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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:41 pm

Monaker Group (MKGI) Contributing to Iceland’s Tourism Industry

According to Vox.com (http://dtn.fm/P0hY8), Iceland didn’t become a tourist destination until the late 40’s, averaging only 5,300 people from around the globe visiting each year. By the late 90’s, this number grew to more than 200,000 tourists, a number that steadied until 2011, when things changed.

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of foreign visitors to the country exploded, reaching a huge 1.6 million. Not only this, tourist numbers in Iceland are expected to reach two million by the end of 2016. With outlets across the globe promoting Iceland as “a must see destination”, it is no surprise that the number of tourists in Iceland from the U.S. alone now outweighs that of Iceland’s population.

According to a report published by Kayak (http://dtn.fm/qY9fH), there has been a 65% increase in searches for Iceland hotels and flights, particularly in the time surrounding New Year’s vacations. But, in a country that gets bone-chilling cold in winter, with only four hours of daylight, why are so many U.S. tourists choosing Iceland as their holiday destination?

It all started with the island’s volcanic explosion in 2010. The news made headlines, which allowed for positive campaigns to be distributed about the country. Later, a new budget airline called WOW started offering European and North American flights for less than a third of the original price.

This was quickly followed by positive press labeling Iceland as being one of the safest countries in Europe thanks to its lack of terrorist threats. And, finally, Iceland is the perfect country for the Instagram generation today, who see Iceland on social media sites and view it’s sometimes out-of-this-world terrain as if it were Mars.

As a result of this current increase in Iceland’s popularity, travel and tourism companies worldwide are making the country more accessible, and this includes Monaker Group’s (OTCQB: MKGI) Maupintour, the oldest tour operator in the United States. Maupintour believes in helping others experience the wonders of our world and the delights of traveling through highly customized private tours.

The company now offers tours to every continent, with trips varying from one to two weeks. The Maupintour Iceland tour is set over the space of eight days and is called the Fire and Ice Tour. It includes luxury accommodation, private tours of both the cities and the natural parts of the country, a tour of the Northern lights, and private transfers between all locations.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:56 pm

Monaker Group (MKGI) – A Growing Presence in Alternative Lodging Rental Market

The alternative lodging rental market is maturing quickly, being one of the fastest growing verticals in the travel industry over the last few years. Already believed to be worth more than $100 billion worldwide, the sector continues to expand rapidly as more and more vacation rentals companies are joining the game alongside the now-famous HomeAway, Booking.com and Airbnb. Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), a technology-driven travel group that offers comprehensive tourism solutions and personalized tours, already maintains an important presence in the alternative lodging market, with a portfolio of more than one million rental units available.

The vacation rental market began expanding more quickly in the Internet era, starting with booking site VRBO, which was set up back in 1996 by a Colorado couple. The business was acquired by HomeAway in 2006 and became the dominant vacation rental listings hub. In 2015, HomeAway was purchased by Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE) for $3.9 billion, a move that consolidated Expedia’s position as one of the largest online travel agents (OTA) operating at the moment. According to Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the alternative lodging rental segment has become a major part of Expedia’s business, now having more than one million bookable listings available. The number continues to grow at a fast rate of over 20 percent, Khosrowshahi said.

Another major OTA, Priceline (NASDAQ: PCLN) occupies a good portion of the vacation rentals market through Booking.com listings. Booking.com now has about half a million instantly bookable vacation rental properties, which is almost 40 percent higher than in 2015. The approximately 1 million total properties listed on the website make for approximately 23.7 million bookable rooms, 7.3 million of which are in apartments, homes or villas, while the rest are in traditional hotels.

Capitalizing on a global trend of tourists looking for more personalized experiences wherever they travel, the vacation rental market is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, likely reaching $170 billion by 2019. Most of this growth is owed to Europe and the U.S., where the alternative lodging model is highly popular, according to a Research and Markets report (http://dtn.fm/mUT1g). Approximately 24 percent of travelers have opted for alternative lodging during the past two years, while roughly 47 percent are interested in staying at a vacation rental unit in the near future. In the U.S. in 2015, one in three tourists stayed in a private accommodation, which marks a significant change from 2011, when only one in ten Americans used alternative lodging.

With a portfolio of more than 1.1 million alternative lodging rental units available under its NextTrip Resorts platform, and currently in the process of adding more than 200,000 timeshare and resort units by the end of the year, Monaker Group is poised to establish a growing presence in the global vacation rentals market. The group owns several travel-related businesses, but its flagship is undoubtedly NextTrip.com, which allows tourists to plan their trips to the smallest details by offering them access to a wealth of alternative lodging options such as vacation home rentals, resort residences and unused timeshare inventory, all alongside a wide range of hotels, tours, rental cars, airlines, concierge services and more. The platform, launched in February 2016, has grown exponentially, being the first and only real-time booking engine that combines various booking options to meet tourists’ every need.

To further support the vacation rental market, Monaker Group this summer launched a Premium Service for alternative lodging owners, aimed at helping them compete against major travel industry suppliers, including hotels, car rental companies and airlines. The service offers various tools and features that will give homeowners real-time booking capabilities, the ability to update property pricing daily so as to better reflect the market conditions, and other benefits.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:51 pm

Monaker Group (MKGI) Set to Capitalize on This Year’s Thanksgiving Celebrations

This Thanksgiving, AAA, North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, is expecting over one million more Americans to travel. According to the company’s 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast, there will be more than 48.7 million travelers, marking the highest Thanksgiving holiday travel volume since 2007.

Travel has gone up 1.9% this year alone, leading to a 29% increase of travelers during Thanksgiving over the past eight years. According to the report and its attached infographic, 89.4% of people will be traveling by car, a 12.5% increase from the 2001 to 2015 average. In addition, air travel has risen 10% above the 2010 post-recession rebound year, and other modes of travel are also expected to increase by just under 1%.

