SEE ALSO: Recently Folded? Beware of Angry SubscribersHallmark Cards has shuttered its bimonthly Hallmark magazine. The February/March issue will be its last.According to Hallmark president and CEO Donald J. Hall Jr., the decision to stop publishing the magazine was reached after a “comprehensive analysis” of the overall magazine industry.“Despite favorable consumer acceptance of the publication, we cannot justify continued investment in the magazine at a time when we must focus our efforts and resources only on those projects that will lead to long-term profitable revenue growth for the company,” he said. The magazine’s 28 employees have been laid off, the company said. In addition, 10 Kansas City, Missouri-based positions in the company’s creative division will be eliminated.Hallmark was launched in 2006 with a 400,000 rate base, which grew to 800,000 this year. Last year, Hallmark was one of the few magazines to grow its ad pages, increasing 11 percent in 2008, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.
The current heartthrob of the country, Vicky Kaushal, is flying high and how! From giving back-to-back hits to having created a milestone for himself so early in his career, the Kaushal boy is making waves with each performance he delivers.While the young lads of the industry consider and name him as the most talented star, almost all female contemporaries have their eyes set on him. From Katrina Kaif to Alia Bhatt, the leading ladies of the industry want to be paired up opposite the Uri actor. However, when it comes to his personal life, things aren’t going that smoothly.There have been reports of Vicky Kaushal having parted ways with girlfriend Harleen Sethi. She has not only unfollowed Vicky on Instagram but has also been liking a couple of heartbreak posts on social media. Although Vicky still follows Harleen on Instagram, the latter has unfollowed him. Also, Harleen has liked a few sad posts on Instagram, suggesting that she is going through a heartbreak.A set of reports claimed that Vicky’s growing proximity to female stars and a busy schedule was the reason behind their breakup. But, speculations of Katrina Kaif and Vicky’s camaraderie having led to the cracks in his relationship with Harleen had also started floating around. More so, because of Katrina’s open declaration of admiration for Vicky Kaushal on Koffee with Karan. However, as per a Mid-day report, not Katrina Kaif, but, Bhumi Pednekar could be the reason behind the split.Recently on a show, Vicky had said, “We happened to meet through common friends. It felt right from the very beginning. We never questioned it. The beginning isn’t too far off. It only started last year. It was beautiful to get to know each other. But at the same time, feeling right from the very beginning. And whatever happened, happened in a very organic way. We didn’t rush it or question it. It just seemed right. We enjoy each other’s company. We are our best critics. It’s a happy space.”
Kolkata: The state Forest department is going to impose some restrictions on the usage of plastic material in the parks that are owned by the department.During a programme organised on the occasion of World Environment Day at Central Park in Salt Lake, state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said that the visitors will not be allowed to enter parks with any plastic items or bags. During the programme, some saplings were planted in the park while some others were distributed among the people by the Forest department. The principal secretary of the department Chandan Sinha was also present at the programme. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBurman said that his department will impose restrictions on the entry of people who are carrying plastic substances. The step has been taken to protect the environment of the parks. It is often seen that people dump plastic bags and other items in the waterbodies inside the parks, which in turn cause damage to the animals and plants in the water.The minister also instructed the senior officials of his department to carry out extensive campaigns against the use of plastic items, which disrupt the ecological balance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedVarious awareness programmes would be held by the department to make people aware about the ill effects of the plastic items. He also urged the people to plant more trees in their neighbourhood, which is one of the steps to keep the nature intact.The Forest department would also urge the stalls situating near the parks not to sell plastic items to the people. It may be mentioned here that the Forest department often distributes saplings among the people for protection of the environment.
Tags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Transat Thursday, March 9, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Bahia Principe kicks off new agent loyalty program with official launch party TORONTO — Bahia Principe officially launched its new Bahia Principe Rewards program last night in Toronto to an audience filled with travel agents, media and Transat representatives. Transat also received an award from Bahia Principe as an appreciation for their continuous support.Travel agents enrolled in the loyalty program will have the opportunity to select from a variety of rewards and experiences. These include free stays at any of Bahia Principe’s properties, spa treatments, golf, entries for destination parties and transportation and excursion vouchers throughout 2017. Plus, registered agents will receive special travel rates and discounts at all Bahia Principe properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the D.R.“We’ve like to get as many travel agents to experience Bahia Principe for themselves,” said Sal Buccellato, National Accounts Director for Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts. “This is finally an opportunity for them to earn points that they can redeem towards a free stay at any one of our Bahia Principe hotels.”More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemJust for registering, agents will receive 250 points as a welcome to the program. Afterwards, 100 points will be rewarded for each room night booked at a Grand Bahia Principe Hotel and 125 points awarded for each room night booked at a Luxury Bahia Principe Hotel.“They experience the hotels, when they come back and a client asks for it, it’s the confidence that they have in selling the Bahia Principe product,” said Buccellato. “Once you’ve experience it, you’ll see everything the resorts have to offer. It makes it that much easier for an agent to sell it to the consumer.”“Travel agents are trusted by our customers and on the front lines of our business,” said Lluisa Salord, VP of Global Sales and Contracting at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. “The launch of this new program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the travel agent community and rewarding them with carefully designed experiences so they can become expert sellers of the Bahia Principe brand. Canada is our main market and we have become what we are now thanks to the Canadian market, who has supported us since we opened our first Bahia Principe Hotel in Dominican Republic, nearly 22 years ago.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterTo register agents can visit bahia-principe.com/b2b and gain access to the Bahia Principe B2B Portal. Here they can also access the latest information on all Bahia Principe properties and receive updates on services and products. A specific section will allow members to report, track and manage the number of bookings made for the brand. For more information, visit bahia-principe.com. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Spring is coming in hot with Sunwing savings of up to 50% off Share Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — In celebration of the first day of spring, Sunwing is offering value added ‘Spring Loaded Savings’ on top-rated resorts across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.Clients who book by midnight on March 24 can take advantage of up to 50% off vacation packages. The tour operator encourages clients to book quickly to avoid disappointment.The promotion applies to a wide range of resorts and destinations, including Grand Memories Varadero, an all-inclusive beachfront property where kids can meet Toopy and Binoo at the Memories Fun Club and where parents can lounge by the pool or relax at the on-site spa. Other perks include catamaran rides, windsurfing and a selection of à la carte restaurants serving varied cuisines.Also included in the promotion is Tropical Princess Beach Resort and Spa on Bavaro Beach, which is consistently popular among families. Features include spacious accommodations that can sleep a family of up to five, complimentary water sports and an on-site ‘Calle Caribeña’ for avid shoppers.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAll Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while onboard, with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy-onboard selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance. Monday, March 20, 2017 Tags: Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>