German Luxury hotel brand selects eRevMax for increasing online sales

The Spa & Golf Resort Weimarer Land, a luxury hotel brand in Germany, has chosen eRevMax to streamline its online distribution. The Weimar based property, a licensee of Lindner Hotels & Resorts is using CONNECT by eRevMax to guarantee real time connectivity between the property and online travel operators, meta- search agencies, travel agents and corporate customers. The result empowers the hotel to make immediate Availability, Rates and Inventory (ARI) updates to numerous online channels, while in the meantime, all reservations generated through these channels get involved into their PMS automatically.

Opened a year ago, the 4 star luxuries Spa & Golf Resort Weimarer Land offers 94 rooms and 36-hole golf course. The extreme competition in the European hospitality sector has made it important for accommodation providers to optimize all demand sources. The revenue management team at the Spa & Golf Resort required focusing more on revenue strategy rather than mere room and rate distribution which was taking up a lot of time and resources.

CONNECT, a SaaS based enterprise connectivity solution from eRevMax gives fully coordinated, two-way XML connections to the world’s heading online booking websites, helping properties of all sizes to boost their online exposure through a network of online distribution channels. Spa & Golf Resort Weimarer Land can influence seamless connectivity to boost its revenue opportunity and cut the distribution costs by quickly and effectively expanding their market reach.

“eRevMax solutions provide instant control over yield management, permitting our properties to handle more product types while automating the distribution process. We were able to identify the best producing websites, while also enhancing our overall online booking,” said Mark A. Kühnelt, General Manager, Spa & Golf Resort
“Connect by eRevMax helps the team at Spa & Golf Resort to expand online revenue by guaranteeing real-time room availability over all distribution points through automatic adjustment from pooled stock. Presently selling on more than 5 channels, they can likewise use eRevMax’s superior connectivity with about 100 international and regional distributors including OTAs, Tour Operators and Wholesalers to reach out to new markets,” said John Seaton, VP- Sales, EMEA & APAC, eRevMax.

eRevMax is developing its connectivity solutions to offer complex real-time revenue management functionality to the hospitality industry. This incorporates solutions for the independent market, the mid-market and scaling up through the large, international hotel groups.

Rwanda Primate Safaris Vs. Rwanda wildlife safaris

If you are planning for your visit to Rwanda it is better to experience the primate safari compared to wildlife as Rwanda has one small Akagera National Park and it is the only park where you can experience wildlife safaris in Rwanda. I and my boyfriend we planned to visit Rwanda and our major interest was much on taking wildlife safari such that we spot most of the African big 5, but from the research Akagera could not offer all these and we decided to have Rwanda primate safari and then planned to have wildlife safari in Uganda.

For us to have this experience much interesting we planned our travel with Gorilla Expeditions Ltd, very reliable travel agency with their travel experts they helped us to arrange 14 days Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safari, we enjoyed our 2 times double Gorilla trekking and had amazing experiences with two different endangered mountain Gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park with our 3 night stay at the Virunga Safari Lodge which offer stunning view of the interesting 2 twin lakes (Burera and Ruhondo).

Then on our last day we left the volcanoes we took the unforgettable golden monkey tracking and thereafter we had to travel via Cyanika border to Uganda the pearl of Africa and we had our stay at the shores of Lake Mutanda, Mutanda Lake Resort and the following day we had relaxing day at the lodge and then in the evening we took an amazing canoeing along the volcanic Lake Mutanda.

As we were interested in adventurous activities we embark the interesting full day Batwa trail in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and each of us paid $ 85 dollars including the park fees for Mgahinga Gorilla Park. With the Batwa leaders we participated in the life style of the Batwa and we visit the Garama cave and by the time we finished this trail we were so tired and by the time we arrived back to Mutanda Lake Resort refreshment were prepared for us and later we had our African cuisine dinner!

After, being filled with all this unforgettable experience we crossed to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the famous Ishasha southern sector very known for the African tree climbing lions in the branches of the fig trees and other wildlife like the elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, topi, oribi among others and then we retired to African Safari Bush Lodge.

From this National Park we had several game drives and very many wildlife species were spotted, after we took the boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel which connects the Ramsar Lake George to Lake Edward and over this cruise we spotted variety of wildlife and birdlife species along the shores of the Channel. Our guide, Alex was knowledgeable about almost everything and was always considerate and helpful and we could not even want to depart at the end of our safari when Alex dropped us at the Entebbe international airport.

