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Thailand As The Land Of Thousand 7-11’s

In the heart of Bangkok is Sathorn hotel that offers the best benefits for a business or leisure traveler. The hotel is ideally located to meet every need and convenience. Aside from ease of access to various tourist destinations and entertainment venues, the hotel is near the commercial district that has seen a phenomenal growth over the recent years in spite of different challenges.

For the past 20 years, tourists continue to visit Thailand through the bombings, floods, coups, political upheavals and a few unsolved murders. Tourist arrivals at the airports continue to grow even if many people predict that the good days of tourism will be finally over. Many have also made fearless forecasts that the number of tourist arrivals will soon plateau but right now everyone is asking when?

The currencies of many Asian nations are strengthening against the US dollar and Asians have the money to travel and spend a holiday. Asians are travelling to the Land of Smiles and spending their monies on hotels, entertainment venues and tourist destinations. The good days are not over because tourists continue to flock to Bangkok, Phuket and the surrounding islands.

Years ago Thailand was known as the Land of Thousand Smiles but right now it is more proper to call the country as the Land of Thousand 7/11’s. Those who start business in Thailand prefer a convenience store or a tour provider because their success is very obvious. Anything that caters to tourists is bound to succeed particularly hotels, bed & breakfasts, apartments and inns including restaurants and bars.

China continues to be the major source for tourists. Inbound tourist arrivals up to the end of August this year are estimated at more than 3 million or up by 8.6% year-on-year. Based on the current numbers, tourism officials are confident that tourist arrivals will exceed their expectations this year.

On the other hand, in spite of the continuing increase in tourist arrivals, hotels must not rest on their laurels. Like Sathorn hotel, all other hotels in Thailand must offer the best when it comes to amenities and facilities. Guests want more perks, more discounts and more special offers aside from comfort and convenience.

Index Shows Increase On Rent Pricing Across England And Wales

Current demand for rentable properties, not the least of which is the demand of workers for rent in London flat, led to an noted increase in rent in 9 out of the 10 regions across England and Wales, hitting a national average of £904, according to the latest index.

Regions across the country are seeing such an increase in demand as tenant numbers rise, that supplies are unable to keep up, leading to an increase in rent, primarily concentrated in the East of England and the North West, as per the data from Your Move’s buy to let index.

Both regions saw their monthly rent increase by 3.2% in the 12 months preceding the August of 2017, to £876 and £631 for the East and North West, respectively. The South East wasn’t trailing that far behind with a 3% increase, bringing that area’s average to £882 per month.

The South West region was the only region to have recorded a decrease in rent prices, with the average rent in the area having dropped by 2.7% from the preceding year at £667. However, the North East still holds the lowest prices at £540 per month.

The capital continues to honour its reputation for expensive rent, with the highest average rents, clocking in at £1,282 per calendar month, varying based on location. This was a 1.5% increase from last year’s numbers.

On a monthly basis, rent levels were fairly level for all regions, with the South West, Yorkshire and The Humber recording the highest growth in one month at .4%, between July and August.

Landlords and investors in the North East region enjoyed the highest returns in the country, with yields averaging at 5% during August, in comparison with the capital’s 3.2%, the lowest. This number has also managed to remain steady throughout the time of 2017.

According to Richard Waind, Your Move’s Director,  yields are experiencing a bit of a slow down, in spite of rising rents, due to a reduction in tenant enquiries following Brexit, which then led to a decrease in EU migration.

He states, however, that the August-September range is when activity is at it’s highest, and this, combined with the slow, but steady increase in new listings following the recent tax changes that affected landlords throughout the country meant that rent prices could continue to increase in the following months.

Japan Ski Holidays: Debunking The Mysteries Of The Hokkaido And Honshu Regions

Come winter break, and adventure enthusiasts will be raring to get out and find a nice ski spot. The most popular ski destinations like North America and Europe will be crowded. But another destination that is slowly rising in the ranks is Japan. After a small dip in the Japanese economy between 2005 and 2007, the Japanese snowsurfing industry has steadily gained popularity for its extremely fine powder and relatively cheap accommodation. Apart from this, Japan also has some geothermal hot springs, locally known as Onsen. All these reasons put together have allowed Japan to rise in the ranks as a popular skiing destination.

Tourists now come from all over the world to the two destinations for Japan ski holidays, Hokkaido and Honshu. The Hokkaido region is located in the North and is home to some amazing powder areas: Asahidake, Kiroro, Kurodake, Sapporo Teine and Tomamu. The Hokkaido region is beautified by the 14-18m annual snowfall, due to regular weather systems from Siberia that bring cold air across the Sea of Japan. The regions to the west of Hokkaido retain the top spots as the ones with the most snowfall, and Niseko is reported to have an almost continuous supply of snow. Further inland though, the snow is relatively reduced, but can still support large volumes of skiers. Another reason why international tourists might be interested in the Hokkaido region is its abundance of off-piste skiing locations.

The Honshu region is the main island of Japan, and contains numerous Mountains and Onsen. From the country’s capital, Tokyo, one can reach all the nearby ski destinations at low rates. The most popular regions for powder skiing in the Honshu region are Madarao, GetoKogen, Hakkaisan, Minowa, Tazawako, and Tenjindaira. Although the levels of snow in Honshu are lower than that in the Hokkaido region, there exist a few snow powerhouses such as the Tenjindairaregion which receives an annual snowfall of approximately 16 metres, and Hakkoda, which receives nearly immeasureable quantities of snow.

Onsenused to be considered as sacred places in the Japanese tradition, where people can be cured of disease and injuries. But now, it has become a hotspot for entertainment and a part of the Japan ski holidays package. The most favorable Onsen in Japan include NozawaOnsen, which is close to Mt.Madarao, GeroOnsen in the Gifu region, and finally Hakone Onsen, in the Kanagawa region.

Struggling To Figure Out Which Type Of Service Your Car Needs? Look No Further!

It can be argued that a process by which a car is serviced is one of the most important things that a buyer of a car should know. After all it is his/her car that is being serviced. This process consists of five steps that can ensure that the car is in top condition. In Australia, these services generally consist of a top to bottom checking of the individual components of the car. In Brisbane particularly, the process involves everything from checking and topping up all the oils and fluids, right up to changing the tyres in Brisbane, on a regular basis. Given below is a shortened version of the entire process.

There are generally two types of car services. There is the minor car service and the major car service. The minor car service is generally undertaken once every 10000 to 15000 kilometres, and the major service is undertaken after every 35000 to 40000 kilometres. Hence it is generally considered a rule of thumb that after every two minor car services, the car is taken for a major service. The minor car service generally includes checking the oilsand fluids of the car such as the brake fluids and the air conditioning fluids. It also checks that the battery is at its finest, and checks some mechanical components such as the transmission and steering. Finally, the car’s tyres are also checked along with the windscreen wipers.

The major car service includes a few more checks which includes a safety inspection, engine checks and a repacking of the wheel bearings. Also during this service, the tyres can be swapped for the other types of tyres in Brisbane, depending on the weather. For the winter season, studded wheels may be preferred, and for the summer, smooth noiseless tires are preferred.

The difference in price point is not too great. The minor car services will cost at least $140, but the major car service depends on the brand of the car and the specifications of the type of service. As for the duration of the servicing, the minor service can be done in as fast as one and a half hours, whereas the major service can take an entire business day.

3 Indications That You Need Commercial Plasterers In Sydney

You will not regularly need the services of commercial plasterers in Sydney but when you do, it would be best to invest on reliable skilled workers to do the project for you. There are a lot of contractors around Sydney who can do plastering and painting jobs but you have to be meticulous in order to hire the right workers. If you are not sure when you are going to call a service provider, here are some physical indications in your home, office or commercial establishment.

Cracks and delaminated ceiling

One of the strong indications that you are in need of a plasterer is when you notice the cracks and delaminating on your walls especially on your celling. Peeling ceilings are hazardous because they can collapse at anytime and this could lead more damage to your furniture and equipment in your office or the fixtures in your house. When this happens, it could incur more damage and may require higher repair costs. The plasters of walls and ceilings can pull away when the building is already aged. Natural disasters and weather can also cause damage on your wall’s surfaces.Older buildings require more attention and higher labour and cost requirements.

Area renovation

You would also need the services of commercial plasterers in Sydneyif you are going to renovate the interiors of your office or business establishment. Search for a contractor that can perform various jobs aside from plastering and painting. It would be best if the service provider also offers professional advice including concepts and designs, project implementation up to project completion. For ideas, check from the photos of contemporary offices and business establishments and also at the contractor’s gallery. Keep in mind the overall design of the area so for the changes and wall paint to complement with it.

