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Introduce Yourself: December edition

As our community grows, let’s take a moment to introduce ourselves and give a big welcome to the newcomers! Tell us a little bit about yourself:

  • Where you’re from?
  • What’s your property like?
  • How did you discover the forum?

Bonus round! What’s your favourite place on Earth?

Housekeeping: If you are new to the forum, check out this article about how things work over here, including our Community Guidelines and how to update your profile name and photo.

Happy posting!

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Dave Overeem

Hello all,
My name is Dave and I am the corporate revenue manager based on HQ of Inntel Hotels Netherlands. We have 6 hotels in 4 and 5 star category and soon will open 2 other hotels too.
I am very happy with this forum so we could exchange knowledge and best practices with each other. I’m happy to contribute.

6 months ago
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Tuckerstan

Howdy,

We are new to Booking.com and enjoy reading about what others are concerned with. No matter where in the world, we all have the same concerns! I think this forum is a great way to learn from others about improving our guest’s experience while staying in our properties.

We own a vacation rental home on about 50 mountain-top acres in Southern Colorado. Our claim to fame would be that the property is extremely private, but only 8 miles to town and a short drive to so many activities, including Wolf Creek Ski Resort, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and many waterfalls, hot springs and quaint towns.

Many guests have appreciated the fact that, while being a large 6 bedroom home, is completely off-the-grid, 100% solar.

Thanks, y’all for welcoming us into the Booking.com community

Stan and Michael Tucker-McDermott.

Del Norte, Colorado

6 months ago
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Tedcote

Hi everyone, my name is Ted, I own a vacation rental duplex in Bozeman, Montana. I recently added booking.com as an additional platform to secure bookings. We've built a website to showcase the property at www.stayinbozeman.com. Our property has two units and three options for rentals. The 3BR/2BA unit, the 2BR/2BA unit and the option to book the entire property. Our property is being marketed to tourists and visitors to Bozeman, Yellowstone NP

To surprise and delight our guests, we welcome each guest with wine, caramels and guest passes to the local hot springs. I'm pleasantly surprised that most guests leave the property extra clean, despite being charged a cleaning fee.

Our favorite place to travel is to Europe, Mexico and we hope to visit Colombia this coming year.

Thanks for the welcome.

Ted, Bozeman, MT

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi TedCote and welcome to the forum. What a story you have in your website.

Your place is fabulous. Love your outdoor lifestyle.

Happy posting!!!

6 months ago
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Bukitberahuresort

Hi Everyone, My Name is Winda Fellyana . I am senior reservation and e-commerce.

And is currently undergoing a unique & charming properties on a small island in Indonesia.

This property, which opened since 2004 and is called Bukit Berahu Resort.

Located on a hill with 2 storey restaurant facilities, a swimming pool and lodging with views of the beach and wide ocean.

I am very interested in finding this forum, because this property has just joined booking.com

Hope this forum provides good benefits and helps each other to exchange knowlegde.

Greetings to all,

Winda Fellyana, Bukit Berahu Resort . Indonesia

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi! Bukitberahuresort and welcome to the forum.Yes this forum is full of interesting partners with so many helpful suggestions ready to share them here.

Happy posting!!!

6 months ago
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Csimotel

Hello Everyone!

My name is Jash Soham. My family owns an independent hotel in Kaufman, Texas just outside of Dallas. We have been with booking.com since 2012. Fun fact: We have had this property since 1993 and have completed 25 years in business. Although we have done extensive remodeling, we still have a long ways to go! I hope to learn a lot through this forum.

6 months ago
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Bandara Hotels…

It nice to see that this community is getting bigger and bigger.

6 months ago
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michael beeston

Hi everyone..and WELCOME, great news..Enjoy the Forum.

6 months ago
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Lu_Madrid
  • Hi everyone!!

We are new here. We are a small property in the center of Madrid, Spain (a family run guesthouse). It has recently been renovated and we opened in April this year!

We have just discovered this Forum on the phone. We wanted to know how to send in a suggestion to Booking.com and the girl who attended us recommended us to check this out!

Our favorite place on Earth would be any new city/village/place which we haven't visited yet! Somewhere to discover new people, food and culture!

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi! Lu-Madrid welcome to the forum. Nice to have you here.
Happy posting!!!

6 months ago
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k2u

Hello all,

My name is Karen. I am the General Manager for a 26 unit Motel (small) in NY state, 1 mile from the border of Massachusetts (Berkshire Mountains) The Motel opened in the early 1900's as a B&B. Then sold, that owner added one side then added the other two sides. The 3rd owner (present) has owned this for about 30 years. The Motel has a bit of history here in the town.

We have a guest that comes in once a year, around the holidays, that says she remembers her mother cooking for the B&B. We get some guests that remember coming here when they were children, skiing at the Ski area which is in both NY and Massachusetts (I've mentioned that in previous topics) which we are only about a mile from. While we update, we must keep some of the charm and character per listening to these guests. They want to keep their memories, at the same time understand we must do updating.

