It’s time for us to start producing our next brochure and we’d be delighted if you would accept our invitation to include your property in our 2018 portfolio. Here you’ll find the annual questionnaire and the prices we recommend for 2018. If you’d like to accept, please click ‘Continue’ below to complete the questionnaire and approve the prices. Please also check your current property description is accurate and submit the completed questionnaire and approved prices to us by close of business on Friday 11th August at the very latest.
Looking forward to 2018
As you know, Helpful Holidays joined forces with Sykes Cottages in early June. Sykes is one of the larger agencies in the UK holiday cottage industry. Some of the benefits of joining a larger group include access to more marketing spend and a larger pool of potential customers across the group and that should mean more bookings for our owners. Of course, it is also natural to wonder if such a development might bring unwelcome change. Please be assured that the team with whom you deal in Chagford remains the same, the management remains the same, our offices in Chagford and Truro remain the same, and our determination to continue to do all we can to ensure holidaymakers have good holidays also remains the same. What has impressed me about the Sykes team has been their recognition of the things Helpful Holidays does well: our customer service and our dedication to getting the detail right; our local knowledge; our close relationship with our very dedicated owners, and the quality of the feedback we receive from holidaymakers. They understand the value of these things and I have been struck by their desire to learn from us. That approach bodes well. I think our future as part of the Sykes group looks positive, so I very much hope you will accept our invitation to re-join the Helpful Holidays portfolio for 2018. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to Linda, any member of the Helpful Holidays team with whom you have a good rapport or to me.
Bookings are on par with where we were at this time last year. However, the market remains intensely competitive, particularly in terms of price. Overall, we are recommending a 2.5% price increase this year. That's in line with current inflation. As always, Linda and I have reviewed your booking trends and prices and have made a specific recommendation for your property (enclosed with this letter).
If you’d like to speak to Linda or me about your prices or anything else for next year, please don’t hesitate to call (01647 434019 my direct line, 01647 434015 Linda).
The closing date for the 2018 brochure and website is Friday 11th August. If you prefer, you can complete the form you will have received in the post, but please ensure your response in either format is back with us by 11th August.