talkSPORT looks back on Liverpool’s signing of Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that he is still looking for an additional goalscorer this summer, and as it happens, today marks the anniversary of the transfer of one such player to the Premier League side. On this day in 2006 the Reds confirmed a deal for Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt, who arrived off the back of three high-scoring seasons with Feyenoord.Kuyt is remembered more for his hard work and tactical discipline than his feats in front of goal at Anfield, but when he arrived on Merseyside the blonde-mopped atttacked was initially billed as a top finisher.When the deal was first announced, then Reds boss Rafael Benitez commented that Kuyt’s “finishing is fantastic” and “I know he will score a lot of goals for us”, yet ultimately the Dutchman would never come close to breaking the 20 league goal mark – despite doing so in four consecutive seasons in the Eredivisie, including one campaign in which he netted 36 goals in all competitions.Kuyt’s work-ethic and commitment were unquestionable, but that arguably worked against him at times. Benitez used the Dutchman in multiple positions and that often meant playing further away from the opposition area.In contrast to his unspectacular return in front of goal, Kuyt had a habit of scoring against tough opponents in big games, finding the back of the net against Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal in his first season, while also scoring in his club’s consolation goal in the 2-1 2007 Champions League final defeat to AC Milan.More than any other moment, Kuyt’s Liverpool career is perhaps best summed up by a hat-trick against Manchester United in 2011, with the three goals scored from a combined total of seven yards. That was Kuyt at Anfield: unspectacular perhaps, but very effective.
Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Now playing: Watch this: Read Google Home Hub review 0 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Check out Ikea’s Tradfri smart lights HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental We’re still waiting to find out how much they’ll cost. Ikea Ikea’s Fyrtur smart blinds are expected to launch in the US in October, the Swedish retailer confirmed on Friday. Ikea says you’ll be able to control the blinds with an included remote and its Trådfri smart home app, as well as voice controls via Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant.An Ikea spokeswoman said the price for the blinds will range between $129 and $179 — that’s well below competing products from Lutron and Somfy.The voice-compatible smart shades were previously scheduled to launch in April, but Ikea delayed them to make firmware improvements. There’s not much information yet on what sizes the shades will come in yet, but Ikea previously said they’ll launch with a single color option: gray. The blinds will sell in two styles internationally, Fyrtur and Kadrilj, but only the former will be available in the US. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Best Buy The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it Boost Mobile Post a comment Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 9 Photos I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo This robot builds Ikea furniture $59 at eBay The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazon $155 at Google Express 1:02 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple iPhone XS Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review $999 $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the Rylo camera preview Smart Home,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $210 at Best Buy Share your voice $520 at HP 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags
At least 30 people, including several children, were killed when a fire ripped through a private home that operated as a matchstick factory in Indonesia on Friday, authorities said.Pictures from the scene showed blackened corpses lying on top of each other in the burnt-out house after the blaze, which authorities said broke out early Friday afternoon.TV footage showed plumes of black smoke billowing from the home in the town of Binjai in North Sumatra, about 70 kilometres (44 miles) west of provincial capital Medan.”We don’t know what caused the fire but it has been extinguished,” the head of North Sumatra’s disaster agency Riadil Lubis told AFP, adding that at least three children were among the dead.”We’ve sent teams there,” he added.Resident Budi Zulkifli was headed to the local mosque in the Muslim-majority nation when the fire started.”I was about to go out to Friday prayers when there was a loud explosion,” he told AFP.”But I don’t know what blew up.”Binjai police chief Nugroho Tri Nuryanto said a gas canister explosion may have sparked the blaze, but added the cause still needed to be confirmed.At least three people escaped he said, while local media said four women managed to flee.”They were trapped in a room — there was no way,” Nuryanto told media outlet Tribun News, referring to the dead.”We’re still identifying the victims and scouring the scene.”It was not clear why there were children at the scene. But one survivor, identified only as Pipit, said that they were visiting their parents who worked at the site.”The children went there at lunchtime,” she told Tribun News.Relatives of the workers have flocked to a local hospital in Medan to identify their loved ones, according to local media.Deadly fires are not uncommon in Indonesia due to poor safety standards that are routinely flouted, while illegal businesses are also widespread.This year, dozens were believed to have been killed when an unlicensed gold mine collapsed while.In 2017, at least 46 people died and dozens more were injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside Jakarta.