Peeling wall paint 

Another reason to contact commercial plasterers in Sydney is when you see signs of wall decay and paint peeling. When you hire expert wall painters, you can get the right colour blending and the right paint mixture that you desire for your area. Act on the issue right away to prevent further damage and expenses.

4 Saving Tips On Hotel In Phrom Phong

Taking a holiday overseas entails a sizable amount of money for the different items that you need to allocate some budget on. You have the plane tickets to think about, room accommodation for your hotel in Phrom Phong, food and drinks and local transportation to name a few. With all the things you need to spend on, it would be practical for you to look for ways to cut down your expenses. Here are some tips:

Get a promo code

If you have a hotel in mind or if you have spotted a good one online, take some time to check their website and see how you can save money from them. There are hotels that offer 16% automatic discount if you make use of their promo code upon booking. This amounts to big savings especially if you are going to stay at the hotel for a few 3 days to weeks.

Subscribe to newsletter

Another way to save money on a hotel in PhromPhong is by subscribing to their newsletter or by becoming an exclusive membership for hotel guests. Subscribing to the hotel’s newsletter offers 16% automatic discount upon booking.

Book direct

One sure way to get rate deductions or discounts is by booking your reservations directly at the hotel’s official website. This way, you can take advantage of exclusive deals and promos that you can only get from the hotel’s website. Booking direct also ensures best rate guarantee and instant confirmation which is not always possible from third party booking sites. Another way to save on your hotel accommodation is by choosing a hotel that does not collect any booking fees for your reservation.

Take advantage of promos

Lastly, to save money on a hotel in PhromPhong, book longer and take advantage of hotel deals and promos. Click the “offers” tab at the hotel’s website to find their current promotions. For instance, they might offer 15% discount for a minimum of three days stay. The longer you stay at the hotel, the higher your discounts and savings will be.

Digital Prints Make Bengaluru Local Art Affordable

An original work of art is a valuable piece, and not every art enthusiast has pockets deep enough to handle the price tag that comes with valuable art works. Which is why a Indian printing company has decided to bring custom art to the masses for affordable prices via their digital prints.

The latest series of Giclee prints, released by the Bengaluru-based ArtCollective.com, are digital prints of fine art from local artists across the region, digitally reproduced in high quality canvas, and sold to the general public. This effectively distributes fine arts to the connoisseurs who lack the greater funding for the more expensive originals.

Additionally, Giclee prints’ terms of distribution ensure that the artists of the region receive royalties for their work, as ArtCollective.com doesn’t charge artists for their work, meaning that small-time local Bengaluru artists are less reliant on big sales to make a profit from their works.

ArtCollective.com’s CEO, Amit Jaipuria, states that the art print platform, which he founded in 2014, curates their artists based on merit, and that it is completely free for artists to be on their platform, which explains why the site now has around 200 local Indian artists signed on with them, giving them the rights to make their arts in Giclee prints.

He adds that part of the deal includes the artist deciding what the price and size of the print will be, which range from Rs 3,500 to 25,000. The artist also has the option to limit the number of iterations of their work available, allowing them to decide what they’ll get out of their custom art.

Another platform for contemporary art, Artflute.com, recently introduced their signature limited edition prints in 2014. According to the company’s CEO, PadmajaNagarur, almost half of the company’s revenues, approximately 45% come from print sales. She says that the prints allow emerging, local contemporary artists to take on art as a full-time profession, and, according to some, increases the demand for the originals. All of that, on top of allowing art to reach the more modestly financed, and putting fine art in different formats, such as posters and coasters.

Naked Hub Partners With Just Co In Launching Co-working Space

Naked Hub is known for its co-working space business and is based in Shanghai. In a recent announcement made by the company, they have decided to merge with JustCo, a company that is based in Singapore. The partnership between these two big names when it comes to the co-working space sector has lead to the creation of the biggest premium operator in all of Asia. While there are many co working space in Bangkok and other cities in Asia, this partnership has prompted a competition against the leading company in the co-working space industry which is the WeWork.

Naked Hub which is working hand in hand with a hospitality brand called Naked Group and together they have 20 co-working locations scattered in three countries – Vietnam, China and Hong Kong. WeWork, on the other hand, has 12 co-working locations that are found all over the northern part of Asia.

