Business Travel Buyers Face Challenges in 2016

The Business Travel Show recently released its sixth annual forecast for business travel buying. This survey and forecast provides indicators that help business travel buyers anticipate coming challenges. Results of the forecast for 2016 show that business travel buyers are concerned about the coming year.                         While travel costs are rising, according to the survey, business travel budgets are increasing at a slower rate than previous years. Twenty-five percent of buyers surveyed expect budgets to drop next year, compared to only 20% who expected smaller budgets during 2015. In […]

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6 Reasons There Should Be Insurance Coverage for Yoga and Meditation Services

People have been practicing yoga and meditation for centuries. They are exercises that promote maximum health and well-being, and the benefits are long term. The popularity of these is increasing as more people see how much better they feel after using them. The problem is that even though they are great exercises to preserve health, they are not covered by insurance. This is quite disheartening since it is a prevention tool, and there are other means of prevention that are covered by insurance policies. This isn’t the only reason they should be covered by insurance, though. The following are five […]

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10 Years after Katrina, New Orleans Becomes the City It Should Have Been

Television images of New Orleans in the aftermath of the famous hurricane, Katrina, will forever be burned into the minds of millions. When you think of New Orleans, it’s still hard not to see devastated homes, boats buzzing down flooded streets, and terrified citizens camped on roofs and hanging from helicopter rescue lines. People left the city by the tens of thousands, and damages are estimated at more than $100 billion. How does a city recover from that? The answer in this case: in a million amazing ways. As New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says, “The people of the city […]

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Birth Tourism: U.S.Citizenship Loophole?

A birth tourist is a pregnant woman who visits another country, delivers her baby,, and then returns to her own country.  This type of tourism exists in many countries in different regions of the world.  It is driven by an assortment   of personal, social, economic and political reasons.  For the parents, these may include better medical care standards, no-cost or low-cost national health programs or circumvention of one-child policies.  For their children, having citizenship in another country and holding a passport issued by that country might provide advantages.  These may include a refuge in revolution or war times, avoidance of […]

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Relaxing Beaches and Adventurous Attractions Draw Visitors to Cayman Islands

When someone mentions the Cayman Islands, you might think of white sand beaches, tropical trees and snorkeling adventures somewhere far away in the middle of the ocean. But the three Cayman Islands aren’t all that far from U.S. shores. These charming slivers of land lie in the western Caribbean Sea just an hour south of Miami, Florida. The Caymans have become some of the most popular Caribbean islands, and not just because they’re close. The Cayman Islands’ Department of Tourism recently reported 2014 was the islands’ best year for tourism in more than a decade. The number of Cayman Island […]

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Work Permits For H-4 Dependent Spouses

On February 24 2015, an important announcement was made by the Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has amended regulations to allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to work while they are in the U.S.. This new ruling will be effective after May 26th.  It is a very significant change for many people in other countries who want to come to work in America and are now trying to wade through the complex U.S. immigration requirements maze.  The change is also being welcomed by many other people from foreign countries who are […]

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The Truth about Undocumented Students in the United States

The issue of undocumented immigrants and undocumented children has hardly been out of the news these past few years. The hot topic affects everyone from immigrants themselves to policymakers and US citizens. Undocumented immigrants have typically entered the United States without permission and have no legal right to remain in the country. Undocumented immigrants could be people with expired visas or paperwork, or immigrants in deportation procedure. Undocumented students are normally brought by parents or caregivers to America when they are very young. These children complete their schooling in the US and many young undocumented students are unaware of their […]

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Ebola Outbreak- How Safe is it to Travel

The recent outbreak of Ebola has caused widespread fear not only in West African countries but possibly the world over. With a fatality rate of up to 90%, Ebola is one of the most lethal viral diseases with currently no effective vaccine or treatment to prevent it. It has taken many casualties, spreading to multiple countries, and if unchecked, can turn into a major outbreak which would take months to contain. Ebola is caused by the Ebola virus, which is transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids from infected people, dead or alive. As the Ebola virus […]

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9 Reasons Why South Africa is a Must-Visit Destination

South Africa has been steadily growing in popularity and now welcomes more foreign visitors than ever. South Africa offers a whole host of attractions for visitors. Looking for the next travel hotspot? Wondering where you can visit that combines safari with sun, sea, sand and city life? Try South Africa. The number of foreign travelers to the country increased by 14 percent from 2012, according to figures from Cape Town Tourism released last year. In short, South Africa is a hot destination – for these nine reasons and more. 1. South Africa is a Unique Mix Where else can you […]

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India Extends Visa-on-Arrival Service to 180 More Countries

India is now looking to expand its Visa-on-arrival program. The program is currently available to 11 countries, but India wants to extend it to another 180 countries. Countries that would become eligible would include China, the United Kingdom, and the United States. If things go according to plan then the only countries that will remain ineligible for the Visa would be Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia. The program is an attempt by the Indian government to promote international tourism. If the program is approved, the government will need 5-6 months to organize and construct the […]

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