Vermont Travel Industry Conference April 7 & 8 at the Stoweflake

first_imgThe 27th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference will be held on April 7 & 8, 2010 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, Vermont. The event will feature compelling keynote speakers, pertinent workshops on industry topics and trends, and a trade show featuring over 30 exhibitors who sell products or services to the tourism industry.On Wednesday April 7th at 9:00 am, keynote speaker James Chung of Reach Advisors will educate the tourism industry on the Four Macro Trends and the Implications on Travel. Chung will discuss the major trends that will reshape the consumer market as it relates to the tourism industry including: generational shifts, gender differences, health and wellness behaviors, outdoor recreation trends, and household purchasing power.Thursday April 8th at 9:00 am, Steve Richer of the National Tour Association will enlighten attendees on the future of the tourism industry through his keynote presentation the Tourism Industry Crystal Ball: Where We Are, Where We Are Headed. Richer will pull from his experience working on the legislation that will become the Travel Promotion Act to discuss current border and public land issues, and provide attendees with a glimpse into the future and what we can do.The Vermont Travel Industry Conference will feature workshops from five educational, industry related tracks: Management, Miscellaneous Marketing, Media Relations, Social Media & Marketing, and Web Marketing. Some of the hot topics this year will include How to Effectively Publicize Your Business Through New Media Tools with Nicole Ravlin of PMG Public Relations, Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet and Profit with Hans van Wees of Van-Wees, Inc., and How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Seize Money-Making Marketing Opportunities with Chris Diaz of Redpoint Marketing.If you are part of a tourism-related business or have an interest in the Vermont travel industry, this conference is for you! Registration is now open. For more information on participating in the event and to register, please visit the Vermont Travel Industry Conference website at www.vtic.org(link is external) and receive instant updates by becoming a fan on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference Facebook page. Source: VTIC. 2.16.2010last_img read more

Lisbon opens its arms to ‘bizarre’ Champions League finale

first_imgYet that has not stopped some fans from making the trip to the banks of the River Tagus to take in the atmosphere.”This is the most important match of our season,” Andrea, a 27-year-old Atalanta fan from Bergamo who has come for his team’s quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, tells AFP.He is in Lisbon with two friends. With spectators barred, they plan to watch the match in a bar near the stadium. “The atmosphere is bizarre. The city seems empty and the bars close early,” he said.  ‘No exception’ to restrictionsDaniel Sa of IPAM told AFP that more than 5,000 people could gather in the city for the final, which is scheduled for August 23 at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz, where the players’ voices will echo around the empty 65,000-capacity venue.However, Sa described that as a “conservative” estimate and believes the final figure will be higher thanks to the “improvement of the health situation in Lisbon in recent weeks or the increase in the number of flights to Lisbon”.On the basis of regular briefings with police in the clubs’ home countries, Portuguese authorities are not expecting any organized trips by groups of supporters.Yet Lisbon police still plan to deploy as many officers on game days as they would if supporters were attending.Portugal, with its population of just over 10 million, successfully hosted the 2004 European Championship.The Estadio da Luz was the venue for the 2014 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid while large numbers of foreign fans attended the UEFA Nations League finals in Porto and Guimaraes in the north of the country last year.However, restrictions are currently in place around the country as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.Those restrictions are especially strict in and around Lisbon, where cases of COVID-19 have been most prevalent since Portugal came out of lockdown in May.That includes a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, compared to 20 people in the rest of the country.Alcohol consumption in public is banned, while shops and cafes must close at 8:00 pm, the time Champions League ‘Final Eight’ matches will kick off.”The sporting context will not allow for an exception to the rules in place,” warned Pereira, of the Lisbon police force, on Tuesday. Topics : Meanwhile, 16-year-old Paris Saint-Germain supporter Mathieu finds himself in Lisbon “by chance”, on holiday with his parents.”I don’t see any Champions League atmosphere,” he says, wearing a PSG replica shirt, “but people have chanted ‘Come on Paris’ at me in the street. I think there are supporters here.”Portuguese police have not given an estimation of the number of foreign fans who could come to the capital but officers will make themselves “highly visible” on the streets, according to the Lisbon region police chief, Paulo Pereira.A study conducted by the Portuguese Institute of Marketing Administration has estimated that a total of 16,000 fans could come to the city even though none are allowed into games.That is despite British tourists being advised not to travel to Portugal this holiday season. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the one English representative involved in the ‘Final Eight’. Football supporters would usually flock in huge numbers to the city hosting the finale of the Champions League, but this time it is set to be a different experience for fans who have decided to come to Lisbon for the ‘Final Eight’ despite the coronavirus pandemic.For the first time, as an exceptional measure because of the health crisis, all matches from the quarter-finals onwards of the world’s richest and most glamorous club competition are being played as one-off ties in the same city.They are all taking place behind closed doors and with strict health guidelines in place as Europe faces a steady rise in cases of COVID-19.last_img read more

