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Hello everyone.
I have been debating whether or not to ask this question or not because I know it is a 'touchy' topic in today's world.
There is a lot in the U.S. media about these refugees and depending on which politically backed TV channel you watch you will see two sides to the story.
I am wanting to hear primarily for those that live in Europe where most of the Syrian refugees are going.
The question is for those in towns near or where refugees are being placed in Europe, how are they being housed, are they overrunning the hotels there like many of the media outlets here in America say they are? Are these refugees acclimating to their asylum countries laws and are the refugees actively looking for work so they can become members of their working community or are they becoming more of a nuisance and hardship on those that are citizens of that country/city?
For those who might wonder, I am neither Republican nor Democrat, so I do not pay much attention to the TV channels, even some of the national newspapers.
Just wanted to hear the thoughts of those that may be seeing first hand what is really going on and possibly if they can shed some light on they refugee crisis.
Please be respectful of comments and keep it clean.
Thank you.
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Hey I'm from Europe and good for comments lol
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AirBnB is going Big Time on this one.  It will be interesting to see how it pans out for them and I am quite sure there will be many more like this.
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baseball would put me to sleep without the bed.. no thanks

+Mark Stephens  here
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Lets start the month of August off with a laugh.  Saw this in today's paper.  Bon Appetite!
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+Brian Slind  Love it, Brian....right up there in the 'priceless' category....I'm sending to a few celophane breakfast hotel friends.....
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Marketing Ideas (NO SALES!)  - 
 
For those that use Google Analytic s, here is a great read about tracking you Social Media channels from a few days ago in Entrepreneur mag. 
There's just so much to look at, with so many new and unusual titles. Here, we try to make sense of it all.
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Thanks for sharing, Brian! Nicely written, easy to follow article with useful reports that help you discover where your visitors are coming from. +David Kutcher, perhaps they'll have e-commerce conversion in a future article? For me, having both is kind a ying and yang thing. You need both to get a good picture of what's going on. 
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Here is the final tally (what i am going to consider anyway) for the survey.
Thanks again for voting.  it is really interesting to see where people spend their digital dollars.
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Great idea, thank you for the effort +Brian Slind , +Heather Turner and all the respondents.
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Received this in my Inbox from T.A.
Thought I would share it with those that may not also receive it.  Good info.

 

 

 


Dear owner, 

I am writing to you today to explain how we at TripAdvisor are tackling a challenge facing our industry, and to let you know how you can help. 

We are aware of individuals, often masquerading as legitimate companies, who contact business owners in an attempt to solicit money from them. They do so with the false promise that they can manipulate the rankings on TripAdvisor and other online review platforms, either through the submission of positive reviews or the removal of negative reviews. Some companies go so far as to claim to have an official relationship with TripAdvisor. 

These groups are known as optimization companies and their practices are wholly contrary to the spirit and terms of our site, are unethical and often against the law. We believe these optimization companies pose a risk to millions of legitimate, honest hospitality businesses around the world. To be absolutely clear, no optimization company is or will ever be affiliated with TripAdvisor, and the practice of submitting any content that is not genuine and from travelers goes against everything we stand for as a company. Our entire Content Integrity Team is dedicated to ensuring that all properties on TripAdvisor compete on a level playing field, driven solely by the services they provide to our travelers. 

TripAdvisor will take the strongest action possible against these firms, as well as any property attempting to engage with these companies to distort the content available on TripAdvisor. It is common that owners have reported that once they engaged with these types of companies, they have been subjected to blackmail, extortion and financial fraud when they have tried to disengage from their services. Once you violate the law, you no longer have the protection of it – and the unscrupulous individuals involved in the optimization industry know it. 

The good news is that we're very effective at catching them. Our investigation team uses advanced technology and investigation techniques similar to those used in the banking and finance industries to track the activity of optimization companies all across the globe. TripAdvisor has a zero tolerance for fraud, in fact; so far in 2015 we identified, investigated and shut down more than 30 optimization sites, and will continue to pursue these companies until they are no longer a risk to our community. 

We are tireless in our efforts because we know that, like us, most hospitality business owners want a clean system that allows every business to compete fairly. But we also know that with your help, we could be even more effective in shutting-down these businesses. This is where you come in. 

If you have been approached or contacted by a company offering to boost your ranking, provide content or reviews to your listing or any activity that would violate TripAdvisor's policies, we would like to hear from you. Any information you provide, no matter how minor, can assist us in our investigations. All reports should be made to our Content Integrity team and will be investigated and kept confidential. With your help, we can continue to improve the service TripAdvisor provides to travelers. 

To report an optimization company or contact from such companies, owners may utilize the functionality within the TripAdvisor owner center by selecting "Report Organized Boosting" under the "Manage Your Reviews" tab on your dashboard.  Additionally you can report an incident through email at fightfraud@tripadvisor.com. 

When reporting information about contact with optimization companies please include as much information as possible and attach any email or solicitation received to assist our investigation team who will review every report received by our community. 

Thank you for your assistance. 

