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Here are the ‘most popular’ cosmetic procedures around the world for 2020, says medical travel company

When it comes down to cosmetic procedures, some rank higher than others.

And with beauty being in the eye of the beholder, of course the types of procedures people are looking into vary around the world. That’s why the German-based health consultation resource Qunomedical analyzed internal search data to find out which procedures its users want.

In the U.S., the top 14 searches for cosmetic procedures on Qunomedical in 2020 are Botox injections, liposuction, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts, rhinoplasties, breast enlargement surgeries, hair transplants, lip fillers, mommy makeovers, breast reduction surgeries, facelifts, butt implants, gynecomastia surgeries (breast reduction for men) and beard transplants.

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The same cosmetic procedures and surgeries were found to be the most popular across the 11 other countries Qunomedical analyzed, however, the order varied.

People around the world are largely looking into 14 cosmetic procedures to enhance their body or face, search data from Qunomedical shows. (iStock)

People around the world are largely looking into 14 cosmetic procedures to enhance their body or face, search data from Qunomedical shows. (iStock)

In Canada, Botox was the top searched-for procedure followed by rhinoplasty and hair transplants. Whereas people from the U.K., Ireland and Germany had lip fillers, Botox and hair transplants in their top 3.

Australia and New Zealand had identical top searches with Botox, lip fillers and liposuction rounding out the first three spots.

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Rhinoplasties were the number 1 search in France and Spain. However, the two countries differed in the rest of its rankings although liposuction did also make the cut for the top three.

Italian Qunomedical users searched for lip fillers, rhinoplasties and breast enlargement surgeries the most while Dutch users searched for breast enlargement, hair transplants and Botox the most. South African users, on the other hand, searched for liposuction, Botox and tummy tucks.

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“As the year ends we can see that this was a global phenomenon,” said Qunomedical’s CEO Dr. Sophie Chung, in a statement.  “Lockdown was tough for everyone, but with more privacy, less socializing, and a lot of holidays to spare, people saw an opportunity to reflect on important things like self-care and their confidence.”

She added that celebrities may also be a contributing factor for why people around the world have been more open to cosmetic enhancements. Interestingly, online searches in medical tourism have risen in the last 12 months despite lockdowns from COVID-19.

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“Qunomedical has also seen a surge in interest in surgery abroad during lockdown,” Chung said. “Along with cheaper flights more people are discovering they can get the same high-quality treatment for a lower price and more privacy away from home.”

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Meet The Boutique Travel Company That Created An Opportunity From Adversity

Founded by Rebecca Masri, Little Emperors is a private members’ hotel club, offering access to preferred rates and guaranteed benefits at the most exclusive hotels around the globe, hand-picked by a team of travel advisors and luxury experts. With both a web- and app-based presence, they are investing more in technology to ensure a seamless experience for their 35,000 members. With a portfolio of over 4,000 luxury hotels across the world, the key to their business is offering the lowest rates combined with the most-efficient four-click booking process.

How did you first get interested in the hospitality industry? I have always loved to travel. I find travelling the best for education, relaxation, and have always preferred to spend my time and money on new travel experiences, meeting new people, familiarising myself with new cultures and religions. I have learnt my best lessons travelling, and I love working in an industry that allows me to do what I love. After the 2008 crash, I identified an opportunity in luxury travel and changed from working in the City at an investment bank to creating a travel company.

What was the gap you saw in the market that led you to found Little Emperors? In 2008, the market took a tumble, and the world headed into a global recession. At this time, I was working at Goldman Sachs in the City of London, and I saw that the approved hotel list from the corporate travel programme had also changed significantly, with most luxury hotels being removed. That, coupled with the rise in small- and medium-sized enterprises that did not have the volumes for rate negotiation, I identified an opportunity. And together with some university friends created Little Emperors, a members-only luxury hotel club, offering corporate rates and leisure benefits. With the collective buying power of our members, we negotiate rates at luxury hotels around the world and using cutting-edge technology, present our 30,000-person-strong membership base with an app that allows them to complete bookings within four clicks. Little Emperors delivers value — both in time and money.

