Real Madrid 7 Deportivo La Coruna 1: Seven-up for Zidane’s men as Bale shines Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 1/22/18 Getty Images Braces from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nacho saw Real Madrid emphatically back to winning ways in LaLiga against Deportivo. Gareth Bale dragged Real Madrid away from the ignominy of a third straight home defeat in LaLiga by netting a match-turning brace before Deportivo La Coruna collapsed to a 7-1 defeat.Cristiano Ronaldo and, in a more unlikely turn of events, Nacho, also notched doubles to boost under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane.Loses to Barcelona and Villarreal either side of the mid-season break contributed to leaving Madrid fourth and 19 points off the pace in the title race, and further woes awaited when Adrian Lopez capitalised on slack defending to net a 23rd-minute opener. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Amid palpable unrest from the stands, Madrid steadied themselves and centre-back Nacho levelled, before Bale took centre stage.The Wales star finished exquisitely to give Zidane’s men the lead at the break and he converted Toni Kroos’ corner before the hour to make the points safe.That Bale is now Madrid’s joint-top scorer in LaLiga with six this season owes much to Ronaldo’s trials in front of goal.Those were again gruesomely evident until the five-time Ballon d’Or winner followed Luka Modric onto the scoresheet 12 minutes from time and his brave diving header preceded Nacho completing a rout that leaves Deportivo slumped in the relegation zone.FT: #RealMadrid 7-1 @RCDeportivo (@nachofi1990 32′, 88′, @GarethBale11 42′, 58′, @lm19official 68, @Cristiano 78′, 84′; Adrián 23′). #RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Ui6GZlv51f— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) January 21, 2018Borja Mayoral was preferred in attack alongside Ronaldo and Bale by Zidane and the 20-year-old forward turned Modric’s cross goalwards to draw a fifth-minute stop from Ruben Martinez in the Deportivo goal.Madrid largely ambled through the opening exchanges, with nothing to show for their meagre efforts, and the Bernabeu faithful whistled their side when they fell behind.Florin Andone’s clever flick on caught out Dani Carvajal and Lucas Perez scooted past a napping Raphael Varane for Adrian to slide home.Marcelo was the closest player to the Deportivo goalscorer and, seemingly stung, the left-back drove an impressive response from the hosts.He saw an angled volley flash wide before Ruben brilliantly saved a Ronaldo header from the Brazil international’s 28th-minute cross.Ruben then fortuitously turned a Marcelo drive on to the base of his post and it was no surprise to see him turn provider as Nacho steered home in assured fashion.Madrid kept their momentum rumbling on and were rewarded three minutes before half-time.Ronaldo went to ground under minimal encouragement from Depor defender Fabian Schar and, as he berated the referee, Bale collected the loose ball from Marcelo’s cross and curled a sumptuous strike into the top corner.5 – Gareth Bale has scored five goals in 2018, more than any other La Liga player in all competitions. Express. pic.twitter.com/JpF08WuzJy— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 21, 2018Five minutes into the second half, Ronaldo contrived to foul Schar as Carvajal’s low ball across the box suggested a tap-in.A sliding Mayoral was unable to provide the decisive touch at the end of Marcelo’s latest raid and, in another recurring theme of the match, Ruben showed lightning reactions in the 58th minute to deny Casemiro from Kroos’ cross.Kroos trotted over to the left flank to take the resulting corner when Bale rose unchallenged to muscularly power home the header.Mayoral headed a Bale cross off target from four yards and that miss heralded the introduction of Karim Benzema, a substitution that was whistled by a section of supporters apparently underwhelmed by the long-awaited reunion of the BBC.Ronaldo had a contribution to enjoy as his 68th-minute backheel teed up Modric to crisply net his first league goal of the season from the edge of the box.Andone should have pulled one back from close range for Deportivo before Ronaldo controlled brilliantly with his chest, only to finish with all the poise of a rank amateur.There was relief and a notable lack of his trademark celebration when Ronaldo finished Casemiro’s cross from close range.He joined Bale with a double but paid a painful price in the 84th minute, bloodied by Schar’s boot as he bravely converted a centre from substitute Lucas Vazquez.Nacho suffered far less for his own satisfaction, converting a set-piece against opponents who appeared to have clocked off before the final whistle.Key Opta stats:- This is the second time under Zidane that Madrid have scored seven goals in a single LaLiga match, the other also a 7-1 victory against Celta Vigo in March 2016.- Adrian scored his second LaLiga goal at the Santiago Bernabeu, having also scored for Atletico Madrid against Real in 2011.- After 16 matches, Nacho has already matched his best scoring record in a single LaLiga season (3).- Bale has scored eight goals in six league appearances against Deportivo.- Only Lionel Messi (17) has provided more LaLiga assists than Toni Kroos in the last two seasons – the German level with Luis Suarez on 15. read more
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Before: Take the Farm Friends SurveyAfter: Farm Friends Asks: What’s Your Fantasy Meal? Subject lines are more important than you might think. On average, at least 100 emails flood your constituents’ inboxes every single day. That’s a lot of digital noise to shout over, which is why your email subject lines need as much TLC as the content inside. Here’s a simple, four-step makeover to help transform your subject lines from ho-hum to “Oh, wow!” 1. State the ObviousDon’t dance around the point of your email. Talk straight to your recipients about what they’ll find inside. You can be creative and pique curiosity, but for best results, make sure you answer the question, “What’s this email about?” If you make readers think too hard, they may just opt to delete without reading and move on to their next message. For newsletters, highlight the key piece of content you’re sending—a subject line like “Fall 2013 Newsletter” is easy to gloss over in a busy inbox.Before: All the news that’s fit to emailAfter: The Top 10 Women in Science 4. Keep It ShortMake every word count. After you’ve written your subject line, go back and delete words or phrases that don’t add value. Ideally, stick with around 50 characters or less. Some studies have found that the 28- to 39-character range is the sweet spot for maximum open rates.Before: Final reminder to make reservations to attend the Strutting Dog Gala on October 15, 2013!After: Strutting Dog Gala: Last day to RSVP! 3. Avoid the Spam TrapWhy bother with killer content if your subject line gets it caught in the spam filter? Keep your message front and center by avoiding things like cute symbols and special characters—spam filter magnets that attract the wrong kind of attention. Subject lines containing the words help, RE, or FWD are often interpreted as scams.Before: ♥♥♥You will LOVE these PREMIUM GIFTS for your donation!!!♥♥♥After: Cool donor gifts from Heart Healthy Houston! 2. Stand Out from the Crowd In a sea of emails, it helps to be a little different. Add a touch of visual interest with brackets, quotes, a smidge (just a smidge) of all caps, or an exclamation point (just one!). Personalize your subject line with the recipient’s city or state, which typically generate higher open rates than first or last names. Instead of telling people what’s inside, try asking a question that piques their curiosity.Before: SafeSurf loves its volunteersAfter: SafeSurf LOVES its volunteers! Before: Hot dog! Get down and boogie with your beagle!After: Join Long Island Pet Rescue’s Fall Frolic Before: RE: Help a veteran find a homeAfter Homes for Heroes Fall Fundraiser wants you! Revamping your subject lines with these simple tips can make a big difference in your email open rates. You might even see a boost in constituent engagement and giving!Don’t forget:Your email subject lines can show how much you respect your constituents’ busy schedules by telling them exactly what they’ll find inside.It’s okay to add a little visual interest to your subject line, just don’t overdo it and catch the eye of the spam filter instead.Short and sweet is best when it comes to subject lines. Always try to keep them under 50 characters. Before: Books for Kids is Coming to your neighborhoodAfter: Books for Kids is Coming to Newport!
