I Changed My Energy Provider to Reliant

green_energy_clean_tech_lightbulb_315304My friends and I were having a discussion about the history of Houston. Two of them were born and raised here while the rest of us were transplants. When the talk turned to the city becoming industrialized, I found out here that Reliant Energy was one of the founding companies that brought electricity to Houston. Anyone who lives here has heard of Reliant along with a lot of other energy companies, but I had never really considered the history of any of them. I did not have Reliant at the time of our conversation, but it sparked something in me to find out more about them.
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Looking at Saving Money on Satellite

I am going to start talking about what I am going to do when I ditch the cable company, which is going to be in about a month and a half. Of course I want to avoid getting in to the same sort of long term commitment that I am about to get out of. For instance if I call a Satellitetelevisionpackages.com expert at their phone number I will want to know what sort of commitment I am going to be making. I signed this deal with the cable company which looked really awesome at the time and it was really pretty nice at the start of it. You have to think about the total cost and look past the big numbers that they have on the ad. Of course 20 dollars a month seems really sweet for any type of package of TV channels, but you are usually only going to get that initial price for a certain length of time. They call it an introductory offer and the theory is very simple.Network_Cables_1825894 Continue reading

Air Tahiti Nui

Indulge yourself in sampling the best of French Polynesia by visiting the three Islands of Tahiti, Moorea & Bora Bora. Each Islands offers a different experience – the bustling town of Papeete offers the best shopping and local market, see the interior of Moorea and stunning lagoons of Bora Bora. The first night is at InterContinental Tahiti Resort which has long been the island’s top resort and the perfect place to begin a visit to French Polynesia. Spend the following five nights at the InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea, situated close to Opunohu Bay on the northeast coast of the island, sheltered from the prevailing winds and located voluptuously between the mountains and lagoon. The final five nights are spent at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa which is located between the “two hearts” of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef.

Package Inclusions:
* Round trip airfare from Los Angeles to Papeete on Air Tahiti Nui
* Meet & traditional lei greeting
* Inter island flights, Papeete – Moorea – Bora Bora, Bora Bora – Papeete
* 1 nights accommodation at InterContinental Tahiti, Lagoonview Room
* 4 nights accommodation at InterContinental Moorea, Beach Bungalow
* 5 nights accommodation at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, Emerald Overwater Bungalow
* All accommodation transfers

*Breakfast daily

*Dinner daily in Bora Bora

Day 1 – Depart US and Arrive Tahiti
On arrival you will be greeted with a traditional Tahitian Lei welcome before being transferred to and spending your first night at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort.

The South Pacific’s premier destination – Intercontinental Tahiti Resort has long been the island’s top resort and the perfect place to begin a visit to French Polynesia. On the grounds are the Aquatica Dive Center, Lagoonarium, private beach, two pools, tennis courts and 12 hectares (30 acres) of gardens. Papeete’s museums, shops, galleries, market and nightclubs are a short drive away.

Days 2 – 4 – Moorea
You will be collected from the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and transferred to the Papeete airport for you short flight to Moorea. On arrival you will be transferred to the Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa.

South sea splendor and authentic experience – Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa is nestled between mountains and a lagoon on a stunning French Polynesian island. Right on the resort grounds is Moorea’s widest range of activities, which includes the Moorea Dolphin Center, Bathys Diving Club, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, skiing and Jeep tours. The Arahurahu Marae temple is also worth a visit.

Day 5  – Fly Moorea – Bora Bora
Leave for inter island flight from Moorea airport to Bora Bora where you will then be transferred to Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

Days 6 – 10 Bora Bora
An eco friendly jewel worthy of five stars – Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located between the “two hearts” of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. The Deep Ocean Spa is the centerpiece, but the resort offers lots of cultural and recreational activities to fill your days including canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, stargazing and handicraft demonstrations.

Day 11 – Bora Bora – Papeete
Enjoy the full day in Bora Bora before departing on your early evening flight back to Papeete to connect with your International overnight flight back to Los Angeles

Day 12 – Arrive Los Angeles

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa 7 Days in an Overwater Villa from $4126 per person

Under a one hour flight from the island of Tahiti or Moorea, the island of Bora Bora, with a lagoon resembling an artist’s palette of blues and greens, is love at first sight. Romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island where the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky. From the dramatic scenery to the privacy and quiet, Bora Bora is truly the most romantic island in the world.hilton-bora-bora-nui

Package Inclusions:
* Return airfare from Los Angeles to Bora Bora
* Accommodation in an Overwater Villa at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa including * Breakfast daily
* Meet & greet on arrival
* Launch & airport transfers
* 24/7 local travel assistance and support * Tahiti/French Polynesia taxes including VAT 5%, RPT 5%, Service Tax 4%, with the exception of the city tax of €1.26 per person, per night, which has to be paid locally, directly to hotels.

Day 1 – Depart US and Arrive Tahiti
On arrival you will be greeted with a traditional Tahitian Lei welcome before being transferred to HILTON BORA BORA NUI RESORT & SPA where you will stay for 6 nights in an OVERWATER VILLA

Suspended between turquoise waters and limitless skies, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is nestled in a sacred cove of white sand and majestic lava rock. Protected from the open sea by a string of tiny coral islets, the stunning lagoon is the perfect tropical playground to be explored with your snorkel, or for the perfect getaway enjoy a picnic on the unspoiled private islet Motu Tapu, just five minutes away by boat.

Polynesian inspired decor is complimented by rich mahogany furnishings in these luxurious over-water suites. Enjoy unobstructed views of the lagoon from your private water-side balcony or relax in your king canopy bed and watch Bora Bora’s exotic marine life float past the glass floor-viewing panels. Unwind in the Italian marble bathroom and stay entertained in the separate seating area with satellite TV and high-speed internet access

Days 2 – 6
Suggested activites on Bora Bora (additional cost):

Dinner at the famous Bloody Mary’s
One of Bora Bora’s most popular restaurants has welcomed many Hollywood stars to its typically Bora Bora interior. Sink your feet into the sand and indulge in an exotic cocktail with a house special of fish and seafood.

Shark & Ray Snorkeing Safari
Explore Bora Bora’s marine life on board a comfortable boat and swim among the colorful fish, blacknose sharks and stingrays in their natural habitat in the coral gardens or their favorite place in the Bora Bora lagoon. Includes hotel pickup. Does not operate on Sunday

Day 7 – Bora Bora – Papeete
Enjoy the full day in Bora Bora before departing on your early evening flight back to Papeete to connect with your International overnight flight back to Los Angeles

Day 8 – Arrive Los Angeles

 

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Frogs in the Garden – Front and Backyard

Wildlife such as tiny reptiles, butterflies, and bugs are indeed attracted into many home gardens. Whether we live in the urban area or in a forested valley, they find our gardens and stay there for a while.

