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Breaking Travel News interview: Gaurav Bhatnagar, co-founder, TBO Group | Focus

first_imgGaurav Bhatnagar: It is a great feeling. We value these awards a lot since these are decided by popular vote. For us, customer service is a core value and winning these awards is a benchmark against which we can measure how well we are doing!- Advertisement – Breaking Travel News interview: Gaurav Bhatnagar, co-founder, TBO GroupHaving been recognised by voters at the World Travel Awards in a number of categories, Breaking Travel News here chats with Gaurav Bhatnagar, co-founder of TBO Group, to find out more about the industry leading companyBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – TBO Holidays has been honoured with the trophies for Middle East’s Leading B2B Travel Portal and South America’s Leading B2B Travel Provider at the World Travel Awards. How does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – NewerBreaking Travel News interview: Glenn Mandziuk, chief executive, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region TBO is rapidly expanding into new geographies and new lines of businesses. These awards serve as our credentials whenever we have to introduce ourselves in a new market. BTN: This has been a challenging year across the hospitality sector – how has the diversified operation of TBO Holidays allowed it to overcome the impact of Covid-19?GB: The Covid-19 crisis has obviously been very challenging for us. However, we have worked hard on converting this difficulty into an opportunity. We are strong in selling both air and hotel product. Air business has recovered a bit faster. Hotels as well have seen pockets of recovery. Since we operate across the globe, we have benefited as some countries have started to open their lockdowns.We also used this time to invest into new businesses. ZamZam is our new joint venture focused on servicing the global Umrah travel market. We are one of the few authorised online travel agencies who can issue Umrah visas online.We also launched PAXES, which is a corporate self-booking tool. We are distributing this tool exclusively thru resellers in various markets across the world. As corporate travel slowly comes back, saving cost and reducing operations overhead will be critical. PAXES will play a big role there.BTN: What do we have to look forward to from the company next year as the recovery continues?GB: Plenty of action planned for next year! We have very steep internal goals to pace our recovery at a much faster rate than the overall market recovery.So we are looking to gain market share – both organically as well as inorganically.Apart from that, ZamZam and PAXES will scale up and you will see a lot more of those products next year.Finally, we wish the entire travel industry a speedy recovery from this crisis!More InformationTBO Holidays is a business-to-business travel portal that allows travel agents to book over 700,000 hotels worldwide in real time. Backed by cutting edge technology and superior customer support, the company is a one-stop-shop for all holiday booking requirements.Find out more on the official website. BTN: How useful are the World Travel Awards when it comes to promoting TBO Holidays around the world?GB: The World Travel Awards logos and trophies are well recognised in our industry. These are like the Oscars of the travel industry. – Advertisement – OlderBTN interview: Gloria Gallardo, president, Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism – Advertisement –last_img read more

Diversity Helping Female Basketball Boom in Nigeria, Says Senegalese Legend

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSenegal female basketballer legend, Astou Ndiaye has ascribed the success of Nigeria’s female basketball team in the world to diversity.Astou said Nigeria is now a global force in the game because many of its female national team players have dual citizenship by virtue of being born outside the country. The Tigress ranked as the eighth best team at the recent FIBA Women Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain and raised the bar by becoming the first African team to advance to the quarter finals in a world cup.The impressive flourish also lifted the team in world ranking as they climbed by 15 points from 34th in the world to 19th in the latest global world ranking. They are the continent’s second highest ranking team, behind Senegal in the 17th place.“If you look at the landscape, a lot of them (the Tigress) grew outside Nigeria and other places as dual citizens. Also many of the kids are able to play at higher level by going to different colleges around the world, where you have top level competition. And when they come back to play for the national team, they improve,“Ndiaye said, while in Nigeria recently for the Power Forward basketball clinic.Ndiaye, who played in WNBA for franchise teams including Seattle Reign, Indiana Fever and Houston Comets, in addition to representing Senegal at the Olympic Games and Women World Cup, showered praises on Nigeria for the remarkable feat in Spain.She described the accomplishment of Otis Hughley led team as a giant stride for Africa.“It is a step forward for Africa because you are talking about reaching the quarter final at the World Cup, which is huge and unprecedented. What we need to do in Africa, not just about Nigeria, is to keep on developing the game. To get to that stage was not a stumble by Nigeria, it is a product of hard work and everybody getting behind the team. In the past, African teams used to be dominated in the first round and we try to beat others in the rankings. Kudos to Nigeria, onward and forward and no going backward,” she said.The retired player said Africa is capable of producing good players of her status in the WNBA only by hard-work, dedication, having in place the right support system and going through the process.“It is not just only Senegal and Nigeria, there is also a lot of organisation taking place in some other places. I wouldn’t say at the top level but the people are trying. I know Mali is doing great things with youths and a lot of few countries are also on the right track”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UCA Sweeps ACU to Win 2017 Southland Volleyball Tournament

