I advertise on Homeaway USA and UK for a condo on Sanibel Island..Just spent close to 2 g's within the last 45 days to renew both USA and UK.
Of 42 units in complex, my unit is number one with nearly 40k last year in rev and just over 30k for 2012 (others fail to realize the value of Europe ads for summer travel).
Since signing on in Jan 2008, just over 47000 hits via Homeaway.Com.
With the last renewal,they jacked the pricing up considerably, ranging from the Platinum to Silver packages. The high one goes out at over 900.00 plus added extras for features. I'm telling the revenue will be higher than most expect(JMHO).
Finally, the overhead. I spent no customer service time buying the expensive UK ad and talked with a rep for 10 minutes for the USA ad. the margins here have to be outstanding. Not sure in the short term with the lockout expiring(though insiders selling at this point make no difference to me)but long term, if you want to get the best results for rental revenue, its the only place for me....thanks, jobba
i love sanibel island and captiva island,, broke our hearts years ago when they got hit with a hurricane. i tell everyone,, save your money,, for a vacation in paradise without all the touristy trash disneyland and other vacation resorts offer.
back in 1999+2000,, there were 2 choices for hotels,, 1 was $400 a night off season,, we rented a condo on the beach for $135,, amazing trip we took.
the people were all friendly and CLEAN. (im talking the locals and the tourist).
there is a place where you can rent a boat and 'go out on your own',, they hand you a wooden plank with a water map' on it,, really cool,, we caught a bunch of shark.
there is a coral reef,, that is where im sure earth's perfections are hidden,, you gotta go visit it at 0200 in the morning and wander around til 0600. bring your camara but dont touch or take anything unless you wanna go to jail (signs warn you and the smokey waiting outside the park is there to enforce the rules)
Yes.No doubt the island is world class destination.
Arthur Frommer, the renowned founder of Frommer’s Travel Guides, has ranked Sanibel Island #1 as his favorite place in the world to travel.
News Release – For Immediate Release January 19, 2012 City of Sanibel, FL Contact: City Manager’s Office (239) 472-3700
Sanibel Island Ranked #1 on Frommer’s Top 10 Favorite Places to Travel
Arthur Frommer, the renowned founder of Frommer’s Travel Guides, has ranked Sanibel Island #1 as his favorite place in the world to travel, describing Sanibel as, “Off the west coast of the Sunshine State, a few miles from Ft. Myers, is this idyllic haven of white-sand beaches, condos whose seafront apartments are available for weekly rentals, excellent restaurants, good shopping and most important, the Ding Darling Nature Preserve, visited by thousands of birds of every species, who bask in the sun after diving for fish, and are one of the great natural sights of wildlife in America.”
When acknowledging Frommer’s designation Sanibel City Manager Judie Zimomra stated, “Per Art Frommer, the best place in the world to visit is Sanibel Island, but for those of us who live here it is just a great place to call home.”
Frommer’s list of his personal favorite places in the world to visit below Sanibel Island are: Bali, Indonesia; Paris; St John, U.S. Virgin Islands; Cairo; Caribbean Island Bonaire; Yachats, Oregon; Chiang Rai, Thailand; Greenwich Village; and Kenya.