The Algarve continues to be one of the hottest destinations for tourists who are finally embracing travel normality once more. As of October 1, the Portuguese government further eased lockdown restrictions which means guests can enjoy more of what the region has to offer.
We expect this to continue into 2022. Having spoken with many owners and potential buyers, a common question is all about how to secure success in the villa rental space. At SandyBlue, we have been keeping our eye on all of the trends and developments in 2021 that we expect to play a big part in the travel space next year.
Property management done the right way
When you’re thinking about renting out your property to tourists, it’s important to have peace of mind that everything is being done to ensure a standout rental proposal. Finding support for this is vital to rental success.
It’s all about the journey when it comes to property management, starting with routine inspections that will highlight any improvements or essential maintenance that is needed before the peak summer months. Regular contact will also continue to provide peace of mind to owners. Assistance with the financial aspects of your rental strategy, culminating in end-of-season reviews will help paint a picture of what is working and what can be improved.
Experience is paramount
Tourists really are expecting more from their holidays – how can you meet these expectations? It’s not always about grand gestures either. Anything that gives guests an opportunity to kick back and relax will be recognised. In-villa experiences, from a simple grocery delivery to a private chef visit, are services that need to be considered.
Welcome packs are also hugely appreciated – SandyBlue recently revamped our welcome basket with local produce from fellow businesses and guests have loved it. Working hard on providing an unrivalled guest experience has two big benefits. The first is repeat bookings, with many guests returning to villas that provided them with cherished memories. The second is to build a solid guest feedback campaign, as guests will always look at what fellow tourists had to say. Without these testimonials, it will be hard to get noticed.
The rising trends in travel
The aforementioned in-villa experiences are certainly a big trend – even with the easing of restrictions, these will continue to offer guests a taste of relaxation.
Other trends we expect to see grow in 2022 centre around the different ways people are travelling. For example, individuals and work teams are embracing the ‘workation’ concept. Working remotely in the sunshine has become very appealing, so adapting to trends like this will broaden your audience.
2022 will be a year to remember
SandyBlue has been keeping a close eye on trends and developments. It’s great to see a huge demand for bookings in the Algarve next year already and everyone in the region is looking forward to the year ahead!
By Joe Mountain
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Joe Mountain is founder of Algarve villa rental specialists SandyBlue.
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