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Lodging FAQ for Advertisers

DISCOVER HOME AROUND THE WORLD LODGINGS

What are Home Around the World BnBs?
What’s so special about HATW BnB listings?
Can you give me a brief overview of your listing types?
How much does a listing cost?
How long will my listing remain online?
What happens when my listing expires?

CREATING YOUR ADVERTISEMENT

What is My Dashboard?
What is a “Headline”?
What are “Highlights”?
Can I show details of the exact location of my lodging?
How many photographs can I upload? Do I have to pay extra?
Can you upload my photographs for me?
How long will it take me to create my listing?
Can you help me write up to 1200-words to describe my Rental or BnB?
Can I save my work and preview my listing?
Can I supply details of my various rates and seasonal dates?
If I advertise more than one property do I have to enter my contact details separately for each listing?
Do you check the copy that I put in?
How do I become a “Featured Listing”?

BOOKINGS and MY PRICES

Do I have to pay Home Around the World a commission on bookings?
Can you tell me more about your Reservation Request Form?
I have my own online booking engine and am able to take real time bookings. Do I still have to use your Reservation Request forms?
In what currency are my rates displayed?
How do I display my prices?
Can I show check in times, cancellation policies, payment details and other additional information?

DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS

Can I get a discount to list more than one property?
Do I have to offer a discount to Home Around the World customers?
How can I promote my special offers and hot deals?

GAY HOME EXCHANGE

Will I find an additional home exchange membership useful?
How can I find out about gay home exchange?

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DISCOVER HOME AROUND THE WORLD's BnB listings:

What are Home Around the World BnBs?

Home Around the World is a gay-owned and run, online resource directory of the best gay and gay friendly places to stay in around the world. Home Around the World home exchange is long-established and is well respected amongst its members. We like to think that Home Around the World is the world’s leading gay home exchange website.

To you, the advertiser, we offer an affordable and cost-effective means to promote your gay or gay-friendly lodging to a target group of gay travellers who are looking for a variety of lodging types: a city apartment rental, a rural retreat, a relaxing resort, budget B&B, comfortable guesthouse or upmarket hotel.

Over the years we have learned to understand and anticipate the accommodation needs of gay travellers, 80% of whom make their travel plans online. Home Around the World lodgings are the result.

Home Around The World is a proud member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.

What’s so special about HATW BnB listings?

1 YOUR NEEDS: Our comprehensive listings include detailed descriptions, photos, location maps, rates, web links and online booking, reflecting the varying advertising needs of your business.

2 OUR WEBSITE: We believe that our site and listing design ranks amongst the best of any mainstream or gay accommodation site.

Can you give me a brief overview of your listing types?

There are three listing types:

1 A BnB LISTING for owners/proprietors of B&Bs

2 A RENTAL LISTING for owners/proprietors of vacation rentals

3 A HOME EXCHANGE LISTING for homeowners looking to participate in gay home exchanges

How much does a listing cost?

You will be surprised at how affordable our fees are. Discover how much you will pay to list your lodging. You might be surprised. Our prices are low this year. Can you afford NOT to advertise with us?

How long will my listing remain online?

For a limited period HATW will add six months FREE on all 1-year lodging listings and an additional year on all 2-year listings. Three years for the price of two.

What happens when my listing expires?

Our fees may rise in the future, but we value your custom and hope our special offers and discounts for repeat listings will show our thanks for your loyalty and support in our first year and encourage you to continue to list with us.

CREATING YOUR ADVERTISEMENT:

What is My Dashboard ?

After you register with HATW, you will have access to your own control panel, called, My Dashboard, where you can view and manage the details of your account. From your Dashboard you are able to change your password, edit your lodging information and prices, upload photos, add new listings and renew your listing. 

What is a “Headline”?

A headline is an attention-grabbing slogan that helps identify your lodging and show what makes it unique. We suggest less than 8 words, so that it will fit onto one line. Example: “Your vacation dream-hideaway”.

What are “Highlights”?

Show your potential customers what is uniquely special about your lodging by entering what you consider to be the ten most attractive aspects of your lodging. Your “highlights” are prominently displayed on your listing, helping you to stand out from the crowd. Examples:

Chic minimalist decor with iconic mid-century furniture alongside ethnic artifacts
Surrounded by Provençal countryside, ripe for rambling and cycling

Can I show details of the exact location of my lodging?

Yes. Simply use our location picker to specify your exact location. If you can’t find your location on the picker, we will add it for you. Similarly, enter your address to display a Google map, which allows you to show the specific or general location of your lodging.

How many photographs can I upload? Do I have to pay extra?

All our listings enable you to upload an unlimited number of images, included in your fee. Photographs are one of your most valuable marketing tools and will always attract and encourage your potential customers to examine your listing in more detail.

Can you upload my photographs for me?

Yes. If you are unable to upload images yourself, please email the original photo (we will crop as necessary) as an attachment, indentify your listing, and we will upload on your behalf.

