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German Unemployment Rises More Than Expected In December

Friday January 3 rd 2020

(RTTNews) – Germany’s unemployment grew far more-than-expected in December, partly erasing the decline in the previous month, data from the Federal Employment Agency showed Friday.

The number of people out of work rose by a seasonally adjusted 8,000 persons, which was double the increase of 4,000 economists had predicted.

The agency attributed the latest increase in unemployment mainly to the development in the unemployment insurance sector due to the economic downturn.

The decline in November was revised to 14,000 from 16,000 reported initially. In October, the joblessness grew by 7,000 persons.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was unchanged at 5 percent in December, in line with expectations.

Underemployment rose by 6,000 persons from the previous month, after a decline of 5,000 in November.

“The labor market was largely stable at the end of the year,” the Federal Employment Agency CEO Detlef Scheele said in a press conference in Nuremberg.

“However, traces of the economic downturn are evident.”

On a non-adjusted basis, the number of unemployed rose by 47,000 persons monthly to 2.227 million and the jobless rate climbed to 4.9 percent from 4.8 percent in the previous month.

TAT targets 3.18 trillion Baht in tourism revenue for Thailand in 2020

Thursday January 2 nd 2020

BANGKOK, Jan. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is expecting 3.18 trillion Baht in overall tourism revenue for Thailand in 2020, or a 4% year-on-year increase. This includes 2.02 trillion Baht from international tourists (up 3%) and 1.16 trillion Baht from domestic tourists (up 5%).

The outlook for 2020 follows the overall tourism situation in 2019, which is estimated to generate 3.06 trillion Baht (4% increase over 2018), comprising 1.96 trillion Baht (up 4%) from 39.77 million international tourists (also up 4%) and 1.10 trillion Baht (up 3%) from 167 million domestic trips (up 1%). Thailand welcomed the 39 millionth tourist on 27 December, 2019.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “TAT’s target for 2020 is based on several favourable factors, ranging from the government’s stimulus measures, TAT’s focussed marketing strategies and promotions of emerging destinations, new air routes and the positive outlook of international tourists to Thailand from key source markets.”

The Thai government has launched 16 tourism stimulus measures aimed at stimulating more inbound travel, including the opening of more VAT refund shops and counters, 24-hour cross-border tourism on the Thai-Malaysian and Thai-Lao borders during weekends and holidays, the e-visa service and exemption of the visa-on-arrival fee until 30 April, 2020, and the 50% discount on airport landing fees for international flights from 1 December, 2019, to 30 April, 2020, to name but a few.

Thailand is also seeing new air routes, including Hangzhou-Chiang Rai, Sendai-Bangkok, Munich-Phuket, and Doha-Chiang Mai.

At the same time, some emerging Thai destinations have become more popular among international tourists and gained global recognition. Buri Ram ranked third on Airbnb’s list of 20 trending destinations to visit in 2020, while Sukhothai has been designated by UNESCO as a ‘Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art’.

Mr. Yuthasak said, “Leveraging these favourable factors and gearing up to mark the 60th anniversary in 2020, TAT is committed to making travel and tourism the kingdom’s most economically promising, environmentally sustainable, and culturally vibrant sector.”

TAT’s marketing strategies also include the launch of “The MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket Phang Nga 2020.”

In 2020, TAT is seeing a positive outlook of international tourists to Thailand from several markets including the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, and Vietnam), Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Spain, Eastern Europe, Israel and the US. The Chinese, Singaporean and Middle Eastern markets are showing signs of recovery. Meanwhile, the Japanese, Hong Kong, European, Scandinavian, Australian and Latin American markets are expected to remain stable or show a slow growth.

Mr. Yuthasak said, “TAT is also preparing to overcome several challenges, including the effect from global trade conflicts, the rise in consumption tax in Japan, and Brexit. The strong Thai Baht, Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, World Expo 2020 Dubai and stimulus visa schemes from country competitors have also been taken into consideration when laying out our tourism marketing strategies.”

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SOURCE Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

CAC 40 Rallies On Trade Optimism

(RTTNews) – French stocks were moving higher on Thursday on optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal after U.S. President Donald Trump said that a partial trade agreement would be signed in the middle of next month.

In what could be a major milestone in a bilateral trade war, Trump also said that he would later travel to Beijing to begin talks on the next phase of the agreement.

Meanwhile, China’s central bank announced fresh stimulus for the country’s stuttering economy.

