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Introducing Jomres Platform

Jomres Platform is a new way for you to get access to Jomres plugins and support.

What is the Platform? You can find a complete article describing it here, but the long and the short of it is that it's a way to help people to get started with Jomres without needing to make any big payments up front.

The post-Covid 19 world is going to be very different to the one we knew at the beginning of this year. Despite government help many property owners and managers will be finding themselves struggling to pay the bills. The OTAs (booking.com, AirBNB etc) will be advertising their socks off to get bums in rooms but this year there will be a significant shortage of guests to fill those rooms.

While the likes of AirBNB and British Airways were laying off thousands of workers, I was continuing work on the Channel Management Framework. The bulk of it is now done and it's in the hands of the users. I'm currently waiting for feedback to see which areas past muster and which ones need more work. Refining and fine-tuning new features is an essential part of the development process. Whilst that was happening, another part of my brain was working on the question of "What happens next?" What happens when lockdown ends and the world goes back to work?

As lockdown here in Spain has eased, as expected, it's become clear that the Covid pain will be with us for some time to come. The big OTAs are still spending on advertising with the big G, but let's be honest, who wants to be locked in a tin can for a couple of hours with potentially infected people? I have it on good authority that local holiday enquiries are increasing significantly. Summer 2020 will be the year for holidaying at home.

With all of these squeezes on funds, now is the right time to invest in building up your own website instead of relying on the big OTAs. Direct bookings are one of the best ways to save money. In the link above I demonstrate an example where a €200 booking costs approximately €30 when booked through Booking.com. Scale that up, a fortnight booking in a decent hotel for a couple with 2 children can easily become €1000. That's €150 going to the OTA. Two bookings = €300. The costs soon add up.

It's far better to drive your guests to your own website. Jomres Platform is designed to offer a cost effective way of taking direct bookings. There's no initial outlay, you only pay when you take a booking, and the cost is significantly less than the likes of booking.com. Sure, there's the nuisance of maintaining your own website, but if we can break the stranglehold of the big OTAs with their ruinous advertising spend, then there's a chance that we can wrest back control of the business from the big boys.

Are you in?

 

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ABOUT US

vince picDeveloped and maintained by Vince Wooll, Jomres was initially conceived in early 2005 as a Mambo based solution to a client’s hotel management needs. While it wasn't originally expected to be an online booking system it quickly morphed into one as users requested more and more features.

As the number of feature requests grew Vince knew that he would need to dedicate more time to the project and in July 2005 Jomres was formally released as a commercial project. Since then, Jomres has become one of Mambo’s, and now Joomla’s, longest running projects. It has survived various versions of Mambo, then Joomla 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.

Aladar joined the project in 2010 after using Jomres for his own projects. He was active on the forum, helping other members of the community and eventually Vince invited him to join the team. Between 2010 and 2018 he was an integral part of the project and made many significant contributions.

Whilst not formally part of the Jomres project, Rodrigo Rocco and Vince have become firm friends. Rod is a freelancer who specialises in doing custom work for Jomres users and developing custom plugins for the system that take advantage of it's modular design. He has built many useful extensions including his fabulous Valentina Template Override Package.

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