The New Maridean.com goes live...

posted Aug 10, 2009, 11:58 AM by djweller44

I worked on the web site over the weekend.  It was a long difficult task.  The website is now operational and the domain name "maridean.com" has been successfully redirected.   The website was built entirely from free google applications.  If anyone wants to know how I did it please give me a call.

We are open to suggestions on marketing the B&B.  My current idea is to not market to the end user.  I think we need to find the people that are causing people to travel to CR for dental care.  So our plan is to get close to dentists in CR and try to develop a reciprocal relationship.  We are both offering services to the same people.  We should be working together.  We have many tools and resources to spread the word about low-cost health care in Costa Rica. 

The first thing that comes to mind is to get a message on the radio station in Santa Cruz.  We have an 800 number that rings in CR and we should be talking with folks that are interested in medical tourism.  Some radio advertising would give us an indication of people's interest in medical tourism.

Any feedback would be appreciated. 

This is harder than I expected...

posted Aug 9, 2009, 1:30 PM by djweller44

I am endeavoring to get all of the pieces for maridean.com into a single google account.  Specifically I wanted all of photos in picasaweb albums for use with the b&b website.  The idea being that it would be nice to use picasa3 to manage and upload for updating the photos. 

Still fine tuning...

posted Aug 8, 2009, 6:15 PM by djweller44   [ updated Aug 8, 2009, 6:20 PM ]

The web site still needs more fine tuning.  I created a picasaweb album for the b&b and loaded it up with most of the slide shows.
So far the site looks OK to me.  I would like to use a differnt flash player.  the google one is limited by fast and easy.

Make a Will...

posted Aug 7, 2009, 6:21 AM by djweller44

Advantages of making a will in Costa Rica
There are some important reasons to consider doing a will in Costa Rica and taking the task off one's to-do list.

Sam's First Look

posted Aug 6, 2009, 4:57 PM by Sam Quentin

Sam here test driving the new and improved Maridean2 site.

demo for Roy...

posted Aug 6, 2009, 1:32 PM by djweller44

Roy is interested in web construction...

Construction of site...

posted Aug 6, 2009, 12:27 PM by djweller44   [ updated Aug 6, 2009, 12:30 PM ]

I am liking this google sites page type "announce."  I think it gives me a journal.

From http://placidway.wordpress.com/?s=costa+rica

posted Aug 6, 2009, 7:44 AM by djweller44

Show off That Beautiful Smile in Costa Rica

August 5, 2009 · 1 Comment

by PlacidWay | Wellness Dental Group
Costa Rica is the home of gorgeous landscapes, indoor and outdoor entertainment from coast to coast and some of the best medical care available in South America. Growing numbers of Americans and international travelers are venturing to South America for medical and dental care. One of the most popular facilities [...]

Tags: Dentistry Abroad · Health Tourism · Health Tourism Events · International Healthcare Standards · Medical Tourism · dentistry

Benefits of Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

July 31, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Denise
Costa Rica has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the best tourist destinations in the world for excellent care and facilities in the fields of plastic and cosmetic surgery, dental implants and dentistry. Medical travelers to Costa Rica may enjoy as much as a 75% savings on surgical procedures over prices generally charged in [...]

Tags: Dentistry Abroad · Medical Tourism · dentistry

Don’t Miss Out on Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica!

July 29, 2009 · Leave a Comment

by Denise
Costa Rica is the home of gorgeous landscapes, indoor and outdoor entertainment from coast to coast and some of the best medical care available in South America. Growing numbers of Americans and international travelers are venturing to South America for medical and dental care. One of the most popular facilities for cosmetic dentistry and [...]

Tags: Dentistry Abroad · Health Tourism · Health Tourism Events · International Healthcare Standards · dentistry

Latinos Returning Home for Affordable Healthcare

June 9, 2009 · Leave a Comment

by Denise Wang | PlacidWay
Latinos from around the United States are returning home to seek affordable healthcare in their native countries such as Mexico, Central American countries like Costa Rica, Panama and other destinations in South America including Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina for a multitude of surgical procedures, including dental care, plastic [...]

