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Car Rentals in the Time of COVID-19: What You Need to Know



Car Rentals in the Time of COVID

Since the World saw a massive breakout of the novel COVID-19 virus earlier in the year, every business, including car rental companies, has experienced changes in their operations. While many professionals still have to work every day, others are getting used to working from home and keeping in touch with work-related stuff online. With several countries gradually returning to normalcy, many people are quite optimistic about returning to their old routines. Even though Governments have many strategies in place, and people remain positive, daily commuters continue to take all preventive measures seriously. For this reason, many people avoid public transportation or being close to other people. True, the laid down guidelines limit exposure to the virus and ultimately the spread. It is however, safer to drive alone or ride with family than share a ride with strangers. If you don’t own a car, a reasonable means of transporting yourself in these COVID times is a rental car. But you have concerns, and we understand. Therefore, we did our research, and these are some of the things you should know. 

Changes in rental services 

Opting for rental cars is for you to reduce physical contact with people. Therefore, before you rent a car, look out for these:

  • Proper sanitization of the car in question, before and after use. You want to look out for surfaces like the dashboard, steering wheel, doors, seats, seat belts, compartments, and – all surfaces. 
  • Personnel adherence to strict safety procedures. (Gloves, use of alcohol-based sanitizer, disinfectants, nose masks, etc.) Employees who keep their distance.
  • Addition of safety seals on doors and car trunk. 
  • Touchless rentals.
  • Dramatically lower prices.
  • Availability of emergency services.
  • Rental companies that request for medical certificates or related health documents to prove that the renter is virus-free. 

Furthermore, ask questions about the product used, time of disinfection, etc. For reassurance, you may take a closer look at the car. Residue from disinfecting liquid could linger on the vehicle, and you’d see it. 

Is it safe to rent a car at the moment? 

Although research on the COVID-19 virus is ongoing, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and washing hands are ways to prevent it. While it may be difficult to stay away from moving from one place to another, keeping safe is a constant. The mode of transmission is mostly respiratory, so, as long as you avoid touching open areas of the body, you’re not at potential risk. This is for sure: renting a car and driving it yourself is safer than taking buses or public trains. Before you make any reservations, make sure that the company has new sanitation policies. 

How to safely rent a car during the Pandemic?

The wind of change is blowing, and it has touched every sphere of life. Despite the uncertainty hanging in the air, business owners continue to adopt new ways of adding value to clients’ lives. A recent survey shows 84 percent of the car rental firms carrying out specialist sanitation on each of their cars across all locations. Furthermore, 27 percent offer additional Covid-19 protection such as antibacterial gel and wipes or face masks and gloves for customers. At the same time, 12 percent provide them at an extra cost. That means a decent number of car rental firms are presently adhering to safety measures as laid down by WHO and other health bodies. 

In many locations, rental companies have a reception area where you’re likely to meet people. Employees may have to engage you in signing rental agreements and handing your keys to the car if you do not do it online. There’s no such thing as an ‘abundance of precaution’ when it comes to safety. If you’re going to rent a car soon, for personal trips or your family, here are tips on staying safe. 

  • You may consider doing another round of sanitization of your own. Wipe all surfaces with EPA approved disinfectants and sanitizers. 
  • Always park the car by yourself. Avoid using valet services to reduce contact. 
  • Since surfaces are liable to get contaminated again, use gloves when touching them, and ensure proper disposal. 
  • Stay prepared, always carry your items with you. 
  • Let the windows stay down so that fresh air can circulate throughout the vehicle. Ventilation is good for your interior space. Also, the new supply carries airborne particles away from the car. 
  • If you have used a rental service and you want to make another purchase, read through their policy again. As a result of the Pandemic, many companies are changing their policies. Mostly to help cushion the effect on customers. Their change in policy may be to your advantage. 
  • Do your bookings online to avoid exchange of money through physical contact.

