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September 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
    Center of the Universe...near Kamloops.
    In defence of Ontario tourism; Minister asks industry to lobby U.S. officials to limit passport requirements
    Air Canada boosts service on key Western Canada routes
    Canadian RevPAR
  • International travel news
    Labour Day air travel: how to survive
    Airbus showcases A380 at Asian Aerospace
    Airport shoe scanner put on hold
  • Internet info
    Visitor traffic
  • Advice for the property owner
    Protecting your business
   

Holiday Homes news

Holiday Homes new web design
The site is coming along well. The design is complete and the work on the database is almost done. We are entering all the properties in the database and will be testing the site soon. All the existing properties will be entered in the database and each owner will get their temporary user name and password, to add/change information on the existing listing and new ones as well. We will make the process as seamless as possible for the property owner to ensure a smooth transition to the new site.
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

Center of the Universe...near Kamloops.
In a Jurassic/Triassic, lake filled river valley, a Tibetan monk, following his master's instructions, found the core of existence - the Center of the Universe - 30 kilometres east and 50 kilometres north of Kamloops, located at the tip of Vidette Lake, near Deadman Falls.
The monk performed Buddhist rituals to investigate all eight directions of the compass as well as the elements existing in the eight realms beyond, but did the ore-laden cliffs that cause compass needles to wildly rotate affect his findings? What about claims of hearing choirs of heavenly voices? Is it the wind? And is it the magnetic fields that produce the addictive and peaceful feeling of euphoria? What is the explanation for the spontaneous starting of a fire without an ignition source?
The drive follows scenic Kamloops Lake, past a chain of lakes in the Deadman Valley and on to picturesque Vidette Lake. Red lava and white mazama volcanic ash create dramatic cliff formations along the valley. The spot is at the confluence of three valleys where the Bonaparte Plateau meets the eastern limit of the Pacific Plate. Here 230 million year old geological formations crushed against each other with a force so great that a "crack" opened allowing millions of tons of lava to spew over the surrounding landscape.
There are many fall vacation options in the Kamloops area - golf, biking, fishing, horseback riding and hiking. Add in urban amenities like day spas, museums, galleries, dining, nightlife and shopping ... maybe Kamloops is the center of the universe.
Kamloops, the city where rivers and people meet, is approximately a four-hour drive from downtown Vancouver via the Coquihalla Highway. Full service air and rail connections to the city cater to travelers from every corner of the globe.

In defence of Ontario tourism; Minister asks industry to lobby U.S. officials to limit passport requirements
Ontario's tourism minister is appealing to the province's tourism operators to lobby U.S. authorities to limit passport requirements for people travelling across the Canada-U.S. border.
Minister Jim Bradley sent a letter this week to 1,000 operators asking them to defend the province's tourism industry and their businesses by writing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"All it takes is a letter to U.S. authorities who are overseeing implementation of the proposed requirements that everyone, including returning U.S. citizens, would need a passport to enter the United States at land crossings," Bradley wrote.
The minister expressed optimism toward the campaign, pointing out that by working with "like-minded" U.S. legislators, the deadline for passports to be required at land crossings was pushed back 17 months to June 1, 2009 from Jan. 1, 2008.
The U.S. has also agreed to allow children under the age of 16 and groups of children under the age of 18 to enter the U.S. without having to show passports.
As of Jan. 8, 2007, Canadians entering the U.S. by air or sea had to start carrying passports.
"Because the U.S. government measures the volume of responses to its rulemaking to indicate the level of support or opposition to its proposals, I encourage you to weigh in on this matter of such great importance in our industry," Bradley wrote.
Cross-border tourism trade has already taken hits in recent years from a series of incidents, including the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the SARS outbreak of 2002 and the rising value of the Canadian dollar.
The tourism minister and some tour operators fear Americans will be further swayed from taking cross-border trips because they will have to go to the effort and cost of obtaining passports to do so.
In his letter, Bradley lists several key points he has made in his submission to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and suggests tourism operators may want to include them in their own letters.
They include:
that the U.S. government consider accepting other documents, besides passports, that denote identity and security;
that the U.S. recognize an enhanced driver's licence for Canadians and Americans that would contain citizenship information;
that Homeland Security pursue an aggressive outreach program to ensure American travellers know the rules that are in place.
Ministry of Tourism spokesman Gary Wheeler said it's expected that border cities, such as Kingston, may be the hardest hit by the U.S. passport law, called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
"Casual travellers to Kingston and other border communities are less likely to have passports than people who have planned their vacations in advance," Wheeler said yesterday.
An August 2006 report by the Conference Board of Canada estimates Canada will lose 8.5 million U.S. visitors and $1.7 billion between 2005 and 2010, if Americans are forced to carry passports when they cross the border.
Fort Henry marketing manager Bryan Mercer said the issue is already having an impact.
"A lot of U.S. people already think they need passports," Mercer said.
Mercer said U.S. traffic has slowed since 2000, before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when about 20 per cent of visitors were Americans. Last year, Americans made up about 16 per cent of visitors to the fort. The latest yearly numbers aren't yet in. Although he believes U.S. traffic will level out in the long-term, Mercer said he expects a new passport law could start off as a critical issue due to the costs associated with obtaining a passport.
"At about $100 a passport, a family of four would have to invest $400 to come over for a weekend," he said. "They'll travel more domestically."
Thomas Noerenberg, a member of the Kingston Accommodation Partners and owner of the Best Western Fireside Inn, said he doesn't expect the passport law will have much long-term impact on Kingston's hotel businesses, as long as the the U.S. government educates Americans about the passport requirement.
"It's like getting a fishing licence or a hunting licence. You need a driver's licence and now you need a passport licence," Noerenberg said.
About five per cent of guests at the Fireside Inn this month have been Americans, he said.
The deadline for submissions to Homeland Security is Monday.

