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That was our worst April since 2005, very disappointing. Compared to some recent years we are > 50% down.

There's a brand new B&B opened up down the road last year, but I can't think they'd have that much of an effect, especially as March was fairly buoyant. Maybe the Common wealth games are making people delay their trip to Scotland till July. Or maybe the late Easter put people of going away.

Really don't know.  

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This is an interesting thread.  It's hard to determine why the numbers are up or down.  We are having a record year.  Our May was 8 rooms short of doubling last year's May.  Jan 1st thru May 31st, we've recorded a 60% increase over same period last year.  

Majority of our business is from Metro-Atlanta area.  GA had a rough winter and I think once it started warming up, everyone just had to shrug off their cabin-fever and take a trip.  Our town in general is seeing an uptick in activity.  Local scenic railroad has actually added extra trips in June & July.  They normally don't run on Tues & Thurs, but they are for the next two months.  It's so hard to judge what's causing it!

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So that's where all my Atlanta guests are! Usually June is when we get a big influx of GA guests. Glad someone has them!

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Where are you located?

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Kay Nein wrote:

Where are you located?

Up north where it's cool in June! Eye-wink

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April was bad but it didn't help that I had to close for a few days, too. May is a little down. But June is better, so far. I have gotten a few more last minute calls lately, but we don't normally walk-ins, ever. All of this while we have renovations going on that I have to manage as well.

 

 

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We used to work in retail and every day, the manager recorded sales in order to compare to last year.   She also recorded the weather that day for comparison purposes.  

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Weather is a factor, too.  Spring was very stubborn this year.  April weather sucked. 

 

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I just did a compare of last year to this year. Last year I had a lot of long-term. This year I had a total of 5 weeks long-term. As of Saturday, I have surpassed 2013 for the half year and June is not even half over!!

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It's our worst year ever!

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It's our worst year ever!

Wonder what's going on! All indicators show the economy is better, stock market is higher, unemployment keeps slowly dropping. Maybe people, on the whole, have a little more money but are buying something other than travel. Or maybe they're saving. Probably something else, but what?

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Someone suggested to me that although all the economic pointers are on the way up the good has yet to filter down to people pockets and many are reaching the end of their safety net, used up during the recession.  

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In 2013 I sold 12 rooms to walk-ins.

This June I've sold 6 already. Now that could be partly down to the fact that advanced bookings are so poor for June, normally I'd be pretty close to fully booked by now.

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I don't know. We went on our first 2 week travel vacation since our honeymoon.

Lots of guests this summer are staying 5 - 9 nights. It's just right now for us.

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What a funny old year we're having. After a terrible April, May wasn't too bad, about average.

But June is terrible for advanced bookings, although we are getting people off the street to fill some rooms.

Advanced bookings for July & August are not too bad, but normally this time of year I'd be getting 2-3 calls or emails a day, I'm lucky if I'm getting 1.

I'm of the opinion that the independence debate gives a voice to a very vocal minority of Scots who are very anti-English (bordering on racism), particularly those in charge of the Scottish parliament, which is putting the English off from coming here. Normally around 60% of our guests would be English this time of year, lately it's been 20-30%.

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almost identical for us! but July and Aug isn't as good as last year either.... 

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Sunshine wrote:

almost identical for us! but July and Aug isn't as good as last year either.... 

I do not look at what I have on the books NOW as a guide to what will be.  Until 2 weeks ago, this week was fairly empty. It ended with me playing musical beds with one guest, making her leave for 2 nights to accommodate the few that WERE on the books. Last weekend was the same - I ended up flipping rooms several times that I had expected to not have to do anything to between Thursday when the men left for their bike ride and Sunday when they returned. When DH asks when is the next reservation I tell him what is on the books and add unless the phone rings or they book online.

This year IS different though - I got a 4-night over Labor Day already - so I guess I am not going to my 50 year class reunion (actually year 51 - this year is the all school & we figured no one would make 2 trips).

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Part of it here is the weather. It was so cold and rainy and now it's hot and muggy!

We missed spring!

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I don't think so - we are a half way point between London and you - have lots of people stopping off for 1 night on their way to Scotland - doesn't seem to be an issue.

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I don't think so - we are a half way point between London and you - have lots of people stopping off for 1 night on their way to Scotland - doesn't seem to be an issue.

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Joey Camb wrote:

I don't think so - we are a half way point between London and you - have lots of people stopping off for 1 night on their way to Scotland - doesn't seem to be an issue.

Send them my way, will ya!!!! wink

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unfortunately they have already been booked - I would say though they do seem from what I remember to be self catering - wonder if this is a budget trend?

Mind you my cousin runs a self catering management co - ie runs other people's for them - she says people think they will cook and save money but the majority eat out anyway.

