Swine flu precautions urged for travelers

first_imgIn light of the current threat of swine influenza in Mexico and certain US states, the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council is urging Vermont s tourism industry to remain alert to the symptoms of the flu, while realizing that health officials are taking all necessary steps to help treat those individuals and contain the disease before it spreads.  Of the 64 cases identified nationwide, there have been no deaths reported from this influenza strain in Vermont or the US.Of course, Vermont s businesses should ensure a high level of sanitation at all times, and implement strategies and precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of employees and guests.These precautionary measures include the use of common sense to help cease the spread of swine flu, complying with food and health regulations, and seeking up-to-date facts to help make informed decisions.  The Centers for Disease Control has set up a web page with current information and resources at: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/(link is external).As of April 27, there have been no reported cases of swine influenza found in any public lodging facility in the US. The National Restaurant Association has set up a webpage with important swine flu information for restaurateurs at: http://www.restaurant.org/swineflu/(link is external).  It is important to note that one can not contract swine flu from eating pork.Travelers will be looking to the tourism industry to help them make these decisions, and all businesses can work together to help people continue to travel. If you do receive cancellations due to the threat of swine flu, please let us know.The Vermont Chamber continues to monitor the impact of tourism to Vermont through our partners on a federal level, including our congressional delegation, and the National Restaurant Association, American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Tour Association, and US Travel Association.last_img read more

Car manufacturers eye export market amid bleak domestic sales

first_imgThe COVID-19 crisis has battered car sales this year with declining purchasing power of consumers and the temporary closure of showrooms. The association has slashed its domestic car wholesales target by 40 percent to 600,000 units this year.Gaikindo recorded around 323,400 cars sold between January and August, down more than 50 percent from 661,000 sold during the same period last year.Kukuh said that reallocating car production orders from the domestic to the international market could boost the utilization rates of factories, which were currently running far below capacity as carmakers have slashed production in response to plummeting demand.According to Gaikindo data, Indonesian car production from January to August plummeted 48.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 427,600 units, far below Indonesia’s annual car production capacity of around 2.3 million units. “Domestic [production] cannot reach an optimal level when there are no sales. Therefore, what we could do is [focus] on exports,” Kukuh said.Exports of completely built-up (CBU) amounted to 133,860 units from January to August, down 34.9 percent from around 205,800 units in the same period of last year, Gaikindo data show. Meanwhile, completely knocked-down (CKD) car exports also fell significantly, dropping to 25,142 units as of August this year from around 333,800 units in the same period last year.Read also: Gaikindo to cut car sales target even further as pandemic lingersStatistics Indonesia (BPS) cited the decline in four-wheel vehicle exports as a contributor to the 1.18 percent decrease in non-oil and gas export in the January-August period, as overall exports fell by 4.62 percent to US$13.07 billion.Gaikindo now expects to export 175,000 cars in 2020, down from the initial target of around 350,000 to 400,000.Fitch Solutions on Tuesday released an analysis regarding Indonesia’s domestic car demand, which portrays a picture similar to Gaikindo’s projection.The rating agency projects continued subdued demand in Indonesia’s car market due to renewed large-scale social distancing measures in Jakarta and cities across Java in September amid the persistent rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. The total COVID-19 tally reached 257,300 cases on Wednesday.Fitch expects car retail sales to drop by more than 40 percent in 2020 and the recovery to the 2019 sales level to take at least 18 months.“The possible renewal of movement restrictions in other provinces with high COVID-19 [case numbers] presents further downside risk. These provinces are mostly in the Java area, which contributes around 80 percent to Indonesia’s car market,” the analysis reads.RHB Sekuritas analyst Andrey Wijaya told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that export market expansion seemed to be car companies’ long-term strategy but was now sought to offset the steep fall in domestic sales.“The export expansion is more of a long-term strategy, alongside the construction of new industrial zones intended for the automotive industry. This is the right strategy, because the automotive sector’s prospects in Indonesia are still great,” he said.Furthermore, he said, the principals were likely to grant Indonesian carmakers’ requests regarding the reallocation of the car production for the export market, if they saw potential in global market demand.Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in early June forecast that automotive sales would nosedive between 14 to 22 percent in the markets of China, the US and Europe in 2020.Under BCG’s two most likely scenarios, car sales in the three major global markets would remain below the 2019 number of 62.5 million units until 2023 or 2024. Topics :center_img Indonesian carmakers are looking at the export market to boost sales and increase factory utilization rates as the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to continue wreaking havoc on the domestic car market.Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) secretary-general Kukuh Kumara said on Monday that the country’s carmakers were working with the Trade Ministry, Industry Ministry and Foreign Ministry to lobby car brands, also known as “principals”, to reallocate domestic car production to international orders.“The principals have to agree for Indonesian-made car to be exported to other countries, and authorizing additional car variants for export from Indonesia,” Kukuh said during an online discussion organized by marketing consulting firm Markplus.last_img read more

Interstate buyer takes a punt on unseen Brisbane property gem

first_img Queensland’s biggest real estate turn-offs revealed Why everyone is moving to Queensland The couple bid over FacetimeMr Leong said a buyer purchasing a property sight unseen was “very rare”.“They are a young couple planning to rent it,” he said. “Her family is still in Brisbane, but even they didn’t inspect it.More from newsNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours ago“Sunnybank is a good area to buy in at the right price … I think they did well.” This house was purchased by an interstate couple who had never set foot on the propertyLJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agent Ben Leong said the couple, from Sydney, saw 20 Pinecone St at Sunnybank online less than 24 hours before it was due to go under the hammer.He said the couple then participated in the auction, which was held last Saturday, via Facetime, eventually securing it with a winning bid of $640,000.“They bought it sight unseen,” he said. “We had been expecting one buyer, but this couple rang up the day before and the auction was quite competitive.” A bedroom in the Sunnybank houseIn another fast sale, a renovated Queenslander in one of Brisbane’s hottest school catchment zones sold in less than 24 hours, with the new owner putting down an unconditional cash offer to secure the prized home just moments after inspecting it. RELATED: Pimped out Queenslander sells in 24 hours The Sunnybank houseRecently, an untouched house at Auchenflower attracted two written offers before it went under the hammer, including one offer from a keen Sydney buyer who had never clapped eyes on the property.It went under the hammer as planned, selling for $780,000 — $100,000 above reserve. RELATED: Untouched home sells $100k above seller’s reserve price Inside the most expensive house for sale in the US The Sunnybank house was owned by an elderly real estate agentMr Leong said buyers were seeing good value in the Brisbane property market, and some were not afraid to take risks to secure their spot in the river city.“We are getting a lot of inquiries from interstate buyers, particularly from Sydney,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45If you have ever bought an item online, you would know that buying sight unseen can be a risky move. But an interstate buyer took the concept to a whole new level, snapping up an entire house without ever setting foot in the property. MORE NEWS: Where to find southeast’s most affordable landlast_img read more