My theory as to why these frogs are here in the neighborhood is that the rainy months may have brought them. There used to be rice fields along the highway a few minutes from here and within the villages and subdivisions in our area. There are still rice patches and small vegetable gardens in some places around here where these frogs and other small animals forage.

I’ve waited a few weeks before writing this post because I wanted to see if the frogs in the garden will stay long enough. And indeed they stayed – let me rephrase that – they’re still staying and growing fat thanks to the insects they can feast on.

The Guardian: This frog seems to love the pepperomia plants in our backyard garden.
The Guardian: This frog seems to love the pepperomia plants in our backyard garden.

I even thought there’s only one brownish frog just traveling to and from our front and backyard gardens. But there are two visible brownish frogs in both our gardens. My sister and I have seen smaller frogs out front and there’s one which happened to hang out in our kitchen. I am not particularly  sure how many of these frogs are staying in, but we’re glad they’ve stayed.

The Sentinel: This frog always hangs out on our DSL box. Sometimes it’s not there, but it comes back and stays there like a sentinel.

Update: I found the smaller, spotted brown frog in the backyard garden last week. It’s distinct spots and patterns, apart from its smaller size, are quite remarkable.

The Wanderer: This small frog was last seen inside our kitchen. Glad it made its way into the garden.

I’m still keeping tabs on our resident frogs from time to time. I may be a little scared of them, but I’m glad they’re in the garden.

Rainy Days and Growth Spurts

It’s kind of interesting to see some signs of growth from both our garden plants and the moss on the wall. The rainy season offers a variety of possibilities to our backyard garden and it seems the plants are enjoying the drops of water they receive from the heavens.

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I’ve read that rain water is much better than tap water when it comes to benefits and nutritional contents that the plants need. Perhaps these are the reasons why the plants that have been dreary during the hot summer months became more lively and grew a few millimeters at least.

I am thankful that the plants are still alive despite the typhoon almost a month ago. And the rains aren’t unstoppable especially during August to October, so I could only hope for the best for our garden during these months.

While we haven’t purchased anything new, we are trying our best to maintain and keep the existing garden plants healthy. Some of the coleuses or mayana plants have died because the hot summer sun was too much for them to bear. Nowadays, they have become too leggy because of the rain. But that’s okay, at least they’re still alive and colorful.

My attempt to propagate our age-old evergreen vines is a success! The vines have grown and the root system has found the wall quite useful as they progress. I’ve always wanted to see the evergreens grow long and wild, but the ancient ones are situated in front of our house with only the tall garden/plant stand to cling on to.

We usually trim or wind the long vine around itself for each plant to prevent them from dangling. But with this project, I can get some cuttings and just plant them anytime. Pruning is not much of a negative thing for me especially for this plant. I used to hate seeing some cuttings just thrown away because we had no backyard garden a year ago. But thanks to that post about a vertical garden, there’s no reason to throw away much of the cuttings these days.

A part of this growth spurt are the weeds that are growing on the walls above the garden plants. It’s amazing how nature makes it possible for these wild plants to grow on very peculiar spaces and locations. I don’t want to pull them out especially the vine that’s creeping over the net because it’s really interesting. I hope it has flowers, too. The one I held on the photo is a common weed with tiny purple flowers and long pods filled with deep, reddish seeds. Birds and insects are responsible for pollinating and carrying them from one place to another.

Growth among garden plants include the white bougainvillea. It already has two sets of small greenish-white flowers developing. And the orange variant has also grown a few inches. I just can’t wait for it to develop flowers in the coming months.

The rest of the plants still look good and healthy. A few days ago, I’ve added compost and crushed egg shells to help nourish the soil.

Rain or no rain, I always hope and pray our garden plants will thrive. Some have already perished because of the ever-changing weather in our region. Nevertheless, it is part of nature. And we have to accept that some living things are not tough enough to survive the harsh weather conditions we have. But while they are alive and kicking, let’s enjoy them and take photos, so we can enjoy their glory days.  =)

How to Make a DIY Bird Feeder

I’ve created a how-to guide on making a bird feeder a week ago and I hope you’ve tried it at home, too.

It’s really easy and cheap. And you’ll be feeding wild birds (and even sneaky mice if you’re from the Philippines) in no time.

Here’s what mine looks like:

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DIY bird feeder for our backyard garden visitors

Not pretty, I know. But it’s functional and costs nothing. Just a few minutes and a little creativity.

I’ve seen a couple of photos of DIY bird feeders and I know I have to make one for our backyard garden.

One of main reasons that made me decide that it’s time to make one was when I saw a few Eurasian Tree Sparrows (locally known as Maya) in our backyard looking for scraps from underneath our African lovebird’s cage. On several instances, I caught glimpses of these brown-feathered fellas feeding on fallen bird seeds.

This is a truly simple and inexpensive backyard garden project that’s beneficial to local birds visiting your garden. It also makes it possible to add a bit of wildlife by having an inviting meal to welcome them.

Try it and tell us when you’re done. Enjoy!

 

 

Overwater Bungalows, Sharks and Rays from $2999 per person

Day 1
Bora Bora
Depart Los Angeles for the next day arrival into Papeete, the capital city of Tahiti. Then take a short flight to Bora Bora. Discover the sparkling magic of the lagoon, admire the awe-inspiring Mount Otemanu, relax and soak in the tranquility of the resort’s private beach. Bora Bora’s Main Island is in the center of a multicolored lagoon, surrounded by offshore “motu” islets inside a protective coral necklace. Bora Bora’s lagoon is world-famous for its beauty and is constantly replenished with ocean water from the ocean swells that crash over the fringing reef. In the center of the lagoon one side of the extinct volcano still stands as a tall mountain. The old crater has eroded and is now submerged. Within the lagoon the depths of water vary from a few inches to 120 feet. The diving inside is pure delight.
Le Meridien Overwater Bungalow 

Day 2
Bora Bora
Spend your day relaxing and taking in the view of Mount Otemanu. Be sure to go to the turtle center for feeding and perhaps a swim with them. Then enjoy the balance of the day on the beach.
Le Meridien Overwater Bungalow

Day 3
Bora Bora
Today, you get the opportunity to snorkel with sharks and rays. Covered boats will transfer you across the lagoon on your snorkel safari. The waters will amaze you with the clarity and vivid blue colors. After snorkeling through the coral and fish, your guide will encourage the black tipped sharks to swim your way. Next, onto a favorite stop to a shallow sand bank will be made where you’ll see the elegant, yet harmless, grey stingrays living in their natural habitat.
Le Meridien Overwater Bungalow

Day 4-5
Bora Bora
Enjoy the beauty of the Le Meridien! A small infinity swimming pool is complemented by a large inner lagoon where you can swim among curious fish and turtles. Exploring the area can be done by excursions, scuba diving and snorkeling, and stimulating sunset cruises, all designed to showcase the magnificent lagoon. Jeep and quad safaris and four-wheel driving excursions penetrate the island’s mountainous interior. It is also possible to rent bicycles or scooters in Vaitape, the island’s main town.
Le Meridien Overwater Bungalow

Day 6
Bora Bora – Tahiti – Depart
Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to Papeete. Depart Papeete for same day arrival into Los Angeles. Tahiti and her stunning beauty will have left an indelible mark on your memory and you will already be planning your next trip!

