Travel and Tourism

Vacation Research and Planning Enhanced with Video

Author: ResortsandLodges
Dateline: Wed, 31 Oct 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ST. PAUL, Minn. - Oct. 31 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- This was a bond that was just meant to happen. ResortsandLodges.com, a niche portal Web site that provides advertising for the hospitality and travel industry, recently completed a successful pilot program that brings high-quality, full-motion video to Internet users exploring their options in travel. The Web site is now the first and only one in its niche.”



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ResortsandLodges.com Brings Destinations to Life Through Custom-Produced Internet Video

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Oct. 31 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- This was a bond that was just meant to happen. ResortsandLodges.com, a niche portal Web site that provides advertising for the hospitality and travel industry, recently completed a successful pilot program that brings high-quality, full-motion video to Internet users exploring their options in travel. The Web site is now the first and only one in its niche - and possibly in the entire industry - to present its resort and lodge customers through unique content, color photography and custom-produced, high-quality video.

Caption: Resorts and Lodges"Rich media offers the potential to make the Internet a lot more exciting and useful for people researching their travel options," said Ryan Bailey, co-founder and Vice President of ResortsandLodges.com. "We felt that video was absolutely ideal for our site. It fits perfectly into our long-standing goal to give our users the best possible tool for choosing resort and lodge vacations worldwide."

The company recently began visiting resorts and lodges in selected regions (Branson, MO; Lake of the Ozarks, MO; Estes Park, CO; Glacier Country, MT) on its site, professionally shooting video of each property and its surrounding destination. The company also produced these videos in-house. Each one has been tailored for presentation on a landing-page that is exclusively written and designed to give a clearer and richer understanding of each property's unique vacation experience and features.

ResortsandLodges.com offers visitors a convenient search tool that allows them to search properties by geography, resort type, accommodation type, activity type, amenity type and price range. Once travelers choose a property, they can see an overview and contact information, including a direct link to the property's Web site and telephone number direct to the property, as well as unique content, colorful photography and full-motion video clips.

"Video presentation is proving extremely effective at providing our increasingly adept and discerning travelers a deeper understanding of their upcoming vacation experiences," said Denny Royal, Creative Director at ResortsandLodges.com. "Above all, travel is about experiences. The closer we can get to delivering the actual experience that a property or a destination has to offer, the more useful our tool will be."

With the success of the company's four-region pilot program, you can expect to find full-motion video in dozens of other regions on the www.ResortsandLodges.com site, including the North Carolina Mountains, Myrtle Beach (SC), and Lake Tahoe (CA) and many more.

"We are committed to video as the best way to assist the traveler in making informed travel decisions," said Bailey. "Offering video production to all of our partners is a far-reaching way for us to bring high-quality property video to every traveler who uses our site."

About Resorts and Lodges
Headquartered in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, ResortsandLodges.com is owned and operated by Travelnet Solutions, Inc. (www.travelnetsolutions.com), a leader in providing complete and dynamic solutions to the hospitality and travel industry. The company's portfolio of brands includes ResortsandLodges.com, ParksandCampgrounds.com, RezTracker.com and Red Rock Resort.


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Travel and Tourism

CSA Travel Protection and Cheapoair.com to Deliver New Insurance Options

Author: Cheapoair
Dateline: Wed, 17 Oct 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Oct. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- CSA Travel Protection, a leading provider of travel insurance, has teamed up with Cheapoair.com, a top budget travel website to provide Cheapoair consumers with affordable travel insurance. This partnership gives travelers immediate access to purchase travel protection at time of booking flight arrangements with Cheapoair.



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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Oct. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- CSA Travel Protection, a leading provider of travel insurance, has teamed up with Cheapoair.com, a top budget travel website to provide Cheapoair consumers with affordable travel insurance. This partnership gives travelers immediate access to purchase travel protection at time of booking flight arrangements with Cheapoair.

Caption: CheapoAirWith the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reporting on August 30, 2007, that flight delays were up 19 percent from last summer, purchasing travel insurance is more important than ever. Over 15 million people will take to the skies during the upcoming holiday season hoping for smooth arrivals and departures to their destinations. Unfortunately many will experience flight delays which can cause them to lose time and money on their vacation and create additional stress as they struggle to make emergency hotel accommodations and book new flights to catch up with their trip.

