CCH Tax Day ReportWolters Kluwer is hosting a live two-hour webinar, State Tax Nexus: How to Fight Back Against Aggressive State Efforts to Tax More Transactions, on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 1 p.m. Eastern; noon Central; 11 a.m. Mountain; 10 a.m. Pacific. Presented by members of Husch Blackwell’s state and local tax team, Joe Pickart, Tom Molins, Herb Wolf and John Healy, this webinar will discuss basic and advanced concepts underlying state tax nexus as well as some recent developments in “factor-presence” nexus and their application to retailers, manufacturers and service-providers.Program topics include the following:– Nexus basics and mechanics for both sales and income tax– Nexus standards from “physical presence” to “economic presence”– Landmark court cases and how they are applied in practice– P.L. 86-272 and what activities it protects and what it does not– Application of the nexus rules to online activities and cloud computing– Avoiding throwback salesThe learning objectives include the following:– Explain nexus standards and rules for multistate taxpayers– Clarify the differences between nexus for sales tax and nexus for income tax– Describe the protections provided by P.L. 86-272 as well as its limitations– Identify and manage activities that may trigger a state tax filing obligationRegistration can be completed online at http://www.cchwebinars.com or by calling 1-800-775-7654. The fee is $129 for a single user. Each registered user for this webinar also receives a complimentary issue of CCH’s Journal of State Taxation in electronic format.
(REOPENS FGN 3) (REOPENS FGN 3) “I wanted to hit clean punches so its seen for all the five judges and kill the element of doubt. Exchanges were normal but my blows were clean,” Vikas added. Both the boxers have a common link as Vikas has trained under Conwells present coach Willie Moses. “This boxer was completely new to me. I never met him either at the World Cup or the World Championships. So the idea was to watch him properly in the first round and try to inflict two to four sharp blows to get the attention of the judges,” he said. “He is a youngster and was relying more on power while I played with my experience. I knew hes young and athletic so I tried to maintain a bit of distance,” he added. National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu hoped all the three boxers would do well. “He was trying to play rough and in the close range. We wanted to keep him at a distance and make some uppercuts. It was total domination, the second round was close but we still dominated. We wanted to save ourselves in the third round,” he said. Manoj Kumar (64kg) will begin his campaign tomorrow, followed by Shiva Thapa (56kg) on Thursday. PTI TAP PM PM
World Cup 2019: No room for complacency, says Virat Kohli ahead of team departureWorld Cup 2019: Virat Kohli said Indian players should be match-ready for their World Cup opener against South Africa on June 5 and urged his men to maintain their intensity throughout the tournament.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 06:52 IST Virat Kohli will lead team India at 2019 World Cup (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said there is no room for complacency while playing a World CupKohli admitted 2019 World Cup would be the most challenging of all his 3 World Cups so farIndia will begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on June 5Virat Kohli warned against complacency ahead of Team India’s departure for the 2019 Cricket World Cup which starts in England from May 30. India face a tough start to the tournament – their first 4 matches are against South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.Virat Kohli has urged his men to be normal but insisted they must maintain their intensity throughout the tournament. The format for the 2019 World Cup is new to every player – it goes back to the 1992 format where each team played each other once before the knockouts.Virat Kohli admitted this would be the most challenging of all his 3 World Cups so far because of the format. Each team plays 9 league games before the semifinals get underway.Kohli, the best batsman in the world, said his players will have no choice but to be match-ready on June 5 for their campaign opener against South Africa.”We have 4 games straight up. We have no room for complacency and that’s why it’s the World Cup. You have to arrive on the first day match-ready and that is the challenge.”All the top football clubs in the world maintain their intensity right from day one for 3-4 months, be it the Premier League or the La Liga,” Kohli told the media hours before the team’s departure for England.Virat Kohli, who was part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning side and the 2015 side which reached the World Cup semifinals in Australia, said he was happy with