Jetstar launches first low-cost Korea-Australia link

first_imgK-pop dancers celebrate the launch of the new Gold Coast-Seoul Jetstar flights. Photo: Queensland Airports Jetstar has opened up Australia’s first direct low-cost airline connection with Korea amid a flurry of K-Pop dancers and a hope that the Korean penchant to travel will lead them to Queensland’s Gold Coast.The timing of the December 8 launch of the Gold Coast-Seoul flights is not entirely auspicious; it comes as Jetstar grapples with industrial action on two fronts from pilots and ground staff demanding better pay and conditions.The Australian carrier is operating the three-times-weekly Boeing 787 service in a codeshare partnership with Korean budget counterpart Jeju Air.Supported by the Queensland Government in partnership with Queensland Airports and destination Gold Coast, the flights represent an additional 52,625 seats into the holiday destination annually.READ: Philippines Airlines expands to PerthQueensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Korean tourism market had grown steadily from 63,000 visitors in the year to June 2016 to 76,000 in the year to June 2019.JetstarJetstar’s inaugural Korea flight receives a water cannon salute. Photo: Queensland AirportsShe said research also showed visitor nights from younger Korean tourists to Queensland had grown by 12.5 percent in the 12 months to June 2019.“Over the next three years, this service will create nearly 2000 new tourism jobs, bring an extra 156,000 inbound airline seats to the Gold Coast and generate more than $176 million for the Queensland economy,” she said.Jetstar chief executive Gareth Evans said South Koreans traveled more per capita than any other country in the Asia Pacific and ranked Australia at the top country they want to visit.“The Gold Coast is the perfect gateway to explore Queensland and the rest of the country and we look forward to working with our partners to continue to promote the city and the region to make this service a success,” he said.Queensland Airports chief executive Chris Mills said the new flights created an important link between the Gold Coast and Korea and opened up another international destination for local travelers.“It means South Koreans will have a direct link to our stunning beaches and hinterland, delivering significant benefits to our economy,” he said.Seoul JetstarThe first Jetstar passengers from Seoul disembark on the return flight. Photo: Queensland Airports.Later welcoming the first passengers from Korea after the return flight landed December 9, Mills said cultural awareness training had been delivered for employees and terminal stakeholders and a Korean liaison officer had been employed as part of customer service preparations for the new Seoul service.“We are really focused on ensuring South Korean visitors receive a warm welcome and fond farewell when they travel through Gold Coast Airport,” he said.“Our Korean liaison officer is on hand to provide any assistance required, while many of our employees and key stakeholders in the terminal have undergone cultural awareness training to ensure we are doing our best to assist our customers.”last_img read more

Mainstream Media Usage of Web 2.0 Services is Increasing

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I was reading a Time magazine article online today, entitled Marketing to yourmind. This article was very provocative and I enjoyed reading it. But after I wasdone, something else caught my attention. I was surprised to see a row of ‘web 2.0’buttons at the bottom of the article. Time magazine, a mainstream publication, has animpressive array of web links to these services. Is this an indication that mainstreammedia has caught the new social media winds? Time magazine after all did name theWeb-enabled YOU as their person of the Year last year.Media is the vehicle for disseminating new servicesWhether we like it or not, media has a huge influence on us. We learn news and inexchange media gets to pitch us (gently) their points of view and their advertisements.The blogosphere has a strong hold on the minds of early adopters. However, it ismainstream publications that reach millions of people – many of whom still know verylittle nothing about new web technologies.Saturating media hubs – like New York Times, PCMagazine and Business Week – with linksto popular new web sites and services, is critical to achieving the threshold for massadoption of those services. So the key question is: Has mainstream mediarecognized ‘web 2.0’ (or the read/write Web, or whatever you want to call it)?To answer this question, we reviewed the web sites of some prominent newspapers andmagazines. The result is the chart below. Related Posts richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As seen from the chart, and perhaps surprisingly, many publications have incorporatedweb 2.0 services into their sites. Time magazine has a particularly impressive array,followed closely by New York Times, Washington Post and InfoWorld. Notably twopublications owned by IDG, Macworld and ComputerWorld, are lagging behind. Yet even thesepublications recognize the power of RSS – the single most widely adopted feature. Indeed,all the mainstream media websites I surveyed had RSS feeds.Mainstream adoption is nearingIt appears that we are nearing a tipping point for the mass adoption of prominent web2.0 services, like digg and del.icio.us. Endorsement by mainstream media opens theseservices up to millions of people who otherwise would either not know about them, or nottake them seriously. So these are not just links, these are literally endorsements – orrecognition of additional value for mainstream media.The image above is from Dr. Barabasi’s networkgalleryAnd if 2007 brings massive adoption to services like del.icio.us, digg and facebook,what would those services be worth then?! Ironically I am writing this from one of theStarbucks cafes on Wall Street, which after it got burned by tech stocks in 1999practically closed its doors to the tech IPOs. Could the mainstream adoption of theseservices change the minds of gray-haired men and women in Armani suits? Perhaps. What wedo know is that whenever crowds come, the (advertising) money follows. Of course onlytime will tell, but it seems like 2007 will provide a good measuring stick for mainstreamadoption of ‘web 2.0’.center_img Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManuslast_img read more

