The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show 2016

The Caravan Sitefinder team had great fun checking out what was on offer when we recently attended The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show in Glasgow. During our time at the event we met many of our existing clients and also spoke to a lot of new ones.

There were two hundred exhibitors and a whole host of industry experts over the four day event. Stands at the show ranged from camping equipment/tools to different rental companies. The show is the perfect place for visitors to experience all of the fantastic holidaying in Scotland can offer as many people are choosing to holiday at home instead of travelling abroad.

The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show was held in the SECC Glasgow and ran from Thursday 4th February to Sunday 7th February attracting many different kinds of visitors. The event showcased some of the latest models of Caravan & Motorhome. There was a separate family camping area where visitors could explore new tent collections from brands such as Vango, Kampa and Outwell as well as high quality camping accessories. There was a number of clubs and associations and holidays across of the UK.

Turnout and Venue

Day one of the show had a very strong turnout in visitors as well as exhibitors which lead to a great amount of exposure for all parks and manufacturers. The venue was placed throughout five halls inside the SECC, Glasgow each encompassing a different domain of the camping and caravanning industry.

If you’re just getting in to motorhoming but don’t have a vehicle yet, Motorhome Hire Scotland is a great place to get you started. They were in attendance of the show and we stopped by their stand to have a chat.

Whilst in the SECC we managed to get access into one of the top balconies. Here are some more pictures from the event:

Tourism in Dubai, which is one of seven emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates, grew by 8 percent from 2012 to 2016. In 2016, the emirate celebrated 14.9 million overnight visitors, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Economists say the industry is expected to grow to 20 million overnight stays by 2020.

Vacation Bay Holiday Homes has listings throughout Dubai, including 15 in downtown Dubai, the city’s busiest tourism hub. The company’s mission is to help families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create an experience that can be treasured forever.

There, crowds gather to watch light shows and musical performances near the towering Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Casual eateries and fashion stores in the sprawling Dubai Mall await travelers from around the world. Nearby is Jumeirah Palm Island, a tree-shaped retreat known for glitzy hotels, posh apartment towers and upmarket global restaurants and the affluent Dubai Marina. Many of Vacation Bay Holiday Homes’ short-stay offerings are focused on these areas and the overnight experience has to be right.

Image via Vacation Bay Holiday Homes 

Fabna Sabeeh, co-founder and manager of data control at Vacation Bay Holiday Homes in Dubai, knows first hand the challenges of making sure everything runs smoothly for guests during periods of rapid growth.

A clear, complete view of operations

Kigo Operations Manager makes sure all of her bases are covered. Over time, the platform learns, adapts and automatically assigns turn and operations tasks, a boon for managing the fast pace of vacation rentals.

No worrying about neglected morning spreadsheets or unsecured unit information. By synchronizing all the property management staff’s calendars on every platform from Outlook to iCal, everybody is on the same page so the flow of incoming and outgoing guests isn’t disrupted.

With Kigo’s multi-unit support system, Sabeeh’s managers have updated information across every site so they never miss another welcome event or housekeeping need at the 100-plus properties the company manages as part of Vacation Bay Holiday Homes in Dubai. Combined with a mobile maintenance app, it’s a powerful one-two combination for managing the influx of tourism the emirate is experiencing.

Image via Vacation Bay Holiday Homes 

Staying synchronized and in touch with housekeeping, maintenance

Uniformity and consistency in maintaining vacation homes is key, and inconsistent housekeeping standards can be detrimental to the reputation of a vacation rental home. First-rate housekeeping must be maintained and staff held accountable with a streamlined inspections process. Kigo Marketplace provides checklists, monitoring, service requests and other capabilities that help maintenance and housekeeping staffs consistently deliver a clean, memorable destination.

Vacation Bay Holiday Homes relies on Kigo to keep maintenance and housekeeping personnel stay in step.

“The operations management platform was one reason for using Kigo,” said Sabeeh, who visited KigoWorld in April to learn more about the product. “Our housekeeping team is able to view the schedules on time and with the mobile app, the maintenance team can also be reached on time. It’s really helping a lot.”

Staying a step ahead of Dubai’s tourism growth

Kigo Operations Manager allows property managers to focus on generating more bookings by organizing the operations side of the business. Organized workflows lead to increased productivity which helps grow business.

