Super Rugby – Australian Conference Guide

first_img Collapse Super Rugby – New Zealand Conference Guide Title Drought: The Waratahs were the last Australian side to win the title, back in 2014 (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Super Rugby – Australian Conference GuideThe 2018 Super Rugby competition looks very different from its 2017 edition, with three fewer teams, rules changes and a new format. For all the details of those changes, visit our Super Rugby explained article.It was a pretty dour year for Australian rugby, for example they had 26 losses and no victories against New Zealand sides. But let’s take a look at the five sides in the Australian conference looking to stop that trend.BrumbiesChristian Lealiifano has returned from Pro14 side Ulster and is excited to start a new chapter with the Brumbies.“The big idea of heading over (to Ulster) was to refresh, to come back rejuvenated and to experience the type of footy over there was sensational,” Lealiifano said. “I’ve known the Brumbies my whole life and to experience a new culture was really enjoyable for me.”However, David Pocock, who has returned after a year-long sabbatical, has needed knee surgery, which will set his return to action back by at least 12 weeks. One of his back-row colleagues, Scott Fardy, has also departed for Leinster.Finally, coach and Wallaby legend Stephen Larkham left his post to become an assistant coach for the Australia national side and he has been replaced by Dan McKellar.Frustrated: Knee surgery will keep David Pocock out for at least 12 weeks (Getty Images)Notable InsMatt Lucas (Waratahs)Notable OutsTomas Cubelli (Jaguares), Saia Fainga’a (London Irish), Scott Fardy (Leinster)PredictionWill do well to get anywhere near a play-off spot.Melbourne RebelsCoach Tony McGahan has left to become an assistant for the Reds and he’s been replaced by former Western Force head coach David Wessels.Unlike the Force, the Rebels avoided the ARU’s axe and it is not all bad in Melbourne, the signings of Adam Coleman and Will Genia being particularly noteworthy. Coleman has become a key member of the Wallabies side and will take up the captaincy role for the Rebels.Genia is one of the best scrum-halves in the world and his skills and leadership will be vital to their success.Vital signing: The Rebels have done well to sign Will Genia (Getty Images)Notable InsAdam Coleman (Force), Will Genia (Stade Francais), Dane Haylett-Petty (Force), Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs)Notable OutsMitch Inman (Oyonnax), Sean McMahon (Suntory Sungoliath), Jake Schatz (London Irish), Toby Smith (Hurricanes)PredictionWill battle it out with the Sunwolves for the unwanted title of the worst side in the competition.RedsNew coach Brad Thorn has already caused quite a stir in his new role in Queensland. After four wins and 11 losses last season, it is not surprising he wants to make changes, yet he has shocked many by saying Wallabies Quade Cooper and Nick Frisby will not be part of his plans.As a result, Cooper has been demoted down to Brisbane club rugby, whereas Frisby has been signed by Bordeaux as a medical joker in the Top 14.Related: Medical Jokers in the Top 14  Snubbed: Quade Cooper will not be part of Brad Thorn’s plans in the Reds set-up (Getty Images)Notable InsJono Lance (Force)Notable OutsStephen Moore (retired), Rob Simmons (Waratahs)PredictionThe omission of Cooper has caused controversy down under so Thorn is already on the back foot. It will be surprising if they get near the play-offs.SunwolvesThere is a lot of excitement in Japanese rugby at the moment with the World Cup a year away. There is also the belief that rugby is trending in the right direction in Japan with it growing significantly in high schools and colleges. According to Shane Williams, there are just more better players around now.Related: Shane Williams discusses the 2019 World CupAnd the introduction of the Sunwolves Super Rugby franchise has helped, despite their poor form. They had two wins and 13 losses last year so have brought in former Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph, who is also in charge of the Japan national team, to make changes. He has said he will be targeting a top-five finish.In terms of signings, Michael Leitch brings skill and experience to the back of the scrum – and he is a folk hero in Japan.Hero: Leitch led Japan to a memorable victory over South Africa in the 2015 World Cup (Getty Images)Notable InsLappies Labuschagne (Kubota Spears), Michael Leitch (Chiefs), Robbie Robinson (Ricoh Black Rams)Notable OutsNonePredictionWill struggle in 2018 and likely to be competing with the Rebels at the bottom of the table.WaratahsIn 2018, the Waratahs back-line is laced with Wallabies and the addition of Kurtley Beale specifically brings creativity and huge experience to the centre or full-back positions.The forwards, on the other hand, may struggle as they will be heavily reliant on Michael Hooper, Rob Simmons and Sekope Kepu.Interestingly, the Waratahs are the only side in the conference not to have a new head coach – Daryl Gibson remains in charge – so continuity is heavily on their side.Leaders: Foley and Hooper will look to get the Waratahs back to winning ways (Getty Images)Notable InsKurtley Beale (Wasps), Rob Simmons (Reds)Notable OutsRob Horne (Northampton Saints), Matt Lucas (Brumbies), Dean Mumm (retired), Will Skelton (Saracens)PredictionWill bounce back in 2018, topping the Australian conference. Super Rugby 2018 Explained Expand Super Rugby – South African Conference Guide There are team changes, rule changes and a… Expand Super Rugby – New Zealand Conference Guide Super Rugby – South African Conference Guide The strongest group in the competition, the New… Super Rugby 2018 Explained The Brumbies were the only Australian side to make the play-offs last year, so in 2018, the conference is trying to put that right The exodus of South African players continued in…last_img read more