Illinois ~ Sales and Use Tax: Personal Property Lease Tax Does Not Apply Outside Chicago

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Illinois Supreme Court held that Chicago’s taxation of car rentals outside city limits under its personal property lease transaction tax ordinance violated the city’s home rule powers under the home rule article of the Illinois constitution. Home rule units may not extend their taxing power beyond the home rule unit’s borders absent express legislative authority. Chicago announced it would assume that short-term vehicle lease transactions occurring within three miles of the city’s borders were taxable under its ordinance if the lessee intended to use the vehicle in Chicago more than 50% of the time or was a Chicago resident. To help determine whether a transaction was taxable, the ordinance provided language for rental agreements through which the lessee would notify the lessor that she intended to use the leased vehicle either inside or outside of Chicago more than 50% of the time. The ordinance was challenged by car rental companies. Chicago argued that the tax was imposed on the use of vehicles inside Chicago. The Court found that the tax was not imposed on a lessee’s use but on either a lessee’s stated intent as to where the lessee would use the vehicle, or a conclusive presumption that a Chicago resident would use the vehicle in Chicago.The Hertz Corp. v. The City of Chicago, Illinois Supreme Court, No. 119945, 119960, January 20, 2017, ¶403-195last_img read more

3rd ODI: Kedar Jadhav ton leads India to series sweep

first_imgKedar Jadhav’s first international century led India past Zimbabwe by 83 runs in the third one-day game and a series sweep on Tuesday.Jadhav’s 105 not out formed the backbone of the India innings at Harare Sports Club, rescuing the 2011 Cricket World Cup champion from 82 for 4 in a 144-run partnership with Manish Pandey.Pandey made 71, and India reached 276 for 5 in 50 overs.Zimbabwe was bowled out for 193, with allrounder Stuart Binny taking 3 for 55 for India with his seamers. Mohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh and Axar Patel shared two wickets apiece.Murali Vijay was the surprising wicket taker when he trapped E Chigumbara leg before for 10.Touring with an under-strength team led by stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, India clinched a whitewash and got better during the series, winning games by four runs, 62 runs, and then by Tuesday’s comfortable margin.Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field. After 21.4 overs, the India were tottering at 82 for 4 before Jadhav and debutant Pandey stitched the vital partnership. Robin Uthappa was the other major contributor with 31 runs of 44 balls at number three. The men in blue finished 276 for 5 in their quota of 50 overs. Chasing, Zimbabwe built a base for themselves at 150 for 3 in the 35th over, led by Chamu Chibhabha’s 82. But the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 43 runs to hand India a 3-0 series sweep.Kedar Jadhav was adjudged the Man of the Match and Ambati Rayudu was awared the Man of the Series. The teams move on to a two-game Twenty20 series starting on Friday. advertisementlast_img read more

Canada sees largest influx of immigrants since 1950s Statistics Canada

first_imgCANADA (NEWS 1130) – Last year marked the largest influx of immigrants Canada has since the first World War, according to Statistics Canada.Statistics Canada says the increase in population continues to be driven by international migration.“With the addition of the fourth quarter data, population estimates for 2018 are now complete,” read the release. “Canada grew by 528,421 in 2018, of which 80.5% was due to international migration.”“This level of increase has not been seen since the 1950s.”Statistics Canada says the number of people immigrating to this country between Oct. 1 last year and Jan. 1, hit more than 70,000.“Rapid population growth is not typical for a fourth quarter,” read a release from Statistics Canada. “In fact, this is when population growth is generally slowest because of seasonal patterns associated with births and the arrival of immigrants and non-permanent residents.”Alberta and Nunavut saw the fastest population growth during that time at 0.4 per cent.last_img read more