Business Tourism in York to target Conferences and Events

Attracting events to a city is now becoming an important component of tourism. New conference venues are being built in cities for international events. However, it is also important to train new conference managers to proactively target high profile business events.

In York, there is a new tourism drive that is being launched to attract conferences, business visitors and events to the city. Make It York campaign was planned to significantly enhance the value of business tourism. The campaign will focus on promoting the city as world-class destination for conferences, meetings and events.

VisitYork4Meetings, the business tourism brand has invested in a new enquiry system called Gratis. This is a global web-based booking system that will match venues with buyers to make bookings in York quicker and more efficient. On the other hand, Incentive England is a new marketing campaign that is being funded by Discover England Fund through a partnership with VisitEngland to attract London-based Destination Management Companies to hold their events in York.

Incentive Travel is a reward that will be given to corporate sales teams. York is in a good position right now to benefit from the lucrative market where companies spend an average of £800 per person per trip. Companies that are looking for high end luxury trips can opt for York that offers business visitors unparalleled experiences, attractions and highest quality accommodations and dining options that are ideal for the incentive travel sector.

VisitYork4Meetings has recently hosted a workshop that included 40 tourism-related companies all of which are interested to gain a slice of the incentive pie. Among the companies that attended include Grand Hotel, Principal York, Betty’s Café Tea Rooms and the Yorkshire Chauffeur Company. These companies can join up with other businesses to offer ready-made packages and maximize the benefits from the conferences and meetings that will be held in York.

When your business is holding an event, it is important to have conference managers who will be in charge of day-to-day management of finances, marketing, catering, public relations and other important elements of an event. They will ensure that all the services provided will meet the needs of the business and the event effectively.

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3 Advantages Of Fantastic Wooden Trunk

Shopping for furniture whether for your bathroom or other areas of the house can be stressful and time-consuming. If you want to make the process speedy, determine what you want and what you need. For instance, if you are looking for trunks, you can look directly for a Fantastic Wooden Trunk, if that is what you fancy. Go directly to websites that offer such products. There are different types of wood that are used for making trunks but one of the most ideal furniture materials is oak wood. Here are some of the reasons why:

Elegant appeal

One of the positive qualities of oak furniture or trunks is that they look classy and elegant even without doing so much on the woodwork. It can also easily blend with other materials in your areas. You can place it alongside with glass or other furniture such as those with metal frame. This will give your place an adventurous appeal and even a hint of luxury on it. Another positive quality of an oak trunk is it improves over time instead of deteriorating. Over time, oak furniture becomes more rustic and aesthetically appealing.

Durable material

One of the reasons why oak is excellent to be made as Fantastic Wooden Trunkis that it is proven to be durable. It can sustain exposure to sunlight, moisture and even with extra weight. Because of these qualities, trunks made of oak become one of the most reliable furniture materials today. Oak furniture is carved out of a solid piece of wood. It is scratch resistant and cannot be stained easily.

Available and affordable

Oak furniture such as Fantastic Wooden Trunk are in demand in the market today. You can find wooden trunks made of oak in furniture shops and among online suppliers. With all the options you have, finding a good wooden trunk would not be so challenging. And because they are widely available, you can be sure to find promo items and good deals out of the product. Visit at least five online suppliers to get the product easier and at a lower price.

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Pune Station Showcase Airport Board Signs

The administration of the Pune railway in collaboration with the students and faculty members of the MIT Institute of Design has developed the latest signage board system that is based on scientific studies. The same signage boards can be seen displayed at the airport. The signage will aid passengers in directing them around the railway station in Pune because it is known to cover a large area. The board system will also help the passengers in keeping track with the schedule of the trains operating in the station. The boards will feature three different languages including Marathi, Hindi and English. It is expected that within this month the board system will have been installed already all over the station.

According to the DRM or division railway manager of Pune, BK Dadabhoy, these signage board system was created to offer a station that is passenger friendly. Through this new signage, every passenger will be able to easily locate where they are going. The same signage system can be seen at the airport which has served the passengers in a good way. He added that the project will cost about Rs 20 lakh to be completed and it will take one month in order for the entire board system to be installed all over Pune railway station.

The director of the institute, Professor Dhimant Panchal, is the one responsible for heading the said project. He said that the signage system was developed with the people as their focus since its main role is to assist the passengers. While designing the system, a number of scenarios were considered whether the person is a passenger, dropping someone off or waiting to pick up someone.

