We are a family run business. The website has been designed by Sarah who is a Florida villa owner and holds a First Class Honours degree, BSc (Hons) in Computing (Internet Technologies), obtained at the Humberside University in the UK. She continues her career by providing web solutions to members of the public and businesses alike.
The business was started in August 1999 as a result of trying to find an available villa for our holiday in year 2000. We found that although the villa magazines are good they don't show enough detail or photographs of the rental property in question. This lead us to telephone lots of villa owners checking availability and then asking for brochures to look at. More deliberations and then finally we picked a villa that was just the right size, floor plan and location. Sarah had already started web designing so came up with the idea of creating a website where visitors could go to look at numerous villas at one website. With the added advantage of being able to contact the owners by email meant that visitors could use just one connection to the internet to correspond with many villa owners, thus saving on telephone charges.
We had looked at other websites of a similar nature and decided that we would not get involved in actual bookings but rather simply provide villa owners with the ability to get their own bookings. We also noticed that the structure and design of other sites wasn't what we wanted. We had found that many people know what area of Kissimmee they want to stay, because they've stayed there before or it has been recommended, and these other websites did not cater for this. Internet users want to find what they want quickly and efficiently without having to trawl through lots of needless useless pages - visitors will soon grow fed up of that website and not visit again.
After the website had been in operation for several months we decided to make a new feature for special offers and late availability offers that the villa owners may have - that odd week in between two bookings, a cancellation etc. This aspect of the website has proved very successful - after all even though the booking might be at a reduced rate, a booked villa is better than an empty villa.
The "special offers" page is marketed aggressively on the internet to help shift those offers. The "special offers" page has only have special / late availability offers for those villas that are currently advertised on FRbVO Villas2000 and whose owners have paid for the additional service. Owners cannot advertise their friend's villa by saying it is their own. Anyone who we suspect of abusing the system will face the possibility of having their advertisement removed from the whole website. The idea of our website is that visitors get to see and choose the ACTUAL villa that they are staying in. We do not want to be associated with anyone who advertises one villa and then accommodates that guest in another.
The special offers are listed in start date order. Owner will have the responsibility of maintaining their own offers to ensure that the website is kept up to date. If visitors to the website are constantly being told that offers no longer exist then this may result in less visitors returning.
We offer two membership options:-
Standard Membership : Those who do
not and will not be using the specials pages can still join our Standard membership.
Premium Membership : Those who want to be able to place special/late availability offers on our website can join our Premium membership (see Add your property for more details).
We also offer discount memberships for owners of multiple properties.
We welcome any comments or suggestions - please contact us.
We hope we provide a friendly, happy service to both villa owners and visitors alike.
Villas2000 Inc / LLP
Article Last Updated : 8 September 2011