What are the innovations in technology that are helping you and your business through Covid-19? It is an interesting topic right now, as technology may once have been seen to de-personalise experiences. When I started my tech journey at Little Emperors, which came a few years after we launched, I received some negative feedback from a few top luxury hotels. The concern was that tech would take away from the personalised experience people might expect from a luxury hotel. Nowadays, I can see a shift towards tech, as Covid has perhaps led people to want to de-personalise! Hotels are investing in their own apps and this shift towards tech in travel is definitely becoming more and more prevalent. 

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Seaside Florida Vacation Rental Company Offering 20% Savings on a Coastal Holiday Getaway

Homeowner’s Collection Vacation Rentals is currently offering 20% off stays now through Jan. 1, 2021, in Seaside, Florida as part of their Coastal Holiday Getaway promotion.

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Homeowner’s Collection Vacation Rentals, Seaside’s largest vacation rental company, has announced its Coastal Holiday Getaway special savings event, available on visits now through Jan. 1, 2021. The promotion provides guests 20% off a consecutive three-night stay at one of their relaxing cottages off the Florida Gulf Coast.

Southern Living named Seaside one of the 25 best festive small towns in the south for a charming Christmas getaway. “These small towns boast all of their usual year-round appeal—think downtown shops, charming streets, and Southern hospitality—but are specially outfitted with the festive touches of Christmas,” the publication said.

Seaside continues to give visitors the enchanting storybook atmosphere they love while following health and safety best practices. With fewer crowds and cooler weather, all residential private beaches remain open to Seaside owners and guests, restaurants continue to offer indoor and outdoor dining, the Seaside Amphitheater continues to be pedestrian-focused with Seaside Al Fresco, and masks are required in stores.

Homeowner’s Collection is the largest vacation cottage rental agency in Seaside, boasting more than 105 luxury homes perfect for anyone, from individuals to families. Most properties have internet access, allowing guests to have a change of scenery while taking working vacations or remote learning courses.

Private vacation homes continue to be a safe travel lodging option, since visitors do not have to be with other guests in crowded public spaces. Homeowner’s Collection has implemented new cleaning procedures, as well as other operations protocols to protect guests and staff, such as its no-contact check-in.

Coastal Holiday Getaway savings are available now on a wide selection of more than 45 cottages, ranging from homes with one bedroom up to five-bedroom accommodations. Guests can book online with the promo code COAST. To see available cottages and other details, visit https://homeownerscollection.com/special/coastal-holiday-getaway-20-savings

About Homeowner’s Collection Vacation Rentals

Homeowner’s Collection Vacation Rentals is an exclusive collection of premier vacation rentals operated by the homeowners of Seaside, Florida. The company manages more than 105 vacation rentals directly in Seaside, one of America’s most celebrated beachfront communities.

For more information, call (855) 411-1557 or visit the collective’s website at https://homeownerscollection.com.

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Despite pandemic odds, South Florida van vacation rental company amid successful comeback

Business is booming for South Florida’s van vacation rental company Ondevan as more and more locals seek auto escapes.

When COVID hit, Ondevan’s original clients — international tourists — disappeared, eliminating all bookings. Eight months later, about 80% of the company’s vacation vans are booked — almost reaching pre-pandemic levels. Locals, once infrequent bookers, now account for Ondevan’s entire clientele as COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout much of the world. The rebound is providing owner Omar Bendezú, 34, some reassurance that his small business will survive the economic downturn that has claimed so many others.

The company has maintained its fleet of 11 vans and kept its two part-time employees working throughout the pandemic.

“It’s going really well actually,” he said. “I’m feeling good. October, September were good, 60%. But November, December it’s doing really well.”

Bendezú and wife Haley Kirk launched the Hallandale Beach-based company in 2017, bringing #VanLife to South Florida. But until the pandemic, the camper-van vacation rental company remained largely unknown to locals.

After international travel shut down in March, Bendezú pivoted quickly, listing the company on a website promoting local businesses called Support Local Florida and tweaking the main message on the company’s website, which reads, “Let’s save travel together, book your trip with a local business.”

A $30,000 loan from the federal Small Business Administration with a year deferment and 30-year repayment schedule allowed Bendezú to keep up with insurance and storage payments and invest in local advertising.

Since then, Bendezú has bought and sold several vans and added new features to the fleet to suit local preferences. Among the new perks: ceiling fans and plug-in capabilities for campsites with electricity.

