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Thursday, February 26, 2015

New York's Gov. Cuomo Will Lead Trade Mission to Cuba


First Official State Trade Mission to Cuba Since the Announcement to Begin Process of Restoring Diplomatic Relations

Trade Mission Delegation Will Include New York State Officials and Business Leaders and Will Leave for Cuba on April 20th


Chief of the Cuban Interests Section José Ramón Cabañas and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Governor Cuomo will lead the first official state trade mission to Cuba since President Obama began the process to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. President Obama’s change in policy is the first step in opening new markets and new opportunities for New York businesses, and New York is poised to take advantage of reestablished relations. This upcoming trade mission will allow New York State officials and business leaders to explore new opportunities and advance shared interests. The trade mission delegation will leave for Cuba on April 20, 2015, and will include New York State government officials and business leaders.

“I am pleased to join Governor Andrew Cuomo in announcing this historic trade mission to Cuba. It is only right that New York’s Governor will lead the first official state delegation to Cuba since President Obama’s December 17th announcement,” said Chief of the Cuban Interests Section José Ramón Cabañas. “As the gateway to America, New York State has always been a great symbol to the Cuban people. It has welcomed Cubans over the years as they came to visit and live in the United States, including the great José Martí. We are greatly excited that Governor Cuomo has agreed to be the first Governor to lead an official state trade mission to our beautiful island.”

“I am pleased to announce that New York will be the first in the nation to conduct an official state trade mission to Cuba since President Obama’s announcement,” Governor Cuomo said. “This mission will be a tremendous stepping stone for our State’s relationship with Cuba, and will help open the door to a new market for New York businesses. Creating an environment that supports growth and economic development is one of our administration’s top priorities, and Global NY is the perfect example of how we’re taking that approach to the international stage. As the first state to launch a trade mission to Cuba in this new era, New York will continue to stand at the forefront of opportunity.”

Global NY, an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2014, has positioned New York State to enhance its international competitiveness. With offices in New York, Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, Global NY has on-the-ground experts around the world creating new business opportunities for New York State. In addition, the $35 million Global NY Development program will soon provide loans and grants to help small- and medium-sized New York businesses export abroad. The Governor also recently unveiledwww.global.ny.gov, a one-stop shop for trade and investment. The Global NY trade mission to Cuba will be the first of several trade mission destinations, including Canada, China, Israel and Mexico.

Howard Zemsky, Acting President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development, said, “The Global NY trade mission to Cuba will seek to expand economic development opportunities across New York by creating a trade relationship that will leverage the State’s unparalleled resources. The business environment in the Empire State is thriving, and under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we will take these successes to new heights by creating a truly global New York.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Star Wars Day on Disney Cruises

There's a (pretty cool) disturbance in the Force...

According to this article, Disney Cruises will start to offer a Star Wars day on their cruises out of Port Canaveral starting in 2016.

The good news: this is awesome.

The bad news: you still have to pay Disney cruise prices to partake (why is everything Disney sooo expensive?) As Luke might have said - $17,000 credits? We could buy our own ship for that.

The Blastr piece lists these things being offered on Star Wars Days at Sea:
  • Character meet and greets with Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett and others
  • The Jedi Training Academy
  • Star Wars trivia games
  • Arts and crafts for kids
  • Night clubs decked out as the Mos Eisley cantina with music, characters, cocktails and more
  • Screenings of the first six films
  • Screenings of episodes of Star Wars Rebels 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Expedia Buys Orbitz, Travelocity

The world of travel just got a wee bit smaller with the announcement of Expedia buying out some of its competition.

Expedia Inc. agreed to buy Orbitz Worldwide Inc. for about $1.34 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Expedia bought Travelocity earlier this month for $280 million.

Now Expedia's only main competitor is Priceline. We'll see how that works out for pricing.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Some AirBnB Alternatives

Some interesting alternatives to AirBnB on this New York Times travel feature online:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/travel/giving-airbnb-a-run-for-its-money.html?mabReward=A1&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine&_r=0

So far, I've had two very good experiences with AirBnB and one very annoying experience (which turned into an OK experience once the owner reimbursed our money).

I am still an AirBnB fan but it's not for everyone. The listed options seem interesting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Top 10 Capital District Blizzard of 2015 Posts

It's being hailed as the blizzard that never was in many parts of New England. Winter Storm Juno was expected to have "historic" snowfall which resulted in transportation closures, most notably in the New York City.

While many coastal areas did get a foot of snow or more, many of us awoke on Tuesday to nothing more than a dusting which would eventually become a few inches of fluffy, powder.

I enjoyed people's initial reactions and overall observations. I wanted to share my favorite memes, Facebook and Twitter posts.

Here they are, with one honorable mention as well:

10) Srsly...


9) "Blizzards" with "laser beams"...



8) Nice commentary on contemporary issues...



7) Next!



6) I liked this, but I did see it a bit too much on FB




5) aHa!




4) Gotta love Wait, Wait...



3) Oh, let's throw another ball joke in here for good measure



2) Right?




1) This was creative and funny, though I think some took it literally.






Honorable Mention to those non-disgruntled, non-snarky folks out there who ended up enjoying the snow we did get:



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Castro Talks U.S. Cooperation, But Still Does Not "Trust the Politics of the United States"

Good read today from the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/world/americas/fidel-castro-breaks-silence-over-thaw-in-us-cuba-relations.html?mabReward=A2&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine&_r=0

Friday, January 23, 2015

SkyMall Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Upcoming flights may be a little less interesting with SkyMall filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The topic is currently trending on Twitter with many paying homage to the odd and yet sometimes weirdly useful items in the catalog that was usually found in airline seat pockets.

SkyMall is known for carrying mostly (Ok, pretty much all) stuff that you don't really need but, for some reason or another, you kinda want.

What was your favorite SkyMall item over the years?

(from SkyMall online store)