Motels and Hospitality

Contributed By: Chris Rowe, Accommodation Business Brokers on

This wide brown land is full of stunning vistas and incredible experiences. It’s no wonder Australians, and overseas visitors are so keen to explore our great in-lands not just cities and coastline. Tourism is listed as one of Australia’s top-tier industries of the future. With the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that regional Australia currently claims 45 percent of ‘visitor nights’ and 44 percent of traveller spending money, there’s plenty of opportunity for accommodation businesses and in particular Motel owners. Why buy a Motel? If you’re new to the hospitality industry, a Motel can be an excellent first business. Like any accommodation business, running your own MotelRead More →

Airbnb is never far from the headlines, and many industry segments are clamouring for regulation. In June 2018 the NSW government announced severe restrictions on short stay accommodation. It remains to be seen how that will work in practice, and how Queensland will implement our own version. Hopefully the legislative response will be informed by the lessons learned from the regulation of ride sharing services such as Uber. Industry Concerns Body Corporates, owners, and on-site managers are justifiably concerned about the rising popularity of home sharing services, and other online accommodation booking platforms, for properties within Community Title Schemes. Naturally, I can’t condone “self-help” remediesRead More →

Contributed By: Chris Rowe of Accommodation Business Brokers on

Travel-based accommodation venues like Caravan Parks, Backpackers, Motels, Hotels and Holiday Resorts are in high demand across Australia. To ensure you receive the best price when selling your accommodation business and have a smooth experience from beginning to end, follow our recommended steps. PHASE 1: PLAN Step 1. Understand the value of your accommodation business Researching similar properties in your area will give you a rough indication of what your accommodation business is worth. But engaging an accommodation business broker early will help identify any strategic improvements that could have a significant uplift to your sales price. Step 2. Decide who will represent your saleRead More →

Contributed By: HiRUM Software Solutions on

Article supplied by HiRUM, Original article from Snapshot With massive amounts of data now available to hotels, it’s safe to say that all future technologies will rely on data and integrations. The need for an independent system to collect and connect all existing data for hotels has become inevitable. Enter the data platform, but what does that mean and how does it work for hotels? Data analytics. Data intelligence. Harmonized data. Big data. We’ve all heard about the endless facets of data, but data is essentially worthless unless it is properly stored, intelligently related to the various parts, and made accessible to users and otherRead More →

Article supplied by HiRUM, Original article from Snapshot The benefits of building a strong online review profile are irrefutable…Online reviews not only provide a unique opportunity to foster guest relationships post check-out, but have also been proven to deliver higher profits to accommodation providers. We discussed these benefits in more depth in a recent blog article. Now, we would like to explain to you the benefits of responding to the reviews your property receives & how you should go about doing so. Reviews, responses and Google It’s rare for Google to openly discuss aspects of their ranking algorithm, but perhaps in an effort to support smallRead More →

Contributed By: Mikolai Napieralski on

Editor’s Note: I stumbled across this tongue-in-cheek piece of Gold Coast hospitality nostalgia from last decade. It was written in a street press magazine called Team Evil and I thought I’d share with our readers for a bit of a laugh and reminisce at the colourful old Gold Coast motels, few of which have since survived. I have fond memories of staying at the original Pink Poodle when I was young and poor… good times! If you’re in the mood for further laughs, I’d highly recommend the author’s new book; God Willing; as he recounts his adventures working as a museum curator in the Middle EastRead More →

Those who know me well will attest to my obsession with detail. I think the psychiatrists call it being anally retentive, not a particularly pleasant vision to be sure. The managing director calls it a mild mental disorder manifesting itself in a capacity to be a complete pain in the posterior. I justify the way my head works by a need to be highly organised and a desire to drift off each night knowing those I rely on and trust are equally diligent. Yes, my desk is uncluttered and everything has its place. Failure to return said thing to its rightful spot will be punishableRead More →

Contributed By: Nick Gorrell, InnerVision Media on

Facebook have just released a new low cost, standalone VR headset called the Oculus Go which is set to significantly spread the adoption of virtual reality technology. We received our new headset delivered directly from the USA yesterday and early tests show that access to virtual property tours, accessed through theonsitemanager.com.au are very easy, slick and offer excellent viewing quality. The Oculus Go will be a game changer for VR and is expected to be widely adopted very rapidly, soon there will be millions of people online searching for, and increasingly expecting/demanding, high quality virtual content. If there was ever a time to consider enhancingRead More →

Contributed By: HiRUM on

Article originally appears on the HiRUM industry blog What is bundling? Bundling is the term used when property managers roll all of their management services into a single, ‘overall’ commission fee, rather than charging owners a separate amount or commission rate for each sub-service. For example, as a property manager, you would traditionally charge your owners for the below services, as dictated by your body corporate agreement: Management fee: 12% of gross tariffs Marketing fee: 3% of gross tariffs Merchant fees: 2% of gross tariffs Housekeeping fees: $40/clean Linen costs: $3/bed/booking Guest amenities: $10/guest Spring cleaning: $250/year Foxtel: $35/month PABX: $30/month Normally, these charges wouldRead More →

We are thrilled to launch our Industry Recommended Professional program! Below is a Q&A explaining the program, its benefits and how it works. What Is the Industry Recommended Professional program? Our industry has entered an age where the quantity of suppliers is great, but often the quality of work offered is not. Managers and prospective managers expend considerable time and money in their efforts to source professional service providers who understand this industry and specialise in it. The Industry Recommended Professional program allows such service providers to rapidly and easily distinguish themselves as authorities both trusted, and respected in our Management Rights industry. It isRead More →