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Comments Share Hall started three memorable — probably for the wrong reasons — games for the Cards in 2010. He finished the season throwing for 370 yards with one touchdown and six interceptions and a 35.7 quarterback rating.His shining moment came in his first start in Week 5. He led the Cardinals to a surprising win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Unfortunately for the quarterback ‘Hall Mania” ended about as fast as he began, as he would only get two more starts in his time in Arizona. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories From undrafted rookie to starting quarterbackto the unemployment line (well, almost), thus is the tale of Max Hall.The injured 6-foot-1 BYU product was waived by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday to make way for former Kansas City Chiefs signal caller Brodie Croyle. Being waived doesn’t necessarily mean that Hall is done with the club. If he clears waivers they could place him on the injured reserve list due to a separated shoulder if they wish to keep him. The Cardinals could decide to part ways with the QB, but both sides would have to reach an injury settlement.
Leinart was not selected in the re-draft. As for the Cardinals, this would have certainly changedtheir history. No Leinart means the Cardinals find someoneelse to compete with Warner and, possibly, their new QBwould not have lost the starting job to the veteran acouple years later. The Cardinals would also have probablynot taken Levi Brown number five overall in 2007, possiblyselecting Oklahoma star Adrian Peterson instead. Oh, what could have been…Instead, though, all we have is what actually happened.The Cardinals took Leinart, who looked promising for alittle while, and then cut him five years later. The teamfired Green, hired Ken Whisenhunt and rode Warner to aSuper Bowl. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ So, really, things could have been worse. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share Of course, we can look back, and six years later it’spretty much a guarantee the Cardinals would go adifferent direction if they could get a do-over in thedraft.According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper in an ESPN Insiderstory, if the draft was held again today the Cardinalswould end up with offensive lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson,who was originally taken by the Jets with the fourth pickin 2006.Drafted at No. 4 overall, Ferguson was expected to be verygood, and he has been. A Pro Bowl regular, he may beovershadowed by the excellence of Mangold, but plenty ofteams would love to get what he provides the Jets. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Arizona Cardinals needed a quarterback in 2006.Entering the draft, Arizona had just veteran Kurt Warneron the roster, and the former star was not exactly comingoff an impressive 2005 campaign.So, with a new stadium opening and a need at the position,the Cardinals and then-coach Dennis Green felt fortunatewhen Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart fell to them atNo. 10 in the draft.Calling him a “gift from heaven,” Green inserted Leinartinto the starting lineup in a Week 5 tilt with the Chiefs,and never looked back. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Jon Bloom and Vince Marotta discuss the Arizona Cardinals’ thrilling, improbable 20-18 win over the New England Patriots Sunday in Foxborough. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Feely said he did have a recent conversation with the coach, but wouldn’t go into details.“I’ll keep that between ourselves, but we had a talk and I’m comfortable with that. I’m excited to keep competing and getting better and being ready for this team for week one.”Feely has been with the Cardinals since 2010 and had no problem listing his stats and his successes when asked about previously losing his job to the young kicker in Miami. “I think there was a lot more to do with it than percentages and my performance on the field. I’m proud of my performance over the last four years,” said the veteran kicker, who ranks 16th in the NFL in all-time field goal percentage with a mark of 82.6 percent. “I’m happy with how I performed over the last few years of my career and I’m happy with my training camp so far. In the last week-and-a-half, I’m 24-for-25 in team and made a 57-yarder yesterday.”Feely reiterated that he understands how this business works and he didn’t seem surprised that the team was possibly looking at another kicker. “I’ve been around long enough to know that the job of management is always to get better and to try to find someone who is better than who you have on the roster, and your job as a player is to prove to them that you’re the best option.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share We’ve heard about a lot of competition battles going on at Arizona Cardinals’ camp this year, but they never included the kicker until Wednesday, when the team signed Dan Carpenter to a one-year deal. But adding Carpenter, who, incidentally, replaced Jay Feely in Miami in 2008, does not faze Arizona’s incumbent kicker.