5 Tips for Streamlining Your Online Fundraising ToolsOnline fundraising tools can make a huge difference in the amount of donations a nonprofit receives. Just being able to accept online donations has increased the reach of many nonprofit organizations, and it allows donors to give whenever they wish, by simply connecting with their smartphones, rather than having to wait until they are home with a checkbook handy.Since the majority of the population accesses the internet regularly, nonprofits are able to communicate with potential donors and share their message more frequently than ever before. Over the years, marketers and publicists have determined which formats are the most effective for brochures, postcards, posters, and other types of material used to promote organizations of all kinds. Donation software has also been developed, tested and re-designed to increase its effectiveness.Fundraising websites are like other websites in some ways, but they have some differences that should not be overlooked. Donation software, in particular, has been found to be most effective if it follows these five guidelines.Donation software should be mobile-friendly. If a potential donor is online using a mobile device and clicks your “donate now” button, but can’t navigate through the donation page on the device’s small screen, you will lose the donation. People are easily frustrated with pages that don’t work well, or are confusing, and leave the page in a matter of seconds.Limit the number of fields requiring input. When a form requires a lot of information, users are likely to leave the page without completing it. This means that even though they fully intended to make a donation when they got to the page, the fundraiser software became a hindrance, rather than a tool for helping them complete the intended action.Avoid links away from the donation page. It may seem appropriate to include a link back to your website or resources for more information on the good work that will be done with the donations you receive, but bear in mind that people are easily distracted—especially online—and interesting links that direct potential donors away from the donation page are stopping the donation process.Limit the amount of text on the page. Your website is a great place to share as much information as possible about your cause and the good work done by your organization. Your donation page should focus only on accepting online donations. A couple of sentences and an image that evokes emotion are enough to keep the donor inspired. Excess text can trigger “fine print” skepticism.Keep it simple. Complex options on a donation form make it less likely that donors will complete it. Fundraising websites should include options for recurring giving, and offer suggested donation amounts that the donor can choose with one click, but never include suggestions such as a percentage of the donor’s income, that would make them stop to think. They are much less likely to complete the form if there is more for them to do.Since 2001, Network for Good has helped over 100,000 nonprofit organizations raise more than $1 billion online. To discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.
How do you fund your mission?A healthy nonprofit has multiple sources of funding, including individual giving. Depending entirely on grants or public funding is risky, as either could be lost without any control on the part of the nonprofit. A robust fundraising program provides needed financial security, expands your community, and grows awareness for your cause.How do you make sure your fundraising is successful? The best way to get started is to sit down and create a plan.The Number One Indicator of Fundraising SuccessAccording to the Individual Donor Benchmark Report, which studies nonprofits with operating budgets under $2 million, the number one indicator of success is having a written fundraising plan.Nonprofits with a fundraising plan—even if they don’t end up using it—are more likely to be successful. Why? The act of planning—going through last year’s numbers, analyzing results, assessing your financial health and looking for growth areas—gives you a healthy foundation to grow your programs. It keeps you focused, helps you think critically about new fundraising ideas, and ensures your activities support your mission.Want more planning resources? Check out 8 Resources to Help with Fundraising Planning.We know that fundraising planning is important. So, are nonprofits listening?Network for Good recently surveyed 10,000 small to mid-sized nonprofits to learn more about how they depend on fundraising plans, and the results were fascinating, to say the least.Q1: Do you currently have a written, 12-month fundraising plan from which you are managing revenue-generating activities to balance your budget?On the surface, it seems like many nonprofits are already using fundraising plans. But what about those ones who aren’t?Q2: If you don’t have a fundraising plan, what is the leading factor that is hindering your ability to create and implement one?A lack of time is the leading factor preventing nonprofit managers from developing a written fundraising plan, followed by a lack of insights and strategic know-how.Of course, it takes more than just a fundraising plan to ensure success—the plan is just the beginning. Successful fundraising is predicated upon multiple factors: a written plan, an effective strategy and case for support, staff and board consistently implementing tasks, and technology to track and build donor relationships.Unfortunately that’s often a tall order in a small shop. Often understaffed and underfunded, how does a small nonprofit afford the time and strategic help needed to develop a plan and sustain their mission?A New Model for SuccessNetwork for Good has initiated a new strategy to help smaller nonprofits move to more diversified and sustainable fundraising. We have coupled access to a personal fundraising coach with simple, easy-to-use fundraising software to ensure small nonprofits can continue their mission and sustain funding for programs commonly dropped due to lack of funding.In particular, the software and coaching combination was designed to help small and medium-sized nonprofits accomplish everything they need to thrive, including:Engage their boards in fundraising activities.Craft compelling stories to reach donors’ minds and hearts.Plan a successful year-end fundraising campaign.Analyze data to better understand their donors and inform their plan.Sounds great, right? The question is, does this model of software and coaching really work?The short answer is YES.Participating nonprofits raised, on average, 27% more revenue without a net increase to their expenses.What’s a Personal Fundraising Coach?So, you may be familiar with Network for Good’s software: donor management (designed just for small nonprofits) and fully integrated campaign pages. But what about the personal fundraising coach?Participating nonprofits are matched with a fundraising expert who has experience within their cause area and whose expertise matches their unique needs and challenges. Organizations get the help they need when they need it, without the risk of hiring a full time fundraising professional.These individuals provide one-on-one strategic support in everything ranging from creating a 12-month fundraising plan to developing a successful event to crafting an effective appeal. Whatever individual challenges a nonprofit is currently facing, the coach is there to provide strategic guidance.Looking ForwardIn recent years, many small nonprofits have struggled to find ways to create a model for survival, let alone growth. Diversified funding, affordable yet effective tools, and the help of a personal fundraising coach have helped hundreds of nonprofits in the last year to build a more certain and sustainable future.Click here to talk to us. We’ll give you an overview of the software, strategy, and coaching that can help your organization thrive.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said Christian Eriksen’s on-going uncertainty is detrimental to the player and the club and hopes everyone involved can make “the best decision” regarding his future. Eriksen’s future has been in doubt since the end of last season, as he enters the final year of his contract with Spurs while rejecting extension offers from the club. Reports have suggested Eriksen is interested in a move to Real Madrid, but the La Liga giants have not made a move for the Denmark international. And while a transfer to Manchester United had been rumoured, that is impossible in the short term after the close of the English transfer window. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? While the European window does remain open until September 2, it is unknown whether any other club will make a bid for Eriksen, or if he will play out the final year of his contract and be eligible to sign a pre-contract with a new team in January. And Pochettino has conceded the situation lingering on is a detriment to both Eriksen and his team-mates, as all parties expected a resolution by this point. “It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] and for everyone,” Pochettino said. “It is not what I think the club or the player expected [it] to be. “You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances. “I am always open to help the club and to help the decision of [chairman] Daniel [Levy]. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy, but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.” Eriksen was left out of Pochettino’s XI for Spurs’ Premier League opener against Aston Villa, but helped his side to a comeback in that match as a second-half substitute. The playmaker then returned to the lineup from the start against Manchester City, which saw Spurs come away with a valuable road point against the reigning Premier League champions. Tottenham will try to make it two wins from three Premier League games when they face Newcastle on Sunday.
