Πέμπτη, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Regent Seven Seas Cruises to add new itineraries to Cuba








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As the only North American luxury cruise line to be granted permission to offer voyages to Cuba, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is adding more visits to the Caribbean island on two itineraries in 2019 and 2020.

Seven Seas Mariner will offer the line’s first immersive Cuba itinerary on her October 15, 2019 voyage, calling on Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, providing guests more opportunities to engage in group, people-to-people activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, and to immerse in the island’s culture. Havana is also being added into Seven Seas Navigator’sApril 25, 2020 voyage.
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“We are proud to have been the first North American luxury line to call on Cuba and are delighted to offer more opportunities for travelers to visit such a historic and culture-rich destination,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.


“On these eight future sailings that visit Cuba, guests will be treated to informative presentations from experts and scholars, as well as enjoy our distinctive, highly personalized service from every member of our exceptional staff and crew.”

As part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ most-inclusive luxury experience, guests have the widest selection of free and unlimited, expertly crafted Cuba shore excursions in compliance with the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) regulations. Guests can meet with the people of Cuba and explore the island’s music, art, history and culture while enjoying as many shore excursions as their time allows.

 
In Havana, guests can walk in the storied steps of Ernest Hemingway and learn about the city’s Baroque, neoclassical and Renaissance architecture. From Cienfuegos, guests can visit Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) and Trinidad, both deemed World Heritage sites for their well-preserved, Colonial-era architecture, and learn about traditional pottery methods at a family-owned workshop along the way. Santiago de Cuba will offer even greater context to events that changed the course of Cuban history, where guests can visit San Juan Hill and learn about the 18th century battle which led to the end of Spanish rule.



