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Spain’s Tourism Booms In 2016

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Taking a vacation is something that everyone is excited about. In fact, some take a year or two just for the planning stage because whether we like it or not, taking a vacation can definitely burn a big hole in someone’s piggy bank. You see, traveling to any given country in any given continent is getting expensive due to the intensified competition within the airline industry. And, you also need to plan where you are going to stay while you’re in that specific country. Now, in case you still don’t have any idea as to where you’re going to spend your vacation during the summer season, maybe you should consider checking out the beautiful Spanish island of La Gomera. For those who are not familiar, La Gomera is among the islands which you can visit in the Canary Island chain in Spain. Geographically, La Gomera is the 2nd biggest island in the area and is marked by the craggy volcanic mountains, mountains that are crisscrossed with hiking trails. Choosing a place where you’re going to stay while you’re in La Gomera is not something you will even worry about. The island is filled with various hotels and apartments, including the one you can see online if you visit their official website at which can be a perfect choice of accommodation option especially for those who have a very limited budget to spare for their vacation.

Last year, the tourism industry in Spain has enjoyed a significant success, slightly owing to the fact that other countries in the region have been suffering a drop in their tourist arrivals due to impending threat of terrorism which has been rocking the region for years now and, the domestic strife. In fact, tourist total spending went up by 12.7% in June of 2016, a sign that more people visited various tourist destinations in Spain and stayed at one of the apartments that are being rented out in La Gomera whose website you can visit just by typing in your search bar. Spain’s tourism industry has made a tremendous turnaround and has emerged out from the recession which rocked the world during the last few years.

HEALTH News Tips

NRL Community Pitched In For Beanie For Brain Cancer Round

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The NRL Community went and united for a common goal this early May, in support of the 11th Round of ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer’, with fans visiting their nearest NRL store to purchase beanies in support of the event.

The charity event was held with the cooperation of Australia’s Channel Nine, the Fox League, the Macquarie Radio Network, as well as the Mark Hughes Foundation. The event’s aim was to bring the masses’ attention towards the topic of brain cancer. The event came to be because of the National Rugby League Foot Show and Nine NRL Executive Matt Callander, who is also a patient of brain cancer, having been diagnosed back in 2016.

The National Rugby League’s Chief Executive Officer, Todd Greenberg, made a statement regarding the event, saying that, when the idea for the ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer’ event was pitched, the higher-ups immediately agreed, with little hesitation to support Mr. Callander and other brain cancer patients in the country.

Mr. Greenberg says that Matt (Callander) is part of the NRL’s family, and that he, like other brain cancer patients, has been fighting bravely against the sickness, a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

All the funding raised by the sales of the ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer’ Round 11, went straight to the Mark Hughes Foundation. The round has a target of raising at least $500,000 to fund a three-year research group for another brain cancer research area.

Mr. Greenberg said that the charity event is much more than rugby league, much more than simply buying a beanie from an NRL store. It’s about creating awareness about brain cancer, which will bring attention to it and support research so that, in the future, brain cancer, and other forms of cancer can be fought.

NRL and its Channel 9 partner, Sportsbet, were one of many who committed to donating. The partnership donated $1,000 for every try scored across the whole of Round 11.

Beanies were also purchased by supporting fans throughout several matches during Round 11, which lasted from the 18th to the 21st of May, all in the spirit of supporting the NRL’s endeavour.

Home Improvements

How To Buy Cheaper Equipment At Red Tools

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Even if you have sufficient money, you would still look for ways to lower your expenses on Red Tools especially if you are the practical type. To get the best value for your money, here are some tips:

Determine what you need

You would surely waste money if you would buy the wrong product. Thus, it would be best to determine what type of tools you would need since there are hand tools, power tools, industrial tools and many others. Even a specific tool can still vary in specification and this can affect its performance or result on the project. If you are not sure which tools to buy, consult a handyman or call the customer service of the online supplier. Although you can return the tools to the supplier, you would be wasting valuable time by sending the item back to the supplier.