My top 4 after WEEK 61-@OhioStateFB 2-@AlabamaFTBL 3-@ClemsonFB 4-@LSUfootball Next 2@GeorgiaFootball @OU_Football— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 6, 2019Ohio State is 6-0 after beating the Spartans last night. A longtime NFL scout reportedly told Yahoo Sports that the Buckeyes “would definitely beat Clemson.”In order to run the table in the regular season, Ohio State still has to get by Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan. Right now though, it is clear that Ryan Day’s team is the cream of the Big Ten crop.Next weekend, two of Herbstreit’s top 6 will face major tests. LSU hosts Florida, which took down previously unbeaten Auburn yesterday, while Oklahoma plays Texas in its annual Red River Showdown. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: ESPN’s College GameDay Analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, pose for a photo during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit releases his top six teams every week, separating the group into a top four (the number of teams in the College Football Playoff) and two other squads waiting in the wings.After Week 6, Herbie is one of several pundits who is sky-high on Ohio State. He has the Buckeyes as his No. 1 team after their 34-10 blowout of Michigan State.Alabama and Clemson occupy the second and third spots, despite the fact each was idle this weekend. LSU rounds out the top four.Georgia, which routed Tennessee 43-14, and Oklahoma, which pounded Kansas 45-20, are the next-in-line.
Watch: When the giant screen helped South Africa locate lost ball during Test against IndiaIndia vs South Africa 1st Test: The incident took place in the 129th over of the Indian innings when South Africa fielders struggled to search the ball after it had rolled on towards the boundary rope.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 21:20 IST India vs South Africa: Vernon Philander in action (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth African fielders struggled to search the ball after it had rolled on towards the boundary ropeSouth African fielders and the ground staff kept on looking for the ballOne of the cameras played its role in zooming in on the red cherryAs Virat Kohli-led Team India ended day two of the first Test in Visakhapatnam on a high note against South Africa, there was an incident during the game that reminded us of our childhood days of searching the ball while playing cricket. In 129th over of the India innings, South African fielders struggled to search the ball after it had rolled on towards the boundary rope.When India’s all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja hit a four and the ball got jammed between the boundary padding, South African fielders and the ground staff kept on looking for the ball, while even checking under the rain-covers lying on the side. Once no one was able to spot the ball, one of the cameras played its role in zooming in on the red cherry.Having seen it on the giant screen, Aiden MArkram came running towards the spot and picked up the ball duly leading to smiles all over the field.#INDvSA pic.twitter.com/YbKE8qlo5rOut of Context Cricket (@OOCCricket_) October 3, 2019″I have never seen anything like this in international cricket!” said commentator and former Indian player Murali Kartik.In Vizag, India ended day two on a good note after Mayank Agarwal’s 215 and Rohit Sharma’s 176 helped the hosts declare at 502 for 7 on the second day.After crossing the 500-run mark, Virat Kohli signaled from the dressing room for a declaration and gave the spinners a go before Stumps. The duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t disappoint the skipper as the duo reduced South Africa to 39/3 at the end of ther day’s play.advertisementEarlier, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal posted a triple-century stand which was only broken with Rohit getting stumped off Keshav Maharaj, missing out on a deserved double century.However, Mayank didn’t miss out on the milestone and added another feather in his cap. Only 2 other Indians in the current Test set-up have scored double hundreds: Pujara and Kohli. Mayank Agarwal joined the list in only his 8th innings in Test cricket. In fact, after Virat Kohli’s twin double centuries against Sri Lanka in 2017, Mayank Agarwal became the first Indian batsman to achieve the feat.Also Read | It’s a feeling I can’t describe: Mayank Agarwal on his double hundredAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Ind vs SAFollow Vernon Philander
Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez and Monaco forward Radamel Falcao have not been included in Colombia’s squad for next month’s friendlies against Brazil and Venezuela.Madrid confirmed on Monday that the 28-year-old had suffered a calf injury in his right leg but did not say how much time the midfielder would miss.James started for the Spanish giants for the first time since May 2017 on Saturday, when Zinedine Zidane’s side were held to a 1-1 La Liga draw by Real Valladolid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream After the game, James spoke of the “unique feeling” he had from playing at Santiago Bernabeu again.The playmaker spent two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga title in both campaigns, but the German side opted not to sign the the Colombian on a permanent basis at the end of last season.Atletico Madrid and Napoli were reportedly interested in signing James during the transfer window, but a deal failed to materialise and it looks likely he will stay at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the transfer deadline of September 2.James has made 112 appearances since arriving at Madrid in 2014 and still has two years left on his contract.Falcao is yet to make an appearance for Monaco this season due to injury, while his future at the club remains in the air. The striker has been rumoured to be looking for a way out of Monaco this season after the club were almost relegated in the 2018-19 campaign. Galatasaray has been mentioned as his most likely landing spot as the 33-year-old looks to play Champions League football this season.However, Monaco CEO Oleg Petrov has warned that Falcao’s move may not be completed before the September 2 transfer deadline. “Falcao is a great professional,” Petrov said last week . “He has ambitions obviously, he wants to play the Champions League and we understand him, but we want him to stay at the club, he has a contract and he has to respect it.”Colombia reached the quarter-final stage of this summer’s Copa America, where they fell on penalties to Chile after a 0-0 draw over 120 minutes.In the absence of James and Falcao, Colombia have called up Duvan Zapata, Rafael Santos Borre, Luis Muriel and Roger Martinez in attack for the upcoming friendlies.
