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WHAT ARE THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS?

The World Travel Awards are an initiative designed to recognize and reward industry leaders in the hotel, tourism, airline and hospitality sectors around the world. 

The idea behind the World Travel Awards programme is the celebration of excellence in various aspects of the tours, travel and hospitality sectors. It is intended to identify, support and reward excellence and growth of the world of tourism and travel. 

The awards act as incentives to the industry players, encouraging them to always improve their products and service delivery to their respective clientele. They are to the tourism industry what the NFL MVP award represents for football players.

Some industry players have even touted the World Travel Awards as being the Oscars of the hospitality industry. But how did it come to be?

History

Established in 1993 by a company known as World Media and Events Limited, the World Travel Awards company is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. 

During its 26 years of existence, the endowment programme has cemented its position as the most recognized and highly esteemed hallmark of achievement in the hospitality industry. The distinguished award bestows annual honours upon various industry players through its regional gala ceremonies across hundreds of categories. 

The World Travel Awards company also runs three other affiliate awards, namely; the World Golf Awards, World Ski Awards and the World Spa Awards. 

Categories

The award categories are based on the utility and vitality of the sector and its product(s). To date, there are thirteen (13) main categories, each with its subcategories. Leading the pack is the Technology Technology category, which carries a colossal 55 subcategories. 

At a distant second is the Hotels and Resorts category with 26 subcategories. The Destination category and the Travel and Tour Operators category each carry 9 subcategories. The groups with the least subcategories are Meetings and Conventions, Rail, Attraction, General and Villas. Each of these groups has a single subcategory.

Nomination

To be in the running for an award, the interested participants must present their entries online on the World Travel Awards website. The self-nomination then goes to a jury of experts sourced from the World Travel and Tourism Council who vet the entry against a set qualification criteria following the nomination rules.  

Successful applicants will then receive an invoice indicating the entry fees payable. For the Country/ Sub-region awards, the entry fee is £399 while that for the Regional Awards and the Technology Awards is £499.

Once the contender pays the respective fee, they will receive a ‘Nominee Package.’ This package is made up of a nominee shield, web banners, a ‘vote for us’ button and a web page. It is on this web page upon that the nominees will then market their nomination and solicit votes from the general public once voting opens.

Of note, is that the global/ final winner from the preceding year as well as two runners up gain automatic qualification the following year and need no nomination.

Voting

Anyone may vote by registering online on the World Travel Awards website. There are two categories of voters; Standard and Travel Industry voters. The standard voter carries the weight of one vote, while the Travel Industry voter has two votes. The World Travel Awards ascertains industry voters by requiring them to submit their company details and association membership number during their registration.

The registration requirements are not the only precondition that industry voters face. There is also the requirement that industry voters must submit a minimum of ten (10) votes each to qualify for the weightier vote privilege that comes with the title.

After a period of spirited campaigns, the company tallies the votes and announces the winners in the respective categories during the annual Galas discussed below. 

Award Galas

The World Travel Awards’ jury has annual tours across all the continents.  During these tours, the World Travel Awards hosts galas attended by big wigs in the hospitality, tours and travel sectors. Members of the media fraternity too are at hand to cover these glamorous ceremonies. 

Specifically, for 2019, the regional galas are slated to take place in the following locations; in Europe (Madeira, Portugal), Middle East (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Africa & the Indian Ocean (Mauritius), Latin America (La Paz, Bolivia), North America & the Caribbean (Jamaica) and Asia & Oceania (Phu Quoc, Vietnam).

The emerging regional winners at these continental gala ceremonies then compete on the global stage. The World Travel Awards then announces these final winners late in the year during the Grand Final Tour.

This year, the Grand Final Tour is set to take place in Muscat, Oman. 

So far, most continents have already completed the regional awards and are set for the finals. 

Among the big players, participating in the most categories in each continent are South Africa (Africa), Mexico (Central America), Greece (Europe), Maldives (Indian Ocean), UAE (Middle East), US (North America) and Ecuador (South America).

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What is Free Crypto?

