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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-Hilton Launches Its Largest Campaign Ever with Exclusive Room Rates Not Found

Hilton Worldwide today announced that Hilton HHonors members can now receive an exclusive discount on room rates by booking directly through its brand websites, award-winning Hilton HHonors mobile app and reservation call centers, or through preferred corporate travel partners and approved travel agents. This guaranteed discount is available at more than 4,500 hotels around the world.

Hilton’s new “Stop Clicking Around” marketing campaign – the largest ever launched in the company’s 97 year history – will also emphasize the other benefits of booking direct and being an HHonors member. These benefits include HHonors Points that can be used for free room nights, free Wi-Fi, and the ability to check-in, choose your own room from a digital floor plan and use a Digital Key all via the HHonors mobile app on a smartphone. In addition, when HHonors members book direct with Hilton, hotels are able to provide more personalized and memorable experiences for each stay.

“Our customers don’t need to worry about sorting through a dizzying array of websites, enduring hundreds of clicks and wasting hours of time. They can be assured that booking a room directly with us at any of our hotels doesn’t require extensive searching and price checking to find the best prices online,” said Geraldine Calpin, chief marketing officer at Hilton Worldwide.

“Last year, 57 billion Hilton HHonors Points – or more than 1.6 million free nights – went unearned because guests booked their stay through a third party,” said Mark Weinstein, global head of Customer Engagement, Loyalty and Partnerships at Hilton Worldwide. “There is a huge misconception that third parties always offer lower prices for our hotel rooms, which is simply not true.”

Source:-Hilton

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 – More than 75% travelers will research and book on mobile devices in 2016

The advent of mobile devices in travel booking has transformed the outlook of the industry in the last couple of years. It is quite imperative to understand the trend and equip travel services to assure a further growth in individual travel businesses.

Travel experts from all over the world observe the growth of mobile bookings and predict further growth in the next five years. It is also predicted that almost 75% of all travel research and travel bookings will be conducted from mobile devices.

According to the figures released by eMarketer, a global marketing company providing research, insights and benchmarks on digital marketing – combined mobile and tablet transactions in the US will hit 51.8% in 2016, up from 43.8% last year.

The comfort of a smartphone is also adding a huge change in booking habits among travelers worldwide. It is observed that out of 48.5 million US travelers who book trips via a mobile device, almost 80% are smartphone users and rest are tablet users.

In 2016, 62% of all the holiday travelers will research their trips on a mobile device, up from 26% in 2015.

As travel companies are implementing more optimized websites for mobile devices, travelers are finding a simpler solution to purchase travel deals, accommodations and tickets. The trend is set to increase in the coming days and 2016 might witness the biggest figure for mobile bookings and research in the global travel industry.