Millions Disappointed It Wasn’t Jared

Millions Disappointed It Wasn’t Jared

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Amid the general jubilation over the arrest of Paul Manafort on Monday, millions of Americans reported extreme disappointment that the first person arrested from Robert Mueller’s Russia probe was not Jared Kushner. Across the country, downcast Americans commiserated over the news that their choice for Mueller’s first indictment had been overlooked.

“I know it makes me sound petty, since today is a day of national celebration,” Harland Dorrinson, who had been holding a Kushner-arrest-watch party in suburban Toledo, said. “But for a lot of us who had had our hopes set on Jared, today is bittersweet.”

Tracy Klugian, who watched news of Manafort’s arrest from her home in San Jose, agreed. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that Manafort’s being brought in,” she said. “But he’s no Jared.”

Davis Logsdon, a clinical psychologist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, said that he is counselling patients who are dealing with the “severe emotional letdown” of the first person arrested not being Jared.

“I’m urging them to see this disappointment as an opportunity for growth,” Logsdon said. “It’s true that none of the first three arrests was Jared, but we have to live with that reality. And, perhaps, if we are patient, the fourth, fifth, or even fiftieth arrest will be Jared.”

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October 30, 2017 at 04:11PM

News: Travelport signs global partnership with Hertz

News: Travelport signs global partnership with Hertz

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Travelport signs global partnership with Hertz

Travelport has announced a new agreement with Hertz Corporation that gives Travelport’s online, offline, and corporate customers access to the car rental company’s full worldwide inventory of rental vehicle rates.

The deal includes Hertz’s popular prepaid rates found on Hertz.com and the Hertz mobile app.

Travelport-connected agencies currently manage over 94 million car rental days annually sourced from a variety of global suppliers.

The new agreement builds on its extensive Beyond Air portfolio and further strengthens Travelport’s leadership position as one of the world’s leading business-to-business commerce platforms of car rental content, connecting travel agents to a world of travel choice from over 37,000 car rental locations globally.

Over 68,000 Travelport-connected travel agencies will receive real-time access to Hertz’s full inventory which will become available to shop, book and pay through Travelport’s innovative point of sale tool, Smartpoint, as well as via Travelport’s Universal API used by online travel agencies and travel management companies across the globe.

Enhancing the quality of ground transport services content provided to travel agency customers empowers agents to upsell and increase revenues by attaching more car bookings per airline tickets.

“As the global car rental industry continues to grow, so has travel seller and consumer desire for easier access to a broader range of rate types.

“With this agreement, Hertz benefits from Travelport’s technologies, and Travelport’s customers and travellers alike benefit from easily accessing both pre- and post-pay rates from Hertz and other rental car providers that are made accessible via Travelport API products and Travelport’s industry leading Travelport Smartpoint desktop,” said Steve Matise, Travelport global head of car and ground transport sourcing.

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October 30, 2017 at 04:09PM

News: United Airlines waves goodbye to Boeing 747 from Heathrow

News: United Airlines waves goodbye to Boeing 747 from Heathrow

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As United Airlines celebrates the retirement of the Boeing 747 from its fleet, crowds of well-wishers have gathered at the Queen’s Terminal on to bid a fond farewell to the ‘Queen of the Skies’ and witness the very last United Boeing 747 flight to depart from London Heathrow.

Marking this historic occasion, customers, guests, United employees as well as the flight captain and crew of the last Boeing 747 flight, joined United managing director sales, United Kingdom and Ireland, Bob Schumacher, before the departure of United flight 900 to San Francisco for a special gate celebration with entertainment from retro girl band, The Tootsie Rollers.

“On January 22, 1970, the Boeing 747 made its very first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American World Airways, which later became United Airlines at Heathrow, and so what better way to mark the end of an era spanning almost four decades by saying farewell to the ‘Queen of the Skies’ here in London,” said Schumacher.

“Our customers in the UK can now enjoy a significantly enhanced onboard experience as the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner replaces the 747 on one of our two daily services from London Heathrow to San Francisco.”

