6 Great Tips For Finding Cheap Hotel Rates

During any tour to any destination, two things make up the bulk of your expenses: travel and accommodations. Therefore to eke out any savings from the trip you will have to invest a lot of time and effort on finding cheap hotel rates to keep your expenses low and your smiles up.

While looking for cheap hotel rates, keep the following tips in mind.

1. Location is everything – Hotel rates vary from place to place depending on its location. You will have to ask yourself if where your balance lies: convenience or price. Most convenient locations in any city will have hotels sporting rates in the upwards range in any market.

Some less accessible areas will offer lesser rates. However, you will have to decide for yourself whether the inconvenience is worth the price. If you are pretty familiar with the area you are traveling to, then locations with lesser rates in less accessible or attractive locations will be less of an issue for you.

However, if you are traveling to an area for the first time, you will have to think twice about staying at a location that is a little inconvenient.

2. Schedule is also everything – The basic law of supply and demands states that the more the demand, the more expensive the item will be. The same is true for hotel rates, if demand for a travel destination is high, then you are bound to spend more money.

So if you are planning to stay away from home, try to make your hotel reservations for off-peak seasons. Hotel rates during peak season can be as much as three times more than regular rates. This alone is reason enough to look to reserve during off-peak seasons.

3. Amenities – Some hotels are pricier because they offer amenities that, while great for those looking for extravagance, are useless to some travelers. If you can live without some of these amenities, then you could consider looking for hotels that are cheaper because they do not offer these amenities.

4. Negotiate – Most front desk personnel are personable and can give good advice on getting better rates at their hotels. Negotiate with them to get good discounts for your stay.

If you are staying for more than a week, then you might want to ask if they offer lower rates for longer stays. Also ask if they have special promos during the period of your stay that you can take advantage of.

5. Search online – Comparing rates, amenities, and location is easier nowadays because of the power of the internet. The internet makes searching for good rates on good hotels easy and painless.

The good thing about internet hotel hunting is that most hotel search websites show prices for rooms, amenities, location, and best of all, user reviews of the hotel itself. This will give you a better idea of what to expect when checking in with a hotel for the first time.

6. The power of a Travel Agent – Travel agents have good contacts among hotel chains and can get discounts on reservations thus made. If you choose to have a travel agent help you get a good hotel, then make sure that the service fee you pay them does not make going through an agent more expensive then making the reservation yourself.

Four Tips to Finding Cheap Hotels Worldwide

Most of us are always looking forward to getting very good hotel rates, both during business and holiday travels. The problem is, how do you actually get affordable accommodation without compromising on quality and comfort?

Travelers in every part of the globe – America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia – are in search of best hotel deals. Everybody wants to save on travel expenditure. This no wonder makes it a bit difficult to find the real budget hotel deal. And every hospitality facility claims to have the best offer. So how do you identify the real offers?

Here are four ideas on how to find cheap hotel deals and save great during your trips:

Local travel websites

Big travel websites like Hotels.com, Expedia, Agoda and likes, are what most travelers seek first when looking for best deals. Their vast details on hotels on almost part of the globe, is indeed very important on getting what you want.

But what most people forget is that local travel websites are most likely to have more budget hotels that these big travel sites. Searching for popular travel sites in your destination is something that may save you great deal of cash.

Unlike the global travel giant sites, local ones provide details of even the very budget end hotels. There, you are more likely to find very affordable rooms and yet very decent for your vacation/business trip..

Start early

If you really need to find a good deal, then you have to starting looking for one early enough. This allows time to find variety of accommodation facilities, be it hotels, bed and breakfast or even apartments. You then compare their offers, and their services and facilities and then choose the one that well fits you.

In case you have very urgent trip; then it may be advisable to find last minutes travel sites and see their offers. But the earlier you plan your travel the better.

Negotiate Discounts

Going to stay for long in hotel or traveling in groups? If yes, then it’s more likely if you ask for a discount, you will be offered one. But be sure to ask for it before making reservations. Some hotels also do offer special offers for particular people. For instance, some Nairobi hotels have lower rates for UN staff. If you work with some of big humanitarian organizations, ask if the hotel have special rates for staff.

Timing

Where possible, you should properly plan for the period you intend to travel, bearing in mind peak seasons. If you are traveling on weekends, it might be good idea to stay for business hotel, where rates are likely to be lower than in vacation resorts. Similarly, you can stay in holiday lodges during business days, and save on room budget.

Planning to take vacation in low tourists’ season might save your money, besides making your trip hassle free. For instance, Mombasa Hotels in Kenya do double or even triple their room rates during the peak seasons. And the sheer number of visitors looking for hotels makes it even hard to find hotel, when planning for last minutes trips.

