Online booking manager – Charter Bus Connect http://www.charterbusconnect.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:08:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T194406.989-138x136.png Online booking manager – Charter Bus Connect http://www.charterbusconnect.com/ 32 32 Salon owner was wrongly targeted after woman went on a rampage in Orlando https://www.charterbusconnect.com/salon-owner-was-wrongly-targeted-after-woman-went-on-a-rampage-in-orlando/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:35:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/salon-owner-was-wrongly-targeted-after-woman-went-on-a-rampage-in-orlando/ Social media is undoubtedly one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. It’s a way to instantly spread information, connect with other users, and call to action. where it was required. The internet quickly identified the woman, and within 24 hours she had ditched her dog, publicly apologized and been fired from her job. […]]]>

Social media is undoubtedly one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. It’s a way to instantly spread information, connect with other users, and call to action. where it was required. The internet quickly identified the woman, and within 24 hours she had ditched her dog, publicly apologized and been fired from her job. And that’s not the only time the internet has stepped in to seek justice on behalf of those who have been wronged. An incident in June of this year at the King Cajun Crawfish in Orlando quickly elicited the same response. The restaurant told WESH 2 that a woman directed racial slurs. to the manager after he was refused a refund. WESH 2 blurred her face and never identified the woman, but the internet was quick to identify her and the salon she owned. Or so they thought. “I was sick that morning. And it was around 1 p.m.,” Iris Mejia, owner of Beauty Bar Orlando. Mejia is not the woman in this video, but her living room has the same name as the living room owned by the other woman. And that afternoon, she said her phone started ringing nonstop. “It was just to curse me. And I was like, ‘OK, wrong number,’ but immediately, like, my phone rang again,” Mejia said. “So I answered, and it was someone else insulting me. I was just like so nervous because I had no idea where it came from. At the salon, she also found the voicemail full. She answered dozens of calls in absolute confusion until Mejia was finally asked to watch the video when she realized she was wrongly targeted. But by the time Mejia and even the restaurant took to social media to clarify the situation, it was too late: “I thought I was going to wake up the next day and it was going to be over. Every day it was getting worse and worse,” Mejia said. “We’re just starting to notice, like, a lot of appointments, and say that wasn’t normal. And a lot of men were booking appointments for facials and other services,” he said. she said, “I froze when I saw that. So I’m like, OK, so I’m going to the police. I called the police. “This is an example of the dangerousness of online misinformation,” said Kevin Aslett, assistant professor in UCF’s School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs. Aslett weighed in on the dangerous spiral “We’ve actually found in our research that within 24 to 48 hours of the first posting of false information, most individuals have seen that false information that they won’t see,” says Aslett. “Once it’s out of the box, it’s very difficult to put it back in the box. This is a reality that Mejia found herself in for days. A man even ran into her living room one day while shouting. “They kept calling saying they were going to ‘burn this s—, burn this s—‘ was what they said. And I kept getting that phone call over and over again,” Mejia said. Part of the living room has been tagged. Mejia said she ended up in the hospital due to stress. Mejia estimates they lost about $10,000 in business during the week they were wrongfully targeted. But what she misses most is the sense of security in the business she has spent her life building. She says these days the calls have diminished, but the impact of what she and her staff had to go through will stay with her forever. “There should be a responsibility of individuals or social media users to reflect on the veracity of any news they share or information they share on social media,” Aslett says. “But we actually found that people don’t really think about truthfulness when sharing, it’s very easy to share misinformation.” their actions are noble. “You have worked so hard all your life to build your business. And then people can just tear it up. Just a few seconds,” Mejia said.

Social media is undoubtedly one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. It’s a way to instantly spread information, connect with other users, and call to action.

In May 2020, a Central Park woman was seen on camera calling police to report a black man who had asked her to leash his dog in an area where it was required.

The internet was quick to identify the woman, and within 24 hours she had ditched her dog, publicly apologized and been fired from her job. And that’s not the only time the internet has stepped in to seek justice on behalf of those who have been wronged.

An incident in June of this year at the King Cajun Crawfish in Orlando quickly elicited the same response.

The restaurant told WESH 2 that a woman had racially slurred the manager after being denied a refund.

WESH 2 blurred her face and never identified the woman, but the internet was quick to identify her and the salon she owned. Or so they thought.

“I was sick at home that morning. And it was around 1 p.m.,” Iris Mejia, owner of Beauty Bar Orlando.

Mejia is not the woman in this video, but her living room has the same name as the living room owned by the other woman. And that afternoon, she said her phone started ringing all the time.

“It was just to curse me. And I was like, ‘OK, wrong number,’ but immediately, like, my phone rang again,” Mejia said. “So I replied, and it was someone else insulting me. I was just like so nervous because I had no idea where it came from.

At the living room, she also found the voicemail full.

She answered dozens of calls in absolute confusion until Mejia was finally asked to watch the video when she realized she was wrongly targeted.

But by the time Mejia and even the restaurant took to social media to clarify the situation, it was too late.