But why are people suddenly choosing to splash their cash this Thanksgiving? The answer is simple: steady economic growth and low gas prices. According to the Albany Herald (http://dtn.fm/x5CX5), AAA officials estimate that low gas prices have saved drivers a huge $28 billion this calendar year alone. Forecasts also show an increase in consumer spending of 4.2%, with a rise in personal income of 3.4% and a 2.3% increase in disposable income. Not only this, real GDP is expected to increase by 1.6% over last year’s figure, and unemployment is expected to drop by just under 5%.

An article on the AAA Newsroom (http://dtn.fm/Z1kfO) predicts travelers top ten travel destinations to be Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Orlando, New York City, New Orleans, Anaheim, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, and Seattle, many of which appear in the featured cities list of NextTrip, the flagship company of Monaker Group (OTCQB: MKGI).

Monaker Group, a technology-driven travel company, works through NextTrip, a real-time booking engine that offers consumers the chance to book every aspect of their trips, all in one place. The company offers a choice of alternative lodging in a number of locations around the world. MKGI works with a number of airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators, car rentals, and concierge services, allowing holidaymakers to plan their entire trips from the comfort of the NextTrip travel planner.

This NextTrip booking system gives consumers the power of choice while allowing them to make informed decisions right from their homes. Thanks to key partnerships with well-established travel brands, Monaker aims to become the one-stop-shop for vacationers across the U.S and around the globe.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:47 pm

Monaker Group (MKGI) Tapping into Fast-Growing $200 Billion Millennial Travel Market

The travel industry is growing exponentially, but must also be ready to become more flexible and make more changes to cater to the needs and requirements of the market segment currently driving its growth – the Millennials. This new generation of travelers has hit an average annual spending of $200 billion on tourism and travel, according to a FutureCast report titled ‘Millennial Brief on Travel & Lodging’ (http://dtn.fm/Rf12j). The figure is the largest average the tourism industry has ever seen, a trend that’s likely to be maintained, provided that the industry’s operators are able to meet the needs of this group of tourists.

Having reached adulthood in the 2000s, at the peak of the Internet age, it is no wonder that Millennials thoroughly research their options and destinations when making travel plans. According to the FutureCast report, Millennial tourists check an average of 10 sources before they make a travel purchase. This habit is also a result of this group of travelers’ collective desire to experience something utterly new and unique on their trips. Perhaps more than any other generations, Millennials are primarily interested in new, personalized experiences on their travels rather than just relaxing or sightseeing, with nine out of ten in agreement.

Additionally, 70 percent of Millennials are interested in exploring the communities they visit during their vacations in order to learn something new about them, mingle with them and experience life as they would. This also reflects their lodging preferences, with more and more Millennials opting for alternative lodging rental units when they travel instead of more traditional solutions such as hotels. It is no surprise that a growing number of Millennials use online platforms such as Airbnb or Booking.com to research their lodging options and make a booking before they travel.

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), a technology-driven tourism company offering comprehensive travel solutions and personalized tours, is ready to tap into this fast-growing travel market segment by offering not only an impressive portfolio of alternative lodging rental units but also access to full-service tours to hundreds of destinations around the world.

The group currently has a portfolio of more than 1.1 million alternative lodging rental units available under its NextTrip Resorts platform, and it is currently in the process of adding more than 200,000 timeshare and resort units by the end of the year. Via its flagship NextTrip.com platform, Monaker allows tourists to plan their trips to the smallest details by offering them access to a wealth of alternative lodging options, such as unused timeshare inventory, resort residences and vacation home rentals, as well as a wide range of hotels, rental cars, tours, airlines, concierge services and more.

The platform, launched in February 2016, has grown exponentially, being the only real-time booking engine that combines various booking options to meet tourists’ every need. With Millennials’ influence on the travel industry set to expand further over the coming years as this population segment continues to grow, full-service booking platforms such as NextTrip.com are likely to become an increasingly important part of the industry.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:26 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Building Innovative Travel Products for Work and Play

For six decades, Monaker Group (OTCQB: MKGI) has catered to leisure travelers seeking to book “vacations of a lifetime” or find “travel made easy” options. Along the way, the company has gained the knowledge and experience to be considered an industry-leading, technology-driven travel company. Now, equipped with decades of experience and leveraging over 60 years of operation in leisure travel, Monaker is expanding its reach to business travel, using the full resources of its multiple brands and divisions to offer novel travel products to executives and professionals traveling for work.

Over the years, management has combined vital partnerships and established travel brands to form foundation stones that support Monaker’s corporate goal: to expand its offerings until it becomes the “one stop” vacation center.

NextTrip.com, an online marketplace for the alternative lodging rental (ALR) industry, is one of those key travel brands that Monaker has developed for the leisure traveler. With this flagship product, Monaker introduced to the ALR industry the first booking engine to feature alternative and specialty lodging (e.g. vacation home rentals, resort residences and unused timeshares) side by side with a wide selection of airlines, hotels, cruises, rental cars, destination tours/activities and concierge services. What’s more, all of NextTrip.com’s services are offered under a single platform that gives travel customers the power to choose exactly when they want to book their vacations.

Monaker is now extending that power to corporate travelers, starting with the development of a custom travel club offering for the members of Recruiter.com – an online global recruiting and career service with its own industry-leading technology platform. One of the most influential career sites around, Recruiter.com boasts of a highly engaged membership base and manages a social media following of more than 2.8 million people while matching top talent to top jobs. In April 2016, Monaker signed on to help it create the Recruiter.com Travel Club, a powerful new incentive to be added to the Recruiter.com Rewards Program and offered to the site’s current members and followers.

