In Loving Memory Of Avoya Chairman Pal Anderson

first_imgPal AndersonMay 15, 1922 – February 10, 2019 We are deeply saddened to share that Avoya Travel Chairman and Founder Pal Anderson passed away Sunday, February 10 at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Pat; his sons, Van and Brad; and his eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Pal is remembered as an adventurer, an entrepreneur, a dreamer and pioneer. His zest for life, passion for travel, and appreciation for people and relationships left enduring impressions on all who knew him. Born on May 15, 1922 in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Colorado, Pal valued family above all else and was a traveler at heart. He attended the University of Colorado before serving in the United States Navy during World War II where he participated in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. After his service, Pal finished his BA in Economics and moved to Washington to work in his family’s automobile business. In 1950, Pal married his loving and supportive wife Pat. Together they raised their two sons, Van and Brad, and took on life as one great adventure. Always an idea man who embraced change, Pal has had a profound impact on his family’s travel business. Pal and Pat first entered the travel industry in 1964 while living in Hawaii when they purchased and ran a Hawaiian tour company. After moving to California, together they opened a retail travel agency in Escondido, which eventually became Anderson Travel and Cruises with 10 retail locations throughout San Diego. With the changing tide of the Internet, the family’s brick and mortar travel agency chain evolved into the innovative and award-winning travel company known today as Avoya Travel. Pal’s wanderlust and core values have been passed down to his children and grandchildren, who are now at the helm of the travel business that he and Pat created. One of the greatest honors in Pal’s travel career came in 2014 when he welcomed many colleagues and friends to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his family’s business. The entire Avoya Travel family extends our deepest sympathies to Pal’s wife, Pat, and his family. Pal’s life was celebrated at a private service on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to www.Tourism Cares.org. The family fondly notes that aside from a donation, Pal’s wish would be for friends and family to see and experience the world together through travel. Today, Avoya Travel is one of the most awarded travel companies with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative travel brands. With an elite Network of over 1,250 independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides a better vacation planning experience for travelers by combining modern technologies with the expertise of travel professionals. Cruise lines and travel industry partners continuously recognize Avoya’s ingenuity and success with Travel Partner of the Year awards and accolades for best-in-class innovation and leadership.last_img read more

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Justin Timberlake Headlines Mawazine Opening Night

Rabat – The streets of Rabat are filled with a robust bustle that can only mean one thing: Mawazine is back.Now in its thirteenth year, the free, ten-day annual music festival opened last night in the Moroccan capital amidst a spirit of lively anticipation and excitement. Each year, high-profile international artists and beloved regional performers join local groups in a mélange of musical styles that never fails to encapsulate Mawazine’s motto: “rhythms of the world.”The festival’s outdoor stages are spread out around the city, designated by genre. Salé hosts Moroccan artists, while African artists perform at Bouregreg and Oriental artists at Nahda. Special world music performances will take place at Chellah, in addition to discovery music at the National Theatre Mohammad V and Tarab music at the Renaissance Cultural Center. One of the biggest names on this year’s bill, American pop singer Justin Timberlake, opened the festival Friday night at the international stage in Souissi. Throngs of Moroccans and foreigners alike joined Rabatis who came out to see Timberlake’s first performance in the country. The annual opportunity to see such a high-profile musician perform for free was met with a great deal of expectation from the audience, which included groups of young people as well as couples and families. Attendees reminisced about their favorite international performances over the last few years, from Kanye West and Rihanna to Yusuf Islam. Many listed off the songs they hoped to hear, from early tracks like Rock Your Body and Senorita to classic standbys like Sexyback.Timberlake’s performance began with a great deal of enthusiasm, as audience members cheered, clapped and screamed when he came on stage. Many danced and sang along as he performed his most famous songs. However, some expressed disappointment with Timberlake’s stage presence, noting a general lack of enthusiasm and audience engagement from the nine-time Grammy winner. “It seemed like he was annoyed with the audience; they didn’t clap along and repeat the lines he asked them to,” said one audience member.Others mused that perhaps the crowd was turned off by his covers of other musicians’ songs. “We’re not going to sing along to a Michael Jackson song or an Elvis song… When I go to a Justin Timberlake concert I want to hear Justin Timberlake songs.” Despite the mild disappointment, the atmosphere of celebration prevailed and attendees predicted which performances would prove more successful. “I can’t wait to see Alicia Keys. She’ll put on a great live show,” commented one attendee as she left the concert grounds.While the big-name international performances can be hit-or-miss, many see the festival as more of an opportunity for Moroccan artists to shine in front of a wide audience. “I’m usually more impressed with the local groups,” one attendee said, noting that their shows are often more personal and energetic than Timberlake’s route performance. Among the variety of Moroccan performers who will perform at the Salé stage this year are rapper Masta Flow, twin sisters Safaâ and Hanaâ, and Amazigh fusion group Tifyour.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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