in Headlines, News, Technology Pleasanton, California-based Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced the release of AllRegs Online, which includes an updated and modernized interface, new features, compatibility with tablets and more all designed to drive efficiencies in the loan production process.Ellie Mae said that AllRegs Online will provide a new user experience for those using this platform for regulatory and investor information. AllRegs Online enables lenders to confidently manufacture loans knowing they meet the latest investor requirements or state and federal statutes. The new user interface achieves a new level of usability, ensuring the powerful research and reference content offered is accessible to anyone across an organization–from loan officers to operations personnel, underwriting, risk management, compliance, quality control, and secondary marketing.“I am excited to share the new AllRegs Online enhancements with our team at Bell Bank,” said Elisha Shaughnessy, mortgage review analyst, Bell Bank Mortgage. “These upgrades and new features will enhance efficiency and increase overall production. AllRegs continues to make my job of supporting staff easier and our team better.”Some of the features of the new AllRegs platform include:A centralized source of mortgage industry content including current state and federal compliance regulations, pending residential mortgage legislation, Single and Multi-Family Agency guidelines and Correspondent Investor guidelines and information.New home page features such as lists for recently viewed documents, favorites and public notes with the ability to personalize views and customize content displayed.Improved search functionality for easier and faster information with an option to quickly narrow the scope of the search by using content filters.When viewing documents, a new floating toolbar appears providing quick access to common tasks to print, email, add a document as a favorite, add a note or view related revisions.New user administration functionality provides designated administrators the ability to add and remove users and create user groups with unique content permissions. Share Ellie Mae Launches AllRegs Online January 25, 2019 971 Views AllRegs Ellie Mae Financial Institutions Lenders mortgage 2019-01-25 Radhika Ojha
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Challenges associated with closing disclosures have dominated the 15 biggest quality control (QC) issues in loan origination, according to an analysis by MetaSource. The three common quality control issues that continued to trouble lenders in 2017 and in 2018 were tolerance violation, calculating cash-to-close, and timing violations.For the analysis, MetaSource studied its post-close QC audits that it had performed over the past year. It revealed that lenders were still struggling to consistently comply with enhanced disclosure requirements under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s late 2015 rules.While closing disclosures took up fewer spots in 2018, compared to 2017, on the top compliance issues faced by loan originators, the analysis found that the number of significant regulatory findings remained consistent in 2018 despite the fewer number of audits due to decreasing loan originations.Among non-regulatory QC issues, the analysis revealed that incorrect income calculation, missing or defective employment verification, and insufficient assets to close were the highest-ranked challenges by lenders.”Some of these findings are likely the result of inadequate processes for document management and version control and not confusion over the now three-years-old regulatory changes,” said Brady Meadows, Senior Director, Mortgage Services at MetaSource.Meadows was referring to the TILA-RESPA Mortgage Disclosure (TRID) Rule under the Dodd-Frank Act. “Despite everyone’s understanding of TRID and efforts to correct for it, we’re not seeing the decrease in findings we should be seeing,” Meadows said. “It appears the rush to execute volume is superseding effective document and process management.”This rush, the analysis revealed had led to lost or conflicting records, with some lenders reissuing documents for every small change and creating multiple redisclosures in the process, “when it’s not necessarily required.”Some of the other QC issues indicated by the analysis included missing or defective settlement service provider list, security instruments, unacceptable omissions of debts, insufficient income documentation, and total points and fees exceeding the maximum limits. CFPB Defects Lenders loans Origination post-closing QC TRID 2019-01-29 Radhika Ojha Quality Control in Mortgage Lending January 29, 2019 988 Views Share
Tony Meola Joins Consolidated Analytics Board Bank of America Consolidated Analytics Tony Meola 2019-05-17 Radhika Ojha May 17, 2019 567 Views in Headlines, News, Servicing Consolidated Analytics, the California-based provider of mortgage services has announced the appointment of industry veteran Tony Meola, to its Board of Directors.Meola is a nationally recognized leader with more three decades of mortgage industry experience and significant c-suite executive experience at top-tier financial institutions. Recently retired, Meola last served as the enterprise shared services executive at Bank of America where he led banking operation strategies across high-risk functions including global payments, deposit and cards, and enterprise regulatory and operational oversight.