Ethiopia is one of the tourism destinations of culture and historical heritages and one of them is the Hamar tribe. The Hamar Tribe Hamar is one of the tribes in south west Ethiopia. The hamar people live in the southern … Read More
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The reason for the "haggling" of customers with hotel receptionists.
As Hotel General Manager I reflect on this question because of the obsession of many customers to “haggle” the price of the room, impulsively as if they were in a Souk or Market. (Merkato in Addis Ababa). I can see my reception staff looking sometimes as if they would be working in a Souk or street market.
If guests already know in advance through OTAs, Metasearch engines, own websites with booking engines … and the walk-in with the best available rate after consulting us.
The prices of the rooms are not random, there is a previous work behind that due to market studies, hotel characteristics, location, and dates.
They are not susceptible to being changed, not even with that obsessive-compulsive bargaining.
But there we are as in a Souk, given the rate, the haggling begins, that if some friends were and paid much cheaper, that I am Genius God level, and surely I get it for less than half. That I am a repeat customer and your colleagues make me a better price than you. OK the BAR (Best Available Rate), if you include a free upgrade to Suite, with a terrace, pool, and Jacuzzi …
When these customers go to Zara, McDonalds, Starbucks or Victoria’s Secrets, a good restaurant, or a local drink, they do the same given a Rate…
A lot of technology, a lot of information, a lot of mobiles but in the end, they return to ancestral times, and in the end, they end up haggling, and we hotel receptionists, it seems that we wear a turban in our uniform…
One more task that we deal with is the “receptions-souk” of our hotels.
How do you carry the haggling in your business? Do you have a settle fixed rate strategy? or do you allow the client/customer to set your prices (margins) based on their obsessive-compulsive bargaining attitude? LET US KNOW!
Hope it helps
Greetings and Thank you.
Best Western Plus Addis Ababa, Ethiopia