Package Inclusions:

  • Meet & traditional lei greeting
  • Inter island flights, Papeete – Moorea – Bora Bora, Bora Bora – Papeete
  • 5 nights accommodation at Le Meridien Bora Bora in Overwater Bungalow
  • Turtle Sanctuary Center Visit and Swim with the Turtles
  • All accommodation transfers
  • Breakfast daily

Cook Islands

An ideal destination for those wanting to unwind, relax and discover a unique and friendly culture. The 15 Cook Islands are scattered across the south Pacific over about two million square kilometers, an area the size of India. These Polynesian tropical gems have a combined population of an average country town: about 14,000 unique and friendly souls. Most Cook Islanders dwell on the capital island of Rarotonga, which is also where most of the 70,000-odd annual visitors stop off, arriving at the island’s international airport.

Circular Rarotonga is almost completely enclosed by a reef, harboring a lagoon of clear turquoise water and white sandy beaches. The small island is dominated by a high mountain peak from which lush rain forests cascade down to the palm-fringed shore. The commercial centre of the islands is the friendly, bustling town of Avarua on Rarotonga, which has banks, shops and tourist facilities as well as a busy port and yacht basin. The outer islands are becoming increasingly popular for excursions, but remain largely unspoiled. Just North of Raratonga, lays Aitutaki. The Island itself is small and volcanic, lying next to a barrier reef teeming with coral and fish, and enclosing a perfect turquoise lagoon.

The Cook Islanders have their own language and government, and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture with significant differences between each island. Even if you go no further than Rarotonga, though, you will be ensured of a dream ‘South Seas’ holiday experience on the pristine beaches, snorkeling the reef, or exploring the island by bus, motor scooter, bicycle or jeep.

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Ultimate To Do List – Fiji

Have you ever dreamed of being a castaway on a South Pacific island — an island where the drinks are icy cold, the spa treatments are hypnotically relaxing and your thatched-roof bungalow (bure) is stocked with luxurious amenities? Then welcome to Fiji. It’s the tropical paradise you’ve always imagined, scattered across 333 lush islands. Welcome the dawn with a stroll along a sugar-sand beach, as a gentle breeze ruffles the fronds of the towering coconut palms fringing the shore.

Linger over a leisurely breakfast served on the veranda of your private bure, admiring the delicate orchids blooming in the surrounding gardens. After breakfast, the choices of ways to indulge, unwind and rejuvenate are boundless. Scuba or snorkel through crystalline waters along a spectacular coral reef teeming with fish. Glide high above the archipelago in a hot air balloon. Hurtle along a rushing inland river aboard a whitewater raft. Gasp as the air fills your parasail and whisks you high above the turquoise ocean.

Delight in the chatter of cuckoos, warblers and lorikeets on a bird-watching trek. Swim in a sparkling pond beneath a jungle waterfall. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the Fijians, and learn more about the art, music and language of a fascinating culture that stretches back more than 3,000 years. After your explorations, perhaps a sojourn by the pool with a good book is in order. Late in the day, raise a cocktail to the sun as it dips below the horizon in a fiery display of scarlet and gold. As the tropical dusk closes in, sample tantalizing fare from world-class restaurants, complemented by vintages from extensive wine lists. Stroll back to your bure, utterly pampered and utterly relaxed. If this is life as a castaway, you’ll never want to come back to the real world.

Experiences

Luxury Fiji

Let Fiji’s fabulous resorts and yachts work their magic on your weary soul. Once ensconced beneath a swaying coconut palm beside the glittering South Pacific, you’ll soon find it impossible to remember a life of deadlines and traffic jams, to-do lists and responsibilities. The superbly trained staff respond to your every wish, whether you yearn for breakfast-in-bed, a massage by the sea or a nightcap under the stars. Your days unfurl in a leisurely progression of amusements. On land, try yoga or tennis. At sea, dive along remote reefs. Delectable cuisine, fine wines, sun-drenched beaches and luxurious accommodations await you. What are you waiting for?

Ultimate To Do List – Australia

Ultimate To Do List – New Zealand

Ultimate To Do List – New Zealand

If New Zealand’s landscape were a Hollywood starlet, it would undoubtedly be a drama queen. From snowcapped mountains and rocky coasts to lush rainforests and active volcanoes, almost every eye-popping landscape imaginable is packed into a country roughly the size of the U.S. state of Colorado. From the moment you get off the plane, you’ll be itching to explore.

Bring your cycling shorts, your hiking boots, your skis and your sense of adventure. Tramp the world-famous Milford Track through glacial valleys and fields of alpine wildflowers. Cycle past the rolling vineyards of Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. Gasp as you dive headfirst off a bridge, tethered only by a super-strong bungee cord. Surge through churning waters on a jet boat, soar above jagged peaks in a sightseeing plane or meander along quiet rural byways in a campervan. At day’s end, relax with a long soak in a natural geothermal pool, followed by a glass of fruity sauvignon blanc. Then drift to sleep beneath crisp linens in a luxurious country inn, lulled by crashing surf and whispering winds.

New Zealand is also home to the Maori, whose influence is visible in everything from musical place names to the sinuous carvings that embellish many public buildings. Thrill to a traditional welcome ceremony at a Maori cultural village and share in a “hangi” feast of chicken and sweet potatoes. That’s not the only spectacular meal you will enjoy in New Zealand. Savour the country’s world-famous lamb, fine cheeses and luscious produce in a sleek restaurant in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Explore the gentle charms of these human-scaled cities. At your hotel, revel in attentive service and superb amenities. Throughout this friendly island nation, you’ll receive a warm Kiwi welcome—or, as they say in Maori: “kia ora”.