Study says Home Redecoration Starts with a Vacation






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Interior design is a vacation accommodation "sweet spot" for Americans, according to a new research. One in three (32%) said the interior design of their accommodation is the most important factor when choosing where to stay, and four in ten Americans (43%) are inspired to undertake interior design work when they return to their own home.
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According to the new global research from Booking.com, when choosing somewhere to stay, the majority of Americans (80%) don't pick an accommodation that matches the style of their own home -and 52% enjoy being in a completely different setting as it helps them get the most from their vacation.
As well as their accommodation, other top sources that influence American travelers' plans to redecorate include the sights and sounds (colors, textiles) of their destination (41%) and being immersed in a new culture (38%)
For maximum inspiration, vacation rental homes offer more unique or unusual interior design than other types of accommodation, as 35% of Americans select rental homes for their inspirational décor, compared to just 19% who select hotels on this same basis.
In addition to the interior of their holiday accommodation, taking wider inspiration from local design ranked highly (44%) in influencing home redecoration. Those interested in following suit should consider Helsinki (Finland), Copenhagen (Denmark), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Graz (Austria) and Milan (Italy) – as these are the top five destinations endorsed for design globally by Booking.com travellers*.
Other top sources that influence travellers’ plans to redecorate post-holiday include
  • The sights and sounds e.g. colours, textiles of their holiday (36%)
  • Being immersed in a new culture (32%) 
  • Visiting museums, galleries or other places of interest (20%)
It’s rental homes (e.g. cottages, villas, gites) that lead the way, with 34% of travellers saying they select these unique types of stay for their inspirational décor, compared to just 25% who select hotels on this same basis. Nearly one in two (47%) support this thinking as they say they would choose to stay in a holiday home over a hotel if they wanted to experience unique or unusual interior design (rising to 67% amongst those from Thailand and 71% amongst travellers from India).
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For the large majority of travellers (70%), a key motivation for choosing somewhere to stay on holiday is that its design (look and feel) is different to their own home. This allows travellers to escape physically and mentally, with two thirds (57%) enjoying being in a completely different setting, as it helps them to get the most from their holiday. Other reasons for selecting accommodation with different interior design to their own home, include:
  • Embracing new experiences while on holiday (54%)
  • Experiencing different cultures (45%)
  • Enjoying staying in accommodation more unusual than their own home (29%)
  • Experiencing different types of design when on holiday before trying a new style in their own home (20%)
  • To give them inspiration for future home makeovers (15%)
  • Experiencing different styles that they wouldn’t be brave enough to replicate in their own home (15%)
  • Tips to bring that holiday feeling home
    Over half (57%) of travellers report that going on holiday encourages them to be more creative with their home interiors, Booking.com has partnered with interior stylist and lifestyle expert, Will Taylor, to provide practical interior design tips to empower more travellers to be able to bring that holiday feeling home with them. Five of Will’s top tips include**
    1. Turn the pieces you fell in love with and brought home from your holiday into statement design features in your house. For example, why not turn a basket into a unique lighting pendant over the dining table, or hang a rug behind the headboard of your bed for an unexpected addition of colour, pattern and texture to the room.
    2. If you loved the colours you saw when you were travelling, but don’t know where to start in bringing them into your home, don’t fear. Look through all of the pictures and purchases you made (postcards, clothes, accessories) and see what the colour pattern is. It’s likely, you will have been drawn to one or two hues over others – those are the colours to pick up at the paint store.
    3. Shop smart! You’ll fit a lot more local design pieces into your luggage if you leave behind the pieces you can buy back home. So if you find a set of throw pillows you love, take the covers and leave the inserts behind. For example, a neutral couch ‘redressed’ with a series of colourfully patterned kilim pillows from a Moroccan bazaar, will immediately give a warm and exotic bohemian feel to your living room.
    4. Scent can be powerful in transporting us back to a holiday. Did you love the feeling and smell of the fireside glow in your Scandinavian apartment? Buy a smoky-wood scented candle and light it on your next snow day to instantly feel like you are back by that cosy fireplace.
    5. Colour is an emotive element of design and it’s perfect for recreating a holiday moment or favourite view back at home. Plus, if you love the colours that are around you, you’re likely to want to spend more time in the space – and, importantly, feel happier while you do. Why not DIY an ombre blue wall behind the bed or in your entryway to remind you of that Mediterranean trip of a lifetime? There are countless painting tutorials online that can guide you through creating a design statement such as this with paint.
Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com comments: “The experiences we have while on holiday can last for a lifetime; whether that’s the memories we create, the purchases we make or the inspiration we come home with. Passion for interior design is one that spans all continents, and what better way to get new ideas and fresh inspiration than looking to the accommodation we stay in while on holiday.
“At Booking.com we offer 30 different types of accommodation – from home and apartment rentals and B&Bs, to tree houses and igloos, all of which are designed to give travellers the ultimate holiday experience, and may even inspire them to make home décor changes in the process.”

Beijing Capital Airlines representative in Greece by TAL Aiation





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TAL Aviation and Beijing Capital Airlines join forces for the first time by signing a Passenger Airline Representation Agreement whereby, TAL Aviation will be providing services to the airline as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in 8 European markets; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Switzerland.
The TAL Aviation sales and commercial teams will be providing services to the respective travel markets on behalf of the airline, to include sales, reservations, marketing, digital marketing, finance and more.
Beijing Capital, in response to the increasing demand of travel in the Chinese market to destinations such as Europe and The Americas, has launched over the past year, direct air services to Europe including: Madrid, Lisbon – the first direct connection between China and Portugal; Moscow, London Heathrow as well as Melbourne, Sydney and Vancouver. These services also open up the skies for passengers wishing to travel to China and beyond.
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Says Nissim Sagis, Chief Commercial Officer of TAL Aviation, "We are very excited at what this new cooperation will bring.  We have expanded over the last three years our ties with Chinese companies and this new agreement with Beijing Capital Airlines is another step in the trust that Chinese carriers have voiced with TAL Aviation.   China is of course, much more accessible to travelers from EMEA, visiting and experiencing the wonders of this beautiful country.  At the same time, we are happy to be part of a cooperation which will assist in welcoming more Chinese travelers to our market destinations that Beijing Capital is servicing". 
In addition to new connections between Europe and China, Beijing Capital Airlines, has a comprehensive network within mainland China as well as Asian destinations including Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Thailand and Cambodia.

