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Holiday Homes Africa launches booking and payment service


Self-catering accommodation vacation service Holiday Homes Africa has launched what is believed to be the first multi-user software package for this market that delivers real-time, online reservations and a secure payment gateway for this fast growing market.

Holiday makers, regardless of where they are situated – in Southern Africa or overseas – will be able to browse the website for vacation homes in the Southern African region, check availability, book and make secure payments on-line, in real-time, 24×7.
"We have developed this software package to suit the local requirements of the owners and property agents of over 2000 properties on our books," says Holiday Homes chairman Glenn van Heerden. "Our knowledge of the international self-catering market, travel industry, and the needs of local property owners and agents for a secure, easy to use reservation and payment system, has been at the forefront of the design and development of the system.
"Unlike other reservation systems, as the Holiday Homes system is multi-user, it allows home owners and property agents to access their information at the same time."
For holiday makers, they will be able to browse vacation accommodation in any of the Southern Africa coastal, Indian Ocean island, or country destinations, check out the facilities, availability, and cost, make an instant reservation using any of the major credit cards, and print out an instant confirmation of their reservation.
For Holiday Home's network of property agents, the system brings an affordable, world-class reservation system that eliminates duplicate bookings, provide instant secure payment into their bank accounts, and gives them an at-a-glance calendar of bookings on individual properties. Agents who manage multiple apartments, houses, cottages and lodges for their clients can plan their activities for cleaning and servicing these quality accommodations, while self-managing owners can likewise see their bookings quickly and easily. The system allows for B&Bs with up to 12 rooms, as well as multi-apartment properties.
The system is highly affordable, easy to use, and, as it is completely web-based, only requires the property managers to enter their listings. It also provides owners and agents with email facilities. It integrates with the agent's or owner's own website for their properties and so they retain all their own branding and imagery. All maintenance, upgrades and updates of the software is also included in the annual licence fee.
Van Heerden says the pilot testing is almost complete and the system will be available this month (September 2008).