A New and Different ASTA Written By: Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC Travel Professional NEWS had the pleasure of attending the 2017 ASTA Global Convention right here in our hometown of San Diego, California. The event began on 8/27 and concluded on 8/29 and took place at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina down on Harbor Island. ASTA boasted a record number of attendees at 1003, which included travel agents, suppliers and guests. We were blessed with some of our great summer weather for the event, therefore being able to boast once again that we live in America’s Finest City! Our schedule only allowed us to attend one day of the event so this report will focus on that day and all that took place on Tuesday, August 29th. Harbor Island is a lovely setting for an event and with the close proximity to the airport it makes for a perfect venue for a conference. Add to the convenience of the location the beauty of the surroundings and you have a win. There were several Education Sessions taking place in the morning and agents attending had some timely and relevant topics to choose from such as: Employment Law Basics and Beyond Gaining Your Share from the “Sharing Economy” Traveler Anxiety in a World of Growing Uncertainty The Trade Show was next on the agenda from 9:45am – 11:45am. The agents had ample time to visit with the suppliers and vendors at their booths. This was day two of the Trade Show and it took place in the Grande Ballroom with an extension outside in a tented Pavilion. It is hard to say if this was planned or a result of more suppliers signing on to have booths closer to the actual event. Having managed a number of trade shows in my career, I am guessing it was a necessity due to more booths being needed. While it worked relatively well, it was a bit cumbersome to have to take a walk down stairs and through the heat to get to the tented area. It should be noted that we had record-breaking heat for San Diego that day and this too could have affected the trek outside to the next area for some agents. Some of the suppliers I spoke to in the tented are were not loving the set up as they felt perhaps some of the agents did not know they were out there. My take on it was that agents seeking information from suppliers would make the trip to gather brochures and learn all that is new with those suppliers. The Trade Show ended at 11:45 and suppliers began packing up their goods. At the exhibit hall I was able to catch up with Jean Paugh, Owner of All About You Travel Unlimited in Rockledge, Florida. Jean has been in the travel industry since 2005 and has a very successful travel business. I remember meeting Jean when she started her business and I am so happy for her success! We chatted for a few minutes about her thoughts on the conference. “This is my second time attending and ASTA Global Convention. I attended last year in Reno, Nevada. I felt that last year’s event was a bit stronger in terms of the speakers presenting. I did however really enjoy the Opening General Session discussion between Arnold Donald and Peter Greenberg. That was enlightening and entertaining.” I asked Jean how she felt about the Trade Show and the supplier participation there and she shared, “I think there are more suppliers here then at last years conference. There are so many, I have to work hard to get to everyone I need to see.” When asked if she was an ASTA Member she shared that she is and has been asked to be on the board in her local chapter in Central Florida. She said, “It is a new chapter and I have been asked to help launch and grow the attendance at our local events, I am looking forward to it.” At noon there were several sessions agents could attend. These were called Lunch & Learn Sessions and I took a look at several which all looked to be well attended and engaging for the audience. They were set up in rounds and lunch was served to the agents while the speakers presented. These were sponsored events by Silvercar, The Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Visit Anchorage. The education continued on from 1:45pm – 2:45pm featuring more relevant and interesting topics such as: ASTA Advocacy Boot Camp Maximize Your Commissions Selling Premium Cruises The Agency Think Tank Enhancing the Human Experience with Technology I spent some time in the Think Tank session where agents worked together in round tables to discuss Best Business Practices. Topics they discussed included Store Front Agents vs. Independent Contractors; New Agency Models; Agency Measures to Combat “Book Direct” and more. The room buzzed with knowledge and ideas. Between sessions, I was able to catch up with travel professional Jill LaBarre, owner of Jill’s Great Escapes in Orlando, Florida. We spoke for a few minutes about her take on the event. We should mention that Jill was also a speaker at the event and had a sell-out crowd in her presentation. Congratulations to you Jill! Here are some thoughts that she shared with me about the event. “This is my first ASTA event that I have attended. I have to say I really enjoyed the networking opportunities and supporting the travel industry advocacy group. For my business growth opportunities I find the Travel Weekly Shows such as Cruise World and GTM to be most beneficial. I felt it was important to support the show this year, as two people I admire greatly are strong proponents of ASTA. Lee Smolinski, Owner of OASIS and Kelly Bergin, President of OASIS, which is my host agency and most important business relationships. Both are strong advocates of ASTA as the industry’s trade association. I felt as an independent agent for OASIS, it was important that I be here. I was a bit surprised to learn there are only 533 Independent Contractor Members of ASTA in the new category for IC’s that they have created. I would have thought there would be more, but perhaps that will change in time. Hopefully more host agencies will encourage their IC’s to support our industries organization as OASIS has” However, I felt it was important to support the show this year, as two people I admire greatly are strong proponents of ASTA. Lee Smolinski, Owner of OASIS and Kelly Bergin, President of OASIS, which is my host agency both are strong advocates of ASTA as the industry’s trade association. I felt as an independent agent for OASIS, it was important that I be here. I was a bit surprised to learn there are only 533 Independent Contractor Members of ASTA in the new category for IC’s that they have created. I would have thought there would be more, but perhaps that will change in time.” At 3:00pm everyone gathered in the Harbor Island Ballroom for the Closing General Session. It was very well attended, so much so that I had to stand in the back of the room for the 2 ½ hour event! That will teach me to wear high heels when acting as a reporter. The session kicked off with presentations by ASTA Executives and was emceed by Samantha Brown, World Traveler and TV Host. She was great and I enjoyed her humor and amazing passion for travel. Norwegian Cruise Line presented information on all that is new with Norwegian and showed a great video on their new ship Bliss. Next on stage were some amazing industry leaders and mentors who shared their personal thoughts, insights and perspective on a multitude of topics primarily focused on gender and position. Colleagues and friends of mine Ellen Bettridge, President and CEO of Uniworld Boutique Cruise Collection; Vicki Free, Sr. Vice President, Royal Caribbean International; Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President & Co-Owner of AMA Waterways were on stage and I loved hearing their thoughts and views on women in travel. Captain Brenda Tirshfield, a United Airlines pilot was also on the panel and was truly a favorite with her honest and enlightening comments. Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Co-President & Co-Owner of Valerie Wilson Travel was also an amazing presenter. Ann Chamberlin, Senior Vice President of Membership & Strategic Partnerships at ASTA was also on the panel and a pleasure to hear from. Samantha Brown moderated the panel and kept it lively and entertaining. The audience had an opportunity to tweet their questions to the panelists as well. It was a great panel presentation. Following the panel Bob Duglin, Vice President, Business Development with ASTA presented awards to supplier partners. After the happy suppliers accepted their accolades there was a brief presentation by Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism for the Hellenic Republic sharing what ASTA can look forward to in 2018 where Greece will host the ASTA Destination Expo. After a few more awards being presented the General Session ended and everyone set off to prepare for the Closing Night ASTA Party in the Park. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Closing Night but I was there in spirit rooting for my friend Scott Koepf, SVP at Avoya Travel who sang the National Anthem at the San Diego Padres game in Petco Park. I could not have been happier for Scott and I know he shined. I was able to watch a recording on Facebook and he killed it! He has an amazing voice but is an even more amazing person…. Congrats my friend. In summary, my thanks to ASTA for allowing us to share in the event and my congratulations for a great show! Having been to many ASTA events over the years, I have to share this was certainly one right up at the top. People keep using the term “A New and Different ASTA” when they refer to the association. I have to add to that phrase by saying “A New, Different and Better ASTA”.