Experiences

Glacier and Alpine Adventures Volcanic, Thermal and Spa
Soar high above jagged peaks in a helicopter. Ski or snowboard through challenging runs of pristine powder. Hike dramatic cliff paths or bask beside an alpine lake. Don high-tech equipment to explore an ancient glacier in the company of an experienced guide. Inhale deep breaths of crisp, clear air. Whatever your dream of mountain perfection, New Zealand’s iconic Southern Alps embody it. And however you choose to spend your days, you can spend your nights in comfort in an opulent lodge. Unwind before a roaring fire with a single-malt scotch. Linger over a gourmet dinner. Relax as a skilled spa therapist works magic on your tired muscles and the unspoiled surroundings work magic on your soul.. New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most indulgent spas. Given the thermal activity of the land and the healing properties of the flora, in fact, it sometimes seems as though New Zealand is Mother Nature’s private spa. Absorb the unique healing properties of mineral-rich volcanic mud. Soak in geothermal hot springs and savour the therapeutic touch of traditional Maori techniques. Pamper yourself – and restore your sense of balance and calm – with soothing facials and relaxing massages. Once you’re feeling rejuvenated, explore New Zealand’s fascinating geothermal sites. Tour steaming geysers in the company of knowledgeable experts, and stand awed before the untamed power of the Earth.
Wildlife and Wilderness Encounters – NZ Exploring New Zealand
Immerse yourself in nature, along thousands of kilometres (miles) of pristine shoreline, in lively seas, in rich rainforests and along stunning alpine trails. Keep your camera handy to capture photos of breaching whales. Splash in sparkling waters with wild dolphins. Delight in a wide range of bird life, from majestic albatrosses to the ever-popular penguins. New Zealand’s wilderness tour operators cherish hospitality and the natural world in equal measure, so you will travel in first-class comfort while leaving a light footprint. Whether you cruise the Bay of Islands or the Otago Peninsula, hike through coastal forests or visit a seal colony, you will marvel at New Zealand’s natural wonders. Succumb to the call of the open road and the allure of the clear blue sky. With scenic highways winding along dramatic coastlines, across rolling hills, and through pastures of sheep and picturesque country towns, New Zealand beckons the adventurous traveller in myriad ways. Settle behind the wheel of a luxurious campervan and go where your whims take you. Embark on a multi-day voyage through some of the most isolated and beautiful regions of New Zealand. Or step into an ultramodern helicopter and fly to pristine mountain peaks and secret lakes even the locals don’t know about. However you explore New Zealand and wherever you go, astonishing beauty awaits around every corner.
Luxury Lakeside Living New Zealand Adventures
New Zealand offers an astonishing range of lakeside escapes, whether you dream of running away to a geothermal spa, a luxuriously rustic mountain retreat or a country idyll in an historic inn surrounded by formal English gardens. Savour a cup of freshly brewed coffee on your private veranda as dawn dapples the lake with colour. Then spend the day revelling in all the fun of lakeside living: paddle a kayak, fish for trout, enjoy a brisk swim or bask on the shore with a good book. Or try something more adventurous – perhaps a helicopter flight over the stunning landscape. As dusk steals over the lake at the end of a supremely relaxing day, delight in the restorative power of being by water. The thrills and spills of New Zealand’s adventure scene are enough to make the hearts of even the most daring of travellers beat just a little faster. And for the rest of us, it’s time to buckle up, and hold on tight. Get soaked on a thrilling jetboat ride through towering canyons. Don a hard hat and explore the crater of an active volcano. Delight in the snap of the wind in the sails of an opulent yacht. And try a helicopter ride, mountain bike cycle, kayak or floatplane ride after a thrilling sailing adventure. In the birthplace of bungy jumping and tandem paragliding – just two of New Zealand’s myriad world-first thrills – “swoop”, “swing”, or “fly” – you’re never far from adventure.
Maori and Modern Culture Private Retreats and Country Estates
Explore New Zealand’s spectacular landscape and experience the culture that shapes its people. Discover the fascinating traditions of the Maori, the indigenous people of the land they call Aotearoa. Gain insights into native artworks, see tattooed warriors re-enact the dances that once terrified their enemies – and delight at the songs that followed, once the two sides had come to terms. Varied experiences illuminate the country’s global cultural footprint, including its vibrant movie culture. Marvel as you stroll through the real-life rolling hills and gentle valleys that played the role of Middle-earth in The Hobbit prequel to the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings, shot in New Zealand. On the sun-splashed patio of your private villa, relish delicious meals prepared by an award-winning chef from fresh local produce, complemented by fine New Zealand wines. Or enjoy a leisurely dinner in the elegant dining room of a country estate. Revel in thoughtful service and legendary Kiwi hospitality, in properties as luxurious as the settings are spectacular. Fill your days with outdoor pleasures: kayak a secluded lake, cast a fishing line or play a game of tennis. Cycle peaceful side roads and trek scenic trails. Ride horses through endless farmlands. Everywhere you go, the rural New Zealand lifestyle and down-to-earth nature of those you meet are guaranteed to refresh your spirits.
Unique Places to Stay Food, Wine and Golf
A holiday is an escape from the everyday. So why not choose a place to stay unlike anything you’ve ever experienced? Admire the stars from a slipper bath tucked into a country garden or from a hotel’s private observatory. Awake to birdsong in a treehouse high in the forest canopy. Settle into a sleek urban hotel where you can mingle over canapés with your fellow guests. Curl up before a huge stone fireplace in a rural lodge built of logs. Delight in the clever conveniences of an eco-friendly resort that draws its power from the sun and its produce from organic gardens. To enjoy all this and more, you don’t have to give up a whit of comfort; top-notch service ensures a holiday to remember. Indulge your gourmet dreams in New Zealand, where exceptional beef, lamb and seafood, and the freshest fruits and vegetables, underpin a progressive culinary scene. Accent your meal with a bottle of crisp sauvignon blanc – the country’s signature wine and its calling card around the world – or one of the chardonnays, pinot noirs or cabernet sauvignon and merlot blends that are gaining global recognition. And no exploration of the finer side of life in New Zealand would be complete without a few rounds on some of the country’s championship golf courses. Blessed with mountains, seashores, cliffs, forests and sinuous hills, New Zealand offers golfers some of the most breathtaking settings on Earth.

Ultimate To Do List – Australia

Surfers riding a frothing wave toward Bondi Beach. Kangaroos bounding through wild grasslands. Diners savouring local vintages in an urban bistro. All of this is Australia. But it’s only the beginning of the story.

Feel the thunder of hooves as you canter across a vast outback sheep station. Inhale the salty tang of sea air as you walk a scenic coastal path. Delight in the thrum of a helicopter rotor as you travel to undiscovered places. Listen to the ancient tales of an Aboriginal storyteller under a starry sky. With countless species of plants and animals, Australia exerts a magnetic pull on nature lovers. Whether you’re enjoying the dawn chorus of parrots, photographing a sleepy koala in a eucalyptus tree, or chuckling at a parade of little penguins, you’ll feel as though you’re starring in a nature documentary.

For the urban adventurer, Australia’s cosmopolitan cities are unparalleled places to relax, indulge and play. Attend an avant-garde play in sophisticated Melbourne. Shop for designer fashions in Sydney. Immerse yourself in Adelaide’s thriving culinary scene. Revel into the small hours on the glittering Gold Coast or enjoy the laid-back beach culture of Perth.

Enjoy a new era of Australian experiential luxury. Now, even in remote locales, you can stay in exceptional accommodations, from exquisite historic buildings to tented “camps” serving gourmet fare. Unwind with a massage in the luxe spa of a city hotel or savour a cooking class in a wine country retreat. Everywhere, service is superb; in many properties the owners are on-site. City or country. Mountain or island. Rainforest or vineyard. Spa or trail. The diversity of uniquely Australian places is endless – and with luxurious options abounding, there’s never been a better time to visit.

