Industry insights


Travel trends for 2017

Travel trends for 2017

Hospitality is an evolving industry. There are trends developing in line with technology from how your guests find and book your property to how they will tell people about their stay. While getting this year started, we wanted to share some 2017 trends with you which we will be keeping our eyes on: Experience more than the stay: Guests want to travel like a local...

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Travellers Prefer Feeling At Home

Travellers Prefer Feeling At Home

Interesting PWC statistics published recently provide great news for the bulk of our clients who offer a more personalized overnight experience. A lot more guests seem to want to feel at home when away! Over the next 3 years the number of guest houses in South Africa will grow by around 4.2% to an estimated 11 200 rooms in 2016. ~ Price Waterhouse Coopers South...

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Catering to Travellers – Part II

Catering to Travellers – Part II

Our recent trip to Thailand provided some great insights from the other side of the industry. Instead of supplying the technology, we were using it. This week we highlight some things we felt differentiated our stay at particular guest houses or hotels; something that made us want to reward that hotel with a good review. Catering for all Nationalities We were astonished at the range...

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Catering to Travellers – Part I

Catering to Travellers – Part I

This blog was written by Neil Emerick after returning from Thailand on a quest to experience online travel-, accommodation- and outing-bookings. Neil & Theresa are co-founders of NightsBridge. The Challenge Recently, my wife and I took a trip to Thailand, which was quite splendid. However, with our Nightsbridge caps on we made it a rather different experience. The difference was we made absolutely no bookings...

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Accommodation room pricing – art and science?

Accommodation room pricing – art and science?

Here’s the secret: Better pricing is not always about offering the lowest price. The focus should be on value – what sets you apart from your competitors in terms of location, service, style, brand or quality? A potential customer is not looking for the best price, but rather the best price-value equation. As the economic formula states – Value = Experience / Price. Therefore the...

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Is your guest house a hobby or a business?

Is your guest house a hobby or a business?

Many guest house and B&B owners feel that finance is beyond them and rely on an accountant to assist. Once you know some of the basics, it’s a lot easier to keep an eye on the health of your business. We asked an experienced accountant, previous guest house owner and NightsBridge user to put together some useful information and tips to help you take control...

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