This Week in Energy News – February 15, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, governments are helping citizens to become more energy efficient and reports have been released that quantify energy development efforts.

NEC Italia and Acea Spa to Develop Storage Systems For Rome Smart Grid Project

NEC Italia and Acea Spa to Develop Storage Systems For Rome Smart Grid Project

NEC has agreed to provide two lithium-ion battery energy storage systems as part of a smart grid project in the Rome metropolitan area.

U.S. Departments of Energy and Treasury Announce $150 Million Energy Credits

Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits will provide for manufacturing projects that are related to  clean energy and energy efficiency. The tax program aims to strengthen competitiveness, increase energy security, and create new jobs.

North American Energy Independence?

The United States has achieved number one status in natural gas production, which has increased by 27 percent in the last four years, thanks to advances in technology, such as horizontal drilling, that some fuel industry experts speculate could eventually lead to energy independence in North America.

About 40% of 2012 Wind Industry Installations Came Online in December

Based on figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Generator Report, 59 new wind projects began commercial operation, for a total of 5,253 MW last December.

Global Photovoltaic Capacity Increased by 30 GW in 2012

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) released data that showed an increase in PV capacity by about 30 GB last year, while global solar power capacity exceeded 100 gigawatts for the first time.

EU Approves £600 Million for UK Energy Efficiency Program

The United Kingdom’s Green Deal program helps homeowners to invest in energy-efficient improvements by allowing loans to be repaid through energy bills.

Egypt May Look to Wind and Solar for Economic Sustainability

Citing several sources, Inspired Economist suggests that Egypt could focus on sustainable economic development. For instance, by 2014, 750 MW of wind power projects are slated to come online and a new solar thermal plant development has utility-scape potential.

2013 State of Green Business Report Released

The sixth annual edition of State of Green Business Report includes data on 1,600 companies worldwide and the U.S.-based S&P 500. Download it for free, and check out the Top Trends section to see projections on the world of sustainable business.

Online DOE Database Reports on Worldwide Ocean Energy Development

The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched Tethys, an online database that contains “results of environmental monitoring and research efforts on wave, tidal, and current energy development worldwide” that is expected to “help industry regulators and energy project developers deploy sustainable ocean energy projects in an environmentally responsible manner,” according to a DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) news release.

London’s Hydrogen Fuel Network Expands

New fuel stations, a roll-out of a 700-bar delivery system, and upgrades to transport for the main hydrogen fuel station moves London closer to a fully-integrated hydrogen fuel network.

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Energy Efficiency is Pervasive These Days

In findings presented at the NAHB’s National Green Building Conference and Expo in Nashville, McGraw-Hill Construction said more than 80% of builders and remodelers responded that energy efficiency is making homes greener now than in the last couple years, according to a SmartMarket Report called New and Remodeled Green Homes: Transforming the Residential Marketplace.

The 60-page download includes findings based on a survey of 416 residential builders, developers, and remodelers taken during the fourth quarter of 2011.

Of those that responded, about 60% believe efforts to improve indoor air quality have made homes greener than two years ago.  Also, about half of them — and especially the remodelers — consider durable materials to be one of the most important features of their homes.

So what’s driving the growth in new and remodeled green homes?

First, there’s a perception that green homes are higher in quality.  Second, homeowners are seeking green homes in order to save money and minimize energy costs.  Surprisingly, initial costs are noted as an obstacle by less builders than before, signaling that perhaps homeowners are interested in investing now to save later.

Thus, green is penetrating the market at all levels, new and remodeled.  The market for green homes is currently at $17 billion, and it’s expected to increase to between $87-114 billion by 2016.

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Look, Listen, Learn! New Report Shows How Swiss and UK Cities Can Help Each Other

London, UK (PRWeb UK) June 18, 2010

Cities in the United Kingdom and Switzerland have a lot to learn from each other to achieve urban sustainability, according to experts in a new report “Urban Sustainability: a Contradiction in Terms” published today by the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK.

It highlights that the UK and Switzerland are urbanised to similar levels relative to their population. Both countries face the sustainability challenge of making their dense cities attractive and affordable for all age groups and lifestyles. The two countries are also yet to achieve the right balance of localism and top-down decision making.

