Ivo Klinac, Veronika Group: Combining private accommodation is the future

first_imgAccording to the available data of the Croatian National Tourist Board from the eVisitor system, the number of facilities in the household, as well as the number of accommodation units, beds, but also taxpayers, is constantly growing. Thus, the number of facilities in 2017 increased by 12% compared to the year before, while in the first two months of this year alone, 700 more were registered, which makes a total of 93.194 facilities.Family accommodation in Croatia is our advantage, which they must use wisely, increase quality and brand. Also, Croatian family accommodation in Europe is recognized as the best in Europe, according to the European Holiday Home Association – EHHA. Also, according to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, family accommodation each year is responsible for generating total tourist traffic in the amount of 2,5 billion euros.Increasing the quality and professionalization of family accommodation, ie the association of family accommodation in households, is one of the key goals of the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020. For this reason, a few years ago, in 2014, the Ministry of Tourism presented diffuse and integrated hotels as new and innovative tourist products, with the aim of developing and improving the quality of accommodation, joint market presence and professionalization of private accommodation.One of the development and raising of quality in family accommodation are integral hotels. An integral hotel is a form of accommodation consisting of three or more accommodation units in different locations in the same settlement. All accommodation units are united by a central reception with various additional facilities. Part of an integral hotel can be all natural and legal persons who have a categorized room, apartment, studio apartment or holiday home.Although integral hotels are relatively new on the market, ie they have not yet experienced a major expansion in our market. I talked about the development of integral hotels as well as the whole concept of the same with Ivo Klinc, director Veronica Group, property management company in the tourism sector, which in 2013 embarked on a pilot project of “integrated hotel”, ie real estate management in tourism, and since 2017 offered the concept of integrated hotels on the market. Today, they operate in the area of ​​Makarska and Zagreb, and encouraged by increasing inquiries from the market, the plan is to expand the successful business model to other cities in Croatia.The association of private accommodation is the future, Ivo Klinac points out and adds that their vision is to become the leading property management company in the Republic of Croatia, which specializes in the management of accommodation capacities in tourism. “We want to give as many people as possible a sense of carefreeness and financial stability by building a brand that people will trust, a brand that will provide more, better with its innovation. ” points out Klinac.How does an integral hotel work in practice and what are your experiences in the field?The complete business concept through an integrated hotel is based on connecting the existing accommodation capacities of different owners into a single facility and their joint appearance on the market. This type of association is easier, simpler and much more professional in the market, which brings the benefit of opening opportunities for cooperation with agencies and other service providers, something that renters individually might not be able to achieve, mostly for quantitative reasons.The fact that the tourism sector is generally characterized by dynamism is confirmed by the fact that over the last 5 years of business the pattern of behavior has changed markedly. With the growth of the share of private accommodation in the Republic of Croatia, guests from private renters increasingly expect a service more similar to that in a hotel, such as credit / debit card acceptance services, breakfast services, bicycle rental, etc.To stand out from the competition, you need much more than just giving the guest the key to the apartment and leaving him alone until the day of departure. On the other hand, many renters have recognized the need to stand out from the competition and are therefore increasingly dedicated to their guests. As personalized service can take a lot of time, associations such as integral hotels can greatly help renters by ensuring their safe growth and professionalization through joint market presence.What services do you offer to partners, ie what do private renters get in cooperation with you?We offer all our potential partners two different ways of cooperation.First, we offer the possibility of managing their property in tourism. We sign a long-term contract with our partner and, if necessary, adapt their property to be ready for short-term rental to tourists. We take care of obtaining all necessary permits, selling, cleaning and maintaining the property. It is up to the partner only to receive a fixed monthly amount. This way of cooperation is suitable for partners who do not have time to deal with renting to tourists, and own real estate for which they have no purpose.Another, we offer cooperation to existing renters in terms of which of their accommodation capacities we join our integral hotel. As part of an integral hotel, the landlord gets access to various services at the hotel level such as breakfast, excursions, bicycle rental, massage services, gym, etc., depending on the services currently available at the location of the landlord’s business while we take care of sales and presentation of their accommodation capacity within our facility.Do you have any statistics or specific indicators regarding the extension of the season, ie the longer duration of the lease in cooperation with the Veronika Group through the concept of an integrated hotel? Since 2013, we have been providing guests with accommodation as private renters in Makarska, and in 2017, taking into account the experience gained by renting in Makarska, we decided to continue our business through the company and expand our business to Zagreb. As our business is characterized by professionalism and systematicity, we have often conducted research to improve our business.Through