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Oct 30th 2012 2:24AM According to a new study by a corporate travel agency, business travellers suffer especially keenly from stress. Using data gleaned from 6,000 travellers, Carlson Wagonlit Travel CWT.L found that unpleasant ‘surprises' like flight delays and luggage loss were the highest trigger of stress, especially for female travellers who were also more fazed by ‘routine breakers' like not being able to eat healthily.
However, women felt decidedly less stressed about flying economy than men.
CWT's "Travel Stress Index" also found that frequent fliers (over 30 trips per year) get most stressed from ‘lost time', with factors relating to the reimbursement of expenses, and from flying with a non-preferred airline, adding to their unease.
Because senior air warriors in particular travel so much, their stress levels have no time to drop before they set off on another trip. This is why, CWT says, there's a difference of four ‘stress points' between frequent travellers and occasional travellers.
While commending a study into a rarely examined issue, Cary L. Cooper, distinguished professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University Management School, disputes the idea of specific stress triggers to travellers.
"When people are travelling, it's not just about bags and all the rest of it - it's about the whole process: Separation from your family for a period of time; the hassle of the airport; travelling ‘cattle class'; problems with hotels - it does accumulate up," he said by telephone.
"If I was looking at the impact of travel on my team of marketing people, I would also look at their sickness absence rates in contrast with others in different functions; their turnover rate; their performance appraisal compared to others."
Oct 28th 2012 1:57AM Bhutan, The Land of Thunder Dragon" is situated between China and India. A small Himalayan kingdom with a land area of 38,394 sq. kms. The country is land locked and has one of the most formidable mountainous terrains in the world, ranging from 180 to 7550 meters in altitude. The climatic conditions vary due to the mountainous nature of the country. About 72% of land area is covered by forest of Temperate and subtropical species that are natural habitat of all diversity of flora and fauna. With a richest biodiversity in the world, it has about 3281 plant species per 10,000 sq. kms and has been declared as part of the global diversity “Hotspots”. Population of Bhutan is estimated 6, 58,000 out of which 79% depends on agriculture.
Isolated by formidable geographical barriers, Bhutan maintains its independence throughout its history. An indication of settlements dates back to 2000 B.C by archaeological findings and ancient stone implements. However, history of the Kingdom begins with the advent of Buddhism in the eighth century.
Buddhism was introduced in 747 A.D by Guru Rimpoche. Popularly revered in Bhutan his teachings and religion has occupied a predominant role in shaping the social, political, economic and Buddhist teachers and local nobilities established their own separate domains throughout the country.
In the 17th century, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, leader of the Drukpa Kargyu School of Buddhism consolidated the country under a unified power and established a dual system of the Royal Government by spreading temporal and religious authority. By the end of 17th century, the country emerged with a distinct national and cultural identity as well as an unprecedented degree of political stability. The country however, witnessed a resurgence of political instability by the second half of the 18th century and the need for strong national leadership emerged. Peace and stability was restored with the enthronement of His Majesty the King Ugyen Wangchuck as the first Hereditary Monarch of the Kingdom in 17th December, 1907, thus carefully guiding the country and its people into the world of modernization.
In the process of developments, Bhutan have strongly preserved its culture, history, arts and crafts, and architecture and laid the foundations as a model Nation for the outside world.
Oct 28th 2012 1:54AM Bhutan lies as the country which is undiscovered for the world even in this 21st century. It has the unique features before world, for which most of the visitors around the globe waits to come once in their life time. With the enchanting cultures and tradition, Bhutan still preserves the right of being Bhutanese even under the influence of the modern activities in infinite way. It's unique activities as festivals, culture and even its geographical factors provides, one as a tourist, the adventure, Learning and the pure atmosphere to spent the holiday, so called "The Perfect Holiday Destination".