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(33)Businesses Cut Travel in Katrina's Wake.

         

While Hurricane Katrina wreaked devastating damage and massive suffering in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, the economic impact of the storm is being felt far beyond the Gulf Coast region. With the price of a gallon of gasoline hovering near three dollars and airlines compensating for rising fuel costs by increasing round-trip fares by as much as thirty dollars, the travel budgets of companies across the U.S. are straining at the seams. Increasing travel costs, combined with general economic uncertainty, are leading business owners and company executives to help secure their bottom lines by seeking less expensive technological alternatives to routine business travel.

According to Erik Boos, VP Marketing of BeamYourScreen (www.beamyourscreen.com), developers of innovative technology-based communication tools, "For many companies, having employees travel to trainings or sending sales representatives to prospective customers' work sites is no longer economically feasible."

In addition to gasoline, airfare, hotel, and meal expenses, Erik Boos notes that traditional business travel consumes a significant amount of time, thereby negatively impacting employee productivity. "Flying from coast to coast can take an entire day, and even local meetings require a significant amount of drive time, which is compounded by traffic jams and the challenges of finding parking. This increases the cost of on-site meetings and represents time that could be spent generating revenue."

While acknowledging that business travel is sometimes necessary, Erik Boos asserts that many on-site meetings can be replaced by online meetings at a fraction of the cost. With BeamYourScreen's proprietary desktop sharing technology, sales representatives can conduct live product demonstrations or presentations to prospective customers and employees can be trained from remote locations. "Online meetings offer the advantage that everyone can stay in his or her office and present slides or collaborate on documents or show applications instantly. There's no travel time involved, as meetings start with a click. And there's no travel cost involved, because everyone stays where they are." says Erik Boos.

After downloading and installing the BeamYourScreen sender software, the host user can initiate meetings with up to 20 participants, who connect for free using their Internet browsers. As guests connect, they can see the host user's computer desktop. The host can then conduct presentations or trainings in real time, utilizing the resources on his or her own computer. The BeamYourScreen technology can also be used to enhance customer support by demonstrating solutions during telephone support calls, to enable consultants to easily and securely review sensitive documents with clients, and to facilitate team projects by jointly working on documents during team meetings.

BeamYourScreen offers two types of software licenses, each with flat rate pricing. Prices range from $29 per month for a single host/single guest license to $89 per month for multiple hosts/20 guests license. As there is no per-minute or per-session fee, companies can host as many online meetings as they'd like at no additional cost. According to Erik Boos, "We're pleased to be able to offer small and medium-sized businesses the core functionality of online meeting solutions at a fraction of the price that large companies pay for fully integrated solutions."


About the author:

Mark Zondler

Written by: Mark Zondler


(34)Cancun Vacations offer the chance to travel Mexico and stay at some beautiful Mexico resorts..

Cancun vacations offer white sandy beaches, warm tropical sun and beautiful blue water. Some of the finest Mexico resorts can be found in Cancun. One of the great things about Cancun vacations is the short time it takes to get there to travel Mexico. Only a couple of hours flying time and you can be staying at one of many Mexico resorts offering you the chance to relax, tan and even travel Mexico.

When you decide on one of several Cancun vacations you'll find that even though you're in a foreign country, there are many familiar U.S. hotels and restaurants. Cancun Vacations, beautiful Mexico resorts, beautiful beaches and people are all waiting for you.

Cancun vacations at lush Mexico resorts can easily be found on the internet. Imagine snorkeling in warm, blue water in the afternoon. Renting some jet ski's and feeling the spray of the surf splash your face as you frolic like a kid with a new toy. Have you ever felt the thrill of being lifted into the air under a big, billowy parasail? What an experience! Imagine the breathtaking view you would have as you floated above the sun, the sand and surf with the warm tropical breeze blowing through your hair. All this and more is yours when you choose to "get away from it all" in Cancun.

 

About the Author

Mike Yeager
Publisher
http://www.a1-travel-4u.com

Written by: Mike Yeager


(35)Cheap Travel Secrets..

There are two ways to save money traveling. The first way is to get the best deals on the specific things you want. There is a limitation to this type of approach though. If , for example, you find the lowest price on the best hotel in Honolulu at the height of the season, you will save money, but still have a very expensive vacation. Trying to get exactly what you want, or what you think you want, will generally be an expensive proposition, in travel and in life.

Be A Travel Opportunist

The other approach is to be a true opportunist. This will be difficult for some of you, and entirely unacceptable to
others. Nonetheless, the travelers who get to travel the
most, go to the widest variety of places, learn the most and do the most, are the opportunists. This will be true until you are so wealthy that you have no monetary limits.

The first time I went to Ecuador, I went there because it
was cheap. If it wasn't, I would have had a great time -
somewhere else. The trip lasted a month, and cost $1045, which included airfare and even the $130 fee for a guide to take me to the top of glacier-covered Mount Chimborazo.

I cut the cost by taking a bus from my home in Michiganto Miami, and back again when I returned from Ecuador. The round-trip ticket cost $158. The round-trip flight to Quito from Miami was only $256, because it was a courier flight, which meant I signed for some luggage (car parts), and could only take carry-on luggage.

Never did I feel deprived, or bored. I had a great time,
eating wherever it was cheap and clean, doing all sorts of inexpensive, but interesting things, and traveling across the country to climb Chimborazo. I also met and fell in love with my wife Ana.

