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    Moira

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    Le Balcon des Jasses

    Hi Forum, hi friends. Im Lucy, living in south of France, have run my Bred and Breakfast in 17 years, and it's my passion, I just cannot imagine another life.

    I been with Booking.com in almost 10 years now, but work together with our local tourist office ass well.

    Booking.com have change a lot in the 10 years, and still change, I like the people, I like the way they improve and make marketing, (relationship to partner) better and better.

    BUT, now a New one ARRIVE, AND HERE IM NOT agree anymore, the name is PREFERRED PARTNER PROGRAMME, Its a "big" deal, and promise more booking, up to 40%. (I do not need, Im fully booked almost every day), but if you join this programme, you need to pay a higher commission, THIS IS BAD; 15% is enough to pay, on top of this we pay commission to Bank to take Visa/ aster and or=ther Credit card. I do not agree.

    Booking.com care for us customer, big opr small, and great the company are making profit, even very big profit, but No WAY, I Will love to join the new programm, but I will NOT pay more.

    Now I will love to hear from you around the world, Merry Christmas, alsaa to Booking.com

    Best regards Le Balcon des Jasses

    Lucy.

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    Clubhousegites

    Bonjour to all,

    We run a small holiday complex here in Northern France. We started Clubhouse Gites in 2005 and business is good. Let me know if you have recently moved to France or plan on moving soon as I could point you in the right direction with advertising tips, prep & planning, tax etc etc. Good Luck, Laurence and Helen Ford

     

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    M Adamopoulou

    Hello Balcon-des-Jasses you have a point. I have joined PPP since it’s my first year. I absolutely agree that commission is too high but BDC is a most popular platform and attracts guests. If you are in business for such a long time it’s obvious that you can live without it. So it’s Christmas, let us enjoy it!!!

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    M Adamopoulou

    Clubhousegites so sweet of you. Thanks France is my favorite and have visited your country a lot of times and your town especially. Have great memories.
    Happy holidays....

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    Solelolebiznis

    Hello! My name is Mirjana. I am an owner of a Calm apartment in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Banja Luka. Apartmant is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to be located near the Vrbas River. Nearby is located student city, tennis courts,  bakeries, caffe bars, 100 meters away theere is a supermarket 0-24, city center is also not so distant ...



    Guests who have stayed in our apartment so far have been satisfied with the price and feeling always comfortable. In the apartment for guests we always have tea, coffee, instant soup and sweets. I like to say "honest smile is the most beautiful welcome for every guest".Each guest I see as a new friend. That's why I am grateful to my guests because they taught me how to work in this business and Thanks Booking company. I want you to have fun, luck and much success! Thank you !

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    Moira

    Thank you M and the same to you and your family and to all the other hosts xxx

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    M Adamopoulou

    Moira so nice story you shared with us. Am very happy for you that you finally found what you were borne to do.
    Happy posting

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    k2u

    Moira,

    Beautiful Place there !! Love the photos 

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    michael beeston

    Hello to all our new Forum members...........welcome and enjoy.

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    Kyra

    Greetings from Magoebaskloof South Africa.

    Somewhere in Limpopo (Northern Province) between Polokwane and Tzaneen on the R71, tucked in the folds of the Magoebaskloof Mountains, you find a little Hamlet called Haenertsburg. The Spirit of this little 'village' is one of meeting and celebration. Be that in the middle of the street, at coffee shops, at  local pubs or even the most beautiful, tranquil cemetery. It all happens with a hug, a kiss and a genuine 'how are you?'.

    Then just for fun, five times a year - we share our lives with the rest of the world. In February we celebrate the Berries, in April, Food and Wine, in July - Holism, in September - Spring and in December - Christmas. Some lovingly refer to our community as a little drinking, dancing, laughing  village with a farming problem.

    The Yellow Wood Tree is our National tree (south Africa) and many grow in this neck of the woods. Yellow Wood Cottage has splendid views of both the Iron Crown and Haenertsburg. We are surrounded by forests both indigenous and commercial, which allows fabulous hiking trails, mountain biking and a host of activities. Organic living is high on the agenda for many of our local residents.

    Our home was built into an aircraft hangar, which hosts large open spaces and views in terms of the two units Spitfire and Baron.

    We love living here.

    Looking forward to chatting to you. Louise and Garry

     

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    Kyra

    Oops, after appreciating the magnificent pictures on these posts, I just had to add some from Yellow Wood Cottage, Haenertsburg.

