Canada Launches Major Initiative in Advanced Air Mobility

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Transportation, research and government partners create Vancouver-based consortium to accelerate the implementation of electric and hydrogen powered, vertical takeoff flight in Canada.

The future of flight in Canada took a major step forward today with the launch of the Vancouver-based Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM), a multi-stakeholder group that will streamline research, development and commercial operations in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector, globally recognized as the next frontier of commercial aviation.  AAM involves the use of zero-emission, electric or hydrogen fuel cells, and vertical takeoff aircraft to provide transportation, emergency and supply chain services for urban and rural communities. Among the many benefits of these aircraft are greater manoeuverability, less need for ground infrastructure (airport runways), less aircraft noise, reduced fossil fuel consumption, lower costs, shorter travel times and improved safety.

Initiated and created by Canadian Air Mobility and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), there are currently more than twenty partners involved in the national effort. CAAM’s key members include TransLink, Helijet International, British Columbia Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia, Bell Textron, Iskwew Air, and many of Canada’s leading aerospace stakeholders.

“We’ve established an outstanding group of strategic members to support the design, integration, and implementation of Advanced Air Mobility in Canada,” said JR Hammond, Founder & CEO, Canadian Air Mobility and Executive Director, CAAM. “We look forward to demonstrating the economic viability, environmental benefits and social inclusivity factors of this technology and making Canada a world leader in AAM. To that end, we welcome additional members who share our vision that AAM provides the path toward a safer, healthier, and more efficient mode of transportation.”

In addition to providing transportation within urban and rural areas, AAM aircraft will play a critical life-saving role in emergency response situations by enabling faster air transportation of medical supplies, blood, donor organs, or patients to and from hospitals. It will also improve the emergency response and assessment of natural disasters such as floods and wildfires.

Factors making the Greater Vancouver Area a promising AAM market include: a strong aviation infrastructure base; an existing scheduled helicopter service, with heliports in Vancouver and nearby Victoria and Nanaimo; numerous science and transportation research facilities; the Province of British Columbia and City of Vancouver’s commitment to the decarbonization of transportation; and the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia corridor (VancouverSeattlePortland), as one of the busiest routes for the movement of goods and people between Canada and the United States.

Among CAAM’s objectives are to create an AAM innovation hub to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow their technology from a low technology readiness level (TRL) to certification and commercialization, while also expanding the AAM sector’s connections to regulators, manufacturers, aviation operators, infrastructure developers, academia, industry, and governments in Canada and internationally.

“The National Research Council of Canada is proud to be a part of the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility (CAAM) consortium since the start,” said Dr. Ibrahim Yimer, the NRC’s Vice-President of Transportation and Manufacturing. “We look forward to working with our 20 partners who are lending their expertise in the Advanced Air Mobility industry to decarbonize transportation,  and create more efficient ways of moving people, goods and services and support more socially connected and integrated communities.”

The future of the new era in aviation means faster medevac services, upwards of 4.2 million AAM travellers over the next 20 years, traveling between downtown Seattle and downtown Vancouver in 1 hour versus 3, expanding connections in remote communities and more importantly, creating new jobs.

For more information, the media and public are invited to view the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility’s white paper which provides further detail on AAM’s missions and services for the Greater Vancouver Area, the Advanced Air Mobility Industry and the importance as well as why Vancouver was selected to be the first region in Canada.

In addition, CAAM hosts a quarterly Digital Open House that provides the public with an opportunity to connect with current stakeholders and learn more about the progress of AAM work in Canada. The next Digital Open House is scheduled for October 30, 2020 from 10:00-12:00 PDT. For more information, please visit the website for registration and future upcoming events. 

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Violife® 100% Vegan Cheese Alternative Products Have Arrived in Canada

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The Violife® 100% Vegan cheese alternative family of products has arrived throughout Canada for cheese-loving consumers, just in time for dairy-free holiday cooking and baking.

