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Buy2Greece.com – Visa free travel for Turkish citizens could spell terror disasters for Europe

European countries are at a greater risk of terrorist attack now feel EU leaders with the controversial deal allowing Turkish citizens to travel across the continent without visas.

Those with intentions of causing disturbance will seek Turkish passports according to a European commission report to reach continental Europe as soon as the visa waiver program comes into force.

Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, warned that giving Turkey visa-free travel opportunity is perverse and has compared it to “storing gasoline next to the fire”. He also added that EU will face “populist uprising” if it fails to control migration.

The biometric passports from the end of June will allow 75 million Turkish citizens to enter the Schengen zone for up to 90 days at a time. This decision was part of a hastily assembled deal broken by Brussels to halt the flow of migrants from Turkey to Greece.

However, the European Commission report acknowledges the “increased mobility into the Schengen area of criminals and terrorists who are citizens of Turkey, or who are foreigners based in Turkey.”

Visa free travel deals have been allowed by The EC with Kosovo, Ukraine and Georgia, all these regions are known for their organised crime.

The EU report states, “The proposed visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens travelling to the EU could potentially have an impact on the terrorist risk in the EU in as far as the movement of terrorists of Turkish citizenship to and from the Schengen area is concerned.”

The fingerprints of those who will enter Europe with a visa will be logged in a single database that can be searched by counter terrorism investigators but the deal has removed this extra level of security.

There are speculations that undetected entry from Kosovo which produced 300 fighters in Syria and Iraq and have joined terrorist networks

Kosovo is considered as a high level corrupted crime zone. The breakaway Siberian province also has the dubious distinction of producing the most jihadist terrorists per capita than any other European state. According to EC reports “Visa liberalization could also have an impact on undetected entry into the EU of persons from Kosovo who return from war zones where they had joined terrorist networks.” The destination is known for drug trafficking, facilitation in irregular migration, corruption, money-laundering and fraud, trafficking in human beings, the illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons and returning foreign terrorist fighters.

Turkish authorities will be issuing reforms for the Turkish police, judiciary and counter-terrorism apparatus that are pre-condition of the visa deal that will help to mitigate the risk. Training will be imparted on ethical codes of anti-corruption warning the officials that they have to be very cautious while issuing the passport and citizenship papers as they could be sought after by terrorists. As there are high chances that as soon as Turkish citizens will obtain visa-free entry to the EU foreign nationals will obtain Turkish passports and pretend to be Turkish citizens to enter EU visa free by obtaining fraud Turkish citizenship for nefarious operations.

A European Commission spokesperson said that 2,525,000 biometric passports required for travel to the EU had been issued by Kosovo, Georgia and Ukraine and none by Turkey so far.

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www.Buy2Greece.com – Top Ten Critical Vacation Rental Booking Questions

So, what are the essential questions you should have answers to before you book your vacation home for the holidays?

1. What are the extra supplies that you will need to carry with you?

First time renters – beware. There are a lot of extra things that you will have to carry with you. Some of them are shampoo, other personal products, cereal etc. What comes along with the rental property depends on the vacation home owner, so don’t take anything for granted. And yes, carry extra toilet paper because you never know what is going to be provided or not. Just to be on the safe side, however, keep a box ready with a few essential items and either carry it with you or have it shipped there after informing the property owner.

2. How should you get the keys from the home renter?

Many people face difficulties simply because of miscommunication with their vacation home renters. You don’t want to be stuck on the doorstep waiting for the home owner to return home and unlock the door for you. So, either keep them properly informed about your ETA or arrange to pick up the keys from a lock box and have the combination sent to your mobile phone.

3. How to locate the property?

Make sure the home owner sends you the exact location of the rental property via Google Maps, just so you know exactly how to get there in the event that you can’t find the place and get lost. Also, use Google Earth to check out exactly where that property is situated so you won’t get fooled about ‘beachfront’ properties that are miles from the beach.

4. Who should you call when something stops working?

Just like how you always have emergency contacts stored in your mobile in case something breaks at home or just stops working, you need to have an emergency contact for your rental home as well. Make sure you get the phone numbers from the property owner before you arrive.

5. Does the property get satisfactory cell reception?

Now, for those vacation goers who want to get away from the buzz of the city and all the demands that come with it, this question might not seem so important. But, trust us, when you face an emergency of any kind, especially medical, you will curse yourself for not having asked the owner about this.

6. What exactly is the cancellation policy for the vacation home?

Always be sure that you find out about the home owner’s cancellation policy because life is uncertain and any number of unexpected things like sudden illnesses, extreme weather conditions or work demands could happen causing you to cancel your rental plans.