Air Safaris Iconic Landscapes
Turquoise seas shimmering above the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Endless sandy beaches shaded by palm trees and lapped by foaming surf. The untamed outback, where sun-baked landscapes stretch to a distant horizon, punctuated occasionally by a lonely station. These and many other wonders may unfurl below you on a thrilling trip by helicopter or bush plane – whether it’s a short scenic flight or a multi-day safari. Back on the ground, you’ll discover an Australia few ever see: pristine waterfalls, rowdy mining towns, isolated parks alive with koalas, kookaburras and kangaroos. Fly away from the everyday into the heart of Australia. Just because you are escaping to some of Australia’s most iconic destinations – spots like South East Queensland, the Blue Mountains and Uluru (Ayers Rock) – doesn’t mean you can’t also revel in luxury. Whether you spend your day walking breathtaking mountain trails, delighting in a 4WD wildlife safari or exploring the outback by camel, a restful retreat awaits you at these intimate resorts. Indulge in a spa treatment, savour a sumptuous gourmet meal or linger over fine wines as the sun stains rugged peaks and hidden valleys in countless shades of ochre and gold. Delight in thoughtful service. Then sink into a richly comfortable bed…before waking up to enjoy it all again the next day.
Unique Environments Wilderness and Wildlife Encounters – AU
There’s just something about wild places. Set apart from the ordinary, they are treasured havens for people and animals alike. That makes them the perfect spots for both pristine national parks and eco-friendly luxury hideaways. Escape to Kangaroo Island or Tasmania and enter an unspoiled world. Kayak through wetlands rich with bird life. Bushwalk along trails where you may not see another soul. And renew your spirits at a resort sensitively designed to help preserve these natural enclaves. Delight in stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Luxuriate in a king-sized bed as you listen to your favourite music on your private sound system. Spa treatments, fine dining and more await you. Astonishingly, 80 per cent of Australia’s mammals, reptiles and flowering plants are found nowhere else on earth. Echidnas and emus, kangaroos and koalas, wallabies and Tasmanian devils, and countless other creatures will delight you. Snorkel through crystalline waters. Trail blaze the Victorian high country by horse back. Paddle along hidden rivers or walk isolated trails. Knowledgeable guides will help you spot whales breaching the ocean’s surface or cockatoos flitting through the forest. Listen closely to discern the calls of exotic creatures. Discover unique wild spaces unlike any you have seen before, where humans still live in balance with nature and stars glitter brightly in the dark velvet night sky.
Great Walks of Australia Far From the Madding Crowd
Do you feel as though you spend your days on an endless roller coaster of competing demands? On your next holiday, stop racing, start walking and rediscover how to live. With Great Walks of Australia, you’ll explore some of the country’s most evocative landscapes at a human pace. Leave the frenzy of modern life far behind as you hike along Tasmania’s beaches, beside South Australia’s red sandstone cliffs, along Victoria’s shipwrecked coast or traverse the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Range in the Northern Territory. Draw on the knowledge of seasoned guides. At night, savour local cuisine and wines before your well-earned sleep in a luxury lodge or a well-appointed camp under the stars. Greet the sunrise from a luxury tent at the water’s edge amid the sand dunes of Cape Range National Park near one of the world’s most pristine reefs. Sip your morning coffee as kookaburras chortle and buffalo splash within earshot of your safari suite near Kakadu National Park. Awake in a private guesthouse high on an escarpment nestled into the Bouddi National Park or find yourself surrounded by ancient angophoras with views through eucalypts trees down to the sparkling Brisbane Waters at Pretty Beach House. Wherever you start your day, it is just the beginning of a grand adventure in a spectacular wilderness. Go birdwatching or canoeing. See ancient rock art created by indigenous people. And relax – although you’re far from the world, you’re nestled in luxury.
Australia’s Accessible Outback Aussie Rural Life
Australia’s magnificent outback is closer than you might think. A direct flight from Perth takes you to the Kimberley, a vast expanse of thundering waterfalls, diamond mines, eerie rock formations…and golden beaches. A half-day’s drive north of Adelaide brings you to the Flinders Ranges, where you can cycle along hundreds of kilometres (miles) of mountain trails or take a 4WD desert safari. Canoe, hike, camp or fish in Nitmiluk National Park, famed for its magnificent gorges and fascinating Aboriginal heritage. Or travel from Adelaide to the Red Centre or Darwin aboard The Ghan – stopping en route for any number of whistle-stop tours. Explore a seemingly endless rural station on horseback. Learn to rope cattle or shear a sheep. And raise a glass of fine wine to a sunset like none you’ve ever seen before. This is the authentic outback, and you have the privilege of sharing this world-famous countryside with some of the hardy, welcoming people who have made it their home for generations. Enjoy warm, luxurious hospitality on an Australian homestead, along with hearty meals prepared from the produce of the land. Experience the simple pleasures of rural life: bushwalk ancient trails, cast your fishing line into a glittering river or cool off in a natural swimming hole. Or survey the vast landscape on a sightseeing flight.
Aboriginal Country Exclusive Touring
Immerse yourself in the oldest continuous culture on the planet, dating back up to 150,000 years, by discovering the art, dance and music of Australia’s Aboriginal people. Sample bush tucker – indigenous foods like kangaroo, bush tomatoes and pencil yams – cooked over an outdoor fire, as elders mesmerise visitors with traditional creation stories. Tour remote rock art sites with an Aboriginal guide who can explain every brushstroke and symbol. Visit sacred places such as Uluru and learn their ancient histories. Discover the authentic soul of this timeless land. For more information visit www.tourism.australia.com/aboriginal.aspx Your holiday is never as long as you would like, so why waste a moment of it wrestling with maps, flipping through guidebooks and trying to guess which sights to see? Leave all that to knowledgeable local guides and you’ll have more time to enjoy the rich diversity of Australia – whether you’re interested in the cosmopolitan delights of Sydney, boutique wineries or wilderness enclaves. Join a small group tour – limited to just a few lucky guests – or arrange a private, tailor-made trip for your party alone. Either way, your expert guide will take you off the beaten path to visit local treasures and hidden spots few tourists ever see.
Great Barrier Reef Luxury Island Resorts
One of the world’s seven natural wonders, spread over 300,000 square kilometres (115,830 square miles), the Great Barrier Reef is an ecosystem of unsurpassed diversity. Dive, snorkel or cruise the reef and revel in astonishingly clear waters alive with colourful coral and marine animals. Gasp in awe as playful clownfish, brilliantly hued butterfly fish and schools of tiny damselfish dart around your toes as you swim. Feel your cares melt away in the warmth of the tropical sun. At night, unwind in a secluded, five-star resort where you’ll even hear the whispering surf in your dreams. Run away from the mundane world to an idyllic setting of turquoise waters and sugar-sand beaches, where thoughtful hoteliers have created luxurious escapes to cater to your every holiday whim. Enjoy a soothing massage on a floating bed in a tranquil cove. Paddle a sea kayak or cut a glittering arc across the water on a wakeboard. Polish your culinary skills with a cooking class, or simply enjoy luscious cuisine created by skilled chefs. At these amazing island resorts, few dreams are impossible. Savour a private catered picnic, take a sunset cruise or fly by helicopter to a stunning golf course. Sail, snorkel or scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef. The choices are almost endless.