"By purchasing travel insurance from CSA when booking flights, cruises and hotel accommodations on Cheapoair.com, travelers can immediately protect themselves," said Les Maine, CEO CSA Travel Protection

About CSA Travel Protection
CSA Travel Protection is dedicated to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect your valuable investment and provide the peace of mind you deserve while traveling. Since its inception in 1991, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and evolving products and services to meet their needs.

Through superior customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, we're with you every step of the way whenever and wherever you need us.

For more information about CSA Travel Protection visit www.csatravelprotection.com or call (800) 348-9505.

About Cheapoair
Cheapoair.com is a New York based consumer travel web site offering low airfares to its 1 Million plus customer base. Their vision has always been to infuse emerging technology into affordable travel solutions for the most budget conscious minds. Their motto is: "We Discount the Fares, never the Service!"

Their portfolio of airfare products includes over 18 million exclusive low airfares and the technological foundation to deliver the most competitive air tickets online, all over the globe.

For more information regarding Cheapoair.com visit www.cheapoair.com or call (212) 478-0335.


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CheapoAir Unveils 24/7 Customer Support

Author: CheapoAir
Dateline: Mon, 17 Sep 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sept. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- CheapoAir.com, a leading budget travel website catering to customers in cheap travel, has announced a sweeping overhaul to its customer service department, a spokesman from the company said yesterday. 'Our customers spoke and we heard! We discovered that our customers were genuinely pleased with our products, but preferred reduced hold times.'”



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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sept. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- CheapoAir.com, a leading budget travel website catering to customers in cheap travel, has announced a sweeping overhaul to its customer service department, a spokesman from the company said yesterday. "Our customers spoke and we heard! We discovered that our customers were genuinely pleased with our products, but preferred reduced hold times," said Ross Bogitch, the Call Center Director for CheapoAir.com.

Caption: CheapoAirIronically, it was the company's immense popularity growth that initially produced increased customer feedback. That customer feedback prompted us to completely redesign the manner in which CheapoAir.com handles common customer issues.

Such changes included 24/7 customer support and an increased staff. "We determined that we needed to reduce customer hold times. The difference between having to wait ten minutes or fifteen seconds to speak with a representative can make all the difference in the world," said Bogitch.

The results have been dramatic. Our hold times have decreased by 65% and caller abandonment rates have plummeted by 70%, creating a substantially more pleasurable experience for our consumers.

By month's end, CheapoAir.com plans to unveil an enormous multi-national call center to allow for continued staff increases. In November, the company will also launch a state-of-the-art phone system with the ultimate goal of completely eliminating customer hold times -- an ambitious feat for any large business.

"We believe that superior customer service creates a far more loyal user base, and CheapoAir.com isn't backing off its pledge to create the industry standard for customer service."

"CheapoAir's customer service goal is One Call - does it all, to make finding cheap flights a hassle-free experience. We're confident the steps we've taken to improve customer service will help our customers achieve this goal."

CheapoAir.com is a NYC based consumer travel web site offering low airfares to its 3 Million plus customer base. CheapoAir.com is the brainchild of a Group of Travel industry Professionals. Their vision has always been to infuse emerging technology into affordable travel solutions for the most budget conscious minds.

To find out more about CheapoAir, log onto cheapoair.com.


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TripMama Expands Travel Search with the Launch of Hotel Comparison and Car Comparison

Author: TripMama.com
Dateline: Mon, 17 Sep 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sept. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- TripMama, a rising star in the airfare comparison arena continues to expand. TripMama launched August 7, 2007 to rave reviews and with some of the most notable travel sites online. TripMama has provided an optimum flight comparison shopping experience to our swelling consumer base.”



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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sept. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- TripMama, a rising star in the airfare comparison arena continues to expand. TripMama launched August 7, 2007 to rave reviews and with some of the most notable travel sites online. TripMama has provided an optimum flight comparison shopping experience to our swelling consumer base.

(c) Send2PressStarting Q-4, TripMama will launch Hotel Comparison Tools and Car Rental Comparison tools, offering more consumer value and more reason to search and save using TripMama.com.

The goal of TripMama is to make searching for cheap airfare, hotels and car rentals a one-stop shopping experience. TripMama posts the best sales from all travel conglomeration sites onto one page, creating a streamlined hub for travelers looking for the cheapest deals. TripMama's overwhelming popularity has prompted the company to expand into the arena of hotels and car rentals in October, three months earlier than anticipated.

