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|ON NETWORKS PRESENTS NEW DIGITAL SERIES ON TRAVEL - BEAUTIFUL PLACES|
May, 5 2008
Grand Canyon - Havasu Canyon
A Breathtaking Tour of the Most Beautiful Places in the World
AUSTIN, TEXAS ' ON Networks'(ON) proudly presents Beautiful Places, an HD travel and outdoors series designed to take travelers to the most beautiful places in the world, with stunning vistas, panoramic views and spectacular sunsets set to nature's music.
Beautiful Places showcases the great outdoors, from Grand Canyon's lush green canyon paradise at Havasu Canyon where two green-blue waterfalls cascade into emerald pools, to California's Lassen National Park's Bumpass Hell, a volcanic basin of hot springs, boiling mud and sulfuric steam.
'Travelers looking for inspiration and information for their next vacation or outdoor adventure will enjoy Beautiful Places' breathtaking images and valuable tips on how to get there, trails to take and gear to bring,' says host Tony Farley. 'Whether you're planning a trip or just want a virtual get-away from the day-to-day grind, Beautiful Places takes you to the places and sounds of nature in all its glory.
Out of 130,000 podcasts, Beautiful Places was ranked among iTunes' top 21 'Best New Video Podcasts of 2007.' 'We are delighted to bring Tony Farley's original program to ON Networks and our growing viewership,' says Jen Grogono, ON Networks co-founder and chief content officer. 'We remain committed to delivering on the promise of smart and entertaining shows that can be watched anytime, across any screen, anywhere.'
Beautiful Places joins ON Networks' line-up of travel shows, which also includes the newly released City by City, that can be watched anywhere, on any device. Beautiful Places is available online at www.beautifulplaces.tv or as a free download from iTunes. To embed an episode on your website or blog, or to share the show with friends, click either the 'embed HTML' or 'share video' icon on the Web video player.
|Trailer Life Publications Launches New Products for the Road|
May, 5 2008
The NEW 2008 Trailer Life Directory
Ventura, California - Trailer Life Publications, producer of the most comprehensive and reliable directories for RV parks, campgrounds and services, launches its 2008 Trailer Life Directory, 2008 RV Road Atlas and 2008 Campground Navigator - just in time for the summer travel season.
The Trailer Life RV Parks, Campground and Services Directory is the most widely recognized and used RVing directory in North America www.trailerlifedirectory.com. With nearly 12,000 RV parks, it is the official directory of the Good Sam Club, the world's largest RV owners' organization with more than 1 million member families. The Directory is the primary source to find all the Good Sam discount locations.
"The Trailer Life Directory www.trailerlifedirectory.
com has become known as the RV parks and services 'bible' for active RVers; this year we are expanding technology resources and offering even easier trip planning," said Joe Daquino, senior vice president and group publisher, Affinity. "The Directory and its sister products continue to keep their focus on helping the active RVing community by providing relevant information that supports road travelers' changing interests and needs."
The Directory's Exclusive Triple Rating system has set the industry standard. Each year new inspections are performed on all private RV parks and campgrounds, encouraging parks to do even more to earn Trailer Life Directory's highest recommendations. RVers will know what to expect from RV Parks before they arrive by quickly glancing at the bottom of each listing to see a park's rating in bold.
The Directory's "At-A-Glance" features have expanded for the 2008 edition, making it easier than ever to quickly locate targeted information for RV park Internet access, RV service center and dealers and virtual tours. The "Internet-At-A-Glance" section lists RV parks that provide Wi-Fi and Internet access and indicates if it is free or if there is a charge. The "RV Service Center & Dealers-At-A-Glance" section provides a list of locations by state/province and city to help with your RV maintenance needs on the road. The new "Virtual Tours-At-A-Glance" section provides a list of the RV parks and businesses that have created visual tours to let travelers explore their locations online at www.trailerlifedirectory.com.
Also launching just in time for summer, the 2008 RV Road Atlas www.trailerlifedirectory.com contains all the RV parks and campgrounds found in the Trailer Life Directory. New for 2008 the maps have been updated with clearly identified truck routes so road travelers know where to avoid steep grades or low bridges.
The 2008 Atlas also has a newly expanded Grid Index, which lists all the campgrounds by city and state/province, providing graphic icons representing: Good Sam Club discount locations, service centers, tourist attractions, if the parks can support big-rigs and locations which provide internet access or Wi-Fi.
Additionally, Trailer Life Directory has released a complementary 2008 Campground Navigator 2-CD set, which provides the RV community with travel planning and campground search capabilities in an easy-to-use software program.
"Many RVers rely on the Internet for researching and planning their trips, but the remote places they travel to don't always provide adequate Web access," added Daquino. "This is when the Campground Navigator becomes such a valuable tool. No matter where they are, they can turn on their laptop, call up the Campground Navigator and plan their next stop or adventure."
The Campground Navigator has detailed street maps of the U.S. and Canada, trip planning tools www.trailerlifedirectory.com and a searchable database of all of the information found in Trailer Life's 2008 RV Parks, Campgrounds and Services Directory. The 2008 edition has an expanded search radius for campgrounds up to 100 miles around your selected destination. It also provides road slope and stop point elevations to determine if the route will work for today's larger RVs.
The Trailer Life Directory and support products are produced by Affinity Media, a division of Affinity, the nation's largest provider of outdoor recreation clubs, services, media and events.
Please visit www.trailerlifedirectory.com, for more information on RV travel planning products.
|AQUATIC FUN PARK SCHEDULED TO OPEN AT NEWPORT DUNES JUNE 1|
May, 5 2008
Family Attractions & Beachside Cabanas Available At 100-Acre Waterfront Resort
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will debut its aquatic waterpark known as Moe B's Watersports on June 1. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the Labor Day weekend. The park offers two giant "icebergs," a water version of a giant teeter-totter, a giant climbing apparatus, massive dome, floating lily pads and a water trampoline. New this year is a "baby water playground" for children younger than 7.
The two icebergs ' one 12-feet and the other 9-feet tall -- feature various climbing surfaces of varying difficulty that lead to a fourth side that can be used to slide, bounce or jump into the water. The "Water Totter" is a 12-foot floating apparatus that seats up to six and can be rocked back-and-forth to launch occupants into the water. Measuring more than 20 feet in diameter, the "Rave Super Launch" incorporates a giant trampoline enclosed by various climbing surfaces, a log roll on one side and a slip-and-slide on the other.
All of the attractions are fabricated from the same high-grade PVC material that is used to construct inflatable boats and other personal watercraft.
