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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:24 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Offers Business and Leisure Travelers Specialized Travel Tools with Maupintour

Maupintour (www.maupintour.com), a specialized tour operator owned by Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), is a hidden gem for both Monaker and its users. Maupintour, founded by Tom Maupin, designs comprehensive and creative tours for groups and individuals, offering travelers the opportunity to arrange uniquely customized tours to exotic locales. Other travel companies have booking engines that can arrange business travel, but Monaker has the unique advantage of owning a subsidiary, Maupintour, which designs specialized tours for the business traveler seeking to turn a business trip into a customized leisure adventure.

According to a 2016 Global Business Travel Association Index study (http://dtn.fm/iZ8rA), 45% of business travelers at firms with 1-249 employees extend their trips to combine business and leisure travel. Especially for younger travelers, extending company paid travel with additional days of personal travel offers them the chance to explore destinations they have already reached. Monaker’s booking engine is perfect for them to integrate the booking of business and leisure travel using the company’s efficient NextTrip.com site. For Monaker, Maupintour represents an important additional revenue stream.

To high-tech travelers, Monaker Group’s Maupintour is something very special. This 65-year-old tour arm of the company specializes in tailored tours to travelers who are adventurous and curious to try exotic trips. A business trip to Athens, Greece, can become a Maupintour archeology tour. A business meeting in Rome can become a specialized tour of the Vatican. A meeting in Chile can be extended and turned into a customized wine-tasting tour. A ho-hum business trip to a foreign location can become, by extension, an economical but glorious leisure trip, as well.

The Index study found that these travelers would use leisure travel not only to explore these destinations, but also to visit family and friends. In addition, it found that learning about a destination’s cultural offerings was important to these employees.

Monaker Group is a technology-focused company that is travel-driven, targeting the alternative lodging market (ALM). Bill Kerby, founder, chairman, and CEO of Monaker, sees ALR as one of the fastest expanding sectors of the entire travel market, projected by industry experts to reach $169 billion by 2019.

The company’s real-time booking engine offers ALR inventory, plus access to air, conventional lodging, business travel needs, and a library of greater than 15,000 video clips of destinations and leisure activities, cruises, and other travel, all on one site.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:06 am

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Set to Capitalize On Adventure Travel Market

According to a Voyager’s World article (http://dtn.fm/wVHm5), adventure tourism is on the rise because of an increase in disposable income, a change in consumer expectations, improvements in technological infrastructure, and the ability for organizations to tap into the adventure tourism markets.

The article points out that, in earlier reports from 2015, “69% of global travelers aspire to try (something) novel, something that they are previously unaccustomed to, in 2016. This also indicates that millennials plan to be more adventurous by engaging in more challenging activities.”

Adventure activities as we know them have changed, with trekking, hiking, and cycling being augmented or replaced by more extreme activities, such as bungee jumping, rappelling, paragliding, skydiving, and more. Adventurers are now looking for experiences that are both authentic and unique.

With the proliferation and development of the internet, consumers are now able to do in-depth research about nearly all destinations across the world. Despite many opting to book their adventures on their own, travel agents have now made a huge shift to online, meaning that travelers can book all-in-one package holidays from the comforts of one website.

This growing trend comes with a newfound need for safety. Because adventure travel comes with its own risks, adventurers often prefer to organize these activities through trustworthy, licensed companies, many of which offer package holidays that include flights, ground transportation, hotels, tours, and activities.

This is where Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) comes in. The technology-focused travel company offers trips to a variety of destinations around the world through its flagship NextTrip.com. The platform caters to all types of travelers, allowing them to book their adventure holidays through NextTrip’s all-in-one travel planner, which works on desktop, mobile devices and tablets.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:24 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) to Present at ROTH Conference on March 15, 2017

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) will present at the ROTH Conference on March 15, 2017. The 29th annual conference will be held March 13-15 in Dana Point, California, at the Ritz-Carlton. Monaker Group is a multi-tiered technology travel company targeting the high-end tourism market, the alternative lodging rental (ALR) industry, and business/leisure travelers.

Bill Kerby, chairman and CEO, will present on March 15 at noon, when he is expected to discuss the company’s all-in-one site that includes a real-time booking engine for ALR, conventional travel and specialized tours. Omar Jimenez, company CFO, and Richard Marshall, director of corporate development, will also be present.

The presentation will be rebroadcast on the company’s website and will be broadcast live at http://wsw.com/webcast/roth31/mkgi. Kerby, Jimenez, and Marshall will be available for meetings throughout the conference for institutional and individual investors. Meetings can be pre-scheduled through email at OneOnOneRequests@roth.com.

Hundreds of companies are scheduled to make presentations at the ROTH Conference, as well as to participate in question sessions and direct and small group meetings.

ROTH Capital Partners, LLC, is a privately-held investment bank based in Newport Beach, California, that’s focused on emerging companies.

Monaker Group operates the NextTrip.com website, which offers rich content and a library of some 15,000 hours of video that assist travelers in their search for travel destinations and tours. The booking engine offers users the choice of conventional travel, ALR, or specialized tours prepared by a subsidiary of the company. The company has targeted several demographics, and it sees the potential growth of the ALR market, especially for travelers who seek challenging and adventurous trips. Monaker is also focused on business travelers who wish to add additional days for personal travel. Monaker Group aims to capitalize on ALR’s current status as one of the fastest growing sectors of the travel industry.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:09 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Adds Artificial Intelligence to its Arsenal Targeting $817 Billion Digital Travel Market

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) is bringing artificial intelligence (AI) to the travel industry, giving users the opportunity to book through its all-in-one search engine for conventional air, land travel, and rental cars, while also evaluating alternative lodging rentals (ALR). The platform is designed to speed up the researching and booking time for consumers from hours to minutes, the company said. Monaker Group is a travel company that is technology-driven, focused on the ALR sector, and offers both mainstream and alternative travel in one place to travelers.

Targeted for a rollout in the first quarter of 2017, the AI enhanced ‘planner’ feature on the company’s booking site is designed to reduce booking time and research. On its website, NextTrip.com, a subsidiary company of Monaker Group, Inc., the user can view suggested travel itineraries, read articles on destinations, view a library of videos, and book trips — all on a single site. The company utilizes a profile of the user to offer travel.

In its February 2017 presentation (http://dtn.fm/7cO0F) for investors, available on its website, the company details the growth of digital travel and the role of AI in delivering diverse travel, from its branded Maupintour customized tours to conventional hotels, to the consumer. eMarketer (http://dtn.fm/Ke7ul) research finds that digital travel reached $564.87 billion in 2016, and it is projected to reach $817.54 billion by 2020.

Monaker’s proprietary booking engine is also designed for access by online travel agents (OTA), so they can simply “plug and play” when delivering the ALR market for their clients. Monaker’s worldwide inventory includes more than 500,000 resort residences, one million accept/request properties, and even those offering a ‘make an offer’ bidding solution option. The inventory offered ranges from luxury timeshares and conventional hotels to tours and concierge services. Its inventory totals 1.2 million vacation rentals, with an additional 1.8 million more in process, the company said in its presentation.

The result is a comprehensive site, offering travelers real-time AI to help plan a business or leisure trip or a combination of the two, all on one site. Consumers can either book directly with Monaker via NextTrip.com, or use an online travel agent who earns commissions by booking with Monaker. The traveler gets suggested ideas, watches videos, and then plans a vacation using major branded air, land, and tour partners. Monaker Group can do the same for business trips, as well as for a combination of business and leisure.

The debut of AI cuts the time for researching and booking travel, using a profile of the traveler to aid in the research process. The result is quick booked travel after the user has viewed videos and made decisions.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:44 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) ROTH Presentation Covers Company Strategy for First-In-Industry Travel Platform Targeting $100 Billion ALR Market

On March 15, 2017, Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) gave a presentation at the 29th Annual ROTH Conference held in Dana Point, California. Bill Kerby, chairman and CEO of Monaker Group, made the presentation, covering what Monaker has accomplished, along with the company’s strategy and plans for 2017.

Florida-based Monaker Group considers itself a technology-driven travel company, with a B2B and B2C platform that offers a first-in-industry real-time system for the booking of Alternative Lodging Rentals (ALR), including vacation homes, resort residences, and unused timeshares. Importantly, the system integrates this with mainstream travel products and services, all on a single site. As a key engine for growth, Monaker has designed the approach to be compelling to major travel business partners as well as to end consumers.

Kerby began the presentation by explaining the value and potential of bringing, for the first time, ALR business into the mainstream travel industry. According to Kerby, Monaker has been working aggressively on building its ALR program for the past 15 months, based upon an online platform similar to Airbnb, but designed from scratch with greater functionality and flexibility. This is significant, since Airbnb has a market cap of roughly $31 billion. In addition, this work has been funded largely by Monaker’s own directors and key insiders, and they now feel they have the money in place to launch and take the company into profitability. For interested investors, MKGI is still in the small-cap range, with approximately 11 million shares outstanding.

The multi-billion dollar ALR market is the fastest growing travel sector, primarily because people increasingly view it as a preferable alternative to staying in hotels, offering more for the money, and yet it sits largely outside the traditional travel industry. Monaker’s innovation is to use superior digital technology to bring ALR into the mainstream travel industry in a way not currently available with any other platform. Currently, the overall global travel market is approximately $1.2 trillion, with the online services portion representing about $593 billion. The ALR sector has jumped from very little to $100 billion in just the past six years, and it is expected to grow to about $170 billion over the next couple of years.

People prefer the convenience and economy of ALR properties, and the soon-to-be-launched Monaker platform greatly exceeds Airbnb’s ALR by offering ALR properties with real-time booking and instant confirmation, versus consumers having to contact an ALR property owner and then wait and hope they get back in time in order to coordinate travel plans. Monaker lets consumers book ALR with instant confirmation, just as they would a hotel or plane travel. Monaker now has one million properties available for display, with another two million under contract, compared with Airbnb’s 2.5 million and Expedia’s Home Away at about 1.2 million.

Monaker will soon launch its platform on its NextTrip.com website and associated mobile app, with another critical factor being that the site will not only represent the best and most efficient portal for ALR properties, it will also offer 200,000 hotels and over 400 airlines, as well as all the major car rental companies, restaurants, cruise programs, tours and activities. As a result, it is expected to become the industry’s first and only one-stop shop offering instant confirmation for all types of travel booking.

Monaker will also be rolling out a Group Planner system, which will allow multiple individuals in a group to view travel plans, letting them participate and vote, and using PayPal to transfer any needed funds once ready to book. The system also offers rebates for booking and for trip feedback, generating an objective reference database for future travelers. The company will also be moving toward an optional Artificial Intelligence engine for smart travel planning based upon traveler preferences. Preliminary evaluations suggest that this AI option will significantly reduce the time required for planning and booking, but it will be a strictly optional offering so that users have complete discretion over the use of information.

A key driver for all of this, and especially the high-margin ALR business, is the large number of big-distributor partnerships that Monaker has developed. The company makes it easy and inviting for airlines, as well as cruise and tour operators, to access the Monaker property inventory, allowing them to flexibly pick and choose properties, adjusting the markups and fees they want to apply, and plugging it all into their own websites to present it exactly the way they prefer, and all with real-time booking. Monaker has also paired up with Mark Travel, the largest travel wholesaler in the U.S., to make the Monaker product available on its large VAX system, which is used by 70,000 travel agents. Monaker is also working with Recruiter.com, and its connection with nationwide business decision makers, to use Monaker products for company business and vacation travel.

Finally, Monaker also owns the major long-established upscale touring company Maupintour, offering luxury tours anywhere in the world. These are not just your typical tours, but customized private adventures for individuals or groups, with what the company considers the best professional tour planners in the business.

A replay of the live ROTH Conference is available at http://dtn.fm/Li0Vs.

For other information on Monaker Group, refer to www.MonakerGroup.com
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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:17 pm

Monaker Group’s (MKGI) ROTH Conference Presentation Details How Mark Travel Partnership Will Deliver a Marketing Advantage

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), in its March 15, 2017, presentation at the ROTH Conference (http://dtn.fm/zhZm7), said that its B2B and B2C site, NextTrip.com, will be enhanced in 2Q2017 and its wholesale travel partner, Mark Travel (www.MarkTravel.com), is an important element of its strategic advantage.

Monaker Group is a high technology travel provider that offers users an all-in-one site with artificial intelligence that provides conventional travel, alternative leisure rentals (ALR), and a library of videos to help consumers and businesses choose their plans. The booking engine offers real-time digital data and reduces the time it takes to book diverse travel from hours to minutes, the company said in its ROTH Presentation slide deck.

The company said Mark Travel, through its Trisept Solutions technology firm, will power Monaker Group’s NextTrip and offer expanded product offerings and distribution. Monaker Group said Mark Travel offers both B2B and B2C advantages. In B2B, it offers its VAX XML link to more than 200 companies. Its VAX VacationAccess system is a portal for more than 70,000 travel agents and greater than 50 leisure travel suppliers, together accounting for more than $1 billion in annual bookings. In B2C, Mark Travel offers Monaker Group preferential pricing for air, car, hotel, and ground activities. It will also offer integration with its travel-linked artificial intelligence platform.

“Trisept has the most advanced technology available for leisure vacation packaging today,” commented Bill Kerby, chairman and CEO of Monaker Group. “Expanding NextTrip’s capabilities and access to agents and consumers will accelerate our growth and differentiate us from our competition.”

In addition to the technological advantages, Monaker Group’s marketing efforts are set to benefit from partnering with wholesaler Mark Travel. At $3 billion in annual sales, Mark Travel is the largest wholesaler of travel in North America. It owns Funjet Vacations, founded in 1974, which specializes in personalized and independent vacations for groups and individuals.