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October 30, 2017 at 04:09PM

New eBook: The Modern Tourism Marketer’s Guide to Video

New eBook: The Modern Tourism Marketer’s Guide to Video

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Skift Take: Video is one of the most powerful influencers in the visual decision making process, allowing audiences to experience destinations in a unique, personal way.

— Dawn Rzeznikiewicz

Today, we’re publishing an eBook by CrowdRiff, “The Modern Tourism Marketer’s Guide to Video,” which explores how destination marketers can best use video to tell their stories.

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Online video has seen massive growth over the last few years, and travelers both in the discovery and planning phases have tuned in to learn about potential destinations and the experiences they can have.

A study from Think with Google found that travel-related content is growing 118 percent year-over-year, according to YouTube data. Meanwhile, a survey from Hubspot found that 43 percent of people want to see more video content from marketers in the future.

And while most marketers are familiar with the major video platforms—YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat—these channels aren’t all one in the same in how marketers should approach their video content marketing. At the same time, there are a number of video formats that are becoming more popular with audiences, such as live video, 360 video and virtual reality. Destination marketers need to evaluate which channels and formats works best for their respective audiences and the stories being told.

This eBook looks at just how popular video is with consumers today, and how destination marketers can best leverage video to engage with audiences—and includes direct quotes and tips from industry experts.

Topics covered include:

● The pervasiveness of video in travel marketing today
● What the most popular video distribution channels are
● Emerging video formats
● Examples of successful tourism video marketing campaigns
● What destination marketers have to say about future trends in video

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This content was created collaboratively by CrowdRiff and Skift’s branded content studio, SkiftX.

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October 30, 2017 at 03:57PM

News: Jet Airways goes triple daily on London-Mumbai route

News: Jet Airways goes triple daily on London-Mumbai route

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Responding to the increase in demand for air travel between the UK and India, Jet Airways commenced its new third daily service from London Heathrow to Mumbai.

Jet Airways is the first Indian carrier to operate three daily flights between UKs capital city and Mumbai; India’s economic and financial capital.

The new service complements the airline’s existing daily operations from London Heathrow to its hubs at Mumbai and Delhi in India, boosting its capacity by nearly a third.

It will also enable the airline to capitalise on the steadily growing round-the-year demand on the highly popular sector, offering guests, greater flexibility and choice throughout the day, and helping create a far superior and well-differentiated travel experience for them.

Flight 9W 115 will depart daily from London Heathrow at 15:55, arriving in Mumbai at 06:20 hrs, giving Jet Airways’ guests the opportunity to utilise a full business day in Mumbai.

Speaking on the launch of its latest service, Vinay Dube, chief executive, Jet Airways, said: “We are delighted to introduce our third daily, non-stop service between London Heathrow and Mumbai.

“The new service will offer guests an unparalleled choice in the form of more than 1,000 seats daily, on this rapidly growing route.

“The frequency of service also provides our guests a multiple choice of time schedules to suit their needs.

“We are confident that our well-differentiated product and exceptional focus on service, together with greater convenience and seamless connectivity will find strong resonance with guests.”

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October 30, 2017 at 03:55PM

News: TAP launches new flights to London City Airport

News: TAP launches new flights to London City Airport

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TAP launches new flights to London City Airport

TAP’s operation between London City airport and Lisbon has launched, with the inaugural flight taking off from London City at 19:50.

TAP now serves three airports in London, offering two daily flights on week-days and one daily flight on weekends from London City to Lisbon.

With the new addition to its network, TAP becomes the only airline to connect London City, located in the city’s financial centre, and the cosmopolitan destination of Lisbon, and the first Airline to fly this route in the 30 years London City Airport has been operating.

The direct flights between London City and Lisbon will operate with the Embraer 190 aircraft, with seat capacity for 106 passengers, departing London at 10:10 and 19:50, and departing Lisbon at 07:00 and 16:40, from Monday to Friday.

On weekends, the operation is daily.

On Saturdays, departing London at 10:10 and Lisbon at 07:00 and, and on Sundays, departing London at 19:50 and Lisbon at 16:40.

