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In growing iStopOver, we have found that there is significant interest in “commonality” between our Hosts and our Guests. Our Guest members want to “stop over” with someone they are comfortable with, and our Hosts want someone they are comfortable with staying in their home. We will be launching iStopOver aimed at different interest groups over the next while, and we are starting by launching “iStopOver for Ages 50 and Beyond”. Our research has shown that, as the “Boomer” generation is aging, they are traveling more and more. The retired community has more time on its hands, and is looking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at iStopOver
The 2010 Fifa World Cup has been an incredible journey for all of us at iStopOver and it’s with mixed emotions now that the tournament is over. We’ve had an awesome time getting to know our thousands of Hosts and have enjoyed the South African warmth and humour. We really are proud to have been associated with such a successful tournament. We wanted to share some feedback we’ve received from Hosts and Guests alike: Host (lynne) Guest (redandblue92): WOW! I am so impressed with istopover. you guys are great. I have already had 2 different guests from different parts of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at iStopOver
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The World Cup is almost here! We’re all very excited and can’t wait for June 11th. South Africa vs. Mexico will be the official start to what promises to be an unbelievable event. We’re truly proud that we’ve had the privilege to be involved in some small way with this fantastic event-and especially one that will hopefully bring great things for South Africa’s future. We have had an incredible response with thousands of booking from Guests all over the world, alongside thousands of listings all through South Africa. We though it would slow down with the event so close, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at iStopOver
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by Anthony Lipschitz Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a VIP Fifa World Cup Trophy Tour event sponsored by Coca Cola here in Toronto, Canada. iStopOver's Anthony Lipschitz with the World Cup !!! We got to see the amazing artist K’naan and his band perform the official World Cup song- Wavin’ Flag –as well as other great songs from his album. They were fantastic and inspirational. I’m sure their song(s) will add much to the atmosphere at all the games during the tournament. Unfortunately the great Cameroonian international and legend-Roger Milla- was not well and was unable to attend... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at iStopOver
If you have been following all the activities at iStopOver, you will notice that we have recently been really busy. The website has a huge amount of traffic from Hosts and Guests worldwide, who are discovering more about iStopOver and our unique service. We continue to attract great listings in more and more locations on our “Home” site, and we remain thrilled with the response on our World Cup site. Some interesting pieces of information: - World Cup Unbelievably, more than 27,500 messages have now been sent between Hosts and Guests on our World Cup site !! The iStopOver “system”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at iStopOver
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Mar 15, 2010
I have just returned from a 10-day trip to South Africa on behalf of iStopOver for World Cup 2010. It was extremely exciting to see all the preparation underway for the World Cup in June/July. We were in Johannesburg and Cape Town and it seems that all everyone can speak about is the World Cup. The airports look amazing, the stadiums are incredible and you can see the excitement everywhere. All indications are that it is going to be an amazing event. We met with many of our partners, established new partnerships and were busy with the media the rest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2010 at iStopOver
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Our iStopOver for World Cup members keep telling us how excited they are about the upcoming World Cup event. Now you can show off your support by inserting a Widget on your own web site. It is really easy. Look through all the widgets on this page. As soon as you find a widget that you like, click on the image. You will see the words “Get Widget” under the widget and follow the online instructions. You can install widgets on Facebook, Blogger, Twitter, iGoogle, WordPress, TypePad or ANYWHERE you can embed HTML code. Best of all, its free!! Go... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2010 at iStopOver
Our South African Hosts continue to tell us that it is extremely important that they show off the “Best of South Africa”. There is a huge amount of goodwill being shown by our Hosts to international visitors that will be arriving for the World Cup. South Africa is going to be a very exciting location in June and July 2010 and many of our iStopOver members are invested in guaranteeing that everyone that will be attending has a great experience. The iStopOver Ambassador program lets Hosts offer many extra services to their Guests aimed at ensuring a successful stay. With... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at iStopOver
On January 8th 2010, we launched our new look for iStopOver for World Cup 2010. Along with the new colours and images, it brings a wealth of new functionality and features. Based on extensive user feedback, we launched the new look and we are very excited with the result. Please look at www.istopover.com/worldcup2010 and tell us what you think by adding your comments to this blog posting. As we get closer to the World Cup in June 2010, our efforts are focused in two directions. Many more Hosts are adding their listings to the site, and there are now plenty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at iStopOver
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Check out this great article by the great people of the Guardian UK featuring iStopOver! Here's an excerpt: “iStopover has created its own sub-site especially for the tournament, teaming up with a South African property company to boost local publicity. "We currently have over 1,400 listings," says site founder Mark Skapinker. "Bookings from guests all over the world are already rolling in, and we [expect] them to skyrocket now that fans know exactly where the teams are playing.”Click here to read the full article, 'All a-bed for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa' » Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at iStopOver
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iStopOver has been getting lots of buzz! We were mentioned in an article by Business Day News. Here's an excerpt: “Jawitz Properties is also seeking to capitalise on the tournament, having partnered with international rental website iStopOver.com to launch a section specifically for the 2010 World Cup. Property owners can list their properties on the site for free, and set their own rental pricing.”Click here to read the full article, 'Home owners cash in on 2010 accommodation rush' Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at iStopOver
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Great Photos Make Great Listing Including great, vibrant pictures in your iStopOver listing is not only a perfect way to show visitors exactly what they'll be getting if they book with you, but they also give you the best opportunity to show off just how great your space is. We've seen a dramatic difference in the number of bookings that a listing with great photos receives versus a listing with poor photos or none at all. There is really no comparison - great photos are essential to being successful on iStopOver. There are a few things to keep in mind... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at iStopOver
