Boeing and AVIC to Open Manufacturing Innovation Center

Posted: Wed 22 Jun, 2011 11:20 AM

Boeing and AVIC to Open Manufacturing Innovation Center

Boeing and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have unveiled plans of opening the AVIC-Boeing Manufacturing Innovation Center (MIC) in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China.


The AVIC-Boeing MIC is set to enhance Boeing’s production system by increasing AVIC’s efficiency and capacity to supply high-quality parts for Boeing airplanes. The MIC will also help AVIC achieve its goals of improving its manufacturing and technological capabilities and the competitiveness of its affiliated factories to achieve global Tier-1 supplier status. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh was quoted in eTurbo News as having said that the AVIC-Boeing Manufacturing Innovation Center is consistent with Boeing’s approach of partnering with suppliers to enhance their quality and productivity. Albaugh added that this agreement is an opportunity to advance their capabilities and add value for Boeing and their customers.

Centara Reaches Out to Underprivileged Youth

Posted: Wed 22 Jun, 2011 10:23 AM

Centara Reaches Out to Underprivileged Youth

Centara Hotels & Resorts has introduced a training programme for underprivileged youth to gain career opportunities within the group.


The training programme called ‘4 C’s: Centara Career Creation for Children’ is a five-month course wherein students undergo classroom and practical training in the areas of kitchen, food and beverage, and housekeeping. During training, students are given daily allowance, uniform, three meals, and accommodation. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and an opportunity to become full-time employees at Centara properties. Centara Hotels & Resorts President Gerd Steeb was quoted in eTurbo News as having said that this project is intended for children who graduate from the public welfare schools at grade 12 but do not have sufficient financial support to continue their education at university level. Steeb added that this project will give young people an opportunity to develop themselves in terms of knowledge and skills in a hospitality career and simultaneously earn a living.


Centara Hotels & Resorts has partnered up with the Department of Skill Development at Thailand Ministry of Labor for this project.  There are 117 students that have recently begun the first training programme.

Tourism Australia and Singapore Airlines Tie Up

Posted: Wed 22 Jun, 2011 9:26 AM

Tourism Australia and Singapore Airlines Tie Up

Tourism Australia and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a three-year commercial agreement that takes effect on July 1 this year. The new agreement will enable Tourism Australia and SIA to jointly fund a range of tourism promotion activities intended to attract more overseas travellers to Australia.


The new agreement extends Tourism Australia and SIA’s 20-year relationship. Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy was quoted in Travel Daily Asia as having said that Singapore Airlines has been a strong partner for them and that they have consistently worked together to market Australia through joint campaigns and other marketing activities. Singapore Airlines is set to invest close to USD1-million to promote Australia. The airline will then leverage Tourism Australia’s marketing power to provide enticing offers to travellers.


The partnership between the airline and the national tourism board aims to target key markets such as China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, UK, Vietnam, and Singapore.

Canada Offers 10-Year Multiple Entry Visa for Indians

Posted: Wed 22 Jun, 2011 8:54 AM

Canada Offers 10-Year Multiple Entry Visa for Indians

Canada has announced that 10-year multiple entry visas are now available for Indian nationals. This is part of an initiative to boost trade relations between the two countries and to increase Indian tourist arrivals into Canada.

At present, a six-month visa is being issued to Indian tourists. To obtain 10-year multiple entry visas, Indian nationals have to ensure that their passports are valid up to ten years. Canada Tourism Commission (CTC) India Director Shilpa Sethi was quoted in TTG Asia as having said that many people think that obtaining a Canadian visa is difficult so they don’t even consider Canada for travel. Sethi is confident that the new visa regime will change this perception and will definitely boost tourism to Canada.

In 2010, 127,000 Indians visited Canada. CTC aims to increase the Indian visitor arrivals by 20% this year.

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