Along with Flights, Hotels, Cars and "Travel Deals" updated weekly for bargain hunters, TripMama is also expanding its growing travel community - "Travel Talk" is an open interactive forum. Travel Talk offers discussions on how to find bargain trips, how to pick the right airline, sharing great vacation spots and the latest news on airlines. This is just a sampling of the informative topics available. Be sure to sign up as a registered Travel Talk member for your "frequent forum miles". The idea is to help members plan the best trip, and make their dream vacations come true.

The concept is catching on. "It's really gratifying for our users to be able to plan an entire vacation all on one site. We will continue to provide more of what the savvy traveler and deal seekers ask for," said David Wexler, Director of Business Development.

Ultimately, we want our users to know they're getting the best airfare, hotel and car prices available every time they visit TripMama.com. Bookmark "Mama" for future trips! Log onto www.tripmama.com

TripMama knows best... now you know, too!


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Travel and Tourism

Resort Fees at Hawaii Hotels Cause ‘Checkout Sticker Shock’

Author: Travel Hawaii LLC
Dateline: Mon, 11 Jun 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “HONOLULU, Hawaii - June 11 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- According to Travel Hawaii LLC, a leading Hawaii Internet booking service, over 16 of Hawaii's leading hotels - mainly high end resorts - charge mandatory 'Resort Fees' of up to $26 per day that are automatically added to guests' bills upon checkout. These fees can cause 'checkout sticker shock' if guests don't include them in their pre-trip cost calculations.”



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HONOLULU, Hawaii - June 11 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- According to Travel Hawaii LLC (www.Travel-Hawaii.com), a leading Hawaii Internet booking service, over 16 of Hawaii's leading hotels - mainly high end resorts - charge mandatory "Resort Fees" of up to $26 per day that are automatically added to guests' bills upon checkout. These fees can cause "checkout sticker shock" if guests don't include them in their pre-trip cost calculations. And often the hotels' own web sites don't make such fees apparent.

For example, at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui, guests are charged a Resort Fee of $25 per night (plus 4% tax). In exchange, guests receive a lei greeting and refreshment upon arrival, local & 800 number phone calls, in-room Internet access, in-room coffee, fitness center use, various free classes and tours, nightly turndown service, and self-parking.

That sounds like a great value, and it could be if guests are interested in those types of amenities. But other hotels offer similar amenities and don't charge an extra dime for them. For example, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island uses as a selling point that it doesn't charge a Resort Fee, and yet provides a host of free extras similar to those at the Grand Wailea.

Barbara Gillespie of Toronto, a client of Travel Hawaii who recently stayed at the Sheraton Maui (Resort Fee: $18.75), had this to say: "Given the fact that the hotel charges a fair amount for their rooms to begin with we did feel that the daily resort fee was a bit much, especially considering they still charged for such things as beach chairs, and snorkeling equipment. We self parked every day and did not use Internet service in our room so to us the value of that daily fee just was not there."

On the other hand, some guests think Resort Fees provide a good value. "We definitely think the Westin's $20 per day Resort Fee was well worth it," said Carol Wright of Riverside, California, who recently stayed at the Westin Maui. "We have been to Maui many times and on this trip decided to spend our time enjoying the resort rather than doing a lot of sightseeing. We really made use of the fitness center."

"Whether a Resort Fee is a great value or not, the important thing is that clients be clearly informed about the Resort Fee before they finalize their hotel booking," says John Lindelow, owner of Travel Hawaii.

In this spirit of empowering clients with information, Travel Hawaii maintains a special web page at Travel-Hawaii.com/hawaiiresortfees.html that lists all of the Resort Fees at Hawaii hotels, and exactly what guests receive for paying such fees. In addition, each hotel's web page on Travel Hawaii's site clearly spells out the Resort Fee and what it provides.

So why do so many Hawaii hotels charge Resort Fees and risk the wrath of guests who feel they've been misled or nickel and dimed? "I've heard three reasons," said Lindelow, "First, by breaking out some of their expenses as a Resort Fee, the hotels can avoid paying the State's tax of 7.25% on that portion. Second, the hotels don't have to pay commission to travel agents on what they charge for Resort Fees; and third, the hotels can make it seem like they have lower overall prices by advertising the room rate only and then adding the Resort Fee only when the client checks out."

In recent years, several class action suits have been filed against major hotel chains, such as Hilton, Marriott, and Starwood, mostly having to do with the hotels not fully disclosing their resort fees at booking time. Most of those suits have been settled. "Let's hope those days are behind us," said Lindelow, "and that full disclosure is the name of the game from this point forward."

