The Indianapolis suburb of Carmel is spending $64,000 to put its name on a U.S. 31 sign that’s inside its city limits but welcomes drivers to the neighboring city of Westfield. Westfield spent about $300,000 last year on installing the totem-style sign with “Westfield” on both its north and south sides, giving southbound drivers entering Carmel the impression that they are heading into Westfield. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard says his city wasn’t aware the sign would say “Westfield” on both sides until it was in place. Brainard says the cost of installing a new “Carmel” panel on the totem’s southbound side is much less than building another sign. Westfield spokeswoman Vicki Duncan Gardner says Carmel officials approved the sign’s design and didn’t request any changes. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Carmel paying $64,000 for changes to Westfield highway sign
Poway is planning to build a pedestrian tunnel beneath State Route 67 that would connect a network of hiking trails in north San Diego County. Tijuana is planning to redevelop a pedestrian border crossing that would make walking into Mexico a safer, shorter and more pleasant experience.Those projects are deserving of the region’s focus — and funding. Meanwhile, Horton Plaza, one of San Diego’s most recognizable venues and biggest attractions — a landmark that like Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and the USS Midway Museum every San Diegan must walk through at least once to officially be a San Diegan — needs an overhaul of its own to make it more walkable. And not just so visitors don’t get lost along its labyrinthine walkways.As a recent column, news story and blog post in The San Diego Union-Tribune all showed, Horton Plaza was a ghost town over the holidays, portending even gloomier Ghosts of Christmas Yet to Come. But the Westfield chain’s … [Read more...] about Horton Plaza needs a new vision. Let’s see your ideas, San Diego.
WTM Connect Asia 2016 closed on a high note. The event took place from 18-20 May in Penang, Malaysia. Hosted Buyers from China, South East Asia and the rest of the world met, networked and had serious business meetings with International exhibitors.World Travel Market Portfolio launched the 1-2-1 ratio pod format to facilitate business in the growing Chinese and South East Asian leisure travel markets. The event, which steps away from a traditional exhibition format, proved to be successful amongst all attendees with the simple, effective set up with a focus on quality appointment schedules.Shangri-la Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa was the stunning location for the Beach Gala Dinner on Thursday 19 May. The venue welcomed attendees with local culture, music and cuisine in a glorious beach setting against a sunset backdrop.Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Ministry of Tourism Indonesia, Philippines Tourism Promotions Board, Penang Global Tourism, Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau, Visit Berlin, … [Read more...] about WTM Connect Asia 2016 delivers a high number of business meetings
IHG and investors represented by Grace on Doncaster Group, to establish Crowne Plaza Doncaster Hill.“IHG has identified Melbourne as a primary city with opportunity for continued growth across all our brands. Doncaster is a particularly attractive location given the high number of business drivers in and around the suburb, the current lack of quality accommodation in the immediate area, and Manningham Council’s strategic framework to attract 4,000 new residents and five million extra visitors to the area each year,” said IHG director of development Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Todd Wynne-Parry. “The upscale Crowne Plaza brand presents a powerful proposition for this development, tying neatly with Doncaster’s reputation as one of the city’s most exclusive suburbs, and leveraging the brand’s particular strengths in attracting the corporate and meetings markets.”Ronald Di Pietro - whose family has held 682 Doncaster Road for … [Read more...] about IHG to manage first international hotel in one of Melbourne’s most exclusive inner suburbs
Take advantage of the sunshine and landmark backdrops at Sydney's countless markets. My favorites are Bondi (food on Saturdays, clothing on Sundays), Paddington (Saturdays), and the Rocks (Saturday and Sunday). There are dozens more in the surrounding suburbs. There's no cost to enter, and most goods are locally made, inexpensive, and make great authentic souvenirs. RELATED: 25 Pictures That Will Make You Love Australia Take advantage of the sunshine and landmark backdrops at Sydney's countless markets. My favorites are Bondi (food on Saturdays, clothing on Sundays), Paddington (Saturdays), and the Rocks (Saturday and Sunday). There are dozens more in the surrounding suburbs. There's no cost to enter, and most goods are locally made, inexpensive, and make great authentic souvenirs. RELATED: 25 Pictures That Will Make You Love Australia The expansive Royal National Park (the second oldest national park in the world) is about an hour south of Sydney. While there is a parking fee at some … [Read more...] about 9 Free Things to Do in Sydney, Australia