Cancelations have always been a thorn in the side of every hospitality business. And although you will never be able to completely eliminate them, with the right systems in place you could significantly reduce no-shows at your venue.
Let guests curate their own experience by allowing them to easily search, book, and manage their reservations. This also allows operators to collect and manage contact info when guests book.
Yea you read that right. One way to combat a no show is to make it simple for your guests to cancel ahead of time. If they’ve made a booking through your reservation software, it should be easy to cancel without having to make a phone call. A good reservation system will also give operators an opportunity to charge for cancelations if its done in too close to the reservation time.
Utilize your reservation system to send automated reminders via email or SMS. You can also add a personal touch by calling. Make sure to include a way for guests to cancel or modify their reservation.
Collect payment at the time of the reservation. This could be a deposit percentage or the whole amount. Your guests are far less likely to cancel when they have some skin in the game.
Clearly state your cancelation policy on your online reservation system. If a guest fails to meet your cancelation policies, you can automatically charge a fee.
We know it's not pleasant when a guest flakes on you, but maybe they had a good reason. Call them and say "I hope everything is ok" and use this as an opportunity to invite them back.
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