Despite this, Switzerland has managed to avoid typical problems facing cities such as informal waste management, smog, crime and gated communities. In particular, urban sustainability experts believe the UK can take soundings on the following areas from Switzerland:

Sustainability commitment starts at a grassroots level: The attitude to sustainable policies is one of trust and acceptance among the Swiss. For instance, the residents of Z

Global Prefabricated Housing Market to Reach 757 Thousand Units by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 18, 2011

Global prefabricated housing market had registered a moderate to flat growth during the period 2004 to 2007. The market witnessed a further blow in 2008 and 2009 due to the economic recession. However, the market is on the verge of recovery with demand gaining momentum, although at a slower pace. Overproduction, significant losses in the industry and poor underwriting resulted in decline in the shipments of manufactured homes over the past few years. Further, the comparatively low resale value associated with this type of homes was also a matter of concern. Recession further affected the manufactured housing segment. Nevertheless, with increasing efforts towards the improvement in quality, durability, and cost efficiency of manufactured homes, demand for these types of homes is likely to go up in the coming years. Recovery in demand could be attributed to factors such as growing adaptability of manufacturers to consumers needs in terms of cost efficiency, eco-friendliness, energy efficiency, and customization. In addition, increasing awareness among customers about prefabricated houses is also likely to drive further market growth.

Affordability and optimization of housing requirements within available spatial constraints are the primary factors that are rendering factory-made duplex houses increasingly suitable for the first-time homebuyers with moderate-income levels in the US. Although the conventional construction modes continue to dominate the prefabricated construction industry, there is a growing market for houses built using ecological building materials or houses equipped with ecological installations. Housing industry in the UK and US is undergoing a drastic makeover with the launch of Systems-built homes. The demerits associated with traditional house building techniques such as escalating construction costs, delays in scheduled delivery, shortage of skilled labor and adverse effects of climatic factors on the construction timing, are more likely to cause a shift in the consumer preference from traditional housing to factory fabricated homes. System-Built Homes availability in a wide array of designs, from single to multi-storied apartments with customizable furnishings and components, can be cited as a major reason for the growing market acceptance in the US and UK.

The US represents the largest regional market for prefabricated housing worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on Prefabricated Housing. Japan remains the second largest market for pre-fabricated housing worldwide. However, future growth in the market is expected to emanate from emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Segment-wise, Manufactured Homes represents the largest segment, while Panelized Homes constitutes the fastest growing segment.

Innovation is the order of the day in the factory-built home market. Manufactured homes are increasingly progressing towards built-in solar powered modules. For instance, the US Department of Energy led photovoltaic application development program – ‘Building Opportunities in the United States for Photovoltaics (PV: BONUS)’, underscored the commercial opportunities for the solar power in this sector. The modular homes jointly built by Fully Independent Residential Solar Technology, (FIRST) Inc. and other project mates featured a roof-mounted stand-alone and/or standby grid-connected 2-kilowatt photovoltaic systems that are designed to suffice the entire energy associated requirements of various housing appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and fluorescent lighting units. In addition, mounting environmental concerns, poor wood quality, varying demographic patterns, increasing demand for unobtrusive, flexible and speedy construction processes, energy and material usage constraints led to the quest for alternative materials for fabricating durable residences. As a result, European markets are progressively adopting steel frames in prefabricated housing constructions.

Major players profiled in the report include All American Group Inc., Asahi Kasei Homes, Cavalier Home Builders, LLC, Champion Enterprises Inc., Clayton Homes Inc., Fairmont Homes, Inc., Misawa Homes Co. Ltd., Nationwide Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, and Skyline Homes.

The research report titled “Prefabricated Housing: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the prefabricated housing markets, impact of the recession on the market, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent product introductions, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for prefabricated housing market for the years 2007 through 2015 for the following geographic markets – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America. Key product segments analyzed in the report include Manufactured Homes, Panelized Homes, Modular Homes, and Precut Homes. Also, a six-year (2001-2006) historic analysis is provided for additional perspective.

