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March 30, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 03/30/2010

Newly-Formed Assembly Of Barter Announced

To date, after an initial meeting in Istanbul, an �Assembly of Barter Companies of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East� has been formed. The Assembly will elect officers when they are ready, but until then, each barter company owner will be a director of the Assembly and ipso facto a spokesman for the industry to his or her government and the public.

This directorate will be the government body with Sirri Simsek it�s elected chairman, and all members of the directorate will be privy to all information involving the industry and able to express themselves upon it. They�ve adopted the IRTA Code of Ethics and there appears an affinity in Europe to be associated with IRTA as part of a world barter federation. (See �World Barter Federation� article below.)

BizXchange Moves Corporate Headquarters

BizXchange president and CEO Bob Bagga announced his expanding company has relocated its North American headquarters to Bellevue (WA), as the need for larger space was needed. This was evidenced by new membership growth of 30% and a 77% increase in trade transactions during 2009.

BizXchange now has offices in Bellevue, San Francisco, and Dubai.

For more information on BizXchange click here.

Car-2-Go Expands Bartering Project

German automaker Daimler has expanded its barter enterprise that was initiated last November with the city of Austin (TX). The smart car-sharing pilot program is called Car-2-Go, offering on-street premium parking space in exchange for city employees� use of the vehicles. There is no cash involved.

Recent companies coming into the program include The State Preservation Board and the Texas Council on Competitive Government.

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Barter Media Solutions Unveils Multi-Million-Dollar Resort Industry Program

Barter Media Solutions (BMS) has announced the roll-out of a $200 million stimulus plan designed to help resorts and hotels throughout the world in today�s challenging economy. The plan allows independent resorts as well as chains access to $250,000 to $10 million in advertising, to help sustain and grow business. The BMS Resort Industry Stimulus Plan provides a major boost to their advertising budget, paid for with guaranteed new sales of room-nights that would otherwise go unsold.

With a substantial advertising allowance for radio, TV, internet, print and much more, the BMS� stimulus plan provides hotels, resorts, and convention & visitor bureaus with immediate aid to their advertising budget. The stimulus plan allows hotel and resort owners to boost efficiencies, plus convert their otherwise unsold rooms and meeting space into real currency that can be immediately used to purchase major advertising campaigns.

BMS guarantees in writing that hotels and resorts will make new room night sales through BMS at least equal to the amount they advertise using the Resort Industry Stimulus Plan.

For more information on BMS� Resort Industry Stimulus Plan click here.


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company�s listing on BarterNews.com isn�t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com receives heavy traffic � with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly �Tuesday Report,� and the �Contacts Section� of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company�s listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company�s listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here�s how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.


World Barter Federation Plans Meeting In Paris

Barter company owners from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East are having a second meeting on May 1 and 2 in Paris, with two full days of sharing ideas on the theme of growing the industry in Europe at a pace that matches the tremendous opportunities there.

The Second Annual Conference on Commercial Barter, �Seizing Growth Opportunities for Business Trade Networks in Eurasia,� is being jointly held by the newly organized Assembly of Barter Companies of Europe, Middle East and Asia, in conjunction with International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) Europe.

The two-day symposium is being presented by leading experts of trade exchanges and corporate barter drawn from the fields of management, marketing, brokering, and technology. This highly valued conference affords a seminar/discussion setting for trade exchange and corporate barter executives to learn from theory and concrete examples how modern trade and barter can leverage a wide variety of business objectives in the present financial environment. There is no fee to attend, and non-members of the Assembly or IRTA (Europe) are welcome.

Included will be some �nuts and bolts� material for new startups. Providing the group with expert counseling will be veteran Paul Suplizio, the first executive director of the International Reciprocal Trade Association. His objective will be to keep the sessions focused on big picture themes�like building a national commerce exchange in each country, where will the capital and talent be coming from, and how it may be sold without going door to door.

The meeting will be held in a fine hotel, thanks to host Maximilien Urso of Efficio. It�s the Hotel Napoleon within eye-shot of the Arc d� Triomphe and Champs Elysees, and no doubt there will be a May Day parade that the attendees will be able to enjoy during their stay in one of the world�s most beautiful cities.

