MP Tourism empanels India City Walks to curate heritage walks contentdriven tourism

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has empanelled ‘India City Walks’, as their official agency for curation and operation of heritage walks and content-driven tourism in the cities of Khajuraho, Orchha, Mandu and Bhopal.With a mission to offer engaging interactions with local cultures, ‘India City Walks’ intends to showcase Madhya Pradesh’s rich heritage through storytelling and create experiential delivery of tours for showcasing living heritage, like region’s language, lifestyles, ceremonies, festivities, cultures, etc. The heritage walking tours will focus on unique story, develop visitor experience, preserve the assets of the region and increase footprints.Srikant Pandey, IAS, Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism asserted, “Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board’s initiative of Heritage Walk is not just a statement but is a commitment.”Sachin Bansal, Founder and Chief Explorer, India City Walks, highlighted the similarities between the vision of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and that of India City Walks. “We are a passion-driven organisation and intend to showcase every city with its own flavour and tale. Madhya Pradesh has a lot to share in terms of history, heritage and culture. We wish to capture it for all the visitors,” he said.last_img read more

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Alphons assures support to PETA to ban elephant rides

first_imgIngrid Newkirk, Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently called on K J Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism, Government of India, and submitted 63,000 digitally-signed appeals from tourists requesting a ban on elephant rides. The petition was a result of a viral video which showed that the elephant being used for tourism was beaten so hard breaking its leg. Alphons watched the video during the meeting with the Newkirk and assured her that he would take measures to prevent cruelty against elephants.Newkirk remarked, “Representing tourists from all over the world, who would rather take home photographs of elephants living in nature than memories of a trip ruined by the sad plight of animals It was heartening to hear the Minister express his compassion and respect for the plight of these social, intelligent and sensitive beings thereby pledging to help.” PETA reported that Alphons has assured Newrick that he will issue an advisory to state governments and union territories on this matter. Earlier, the ministry had also received a letter from Academy Award winner, Anjelica Huston, requesting the minister to stop cruelty towards elephants.last_img read more

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ASI partners with Yatracom and BookMyShow

first_imgThe Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation, has inked a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) with Yatra.com and BookMyShow to enable national and international tourists to conveniently book their tickets online for 141 historical monuments which fall under the cognizance of ASI.The move is aimed towards supporting the ‘Digital India’ agenda of the Government of India, in order to facilitate digitisation of ASI’s service offerings, thereby providing fast track access and a world-class e-ticket booking experience to visitors. The partnership with Yatra (the only OTA to provide this facility) and BookMyShow will also be significant in promoting tourism and cultural heritage in India.Speaking on the partnership, Dhiresh Sharma, Chief Business Officer, Activities – Yatra, said, “In addition to providing online booking services, Yatra will be extending its platform for promoting cultural heritage and featuring all the essential information that a visitor needs to plan their sightseeing. We believe that this initiative, in partnership with The Archaeological Survey of India, will drive the convenience of ‘digital’ to all those planning to visit these sites.”Commenting on this partnership, Karan Arora, General Manager – Business Development, BookMyShow said, “The Archaeological Survey of India has taken lead in expanding e-ticketing for this segment. We are excited to work with them to innovate within this space and introduce unmatched convenience while contributing to the Government’s Digital India initiative.”As per information disclosed by APN News, ASI will manage the tickets for the 141 monuments, museums and sites and tickets to it can be booked online on Yatra and BookMyShow platforms.last_img read more

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Chamber FTC CFPB Need FineTuning