research we conducted on the accommodation market in Makarska, we learned that the hotel season usually lasts from April to October, while the season in private accommodation lasts from June to September. These data indicate a lack of agency sales channels through which renters could fill their accommodation even in months of low demand, as hotels do. It is not the same to agree on cooperation with agencies when you have few apartments and when you are associated with other renters in an integral hotel, or a unique facility that can compete with hotels in the number of accommodation capacities.It is important to emphasize that the content that renters will be able to offer their guests through an integrated hotel will greatly increase their professionalism in the eyes of the guest and thus increase the quality and price of their overnight services. As a part of the integral hotel, a quality presentation of accommodation capacities and professional pricing in accordance with various parameters is ensured, with the aim of increasing occupancy and sales.We are rightly given the data collected during the last 5 years of business, from which it can be concluded that, after our takeover of the accommodation capacities of the partners, sales increased by more than 50%. After the optimization of the business we carried out and the stabilization, the average annual turnover growth is around 10% where the initial base was not small. It can be seen from the above that the growth of traffic is twice as high as the annual growth of the destination itself.We completely take care of the property and in that case we also deal with sales and cleaning and welcoming guests and all other services. This way of cooperation is ideal for people who do not have time to engage in tourism – Ivo Klinac, Veronika GrupaWhat are the conditions and obligations of cooperation between private landlords and Veronika Group, ie what are all the models of cooperation? If the partner decides to give us his property for management, he signs a long-term contract with us that defines the terms of cooperation as well as a fixed monthly amount that we will pay him regardless of the turnover that the accommodation capacity realizes. This way someone who does not have the time or does not intend to engage in tourism can carelessly receive a monthly rent while we will take complete care of the property including potential renovation, obtaining all permits required for work, professional photography and repairs.In case the partner decides to join the integral hotel with the desire to continue to be involved in the business of its accommodation capacity, it signs a contract with us that defines the terms of cooperation, method of payment from the guest, model of salary payment to the partner, etc. services provided. We depend on the personal needs of each individual partner, we define the best way of cooperation and conditions by agreement, and in mutual interest.What are all the advantages and benefits for private renters, if they are part of an integral hotel?One of the primary advantages of joining an integrated hotel versus independent business is the facilitation of the administrative part of the business. We take care of sales, advertising on relevant accommodation booking sites as well as marketing in order to increase the number of direct bookings while the renter focuses on what is important – hosting guests. We perform complete communication with guests, issuing invoices, registering guests in eVisitor, charging reservations via credit / debit cards and much more, which is an additional relief for renters.As a hotel, due to the number of accommodation capacities at our disposal, we are able to enter into contracts with travel agencies and other companies specializing in filling accommodation capacities in the pre- and post-season. In addition to the fact that longer business brings higher revenues, we hope that through joint efforts we will turn tourist destinations of a seasonal character into year-round ones.You are currently present in Zagreb and Makarska. Do you have plans to expand?Our current focus is the formation of integrated hotels in Makarska and Zagreb, tourist destinations in which we are already present, and expanding the offer of accommodation facilities through cooperation with renters. Long-term plans are based on safe and quality expansion to several tourist destinations throughout the Republic of Croatia.We would certainly like to encourage all interested private renters to contact us via our official website in order to, based on the interest of renters from individual destinations, move our service to locations where it is most needed. We keep a database of received applications just to be able to choose our next destination.Quality family accommodation is a job from 0-24h, and requires more and more knowledge, from marketing, sales, communication, branding… what is the great potential for further development as well as challenges for the hosts?It is indeed true that more and more people who embark on the business of renting accommodation to tourists give it up after gaining insight into the workload and scope of work as well as the commitment you need to have in order to do business successfully. Also, renters sometimes enter the tourist waters because of potential earnings and often find themselves disappointed with the income they earn.Through cooperation with landlords and other partners, we offer professionalism and knowledge, and most importantly – the time we will dedicate to work. All this is the result of many years of experience in the private rental sector, but also a good knowledge of guest profiles. Such a base allows us to monitor the development of the market and adjust the quality of our accommodation capacities as it changes. The data of almost 100.000 accommodation units in family accommodation only confirms the importance of this sector of Croatian tourism, reminds us how much potential it can have if it is encouraged and proves that an integral hotel as a new form of cooperation in the Croatian market is very necessary and sustainable.More information on the possibilities of cooperation with the Veronika Group can be found on the website www.veronikagrupa.com, and you can find out all questions directly via email info@veronika.group.last_img read more

