Carnival Cruise Line Cuts Cruises

first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, Carnival Cruise Lines, vat Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 17 Nov 2014- Carnival Cruise lines is reportedly set to cut its cruises from 600 to 400 in the Bahamas due to the costly impositions of the coming VAT, set to begin in January. last_img read more

Thorne QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – Every intrusive and erratic remark and statement made by the Special Prosecutor for the Crown must be proved to be true; it was the overarching theme of the statement today from Ralph Thorne, the Queen’s Counsel representing former premier Michael Misick. Thorne was revved up in his presentation and called the opening statement by Andrew Mitchell, QC nothing more than a political vendetta aimed at ‘getting Mike’. He said, when proceedings resumed this morning at the Myrtle Rigby Health complex that, “An expedition in character assassination…” is what Mitchell led in his abnormal opening, which seemed to draw conclusions instead of the traditional method of promising, then proving allegations. Thorne promises to prove that the charges are politically motivated and he will aim to defend the character of his client. Thorne has a problem with the absence of any civilian witnesses, he has an issue with government witnesses who are coming in their official capacity and he rejects that the former Governor was bullied by Michael Misick during his tenure and Thorne takes exception to the fact that Developers in the debacle, are missing from the trial. Thorne said, the mountain of apparent evidence by the SIPT will turn into a mouse of proof, and that it will not be enough to satisfy the court. Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, michael misick, queen’s counsel, ralph thorne, sipt triallast_img read more

Craig Gordon remembers the time he broke his arm

first_imgThe Celtic goalkeeper broke his arm while battling for the ball with Jermain Defoe and he was out for three monthsExactly nine years ago, Craig Gordon was Sunderland’s goalkeeper and he got his arm broken after a collision with Tottenham Hotspur Jermain Defoe.“I got to the ball first and he got their second and broke my arm. That was a bad break and I had to get a metal plate inserted in my arm,” Gordon told The Chronicle Live.“I was out for another three months and came back and played the rest of the season with the metal plate.”“That summer I got the metal taken out of my arm and very soon into pre-season the arm broke again and that was another three months when it got put back in again,” he added.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“That was the third operation on my arm and that was frustrating. The metal plate is still in there today so I have not had any more trouble with it.”“Every time I felt like I was getting to a point where I was putting in good, consistent performances, something else would come up,” he commented.“I was starting to play in games where I probably wasn’t fit and I was starting to think whether this would ever be fixed.”“This was a very long-term thing and perhaps it was something I wouldn’t come back from,” he added.“There had been so many things that had gone wrong I felt I had to leave.”last_img read more

ArsenalSpurs issue warning to fans ahead of crunch tie

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham have appealed to fans to be on their best behaviour in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie. after a racist abuse marred the last encounter.Arsenal ran away 4-2 winners in the last encounter earlier this month but it made headlines for the wrong reasons when a Spurs fan threw a banana onto the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring a goal.A Tottenham supporter has been fined and handed a four-year football banning order after pleading guilty to throwing a missile and both sides are keen to avoid a repeat of any such unsavoury incidents for the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.“Local derby matches are always passionate affairs and it is important that supporters play their part on these occasions by getting behind the team in a positive way and making them memorable for the right reasons,” Tottenham said on their official website.A message to all supporters attending tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 19, 2018Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby encounters over the years and the vast majority of fans have generated incredible atmospheres on these occasions.“However, there were incidents in our most recent Premier League fixture against Arsenal earlier this month where a small number of supporters of both sides behaved unacceptably.“Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, we wish to remind supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium that any kind of racist, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the club.“As a club that has suffered from abuse in the past from opposition supporters, we wish to make clear that there is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in or outside of football.”last_img read more

My natural habitat is winning Mourinho

first_imgThe former Manchester United manager believes that people learn more by winning that by losing in the world of football.Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho has always been very charismatic and controversial.And after he was sacked by Manchester United, he started working for TV channel DAZN.“People used to say that you learn more with defeat. Maybe there is some truth in it,” he told The Telegraph.“I feel my natural habitat is winning. This is the first time when I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months. Some guys don’t win any trophies for 18 years. I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.”“Now I have time for thinking, reflection, trying to understand everything and trying to be more ready for the next one that is coming. I know it is coming. It hasn’t come yet because what has come along, I didn’t want,” he explained.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I want to work in a club that understands there is a structure in place. I don’t want to work in a structure of no coincidence [unity] in the thinking.”“People sometimes say ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with a football director’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with chief scout’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with an owner’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with the president’,” he commented.“During my career, I have been working in every possible circumstance. The most successful situations are not because of the structure but because of the empathy in the structure.”“People who work well together. People who share the same kind of ideas. This is the fundamental thing,” he added.“You now have a generation of players who are not just players but the whole package. You have the player, the family, the agent, the entourage, the director of communication. You sometimes have the individual’s medical people and in an extreme situation you even have what they call their ‘personal fitness guys’.”“When you have a player you have all these distractions. And if there is no empathy in the structure of the club you get into so many contradictions that it is really, really difficult to work.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 1 Wilmington Man Arrested Injured Baby Skunk Rescued Vandalism

