Since they are trying to attract visitors from Canada and US, and in Canada there is a mandatory 14 day self-isolation upon return, and some US states require the same, instead of offering free health insurance and stuff they should try and lobby the US and especially the Canadian government to exempt citizens returning to Canada with a negative Covid test from the mandatory quarantine, and if they can get that offer all the visitors free Covid test on the last day of their vacation.That and getting Punta Cana back on track.
How will tourists (from outside DR) let in 50 friends ? That doesn't make sense.
I am not talking about marketing to Dominicans, who no matter what the price they might let 50 friends in because that's how they socialize and vacation.
Read about Italy and all they did to bring back tourist. 1 hotel boosting... they rented 2 rooms this past season.
SHR has very reduced rates..very. no takers
I completely agree. Every time I dropped my prices I got terrible guests who were paying buttons, expected 5 star everything, trashed the rooms, had a chica every hour and then put on an atrocious review as I didn't give them 100% refund. I would rather have empty rooms than rooms filled with trash.That's exactly what happens. Locals use home away/airbnb/booking.com too. You don't get to choose who you market to. And the online rental hosts make vetting difficult for the owners. They want you to accept all potential renters. So yes, drop your price and allow 2 to 3 day rentals and you'll get bottom feeders and parties. And they leave bad reviews because they're asked to turn the music down. It's not worth it. Bad reviews are killers for rental business.
One thing I've done is make my min. requirements for rentals of 5 or 6 days. That keeps out the riff raff. I do rent to locals if they are referred by a reliable source, but those locals are driving up from Santo Domingo and paying $250+/nite. They don't cause problems.
When you reduce your prices please let me know.It's not worth it to drop rates just to have warm bodies coming through. What you'll get is the bottom feeders (who complain about everything, steal things, break things and leave bad reviews) and the surprise party guests that let in 50 friends and who will do more physical damage then they have in a security deposit. There's nothing to gain from it when you're managing your rentals on HomeAway/Airbnb/Booking sites. With Booking, they make vetting a renter very difficult.
I have all my villa/condo rental rates at normal non-covid prices. No renters but that's fine for now. Once international traffic picks up, I might do something then to entice a few customers. And they'll be lots of renters to choose from. But for now empty is fine.
Identical situation to what we have seen. The level of Aribnb people has hit a new low and it is not worth renting at this time.I completely agree. Every time I dropped my prices I got terrible guests who were paying buttons, expected 5 star everything, trashed the rooms, had a chica every hour and then put on an atrocious review as I didn't give them 100% refund. I would rather have empty rooms than rooms filled with trash.
Ooops.... should be Michael Jordan .....
That's debatable WW. Spinning the DR with big shot renters could have promotion value. Just need the right kind of spinmaster.I am told that Michael Jackson did quite a bit of damage to his rental here in Cabrera.
When they spoke to him.... simple answer ...
Send me the bill.........big shot renters aren't ideal either
Very disciplined the DominicansThe curfew is the killer. Yesterday there was a nice vibe at my facility"s pool and beach. Around one and two o'clock the place was hopping, Albeit, 99% Dominicans from the Capital. I took a picture and sent it to my daughter. I took the same picture at 4:45PM. Zero people. Went from nice bustling of families and kids enjoying the scene to absolutely nothing and loss of income to all the service help. NOT natural for Dominicans families in the least.
That's debatable WW. Spinning the DR with big shot renters could have promotion value. Just need the right kind of spinmaster.
More overstayers jeezzWell, the owner will never have him back !
That might apply to all pro sports people...... left a sour taste
The golfer - Rickie Fowler - has a house under construction here
Now BatMan....Christian Bale ........is always welcome in that house....
and he visits regularly and brings his mother