When you consider that 45.8 percent of consumers would rather connect with a business through messaging than through email, it’s clear that businesses need to utilize new communication channels if they want to retain their customers.Unlike impersonal email exchanges, messaging apps allow brands to connect with people in an intimate, personalized way. Unfortunately, maintaining intimate communication channels using human employees is challenging, for a number of reasons. With technological automation, chatbots can be used to deliver a personalized experience, without additional human labor costs.For this reason, chatbots are highly effective for businesses that want to scale their marketing and customer services.If you’re looking to get started with chatbots, choosing a platform that fits your requirements is crucial. Here are 10 of the most popular chatbot platforms, so you can make an informed decision on the right chatbot for your business.Related: Enterprise Chatbots and the Conversational Commerce Revolutionizing BusinessFacebook Messenger PlatformFacebook has over 50 million companies that operate on the platform, with over 1 billion business messages being delivered every month. For this reason, Facebook Messenger Platform is very enticing for developers that want to build chatbots.With Messenger, your customers don’t need to download your app in order for you to communicate with them. Instead, you can get in touch with them whenever they’re logged into Facebook (which is over 20 minutes per day, for the average person).Facebook’s developers section has an abundance of material about chatbot creation. Check out this informative guide for getting your chatbot up and running.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingChatfuelIf you’re looking to integrate a chatbot with JSON, YouTube or Twitter, but lack the coding skills to make it happen, you’re in luck. Chatfuel has been specifically designed to enable non-technical developers to create fully functional chatbots.Chatfuel features a very simple interface, which allows you to pick your chatbot’s name, input conversational content and add images with ease. Check out this video to see how you can get your Chatfuel chatbot running in less than 10 minutes.Just because Chatfuel can be used by non-technical developers doesn’t mean you’ll wind up with a weak functioning chatbot. Chatfuel has produced chatbots for big brands like Adidas, MTV, TechCrunch and more.Related: Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of WorkBeep BopBeep Bop is a popular paid platform which allows developers to create chatbots for Facebook and Slack. You can manage your Slack integration using GitHub and work with your desired coding language.Beep Bop features comprehensive event analytics and makes it easy for developers to collaborate with other team members. You can also receive customer support from the Beep Bop team directly within Slack.Remember that Slack’s core users are people at work – so it may not be appropriate to create a chatbot for Slack if you’re a leisure or entertainment brand.ChattyPeopleChattyPeople is one of the most popular chatbot solutions for ecommerce brands, due to the fact that it integrates seamlessly with Facebook commerce. With ChattyPeople, you don’t need any coding skills in order to create a helpful customer service bot for Facebook.Your bot will be able to process orders from Facebook and can recognize variations in trigger words.Due to its excellent functionality and flexibility, many ecommerce marketers choose to integrate ChattyPeople with their Shopify stores. The platform also supports PayPal and Stripe.You can get started with ChattyPeople for $10 USD per month or try the advanced payment plan ($20 USD per month) which offers more comprehensive services for established businesses.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessTelegram BotsTelegram, a messaging application founded by Russian tech entrepreneur, Pavel Durov, was the first app to feature a bot store. In this regard, Telegram is partially responsible for the rise in popularity of chatbots.Since Telegram’s chatbot code is open-source, numerous bot tutorials have been published which teach the basics of bot building with the Telegram platform. Regardless of if you want to create a bot for predicting the weather or a polling bot for market research, you’ll find many comprehensive guides online.BotKitBotKit is another open-source platform which enables you to build chatbots for Slack, Facebook Messenger and Twilio. BotKit has a sizeable developer community forum, where you can get your technical questions answered and receive valuable feedback from expert developers.It’s worth noting that BotKit was developed with plenty of input from Slack. If you’re looking to integrate BotKit with Slack, I recommend checking out this starter kit.If you want to create a chatbot with an identity that can mimic human conversations, BotKit could be a good choice for you.BotsifyBotsify is a paid subscription service that enables you to integrate fully functional chatbots with Facebook, as well as other platforms. With a simple drag-and-drop interface, it’s easy to build complex question-answer sequences in no time.Botsify is lauded for its fast-learning, sophisticated artificial intelligence.For instance, Botsify can ask people questions which enable the AI to build a user profile for each individual. Once Botsify understands each user’s likes, dislikes and location, it can deliver personalized content for each individual user.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyFlowXOIf you’re looking for a business platform that creates chatbots for Slack or Facebook Messenger, FlowXO might be the right choice for you. The platform features over 100 integrated modules, services and applications.FlowXO’s USP (unique selling proposition) is that you get a high level of flexibility without any coding expertise required. You can customize your bot to behave exactly as you want, using FlowXO’s simple interface.This informative guide shows you how to create a chatbot for Facebook Messenger, setup flows, add triggers, ask questions and respond to answers.