Access to international rental opportunities
JAWITZ PROPERTIES has partnered with Canadian-based company iStopOver to enable South African home owners to access foreign visitors looking for rental accommodation during the World Cup and beyond.
The organisers expect between 250 000 and 400 000 visitors to arrive in South Africa during June and July next year, but say there are just 75 000 beds available in traditional hotels. According to SA Tourism, there could be a shortfall of around 65 000 beds during peak times of the World Cup, giving many South African home owners the opportunity to rent out their homes or host visitors in their homes.
Chief executive Herschel Jawitz says iStopOver is a leading provider of rental accommodation in North America, and its reach extends well into the Americas, the UK and Europe. “This immediately gives us and our clients access to these markets, and iStopOver’s technology and website is specifically geared to short-term accommodation which is ideal for rental opportunities during the World Cup,” he says.
Jawitz Properties will also be offering clients a variety of options to match all budgets, including a full service, which includes negotiating on behalf of the client and the guest, assisting with the inspection of the p r o p e r t i e s, ke y h a n d - ove r s a n d ensuring that a full inspection takes place on departure.
“We are also investigating a topup insurance product that will cover breakages, losses, theft and any other unforeseen incidents,” he says.
“It is important that the rental procedure is handled professionally and smoothly. iStopOver will manage the rental-listings as well as attracting guest bookings and, more importantly, provide a secure payment process for peace of mind for local home owners and foreign guests.
“It is important that the World Cup is successful and that guests feel welcome in South Africa. It is a tremendous opportunity for South Africa to show the world what it has to offer. This means home owners should see the World Cup as an opportunity to showcase the country, but should guard against unreal- istic pricing. We want our guests to have a great experience and not feel ripped off, especially if they are going to visit here again. Part of our role will be to manage those expectations,” says Jawitz.
“South Africans should think about hosting visitors in their homes as well as renting out their entire homes. The experience for the guests and the hosts could be fantastic and may be what makes our World Cup experience different from others. We should see ourselves as ambassadors and not only room providers.”
Jawitz has already signed up a 40m boat with five cabins as well as jet skis and zodiacs on board. The rate is R89 015 a day before food and fuel.