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Lodgify Closes 600,000 Seed Round to Enhance its Website Building Software for Vacation Rental Operators

(PRWEB) May 19, 2015

Barcelona, Spain: Lodgify, a vacation rental technology startup, announced today that it has closed a 600,000 seed round of financing led by angel investor Chris Hitchen, HOWZAT Partners, Venrex Investment Management and other notable angel investors including Roland Zeller, former CEO of travel.ch and Kilian Thalhammer, former managing director of Rocket Internet startup PAYMILL.

Lodgifys robust, browser-based service enables vacation rental owners and managers to easily create a website for their properties and manage their reservations in real-time, without paying commission. The Barcelona-based startup is a Seedcamp alumni, Europes leading accelerator and mentoring program, and has seen rapid growth in its customer base across the US and Europe since launching in 2013.

Lodgifys mission is to empower vacation rental operators to grow their business through technology, says Dennis Klett, co-founder of Lodgify. Our product pipeline is filled with innovative features and new website templates tailored to the modern needs of hospitality businesses. With this funding we can aggressively expand our product development operations.

The startup will use the funds to enhance its website building software, expand the product team, and unveil additional features. “We are very impressed by Lodgifys technology-focused approach to tackling the vacation rental industry’s challenge to generate more direct bookings, says Chris Hitchen. Their intuitive user interface and set of innovative software tools positions them strongly in a lucrative and growing market.

With its versatile and scalable product, Lodgify also sees itself tapping into the independent hotels market in the near future. Our focus is on vacation rentals, however, we are receiving a lot of interest from hoteliers who would like to challenge the dominant position of Online Travel Agencies and regain more control of their bookings, says Klett. They see the potential of our software helping them to drive direct bookings and build their own brand.

Lodgify offers scalable subscription plans based on a monthly fee for both vacation rental owners and managers with 1 to 500+ properties. The service includes mobile-friendly website templates, an online booking engine, reservation system and channel manager. From the feedback weve had, people love managing their vacation rentals using Lodgify, says Klett. It makes them feel empowered again.

Find out more on http://www.lodgify.com

About Lodgify

Lodgify is a software-as-a-service solution that allows vacation rental owners and managers to easily create their own accommodation website and accept online bookings. Owners can manage all reservations from one place and synchronize property data with their booking channels. Lodgifys vision is to empower hospitality businesses with technology and help them become less dependent on commission-based listing sites. Launched in 2013, Lodgify is a Barcelona-based travel technology company that develops innovative software for the hospitality industry.







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Botswana Specialists Website Launched

(PRWEB UK) 24 January 2015

Launched this week, BotswanaSpecialists.co.uk is a brand new, comprehensive website from Tribes Travel in association with Botswana Tourism Organisation.

What Makes BotswanaSpecialists Different?

Director, Amanda Marks explains, “We definitely have knowledgeable specialists who can advise and book safaris in Botswana. But we also know that that its the people on the ground in Botswana who are the real specialists. Its their country and they know it better than anyone. They are the ones who share their passion for where they live with travellers when they visit.” The Safari Specialists section gives visitors to the website the opportunity to hear all about Botswana from the people that live and work there – guides, camp managers, mokoro polers, conservationists, chefs and even laundry maids for a unique, fascinating take on their country.

Visitors to the Site Will Also Find:

A choice of 24 (and growing) suggested safari itineraries and prices
About 100 lodges, camps and hotels (and growing) with map and details
18 (and growing) experiences for some inspiration. Fancy meeting meerkats, or walking with Bushmen?
Comparisons between Botswana and other African countries to help the undecided safari goer
Explanation of the difference between travelling in Green or Dry season
… and lots more detailed help for anyone considering a trip to Botswana




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Travel Website and Major Hawaii Hotel Brand Partner to Deliver Unique Trip Contest


Hopkins, MN (PRWEB) January 20, 2015

Travel inspiration website DreamPlanGo is partnering with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Hawaii to conduct a Honeymoon of a Lifetime contest running January 12 through February 13. Not your typical register to win contest, this event offers a fun reality show atmosphere and angle and the public is choosing the winners.

Six couples, each with their own unique and special stories on why they should win, have been selected as finalists out of 1,150 hopefuls to win a 4-night/5-day trip for two to their choice at either the Sheraton Waikiki or Sheraton Maui. A volunteer hairdresser for the homeless, a former foster care child turned gospel singer, and your modern-day Brady Bunch couple are among the six contestants.

Voting begins January 12. DreamPlanGo will promote heavily to their large social media audience and cover the contest in a variety of other viral ways on dreamplango.com, enticing fans and travel enthusiasts to vote for their favorite couple. Voters are also entered for a chance to win a trip of their own to Hawaii and stay at Starwoods Sheraton Waikiki.