Kind Regards, 
 

Steve Kaufer 

CEO TripAdvisor 


 

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Yep got it too. 
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So my desktop finished doing the Windows 10 free update while we were at church, I must say, I don't see much different from Windows 8...maybe once I use it more, I will see something.
Anyone else out there get the new Win 10?  What are your thoughts?
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I just listened to a report on this Windows 10 thing that said it allows Microsoft to use your bandwidth in the background to update other peoples computers. They said to stay away from it.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-silently-uses-your-bandwidth-to-send-updates-to-others/
It also has spying issues 
http://bgr.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-upgrade-spying-how-to-opt-out/
All interesting. I am not upgrading.
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This is a new feature...well ok, I know I am not always on top of things so it is 'new' to me, others out there may have seen these for months, but I this is the first review in a while and so it is the first notification I have received.  In the past I do not recall ever getting a notice from Google about a new Google+ Review written by a guest.  One of our repeat loyal friends wrote this today.
Sure hope to see more of these on Google+ in the future.
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+chris swaap, sorry Chris, I have neither a tablet or phone that I could use to check how Google works things...
You would think that since they are so 'tech' savvy that they would have a method for phone users to do things like leave reviews.  Especially since they control the SEO & online search universe. I suppose these guests probably opened the email on their laptop or desktop and did the review...maybe they have a phone that is more advanced than the one you are using...I just don't know.
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Availability Online users Rejoice!!!!  You can now put a direct link to your availability calendar on Facebook under the 'Book Now' call to action.
YEAH!!!!!!  Thank you Tom and everyone at Availability Online for adding this feature!  Now please convince Google to allow the same thing!
I just updated mine and it works great!
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I added my AO calendar months ago as well like +Heather Turner  mentioned.
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B&B Directory Listing Survey -
Here are the links to each of the 13 polls I put up on this communities page last week about which online directories innkeepers use for listing their B&B online. If you have not voted or commented on any of the polls, feel free to do so. Just click on the link for the polls listed.

Poll 1 of 13 - BedandBreakfast.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/A8gDmif7LoW


Poll 2 of 13 - BBOnline.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/cXhKSfT5Y6w


Poll 3 of 13 - BnBFinder.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/45xPtbEYcUS


Poll 4 of 13 - PAII.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/avcwqq5XU9M


Poll 5 of 13 - VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner):
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/EaaEWr7s7AF


Poll 6 of 13 - TripAdvisor.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/EPAREkezxHn


Poll 7 of 13 - AirBnB.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/Z3kbA3UiNH3


Poll 8 of 13 - TheInnkeeper.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/54UjawzxEQQ


Poll 9 of 13 - BedandBreakfastDirectory.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/VWb93CksB8U


Poll 10 of 13 - BBTravel.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/LkTKm32Kf6L


Poll 11 of 13 - BnBList.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/1kPVnatNhBq


Poll 12 of 13 - Your State/Province/Territory/Regional/Local B&B Association:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/U1o9iAmzqQg


Poll 13 of 13 - Your CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau):
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/2seDhJwYLnB
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We also listed for a while with IloveInns.com but they were a dead loss. Also listed with bestromanticinns.com which did bring us a fair number of referrals.
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Important News for B&Bs  - 
 
Google to ad 'Buy Button':
Here is an interesting article I just read, actually posted on May 28, but I had not seen it.
Google has confirmed that it is to introduce a
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thanks, +Brian Slind This will be interesting
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Here are results thus far from the poll about 13 B&B Directories.
Thanks for voting thus far.  I will check back over the next few days and see if more votes come in and post a final tally next week.  Cheers!
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We began buying Brookfield Maple Products Organic Maple Syrup for use in our cooking but also to serve to the guests along side our French Toasts, pancakes , waffles, etc. at our Bed and Breakfast. After a few years of trying many other companies, none of which we bought in grocery stores, we decided on Brookfield Maple Products because of the rich flavor and the satisfaction of knowing it is certified organic. Our guests have given us rave reviews of the syrup and so we pass that along to Brookfield with our utmost gratitude.
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As part of my rushed trip to SE Texas I chose to stay in the Branson area on the way back home and stayed at Anchor Inn on the Lake Bed and Breakfast. My wife and I booked the Virginia Room and the bedroom is spacious and has a large private bathroom. We found the mattress to be a bit firmer than we like, but we still had a restful sleep and woke up refreshed for the final leg of our journey. The breakfast the next morning was very delicious- we had a fruit salad with nuts to start and then we were served a quiche with biscuits and jam. We would recommend this Bed and Breakfast to anyone going to the area.
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reviewed a year ago
Mike and Lisa of School House Bed & Breakfast are wonderful Innkeepers and go way above the call of duty when it comes to hospitality. Their Inn is exceptionally clean and the rooms are spacious. There are plenty of common area's for a person to spend time reading a book, relaxing or just passing the time away. The breakfast are delicious and very satisfying.
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reviewed 2 years ago
My wife and I spent the night of September 29th there and really enjoyed our stay. The room was clean and very will supplied with amenities. The breakfast was superb with garden fresh ingredients and very satisfying. We would recommend the Brick Inn Bed and Breakfast to anyone going to Washington Missouri.
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Went to Ranch House BBQ on January 18th 2014. First time and my wife and I are always looking for new places to eat so we can tell our Bed & Breakfast guest about them. This is the one that will be on our list of recommended restaurants. I had the 2 meats (sausage & brisket) along with Sweet Potato fries and Cole Slaw. Best BBQ meal in a very long time. The brisket was 'Melt in your mouth' tender and both meats had wonderful flavor. The fries were the best I have had and the Cole Slaw was not too sweet and not too vinegary. just right for me. My only complaint, not that it is important, was that the roll was a bit hard. At first look it looks soft but it took a bit to bite a piece off. I am not that much into bread so it is not a huge concern for me, but others if it happens to them it might be an issue. The atmosphere was great and the staff was very helpful. We will be going back again and again. Hopefully next time I will have room for the dessert.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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