In a world that needs money and where everything costs money, how can there be such a thing as free-crypto?

On the website of EarnCrypto there are several ways to receive ‘free cryptocurrency’. Of course it is not really free, because you have to do something, but these tasks are very simply. You simply can watch somevideos and in return you get some cryptocurrency, you can also install and play games on your phone and get rewarded in the cryptocurrency of your choice. Or simply do some surveys and earn some extra free crypto.

With EarnCrypto you can also change the way you are paid, in the cryptocurrency of your own choice.

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What is a promotion bureau?

A promotion bureau or promotion company is a business that specializes in promoting your business or your brand. Don’t confuse the activities with an advertising agency or someone who makes online advertisements. Usually a promotion is a real life experience.

Promotion can be on a special event with dedicated people in company clothing and giving away free samples (also known as sampling), but can also be a special promotion inside a supermarket to get a positive feeling about your brand. So not so much as the photo in this article: someone screaming with a microphone. But just having a chat, offer something in return and create a positive vibe around your product.

For this you need people who are trained to do this, it is not only giving free samples, it is about being the right person for the right brand. Someone who can relate to the target demographics and who is able to explain why your brand is doing what it is doing.

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For Business Success: 3 Habits You Must Have to Make Your Brand ‘Human’

Consumers have become more skeptical of brands. With super-easy information access and occasional PR nightmares of the biggest businesses in the industry, they have every reason not to be too trusting. Thus, you need to do the dirty, grueling work of earning the public’s confidence. One sure way to achieve that? Letting them see the human side of your business. If you remain to be this faceless, distant, almost-robotic company, you can never win your audience. But if you strive to be human – authentic and personable – you’ll quickly boost the market’s trust and perhaps dodge some controversies along the way. That said, here are some strategies in humanizing your brand:

Use humor.

In the context of real human relationships, humor plays a huge role. It breaks the ice between strangers. It creates bonds among friends. It even helps resolve some conflicts. When you share laughter with your target audience, you’re likely to get these same benefits. You’ll be able to warm up to a new market, strengthen the loyalty of your fans, and put out fires even before they become serious controversies. So use humor in your messaging. Know your market’s funny bone well, what grabs their attention, which moods appeal to them, if they’re more into slapstick or blunt, emotionless humor, etc. Having this deep understanding of your audience helps not just in eliciting that much-needed laughter, creating social bonds, but also avoids being offensive.

Tell genuine stories.

Aside from humor, authenticity connects brands and audiences. When your target public sees that you’re real in all that you do, you can easily win their trust. That said, share genuine stories about your company’s hardships, failures, and triumphs. Champion your customer’s experiences, too. If you have a restaurant business, talk about the fun family reunions that happened in your establishment or the successful business meetings that took place in it. If you have a jewelry business, highlight the proposal stories, every unique anecdote, from the very public, extravagant dance flash mobs down to the laid-back romantic at-home date night. Get professional jewelry photo editing services, as you promote your unique ring pieces. The bottom line is, share human-interest stories. Narratives your audience can very much relate to.

Engage directly with your audience.

You can do this both online and offline. Online, answer questions, or complaints about your services and products promptly. Reward people for leaving reviews on your social media page. Create an exclusive social media group, letting them in on exclusive promos or discounts. Better yet, feature their content on your page. Imagine the bragging feeling they’ll have if their ring selfie will be shown on your page that has a million fans. They will surely have a feeling of connectedness to the brand. Offline, provide excellent customer service. Listen to their unique needs. Welcome criticism. Let them know that their voice matters.

How Human is Your Brand?

The key to earning and strengthening the trust of your market is to humanize your brand. Put off the cold, faceless image. Instead, put on the authentic, personable one.

What is a Field Hockey Stick?

A field hockey stick is a stick used in field hockey

Field hockey is a game played on the field where you use a stick and ball. The sport became popular in England and spread to Europe at the end of the 1800’s. Nowadays it is popular around the world and a lot of people call it hockey instead of field hockey. It mostly depends on which is the bigger sport in the country: ice hockey or field hockey.