the balance of his side and expected his players to play good cricket after successful stints in the Indian Premier League.advertisement”The only expectation we have is to play really good cricket and that has been our focus. We are going to the World Cup feeling very well balanced. We expect ourselves to play the best cricket we can,” Kohli said.India will reach England a full 2 weeks before their first match on June 5 and Virat Kohli said it was important to get to the venue early so that the nerves could settle.”It’s always good to go to any place in advance. It gets rid of all the nerves in the World Cup. Playing white ball cricket in England.. the conditions are not that different there as compared to playing Test cricket,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | No competition between Hardik Pandya and me: Vijay ShankarAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow World Cup 2019
zoom French shipping major CMA CGM has signed a binding agreement for the sale of a 90% equity interest in Global Gateway South terminal in Los Angeles (USA).Under the agreement signed with EQT Infrastructure III and its partner P5 Infrastructure on July 1, the share will be acquired for an enterprise value of USD 875 million. CMA CGM will receive a cash consideration of USD 817 million to be paid at closing.Following the completion of the transaction, CMA CGM will remain a minority shareholder holding 10% of the GGS terminal, which it acquired last year as part of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). “The terminal will remain an important part of our industry leading logistics network, and will have an opportunity to grow alongside CMA CGM. Throughout the sales process, EQT Infrastructure and P5 expertise have focused on growth in addition to a responsible, hands-on ownership approach, which we consider highly beneficial to our future partnership,” Farid T Salem, Executive Officer of CMA CGM, said.CMA CGM added that the transaction terms also provide for the group to receive additional deferred, contingent cash consideration of which sequence and quantum will depend on GGS’ future operating and financial performance.The shipping major and its subsidiaries entered into a long-term industrial partnership and utilization agreement with EQT Infrastructure and P5, allowing the group to remain a major user of the terminal with preferential conditions.The disposal of GGS enables CMA CGM to complete the financial deleveraging plan communicated in December 2015 upon announcement of the NOL’s acquisition. The transaction is in line with CMA CGM’s strategy to focus on its shipping business while securing its operations through shared ownership of key terminals.Closing of the transaction is subject to anti-trust and regulatory approvals, including clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and is expected to occur by end of 2017.
Seoul: The leader of North Korea returned to Pyongyang following his “successful and historic” summit with the President of Russia, state media reported on Saturday. Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin met in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Thursday in what was the first ever summit between the two leaders. Kim arrived back in the North Korean capital in his special armored train and was received with a welcome ceremony attended by senior officials of the regime, the Workers’ Party and the army, the KCNA news agency reported. Also Read – Enemies seek to sow discord’ between Iran & Iraq, says Khamenei The North Korean news agency did not specify the exact time of Kim’s return, after leaving Vladivostok on Friday following his meeting the previous day with Putin to discuss the process the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as well as bilateral ties, reported Efe news. It also marked Kim’s first visit abroad since the Hanoi summit in February with the President of the US, Donald Trump, which ended abruptly without an agreement on the denuclearization process that was underway. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report On Friday, KCNA published comments made by Kim during the meeting with Putin in which he blamed the US for the failure of the summit at Hanoi for maintaining a unilateral position and warned that his country was prepared for any possible situation. Putin expressed his support for the need to offer security guarantees in exchange for disarmament by Pyongyang, consistent with the position of another important partner of the North Korean regime. Putin said that Pyongyang only needed security guarantees, and that it would require the US to show its desire for a constructive dialog. Putin is an advocate of reviving six-party talks – consisting of China, North Korea, South Korea, the US, Japan and Russia – to ensure Pyongyang gets security guarantees in return for disarmament.
