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Island Routes gives back through community tourism

Island Routes Tour in Jamaica (photo courtesy Island Routes Caribbean Adventures)

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Island Routes Caribbean Adventures is deepening and expanding its ongoing efforts to give back with a series of initiatives that have been designed to bring transformative benefits to the local communities throughout the Caribbean, all while offering local, personal and authentic travel experiences to every type of traveler.
Just over a year ago, Island Routes launched MINI-Routes; a first-of-its-kind driving experience along Jamaica’s most scenic routes in an island-inspired MINI Cooper, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to benefit local communities.
Consequently, for the most recent project, Island Routes partnered with Sandals Foundation on a new corporate social responsibility project; to refurbish the St. Ann’s Hospital nurses’ ward in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
The objective was to improve conditions at the hospital so that patients, as well as staff, can function in a safe and healthy environment with better access to health care. Matron Davidson thanked Island Routes for their efforts and commented, “The staff here at the infirmary can now perform their work in a much better environment. Now, every time we see the cute, green Island Routes MINIs drive through the community, we will think of you.”
Island Routes creates authentic and award-winning experiences that highlight the best of the Caribbean and are consistently developing meaningful initiatives, often in partnership with nonprofits, where travelers are given the chance to explore the islands, make new friends and give back to the destinations they love.
Guests can spend the morning visiting a local school on a Reading Road Trip, to engage in ‘edutainment’ focused on improving the reading, listening and comprehension skills of school children aged 5-7 years old.
For guests interested in environmental sustainability, Island Routes offers tours like Turtle Watching, aimed at protecting precious marine life, or for those interested in community tourism experiences, the Oistins Express Friday night fish fry in Barbados allows guests to experience the destination while supporting the local communities.
Island Routes is committed to supporting sustainable tourism protection by hand-picking each experience and putting them through a comprehensive vetting process that focuses not just on highlighting the islands’ natural beauty, but also on the greater impact of that experience on local communities and the environment.
“Our community is Island Routes’ greatest asset. Many locals in our community help us to provide exceptional services and outstanding hospitality every day, and they are inspirations to all of us. We want to give them an opportunity to share the real Caribbean experience with visitors,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Island Routes.
“Giving back is an essential part of Island Routes and we will continue to deepen our commitment with the goal of bringing authentic, award-winning Caribbeantravel experience to visitors.”

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Island Routes Tour in Jamaica (photo courtesy Island Routes Caribbean Adventures)

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Island Routes Caribbean Adventures is deepening and expanding its ongoing efforts to give back with a series of initiatives that have been designed to bring transformative benefits to the local communities throughout the Caribbean, all while offering local, personal and authentic travel experiences to every type of traveler.
Just over a year ago, Island Routes launched MINI-Routes; a first-of-its-kind driving experience along Jamaica’s most scenic routes in an island-inspired MINI Cooper, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to benefit local communities.
Consequently, for the most recent project, Island Routes partnered with Sandals Foundation on a new corporate social responsibility project; to refurbish the St. Ann’s Hospital nurses’ ward in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
The objective was to improve conditions at the hospital so that patients, as well as staff, can function in a safe and healthy environment with better access to health care. Matron Davidson thanked Island Routes for their efforts and commented, “The staff here at the infirmary can now perform their work in a much better environment. Now, every time we see the cute, green Island Routes MINIs drive through the community, we will think of you.”
Island Routes creates authentic and award-winning experiences that highlight the best of the Caribbean and are consistently developing meaningful initiatives, often in partnership with nonprofits, where travelers are given the chance to explore the islands, make new friends and give back to the destinations they love.
Guests can spend the morning visiting a local school on a Reading Road Trip, to engage in ‘edutainment’ focused on improving the reading, listening and comprehension skills of school children aged 5-7 years old.
For guests interested in environmental sustainability, Island Routes offers tours like Turtle Watching, aimed at protecting precious marine life, or for those interested in community tourism experiences, the Oistins Express Friday night fish fry in Barbados allows guests to experience the destination while supporting the local communities.
Island Routes is committed to supporting sustainable tourism protection by hand-picking each experience and putting them through a comprehensive vetting process that focuses not just on highlighting the islands’ natural beauty, but also on the greater impact of that experience on local communities and the environment.
“Our community is Island Routes’ greatest asset. Many locals in our community help us to provide exceptional services and outstanding hospitality every day, and they are inspirations to all of us. We want to give them an opportunity to share the real Caribbean experience with visitors,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Island Routes.
“Giving back is an essential part of Island Routes and we will continue to deepen our commitment with the goal of bringing authentic, award-winning Caribbeantravel experience to visitors.”


