Free, fun activities at Corinthia Hotels for World Wellness Weekend

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Corinthia Hotels’ talented spa and wellness professionals are being showcased this month as part of the annual World Wellness Weekend. Organized by the Spa, Beauty & Tourism associations, the weekend is designed to motivate each other towards fitness, induce a healthier lifestyle and have fun along the way.

The wellness activities and workshops are free of charge for hotel guests and day-spa guests on September 22 and 23, 2018.

“Spas and gyms are an integral part of every Corinthia Hotel we operate, such is the importance we place on health and fitness,” says Walter Hess, Director Rooms & Quality at Corinthia Hotels. “We readily embraced this pro bono initiative and will support it again.”

Find the free wellness activities at the following Corinthia Hotels:

Corinthia Hotel Prague: Have some fun splashing around in the hotel’s 26th floor pool for a free aqua aerobics class on both days. The hotel is also organizing a run through the historic part of the city, and a park, each day. Booking required:

Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay, Malta: Enjoy a free, open-air yoga class to the sounds of the Mediterranean Sea and set against a backdrop of a 17th century watch tower in the grounds of the hotel. At 9 am on both mornings. Booking required:

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon: Guests can join the hotel’s running club to take in the fresh air in neighboring Monsanto’s Natural Park on the Saturday; while on the Sunday re-balance with a Mind & Posture Alignment session in the hotel’s award-winning spa that incorporates stretching and meditation. Booking required:

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Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel awarded Iceland´s first Green Globe Certification


Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel, a boutique hotel in Reykjavik, opened in the spring of 2016 in the up-and-coming downtown area. Eyja Guldsmeden’s operations follow the guidelines of Guldsmeden Hotels, based on sustainability and ecology.

Green Globe recently awarded Eyja Guldsmenden Hotel its inaugural certification.

The accreditation is evaluated based on the property’s performance of over 300 indicators, across three pillars of sustainable development: economic, environmental and social. The hotel was able to demonstrate innovations that improve the quality of service and comfort for both its customers and employees alongside environmental protection measures and the reduction of its carbon footprint as well as an ongoing commitment to preserving the planet and supporting the local community.

Linda Jóhannsdóttir, Co-founder and CEO of Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel said, “I have a deep passion and belief that we have a responsibility to support and protect our community and our environment. We use sustainable business practices, and this has an impact not only ecologically and socially but also economically.”

Eco-friendly travel options are projected to increase significantly in 2018 in order to meet green travelers’ demands. Business travel is also going greener with many corporations implementing booking policies that require traveling employees stay at sustainable hotels.

“Many hotel guests want to stay in a ‘green’ hotel as it allows them to know that they’re helping to protect the environment. In fact, about 76 percent of travelers say that implementing eco-friendly practices is important in their choice of lodging, and this figure is rising. Having a green certification, such as Green Globe, allows us to draw these ecologically minded guests to our hotel,” added Ms Jóhannsdóttir.

Eyja Guldsmeden adheres to its Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) which has been developed by the Guldsmeden Hotels’ Green Team in accordance with Green Globe Certification Standards.

The Green Team, which manages both new and ongoing sustainability initiatives, worked together with all departments and colleagues to devise and identify sustainability initiatives thus creating a bottom-up approach which will simplify the integration of the SMP across all departments. This is a continual process and the SMP is to be used both internally and externally. Internally, as a guide for work undertaken by staff within individual departments at Guldsmeden Hotels and externally for stakeholders, whether they are guests or suppliers, to understand the way the business is run taking into consideration the triple bottom line.

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Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please click here.

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Los Angeles: Light Rail to extend From Glendora to Montclair

In Southern California, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) reached a major milestone on the 12.3-mile, six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair; funded by Measures M and R in Los Angeles County, Measure I in San Bernardino County and the State of California’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, an SB1 program that receives proceeds from the Cap and Trade auction and the recent gas tax increase. The four shortlisted design-build teams vying for the Glendora to Montclair Alignment Design-Build Contract submitted proposals in response to tens of thousands of pages of engineering and project information provided to each team over the last several months.

The proposals received today include each team’s technical approach to completing the design and construction of the project, their management method, proposed key personnel, financial bid and more. Over the next several weeks, six committees of transportation and industry experts, attorneys, financial professionals and partner agencies will review different elements of the proposals and then come together to provide their overall ratings and recommendations.

