HK chief warns of economic fall rules out concessions

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam warned Friday that two months of pro-democracy demonstrations were causing economic chaos in the city but ruled out making concessions to “silence the violent protesters.” The embattled leader abruptly announced a press conference after meeting business leaders as demonstrators rallied at the airport, with the protest movement entering its third month. Lam, whose support for a bill to allow extradition to mainland China sparked the crisis, warned that the economic impact of the unrest threatened to be worse than the 2003 SARS outbreak in the financial hub. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The downturn this time came very quickly. Someone described it as coming like a tsunami,” Lam said. “Compared to the economic downturn caused by SARS that we handled previously, which caused an economic storm, the situation this time is more severe.” “In other words, the economic recovery will take a very long time,” she added. While Lam is a figure of hatred for many pro-democracy activists, her comments echo worried statements from the private sector and the tourism industry in particular. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific has warned bookings are down, travel agencies have reported drops of up to 50 percent in group tour bookings and the tourism board reported double-digit declines in visitor arrivals in the second half of July. Protesters have continued to stage almost daily rallies despite increasingly violent confrontations with police that have prompted several countries to issue Hong Kong travel warnings for their citizens. On Friday, thousands of pro-democracy protesters staged a sit-in at the airport to bring their message to arriving visitors. Lam has suspended the bill that sparked the crisis, but has not yet responded to protester calls to withdraw it altogether, and she has brushed aside demands for an enquiry into police brutality. She ruled out meeting the demands of protesters, which also include a call for the direct election of the city’s chief executive, currently chosen by Beijing. “As far as political solution is concerned, I don’t think we should just sort of make concessions in order to silence the violent protesters,” she said.last_img read more

Two crew hurt after Porter plane evades possible drone

first_img Share Tags: Porter Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, November 15, 2016 By: Colin Perkel Source: The Canadian Press TORONTO — Two crew members of a Porter Airlines flight en route from Ottawa to Toronto were slightly hurt Monday when a plane narrowly avoided a mid-flight collision with what may have been a drone, the airline said.The Dash 8 aircraft with 54 passengers was flying at just under 3,000 metres over Lake Ontario at 7:30 a.m. E.T. and was about 55 kilometres from Toronto’s island airport when the incident occurred.“The pilots noticed an object in the distance (and) as they approached the object, they realized it was very close to their flight path,” Porter Airlines said in a statement.“The pilots’ initial assessment was that it looked like a balloon. After debriefing, there is potential that the object was drone.”The pilots took evasive action and, contrary to some initial reports, there was no contact between the aircraft and object.The two flight attendants, who were in the process of securing the cabin for landing and weren’t in their seats, were pitched about the cabin, but continued with their duties.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backNo passengers were hurt and the plane landed normally. The flight attendants were taken to hospital as a precaution and released.A senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada told The Canadian Press that it was impossible to say at this point what the unidentified object was.“It happened so quick, they have no idea what it was. It’s just something that they knew they were going to hit unless they took evasive action,” Peter Rowntree said. “It happened that quickly.”Rowntree said the aircraft ducked under the object but could not say exactly how far the plane dived. He did, however, say the encounter was “very close.”Investigators have taken cockpit voice records and the flight-data recorder for analysis and to see how much the aircraft descended during its “very quick evasive action,” he said.“We may never be able to determine what exactly they saw,” Rowntree said.The growing threat of collisions with drones prompted Transport Canada in September to warn those flying them about the potential hazards they presented.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger“Before you take to the skies, make sure you understand the rules and follow them,” the agency says on its website. “Not doing so could put lives at risk and cost you up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time.”While flying drones under 35 kilograms requires no special permit, users must stay away from flying within nine kilometres of an airport or helicopter landing pad and no higher than 90 metres.Porter operates flights out of Toronto’s island airport to and from several Ontario cities, as well as to seven destinations in the U.S. Two crew hurt after Porter plane evades possible dronelast_img read more

Register now for ACVs Europe Regional training sessions

first_img UPDATE: Air Canada Vacations has made a correction on the Winnipeg date training and added a number of additional training dates. The correction and additional dates have been added below.MONTREAL — Travel agents across the country are invited to attend Air Canada Vacations’ Europe Regional training sessions ahead of its 2019 Europe Collection launch.At each session, ACV’s sales team will share highlights of the product lineup along with its new programs and partnerships. Portugal Tourism, the main event sponsor, will present alongside other Europe suppliers like Avis Rent A Car, Azamara Cruises, Insight Vacations and Royal Caribbean International.“Our Europe collection continues to expand and the resulting support from our trade partners has been fantastic,” said Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships at ACV. “We’re already seeing a terrific response from the trade and a lot of great feedback. Make sure you block your seat while there’s still space!”Agents can register via the following links:January 15, Formation Rive-Sud: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_south_shoreJanuary 15, Kelowna: westevents@vacv.com << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group January 15, Hamilton: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training__hamiltonJanuary 15, Oshawa: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/air_canada_vacations__oshawa__europe_reginoal_training_15_january_2019_breakfast_eventJanuary 16, Formation Granby: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_granbyJanuary 16, Victoria: westevents@vacv.comJanuary 17, Langley: westevents@vacv.comJanuary 17, Barrie: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_barrieJanuary 17, St. Catherine’s: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training__st_catherinesJanuary 17, Formation Saguenay: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_saguenayJanuary 23, Formation QC avec AC: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_quebecJanuary 25, Gatineau: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_gatineauJanuary 31, Halifax: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_halifaxFebruary 6, St. John’s: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_st_johnsFebruary 27, Winnipeg: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_winnipegMore news:  FIVE FESTIVE FOODS TO TRY AT EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETSAir Canada Vacations is reminding travel agents that when clients book 180 days prior to departure, they save up to $1,000 per couple. When they book 120 days prior, they save up to $500 per couple, and $300 per couple when booking 90 days prior. This offer is valid on bookings made between Nov. 5, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019, for travel from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019. Register now for ACV’s Europe Regional training sessions Tags: ACV, Air Canada Vacations, Europe, Training Posted by Monday, January 14, 2019 last_img read more