Property Management Systems (PMS) are hugely important tools for the management of all aspects of short term holiday accommodations. They can be applied with equal success to apartments, villas, caravan and holiday parks, anywhere in fact that you are renting "the whole accommodation" rather than just a room as in a hotel.
For many people the concept of using a software tool to manage all aspects of the life cycle of a self-catering holiday property such as an apartment or villa may be alien. However, from our perspective as a professional property and rental management team, we really wouldn't use anything else. Indeed, we use them to manage our self-catering accommodations, in this case villas and apartments, in various places including Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt.
The benfits of using a modern PMS solution for self-catering properties can be delivered in one simple statement.
"PMS solutions offer the owner / manager a complete solution for managing all aspects of a self-catering holiday property from reservations to guest management, cleaning and repairs using a single management tool"
PMS solutions are evolving. Modern PMS systems now offer everyone with a holiday property to rent, from the the independent property owner right through to large agents with hundreds of properties to manage, a fantastic opportunity for calendar management, guest interaction and importantly, availability distribution. This latter addition to PMS systems has turned the marketing and support of any type of self-catering property on its head. Here's just some of the things a good PMS system can do with ease.
- Booking calendar management
- Guest management
- Manage cleaning / maintenance services
- Manage owner financial accounts
- Manage works orders
In addition, some PMS systems, for example, Ciirus (the PMS we use to manage our rentals business) can also now distribute the availability of each property to many linked reservation portals and online travel agents (OTA's). This means that you update and maintain just the one calendar in the PMS system and this "feeds availability" to every linked calendar, fully automatically. In the case of Ciirus, this to 20+ rentals portals every two hours, more than enough for even the busiest of self-catering properties.
Not convinced? Just take a look at who we can connect you to. It's a list of who's who in the short term holiday rentals arena.
- Holiday Lettings / Trip Advisor
- HomeAway Network including 18 international sites such as Abritel, HomeAway.es, HomeAway.de etc
- Roomorama, Atrevo, Rentals.com, Holiday Velvet
- and many more
If you want to know more about how we can help you implement a full PMS system with integrated rental advertising, booking management and payment systems then you'll want to call us today on +44 (0)1803 297 297. We are based in Torquay in the southwest of England, often referred to as the English Riviera. If you would like to visit our offices for an informal chat, we would be more than happy to arrange this. Alternatively just pop in, we are open 10:00 to 17:00 during the week.