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TTL 2013

Nominate a colleague – or yourself – for TTG and Tui’s new 30 Under 30 today.

TTG and Tui are launching a new hunt to identify the young people in travel most likely to be the highest fliers in the industry tomorrow.

Following the huge success of Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders year one, launched at the ITT conference in Barbados last year, we want to identify a new 30 Under 30 in the travel industry – to raise their profile, to celebrate them, to give them the opportunity to meet some of the senior leaders in travel today, and to network among themselves.

With the heavyweight backing of Tui Travel now behind the project, the exercise will have an even higher profile in travel than before. Some of last year’s leaders have already been promoted within their organisations, while many have been featured in TTG.

The group have enjoyed a series of dinners featuring some of the biggest names in travel – including Tui Travel chief executive Peter Long.
Long said he was delighted to get behind Tomorrow’s Travel Leadersin 2013, adding that it was essential to encourage bright young talent in the industry.

“The more we can grow our talent in the industry the better, and we are excited to be participating,” he declared.

“It’s something we are focused on within our own organisation but we are happy to participate at an industry level as well. With the pace of change, the young people are the ones who are going to make a difference in understanding the changes, particularly in terms of technology.”

Growing Talent

Long, who was 30 himself when he came into the travel industry as financial director of Intasun in 1984, said the key challenge was for travel businesses to retain talented young people in this industry.

“We are an organisation that develops its own talent and we have a huge number of successes who have joined us as graduates and come through the business.

“It was terrific to see the enthusiasm of the young people I met at the Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders dinner this year. Ultimately they are the future and what the more serious leaders have got to do is to facilitate the development of the bright young talent.”

TTG Media brand director Daniel Pearce urged today’s travel leaders to put forward their best young people for the initiative. “All of our first 30 Under 30 have got excellent value from being part of Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders in year one – not least in sparking up some fruitful business relationships among themselves, which are bound to be invaluable as they continue their careers in travel,” he said.

“It’s brilliant to get the full support of the market leader behind the project now and as we enter year two our initiative can’t help but
gain momentum.

“As the long-standing bible of the industry it’s right that TTG should be at the forefront of developing young people in travel. I look forward to seeing which bright young talents from travel will put themselves forward in 2013.”

Invaluable platform

John-Christian Moquette, founder of villa specialist IAVRA, one of last year’s intake, said: “Being one of the partners at a young start-up has many challenges. One of the most difficult things is getting face time with big industry players.

“As one of the Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders group I have been given the opportunity to meet with and learn from many of the industry’s most dynamic trailblazers, often in an intimate environment.

“The 30 Under 30 honour has without a doubt given us an invaluable platform.”

Another of last year’s group, Josh Gregory, product and commercial executive, Cosmos, said he had gained a huge amount from attending last year’s events.

“Being one of TTG’s 30 Under 30 gave me a really comprehensive insight into what the travel industry is all about. The intimate speeches from such high achievers within the industry connected with us all. Each of the guest speakers had very different stories to tell but one point remained consistent: if you know what you want to achieve, and devote the necessary time and effort to it, you will end up being where you want to be. This really resonated with me.

“I could genuinely list pages of what I have learned and gained!”

5 of the best off-season luxury rental destinations

Saying farewell to the holiday season always leaves travelers feeling a little blue. The warmth turns to cold and you long for a vacation after your vacation. But keep your chin up; there are plenty of go-to places for off-season stays that will warm the cockles of your heart and save you a few pennies to boot.

Australia

If your heart doesn’t simply yearn for the summer sun and bikini-clad beaches, there are many beautiful regions of the great land down under worth visiting in the cooler months.

Sydney

This popular city is buzzing year-round but the winter months certainly offer a bit of respite from the summer crowds. If the low-season flight prices aren’t enticing enough, why not book for June and see what Sydney’s Film Festival has to offer. And when you’re ready to put your feet up and enjoy the luxurious life, the city offers a selection of elegant rental apartments with harbor views and just a stone’s throw from all the action.

Kangaroo Island

Although a stunning destination from season to season, the wildlife really comes alive in the winter months from June to August. From koalas and kangaroos to Waders and Ospreys, there will be much to witness for all you animal-lovers. And following an active day of wildlife spotting, a peaceful promenade along the beach of your private villa on the coast could suit your needs perfectly.

Prices range from AU$2765 to AU$19225 per week.

Mauritius

This is the ideal location for any summer bird that loves the beach. With its lovely warm water and extraordinary marine life, Mauritius is a top destination for year-round scuba diving.

Affordable holidays don’t necessarily mean a party of two. The most reasonable villas in Mauritius can be rented for under EUR 1300 per week for 6 guests. It’s certainly not difficult to find a dream villa by the sea with beautiful views. You simply cannot go wrong with a vacation rental on this unspoiled island oasis.

Prices range from €1246 to €25410 per week.

