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August .Bookings Down
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August Full
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August Bookings Up
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apexblue



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:01 pm    Post subject: August Slow to Book Reply with quote

Any having this problem? Especially for 2 bedroom rentals.
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newtimber



Joined: 24 Nov 2012
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Location: Brighton

PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes August is slow to book.

Everyone seems to book later nowadays so I hope the dates will book eventually.
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rosebud



Joined: 14 Mar 2012
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Location: Steyning, West Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually yes - the same experience. My cottage has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 3

August is usually booked up way ahead but not this year. Wondered if my prices (which I have not increased for a couple of years) were putting people off?
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apexblue



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just received 4 bookings for August Razz
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LotBoy47



Joined: 31 Jan 2019
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Location: SW France

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had an August booking in April which was cancelled later that month and 2 more confirmed August bookings in May.

Then utter silence until yesterday and we’ve now had 2 August bookings in the last 48 hours, so I guess a lot of people are leaving it to the last minute and searching for deals.

We are running various deals and promotions with Booking.com and Air BnB at the moment to get some reviews built up as this is our first year.

Our latest booker said she’d seen all the gites she was interested in our area start filling up overnight, so it could be that there’s mid-July booking frenzy on the cards.

Fingers crossed that everyone gets fully booked!
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e-richard



Joined: 17 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

apexblue wrote:
Just received 4 bookings for August Razz

Was that as a result of advertising the vacancies on LayMyHat I wonder Wink
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Sanchisimo



Joined: 03 Apr 2010
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Location: Andalucía, Spain

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally had out last available week in August booked. It's never been this late.
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CarolineJ



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Location: North coast of Scotland

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Half full at the moment. I had an enquiry last week from someone who wanted the whole of the remaining fortnight, but after answering all her questions she hasn't come back, so I'm guessing that's a no. This time last year I only had 1 week booked though, so technically I'm ahead of myself!
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rosebud



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last 5 days of August left!
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chipiechoo



Joined: 28 Sep 2013
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Location: SW France

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We need your advice and suggestions.
For the first time in 13 years we have no bookings for the entire month of August, though fully booked after. Our price has not changed for three years and we are no longer with any of the big boys.
Hopefully this is the last of our years in this market but we would like to go out with filling this month.
Not knowing anything about ABNB, Booking.com or how Homeaway now work, where would you suggest we advertise on a purely commision basis to fill this month?
As always your help has always been invaluable.
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apexblue



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our late bookings are thru HL and ABB.
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Joanna



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking about trying ABB to shift our last August dates. it'll be interesting to see if it works - guests end up paying a lot more that way.
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aasta



Joined: 31 Aug 2009
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Location: Pe da Serra, Portugal

PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OLA!! After much hestitaion, we signed up with Booking.com to hopefully be able to let some of the nights still open in August (usually we are fully booked in August) and it has worked. We listed in the last minute bookings section and gave a 10% discount off standard rate....not great finacially but better then having empty nights in High Season
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apexblue



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still 2 x 2 beds available from 10 August. This has not happened in 14 years.
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LotBoy47



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joanna wrote:
I'm thinking about trying ABB to shift our last August dates. it'll be interesting to see if it works - guests end up paying a lot more that way.


Internet savvy guests will find you via ABB and then check if you have a website that allows directs bookings to see if they can save money.

With the various deals and promotions we’re using on ABB and BCom, that wouldn’t save them much at the moment.
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