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Saint-Martin/St Maarten, a European Paradise in the Caribbean – Who knew? What impression is your destination giving travelers online?

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Saint-Martin/St Maarten on a business trip and was amazed at what the destination has to offer. As a huge fan of Europe, and also of the Caribbean, this place ranks very highly on my list. My expectations were completely surpassed by the people, food, beaches and unique […]

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The next biggest thing to happen to online shopping: Private sales sites

Now that everyone seems to be talking about Groupon, let’s switch gears and talk about the other hottest category online right now: private sales sites. Many of you are familiar with these sites but I thought it would be a good time for a post about it. Private sales sites are invitation-only communities that many […]

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Groupon: Fastest growing company ever “redefines travel”

To say that Groupon has taken the group buying space by storm over the past two years would be an understatement. It is a phenomenon that has swept across the US and the world and has defined the “group buying” market. It is impossible not to be impressed by these numbers. In the past 10 […]

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Mobile + Social = A dream come true for marketers

With new travel-related apps launching every day, and social “check-ins” on location-based apps such as Foursquare becoming more mainstream, how big is the opportunity to engage travelers while they’re on the go? Probably the biggest thing that has ever happened to the industry… Mobile usage is taking off & the mobile world is coming: In […]

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Share is the new search: Social strategies for the travel industry

“Social is underhyped..it’s a big deal. Share IS the new search,” said Rich Barton, founder of Expedia, chairman of TravelPost and Co-founder & Chairman of Zillow.com. “Facebook should be part of everyone’s strategy“… “Social networks are the most powerful thing that has happened to the web since it’s launch.” Rob Solomon, COO of Groupon, now […]

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Valuable insights for the travel industry: Change your strategy, or else

I’ve spent the past week at what I consider an incredibly valuable “sneak peek” into what’s ahead in the travel industry. The PhoCusWright Conference is a crystal ball of predictions, insights and a reality-check for marketers. Here are my top takeaways from the conference: 1. Change your strategy now, or else Travelers today connect and […]

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The Video Production Bootcamp: Travel Channel Style

Buzzing with ideas for my own travel show, (yes, it’s true) I had been secretly wanting to do the Travel Channel Academy (TCA) producer’s course ever since it started. Recently, when I dug into it, I learned that the TCA was canceled when TC was sold to Scripps Networks. After some more digging, I found […]

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Making it to the Class of 35 @ The PhoCusWright Conference

As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve always been impressed by other entrepreneurs, innovators and people that inspire me. This combined with a love of the online travel industry means I’ve been to almost every industry conference and there’s one I keep coming back to. That is the PhoCusWright Conference. It is the brainchild of Philip Wolf, […]

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10 tips for getting the most out of your trip to La Costiera

The best time to go to the Amalfi Coast is between May and early September. Lots of people ask me about going in Oct or during the winter and it’s important to know that the Amalfi Coast is a seasonal place. In the winter many of the hotels and restaurants close. The weather plays an important factor in your experience here so make sure you go between May and early September.

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The Highlights of the Amalfi Coast: Ravello, Capri and Positano

People ask me where would I go back to. The Amalfi Coast is a place I’d definitely return to. It is a magical place and now I know exactly where the best spots are. Here’s what I’d do and why…

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