With this partnership, Recruiter.com is counting on Monaker offering its Travel Club members personalized travel and lifestyle offerings, including highly-discounted travel and vacation packages as well as special benefits such as concierge support, exclusive experiences and premium upgrades. Monaker, on the other hand, is counting on the partnership to open up another distribution line for its ALR inventory and other business and vacation travel products within its portfolio.

It has been seven months since Monaker and Recruiter formed their partnership and it is going well. In August, the companies expanded the terms of their initial agreement and Monaker became the exclusive provider of travel services to Recruiter.com. With this new title, Monaker gained a means to communicate directly with Recruiter’s broad list of customers, largely comprised of senior corporate executives. Now, on a weekly basis, a choice selection of Monaker’s travel products and services will be marketed to a list of approved members and their respective companies as well as other Recruiter.com followers, a development that gives Monaker and its platforms, inventory and travel products significant exposure to decision makers at over a million global companies.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:50 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) and Recruiter.com Announce Launch of Custom Travel Rewards Club

Before the opening bell, Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) announced the launch of a new travel service and loyalty program as part of its ongoing partnership with Recruiter.com, a leading global recruiting service and job market technology platform. According to the news release, the new travel program, which will be available to qualified Recruiter.com members at no additional cost, is designed to give these individuals access to a variety of special member benefits, including discounted travel and vacation packages offering a “best price” promise, customizable options to build trips with friends and associates, complimentary flight insurance, access to fast pass visa and passport services and exclusive savings on luxury travel and experiences.

“Monaker is committed to integrating real-time vacation home rentals into the main stream travel sector,” Bill Kerby, chairman and chief executive officer of Monaker, stated in this morning’s news release. “To accomplish this with the Recruiter travel program, we have integrated the Monaker Booking Engine for our vacation home rentals along with partnering with ‘best of breed’ travel partners to deliver an exceptionally strong travel product and service offerings to Recruiter.com’s millions of business and leisure travelers in their addressable membership base.”

The new program also features a premium upgrade package, which is expected to provide a sustainable revenue source benefitting both Monaker and Recruiter.com moving forward. Features available through the premium package include concierge services, airport lounge access, baggage rebate, best rates on cruises and hotels, private medi-jet service, and great deals on vacation rentals not typically available to the public. For Monaker, the premium upgrade, as well as the free travel program, is expected to provide an “exceptionally strong channel” to deliver the company’s Maupintour travel services to a previously untapped market.

“The demographics of our members suggest they have high demand for both business and leisure travel,” Miles Jennings, chief executive officer of Recruiter.com, added in the news release. “As a known innovator in the employment arena, we saw the ability to be a first mover by delivering a specialized travel platform that offers value and convenience. Our partners at Monaker Group have helped develop an outstanding technology platform that bundles together an incredible array of travel services and products.”

In addition to demonstrating the synergies between the two parties, the new Recruiter.com travel program represents an opportunity for Monaker to increase its presence in the global travel market. Recruiter.com’s highly-engaged membership base features hundreds of high-profile clients and employers, including chief information officers, project managers, chief financial officers and chief marketing officers of companies operating around the globe. Additionally, the job market technology platform boasts a social media following of more than 2.8 million people.

Recruiter.com members can start taking advantage of the travel savings and member-only benefits offered through the innovative loyalty program today. To learn more, check out the new travel club at https://travel.recruiter.com.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:19 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Leveraging Game-Changing Approach to the Real-Time Alternative Lodging Market

The business model proposed by Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) and the group’s innovative approach to the alternative vacation rental market are discussed in depth by leading financial news and information portal SECFilings.com (http://dtn.fm/A5Mjn). Noting that Monaker Group, a technology-driven tourism company offering comprehensive travel solutions and personalized tours, has a unique position and approach to real-time alternative travel lodging reservations, the article goes on to explain how this business model is different and more efficient than others on the market.

According to Euromonitor data quoted by the article, global tourism is expected to have a modest compound annual growth rate of only four percent through 2019. However, the industry currently sits at $2.7 trillion and is ripe for innovative solutions and approaches. Some industry players have already begun to change their approach in their drive to engage and retain customers and drive sales. For instance, Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLN) has already changed how travelers book hotels and airfare, while Airbnb is questioning the need to actually use hotels when traveling and instead focusing on alternative lodging solutions.

While Airbnb remains an innovator in the field, the problem with its system is that most of the properties listed are not bookable in real time, the SECFilings.com article says. This means travelers looking for accommodation through the website must first wait for property owners to reply and confirm their bookings. While many budget travelers might not have a problem with that, tourists who have a tendency to plan their vacations in great detail usually look for a more seamless travel and accommodation experience, such as the one offered by a hotel.

Monaker Group, via its NextTrip.com booking platform, provides a solution to this dilemma by offering real-time booking options to travelers. The group has over 1.4 million alternative lodging rentals in its portfolio, properties spread throughout Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. By offering real-time booking, the group wants to solve a major problem on the alternative rentals market and to eventually integrate with airlines and online travel agencies so that they can provide access to alternative lodging options outside of the traditional hotel listings.

The NextTrip platform, launched in February of this year, offers travelers access to a large inventory of alternative lodging options, as well as hotels, tours, airlines, rental cars, and more. The NextTrip planner also allows users to import their bookmarks from other websites, look for tourist attractions in their vicinity, and even split the costs among their traveling party members based on each person’s participation.

