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Croatia > Articles

Croatia

Croatia - A Good Place To Invest

Posted on Tuesday April 17, 2012 (16:32:31)
Peter Ellis
by Peter Ellis, Croatia Property Services

Since breaking free from Jugoslavia in the early nineties, Croatia has worked hard to rebuild the tourist industry that it was famous for in the seventies and eighties. Under the slogan ‘ The Mediterranean as it used to be’, it has moved steadily ahead.

Following concerns by their tourist authorities, who had seen for themselves the effects of over development of the Spanish coastline, the country moved to protect its amazing coastline and put restrictions on development directly on the coast and even certain restrictions on developments up to 1km back. They also realised that if they were to have sustainable tourism, they would need to consider the best use of what they had to offer. The outcome of this has been to move towards higher net worth tourism, attracting a wealthier type of tourist and working at this.   more ...

Philippines > Articles

Philippines

12 Things That Filipinos May Not Know About Their Country

Posted on Sunday March 11, 2012 (13:33:12)
An Alien's View by Bruce Curran, Senior Consultant Financial Adviser, writer, author, adventurer and Filipinaphile!

(i) As a child, like most children in the west, I fancied myself spinning, tossing and playing with my Yo-yo. It was not till 40 years later that I discovered this toy originates from the Philippines, with its meaning as ‘come-back’ in a local dialect. It was a tribal weapon used to strike an opponent. In the early 20th century it drifted into the western culture via the USA by Americans returning from their Colony of the Philippines.

(ii) Then I became curious about what else the Philippines have contributed to the wider world. I discovered that a certain Roberto de Rosario has the dubious recognition as the original inventor of the Karaoke machine, later highly developed by the Japanese. It is an instrument of torture for many neighbours who often tolerate the stressful tones of drunken bullfrogs who fancy themselves as brilliant crooners, but actually awaken thoughts of cutting electrical wiring or spreading a cloud of pepper in efforts to prevent further punishment to people within hearing distance of kamakazi karaoke activists!   more ...

Austria > Articles

Austria

The Beauty of Austria

Posted on Friday January 06, 2012 (13:18:57)
by Martha Andrus

As you drive from Germany into Austria, you begin to see the outline of the Alps in the far distance. As you get closer to Austria, the Alps are more prevalent and are the absolute most awesome sight one can behold. The closer you get to these mountains, the more you begin to see their majestic height with their snow-capped peaks. Below the mountains are the gorgeous green valleys dotted with streams and lovely Austrian architecture. Every home in Austria has their brightly blooming flowers displayed in window boxes, with the Alps to be viewed from their windows.

We exited the freeway and began driving through the many resort communities and ski areas. Every few miles you will see the 'Bed and Breakfast' places and chalets nestled into the valleys of the Alps. The roads are two lane and wind and twist up into the mountains. In order to build access roads to these areas, the Austrians have built caves that go through the mountain and these are plentiful as you drive upwards. Most are supplied with lighting inside even on a sunny day, because some of these tunnels are very lengthy.   more ...

Argentina > Articles

Argentina

Making the Move to San Rafael, Argentina

Posted on Thursday January 05, 2012 (15:42:48)
by Dan Hathway

It seems like San Rafael in Argentina is the growth region for expats at the moment and I've read with interest some of the articles posted on this site's forums by Neil, who too chose to make the switch from the UK.

I moved to San Rafael with my Argentine wife (Laura, who is from San Rafael) in October last year, after having lived for several years in London. We wanted to try something different and Laura wanted to be near her family again. Our feet haven't yet touched the ground. The whole experience has been amazing but hard work. After 1 year, I can say that it has been worthwhile (2 property renovations and 2 businesses launched and more family time), so I thought that I would share some observations and comments with other members.   more ...

Argentina > Articles

Argentina

Argentina's booming economy

Posted on Thursday January 05, 2012 (15:40:17)
by Neil Rushen

Hello from Argentina! I`ve decided to pop a few articles together to give you a few reasons to consider moving to Argentina, starting with the economic outlook out here.

Over the next few weeks when I can put time aside from my busy social life we`ll be looking at the social scene, schooling and education, healthcare, retirement and why you can`t get good curry powder here! Thanks to John and Annette who visited recently I`ve just had my first pint of Marstons Pedigree! Still not enough of a reason to return to the UK.

Here`s one of the reasons I choose to call Argentina, and Mendoza in particular, home. Information in this article appeared in the Los Andes Rumbus magazine (issue 106, page 30) and is attributed to information released by the Secretary of agriculture, livestock, fishing, food and grapes in the Economic Ministry.   more ...

Argentina > Articles

Argentina

Rediscovering Argentina

Posted on Thursday January 05, 2012 (15:37:24)
by Neil Rushen
Mendoza Property

Mention Argentina to anyone and people usually think of Fray Bentos corned beef, the Falklands Conflict, people being pushed from aircraft by the military, Diego Maradona's "hand of God", a very large economic crash in 2001 and some old dear warbling "don't cry for me Argentina".

Well it ain't like that anymore! Fray Bentos is actually in Uruguay for starters and whilst the Argentines still claim "Las Malvinas" you won't be rabbit punched in the kidneys when they discover you're British. People being launched from aircraft today are usually indulging in one of the country's many and varied tourist activities. Diego Maradona is still a sight to behold, but only because he resembles the "Tango" genie, well almost, he's actually fatter, more orange and has a very bad haircut! With the recent debt restructuring the economy is growing and the country is the most politically stable in South America. The song, alas, remains the same!   more ...

Andorra > Articles

Andorra

Andorra - an increasingly attractive location for property buyers

Posted on Thursday January 05, 2012 (13:41:57)
European tax haven Andorra enjoys the same fiscal benefits as better known Monaco, adding to property demand from those looking for residency in a tax shelter as well as traditional ski chalet buyers who flock to the country between December and April each year.

With the end of the ski season last month many ski resorts in Europe have closed up shop until early December with overseas property owners having little prospect of rental income in the summer months.

But tiny Andorra, nestled between France and Spain in the Pyrenees and the sixteenth smallest country in the world, is increasingly attracting out of season tourists and property owners are seeing a rise in overall occupancy levels and return on their investment.   more ...

Andorra > Articles

Andorra

Andorra Awaits - European Tax Haven Property Prices Climb Again

Posted on Thursday January 05, 2012 (13:39:01)
by Roger Munns

Tax haven Andorra saw one of the sharpest property price rises in Europe in 2005 with a 19 per cent increase.

This has been sustained with another high leap in prices in 2006, this time of 16 per cent.

2007 could see another double digit property price rise for the small Pyrenees mountainous country.   more ...

Andorra > Articles

Andorra

More Cash For 2008 Andorra Ski Holidays

Posted on Thursday January 05, 2012 (13:36:57)
by Roger Munns

Low lying European ski countries last year who saw a decline in ski holiday visitors, including Andorra, have been investing in her facilities to try and tempt the skiiers she lost back for the 2008 season.

In the past Andorra has grown in stature from a destination offering cheap ski holidays to one that can compete with the best that Europe has to offer, with a growing number of ski holidays being taken in the country over the last decade to the point where it was attracting some ten million tourists a year.

But unexpectedly the rise in visitors to Andorra came to a screeching halt for the 2006/7 ski season, and the ski slopes closed two weeks earlier than anticipated due to a lack of snow that saw many other resorts in Europe, especially in countries with low lying slopes like Austria, badly affected by the lack of natural snow.   more ...