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Dental Cosmetics in Latin America

May 21, 2009 · 1 Comment

by PlacidWay | Dental Cosmetic Costa Rica
The growing popularity of dental cosmetic tourism is rising at an equal pace as the cost of such care in the United States. Regardless of what brings you to the dentist in the first place – whether it’s cavities, whitening, bridgework, root canals, or replacing crowns, dental [...]

Tags: Dentistry Abroad · dentistry

Global Healthcare Options in Today’s Depressed Economy

March 19, 2009 · Leave a Comment

by PlacidWay
March 12, 2009, Denver, CO: Individuals who have lost their jobs, and their health care benefits, worry about how they’re going to receive essential medical care and treatments without losing their life savings, their homes, or their retirement funds. There is an alternative, says Pramod Goel, founder and CEO of PlacidWay, a popular [...]

Tags: Health Tourism · Medical Tourism

Health Tourism Portal Expands Global Provider Partnerships

August 19, 2008 · Leave a Comment

PlacidWay, a health & wellness tourism web portal, recently expanded its number of partnerships with healthcare providers abroad, following a company directive to increase its offerings to health tourism consumers. Previously, the site has attracted partnerships from healthcare providers in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Argentina, Panama, South Africa and Poland. Recent additions include providers based in [...]

Tags: Health Tourism · Medical Tourism

Health & Wellness Tourism: The Next Great Healthcare Frontier

August 14, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Have you ever traveled faraway to an exotic land? Have you marveled at their geography, their culture or way of life? Countries such as Thailand, India, South Africa, Poland, and even Costa Rica & Croatia have hidden treasures of which you may not be aware – treasures that once discovered can change your life and [...]

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Changes in Attitude: More Insurance Companies Approving Medical Care Abroad

July 11, 2008 · 2 Comments

Over a half million Americans travel abroad for surgery on a yearly basis. Escalating health care costs in the United States, as well as difficulty in receiving medical care due to rules and regulations by HMOs, has prompted frustrated Americans to seek health care elsewhere. It is a well-known fact that foreign destinations often offer [...]

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Going Global For Cosmetic Surgery

April 9, 2008 · 2 Comments

There are many advantages to going global for cosmetic surgery. Exotic locations in Thailand, Argentina, and Brazil beckon to thousands hoping not only to save money on cosmetic surgical procedures, but also to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities to visit foreign destinations.

Cost comparisons between surgical procedures performed in the United States and the United Kingdom with those that can be found in Brazil, South Africa, Hungary, India and Thailand are proving increasingly attractive to young and old alike when it comes to choosing cosmetic surgery.

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Free insurance for tourists offered by Mexico City

posted Aug 6, 2009, 5:59 AM by djweller44   [ updated Aug 6, 2009, 5:59 AM ]


Jul 29, 2009

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City on Tuesday introduced free insurance for tourists in a bid to bring back visitors scared away after the swine flu epidemic broke out in Mexico in April.

The Tourist Assistance Card would be the first free cover for tourists in the world, said Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard as he handed out the first cards to a handful of foreign tourists.

"It aims to place our city where we want to be," Ebrard said, three months after hotel occupancy sunk to record lows as the city shut down to contain the outbreak.

Tourists who show they are staying at one of the city's 460 hotels will have access to medical assistance, not only for A(H1N1) symptoms, but also for accidents or other illnesses, ambulance transport, hospitalization and medicines, Ebrard said.

The cover, administered by the Mapfre company, also includes dental care, repatriations, legal assistance after robberies, lost luggage and delayed or canceled flights.

The sprawling Mexican capital hosts some three million international and four million national tourists each year.

Hotel occupancy sunk as low as 10 percent in April and May and is currently at 59 percent, according to industry groups.

Despite a peak in southeast regions, officials say A(H1N1) is now under control in Mexico, which has reported 138 deaths and some 14,800 cases.

Source: AFP

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