Status Village hubs to provide 2010 tourists with all-in-one solution
A CENTRALISED online reservation hub has been launched in South Africa in time for the World Cup.
“The Status Property Trust provides home owners and residential accommodation providers with a cohesive and centralised letting service for managing the mammoth accommodation requirements for the biggest inter national soccer event in South Africa’s history,” says Natalie-Dale Mills, a trustee of the Status Property Trust.
“Status Proper ty Trust has invested millions to deliver a platform that provides tourists with an all-in-one solution to their travel and accommodation requirements, and has extensive measures in place to look after the interests of property owners, right through from insurance aspects, marketing the accommodation and handling the bookings to grading the property and setting the rental rates. It is also the only centralised, online reservation system for private homes in South Africa.
Mills says the Status Village concept offers local communities within reach of the 70 identified villages a real opportunity to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Each of these villages is mar- keted by the Status Property Trust to overseas visitors, who can view the amenities and accommodation available in each village and book according to their budgets and requirements.
“Internationally, it is the only offering of its kind that allows home owners in specific areas to list, advertise and rent out their homes or rooms in their homes to the global market through a central reservation system. These homes must be in the identified areas and are grouped into Status Villages where local service providers will provide services and products to the fans and community, including transport and transfers, catering,
This will create income potential for citizens at grassroots level
entertainment, security and so on, at the designated focus points.”
She says the focus points are being designed as central reception areas and, besides acting as points for fans to gather for recreational purposes and interact with the local community, South African businesses and entrepreneurs can derive realistic incomes from the opportunities provided.
“It is probably the only means that allows the income potential from the hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the country to truly benefit South Africans right at a grassroots level,” says Mills. “Current estimates are that around 800 000 people will be visiting South Africa between June 1 and July 15.”
Mills says Status Property Trust has identified 70 focus points and villages across South Africa and all properties registered on the system must fall within a 70km radius of the stadiums to qualify.
“Each focus point will have security guards and armed response vehicles in place, co-ordinated by Black Hawk VIP Security in conjunction with the local security firm in the area. Ensuring the safety and security at each focus point has been a major thrust of the SPT and measures have been put in place to thwart opportunistic thieves and fraudsters. The Status Village and Focus Point concepts allow for centralised planning and co-ordination between places of accommodation, stadiums and hospitality venues for the soccer visitors,” says Mills.
“Schools in the villages are being encouraged to use their facilities as focus points and in turn generate incomes from the lucrative business oppor tunities. Status has also formed a strategic alliance with Absa One Call Home Solution to assist accommodation providers to get their properties ready for occupation,” says Mills.
Vi s i t w w w. s t a t u s p r o p e r t y trust.com or call 0861 2010 99.