EDMONTON — Canadian marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc on Thursday decided to partner with Danish tomato and pepper producer Alfred Pedersen & Son to produce and sell cannabis in Europe.Under the deal, Aurora will own a 51 per cent interest in Aurora Nordic Cannabis A/S, based in Odense, Denmark.APS received its license to grow cannabis from Denmark’s Medicines Agency effective Jan. 1.Medical marijuana sales surge at Aurora ahead of recreational pot legalizationAurora Cannabis is spiking after selling record $3.1 million in pot in a monthTomato and pepper — often grown in greenhouses — are the most common choices to convert to weed as they have similar growth requirements. The joint venture, which is majority owned by Aurora Cannabis, will focus on selling cannabis in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, through Aurora’s German unit.Aurora Nordic plans to build a 93,000-square-metre automated cannabis production facility, which can produce up to 120,000 kg of cannabis per year, Aurora said.Under the terms of the joint venture, the companies intend to fund construction through a combination of conventional, non-dilutive financing and direct investment by Aurora and APS.With files from Reuters
The stone carver was summoned to the police station on Tuesday to make a statement and has been asked to hand over a list of the names of the dead.“The right to mourn is integral to being human” said Ms Sooka,” and memorialization is supposed to be a central element of the transitional justice programme that the Government of Sri Lanka has committed to but so far failed to implement”.The ITJP has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to release the names of those who surrendered to the military on 18 May 2009 and to confirm whether they are dead or alive. If they are alive in custody they should either be charged or released. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) has condemned an attempt to ban commemorations of the dead by Tamil families in Mullivaikkal.ITJP said a court order in Tamil from the District Judge and Magistrate of Mullaitivu has placed a 14 day ban from this evening on all ceremonies near the Catholic Church in Mullivaikkal East, on the grounds that they may adversely affect “the country’s integrity, national security and the peace of the nation”. Families in Mullivaikkal, the last place to be captured by the Sri Lankan army in May 2009, have this year started carving stones with the names of their dead, including children and the elderly. They had planned to place those stones in a field ajacent to St Paul’s Church in Mullivaikkal on the anniversary of the end of the war but are now banned from doing so. In recent days, villagers have faced blatant intimidation by police – many received phone calls from officers of the Criminal Investigation Department asking for information about events planned for 18 May.In addition, three uniformed police officers and a truck have been stationed outside the venue of the commemoration. Tamil families have been protesting in recent months for information about what happened to their loved ones. “The ban on the basis of national security is based on spurious grounds and is a sign of the ongoing repression and militarisation that continues to affect the Tamil community in the north and east of the island. It is also a call to action to human rights actvists in the whole country to oppose this outrageous action.” “Remembering the dead is a fundamental right of the culture of every people and begs the question of how weeping parents, remembering their loved ones, can threaten national security?” commented the executive director of the International Truth and Justice Project, Yasmin Sooka. “The mothers of the disappeared have literally spent months on the roadside trying in vain to get the attention of the Government and the international community and it is a matter of shame that they have not been treated with more respect and dignity,” said Ms. Sooka, “they need answers. International law clearly recognizes the right to know about the circumstances of serious violations of victims’ human rights and about who was responsible. (Colombo Gazette)
The Indian fishers and trawlers were brought to the naval base SLNS Uththara and the fishermen were examined and handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Fisheries Director through the Sri Lanka Coast Guard. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy arrested seven Indian fishermen and detained two dhows engaged in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters.The arrest was made by a Fast Attack Craft and a Coast Guard vessel attached to the Northern Naval Command in the seas, 10.5 nautical miles northwest of the Kankesanthurei Lighthouse.
SIMCOE A 33-year-old Norfolk County man, who professed his innocence, was sentenced in Simcoe’s Superior Court to six years in prison.The man can’t be named to protect the identity of his victim, his stepdaughter, when she was aged seven to 14, from 2010 to 2017. He was convicted of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.“I hope this day will be the last time I have to talk about it,” said the young woman, now 16.“I’m angry it’s taken so long to come to the end of court but I can have some of my life back after this. It will never make up of the time I lost being a kid but I won’t have to worry about the stress from court.”The teen read a lengthy victim impact statement, telling court she was afraid to tell her mother what was going on.“The best day of my life used to be going to church but now I only go once in a while. Why does God let something like that happen to someone who loves going to church?”The girl’s mother told court that her life imploded when she learned her husband had been charged with sexually assaulting her “baby girl.”The mother assured the Children’s Aid Society that the man would not be allowed near the girl or her younger children. But the agency felt unsure she could protect the children and apprehended them for a time.“This caused so much added pain to my family,” said the mother.Assistant Crown attorney Lynette Fritzley told court the man had abused his position of trust as the girl’s stepfather.“He was a father figure and severely breached that trust with a prolonged period of abuse and included full vaginal penetration,” said Fritzley.She noted the victim had to testify twice in court and her stepfather showed no sign of remorse.When asked to speak, the man said he showed no remorse because he committed no crime.