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Housing Market Volatility and Overvaluation

first_img Tagged with: Home Prices Valuation Volatility Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Housing Market Volatility and Overvaluation Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home Prices Valuation Volatility 2019-10-16 Seth Welborn  Print This Post Housing Market Volatility and Overvaluation Previous: Stephen J. Kolimaga Joins Altisource as VP, Enterprise Sales Next: FHFA Director Mark Calabria Provides Update on Conservatorship About Author: Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 16, 2019 1,534 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago How overvalued and undervalued are some of the biggest markets in the U.S.? The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) Forecast Validation Report, which compares the increase in the HPI Forecast with the actual HPI results over a 12-month period, indicates that more than a decade of steady growth, volatility has entered the market, reflected in a slightly larger variation between the two HPI indicators.According to the results, with a forecasting gap of 13% above actual home prices, San Jose is one of the most volatile cities in the study. Despite the volatility, San Jose is considered “Normal” by CoreLogic’s market condition indicators, for a majority of the past four years.Nationally, the HPI forecast predicted a national change of 5.7% compared to a 3.3% actual results, a variance of 2.4%.“Long term affordability concerns coupled with consumer sentiment about the general economic climate along with other economic factors caused actual home prices to increase at a slower rate,” CoreLogic states. “This change was particularly noticeable during the spring, when the rate of home purchases tends to be higher.”CoreLogic also examined the most overvalued and undervalued metro areas. Some of the most overvalued metro areas include Miami, Austin-Round Rock, and Cape Coral-Fort Myers at 75%, 66%, and 52% overvalued, respectively. Undervalued markets include Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, and New Haven-Milford, at 37%, 34%, and 30% undervalued, respectively.Some of the most accurately forecasted metroes, with a less than 1% difference, were Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona; Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland, Texas; Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin; Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North and South Carolina; and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia. CoreLogic notes that three major metros in Texas made the top 10 most accurately forecasted metroes, however, some Texas metroes have also experienced significant slowdowns in appreciation. Austin-Round Rock, Dallas-Plano-Irving, and San Antonio all had appreciation rates of between 1% and 3% during the 12-month period, among the slowest 25 metroes. Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Subscribelast_img read more

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Hamilton, Gigi & More Are Top 2015 B’way-Themed Halloween Costumes

first_imgThe Schuyler Sisters, Hamilton Jason and Tyrone, Hand to God King George, Hamilton View Comments The Bard, Something Rotten! Anna, The King and I The Three Alisons, Fun Homecenter_img Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Lily Garland, On the Twentieth Century Gigi, Gigi We’ve had Halloween on the brain for weeks, and now it’s here! Since we’re always looking for a reason to get dressed up and demand candy from strangers, we turned to Broadway for inspiration this year. Thus, we asked you to name your top Broadway-themed Halloween costumes on ranking site Culturalist.com. The results are in, and we’re not surprised that you are excited to go as the Schuyler sisters from Hamilton. After all, who doesn’t want to say, “Trick or treat…Work!”?? Check out your top 10 favorites below. Wendla, Spring Awakeninglast_img read more

