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August 2007 newsletter

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  • Holiday Homes news
    Holiday Homes new web design
  • Monthly special
    Refer a property owner and get $10 off your next renewal
  • Canadian travel news
    Canadian cities in top ten of "unexpected" escapes
    Icelandair to offer year-round Halifax service
    Get Peachy with the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train!
    Canada RevPAR
  • International travel news
    CAA ends regulation of air fares following report
    Police crackdown to improve Phuket’s image
    Fewer Americans Visit Caribbean
  • Internet info
    Visitor traffic
  • Advice for the property owner

Holiday Homes news

Holiday Homes new web design
The site is coming along well. The design is complete and the work on the database if advancing nicely. We believe that the new site will be up and running in a month or two, so we are very exited about it.
Stay tuned for more information!

Monthly Special

Refer a property owner and get $10 off your next renewal
If you want to cut the cost of your next subscription this is an offer for you.
Refer ant property owner to us and if the subscribe to any services we have you will receive 10$ off you next subscription.
Offer valid before 30th of September 2007. Please ensure the referred property owner let us know about the referral.

Canadian travel news

Canadian cities in top ten of "unexpected" escapes
If consumers are the ultimate barometer of destination appeal, IgoUgo's online community is holding Québec City and Halifax in high esteem, according to the list of "Ten Most Unexpected City Escapes for Family Travel". The list was recently compiled by editors who culled top recommendations from thousands of user submissions. "IgoUgo's community is diverse enough to offer inspiration for families of all shapes and sizes," said Cameron Siewert, editorial director at IgoUgo. "Our members have put cities around the world to the test, and they've discovered some unexpected ideas for memorable family vacations this summer."
IgoUgo's editors have named Québec City in third place with the following recommendation: "Alongside Parisian cafes and historical buildings, this capital city reveals a surprisingly kid-friendly side, as one IgoUgo member discovered on a trip with her five-year-old grandson. Top places to visit: the annual Quebec City Summer Festival; the zoo and aquarium; Montmorency Falls; the Wax Museum of Quebec; and Les Dames de Soie, a local shop that specializes in handmade dolls."
The editors also name Halifax in 7th place with this comment: "Follow our Canuck IgoUgo members to the Nova Scotia capital of Halifax for 'a day-long family party' a few days before the official Canada Day (July 1). Top places to visit: the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History; the International Tattoo Parade; Nova Scotian Crystal for mesmerizing crystal-blowing demonstrations; and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for ghost- and pirate-story nights just for kids."
IgoUgo's list of Ten Most Unexpected City Escapes for Family Travel features cities from Europe, Canada and the United

Icelandair to offer year-round Halifax service
Under the new Open Skies agreement between the governments of Canada and Iceland, Icelandair has agreed to add winter service to its Halifax operations in 2008.
The market situation will determine the frequency of flights. Icelandair currently offers service to and from Halifax through Sept. 24 and plans to reinstate service in May 2008. Icelandair will add Toronto to the route network beginning May 2008, offering five to seven flights per week with a flying time of approximately five hours to Iceland.
Additional Canadian gateways are also under consideration for future development. Icelandair flights connect in Iceland to other European cities, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Get Peachy with the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train!
Cyclists are being encouraged to take the Bike Train to Niagara on Saturday, August 11 to participate in Niagara-on-the-Lake's delightful summer Peach Festival. Queen Street, in the Historic District, will be the centre of the celebrations with a day of music, fun and lots of peaches from the Niagara Region's Greenbelt!
The Toronto-Niagara Bike Train is a new tourism initiative introducing bike racks onboard select VIA Rail Canada departures between Toronto and Niagara Falls this summer. The August 11-12 weekend departures follow the successful public launch on July 21 with the inaugural Bike Train sold out (capacity is 56 passengers with bikes).
The Bike Train provides travellers with a unique and sustainable way to discover the Niagara Region's renowned tourism and cycling opportunities. Weekend getaway and day trip packages include options such as accommodations, restaurants, winery tours and tastings, guided bike tours, theatre tickets, parks and attraction passes.
The Toronto-Niagara Bike Train Initiative is a partnership project founded by the City of Toronto, Government of Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitors & Convention Bureau and VIA Rail Canada, and is supported by partners Tourism Niagara, The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Pedal Magazine, Moving the Economy, and by more than 20 organizations and businesses.

Canadian RevPAR

Latest lodging report (week ending July 26th) from the Canadian hotel industry showing 'revenue per available room' (RevPAR).

Province RevPAR*
Alberta $124.3
British Columbia $130.7
Manitoba $67.51
New Brunswick $96.42
Newfoundland & Labrador $87.03
Nova Scotia $113.7
Ontario $91.82
Prince Edward Island $107.7
Québec $100.9
Saskatchewan $74.68
Canada $102.4

*RevPAR is typically defined as room revenue divided by rooms available.

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International travel news

CAA ends regulation of air fares following report
The number of passengers travelling on long haul flights at UK airports has grown from 32 million in 1996 to 47 million in 2006, says a report by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Meanwhile, the number of flights has grown from 133,000 in 1996 to 227,000 in 2006.
But, according to the report, it is predominantly the same airlines carrying the majority of the UK's long haul passengers now as at the time of the CAA's last study of long haul services in 1994.
The report has prompted the CAA to announce that it will no longer regulate air fares.
CAA group director, economic regulation, Dr Harry Bush said: "This report charts significant change in the long haul aviation market which is crucial to the UK's business connectivity to the fast growing economies on other continents.
"Competition is increasing and with it the choice of destinations, routes and fares to the benefit of passengers. As a result the CAA is ending its regulation of air fares."
The report reveals that, when the EU-US Open Skies agreement starts next year, over 60% of passengers on long haul routes from the UK will be covered by a 'liberalised' agreement that does not constrain the number of international services that airlines are allowed to offer.
Including the European Common Aviation Area, over 90% of the UK's international air travel will take place within Open Skies or more liberal Open Aviation Area-style agreements.
The authority had decided in principle to remove all remaining elements of air fares regulation on long-haul routes last November, but to defer the implementation of this decision on UK–US routes until other regulatory restrictions on prices were removed.
"This has now been achieved following the Government's decision to remove those regulatory restrictions ahead of the recent agreement liberalising the EU–US aviation market, which takes effect from March 2008," said a CAA statement.
"The CAA believes that the interests of users will be best served if airlines are free to set their own prices without regulatory intervention, subject only to the application of normal competition policy."