Introduced nationally by Upfield, the world’s largest plant-based food company, Violife 100% Vegan cheese alternative products can be enjoyed straight from the package; stirred, sprinkled or sliced to add to a favourite dish; or, proudly served on a vegan charcuterie board.  Non-dairy, non-GMO, and free of nuts, soy, gluten and lactose, a range of Violife products are available now in the dairy, produce and natural foods sections at major and specialty food retailers across Canada.

“We are thrilled to bring the taste and versatility of cheese to cheese-loving Canadians, but without the dairy,” said Shoshana Price, Brand Director, Upfield Canada. “Violife can be enjoyed by everyone – whether they’re vegan, dairy-free, or wanting to eat more plant-forward. As more and more Canadians switch to a plant-based diet, Violife offers the tasty indulgence of a delicious traditional dairy cheese but made with the goodness of plants.”

 

Violife to be ‘Made in Canada’

In 2021, Canada will become the first market ever to produce Violife 100% Vegan products outside of Greece, where the product has been perfected by the founding families for over 20 years.  Canadian-produced Violife will supply cheese-lovers, both nationally within Canada and in the United States, with a tasty vegan alternative to dairy cheese. It will be produced at a new state-of-the-art Upfield facility in Brantford, Ontario.

 

The Violife Story

Violife was created by three friends who wanted to make a tasty alternative to dairy cheese, one that even the biggest cheese lovers would enjoy. Violife has been a pioneer in the vegan cheese alternative industry and today the products are enjoyed by consumers in over 50 countries worldwide.  The brand continues to innovate by creating tasty, delicious flavours and new dairy-free products.

Free of nuts, soy, gluten, lactose, casein and preservatives, Violife 100% Vegan products are made using non-GMO ingredients, including coconut oil, and are kosher-certified.   They are available in the following formats and flavours in Canada:

  • Shreds  – cheddar-style and mozzarella-style
  • Slices – cheddar-style, mature cheddar-style, smoked provolone-style
  • Cream Cheese Alternative – creamy original
  • Wedge – parmesan-style
  • Block – feta-style

Violife 100% Vegan cheese alternative products are available across Canada at major grocery retailers, natural/specialty stores, and vegan shops, with suggested retail product pricing ranging from Cdn $5.79 to Cdn $6.99 per package. 

For more information, or to try Violife in delicious recipes, like Veggie Gnocchi, Raspberry Cream Pie and more, visit www.violifefoods.com/en_ca. To learn more about the Violife story, watch the Violife Epic Movie.

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EPA Announces Over $335,000 for Projects in U.S.-Mexico Border Region

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $335,855.48 in grants awarded through the Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program. The grants will fund projects benefitting the U.S.-Mexico border region between Texas and New Mexico and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamulipas. In addition to these funds, recipient organizations will contribute an additional $426,630 for the support and implementation of these projects which benefit a region where more than 15 million people reside.

“Through the Border 2020 program, EPA works with federal, state, and local partners to enhance communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border,” said Regional Administrator Ken McQueen. “EPA is proud to fund these projects that, coupled with local investment, will improve environmental and health outcomes and benefit millions of people in the border communities of both nations.”

“The Border 2020 program has been successful at working to improve health and living conditions along the US-Mexico border as evident with the funding of these projects,” said Calixto Mateos-Hanel, Managing Director of the North American Development Bank (NADB). “NADB is pleased to work in collaboration on Border 2020 with EPA and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and look forward to continuing this partnership with the Border 2025 program.”

“We are grateful to the EPA for the Border 2020 project, benefiting El Paso and our Sister City, Cd. Juarez,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. “I look forward to continued collaboration along the border, supporting our environment and bi-national community.”  

The following projects received funding:

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua: Two projects in Ciudad Juarez received funding totaling $121,501.40. The Patronato del Museo de Nino’s Transboundary Water Conservation Project received $61,041.40 for community education and outreach. The project will engage area youth with interactive exhibits that teach about agricultural, urban, and industrial water usage. The Municipal Water and Sanitation Board of Ciudad Juarez received $60,460 for the Sustainable Use of Biosolids Through Composting Project. The project will establish a program for composting biosolids including compost production techniques, field procedures, machinery management, and personnel training. It will produce 100 tons of compost suitable for use in parks and gardens.