Where does the time go? There are just ninety days left until the end of the year. This means that you’re probably putting the final touches on your year-end fundraising plans and have a solid campaign ready to go. Not so much? First, don’t panic. There’s still plenty of time to create a solid plan and get the most out of the year-end giving season. Take a deep breath, then carve out some time to review your goals and start honing your campaign materials. Here at Network for Good, we recently published two free fundraising guides that can help you plan your marketing efforts and create a great appeal. You can download them here (registration required): How to Make the Case for Giving 7 Steps to Your Best Nonprofit Marketing Plan EverSecond, surround yourself with inspiration and smart advice. Our goal is to supply both with this blog, and here are a few of our favorites to add to your list:Future Fundraising Now: No-nonsense practical advice from Jeff Brooks, one of our favorite fundraising gurus.Sasha Dichter’s Blog: Big thoughts on giving from the mastermind behind Generosity Day.Sea Change Strategies: Alia and Mark offer simply brilliant thoughts on nonprofit storytelling, effective appeals, strategic planning, and everything in between.Fundraiser Grrl: When you need a laugh, Fundraiser Grrl totally gets it.For more inspiration, check out the Nonprofit Boot Camp and Social Media for Nonprofits conference happening on October 10 & 11 in San Francisco. Our friends at Social Media for Nonprofits have put together some great workshops to help your organization be the best it can be. There’s still time to register, and you can save $20 off with the code “N4G”.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes that, if they want to, football players should use their platform to speak out on societal issues.The 31-year-old has practiced what he preaches by founding Common Goal, a campaign for footballers to redistribute a small percentage of their earnings to charitable causes around the world.Mata has managed to get several of the game’s biggest names to sign up, including Mats Hummels, Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Morgan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “It’s a reality that there is a lot of money in football. And for me, the problem is not that,” Mata said in an interview with ESPN FC.”That’s not a problem at all because football generates a lot of things for the world, and a lot of passion and a lot of money. So it’s normal that something that big generates a lot of money.”If we can use a part of that money to actually invest in football, but in a different kind of football, which is a social football, then I think it makes a lot of sense.”In addition to giving back financially, the Spaniard also believes that footballers have a societal responsibility to speak out and use their platform for positive change. “I think there are still people that think, ‘Why is this football player speaking about all these things?'” Mata said. “Why not? That’s my point of view. Why not?””I’m very happy to be a football player.” Mata continued. “I’m happy to have played many games and win some important trophies. I feel very privileged and lucky about that and hopefully I can win many more. But I think we are here to do, in a way, something else.”When you’re in a profession like this, you have that responsibility in terms of so many people following you, so many people watching the game.”Mata, who joined United from Chelsea in 2014, has won many trophies during his time in the game, including the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and Copa del Rey.However, the midfielder believes that there is something even more important that footballers can do in their careers besides winning championships. “Helping other people is probably more meaningful than scoring a goal in the final,” Mata said. “If you can do something different, a different kind of goal, then much better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Eintracht Frankfurt board member Axel Hellmann wants last season’s semi-finalists to be drawn against Manchester United in the Europa League group stage.Bundesliga side Eintracht advanced to the group stage for the second successive season thanks to Thursday’s entertaining 3-0 win at home to Strasbourg.Eintracht lost the first leg 1-0 but the German outfit rallied to complete a 3-1 aggregate triumph in Frankfurt, where both teams were reduced to 10 men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Led by Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller – who have since left for Real Madrid and West Ham – Eintracht reached the semi-finals last season before losing to Chelsea on penalties.Premier League giants and 2017 Europa League champions United are in pot one for Friday’s draw, while Eintracht are in pot two.”We saw a drama-filled spectacle today,” Hellmann said.”The atmosphere here is something special and it gives the players a second wind. It’s hard to compare it to the Bundesliga.”I’d like us to be drawn against Manchester United in the group stage. That would be a dream, just like playing Chelsea last season was.”An own goal from Strasbourg’s Stefan Mitrovic in the 26th minute levelled the play-off tie on aggregate at Commerzbank-Arena.Eintracht were dealt a blow on the stroke of half-time when star Ante Rebic was sent off, but the hosts still managed to prevail thanks to Filip Kostic’s stunning free-kick and a Danny da Costa strike after Dimitri Lienard saw red for Strasbourg.”It’s important for Eintracht Frankfurt to be in the draw,” Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter said.”The sense of unity between the fans, the coaching staff and the players is what got us through.”Filip played brilliantly and showed just how valuable he is. Ante also had a very good game. Daichi [Kamada] deserves praise too.” After finishing seventh in the Bundesliga last season, Eintracht lost their most recent league game against Red Bull Leipzig 2-1 to currently sit 10th in the league.