Unique Island Hideaways – AU Tropical Rainforest
Dotted along Australia’s seemingly endless coastline are islands that offer sweet indulgence and a respite from everyday cares. Feel your shoulders relax and your mind stop racing when you first discover a beach that is yours alone. On an island, life slows down, leaving you time to take a deep breath and enjoy the paradise that surrounds you. Marvel at the wildlife in these secluded places, from sea turtles and wallabies to koalas and whales. Spend your days frolicking in the world’s greatest marine park. On land, cycle quiet roads, go bird watching or play a leisurely game of tennis. Or simply sunbathe, sleep and read, lulled into tranquillity by the warmth of the sun and gentle sea winds. As dawn breaks over one of the world’s oldest rainforests, a symphony of birdsong swells. Parrots, lorikeets, fruit doves and catbirds may add their voices to the chorus. That’s just the beginning of a day in a nature-lover’s oasis, where crocodiles snooze in cool rivers and electric-blue Ulysses butterflies flit below a sun-dappled canopy of tulip oaks and umbrella trees. Explore the rainforest by day on foot, by train or by cable car. Inhale deeply of the scent of dew-wet ginger, jasmine and gardenias. Dine by night in a romantic open-air tent. Sleep amid the splendour in an airy room, bungalow or treehouse in an eco-friendly resort designed to help preserve a treasured wilderness.
Private Retreats Heritage, Arts and Architecture
Savour that first cup of coffee on your private terrace…in your pyjamas. Soak up a breathtaking view or stroll through a sumptuous garden redolent with the scents of exotic flowers. Linger over dinner with your family or close friends at your own dining table…with no need to hurry. Staying in a private villa is just like being home…but much, much better. A lavish retreat from the everyday world will feature perks like gleaming commercial kitchens and home theatres. Choose not to lift a finger to make lunch or dinner, leave this to your private chef. Amid unparalleled beauty, your exclusive lodging promises relaxation, rejuvenation and the ultimate in privacy. Australia may be a young country, but it has a complex history peopled with daring artists and visionaries. Delve into these traditions at museums and galleries. Stroll through The Rocks, the atmospheric neighbourhood on the edge of Sydney Harbour where the city was born. And if you’re not content to merely observe Australia’s architectural and artistic heritage, you can enjoy it from the inside. Savour classic high tea on fine china in a rambling country house or elegant urban setting, or enjoy a magnificent art collection in a landmark hotel.
City Chic Living Cosmopolitan Collection
Glossy rooftop bars overlooking glittering skylines. Hidden cafés serving fabulous espresso. Tiny boutiques proffering cutting-edge fashions, quirky jewellery and one-of- a-kind shoes. Sophisticated hotels with a confident sense of style. If these are the touchstones you seek when you travel, you will be in your element in Australia. Tour the secret arcades of Melbourne with a local guide, then repair to a chic hotel on the Southbank promenade or in trendy South Yarra. Stay in an intimate retreat replete with sleek modern touches in Perth. Delight in fine linens and luxurious bathrooms. Just steps from your front door, discover urban living – restaurants, clubs and theatre. Sophisticated Melbourne offers endless amusements during the day, from superb spas and hidden cafés to world-class shopping. But at night, the town takes on a whole new gloss, with of-the-moment bars, pumping nightclubs and a high-rolling casino. The Crown Entertainment Complex is at the heart of the action and features not one, but three, sensational urban hotels. Start your evening with an unforgettable meal at a fine dining restaurant, dance the night away in an exclusive club, then try your luck at the glittering casino…which never closes. It’s just a few steps back to your elegant room, where you can catch a bit of sleep – before doing it all again the next night.
Style, Design and Interiors Unique Places to Stay – AU
Every so often, you come across a hotel that is more than just a place to rest your head. Whether they offer one-of-a-kind artworks, a retro lounge or penthouse apartments with private spas, these hotels are light years away from ordinary. In fact, they are destinations in themselves. Delight in the imagination and verve these hoteliers have employed to create spaces that are unorthodox and truly memorable. You may even come home with some ideas you can incorporate into your own home! Let your hotel be an unforgettable introduction to Australia’s cutting-edge style. The country is bursting at the seams with creativity. You just have to know where to look… and stay. Australia boasts an endlessly varied landscape: sunny ocean shores, great mountain ranges, verdant rainforests, deep red gorges and sweeping stretches of outback. Is it surprising, then, that it also offers travellers an almost infinite variety of unique places to stay? Follow your imagination and see where it takes you. You might find yourself in a luxury tent, an historic home, a romantic bungalow or villa, or a penthouse. Intimate, secluded and special: those are just three of the words that describe these uncommon places to unwind. Each is located in a setting just as remarkable as the property itself. Your holiday is precious. Why not treat yourself to something extraordinary?
Luxury Cruising Adventures on Water
Aboard an intimate cruise ship catering to – at most – just a few dozen privileged guests, you will discover secret corners of Australia that few travellers ever see. Cruise along spectacular gorges and through the spray of secluded waterfalls. Hunt for oysters, go mud-crabbing or cast your line for barramundi. Dive or snorkel in crystalline waters undiscovered by another boat, where the slap of waves against your hull is the only sound breaking the silence. Go bushwalking on shore or take a sightseeing trip by helicopter. At sunset, sip a cool drink on deck and share tales of the day with your fellow adventurers before enjoying a superb meal–perhaps featuring seafood you caught that day. Australians love to be on the water. So if there’s a way to have fun on an ocean, lake or river, rest assured that they have discovered it. Learn to surf frothing waves on iconic Bondi Beach. Cruise in an opulent houseboat, where you can watch the sunset while enjoying fresh-grilled fish on your spacious deck. Explore the Great Barrier Reef from a state-of-the-art touring vessel, visiting more reef destinations with fewer people. Experience the essence of adventure with crew who know the reef like the locals they are. However you discover Australia’s waters, sun-drenched beaches and scenic rivers, one thing is certain: you will never forget them.
Australia’s Nature Coast
Australia’s Nature Coast crosses some of Australia’s pristine coastline from Sunshine to the Fraser Coast. Experience some of the world’s most diverse and untouched National Parks, rainforests and waterways. Australia’s Nature Coast offers naturally abundant experiences which will stay with you for a life time. With attractions such as Bushwalking and Hiking, Farm Experiences, Fishing Charters, Food Trails, Horse Riding, Markets and Gardens, Snorkeling and Diving, Tours and Cruises, Watersports, and Whale Watching.