first_imgSet OneDown 21-17, UCA rallied seven consecutive points to reach set point and eventually take it 25-22 with a Megan Nash roll. The Sugar Bears fired a .194 clip with Nash and Haley Tippett each putting down three kills. Tippett also led the team in digs with five alongside Amanda Dimon. ACU’s Corinne Grandcolas and Jacey Smith both put up five kills with Grandcolas receiving the Wildcats’ first two points.VB: @UCAVball takes set 1 from @ACU_Volleyball, 25-22. Set 2 NOW on ESPN3. https://t.co/N0qEYjataD and ESPN apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/rA2DjGsZEJ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 Set ThreeACU fought back after being behind all set to tie it at 21-21, but UCA followed its timeout with a 4-1 stretch to end the match with a 25-22 set win. Abbie Harry put up six kills on 14 attacks as the Sugar Bears posted a .268 attacking percentage. Emily Doss tallied six digs with Tippett right behind at five. The Wildcats hit a match-best .270 clip with Smith recording six on 18 attacks. Lauren Walker downed all three of her attacks.VB: CHAMPS! @UCAVball sweeps ACU and captures the Southland tournament title. Sugar Bears will represent Southland in #NCAAVB tourney. pic.twitter.com/bY12XE2Yu4— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 Abilene Christian’s all-tournament selection junior outside hitter Jacey Smith led all players with 18 kills as her setter, all-tournament pick Kendall Bosse, tallied 32 assists for the day. Smith also recorded a double-double with 10 digs. WATCH ESPN3 REPLAYCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Central Arkansas claimed its third Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship and first since 2013 with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-22) win over Abilene Christian on Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sugar Bears became the first No. 2 seeded team to win the tournament since 2010 when UTSA did so. They will await their fate in the NCAA Tournament when the selection committee announces the first-round matchups on Nov. 26 on ESPNU.center_img Set TwoEight was the magic number for Tippett in the second set as she led the team in digs and kills with eight in each category for a 25-17 set win. Tippet .727 for a UCA offense that hit a tournament-best .562 for the set. Abbie Harry provided three kills while Savanah Allen, Elizabeth Armstrong and Samantha Anderson each put up a pair. Smith earned seven of ACU’s 12 kills to lead a Wildcat attack that hit .222 for the set.VB: #SouthlandStrong player of the year Anderson with the kill, putting @UCAVball up 20-14 over @ACU_Volleyball in 2nd set on ESPN3. pic.twitter.com/z9BDR9X8Ir— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 All-Tournament TeamBlair Gillard, Houston BaptistChloe Simon, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiJacey Smith, Abilene ChristianKendall Bosse, Abilene ChristianSavanah Allen, Central ArkansasAbbie Harry, Central ArkansasElizabeth Armstrong, Central Arkansas (Tournament MVP) Junior outside hitter Haley Tippett notched her third double-double of the tournament, and 10th of the season, to help UCA book its automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. Tippett led the Sugar Bears in kills and digs with 14 and 18, respectively. UCA posted a .330 hitting percentage, ending the match with 47 kills as Tournament MVP Elizabeth Armstrong dished out 22 assists.VB: THE GREAT WALL OF CONWAY! @UCAVball evens it back up at 10 with @ACU_Volleyball. 1st set NOW on ESPN3. https://t.co/N0qEYjataD pic.twitter.com/zO9dZSSElz— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017last_img read more