“I’ve had competition my whole career. There’s competition whether somebody is here or not. You’re always competing against every other kicker in camp and even guys that aren’t in camp,” said Feely when asked about the news Wednesday. “I’ve been there myself, so it doesn’t change anything for me. I’m comfortable with what Coach (Bruce) Arians told me and I’m just going to keep competing. I’m happy with where I’m at right now and the progression to get ready for St. Louis.” The 37-year-old has connected at an 82.6 percent clip in his 13-year career and has been reliable for Arizona, hitting 25-of-28 field goal attempts in 2012. But the questions started coming after Feely struggled in the preseason opener in Green Bay and continued after he missed a 30-yarder in last Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. After the game, Arians called the miss “unacceptable.”“The miss was dumb. It wasn’t a technical thing; I should’ve taken a delay of game and waited and not rushed it. I know better than that, I’ve done that probably ten times in my career,” said Feely when asked if the miss was just one hiccup. “I’ve felt real comfortable with how I’ve progressed every day in training camp up to this point. Over the last week and a half, kicked the ball great and kicked off great in the game and I’m happy with where I’m at.” – / 24
As had been noted repeatedly since Palmer suffered the injury, there was really no specific timetable for when it would heal. He underwent various different treatments over the last few weeks all in an effort to get back on the field as soon as possible. Palmer said he first noticed things took a big turn for the better Monday morning, and while he was hoping it would have gotten better sooner, he’s glad to be where he’s at now. And while some of his teammates may be using their bye week to get away from football, Palmer will continue to immerse himself in it. “I’ll be in that room over there,” he said, pointing to the training room, “I’ll be over in that room over there until playoffs end for us. I’ll be out on the field all this week and in the training room getting treatment. So it’s not a bye week for me.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals practice ended about half an hour early Wednesday. Carson Palmer was glad the team took the field at all for its final session before the bye week.“I heard practice might get canceled today, and I was the only one in this locker room that was really bummed,” he said. “I’m very excited — it’s just a big relief off your shoulders because there’s always just that sliver of doubt in the back of your mind. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Top Stories “But I trusted in our guys and they were right.”You see, Wednesday was the first day in a while where Palmer, who has been dealing with a nerve injury in his right shoulder, was able to throw a bit. Palmer, who has missed the last two games because of the ailment, said he did not throw a ball any farther than 10 yards. While that may not seem like much, it was a giant step forward for someone who had been incrementally improving but lacked some real, tangible results.“It looks like it’s getting better and better,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday. “He’ll throw it, as treatment, throughout the weekend. Hope to have him back full speed by Monday — that’s our goal right now.”Palmer said he felt great Wednesday, and his goal is to be “firing on all cylinders, at least by Wednesday of next week.”That would put him on track to start in the team’s Week 5 matchup with the Denver Broncos.“Yeah, I do, I do,” he said when asked if he hopes to be ready for the game. “Obviously if I can’t Drew is more than ready — he’s proved that the last two weeks — but it’s part of the timetable and I expect to be ready.”
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.It’s the fifth time the Cards have qualified for the postseason since relocating to the Valley in 1988. Today’s Trivia Tuesday will take you down memory lane — how well do you remember the Cardinals’ playoff history?You’ve got five minutes on the clock … good luck! Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Christine Arians talked about the challenge of being a football coach’s wife and raising the children with Bruce working as an NFL coach in the first episode of the series.Part III will appear on Friday, Sept. 9, as the Cardinals ready to kick off the 2016 season Sept. 11 against the New England Patriots. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Sports’ Paige Dimakos sat down with Christine Arians to talk about her family, the Arians Family Foundation and, of course, her husband, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.In the second edition of a three-part series, the CEO of the Arians household discussed the Amazon series “All or Nothing,” Arians’ recent sickness and his larger-than-life personality — apparently, he used to be a little shy. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories
Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson, right, boots a field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) The kick had plenty of distance but Blair Walsh pushed it right, giving the Arizona Cardinals a 26-24 win in the final game of the season and on the final day of 2017.That’s three straight victories and four in their last five visits to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.“Thank you for coming to my house,” head coach Bruce Arians told reporters after earning his 50th win with the Cardinals, the most in franchise history. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With his second made field goal of the game, a 46-yarder that increased the Cardinals’ lead to 20-7 with 58 seconds left in the second quarter, Dawson became just the fourth player in franchise history with 30 or more field goals in a season. It also marked the third time in his career in which he’s made 30 or more field goals in a single season: 32 in 2013 (49ers) and 30 in 2008 (Browns). Overall, Dawson has made 20 of his last 22 field goals.THE BADSix minutes into the game and the Cardinals had a 7-0 lead. Unfortunately, the lead lasted all of 12 seconds. On the ensuing kickoff following the Jaron Brown 25-yard touchdown catch, Tyler Lockett went 99 yards for the game-tying score at the 8:43 mark of the first quarter. Lockett returned the kick straight up the middle, was not touched and out-ran Patrick Peterson across the goal line.After 24 first-half yards, the Seahawks gained 80 on their first possession of the second half — and scored. Doug Baldwin caught an 18-yard touchdown, which made it 20-14 Arizona at the 8:59 mark of the third quarter. Twice on the drive the Seahawks converted on 2nd-and-13 or greater — including on the score. They moved the chains on a 4th-and-6 at the Arizona 39 following a Jimmy Graham 20-yard reception. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – Mauro hopped off the field after re-injuring his right ankle early in the third quarter; he was called questionable to return.– Alex Boone (calf) and Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) left the game in the third quarter. Gresham reportedly tore his Achilles.– Haason Reddick appeared to hurt his right knee early in the second quarter; he left the game briefly only to return later.– With the victory, Stanton improved to 9-4 as a starter as a member of the Cardinals, including a 3-1 record this season.– With the victory, the Cardinals became the first team to win three straight in Seattle since Pete Carroll took over in 2010.– Despite Earl Watford (ankle) being active for the first time since Dec. 10, Evan Boehm remained the starter at right guard.– Among the Cardinals’ listed inactives was Josh Bynes (ankle), plus healthy scratches Chad Williams and Xavier Williams.UP NEXTFree agency and the draft.The former begins March 14, while the latter takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium.And as far as next season’s schedule is concerned, in 2018, the NFC West faces the NFC North and AFC West.So, here’s how it breaks down for the Cardinals: They will host the Bears, Broncos, Raiders and Redskins in addition to division opponents Rams, Seahawks and 49ers. They will play at the Chargers, Chiefs, Falcons and Vikings in addition to division stops in L.A., Seattle and San Francisco. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Great throw. Great catch. And just like that, the Seahawks took their first lead of the game, 24-23, at the 10:24 mark of the fourth quarter. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed 29 yards to Baldwin, who beat Peterson in coverage. The drive was set up by a 27-yard punt return by Lockett to the Seattle 40. It was a two-play, 60-yard drive. The first play was a 31-yard run by Wilson on a designed quarterback rush.STAT OF THE GAME1-of-12: The Cardinals limited Wilson and the Seahawks offense to just one third down. Over the last six games, the Cardinals have held their opponents to 15.7 percent (11-of-70) on third down.HE SAID IT“This is one heck of a football team,” Arians said, adding about winning No. 50, “I can’t lie. It’s very, very gratifying.”NOTED– Fitzgerald now has at least one reception in 211 consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in league history.– Jones now has 16 multi-sack games, including four this season, since 2013. He’s tied with J.J. Watt for the most in that span.– Dawson now has 42 50-plus yard field goals in his career, tying John Kasay for the fourth-most all-time in league history. 5 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals (8-8) led 20-7 at halftime after perhaps their best half of football and then held on for the victory, their second in a row. It’s the first time all season the Cardinals have posted wins in back-to-back weeks.Credit Arizona’s Phil Dawson for the game-winner. He did what Walsh could not.Dawson made good on a 42-yard attempt with 2:21 to play, while Walsh missed from 48 yards with 32 seconds left.Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton passed for 145 yards and a touchdown. Kerwynn Williams and Elijhaa Penny combined for 116 rushing yards and a touchdown, and the defense kept up its outstanding play late in the season.Despite the loss, the Seahawks (9-7) outgained the Cardinals 296-259.THE GOODOffensively, the Cardinals gained 109 yards. Defensively, the Cardinals allowed zero yards. That’s about as good a first quarter as the Cardinals have played this season. Williams gained 44 of the 53 rushing yards, while Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 25 receiving yards on five catches. He was targeted six times. On defense, the Cardinals’ Josh Mauro and Olsen Pierre each made key stops with Mauro snuffing out a 3rd-and-1.No one has had more success at getting to opposing quarterbacks this season than Arizona outside linebacker Chandler Jones. He recorded his 16th sack on a 3rd-and-13 in the first quarter and then his 17th on a 3rd-and-3 in the third quarter; the latter of which set a new franchise single-season record. Jones, who also drew a holding call in the second quarter, had at least one sack in 13 of 16 games this season and now 22 of 32 games played since joining the Cardinals. Top Stories