Diary of… a planning consultant

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Gold Coast castle looks spooky but actually offers a peaceful getaway

first_imgImagine sitting down to dinner at this table? It even looks like a church on the inside.Lisson Grove has six themed cottages, including a church and English style lodges.The castle, which is the newest addition to Lisson Grove, has two separate lodging wings as well as a day spa and is a popular place for weddings.The traditional style of all the buildings and their antique furniture add to its character.Mr Cauchi-Gera said it looked a little bit spooky but was a peaceful place to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle.“It’s very different but it’s just a beautiful property, it’s stunning,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 It looks spooky but is actually a luxury spa retreat.IT looks like a castle that would bring your worst nightmares to life.But just like the tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween, this medieval castle might appear terrifying yet is all in the name of good fun.The building, known as The Castle on Tambourine, is part of boutique Gold Coast accommodation Lisson Grove. Ever wanted to stay in a church? Kick back and relax in the spa. It looks less spooky in the daytime.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe 7031sq m estate on the mountain’s Main Western Rd is on the market with a $2.995 million price tag.Marketing agent John Cauchi-Gera, of First National Broadbeach, said the owners were looking for a buyer that would breathe new life into their much-loved family business.“I’ve had several people through the property and we’ve even had people willing to purchase but not at the price (the owners) want,” he said.last_img read more

Ronaldo, girlfriend send matching loved up messages to fans

first_img Ronaldo is currently resting during Serie A’s winter break. He had been in Dubai earlier this week to collect a Globe Soccer Award. Georgina posted a picture in a sparkly dress on New Year’s Eve – while seemingly selling a teeth whitening kit. Read Also:Revealed! Messi, Ronaldo will retire from active football this decade He wrote: “Congratulations, Mum! I wish you all the happiness in the world.” It is unclear what the his mother is celebrating. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez send matching loved up social media posts to celebrate the New Year. The Juventus and Portugal star wrote a brief message to the former retail worker as he rung in the New Year. And Georgina followed suit with a message of her own. Ron wrote: “Happy Year, my love! 2020 May 2020 be a year full of love, health, peace and success for all! Happy New Year to all!” Georgina said: “About last night… Happy 2020 !!!! Much health and love for everyone.” It is not clear where the pair celebrated the turning of the new decade.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Things Women Found Really Attractive In The 60’sWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movielast_img read more

Happy September!

first_imgFor you fans waiting since January for college and pro football, it is finally here.  One thing has not changed–Alabama is supposed to be the college power and the Patriots are supposed to win the Super Bowl.However, if you are like me, you are more interested in what Indiana’s college teams do–especially IU, Notre Dame, and Purdue.  On the Pro side, most of you will root for the Bengals or Colts.  Good luck to your favorite team.  Sit back and enjoy the upcoming football season!last_img

