Booking.com: The importance of good interior design makes a difference

first_imgGood interior design in the accommodation facility is key to attracting guests because it affects travelers to the whole holiday experience.And how it’s not just a sales slogan is proven by a new survey by Booking.com among almost 19.000 passengers, which reveals that poor interior design ruined the enjoyment of vacation for a quarter (26%) of the world’s passengers.Thus, one in four (23%) passengers from Croatia says that in the past they stayed in accommodation where they did not like the interior design, and 23% even moved to another facility after being disappointed with the interior design.Some of the key elements that would dissuade travelers from Croatia from booking a property are ugly or dilapidated furniture (72%), overcrowded space (57%), small bed (43%), overemphasized and poorly combined colors (33%) and poor lighting ( 32%). On the other hand, a good interior design can create an unforgettable experience for travelers because more than half (57%) of travelers from Croatia claim that comfortable furniture such as a comfortable couch and luxury bedding is one of the best ‘details’ that can make a vacation unforgettable. On the other hand, for as many as four out of ten (41%) world travelers, a decorated interior is more important than the view from the building.”Our research shows how important interior design is to travelers and when it is real, it even inspires them to refresh the decoration in their own home. At Booking.com, we want to enable accommodation owners – small and large, all categories of facilities – to accommodate travelers from around the world, and we want to help them grow their brand and business by making it easier for them to fill their units every day. With minor changes in the interior, the hosts can attract new guests and encourage old guests to keep coming back to them. ” said Pepijn Rijvers, marketing director at Booking.com.Holiday homes take the lead in interior design inspirationThe effect of a beautiful interior design can last even after a vacation because more than half (64%) of passengers from Croatia’s stay in a certain type of accommodation inspired them to redecorate (or really remodeled their home).Inspiration found in other spaces is one of the biggest factors influencing the decision of passengers to redecorate the home because as many as 44% of travelers from Croatia say that the personal style of the host inspired them to do so, and almost one in ten (9%) passengers envied the design. the interior of the building in which he resided.When it comes to the type of accommodation that travelers from Croatia the most inspires in interior design, led by holiday homes, cottages, villas, French holiday homes (46%), and for travelers who choose to stay in these unique accommodation facilities, one third (32%) claim that the most important factor when choosing accommodation is precisely the interior design that inspires them.Will Taylor: If you like larger interventions, consider renovations to create larger common areas for more comfortable family gatheringsFor a great interior design that will keep guests coming back, Booking.com has joined forces with interior designer and lifestyle blogger Will Taylor to offer homeowners interior design tips to get the best impression and guest satisfaction, and advises:Create a catalog of the interior design of your building and indicate where you obtained individual pieces of furniture or accessories. You can get all of this in your favorite local stores where guests can shop in person, as well as through online stores and sites from which they can order and when they return home. See if any of these local stores can offer a discount only for guests of your facility.The bedroom is one of the most important rooms for guests, so invest extra time and money to make the bed as comfortable and cozy as possible. My advice is to arrange multiple layers of blankets and pillows on the bed; so guests can adjust the amount of layers themselves depending on whether they like to sleep in a colder or warmer space.Always choose one higher quality piece of furniture or decoration instead of cluttering the room with too many things, which is not very comfortable and creates a feeling of unrest. That one piece can be a massive vintage mirror in the dining room or a colorful African talisman that you can hang over the couch.Bring a touch of local tradition into your home. Let guests receive a welcome pack that includes ingredients for a local specialty, from afternoon tea to a local dessert.Whether you want the space to look bigger or smaller, color is a relatively convenient way to change the look or feel of a space. If you need to open or illuminate a smaller or darker room, consider painting the walls up to three-quarters of the height and then painting or leaving the top quarter and ceiling white. This will create the illusion of a more open space as it will ‘raise’ the ceiling and reflect more light.Lighting is very important to guests as it can make their stay relaxing and carefree. If you install simple dimmers, you will be able to satisfy different tastes and types of travel, from a romantic vacation to a more practical business trip. Also, a night light in the bathroom is a good idea as it helps guests to cope in the new space at night.Think about safe and considerate details that you can add and make your object special. For example, if your facility is located near a ski resort, why not turn on LED remote-controlled candles that can be easily turned on or off at the touch of a button? This way you will create a pleasant atmosphere without the extra effort of the guests, and it is much safer than real candles. Or if your facility has a nice outdoor space, put blankets in the outdoor seating area so guests don’t get cold in the evening while hanging out or having dinner.If you like larger interventions, consider renovations to create larger common areas for more enjoyable family gatherings or hanging out with friends on vacation. Guests always have their own secluded rest rooms if they wish, while the open living room concept will provide them with an excellent opportunity to socialize.Invest in a professional designer to decorate and photograph your object. Most guests will opt for a reservation based on photos, so investing in a professional photographer is definitely worth it in the long run. Make sure the facility looks exactly like the photos when guests arrive and avoid renting or renting items that aren’t actually there. You want to build trust and honesty with your guests so that their expectations after viewing the photos are met.Think about the location of your facility and why most guests will stay there and how you can make their stay more enjoyable. For example, if your facility is near a beach, install an outdoor sand shower and / or shelf for towels, umbrellas, and other beach props near the front door. Or if your facility is close to a ski resort, larger ski storage cabinets will come in handy so guests don’t clutter up the space they’re staying in while relaxing in the evening.last_img read more