In addition, toddler-themed activities and attractions are available at the Dunes' Mother's Beach, a mile-long stretch of sand along the waveless waters of the Back Bay lagoon that features full-time lifeguards. Also, a limited number of private waterfront cabanas are available by calling (949)-729-1150. Newport Dunes Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 729-DUNE or visit www.newportdunes.com.
|Best Parks in America Unveils Redesigned Website|
May, 5 2008
McLean, Virginia ' Best Parks in America, a collection of distinguished, independent RV resorts and campgrounds throughout America, recently unveiled their redesigned website ' www.BestParksinAmerica.com - offering considerable functionality featuring large, easy-to-see park photographs, detailed resort information, and intuitive menus.
Visitors to the site can now locate all Best Parks in America resorts on a user-friendly Google map and have the ability to drill down to street by street directions. Choose a location and viewers will be taken to a detail-rich park page with ample photographs, amenity details, a park description, contact information, the ability to print a brochure or even email the page to a friend. The site also allows campers to reserve a campsite online at most parks with this tool becoming available at all Best Parks in America resorts in the very near future.
Guests interested in joining the complimentary Best Parks in America affinity program ' Best Guests in America ' can click on the Best Guests page to learn about the special benefits of membership including free site upgrades at check-in and the Best Guests Rewards Program. This unique program allows Best Guests in America members an opportunity to accrue points redeemable for free camping nights after a minimum number of stays. Website visitors can also learn about the Best Guests program via FAQs and effortlessly sign up to become a Best Guest online, taking advantage of the many privileges and savings immediately.
Site navigation includes a 'Deals & News' page delivering the latest news and information including park additions, dollar-off coupons and more. In addition, each park page has its own 'Deals & News' area where individual parks post specials, resort news, details about new amenities, facilities or special events, and other special information it wants to share with its guests. There's also an 'About Best Parks in America' page describing the philosophy, unique benefits and amenities of the Best Parks in America system.
'In today's busy world it is more important than ever to offer RVers an easy-to-use, convenient tool to determine the best park options for their RV and camping vacations. Our clean, crisp, visitor-friendly Best Parks in America website is not cluttered with cutesy pictures and unnecessary graphics that often confuse the park's message and distract the RVer or camper from looking for vital information. Rather, prospective guests can effortlessly locate and review all the essentials necessary to make an educated campground resort decision - 24/7. Not only are our parks the cream of the crop, our online presence is bar none,' remarked David Gorin, President, Best Parks in America.
Amenity rich facilities, unsurpassed resort locations, superb service, and trademark warm hospitality with a smile ' Best Parks in America's 22 partners deliver upscale camping experiences. Best Guests in America members ' a complimentary RVer and camper club ' enjoy extra perks such as a free site upgrade at check-in (based on availability) and a points program redeemable for free camping. Explore www.BestParksinAmerica.com for further details.
|For Americans Logging Miles, Soaring Frustration|
May, 5 2008
Access America's national survey finds 88 percent of American travelers frustrated with the price of gas.
Richmond, Virginia - Reflecting Americans' increasing exasperation at the pump, the latest Access America Travel Frustration Index, a quarterly barometer that tracks a range of factors that impact both business and leisure travelers -- jumped three points in the first quarter of 2008. Almost nine in 10 respondents to the national survey (88%) reported frustration with gas prices, up from 78 percent in late 2007. The increased frustration prompted a three-point jump in the aggregated Index hassle-factor.
Among leisure travelers, a whopping 90 percent reported frustration with gas prices during the first quarter of 2008. Business travelers were not far behind at 86 percent. Those who said they were "very frustrated" with gas prices is up nearly 20 percentage points overall, rising from 57 percent in late 2007 to 73 percent in the first quarter of 2008.
"Americans are feeling the pain at the pump," said Mark Cipolletti, vice president of communications for Access America. "The travel index measures 10 factors that impact all kinds of travelers and so is, by design, very stable. In order to move the needle three points, as we've seen in the past quarter, there has to be a major shift in emotion. We're seeing that shift in a big way. It's hard to believe Americans could get more annoyed, but summer is still weeks away and gas prices continue to rise."
Among households with more disposable income ($75,000+), 85 percent report being frustrated with gas prices. That's up 10 percentage points from November 2007 when 75 percent of those households reported frustration, and from August 2007 when 76 percent of those households reported frustration with gas prices.
Among middle-income households, those in the $25,000-$50,000 range, the trend is steeper:
-- Quarter 3 2007: 81 percent of middle-income households reported frustration with gas prices
-- Quarter 4 2007: 83 percent of middle-income households reported frustration with gas prices
-- Quarter 1 2008: 95 percent of middle-income households reported frustration with gas prices
For travelers impacted primarily by driving issues and not by air travel, the aggregated Index score is up more than three points from last year. With a mean Index score of 42.7 out of a possible 100, the "driver's" frustration score registers at 44.7 for the first quarter of 2008 compared with the last quarter of 2007 where driving frustrations registered at 41.4. In the third quarter of 2007 (the other period for which data is available), driving frustrations were at 42.3.
Among travelers impacted by air travel issues only (airfares, airline service, homeland security issues, etc.), the overall frustration level was relatively flat compared with the third and fourth quarter of 2007. With a mean score of 36.8 out of 100, the air travel frustration score for January-March 2008 registered at just slightly above neutral at 37.4.
Weather conditions and illness or injury that causes cancellation or interruption of a trip contributed modestly to the overall rise in frustrations on the Index scale this part quarter. Both of these factors are seasonal, with storms across the Midwest and Northeast contributing to delays that cause headaches for thousands of travelers and the cold winter weather contributing to seasonal colds and the Flu that can results in cancelled plans.
"Unlike the cost of gas, those numbers are likely to go down again as we head into the warmer summer months," Cipolletti added.
The Travel Frustration Index was developed and launched in 2007 by Access America, in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs, and monitors common areas of frustration among travelers, such as service issues, weather delays and prices. The next Index will launch in June 2008.
About the Survey
The Access America Traveler Frustration Index was conducted April 7-14,2008 by IPSOS Public Affairs, an independent global, survey-based research company owned and managed by research professionals. As part of its weekly U.S. Telephone Omnibus Study, IPSOS interviewed 876 adults ages 18 and older, who indicated they had traveled for business or leisure at least once during the previous three months. The margin of error for the entire survey is 3.3% at a 95% confidence level. The quarterly frustration index was created by first asking each of ten individual potential frustration items on a four point frustration scale to past three month travelers. The responses were then summed by each respondent. The sums were then aggregated and recalculated to a ten point index scale across all respondents.
About Access America
Access America provides travel insurance and assistance to millions of travelers each year and is a division and service mark of World Access Service Corp. A global leader in travel insurance and emergency assistance, Access America uses cutting-edge technology to deliver customized solutions to enhance value for resorts, airlines, travel agents, credit card companies and more. Access America is a division and service mark of World Access Service Corp., which is a member of the Mondial Assistance Group and part of the Allianz family of companies. Visit www.accessamerica.com.
|May 1 Brings More Campground Openings|
May, 4 2008
Oregon - A few more seasonal state park camping options on both sides of the Cascades will be available this weekend.