Monaker Group has already sealed various partnerships with other travel industry companies to expand and integrate the NextTrip platform. Back in August, Monaker signed a deal with Mark Travel’s travel technology division, Trisept Solutions, to integrate its booking platform. Another step toward integrating real-time vacation rentals into the mainstream travel industry was taken earlier this month, when Monaker announced a new loyalty program and travel service as part of its partnership with Recruiter.com.

The SECFiling.com article further notes that Monaker Group’s ambitions don’t stop here, as the company’s management has plans to offer solutions for every challenge travelers face, with the goal of making the travel experience more seamless for every tourist using their services.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:22 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Making Travel Planning Easier Through Its Flagship NextTrip.com

According to 4Hoteliers (http://dtn.fm/zOeA9), 85% of travelers across the world are also smartphone users. The article goes on to state that 32% of these travelers use their mobile devices to book travel-related services. The company’s recent webinar, ‘Digital Marketing and Mobile Trends Impacting the Travel Industry’, showed that over 70% of travelers use mobile devices to check their itineraries.

But the increase in mobile usage for travel is not all that is impacting the industry. A more experience-based economy, the new social ecosystem we live in, and the growing preference for recommendations from peers are just some of the digital marketing trends transforming the travel industry, according to Smart Insights (http://dtn.fm/DoC4q). Because travel arrangements are now largely made via the Internet, and the typical consumer is looking for more than just a basic holiday, organizations in the travel industry are having to adapt to a more digital and mobile way of reaching consumers.

During a survey undertaken by Opera Mediaworks (http://dtn.fm/J9gWx), one in three people said that the availability of booking apps would make them more likely to book via mobile, and one in three also said that having research apps available could make them more likely to engage in more travel activities such as eating out, visiting various sights, and more. According to the ‘How People Use Their Phones For Travel’ research published by Google (http://dtn.fm/B5iX2), the top motivating factor for downloading travel apps is to make a specific activity or task easier. Users shared that what they find most valuable about travel apps is the wide range of features and the fact that apps store preferences that make future activities easier.

As a result, NextTrip.com, flagship company of Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), designed its own all-in-one travel planner, which gives travelers access to a range of free tools that allow them to import all booking details into one space. The free travel organizer allows users to discover hotels, restaurants, sights, and activities near their points of interest. The all-in-one travel planner helps holidaymakers organize details of their trips, and even split and collect money between groups of people. NextTrip’s travel planner is easy to use, easily accessible, and makes planning a trip while on the move simple thanks to its compatibility with mobile devices.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:31 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Issues Update Highlighting 2016 Milestones

Before the opening bell, Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), a technology-driven travel company focused primarily on the alternative lodging rental (ALR) market, released a shareholder update outlining its progress throughout 2016, as well as its strategic objectives for the coming year. Some key highlights detailed in this morning’s update include:

Completion of the company’s proprietary booking engine, which now conforms to all online travel industry standards to allow for easy business to business integration
Procurement of an extensive collection of rental properties that currently includes over one million lodging options offering ‘real-time’ bookings and more than two million ALR properties
Anticipated launch of NextTrip.com consumer platform in January 2017 alongside roll-out of business travel partners
Release of new NextTrip mobile app for both Android and iOS scheduled for the end of January 2017
In addition to a brief overview of the company’s recent progress, this morning’s update included a letter to shareholders from Bill Kerby, chairman and chief executive officer of Monaker Group. After reflecting on the company’s progress during 2016 – including the buildout of its proprietary Monaker Booking Engine (MBE) and ‘plug and play’ application program interface (API), entry into contracts with lodging vendors for roughly two million rental properties and the elimination of over $10 million of debt to effectively strengthen its balance sheet – Kerby turned his attention toward Monaker Group’s future in the rapidly expanding ALR industry, which is on course to reach $169 billion by 2019.

“As the year draws to a close, we can confirm that we expect to launch our alternative lodging rental (ALR) business in January 2017,” Kerby stated in the news release. “This business will have two components. The first is our proprietary Monaker Booking Engine (MBE), which will allow both business travel partners and consumers to access our lodging products. Our other offering, NextTrip.com, is a direct-to-consumer platform that for the first time will provide real-time alternative lodging reservations that include access to all major mainstream travel products and services.”

Kerby and the Monaker Group management team expect both the MBE business solution and the NextTrip consumer platform to be “true game changers in the ALR industry” as a result of their focus on allowing for ‘real-time’ booking. Despite the rising popularity of ALR platforms such as Airbnb, most properties listed through these sites require approval from property owners to confirm bookings. This mechanic has, to this point, limited the integration of ALR listings into popular online travel agencies’ (OTA) service platforms. This issue, combined with a lack of ALR platforms that offer additional mainstream travel services such as flights, rental cars and tour packages, has created a market opportunity that Monaker Group intends to address in the coming months.

“NextTrip will solve both these issues, and, along with our MBE platform, should commence transactional business next month,” Kerby added. “The NextTrip platform has been designed to allow individuals and groups to search, share, converse and recommend vacation destinations, and earn instant “cash back” rewards when they book and contribute to the site… With such rich features, we expect that MBE and NextTrip will appeal to a far greater number of travelers and wholesale travel providers than any other ALR service — and help generate significant booking revenue for Monaker in 2017.”

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:53 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) – Travel Solutions for Every Demographic

Monaker Group (OTCQB: MKGI) is embracing its 65-plus years of operation as a technology-driven travel company to stand out within the leisure travel industries of Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. Using its strategic partnerships, assorted divisions and established travel brands as foundation stones, the company offers travel solutions for various demographics.

As the parent company to leading travel brands, Monaker’s mission is to continue to develop and increase its offerings so as to become the “one stop” vacation center. With its flagship NextTrip brand, Monaker presents discounted travel offerings (airfare, lodging and car rentals, included), and, with its Maupintour brand, it provides its luxury travel products.

