Essential Travel Services

MASTA

MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad) offer travel health consultations, vaccinations (including yellow fever), anti-malarials and travel related retail items. Combined with clinics based in the NHS and Occupational Health establishments; they are growing faster than ever before, with well established partnerships with Independent Pharmacies, BUPA, STA Travel and Flight Centre amongst others.

Wondering how it works? All MASTA customers can expect to receive a full risk assessment consultation, followed by the provision of a personalised travel health brief and then receive the vaccinations or anti-malarials themselves. Their clinical team constantly monitor disease situations and outbreaks across the world, bringing together health information from many sources and providing it to their own Nurse Experts and NHS clinics and surgeries. The result is that their award winning MASTA Travel Health Brief is widely recognised as an invaluable tool both to medical professionals and members of the public alike.

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Want to find out more? Visit their website: www.masta-travel-health.com or call 0330 100 4200 and quote “TVC01

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Consularcare

Consularcare offers market leading solutions to bridge the gap between the public and private sector. Whether you are travelling abroad for business or for leisure, or you are responsible for corporate foreign travel in your organisation, they will assist you to be prepared for any eventuality and support should difficulties arise. Their solutions have been developed to educate, assist and advise, and staff are former diplomats so you can be confident that their expertise is second to none.


ConsularAssist – When you travel abroad, do you ever think about how you would deal with a crisis? What would you do if you were the victim of crime? Or arrested? If you lost your visa or passport? No traveller actually has any legal right to consular assistance, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not in a position to help everyone who requests assistance.

ConsularAssist steps in when others can’t, don’t or won’t; by helping you. Whatever the incident, wherever you are in the world, their team – led by former diplomats – will liaise with the consulate, police and all other relevant parties to resolve a crisis. Invaluable reassurance for corporate clients as well as those travelling for leisure purposes.


UK Inbound Immigration Visas – UK Visas and Immigration makes millions of decisions every year about who has the right to visit or stay in the country; the primary documentation used in making those decisions is the application form. Consularcare’s expert team can help you to avoid refusal because of an incorrectly completed form.

Consularecare’s team of experts understands the immigration procedure and provides the expertise to ensure that the submitted documentation is fully completed and correct. Consularcare maximises your chances of a successful application by working with you to deliver the information UK Visas and Immigration needs to process your application, accurately, quickly, and efficiently so you can start working, living and enjoying life in the UK.

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Want to find out more? Visit their website: www.consularcare.com or call 020 3198 1890 and quote “TVC01

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The Travel Visa Company

If you are resident  in the UK and are needing to apply for a visa for anywhere else in the world, The Travel Visa Company can take the stress out of your visa application. Obtaining a valid visa for travelling to a proposed destination is one of the most important areas of preparation for any traveller. Without the correct visa, entry will not be allowed into many countries. This process can be extremely time consuming and very complicated, as well as involving journeys to embassies that are located around the country.

The Travel Visa Company are a highly specialised and adaptable tourist and business travel visa service to organisations of all shapes and sizes. We advise and support our customers on ensuring that all immigration and border control requirements are met, in addition to also obtaining the
entry visa on behalf of the traveller. Our award-winning service expands to all nationalities and all destinations both via our Customer Service Centre and our bespoke online application system.

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Want to find out more? Visit our website: www.thetravelvisacompany.co.uk or call us on 01270 250 590

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Samsung’s SmartThings

Smart Homes

The tech genius’ over at Samsung have done it again with their most recent release! The revolutionary new technology: SmartThings. This is the latest step in advancing technology that gives consumers the ability to control normal household appliances from almost anywhere at any time with the touch of a button!

SmartThings let you monitor, control and secure your home from anywhere.

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But how does it work?

To begin with, you will have to purchase a SmartHub. This will be the most essential device required as it is needed for all other appliances to connect. You then have a range of different appliances that you can connect such as: motion sensors, power outlets, moisture sensors, speakers and more.

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Samsung specify that you can “add as you go” being able to add as many appliances as you like. On top of this, other known technology manufacturers will be able to create their own appliances that can be linked to SmartThings and so far big names such as Phillips and Bose have contributed.

To be able to make the most of this flashy new tech, you must first download the Samsung app ‘SmartThings’. The app gives you full control over appliances and power supply as well as providing you with useful information like room temperatures, room security, appliance power usage and much more!

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Future benefits

This type of technology can huge benefits especially for travellers and tourists. For example; say you were expecting a delivery while you are out of the country, you could simply log in to the app and schedule a time for the garage to be unlocked or even for the back gate to be opened. Maybe you were in a rush to get out the door so you weren’t late for your flight and forgot to switch the kettle or iron off, not to worry – simply open the app and turn the power off to those appliances!