About Travel Hawaii LLC
Founded in 1997, Travel Hawaii has become a leading Internet booking service for consumers wishing to vacation in Hawaii. Travel Hawaii maintains sophisticated online booking systems and databases focused on Hawaii travel.

More Information: Travel-Hawaii.com

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Travel and Tourism

Hawaii Tourism Slumps on Heels of Smoking Ban

Author: Travel Hawaii LLC
Dateline: Mon, 12 Mar 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “HONOLULU, Hawaii - Mar. 12 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- According to Travel Hawaii LLC, Hawaii's tourism industry is in a slump, with overall January arrivals down nearly 6 percent from January 2006 and the lucrative Japanese market down over 12 percent. The decline comes on the heels of Hawaii's strict new smoking ban, which went into effect in November.”



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HONOLULU, Hawaii - Mar. 12 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- According to Travel Hawaii LLC, Hawaii's tourism industry is in a slump, with overall January arrivals down nearly 6 percent from January 2006 and the lucrative Japanese market down over 12 percent. The decline comes on the heels of Hawaii's strict new smoking ban, which went into effect in November, and some in the tourism industry wonder whether the smoking ban is chasing away a good portion of Hawaii's traditional clientele.

Japan is considered a "smoker's paradise" relative to the U.S., and some observers feel that the cigarette-puffing Japanese tourists are being deterred from visiting Hawaii, in favor of more smoker-friendly destinations. "We've had several Japanese clients with pre-paid bookings cancel their reservations because they couldn't get a smoking room," said Chris Freas, Sales Manager at Travel Hawaii, a Hawaii-based Internet retailer (Travel-Hawaii.com).

Since the smoking ban went into effect, Hawaii's hotels have become decidedly non-friendly to smokers. Entire large hotel chains -- including Outrigger, Marriott, and ResortQuest -- have banned smoking everywhere in their hotels, offering no smoking rooms or smoking areas anywhere in their hotels.

The most draconian of smoking policies, perhaps, belongs to ResortQuest, a moderately-priced chain of 29 hotels and condos. Clients checking in to a ResortQuest hotel in Hawaii are required to sign an agreement that they will be liable for a cleaning fee of $425 should the hotel determine that they have smoked in their room.

The Outrigger chain, with 25 hotels and condos, charges a cleaning fee of $150 should a client smoke in one of their rooms, though they don't require the client to sign a separate agreement.

"The imposition of such cleaning fees is good news for non-smokers," said Freas, "as there's little chance they'll check into a room that has that telltale odor." But such policies will, of course, chase away a portion of potential clients who consider smoking a necessity.

Other hotel chains -- such as Starwood and Prince -- have dramatically limited the number of smoking rooms and smoking areas in their hotels. Smaller chains and individual hotels have a wide variety of new smoking policies, so smokers should do their research before traveling. A good place to start is the compendium of Hawaii hotel smoking policies that can be found on Travel Hawaii's web site at: http://Travel-Hawaii.com/smoking.html.

"We believe the smoking ban is indeed having an impact on the Hawaii tourism market," said John Lindelow, owner of Travel Hawaii. "Sales to Japanese travelers, in particular, are down considerably compared to last year, and we can't help but wonder about the correlation between the ban and this slump in our industry."

Figures released by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism on Feb 27 indicate that arrivals from the U.S. West Coast were actually up by 1.4 percent for January, while arrivals from East Coast residents were down a whopping 9 percent. "Again, we can't help wondering about this correlation," said Lindelow, "since the West Coast states have, on average, a lower percentage of smokers than the East Coast and Mid-West states."

About Travel Hawaii LLC
Founded in 1997 by computer scientist John Lindelow and travel agency owner Roz Rapozo, Travel Hawaii has become a leading Internet booking service for consumers wishing to vacation in Hawaii. Travel Hawaii maintains sophisticated online booking systems and databases focused on Hawaii travel.

For more information on the smoking policies of Hawaii hotels, visit
Travel-Hawaii.com/smoking.html.

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CheapoAir Upgrades and Introduces Auto-Airline Ticketing Technology from Fareportal

Author: CheapoAir.com
Dateline: Wed, 17 Jan 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jan. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, CheapoAir.com announced in partnership with Fareportal, a complex Multi-Airline Auto Ticketing Technology that integrates a three tier fraud detection checkpoint system that issues e-ticket confirmation to customers within a fraction of a second. CheapoAir.com is also announcing Auto-Airline Paper Tickets to be integrated into FedEx Shipping Software.”