Out of a base in South Florida, a committed team of travel and technology specialists leverage Monaker’s high-quality technology platform and strong domain expertise to deliver exceptional service to customers interested in the company’s online marketplaces and sizable inventory of travel products.

Customers who connect with the Maupintour brand get the option of traveling to the best destinations in the world and, by engaging with the brand’s extravagant tours and activities, seeing them from the lap of luxury. Travelers who connect with NextTrip.com, on the other hand, land on a website that unites vital features and functions with sophisticated proprietary and licensed technology in order to present an extensive portfolio of vacation alternatives at cost-effective prices, all under a single platform that gives customers the ultimate power of choice when they book their vacations. The platform is powered by Monaker’s proprietary, groundbreaking booking engine. This engine uses rich content, lush imagery and high-quality video to heighten the site’s customers’ shopping experiences and assist them as they search, decide on and book various vacation products (airlines, hotels, cruises, rental cars, tours and concierge services) and alternative lodging solutions (vacation home rentals, resort residences and unused timeshares).

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:42 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Secures Independent Majority with Addition of Simon Orange to Board of Directors

Before the opening bell, Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) announced the appointment of Simon Orange, the founding partner and chairman of CorpAcq, to its board of directors. In addition to adding extensive investment industry knowledge and experience to the Monaker team, Orange’s appointment also advances the company’s long-term goal of uplisting to the Nasdaq Capital Market. With this appointment, Monaker Group’s board of directors now includes five members, including three who are serving independently. Nasdaq corporate governance requirements specify that independent members must make up the majority of the board of directors for nearly all listed companies.

“While Simon’s appointment satisfies the listing requirements for an independent majority, we are continuing our search and evaluation process to bring on additional board members who will strengthen our leadership and composition of our board committees,” Bill Kerby, chairman and chief executive officer of Monaker Group, stated in this morning’s news release. “We expect to announce such additional appointments in the near term.”

Moving forward, Orange is expected to play a key role in the expansion of Monaker Group’s foothold in the global travel industry. In 2006, he co-founded CorpAcq, a UK-based corporate acquisitions and investments firm with a portfolio that currently includes 19 companies. Recognized as one of the fastest growing enterprises in the United Kingdom, CorpAcq has played a key role in the funding and management of numerous business ventures, many of which have been acquired by sizable Nasdaq and London Stock Exchange listed companies. In addition to his work with CorpAcq, Orange is also a founding member of New York-based Cicero Consulting Group.

“I have long been passionate about travel, and intrigued with how technology continues to transform the hospitality and travel landscape,” Orange noted in this morning’s release. “I’m honored and excited to join the Monaker board and leadership teams, particularly at this pivotal stage of the company’s development, with the near-term launch of its unique booking platform that for the first time will provide ‘real-time’ alternative lodging reservations along with mainstream travel products and services all on a single site.”

As noted in a December update, Monaker Group is currently working toward the launch of its alternative lodging rental (ALR) business later this month. This innovative offering will feature two components, including the company’s proprietary Monaker Booking Engine (MBE) and its flagship NextTrip.com platform. The MBE will allow both business travel partners and consumers to access Monaker Group’s expansive portfolio of lodging products, which currently features well over one million properties in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. On the other hand, NextTrip.com will continue to serve as a direct-to-consumer platform by offering, for the first time, real-time ALR reservations alongside major mainstream travel products and services.

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Postby QualityStocks » Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:47 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Offers Travelers Real-Time Booking

A shareholder update from Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) last month announced the completion of the company’s proprietary booking engine. Reaching this new milestone positions Monaker to offer its customers real-time booking, reducing the uncertainty and anxiety that often plagues making alternative lodging reservations. With its booking engine, Monaker is living up to its motto of Travel Made Easy.

Online travel bookings requiring a booking engine represent, by some accounts, a $340 billion market, as millions of travelers and holidaymakers crisscross the planet. In the early days of aviation, however, there were no frequent flyers, and reservations were usually made by phone. In the late 1940s, after World War II exposed Americans to the wider world, the resulting wanderlust drove passenger volume to levels that overwhelmed that primitive system.

American Airlines was the first to develop an automated booking system. Its esoteric name, ‘Electromechanical Reservisor’ (ER), might have puzzled the average traveler if he were allowed access to it, but he was not. Neither were travel agents. The ER could be accessed only by airline personnel.

By 1953, ER had spawned SABRE, the Semi-Automatic Business Research Environment reservation system. Like ER, this was American Airlines’ baby. Not to be outdone, United Airlines came up with Apollo. Thereafter, acronyms abounded. Delta Airlines launched DATAS. Trans World Airlines responded with PARS. These were all proprietary systems, of course, meant only to be used by the staff of the airline that had developed it.

It wasn’t long before travel agents showed how allowing them access would reduce the cost to airlines by creating less work for airline customer service reps. This gave birth to computer reservation systems (CRS), which travel agents could query and make reservations through.

While a travel agent needed access to different CRS for different airlines, the new Global Distribution Systems (GDS) offered access to the inventory of all the main airlines. The obvious next step for reservation systems was allowing access to customers, which prompted the development of booking engines. Through a booking engine, a would-be traveler can specify his or her travel requirements, such as point of departure, departure date, destination, return date and class of travel. In response, the booking engine will offer airline seats, hotel rooms, alternative accommodation and a variety of related offerings that fit the bill. This was definitely travel made easy.

Now, with the Monaker Booking Engine (MBE), which conforms to all online travel industry standards allowing for easy business-to-business integration, business travel partners and consumers will have real-time access to Monaker’s lodging products.

Monaker has contracted with dozens of lodging vendors and will soon be able to offer some two million rental properties in the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. To date, over one million of these properties have been loaded onto its MBE staging servers and the other half are now being certified and will be uploaded soon. Globally, this will give Monaker a meaningful industry presence, emulating sector leaders such as Airbnb, with its 2.5 million properties, and Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE), with an estimated 1.2 million properties.

Monaker Group is a technology driven travel company with multiple divisions and brands, leveraging more than 60 years of operation in leisure travel. Monaker’s flagship is NextTrip.com, the industry’s first real-time booking engine featuring alternative lodging (vacation home rentals, resort residences and unused timeshares), as well as a vast array of airlines, hotels, cruises, rental cars, tours and concierge services, all combined in one platform to give customers the power of choice when booking their vacations. With key partnerships and established travel brands used as cornerstones, the company’s mission is to continue to expand its offerings in order to become the ‘one stop’ vacation center.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:28 pm

Popular Travel Destinations in 2017 among Monaker Group (MKGI) Tour Offerings

This year’s list of popular travel destinations is already quite varied and includes something for every demographic, from exciting adventures to classic cultural events and more. Whether it’s going on an African safari or visiting some of the oldest museums in Europe, tourists can easily organize their journeys with a little help from Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) and its subsidiaries: NextTrip.com, a real-time booking platform, and Maupintour, a provider of personalized tours.

According to Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2017′ guide (http://dtn.fm/K5RHc), the top 10 list of countries that should be visited this year is led by none other than Canada. The United States’ neighbor to the north has long been a popular destination with many Americans and other foreign tourists alike, with its fusion cuisine, impressive wine offerings and international reputation for politeness and inclusiveness. This year promises to offer visitors an exceptional celebration, as the world’s second largest country will mark 150 years since its confederation. Expect some of the biggest parties the country has ever seen all throughout the year, but the festivities are likely to peak around July 1, when the actual sesquicentennial is celebrated.

Another popular destination in 2017 is Colombia. The South American state has overcome its violent past, marked by crime and civil unrest, and is now a welcoming place for overseas travelers, offering a unique blend of hospitality, beautiful nature and vibrant culture. Colombia expects a papal visit this year – the first in 30 years, which seems very likely to drive a significant portion of the country’s overall travel market. The third country on Lonely Planet’s list is Finland, which has a wealth of events planned this year in honor of its centenary. From lively concerts and culinary festivals to winter sports championships and the opening of a new national park, Finland has something for every traveler looking to have a great time discovering a unique landscape and culture. The list of popular countries to visit this year also includes many exotic destinations, such as Dominica, Myanmar, and Ethiopia, as well as challenging travel places such as Nepal and Mongolia.

Travelers can plan and organize their journeys to any of these top three destinations and many others with the help of Monaker Group, a technology-driven tourism company offering comprehensive travel solutions and personalized tours. Via its flagship company NextTrip.com, Monaker allows tourists to plan their trips to the smallest details by offering them real-time access to everything they need for an ideal travel experience, from alternative lodging rental options to hotels, airlines, rental car services, concierge services and more. The NextTrip.com platform is representative of the group’s focus on the alternative lodging rental market, offering access to more than 1.1 million units worldwide. The platform is also the first and only that offers comprehensive real-time booking options to meet tourists’ every need.

Tours are organized through Maupintour, a leading provider of luxury travel services with a strong reputation for creating unique itineraries and offering outstanding service. This commitment to excellence has helped the brand achieve one of the highest repeat customer rates in the industry.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:07 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Makes Business-Leisure Travel More Accessible

At one time there was a feeling that, in an age where virtually everything is connected and platforms such as Skype and Facetime make video conferencing easily accessible, traveling for business would no longer be necessary. However, according to Globetouch (http://dtn.fm/rsN9l), the Asia-Pacific region doubled its business travel output between 2005 and 2015, with these numbers expected to grow further during the coming years.

This has been attributed, in part, to the fact that more people are learning how to combine business travel with leisure, encouraging many to look upon business travel as a positive. According to ‘Predictions: The 8 Hot Travel Trends In 2017’ (http://dtn.fm/6Igkt), a WIT article, “30% of travelers said they would accept a lower paid job if it meant they could travel more for work.” It also states that “Of the 40% of global travelers who journeyed for business this year, 46% would travel even more for business in 2017.”

Businessmen and women are realizing that it is possible to combine work and pleasure, and opting to travel more for work makes the leisure opportunities more affordable. With many business travelers today being millennials, they expect a seamless travel experience, where they can see to their business affairs while incorporating some rest and relaxation into their trips. With the help of technology, this has been made possible.

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), a technology driven travel company with a number of divisions and brands boasting more than 60 years of combined experience in the travel and leisure industry, provides an all-in-one platform through its flagship NextTrip.com planner, which makes planning work and leisure combination travel easy.

The NextTrip.com travel planner works with a range of mobile devices, and it allows those traveling for both business and pleasure to organize and plan a trip from start to finish. Including rental homes, hotels, timeshare resorts, airlines, tours, and car rentals, the travel planner makes the multitude of options clear to the user on one screen. In addition to the above, the planner gives users the chance to import all bookings onto one device; find attractions, restaurants, and bars in their desired locations; and maintain a level of financial organization, all for free.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:45 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Benefits When Business Travelers Add Leisure

Annual spending on leisure travel, at $650.8 billion in 2015, far exceeds spending on business travel, which totaled $296.3 billion during the same period, according to the U.S. Travel Association (http://dtn.fm/4Y0zB). But travelers are increasingly mixing business travel with leisure by extending their trips and combining the two. Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) serves this market through its subsidiaries, NextTrip.com, a real-time online booking platform, and Maupintour, which specializes in luxury and customized tours.

