Asia-Pacific’s Travel Industry Could Be the First to Recover by 2023

The recently released ‘Travel & Tourism Economic Impact’ report indicates the travel industry in Asia-Pacific may be the only one worldwide to recover by 2023.

Asia-Pacific’s Travel Industry Could Be the First to Recover by 2023
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MELBOURNE, Australia – November 2, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

According to Inspiring Vacations, provider of exciting worldwide experiences including tours to Alaska, Scandinavia tours and everywhere in between, the pace of recovery for the tourism industry has been strong, as more places reduce or remove travel restrictions and the demand pent up during the pandemic is released.

Inspiring Vacations explains that certain factors pose a risk to the recovery of the travel industry around the world including rising inflation, high energy prices, labour shortages at airports and lockdowns in China.

Despite these concerns, the annual report produced by London-based World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that Asia-Pacific is expected to recover at an incredibly strong pace. The report highlighted that tourism revenue dropped in the Asia-Pacific by 59% in 2020, which was more than anywhere else in the world.

The Alaska tours operator explains that in 2021, with most countries in the region maintaining strong border restrictions, recovery to the travel industry was muted. The WTTC report showed revenue from tourism in Asia-Pacific contributed only 16% to regional gross domestic product while in Europe that figure was 28% and 23% in North America.

This year, however, the WTTC report indicates that Asia-Pacific travel revenue is expected to contribute 71% to the overall economy. Inspiring Vacations says travel in the region is skyrocketing, with restrictions eased or removed in most countries.

The WTTC report expects Asia-Pacific’s travel industry to continue to gain traction with positive growth forecast in 2023 and 2024. It estimates that by 2025, travel revenue will contribute 32% more to the region’s GDP than pre-pandemic levels.

In more exciting news for the industry, the WTTC report predicts that 126 million new jobs will be added in the next decade, with 65% of the new jobs expected to be in Asia-Pacific.

A proudly Australian owned and operarted company, Inspiring Vacations offers tours to suit everyone at unbeatable, value for money prices. To discover more about exciting worldwide experiences including guided tours of Alaska and tours to Scandinavia, get in touch with Inspiring Vacations.

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Credello: These Are the Best States for Veterans

NEW YORK – November 1, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

Veterans have dedicated part of their lives toward serving America through military service. Some spend many years in the military and make it their career. When they’re no longer actively serving, former military members have a series of decisions to make that should allow them to live as comfortably as possible.

For example, some might look into debt consolidation for veterans if that’s what’s best for their finances. Others may want to find a part of the country where they can stretch their military pension as far as it can go.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the states that provide the best benefits for veterans. Any former military personnel would be well to consider these options.

1. Alaska

Because of the cold winters, Alaska is not a state where everyone will want to put down roots. However, there are some key veteran benefits it offers that are hard to beat.

For instance, vets with a 50% disability rating or higher qualify for a property tax exemption. Up to the first $150,000 of their primary residence’s assessed value is exempt from property taxes. That exemption gets transferred to a surviving spouse if the veteran dies due to a service-related condition.

Alaska veterans and their spouses can qualify for many educational benefits if they attend a state school. The state is also one of nine with no income tax. That should appeal to any vet who gets into another profession after they’ve concluded their service.   

2. Florida

Florida is another top choice for veterans. It’s one of seventeen states that offer a full property tax exemption if you’re a vet with a 100% P&T rating from the VA. If you have a VA rating of 10% or more, you can still get a $5,000 tax exemption.

Like Alaska, Florida is a state with no income tax, which vets who have taken on a second career will enjoy. The state gives all vets with a 100% Permanent and Total rating from the VA a free five-year all-purpose fishing and hunting license. Finally, you can get a free driver’s license from the state if you have a 100% P&T rating, along with a free set of special plates proclaiming your veteran status.

3. Texas

Texas is another strong option for vets. If you have a VA rating between 10% and 90%, you get some generous property tax reductions. It’s another state with no income tax. You can also take advantage of the Hazelwood Act. It allows vets, their spouses, and dependent children to get up to 150 hours of college classes, tuition-free, at state schools.

Perhaps what really sets Texas apart as a top choice for veterans, though, is that the state exempts VA disability payments and military retirement pay from any taxation. That can make a difference of thousands of dollars for some vets.

Which One of These States Will You Choose?

Veterans who have concluded their military service would do well to live in Florida, Texas, or Alaska. Florida has property tax exemptions for vets and no income tax. The free driver’s license and special plates for your vehicle are nice perks, and the free five-year fishing and hunting license for vets with a 100% P&T rating is icing on the cake.

Texas is a great choice because of the property tax reductions and the Hazelwood Act that grants educational benefits to vets, their spouses, and their children. There’s no income tax, and the state exempting military retirement pay and VA disability payments from taxation is certainly welcome.

Alaska allows a property tax exemption for some veterans, and you can also get educational benefits if you’d like to attend a state school. There’s also no income tax if you feel inclined to pursue a career after your time in the service.

Any of these states will do well for veterans. You just have to choose which one best fits your lifestyle.  

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Credello: The Feds Say Unemployment Will Rise Soon. Who Will Lose Their Jobs First?