Why car rentals are presently a good option

The World is experiencing a shift in paradigm. While people are striving for essentials like food, health care, and shelter. It would be almost impossible to have access to any of these without movement. That’s why a car rental subscription may suffice. No matter where you live, car and bus rentals have been a mutually beneficial deal for both the parties. People rent out cars and buses for different purposes. For example, you might be interested in renting your Palm Bay bus for parties or you might be interested in renting your limousine to a bunch of college graduates celebrating their graduation in style .

A sharp hike in the price of goods and services is inevitable. Majorly because of the current restrictions – and downturn in the Economy. However, as a result of the Pandemic, rental companies are incorporating new services. With the new options, you’re safer and move around faster. Some of these services are:

  • Keyless system 

The warning against touching surfaces rings in the hearts of safety loving individuals. Hence, the need for the Keyless feature in car renting. Physical contact with keys is minimal since the introduction of IoT (internet of things). The keyless system is an innovative self-care service for customers. Furthermore, the industry is set for an opening to real-time sanitization videos to ensure customer satisfaction. Again, many businesses can learn to respond better by adopting different strategies. 

  • Reevaluation of booking methods 

At the moment, people will rather stay home than go out. When they eventually make it out, it is for unavoidable reasons. Like so, online interaction and transactions have gradually become the order of things. With the aid of the necessary online tools, people can make their bookings without going to the provider’s office. Again, payments are made via online platforms too. 


Buying a car even without the Pandemic is a huge commitment. As a result of a change in rates and timing, rentals are a flexible option. Certain contracts can be transferred from one person to another without a severe financial penalty. 

Also, firms have payment of small upfront fees to initiate contracts, thus helping you stay within your budget. Rental is based majorly on the present market value of cars, so if the value increases or decreases, it’s not your problem.

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The USA’s Biggest Luxury Resort Openings of 2020



The USA’s Biggest Luxury Resort Openings of 2020
The USA’s Biggest Luxury Resort Openings of 2020
When you have a setting as beautiful as Utah’s desert, it makes sense to capitalize on the nature around you.

Whilst this year has thrown more than a few curveballs to those in the business world, there is one industry that is determined to keep pushing forwards. The hotel industry has never been one to rest on its laurels and 2020 has been no different. There have been dozens of huge resort openings across the globe this year, but these American offerings are the biggest and the best of them.

Circa Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Circa Casino offers both traditional and electronic roulette, allowing guests to decide which they prefer.

Circa has definitely not come sheepishly on to the Las Vegas scene. In their own words, ‘We go big. We go all night. And here, everyone is on the guest list. So get loose and get loud. This is Circa. The time of your life.’ If you’re competing with the biggest and the best then it pays to make some noise and tell everyone what you’re about. Vegas is a hyper-competitive casino resort scene and it looks like Circa won’t be going quietly.

The rooms are all styled to a slick Old School Vegas standard, but their most exclusive offer is our of this world. The Founders Suite features two large bedrooms which both look out over the Las Vegas strip. In the 1830 square foot space, guests will find a luxurious tub, two giant mattresses, a full size lounge-diner and even a fireplace. The suite feels luxurious from the moment you step inside, but the real selling point of Circa, isit’s extra activities.

Their state of the art casino offers not only all of the traditional table games that you’d expect, blackjack, craps, 3-card poker etc, but also offers electronic versions of them. The strategy involved in playing roulette is much the same in an electronic format, as in a ‘real wheel’, but there are games where online versions differ greatly. This combination of different formats will allow players to game where they feel the most comfortable.

Camp Sarika, Utah

Aman Resorts have had a busy year with not one, but two new openings. However, Camp Sarika is certainly the most picturesque of the two. Set in acres and acres of open desert, this tented resort is the perfect retreat from city life. Whilst many of us associate ‘tented resorts’ with camping, Camp Sarika could not be more different. Each of the tents comes with its own private, heated plunge pool and a gorgeous terrace set around a fire pit. Its everything you’d expect from a luxury hotel, set right in the middle of Amangiri.