“I thought I was going to wake up the next day and it would be over. Every day it was getting worse and worse,” Mejia said.

“We’re just starting to notice, like, a lot of appointments, and say that wasn’t normal. And a lot of men were booking appointments for facials and other services,” he said. she said, “I froze when I saw that. So I’m like, OK, so I’m going to the police. I called the police.”

“This is an example of the dangerousness of online disinformation,” said Kevin Aslett, assistant professor in UCF’s School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs.

Aslett weighed in on the dangerous spiral that social media can lead to.

“We actually found in our research that within 24 to 48 hours of the first posting of false information, most individuals have seen that false information who will not see it,” Aslett said. “Once it’s out of the box, it’s very difficult to put it back in the box.”

It’s a reality that Mejia found herself in for days. A man even ran into his living room one day screaming.

“They kept calling saying they were gonna ‘burn this s—, burn this s— down’, that’s what they said. And I kept getting that call phone again and again,” Mejia said.

Part of the living room has been tagged. Mejia said she ended up in the hospital due to stress.

Mejia estimates they lost about $10,000 in business during the week they were wrongly targeted.

But what she misses most is the sense of security in the business she has spent her life building.

She says these days the calls have diminished, but the impact of what she and her staff had to go through will stay with her forever.

“There should be the responsibility of individuals or social media users to reflect on the veracity of any news they share or information they share on social media,” Aslett said. “But we actually found that people don’t really think about truthfulness when sharing, it’s very easy to share misinformation.”

Mejia hopes that by sharing her story, others will stop to think about the consequences of their actions even when they think their actions are noble.

“You have worked so hard all your life to build your business. And then people can just tear it up. Just a few seconds,” Mejia said.

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Agiito will pilot a live availability solution with Royal Mail https://www.charterbusconnect.com/agiito-will-pilot-a-live-availability-solution-with-royal-mail/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 09:53:04 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/agiito-will-pilot-a-live-availability-solution-with-royal-mail/ Event agency Agiito has announced that it will pilot its live availability solution, Meetingspro, with Royal Mail Group. The Live Availability feature will allow people who book to connect to the agency’s technology platform, Meetingspro, to view real-time rates and venue availability and submit their request. Eloise Ferrara-Neched, Head of Purchasing at Royal Mail Group, […]]]>

Event agency Agiito has announced that it will pilot its live availability solution, Meetingspro, with Royal Mail Group.

The Live Availability feature will allow people who book to connect to the agency’s technology platform, Meetingspro, to view real-time rates and venue availability and submit their request.

Eloise Ferrara-Neched, Head of Purchasing at Royal Mail Group, said: “I am delighted to be part of this technology pilot and what it means for our customers. I have worked closely with the Agiito team and regularly offer my feedback as they adapt their technology.

“The feedback from EAs so far indicates that they are excited to use this as it will allow them to complete short-term bookings faster.”

Caroline Medcalf, Director of Venue and Events Research, Agiito, added: “Our customers are already seeing the benefits of the online tool, with 19,000 online bookings made so far this year and 50% of requests of October submitted online, demonstrating that Meetingspro is becoming more popular for smaller meetings.

“The benefits extend to the whole industry because it is a market-leading technology. We have a lot more in the pipeline to release over the next few months, and we’re working with vendors and industry bodies to align the process as we enter this new era of venue reservations.

The live availability pilot with Royal Mail Group begins in November, with other customers also set to pilot this technology.

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Announcement of an international event on counterfeit electronics and materials https://www.charterbusconnect.com/announcement-of-an-international-event-on-counterfeit-electronics-and-materials/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 11:05:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/announcement-of-an-international-event-on-counterfeit-electronics-and-materials/ The Anti-Counterfeiting Forum, CALCE and SMTA have announced that they will jointly host the Counterfeit Electronics and Materials Symposium at the Manufacturing Technology Center in Coventry on March 14-15, 2023. This international event will feature expert speakers in the field from Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States and builds on the history of […]]]>

The Anti-Counterfeiting Forum, CALCE and SMTA have announced that they will jointly host the Counterfeit Electronics and Materials Symposium at the Manufacturing Technology Center in Coventry on March 14-15, 2023.

This international event will feature expert speakers in the field from Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States and builds on the history of past events organized in the United States by SMTA and CALCE and by the Anti- counterfeiting in the UK.

The event will focus on current trends and threats and new developments in the fight against counterfeits in the supply chain. In addition to current and emerging new threats, delegates will also be able to hear about current and developing best practices for managing counterfeits in the supply chain, current and developing methods for detecting counterfeits, and how to access information. additional.

The event organizers are currently seeking abstracts from interested parties and recommend that you check the event website to see all topics of interest. If you plan to submit an abstract, please do so online within the next few weeks. A powerful industry-wide technical committee will determine the program in the coming months.