Cascadia State Park, 14 miles east of Sweet Home, and the Fall Creek State Recreation Area, 27 miles southeast of Eugene and Springfield, opened for the 2008 season today (May 1). Both parks offer campgrounds with tent sites. Cascadia has 25 individual sites and two reservable group tent areas near the South Santiam River. Fall Creek's Cascara Campground has 47 tent sites, five for walk-in campers. Other recreation destinations at Fall Creek opening May 1 include the Fisherman's Point group tent camp and Winberry Day-use Area. Winberry, which has a two-lane boat ramp and a universal access fishing pier, is a day-use fee area ($3 daily pass, or 12-month or 24-month passes required).
All state parks campgrounds west of the Cascades except Saddle Mountain are now open. The 10 walk-in tent sites at Saddle Mountain, 17 miles east of the U.S. Highway 101-U.S.
26 junction, will remain unavailable until repairs on facilities damaged by last winter*s storms are finished later in May. All loops in the 294-site Detroit Lake State Recreation Area campground east of Salem are now cleared of snow and open for the season. Park staff report that the lake is filled to above 80 percent capacity.
East of the Cascades, campgrounds with tent sites at four small parks in northeastern Oregon will reopen today and May 2. These parks are Catherine Creek, eight miles southeast of Union; Hilgard Junction, eight miles west of La Grande; Red Bridge, 16 miles southwest of La Grande, and Ukiah-Dale, three miles southwest of Ukiah. Most of the campsites at Emigrant Springs in the Blue Mountains between Pendleton and La Grande remain closed because of snow and cold weather. The park's cabins, community group building and a few full hookup sites without water service are open all year.
OPRD operates 22 seasonal campgrounds and 28 year-round camping destinations. Up-to-date information is available on the web at www.oregonstateparks.org and by phone at 1-800-551-6949.
Reservations for group tent camping areas at Cascadia, Fisherman's Point at Fall Creek and Emigrant Springs, and for the Emigrant Springs cabins can be made through the Oregon state park reservations center, Reservations Northwest, by calling 1-800-452-5687 (cabins also reservable online through www.oregonstateparks.org).
|Aquarium Prepares to Open Oddwater|
May, 2 2008
A bridal burrfish will welcome visitors to Oddwater
Newport, Oregon ' The Oregon Coast Aquarium is preparing to open Oddwater, a new exhibit, Memorial Day weekend. As the name implies, Oddwater offers encounters with strange marine life. Oddwater will take a look at some of the most bizarre life forms in the ocean and show how their unusual adaptations help them survive. As opening day draws near, animals arrive, holding areas and habitats are prepared and the exhibit is taking shape.
'Our goal with Oddwater was to create a fresh, illuminative, and somewhat odd look that we haven't seen before,' said Jim Burke, Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry. 'The concept originated well over a year ago from two members of the Animal Husbandry Team, Kevin Clifford and Warren Shead, and has now developed into an extraordinary mixed media exhibit.'
Colorful blown art glass, created by artists at The Edge Art Gallery, has been placed inside the tanks of the displays, complementing the strange creatures of Oddwater.
'We have created a stunning and educational fusion of two very different things, art and aquaria,' said Burke. 'The glass art was created specifically for each display based on the actual habitat structures and the requirements of the animals.'
The idea of Oddwater is to offer an experience that will educate, entertain and enlighten visitors about life forms and sub aquatic landscapes most people never see. The exhibit will demonstrate how extreme environments require specialized adaptations, resulting in strange appearances in some species. Among the species featured in Oddwater is the chambered nautilus, noticed for its unusual movement using jet propulsion. The lion fish, with its venomous spines is a fatal beauty to unsuspecting prey. Oddwater will take a look at these and many other ocean life forms, showing visitors how their unusual and sometimes bizarre adaptations help them survive.
As visitors enter Oddwater, they will see a giant screen showing video footage of the most peculiar marine life forms of all, which also happen to be the most inaccessible. Throughout the exhibit will be digital images and colorful murals painted by artist Michael Cole.
Oddwater's interactive components will include a sting ray touch pool where visitors will be encouraged to touch sting rays, which are harmless when their barbs are trimmed. A crawl through tank will offer a close look at 'lookdowns,' a silvery, round fish with a blunt forehead. Interactive audio stations throughout the exhibit will allow visitors to hear details about Oddwater species.
The animals for this exhibit were chosen by the staff because of their interesting adaptations, their distinctness or their oddness, according to Burke. 'It is great to be part of this innovative effort and we are very proud of what we will be sharing with our guests beginning Memorial Day Weekend!'
The Aquarium gratefully acknowledges the major sponsors and friends of Oddwater. Major sponsors include Fred Meyer, Inc. and Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Friends of the exhibit include Jeanette Betea Hennings Foundation, Henry Hillman, Jr. Foundation, Jackson Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable trust, Trust Management Services and Siletz Tribal Contribution Fund, which provided funds for interactive graphics. For more information visit www.aquarium.org.
|NileGuide Goes Beyond Travel Booking|
May, 1 2008
First service to address the complete trip planning experience
San Francisco, California - NileGuide http://www.nileguide.com today unveiled a new free customized travel planning service that has everything travelers need to plan their trips, in just one place. For the first time, travelers can find recommendations to suit their preferences, plan and organize their entire itinerary, and create and print their own personal guidebook. NileGuide http://www.nileguide.com brings together recommendations from their own travel experts together with content from existing sources such as http://www.CitySearch.com, http://www.Expedia.com, http://www.OpenTable.com, and http://www.TripAdvisor.
com, as well as guidebook content, user ratings, awards, maps, and photos to make the travel planning process easier, quicker and more reliable.
NileGuide http://www.nileguide.com works with local experts in each destination to ensure that the information is accurate and relevant. The result is an incredibly large archive of broad and deep content that is both objective and transparent.
So, whether a traveler has children, budget limitations, or business needs, NileGuide is the authoritative resource where consumers can conduct their research and discover those must-see experiences or off-the-beaten-track hideaways. Individuals can find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily, and have fun while they're at it.
There are 3 simple steps to using NileGuide:
Step 1: Travelers search for points of interest consistent with their personal preferences, and NileGuide makes instantaneous recommendations based on their specific interests, budget, activity level, and proximity. These recommendations include comprehensive details and descriptions from a rich collection of content, including lodging, restaurants, nightlife, and activities. Travelers can also start with existing trip plans created by other users or experts.
Step 2: Travelers turn their collection of points of interest into a real trip itinerary with helpful tools like drag-and-drop calendaring, interactive maps, and proximity functionality.
Step 3: A free customized guidebook is created for each traveler, complete with itineraries and maps that can be printed out, as well as accessed online forever. Each trip can also be shared with friends and family and published so it can be seen by the world at large.
