Windstar Cruises Announces New Travel Agency Recognition Program

first_img“Club 180” Rewards Top-Producing Travel Agencies with Three Tiers of BenefitsSeattle, WA, February 5, 2019 — Windstar Cruises is proud to announce a new travel agency recognition program dubbed Club 180, a riff on Windstar’s tagline that sailing with the small ship company is truly “180 Degrees from Ordinary.” The multi-tier travel agency recognition program is designed to reward top-producing agencies with a top 10 Platinum distinction, a top 11-20 Gold award, and a 21+ Silver category. Recognition is in the form of a number of amenities travel advisors can offer their clients (such as complimentary Wi-Fi and shipboard credit); additional marketing and sales support from Windstar (including advance notice on promotions and new product launches); priority service (such as a dedicated phone line); and benefits for travel advisors themselves when sailing on Windstar (including complimentary Wi-Fi and laundry service), with varying levels of benefits for the three tiers. Inaugural members for the new Club 180 program have already been selected based upon 2018 sales production; however, membership will be renewed annually, with an opportunity to add new members in December 2019. “Club 180 recognizes domestic North America travel sellers – not consortium,” explains Windstar’s Vice President of Sales Steve Simao, CTC. “It is based primarily on top sales, though select travel agencies may be included in the program based on the history of our partnership and their overall support of the Windstar brand.” Windstar has been putting a renewed focus on its relationship with travel professionals and travel agencies in recent years, recognizing the power of the travel advisor and launching the Star Promise program in 2016 to help advisors increase sales and book more efficiently. Windstar’s Travel Advisor Hub, which grew out of that Star Promise program, has been an important resource for those advisors interested in expanding their Windstar business. Simao recommends that those interested in becoming a top agency with Windstar start with the line’s travel agent website for tips and training to become a top producer in Windstar’s new Club 180. For Wave Season, Windstar’s “Beyond Ordinary” Savings Event plus Star Perks bonus is on now and offers the best fares and availability of the year on 2019 and 2020 cruises. Fares start at $2,999 for all 11- and 12-day Alaskan Splendors cruises with nine departure dates May through August, featuring the second season of the award-winning Windstar’s Signature Expeditions program. Headlined by biologists, glaciologists, and scientists, the Expedition Leaders mix with guests onboard, give lectures and launch expedition field trips direct from the ship onto Zodiacs and kayaks. Windstar’s iconic 7-day Dreams of Tahiti vacation begins at $2,599 and visit six islands featuring a Bora Bora overnight with complimentary Destination Discovery cultural evening on a private motu, with traditional Polynesian performances headlined by the tantalizing fire dancers. Northern Europe is a top cruise pick for 2019 with more than 40 sailings April through September including an 8-day Gaelic Explorers voyage June 20 from Dublin to Edinburgh visiting Northern Ireland and the remote Isle of Man, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Lewis; wrapping up with a chance for cruise clients to spy the elusive “Nessie” in beautiful Loch Ness during a call to Invergordon, Scotland; also starts at $2,999 per person, double occupancy. In addition guests may “pick their perk” — an attractive incentive to enjoy while the cruise is underway. Star Perksselections include: up to $1,000 shipboard credit, free Wi-Fi, or free gratuities. Available on hundreds of Windstar sailings worldwide, “Beyond Ordinary” savings and Star Perks both vary by cruise and destination. In addition, longer Star Collector sailings of 14 days and more offer up to 20 percent savings and free laundry service. The promotion runs through March 18, 2019. To learn more about the new Club 180 and authentic small ship cruising with Windstar, contact the line by phone at 1-800-258-7245 and press #1 for travel advisor assistance; visit https://advisorhub.windstarcruises.com or www.windstarcruises.com.  About Windstar Cruises Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting approximately 300 ports and 80 countries sailing to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada and New England, South Pacific and Tahiti. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in small ship cruising and has just embarked on a $250 Million Dollar Star Plus Initiative to enhance its Star-class ships and the onboard guest accommodations and experiences. Calling on hidden harbors, off-the-beaten-path and popular ports, the boutique cruise line carries 148 to 312 passengers on six small ships and takes travelers on cruises that are 180 degrees from ordinary. Windstar is known for immersive experiences and destination authenticity, port-intensive itineraries, exceptional award-winning service, and an innovative culinary program with culinary-themed cruises as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Travel Collection, an award-winning, globally diversified travel company offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences in some of the most beautiful and iconic places on earth. Follow the Windstar Ships: Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / YouTube / Pinterest / LinkedIn / Instagram / Bloglast_img read more