Celebrated for its National Park, golden beaches and culinary delights. Relax in some of Australia’s premier beach front properties or hinterland retreats, from the Great Sandy Straight to the legendary Fraser Island you’ll be left with a longing to return to this magnificent part of Australia.

Beaches and Bays Sydney Harbour
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Country Food, Wine and Spa Retreats Winery Trails
Run away to the country and discover a world of sophisticated pleasures. Indulge your five senses in a multitude of ways. Let the touch of a skilled masseuse soothe your tired feet. Inhale the energising scents of essential oils during a full-body signature spa treatment. Rejoice in unspoiled vistas: seascapes and vineyards, misty lakes and tumbling waterfalls. Delight your palate with gourmet dishes prepared with fine cheeses, fresh produce, sweet butter and superb meats from surrounding farms. Sample exquisite vintages from boutique wineries, each redolent of its particular terroir. Then let the whispering of surf on the beach or wind in the trees usher you into a restful, dreamless sleep. Australia is one of the world’s most exciting wine destinations and home to some of the oldest vines in the world. With everything from the biggest names such as Penfolds and Jacobs Creek to the smallest of cellar doors, spectacular wine regions produce more than 100 different grape varieties and wow visitors with their hospitality and gourmet delights. Today’s wines express the diversity of the people who craft them and the unique regional characteristics they embody. Discover variety and quality by embarking on an ultimate winery trail of your own. Go beyond the cellar door to meet the maker, taste the produce and relish the natural beauty of some of Australia’s most acclaimed wineries.
Golf, Gourmet and Spa Indulgence
You’ve spent all year honing your swing or practising your putt, but when you see Australia’s jaw-dropping golf courses, your mind may not be on the game at all. From the windswept dunes of Tasmania to the island-dotted waters of the Whitsundays, and from rolling hills to lush rainforests, the views from the fairways are some of the best in the world. And when it’s time for some post-game fun, the options are equally enticing. Ease tired muscles with a relaxing massage or a soak in the spa. Relish incomparable cuisine paired with fine Australian wines. And delight in exclusive hotels where the superb service, amenities and recreational facilities are ample rewards for a game well played.

Ultimate To Do Travel List

Australia

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Surfers riding a frothing wave toward Bondi Beach. Kangaroos bounding through wild grasslands. Diners savouring local vintages in an urban bistro. All of this is Australia. But it’s only the beginning of the story. Feel the thunder of hooves as you canter across a vast outback sheep station.

New Zealand

If New Zealand’s landscape were a Hollywood starlet, it would undoubtedly be a drama queen. From snowcapped mountains and rocky coasts to lush rainforests and active volcanoes, almost every eye-popping landscape imaginable is packed into a country roughly the size of the U.S. state of Colorado.

Fiji

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Have you ever dreamed of being a castaway on a South Pacific island — an island where the drinks are icy cold, the spa treatments are hypnotically relaxing and your thatched-roof bungalow (bure) is stocked with luxurious amenities? Then welcome to Fiji. It’s the tropical paradise you’ve always imagined, scattered across 333 lush islands.

Plan Your Trip – How to Getting Started

Trip of a Lifetime
Our Destinations are often lauded as the “trip of a lifetime”, so don’t take any chances on who you book with. An Artisan expert will select experiences to suit your requirements and budget. The terms “luxury”, “authentic”, “boutique” and “well located” are overused with many different interpretations. Artisan Traveler’s focus is offering itineraries to meet your travel style with a local flavor and won’t misrepresent their key attributes like many travel websites do.

Value for Money
It’s a common misconception that tailor made vacations are expensive and “off the shelf packages” offer the lowest pricing. As wholesalers we design your personalized itinerary utilizing the lowest current airfare rates, negotiated hotel rates (often with value added bonuses such as free nights and breakfast), daily touring and airport transfers – these services form the building blocks of your personalized package and ensure your itinerary only includes places & touring you are interested in.

Expert Knowledge
We offer in depth knowledge, the highest levels of service, and travel experts that are passionate about the South Pacific. Independent of any large corporate organization, we can guarantee advice which is balanced and based solely on satisfying your desires. We appreciate the value of your time. We will be honest and tell you if you are being too ambitious by squeezing every attraction into two weeks. For those with extended travel time our travel experts will balance your trip so you can get ‘beneath the surface’ at each of the stops along the way.

Let’s Chat
Read our website, peruse our e-brochure and then CONTACT US. We will discuss your travel ideas with you and offer to put together a proposed itinerary. We do not charge a fee for working with you, Artisan Traveler is compensated by the suppliers we book on your behalf. We will answer your questions, offer plenty of advice and start planning your itinerary outline. You will work with the same dedicated travel expert for all your dealings with Artisan to ensure consistency and knowledge of your information.

Become An Event Partner

Become an Event Partner
America Means Business is an open event that allows any company, group, or individual to participate in an official capacity. Most AMB events will be hosted by and presented by our Official Event Partners, and we invite you to join with us to educate America about how to start and grow successful businesses.

Sign Up To Create Your Event

Who Can Participate
Anyone who wants to hold an event related to entrepreneurship and business creation during America Means Business is invited to become an Event Partner. There is no fee to participate, and our structure allows all of our partners to maintain creative control while being a part of the overall event. All we ask is that you let everyone know your event is part of America Means Business in your communications and marketing.

Why Participate
America Means Business is a great opportunity to promote your company to people who are avidly interested in starting a new business or in growing their existing small business. Each partner helps spread the word about America Means Business, increasing interest in all of the events, broadening knowledge and interaction with your organization to new audiences and PR opportunities.

Because America Means Business is crowdsourced, it means you can plan your event the way you’d like to see it: big, small, ticketed or free, morning or evening. America Means Business will promote events from all partners equally, regardless of size.

Register Your Event
Adding your event to our Schedule is simple. Just create a profile for your organization, then add your event. A member of the America Means Business team will review your listing to make sure all the relevant info is listed. Once confirmed, we’ll publish your event to the Calendar for the general public to see. You’ll also receive an email with your login and password, so you’ll be able to return to the site to edit your event listing, or add more events.

Event Options
When you create an event you’ll have two options for where it will be held: at Metropolitan Pavilion, the headquarters facility for America Means Business, at 125 W. 18th Street in New York City, or at any other facility, of any type, elsewhere in New York (“Citywide”).

There’s no cost to stage your event at Metropolitan Pavilion, but your session must begin on the hour (e.g., 2:00 pm) and can be no longer than fifty (50) minutes.  We recommend that you plan for 40 minutes of  presentation and 10 minutes of Q&A.  Registration for all events at Metropolitan Pavilion will be handled by America Means Business, and all events will be included in the general event registration.  Metropolitan Pavilion will have two stages, allowing for a maximum of 42 events over the three days.  So we’ll be selective about which events we approve for inclusion on the Metropolitan Pavilion schedule.

