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Travel & Leisure Group Announces Launch of New Website

Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom, November 17, 2014 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Travel and Leisure Group, Europe’s longest running timeshare & fractional resale broker, are pleased to announce the launch of their new website.

Managing Director, Maria Farinas said “We are very excited by the launch of our new website. Over recent years, with the advancement of new technologies, the demands and expectations of customers has grown, particularly with regards to mobile devices. With smartphones and tablets replacing PCs as the default computing device for many consumers, as a company we need to recognise this and react accordingly. We have also found that more and more people find and use our website whilst on holiday so catering for mobile devices is now a top priority. The old version was looking dated and with Travel and Leisure being one of the oldest and most trusted timeshare resale broker in Europe, it made sense to move with the times.”

The design and development was headed by our in-house tech guru Jim Wilson along with visual creation designer Soo Smart, from Double S Design. The design brief was to create a lightweight, sleek, stylish, website using the latest platform that was responsive to all technologies, desktop and mobile. It also needed to be future-proof for technological advancements in the future.

Maria Farinas continues “Jim and his team have done an excellent job, far above our expectations. The new website is a sleeker model of the original keeping Travel and Leisure Groups integral business model. The new website offers quick and easy access to timeshares for sale and rent and has detailed information for anyone looking to buy, sell or rent holiday ownership. Anyone looking to buy timeshare can browse through over 4000 resorts around the world with the site giving much speedier search results. The site is full of new features which includes a new client area where clients can personalise their property details.

Currently available in English, the planned deployment of the remaining foreign language websites (including Spanish, Italian, French and Norwegian) will happen over the forthcoming weeks.

About Travel & Leisure Group:
Travel & Leisure Group is Europe’s longest running timeshare & fractional resale brokers. Established in 1992 Travel & Leisure Group have been providing services for clients who wish to buy, sell or rent timeshare. They are one of the only companies that have their own in-house legal conveyancing team and provide their services in 8 major European languages.

Contact-Details: Sarah Bond
sarah@travelandleisure.co.uk
+44 1787 881111

 

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High season in Krabi, Thailand to be record-breaking as new flights and accommodations abound

High season in Krabi, Thailand to be record-breaking as new flights and accommodations abound Krabi, Thailand’s popularity has grown so much in the past few years that pundits are predicting this year’s high season (November-April) will be record-breaking. As a result, airline companies and the hospitality industries are ramping up their offers.

Krabi, Thailand, October 13, 2014 — /EPR NETWORK/ — For years, Phuket, Thailand was the darling of tourism on the western shores of the Andaman Sea. Because of too much growth too fast, it became unpleasantly over-crowded and hectic. Krabi was the perfect alternative, with its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water, fewer crowds, plentiful activities and extraordinary attractions.

A Relaxing and Refreshing Vacation Destination

Krabi Province, located on the southwest mainland coast of Thailand on the Andaman Sea is comprised of several districts. Archaeological evidence shows humans inhabited the area 25,000-30,000 years ago. Its colorful history includes pirates, merchants and sea gypsies.

Visitors looking for a secluded beach have no trouble locating one on from the approximately 132 inhabited and uninhabited islands. Tourists can participate in a number of water-related activities, including kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, shipwreck diving, sea cave exploration and fishing. The coral reefs are beautiful, and the sea is filled with exotic marine life.

The numerous and towering limestone cliffs draw rock climbers from around the world, with different levels of difficulty available, including climbs for beginners. Attractions include wildlife sanctuaries, natural hot springs, national parks, Buddhist shrines and temples, kickboxing matches, snake handling, shopping and more.

Travelers’ Demand Equals Additional Airline Routes
Before Krabi began to grow in popularity, most of the tourists came from Scandinavian countries and Europe. With positive economic changes in Asia, many travelers started coming from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and China, yet flights were few and far between. Recently, however, the airline industry has responded with a host of new routes and flights to Krabi.

In addition to their flights from Singapore and Bangkok that began last year, AirAsia just introduced a new round-trip route that flies between Guangzhou, on mainland China, and Krabi.

Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, and Tiger Airways have all increased the number of flights to and from Krabi, while the number of charter flights from Europe, Russia and Australia is also growing.

Krabi Nakharin Hospital, Krabi’s New First-Rate Medical Facility
Those travelers who fear that there are no advanced care medical facilities in Krabi can now rest easy. Krabi Nakharin is Krabi’s newly opened advanced-care hospital, rivaling the sterling reputation of the medical facilities in Bangkok. Knowing top-notch medical care is locally available is of great importance to older retirees and those planning extended vacations in Krabi.

The Growing Krabi Hospitality Industry
Just as there has been a need for additional airline flights to Krabi, there has been a need for more accommodations to house the growing number of visitors. With a lot of new construction, the hospitality industry has grown to be able to accommodate all the travelers coming to Krabi.