Nava, Coahuila: The Secretariat of Environment for the State of Coahuila received $82,100 to analyze emissions from coal-fired plants in the area. The project will use dispersion modeling to study the emissions, and will include an analysis of health impacts. At the end of the project, a public campaign will be conducted to inform stakeholders of the results.

El Paso, Texas :  The El Paso area received grants for two projects totaling $32,350 in funding. The El Paso County received $9,980 for the Urban Heat Island Mapping Project, which will educate the community on warming of urban areas and improve quality of life for the community. The project will produce heat maps for El Paso and engage the public to understand heat-related issues and solutions. The El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management received $22,370 for two binational tabletop discussions and three functional exercises involving a rail tank car leak. The funding will also help purchase spill mitigation equipment that can quickly be deployed to protect the environment and the community in the event of a hazardous materials spill from rail tanks in El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua.

Amistad Reservoir, Del Rio, Texas: The Southwest Research Institute received $99,904 for work with U.S. and Mexican federal and state partners to delineate the Goodenough Spring Catchment Area Project by the Amistad Reservoir. The project team aims to help stakeholders in the region better understand the catchment area to help effectively manage and protect it for long term-use sustainability.

These funds were awarded in partnership with the North American Development Bank under the Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, a binational effort to protect human health and the environment in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

For more about EPA’s Border 2020 program: https://www.epa.gov/usmexicoborder

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Mexico Works The Longest Hours in The World

With numerous studies showing taking regular breaks at work is essential for physical and mental wellbeing, how often do workers around the world take a lunch break at work? Global Workspace Specialists Instant Offices have collated data around the world’s busiest cities and provided insight into how work-life balance has affected the top countries.

The latest research has placed Mexico at the top of the list for most hours worked, with employees in the country putting in 2137 hours annually. This is followed by Costa Rica, at 2059.6 hours a year, Korea at 1967 hours a year, and Greece at 1949 hours a year. At the other end of the scale, Denmark, Germany and Norway have the lowest average annual working hours, all coming in at below 1400.

Between 2015 and 2019, the countries experiencing the sharpest increase in the number of annual hours worked were the Czech Republic, New Zealand and the UK, rising by 32, 28 and 11 hours respectively. Meanwhile, Korea saw the most significant decline in annual working hours in the same period, dropping by 116 hours. This was followed by Costa Rica, with an 88.6-hour decrease, and Chile, with an 84-hour drop.

A survey of 27 countries revealed some key facts about how employees are balancing their days between time spent at their desks, and time spent on breaks. It seems the concept of a “lunch hour” has become a thing of the past, with the average lunch break lasting 35 minutes.

Countries with the most extended lunch break times are predominantly in Asia, while the lowest are mostly found in Europe.

 

Top five countries with the longest lunch breaks:

Country

Lunch Break Duration

Brazil

48 minutes

Malaysia

47 minutes

Japan

46 minutes

Portugal

44 minutes

South Korea

43 minutes

 

Top five countries with the shortest lunch breaks:

Country

Lunch Break Duration

Mexico

30 minutes

New Zealand

30 minutes

Spain

28 minutes

Poland

24 minutes

Greece

19 minutes

 

Being in the top 5 countries for longest annual working hours and shortest daily lunch breaks, Mexico and Greece are some of the world’s busiest (and likely most overworked) cities. Mexico’s annual working hours have remained relatively steady with a small drop of 3 hours since 2015, while Greece’s hours have risen slightly by 5.

With 74% of Greek workers reporting that they get only 15 minutes or no lunch break, Greece is undoubtedly one of the European nations most lacking in a healthy work-life balance.