Interview By: Joanie Ogg, Co Founder & Editor for Travel Professional NEWS Interviewing: Marilyn Macallair, Vice President Business Development First and foremost, thank you for your time and insight! Can you share some background and company information about Passport Online? It started with a simple idea: get travel information and “specials” that came into a travel agency’s office from leisure suppliers into the hands (and minds) of their consumers as consistently and easily as possible. In the early days of leisure travel promotion, it was all about the brochure. Boxes of pamphlets, booklets and other marketing materials would stack up in travel agencies and not always get to the consumer. And then there were the faxes… dozens of them came into a travel agency each day with the latest supplier promotions. The founders of Passport Online knew that there was a better way to get supplier information to the consumer. And it was all based on harnessing the technology available. At the beginning of Passport Online’s journey, much of the work was done manually. Promotions were aggregated then distributed by CD-ROM, bulletin boards and other technology solutions that could help present a supplier in the best light. Then, this “Internet thing” took flight. Over the past 20+ years, Passport Online has grown and evolved into the leader in technology solutions for the leisure travel industry. We power more than 6,000 agency websites, 1,200 agency Facebook Pages, and aggregate and distribute content from 100 of the industry’s leading leisure suppliers. We’ve come a long way from those CD-ROMs! Can you share a bit of history about your industry experience and your role at Passport Online? I hesitate to be honest here but I’ve been in the travel industry for 40 years, starting my career in the sales department with Sheraton Hotels. From Continental Airlines to SatoTravel — and stops along the way at other leisure and corporate travel companies, I have always been in the sales and marketing side of the business. Now I head up the Marketing, Business Development and Social Media team at Passport and love blending the personal relationship and high touch customer interaction with technology to achieve success for all. It is so personally rewarding for me to see the travel agency community embracing and challenging technology to help grow their businesses. What products and services does Passport Online currently offer to Travel Professionals? Passport Online’s suite of website solutions includes travel offers from nearly 100 leading leisure travel suppliers, social media integration, a full portfolio of rich media destination content, electronic marketing tools. All are mobile responsive. Supplier content includes the major ocean and river cruise lines’ as well as tour wholesalers, vacation packagers and key resorts. NexCite, our custom designed, mobile responsive website solution has been adopted by over 3,000 travel agencies. The Host Agency NexCite program provides an affordable website presence to 3,000 ICs. We also offer a content-only solution, VacationPort, to those agencies who have an existing website but would like to offer a shopping experience to their consumers with rich media and supplier content that they don’t have to update or fool with. We update the content every evening. Tandem is our online booking platform which can be added to either NexCite or VacationPort for an additional monthly fee. Tandem is both a B2C and B2B booking engine offering 20 bookable cruise lines and land vacations. Tandem Agent Central, our B2B only platform, has been adopted and customized by Amadeus as their cruise booking engine and by key consortia. Finally, in a response to the surge in social media involvement, we developed an innovative posting program called ESP which curates relevant content, queues that content up and schedules it to post directly to an agents’ Facebook page daily. ESP has been adopted by over 1,200 individual travel professionals and we are in the process of adding new features. We understand you have a new product offering for Travel Professionals called AGENT DNA. Can you share more about how this will enable the travel professionals to grow their respective businesses? As I have stated, we have been providing travel agency website tools for more than 20 years. We know that effective websites need to provide custom content and shoppable supplier content. We also know that the demands of running a travel agency limit the time and learning necessary to create these elements professionally in-house. Today’s travel agency customers want to know who they are working with, why they are experts and what they will offer to their vacation planning experience. Agent DNA is a customized profile highlighting the specific experiences, specialties, and personal information of each agency advisor. The advisor completes a simple online form and our system will automatically build a fully integrated, visually appealing agent biography for a single agent or for the entire agency. Our development team created a customizable profile form that enables agents to include as much information as they choose. Profile prompts include options for: specializations, favorite destinations, industry years and experience, testimonials, a profile photo, contact information, social media links, travel history and upcoming trips. Future enhancements will include the ability to add a blog directly to the page which an agent can update at any time. To view the new Agent DNA pages on a customer website, click http://nexcitetravel.vacationport.net/Info/Directory/52727?mid=52727] Is there a cost associated with this new offering? Agent DNA is available free of charge to all NexCite², Host Agency and VacationPort customers. We are currently developing a stand-alone version of Agent DNA to enable travel agencies with their own website to add this feature. Release of that product and individual pricing will be available by year’s end. How does a Travel Professional get more information about AGENT DNA and Passport Online? Contact email@example.com or call 503-626-7766 option #1 We can’t thank you enough for your time, expertise and information about what’s new at Passport Online! Do you have any last words you may like to share with the readers of Travel Professional NEWS? We appreciate this opportunity to speak with the travel professionals who read this publication. We know you work hard for your clients every day and our goal is to help you have the most professional, most effective digital presence for your travel agency business. We welcome any questions or comments associated with our products and services.