Delegates will have many opportunities to ask questions, engage in discussion and interact with our speakers throughout the day. Delegates will also be able to meet potential solution providers during breaks in the co-located tabletop exhibit space. Industry professionals who are new to the threat and wish to learn more as well as practitioners experienced in counterfeit mitigation practices will certainly find this seminar valuable. Online booking will soon be available on the event website.

For more information on the event, exhibit opportunities, accommodations and registration, please contact Kat Erdahl, Head of Events and Administration, SMTA or the two contacts at the Anti-Counterfeiting Forum based at United Kingdom: Ian Blackman ian@elanbusinesssupport.com and Roger Rogowski roger. rogowski@hotmail.com.

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The Blazing Donkey County Hotel in Ham, near Sandwich, turns down a £1million opportunity to house asylum seekers https://www.charterbusconnect.com/the-blazing-donkey-county-hotel-in-ham-near-sandwich-turns-down-a-1million-opportunity-to-house-asylum-seekers/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 17:30:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/the-blazing-donkey-county-hotel-in-ham-near-sandwich-turns-down-a-1million-opportunity-to-house-asylum-seekers/ Additional reporting by KMTV’s Abby Hook A hotel boss has said he turned down a £1million opportunity to house asylum seekers – because he ‘couldn’t imagine anything more absurd’. Richard Martin, of the Blazing Donkey Country Hotel in Ham, near Sandwich, was approached by an agency who said they were acting on behalf of the […]]]>

Additional reporting by KMTV’s Abby Hook

A hotel boss has said he turned down a £1million opportunity to house asylum seekers – because he ‘couldn’t imagine anything more absurd’.

Richard Martin, of the Blazing Donkey Country Hotel in Ham, near Sandwich, was approached by an agency who said they were acting on behalf of the Home Office.

He says he was offered £1,080,000 and a 100 per cent occupancy guarantee for 12 months at the hotel, which recently won a prestigious AA rosette for its food and service.

But Mr Martin told KentOnline accepting the ‘fast buck’ would have meant the cancellation of hundreds of weddings – with the popular venue already booked in 2025.

He also should have fired most of the hotel’s 25 employees, as the deal was only for accommodation with no need for catering.

Mr Martin, who co-owns the business with his wife Sherry, said: “I couldn’t imagine anything more absurd.

Richard Martin, co-owner of the Blazing Donkey Country Hotel in Ham, near Sandwich

“We’ve taken 30 years to build the company, but the money isn’t coming in.

“We didn’t consider the offer at all because our reputation would have been shattered overnight.

“Quite honestly, my wife and I felt repulsed and very angry that they thought I would ever consider doing it.”

It comes as the Home Office scrambles to find accommodation across the country to house asylum seekers, with more than 40,000 people crossing the Channel on small boats this year.

The Manston treatment center has come under increased pressure in recent weeks, with around 4,000 inmates at any one time, despite only having a capacity of 1,600.

The Blazing Donkey Hotel
The Blazing Donkey Hotel

A number of hotels in Kent have already been booked to relieve the pressure, in addition to hundreds of people living at Napier Barracks in Folkestone.

Mr Martin says asylum seekers need to be catered for – but using hotels is the wrong approach.

After receiving an email from third-party hotel booking agents, he spoke to the company on the phone this week. He says he confirmed he had approached the 22-bedroom Blazing Donkey to secure accommodation on behalf of the Home Office as soon as possible.

Mr Martin told KentOnline the hotel was financially strong and profitable, so accepting the seven-figure opportunity would be “12 month quick cash”.

He says the hotel hosts around 100 weddings and more than 8,000 guests staying each year.

One of the most luxurious rooms in the hotel.  Image: Blazing Donkey Country Hotel
One of the most luxurious rooms in the hotel. Image: Blazing Donkey Country Hotel

“I couldn’t believe they even approached us as they must have known that such a move would mean dropping all of our couples who have booked weddings for next year, not to mention our hotel guests, the restaurant and glampsite,” Martin added.

“The government is effectively becoming a disruptor in the hospitality industry.

“I hope no other hotelier worth their salt in the county will consider this underhanded approach.”

Restaurant manager Christopher Cooper said it would have been a “betrayal of the staff”.

Blazing Donkey restaurant manager Christopher Cooper
Blazing Donkey restaurant manager Christopher Cooper

“We knew Richard and Sherry wouldn’t go down that road,” he said.

“We’ve had refugees here, we’ve had homeless people at Christmas – but that would have been a betrayal of the staff and we have hundreds of newlyweds booked over the next few years.”

The Home Office declined to say whether or not an offer had been made by a third party to house asylum seekers at the Blazing Donkey.

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Gareth Ainsworth ‘really proud’ as Wycombe takes maximum points at Forest Green https://www.charterbusconnect.com/gareth-ainsworth-really-proud-as-wycombe-takes-maximum-points-at-forest-green/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 19:03:46 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/gareth-ainsworth-really-proud-as-wycombe-takes-maximum-points-at-forest-green/ Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth felt “really proud” after the 2-0 League One win on Saturday left Forest Green rooted to the bottom of the table. The Chairboys, who had not won in three league games, took the lead when David Wheeler opened the scoring in the 14th minute just inside the box, while winger Garath […]]]>

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth felt “really proud” after the 2-0 League One win on Saturday left Forest Green rooted to the bottom of the table.