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Dairy cow diet

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe dairy herd on the University of Georgia campus in Tifton, Ga., ate 12 tons of food Thanksgiving Day. They made a lot of noise but uttered no words of thanks. They simply ate their fill and walked away, expecting another meal just like it tomorrow.”Cows like the same diet every day,” said John Bernard, a livestock nutritionist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”They don’t like a lot of change,” he said. “If you mix it up, it may take them several days to adjust, and their milk production can suffer.”The 230-cow dairy herd is about the size of the average commercial herd in Georgia. It’s used to test new feed additives, mixes and techniques the dairy industry can use to efficiently produce milk, Bernard said.”We basically want to find ways to make more milk and keep cows healthier,” he said.Although cows don’t like change, he said, they have changed over time. The United States had 21 million dairy cows in 1924. The average cow produced 476 gallons of milk, or 4,100 pounds, that year. (Milk is sold in pounds. A gallon weighs 8.6 pounds.)The U.S. had 9 million dairy cows last year. On average, each cow gave 19,995 pounds (2,325 gallons) of milk for the year. Georgia had 77,000 dairy cows in 2006.”We’re not dealing with the same cow from a few decades ago,” Bernard said. “Today’s dairy cow is like a top-notch athlete. You can’t just work up a routine and walk away. It changes.”Other things have changed more recently, he said. It costs dairymen 30 percent more than just a few years ago to feed cows. This is due to higher fuel and crop prices. It costs $5.80 per day to feed each UGA dairy cow.A dairy cow’s diet is mostly corn silage and hay. But it also includes vitamins, protein supplements and by-products such as the cottonseed left after cotton ginning and the grain mash left after beer, whiskey and ethanol production.”We look at how these by-products can fit into feeding,” he said. “What are the nutritional characteristics? Are they harmful at any level? We can then give the industry guidelines.”Dairy farmers can’t worry only about what goes in the front end, either. They must now be responsible for what comes out of the back end of a cow, Bernard said. Nutrients in cow manure can become pollution. What a cow eats can determine the nutrients it releases into the environment.In many ways, cows are excellent recyclers, he said. A cow has one stomach with four chambers, where microbes help it digest things humans can’t or won’t. “A cow is able to convert many by-products that would otherwise end up in landfills into energy for them and for us,” he said.The shopping list for the UGA dairy cows’ Thanksgiving Day meal was 554 pounds of alfalfa, 852 pounds of ryegrass, 12,572 pounds of corn silage, 1,100 pounds of cottonseed, 5,600 pounds of brewers’ grains, 2,000 pounds of corn and 1,658 pounds of minerals, vitamins and protein supplements.They washed it down with 30 to 40 gallons of water each.last_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Jake Gardiner’s costly turnover leads to Bruins goal in Game 7

first_imgJake Gardiner doing Jake Gardiner Game Seven™ things.Beautiful drop pass for Marcus Johansson.One problem: Johansson is wearing the opposing sweater. pic.twitter.com/S2JhzyFo1J— Ben “Playoff Hockey” Jones (@BenJonesNow) April 23, 2019Gardiner, 28, struggled throughout the first period Tuesday night, including on Boston’s first goal. Joakim Nordstrom scored past netminder Frederick Andersen while an out-of-position Gardiner looked on.Joakim Nordstrom opened the scoring for the @NHLBruins.The team that scores first is 128-44 (.744) in the 174 all-time Game 7s in the postseason. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/Y3gyZwxUvQ— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 23, 2019Gardiner was minus-5 in last year’s Leafs-Bruins Game 7, which Toronto lost 7-4 in Boston. At -2 so far for the #Leafs tonight, Jake Gardiner’s current career mark of -9 in Game 7 of a series is the lowest plus-minus rating by a player in those situations over the last 30 playoff seasons (1989-)— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) April 24, 2019Toronto cut the lead in half in the second period on John Tavares’ second goal of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, but a subpar performance by Gardiner in the team’s most crucial game for the second year in a row has not helped the Leafs in their quest to reach the second round for the first time since 2004. Nobody epitomizes the Maple Leafs’ struggles against the Bruins in Game 7s more than Jake Gardiner.With 2:17 left in the first period of Tuesday’s Game 7, Gardiner’s attempt to bounce the puck off the boards stopped short and led to a turnover that was netted by the Bruins’ Marcus Johansson. The marker gave Boston a 2-0 lead on home ice and further accentuated Gardiner’s struggles in decisive games.last_img read more

