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Socially-Driven GOWIME Travel Network Reduces Travel Costs and Hassles While Creating Rewarding Relationships

A revolutionary new socially-fueled service called Gowime (www.gowime.com) now makes travel more affordable while providing local friends and personal connections to handle every possible travel need and detail.

“Wherever you go, anywhere in the world, new friends will be there to greet you, guide you, and even translate for you,” explains Gowime’s founder Ahmet Bubul . “Feel right at home with great accommodations plus insights provided by a local friend who can guide you and offer tips and options for dining, nightlife, outdoor adventures, cultural excursions, and more.”

•  Use the intuitive, user-friendly Gowime website to create a travel itinerary, search by cities, and review helpful profiles of participating Gowime members.

•  Get valuable tips on local transportation or find Gowime members who offer free transportation.

•  Search for accommodations referred by those familiar with the destination, plus recommendations for where to eat, shop, sightsee, or play.

•  With Gowime it is even possible to locate members willing to offer advance trip translation services or accommodations at no cost whatsoever.

Gowime distinguishes itself as a top-notch service to facilitate personal or business travel. “Gowimers” benefit from the knowledge of those who are local insiders and personal guides. They build great travel experiences that go far beyond ordinary tourism, and discover all the interesting and educational things that may not be disclosed in travel books or brochures. Best of all, Gowime is absolutely free, making it the most valuable and innovative travel concept on the planet.

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Labtrip 3.0, the iTunes of the social travel guides

Labtrip, the free app of social travel where you can do travel guides, presents a complet app for the iPhone and new functionalities in the web (the spotter).

To the more of 40.000 registered users and more of 30.000 created guides, and thousands of downloads, they add more and new functionalities looking forward to the Social travel era 3.0

With the nes design and the new content aggregator (spotter), Labtrip 3.0 arrives to all the destinations the traveler want to go and share.

Spotter; the content aggregator is the main new tool
The technological start-up from Barcelona has now the option to aggregate content in the user travel guide.
The content aggregator, also known as SPOTTER, is the most significant new of Labtrip 3.0

For the first time, the traveler, using the SPOTTER, can include any information of the travel he/she want to go or be inspired; like photos, videos, text… to his/her travel guide while surfing the internet.

Also, while traveling, with the IPhone app, he can photograph anything he/she like (restaurant, hotel, place, site,…) and keep it and share it.

Demis Torres (founder and COO of Labtrip) says that SPOTTER “is the tool that need a marketplace of travel guides to personalize totally the user guides.”

Users change their behavior when they think about their travel, so LABTRIP has invest to offer popular places voted by the travel community or by their friends.

“Our objective is that the users connect their travel with their friends”, says Demis Torres, that sees the change in the behavior to the “friendsourcing”.

“In the crowdsourcing the comments are from anyone , but in the friendsourcing the comments are from friends and relatives”..

The redesign of the APP in the IPhone gives more visibility to the thematic guides with personal plans that respond to the “London literary”, “Paris of The Da Vinci Code” or also “Football in Buenos Aires”.

LABTRIP with the new tools (like the SPOTTER) wants to go forward in their vision of being the iTunes of the travel guides.

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LIFESTYLE Los Cabos Ready to Capture Increased Traveler Demand with New Website, Free Travel App and Addition of New Luxury Villas

LIFESTYLE Los Cabos, leading luxury villa vacation rental provider and property and destination management company based in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, has entered into 2013 ready to satisfy the increasing demand of internet savvy travelers with a completely revamped website, a free Los Cabos travel app, and with new luxury vacation villas added to their inventory.

“90% of bookings today we receive on-line, 40% of those are our return customers, and 50% are new customers, who before making a reservation, make an on-line research about the destination, special offers, villas, and the provider itself. Many times travelers communicate with us on Twitter @LifestyleVillasFacebookPinterest and/or TripAdvisor, in order to see our villas and services, other customer’s feedback and that we are a trusted vacation rental provider to whom they are willing to trust planning their vacations in Mexico.”

In comparison to around 30% of reservations received by the phone 3 years ago, today only 10% of guests call in to reserve their stay, explains Alejandro. “We acknowledge the importance of internet in our everyday lives, that’s why our core upgrade in service offerings was to completely revamp our website, make it user friendly and with responsive web design. We created a Free Lifestyle Villas travel App as well, which gives any Los Cabos traveler all the information about Cabo San Lucas and neighboring towns, landmarks, restaurants, activities, and events, besides that the app gives our guests a handy tool to reach their concierge, see Villa amenities, order in-villa Private Chef services, spa treatments, order transportation and other services anytime they want, wherever they want.”

Besides technology aspect of their business, Lifestyle Villas added new exclusive private villa residences to their portfolio. Lifestyle Villas’s villa rental program consists of a carefully selection of stunning beachfront, ocean and golf view villas and condominiums in Los Cabos’ most prestigious developments which have been standardized & are complimented with added value services for guests. On the contrary to most local villa rental companies, Lifestyle manages their inventory directly, and with this is able to maintain superb quality standards in every property. Newly added villas are Villa Pacifica and Villa Buenaventura, both 5 bedroom ocean view villas in exclusive gated community Blue Sea, and Villa Pericu and Villa Guaycura, two 5 bedroom private villas located in the Punta Ballena luxury residential community, which is home of Esperanza, an Auberge Resort.