As for the forum, I was emailed as part of an opportunity. I am very happy that I am part of this. It helps me learn some things and meet all of you : )

My favorite place on earth.. somewhere absolutely peaceful and beautiful, near an ocean with white sandy beaches and blue water (I've only been to South Carolina and Florida as a child). But, my Husband and I love Lake George NY. We go there yearly on Vacation. I will never fly (scared to death of flying) so the only way to see my favorite place in person would be by cruise or by your photos haha

6 months ago
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k2u

Hi to all of you that are new ! Enjoy the forum

6 months ago
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michael beeston

Hi K2u..will try and send a few pics of BEAUTIFUL Surfers Paradise for you.enjoy...Michael.

6 months ago
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k2u

Ah Thank you Michael !!! yes this is it.. absolutely beautiful.

6 months ago
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k2u

This is some of our photos of the property. First photo: 1st snowfall last year and Second photo: Summer night

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Wow incredible pictures. Thanks for posting....

6 months ago
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k2u

Thank you !! :) :) and agree everyone has such beautiful places

6 months ago
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Nahuelcrusta

Hi may name is nahuel from argentina,im new in boocking. i have a villa in Punta uva - costa rica. i need help whit my reservations , many thanks and regards.

6 months ago
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k2u

Hi and welcome Nahuelcrusta. What do you need help with regarding reservations ? I may be able to help you

6 months ago
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michael beeston

Welcome Nahuelcrusta.................Like all of us ..we had to start somewhere, for me I did the following"-

1. Checked the price of the apartments on Stayz/Booking.com/Airbnb in my local area to see what was the normal pricing of these accomodations.

2. Took some really nice pictures of the apartment

3.Wrote a story about the apartment giving a detailed description of the local area/what to do..ect

4.and that was the beginning.....,.hope this helps but I am sure other Forum members will give you some ideas...Very good Luck and Welcome.

6 months ago
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Lapetallar

Hi everyone I am Lili, I am a new host here at booking .com. I hope you could help me with my questions below .

I have to pay the commission of booking .com due this 16 of December, but I think the commission is small enough for me to go to the bank and deposit.

Is it ok to postpone the payment and wait for more months before I will pay the total commission? Like 3 months or more.

How can I contact booking. com? Thank you very much

6 months ago
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Lu_Madrid

HI Lapetallar ,

I believe that once you sign up on Booking.com and they verify your account/lodging and you start working with them, you must sign a contract before that in which you can see that there's one clause specifying you should pay for the commission every month after the month when you received your guests. I am not sure if that is possible since they want to make the transactions as transparent as possible, but you may have to ask them directly.

You can contact them by calling them, for example. I believe there's an option on your Extranet where you can find the contact information.

I hope this helped!

6 months ago
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Ashiezsky

Hi and welcome Sydney. What do you need help with regarding reservations ? I may be able to help you

6 months ago
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Moira

Hi all I am Moira from South Africa. We live in Agulhas Western Cape. It is the most Southern tip of Africa. I own a 2 bedroom apartment and another large house is Struisbaai about 5 km from my main house in Agulhas. I only joined in June this year. I was a Construction and Roof designer with a degree in marketing. It is as if my whole life I led brought me to this point where I am at last doing what I was born to do. I am very blessed. I was introduced t
o the forum by Bookings.com

6 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

Hi Forum, hi friends. Im Lucy, living in south of France, have run my Bred and Breakfast in 17 years, and it's my passion, I just cannot imagine another life.

I been with Booking.com in almost 10 years now, but work together with our local tourist office ass well.

Booking.com have change a lot in the 10 years, and still change, I like the people, I like the way they improve and make marketing, (relationship to partner) better and better.

BUT, now a New one ARRIVE, AND HERE IM NOT agree anymore, the name is PREFERRED PARTNER PROGRAMME, Its a "big" deal, and promise more booking, up to 40%. (I do not need, Im fully booked almost every day), but if you join this programme, you need to pay a higher commission, THIS IS BAD; 15% is enough to pay, on top of this we pay commission to Bank to take Visa/ aster and or=ther Credit card. I do not agree.

Booking.com care for us customer, big opr small, and great the company are making profit, even very big profit, but No WAY, I Will love to join the new programm, but I will NOT pay more.

Now I will love to hear from you around the world, Merry Christmas, alsaa to Booking.com

Best regards Le Balcon des Jasses

Lucy.

6 months ago
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Clubhousegites

Bonjour to all,

We run a small holiday complex here in Northern France. We started Clubhouse Gites in 2005 and business is good. Let me know if you have recently moved to France or plan on moving soon as I could point you in the right direction with advertising tips, prep & planning, tax etc etc. Good Luck, Laurence and Helen Ford

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hello Balcon-des-Jasses you have a point. I have joined PPP since it’s my first year. I absolutely agree that commission is too high but BDC is a most popular platform and attracts guests. If you are in business for such a long time it’s obvious that you can live without it. So it’s Christmas, let us enjoy it!!!

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Clubhousegites so sweet of you. Thanks France is my favorite and have visited your country a lot of times and your town especially. Have great memories.
Happy holidays....

