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August 5th, 2011

The beautiful city of Cape Town has been voted as the top tourist destination in the world in the 2011 Travelers’ Choice Destinations awards.

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With attractions like beautiful white beaches, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and Cape Point, there is no doubt as to why it won the award.

Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (supply) station for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Today it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. As of 2007 the city had an estimated population of 3.5 million.

Approximately 1.5 million tourists visited in Cape Town during 2004, bringing in a total of R10 billion in revenue. The forecasts for 2006 anticipate 1.6 million tourists spending a total of R12 billion. The most popular areas for visitors to stay include Camps Bay, Sea Point, the V&A Waterfront, the City Bowl, Hout Bay, Constantia, Rondebosch, Newlands, Somerset West, Hermanus and Stellenbosch, as well.

via TripAdvisor and Wikipedia

    April 15th, 2011

    In the spirit of being Proudly South African, I have gathered some interesting facts about South Africa from all the corners of the internet. Some of these facts are quite astonishing:

    1 - The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. All these kingdoms encompass several countries, and in some cases, several continents. South Africa, which has a floral kingdom wholly contained within the country, is the one exception. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

    2 - The rocks around Barberton in Mpumalanga are some of the most ancient in the world – over three billion years old. Because they are also the most accessible such formations, NASA scientists come here to gain an idea of how life might form on distant planets.

    3 – South Africa is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

    4 - There are more than 2,000 shipwrecks, dating back at least 500 years, off the South African coast. More than one of these, including the Waratah, simply vanished without a trace.

    5 - According to recent studies, the star-watching town of Sutherland in the Northern Cape is one of the most geologically stable places on Earth, yet it has a 66-million year old volcano, not yet officially extinct.

    6 - The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prizewinners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.

    7 - The world’s first heart transplant was done in South Africa in 1967 by South African Dr Chris Barnard.

    8 - There are only 12 countries in the world that supply tap water that is fit to drink, and South Africa is one of them. Our tap water quality is third best overall in the world.

    9 - South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are tearing down fences between the countries’ game parks to create a 35 000km2 game park which will become the largest conservation area in the world. It will be bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.

    10 - Where else is an entirely new species being recreated from scratch? The quagga vanished in a frenzy of hunting in the 1800s, but after finding that the DNA is almost identical to the common Burchell’s zebra, the species is being brought back from beyond the brink by careful breeding of stripe-challenged zebras.

    The StaySYS Online Booking System is proudly South African too, being ‘born and bred’ in Cape Town.

      April 5th, 2011

      Des Werner, from Cradle Cove, an establishment located in Gauteng has very kindly put together another YouTube.com video that shows the steps in making a booking from within the StaySYS software. This is not the interface a client would see when making a booking online, this is what you as an establishment would see when you are making a booking for a client who has called, emailed or walked in.

      Again, thank you very much to Des.

      Here is the video:

        April 5th, 2011

        A question you might ask yourself is “Why would I need a Real Time Booking System like StaySYS?”

        I’ll start by saying that it is a means for your establishment to receive more bookings. How you ask? If you are looking at a website that advertises accommodation in a certain area, in order to check an establishments availability, you have to email or phone them. If they are not able to answer your email or call, yonullu end up waiting and eventually moving on to the next establishment. Again you make another call or type out another email and then wait for a response. When a listing has StaySYS integrated into it, it is as simple as clicking on a button, choosing your arrival date, departure date, number of adults and children and then checking their availability and rates. If you are happy, you can go ahead and make a booking and even pay for your booking by credit card or EFT.

        Many establishments in South Africa do not have a credit card machine. South Africa attracts millions of tourists every year and they all need somewhere to sleep. For them, paying by credit card is the easiest solution. If an establishment does not have a credit card machine, the tourist will need to seek alternate accommodation. StaySYS offers credit card facilities which means that an establishment does not need a credit card machine. They simply pay for their booking with their credit card through the StaySYS software. The payment goes though the credit card gateway and is then transferred into the establishments bank account. StaySYS is able to accept Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express.

        StaySYS also provides various features that allow you to add, remove and change bookings as you need to. Here are some of the built in features:

        • Availability Calendar where you can manage your rooms, rates and availability.
        • Allows you to find a booking through various search options.
        • Setup seasonal rates and create custom long stay discounts, Stay for X pay for Y and so much more – create multiple custom rate packages.
        • Various reports:, e.g. check in report, check out report, outstanding payments report, bookings report and guest list to name a few.
        • Add products and services such as morning newspapers, transport, internet access.

        There are many accommodation websites which allow establishments the opportunity of using a booking system. Two prime examples are SA-Venues.com and WhereToStay.co.za. If you have a listing on their websites, you could use StaySYS on one or both as well as your website for as little as R100 monthly.

        Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can click here to get hold of us. If you would like to have this functionality for your establishment, please click here.

          July 22nd, 2010

          We are happy to announce that we have confirmed an American Express transaction fee of 4% for all StaySYS users.

          What does this mean?

          All StaySYS users who would like to make use of the StaySYS Credit Card facilities will now able to accept American Express credit cards for guests wishing to pay at their establishment. A reduced rate of 4% transaction fees will be incurred before the amount paid by the guest is transferred into your bank account.

          For more information, please contact us with any questions you may have.

            July 20th, 2010

            One of the StaySYS users who has been running StaySYS for a number of weeks now sent us a surprise in the mailbox last week in the form of a YouTube.com video.

            Des Werner, from Cradle Cove, an establishment located in Gauteng has very kindly put together a YouTube.com video that provides a more detailed help solution and idea on how the application works. In addition, Des has added step by step instructions on where to find things and the order one should capture your information.

            A very big thank you to Des for this great tool which we are sure will come in very handy!

            The Youtube.com video can be seen below:

              July 6th, 2010

              The StaySYS team has been working hard to increase our offering to our clients and has officially been approved for Diner’s Club at a percentage of 5%.

              So, if you are an existing StaySYS user or are still deciding whether to use StaySYS as your booking system of choice, please keep in mind that we are now offering a credit cards at the following percentages:

              • Diners – 5%
              • Visa – 3%
              • Mastercard – 3%
              • Discovery = 3%

              Should you have any questions regarding our credit card facilities, please contact us for more information.