TAP is thus reinforcing its presence in the UK, by operating to those considered the three preferential airports in London and by offering its passengers an improved choice of schedules and connections, and increasing the frequency of its operations.

Between January and September this year, the offer of seats increased 12 per cent, and the number of passengers carried between Lisbon and London increased 28 per cent.

This growth rate should hold until the end of the year, and the total number of passengers is expected to exceed 700 thousand.

Richard Hill, chief commercial officer at London City Airport, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome TAP to London City Airport.

“Not only does the airline add an exciting new name to the list of operators at LCY, it brings a new route for us – the first time the airport has offered direct flights to Lisbon – and in addition offers great connecting opportunities, through TAP’s Lisbon hub on to Africa and the Americas.

“I’m sure it will be a great success.”

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October 30, 2017 at 03:50PM

News: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi recognised as industry leader by World Travel Awards

News: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi recognised as industry leader by World Travel Awards

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has been awarded the title of Middle East’s Leading Theme Park for 2017, as the park staved off growing local and international competition.

Jesse Vargas, general manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, present to receive the award on behalf of the team stated: “This award is a true testament to the people that pour their heart and soul into bringing the park to life every single day.

“We pride ourselves on our continuous evolution, and in bringing world class, exceptional experiences to guests of all ages.”

All in all, the park offers 37 thrilling experiences and counting, nearly double the number of attractions in the first year.

Most currently, the park launched Turbo Track, a two-way rollercoaster that bursts through the centre of the iconic red roof, climbing up to Yas Island’s highest point, before plummeting back.

This follows Formula Rossa and Flying Aces, both with their record-breaking features, establishing Ferrari World Abu Dhabi amongst the most sought-after rollercoaster destinations for thrill seekers.

And for fans of the historic brand, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi lives close to the most ardent fan’s hearts, being the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park, a true testament and tribute to the heritage and culture of Ferrari.

As such the park offers a historical, technical, and insider’s look at the world’s most celebrated automotive story.

The title of Middle East’s Leading Theme Park serves to further highlight the exceptional nature of the park, and its people, the best to come.

“The UAE and Ferrari both focus relentlessly on their futures while firmly grounded in their history and heritage.

“Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Island represent the confluence of these two cultures.

“As such, this world class family destination will continue to deliver the most unique, most inspired attractions on the planet,” Vargas concluded.

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October 30, 2017 at 03:48PM

News: airBaltic launches direct flights between Riga and Abu Dhabi

News: airBaltic launches direct flights between Riga and Abu Dhabi

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The Latvian airline airBaltic, in cooperation with the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, has launched a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi.

The new route offers convenient connections to passengers travelling from the Baltics to the UAE capital and further to key destinations in Australia, Asia, Africa and the
Middle East, as well as new travelling opportunities from Abu Dhabi to Europe.

Martin Gauss, chief executive, airBaltic: “We are delighted to launch the new Riga-Abu Dhabi route.

“Thanks to our cooperation with Etihad Airways we can now offer our customers brand new flying experience flying with the world’s most modern jet aircraft CS300 to the Middle East and beyond for affordable prices.”

Passengers have now made over 9,000 bookings on the Riga-Abu Dhabi route and it is popular among travellers from Latvia and outside, as 30 per cent of the bookings currently come from transfer passengers mostly from Scandinavia and the Baltics.

Moreover, airBaltic has seen additional demand for the flight to the Formula Grand Prix, which will take place in Abu Dhabi in the last weekend of November.

airBaltic operates the Riga-Abu Dhabi route four times weekly.

Passengers will board a Bombardier CS300 aircraft for a flight that will last six hours and 15 minutes.

airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia.

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October 30, 2017 at 03:48PM

New Zealand – Soggy Snow in the Sibbald Range

New Zealand – Soggy Snow in the Sibbald Range

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After our retreat from the Tasman Saddle, Coop and I were wary of heading back into the high mountains with an iffy weather forecast. Of course, we did it anyway.