The Chairboys, who had not won in three league games, took the lead when David Wheeler opened the scoring in the 14th minute just inside the box, while winger Garath McCleary stunned Rovers with a second class after 27 minutes.

Ainsworth said: “We actually had 14 points in seven games and it’s a form of promotion, but it just didn’t feel like it.

“Before the game we felt like we were on a bad streak, but the boys had my back and I will always have theirs. We are all in this together and I’m really proud of this victory.

“We put a plan in place and I thought we blew Forest Green in the first half.”

And Ainsworth admitted both teams could have received red cards, adding: “Alfie Mawson could have received a second yellow for kicking the ball and that spread a bit when Josh Scowen was fouled.

“I saw it again and it was kinda nasty of Regan Hendry.”

The two teams closed in just before Wheeler’s first game. Rovers striker Connor Wickham saw a shot from a tight angle loop wide of Scowen and over the crossbar.

And Scowen then saw his own shot from range pass inches above the woodwork of on-loan Blackpool defender Oliver Casey.

Winger Anis Mehmeti missed a great game-killing chance in the 56th minute but found his head in his hands after shooting from 12 yards with only goalkeeper Lewis Thomas to beat.

On the hour mark, Regan Hendry fouled fellow midfielder Scowen and sparked a scrum in which Jack Grimmer appeared to hit Rovers substitute Josh March, but the defender escaped with a booking.

Frustrated Forest Green boss Ian Burchnall admitted: “The fundamentals just weren’t there in the first half. We can’t wait 45 minutes and be zero before we start doing them.

“As happy as I was with the first half, I’m not with the second half.

“We have to be more physical. We need to go into battle mode a bit sooner. We can’t wait 45 minutes.

“We looked like a very young and naive team at times and that’s what we are.

“I want the fans to be happy, that’s understandable, but I’m a football manager so I’m always under pressure.”

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Running a travel agency in a foreign country https://www.charterbusconnect.com/running-a-travel-agency-in-a-foreign-country/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 21:01:32 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/running-a-travel-agency-in-a-foreign-country/ Company Running a travel agency in a foreign country Thursday, November 10, 2022 Sasha Seraphine Mbote (right), founder of Maridadi Tours, with some of her clients while visiting Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Pictures | Swimming pool | NMG As a globetrotter, Sasha Seraphine Mbote was the go-to person when her friends wanted to find […]]]>

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Sasha Seraphine Mbote (right), founder of Maridadi Tours, with some of her clients while visiting Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Pictures | Swimming pool | NMG

As a globetrotter, Sasha Seraphine Mbote was the go-to person when her friends wanted to find the best hotels and tour guides on their trips. It was fun to offer valuable advice that allowed his friends, who over time also referred their acquaintances to him, to have a good time on their travels.

Then, as the referrals increased, she decided to take the trip of a lifetime. She quit her job as a spa manager and turned what she did into her business.

“When problems arose with their bookings, they (friends and quittance) came back to me. I realized I was spending a lot of energy so I decided to open a travel agency, says the co-founder of Maridadi Tours who was living in Tanzania in 2015 when she took the leap from entrepreneurship .

Being a foreigner in the country, she had to partner with local businessmen to successfully register the business. She teamed up with two women and opened the first office in Zanzibar.

They have since added an office in Kenya in partnership with another company which she did not disclose. Likewise, they have online branches that work hand in hand with other tour operators in Africa and plan to open physical offices once the industry recovers.

Target market

“We market Africa as a whole because I only travel to Africa to build the economy. We cannot book Dubai and Europe and expect Africa to develop while we fund other countries,” she says, adding that they sell tour packages mainly to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and Ghana.

As the business took off, she learned her first business lesson. The partnership fell apart and she had to start over on her own.

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“I learned that when you are running a business in a foreign country, you have to choose your partners wisely. If you fall into the wrong partnerships, be prepared for massive trials. Once I started getting big numbers booking, the partners turned on me and almost took the money out of the clients,” she says, adding “When you partner in a foreign country, do everything through a lawyer, don’t do don’t trust anyone.

The second lesson it offers is that while sometimes you can fall head over heels and lose it all, you shouldn’t give up because resilience pays in the end.

She slowly rebuilt the business and over time attracted a unique clientele of black diaspora people who come to experience their African roots.

“They always insist that I book cultural tours for them so they can learn more about us. It also taught me a lot about our real history. Our trips are a free history education through interaction with each other. We realize just by logging on that we have been lied to in our schools,” she adds.

Product differentiation

For her company to stand out, she had to differentiate her products. Instead of relying on bush and beach products that are the backbone of all other travel companies, she digs in and offers the unexplored.