“Anytime I’ve done something wrong, even as a child, I’ve accepted everything. I’ve been honest and told every detail. I’m not about to take responsibility for something I didn’t do.”The man said his stepdaughter would have needed a doctor if he had been raping her since she was seven.“I understand you’re maintaining your innocence but the purpose of your right to speak is to deal with issues of sentencing, not how the court reached its decision,” chided Justice Meredith Donahue.Fritzley suggested six to eight years in the penitentiary would be an appropriate sentence, while defence lawyer, Jordan Battin asked the judge to consider a two-year sentence.Donahue sentenced the man to six years. His name will remain on the sexual offenders database for 20 years and he must stay away from parks and playgrounds and the direct company of females under 16, also for 20 years. He also must submit a DNA sample, go 10 years without weapons and have no communication with his victim, who balked at that use of the term for her.“People treat me like a victim when I know I’m not,” said the girl.“I don’t want people to pity me. You cannot define my life. I will be stronger because of this.”The teen ended her statement by saying goodbye to her stepfather and wishing him well in life.“You do not exist in my world now and I do not exist in yours. I do not know (you). I will go home tonight and throw this statement away because I don’t want to be reminded of this day ever again.”SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble
According to the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), the first 175 Bangladeshi soldiers arriving in Bunia Monday, will be followed by another 1,665 Bangladeshi troops, ahead of a projected 3,800-strong contingent that will take over from the Interim Emergency Multinational Force (IEMF) deployed to the region last month to help quell the violence.Local authorities and humanitarian officials in Bunia have expressed apprehensions over a security vacuum after the withdrawal of the IEMF, set for 1 September. In a series of meetings this past weekend, William Swing, the new MONUC chief, told the Ituri officials that the deployment of Bangladeshi troops was due to begin shortly.Once deployed, he said, the Force would comprise about 3,800 soldiers from several countries. He added that the exact mandate of the Force and its possible deployment outside Bunia will be defined in a Security Council resolution currently being prepared.In other news, MONUC welcomed the publication of the calendar for the installation of transitional institutions in the DRC. According to the calendar, the swearing-in of the Congolese vice-presidents will take place on 17 July and the first meeting of the transitional government is scheduled to take place on the 19th.
Ontario urges Ottawa to set up loan guarantees for softwood producers by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 11:06 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Ontario has joined Quebec in urging the federal government to set up a loan guarantee program for Canada’s softwood lumber producers who face the threat of tariffs and restrictions on exports to the U.S.Provincial Forestry Minister Kathryn McGarry has sent a letter to federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, saying it’s likely softwood producers will be paying “unreasonably high duties” by May.In December, the U.S. government announced it’s launching investigations to determine whether softwood lumber imports from Canada were being dumped into the country and harmed the American forestry sector.Concerns about layoffs in the forestry sector, an important economic driver in Quebec, prompted Premier Philippe Couillard to commit to providing loan guarantees to help producers pay duties if Ottawa doesn’t.McGarry says Canadian softwood producers were forced to pay about $5 billion worth of duties during the last round of trade negotiations with the U.S., prior to an agreement in 2006.A spokeswoman for Natural Resources Canada says the federal government is committed to negotiating an agreement that defends the interests of Canada’s softwood industry, including through litigation under NAFTA and the WTO, if needed.
A new generation of LED streetlights could disrupt people’s sleep and even damage their eyesight, Public Health England has warned. However Public Health England warned that many people find them “uncomfortable” and said that in the long term they could that they could even “cause damage to the retina of the eye”. Hundreds of thousands of streetlights have been switched over to LEDs because they are cheaper to run and result in lower emissions. It also raised concerns about the increasing use of LED lights on new cars, suggesting that they risked dazzling oncoming drivers – especially if they are elderly. The concerns were raised by Public Health England in the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report….
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegion 7 miner killed after pit caves in, investigation launchedJune 20, 2018In “Business”Fourth mining fatality recorded for 2019April 15, 2019In “latest news”Another mining pit caves in; 38-Y-0 miner diesAugust 6, 2015In “Crime” Police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old miner who was reportedly crushed by a mud wall in a collapsing mining pit and subsequently drowned beneath the surface on Monday.Dead: Andel PayneDead is Andel Payne called “Fat man” of Kaneville Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.According to information received, the incident occurred at around 10:00hrs on the day in question at 35 Miles Konawaruk Backdam, Potaro River, (Region 8).INews understands that Payne was employed by a 34-year-old Dredge Owner of One Mile Extension, Wismar, Linden as a Jet man.On the day of his demise, the 23-year-old was in the process of “jetting” in the company of other workers in the mining pit when a piece of mud wall collapsed behind him, pinning him to the area.Police say that by this time, the water had begun to rise rapidly causing Payne to be covered beneath the surface where he subsequently drowned.He was dug out shortly after and rushed to the Mahdia District Hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 13:40hrs.
