first_imgForeign tourism in Italy is worth 34 billion Euros a year, and it keeps growing, with an average increase of one billion per year. Moreover, Italians started travelling abroad again. These are some of the incoming and outgoing trends of 2014, according to Bank of Italy, published in a report focusing on tourism and the upcoming Expo.Between January and December 2014, 34.154 million Euros were spent by international tourists in Italy, outnumbering 33.064 million Euros in 2013. Italian tourists spent 21.7 million Euros abroad in 2014 and 20.309 million Euros in the previous year.These are the first data about 2014 presented and commented at the 15th conference ‘Italy and International Tourism: Trends and Results for Incoming and Outgoing in 2014’, organised by Ciset, Università Ca’ Foscari, in cooperation with the Bank of Italy. After presenting the big picture of the tourist balance in 2014, during the first session the speakers talked about the economic impact of tourism in the regional context and the importance of analysing tourist expenses.last_img

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first_imgFrom left, Travel Counsellors Chairman David Speakman with six of the company’s Gold agents Claudia Silk, Nadine Kutz, Christine Jenkins, Scott Mayne, Hayley Voll, Patrick O’Shea, along with Australian General Manager Deb Duncan and Group Managing Director Steve Byrne. Source = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellors help agents to Go for Goldcenter_img Following an extremely positive start to the year Travel Counsellors is focusing on helping even more of its home-based agents to achieve the company’s top performing Gold status. Travel Counsellors, which now has over 90 agents operating in Australia and a further 1,100 overseas, has seen sales soar in the country with figures up 42% so far this year. As a result the company expects to see more of its agents achieve Gold and have put together a dedicated ‘Going for Gold’ programme to further support them in reaching this goal. “We are seeing the business go from strength to strength, with our agents earning more than ever before,” says Business Development Manager Tracy Parkinson. “We currently have seven Gold Travel Counsellors in Australia but expect this figure to significantly increase, supported by the launch of our Gold programme and also significantly down to our own in-house dynamic packaging system Phenix which allows agents to control their own margin and substantially increase their earning potential. The programme includes a personalised marketing plan for each agent, focusing on their key strengths and goals. We have had a great response from our Travel Counsellors so far and are dedicated to supporting, encouraging and motivating them to be the very best they can be.” This also follows the company congratulating its top performing Gold Travel Counsellors and thanking them for the important part they have played in the company’s success over the last 12 months at its annual Gold Weekend, which took place in Mauritius last month. Over 80 Gold Travel Counsellors plus over 30 partners and spouses from the company’s global operations in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK, were treated to a luxuriously long weekend to discover the treasures of the paradise island. For Gold Travel Counsellor Chris Jenkins, who received the award for ‘Best Margin’ at the company’s conference last year, this was her very first Gold event. Chris comments; “Achieving Gold status has been one of the most memorable experiences in my career in travel.  Gaining and maintaining ‘Gold’ is something I’ve worked hard towards every day, and knowing I have such an efficient team behind me at head office who are always there to support and encourage us in every way, allowing me to concentrate on the most important thing – the growth of my business. The Gold weekend in Mauritius was luxury personified and there was such a wow-factor about the trip. The warmth and friendliness from fellow Gold Travel Counsellors and their spouses and partners from around the world was so incredible, alongside the company directors who are all so proud of our achievements. The opportunity to experience an event like this with my husband, who now feels part of Travel Counsellors too, really makes me proud to be part of such a special company.” Travel Counsellors have two entry points for Gold status each year – on November 1 and May 1 – with results based on the previous 12 month figures. To become a Gold Travel Counsellor, the consultants achieved commissions totalling $119,500 or more in a 12 month period. The Gold agents, including both business and leisure specialists, make up 11% of the company’s Travel Counsellors and account for 33% of the company’s sales.last_img

first_imgEtihad supports 23,400 US jobs and 2.9 billion to the economyEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will contribute US$2.9 billion to the US economy and support 23,400 American jobs this year, according to new research by the global consultancy Oxford Economics.The study, commissioned by Etihad Airways, projects that by 2020, the airline’s operating expenditure and capital investments will almost double to support 46,200 American jobs and deliver US$6.2 billion a year.These are among the key conclusions of the Oxford Economics Report, released today by Vijay Poonoosamy, Vice President International and Public Affairs of Etihad Airways, to quantify the economic contribution which the airline makes to the US.The study, which is now published on www.keeptheskiesopen.com, assessed the airline’s capital expenditure with US suppliers and its operating expenditure in the country to calculate a value for direct, indirect, induced and catalytic contributions.“Open Skies is good for competition and good for the consumer, but most of all today’s report shows it is also good for the American economy,” said Mr Poonoosamy.“Since 2005, the year before we started flying to America, our expenditure and activities in the US market have supported thousands of jobs and helped to fuel domestic economic growth,” he said.“By 2020, Oxford Economics calculates that we will have committed US$41 billion to the US GDP through a combination of direct expenditure on our day-to-day operations in the US and our long-term relationships with American partners including Boeing, GE Aircraft Engines and Sabre Airline Solutions.”Since 2004, when it announced plans to acquire five Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, Etihad Airways has introduced or ordered almost120 Boeing aircraft at a current list price of US$36.5 billion, including more than 70 B787 Dreamliner and 25 next-generation B777X aircraft. The airline has also chosen US suppliers for other equipment ranging from cabin interiors to inflight entertainment systems.Mr Poonoosamy said a number of US airlines were also beneficiaries of Etihad Airways’ presence in the US market.Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img

first_img in Headlines, News, Origination, Technology FirstClose welcomes Pat Downing as their new CTO. Based out of Austin, Texas, FirstClose was founded in 2001 and provides software solutions for mortgage lenders by delivering middleware vendor management and real-time order-tracking tools online or via direct integration of various loan-origination systems. Downing’s chief role with FirstClose will be overseeing development of all technical efforts.Downing comes to FirstClose from Mozido, another Austin-based company. He brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in IT operations and customer support services. In addition to his experience in technology operations, infrastructure, development, and customer support, Downing has overseen global team-building, budget creation, budget management, and the precise alignment of technology with business needs.Co-founder and CEO of FirstClose, Tedd Smith, commented on the hire, saying that “with his wide range of experience in IT work and CTO responsibilities, Pat will be a great asset as we continue to perfect and develop new technology solutions for the mortgage industry.” October 15, 2018 572 Views FirstClose Hires Pat Downing as CTOcenter_img Chief Technology Officer FirstClose Loan Closing Technology Loan Origination mortgage Origination Pat Downing Real Estate Technology Tedd Smith 2018-10-15 Staff Writer Sharelast_img

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