As a result of the merging between JustCo and Naked Hub, they are planning to have a total of 41 co-working spaces before 2017 ends. They are targeting to put up co-working spaces in countries located in the southeastern part of Asia including Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Jakarta. According to an estimate by Naked Hub, the venture will bring the company a total of $100 million in earnings along with the co-working spaces they have up and running for 2017.

Naked Group is aiming to have a total of 194 co-working spaces when 2020 hits as disclosed by its founder and chief executive officer, Grant Horsfield.

Horsfield said that when it comes to co-working spaces in Southeast Asia, JustCo is the leading operator while Naked Group works best in the north. Through the partnership, they will be able to create the largest premium co-working space in all of Asia.

There are already a number of competitions in the market which is evident with the existence of co working space in Bangkok and other major cities in Asia thus the company recognizes that they must do everything in order to run with the times. For now, the two companies will be operating while carrying their own brands and eventually JustCowilbe slowly changed to Naked Hub.

Bangkok As The Cheapest Among Global Tourist Destinations

When it comes to choosing a global travel destination in a tourism survey, the first city that comes to the mind of travellers is Bangkok. This is not surprising because Bangkok ranks first among the cheapest destinations all over the world. Anyone who is looking at a long haul holiday in an urban setting will choose Bangkok not only because of affordability but it has everything that a traveller looks for.

In a survey made by the British Post Office, Bangkok was rated as the best value from 10 cities that were included in the list. The total basket price is less than £317 per month. Accommodations are very cheap at less than £100. Guesthouses are pleasing for the wandering travellers. The result of the survey is good news for those who earn tourism revenue but if you are honest, is the achievement worth celebrating?

The cheap prices that foreign visitors to Thailand enjoy come at the expense of taxpayers. The money paid by the Thais to the government goes to infrastructure, electricity, water and other essential services. The taxes ensure that the cost living is very affordable for overseas visitors. Several million people arrive at the airport every year and while their spending contributes to the economy, they make traffic worse in the city.

The results of the UK survey are bound to bring in more tourists to the country, extend their stay and spend more money. Foreigners certainly want to stay longer because can enjoy their vacation for less. Tourism is the source of income of many local businesses and tourism authorities are promoting Bangkok as a cheap destination, however; it is also important to pay more attention to visitors that can afford the more luxurious tourist amenities. Businesses have to earn and the tourism advertisements must encourage visitors to spend more and stay longer to improve the economy.

Special deals and seasonal rates are offered by trendy hotel in Sukhumvit for both business and leisure travellers. The location of the hotel is very convenient for executives and businessmen because it is located in the heart of the city. For the leisure traveller, entertainment and shopping destinations are within comfortable walking distance away.

Global Industry Analysis Of The Yacht Charter Market

Future Market Insights expects that over the next decade, affluent consumers in the developed markets will continue to adapt boating and sailing vacations to sustain the demand for yacht charter. One of the most sought after trends will be the cooperation between online yacht charter service providers and leading airline companies.

Young travellers are more inclined towards sailing holidays and this is driving the demand for yacht charters. Yacht charter providers must make it easy and convenient for young travellers to search for sailing vacations by being accessible through mobile. Providers must also provide discounts when large yachts are booked by a group of families or friends.

The motor yacht segment will continue to dominate the market with over 78% share in 2026 and will account for revenues amounting to $690 million by the end of the forecast period. Meanwhile, the sailing yacht segment is identified to grow at a higher rate during the decade. The main factors that consumers will take into account in yacht charter will be posh interior design and comfort. However, charter providers must not overlook the importance of eco-friendly and fuel efficient yachts.

On the basis of yacht type, the medium yacht segment (30m to 50m) will continue with its dominance with over 60% market value share in 2026. The trend will be followed by the small size yacht segment of up to 30m. Through 2026, the large yacht segment which is over 50m will continue to gain limited traction. Large and medium yacht charters will be preferred for group holidays with booking discounts while families and couples are expected to charter the small and medium yachts for their sailing vacations.

In terms of region, Europe will continue to dominate the market with about 70% share of the total revenues in 2026.  A close second is North America. The Middle East yacht charter market is expected to demonstrate a higher CAGR over the assessed period.

On the other hand, sailing is not exclusive to the affluent because Far Away Yachting offers sailing vacations for the most affordable prices. Sailing vacations are guaranteed as fun and exciting experiences that are different from the traditional entertainment offered in a hotel resort.