One of the new vans — dubbed “Urpi” — has bunk beds allowing a family to live the van life, too. The other two most popular are “The Pro,” for its spacious interior, and “Tambo,” for its retro, Insta-friendly paint job.

It was social media that drew Miami’s Jojo Lee, 28, and her boyfriend to Ondevan for a birthday celebration trip in August. They rented “Scooby,” a bright yellow-and-blue painted van, for their central Florida adventure visiting Blue Hole Spring, St. Petersburg and Rainbow River. The biggest draw was the convenience, Lee said.

“It took camping to a whole new level,” she said. “Now it’s hard to go back to camping with a tent. All we had to bring was our clothes and food and that’s it. There were pots and pans, pillows. That made it so easy.” Nightly rental costs range from around $59 to $139, plus a $50 cleaning fee and $5 toll pass. The vans do not have bathrooms; some have sinks, and all come with camping essentials like stoves, utensils and lanterns.

Lee liked the trip so much she booked another one in September, this time with 10 friends in three vans. The group stayed at Chassahowitzka River Campground. She plans to book another trip with the company soon.

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South Florida van rental company making a comeback

Business is booming for South Florida’s van vacation rental company Ondevan as more and more locals seek auto escapes.

When COVID hit, Ondevan’s original clients — international tourists — disappeared, eliminating all bookings. Eight months later, about 80% of the company’s vacation vans are booked — almost reaching pre-pandemic levels. Locals, once infrequent bookers, now account for Ondevan’s entire clientele as COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout much of the world. The rebound is providing owner Omar Bendezú, 34, some reassurance that his small business will survive the economic downturn that has claimed so many others.

The company has maintained its fleet of 11 vans and kept its two part-time employees working throughout the pandemic.

“It’s going really well actually,” he said. “I’m feeling good. October, September were good, 60%. But November, December it’s doing really well.”

Bendezú and wife Haley Kirk launched the Hallandale Beach-based company in 2017, bringing #VanLife to South Florida. But until the pandemic, the camper-van vacation rental company remained largely unknown to locals.

After international travel shut down in March, Bendezú pivoted quickly, listing the company on a website promoting local businesses called Support Local Florida and tweaking the main message on the company’s website, which reads, “Let’s save travel together, book your trip with a local business.”

A $30,000 loan from the federal Small Business Administration with a year deferment and 30-year repayment schedule allowed Bendezú to keep up with insurance and storage payments and invest in local advertising.

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Ondevan camper vans come with cooking supplies and bedding, making them a more convenient option over tent camping, said Jojo Lee, 28, who stayed in three vans with 10 friends at the Chassahowitzka River Campground, an hour north of Tampa, in September. Luiz Cent

Since then, Bendezú has bought and sold several vans and added new features to the fleet to suit local preferences. Among the new perks: ceiling fans and plug-in capabilities for campsites with electricity.

One of the new vans — dubbed “Urpi” — has bunk beds allowing a family to live the van life, too. The other two most popular are “The Pro,” for its spacious interior, and “Tambo,” for its retro, Insta-friendly paint job.

It was social media that drew Miami’s Jojo Lee, 28, and her boyfriend to Ondevan for a birthday celebration trip in August. They rented “Scooby,” a bright yellow-and-blue painted van, for their central Florida adventure visiting Blue Hole Spring, St. Petersburg and Rainbow River. The biggest draw was the convenience, Lee said.

“It took camping to a whole new level,” she said. “Now it’s hard to go back to camping with a tent. All we had to bring was our clothes and food and that’s it. There were pots and pans, pillows. That made it so easy.” Nightly rental costs range from around $59 to $139, plus a $50 cleaning fee and $5 toll pass. The vans do not have bathrooms; some have sinks, and all come with camping essentials like stoves, utensils and lanterns.

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The true definition of company culture (Hint: it’s not vacation days)

I have an issue with “company culture” discussions.

The popular definition of “company culture” is how many ping-pong tables you have, how many beer garden outings you take as a team, how comfortable the chairs are in the entryway, whether you get 10 days of paid vacation time or 15 days of paid vacation time, how good your 401k plan is, how many weird fun facts you know about your employees, etc.

A perfect example of this is the tech start-up world.