Not only does Mexico have some of the longest annual hours and shortest break times, but it also currently has the second-worst work-life balance score globally according to Statista (1.1, second only to Colombia at 0.9). The US and the UK were also among the worst-scoring countries, scoring 6 and 6.4 respectively.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands, which has some of the lowest annual working hours, is ranked as having the best work-life balance, with a score of 9.5. Denmark and Norway, two more countries listed as having the lowest annual working hours, also made the top 10 for the best work-life balance.

To view the full list of which countries are working the longest hours, click here: https://www.instantoffices.com/blog/featured/worlds-busiest-countries/

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Government of Antigua and Barbuda to support the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus

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Government of Antigua and Barbuda to support the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus.

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will be supporting the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus. The centre aims to advance intellectual progress and strengthen institutional capacity in the areas of marine science and the blue economy while capitalising on the economic opportunities for the Caribbean within this emerging sector.

According to the Honourable Dean Jonas, Minister of Social Transformation and the Blue Economy, “Antigua and Barbuda is advantageously positioned to expand the offering of the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus in this area”. Antigua and Barbuda is one the largest economies in the Eastern Caribbean, has the largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the subregion and its geographical location makes it ideally suited to serve as the home and hub of the region’s blue economy efforts.

Recently, the Ministry of the Blue Economy engaged in a Roundtable led by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission with senior faculty from the University of the West Indies, the University of Dalhousie (Canada), University of Southampton (United Kingdom), James Cook University (Australia), University of Queensland (Australia) and trade experts from Trade and Investment Queensland. The Roundtable explored the feasibility and opportunities available to establish a Centre of Excellence for the blue economy in partnership with the entities present. The objective is to gather leading academic experts, along with industry, to develop an action plan which will lead to the creation of the Centre of Excellence.

Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the UWI, noted: “Given the vital role of the blue economy to the sustainability and competitiveness of the Caribbean, The UWI welcomes this proposal of the Antigua and Barbuda government and would be pleased to harness its diverse expertise while working closely with the ACU, CWEIC and other partners across the globe, in support of this very important initiative”.

Dr Joanna Newman, MBE FRSA, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the ACU indicated her pleasure “to endorse and support the vision of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and The University of The West Indies to establish a Centre of Excellence for the Blue Economy in Antigua and Barbuda, within the overall development of a road map to economic sustainability through the blue economy”. Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Samantha Cohen welcomed this initiative as an “important step in the diversification of the economy of Antigua and Barbuda and the development of its natural assets to create a secure and environmentally sustainable economic future.”

Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the Caribbean region, stand to benefit from an emerging industry worth USD$2.5 trillion through the diversification of the economy into areas such as aquaculture, marine renewable energy, biotechnology and sea vegetable farming.

These meetings continue the dialogue that the Ministry has been holding with several organisations including the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CMEP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on developing a blue economy action plan for Antigua and Barbuda.

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Peru Reopens Archaeological, Tourist Sites After COVID-19 Closures

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Peru is now allowing visitors at 17 archaeological and tourist sites after closing them for several months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking at the Pachacamac archaeological site in Lima on Thursday, Peru Culture Minister Alejandro Neyra said visitors to the sites will have to follow protocols, including wearing face masks and keeping a safe distance apart.

Authorities say nine other sites will open by the end of month, and a gradual reopening of several more will begin in November.

It is unclear when Peru’s popular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen.

The reopening of the tourist attractions is expected to give Peru a needed economic boost because the South American country has been hard hit by the pandemic.

Peru is among the leaders in COVID-19 cases in Latin American, recording more than 859,000 cases and just over 33,500 deaths.

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Split US Congress Sets The Stage for Market Mayhem: SYZ Private Banking

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By Adrien Pichoud, chief economist and senior portfolio manager at SYZ Private Banking

The world’s economies are struggling with the ravages of a year unlike any in living memory, and the US is experiencing a presidential election like no other. Yet, whoever sits in the White House in January 2021, Congress will determine whether the next president can implement his agenda. Facing weeks of market volatility, with cash and government bonds offering negative yields, we argue investors should stand ready to grab opportunities in equities.