NEW YORK – November 1, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

The Fed is the Federal Reserve System. It’s the central banking system the U.S. implemented in 1913. It exists to provide some degree of centralized control over the American economy.

The Fed can’t completely control every aspect of the economy, but certain moves that it makes can help regulate and sometimes prevent significant economic changes. Right now, the Fed is predicting that unemployment is going to rise in the near future.

You might not be thrilled to hear that. However, before you look into debt consolidation while unemployed, take some time to read about which professions are liable to start shedding jobs and which ones should remain relatively stable.

Why is Unemployment Going to Rise Soon?

Part of what the Fed does is combat inflation. Inflation means that the average cost of goods and services is rising. That has been happening at an accelerated rate in recent months due to several domestic and international factors.

The Fed can fight inflation by instituting a rate increase that impacts anyone who wants to borrow money from banks and other traditional lending entities. In theory, that means individuals will be more reluctant to borrow and spend money, and the economy will slow. In time, this forces entities that sell products and services to reduce their prices.

Unfortunately, this action also means some companies will not have as much demand for labor. When that happens, layoffs inevitably follow. That’s why, when the Fed says it’s going to hike interest rates for borrowers, you will also nearly always see the unemployment rate rise.

What Industries Will Shed Jobs the Fastest?

There’s no reason for panic, though, since not all industries will shed jobs at the same rate. Certain recession-proof or nearly recession-proof niches will probably not shed any jobs at all.  

Right now, the unemployment rate is about 3.7%. When you look at the nation’s history, that’s pretty good. The Fed feels that once it sets its rate hikes in motion, the number of unemployed individuals should swell to about 4.4% at this time next year.

That’s not ideal, but it’s still nowhere near the unemployment rates accompanying major recessions or economic downturns. Historically, those who lose their jobs the most when these downturns occur are less-educated workers. That is because their jobs are seen as more expendable than better-paying ones.

When you think about those most likely to lose their jobs in the coming year, you can probably include food service industry workers and construction workers. Undocumented workers are less likely to find steady work since some employers are already paying them off the books. 

You might also see stores getting rid of cashiers, stockers, dishwashers, or any other positions they feel aren’t as essential to the company’s continued success. During economic downturns, when companies feel the need to make sacrifices to protect their bottom line, they’ll often scale back the number of workers on staff and give those who remain more responsibilities.

What Will This Mean for You?

What higher unemployment numbers mean for you will depend largely on what kind of job you have. The Fed adjusting rates typically has a ripple effect on the economy. 

Even if you’re not going to lose your job, you might see companies tighten the purse strings however they can. That might mean your boss won’t give you the raise that you expected or an increase in your paid vacation days.

Undocumented workers, stockers, clerks, cashiers, construction workers, and similar jobs may dwindle in the coming year. If you work at any of these jobs, you may need to consider a backup plan if your company elects to cut your hours or eliminate your position. If you work in a field like education, healthcare, or transportation, you’re probably safe. 

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Onelife Fitness Acquires Gold’s Gym in Woodstock, Georgia, Expanding to 14 Locations in the Atlanta Region

Onelife to Invest $1.5 Million in Renovation and Expanded Membership Accessibility to 14 Local Onelife Fitness Clubs

MCLEAN, Va. – November 1, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

US Fitness Holdings, LLC announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Gold’s Gym located at 301 Gold Creek Trail in Woodstock, Georgia. The 69,000-square-foot sports club, accessible from Alabama Road immediately west of Highway 92, will be converted to a Onelife Fitness sports club over the coming months.

The gym’s current members will be welcomed into the Onelife membership community and given full access to Onelife’s 14 locations in the greater Atlanta region. As part of the conversion plan, Onelife Fitness intends to retain existing staff and will invest $1.5 million to improve the facility’s amenities and increase benefits to current and future members.  When the transaction is completed, Onelife will manage 51 fitness clubs in the company’s portfolio, with another five scheduled to open in 2023.

“Onelife’s commitment to fitness, community, and accessibility continues with our acquisition of Gold’s Gym in Woodstock,” said Ori Gorfine. “Members will be granted multi-club access to all Onelife Fitness locations in the market, and we are thrilled to extend ourselves in Woodstock, which is already surrounded by several successful Onelife clubs. More than ever, we need to focus on both mental and physical well-being, and this investment confirms Onelife’s commitment to providing a variety of fitness options at an affordable price, giving everyone the opportunity to stay active, build community and meet their fitness goals.”

In addition to cosmetic changes, the club will undergo a $1.5 million renovation with new equipment that Onelife Fitness members have come to enjoy from our facilities, including:

  • Top-of-the-line cardio and strength equipment;
  • Large functional athletic turf training areas;
  • State-of-the-art spin studio;
  • Three boutique studios featuring Onelife Signature Classes, BodyPump, Zumba, APEX-HIIT, Spark and more;
  • Mind/Body Studio featuring Barre, Yoga and Pilates classes;
  • Olympic lifting platforms; 
  • Kids Club with interactive activities and outdoor play area; 
  • Recovery Studio with HydroMassage; and
  • Luxurious spa-inspired locker rooms, sauna, and more!  