IHG's avid™ hotels can now be franchised in Mexico



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IHG - InterContinental Hotels Group announced that avid™ hotels, its new high-quality midscale brand, is now available for franchising in Mexico.
The launch of the brand in Mexico closely follows the introduction of avid hotels in the U.S. and Canada last fall, where the company has already signed 75 franchise agreements. This milestone further demonstrates the brand’s rapid start and growth potential.
Jorge Apaez, Chief Operating Officer, Mexico, Latin America & the Caribbean, IHG, said: “On the heels of IHG’s successful introduction of Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® in Mexico, launching avid hotels reinforces IHG’s leadership position in this market. The company currently has 140 hotels open in Mexico and an additional 31 in the pipeline, and with the launch of avid hotels, IHG is further demonstrating its commitment to continued growth in Mexico alongside our franchisees.”  
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Extensive research went into the development of avid hotels, and as a result, the brand has been thoughtfully designed for travelers who want a hotel stay that meets their expectations for the type of hospitality they value most – the basics done exceptionally well – at a price point expected to be about 10-15 percent less than IHG’s industry-leading Holiday Inn Express® brand. 
Brand features include:  
The modern exterior hotel design includes an open and airy retail-like entry, a canopy and uses the stairwell as an eye catching red architectural feature. On the inside, guests will find vibrant, open public and work areas and inviting communal spaces that allow guests to relax, work, connect or eat. Hotels will offer a complimentary grab-and-go breakfast and marketplace options for guests on the go. 
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Guest rooms are constructed with sound reducing features for a superior night’s sleep, and the bathroom experience re-energizes guests with a fresh and bright design. Each guest room will also offer a dedicated workspace and ample open, easy-to-use storage, as well as innovative in-room entertainment options that allow guests to cast content from their smart devices to in-room televisions.
Hotels will be equipped with IHG® Connect Wi-Fi featuring the fastest speed in the industry and the ability for loyalty members to be automatically connected for all future visits. Hotels will also leverage IHG’s state-of-the-art, cloud-based next generation reservation system, and guests will benefit from the power of IHG® Rewards Club at avid hotels.
The avid hotels logo features the brand’s colors of confident red and refreshing aqua and a signature checkmark, which was designed to act as a stamp of assurance that avid hotels will deliver an unrivaled experience. This brand is the first to launch using IHG’s master brand mark – An IHG Hotel – in communications and building signage, underlining its strength as part of one of the world’s leading hotel companies. 
German Ongay, Regional Vice President, Franchise Sales & Development, Mexico IHG, added: “Since IHG announced this new brand last fall, we have heard from many franchisees across Mexico who are excited to add an avid hotels property to their portfolio. IHG has a trusted record of delivering what our guests want, and there is no doubt that the avid hotels brand will provide a superb guest experience at a great value. We are excited to introduce this new brand to the Mexican market.”
In addition to creating the brand to meet guests’ needs, its design and operating model was developed in collaboration with an owner advisory board, ensuring that avid hotels are efficient to build, operate and maintain. All avid hotels will be designed for new build construction on an average lot size of approximately 6,400 square meters and will be built with an environmentally friendly and efficient design. The first avid hotels property, located in Oklahoma, began construction just eight weeks after the brand was launched in the U.S. and is anticipated to open in Q3 2018, months ahead of original projections.

The franchise fee for the brand will be five percent of gross rooms revenue, and all avid hotels franchise agreements for Mexico executed before Sept. 30, 2018, will be eligible for a two-point franchise fee discount in year one and a one-point franchise fee discount in year two. This incentive can only be earned if the hotel opens by Sept. 30, 2020.