French football’s fight against homophobia went worldwide on Wednesday as Nice’s 2-1 loss to Marseille at the Allianz Riviera became the most high-profile game to date to be suspended because of displays of intolerance from certain sections of the crowd.Midway through the opening period, the home supporters unveiled three offensive banners in succession, prompting referee Clement Turpin to enter into a discussion with the match delegate.After a brief stoppage following the first sarcastic banner, the players were ordered off the field for 10 minutes when a second, cruder, message was displayed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “The referee was right to interrupt the match,” Nice boss Patrick Vieira said afterwards. “It’s unacceptable. The message has been clear and the referee had no choice.”Maybe he could have given us a little more time to go to see the supporters and ask them to remove the banners. But I hope that this won’t happen again, here or elsewhere.”The former France and Arsenal midfielder is set to be disappointed.Since referees were instructed to clamp down on displays of homophobia at French football grounds amid a general drive in France to tackle intolerance, a string of matches have been halted, beginning with Nancy’s encounter with Le Mans in Ligue 2 on August 16.Referee Mehdi Mokhtari won widespread praise for being the first to act.“I wish to extend my congratulations to referee Mokhtari and the delegate of the LFP, Alain Marseille, who took their responsibilities and decided to halt the match between Nancy and Le Mans for homophobic insults,” Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineaunu wrote on Twitter.”It’s a first. And a last – I hope.”Sadly, several fixtures have since been interrupted because of the new zero-tolerance approach, including those between Nimes and Nice, Angers and Metz, and Nimes and Monaco last weekend. At other games, however, a blind eye has been turned to homophobic insults, while no game has yet been called off – even though referees have been asked to employ postponement as a third-strike measure against non-compliant fans.Homophobia has been an issue within the French game for some time.Indeed, World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann – the closest thing France has to the equivalent of the ‘all-American hero’ – addressed the problem during an interview with gay magazine Tetu in May.“Homophobia is not an opinion, but a crime,” the forward stated. “And now if a player makes homophobic remarks on the pitch, I think I’ll stop playing the match. Because it has to change.”It’s true that stadiums are not very hospitable places for homosexuals. There are sometimes homophobic songs. In our time, this is unacceptable. This attitude, we all end up paying for it.”The controversy has primarily arisen because of the use of the word ‘enculer’ – which roughly translates as ‘go f*ck yourself up the a*se’ – in a chant typically heard all over France that takes aim at whichever person or group happens to be the target of their ire.In Nancy’s case, that is local rivals Metz, and club president Jean-Michel Roussier believes that they were an easy target for authorities looking to make an early statement of intent.”We feel like a scapegoat, the magnitude of the event seems excessive to me,” he complained. Meanwhile, prominent Nancy supporter Jean-Michel Goncalves wondered to L’Equipe: “Why are we being singled out today when we’ve been singing this song for 20 years?”We’ve nothing against homosexuals. When you insult Metz, it’s more for tradition.”Similarly, security officials at Marseille, who will meet with fans to discuss the issue, are concerned that a rapid change of approach from referees will be difficult to replicate in terms of supporters’ attitudes.“Some expressions have been part of the language of Marseille for a long time,” one unnamed source within the club told L’Equipe. “It’s a sociological problem. We need education well before fans get to the stadium.”Fans are being asked to find more imaginative and less offensive ways to insult their traditional rivals, but it comes amid a climate of discontent in the stands in which ultras groups feel that they are being targeted for all the ills in the game.Saint-Etienne’s banners before their opening home match of the season against Brest summed up the mood of fans around the country, who see potential new legislation to allow them to drink beer in the stands as a peace offering.In a series of six banners, Sainte’s ultras outlined their discontent with the authorities: “MD1. Banned from going into the centre of Dijon.“MD2. A stand is shut.“MD3. Match pushed back to Wednesday.“MD4. Fans are not allowed to go to Marseille.“So, it’s not for beer that we care… We especially thirst for freedom.”Four groups of fans were not allowed to travel to support their sides on matchday two of the Ligue 1 season, and this is not an atypical occurrence; by the end of the 2018-19 season, such restrictions had been put in place more than 600 times in nine years.“It’s house arrest,” Greg Massabo, a spokesperson for Nice’s Populaire Sud told France Bleu on that particular weekend. “We’re treated more severely than wanted criminals. If we were gangsters or thugs, I would understand these measures, but I’m a father with a job – I just want to support my club.”Nice published an official statement condemning this ban and Vieira also spoke out against it, stating: “It annoys me because it happens quite often. It’s a lot easier to give a ban to everyone than to have plans to control the few troublemakers. And I think football loses there.”In this context, opening up another battlefront against a group that already feels victimised – and in some cases justly – is likely to only fuel discontent against the authorities and, as such, is unlikely to have the immediate impact that the powers that be desire.Fans, however, have a responsibility to recognise that their fight for the right to travel freely on matchdays is nothing compared to the homosexual struggle for acceptance within football.As Wednesday’s drama was playing out in Nice, the LFP was busy announcing that Nancy would have a stand closed because of the “discriminatory chants” that had plagued their match against Le Mans, highlighting the zero-tolerance attitude that is now present.To that end, France is leading the fight against homophobia in football as the third decade of the 21st century dawns.However, in order to secure a quicker victory they would be advised to treat every fan with the respect that they deserve.
European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson has said he is in favour of taking away one automatic Champions League berth from the top four European leagues. Olsson has hit back at changes proposed by Juventus president and European Club Association chief Andrea Agnelli, who wants to expand the Champions League.Under Agnelli’s proposal, the Champions League group stage would change from eight groups of four to six groups of six, increasing the number of matches for each team from six to 10. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Agnelli is hoping to switch to a Champions League model that contains promotion and relegation, putting more of an emphasis on European performance. Olsson, whose European Leagues organisation represents the interests of 36 professional leagues across 29 countries, is not in agreement with Agnelli’s proposal, saying it “closes the opportunities for others.” The Swede has instead fixated on a three-tier model for the Champions League in which qualification is based solely on domestic performance.“Giving four fixed positions to top associations should be questioned because that closes the opportunities for others,” Olsson said at the Leaders Sport Business Summit.“It would be better to have three fixed places for the highest-ranked countries with the fourth having to qualify through a play-offs.“I think the big leagues would be fine if they are all treated in the same way. They are prepared to participate in this discussion.”Clubs should not have an advantage because of what they have done in the past.”Neither do I think the big leagues – England, Spain, Italy and Germany – should have four teams who go straight into the group stages because it limits the opportunities for teams from other countries.”Olsson has said he is in favour of eliminating the coefficient rankings that currently determine how many places each European league receives in the Champions League. “The historical coefficient should be scrapped completely, absolutely,” Olsson said. “It should be replaced. We need to look at financial distribution as a whole and our message is that the solidarity payments, to the smaller clubs and countries, has to increase. Up to 25 per cent of the money has to go to them.”
Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were all on target as Barcelona coasted to a 3-0 win at Eibar to end a frantic week with a fifth straight victory on all fronts.Barca opted to travel to the Basque Country early on Thursday amid the political unrest in their home city as a result of nine Catalan political leaders being dealt long prison sentences for their roles in the region’s 2017 referendum and subsequent declaration of independence.The violent scenes that broke out in protest led to the postponement of next week’s Clasico with Real Madrid, but it was back to business for Ernesto Valverde’s men at Ipurua. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Griezmann opened the scoring with a classy 13th-minute goal and teed up Messi to double the lead after neat work from Suarez, who scored in a seventh straight outing against Eibar to round out the routine triumph. @LuisSuarez9 has scored in his last SEVEN games against Eibar. Amazing!#EibarBarça (0-3) pic.twitter.com/22tbJPisDN— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 19, 2019Suarez’s audacious effort just inside the opposition half was not in keeping with the tone of the early exchanges in which Pedro Leon blazed over from one of several dangerous Eibar crosses.But Pablo de Blasis’ untimely slip allowed Griezmann to race onto Clement Lenglet’s long punt and he had the composure to clip past Marko Dmitrovic and find the net via the post.Undeterred, Pedro Leon’s exquisite right-wing centre needed evasive action from Samuel Umtiti – making his first competitive appearance of the season – to deny Charles, while at the other end Messi’s quick feet nearly rounded Dmitrovic for a tap-in.It was game over when Messi finished a wonderful team move just shy of the hour. Suarez combined brilliantly with Griezmann and he teed up the Argentina superstar to slot into the bottom-right corner.Messi then turned provider, racing onto Griezmann’s sumptuous throughball and unselfishly laying on for Suarez to pass into an open goal.Suarez almost added further gloss with a well-struck half-volley five minutes from time, but his effort just cleared the right-hand post. What does it mean? Barca hitting their stride Messi’s injury-hit start to the campaign coincided with some underwhelming early season performances. It took a while for Barca to run through the gears here, perhaps the midweek turmoil playing a part in that, and yet it ultimately ended up a comfortable day for a fourth straight LaLiga win that puts them top – albeit Real Madrid can return to the summit later on Saturday.Messi, Griezmann, Suarez triumvirate gaining in confidence One senses Valverde still has solutions to find defensively, but up top there is a growing understanding between Messi, Griezmann and Suarez. The trio combined to glorious effect for Messi’s goal and the captain set up Suarez when he could have gone for goal himself for Barca’s third. It was an ominous warning to their LaLiga rivals.Charles struggles to fire Eibar were arguably the more imaginative team in the opening stages with Pedro Leon and Fabio Orellana dangerous out wide. But Charles did not do enough from his central striking position to put pressure on Umtiti or Lenglet.Key Opta Facts- Griezmann has scored his first away goal for Barca after scoring his previous three at Camp Nou, all of them in LaLiga.- Messi has scored in nine of his 10 LaLiga games against Eibar, 16 goals altogether.- Suarez has 10 goals against Eibar in LaLiga, more than against any other opponent (alongside Real Betis).- No other side have won more LaLiga games against Eibar than Barcelona (10). In addition, the Blaugrana are the team with the most goals scored against them in the top-flight (36).- Barca coach Valverde has only lost one of his 11 LaLiga games against Eibar (W8 D2), 2-0 at Ipurua in August 2015 while in charge of Athletic Bilbao.What’s next? Barca are back in action on Wednesday when they visit Slavia Prague for matchweek three of the Champions League. Eibar travel to Real Valladolid next Saturday. read more
Written By: Andy Ogg – Editor for Travel Professional NEWS Taking place in sunny San Diego, the 10th Annual Avoya Travel Conference was to be held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, about 30 minutes northeast of the downtown area of San Diego. The day arrived and we made our short commute to the Rancho Bernardo Inn. This was our 2nd time attending the Avoya Conference and we could not be more honored and thankful to be a part of their special event. Having never visited this particular property, my jaw dropped as we made our way through the entrance to this beautiful and unique hotel. The doors part way to dark wood throughout the lobby with a wood burning fireplace setting quite the ambiance prior to check in. Fresh flowers and jasmine fill the air throughout the hotel with pools, jacuzzi’s, and quiet outdoors areas are abundant and as you stroll through the property, you only seem to find more hidden gems. Once settled, we made our way to the first event, which was the Supplier Tradeshow, taking place in the Bernardo Conference Room and Patio. With an estimated 100 suppliers, the Independent Agency owners in the Avoya Network™ were given the opportunity to interact with the suppliers face to face. Representatives from some of the top suppliers in the travel industry were swamped, as agents were eager to learn about the new offerings and incentives available. As I made my way through the multiple rooms for the Tradeshow, I noticed a woman, with a heavily decorated name badge, and I just had to talk with her. Rachel Mooney, owner of Changing Your Latitude Travel, LLC is based in Birmingham, Alabama and was nice enough to take a few minutes out of her day to talk with us at Travel Professional NEWS about her career, success, and passion for selling travel. Rachel comes from the financial industry originally and has been an Independent Agency owner in the Avoya Network for just over 18 months. In that time, Rachel has managed to sell over 1.4 million dollars and has grown her business to levels that she didn’t think was initially possible. “The Live Leads and support has made it possible, it’s truly amazing,” shared Rachel. Additionally, Rachel said, “I interviewed three Host Agencies and after I spoke to Avoya and saw the affiliations, Live Lead program and support, I just knew that Avoya was the partner for me.” When asked about the relationship that she has with the Avoya Network, Rachel enthusiastically shared, “They truly care that we succeed, its not just about collecting money, but they truly care about our success.” The sun was shining and the cool breeze continued to flow through the amazing landscaping around the Rancho Bernardo inn as we made our way down the rolling walkways to the Executive Meet and Greet. The intimate patio setting overlooked the beautiful golf course that winds it’s way around the hotel and provided a fantastic location to chat with many of the Avoya team. The Anderson family continues to show their passion for this industry and the success of their Independent Agencies and without being asked, you can see the pride they have for this amazing business they have been able to create, grow and provide success with. As the sun began to fall behind the rolling hills of Rancho Bernardo, the dinner event began on the large garden surrounded lawn toward the bottom of the hotel property. As the agents, suppliers and executives made their way to the event, I stopped and took in the huge gathering of individuals that were in attendance, a record 300+ Independent Agencies had travelled from all over to be here for the education, experience and community that the Avoya Network provides. As the dinner progressed, delicious Mexican cuisine was provided as well as tasty Margarita’s. Game competitions such as bocce ball, hula hooping and much more were all taking place on the large and open lawn leading to fantastic memories and laughter for all involved. As a new day dawned, we prepared for the General Sessions by having a quick bite before heading into the very spacious conference room. The attendees were cheered as they entered the building and the excitement and enthusiasm continued it’s infectious ability throughout the day. Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President of Avoya, took the stage for his “State of the Union,” address and the crowd listened as Jeff delivered a powerful, educational and insightful speech, thus setting the tone for the exciting news that Avoya would be sharing. During his address, Jeff Anderson shared that the Avoya Network would be experiencing a growth of 70% in the Technology portion of the business, a 40% increase in the Avoya Network growth, and an unprecedented 60% growth in the area of the customer experience, which spans from initial contact to far after the trip has taken place. This expansion can be attributed to the all-new Avoya Infinity platform. Sam McCully, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Avoya, shared the new initiative with the attentive group. The Avoya Infinity platform is truly focused on the customer experience and provides a truly cyclical system for Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network to utilize in 7 Phases of the Customer Journey. Phase 1 – Dream Ignite curiosity for our brand, our suppliers and trending destinations | Objective: AwarenessPhase 2 – Discover Illustrate the Avoya Difference to consumers beginning the planning and booking process | Objective: ConsiderationPhase 3 – Engage Enhance the shopping experience and encourage exploration of itineraries, deals and member benefits to trigger actions like lead generation and membership sign-up | Objective: ActionPhase 4 – Connect Establish the connection between the Independent Vacation Planner and potential customer to begin the booking process | Objective: Purchase IntentPhase 5 – Book The Sale! | Objective: ConversionPhase 6 – Excite Begin the nurturing process with customers by providing pre-trip guidance and value added services | Objective: RetentionPhase 7 – Enjoy Depart, enjoy, advocate and share | Objective: Loyalty + Referral The Avoya Infinity platform is not only a tool for the Independent Agencies, but an effort for the Avoya support team to understand the consumer better. In a Press meeting held at the Avoya Conference, Sam McCully shared “The Avoya Infinity allowed us to clearly layout, 1-7, the very important steps that a consumer can go through on a decision.” Moving through the day, another improvement that had the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network excited was a completely new and interactive interface for Agent Power™. The Agent Power portal serves as a “one stop shop” for an Avoya Network members, allowing for them to make bookings, track sales, gather leads, stay up to date with their customers and more. The new interface lets the agents access vital information quickly and efficiently while enabling them to spend less time on the “work” side and more time on the “selling” side. “We are using automation to prepare the customer for their trip by reminders, packing tips and so on, all on behalf of the Independent Agency,” shared Sam McCully at the Press Meeting later that day. The Agent Power tool isn’t just for the sales side of things but also for marketing. “We take care of one of the biggest problems that Travel Agents have, which is marketing,” said Scott Koepf, Senior Vice President of Sales for Avoya. It would definitely seem that Avoya is and plans to continue the incredible level of support for travel professionals today, and well into the future. As the day progressed, I was able to speak with Eva Henry, Around the World Travel, LLC based in Eagle, Idaho. Eva has been a Travel Agent since 1983. She began in a storefront agency, however in 2013, Eva decided to join Avoya and it changed her business in a big way. “In my first 11 months, I was able to sell over $1 million dollars and join the Best of the Best!” expressed Eva. After her first year with Avoya, she found that a good “balance” of work and personal lives was the key and she has no problem working on a Saturday night when no one else wants to. “The Anderson family is amazing for creating this business and these opportunities!” The day with Avoya made way to lunch provided by the team at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, followed by an additional General Session where even more amazing news was shared about the powerful work Avoya and the Anderson family have recently done with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as many other organizations. The Anderson family is most definitely committed to not only helping, but giving back. One of the last events of the day that I was able to participate in was the “Best of the Best” cocktail party. The “Best of the Best” in the Avoya Network are Independent Agencies that sell over $1 million dollars in a year period. Now, going off of my rough count, there had to be approximately 50 agents in attendance at this cocktail party and all of them were happy and eager to share their stories of success with us here at Travel Professional NEWS®. Patricia LoBracco with LoBracco Travel LLC is based in Coral Springs, Florida and has been an Independent Agency owner in the Avoya Network for 7 years. “My business has nearly tripled since joining Avoya,” shared Patricia. She also said “The Anderson’s share the same point of view, morals and practices that I also believe in. Affiliating with them is a fantastic fit for me.” Ms. LoBracco worked in a storefront model for nearly 15 years prior to joining Avoya and her experience has most definitely been a great choice for her. When asked if there was anything she would want to share with the Avoya family “My home is Avoya, thank you!” The last individual that we were able to speak with was Jerzy Poznar, owner of Poz Travel LLC, a millennial based agent out of South Beach, Florida. Jerzy comes from a previous career in finance and has been with Avoya for 3 years. He joined Avoya with no previous travel experience and with the help of the Network, Jerzy has built quite a successful business. “In this past year, I did over 1.2 million which had tripled from the previous year,” shared Jerzy. When asked for advice that he may present to another millennial looking to enter the Travel industry, Jerzy shared “If you are looking for something flexible, unlimited potential and you’re selling happiness, you are selling something fun which is just great!” While the sun fell behind the Pacific Ocean and the conference continued, my time to depart had come. On behalf of myself and the entire Travel Professional NEWS® team, THANK YOU to the Avoya team, Anderson family and to all of the Independent Agencies that took time out of their day to spend time and share their thought with us. This is our second year attending the annual Avoya conference and I can say with confidence that Avoya has most definitely continued it’s success. Not only is the team fantastic to work with, everyone involved genuinely loves what they do. Thank you for joining us in our experience at the 10th Annual Avoya Travel Conference and we look forward to sharing more of our adventures with you all in our next issue of Travel Professional NEWS®.
Crystal’s first ‘Rhine Class’ ship delivered to CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez, during handover ceremony in Germany MIAMI, August 3, 2017 – Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line, today welcomed Crystal Bach to its award-winning fleet. The luxury river ship, the first of four “Rhine Class” ships set to sail the rivers of Europe, was delivered to Crystal by MV WERFTEN during the official handover ceremony in Wismar, Germany. In attendance to witness the occasion were Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez and several local dignitaries. “It is a thrill to welcome Crystal Bach to the family, as she is one of the most anticipated vessels to embark on Europe’s rivers in years,” says Rodriguez. “Her design, abundant space and standard of amenities and luxury are groundbreaking in and of themselves, then, combined with the acclaimed Crystal brand of service and attention to detail, create an unprecedented experience in the river cruising industry.” Crystal Bach joins an internationally celebrated lineup of luxury travel experiences, as Crystal River Cruises was voted “Best River Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the magazine’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. Sailing itineraries between Amsterdam and Frankfurt, and Amsterdam and Basel, Crystal Bach will travel along the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Crystal’s “Rhine Class” river ships are the river cruising industry’s first and only all-balcony, all-suite vessels in Europe, with every category of accommodation perched above the waterline. All four river ships will offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines. Additional enticing features include Crystal’s farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court. By sea, river, land and air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. Celebrating 27 years of excellence, Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line – Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Exclusive Class with Crystal Residences. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the professionals of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who follow the Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.
