Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is set to join Chinese club Guangzhou R&F as he will be travelling to Hong Kong to undergo a medical.Skysports reports Spurs have been receiving several offers from China as Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan tabled an offer which the club accepted but an acceptable offer has now been made by Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has spent six-and-a-half-years with Tottenham and it is likely that this window will bring an end to his stay with the North London side as his contract expires at the end of the season.Mousa Dembele backs Gareth Bale’s shock China move Andrew Smyth – July 28, 2019 Mousa Dembele believes his former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale will find things “easy” in China and hopes the Real Madrid player makes the move.Dembele has not played for Spurs since November due to an ankle injury and has reportedly been keen on a move to China since the summer.It is still unclear who will replace Dembele at Spurs but the club have been monitoring the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Donny van de Beek.Tottenham hope to retain their top four position this season.
Air Canada’s new nonstop services to add seats on Dallas route Friday, March 10, 2017 VANCOUVER — The new Air Canada nonstop daily flight out of Vancouver to Dallas will see more than 500 new seats per week added into the U.S. destination as Air Canada deploys Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet aircraft carrying 75 passengers with 10 business class seats.VisitDallas’ VP Tourism Mark Thompson said he is hopeful there will be a further increase into Dallas as Air Canada has announced it will begin another direct daily flight out of Montreal beginning in May. The two new flights will join existing service out of Toronto. The Vancouver route started Feb. 5.“Toronto has always been a very strong market,” he said. “We are excited to be working with Air Canada – we are impressed with the airline and its staff.”In 2015 some 264,000 visitors from Canada came to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Thompson said 2016 figures are being tallied but they are expected to show a moderate increase while 2017 still remains in question and he is hopeful the city can remain its market numbers.He said the negativity surrounding the immigrations ban is expected to deter some travellers. At the same time, the U.S. exchange rate is also a disadvantage.In B.C. Air Canada is coming into the market with a price point that is slightly above Alaska Airlines’ price from YVR. From now until through May, the pricing on the Air Canada flights is approximately $465, which compares to Alaska Airlines flights (which have a Seattle layover) priced at $432 for a similar period. The Air Canada flight takes four hours, while the Alaska Airlines flight takes six and a half hours.Dallas has been a draw for business travellers and conventions but the leisure travel market is the sector where the city is seeing growth, said Thompson. Individuals coming to the city for business or conventions are adding extra days to explore city attractions plus the pure leisure travel sector is also growing fast.VisitDallas can provide travel agents with commissionable product ranging from excursions to hotels for those agents looking to provide tag-on sales to a conference or business traveller or assemble package information for a leisure traveller. “There are some existing products that have worked very well across the board for travel agents. The most important is the CityPASS program,” Thompson said. CityPASS has been a “powerhouse” for sales for agents as it provides entry to four of the city’s top attractions and offers clients a 40% discount on admission prices.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe tourism board’s website, visitdallas.com, also has itineraries available for travel agents planning client holidays or special-interest vacations and these can be combined into a fly-drive vacation, said Thompson. If information is not available on the website, the tourism board has individuals who will work with agents. “There are some fantastic resources available online and if it isn’t there, we are just a click away,” said Thompson.Thompson said VisitDallas has hosted fams to the city out of Western Canada in the anticipation of the Air Canada flight start-up. He is hoping to launch more fams in 2017. “We have identified some agents (during the three-day visit to Vancouver) that would be a good match to showcase Dallas,” he said, adding that the bureau’s marketing initiative includes reaching out to agents plus trade and consumer media to create more interest in the city. Those agents selling into the Dallas/Fort Worth market and wanting more information regarding fam trips should contact the VisitDallas office.Thompson said the biggest attraction for Canadians coming to Dallas currently is shopping. “Shopping is tax-free for international visitors. It is a very robust program,” he said, adding that it offsets the exchange rate.A second major draw is the city’s sporting events. “The sports situation is fantastic. We are home to six professional teams,” he said with the Dallas Cowboys a strong draw.Family travel is also popular, as Dallas is known for providing a wide range of price-point accommodation and delivering a “high-value” vacation experience. The Dallas downtown area has been undergoing a revitalization and densification with many new residents moving into the area. The result, says Thompson, is a resurgence in the restaurant scene with up to 90 new restaurants opened as of January 2017.Dallas is “stellar” on all levels when it comes to hotel properties and can offer a range of price points from economy to super-luxury, adds Thompson. “The room rates are much lower than what you would normally find in a major market,” he said, especially for many of the higher end brand name hotels.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”With growing leisure travel and densification downtown, the hotel industry is also undergoing change. “We are experiencing a large boom in hotel building and growth,” he said. One showcase property is The Statler, formerly the Statler Hilton, which has been dormant for 15-20 years and has reopened after a long renovation and rebuild.