Falkensteiner repositioning: Focus on four types of holiday motivation

first_imgFalkensteiner Hotels & Residences is repositioning itself, aiming to become the leading hotel group in Central and Southern Europe.  “The new branding process allows us to redistribute hotels according to four types of holiday motivations – “activity”, “pleasure”, “fun” and “relaxation”. Clear positioning makes it easier for the guest to find a suitable hotel that will suit his wishes and expectations.“Points out Erich Falkensteiner, a member of the society and founder. “We have a clear vision for Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences in the future. Our goal is to become the leading hotel group in the holiday segment in Central and Southern Europe. New projects are already in the pipeline – including two exclusive hotels, in Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy and near Kronplatz in South Tyrol, which will further strengthen Falkensteiner’s leading role as a hotel group in the travel and leisure segment.” concludes Otmar Michaeler, CEO of Falkensteiner Michaeler Tourism Group (FMTG) The basis of the repositioning is primarily the promise to the guests: “For every stage of life, they offer a hotel for ideal moments of rest. ” The offer of the Falkensteiner hotel group includes a total of 26 hotels and three apartment resorts in the four- and five-star categories in seven European countries. Under the Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences brand, this hotel group offers 4.700 rooms and more than 1,7 million overnight stays and has a turnover of 180 million euros.  In 2018, Falkensteiner began the process of a comprehensive, strategic repositioning of the brand in order to continue building its position as the leading family group of holiday hotels in Central Europe. To fulfill this promise, they will further adapt their offer and services to the needs of guests, but will also focus all future business processes more strongly on interaction with current and future guests. The new marketing and development strategy of the hotel industry in the holiday segment is the reason for the sale of the hotel in the City Hotel in Vienna’s Margareten district.last_img read more

Fulham fight on

first_imgHugo Rodallega gave Fulham a lifeline in their fight against relegation from the Barclays Premier League with a late winner against Aston Villa. But the teenager took too long to make up his mind and Kasami was offside when he finally picked his pass. Villa pressed and probed without really threatening, but they came close in the 27th minute when Albrighton’s cross was headed just off target by Weimann. Leandro Bacuna then forced the first save of the match from David Stockdale when he cut in from the right. Villa were their own worst enemy, though, and Brad Guzan had to produce a smart stop from Woodrow after Joe Bennett underplayed a pass to Baker. The hosts were fortunate that the Fulham player’s touch took him wide, narrowing the angle in Guzan’s favour. Woodrow was certainly heavily involved in the game and Guzan had to be alert again when his shot was deflected, while Lewis Holtby and Steve Sidwell also tried their luck as the visitors ended the half strongly. Magath was clearly not happy with what he had seen, though, and he made a double substitution for the second half, with Rodallega replacing Woodrow and Ashkan Dejagah coming on for Kasami. Rodallega almost made an immediate impact, with his low cross just evading Sidwell as he slid in 12 yards out. Moments later Villa were inches away from taking the lead as Holt chested the ball into the path of Bacuna, who slammed a shot against the near post via the fingers of Stockdale. But it was the visitors who made the breakthrough, and in style, as the lively Dejagah cut in from the right and teed up Richardson for a thunderous strike. However, Fulham’s lead lasted only nine minutes, with Holt’s header from Albrighton’s corner finding its way through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner. Albrighton then tested Stockdale with a curling shot, and from the keeper’s parry Fulham broke away. A clever dummy from Dejagah looked to have set up Holtby for a certain goal as he took the ball around Guzan but, from four yards out, his shot was somehow cleared off the line by Matthew Lowton. It was an astonishing piece of defending and, not surprisingly, left Holtby with head in hands. The game was remarkably open, and twice Villa came close to taking the lead, as first substitute Aleksandar Tonev saw his shot tipped over the bar by Stockdale before Weimann headed just over. But the final twist came at the other end with less then five minutes of normal time remaining as Holtby’s cross was flicked into the bottom corner by Rodallega for the winner. Press Association Both teams could have won it, but it was Rodallega who headed in the crucial goal in the 86th minute to earn manager Felix Magath his first away victory. Although Fulham remain five points from safety, the result will give them renewed hope that a great escape is possible. Christian Benteke’s Achilles tear in training this week was a huge blow for Villa and, with Gabriel Agbonlahor failing to recover from a sickness bug, left manager Paul Lambert short of options up front. He handed Holt only a second start for the club, with the former Norwich striker supported by Andreas Weimann and Marc Albrighton. Magath gave a second debut to Mahamadou Diarra following his return to the club, while he also recalled 19-year-old forward Cauley Woodrow. Magath was forced to play down speculation this week that his job was in danger after only one win in his first six games. His side had the first effort on goal, though, as Woodrow headed over Pajtim Kasami’s cross with two minutes gone. Woodrow was seeing plenty of the ball and he had a great chance to set up a decisive opening for Fulham when Nathan Baker gave the ball away. The Cottagers began the day bottom of the table, but pulled off a 2-1 victory at Villa Park with goals from Kieran Richardson and half-time substitute Rodallega. After a goalless first half, Richardson drilled a superb shot into the top corner in the 61st minute only for Grant Holt to head in his first goal for Villa nine minutes later. last_img read more

