Paul Richardson - 2002-07-05

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A showstopper indeed. It's a similar problem to the
room description and room allocation problem. The root
of the problem is that smaller accommodations,
particularly in rural areas have an infinite variety of
sleeping accommodation types and of pricing
structures. It is more complex than in standard hotels.

Bite the bullet!
In an ideal world the ultimate matrix for prices in a
system for the smaller accommodations is for one price
per (specific) room or bed (it could be sleeping bag
accommodation in a communal room) per day of the
year (this means you don't need season or weekend as
variables). Then there have to be rules that modify that
price depending on:
- length of stay
- age of pax (e.g. child 0-5/6-11)
- special offer
- pax in extra bed in room
- type of occupancy of room (some providers might rent
their rooms as sleeping bag accommodation rather than
made-up beds if there is little business for the more
expensive option.