Agrowing number of travelers are taking to the road in RVs,
according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, which
estimates nearly 8 million households or one in 12 vehicle-owning
households owns an RV and is expected to reach 8.5 million in the
next four years.
A new service by Bank of Internet USA offers a way for those
road warriors to stay connected to their finances no matter where
The FDIC-insured Internet-only savings bank has launched an
online community banking site, MyRVBank.com, enabling RVers to
open, manage and view their accounts online anytime, anywhere in
No waiting in lines or searching around for a bank branch or
ATM: Deposits can be made via direct deposit or through the mail
via free, postage-paid envelopes, and withdrawals can be made by
check, ATM or free bill pay. Bank of Internet will even reimburse
customers up to $8 per month on non-bank ATMs.
Internet Brands Inc., an operator of media and e-commerce sites for
“big ticket” consumer purchases, has acquired Bed & Breakfast
Inns Online (BBOnline.com), one of the largest directories of
B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1995, the average
B&B listing on the site receives more than 5,000 visitors per
year. Internet Brands also operates the vacation rental directories
Vamoose.com and VacationHomes.com.
Audissey Guides are new downloadable, one-hour MP3 audio walking
tours that combine local narrators, a hip musical score and a
variety of unusual sites from hidden alleys and subway rides to
local watering holes. Roby Pyles, founder of Audissey Guides, calls
them “walking tours for the iPod generation.” Tours of Boston,
Chicago and Seattle are available now, while Miami Beach and
Hollywood, Calif., as well as New Orleans, are also in the
DOT-TRAVEL GETS CEO
Tralliance Corp., the .travel Registry, has appointed Edward A.
Cespedes as chief executive officer. Cespedes also serves as
president of Tralliance Corp.’s parent company TheGlobe.com. The
move comes six months after the official launch of the new Internet
domain dedicated to the travel and tourism industry. Since the
official launch of .travel in January, 140 travel trade
associations from nine industry sectors and 73 countries, have
joined The Travel Partnership Corp., a Washington, D.C., nonprofit
corporation formed to promote the .travel top-level domain.
Tralliance estimates 50 percent of .travel domain registrations so
far are from North America.
VACATION CENTER LAUNCHES NEW SITE
America’s Vacation Center is testing a new private-label consumer
travel Web site for home-based agents. The sites allow consumers to
browse or search for land packages and cruise vacations, find
prices and more.
“Our sites have been carefully modeled after our own consumer
Web site, designed to convert lookers into bookers,” said Brad
Anderson, co-president of America’s Vacation Center. “Our unique
technology allows us to integrate private label travel sites with
pricing and availability, commission tracking and customer
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Trisept Solutions, in cooperation with the 23 vacation vendors that
distribute on VAX VacationAccess, has posted emergency contact
information on the agency portal during hurricane season, which
runs through Nov. 30. The “hurricane policies vacations” link
appears on VAX VacationAccess’ home page and connects with a
listing of each vacation vendor, its emergency phone numbers and
hours of operation.