“Company culture,” as it is formally defined, is immediately followed up with descriptions of the office, how much time you get off for lunch, the fact that you can write on the walls in Crayola marker because it’s “more creative.”

And to a lot of people, these environments seem like dreams.

They are the David of the working world, slinging rocks at corporate Goliath.

But I’ll say for me, the above has nothing to do with how I define company culture.

For me, company culture comes down to one thing and one thing only:

How you treat what it is you’re doing for eight-plus hours a day, five (sometimes six or seven) days a week.

If I don’t feel good about how the work gets done, if I’m not enjoying the process with my team, then no amount of rock climbing expeditions or expensed dinners or Friday margaritas are going to change that.

Sure, they might give me a fleeting sense of “fun,” but that does very little to impact the way the work (the thing we spend far more time doing) gets done.

Company culture has to do with the people, not the things you have your people doing — or the amenities you provide your people to leisure themselves.

Having said that, let me tell you my definition of company culture:

  • Culture is how people handle a disagreement.
  • Culture is how teams communicate, the language they use, the way they share their ideas and feedback.
  • Culture is whether or not people talk badly about others behind their backs.
  • Culture is the meticulousness that goes into even the most mind numbing of tasks.
  • Culture is whether your title defines your role, or your role defines your title.
  • Culture is everyone’s willingness to listen.
  • Culture is showing up on time, prepared, with a positive attitude.
  • Culture is the way you approach your work, day in and day out, with an insatiable hunger to learn and grow and build.

That’s company culture, and that’s what’s actually fun.

Getting stuff done, is fun.

Getting it done really well, is fun.

Getting it done with people you enjoy being around, is fun.

And feeling really good about your work, is fun.

Everything else is secondary.

This article first appeared on Medium.

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5.8M records from hotel company RedDoorz offered for sale on the dark web

Some 5.8 million customer records stolen from Singapore-based hotel company RedDoorz have been found for sale on the dark web following the company being hacked in September.

RedDoorz, formally named Commeasure Pte. Ltd., which offers hotels across Southeast Asia, disclosed the hack Sept. 28. It said at the time only that it was aware that one of its information technology databases suffered a breach and that “no sensitive data pertaining to financial information such as customer credit cards or passwords was compromised to the best of our knowledge.”

The claim from RedDoorz is notable for what it left out. It’s correct that no financial data or unhashed passwords were stolen, but plenty of other information was. According to Bleeping Computer, the database offered for sale on the dark web includes RedDoorz members’ email, bcrypt hashed passwords, full name, gender, link to profile photo, phone number, secondary phone number, date of birth and occupation.

“The RedDoorz data breach is particularly nasty as the hackers have gained access and stolen the ‘holy grail’ of information — all the essentials to perform some pretty nasty and targeted identity fraud on its customers,” Dan Panesar, director of U.K. and Ireland for security information and event management firm Securonix Inc., told SiliconANGLE. “Furthermore, if customers have used their work address for example to register with the site again this poses threats to any organization from a targeted spear phishing attack to plant malware in an attempt to gain unauthorized access to the employer’s network.”

Chris Clements, vice president of solutions architecture at cybersecurity software company Cerberus Cyber Sentinel Corp., said that the good news is that RedDoorz appears to have used a secure hashing algorithm, bcrypt, to secure user passwords in the stolen database. “Secure hashing algorithms like bcrypt make it much harder for attackers to crack user passwords but they aren’t a silver bullet,” he said. “Although it makes cracking passwords much slower, simple and short passwords can still be cracked relatively quickly.”

The details of how the data was stolen from RedDoorz have never been disclosed with the hack itself currently under investigation by both Singapore Police and Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission.

“The attackers have apparently stolen RedDoorz complete database which suggests that the most likely attack methods were insecure configuration or storage of the database, or a web attack such as SQL injection,” Clements added. “Insecure configuration or storage can often happen if developers who aren’t familiar with security best practices inadvertently expose databases, especially in cloud services.”

If it was a case of misconfigured cloud storage, RedDoorz is certainly not the first company to expose their data to all and sundry, since there are reports weekly of such cases. Prestige Software S.L., a Spanish company that specializes in hotel bookings was reported to have exposed more than 10 million hotel reservations Nov. 9.

