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February 6, 2007

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...02/06/07

Middle-Class Status Mushrooming

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, McKinsey & Co. reported that in just eight years there will be 500 million people earning $5,000 a year in China. (Today’s per-capita is $1,740.) That will mean a middle-class three times the size of America’s.

Across Asia the total will reach 950 million to a billion people hitting middle-class status, according to McKinsey.

IMS December Trade Volume Jumps 93%

International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:INLM) sales figures for December of 2006 were dramatically higher than for the previous year’s month end...

Trade volume (one side of the transaction) totaled $11,764,000 in 2006, versus $6,096,000 in 2005; gross revenue was up 80% totaling $1,112,000 in ‘06, versus $619,000 in ‘05. New client enrollments for December were 155 versus 87 for 2005, a 78% increase.

Further information on IMS can be obtained from their web site: www.internationalmonetary.com.

Budera Aspires To Become Global Auction, Barter Site

The second largest auction site in Sweden wants to become the second largest online auction site in the world. In 2007 they are releasing the English Budera.com, and Scandinavian neighbors Norway, Denmark, and Finland are also planned for and under construction.

The site offers auctions, fixed price selling, and barter in the same place and environment.

For more information go to: www.budera.se.

Current U.S. Listing Information...

T3 Trading Corp.
(William Steinberg, President)
845 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Ph: (917) 547-9642
Fax: (757) 299-9681
E-mail: wss@t3trading.com
www.t3trading.com

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Barter’s Role For Entrepreneur Building World’s Most Expensive Home

Timothy Blixseth, 55, is a most interesting guy. Recently he and his wife split, doing so by sitting down over a glass of wine and dividing up their assets. What a novel idea for a couple with over a billion dollars to share.

He’s also the founder of Yellowstone Club in Big Sky (MT), it’s the only private resort community in the U.S. with its own ski mountain and world-class golf course. Mostly wilderness, it’s a haven for the super rich who pay an initiation fee of $250,000 and are required to purchase property of $1 million to $10 million, plus pay annual dues of $16,000.

The Yellowstone Club has 200 members, and exists because of two barter deals that Blixseth executed in the 1990s, when he and his timber-business partner made a trade with federal officials. They provided 164,000 acres adjacent to Yellowstone National Park in exchange receiving 100,000 acres in the Bozeman/Big Sky area.

Of the 100,000 acres the partner took the timberland, leaving Blixseth and his wife with a stretch of undeveloped land they originally intended to turn into a family compound. After the newly built cabins and chalets became wildly popular with their friends, they decided to create a country club for millionaires looking for an alternative to pricey, pretentious, and over-crowded destinations such as Aspen.

Thus, the development of Yellowstone Club occupying 22 square miles. With an eye toward natural beauty, only 20% of its acreage is slated for development...and the rest remains untouched.

Blixseth’s latest announcement is his plan to build and sell a home there for $155 million. The 53,000-square-foot stone and wood mansion will have 10 bedrooms and sit on 160 acres. A private gondola-like chairlift will carry residents to Yellowstone Club’s private ski slopes. Fully furnished, it will have an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a home movie theater.

The timber and real estate baron is confident it will sell, suggesting that price is not an issue with the world’s richest who insist on having the best.


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ITM Hospitality Fund Creator Using Barter To Help Those In Need

Years ago I met Jody Merl at an IRTA convention. She was a panelist on hotel trading, and her knowledge on the subject was most enlightening. Ms. Merl has impressively taken another step in helping others through an effort that aids the less fortunate, and I’d like to share her story with you. It shows another side of barter that many people don’t realize exists.

As president of Innovative Travel Marketing (ITM), the nation’s leading hotel barter company, Jody Merl knows the formula for barter is a simple one: the exchange of unsold rooms for media placements and other services, expanding advertising budgets and getting maximum value for inventory that would otherwise go unused. 

The idea that spurred Merl to co-found the ITM Hospitality Fund in February 2002, however, was even simpler to her—using barter to help the less fortunate. With that goal in mind, Merl considered her hotel rooms and how they could best serve those in need.