The race for the White House matters less than the fight to control Congress and the legislative agenda. From an economic point of view, regardless of how the Covid-19 pandemic develops, the presidential race will not alter the need to focus on recovery. 

Despite the geopolitical tensions and stakes for US democracy, we do not see a scenario after 3 November that would significantly change the American economy’s underlying health, nor the global ‘Japanification’ picture of historically low interest rates and growth.

 

Congress is king

A clean sweep by one party of the presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate would be the most market-disruptive outcome – giving the next administration a free hand in shaping the US legislative agenda. However, we anticipate a still-split Congress will limit the ambitions of either president. Under current polling, this congressional status quo is the most likely result and will be driven by disagreements over handling the pandemic.

Polls and bookmakers all point to Democrat nominee Joe Biden winning the presidency, the Democrats retaining control of the House of Representatives and Republicans maintaining their Senate majority. President Donald Trump began to lag in opinion polls around the arrival of the pandemic in the US, which has killed about 210,000 Americans.

Before March, Trump was happy to run a re-election campaign on the strengths of the American economy, and many investors anticipated a second Republican administration. Covid-19 has forced the president to switch tactics, stirring social and racial tensions, while disclosures about his tax returns suggest he cannot afford to lose. But Trump cannot now avoid the subject of Covid-19, having tested positive for the virus just one month before the vote.

After the election, the greatest political risk for investors would be a contested result. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the validity of the ballot and refused to commit to a peaceful handover. This sets the stage for legal challenges, social unrest and market volatility.

 

Covid-driven consensus

In the run up to the vote, investors should not be too distracted by the noise of the presidential campaign season. For all its polarised politics, the pandemic has created a broad consensus in the US around the need for the federal government to support businesses and wages.

With the Federal Reserve (Fed) committed to maintaining very low interest rates, whoever is elected president is likely to have fewer fiscal constraints than his predecessors. Therefore, the partisan differences are not about whether to compensate firms and employees for their loss of income, but how much to pay them. This means fiscal policy next year can be more proactive, with fewer constraints on government spending.

Importantly, both candidates’ agendas commit the US to lasting, significant public deficits. Even once a vaccine for Covid-19 is widely available, some economic sectors, such as tourism and entertainment, will need continued government support, else they will downsize or disappear. The airline industry, for example, is not expecting a return to pre-pandemic activity levels before 2023.

 

Contrasting agendas

Trump arrived in office in January 2017 with an aggressive tax cut and promises to undermine the existing multilateral order. During his term, equity indices reached new highs and interest rates hit new lows. A second Trump administration may target further tax cuts, roll over the trade tensions with China and Europe that dominated markets before the pandemic and provoke more social unrest.

The priority for either administration will remain the still-fragile economic recovery and, until this looks secure, a Biden presidency would have little incentive to rush toward higher taxes – especially as long as infrastructure spending remains cheap to finance under the Fed’s current monetary policy.

Recovery permitting, Biden wants to reverse a number of business-oriented policies, as well as improve the US’s international standing. He has campaigned for a programme of broad government spending on infrastructure, healthcare, clean energy and education, totalling $7trn. This would be partly financed by a combination of increased corporate and personal taxes and savings on prescription drug prices. Implemented in full, the programme would significantly raise public deficits and debt.

Some of Biden’s proposals, if and when eventually implemented, would therefore be negative for some stock market sectors. The prospect of raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% – offsetting half of Trump’s 2017 cut – would trim S&P 500 earnings by as much as a high single digit. This could undermine those sectors that benefitted most from earlier tax cuts, such as financials and industrials. Democrat promises to reform the healthcare system – a higher priority than ever during the pandemic this year – are already reflected in pharmaceutical companies’ prices. This said, a Biden administration would also look to unleash an ambitious spending plan, supporting renewable energies and largescale infrastructure.

 

Capitalising on volatility

Faced with these uncertainties, it would be highly risky to position portfolios for a specific election outcome, especially if market volatility intensifies with a contested result.

Despite the political noise, we expect the currently favourable market environment that relies heavily on fiscal support and very accommodative monetary policies to persist. Therefore, we do not see a scenario in which it would make sense to resort to holding cash or move to zero-yielding government bonds.

We continue to invest in investment grade credit, which offers carry yield in this context, as it enjoys the Fed’s implicit backstop. Secondly, we believe it makes sense to hold diversifying assets, such as gold and long-term government bonds, or instruments that can benefit from the high volatility levels of coming weeks. We are keeping some exposure to equities, preferring quality companies with high levels of long-term free cash flow. Any period of intense volatility in the weeks ahead will offer opportunities to build or add exposure to such names.

This election’s vitriol – the danger of social unrest, uncertainties over the president’s Covid-19 infection and a Supreme Court appointment that threatens existing healthcare policies – will keep financial markets on alert in the coming weeks. So, while stock markets continue to benefit from very low rates and plentiful liquidity, they may react abruptly to the election outcome, depending largely on the make-up of Congress.

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High-Quality Cost Efficient Plasma COVID-19 Treatment Developed by Suriname

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The Academic Medical Center (AZP) in Paramaribo, Suriname, successfully studied an efficient method to collect COVID-19 antibody-containing plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients to treat critically ill patients.

In contrast with prevailing plasma donation strategies, the Academic Medical Center collects plasma from recovered patients before hospital release. Early in the recovery process, the antibody titer is up to ten times higher than later in recovery. Preliminary data shows excellent results, both in patients where the condition is worsening to critical as for patients recently submitted to ventilator support.

The plasma donation and plasma preparation is supported by the innovative Dutch blood filter HemoClear. In a sterile, simple, and cost-effective procedure, this filter separates plasma from red blood cells. The plasma is processed to treatment for multiple COVID-19 patients while the red blood cells are or could be re-infused to the donor, not to hinder further recovery.

AZP anesthesiologist Dr. Rosita Bihariesingh states that ” the results are more than promising while the procedure costs and procedure efforts are way below available alternatives. We’re now awaiting approval to expand the patient group in our study “.

HemoClear’s CEO Vincent Franssen confirms growing interest in the Suriname method “Several study approval submissions are pending with the authorities of African and South American countries to use the Suriname method, HemoClear is proud to support these countries in their fight against COVID-19”.

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4 Tips for Increasing CapEx and Maximizing ROI

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Since 2011, capital expenditures (CapEx) have steadily increased in the hospitality industry. Hotels are routinely devoting more resources to enhancing the guest experience and developing their presence in the market. This is different from simply increasing operating expenses, which tend to be shorter-term, routine expenses that can be deducted from taxes. 

The increase in CapEx can be a sign of great things, but it’s still important to use it properly — hopefully in ways that will yield more returns for your business.

While everyone has their own way of doing things, recent patterns have shown that certain areas of spending and attention will help you get the most ROI on your CapEx.

 

1. Invest in Technology

Technology is often one of the best investments you can make to ensure guest satisfaction. Visitors rely on their connection to the outside world — from traveling for work to staying in touch with friends and family. That’s why getting a strong, high-speed Wi-Fi connection will keep people coming back time and time again, translating into a higher ROI. 

Other technological touches like smart TVs and electronic key card access also make great investments for convenience and entertainment.

 

2. Pay Attention to Common Spaces

On average, guests spend much more time in shared spaces than they used to — and less in their rooms. Therefore, these areas are some of the best places to invest in upgrades. Understanding the feeling and aesthetic you want to embody and running with it can work wonders. 

If you have a lounge you want to make more comfortable, consider cozier seating options. If luxury is what you’re going for, install new marble flooring or unique art. It’s all about understanding your guests and finding what they want in a space. That way, it feels unique, and your money goes to good use.

 

3. Design With the Future in Mind

Stretching your investment is one of the key factors in making it go far. That being said, designing with the future in mind is one of the best ways to save money and effort in the long run. While it would be great to only have to think about comfort and style, streamlining aesthetics, technology and quality for the long term can help you get the most out of your CapEx.

 

4. Consider Outdoor Space and Curb Appeal

Since guests spend more time in shared spaces, consider sprucing up your outdoor areas. Many hoteliers have already jumped on the trend of spending for curb appeal, and overall, it tends to work in their favor. The exterior is the first thing guests see, after all, so it’s important to make it count. Consider adding outdoor seating options or even a playground if you tend to draw a lot of families with young children.

 

Boost Your Hotel’s CapEx With These Tips

Even as CapEx increases, you can make the most of your budget by planning smarter investments. From the tech to the ambiance, your hotel can become a place guests will remember and want to return to.

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Dream Without Limits

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Dreamr’s mission is to provide a mobile platform with the tools and resources that empower people to practically pursue their dreams and aspirations from anywhere in the world. To put it simply, they are leveraging technology and global online connection to create an entirely new way to pursue your dreams. To date, there is no set of resources that makes pursuing your dreams and aspirations practical. We take a closer look at the firm to discover more about their innovative ways.

Using Dreamr is a very simple way of connecting yourself with other, like-minded people. The first step in using Dreamr is to declare your dream in text or video. This will enable you to make new like-minded connections using Dream Connect. Once you have used the app’s networking features to build a supporting community around your dream, you will be able to crowdfund around individual and shared dreams using the Dreamr’s planned integrated crowdfunding feature. Finally, you have the ability to monetize your skills by listing a service in our peer to peer marketplace.

Christopher Adams, the man behind the app, is a specialist in UX and UI design. Since leaving the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he has been focused on developing digital products for the modern age with a focus on positivity and giving back. Dreamr is latest manifestation of these efforts.

Dreamr is a digital ecosystem of networking and financial tools designed to empower people to dream without limits. It has always been the Dreamr mission to give the world a platform that offers everyone the tools and support they need to pursue their dreams and inspire individuals to help others do the same. Naturally, it is only fitting that the team align themselves with people who bring the Dreamr mission into their daily lives.

Dreamr is offering a free platform for you to make connections with people who believe in your dreams and can offer support through all means necessary.

Dreamr is designed to function as a distinct alternative to the social media apps and sites that exist. Currently there is no platform; social, financial, educational or otherwise that exists to nurture the dreams and aspirations of upcoming generations. At the moment, social media is designed to consume user’s time and attention by introducing addictive behavior. In addition to this, it historically shown little regard for providing real value to the end user. Social media has made it easy for people to share false or exaggerated versions of themselves online. This makes it easy for many interactions that people face on social media to be superficial. Social media can, and should, be used as a force for good and Dreamr is determined to be a pioneer in this way for the industry. Dreamr is aiming to be a positive network, one where you can utilise your connections to motivate and collaborate towards whatever it is that will make your dream come true and provide real fulfilment in life.

The company has an application development team of 30 individuals working around the clock to make sure their video content is crystal clear and that there are no data storage issues. The company culture at Dreamr is worth noting. You don’t have to be in Nevada to work for Dreamr, as it is a distributed organization with contributors from all around the globe. They insist on a positive, collaborative work environment free of politics for their employees. Dreamr also takes an innovative approach to compensation through a “results oriented work environment”, where individuals and teams are paid on deliverables vs. expectations. The more the employees perform, the more they are rewarded. In addition to this, they also have incentivized performance, as well as providing the perks and benefits for all their employees.

They are ensuring that Dreamr is a place where video content will be king. With the launch of each new smartphone comes a better and more stable camera, and the ease and quality of which video content can be generated is improving constantly.

Looking ahead to what the future holds for the firm, Dreamr is expected to be launched in American and India first followed by Latin America in the next 12 months.

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