We decided to go to a spot that was more easily foot-accessible; when we inevitably got stormed out, it’d be easier on the wallet, and harder on our legs. After driving around to various areas (enhanced by hemming and hawing), we settled on the Sibbald Range. The forecast for the entire Southern Alps was marginal, with only one day of good weather. We hoped that the slightly further east Sibbald Range would hold better weather. Duncan, an American living in NZ, and David, a Frenchman doing the same, joined us for the trip.

Skinning up with Mt. Sibbald in the background. Beautiful.

Skinning up with Mt. Sibbald in the background. Beautiful.

Hiking up the massive Macaulay River valley. It's a long way to snow.

Hiking up the massive Macaulay River valley. It’s a long way to snow.

The Macaulay Hut, located in the river valley below the Sibbald Range, is reputably one of the nicest in New Zealand. Features include a wood burning stove, gas cookers, electric lights, and comfy beds. Another perk is that it’s accessible by vehicle — if said vehicle is a tricked out 4wd with a snorkel. If your car can’t brave the 1+ meter river crossing at the start of the drive, you rely on your own two feet. Between the four of us, we had a fleet of three campervans, none of which sported much clearance, or a snorkel. While driving to the trailhead, we hoped we would see some friendly NZ redneck types who would give us a ride. Our wishes fell flat, and we loaded our packs as light as possible for the 18 kilometer hike in.

The track to the hut ascends an incredible glacial river valley, cutting deep into high mountains. The valley is wide and long, with only the occasional tire track to show the presence of previous travelers. Steep, glaciated peaks rise on either side. The dramatic relief reminded me of Alaska.

The rocky valley bottom is threaded with small streams that together make up the Macaulay River. Soon I gave up on removing my shoes and socks for river crossings, as we waded back and forth across the winding, icy brooks.

Optimistically, we began the hike at 4pm. It was well past dark by the time we reached the hut. We were relieved to see every amenity we had counted on was present. The walk back to grab our stove, fuel and warm sleeping bags would have been demoralizing to say the least.

Inside the spacious hut. Check out that massive live-edge table.

Inside the spacious hut. Check out that massive live-edge table.

We woke early the next morning, hoping to get up into the mountains before the sun rose. Outside was dark, but we could hear the distinct rattle of rain on the windows. Ever hopeful (or foolish), we decided to head out anyway; perhaps the skies would clear. After a 1.5 hour hike we reached snowline. The darkness melted away but the rain did not. We were rapidly getting soaked, and with fog obscuring our route into the alpine. It was an easy decision to return to the warmth of the hut. We hiked back, now into the teeth of the fierce upvalley wind. The rain intensified. By the time we reached the hut we were all shivering, soaked to the bone. We stripped down to our underpants and huddled around the wet wood smoking in the stove.

The day continued with intermittent rain. Judging by the numerous taxidermied heads and stacks of NZ hunting and 4wd magazines, the Macaulay Hut is mainly a hunting cabin. We made the hours pass learning about Kiwi hunting culture and playing cards. By the time evening rolled around, the skies began clearing, creating a possible weather window for the next day.

I had learned of Hayden and Inge’s deaths just before leaving on our hike. The long distance news was haphazard, and details were sketchy. That evening, I received more information through our satellite messenger, and it really hit home. That night I couldn’t sleep, and walked outside to be by myself. The sky had cleared, and moonlight illuminated the valley and surrounding peaks. Beautiful and peaceful. As I sat there, my mind drifted from sadness, to happy memories with Hayden, and to stinging regret that there wouldn’t be an opportunity to share more time with him. I felt unsure of whether I should be adventuring in such serious mountains, but at the same time I welcomed the serenity of those quiet, moonlit peaks. Eventually I fell asleep, mind racing, heart heavy.

We woke even earlier than the previous day, knowing this would be the day that needed to be taken advantage of. We got to the snow, our previous day’s high point, quickly, and started skinning. The snow down low was mush, as to be expected at low elevations. After an hour of skinning, however, conditions hadn’t improved. The top 6 inches was frozen, but underneath was the texture of the oatmeal I had shoveled down earlier. With some effort I could push my ski pole down almost the full length into the snow. The torrential rain the day before had penetrated the snowpack.

