In our first year of operation we achieved 93% occupancy.
Earl's Villas offer luxury contemporary accommodation for a city breaks in Chester, England.
What made you decide to start offering self-catering accommodation?
I used to be the managing director of a multi-million pound company but tired of the hectic long hours lifestyle of the corporate world I decided to invest in property in Chester where I've a particular fondness and move to Ibiza with its more relaxed atmosphere.
What were your guiding aims when starting your business?
Drawing on my experience in the business world and of extensive travelling I knew to be successful it'd be important to:
1) Have successful marketing
2) Make it as easy as possible for customers to make a booking
3) Offer customers quality accommodation and provide good after sales service
4) As I travel extensively I'd need a way of managing my bookings from different locations
Putting it in to practice meant having:
1. Advertising in various portals
2. Create a professional looking website that really helped sell the property and that was "Google" friendly and made it easy for customers to make a booking there and then.
What made you choose Holiday-Bookings-Online as your booking system provider?
I wanted a system that could maintain the professional look of my website and their customised page upgrade does just that.
Their system was cost effective but also offered lots of useful features.
In particular I wanted a system that could maintain the professional look of my website and their customised page upgrade does just that - most of my customers can't tell which is my website and which are the booking pages.
The Holiday-Bookings-Online booking system is very easy for customers to use and make online bookings - which is very important to me - I can't afford to lose customers because they are struggling with making bookings. It's also proved to be a very reliable system.
How has the booking system helped your business?
Many customers want to book and pay online right away and the Holiday-Bookings-Online system lets them do just that.
In our first year of operation we achieved 93% occupancy - which is phenomenal for a new self catering business - we couldn't have achieved this without good advertising, website and the online booking system from Holiday-Bookings-Online.
It's also helped me manage my bookings.I'm based in Ibiza so I employ a UK based housekeeper to maintain the property - the housekeeping report in the booking system has helped make this less of a chore.
The Holiday-Bookings-Online booking system also offers a flexible range of payment options - many customers want to book and pay online right away and the Holiday-Bookings-Online system lets them do just that.
How would you describe the support you've received from Holiday Bookings Online?
Support has been excellent.
Support has been excellent - emails are answered very quickly and support over the phone is always friendly and helpful.