Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Luxury Summer Escapes to Northern Vietnam

Luxury Travel Ltd is Offering Five Day Luxury Summer Escapes to Northern Vietnam for Less this Summer

Hanoi, Vietnam, May 16, 2012 - Luxury Travel Ltd is Offering Five Day Luxury Summer Escapes to Northern Vietnam for Less this Summer

Vietnam –based Luxury Travel Ltd ( is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel for serving today’s most sophisticated travelers, in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Vietnam is a tropical paradise of charming people, heavenly beaches, brilliant green rice paddies and lush emerald rainforests. The country’s first high end tour operator, Luxury Travel, immerses guest in Vietnamese culture by providing insider access to private events and extraordinary people. Travelers get their interactions with these people will be stimulating, edifying and enlightening, and travelers will have a well-rounded and profound learning experience that they will value forever.

“Discerning visitors often plan a journey to Vietnam with a single query in head,“Is the summer ia good time to discover the place and enjoy beach holiday getaways?” The simple answer is, absolutely!” This special short trip is designed for people who are keen to experience the best of North Vietnam but with limited time to spare. This tour package will allow visitors to enjoy Vietnamese beauty in combination with cultural relics and nature sightseeing. You will stay in luxurious accommodations, transfer in private vehicles and enjoy fine dining. On the second day, visitors will be free to enjoy any of the city tours they are interested in or simply enjoy the free time and discover the area on their own. You can visit the bustling, narrow streets of the Old Quarter, or some of Hanoi's museums, in particular the Museum of Ethnology, which is dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples, or Hoa Lo Prison, formerly known by its inmates as 'The Hanoi Hilton'. Visitors can then stroll around the French quarter, where many of the embassies are located. You'll be provided with private, professional guides who will ensure that you get the most out of Vietnam by sharing their local knowledge and passion for art, culture and nature. Welcome to Vietnam in this summer and enjoy our promotion for bookings made during May and June!” said Dav Nguyen, Sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Tour cost at 766 USD per person for a private party of 4 people including private pick up and drop off service, drinking water, meals, all activities, 1 night cruise, 5 star deluxe accommodation and English or French speaking tour guide. This offer is valid until 30 Sep 2012.

Opened in 2004, Luxury Travel Ltd is the first luxury tour operator and DMC in Vietnam specializing in the art of travel for serving today’s most sophisticated travelers. It boats a fleet of luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors and serves thousands of high-end travelers every year. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfil client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: “Best Luxury Tour Operator in Vietnam”


David Nguyen
Sales and Marketing Manager
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

Towson University Partners With Learning House to Offer Professional Certification Classes Online

Learning House fulfills university’s goals of creating its own faculty-developed online courses and addressing Maryland’s workforce needs

Louisville, KY, May 15, 2012 - The Learning House, Inc., an online education solutions partner that helps colleges and universities develop and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses, announced today that Towson University’s Center for Professional Studies (CPS) has selected Learning House to help expand its online continuing education course offerings. CPS offers programs that focus on meeting identified workforce shortages for the region and address skill gaps and career advancement needs.

Towson University has a robust set of existing continuing education programs, but CPS identified a need to develop self-paced, industry-driven, professional certification programs that leverage the expertise of the University’s faculty.

“We wanted to develop our own courses and truly control the content, deployment and quality of the curriculum,” said Jeff Beeson, Director of the Center for Professional Studies at Towson University. “We selected Learning House because they represented what we needed—a partner that could help us turn classroom curriculum into dynamic online courses that engage non-campus-based learners. Their dedicated team approach is a plus because we feel very supported. Additionally, the assurance that Learning House can help with all our online education needs from course design and development to marketing, as well as provide IT and tech support is a true value add.”

Together, Learning House and CPS will create workforce and professional certification courses online that align with Towson’s core academic mission of business, IT and the health professions. The first courses will include a project management professional (PMP) certification course, an A+/Net+ certification course and a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course with a health information supplement. All of these courses will directly address workforce needs in Maryland.

“Developing online courses takes a deep understanding of both the subject matter and the technology. A big mistake institutions often make is simply taking existing curricula and posting it online using a simple learning management system. Towson University’s CPS team understands that reaching online learners takes something more, and we are excited to work with them to expand their professional certification courses,” said Dr. David Clinefelter, Chief Academic Officer at Learning House. “Having the involvement of faculty is critical to the way we develop online courses. We plan to work closely with the faculty at Towson University to ensure they have the support they want to build engaging courses and the professional development they need to help their students achieve success.”

Learning House collaborates with schools that have various levels of online education experience to achieve each institution’s unique goals and create a positive student experience. For more information about how Learning House works with institutions to achieve their online education goals, visit

About The Learning House, Inc.
The Learning House, Inc. is an online education solutions partner that helps colleges and universities develop and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. Partnering with more than 100 colleges and universities, Learning House offers a business model that enables institutions to efficiently and affordably achieve their online education goals. Learning House provides a comprehensive solution to success, including curriculum development and management, faculty training and professional development, marketing and lead generation, admissions and enrollment management, student retention, 24/7 technical support, learning management systems, and management and consultation.

About Towson University (
Founded in 1866, Towson University is recognized among the nation’s best regional public universities, offering more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields. With more than 21,000 students, Towson University is the second-largest public university in Maryland. As a metropolitan university, Towson combines research-based learning with practical application. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).

Lindsey Mikal
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

UK most investors keen on Alternatives claims AAA

A new survey by Friends Provident, which has won the support of AAA, has discovered that investors in the UK are particularly keen to invest in alternative asset classes at the moment.

Boston, MA, May 15, 2012 - A new survey by Friends Provident, which has won the support of Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA), has discovered that investors in the UK are particularly keen to invest in alternative asset classes at the moment.

AAA claims that the Friends Provident International (FPI) Investor Attitudes Report’s results reflect the growing trend for investing in collectibles and real estate instead of equities and other transitional investments.

The report found that nearly half (48 per cent) of the British investors questioned in the survey said that now was a good time to be investing in real estate. Among those surveyed in Hong Kong, however, real estate was towards the bottom of their list of asset classes at the moment – demonstrating how different investments are favored in different regions of the world.

The survey also found that UK investors were keen to put their cash in collectibles such as fine wines, classic cars, art and antiques. Some 40 per cent of those asked said that now was the time to invest in these asset classes.

Friends Provident Investments chief investment officer, Mark Versey, gave his response to the findings. He said, "Investors in the UK are displaying a more varied approach to what they consider as good investment strategies in the current economic climate compared to their peers overseas.

“Our survey uncovered a lack of appetite for long-term investments but showed that UK investors remain cautious in their outlook with almost a third keen to preserve their savings through risk free investments.”

AAA’s Anthony Johnson said they the appetite for alternative investments in the UK was a positive thing in response to the global economic crisis. He stated, “It’s not a surprise that those most affected by the downturn are now keen to get something tangible in exchange for their investments.”

AAA supports ethical investments, including sustainable forestry investment through firms like Greenwood Management which runs sustainable forestry plantations in Brazil.

Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320