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Why Sterling Holidays is pivoting its business

The scalability issues with timeshare vacation business have galvanised Sterling Holidays to pivot its business. Chennai-based Sterling Holiday is going whole hog into becoming a regular hotels company. Unlike in the past where it owned resorts or leased them from developers, the company is actively looking at managing properties which are owned by developers, an asset-light model which is famous with international branded hospitality chains in India. Sterling has already signed five management contracts and is hoping to sign 10 hotel properties this year under the managed model, adding 400…

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Stokvel members love island holidays, this travel agency found

Earlier this year, Flight Centre launched a new product aimed at stokvel members.  It found that, apart from local destinations, members were saving up for holidays in Mauritius and Thailand. Earlier this year, the travel agency Flight Centre started a stokvel for travel. More than 80 stokvels have signed up, and so far the most popular destinations (apart from domestic trips) are Thailand and Mauritius. A maximum of 30 people can form part of a stokvel – but they don’t have to travel together. To sign-up, members complete a application form,…

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Do you tend to put on weight during holidays? Worry not, we have the best solution

For many, the best part of a vacation is to experience delicious meals and soak in the local flavours. However, all this gluttony can impact your health and show up on your waistline. Here are some easy tips to keep in mind while eating out during your vacation. We spoke to Dr Manoj Kuteri, wellness director at Atmantan Wellness Centre at Mulshi, near Pune, Maharashtra, and he says meal planning is the key. 1) Carry your own snacks. Avoid the temptation of snacking at airports as you are more likely to pick…

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Coping with ‘fear of missing out’ over the holidays

Have you heard the phrase “Fear of missing out”? It’s commonly known by its acronym, FOMO, and while many say it comes from using social media too much, you don’t have to be online for it to have an effect on your life. The fear of not staying “connected” may cause problems, said Dr. Joe Taravella, a licensed clinical psychologist at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation. “It can lead to cognitive distortions and that is people thinking… that they’re truly missing out on things,” he said. FOMO…

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The Stress of the Holidays – and 2016 – May Make This the Perfect Time to Try Meditation

If we can agree on one thing, it’s that this holiday season is especially stressful. This year it’s not just about the crush of shopping, decorating, cooking and traveling, but the whirl of emotions about getting together with friends and family, some of whom may disagree with you on matters more weighty than whose holiday sweater is ugliest. It may be the year to spike the eggnog. Better yet, it may be the year to try meditation. We spoke to Tara Brach, a psychologist, teacher and founder of the Insight…

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It’s not Really the Holidays Until You Read about Avoiding Weight Gain

The twinkling lights. The Starbucks cups. The fa-la-la-la-laing. All of those things are fine for getting into the seasonal spirit. But it’s not really the holidays until you read an article about avoiding weight gain. In the December issue of Women’s Health, Paige Fowler offers this new twist on the usual advice: Eat like an animal. Her theory is that “birds and beasts spend three-quarters of their waking lives acquiring and consuming food – but never get fat. Sooo, who better to go to for diet advice?” No actual animals…

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