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to KnowSmoochNot to be confused with the dating website of the same name, Smooch is a cloud-based platform that excels in multi-channel messaging.Integrate your most popular customer channels, such as Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Viper, with one API. With all incoming messages streamlined, you can craft your responses without leaving Smooch.Smooch integrates with many popular bot platforms, allowing you to deliver automated, conversational messages across all relevant channels.Related: 10 Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing Expert TipsMeokayWith Meokay, developers can create highly sophisticated chatbots without any coding skills.Meokay recognizes variances in trigger words and leverages signals in order to deliver relevant offers to the right people. You can integrate Meokay with Stripe and Paypal, and process orders within Facebook Messenger. 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 21, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free
Marriott-Starwood merger finally closes, what happens now to their loyalty programs? Friday, September 23, 2016 Share By: Scott Mayerowitz Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Loyalty Programs, Marriott, Starwood Hotels & Resorts NEW YORK — Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company.Marriott International closed Friday morning on its US$13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis properties.In total, 30 hotel brands now fall under the Marriott umbrella to create the largest hotel chain in the world with more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms in more than 110 countries. That’s more than 1 out of every 15 hotel rooms around the globe.Marriott now eclipses Hilton Worldwide’s 773,000 rooms and the 766,000 that are part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group family, according to STR, a firm that tracks hotel data.“We’ve got an ability to offer just that much more choice. A choice in locations, a choice in the kind of hotel, a choice in the amount a customer needs to spend,” Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday.Starwood’s guest loyalty program – Starwood Preferred Guest – was also a “central, strategic rationale for the transaction,” Sorenson said. The program’s members are deeply loyal to it, have generally higher incomes and tend to spend many nights on the road.Starting Friday, members of Starwood and Marriott’s two loyalty programs will be able to link their accounts together. Gold elite members in one program will get gold status in the other. Platinum elite members will get platinum in the other. Marriott silver members will see Starwood’s lowest category, Preferred Plus.Each Starwood point will be worth three Marriott Rewards points.Starwood put itself up for sale in April 2015. The Stamford, Connecticut, company had struggled to grow as fast as its rivals, particularly in “limited service hotels,” which are smaller properties that don’t have restaurants or banquet halls. They are often located on the side of the highway, near airports or in suburban office parks.To get Starwood, Marriott had to outbid China’s Anbang Insurance Group. U.S. and European anti-trust regulators were quick to approve the sale but the Chinese government hesitated, delaying the sale by months.“We may have been a little too optimistic about how fast we could get this thing closed,” Sorenson said Thursday.Marriott and Starwood – like other hotel chains – own very few individual hotels. Instead they manage or franchise their brands to hundreds of individual owners, often real estate development companies. Those individual hotel owners are responsible for setting nightly room rates. It isn’t uncommon for a developer to own a Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and Sheraton in the same city.The purchase gives Marriott more leverage with corporate travel departments who often look for one giant chain to house all of their employees. It also gives Marriott more power over Expedia and Priceline, the two giant online travel agencies that sell rooms on behalf of hotel companies in exchange for a commission. The hotel industry has spent the last year trying to get travellers to book directly with them instead of the travel agencies to avoid paying those fees.There are still many details to work out.Marriott has thrived as an “asset light” company, owning a handful of hotels. Starwood has been selling off properties, while signing long-term management agreements for those same hotels. As of June 30, it still owned 23 properties. Sorenson said he believes there is a strong market to continue selling off many of those iconic hotels.“There is always a market for the St. Regis in New York,” he said, adding that other assets in the portfolio have comparable stature. “In great global cities, real estate like that always has a value.”The new company will keep Marriott’s Bethesda, Maryland headquarters but hasn’t announced if it will keep any presence at Starwood’s Connecticut or New York offices.Then there are the 30 brands. Some have performed better than others but Sorenson said all of them will probably survive the merger.“I think so. Every one of them has hotels in them,” he noted.For now, Starwood and Marriott will keep separate loyalty programs. Starwood has a credit card deal with American Express as well as close partnerships with Delta Air Lines and Uber. Marriott has a much larger program with partnerships with Chase and United Airlines.“Nothing changes immediately. We have to see how those partnerships evolve,” Sorenson said.Gary Leff, who writes about points and miles at ViewFromTheWing.com, called the three-to-one exchange rate of Starwood points to Marriott points “just right.”“It’s one of the many reasonable and positive steps that Marriott has taken along the way as it acquires Starwood,” Leff said. “But there’s a whole lot still to happen between now and the programs actually being combined.”
