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NEWTON, Mass., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor((R)), the world's most popular and largest travel community, today announced its vacation rentals survey of more than 2,800 travelers. Forty-three percent of travelers said they are staying at a vacation rental in the next 12 months, and 24 percent are staying or have stayed at a vacation rental this summer. Forty-three percent believe there are good deals to be had on vacation rentals this summer. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/tripadvisor/37968/ (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080902/TRIPADVISORLOGO ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090716/NY47423LOGO ) This spring, TripAdvisor announced the availability of vacation rentals and the innovative Vacation Rentals Calculator (www.tripadvisor.com/#Calculator) on tripadvisor.com. More than 90,00... (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)

Housing Bargains Under $100K in Naples, Florida

Welcome to Naples, Florida.  World renowned for the high-class lifestyle, a winter retreat for celebrities and fortune 500 CEO’s.  Naples has some of the most exclusive addresses in the country.  Where extraordinary mansions set along a beach which was once voted by the travel channel as America’s best all-round beach.  Where the county for which Naples is located is rated as the highest income per-capita in Florida and the 20th highest in the country. You may wonder how on earth you could even vacation here, let along be a year-round resident. Can you live in paradise for far less than the average home sold in the United States? The answer is, yes. The real estate bubble did hit here and it hit hard, many greedy investors and speculators looking to get rich over night, jumped in too late and too high.  Now though, prices are down to as low as 2001 values.  How abou... (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)

Vacation Homes: Saint Barth Real Paradise

Saint Barthelemy, also known as Saint Barth, is one of the must see islands in the West Indies nowadays. The island has unique characteristics as of a real paradise which reflects its charming Swedish and French heritage that is why many European tourists and other foreign people are visiting the island to have a different ambiance and a taste of its exotic cuisine. It is an ideal getaway for people from France, Europe and North America especially during winter. Beachgoers automatically have the pleasure to experience an excellent swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing or even sailing at Saint Barth 22 spectacular white sandy beaches with clear emerald waters. Saint Jean is the liveliest places in Saint Barth which has twin beaches where you can enjoy shopping, great cuisine while having your fun at the beaches. The Inter-Oceans Museum is a place to have a ... (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)

Families Are Finding Great Value, More Activities For The Kids And Scenic Outdoor Settings By Renting Park Models

KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ozzie Martinez has nothing against hotels. But he's found a better way to travel with his family. He stays in campgrounds with recreational park trailers or "park models." "A park model is like a cottage equipped with everything," said the 33- year-old Miami resident after spending a long weekend with his family at Tropical Palms Resort in Kissimmee. "You've got a kitchen, a barbecue. And my kids really like the loft." Martinez is one of a growing number of travelers who stay in park model rentals when they travel. These 400 square foot units, which resemble small cottages, typically come in one- and two-bedroom models, complete with a living room, bathroom and kitchen with full-size appliances. Some units have lofts, which are popular with the kids. And most have front porches, enabling travelers to sit outside and enjoy th... (more)

PAR Unveils Sleek, High Performance EverServ 7000 POS Terminal

ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR), introduces its all new PAR EverServ® 7000 POS terminal. The totally redesigned PAR EverServ 7000 Series POS hardware is built with the same rugged durability PAR is known for and an innovative, sleek design that delivers the performance hospitality and retail operators demand. “A commitment and passion for quality, performance and reliability have been PAR’s core principles for more than 30 years and the design of EverServ 7000 is no exception,” said Scott Langdoc, CTO, ParTech. “From an industrial design perspective, we challenged our engineering teams to produce a stunning, contemporary looking POS terminal that visually rises above the competition – and they delivered. Impressively, these design changes together with material performance enhancements were achieved at a price point even... (more)

Metrospaces Issues Letter to Shareholders

MIAMI, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/01/15 -- Metrospaces, Inc. (OTC PINK: MSPC) issues letter to shareholders regarding projects and recent share price volatility. Mr. Brito, Metrospaces CFO stated: "Our business continues to evolve and our fundamentals remain as described in our December 24, 2014, letter to shareholders and the earnings guidance set forth in our press release of January 15, 2015, is unchanged. Management is confident in the company's prospects and is determined to create shareholder value. Management owns a sizable portion of the company's equity, a large block of which was acquired by a stock-for-debt exchange. Management's compensation is long-term equity, thus, we believe that management's interests are firmly aligned with those of our shareholders. Even though our stock price has suffered certain volatility in the last days, we remain strong and ... (more)

Concord CityPlace, Premium Waterfront Project at Downtown Toronto, Launches in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Mar 12, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Concord Adex, a subsidiary of Concord Pacific - Canada's leading urban community developer, will launch its premium Toronto development, Concord CityPlace, at an exhibition in Hong Kong on March 14th and 15th. With its prime downtown waterfront location, the project presents a promising investment opportunity. Selected suites from the Newton and Forward projects are reserved for Hong Kong buyers who attend the exhibition this weekend, March 14th and 15th. Prices from CAD$290,000 (approx. HK$1.8 million). Prime Waterfront Location in the Heart of the City Concord CityPlace is a master-planned community situated at the highly sought-after downtown lakefront location, adjacent to the iconic landmarks - CN tower and Rogers Centre. The 45-acre development is the largest residential community project in downtown Toronto. Parks and ... (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)