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Loss-making Air India plans to sell assets

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Indian government plans to soon initiate the strategic sale process for at least four subsidiaries of loss-making Air India, including Airline Allied Services Ltd (AASL) and Hotel Corporation of India (HCI), according to officials.
Besides, plans are on the anvil for selling the headquarter building of Air India in the national capital as well as various other land assets and buildings of the airline in different parts of the country.
The government has prepared a list of the airline’s assets that could be hived off as part of the strategic sale plan for Air India and its subsidiaries, officials said.
According to them, the disinvestment process is likely to be initiated soon for four Air India subsidiaries —AASL, HCI, Air India Air Transport Service Ltd (AIATSL) and Air India Engineering Service Ltd (AIESL).
While AASL, under the name Alliance Air, provides regional air connectivity, HCI owns and operates two hotels in Delhi and Srinagar, among others.
AIATSL provides ground handling and cargo handling services. AIESL is mainly into maintenance, repair and overhaul of engines.
Apart from the headquarters building, other assets proposed to be sold include Air India properties in Mumbai and Delhi.
Officials said the government also plans to sell various art works and artefacts.
In June, a ministerial panel chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley deferred the strategic sale of the government’s 76 per cent stake in Air India. Instead, it was decided that the government would look at sale of assets and subsidiaries of the national carrier to reduce the debt burden.
Air India, which has been in the red for long, had a debt burden of Rs 48,000 crore at the end of March 2017.
The government had originally proposed to offload 76 percent equity share capital of the national carrier as well as transfer the management control to private players. However, the offer failed to attract any bidder when the deadline for initial bids closed on 31 May.
The national airline is staying afloat on a bailout package extended by the previous UPA regime in 2012 and the government is also looking at ways to infuse more funds into the carrier.
For the current fiscal, the government expects to raise Rs 80,000 crore from strategic as well as minority stake sales in public sector enterprises.
So far this fiscal, the government has raised over Rs 9,220 crore by divesting stakes in state-owned companies.
Last year, the government had mopped up over Rs 1.03 lakh crore from PSU disinvestment. This was aided by country’s oldest gas producer ONGC’s Rs 36,915 crore acquisition of government-owned fuel retailer Hindustan Petroleum.

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Indian government plans to soon initiate the strategic sale process for at least four subsidiaries of loss-making Air India, including Airline Allied Services Ltd (AASL) and Hotel Corporation of India (HCI), according to officials.
Besides, plans are on the anvil for selling the headquarter building of Air India in the national capital as well as various other land assets and buildings of the airline in different parts of the country.
The government has prepared a list of the airline’s assets that could be hived off as part of the strategic sale plan for Air India and its subsidiaries, officials said.
According to them, the disinvestment process is likely to be initiated soon for four Air India subsidiaries —AASL, HCI, Air India Air Transport Service Ltd (AIATSL) and Air India Engineering Service Ltd (AIESL).
While AASL, under the name Alliance Air, provides regional air connectivity, HCI owns and operates two hotels in Delhi and Srinagar, among others.
AIATSL provides ground handling and cargo handling services. AIESL is mainly into maintenance, repair and overhaul of engines.
Apart from the headquarters building, other assets proposed to be sold include Air India properties in Mumbai and Delhi.
Officials said the government also plans to sell various art works and artefacts.
In June, a ministerial panel chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley deferred the strategic sale of the government’s 76 per cent stake in Air India. Instead, it was decided that the government would look at sale of assets and subsidiaries of the national carrier to reduce the debt burden.
Air India, which has been in the red for long, had a debt burden of Rs 48,000 crore at the end of March 2017.
The government had originally proposed to offload 76 percent equity share capital of the national carrier as well as transfer the management control to private players. However, the offer failed to attract any bidder when the deadline for initial bids closed on 31 May.
The national airline is staying afloat on a bailout package extended by the previous UPA regime in 2012 and the government is also looking at ways to infuse more funds into the carrier.
For the current fiscal, the government expects to raise Rs 80,000 crore from strategic as well as minority stake sales in public sector enterprises.
So far this fiscal, the government has raised over Rs 9,220 crore by divesting stakes in state-owned companies.
Last year, the government had mopped up over Rs 1.03 lakh crore from PSU disinvestment. This was aided by country’s oldest gas producer ONGC’s Rs 36,915 crore acquisition of government-owned fuel retailer Hindustan Petroleum.


