Information technology has influenced all walks of our lives over the last few decades in a tremendous manner with the Tourism and Travel sector being one of the chief beneficiaries. The introduction of computers can be traced back to the early 60’s when the vacuum tube was the primary component of computer systems. This was largely inefficient and error prone and soon gave way to transistors which were replaced by Integrated Circuits. Now the technological advances have allowed advanced graphics integrated with moving images and sound to be incorporated into the modern computers.
The Tourism product being largely intangible stands to gain a lot from technology. Travel was considered a risk in the early days mainly due to the fact that the knowledge about the terrain, climate, culture etc of the destination was limited or unknown. Only the adventurous and men in quest for newer pastures ventured into such journeys. With the advent of IT into the travel sector, things have changed. Travel has become much more enjoyable and comfortable.
The modern day traveller has a plethora of options to choose from, with Internet being the favourite haunt for the potential traveller. Places of tourist interest and scenic beauty often do not catch the attention of the customer largely due to the fact that they are not marketed well. Internet in the early days did not support graphics, video, sound etc. Hence the tourism products could not be marketed over the net effectively. Now things have drastically changed with the introduction of protocols like the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). This has led to easier transmission of graphical images, music, videos etc over the net with speed and clarity. Thus tourism has been effectively marketed over the Internet. This has led to the mushrooming of Tourism and Travel sites.
There are number of software which cater to the needs of the tourism and hospitality sectors. Travel agencies, tour operators, hotels etc use modern systems equipped with powerful applications that work on huge databases. Computerised front office has lent elegance to the modern offices which are largely paperless. Office automation has led to efficient and accurate information processing. A person armed with the right information is the most powerful in the modern era. Computerised systems are used to extract information out of the voluminous quantities of data store in databases. Querying a database, be it for reservation enquiry or booking a ticket is in the hands of the end user. The customer is the king and rightly so has a number of options to choose from when embarking on a journey or getting information about a tourist spot.
Earlier users of computer systems were required to be experts. Even starting up the system required a computer operator. Only then the application could be run. Now systems with Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) technologies, even a layman or a child is able to operate a computer or access internet. A person who doesn’t know the local language at a place has information at his finger tips with the advent of touch screen facilities. Almost all banks have now introduced ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) facilities at their premises so as to allow the customers to access their accounts any time of the day.
In the Kerala scenario the advent of IT has been restricted to travel agencies using reservation systems and development of websites by Governmental and non-Governmental agencies. Also office automation is in place in with the accounting process also being computerized. The official website of Kerala Tourism has won many national and international accolades as being one of the best sites in tourism worldwide. In the education sector institutes such as the Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS) has imparted IT education in Tourism sector by giving hands on training to students in GDSs (Global Distribution Systems) and computerized applications. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has also fully computerized their reservations and a tourist can easily book a room through the net. Hotels have linked their systems to other global systems so as to establish a link worldwide. Let us examine in brief the application for tourism.
Global Distribution Systems
Global Distribution Systems (GDS) have evolved over the years and has played a major role in making online travel possible. A Computer Reservation System (CRS) is used to store and retrieve information and conduct transactions related to travel. They were originally developed by airlines, but it was later extended to travel agents as a sales channel. A functionality of CRS has been extended and what is known as the Global Distribution Systems came into existence. The major CRS operations that book and sell tickets to multiple airlines are known as GDS. Many airlines have opted to divest most of their holdings to Global Distribution Systems due to which many systems are now accessible to consumers through Internet gateways for hotels, car rental agencies, and other services as well as airline tickets. A traveller or a travel agent can chalk out an itinerary using a GDS which is a global system interconnecting airlines, hotels, travel agents, car rental companies, cruise liners etc. The four major Global Distribution Systems are AMADEUS, GALILEO, SABRE and WORLDSPAN. AMADEUS boasts of a market share of 31% and is followed by SABRE with 30% of the market, GALILEO with 26% and WORLDSPAN which has captured 12% of the market.
Today’s GDS systems have the following capabilities
- Available and accessible 99.9% of the time
- Process up to 17,000 messages per second during peak time
- Operates on cutting edge enterprise systems architecture
- Enjoys response times of a fraction of a second
- Is capable of booking a multitude of transactions
- Can make itinerary changes up to the last minute and complete complex international routings to every country in the world
- Automates the time consuming and complex process of re-pricing airline tickets when itineraries change
- Permits customers to send e-mail and faxes without exiting from the system
- Allows customers to compare fares and availability in order to shop for the most convenient travel at the lowest cost
- Stores all data related to the tens of millions of travellers securely so that the customers receive the travel preferences they desire
On a given day a GDS can access
- Over a billion fare combinations
- More than 95% of the available seats worldwide
- More than 750 airlines
- More than 50,000 hotel properties
- Over 400 tour operators
- Nearly 30,000 car rental locations
GDS systems are capable of booking
- One way and roundtrip airline seats
- Hotel rooms
- Rental cars
- Bus and rail tickets
- Event and theatre attractions
- Dining Reservations
- Itinerary Changes
- Complex international routings
An electronic ticket or e-ticket is a means by which a passenger or a group of passengers can ensure their seat in a commercial airline by booking over the internet. This greatly reduces the procedures associated with issusing a paper ticket, which consists of a number of copies. Both the airlines and the passenger are benefited by this form of ticketing. An image of the ticket is stored in the computer from which the customer can take a print out and board the plane directly if he or she is carrying no luggage. If there is luggage after obtaining the clearance the passenger can board the aircraft. The customer can request that a hardcopy confirmation be sent by postal mail, but it is not needed at the check-in desk. A confirmation number is assigned to the passenger, along with the flight number, date, departure location, and destination location. When checking in at the airport, the passenger simply presents positive identification. Then necessary boarding passes are issued, and the passenger can check luggage and proceed through security to the gate area.
The main advantage of e-ticketing is the fact that it reduces booking expense by eliminating the need for printing and mailing paper documents. Another advantage is that it eliminates the possibility of critical documents getting lost in the mail or being sent to the wrong address. It is estimated that globally about 25% of the passengers book their tickets online which has resulted in the booming of low cost fliers.
The Internet has provided a new economic environment to conduct business. E-commerce is a growing sector and many tourism businesses are involved in developing their internet services including traditional travel agents, tour operators, national tourist offices, airlines, hotels and other accommodation providers and car hire firms. This means of doing business is known as ‘e-tourism’, or ‘tourism e-business’. The key differences from traditional markets are the speed at which information can be communicated, global accessibility and the minimal costs of establishing a business online.
Property Management Systems
As the term indicates, property management systems refer to systems which have been used world wide to manage and effectively control the various day to day and other procedures related to managing large properties. Even in Kerala, these systems are used in large scale.
The core functions which a PMS can handle are reservations, front office operations, some back office operations and some managerial functions. A PMS is commonly used for handling the accounting functions of the various departments in a Hotel. This is in addition to being the hub for all interconnectivity with other systems in the hotel. Just as a person, who is cut off from the rest of his colleagues during work a standalone computer is not of much use. Hence a networked environment is provided whereby a server can cater to the needs of the end-user who may be a manager to receptionist or a waiter. This is achieved by networking the systems and sharing of resources. Software may be developed to suit the needs of the hotel which may have a front end and a back end. A front end is user interface, through which data may be entered or information retrieved. The back end may consist of a RDBMS which acts as the storage hub. Queries and reports may be used to retrieve information. For example, if a guest wants to know details regarding tariffs during off season, a click of the mouse may be sufficient to retrieve information.
Virtual Reality Systems
Virtual reality is a relatively new area which is related to artificial intelligence and neural networks. Artificial intelligence is an area where technology has made rapid strides in recent years. Human beings have been blessed with intelligence which ranges from their ability to remember things to inventing gadgets and making life more meaningful. It goes without saying that human brain is an amazing and intricate organ which has till date not been surpassed by even the fastest super computer. It is doubtful if such thing will happen in future too. But artificial intelligence has paved pathways to new gadgets and robots which help man in potentially dangerous and intricate tasks.
Tourism has in addition to the natural attractions, theme parks, man made rides, simulations etc. Singapore, Disneyland etc house some of most fabulous man made wonders thanks to IT and its applications. Particularly theme parks and rides along with recreation of fantasies and dinosaurs have added mileage to tourist destinations.
