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Five, Dubai’s Most Vibrant Hotel But Is It A Good Option For Business Travellers?

When UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a second lockdown, I decided to pack my laptop, my cases and book a flight to Dubai to live out the lockdown with some sunshine.

Previously I had never thought the life of a digital nomad was one that I could accomplish, with many of my clients needing me to deliver talks and mentoring face to face, this resulted in me travelling around the world to deliver for my clients. Which sounds luxurious but in reality is often a luxury stop in a country without seeing much of the territory other than the hotel, the office and the conference room.

Working from abroad is such a different concept and is one that the pandemic and technology have made very possible for speakers, mentors, coaches and entrepreneurs like myself. If the pandemic has caused you to think about the possibility of working abroad, you may well have considered Dubai for its city feel, strong wifi and even stronger weather conditions.

If you have been to or looked at Dubai you will know there are numerous hotels to choose from, but the Five hotel group comes very well recommended as one of the most ‘happening’ places to stay. Which begs the question, does a vibrant hotel also allow for efficient business and work travel? I decided to take a look.

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai 

My first stop was the FIVE Jumeirah Village, a new chic lifestyle resort based in the

Jumeirah Village Circle. The building is an unusual circle shape which ensures every room has an extraordinary view of the city. With 247 luxurious rooms and 254 one, two and four-bedroom residential apartments with spectacular panoramic views, landscape terraces and private floating pools, this hotel offers something quite unique.  We stayed in a two-bedroom apartment with spectacular floor to ceiling panoramic views and a private pool; with a room like that it was hard to want to leave. Luckily from a business and work perspective, with ample lounge space and a sizeable dining table there was sufficient space to work from. Although with enviable outdoor space it was difficult not to find oneself on the deck or in the pool working.

The beauty of having an apartment meant that when necessary you could cocoon yourself away and focus on work and not feel locked away.

When the work is done the hotel had a variety of entertainment options including Italian restaurant, “Trattoria by Cinque” by award-winning chef Giuseppe Pezzella, who dazzled us with a chefs menu that incorporated everything one could want from meal and a variety of courses that could send you rolling back to your room. Amongst other things, because every dish was lovely, I would encourage you to try the chocolate espresso martini!

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Mack-Cali announces $12.75 million sale; Hotel opens in Secaucus | Business Notes

Mack-Cali announces $12.75 million sale

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE:CLI) announced on Nov. 24 the disposition of 7 Campus Drive, a 154,820-square-foot office building in Parsippany, to Birch Group for approximately $12.75 million. This sale brings the year-to-date suburban office dispositions total to $270.35 million. For more information on Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and its properties, visit www.mack-cali.com.

NJ native opens business featuring bubble baths

Amidst all obstacles, Javier Folgar, a NJ native, opened TOA Waters, offering a unique line of premium bubble baths for the rugged individual. The company will operate virtually, providing nourishing, “brawny scented” bubble baths.

Getting to the point of virtually opening his doors was no easy task. Suppliers were short on stock, banks were hesitant to offer start-ups lines of credit, and there were massive delays in shipping.

Folgar currently serves as the Director of Communications for Bat Conservation International, an organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions worldwide. He received a B.S. in Marketing from Rutgers University and earned an MBA from Montclair State University.

TOA Waters, named after a river in Cuba to honor Folgar’s heritage, began accepting orders this fall in time for the holiday season. The bubble bath products use whole milk, botanical extracts, b-vitamins, and much more. For more information, visit TOAwaters.com or facebook.com/TOAwaters.

Meadowlands opens as Secaucus’s newest hotel

Aloft Hotels, along with Indianapolis-based Sun Development & Management Company, announced on Nov. 24 the opening of Secaucus’s newest hotel, Aloft Secaucus Meadowlands. The newly built hotel from Marriott International’s tech-savvy and design-forward brand features 171 urban-inspired guestrooms. The hotel embodies Aloft’s updated brand design vision, reflecting how tech-savvy, global travelers want hotels to be. General Manager Wellington Gonzalez leads the team at the hotel.

Guests will enjoy amenities such as Splash, the indoor pool; Aloft’s signature W XYZ Bar with an extensive cocktail menu and regular live music programming; Re:fuel by Aloft, serving gourmet-grab-and-go options around the clock; and the state-of-the-art Re:charge fitness center.

Aloft Secaucus Meadowlands features built-in outlets for amps and microphones, offering global music programming which Aloft offers in its live music series, Live at Aloft Hotels.