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The MedZilla Employment Report for December 2011 — Healthcare IT Creates Abundant Opportunities for Job Seekers

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) December 08, 2011

In spite of reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of another exciting decrease in unemployment, naysayers continue to cast a doubtful eye on the U.S. economic recovery. Many have dismissed the report stating that the more than half a million new jobs created in the last month were a result of a temporary rise in seasonal hiring, or suggested that the figures had not taken into account discouraged job-seekers no longer considered a part of the labor pool. Despite concerns that the current drop in unemployment is temporary, the long-term numbers suggest that recent employment statistics can be safely attributed to an overall recovery pattern.

Close examination of the figures from last month reveal that this positive growth has been months in the making. There are specific industries outside of retail and hospitality that have seen a continuous rise in employment opportunities. The number of available healthcare and related industry positions rose significantly once again in November, with 17,000 new jobs produced in the medical field alone. These developments have resulted in an average of 27,000 new jobs being added every month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, 12/2/2011).

“The statistics over the past few months have been more than encouraging. They are a real light at the end of the tunnel. Various industries are beginning to regroup; making adjustments to fit an evolving market. That’s not inconsistent with what we know to happen historically after major structural shifts in the economy. What we’re seeing, and what we hope we’ll continue to see, are new employment markets opening up where these new industries are being formed. Health IT is a perfect example of this. Here you have two, previously separate industries that are rapidly growing into one another. Where the two meet you have an opportunity to explore a completely new labor pool,? says Del Johnston, Manager of Client Relations at, a leader in healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotech employment information on the internet.

Late last month White House officials confirmed the creation of specific interventions which would assist professionals in implementing health IT throughout the nation’s medical facilities; improving health care and creating new jobs across the country. More than 50,000 healthcare IT-related jobs have been created since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) went into effect. BLS reports indicate that the number of health IT jobs is expected to rise by twenty percent between 2008 and 2018; an increase which will exceed the average for all occupations through 2018.

This has already had a profound impact on employment in the health sector. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released findings at the end of last month which confirmed that physicians’ adoption of health information technology (HIT) doubled in just the past two years. (, 11/30/2011)

“When doctors and hospitals use health information technology (health IT), patients get better care and we can all save money. This results in less paperwork for billing, medical records, and prescribing; easier coordination of care among doctors, nurses, and pharmacists in hospitals and outpatient settings; and better reporting on quality of care,? said Nancy-Ann DeParle, Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Chief of Staff (, 11/30/2011)

Sebelius also stated the HHS’s intent to ease the transition for medical personnel to the new EMR/EHR requirements. Previously, facilities opting into the Medical EHR Incentive Programs before the end of 2011 would face penalties if certain compliance criteria are not met by 2013. Those postponing participation until 2012 would be able to delay meeting those requirements until 2014, while maintaining their eligibility for the incentive payments. However, to speed the implementation, HHS announced that they are now allowing participants to receive program incentives for adopting the program this year, while extending compliance deadlines to 2014.

The strategy for implementation also contain targeted outreach efforts intended to educate physicians and staff in more effective uses of EMR systems. This effort includes providing information regarding medical devices, products and software specifically targeted toward creating efficient and user friendly EMR systems. (, 11/30/2011)

Many large companies which previously held no close affiliations with the medical field have begun expanding their business models to include HIT-specific devices and software packages. Accenture and AT&T just announced collaboration on a new medical imaging solution which officials from both companies say will assist health facilities in accessing and sharing medical images in order for physicians to collaborate more efficiently.

The presentation was officially made late last month at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting in Chicago. Representatives revealed the new technology which experts attest will provide medical professionals with the ability to electronically share, review and store medical images, such as X-rays and CT or MRI scans with significantly increased speed and quality.