Allardyce welcomes board backing

first_img Press Association “I’m obviously pleased by the united front we are trying to keep under these difficult times at the moment,” he said. “When it comes public from the co-chairmen it is nice to see and hear. From our point of view we are all understanding the difficult position we are in at the moment. “We all have to work through it together in the hope that we turn it around into a positive reaction in terms of our results. “I wasn’t backed by my last two chairmen and got sacked for no reason at all. “The day-to-day running of the football club is all I’m focussed on. I keep in touch with the owners on a regular basis, it is a daily basis at the moment. I would be more worried if that communication went quiet.” With just one win in their last 13 league fixtures, West Ham are struggling for any sort of form and the 5-0 defeat at the City Ground only compounded the current run. Allardyce said he understood why the fans would be feeling a little downbeat but once again defended his decision to field a young side at Forest. “I have a lot of sympathy for them,” he said of the supporters who travelled to the East Midlands. “All I can do is say that I was telling everybody weeks before we played Nottingham Forest that the situation we are in means I would be playing some of the young players in the team. “We had to prioritise and I told people weeks before. It is now done and dusted and is out of the way.” The majority of West Ham’s problems have stemmed from the fact they currently have only 14 fit players, with no recognised centre-back available in recent weeks. That has changed with the loan signing of Wolves defender Roger Johnson on Monday and Allardyce is ready to play the former Birmingham man on Wednesday. “All our other efforts in securing a central defender prior to knowing Roger was available were difficult,” he added. “The one big thing about Roger is his Premier League experience at Birmingham City. His height, which has been a weak point for us recently, and a desire to come and show he has still got the capabilities of coming to play at this level. “He is not cup-tied, so going into one of the biggest games of the season for us with someone with his experience against one of the biggest sides in the Premier League is a help. “If you look across the board at Man City, aerially we have to be very competent and Roger will be a great help in that area particularly. “He is very determined and excited about the opportunity he has got after being basically frozen out at Wolves.” Sam Allardyce is happy with the strong backing he has had from West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold despite the club’s current plight. The Hammers currently sit 19th in the Barclays Premier League and saw an inexperienced side thrashed 5-0 by Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday. But Sullivan and Gold issued an open letter to West Ham’s fans backing Allardyce’s position and the 59-year-old, who will take his side to Manchester City for the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday, believes it is important to show everyone is determined to turn things around. last_img read more

Smarkets revels in record breaking Grand National

first_img Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Smarkets has revealed that last Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National broke the Smarkets record for most trading volume on a single event.The previous record was set at last year’s National, when a total of £44.5m was traded on the world’s most famous horse race. This time around, the Smarkets exchange had £57.4m of volume across all its National markets, an increase of 29% on 2017.Smarkets CEO Jason Trost commented: “Once again our platform performed superbly, despite the record volume, while other operators had to restrict users in the build-up and after the big race. Having also released some awesome updates to the platform in recent months, 2018 has been a great year so far.”The record Grand National volume comes just a few weeks after an extremely successful Cheltenham Festival for Smarkets, when £138m was traded over the festival’s 28 races. Press Officer at Smarkets, Pascal Lemesre emphasised why he thinks Smarkets continues to be a popular platform for horse racing punters: “I think our focus on great technology, along with strong pricing and liquidity, is why more and more people are choosing to use Smarkets for their betting and trading. The platform has been performing well and with the recent addition of a fresh design and new app, we’ve seen plenty more people signing up to Smarkets.” Looking ahead he continued: “With more custom comes greater volume, which is always good, but we have to keep releasing exciting and useful updates to stand out from the crowd. It’s already been a great start to 2018 and we’re excited for the next few months in what is a World Cup year.”last_img read more