Panchal worked with a number of people for the project including RajendraThakre, assistant professor and two postgraduate students of the graphic design course, NilanjanChakrawarthy and AkhilKomath. The developers said that some of the signage boards will have a backlit while others such as those to be installed in the platforms will be normal ones. This new generation of signage boards is also commonly seen as office signs in Sydney along with the traditional wall decals people are still used to seeing.

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How To Fill Out A Courier Quote

There are many ways to make your required services easier to obtain just as there are several ways to make the available technology work for you. Nowadays, courier companies have made their service delivery even more convenient. They have tools on their website which allow customers to fill out a courier quote to get an idea how much they are going to pay for the courier service. If you are not sure how to do it, here are the steps:

  • Visit the website of your preferred courier company.
  • Click the “Get a Quote” tab.
  • Fill out the form found therein. The good thing about getting cost estimates is that in some courier companies, they offer up to 50% savings on your shipping costs compared to going directly to their office to send a parcel.
  • The courier quote form is very simple and does not require personal information. You just have to fill in your country and location then the country and location of the parcel’s destination. You are also required to put in the parcel detail such as its length, width, weight and height.
  • The next step would be to select a courier of your choice. You will find different courier companies including their rates. You also have to select your preferred options such as the collection and delivery date, the type of courier service and other choices. You can get information about the type of services offered on the same page.
  • After that you will be directed to the next page wherein you will fill out the details of your address and the recipient.
  • The next step is the declaration of the contents and the insurance requirements. Then you would have to agree on the courier policies.
  • The next step would be the processing of the secure payment. After that, you will be directed to the last page of the courier quote, which is the completion stage.
  • As a side note, make sure that you accurately indicate the exact weight and declare the real contents of the parcel to avoid surcharge and even rejection of service if there is any illegal content on the parcel.
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Unexpected Windfall To Fund Sydney’s Key Projects

Billions of dollars are being earmarked by the state government for two key projects in this year’s budget. Sydney’s road and rail building will get bigger due to the unexpected windfall. State-owned assets were sold to fast track a second Harbour tunnel crossing and the new M6 motorway located south of Sydney.

At least $10 billion is expected to be earned from the sale of Land and Property Information Service and Endeavor Energy. It is understood that Transport Minister Andrew Constance is for pushing for the completion date of the Western Metro rail link so that it can be completed on 2025 instead of 2030. That will be 5 years ahead of schedule.

Government sources say that funds coming from planned privatizations will pave the way for more infrastructure projects that have gained government support but lacked adequate funding. If more funds are available, there will be more opportunities to deliver roads, transport, schools and hospitals for the people of the state.

According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, it would be rather inappropriate to speculate on the proceeds that will be generated through the asset recycling transactions because they are still underway but at least $1.5 billion net is expected from the sale of the Land and Property Information Service. The proceeds have already been earmarked for the building of a stadium and development. On the other hand, the figures may even be higher than expected.

S16 billion was received by the government from the sale of Ausgrid and $10 billion from Transgrid. Another windfall is expected from the privatization of 50% of Endeavor Energy.

The planned second Harbour tunnel that will connect new WestConnex motorway at Rozelle and cross underneath the Sydney harbour was priced at $4.5 billion in 2014. Sales proceeds will allow the government to commit more funds towards development of infrastructures.

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Argentina And Brazil Reaching Out To Allies In South America

In a recent announcement made by the presidents of two South American countries – Brazil and Argentina – they are looking for a more ambitious trade with the Latin American countries. They quipped that regional ties should be stronger than ever because their relations now with Washington are in the brink of uncertainty.

Mauricio Macri, the president of Argentina, said in Brazil that they have already discussed with Michel Temer, his counterpart, regarding the fact that they should have stronger ties in all areas excluding football.

Macri said that there are now a lot of doubts when it comes to the issues they are facing globally but it is clear that alliance in the region is necessary.

Macri also talked about the troubles that Mercosur is facing as well as other trade bloc such as Uruguay, Paraguay and the now suspended Venezuela. He expressed that they should discuss a deal with the European Union because the organization is intent in creating accord with countries.

Temer also discussed about creating ties with areas such as Alianza del Pacifico because it has trade bloc under it that covers Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Chile.

Temer said after the discussion that they were able to talk about the further integration of countries in Latin America, more importantly Mexico and South America.