A sum of $6 million has been set aside for the continuation of the Social Protection Support to Food Price Crisis project. Details of this allocation are contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with funding support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), commenced in January 2009, and is expected to run until June 2013. It aims to enhance the welfare of Programme of Advancement Through and Health and Education (PATH) beneficiaries by increasing the amount of subsidy and incorporate additional vulnerable households to the programme’s safety net, as well as increase the human capital levels of poor families through attendance at school and health clinics. The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards the procurement of computers for the strengthening of provisions to PATH beneficiaries island-wide. Achievements under the project up to March 2013 include: increased compliance of school attendance among beneficiary children in grades one to 11; increased compliance of health clinic attendance among beneficiaries zero to 11 months; and increases in PATH beneficiaries from seven per cent to nine percent in Kingston and St. Andrew. By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Deasy Penner Podley At over 5,000-square-feet, Rados House is one of the largest homes ever built by Neutra. Sitting on 1.47 acres, the two-story home sprawls out across the land, offering impressive views of the basin as well as the San Gabriel and San Jacinto Mountains. Outside, walls of glass face an oversized swimming pool and patio. The low, flat roofline allows the home to visually blend with the line of trees in the back. The color palette of the home was kept neutral, inspired by nature, but with pops of Kelly green sprinkled throughout. These color pops can be seen from the outside and appear to make the home glow in the evening.Inside, Rados House is perfectly preserved with original details around every corner. Nods to Rados’ career were cleverly included into the design, like the marine-grade mahogany wood (typically reserved for yachts) used as the ceiling support beams. Neutra even “borrowed” an old ship door and porthole to use in one corner of the home. Along with these boat-inspired details, classic mid-century modern features abound. Terrazzo flooring, a floating staircase, built-in seating, and floor-to-ceiling windows in every room are just a few of the original parts of the home that were lovingly maintained since it was erected in 1957. One of the coolest parts of the home is the round fireplace that acts as a visual divider for the second-floor family room. Set into the floor, the fireplace is capped by a chrome-covered chimney that would have been futuristic back in the ’60s, but now feels whimsically retro. Along with the main family room, the home also features an additional family room and lounge on the lower level. Overlooking the pool, this space has a stone-clad fireplace, two seating areas, and a full bar.Along with the two family rooms and a full bar, the home also includes three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large gourmet kitchen, and two dining rooms. Plus there is a grilling station outside next to the pool. It’s the ultimate swagger-filled bachelor pad, perfect for hosting a Don Draper-worthy bash. And when it’s all done, you can relax in the sunken hot tub in the master suite. Like we said, Rados House is worth the $4,000,000 price tag.Looking for something a little more up to date? Check out Riviera Residence and how it has brought mid-century modern style into the 21st Century. Deasy Penner Podley Deasy Penner Podley Deasy Penner Podley Deasy Penner Podley Deasy Penner Podley Previous Deasy Penner PodleyWe love a good mid-century modern home. Simple lines, open floor plans, and a visual connection to nature keep these dwellings feeling timeless. There has been increased interest in the style in recent years, with new homes being built in a mid-century revival theme. But nothing beats an authentic mid-century, especially when it comes with a famous name attached to it. That’s why we are so excited about Rados House. The 5,000-plus-square-foot home designed by architect Richard Neutra has hit the market and it has been perfectly preserved, proudly showing off its mid-century swagger.Located high in the hills of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Rados House is currently listed for over $4,000,000 and for good reason. Created for shipbuilder John Rados, the home offers a 270-degree view of the Los Angeles basin and harbor, which allowed Rados to keep an eye on his empire from the comfort of his spacious abode.Unlike other architects of the mid-century modern period, Neutra stands out for his lack of a clearly defined “look.” While other architects’ designs are easy to spot, like the iconic Eichlers all around California, Neutra’s homes were client-specific. While his designs may be hard to spot visually, they all adhere to the mid-century philosophy of open spaces, plenty of natural light, and a strong connection between indoors and out. Is It a Home of the Future or a Nod to the Past? On the Rocks is Both For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Redefining Rustic, Rancho Buena Vida is the Classic Texas Ranch Made Over Next 1 of 6 Editors’ Recommendations
The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Next Sedona is one of those magical places that most people from around the world fantasize of visiting. The stunning red rocks formations, the timeless canyons with rivers gushing through them, and the spiritual energy of the vortexes that surround the city are all part why so many flock here. There’s just something about it that draws you to Sedona, and once you’re there, you will feel a sense of peace and relaxation that many can only dream of. Conveniently under two hours driving from Phoenix, Sedona is just far enough away from the city but still accessible, and the drive there from Phoenix is rather beautiful. Tucked away in the Oak Creek Canyon on a private and gated 24 acres is Sun Cliff Sedona, a secluded vacation rental with the amenities of a five-star hotel and one-of-a-kind views of Cathedral Rock. This resort for two will elevate your Sedona experience to the next level.Sun Cliff SsedonaInside, you will find an elegantly simple one-bedroom casita, which was designed with the views in mind. Every window captures the incredible views of Cathedral Rock, the green valley, and musical Oak Creek, which sits within your own private 24 acres. The home mimics nature in color, feel, and flow. Expect to find Navajo rugs, Native American art, and local watercolors. The home is modern when it comes to its gourmet kitchen and luxe bathroom. The fireplace in the living room is beyond inviting and allows you to