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, August 1, 2018:Police came across a vehicle running in the parking lot at Michael’s Place on Lowell Street. Two parties stated they had too much to drink and are awaiting a ride from a friend. The vehicle will be staying at this location overnight. (1:01am)Police were out in the Woburn Street area after reports of picketers in the roadway. (7:07am)A passerby reported two turkeys were “stuck together” at West Street and Kilmarnock Street. Animal Control Officer unable to locate. (7:42am)A River Street caller reported her dog caught a baby skunk. Animal Control Officer brought skunk, which was still alive, to Best Pets and then Andover Animal Hospital. (7:46am)A 16-year-old was arrested on a warrant of apprehension (a child requiring assistance warrant) and brought to Lowell Juvenile Court. (8:27am)A Dorchester Street caller reported a squirrel inside their house. (9:04am)A walk-in party reported their debit card was stolen on or about July 30. (2:34pm)Nicholas Evan Belanger (21, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant. Belanger was arrested at Speedway on Main Street. (4:32pm)A walk-in party reported that on the 129/62 sign by Rotary Park, someone wrote a derogatory term on it. Police notified Mass Highway. (7:06pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”last_img read more

ACC bans foreign trip of 7 bankers

first_imgLogo of Anti Corruption Commission. File photoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has imposed a ban on the foreign travel of seven officials of The Farmers Bank Ltd over approving Tk 40 million loan against fake documents and depositing the money into former chief justice SK Sinha’s account, reports UNB.ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya on Wednesday told UNB that a notice was sent to superintendent of police (Immigration) of special branch of police in this regard.The officials are former managing director and chief executive officer AKM Shameem, first vice-president Swapan Kumar Roy, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-president M Lutful Haque, assistant vice-president Shafiuddin Askaree Ahmed, former SVP Ziauddin and executive officer Umme Salma Sultana.Meanwhile, six of the seven officials were quizzed on Wednesday in this connection.Earlier on 6 May, ACC grilled two businessmen named — Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chadra Saha — for allegedly taking Tk 40 million in loan from The Farmers Bank Ltd using fake documents and depositing the money in the bank account of a VVIP.last_img read more

Seven Palestinians killed in Gaza border clashes

first_imgPalestinian protesters are seen near burning tyres during clashes along the Israeli border fence, east of Gaza City on 28 September. Photo: AFPSeven Palestinians, including two boys aged 12 and 14, were killed in clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said.It was the bloodiest day of border protests since 14 May, when more than 60 Palestinians died in violence accompanying the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem, a move that enraged Palestinians.Nasser Mosabih, 12, Mohammed al-Houm, 14, and Iyad Al-Shaar, 18, were shot dead Friday in clashes along the frontier with Israel, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.Four men in their twenties were also killed in the widespread violence along the border, the spokesman said, adding that 210 people were hospitalised, including 90 with gunshot wounds.The Israeli army said in a statement that some 20,000 “rioters” had gathered at multiple sites along the border and that people had hurled “grenades and explosive devices in several different locations”.The military said troops fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures” and that an Israeli aircraft also struck two positions belonging the Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.Palestinians have been protesting at least weekly along the Gaza border since 30 March in what they call the “Great March of Return”.Friday’s protests were bigger than those in recent weeks.At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March, the majority during border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.Free fallThe Israeli military declined to comment on Friday’s reported deaths.It said in a statement that troops spotted several Palestinians breaching the border fence and briefly entering Israeli territory before fleeing back into Gaza.Israel holds Hamas responsible for unrest originating in the territory under its control.The two sides have fought three wars since 2008, and in between there have been spikes of violence marked by Palestinian cross-border rocket and mortar fire and retaliatory Israeli air strikes.Throughout the protests since March, Israel has said its actions are necessary to defend the border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to attempt infiltrations and attacks.Palestinians and human rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing no real threat.The protests are demanding the right of Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to homes their families fled in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel and which are now in Israel.Israel says any such mass return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state.The march is also a protest against a more than 10-year-old Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.Repeated deadly Palestinian clashes with the army along the frontier have brought warnings of the risk of a new conflict.The World Bank on Tuesday said that the Gaza Strip’s economy is in “free fall” as cuts to aid and salaries add to the effects of the already crippling Israeli blockade.last_img read more

