Housing Sector Pressuring Aussie Government For A VISA Programmer For Foreign Tradies

The Aussie housing sector is looking to boost affordability, to that end, they need tradies to handle housing construction and plumbing services in Newcastle and across the country. In order to meet that demand, they’re turning to foreign tradies, and are pressuring the federal government to create a new VISA to that end.

With the Australian Federal Election set for May 18, the multi-trillion housing sector is putting pressure on political parties so that they’ll develop a new kind of VISA in order to fight back a shortfall in tradies for the residential sector.

According to the Housing Industry Association’s Managing Director Graham Wolfe, the recent proposals for changes to the ‘457’ skilled working VISA won’t deal with the underlying issue regarding the shortage of skilled tradies needed for the construction of new houses and apartments in the AU.

Two years ago, former MP Malcolm Turnbull announced that he would abolish the 457 temporary skilled work VISA, which has since been unavailable for new applications.

The Labor party supported a crackdown on work visas, with Bill Shorten saying that about four of five of temporary skilled worker VISAs are granted in fields that aren’t actually suffering from a shortage of skilled workers in Australia, like plumbing services in Newcastle, and that needs to change.

Mr. Wolfe countered these claims, saying that the focus of any reforms should be on creating new VISAs for skilled workers that won’t be bound to any employers, able to act as independent trade contractors. He warns that the housing industry is more vulnerable when it comes to skill shortages than other sectors thanks to its ageing labour force, the nature of the work, as well as the constant demand for housing.

Wolfe says that the housing industry is key to the well-being of Australian society, noting that the country will need more than 2.3 million new houses by 2030 in order to keep up with the growing demand. On top of that, he reports that 2018 saw $108b worth of residential construction in the country.

He explains that the current VISA models don’t suit the housing industry, which is more reliant on independent contracting, explaining that a well-thought out and well-executed migration policy for the country, alongside a strong programme to ensure the training of future Aussie tradies will do much to ensure that Australia has the homes it needs.

 

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How To Go Similan Islands Diving

Most travellers come to the Similan Islands to enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving. Over the years, Similan diving safaris have become the main activities on the islands. Many divers are somehow interested in the magnificent marine life and pristine underwater landscape of the Andaman. The Similan Islands diving is quite renowned around the world, and they are often nominated as one of the top dive destinations. Especially on the months of October till May, the Andaman Sea has perfect water conditions making the underwater visible and appropriate for snorkelling and diving. You can possibly dive the Similan Islands without a wetsuit.

The many diving sites in the Similan Islands have unique features like the magnificent coral reefs and huge underwater boulders. You’ll also find spectacular wildlife such as manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and millions of colourful fishes only found when you go diving. It has been declared one of the top diving destinations of the world by the National Geographic and other leading travel media. You will find out how the Similan Islands diving is the best in the world.

How to Find the Best Scuba Spots?

Many travellers come to the Similan Islands to enjoy diving in many spots through its unique underwater features. You can plan where to dive or choose a liveaboard to go diving for many days and see the spectacular views of the seawater. What you first need to know is to learn scuba diving through diving centres found at the coasts.  You will need to take up a PADI advance open water course to ensure you know how to dive and handle the dive equipment. The course will take at least three days, and you’re good to go diving.

If you’re not into the sport of diving, you can go snorkelling in one of the most beautiful areas in Thailand. As the seawaters are calm and warm, Similan snorkelling can suit people of all ages. Choose a day trip or book a Similan Islands liveaboard. Depending on where the trips take you, capture pictures to make memories and enjoy your favourite snorkelling or diving sport while you’re here.

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Maldives Looking To Boost Tourism Promotion

The Maldivian government is draw more people to Fairmont Maldives and other destinations in the country, with efforts to promote its tourism, and draw in travellers from across the world, primarily in major markets like the United States.

Tourism Minister Ali Waheed spoke on the efforts, saying that the Ministry has two primary efforts to help with the matter.

First is the Maldivian government finding an agency to act as the representatives for the archipelago. The country has been hiring foreign firms to promote tourism in various continents, including Europe. Recently, the ministry is looking for an agency to represent Maldives in the United States, with bids already open.

Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) announced that it would be representing the island nation and its tourism for an agreed period of 12 months.

US is a key market for the luxury island destination, having welcomed 37,835 US holiday makers by November 2018, which is a 10% increase in tourist arrivals from the US from the corresponding period from the preceding year.

