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Understanding Foreign Exchange And The Use Of A Currency Converter

There are many instances where you may need to exchange currencies, like travelling to a foreign destination, investing in foreign assets, paying fees of foreign universities etc. Whenever you are dealing with foreign exchange, it becomes compulsory to research about the exchange rates and make calculations using them.

Though it is quite easy to find the exchange rate quotes, most of us cannot make the calculations to find how much currency we exactly need to exchange. Currency converter is an excellent tool for this purpose. They help us to make currency exchange calculations in a jiffy without wasting too much time.

Before we discuss more about currency converters, let us understand how to find and read exchange rates.

Foreign exchange rates are always given in pairs. The quote denotes the value of one currency that is required to get one unit of the other currency. For example, CAD/USD denotes the number of US dollars needed to purchase one Loonie. The value of currency pairs keeps fluctuating due to a number of factors such as the economic and political conditions in the countries, the demand for the currencies in the forex markets, economic indicators, hedging activity and so on.

You can find the exchange rates for different pairs of currencies at your bank, currency exchange firms, currency brokers or vendors, airport kiosks, forex trading platforms, websites of foreign exchange companies, etc. However, it is important to keep in mind that airport kiosks and private currency vendors charge a huge commission or fee that is included in the exchange rate. It is always advisable to compare the exchange rates before converting the currency.

Using a Currency Converter

Calculating exchange rate is the most challenging part for many of us. Calculating the exchange rate manually is confusing and time consuming.  Moreover, there is always a risk of errors while doing the calculations manually. Currency converter helps us to do the calculations in a quick and exact manner. You just have to choose the currency you have in hand and the currency you require. The converter will do all the calculations and will give you the accurate amount of currency you need to convert. The process is simple and easy.

You can find a currency converter on the websites of reputed foreign exchange companies and banks. Using a converter helps you to make the calculations in an accurate and quick manner.

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Honda Supersport Bikes For The One-Make Championship

The lineup of Honda supersport bikes was designed to push the limits of speed and performance while providing the rider with total confidence and control. Honda, the Japanese motorcycle maker introduced NSF250R Cup in India so that aspiring racers can battle it out for the one-make championship.

It was called NSF250R Cup because the motorcycle that will be used is an 84-kilo, 48PS making Moto3 –spec bike called the NSF250R. The supersport bike was developed in 2011 by Honda’s racing division, Honda Racing Corporation. Many Moto3 races were won by Honda using the same bike including the constructor’s title in 2015. The 2014 and 2015 Moto3 world championships were won by popular motorcycle racers Alex Marquez and Danny Kent using the NSF250R.

Currently, Honda has offered the pro stock 165cc bikes for the one-make championship in India. Compared to the pro stock 165 cc bikes, NSF250R is a small bike. It is even smaller than stock Honda CBR250R that was introduced to India as a supersport bike. The compactness of the bike is due to the brand new single-cylinder engine that is banked towards the rear at 15-degree angle.

The NSF250R has a 249.3cc, liquid-cooled single cylinder engine, high rev band of 13000rpm while making a 48.3Ps of maximum power and 28Nm of peak torque. In comparison, stock CBR250R only makes 26.5PS and 22.8 Nm. More astonishing is its kerb weight which is just 84 kilos which gives the motorcycle a power-to-weight ratio of 575PS per tonne.

NSF250R is loaded with premium tech that includes a special 7000 series pressed aluminum frame, adjustable clip-on and rear seats, steering damper and fully adjustable USD’s in front and pro link mono-shock at the back. Disc brake in front is 296mm and 186mm disc at the back.  There is no ABS because it is strictly a race bike.

A fantastic range of Honda supersport bikes are available at the Leicester and Petersbrough area in the United Kingdom. Both new and loyal customers can expect unbeatable service. Along with the supersport bikes is the parts and accessories department to add a personal touch to the bike and make it unique from other bikes.

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Fusion Hotel Group Expanding In Vietnam

Vietnam-based Fusion hotel group is expanding its reach across the country, opening several new properties, including new beach hotels in Danang, in order to keep pace with the growth of wellness hospitality in the region.

Since 2008, Fusion has been putting up upscale hotels and resorts in Vietnam’s emerging destinations, making the group notable as the first of its ilk to invest in locations like PhuQuoc, Cam Ranh and Danang, with Fusion Resort QuangBinh being one of their latest developments.

Fusion COO AtillaErda says that the company foresaw the growing trend in wellness-inspired hospitality in Vietnam, and noticed that, unlike in other countries, it wasn’t being developed. Though there were beach hotels in Danang and across the country with wellness facilities, these options tend to be additional packages, separate, instead of inclusive in the price of the room itself.

Before the end of 2019, Fusion Suites in Vung Tau will officially open, and, currently, a third property in Danang in under development. By 2020, the hotel group, with partner Darwing will launch their Fusions Originals brand in Ho Chi Minh City. This new brand takes cues from leading scientists, artists and inventors, with the goal of reflecting and celebrating their history and contributions to the world. On top of all of that, the hospitality group is getting ready for the launch of Fusion Resort QuangBinh, to happen sometime in 2020.

Erda stated that they have put their focus on what they believe are the right places, with every venture chosen carefully. Fusion, they note, also invested heavily in local manpower and knowledge, meaning that they’re able to go into locations that haven’t really been part of the market.

The COO also noted how offering inclusive spa treatments and services, like complimentary breakfast anywhere, anytime, has helped to greatly differentiate them from the competitions in the high-end hospitality market.

Fusion CEO Peter Meyer says that the company’s continuing growth is fuelled by an increasing demand for high quality wellness accommodation. He notes that Vietnam’s tourism sector is among some of the fastest developing in the world, with QuangBinh, the site for the Fusion Resort QuangBinh, receiving 3.9 million visitors in 2018 on its own.

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Thousands To Tourists Expected In Thailand To Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations will be held in Bangkok as well as other popular tourist destinations in Thailand. If you are planning to attend, now is the right time to book your accommodations at the family resort in Phuket before it runs out of rooms. Events are planned in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket with cultural performances from China and Thailand.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is joining hands with China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Chinese Embassy to organize the most festive Chinese New Year’s eve celebrations in Bangkok for this year. According to Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of TAT, this year’s celebration will be unique because it comes after Thailand welcomed 10 million Chinese tourists for 2018.

TAT expects that more than 330,000 Chinese tourists will be welcomed between February 4 and 10. This will represent more than 30% of the overall total of 1.03 million foreign arrivals over the Chinese New Year in Thailand. The TAT governor also expects the Chinese tourists to spend more than 10 billion baht or $314 million during the 7-day period. It is also estimated that the total revenue from international visitors will reach 24 billion baht.

Chinese New Year celebrations will be held in other destinations that young Chinese tourists frequent. Aside from the events being planned at Bangkok’s famous shopping mall, Siam Square, there will be celebrations at Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Aside from cultural presentations participated in by both Chinese and Thai performers, there will be demonstrations of various Chinese art forms that include paper cutting and calligraphy. There will also be fairs selling different goods and foods. Festivities will also be organized in large Thai-Chinese communities at locations that have long-standing traditions of holding Chinese New Year activities in the country.

At the beautiful family resort in Phuket, there is no dearth of activities that will entertain both adults and kids. You can explore around, go to the beaches or engage in a shopping spree. You can also satisfy your cravings for mouth-watering Thai cuisine from the various beachfront restaurants while you are waiting for the Chinese New year celebrations to begin.

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Thousands Have Tied The Knot Following Australia’s Legalization Of Same-Sex Marriage

It’s been more than a year since Australia legalized same-sex marriage, which has been a good time for same-sex couples across the country, as well as the wedding industry, with many a Sydney wedding stylist getting more work thanks to the new weddings.

According to the Registry of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in the states and territories of Australia, there’s been thousands of same-sex marriages across the AU, following the legalisation of same-sex marriage, in December 9 of 2018.

A lot of the registry offices provided statistics up to the end of November 2018, resulting in a slightly off data. That being said, the numbers show that there were 5,985 same-sex marriages registered across Australia.

New South Wales is the home of the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras, and, unsurprisingly, it has the most same-sex marriages registered, as of November 15, 2018, with 2,004, to the benefit of many a Sydney wedding stylist and others in the wedding industry.

The top five are rounded out by:

  • Victoria (1,552)
  • Queensland (1,241)
  • Western Australia (519)
  • South Australia (372)

Tasmania had 128 same-sex weddings, with 39 of these were male couples, while the remaining 89 couples were female.

The Australian Capital Territory, as of the time of writing, has the only openly gay leader in Australia; Chief Minister Andrew Barr. The region saw 124 same-sex marriages registered up to November 30. The Northern Territory, meanwhile, had a smaller population, which accounted, in part, for its smaller numbers; 45 same-sex weddings for 26 female couples and 19 male couples.

Aussie Marriage Equality spokeswoman Shirleene Robinson says that the country embraced the change when they voted for marriage equality. She believes that the most beautiful thing is to see all of the weddings that are happening because of the legislation being passed, and all of the loving couples having the power to make that statement in front of their loved ones.

While the legislation has been good, and a step forward in the right direction, there remains work to be done in order to make Australia completely accepting of same-sex marriages. One marriage celebrant, by the name of Joanne Armstrong, opened up about the terrible stories she’s either heard of or were part of. She says the legislation gave the people the ability to marry who they love, but that’s just a first step.

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Bangkok Welcomes New Observation Deck

There are many buildings in Thailand including family hotels in Bangkok which cements the city’s reputation as a budding metropolitan. There are tall buildings everywhere in the capital that developers are aiming to beat the tallest ones in order to create a new milestone. For MahaNakhon, the completion of the observation deck by the developer Buro Ole Scheerenmeans they have bagged the title of the second tallest building in the entire kingdom.

MahaNakhom, a local name pertaining to great metropolis, is composed of 77 storeys. It takes a pixilated form and the design has cuboid cutaways which continue upward in order to complete its facades.

According to Ole Scheeren who is Buro Ole Scheeren’s principal, the main idea for the construction of the skyscraper is to embody the city life in Bangkok and showcase it in the form of a tower which exudes a dramatic effect with a movement that spirals.

The building of MahaNakhon, with a final height of 314 meters, took home the title of the tallest building in Thailand when it was first launched in 2015. A residential tower with height higher than one meter was then constructed which snatched the title away from the skyscraper.

At the top of the building is an observation deck with glass floors. This gives the viewers a chance to see the entire city of Bangkok in 360 views.

Scheeren said that the observation deck at the very top of the building was intended to be used by the public so that human activity is not only at the ground floor but at the entire length of the skyscraper from bottom up to the top.

At the beginning of the project, it was intended to be an integral part of the city as well as the public and the creation of the observation deck was a testament to that proclamation.

The observation deck called Skytray can be visited by guests at family hotels in Bangkok which gives them direct view of the ground which is over 300 meters from the top. The entire glass platform’s dimension is 4.5 meters by 17.5 meters.

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