Tags: Air Canada, Texas, Travel Alert, WestJet TORONTO — The number of flights cancelled in the wake of Harvey is about to top 10,000 and that’s just within the U.S. Both Air Canada and WestJet have also cancelled flights and both airlines have issued updates for passengers with tickets to affected airports.While Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport says it is closed until further notice, some reports suggest the airport could reopen for commercial traffic on Thursday at noon local time.WestJet says 25 flights between Calgary and Houston have been cancelled since Friday, impacting travel plans for 1,400 passengers.It says aircraft are positioned to resume service when the situation on the ground has improved.WestJet says it is tentatively planning to operate one flight that day and one on Friday. Extra flight segments will be added over the weekend to help transport passengers.Air Canada has cancelled several flights between Houston and airports in Montreal and Toronto. It wouldn’t provide details about the number of passengers affected.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAir Canada has implemented a policy for customers who purchased an Air Canada ticket no later than Aug. 26, 2017 and whose itinerary includes a flight between Aug. 26 and Sept. 5, 2017 to, from or via any of the following airports: Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).“If you are scheduled to travel on the above dates, you may contact Air Canada Reservations (1-888-247-2262) to change your flight, free of charge, to another date between now and September 20, 2017, subject to availability in the cabin you originally purchased. Otherwise, any fare difference will apply,” says the airline.Passengers may also choose to travel to an alternate destination. In that case, any change fees will be waived, provided they are travelling between now and Sept. 20, 2017. Any fare difference will apply.WestJet has also put out an advisory notifying passengers impacted by Harvey about flexible change and cancel rules. “To review your flight options, please call: WestJet (air-only): 1-888-937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET). WestJet Vacations: 1-877-737-7001. If you have made an air-only booking through a travel agent, please contact your travel agent directly.”More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upHurricane Harvey has dumped a record 49.32 inches of rain on Texas. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by With files from The Canadian Press Share Post-Harvey cancellations near the 10,000 mark; Air Canada, WestJet issue advisories
Thursday, August 1, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group Another award-winning chef signs partnership with Air Canada << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — There’s more to savour onboard Air Canada, thanks to a new partnership with award-winning Canadian Chef Antonio Park.Exclusively featured on select Air Canada flights to Asia and South America, Park’s meals will be destination-inspired, kicking off on the Montreal-Tokyo-Narita route that links two cities he has called home.“We’re thrilled to continue showcasing the very best of Canadian talent with Chef Park joining our team of celebrated chefs,” said Andrew Yiu, Vice President, Product at Air Canada. “Apart from elevating our customers’ dining experience with destination-inspired creations on Asian and South American flights, we chose to partner with Chef Park due to his passion for promoting the Canadian culinary scene and his appreciation for fresh ingredients and sustainability.Event Speech Footage // Séquence de discours d’événement from Air Canada on Vimeo.Park’s culinary career was first inspired by his Korean mother’s kitchen while growing up in Argentina. He then trained under revered Japanese cooking masters and developed a passion for farm-to-table cooking. He has worked in Japan, New York, Toronto and Montreal before opening his first restaurant, Park, in Montreal in 2012. Park has served as a judge on Food Network Canada’s Chopped and Top Chef Canada, and has been recognized multiple times in Canada as ‘Chef of the Year’.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaOn his new role with the carrier, Park said: “It’s a blessing and an honour to partner with Air Canada. I’m extremely proud and humbled to be sharing my food with Air Canada’s customers flying at 30,000 feet. It is the perfect opportunity to use Canadian ingredients and Japanese techniques, marrying the two to enhance the onboard experience.”Park joins Air Canada’s panel of Canadian culinary and wine talent who have designed award-winning food and wine options. They include celebrated Canadian chef David Hawksworth, who creates signature dishes exclusively on Air Canada flights worldwide in Signature Class and the Air Canada Signature Suite; and Véronique Rivest, the carrier’s sommelier who handpicks wines to pair with Hawksworth’s menu. Contemporary chef Vikram Vij also creates Indian dishes for all cabins of service on Air Canada’s Canada-India flights from Toronto and Vancouver.Following Montreal-Tokyo-Narita, Park’s menu will be rolled out on flights from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda, Vancouver to Tokyo-Narita, and from Montreal to Sao Paulo this fall. In 2020, his meals will also be available on flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Sao Paulo (from Toronto), Santiago and Buenos Aires, as well as on seasonal flights from Calgary to Tokyo-Narita and Vancouver-Osaka.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterHis meal options will be available in Signature, Premium Economy and Economy Class on all flights from Canada to Japan, and exclusively in Signature Class on all other flights departing Canada to Asia and South America, in addition to options by Hawksworth. Share Tags: Air Canada, Chef Antonio Park, Signature Class