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Travelhost Magazine and James Buerger Have Some Thinking To Do…

August 5, 2011

As I said in my earlier post, there’s something brewing in the Dallas, Tx court system…and I believe that this is big.

Bigger than Jim Buerger thinks it is, despite Mr. Price’s best efforts to explain it to him!

Jimbo has some thinking to do.

Some of his “Associate Publishers” have jumped ship, and started a new magazine.

They HAD to.

They had no other choice, because they were going BROKE publishing Travelhost Magazine, and they had to support their families.

It’s that simple.

And now Jim Buerger and Travelhost Magazine are trying to stop them!

Evidently, Mr. James Buerger thinks these people should have STAYED with Travelhost Magazine and went BROKE.

The hell with them and their families…they should have spent their last dime on a FRANCHISE with a 95%+ FAILURE RATE.

Is that insane, or what????

Can you even believe a man like that EXISTS on this planet?

OH, he does…and he’s been doing this to people for over 43 years.

And he’s won a few battles, and lost a few…lets not forget that he paid Mr. Barton over HALF A MILLION DOLLARS when he knew Travelhost would lose their case against him.

($588,000.00, to be exact)

And now he’s faced with a decision like this again….to pay, or not to pay?

That, is the question.

If he doesn’t pay, or otherwise coerce these publishers who were forced astray to survive…they’ll probably run a better magazine than he does.

That’s not good (for Jimbo).

And then ALL of the Travelhost Magazine Associate Publishers will want to leave…no?

I mean, if the non-compete agreement Travelhost forces everyone to sign is no good, then why would ANY of these people stay?  They’re being overcharged by at least 2-3 times, and lets face it…Travelhost is a sinking ship.

So, Jimbo faces losing his business to a model that might actually work.

After 43 years….not a bad run at such a deceptive SCAM.

OR, he can buy some time, by buying these people off…like he did with Mr. Barton.

How much will it cost him?

Who knows…

And, how long will it last?

Who knows…

All I know is that Mr. Buerger has some thinking to do…cause it’s not a good position to be in.

The shit is gonna hit the fan when the judge finds out how big of a SCAM Travelhost Magazine really is!

So, what do you think he’ll do?

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE

PS> I don’t understand whether it’s Travelhost’s position that they DO, or DO NOT provide specific marketing and management help with their Associate Publishers?

When asked if they are a FRANCHISE, they say they DON’T…but when asked to substantiate a NON-COMPETE agreement…they say they DO?

Which one is it????

Is Travelhost Really “America’s Number 1 Travel Magazine?”

June 21, 2011

Hello Everyone,

It’s been quite some time since our last post…but it doesn’t mean we’re not still out here fighting the good fight….and watching.

Today’s post is more of a “question of the day,” for everyone who reads the blog to think about:

Is Travelhost really America’s “Number 1” Travel Magazine?

And, was it ever?

And, Why?

It still says so on the cover of the magazines…all that are left, that is…

THE PUBLISHER’S ADVOCATE

P.S.~ Where have all the Travelhost Associate Publishers gone?

A Virtual Memorial For Travelhost Associate Publishers Who Closed Their Markets In 2010…

March 25, 2011

Contrary to what the folks at Travelhost might think of me, I don’t like having to post this information every year.

It really is sad, and it doesn’t have to be.

Before I get into the list of markets that “died” in 2010, I’d like to mention a few things:

1. This memorial list is a “living and breathing” document. This list may not be complete, and may contain inaccurate information. As always, all it takes is one email or phone call to THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE to make a change to this list!

2. I know that calling this list a “living and breathing document” sounds strange, since it’s a “memorial for markets that died,” but this is a list of very SMART and CAPAPBLE entrepreneurs, and these people are not “dead” in any sense of the word. Their markets are dead, most likely because of the Travelhost business model (boasting it’s 95+% FAILURE RATE). Every one of these people who were taken advantage of by Travelhost must now continue to live their lives, and not only find another business or job, but pick up the pieces from their now BROKEN financial life. Not an easy task, my friends…

3. I’ ve been contacted by many Ex and Current AP’s over the last few months. The choice to do something about this scam is, and always has been, the ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER’S. You don’t have to accept this treatment from your “franchisor.” Many have left Travelhost, freeing themselves from the chains that nearly destroyed their businesses.