Derek Danois, who leads medical imaging for Accenture Health, had this to say regarding the announcement, “Access to an accurate, cost-effective diagnosis will significantly improve all aspects of health delivery. Healthcare IT is an integral link in connecting clinical decisions and enabling an insight driven healthcare system.? (, 11/28/2011)

According to Guillermo Moreno, vice president of the recruiting firm Experis Healthcare, skills and experience in EMR and EHR implementation, applications, Information Security, data management, as well as Business Intelligence and analytics abilities are going to be the hot commodities in 2012. (, 11/28/2011)

The Obama Administration has announced several workforce development and educational incentive programs in order to meet the increasing demand for skilled workers in these areas. Training programs are now available in nine universities and 82 community colleges across the nation. The programs can already boast almost 6,000 graduates as of October, and over 10,000 more students are currently enrolled in programs from the Associate level through post-graduate and Master’s level degrees. (, 11/30/2011)

“There are a lot of qualified people out there, and the gap they have is that most CIOs in hospitals are looking for clinical backgrounds that understand what medical jargon is. There’s a premium on security folks and on folks that can take large amounts of information and get some value out of it, so business intelligence and data warehousing are significant. Hourly rates and salaries are going through the roof, and most candidates have multiple offers at the time that hospitals are trying to land them,” says Eric Marx, vice president of Health Care IT for Modis, an IT staffing subsidiary of Adecco Group. (, 11/08/2011)

In other news, saw the stepping down of one of its finest innovators in the field of Online Employment. The CEO and Founder, Dr. Frank Heasley announced his resignation early in November due to health reasons. While he will continue as Chairman of the Board, he plans to shift his main focus to his continued efforts supporting those who suffer from multiple myeloma, a condition he has battled since 2007. Heasley believes this transition will bring in new minds and fresh ideas to the company. (, 11-03-2011)

His successor, John Burkhardt, has been working closely with him for the past eight years and is sad to see his mentor go. “It’s difficult to see someone you admire step down. However, I am honored and excited to be taking on this new role within the company. He has provided excellent leadership these past years and real insight into the field; I hope to do justice to his efforts by continuing to improve and expand our relationships with clients and job-seekers.?

The entire staff at wishes Dr. Heasley continued health and offers him their immense gratitude for his years of management and guidance.



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RFID Journal LIVE! 2011 to Offer New RFID in Health Care Report and RTLS ROI Calculator for Health-Care Professionals

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 11, 2011

RFID Journal announced today that it will publish a new report, titled “How to Choose the Right RFID System: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals,” as well as a new real-time location system (RTLS) return-on-investment (ROI) calculator. The report and calculator will be released at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, and will be provided free to those attending the event’s RFID in Health Care preconference seminar, being held on Apr. 12.

The report covers 24 types of radio frequency identification technologies, including active, passive, RTLS and hypbrid systems, with details about the strengths and weaknesses of each, and the applications for which they are most often used.

The RTLS ROI calculator includes sample data for a fictional hospital, and enables health-care professional to input information regarding the number of assets they have, how many they replace each year and the amount they spend to rent equipment. The calculator then projects the potential annual savings from using an RTLS solution, as well as the cost over a five-year period.

“This new report and the new ROI calculator will be of great benefit to any hospitals considering investing in an RFID system,” said Mark Roberti, RFID Journal’s founder and editor. “They can use the report to figure out which solution would work best for their application, and then utilize the calculator to estimate the costs and benefits, based on data from hospitals that have already deployed an RTLS.”

The RFID in Health Care preconference will feature leading health-care providers and early adopters sharing real-world case studies revealing the business benefits of radio frequency identification. Attendees will learn how hospitals and health-care organizations are employing the technology to improve patient monitoring and safety, increase asset utilization with real-time tracking, boost revenue with automated billing, reduce medical errors by tracking medical devices and enhance supply chain efficiencies.

Among the case studies that will be presented are:

Mission Hospital Improves Equipment Utility Rate and Saves $ 150,000

Speaker: Michael Kohler, Director of Material Management, Mission Hospital–Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach

Nyack Hospital Improves Medication Compliance With RFID

Speaker: Joseph Pinto, Director of Pharmacy, Nyack Hospital

Ohio State University Medical Center Uses RTLS to Track Assets Across 40 Building Campus

Speaker: Chad Neal, Director of Technology, Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC)

RFID-Enabled Journal Helps Patients Track Pain at Meridian Health

Speaker: Sandra Elliot, Director of Consumer Technology and Service Development, Meridian Health

In addition, the main conference agenda includes a Health Care/Pharmaceuticals Track that will feature the following speakers:

