Are you surprised? Next to the real estate and housing industry, the travel industry is said to be the second largest industry in the world. Did you know that in the USA more money is spent on travel annually than on healthcare, more than on telecommunications, far more than on computers and surprisingly, even more than on food? Travel is a 7 trillion dollar plus industry worldwide and is expected to continue to grow dramatically over the next two decades as members of the baby boom generation fulfill their number one goal: to travel more. Younger generations are becoming more adventurous as well. People worldwide, in developing nations and developed nations, desire to travel more as they are exposed to new worlds on the Internet and as their incomes continue to grow. We live in an increasingly smaller world. And, as people earn more and more money in their home travel businesses, they receive many wonderful travel bonuses and get to travel a lot more. There are currently a couple of home-based businesses in the field of travel and leisure that have become extremely popular within the past year. After carefully studying their business models, their compensation plans, their benefits […]

We live in an information overloaded society, yet we actually know so little. While I was reading this book I took a straw poll of some people I know, and 100% of them had no idea who the Colwell brothers, or Herb Allen are. So much information, yet so little knowledge is a real problem in today’s world. The three cowboy brothers and Herb, probably did more for world peace, or at least peaceful co-existence than any President, or any government organization has ever done. Frank McGee has produced a great book that chronicles the story of these eclectic individuals. Even better the book is peppered with photographs of the actual people and events. The story starts right after WWII, the Colwell’s are in their teens, and have a true skill in the entertainment world, initially self taught, they make their mark on the radio landscape, appearing in the Tex Williams weekly show. Invited to ‘tour’ overseas for one month the young brothers can not resist, and against their parents better judgment they set off on their adventure. It was almost a decade before they returned to the US. As part of MRA (Moral Re-Armament) and later Up With People […]

In order to make the most of your corporate travel budget, it is critical to plan for leveraging your program for all it is worth. Telling travelers to select the lowest logical airfare is just not enough. Here are the elements that should be considered when planning or evaluating your travel program. 1. Travel policy A well written and disseminated travel policy is the foundation of any good travel program, and I am consistently amazed that so many corporations have such an outdated and poorly conceived travel policy, if they have one at all. It is not difficult to find a well written policy. One can be found online quite easily. All that remains is that it is edited to reflect corporate culture, and disseminated within the company so that everyone understands and agrees to follow it. For this reason, it is a good idea to have everyone sign a copy of the travel policy to ensure that it is read, understood and owned by all company staff. I suggest that everyone in the company signs a copy of the travel policy, whether they travel or not. They may change positions in the company later and be required to travel. […]

You will find all forms and shapes of fashion blogs as the internet is full of them. It can talk about the advantage of wearing skinny jeans over boyfriend jeans or how pink takes the place of black plus all the extras. As you go online, you will get your fill of the latest in fashion trends via fashion blogs. Fashion As Part of Our Lives There are people who say that they can live without fashion and this is not at all important to them. Giving it some thought, you don’t really have a choice because fashion has been a part of our being, ever since you can remember, influencing culture and society since it is brought about by factors surrounding us like the environment, weather and most of all, a person’s beliefs, values and experiences. What Influences Fashion? Certain periods in history that fashion has defined, involved discrimination among classes. This distinguished the royalty from non-royalty and restrictions on social dressing. During earlier times in Western Europe, the bourgeoisie were prevented by government regulations from wearing fine clothes, so as not to be identified as royalty. Since the dragon was an emperor’s symbol in China, non-royals were prohibited […]

When you start up or re-brand a pet or animal related business one of your first requirements will be getting a great logo design in order to create a brand that you can build upon and develop. Many new businesses are springing up today that are related to pets and animals. It is no longer just your traditional veterinary clinics and pet stores but a whole host of other service businesses relating to pet care, grooming and other niche areas like pet photography and pet boutiques and pet retreats. The pet industry can be divided into two area really. Firstly you have pet stores and vets who target the general population and secondly you have luxury pet supplies, gourmet pet food and services that only the upper middle class and the wealthy can afford. Some people treat their pets like members of the family and want only the highest standards for them in terms of the products that they buy and the services that they require. So the message that you want to convey in your logo is that your company values animals and is basically in the business of pampering them, giving them the best of care and the […]