"NileGuide http://www.nileguide.com is like having your own travel agent, tour guide, and concierge wrapped into one," said Josh Steinitz, CEO and co-founder of NileGuide. "NileGuide helps tourists become travelers and lets them spend more time enjoying their trips, rather than recovering from the hassle and time spent researching and booking it."
NileGuide http://www.nileguide.com CEO Josh Steinitz helped build the media business at Away.com, which was later acquired by Orbitz. Josh is an avid adventure traveler who has written about and photographed his travels in over 50 countries. NileGuide's COO and co-founder John Monson was the first investor and board member of PayCycle, and he built the Quicken brand as Intuit's first Vice President of Marketing. John is a wine and arts enthusiast, and was chairman of the board of Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.
"Online travel is no longer about simply booking flights and hotels, it's about the experience itself," commented Peter Horan CEO of IAC Media & Advertising, and a member of NileGuide's Board of Directors. "I am excited to be involved with NileGuide, as they are bringing much-needed innovation to the biggest and most sought-after online sector -- travel."
|Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service Puts RVers in the Hands of Certified RV Technicians|
April, 28 2008
Ventura, California - Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service (ERS), a program offered by Affinity Road & Travel Club (ART), Inc., has added a new level of service that will give RVers greater peace of mind as they travel the great American highway. In response to unprecedented RV (recreation vehicle) industry growth and increased complexity and sophistication of RVs - especially larger motorized units - the program will now certify all technicians who handle roadside assistance calls.
Good Sam RV ERS offers unparalleled assistance during breakdowns of RVs and all other types of vehicles, through a subscriber-based, toll-free help line. It dispatches its network of efficient and professional RV towing and repair companies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to ensure that vehicles are handled properly and safely. The new certification will ensure that all assistance coordinators (ACs), who intercept calls from RVers, acquire and maintain an advanced level of knowledge about RVs, how they are built, their systems and accessories, and RVing in general.
This will ensure they respond appropriately to each unique disablement situation and dispatch the necessary level of equipment and service.
"The joy of RVing is being able to enjoy the comfort and freedom of being at home while, at the same time, experiencing the great outdoors; part of this enjoyment is maintaining a sense of safety and security in the event of an emergency," said Mark Kupper, executive vice president, Affinity Road & Travel Club, Inc. "The new certification requirement puts RVers in immediate contact with coordinators who have the knowledge and background to quickly diagnose and resolve issues and get RVers back on the road with minimal hassle and downtime."
AC certification includes an ongoing education program that includes classroom instruction, individual and hands-on training, which is designed to expand the capabilities of technicians through an RV-specific curriculum.
Call centers in Columbus and Miami will establish, maintain and continually evolve an "ART Library" to house all training, reference and RV-related materials, such as technical manuals, manufacturer-specific brochures, component guides and training videos.
Good Sam RV ERS is available to members of the Good Sam Club, the world's largest RV owners' organization with more than one million member families, at a discounted rate. It is also available to non members. For more information on the benefits and enrollment, visit www.goodsamers.com or call 1-800-701-1406.
|PALM SPRINGS LAUNCHES SUMMER SPLASH CAMPAIGN|
April, 24 2008
Palm Springs, California - The Desert Gay Tourism Guild (DGTG) a valley-wide organization dedicated to promoting tourism to the Coachella Valley, announced its 'Summer Splash' campaign designed to offer a variety of incentives to summer visitors to the Palm Springs area.
'Our Desert is fantastic in the Summer months,' said DGTG President, Jill Pentrack, 'With our Summer Splash campaign, visitors receive significant discounts from participating hotels, restaurants, and merchants as well as dinner specials and club events designed especially for them. The other great thing about visiting in the summer are our nights ' there's nothing more spectacular than a midnight swim under the stars!'
The program is the brainchild of Michael Green, John Williams and the Marketing Subcommittee of the DGTG. Michael Green points out that 'the program offers visitors a running list of things to do every day and night, with all roads leading back for tourists to a hotel pool for a swim under the stars.
" It's grassroots marketing at its best, Williams added, 'and guests to our Valley are the big winners.'
For a list of participating businesses, be sure to visit www.PalmSpringsSummerSplash.com.
|Trailer Life Books Introduces New Pet E.R. Guide|
April, 5 2008
New Pet Emergency Guide
"Pet E.R. Guide" Provides Emergency Resource for Travelers who Take Four-Legged Friends on the Road
VENTURA, CALIFORNIA - Trailer Life Books, a leading publisher of books, magazines and guides that serve North America's recreation vehicle (RV) enthusiasts, has introduced the "Pet E.R. Guide," a book designed to provide contact information for 24-hour and after-hour veterinary facilities throughout the United States.
Affinity In Motion Logo, The 200-page guide provides information to help travelers plan ahead and locate care for their pets in the event of an injury, illness or emergency. It also includes a "pet travel checklist" to identify the necessities to keep pets happy, safe and comfortable on their next journey.
"Pets are an important part of the family. Being prepared and well informed before a pet emergency occurs can help traveling pet owners confidently obtain the medical care their pet needs," said Cindy Halley, associate publisher, Trailer Life Directory & Books. "Whether at home or on the road, the "Pet E.R.
Guide" provides pet owners the means to quickly locate a facility that is open and nearby. This is critical since every second counts in an emergency."
The "Pet E.R. Guide" provides the following information:
' State-by-state listings of 24-hour and after-hour veterinary facilities in the United States
' Name, address, city, county and state of facilities
' Local telephone and fax numbers within the listings
' Web site addresses and hours of operation American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (ASPCA) list of 10 of the most common poisonous and non-toxic plants
' Guidance on emergency and evacuation planning for pets
' Questions to ask when making initial contact with a veterinary facility
' Pet record pages to help document critical information about pets
' More than 100 delightful pet photos
Affinity, the nation's largest provider of outdoor clubs, media and events, is the parent company of Trailer Life Books. To learn more about "Pet E.R. Guide" or to order a copy of the book with a 10 percent discount off of the $19.95 cover price, visit http://www.TrailerLifeDirectory.com or http://www.tldirectory.com/shop/display.cfm?subcat=12 or call toll free at 1-800-766-1674.
|NEWPORT DUNES RESORT HOSTS AT|
INAUGURAL RV RALLY WEEKEND 6/13-14
April, 5 2008
Old Time RV Rally at Newport Dunes
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach, California is hosting its inaugural RV Rally Weekend Friday, June 13 through Saturday, June 14. No special membership is required and visitors to the Dunes on that weekend will enjoy, at no cost, special "Movie on the Beach" presentations, live music, complimentary snacks, tournaments for volleyball and horseshoes and a number of other festivities. While the event is open to all, those with classic RVs and travel trailers are especially encouraged to attend. Special RV site rates will be available for all beginning at $38 per night. Limited space is available. Those wishing to take advantage of the RV Rally Weekend's special rates must call (800) 765-7661 to reserve an RV site in advance. For more information, visit www.newportdunes.com.