Our commitment to the highest standards includes cleanliness and Onelife will install the latest AirPHX air and surface disinfectant system in the club that is installed in all of its other Onelife locations. The AirPHX air filtration system works 24 hours around the clock disinfecting and sanitizing the air, equipment, and surfaces all around the club.

Onelife Fitness is the best value in fitness providing an award-winning design and amenity package at incredibly affordable rates. This is the 14th Onelife Fitness location in the Atlanta region, continuing our ongoing commitment to investing in the community’s health and fitness needs. 

To learn more about the club, visit http://www.onelifefitness.com/gyms/woodstock or call 678-445-9140. 

To learn more about career opportunities at US Fitness, please visit www.usfitnesscareers.com/.

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APEX Mobile Media Launches the Altitude Platform

A Brand-New Creative Management Platform and APEX’s First Intellectual Property in Cloud Technology

APEX Mobile Media Launches the Altitude Platform
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TORONTO – November 1, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

APEX Mobile Media, a leader in mobile in-app advertising, has officially launched its new Creative Management Platform solution called The Altitude Platform. The launch helps APEX Mobile Media to further position itself as an industry leader that continuously helps shape the future of the media industry in Canada. The launch also signifies the creation of APEX’s own technology division that will focus entirely on enabling marketers, agencies, and publishers to take back control of the ad creation process through The Altitude Platform’s ability to build, serve and measure all creative campaigns under one unified platform.

This new all-in-one cloud-based Creative Management Platform is designed to empower users to do more using easy-to-navigate design and collaboration tools while also being able to measure performance through a visual reporting dashboard.

“On Dec. 31 of 2021, we were able to close the acquisition of the early version of the platform from Coastal Digital. This acquisition was part of our strategic growth plan and The Altitude Platform’s main goal is to offer a solution that will easily empower users to create and track all creative, campaigns, and reports under one unified interface.” – Walder Amaya, CEO/Co-Founder, APEX Mobile Media & The Altitude Platform.

“We know firsthand from the APEX Mobile Media and APEX Gaming Network side of the business how time-consuming it can be to work with multiple partners, platforms and teams for creative builds and reporting, which is why The Altitude Platform was designed to simplify the creative building and reporting process for all users. The objective and goal of The Altitude Platform is to help users focus more of their time on performance, innovation and generating higher return on ad spend for each campaign they run.” – Chris Lombardi, President/Co-Founder, APEX Mobile Media & The Altitude Platform.

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Walder Amaya, CEO & Co-Founder 

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About The Altitude Platform 

The Altitude Platform is a Creative Management Platform that enables users to manage all their ad creative and production. This includes ad serving and reporting in a single robust platform. Built from the ground up by a team of experienced creative and ad management professionals, The Altitude Platform provides a simplified and holistic workflow that starts from concept to end of campaign reporting and is designed for marketers, brands, agencies and publishers of all backgrounds.

www.thealtitudeplatform.com

About APEX Mobile Media 

APEX Mobile Media is a leading mobile marketing solution company that delivers unparalleled end-to-end digital advertising services to brands and agencies in Canada and specializes in providing brands with a premium and transparent mobile advertising experience.

www.apexmobilemedia.com

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Kirk Rich Dial Co. Reveals New Dial Refinishing Lab is Now Fully Operational

With the Support of My Jewelry Repair’s Facility Design Expertise, Upgraded Lab Will Refine Dial Services

Kirk Rich Dial Co. Reveals New Dial Refinishing Lab is Now Fully Operational
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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – November 1, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

As the leading name in the dial industry, Kirk Rich Dial Co. has revealed that its new Dial Refinishing Lab is now fully operational, following the announcement of its formal partnership with My Jewelry Repair. With the support of My Jewelry Repair’s facility design expertise, this Lab has been upgraded to the premier standards of the renowned Watch Repair Service Center. These improvements to the new Dial Refinishing Lab will uphold the mission of elevating the craft of dial refinishing and continue the company’s history of providing the best restorations in the industry.

Since 1926, Kirk Rich Dial Co. has been servicing the dial refinishing trade for customers in the United States. The company has been the leading name in dial restoration services and is respected globally due to its exquisite handcrafted designs and highest of standards. This attention to detail of watch manufacturing is parallel to prestigious watch brands such as Rolex, Omega, Richemont Group, and more. 

Dial refinishing is a rare art form that only the elite can perform, and Kirk Rich Dial Co. wants to be able to provide only the best for the best. Clients can continue to be assured that their watch dial will be handled by the company’s skillful dial refinishers in a premier environment. 

This facility was specifically designed for dial refinishing with equipment such as top-of-the-line workbenches, state-of-the-art refinishing tools, an extensive collection of dies, and lighting technology to provide the most optimal conditions to work with. Possibly the best example of the specialization in this lab is the incorporation of equipment up to a century in age, to authentically replicate vintage finishes such as the popular sunray dial pattern. 

Today, Kirk Rich Dial Co. customers can visit the company’s website and create an order with My Jewelry Repair to receive authorized dial restoration services in the fully operational Dial Refinishing Lab.

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