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING really magical about a rainbow – no matter how terribly your day is going, one glimpse of its multicoloured rays will perk you right up.Even though we all know that there is a scientific reason for how they are formed, perhaps a little part of us wishes they were as magical as they look.We asked for your rainbow pictures today – after this wonderful pic was sent to us – and here’s what you snapped:
Yes.No.Not sure.I already own a home.VoteLet us know what you think in the comments. Not sure. (462) NEARLY 85 PER cent of 30-39-year-olds in Ireland expect to own their home according to a new Irish Independent/Today FM poll.Despite suffering through a property collapse and seeing friends and family wade through negative equity, almost two-thirds of respondents said that owning their own home was a “key priority”.We want to know: Do you want to own your own home? Yes. (2290) I already own a home. (1239) Poll Results: No. (2610)
Greenpeace fait barrage à un train chargé de déchets nucléairesFrance – Les militants de Greenpeace ont bloqué 650 tonnes d’uranium pour protester contre l’envoi de déchets nucléaires par Areva en Russie.Les gendarmes avaient déjà délogé cette nuit quatre activistes qui, en signe de protestation, s’étaient menottés sur les rails du chemin de fer de Cherbourg. Deux autres s’étaient ensuite enchaînés sur celui de Valognes. Plus tard dans la matinée, les militants ont renouvelé leur action, bloquant la voie à l’aide d’un camion pour ensuite s’enchaîner dessous.Cette contestation intervient alors que le groupe Areva s’apprêtait à envoyer 650 tonnes d’uranium en Russie. Greenpeace suspecte la firme d’abandonner ces déchets nucléaires une fois sur place et réclame un moratoire en ce qui concerne leur exportation.”C’est le premier transport de ce type qui intervient en 2010 et nous voulions frapper un grand coup”, a indiqué l’un des activistes au journal Libération.Le 25 janvier 2010 à 16:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Researchers Uncover Most Powerful Electric Eel EverAngler Reels in Strange Fish With ‘Two Mouths’ in Upstate New York Once he realized what happened, Manning rode his bike home and calmly told his dad that he had a hook stuck in his eye. Manning’s dad then took him to the emergency room, where they were able to safely remove the hook from Manning’s eyelid and cheek.“When we arrived at the ER they said, ‘We are going to give you pain medicine,’ and he said, ‘No thanks, just get it out,’” Daniel wrote in the Facebook post. “As they were working on him, he just grit his teeth and let them work.”Daniel also cautioned people to make sure to have proper safety equipment for their fishing trips.“Lessons learned,” Daniel added. “Sunglasses and a pocket knife are mandatory while fishing.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Electrofishing Stuns Massive Group of Carp at Kentucky DamWatch: Firefighters Rescue Great Horned Owl Trapped in Fishing LineWatch: Texas Man Catches Fish, Finds Giant Snake Biting Into It An 11-year-old boy is recovering from minor injuries after a fishing accident temporarily left a hook in his eyelid on Aug. 2.Manning Ruff was fishing at a lake near his family home in Summerville, South Carolina, when he hooked a tiny bass, Fox 35 Orlando News reported. While he reeled in his catch, the hook reportedly became loose and got stuck in Manning’s eye and cheek. Daniel Ruff, Manning’s dad, posted pictures of the incident on Facebook, which has received more than 700 views so far.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 26th 2017: Ernst & Young auditors were given unfettered access to the BPL office at Big Pond over the weekend and that meant the office was closed to the public and staff according to a media news report. It is also said the Ernst & Young team was flown in from the US, and their arrival followed stern instructions by Works Minister, Desmond Bannister who told BPL Executives to do what they need to do to find out who is behind the theft of some $4m from the company. The Royal Bahamas Police have said there is an investigation and they assure that someone will be charged.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: TL Network TORONTO — TL Network has seen a 47% year-over-year increase in qualified leads driven by its Agent Profiler-powered site, CanadianTravelAgents.ca.The site, launched one year ago and coinciding with the consolidation of three brands – Vacation.com and Travel Leaders Franchise Group (Travel Leaders Associates and Results! Travel) – into Travel Leaders Network, includes online profiles for 488 TL Network agents in Canada with expertise in some 11,698 destinations and 5,251 travel interests.