Air Canada boosts service on key Western Canada routes
Air Canada is increasing frequencies on key Western Canada routes this winter including offering the only daily, non-stop flights from Edmonton to London Heathrow, and daily, non-stop flights from Calgary to Halifax.
Air Canada will also introduce new, non-stop seasonal services from Vancouver to Ixtapa and Los Cabos in Mexico. Previously announced new routes beginning this winter include daily, non-stop flights from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia featuring the carrier's new flagship Boeing 777 aircraft, and daily, non-stop flights from Vancouver to Yellowknife.

Canadian RevPAR

Latest lodging report (week ending August 25th) from the Canadian hotel industry showing 'revenue per available room' (RevPAR).

Province RevPAR*
Alberta $128.1
British Columbia $136.6
Manitoba $97.95
New Brunswick $98.75
Newfoundland & Labrador $87.03
Nova Scotia $112.9
Ontario $103.2
Prince Edward Island $105.5
Québec $111.6
Saskatchewan $81.29
Canada $109.9

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

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International travel news

Labour Day air travel: how to survive
The end-of-summer travel season sits on the horizon, wiping the last sweaty drips of frustration from its brow. It's the time of year that airline workers hope will pass quickly. Indeed, they look forward to Labor Day almost as much as beach-weary parents look forward to the first day of school.
It's August, and everywhere you go it's too hot and too crowded. The airport is especially bad. In fact, here are 10 sure signs that the dog days of summer are upon us.
1. Travelers spend more time in the security line than they do in the air.
2. Toupee-wearing gentlemen take off their rugs and use them to fan themselves.
3. Employees of classy international airlines openly covet the casual uniforms of the low-cost carriers. How nice to wear shorts and tennis shoes to work!
4. You see more of some people's bodies than you want to see.
5. Condensation from the air conditioning drips onto passengers in first class, and they don't mind.
6. Organized groups of camp children stroll from gate to gate singing "Kumbaya." You smile at them but secretly pray they are not on your flight.
7. Airline employees try to hide their ID badges as they walk past the long lines at the customer service desk.
8. There is a distinct odor of dirty gym bags hovering over the gates.
9. Business travelers change the screensavers on their laptops from Caribbean beaches to gritty urban streetscapes.
10. Walking through the airport causes you to worry about overpopulation.
More oppressive than the heat and the crowds is the passengers' general mind-set. No longer optimistic and eager for adventure, as they were at the start of summer, travelers are now coming back to reality. Their summer sojourn is nearly over. They have spent too much money, gained too much weight and have missed needed sleep. Soon they will have to return to work. The smallest provocation could set them off.
And yet, there is one last hurdle to conquer: Labor Day weekend. Add sky-high fuel prices to the heat, the crowds and the travelers' general grouchiness, and you get one potentially very frustrating weekend for both passengers and crews.
So here are some tips for surviving the end-of-summer air travel season.
Expect long lines. Whether it is at check-in, security or at the gate, you can't avoid long lines at the airport these days. Visualize them before you go and brush up on your yoga breathing; you're going to need that inner peace.
Entertain yourself. "Hurry up and wait" is the rule at this time of year, so bring along some diversions that can entertain you and your kids, like sudoku, hand-held computer games or a video iPod. Hey, here's a novel idea: How about reading a book?
Reach out and touch someone. Call the airline before you leave for the airport to make sure your flight is on time. Sign up for e-check, a service many airlines provide; it will call your cell phone to notify you of any delays. If you are being picked up at your destination, make sure your driver has a number to call to check on your arrival time, too.
Keep your cool. When you are frustrated beyond reason, remember that throwing a temper tantrum will only spoil all the good memories you have made on your trip. Instead, count to 10, or go to the Starbucks in the airport, stand in a ridiculously long line and pay $10 for a Frappuccino -- and then laugh about it.
Practice kindness. Be considerate of your fellow travelers and the airline's employees. It is a rough journey home for everyone, and a little common courtesy goes a long way.
As this travel season comes to an end, keep in mind that the snowy delays of winter will soon be upon us, and then we will all look back fondly on the bright days of summer. Selective memory is a wonderful thing.
Happy Labor Day to all of you. Fly safe, and remember: "He who laughs, lasts!"

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).

Airbus showcases A380 at Asian Aerospace
HONG KONG - Airbus will showcase its largest wide-body aircraft at Asian Aerospace 2007 in Hong Kong next week.
In addition, presentations will be made by senior Airbus executives at the show's congress and parallel Aircraft Interiors and APATS (Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium) expos. As part of the Asian leg of its current world tour, the cabin-fitted A380 MSN007 will also be present during part of the show and will make a number of flights whilst in Hong Kong.
Invitation-only cabin visits will be available while the aircraft is on the ground. The first production A380 will be delivered to Singapore Airlines on October 15. Subsequent aircraft, for delivery to Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas are also well on track.
Asian Aerospace takes place at Asia World Expo from September 3-6. Meanwhile bidding is underway on ebay for seats on the first Singapore Airlines A380 flight to Sydney. Bidding on a single business class seat rose to more then US$8000 yesterday although a block of four economy seats had attracted a bid of just US$1000
More seats will be auctioned off in coming days. Proceeds of the auction will go to charities in Singapore and Sydney.

Airport shoe scanner put on hold
Airline passengers hoping to someday go through security without ever having to take their shoes off will have to wait: The nation's airport security chief says a new shoe-scanning machine needs improvement.
"It's not good enough for prime time," Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief Kip Hawley said of the ShoeScanner, which scans footwear while worn.
Tests have revealed "security deficiencies" that prevent the machine from consistently finding weapons and bomb parts, Hawley said.
The government is continuing to test the ShoeScanner, which the TSA boss called "very promising technology" that would let passengers avoid a major checkpoint hassle: removing shoes. "It would be a great thing to have a new technology out there that allows them to keep their shoes on," Hawley said in an interview with USA TODAY.
An upgraded ShoeScanner was brought to a Homeland Security Department lab in New Jersey last week for testing, said Steve Hill, a spokesman for GE Security, which makes the device. The company, a General Electric subsidiary, is optimistic that recent improvements will meet TSA weapons-detection requirements, Hill said.
The ShoeScanner looked promising in January and has been highly touted as a way to ease congestion at security lines, which can become bogged down with large numbers of people taking their shoes on and off around a checkpoint. Four of the machines were installed at Orlando International Airport for passengers who pass a background check and pay $100 a year to airport contractor Verified Identity Pass of New York City. These travelers still must go through standard checkpoint procedures, but are allowed to use an express line.
Screening officials were aware of some of the machine's potential problems when it was approved for the Orlando test, so the TSA quietly added some backup security measures, Hawley said. The extra measures are "labor-intensive" for screeners and make mass deployment of the ShoeScanner unrealistic, he said.
ShoeScanners have been installed in seven other airports that hired Verified Identity Pass to speed up security for preapproved passengers. But the machines have never been turned on at those sites, which include San Francisco and Cincinnati airports and terminals at Newark, N.J., and New York's Kennedy.
Verified's CEO, Steven Brill, said approving the ShoeScanner would encourage more airports to hire his company and more travelers to join the program, known as Registered Traveler.
About 59,000 people have signed up for Verified's program.
The TSA may buy shoe-scanning machines to be used by all travelers, not just those who pay for faster security, Hawley said. "You can accelerate the throughput and you could potentially improve security," Hawley said.
The ShoeScanner costs about $200,000 and includes a sensor that detects explosives on people's fingertips.
Brill said a recent New York City focus group of frequent fliers found that they would much rather have quicker security than be allowed to keep their shoes on. "Our customers only seem to care that they go through faster," Brill said. "They don't care how."

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Internet info

Visitor traffic to holiday homes.ca (www.frbo.ca) & For Rent By Owner in Canada (www.FRBO.ca) web sites for the month of August 2007:
Total 'hits' for the month = 119,785 hits (3,864 per day)
Total 'unique visits' for the month = 6,951 (224 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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