Photo: RedDoorz

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A private jet company is offering $28,000 ‘weddings in the sky’ as charter firms try to offset the loss of business travel



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This Travel Company Wants To Help You Literally Dream Your Way To Vacation With “Dream Tourism”

When you think of a dream vacation what comes to your mind’s eye? First class travel? A cabana by the ocean? A luxury high rise hotel in the city? Home swapping site Love Home Swap has officially changed the way we experience dream trips—and it doesn’t even involve dusting off your passport (or getting out of bed).

For travel-lovers who are looking to get away this year, but don’t want to risk getting sick or becoming stuck somewhere in such uncertain times, Love Home Swap has teamed up with a lucid dreaming expert to introduce ‘Dream Tourism.’ A program that was made to teach aspiring travelers how to literally dream of being on vacation anywhere in the world. Sounds pretty wild, right?

The innovative service promises to “transform the world’s dreaming patterns” while transporting people to new places through the power of the mind—without having to worry about quarantining, risking exposure, or even booking time off.

Using  scientifically-proven techniques known as dream incubation and lucid dreaming, dream tourists can choose what they want to dream about, or rather, where they want their dreams to take them in the world.

While it may seem sci-fi at first glance, scientific research within dream incubation has actually been well studied and documented for decades—and it’s actually quite simple to figure out if you’re committed to giving it a go. In 1978, a study found that 38% of subjects could use similar dream incubation techniques to alter the outcomes of their dreams within a mere few days of practicing the proper techniques.

More recently, Harvard University psychologist Dr Deirdre Barrett found that 75% of research participants could intentionally influence their dreams using pre-sleep suggestion and dream incubation techniques before bed. While the techniques may not be guaranteed to work for everyone, if it means the chance of a stress-free dream vacation during a global pandemic, sign us up. 

Interested in trying it out for yourself? Love Home Swap and dream incubation expert Charlie Morley want to make it as easy as possible for just about anyone to take off on a dream vacation. The collaboration resulted in Dream Passport, a free how-to manual that will provide dream incubation and lucid dreaming techniques to help you become the architect of your dream. From studying images of your dream destinations before bed, writing out in detail what your dream vacation would look like, and even drawing pictures of yourself enjoying your vacation, think of this lucid dreaming experience as an extension to your vision board.

“Dream incubation is a real thing. It has been studied by sleep researchers since the 1970s and is surprisingly easy to do. Combining visualization, affirmations and pre-sleep hypnotic suggestion, most people will be able to influence the content of their dreams within a few nights of practice and essentially choose what they want to dream about,” Dream expert Charlie Morley said in a statement. “This dream holidays project uses exactly the same techniques to allow people to

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A company that lets anyone rent an RV just raised over $100 million as RV and road travel continues to skyrocket in popularity



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  • RVshare has raised over $100 million from KKR and previous investor Tritium Partners as the RV rental platform sees continuous bookings growth into the fall.
  • RV rental companies and makers have stayed resilient throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
  • According to RVshare’s news release, this investment will allow the peer-to-peer rental platform to tap into KRR’s “network” and “resources,” and grow the company as the industry continues to boom.
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RV rental platform RVshare has raised over $100 million from KKR and previous investor Tritium Partners, according to a news release from RVshare.

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This investment comes at a time in which RV rental companies and makers have stayed resilient amid the coronavirus pandemic that has otherwise tanked the travel industry. 

RVshare is just one example of this general massive industry growth: from early April to May 19, the rental platform saw a 1,000% increase in bookings.

“I think we’re going to see a lot more demand,” RVshare CEO Jon Gray told Business Insider in June. “I think you’re now getting a new group of people buying them, which has people who are substituting it for more luxurious vacations that they typically took.”

Gray’s previous prediction has so far been correct. According to RVshare’s news release in September, the company saw fall bookings increase 123% year-over-year.

According to RVshare, this over $100 million investment will allow the peer-to-peer rental platform to tap into KRR’s “network” and “resources,” and grow the company as the industry continues to boom.

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“I am very proud of our employees and thankful to our customers for helping build RVshare into the market leader it is today – and we are only at the beginning of where our business can go,” Gray said in a statement about the investment. “This financing and the support of KKR’s global platform positions us well to invest in future growth and provide the best experience for our owners and renters.”

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