Cunard Cruise Lines’ 2015 Australian bookings have spiked by more than 40 per cent due to the popularity of its world voyages and new Mediterranean fly-cruise program.Speaking at the World’s Leading Cruise Lines Summit, Cunard international development director David Rousham said 61 per cent of Australians which booked with the line’s Queen Mary 2 this year were newcomers to the brand, compared to an average of 38 per cent across other nationalities.Meanwhile, 39 per cent of Australians on Queen Victoria had been first-time Cunard patrons, compared with the average of 18 per cent for other nations.Australia is Cunard’s third largest market, after the UK and US, with a higher proportion of first-timers than any other country.In 2014, Queen Elizabeth newbies have accounted for 43 per cent of Australian guests, compared with an average of 29 per cent from other countries.Mr Rousham attributed the growing attraction of Cunard to the cruise line’s increased presence in the Australian market since 2007, when Queen Mary 2 first toured Australia, sharing Sydney Harbour with Queen Elizabeth 2.Source = ETB News: Megan Tran
Rose Hall, Jamaica – Half Moon, the 400-acre luxury resort located in the elite enclave of Rose Hall, is Green Globe certified.Long a pioneer in green initiatives in Jamaica, the resort was commended for its detailed, concise and sound environmental practices and social responsibility that are at the heart of the 400 acre resort’s operation.Half Moon has integrated various green practices and initiatives in its operations. Among such initiatives are: a towel re-use program; shredded papers are used as packing materials for guest when transporting craft items; saw dust from the furniture shop is sent to the equestrian centre to be used as horse bedding; horse dung is used as soil conditioners in the nursery; old batteries are sent to a battery dealer; waste oil is sent to a factory to be used in the manufacturing of poultry feed; waste auto oil is used in the manufacturing of bio-diesel. Guests of the resort are also afforded the opportunity to contribute to these programs through various conservation signs such as water, electricity and chemical usage. “We are thrilled to receive this mark of distinction as it represents the commitment of our board of directors and management to employ sound environmental practices. More importantly, it represents the commitment of the staff to implement and drive the small measures, enforce the larger policies and practices and to go out amongst the community to infect these positive practices that are good for all of us, “said Richard Whitfield, Managing Director.