Newport Dunes Waterfront RV Resort in Newport Beach, California
"We're delighted to host our inaugural summer RV Rally Weekend in conjunction with the Dunes' 50th anniversary celebration," said the resort's Vice President and General Manager Andrew Theodorou. "As more and more Southern Californians are exploring local travel due to soaring fuel prices, we expect this special 'weekend getaway' to be very popular."
Newport Dunes Resort is a 100-acre waterfront resort featuring a 386-site state-of-the-art RV park, 450-slip marina and a private waveless beach and playground that has been enjoyed by families since 1958. The Dunes also is home to 24 mobile cottages that the public may rent. The 400-square-foot self-contained units feature soaring ceilings, spacious bedrooms, full-service kitchens and private baths. In addition to such planned activities as water aerobics, ecological tours and sailing lessons, the Dunes offers rentals of kayaks, windsurfers, pedal boats, bicycles, 18-foot electric boats and, during the summer, an aquatic park filled with giant inflatable recreation equipment.
Marking its debut in spring 2008 will be the Back Bay Bistro, the resort's newly renovated onsite restaurant that overlooks the tranquil waters of Upper Newport Bay. Situated adjacent to the Dunes' six-lane boat launch, the restaurant will offer casual upscale dining with such amenities as a retractable roof that spans a large al fresco dining area. The resort also offers professional catering and event planning services for festive beach parties and for special events from 50 to 5000 guests.
Operated by the Newport Dunes Resort and Marina partnership, Newport Dunes Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 729-DUNE or visit www.newportdunes.com.
|YellowPages Corporation Offering $1,000,000|
Prize for Funniest Travel Video
April, 5 2008
YELLOWPAGES.travel www.YELLOWPAGES.travel, a service by YellowPages Corporation offering $1,000,000 prize to anyone with the funniest home video preferably related to travel.
LOS ANGELES, California - YellowPages Corporation; operator of popular business directories, telephone books and www.YELLOWPAGES.travel; a tool that enables users to search the top travel websites such as Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Priceline, Kayak, HotWire, SideStep, Hotels.com and other major travel websites at the same time with one click; has today announced a $1,000,000 prize to anyone that submits the funniest home video preferably related to travel. The winner will receive $500,000 for the copyrights of the video and the balance of $500,000 will be donated to multiple charities.
The winner will be chosen on May 15th by a panel of judges within YellowPages Corporation.
YellowPages Corporation will be developing a 30 second television commercial around the video as well. To find out more or to submit a video please email: Contest (at) www.YELLOWPAGES.travel or call 1-866-YELLOWPAGES.
|New Luxury Motor Coach Resort Offers Many Unique Features|
April, 5 2008
Many Unique Features Including Designer Golf Course
RED LODGE, Montana - Real estate entrepreneur Jeanne Rizzotto has a penchant for unusual projects, and creating the Of Course RV Resort LLC www.ofcourservresort.com, the first of many motor coach resorts in the nation to include a designer golf course, is her most unusual endeavor to date. Located just north of the historic mountain town of Red Lodge and an hour away from Billings, Montana's largest city, the first in a series of resorts is scheduled to open in fall 2008.
The 190-acre resort will feature a private nine-hole golf course with many lakes designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the world-renowned golf design firm. "I begged," Rizzotto laughed. "And when the firm's CEO, John Strawn, visited and saw the vision in full, the firm was in."
Other unique aspects of the resort include proposed locations on Navajo land. This opportunity was made possible through a resolution passed by the Navajo government.
"I'm the first person ever in Navajo history to obtain this kind of resolution," said Rizzotto. On completion of Rizzotto's proposal through the proper government levels, one of several generous offerings Rizzotto plans to extend to several individual chapter communities will include a percentage of the net profits from that particular resort.
Furthermore, since Robert Trent Jones II has experience designing a golf course on a reservation, the course will be environmentally friendly, disturbing or altering the land as little as possible.
Of Course is designed for high-end motor coaches and will offer an array of lots that can accommodate park models, a recreational vehicle, or both the park model and the recreational vehicle. The resort will have more than 500 lots that will line the private golf course or offer scenic views of the area's mountains.
Rizzotto offers 99-year leases so that guests will never have to worry about utility bills, property taxes or other ownership hassles.
Rizzotto examined other high-end motor coach resorts to ensure that Of Course's amenities were their equal or superior. The resort will feature a clubhouse with shops, a market, a fitness center and a practice area. Rizzotto also plans for a valet service for golf carts and a beverage cart that will make its way around each guest's lot. In addition, guests will have access to all the amenities of the surrounding area, such as skiing, horseback riding, hiking and more.
Rizzotto, who runs an area real estate company, CENTURY 21, The Summit Inc., has already attracted more than 200 interested buyers for the resort lot leases. Her proposed plans include an 18-hole championship golf course and resort along the San Juan River (Hole In Juan RV Resort LLC) and another that will also include an 18-hole championship golf course and resort along the Grand Canyon (Canyon ParForFore). Presently, six proposed sites are in play.
To learn more or for advance registrations, visit www.ofcourservresort.com.
|Considering a Trip to Oregon Wine Country? The Know Before You Go ...|
April, 4 2008
OregonWine.org makes it Easy to Select Destinations & Routes for Wine Country Travel, Obtain Maps and Purchase Oregon Wines
PORTLAND, OR., April 1, 2008 - Prompted by the continued growth of Oregon wine country as a travel destination, the Oregon Wine Board has created an online portal to access all of the tools necessary to plan a memorable trip. And it couldn't have come at a better time, as the weather warms and wineries and visitors look ahead to the summer touring season, which officially begins statewide Memorial Day Weekend.
The Oregon Wine Explorer(TM), available at http://explorer.oregonwine.org is an invaluable online destination that makes it easy to plan a trip to Oregon wine country by providing a virtual tour with turn-by-turn directions of the state's wine regions. The Wine Finder Tool, which links with the Explorer, allows Oregon wine enthusiasts the ability to search and order Oregon wines to enjoy at home.
In addition, the Oregon Wine Board has partnered with eight regional wine organizations to create the new "Discover Oregon Wine Country" tool kit. This comprehensive package includes an overview brochure of the state, plus regional maps with winery/vineyard listings, and provides visitors with everything needed to plan a discovery trip. To view and order, visit http://oregonwinebrochure.org.
With 393 wineries and 16 winegrowing regions in the state, there is a multitude of itineraries for every type of traveler.