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    Mazen

    Hi everybody,

    My name is Mazen Barakat. Working as Regional Revenue Manager for Makarem Hotels / DUR Hospitality. It is a local chain based in KSA and consisted of 09 Hotels between 4 and 5 Stars Hotels. Based in different cities ( Jeddah, Makkah, Riyadh and Tabuk)

    This is the first time I am dealing with the Forum, and hope to hear from different people from different places and properties. I am glad to be here and to exchange knowledge, experience and information among each other

    My favorite place is for sure my country Syria, which I hope it will be recovered very soon. And I like Al Madinah Al Munawarah which is located in the western province in KSA

    See you soon, with all the best to all

    Mazen Barakat

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    michael beeston

    Welcome Moira and enjoy the Forum...Michael

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    Le Balcon des Jasses

    Hi Kyra, great to read, very nice, wish you a Merry Christmas from your kollega in France...

    Lucy

     

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    michael beeston

    Salamo Alaykom Mazen  and welcome to the Forum.........I lived in Dammam/Riyadh and Jeddah for 13 years from 1981. My daughter Elizabeth was born in Jeddah and the Country  (Saudi) is full of wonderful wonderful memories for me and my family.  So as we say..Enjoy the Forum and I hope you get a lot out of it...............Ma al-salamah...............Michael.

     

    and yes I also hope for Syria (Inshalla)

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    Glenn Mcknight

    Hi 

    Myself and wife(Joan) share our  home with our guests in a large home-office in Oshawa Ontario.  Its not a normal holiday destination but its a go to place for people who need a cost effective, clean and quiet place to stay.  We tend to cater to people who need a place to stay as they family members are staying at the local hospital or their children are in active recreational sport leagues.  We try to provide a friendly but professional atmosphere for our guests to fell comfortable without being  intrusive.  In many cases people continue to work at our location on their business interests in conference calls and dedicated study time.  They find it very productive and if they need local intelligence we are happy to assist.  Since the both of us run our own home based businesses  we appreciate the need for privacy and friendly interaction.  No two people are the same so we adapt to the needs of each guest. In many cases since Joan is a budding artist she finds common ground with fellow artists and this sparks alot of conversation.  We don't encourage any political or religious doctrinaire discussion.  We  have found many people with similar professional aspirations and worldviews and we enjoy the interaction. 

    Glenn and Joan 

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    Natuve4

    I am Allan Phillemon a native from Tanzania, running high quality Kilimanjaro Climbs
    since 1998

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    Natuve4

    This is Arusha BaseKamp, there are 5 double rooms, the perfect location to start your safari - apart from Kilimanjaro Climbs we design tailor made classic safaris or safaris off the beaten path...which can include hikes, mountain biking or canoeing. 

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    M Adamopoulou

    Welcome all to this beautiful forum.  So many nice topics, so many nice places,  so many nice and interesting people. All in one. In this exciting forum.

    Wish you all the best but  most to Syria.  Our worries are with you Syria. Peace, happiness, success for 2019.

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    Kyra

     

    Thank you M Adampoulou. The same to you - Love Joy and Happiness and closer to home - Zimbabwe - A special word of love and hope to the elderly and the children in 2019

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    M Adamopoulou

    Kyra massive pleasure. Closer to home... what a special wish.

    Take care and have a pleasant day....

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    k2u

    Welcome to all new !! 

    Le Balcon Des Jasses… beautiful pictures

    Natuve4.. Love the house 

    Kyra, love the view

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    michael beeston

    Well said "M"..lets hope for Syria BUT..............so so so much politics and differences. The Forum is very good and I personally really like the comments and much interesting information for ALL of us.Cheers...Michael.

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    Delbert Adair

    Hi,

     

    My name is Delbert Adair. I own a vacation rental in Pinetop, Arizona. It is called Adair Springs Cabin, in honor of my ancestors who founded the town of Adair where Fools Hollow Lake is currently located.

    https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/adair-springs-cabin.html

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    Kyra

    Good morning everybody.

    Woke up to a bird chirping away inside the house, must have flown in last night and spent the night, could hear by the chirp the it was a grateful guest (raining).

    Thank you Lucy, Le Balcon des Jasses, those pictures are amazing, and I have taken some tips, no doubt.

    Thank you K2U for the welcome.

    Adding a pic of the Breakfast Table

     

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    Le Balcon des Jasses

    Thank you Kyra, great to start a new busy day with your nice picture, have a wonderful season you to

    Lucy

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    Suzy

    Hi All
    My name is Susan, I am the Manager of a small (21 Room) Private 4 Star Hotel in Bloemfontein, Free State, Central South Africa.
    Been with Bookings.com since we opened and recently discovered this forum!
    Just love reading different opinions and views and insights! Very helpful!
    Pictures are amazing!

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    M Adamopoulou

    Hi! Suzy and welcome to this beautiful forum full of ideas, suggesstions, advices, beautiful pictures and fantastic people ready to help you in every way.

    Happy posting!!!

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