Buy more

You will surely save money if you would buy more from Red Tools because you will save on your shipping or delivery costs. When you buy separate items on separate occasions, you will pay for individual shipping fee and would be more expensive.

Ask for ideas and suggestions

To get an idea on the right kind of tools for your project, it would be best to ask for ideas and suggestions from the experts such as technicians, automotive experts and others. Aside from the right type of tool, you will also have an idea on which brand provides better performance or which brand in the market is more affordable without compromising the quality of the results. Call the online shop’s customer service for additional information.

Check for guarantees and return policies

Another way to safeguard your money is to check for return policies before you finalize your purchases. You can find the return policies of Red Tools at their website. Aside from that, you should also check if the supplier offers money back guarantee to their customers. This way, you can return the item and have your money back if ever you are not happy with the item or service rendered to you.

Home Improvements News

The Frustrations Of Moving To A New Home

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Cass Helstrip, a business owner never expected that something could go wrong when she and a friend moved out from their rented apartment. The two ladies arranged for furniture removal firm to pack their belongings in two separate containers, store it for a while before it will be delivered to their new address.

The ladies gave their best estimate on the number of boxes that will be required when they agreed on the contract but on the day of the move, it was found out that the boxes were not enough. They asked the furniture removal in advance to bring extra boxes which they failed to comply with. Since the agreement was on an hourly basis, the ladies ended up paying more than £600.

The ladies made the mistake of agreeing to an hourly rate but what was more frustrating was the unprofessional packing. The boxes did not have any labels so that Cass had to provide stickers to separate her stuff from her friend’s.

However, this is not the end of the story. The ladies were extremely frustrated when the stored goods were delivered to the family home. The sofa was covered with oily stains while the velvet chair had a big oily footprint. Re-upholstery is not option because the price is the same as buying new. The damage to the pieces of furniture was worth £2,000.

Some of the belongings that were returned to Cass were not hers and some of her own stuff was missing. She was not sure whether the stuff was lost or still in storage. The basic insurance was only £40 per item and Cass did not have extra cover.

Handy Moves, the furniture removal company, was not a member of any trade body that can provide a fair resolution to a dispute. Cass’ complaint resulted into a £400 compensation which was not really enough to cover her losses.

If you require home removal, your best option is Sydney furniture removalists so that you will not experience Cass’ misfortune. The furniture removalist will guarantee that every piece of belonging will be handled with care so that it will reach the destination safely. The rate offered is fair and affordable without hidden charges.


Portuguese Hotel To Join The Ranks Of Family Room Hotel In Patong

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Nowadays, hotels are rising up on a pretty much quick rate to the point that you will be able to see new hotels almost at every angle of this world. You see, the significant growth in the number hotels worldwide can be attributed to the rapid blossoming of the tourism industries in countries in the world that have a great number of tourism destinations that are all scattered in their respective territories. Or, this growth can also be associated with newly developed lands that are either developed or reclaimed for the purposes of being construction sites for new hotels or casinos. Now, if you’re let’s say a family of 5 loving persons and you’re looking for a nice hotel where you will be staying during your upcoming vacation, you won’t need to worry about running out of options because you’re going to havea wide variety of hotels especially if you are considering a vacation with your beloved family in the beautiful island of Phuket in the Kingdom of Thailand. In fact, you can even opt to stay at any of the family room hotel in Patong which can offer more than what you usually expect from other hotels.

Just last March of 2017, the well-known Jivavisitnon family has made its much-anticipated announcement regarding their plans to add another luxury hotel under their name in the beautiful island of Phuket. The said hotel is set to join the ranks of the already growing number of family room hotel in Patong. According to Pobchai Jivavisitnon, the owner and at the same time the managing director of the Novotel Phuket Resort and also the Novotel Phuket Vintage Park, the new hotel is registered under the Ocean Wing Corporation. The hotel is said to have 239 rooms in its premises and the amenities will be what are usually expected from even the famous 5-star luxury hotels worldwide. In addition to this, the hotel will be having a Sino-Portuguese style inside and out and the hotel is now under construction and is expected to be completed and ready to be filled by guests, both local and foreign, by the latter part of 2018 or early 2019.


Domestic Tourism In Myanmar Grows Faster Than Foreign Tourism

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Myanmar has recently been growing as a tourist destination in Asia, and, while there has been some slowing of the growth of tourism, the tourism economy of Myanmar remains strong. A recent revelation from the Myanmar Domestic Pilgrimages and Tour Operations Association, reveals how the tourism scene of the country remains strong, and why people are more likely to see locals stay in a hotel near Yangon international airport, rather than foreigners.

The DPTOA, was recently tasked with calculating the number of domestic travellers in Myanmar, due to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism being unavailable to handle the issue, and crunched the numbers on the local tourist scene. According to the DPTOA, their calculations should be, at worst, 20% off the actual numbers.

In a statement made by U Myoe Gyi, Vice Chairman of the DPTOA, he said that his association crunched the numbers on the tourism scene in the country, and saw that the domestic tourism scene accounted for approximately 7.1M travellers in Myanmar, representing an increase of 1M from preceding years. He attributes this growth to the country’s recent political transition period which lasted from 2011 to 2012, which boosted domestic tourism numbers from 3.1M to this year’s value of 7.1M.

This growth rate, if it continues, is set to catch the international tourist scene of the country, which currently has a target of 7.5M visitors in 2020, as part of the tourism master plan of Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. The international arrivals into the country, however, only total to about 2.9M visitors at 2016’s end, showing a notable difference between the domestic and international tourism scene.

He adds that the domestic tourism sector is in full swing at a slightly different timeframe than the foreign tourism sector, which runs from August to April.

According to U Myoe Gyi, domestic travellers now prefer staying at hotels, instead of the traditional monastery or guest house. He adds that this shift has little effect on the pilgrimage operators in the country, who do not see much competition in the hospitality buildings such as a hotel near Yangon international airport, due to both them and hotels benefitting from the increase in domestic traffic in the country.

He says that the number of pilgrims that travel throughout the country has been growing, with more and more domestic operators popping up, and more private arrangements being made in their wake.


Easy Ways To Clean Bathroom Basins

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It is typical to find bathroom basins in home, restaurants, hotels, offices and other establishments. They are highly functional and are easy to clean with less maintenance needs. Cleaning bathroom basins do not require harsh cleaning materials and other toxic solutions. As a matter of fact, you can maintain a basin with simple cleaning materials that you can find at home. Here are some materials that you will need:

  • Clean washcloth
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge or scrub

Ways to clean bathroom basins

  • Remove all the items inside your vanity basin unitincluding those around the sink such as toiletries, soap dishes and other toilet materials and equipment.
  • Place the plug on the sink.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the sink and around it. Place more baking soda on areas with grease marks, mildew and lime scale or areas where unwanted elements are building up.
  • Pour white vinegar on areas with dirt build-up. The mixture of baking soda and vinegar should sizzle.
  • Allow it sit for five minutes or more.
  • Use the sponge and slightly scrub the surface up to the centre of the basin. Put more attention on the drain and rim since it is where the concentration of grime and dirt is found.
  • Rinse the basin with tap water.
  • Scrub off any remaining dirt or grime with the same solutions.

Helpful cleaning tips:

  • Because cleaning and maintenance of bathroom basins do not involve toxic cleaning solutions, you can get your kids into helping you. If the basin is still high for them, you can still have them nearby and watch you clean instead.
  • You can also use the same solution for cleaning taps and your kitchen sink. Rinse the taps and drains with plenty of water because vinegar can lead to corrosion when left sitting on materials for too long especially on metal surface.
  • Avoid having contact with vinegar around your eyes as it would sting because of its acidity. Wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning the sink. Administer the kids who may be helping the cleaning process and keep them from touching sink surfaces while vinegar is still on.