first_imgChamber: FTC, CFPB Need Fine-Tuning June 22, 2011 443 Views in Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Elizabeth Warren Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2011-06-22 Ryan Schuette Concerned by the risk that new regulatory infrastructure may duplicate existing financial rules, the “”U.S. Chamber of Commerce””:http://www.uschamber.com/ sent a letter to the “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx and “”Federal Trade Commission””:http://www.ftc.gov/ (FTC) on Monday outlining recommendations to minimize overlap between the former and the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB).[IMAGE]Addressing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ Chairman Jon Leibowitz, the letter called for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to strike out duplicative rules by the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ and “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ and separate the two institutions.””The “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/ urges the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ and the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ to accelerate their efforts to formalize a coordination plan through a [MOU], so as to avoid duplication, maximize enforcement resources, and provide clarity to both companies and consumers,”” David Hirschmann, president of the “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/, said in the letter.Responding to the letter, “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ spokesperson Peter Kaplan said, “”The “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ agrees with the “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/ that the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ and the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ should coordinate and cooperate in their activities to avoid unnecessary duplication and conflict and to protect consumers.””[COLUMN_BREAK]He added that the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ and “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ will develop a MOU to help meet the objectives that Hirschmann laid out.Hirschmann identified several areas of overlap, including joint authority in the enforcement of laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices, shared jurisdictions, and the ability by both agencies to enforce consumer protection laws that fall outside of the Dodd-Frank Act.The “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/ president went on to say that “”the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ vigorously exercised its authority in the financial services area”” prior to Dodd-Frank, which, upon passage, “”expanded the [“”FTC’s””:http://www.ftc.gov/] enforcement authority in this area”” and made it very likely that the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/ and “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ will share and duplicate powers.Speaking on behalf of the “”Chamber””:http://www.uschamber.com/, Hirschmann recommended the re-organization of the agencies along lines of comparable yet separate authority before the six-month deadline for implementation. He specifically recommended tasking “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ with the oversight of financial services and consumer credit institutions while leaving regulation of all other businesses to the “”FTC””:http://www.ftc.gov/.Hirschmann argued that making the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ an exclusive financial and consumer credit services regulatory agency would enhance the expertise of the two organizations, make their roles more consistent with the spirit of the Dodd-Frank Act, ensure compliance with federal rules and regulations, and allow consumers to choose which agency best serves their needs.Kaplan declined to speculate about whether the lack of a director at the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ might delay a MOU or any other understanding between the agencies over the next six months. Recent reports put the “”CFPB””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ on track to begin formal operations in July, even while embattled nominee Elizabeth Warren faces an unlikely confirmation amid opposition from Senate Republicans.last_img read more

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Consumer Confidence Mostly Weathers Government Shutdown

first_img October 14, 2013 473 Views Share Consumer Confidence (Mostly) Weathers Government Shutdown Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Politics Service Providers 2013-10-14 Tory Barringercenter_img in Data The University of Michigan’s “”Index of Consumer Sentiment””:http://www.sca.isr.umich.edu/ declined to a nine-month low in its preliminary October reading, but analysts say the drop wasn’t as bad as it could have been.[IMAGE]The index plunged to 75.2 in the mid-month report, down from 77.5 at the end of September. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected a preliminary value of 76.0.Still, given the current situation in Washington, October’s numbers aren’t so bad, says Amna Asaf, economist for “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/.””Given the impact of the ongoing government shutdown on some other measures, the modest decline in the University of Michigan’s index of consumer confidence … [COLUMN_BREAK]was comforting,”” Asaf said. “”We suspect that a combination of lower interest rates and gasoline prices helped to offset some of the negative impact from the shutdown.””The fall in the headline index was due entirely to a drop in consumer expectations. The Surveys of Consumers’ Index of Consumer Expectations fell to a 2013 low of 63.9 from September’s 67.8. While the index’s value “”is now consistent with a sharp slowdown in consumption growth in the fourth quarter,”” Capital Economics doubts that will happen, noting “”declines in sentiment don’t always translate into falls in actual spending.””Meanwhile, the Current Conditions Index was more or less flat at 92.8 (compared to 92.6 in September).While October’s preliminary reading was something of a relief, there’s every chance the final report will show a more significant decline in confidence.””Overall, while it’s a bit of good news that confidence didn’t fall by a whole lot, the preliminary reading of the University of Michigan Index has been relatively optimistic over the past year,”” Asaf said. “”We won’t be surprised if the final estimate (to be released in two weeks) will show a much bigger drop, as more recent survey responses are included.””If, however, Congress can reach an agreement on handling the debt ceiling this week, “”then presumably confidence will rebound a little.””last_img read more