The Top 10 curfew-free Tourist Destinations in Thailand

The Thailand Tourism Authority announced that a total of 10 main tourist destinations are now curfew-free. These destinations are:
1: Phuket
2: Ko Samui
3: Pattaya City
4: Hua Hin
5: Cha-am
6: Krabi
7: Phang-nga
8: Hat Yai
9: Ko Chang
10: Ko Phangan (including Ko Tao)

This took after the last night announcement by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to lift curfew in Hat Yai, Ko Chang and Ko Phangan Districts with immediate impact. Two days preceding that, the council lifted curfew in Hua Hin, Cha-am, Krabi and Phang-nga, and prior a week ago (on 3 June, 2014) it repudiated the nighttime restriction for Phuket, Ko Samui and Pattaya.

These 10 travel destinations are among the most-loved and visited tourists regions in Thailand, in this way the curfew demonstrates the NCPO’s dedication to push tourism, which it identified as one of the kingdom’s key economic drivers.

The TAT needs to guarantee all travelers visiting Thailand that tourism remains unaffected since the nation was put under the adminstration of the NCPO on 22 May 2014.
All airports throughout Thailand, including at key international gateways – Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang), Phuket, Ko Samui, Hat Yai and Chiang Mai – as well as modes of transport (road, rail and waterway) are working as per normal. Airlines likewise keep on operating incoming and outgoing flights as per normal.

All tourism-related businesses and services (hotel, resorts, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues, cinemas, convention centers, shopping malls, superstores, convenient stores, as well as banks, petrol and gas stations) all through Thailand are open and working as usual. Phone and internet services keep on being accessible 24 hours.

In Bangkok and other traveler destinations, life proceeds as normal and all tourism-related business and services are working as per normal. Voyagers can keep on enjoying the many fine-dining and nightlife, provided that they observe the curfew time from midnight to 4 a.m.

For visa application and procedure, travelers can keep on applying for visa as usual at Royal Thai Embassy and Consulates internationally. For visa-on-arrival, all international checkpoints – airports, border checkpoints and sea ports – are open and operating as per normal.

Primate Safaris with Gorilla Expeditions in Rwanda

I took a trip with Gorilla Expeditions Ltd to see the mountain gorillas in 2013 and decided to organize my trip with Steve, the travel consultant of Gorilla Expeditions, specialists in gorilla tours and wildlife safaris in Rwanda and Uganda. After spending 14 days in Tanzania on the northern safari circuit it was so refreshing to see the green Rwanda country side. Tom was our driver/guide and he was superb! We kept him fairly busy driving us around and really wanted to get to see as much of the country as we could in the few short days we were there.

silverback-gorillaTom seemed to relish the idea of showing us as much of his country as we could fit in to 8 days Rwanda Gorilla and Cultural expedition. We came by RwandAir a day before to our amazing Rwanda trip one day earlier; Gorilla expedition understood and took care of the change very quickly agent booking of double room at Kigali Serena Hotel at a very affordable price and it was all fun staying at this luxury hotel in the whole world!

Our house keeper was so hospitable and flexible to our needs, for so many times I have traveled to Africa Serena Hotels whole over Africa that is in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, this hotel has the international first class hospitality facilities straight away from external out look of the amenities and when you enter into the rooms there really worse the money you pay, when you come to the décor and the services bit the continental and African cuisines Serena hotels are the home to be on your travel to Africa.

As we were still in our nice room, Steve the travel consultant of Gorilla Expedition Limited arrived at the lodge to orient us and when he started describing Rwanda and what really the country offers for instance the mountain gorillas and the culture of Rwanda, I started getting the exact pictures of what our, I and my wife safari will be.

At this very night gave us each an itinerary that was describing all places that we were entitled to visit and as our first experience was to meet the mountain gorillas in the mist, Volcanoes National Park I and my wife we spent the whole night imagining what the experience will be and we slept prepared with all what Steve advised us to come with in order to enjoy this gorilla trekking expedition in Africa.