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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jan. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, CheapoAir.com announced in partnership with Fareportal, a complex Multi-Airline Auto Ticketing Technology that integrates a three tier fraud detection checkpoint system that issues e-ticket confirmation to customers within a fraction of a second. In addition, CheapoAir.com is also announcing Auto-Airline Paper Tickets to be integrated into FedEx Shipping Software, making transactions seamless and more efficient while still providing a rigorously secure environment.

(c) Send2PressWhile launching this new technology, Harsh Sood, CTO of Fareportal said, "CheapoAir has successfully achieved 90% of auto-ticketing in the domestic sector and 60% in the International sector." This Technology will now enable end-users to simply print their e-ticket from their email without waiting for a third party to issue their airline ticket on their behalf. The CheapoAir.com system will automatically identify and issue air tickets within seconds of booking.

Nikunj Dhawan, VP Technology of Fareportal said this, "By integrating this amazing auto-ticketing technology, we're eliminating the need for customers to call the airlines or customer service. It's a giant step forward in customer friendly travel technology. By March 2007, CheapoAir's goal is to achieve 100% auto-ticket generation in the domestic sectors."

CheapoAir recently issued this statement, "CheapoAir is committed to bringing solid value to its customers. Through our partnership with Fareportal, we will continuously strive to bring technology that will leverage airfare structures, employing the latest cutting edge methods for providing the most cost effective solutions to our customers."

About CheapoAir.com
CheapoAir.com is a NYC based consumer travel website offering low airfares to its 1 Million plus customer base. CheapoAir.com leverages its technology to offer over 18 Million private and negotiated air fares to consumers. CheapoAir.com receives over 1.2 Million unique visitors per month. For Further information, please visit CheapoAir, www.CheapoAir.com.

About Fareportal
Fareportal is based in Silicon Alley and is a technology provider to travel companies. Its proprietary booking engine technology is utilized by consumers and B2B travel websites. Fareportal was one of the 1st companies to develop an entire framework on a .NET platform for use in booking travel online. The Fareportal booking engine utilizes highly innovative technology to aggregate airfare data from various sources and display it on a single screen in less than 5 seconds. For further information, please visit Fareportal, www.Fareportal.com.

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Travel and Tourism

CheapOAir Acquires State of the Art Call Center

Author: CheapOAir
Dateline: Mon, 09 Oct 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, N.Y. - Oct. 9 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, CheapOAir.com announced that, in partnership with its technology partner Fareportal Inc., it has acquired a 26,000 square foot Call Center. This state of the art Call Center is equipped with the latest VoIP Telephony and Call Center technology. The CheapOAir.com Call Center capacity currently is 240 Seats with scalability to 950 seats. The Call Center is utilizing MPLS connectivity with 5 MBPS dedicated connection linking its New York City office with its Call Center.”



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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Oct. 9 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, CheapOAir.com announced that, in partnership with its technology partner Fareportal Inc., it has acquired a 26,000 square foot Call Center. This state of the art Call Center is equipped with the latest VOIP Telephony and Call Center technology. The CheapOAir.com Call Center capacity currently is 240 Seats with scalability to 950 seats. The Call Center is utilizing MPLS connectivity with 5 MBPS dedicated connection linking its New York City office with its Call Center.

The VoIP telephony is provided by Inter-Tel, a leader in high-end Call Center technology. The seamless and real time reporting capabilities will now allow for over 3,000 calls to be handled daily. CheapOAir.com aims to operate the center 24/7.

Dominic John, the Infrastructure Manager for CheapOAir had this to say: "We have been considering outsourcing our Call Center to third party companies, but after thorough analysis, what we found was that by operating our own Call Center we save an additional 55-60%! This savings can be passed on to our clients who purchase travel through our web site. This will make us more competitive in online travel and, at the same time, provide a more sophisticated level of customer support."

CheapOAir.com has been actively pursuing initiatives to upgrade its customer care for its over 1 million client base. The web site now receives over 85,000 unique visitors per day.

Nikunj Dhawan, Vice President for the CheapOAir.com Call Center office said: "This New Call Center will allow us to provide 24/7 support to our valuable clients in the U.S. and Canada. We continue to hire well-trained customer support staff to assist our travelers in every possible manner. CheapOAir takes its customer service very seriously and we will honor our commitment to our clients by providing the highest level of customer service."

About CheapOAir.com

CheapOAir.com is a NYC based consumer travel website that offers low airfares to its 1 Million Customer Base and growing. CheapOAir.com leverages its technology to offer over 18 Million private and negotiated air fares to Consumers. CheapOAir receives over 85,000 unique visitors per month on its website.