The report also found:
- over 60% of passengers at Heathrow travelling on long haul routes for business purposes (or more than five million) are using economy, or premium economy tickets
- over 50% of passengers on scheduled long haul services from UK airports (or more than 20 million) are making a connection to another service at one end or the other of their flight
- over three million passengers flying between the UK and a long haul destination are making a short haul connection at a non-UK hub airport
- although the majority of UK passengers on long haul routes travel from the London airports, the number of scheduled long haul flights at Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow has grown from 8,000 in 1996 to 23,000 in 2006
- during this time services have also begun at a further six regional airports (Edinburgh, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Newcastle).

Police crackdown to improve Phuket’s image
PHUKET: New police superintendent Col Grissak Songmoonnark has signed a pact with Patong business leaders aimed at lifting the town's image among tourists.
Col Grissak said that he had invited representatives of various groups in Patong to attend a series of meetings at Kathu Police Station. Among the groups represented were the night entertainment industry, he said.
"I have signed an MOU with entertainment industry leaders in Patong. They have agreed to have their female service staff dress in a more modest fashion while on their way to work," the police chief told the Phuket Gazette.
"Many of the female service staff wear revealing clothes on their way to work and are seen by students returning home from school. We don't want students to get the feeling that this type of dress is normal," Col Grissak said.
"Although nightclubs already check IDs, I would like to ask for cooperation in preventing minors from frequenting any areas where coyote dancing is going on. Otherwise they might try to engage in such behavior themselves," he added.
Col Grissak also said that in the effort to crack down on the sale of illegal narcotics, nightclub owners had been asked to have their
staff search customers and report any leads to the police.
Tuk-tuk and taxi drivers will soon be asked to sign an MOU aimed at lifting service standards, eliminating overcharging and limiting the number of taxis on the roads in an effort to relieve traffic congestion, he said.
Among the changes he would like to introduce are having all drivers in uniform and having more designated parking areas.

Fewer Americans visit Caribbean
The turquoise waters and white-sand beaches of the Caribbean region appear to be losing some of their allure for U.S.A. tourists.
Americans who flocked to the islands in record numbers until recently are finding new destinations or staying home, leading to declines of more than 10 percent this year in islands including Jamaica, St. Lucia and Grenada.
Governments have aimed marketing pitches at Canada and Europe to compensate for slippage in the American market, which accounts for about 60 percent of the region's vital tourism business.
"The trickle-down effect is huge," said Richard Kahn, a spokesman for the Caribbean Tourism Organization. "In the long run, this could mean the loss of jobs throughout the Caribbean."
A new passport rule has discouraged some travelers. Americans returning by air from the Caribbean were required to present the document beginning earlier this year, although the U.S. is temporarily accepting proof of application because of a backlog.
But even U.S. territories unaffected by the new security measure have seen declines - the number of Americans visiting Puerto Rico dropped 9 percent in January compared with the same month last year, and the U.S. Virgin Islands saw a 7 percent drop.
Some simply want more exotic destinations.
"A lot of the larger islands are reaching that point where their market has been there, done that and is looking for a different experience," said Cheryl Carter, a tourism instructor at Florida International University.
Ken Zapanta, a 30-year-old Californian, said he and his wife enjoyed their visit to Barbados two years ago but they cannot justify another Caribbean trip.
"Once was enough," he said. "The beaches, you can get that anywhere."
The number of American vistors dipped in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before surging more than 10 percent over four years. Last year, U.S. tourists staying overnight reached a peak of 11.5 million, according to statistics from the Barbados-based CTO.
Terrorism fears boosted the Caribbean's appeal as a safe, nearby destination, said Joe Goldblatt, senior lecturer at Temple University's School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Over time, more U.S. tourists began visiting distant continents.
Facing uncertainty over when trends might reverse, Caribbean officials are focusing promotional efforts elsewhere.
Jamaica, hit by a 12 percent drop in American visitors this year, has started advertising more in Canada and Europe, said Basil Smith, Jamaica's tourism director. A strong euro helped boost European visits by 22 percent through April, he said.
The "spice island" of Grenada arranged for the German airline Condor to offer weekly service year-round instead of only in the winter, said tourism board spokesman Edwin Frank. St. Lucia is negotiating with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways to provide more flights.
Some analysts argue U.S. tourism will rebound quickly, attributing the recent decline in part to a sluggish U.S. housing market that has cut into Americans' spending.
But others fear the new passport requirement could haunt Caribbean resorts for years.
"Once an American has now got a passport, the world is their market," said Alec Sanguinetti, chief executive of the Caribbean Hotel Association. "They can go anywhere."

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Internet info

Visitor traffic to holiday ( & For Rent By Owner in Canada ( web sites for the month of July 2007:
Total 'hits' for the month = 117,232 hits (3,781 per day)
Total 'unique visits' for the month = 5,380 (174 per day)
Visitors came from 90+ countries.
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Advice for the property owner

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