Heres Whats In The HouseApproved Health Care Bill

first_img Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APThe House is voting on the Republican health care bill on Thursday.Republicans approved their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.Here’s a rundown of key provisions in the American Health Care Act and what would happen if the Senate approves them and the bill becomes law.Buying InsuranceThe bill would no longer require people to buy insurance through the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, if they want to use federal tax credits to buy coverage. It also would eliminate the tax penalty for failing to have health insurance coverage, effectively eliminating that requirement altogether.In place of that mandate, the bill encourages people to maintain coverage by prohibiting insurance companies from cutting them off or charging more for pre-existing conditions for as long as their insurance doesn’t lapse. If coverage is interrupted for more than 63 days, however, insurers can charge people a 30 percent penalty over their premium for one year.Tax CreditsThe House Republican plan would eliminate the income-based tax credits and subsidies available under the Affordable Care Act, replacing them with age-based tax credits ranging from $2,000 a year for people in their 20s to $4,000 a year for those older than 60.That means some people will see their costs go up while others would pay less, depending on your age and where you live. This Kaiser Family Foundation interactive map shows how the change would play out across the country.The map shows that a 27-year-old who makes $30,000 a year would see their costs rise about $2,000 in Nebraska, but fall by about the same amount in Washington. A 60-year-old however, would see costs rise almost everywhere, with increases of almost $20,000 a year in Nebraska.Both Kaiser and the Congressional Budget Office found that on average, older people with lower incomes would be worse off under the Republican plan than under the Affordable Care Act.Tax CutsThe bill eliminates nearly all the taxes that were included in the Affordable Care act to pay for the subsidies that help people buy insurance. Those cuts, which add up to about $592 billion, include a tax on incomes over $200,000 (or $250,000 for a married couple); a tax on health insurers and a limit on how much insurance companies can deduct for executive pay; and a tax on medical-device manufacturers.MedicaidThe AHCA would make dramatic changes to the Medicaid program, which is the federal –state health program for the poor and disabled.The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid to single, non-disabled adults with incomes slightly above the poverty line, with the federal government picking up most of the cost. That meant single adults who earn up to $15,800 a year could qualify in the 31 states, plus the District of Columbia, that expanded Medicaid. About 10 million people enrolled under that expansion.The Republican plan would gradually roll back that expansion starting in 2019 by cutting the federal reimbursement to states for anyone who leaves the Medicaid rolls. People often cycle in and out of the program as their income fluctuates, so the result would likely be ever-dwindling numbers covered.The House bill also converts Medicaid from an entitlement program where the government pays all the health-related costs for those who qualify, into a grant program. The federal government would give states either a set amount of money for each Medicaid enrollee, or states can choose to receive a fixed-dollar block grant.The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the bill would cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion.Pre-Existing ConditionsThe AHCA maintains protections for people with pre-existing conditions, with some important exceptions (see waivers, below). That means that someone with high medical expenses pays the same premium for the same policy as anyone else their age in their area.State WaiversThis section of the bill essentially amounts to an optional, state-level full repeal of Obamacare. It would give states the ability to apply for a waiver that lets them opt out of most of the regulations and consumer protections that were included in the Affordable Care Act.States could apply for waivers that allow insurance companies in their states to do three things: 1) Charge older people more than five times what they charge young people for the same policy; 2) Eliminate required coverage, called essential health benefits including maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs, required under the Affordable Care Act; and 3) Charge more or deny coverage to people who have pre-existing health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes or arthritis.The waivers could also impact people with-employer based insurance, because they would allow insurers to offer policies that have annual and lifetime benefit limits, which are banned under the Affordable Care Act, and some companies may choose those policies for their workers to lower their premiums.States that get waivers would likely see insurance companies offer many more policy options, some with fewer benefits and lower premiums.Those states would be required under the law to create some other way to ensure that people with expensive illnesses are able to get health care, and the law provides up to $138 billion over 10 years for such programs, typically called high-risk pools.However, an analysis released Thursday by the consulting form Avalere concludes that that amount would be inadequate to provide full health coverage for the number of people who now buy insurance in the individual market and have medical problems.Overall ImpactThe House approved the bill Thursday without a full analysis by the Congressional Budget Office of its costs and how many people would be covered.The CBO report from March concluded that over 10 years, 24 million fewer people would be covered under the bill who otherwise would have had insurance under current law.That analysis also predicted that the House bill would cut the federal deficit by $337 billion over those same 10 years.However, changes to the bill since then would allow states to accept block grants for Medicaid; add about $38 billion for high-risk pools and maternity and childbirth care; and offer states waivers from regulations created by the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear how much these changes would affect the original CBO score.last_img read more

