Business Trips Getting Stretched Out To Leisure

According to a study by Luth Research, a tourism research firm, the business travelers that extend business trips with recreation are an increasing segment in the global travel market.

Results from the study

The study that was commissioned by the Expedia Media Solutions revealed that about 43 percent of the business trips in the United States are combined with some leisure days, with a lot of trips that last for at least four days.

According to Candice Rab, who is Luth Research’s senior vice-president for latest products and business development, some American business travelers that are participating in team buildings, client meetings, conferences or conventions want to extend trips to leisure since about 60 percent of them do not have normal holidays.

Additionally, 66 percent of the business travelers lean towards spending extra money on recreational activities. Around 84 percent of leisure trips are done in a similar city as that business trip, and 84 percent of these travelers also remain in that similar hotel.

Money on leisure activities

Destinations are the primary research topic and top decisions, with restaurant scene and sightseeing as main influences.

The study indicated that 85 percent of these trips were for sightseeing, 63 percent at the beaches, and 57 percent for food. The top 5 cities for these business leisure trips are in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York.

Attending events is also adding to the leisure time, with 86 percent going to cultural or festive events, 76 percent to sporting events, and 64 percent to music concerts.

The experts of Luth Research mentioned that even though this study centred primarily on the business leisure travels in the United States, the business traveler behaviour in other parts in the world is the same with American peers.

Summing up

With the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand honing in on the meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) travelers, the tourism and hospitality sectors, regardless if that is a business of a hotel near BTS Sala Daeng or in other parts of Bangkok, are going to benefit from this especially that, based from TCEB, a Mice traveler’s average spending is three times greater compared to other tourist types.


Income Tax Department Scanning Data Pile In Order To Discover Unaccounted Income

In India, anyone who has made a cash deposit or has bought a high value item following the country’s November 8 demonetisation which is not in line with their incomes declared in the tax returns might have a reason to worry since the tax authorities are sifting through tons of data generated during the past couple of months or so.

Tax authority’s efforts to discover unaccounted income

The tax authorities are also making use of data analytics to scan for any point of similarity to see if an attempt was done to split up the transactions in order to avoid any suspicion.

The income tax department is going to likely put names in its website soon, which makes it mandatory for these people to explain these transactions.

The department has information regarding deposits and purchases and is pursuing the presumed wrongdoing using ground-breaking intensity.

A senior official of the Central Board of Direct Taxes said that they now have an online mechanism where the names of those that made deposits or transactions that do not match are going to be put up and the information is going to be accessed using an individual’s permanent account number.

Deposits that are below Rs2.5 lakh can come under the scanner too. Data analytics is also made used in order to check different parameters like common phone numbers or addresses to determine those individuals that made deposits not adding up with their corresponding tax profiles.

According to the official, they have information coming from various sources and are going to be able to get to everyone.

The information that came from different sources, including the suspicious transaction reports, are passed on to field formations, aside from the intelligence and investigation wings. These officials are also done with the assessments and are now going to focus on the post-demonetisation data.

Summing up

Let this be an indication that every government is really getting vigilant regarding tax avoidance especially since this is a citizen’s obligation to his or her country. While tax investigations may be random, it is still important to be prepared. This is why having an audit shield is helpful as it helps with the costs incurred during these investigations.


Marketing Strategies For Health

There is more to marketing than just placing billboards or ads about health plans. It involves offering and exchanging products and services, as well as meeting consumers’ needs in the market. There are various markets and different market strategies done by companies, and a thorough marketing strategy analysis can evaluate market share and competitive advantages.

A key to marketing strategy is the ability for a company to identify its niche or domain, and to provide in this market. This is shown through different cases of some organizations from the healthcare industry and the approach they did toward these marketing strategies, and the manner in which they adapt and meet consumer needs.

Marketing strategies for some healthcare organizations

The YMCA, which is a public health organization, makes use of a diversification strategy. It previously provided mental health products, nutrition and exercise to its target market. Now, the organization has been working with veterinarians to offer animal medications and vaccines for pet owners as a new market.

Humana In. makes use of a market development strategy. It had products in the disease management market because of its many Medicare advantage members. The insurance company is now changing its insurance marketing strategy. It is increasing its product line, on the basis of the online games’ popularity, in the similar market.

One new product is the Humana Vitality, a health status assessment completed by patients which calculates the Vitality Age and steps needed for a better health. Patients could receive prizes when they are able to do steps on the basis of their Vitality Age and when they use preventive services. In addition, they could also receive monthly prizes when they complete the self-assessment forms.

Humana partnered with Ubisoft to develop a video game “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012,” which encourages exercise and wellness.

Humana Fit, another new product, is a personalized exercise and nutrition system that helps members remain on track. The Vitality members could use the product and earn more prizes and points.

Lastly, Kaiser Permanente makes use of a product development strategy. Kaiser Permanente provided flu vaccines from specific primary care market. Now, it expanded its flu vaccine distribution through specialty care physicians too.

By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Business

Thailand Real Estate Talk – The Advantages Of Condominium Units In Pattaya

Like in any real estate ventures, buying a condominium unit should be done with responsibility and caution. This a favor not only for yourself but for your hard-earned fortune, since the amount it involves is serious. The task to be undertaken may be tedious, but the results will be rewarding. With the proper research and know-how, you may land a great deal investing in a Pattaya condo for sale. But in all the beauty and wonders of Thailand, why Pattaya?

There are a lot of great reasons to win in considering to invest in a Pattaya condo for sale. Purchasing any real estate in Pattaya is a great decision as the resort city itself attracts five million tourists annually. This has been consistent for more than ten years, so it is not just a short-term trend. But, buying a condominium, in particular, is more recommended. The real estate market trend proves a condominium unit is more advantageous for those who seek more value on their investment.