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This is our worst June ever. But It might of been our reservation system as we discovered it had not changed the year so it only showed last years dates which were full. Bummer for sure. Now that we have that straighten out I hope things will get better.

I am really concerned! keeping my fingers crossed and my toes we found out the problem.

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Yes it stinks.

Last year we had rain all summer and the federal shut down (which not only closed every national park and monument) but all federal employees, this includes govt contractors at all military bases etc. Of which in this state is pretty much 65% of everyone in or near a city.

But in other news, we have personally had the worst year of our lives, so it has got to get better!

And...one of my best friends in the whole world is coming to stay for the first time in July. (Because she is visiting son and new daughter in law in Savannah and they are all driving up). Yes we have been here 11 years now... I am just so over the moon to have her visit!

I was reading this whatever-you-call-it, and the author was saying that we need to STOP putting bad intentions in other peoples heads, in other words, when we get disappointed, STOP thinking the worst, thinking that they are doing the least possible, the worse intention, instead think the best and see what happens! Let me find it, I did a terrible job explaining it...Excerpt:

Assume Good Intentions in Others

When we go into meetings or discussions, or when we interact by email or phone, we should assume that the people we're interacting with have good intentions. We may disagree with someone, but when we do we should still give them the benefit of the doubt. If their intentions are good, we should cut them some slack.

This is a very important idea, because whenever you disagree with someone's opinion, or with their judgment about a situation, the natural inclination is to suspect a flaw in the other person's character. Either they aren't as smart as we are or (more likely) they're just acting selfishly. After all, you yourself have no problem at all seeing the right course of action to take, so the most expedient way for your own brain to process the fact that someone else doesn't see it like you see it is that their intentions must be bad. From a psychological standpoint this is the "easy" way to explain a disagreement to your own selfish ego. It doesn't require too much hard thinking to remain confident in your own grasp of reality.

It's easy to rationalize your own point of view by attributing bad intentions to people with dissenting viewpoints. Cognitively, it's actually hard work to assume that people who disagree with you have good intentions. It doesn't come naturally, and we have to force ourselves to assume that a person we disagree with must have some legitimate reason for their point of view.

To assume good intentions in others, you have to make a sincere effort to see things from their perspective. This means being an active listener, not being defensive, remaining open to new or different ideas, and not taking personal offense at contrary points of view.

Try it a few times. You'll get better with practice. Next time you find yourself in a disagreement of any kind - with your co-worker, your boss, a customer, vendor, or anyone else - step back and force yourself to remember that their intentions are almost certainly just as good as yours are.

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We are located in a very busy tourist town and our numbers are down as well as our town. So far our bookings for May are way down over last year as well. I hope now that the weather is looking a little better people will want to come and play. I am really peed off at what our town has decided to do for advertising this year. They are placing 90% of their advertising money into near by cities. This really hurts when it comes to the lodging end of things. Yes, the day activities and stores are loving it. Everyone comes and spends the day and then goes home at night.

Bad way to do advertising in my book.

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Vis itSco tland  advertise on the TV here and I've even seen adverts at the cinema, I shout at the screen "Why are you spending my money telling me to come here when I live here".

I'm sure there must be some value in encouraging Scots to travel and see their own country, but I'm sure the money would be better spent targeting external markets, like the English.

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weirdly in Yorkshire - more Yorkshire folk stay in Yorkshire we get most of our visitors from what I call the hour and a half drive circle round us on getaways but they don't want to be bothered to drive too far.

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Joey Camb wrote:

weirdly in Yorkshire - more Yorkshire folk stay in Yorkshire we get most of our visitors from what I call the hour and a half drive circle round us on getaways but they don't want to be bothered to drive too far.

not much point in vis itscotland targeting the Yorkshire market then, it's 6 hours plus to get here Smiling

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100% honestly? id say no - im crap with counties, what the ones on the border? plus id be marketing the highlanders to the lowlanders and vice versa.

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That happens here, too. Money spent on getting day trippers in assuming they'll decide to stay once they're here.

And yet, the 2 hotels right in town ate sending me overflow so they are not seeing a downturn.

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See - the day trippers want a bargain price if they are staying on impulse - they don't want a luxury BB experience or they do at a motel price

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It was the weather here. Still is. This is the worst spring ever. We don't have any full nights until July. Weekends are only a couple of rooms if any.

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mine the opposite we are up 20% but have had a lot of high demand conferences back to back - won't be as good next year as they are on a 3 year rotation.

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I just looked at April 2013 & April 2014. I am down by 33% BUT in 2013 I had 1 military rate regular traveler - the rest was 2 rooms of long-term. This year I have 66% of the revenue but it is all regular traveler (although many had the military discount) and 3 nights were blocked while I had my porch and house fixed and was not taking anyone other than my busy bees.

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