Italy

La vita e bella even in the off-season with festivities of all sorts to keep you thoroughly entertained. From chocolate and wine to history and religion, there is always something to celebrate. And for the picture perfect stay choose from an elegant Venetian apartment or cosy Tuscan villa and live like a local.

The best off-season celebrations:

January – New Year’s celebrations, Feast days of San Antonio Abate, Woodcarver’s Fair

February – Italian Carnival, festival on Saint Agatha’s Feast Day (in Sicily)
October – Fall food festivals, wine harvest celebrations, chocolate, chestnut and truffle tastings.

November – Truffle fairs and Rome music festivals. Simple and pretty 2 bedroom apartments are perfect for a lush city getaway.

December – Snuggle up in a warm and traditional Umbrian or Tuscan villa after a long day of Christmas celebrations, the wild boar festival in Tuscany or the gospel music events in Umbria.

Prices range from €541 to €130,000 per week.

South Africa

With a broad selection of high-end rentals in Cape Town, tourists will never have far to travel after hours of intrigue and fun. With the coast on your doorstep and an endless choice of historical attractions to visit (museums, Cape Town Castle, South African National Gallery, etc), this is a go-to destination whether it’s peak season or not. Offering a wide-range of luxurious beach side villas or modern and hip apartments in the city’s center South Africa is a dream getaway for every traveler.

Prices range from 5,250 ZAR to 679,420 ZAR per week.

New York

One of the best cities in America, New York is a bottomless pit of excitement. With shopping on 5th Avenue and theatres in Times Square, the fun does not cease in the Big Apple.

Key attractions include: The Empire State Building, Double-decker bus tours of the city, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), Rockefeller Center and the Cathedral of St John the Divine. If the weather is chilly, keep in mind that there are countless restaurants and cafes to warm your bones after a brisk winter walk down the streets of Manhattan. Or if you prefer to retreat back to a rental for a quick nap, there are many urban-cool apartments ranging in style, size and price.

Prices from $1,134 to $12,233 per week.

Source: www.aluxurytravelblog.com

Agents can offer the protection and quality control missing on C2C listing sites

The Navigator: The vacation rental industry tries to build trust

 An investigation revealed that Lacroix’s host hadn’t really offered sufficient details about the rental online and “didn’t provide enough care and attention to preparing it for Richard’s visit,” Labouisse says. Airbnb issued Lacroix a full refund and a $25 coupon for a future purchase through Airbnb. Like many other guests, Lacroix wasn’t looking for a cookie-cutter, chain-hotel experience, just a reasonably tidy apartment that didn’t smell bad. Hotels can impose standards on their franchisees and owners, but rental owners and managers can’t be controlled in the same way. (For example, Airbnb’s policies say only that a unit must be “properly cleaned,” but they don’t define “clean.”)
And that’s the thing. Although the vacation rental industry wants your trust — wants you to think of it as a kind of hotel — it doesn’t hold itself to the same standards that most hotels do. To some observers, that makes HomeAway’s and Airbnb’s recent changes, as well intentioned as they may be, look like window dressing. “I don’t think a vacation rental can ever be a hotel,” says Christine Karpinski of Austin, author of the book “How to Rent Vacation Properties by Owner.” She says that “having standards in the transaction process is a good thing. But you can’t standardize the business.”…Read the full Washington Post article here.
 

IAVRA soars passed 3200 live properties!

We have over 3,240 properties in 49 countries on IAVRA and plenty more to come… next stop 5,000?

Don’t forget to check out our MAYPROMO at www.iavra.com under our ‘pricing’ section on the homepage. For more information please contact us at info@iavra.com.

The Vacation Rental Space is Hotting Up

New Research from PhoCusWright reveals Europe’s changing vacation rental landscape and the potential for revenue within the space. Argophilia.com summarizes the findings in their recent article – have a read and make sure to check out the video.

HomeAway slammed with scams

 

Vacation rentals can be a dream…. or a nightmare. Can you imagine turning up to your luxury Italian villa only to realise that it doesn’t even exist? Scammers can easily steal the details of properties from legitimate websites and then repost them to listings sites like HomeAway without the owner knowing. It’s so important to only book with reputable agencies, who will be able to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong.

Beware of agencies which don’t have control over their portfolios… Check out this great Washington Post article for more information about how HomeAway shirks responsibility and essentially allows scammers to operate without consequences.

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IAVRA in the Independent- “A scam of Olympic proportions”

Check out our tips in leading UK newspaper The Independent for avoiding scams when booking accommodation for the Olympics!

ILTM- International Luxury Travel Market

The IAVRA team has jetted off to Cannes to exhibit at the International Luxury Travel Market. From December 5-8, top industry movers and shakers will gather in the south of France to network and find out about the latest companies and innovations in luxury travel.

Check out the #iltm action on Twitter, and stay up to date with what’s up by following us @IavraVillaAssoc. If you’re attending ILTM, stop by for a chat with John-Christian Moquette and Sybil Napolitano! We are exhibiting at stand C200.