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Evans bounces back to win Berkshire Trophy

first_img25 Jun 2013 Evans bounces back to win Berkshire Trophy Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) put the disappointment of not qualifying for the Amateur Championship behind him by winning the Berkshire Trophy at The Berkshire. A closing round of 69 over the Red Course for 279 left him a stroke ahead of Vaughan McCall from New Zealand and two clear of Ryan Fricker (Yelverton, Devon). Evans, a member of the England ‘A’ squad, won the South of England Amateur Championship at Walton Heath last year and has been in good form this season, finishing tied second in the St Andrews Links Trophy and joint third in the French Open Amateur Championship. So a win was on the horizon when he arrived at The Berkshire and an opening 68 over the Red left the 26 year old a shot behind McCall. He was still a shot behind McCall at halfway after both fired 72 over the Blue Course but the Kiwi was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Robbie Busher (Salisbury & South Wilts, Wiltshire), who signed for a best-of-the-day 67 after an opening 72. At that stage Evans was sharing third spot with 2012 British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), who shot 68, but a 70 back on the Red in Round Three saw Evans one ahead as McCall who returned another 72, while Fitzpatrick and Busher fell back with 74 and 78 respectively. The final round was again over the Red with Fricker who returned the best card with 68 for third place, while Evans and McCall both shot 69, leaving the Englishman one clear and the champion. Leading final scores: 279 R Evans (Wellingborough) 68 72 70 69 280 V McCall (New Zealand) 67 72 72 69 281 R Fricker (Yelverton) 73 69 71 68 283 D Timms (Mid Kent) 68 74 70 71 286 T Lawton (Wilmslow) 70 75 68 73, J Shufflebotham (Prestatyn) 69 75 73 69, J Kemp (Woburn) 74 68 72 72 Image copyright: The Sports Journalistlast_img read more

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JBJ Soul Kitchen Steps Up For Furloughed Workers

first_imgA Sense of Camaraderie Across the nation, 800,000 Federal workers missed their first paycheck Friday, Jan. 11, and could miss their next one Jan. 25 with Democrats and the White House at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.   Bongiovi said it’s important not to get caught up in the politics of the situation and to focus on the people and families being impacted. New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy and Dorothea Bongiovi organized the lunch event, and said they plan to host more until the government shutdown ends. Photo by Chris Rotolo The Hackensack Meridian Health network (including Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel) has announced it will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency care for furloughed employees and families.The Community YMCA and YMCA of Western Monmouth County announced it will offer free facility access and childcare payment relief to furloughed workers and families in Monmouth County. The YMCA is also waiving monthly dues for existing members impacted by the shutdown.Red Bank Borough Schools announced a partnership with its food service provider, Chartwells, to provide free breakfast and lunch to students whose families have been impacted by the shutdown. “It’s the thought that makes a difference. It’s the thought of them reaching out and understanding our predicament,” Foley said. “For me it’s not about the meal. My husband works and we have cans of soup and food at home. This is about coming together with other people who are suffering through it and feeling like a family. It’s frustrating but we’re in it together.” EPA pollution official Kathleen Foley was one of the diners who ventured to the Red Bank eatery and said it was less about the meal and more about the sense of camaraderie she felt while spending time with others suffering the same plight. On a frigid Jan. 21 afternoon – Martin Luther King Jr. Day –  the JBJ Soul Kitchen opened its doors for a special two-hour lunch session in which furloughed workers and their families could sit down for a free meal at the Monmouth Street establishment, with a menu that included two soup options, meatloaf, a fish dish and a chicken entree. The partial government shutdown began Dec. 22. Lunch Break, located at 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd in Red Bank, is offering furloughed employees and their families continental breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and a hot lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Murphy said she spoke to TSA employees who are still required to show up to work despite not collecting a paycheck for the past month and are trying to save money by carpooling to Newark Liberty Airport. RED BANK – In the midst of the longest federal government shutdown in the country’s history, local organizations, schools and even a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer have stepped up to make the lives of furloughed workers a little easier. Murphy said the first wave of diners included employees of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Coast Guard personnel.center_img Murphy said it’s something they had been thinking of organizing for some time.  In conversations, Murphy said diners expressed worries about collecting unemployment and described interactions with unemployment office workers who were “disinterested” in assisting, or had no answers.  “They said they can’t afford the gas money,” Murphy added. “The bottom line is, these are normal people. These are all of us and they are so thrilled to be here and so thankful. They were a little apprehensive at first about showing up, but now they feel a little kick in their step, because they know there are others in the same boat and people in the community who are trying to help.” The event was organized by Jon Bon Jovi’s wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, and her Navesink River neighbor, Tammy Snyder Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy. Other Local Groups Stepping Up Cash Flow Worries “Anyone who goes a month without a paycheck is going to be in very big trouble in New Jersey,” Bongiovi said. “We are a resource for people. We’ve been open for seven years and we see people struggling. Time can get tough and we want to be there for people. None of this is a handout. It’s a hand up.” On Jan. 11 a bill signed by Trump guaranteed full backpay for impacted federal workers. “We kept thinking that the government was going to reopen, but eventually it became pretty clear that it wasn’t going to reopen. So, in all honesty, we probably waited too long to do this,” the First Lady said in an interview with The Two River Times. “But as soon as we reached out to the Bongiovis, who already have this amazing facility, it wasn’t long before we had a plan in place,”  Rather than lunch, Environmental Protection Agency official Kathleen Foley said she was in search of camaraderie and companionship at the JBJ Soul Kitchen.  Photo by Chris Rotololast_img read more