Baker, who thrived on special teams in his rookie season while filling in as needed on the first-team defense, will have a far bigger role this season.Related LinksCardinals’ Josh Rosen handling unfamiliarity in first NFL seasonBradford’s knee ‘best it’s felt’ since injury as Cardinals ramp up campCardinals camp notebook: Boston steps into FS role, Bradford readyWith the strong reputation first-year head coach Steve Wilks’ defenses have, it feels like a great fit for the playmaking Baker, along with the fact that Wilks has been an admirer since before the draft.“I worked Budda out, coming out of college, and I was fascinated by him that day,” Wilks said Sunday. “Even going back and evaluating him on film. The guy is extremely physical.”After Baker spent time solely as a strong safety last year, he will now mostly find himself a nickel role, with Tre Boston taking over free safety duties and Antoine Bethea at strong safety.Baker, though, will move around a whole lot.“Coaches have gave me a lot of things to do,” Baker said Saturday. “I’m excited for what I can do. I’m gonna be doing, really, everything.”Baker will spend time playing as the nickel, but in Wilks’ system, that means he will be in more of a linebacker role on some occasions. He will also spend his time moving around the secondary based on certain coverages. 8 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker celebrates a fumble recovery during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — Anyone around the Arizona Cardinals knows it’s going to be a challenge for the team to replace a player like Tyrann Mathieu.Despite his ups and downs, Mathieu’s playmaking and versatility as a defensive back were undeniable. With Mathieu off to play with the Houston Texans, there is no replicating him.But, if there was a player tasked with being the swiss-army knife of the defense, it’s second-year defensive back Budda Baker. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The good news is that’s familiar ground for Baker. A versatile role is what he specialized in for Washington in his junior year with the Huskies.In that specific spot, the most important thing is it sets up Baker to do what he does best: making plays.“In our system, at that position, you gotta do a great job of blitzing,” Wilks said. “Physicality is there. He can cover. He has good skills on the backend, as far as ball skills, very interchangeable and we are going to be able to move him around as well.”At 5-foot-10, Baker is small to be tasked with picking up some plays as a linebacker, but that’s never been a concern for him.“I’ve been doing it my whole life,” he said. “Little league, high school and college, so I don’t really care.”The undersized bit, and being the interchangeable player on the defense, is where the Mathieu comparisons lie.From Baker’s perspective, he’s only worried about being his own player.“Ty was a great player, but then again, I always tell people, ‘Tyrann is Tyrann and Budda is Budda,’” Baker told the team website in early June. “At the end of the day, I’m going to be trying to make plays.” – / 26 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterOver 700 tourism industry representatives celebrated the best-of- the-best on Friday night at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held at the new Optus Stadium in Perth.The awards, which showcase the best in outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence, were presented in front of industry peers and officials from across Australia.Australian Tourism Awards chair, Daniel Gschwind, said that the calibre of finalists in this year’s awards was exceptional and the operators should be applauded for their dedication to providing quality tourism experiences: “Tonight, we celebrate leading businesses whose hard work, innovation and commitment to quality continue help to drive our industry as a leading contributor to jobs and economic growth across Australia.”Minister for trade, tourism and investment Steven Ciobo said the awards were a great showcase of the skill within the industry. “I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners. These prestigious awards provide a wonderful opportunity to shine the spotlight on Australia’s tourism industry and those operators and businesses who make such an important contribution to the record level of growth that our industry is currently enjoying.”Among the 26 winners was Paul Hogan, awarded the status of Australian Tourism Legend in recognition for his role in attracting international visitors to Australia, most notably in the North American market. The Come and Say G’Day campaign, fronted by Hogan, opened Australia to a broader international audience and the line “I’ll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you” has been immortalised in tourism folklore.“I’d also like to recognise Paul Hogan who has done so much for our industry and so richly deserves the tourism legend award bestowed upon him. The timing couldn’t be more perfect either, with the recent launch of Tourism Australia’s “Dundee” campaign drawing so much inspiration from the iconic film in which he starred,” Minister Ciobo added.Notably, two businesses were inducted into the Hall of Fame with the Tasmanian Walking Company and BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park taking out top honours for Ecotourism and Caravan and Holiday Parks respectively.The awards are supported by industry and government partners, particularly naming rights sponsor Qantas, as well as Tourism Australia, Tourism Western Australia and Optus Stadium.