“In Africa, we have a lot of less visited destinations. Our marketers should stop selling only safaris and oceans. In Namibia and Kenya, I sell sand dunes that many people have no idea about. Cultural tours are not just about the Maasai people. For example in Tanzania we have the Hadzabe natives who live in the forest and eat from the forest. There are a lot of things that are not said on this continent,” she says.

Did she need massive capital when she started her business?

“Apart from the government registration fees, I started very little. People think you have to own passenger vans to start, but you can start by hiring and then acquiring your own as you go,” she says.

Read also: SOMORIN: Raising private capital for adaptation projects in Kenya

And the same goes for marketing. She says, “I only grew up on social media. I am part of many international travel groups on Facebook which have been my main source of clients.

The company serves all budgets. For example, they book their budget customers on Airbnb, and for their high-end customers, they rent helicopters for them and customize their itineraries according to their needs.

Seraphine says the biggest challenge so far has been the Covid-19 pandemic. “Covid has literally brought us to our knees, but we thank God that the sky is opening up,” says the entrepreneur who had to reduce her workforce from 20 to 5 for the survival of her business.

One piece of advice she would like to give to those who want to get into business, and not just tourism, is that “it’s better to sell tomatoes by the side of the road than to associate with the wrong people, even if it is a partnership”. , make sure your team understands the vision, otherwise it’s in vain.

She also urges people to take classes if they have to and not start a business blindly just because they have capital.

“That was my biggest mistake – starting something I hadn’t taken a course in. mistakes have been my best school and a guardian for the future,” says Séraphine.

His future plan is to empower young people to ensure they are equipped with the right tools for the rapidly changing job market.

She notes that the future of this continent depends on skills. “I love how Tanzania adds agricultural tourism to our trips and we take our customers to farms to learn about our products which keeps young people busy instead of waiting for politicians to create jobs for them . In Tanzania, you will rarely see an unemployed young man waiting for manna from heaven. They are busy earning money directly from their farms and it is not taxed so it helps the farmer to earn money directly from their farms.

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HeadBox partners with leading Melbourne hotel groups to produce 3D models https://www.charterbusconnect.com/headbox-partners-with-leading-melbourne-hotel-groups-to-produce-3d-models/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 21:00:21 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/headbox-partners-with-leading-melbourne-hotel-groups-to-produce-3d-models/ Get instant alerts when news breaks on your stocks. Claim your one week free trial for StreetInsider Premium here. MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to leading event technology platform, HeadBox, reception halls melbourne large are adopting new technologies such as 3D modeling to stand out. The events industry is back in […]]]>

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MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to leading event technology platform, HeadBox, reception halls melbourne large are adopting new technologies such as 3D modeling to stand out. The events industry is back in full force after being heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and 3D modeling is helping venues secure bookings for international and interstate guests.

From hotels and running clubs to iconic pubs and melbourne party venues wide, HeadBox says it has produced a total of 39 3D shoots in Victoria with many more scheduled over the coming months. As 3D technology continues to evolve, sites are now able to include story modes, meta tags and floor plans on their model to create a guided tour for bookings through the platform. HeadBox.

A brilliant sales and marketing tool for venues, HeadBox 3D tours became vital at the start of the pandemic as venues shut down across the industry and site tours were no longer allowed. As the pandemic has pushed to go virtual, many event planners have remained reliant on digital methods to find and book event spaces.

HeadBox explains that 3D tours allow reception halls melbourne broad to stay one step ahead, providing potential customers with information that is instantly available, accessible on mobile and highly optimized so they can easily find what they are looking for.

Enabling 3D tours can also save sites time and money, says HeadBox. Potential customers can explore the entire site online before making an inquiry and any information a customer might request can be incorporated into the listing, such as brochures, menus and policies. Essentially, this means venues can expect to receive fewer requests than they can process and be confident that those requesting are genuinely interested in booking.

By using Dolls House’s 3D technology to present event spaces to people who book, HeadBox reports that their 3D modeling generates up to 48% more digital engagement and increases conversions by 7%.

An effective tool for marketing a venue to national and international companies, Melbourne venues interested in 3D modeling to promote their event spaces can contact HeadBox.

Contact information: Headbox AU Marketing Manager [email protected]

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi launches its first flight to Kuwait https://www.charterbusconnect.com/wizz-air-abu-dhabi-launches-its-first-flight-to-kuwait/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 19:08:19 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/wizz-air-abu-dhabi-launches-its-first-flight-to-kuwait/ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter E-mail Messenger This post has been read 2775 times! A new road will boost connectivity within the GCC KUWAIT CITY, November 1: Mansour Al-Kheziem, Managing Director of National Aviation Services (NAS) in Kuwait, yesterday announced the launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-cost national airline of the United Arab Emirates in […]]]>





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KUWAIT CITY, November 1: Mansour Al-Kheziem, Managing Director of National Aviation Services (NAS) in Kuwait, yesterday announced the launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-cost national airline of the United Arab Emirates in Kuwait. The inaugural flight took off from Kuwait International Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport last night. Mansour Al Hashemi, Director of Operations – Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Adrian Cramer, Director of Operations at Wizz Air, Mubarak Al-Refai, Director of Passenger Services at National Aviation Services, and other NAS Operations Managers attended at the inauguration.

