The Off-Season Traveller

The Off-Season Traveller

 

There  are people contacting the ISCF office asking for more longterm rental properties over the Shoulder and winter season for 2 weeks to 6months. A list of members who are interested in long-term rental and this can be shared with customers. These customers  need to be treated differently to the regular short stay customers by Self-Catering owners. This trend will increase with more in 2021 into 2022 and beyond as people like to combine the opportunity to travel and also are able to work from any location. With the easing of lockdown and the view of Ireland as a safe location we will see more of these people in the coming years.  They  want to Tavel and work –  and there are 2 types Workationers and Digital Nomads.

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Workactioners are people who are more organised and have a steady income secured so can plan a monthly budget and like to be immersed in a location. Offer them details on what to see in the area, as well as the best local pubs and restaurants. These people may bring families with them, and plan to stay for up to 6 month, so children can learn a language or  single or mature couples who really get to know the country. They hire cars and want to see all of the country over time with immersive experiences. Workationers will stay for longer and have a longer lead in time to the rental of a property. They are also more demanding and need clear guidelines, but are valuable customers to Self-Catering owners in winter months. They are more more likely to rent out a house.  Put the Workactioner in contact with local businesses, hot desk areas and local businesses they may be able to do business with.

 

 

Digital Nomads  are people who are more likely to jump on a plane and then work out the logistics of living in a country – so may contact you at short notice. They tend to book cheeper accommodation and and stay for a shorter time. Digital Nomads tend to stay for a shorter time, stay in apartments and choose economy over comfort. They are aiming to get the maximum experiences on a trip.

 

What do they Need

As well as the accommodation these people need the following

  • A room to use as an office within a house or apartment.
  • a Good WiFi connection ( may ask the speed of the wifi)
  • A Desk and office chair
  • A Printer is an optional extra

    What owners need to Organise

These Workationers are the customers which we want to attract most to our self-catering properties. They get to know an areas, spend money in the local rural community and enjoy getting involved in local music, dance or food activities.  They will need answers to the following questions from owners :-

* Suited to Winter Rentals – properties rented in winter months need to be adequately insulated, with good quality curtains and heat retention. Not suited to wooden cabins or glamping units!

* Cost  of Rental – Clear details on cost of longterm rental with discounts on rates. Owners need to plan rates for 2 weeks, per months and up to 6 months. If they have to get out of the house due to prior bookings they must be made aware of this at time of booking

  • Other Costs – A clear plan for cost of heating, electricity and wifi must be part of the package. If some wifi is free up to a certain limit this must be included in the cost – as you many be left with large bills, or wifi cut off if this is exceeded.
  • Terms and Conditions – A plan for change of linens, cleaning, and  inspection of the property by the owners must be agreed – so Terms and Conditions of Rental may be different to the normal rental agreement.
  • Heating and Lighting – There needs to be good quality insulation and heating in a house for winter months occupation. The cost of heating and lighting a house will vary from summer to winter and it must be clearly explained what is provided and the cost. If central heating – is it on a timer or charged per unit of oil used. If a stove or fireplace is provided – does it come with 1 bag of free turf /logs/coal and lighting materials or does this have to be ordered from the landlord. Also where can they pick up more heating materials.
  • Level of Privacy – people want to know the distance to the nearest villages and towns, as well as city’s. They want to know if its an individual property on its own grounds or part of a scheme.
  • What to Do in the Area– Make a list of what can be done in the area in winter months. Include the sites of the area and what can be dine in the winter months. This may include music in the local pub, learning Irish Dancing or language, art or other activities which may interest people.

 

 

In Conclusion

The Irish Self-Catering Federation will help owners and can even organise multiple places for people to stay in Ireland, especially if you are booked up for a short period of the rental request. We are here to facilitate these rentals where possible and recommend properties with the 3rd Party Quality Assurance to customers

 

Now having read this information the Irish Self-Catering Federation will be able to facilitate you if interested in this type of off-season rental for members. Contact info@iscf.ie to get on the list of members who are willing to take these Workactioners and Digital Nomads. Visitors a month and usually top the rankings when it comes to travel-related bookings. As such, they are the go-to for a lot of travelers who are looking to book, as these businesses are thought to be reliable and feature excellent customer service. You definitely want to list your tours on these sites!

  1. Expedia

Why we love them: Expedia

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is the king of the hill when it comes to OTAs, and they’re massive! How massive? Well, their site receives over 140 million unique visitors and over 2 billion monthly site page views.

How much they cost: This information is not publicly available.

How to sign up: Sign your tour business up here

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  1. Orbitz

Why we love them: Orbitz

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boasts over 10 million unique visitors a month. They were purchased by Expedia for a humble $1.3 billion and are now part of the brand’s massive travel portfolio.

How much they cost: This information is not publicly available.

How to sign up: Sign up here

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  1. Viator (a.k.a. TripAdvisor Experiences)

Why we love them: Viator

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is well on its way to becoming the holy grail of OTAs. Why? They’ve recently been acquired by TripAdvisor. So by working with Viator, you’ll also get access to TripAdvisor’s audience and all of their affiliate sites — giving you access to over 350 million unique visitors a month! They also have 24/7 support to help you out, should you encounter any roadblocks.

How much they cost: Sign-up is free. They only charge a commission on successful sales.

How to sign up: Fill out the simple form here

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Take note: Viator will only advertise the best published net rates for your tours.

 

  1. AirBnB Experiences

Why we love them: Anyone can be a tour guide on AirBnB Experiences

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! All you need is a great, unique idea.

How much they cost: Sign-up is free, but they charge hosts a 20% service fee on all experiences.

How to sign up: Register here

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The OTAs and activity platforms on this list are making some serious moves. They’re gaining an increasing amount of traction with travelers, and a lot of them are focusing on innovation — whether it be through integrating segmented and specific search results, promoting unique tours, or ensuring an optimal user experience with apps and intuitive interfaces.

  1. Thrillophilia

Why we love them: Thrillophilia

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offers over 10,000 activities in over 150 locations. They also provide analytics and data, as well as a sales support team, to make sure that you are getting maximum value out of their marketplace.

How much they cost: Listing is free; the commission is paid upon successful bookings.

How to sign up: Register your tour business here

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  1. Take Tours

Why we love them: TakeTours

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offers over tour packages around the world. They also have an app that makes booking tours with them a hassle-free experience for their users.

How much they cost: Most tour operators only pay them a commission when a booking is made. And, if they don’t make sales for you, they’ll advertise your tours for free!

How to sign up: Send them an email at marketing@taketours.com

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, or give them a call at +1 617 500 7002 x 5.

 

  1. Ceetiz

Why we love them: Ceetiz

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is gaining a lot of traction around the world. They are on the lookout for the best and most unique activities and make it easy for viewers to find activities that meet their interests, budget, and time requirements.

How much they cost: Registration is free.

How to sign up: Fill out their form here

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