There are five national parks and the Navajo Nation Reservation within just a few miles of the camp, so its the perfect place for nature lovers. The landscape here is breathtaking, mesas, canyons and craters of jaw-dropping proportions are all around you. You can’t help but feel connected to nature as you settle in to a guided meditation session, or a yoga practice amidst the wilderness.

As well as adventuring and soul searching, Camp Sarika also offers plenty of delicious evening activities. Their restaurant sits right in the main pavilion and offers a daily changing menu of locally sourced dishes. Whether you’d like fire-pit roasted meats, or a fresh vegan salad, there’s something rustic and life-affirming for every palate.

Riggs, Washington DC

If Camp Sarika is the wilderness lover’s dream retreat, then Riggs is the cosmopolitan equivalent. Set in the former Riggs National Bank Building, this imposing resort sits right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Washington DC. The property it sets in already has a rich history of its own and the resort owners have made subtle nods to this throughout the interior design. For example, each of the rooms features little touches as you would find in a safety deposit box, whilst the communal areas of the building feature images of the Golden Age of Banking.

The ground floor is taken up by the glamorous Cafe Riggs, which is open to guests and the public alike. It feels incredibly European inside the cafe, with large windows, white linens and a fresh, sophisticated menu. Vegetarian and vegan diners will be delighted at the heavily plant based selection of dishes, which merge seamlessly from breakfast through to dinner.

If you fancy food rather than drink then Riggs has got you covered. There are two bars with their own unique personalities. The first is on the lower ground floor in the heart of what was originally the main bank vault. If you’d prefer a little more natural light, then the top floor of the resort offers an incredible view of the surrounding city, as well as drinks and bar snacks. A Rosa Spritz, accompanied by a light plate of ricotta and peaches, whilst looking out over Penn, is a luxury experience that is hard to match.

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Digital Industries that are still providing opportunities for Startups in 2020



digital industries

Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, starting up your own business or enterprise is no easy feat. The business landscape had been completely revolutionised in recent years however, especially thanks to the emergence of digital industries and tech trends. As a result, there are many more areas now in which fledgling businesses can be set up that offer great prospects and the potential for growth.

Many more investors, too, are taking an interest in the tech sector, as it’s one of the more stable industries that does seem to offer a security that others can’t in the rapidly increasing digitilisation of the world.

Here are five of the most promising industries that are still providing great opportunities for startups in 2020.


Short for Financial Technology, FinTech has been a top industry for startups for a few years now, but it really began to take off in 2018, when the update to the EU’s Payment Services Directive – PSD2 – came into effect.

This new regulation had a two-fold effect; consumers became better protected during online transactions, and businesses in the industry were able to develop innovations like Open Banking. Consequently, third party organisations have also been able to gain access to consumer banking data (with their permission) leading to a boom in fintech startups who are looking to provide the services that consumers just can’t get from traditional banks.  

The industry is fast becoming more competitive, but there’s still plenty of room and need for original ideas, or products targeted at specific demographics.


Gaming is now a vast industry that spans not just PC gaming, but specialised gaming genres like Fortnite‘s Battle Royale, professional eSports tournaments, iGaming platforms like PokerStars, mobile gaming, and even Virtual Reality games through platforms like Steam.

The gaming industry as a whole is expected to generate a total of $159.3 billion revenue in 2020 (a 9.3% year on year growth when compared to 2019), that is projected to reach over $200 billion by 2023. It’s a highly lucrative industry, particularly the mobile market which, thanks to smartphone penetration and a surge in popularity in gaming apps during Q1 2020, will account for revenues of $77.2 billion in 2020 – a 13.3% increase from 2019.

Mobile also has what are probably the lowest barriers to entry: there are now 5.28 billion people in the world who own a mobile device (just under 68% of the world’s total population), and gaming apps make up 33% of all app downloads across Android and iOS app stores.

