Promoting your French gîte or chambre d’hôtes to increase your bookings

By Valérie Aston on 18 October 2008 · Viewed 5612 times · Questions

Out of season and even in the holiday season it takes a lot of work to find customers. Here's a few ideas to get you started.

If you have any questions about registering of running a gîte or chambre d’hôtes business in France, you're welcome to join my forum where you get all the answers and advice you need.

  • Make your website personal, keep it updated and promote your local area.
  • Have postcards or business cards printed and drop them at the Offices de Tourisme within a 100km radius.
  • Boards of tourism usually keep a record of local gîtes which they give to tourists looking for a place to stay, make sure they have your details.
  • Create a gîte à thème with specific activities such as fishing, equestrian, farm, art, cooking, etc.

Join one of the six national gîte or chambre d’hôtes networks

Advertise your gîte or chambre d’hôtes on online directories

Advertise on Belgium & Dutch websites

Good luck!

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About the author: Valérie Aston

I've been helping people who want to start or already have a small business set up in France since 2009. After graduating from a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, I worked as a senior marketing consultant in the UK and France for various International companies. I worked as a conseillère en création d'entreprises (senior business advisor) for BGE here in France and run this independent business on a daily basis.