Qantas worth billions to Australia

first_imgQANTAS is worth $A22 billion to Australia and generates almost 60,000 jobs, according to a newly released report that highlights the economic value of airlines to local economies.The airline-commissioned study found the Qantas Group’s direct and indirect economic impact totalled $A11.5 billion, or 0.7 per cent of Australian GDP, but it also facilitated $A10.4 billion in additional value through the tourism spending of its passengers.The airline’s contribution to GDP was bigger than many industries and about a third of the direct contribution made by coal mining,  the report said.The airline group directly and indirectly supported almost 60,000 jobs, more than 29,000 employed by the group itself and another 29,535 employed indirectly as a result of its operations.The report’s authors estimated that one in eight tourism jobs were attributable to the spending of passengers on Qantas Group airlines.“In addition to the contribution generated by its operations, the Qantas Group plays an instrumental role in supporting tourism in Australia, both through facilitating air travel by domestic and international passengers and through marketing Australian tourism destinations to domestic and international consumers,’’ the report said.“In particular, the extensive network operated by the Qantas Group plays a pivotal role in allowing tourists to access many regional destinations throughout Australia.”A breakdown of states showed New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory , which account 29 per cent of group passenger departures, were the biggest beneficiaries with a direct and indirect economic contribution of $A4.2 billion. NSW is also the site of the Qantas headquarters.Victoria, the headquarters of Jetstar, come next at $A2.8 billion followed by  Queensland ($A2.5bn) Western Australia ($1bn), South Australia ($538m)  Tasmania ($A185m) and the Northern Territory ($156m).In terms of business units, Qantas was the biggest contributor  with a direct economic contribution of $5.2 billion and indirect contribution of $A3.45 billion. Jetstar added another $A1.35 billion in direct and $A942 billion in indirect contributions, followed by Qantas Freight with $237 million direct and $298 million indirect.The airline also released a report of its tax payments for the 2015 and 2016 financial years, showing it paid $SA2.5 billion in tax during 2015-16 and $A2.3 billion in 2014-15.But the airline did not pay company tax due to previous losses and a write-down of the value of its aircraft fleet in 2014.“Qantas continues to work through accumulated tax losses – including from its record financial loss in 2014 – meaning it’s not currently required to pay company tax,’’ it said.  “However, its overall tax contribution is spread widely across a range of categories, including ticket taxes, payroll tax, fuel excise and the GST.“Company tax payments will resume once Qantas’ tax losses have been used up, in accordance with tax law, resulting in an even more significant contribution to public finances and the Australian economy.”last_img read more

Sales Mistakes Made by StartUps with Steli Efti – Episode 39

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 21:52 — 20.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s conversation has Anthony really scared simply because it’s with a startup founder who has a technology product – not exactly Anthony’s strong suit. But he’s daring to jump into the conversation and actually does a great job chatting with Steli Efti, founder of – a software solution that enables sales people to work with their prospects, leads, and customers in a way that is intuitive for the salesperson and easy to use. You’ll hear Steli tell a bit about his own journey and the how he’s navigated the entrepreneurial path to where he’s at now. It’s a great conversation, even though Anthony was a bit scared at first.Just because something CAN be done doesn’t mean it will be a successful product ~ Steli EftiClick To TweetWhen a startup gets going they typically make some fundamental mistakes when it comes to sales.Founding and running a successful startup is hard, no question. But many times the networking and reliance upon connections cause startup founders and leaders to miss some of the more important parts of how sales work and how the sales process should be integrated into every aspect of the brand and its promotions. On this episode Steli Efti shares the problems of that nature that he saw in the startup community of Silicon Valley and how it led him to create a software solution for sales teams that is entirely different than what’s out there.Why you NEED to make mistakes as a startup founder or entrepreneur.Steli Efti’s path to being the founder of a successful startup was not a bed of roses. He’s had his share of failed ventures and lessons learned from mistakes. He believes that every entrepreneur not only will make mistakes but needs to make mistakes so that they can learn things on a deeper level that will serve them later on. Anthony and Steli chat about the importance of learning from mistakes and why you can’t allow your mistakes to define you, on this episode of In The Arena.If you are in sales, you have to be ready for failure and learn from it ~ Steli EftiClick To TweetJust because it CAN be done, doesn’t mean it will be a successful productMuch of what passes for email marketing is nothing more than SPAM – lampe attempts at prospecting through form emails and repeated systems. Steli Efti says that many entrepreneurs are taking that approach simply because it’s what has always been done – but it neglects to notice that methods of that kind aren’t working anymore. Steli and Anthony both share insights into what works better and how and why marketers and salespeople need to sit across the table from real people in order to do sales the right way. It’s a transition that could change the way you do sales, on this episode.Sales software that works intuitively for the salesperson.For far too long sales, prospecting, and CRM software has been too cumbersome and clunky, causing the salesperson to have to call the software engineer to get the software to do what they need it to do. But Steli Efti’s company, has changed all that with it’s new software solution. Its ease of use is based on the salesperson’s needs and allows all kinds of variations and filters to be integrated into the workflow so that the data that is needed is easily found. It also integrates directly into communication solutions so there’s less time wasted and more time spent dealing directly with prospects. Hear about the software and learn what it can do for you, mon this episode.Sales software that thinks like a #salesperson, on this episode of In The Arena Click To TweetOutline of this great episode Why Anthony is scared about bringing Steli onto the show today. Who is Steli Efti? The challenges Steli saw regarding sales and startups. The first thing Steli worked on that didn’t work out. Mistakes startups were making regarding sales. Why it’s not a product unless you can create a customer. The problem Steli was trying to solve with his software solution. Eliminating data entry and increasing communication for salespeople. How you canResources & Links mentioned in this – Steli’s company websiteSteli’s on TwitterThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: you can use to share this episodeYou can’t allow failure to impact your identity if you’re an entrepreneur ~ Steli EftiClick To TweetIt’s not a product unless you can create a customer ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Shania Twain To Serve As Grand Marshal For Las Vegas Great Santa

