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How a website helps visitors plan dream holidays

"SA-Venues.com is the definitive resource for planning your South African holiday. We list thousands of accommodation venues which visitors can book and pay for, while learning about attractions, activities and must-sees in the area they plan to visit."
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One-stop shop for SA travel

When SA-Venues.com started in 1999, it was with a simple goal: to become a one-stop shop for tourists booking accommodation and planning where to eat, sleep and play in South Africa. “It’s about more than just accommodation. We embrace all aspects of visiting, exploring and celebrating this country,” explains Christine Searle, co-owner and co-founder.

“We are a family-owned and -managed business and maintain a personal approach, despite having grown so much over the years,” she adds. “We’re constantly working to keep current, relevant and helpful.”

A dynamic online industry

A big part of staying relevant is maintaining a beautiful website - or two. SA-Venues.com caters to the substantial German travel market with a dedicated German sister website at www.Suedafrika-Reise.net. “Our website is our company,” says Christine. “We are an online travel agency (OTA), so the website is our front-of-house.”

“The online travel environment is constantly changing. When I think back to 1999, I’m not sure there is any advice I could have been given that would still be relevant today - our industry is just so dynamic.” SA-Venues.com worked with a number of hosting companies, both locally and overseas, but moved to Hetzner in 2015. “We were aware of Hetzner’s reputation as one of South Africa’s best-known and best-rated hosting companies,” Christine explains. “When we outgrew our hosting provider in 2015, Hetzner seemed to be a good choice. After more than three years, we’re glad we made the move, and we continue to trust Hetzner with our hosting requirements, which I’d imagine are more complex than many other websites.”

A dedicated solution

SA-Venues.com makes use of Hetzner’s dedicated server environment. “We experience high website volumes and spikes in traffic, which demand the resources of a dedicated server. We need experts in server management to ensure that everything runs smoothly for our users,” Christine explains. “We don’t have an in-house technical team that is proficient in server management, so Hetzner’s Custom Hosting team is a great choice.”

“The Custom Hosting team has been amazing to work with. They remain calm and focused, even in emergency situations, and they’re always available to give us advice when we need it. This has freed us up to focus on our business: serving more international and local travellers.”

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