Al Kheziem pointed out that travelers can purchase Wizz Air tickets from any travel and tourism office in Kuwait, the airline’s website: www.wizzair. com or mobile app. Kuwait is Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s fifth key destination in the Gulf region. The new route will enhance connectivity within the GCC by providing a very low-cost alternative travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries. This aligns with the national airline’s ambitions to provide tourists and residents with affordable and hassle-free travel in the UAE and across the region. Tickets are on sale now at wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app, with fares starting at just AED 99.

Michael Berlouis, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said: “Wizz Air reaffirms its commitment to supporting the UAE’s travel and tourism sector and helping to connect Abu Dhabi to many regional and global tourist destinations. By adding Kuwait to our network, we are making progress towards improving connectivity with our neighboring countries through the GCC, which offers travelers the opportunity to explore Arab culture in different countries in the Middle East. We continue to deliver on our commitment to provide the market with alternative travel options while helping to revive the travel and tourism industry. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board our modern, young and sustainable aircraft. »

Strategically located in the United Arab Emirates, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi offers ultra-low fares, efficient and hassle-free travel options to Alexandria (Egypt), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Amman (Jordan), Aqaba (Jordan), Athens (Greece) , Baku (Azerbaijan). ), Belgrade (Serbia), Dammam (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait (Kuwait), Kutaisi (Georgia), Manama (Bahrain), Male (Maldives), Muscat (Oman), Nur Sultan (Kazakhstan), Salalah (Oman), Santorini (Greece), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Sohag (Egypt), Tirana (Albania) and Yerevan (Armenia) among others. The airline has a youthful fleet of four all-new, state-of-the-art Airbus A321neos, offering the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has the lowest environmental footprint among its competitors in the region, which supports the airline’s long-term commitment to sustainability.

Al Kheziem added “Wizz Air will operate seven weekly flights on the Kuwait – Abu Dhabi route. It is a great demonstration of the confidence that international airlines have in Kuwait as a stable place, both from a political and health point of view, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of travelers from the Gulf countries and in the coming months Wizz Air aims to increase its flights to meet this growing demand. Kamal Kabsha, Director of NAS Travel and Tourism, further explained that the NAS Travel and Tourism office at Kuwait International Airport is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet all travel office requirements as well. than Wizz Air customers. He also pointed out that NAS Travel and Tourism will launch its new online booking platform – BabSafar.com next month. BabSafar. com offers travelers a one-stop platform to book all their travel needs, including tickets, hotels, transportation and insurance – at competitive prices.





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Australian hotel guests talk about mold problem at Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel https://www.charterbusconnect.com/australian-hotel-guests-talk-about-mold-problem-at-manly-lodge-boutique-hotel/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 21:34:37 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/australian-hotel-guests-talk-about-mold-problem-at-manly-lodge-boutique-hotel/ A stone’s throw from one of Sydney’s best beaches, the Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel sounds great, starting at $100 a night. But the reality couldn’t be further from the carefully selected photos the hotel has online. “It was full of mold, rot, it was almost hell,” said customer Eliza Delsar A topical matter. The Manly […]]]>

A stone’s throw from one of Sydney’s best beaches, the Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel sounds great, starting at $100 a night.

But the reality couldn’t be further from the carefully selected photos the hotel has online.

“It was full of mold, rot, it was almost hell,” said customer Eliza Delsar A topical matter.

The Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel. (A current affair)

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It was the mother’s first trip from Adelaide to Sydney and she was delighted when she booked the Manly Lodge for a weekend with her best friend.

“It was my first vacation as an adult and away from the kids for the weekend so it was supposed to be relaxing (sic) and just chilling out and seeing a part of Australia I haven’t been to “, says Delsar.

“We looked at some of the reviews and it felt a bit like a surfer shack type vibe.

One of the rooms inside the hotel. (A current affair)
Mold inside the hotel. (A current affair)

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“It’s a four minute walk to the beach, not even, you know, so for the price it looked good.”

But when she arrived, it was a ghost town.

“I was told my keys would be in the safe. There are no keys,” she said in a video she filmed at the hotel.

Customer Eliza Delsar. (A current affair)

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“I called several times and no one answered me.

“I tried to call them more than a dozen times.

“After maybe half an hour, I went exploring to try and find someone.”

As she searched the hotel, the only signs of life she found were mold, mold, and more mold.

“Just two doors down from where we were supposed to stay, it’s riddled, and this place is still working and opening up,” she said.

“You can just smell it coming in, you can smell the mold, you can smell the dirt. Yeah, it’s a shock.”

Mold inside the Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel. (A current affair)

Clyte, from Port Macquarie, was in town for her 40th school reunion when she also found herself in what she calls the hotel from hell.

“The living room here is so smudged…like it was the first thing I saw…it’s not the website at all, is it,” Clyte told Delsar.