There are many different types of accommodations from which to choose: hostels, guesthouses, budget inns and hotels, boutique resorts, bed and breakfasts, and private villas. Big hotel consortiums, like the Ibis Styles Hotel with its newly opened 206-room facility, are coming to Krabi.

Krabi Beach House, New Rental Villas Offered by Krabi Riviera
Krabi Riviera Co., Ltd. is a well-established villa management and construction company in Krabi, Thailand, specializing in private luxury vacation homes. With the expected record-breaking high season and increased tourism, the company recently completed six new villas.

The Krabi Beach House is one of their newest editions. With enough accommodations to house 8-10 guests comfortably, it is the perfect holiday rental for a family reunion, a wedding, or a friends’ get-together.

Situated on a private beach, the villa has four individual, air-conditioned suites. All were built around the central living areas: a lounging TV/media room, a dining room, and open-air living space, providing maximum privacy and quiet.

The outdoors complements the beauty of the interior, with a private saltwater swimming pool surrounded by a deck that leads down to the landscaped gardens and the beach. Guests can use one of the villa’s two kayaks to paddle over to nearby Railay Beach, or arrange with the on-site concierge to have a longtail or speedboat pick them up at their private beach and take them to their desired location.

Pierre Yves Loriers, Managing Director of Krabi Riviera Villas said, “Krabi Beach House is the ultimate in private luxury villas. With its own fully equipped kitchen and beautifully appointed home sitting on a private beach, surrounded by lush gardens fronting the Andaman Sea, guests think they have found paradise on earth.”

As with all of Krabi Riviera’s other properties, the Krabi Beach House has wireless Wi-Fi Internet throughout the property, as well as 24/7 security.
The tourist industry is very excited about the coming high season, and all involved are prepared to ensure that travelers to Krabi have a memorable experience.

Contact-Details: Krabi Riviera Co., Ltd. villa management company, with 20 rental properties, including 4 waterfront villas: The Beach House and Amatapura Beach Villa no. 1, 12 and 14 in Ao Nam Mao, near Ao Nang.
Phone +66 (0) 75 695 633
Mobile +66 (0) 84 154 0808
Address
242/13 Moo 2 Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand 81000
Email for contact
info@krabivilla.com

Website:
https://www.krabivilla.com

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Tots Essential Kit Guarantee Launched By Award-Winning Family Holidays Company

Parents with toddlers and babies will be able to travel light to safe and relaxing family holidays this summer thanks to the Tots Essential Kit Guarantee, a new initiative launched today by award-winning family travel specialists Tots To Travel.

Instead of struggling to fit all the essential items little ones need into their luggage, and hauling it through customs on a fleet of baggage trolleys, parents can be sure of finding it all waiting for them at their holiday home.

Tots To Travel are the only company to offer this Tots Essential Kit Guarantee for all of their family holidays which covers over 20 items from pool safety and bulky furniture such as cots, high chairs and stair gates, to often overlooked essentials such as blackout blinds and a range of toys and easily forgotten items like night lights and a hand-held blender.

Tots To Travel owner Wendy Shand said: “It’s a real challenge for new parents trying to get all the kit they need to keep their baby safe and happy into their luggage. There are so many essential items from changing mats to travel cots, sterilisers and baby monitors that we take for granted at home.

“We have hundreds of calls and emails from anxious parents worried they won’t be able to take family holidays if they can’t be sure they have all these things. So we have compiled a list of the essential items and can now guarantee our holiday homes have all of them.”

Tots To Travel specialises in stylish, safe, fun holiday villas for the under fives and their families, and t he Tots Essential Kit Guarantee is another important element in their mission to ensure relaxing family holidays from start to finish.

They offer holiday homes from cottages to chateaux, and take extensive steps to ensure each is suitable. All properties are inspected and vetted by a special team of agents using a system developed with the Child Accident Prevention Trust to ensure they are all safe and genuinely family-friendly.

Tots To Travel also offer a free holiday planner pack . And t here is also a vast array of useful information on their website, on everything from “How far is the beach?” to “Where is the nearest hospital or supermarket?”.

The full Tots To Travel kit guarantee covers:

  • Pool barriers (enclosed by fence, hard cover or net)
  • At least one cot that meets EU standards
  • Good supply of cot linen
  • At least one high chair
  • Booster or junior seat (suitable for use at a dining table)
  • Baby monitor
  • At least one changing mat
  • Steriliser
  • Stair gates where needed
  • At least one potty
  • Child’s toilet seat
  • Child’s step
  • Baby and child cutlery, bowls, cups and plates
  • Bath toys and non-slip mat
  • Hand-held blender
  • At least one bed guard
  • Blackout blinds/curtains/shutters in child bedrooms
  • Children’s books, indoor and outdoor toys
  • DVD player and children’s DVDs
  • Microwave
  • Night light in children’s rooms

Unsurprisingly, pool safety comes top of the list, as Wendy Shand, a mother of three, set up the company after her little boy fell into an unenclosed swimming pool on a family holiday. That terrible accident was a turning point which led her to set up her holiday company to ensure safe family holidays for under 5s.

She said: “It felt there had to be a safer and more enjoyable way to holiday with small children. More to the point there must be plenty of parents just like me who need a safe, family-friendly holiday more than ever before.”

When Wendy couldn’t find a family-friendly holiday company to suit her needs, she decided to start her own – and quickly found its services in demand. “There’s something terribly motivating about having children. You suddenly have the drive to make life as you want it to be, rather than living by somebody else’s rules,” she said.

Tots To Travel is now a multi-award winning company, which Wendy runs with husband Rob, a former RAF fighter pilot.

The company’s success has been recognised with a range of prestigious awards including the Cisco Customer Kings Award for outstanding customer service (2010) and Woman of the Year Award from the Loved By Parents website (2011).

Notes to Editors

  1. For more information go to http://www.totstotravel.co.uk
  2. If you would like to speak with Wendy Shand or for all Tots To Travel media enquiries please contact Eleanor Treharne-Jones on
    07811 093648, eleanor@theconversationco.com or @EleanorTJ.
  3. Key statistics:
    • Tots To Travel launched with nine holiday homes in April 2006 and now feature more than 400 safe, family friendly properties
    • The company offers holiday homes in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK
    • Tots To Travel have sent 1000s of families away of their holidays
    • They have developed a Blueprint For Lettings Success which helps holiday home owners to let their property more successfully in the family market

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LIFESTYLE Los Cabos Ready to Capture Increased Traveler Demand with New Website, Free Travel App and Addition of New Luxury Villas

LIFESTYLE Los Cabos, leading luxury villa vacation rental provider and property and destination management company based in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, has entered into 2013 ready to satisfy the increasing demand of internet savvy travelers with a completely revamped website, a free Los Cabos travel app, and with new luxury vacation villas added to their inventory.

“90% of bookings today we receive on-line, 40% of those are our return customers, and 50% are new customers, who before making a reservation, make an on-line research about the destination, special offers, villas, and the provider itself. Many times travelers communicate with us on Twitter @LifestyleVillasFacebookPinterest and/or TripAdvisor, in order to see our villas and services, other customer’s feedback and that we are a trusted vacation rental provider to whom they are willing to trust planning their vacations in Mexico.”

In comparison to around 30% of reservations received by the phone 3 years ago, today only 10% of guests call in to reserve their stay, explains Alejandro. “We acknowledge the importance of internet in our everyday lives, that’s why our core upgrade in service offerings was to completely revamp our website, make it user friendly and with responsive web design. We created a Free Lifestyle Villas travel App as well, which gives any Los Cabos traveler all the information about Cabo San Lucas and neighboring towns, landmarks, restaurants, activities, and events, besides that the app gives our guests a handy tool to reach their concierge, see Villa amenities, order in-villa Private Chef services, spa treatments, order transportation and other services anytime they want, wherever they want.”

Besides technology aspect of their business, Lifestyle Villas added new exclusive private villa residences to their portfolio. Lifestyle Villas’s villa rental program consists of a carefully selection of stunning beachfront, ocean and golf view villas and condominiums in Los Cabos’s most prestigious developments which have been standardized & are complimented with added value services for guests. On the contrary to most local villa rental companies, Lifestyle manages their inventory directly, and with this is able to maintain superb quality standards in every property. Newly added villas are Villa Pacificaand Villa Buenaventura, both 5 bedroom ocean view villas in exclusive gated community Blue Sea, and Villa Pericu and Villa Guaycura, two 5 bedroom private villas located in the Punta Ballena luxury residential community, which is home of Esperanza, an Auberge Resort.

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ValueAirlines.com Emerges to Compete for Travel Rates of Major Travel Site Players

With competing travel companies fighting over customers traveling to the continental United States and the European seaboards, a new travel site has sets its sights on the far Orient to help travelers reach the steps of the Great Wall, the courtyards of the Angkor temples or the tropical forests of Vietnam by providing the lowest fares and the friendliest, most efficient service to its customers.

San Francisco based company ValueAirlines.com has made it a priority to help people save time and money in their travels by providing accurate and reliable information as well as comparable prices to those of Kayak, Fly.com, Tripadvisor.com and Mobissimo and offers travel services ranging from airline tickets and hotels to vacation packages, car rentals and cruises.

ValueAirlines.com compares the rates of over 400 low-cost airlines and over 300,000 of the best hotels. Not only does Value Airlines get the cheapest fares in Asia, but around the world as well, rivaling travel agencies that specialize in travel rates for Australia, South and North America as well as Europe and Africa. Value Airlines is celebrating the launch of their site and encourages all world travelers to take a quick tour of the site and compare what can only be described as highly economical fares.

As an online media company ValueAirlines.com does not sell tickets but is dedicated to simplifying consumers’ search, publishing great deals and also providing them with the best travel guides. For more information on our services visit Valuearlines.com or contact info@valueairlines.com.

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Holidaying Brits should consider Home Swap

The number of people going on home-swap holidays is set to double to 3.2 million in 2012, according to research carried out for Love Home Swap.

Founded in October 2011 by serial entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow, LoveHomeSwap.com is a secure holiday home exchange website with users in over 70 countries. Its aim is to help people save money on their holidays, while staying in accommodation which is as good as a hotel, or even better. Wosskow says: “You can holiday without ever having to pay a hotel bill again.”

Wosskow herself has been on five home swap holidays. She had the idea for the site after watching the film The Holiday, in which Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap homes. The following year she set up Luxe Home Swap, a site for luxury properties, which has been incorporated into Love Home Swap.

You can view our property list without being a member. After signing up, you can send secure messages, arrange a swap, and sign a digital contract to confirm the details. The details of an individual swap are entirely up to the users. You can swap two weeks at your house in London for a week at a luxury house in the Seychelles, or for a month in a flat in New Delhi. You can also agree to borrow each other’s cars, insurance permitting.
Love Home Swap is the world’s only home swapping site with social media connectivity. Its Facebook Connect feature allows you to see which of your Facebook friends are on the site, and which of our other users share a mutual friend with you on Facebook.

You can try the website for four weeks for only £1. Then, for a flat rate of £99 per year, you can set up as many swaps as you want, anywhere in the world. Premium membership, at £199, gives users a holiday concierge service, and access to the ‘trust centre’, where you can check that other users are genuine.

We have received positive testimonials from dozens of happy house swappers. For example:
In one successful property exchange UK based Faye stayed at a condo with a pool in Tel Aviv. She felt she had a ‘more personal holiday experience’, and was able to stay in a ‘great neighbourhood’ where there are no hotels. The homeowner left a list of his favourite places in town, and Faye ‘really enjoyed going where the locals go’. She saved around £500 by using the site.

Audrey from France stayed in New York’s glamorous Upper East Side. Ironically, the condo she was staying at, for free, was once a luxury hotel. Audrey enjoyed using the gym in the building, and found ‘shopping heaven’ on nearby Madison Avenue. She saved ‘lots’, and even got ‘a wonderful welcome bottle of wine’.

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Sunvil Holidays Offers of the Week

Light up your life – St Lucia in Stockholm, from £610 pp with Sunvil Discovery

Magical and moving, on 13 December thousands of young girls dress in white gowns with a crown of electric candles and hold lit candles, bringing light to the darkness of a Swedish winter. ‘Saint Lucia’ leads the procession of maidens, who hand out saffron buns to the crowds as they walk. Soak up the festivities in Stockholm, Sweden’s vibrant capital. Prices start from £610 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow), private transfers, three nights’ B&B at the four-star Hotel Freys and a Stockholm pass, offering free use of public transport and entry to local attractions. Call AITO* member Sunvil Discovery on 020 8758 4722 (www.sunvil.co.uk).

3 March – Vendimia, Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina’s wine harvest festival begins on the first Saturday in March with huge celebrations in the heartland of the country’s wine cultivation, Mendoza. Folkloric festivals and religious ceremonies to bless the grapes form part of the festivities, whilst the area is also a popular destination for rafting and trekking. Sunvil Traveller (020 8758 4774; www.sunvil.co.uk).

Forbidden love on the island of Aphrodite – Cyprus from £435 pp with Sunvil Holidays

A former 17th century monastery, the newly-renovated, adults-only Ayii Anagyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, near Paphos, is the perfect retreat for pampering your partner. Established by two monks who, on realising the healing properties of the water, offered free accommodation to many, the property now offers extensive holistic spa treatments. And the setting could not be any more suitable for partners: Paphos is known as the kingdom of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The price is from just £435 pp departing 17 February (two sharing) including four nights’ B&B, return flights (Gatwick) and transfers. Call AITO* member Sunvil Holidays on 020 8758 4759 (www.sunvil.co.uk).

About Sunvil Holidays
Sunvil Holidays features comprehensive and well-established specialist programmes to both Greece and Cyprus. A range of accommodation is offered – from small owner-managed or family-run hotels and apartments in Greece, to village inns, villas, hotels and apartments in Cyprus. Both programmes offer fly-drive options and are as individual and unpackaged as possible.

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Phuket.net – The Asian Hospitality & Travel Show 2011 is Taking Place in Phuket from 18 to 20 November

Phuket.Net is pleased to confirm the dates for the Asian Hospitality & Travel Show 2011. The show will take place from the 18th to the 20th November and will be held at the Phuket Marina. On 18th November there will be a trade-only show and on the subsequent two days the doord will be open to both trade and public.

The opening ceremony will take place at 11.00am, to be followed by the start of‘seller with buyer’ business appointments. At 1.00pm a guest speaker will host a seminar entitled, ‘Hospitality in the Social Media’ and at 4.00pm there will be a master-class for pizza professionals. This will be followed by a cocktail reception at 7:00pm at Les Anges.

The following day, the trade and public show will open at 11.00am with further‘seller with buyer’ business appointments. At 11.30am there will be a talk about the ‘Mind and Body Connection for the Hospitality Professional’ at the Sala Suddhavasa yoga centre. This will be followed by a SWANK Life art show by MAGpal artist at 1.00pm and the Vittoria Barrista challenge at 2.00pm. A pizza contest speed session has been organised, starting at 4.00pm and a ‘Thank You’ party and lucky draws will round off the evening at Bliss Beach Club.

On the final day of the show, the 11.00am opening will be followed by a BB&B Wine Wizard competition at 1.00pm and the Sobieska Bartender & Cocktail Mixing contest at 3.00pm. 5.00pm will see the second part of the pizza contest, with prizes awarded and a cocktail party at White Box will conclude the evening.

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Mercury Direct Soon To Offer New Additional Holiday Destinations

On August 5th, Mercury Direct will release the second edition of their winter brochure for 2011/12.

The winter brochure will advertise three completely new destinations, additional to their pre-existing Malta holidays. North Cyprus is now included in their list of locations, with a total of eight new hotels situated in the resorts of Lapta, Catalkay, Alsancak and Kyrenia. Further to this, an add-on stay in Istanbul has been added to the brochure. Gran Canaria is also now a Mercury Direct destination, with four new hotels in Playa de Ingles, Puerto Rico and Maspalomas. Fuereventura is the fourth new destination offering four new hotels in Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste.

This marks a significant expansion in trade and business and increases travel options for customers.

Mercury Direct, who specialise in affordable, quality-focused holidays abroad, have significantly broadened their range with the addition of such popular destinations.

The company, which has been growing and developing their business and the list of destinations since 1980, made their initial and sole focus, Malta holidays and provided value holidays to the uniquely Mediterranean destination.

The attention paid to the growth of their holiday destinations suggests Mercury Direct is attentive to customer needs. Their summer brochure for 2011 stipulates the value of communication with customers, asking for their input into destinations the company might offer in the future.

A spokesperson for the holiday company said;

‘From our beginnings, we have always made it our priority to offer high quality and affordable holidays to all of our destinations. We are very excited to be able to offer our customers the same for a variety of new and exotic holiday spots.’

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Koh Samui Villas: Vacation in style on the beach in Lipa Noi

Lipa Noi is a sun and beach lover’s ultimate destination. Its remote location, shallow waters, and exclusive accommodations offer a chance to relax and enjoy Thailand at its best. Activities are relaxed adventures into the lush landscape that’s highlighted by an elegant Koh Samui Villa.

Complete with a pool, tennis court, in house chef and entertainment center, the newest villa offered by Villa Getaways in Lipa Noi is the perfect place to relax in private enjoying the peaceful ambiance of a one of the kind destination. The property can sleep four families and the villas concierge team is on hand to take care of every request.

Tours can be arranged from Lipa Noi to the much sought after dive sites of Koh Tao Island. The island is a great place to learn how to dive as it doesn´t have currents and there are plenty of options when it comes to dive sites and schools. Daytrips can be arranged through the villas concierge service and boats go twice a day from Koh Samui. Expect to see turtles, stingrays, barracudas, lots of colorful fish and reef sharks. The island is full of hidden coves, secluded beaches, and terrain to explore. Bikes, motorcycles and scooters are available to rent but some of the best spots can only be reached by foot.

Lipa Noi is one of the only remaining spots where tourism hasn´t taken over and as a result the beach is a great secluded getaway for those who are serious about relaxing. Explore the areas up and down the coast, relax by the pool, or swim in the crystal clear waters. At the onset of the evening your chef will prepare a meal catered to taste consisting of fresh local produce and seafood and traditional Thai spices. Expect to be spoiled while being served in the outdoor dining area while checking out the amazing sunsets and listing to the gentle waves of the sea. Nights enjoying the tranquil environment lead to memories of a lifetime.

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Canadian Online Property Rental Company Promotes Tourism; Free Listing Space for Canadian Property Owners

Canada is an expansive and beautiful country and many Canadian property owners, from Vancouver to Prince Edward Island, have a variety of questions on how to make the most of their property and earn extra income through rentals or selling opportunities, as well as require assistance in spreading their advertising message online and promoting the features their home has to offer.