Another major benefit with a technology of this kind is security. A big worry for holiday makers is theft and burglary of their homes while they are away, however with the introduction of SmartThings you will be able to monitor security from no matter where you are. Be it checking your doors and windows are locked or having a live camera feed you can view remotely.

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How can I get this?

You can simply go to the Samsung website and purchase the equipment there, however because there is so much demand for this there is limited stock and certain products – the starter kit will set you back £200.00 and includes the hub, motion sensor, multi sensor, presence sensor, power outlet.

Got anything else to add? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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#Make In India

What is it all about?

#MakeInIndia has been trending on twitter for the past week, however, it seems that some people don’t really understand what it is all about…

Make In India is an initiative created by the Government of India to encourage businesses to manufacture their products in India.

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This is a massive conference that is held in Mumbai. Here, businesses can exhibit, network and mingle in the hopes of making new and valuable contacts as well as gaining more information about the organisations they are interested in.

There was a wide array of popular and diverse businesses that were featured at the Make In India conference, most notable were: Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Tata, Air India, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Pfizer and many more with rumours of there being 9,00 companies attending!

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Why was this created?

This was created as a response to a critical situation in 2013 when the emerging markets bubble had burst in September 2014 by the Indian Prime Minister, Modi.

It was put in place to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub encouraging: foreign direct investment, new initiatives and national manufacturing. This would involve sectors such as travel and tourism, aviation, construction, space, pharmaceuticals and more!

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To start a movement, you need a strategy that inspires, empowers and enables in equal measure. Make in India needed a different kind of campaign: instead of the typical statistics-laden newspaper advertisements, this exercise required messaging that was informative, well-packaged and most importantly, credible.

What now?

Mumbai week as come to a close today and you’re probably wondering what happened that was worth knowing about. To begin with:

  • President Modi “promised” that India will have 100 million new jobs by 2022.
  • India’s GDP is to increase from 15% to 25% in 2022
  • 100 smart cities are to be developed to decongest the urban housing scenario
  • Vodafone India are to invest in new business initiatives such as a ‘tier-4’ data centre at Airoli
  • Jaguar showcased their XE and XJ models
  • The VW Ameo is also showcased
  • Danish firm universal robots aims to double sales
  • 2016 Hyundie i20 was unveiled
  • India consider proposals to manufacture F-16 fighter jet
  • A new “single table”concept has been brought in to place when considering new proposals

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To find out more, visit their website: www.makeinindia.com but also be sure to check their hashtag on Twitter #MakeInIndia

“From profit to progress, friendship to partnership calling the world to #MakeInIndia”

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#BTS2016

Previous years

Following last years success we are looking forward to exhibiting at this years Business Travel Show!

2015 was the first year we were in attendance at The Business Travel Show and its safe to say it was a brilliant experience for everyone involved.

You can read more about last years show here

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About the BTShow

The Business Travel Show, held annually in London for more than 20 years, is Europe’s largest specialised exhibition and conference.

The event sees travel professionals from all over the country attending with this year having an estimated 7,424 attendees!

This is a place for networking. Mingling with other exhibitors and visitors, gaining valuable contacts and seeing what’s new and exciting in the travel industry is just a taste of what it has to offer!

If you’d like to come along you can download a ticket here (oh and its completely free!)


Our stand

The Business Travel Show will be open to visitors for two days: Wednesday the 24th to Thursday the 25th of February and will be held at the Olympia Grand Conference Centre in London.

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We will be located in stand B604

 

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This is a 3D mock-up of how our stand will look.

 


MPI Brokers

This year we will be sharing our stand with MPI Brokers:Print

We provide insurance for the Travel and Ski industry – businesses, staff and customers. Find out how you can benefit from our renowned personal service, extensive experience and quality insurance products providing a wide scope of cover


Why visit us?

Here at The Travel Visa Company we can take the stress out of your visa application process. Our staff will be on-hand to offer expert advice about our complete portfolio of visa procurement services including business visas, work permits and media visas. We will also have a range of literature at our stand and a few extra goodies to fill your exhibitor bags! Whether you are a business traveller, manager of an international company or are simply wanting to know the requirements for a personal holiday – we will be able to provide you with the latest information regarding entry requirements.

This year, representing The Travel Visa Company, we have:

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We look forward to seeing you!

You can follow us on our social networks for further updates during the run-up to the event!

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Fundraising For Charity

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Wear It. Beat It.

The British Heart Foundation created Wear It. Beat It. as a way of spreading awareness and bringing attention to the many heart diseases that affect up to 1 in 4 people in the UK. This charity revolves around raising money to help beat heart disease and to support those affected by it.