A key focus this year is sustainable travel. Praised for its environmentally-friendly efforts, Oregon is synonymous with green. This extends to the state's agricultural areas and wine country, where winegrowers and vintners are farmers and environmental stewards of the land. If you prefer environmentally-conscious travel, consider picking up a hybrid rental at Enterprise Rent-a-Car locations around the state and at all major Oregon airports and heading out to wine country to check out the many Oregon wineries and vineyards that have adopted green building practices, sustainable winemaking and agriculture and pursued certification. To learn more check out the Green Getaways package in the Portland-metro area, a partnership with the Oregon Wine Board and Travel Portland, at www.travelportland.com.
|BEST TIME TO GO|
April, 4 2008
New website helps travelers take their first steps for deciding where to vacation'and when is the ideal time to get there.
No one wants to be disappointed by bad weather or unexpected expenses during a vacation. So the first task of planning a successful get-away is not booking the airline tickets. It's not securing a good hotel room. The very first thing travelers should do is to arm themselves with the right information to eliminate most bad surprises. While there are no guarantees when it comes to rain or people or prices, the introduction of BestTimeToGo.com http://www.besttimetogo.com makes the task of first deciding on a destination much easier.
BestTimeToGo.com (BTTG) http://www.besttimetogo.com is a new travel-tools website to help research and compare potential destinations based on the factors that really matter, including weather conditions and costs.
BTTG contains concise information for popular and off-the-beaten-path locations all over the world that helps to plan unforgettable vacations. Visitors can look at restaurant menus in Cairo, or check out a hotel in Bangkok, or see the tourist sites of Boston'all in one place, and all accessed by direct links. In fact, BTTG features more than over 19,000 direct, individually researched Internet links going to travel related businesses like lodgings, restaurants, car services, and travel agents.
Creator and owner Mike Richards began work on BTTG three years ago after a life-long slate of travel. A resident of Agoura, California, Richards has visited hundreds of destinations throughout the world, including the Peruvian peaks of Machu Picchu, South America's Amazon River, and the holy sites of Jerusalem. 'I firmly believe that travel is an investment in yourself,' he says.
BestTimeToGo Travel Tools
The BTTG website is compatible with all browsers, and it even works on Safari for Apple iPhone and Blackberry. The development team continuously updates the site with specific information gathered from avid travelers, government agencies, and other reliable resources. When visitors click on a potential vacation city, they'll find easily manageable travel pages with concise information including:
* Full city profiles with weather patterns, videos, and a list of national holidays
* The ability to compare two cities side-by-side
* List of best cities around the world to visit based on the month of the year
* Destinations listed according to their best-weather months
* Direct links to hotels, restaurants, and other businesses
* Travel packages and transportation that can be arranged by professionals
Visitors to the site will also discover that BTTG has calculated a Tourist Cost of Living for each destination. This is a U.S. dollar amount based on a real tourist expenses. While budgets vary according to personal preferences, different attractions to be enjoyed, and even which part of a city to be visited, this calculation provides estimated totals of standard daily expenses.
A Free Service with Unbiased Information
BTTG is not a website for flight- or hotel-booking because it's not a middleman. It has no preferences to travel services. The website links visitors to the restaurants and hotels so they can arrange directly from the sources without third-party booking fees.
The BTTG features will work for avid travelers and would-be globe-trekkers alike because considerable effort has gone into insuring that easy navigation is a top priority. No matter which itinerary is being built'whether it's for one of the most traveled places on Earth or somewhere more remote and exotic, whether for luxury travel or vacation on a budget'BTTG travelers can research and compare potential destinations throughout the world in one place. For more information, please visit http://www.besttimetogo.com, or contact Mike Richards: [email protected]
|Food allergy cards in English are now available from SelectWisely.|
March, 27 2008
SelectWisely offers Restaurant Chef Cards in English
SPARTA, New Jersey ' SelectWisely now offers travelers more than 40 different food allergy choices in their Restaurant Chef Cards in English. Travelers with food allergies can use this card to improve communication in restaurants when traveling in the United States or Canada.
In response to growing demand from customers with serious food allergies, SelectWisely now offers travel cards in English. These simple-to-use cards are shown to restaurant wait staff to help improve the communication with the kitchen staff.
Restaurant Chef Cards in English
'Many people with food allergies get frustrated when restaurant staff are not sensitive to their medical condition', says James Ahlberg of SelectWisely. 'Explain as they might, often the message never reaches the kitchen staff or if it does the message is not taken seriously. Our cards are designed to present an official, professional message to the restaurant. This reinforces and validates the seriousness of the situation.
Many of our customers prefer to have a laminated, official card in their wallet so they can just hand it to the waiter. They ask the waiter to show it to chef and the rest is taken care of.'
Over 40 different food combinations
The Restaurant Chef Cards are available in more than 40 different foods from the standard food allergens ' nuts, peanuts, milk, wheat, shellfish - to combination allergy foods - 'nuts and peanuts', 'eggs, nuts and milk', 'shellfish, fish and nuts' and so on.
One customer's feedback on using our international travel translation cards:
'Our entire family thanks you for your food allergy translation cards! We ordered some in Italian, French and Spanish due to our son's severe peanut and tree nut allergies. On our first night in Rome we handed one to our waiter, who promptly took it back to the chef who said they would make him something special since they did indeed use peanut oil in their kitchen. That was one of many situations when those cards came in very handy, since we aren't fluent in either language. Your cards were an immense help to us.'
Our customers are very diverse ' business travelers, families, students, retirees, seniors, military personnel and vacationers. The cards are tailored to each individual. They are ordered directly through the SelectWisely web site, through the mail or over the phone.
17 types of cards are available for food allergies, gluten-free, diabetes, asthma, lactose intolerance, penicillin allergy and vegetarian.
15 standard languages are available (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc) plus an additional 25 languages through our Special Order program.
Over 40 common allergy foods are available including nuts, peanuts, wheat, milk, shellfish, soy, sesame and many others. Additional unique allergens include latex, penicillin, sulfites and bee stings.
For more information visit our web site ' www.selectwisely.com or contact me directly at 973-729-6538 or by email.
|KOA Launching New Rewards Program For Its Campers|
February, 26 2008
Value Kard Rewards Offers Campers New Way To Save With Online-Based Program
Billings, Montana ' A new era in camping will begin March 2, 2008, when Kampgrounds of America launches the camping industry's only online camping rewards program, KOA Value Kard Rewards.
KOA Value Kard Rewards will replace KOA's existing Value Kard program, which provided 10 percent discounts on camping fees at any of KOA's more than 450 campground in North America. Campers with existing Value Kards will be automatically upgraded into the new program.
The new, groundbreaking Value Kard Rewards program still offers a 10 percent discount, but thanks to KOA's KampSight online technology, campers will be able to earn reward points for every qualified stay at any KOA. Campers will even have their own personalized web page on www.koa.com to help them track their points and their travels, as well as provide KOA with their camping preferences.
'Campers can type in their own preferences, what kind of rig they have, how often they camp ' even tell us if they have a dog,' said Jef Sutherland, KOA's vice president of Information Services. 'That's going to allow us to speed up the check-in process and make sure our campers get just what they desire.'