Celtics vow to move past last year’s disappointing season

first_imgMOST READ Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Despite the disappointing result for heavily favored Team USA, Walker said he’ll carry lessons from it into this season.“The sacrifices,” Walker said. “You have to make sacrifices when you’re on a team like that. . I think that’s something that we’ll bring here. Guys have to make sacrifices. You have to sometimes be uncomfortable and you have to adjust sometimes to help your team win. And you have to take on different roles that you might not like to.”CONTRACT YEARThe Celtics have until Oct. 21 to decide whether to extend the contract of Brown for another season or let him become a restricted free agent next summer.Asked about his contract status on Monday, Brown said he’s not focusing on it.“I haven’t put too much thought into it,” Brown said. “I’m not losing any sleep over it. I think stuff like that will end up working itself out in the end. So I’m just focused on this season and playing basketball. I think that’s my No. 1 emphasis. Then let the chips fall where they may.”NO TANKINGKanter endeared himself to many Celtics fans bitter about Irving’s departure by taking his former No. 11 jersey.Kanter said he chose that number mainly because he wore it when he was with Oklahoma City. But he also took a small shot at another of his former teams, the New York Knicks, when explaining why Boston stuck out to him in free agency.“I just want to go out there and just win,” he said. “That’s one of the biggest reasons I picked the Celtics. Because they never tank.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Boston Celtics’ Grant Williams, left, grabs Carsen Edwards as they joke around during the NBA basketball team’s media day, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON— Change is everywhere for the Boston Celtics this season. And it’s noticeable in many ways, big and small.Point guard Kyrie Irving is gone and has been replaced by another All-Star in Kemba Walker.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Now Boston has gone from the team that was the favorite to take over the Eastern Conference following LeBron James’ departure to the Lakers, to a team that must discover a new identity this season.The players that have returned say they have internalized the lessons from last season in hopes of not repeating history with this revamped group.“I think you just learn that nothing is just gonna be given to you in this league,” Hayward said. “I think a lot of people just kind of handed us the trip to the Finals and thought we were just gonna walk our way to the Eastern Conference finals. That’s obviously not the case and didn’t’ happen.”It’s why coach Brad Stevens said a roster that may often find itself playing four wing players and a big man will have to find a different way to play.But he said it will start with the same principles that helped take the Celtics to back-to-back conference finals in 2016-17 and 2017-18.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The spot in the middle of Boston’s offense that once belonged to Al Horford will now be occupied by free-agent pickup Enes Kanter.Some returning players the Celtics do have even literally look different in some cases. Fourth-year guard Jaylen Brown’s trademark flat top haircut? It’s gone, too, and replaced by a sleeker, low-cut style.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“It is a fresh start. We all see Jaylen Brown’s hair, right?” Marcus Smart joked during the Celtics’ media day on Monday.It’s all apropos for a team that despite having All-Stars like Irving, Horford and Gordon Hayward, as well as young talent like Brown and Jayson Tatum, woefully underachieved — victims of a lack of team chemistry and public infighting. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “I just think that all I’ve ever thought and believed about the game has just been reinforced,” Stevens said. “I think this team will have to play differently on both sides of the ball than we have. Not enormously different, but we’ll have to do things here and there.”He said he has no big plans for training camp other than creating an environment to help this new group begin to jell.“Our focus over the next couple of weeks is just getting ready to play with the right effort and togetherness. And that’s it,” he said. “At the end of the day, that will give us the chance to be the best version of ourselves.”A NEW LEADER?If there is one thing that Walker said about joining the Celtics, it is feeling humbled.He’s gone from playing his entire career with a Charlotte team that only made the playoffs twice during his eight-year tenure, to a team that always has championship aspirations.“There’s sure to be expectations because of the organization,” Walker said. “We have a really good team, so there should be expectations. I’m very excited about that. … I’m looking forward to trying my best to meet that challenge.”FIBA LESSONSThe Celtics have six players on their roster that played for their national teams during this summer’s FIBA World Cup.Walker, Smart, Tatum and Brown all played for Team USA, which stumbled to a seventh-place finish. Daniel Theis suited up for his native Germany and newcomer Vincent Poirer played for France. 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Don’t Wait To Promote Your Company’s Work-Life Balance Perks! It May Be Your Best Recr…

first_imgWith 52 percent of Americans saying they work during vacation, having a focus on work-life balance at your organization is more important than ever, according to a July 2012 Harris Interactive report. Because of the increased financial pressures and economy, people are working harder and longer hours than before.  This extra work often leads to a less engaged and productive workforce who are resentful, angry, and left feeling less than appreciated.Enter in your flexible workforce.  The desire for professionals to have flexible schedules to better manage work and family life is also on the rise as 83% of Americans are attracted to this type of flexible work lifestyle.  Companies are listening and in record numbers are offering their employee populations different work-life options including flexible work schedules, telecommuting, and the ability to work from home. These work-life balance programs and scheduling options offer employees the flexibility to work when, how, and where they want.  And that makes your workforce very happy, engaged, and less overwhelmed.   It’s also equally challenging for your managers who must learn to begin managing, developing, and leading this new virtual and flexible employee.Companies that offer these work-life balance programs can leverage these benefits as part of their recruitment strategy to help attract and retain the best and brightest talent.  It’s a critical selling point especially for someone like me, a working mom.Our roles as woman, moms, and spouses are evolving, making a more flexible lifestyle even for both parents a must. Many of us are moms and dads balancing the expectations of work and family.  Companies who offer flexible scheduling programs often called workshifting can attract these high potential employees with little to no increase in salary and corporate benefits programs.  In fact, 17% of employees said they would consider taking a cut in pay if offered a flexible work schedule.While I’m not in favor of offering employees to take a reduction in pay for flexible scheduling options, the study proves how important achieving work-life balance is to the American collective.  Flexible work schedules provide companies other added benefits including a reduction in energy, property, and maintenance expenses by having your team work virtually.The key to recruiting talent using your company’s work-life balance program is in its messaging.  Employer branding campaigns should focus efforts on your flexible scheduling and work from home options that are available.  Be honest and let your employees who participate in your current programs speak for themselves through powerful testimonials using social media and video.  Be upfront and specific about your current employee flexible scheduling programs, and put them in writing.  By offering these benefits to new employees instead of only tenured employee population, you are setting yourself apart from your organization’s recruiting competition. This makes the candidate offer process easier, giving you the best possible and best performing talent to choose from.last_img read more