The People’s Bank of China said it would cut banks’ reserve requirement ratio by 50 basis points on Jan. 6, freeing up more than USD 100 billion for loans to small businesses.

The benchmark CAC 40 was up 63 points, or 1.05 percent, at 6,041 as traders returned to their desks after a public holiday on Wednesday for the New Year.

Airbus shares rallied 3.3 percent on a Reuters report that the company has become the world’s largest planemaker for the first time since 2011.

The euro held steady against its rivals after the release of Eurozone final manufacturing PMI data.

Neptune Society of Northern California Celebrates Grand Opening of Fairfield Location

Wednesday January 1 st 2020

FAIRFIELD, Calif., Jan. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ – Neptune Society of Northern California invites the community to join us in celebrating our new location at an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

The event will take place at our new office, 2750 N. Texas St., Suite 150, Fairfield, CA, 94533.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. Guests will then be able to tour the new location and learn more about how Neptune Society of Northern California serves families throughout the state. Light refreshments will be served, and the first 100 guests will receive a special gift.

Guests can RSVP by calling the Fairfield office at (707) 422-4900.

Members of the community will have the opportunity to get to know our Fairfield team, and learn how they work each day to help families through a difficult time by carrying out the wishes of loved ones who have passed away.

Neptune Society of Northern California is a direct cremation provider, specializing in affordable cremation services. The staff assists families with both planning cremation services ahead of time, as well as when a loved one has passed away.

By providing a selection of affordable options, Neptune Society of Northern California helps you arrange cremation plans that honor your life or that of your loved ones, without overspending. This allows members to choose how they wish to be remembered, and it allows families to decide how to best celebrate the life of their loved one.

Taking time to preplan a cremation service can lift a huge burden off the shoulders of families. Having a plan in place ahead of time makes the entire cremation process simpler and less stressful for those left behind. It also allows prepayment for services, locking in current prices and potentially saving families hundreds of dollars.

If a loved one passes away unexpectedly, Neptune Society of Northern California is prepared to take them into our care and serve the family at any hour and on any day of the year.

For more information about cremation services, contact us at (800) 420-8820 or Neptune Society of Northern California is proud to open its doors in a new community, where we strive to continue serving families in our tradition of dignity and compassion.

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SOURCE Neptune Society of Northern California

Panzhihua, China: Creating a New Benchmark for the Recuperation and Health Preservation Industry

Tuesday December 31 st 2019

CHENGDU, China, Dec. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In December 2019, the 10th Panzhihua Joy and Sunshine Festival kicked off under the joint sponsorship of the Panzhihua Municipal People’s Government of Sichuan Province, China, and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism. The Joy and Sunshine Festival is Panzhihua’s annual tourism festivity, and has been hosted to great fanfare for nine straight years since inception in 2010. The campaign will continue until February 2020.

At the onset of winter, the majority of China ushers in the coldest season of the year. But looking back, since November, a total of eight national-level large-scale activities already took place in Panzhihua: From the 2019 Democratic League of China Legal Governance Forum and the Honest Government Research Annual Academic Symposium 2019 to the Tour of Panzhihua 2019 cycling race and the final contest of the National Hiking Trail Premier League…what makes Panzhihua so charmingly attractive? The answer is actually quite clear. Other than the rapidly expanding local vanadium and titanium industry, the warm and comfortable winter climate and the top-notch environment conducive to recuperation and health preservation are key reasons that have turned Panzhihua into a magnet for all sorts of large-scale events and conferences.

Mecca for Recuperation and Health Preservation, Environment Greatly Suited for Residence

The city of Panzhihua is located in southwestern China and is the only city in China named after a flower. The plant, pan zhi hua or mu mian hua in Chinese, is known by various names such as cotton tree, red-silk cotton or red-cotton, which blossoms in January and February each year, enveloping the city in a gorgeous sea of red.

Panzhihua is located at 26 degrees north along with other world-famous vacation heavens like Hawaii and Miami of the U.S. and Okinawa of Japan. The city averages 2,700 hours of sunshine and a temperature of 20.3 degrees centigrade over the year. The unique climatic and geographical conditions bestow Panzhihua with sunshine almost 365 days a year, and natural conditions here in an immaculate fusion. In recent years, Panzhihua has been named various titles such as “Top Ten Cities for Air Environment in China“, “Best City for Senior Habitat in China” and “Top Tourism City for Winter Escape in China“, and Panzhihua has maintained a rate of more than 90% for excellent air quality for five consecutive years. Relying on its unique natural conditions, Panzhihua in recent years has dedicated emphatic efforts to cultivate its recuperation and health preservation industry, and to position itself as an international sunshine, recuperation and health preservation tourist destination.