Sabeeh has been pleased since transitioning to the software four years ago and is depending on it so Vacation Bay Holiday Homes can stay a step ahead of the Dubai’s tourism industry, which is about 5 percent of the emirate’s total economy.

“We hope it will definitely grow our business to the next level.”

Portugal is a country which is very often called European province but at the same it’s considered to be Europe’s hidden paradise and there are lots of people around the world who dream to travel Portugal. In case you travel Portugal you’ll see and understand yourself that this is an amazing and picturesque country. Portugal is really small country but it has it’s fascinating distinctive features which attract even experienced tourists and visitors.

Originality of Portugal can be seen in everything in architecture of Portugal, in art of Portugal, in festivals in Portugal and even in hotels of Portugal, even if it is a cheap hotel. In comparison with other European countries Portugal is a country which attracts its tourists and visitors not only with historic places but also with its sea resorts. Portuguese holidays with cheap tickets from expedia.com. If you travel Portugal, you’ll have a perfect opportunity to combine both visiting best sightseeings and attractions in Portugal and have an unforgettable rest on Portuguese beaches. For cheap flights UK to Faro, book with BMI Baby, prices from £9.99 from travel agent.

In case you decided to travel Portugal, we suggest that you choose a suitable tour out of great number of tours around Portugal or travel Portugal on your own as far as the country is not big at all and it will be really pleasant and not very difficult to travel Portugal. Besides for an individual tour you won’t need much more money than for any organized by tour operators tour. When you travel Portugal, you should remember that all cities in Portugal are situated very close to each other, so moving around Portugal won’t be difficult at all and at the same time you’ll have an opportunity to see whatever you’d like to see. Do remember that if you for example travel Portugal by car, you should necessarily make sure that you know enough about speed limits, traffic, driving and parking regulations in Portugal.

Holiday home Portugal always attracted its tourists and visitors by its seaside resorts and stable weather conditions. All seasons except winter are warm but summer is really hot and perfect for bathing and sun burning. One more reason to travel Portugal is a great variety of available adventures in Portugal. This country is really perfect place for surfing, climbing, horse riding, canoeing, mountain biking and paragliding. Madeira is one of the best places for adventures. The island is a perfect place for canoeing as well as for sea-based activities. Diving is very popular activity among the tourists. All those who are eager to dive can explore crystal-clean ocean and its fascinating underwater life. Moreover everyone who wants to learn how to dive or surf can consult instructors who are always ready to help.

Don’t even hesitate, travel Portugal and see everything with your own eyes! It is a great place to visit with friends and also makes for a fantastic family holiday with the kids.

Baron Holiday Homes made a sizable investment decision a few years ago to better compete in the vacation rental business on the small island of Gozo just off Malta. The company leapt far from its modest beginnings in 1995 of eight properties with a vow to grow its portfolio while maintaining the island’s rich architectural heritage.

Baron Group Malta, which operates Baron Holiday Homes, extended its vacation rental home business model by building and selling a network of vacation rental homes that could be managed while owners weren’t staying in them.

Image via Baron Holiday Homes 

Meticulous care was taken when designing and building the residences, situated in prime locations in village cores – some centuries old – and on the outskirts, with spectacular views. Unique features were incorporated into the residences to retain the character and mystique of a culture that dates to 5000 BC. In some, functional living environments were merged with old farmhouse features like mill rooms and barns to combine a pleasant and well-designed atmosphere with a typical Gozitan setting.

Rising to new heights with synchronized vacation rental management

Today, Baron Holiday Homes embodies 79 properties. It has become a leader of vacation rental homes in a big way on the 41-square miles of Gozo nestled in the Mediterranean. Properties are loaded with amenities and most have air-conditioning and private pools.

Baron Holiday Homes provides an array of services, from car hire and airport transfers to land and sea excursions, and staff trained to attend to individual needs. Each property is managed by a dedicated team of rental representatives, maintenance and pool technicians, maids and gardeners who work together to effectively manage the properties.

Image via Baron Holiday Homes 

In addition to a staff that is focused on ensuring the best possible experience for every visitor, Kigo Channel Manager has been a key partner in managing the properties, company officials say. The software has helped staff go about the business of renting luxury vacation accommodations with seamless execution. The company can avoid the potential pitfalls of moving thousands of vacation rental guests through properties each year.

