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The Book goes beyond what is usually deemed basic marketing knowledge. "100 Tips For Successful Renting - Manual for Vacation Rental Owners" also arms real estate owners with practical advice, which if not heeded, could jeopardize their rental performance. For instance, the real estate owner relationship with his tenants, a topic often overlooked but critical to estate performance, is given due prominence. So too, the biggest risk a owner faces: the risk of loss of long term relationship with his clients. ArrangeYourVacation.com says the material in the book is presented in a simple, crisp, and easy-to-understand format. ArrangeYourVacation.com is authored by the founder and CEO Milan Matchev, a qualified businessman with years of tourism, corporate, and traveling experience. "It is is comprehensive book on how to manage, market and operate a successful vacation renta... (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)

Using a Digital Camera to Photograph Your Vacation Rental

When capturing photos of your vacation rental, it is now commonplace to incorporate the use of a digital camera. They are becoming easier to use than the regular 35mm types, and basic ones can be found quite cheap. Digital cameras also make it quicker for you to upload your photos to your computer for editing and adding them to your listings on vacation rental websites. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you start capturing your rental home on camera. Take lots of photos! The nice thing about most digital cameras is the small window located on the back for quick viewing of the photos you have just taken. You can sift through and easily delete the ones you don’t like, so don’t worry about overloading the camera or having too many pictures. Having many different angles and shots of your vacation rental is important so your potential guests can have a good idea... (more)

Maca Kizi Hotel, Bodrum

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)

From Cat Cay to Ft Lauderdale With Water Tornadoes in the Sky

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali (July 7, 2009 - 10:37 AM) - This morning after making myself a feta cheese and eggs breakfast, I feed the turkeys in the back yard ... (July 7, 2009 - 10:44 AM)  ... and the chicken family. (July 7, 2009 - 04:06 PM) - Arrive at the landing strip on a most beautiful June afternoon in the Bahamas, and take this picture with my blackberry. (July 7, 2009 - 04:07 PM) - I take another picture as I wait for my customs clearence. (July 7, 2009 - 04:19 PM) - And one more shot in front of the tail of the plane (July 7, 2009 - 04:21 PM) - We are ready to take off (July 7, 2009 - 04:23 PM) - We take off exactly at 4 23 PM (July 7, 2009 - 04:25 PM) - Circle over South Cat Cay (July 7, 2009 - 04:26 PM) - Say good bye to our home, chickens and the turkeys (July 7, 2009 - 04:46 PM) - 20 minutes into our flight we can see the sky over Ft Lauderdale ... ... (more)

Jamaica Vacation Rentals

Looking for a perfect place to spend your vacation getaway? Of course, you surely want the best for it. One of the world’s most spectacular tropical paradise islands with a Caribbean beauty is Jamaica. Definitely, this is the right holiday destination for you. The island is full of different kinds of adventure and excitement, you and your family will truly love and enjoy.  With its warm tropical climate and rich artistic cultural heritage, many tourists are visiting Jamaica all year round. Indeed, you will love the crystal blue waters of its ocean and the sugary white beaches from Negril to Port Antonio where you can engage into water sports such as scuba diving, wind surfing, fishing, bamboo rafting and snorkeling with a perfect sunsets. Exploring the island of Jamaica by means of a horseback riding would be terrific. To set your eyes on some of the best paintings,... (more)

June 30th Deadline For Mayor Mehmet Kocadon To Clean Up Bodrum

International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine This week I posted two blog entries about the much needed clean up in tourist destinations of Bodrum and its surroundings. My blog posts must have touched a nerve among the residents and business owners of Bodrum, some supporting and others criticizing my comments. Please note, I added my  answers inline. Mr. Salvatore Genovese Founder, Publisher & CEO International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine http://www.yachtchartersmagazine.com Mr. Genovese, Thank you for informing the local authorities of Bodrum with your deadline  of June 30,  2009 in order to clean up the aquarium region of the town via your blog post. You are quite welcome! Did you have a chance to inform the municipality or the other associations directly about your problem and your threatening style? 1) My blog posts were my notification to all responsible pa... (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)

Build or Buy a Vacation Rental

Another area that you need to explore before making your final decision about a purchase is the question: do you build (buy pre-construction) or buy a home that is already built? There is a whole set of factors to consider. First, you need to realize that in most cases buying pre-construction can be more expensive up front. You usually have to come up with a larger down payment. You also have to buy all of the furnishings. This is in sharp contrast to purchasing a vacation home that has already been built, as these homes typically are sold fully furnished. Not only does buying the furnishings mean paying additional money, it also means additional work. Be prepared to spend a good deal of time cruising furniture stores, looking for sales, making sure what you want is in stock, setting up delivery dates, and handling a number of other hassles. On the other hand, you wo... (more)

LiveRez.com Unveils 'RezSecure'- A New Way to Book A Vacation Rental

BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- LiveRez.com (http://LiveRez.com), the emerging leader in online vacation rental software, today introduced RezSecure, a new program that instills confidence into guests by guaranteeing the validity and accuracy of property listings. The RezSecure network of trusted vacation rental managers provides a collection of vacation homes that have been certified to meet or exceed RezSecure's stringent criteria about providing a reliable, trustworthy, and consistent vacation experience. "The #1 reason travelers choose hotels over vacation rentals is trust," says Tracy Lotz, President and Founder of LiveRez.com. "Trust in the property information, legitimacy of the vacation rental manager, reliability of the photos and amenity descriptions. RezSecure provides that assurance." Working with only vetted Vacation Rental Managers, vacationers ca... (more)

Winter 2014 Guide to Lake Tahoe: What to Do and Where to Stay This Winter in Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/20/14 -- With fresh powder on the ground, and more on the way, Lake Tahoe is once again the place to be this winter. Today, TahoesBest.com, Lake Tahoe's busiest travel & tourism site, announced the best things to do and places to stay during this winter's Tahoe vacation. "We've been waiting with eyes on the sky for a winter storm, and it's looking like Mother Nature has finally gotten the hint," explains Lindsey Skinner, editor of TahoesBest.com, "so get out on the slopes, the X-Country trails and the sledding hills and enjoy the fresh powder." What to do this winter in Lake Tahoe: 1 - Downhill Skiing/Boarding - what else? With snow on the ground, and more on the forecast, it's all about skiing and riding in Lake Tahoe. Ski resorts have been busy making snow at night, and the weather report looks even more promising. Ski through ... (more)