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As Co-Founder and President of TravelNet Solutions, Inc, Ryan Bailey has been instrumental in TravelNet's expansion from a first generation vertical travel site company into a diversified platform company. TravelNet Solution's vertical sites connect thousands of travel companies to it's loyal travel-minded communities that spans 65 countries around the world, with the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia leading the list. Ryan is responsible for TravelNet Solution's top line revenue across all product lines on a worldwide basis. He also leads sales and marketing for TravelNet’s four product divisions, including the ResortsandLodges.com site - the world’s largest online resort and lodge destination marketplace that connects travel planners with hotels, resorts, lodges, vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts. The ResortsandLodges.com site is projected to generate over $100 million in business for travel companies in 2012. Under Ryan's leadership, TravelNet Solutions has achieved profitable growth since 2004. With more than 10 years of experience in the digital travel industry, Ryan has spoken at several hospitality events and advised thousands of hoteliers on strategic digital planning, transient direct marketing, group direct marketing, and analytics. Ryan attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth before the company moved it’s offices to Minneapolis / Saint Paul area.

TravelNet Solutions Adds Vacation Rental Directory to ResortsandLodges.com

TravelNet Solutions, Inc.  Adds Vacation Rentals Directory to ResortsandLodges.com

TravelNet Solutions, Inc. parent company of ResortsandLodges.com and a leader in providing complete marketing solutions for the hospitality industry, is pleased to announce a new vacation rentals directory on ResortsandLodges.com.

Cottage Grove, MN – June 22, 2011In response to requests from several clients, as well as millions of travelers, TravelNet Solutions has added a vacation rentals directory to ResortsandLodges.com. Now, in addition to overall resort and lodge listings, companies and private rental homeowners will have the opportunity to showcase their rental properties individually and inexpensively to ResortsandLodges.com’s global audience.

“ResortsandLodges.com strives to be the best tool for travelers to plan their vacations, as well as the best platform for vacation property owners to connect with those travelers. This new vacation rentals directory will give homeowners and travelers alike the chance to find thousands of destinations across the globe on one familiar, trusted source,” President and Co-Founder Ryan Bailey said.

The vacation rental industry has seen a considerable boom in recent years, both for property owners and travelers. According to a recent survey by HomeAway.com, more than 6 million vacation properties were being rented out to travelers in the U.S. and Europe, generating over $85 billion in income in 2010. HomeAway also reports that 81 percent of people traveling this summer are traveling for pleasure, and of that 81 percent, 68 percent are choosing vacation rentals.

“I am thrilled to see that ResortsandLodges are expanding to vacation rentals. They are an important part of the tourism sector, and I’m excited to be a part of it from the beginning,” Shari Goldstein, President at Carolina Mornings Realty, said. “We get a lot of traffic from ResortsandLodges.com, and I think the new directory and their powerful SEO will drive us even more traffic and prove to be very financially productive.”

Property owners interested in learning more about listing their vacation rentals on ResortsandLodges.com can contact http://www.resortsandlodges.com/con-cms/contact-us/sales/.

About TravelNet Solutions, Inc:

TravelNet Solutions’ strong success has been more than a decade in the making. A first generation travel vertical site originally founded in 1998 was ResortsandLodges.com which would be the vehicle for tremendous growth in the following years.

Built with a grant from NASA, Michigan State University, & Polyphasic – ResortsandLodges.com was a early test vehicle to a global content management system and a new friend to the world wide web. The site quickly gained popularity with millions of consumers and thousands of advertisers.

With exciting data at it’s fingertips we would begin a tremendous transition in 2004 – from a single travel vertical site to a diversified, platform company that would scale much larger. Looking ahead, TravelNet Solutions plans to pursue top talent and infrastructure that offers a significant growth strategy for it’s audience, advertisers, investors and revenues.

Updates to ResortsandLodges’ Weekly Top Travel Deals Newsletter!

Every week, we pick out our favorite incrediDEALS (a.k.a. incredible travel deals!) from different regions of the U.S. and the world and deliver them straight to our subscribers’ inboxes.  This week, we decided to try something new with our deals newsletter, adding some photography and a new layout!  The new version is pictured first, and the old version is below.

Since this newsletter is for YOU, we want to know: which version do you like better and why? Let us know in the comments, or tell us on our wall at www.facebook.com/ResortsandLodges!

New Version:

New IncrediDEALS Email

Old Version:

Old IncrediDEALS Newsletter from ResortsandLodges.com

Call Tracking Case Study: A 370 Unit Property in Galena, IL

After many years helping to validate advertising for online travel websites, we’re blown away by the impressive results as seen in the screenshot below. (Click to view larger)

Call tracking case study
Call tracking shows a quantifiable increase in room night sales.

This example is one of many case studies we’ve done that shows the difference between before a resort activates their tracking number across their web marketing channels, and after they make this simple change.

Call tracking is needed because thousands of properties are still reserving millions of dollars of revenue over the phone. Yes, most people research, plan, discover, and share their travel experiences online. However, because of the complexity and cost of planning a vacation, travelers still feel more comfortable making the final transaction to book their vacation over the telephone.

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