Were very excited about the opportunity to partner with Starwood Hawaii and help a truly deserving couple realize their dream with a Hawaii honeymoon of a lifetime, added Josh Madigan, Vice President of DreamPlanGo. Our finalists are amazing people with amazing stories and I cant wait to see who will win.

The Honeymoon of Lifetime winners (both the winning couple and one lucky voter) will be announced On Valentines Day, Saturday, February 14th.

About DreamPlanGo: DreamPlanGo.com inspires travelers to dream and discover new travel ideas, plan their vacations and go on all their travel adventures. A steady stream of exciting articles, colorful pictures and traveler experiences open eyes wide to the endless possibilities down the road, across the globe, and everywhere in between.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii

With 11 properties across the diverse Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii offers the best hotel destinations to celebrate romance, reconnect with family, focus on business or launch an adventure. Located on or just footsteps away from the Islands best beaches, Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii is a collection of iconic and historic hotels and resorts properties with expansive and breathtaking backdrops, innovative guest programming and luxurious amenities representing internationally renowned hotel brands from Sheraton, Westin, Luxury Collection and St. Regis. For more information about Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii, please call (866) 716-8140 or visit Starwoodhawaii.com. For booking information please call 1-866-716-8140 or visit http://www.starwoodhawaii.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Visit: DreamPlanGos Hawaii Honeymoon of a Lifetime Contest page

Jessica Gaumer

jgaumer(at)dreamplango(dot)com







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USSelfStorage.com has now added an innovative, new comparison feature to their website


North Miami Beach, FL (PRWEB) December 17, 2014

USSelfStorage.com, a leader in the self storage industry, has a new comparison tool online. With it, users can easily check the size and price of various self storage units. Anywhere across the nation, you can find great bargains on storage space near you, whether you are moving to a new house or just need some extra space.

“We are proud to have launched a new sophisticated comparison form that gives our users a much better reservation experience,” says Victor Dante, CEO and Founder of USSelfStorage.com.

The new price comparison tool allows users to choose four different facilities, which are listed on the USSelfStorage.com website, and then compare the facilities’ unit sizes and prices at a glance with easy viewing. It also allows users to separate self storage units from vehicle storage units.

USSelfStorage.com has built this new, online tool to help customers get a better understanding of the different options and features offered by the various facilities. It not only allows for a more efficient shopping experience, but also allows users and customers to save both time and money, ensuring that they get to choose the best priced and best sized unit for their needs.

The new feature, which went live about a month ago, is similar to other comparison aggregators, like the ones found on Hotels.com or on Expedia. USSelfStorage.com examined these other tools, and noticed that each offers similar comparison features.

Realizing that no other self storage company had such a unique, innovative, online tool, USSelfStorage.com then set out to become the first in the industry to give clients the ability to check various unit sizes and price at a glance.

USSelfStorage.com believes that this new tool has a lot of potential to keep online visitors coming back to their site, since they won’t have to go anywhere else to check units out. They can see everything they need at one, centralized website with everything pertaining to storage in their area.

Even though the feature is so new and it hasn’t been live all that long, USSelfStorage.com has received some great client feedback, so it feels that it’s been received pretty well so far. Since its the comparison feature launch, USSelfStorage.coms website has improved its metrics, indicating that the updated comparison feature has in fact been a success.

About USSelfStorage.com

USSelfStorage.com makes it possible to find the best deals on self storage and book self storage units online from a desk top or smart phone at anytime. Consumers are able to search facility locations, compare sizes, prices, specials and book a self storage unit or vehicle storage online or by a live call center for free. USSelfStorage.com has over 10,000 storage facilities listed nationwide.

USSelfStorage.com features software integrations with all major property management systems and uses the most advanced technology to pull data and push reservations in real time. USSelfStorage.com’s team is comprised of self-storage and technology professionals; they are headquartered in North Miami Beach, Florida.

For more information, please contact them at usselfstorage.com.







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Sutton Court Boutique Hotel Launches New Website by Spherexx.com


DALLAS,TX (PRWEB) November 02, 2014

With an address like 417 East 57th Street, hotel guests can anticipate lodging in New York City with dazzling views, exceptional convenience, and exquisite comfort at the Sutton Court Extended Stay Hotel. One glance at the newly designed SuttonCourt.com says it all with the Manhattan Skyline and the East River view. Elegant appointments, sophisticated interior design, ideal location, and enchanting architecture are introduced in panoramic display throughout the responsive website that automatically scales to desktop, laptop, mobile phone or tablet. The website can be translated into 10 languages with one click or tap; Trip Advisor and social media icons are provided for quick reference.

The 133 unit boutique hotel has fully equipped kitchens, spacious rooms and closets, a choice of one and two bedroom suites and two, three and four bedroom townhouses. These offerings are displayed in 3D artistry along with compelling photography and video. Rooms are generally three times larger than a typical city hotel room. The website shares features such as king-sized beds with luxury linen, widescreen televisions, picture windows, onsite laundry, fitness center, available housekeeping and laundry services, and a twenty-four hour doorman.