Visitor arrivals in Macao surged by 6.5% to exceed 960,000 during Spring Festival Golden Week









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Lasting from 15 to 21 February, the Spring Festival Golden Week of Mainland China has come to an end. According to preliminary statistics, Macao welcomed over 960,000 visitor arrivals (non-resident employees and students excluded) during the Golden Week, up by 6.5% over the corresponding period of last year.
During the Spring Festival, visitors from the Greater China markets went up by 6.9% year-on-year to a record of 910,000, which accounted for 94.6% of total visitor arrivals. Among them, 710,000 visitors came from Mainland China, accounting for 74.3% of total visitor arrivals, a 12.3% increase. The number of Hong Kong visitors stood at 170,000 with a decrease of 9.4%, whereas Taiwan visitor arrivals went down by 6.7% to nearly 19,000. On the other hand, international visitor arrivals dropped slightly by 0.3% year-on-year to a total of 52,000.
The surge in visitor arrivals during this Golden Week was higher than expected, which can be attributed mainly to different favorable factors such as the diversity of spectacular events and festivals, newly-inaugurated tourism and entertainment complex, festive vibe as well as the pleasant weather.
To date, the room supply of all hotels and guest houses in operation in Macao has reached a total of 39,079. Industry figures revealed that local hotel establishments (hotels and guest houses) registered an average occupancy rate of 94.5% during the Golden Week, which stood the same as last year.
According to figures provided by industry operators, five-star hotels recorded an average occupancy rate of 95.9%, up by 0.4 percentage points; four-star hotels registered 94.4%, up by 1.6 percentage points; three-star hotels 92.1%, down by 4.1 percentage points; two-star hotels 84.9%, up by 1.9 percentage points; guest houses 77.6%, up by 1.7 percentage points.

Hotel establishments    Occupancy rate  Difference
Five-star hotels        95.9%   +0.4
Four-star hotels        94.4%   +1.6
Three-star hotels       92.1 %  -4.1
Two-star hotels 84.9%   +1.9
Guest houses    77.6%   +1.7

The average room rate of hotel establishments (hotels and guest houses) in Macao climbed up by 5.9% to around 1,951.8 patacas during the Golden Week. For five-star hotels, the average room rate increased by 5.1% to around 2,195.2 patacas; for four-star hotels, up by 7.6% to around 1,636.8 patacas; for three-star hotels, up by 5.4% to around 1,546.1 patacas; for two-star hotels, up by 2.7% to around 1,192.4 patacas; for guest houses, up by 13.7% to around 879.7 patacas.
 
Hotel establishments    Room rate       Change rate
Five-star hotels        2,195.2 Patacas +5.1%
Four-star hotels        1,636.8 Patacas +7.6%
Three-star hotels       1,546.1 Patacas +5.4%
Two-star hotels 1,192.4 Patacas +2.7%
Guest houses    879.7 Patacas   +13.7%

Before and during the Spring Festival, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) actively prepared for the peak period by adopting different measures, including: operation of tourism notification system, more scrupulous inspections, reminders sent to industry operators about various concerns, food guide publication and distribution as well as an array of celebrations rolled out during Chinese New Year, etc. The above measures were taken to cater to the needs of residents and visitors, as well as to optimize the tourism environment and service quality.
Room rates under different room categories reported by local hotels and guest houses are regularly posted on MGTO’s website for visitors to have the latest information on hand. In addition, MGTO sent letters advising associations of travel agencies to communicate with local travel agencies and coordinate their itinerary arrangements for tour groups to visit major attractions. Via mobile text message, the Office also advised visitors to visit popular attractions during off-peak hours. These measures were adopted to divert visitors from crowded areas and lessen the impact on traffic and neighborhoods near tourist sites. Staff was allocated at ten tourist points to provide tourism information and guidance for visitors and assist in diverting visitors.
MGTO and Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province smoothly operated their “Tourism Notification System for Spring Festival Golden Week” from 16 to 22 February. The Office also collaborated with relevant departments and tourism reception entities to facilitate hospitality work for visitors during the Spring Festival Golden Week.
During the Golden Week, MGTO conducted 73 inspections at various ports of entry and tourist attractions in Macao, and sealed one apartment allegedly operated as illegal accommodation.
 