enjoy a cozy indoor fire while taking in the views of the outside.The casita is perched on the cliff’s edge and offers over 800 square feet of outdoor lounge space, which includes an expansive patio, cozy seating areas, multiple fireplaces, a soaking tub that will have you in tune with nature from the moment you step foot inside, and a two-person Jacuzzi located just outside the bedroom doors, as well as a door that leads directly into the steam shower (and yes, there’s also an outdoor shower for your convenience as well).Sun Cliff SsedonaIt’s important to note the husband-and-wife owners of Sun Cliff trained to become certified butlers so that their guests would feel as if they were truly staying at a resort. Sun Cliff comes with a pillow menu, robes and slippers, and dual bath amenities by Gilchrist and Soames. Other perks include complimentary snacks and beverages, custom-blend coffee, Wi-Fi and a computer to use, laundry machine and dryer, essential oils to use in the soaking tub or in the steam shower, and even Sun Cliff bottled water that is sourced from an Artesian spring in Oak Creek Canyon. From the moment you arrive through the private gates, you will be greeted with hot towels and an impeccably kept home with picturesque windows that will constantly draw your attention to the outside.You will feel as if you are booking at a five-star resort because Sun Cliff Sedona is just that: a resort, but a resort for two.Guests at Sun Cliff can rest assured that anything they may want will most likely be possible. From a private chef to massage services on property to concierge services for experiences and activities, this place has it all. Sun Cliff has formed partnerships with Sedona’s best tour companies in order to provide their guests with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as a hot air balloon ride over the red rocks, four-wheel adventures in a Jeep, private wine tours of Verde Valley Wine Region, private helicopter tours, and horseback riding through private trails. Many guests take advantage of their weddings and honeymoon packages as well, since it’s hands down, one of the most romantic spots in Sedona and, well, the views make for the most memorable photographs.Sun Cliff Sedona has no resort fees or hidden costs. Your stay includes daily housekeeping, nightly turndown service upon request, and 24-hour on-call concierge. Complimentary drinks and snacks are stocked daily, Wi-Fi and local/long distance services are free, and robes are provided for use while slippers and water bottles are yours to take home. The owners, Tom and Kate, have insider knowledge and know how to point you towards the sights, activities, and attractions that only Sedona insiders know. From the moment you begin your reservation inquiry, you will feel as if you are booking at a five-star resort because Sun Cliff is just that: a resort, but a resort for two. Rates range from $800-$1,000 per night, plus taxes. 1 of 6 Sun Cliff Ssedona Sun Cliff Ssedona Sun Cliff Ssedona Sun Cliff Ssedona Sun Cliff Ssedona Sun Cliff Ssedona Editors’ Recommendations Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Sun Cliff Ssedona Previous 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention
Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Editors’ Recommendations Why Are All These Celebrities Shotgunning Beers? Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly Throw out your adult vitamin gummies and drink a beer instead. (Kidding, but only sort of.) A new Kölsch beer from Sufferfest Beer Company out of San Francisco is creating beer with superfoods, meaning you can slow clap back at wine-drinking haters who say beer isn’t good for you.The super ingredient in Sufferfest’s Repeat Kolsch is bee pollen, which has been proven to act as an antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and overall immune-system boosting food. Repeat Kolsch is also low-calorie, low-carb, and low-alcohol at 3.5% alcohol by volume, and was created by the fit-minded Sufferfest as a response to low-cal summer beers that are nutrient duds.Sufferfest founder and CEO Caitlin Landesberg started the company after craving a healthy-ish beer that would quench her thirst after long trail runs. Plus, she wanted a beer that understood her desire for maintaining an active lifestyle, not another cold one promoting sedentary couch days and sitting on a bar stool all night.Michael McSherry/SufferfestRepeat Kolsch is an experiment in active beer, made to be a health-conscious alternative for hops fanatics who don’t want to give up their favorite refreshment but want to turn their ordinary beer bellies into good-feeling, thriving beer bellies. (Ain’t nothing wrong with a beer belly, you do you.)“We thought of Repeat as an exercise in adding things — more flavor, more nutrition — rather than removing calories and carbs,” says Landesberg. We focused on achieving balance.” The result? A beer that tastes like beer but is healthier.At 95 calories and 5 grams of carbs per serving, Repeat is still “flavor-centric” and has vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids, and fatty acids, the company says. Yep, bee pollen is 40-percent protein, is considered by health professionals to have anti-cancer qualities, can regulate your intestines, and contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese.Let the Kolsch runneth over!Obviously, drinking a beer laced with superfood isn’t as beneficial as eating pure superfoods, but if you’re going to indulge, it might as well give you a health nudge.Bad boy brewers Dogfish Head played around with a superfood beer in 2018 called It’s The End of the Wort As We Know It, designed to be a survival beer packed to the brim with nutrients. We’re talking 90% of daily folic acid recommendations and eight times the Vitamin B Complex compared to standard light lagers. Which allows you to conclude that if you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one food, a smart and satisfactory selection could be beer.Obscure French brewers, Superfood Beers, also created a 5G Belgian (5.5% ABV) with organic superfood ingredients like ginseng, ginger, and gingko, and England’s Cerne Abbas Brewery released Watercress Warrior, a beer rich in vitamin A, B, C, E, and watercress, which is thought to increase virility.More than a one-off release, Sufferfest is doubling down on better-for-you beers with its pale ale FKT, brewed with blackcurrants “which carry four times the vitamin C as oranges, and bolster gut and kidney health,” says the company. A dose of 65-plus milligrams of sodium also makes FKT an electrolyte replacement drink that is prime for post-sweat recovery, both physiologically and for the soul.Research proved beer makes us happier, and if you’re diligent about working out and eating well you deserve a damn pick-me-up.
Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Even in the wildest, farthest, most otherworldly reaches of the Earth you can enjoy world-class amenities, fine dining, and king-size beds.We scoured the globe for the most insanely luxurious tent rentals and successfully ruined ourselves for run-of-the-mill camping forever. These eight safari tents, geodesic domes, and canvas mini-mansions will blow your mind (and travel budget).Singita Mara RiverTanzaniaThe all-inclusive safari lodge at Singita Mara River sits deep within the Serengeti’s wildlife area and includes only six ultra-luxurious eco-tents. The décor is elevated bohemian with raw and cool textures, canvas, stone, and leather. Operating completely off the grid, your tent will rely on a solar system for power and use recycled materials. Hop on a game drive or dip in the outdoor pool before wine — Singita is one of Africa’s most influential wine collectors.Aman-i-KhasIndiaChic and surrounded by majestic tigers and panthers, Aman-i-Khas is a luxury wildlife camp on the tip of Ranthambore National Park. Multi-roomed tents the size of mini-mansions (literally 1,162 square feet) using breezy cotton drapes to separate the bedroom, living room, and bathroom. Join a daily Jeep safari or yoga class, or lounge by the pool before fine dining under crystal clear stars at night.Longitude 131AustraliaLocated in the otherworldly desert of Australia’s Red Centre, Longitude 131 is a romantic wilderness camp outside the World Heritage Site Uluru-Kata Tjuta (two insane rock formations). The views are life-changing and the rooms and amenities are hyper-glamorous. Sixteen tented pavilions offer calming and minimalist farmhouse-esque design with notes of local indigenous art. Each suite has a private balcony and fireplace, and all the comforts of a hotel including Wi-Fi, phone, bar, housekeeping, and music system.Marataba Game Reserve Safari LodgeSouth AfricaThe tented Safari Lodge enshrouded in the Marataba Game Reserve is an opulent glamping structure built as an extension of the wild environment beyond the canvas walls. A spacious oval tub highlights the en-suite bathroom while an outdoor shower and craft bar make even the farthest reaches of the world feel like home. Unparalleled service, additional indoor lounges, a spa, a restaurant, and safaris are at your fingertips (hence the name). There are tailored travel options for couples, family, honeymooners, and solo travelers.Kasbah Tamadot Berber TentMoroccoSleep at Sir Richard Branson’s glamping site in Asni, Morocco for a royal recharge perched atop a valley. Views from the tents and a massive pool of Kasbah Tamadot look out to Mount Toubkal and over traditional Berber villages. Of course, your Berber tent (with private jacuzzi) is a balance of exotic middle eastern design and modern lines, each individually and uniquely decorated. Sleep well, sweet prince.Whitepod DomeSwitzerlandGeodesic domes in the Swiss mountains form the Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel. Eighteen domes kept cozy with pellet stoves slope down the mountain and, depending on the season, offer a gateway to paragliding, electric mountain biking, hiking, and even milking cows. We’re most excited about the snowshoe tour complete with a raclette chef to cook mid-hike — wait, no, the 007 Pod, a James Bond-themed geodesic dome for rent on the property.Outpost Co.CanadaOn the edge of an Ontario lake accessible only by float plane, luxe glamping site Outpost Co. can host just eight people at a time. Stay in a canvas safari tent with traditional 16-inch Sioux tribal tipi lounge area, located in an ancient white pine forest. Artisanal wood canvas canoes are available for your exclusive play and a private chef is always on hand. This trip isn’t for boy scouts, but men scouts. No internet, no electricity, just pure (luxurious) nature.Shinta Mani Wild HotelCambodiaShinta Mani Wild Hotel in Cambodia sought to create a new, sustainable travel option that would help conserve and protect threatened wildlands. The result is extravagant nature tents alongside a rushing river and waterfall. Glamping.com says each tent was meticulously designed to invoke the feeling of being on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’. Take a bath on your private deck over the rushing rapids in this open-wall concept. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked
Timmy WesleyHiking is a great activity and it doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. In fact, most of us probably have all of the gear we need in our home already. Chances are, you have an available pack lying around the house. Empty it, repack it, and get outside this summer — but before you hit the trail, make sure you bring along these day hike essentials to ensure a safe time. If you are missing anything from this list, each item can be purchased for $50 or less.1. HydrationStaying hydrated may be the single most important part of any outdoor activity. This is especially true when hiking, as readily available water sources are rarely present. Therefore, you must pack an adequate supply to get you out and back.Options abound in this category. You can carry multiple water bottles or a single hydration bladder. Two great options for water bottles include Hydroflask (we’re fond of this 32-ounce, wide-mouth version) and the collapsible Platypus Water Bottle (available in multiple sizes). If bladders are more your speed, here are the best hydration packs.2. NutritionIf you plan to be out on the trail for more than an hour, it’s a good idea to stash a few snack items in your pack. This can range from a bag of beef jerky, a couple of energy bars, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich you made before leaving the house. Aside from the need to replenish calories that you are burning while hiking, it’s refreshing to enjoy a trailside picnic once you reach that scenic vista that you set out to find.3. Rain GearFor the weekend warrior, technical rain gear may be overkill and not worth the investment. However, a poncho stashed away in your backpack can make all the difference when caught in an unexpected thunderstorm.Consider packing an extra set of clothes (and/or jacket) in a plastic bag. You’ll be glad that you did in the event that you do get drenched or find yourself colder than expected.Alaric Hartsock4. Sun ProtectionYou wouldn’t head out to the beach without the proper sun protection. Always wear or carry a hat, sunscreen, and lip balm. Sunglasses can also prove advantageous in bright conditions (and your eyes will never be closed for those scenic selfies). If you are sensitive to the sun, you should consider wearing Buy at REI on exposed skin.5. First-Aid KitWhether you grab a prepackaged product or choose to piece together one from items you have in your home, carrying a first-aid kit is like packing a little added insurance for your outing. Just make sure you know how to use everything that you bring, just in case.6. Safety ItemsIt’s never a bad idea to pack a few safety items for the trail in addition to your first-aid kit. Consider taking a small plastic container or bag with a few waterproof matches, a whistle, some safety pins (assorted sizes), and a small roll of duct tape for making minor repairs to malfunctioning gear along the trail. An emergency blanket can also be helpful should you become chilled or have to make an emergency bivvy.Jean-Frederic Fortier7. NavigationMaps can be easily downloaded and printed at home or picked up at local outfitters and park visitor centers. It is wise to also let someone know where you are going and what time you plan to return. If you plan to travel in an unfamiliar location, consider packing a compass. However, a compass only works if you truly know how to use the device — here’s a quick introduction to the compass.8. Knife (or