Rumor has it that even some of Jim Buerger’s favorite Associate Publishers are seeking ways to avoid the print cost ripoff.

It seems that even some pretty successful Associate Publishers have “thumbed their noses” at the Travelhost rip off… and some current “wildly successful” (in their own estimate) Associate Publishers are seeking an alternative to the Travelhost rip-off…it’s about time.

No?

The last thing I would ever suggest is that victims of Travelhost revolt.

Now, without further ado, in no particular order, the Travelhost markets that failed in 2010…may they rest in piece:

Lake & McHenry Counties, IL

Lower Alabama

South East Texas

Columbus, OH

Brazos Valley, Tx

Cape Cod, Ma

Central Arkansas/Hot Springs

Central Illinois (Peoria)

Charleston, SC

Louisville, Ky

Indianapolis, In

Inland Empire, Ca

Lower Alabama

Maine

Montana Glacier Country

Nature Coast, Fla

Oklahoma City, Ok

Orange County, Ca

Tampa, Fl ?

Tulsa, Ok

Up next: A list of the markets that ARE still alive…not too many, especially for “America’s Number 1 Travel Magazine.”

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE

PS>

If I missed a market, let me know and I’ll add it.

If I mistakenly added a “live” market to the “dead” list, let me know too…I’ll remove it ASAP.

And, finally, if you’re one of those people who defend Travelhost and their business model that destroys families and financial lives…well, maybe you should ask yourself why Travelhost goes so far out of their way to hide this information from the general public.

~THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE~


Is Travelhost Magazine Forcing It’s Associate Publishers To Commit Fraud?

March 11, 2011

Is it possible that Travelhost forces its Associate Publishers to commit fraud AND violate FTC franchise laws with every issue published?

That just may be the case…

Knowing full well that Travelhost is usually a bad investment (95+% failure rate and a “business opportunity scam”) for themselves and others, each Associate Publisher is CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED devote a FULL-PAGE advertisement on their inside-back-cover touting Travelhost as a great investment.

Aren’t these Associate Publishers being FORCED to violate the law by aiding in FRAUD?

So, THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE asks:

How does a Travelhost Magazine Associate Publisher mitigate his/her losses when involved in the Travelhost Franchise System?

If they continue to publish their local edition of Travelhost knowing it’s a bad investment, they risk committing fraud.

AND

If they leave the Travelhost Magazine Franchise System to publish their own magazine, they risk being sued for violating a non-compete clause in their agreement.

SO….again THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE ASKS:

How is an entrepreneur who was lured into a 60 THOUSAND DOLLAR business opportunity with an unreasonably high 95%+ FAILURE RATE mitigate his or her losses?

Are they supposed to just keep committing FRAUD, or get SUED?

Doesn’t seem like they have much of a choice, does it?

Oh, that’s right, Travelhost does offer ONE MORE CHOICE (other than just giving up your investment and walking away):

Travelhost will offer to “aid” you in SELLING (transferring) your business.

That’s right, they’ll help you commit FRAUD again, by having you try to MISLEAD some other unsuspecting entrepreneur in your area to take over your “rights” as a Travelhost Associate Publisher.

Of course, YOU will be the FRONT MAN/WOMAN in their FRAUD…since you are trying to “get-out” from a bad investment by scamming the next guy/gal.

Sounds like a terrible CATCH-22, doesn’t it?

What does an entrepreneur do in this case? Any ideas???

It almost sounds like these Associate Publishers have gotten themselves involved with the MAFIA, and there’s no-way-out!

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE

Why Are Travelhost Associate Publishers Leaving The Network?

March 8, 2011

In a memo to the Travelhost network of Assoicate Publishers on 3-7-2011, Travelhost claims that several Associates have abandoned their $60, 000.00 franchises to start their own magazine.