Realizing that thousands of critically ill people travel to New York City each year for urgent medical treatment, Merl recognized that ITM’s excess inventory of hotel rooms could greatly benefit “healthcare travelers” who are unable to afford accommodations for themselves or their loved ones.

“New York City is a medical capital, home to many of the world’s leading specialists and facilities,” says Merl. “For thousands of individuals, this city offers specialized care that is literally life saving.”

Working in partnership with more than a dozen hospitals, medical centers and medical societies, the ITM Hospitality Fund is the only citywide program of its kind in the U.S. It has so far provided more than 300 patients and their loved ones with a haven in New York City during a stressful and difficult time in their lives.

Led by Merl, and supported by advisory boards of eminent physicians and healthcare and business leaders, the Fund is a noteworthy example of a community’s high-achievers working together to achieve a common humanitarian goal.

By making first-class hotel rooms available to those who could otherwise not afford them (Fund beneficiaries only pay room taxes), the ITM Hospitality Fund reduces expenses and encourages the presence of a patient’s family at a time when they are needed most.

“We pamper families who are in a very fragile state with the convenience and comfort of hotel rooms in their time of need,” says Merl. “It is an enormous help to minimize their emotional toll and expenses of travel.”

Patients are referred to the ITM Hospitality Fund through participating medical facilities. Once a referral is made, Merl scopes and coordinates accommodations at ITM client hotels, with regard to the most convenient location for the patient and/or family.

Beneficiaries are chosen based primarily on financial need, with geographical distance from New York also a consideration.

Describing her founding of the Fund as one of her proudest accomplishments, Merl says, “The ITM Hospitality Fund captures the true philanthropic spirit of New York City. We feel blessed to be able to make a difference in the lives of these patients and their loved ones.”

The ITM Hospitality Fund was recognized with a HSMAI Golden Bell Award for Community Service in 2004, and as founder, Merl was named New Yorker of the Week” by leading cable-news affiliate New York 1 News.

For more information on the ITM Hospitality Fund visit www.itmhospitalityfund.com, or call (973) 331-8171.


 “What we have here is a failure to communicate!”

Years ago, one of the most visible people in the barter industry said the #1 reason why the industry wasn’t farther along in its development was due to a “failure to communicate” by those in the business.

This realization was the genesis of The Competitive Edge newsletter, now into its 18th year of publication. Trade exchange owners who use this powerful marketing and promotional tool are never guilty of “failing to communicate.”

As the owner of a trade exchange you must stay in front of your clients. Informing, educating, and inspiring them, because your clients’ bartering is a relatively small percentage of their overall business. So if you don’t keep their interest and enthusiasm for trade at a high level, you lose.

Your primary aim, like all other businesses, is to get your clients coming back for more. Every extraordinary business (and every trade exchange owner who wants to be extraordinary) knows that the customer you have, is a lot less expensive to sell than the customer you don’t yet have!

Want to take your exchange to a higher level? Use The Competitive Edge newsletter in your operation—it “sells” the many benefits of working through your trade exchange like nothing else!

To learn more about The Competitive Edge newsletter and how it can help build your trade exchange, click here.


Hotel General Managers

Here’s The Easiest $100,000 You’ll Ever
Bring To The Bottomline!

Collect cash, as usual, from the guest accounts staying at your facility that require the use of professional AV services. And rather than shouldering your ongoing employee costs, or your current vendor’s cash agreement for AV services, here’s a much better alternative:

Work with a proven national vendor (a sterling 25-year track record) who will provide all of the AV services for your hotel on a 100% TRADE BASIS! (Payment to be in the form of hotel rooms and/or trade dollars.)

Your hotel’s annual AV billings must be a minimum of $200,000, and this offer is available only in the continental United States.

For a confidential introduction contact Bob Meyer via e-mail: bmeyer@barternews.com. (Please type in AV Services On Trade in the subject line of your e-mail.)

Attention Trade Exchange Owners:

If your member hotel(s) have a minimum of 10,000 sq. feet of meeting space and annual billings of at least $200,000 for AV services this is a great opportunity to earn substantial cash service fees on the hundreds of thousands of trade dollars your hotel member will be paying the vendor. Contact Bob Meyer at the above e-mail.

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