Are you an Airbnb Host and wish to turn or formalize your property into a Guest House? Then this article is for you.
Over the past couple of years, a new phenomenon took the hospitality industry by storm! Airbnb posed a new threat to the traditional hotels and let’s face it, Airbnb disrupted the training hotel industry and operators had to act quick to overcome this big threat.
Are you running an Airbnb and would like to turn or formalize it into a proper guest house? Then this article is for you.
When Airbnb was launched, it basically started with letting out your spare bedroom at your home. In 2007, 2 hosts welcomed 3 guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million hosts who have accommodated over 1.5 billion guests from across the globe. In simple terms, what makes Airbnb different is that it is an informal accommodation service while a guest house or hotel is formalized and operates under strict regulations.
Since launching, Airbnb has grown from being just a spare room letting business to letting out apartments, cottages, villas, whole houses and many more. If you would like to know in detail, the difference between Airbnb and B&B or Guest house, visit this website here. So what happened? Traditions B&Bs, Guest Houses and Boutique Hotels joined Airbnb! Yes, it is not uncommon nowadays to fine a lot of guest houses listed on Airbnb.
Many Airbnb hosts are scared to turn their properties into guests houses merely because of stricter regulations, but let's face it, Airbnb has it's own set of challenges. Take for example, during the lockdown, when some accommodation businesses were allowed to operate, strict rules were put on Airbnbs to not operate yet.
Depending on the kind of Airbnb, you may want to consider formalizing it for the various reasons listed below:
This article is for current Airbnb hosts who are operating from a house or a villa and wish to formalize it to a B&B, guest house or boutique hotel. If you are operating from an apartment, then this may not not work for you.
In South Africa, Airbnb hosts and business owbers who want to run their residential property and run a formal accommodation business, whether a B&B, Guest House, Boutique Hotel or Lodge, need to apply for a permit in terms of Section 61 of the public health by-law. This permit will only be issued when the establishment has complied with the requirements as loutlined in Section 62 of Chapter 10 or the by-law. I have covered in detail legal requirements to run a guest house in another article.
The requirements to be complied with include providing:
Other licenses may include TV license and others, depending on what you will offer.
Well, there are many advantages by I will mention a few below:
Yes, it if advisable to do a course where you will learn to manage your B&B, Guest House or Boutique Hotel professionally. We are running a guest house management distance learning course which is packed with information to help you. The course takes 3 – 6 months to complete and you study in the comfort of your own space. We look forward to enrolling you.
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