“Joining together under the TL Network banner benefitted our members in a number of ways, providing them opportunities to grow their business, earn more and offer unique travel benefits to their customers,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network.Block spoke to the travel trade media in Toronto yesterday along with several members of the Travel Leaders Network team, including Christine James, VP Canada, TL Network.When the three brands merged a year ago, some member agencies voiced concern that they would lose business. “We told the membership, trust us, you will get more leads,” said Travel Leaders Group Chief Marketing Officer, Stephen McGillivray.Not only are qualified leads up 47% for TL Network agents, Block says the close rate is 1 in 4. “Everyone who reaches out by email or phone call, one in four of those results in a sale,” he said. “And the average value of the transaction is $5,000.”Block adds: “A year ago we were here to talk about the formation of TL Network. It has been accepted by the membership incredibly well, because it was such a win-win.”Overall 2017 was a success for the organization, “a very, very good year,” said John Lovell, CTC, President – Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group.“We turned the year in really good shape,” he said, with travel sales fuelled by high levels of consumer confidence, even more so in Canada than in the U.S. “In Canada your economy was a little bit more healthy than us in the U.S. In 2017 I was really encouraged by what happened in Canada especially with passenger count and yield. Christine and her team did a superior job and they continue to grow.”More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemHere in Canada the number of TL Network agencies was up with 51 new members. Overall Travel Leaders Network added 300 agencies, and the entire organization now has some 6,800 locations including 700 in Canada.“Especially with all the consolidation that’s happening in the industry, when we can add 300 members, that’s incredible,” said Lovell.“It’s really saying to us, the agencies, no matter what group they’re with, they’re looking. They’re seeing that what we’re doing is working in the marketplace. Our size gives us such strength.”TL Network has ramped up its educational offerings and will launch three major new training programs for 2018: ‘Successful Selling Using the Leisure Sales Process’; a Group Travel specialist program; and a new Meetings & Events workshop series for TL Network Associates.Also new for 2018 is an ‘Active & Adventure Travel Specialist’ certification curriculum, an exclusive program with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). It includes discounted rates for TL Network agents at 2018 ATTA events. ATTA executives will also attend the Travel Leaders Network annual conference this June, to co-lead four programs on adventure travel research and trends.“Over the last 15 years a lot of people have been saying ‘travel agents are dead’. But the travel agent of today has evolved. Travel agents used to be accused of being order takers. But that doesn’t work any more in today’s environment. More than 40,000 agents take part in our learning programs and that’s almost 100%. Agents today realize they need to stay educated,” said Block.The organization has also boosted its marketing outreach, for programs line Distinctive Voyages and more. There were 359 hosted sailings on nine cruise lines with the group’s Distinctive Voyages program in 2017; all sailings are guaranteed and offer the services of a Distinctive Voyages host, private cocktail reception and a private and upgraded shore event. Other programs include Amenity Departure dates, with unique amenity offers on select cruises, from shipboard credit to pre-paid gratuities, and the Culinary Collection with cooking classes, demos and wine and spirit tastings.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe Distinctive Voyages passenger count grew by 20% in 2017 to over 17,000, said McGillivray. “It’s been so successful, we are doubling the amount of sailings.” A new Private Car & Driver program debuted in 2017.This year offers a “record number of opportunities to spread the agents’ good name,” he adds, with 41 direct mailers and 110 consumer emails.High-gloss A2C publications like Postcards and Destination Bliss (Weddings & Honeymoons), all branded to each agency, keep clients in the loop and motivated to book, adds McGillivray. “The agents are taking Destination Bliss in as their own book. We want this to be seen as the agent’s own guide, to give to their clients.”Looking ahead, the annual Travel Leaders Network conference will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas June 12 – 16, 2018 and will mark the debut of EDGE, the new moniker for the 2018 event and future annual conferences. EDGE stands for Educate, Discover, Gather and Evolve.More than 2,100 travel agents and industry leaders took part in last year’s inaugural International Conference, at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.“Make no mistake, we are in a growth industry,” said Lovell. “Look at the cruise lines. Seven out of 10 people getting on those ships are booked via the distribution channel. It’s remarkable.”He added: “We want our agents to grow. If they don’t grow, we don’t grow. We don’t sit on what we’ve done in the past. It’s all about innovating, and keeping our members relevant. We don’t lose many. We gain.” Travelweek Group TL Network adds 51 members, boosts leads by 47% to wrap up “a very, very good year” Share Thursday, January 18, 2018 Posted by