In honor of the grand opening, travelers can take advantage of a 20 percent off accommodations special offer valid through March 31. Rates start from $149 nightly and can be booked by going to https://bit.ly/373RBEi or by calling 888-236-2427 and referencing Grand Opening Rates.

New Jersey Applebee’s locations to raise funds for Toys for Tots this holiday season

Applebee’s locations in New Jersey announced the 22nd annual campaign to raise funds in support of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which distributes new toys to as many underprivileged children as possible to provide a tangible sign of hope during the Christmas season.

This year, Applebee’s is providing guests with multiple ways to make a child’s Christmas happy. For a limited time only you can buy Toys for Tots by adding tater tots to any order for just a $3 donation. Guests can also round up their checks or donate a

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Global Recreation Management Software Market 2020 Technological Strategies, Business Advancements and Top-Vendor Landscape by 2025

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New Study Estimates Up To 36% Of Airline Business Travel Won’t Return

A new study by IdeaWorks and reported by the Wall Street Journal is the first detailed look at the effect of Covid-19 on longer-term airline business travel. The study breaks down the reasons people have traveled for business, assesses the effects of technology, work at home changes, and overall risk tolerance, and validates this with a wide range of industry and travel experts. As a result, this study is robust and more complete than any done since the pandemic began.

The four largest US Airlines should take note and all airlines will be affected in some ways if this estimate proves to be accurate.

Multiple Reasons For Business Travel

The study determined the reasons people travel by air for business, and then used data sources to size each category as a percentage of the total. In September, United CEO Scott Kirby said “I think it may take a year or two until you get back, but we’re firmly in the camp that believes business demand is going to come back.” He stepped back a bit from this a month later, but like others he may have been thinking about business travel in too limited a way. I have heard some industry people say things like “As soon as a business loses a million dollar client, they’ll be back on a plane to repair the relationship”. This may be true, but travel to support sales and revenue generation is just 25% of the total business travel population. Intra-company meetings make up a surprising 20% of all trips, and 5% are even people who commute by air for their job.

By looking at the multiple reasons that people travel, this study was able to better assess the reasons it may or may not return. This could be because of technologies like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, but also could be because more people will work at home or some may have changed their personal risk profile. Since people travel for different reasons, it is logical to assume that their approach to future travel would be affected in different ways. Consider a commuter who has flown every week from a home in Florida to a job in NY, for example. Going forward, they may still make this trip but will they make it as often? If the company is more comfortable with technology and more workers are at home anyway, would an every week trip still be necessary? The point is is that for each category, it’s not as if it is all or nothing. Yes, people will again travel for business reasons but not at the rate they used to

Using this idea and testing it with multiple industry-knowledgeable people, the study concludes that between 18% and 36% of the total business traffic base will not return to the skies. This is based on ranges for each category of business

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Could a Review Aggregator Benefit Your Vacation Rental Business?

Online reviews are an excellent way for property owners to get feedback on their vacation rentals. Reviews from past guests — especially five-star ones — are one of the best ways to attract new renters and keep your rental booked all season.

But there are a lot of vacation rental sites out there, and you’ve likely got your rental property listed on several of them. That means your reviews are scattered across the internet, making it difficult to see at a glance to see whether your property is a hit with renters. A review aggregator can make a world of difference in your vacation property bookings.

What is a review aggregator?

A review aggregator is a digital tool that gathers reviews of a product or service from all corners of the internet. For real estate investors who specialize in vacation rentals, this involves collecting all the reviews left by previous renters on any of the many listing sites your property might appear on. An aggregator brings all of those reviews into one place for easy analysis.

Revyoos is one such review aggregator, marketed as the only all-in one tool property investors can use to analyze renter feedback on their short-term rentals. At this year’s Vacation Rental World Summit, it won the VrTech Startup Competition, which recognizes the most innovative startup focused on the vacation rental industry.

Revyoos helps property investors by aggregating review data, which they can then upload as a widget on their own website. Collecting all those reviews in one spot improves SEO rankings, increases credibility, and tracks conversions — which can lead to more renters.

Social proof for your property

Online reviews provide the valuable social proof you need to attract people to your vacation rental. Social proof is the idea that people will buy or do things — like book a vacation — based on what people have done before them. That’s why online reviews are so powerful and it’s so important to aggregate your reviews in one place.

For example, a single five-star review on 50 different sites doesn’t pack the same punch as seeing all of those 50 great reviews in one setting. If you’ve got mixed reviews, a review aggregator could be your saving grace — bringing the reviews together for an average rating might, in essence, cancel out those not-so-great experiences.