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Auckland Airport recognised globally for sustainability

Aviation Report

Auckland Airport continues to be recognised globally as a sustainable business for the eighth consecutive year. The company is one of only eight organisations included in  the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in 2018 in the Asia-Pacific region.
Auckland Airport has also been included in the FTSE4Good Index for the eleventh consecutive year and maintained its five-star assessment (out of five) from the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) which focuses on infrastructure and property assets.
André Lovatt, Auckland Airport General Manager Airport Development and Delivery, says, “We’re encouraged by these results because we’re putting a lot of effort into building a sustainable business – one that creates long-term value for everyone with a stake in our airport, including our customers, business partners, employees, investors and local community. These indices provide external recognition from reputable, international sources that we’re achieving results, right across our business.”
In the past year, Auckland Airport has continued to reduce carbon emissions ahead of target and was recognised by environmental certifier Enviro-Mark as one of New Zealand’s top carbon reducers. With its airline and waste management partners, the airport recycled almost half of non-quarantine aircraft cabin waste.
Auckland Airport has promoted diversity on its Board, in its workforce and in the wider community. Ara, Auckland Airport’s Jobs and Skills Hub, placed 215 local people in employment on the airport precinct.
Manjit Jus, Head of ESG ratings, RobecoSAM (co-managers of the DJSI) says, “I congratulate Auckland Airport for being included in the DJSI. Companies that compete for a coveted place in the DJSI challenge themselves to continuously improve their sustainability practices.”
The DJSI was launched in 1999 and FTSE4Good in 2001. They are the world’s longest-running global sustainability benchmarks and an important reference for investors and others interested in a company’s corporate responsibility activities. Auckland Airport’s latest assessments relate to its performance in the 2018 financial year.

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Auckland Airport continues to be recognised globally as a sustainable business for the eighth consecutive year. The company is one of only eight organisations included in  the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in 2018 in the Asia-Pacific region.
Auckland Airport has also been included in the FTSE4Good Index for the eleventh consecutive year and maintained its five-star assessment (out of five) from the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) which focuses on infrastructure and property assets.
André Lovatt, Auckland Airport General Manager Airport Development and Delivery, says, “We’re encouraged by these results because we’re putting a lot of effort into building a sustainable business – one that creates long-term value for everyone with a stake in our airport, including our customers, business partners, employees, investors and local community. These indices provide external recognition from reputable, international sources that we’re achieving results, right across our business.”
In the past year, Auckland Airport has continued to reduce carbon emissions ahead of target and was recognised by environmental certifier Enviro-Mark as one of New Zealand’s top carbon reducers. With its airline and waste management partners, the airport recycled almost half of non-quarantine aircraft cabin waste.
Auckland Airport has promoted diversity on its Board, in its workforce and in the wider community. Ara, Auckland Airport’s Jobs and Skills Hub, placed 215 local people in employment on the airport precinct.
Manjit Jus, Head of ESG ratings, RobecoSAM (co-managers of the DJSI) says, “I congratulate Auckland Airport for being included in the DJSI. Companies that compete for a coveted place in the DJSI challenge themselves to continuously improve their sustainability practices.”
The DJSI was launched in 1999 and FTSE4Good in 2001. They are the world’s longest-running global sustainability benchmarks and an important reference for investors and others interested in a company’s corporate responsibility activities. Auckland Airport’s latest assessments relate to its performance in the 2018 financial year.