The web design includes an interactive neighborhood map complete with online ratings, search function and Walkscore overview. Detailed directions for air, rail, subway, car and cab services are included. Sutton Court is easily accessible to the Queensboro Bridge and Roosevelt Island Tramway.

The online reservation system presents 3D layouts of the unit types and sorts by unique vistas. A web visitor simply sets the arrival and departure dates and selects a favorite unit type. If a preferred unit is not available on those exact dates, the website offers a flexible date alternative so they can make a reservation for similar time periods. Once selected, reservations are made securely via InnRoad.com through seamless integration. The Sutton Court management team can easily access the websites content management system to create updates, such as adding locations to the neighborhood map, editing frequently asked questions, coupons, amenities, and spotlight announcements as an example.

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BNP Paribas Open Launches New Website and Sweepstakes Offer To Enhance User Experience


Indian Wells, California (PRWEB) September 11, 2014

The 2015 BNP Paribas Open, to be held March 9-22, 2015 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, has launched a new custom website. The new website, which can be accessed at http://www.bnpparibasopen.com utilizes responsive design to enable fans to engage with content on any device. It also features significantly more robust, dynamic and larger imagery in a more streamlined layout.

The new website also showcases the “Serving Up the Action Online Sweepstakes, which can be entered from http://www.bnpparibasopensweeps.com beginning on Wednesday, September 10th and concluding at midnight (Pacific Time) on Friday, September 19. After answering four questions about the new website, fans will be entered to win a number of prizes, including a chance to watch tennis superstars and former champions like Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and more:


Grand Prize: 2015 BNP Paribas Open Grand Prize Vacation Package for two including box seat tickets, two nights accommodations in a luxury Indian Wells property, tournament gift bag, and complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the tournament.

Indian Wells Luxury Hotel Prize: Complimentary two night stay (room and hotel tax) at an Indian Wells luxury resort property, including spa treatment, golf and tennis for two (dates to be determined).

Tournament Prizes: Ten individuals will be chosen to win an assortment of BNP Paribas Open gifts including player autographed items or tickets to the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.

Our new site offers an elevated user experience, providing unmatched access to the latest BNP Paribas Open news, scores and schedules and relies heavily on social media, including a new social fan zone, said Dee Dee Felich, Assistant Tournament Director. We wanted to offer a seamless site that showcases the amenities that Indian Wells and the BNP Paribas Open have to offer, while also providing an exclusive sweepstakes to give individuals the chance to experience the best in professional tennis and a spectacular destination at the 2015 tournament.

For more information and to order ticket packages, please call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office, (800) 999-1585, or visit http://www.bnpparibasopen.com where there is a complete listing and description of all ticket packages and pricing.







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Country Club Receptions Launches Wedding in Weeks, the Industry’s First Reduced Pricing Website for Short-Term Wedding Plans


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2014

Country Club Receptions is proud to announce the launch of the wedding industry’s first and only reduced pricing website dedicated entirely to helping couples plan weddings and receptions in 6 months or less. Wedding in Weeks matches exclusive wedding venues that have open dates with couples who are looking to get married in the next six months or less.

The large selection of available wedding deals and dates is compiled from the over 40 premier country clubs and golf courses within Country Club Reception’s nationwide network of wedding and reception venues, and visitors can quickly and easily search this database with the user-friendly “Find A Venue” feature. Like other reduced pricing websites such as Hotels.com that strive to make the search for affordable options easy and painless, Wedding in Weeks lets couples enter as much or as little information as they desire. They can search for packages based on date range, time, day, location, and price.

“We saw an opportunity to do what no one else in the wedding industry is doing presentlyoffering couples a way to search for reduced wedding pricing for short-engagement weddings,” said Troy Sacco, National Director of Sales at Country Club Receptions. “We’re incredibly excited about Wedding in Weeks and look forward to expanding its reach and database to further assist couples in the wedding plan process.”

The goal of Wedding in Weeks is to allow couples planning a wedding in 6 months or less to take advantage of any open inventory offered by nearby country clubs or golf courses. These wedding packages can be anywhere from 10% to 50% off their regular price, depending on the venue, day, date, and add-ons. Wedding in Weeks is updated daily and each special is listed with a link to venue’s webpage, plus direct links to user reviews of the venue, and a “Contact Us” page where couples can either fill out their information to be contacted by a member of the specific venue’s wedding team, or the site also provides a phone number to call for inquires.

A special feature of the website is the “Spontaneous Specials” section. A Spontaneous Special is a complimentary amenity added to a specific wedding package. These specials range from a complimentary ceremony site fee to a free extra hour of room rental, a complimentary hors d’oeuvres selection, and more.

“Wedding in Weeks is all about offering couples the chance to find a wedding venue and package that will work for them, regardless of how long they have to plan,” Sacco said. “It’s about offering couples what they want, when they want it, at a price they can afford.”