The steep slopes of Mt. Sibbald, our intended objective, were already heating in the morning sun. We decided continuing would be unwise, and instead proceeded to plan B: a theoretical traverse of the Sibbald Range, ending somewhere along our river valley hike from two days before. We hoped to both ski some nice country, while also cutting out a significant portion of the river valley walk. We had numerous options, and many safe escape routes down to the snow-free valley.

The gnarly south face of Mt. Sibbald. Our original plan was to ski the more mellow northwest side.

The gnarly south face of Mt. Sibbald. Our original plan was to ski the more mellow northwest side.

Nearing our high point on Mt. Sibbald (out of view to the left).

Nearing our high point on Mt. Sibbald (out of view to the left).

Skiing our first descent of the day. Mmhmm, breakable crust on top of slush.

Skiing our first descent of the day. Mmhmm, breakable crust on top of slush.

We attempted to stay out of avalanche terrain by sticking to ridges.

We attempted to stay out of avalanche terrain by sticking to ridges.

Skiing down our final descent of the day. We skied all the way to the Macaulay valley (visible in the distance). Then we walked. Forever.

Skiing down our final descent of the day. We skied all the way to the Macaulay Valley (visible in the distance). Then we walked. Forever.

As we climbed towards our first pass of the day, we saw 20 or so tahr (a type of mountain goat imported from the Himalaya) bounding across a steep snow slope. We were excited to spot them, although presumably not as much as the hunters that the Macaulay Hut normally hosts.

Sunny, beautiful hours passed as we made our way along the range, skiing up and down a few passes. The unfrozen snow made us cautious, and eventually we found ourselves traveling along a knife edge ridgeline, intermittently scrambling, skinning, and booting. Travel along the ridgeline was slow, but it brought us directly to our final north facing slope (sun exposed on this half of the globe). If we climbed over that final slope, we would then be in a long, broad, low angled valley that would spit us out only a few kilometers up from our parked vans. We talked back and forth; the promise of easy travel tempted us. Ultimately we decided the sun soaked snow held too much danger. Instead, we skied down the adjacent valley, which ended only two kilometers below the hut. We had completed a fun traverse through beautiful terrain, and now had a long walk ahead. By the time we reached the valley bottom, it was already 6pm, 2 hours later than we had started on the way in.

The crew started down, while I headed toward the hut to grab some gear I had left there. Darkness fell much too fast, and I stoically marched on. Eventually I was blinded by some headlights of a lifted land cruiser full of Kiwis enjoying beer and cigarettes. We chatted for a moment, they wondered what I was doing with skis, in the middle of the night, so far from snow, or my car. Eventually they headed off toward the hut, and I entered the hypnotizing world of round river pebbles illuminated by my headlamp. Eventually, around midnight I stumbled up to the parked minivan. Coop had already made dinner. I ate a few bites, crawled into bed, and was quickly asleep.

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October 30, 2017 at 03:32PM

News: Wizz Air introduces new hand luggage policy

News: Wizz Air introduces new hand luggage policy

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Wizz Air has introduced a new cabin bag policy, allowing all passengers to travel with one piece of bigger hand luggage free of charge.

Passengers will automatically be entitled to travel with one piece of hand luggage with maximum dimensions of 55x40x23cm and a maximum weight of ten kilograms as part of the price of their ticket.

Passengers will be able to bring on board items of duty free purchased at the airport after security checks.

For customers looking for extra cabin baggage allowance, Wizz Priority service allows passengers to bring an additional small bag on board and place it under the seat with maximum dimensions of 40x30x18cm.

The service guarantees that their free hand luggage (55x40x23cm) will be placed in the cabin area.

Johan Eidhagen, chief marketing officer at Wizz Air, said: “Here at Wizz Air passenger satisfaction is our priority, which is why we have listened to customer feedback and now offer a large item of hand luggage free with each Wizz Air ticket purchased.

“This is another example of Wizz Air’s commitment to providing a best in class experience for our customers, from the moment they book their Wizz flight, to landing at their destination of choice.

“Our friendly and professional crew look forward to welcoming both new and returning passengers on board soon.”

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October 30, 2017 at 03:28PM