Physicists demonstrate rotated light images

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Play Image rotation filmed for a light beam propagating through a 10cm length of ruby rod, spinning the rod first clockwise and then anti-clockwise (as viewed from the camera position). Video: Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1203984 To test this theory, the team created a square beam of green light, which they then directed at a spinning cylinder made entirely of ruby. The light was sufficiently strong enough to shine all the way through the cylinder, creating a square image on the other side. To see if the image was being rotated as the cylinder spun, the exact location of the projected image was noted, then the cylinder was spun in the opposite direction, to see if it would then be in a different position; which of course, it was. With the cylinder spinning at 30 revolutions per second, they found that the projected image was rotated about a third of a degree. They also found that increasing the amount of light tended to increase the amount of rotation of the projected image, in some cases, by as much as ten degrees.The research team note in their paper that they believe one application of this phenomenon could be its use in image encoding, just as current methods now include an image’s intensity. Scientists drag light by slowing it to speed of sound (PhysOrg.com) — In what might at first seem obvious, but isn’t after further thinking, a group of physicists from the United States and Canada have demonstrated, for the first time, that images generated by light, can be rotated via a rotating medium. In a paper published in Science, physicists Sonja Franke-Arnold, Graham Gibson, Robert W. Boyd and Miles J. Padgett describe how they were able to replicate the effects of light shifting via a moving medium, in a spinning medium, opening the door to a possible new way of encoding transmitted images. Explore further Scientists have long known that when a light is shone through certain moving material, that the light itself can be shifted along with it, due to the photons being absorbed and then released by the atoms in the medium. The effect has been demonstrated over the years and can be seen in the simplest of venues, such as light shining through a waterfall. Until now however, no one has shown that a similar effect might apply to a rotating medium.The idea is that if a beam of light, projected in a certain shape, such as a square for example, were to be shone through a spinning medium, such as a round block of glass, the image would emerge on the other side, but not exactly opposite; it would be off, just a little bit, in the direction of the spin. The amount of shifting would of course depend on both the speed of revolution of the cylinder and on the medium used, as some, such as rubies are able to cause more of a drag, per se, on the light as it moves through, than others.center_img More information: Rotary Photon Drag Enhanced by a Slow-Light Medium, Science 1 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6038 pp. 65-67 DOI: 10.1126/science.1203984ABSTRACTTransmission through a spinning window slightly rotates the polarization of the light, typically by a microradian. It has been predicted that the same mechanism should also rotate an image. Because this rotary photon drag has a contribution that is inversely proportional to the group velocity, the image rotation is expected to increase in a slow-light medium. Using a ruby window under conditions for coherent population oscillations, we induced an effective group index of about 1 million. The resulting rotation angle was large enough to be observed by the eye. This result shows that rotary photon drag applies to images as well as polarization. The possibility of switching between different rotation states may offer new opportunities for controlled image coding.via PhysicsWorld Citation: Physicists demonstrate rotated light images (2011, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-physicists-rotated-images.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenlast_img read more

