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Costco offers travel packages to members

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. is touting its latest offering to members: its own travel agency.

Costco Connection, the club retailer’s monthly member magazine, featured on the cover a profile of Costco Travel, which offers travel packages to destinations ranging from Hawaii and Las Vegas to Europe and Tahiti.

"Costco Travel is designed to enhance the Costco membership value, and we are dedicated to upholding the Costco mission by providing members with the quality vacations they want, the value they expect and the experience they deserve as a Costco member," the magazine quoted Costco Travel general manager Peter Gruening as saying.

The article said the purpose of the service was to take the stress out of the booking experience, offering three primary travel categories in the form of cruises, vacation packages and car rentals, as well as offerings like theme parks, hotels, private villas and guided vacations. One package, for example, includes six nights in at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, Hawaii, on the island of Maui and a rental car, for $1,739. Prices at competing agencies can exceed $2,000.


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Prince of Peace names winner of its Tiger Balm Singapore Sweepstakes

BY Michael Johnsen

HAYWARD, Calif. — Prince of Peace Enterprises on Thursday named the winners of its Tiger Balm Singapore Sweepstakes. 

The Tiger Balm Singapore Sweepstakes ran from Nov. 7, 2012 to Feb. 28, 2013 and gave entrants the chance to win a trip for two to Singapore (the home of Tiger Balm) or one of three gift packs with $100 in Tiger Balm products and gear.

The grand prize winner is Kyra Gorski of White Salmon, Wash.

“Tiger Balm U.S. has the most loyal fans we could possibly hope for, and we’re happy to reward four of them with some great prizes,” stated Kenneth Yeung, president of Prince of Peace Enterprises. “Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody who entered the Tiger Balm Singapore Sweepstakes.”

As the grand prize Winner, Gorski will receive a trip for two to Singapore, including round-trip airfare, a first-class hotel stay for 7 days and 6 nights and a $1,000 VISA gift card.

“Having been given the chance to travel to Singapore is a dream come true for me and my boyfriend,” Gorski said. “We are total foodies, so going to what has been called the gastro-tourist’s heaven is going to be an awesome experience for us. And I have Tiger Balm to thank for this opportunity, a product I have been using since I was a child and I still use all the time to relieve the muscle pain caused by my Multiple Sclerosis.”

 

 

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FidoPharm launches VetTrust line of pet supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

YARDLEY, Pa. — FidoPharm on Thursday announced the launch of a complete line of pet supplements under the VetTrust brand. The line features 14 products that focus on some of the most common pet health concerns including joint health, ear care, skin and coat care, and general health and well-being.  

"The new VetTrust pet health product line is the answer for pet parents who are looking for vet-quality active ingredients and performance at an affordable price for their pets," stated Alex Kaufman, president and CEO of FidoPharm. "After all, the convenience of being able to purchase vet-quality products at a retail store makes it easier for pet parents to provide on-going, consistent care and better support their pet’s health. VetTrust products are available at a much lower price than the leading veterinary brands, yet provide the same benefits." 

According to the company, pet ownership is at an all-time high of 68% of American households, with six out of 10 pet owners considering their pets family members.  

The complete VetTrust line is available nationwide at Walmart and other retailers, and retails from $4.98 to $14.98.


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