Sta­tus Vil­lage hubs to pro­vide 2010 tourists with all-in-one so­lu­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.

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