first_imgCountry superstar Shania Twain will proudly serve as the Grand Marshal of Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Marking the 5k’s ninth year, Twain will join thousands of Kris Kringles in Downtown Las Vegas for the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser.“It is an honor to partner with Opportunity Village on this incredible event,” said Twain, who currently headlines SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “I love getting involved with the Las Vegas community and am excited to give back to such an amazing organization this holiday season.”As part of her Grand Marshal duties, Shania will welcome more than 10,000 Santa lookalikes and kick off the race alongside Opportunity Village’s “OVIP” clients. To encourage registration, Twain will head a Great Santa Run team for her fans to join, raising money for the wonderful, unique services provided by Opportunity Village. The following fundraising goals will lead to exclusive prizes, including: $50 – Official Team Shania T-Shirt $250 – Access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-Shirt $500 – A pair of tickets to SHANIA:STILL THE ONE; access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-Shirt $1,000 – A pair of VIP tickets to SHANIA:STILL THE ONE with VIP Meet and Greet after the show; access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-ShirtSign up to be a part of Team Shania at the Great Santa Run here.“We are thrilled to have Ms. Twain involved in Las Vegas’ jolliest 5k,” said Linda Smith, Opportunity Village’s Chief Development Officer. “Her participation is a testament as to how far this run has come over the years, and we couldn’t be more excited to flood the streets of Downtown Las Vegas with Santas!”2013 will see the event’s return to Downtown Las Vegas, the original birthplace of the Great Santa Run. The race course will begin under the glowing overhead screens of Fremont Street Experience and continue throughout downtown, passing a number of landmarks and some of Las Vegas’ most captivating architecture. Participants can choose to run in the 5k or the one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle walk.Additionally, this year the Great Santa Run will fight to keep its reigning title of World Santa Challenge Champion. This friendly competition takes place between festive fun runs in cities across the globe, including Liverpool, Tasmania and Osaka, to see which race can accrue the most participants. During its nine year existence, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run has won the coveted award eight times.As in years past, the Great Santa Run will entertain with live performances, food, costume contests, celebrity appearances, and more, as local businesses join in on the fun in support of Opportunity Village.Pre-registration is open for the 2013 Great Santa Run at and costs $40 for individuals, $35 for team members (team pricing applies to groups of five or more) and $25 for children 12 and under; day-of registration is $50 for adults and $35 for children. The participation fee includes a five-piece Santa suit and gifts, with proceeds going to Opportunity Village.Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Recently voted by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers for “Best Community Organization,” for the second year in a row, Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. Serving nearly 3,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village provides its “OVIPs” with vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to make their lives more productive and interesting.last_img read more