“It is with the support of industry that we are able to recognise and celebrate these outstanding businesses tonight, and look towards a strong future for the industry built on partnerships,” said Mr Gschwind.1. Major Tourist AttractionsGOLD – NT Kakadu National ParkSILVER – VIC Sovereign HillBRONZE – NSW The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney 2. Tourist AttractionsGOLD – ACT Questacon – The National Science and Technology CentreSILVER – SA Calypso Star ChartersBRONZE – NSW Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest3. Major Festivals and EventsGOLD – QLD Toowoomba Carnival Of FlowersSILVER – NSW The 28th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017BRONZE – SA Santos Tour Down Under4. Festivals and EventsGOLD – VIC Riverboats Music FestivalSILVER – QLD Mount Isa Mines Rotary RodeoBRONZE – TAS The Unconformity5. EcotourismGOLD – TAS Tasmanian Walking CompanySILVER – SA Murray River WalkBRONZE – QLD Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort6. Cultural TourismGOLD – WA Fremantle PrisonSILVER – TAS Port Arthur Historic SiteBRONZE – NT Venture North Australia7. Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander TourismGOLD – NSW Sand Dune AdventuresSILVER – WA Kooljaman at Cape LevequeBRONZE – NT Nitmiluk Tours8. Specialised Tourism ServicesGOLD – VIC Parks VictoriaSILVER – TAS RiverFly 1864BRONZE – WA Sightseeing Pass Australia9. Visitor Information ServicesGOLD – WA Swan Valley Visitor CentreSILVER – NT Alice Springs Visitor Information CentreBRONZE – NSW Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service10. Business Event VenuesGOLD – SA Adelaide Hills Convention CentreSILVER – VIC Holmesglen at EildonBRONZE – WA Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough11. Major Tour and Transport OperatorsGOLD – QLD Ocean RaftingSILVER – WA AviairBRONZE – VIC SkyBus12. Tour and Transport OperatorsGOLD – TAS The Maria Island WalkSILVER – QLD Fun Over FiftyBRONZE – VIC Autopia Tours – Small Group Experiences13. Adventure TourismGOLD – WA Horizontal Falls Seaplane AdventuresSILVER – TAS Roaring 40s KayakingBRONZE – SA Calypso Star Charters14. Destination MarketingGOLD – WA The Epic Pilbara – Australia’s North WestSILVER – ACT Pie Time – Southern HighlandsBRONZE – NSW Mudgee Region Tourism – Let’s Skip Town Together Campaign15. Tourism Restaurants and Catering ServicesGOLD – VIC Royal Mail Hotel, DunkeldSILVER – NSW Margan Winery &RestaurantBRONZE – TAS Altitude Restaurant + Lounge Bar16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and BreweriesGOLD 518 WA Sandalford WinesSILVER 1192 VIC Bright BreweryBRONZE 413 NSW Cupitt17. Caravan &Holiday ParksGOLD 1253 NSW BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday ParkSILVER 311 WA RAC Cervantes Holiday ParkBRONZE 492 QLD BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort18. Hosted AccommodationGOLD 481 WA The Beach House at BaysideSILVER 421 QLD Cobbold VillageBRONZE 89 SA Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat19. Unique AccommodationGOLD – WA Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures – The Horizontal HotelSILVER – QLD Cumberland Charter YachtsBRONZE – TAS Pumphouse Point20. Self Contained AccommodationGOLD – SA The FramesSILVER – TAS Avalon Coastal RetreatBRONZE – QLD RACV Noosa Resort21. Standard AccommodationGOLD – QLD Grand Hotel and Apartments TownsvilleSILVER – NSW Moama on Murray ResortBRONZE – SA Marree Hotel22. Deluxe AccommodationGOLD – NT Crowne Plaza Alice Springs LassetersSILVER – SA Yondah Beach HouseBRONZE – TAS The Henry Jones Art Hotel23. Luxury AccommodationGOLD – TAS Saffire-FreycinetSILVER – NT Cicada LodgeBRONZE – ACT Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel24. New Tourism BusinessGOLD – WA Swan River SeaplanesSILVER – TAS MACq 01 HotelBRONZE – VIC Arthurs Seat Eagle25. Excellence in Food TourismGOLD – NSW Margan Winery & RestaurantSILVER – WA Two Feet & a HeartbeatBRONZE – SA Barossa Valley Cheese CompanyGo back to the e-newsletter
A travel technology deal has been struck that will enable an airline to provide access to copious hotel data, involving the services of a leading global distribution system (GDS) provider.Holiday bookings site Lastminute.com has added Aer Lingus to its white label and affiliate Partner Network, with Sabre’s hotel inventory providing the basis for the airline’s new provision.Lastminute.com’s Partner Network was founded last year, creating a network of clients to whom Sabre’s complete hotel inventory is wholesaled. As many as 40,000 hotels from Sabre’s GDS are linked into by the Lastminute.com service, now allowing Aer Lingus customers access to sophisticated booking opportunities. But under the deal, Lastminute.com’s customised white label hotel solution constructed for Aer Lingus will allow for an even wider booking scope, providing for the sale of a portfolio of 80,000 worldwide hotels inventory through the airline’s website.Also providing access to a further 40,000 merchant rate properties from Lastminute.com and medhotels.com and Travelocity, the Lastminute.com service has already lured in social network WAYN.com and frenchconnections.co.uk.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedUnited codeshare helps Aer Lingus break AmericaAer Lingus has ramped up its stateside assault, striking up a new codeshare agreement with United Airlines.Aer Lingus luggage rules explained: how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on an Aer Lingus flight? What’s the airline’s hold luggage allowance? Don’t get caught out, check our complete guide to Aer Lingus baggage restrictions, plus our best tips on how to make the most of your baggage allowance.Aer Lingus links Belfast and southern EuropeThe new routes would serve to enhance choice for travellers across Ireland.