7. Does the house face problems due to insects and bugs?

This is extremely important to find out about, especially if you are a city dweller. You don’t want to come all the way to your vacation home in the countryside only to find the place surrounded by bugs or squirrels or critters! If these are found roaming about very commonly, you will need the number of a handyman or pest control service on speed dial.

8. When was the last time the vacation house was cleaned thoroughly?

Does this seem a bit weird to ask about? It might make you feel a little awkward to ask the home owner such questions but you absolutely need to. You don’t want to end up at your vacation house only to find it needing a good dusting and a whole lot of scrubbing.

9. Is there any clean up required before departure?

Make sure whatever clean up that you are required to do is clearly mentioned in the rental agreement. In some cases, the vacation home renter can be penalized for not cleaning the place up and may have to pay additional fees.

10. What are the complete fees included in the rental?

Most home owners will ask for a security deposit from renters before giving them the keys to the vacation home. Be sure to find out about the refund policy and if any deductions will be made for damage of property. Also, find out about additional fees like cleaning and maintenance.

Tips to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

One thing you should keep in mind is to never rent a vacation home from a non-reputable website. Make sure you check the website for genuine customer reviews, ask around about the reputation of the website and check whether the website has a long online presence. Always read the reviews before booking a vacation home through a website. Many times, the website will have beautiful pictures and tempting descriptions but only real reviews from past visitors will let you know if you’re in for the real deal or not. Never ever wire cash to your vacation home owner because this is a well-known scam and many people are known to get taken in by fraudsters.

So, make sure to ask these 10 questions if you intend renting a vacation home. It is important to ask these questions to keep nasty surprises at bay, and ensure you have a wonderful and memorable vacation with your loved ones.

www.Buy2Greece.com – Airbnb shows how business and leisure travel is going mainstream

Airbnb shows how business and leisure travel is going mainstream

Published on : Monday, January 25, 2016

airbnb-logoAirbnb, the leading community driven hospitality company, unveiled some of the top trends that show how mixing business and liesure travel is going mainstream for business travelers in 2016, and highlighting top destinations and travel habits. Key findings based on both analyzing trends on Airbnb and a study developed by CWT Solutions Group with Airbnb include:

  • Companies that use Airbnb for business travel save on average 30 percent over traditional accommodations;
  • Business travelers stay twice as long on Airbnb;
  • Travel with the team, over 35 percent of bookings were for two or more travelers;
  • 45 percent of business travel was international, with travel to more than 2,000 cities in over 120 countries;
  • Top destinations included London, Milan, and Tokyo.

Airbnb for Business is now used by thousands of companies for their employee travel, including Vox Media, and Sixt Rental Car. The free dashboard, which launched last July, allows companies to coordinate the booking process more easily, streamline payments and gives travel managers the ability to offer a wider array of accommodations. Employees who have booked with Airbnb saved their companies an average of 30 percent more than traditional accommodations.

“Since introducing Airbnb for Business, we’ve seen the number of companies using it grow enormously,” said Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy at Airbnb. “Businesses have clearly been longing for a better way to manage their employees’ travel needs and business travelers seem eager for change from the traditional business travel accommodations.”

With Airbnb’s far-reaching global network, 45 percent of Airbnb for Business trips are international. Business travelers visited more than 2,000 cities in over 120 countries. The average length of a business traveler’s stay on Airbnb was twice as long as stays in traditional accommodations, at 6.8 days per trip, which shows that more and more business travelers are staying the weekend, mixing business with pleasure, and getting to know a new city or neighborhood they’ve never visited.

In the six months since launch, more than 50,000 employees of more than 5,000 businesses have completed bookings. San Francisco tops the list as the most heavily traveled destination for business, followed by several economic hubs in the United States and Europe.

The top 10 cities for business trips on Airbnb are:

  • San Francisco, CA

 

  • London, UK

 

  • New York City, NY

 

  • Paris, France

 

  • Los Angeles, CA

 

  • Milan, Italy

 

  • Mountain View, CA

 

  • Austin, TX

 

  • Seattle, WA

 

  • Tokyo, Japan

Companies are also relying on Airbnb for longer-haul travel. Six of the 10 most commonly traversed routes are long-distance trips of more than 1,700 miles, including bi-coastal jaunts and international adventures.

More than 17 percent of travelers stayed in an Airbnb in more than one city. Some of Airbnb’s most fervent fans stayed in listings in over 15 cities across the globe. One frequent business traveler has visited nine countries on four continents, including Brazil, Turkey, Poland, China, and Mexico. Another emerging trend is that business travelers are more frequently using Airbnb to explore new cities before deciding whether to relocate for work. The longest single Airbnb for Business Travel booking was over 290 days.