How To Inspire Hotel/Restaurant Employees To Perform Better (Fast!)

Unfortunately your training employees maybe saying all the right things in front of you and then injecting less than flattering remarks or “pregnant pauses” when you or your managers step away.

Because most employees use their jobs to accomplish other goals, they are less invested with you to begin with and don’t value your business the way that you need them to. When these employees train new people they are quick to point out managerial and operational problems, highlighting everything that may be wrong with your business and sharing with the new employee that they are only at your business in order to get to their end goal, shaking the confidence of the new employee and changing his or her perception that this is not the best place to work.

It is a frustrating scenario for everyone involved and dealing with it myself for several years this is what I came up with and wrote for my fellow managers:

Try telling your hotel or retail employees (Or your entire restaurant FOH staff) “How you train new employees will directly impact your income and how hard you have to work every day. Would you like to correct fewer mistakes, enjoy a fun upbeat team environment, make twice as much money and have a more solid co-workers supporting you 100% of the time? It’s all in how you train your new hires.

Training is everything and the more you train new hires to appreciate your restaurant, hotel or retail business, it’s owner, managers and the existing team, the more you are actually training them to support you, make money FOR you and bolster you when you need help. If you train new employees that yours is an average business, restaurant or hotel with short comings, has short-tempered co-workers, shortsighted managers, bad staff meals, inconsistent or slow kitchen staff, inattentive or micromanaging owners or managers, and ignored equipment repairs, you will actually be doubling your own work load and you don’t even know it. You will actually be training your new team to bring you down when you need to be brought up the most.

If you incorporate eye-rolling or sarcastic remarks in your training you are actually teaching any new hire to work less, feel unenthusiastic, sell less, create short-cuts, look for ways to create smoke or text breaks instead of keeping side-work, customers and sales flowing or ever helping you when you need it.

You will make less money and work harder, longer hours and leave with less energy and enthusiasm for your family and life goals when you train with indifference or disdain.

New hires will be less effective and less effective, less productive and actually cost you time and money when you highlight anything but the very best of the business. You actually control the mood, spirit and income of the entire restaurant or hotel when new employees are in your hands. You should not take this responsibility lightly.

Showing new hires the tricks to check your phone mid-shift, chew gum, be disrespectful to managers, slack off, “cheat the clock” or in restaurants: stand in front of a computer when you have no orders to put in instead of helping to run food or drinks or engage new guests in order to book future reservations speaks volumes to the person you are training and the people watching you. When your new co-workers do these things, they will find themselves in “hot-water,” eventually let-go and you will have to start training someone new all over again which means twice as much work before you to get a team-member up and running and contributing equally. Attitude is everything and if you want the absolute most money (even if you only plan to be in this business for another week, train your new employees to appreciate all of the amazing things about your restaurant or hotel. Train them to constantly look for something to do, restock, run, clear, carry, double check or find customers to engage with and get new reservations from will directly create a path for you to be recognized and promoted, supported and thanked instead of watched, checked and micro-managed which is exhausting. Instead, create an environment of positiveness, support and more sales and your new co-worker will make you more money, give you more energy and more advancement plus guarantee you that you are always are welcome back should you ever decide to leave.

Leave the negativity, the side comments, eye-rolling, time stealing to people of less caliber who may just be on their way “out” but don’t know it and focus on the new way people make more money: by being supportive, collaborative exciting one another and showing leadership skills to help create the absolute best and strongest team, workday and bank account. Isn’t that what you want? To make the most money and have the most energy at the end of the day? Then train your new co-worker that this is the absolute best hotel, restaurant or retail store to work for, these are the best people to work with and the best people to work for. The systems that are in place here make it easy to make money, unlike many businesses, this is a well-oiled machine and when all the parts move together it creates amazing experiences, excitement, money, friendships and more customers plus feeds your future dreams. While other businesses come and go, try and fail, offer discounts and Groupons to get customers through the door, if you all work as a positive, polished, customer service focused team, you will never have to worry about looking for and training somewhere else. They can create an ever growing flow of repeat clientele by engaging customers to return, not taking short cuts, pitching and helping the team be better but that can only happen with your supportive, enthusiastic, high-caliber training. With your training they can create bigger spending, nicer, repeat, regular, effortless, fun customers for your team’s entire future.”

Tell your staff to train for the best, expect the best and be the best. How you do anything is how you do everything and training the people around you to create money, time and wealth for themselves and you is what the smart people do. Not so smart people create animosity, hardship and ill-will for themselves and the people around them and subsequently cost themselves money, energy, time and often their own jobs. Help your employees create the best for themselves by being the best and sharing this with your staff.