Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: Homeaway/VRBO -The Traveler Made Us Do This.

Homeaway/VRBO -The Traveler Made Us Do This.

With all the buzz surrounding Expedia/Homeaway/vrbo on the consumer affairsmessage board, coupled with numerous forum post about reduced or cancelled subscription it’s clear that owner/ managers are not ready to be separated from their cash flow….at least not yet.  Those that have left or leaving the vrbo nest and flocking to Airbnb better be aware that they are two sides of the same coin.  All ...

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Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: Why Are You Allowing Brokers to Take Over Your Business ?

Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: Why Are You Allowing Brokers to Take Over Your Business ?

bro·ker - plural noun: brokers

 

  • a person who buys and sells goods or assets for others.

 

What your peers think...

I spent last week at VRMA West Conference in Denver catching up with friends, fellow business owners and partners discussing the latest changes to our industry.   As you can imagine the conversation was dominated by Homeaway’s latest move to separate you from your guests ….the traveler fee.  This, on ...

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Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: I got burned by Homeaway ...now what.

Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: I got burned by Homeaway ...now what.

Given the current uproar over Homeaway/vrbo (now Expedia) many are asking “what can I do and where do I go ?”.   Every time I see a post in the forum about these concerns I cringe when I see “listing sites” plugging their service.  I have no problem with this ….in fact, if there are regional listing sites in Northern California that can add value to my day - please ping me ...

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Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: Homeaway Chaos - Round 2

Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: Homeaway Chaos - Round 2

Round 1

For those of you who attended the VRMA conference in San Diego  ….that was Round 1.   I remember vividly standing out in front of the conference room as owners and managers walked out in dead silence….they look stunned “did he really say that ?”.   Prior to that conference ...in the same month Homeaway made the commitment to travelers that they will not be charged a fee.   As we ...

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Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: Myth: Hotels and Vacation Rentals are The Same

Vacation Rental Managers and Owners: Myth - Hotels and Vacation Rentals are The Same

It’s not just another stay….

By now you have read the great news of Choice Hotels getting into the industry. It provides another proof point on the evolution of the industry and why more than ever it is important to position your brand in the marketplace.  You have made investments in your website, content and property data ...share those assets wisely.

My hotel background taught me the benefits of ...

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