D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Kolb may provide the long term answer for a team like the Cardinals, but, if you believe Cosell, he may hurt the team in the short term while he adjusts to a new system and life as an everyday starter in the NFL. The Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals debate didn’t take time off during the holiday weekend, in fact it raged on. While many ‘amateurs’ — ourselves included — have tried to weigh the pros and cons of dealing for the Philadelphia Eagles second stringer, we’ve yet to hear any real experts assessment of his skills (that is unless you include Andy Reid trying to talk up his trade bait’s value). Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation On Tuesday, NFL Films Greg Cosell, a proclaimed quarterback expert, gave Yahoo Sports his thoughts on Kolb and what he’s shown in his seven career starts.When his first read is there, given the route combination and the defense, he’s very, very good. But when that first read is not quite there and he’s forced to reset and look elsewhere, I think he struggles and I think he starts to play a little too fast. He starts to lose his pocket composure. He starts to lose his footwork and I think he starts to lose his downfield focus. You can tell in these types of situations that he’s not getting a clear picture when he has to reset. So, I think, overall, that’s Kolb at this point (in his career).It’s not earth shattering news. As a matter of fact, it’s probably expected. Kolb is a young quarterback who hasn’t played in a lot of NFL games. The fact that when a play breaks down he struggles to recover seems to be something you’d imagine would happen from a player who has rarely been in game situations.What Cosell’s analysis does do is make one wonder exactly how prepared Kolb truly is to step in and lead an NFL team after the lockout. With no offseason to prepare and familiarize himself with a new team’s playbook, his inability to adjust on the fly may become a bigger issue. Without a mastery of an offense that first read won’t be as simple and his second and third reads will be progressively tougher. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Cardinals and defensive end Darnell Dockett are readyfor the Cowboysto come to town this weekend but they’re not ready for ahistory lesson…even if it’s a good one. When asked about the team’s recent success against Dallas,Dockettwanted none of it. “Doesn’t mean anything. Different team, differentrecords, differentatmosphere, different personnel, different coaches.Doesn’t meananything,” Dockett said. “That’s just last year. I thinkthis is a goodchallenge for us. We’ll be ready, just trust me, we’ll beready.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share The Cardinals have won the past two meetings with theCowboys with lastyear’s win coming on Christmas Day. Despite those twowins, Dockett stillknows it will be a challenge. “I think everybody in this locker room knows what we’refacing this week,against America’s team and they’re playing some goodfootball and they’recoming in here. We’re gonna be ready, simple as that.”Dockett should be looking forward to facing the Cowboys.Last year hegave himself a Christmas present by recording fivetackles, two QB hits andtwo sacks in the Christmas Day W. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Top Stories Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Saturday’s Wild Card playoff game between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers was ESPN’s third-highest rated NFL game in history. As the first-ever NFL playoff game in ESPN’s 35-year history, the broadcast averaged a 12.5 household U.S. rating with 14,551,000 households and 21,678,000 viewers according to Nielson fast nationals. The broadcast ratings peaked from 5:45-6 p.m. ET with a 13.9 rating. The only two NFL games on ESPN to rate higher were Monday Night Football games between Minnesota and Green Bay (13.2 rating, Oct. 5, 2009), and New Orleans and New England (12.9 rating, Nov. 30, 2009). In Phoenix, the game delivered a 21.6 rating on ESPN and a 7.3 on KASW-CW, for a combined 28.9 rating in the market. In Charlotte, the game delivered a 20.4 rating on ESPN and a 16.3 on WJZY-FOX, for a combined 36.6 rating in the market.The broadcast was also the eighth most-watched telecast among viewers and ninth highest-rated telecast in cable TV history. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals Head Coach Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals continued fortifying their offensive line Thursday night, selecting tackle D.J. Humphries out of Florida with the 24th overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft.The highly-regarded tackle is expected to compete with incumbent Bobby Massie for the starting right tackle spot in 2015.The pick was met with favorable reviews from most experts on draft night. – / 44
Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort last week in a win over the Minnesota Vikings.The second-year player kicked three field goals, including a 47-yarder with 1:23 left in the game that proved to be the winning margin as the Cardinals notched their seventh straight victory, 27-23.Catanzaro also connected from 27 and 23 yards in the game.The weekly honor is the third in Catanzaro’s short career. As a rookie, he won the award twice — in Week 6 against Washington and in Week 15 against the St. Louis Rams. Comments Share Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) kicks a field goal as Drew Butler (2) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 45 He’s also the fourth Cardinal to win a weekly NFC honor this season, joining David Johnson (special teams, Week 2), Tyrann Mathieu (defense, Week 3) and Larry Fitzgerald (offense, Week 2).For the season, Catanzaro has 92.6 percent of his field goal attempts (25-of-27) and 93.6 percent (44-of-47) of his extra point tries. He ranks third in the league with 119 points through 13 games, trailing only New England’s Stephen Gostkowski (124 pts.) and Carolina’s Graham Gano (123).The former Clemson Tiger also has two game-winning field goals to his credit. His 32-yarder with :02 left gave the Cardinals a 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11.
Comments Share David Johnson’s pass-catching abilities helped move the chains and spread out the defense last season. He caught 36 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns. Ellington had 15 receptions for 148 yards, while Chris Johnson reeled in six passes for 58 yards and neither scored a touchdown.With 36 receptions and four touchdowns, David Johnson was fourth on the team in receiving, only behind Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) is his by Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan (47) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) With the NFL regular season coming up in September, fantasy football rankings have already begun and an Arizona Cardinal could be a big reason why fantasy owners win their league this year.SI.com writer Micheal Beller created a list of the top ten fantasy running backs in 2016, and he has David Johnson as the no. 5 back in the the NFL.Chances are if you grabbed Johnson off waivers last year, you won your league. Or at least came very close. A bit player for Arizona’s first 11 games, Johnson was one of the best fantasy weapons over the last five weeks of the season, running for 442 yards, catching 17 passes for 216 yards and hitting pay dirt five times. He enters this season as the unquestioned starter, and it’s easy to see why that should be a great spot. The Cardinals offense figures to be among the best in the league, with Carson Palmer, Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and an impressive line surrounding Johnson. Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington are still in Arizona, and both will have roles in the offense. Johnson’s appeal this season is strong and easy to see, but given the company, he does carry some risk at his ADP.Even with Chris Johnson and Ellington in the backfield last year, David Johnson ran for 581 yards and eight touchdowns. Chris Johnson had more rushing attempts and yards, with 814, but had less success finding pay dirt, with only three touchdowns. Ellington also added three touchdowns and 289 yards for the Cardinals. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
(Photo: @TIU_Football Twitter) One day after adding veteran Tramon Williams to a contract, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has signed another player — rookie free agent cornerback Jarell Carter.In corresponding moves, the team has waived/injured linebacker Alani Fua and cornerback Ronald Zamort. Zamort had been playing first-team reps before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Saturday’s Red and White Practice.Carter played his college ball at Trinity International, an NAIA program in Deerfield, Illinois. As a senior in 2016, Carter started all 11 games, registered 66 tackles and led his team with three interceptions. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In 36 career games, he finished with 156 tackles, 28 passes defensed and six interceptions. Twice he earned NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) All-American honors. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) It’s been a strange year in the NFL so far.Week 3 could have been hosted by Rod Serling. The Lions beat the Patriots? The Vikings lost to the Bills? Tennessee out-muscled Jacksonville?Therefore, a lot of movement occurred in this week’s Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings. There are a couple teams (the Rams and Chiefs) who look like the real deal, a few more (Houston, Oakland and Arizona) that look really bad, and about 27 interchangeable teams stuck in the middle so far. 24.Seattle Seahawks1-2beat Dallas 24-13(▲3)Russell Wilson only sacked twice by Cowboys — progress! 19.Los Angeles Chargers1-2lost to LA Rams 35-23(▼1)Trendy pick to win AFC West gashed by Rams for 521 yards20.Atlanta Falcons1-2lost to New Orleans 43-37 (OT)(▼7)Falcons are really beat up after three weeks; now Ricardo Allen is out for the year 8.Chicago Bears2-1beat Arizona 16-14(▲8)Khalil Mack one of only four players with at least one sack in all three games 26.Buffalo Bills1-2beat Minnesota 26-7(▲5)Buffalo has been really good since Vontae Davis quit at halftime in Week 2 30.Houston Texans0-3lost to NY Giants 27-22(▼4)Tons of talent…zero wins 17.Cincinnati Bengals2-1lost to Carolina 31-21(▼8)Andy Dalton had his third career game with four picks in loss to Carolina 6.Carolina Panthers2-1beat Cincinnati 31-21(▲8)Top running team in the NFL, powered by Christian McCaffrey 23.New York Jets1-2lost to Cleveland 21-17(▼4)The Jets became the answer to a trivia question they wanted no part of 3.Philadelphia Eagles2-1beat Indianapolis 20-16(▲5)Carson Wentz is back, and looked pretty good in his return 3 Comments Share 11.Washington Redskins2-1beat Green Bay 31-17 (▲4)The ‘Skins have been a three-week roller coaster12.Tennessee Titans2-1beat Jacksonville 9-6(▲11)Slugged it out and beat the best defensive team in the league RankTeamRecordResultMovementComment1.Los Angeles Rams3-0beat LA Chargers 35-23(▲1)Have scored 33, 34 and 35 points in games this year. Will they put up 36 vs the Vikings? 13.Green Bay Packers1-1-1lost to Washington 31-17(▼8)Clay Matthews has to be the most frustrated man in America 14.New England Patriots1-2lost to Detroit 26-10(▼8)Tom Brady looked human in humbling loss to Lions The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 4.Jacksonville Jaguars2-1lost to Tennessee 9-6(▼3)Just when we were ready to elevate Bortles, he takes a giant step back 9.Baltimore Ravens2-1beat Denver 27-14(▲3)Solid win over Denver; 2nd in the league in point differential (+46) 16.Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-1lost to Pittsburgh 30-27(▼9)Fitzpatrick was great late, but terrible early in loss to Steelers 21.New York Giants1-2beat Houston 27-22(▲4)Eli Manning very efficient in G-Men’s first win of the year22.San Francisco 49ers1-2lost to Kansas City 38-27(▼1)Jimmy G gone for the year — C.J. B just doesn’t have the same ring to it Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 31.Oakland Raiders0-3lost to Miami 28-20(▼2)I guess a pass rusher isn’t the only thing hard to find 10.Minnesota Vikings1-1-1lost to Buffalo 27-6(▼6)No, actually we don’t like that — Cousins first since AFL merger to complete 40 or more passes for less than 300 yards 18.Denver Broncos2-1lost to Baltimore 27-14(▼8)Case Keenum has at least one pick in each game this year Here’s this week’s look at how the league shakes out. 28.Indianapolis Colts1-2lost to Philadelphia 20-16(▼7)They’ve been competitive, I’ll give them that 15.Pittsburgh Steelers1-1-1beat Tampa Bay 30-27(▲9)No Le’Veon still, but Big Ben has the best receiving corps in the league to throw to 25.Cleveland Browns1-1-1beat NY Jets 21-17(▲3)Finally! Baker Mayfield has electrified a whole city — can he keep it up? 2.Kansas City Chiefs3-0beat San Francisco 38-27(▲2)Mahomes has 13 TDs and 0 picks and nine different players have caught TD passes 5.Miami Dolphins3-0beat Oakland 28-20 (▲6)Their wins have come against so-so or bad teams, but winning is winning 7.New Orleans Saints2-1beat Atlanta 43-37 (OT)(▲10)Drew Brees doing Drew Brees things with 296 yards and 3 TDs, but ran for two as well. Defense still a concern. 27.Detroit Lions1-2beat New England 26-10(▲3)Nice first win for Matt Patricia against his former boss 32.Arizona Cardinals0-3lost to Chicago 16-14(–)The Sam Bradford experiment lasted less than three games. Josh Rosen, you’re next! Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 29.Dallas Cowboys1-2lost to Seattle(▼7)Real issues on offense Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 8.Chicago Bears8-4lost to NY Giants 30-27 (OT)(▼3)There’s a reason Chase Daniel has been a backup in this league for nine years. At the bottom, Arizona’s nearly inexplicable win at Lambeau Field along with the San Francisco 49ers getting blown out by Seattle have the league’s lower fourth looking a little different.Here’s a look at this week’s order:Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 14 RankTeamRecordResultMovementComment 4.New England Patriots9-3beat Minnesota 24-10(–)Bounced back with two strong defensive games after loss to Tennessee. 20.Green Bay Packers4-7-1lost to Arizona 20-17(▼3)Lifeless performance leads to Mike McCarthy’s firing. 3.New Orleans Saints10-2lost to Dallas 13-10(▼2)Weird, lifeless offensive performance in Thursday night’s loss in Dallas. 13.Minnesota Vikings6-5-1lost to New England 24-10(▼1)Vikings’ season is like a bad Paula Abdul song. One step forward, two steps back. 23.Jacksonville Jaguars4-8beat Indianapolis 6-0(▲5)Jags get a shutout of the Colts for the second straight year. 25.Buffalo Bills4-8lost to Miami 21-17(▼2)If only Charles Clay caught that ball after a miraculous Josh Allen scramble. 7.Dallas Cowboys7-5beat New Orleans 13-10(▲3)Really impressive defensive performance to shut down Saints. 30.New York Jets3-9lost to Tennessee 26-22(▼1)Jets couldn’t muster an offensive touchdown in close loss to Titans. 31.Oakland Raiders2-10lost to Kansas City 40-33(–)Didn’t get crushed by KC — that’s progress. 24.Cleveland Browns4-7-1lost to Houston 29-13(▼3)Trailed 23-0 at halftime. 11.Indianapolis Colts6-6lost to Jacksonville 6-0(▼2)Colts were averaging 35 points per game over their last eight games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 6.Los Angeles Chargers9-3beat Pittsburgh 33-30(▲1)Easily the best win of the year for the Chargers. 14.Denver Broncos6-6beat Cincinnati 24-10(▲2)Denver rolls up 218 yards rushing behind Lindsay’s strong game. 15.Philadelphia Eagles6-6beat Washington 28-13(▲2)Eagles broke open a close game in the fourth quarter. 16.Tennessee Titans6-6beat NY Jets 26-22(▲3)Mariota to Davis with :36 left clinches the win for Tennessee. 21.Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-7beat Carolina 24-17(▲6)Bucs have won two straight on the heels of a four-game skid. 26.Cincinnati Bengals5-7lost to Denver 24-10(▼4)Fourth straight loss for the striped ones. 29.Arizona Cardinals3-9beat Green Bay 20-17(▲3)Cardinals win at Lambeau for the first time since 1949. 17.Carolina Panthers6-6lost to Tampa Bay 24-17(▼2)Panthers have lost four straight — with ‘Ls’ to Detroit and the Bucs in that span. 22.New York Giants4-8beat Chicago 30-27 (OT)(▲4)Giants have won three out of last four. After 13 weeks, NFL teams pretty much are what they are. Thus, there wasn’t a lot of drastic movement in this week’s Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings.There is a new (old) team at the top; the Los Angeles Rams, the league’s only one-loss team, is back at number one after a 14-point road win over Detroit. The Kansas City Chiefs, fresh off cutting one star running back Kareem Hunt as a video of a domestic assault surfaced, rolled up 40 points in a less-than-dominant win over Oakland. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints ran into a defensive buzzsaw in Dallas that cost them two spots in the rankings. 32.San Francisco 49ers2-10lost to Seattle 43-16(▼2)Season can’t end fast enough for the Niners. 2.Kansas City Chiefs10-2beat Oakland 40-33(▲1)Mahomes now has seven games with four or more touchdown passes. Top Stories 18.Miami Dolphins6-6beat Buffalo 21-17(▲2)Dodged a bullet in Buffalo. 12.Baltimore Ravens7-5beat Atlanta 26-16(▲1)Ravens are undefeated with Jackson at QB. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 10.Seattle Seahawks7-5beat San Francisco 43-16(▲1)Wilson only threw 17 passes, but four of them went for touchdowns. 9.Pittsburgh Steelers7-4-1lost to LA Chargers 33-30(▼1)Steelers blow a 16-point lead and have lost two straight. 27.Detroit Lions4-8lost to LA Rams 30-16(▼3)Hung with the Rams for three quarters. 1.Los Angeles Rams11-1beat Detroit 30-16(▲1)The Rams could have three legitimate MVP candidates in Goff, Gurley and Donald. 1 Comments Share Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio) 28.Atlanta Falcons4-8lost to Baltimore 26-16(▼3)Falcons manage 131 yards of offense vs Ravens. Yuck. 19.Washington Redskins6-6lost to Philadelphia 28-13(▼4)Done. Mark Sanchez the QB now. Done. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 5.Houston Texans9-3beat Cleveland 29-13(▲1)Texans didn’t sack Mayfield, but forced four Browns turnovers.