With the ever increasing need to use the net, Tourism has entered a new era. app virtual travel has gained popularity and a tourist if he wishes can use the various tools and internet and sit at the comfort of his office or home and do a virtual travel. Earlier there used to armchair travelogue creators who used to design the show from articles and hearsays. But now travel writing has been simplified just because there is a plethora of information in CD’s, brochures and on the net.
There are even virtual travel agencies on the net which offers a tour through its gallery and offers a great deal of information. Gone are the days when a guide used to take travelers for ride narrating several cock and bull stories and feeding the customers with false information. Virtual travellers are more informed and many of them do not even need an introduction to a destination which they plan to visit.
In addition to the virtual tour of the real world, artificially created virtual worlds are there, waiting to be explored. These sites offer a free package for a week which can be downloaded. After going through this demo, the user can see the real stuff, if he registers online and pays for it. This is a trend which is fast catching on. After all globalization has shrunk the world and it wouldn’t be long time before new destinations in the cyber world comes up.
Travel Recommender Systems
Travel has become a part and parcel in the lives of human beings. Efforts from travel agencies and tour operators coupled with inputs from Governmental organizations have resulted in great changes which have eased the hardships placed on the traveller. The modern day traveller has a plethora of options to choose from when planning his trip. Travel Recommender Systems though in its infancy has established its utility value in travel planning. In the coming years, its importance as tool in aiding travel planning will be indispensable. A few recommender systems are available in the market that give the tour operator or the customer options to remove the intangibility associated with the product. Austria is one of the few countries which have introduced Recommender Systems to the travelling public and have found favourable response from the users. Recommending a travel plan consists of many aspects such as the destination type, location specific information, seasonal specific recommendations etc. All this has to be presented to the user in a customer friendly manner so that he or she can input the options to the system which in turn will suggest the most recommended travel plan. These systems use artificial intelligence and fall under the category of expert systems.
Geographic Information Systems
The usage of maps dates back to centuries. Man has been using maps for guidance and for locating places. With the advancement of computer technology and graphics, maps have been digitised and used for providing accurate and timely information to users. Databases have been combined with computer graphics in the area of GIS.
GIS is used to display and analyse spatial data which are linked to databases. This connection between spatial data and databases is the driving force behind the working of a GIS. Maps can be drawn from the database and data can be referenced from the maps. When the database is updated, the associated map also gets updated. GIS database include a wide variety of information including geographic, social, political, environmental and demographic data. GIS technology is a computer based data collection, storage and analysis tool that combines previously unrelated information into easily understood maps. A GIS can perform complicated analytical functions and present the results visually as maps, tables or graphs, allowing decision-makers to visually see the issues before them and then select the best course of action.
GIS finds wide applications in Tourism especially in mapping Tourist destinations, hotels etc. The end user can pin point a destination and even browse the hotel room in which he or she plans to stay.
On the whole it can be said that Information technology has left an indelible mark in the application area of Tourism and Travel. In the coming years, areas like Travel Recommender Systems, GIS, Space Tourism etc will gain popularity and will help in giving a new dimension to the travel and tourism sector. Kerala Tourism which has established its presence in the global market will bank on these applications to further propel its growth trajectory. The International market which is growing has been given a shot in the arm with introduction of IT and will stand to gain further from it.
5 Beautiful Beaches In Asia
One of the top reasons tourists want to travel is for a little tropical rest and relaxation. Whether this means isolating yourself while camping in an American national park, walking aimlessly around the old towns of Europe, or having a cocktail on a soft white sand beach, there are many ways people like to relax. If you prefer a tropical vacation, then these 5 beautiful beaches in Asia may be just what you are looking for.
This list is by no means a definitive ‘best’ guide. It is simply a collection of places that should be on your radar.
1. Pink Beach, Komodo National Park
Photo Credit: Jet Set Together
If you’re looking for something truly unique, then the pink beach on Padar Island is for you. And if you think the photo above is edited to show more pink, you’re wrong. The beach is actually pink due to a type of organism called foraminifera, and when crushed over time by the sea it gives the sand a beautiful pink hue. To visit this beach you’ll need to take an excursion to enter Komodo National Park; I recommend going by speedboat since you will be able to visit 6 amazing locations.