If you choose to stage your event elsewhere in New York City it can be of any length, even multi-day.  It can begin and start at any time, day or night.  You can even have your own registration page for it, and charge admission for it if you’d like.  As long as your Citywide event is related to entrepreneurship and business management and growth and is scheduled for the week of June 11 it will be approved and added to the American Means Business calendar.

What Is Business Interruption Insurance?

Business in the world is always volatile. It depends on several factors like economy, politics and financial market as well as natural calamities can affect on the business badly. Looking to these facts the business interruption insurance is intend to cover the losses of occurs due to day-to-day business operations. Depends on local as well as local market condition businesses like manufacturing, service sector and retail sector can give affect badly. It will get affected from the unforeseen circumstances.

To protect the business interruption insurance there are many types of emergency and clauses included in the business interruption insurance. Businesses get affected from Katrina, Tornado or earth quack or attacks of terrorist. The business interruption insurance can protect it from various types of losses such as:

The losses are covered under the contingent business interruption, which covers losses, or damages of the property provided by the suppliers and it also prevent from the customer.

Another types of losses are called as Services Interruption. It gives coverage from the losses due to various service sectors like electricity, gas, telecom and many more.

In case of declaration of national emergency your property gets affected the business as well as individual household from the military restrictions. You will get the coverage from the insurance sector.

You must have to keep all the unpredictable risk in mind and get the proper coverage. It is essential to analyze you business risk depends on local conditions and present market condition. Insurance in the business is essential for any small and medium size business to get enough coverage.

Can I Get Deductibles On Business Insurance?

The deductibles are based on the risk associated with your business. It is individual’s choice to keep the deductibles high or low. The premium is depends on the deductibles. If you keep the deductible high than premium get reduced and insurance cost also get reduce. The deductibles are depends on the risk factor. You must have to analyze the situation and take the appropriate decision for the protection of your business.

If you keep your deductible value is low and the coverage and premium get high. In such a case you will get your deductibles as well as coverage from the insurance company. You must enquire with the insurance company to know the deductible benefits and read it carefully to get maximum advantage of deductibles. If you choose the policy with lower premium your deductible is high and if you choose higher premium policies than the deductible gets lower.

For the protection of small and medium scale sector you must keep high premium policy with lower deductibles. If your small and medium scale business needs lower coverage than you must keep your premium low and choose the higher deductibles. All will be depends on the risk in your business as well as your cash flow.

You must take the advise from your financial consultant or insurance agent whether you need to reduce your deductibles or not. The risk is the key element in the insurance sector. You must have to keep the risk in mind and get the decision about the premium and coverage.

Types Of Business Liability Insurance

Liability insurance can gives safety against many things for the business owners. It protects you against claims regarding products, customer services. If your product affect the customer than the sever accident occurs than it will sue your company and you must have the bear the cost of hospitalization and loss of income Considering all these facts there are three-liability insurance are provided in the business insurance.

The business entrepreneurs must need product liability insurance to get protection from sue or claim or injury by the product due to fault at manufacturers end. It will protect from the injured using the product. The coverage and the risks are depends on type of business you have.

The business entrepreneurs must have to protect from the customers, if in some case someone sues you must have enough protection. The Error & Omissions (E&O) insurance policy is the best solution to protect you from all claims. This types of insurance will cover professional business owners like IT, Accountacy or Legal or any other consultany services covered under the small business defination. The consultancy types small business requires protection from the third party client for secracy of their documents

The general liability insurance gets third party coverage from damages of assets, injury, and publicity claims. Many small companies choose the general liability insurance depends on their needs. It is better to protect the businesses from all these threads. You can get the security from the damages of assets, injury, and publicity claims. Product liability insurance to get protection from sues or claims or injury by the product due to fault at manufacturers end.

Steps To Go For Business Insurance Claim?

The business one important aspect to secure from various types of treats. You must take business insurance to get coverage from all these threats by taking the insurance policy. You must have to clear about the claim processing as defined under the business insurance policy documents. The business owner should also know the claim process, so that it will be helpful to bring back the situation from the major damages, and the business owner is able to get recovery from the business losses. Here are the important steps to file the business insurance claim:

1. The business insurance policies need to notify accident within 24 to 72 hours of the event. If you are not able to inform the insurance agencies than you cant get recoveryIf any person injury or death inform the local police.

2. You must be clear about the coverage you are going to get on your policy. Please cross check with your company if any updates.

3. You must have to list out losses due to fire or other types of accidents, prepare a list of item damages, it will be helpful for insurance company.

4. You must see the balance sheet to the insurance company before incident and after the incidence.

5. The insurer need to choose the three options like cash payment and other options.

It is essential to onbey all these five steps of the claim. I think you must be contacct agent if you have any problem.

Cool Insuring Agency Business Insurance Company Reviews

Cool Insuring Agency is an individual insurance agency which provides various business insurance plans by our 150 years experience of in this field. It was founded in 1857 and its main firm is situated in USA.

Today they have full services insurance offices and it works in different cities such as New York, Albany, Glens Falls and many more. We provides everything more than your expectation like brief information, a fair price year after year, excellent customer services and the main thing is very low price range premium. We make long time relationship with our clients and for give them long time support and invest them money at right place. Our professional and skilled staff always stands in your help and giving best online support through send you write answers.

  • It was great experience with Cool Insuring Agency because I got business insurance for my small business and I was impressed through beneficial insurance policy in very competitive range premium so I am very happy to get it. Services are also wonderful as per my view.
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ACEC Business Insurance Company Reviews

ACEC is largest professional organization and leader of America which offer different types of business insurance and professional liability insurance for covered your small to large types of business.

Our skilled and professional staff members provide best plans of insurance with very competitive priced premiums. Your requirements are very valuable for us so we always give positive response to our old and new both customers. Our affiliate insurance programs are provides best services and knowledge about business insurance throughout our skilled professionals. This is very trustworthy company and they have world’s largest insurance broker which always stand in your help. You can also solve your regular basis matters by discussion with our practices engineers.

  • ACEC is best insurance firm for my business and I got professional liability insurance which covered my business by analysis the market strategy and other points and I am impressed through the good work. Thanks a Lot!!!
  • As per the suggestion of my friend I have taken the insurance policy from the ACEC and I can save my time and money both by its exceptional online services. I am very delighted through your most excellent services.
  • The whole process of getting insurance is very easy-going and I also got the claims for my business that time your staff members had given best services by just check my some documents and quickly continue the process for my claims. I am very pleased from your express services.
  • My business is very large so I can’t spend time for obtained accurate insurance so my manager have chosen ACEC company and when I checked it personally that time I also impressed through its wide-ranging services. They really managed my whole business by protecting organization.
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