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The Economic Values Of International Education In New Zealand

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According to a recent research, international students in New Zealand are pumping in millions of dollars to the international education sector. It has also generated hundreds of job opportunities in regions all over the country. For New Zealand, the total economic value of international education has surpassed NZ$4 billion (US$2.82 billion).

The 2015-2016 report was commissioned by Education New Zealand to cover 8 regions that include Northland, Bay of Plenty (including Tauranga and Rotorua) Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson Marlborough, Otago (including Dunedin and Queenstown) and Southland.

Of the 8 regions that were included in the study, Otago had the highest regional foreign exchange earnings at NZ$174 million. From the total earnings, NZ$136 was generated by Dunedin. The average spend of an international student is estimated at NZ$33,100. The figures reflect the importance of attracting international students to Dunedin.

According to Director John Christie of Enterprise Dunedin during an interview with Otago Daily Times, the figures revealed in the research reinforces the work invested in schools, the polytechnic and university in order to put Dunedin in a position as premier international study destination through Study Dunedin.

The second highest contribution to the international education sector comes from the region of Bay of Plenty at NZ$118 million. The average spend of international students in the Bay of Plenty is NZ$28,500 per student. Apart from their monetary contributions, international students also diversify the region.

When foreign students study in the universities, they contribute towards having a diverse population, making students global citizens. International students make people aware of global cultures and practices and helps broaden the minds of students towards survival in a global environment.

The largest group of foreign students are the Chinese (26% of the total) followed closely by India and Japan. These 3 countries generate the most contributions among all the source countries.

At the international school in Thailand, an interfaith, inclusive and academically rigorous education is provided to students to become balanced, successful and compassionate individuals. The international school has gained a reputation globally for nurturing intellectual development, moral character and physical wellbeing to shape their lives as leaders of the future.

An Opportunity To Remodel The Hated Avocado Bathroom

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In the 1960’s up to the later part of the 70’s, avocado green was the rage for bathtubs, sinks and toilets. Now, the color is the second most hated feature of a bathroom suite that immediately turns off a home buyer.

Bathrooms.com, an online bathroom retailer has made a research on the most hated design trends that can decrease the value of the home. Wood paneling was number one most hated feature while outdated avocado bathrooms were on second place with 16% of respondents planning to reduce the asking price by £5,000. At least 6% of the respondents between 25 -34 years old plan to seek a price reduction of £10,000.

Other features that can turn off a property buyer include built-in bars, woodchip, Artex ceilings, heavily patterned carpets, textured wallpapers, crazy paving, fireplaces made from brick and built-in wardrobes installed over the bed.

Based on the results of the UK survey conducted by Census Wide in December 16, 2016, on 2,000 people that are 16 years old and above, there are still households (1.2%) that have avocado green suites in their bathrooms. If you will consider the fact that there are 27 million households in the UK, avocado green suites equate to about 324,000 in the UK.

At least 75% of the respondents consider avocado green suites as ugly while 71% or 3 out 4 say that if they bought a home that has an avocado green bathroom, it would the first thing they will rip off. However, in spite of the general consensus that avocado green bathrooms are ugly, a fifth of UK households have not updated their bathrooms. 23% consider the bathroom to be an embarrassment.

Owners of avocado green suites are encouraged to join Avocado Amnesty by posting a picture of the bathroom at Bathroom.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with a reason on why the bathroom has to be upgraded.

Avocado bathrooms went out of style years ago. If you are going to remodel your bathroom, opt for frameless glass sliding shower screens that look elegant and luxurious. It is guaranteed to gain the attention of home buyers and increase the resale value of the home.

The Importance Of Marketing In Sports Bar Beach Road

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There are several aspects of marketing. It includes public relations, advertising, sales and promotions. Marketing is the heart and soul and the bread and butter of a business establishment that failure in marketing strategy can lead to the demise of an investment. An effective marketing plan will also encourage more customers to patronize your sports bar in Beach Road. Here are some reasons why effective marketing is indispensable in a business setting.

Popularizes your business

A good marketing plan includes how you can make your business or product closer to your targets. If you do not have a strong background in marketing, it would be best to hire the experts to craft marketing strategies for you because you cannot just open a bar expect people to patronize you. It takes research and careful study on the industry including trends to understand what captures your targets and what will make your business endeavour a successful one.

Increased sales

Because you know exactly how the market works and how to encourage your targets through your marketing plan, getting higher return of investment from your sports bar in Beach Road would no longer be that hard. When you are able to touch base with your targets, you can be sure that they will visit your establishment and even be frequents customers thereby increasing your sales and profits. When your establishment is already within the radar of your customers, it would no longer be difficult for them to actually try your product so go ahead and put your sports bar within your customer’s reach.

Solid reputation  

Word of mouth is very important. One of the things that will keep your business relevant in the market is to ensure that you get positive feedback from your customers. You need to ensure that they are happy and satisfied customers the moment they step out of your sports bar in beach road. The only way to do it is to serve them with qualified staff and to serve food and drinks that will keep them talking positively about your bar even a few days after.

Thai Condo Market Attracting HK Investors

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The modern hotel in Sukhumvit or in any major Thai city, with its high-class design and furnishing, is rivaled only in quality, it would seem, by the country’s condominium units, if investments made by Hong Kong investors are to be believed.

Investors from Hong Kong have been investing even more money into the Thailand condo market. According to one Theerapan Nunthapolpat, Siam Commercial’s Bank manager for the Hong Kong branch, it’s a result of the investment returns the market gives to the investors, clocking in at about >5% per year.

According to Mr. Nunthapolpat, condo units in Thailand priced between the range of Bt5 M and Bt10 M are popular with investors from Hong Kong, with focus on areas such as Sukhumvit, and Thailand’s other major tourist spots, such as Phuket and Pattaya. He states that prices in Thailand are lower than those in HK, which he points out as the reason why Thai condos are popular to HK investors.

Hong Kong condos cost somewhere between HK$10,000/ft2(Bt450,000/m2) & HK$40,000/ft2(Bt1.8M/m2). For comparison, a Thailand condo ranges from Bt150,000/m2 to Bt 250,000/m2 with the most expensive luxury condo unit in Thailand, from the 98 Wireless development project, costing Bt 550,000/m2.

Furthermore, Mr. Theerapan states that there is also a notably large difference in the interest returns in Hong Kong when compared to Thailand, which further increases the appeal of the Thai market. The return averages at about 5-6% in Thailand, whilst in Hong Kong, it averages at about .02%. This means that the Thai market is very enticing for Hong Kong investors.

The statement is backed up by the real estate company Sansiri, who states that their Thai condos have sold not only in Hong Kong, but also in Singapore, Taiwan and mainland China.

Company president Srettha Thavisin states that the company sees a lot of demand from HK-based investors, who seek out condo units in Bangkok’s financial district, with particular interest on condos priced no higher than Bt10 M. Mr. Thavisin has also stated that these foreign investors pay in full, all cash.

According to Knight Frank, a real estate consultancy, HK investors are interested in Bangkok condos because they see them as a profitable business opportunity.

A modern hotel in Sukhumvit attracts tourists, whilst the condos attract investors. It seems that Thailand has quite a bit to look forward to.