2. Jungle Beach, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
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Like the name says, this beach is surrounded by lush jungle. In fact, just to get to this beach you have to trek a bit through densely packed trees. However don’t think that means you’ll have the beach all to yourself. This is where the locals go to hang out (as opposed to tourist filled Unawatuna beach). Here you cannot rent sun loungers or have a waiter bring you some food. There is one little shack selling fresh pressed juices and beer, and that’s about it.
3. Phra Nang Beach, Railay, Thailand
Photo Credit: Jet Set Together
Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world. Of course, that isn’t to say any particular one is the best – that’s all subjective. Phra Nang is unique in the fact that it is a little difficult to get to, but still offering views of the famous Karst sea towers. The only way to get to Railay is by boat, but you could spend days just relaxing, soaking up the sun, and eating delicious food. All in a chill, laid back environment different than the hustle and bustle of many tourist spots in Thailand.
4. Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Photo Credit: Cathy Moore
If you thought Hong Kong was just one giant busy city, then you are very much mistaken. Sure, there are tons of skyscrapers making certain parts of the city look like a concrete jungle. But Hong Kong is so much more than it’s buildings. There are plenty of hiking trails, secluded villages, and yes, beaches. Perhaps none is more famous than Repulse Bay. Surrounded by multi million dollar apartments, this beach is a great place to visit if you want some sand and sea without going too far out of the city center.
5. Bai Sao Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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Phu Quoc is a small island west of Saigon that is steadily increasing it’s tourism numbers. However just because some parts of the island are built up doesn’t mean there aren’t still beautiful open spaces. Bai Sao, or, White Sand Beach, is one such place. It is located on the east of the island (while most people stay on the west) so it is often far less crowded than other beaches on the island. If you are looking for fun things to do in Phu Quoc then paying a visit to this beach is my top choice.
How To Identify Damaged Machinery Rigging?
Construction zones are among the most dangerous places to work. In America, more than 20% of work mishaps occur at construction sites. The fatalities at the worksite not only injure the tradesmen working on a site severely but also cause deaths. Around 5.5% of these accidents result from collapsing of materials and equipment malfunctioning. It is important to identify damaged overhead lifting and machinery rigging to avoid construction zone accidents. This article discusses ways to identify damaged machinery rigging.
Why is it Important?
Rigging equipment and lifting machines in a construction project, go through a lot of wear and tear due to the rough nature of work. If frequently used rigging machines are not inspected regularly and properly, they can lead to a load-break, load-slip and even collapse of heavy overhead lifting machines, which could be extremely disastrous.
Can You Do It Yourself?
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires all machinery rigging and overhead lifting equipment to be inspected thoroughly before each use. Unfortunately, it is not strictly enforced at construction sites. Also, it requires specialized training to understand and inspect construction equipment, to identify any damages or signs of wear-off. Most inhouse employees and workers do not have that kind of training or expertise over machines. Due to its sensitive nature, the inspection job cannot be left to amateurs or untrained personnel, because they can cause major issues for the safety of people working on the site and surroundings.
How to Identify?
You can identify major issues in machinery rigging by checking these:
Synthetic slings are durable and strong materials used for fragile and scratch-able loads. Over a certain period of time, it will stretch because of lifting heavy loads, or climatic changes. Sharp corners on the loads can also cause minor-tears, which can result in sling rip. A damaged sling can cause fatalities because it can lead to loads slipping. Before each use, it is crucial to inspect synthetic slings for any damages.
Certain chemicals and too much exposure to sun also contribute to weakening of slings. Grease affects the sling’s grip.
Alloy Chain Slings
Alloy chain slings are popular for heavy-duty lifting, because of their strength. However, they can break and snap because of heavy use and misuse. Although, alloy slings can stretchup to 20% of their total length, but prolonged stretching and overload of weight can bend or elongate the links permanently. When alloy chain is overloaded at angles greater than 60°, the links are damaged. Damaged links must be replaced immediately. Machinery rigging suppliers sell individual replacement links too.
