Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hospitality Gets its Own Social Network: Welcome to

PineZapple is the new Internet destination where hospitality hangs out.

Oshkosh, WI, February 23, 2011 -- Hospitality insiders-including those in travel, lodging, food and beverage, meeting and events, gaming, entertainment and recreation, tourism services, and visitor information-can now create a professional profile, maintain a list of contacts, and invite others to join their list of industry connections.

"With downsizing, industry consolidation, and budget cutbacks," says PineZapple President, Todd Kempinger, "there’s no place for the hospitality industry to connect." In addition, traditional trade shows are becoming cost-prohibitive and ineffective. "Today’s ‘industry’ conventions only link up small subsets of the available talent, insight, and innovation," continues Kempinger, "and big social networking sites don’t have the focus and structure to be effective for the unique needs of today’s uber-connected hospitality staffers."

PineZapple also offers a fun and effective way to search for jobs, business opportunities, people, events, news, take advantage of insider travel bargains, and much more.

With the increasing demands on hospitality professionals during these downturn times, the PineZapple community can connect, share, learn, and grow all within one easy to use online destination:

About Pinezapple:
In some cultures, the pineapple has become associated with the notion of welcome. PineZapple is a welcoming worldwide network of hospitality industry colleagues connecting around the globe. Within the PineZapple community you can find a solution, make a connection, share a story, announce an event, promote a deal, plan a weekend, find a new job, and much more.

Todd Kempinger
PO Box 2383
Oshkosh, WI 54903-2383

Luxury Travel Vietnam to Recommend Safe Cruise Options in Halong Bay

Luxury Travel Vietnam To Use High-end Junk Boats and Recommend Safe Cruise Options in Halong Bay.

Hanoi, Vietnam, February 23, 2011 -- Luxury Travel Vietnam To Use High-end Junk Boats and Recommend Safe Cruise Options in Halong Bay.

Ha Long Bay is a world heritage site and one of Vietnam's popular tourist destinations. It is located about three hours east of Hanoi in the Gulf of Tonkin near the northern Chinese border. The emerald water is dotted with 1,700 dramatic limestone formations that form tiny islands.

Some 500 boats are licensed to take tourists on cruises. Many opt for day tours, while others prefer to sleep in overnight cabins on wooden junks, ranging from budget to luxury accommodation.

Hanoi’s based tour operators offer daily packages of different budgets from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Many of tourists book cheap packages and use shuttle bus.

"Sadly cheap deal costs lives in Halong Bay in the recent tragedy. Luxury Travel offers a wide ranges of private tours and boat cruises in Halong Bay ranging from a day trip to 2 nights options on boat. The company customers can charter a private junk in Halong Bay for whole family for fun, exclusive and personalized services or privacty and fly back to Hanoi by helicopter if requested" said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Company.

Luxury Travel Team recommends the best junks in Halong Bay featuring on their website ( in term of comfort, uniquenesss, excellent food, friendly staff, interesting cruise itinerary with many activities on boat, service excellence, attention to details, stylish, elegance, sophistication and of course SAFETY guaranteed. Indochina Sails, Emeraude, Gingers, Paradises, Bhaya cruises are named among many others.

"Our award winning specialists have served the luxury travel industry since the 2004 and have acquired first-hand knowledge about boats in Halong Bay. We have visited Halong Bay uncountable times and have personally checked out the finest and safest boats designed for discriminating travelers. We know which room numbers have a view and nicest in each boat. We often recommend your guests and book for them a room on upper floor on boat." said Pham Ha.

The company is offering 2 days/1 night cruise from Hanoi at 299 USD per person based the on the private party of two persons on Indochina Sails, a tranditional junk buit of aromatic wood and other special materials, is the perfect vessel for exploring this magnificent seascape. The tour prices includes private picks up and drop off services by a private car, transfer to Halong bay by a private car, entrances fees, all meals, welcome drink, kaykak and a private deluxe cabin with a view on the upper floor of the junk.

"Excellent cruise, value for money. We definitely recommend Luxury Travel Ltd and two-night cruise in Halong Bay. We had the best time and met some wonderful people. Our tour guide was great and a lovely friendly man who spoke excellent English and taught us many things about local history and other events. Halong Bay is absolutely beautiful. Our cabin on second floor with a wonderful view, was great and very comfortable with good air conditioning. The food was fantastic, plenty to eat and the drinks were reasonably priced. We had no issues with security and felt completely safe, and even left our valuables in our cabin with peace of mind, even though a safe was available. Our only regret was that we didn't do the two-night cruise" said Mat from London, United Kingdom, a couple has just come back from Halong Bay on this private tour of Luxury Travel Company.

Luxury Travel Company, Vietnam’s Leading Bespoke Travel Experience Company, is Highly Experienced in Providing Special Services and Unique Tourism Products to Luxury Global Travelers. Luxury Travel is headquartered in Hanoi and has offices around the country and management offices in Indochina, Myanmar and Thailand.

For private tours and cruises and online booking, visit

Pham Ha
Luxury Travel Company
05 Nguyen Truong To Street
Ba Dinh Dist
Hanoi, Vietnam 71000
Tel:+84.4.3927 4120
Fax:+84.4.3927 4118

Stephen Shapiro Free Webinar. Personality Poker Finds Your Strong Suit

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Las Vegas, NV, February 23, 2011 (Straight Line PR) -- Zoozili, the worldwide solution community, announces a live webinar with author and business innovator Stephen Shapiro. Stephen will be sharing how his latest tool for innovation and collaboration - the Personality Poker cards and book - benefits both employees and employers. Zoozili Founder Steven Seppinni will host the webinar.

The free Stephen Shapiro Personality Poker book webinar is scheduled for 9:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, February 24th (6:00 PM Pacific). Registration for this one-time-only webinar is still open. Anyone interested in participating can register for free at

More than a decade ago, Stephen Shapiro went on a quest to find efficiency and predictability in innovation. After years of working for Accenture and consulting for some of the world's largest companies, he noticed that the same problem resurfaced time and again. Companies of all sizes kept repeatedly failing in their innovation efforts. For some reason, even though these companies had spent millions of dollars in facilities, labs and instruments, they had forgotten the most crucial component... the people.

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