“Tony has an extraordinary mortgage and finance background and we are thrilled to welcome him to the board,” said Arvin Wijay CEO of Consolidated Analytics. “Tony’s c-suite executive experience combined with his extensive knowledge and expertise in complex mortgage banking operations will be incredibly valuable as Consolidated Analytics continues to expand its services platform.”In a prior role at Bank of America, Meola was U.S. consumer banking executive where he restructured the company’s mortgage and specialty servicing operations. In earlier roles, he was CEO and COO at Morgan Stanley and served in a wide range of senior leadership positions, including EVP at New Century Financial Corp., Washington Mutual, and PNC Mortgage.“Having been a client and knowing first-hand what Consolidated Analytics can deliver makes this a particularly exciting opportunity. I look forward to helping this team grow and achieve great success for its clients and for the organization,” Meola said.Consolidated Analytics said that Meola’s appointment to the Board “underscores his long-time relationship as a client of Consolidated Analytics, which spans more than 10 years.”Over the course of his career, Meola has gained widespread recognition for his business transformation and restructuring expertise across origination, servicing, and default servicing operations. He has experience leading operations, has worked with numerous industry advisory boards, is a frequent speaker at national mortgage conferences, and has won numerous awards and recognitions for his transformational work in the mortgage banking industry. Share
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share June 19, 2019 503 Views The Q1 2019 Housing Market Indicator report from the AEI Housing Center found that home prices nationally have increased 3.8% year-over-year. House prices in the “entry-level segment” increased 4.9% in Q1 2019. Repeat buyers saw home prices appreciate by 2.1%. Nationally, home prices have increased 42% overall since 2012. Entry-level home prices have increased 46% since 2012.The report states that of all home sold during Q1 2019, 57% were in the entry-level segment, and 43% were to repeat buyers. Entry-level buyers paid $194,000 on average for homes, while repeat buyers paid an average of $490,000.First-time buyers, such as millennials, continue to reshape the mortgage market. According to May’s First-Time Homebuyer Market Report from Genworth Mortgage Insurance, first-time buyers made up 38% of single-family homebuyers and 57% of new purchase borrowers.“First-time homebuyers are typically different from other homebuyers, having less income and savings, but also are more likely to buy because they are starting a family versus changing jobs, retiring, or upgrading their home,” said Genworth Chief Economist Tian Liu. “For these reasons, the first-time homebuyer market and the rest of the housing market do not necessarily move together. Since 2014, home sales to first-time homebuyers have accounted for most of the growth while sales to repeat buyers have been largely flat.”The AEI Housing Center states that the home supply nationally during Q1 2019 was 3.9%—2.6% for entry-level buyers and 6.1% from repeat buyers.The mortgage risk nationally was reported to be 12.1%, with entry-level buyers being more at risk at 15.7%. Repeat buyers had a mortgage risk of 8.5%. The mortgage risk remain unchanged from Q4 2018. “Higher levels of mortgage risk for entry-level buyers during seller’s markets tend to exacerbate the upward pressure on house prices in this segment,” the report stated.New construction added 2.1% to the nation’s housing stick between Q1 2013 and Q1 2019. Additions to housing stock during this period varied, while 1% was added to the entry-level segment, and 3.8% to the repeat buyers market.New construction sales accounted for 10.5% of all sales in Q1 2019. Analyzing the Housing Market for First-Time, Repeat Buyers AEI Housing Center First-Time Buyers repeat buyers 2019-06-19 Mike Albanese
Etihad has introduced the Airbus A380 aircraft on its second daily service between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK. All 14 weekly flights between the two cities are now operated by the double-decker aircraft.The superjumbo has replaced a three-class Boeing 777-300ER previously operating one of the airline’s twice-daily flights. The new deployment means New York will join London and Sydney as an all-A380 operation. Airbus A380EtihadNew York
2019new yearNew Year’s EveSEA LIFE Melbourne SEA LIFE Melbourne is hosting a New Year’s Eve extravaganza to welcome in 2019 with guests enjoying full access to the underwater wonderland and its thousands of marine creatures, as well as panoramic views of the Yarra River and the city’s spectacular fireworks display.Silver, Gold or Platinum tickets are available and Platinum ticket holders will have exclusive access to Sea Life Melbourne’s outdoor deck, which faces the Yarra River and the sparkling Southbank skyline.After working up an appetite on the dance floor, guests can enjoy food from the various grazing stations offering Coffin Bay Oysters, antipasto, cheeses from around the world and a selection of sweet treats.Bookings are essential. For tickets and further information, CLICK HERE.What: SEA LIFE Melbourne New Year’s Eve ExtravaganzaWhere:When: Monday 31 December 2018 from 8:00pm – 1amCost: – Silver: $179 includes food stations and Silver beverage package– Gold: $229 includes food stations and Gold beverage package– Platinum: $289 includes food, beverage package and exclusive access to the balcony overlooking the Yarra River For booking and beverage package details, CLICK HERE>
