Community Blog: Kindness worth more than gold

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2010

MexicanPLKThe debate of inflated prices during the Soccer World Cup is an unending one. And in the end, what is on the price tag is entirely up to the service provider.

According to Ms Nikie Botha, a manager at the Jacaranda Overnight Accommodation in Polokwane, all-round kindness to your guests is more rewarding than ripping them off.

“My boss had earlier on suggested that we take the prices higher, we did, but it was difficult because we have our usual clients and I was the one who had to stand at the counter and turn them away because they couldn’t afford it. I believe in what goes around comes around, so if we give we will receive volumes”.

Nikie says in their endeavour to maximise in their turnover from the world cup they learnt that they didn’t have to compromise who they were as a brand, “we are an affordable accommodation and thats what we are presenting to everyone disregarding the event”. Because of their maintained affordability, Jacaranda is this week full with Mexican and French fans for the game tonight.

 “We have over 22 Mexican fans who will be staying over for the next three days”.  She says they are very happy to be accommodating tourists at a time like this, and to make them feel at home, on their arrival at Jacaranda, Nikie welcomed them is pure Spanish.

This blog was written by a community blogger  chosen  to write  on their community’s experience of the  World Cup.

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