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 4 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Kliff Timothy Kingsbury (born August 9, 1979) is an American football coach and former quarterback,” the first sentence of his page reads. “He currently serves as Head Coach for the Arizona Cardinals.”Viewing the edit history of the page, it would appear as though someone has made multiple attempts to get this falsehood (or insider scoop?) onto the site. One edit from Tuesday is described this way in the edit history: “Removed error which had Kingsbury as Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals.”Related LinksCardinals to interview USC offensive coordinator Kliff KingsburyA list of potential Arizona Cardinals coaching candidatesEvidently, the error has been put back.Kingsbury reportedly interviewed with the New York Jets on Monday and, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station‘s John Gambadoro, New York was “pushing hard” to make Kingsbury the team’s head coach. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It has been reported that the Arizona Cardinals are interviewing former Texas Tech head coach and current USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury for the team’s head coaching vacancy. But does Wikipedia have the inside scoop on just how far along that process has gotten?As seen on Kingsbury’s Wikipedia page on Tuesday, the site erroneously listed the 39-year-old as the current head coach of the Cardinals, despite the fact that the team was only set to interview him as of Tuesday and no reports have been made of a final decision.
Go back to the e-newsletter >After a $5 million renovation, VOMO Island Resort, located on a 91ha private island in the South Pacific, unveils 26 newly transformed Hillside and Beachfront Villas.General Manager Mark Leslie and New Zealand-based architect Michael Fisher spearheaded the villa redesign, travelling to Asia to source bespoke furnishings that were handmade exclusively for VOMO including daybeds, coffee tables, bathroom fixtures and mirror frames.The transformed bathrooms now feature double sinks and oversized free-standing bathtubs, currently the only in the world to be manufactured from recycled marble. Amenities include L’Occitane bath products, while select villas boast indulgent outdoor tubs and showers. The outdoor experience extends to the villa’s private balconies and patios with bespoke dining tables and chairs plus sun lounges or daybeds to enjoy a quintessential Fijian vista.In-room amenities like multiple USB ports are strategically placed near the bedside and desk for easy access and stand in for the need of international adaptors to charge devices. Free Wi-Fi and BOSE speaker with Bluetooth capabilities enables guests to enjoy their own music from their phone, laptop or tablet. Subtle adjustable lighting details in the villas suit any mood and a soft light glows under the bathroom vanity for fuss-free midnight wake-ups. Design conscious finishes like the state-of-the-art air conditioning units are recessed into the ceiling, and ceiling fans are not only silent but gorgeous handmade works of art, both with remote controls for easy operation.A unique new feature to the villas is a retractable privacy curtain partition that can be used to separate the bedroom from the lounge area perfect for families sharing a villa with children. The daybed in the lounge area is a single size mattress where a child can sleep with ample space for an additional cot or rollaway bed accommodating a family of 4 with kids 12 and under.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterIn an event hosted by the US consul general, Valerie Fowler, at her Sydney estate on Thursday 15 March, media personnel gathered to learn about California’s Wine County and understand why the destination is not only a wine enthusiast’s dream but also a destination for everyone.Some 40 industry insiders gathered to learn what makes Sonoma County and Napa Valley so special. After the recent fires in California, the region has seen a decrease in tourists. The event was held to encourage those who visit San Francisco to drive an hour to these regions and experience the premium wines and activities on offer.As guests mingled over canapés prepared by the US consul general’s personal chef – including pesto and burrata, and mozzarella and blanched asparagus, both served on crispy sourdough – they sampled a range of fine Californian wine served on the terrace surrounded by manicured gardens.Alexandra Spa from Sonoma County emphasised that the region has something for everyone, with over 400 wineries, 40-plus spas, farm-to-table restaurants, kayaking, lush