The first thing Clyte noticed when he arrived was the stained sofa in his bedroom.

The next thing she noticed was the doorknob, which she brought to the attention of the only staff member she could find.

“I showed him how flimsy the door handle was and that I could move it up and down with one finger and he said ‘oh yeah, sorry old building’ and left,” Clyte said.

She felt unsafe, so she booked another hotel at the last minute at a cost of $700.

Clyte, of Port Macquarie. (A current affair)

“I didn’t stay at all…I grew more and more uncomfortable and realized how insecure the building was as well,” Clyte said.

“It was deserted. The only other guests I saw were leaving for the same reasons.

“I had to look for accommodation elsewhere, which was a Friday night in Sydney – very expensive.

“It’s disgusting. It shouldn’t be open to the public. It’s a health hazard.”

A topical matter own experience with the hotel revealed similar issues.

Online, the Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel is rated three stars.

It is described as ‘Just 400m from Manly Beach where you can relax on the shared outdoor terrace’ and the bathrooms have a ‘shower’.

A towel inside one of the rooms. (A current affair)
Mold inside the Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel. (A current affair)

But cleaning is only on request.

“We are trying our best to improve. I know some of the rooms, the condition (is) not good and we… apologize for these guests,” hotel manager Tiger said.

“But we have already stopped (ped) the sharing room.”

Tiger is also a real estate agent, personal trainer and justice of the peace.

“Some good parts that we’re selling…(there’s) no mold,” Tiger said.

It was pointed out to Tiger that there was a lot of mold in the hallways, which couldn’t be good for anyone’s health.

When asked why it hadn’t been cleaned, he replied, “We did our best to clean of course”.

A bucket of water found in a hotel room. (A current affair)
Manager of the Tiger Hotel. (A current affair)

“I’m going to do my best and talk to my team to clean this up,” Tiger said.

“We only sell rooms in good condition.”

In 2014, developers Yin Feng Pty Ltd purchased the hotel to tear it down and build a new one.

But their plans to make it bigger and better were pushed back by the board in 2020.

Tiger said that because of COVID-19 the company had a “frustrating time”, but he said he would do his best to make things better even though he hadn’t seen much of it himself. -same.

“I go there regularly to check it from the hallway, from the common area I haven’t found a lot of mold,” he said.

“If I find it, I’ll definitely tell the housekeeper to clean it up.

“Thank you for your opinion.”

The Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel. (A current affair)

Tiger insists the hotel’s fire safety checks are also up to date, although he was asked whether health authorities had intervened or fire safety inspections had been carried out.

“We have the fire safety certificate,” Tiger said.

For customers who had trouble checking in, he apologized and said 24 hour service was only sometimes.

“I know you mention hard to reach…just once in a while,” Tiger said.

And when it comes to structural damage, maybe it’s time to close up shop.

“If things don’t improve, we may consider closing (temporarily),” Tiger said.

Since A topical matter became involved, Tiger told us he quit as the manager and hotel website and reservation systems were shut down.

Statement from the Northern Beaches Council:

The Council has not received any recent health and safety complaints from the Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel (22 Victoria Road, Manly), but based on this new information brought to our attention, the Council’s Environmental Health Officers will promptly investigate. on the premises to ensure that it is operated. and maintained in a clean, healthy and safe condition.

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Estevan’s small businesses grow with local support https://www.charterbusconnect.com/estevans-small-businesses-grow-with-local-support/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/estevans-small-businesses-grow-with-local-support/ Several small businesses in Estevan have recently moved locations, following their dreams, improving their spaces and expanding. They share their experiences. ESTEVAN — Several small local businesses have recently moved locations, following their dreams, improving their spaces and expanding. The Mercury spoke to some business owners who have recently moved on about their businesses, accomplishments, […]]]>

Several small businesses in Estevan have recently moved locations, following their dreams, improving their spaces and expanding. They share their experiences.

ESTEVAN — Several small local businesses have recently moved locations, following their dreams, improving their spaces and expanding.

The Mercury spoke to some business owners who have recently moved on about their businesses, accomplishments, and plans.

Furniture redesign Jewels and Jems

New address – 1132 Fourth Street

Jewels and Jems Furniture Redesigns is approaching its second anniversary. The first stretch, a very busy time for them, culminated in moving to a new location, but staying in downtown Estevan.

They currently occupy the former South East Youth Employment Services space, and Daralee Kittelson, who owns and runs the business with Dorothy Tait as an employee helping her with various projects, said that they were pretty happy with their new store.

Kittleson noted that while they now had a little less space, for them this move was an improvement.

“It works very well for our retail business. The workshop in the back is a little smaller, but it works very well for us. It’s better quality [for our needs]”, said Kittelson. “And we wanted to be downtown for sure, so we kept our eyes peeled…And then this one became available and we just decided we could move in right away and that still works for space.”

They are part of the Downtown Estevan Business Association and wanted to stay downtown because this partnership worked well for them. They signed the lease in September and officially opened on October 5.