How To Become An Opportunist Traveler

Can you drink rum at a dollar per bottle, instead of your
favorite beer? Can you eat chicken instead of steak? How about visiting the free sights first, and dancing in the street festival instead of the disco?

Being an opportunist means you'll have just as much variety, and probably almost everything you want - eventually. You just have to stop trying to get exactly what you want exactly when you want it. If the guide that took me up Chimborazo hadn't dropped his price from $200 to $130, I would have spent $2 for a bus and gone hiking on El Altar, another great Andean mountain. That would have left me with enough money for several other minor adventures.

More Secrets Of Cheap Travel

Plane Tickets: My wife and I were planning a trip to
visit family in Ecuador. The cheapest airfare from Traverse City, Michigan to Quito, was $1720. Out of curiosity, I checked Miami to Quito, and it was only $404. Airfare from Traverse City to Miami was $300. Book two separate flights and save more than $2009! The discount sites aren't set up to search in this way (yet), so you have to do this on your own. By the way, the whole six-week trip, which we took in 2009, cost $2400, including losing $100, and being robbed of $174.

Food: Whether traveling here or in other countries,
it is usually cheaper to buy some healthy snacks in a
grocery store, rather than eat every meal in a restaurant.
When you do eat in restaurants, it can be cheaper to to
order individual items on the menu from the list of
appetizers or side dishes. You also may get more variety in that way.

Accomodations: For a long trip, you may want to rent
an apartment in an interesting city. We did this for two
months in Tucson, for about $600 less per month, compared to even the cheaper motels. Watch for hotel coupon-books in gas stations. The coupons will often save you $10 on a room you would have stayed in anyhow. If you have a conversion van or RV, you can camp a couple nights a week, like we do, to save
on motels. We love the hotsprings we've stayed at, for a $3 fee to the BLM, instead of $40 for the cheapest motel in the area.

Travel Expenses: Do more and travel less. It is often
the traveling part that costs the most, due to the cost of gas, convenient fast food, and expensive hotels you are forced to pay for when you just can't drive any further. So if you find a place with a reasonable motel, and a lot to do in the area - stay for a while!


About the Author

Steve Gillman traveled alone across the U. S. and Mexico at
17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in
Ecuador. His stories, tips and information on travel and
backpacking, can be found on his websites,
http://www.EverythingAboutTravel.com, and http://www.TheUltralightBackpackingSite.com

Written by: Steve Gillman


:(36)China Business Travel 101

Ever wondered if you could deal directly with manufacturers... in China?! It's easier than you think.

First Impressions

I visited China in Autumn 2009 with a group of business associates and must admit that I was amazed, both by the warm reception we received wherever we went, and at the factories we toured. Having never been there before, and having only news accounts of "difficulties" between China and the U.S. to fuel my imagination, I assumed things would be overly formal and official at best... at worst, cold... and we would be "watched" constantly. I was so wrong on both counts. We were treated as welcome visitors and had only to ask the hotel staff for something to have it almost magically produced.

Lost in Translation

Outside of the hotels and manufacturing facilities, doing business in the streets and in small shops was, at most times, terribly difficult. We had arranged our factory visits and business meetings with our contacts in China, and there were no problems on that side when it came to language. But once we stepped out on our own, we rarely found anyone - even in tourist gift shops - who could communicate in English at all. Next time I visit China, I'll hopefully be armed with a few more basic Mandarin phrases, but for everyone visiting, even just for leisure, I'd recommend hiring translators to assist you.

Cash in China

Another word of warning: business owners back home in the States may be suitably impressed by your Gold Card, but to the Chinese shopkeeper it's just a pretty piece of plastic that won't buy a cup of Chinese tea. Even in the large cities, you're going to have to carry around Chinese Yuan (aka Renminbi) in cash if you want to be able to go shopping or eat at a restaurant. I have to say, the upside of this is that you won't find yourself going over budget. But with the incredibly low Chinese retail prices, that probably wouldn't happen anyway.

Low Retail Prices

Once you've overcome the communication difficulties you'll be amazed to find the bargains you'll find in the small shops. For a start, it's an electronics paradise. Just make sure you do your homework on what will and won't work back in the States. Of course it is easy to load yourself up with personal purchases, but the real value is getting even more ideas of attractive products to start selling back home.

Factories in China

Our visit to a manufacturing plant in Huizhou left us all . . . well, 'impressed' hardly seems like a strong enough word. The building, on the outside was sort of drab looking with banners hanging here and there but inside was quite a different story. First of all we were treated as if we were VIPs instead of mid-level managers from Kenosha. Most importantly, however, the level of automation in this factory was remarkable, even by American standards and, when you look at the numbers, you see that the productivity is really impressive. It's no longer a mystery to this American why China is finding such a willing market in America.

Back Again

I wish I had more than the seven days we were able to stay in China, but it won't be long before I'm back, this time with a group of my friends who have been listening to me talking about the business opportunities since I got back... and who now want to go out there to get a piece of the action for themselves.

About the author:

Sarah Fairfax visited China 2009 and sent this testamonial to Chinavasion. For free information on how you can go to China and start buying direct from chinese suppliers visit this site: China Business Travel

Written by: Sarah Fairfax


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