“It was the first property that the founder of the chain, Hilton, put his name on,” said Thompson. When it opened in 1956, it was the premier place to stay in the American Southwest and it became an icon as it embodied the first modern hotel design. It closed in 2001. “It was also the hotel where Tina Turner left her husband, Ike,” he said, providing a historical note. “It has gone through a full restoration and is beautiful.” The property is expected to open later this year.The Lorenzo Hotel (formerly the Plaza Hotel), the property that Turner went to after leaving Ike, has also undergone a $35 million renovation and opened in February. “It is a smaller property but it has great price points and it is very attractive for business travellers,” said Thompson.The arts and culture scene is also popular with the Dallas Museum of Art from March into July hosting a show that is being billed as the largest exhibition of Mexican art since 1954 with many works of Mexico’s major artists on display. The exhibit explores 50 years of modern art Mexican art.Of course, an ageless draw to Dallas has become the long-running TV show of the same name, which aired from 1978 to 1991. “It has left a fantastic legacy,” said Thompson. The Southfork Ranch, made famous by the show’s Ewing family, is now a special events venue and meeting destination with daily tours ensuring its status as a popular tourist haunt. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Jean Sorensen Tags: Air Canada, New Routes, Texas
Garuda returns to Brisbane aftera five year absence. Garuda Indonesia has touched back down in Brisbane today, reinstating flights to the city after a five years absence. First announced by the airline’s president and chief executive Emirsyah Satar in November last year, the route will be utilised by the carrier’s Boeing 737-800 NextGen aircraft and will increase its weekly services to 52 per week. “We have also seen a significant growth in demand in the Queensland leisure market, so we are very pleased to finally be back in Brisbane,” Mr Siregar explained. Click here for more information. Source = ETB News: NJ Passengers will be able to enjoy the Garuda Indonesia Experience with a uniquely Indonesian in-flight menu, warm hospitality – reflected in the service, on-board décor and its staff – and a Video on Demand (VOD) entertainment systems offering 35 feature films, 10 television programs, 48 music albums and 25 interactive video games. Garuda vice president Bagus Y. Siregar said the new route will target growing tourism between Australia and Indonesia, which contributed to the 20 percent increase in passengers from the South-West Pacific to Indonesia in 2012. The return to Brisbane follows the airline’s recent launch to Perth in June this year.
US cable giant Time Warner Cable is reportedly considering taking an equity stake in video-on-demand site Hulu, according to several US reports.Bloomberg reported that discussions between the firms are at an early stage, and said another, unnamed, pay TV company was also mulling a bid for the VOD site.It claimed that a deal would make Time Warner a co-owner alongside Disney, News Corp and Comcast, who each own around a third of the business though Comcast gave up corporate control of the site as part of its NBCUniversal takeover deal.Separately the Wall Street Journal reported that it was unclear whether Time Warner Cable was looking to take a minority stake in Hulu or launch an all-out deal, but said Hulu’s owners don’t see the cable operator as the most likely buyer. It too said at least one other pay TV operator was weighing an investment in Hulu.A third report by the New York Post claimed that Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt has held talks with other cable TV providers about making a joint bid for Hulu. Such a move could turn Hulu into an authenticated online service for paying cable customers, the report said, and added that Hulu was keen for bids to be in by the end of next week.The news follows reports earlier this month claiming that Yahoo! had also held preliminary talks with Hulu, after the VOD business reached out to potential bidders in March.The digital arm of financial services business Guggenheim Partners, Amazon, and former News Corp president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin are also reported to have shown interest in the VOD site in recent months.
TalkTalk has become the latest UK service provider to offer Amazon Prime Video to its TV offering following Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media’s addition of the streaming service this week.Amazon auto show The Grand TourTalkTalk’s he deal with Amazon will see the service join the TalkTalk TV range of streaming appsThe move means that viewers will also be able to watch all televised 2019-20 Premier League games on TalkTalk TV via Prime Video, BT Sport and Sky Sports.TalkTalk TV customers who sign up for Amazon Prime will be able to view a range of TV shows and movies available on Prime Video, including Amazon Originals The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and the forthcoming Good Omens starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.Customers who already have a Prime Video subscription will be able to stream the service by logging into the app via their set top box. TalkTalk TV customers who don’t currently have a Prime Video subscription can take advantage of the 30-day free trial.TalkTalk said that the launch with Amazon is the latest step in its commitment to providing customers with a seamless viewing experience. The telco offers a range of services on its box including online TV offerings Netflix and BBC iPlayer as well as Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and major kids’ channels.Will Ennett, Head of TV content and editorial, TalkTalk TV said: “We’re committed to giving our customers more of the TV and film they love by growing our roster of content partners. Amazon Prime Video has captured TV fans with its exciting original series’ and is a fantastic addition to the TalkTalk TV line up, making it even easier for our customers to enjoy the very best entertainment in one place and through just one remote.”Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Prime Video said: “We are excited to make it even easier for Prime members to watch the great TV shows and movies they love. With Good Omens starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant set to launch next month, there’s never been a better time to enjoy a range of original and exclusive programming including Amazon Originals like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Grand Tour and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – as well as our forthcoming exclusive Premier League matches – all coming to customers across the country through TalkTalk TV.”