“Kigo Channel Manager has given us peace of mind that our availability is synchronized 100 percent to avoid overbooking and clients showing up when the home is not ready,” said Baron Holiday Homes Reservations Manager Donald Said (pronounced “side”). “Availability syncing was a very big part.”

Maximizing property exposure to vacation rental guests

Synchronizing and updating calendars while merging and managing online bookings and inquiries into one universal reservation system is Kigo’s forte.

Kigo’s Channel Manager is the channel hub of Kigo Marketplace, allowing property managers to connect to millions of travelers all over the world. They serve both general and niche markets, empowering companies to reach vacation rental guests from a range of interest groups around the world.

Channel Manager aims to maximize property exposure in marketplaces big and small. This is just what Baron Holiday Homes needed after increasing its management portfolio to nine times its size with a very attractive set of vacation rental homes.

Image via Baron Holiday Homes 

Said noted that Channel Manager’s ability to help maintain competitive rental rates across all portals has been a particular benefit.

“We have our rates synched, which allows us to create special offers,” he said. “That helps us fill in nights that are available.”

Optimizing property investments for owners

Getting the most rental dollars possible is critical for the property owners who depend on Baron Holiday Homes to fill vacancies and achieve a solid return on investment.

It’s just as critical for Baron Holiday Homes, which celebrated its 20th year in business in 2015, to maintain high occupancies.

The company guarantees rental income of 5 percent of the property’s purchase price for a minimum of five years. Baron Holiday Homes is responsible for all aspects concerning the rental of the property, including marketing and maintenance management.

“We have grown over these years, and I can say that Kigo was a big part of our growth,” he said.

Why should you consider an Onsite Caravan as a holiday home option for your family? Families need to consider their options when looking at holidays. Do you go on expensive overseas trips staying in resorts or staying in hotels across Australia? Caravan Park holidays are an affordable holiday option that is thoroughly enjoyed because Australia has a beautiful natural environment

There are Caravan Parks all across Australia that have regular Caravan sites, tent sites and a large amount of them also have Onsite Caravan sites. These are Caravans that are allowed to be left in the Caravan Park all year around. It’s fantastic for families that want an affordable holiday home which they can have available throughout the year.. Compared to hotels and overseas holidays, Caravan Park holidays can be great for kids and the family. From time to time these Caravan Park may be an onsite caravan for sale and this may be a good opportunity to investigate buying your own affordable holiday home.

When comparing the different holiday options, consider some of the key benefits of Onsite Caravan holidays.

Social Aspect

Caravan Parks create an environment for a lot of social contact. Families are staying close by each other and this create an atmosphere of getting to know each other. If you consider onsite caravan for sale you will become one of the owners and Onsite Caravan owners especially like to get to know each-other. Children can also be a easy way to break the ice as they may already be playing with other families children.

Size

An Onsite Caravan can accommodate large families and friends. Onsite Caravans can have a room with bunk beds for many children and living rooms that have space with fold out sofas. An Onsite Caravan has great outdoor entertaining areas that can accommodate up to 8-10 guests. This will create a fantastic opportunity to host friends and family. In hotels it can be difficult to enjoy with children. Hotels may not have family rooms and offering connecting room may not be ideal if the kids are small. Booking several rooms can also push the price up considerably.

Traffic

Hotels can be built on busy roads to attract the passing traffic and offer good connectivity for business travellers. This is not ideal for children if they are wanting to enjoy the surrounding areas. Consider an onsite caravan for sale as Caravan Parks are quiet zones with speed limited of 5-15km per hour, basically cars can only slowly crawl through the park and children take priority.

A lot of times there are onsite caravans for sale in the quiet area of the Caravan Park. Less guests moving in and out. In these quiet areas children can make friends easily by riding their bikes or scooters around the park grounds.

Cooking

One major expense on family holidays is food. In hotels, guests are forced to eat in the hotel restaurant or at nearby restaurants every night. This can add up quickly especially if there are two child meals added to the bill each time. An Onsite Caravan will have a small kitchen that can be used to prepare the family meals. Even better barbeques are really popular for Caravan Park holidays and this will reduce the food expense by a lot.

Water Entertainment

With the constant influences of internet on children it’s hard to get them to easily disconnect. If you are considering onsite caravans for sale, one key benefit you should keep in mind is most Caravan Parks have both pool and beach entertainment for kids.  Kids love water and enjoy having fun in the water with friends. Some large modern Caravan Parks even have water parks, these areas have a wide variety of slides and sprinklers to get your kids excited. They even have soft ground material for running and potentially falling kids. Water entertainment is a guaranteed way to get them away from the devices.