When it first opened, Jewels and Jems offered furniture redesign and sign design workshops. They also sold refurbished furniture and accepted parts to be redone. Since then, their offer has expanded a bit.

Currently, they still have custom furniture, undertake projects, and offer seasonal and occasional workshops, but they have also expanded into kitchen cabinet refinishing, which has proven to be very popular with the community.

“We can step in and repaint your existing cabinets and give them a little update,” Kittelson explained.

They also brought materials and products to sell that would allow people to work on their furniture redesign projects, whether it’s something they started or learned in a workshop or something they want to do. by themselves.

“For people who want to redo [furniture] themselves, we offer a full line of furniture paint and all the accessories and brushes and everything that goes with it,” Kittelson said.

They are currently booking Christmas redesign workshops and doing kitchen cabinet and furniture redesign projects.

Jewels and Jems Furniture Redesigns is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment only Monday and Tuesday.

The general store

New address – 1207 Fourth Street

After two years of operation in Estevan, The General Store reopened its doors at its new location, just across the street from where it used to be, on October 12, after a quick three-day move.

“It was crazy. We had so many people come out to help us. I couldn’t have done it without the vendors, friends and family. It was amazing,” said store owner Kendra Sutherland.

They now occupy the space that was previously occupied by Jewels and Jem Furniture Redesigns. The space is bigger than they used to have, and Sutherland said she had several ideas for the space, but she won’t come to that until later.

“I have so many irons in the fire and I don’t know which direction we’re going to go yet,” Sutherland said. “I’m going to try to make it through Christmas because we’re always really busy. So get through this and regroup and see where we land. Because you have to constantly evolve.”

The past two years have been successful for The General Store. They have grown to over 80 vendors, regularly offering their unique, mostly handcrafted products.

“Estevan is awesome. The people are awesome. Everyone is so supportive. It was great,” Sutherland said.

Although there is some turnaround with suppliers, the volume of supplies remains fairly stable, she added.

“Usually every six months we have about 10 suppliers changing. And then around Christmas everyone wants to participate. We have supplier changes, but that’s good because we need new things here. ”

When the need to move arose, Sutherland knew she wanted to stay downtown, so she took whatever building was available at the time. She had to knock down walls to make the space fit her needs, but now the store looks good and is open to customers.

The general store offers a wide range of items, supplied by Saskatchewan home businesses and local artisans. They strive to mix up their offerings and be able to provide people with great gift ideas and items for many different occasions. They have everything from homemade food, jewelry, home decor, plants, candles, bath and body products, clothes, books, toys and so much more.

Pop-up vendors will also join them during the Christmas season.

The Estevan General Store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VS Style Store

New address – Estevan Market Mall, former Ardene store

For the owners of VS Style Boutique Online, Oksana Sych and Irina Vlezko, opening a real physical store has always been a dream and a goal. This fall, it became a reality when they opened a pop-up store at the Estevan Market mall.

The move came shortly after the first anniversary of their small business. At the beginning of October, they were able to welcome their first customers in the former Ardene space of the mall. The changes were made with the help and support of mall manager Arlene Stebeleski.

“Already last year, we were asking Arlene if there was a way to move to the mall. We’re a small business, so we couldn’t afford to take up a lot of space,” Sych recalls. “And she came up with the idea of ​​dividing up the space to make it more affordable for small businesses as pop-up stores, and pitched that idea to her employers.”

The project materialized this fall and VS Style Boutique was happy to be the first to seize the opportunity. Sych noted that Stebeleski not only helped them secure the space, but also worked with them to organize and fill it, providing shelving, shelving and everything else needed.

Sych and Vlezko from Estevan opened VS Style Boutique as an online women’s clothing store last summer. Since then, the business has visited every corner of the Southeast, won the hearts of several local fashion merchants, and continued to grow and adapt to the needs of women in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the United States. United.

“We started with two clothes racks, and now we have seven that we take with us to different communities for pop-up stores at various events and locations…We also bought a van that we use to transport our collection We call it ‘our bus’ik’ [pet name, made of English bus and Ukrainian affectionate ending]”, Vlezko said with a laugh.

They’ve put in endless hours over the past year and reinvested everything they earn to start their dream business, and now their hard work is starting to pay off. They receive orders from all over Canada and the United States, see some stability in their business and are finally able to pay themselves salaries.

“We travel a lot, and that helps growth,” Vlezko said.

“But we also have our regular local customers, they call, ask, they really support us and it’s amazing,” added Sych. “We are really grateful for this support, for our local customers who accepted us. And we are really grateful to the mall and Arlene for helping us.”

The owners hope for continued growth and stability in the future.

“Anything is possible, all you need is hard work, strong willpower and loving what you do,” Vlezko said.

“And we really love what we do and do it with passion,” Sych added. “And our husbands help and support us a lot.”

VS Style Boutique opening hours vary from week to week. For more information and for their weekly updated collection, keep an eye on their Facebook page.

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