Rashford comes in from the cold at Man United

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Marcus Rashford Share on: WhatsApp Sent off at Burnley in September for a headbutt, Rashford was labelled “naive” by Mourinho.It was not the last time he would be one of Mourinho’s sacrificial lambs.“When we talk about Luke Shaw, about (Anthony) Martial, about (Jesse) Lingard, about Marcus Rashford, we’re talking about boys with great potential but who still are lacking that (courage),” Mourinho moaned in November.Thankfully for Rashford’s flagging morale, that proved one of Mourinho’s last salvos before his unlamented exit.Solskjaer knows a thing or two about persevering in adversity at United after thriving under Alex Ferguson despite often being used as an impact substitute.His refusal to be defined by his understudy role was rewarded when he scored the dramatic winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.Feeling a kinship with Rashford, Solskjaer was quick to seek him out when he arrived at United’s Carrington training ground, making a point of rebuilding his shattered confidence by assuring him the goals would come as long as he persevered.Putting in the hard yards has never been a problem for Rashford, who is so dedicated to his craft that he spends hours after training honing his skills while most of his teammates have long since gone home.“Marcus just wants to learn. He’s on the training pitch all the time and at times you have to drag him off, because he just wants to be out there,” United defender Ashley Young said.“It’s fantastic to see, he’s got that hunger, that desire, he’s a winner.”For Solskjaer, a devotee of United’s purist principles, the pace and poise of Rashford was the ideal building block for his revamped attack.His strike against Brighton was his 41st goal for United, with Ronaldo having scored 25 times and Rooney 45 times after 150 games.Unchained by Solskjaer, Rashford is the leading man at last and United are reaping the rewards.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Marcus Rashford was in danger of seeing his dream of becoming Manchester United’s star striker turn to dust but the England forward is flourishing again after escaping Jose Mourinho’s shackles.Three years after exploding onto the Premier League scene, Rashford marked his 150th United appearance on Saturday with a memorable goal that underlined his vast potential.Smoothly turning away from Brighton’s Pascal Gross, Rashford curled a fine shot into the top corner as United sealed a seventh successive win since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager.Solskjaer’s arrival in December to replace the sacked Mourinho has proved a catalyst for United’s surge, and Rashford has been at the heart of their success.Rashford has scored five times in six league matches following the Norwegian’s appointment, earning comparisons from his manager with former United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.“Definitely he can be absolutely top-class. He is only 21 but the maturity he is showing at times is more than 21,” Solskjaer said when asked if Rashford was capable of emulating Ronaldo and Rooney.Born in the south Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, Rashford has long appeared destined to join the lengthy list of homegrown United legends.He joined the club as a seven-year-old and was so highly regarded that the notoriously demanding Louis van Gaal handed him his debut in a Europa League tie against Midtjylland in February 2016.The coltish Rashford netted twice that night, before scoring another brace against Arsenal in his first Premier League game three days later.He also scored in his first Manchester derby match and his first Champions League match, earning an England call-up that featured — what else — a debut goal.Scoring against Australia in the third minute, Rashford became the youngest Englishman to net on his international bow.But following Mourinho’s arrival, it quickly became clear that Rashford’s precocious talent would be tolerated but not fully trusted by the Portuguese coach.Mourinho rarely gave Rashford a sustained run of games as a centre forward, preferring to use him on the flanks while Romelu Lukaku monopolised playing time, even though the Belgian was often inconsistent.– Hunger and desire –By the early stages of this season, Rashford was growing disillusioned.He scored just twice for United between August and December, and Mourinho’s acerbic tongue hardly helped ease his player’s fears that his career was stalling.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where nothing matters but the truth!