A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing During the Jesko’s development, the project was dubbed “Ragnarok” after the Norse legend for the end of the world and its easy to see why. Powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-plane crank V8 engine, Koenigsegg claims that with regular gasoline, the Jesko will produce over 1,280 horsepower. However, given its design and ability to use E85 bioethanol, that figure jumps to 1,600 horsepower.As for the butt-clenching force that is torque, Koenigsegg says 1,106 pound-foot is transmitted to the ground via the rear wheels. But here’s where Christian and his team of engineer wizards had to get super creative. Because there’s no transmission available capable of dealing with the repeated abuse of all that power and torque, the company had to engineer one from scratch. The result is a nine-speed “Lights Speed Clutch” multi-clutch transmission that not only lets Koenigsegg put that power down, but also maintain functionality through the abuse customers want to put it through. What it also can do is allow the Jesko to hit that theoretical 300 mph mark. Previous Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Editors’ Recommendations Next 1 of 10 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks Christian von Koenigsegg is a man on a mission. The hypercar kingmaker has built a reputation, brand, and legacy that rivals any of his Italian counterparts. His mission is of singular focus: to build the quickest and fastest hypercars on the planet and do so that makes the public at large take a step back and say, “Whoa, what is that?” At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, that mission was on full display with what Koenigsegg says will soon become the fastest hypercar ever. Let me introduce the Jesko.The Koenigsegg Jesko debuts at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Keno ZacheDubbed Jesko after Christian’s father, who aided in the nascent growth of Koenigsegg in the late 1990s, Koenigsegg wants this megacar to be the first to hit the eye-watering figure of 300 miles per hour. That’s not much of a boast considering the brand’s pedigree for achieving ludicrous speeds and daring to go faster than anyone’s ever gone in a car from the factory. The current tested top speed is 278 mph, a record currently held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Speed, however, means nothing without handling and stability and Koenigsegg has made both a priority. Custom Ohlins suspension components in conjunction with its own Triplex squat system gives the Jesko better than the previous Agera. As for the aerodynamics, there’s a Formula 1-inspired center fin that bleeds into an active rear spoiler capable of producing a total output of 1,000kgs of downforce. What this all means is that the Koenigsegg Jesko is going to be one serious piece of kit — but that seriousness will come at a cost.At its unveiling, Koenigsegg said that the Jesko will set customers back $3 million before any custom touches or tax. That’s a lot of cheddar. As for how many the company will build, that’s pegged at just 125 total. So what we have is an uber rare, uber expensive, bleeding edge piece of hypercar tech. Maybe they should have kept the Ragnarok moniker? The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman
Miami, Fla. – November 8, 2016 – Once again, Cruise Planners agents have exceeded their business growth from last year, which was announced at the “I Am CP” Convention. The franchise company, which is an American Express Travel Representative and the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network, hosted 600 travel franchise owners at its sold-out annual convention in Miami. At the convention, hosted at the InterContinental Miami Hotel, the company launched new travel agent booking tools, enhanced its automatic and strategic marketing programs and increased its focus on both land and luxury travel. Cruise Planners executives and co-owners kick off the travel company’s annual Convention in Miami. The I Am CP themed event showcased the highlights from 2016 and revealed the most technology tools the company has ever launched at Convention. “Our goal is to ensure that Cruise Planners agents are the most successful travel agents in the industry – for both land and cruise travel,” says Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We create the best tools in the industry in order for agents to be the go-to experts as they hone their individual talents and strengthen relationships with customers and suppliers and this year, our agents went wild for our technology and marketing announcements.” Cruise Planners is always introducing new tools to create automatic and strategic marketing programs so agents can focus on selling travel. Below are the most popular and innovative:CP Insights: Cruise Planners has invested solutions that incorporate economic, demographic and behavioral segments in data mining to target the right client at the right time with relevant promotions, sales and marketing pieces.CP View: Another new tool helps agents match sailings and itineraries with special audiences based on customer data, sales trends and consumer behavior. The goal is to serve up clients that would be ideal targets – with a few clicks in the Cruise Planners system; a marketing communication is created to generate new business.Automated Email Confirmations: Cruise Planners agents can simply email any reservation from hundreds of vendors and have the fields instantly input into the back-end data system to help Cruise Planners travel agents get paid faster and with less manual entry.Increased Sales: Overall, Cruise Planners travel agents increased their year-over-year sales by double digits due to Cruise Planners’ commitment to top-notch technology, exclusive marketing and business development coaching.CP Savvy: The team of executives shared the secrets to what makes the most successful travel agents and revealed that the trends included closely working with Cruise Planners’ Business Development coaches, frontloading their sales by booking travel further out and upselling by using Cruise Planners’ proprietary tools.Focus on Land and Luxury Travel: Cruise Planners sales mix continues to grow in all sectors with focus on river cruise, luxury travel and land vacations, which includes all-inclusive resorts. The company has committed to adding more land and luxury promotions while still maintaining its focus on cruise vacations. “All of these tools and announcements are designed with the travel agent in mind,” Fee said. “We specifically create innovative technology and marketing programs to enhance travel agents’ individual businesses. We want them to stay competitive, while focusing on travel and still being involved in their communities.” As always, Cruise Planners incorporated charitable giving with the 600+ group walking in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night at Bayfront Park in Miami. As the convention concludes, hundreds of agents will sail on Royal Caribbean International’s inaugural North American voyage of Harmony of the Seas, out of Port Everglades. “I am motivated by our entire network of travel professionals and each year, our convention invigorates agents and helps set the tone for the upcoming year,” Fee said. “Our sales for the upcoming few years are trending higher than ever and we anticipate these new tools will help positively impact that even more.” About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel RepresentativeCruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,500 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office Team positions a nation-wide network of franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 13 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 5 years in a row, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel since it started ranking companies. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 22 years of experience, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly for the past seven years, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 11 consecutive years (2004-2014), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Chairman’s Award (2015), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement (2012 and 2014), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007-2013), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2015), Celebrity Cruises Field Sales Account of the Year (2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013-2014) and Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Best of the Best Globe Award (2008-2015), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009-2014), Platinum Member of the 500 Club for Sales Excellence (2014), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012), Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Top Producer (2008-2014) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For more information, visit www.cruiseplanners.com. Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room, following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit our franchise website.
Hotel Company Boasts Refreshed and Expanded Portfolio of Hotel Options Phoenix, Arizona (September 23, 2019) – Best Western Hotels & Resorts (BWHR) has broadened its appeal to travelers and developers with a refreshed and expanded portfolio of hotel options. Through expansion, new launches and acquisitions, today’s BWHR is a modern and innovative global hospitality powerhouse with 16 distinctive brands across every chain scale segment. Prior to expanding its portfolio to reach every market segment, BWHR focused on refreshing its core brands of over 2,000 properties including Best Western, Best Western Plus® and Best Western Premier® hotels in North America. In 2015, hotel owners committed to investing $2 billion in property improvements and renovations, revealing a suite of revitalized properties across the country. This investment has been well-received by guests, with Best Western Premier being named #1 in the upscale segment in the J.D. Power 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study. “The needs and preferences of today’s travelers and developers are constantly evolving, and at BWHR, we are committed to keeping pace,” said David Kong, President and Chief Executive Offer of BWHR. “It was important to ensure we have a quality foundation with our core Best Western brands before expanding our portfolio. With this groundwork in place, we were able to take the next step in our journey of transformation, broadening our portfolio and providing even more travel options.” With a strong foundation in place, BWHR began expanding its portfolio with the launch of four new boutique brands: Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden® and Sadie®. These additions played a critical role in contemporizing the BWHR brand and expanding its reach from economy to upscale with unique boutique offerings. Vīb and GLō offer guests a fresh and exciting experience, with state-of-the-art technology and stylish designs, providing a modern escape from the hustle of today’s travelers’ uncommon lifestyle with hotels in key destinations such as Antalya, Turkey; Brooklyn, NY; and Ottawa, Canada. The captivating design of Aiden and Sadie invites the creative traveler and mobile worker to indulge in a one-of-a-kind boutique experience that reflects the pulse of its neighborhood. Travelers can enjoy the reimagined travel experience of Aiden and Sadie across the globe in Austin, TX; Seoul, South Korea; and Paris, France. “The growth of our boutique brands has been remarkable,” adds Brad LeBlanc, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of BWHR. “Each brand is truly unique, providing guests with a variety of contemporary travel experiences while also addressing the needs of today’s developers. From the energizing pulse of Vīb in metropolitan areas, to the bold and playful personality of Aiden in secondary markets, we have a hotel option for every traveler and developer.” Another critical step in the company’s expansion was the acquisition of WorldHotels®, a collection of approximately 300 unique hotels and resorts in premier destinations around the world. The February 2019 acquisition played a critical role in enhancing BWHR’s portfolio of offerings to include the upper upscale and luxury segments. Rounding out BWHR’s portfolio are the company’s upper midscale extended stay and premium economy options: Executive Residency and SureStay® Hotel Group. Executive Residency offers an exceptional longer-term stay experience with studios and suites featuring the modern comforts of home. SureStay Hotel Group launched in late 2016 and is already celebrating over 260 properties globally, making it one of the fastest growing brands in the hotel industry today. The brand has become known as a trusted and respected lodging option among travelers – offering travelers consistent and quality levels of comfort, cleanliness, and a service guarantee, all at an affordable price. “I am proud of our wide-reaching portfolio,” adds Kong. “With 16 distinctive brands across every chain scale segment, I am confident that our flexible and modern hotel solutions will continue to exceed guest and developer expectations in markets across the globe.” For more information on BWHR, please visit BestWestern.com. About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts: Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 16 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus® and SureStay Collection® franchises**. For more information visit www.bestwestern.com orwww.bestwesterndevelopers.com. * Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline. **All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.