For further information, please visit CheapOAir at www.CheapOAir.com.



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Film Buffs Get Ready for 20th Pan African Film and Television Festival – FESPACO

Author: Access Africa, Inc.
Dateline: Tue, 12 Sep 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, N.Y. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Filmmakers, producers, distributors, and fans will gather in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso for the 20th Pan African Film and Television festival, February 24 - March 3, 2007. The official travel agency for the festival, New York based Access Africa, Inc., is offering a 10-day air/land package on Air France.”



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NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 12 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Filmmakers, producers, distributors, and fans will gather in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso for the 20th Pan African Film & Television festival, February 24 - March 3, 2007. The official travel agency for the festival, New York based Access Africa, Inc., is offering a 10-day air/land package on Air France.

Organized every two years since 1969, FESPACO has grown to become the largest film festival on the African continent, and the leading authority on African films.

FESPACO provides an international forum for the distribution of African films, networking for filmmakers, and the exchange of ideas on films produced in Africa, and the Black Diaspora.

The general theme for the week long festival "African Cinema & Cultural Diversity" aims to focus on the influence of cultural mores on film production. Heated panel discussions will debate the merits of this concept.

Highlights include the International Film & Television Market (MICA), the market place for sales, and film distribution, African Documentaries, Short film competition, African Professional TV & Video competition, and African Diaspora competition/Paul Robeson Prize, an eclectic panorama of Africa & World films will be shown on multiple screens across the city.

Along with these activities, there will be side attractions like the arts & crafts vendors, entertainment galore, and the general festive ambiance akin to a cultural jamboree.

Access Africa, Inc, a New York based tour operator is offering a 10-day air/land package on Air France; prices from $1960.00 + tax. Delegates will be accommodated in the official festival hotel - Hotel Independence; conveniently located in the city center.

Contact Access Africa, Inc : 800-972-5212, or 800-972-5212, info@accessafrica.com or visit www.accessafrica.com.

For more information on the festival, visit: www.fespaco.bf/index_en.html.

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iExplore Announces 2005 Top Ten World Travel Destinations

Author: iExplore, Inc.
Dateline: Wed, 22 Jun 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “CHICAGO, Ill. - June 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In a mid-year update, iExplore (www.iExplore.com) announces the list of 'Top Ten World Travel Destinations' in 2005 (to date) as determined by bookings of its adventure and experiential travelers between January 1, 2005 and May 31, 2005.”



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CHICAGO, Ill. - June 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In a mid-year update, iExplore (www.iExplore.com) announces the list of "Top Ten World Travel Destinations" in 2005 (to date) as determined by bookings of its adventure and experiential travelers between January 1, 2005 and May 31, 2005.




2005 Rank 2004 Rank

1 EGYPT 2

2 PERU 1

3 CHINA 5

4 GALAPAGOS 9

5 INDIA 10

6 FRANCE 7

7 ALASKA 3

8 SOUTH AFRICA 14

9 NEW ZEALAND 18

10 MOROCCO 35


iExplore founder and CEO, George Deeb, said "2005 has seen continued growth in faraway travel destinations, particularly in the Middle East which has Egypt displacing perennial best selling Peru as our number one seller and Morocco entering our top ten."

Deeb continued, "Although we have seen small declines in demand for France, other areas of Europe are experiencing larger declines due to the lower value of the U.S. dollar in 2005."

In addition to the Galapagos Islands, India, South Africa, New Zealand and Morocco, who have seen strong growth in the top ten, other destinations seeing notable growth over last year include Jordan (#13) and Venezuela (#15), neither of which had any sales for iExplore in 2004.

Bumped from last year's top ten were Italy, Costa Rica and Canada, who are now ranked numbers 12, 22 and 26 respectively. Other destinations seeing notable declines from last year include Vietnam and Japan.

For reservations and more information visit www.iExplore.com or call 1-800-iExplore. Prices range from $3,000 to $15,000 per person depending on the experience, subject to availability and seasonality.

About iExplore, Inc.

Founded in 1999, iExplore is the leading online seller of adventure and experiential travel. iExplore offers hundreds of made-to-order, guided tours that visit the farthest corners of the earth, particularly the man-made and natural wonders of the world. iExplore services its clients through an expert staff of adventure consultants at 1-800-IEXPLORE and online at www.iExplore.com. iExplore has been named the "Best Adventure Travel Website" by Forbes Magazine for five years in a row.


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