Let’s solve one of the most time consuming headaches faced by accommodation managers:
The cost of lost keys, rekeying locks, and guest lock outs, duplicate keys floating around – cupboards full. Tagged with colourful plastic. What about guests, vendors, cleaners or maintenance people wanting access to your accommodation at odd times? And you have to stop everything, get in your car to open. What a waste.
I am sure you can recall many
Benefits Of Keyless Remote Lock For Accommodation Managers:
I remember the guest who phone on Sunday and said they are an hour from Cape Town. We planned a braai read more
If in Cape Town you can do many things. But if you don’t braai fresh fish then you are missing out big time. And I mean big time. No restaurant can give you such flavor as your own fresh fish on a braai. With friends in your own space. And with a view like this what more do you want?
This is an open letter to the Cape Town short-term rental owner who sent me this email after I mentioned her less than par 10% commission. (Don’t read it if you are sensitive
Re the commission, we really try to stay as affordable as possible so don’t have any spare ‘fat’ to throw around too much on commissions, especially when it’s peak season, as we find we fill up anyway, without any commissions…………I think 10% is quite acceptable just for a couple of emails! Rosa
Interesting: Being an accommodation agent in Cape Town is really a lot of fun. Most accommodation owners do very well-paying agents a competitive commission. Generally 20%.
Why would they do it?
Owners are obviously getting a return. Cape Town being such a popular world destination, even Lonely Planet rated Cape Town third after Brazil, and read more
Getting more guests to your accommodation is not as easy as it seems. Your opposition is grabbing your guests. Hotels are doing a great job doing the same. And you have bed nights you can fill. But what can you do that’s free and effective? For some accommodation agents and owners with high occupancy it’s second nature. And they win the race. What can we learn from them?
I believe short term rental ideas based on the automation of tasks will bring you more happy returning guests. And a 5% retention can increase your profits by 95%.
The 2013/2014 Cape Town festive season will be hectic. Most people booked their accommodation months in advance. Other’s left it late. Others were upset because we could not find them anything. But we have some good news.
We have 23 Cape Town holiday homes still available. And you can book your accommodation today. Some homes are very affordable at only R360 per person per night. Others are more expensive. And if you are looking for a one bedroom, or ten sleeper you can find your holiday home read more
We come across many homeowners who want to market their Cape Town accommodation. And all they care about is what rate they can get per night. They want the most. That makes sense. Or does it?
I believe that before you can start counting money people need to come stay in your place. And if they stay for one night you may have achieved your goal – they paid your maximum rate.
But have you made money?
Aristotle said that one swallow does not make a summer. (read more here)
Or one instance of an event does not necessarily indicate a trend.
You will only really make money when your home is booked read more
Cape Town Safety For Tourists: Are You Responsible?
You have packed your bags. You have bought the plane ticket. You have booked your Cape Town accommodation. You downloaded the free ebook on things to do in Cape Town. You cannot wait. Only a few more nights. Image credit
Cape Town safety for tourists is hidden in the photo above:
These two guys are tourists. Obvious. Absent minded. Naive. Nothing wrong with that. But in the wild the non aware becomes supper. And I am not suggesting this is your destiny. All I am saying is, “don’t be stupid”.
These two guys are in a crowded place. Good for them. But if you were to wander off read more
How Can You Benefit From This Accommodation Advertising Network?
You want to more bums on beds. But where do you start or what can you do to get more?
You can use free classifieds like Gumtree, or Safarinow, and the rest. But there must be a better way. A simple way. And an effective way. A place where you set the rules. A place where you cut the junk enquiries. And a place that brings you more paying guests.
You want more paying guests?
Can 400 focused accommodation agents in this network bring you more guests? Today I will tell you how this accommodation advertising network read more
Have you been to Pot Luck Club Cape Town? One of the restaurants not to be missed out – during your next visit. Living in Cape Town we can go there throughout the year but you may not get a seat if you don’t book today for your visit.
Let’s have a look at what Potluck means (By the way the restaurant spell it as Pot Luck and not Potluck:
To the Irish, a potluck was a meal with no particular menu. Everyone participating brought a dish for all to share. The term comes from a time when groups of Irish women would gather read more
It’s holiday time in Cape Town. Everyone has booked holiday accommodation long time ago. And very disappointed are the later sleepers. Sorry.
But for those who are lucky enough let’s discuss being:
Connected cheaply and effectively all the time this holiday.
Who do not want to be connected? Facebook. Twitter. Email. Whatsapp. Phone a friend. Play games. Watch movies and sport. Read a book.
You get to your accommodation and there’s ADSL but no WiFi. Or there’s nothing. Some poorly informed business or accommodation owners sell you ridiculously expensive WiFi vouchers. The examples read more
It’s summer in Cape Town. But who cares. As they say if you are in Cape Town you are lucky enough. Don’t you agree? Everyone wants to be in Cape Town!