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Gritters out early ahead of another cold night

first_imgDonegal County Council gritters were dispatched early this Monday afternoon as another cold night lies ahead for the north west.All main roads were gritted from 3pm this afternoon.Temperatures will not dip to the same freezing levels as Sunday night, but it will remain chilly with lows of 1 to 3degrees Celsius tonight. Met Eireann forecasters say: “Tonight will be mainly dry with clear spells, becoming cloudy in the west later with outbreaks of rain in Donegal by dawn. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 3 degrees with a light to moderate southeast wind.”“Tomorrow outbreaks of rain in the west will slowly spread eastwards. Drier, brighter conditions following in to the west for the afternoon. Highest temperatures of between 7 and 9 degrees with moderate southeast winds veering southerly for a time.” Gritters out early ahead of another cold night was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SA Airways awarded 4-star rating

first_img The rating recognises the airline’s improvement in onboard product and service levels and in enhancing the customer experience. “South African Airways have managed to maintain quality levels throughout the past year and are delivering a solid project and service standard to their customers, making their 4-star ranking well-deserved,” Skytrax chief executive, Edward Plaisted, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Skytrax star ranking audit examines more than 800 areas of product and service delivery, across all areas of the airport operations and the cabin experience, and demonstrates that South African Airways passengers can look forward to a high quality of product and service.” Obtaining a 4-star rating means that the airline in question has achieved high standards across all travel categories, including staff service standards. “Accolades and rankings such as this one from Skytrax reconfirms that our dedication and focus on strategic objectives to improve our customer value proposition will ensure that we eventually become a fully sustainable business that can compete successfully in the global airline market in the near future,” said SAA customer service executive, Suretha Cruse. “This ranking, together with a number of awards from other foremost institutions as well as the prestigious Skytrax Best Airline in Africa Award for 10 years in a row and the Skytrax Excellence Award for the third consecutive year, further exemplifies our customer-focused efforts.” SAinfo reporter 14 February 2013 South African Airways has been awarded a 4-star airline rating by global independent airline rating firm Skytrax for the 11th year running.last_img read more

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Travel market looks at responsible tourism in Africa

first_img2 March 2015Responsible tourism will be a key focus of the World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa), which runs from 15 to 17 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.The conference and seminar sessions, featuring key industry figures, “will offer all visitors the best insight into the industry and focus on the exciting future prospects for this emerging region’, say the organisers, Thebe Reed Exhibitions.On the programme are:WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Programme, led by Professor Harold Goodwin with a panel of local and International speakers, offering visitors the chance to discuss and learn about the latest sustainable tourism initiatives and thinking affecting the African continent;iambassador and Traveldudes will host two sessions – the first outlining how international travel bloggers are changing the media landscape and the second a panel discussion about collaborating with bloggers, including perspectives from the blogger and industry sides, and will focus on best practices;WTM Vision – Cape Town will examine the latest research on regional-specific trends and insights into what the future for those sectors might be, and Ronald Tinashe Mapiye, research analyst at Euromonitor International will discuss the evolution of tourism, with particular focus on domestic tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa.WTM Africa is expected to exceed all targets and expectations, say the organisers. “The response we have received from exhibitors for our second year has just been tremendous and we are still signing up new exhibitors as we speak,’ said Carol Weaving, managing director of Thebe Reed Exhibitions.“WTM Africa was a great success last year. I think our industry was mainly watching from the sidelines on how it would perform, and this year companies who are serious about meeting the right people, conducting productive meetings and getting a return on their investment, do not want to miss out.“In addition, we are attracting not only buyers looking for African product alone. We are providing a holistic travel and tourism show that benefits all travel professionals from a wide variation of focus and this is exciting.’WTM Africa was held for the first time in 2014. This year, there will be more than 400 exhibiting companies from over 60 countries around the globe, including other parts of Africa. There will also be debates and seminars, as well as topical and beneficial talks covering to-the-point topics that have a direct impact on the business of travel.Exhibitors and visitors from the travel industry can expect to meet with hosted buyers on pre-set compulsory appointments and have access to Buyers Club members and other visiting travel professionals. There will be speed networking sessions, social engagements and events.Source: World Travel Marketlast_img read more

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