rainforests perfect for hiking, a range of shops and 89 kilometres of scenic Pacific Coast. Just 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma Valley provides “a genuine and adventurous California wine country experience.”Napa Valley’s Penny Brand emphasised the magnitude of the region, with more than 500 wineries, 95% of these being family-owned and operated. With a range of lodging, dining, arts and wellness options available, Napa Valley is within easy reach from four international airports and is sure to cater for all tastes. With a range of wine-focused events running annually, Napa Valley is especially great for wine enthusiasts.Sonoma County and Napa Valley have a mild Mediterranean climate, making them ideal destinations year round.Go back to the e-newsletter
Building on the success of its 2019 USA and Canada Collection launch, premium escorted journey operator, Insight Vacations, has released a $699 return airfare (inclusive of taxes) with American Airlines to North America.Available when booking select 2019 itineraries, guests can choose from over 16 crafted trips to discover North America’s most majestic landscapes, iconic destinations and culturally diverse places. Insight Vacations has also partnered with American Airlines, ensuring Insight guests get the best deal for their North American journey.Lorraine Sharp, Managing Director of Insight Vacations said: “Our $699 airfare not only represents great value, but shows our team have thought of all the finer details to ensure a seamless experience for both travel agents and their clients. What better time to travel and experience North America than with this incredible offer.”Guests can journey on the Best of Eastern Canada and USA for a cosmopolitan escape from cities to natural wonders and a range of activities. Explore the Southwest on Enchanting Canyonlands and its vast majestic landscapes, a panoramic stage for Mother Nature’s best work. Or, for an unforgettable experience journey coast-to-coast on America the Beautiful, immersing guests in the bright lights of LA and Las Vegas, toe tapping in Memphis, Southern hospitality in Charleston, historical monuments in Washington and ending in NYC, the city that never sleeps.The air offer is valid from 13 July 2018 to 31 August 2018, unless sold out prior.The fine print – the deal is based on fares to and from the nearest available airport to the trip’s start and end point on international flights and internal North America flights operated by American Airlines. Airfares are valid for travel in economy class departing from ADL/BNE/MEL/PER/SYD for travel between 1 April – 4 April 2019, 19 April-27 June 2019, 12 July-19 September 2019 and 3 October-15 November 2019. Seasonality surcharges apply for travel between 5 April-18 Apr 2019, 28 Jun-11 July 2019 and 20 September-2 October 2019. A fee of $350 will apply to air bookings where any flight sector is outside of the airlines system date range. A surcharge will apply if the necessary booking class is not available and a higher booking class is required.For more, see insightvacations.com, or call 1300 727 767.
Go back to the enewsletterVirtuoso recently honoured its highest performing travel agency members and advisors, each of whom earned the opportunity to experience a different look at one of the world’s most beloved and visited cities: Venice, Italy. Virtuoso hosted the group during a time that is increasingly more popular with luxury travellers, the off-season, which opens up more cultural experiences and opportunities that are not available during busier, more congested parts of the year. Italy has proven itself a favourite among upscale travellers, having been rated the network’s top destination for the past 10 years according to Virtuoso’s annual Luxe Report, prompting participants to add visits to locations throughout the country to round out their Venetian experience.The Chairman’s Event demonstrates Virtuoso’s appreciation for its most dedicated members, bringing together these industry leaders associated with more than 90 agencies from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Mexico, Peru, United Kingdom and the United States.“The richness of this gathering is felt through the contributions of each participant as they share varied perspectives from diverse geographic regions, increase their depth of relationships amongst themselves as well as the host partners, and exchange ideas on business and best practices,” said Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso.“Trust and camaraderie among Virtuoso’s members is a hallmark of the network, and the shared happenings of the Chairman’s Event enhance these bonds while tracking to Virtuoso’s ethos of creating greater authentic human connections.”With Italian Dream Inc. Travel (I.D.I.) leading the charge, Virtuoso partners, both within Venice and throughout Italy, banded together to create truly exceptional experiences, many of which would be difficult to achieve during the city’s high season. Participants were outfitted by Venice’s famed costumer Atelier Antonia Sautter before attending a traditional 18th-century masquerade ball. The evening brought together Mandarin Oriental, Milan’s two-Michelin-starred chef, Antonio Guida, as well as Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina’s three-Michelin-starred chef, Norbert Niederkofler, for an unforgettable celebration of Italy’s cultural and culinary heritage.Other events during this private look at Venice highlighted the city’s art, history, and exquisite sights including special access to Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a feast for the eyes featuring some of Tintoretto’s finest work. Attendees also were treated to a grand lunch at Aman Venice, which had not previously closed its public spaces for any reason other than a hotel buy-out. While Venice rolled out the red carpet to welcome the group, the Virtuoso Chairman’s Event is more than a celebration of good work. This trip represented an opportunity to bring the network’s highest producing travel advisors to one of the world’s foremost destinations, showcasing the many benefits of visiting through Virtuoso’s connections, and ensuring they spread the word to their highly desirable clientele.“While our Chairman’s Event is a celebration of Virtuoso members who have demonstrated their support of this network, it also raises the tide of collaboration between our advisors and partners,” Upchurch continued. “We selected Venice to support our number-one destination: Italy. By choosing to visit during the off-season, it became a study in how to experience a world-renowned city in a more authentic way for the preservation of the destination.”This rarified glimpse of luxury Venice is courtesy of Virtuoso’s incredible partnerships, both within Italy as well as the world over. In addition to those already mentioned, Virtuoso preferred partners who supported this ultimate Venetian experience included the three host hotels – Belmond Hotel Cipriani; Hotel Danieli, A Luxury Collection Hotel; and The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel – as well as Bauer Palazzo, Borgo dei Conti Resort, Bulgari Hotel Milano, Ca’Sagredo Hotel, Crystal Cruises, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Hotel Londra Palace, IC Bellagio, J.K. Place Firenze, Rocco Forte Hotels, Slovenia Tourist Board, Villa d’Este Hotel and Windstar Cruises.The Virtuoso Chairman’s Event recognises agency members and advisors across several categories:Highest total salesHighest average sales per advisorLargest sales growthMost engaged in Virtuoso programs and servicesThose who met the above requirements and received this special invitation enjoyed a destination immersion filled with “wow” moments and memorable experiences during the event, held 4–8 November 2018.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterSoutheast Asian boutique river cruise specialist and Traveller Made Hotel Partner, Heritage Line, has announced plans to add two new vessels to its fleet in 2019 as it celebrates 10 years of operation.The first vessel is the 10-suite Ylang which will ply the unspoiled waters of Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam. Sales aboard Ylang have opened this week. It will join sister ship, Ginger, in the region.Heritage Line © | Ylang – roof top pool and Jacuzzi SuitesCommencing with its maiden voyage on 17 August 2019, Ylang will offer a unique three-day Senses of Lan Ha cruise, exploring the lesser visited region of Halong Bay. Itineraries will operate every third day on a dedicated journey, making Heritage Line the sole operator of this program style.Heritage Line © | Ylang – Library“The cruise embraces distinctive experiences and includes wonderful active excursions of cycling and leisure hiking on the island of Cat Ba as well as an exploration of a Lan Ha Bay fishing village. All excursions are perfectly paired with a nicely balanced wellness leitmotif on the vessel itself.”Heritage Line © | Ylang – RestaurantYlang starts her cruises from a pier on the small island Cat Hai which is very close to Hai Phong (approximately 1.5 hours drive from Hanoi). Before embarkation, guests can relax in Heritage Line’s welcome lounge very close to the pier.Heritage