Google plans to improve Chromes drivebydownload protection

first_imgGoogle plans to improve Chrome’s drive-by-download protection by Martin Brinkmann on March 13, 2019 in Google Chrome – 3 commentsGoogle plans to introduce a new protective feature in the company’s Chrome web browser that blocks automatic downloads in ad frames.File downloads are usually initiated by users. Users may click on links to download files, use drag and drop (from the browser to the desktop), or use the right-click context menu to download files.Google notes that there are not many legitimate use cases for ad initiated downloads.Download doesn’t make much sense with ads. It happens very rarely in practice and is also difficult to reproduce, which implies that a very small amount of ads are doing automatic downloads. Blocking download in ad frames without user gesture will make the web less abusive and more secure.Some downloads are initiated automatically in Chrome.Tip: it is a good idea to block automatic downloads in Chrome.Google identified two cases of automatic downloads that it considers problematic when they originate from an ad frame:Simulated activation of download links.Navigation-triggered downloads.Google engineers plan to block these automatic types of downloads in future versions of Google Chrome. The feature will land in all versions of Google Chrome except for the iOS version as it is based on another architecture.Downloads will be blocked if the automatic download originated from an ad frame. Chromium’s ad detection system, AdTagging, identifies ad frames automatically and Chrome will base the blocking decision on that.The change won’t disallow all automatic downloads that originate from ad frames though. Downloads are allowed if Chrome recognizes user interaction with the element.Downloads in an ad frame without user gesture account for 0.00001% page loads according to metrics that Google collected. The company expects that there won’t be major breakage due to the low use number and the fact that a sample of top URLs did not make use of the feature at all.Automatic downloads that originate from ad frames without user interaction will be blocked automatically and users won’t receive a notification about that.The move closes one method to attack user systems with drive-by-downloads. Drive-by-downloads push malicious files to user systems automatically using automated download functions.Google has not set a date for the inclusion in the Chrome web browser. The tracking bug is protected at the time of writing. SummaryArticle NameGoogle plans to improve Chrome’s drive-by-download protectionDescriptionGoogle plans to introduce a new protective feature in the company’s Chrome web browser that blocks automatic downloads in ad frames.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Its a great time to be in the hotel industry – even

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Airbnb, Best Western Hotels & Resorts It’s a great time to be in the hotel industry – even with Airbnb TORONTO — How much have booking patterns changed over the years? When Best Western’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dorothy Dowling, started her career, the average booking lead time was nine months. Now? It’s 45 days. Everything is faster, more streamlined and more focused on a never-ending parade of new technologies, and travellers – and travel agents – are busier than ever. Notes Dowling: “In my 35-year career, the past two years have moved faster than any others.”Heading up yesterday’s 13th annual Leisure Travel Summit, Dowling said Best Western had a stellar year in Canada in 2017 and the momentum is carrying into 2018, with forward bookings up close to 8% year over year. The hotel company’s loyalty program, Best Western Rewards, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and clients who have been with the program from the beginning were rewarded with top tier status as part of the celebration. Back in the early days just 9% of the company’s revenue was generated through Best Western Rewards. These days it’s 47%. Best Western has been on the forefront with new technology, from VR to AR. The latest tech innovation for the company is the new Best Western Rewards chatbot, set to launch this month. TripAdvisor’s Brian Payea, also on the panel, said it’s all about personalization, “to make sure you’re going to get the information relevant to your trip.” Best Western has 26 hotels in the pipeline in Canada, including first property here from its Glo brand, opening in Kanata just outside of Ottawa. The Glo brand is geared to suburban destinations and feature larger spaces and themed décor elements.Echoing Best Western’s success in 2017, hotels across Canada had a record year last year, buoyed no doubt by all the Canada 150 arrivals.Part of the panel at yesterday’s event, Susie Grynol, President, Hotel Association of Canada, said the country’s hotel’s posted a 66% occupancy rate in 2017 and that looks like it’s holding into 2018. There’s an uptick in groups business and there’s almost certainly a boost from travellers opting to vacation or hold their events in Canada instead of the U.S., although Grynol is too diplomatic to come out and say so. “Overall it’s a great time to be in the hotel industry,” she said.One cloud hanging over the hotel industry’s sunny results, is, as always, digital platforms like Airbnb, however the hotel industry is making headway on that front too. Last month HAC made April 30 – Canada’s tax deadline – a day of protest in Ottawa, saying the Canadian government hasn’t taken steps to collect the taxes they should from digital platforms like Airbnb, and demanding that the inaction has to stop.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsOver the last two years, the commercial side of Airbnb’s business – those renting multi-unit entire homes – grew by 108%, says Grynol. These entire home rentals generated 83% of Airbnb’s revenues.HAC continues to call on the federal government to ensure Airbnb pays its fair share of taxes, and to take real action to address tax avoidance in the digital space.“Digital business have an unfair advantage over bricks-and-mortar,” says Grynol. “Our focus is on establishing a level playing field for the commercial side of Airbnb. We’re not talking about the residential side, like the people who rent out a room in their home. We’re talking about the commercial side, where people are buying up properties and essentially running them as a hotel through platforms like Airbnb.”The latest HAC survey focusing on driving factors for travellers when it comes to choosing accommodation shows that leisure is currently more of a growth driver than corporate travel, and that bleisure travel – where people tack a few extra days of vacation onto a business trip – is over-indexed this year, suggesting this trend is still on the rise. Kathryn Folliott Posted by Thursday, May 17, 2018 About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019last_img read more