Winning Initiatives Instrumental in Overall Success of Avoya’s Industry-Leading Vacation Platform Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – October 4, 2019 – Avoya Travel®, one of the travel industry’s most innovative brands, has won three prestigious Travel Weekly 2019 Magellan Awards. The awards recognize Avoya’s innovation and overall leadership in the travel industry. The marketing and brand initiatives honored were products of Avoya 2025, the company’s ambitious growth plan to becoming the world’s number one vacation platform. Avoya’s platform creates better vacation planning and booking experiences for travelers and more Shared Success™ for Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™ and supplier partners. Avoya’s industry-leading marketing was recognized with two Magellan Awards for ‘Advertising/Marketing Campaign’ and another for ‘Web Marketing/Advertising.’ The awards showcase Avoya’s commitment to Avoya 2025 and achievements in generating more Shared Success than ever for its stakeholders. All three initiatives focus on establishing a more personal connection between the brand, travelers and travel professionals throughout the vacation planning experience. This has led to Avoya’s success in attracting record numbers of new prospective travelers interested in booking their vacation with the Avoya Network as well as growing the success of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. The Magellan Award highlights include: The Avoya 2025 Brand Identity Refresh was implemented to continue differentiating the Avoya brand within the highly competitive vacation marketplace. The new identity system better communicates Avoya’s purpose, which is to enrich lives through inspiring travel and other leisure experiences, and it evokes emotional connections with the brand in order to help Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network and suppliers create powerful vacation planning experiences for travelers. The refreshed logo and new colors, imagery and typeface are implemented across all aspects of the Avoya platform and weaved into every step of the customer journey. Part of the brand identity update was the launch of Avoya’s online storefront that gives Independent Agencies easier access to newly branded apparel and client gifts.Avoya’s Data-Driven Customer Journey uniquely combines data, technology and marketing capabilities to deliver highly personalized communication to each individual traveler at various points in their travel planning journey. This tailored approach is an industry-leading solution to give travelers what they want, when they want. Avoya has invested heavily in creating a seamless user experience that produces better qualified Live Leads™ and more engaged travelers that result in a higher closing rate percentage for Independent Agencies.The Avoya Network Brand Campaign better connects Avoya with a more targeted audience by acknowledging the challenges of prospective Independent Agencies seeking to join the Avoya Network and positioning Avoya’s services and resources as the best solution for running a successful travel business. The campaign, which reflects Avoya’s new brand identity elements throughout all marketing channels, is helping to grow the Avoya Network at record pace. By positioning Avoya as a more innovative travel services solution, the campaign has served as a key element within Avoya 2025 and the company’s long-term growth plan. “We are excited about Avoya Travel’s future and are proud to be honored with Magellan Awards for the innovative programs that are driving our Avoya 2025 plan forward,” said Jeff Anderson, Co-President of Avoya Travel. “As part of Avoya 2025, Avoya Travel is building and integrating leading technology and marketing capabilities that will help us enrich lives through inspiring travel experiences and build greater success for the Avoya Network of Independent Agencies and our supplier partners.” The annual Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honor the best in travel across a broad spectrum of industry segments and salute outstanding travel professionals. Winners are selected by Travel Weekly editors and industry experts such as Bruce Beckham, Former CEO Tourism Cares; Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor for CBS News’ The Early Show; Johnny Jett, Travel Blogger; Patricia Schultz, Author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die; and many more. About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel has a longstanding reputation for providing unmatched resources and services to thousands of companies including cruise lines, tour companies, resorts and the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™, one of the largest and most successful independent travel agency networks in the world. Family-owned, Avoya’s Shared Success™ model is built on a foundation of Integrity and Professionalism™. Avoya has been an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and is one of their largest producers of cruises, tours and vacations through its Network of Independent Agencies. Some of the innovative services and resources offered by Avoya include optional marketing programs like Live Leads™, the first, the best and only patented solution for offering new travelers exclusively to Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network; unparalleled agency business support services; fully integrated, proprietary and patented SaaS technology, Agent Power™; award-winning professional development and education programs; American Express Travel benefits; Instant Commission™ and more. Through Avoya’s platform travelers worldwide can be connected to an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies and can enjoy exclusive discounts, amenities and first-class customer service. Highly recognized and awarded by cruise lines, tour companies, resorts and others, Avoya Travel has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, MSC Cruises and more. Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. Travel agency owners, travel professionals and others interested in receiving the unmatched services, marketing, support and technology needed to own and operate their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visitwww.AvoyaNetwork.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with an expert Independent Agency in the Avoya Network should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.