The motivating factor behind these all is the protectionist shift of Donald Trump, the newly elected president of the United States. Because of the new administration, the US is no longer a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and he is now in the process of renegotiating with the NAFTA pact made between Mexico and Canada.

According to analysts, countries with shaky economic status such as Brazil should benefit if they create a partnership with Mexico and other southern countries.

Brazil and Argentina are neighbours and recognizes the fact that they should come together. These two countries have a lot in common and both current presidents are now inclined in committing liberal reforms to stop the recessions as a result of a long leftist leadership.

To drive the economy, they are trying to attract more tourists through tour packages offered by various companies such as www.southamericatours.com.au.

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How Cities Will Be Transformed By Economic And Business Trends

In the next 20 years, the global urban environment will change with cities at the centre stage of the environmental and social challenges. According to the 2016 estimates of McKinsey Global Institute, the world’s most economically powerful cities account for at least 75% of the global GDP. When cities change, everything is affected from lifestyles, businesses and the economy.

Right now, changes are very quick because of the growing number of people who prefer to stay in cities. According to figures from the United Nations, 54% of the world’s population lives in cities and it is expected that the numbers will continue to increase by 2050.

Cities will be shaped by economic and business trends as proven by the rise of New York and London due to the global finance industry. Every city in China like Beijing and Shanghai will be transformed by the nation’s improving economy. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has soared skyward as the region diversifies away from oil to services.

One of the most important influencers in urban centres is advancing technology which is expected to result into dramatic changes in the next two decades. In order to predict how urban centres will change, consider as example the small city of Singapore.

Singapore is the city of the future with its sustainable development and strict traffic management policies. The city has addressed major infrastructure challenges like housing. Singapore is very densely populated but it does not feel chaotic or oppressive. Singapore’s high rise buildings accommodate its workforce.

Landlords are taking notice and they are getting more creative with office fitouts to attract tenants and to create a more collaborative workspace. The number of start-ups in Singapore from 24,000 in 2005 to 42,000 in 2013 which requires a higher level of supply of office real estate in the market.

An outdated office environment can be easily transformed into an inspiring workplace through office fitouts in Canberra. Creating a new office design will be the priority but the kind of office environment required will also be considered. A team of professionals will ensure that office design, décor and furnishings will meet your satisfaction.

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How To Choose Liberty Automotive Protection

There are several benefits of having your car’s important parts covered by automotive protection. For one, you get peace of mind that whatever happens to your vehicle, when you need to have it repaired or an important part has to be replaced, your expenses will be reimbursed because you have Liberty automotive protection. If you are planning to have an automotive protection, take a look at the following advice on how to get the right policy for you.

Know your needs

There are different plans for you to choose from. Take time to read each policy to find out which of them provides all your auto protection needs. You also have to consider what your priorities are in terms of protecting your car. Do you want to protect only the major parts of your vehicle or do you want a comprehensive coverage which means that all your auto parts will be protected. There are also plans that cover expensive cars and there also the type that only covers maintenance. Regardless what your needs are, a specific plan will be offered to you. Talk to a customer service representative to get more ideas.

Consider your budget

The rates differ depending on the type of Liberty automotive protection that you will get. Before you sign up for a plan, consider what your budget is for your auto protection then start looking for the right plan for you. You can consult an expert mechanic or the company’s customer service representative for advice and also to get ideas on the most suitable auto protection for you.

When do you need it?

Another point of consideration is when you are going to sign up for an automotive coverage plan. Ideally, you should have your vehicle covered all year round because you never know when a vehicle issue would come up. Especially if you are frequently on the road or you use your vehicle most of the time, it is important that you get a reliable Liberty automotive protection that you can depend on. Check the website to find out how you can sign up to a policy today.

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Alleged Native Vegetation Removal Under Investigation

A United States investment firm’s property arm in Australia that promotes high environmental standards is subject to allegations of illegally removing native vegetation located in Victoria.

Illegal removal of some native vegetation

Corinella Farms Pty Ltd., which is owned by the US company Proterra Investment Partners, has been purchasing farmland in the areas of Navarre and Donald in order to grow grain crops.

Concerns were raised by the Donald Landcare group against Corinella Farms who have been eliminating native vegetation with no permit on the farms the company purchased south of Donald, close to Lake Batyo Catyo. The group also asked for an investigation from the Northern Grampians Shire Council.