“The Construction Authority will once again use a ‘best value’ approach to evaluating the proposals,” explained Construction Authority CEO, Habib F. Balian. “Best value allows us to judge the team’s technical merits and approach, as well as their bid price, and judge both critical evaluation factors as approximately equally important; ensuring we are able to hire a highly qualified team at the right price.”

Procurement for the Alignment Design-Build Contract began in November 2017, when a Request for Qualifications was issued to the industry. Seven teams submitted Statements of Qualification, and the following four teams were deemed most qualified and shortlisted to compete for the work (in alphabetical order): AECOM | Stacy and Witbeck JV; Herzog Rados Lane, a Joint Venture; Kiewit-Parsons, a Joint Venture; and the San Gabriel Valley Transit Partners (STP), a Joint Venture of Fluor and Ames.

“These are four highly qualified teams with significant experience designing and building projects like this one,” added Balian. “It will come down to their unique approach to completing this project, who they propose to lead critical roles on their team and the experience of those individuals, and of course their all-inclusive bid price to design and construct the project that will ultimately decide who will win the work.”

The Alignment Contract is expected to be awarded in the coming months and be responsible for all elements of the 12.3-mile light rail extension, with the exception of parking. Major construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and consist of two construction phrases. First, they will rebuild and relocate the freight and Metrolink systems that currently operate in the middle of the rail corridor. Once the relocation is done, crews will build the light rail system. Completion is expected in 2026. It is expected that during construction alone, the Glendora to Montclair project will generate nearly 17,000 jobs, more than $2.6 billion in economic output, more than $1 billion in labor income and nearly $40 million in tax revenues.

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What are some advantages of traveling around the world?

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Traveling is a good habit, but it is very important which place you choose for traveling because it depends on your health. If you are a businessman, then you can easily understand that traveling is the perfect investment for yourself which refreshes your mind and keeps all the stress away for a while. More than 65% of people spend their life by traveling, because they need refreshment at least once a year.  If you want to travel, then don’t take a short trip. Instead, travel around the world which gives you the full benefit of a true holiday.

This also gives you the advantage of continuing to travel throughout your life. If you are a good traveler, and you want to make your travel experience a good memory, then you should check out the dhow cruise Dubai marina, even if it is your first time in life as this service will provide you with the best package.

Advantages of Traveling

# Makes You Feel Like an Adventurer

Traveling gives you the best experience and brings out one of the best adventurers from you. As much as you travel, the excitement increases for another destination. Before visiting almost everyone checks out a brief history of that place before they go. While going in deep, it gives the motivating feeling that makes your mind see once in a lifetime experiences, and the list increases with every single adventure, so you become the adventurer which is the best advantage.

# Allows You To Try Amazing Food

This advantage is one of my best points while traveling. Every single person loves food, and if the same daily food which you had since your mum has made it for you is your current experience, then enjoying new food presents you with a different way to bring the excitement of traveling. It doesn’t matter whether you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian, as the same food is made in a different way. If you travel all around the world, then you understand the real meaning of having food which gives you good health, taste, and memories.

# Makes You More Interesting

It is common in human nature that when you change the destination, then your behavior also changes. If your friends, family members, or office mates have returned from long travel, you absorb the changes in that person which shows as a good sign of joyous traveling experience. When you refresh your mind, then your behavior changes mostly in good ways. If you are disturbed by something and that’s making a bad impression in your society, then you should plan to travel around the world to refresh your mind. According to research, if a person is mentally disturbed, then s/he should take a break, because if s/he does nothing, then this stress changes the face reflecting a mental disease which makes life even worse. On the other hand, if s/he leaves everything behind and takes a break and goes on a traveling trip in a different part of the world, then this person’s personality returns polished for better than the old one. People get really surprised with the new change a long travel journey can bring, and the positive signs in social society status.

# Makes You Love Your Home Even More

There is a real magic in traveling which I personally saw in my life. My elder brother was very disturbed in his business life, and he spent all his time in the office, outside the home. But when he came back from a long travel, he totally changed, and it took care of most of the parts related to home that he previously had not even seen. I think that we never understand the real value of those things which are close to us, for the only reason being that we need something that makes us realize this, like when there is a threat of losing it.