How long will it take me to create my listing?

Only 15 – 20 minutes, but longer if you don’t have all the information you require at your fingertips and have to search drawers and filing cabinets…

Can you help me write up to 1200-words to describe my Rental or BnB?

Writing up to 1200 words to describe your lodging may take some time unless you are able to copy and paste your prepared promotional texts.

For your convenience and for the benefit of your customers, we have broken the 1200-words up into a maximum of eight sections: Discover, Place, Rooms, Taste, Play, Location, Your Hosts and a free space for a title of your own.

On the joining form you’ll find a useful guide, providing examples for each category. You don’t have to use all the categories.

If you do not wish to complete the description yourself, we will write your text for you. Simply check a box on the form giving us permission to lift and edit text from your own website. You can then check our text, edit where necessary and then activate your listing.

Can I save my work and preview my listing?

When you are happy with the information you have entered click the “SUBMIT” button at the end of each screen to save the information you have entered. Use the “PREVIEW” links to see how your advertisement will look with the changes.

If you wish to amend, simply return and re-edit until you are satisfied with the result.

Can I supply details of my various rates and seasonal dates?

Yes. Your listing allows you to supply your clients with all the details they need to know to make a booking quickly and efficiently.

If I advertise more than one property do I have to enter my contact details separately for each listing?

No. The contact screen remembers your contact details and these are automatically entered for each new advertisement you place.

Do you check the copy that I put in?

Yes. We spell-check the copy of each advertisement and check the sense and consistency in order to ensure the listings appear cohesive and maintain the high standards of HATW.

How do I become a “Featured Listing”?

You don’t have to do anything, or pay any extra. All our listings rotate from time to time on the homepage, bringing you additional exposure.

BOOKINGS and MY PRICES:

Do I have to pay Home Around the World a commission on bookings?

No. You keep 100% of payments from your customers. We may offer you a commission option in the future.

Can you tell me more about your Reservation Request Form?

Turn those enquiries into real bookings as speedily as possible!

Customers seeking to reserve your lodging use our Reservation Request Forms to supply all the information you require to check availability.

Request forms are a valuable source of personal contact between advertiser and client and this is especially important when many of our properties are privately owned and unique. Many people like to email or call the owner or agent to either check the details or with a specific request.

You will immediately receive an automated email from us informing you of a new booking enquiry, which will be sent directly to your email address. Just check your room inventory and reply.

I have my own online booking engine and am able to take real time bookings. Do I still have to use your Reservation Request forms?

No. If you are already able to receive online bookings via an online booking engine, this can be integrated easily into your listing. Simply upload the link on the form.

In what currency are my rates displayed?

It is important for visitors to be able to quickly judge whether a property on the site is within their budget, in their currency. You can specify which currency (e.g. $, £, €) you would like displayed on your listing and also if you consider your accommodation to be budget, medium, expensive or luxurious.
The convenient Currency Converter allows all other nationalities to make accurate conversions.

How do I display my prices?

Recognising that all lodgings are different, we offer our advertisers a variety of options to display the range of prices. You can choose to show a range of nightly, weekly, monthly or seasonal prices. You can of course edit this information as your needs change.

Can I show check in times, cancellation policies, payment details and other additional information?

Yes, all this and more. We like to provide you with all the tools you need to showcase your lodging.

DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS:

Can I get a discount to list more than one property?

Yes. Our hotel and rental listings are designed to showcase one lodging type. However, some lodging owners/managers may have more than one hotel in a different location or a Mixed Unit – i.e. different types of lodging on the same site. An example of a Mixed Unit is a Guest House, which also offers rental studios or one-bedroom apartments.

If you have more than one lodging you can purchase a second or additional listings. Pay full price for your first listing and receive a generous discount on additional listings. To purchase, simply log into My Profile and follow the links.

To advertise more than four properties, please contact us for a quote.

Please note our forms are not designed to link to Vacation Rental websites, advertising multiple units, each owned separately and in a variety of locations.

Do I have to offer a discount to Home Around the World customers?

Not if you don’t want to. However, an attractive discount will always encourage customers to book via Home Around the World, ultimately leading to more business for you!

How can I promote my special offers and hot deals?

Once your listing is on the website, you will be able to use our bi-monthly newsletter to promote your future special offers. Full details of this will be sent upon registration.

GAY HOME EXCHANGE:

Will I find an additional home exchange membership useful?

Many of our lodging advertisers already list their lodgings as home exchanges.

With an additional HATW home exchange membership, as lodging owner you can swap a room in your hotel or guest house or offer a rental apartment in exchange for a holiday in a private home with our worldwide home exchange members. Turn those vacancies into travel opportunities that benefit both parties!

To receive a discounted home exchange membership and promote your lodging also as an exchange, simply log into My Profile and follow the links.

How can I find out about gay home exchange?

To find out more about Home Around the World home exchange, please follow the links on the site and read our home exchange FAQ.

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