October 29, 2013
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Cornell University Study Reports On Analysis Of Going Green
Going green neither boosts nor dents hotel revenues,
according to a study released this week by the Cornell
Center for Hospitality Research. The study monitored sales
and rates at 9,000 hotels: 3,000 that had earned Sabre’s
“Eco-Certified Hotel” label and 6,000 that had not. The
analysis showed that, on average, the distinction made
little difference in sales and rates.
“We can conclude that going green is compatible with
existing quality standards of hotel service and that
advertising green status doesn’t hurt a hotel’s revenues,”
according to Cornell assistant professor Howard Chong. “But
it may not help, either.”
Trade Exchange Prepares Nationwide Offices Launch
Global Links Corp. (OTC:GLCO), announced that the company’s
wholly-owned subsidiary, BXI Trade Exchange, is preparing to
open 28 offices nationwide during the upcoming launch of its
trade exchange platform.
All offices will open simultaneously upon the platform’s new
launch, and eight additional locations are in negotiation to
open in the near future.
BXI will have trade offices throughout California and Texas
as well as in Oklahoma, Atlanta, New York, Hawaii, Las
Vegas, Austin, South Carolina, Denver, Utah and Alabama. The
company’s goal is to become the first barter exchange to
have 100,000 members and generate up to $50 million in
monthly trade volume.
Plans 100 New Airports As Business Travel Explodes
The Global Business Travel Association predicts that China’s
surging economy will push business travel spending to #1 in
the world by 2016. (China’s Beijing Capital International
Airport is expected to surpass Atlanta’s International
Airport as the world’s busiest airport next year — 2014.)
The demand for air travel from China is expected to grow so
fast in the next few years that several of China’s airports
have had to double or triple their capacity, and the nation
plans to build 100 new airports over the next decade.
Spa Spending Growing Faster Than Food & Drink Expenditures
Pampering yourself with a message, after checking in to a
hotel, is growing faster than the sale of food and drinks. A
study by PKF Consulting, a consultant to the hotel industry,
reports that hotel spa services (massages, skin care
services and personal training) jumped 5% in 2012 from the
previous year. By comparison, the sale of food and drinks
grew only 2.3% in the same period.
The growth could be due to an improving economy or the
resurgent health trend in the USA, as Americans try to eat
well and stay healthy on the road.
Millennials Will Be
Working Into Their 70s Due To Debt
Millennials, people in their 20s and early 30s, will be
working longer and unlikely to retire until age 73 (over 10
years later than the current average age), because of heavy
student-loan debt, according to a new study. While the
typical graduate has a “seemingly manageable” $23,300 in
education debt nearly 3 in 10 millennials have had to move
back in with their parents because they couldn’t afford to
live on their own. Those are far higher percentages than the
baby boom or Generation X cohorts ever experienced.
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Wins FCA National Innovation Award For Mobile App
Bartercard International Group (B.I.G.) scooped the pool at the
Franchise Council of Australia’s NAB FCA Excellence in Franchising
Awards, held October 22 at Jupiter’s on the Gold Coast. They
captured the prestigious National Franchise Innovation Award for
2013, for their mobile application.
Launched late in 2012 it is the first major piece of technology
rolled out by B.I.G. since the owners of Bartercard Australia bought
out the majority control of its international parent in early 2012,
making Bartercard International an entity that’s 100% Australian
Bartercard’s Chief Operating Officer Trevor Dietz collected the
award at a glittering awards’ night attended by more than 400
representatives from Australia’s leading franchising groups. “The
judges picked us to win this innovation award because of our world
class mobile application, which is now being used by our members
globally every day,” Dietz affirmed.
“Our members love this technology as it provides a simple way for
them to transact, manage their account and search for other members.
They are currently transacting over $1.5 million dollars per month
using the app. In the first 48 hours after launching, we achieved
the third highest downloads in the business category on Australia’s
Apple App store and number 19 on Google Play — and the feedback has
been nothing but positive.”
“What makes our app unique,” continued Dietz, “is that we are the
first trade exchange in the world to combine directory searches, as
well as the ability to transact internationally. To win this award
is a tremendous testament to our in-house software engineers, and
proves Australia does have the talent to compete on the global
The Bartercard Group settles almost 2 million transactions per year,
which equates to over $720 million for its 55,000 cardholders. The
Southport based company operates in 70 offices in 7 countries and
has major plans to expand throughout North America, Asia, the United
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November 20 and 21,
2013, will be the dates for the next European Club For Countertrade
& Offset (ECCO) meeting in Juan-Les-Pins, France. The location is
ten kilometers from the Nice International Airport.
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countries will share information on how their governments have
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