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7 Christmas additions to make to your B&B great

13th December 2016 Print
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With Christmas just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can make the most out of the festive season. While winter is commonly known as a quiet season for hoteliers, it’s easy to get customers through the door by taking advantage of these seven Christmas additions.

Festive room decorations

While it may not be feasible to erect a Christmas tree in every room of your bed and breakfast, it’s easy to add some Christmas decorations in your rooms. Consider merry cushion covers, warm throws and hot chocolate sachets if you want to get your guests in the festive spirit.

Switch to online booking

It’s not just your guests that you should treat during the festive period – it’s your staff! Switching to an online booking system like Eviivo is a great way to save time and money, and the winter period is a great time to make the transition when occupancy rates are likely to be lower.

A Christmas tree

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree, so make sure that you add one to your bed and breakfast to welcome guests in style. Both entranceways and front windows are great locations for a well-decorated tree, so play around with positions until you’re happy with the result.

Prepare for the weather

It’s important that you welcome your guests in the best manner possible, so invest in salt, sand and a shovel to keep your entranceways and driveways safe. You have a duty of care to your guests, so prevent build up to keep your visitors safe.

Make the right first impression

Wreaths, lighting and ornaments can all be used to embellish your property, so go all out and make an impression when your guests turn up at your bed and breakfast. If you live in an area with high footfall, then this could be a deciding factor for holidaymakers looking for somewhere to stay.

Add a holiday menu

Whether you offer evening meals or you’re just responsible for breakfasts, adding some holiday items to your menu is one of the best ways to make your bed and breakfast great. Cookies, Christmas puddings and chocolates are all welcome additions and can be used to generate additional income during the quieter winter period.

Run a special offer

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a special offer, so put together a festive package to get customers through the door. Whether you offer a standard bed and breakfast at a discounted rate, or you include a Christmas dinner or festive activity as part of proceedings, it’s easy to make your product that little bit more attractive for holidaymakers looking for something special.

Christmas is a time for relaxing, unwinding and having a good time – so make sure that your guests have everything that they need to celebrate in style. Taking on board just some of these seven tips will help you stand out, boost your occupancy rates and head into the New Year ready to succeed.

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