Wire Rope Corrosion
Wire ropes are galvanized to protect from rust. If not properly maintained, this coating can chip off and fall over time, exposing the interior to rust and corrosion. Wire ropes are easily damaged by friction, frequent overhead lifting, and overload. If a rope is rotated through pulley systems again and again, it decreases the strength of wire rope. The damages in wire rope can be permanent bends in the strands, loosening of the strands creating a “caged” effect around the core, rust or corrosion, broken wires, corrosion, damaged sections, etc.
Sometimes, it is easier to repair or mend a wire rope. E.g. you can easily replace the damaged area. However, due to the sensitivity of the nature of work, you might have to replace the wire completely.
Absence of Tags
During machinery rigging inspections, make sure that the identification tags are attached with machines. They are extremely important as they carry important information about rigging machines. This includes product specifications, load limits, and length of use.
Every component of rigging machine which is attached to overhead lifting equipment must be inspected carefully and regularly. Hooks, shackles, eye bolts, turnbuckles, and hoist rings should be checked carefully before they are attached. Which inspecting machinery rigging do keep an eye at rust spots, loose shackles, frozen ring bolts lodged due to overloading, and missing components like latches or pins.
In a construction industry, safety should always have the highest priority. When it comes to heavy overhead lifting, make sure that machinery rigging is in its finest condition and there are no damaged components. Equipment inspection is not only important for the safety of tradesmen working on a site, but it also ensures that a project remains on schedule. Thorough inspection can help extend the life of machinery rigging and overhead lifting machinery.
To be sure that your rigging machine is of premium quality and fault-free, it is recommended to seek services of professionals. At Lawson Inc, we are dedicated to providing premium quality inspection, top-notch rigging machines, and other components. Get in touch with our representative and get a free quote now.
A Dive into The Age of The Gig Economy
The world is shifting into a new shape and foundation every single day. And along with it, the market is also going through changes. This is exactly where the gig economy comes into play. Instead of getting bound by unconditional commitments with risky endeavours, industries are now moving into the gig economy. Additionally, the number of people working in the gig economy structure is going through exponential growth, and for good reason also. Even though the term gig economy might seem like it is something new, it actually is not. Before the idea of the gig economy and in-demand services were available to enjoy through our smartphones, it was known as temporary work or even the freelance economy. So, before we dive deeper into the age of the gig economy, let us find out what it actually is.
What is The Gig Economy?
Instead of the traditional workforce with a full-time office job in a saturated company. The gig economy offers short term, temporary and independent contracts. In other words, the Gig Economy is a global market where companies and independent contracts can pursue in-demand, short term professional relationships. In a world where flexibility and skills are high in demand, Gig Economy is starting to be thenew norm.
The financial benefit of being a part of the gig economy
If you are one of the millions of people who are contemplating making their next move from the traditional workplace, then the gig economy is the way to go. And financial benefits you gain from the passive income through the flexible gig economy structure is truly amazing. But the benefits of the gig economy are not only limited to finance. People can opt for this gig and freelance work for many reasons like workplace autonomy, supporting increased living cost, removing themselves from a toxic workplace and so much more. Here is a list of reasons why you might consider being a part of the gig economy.
Be your own boss
With the gig economy, you can be your own boss and take care of your finance on your own. The power of decision-making falls onto no one’s hands but yours. As a result, you can decide what kind of job you might want to take and what platform you are interested in. So, you can also work remotely and create your own business. You get to work on your schedule and select the job that best suits your interest.
Less risk of financial loss
Unlike a traditional job, you can take the gig economy as a side hustle for the betterment of your financial situation. As a result, you are at less risk of financial loss and are free to choose when and where to work.
Passive income You will be less reliant on your paycheck. There is nothing more stressful than living paycheck to paycheck. And the gig economy can be your way out of this never-ending cycle by introducing a source of passive income to the mix.
Bigger financial margin
The bigger the financial margin you can create in your life, the better off you will be financially. And the gig economy can help you out but creating a bigger room between your income and expenses. Not only will that help you reduce the stress of feeling stuck with your regular income but also provide you with a sense of excitement.
Go-to Companies that offer gig opportunities
Uber is one of the most known technology platforms that offer a gig economy through car sharing. When you call a cab, you pay the driver at the end of the journey. And uber is no different. It follows the same business model but offers some extras as well. People can opt for a model that suits their budget and their needs. You can enlist yourself as a uber rider and offer car-sharing to get an extra source of additional income.
