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Visa report Tourism Outlook positive

first_imgRecent research titled ‘Tourism Outlook’ revealed that international visitors spent a whooping US$3.1billion on their Visa cards in 2010 whilst travelling in the United Arab Emirates.The research complied by Visa shows  the above total spend by international visitors on their visa cards in the UAE grew by 20.3 per cent year on year and visitor numbers to the region increased by three per cent year on year.The report found British tourists are the biggest spenders contributing to over US$441.2 million towards the UAE economy with their visa cards, which represented a ten percent increase from the previous year, followed by America US$302.9million and Russian visitors contributing US$238.1million.However, Chinese tourists topped the charts when it came to per capita spending, with an average transaction size of US$542.77 for 2010 a growth of 52 per cent from the previous year of US$357.60.The report also found that the last two months of the year are the busiest tourist seasons for the UAE and account for over a fifth of the total annual international spend on Visa cards.Visa Middle East general manager Kamran Siddiqi said Visa is supporting the tourism industry by providing safe and trusted payment systems across the globe.“Visa is able to provide an insight as to how tourists are spending their money when they visit the UAE and we are seeing a positive sign that things are on the up,” Mr Siddiqi said.“The country is expected to see some of the world’s strongest inbound tourism growth over the next five years and the travel industry is set to enjoy a further cash boost from international visitors.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P International visitors have spent 3.1 billion on their visa cards in 2010last_img read more

Someday in August a decision could rock the Valle

first_imgSomeday in August, a decision could rock the Valley. Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks will declare his starting quarterback for Week 1 of the NFL season. The moment could polarize the locker room and sports fans all across Arizona.Enjoy the calm before the storm.Sam Bradford vs. Josh Rosen is not a guarantee. It might not be necessary. It could be one of the most gripping competitions of training camp, worthy of national headlines. Top Stories This much is certain: Rosen has won the Super Bowl of first impressions. He has dispelled questions about his commitment to football. He’s earned glowing praise from grizzled veterans. He’s impressed his most discerning critics, the Cardinals’ offensive linemen, the men who must protect him.Related LinksCardinals’ Rosen chases perfection not worrying about rookie hurdlesKurt Warner: Rosen needs to prove he’s capable of starting earlyThat’s a heavy accomplishment for a 21-year old who came to Arizona on the strong tailwind of hype, a kid who arrived as a brash loudmouth and instantly changed the narrative.“No one is going to say you’re stepping on toes if you’re doing as much as you can every single day,” Rosen said.For now, the quarterback competition has been clean and full of camaraderie. Bradford texted Rosen shortly after the NFL draft, offering his support. Rosen has been careful to straddle the line, knowing his place while simultaneously declaring his talent. Mike Glennon has faded happily into the background, content to be somebody’s $4 million backup.So far, there are no bruised egos or hurt feelings.“With Sam, Mike and Chad (Kanoff), it’s a really awesome, productive, up-tempo quarterback room,” Rosen said Tuesday. “I’m finishing reps, coming off the two-minute period today, and Sam’s giving me tips here and there. I’ll be there for him for anything he ever needs from me. He’s been flattening out the learning curve for me.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ Sam Bradford (9) hands off to David Johnson (31) during an organized team activity at the NFL football team’s training facility, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wilks has made it clear that Bradford will enter training camp as the team’s starting quarterback, but Rosen will have an opportunity to win the job on merit. It’s an open competition that seems to hinge on the degenerative knee of a duct-taped veteran, and if Rosen’s brainpower and arm strength are indomitable forces.The rookie has a unique advantage. He excels at communication. He hates clichés and people who bring their cellphones to dinner. He’s personable and fully engaged, exhibiting early traits of a great leader. His persona is much different than Bradford’s, an Oklahoma native who is more humbled, reserved and laid-back.“I like his spunk,” tight end Jermaine Gresham said. “(He has a) great personality. He’s not dry.”Rosen has also benefitted from the Bradford Protection Plan, where the veteran has been kept on a leash to preserve his damaged knee. That meant Rosen received rare reps with the first team in 11-on-11 drills, where he validated his candidacy as a potential Week 1 starter.Now it’s Bradford’s turn. The veteran will start testing the knee and assuming more reps in the dangerous drills. It’s a chance for Bradford to build separation in his race against a rookie, a battle that will culminate in training camp. Either way, Rosen has succeeded all early expectations. He’s changed his perception, defying critics who downgraded him as an affluent, loudmouth, distracted quarterback. But there was some truth in the opinion of former UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr., who said Rosen would “set the world on fire” if he ever fully concentrated on football.“Whatever activity it is, I want to be great at it,” Rosen said. “I want to be the best at it. And football in particular, I wanted to sort of put school to the side for a little bit and put everything into this just to see how good I could be. Because I’m really curious.”So are Valley sports fans, a group that could be treated to one of the most riveting competitions in training camp history. After all, greatness rarely waits or sits on the sideline for too long.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. – / 34 44 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more