To visit Wedding in Weeks, head to http://www.weddinginweeks.com.

Country Club Receptions offers information on some of the most beautiful and unique wedding venues and locations in the United States. Planning your wedding should be a stress-free, enjoyable adventure, and at Country Club Receptions, we’ll help you plan your dream wedding & reception. All of our venues focus on personalized, professional service and expertise that comes from having planned and hosted thousands of successful private events. We offer a variety of free wedding resources including guides and an online wedding calculator, plus a blog with wedding advice and tips from our private event experts.







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Jade Eatery and Lounge Launches its Newly Updated Website, which Debuts the Enticing 2014 Menu and an Impressive Online Virtual Tour of the Restaurant by Google


Forest Hills, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Nestled into a cobblestone square just off Austin Street, Jade Eatery & Lounges address hints at why Jade is said to be Forest Hills hidden gem. The space integrates a zen-like atmosphere with inspirational quotes that adorn the walls and a serene koi pond presenting a large Buddha statue smiling benevolently on guests guiding them to a choice entree.

Jade Eatery and Lounge philosophy was to combine music, aroma and aesthetics to capture a unique gastronomic experience, hence the motto, Indulge Your Senses.

As a neighborhood Asian restaurant catering to local and visiting patrons, Jade strives to maintain quality and consistency. The concept provides favorite Pan-Asian and southeast Asian dishes, as well as creative culinary innovations that have become neighborhood favorites. With signature dishes like Sushi Pizza and Calcutta Chicken, the group focuses on optimizing select ingredients and transforming them into exotic flavor profiles. That is Jade Eatery and Lounges’ committed culinary mission.

Guests can choose to dine in the main dining room or the copper bar, which offers more seating options and cabana beds. The area is illuminated with a warm glow, while draped silk separates it from the main dining area, creating an intimate lounge space. Guests can also enjoy the al fresco dining experience tucked away in the Tudor-style, cobble stoned village that is Station Square.

Designed to accommodate large groups, the Dharma Lounge provides a private venue with an open floor plan that offers flexibility in the layout, perfect for special events such as wedding receptions, commitment ceremonies, bar/bat mitzvahs, and corporate dinners. It has been elegantly furnished with Moroccan imports to offer a cultural haven for guests seeking something extraordinarily special.

Connecting the copper bar to the Dharma lounge, Jades Art Gallery and World Shop combines art and culture with a distinct culinary experience. Supporting neighborhood artists, the Art Gallery hosts bi-monthly exhibits showcasing a variety of local talent. Private and public previews of the art installations are hosted regularly. The World Shop features collectibles from around the globe such as custom jewelry, hookahs and Buddhas.

Located directly across the LIRR station, the 8,000 sq ft restaurant has become a popular destination spot since its opening in 2006. Just one block separates it from the crowds and boutiques on Austin Street.

Something of the terraced garden effect of the northern section of Italy. Station Square is one of the most successful public spaces in New York City, certainly equal or superior in design and effect to something like the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan” -House Beautiful magazine (1914)







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Hospitality International Partners with Hotel Internet Strategies to Launch New Website


Atlanta, GA and New York, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2014

Hospitality International chose to partner with Hotel Internet Strategies for the design and development of its consumer-facing website. As a franchisor of nearly 300 economy branded hotels and motels, Hospitality International is acutely aware of their need to maintain a strong online presence.

In redesigning the website, the goal was to create a smoother search and booking process for guests. To this end the site leverages responsive design technology to provide a seamless experience across multiple devices. The site also utilizes proximity search to ensure it locations outside of the city center are represented in search results.

“We are excited about our completely redesigned and updated hotel reservation website, BookRoomsNow.com,” stated Jim Bloodworth, President of Hospitality International. A lot of research and consideration on behalf of our Franchises and guests who book reservations for the Red Carpet Inn, Scottish Inns, Master Hosts Inns, Passport Inn and Downtowner Inns was done. We wanted to provide a website with current technology as well as the ease of updating the website as even newer technology surfaces. We also wanted to make sure the reservation booking process was simple and quick, making it a pleasant and easy experience for the consumer.

“Hotel Internet Strategies is proud to partner with Hospitality International to create a compelling new experience for its guests,” said Chris Guimbellot, Chief Operating Officer at Hotel Internet Strategies. We feel this new website is a significant step toward Hospitality International’s goal of providing maximum value for its franchisees.

About Hospitality International

Hospitality International, Inc. has been offering franchising opportunities for hotel and motel owners and developers since 1982. To date, we offer national franchise opportunities with nearly 300 hotel and motel properties located in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. Prospective franchisees enjoy a choice of five hotel and motel brands to best suit their particular market, geographic area and personal business needs. Hospitality International, Inc. does not require its hotel and motel franchise members to look and operate identically. In fact, we value individuality in terms of the look and feel of each lodging property, while maintaining standards of quality that benefit the entire franchise system. For more information, please visit http://www.hifranchise.com.

