Spain has more public holidays than most other European countries: 14 national, regional and local holidays are celebrated each year. And as the Spanish are big fans of turning a public holiday into a short break, their busy calendar creates some fantastic opportunities for marketing your holiday let.
When you advertise with Holiday Lettings, your place will also be seen by thousands of Spanish travellers on www.tripadvisor.es (among others). So it’s well worth taking the time to widen it’s appeal.
Public holidays in Spain for 2014-15
This year, Spain’s remaining public holidays are:
- Thursday 17 April: Maundy Thursday (not all regions)
This is a preview of
Marketing your holiday let around Spanish public holidays
. Read the full post (370 words, 1 image, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
The Australian property market saw a strong start to the year with over 75% of properties in Sydney and Melbourne being successfully sold at auction, reports the Australian Financial Review.
The property auction season in Australia begins each year with the start of the school year. Following on from last year’s rise in activity and prices, this year seems no different with Sydney clearing 76.5% of its properties and Melbourne 78%.
This time of year is particularly popular for buyers in holiday hot spots such as Mornington Peninsula (Victoria) and the Gold Coast. However, the boost in last year’s residential market has yet to be witnessed in the holiday market.
Travellers visiting Turkey on or after 10 April 2014 will need to buy a Turkish visa online before they arrive in the country.
A new e-visa in Turkey costs $20 (US) per person and allows visitors to enter the country as many times as they want over 180 days from the date that it’s issued.
If you have a holiday home in Turkey, it’s important to remind your guests about the new visa so they don’t get caught out when they arrive.
Travellers looking for breaks in the Canaries and Balearics this year could be more likely to book a holiday home after hotels hiked up their prices by up to 12%.
A new study by Trivago has revealed that hotels on the Canary and Balearic islands have increased their nightly rates by 12% and 11% respectively. The rise makes the average price of a night’s stay on the Canaries €122 and the Balearics €113.
The Canaries and Balearics benefit from all-year-round popularity because of their milder winter temperatures compared with the rest of Spain. However the price hike still comes at a time when the rest of debt-ridden Spain is seeing hotel rates either stagnate or fall.
If your holiday home is listed on Google+, it’s worth checking whether your details have been tampered with following a possible security breach at Google.
An unknown third party has changed the details of 1,000s of business listings for hotels and guesthouses on Google’s monster social networking site.
The main cause for concern is that altered listings now link to a third-party booking service.
Anyone with a Google account can suggest a change to a listing, however the changes need to be verified before they go live. It’s still unclear as to how these changes were approved. See the Guardian’s article for more details.
This is a preview of
1,000s of Google+ pages hijacked – check yours is ok
. Read the full post (149 words, 1 image, estimated 36 secs reading time)
Owners of Spanish holiday accommodation will be pleased to hear that a massive 57.6 million foreign tourists holidayed in Spain between January and November in 2013.
According to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, these are the highest numbers yet, with the Canary Islands and Catalonia proving particularly popular.
As we reported last year, tourist spending in Spain was already up by 13.7% by March 2013. The Ministry now reports a marked increase in visits from Russian and Nordic tourists, but British, German and French visitors still lead the way when it comes to booking sun-baked holidays in Spain.
More and more travellers are choosing frequent mini breaks throughout the year, so make sure you’ve set up your account to accept short stays. It’s a great way to fill quieter periods, particularly outside of peak season. You’ll also be in the running to pick up those all-important last-minute short getaways.
If you’ve specified your minimum stay as less than a week, it’s vital to add your nightly prices so that your listing will display accurate costs. Otherwise, guests searching for short breaks will see an amount calculated by dividing your lowest weekly price by seven.
2014 is set to be another great year for event tourism, with an increasing number of travellers booking holidays to coincide with popular events. Now’s the time to capitalise on festivals and events happening near your holiday property to fill up your calendar.
Do you own a Scottish holiday property within easy reach of Glasgow’s upcoming Commonwealth Games site? Or maybe you rent out the ideal Californian base for Coachella festival-goers to escape to when the party’s over? All you need to do is tell people about it.
We’ve just returned from a week’s visit to our holiday home in Cyprus, and what a wonderful time of year to visit. Unfortunately, the week we picked happened to be the coldest weather of the season, with snow falling on the mountains.
Typically, it’s back to glorious sunny days again now that we’re home! However, we were still able to get a couple of days of sunshine, catch up with neighbours and visit the tourist places that we’ve never seemed to have time to do on previous trips.
Working in the hospitality industry can be really rewarding. But getting your holiday let up and running can take a lot of investment and hard work.Identifying and developing your property’s key selling points will help you find your niche and attract all the right guests to your business.
Owner Karl Emanuelsson lists the Beach Sun Retreat on holidaylettings.co.uk and spoke to Metro newspaper recently about his family’s investment in a run-down seaside hotel in Dymchurch, Kent.‘It was a complete wreck and we’ve had to make lots of internal changes,’ he reports, but bit by bit the property is being restored and revamped into something a bit special.