RelatedTravelport rakes in GDS awardsA strew of January awards have seen Travelport claim that it is the favoured travel technology partner of OTA’s.Worldspan takeover ‘among most popular stories of 2007’Worldspan is used by hundreds of travel agents and travel related websites to book airline tickets.Eton Travel exchanges Sabre for GalileoA UK travel agent has switched its GDS allegiance, now opting for an agreement with Travelport. A new agreement has been reached to allow long-term partnership between an online travel service and a leading global distribution system (GDS) provider.Online flight booking specialist Priceline.com announced that it would now be processing reservations through Travelport‘s WorldSpan GDS services, offering the possibility of wider booking options for Priceline.com customers.Also offering budget hotel room, rental car, vacation package and cruise bookings, Priceline.com has already partnered with the GDS specialist and has seen its customers benefit from Travelport-enabled round the clock fares and inventories access. Kevin Mooney, chief commercial officer of Travelport GDS, said: “This new agreement demonstrates the value priceline.com places in the cost-effective, reliable and broad-based GDS solutions that Travelport GDS provides to its clients around the world. Priceline.com is one of the [US]’s premier online travel agencies and Travelport GDS is proud to support them.”Chris Soder, Priceline.com’s president for North American Travel, added: “We are pleased to extend our partnership with Travelport and continue to offer Worldspan within our portfolio of supplier connectivity options.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedMore Brits searching for ski holidays onlineMore Brits searching for ski holidays online’Superb’ conditions reported at continental ski resorts’Superb’ conditions reported at continental ski resortsMore than three million Brits book flights abroad during the festive seasonMore than three million Brits book flights abroad during the festive season More Brits are choosing to book flights to ski resorts, according to new figures from the Ski Club of Great Britain.The club’s annual Snowsports Analysis revealed that 1.35 million people are taking winter sports holidays away from the UK, with that figure rising year-on-year.Commenting on the findings, Ski Club chief executive officer Caroline Stuart-Taylor told travelmole.com: “We are not surprised that the overall snow sports market has risen again after an excellent snow year and the continued resilience of the snow sports market.”Ms Stuart-Taylor added that more people are turning to the internet to research and book their flights to European ski resorts.According to the findings, France remained skiers’ top choice destination, taking 43 percent of the market.A recent report by the Post Office revealed that eastern Europe was proving an increasingly popular skiing destination because of rising prices in the US. Romania was named as the best value-for-money ski destination, followed by Slovakia and Bulgaria.Got a ski website? Get Skyscanner’s WhoFlies Widget – FREE! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedCzech Airlines increase flights from Prague to TorontoCzech Airlines will increase the number of flights to Toronto from Prague during the 2009 summer season.Less people book flights with European airlines in 2008Less people book flights with European airlines in 2008Wizz Air celebrates sixth birthdayCheap flights carrier Wizz Air has celebrated its sixth anniversary after it revealed a 30 percent growth in passenger numbers. The number of people booking flights on Czech Airlines increased by 2.4 percent last year to more than 5.6 million, the airline has revealed.Despite the positive figure, the global financial crisis has taken its toll, with growth slowing compared to 2007.Between October and December, the airline recorded a fall in passenger numbers, with flights in western Europe being the hardest hit.Czech Airlines has said that the number of passengers it carries is expected to fall further as the economic downturn continues to take its toll.Commenting on its quality of service, a Czech Airlines statement said: “Czech Airlines has ranked on a sustained basis at the top of the European ranking that is regularly published by the Association of European Airlines.”The carrier was ranked second out of 27 airlines in Europe for 2008 in terms of international departures leaving on time.Czech Airlines announced last month that it planned to increase its number of flights to Toronto from three to four a week during the summer.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Explore Osaka, Tokyo, Sapporo and Seoul via Tianjin Read More Before you get your feet wet, or sail off into the sunset in Auckland,why not make a quick detour in either of your stopover cities, Chongqing or Xi’an? One of the oldest and most populated cities in China, Xi’an was home to many of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, and the start of the legendary Silk Road. With free transfer accommodation in Chongqing or Xi’an, Tianjin Airlines gives you the perfect opportunity to see what China has to offer. Tokyo And along the way, why not plan an extended stay in your stopover city? People from around the world come to Chongqing to experience its many natural wonders while being surrounded by its rich cultural heritage. Take a day cruise to the magnificent Three Gorges or take the easy two-hour train along the Chengdu Plain to the city of Chengdu. Seeing some adorable panda bears in their natural habitat is your reward. Looking for something new for your next holiday? 