You have booked your Cape Town accommodation and you have downloaded your free ebook on things to do in Cape Town. Now you are ready to go big.
If you are the active type why not bring the cycle along or let AWOL Tours arrange a trip for you. My friend Meike from AWOL Tours did the Simons’s Town to Cape of Good Hope trip. And this is her story. Have fun and enjoy:
When I recently came back to Cape Town from Germany, I decided that it was time for me to train read more
It’s this time of the year. The time before the influx of Cape Town visitors. Many of these visitors are new to Cape Town. They have no clue what are some of the fun things to do in Cape Town.
Over the last few years we have written many articles on lots of fun things to do in Cape Town. We took some time away. I asked Nandi to edit the articles for me and today we have created an ebook you can download and share. Read it and tell me what you think. Share it with your friends and guests and let’s make Cape read more
Marketing your Cape Town holiday home is not as easy as it may seem. There are many frustrating options and you have to find the best. But which is best? And how long do you have to invest before you can continuously increase your occupancy – even during winter?
Talking about winter; Cape Town holiday homes sell themselves during December, January and February. Most of the owners, doing a great marketing job, have very high occupancy over this period.
But if you are running at less than 50% occupancy read more
When on holiday in Cape Town you have a lot of time. Relatively. And you can do a lot.
In general Cape Town is safe: This does not mean you should look naïve and leave all your gold and diamonds hanging around your neck. I am not suggesting there’s a problem but tourists leave their expensive belongings in their car for all to see.
Just using Cape Town as your base will give you the opportunity to visit the local wine routes.
You can travel along from (30 mins from Cape Town) Muizenberg along the coast to Kalk Bay and stop at the small working fishermen’s harbour. This will give you an idea of the Cape Town people. Here are lovely restaurants. Harbour House is one of the best. Kalk Bay comes with lovely small shops, restaurants and endless little stores. We buy fresh fish from our favourite fishmonger – Sylvia. If you are not pretentious try out Kalkies for fresh fish on the harbour.
Through Fish Hoek – our only dry town in South Africa. It has a great beach but not really an attractive business area. Understatement. They have a Woolworth’s and a nice Pick ‘n Pay. Families with kids love the beach.
All along False Bay – you can – see whales from the road. When people see whales they all stop in the road. Whales come first. But you may not see any.
If you really want to see whales get on a boat in Simonstown. You can also do shark cage diving from here or go to Gansbaai.
From Simonstown around Cape Point to Kommetjie, to Noordhoek, then Hout Bay is one of the most scenic drives you can ever take.
At Hout Bay there’s busy harbour. Here you can go on seal island boat raid for an hour. This is inexpensive. And then you can go to the Bird Sanctuary. This is great. Or just have something to eat. Lookout Deck is a great setting and a fun restaurant – I had some lovely sushi there.
Then back to Cape Town. Here you can do Table Mountain. You can walk the mountain. If you decide on walking rather take a guide. I can suggest a few to you. I have not even mention Kirstenbosch Gardens. And more.
Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have beautiful wine farms. But here I suggest you either stay or you take a driver if you want to taste wine. In this area you can spend days travelling to the small towns in the area.
Going from Stellenbosch to Strand down the road to Gordons Bay, Rooi Els and Hangklip is a great drive. All along this road to Hermanus. This area is out of my expertise and someone else may tell you more.
This is a two-day trip or longer: I would go from Cape Town to our most Southern Point at Struis Baai. Cape Agulhas. In this area I would visit Arniston. Here’s a lovely hotel to stay at. Romantic place. In this area you’ll find some uncommon wine farms towards Elim. Elim is a unique place in South Africa. From a historical point of view this is a unique place.
For most people this means honeymoons, but today we are getting minimoons as well. You can define a minimoon as pre-honeymoon short stays, post marriage celebration of milestones and other romantic breaks. It’s all about the emotion and trying to kindle or rekindle a memory, a feeling…….
We all know emotion sells. If emotion gets involved nothing in its way matters. In a way this quote explains it.
Not many emotional romantics will look at their emotions as enslaving them. But from, read more
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Cape Town’s beaches is not that they exist—after all, the city sits on a peninsula between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans—but that they’re so popular. Remember that this is an extremely rugged part of the world, which has water cold enough to support penguins and perhaps the highest concentration of great white sharks anywhere.
In other words USA TODAY is saying that the Clifton Beaches should not be so popular because it’s rugged, with cold water that’s invested with great white sharks.
Let me tell you a story about myself. I grew up on a farm. My mother had a pet shop. And we had pet chicks and chickens for the pot. Piglets to play with and crispy bacon for breakfast. We knew where things came from. Rabbits, white rats and mice were boringly ordinary.
Moving to Cape Town from the wild Lowveld with its lions, and elephants we had to deal with baboons, striped mice, clawless otters, penguins, sharks etc. Can you believe it?
On many a day beautiful and inquisitive striped mice, called Rhabdomys, tip read more