In the early years, the field hockey stick was made of a single piece of wood and quite stubborn. In the modern age there are field hockey sticks from all kinds of material, like fibreglass or carbon fibre for example. There are plenty of options the choose form and in all price ranges. Of course there is a different stick for someone who just started and someone who has years of experience, or is simple very tall or small.

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What is SerpClix?

SerpClix is a service which offers clicks to searchresults. People can join SerpClix and earn some money for every click they make. Companies can use SerpClix to receive clicks and visits. They do this to try to influence the ranking on the Google algorythm. When you search for something and click through a website, Google will use this information (because it looks like you found the right results for your keyword). SerpClix enters this world.

What is CryptoRobotics?

CryptoRobotics platform allows you to manage your crypto assets more effectively, increasing profits and minimizing losses at negative market trend.

Here in the terminal you will have all tools for manual and automated trading which are suitable both for experienced traders and those who are beginning to invest.

CryptoRobotics terminal works with the most popular exchanges such as: Binance, Bittrex, Bitfinex, Huobi, HitBTC, Okex, Kraken, Exmo, Poloniex, Gate.io, Livecoin. 

The user can connect an unlimited number of accounts for each exchange and use robots and order bots to automate  trading.

This platform is available on any devices: PC, tablets and mobile version.

Analytics dashboard

CryptoRobotics Dashboard
CryptoRobotics Dashboard

Analytics Dashboard  significantly simplifies analysis of results of trading for all accounts and the tools involved in managing them. All trading data is transferred to the dashboard and displayed in the form of charts and graphical visualizations that are easy to read.

Now users can find all the necessary data in one place and manage these indicators to adjust their trading strategies.

The dashboard shows detailed information of the portfolio and any changes made in the selected period.
The user can also view detailed statistics for each specific account (API key) and analyze the effectiveness of both manual and robot trading.

Robot Trading

Algorithmic robots are developed to automate trading strategies and will execute orders 24/7 even when the user is not logged in to the terminal.

Robots enter transactions on positive price fluctuations and exit them according to the algorithm pre-set by either CryptoRobotics or the algorithm specified by the user in the settings console.

The bots are fully automated, the user only needs to specify a few basic parameters before launching them and robots will begin to open and close transactions on the selected exchange.

It is also possible to manually close the robot’s trades and adjust its settings while in trading mode.

There are two modes: demo and real trading.

In demo mode the user can test various settings without using his balance. Trading goes in real time according to signals to buy and sell that are identical to signals for real trading. A trader can test various settings of the robot, select which is most profitable and run the robot on his balance in real trading.

For more information or try it all out for free: https://cryptorobotics.io/

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What is the NFL Draft?

The NFL is the largest sports league in the world, with a turnover that is larger than the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Formula One, and Nippon Professional Baseball combined. This has been achieved by its broad reach, with more than 50% of all US citizens describing themselves as fans of American Football. This huge support for American Football means there is no shortage of new, young players wanting to make it to the NFL and play for their favourite team. 

American football started at college level, and it continues to be one of the most popular sports for college students. Large quantities of money are spent on scholarships, training and all of the associated costs of competing in the inter college sports leagues like the CFP National Championship. This huge investment and the time dedicated to training young players at college level means that there is a lot of worthy talent ready to take the step up to professional level each year. 

Given the sheer volume of new talent each year, a system of fairly and formally recruiting new players each year was needed. And this was how the NFL Draft was born. 

How Does the NFL Draft Work?

Each year, each of the NFL teams meet to select the new players they want for the new season. This is done in a way that is designed to be fair and provide the teams that performed poorly in the previous season the first choice of players, whilst the Super Bowl winners choose last. Thereby, the lower ranked teams have the chance to acquire players that could help them improve their chances in the following year. 

The teams will pick players in “rounds” where each team takes a turn. After all teams have taken their turn, the next round begins and the teams pick again. This format is not too dissimilar to the way that players are chosen during gym class, when team captains take it in turns to choose the players for their team.