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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced today that it will manage a luxury hotel which is under development in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, China.Mandarin Oriental, Chengdu, which is slated to open in 2015, will form part of a prestigious mixed-use development located on a prime riverfront site in the Jin-jiang district, close to the city’s key commercial and entertainment areas and opposite the ancient Wang-jiang Park, which dates back to the Ming dynasty.The hotel will be positioned as the most sophisticated luxury hotel in Western China. Located on the top 33 floors of an iconic tower, the property will feature 320 spacious rooms including 41 expansive suites, with outstanding views of the Jin-jiang River, the city skyline and Wang-jiang Park.Hotel accommodation will be designed in an elegant, contemporary style, taking full advantage of the property’s outstanding vistas. Design elements will be influenced by the Group’s oriental heritage with Mandarin Oriental’s exacting attention to detail. Guestrooms and suites will also incorporate the Group’s sophisticated technology and entertainment systems. Guests will also have access to an exclusive executive club lounge.Offering the finest dining in the city, Mandarin Oriental, Chengdu will have a wide selection of restaurants and bars to choose from, including a sky-high rooftop bar and tea lounge, a Chinese restaurant serving Sichuan cuisine, three speciality dining venues and a signature Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. The hotel will also offer a spectacular 1,200-seat grand ballroom and a 500-seat junior ballroom plus a variety of multi-purpose function spaces, making this the ideal destination for conferences and social gatherings of all sizes.An all-encompassing 2,740 square meter Spa at Mandarin Oriental will feature 10 expansive treatment rooms, offering the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments available in the region. Spa-goers will enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s award winning signature programs as well as specifically developed treatments inspired by Chinese traditions and customs. The hotel will also offer extensive fitness facilities including an indoor swimming pool.The owner and developer of the project is Chengdu Mind River Land Co., Ltd. The Hong Kong based international architectural firm, Aedas, has been appointed as master planner and architect.Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “We are delighted to extend Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality into Western China. This project presents an ideal opportunity to further grow our brand in the mainland, and we are looking forward to creating the best luxury hotel in this dynamic city, the capital of this important economic and culturally rich province.”“We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental on creating the most sophisticated luxury hotel in Sichuan province, and are confident that this opening will significantly add to the area’s appeal,” said Xie Xiangping, Managing Director of a fund managed by CDH Investments, the project’s shareholder.“The reputation of Mandarin Oriental as an award-winning international brand, renowned for its exemplary service and attention to detail, makes the Group an ideal partner for this exciting project,” added Chen Dong, Project Founder of the Chengdu Mind River Land Co., Ltd.Chengdu is located in the fertile Chengdu Plain and is one of the most important business and leisure centers in Southwest China. It is fast becoming the city of choice for international investors doing business in Central and Western China, and is also a popular leisure destination and a gateway to a number of prime tourist attractions. These include the Wo-long panda research center, E-mei Mountain, the Giant Buddha of Le-shan and the stunning Huang-long and Jiu-zhai-gou national parks. www.mandarinoriental.com<
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAmerican Actor Jon Hamm and Jérôme Lambert, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, hosted two hundred of New York’s fashion and watch aficionados to celebrate the luxury brand’s Grande Complication, the Hybris Mechanica. The evening cocktail was a kick-off to a week-long event taking place at a mid-town mansion the brand has taken over to showcase the pieces.Jon Hamm, the star of TV series Mad Men, wore the Iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 986 watch. On the show, Jon Hamm wears a Reverso Classique (Season 1 and 2). This TV Show has been praised by critics in the U.S. and just turned four Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards.By presenting the Hybris Mechanica 55, a new collection comprising three unprecedented masterpieces, Jaeger-LeCoultre once again proves to be the expert of the exceptional: the set consists of three watches, the all new Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie, the Hybris Mechanica à Gyrotourbillon and the Hybris Mechanica à Triptyque. Together, this landmark set of the most complicated wristwatches ever conceived and created depicts the present state of haute horology in the new millennium and showcases the greatest achievements in the 176-year-long history of the Grande Maison.Reflecting the extraordinary value of these three exceptional wristwatches and in order to present them in suitably worthy surroundings, they will be delivered in an exclusive safe finished with the finest details imaginable and meeting the latest security standards.Each watch is an icon of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s craftsmanship.www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