Online reviews on automotive dealer’s website are valued features and play a key role in influencing the customer’s automotive buying decision. Online reviews are sought after by customers using Internet at every stage of car buying process, as they offer existing customer experiences on vehicle models, services, policies etc of particular automotive dealers. It is important to include online reviews and testimonials in dealer websites as they help in retaining the existing customers and builds initial trust among potential customers. It helps to increase sales as prospective customers prefer to deal with dealers they can trust. Positive Impacts: Online reviews positively impact the dealership sales by increasing the confidence among both existing and potential customers. Credibility Potential customers perceive online reviews as authentic, genuine opinions from other customers and feel that they are receiving accurate information. They provide an effective way for dealers to communicate with customers. A good number of positive reviews on dealer website mentioning satisfactory experiences of customers are likely to instill confidence among potential customers. The potential customer can feel more comfortable and satisfied when reading a comprehensive evaluation of the dealer from a large number of customers. Even, the way dealers handle negative reviews by […]

Furniture, especially wooden furniture, plays a very important role in emanating a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere in your home. However, while everybody wants to have wooden furniture to deck up their homes, not many are aware about what furniture to buy. It is very important to know several aspects involved in the buying of furniture. These include the type of wood you’re looking for, the place where you want to place your furniture, the color of the furniture that would be ideal for you etc. These are some of the basic questions that one has to answer ahead of buying wooden furniture. If you’re a person who is intending to buy some quality wooden furniture and also appreciate quality then you have to spend some time on determining the type of furniture you want to buy. Your budget, of course, would be the most important factor while buying wooden furniture. There’s no denying of the fact that quality wooden furniture is expensive. Wood has become dearer these days because of the strict tree felling norms imposed by governments worldwide and the move to conserve forests and balance the ecology. This has led to the emergence of alternative materials like metal […]

Polyures and epoxy coatings are a new breed of concrete coatings with extraordinary benefits when properly applied with the highest quality blends. They are being applied by a small but growing network of highly skilled flooring entrepreneurs around the country. The highest quality polyureas are not massed produced. They require an investment in specific equipment and mastery of the application system. The Application System The first step is to acquire high production concrete grinding equipment. These are high torque grinders that cut the concrete easily. They have specialized dustless vacuum systems minimizing airborne dust. Surface preparation is critical to successful application. High spots throughout the floor are leveled, including along expansion joints, which typically are higher than most areas of the floor. Polyureas are not a self leveling product like epoxy. Epoxies tend to have varied thickness throughout the floor. Polyureas perform best with a smooth level surface resulting with a consistent coating thickness. Once the floor is ground smooth, cracks and damaged areas, including expansion joints, are repaired with a filler compatible with the coatings. These repair products are solvent free, do not shrink, are flexible and impact resistant. Once the floor is ground and cracks, expansion joints and […]

Every woman starts to become interested in skincare as she ages and sees those fine lines forming around her eyes and mouth. Those wrinkles and sagging skin that just doesn’t glow like it used to. And many women start to realise that natural skincare products are by far the best skincare products. But how do you find the best natural skincare products? However the first question to ask is why would you want to use natural skincare products? What does “natural” mean and what is the difference between “natural” skincare products and other skincare products? There is no formal definition of “natural” when it comes to skincare and anti aging products. However to me “natural” means “safe” skincare products. Safe? Aren’t all skincare products safe? Why would they be unsafe? Sadly the answer is that not all skincare products and anti aging products (or cosmetics or beauty products for that matter) are safe. It is gradually becoming known that many skincare and anti aging products and cosmetics, perfumes, body care and beauty products contain ingredients that may in fact be damaging to your skin or even your health. I first became aware of this when my young daughter had a […]

A lot of folks only wish they could reduce what they pay as health and life insurance premiums. Thankfully, there are ways that would help anybody get lower rates. I’ll share a few ways in this article. Like every other insurance policy, your rates are determined based on several factors. Every uses them to decide what you’ll pay based on the perceived risk in insuring you as shown by those factors. The following things make you a life insurance risk to an insurer thereby increasing your rates. If you’ve smoked in the last 12 months you’ll pay more. If you still smoke till date or use any tobacco product, prepare to pay much more. I won’t be giving you any new information if I tell you that smoking is the direct cause of many diseases and makes others flourish. Smoking is a habit that could be broken if you really mean it. People have succeeded in the past and so can you too. You only need to check groups out there that are committed to helping smokers quit smoking and you’ll get all the help you need. You’ll be doing yourself a lot of favor by reducing the chances that […]