– Martin Kloeckner – Owner, BBQ Buoys, Adelaide
Donuts – they’re not just for eating. Just ask Martin, owner and operator of BBQ Buoys, a truly unique outdoor leisure experience based in Adelaide, South Australia.
The BBQ Buoys are, in fact, donut-shaped boats that can be hired on an hourly basis by small groups – families, friends, even business teams. After a short briefing, customers quickly find themselves having a relaxing barbecue while cruising around on Adelaide’s River Torrens. The whole concept is so unique and innovative that most people haven’t experienced anything similar before.
BBQ Buoys can be used for various occasions, ranging from romantic outings, birthday parties, all the way to work meetings and corporate functions.
Bringing a completely new concept to Australian shores, Martin and Andrea knew the demand was going to be high. The challenge was to find the most stable booking system that would be intuitive enough for both staff and end customers, and with minimal need for manual processing.
“We’ve been using Rezdy from the very first day of our operations, knowing that a stable booking system is key to keeping manual intervention in the booking process as low as possible. Our daily efforts to match incoming booking requests with available boats would be so high that we’d probably need an additional part time employee to manage the work load. What’s even more important is that our customers experience a very easy-to-use booking process on our website”, explains Martin, one of BBQ Buoys’ owners.
“We’ve been using Rezdy from the very first day of our operations, knowing that a stable booking system is key to keeping manual intervention in the booking process as low as possible.”
Once the team had settled for Rezdy, the integration process was swift, efficient and painless.
Martin adds: “During the setup process, I received great guidance and support. The admin interface is very easy to understand and products and booking slots can be created within a short time frame. After 2 years of being with Rezdy, I still receive fantastic support. The specialist team at Rezdy take time to understand my issues and suggest the most suitable solution, and most problems were solved to our full satisfaction.
Today, 80% of our revenue is generated via Rezdy’s booking engine and we’re saving 10 hours a week on administration tasks. If we hadn’t gone with Rezdy, we would have had to employ an extra staff member.”
“Thanks to Rezdy, we’re saving 10 hours a week on administration tasks.”
Streamlining the booking process is only the beginning for this undoubtedly unique attraction on the tour and activity market today. This season, Martin and his team are determined to gain attention of travel agents, OTAs, Visitor Information Centres and grow their distribution network. They are confident Rezdy’s platform is going to help them succeed in this space.
“Last year, we focused heavily on direct bookings. Next season is going to be particularly exciting as we open ourselves up to collaborating with a selection of distribution partners. We know Rezdy’s much more than a booking engine, and we’re looking forward to connecting to and working with Australia’s best tour and activity resellers through the Marketplace, without extra technical efforts from our part.”
“Rezdy’s much more than a booking engine, and we’re looking forward to connecting to and working with Australia’s best tour and activity resellers through the Marketplace.”