Wave Estate forays into affordable housing

first_imgPosed picturesquely at the foothills of the Shivalik Range, Wave Estate is a distinguished address located advantageously at the heart of Mohali in Sector 85 and 99. Understanding the rising demand and the immense success of Dream Homes, with 100% sell out, at Wave City (Ghaziabad), Wave Estate plans to bring the same economical housing, with best of amenities, for the real estate market of Punjab.The project will be spread across an area of approximately seven acres with a total of 1000 units, with 300 units in phase 1, of its development. With this venture, customers of Wave Estate would enjoy living in a world class city with exclusive features, social infrastructure, and connectivity, at an unbeatable location. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReal estate sector has been through a roller coaster ride for past few years. But, with all the volatilities of the sector, construction at Wave Estate has been at a fast pace. With construction at a brisk pace, the estate company recently acquired completion certificate for its partial development of 171 acres, out of its 255-acre project as well as completion and occupancy certificate for the built-up area of approximately 300 units for G+2 floors. Possession has already been offered to customers and over 70 families are already residing in Wave Estate. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on this occasion, HS Kandhari, Director, Wave Estate, said, “At Wave Estate, we stand by our commitment to deliver our customers a lifestyle that is larger than life. For us, customer satisfaction comes first, and with our investment of Rs 200 Crore in the affordable housing segment, we aim to cater to the popular demand of our customers in this segment.””With the construction on full swing, Wave Estate stands by its commitment to deliver a world-class living environment to its customers,” he added. Further, keeping in mind the everyday needs of the residents, Wave Estate inaugurated a super-mart, named ‘Freshly Yours’ within its premises. Spread over approximately 140 square yards area, at ‘Freshly Yours’, the residents can buy from a wide variety of product categories. Speaking on the vision of Wave Infratech, Rajiv Gupta, CEO, Wave Infratech, said, “We at Wave Infratech continuously and constantly strive to innovate and develop exceptional products and services for our key stakeholders, our customers. Adapting to market needs and demands, all of our projects offer a varied range of products for buyers and investors alike. Our projects adhere to RERA compliance and would deliver as per its timelines.”Wave Estate houses the ultra-fine collection of contemporary villas, plots, charming floors, and plush housing condominiums in a safe and secure environment, with boundary walls in each sector and an operational clubhouse.last_img read more

Florida declares state of emergency as Hurricane Matthew tracks north

first_img PORT-AU-PRINCE — At one point a Category 5 storm, and the region’s strongest hurricane since Felix in 2007, Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall on Cuba’s east coast before heading north to the Bahamas and Florida’s Atlantic coast.As of 8 a.m. EDT this morning the storm was about 15 kilometres east of Tiburon, Haiti, and 200 kilometres south of the eastern tip of Cuba. It was moving north near 15 km/h.The hurricane centre said it would likely issue a tropical storm watch or hurricane watch for the Florida Keys or the Florida peninsula and that it could create dangerous beach conditions along the East Coast later in the week.Cuba’s government declared a hurricane alert for six eastern provinces.Meanwhile The Turks and Caicos Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and The Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued a hurricane warning for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Tourism officials have urged visitors to leave the Turks and Caicos “if they have the means to do so safely”.Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit Florida later this week and Governor Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency. By the time it hits Florida, its expected Matthew will still be a major hurricane with 177 km/h winds. Even Orlando, located far in-land, will likely see tropical storm force winds and heavy rain on Thursday night and into Friday morning.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterMore than a dozen cruise ships are also in Matthew’s path. Here are the latest itinerary changes, from CruiseCritic:Carnival Splendor has flipped its ports for its Oct. 2 cruise. The ships is calling at Cozumel today, Grand Cayman on Wednesday and Ocho Rios on Thursday, with a day at sea on Friday.Carnival Ecstasy cancelled calls to Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport, replacing them with one stop to Cozumel and days at sea. The ship will sail one hour early to keep ahead of the storm. Passengers on this sailing will receive 25% future cruise discounts and US$50 onboard credits. Passengers could also cancel their cruise and get a full refund.Carnival Pride, originally on track to the Caribbean, will head north from Baltimore to New York and Saint John, NB. Passengers on this sailing also will receive a 25% future cruise discount as well as $100 credits to be used onboard. Full refunds were available to passengers who wish to cancel their cruise.Carnival Victory will call at Freeport on Tuesday.Carnival Elation is visiting Key West on Oct. 5 instead of Half Moon Cay, and it will skip Nassau on Oct. 6. Passengers will visit Freeport on Oct. 7, originally a sea day.Island Princess will now visit Grand Cayman on Oct. 4 and has cancelled its Oct. 5 call to Aruba.Enchantment of the Seas is expected to arrive at Cozumel on Oct. 5. The next port of call is Key West on Oct. 6.Allure of the Seas will call at Cozumel on Oct. 4, with a sea day on Oct. 5. Then it’s on to Jamaica on Oct. 6 and Labadee on Oct. 7, with an at-sea day Oct. 8.Freedom of the Seas is calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico today instead of its private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay.Majesty of the Seas will stop at Key West on Oct. 5 instead of Nassau.Norwegian Sky will visit Key West on Oct. 4 (instead of Freeport) and Cozumel (instead of Nassau) on Oct. 5.Disney Dream will have a day at sea Oct. 4, then a visit to Cozumel on Oct. 5. Florida declares state of emergency as Hurricane Matthew tracks north Tags: Hurricane Matthew Posted by Travelweek Group Tuesday, October 4, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more