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Today (the 5th February) is the day that is dedicated to all things red! Here at The Travel Visa Company we have made sure we wore at least one item of red clothing; from ties and shirts to socks and gloves we painted the office red! We also have some delicious home-made cupcakes generously made by Karen (our favourite MD!)

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When you do Wear It. Beat It. for the BHF you’re helping to win the fight for every heartbeat by raising money for life saving research.

“Fight for every heartbeat.”

We have managed to raise £31.25 to date!

If you’d like to donate £3 to life saving research, text ‘RED’to 70060.

World Cancer Day

Yesterday (4th of February) marked the annual World Cancer Day. A day for everyone to come together and unite the world in the fight against cancer.

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Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). Already this year, we have unfortunately seen a number of famous faces lost to cancer such as David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Terry Wogan.

World Cancer day was not set up by a charity. The day came about in support of all the cancer charities out there. The day is not just to bring attention to cancer itself but to also bring attention to the people who are affected and the charities that care for these people.

Check out our blog from last years fundraising day.

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The aim is to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

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Delhi Motor Show 2016

The Auto Expo

This bi-annual event is the second largest of its kind. It will showcase some of the latest and greatest in the automotive industry, with big names such as Honda, Ford, Nissan, Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, Jeep, Mercedes and many more attending. You can expect to see brand new cars launched, concept cars unveiled and futuristic motor tech shown off!

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What’s happening this week

This week plays host to the Delhi Auto Expo which has been split in to two events: The Auto Expo (components) and The Auto Expo (motor show).

The motor show will be located in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR and will last for 4 days (5th – 9th of February) whereas the components part of the show will be held in New Delhi and will run from the 4th to the 7th of February.

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Previous years

The event has been running for over 30 years and was originally created in 1985 where it lasted for 9 days.

Since day 1 the Auto Expo has been held at ‘Pragiti Maidan’ which is an exhibition centre that has around 72,000 metres of space. It is also Delhi’s largest exhibition centre!

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A large part of the show is the concept cars (and bikes) that are revealed. There are some truly crazy concepts on show – here is a selection from past years:

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Bikes

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Visa Requirements

The event organisers state that:

Citizens of all countries require a valid national passport / travel document with a valid visa to visit India. These may be obtained from the Indian Mission / Consular Office in the country of their residence.

If you are thinking of travelling to India there are two types of visa available to UK passport holders:

e-Tourist Visa (eTV). This is for tourists staying in India for up to 30 days click here for further information.

Full Indian Visa. If you are ineligible for an eTV or are planning to stay for over 30 days you will require a full Indian visa. You can click here to apply.

“Nothing beats a good drive.”

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The highlights of Terry Wogan

Our thoughts

Sir Terry Wogan, KBE, was well known for his radio and television work – most memorably his early morning radio show “Wake Up With Wogan” which had over 8 million regular listeners.

He was seen as a national treasure to many. A personality that almost everyone knew and loved. Here are just a few highlights of his career:

Children In Need

Sir Terry was a charitable man and was the face of the much loved Children In Need; a charity which Provides practical and lasting support to thousands of youngsters aged 18 and under. He hosted the famous Children In Need TV event annually and was always extremely passionate about the charity. This is what he said when asked about stopping presenting the show:

I’m used to long days. I do seven hours on my feet of live TV for Children in Need every year, so the day I can’t stand up is when I will stop doing it.

I’d love to keep going another 10 years, I’ll cling to the wreckage as long as I can.

I’m supposed to be retiring, but I’m not. I have no plans to retire – they’ll have to carry me off stage.

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Blankety Blank

This British comedy game show was first broadcast 1979. Two contestants went head-to-head. The objective was to match the answers of as many of the six celebrity panellists as possible. It ran until march 1990 and it was then revived in 1997 and was on air for another 5 years but instead hosted by Paul O’Grady. Wogan presented Blankety Blank for 4 years (1979 – 1983).

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Wake Up To Wogan

From 7:30 to 9:30 listeners would tune in daily for the best music and entertainment. This was the most popular and most listened to radio show in the UK which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2. His show ran from 1993 until 2009 when Sir Terry Wogan announced he would be leaving and that Chris Evans would be taking his place.

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Wogan

There were many chat shows that Sir Terry hosted, probably the most well-known of these was ‘Wogan’. Initially shown on Tuesday evenings it then replaced Parkinson’s Saturday night slot before finally being shown on weekday evenings at 7pm. Notable Guest hosts included Joanna Lumley and Bruce Forsyth with interviewees such as David Bowie, Cilla Black, Madonna, Nicolas Cage and many more.

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Other Television

Sir Terry Wogan has been featured on many other shows throughout his career. For example Top Gear, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Being Human, Pointless, Bang Goes The Theory and The One Show.

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Rest In Peace Sir Michael Terence Wogan, KBE, DL

“The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.”

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