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www.Buy2Greece.com – Top Ten Critical Vacation Rental Booking Questions

So, what are the essential questions you should have answers to before you book your vacation home for the holidays?

1. What are the extra supplies that you will need to carry with you?

First time renters – beware. There are a lot of extra things that you will have to carry with you. Some of them are shampoo, other personal products, cereal etc. What comes along with the rental property depends on the vacation home owner, so don’t take anything for granted. And yes, carry extra toilet paper because you never know what is going to be provided or not. Just to be on the safe side, however, keep a box ready with a few essential items and either carry it with you or have it shipped there after informing the property owner.

2. How should you get the keys from the home renter?

Many people face difficulties simply because of miscommunication with their vacation home renters. You don’t want to be stuck on the doorstep waiting for the home owner to return home and unlock the door for you. So, either keep them properly informed about your ETA or arrange to pick up the keys from a lock box and have the combination sent to your mobile phone.

3. How to locate the property?

Make sure the home owner sends you the exact location of the rental property via Google Maps, just so you know exactly how to get there in the event that you can’t find the place and get lost. Also, use Google Earth to check out exactly where that property is situated so you won’t get fooled about ‘beachfront’ properties that are miles from the beach.

4. Who should you call when something stops working?

Just like how you always have emergency contacts stored in your mobile in case something breaks at home or just stops working, you need to have an emergency contact for your rental home as well. Make sure you get the phone numbers from the property owner before you arrive.

5. Does the property get satisfactory cell reception?

Now, for those vacation goers who want to get away from the buzz of the city and all the demands that come with it, this question might not seem so important. But, trust us, when you face an emergency of any kind, especially medical, you will curse yourself for not having asked the owner about this.

6. What exactly is the cancellation policy for the vacation home?

Always be sure that you find out about the home owner’s cancellation policy because life is uncertain and any number of unexpected things like sudden illnesses, extreme weather conditions or work demands could happen causing you to cancel your rental plans.

7. Does the house face problems due to insects and bugs?

This is extremely important to find out about, especially if you are a city dweller. You don’t want to come all the way to your vacation home in the countryside only to find the place surrounded by bugs or squirrels or critters! If these are found roaming about very commonly, you will need the number of a handyman or pest control service on speed dial.

8. When was the last time the vacation house was cleaned thoroughly?

Does this seem a bit weird to ask about? It might make you feel a little awkward to ask the home owner such questions but you absolutely need to. You don’t want to end up at your vacation house only to find it needing a good dusting and a whole lot of scrubbing.

9. Is there any clean up required before departure?

Make sure whatever clean up that you are required to do is clearly mentioned in the rental agreement. In some cases, the vacation home renter can be penalized for not cleaning the place up and may have to pay additional fees.

10. What are the complete fees included in the rental?

Most home owners will ask for a security deposit from renters before giving them the keys to the vacation home. Be sure to find out about the refund policy and if any deductions will be made for damage of property. Also, find out about additional fees like cleaning and maintenance.

Tips to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

One thing you should keep in mind is to never rent a vacation home from a non-reputable website. Make sure you check the website for genuine customer reviews, ask around about the reputation of the website and check whether the website has a long online presence. Always read the reviews before booking a vacation home through a website. Many times, the website will have beautiful pictures and tempting descriptions but only real reviews from past visitors will let you know if you’re in for the real deal or not. Never ever wire cash to your vacation home owner because this is a well-known scam and many people are known to get taken in by fraudsters.

So, make sure to ask these 10 questions if you intend renting a vacation home. It is important to ask these questions to keep nasty surprises at bay, and ensure you have a wonderful and memorable vacation with your loved ones.

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www.Buy2Greece.com – A rise in Vacation Rental Brands

A rise in Vacation Rental Brands

In recent years, there has been a rise in alternative lodging and portal listing websites which are now recognisable brands in the vacation rental industry themselves, e.g. HomeAway, AirBnB, Booking.com, HouseTrip etc. This is great for vacation rental managers as they can list their property on these sites and become associated with the brand. However, since these huge websites have thousands of listings competing against one and other, it is important to establish your vacation rental property as a stand-alone brand. e.g. Your own vacation rental website and social media presence.

Furthermore, branding your vacation rental business is important for a number of reasons:

  • Building your company’s reputation
  • Creating expectations of your property
  • Delivering a message about the type of stay your guests can expect
  • Establishing and confirming business credibility
  • Motivating potential guests to make a booking
  • Establishing customer service standards and generating loyalty

www.Buy2Greece.com – Frankfurt to host luxury tourism exhibition

The only exhibition of luxury in Germany “loop – luxury on our planet” will open its doors for 100 international renowned hoteliers, hotel owners and providers of tourist luxury products to meet with 100 interested buyers from the German-speaking market.
From April 10-13, 2016, Frankfurt will transform into a Mecca for the international luxury tourism industry. Registrations can be made immediately at loop-luxury-fair.com
Among the applicants are the most exciting and luxurious tourist providers in the world.

Epitome in Greece
EPITOME is an invitation to cast your guidebooks to the wind. Just give your globe a spin and we’ll place your finger firmly on the most soulful hotels, thoughtful services and delectable products that will make Greece the only essential destination on your map.

Anguilla Tourist Board
Anguilla is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets, small in size and contemporary in style with a big reputation. The island is renowned for its 33 unspoiled, tranquil white-sand beaches, for world-class accommodation and its fabulous cuisine. Inspired by the ocean and with an international flair, the island offers over 100 dining options and proudly boasts some of the Caribbean’s most talented chefs. Sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and diving are some of the water sports options. Laid-back by day, pulsating at night, Anguilla is a diverse mix of experiences on land and sea that go beyond size.

