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GuideGecko Launches Online Shopping &
Publishing Platform for Travel, Lifestyle and Entertainment
Authors can publish their guides immediately on
Singapore, 31 March 2009 - GuideGecko, a new online
platform for travel, lifestyle and entertainment guides,
officially launches its website today at
Part online shop and part publishing platform, the portal
offers all major guidebooks as well as guides by independent
GuideGecko attracts customers with its large variety of
guides, tailor-made search functionalities to help them find
exactly the guides they need, and very competitive prices at
17 to 30% below the suggested retail price for commercially
available guides. Thus, it provides a perfect marketing
platform for independent authors to reach out and sell their
guides to customers worldwide. Authors and publishers can
offer their guides for download and as printed books. Guides
can be updated at any time and customers will always get the
GuideGecko Seeks Authors and Publishers
GuideGecko invites all writers, aspiring authors and
publishers to upload and sell their guides on any travel,
lifestyle and entertainment topic. GuideGecko accepts guides
of any length, from a few pages to hundreds. Guides are
published instantly and listed on GuideGecko's front page,
where they receive maximum visibility. Customers can then
order the guides immediately.
Publishing is free and authors/publishers set the retail
price themselves. They earn 50 to 75% on every sale, whilst
retaining full control over their content and copyrights.
Users only need to write and upload their guides, since
everything else from secure payment collection to printing
and shipping is handled by GuideGecko.
"Every food lover has his favorite restaurants; every
student knows the best places to party. We provide the
perfect platform to turn this insider knowledge into money -
in a fun and easy way. You can publish on GuideGecko no
matter if you are a publishing greenhorn or an expert
writer," says Daniel Quadt, Founder and Managing Director of
More information on publishing can be found on
GuideGecko currently offers more than 1600 guides on 167
countries and 227 cities and regions around the world.
Guides are classified into 68 categories from diving to
dining, shopping to sightseeing, trekking to traveling with
children; all quickly accessible using tailor-made and easy
to use search functionalities.
GuideGecko is your platform for Travel, Lifestyle &
Entertainment Guides. Find and buy exactly the guides you
need, or become an author and sell your own.
GuideGecko offers the best guides - from independent
authors to acclaimed publishers, from diving to dining, from
download to print. Read reviews, get detailed information
and compare guides. Or publish your own guides and turn your
insider knowledge into money. It's free, fun & easy - and
you earn on every guide sold.
All guides on one site, all at very low prices. That's
GuideGecko is developed and operated by Net Gecko Pte
Ltd, a Singapore registered company, and managed by a team
of eager travelers with a strong background in the web
development and publishing industries. GuideGecko is located
in Singapore, a leading travel, lifestyle and entertainment
hub in Southeast Asia and a gateway between Asia and the
world - hence, a perfect location for GuideGecko. For more
information, please visit
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Raffaldini Vineyards Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery
Ronda, NC, March 5, 2009-Five years ago, a quaint,
Italian-style vineyard in Wilkes County first opened its
tasting room to a large group of thirsty guests. Today,
Raffaldini Vineyards has established itself as one of North
Carolina's premier wine and event destinations.
"Our goal is that when uncorked, a bottle of Raffaldini
wine will evoke the Italian ideals of a slower pace of life
and an emphasis on friends, family, great food and, of
course, reflection," said Barbara Raffaldini, managing
partner and family member.
Although emphasizing "La Dolce Vita" with visitors,
Raffaldini has worked tirelessly to enhance NC's wine
industry by experimenting with Italian grape varietals never
grown before in the US, adding a state-of-the-art winery and
two-story tasting room and event venue and leading the
petition to form the Swan Creek AVA.
To commemorate this event, Raffaldini Vineyards has
planned a celebration on Sat., Mar. 28. Joseph Robert Mills,
author of A Guide to NC Wineries, will read from his book of
poetry Angels, Thieves and Winemakers at the top of every
hour from noon to 5pm. Classical pianist, Keary Reid, will
perform from 1pm-4pm. The Raffaldini family will guide free
tours of the vineyards at 1:15pm and 3:15pm.
"During this important milestone, we express sincere
appreciation to our guests, staff members and suppliers for
their continuing support as partners in our growth,"
Nestled in the Yadkin Valley Region of North Carolina,
family-owned Raffaldini Vineyards brings Old World charm to
the Old North State. Known as "Chianti in the Carolinas"
Raffaldini currently produces five single varietal wines and
four blends: Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese,
Sangiovese Riserva and Montepulciano. Raffaldini hosts
public and private events throughout the year. Please visit
our web site,
www.raffaldini.com, call 336.835.9463 or email
for more information.
SCULPTURES ON THE SQUARE
RETURN TO TROY, OHIO
Troy, Ohio – March 9, 2009 – Since 2003, Sculptures
on the Square has attracted thousands to the beautiful and
historic city square of downtown Troy, Ohio, from early May
through mid-September. Recognized as one of Ohio Magazine’s
Best Hometowns, Troy has a proud cultural heritage.
Past exhibits have featured the sculptures of J. Seward
Johnson and fiberglass WACO planes painted by local artists,
and attracted crowds from throughout Ohio and the Midwest.
Permanent installations in the city include works of various
artists to include Carole Kerber, Mike Major, Aka Pereyma,
and Michael Bashaw.
In 2009, Sculptures on the Square will host works
from many different sculptures representing a wide
assortment of artistic approaches. This five-month exhibit
will begin May 4 and extend through September 20. As a
result of extensive promotion, hundreds of thousands of
people have attended exhibits of the previous "Sculptures on
The upcoming exhibit will provide an excellent
showcase for sculptures and will include two components, the
outdoor sculptures located around the downtown, and the
small sculpture exhibit hosted by the Troy Hayner Cultural
Center. Sculptures will include wildlife, modern,
historical, whimsical, and classic sculptures of bronze,
metal, wood and concrete.
Sculptures on the Square is a public, non-profit
and private partnership project. All proposed works are
juried to ensure artistic merit and subject matter is
appropriate for general and family viewing. Visitors
will be able to browse all the sculptures within easy
walking distance and enjoy dining destinations and shopping
around the downtown area.
The Troy Hayner Cultural Center, a stately mansion
on West Main Street and one of Troy’s most-pictured
landmarks, will hold an exhibition of smaller relief or full
three dimensional sculptures in conjunction with the outdoor
exhibit. These pieces will be on display at the Hayner
Center between June 21 and August 15, 2009. Hayner
provides year around exhibitions featuring a wide variety of
For details related to Sculptures on the Square
including a full list of Sculptures and Artists, visit
www.troymainstreet.org or call 937.339.5455.
Sculptures on the Square is made possible by a
grant from the Troy Foundation, with partnership from the
City of Troy.
Contact: Chuck Fox, Executive Director