I wonder why?

According to this memo, Travelhost claims:

“…TRAVELHOST has also provided a unique opportunity for talented entrepreneurs to represent this trusted brand by providing them the freedom and flexibility to independently own and operate a distributorship which enables them, among other things, to sell local, regional and national advertising across a variety of media platforms.”

“…Those joining the TRAVELHOST family have benefited from the TRAVELHOST brand and business structure, they have been able to well position themselves as experts and leaders in travel and tourism in their local communities, and they have been empowered to pursue their own individual goals for success.”

Why would these smart entrepreneurs leave a network where they have benefitted so greatly?

Travelhost goes on to say:

“It is our understanding that some attorney provided an opinion that the non-compete provision contained in the TRAVELHOST agreement was “unenforceable” as a “restraint of trade.” Our counsel has advised that the opinion provided was erroneously based upon a line of cases relating to at-will employment agreements; that the case law relied upon has no applicability to the TRAVELHOST agreement; and that Texas statutory and case law clearly and unequivocally supports the enforceability of the TRAVELHOST contractual provision. In other words, our counsel is extremely confident that the TRAVELHOST non-compete will withstand any judicial attack, as it consistently has on every prior occasion the past 40+ years.”

From the last sentence, it appears that Travelhost has been contested on their “non-compete agreement” CONSISTENTLY over the last 40 years?

I wonder why?

Travelhost then concludes the memo stating:

“Rest assured, TRAVELHOST is committed to provide the same level of safeguarding that it has for more than four decades and we are counting on each of you to remain steadfast in achieving your own individual goals for success, which in turn will result in a unified and stronger TRAVELHOST.”

Thank God they’ve been safeguarding the Associate Publishers for four decades, or the Travelhost network would be quite small.

Oh, that’s right, it is quite small.

Even after 40 years of all that good stuff they tout in their memos and on their plethora of websites.

There seems to be only 50 or so markets left…

I wonder why?

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE

P.S.

In the communication to the network, Travelhost also says:

“As you may or may not be aware, several former APs have joined together to start a competitive publication in direct violation of their respective contractual obligations. TRAVELHOST legal counsel has sent cease and desist letters to all those involved, and we are in the process of prosecuting litigation against each of these former APs, along with all those acting in concert and conspiracy with them. TRAVELHOST is pursuing all available legal remedies against all those involved, including injunctive relief, monetary damages, attorneys’ fees and costs.”

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE  OPENLY AND PUBLICLY ASKS TRAVELHOST:

Why spend countless hours, energy, and monetary resources suing hardworking entreprenuers that are trying to make a living for their families?

Considering Travelhost’s 95+% FAILURE RATE:

Why doesn’t Travelhost spend time, energy and money creating a BETTER “business opportunity?”

2010 in review: The Publisher’s Advocate Blog…The Travelhost Magazine Opportunity Exposed.

January 3, 2011

Hello Everyone, and Happy New Year!

The “stats helper monkeys” at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:


Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers.

This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2010.

That’s about 20 full 747s!

In 2010, there were 25 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts.

There were 7 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb.

The busiest day of the year was March 17th with 137 views. Not bad for ONE day!

The most popular post that day was Travelhost Magazine Franchises That Died In 2009…A Virtual Memorial Part II.

Stay tuned for the 2010 virtual memorial…

Where did theses visitors come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were site.publishersadvocate.info, mail.yahoo.com, en.wordpress.com, obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, and tvrizor.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for travelhost scam, travelhost, travelhost magazine scam, travelhost lawsuit, and david portener.

The rest most likely came from a google search, by subscribing directly to our blog (we have hundreds of readers), or by direct word of mouth referral.