About Hotel internet Strategies

Founded in 1996 by a career hotelier, with the goal of helping hotel owners and operators navigate the then fledgling world of internet marketing. Today, Hotel Internet Strategies still uses that same formula. With nearly 40 years of combined experience in the travel industry, from hotel management, to franchising, even travel agent operations, we understand the unique needs of the hotelier. As specialists in full-service internet marketing, its this understanding that allows us to create a comprehensive, focused, marketing package. Let us put our full array of services, including website design and hosting, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media marketing, email marketing, and more, to work for you. For more information, please visit http://www.hisinteractive.com.







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Two Iconic New York City Hotels Select Groupize Solutions GBE to Drive Direct Group Website Bookings

Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 29, 2014

Manhattans Row NYC (formerly the Milford Plaza), now a boutique hotel in the citys Times Square neighborhood and the legendary Park Central Hotel are now able to offer group bookings directly on their website with their newly implemented Group Booking Engine (GBE) from Groupize Solutions. The Row NYC boasts 1331 contemporary guest rooms on 28 floors, flaunting a recent $ 600 million dollar makeover. Park Central Hotel also unveiled a lavish renovation of their 761 guest rooms and suites last fall.

The Groupize GBE enables operators of hotels, resorts and multi-property chains to attract and retain group business by giving planners a fast, easy-to-use, real-time reservation process on their website. An award winning leader in group travel technology, Groupize provides an intuitive, cost effective platform to facilitate online transactions and planner relationship management for groups and meetings.

Increased Conversions, Lower Costs

Small groups of 5-25 rooms are big business, reported to be up to two-thirds of the hotel group market. Between the long, complicated RFP forms, the lack of instant rates and availability information, and the overwhelmed sales staff, hotels are currently converting online group business as low as 1-2%. When group planners are given the resources they need to book efficiently and effectively, not only do costs to manage unqualified leads decrease, lead conversions can increase 10 to 20 times. Direct bookings also reduce dependencies on third-party sites, dramatically lowering distribution costs.

Competitive Advantage

Business travel and group bookings are on the rise and forecast to increase 7.2% in 2014, according to Global Business Travel Association BTI Outlook report. The GBE provides the planner with an efficient, online group booking process that enhances their experience and impression of the property right from the start.

GBE offers hoteliers a powerful suite of capabilities such as:

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The Setai, Miami Beach Launches New, Improved Website


Miami, Florida (PRWEB) June 17, 2014

The Setai, Miami Beach announces the re-launch of its website, thesetaihotel.com. The completely redesigned website rethinks the way guests explore, discover and reserve their stays at the prestigious luxury hotel. Todays launch introduces guests to a website that embraces the mobile and social connectivity of today, with a responsive layout that combines form and function into one cohesive, beautifully designed destination.

Were excited to unveil a website that embraces todays trends in the social and mobile digital world, said Guenter H. Richter, C.H.A., Vice President and Managing Director of The Setai, Miami Beach. Following our recent property-wide revitalization at The Setai, this new destination on the web proves our continued commitment to provide guests with an experience that fits their ever-changing lives and exceeds their every expectation.

The new launch is part of an ongoing partnership with MICROS, a proven global leader in the point-of-sale software, enterprise information systems, and hospitality industries. Utilizing the mcp.micros.com (MICROS Commerce Platform, MCP), The Setai is able to connect with consumers in a wholly new way that integrates every level of the guest experience, from social to mobile and beyond.

The hotel websites new, responsive web design is built to adapt to the screen size of any device, on-the-fly, providing easier access and ease-of-use for todays modern, and more mobile travelers. Whether accessed on a mobile phone, tablet, or PC, the design itself shifts automatically to create an experience thats uniquely attuned to that device, making it easier to browse and book at the hotel.

Fully optimized for user experience at every level, the new site delivers platform features and capabilities that are user-centered, with content that can be changed dynamically based on context. This allows for a more personalized experience across devices. The unified responsive design also offers full integration with social features, allowing visitors to Like, Follow, Pin and Tweet with ease.

Visit thesetaihotel.com on the web now to see the new site and explore its many new features and bold, new digital design.

About The Setai, Miami Beach

The Setai is an intimate, serene oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach. Its design artfully combines the rich architectural history of the neighborhood and its cultural diversity with the International Art Deco movement, particularly its influence in Asia. The Art Deco landmark building was originally built between 1936 and 1938, as the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. Next to it is our 40-story glass tower that surpasses all around it in elevation, views and design. The Setai was voted the #1 hotel on Miami Beach in 2013 by U.S. World & News Report and the #1 Best Hotel in Miami and Miami Beach, as well as the #2 Best Hotel in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s 2013 “Reader’s Choice Awards.” Visit thesetaihotel.com.







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Nuanced Media Client, Arizona Inn, Launches New Website

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) April 25, 2014

Working with Tucson-based digital marketing company, Nuanced Media, Arizona Inn has re-launched its website that is a more streamlined, effective website appealing to readers. This partnership marks the first collaboration between the two parties, resulting in a site that features higher readability and easier navigation. Arizona Inn, a historic, boutique, hotel located in Tucson, spans 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers and lawns. It’s family owned and operated since 1930. Rooms and suites are done up in casita-style, featuring several renovations over the decades to keep them well maintained and true to their roots. With plenty of warmth, privacy, and comfort, Arizona Inn offers all the creature comforts guests are used to at home, and then some.

Arizona Inn has the distinction of receiving several awards, from Conde Nast’s Traveler Gold List and Travel and Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels in the World to Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Amenities include complimentary afternoon tea and poolside ice cream, tennis courts, heated outdoor pool, fitness club, Audubon Bar, complimentary bike rentals, meeting rooms, room service and poolside dining.

Nuanced Media is a full-service Internet marketing agency boasting more than 20 years of experience, dedicated to driving traffic to business websites through creative and innovative design. The partnership between Nuanced Media and Arizona Inn is punctuated by a new look in online presence, drawing readers and potential clients to the business through a high-level marketing campaign to result in an increased organic search position.

About Nuanced Media

Nuanced Media is a digital marketing and graphic design firm. The company specializes in strategic, multilayer marketing campaigns and efficiently crafted, user-friendly websites. Based in Tucson, the company has a variety of clients throughout Arizona, California, and Texas. For more information, please view Nuanced Media.







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PigeonForge.com Introduces New Website


Pigeon Forge, TN (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

Families planning Smoky Mountain vacations now have an even better ally on the web: PigeonForge.com recently unveiled a redesign making the website the premier online destination for information about Pigeon Forge, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg and the rest of East Tennessee.

The redesign is part of PigeonForge.com owner Jessica Bookstaff Doppelts plan to promote businesses and tourism in Sevier County with rich digital content and premium advertising.

Our new website design makes it even easier for individuals, families and groups planning Pigeon Forge vacations to find the information they need, Doppelt said. With just the click of a mouse, PigeonForge.com connects visitors with lodging options, attractions information and so much more.

Visitors to PigeonForge.com will find information organized by subject covering everything theyll need to know to plan the perfect Smoky Mountain escape. They can easily browse cabins and chalets, hotels and motels, private rentals, condominiums, bed & breakfasts and campgrounds under the Stay Awhile tab. By clicking the Have Fun tab, visitors will instantly access information about Pigeon Forge attractions, local shows and theaters, shopping destinations, the Great Smoky Mountains and recreation areas. The Eat Local tab provides access to mouth-watering menus from Pigeon Forges favorite eateries; while the Get Married tab takes visitors to information about Smoky Mountain weddings and more!

Other website features include the Pigeon Forge events calendar, photo galleries, group vacation referral service, coupons and deals, and the PigeonForge.com blog.

We hope our new website design not only helps people plan their Smoky Mountain vacations, but also inspires them to get out and enjoy more of Pigeon Forge while theyre here, Doppelt said. I love Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains and Im so excited to share my home with visitors from all over the world on PigeonForge.com.

PigeonForge.com has helped millions of visitors plan Smoky Mountain vacations since 2000. For additional information, visit http://www.pigeonforge.com.







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SuperBreak Launches New Brand & Refreshed Website


York, North Yorkshire (PRWEB UK) 12 April 2014

SuperBreak, the short breaks specialist, has launched a new look website along with a new logo and strap line following an in-depth customer research and rebranding process.

The refreshed website features an extended palette of bold, vibrant colours that compliment the new brand logo. Combined with new lifestyle and destination images, the rebrand gives the site a more contemporary feel that the company hopes will resonate better with their existing customers as well as attract a wider audience.

As part of the planning process for the rebranding project, the York based company carried out extensive research with both customers and prospects, and found that the existing logo and website design wasnt consistent with what people thought about the brand. The research highlighted that customers were always surprised by the range of short break packages available and the high levels of service they received, yet felt that the existing branding looked dated and uninspiring.

In a second round of research following the creative process, the new logo was well received. The design, which features a combination of green and purple shades, was interpreted by customers as representing vibrancy and excitement combined with reassurance and authenticity. With a heritage of over 30 years of trading, the company were pleased that the new logo was deemed to reflect both their experience in the market and their passion for short break experiences.

Direct Marketing Manager at SuperBreak, Jacquie Fisher, commented, What came out of research was that customers loved us for the fantastic levels of service and great value packages we offer, but felt that our existing branding didnt match up to their experience of booking with us. Once wed got to the core of our brand through the research process, we worked towards creating a new visual brand that excited and inspired customers looking for an unforgettable short break.

The new logo, website and strap line Make your short break a SuperBreak come as part of the companys first brand refresh since 2008. Over the past six years, the company has been through a number of changes, including an expansion of its product portfolio to include flight and Eurostar inclusive breaks. The firm aims to increase growth into the direct consumer market, with the new brand as a strong foundation for expansion.

About SuperBreak

With more than five million people visiting superbreak.com each year, millions of couples, single travellers, families and friends rely on SuperBreak to book their short break. With 5000 plus hotel partners in both UK and overseas destinations, and great availability and rates for theatre breaks, attraction tickets, events at the O2 arena and a range of travel options, SuperBreak can offer an outstanding depth and breadth of UK and overseas short breaks.

With 30 years of travel experience, SuperBreak has a reputation for providing excellent quality and customer service. Both ATOL and ABTA bonded for peace of mind, SuperBreak is a reliable brand trusted by travel agents and customers.







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Family Vacation Planning Website Expands its Coverage

(PRWEB) January 14, 2005

VERTEX Management, and its research partner, Specifics, Inc. have assumed full ownership of http://www.vacationswithkids.com, the family to family Web site to help parents find the best places to take a vacation with children. Tips on where to stay and what to do are included.

This free site contains ratings and verbatim remarks from more than 3,500 families who took vacations at least 50 miles from home in the last year. The ratings data is from surveys conducted during 2004, and it is updated daily with comments of families providing ratings through the Website questionnaire. Respondents provide information on the quality of accommodations, the quality of activities, the variety of dining options and the perceived value for the dollars spent on their vacation. The surveys also measured whether a family would return to that destination city or recommend that city to other families, based on the ages of children and the number of nights they planned to stay.

Marvin Ingram, president of Atlanta travel agency UNIGLOBE Firstworld Travel, said that http://www.vacationswithkids.com offers families a much-needed online resource.

“This is the first truly unique travel planning tool I have seen in my 35 years in the travel business,” Ingram said. “It can be very helpful to every family considering where to go and what to do with kids.”

Joe Blumberg, founder and CEO, said that http://www.vacationswithkids.com now allows travelers to research the vacation attributes with ratings of more than 150 destinations, including cruises, as determined by other families who vacationed there. Visitors to the Web site can search by state, age of children or number of nights they plan to stay.

Search results reveal how families rate a city’s lodging, attractions and other offerings. Many search results also contain a Suggestions page with verbatim remarks from families who visited a particular destination. Search results also include a variety of links that direct vacationers to a destination’s own official Web site, sites for children with special needs, travel tips and other resources to help them plan vacations.

“If you look at Expedia or some of the other major travel sites, they contain some evaluations, but those are usually based on the opinions of just a few visitors,” said Blumberg. “Vacations With Kids is based on scientifically sound research. To our knowledge, http://www.vacationswithkids.com is the only family-to-family planning guide with ratings of vacation destinations from families with kids for families with kids.”

Blumberg added: “The number of families that have rated each destination is included in the search results. Three ratings is the minimum, but some destinations have been rated by dozens of families. Orlando/Disney World leads all destinations with 212 family ratings.”

“Families will find a number of destinations that aren’t top of mind but are excellent values.” For example, Santa Claus, Ind., received nearly perfect ratings as a destination for kids of all ages, but only up to 3 nights. Disney World, as expected, received high marks for its attractions, but the data raise some questions about the value of the destination for the dollars spent and the willingness of families to return frequently.”

VERTEX Management and Specifics will continue to survey families via phone and update the site with new information. In addition, the Web site encourages families to rate their own vacations by taking a 12-question survey available through the home page.

Selected other findings:


Wisconsin Dells, and Branson, Mo., have very good ratings for families, especially those with children in the 7 – 12 age range.

Big Sky, Mont., is rated highest as a destination for families, but most of the attractions can be experienced in three or fewer days.

The District of Columbia and Cleveland, OH, having increasing satisfaction ratings as families spend more time taking in the available activities.

Amarillo, Texas, appears to have great attractions for families with young children (1 to 6 years old).

About VERTEX Management and Specifics

VERTEX Management and Specifics have more than 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing research and marketing services. VERTEX Management has been involved in management consulting and training for a host of companies, including those in financial services, hospitality, facilities maintenance, and IT software and services. Specifics provides customer and employee research for business-to-business and consumer companies of all sizes. Headquartered in Atlanta, since 1985, VERTEX and Specifics have conducted hundreds of studies for domestic and international clients, using focus groups, surveys, modeling techniques, and traditional and proprietary analysis tools to provide companies with market intelligence. For more information, visit http://www.specifics.com.

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Mediterranean Cruise Leader Louis Cruises Unveils Redesigned Website at LouisCruises.com


Piraeus, Greece (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

Louis Cruises is proud to unveil its redesigned website. The updated site, which is located at Louis Cruises current URL LouisCruises.com contains enhanced features including comprehensive cruise calendars for sailings through 2014, booking capabilities, improved navigation, and access to useful destination information including info on newly added idyllic destinations for 2014 such as: Chios, Ios, Milos, Samos, Symi, and Syros.

Much of our success at Louis Cruises is because we listen and nurture relationships with our tour operator partners and registered travel agents. Our updated website is a product of those relationships, said Nicholas Filippidis, Director of Product Development in North America for Louis Cruises. We have received tons of feedback from travel professionals, and we are very pleased with the new functionality and redesigned navigation now available to them at LouisCruises.com. We encourage industry professionals to visit the redesigned site and see how easy and extremely convenient the new site makes searching and booking our travel programs throughout the Eastern Mediterranean that are truly reflective of our Hellenic roots from our delicious cuisine, featuring flavors from local destinations, to the cozy intimacy of our vessels and the welcoming hospitality of our entire crewfrom the unique destinations we present to the exciting shore excursions that take travelers to explore the Eastern Mediterranean authentically.

The new LouisCruises.com is a powerful resource for travel professionals and travelers. It enables them to access valuable information and book an exciting range of cruises throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. The re-launched site is also available in many languages including English, Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. In September it will be available in Turkish, in October in German, and in December in Portuguese.

On the re-designed site, users now have access to:

— New 2014 Cruise Calendar

— Extended Cruises from Greece Page

— Destination Guides and Shore Excursion descriptions including info on newly added idyllic destinations for 2014 such as: Chios, Ios, Milos, Samos, Symi, and Syros

— Dedicated Travel Agent Registration section

— Access to SMART RATES early booking discounts

— Online booking of Cruises, Shore Excursions and All-Inclusive Drinks Packages

— New Excursions Packages with Savings of up to 20 percent off

— Comprehensive info on the line’s vessels including deck plans, images, and itineraries

— Downloads including: brochures, professional photos, and videos

— Info on Beauty & Spa Services; Onboard Celebrations, Groups and Meetings; Wedding, Honeymoons & Vow Renewals

— Plus much more!

For Louis Cruises’ registered travel agents, the site’s user-friendly interface featuring the ability to book cruise programs as well as excursions and beverage packages simultaneously — enables travel agents to make more money in less time. Beyond booking online, agents can instantly confirm availability for cruise departures; print vouchers and travel documents; track bookings; and access comprehensive information about Louis Cruises programs and destinations.

With a time-honored, award winning history in tourism, Louis Cruises offers an unparalleled cruise experience onboard its celebrated fleet of destination-friendly cruise ships that showcases the lines Hellenistic identity. Louis Cruises is proud to present travelers with its signature Kalimera experience Not only meaning good morning, but also good in every sense of the word: quality, satisfaction and happiness. The line takes travelers to the places theyve dreamt of: iconic destinations famed the world over and exquisite smaller islands where they feel as if theyve stepped back into a bygone Greece. With Louis Cruises, travelers dont just visit Greece; they enjoy an authentic Greek experience, both onboard and at each incredible destination. Louis Cruises engages all five senses, giving passengers the unique opportunity to visit legendary archeological sites, to enjoy music by authentic Greek musicians and singers, to taste delicious, homemade Greek cuisine, to sample outstanding Greek wines and spirits, and much more! The company takes extra care to design cruise itineraries that include the best ports in their best seasons allowing ample time to enjoy their uniquely individual charms coupled with meticulously planned shore excursions for a truly insightful look into the Eastern Mediterranean.

In the early 1970s, Louis Cruises began operating short cruises from Limassol, Cyprus to destinations throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Today Louis Cruises is the preeminent cruise line for the Greek Islands and Turkey, with six ships operating from the ports of Piraeus (Athens) and Limassol. From the Port of Piraeus, Louis Cruises sails to Chios, Crete, Ios, Kos, Milos, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Symi and Syros, and to the Turkish ports of Bodrum, Cesme, Istanbul, Izmir and Kusadasi. In addition to Piraeus, the lines passengers can create their own stay & cruise vacations, with embarkation for three and four-day cruises from Kusadasi and Heraklion, Crete.

Louis Cruises itineraries can be booked on-line at louiscruises.com or through most major tour operators in the U.S. and Canada. For further information or to order the companys brochure call (877) 568-4787, send an e-mail to cruising(at)louiscruises(dot)com or visit the companys web site at: louiscruises.com.

About Louis Group:

Louis Group was founded in 1935 and has over the decades evolved into a leading tourism, hospitality and travel group in the Eastern Mediterranean. Louis Hotels owns and manages 19 four and five star hotels in all of Cyprus resorts, including the Hilton Park Nicosia and the Greek islands of Corfu, Zante, Crete, Mykonos and Rhodes. With a fleet of five cruise ships, Louis Cruises sails from Piraeus, Istanbul and Kusadasi to the Greek islands and Turkeys most enticing destinations. For more information on Louis Group and its subsidiaries, please visit our websites at: louishotels.com, louiscruises.com and mykonostheoxenia.com.

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