Educational Technology

Aka EdTech. This is undoubtedly one of the most lucrative industries to emerge in recent years – global investments in the sector reached a massive $16.3 billion in 2018 alone. It’s an industry that thrives on disruptive ideas that challenge the traditional methods of learning and education, plus as our lives become more digital there’s an increased need for integrated learning. 

In 2020, education can and should be accessible by anyone anywhere; online courses can empower and mobilise disenfranchised sections of society, online training can provide affordable and sustainable skills development for organisations, and digital solutions can benefit both students and teachers via things like automated processes, AI based learning assessments tailored to each individual, Virtual Reality classrooms and so on.

Wearable Tech

Bio-hacking. It sounds gruesome, but it’s actually a growing practice amongst consumers that refers to the daily habit of making micro lifestyle changes that will scientifically transform a person’s physical and mental experiences. If you’ve come across bulletproof coffee or intermittent fasting, they’re both two great examples of bio-hacking practices. However, like many 21st century practices, bio-hacking is also intimately linked to technology, opening up the potential for start-ups in the wearable tech sectors.

It’s rare to find someone who isn’t interested in optimising their time, energy, nutrition or overall lifestyle these days, and that’s exactly what wearable tech like smart watches, fitness trackers, sleep monitors, and even Sci-Fi-esque embeddable implants offer. Widen the net even further, and there’s also a clear link between the efficiency of wearable tech with the modern consumer’s need to stay connected with people, news, and information on the go, so it’s no wonder this sector is expedited to be worth $34.61 billion by the end of this year.

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Planning to pursue an MBA? Here are the 3 things you should consider



pursue an MBA 3 things to consider

Making a decision to pursue your MBA is a huge step. Once you have finally made the decision, though, comes the hard part, getting prepared. Pursuing an MBA is a bit more involved than simply choosing a school and applying. Keep reading to learn about 3 ways you can help yourself prepare for your MBA. 

Talk to Graduates

The best way to get your head wrapped around what this journey will be like is to talk to others who have already been there. It is best to talk to people who are currently working on their MBA or who have recently graduated. This will give you the most relevant information. 

You may want to pick their brains concerning things like the time commitment. Realistically, how much time needs to be invested? This is a very important question if you will also be trying to work while earning your MBA. Another important question to ask will be what were the biggest challenges of the program? 

If you do not personally know anyone working on an MBA right now, you can connect with students through your academic advisor or even through LinkedIn. 


Some schools require that you pass the GMAT in order to be admitted to an MBA program. Preparing for this exam is an important part of the MBA process. If you do not wish to take the GMAT, you should look for programs that have no GMAT requirement. 

If you have been out of undergraduate school for a bit, then the idea of heading back into the classroom may feel intimidating. The best way to get through this is by taking a refresh course or two. Many business schools will offer primer courses such as accounting, or business analytics which are a great way to get you warmed back up to the pace and expectations of regular classes. 

Many primer courses are available online, which can be very helpful if you are still working or if you have not made a final decision yet about pursuing your MBA. Working through a few primer courses will give you the chance to see if you can realistically handle the workload in addition to your other life obligations right now. 

Know Where You Are Headed 

In order to save yourself some time and hassle, it is a good idea to figure out ahead of time exactly what you hope to gain from this MBA and what direction you want it to take you in. By the time people are ready for graduate school, most have a pretty well-defined idea of what their career path is. However, if you don’t, it is very important that you clarify and define this for yourself before starting your MBA. Most MBA programs will have distinct concentration areas. You will need to pick a concentration area before beginning your studies. 

At this point in your life, you want to make sure that any investment of money or time that you make is well-targeted. You don’t want to waste time or money. Fine-tune your goals so that the concentration you pick lines up with your intentions and aspirations. 

Earning an MBA is a great way to take your career to the next level. Use these tips to help you prepare for this big step. 

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