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Hotel rates rise in Canaries and Balearics

Hotel rates rise in Canaries and Balearics

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.

1,000s of Google+ pages hijacked – check yours is ok

Has your Google+ page been tampered with?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.

Sunny Spain’s a hit with tourists

Book a sunny stay at Relax Bungalow, Gran Canaria

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.

Fill up your rental calendar with short breaks

Make sure you've added nightly prices

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.

Use event tourism to boost your business

Book a Parisian studio and take in the Paris Marathon

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.

Why we visit our holiday home out of season

Rowena discusses her Swiss Franc mortgage

Holiday homeowner, Rowena, tells us how the out of season visit to her property was for more than just a holiday.

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.

Holiday home entrepreneurs: finding your niche

Beach Sun Retreat in Dymchurch, Kent

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 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.

Seven top tips for holiday home owners entering their first peak booking season

7 tips

Are you about to enter your first peak booking season? Want to make sure you secure as many bookings as possible for 2014? Then read on…

After the presents have been unwrapped and the turkey’s been eaten people’s thoughts often turn to their next holiday. The period immediately following Christmas and New Year is always one of the busiest times for holiday home owners, but what makes guests book and why would they choose your property over someone else’s? Here are some tips to help you fill up your calendar for 2014.

Helping you run your holiday let on the go: additional enquiry reminder

Additional SMS alert for enquiry reminders

Great news! If you’ve signed up for free SMS alerts you’ll now receive an additional text message to help you keep on top of your enquiries and get more bookings.

Life’s busy when running a holiday let and if your place is in high demand you could have requests coming at you from all angles. At the same time you want to respond quickly as an indicator of the service you provide your guests. But we understand that sometimes things just get in the way.

New and improved search results page

Improved search results for more bookings

We’re always working hard to improve our website so we can maximise enquiries and bookings for our home owners. So we’ve made some updates to our search results page to make it even easier for holidaymakers to find and book your holiday let!

The new design shows users where to add their dates and points them towards handy tabs where they can find out all about each property. We’ve also moved the search filters to the left-hand side of the page and featured the Spotlights in slot four in the results, giving the search bar at the top more prominence.