MGTO’s Tourist Information counters and tourism hotline service both operated as usual during the holidays. MGTO’s tourism hotline 2833 3000 maintained its 24-hour operator service to attend to visitor enquiries.

From the beginning of Chinese New Year to the present date, MGTO received a total of 32 visitor complaints and requests for assistance regarding taxi charge, hotel facility/service, dining charge, ferry ticketing, tourism enquiry and so on. MGTO has followed up with the cases or transferred them to relevant departments for settlement.



The Annual French Quarter Festival brings a record-number of music debuts










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French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) announces details about the 35th Anniversary French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. The world's largest showcase of Louisiana music, food, and culture will take place April 12-15, 2018.
Festival-goers can expect over 60 of New Orleans' favorite restaurants, music from more than 300 acts on 23 stages, and over a dozen special events.
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"In 2018, as we reflect on our 35 year history, we are delighted to be consistently voted a locals' favorite and proud of the significant economic impact the event generates for New Orleans," said Emily Madero, President & CEO of FQFI. "Though the festival has evolved from a small neighborhood event, we have remained committed to our mission to support the local culture and economy. As we celebrate this banner year, we are excited to bring a record number of musical debuts, fresh menu items, new partnerships, and unique experiences that will both honor our heritage and embrace our future."Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για The Annual French Quarter Festival brings a record-number of music debuts
French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron organizers welcome more than 30 new acts to the 2018 festival. Those making debuts include Alfred Banks, Amanda Ducorbier, Chocolate Milk, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Sweet Olive String Band, and Zachary Richard. Returning favorites include Cyril Neville, whose Swamp Funk is among the debuts, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Little Freddie King, recent Grammy-winners Lost Bayou Ramblers, and hundreds more! Since 1984, French Quarter Festival has been committed to featuring New Orleans' finest artists every day of the festival, on stages all over the French Quarter. The riverfront Abita Beer Stage brings four days of music from Brass-A-Holics, Sweet Crude, and many more. GE Digital Big River Stage returns with every genre from Bounce to Rockabilly; artists include Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Cole Williams Band, and Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles. On the Jack Daniel's Stage, artists include Erica Falls, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, and Zydefunk. The Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase will turn Decatur Street into a dance party with performances from Amanda Shaw, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, and more. At the Tropical Isle Stage, the lineup includes Water Seed, Otra, and Corey Henry's Treme Funktet. The always-popular Popeyes Brass Band Jam will bring three full days of brass bands to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. Performers include Treme Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, and Leroy Jones' Original Hurricane Brass Band.
French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron
Lineup as of February 20, 2018
*Festival debuts
Thursday, April 12
Alex McMurray
Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory
Bag of Donuts
Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Deltaphonic featuring Khris Royal *
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Fredy Omar con su Banda
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans
Juju Child *
Lisa Amos *
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas
New Breed Brass Band
New Orleans Suspects
Panorama Jazz Band
Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Band featuring DJ Jubilee
Preservation All-Stars
Rechell Cook and the Regeneration Band*
Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds
Sweet Crude
"Terrance ""Hollywood"" Taplin leads the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
The Irene Sage Band
The Pentones
The Quickening *
T'Monde
Tuba Skinny
Waylon Thibodeaux Band
Friday, April 13
Ashlin Parker Quartet *
Audacity Brass Band
Babineaux Sisters Band
Benny Grunch and the Bunch
Big Frank & Lil Frank and the Dirty Old Men
Bill Summers & Jazalsa
Bon Bon Vivant
Bonerama
Burlesuqe
Cha Wa
Charlie Halloran and the Quality 6
Chocolate Milk*
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Ellis Marsalis Quintet
Jamal Batiste Band
James Andrews
Joe Krown
Joe Lastie's New Orleans Sound featuring Kid Merv
John Boutté
Jon Cleary
Leroy Jones & New Orleans' Finest
Luther Kent Quartet
Lynn Drury Band
Magnetic Ear
MainLine
Marc Stone
Mario Abney
Marshland
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
Mia Borders
Naughty Professor
New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings
New Orleans Nightcrawlers
Red Hot Brass Band
Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
Sean Ardoin
Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs
Smoke N Bones
Stooges Brass Band
Thais Clark & her JAZZsters
The Catahoulas *
The Crooked Vines *
The Revealers
Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters
Water Seed
Yung Vul
Zachary Richard*
Zena Moses & Rue Fiya
Saturday, April 14
A2D2 Experience with Antoine Diel & Arséne DeLay *
Al "Lil' Fats" Jackson *
Alexandra Scott
Alfred Banks w/Cool Nasty *
Amanda Ducorbier
Amanda Shaw
Anaïs St. John
Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Brass-A-Holics
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
Charmaine Neville
Christian Serpas & Ghost Town
Cole Williams Band
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble *
Dash Rip Rock
Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton
Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders
Edna Karr *
Egg Yolk Jubilee
Erica Falls
Funk Monkey
G and The Swingin' Gypsies
George and Gerald French
Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras
Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees
Heigher Heights Reggae Band
Helen Gillet's Wazozo Zorchestra
Homer A. Plessy Community School *
Hot Rod Lincoln
Jamil Sharif
John "Papa" Gros
John Rankin
Kettle Black *
Kid Simmons Jazz Band
Leroy Jones' Original Hurricane Brass Band
Linnzi Zaorski
Little Freddie King
Louis Ford and His New Orleans Flairs
Luke Spurr Allen
Lulu and the Broadsides (feat. Dayna Kurtz) *
Luna Mora *
Mark Brooks
Mason Ruffner
Mike Harvey's Hot Club
Miss Sophie Lee
Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
Naydja CoJoe
New Birth Brass Band
New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra
New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
New Orleans Wildlife Band
On The Levee Band
Opera on Tap
Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Otra
Papa Mali
Patrice Fisher and Arpa
Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show
Paulin Brothers Jazz Band
Professor Craig Adams band
Rebirth Brass Band
Richard "Piano" Scott and Friends
Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band
Some Like it Hot Traditional Jazz Band
Soul Brass Band
Steve Pistorius & the Southern Syncopators
Storyville Stompers Brass Band
Sullivan Dabney's Muzik Jazz Band
Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots
Sweet Olive String Band
TBC Brass Band
The DayWalkers *
The Iguanas
The Last Straws
The Nayo Jones Experience
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers
The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John Perkins
The Zion Harmonizers
Tim Laughlin
Tom McDermott and His Jazz Hellions
Tricentennial High School Band *
Turnaround Arts Program/ReNew: Delores T. Aaron Middle School Brass Band *
Valerie Sassyfras
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
Wendell Brunious
Zydefunk *
Sunday, April 15
Adam Crochet
Andre Bohren
Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band
Andy J Forest Treeaux
Astral Project
Bamboula 2000
Barbara Shorts and Blue Jazz
Beth Patterson
Blato Zlato *
Bonsoir Catin *
Bucktown All-Stars
Calvin Johnson and Native Son
Carl LeBlanc
Chance Bushman & The Ibervillianaires
Christien Bold & SoulSwing *
Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders
Corey Henry's Treme Funktet
Creole String Beans
Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band featuring Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
Cyril Neville & Swamp Funk
Dancing at Dusk with Tom Saunders and the Tomcats
Darcy Malone and The Tangle
Don Jamison Heritage School of Music
Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko and Friends
Ecirb Müller's Twisted Dixie
Evan Christopher's Clarinet Road
Garden District Band
Germaine Bazzle
Gina Brown & Anutha Level
Gregory Agid Quartet
Harmonouche
Honey Island Swamp Band
Hot Club of New Orleans
Hot Stuff featuring Becky Allen
James Martin Band *
James Williams *
Jeremy Davenport
John Royen's New Orleans Rhythm Band
Johnny Sansone
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Kelcy Mae
King James & The Special Men
KIPP Believe College Prep *
Landry Walker H.S. *
Lars Edegran and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience
Lena Prima
Mahogany Brass Band
Mayumi Shara & New Orleans Jazz Letters
Mikhala "Jazz Muffin" Iversen *
Michael Watson
NOCCA Jazz Ensemble *
Ovi-G Froggies
Palmetto Bug Stompers
Papo y Son Mandao *
Raw Oyster Cult
Red Wolf Brass Band
Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz Group
Ricardo Pascal Orchestra
Rockin' Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters
Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
Russell Batiste and the Uptown Indians featuring Jason Neville
Sam Price & the True Believers
Sarah Quintana & The Miss River Band
Shotgun Jazz Band
Sierra Green & The Soul Machine
Stephanie Jordan
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires
The Albinas Prizgintas Quartet
The Dixie Cups
The Dukes of Dixieland
The Joe Cabral Thrio
The Jones Sisters *
The Mid-City Aces
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
The Pfister Sisters
The Smoking Time Jazz Club
The Tin Men
The Vettes
Tommy Sancton's New Orleans Legacy Band
Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
Treme Brass Band
Vivaz
Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans
Visit www.fqfi.org or call (504) 522-5730 for more information about French Quarter Festival and other events produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