Emirates has announced the launch of a second daily flight from Dubai to London Stansted starting 1 July, 2019. The change will enable convenient connection times of less than approximately two and a half hours from Brisbane and Melbourne when travelling through Dubai.The second daily flight to Stansted, like the first, will also be operated by Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration with 6 private suites in First Class, 42 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 306 seats in Economy Class.The first daily flight from Dubai to London Stansted will operate as EK65, departing Dubai at 0900hrs and arriving in London Stansted at 1330hrs. The return flight, EK66 will depart London Stansted at 1500hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0105hrs the following day. The second daily flight from Dubai to London Stansted will operate as EK67, departing Dubai at 1415hrs and arriving in London Stansted at 1845hrs. The return flight, EK68 will depart London Stansted at 2110hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0710hrs the following day.IMAGE:Emirates Boeing 777-300ER airportsEmirates
Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Patrick Peterson has returned 19 punts this season,picking up 414 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns have won games for the Cardinals,and his average of 21.8 yards per return easily leads theleague. So maybe it should be no surprise that the Cardinalsrookie is garnering recognition, including being named asthe best kick returner by Chris Wesseling ofNBCSports.com.The explosive rookie has already tied the franchise’scareer record with three punt-return TDs, highlighted by a99-yard score to beat the Rams in overtime. All threetouchdowns have gone for more than 80 yards, leavingPeterson with a gaudy 21.8-yard average that will havepunters avoiding him going forward. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Having a weapon like Peterson changes game plans, as teamswill likely stop kicking towards him. That will lead toshorter punts and maybe more mistakes, giving theCardinals better field position. It’s interesting to remember Peterson was drafted to playcornerback and not just return kicks, and the rookie isimproving in that area too. The fifth-overall pick out of LSU, the Cardinals appear tohave a winner in this one. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
Again, it wasn’t much but it was his first real footballwork since last August when he was carted off the fieldduring a preseason game in Green Bay after tearing hispatellar tendon.“It was good to see him back out there just doing somefootball movements,” said running backs coach TommieRobinson. “Ryan did well within the things we asked himto do. He did a good job.”Robinson said they expect Williams to make a full recoveryand “be able to give us those things that we saw when hewas coming out of (Virginia Tech).”But for now, Williams will be limited in his on-fieldwork, meaning going at half speed—which isn’t alwayseasy.“I don’t have a slow down button,” he said.“Once August comes, then I’ll really see where I’m at; butas of right now, I’m just doing what the trainers say.I’m not going against any word that they say.“I’m satisfied with what is going on. The trainers tellme how satisfied they are, everyday. They didn’t eventhink I would be where I’m at right now. For them to tellme that makes me feel good about what I’ve been doing.” Top Stories Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Another running back joined Cardinals practice Wednesday.Ryan Williams, recovering from right knee surgery, wasgiven the green light for limited activity. He spent aportion of the second day of OTAs in both team (receivinghandoffs) and individual drills (working on footwork)before retreating back to the sideline to work with thetraining staff.“I think I surprised some people but I didn’t surprisemyself,” he said. “To be squatting close to 400 (pounds),I should be able to do little things like that out there.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Williams said he still needs to build up strength in theknee but feels comfortable enough to handle the drillshe’s allowed to do.“It was cool to get the support and the hoorahs from (myteammates) but I didn’t really surprise myself. It feltgood, almost brought a tear to my eye,” he said with asmile. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling So even with his pre-camp edict, was Arians surprised that practices weren’t dotted with more fisticuffs?“This is like ‘Camp Cupcake’ these days,” he said, taking a shot at the current NFL collective bargaining agreement. “You practice once a day, you walk through. It’s not like the old days where you were going two-a-days in the sun, in the heat, in pads 18 days in a row and everybody’s ready to kill each other.“These new CBA rules, I don’t know why you’d want to get in a fight.”Rules aside, Arians was able to run a physical camp in Glendale and the first-year head coach was pleased with how it went. “(That’s) my philosophy. I don’t think you get any better in shorts,” Arians said. “I think we had 30 shorts practices and that’s like playing soccer. When you have a chance to put the pads on, you’ve got to put them on and during the season, we’re only allowed to put them on once a week.“It’s really hard to get your young offensive and defensive linemen prepared each week when you can’t wear pads.”Overall, Arians was pleased with the team’s first camp in Glendale. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, AZ Cardinals Head Coach 0 Comments Share Top Stories “I thought it went fantastic,” he said. “I thought it was a great opportunity for the fans to be involved and the training camp setup was probably as good as I’ve ever been around as far as the teaching aspect with the facilities that we had.” Some eyebrows were raised Tuesday at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale when receiver Charles Hawkins and defensive back Bryan McCann got into a bit of a skirmish.Not because that they were fighting, those types of things happen in camps all over the league. But because new head coach Bruce Arians implemented a “no-fighting” policy in his first training camp with the team.“We’ve really only had one scuffle, and they were bantamweights,” Arians said with a chuckle on Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 620. “That’s the funniest thing about scuffles in football camp, they swing and nobody hits.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After big rookie seasons, athletes often try to avoid the “sophomore slump,” a drop in production the next season.According to NFL.com’s Matt Harmon, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown shouldn’t have a problem maintaining, if not improving, his production next season.Harmon projected Brown as one of three sophomore wide receivers who will exceed fantasy football expectations in 2015.Much like T.Y. Hilton and Mike Wallace, John Brown came out of nowhere to contribute in Arians’ offense in his first NFL season. While Brown produced the least impressive raw stats of the trio, there is a caveat here. Hilton and Wallace got 16 games of Andrew Luck and 15 games of Ben Roethlisberger, respectively. Brown was forced to play 13 games with a Drew Stanton/Logan Thomas/Ryan Lindley triumphant of sadness taking turns behind center. If you take the numbers Brown recorded in the six games Carson Palmer played in, and stretch them out for a full season, his campaign suddenly looks even better.John Brown performed markedly better when the team’s starting quarterback was in the lineup. Had Palmer played out the full season, it is not out of the question Brown would have finished right in line with Hilton’s 2012 season. The two players have very similar skill sets, and are both in the 5’10 and 180 pound Arians’ mold. For his encore, Hilton recorded 82 catches for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. No one should rule out Brown having a similar season, if Carson Palmer plays all 16 games.Brown caught 48 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie season out of Pittsburg State. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Per Harmon’s projections, Brown would have had 53 catches and 840 yards and eight touchdowns on 107 targets had he played all 16 games with starting quarterback Carson Palmer last season.“Smokey” will be joined in the receiving corp by veteran Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.The other wide receivers Harmon listed are Allen Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In fact, the last time the Cardinals converted a 3rd-and-20 or more was all the way back in the 2013 season — Bruce Arians’ first as head coach. In a Week 13 road game against the Eagles, Arizona faced a 3rd-and-20 from the Philadelphia 43-yard line, Palmer found Larry Fitzgerald on a 43-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7-7 in the second quarter. Philadelphia would win the game, 24-21. How many times have you heard a play-by-play man say it?“There aren’t many plays in the playbook for a 3rd-and-20.”It may be cliché, but it’s very true.The Arizona Cardinals faced a crucial 3rd-and-20 from their own 18-yard line in Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Trailing 13-3 in the fourth quarter, Arizona needed a big conversion to keep their hopes of victory alive. They got it, and it was arguably the biggest play in the Cardinals’ 16-13 overtime win at Lucas Oil Stadium. 8 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona went with an empty backfield and had three wide receivers left and two to the right, including Jaron Brown. Quarterback Carson Palmer got pressure from his left, stepped up in the pocket and threw a strike to Brown on the numbers right at the line to gain — the Arizona 38-yard line. Brown was hit by Rashaan Melvin and fell forward for two more yards to the 40-yard line.First down.The damage was exacerbated by Jabaal Sheard’s personal foul penalty for hitting Palmer in the head, adding 15 yards to the end of the play. They would score on the next play on Palmer’s 45-yard strike to J.J. Nelson, but the third-down conversion (and penalty) set the stage.“Great catch, huge play,” Palmer said after the game. “It’s not an ideal situation to be in, obviously, especially against the way they were playing us. They were sitting back a lot and sitting at the sticks — at the first-down yard marker a lot.“That’s Jaron making a great play.”Not only a great play, but a rare one.In the 2016 season, NFL teams faced 3rd-and-20 or more on 210 different occasions. Only 10 of them were converted into first downs. Arizona was 0-for-11 in such situations. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Shane Doan got inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame just months after he retired @ArizonaCoyotes pic.twitter.com/ThTNn4cwFl— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) November 2, 2017Another member of this year’s group, Arizona Cardinals chairman and owner Bill Bidwill, was represented at the ceremony by his son, president Michael Bidwill.