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iStopOver was interviewed for the Going local travel blog. Check out what we had to say along with other accommodation networks! Click here to read the full article, 'How to set up an online accommodation network' » Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at iStopOver
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iStopOver was mentioned this week in a great article by 50plus.com. Here's an excerpt: “You can take advantage of the vacation rental trend if you've got some spare space in your home (and you live in a good location). You can rent a spare room, basement apartment or even your entire home to travellers through listing services like iStopover.com...”Click here to read the full article, 'Make your winter getaway more affordable' » Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at iStopOver
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iStopOver for office rentals has been covered again by the great team at Thrillist. Here's a segment: “...priced well below average hotel rooms, renting a room on iStopOver offers value for money. You won’t find impersonal check-in, loud noise from other guests, and extra charges at every step. In many cases, it gives you the opportunity to “live like a local”.”Click here to read the full post, 'iStopOver Office' » Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at iStopOver
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We are very excited that Trendhunter Magazine has covered iStopOver for our office rentals site. Here's a segment: “Very short-term or hourly office rentals is the business plan behind iStopOver, which is a new service that connects offices with office needers. Rather than meeting at a coffee shop, people using listings by iStopOver get a professional atmosphere for their business dealings. ” Click here to read the full post, 'Hourly Office Rentals' » Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at iStopOver
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We are excited to share that iStopOver for office rentals has been covered by Springwise.com. Here's a segment: “Offering a professional alternative to working from the nearest Starbucks, a new service from iStopOver makes it easy for people to rent (very) short-term business space worldwide. Created by Canadian tech enterprise Brightspark, the website provides a fully-automated service that connects offices with office-needers.”Click here to read the full post, 'Marketplace for (very) short-term office rentals' » Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at iStopOver
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iStopOver for home and office rentals has been covered by the great people at CoolBusinessIdeas.com. Here's a segment: “...priced well below average hotel rooms, renting a room on iStopOver offers value for money. You won’t find impersonal check-in, loud noise from other guests, and extra charges at every step. In many cases, it gives you the opportunity to “live like a local”.”Click here to read the full post, 'iStopOver and Rent' » Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at iStopOver
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A city having the opportunity to host a large scale international sporting event such as the Pan American Games, the Olympics, or World Cup Soccer is a rare and special occurrence. The feeling of pride in the host city is contagious. There is a collective drive to put in extra effort so visitors and viewers from afar get a taste of its culture and distinct manner of hospitality. It is too bad that as a city gets ready to show the world how welcoming they are, the hospitality industry is sometimes unable to provide the necessary support. The travel rush... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2009 at iStopOver
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It is very exciting for us to see how well iStopOver for World Cup 2010 has taken off. Visit us at www.istopover.com/worldcup2010 to see the great listings that have been posted. iStopOver is ideal for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. We understand that between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors are visiting South Africa during June/July 2010. There are just 75,000 beds in traditional hotels, and according to SA Tourism there could be a shortfall of around 65,000 beds during peak times. Hosts are rapidly stepping forward to rent rooms in their home, or their entire home to help... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2009 at iStopOver
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There is one crucial th ing that gets me through those long travel days from city to city.. music! We at iStopOver have decided to hold a twitter contest to give away a $25 iTune Gift Certificate so you can update that cherished play list for your travel needs. HOW IT WORKS: Follow us on twitter @istopover so we will be able to contact you if you have won Tweet @istopover followed by your favorite travel tip or link to your favorite travel tip The last step is to register for free on our site here https://www.istopover.com/home/register making sure to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2009 at iStopOver
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Greetings Fellow Travelers, The world’s attention has been turned on Vancouver with the upcoming Winter Games. The city has so many attractions and sights to see, but casual travelers are weary to head into the athletic chaos that is Vancouver for the next few months. Photo By John Corvera Guests are spending hundreds of dollars on event tickets and other expenses. I thought it would be fitting to make a list of activities that would be fun and are, more importantly, free! Here are the Top Eight: 8. Discover Lynn Canyon Park Lynn Canyon Park is a fantastic way to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at iStopOver
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Below are a series of tips created to better attract guests to individual property listings. The most popular listings are those with clear details and attractive photos. The following will help get your listings booked as soon as possible. Step 1: Listing Information Firstly include an intriguing and descriptive Listing Title. When entering the Listing Address, it is best to omit the State/Province and Postal/Zip Code. Click on Verify Address when you are finished inputting the address. If the address is not verified, check for your location on Google Maps. Our mapping system is based off of Google Maps, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at iStopOver
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Each week we will be featuring a Host that has an amazing listing at an amazing price! This week’s pick is our Host Lindsey from Vancouver, BC who is offering 3 rooms in a finished basement for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics at an incredible price. Why We Chose Her: Lindsey is a-stay-at home mom with two children who is offering not only her extra space to travelers, but also an unforgettable experience. Her home features a lower basement with 3 bedrooms and a recreation room. Each room includes a TV and wireless internet. She wants to spread her love and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2009 at iStopOver