Once campers accumulate enough points, the points can be redeemed for reward certificates for their next KOA stay. The membership cost of the new program is $24 a year.
There is even a special 'VIP' level for campers who earn 20,000 points during a membership year.
Campers who earn 20,000 points during their membership year will be automatically upgraded to 'VIP' status, allowing them to earn even more points and savings when they camp with KOA.
For more information on KOA Value Kard Rewards, call the number above or go to www.koa.com/valuekard/vkrewards.htm.
|Go for the Gold at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry -|
February, 7 2008
Oro and Nugget on the grounds of the Museum
Gold! It's burned like a fever in the hearts of men and women everywhere it's been discovered. It drew thousands by boat, on foot, wagon and horseback to the gold fields of the West where they hoped to make their fortune. Towns grew up overnight and new territories were explored and developed. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry, a nonprofit museum located in Colorado Springs, preserves this rich history and brings it to life for you through operating stem engines and mining equipment from the 18th and 19th centuries including our 37-ton Corliss steam engine. Imaginative guided tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and include a short film about the social history of mining, gold panning demonstrations, a walk through a recreated drift, machinery operations, and more. Walk around on our 27 acres, visit our stamp mill, and interact with our resident burros. Stay an hour or all day! For group tour rates or more information, call 719-488-0880.
The Stamp Mill at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Admission prices are: $8 Adults, $7 AAA/Military, $6 Seniors/Students, $4 Children 3-12, and under 3 Free. Members are Free. The museum is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, off I-25, Exit 156A. Visit www.wmmi.org
|For RV Travelers, My Med Stick Improves Medical Care|
February, 7 2008
New Digital Technology Provides Any Healthcare Professional Instant Access to Your Medical Records - For RV Travelers, My Med Stick Improves Medical Care and Reduces Healthcare Costs in Times of Need
Lakeland, Florida - If the people you cared about most were to require immediate medical attention right this minute, would the emergency medical personnel treating them know their medical history, medications, blood types and special needs? Could they see their X-rays, find their doctors or notify family members?
My Med Stick, developed by Florida-based InfoMed Technologies, uniquely solves these issues by providing instant access to critically important medical information in times of need-information that can dramatically improve care, save lives and reduce healthcare costs.
"While none of us can totally control our future, we can take steps to prepare for certain eventualities," says Kevin Chambers, president of InfoMed Technologies.
"In that regard, My Med Stick provides more than peace of mind for those traveling the country's highways and byways. It serves as practical and affordable insurance for life's unexpected events."
An innovative software application, My Med Stick is designed to allow you to input important medical and personal information ranging from blood type and prescriptions to insurance information, Power of Attorney and emergency contacts. Once loaded, the stick can be transported via a key chain, wrist bracelet or necklace to medical professionals for additional uploads consisting of EKGs, X-rays, MRIs and other medical image files.
And, importantly, the information is secure thanks to encryption and password protection.
However, in a time of emergency, medical professionals can insert My Med Stick into any Windows-based computer to review emergency medical files to provide the right level of care and treatment.
In short, My Med Stick is for everyone. Young and old. Healthy or ill. Parent or child. Employee or employer.
"The more time we spent developing this product, the more we realized the broad and important applications for its use," said Chambers. "And no audience would seem better suited for My Med Stick than those who travel in recreational vehicles. For them, instant access to their complete medical history is just a computer click away."
The list of other potential users of My Med Stick is varied:
* A spouse of someone with a known medical condition.
* A son or daughter going off to college.
* Someone who's deaf or otherwise unable to communicate their personal needs.
* Outdoors enthusiast (runners, cyclists, backpackers, boaters, and more)
* A child's baby sitter
* A grown child's aging parent(s)
* Company employees who travel frequently (i.e. truckers, salesmen, airline attendants)
* Joint custody parents.
My Med Stick is currently available by calling a toll-free telephone number (877-646-5888) or visiting its Web-site, www.MyMedStick.com. Customers can choose from a host of USB product options designed to meet individual needs including:
* Different storage capacities and technical capabilities
* Single-user or multiple-user models
* Access to online database input and storage
* Lifelong medical history or current medical data
* Optional sizes, shapes and colors
Or customers have the option of ordering the proprietary software only, downloading a full My Med Stick program onto their computer and transferring it onto their own USB device.
My Med Stick, established in 2004, is owned and operated by InfoMed Technologies, Inc.-an emerging consulting, software development and technology firm based in Lakeland, Florida.
|Professional Fishing Leaps to Popularity With FLW Fantasy Fishing Tournament|
February, 7 2008
The popularity of professional fishing continues to grow at an exponential rate, with millions of fans watching anglers compete for huge prize money during the six-month season that is the Wal-Mart FLW Outdoor Tour. But now, as a sign that the sport has leaped to the rarified air of a prominent U.S. sport, such as NASCAR did in the 1980s, professional fishing will now have the world's most lucrative fantasy sports component ' where someone who knows nothing about fishing ' could potentially win $1.7 million, and one person is assured of winning $1 million cash grand prize.
Indeed, with approximately 20 million people in the U.S. who play fantasy sports and another 44.2 million people who fish, FLW Fantasy Fishing is expected to increase the growing popularity of professional angling.
FLW Outdoors, which runs the tournaments, is led by Irwin Jacobs, an avid boating and fishing enthusiast, and legendary U.S. businessman.
Jacobs also serves as Chairman of Genmar Holdings, Inc, a collection of 12 boat companies with approximately 5,000 employees and eight manufacturing centers in the United States and Canada. It is the largest independent builder of recreational power boats in the world.
By logging onto www.milliondollarfishing.com, participants can register to fantasy fish, and then will choose 10 anglers for each of the six Wal-Mart FLW tournaments and Forrest L. Wood Cup (the biggest fishing tournament in the world.) The person with the most points during the season will win $1 million cash grand prize. The winners of each individual tournament will pocket $100,000 cash.
The fantasy season begins February 28, 2008 in conjunction with the beginning of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour at Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Florida The season wraps up Aug. 14-17 at the Forrest L. Wood Cup in Columbia, South Carolina.
|Fuel Price Woes ' some helpful hints!|
February, 6 2008
Escapees RV Club News
- by Nancy Brinton
Our RVs might not move down the road as often as we'd like, but we feel your pain. Here are some hints about maximizing your fuel efficiency and fuel-related web links. The experts we consulted all agree that getting back to the basics of good vehicle maintenance is key to controlling the gas mileage your RV or tow vehicle achieves.
Tires: Good tread, along with inflation pressure that is appropriate to the vehicle and road conditions, is very important.
Filters: Be vigilant about the cleanliness of your air and fuel filters.
Speed: Slow and steady wins the gas mileage race. Don't rush to get up to speed. Make your cruising speed slower than you might have in the past because 55-60 mph can save you some money. The www.fueleconomy.gov website says, '' you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.