Dream Escape DMC
Dream Escape is the leading provider of exclusive and customized programs to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Our team of experienced creative planners will provide exceptional itineraries delivered by our expert curators and guides.
– Villa Collection: A selection of amazing handpicked exclusive use properties for meetings, incentives and special events.
– Events: Ascot, Wimbledon, Chelsea Flower Show, Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo.
– Specialist Groups: Whisky, gardens, literature, culinary, equestrian & country sports.
– Incentive Groups: Inspirational reward programs.
– Golf: Private competitions and tee times on private and prestigious courses.

Dubai Tourism
Dubai – one of the world’s most exhilarating destinations: a glittering city with golden beaches, world-class shopping, dining and nightlife, hosting electrifying events and sporting championships – and an adventurous family playground.
Tradition meets ambition, the past meets the future – welcome to a destination that has made it its mission to become “the world’s most visited city.”
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector, responsible for licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents.

D-Hotels and Resorts in Turkey
D-Hotels and Resorts is a young and dynamic hotel company that provides quality hospitality services currently in Turkey and expanding worldwide. All the D-Hotels and Resorts properties share a common vision and values.
D-Hotel Maris, located in the stunning reservation area of the Datca Peninsula in the Southwest of Turkey, has five private white sandy beaches each with different concepts, ESPA, professional water sport and fitness facilities, a breakfast buffet and five a la carte restaurants, private excursions and transfers by hotel owned yachts, helicopter and seaplane. Resort, welcoming children as of 6 has 200 rooms & suits, plus an Exclusive Villa. D-Hotel Maris is a member of The Leading Hotels of The World and has recently been awarded by Six Star Diamond Awards.

Castello di Velona Resort, Thermal SPA & Winery in Italy
Fully restored 11th century castle in Montalcino perfect for spa or romantic getaways, wine and relax breaks in Tuscany.

Located 12 km from Montalcino, in the Val d’Orcia, a Unesco World heritage site, Castello di Velona Resort, Thermal SPA & Winery is a haven of tranquility where all senses are awakened and body, mind and soul revitalized.

Food and wine lovers will enjoy the hotels’ two restaurants, Velona Lounge Bar and Settimo Senso gourmet restaurant, both with panoramic terraces, where to taste regional and gourmet dishes of the Tuscan culinary tradition. The wine list is headed by the hotel’s own produced Brunello di Montalcino.

Guests staying at Castello di Velona will love its 1500sq. Spa, a wellness paradise featuring the hottest mineral springs in Tuscany, 2 outdoor panoramic pools, 2 indoor thermal pools with Jacuzzis, 5 treatment rooms, 1 romantic couple room, emotional showers, two steam bath, and sauna.

www.Buy2Greece.com – Airbnb shows how business and leisure travel is going mainstream

Airbnb shows how business and leisure travel is going mainstream

Published on : Monday, January 25, 2016

airbnb-logoAirbnb, the leading community driven hospitality company, unveiled some of the top trends that show how mixing business and liesure travel is going mainstream for business travelers in 2016, and highlighting top destinations and travel habits. Key findings based on both analyzing trends on Airbnb and a study developed by CWT Solutions Group with Airbnb include:

  • Companies that use Airbnb for business travel save on average 30 percent over traditional accommodations;
  • Business travelers stay twice as long on Airbnb;
  • Travel with the team, over 35 percent of bookings were for two or more travelers;
  • 45 percent of business travel was international, with travel to more than 2,000 cities in over 120 countries;
  • Top destinations included London, Milan, and Tokyo.

Airbnb for Business is now used by thousands of companies for their employee travel, including Vox Media, and Sixt Rental Car. The free dashboard, which launched last July, allows companies to coordinate the booking process more easily, streamline payments and gives travel managers the ability to offer a wider array of accommodations. Employees who have booked with Airbnb saved their companies an average of 30 percent more than traditional accommodations.

“Since introducing Airbnb for Business, we’ve seen the number of companies using it grow enormously,” said Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy at Airbnb. “Businesses have clearly been longing for a better way to manage their employees’ travel needs and business travelers seem eager for change from the traditional business travel accommodations.”

With Airbnb’s far-reaching global network, 45 percent of Airbnb for Business trips are international. Business travelers visited more than 2,000 cities in over 120 countries. The average length of a business traveler’s stay on Airbnb was twice as long as stays in traditional accommodations, at 6.8 days per trip, which shows that more and more business travelers are staying the weekend, mixing business with pleasure, and getting to know a new city or neighborhood they’ve never visited.

In the six months since launch, more than 50,000 employees of more than 5,000 businesses have completed bookings. San Francisco tops the list as the most heavily traveled destination for business, followed by several economic hubs in the United States and Europe.

The top 10 cities for business trips on Airbnb are:

  • San Francisco, CA

 

  • London, UK

 

  • New York City, NY

 

  • Paris, France

 

  • Los Angeles, CA

 

  • Milan, Italy

 

  • Mountain View, CA

 

  • Austin, TX

 

  • Seattle, WA

 

  • Tokyo, Japan

Companies are also relying on Airbnb for longer-haul travel. Six of the 10 most commonly traversed routes are long-distance trips of more than 1,700 miles, including bi-coastal jaunts and international adventures.

More than 17 percent of travelers stayed in an Airbnb in more than one city. Some of Airbnb’s most fervent fans stayed in listings in over 15 cities across the globe. One frequent business traveler has visited nine countries on four continents, including Brazil, Turkey, Poland, China, and Mexico. Another emerging trend is that business travelers are more frequently using Airbnb to explore new cities before deciding whether to relocate for work. The longest single Airbnb for Business Travel booking was over 290 days.