The concept for OnlineCottageRental.com has been created with the needs of Canadian property owners and renters in mind. Recently launched atwww.onlinecottagerental.com, the site aims to promote and connect property owners across Canada with renters, tourists, vacationers, visitors and real estate shoppers the world over in the hopes of spurring interest in Canadian tourism, helping local economies in all Canadian provinces and providing a user friendly portal that allows Canadian property owners to showcase and highlight their property online.

Founded by, Sue ten Brummeler, OnlineCottageRental.com allows individuals who currently own property in Canada to post their property for rent or for sale and provides a variety of resources, including an easy-to-navigate and user-friendly design that has advanced search capability. This is meant to assist visitors in finding what they are looking for faster while qualifying prospects quicker and more accurately for property owners. Currently, OnlineCottageRental.com aims to endorse the functionality of the site to property owners, providing free property postings for the first 500 registrants. This promotion has been designed to show immediate results to those individuals who list their property on the site at its launch.

“We are so excited to launch OnlineCottageRental.com and are really looking to entice property owners into listing their property with us. That is why we are giving away the first 500 listings,” stated ten Brummeler. “The team at OnlineCottageRental.com really feels that this is a great way to draw attention to all that Canada has to offer both from a tourism aspect as well as highlight beautiful properties that are both for rent and for sale.”

Additionally, it is with great experience in the Canadian rental and real estate industry that the team at OnlineCottageRental.com is eager to connect with Canadian property owners. Through the leadership of ten Brummeler, the site has been launched based upon principles that have made other property listing and rental websites receive high traffic. Designed and developed by website and Internet marketing professionals, the system featured on OnlineCottageRental.com caters to focused, specific requests from website visitors; creating a method that informs visitors and hones requests that further qualify interested parties, helping property owners fill rental vacancies or develop interest in their property for sale faster than on competitor listing websites.

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Nextaway Holiday Rental Website Celebrates Launch With Special Offers And Giveaways For Travellers And Holiday Home Owners

Nextaway connects travellers with home owners and property managers, providing access to a wide range of great value and unique self catering accommodation options around the world. The website has over 30,000 private holiday homes available online, which travellers can browse for free and book direct with the owner, saving time and money.

Nextaway Holiday Rental Website Celebrates Launch With Special Offers And Giveaways For Travellers And Holiday Home Owners

To celebrate the launch, Nextaway is running a prize draw with some excellent prizes for keen travellers. Simply sign-up for their newsletter and be entered into the prize draw for the opportunity to win. Four lucky winners will be selected and could win a weekend stay at any holiday home featured on the site, up to a value of 500€, a Sony 14.1 megapixel digital camera, or two luggage scales from No-More-Excess. Visitors have until 28th February to enter the competition and winners will be announced on 1st March.

Nextaway is an excellent way for owners of holiday homes to generate rental income from their properties. The site will rank highly in the search engines for key accommodation types and destinations, offer subscribers regular travel newsletters and stand as an unrivalled source of information on holiday destinations and holiday rentals. It has been designed to be easy to use, fresh, inspiring and informative, so it will become an important tool for holiday makers interested in self-catering accommodation throughout the World.

In order to meet the expected demand, Nextaway is looking to recruit more properties in 2011. To start the ball rolling, they are offering holiday home owners a 30% discount on their annual listing price if they register their property on the site by 28th February 2011. All they have to do is visit www.nextaway.com/signup enter their details and the promotional code TRAVELPROMO10 to receive the 30% discount.

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Villa Plus Reduces Booking Deposits While Others Are Raising Their Terms

Villa Plus has announced that at a time when other villa operators are increasing their terms, it will be reducing its booking deposit requirement to 10% for villa only bookings or £100 per person for package holiday bookings*.

In a fragile economy, where big ticket items like holidays can seem expensive, Villa Plus wanted to make it easier for customers to book their holiday early, yet still get value for money. So, in contrast to other villa operators, the company has decided to decrease the amount customers are required to pay when they book their holiday.

“We wanted to make it easier for our customers, many of whom are families, to book their holiday early and secure their favourite villa. We’re hoping the lower booking deposit will help our customers to budget if they need to”, commented Nick Cooper, Villa Plus director and founder.

This won’t be the first time Villa Plus has thought differently. As tour operators struggled last year, Villa Plus rebranded and made significant improvements to its website which lead to a widespread sales increase for 2010. This has helped place Villa Plus in a strong financial position for 2011, ultimately enabling it to reduce the booking deposits against the general trend.

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Jumeirah Essex House Announces Exclusive Canine Turndown Program

Jumeirah Essex House has announced the launch of the iconic hotel’s first ever Canine Turndown Program designed to pamper even the most discerning four-legged guests.

Jumeirah Essex House has partnered with doggie designer to the stars, Amy Kizer of the highly-acclaimed Wagwear New York City boutique, to create luxurious five-star canine amenities for North America’s leading hotel. Through this partnership and the hotel’s Canine Turndown Program, guests and their fine furry friends can indulge in the lap of luxury together.