A different investigation is conducted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Northern Grampians Shire Council into a ‘few cases’ of supposed illegal clearing of the native vegetation on the land located at Navarre which is north of Stawell.

The owner of these several properties is said to be Corinella Farms.

A source from the Northern Grampians Shire Council mentioned that there were trees in ‘hundreds’ removed and also burnt on the properties located at Navarre.

The Weekly Times, however, is not indicating that Corinella Farms is held responsible for this vegetation removal.

A member from the Donald Landcare group, who wished to stay anonymous, has claimed that limbs from a lot of black box trees were smashed off at Batyo Catyo.

The Landcare member claimed that Corinella deep ripped other trees to get them under stress through ‘clearing by stealth.’ Lignum had been cleared and burnt also in the property.

Some piles of these black box trees are still at the Batyo Catyo properties.

A spokeswoman from the Northern Grampians Shire Council mentioned that the council did not get any planning applications from landlords in the area to eliminate native vegetation for greater than a year.

Corinella Farms is said to have purchased the properties half a year back.

Permits are needed when removing native vegetation, as well as lopping branches, especially when done on the designated ‘tree protection zones.’

Conclusion

While these are still accusations or allegations without proper investigation yet, it is really important that individuals and companies consider their actions especially with removing trees, vegetation and even just branches. Regardless if it is just a tree lopping in Melbourne or tree lopping in Perth – and most especially if it is total clearance or removal – this should be done legally and with permits.

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What Rules And Regulations Can Business Expect Under The Trump Administration?

One of the campaign promises of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign is to get rid of red tape that has been strangling small businesses. Now that Trump has been elected as US President, will he follow the promise of a pro-business populist platform?

In his speech at the New York Economic Council, Trump said that over-regulation is costing the US economy $2 trillion every year which results into a reduction of household wealth by $15,000. The study made by SBA Office of Advocacy in 2010 released the same conclusions that US regulations are costly and cumbersome.

Some businesses respect that the government want to protect consumers. They consider the regulations as minimal annoyance that is not overly intrusive. Some of the regulations are issued through Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other state-level or city-level agencies.

In practice, the regulations are frustrating and non-productive; however, they are intended to protect businesses and the health and safety of consumers. Taxes and regulations are onerous burdens while compliance with healthcare regulations can be quite difficult. Small businesses find it hard to navigate the different kinds and levels of regulations. Keeping track of all the regulations can be tricky and hurts the ability to compete in the global market.

Startups have certain hurdles to overcome. For example, selling alcohol has to be licensed in virtually every state of the US independently from others. Regulations make it difficult to ship a bottle to a consumer in Denver or sell to a liquor shop in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Businesses must devote time to track changes in regulations. Sometimes, small business owners learn that there is new regulation when they are fined for violating it. There is no fraud or deception involved but simple ignorance of the law which is not an acceptable excuse.

One of the challenges that a business has to face is global competition. Since business processes constantly evolve, it is important for a business to understand how to implement workflow technology to solve their challenges. Workflow technology can improve the way that business processes are captured, reengineered, optimized and automated.

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Truck Driver Shortage In 2016 – Truck Drivers Needed To Help Economic Growth

There is a large demand for jobs for truck driving to eradicate the shortage. First of all, the shortage of truck drivers is a big threat to logistics, which will bring the economy to a standstill. The shortage did not just emerge this year, as this has been an ongoing problem that remains unresolved over the past few years. There is a continuous and compounding shortage of thirty thousand drivers annually and from now on, there is a need to hire additional one eighty-nine thousand truck drivers annually to eradicate the shortage.

High Turnover Rate

Jobs for truck driving may be in demand because fewer people are answering the pool and there are many causes. For one, there is currently an all-time high in the turnover rate. This is because the annual demand is never met and continuously grow, add to the fact that every year, there is a constant number of long-term drivers that need to retire. Another reason is that the job is very rigorous that the rate of drivers that quits before retirement age is very high.

Regulations on Hours in Service

There are existing stringent regulations governing the number of hours a truck driver has to drive while on duty, one of them is not to exceed 11 hours of driving without taking a mandatory 8-hour break. Because safety is paramount and the driver must have complete attention on the task at hand and on the road, this just sounds fair, however, truck drivers are paid by the mile they cover and not by the hour. This limits the driver’s’ income and may have contributed as to why commercial truck drivers search for better opportunities in other industries.