“But when you look at his contributions, the Super Bowls he lobbied to bring here, the stadium that again has not just brought success to the Cardinals but success to the whole community,” Michael Bidwill told FOX Sports Arizona, “to bring in all these great events, the economic impacts from ’em, it’s all him. He was the driver behind that. He was the guy that had faith, that we’d get it done and we got it done.”ASU wrestler and 2011 NCAA champion Anthony Robles was also inducted. He won a state championship at Mesa High School, despite being born with only one leg.“There were times in the wrestling room where I thought about kind of taking it easy or thought about quitting, and I would just think about the doubters because I felt like if I gave up, I was proving ’em right. Nothing would make me more happy than to stand on top of the podium and smile with my trophy, you know to show them ‘you were wrong,’” he told FOX Sports Arizona. It’s a mutual lovefest: @DanMajerle and the state of Arizona. @suns @GCU_MBB #ArizonaSportsHallOfFame pic.twitter.com/INEFhqHO8S— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) November 2, 2017 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact .@ARobles125 has been proving doubters wrong from the time he was born up until his induction into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/Uhkggq0H5y— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) November 2, 2017 Top Stories 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame inducted a group of notable names on Wednesday night.Retired Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan, former award-winning sports journalist at the Arizona Republic and current ASU Cronkite School professor Paola Boivin, and Grand Canyon coach and former Phoenix Suns guard Dan Majerle were three of the five honored at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.“It’s almost been 30 years since I’ve been here in Phoenix, off and on, but this has always been my home,” Majerle told FOX Sports Arizona. “I fell in love with Phoenix when I got here, and the state of Arizona, and fortunately they love me back.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK
*All prices are subject to 10% service charge. Food items are served on rotation basis. Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong’s all-day dining restaurant, The Place, has made a comeback after a two-month makeover in the heart of Kowloon.With a fresh new look in tones of light oak, herringbone patterns and pops of lime and white, the 8600sqf restaurant has turned into an airy dining space offering foodies a variety of popular buffets, its classic all-day à la carte menu, a new wellness afternoon tea, plus grab-and-go choices.Lattice screens separate The Place from the lobby where shiny buckets of seafood sit atop fresh ice along its three-metre Seafood Bar, spotlighted by drop-down pendant lights. Knotted white ropes line the bar to bring out a fishermens catch of the day appeal, and tastes of the sea offer freshly shucked seasonal oyster varieties, Boston lobster, whelks, mussels, crayfish, prawns and Canadian crab.At the live stations, The Place’s chefs serve up foie gras à la minute, paella, Bouillabaisse, Raclette and lobster, with Staub cast-iron pots in vibrant shades of red, mustard and green inviting guests back for seconds.At the Japanese station, Temaki sushi, hand roll cones and fresh sashimi are a must, and the new hammer coppered Tandoor combines Indian culinary theatre with aromatic breads, tandoori and skewered kebabs.For a sweet finish, The Place’s dessert station, now double in size, is the first in Hong Kong to offer a Chocolate Series of Valrhona’s Single-Origin Chocolate that uses cocoa beans from a single source or plantation from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Grenada, Madagascar and Venezuela.Other desserts include baked Alaska, éclairs, fresh churros, as well as the freshly crèpes, lava cake and soufflés.For afternoon tea goers, The Place’s new wellness afternoon tea will be served on weekdays including freshly-squeezed juices, organic teas and sandwiches for the health-conscious guests. Over the weekend, the afternoon tea buffet makes its comeback for a relaxing way to spend the day.Styled by the award-winning team at Stickman Design of Dubai and Hong Kong, The Place, mixed together with warm white stone, a striped timber effect floor, and a splash of fresh meadow green in the furniture, brings a fresh, modern feel to the lively Mongkok neighbourhood.The Place is located at Lobby Level, Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong.hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com
Escape to the Edge of Wildness with Nihiwatu’s exclusive to Australia “1USD = 1AUD” offer valid from 1 November 2016 to 31 December 2017 – matching US dollar rates to Australian dollars. There truly has never been a better time to experience the special place that is Nihiwatu.Located on the Indonesian island of Sumba and just a short 50-minute flight from Bali, Nihiwatu offers a remote and pristine setting in which to enjoy barefoot luxury, a myriad of activities and stunning natural surrounds.An outpost to world-class surfing, Nihiwatu also offers snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, hikes to a blue waterfall, walks, sunset horseback rides on the resort’s 2.5-kilometre private beach and more.For an out of this world experience guests can take a 90-minute hike through rice paddies to arrive to a cluster of private bales nestled between two private beaches at Nihi Oka Spa Safari.Many guests choose to delve deeper into island culture with trips to local villages and and nearby and enriching Sumba Foundation excursions.Fresh and inspired meals in stunning dining settings are yet another highlight of the Nihiwatu experience.The “one to one” dollar matching offer is applicable to published rates and inclusive of:All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning/afternoon snacks, teas and coffeesAll non-alcoholic beveragesWi-Fi InternetMini bar (one full re-stock per day, including beers and spirits)Six pieces of laundry per person per dayScheduled excursions and activities on land: trips to local Sumbanese villages in Rua / Lamboya and SumbaFoundation Projects; treks to nearby Weihola, Rice Island, and mountain bikingActivities by sea: stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling around Nihiwatu beachAll guests can participate in Nihiwatu’s daily scheduled group yoga and meditation classes at the Yoga Pavillion
