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Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday September 9, 2011

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first_img**Dominica Festival Committee begins promotion of the World Creole Music Festival **Promotion of the 15th edition of the World Creole Music Festival commenced locally and in neighbouring French territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe. Ticket sales commenced on September 2 with season tickets being offered at a special price. Dominicans will also have the opportunity to win prizes with partner radio stations DBS and Kairi FM as well as headline sponsor DIGICEL. **Local hoteliers keen on signing up for Hotel Survey Program**Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) partnered with Invest Dominica Authority (IDA) and Smith Travel Research, Inc (STR) to present a half-day Hotel Occupancy Data Collection and Hotel Benchmarking workshop on September 7. There were 34 participants representing 19 hotels, 3 financial institutions, 2 tour operators, the DHTA, and Central Statistical Office. Addresses from the DDA Chairman, Minister for Tourism, Hon. Ian Douglas and IDA Investment Services Officer, highlighted the importance of recording and reporting visitor statistics including hotel occupancy data. Ms. Brittany Baldwin of STR presented a year-to-date (through July) global hotel performance review, including the performance of the overall Caribbean region and key regional destinations which showed Caribbean Occupancy Rate at 66.2% for July 2011 compared to 64.9% in 2010 and Average Daily Room Rate at US$153.17 compared to US$148.22 in 2010. Caribbean room revenue for the month of July was reported at US$6 billion; a 5.7% increase over 2010. When Ms. Baldwin presented on individual destination performance, she noted that with only 2 Dominican properties participating in the Hotel Survey Program, it was impossible to give any analysis on our national performance. This piqued the interest of hoteliers on the importance of gathering such data. The appeal went out for increased local participation and most of the hoteliers present immediately indicated their interest in joining the programme. Ms. Yvonne Armour gave the closing remarks on behalf of the DHTA executive and expressed her gratitude as a hotelier to DDA, IDA, and STR for bringing this opportunity to the local accommodation sector. For a destination market report to be produced at least 5 properties must participate in STR’s Hotel Survey Program. **Dominica to be represented at CTO’s Tourism Youth Congress**Kitwanie Carbon will represent Dominica as Junior Minister of Tourism at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress in St. Martin on September 17, 2011. The Tourism Youth Congress forms part of CTO’s annual State of the Industry conference, where key stakeholders meet to discuss issues affecting the regional tourism sector and brainstorm on solutions to the challenges being faced. Kitwanie, a fifth form student of the Convent High School, was the winner of the local Tourism Youth Congress held in May as part of Tourism Awareness Month. Minister for Tourism, Hon. Ian Douglas and Director of Tourism, Mr. Colin Piper will attend the conference and Tourism Youth Congress. Junior Ministers of Tourism from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas and Jamaica will also take part in the event. The theme for conference is “How to win in a competitive environment” and will feature speakers from regional and international airline companies, marketing and business communication companies. Kitwanie and a chaperone will leave Dominica on September 15 and return on September 18. Kitwanie’s participation at the Tourism Youth Congress is made possible by the Discover Dominica Authority. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority 28 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday September 9, 2011 by: – September 9, 2011last_img read more

Lionel Messi to miss Argentina friendlies

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first_imgLondon: Lionel Messi’s leave of absence from Argentina’s national team will extend to at least November, the Albiceleste’s interim coach Lionel Scaloni has said.Speaking to reporters at FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony in London on Monday, Scaloni said Messi would not return for friendlies against Iraq and Brazil in Saudi Arabia next month, Xinhua news agency reported.“Messi won’t be called up. I have spoken with him and it’s best that he doesn’t come back for now,” said Scaloni, who was appointed caretaker manager after the July sacking of Jorge Sampaoli.Argentina will meet Iraq in Riyadh on October 12 and Brazil in Jeddah four days later. The two-time World Cup winners will then play their final matches of 2018 during FIFA’s November 12-20 international friendly window.Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia earlier this month, having requested a break from international football following the team’s erratic World Cup campaign.Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16 in Russia by eventual champions France, with Messi scoring just once in four matches. IANSlast_img read more

Flipkart Big Billion Days sale to start from October 10, here are the key highlights

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first_imgFlipkart that recently launched the cardless instant credit for buyers is back with its Big Billion Days sale. The four days Big Billion Days sale starts from October 10 this year and will last until October 14. This will be the fifth Big Billion Days sale hosted by the company. The sale will include a range of offers, discounts and buying options across all categories.Apart from the usual no cost EMI, Exchange offer, Credit and Debit cards, Flipkart this time has also launched a Cardless Credit to give buyers instant credit of up to Rs 60,000. Flipkart says the process to apply for an instant credit takes just 60 seconds, and instant access to credit line (upto Rs 60,000) is based on customer behavior on Flipkart. This newly launched buying option is expected to give a big push to the sales during the Big Billion Days sale.Moving on, the first day of sale will offers and discounts across categories like Fashion, TVs & Appliances, Home & Furniture, Beauty, Sports, Toys, Books, Smart Devices, Personal Care Appliances and more. The second day of the sale i.e. October 11 will cover Mobiles and Electronic Devices & Accessories. The rest two days of the sale will see offers and discounts across all categories.Coming to the payment options, the e-commerce giant has partnered with HDFC Bank to offers exclusive offers to its credit or debit card users. There is no cost EMI option on various bank cards and on Bajaj Finserv EMI Cards. There is also a Flipkart Pay Later that will allow users to purchase products and pay at one’s own convenience.advertisementLike the Prime users in Amazon, Flipkart will also give special benefits to its Flipkart Plus members. They will have an early access to the sale this year. Flipkart Plus members can have access to deals three hours prior to the sale. Flipkart launched the Flipkart Plus in August this year to take on Amazon Prime. It is a customer-first benefits program to offers various benefits such as free delivery, early access to major sale events, among other rewards.Flipkart has partnered with celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone to promote the event this year. “The Big Billion Days has become India’s most anticipated event, one that marks the beginning of India’s festive season and sets the bar for what follows. This year marks the fifth edition of TBBD and we are focused on making it the biggest and best one yet,” said Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy.ALSO READ: Flipkart Plus is India’s answer to Amazon Prime but can it truly give an edge to Flipkart? Yes and nolast_img read more