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February Job Numbers Lift Mortgage Rates

first_img Share March 13, 2014 428 Views Last week’s improved (though still not great) jobs report brought a little bit of comfort to the financial markets, pushing mortgage rates up for the week.According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) came up nearly a tenth of a percentage point to 4.37 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending March 13. Last year, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.63 percent.The 15-year fixed average was 3.38 percent (0.6 point), up from 3.32 percent last week.In adjustable-rate products, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.09 percent (0.4 point) this week—up from 3.03 percent—while the 1-year ARM moved down slightly to 2.48 percent (0.4 point).Meanwhile, Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey showed increases all around: The 30-year fixed average moved up to 4.50 percent, the 15-year fixed came up to 3.51 percent, and the 5/1 ARM rose to 3.30 percent.While rates were up, they “remain well within the familiar range of recent weeks,” Bankrate said in a release.“A respectable jobs report removed some angst about the economy, but the persistent cold weather has still taken an apparent toll. With the Federal Open Market Committee meeting next week, it is likely that the Fed will stay the course on tapering their bond purchases, keeping bond yields and mortgage rates from any wild fluctuations.” Bankrate Freddie Mac Jobs Mortgage Rates 2014-03-13 Tory Barringercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination February Job Numbers Lift Mortgage Rateslast_img read more

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High Home Prices Are Here to Stay

first_img March 27, 2018 633 Views High Home Prices Are Here to Stay Share Buyers Days on Market Demand genworth mortgage Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners HOUSING Housing Markets Inventory median home prices Realtor.com S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices Supply Trulia 2018-03-27 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Home prices continued to rise in January reporting an annual growth of 6.2 percent according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index that was released by S&P Indices on Tuesday. The index, which consists of the National Home Price NSA Index, A 10-City Composite Index, and a 20-City Composite Index, reported price growth on all these indices. While the 10-City Composite recorded an annual increase of 6 percent, the 20-City Composite posted a 6.4 percent year-over-year growth. “The home price surge continues,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at the S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Since the market bottom in December 2012, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price index has climbed at a 4.7 percent real—inflation-adjusted—annual rate.”“Our first glimpse into Case Shiller home price data in 2018 confirms high prices are here to stay,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “In fact, if we continue to see a steady stream of buyers and owners remain largely uninterested in selling, we can expect prices to continue to rise.”The City Composite indices were once again dominated by some of the hottest markets in the country with Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco recording the highest price appreciation at 12.9 percent, 11.1 percent, and 10.2 percent respectively.“The hottest housing markets are once again dominated by the West, led by double-digit annual growth in Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco,” said Cheryl Young, Senior Economist at Trulia. “Seattle shows no signs of cooling anytime soon as it recorded its 25th consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year price growth. This is the first time since January 2016 that San Francisco is back into double-digit price growth territory, sounding alarm-bells in a city where median home prices hover around $1.3 million.”“Despite the high prices, homes don’t sit long before being snatched up in these areas, which suggests these markets remain tipped in favor of sellers as we head into spring,” Hale said. A low inventory and a low vacancy rate among owner-occupied housing are two factors supporting these price increases according to Blitzer. “The current months-supply—how many months at the current sales rate would be needed to absorb homes currently for sale—is 3.4; the average since 2000 is 6 months, and the high in July 2010 was 11.9. Currently, the homeowner vacancy rate is 1.6 percent compared to an average of 2.1 percent since 2000; it peaked in 2010 at 2.7 percent,” Blitzer said. Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance agreed. “The Case-Shiller Home Price Index continues to support our view that today’s housing market is driven by a mismatch of demand and supply. There is a robust demand by first-time homebuyers for affordable homes, and equally robust supply for higher-end homes,” he said.For those citing affordability issues in housing, Blitzer said that despite limited supplies, rising prices, and higher mortgage rates, affordability is not a concern. “Affordability measures published by the National Association of Realtors show that a family with a median income could comfortably afford a mortgage for a median-priced home,” he said.But where are those homes? “First-time home buyers, however, will continue to struggle to find homes within their price range as prices climb higher amid low inventory,” Young said. “Starter buyers continue to shoulder the greatest burden of unaffordability as low inventory and escalating prices grip the housing market.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, Newslast_img read more