With Australia increasing in popularity as a preferred business events destination and over 800,000 international business travellers arriving on our shores annually, Crown Hotels is gearing up to show this year’s delegates of the Asia-Pacific Meetings Expo (AIME) why Crown Events & Conferences continues to remain at the forefront of corporate hospitality and a leading player in the MICE industry within Australia.In 2016, Australia’s domestic travel for business increased steadily by nearly 3%, with Crown’s two locations – Perth and Melbourne – achieving strong growth in this space. Perth experienced 26% growth and in an already mature MICE market in Melbourne, made a staggering 34.9% growth in the MICE sector in one year alone.Crown Towers Perth: a new benchmark in luxuryCrown Hotels unveiled its newest property, Crown Towers Perth to the world last December. The $645 million hotel offers 500 appointed guest rooms, suites and villas. With the latest technology and the renowned Crown Towers service, guests have the opportunity to experience a hotel property unlike any other.In a clear strategy to increase growth in the MICE market, the prestigious Crown Ballroom also opened in December 2016. This exciting event space is a pillarless ballroom with magnificent custom-designed carpets, high ceilings, elegant cream panelling and dramatic crystal chandeliers throughout. Technologically advanced and easily reconfigured to suit almost any requirement, whether it’s a gala event for 1500, or an extravagant wedding like no other. The adjoining pre-function area with spacious open terrace and views over the Perth landscape are also not to be missed.“The arrival of Crown Towers Perth in December last year responded to an intense market demand from the MICE sector in Perth. The hotel, as well as the conference facilities, take the city’s corporate hospitality offering to a whole new level. It’s set a new benchmark in luxury and customer experiences – not just for Perth but for the whole of Australia.”Kylie Burchmore, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Crown HotelsCrown Events & Conferences Perth now has larger and more sophisticated facilities, catering for up to 3000 delegates and offers an unparalleled riverside setting for conferences, product launches, exhibitions and incentives.Crown Hotels Melbourne: iconic destination in the world’s most liveable cityCrown Hotels Melbourne continues to dominate in the business and conference events space in one of the most popular destinations in the southern hemisphere.Over the last two decades, Crown Events & Conferences has become an industry leader, with a combination of the most accessible and central location, exceptional professional facilities that can cater for up to 2500 delegates and flexible onsite expertise. The integrated venue is home to Crown Hotel’s luxury accommodation and facilities totalling over 1600 guest rooms, premium dining experiences, retail outlets, stylish bars and nightclubs.According to Kylie Burchmore, it’s the truly integrated offering – where you can eat, stay and conference in one location – that has made Crown Melbourne one of the most in-demand venues in Australia’s second largest city.Premium dining: access to Australia’s finest restaurantsBoth Crown Perth and Crown Melbourne are renowned as their capital city’s respective home to some of the finest dining options available.In Perth, an impressive lineup of world-class restaurants is available including Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill, world-famous Japanese restaurant Nobu, an elevated dining French bistro experience at Bistro Guillaume and the premier Chinese establishment Silks.The line-up continues to impress in Australia’s capital of food – Melbourne – with Rockpool Bar & Grilll, Nobu, Bistro Guillaume and Silks on offer, in addition to other famous fine dining options by world-famous chefs – including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Long Chim, Spice Temple and Rosetta.“Dining is a big part of the events and conferences market – and across both our Perth and Melbourne properties we have built a reputation as offering some of the best restaurants that each city has to offer. With over 38 bar and dining options across both properties, we have catered for all types of networking, events, and group needs to create the perfect experience.”Kylie BurchmoreLuxury experiences: memorable momentsOf course, the best events can’t exist on an all work no play basis. Crown offers an incredible selection of activities – whether it be group bookings in one of the four spas across Melbourne and Perth, dinner in the palatial Chairman’s Villa or a scenic trip with Microflite helicopters.Having recently added an exclusive new experience that combines the splendour of the Yarra Valley with Crown Towers Melbourne’s signature luxury accommodation, The Sky’s the Limit package will engage clients and includes a 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over Melbourne