Attractions in 2010: THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE BLOG

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010:

1

Travelhost Magazine Franchises That Died In 2009…A Virtual Memorial Part II March 2010
20 comments

2

More Google Search Results On Travelhost Magazine…”Scam?” January 2010
10 comments

3

Travelhost publicly claims Brian Hickey is an “extortionist?” Just more propaganda, or fraud? Maybe defamation? June 2010
7 comments

4

The Travelhost Franchise Issue…Another Look. February 2010
4 comments

5

A Travelhost Travesty… May 2010
17 comments

These are just some of the numbers for 2010.  I would like to personally thank EVERY one of our readers and supporters for your participation, words of encouragement, and courage to stand up against Travelhost Magazine and Jim Buerger.

The whole world now has access to information that is VITAL to the due diligence process for the “Travelhost Magazine Opportunity.”

This is information Travelhost does NOT want you to know, and can not seem to prove to be FALSE…but has gone out of their way to HIDE from you.

Please be patient while we assemble the totals for the 2010 Virtual Memorial for Travelhost Associate Publishers that closed down in 2010.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Regards,

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE

The Publisher’s Advocate 2010 Virtual Memorial Of Travelhost Associate Publishers…

December 13, 2010

Hello Everyone,

The third-annual “virtual memorial” of Travelhost markets that have gone out of business will be published soon.

If you are a past Travelhost Associate Publisher, and you closed your doors this year (2010) we would like to hear from you.

(EMAIL THE PUBLISHER’S ADVOCATE)

If you know of a market that shut down that is not your own, please pass the information on, and I’ll make sure they get mentioned as well.

(EMAIL THE PUBLISHER’S ADVOCATE)

The memorial will be dedicated to those who worked hard to make it in the publishing business with the Travelhost business model.  As we all have figured out by now, it’s likely NOT YOUR FAULT that you didn’t make it.

95%+ don’t.

The Publisher’s Advocate hopes that by making this information available to the general public, potential investors in the Travelhost “franchise system” will be able to make a more informed decision about the Travelhost “business opportunity.”

This is the information that Travelhost will not tell you, and go out of their way to hide from you.

As soon as a more complete list is assembled, we hope to have the information available to you after the first of the year.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Publisher’s Advocate

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A Few Questions For The Past and Current Travelhost Associate Publishers That Follow This Blog…

October 5, 2010

These questions were initiated by a comment left yesterday on the previous post…which made me think of a few good questions for someone to ask when doing their due diligence on the “Travelhost opportunity.”

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I’m not posting them in survey format, in hopes that a few of you will click the link to the right (the Uncle Sam Gravatar) and send me an email with your answers or comments. Or click the link below:

Email THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE: BrianDavidHickey@aol.com

1. How many Travelhost Associate publishers were successful in selling their (pre-paid) national ad space for somewhere around rate card value?

Most people end up practically giving it away, or using it to promote their own market. And, now with as few as 50 (maybe less?) markets left, how much do you feel that ad space is really worth?

2. How many Travelhost Associate Publishers were successful in “transitioning” their market, as proposed by Travelhost Headquarters, this year?

When most associates finally realize they can’t get their head above water with the current Travelhost business model, they call headquarters to beg for a price break…or anything that takes the pressure of the 1000 ton printing bill they get every quarter. After being told how weak/unmotivated they are, and how its all the AP’s fault, Travelhost will agree to help you “sell” your market to some (new) poor unsuspecting sole. Really, it’s more like a gracious way to let you go up in smoke, while attempting to cover their ass by “helping you.”

Has anyone out there been successful in selling their (dying) market?

3. How many Travelhost Associate Publishers lost their market in 2010?

The third-annual VIRTUAL MEMORIAL will be put together in the next couple of months, so we need an accurate count.

Also, if you have heard of any new deals that Travelhost is offering failing markets, please let us know about that. And, as always, please remember…be careful of the agreement Travelhost will want you to sign! It takes away your rights to go after Travelhost on judgement day…which is getting near.

Also, if you know of any new markets that just bought in, please send them forward as well.

To be fair, we’ll include those people.

FINALLY, ONE LAST QUESTION FOR TODAY:

Where are the associate publishers that defended Travelhost over the last year?

Does anyone know what happened to David Portener?

David Portener said he’d continue to be an integral part of Travelhost marketing and leadership. What happened Dave, is your conscience getting to you? Were you told to lay-low by your attorney? What about your commitment to the associate publishers of Travelhost, to grow the company to the best it can be?

How about Eli Mertens?

He graciously defended Jim Buerger’s business model on this blog, and then disappeared like the wind? Surely there are successes for 2010 in the Travelhost network that you’d like to point out, no?

And finally, what happened to Linda Giannosa from Denver, Colorado?

She defended Buerger as her market was dying, convinced that it was all her own fault…then she was offered some kind of special deal. That was back in 2009, which is the date on the magazine issue still published on the Travelhost website.

Did Linda’s market bite the dust, and does she still think it’s her fault?

If so, perhaps the wizard behind the curtain (Buerger) really does know what he’s doing…BRAINWASHING PEOPLE.

Looking forward to getting some responses. At almost 10, 000 hits and over 300+ readers, I’m sure we’ll get some answers!

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE

Travelhost Is At It Again…The Scam Continues??

August 18, 2010

It’s been some time since the last post, but there’s been plenty going on behind the scenes. Apparently Travelhost’s SEO company, who must have been hired to bury this blog on a google search, is getting bored now that they’ve successfully knocked THE PUBLISHER’S ADVOCATE off of the first and now second pages of Google.

Congratulations!

You’ve just successfully enabled Jim Buerger and Travelhost to scam some more investors by intentionally hiding the due diligence available to the public.

I wonder if that makes you liable too?

I mean, aiding and abetting a company that’s known to swindle people cant be a good thing, especially when the FTC is investigating.

I suppose some people will do anything for a buck.

Maybe when this is all over, they’ll all become “Travel-Hostesses” and start their own “Travel-Hostess” business?

Anyway, I digress from the purpose of my post today. A quick google search last night reveals an ADVERTISEMENT placed on Entrepreneur.com on August 10, 2010 for Travelhost. It seems as if Travelhost is at it again…the advertisement is replete with what I believe to be bogus info. Let’s take a look:

TRAVELHOST Business Opportunity

Wow…I’m not even sure where to start here…anyone want to give me a hand?

Here’s a chance to be part of an interactive post at THE PUBLISHER’S ADVOCATE:

Click on the link to the right side of this blog, and let me know what you think. I’ll put together the responses, and finish this post in another week.

I hope that everyone is having a happy, successful Summer so far!

That’s all for now.

Regards,

THE PUBLISHER’S ADVOCATE

A One-Question Survey For Everyone On The “Travelhost Opportunity…”

June 9, 2010

Last week, Mr. Eli Mertens (associate publisher of Lexington, Kentucky, and member of the Travelhost Advisory Board) told us that he:

“…doesn’t care what the Travelhost failure rate is…”

After engaging in a bit of discussion, it appears as if Eli either finally figured it out…or has given up, since there’s been no response.

Why WOULDN’T a company like TRAVELHOST, that sells BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, care about SUCCESS/FAILURE RATES?

Weird, isn’t it?

You’d think it would be PRIORITY NUMBER ONE, no?

So heres the question of the day…for everyone. Associate publishers, non-associates, and everyone even “thinking” about the Travelhost opportunity:

I’m curious…is Eli’s response the “official” Travelhost response?

Since it’s quite apparent that Buerger put Eli up to the task of blogging on THE PUBLISHER’S ADVOCATE, I would say his words are coming right from BUERGER himself…so it MUST be the official response.

Also, Travelhost has done NOTHING to help this abnormally HIGH FAILURE RATE. And, has gone out of their way to HIDE it from the general public!

So, I’ll ask yet another time…

Travelhost…what IS your SUCCESS RATE  for new AP’s joining your network?

And…why do you continue to sell FRANCHISES to people when the FAILURE rate is so HIGH?

Furthermore, why do you go out of your way to hide this information?

We know the answers, they’re all on this blog…however, it would be nice to hear them from you!

And, as always, if I’m wrong…PROVE IT!

Mr. Buerger, a bad business deal is not always better than NO business deal…

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE