Throughout the busy foliage season those who servetourists are faced with last minute travelers looking for a place to stay.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing launched a new tool in mid-September that will assist the tourism industry in connecting travelers and lodging properties. This simple, online system allows any lodging establishment in the state to post and update their current room availability throughout the day.As of September 26, as many as 150 Vermont lodging properties were logging on daily to enter the current room availability. “We think it’svery exciting to have this service, which lets travelers and innkeepers find each other immediately. It really works; it’s a wonderful idea,” said Jennifer Karpin, manager at The Grafton Homestead.The listings are immediately available to staff at Vermont Information and Welcome Centers, Regional Marketing Organizations, chambers ofcommerce, and operators at the 1-800-Vermont teleservicing center. Availability can be sorted by region of the state, town, number of rooms available, or by the time the listing was last updated.Even a lodging property that has filled its own rooms can use the system to help additional travelers who show up at their front desk.Listings from the previous day are cleared automatically from the system at 5 a.m. each morning. Properties that register will receive anautomatic email reminder to update the current day’s information. This ensures only current information is displayed.Vermont tourism officials expect an excellent 2002 foliage season, which means about 4.5 million people will be booking lodging accommodations during the season. For foliage conditions and scenic tours see:www.VermontVacation.com(link is external)
Focused on purpose and meaning, millennials nonetheless wind up more satisfied when their finances are in order, a new study suggests.by: Dan KadlecMillennials define success more broadly than older generations, seeing it as less about wealth and more about a healthy and fulfilling life. But even as this generation tries to change the world through jobs and investments with purpose, among other things, it may be finding that financial success and personal satisfaction often go hand in hand.Millennials who describe themselves as successful—whatever that may mean to them as individuals—report more healthy finances across the board than those who do not, new research shows. For example, 31% of millennials who say they are satisfied with their current lifestyle report annual income over $75,000, while just 24% of all millennials earn that much.Might their healthier income be part of the reason? That seems likely, based on a broad range of findings in a new survey from MoneyTips.com, an online personal finance community geared at 18-to-34 year olds. Young adults describing themselves as satisfied with their current lifestyle, or successful, not only had more income but less debt, more savings, and more confidence in their ability to retire comfortably.None of this would feel surprising if not for the widely espoused view that millennials favor quality of life issues including job flexibility, social impact, and personal experiences over career and earning power. Maybe they are growing up and realizing that money may help—or at least not hinder—such pursuits. Or maybe their worldview is evolving at a subconscious level as the real world bears down on them. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Early next week, the No. 5 USC women’s golf team heads to Chicago to make its mark at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, while the No. 20-ranked men’s team will participate in the Nike Invitational in Fort Worth, Tex.Coming off of a strong third place finish at the Annika Intercollegiate tournament last week, the women’s team will be looking for a repeat performance from freshman Malia Nam, who placed second individually behind UCLA sophomore Patty Tavatanakit.Nam shot 12-under across 54 holes, tying her for the second largest margin in school history.Three other Trojans finished the event under par with sophomore Jennifer Chang tied for ninth place at 6-under, while junior Allisen Corpuz and sophomore Gabriela Ruffels tied for 21st at 1-under.First-year coach Justin Silverman will look to Corpuz to be a leader for this team as she is the most senior starter among the squad. Corpuz is coming off a dominant sophomore season after being named an All American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.This tournament should provide another opportunity for Silverman to prove that his team can compete with the other elite programs across the country, after trailing only Alabama and UCLA in last week’s opener by margins of 7 and 5 shots, respectively.On the men’s side, the squad is coming in hot after a solid showing in their season opener, the Fighting Illini Invitational. The team was able to battle through a sluggish first day, as it was in the eighth spot of the 14 teams heading into day two, but steadily progressed from fourth to an eventual second-place finish. Three Trojans placed in the top six in the tournament, including junior PING All-American Justin Suh, sophomore Kaito Onishi and freshman Charlie Reiter. In his first start, Reiter proved that he could be a huge contributor to the team going into the future as he finished 4-under 66, helping USC finish at 7-over for the tournament. In the process of placing second, USC defeated higher ranked opponents like No. 11 California, No. 2 Alabama, No. 16 Illinois and No. 4 Texas A&M. Look for senior Justin Suh to return to his leadership role this year, who will be able to provide his learned experiences to an up-and-comer like freshman Charlie Reiter. If Reiter can maintain or improve upon the level of play that he displayed in his first performance as a Trojan, he could be a key player for the Trojans.Both the women’s and men’s teams have already exceeded early expectations. While the women’s team will look to maintain its top-5 spot in the rankings, the men’s team will be coming in as underdogs aiming to take down higher ranked opponents in their upcoming tournament. The Trojans may be overshadowed by top-10 teams such as Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, and Florida, but they can still make an impressive run based on their breakout performance at the past tournament.