Monaker Group’s NextTrip.com and Maupintour offer technology-driven platforms which enable travelers to learn, plan, and execute their trips online. BridgeStreet Global Hospitality (http://dtn.fm/4B4iz) has found that travelers want sightseeing, dining and arts/culture in locations they were already traveling to for business.

According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) (http://dtn.fm/rqAV7), 45% of employees at firms with less than 250 employees extended trips, compared to 38% at companies with 250-499 employees and just 30% at companies of 500 or more.

Some 52% are extending business trips with leisure travel with a spouse or significant other, the GBTA’s Business Travel Sentiment Index™ found in 2015. Further, 63% use the opportunity to explore the destination, and 48% said they would visit family or friends.

In the 2016 GBTA Index survey, mobile devices, social networks and apps were noted as important business travel tools. Some 72% of millennials and 64% of all business travelers check their travel itineraries at least once a day, and some 31% said they prefer to use electronic receipts instead of hard copies for tracking expenses.

Monaker Group has its own Monaker Booking Engine (MBE), which, in real time, has a global inventory of air, lodging, and tours, all viewable from a single online site. Travel bookings can be organized for the business traveler, the leisure traveler, or both. Monaker recently announced plans to release its own app for NextTrip on Android and iOS by the end of January 2017.

Additionally, Monaker Group has access to alternative lodging options for the traveler on its NextTrip.com site, with rentals of private residences or unused timeshare rooms in managed properties. In a news release, Bill Kerby, chairman and CEO of Monaker Group, said that the company is well positioned to take advantage of the trend to alternative lodging and travel. Monaker’s management team believes that the alternative lodging rental (ALR) market will reach $169 billion by 2019 and sees it as the fastest-growing segment of the business.

The company believes it is able to leverage its more than 60 years in leisure travel with new technology to best deliver its services. It said it plans to introduce artificial intelligence to NextTrip.com in the future under its ‘Travel Made Easy’ platform. Alternative travel includes everything from private residences available for rent to fractional shares of timeshare resort rooms.

Through NextTrip.com, Monaker Group is able to bring all of these elements in an online platform to the prospective traveler. Through Maupintour, it can organize even more specialized travel. Maupintour offers unique and luxury tours with a high repeat rate among travelers. Millennials want a single source for their combined business and leisure travel.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:38 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Announces Addition of Robert Post to Board of Directors

Technology-driven travel company Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) this morning announced the appointment of Robert Post, president and CEO of Cloud5 Communications and executive chairman of The Knowland Group, to its board of directors. Following this addition, the company’s board now includes six members, four of whom are serving independently.

“Bob’s appointment adds a tremendous wealth of senior-level experience, knowledge and accomplishments to our board,” Bill Kerby, chairman and CEO of Monaker Group, stated in this morning’s news release. “We expect Bob to provide valuable guidance and insights as the company enters a pivotal period in its growth and development. This includes our near-term launch of the industry’s first-ever ‘real-time’ alternative lodging reservation system, which also offers mainstream travel products and services all on a single site.”

All told, Post brings more than two decades of experience in the travel and hospitality sectors to the Monaker team. In addition to his time with Cloud5, the largest provider of cloud-based telecommunications and high speed internet services to some of the hospitality industry’s most recognizable brands, Post previously served as chairman and CEO of TravelCLICK, a leading provider of hotel e-commerce solutions with operations spanning 140 countries. Under his guidance, TravelCLICK grew from $35 million in annual revenue to more than $200 million, achieving high double-digit profitability. Post also served as the CFO and VP of business development of OpenTable.com, which was eventually acquired by the Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN) for $2.6 billion.

For Monaker Group, the appointment of Robert Post as an independent addition to its board of directors is in line with previously announced intentions for a Nasdaq uplisting. Per Nasdaq listing requirements, the company will be required to maintain a majority of independent directors on its board in order to qualify for uplisting in the future.

Post’s appointment marks the second such announcement from Monaker Group during the first month of 2017. On January 5, the company announced the appointment of Simon Orange, the founding partner and chairman of CorpAcq, to its board. At the time of that appointment, CEO Bill Kerby noted that, while the addition of Orange to Monaker Group’s board of directors satisfied the listing requirements for an independent majority, the company planned to continue its “search and evaluation process to bring on additional board members” in an effort to strengthen its leadership and the composition of its board committees.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:43 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Helping People Visit Destinations Likely to Disappear

Travel to far and remote destinations is easier than it has ever been. Travel companies have not only made traveling accessible, but also more economical. People are now able to explore some of the remarkable destinations our world holds, including natural wonders and historical sites. However, some of these places are in danger of disappearing.

Climate change, over farming, natural erosion, pollution, urbanization and general exploitation, are just some of the causes for the potential loss of these places. Although environmental organizations recognize the threat and are putting in place procedures to maintain these destinations for as long as possible, they remain at risk. According to Business Insider (http://dtn.fm/ctV1K), some of these endangered destinations include the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Florida Everglades, and many other famous destinations.

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), a technology driven travel company, is making these destinations accessible through its subsidiary, Maupintour. Founded by Tom Maupin in the 50’s, Maupintour gives solo travelers and groups the chance to organize highly customizable private tours across the globe, including to threatened destinations.

Tours organized through Maupintour cover many extra features that, if organized separately, would cost much more, such as local guides, great accommodations, comprehensive tours, special events, entertainment, entrance fees, airport transfers, and hotel transfers.

The company organizes tours to Europe, Africa, Central and South America, Asia and India, Australia and New Zealand, as well as throughout the United States. Maupintour has the highest repeat rate in the industry, with some travelers taking up to 60 vacation tour packages with the company. Maupintour tours make natural and man-made wonders of the world accessible to travelers at an affordable price, while they are still there to see.