The agenda will include the following:

         Seminar/discussion �How Obstacles to Building Commercial Barter Exchanges of 30,000 Businesses in Today�s Economy Can Be Overcome: A Powerful and Untried Solution.� Presenter � Paul E. Suplizio (IRTA).

         Seminar/discussion: �Corporate Barter Inventory Acquisition, Remarketing, And Trade Credit Fulfillment.� Presenter � Ivan Javor (Active International�s managing partner for Central and Eastern Europe).

         Seminar/discussion: �How Trade Exchanges and Corporate Barter Companies Can Work Together.� Presenters � Ivan Javor (Active International), and Bob Bagga (BizXchange Dubai CEO).

         Seminar/discussion: �Trade Secrets: Techniques Of Successful Trade Brokers In A Barter Exchange.� Panelists � Dr. Sirri Simsek (Turk Barter president), Bob Bagga (BixXchange Dubai CEO), and David Wallach (IRTA president).

         Seminar/discussion: �Trading for Employee Benefits, Life and Casualty Insurance.� Panelist � Dr. Sirri Simsek (Turk Barter president).

         Seminar/discussion: �Franchising, Licensing, Mergers and Acquisitions: Lessons From Past Successes and Failures.� Presenter � Paul E. Suplizio (IRTA).

         Seminar/discussion: �Trading for Advertising With Print and Electronic Media.� Panelists � Ivan Javor (Active International), Dr. Sirri Simsek (Turk Barter), and David Wallach (IRTA president).

         Seminar/discussion: �Regulating Credit Extension, Money Supply, and Deficit Spending by the Owners of a Trade Exchange.� Panelists � Ron Whitney (IRTA executive director & Universal Currency manager) and Paul E. Suplizio (IRTA).

         Seminar/discussion: �Overcoming Obstacles to Growth: Imbalances Within Your Exchange, Lack of Capital and Quality Staff, & Poor Sales and Marketing Strategy.� Moderator � Paul E. Suplizio (IRTA).

         Seminar/discussion: �Managing Trading With Other Exchanges Especially For Hotels, Rental Cars, and Good Restaurants for Your Members.� Panelists � Dr. Sirri Simsek (Turk Barter), Ron Whitney (IRTA and UC), Bob Bagga (BizXchange Dubai CEO), and Paul E. Suplizio (IRTA).

         Seminar/discussion: �Special Techniques of Trading For Residential and Commercial Real Estate and Leases.� Moderator � Paul E. Suplizio (IRTA).

All persons planning to attend must register in advance with Paul Suplizio, the USA-based conference coordinator. Contact him via e-mail at wotc@cox.net, or by telephone at 703-820-7707.

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Timeshare Industry Reeling, Opportunities Exist For Barter Offers

The following story appeared in the Los Angeles Times, written by Catharine Hamm, it has been condensed for reader�s convenience� 

In 2008, timeshare sales amounted to $9.7 billion. While all the numbers aren�t in yet for 2009 it�s expected the industry will see an unprecedented decrease of sales amounting to $4 billion! That�s unheard of in an industry that has always experienced consistent sales growth.

But keep in mind that people are practically giving away timeshares just to be out from under the association fees. Last week on eBay there were 1,451 sale listings, including a three bedroom in Branson (MO) starting at a penny.

Owners today are renting their property to cover some of their costs. The Timeshare Users Group, TUG, has rental lists, and as you can imagine the timeshare rental market is very competitive with hotel rooms.

Given the number of units on the market for sale, the opportunities to acquire them on a barter basis, either for purchase or rental, are many.


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Tropicana Barters To Settle Class-Action Lawsuit!

Tropicana Beverages sent $1.15 million of 50-cent coupons to customers who bought apple juice products that the juice-maker had failed to label as being artificially sweetened. Tropicana, owned by PepsiCo, settled the class-action lawsuit through the trade payment. Company officials said they didn�t know some of the drinks contained sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup.

Frequent-Flier Miles Traded To Investors

In an unusual marketing agreement, Warburg Pincus Asset management and Northwest Airlines announced they�d created a program through which Warburg Pincus investors could earn Northwest frequent-flier miles. The initiative, called WorldPerks InvestorMiles, featured new mutual funds created specifically for the program. Customers buying into these new funds would earn one Northwest frequent-flier mile for every $4 invested on an annual basis.


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