Pakistan UN refugee agency reports first deaths due to cold among quake

For weeks UN agencies have predicted a second wave of deaths from the 8 October quake, which killed some 80,000 people, injured as many others and left up to 3 million homeless, if shelter, medicines and other vital supplies were not rushed into hundreds of thousands of victims in remote areas ahead of the harsh Himalayan winter. So far, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has airlifted over 80,000 blankets and tens of thousands of plastic sheets to survivors in high-altitude villages in the Allai and Leepa valleys. But bad weather is hampering aid delivery. Helicopters were grounded on Sunday although the airlifts have resumed yesterday.“Some roads in the Neelum and Allai valleys have been blocked by snow or landslides. Aid convoys are now driving on slippery roads that could be hit by further mudslides,” UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.“On lower elevations, we’re preparing the ground for more people forced to leave their homes in the upper valleys because of the bitter cold. In the last two days, the army has reported 100 families per day moving down from the Kaghan valley,” she added. “The recent camp arrivals have come in bad shape, many of them already weakened by pneumonia. We have been winterizing the camps by providing two plastic sheets per tent and three blankets per person.”Overall UNHCR has flown in more than 20 thousand family tents and hundreds of thousands of blankets and other vital supplies. Water and sanitation needs will become even more urgent as more people come down to live in planned and spontaneous camps. To prevent congestion and the outbreak of diseases in camps, UNHCR now has 16 mobile teams on the ground to fix technical problems related to latrines and waste management, and to sensitize camp populations on hygiene and sanitation issues.At an international donors’ conference in Pakistan on earlier this month, $5.4 billion were pledged, but UN relief officials have warned the vast majority of these pledges are earmarked for long-term recovery even though operations remain in the critical rescue and assistance phase.“In order to save lives today, these pledges must be fulfilled immediately. Moreover, donors must allow flexibility in use of the funds,” five UN human rights experts said in a joint statement last week.In an innovative approach, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has joined with important partners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a strategy that combines financial contributions with hands-on action to help meet the needs of children in devastated areas. UNICEF agreements with the UAE Red Crescent Society and Dubai Aid City have produced cash donations, technical support, medical teams and regular planeloads with basic relief items. For example, the UAE Red Crescent Society and UNICEF signed an agreement to manage a donation of $500,000 from the UAE to support UNICEF’s measles immunization campaign, which will be supplemented by a team of Emirati nurses and medical experts to help oversee the vaccination effort on the ground.The post-quake measles campaign, organized jointly by UNICEF, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Pakistan’s Ministry of Health, seeks to immunize 4 million children in relief camps and health centres at an estimated cost of $8 million. “Replicating the tsunami humanitarian response model with relief operations centralized in Dubai has proven highly effective, and the UAE Red Crescent Society has played an important role in protecting children against the spread of disease,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said yesterday on signing the agreement in Dubai. read more

Hindustan Zinc sees great reserve building success

first_imgOngoing exploration activities by Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) have yielded significant success with an increase of 28.7 Mt to its reserves and resources, prior to a depletion of 5.8 Mt in FY 2008. Contained zinc-lead metal has increased by 4 Mt, prior to a depletion of 0.6 Mt during the same period. Total reserves and resources at 31 March 2008 were 232.3 Mt containing 27.5 Mt of zinc-lead metal. The reserves and resources position has been independently reviewed and certified as per JORC standard.The success of exploration has primarily been in the Sindesar Khurd and Rampura Agucha mines. The sustained exploration and aggressive drilling programme at Sindesar Khurd mine has successfully augmented the resource base to the current level of 37 Mt, making it the second largest orebody in HZL’s portfolio after Rampura Agucha, with potential for further additions, through ongoing exploration. In FY 2008, the drilling program successfully increased the strike length, by 300 m, to 1,600 m averaging 5.8% Zn, 3.8% Pb and 215 ppm Ag.At Rampura Agucha, 28,000 m of drilling in 32 holes were carried out to outline mineralisation below a depth of 550 m. Of these, 29 holes intersected ore widths with significant grades averaging 15.5% Zn and 2% Pb. The combined reserves and resources at Rampura Agucha alone have been augmented to 107.3 Mt at end March 2008, achieving the landmark of crossing 100 Mt in reserves and resources.The group’s exploration philosophy has been to replace every tonne of ore mined with at least one tonne of resource. HZL has dynamically increased its exploration focus, through a team of 40 geologists employing the latest geophysical, geochemical and GIS technologies and high speed deep drilling equipment. This has resulted in an addition of 110.7 Mt of reserves and resources, before depletion of 22.1 Mt, in the period from April 2003 to March 2008.HZL is India’s only integrated producer of zinc and lead and among the world’s leading integrated producers. Its metal production capacity is nearly 670,000 t/y with its smelter operations situated in Chanderiya, Debari and Visakhapatnam. HZL has zinc-lead mines in Dariba, Rampura Agucha, Sindesar Khurd and Zawar. The company is a subsidiary of the NYSE listed, Sterlite Industries and London listed diversified metals and mining major, Vedanta Resources.last_img read more