Ray Lowe, Director of Ministry Support/IS Operations, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Gregg Stepp, CMRP, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Texoma Medical Center
Federico van Gelderen, Executive Director, Axxa Pharma
Al Arzola, Facility Manager, TLC Care Center
Ed Bortone, CHPA, Director of Materials Services and Security, Lahey Clinic Medical Center
Jean-Pierre Emond, Dean and Research Professor, College of Technology & Innovation, University of South Florida Polytechnic

“RFID and RTLS technologies have progressed rapidly over the past few years, making it easier to deploy and more reliable,” Roberti stated. “This event offers an opportunity to hear the objective experiences of other medical facilities, and to get the background information and ROI tool necessary to make decisions about how and where to use these technologies to the greatest benefit of your hospital.”

RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, the ninth annual event produced by RFID Journal, will be held on Apr. 12-14, at the Orange Country Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla. The event will feature eight industry-specific and level-of-expertise conference tracks, eight in-depth preconference seminars, fast-track CompTIA RFID+ training and certification, the RFID Journal Awards and the RFID in Apparel Workshop, as well as numerous technology exhibits and demonstrations conducted by the leading technology firms.

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Global Cardiac Biomarkers Market to Reach US$3.39 Billion by 2017, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) November 09, 2011

Follow us on LinkedIn – Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of mortality worldwide, accounting for a whopping 17 million deaths annually. An estimated 30 million people worldwide get afflicted with one or the other form of cardiovascular diseases every year. Heart failure results in the death of over 5 million people every year. Heart Diseases constitute one of the 10 leading causes of death in the lower, middle and high income groups across the globe. Biomarkers provide tremendous support in effective clinical decision making, which is mainly dependent on diagnosing the health status of a patient. Owing to their precision in the early detection of risks associated with cardiac diseases, biomarkers emerged as an invaluable tool in detecting cardiovascular diseases that constitute a leading cause of mortality in several developed nations, including the US. Increasing technological advancements in the area of biomarkers have enabled their use in unconventional applications.

Cardiac biomarkers, used in the diagnosis and prognosis of myocardial infarction and heart failure, are one of the fastest growing segments of the clinical immunoassay diagnostics market. Cardiovascular biomarkers have taken cardiovascular and metabolic disease diagnosis and management to a new level, by enhancing the efficiency of these processes. Inflammatory and lipid biomarkers have been validated as indicators for assessing potential risks of cardiovascular diseases in patients. Their use has been proven to be effective in establishing the cardiovascular disease onset, thus enabling the prevention of conditions, such as coronary thrombosis and stroke. Besides, these biomarkers are capable of accurately assessing risks of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), stroke and other cardiovascular events in the home as well as primary care settings.

The cardiac biomarkers currently available in the market cater to the needs of physicians for the prognosis, diagnosis, and risk assessment of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart failure and myocardial infarction. Researchers are looking out for additional markers that can help in detecting earlier events in the myocardial infarction disease progression, such as markers for plaque instability and myocardial ischemia.

The US represents the single largest market for Cardiac Biomarkers, as stated by the new market research report on Cardiac Biomarkers. Rest of World is likely to emerge as the fastest growing market for Cardiac Biomarkers with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6% over the analysis period. Cardiac Troponin assay market constitutes the largest cardiac biomarkers test segment. BNP and NT-pro BNP assay test market is likely to emerge as the fastest growing segment reflecting a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6% over the analysis period.

Traditionally, clinicians preferred clinical laboratories for performing cardiac biomarkers tests for myocardial infarction, and to a limited extent, point-of-care. However, the POCT market for cardiac biomarkers showed dramatically upward trend with the introduction of the BNP test by Biosite in 2001. Clinical laboratory testing segment dominates the global cardiac biomarkers market, while Point-of-Care testing is poised to register the fastest CAGR of 12.9% during the analysis period.

Through the years, Siemens has transformed itself into the world?s largest fully integrated diagnostics company that includes laboratory diagnostics, imaging diagnostics, and clinical IT, all under one roof. Select major players profiled in the report include Abbott Diagnostics, Alere Inc., Axis-Shield PoC, Beckman Coulter Inc., BG Medicine, LifeSign LLC, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc., Roche Diagnostics Corp., among others.