DoorDash offers the opportunity to become a dasher. With DoorDash you get to be your own boss and choose where and how much you would like to earn. All you need to get started is a mode of transportation and a smartphone to install the application. With door dash, you can earn extra money to fulfil your goal, and the freedom to dash wherever you want. You can also work in a place where you just plan on visiting for a week.
Pigeonns is one of the most hassle-free sources of passive income for anyone who want some extra money for their financial freedom. Here at Pigeonns.com, you get to use your car to advertise many businesses like real estate agents, contractors, etc.
With a simple and easy to start program, you can be a messenger pigeon and get paid 25 USD to 30 USD per business magnet. You also get a chance to add a greater number of magnets to your vehicle and live your own life, while the magnets make the money for you.
Unlike any other gig economy business model, you do not have to work hard to make the extra income. All you need to do is go to Pigeonns.com, sign up to become a messenger pigeonn and start earning money with zero work.
You get to help other companies with advertising, without having to make any changes to your everyday routines. And as your vehicle spreads its messenger throughout the city without you having to do any work, you get paid monthly.
So if you are on the lookout for the best passive income source to help you out financially, Pigeonns.com is the way to go.
In this age of the gig economy, not opting for some side hustle is a mistake that you do not want to make. With so many options for passive income put there, all you need to do is take the step and start earning money for the financial freedom you want.
Top 6 Best Portals to Rent a Room in NYC
We’re all aware that renting a room in any city or anywhere else for that matter requires time, energy, effort, not to mention patience. Likewise, finding a room for rent in NYC is a challenging task as well. You need to accept the fact that the ‘perfect’ room to rent may not be available. You may end up finding a near-perfect room if you search in the right places or use the right resources. Since everything from food to clothing to cars is available at our fingertips on the World Wide Web, here’s a list of the top six best portals that you can use to rent a room in NYC online.
This is another room and roommate finding app that’s entered the real estate market with a big bang! To begin with, the portal is free whether you want to post a room, find a room, or even the ideal roommate. At its core lies two principles: Safety and trust. There is a verification process for every user before they’re permitted to list a room or contact other users. The portal also boasts additional verification options such as employment, background check, education, and a government-issued ID check. If you’re keen on chatting with other users, be assured that your identity will not be disclosed. The site contains a broad spectrum of rooms and roommates across a multitude of cities in the US.
As far as NYC is concerned, you’re in for a pleasant surprise because a list of over 1800 rooms await you! It’s a huge city and to determine which areas are suitable and safe for your stay, it’s advisable to be familiar with the city’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Each one is unique and has something attractive to offer, and you may end up being spoilt for choice. So, do a little homework before you go room-hunting!
Another notable feature of the portal is the filters and the range they offer. They allow you to choose from several options that include fields in terms of the radius, the rent, the period of stay, the gender of your potential roommate, the type of place you want to rent out, and the house rules you want to set with whoever you’re living with. For instance, you can search for a room within a two-mile radius because it’s closer to your place of work or study. If your budget is no more than $500 to $600, you can make relevant changes to the filter. And if you’re not a pet person or loathe smoking, you have the option to choose that as well. So, without rambling further, take out some time and check out Cirtru to rent a room in NYC. You’re sure to find the ideal room and roommate in no time at all!
2.Frēlē (Pronunciation: ‘Freely’)
Many renters end up depending on a broker to find the right rental and paying a sum beyond their outlined budget. Frēlē is a platform that helps such people avoid the unwarranted interference of brokers and helps them find something reasonable and to their liking. The portal uses videos of apartments for showcasing, which cuts down on time and gives it an edge over other portals. They categorize their rentals into:
- Standard lease apartments: Time: 1 to 2 years.
- Short-term rentals: Time: 1 to 12 months.
- Takeovers: Tenants who surrender their leases before they’re due to end.
Frēlē invites trust from its customers and visitors through its four-point pledge, which includes the following principles:
- Transparency Above All Else: Frēlē aims to incorporate openness and honesty into the real estate marketplace, even if it’s at the expense of profits or revenue.
- Always Free to List: Anyone can list an apartment on the website. The platform believes in fair treatment for all, regardless of whether you have money or not.
- Direct and Free Contact with Lister: You won’t encounter any hassles in contacting the lister directly.
- Will Never Sell to StreetEasy or Zillow: The entity will not be for sale to either of these two organizations, as real estate in NYC has been impacted by the policies and practices of both organizations.
Frēlē’s emphasis on transparency is evident from the innumerable videos of apartments they have in stock to present to potential renters. Additional advantages of the platform include the list of exact addresses that help you to directly connect with listers, along with some relevant tips concerning videos and blogs for rentals in NYC.
It’s a relatively new portal and may not have a lot of traffic, but it’s candid and error-free.
If you’re a renter looking for something short-term, this portal is the way to go. Since 2013, the site’s brought numerous landlords, tenants, and agents on a common platform to put up their posts. The entire gamut of services is available here, from a short-term rental to sublet to a lease assignment. The platform has plenty of yearly rentals, along with rooms for rent in NYC. In terms of its values, they seem to resonate with Frēlē. Furthermore, it shows the addresses of all its listings. Finally, it’s FREE! The portal’s a little archaic and doesn’t have a mobile-friendly interface. But the issue is being looked into and should be up and running in the next few months.
The USP of this website is its scoring system, referred to as the HopScore. It uses a score to rank apartments according to their quality. Also, the portal is not just confined to NYC, but is also operational throughout the US. So, if you decide to relocate to another state or city, this platform will come in handy.
However, this is another site that isn’t free. If someone wants to post information on a rental, the fee is $40. The downside of this is that many listings may not reach the website, or there may be identical apartments, or those that don’t have proper addresses listed against them. Apparently, the company charges brokers for posting rental information. From the way the world works, we know that anything that involves a cost doesn’t sustain interest levels for long. Similarly, brokers aren’t keen on helping you find any of the listed apartments, but lure you into becoming a customer so that they can show you other unlisted properties.
It’s a user-friendly website and it has a straightforward interface. It uses exciting technology to help rent a room in NYC. They rate agents in such a way that you get to see only those apartments that are listed by top agents. It’s also mobile-friendly, regardless of whether it’s an iPhone or an Android. But like RentHop, this portal also charges brokers, and you’re likely to face the same concerns that were highlighted with respect to RentHop. For anyone who wants to list an apartment on the site, the fee is $185.
The real estate company that took over StreetEasy, Zillow, also purchased Naked Apartments a couple of years ago. Given that Zillow’s practices have adversely impacted the real estate market in NYC, the future of Naked Apartments looks a tad uncertain.
Regardless of its practices, the portal still happens to be one of the most frequented ones as far as rental websites in NYC are concerned. Apart from possessing critical historical information on rentals, it also has an easy user interface and many relevant attributes. Since its transition from a free model to a paid one, close to 50 percent of its listings were taken off the portal and weren’t added back in. Agents and landlords need to pay a hefty sum to post information, and renters need to pay $185 to post rental details.
Overall, it’s safe to say that the company needs to incorporate some changes in its practices that benefit those who own and rent property, to build a bigger customer base.
In conclusion, to rent a room in NYC that’s reasonably priced and apt for you, these six top best portals, with their pluses and minuses, should be worth your time.
Sri Lanka ETA – Latest Travel Rules Post Covid-19 – Natvisa
Sri Lanka ETA – The government of Sri Lanka has announced the latest travel rules post COVID-19 after 10 months for foreign tourists or travelers looking to visit Sri Lanka. The borders were closed for the tourists for the first time when COVID-19 spread across the world in February 2020.
According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority’s chairperson, Sri Lankan borders are now open for tourists and travelers from January 21st, and anyone willing to enter the country can apply or get a Sri Lankan visa.
He further says that when we are opening our doors to the world again, we have taken all the possible steps to make sure that all the precautionary measures have been set in place for making the island gateway safe, serene and secure for the visitors entering the country.
So if you are looking to travel to Sri Lanka as a foreign nationalist, you can apply for Sri Lanka ETA visa (Electronic Travel Authorization) by filling a simple online form. ETA saves you much time and keeps you from the hassles that you otherwise have to face visiting the Sri Lankan embassy or consulate in the country of your residence.