White eyes starting spot in final season

first_imgAndy Fate / The Badger HeraldFor almost his entire life, James White has never been the lead running back.When he was a three-star running back from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., White was just an accent to his four-star teammate and UNC-commit Giovanni Bernard.When White arrived at Wisconsin, he was the speed to John Clay’s strength. He might have been the leading rusher, but he wasn’t the lead back.Montee Ball was the next man for White to supplement. Ball was the bratwurst. White was the beverage. Maybe Melvin Gordon was the finishing condiment. Once again, White was second in line. That all might start to change … maybe.In his last spring camp as a Badger, White has jumped up the depth chart, some would say by default, to the lead running back spot, as far as repetitions go. Finally.“James has done a good job this spring of establishing himself,” running backs coach Tom Hammock said. “He’s demanding his touches and he’s earning them. Every day he comes out to practice and earns more reps, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that develops once the season starts.”“Once the season starts” is off in the distance for White, some four and a half months before the Badgers take to Camp Randall for the regular season. It likely seems even further in the distance for the running back who has been in competition each of the last five or six years.The competition he shared with Ball didn’t leave as the clock expired on Ball’s illustrious career; it has actually probably heightened since the departure of the all-time touchdowns leader.Joining White in the Badgers’ backfield again is redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon. The exciting jet-sweep specialist from 2012 excelled enough toward the end of the season to get many thinking White would once again be singing the second verses of the running back band.But while Gordon has been sidelined recently for Wisconsin’s practice, redshirt junior Jeff Lewis also threw his name into the mix, rushing for 74 yards on 16 carries during Saturday’s scrimmage, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. No matter where he seems to go, White tends to bring a competition with him.“I won’t say committee, but I’m going to let these guys fight for those carries,” Hammock said of his attempts to fill the void left by Ball, which may take all of three backs to satisfy. “If you want 20 carries, fight for them, and then go out there and earn it during the game.”It’s obvious that fighting for carries is nothing new to No. 20. What is likely new for him, however, is the leadership role he is now thrust into as the lone senior running back. Until this point, White always had an upperclassman leading the way. Now it’s his turn to lead.“We’re all competing out here, all the running backs. Everybody is fighting for that starting job,” White said. “I’m just trying to work hard and have a positive attitude out here and try to lead by example.”He sure did that during Saturday’s scrimmage. White did most of his damage on a pair of long runs in addition to a goal line touchdown carry. White said those carries are exactly how he likes to run; taking what his offensive line gives him and “wait for the long runs to come.”Those long runs are a big part of what White brings to the table as a running back. They are a big reason why he leads the nation in rushing among all returning running backs.While Ball had his days of explosiveness, White’s pedigree stems from finding seams and accelerating into the defensive backfield. It’s what Hammock enjoys seeing from him, too.“For the type of back that you are, you’ve got to make people miss,” Hammock said,  reciting what he tells White. “At the end of the day, when you’re in the open field, you’ve got to want it. That changes drives, that changes games, that changes seasons.”Having White lead the backfield also changes things a bit for redshirt sophomore fullback Derek Watt.Watt earned the starting fullback position in 2012 and will more than likely own the position again this season. He’ll be blocking for an entirely different lead back, however, regardless of whether White is the man or not.“[White] is a little more shifty – he can get outside and he can squeeze through little openings,” Watt said. “He’s a little different than Montee, not quite as big; he’s a lot smaller. But he’s got his own little way of doing things.”That might come from his upbringing, or at least Hammock would like to think so. His coach presumes that, if it comes White’s way, assuming the lead running back spot would be a product of how his parents raised him.“The one thing about James White is that he is the most solid, hard-working individual that I’ve been around,” Hammock said. “He’s going to come to work every day and not say two words.”“I call him the true professional because he knows what it takes.”last_img read more