Reduce idling time; idling gets 0 mpg.
Use your cruise control when you can; it's more reliable at maintaining a steady speed than your foot!
Use a cash-back rewards credit card or gas card to purchase fuel. Every little bit helps.
This website, http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/gasprices/states/, is really handy. Just click on the state you're wondering about and information about fuel prices and trends in that state is readily available.
The gas buddy website, www.gasbuddy.com/, includes the Canadian provinces.
To minimize your travel time and expenses, use your 2008 Escapees Travel Guide when planning trips. Visit us at any Rainbow Park to enjoy great sites and fellowship at great rates. Visit www.escapees.com for more great resources to make the most of your RV trips.
|Free Pet Injury Coverage and New Discounts Now |
Available to Progressive RV Customers
February, 4 2008
Attention: RV Owners - If you're one of the millions of RVers who travel with your pet, relax, they're protected, too. Do you travel with your dog or cat when RVing? Is your pet not just a companion, but a member of your family? You're not alone. Most of the 8 million RVers ' according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association ' bring pets along on trips. If this includes you, new Pet Injury Coverage from Progressive is for you.
Today, RV insurance policies cover the people...but not the pets' inside RVs. Beginning March 31 in most states, Pet Injury Coverage, free with Collision and Comprehensive, pays up to $500 if a dog or cat is hurt or dies because of a crash, fire or flood.
'RVing is more fun when the entire family, including pets, comes along for the ride,' said Cathy Pelfrey, RV product manager, Progressive. 'This coverage gives pet owners something no other RV insurer offers ' peace of mind from knowing that their dogs and cats are protected, too.
In September 2007, Progressive was the first to introduce pet injury protection to its car insurance customers. Additional new RV discounts and benefits available include:
* Original Owner Discount ' 10 percent off Comprehensive and Collision if you're the RV's first registered owner;
* Claim Free Renewal Discount ' 5 percent off the overall premium if you don't file a claim during the previous policy period;
* Transfer Discount ' 5 percent off the overall premium if you have more than six months of continuous RV coverage in the past year;
* Small Claims Forgiveness ' No rate increase for claims less than $500.
For more information, go to www.rv.progressive.com.
|Life on Wheels Schedule for 2008|
February, 3 2008
Life on Wheels conferences will be offered at five colleges in five states in 2008. This unique RV education program founded at the University of Idaho thirteen years ago offers present and prospective RVers opportunities to enhance their RVing experiences. Seminars on all aspects of RVing are presented by expert instructors'safety, technical, lifestyle and lifestyle enhancement.
The first venue is Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, March 18-21. There will be two conferences in May: Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green May 7-10 and Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny May 22-25. The largest conference (full week) is at the University of Idaho, Moscow July 6-17. The final program for the year will be held at Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania September 7-10 which is followed immediately by the Pennsylvania RV and Campground Association show at Hershey.
Information may be obtained at www.rvlifeonwheels.com or by calling 1-866-569-4646.
|NORTH AMERICA'S TOP 50 FAIRS|
February, 3 2008
NORTH AMERICA'S TOP 50 FAIRS DREW OVER 41,000,000 VISITORS
IN 2007 - Texas State Fair remains #1 - The Top 50 North American Fairs drew a whopping 41,468,926 guests in 2007. Led by the State Fair of Texas with an estimated 2,052,000 visitors, the cumulative attendance figure for the events was essentially the same as the 41,475,968 who visited the Top 50 fairs in 2006.
www.Carnivalwarehouse.com, the industry website that compiles the annual listing, said the top four fairs for 2007, the Texas State Fair, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (1,806,129), the Minnesota State Fair (1,681,678) and the Los Angeles County Fair (1,365,026) ranked the same as in 2006.
New to the Top 50 fairs list this year were four events: The State Fair Of Louisiana (405,748), the Maryland State Fair (417,458), The Ionia (MI) Free
Fair (406,890) and the Dixie Classic Fair (NC) (371,219).
"Extreme heat hurt many fairs in the mid-west this summer", said Matt Cook, President of
Carnivalwarehouse.com" target="new">www.Carnivalwarehouse.com. "In compiling the list this year, we saw several of the fairs that usually rank high experience significant drops in attendance due to the heat." Some of the biggest drops came from the Indiana State Fair (down 14%), the Iowa State Fair (down 9%) and the Canadian National Exhibition (down 10%).
Other fairs however, saw large increases from 2006. They include the Orange County Fair (CA), up 18%, the Capital Ex (ALB), up 12%, the York Fair (PA), up 13%, the South Carolina State Fair, up 11% and the largest of the Top 50 increases, the Allentown Fair up an enormous 36%.
For a complete listing of the Top 50 North American Fairs, visit www.carnivalwarehouse.com/lists/2007top50.asp.
|Nevada Commission on Tourism Launches Ski Web Site|
February, 2 2008
CARSON CITY, Nevada ' Just in time for the height of the ski season, the Nevada Commission on Tourism has launched a new ski 'mini' site complete with up-to-the-minute ski conditions, hotel ski packages, links to all Nevada and Lake Tahoe ski resorts and an opportunity for visitor comments, Tim Maland, tourism director, announced today.
The ski site, http://Ski.TravelNevada.com, is the tourism commission's second 'mini' site dedicated entirely to a single activity in Nevada. Its golf mini site, http://Golf.TravelNevada.com, was launched in 2006 with great success, and now the ski site fulfills travelers' needs in the winter months.
'Many people don't realize that Nevada is home to some of the world's best ski resorts, and they often don't know where to look for information on planning a ski vacation,' Maland said. 'This site is a one-stop shop for everything a visitor could want to know about planning a trip to the Lake Tahoe resorts, Elko or Mt.
Charleston near Las Vegas.'
The site is hosted within the Nevada Commission on Tourism's main Web site, but its unique URL allows visitors to go directly to the information. They can get immediate ski conditions from the resorts and reliable weather forecasts provided by www.weather.com. Links to the Nevada Department of Transportation provide instant road conditions and chain control information. Skiers, boarders and snow enthusiasts can chime in with their own comments.
In the Reno-Lake Tahoe area, many hotels offer specially priced packages that include a room and lift ticket, and some include meal coupons and transportation to and from the ski resort. The tourism commission's ski site includes a summary of each hotel package with links to the hotels for booking.
'Lake Tahoe is world-renowned for its incredible ski conditions and world-class resorts,' Maland said. 'Our site puts visitors within a click or two of finding the ski resort that matches their needs and the hotels offering the best rates and package deals for each resort. And the best thing about our site is that it's statewide including the ski resorts on the west and north shore of Lake Tahoe, which are in California. Visitors don't need to visit multiple sites to get information on all the ski resorts.'
The site is constantly updated, so check often for snow reports and road and weather conditions. For more information, visit http://Ski.TravelNevada.com.