The other key effort is the opening of negotiations with several renowned US-based TV networks; namely, news network CNN and nature National Geographical Channel. Tourism Minister Ali Waheed revealed this endeavour early in January, on a press conference on January 19, Thursday.

The minister, speaking during the event, stressed the importance of expanding the exposure of Maldivian tourism, the archipelago’s resorts, like Fairmont Maldives, and its other destinations, throughout the world, and that adding these two major, well-renowned networks would be a major boon to their efforts.

Ali Waheed explained that the purpose of their collaboration with the networks was to see what such a cooperation would do for the promotion of Maldives’ tourism sector.

The luxury island destination welcomed 1.4 million travellers into the island in 2018, which is a 6.8% increase from 2017.

The new tourism ministry, under the leadership of Ali Waheed, have already set their goal, with a high mark. According to the minister, they hope to break tourist arrival records to Maldives in 2019. To that end, the ministry recently set a MVR100 million tourism promotion budget.

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Top Five Must-Visit Destination On A South America Tour

The beautiful landscape of South America attracts tourists from all over. The scenic continent has snow-capped mountains, jungles inhabited by rare flora and fauna and awe-inspiring deserts. It is the best destination for tourists looking for adventure.

There are a number of countries in South America and choosing one among them is a difficult task. Consulting reputed travel companies offering South America Tour, can be helpful for first time visitors. Here are the top tourist destinations in South America.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu finds its place among the wonders of the world. This popular archaeological site in Peru is located in the Peruvian mountains. Machu Picchu is an ancient city of the Incan kingdom. Tourists can reach the sight either by taking an adventurous trek up the mountain or by boarding a luxurious train.

Amazonia, Ecuador

The Amazon forests are home to a unique eco system found on the Earth. The forest covers around 40% of the continent. Tourists can have an adventurous tour of the amazon forest to view the vast variety of trees, plants and animals that form a part of the Amazon eco-system. The best place to start your tour of Amazon is from Ecuador.

Angel Falls, Venezuela

The Angel Falls are the highest uninterrupted Waterfalls in the world. These Falls are located in the Canaima national Park in Venezuela. The jungle surrounding the waterfalls offers many awe-inspiring views of the tropical jungles and other lagoons and waterfalls.

Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine is a National Park in Chile. It is located in the Southern part of the country. Tourists can enjoy hiking in the National park. The hiking trails pass through beautiful glaciers, lakes and mountains. Tourists can pick from the different trekking packages, like the day trip, the W route or the full circuit, depending on their experience level.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. The popular tourist sight in Bolivia can be visited throughout the year.  Visiting the salt flat during summers provides tourists with unique opportunities to enjoy the stunning landscape and visiting during the rainy season provides chances to click amazing instagrammable photographs. Most of the South America Tours, include a trip to the Salar de Uyuni.

 

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Tourists Flocking To Visit The Ghost Tower Of Bangkok

There are many reasons why tourists are coming to Bangkok. With the rise of tourism, there is also a increase in constructions of retail buildings and accommodations such as family hotels in Bangkok in order to meet the demand for hotel rooms. It is not surprising that the capital city of Thailand is now home to a lot of abandoned buildings and many are rumored to be haunted. This opened up to new tourism hype in the metro which attracted more tourists especially those who are interested to explore haunted sites in the region.

In the past few years, the activity has gotten a lot of attention because of travel blogging. This prompted young travelers to follow suit and record their own videos. Bangkok also has an infamous haunted building known as the Ghost Tower. It has been the center of attention from those that are looking for creepy adventures.

It is one of the most visited hunted skyscrapers in Asia with a height of 185 meters. The Ghost Tower used to be the Sathorn Unique Tower when it was still less haunted and more alive. Around 75 per cent to its construction, the management stopped because of the financial crisis that occurred in 1997.

Since then, it has not been touched and is slowly disintegrating in the middle of the city. The building is quite tall that it leaves a giant skeleton in the midst of the metropolitan. There is a fence surrounding the building and hired securities are guarding it but tourists are still able to get inside and explore the building.

One visit at Youtube will reveal the amount of videos there are of people exploring the inside of the Ghost Tower. According to some travel bloggers who were able to get inside the building despite the security in place, they are bribing the guards in order to get access and explore.

While there are those attracted towards the creepy side of the city, there are also those who are in the city for pure fun. Many come and stay at family hotels in Bangkok to just enjoy the scenery and the tourist spots.

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