Sunday, June 19, 2016

All Cast Marketing and Productions: How Hotels are Matching OTAs with Innovative Benefits for Booking Direct

Hotels and accommodation suppliers have to demonstrate that they are the suppliers and stop the perception that the best rates are available on Online Travel Agents (OTA) sites like and Expedia.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Outstanding 5-Star Review Poinsettia Vialls St. Lucia - Top rated for Value, View, Nature Gardens

Lovely 5 Star Review by Asha says it ideal for independent travellers and she loved the view, the people and the nature gardens and birds - see blog for details

Saturday, June 11, 2016

BuzzFeed Get Millions Because Digital Media Is the New Hollywood - The Content Strategist - MARKHAT.COM

In this article Content Strategist suggest that Buzzfeed got the Comcast investment because they realize that Digital Media Is the New Hollywood, and Buzzfeed is one of the early leaders in understanding, adopting and perfecting it.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Why Millennials Are Texting More And Talking Less - Forbes - MARKHAT.COM

Forbes shows us why Millennials Are Texting More And Talking Less - It boils down to efficiency in an age when the telephone is becoming less relevant

Phocuswright Says Messaging is the Future of Travel - MARKHAT.COM

Phocusright report suggest that travel messaging the new norm. Although the articles asks "is Messaging is the future of travel" the answer is already Yes.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Facebook for Travel Advertising

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Chattel House - a fading history

Well at least we have Gladstone Yearwood film documenting this unique and delightful architecture and lifestyle of Barbados. He too laments that, alas, the chattle house is fading from the landscpae and in 10 years we may not see them again. In their place, concrete and high rises and condos, will tower. Once it was law in Barbados that a building could not be higher than a coconut tree, but alas, that too has passed.

The film is an icon of a passing age. It features a mix of characters talking about the chattel house, its purpose, community, building style and its uniquely African heritage. Tempered by available resources, wood cut to standard size imported from America, replaced African mud as the main construction material. The film also features the communities that grew around these homes. Barbados became a community of villages and Gladstone introduces us the villages and its charters. You will smile at the saga boys on the dance floor and the spirited banter of the people.

The small homes were build by plantation workers, who needed to be mobile. Some say the chatel house was the first mobile home. Plantation owners hired people to work the land and provided them with a spot of land on which they could build their houses. The plantation owner could fire the worker and take back the land. So workers build simple structures set on rocks that could be folded up and and load them onto wagons. This was cheeper than building a new house which required buying wood. There were no glass windows in the original chattel house just open Jalousies and sash windows.

The African workers were skilled craftsmen and they build houses that often resembled grand villas but on a smaller scale. The houses, much prized possession, were often ordained with filigree, a Victorian fretwork of interlaced decorative design, that filigree the roof and windows.
Gladstone Yearwood