Multi-Tool)We’re not talking about a knife like Crocodile Dundee carried around the Outback. Instead, consider packing a Swiss Army-style knife or multi-tool. Some of the next-generation multi-tools fold up and include items like scissors, pliers, screwdrivers, and tweezers, just to name a few. The scissor tool is apt to prove more advantageous than a long blade for cutting bandages. We like the Leatherman Style CS as it not only has the scissors and a knife blade, but it can also clip directly to your pack for ease of use.Leatherman9. LightWhile you might not plan to be out past dark, accidents do happen and it’s better to err on the side of caution. Always carry a headlamp or flashlight, as well as extra batteries. We prefer a headlamp because it provides hands-free use and it comes in a variety of sizes, light output, and price points to meet any budget.10. Insect RepellentNothing can ruin an outdoor adventure like swarms of insects. Whether its mosquitos, gnats, or any other annoying bugs, a good repellent may be worth its weight in gold. Choose the repellent that’s right for you. Apply often and liberally. For convenience, we really like the repellant wipes. You never have to worry about them leaking or discharging in your pack.Article originally published June 22, 2018. Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business
With delicious food or drink on one hand, we can enjoy spending our own time here.”The sweets are delicious and we can read as many books as we like,” says Mr Chang with picking up some books he’s got interested in from shelves on the wall and magazine racks.For its convenient location, he frequently uses here during break or while meeting with Chinese staffs.──What is a good point of this place?Mr Chang：Not many places in Japan have the Internet connection, but we can use free Wi-Fi here!InformationBrooklyn Parlor SHINJUKUAddress: B1F, Shinjuku OIOI Anex, 3-1-26, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-6457-7763Official HP: Brooklyn Parlor SHINJUKUSekaido (世界堂)”I don’t draw but I do like the tools. That’s why I come here often.” Mr Chang then recommended Sekaido whose symbolic signboard makes us surprised with the paint of Mona Liza. Established in Showa 15, Sekaido is a specialty store of painting tools and picture frames, which are famous for the variety and its reasonable price. It’s just a short walk from Brooklyn Parlor. Not only painters and illustrators but also fashion and architect designers visit here. This store provides products from all over the world as if it is a museum.Many foreign tourists visit here recently and they purchases various goods as souvenirs such as high quality Japanese stationaries and cartoon tools like screen tones.Such a brilliant space, as if all of the painting tools in the world have been collected here, indeed makes us excited just like when we are at a museum!Lower floors are like corridors of stationaries. Painting tools enthusiasts absolutely like it.Sekaido also sells niche tools and stationer that you can’t collect at large DIY stores. “The very first time I got interested in Japanese culture was not fashion but Japanese manga and anime,” says Mr Chang with his eyes looking at tools for cartoons placed in a corner.”I do like Japanese stationaries as well. My Chinese friends are delighted to get them as gifts.” On the day of this interview, he was looking for another new favourites and explored the floor watching carefully.──What is a good point of this place?Mr Chang：I’m sure this is the only store that provides such a wide variety of choices of tools in the world.InformationSekaido Shinjuku Main Store (世界堂 新宿本店)Address:3-1-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-5379-1111Official HP: 世界堂Isetan Shinjuku Store the 5th Floor – Living FloorMr Chang is particular about like style goods as well. He is a heavy user of the Living Floor in Isetan Shinjuku Store where we can get everything such as interior goods and furniture that have well considered materials, functions, and designs. Grooming items and kitchen tools are also available.He looked quite satisfied with designs of the floor that was remodelled in March 2015. The new style was totally fresh – trendy botanical items, retro metal type painting service, Japanese tableware placed in an artistic layout, and a suggestions of water to drink after taking a bath.Mr Chang said, “I love coffee and I cook for myself.” Coffeemakers and spices seemed too attractive to him to leave there so soon.This talented editor is so amazed by the sense of layout here!Japanese traditional fine crafts, which many of Chinese people now are interested in, are beautifully placed like artistic objects.”Traditional fine crafts have been actually decreasing in China. You may be surprised but it is true that so many Chinese people are interested in Japanese fine crafts.”There are fine crafts made by artists throughout Japan and Japanese tableware crafted by recent famous new artists on the same floor. Those are all displayed like exhibits in a museum. “I am enchanted by the display here that reflects Japanese aesthetic sense.” He enjoys walking around here as if he appreciated artistic works.──What is different from other life style stores?Mr Chang：I know life style stores have become really popular in Japan. I also like visiting there but I don’t know any other places that have such a variety of goods like here!Information Isetan Shinjuku Store the 5th Floor – Living FloorAddress:3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-3352-1111（Main phone）Official HP: 伊勢丹新宿店Snap──Please tell us why you continue living in Shinjuku. Mr Chang：I came to Tokyo for the first time in 2007 on a trip. Then I’ve lived in Shinjuku since my work base was moved to Tokyo in 2009. There are so many interesting spots such as Isetan and Shinjuku 2cho-me (新宿二丁目) where people working in an apparel industry gather. Shinjuku is such an exciting place for those who want to experience mixed cultural atmosphere in Tokyo!*This article was reproduced from the article on ISETAN PARK net.http://isetanparknet.com/loveshinjuku/01/ Ray Chang is a senior editor whose fashion magazine “YOHO” is greatly popular among young people in China. Tokyo is now a base of his activity. While enjoying learning fashion scenes in both Japan and China, how doesShinjuku, a town where various culture coexist, reflect in his eyes?We can enjoy free and miscellaneous space at his favourite parlour, seek inspiration from numerous painting tools, and go shopping at refined department stores. Shinjuku will definitely show such attractive aspects through walking together with Mr Chang who has a sharp eye for fashion.ProfileRay ChangBorn in Shenzhen City, China, he have been hugely influenced by Japanese pop culture and magazined via Hong Kong since he was small. After graduation, his first job started at the very first street fashion magazine in China “YOHO.” He moved his base to Tokyo in 2009. He is now in charge of buying and relating foreign brands on his EC site as well as editing the magazine.Brooklyn Parlor SHINJUKU (ブルックリンパーラー新宿店)Produced by a jazz club “BLUE NOTE JAPAN ,” it is Cafe & Restaurant, the fusion of music, books, and food. Its concept is “Everything Useless but Elegant in Life (人生における、無駄で優雅なもの、ぜんぶ).”Its free and miscellaneous atmosphere stimulates us with relatively loud music and even lively chatting among customers works as a sound track.Culturally well-mixed space is used to stock fashion and culture magazined, literature cartoons, photographic albums, and even illustrated books! “It’s different from normal cafes in Japan whose interior space is too neat. This place has its originality and a sort of addiction.” First-class DJs gather here every Tuesday night for the unique event “Good Music Parlour.” More than 2500 books on the wall deliver inspiration to us.