International coaching heavyweights seek Asian Cup success

first_imgView comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title James Harden still unstoppable, rallies Rockets past Warriors in OT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Philippines national football team’s new head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson attends a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. Two decades ago, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Marcello Lippi coached against each other in the Italian league. The famous tacticians are just two of a number of high-profile international coaches preparing for the 2019 Asian Cup that kicks off in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Sven-Goran Eriksson and Marcello Lippi coached against each other in the Italian league more than 20 years ago. The famous tacticians are just two of a number of high-profile international coaches preparing for the 2019 Asian Cup that begins in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.The tournament, expanded from 16 teams in 2015 to 24 teams in the United Arab Emirates, is the biggest ever. It remains to be seen if the competition, with venues also in Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain, is the best.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Australia, South Korea and Japan are also expected to be in the running for the final that takes places on Feb. 1 in Abu Dhabi.Australia is defending champion after winning the 2015 edition at home although the Socceroos will be without European-based stars such as Mathew Leckie and Aaron Mooy. South Korea, led by former Portugal boss Paulo Bento, also has injury issues but possesses the biggest name in Asian soccer in Son Heung-min.The in-form Tottenham Hotspur attacker will miss the first two group games and arrive in time to take on China on Jan. 16, although he has apologized to the club for leaving mid-season.“I feel sorry for my teammates, the fans and the coaching staff,” Son said. “It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country. I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”Japan, one of the few countries with a domestic coach in Hajime Moriyasu, was Asia’s most successful team at the 2018 World Cup and is also considered to be a front-runner.Some talking points:EXPANSIONIncreasing the number of participants from 16 to 24 has opened the door for new teams such as Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines and Yemen. It also means that only eight teams will be eliminated in the group stage with 16 progressing to the second round.POLITICSNever far from the surface in Asian soccer. United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2016. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, 2022 World Cup host, meet in the group stage and while clubs from the countries have met in the Asian Champions League, tensions are likely. There is also a chance of South and North Korea, technically still at war, meeting in the knockout stage. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew As it stands however, the team enters the tournament with just one win in its last seven games, a run that includes disappointing draws against Palestine, India and Bahrain.“The players have performed well in the training camp we had,” Lippi, expected to retire after the tournament ends, said.Host UAE has another high-profile Italian coach with performances under Alberto Zaccheroni disappointing. Zaccheroni took AC Milan to the 1999 Serie A title but in 11 games in 2018, the UAE, 1996 finalists, scored just seven goals.Regional rival Saudi Arabia has been in better form under Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who led Chile to the 2016 Copa America title. Compatriot Hector Cuper has been appointed by Uzbekistan.Former Real Madrid and Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz has genuine hopes of winning with Iran, Asia’s top-ranked team according to FIFA. Queiroz has been in charge since 2011 and is the longest-serving coach in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ CONFLICTBoth Yemen and Syria have a chance to make some international headlines that do not involve the ongoing conflict taking place at home. Soccer continues to survive and Syria especially has ambitions of progressing to the last eight and perhaps beyond.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the likes of Eriksson, in charge of the Philippines, or Lippi and China, success is not necessarily about winning the trophy. Eriksson, appointed in October, would simply like to survive the group stage in the country’s first appearance in the competition.“I think at this Asian Cup, with this generation of players, the Philippines have the chance to show that football is good in the Philippines and qualifying for the Asian Cup will help,” said Eriksson, who took England to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2002 and 2006.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If we can go through that will mean a lot for the country.”For Lippi, coming to the end of an disappointing two-year spell in charge of China, success would be any sign that the country, still to win the Asian Cup, had made progress. 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