Line © | Ylang – Regency Suite Bedroom (Bamboo Summer)As the latest member of Heritage Line’s extraordinary ship collection in Lan Ha Bay, Ylang features a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with Indochinese accents. This ancient flair of Indochina emanates throughout the entire vessel showcasing a delicate floral design theme. Local artisans contributed to Ylang’s decoration with hand-crafted paintings and artwork using various materials and techniques. All ten suites are dedicated to a particular blossom which typically represents a season in Vietnam.Heritage Line © | Ylang – Regency Suite Bedroom (Daisy Autumn)Among them are four high-end Regent Suites with floor space up to 54 square metres. All Regent Suites are individually designed and the front options, as the premium version, have Jacuzzis on their balconies.Heritage Line © | Ylang – Regency Suite Bedroom (Lotus Spring)Heritage Line has also this week revealed it will introduce a boutique overnight vessel to Laos in the second half of 2020.Heritage Line © | Rendering of AnouvongAnouvong will also feature just 10 staterooms and suites, spread across dual decks, and each fitted with private balconies. The five-star vessel will also offer a spa, coffee lounge, dining room and a terrace deck.Anouvong will sail between the Golden Triangle, Huay Xai, on the Thai-Laos border and Luang Prabang (and vice versa) on a four-day voyage, as well as covering longer journeys between Huay Xai and Vientiane, where guests will experience the unspoilt beauty of the Laotian countryside to the fullest.Heritage Line © | Rendering of AnouvongThe Australia and New Zealand region is one of Heritage Line’s top five sales markets, Director of Sales & Marketing, Andreas Schroetter told LATTE this week from Vietnam.For more information, see heritage-line.com/Lead image: Heritage Line’s YlangGo back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterQatar Airways has announced a range of upgrades to the customer experience on the Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide route. The Doha-based airline will introduce the new state-of-the-art Airbus A350-1000 once daily on its Canberra–Sydney–Doha route, effective 27 October 2019. The afternoon A350-1000 flight (from Canberra/Sydney) will complement Qatar Airways’ existing A380 evening service between Sydney and Doha.In addition, passengers travelling on the Adelaide route from 16 August will be able to experience the airline’s patented Qsuite Business Class seat on board the Airbus A350-900.Qatar Airways’ Senior Manager for Australasia, Adam Radwanski, said: “We are delighted to launch the Airbus A350-1000 equipped with QSuite on our Canberra–Sydney–Doha route from 27 October onwards. The A350-1000 is our newest and most advanced aircraft and we are confident that the product we are bringing to these markets will take the customer experience to new heights.“The introduction of the Qsuite Business Class experience to passengers travelling from Adelaide is further evidence of Qatar Airways’ ongoing commitment to providing our Australian passengers with the best experience and greatest choice.”Last year, the national carrier of the State of Qatar was the global launch customer of the world’s very first Airbus A350-1000, an aircraft known for its fuel efficiency and technology along with wider seats in both Business and Economy classes, the lowest twin-engine noise level of any aircraft, advanced air-conditioning technology and full LED lighting.Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class. It also features privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room – a first of its kind in the industry.Meanwhile, Qatar Airways is offering members of its frequent flyer program, Privilege Club, the opportunity to boost their Qmiles for new bookings made between now and 31 March 2019, when flying before 31 May 2019.Travellers will receive five times the usual Qmiles points when flying in Qatar Airways First or Business Class cabin. There will also be four times the standard amount of bonus Qmiles offered to passengers travelling in Qatar Airways Economy Class cabin.Travellers will also be able to boost their Qmiles throughout the period of 1 April–31 May 2019 by receiving three times the standard Qmiles for First and Business Class, and twice as many Qmiles for Economy passengers.For members of Qatar Airways Privilege Club to be eligible for this special offer, they must register through their member profile by either 31 May 2019 or 24 hours prior to their departure.For more information, go to www.qatarairways.com/auGo back to the enewsletter