and overnight accommodation in an Executive Suite at Crown Towers.Crown Hotels boasts four luxury spas throughout Melbourne and Perth, each offering indulgent treatments and a tranquil oasis in an urban or luxurious setting.While there is a plethora of dining options at Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth, The Chairman’s Villa, located on the top floors of Crown Towers, exudes indulgence and provides an intimate and luxurious setting to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.Crystal Club is a private lounge with a personalised check-in and concierge service. The spacious design includes private lounge areas, business facilities and an open terrace for intimate events.The most exclusive experience at Crown Perth are the Mansions overlooking the Swan River, offering guests the epitome of world-class accommodation. The privately gated Mansions are situated separate to the resort and provide guests with the utmost exclusivity and seclusion. Guests can enjoy the two-storey open-plan living and dining areas that extend out to a private pool and entertaining terrace, butler’s kitchen, study, gymnasium and three oversized bedrooms with adjoining ensuites.The two Mansions also feature intuitive remote control capabilities available in 6 languages that control the television, iPod, DVD, lights, curtains, blinds, laptop and karaoke. The Mansions are ideal for exclusive events, weddings and executive meetings delivered with a difference.Located alongside the Crown Towers Perth resort pool overlooking the city, The Great Lawn delivers a unique outdoor experience for guests as they savour West Australia’s finest wines and canapés with the picturesque city providing a breathtaking backdrop.A bespoke event on the Great Lawn is limited only by the imagination. Perhaps you’d like a MasterChef challenge, such as a barbecue cook-off with the talented team from one of Crown’s acclaimed restaurants, or maybe even an outdoor concert. The Great Lawn Experience can be tailored for charity events and galas, outdoor dining under the stars or group exercise classes.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, and Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred Culinary Director, chef Richard Ekkebus have announced that the hotel’s next exclusive Four Hands Dinner will feature a creative gastronomic collaboration with the multiple award-winning chef Martin Benn, Founder of Sydney dining destination, Sepia.Martin Benn brings his re-interpretation of contemporary Australian cuisine drawing on his experience working with some of the greatest chefs in the world.The exclusive two-night only collaborative dinner will be held on 20 and 21 March 2017 with the two chefs joining forces to create an unforgettable culinary experience that starts with a 4- hors d’oeuvres ‘snackings’ course featuring Amber’s Black winter truffle dashi with a wild mushroom and black winter truffle puff and Sepia’s Saikou salmon belly with smoked roe, sudachi and chrysanthemum.The 10-course menu that follows features Amber’s newly created Brittany diver scallop seared with lime and ‘umami’ sabayon, served with crispy ‘Camargue’ red rice, dried seafood and salicornia.Sepia’s mouthwatering specialties include Western Australian marron cooked over charcoal and dressed with a yuzu and shellfish emulsion, lemon aspen, and a dusting of shell powder.The Four Hands menu (HK$3,688 per person) includes a signed copy of Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn (published by Murdoch Books in Australia and released globally in 2015), and is also available as a wine pairing tasting menu (add HK$2,088 per person) with dishes enhanced by a selection of ten wines by our head wine sommelier John Chan (please note: prices are subject to 10% service charge and no corkage will be permitted at this special culinary event).
Go back to the enewsletterAPT has launched its complete 2019 Europe brochure, featuring five distinct travel styles spanning from Portugal to Russia.To help trade partners secure strong early sales for the 2019 season, APT has put together a collection of exclusive launch Superdeals. Book before 30 November 2018 to take advantage of incredible Superdeals including Fly Free or Fly Business Class for $3,995. This enticing deal is available on all cruises 14 nights or longer across all 2019 departures and cabin categories.Other Superdeals include Companion Fly Free, Air Credits and No Solo Supplements on select itineraries.The range of options for 2019 include:Magnificent Europe Luxury River CruiseAPT’s flagship 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, starting at $6,995 per person, twin share, is the perfect introduction to both mainland Europe and river cruising. Cruising on board one of APT’s own Concerto river ships, the only fleet in Europe to boast APT’s custom designed Twin Balcony suites, which allow guests to enjoy the passing views from both inside and out.This journey includes exclusive Royal Signature Experiences such as a visit to Namedy Castle, the home of Princess Heide von Hohenzollern; a cocktail reception and concert at Vienna’s City Palace; and new for 2019, the Grand Empress Steam Train. Book before 30 November 2018 to take advantage of Fly Free and Fly Business Class for $3,995 per person, details above.NEW: Grand Empress Steam TrainA new Royal Signature Experience awaits guests on all Magnificent Europe luxury river cruises departing April to September. Following in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria, affectionately known as Sisi, guests will embark on an imperial rail journey aboard the Grand Empress Steam Train. A welcome reception awaits travellers at Budapest Station’s Royal Waiting Room, then it’s time to board the elegant steam train, which features some original carriages from the early 1900s. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served before disembarking for a private tour of the impressive Gödöllő Palace. A coronation gift for Franz Joseph I and Sisi when crowned King and Queen of Hungary, the palace was known to be a favourite residence of Sisi’s. Prices lead in at $7,295 per person, twin share.NEW: Festive CruisingAPT’s brand-new 15-day Imperial Europe river cruise celebrates the festive season in style between Amsterdam and Vienna, with enchanting visits to Europe’s spectacular Christmas markets, as well as a special private concert at Vienna’s regal City Palace, showcasing Christmas classics. Starts from $7,395 per person, twin share.NEW: Grand Bordeaux with Luke NguyenAPT is delighted to welcome acclaimed chef, author, television personality and APT ambassador, Luke Nguyen, to Europe in 2019. Luke will escort APT guests on a unique gastronomic holiday from Paris to Bordeaux, offering an authentic look at Paris and the Bordeaux region. During his time aboard the MS AmaDolce, Luke will host an insightful ‘Get to Know Luke Nguyen’ session, host a visit to a culinary school where he will guide guests through a fun and interactive cooking class. In Saint-Émilion, a dinner at La Terrasse Rouge awaits. Luke, in conjunction with the restaurant’s head chef, has devised a menu showcasing the freshest local ingredients of the region, and together, they will prepare a decadent meal in the open kitchen. Prices lead in at $8,995 per person twin share.NEW: Scotland Small Group DiscoveryTravelling with no more than 20 guests, this Small Group Discovery travels deep into the wild landscapes of Scotland, where the history is as spectacular as the countryside. Including visits to Cairngorms National Park, the Isle of Skye and beautiful glens where gardens and castles await. From $9,195 per person twin share.To learn more about APT’s 2019 Europe program or to request brochures please call 1300 196 420, visit www.aptouring.com.au/destinations/europe or contact your local APT Business Development Manager.Go back to the enewsletter
Two of Britain’s leading low-cost airlines are this week launching new services that will help the north-west of England to stake its claim as a growing air travel centre.Establishing itself at its new Manchester Airport base, easyJet is launching six new routes from the city, offerings its rain-soaked residents the prospect of direct flights to southern-European sun-spots such as Tenerife, Paphos, Malaga and Malta.Meanwhile Flybe has launched a host of new routes from several UK hubs today, also granting Manchester a new flight route to Inverness, adding to nine existing UK flights out of the city (including to the Channel Islands).Neighbouring Liverpool has also seen an upsurge in flight routes out of John Lennon International Airport of late, with easyJet now launching a Liverpool-Jersey route in addition to its Manchester operations – and expecting to carry 100,000 passengers on the route over the coming year.This week has also seen a preliminary backing given to plans for Carlisle Airport to be given a new terminal and runway, returning it to full passenger operations under the guidance of Stobart Air – and serving the north-west with another air travel option.Expanded services from Flybe come on the back of a new partnership agreement, with the carrier’s new Dundee to Birmingham and Belfast flights coming courtesy of a recently signed franchise agreement with Loganair.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRyanair announces Manchester-Frankfurt serviceRyanair announces Manchester-Frankfurt serviceNew Manchester-Spain service from easyJetNew Manchester-Spain service from easyJetBudget airline announces new winter route to IstanbulCheap flights airline easyJet will be launching its 400th route with flights to Istanbul this winter.
Ever wished you could travel back in time and see what things would have looked like 100 years ago? Well, now a new app means this is (almost) possible. Historypin uses a map of the area around you to reveal old photos, instantly drawing you back in time. You can explore your location by holding the phone up to the street and watching old images be overlayed on top of existing structures.There are thousands of images to browse through in the Historypin archives, and by swiping across the screen you can fade the image on top of the camera view bringing the old scene to life on your mobile phone screen. The app also encourages users to upload their own images.You can explore old photos from the location around you or browse the world map to find old photos from your chosen destination. Recent events and attractions are also covered thanks to the ability to submit your own photos for publication on the app.We tested out Historypin outside Skyscanner HQ here in Edinburgh and loved the old pictures of the North British Hotel, now the Balmoral, next door. This looks like a great addition to the expanding number of location-based augmented reality apps, albeit with a historical twist.Historypin is available free on iTunes and Androidtp://www.youtube.com/embed/FdT3eKdto4wReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedApp of the week – Tour WristApp of the week – Tour WristExplore Skyscanner’s hotel app for iPhone and iPadBag a bargain on your next hotel booking with this new hotels app.Top 10 iPhone/iPad apps for city breaksFrom packing to booking a table – we have 10 helpful apps for your next city trip.