Early in the morning we were met at the hotel by the guide/driver and we started hitting the road transferring to Ruhengeri where we had our second overnight before the next day we enjoyed the gorilla trekking experience and on this evening we visited the amazing Rwanda twin Lakes (Burera and Ruhondo). The driver-guide was a great source of information on history, current events, animals, where to go and pretty much more questions we had as we were eager to learn more about Rwanda and the Africa in general.

Dispersed Gorilla Groups Challenge Field Staff

April was a very busy month for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund field staff. In addition to being the rainy season in Rwanda, which has not made the job of tracking any easier, we have both lost track of and found some important gorilla groups.

The newly formed Gushimira group had not been seen since March 24, and is not available for gorilla trekking, despite exhaustive efforts to locate them, and female Umusatsi, who had not been seen since she left Kuryama’s group March 17, was not located again until April 15 (still traveling alone). The anti-poaching team, as well as trackers from the Rwanda Development Board, have joined the groups’ regular trackers in the search efforts on several occasions.

UPDATE: Umusatsi finally joined Giraneza’s group on April 22. See our blog post for April 24, and expect more news about this adventurous female

While collaboration to find the dispersed gorillas is extremely important and useful, it is not without its drawbacks. According to Felix Ndagijimana, director of the Karisoke Research Center, when our anti-poaching teams have to support trackers in searches for missing gorilla groups, they cannot do their regular jobs of routine and shock patrols, which are also extremely important. “We do see a direct correlation in the field between the times when anti-poaching teams are not doing their patrols and spikes in the number of snares found later.”

Though the Gushimira group has caused us to use a lot of manpower in searching for them, Ndagijimana says that currently there is no other cause for concern for the groups’ wellbeing. “Before the Gushimira group formed, the individual silverback Gushimira had disappeared for quite a long time. We expect he has taken the females to another area he is familiar with and where he is more comfortable ranging. Of course, we will continue to look for them to confirm this.”

With our workforce already spread so thin due to the missing Gushimira group, it has been difficult to allocate trackers for Giraneza’s group, which recently returned to Rwanda and will soon be available for visitors on Rwanda gorilla safaris and tours. We stopped monitoring that group in Sept. 2012 when they crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our first encounter with them since their disappearance was on Jan. 29. We were happy to see Giraneza and the two females, Taraja and Nyandwi, all together, although Nyandwi seemed to have an injury on her left arm. Since that first sighting in January, we encountered them seven more times in February and March, during which time we were able to confirm that Nyandwi’s injury had healed. In a meeting with the group on March 22 when we found Giraneza interacting with Bwenge’s group, we happily discovered that Taraja had given birth. The infant was estimated to be a week old at the time and in very good health, which continues to be the case.

With the return of Giraneza’s group, we have reorganized our tracker teams yet again. The Gushimira team is now being used to monitor Giraneza’s group, except when they are searching for the Gushimira group, which is currently limited to two days a week.

Ndagijimana cited a recommendation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Best Practice Guidelines for Great Ape Tourism as one of the reasons why it was essential for us to resume monitoring the group: “Of course, our wish is to be able to monitor all the habituated groups, for scientific research purposes, but it is particularly important to carry out regular monitoring and protection of groups that have been habituated to humans, as their habituation leaves them more vulnerable to threats like poachers.” The need to monitor the group is even more important with the discovery of the new infant, as infants have low survival rates. Partial monitoring of the group resumed in March, with full-time monitoring having resumed in mid April.

Giraneza
Reconnecting with the Giraneza group has been very exciting, and we are looking forward to finding Gushimira’s group, as the monitoring of both groups has particular significance for the Fossey Fund. As Gorilla Program Manager Veronica Vecellio puts it, “In 45 years of gorilla monitoring we have had very few occurrences of a solitary male forming his own group. Gushimira’s and Giraneza’s groups are examples of this, so they give us an excellent opportunity to investigate and compare the development of newly established groups.”

These events in the field this past month — losing track of Gushimira’s group and finding Giraneza’s group — have caused us to consider the possibility of hiring more trackers and the potential need to adjust our methods of tracking when there are major changes such as group splits, missing groups and the return of old groups. In times of major shifts in the gorilla groups we monitor, we need to be able to accommodate all of the groups for both scientific purposes and as a responsibility deriving from our habituation of them. There is no easy answer, but we are working to find the best solution, for our organization, for our trackers and for our gorillas. Read more about Rwanda travel tips on the internet, more information is available.

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