World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Get comfortable carrying gear and hydration packs while you run. It will feel weird at first. There are many quality brands out there, but I typically use Ultimate Direction hydration packs. I really like there Jurek FKT Vest or the new Halo Vest!Learn to Eat and Drink While RunningConsistency is key. Running a little bit every day is better than doing two long runs a week. Slowly increase the number of miles per week to avoid injuries from overtraining. Practice running on tired legs by doing back-to-back long runs. This will help simulate what it is like to run later in a race. Learn to eat and drink while running. Most people do not like to eat and drink during a race, but during an ultramarathon, you need to train your stomach to consume calories while running.Courtesy Kris MendozaDon’t Eat Healthy During a RacePractice your nutrition before race day. Race day is not the time to experiment with new foods or fueling. I prefer gels like GU Energy and liquid calories in the early part of the race. As the race goes on, I start to eat more solid foods like baked goods and candy bars. It’s important to have something to look forward to eating later on in the race for a mental boost. Remember the race is not the time to eat “healthy.” Try to consume easy-to-digest calories.Get in a Happy HeadspaceFocus on the process of training and try to enjoy every opportunity to train. If you do not enjoy the training, then why run at all? The race itself should be viewed as a celebration of all of the hard work. Pro tip: Read the book Happy Runner by Megan and David Roche for some good insight into running mentality! Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts The first emotion is often a huge sense of accomplishment. We often don’t think we can finish an ultramarathon until we cross the finish line. Breaking free from our preconceived notions is an awesome feeling. The next thought is, typically, “I’m never doing that again!” But once the soreness subsides, it is easy to find your way back for another race.Within 24 hours of finishing an ultra, you need to:Eat a lot of food with a good mix of protein, carbs, and fat.Do not just sit down. Try to move around, stretch, and gently roll out. Staying still for long periods of time will lead to a lot of stiffness and soreness.Celebrate. Enjoy your accomplishment.Best Ultras for BeginnersStart with a 50km race without too much elevation gain and loss. Sometimes, people who are used to running on the road see a 50km race and don’t think it is much different than a marathon, however, elevation gain will make a huge difference in race difficulty. Choose a race in a location that inspires you. It is so much easier to finish a race when you are in a beautiful place to look around in when the race is beating you up! Know When to StopAsk yourself if continuing on will cause permanent damage. Sometimes it is hard to tell during the middle of the race since every racer has low points where everything hurts. If you have an acute injury (like a broken bone), then it may be best to stop. It is important to know why you are running the race. This will help pull you out of the low points during the raceFeel High Crossing the Finishing LineMendoza’s Ultra-Running Essentials:Water/hydrationExtra caloriesWindbreaker or emergency space blanketAnti-chaff creamHeadlamp, depending on duration of race and time of dayNice to have: Food beyond what you will get at aid stations, phone in case you get lost, and toilet paper or emergency wipes, which can be a lifesaver The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races Normal people run ultra marathons, a distance defined as anything over a marathon (26.2 miles). The degree of ultrarunning madness, however, can span 100-mile races through the desert where your shoes literally melt off your feet to multi-day trail races through Europe, and 24-hour obstacle courses. There are dozens of fun, bizarre ultra-races to satisfy any looney brave enough to try them.Courtesy Kris MendozaIncreasingly, that’s people like you and me. The rise of ultrarunning has proven more people are game to test the limits of the human body and mind.Our question: How do you run an ultra marathon without killing yourself?For answers, we asked Kris Mendoza, an ultra runner and Merrell Ambassador (whos a dentist anesthesiologist by day).Mendoza says the biggest dangers are:Dehydration, which can lead to serious problems like heat stroke.Improper hydration (hypo/hypernatremia) which is an electrolyte imbalance that is basically caused by too much or too little salt/electrolytes consumed during the race.Rhabdomyolysis due to excessive muscle breakdown which leaks into the bloodstream, which can lead to other serious problems like kidney failure.Taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which can decrease kidney function and exacerbate problems like rhabdomyolysis or possibly decrease your kidney’s ability to filter and concentrate waste.How to Run an Ultra, According to Kris MendozaStart Your TrainingGive yourself at least six months to train for your first ultra. It is important to give yourself enough time to ramp up miles slowly. A lot of people try to rush into too many miles too fast and don’t make it to the starting line healthy, or don’t make it at all! No matter what, you will be tired at the end of a race.Get Friendly with Your Hydration PackMendoza’s AccomplishmentsFarthest Run: 100 milesNumber of Ultras Completed: 12, including five separate World’s Toughest Mudders, a 24-hour obstacle course race over 100 miles with400 obstacles, Never Summer 100k, Black Canyon 100k, and more. Editors’ Recommendations How to (Almost) Painlessly Improve Your Running The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather
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Most people associate biodynamics with cow horns filled with manure, tea treatments, and the stellar calendar — hippies parading through vineyard rows tossing dashes of chamomile here, honey there. That is part of the movement, for certain, but it tends to distract from the very rational benefits of the rest of the practice. At its core, the farming philosophy is all about sustainability, biodiversity, and natural inputs.Domaine AndersonI used to lead biodynamic tours at Cooper Mountain, one of the oldest wineries in the Willamette Valley. Describing the philosophy was never easy, but I ultimately settled on the following: Biodynamic farming stresses both sustainability and self-sufficiency and looks to leave the soil in better shape than it was found. Then somebody would ask: “What about organic farming?” I wanted to say that organic farming is an attractive phrase that, in order to slap it proudly on your product, requires lots of waiting, lots of hoop-jumping, and can be quite expensive. But I usually went with:“Organic farming is natural, but a lot of what’s used in it is trucked in from elsewhere. Biodynamic farming takes advantage of indigenous plants, bugs, and critters to strengthen the land. In that sense, the vineyard becomes dependent on nothing but itself.” Darrin Low of Domaine Anderson in California is a biodynamic producer. He worked in his parents’ wine shop in Healdsburg before studying enology and viticulture at UC Santa Cruz. He’s the first to admit that the process does not yield immediate, plainly obvious results.Darrin Low Domaine Anderson“Most of the benefits that I’ve perceived are subtle and slow-changing,” Low says. You can add it to the long list of things people in the wine industry have to be patient for, from the first viable crop in the vineyard to the long gap in the cellar between harvest and bottling. But that’s not really the point. It’s more about not beating the hell out of some land in the name of a bumper crop, as so many farms of any number of crops do. “Adopting a biodynamic mindset will benefit in the long term by laying the philosophical foundation for stewardship, working intimately with the estate and with the creation of the wines,” he says. At Domaine Anderson, there are no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides. Vineyard preps are made from nearby plants and compost. “Microbial life in the soil is promoted and nurtured,” adds Low. “The resulting product of this enhanced soil-plant relationship expresses itself in the grapes.”Domaine AndersonFor his label, that translates to Pinot Noir that’s fresh, bright, and built around brambly fruit flavors and Chardonnay that’s especially free-spirited, showing lively, leafy green flavors and lemon custard notes. He doesn’t have to add yeast and there is a certain transparency in the flavors.That kind of expression is terroir, a word wine drinkers ogle over these days. And it makes loads of sense. If you’re trying to create a wine that reflects its unique surroundings, the fewer things getting in the way the better. Excess irrigation, chemical sprays, and manipulative, hands-on farming turn a one-of-a-kind estate into Chateau Everywhere.So why isn’t biodynamic winemaking more popular? Well, a steady diet of fast food is much more convenient than farm-fresh seasonal fare, isn’t it? That’s a bit of a stretch, but as Low says, it asks that the grower be trustworthy, patient, and unconventional. Biodynamic farming requires some letting go, which can be risky, and a lot of growers, larger ones especially, simply don’t want to bet the farm on something like that.Domaine AndersonTwo very attractive elements of biodynamics are often overlooked. Firstly, the immune system of the vineyard. Because the vines are forced to fend for themselves, they tend to become more resilient and are constantly adapting. This could prove crucial as climate change continues to throw curveballs at winegrowers. “Any farming practice that is forward-thinking and acclimates to changing conditions is indispensable,” Low says. Secondly, it’s all about connection. Even for those who don’t necessarily buy the more out-there biodynamic stuff (I’m looking at you again, manure-filled cow horn buried in the vineyard on a very precise date), there is very active alignment between plant and earth, person and vineyard. It’s no longer just a parcel of land when its soils are lodged beneath your fingernails. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable