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Turkish Riviera on Ulitzer Today I arrived in Bodrum for a long weekend. Divan Palmira kindly declined my reservation request after my 2007 review of the hotel. They were nice enough to recommend another boutique hotel in the area, so I checked in to Maca Kizi Hotel. My first half day here so far, the view from my room is fantastic. It is too early to write a formal review but if they don't royally screw it up between now and Sunday morning, this hotel has a potential to me my Bodrum summer stop going forward. Today it rained here. I see it rain in Bodrum for the first time since more than a decade of my summer vacations here. I did walk to Divan Palmira to visit my paparazzi photographer friend Gokhan, he was not there. I had lunch at Divan Palmira, the young waiter said they opened the season on May 19 and he thinks today they have five or six rooms full out of 6... (more)

The Caribbean Paradise

Planning and deciding your next vacation destination is really tough especially there are lots of wonderful places to explore globally. If you want to experience the lifestyle and culture of French heritage, then don’t think twice. You will surely fall in love with the tropical beauty and ideal climatic atmosphere of Guadeloupe Island. It is known as a Caribbean paradise with European style and Creole charm. In Guadeloupe, there is an assurance for you not to experience boredom. There are plenty of activities you can engage yourself and your whole family with. The island is full of exciting attractions for sightseeing, photography, hiking and water sports. You will truly love the spectacular natural beaches were all beautiful to behold, it ranges from the long powdery white stretches of Grande-Terre to the darker sands of Basse-Terre. Don’t be surprised because topl... (more)

Bodrum Mess and a Mayor Missing in Action

Yacht Charter Blog Dear Salvatore, I thank you very much for taking the time to bring to everyones attention the mess in Bodrum and the lack of action from the Mayor of Bodrum, Mehmet Kocadon. I live in Chicago and have a summer/retirement home in Yalikavak and I have to admit I have been amazed at how much the Mayor of Bodrum is getting away with. He is only available for photo shoots and media blitz but when it comes to hard work the man is a ghost... I am glad that people like you bring this up to the attention of the general public. I only hope that they will react to this type of constructive criticism. The area is absolutely beautiful but needs to be managed better. I commend you for your work. Thank you. Hal ... (more)

The Faster Way to Better Living: Dream Properties at the Click of a Button on Your Mobile Phone

Axel Springer‘s real estate portal Immonet.de now enables property searches on a mobile phone, iPhone, Blackberry and on other smartphones. More than 950,000 houses, apartments and other properties can easily be found each month on mobil.immonet.de with the help of Netbiscuits, the leading software platform for the development, operation and marketing of mobile internet pages. This collaboration has enabled Germany’s cross-media real estate portal Immonet.de to present a media-compatible property search for more than 5,000 mobile devices. A special iPhone version of Immonet.de Mobil is available at iphone.immonet.de. Just enter a town or postcode and other optional criteria such as property price or size of the property to begin the search in two simple steps. The menu is straight-forward and enables the user to quickly narrow down, classify and flick through searc... (more)

Now that's a Da Vinci!

Poor Leonardo. After losing out to Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni during his lifetime, he still doesn't get the credit or recognition his work deserves. Finally, someone trusted their intuition, and bought a sketch which looked to him like a Leonardo, and, lo - it was! His $19000 investment is now worth $150 million: Now that's what I call reverse innovation! If you'll excuse me, I'm off to the basement to see if I have any Da Vinci's lying around in my art collection... ... (more)

Agents To Pay For Buyer Stimulus

The website, Lookflorida.com states: 'A group of Florida real estate agents have agreed to participate in the FREBS program.  These agents will give you  a cash stimulus at closing on your Florida real estate purchase.  You could be eligible for up to $150,000' The stimulus program is an initiative to help buyers with closing costs, but could end up doing a lot more.  Like many recent cash stimulus programs, such as 'Cash for Clunkers' there needs to be plenty of money behind the project in order to make it successful.  To fund this program, the agents involved will give a portion of their commission back to the buyer at closing. The FREBS program is aimed at individuals, companies or businesses interested in purchasing Florida real estate.  The program works by agents allowing buyers to receive a percentage of the commission that the brokerage firm receives from th... (more)

