www.Buy2Greece.com – Frankfurt to host luxury tourism exhibition

The only exhibition of luxury in Germany “loop – luxury on our planet” will open its doors for 100 international renowned hoteliers, hotel owners and providers of tourist luxury products to meet with 100 interested buyers from the German-speaking market.
From April 10-13, 2016, Frankfurt will transform into a Mecca for the international luxury tourism industry. Registrations can be made immediately at loop-luxury-fair.com
Among the applicants are the most exciting and luxurious tourist providers in the world.

Epitome in Greece
EPITOME is an invitation to cast your guidebooks to the wind. Just give your globe a spin and we’ll place your finger firmly on the most soulful hotels, thoughtful services and delectable products that will make Greece the only essential destination on your map.

Anguilla Tourist Board
Anguilla is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets, small in size and contemporary in style with a big reputation. The island is renowned for its 33 unspoiled, tranquil white-sand beaches, for world-class accommodation and its fabulous cuisine. Inspired by the ocean and with an international flair, the island offers over 100 dining options and proudly boasts some of the Caribbean’s most talented chefs. Sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and diving are some of the water sports options. Laid-back by day, pulsating at night, Anguilla is a diverse mix of experiences on land and sea that go beyond size.

Dream Escape DMC
Dream Escape is the leading provider of exclusive and customized programs to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Our team of experienced creative planners will provide exceptional itineraries delivered by our expert curators and guides.
– Villa Collection: A selection of amazing handpicked exclusive use properties for meetings, incentives and special events.
– Events: Ascot, Wimbledon, Chelsea Flower Show, Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo.
– Specialist Groups: Whisky, gardens, literature, culinary, equestrian & country sports.
– Incentive Groups: Inspirational reward programs.
– Golf: Private competitions and tee times on private and prestigious courses.

Dubai Tourism
Dubai – one of the world’s most exhilarating destinations: a glittering city with golden beaches, world-class shopping, dining and nightlife, hosting electrifying events and sporting championships – and an adventurous family playground.
Tradition meets ambition, the past meets the future – welcome to a destination that has made it its mission to become “the world’s most visited city.”
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector, responsible for licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents.

D-Hotels and Resorts in Turkey
D-Hotels and Resorts is a young and dynamic hotel company that provides quality hospitality services currently in Turkey and expanding worldwide. All the D-Hotels and Resorts properties share a common vision and values.
D-Hotel Maris, located in the stunning reservation area of the Datca Peninsula in the Southwest of Turkey, has five private white sandy beaches each with different concepts, ESPA, professional water sport and fitness facilities, a breakfast buffet and five a la carte restaurants, private excursions and transfers by hotel owned yachts, helicopter and seaplane. Resort, welcoming children as of 6 has 200 rooms & suits, plus an Exclusive Villa. D-Hotel Maris is a member of The Leading Hotels of The World and has recently been awarded by Six Star Diamond Awards.

Castello di Velona Resort, Thermal SPA & Winery in Italy
Fully restored 11th century castle in Montalcino perfect for spa or romantic getaways, wine and relax breaks in Tuscany.

Located 12 km from Montalcino, in the Val d’Orcia, a Unesco World heritage site, Castello di Velona Resort, Thermal SPA & Winery is a haven of tranquility where all senses are awakened and body, mind and soul revitalized.

Food and wine lovers will enjoy the hotels’ two restaurants, Velona Lounge Bar and Settimo Senso gourmet restaurant, both with panoramic terraces, where to taste regional and gourmet dishes of the Tuscan culinary tradition. The wine list is headed by the hotel’s own produced Brunello di Montalcino.

Guests staying at Castello di Velona will love its 1500sq. Spa, a wellness paradise featuring the hottest mineral springs in Tuscany, 2 outdoor panoramic pools, 2 indoor thermal pools with Jacuzzis, 5 treatment rooms, 1 romantic couple room, emotional showers, two steam bath, and sauna.

www.Buy2Greece.com – berkshirehathawayhs, The importance of international real estate sales

The importance of international real estate sales is being underlined by growing companyBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices, which is offering special training to agents on how to boost their business in the sector.

Agents who successfully complete the training earn a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, which is the only international designation recognized by the US National Association of Realtors.

OPP.Today spoke to Peter Turtzo, Senior Vice President for International Operations for US-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, about how much of an advantage the specialist training gives agents and where most buyer demand originates.

“CIPS training provides a strong foundation for U.S. agents seeking to conduct business with international clients. Instruction includes five full days of study covering the very latest in international business in U.S. markets and for transactions in Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Americas. Instruction will involve transaction tools, currency and exchange rate issues, cultural perspectives, regional market conditions, investment performance, tax issues and more.

“Demand we see is similar to the demand recently reported by National Association of Realtors, with   buyers from China, Canada, India and Mexico leading the way, followed by those from the United Kingdom, Germany and France.”

As a result of the training program, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices hopes to pick up a sizeable slice of the lucrative market, he says.

“Few brokerage networks offer CIPS training. With help from this unique opportunity, we want our agents to earn their unfair share of the $104billion international market in the US.

“We intend to win a significant share of the international market in the U.S. and CIPS training will help us achieve that goal. We also believe our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand will appeal to international buyers and help us gain market share, as the brand is built on a foundation of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Of course, the geographic location of our affiliates also will help us win international business – many brokerages are located in US destination markets and feeder markets, and are well positioned gain market share.”

Which aspect of the training is most needed or do agents most value, we asked.  “I think cultural and cross-cultural elements of CIPS training will be well received, yet all components – from currency and exchange rate considerations to market conditions, tax considerations and more – are essential for CIPS certification.

Marie Shoemaker, director for Network Education Services, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, explains why the course is valuable. “Currency issues and tax laws alone make international transactions more complex, and then there are visa laws, financing and other considerations.

“An agent who’s trained to handle these challenges can make the difference in a home sale or purchase.”

Since its launch in September 2013, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, which has its headquarters in Irvine, California, has grown to nearly 40,000 agents and 1,200 offices operating in 47 states.

HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner.