With the tourist industry picking up everywhere and more and more opportunities for travel, one of the best ways to make some money is to open up a guesthouse for tourists. It doesn’t have to be a big hotel; it just has to have all the right permits and something extra special about it that will make it stand out from the host of other hotels and guesthouses which tourists can pick over yours. Here are some tips to make it that way:
Use Social Media and the Digital WorldEveryone does everything online now. Tourists research their tourist traps thoroughly before they travel and sometimes know the names of annoying tourist guides before they’ve landed. If you don’t have a digital footprint, you’re dead in the water. Get onto a social networking site, a social picture sharing site and if possible, a video sharing site. Fill these with content that promotes your guesthouse and ask guests to sign more than just the guestbook – that’s so yesterday. Instead, ask them to share and tag pictures and videos of your place online. Take selfies with your guests and post them online too. Ask them to review you on tourist and travel sites. Use a digital marketer periodically to boost your search ranking on search engines. These will guarantee you customers.
Make the Accommodation SpecialIf there is something different about the accommodation, guests will always be interested. This can be as simple as having 9 normal rooms and one luxury rooms for which you charge higher and let out only on request. You can use luxury builders to outfit it so that they do a perfect job. Unlike normal builders, luxury home builders Brisbane are used to working with luxury fittings and precision so will make the room look twice as opulent as it actually is. Or have different themes for each room, like a royalty room, a nature room, a ship’s berth etc. Anything that will make you stand out from the crowd and attract the attention of a potential customer among all the hotels will win you guys.
Have High StandardsNo matter how inexpensive your hotel is, that is not an excuse for having lax hygiene and hospitality standards. In fact, such a situation can make you lose your license. Make sure that all bathrooms are cleaned regularly, and that they are sanitized and in good repair. Never reuse personal sanitary items like soaps, toothbrushes and toothpastes. Food should be cooked using the strictest hygiene standards possible to prevent diseases and any contamination. Water must be boiled or at least filtered. If you are offering food to guests, inquire about their dietary restrictions to prevent any allergies.