first_imgby Bill NealThe Pirates are starting to show a little wear and tear, especially the pitchers, but they will limp into the playoffs. Once there, anything can happen. Even the World Series . . . that’s right, I said it, you were thinking it!Continuing Steeler legends until the regular season kick-off. At 6’6″ and 240 pounds, L.C. Greenwood, aka “Hollywood Bags” was a 10th round selection out of little known Arkansas Pine Bluff and went onto become a member of the greatest defensive line in NFL history. Having played in 170 games when men were men, Greenwood was a six time Pro-Bowl selection and was voted first team All-Pro three times. A Hall of Fame finalist in 91-95-96-02-05 and 06 and of course, the four . . . count ’em . . . four Super Bowl rings. I just can’t figure out what the Hall of Fame Committee is looking for. Pittsburgh, call the NFL office. Let’s get L.C. where he deserves to be.Our condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the families and dear friends of the Gibsons of Gibsons Soul Food Restaurant for the loss of their mother/grandmother this past week and to the Graves family for the loss of a truly great friend, Houston Graves. God Bless you all.By now you’ve already heard the news. Of course you already knew what the outcome would be. “The Champions All-Stars,” led by former NBA star Myron Brown, defeated “The Savoy All-Stars,” led by former Indiana University and European star, Tracy Foster, 75-72. A great game to be sure and a great time had by all, including the middle school and high school boys teams. And special thanks to a great exhibition game presented by the Pittsburgh Bullets Pro-Team and the Pittsburgh based National Old Timers League. Thanks to the Thelma Lovette Centre Avenue YMCA management and staff and Mr. Aaron Gibson for a tremendous service.You, me . . . we keep talking about the Pirates and Steelers, but be reminded that the Pitt Panthers kick off their season opening up against Florida State, September 2nd. Go Pitt!“You Have Just Crossed The Finish Line”last_img read more

Westport Winery Co-Owner Kim Roberts Releases Second Novel

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s co-owner, Kim Roberts, is releasing her second novel on Saturday, December 7. Roberts will be signing Poi Son: An Aloha Jones Mystery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the winery.In Poi Son, Lahaina harbormaster Aloha Jones, has taken a second job as a marine patrol officer. On a break to purchase lunch, hers having been pilfered by her fur sidekick, Wharf, Aloha generates a racial profiling investigation based on their actions. To avoid the conflict and to sort out the reality of having a reunion with her ex-husband Snake, she responds to her sister Sarang’s request for help in saving the family cabin near Hana from a wildfire.Since good deeds rarely go unpunished, Aloha finds herself returning to the community and circumstance that caused her to leave the island and join the Coast Guard after college. After she gets to Hana she is further embroiled in that historic conflict as her least favorite person, Mallory Deems, drowns behind the dam and Aloha is recruited to retrieve her body. Mallory’s husband, and Aloha’s former fiancé Nate Deems, is just one of the reasons Aloha is loath to reintroduce herself to her awkward past.Once on scene, Aloha discovers that Sarang, a retired Marine, is suffering from PTSD and treating herself with medical marijuana. Aloha’s concern for the situation is further complicated by a series of local characters who pull her in different directions as she learns that Mallory’s death is not a dive accident, but murder.Kim Roberts has written for The Daily Planet, Western-Farmer Stockman, Ocean Observer, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, Discover Diving, Log Home Living, RV Life, American Fitness and the Leavenworth Echo where she won the Washington State Newspaper Publishers Association Best General Column award. Roberts and her husband Blain formerly owned Lahaina Divers on Maui. Together they founded Westport Winery on the Washington coast where they live within their Vineyards By-the-Sea.Poi Son is available at Westport Winery and on their website.  Also available on Amazon.   The e-book is also available for Kindle readers via Amazon. Westport Winery’s wine club members receive a 10% discount when purchasing either Poi Son or Luna Sea at the winery.last_img read more

Watch : Reliving David Beckham’s virtuoso performance and freekick to drag England into 2002…

first_imgAdvertisement ayivNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1gxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eo41q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yh8kWould you ever consider trying this?😱6emylbCan your students do this? 🌚4btceRoller skating! Powered by Firework David Beckham’s free kick goal was enough for England to qualify for the World Cup in 2002. In the last match of the qualification stage against Greece, David Beckham scored a brilliant goal from the set piece. England needed at least one point from the last encounter of the group stage match against Greece. However, they were behind in the match by the margin of 2-1 till the beginning of stoppage time in the second half.Advertisement At that moment, England were awarded a free kick from outside the box. The free kick was taken by the captain of England National side, David Beckham. His shot was a curved one and it struck at the top corner of the net. The goalkeeper had no chance to save the shot. With the goal of David Beckham, the match ended with a scoreline of 2-2. The Three Lions got their valuable one point from this match which helped them to qualify for the finals of World Cup 2002.Advertisement England went to the final round of that World Cup being the group topper of that respective group. The free kick goal of David Beckham on that day was certainly memorable for all the fans of England National football team.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more