SeaLink acquires Kingfisher Bay Resort Group on Fraser Island





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SeaLink Travel Group (SeaLink)has entered into a landmark agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Kingfisher Bay Resort Group (“KBRG”), centred on the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, 300 kilometres north of Brisbane in Queensland.
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The acquisition includes the two island resorts; Kingfisher Bay Resort and Eurong Beach Resort, Fraser Explorer Tours and the Fraser Island Ferry business operating from Hervey Bay to the Western side of Fraser Island.
SeaLink Managing Director, Mr Jeff Ellison said, “Fraser Island is one of the most iconic destinations in Australia and is famous throughout the world for its World Heritage listed wonders. Located 15km off Queensland’s coast Fraser Island stretches 123 kms in length, and is the world’s largest sand island.
Kingfisher Bay Resort Group is by far the major hospitality, touring and transport operation on Fraser Island, and we are delighted to be taking ownership of this leading tourism business to drive future protection, promotion and growth of the Island.”
Kingfisher Bay Resort Group accounts for 90 per cent of accommodation options and the majority of touring experiences on Fraser Island.  The purchase price of $43 million includes land and buildings, plant and equipment, three vehicular ferries, a 30-vehicle touring coach fleet, all contracts, licences, intellectual property and goodwill.
SeaLink Chair, Mr Andrew McEvoy said “This exciting new acquisition aligns with our strategy and enhances our position as a major provider of connections to iconic Australian destinations. We are excited about working with the fantastic management and operational team at Kingfisher Bay Resort Group to build on their strong and growing position in the Australian tourism market.”
As a further boost for Queensland tourism, following completion of the transaction, SeaLink will open a new business hub in Brisbane to manage and grow its successful Queensland operations, with the strong backing of the Queensland Government.
The Queensland Government has welcomed the transaction and the establishment of SeaLink’s business hub in Brisbane.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said “Queensland is already the major source of revenue for SeaLink - employing more than 300 people. This acquisition and the decision to establish a business hub in Brisbane is a vote of confidence in Queensland.”
"The Palaszczuk Government has built up this industry to be a pillar of Queensland's economy.
The fact that SeaLink is actively looking for opportunities to expand operations in our great state is a sign that we're well and truly heading in the right direction." Continues Ms Jones.
SeaLink already has significant operations in Queensland, servicing Magnetic Island and Palm Island from Townsville, the LNG Plants on Curtis Island from Gladstone, North Stradbroke Island and the islands of Morton Bay, and will add its new Brisbane office as a second hub to complement its Adelaide headquarters.
Kingfisher Bay Resort Group Managing Director, Mr Gary Smith said, ‘It is great to see the iconic Fraser Island businesses being acquired by a progressive Australian company. It is great for the future of the business, for our people and the Queensland Tourism industry.”
This acquisition follows SeaLink’s most recent acquisitions of Transit Systems ferry operations in Queensland and Captain Cook Cruises in Perth.
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