You should take traveling around the world seriously, and you will understand what you are losing and take control on it, otherwise, it will be lost completely.

# Improves Your Understanding Of Other Cultures

Getting knowledge from the social media or books is not so impressive, but when you know about the culture around the world personally, then you get the best knowledge from other cultures. If you are traveling around the world, you should get personal knowledge about Africa, Arab life, and India which is so rich in culture that you may need to visit more than once.

# Disconnects You From Your Daily Life

Traveling is very important in your life, because your mind is getting the same stress daily which is not good for your health. You should disconnect with your daily life from time to time, and this is possible when you travel to a far destination. This will rid your mind of that daily life routine and give you the opportunity to take a long drive that impulses your mind to think new positive thoughts.

# Creates Lifetime Memories

Traveling also gives you a treasure trove of memories that cannot be lost or stolen by any means. You definitely collect lots of remarkable traveling stories that you share with your friends, family, and even to your grandchildren with interest building that everyone wants to listen to your traveling experiences. This treasure of stories is one of the best advantages that will be with you in your lifetime until the very end.


The main reason to travel is to give yourself a change which brings you a new, more polished personality. Traveling makes you smarter, because your brain gets refreshment from traveling around the world. You meet other people during travel and make new friends which helps you expand your social network in a real way from people you have personally met. You will even feel fit and strong from inside like you were in your college days – something your doctor can never give you even if you spent thousands of dollars.

So, you should once in a while travel in life, and if you have any questions related to this topic, send your comments to us, and we will be able to help you choose your destination.

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$586 million airport infrastructure grants: What U.S. airports are included?

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $586 million in airport infrastructure grants, as part of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

“These airport investments will create jobs in local communities, upgrade reliability, and further improve safety of air travel for the flying public,” said Secretary Chao.

This fifth increment of funding provides 217 grants to 181 airports in 39 states, and will fund 458 infrastructure projects. These include runways, taxiways, aprons, terminals, aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, snow removal equipment, and two firefighting training facilities.

Under the Secretary’s leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments to strengthen the safety and efficiency of America’s airports. U.S. infrastructure, especially its 3,323 airports and 5,000 paved runways, increases the country’s competitiveness and improves the traveling public’s quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.

Airports receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.

Among the grant awards announced are:

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals, AL, $5.6 million – the airport will use funds to repair the final phase of Runway 11/29 to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris on the runway. This grant also reconstructs 69 existing airfield guidance sign fixtures.

Kenai Municipal Airport in Kenai, AK, $10.6 million – this grant funds the upgrade of the terminal building to enhance the movement of passengers, baggage, and cargo.

Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, CA, $20.8 million– the grant funds the second phase and reconstructs 16,000 feet of Taxiway A and B pavements that have reached the end of their useful lives.

Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago, IL, $12.6 million – the airport will use funds to repair multiple taxiway lighting systems and runway lighting system and guard lights. This grant also reconstructs 30,400 square yards of apron pavements.

Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport in Louisville, KY, $21.9 million– this grant funds multiple projects to include repairs to runway and taxiway pavements and lighting systems, aprons and concrete shoulders, and airfield guidance sign fixtures.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in New Orleans, LA, $20.3 million – the airport will use funds to expand the existing terminal apron to 54,675 square yards to accommodate increased aircraft operations.

Shreveport Regional Airport in Shreveport, LA, $9.1 million – this grant funds the final construction phase to extend Runway 6/24 by 800 feet to meet the operational needs of the airport.

Madras Municipal Airport in Madras, OR, $2.9 million – the airport will use funds to construct the final phase of the parallel taxiway pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.

Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, PA, $18.2 million – funds will be used to repair multiple taxiway pavements. This project also will fund repairs to apron pavements and multiple taxiway lighting systems to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions.

Myrtle Beach International Airport in Myrtle Beach, SC, $14.0 million – this project funds the reconstruction of 14,000 feet of the existing taxiway pavement and the second phase of repairs to multiple taxiways.

Nashville International Airport in Nashville, TN, $4.3 million – the airport will use the grant to repair 2,100 feet of Taxiway L East pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.

Valley International Airport in Harlingen, TX, $7.6 million – this grant reconstructs 77,000 square yards of the general aviation apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.

A complete listing of grants (PDF) is available on our website.

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