Some latest Travel guides are as follows:
- All the Tourists Entering Sri Lanka are required to follow the COVID-19 safety measures as announced by WHO & the country
- The tourists traveling to Sri Lanka will have to stay in one of 55 hotels across the country that the government approves
- They’ll have to present a medical certificate showing negative COVID-19 PCR Test results, and this test must be taken no more than 4 days before arrival in Sri Lanka
- 2 PCR tests are required for tourists who are planning to stay up to 7 days, and those staying for a longer period will need to take 3 PCR Tests
- The one who tests positive but does not show any symptoms will be required to self-isolate in hotel room
- The one who shows COVID-19 symptoms will be taken to the hospital
- All tourists to Sri Lanka will have to pay a US $12 insurance fee for covering up the COVID-19 medical care potential costs
- For UK Residents/Tourists
The government of Sri Lanka has imposed some restrictions on foreign citizens or tourists/travelers coming from the UK. According to the government, travelers from the UK who’ve spent up to 14 days in the UK are not allowed to enter the country to date. This step has been taken to prevent the country from another variant of COVID-19 that has spread in the UK. The flights from the United Kingdom are suspended for some time.
Sri Lanka Visa Types
The tourist ETA for Sri Lanka allows a double-entry stay of up to 30 days and is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Eligible citizens can complete the simple Sri Lanka ETA online application form with personal and passport information.
The business ETA for Sri Lanka allows you to enter and stay there in Sri Lanka for up to 30 days, and this visa remains valid for 6 months starting from the date when the visa was issued.
After going through the eligible criteria, you can find yourself whether you meet the requirements or not and accordingly can apply for Sri Lanka e-Visa online via Natvisa as Natvisa provides you a fantastic platform for getting a Sri Lanka Visa successfully.
Transit ETA is issued for up to 2 days for a single entry, and this visa is valid for 6 months.
Allowed Activities on Tourist ETA
Following activities are allowed for the tourists to do in Sri Lanka on Tourist ETA:
- Sightseeing (recreational visits)
- Meeting with friends or relatives
- Holiday visa
Allowed Activities on Business ETA
Following activities are allowed for the tourists to do in Sri Lanka on Business ETA:
- Attend business meetings
- Attend conferences
- Attend training
- Attend Seminars
Allowed Activities on Transit ETA
- Only Transit through Sri Lanka is allowed on a Transit ETA visa for Sri Lanka.
Step by Step Visa Processing
At the very first step, Natvisa receives the application for the Sri Lanka ETA visa, and then the application is sent to the review team that works and goes through the application thoroughly and checks whether the application meets all the requirements or not and once found.
Once the application is approved, and the ETA visa is issued, it’s emailed to the applicant via email. The processing time is up to 3 working days for a normal Business and Tourist Visa and 24 hours for Tourist Visa Express Service (365 days a year). In all cases, processing time starts when the application acknowledgment email is sent after the application is submitted and online payment is successful.
Arrive in Sri Lanka
On entering Sri Lanka, you will have to present your documents to the immigration officer at the airport or the border if you travel via road.
Upon arrival at border entry points, it is also necessary to present the following supporting documents:
- A printed copy of the Sri Lanka ETA visa Approval Letter
- Confirmation of hotel reservations
- Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay in Sri Lanka
- Proof of tickets for an onward or return journey
ETA visa holders are also advised to keep a printed copy with them at all times during their stay in Sri Lanka.
Requirements for Application
To apply for the Sri Lanka tourist visa online, applicants must have the following documents:
- A valid passport with at least 6 months expiry from the date of arrival
- Recent photographs of the applicant in passport-style, meeting the Sri Lanka ETA visa photo requirements
- Current and working email address so that you successfully receive the approved Sri Lanka tourist ETA visa
- Credit or debit card to pay the Sri Lanka tourist visa fee
- Applicants are also required to provide details about their accommodation in Burma (Republic of the Union of Sri Lanka)
ETA Exemption for Some Travelers
In the interest of reciprocity, citizens from the following countries/territories are exempt from the requirement of obtaining an ETA visa to visit Sri Lanka:
- The Republic of Singapore
- The Republic of Maldives
- The Republic of Seychelles
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