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July 2007 newsletter

For previous editions of this newsletter see below.

  • Holiday Homes news
    Holiday Homes new web design
  • Monthly special
    Refer a property owner and get $10 off your next renewal
  • Canadian travel news
    The 25th edition of just for laughs festival takes place to the streets from July12 to 22, 2007
    Fairmont chateau Whistler #1 golf resort in Canada
    'Cool' Canada key to tourism. Manitoba stands to benefit
    Canada RevPAR
  • International travel news
    EU warns citizen to avoid 'unsafe' Indonesian  airlines
    Leader promote new $100 million law to promote US travel
  • Internet info
    Visitor traffic
  • Advice for the property owner
    How much rent

Holiday Homes news

Holiday Homes new web design
The site is coming along well. The design is complete and the work on the database proceeded last week. The database will give you, our customers, a lot of flexibility, from being able to add, change and modify your listing 24/7. Also the site surfing will improve tremendously and give visitors very easy access to the properties.
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 31st of August 2007. Please ensure the refered property owner let us know about the referral.

Canadian travel news

The 25th edition of just for laughs festival takes place to the streets from July12 to 22, 2007 
From July 12 to 22, 2007, the streets of Montreal will be flooded with a whacky wave of jokes, gags and burlesque shows when the Just For Laughs Festival's free outdoor program hits the streets. The eleven days of hilarious festivities are sure to delight crowds of all ages with thousands of performances by comedians, acrobats, clowns, jugglers, mimes and other artists guaranteed to tickle the funny bones of some two million festivalgoers.
"Montrealers' infectious joie de vivre inspires an ever-growing number of visitors each year," says Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montreal. "We are very proud and pleased to have been part of this unique festival since its early beginnings twenty five years ago. Since then, the Just For Laughs has become the world's biggest comedy festival and a hallmark of Montreal's image on the international scene. Our cultural diversity and bilingualism, the keystones of our legendary humour, have no doubt played a major role in establishing this world-renowned tribute to comedy. This twenty-fifth anniversary is also a testament to the creativity and audacity of the team of talented visionaries behind the festival; it is thanks to them that Montreal continues to shine on the global stage," adds Mr. Lapointe.
The outdoor program of the Just For Laughs Festival will take place once again this year in the Quartier latin, which will be transformed into a veritable open-air fun fest. This carnival atmosphere will feature more than 1,700 artists from over 15 countries performing on outdoor stages as well as indoor venues. The 2007 edition is shaping up to be one of the best ever, with some galas already sold out over a month before the launch of the festival.
Since it was founded in 1983, the festival has become a pinnacle of fun, not only for millions of Montrealers and tourists, but for artists from around the globe who have the chance to enjoy Montreal's one-of-a-kind energy and amalgam of cultures. A veritable springboard to stardom, the event has allowed many up-and-coming artists to join the ranks of the greatest comedy acts ever. Comedians such as Rowan Atkinson, Ray Romano, Arturo Brachetti and Daniel Lemire all got their start on Montreal's stages before conquering the world with their unique brands of humour.
In addition to attracting a growing number of festivalgoers-- close to two million people attended the 2006 edition alone--the event generates economic spin-offs estimated at some $100 million for Montreal's entire tourism industry.

Fairmont chateau Whistler #1 golf resort in Canada
Having just released their annual Golf Poll, Conde Nast Traveler has recognized The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club as the #1 Course in Canada and #7 in the World. Additionally, The Chateau Club was the only Canadian course in the top 50
Conde Nast Traveler polls its discerning readers annually to determine the Top 100 Golf Resorts around the world. Taken into account is Course Design, Speed of Play, Pro Staff, Accommodation, Service, Food/Dining and Facilities. The Chateau's overall score is as follows:
Course Design: 97.7
Speed of Play: 79.1
Pro Staff: 95.3
Accommodation: 100
Service: 92.7
Food/Dining: 88.1
Facilities: 92.9
Other Fairmont resorts that made the list include Fairmont St. Andrews (18th), Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (26th), Fairmont Kea Lani (39th), Fairmont Banff Springs (54th), Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (55th), Fairmont Orchid (70th) and Fairmont Pierre Marques (91st).
Carved out of the slopes on Canada's Coast Mountain range, the 6,635 yard, par 72 course provides golfers at any level of expertise with breathtaking views of natural creeks, ponds, Douglas firs and granite rock face.