And here’s something to consider: Even a less-than-glowing review can lend credibility to the other reviews your listing has. Stellar ratings might give renters peace of mind they’ll have a pleasant stay, but the occasional lackluster review might lead them to believe the reviews are written by “real” people and not paid for.

The benefits of using an aggregator

If you have a fully booked vacation rental based on word of mouth and returning vacationers, you likely aren’t relying on property listing sites to begin with. But if you’re newer to the short-term rental game or have multiple properties available, listing sites like Airbnb, VRBO, and others are your lifeline. Here

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Taiwan and New Zealand show business travel’s future

They handed out the New Zealand CIO Awards in Auckland’s Civic Theatre last week. For those of us locked down in the northern hemisphere, the photos come from a glittering world. There are 650 people crowded into the pre-event drinks, leaning in to make themselves heard. A few are posing arm in arm. Astonishingly, someone is reaching for a canapé from a proffered tray. There are no masks.

This may be a view of our past, but perhaps also our future, when we, like New Zealand, have controlled the virus. The country has suffered 25 Covid-19 deaths. Life has a normality denied to much of the world. What can it teach us about business travel post-Coronavirus? Was Bill Gates right when he said business travel would be down 50 per cent on its pre-pandemic level?

I became interested in travel patterns in largely coronavirus-free countries when I spoke to Steven Pan, chairman of the Regent Hotels Group. He is based in Taiwan, which has suffered just seven deaths. Pan told me that local business travel was returning — in interesting ways.

Conference attendance in Taiwan was well down. People had discovered they could attend remotely. Intra-company office visits were also less common than pre-virus, but Pan told me he thought corporate leaders with subsidiaries in countries across Asia, with their differences in language and culture, would need to resume travelling to their offices to make sure company messages were heard. In the US and Europe, where multinationals largely operated in English, intra-company visits would not make a big comeback. The real business travel boom was in sales; you can’t close deals on Zoom.

New Zealanders are seeing similar patterns. Domestic travel has risen. International passenger numbers at Auckland airport were down 97 per cent in September and October compared with the same months last year. But domestic numbers, down by 53 per cent in September, were down only 35 per cent in October.

What business travel are New Zealanders doing? Darrin Grafton, chief executive of Serko, a travel technology company, says he has seen a pick-up in off-site meetings, as companies reintroduce team members to each other. This is necessary because not everyone has gone back to the office. Nick Queale, general manager for corporate travel at Flight Centre Travel Group, says many have settled into a pattern of three days a week at home and two in the office.

In spite of events such as the CIO awards, Queale said conference-going seemed an unnecessary expense to many companies. Travel for intra-company visits is still subdued. But face-to-face training was returning, as was travelling to conclude deals. Companies were taking a hard look at what travel was necessary and examining the return on investment. How vital they thought travel was varied by sector. Demand for travel in mining and manufacturing was particularly strong.

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Travel agents in Mideast, Africa say UAE is blocking visas | St. Louis business news

Saeed Mohammed, an agent at Arabian Nights Tours in Dubai, said he frequently faces difficulties obtaining UAE entry visas for Iranians, Turkish citizens and those from Yemen’s rebel-held capital due to simmering political tensions. The UAE’s recent normalization deal with Israel, which now allows Israelis to visit the emirate’s skyscraper-studded cities visa-free, has cast a spotlight on a changing Middle East. Gulf leaders have come to see Israel, a former enemy, as a key ally against the shared threats of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Despite long-standing visa troubles, Mohammed said he’s never seen the 100% visa rejection rate of the past week, with some dozen visitor visas denied each day from Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and other countries.

“We can only assume that there has been some change in the law, but in reality, no one knows,” he said.

Mohammad Hosseini, Iran’s Chargé d’Affaires in the UAE, wrote on Twitter Thursday that he’s following up with the Emirati Foreign Ministry after hearing the visa ban applies to 13 countries “temporarily and until further notice.” A travel agent in Tehran said Iranians hadn’t received visas to enter the UAE since early August.

One travel agent in Istanbul said she wasn’t at all surprised by the ban, especially given the UAE’s growing trend of rejecting Turkish visas over the past few months — the result of a political rivalry, not the coronavirus, she added.