Mark Travel’s other brands include Southwest Vacations, United Vacations, Mark International, Showtime Tours, Blue Sky Tours, and My Destination Wellness. The company offers service to more than 1,100 destinations globally and specializes in end-to-end travel service for its clients.

To Monaker Group, Mark Travel offers Trisept Solutions, a high technology travel platform through which it offers several other booking advantages. These include VAX VacationAccess, a $1 billion booking engine that brings together more than 70,000 travel agents with more than 50 leisure travel suppliers. Also, Mark Travel brings its Xcelerator agency platform with artificial intelligence. Its Synapse provides back office travel functions on a secure and seamless platform, Monaker Group added.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:52 am

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Meeting Customer Needs by Integrating Alternative Lodging Rentals into Mainstream Travel Marketing

Today, customers have a lot more choice when it comes to booking accommodation for a holiday. Gone are the days when holidaymakers and travelers had no option but to book hotels for their vacations. Now, they can choose from a variety of short- and long-term house rentals, vacation homes, resorts, timeshares, and other Alternative Lodging Rentals (ALR).

Hotel companies are changing their services to suit the needs of a new generation, but, although traditional lodging has not been forgotten, it is starting to face serious competition from ALR. In fact, according to a survey undertaken by OAG published on Tnooz.com (http://dtn.fm/R5Bv6), of the 2,500 travelers questioned, two-thirds being leisure travelers with the rest taking trips for work, more than 50% would like to see accommodations from Airbnb, a major online ALR marketplace, in travel agency search results. Not only this, the majority of these people also stated that they would book such accommodations on an online travel agency if they could. But ALR options still have little or no representation in the mainstream travel industry, especially if the traveler wants instant confirmation of ALR bookings. Whether booking ALR properties through Airbnb or other services, people seeking such non-traditional accommodations still face the time-consuming hassle of waiting for the ALR property owner/manager to respond, unlike with airline or hotel bookings.

In addition, from a business travel point of view, companies seem to still be slow on the uptake. Out of the one-third of those taking trips for business, less than 5% said that their company offers Airbnb as a lodging option. However, a third of those people said they would take advantage of such lodgings if they could.

As a result of this need for integrating ALR into mainstream travel marketing, Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), a technology-driven travel company, has been developing and will soon be launching the first real-time system for booking ALR, such as vacation homes and unused timeshares, among others, on its NextTrip.com website and mobile application.

Currently, customers wanting to book alternative lodging are having to contact property owners, wait for responses, and wait for confirmation from the potential host. As a result, ALR has been one of Monaker’s key focal points, and the company believes there is a large gap in the market due to the fact that these accommodation options are currently offered separately to other alternatives such as hotels. The convenience of instant booking confirmations and the ability to perform all travel planning and booking from one site represent a major shift in the travel industry, and Monaker aims to be the company to offer it.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:40 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Set to Disturb Travel Distribution Technology Market

Alternative Lodging Rentals (ALRs) have taken over as a hot topic in the world of tourism. ALR offers customers a more flexible approach to vacations. Depending upon the location, travel consumers can often find larger accommodations for less money, with more facilities such as kitchens, outdoor spaces, and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms throughout the rented space.

Despite different types of travelers looking for different features in their vacation rentals, a recent survey in Tripping.com found that nearly all travelers like to have the same basic things (http://dtn.fm/7Ce50). Although many of those surveyed highlighted the need for a kitchen, good value for their money, a decent level of privacy, and a lot of space, the need for on-site technology was not far behind. Many people like to stay plugged in while away, and this is not limited to just the internet. While Wi-Fi is a major factor, cable and HDTV also came in high on the list of ALR requirements. Also, more than a quarter of those surveyed said they look for smart features when booking an ALR, including smart security systems, smart entry, and smart electronics such as TV.

However, the modern traveler’s tech needs go beyond the accommodation itself. It starts on the booking platform. We live in a world where customers have been given the technology to place orders and book experiences with the click of a button. According to Jen O’Neil from Tripping.com, “Recent trends show that travelers of all ages are gravitating toward the instant booking model, so we expect that the vast majority of properties will be booked instantly within the next few years.”

Unfortunately, booking ALR properties has not traditionally been that easy. Often, customers have to submit a request to the landlord or property manager, discuss their needs, apply to book the property, and wait for approval. Luckily, Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) recently announced that it will soon be launching a real-time booking system whereby customers can book their ALR accommodations and get instant confirmation, just as with air travel or hotels.

In addition, Monaker, through its flagship NextTrip.com, will be giving business and vacation travelers the chance to not only book ALR, but all other travel bookings, such as flights, tours, car rentals, and more. This new system will be the first of its kind, becoming the one-stop travel shop for all consumer needs.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.MonakerGroup.com
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