The research report titled ?Cardiac Biomarkers: A Global Strategic Business Report? announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the Cardiac Biomarkers, its market overview, key market trends, trends in research and development, an overview of different tests available, applications in various therapeutic areas, recent industry activity, product launches, and profiles of select market participants. The report provides annual value sales estimates and projections for the Cardiac Biomarkers market for the years 2009 through 2017 for the US, Europe, and Rest of World markets.

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Tripology by Rand McNally Trend Report Reveals Positive Travel Outlook for 2010 Holiday Season

Skokie, IL (PRWEB) November 11, 2010

Tripology, the leading online travel referral service and a service of Rand McNally, today announced findings from its newly published Third Quarter Travel Trend Report, indicating a positive outlook for travel this upcoming winter season. Some of the most interesting findings revealed by the research are the top requested holiday travel destinations, an increase in the total number of days until trip departures, as well as a new all-time Tripology high in average consumer trip budgets.

Key findings for the 2010 Holiday travel forecast are as follows:

The Top Five Most Requested U.S. Cities: Las Vegas, Orlando, Honolulu, New York City and Ft. Lauderdale.
The Top Five Most Requested Travel Destinations: United States, Caribbean, Asia, Western Europe and Mexico.

“Overall our third quarter trend report reveals a very positive holiday and post-holiday travel outlook, based on the continued rise of consumer trip budgets compared to last year as well as the increase in advanced planning for trips,” said John T. Peters, Vice President and General Manager of Digital Strategy and Travel of Rand McNally. “Not only are consumers beginning to plan and book their vacations and post-holiday travel arrangements further out than they have in the past few years, but they are also willing to spend more money for a quality vacation experience — taking more time to plan a memorable trip, rather than waiting for last minute travel deals and slashed rates as was the big trend last year.”

Additionally, the Tripology Trend Report reveals the following stats:

A significant positive trend continues at for online consumers looking to be connected with offline travel specialists, even through the recession
Las Vegas continues to be a top requested city for many looking for a travel specialist
The top requested countries since January 2010 have been: U.S., Mexico, Bahamas, Italy, Jamaica, U.K., France and Spain
Roughly 75 percent of traveler’s requests are for trips with a duration of fewer than eight days
The average budget per trip increased by nearly 20% from first quarter 2010. The new average consumer trip budget starts at $ 5,663 per trip – Tripology’s highest trip budget since January 2009.
The number of days until departure (the amount of time between quote request and beginning of trip) increased to 130 days.

The Tripology Trend Report is sponsored by the Association of Travel Marketing Executives, and is published quarterly by Tripology, a service of Rand McNally. To receive the complete findings of the most recent Trend Report, please send a request via email to press(at) or direct message (at)Tripology on Twitter.

Tripology is the leading online travel referral service that matches consumers with travel specialists, known as Tripologists, based on their specific vacation request. The service provides the best of both worlds for travelers and travel professionals. For travelers, Tripology combines a content-rich online experience with access to travel professionals for the personal attention and service they seek. For travel specialists, Tripology is a cost-effective way to get qualified travel leads. It enables agents to harness the immense reach of the Web, then work one-on-one with prospective clients to cultivate a customer for life.

For additional information about Tripology, visit or Travel specialists can access the company’s dedicated agent website at for information on how to become a registered Tripologist.

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Tripology, a service of Rand McNally, is an online travel referral service connecting travel specialists with high intent travelers. The company’s dedicated travel agent web portal,, provides traditional and home-based agents a cost effective way to increase sales and profits with qualified travel leads.

Travel specialists maintain control of the leads they choose to purchase and the ability to alter their profile at anytime for maximum exposure to travelers seeking their specific expertise and personalized service. Using proprietary technology to match travel professionals with consumer requests, the company has received and processed more than 150,000 trip requests since launched in June 2007. For more information, visit

About Rand McNally – Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps and directions, navigation, and travel content. Rand McNally’s products and services include: Interactive travel service, Tripology; America’s #1 Road Atlas; navigation and mileage products for the commercial trucking market; and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom. Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world.


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