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New business on Hill, thanks to vacation down south

by Len Lear

Walter Lapidus, 50, a Wyndmoor resident, his wife, Margie Scherzer, and daughters, Daria, 18, and Jordan, 16, went on vacation a couple years ago to Nashville and New Orleans. “My daughters ate at a place that serves fruit bowls and smoothies,” said Walter, “and they loved it. I figured that if they liked it so much, there must be a demand for that type of place, so when we got home, I did some research and found the nearest place like it was on Route 63, but nothing in Chestnut Hill or Mt. Airy, so I decided to open one.”

Walter learned about Bahia Bowls Açaí Café, a franchise operation founded in 2017 in Southwest Florida in the “fast casual” healthy dining space. Its stores offer an assortment of all-natural “Superfruit” bowls, Smoothies and other specialty products. (The açaí palm is a species of South American palm tree cultivated for its fruit, hearts of palm, leaves and wood. Global demand for the fruit, which is sweet, tasty and full of fiber and antioxidants, has expanded rapidly in the 21st century.)

So Walter and two partners, Michael Dvorkin and Boris Karol, decided to buy a franchise from Bahia Bowls. (All three partners are originally from the former Soviet Union, and Dvorkin and Lapidus are partners in another business, Anchor Realty, based in Northeast Philadelphia.)

In August of last year the Chestnut Hill Community Association voted to officially support the variance for a Bahia Bowls takeout operation at 8136 Germantown Ave., formerly the site of a sit-down restaurant that closed a few years ago.

Bahia Bowls opened to the public on July 10 with mostly curbside pickup or delivery by Grubhub or Doordash. “It is not something people will drive a long distance for,” said Lapidus. “We figure that customers come from two-and-a-half miles in either direction. We are actively looking at another location. The area has to be walkable and densely populated, like Chestnut Hill or Manayunk. We have no competition nearby.

“We will start serving waffles soon, made by my wife. Waffles did not work in Florida because of the warm weather, but now that cold weather is coming, we think it will work here. We are the only Bahia Bowls store in the Northeastern U.S. The pandemic has not really hurt us because we are not an in-store dining operation. It’s take-out-and-go. I love the product. It is not a snack or dessert. It is a full meal.” (As a customer, I can vouch for that. The bowls are inexpensive, less than $10, delicious and very filling. Each one is literally a meal in itself.)

Almost every review on yelp.com so far has been five stars. The latest one was by Jeff H. of Chestnut Hill, on Nov. 11: “The bowls and Smoothies are a perfect light lunch or snack. I especially like the fruit bowls with the Pitaya Bowl being my favorite. It is so tasty … As Bahia Bowls is only a very short

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It’s been a gloomy year for the global aviation industry, but Emirates Airlines president Tim Clark says business travel is set for a major rebound.

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Local politicians and business owners criticize Hawaii’s new COVID-19 pre-travel policy

Last week, Hawaii Gov. David Ige tightened the state’s COVID-19 pre-travel plans, requiring all travelers to have a confirmed negative coronavirus test before arriving in the island nation.

The previous policy allowed travelers who had not been tested to quarantine until their test results came back. Under the new policy, travelers must show proof of a negative coronavirus test. Otherwise, they will be quarantined for two weeks, even if test results come back negative.

The policy change has upset local politicians and business owners, including Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki, according to the Honolulu Civil Beat. Some critics cite the island’s low infection rate of visitors and its recovering economy as reason enough to stick to the original policy.

“This doesn’t serve the public very well,” Saiki said in a bi-monthly meeting this past Monday of the Hawaii House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness.

Mufi Hannemann, the former Honolulu mayor who now heads the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, said the tourism industry group had grave concerns. Hannemann alleged Ige’s administration had not consulted any of them in their decision making.

Following criticism, Ige released a statement on Monday saying the policy change was meant to protect the island’s residents and to prepare for an upcoming holiday season that was likely to see a greater number of travelers.

“While only a handful of visitors receive a positive test each day following their arrival, it was enough to compel us to make the policy change, especially as more people travel to Hawaii to celebrate the holidays,” Ige said in the statement. “We must take every precaution to ensure the safety of our community, and that our hospitals have the capacity to care for those in need of treatment.”

About 270,000 people had traveled under the original policy with only 44 arriving with a test pending that later turned out to be positive.

“It’s not a large number, but it’s enough to change the policy,” Ige said last week.

Just 44 of 270,000 is “a very, very, very small percentage,” said Ray Vara, the chief executive of the island hospital giant Hawaii Pacific Health. Vara also said he does not want to see the island’s economy worsen.

“Things are tough enough right now,” said Peter Ho, chairman, president and chief executive of Bank of Hawaii, adding that this new policy change is not helpful to the island’s recent economic recovery.

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