Speed Limits

Because of existing regulations on hours of driving and the drivers are paid by the mile and not by the hour, truck drivers are forced to drive faster in order to be able to bring more to the table. But another regulation exists that hinders them in trying to make ends meet. Speed limits are in place especially for commercial drivers primarily to avoid accidents. The objective of the regulation is fair, however, it causes the drivers to cover lesser miles in a day and therefore, lesser pay.

Conclusion

Shortage in the truck driving pool is worrisome and the industry needs to address this by increasing benefits and incorporating the use of technology to reduce drivers’ workload. With this, truck driver retention will hopefully increase to eradicate the shortage.

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THAI Launched First Frankfurt-Phuket Flights

The THAI Airways’ first international direct flight coming from Frankfurt, Germany touched down at the Phuket International Airport last November 17 at 1:39pm, with passengers on board that received a jubilant welcome reception which was led by Yuthasak Supasorn, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor.

The “fam trip” by TAT

The passengers on board flight TG926 were twenty travel agents, tour operator representatives and seven members from the media that took part in a familiarization trip arranged by the TAT.

The “fam trip,” which happened from November 17 – 23, gave the tour operators and journalists a taste of Phuket and its surrounding areas.

According to TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, the new TG route showed the popularity of Phuket island as a holiday destination especially for long-haul visitors and confirmed the European travelers’ confidence in Thailand is excellent.

He also mentioned that this fam trip, which also supported the ‘Discover Amazing Stories in Amazing Thailand’ campaign, was aimed at showcasing several Thai activities enjoyed in the island, as well as the Thais’ welcoming hospitality.

The visitors went to Khao Lak located in Phang Nga and explored Takua Pa, having Chinese businesses and markets.

The fam trip also provided a chance for the visitors to witness Tha Din Daeng’s community based tourism and learn how local fishermen in the area live and work.

There was also a trip to Thai Muang’s Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center, where turtles were released to the sea.

The fam trip also took the visitors to 4 islands located in Krabi using longtail boats and had them experience Ko Yao’s community based tourism by going to rice and coconut farms, learning rubber tapping and seeing local craft displays, according to a TAT release.

Conclusion

This is definitely good news for all the business operators around Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak, whether they are the resort operators or diving tour operators like those Similan island liveaboard companies. Last year alone, there were 760,604 German visitors in Thailand, a 6.24% increase that generated 47 billion baht in tourism revenue. More visitors mean more revenue for these businesses.

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Thailand Tourism Revitalized By Growing Number Of Chinese Visitors

Almost 1 in every 3 tourists that arrive in Thailand is from Mainland China. If this trend continues, more than 10 million Chinese tourists will be expected by the end of 2016. Thailand’s Prime Minister has expressed his gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for choosing Thailand as their holiday destination.

According to Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), tourism in the country has been transformed by the Chinese market. Between January and July 2016, at least 5.8 million Chinese visitors have visited Thailand. China has become Thailand’s leading source market and it is growing fast.

In 2015, Thailand was able to attract 7.9 million Chinese visitors that generated more than 376 million baht in revenue, up respectively by 71% and 87% over 2014. The projections of TAT are 10.5 million Chinese arrivals in 2016 with an expected expenditure of 509 billion baht.

According to Mr. Yuthasak, for the first 3 quarters of 2016, the tourism industry of Thailand is expected to generate a total of 1.88 trillion baht (US$53.7 billion) for the country’s economy to represent a year-on-year increase of 14%.

From the total, at least 1.25 trillion baht (US$35.7 billion), up by 17% was already raised from the 24.94 million inbound tourists (up by 13.9%) with another 629 billion baht (US$18 billion, up by 6%) coming from domestic tourism. Local Thais have made 111 million trips up by 4% from last year.

One of the contributing factors to the growth expectations for the last quarter (October to December, 2016) is the fact that Thailand will be entering high season of advance bookings for air travels to the nation. Advance bookings show an 8% increase. New air links have also been established including those from Russia, the Middle East and Asia with confirmed services to Bangkok and Phuket from nine Chinese cities.

The hospitality and tourism sectors of Thailand must take advantage of the growing number of tourists. The best tool that hotels can use to remain competitive is a high quality website. Studio7 Bangkok has a team of expert web designers that specialize in corporate web design, search engine optimization and other digital services.

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