Luxury West Coast Villa, Schooner Bay, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados (PRWEB) October 1, 2008
GreatBarbados.com is striving to expose travelers to the variety of Barbados accommodation (from budget to luxury hotels, resorts, inns, villas and apartments) through detailed listings-by-owner and real traveler reviews.
More and more travelers are booking their holiday accommodation on sites devoted to listings-by-owner. In fact, studies show that more than 70% of today’s travelers are bypassing traditional travel agents and booking direct online, in an effort to get the best deal and to get real traveler opinions. This means that property owners wanting to rent their places to travelers need to get savvy about marketing.
GreatBarbados.com, a new travel website dedicated to owner-direct-rentals of Barbados accommodation, is taking up the challenge to help Barbados accommodation providers supply potential guests with the information they value the most: detailed listings of a variety of accommodations and the unbiased opinions of past guests.
With Barbados accommodation providers concerned about the effects of the USA’s failing economy and the UK’s credit crunch paired with reduced airline service and rising airline costs on travel to the Caribbean region, the launch of GreatBarbados.com appears timely.
Juliana Blackett, creative director of GreatBarbados.com and a Barbados native, said, “In designing the site, we addressed what travelers told us they wanted in order to make informed decisions about where to stay in Barbados. We set two primary goals: first, to showcase the variety of Barbados hotels, all-inclusive resorts, guest houses, luxury villas and self-catering apartments; and second, to integrate unbiased peer reviews in order to give travelers “the real deal” on Barbados accommodation. How better to know what you’re getting than to read about other travelers’ experiences?”
GreatBarbados.com makes it possible for travelers to tailor their Barbados accommodation search to suit their personal preferences. If a traveler is looking for an apartment with a kitchenette, within walking distance to the beach, priced between US 0 and 0 per night, GreatBarbados.com can find matching properties with a few clicks of the mouse.
Travelers can then read reviews, save their selections for future reference, as well as make direct enquiries and bookings with the accommodation provider, making the site a “one-stop-shop” for researching and booking Barbados accommodation.
The list below reveals the variety of properties that travelers can access on the site:
:: One Bedroom Apartment at Rockley Golf and Country Club, Christ Church, Barbados
A moderately priced self-catering apartment with communal pool on Barbados’ south coast
:: Six Bedroom Luxury Villa Rental at Sugar Hill Resort Community, St. James, Barbados
A high-end luxury villa with private pool, fully managed, on Barbados’ west coast
:: Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Maxwell, Christ Church, Barbados
A well-known moderately priced beach-front hotel, near St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados’ entertainment hub
:: High Holdings Guest House, St. Thomas, Barbados
An intimate owner-managed guest house/bed & breakfast in the country
Keeping pace with the way people use the web today, GreatBarbados.com is making use of social networking sites like Facebook and StumbleUpon, instead of depending solely on the traditional marketing approach of high search engine placement and print advertising. Travelers can share their favourite properties as well as their own profile (with tips, photos and reviews) on 32 social networking sites.
As a result, the site has generated excitement among Barbados accommodation providers, with approximately 200 properties (including Barbados hotels & resorts, inns & guest houses, luxury villas & houses and condos & apartments) listed since the site’s launch on September 1, 2008, and more joining each day.
Jane Shattuck, the owner of a 2-bedroom luxury condo in St. Lawrence Gap (SouthCoastBarbadosRentals.com) said, “What interests me most about GreatBarbados.com is the social networking aspect of the site. … TripAdvisor has a great forum, but no one to my knowledge does social networking in as comprehensive a manner as GreatBarbados.com. I’m proud to be included in the site. I also appreciate the care in each property’s layout and how easy you make social networking.”
To find out more about how GreatBarbados.com is helping Barbados accommodation providers and Barbados travelers, please visit GreatBarbados.com.
GreatBarbados.com is a new travel website that aims to showcase the variety of accommodation that Barbados has to offer, including Barbados hotels, all-inclusive resorts, guest houses, inns, luxury villas and self-catering apartments. Travellers can also get the real unbiased opinions of other Barbados travelers.
Enquiries and bookings are made direct with the owners helping travelers get the best deals available.