Biography

Julian Rembrandt has spent the last 10 years in the hotel industry across Australia and Asia. Permanent Onsite Caravans have been around for many decades but the knowledge about how to make the right purchase decision has been limited. Julian helps to educate people on the best ways to go about owning an Onsite Caravan. Julian Rembrandt owns and operates Holidaylife.com.au, a listing site for Onsite Caravan for Sale.

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Onsite Caravans are sometimes forgotten as an affordable holiday home option. Onsite Caravans for Sale are located all across Australia and there many different sizes and quality levels to choose from.

In general family holidays can be expensive, overseas trips with a family of four can add up to $4000 just on flights and then accommodation costs will be added on top. Australia has wide open space and thousands of kilometers of beautiful coastline. Caravan Parks have been an affordable holiday option for Australian families for decades. For an overview here are a number of different accommodation types that Caravan Parks offer;

Un-Powered Sites

Many people come to Caravan Parks with the idea of enjoying the great outdoors with their family. What better way of doing that by camping in a tent with the kids. Un-powered sites are a simple site to set up your tent and they do not provide any electricity. They are the cheapest option in a Caravan Park.

Powered Sites

If you bring your own Caravan to a Caravan Park then a powered site may be more suitable for you. Caravans need electricity for lighting, cooking, and general running of the caravan. You may even want electricity if you are staying in a tent with your family. Perhaps you will have some lighting and portable cooking equipment.

Cabins

For more comfort and convenience, cabins are the perfect option. More expensive than the unpowered and powered sites, but offer a larger and more relaxing accommodation option.

Onsite Caravans

One of the forgotten accommodation types in a Caravan Park is the Onsite Caravans. Many Caravan Parks have areas dedicated to Onsite Caravans. These Caravans are based permanently long term in the park and the owners can come and use their Caravan throughout the year as they wish. This is a great option if you are looking for a place where you can take the family on weekends and holidays without the hassle of calling and asking for availability in the park and paying expensive nightly rates.

Initially, you will need to buy the Caravan. Then there are ongoing costs, such as a quarterly rental cost you will need to pay to the park management for the site that the van sits on.  If you maximize the time you spend in your Onsite Caravan and use it frequently throughout the year you will save money compared paying ad-hoc nightly rates. The risk for a family is the commitment of yearly ongoing costs. If the family does not utilize the Onsite Caravan enough then the yearly costs will be a burden and perhaps the investment was not the right choice for the family.

You may consider looking for Onsite Caravans for sale and see what the purchase prices are. It really depends on the location and quality of the Onsite Caravans. If you find an Onsite Caravan for sale and you like it, there are a few things to consider.

Is the Onsite Caravan for sale the right size for your family? It’s good to make sure that there are enough beds for your entire family. Also consider that you may have visitors who would like to join you on your weekends away, make sure you factor these in.

Where is the Onsite Caravan for sale located? Is it near your home, best to be not too far away from your main residence (2-hour drive is ideal). To make the most of your new holiday investment you will want to make sure its not a hassle to get to.

In terms of price, Onsite Caravans for sale in NSW near Sydney will be the most expensive as this is the largest city and highest income level in Australia. Onsite Caravans for sale in QLD and Victoria are not as expensive as Onsite Caravans for sale in NSW.

Benefits of Onsite Caravans

Children Friendly

Caravan Parks are a child-friendly environment, and over time children can make strong friendships with other children staying in the park. While in this day and age there are dangerous aspects to consider in major cities and even now in suburban areas, parents can feel quite relaxed with their children playing in a Caravan Park environment. Children can ride their bikes around the park without the danger of fast driving cars. Typically the speed limit in Caravan Parks is 25km per hour and children are a priority. Strangers are not allowed into the park without permission and access to the majority of parks is via a boom gate where identification is verified.

Outdoor Activities

With the internet and our mobile phones taking now so much of our time, outdoor activities are becoming less of a priority. Kids are absorbed in their iPods and phones and have forgotten that there is some much to enjoy in the great outdoors. Holidays in a Caravan Park can teach children and parents how to disconnect.

You may never have considered an Onsite Caravan as a good option for your family, I hope we have shared some information with you. Good luck in your Onsite Caravan search.

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