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May 2007 newsletter


For previous editions of this newsletter see below.

  • Holiday Homes news
    Holiday Homes acquisition
  • Monthly special
    60 days introductory offer
  • Canadian travel news
    Canadian lodging industry takes environment to heart
    WestJet adds flights
    Last-minute bookings reflect social trends, financial concerns
    Canadian RevPAR
    The Consumers' Association of Canada calls on Government to do whatever is necessary to provide relief for Fed Up Canadians seeking Passports
  • International travel news
    Driver’s licence border ID catching on
    London attacks record visitor numbers
    Ryanair ‘to fly transatlantic for 12$’
  • Internet info
    Holiday Homes acquisition
  • Holiday Homes news
    Travel and the Internet Visitor traffic
  • Advice for the property owner
    Insurance

Holiday Homes news

Holiday Homes acquisition
Cyber Globe Technologies Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of frbo.ca and frbo.ca businesses. The businesses have a lot of potential, which will benefit the customers and the company. We are going to work hard and ensure that web site will stay atop of search engines and advertise it properly and increase the site exposure to the worldwide internet public. We are introducing our Monthly Special, which will give the existing customer and the new ones joining us some very special promotions.
On behalf of all the Cyber Globe Technologies Inc. team I would like to welcome all the customers and looking forward for a great partnership in the years to come. We can insure that the number one focus will stay customer focus, and continue to provide the best services available.

Sergiu Chirhei, President & CEO
Cyber Globe Technologies Inc.

Please note the address to send your checks has been changed to:
401-6088 Wilson Ave, Burnaby, B.C.
Canada, V5H 2R6


Monthly Special

60 days introductory offer For the next two months we invite you to join us with a special introductory offer. Purchase any service before 30th of June 2007 using the promotional code HHCJ30 and enjoy the world wide exposure of your business in time for Vancouver 2010.

Details below:
2 years listing for the price of 1 year for any services on HolidayHomes.ca, Canadian premier accommodation guide.

Note: This offer is valid for new customers only.

Canadian travel news

Canadian lodging industry takes environment to heart
In celebration of Earth Day the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) congratulates all those Canadian lodging properties that have undertaken efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. These properties are emerging as true industry leaders at a time when the environment is one of the top concerns on the minds of Canadians.
A national survey conducted last year indicates that six out of ten Canadians are looking for environmentally friendly hotels as an important part of their travel plans. The HAC has been a long-time advocate of eco-friendly practices within hotels. Introduced almost 10 years ago, the HAC offers an environmental program for hotels that has been evolving and growing to meet the increasing demand for environmental accountability in our industry.
The HAC Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental performance. Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental audit, hoteliers are awarded a one to five Green Key rating. Designed by hoteliers for hoteliers, the belief behind the program is simple; environmental leadership and responsibility makes business sense. To date, there are 500 lodging properties participating in the HAC's Green Key Eco-Rating Program; this is more than double the number of participants from last year.

WestJet adds flights
WestJet Airlines is adding daily flights from Vancouver to several destinations in response to increased demand after Harmony Airways' announcement to cease operations. Daily non-stop service from Vancouver will commence on the following dates to the following destinations: April 28 to Las Vegas; May 14 to Toronto (for a total of six flights every business day); Nov. 4 to Honolulu, Hawaii; Nov. 4 to Maui (Kahului), Hawaii; and Nov. 4 to Palm Springs, California.

Last-minute bookings reflect social trends, financial concerns
According to a report by David Wilkening in TravelMole April 17, 2007, a new Priceline.com survey of consumer trends in booking travel seven days or less before departure finds that many short-notice travellers are just too busy to book their vacations any further in advance. Of 1000 US consumers who responded to the survey, 30% said they were unable to plan more than seven days in advance, compared with 27% who believed they could find a better deal by waiting. A further 13% blamed concern about personal finances for their procrastination.
The survey also found that late bookings were more common when booking short breaks, with 70% of respondents saying that they stayed three nights or fewer when taking a spur of the moment trip. Another one-third said they would book a four-to seven-night break at short notice and just 4% a trip of eight nights or longer. The majority (59%) of respondents said they would book a hotel room at short notice, 36% an airline ticket and 35% a hire car. But only 10% would leave it late to book a package holiday and 7% a cruise.

Canadian RevPAR
Latest lodging report (week ending April 21st) from the Canadian hotel industry showing 'revenue per available room' (RevPAR).

Province RevPAR*
Alberta $94,14
British Columbia $114.32
Manitoba $62.14
New Brunswick $63.40
Newfoundland & Labrador $87.54
Nova Scotia $81.58
Ontario $88.01
Prince Edward Island $33.59
Québec $93.58
Saskatchewan $70.51
Canada $75.82

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

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International travel news

Driver’s licence border ID catching on
Ontario Tourism Minister Jim Bradley says the idea of using driver’s licences instead of passports at the Canada-U.S. border is gaining traction.
Bradley — in Washington meeting with officials at the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security — says the U.S. also recognizes the new security program can’t be implemented all at once and there will have to be a transition period. Canada has been pushing for alternatives to passports for months. Ontario is devising more secure driver’s licences. And British Columbia is involved in a pilot project with Washington state that uses them. Now Vermont wants to try them out. U.S. officials are adamant they’ll introduce the new rules by Jan. 1, 2008, even though Congress gave them a 17-month reprieve.

London attracts record visitor numbers
The number of overseas visitors to London rose by 9.4% last year to a record 15.2 million. Despite a weakening American dollar, spending by US visitors has risen to ?1.5 billion, the highest it has been since 2000, according to tourist board Visit London.

An extra 1.3 million visitors came to the capital, increasing London's share of world tourism and boosting its economy by ?600 million. According to latest figures, the increase in visitors helped drive record spending – up from ?6.9 billion in 2005 to ?7.5 billion in 2006. The figures mean London's global share of international tourism rose from 1.7% to 1.8%.

The largest increase in visitor numbers came from Europe, up 11.6% to 9.6 million, followed by the United States, up 5.2% to 2.4 million. Visit London has just launched its latest campaign in North America featuring radio, online, 'advertorials' and PR. This week will also see five US radio stations broadcasting live from the London Eye.

Visit London chief executive James Bidwell said: "London remains the number one city destination in the world and the latest visitor numbers confirm this.
"Importantly, we have increased our worldwide share of international visitor numbers. "Tourism is worth around ?15 billion a year to the London economy and sustained increases over time result in an increase in the number of jobs created for the economy. "This is particularly encouraging in the lead up to 2012 when the tourism and cultural industries will be amongst the main economic beneficiaries from the Games."
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: "Record tourist numbers show the impact of London's profile on the world stage. "Visit London has also become one of most professional marketing organisations in the world delivering huge benefits to the city. "There are major new sporting events coming to London this year, such as the start of the Tour de France and the first competitive NFL American football game played outside the American Continent. "This year also sees the opening of Western Europe's largest entertainment arena at The O2 as well as the proven continued pulling power of the most diverse and interesting cultural attractions in the world. "I shall continue to put major resources in the promotion of London in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games as this translates directly into jobs and incomes for Londoners."

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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 homes.ca (www.frbo.ca) & For Rent By Owner in Canada (www.FRBO.ca) web sites for the month of May 2007:
Total 'hits' for the month = 119,887 hits (3,996 per day)
Total 'unique visits' for the month = 4,937 (165 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

Insurance
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