Also just like with gym classes at school, the best players typically get chosen first. For example, defensive end player, Nick Bosa, who is currently favourite to be declared defensive rookie of the year in 2019, was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2019 NFL Draft  He was the second player to be picked in the first round. 

Once a player has been picked, they begin negotiating their contract with the team that chose them. A drafted player doesn’t need to stick with this team for their entire career, but they are required to commit to at least four years. 

Do Players Have to Join the Team That Picks Them?

The answer to this question is complicated. Players are obliged to join whichever team picked them. They then enter a period of contract negotiations, with most players refusing to actually play for the team that chose them until they get a deal that is agreeable. In most cases, the deals are eventually agreed when both sides settle on how much money will be paid to the player. 

However, sometimes players may refuse to play for the team that chose them. This may be because they support another team and do not want to play for a rival, or because they do not want to move to a particular city. There are usually two solutions to this. The first is for the team to trade the player with another team. An example of this occurred in 2004 when the San Diego Chargers picked Eli Manning in the NFL Draft, despite knowing he did not want to play for them. He was eventually traded for another player and some picks in the next NFL Draft. The second solution is for the player to simply refuse to sign a contract and re-enter the draft next year, although this is rare.

When Does the NFL Draft Happen?

The NFL Draft is officially a three-day event taking place in Spring each year. It begins on a Thursday and runs through to Saturday. Only the first round of picking takes place on the Thursday, with the choosing beginning at 8pm EST. This time is chosen as it allows for a larger TV audience, since it takes place outside of normal office hours. 

Is the NFL Draft Important?

The NFL Draft is one of the biggest events on the NFL calendar and is filled with speculation, analysis and predictions. A large betting market has opened up where wagers are placed on which players will be picked, by whom and in what round. 

Unlike most other sports, youth academies do not exist in the NFL. This is because college football had already been established long before the formation of the NFL. Therefore, talent develops at college level instead. Because of this, the NFL Draft is important for bringing new players into the sport each year. 

It is also felt that the format of the NFL Draft prevents the larger teams monopolizing the best new talent by allocated their larger financial resources to signing and training them from a young age. Instead, the reverse picking order used in the draft helps to give smaller teams the opportunity to improve their lineup. Compared to other sports, such as English soccer or Formula One, the NFL Draft is a much fairer system. In both of these sports, the larger teams are able to spend more money on finding, scouting, and training new players/drivers to ensure they have an abundant supply of the best new talent. 

In Summary

The NFL Draft is one of the most important events on the NFL calendar each year. Due to the unique way in which American football developed, college leagues and teams have a monopoly on the development of new talent that is not seen in other sports. This means that the unique concept of the NFL Draft is the best solution for bringing new talent into the league each year. In addition, the format of the draft helps to create a fairer system that means larger teams cannot outspend their rivals to gain an advantage over smaller teams.

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What is Fifa Index

FIFA Index is a website with all the players of the game FIFA. It has all the players of all versions of the game, so you can look up the information from players of FIFA19, but also for FIFA18 and other versions of course.

With the nice filtering option you can easily find your favourite player, or players from a specific team, with a specific salary, etc. It’s fun just to browse this information and compare players.

Just check out these top players for FIFA20 for example.

What is MrChadd?

Mr.Chadd is a modern way to help students with their school. A lot of children have difficulties with planning and doing their homework, this can be a problem just because of the time it takes, but also because they need some extra care. This care can be in the form of a person who checks what must be done or simply a sparring partner to some extra time from a professional coach of the subject.

Most companies that help students/children with these tasks are traditional and work with someone who comes at your house or you go to a designated place. Mr.Chadd works a little more modern: they offer help through a website and app. The coaches that work at MrChadd are mostly young students in the right field, but are qualified to teach younger people. The advantage of using students is that they have recent memory of the subject and can relate to the world of the younger people who need help on the subject. And both are of the app-generation so they know how to message eachother and use the app.

so if you need some tutoring or extra help with your homework, take a look at Mr.Chadd.