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Airlines see soaring growth prospects

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With international trade and tourism booming in China, aviation companies are accelerating efforts to open new air routes, especially to emerging markets, according to industry insiders.
“Demand is strongest for destinations in Africa and Australia,” said Qiu Jiachen, chairman of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. “We plan to open 30 new international routes in the next three years.”
He made the remarks on Sunday at the opening ceremony of the 24th World Routes, an international exhibition of airlines and airports. About 3,500 delegates from 115 countries have gathered in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, for the three-day event.
After the ceremony, the Guangdong Airport Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with seven domestic and international airlines opening new routes to cities including Madrid, Milan and Sao Paulo.
“China is an active participant in and promoter of civil aviation development around the world,” said Wang Zhiqing, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. He said the nation opened 382 international routes last year, taking the total to 1,634 - double the number in 2015.
“Imports and exports around the globe will provide strong support for the expansion of the country’s aviation market,” he said, adding that China is expected to import $24 trillion in goods over the next 15 years.
Surging demand has also created opportunities for international operators.
Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said there were only about 30 passengers when his company first started operating flights between Addis Ababa and Guangzhou in the early 2000s. Now, the company has 10 flights for passengers and five for cargo every week.

Yet capacity is still far short of demand.
“We predict 20 percent growth between China and Africa annually,” GebreMariam said, adding that more destinations in China - such as Zhengzhou, Henan province, and Shenzhen on Guangdong’s southern coast - are joining its network.
In addition, big-name aviation companies are eyeing transit traffic from China to Latin America and Europe.
Ignacio Biosca, head of airport marketing and airline relations for Spain’s Aena, the world’s largest airport operator for passenger volume, said the rapidly growing traffic between China and Latin America “has emerged as a significant market” for Aena.
More Chinese people are going to Latin American countries, and vice versa, he said, adding that because of the growth in various markets, air traffic between Spain and China has tripled in the past two years.

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With international trade and tourism booming in China, aviation companies are accelerating efforts to open new air routes, especially to emerging markets, according to industry insiders.
“Demand is strongest for destinations in Africa and Australia,” said Qiu Jiachen, chairman of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. “We plan to open 30 new international routes in the next three years.”
He made the remarks on Sunday at the opening ceremony of the 24th World Routes, an international exhibition of airlines and airports. About 3,500 delegates from 115 countries have gathered in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, for the three-day event.
After the ceremony, the Guangdong Airport Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with seven domestic and international airlines opening new routes to cities including Madrid, Milan and Sao Paulo.
“China is an active participant in and promoter of civil aviation development around the world,” said Wang Zhiqing, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. He said the nation opened 382 international routes last year, taking the total to 1,634 - double the number in 2015.
“Imports and exports around the globe will provide strong support for the expansion of the country’s aviation market,” he said, adding that China is expected to import $24 trillion in goods over the next 15 years.
Surging demand has also created opportunities for international operators.
Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said there were only about 30 passengers when his company first started operating flights between Addis Ababa and Guangzhou in the early 2000s. Now, the company has 10 flights for passengers and five for cargo every week.

Yet capacity is still far short of demand.
“We predict 20 percent growth between China and Africa annually,” GebreMariam said, adding that more destinations in China - such as Zhengzhou, Henan province, and Shenzhen on Guangdong’s southern coast - are joining its network.
In addition, big-name aviation companies are eyeing transit traffic from China to Latin America and Europe.
Ignacio Biosca, head of airport marketing and airline relations for Spain’s Aena, the world’s largest airport operator for passenger volume, said the rapidly growing traffic between China and Latin America “has emerged as a significant market” for Aena.
More Chinese people are going to Latin American countries, and vice versa, he said, adding that because of the growth in various markets, air traffic between Spain and China has tripled in the past two years.


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