Location, location, location

It is in Pattaya, there isn’t really anything more to add. But for those who do not know, Pattaya is a premier location not only for vacationers but also those who want to settle down. The continuous popularity for over a decade means that long-term development plans were set for Pattaya, and having gained so much from this means they will not stop keeping it a premier destination. This being said it brings us to the second advantage, good investment.

Good investment

Most real estate properties are a good investment. But unfortunate circumstances and poor planning may force it to depreciate. Many areas in the world have deteriorated forcing properties to depreciate in value. But Pattaya has proven itself to be progressing, and such rising economy will yield more in the future, thus taking care of it has been a priority. Many properties in Pattaya has grown two or threefold over the years, thus eyeing it as your next investment is worth considering.


Getting a property in a progressing location at a more available price than anywhere else at par with Pattaya is nothing but obviously advantageous. It is wise to also consider building standards and quality, but with the variety of options in Pattaya, there surely are more than a handful of property developments that is a gem for its price.


Who Can Be A Process Agent?

Before, only agents and sheriffs can deliver legal documents such as notice of eviction, statutory demands, repossession notice, summons, etc. However, the delivery of such legal documents became tasking to law enforcers. Eventually, the law in most states and countries were revised thereby allowing ordinary citizens, such as a Process Agent, to deliver legal documents to respondents. If you are seriously considering becoming a process server, take a look at the following qualifications and find out if you have what it takes for the job.

Legal age

Anybody who is of legal age or those who are 18 and above can apply as a process server. Additional requirements and competencies would be announced by the process server agency. It would be best to find out what these requirements are to determine if you are suited for the job.

Education and professional background in law

You don’t have to be a lawyer to become a Process Agent. However, knowledge or background on law is a minimum requirement since you would be handling legal documents. You would also be serving legal notifications and even recovery of assets which can be tricky if you are not aware of your rights and limits. For instance, you are well aware that you have a legal notification to serve and you want to deliver it at all costs so you would find ways to get to the respondent. That is correct. However, you should know that stepping inside the house of your respondent unannounced and without permit constitutes trespassing and you can be sued for the act. Without this sort of knowledge, you could compromise your safety and the reputation of the firm that you work for.

Physical demands of the job

Another detail that you may want to know if you want to become a Process Agent is the physical demands that go with the job. Take note that delivering summons and legal notices would require you to walk, stand for long periods or take trips depending on your respondent’s location. If you have physical or mobility issues, you may want to consider that detail.


By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Legal

Financial Considerations When Buying Condo In Bangkok

Your financial responsibility does not end after you closed a deal for a Bangkok condo for sale. As a matter of fact, it has only begun. If you will mortgage the unit, you have the monthly payment to think about, to begin with. However, even if you opt for a one-time payment for the entire unit, there are other fees that you need to think about. This is not to discourage potential buyers of condo in Bangkok. This is just about giving the prospective buyer an idea on the additional payments and fees that he has to prepare for when he is already occupying the condo unit.

Apart from the usual monthly utility bills, there is also condominium fee to think about.  Condo fees are monthly dues collected from each unit owner. The amount collected is used to pay for monthly utilities and maintenance of areas commonly shared by individual owners of the building. The payment for property and liability insurance for the building’s exterior and common areas are also taken from the monthly dues. The amount of monthly dues for Bangkok condo for sale depends on the size or floor area of the unit. For instance, the owner of a two-bedroom unit with 1,500 square feet will pay lower monthly dues compared to an owner with three-bedroom, 2,000  square feet unit. The location and floor of the condo unit will also affect the amount of monthly dues collectible from the owner. As an example, condo units situated in lower floors are more expensive and are more sellable compared to units situated in higher floors.

The amount of condo fees also differ from one developer to another including the amenities present in the building. Before buying a Bangkok condo for sale, check the unit’s financial history from the condominium’s association treasurer. The treasurer should be able to provide trends and history including the standing reserve fund of the building. The higher the reserve fund is, the better. This goes to show that condo association can easily fund emergency repairs and maintenance needs at any given time.



Tree Lopping And Removal For A Park Makeover

Residents of Jackson were caught off guard last Monday morning when they found tree stumps along the outer rim of Smith Park. The sight of the stumps was unbecoming but Downtown Jackson Partners (DJP) stressed that most of the trees that were cut down were already dying and their removal is necessary for an attractive park layout.

Crews started tree lopping last Saturday in preparation for a park makeover. This is the first phase of a $2.5 million project that has been planned since 2013. The project starts with tree-scaping of Smith Park north of the Governor’s Mansion. DJP did not act on their own because they have sought the advice of professional landscape architects who recommended that the dead and dying trees must be removed including trees that are deemed unsustainable for a long term basis.

The goal of the Smith Park renovation is to create a more open and inviting world-class public space to encourage development in downtown Jackson while enhancing the Capitol Complex. The renovation will benefit businesses, visitors and residents.

According to DJP, at least 32 trees were removed. When experts visited the park, it was found out that only 17 trees were 100% healthy out of the 80 trees existing in the park. It is only right to perform a makeover on the Smith Park because it is at the center of the state, a place that belongs to all Mississippians. At its current state, Smith Park is an eyesore and improvements like new stage, new trees, new tables and benches, sidewalks and light poles will make the park a pleasing site.
Smith Park which is older than Central Park by 15 years is considered as one of the oldest park in the United States. The history of the Smith Park is enough justification to for the makeover.

When a tree grows large enough that its branches create a problem during severe weather conditions, the best option is tree lopping in Perth. Tree lopping is also a popular solution for landscapers who want a tree to be in perfect height, shape and direction. The branches will be trained to grow towards the direction desired.

By Nikki Sanderson Posted in News