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Australia ag robotics startup Agerris raises US4

first_img Australia ag robotics startup Agerris raises US$4. … A Chinese investment company has bought two of the biggest watermelon farms in Australia’s Northern Territory for AUD$27.5 million (US$20 million), in what is reported to be one of the most significant horticultural deals in the state’s history.ABC News reported the Hong Kong-based CK Hutchinson Holdings – which is owned by the autonomous territory’s richest man, Li Ka-shing – bought Stuart and Kane Younghusband’s melon farms near Mataranka, which cover a combined area of about 1,900 hectares.The new owners have signed a 10-year lease with the New South Wales-based Rombola Family Farms, which was this year found to have sold rockmelons (cantaloupes) contaminated with listeria, which led to a miscarriage and the deaths of seven people.ABC said it understands the Foreign Investment Review Board gave its approval for the sale to go ahead, which settled shortly before Treasurer Josh Frydenberg blocked one of CK Holding’s subsidiaries, CK Investment, from buying the majority of Australia’s gas transmission pipeline.The two Mataranka farms, which were run as separate businesses, produced about 25,000 metric tons (MT) of watermelons every year, which is more than half of the Northern Territory’s 46,000MT annual melon production.Agricultural consultant Ian Baker reportedly said the sale of the two properties was one of the biggest horticultural deals he had seen in northern Australia.”In the [Northern Territory] horticultural industry, farms have been selling between $5 [million] and $10 million, so this is a big sale,” Baker was quoted as saying. Monsanto dealt first Australian lawsuit over cance … November 27 , 2018 Aussie produce industry sets ambitious goals for s … You might also be interested in Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal …last_img read more

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Miraculous mangoes How the fruit is advancing pla

first_img Miraculous mangoes: How the fruit is advancing pla … You might also be interested in U.S.: Procacci Brothers acquires family-owned prod … July 13 , 2019 California’s tight supply of avocados has contributed to price peaks this season, due to the unwavering demand for the fruit, says California Avocado Commission’s vice president of marketing, Jan DeLyser.While early forecasts predicted the state would harvest 175 million pounds – almost half of last year’s total volume – this figure has seen a slight dip.DeLyser says that, currently, “[California’s] total volume forecast remains at 170 million pounds.”She explains that the supply was tight this year due to its lighter-than-average volume, which was a result of the extreme heat in 2018.As for this year, “spring rains and market conditions contributed to delayed harvesting on the front end of the season.”This led to a shift of timing versus initial expectations and an extension of the California avocado season into August.”Most of this season’s California avocado crop will be harvested by the end of August, with limited availability of California avocados following, she notes.As the state’s volumes wind down, the avocado import volume is expected to increase as summer transitions into fall.center_img When it came to making sure the state’s limited supply was as sufficient as possible, she explains: “California Avocado Commission has worked with handlers to target supply primarily to loyal customers in California as well as in some other markets.”For many retail customers there has been adequate supply to support on-shelf merchandising and display programs.”In regards to the retail programs the commission typically offers, this year’s circumstances meant there was marked a shift in approach.”As expected, promotion this year does not necessarily mean traditional price promotions, so though demand has been good, feature ad activity is down,” DeLyser comments.”Branded foodservice programs are also down this year but we are already working with targeted chains for next year when supply is expected to be higher.”She indicates that while Hass avocados continue to be the major crop, interest in other local varieties is on the increase.In particular, there have been some targeted retail programs this year with both the Reed and GEM varieties.”Supplies of these varieties are limited but increasing,” she concludes. South Africa: Consecutive record citrus crop expec … Japanese apple saplings reportedly sold illegally … last_img read more

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australiaCommonwealth GameseventsHelloworld Travel

first_imgaustraliaCommonwealth GameseventsHelloworld TravelHelloworld Travel Mackay General Manager of Helloworld Travel Mackay, Annabel Dolphin, was given the opportunity to present the Commonwealth Games medals for the Women’s 4 x 200m relay at the Optus Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast.With a games record-breaking swim on Saturday night to take out the Gold medal, Annabel had the pleasure of presenting Australian swimmers Emma McKeon, Brianna Throssell, Leah Neale and Ariarne Titmus. Silver went to Canada and Bronze to England.IMAGE: Annabel Dolphin presenting to Australian Swimmers L-R; Emma McKeon, Brianna Throssell, Leah Neale and Ariarne Titmuslast_img read more

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