6 months ago
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Solelolebiznis

Hello! My name is Mirjana. I am an owner of a Calm apartment in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Banja Luka. Apartmant is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to be located near the Vrbas River. Nearby is located student city, tennis courts, bakeries, caffe bars, 100 meters away theere is a supermarket 0-24, city center is also not so distant ...



Guests who have stayed in our apartment so far have been satisfied with the price and feeling always comfortable. In the apartment for guests we always have tea, coffee, instant soup and sweets. I like to say "honest smile is the most beautiful welcome for every guest".Each guest I see as a new friend. That's why I am grateful to my guests because they taught me how to work in this business and Thanks Booking company. I want you to have fun, luck and much success! Thank you !

6 months ago
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Moira

Thank you M and the same to you and your family and to all the other hosts xxx

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Moira so nice story you shared with us. Am very happy for you that you finally found what you were borne to do.
Happy posting

6 months ago
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k2u

Moira,

Beautiful Place there !! Love the photos

6 months ago
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michael beeston

Hello to all our new Forum members...........welcome and enjoy.

6 months ago
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Kyra

Greetings from Magoebaskloof South Africa.

Somewhere in Limpopo (Northern Province) between Polokwane and Tzaneen on the R71, tucked in the folds of the Magoebaskloof Mountains, you find a little Hamlet called Haenertsburg. The Spirit of this little 'village' is one of meeting and celebration. Be that in the middle of the street, at coffee shops, at local pubs or even the most beautiful, tranquil cemetery. It all happens with a hug, a kiss and a genuine 'how are you?'.

Then just for fun, five times a year - we share our lives with the rest of the world. In February we celebrate the Berries, in April, Food and Wine, in July - Holism, in September - Spring and in December - Christmas. Some lovingly refer to our community as a little drinking, dancing, laughing village with a farming problem.

The Yellow Wood Tree is our National tree (south Africa) and many grow in this neck of the woods. Yellow Wood Cottage has splendid views of both the Iron Crown and Haenertsburg. We are surrounded by forests both indigenous and commercial, which allows fabulous hiking trails, mountain biking and a host of activities. Organic living is high on the agenda for many of our local residents.

Our home was built into an aircraft hangar, which hosts large open spaces and views in terms of the two units Spitfire and Baron.

We love living here.

Looking forward to chatting to you. Louise and Garry

6 months ago
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Kyra

Oops, after appreciating the magnificent pictures on these posts, I just had to add some from Yellow Wood Cottage, Haenertsburg.

6 months ago
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Mazen

Hi everybody,

My name is Mazen Barakat. Working as Regional Revenue Manager for Makarem Hotels / DUR Hospitality. It is a local chain based in KSA and consisted of 09 Hotels between 4 and 5 Stars Hotels. Based in different cities ( Jeddah, Makkah, Riyadh and Tabuk)

This is the first time I am dealing with the Forum, and hope to hear from different people from different places and properties. I am glad to be here and to exchange knowledge, experience and information among each other

My favorite place is for sure my country Syria, which I hope it will be recovered very soon. And I like Al Madinah Al Munawarah which is located in the western province in KSA

See you soon, with all the best to all

Mazen Barakat

6 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

Hi Kyra, great to read, very nice, wish you a Merry Christmas from your kollega in France...

Lucy

6 months ago
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michael beeston

Salamo Alaykom Mazen and welcome to the Forum.........I lived in Dammam/Riyadh and Jeddah for 13 years from 1981. My daughter Elizabeth was born in Jeddah and the Country (Saudi) is full of wonderful wonderful memories for me and my family. So as we say..Enjoy the Forum and I hope you get a lot out of it...............Ma al-salamah...............Michael.

and yes I also hope for Syria (Inshalla)

6 months ago
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Glenn Mcknight

Hi

Myself and wife(Joan) share our home with our guests in a large home-office in Oshawa Ontario. Its not a normal holiday destination but its a go to place for people who need a cost effective, clean and quiet place to stay. We tend to cater to people who need a place to stay as they family members are staying at the local hospital or their children are in active recreational sport leagues. We try to provide a friendly but professional atmosphere for our guests to fell comfortable without being intrusive. In many cases people continue to work at our location on their business interests in conference calls and dedicated study time. They find it very productive and if they need local intelligence we are happy to assist. Since the both of us run our own home based businesses we appreciate the need for privacy and friendly interaction. No two people are the same so we adapt to the needs of each guest. In many cases since Joan is a budding artist she finds common ground with fellow artists and this sparks alot of conversation. We don't encourage any political or religious doctrinaire discussion. We have found many people with similar professional aspirations and worldviews and we enjoy the interaction.

Glenn and Joan

6 months ago
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Natuve4

I am Allan Phillemon a native from Tanzania, running high quality Kilimanjaro Climbs
since 1998

6 months ago
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Natuve4

This is Arusha BaseKamp, there are 5 double rooms, the perfect location to start your safari - apart from Kilimanjaro Climbs we design tailor made classic safaris or safaris off the beaten path...which can include hikes, mountain biking or canoeing.

6 months ago