As early as back in 2017, Panzhihua became among the first pioneers to publish local standards for recuperation and health preservation industry base, and founded the first recuperation and health preservation academy in the country. At present, Panzhihua has edged its way into a number of top echelons such as the first group of National Medical Care and Health Preservation Trial Site Cities of China, National Smart Recuperation, Health Preservation and Senior Care Model Base, Top 50 Cities for Recuperation and Health Preservation in China and Top 50 Cities for Livability Competitiveness in China.

Following the growth of the recuperation and health preservation industry, tourists influx into Panzhihua also ballooned quickly, reaching 22 million person/times in 2018, while the whole city’s tourism income rose by 20% compared to 2017. In addition, many middle-aged individuals and seniors from places like Beijing, Chengdu and Xi’an have opted to purchase real estate in Panzhihua, as they prefer to spend the winter in the city just like migratory birds that seek warm havens.

Copious sunshine and suitable night-day temperature difference have endowed fruits from Panzhihua with an extra degree of plumpness and sweetness. As Sichuan’s one and only tropical fruit production base, the city is famed for the high quality of fruits like mango, loquat, pomegranate, wax apple, strawberry and cherry. In particular, Panzhihua’s mangos are highly sought after across the globe because they come from one of the northernmost and highest places of origin for mangos, which result in late maturation and superb quality.

Combination of Medical Care and Health Preservation, Creation of New High Ground for Recuperation and Health Preservation Industry

As a National Integrated Medical Care and Health Preservation Industry Model Zone, while fostering the recuperation and health preservation as its pillar industry, active steps have been taken to explore and develop supplementary area like medical care, education, commerce and sports. The Panzhihua Municipal Government has invested tremendously in this regard, and has succeeded in the introduction of a myriad of projects and real estate companies to construct the supplementary facilities.

In terms of medical care, although the urban population of Panzhihua numbers only 780,000, but across the city are six grade-three hospitals and eight grade-two hospitals, with medical care and sanitation resources per capita ranked in the forefront of Sichuan Province. In order to generate synergy with the growth of the recuperation and health preservation industry, Panzhihua has set up daytime care centers for seniors in hospitals, established medical clinics in senior care organizations, and guided hospitals and senior care institutions to jointly create integrated medical care-health preservation service platforms, among a series of other measures, so as to promote the development of the “recuperation and health preservation + medical care industry”.

At the 1st Panzhihua Culture and Creativity Development Convention held just recently, it was stipulated that the concepts of “bodily preservation, spiritual preservation, mental preservation, winter escape, summer escape, smog escape” will be the central guidance for efforts in speeding up the construction of five international recuperation and health preservation tourism and vacation zones like the Hong Ge Hot Spring Tourism and Vacation Zone, Pu Da Sunshine International Recuperation and Health Preservation Industry Vacation Zone, ten special recuperation and health preservation villages, a hundred recuperation and health preservation tour-stay locations, as well as 50 integrated medical care + health preservation spots. Panzhihua’s plan-makers are aiming for 50 billion yuan in total tourism income and 50 million person/times in received visitors by 2025.

In addition, Panzhihua is also adopting an active approach to strengthen medical care + health preservation supports in aspects such as human resource, information and scientific research, so as to create optimal medical care + health preservation environment and conditions for visitors and citizens, and to drive the highly efficient and sustainable development of the sunshine recuperation and health preservation industry.

In the future, Panzhihua will accelerate city construction, emphatically promote the development of its transportation, education, medical care, information and culture, and establish itself as the gateway for Sichuan’s southward opening-up efforts. Measures will be taken to build a modern and comprehensive transportation and commute system, engender and advance the advancement of a healthy Panzhihua, and forge a medical care service brand recognized for its distinguished quality. The city will also promote the organic integration between the big data industry, recuperation and health preservation industry and other industries, so as to bolster the orderly and healthy growth of the recuperation and health preservation industry, and to create a benchmark of the Chinese recuperation and health preservation industry.

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SOURCE The Panzhihua Municipal People’s Government of Sichuan Province