Exposed! Vacation Rentals Are America's Best-Kept Secret

DALLAS, July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vacationers across the U.S. looking for an alternative to hotel rooms can now find all the amenities they could ever dream of by staying in a vacation rental during their next trip. Comprised primarily of suites, condominiums, villas, and vacation homes, the vacation rental segment is enjoying phenomenal growth and popularity, according to VacationSpot.com, the most comprehensive resource for booking vacation rentals and bed & breakfasts worldwide on the Internet. "A major reason the segment is growing so quickly is the widespread entry of major hotel franchise chains into the suite and condominium space," says Rick Fisher, spokesperson and vice president of vacation rentals for VacationSpot.com, which is owned and powered by Hotels.com. "At the same time that we're seeing almost double digit industry growth* for 2 years runn... (more)

Book Now for Luxury Summer Villas in Europe and Caribbean. Great Early Booking Offers Already Available for 2010 at Paradizo.com

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In-the-know travelers are starting to book luxury villas for their 2010 summer vacations. One-stop luxury travel resource Paradizo.com has partnered with the top rental agencies offering the very best villa rentals around the world, from beachfront villas with access to a tropical beach to magnificent villas with a pool in the living room. According to many industry insiders, the vacation rental market is on the rise. Lodging industry expert Glenn Haussman recently reported on the "explosive growth" of vacation rentals in recent years. Spectacular properties are still available for guests seeking the ultimate 2010 summer holiday. Now, it's time to reserve as some of the most desirable villas are already fully booked. "The popular summer months are booking fast for 2010, with 25% of properties already booked-up for next sum... (more)

PAR Technology Corporation Announces 2012 Third Quarter Results

PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. PAR reported third quarter revenues of $61.1 million, a 4% increase from the $58.7 million reported for the third quarter of 2011. Net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012 was $1.3 million, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.09, compared to the third quarter of 2011 figure of $1.6 million, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.11. Paul B. Domorski, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Current market conditions, in the hospitality segments we serve, are making organic growth challenging in the near-term. Despite this uncertainty, PAR has been able to maintain profitability, while continuing our investment in expanding our market reach through new products and services.” Mr. Domorski continued, “During t... (more)

RealBiz Media Group Expands Executive Leadership Team

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 11/04/13 -- RealBiz Media Group, Inc (OTCQB: RBIZ) has expanded its executive leadership team with Deborah Linden as Chief Operations Officer, Patrick Scheltgen as Chief Information Officer, and Mark Lemon as Chief Technology Officer. "The addition of these talented professionals will ensure RealBiz Media Group's continued growth in developing leading products in the real estate digital media market. We look forward to establishing the company as a leader in providing home video tours to the real estate industry," said Chief Executive Officer, Bill Kerby. As Chief Operations Officer, Deborah Linden, AGE, will oversee daily operations and long-term strategic growth initiatives. She possesses a strong entrepreneurial background in resort real estate development and product evolution. Ms. Linden co-founded Island One Resorts in 1... (more)

NORTHWIND-Maestro PMS Partners With Shift4 to Provide an Integrated EMV Solution

MARKHAM, ON and LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/14 -- NORTHWIND, a leading provider of resort hotel software, saved months of development time and more than $100,000 in costs by leveraging the technologies of payment gateway provider Shift4 Corporation to integrate EMV payments with their Maestro PMS. "NORTHWIND partnered on our EMV initiative with Shift4, as they are uniquely positioned to satisfy the needs of our Canadian clientele. Shift4 has proven to be an excellent, forward-thinking partner and our clients consistently recognize the value of our combined offering," said Warren Dehan, President of NORTHWIND-Maestro PMS. Historically, with most Canadian processors not supporting incremental authorizations, Canadian hotels were forced to incur liability for all charges their guests may accrue beyond what was initially authorized at check-in. The recent ... (more)