Jumeirah Essex House in-room amenities are “A Dog’s Delight” and offered seven days a week, 365 day a year, and include:
– Wagwear dog bed or Wagwear “Tee Pee Hound Lounge” – a miniature pop-up tent with fleece-lined bed for the dog’s slumbering needs during the stay;
– Homemade dog treats created by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef;
– Wagwear food and water bowls accompanied by a matching placemat;
– An exclusive gift bag complete with a plush Jumeirah Essex House logoed fleece blanket (monogramming is available upon request);
– Stylish and colorful nylon Wagwear collars and leashes will be on loan for guests who may have forgotten theirs, or who just want their pup to have a new, chic look while they’re visiting the world’s fashion capital

With Central Park on the hotel’s doorstep, four-legged pooches can play and stay in style. Specialized doggie hospitality attendants will treat Rover and Fido to freshly-drawn water throughout the day and lay out their beautiful fleece blanket on the doggy bed should they desire a much deserved nap beside their owner after an exciting day of exploring New York City. Furthermore, the well-versed concierges at the hotel can share all of the insider information travelers need to know when bringing their pooch to the Big Apple, such as the best trails through the city’s best parks, New York City leash laws, nearby pet sitting facilities and 24-hour veterinarians. They can even recommend dog walkers for hire and pet boutiques who deliver to the hotel.

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The Top Hidden Beaches in the World from Paradizo.com

You may have traveled far and wide, but even the seasoned traveler is always in search of undiscovered, pristine shores have never known crowds. If you’re looking for ultimate beach getaway, here are the top Undiscovered Beaches for 2010.

– Koh Lanta is the southernmost island of Thailand’s Krabi Province, far from the tourism boom of neighboring Phuket and Koh Samui. As a laid-back escape, Koh Lanta is an unspoiled paradise. Head out to the area’s secluded Pimalai Resort hideaway offeringluxurious beachfront villas.

– Anse Cocos on La Digue is far from the well-trodden shores of Anse Source d’Argent in Seychelles. Only accessible by foot, you may have to scramble over some boulders but know that the rocky shores keep out intruders in your own private cove.

– Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica is getting noticed – now’s the time to go to experience the solitude, alone with the rainforest and crashing waves. A surfing heaven from April-November, Playa Santa Teresa is also a honeymoon dream, with luxury beach villas.

– Fiji’s Yasawa Island offers cobalt-blue sea lapping over coral sandy beaches. The Eight Month Beach can be reached only by private yacht and is Yasawa Island’s best kept secret. It’s best to visit Fiji in September-November.

– Maha’ulepu Beach is the last undiscovered beach in Kauai on the Hawaiian Island’s southern shore. Maha’ulepu offers up cinnamon sand hugged by mountaintops and fertile valleys. Luxury villas with pools overlook this quiet beach.

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Jumeirah Release Rescued Turtles

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts along with The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project has announced the successful return of 25 turtles back to the wild in Dubai on June the 8th 2010.

Jumeirah Release Rescued Turtles

The 25 lucky turtles which were released back to their natural habitat consisted of 2 Green Chelonia Mydas turtles and 23 critically endangered Hawksbill Eretmochelys Imbricata turtles.

The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project evolved from a small-time operation to help with the occasional turtle stranding, but in 2009 alone over 68 turtles passed through the project and were released back into the sea. The latest turtles received several months of rehabilitation at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah to ensure they were healthy prior to their release.

An ever-increasing local awareness of The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project has led to progressively more and more turtles being received each year, especially the months from January through to April, when local waters can be down to 16C. Many of the turtles which pass through the project’s hands are due to the efforts of Emirates Marine Environmental Group and Dubai Municipality’s Environment Section, as well as contributions from individuals.

All the turtles that were released back into the wild have been fitted with flipper tags to help identify them. Moonlight, a 31 kilo Green turtle has also been fitted with a satellite tag sponsored by Burj Al Arab, and was named by the students of Year 1 at Dubai English Speaking School after winning the project’s naming competition.

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Paradizo.com Launches Partnership with The Society of Leisure Enthusiasts

Paradizo.com is proud to announce its new venture with The Society of Leisure Enthusiasts in a partnership that will create more opportunities for both travelers and vacation rental property managers and owners. Paradizo.com caters to the planning and booking needs of luxury travelers and TheSociety offers a marketing solution for the finest luxury vacation rentals around the world. Together, the Paradizo and The Society connect vacation rental property managers and owners with travelers seeking unique and personalized vacation experiences.

Paradizo is proud to list The Society’s Global Bundle properties as part of The Society’s all-reaching marketing solution for vacation home managers. In addition to its over 7,000 vacation rentals already featured on Paradizo.com, the luxury travel portal looks forward to working with the luxury vacation rentals included in The Society’s Global Bundle. The Global Bundle allows vacation rental managers to expand their visibility on only the finest luxury websites through a single property profile. Paradizo was an easy fit into the Global Bundle portfolio as it is dedicated to providing a complete resource for the full vacation experience from the perfect luxury accommodation to exclusive travel services.

According to Mike McFadden, the Co Founder of The Society, “Paradizo.com provides travelers with the most luxurious options on the market. This will be a great opportunity for our clients to gain more exposure and to maximize their yearly bookings.” Paradizo looks forward to increasing property inquiries for the luxury villa rentals included in the Bundle. Ollivier Jacq, CEO of Paradizo.com agreed, “I think Paradizo.com will make a valuable addition to the variety of marketing outlets that The Society offers its clients especially as we begin to see an increase in travelers utilizing the site as their personal planning tool.”

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Travel Meta Search Portal Goes Live

AsianAirfares.com has launched a new flight search website that it claims simplifies price comparison and selection of time, dates and airlines. AsianAirfares.com makes it easier and faster for people to find information by gathering the most relevant travel results f r o m the biggest and best Airline and Travel Sites on the Internet.

Travel Meta Search Portal Goes Live

AsianAirfares.com and its subsidiaries (350 travel sites) is now one of the leading online Travel, Meta Search Engine with more than 250,000 visitors and more than 500,000 page views every month. Each day we bring the latest money saving specials and deals f r o m the travel industry. Our free low rate search and compare service offers the latest – low rates – on products ranging f r o m Airline TicketsHotelsVacation PackagesCruises and Car Rentals Around the World.

AsianAirfares.com is a Travel, containing a unique breadth and depth of products and services. Which means we search hundreds of sites f r o m all over World to provide the information to you in an easy-to-use display and send you directly to the source to make your purchase? More than any other comparison sites, we help you find the best and lowest Rates on Flights , Hotels , Cars ,Vacation Packages and Cruises . AsianAirfares.com will provide you with some of the best Travel deals in the Travel and Hospitality Industry.

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Mercury Direct Expands Long Haul Destination Offers

Mercury Direct, a leading holiday specialist, has announced it is to expand its range of holiday offers to now include deals on long haul destinations.

Among the new offers available to long haul travellers is a ‘buy one week, get one free’ on all inclusive holidays in Sri Lanka and single travellers can enjoy no single supplements in certain hotels on specific dates in Sri Lanka, Kerala, Bali and Cuba. Some Mauritius hotels are also be included in this deal.

Charlie Wakeham, E-marketing executive forMercury Direct, commented: “The expansion of our fantastic offers to a range of long haul destinations will allow wider choice for those wishing to travel to exotic locations worldwide at unbeatable value for money. Clients can escape the cold, grey winter and take advantage of these great long haul offers with the ability to travel to beautiful Sri Lanka or exotic Mauritius at anyone’s budget.”

Mercury Direct is a leading provider of package holidays in the UK to holiday destinations within Europe (Gozo and Malta, Cyprus, Madeira, the Algarve, Tenerife and Spain) as well as further afield, with worldwide destinations including Sri Lanka, Kerala, Bali, Mauritius, and Australia. Fully bonded to the ABTA (the Travel Association) and ATOL (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing), Mercury Direct has a wide range of destinations and holiday deals.

About Mercury Direct:
Established in September 1980, Mercury Direct has grown from small beginnings to become one of the leading holiday specialists. Mercury Direct only sells its own carefully selected holidays, those in which it has confidence and which customers rate as good or excellent in questionnaires.

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Jumeirah To Manage 5-Star Hotel In Bangkok

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has been appointed by Thailand’s Country Group to manage a luxury hotel in the heart of Bangkok. The management agreement was signed by Mr. Gerald Lawless, executive chairman of Jumeirah Group and Mr. Ben Taechaubol, managing director of Country Group, at a ceremony held recently in Bangkok.

Jumeirah To Manage 5-Star Hotel In Bangkok

The 305-room, five star luxury Jumeirah Bangkok will have a prime location on the legendary Chao Phraya River, close to the Sathorn Bridge and Bangkok’s Central Business District. With its 200-metre water frontage, the urban resort will be easily accessible from the expressway or by boat through in-house docking stations. The hotel is designed to offer a peaceful environment for business and leisure travelers in the middle of bustling Bangkok.

The concept for Jumeirah Bangkok was developed by the Singapore-based architectural firm Hamiltons International in conjunction with UK-based interior design firm, United Designs. The luxury hotel will form the iconic centerpiece of a mixed-use development that integrates international and local Thai styles.

Set to open in 2014, Jumeirah Bangkok offers stunning river views, a signature Talise spa, signature food and beverage outlets, retail units and an art gallery as well as a banquet and conference centre at the heart of which is a 1200msq ballroom looking out onto an array of immaculately designed gardens.

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