'Cool' Canada key to tourism. Manitoba stands to benefit
If you're looking for polar bears, Manitoba is the place to be.
"Looking something that amazing in the eye is pretty humbling and it's about as real as it gets," said John Gunter, manager of Frontiers North Adventures.
"You realize how insignificant you are, looking at this animal who doesn't rely on humans. He's just standing there, squaring you up from the outside of a buggy and realizing you'd make a good meal."
Gunter, whose company sends hundreds of foreign tourists north every year, said the polar bear-viewing Manitoba offers is unrivalled by any other province in Canada.
Travel Manitoba counts on that sort of authenticity to make the province a prime locale for tourists and plays right into a new national initiative to re-brand Canada as a "cool" destination for overseas travellers.
"It's about encouraging people to collect very authentic experiences," said Cathy Senecal, a Travel Manitoba spokeswoman. "And Manitoba is certainly all about that."
Senecal said trips anywhere in Manitoba's non-urban areas offer endless possibilities for self-discovery because of the vast and varying geography.
Destination Winnipeg statistics show only 63,000 of the 2,742,000 annual visitors to the city are from outside North America.
Janice Tober, a spokeswoman for Destination Winnipeg, said some people might not be aware of all that Winnipeg has to offer.
"What's important these days is that you want the essence," she said. "Take the Exchange District. It's not like you've got a bunch of planners saying 'Let's make a new area that looks old.' You've got the actual history.
"The authenticity is what's key and the important thing is that it connects to people. It harkens back to the past, but gives people modern shops and amenities."

Canadian RevPAR

Latest lodging report (week ending June 23rd) from the Canadian hotel industry showing 'revenue per available room' (RevPAR).

Province RevPAR*
Alberta $125.5
British Columbia $128.8
Manitoba $77.46
New Brunswick $74.12
Newfoundland & Labrador $93.52
Nova Scotia $66.97
Ontario $99.50
Prince Edward Island $76.02
Québec $95.83
Saskatchewan $82.66
Canada $104.8

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

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International travel news

EU warns citizen to avoid 'unsafe' Indonesian  airlines
The European Commission says all Indonesian airlines, including national carrier Garuda, will be banned from flying to the European Union (EU) within a week, updating a "blacklist" of carriers deemed unsafe.
Kerry Timms of Garuda in Sydney told The Mole this morning that while Garuda did not currently to Europe, they did fly to the Middle East and had plans to fly into Europe next year.
He added that it appears that the EU authorities are comfortable with the response of the DG for civil aviation in Indonesia, so this is not a ban on Garuda, but a ban if Indonesian airlines, none of which fly to Europe.
He also said that Garuda had now been upgraded to a category one airline and that they are totally comfortable with all the company's processes and that Garuda's standards are world class.
He said, "We are very comfortable with our training procedures and personnel with regard to safety and we will continue to work on that as it is very important to us and we have absolute confidence in all aspects of Garuda's safety."
Kerry added, "We now operate five times a week to Bali and renewed confidence in Bali is driving excellent loads from Sydney and forward bookings are looking good, with passengers booking earlier and immediately when specials come out."

Leader promote new $100 million law to promote US travel
Travel industry leaders are praising three US Senators for introducing legislation to create the first-ever substantial and sustainable international marketing campaign to promote America as a destination to others around the world.
The legislation proposed by Senators Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)
would create a public-private partnership providing matching funds of up to $100 million annually that would be added to money spent by travel industry interests to promote the U.S. internationally.
The marketing program would be administered through a nonprofit Corporation for Travel Promotion that would report to the Department of Commerce and be overseen by a board of 14 travel industry leaders.
"This is a huge opportunity for America and our travel industry," said Roger J. Dow, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Travel Industry Association. He added:
"With this legislation, if our industry can raise less than one-tenth of one percent of what we receive from international visitors each year, our country will have $200 million each year to change perceptions of America around the world and compete with other countries for travelers."
Department of Commerce figures show international travelers spent $107 billion in the US last year.
"This legislation is addressing the fact that the world has changed in the past five years," said Jonathan Tisch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loews Hotels and Chairman of the Travel Business Roundtable. He added:
"Perceptions about our visa and entry processes, and increased spending by other countries around the world inviting people to visit, have led to a 17% decline in overseas travel to America. This legislation creates a vehicle for us to compete with other countries aggressively marketing themselves and sends a message to the world that the U.S. is both secure and welcoming."

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Internet info

Travel and the Internet
The Yahoo research indicates that close to 40 per cent of Canadians use search engines more often than other sources to find information on lodging and daytime activities compared to six per cent who go offline. The survey also finds that users of online resources take an average of three and a half trips per year, compared to only two for travelers using offline resources. Among other things, the study finds that Canadians who use search engines and company web sites are more likely to complete an online purchase (59 per cent).

Visitor traffic to holiday ( & For Rent By Owner in Canada ( web sites for the month of June 2007:
Total 'hits' for the month = 105,503 hits (3,517 per day)
Total 'unique visits' for the month = 4,860 (162 per day)
Visitors came from 90+ countries.
For more information, including an independent audit of the site performance, and to view the countries of origin for visitors
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Advice for the property owner

How much rent
There are many factors which need to be considered when calculating how much rent to charge here.