Rafael Viñoly Architects has designed the new Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay. This is the firm’s first completed airport and its largest project in Viñoly’s home country. The new terminal became fully operational on December 9, 2009.The new terminal at Carrasco International Airport, which serves Uruguay’s capital city of Montevideo, was created to expand capacity and spur commercial growth and tourism in the surrounding region. The design of the building emphasizes its public zones and amenities, providing these areas with an abundance of open space and natural light. Arriving travelers, for example, pass through a fully glazed mezzanine level that helps orient them to the terminal space before they descend to immigration, the baggage claim, and customs. A public, landscaped terrace and a restaurant occupy the second floor, providing sweeping views of the runway and the main concourse.Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design elevates the public zones, both on the fully accessible roadside departure hall and terrace and the secure runway-side concourses, and houses everything beneath a curved, 1,200-foot-long roof. The gentle curve and low profile of this monolithic roof help integrate the building into its site. The exterior’s flowing lines and undulating geometry resemble the natural landscape of Uruguay, making it not only an iconic architectural structure, but a symbolic one as well.Inside the building, arrivals and departures are separated vertically: arrivals on the ground floor, and departures on the first floor, with vehicular access roads for passenger drop-off and pick-up servicing each level independently. An open atrium adjacent to the street entrance opens the ground floor to the monumental space of the main hall, visually and spatially linking the beginning and ending stages of a traveler’s journey. The roof provides a canopy over these access roads on the land-side of the building, and on the air-side it opens up to give wide views of the airfield and countryside beyond.In keeping with a long tradition of grand transportation halls, the departures level is one large space. With glazing on all four sides and thin structural supports, the roof appears to float above the building. The departures level features the public concourse and the secure passenger concourse; each is separated by the security checkpoint and immigration control at the center of the plan. After completing check-in and security procedures, departing travelers have access to duty-free shopping and restaurants in the waiting areas. Four fixed, elevated pedestrian bridges with articulating corridors, accommodating a total of eight passenger gates, connect the passenger concourse to narrow- and wide-body aircraft and provide access to the apron for smaller planes.“In Uruguay, friends and family still come to greet you at the airport or see you off,” says Rafael Viñoly, “so this terminal provides great spaces for the people who aren’t traveling as well as those who are. The atrium, the main hall, the terrace, and the passenger concourse make this a dramatic and welcoming place for everyone.”Visit www.aic.com.uy for more information.
An oasis of calm and relaxation awaits Lufthansa First Class passengers and HON Circle members at the newly opened First Class Lounge in Concourse B at Frankfurt Airport. An exclusive First Class Spa area within the lounge offers a retreat from the every day travel norm, with six spa-quality bath facilities — two of them with Jacuzzis. For the first time at a Lufthansa Lounge, two spa treatment rooms help guests refresh and unwind with a range of cosmetic treatments and massages which can be paid for with Miles & More award points.“Frequent flyers and business travelers are constantly on the go — so time becomes a precious asset. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the airport, we offer guests at the new First Class Lounge an opportunity to use the time to relax in an exclusive atmosphere or to work,” said Lufthansa Hub Manager Dr. Karl-Rudolph Rupprecht.With a total floor space of more than 13,000 square feet –slightly bigger than the Frankfurt First Class Terminal — the new lounge can seat some 100 guests. It also provides the same exclusive amenities that Lufthansa’s First Class lounges have become known for. A spacious comfort area with relaxing leather armchairs offers a view of the airport apron and invites guests to sit back and unwind. Two quiet rooms with leather day beds and Bang & Olufsen sound systems are available for guests wishing to rest or sleep. Fully-enclosed office units equipped with telephones, PCs with Internet access and writing amenities provide an opportunity for guests to work as they await their departure. Complimentary WLAN access is also available throughout the lounge.Guests looking for some fun can take advantage of the new Wii Activity Room at the First Class Lounge, offering a choice of Wii Sport an d Wii Fit games. The game CDs, balance board and remote controls are available from the Lounge Concierge Desk.A separate Cigar Lounge features a view of the airport apron as well as a snack bar, drink selections and increased air exchange rate for a pleasant atmosphere without the smell of smoke.International culinary selections provided by the world-renown Viennese caterer Do & Co pamper guests in the restaurant and bistro area. An extensive buffet is provided or meals can be ordered à la carte. Dishes are freshly prepared in front of lounge guests and served by waiters. In the bar area, an assortment of beverages and spirits are offered in an open, inviting atmosphere.A new addition to Lufthansa’s Lounge product is the limousine service for passengers whose flights are departing from Terminal areas A and C – or, in the case of flights to a non-Schengen or non-EU destination, from an apron position. This service was previously only available at the Frankfurt First Class Terminal. In addition, passengers arriving at or transferring from an apron position will be taken by limousine from their aircraft to the Bus Arrivals point in Terminal B, where they will be met by a dedicated Lufthansa staff member and directed to the new First Class Lounge.www.lufthansa.com