicate that. ESPN Stats and Info points out that Washington is the only player in the NFL with 300 tackles and 15 sacks over the last three seasons. To compensate, the Cardinals might have to undergo a minor reinvention. The key to winning football games in Washington’s absence won’t fall on the recently-signed Ernie Sims. Or Larry Foote or Kevin Minter. It will fall on Palmer and Fitz. Michael Floyd and Andre Ellington. Palmer was quick to point out that the Cardinals’ defense carried this team last year and now it was time for a little quid pro quo. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The defense still has plenty of impact football players. But without the guy in the middle (literally and figuratively), the very identity of this team has to change. last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “He’s right on schedule,” Arians said. “Just see how he progresses each day. He’s still a little stiff. He’s got to get in football shape real fast.”Arians added it was too early to say whether or not Bucannon would be available Week 1 at Detroit.If healthy, Bucannon is expected to start next to Karlos Dansby at inside linebacker, a spot he’s excelled at in each of his first three seasons in the league.For two straight seasons now Bucannon has led the team in tackles. A year ago, he recorded 100 in 13 games, missing the final three games after being placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. When the injury did not respond well enough to rehab, Bucannon and the Cardinals opted for surgery in June.Is there a roster spot for Chris Johnson?The Cardinals are likely to keep four running backs on the 53-man roster. David Johnson and Kerwynn Williams, the latter of whom will handle both the kickoff and punt return duties, are locks. That leaves Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson and Elijhaa Penny fighting for two spots.Ellington and Johnson don’t play special teams, while Penny has improved in that area and at 234 pounds gives the Cardinals some size at the position. Ellington has looked good in the preseason. Johnson has not. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “As long as everybody is safe I’m not really worried about it,” he said, referring to any possible damage inside the home. “I can replace all that stuff.”Offensive lineman Givens Price, too, calls Houston home. All his family and friends are safe.“At this point,” he said, looking at his phone for the latest information, “all I can do is pray and hope that my family members and every resident in Houston is staying safe as possible.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter In Atlanta on Saturday, he fumbled twice, losing one, and dropped a pass.“It didn’t help his cause,” Arians told Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.Johnson did finish the game strong with 31 yards on six carries, including back-to-back runs of nine and 10 yards.“Yeah I think so; getting better and better,” he answered when asked if he had shown enough to make the roster. “Me running the ball never really has been a problem, but I think I’ve shown my hands have gotten better, catching the ball better and those type of things so I think I’ve really done all I can do.”Johnson, who is 463 rushing yards shy of 10,000 for his career, is not expected to play in the preseason finale at Denver on Thursday.“It’s going to be a tough decision for that spot,” Arians said of the running back position.Cardinals with an eye on HoustonThough more than 1,100 miles away, the flooding in Houston caused by Tropical Storm Harvey is hitting close to home, literally, for a handful of Cardinals players.Wide Receiver Brittan Golden posted a video, sent to him by his neighbors, to social media of water inching closer and closer to his house.The good news is Golden’s family had left the area last Friday. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler stiff arms Arizona Cardinals strong safety Deone Bucannon during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 in Chicago. (Steve Lundy/Daily Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT Your browser does not support the audio element. 3 Comments   Share   Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Back in Tempe and back on the practice field, the Arizona Cardinals welcomed back dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon on Monday.Bucannon was limited to individual drills, but it marked his first on-field work alongside his teammates since undergoing offseason ankle surgery.“He did OK,” head coach Bruce Arians said.Bucannon was not present in the locker room during media availability.Last week, Bucannon was activated off the physically unable to perform list, allowing him to participate in walk-throughs. The plan is, and has always been, for Bucannon to get a handful of practices under his belt before the start of the regular season. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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