If, like Robert Frost, you want to take the road less traveled, then visit Monaker Group, Inc.’s (OTCQB: MKGI) website at www.monakergroup.com. There, you’ll find the path to a luxury escorted vacation in some of the most exotic locales through Maupintour Extraordinary Vacations. Maupintour, a portal for vacationers, is owned by Monaker Group and is just one of the ways that the company is setting out to make life easier for travelers. Travelers can use its comprehensive online platforms to make informed decisions about vacations.
Maupintour was founded in 1951 by Tom Maupin and, according to the Maupintour website (http://dtn.fm/Cr4Rd), was the first travel company ‘to send tourists into the Soviet Union after World War II’. These tours garnered extensive media coverage at the time, which helped to establish Maupintour as an adventurous company willing to travel off the beaten track, a reputation it retains to this day. ‘Maupintour travelers have the highest repeat rate in the industry, with some taking as many as 60 vacations with Maupintour’.
Since one picture is worth a thousand words, a key element in Monaker Group’s online offerings are images of vacation destinations. A visitor to the NextTrip.com portal is invited to embark on a Voyage to Vietnam, an Ecuadorian Adventure, a trip to Amsterdam or, perhaps, to enjoy Eternally Italy. One of Monaker’s digital assets is an extensive media library. The company has discovered that would-be travelers are increasingly using video content to make decisions about vacations.
The company’s travel platforms offer a variety of features, including enhanced video, language conversion, and dynamic booking capabilities, all working together to assist the excited adventurer as he or she plans that next trip. Monaker’s platforms are ‘a combination of proprietary and licensed technology, connecting and searching both large travel suppliers and alternative lodging inventories for the benefit of travelers’.
NextTrip.com provides access to travel video and support from full service travel divisions, as well as key partnerships with multiple cruise and tour groups within the United States. NextTrip uses network original programs with travel footage to create valuable and relevant content for its viewers. Later this year, a mobile app for the platform is expected to be launched.
Travelers on the road to success include founder, chairman and CEO of Monaker Group, William Kerby. Kerby has over 18 years’ experience in the media and travel industries, which was preceded by 10 years in the financial services industry. He founded RealBiz Media Group, the largest video creation company in the North American real estate industry. He also started the R&R Television Network, now viewed by 34 million households, and founded TravelByUs, a NASDAQ small cap company that completed a number of accretive acquisitions, including seven international tour operations and 24 travel agencies. Kerby is also the founder of Leisure Canada, which operates 210 agencies and international tour operations in Great Britain, France, South Africa and the South Pacific.
Chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Monaker Group is Omar Jimenez. Jimenez is an executive with over 33 years of multi-industry experience in building, strengthening and leading national and multinational, public and private companies in various degrees of corporate maturity, including start-up, stable, high growth and turnaround status.
James Marmorstone is acting president. His background is in the real estate and hospitality industries. Curtis Krauskopf is chief technology officer. Jim Nieters is director of engineering & IT. Jeff Idso is VP business development. Other directors are Pat LaVecchia, formerly group head of global private corporate equity placements at Credit Suisse First Boston; Doug Checkeris, formerly CEO of Mediacom North America; and Don Monaco, principal owner of Monaco Air Duluth, an aviation services business.
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