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Postby QualityStocks » Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:04 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Turns to the Video Tape to Sell Effectively

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) turns to the video tape to sell its global inventory of alternative lodging rentals (ALR), because it believes that video is important to the decision making process. Research proves that reaching the younger generation, especially millennials, with top quality ads can be especially effective. Reaching these digital savvy viewers is “high risk, high reward,” survey taker Unruly (http://dtn.fm/um4Rw) finds.

In a February 2016 10-K filing with the SEC (http://dtn.fm/QJ9pq), Monaker reported that it had invested in thousands of hours of video footage shot in more than 30 countries around the world. Further, it said that it has some 15,000 clips of destination activities, cruises, and resorts. These travel videos have been shown on NextTrip.com, a travel portal focused on the ALR market. That site is owned by Monaker Group, Inc.

Video ads boost purchase intent by 97% and brand association by 139%, according to the study by Unruly. The video ad research company also found that millennials are 112% more likely to share ads they like than any other demographic group. Additionally, Unruly found that millennials are also the most likely to use ad blockers or put videos on mute if they find them of poor quality or inauthentic. Registering with younger viewers are “happiness and inspiration,” emotions which resonate strongly with millennials. With this in mind, the ads from Monaker Group capture enjoyable and special travel experiences in ALRs.

Bill Kerby, founder, chairman, and CEO of Monaker, says that the ALR industry is the fastest growing sector in travel, projected by industry experts to reach $169 billion by 2019.

Also, NextTrip.com enables potential travelers to upgrade to resorts and book through Maupintour, a luxury tour company with more than 65 years of experience in the travel industry, Monaker reported in the SEC filing.

Through its YouTube channel, the company noted in the 10-K that it has more than 16,000 hours of raw travel footage. It finds that selling its travel products is significantly more effective when videos can be seen in advance by the potential purchaser.

Although Monaker says that it has not filed for copyright protection for any particular content, it noted in the filing that it has registered several Internet domain names related to its business in order to protect its proprietary interests.

Monaker is a travel-driven, high technology company with inventory in alternative rentals. On its proprietary and partnership platforms, the company has built a video library, facilitated media distribution and developed industry relationships. These are elements Monaker believes are important to gaining a large audience of travelers in the ALR industry.

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Re: Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

Postby QualityStocks » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:22 pm

Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Positioned to Capitalize as U.S. Private Accommodation Market Set to Reach $36.6 Billion by 2018

Perhaps no segment of the travel industry has changed so much over the last few years as lodging and accommodation. Spurred by an initial decline of the global travel market a few years ago but given new life by a new generation of travelers who prefer a different kind of tourism with more personal experiences to the traditional hotel and sightseeing model, the alternative and private lodging segment has been growing at a steady rate recently. The private accommodation market is becoming increasingly popular and is expected to reach $36.6 billion in the United States alone by the end of next year, according to new data from travel industry research authority Phocuswright. This is great news for both tourists and providers of alternative lodging rental (ALR) services such as Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), which offers these services via its innovative, real-time booking platform NextTrip.com.

In two separate reports released this month, Phocuswright emphasizes the fast growth of the vacation rental market, which has become one of the most popular segments of the industry. Private accommodation grew by 11 percent in 2016, which was nearly twice as fast as the overall U.S. travel market, according to the report ‘A Market Transformed: Private Accommodation in the U.S.’ (http://dtn.fm/AdOQ7). This growth pace is expected to slow down in 2017 and even 2018, but this segment is expected to continue outpacing the overall travel market throughout this time span, the document underlines.

The increasing role of private accommodation and alternative lodging rentals is also outlined by the sixteenth edition of Phocuswright’s ‘U.S. Online Travel Overview’ (http://dtn.fm/u4Wc8). According to this report, the alternative lodging rental market now accounts for almost one-fifth of the entire accommodation market. In addition, booking rates for vacation rentals are growing increasingly faster than those reported by hotels.

Once regarded simply as a cheaper alternative to traditional accommodation or a largely offline alternative typically reserved for family vacations, private accommodations have become increasingly popular since moving online with the help of intermediaries such as Airbnb and HomeAway. Gradually, they have become the accommodation of choice for a new generation of younger tourists whose traveling preferences focus mostly on creating memories and personal experiences by interacting with the places and people they visit more closely. The success of this private accommodation market has also attracted the interest of large travel and accommodation groups such as Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE) and The Priceline Group’s (NASDAQ: PCLN) Booking.com, both of which have already started building their ALR inventories. In 2015, Expedia completed the acquisition of the HomeAway platform for $3.9 billion.

This trend is likely to continue in the future, with the private accommodation market set to continue gaining more ground over the traditional hotel and lodging segment, according to Phocuswright experts. “The segment’s shift online, the expansion of the concept to include private homes in urban markets, the entrance of OTAs, and numerous innovative startups have all contributed to powering a period of tremendous growth,” said Douglas Quinby, Phocuswright’s vice president, research. “Against a backdrop of strong performance for the U.S. travel industry, the private accommodation segment has grown much faster than travel overall,” he added.

With a continuously growing portfolio of alternative lodging units that currently stands at more than 1.1 million worldwide, the NextTrip.com platform is representative of Monaker Group’s focus on this market segment and its commitment to offering customers comprehensive travel solutions and personalized tours. The NextTrip.com platform is unique on the market at the moment, being the only one to offer travelers real-time booking and access to everything they need to organize their journeys down to the smallest details, from ALR options to hotels, rental car services, airlines, concierge and more. In addition to the NextTrip.com platform, Monaker Group offers a wide range of tourism services, including highly customizable tours and travel solutions, through its Maupintour subsidiary.

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