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Phorego is Launching a Global Social Transportation Network

In addition to public and private transportation, Phorego is building a new genre: Social Transportation. While public transportation is inflexible and private transportation is costly, social transportation will be fast, flexible and inexpensive or free.

The vision is big and the time is right: With slow economy and high gas prices, people wants to save money or generate new revenues. Ridesharing/Carpooling is supposed to be one solution. But current products/services in the market have not been able to address this, because many are inter-city oriented, or don’t have real-time active matching, or operate like a taxi/shuttle service, or mandate a fare and charge a fee. The end result is that the vision is still just a vision.

Convenience and ease of use is the key: Phorego delivers real-time matches to your e-mail or phone with continuous status updates; its street-level matching engine is primed for ad-hoc intra-city use. Safety is another: Phorego lets corporations, universities, governments and communities create and operate their own rideshare groups. Even the general public can do so to improve the safety factor.

Why not pick up your neighbors and get to work in 1 shared vehicle instead of 3 individually? On your way to pick up your uncle at the airport, may be you can give another arriving passenger a ride? How about those working late one night and need to get back home? The college students who want to go back home on holidays? The guys who have too much drinks in the bar at 3 o’clock in the morning? The use of social transportation is endless. Sharing vehicles let riders save time and money while drivers make some extra cash. Roads will be less congested and even the environment wins.

Currently the service is available in USA/Canada on PCs and MACs. Mobile versions are coming starting January 2013. Multi-language (French, German, Italian and Spanish, Chinese) version will be available when the service expands into Europe in 1st quarter of 2013.

As a promotion for this launch, Phorego is offering corporations, universities and communities to create their own rideshare groups for free. Start one now before it expires.

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Spain Visual Integrates Three New Destinations In Its Tourism Portal

Spain Visual presents a new version of its website about Spain tourism with a substantial increase in content and significant improvements in design and navigability.

The day 02.11.2011 presents a new version of Visual Spain tourism website www.spainvisual.com, with plenty of improvements content, design and navigability.

. They have added three new destinations to the site, Aragon, Extremadura and Val d’Aran in which the site presents 85% of tourism in Spain.

. It expands the video section to offer to companies making corporate video commercials for the web at affordable prices.

. As for video content have been integrated for 19 spots these areas bringing the total content of the portal video spot is 564 spots.

. Added photo content to improve information in various areas.

. It has completely changed the layout design making it more friendly and substantially improving the navigability.

. They have integrated the latest deals flights low cost of Iberia, as well as banners for the company Smart Boxes regarding short breaks at very competitive prices.

. They have enhanced the content of social media channels such as Vimeo, Youtube and Facebook, as well as the opening of a specialized blog on holiday in Spain to boost brand awareness.

As for expansion plans in a period of 12 to 18 months will come to its presentation in Mandarin Chinese and Russian to match the industry’s future.

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Use Your iPhone And iPod Touch To Help You Learn A New Language

You’ve landed at your destination and it’s time to go through passport control and customs. Everyone knows that queasy feeling: please do everything right, hope they understand me, please no complications… With your phrasebook it’ll be over in a flash, and you’re on to the next challenge. Does the taxi driver understand me? Has it all gone smoothly with the hotel booking? No need to worry if you download the right iSayHello courses to your iPhone or iPod Touch f r o m the App Store. Offline and in your own time, even on the flight, you’ll be able to play back phrases for your holiday destination, and learn a few key words to be able to confidently handle common speaking situations.

The iSayHello language courses are specifically aimed at users with little or no foreign language skills. Many phrases and sentences are recorded by professional native speakers, and can be played back as many times as you require. What’s more, iSayHello for the iPhone will always be nearby, so that even in difficult situations, the phrasebook will be where you need it most – in your hands. “With the Favorites feature, you can put together personalized and quickly available selections of important sentences,” says Peter Heinz, Managing Director at language software development specialists Admovi.

With the tutorials Arriving, Welcome, Hotel, Shopping, Eating Out and Emergency, you’ll have a comprehensive basic vocabulary for spontaneous communication, and can travel with ease and confidence. We’ve even included a tutorial called Flirt. iSayHello is already available in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Polish and Chinese. Reading and speaking in the Chinese course is supported with clearly displayed phonetic characters, aiding learning immensely.

“The ‘Best’ award f r o m iPhone Apps Plus for a number of our phrasebooks, such as for our Spanish and Italian language courses, is confirmation of the high quality of our voice software for the iPhone and iPod Touch. We provide communication solutions that can be used anytime and anywhere in this globalized world,” says Peter Heinz. iSayHello language courses are also in development for other smartphones. If you don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can go to http://www.travel-dictionary.com and download the language course for your mp3 player, or simply complete the tutorials directly on the Internet.

Easy, just download iSayHello f r o m the iTunes App Store iTunes App Store, and you’ll never again be left speechless on your vacation. A perfect holiday companion.

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