To celebrate International Credit Union day, Letterkenny Credit Union is giving one lucky member the chance to win an Apple Ipad with Retina Display. Letterkenny Credit Union joins 57,000 other Credit Unions around the world to celebrate International Credit Union Day this Thursday.Letterkenny Credit Union has been committed to the local commumity it has supported for the last 52 years. On Thursday, Letterkenny Credit Union will join other Credit Unions from around the world to celebrate International Credit Union Day, an annual event which celebrates the role financial cooperatives play in improving the communities they serve and the lives of their members the world over.In Honour of this special day, Letterkenny Credut Union is giving one lucky credit union member the chance to win an Apple Ipad.All you have to do is call to the office on International Credit Union Day and carry out a transaction on your account.Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually in October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference.This year’s theme, “Local Service, Global Good” encapsulates what has long been credit unions’ philosophical principles – service to members and social responsibility.Speaking about International Credit Union Day, Gordon Randles, Manager at Letterkenny Credit Union told Donegal Daily, “The Credit Union movement only came to Ireland in 1958 but it tapped into the co-operative spirit in communities all over the country.“It’s a worldwide phenomenon that just keeps on growing, which is a real cause for international celebration!“It is a unique people-centred service to meet the unique needs of ordinary people. “Anyone can join a credit union – one of the differences from opening a bank account is that you become a member – and not just a number.“Yes, we’re changing to meet member’s needs, like introducing new electronic payment services, online access to accounts, new Travel and Car Insurances through www.coveru.ie and a raft of other services like bill pay and foreign exchange.“But our ethos remains the same and change will not be allowed to compromise what we stand for, or how we serve members’ best interests.Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for almost 203 million members in 103 countries worldwide. The Irish credit union movement is one of the most popular in the world with over 3.3 million members across the 32 counties.Letterkenny Credit Union like all credit unions exists to serve its members, providing a great place to save money and access affordable loans.Established in 1962, Letterkenny Credit Union has been serving the people of Letterkenny area for 52 yearsGordon concluded by saying; “Letterkenny Credit Union is embedded in the community.“Because of our members, we are able to play a vital role in the development and financial stability of the community.“Our strength lies in our difference and we are very proud of this fact.LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION GIVING MEMBERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A FREE APPLE IPAD was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesLetterkenny Credit Unionnews
3 November 2014The World Travel Market (WTM) tourism trade expo taking place in London will afford South Africa an opportunity to build on its reputation as a unique, diverse friendly and accessible destination, according to Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.Hanekom is leading a delegation of provincial and local government tourism marketing authorities, tourism and travel product owners, travel service providers and representatives from South African Tourism to the annual tourism trade expo which runs from Monday, 3 November to Thursday, 7 November.“We will be promoting the variety of experiences we offer in South Africa, and build on our reputation as a unique, diverse, friendly and accessible destination,’ said Hanekom in a statement.WTM a platform for doing businessHanekom said the WTM is one of the premier events where South Africa engages with the global travel trade. He said besides maintaining excitement about South Africa, the tourism trade expo will provide a platform for doing business and growing international tourist arrivals to the country.“Our tourism sector has a strong base from which we can grow further. Since the advent of democracy 20 years ago, South Africa has recorded truly impressive growth in international tourist arrivals. Our challenge is to do even better. We want to grow the tourism industry in a way that creates more opportunities for all our people and is sustainable well into the future.’According to latest figures from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), international arrivals have surged by 300% since 1994 to reach nearly 15-million in 2013. In 2013 alone, South Africa welcomed a total of 9 616 964 tourists, up from the 9 188 368 tourists that visited South Africa in 2012.South Africa’s international tourist arrivals grew at an annual average growth rate of 7.4% between 2011 and 2013, well above the global average of 4.5% during this period. The country also saw good growth out of Europe, its largest overseas market for tourist arrivals, in 2013. A total of 1 494 978 European tourist arrivals were recorded in 2013, a 7.0% increase on the 1 396 978 European tourists who visited South Africa in 2012.World Tourism Organization & World Travel Market Ministers’ SummitBesides doing business and wooing visitors to South Africa, Hanekom will take part in a World Tourism Organization & World Travel Market Ministers’ Summit on Tuesday, 4 November. The summit brings together together tourism ministers and global industry leaders to explore international best practice.This year’s UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit will take place under the theme “Tourism and Mega-Events: building a lasting legacy’, and will focus on the links between tourism and mega events, looking in particular into the following issues:How to measure the impact of mega events on tourism destinationsHow to ensure adequate infrastructure development and planningHow to translate the hosting of mega events into strong destination brandsHow to promote community engagement and invest in human capitaHow to promote environmentally sustainable eventsAt the summit, Hanekom will share lessons that South Africa has learnt from hosting mega-events such as the FIFA World Cup, and discuss ways of further leveraging the opportunities presented by business tourism and event-based tourism.On the evening of the first day of the summit, Hanekom will present the Ubuntu Awards to South Africa’s travel and trade partners who have excelled in selling the destination to UK travellers.Hankom said the UK is more than just an important market for South Africa. With just under 500 000 arrivals from the UK in 2013, the market remains South Africa’s largest overseas source market. “Our UK trade partners must know that we are in this market to stay and that we will be working even harder and smarter to grow our market share,’ he said.World Travel MarketThe WTM houses 5 000 exhibitors from 186 countries and is one of the largest tourism trade platforms in the world. Annually, the tourism trade expo facilitates some R38-billion in industry deals and creates opportunities for the international travel and tourism trade to negotiate business deals, discuss issues that affect the sector and expand networks.This year, organisers expect to host over 50 000 product owners, tour operators and travel agencies, airlines, technology providers, government ministers, global industry leaders and international travel media during the course of the four-day event.SAinfo reporter
Rahul Gandhi denied permission to visit violence-hit Saharanpur Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday left for strife-torn Saharanpur, but district authorities said he would be stopped at the border.Party sources said Rahul left for Shabbirpur village, the centre of the caste violence in the district, by road on Saturday morning after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi.ADGP (Law and Order) Aditya Misra, who is camping in Saharanpur in view of the tense situation there, said the police have requested Mr. Gandhi to cancel his visit to avoid any “confusion and provocation“.”If he still comes to the town, he will be stopped at the border and requested to return. But if he does not, legal action under Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits an assembly of more than four people in an area, will be taken,” he said.If not permitted to visit the victims in the affected area, Mr. Gandhi would court arrest, the Congress sources said.The ADGP said normality was returning and things were improving fast.Senior Congress leader P L Punia said over the phone that party men were awaiting Mr. Gandhi in the district.Also Read “We want the administration to allow him to meet the victims of the violence,” he said.Mr. Gandhi is being accompanied by AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradsh affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad, and State Congress chief Raj Babbar.“They cannot suppress the voice of the poor, Dalits and Adivasis of this country. Mr. Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party will continue to speak,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.“Nobody will be able to stop Mr. Gandhi from reaching out to the victims of the violence, which have been perpetrated at the instance of BJP gundas,” he added.Saharanpur witnessed widespread caste-based violence this month.Violence first broke out about 40 days ago following a procession to mark Ambedkar Jayanti. On May 5, a person was killed and 15 people were injured in communal clashes.About a dozen police vehicles were set ablaze and 12 policemen injured on May 9.On May 23, One person was shot dead and two were wounded, following which the government suspended the SSP and district magistrate and transferred the divisional commissioner and the deputy inspector general of police.The Centre has sent 400 anti-riot police personnel to Saharanpur to help the State restore peace in the region.