At Rentals United we strongly believe that in order to be a high performer in the Vacation Rental Industry, it’s not enough to occasionally read articles or try new softwares at random… In an increasingly competitive industry, to be at the top of your game you need to attend events and network with industry peers. So without further ado, here’s the list of the most important vacation rental industry events in 2017 you can’t afford to miss – we see you there!
An incredible 44% of leisure travellers and 56% of business traveler in the USA book last minute. Moreover, 72% of mobile bookings on OTA sites or apps were made within one day of the stay. This trend will likely continue and is a great opportunity for hosts to bring in more additional bookings, especially in off-season. What is is that you should do in order to get the last-minute bookings and how can you make sure that you’re ready to receive guests at the last moment? Read on.
Are you using a welcome app for your vacation rentals yet? Today they’re used both for self-check-in guests and when you do physical check-ins… why? Because they can earn you extra cash on tours and services & (more importantly!) because guests love the convenience of them: Welcome Apps provides them with all the property’ instructions, plus area guides and access to tours & services. Read-on for some of the best vacation rental welcome apps out there.
Are you using social media to promote your rentals? If not it’s something you ought to try: while it may or may not give you direct bookings, what a good social media strategy does for sure is give your brand extra credibility. Avoid auto-pilot posts at all costs and instead go for a mix of of useful, personal and fun. The brands we have selected in this article do a great job on a variety of social networks – check them out and get some inspiration.
Running a vacation rental isn’t easy, it takes lots of time and energy. But the complications are lesser if your rentals are local, you’re at hand to deal with your clients and eventual problems. Not located in a tourist destination? Looking to invest in a property abroad? The task to manage a vacation rental from abroad is not impossible, you basically have 2 ways: do the marketing and sales yourself and outsource operations, or get someone to do everything for you. This article is packed with tips on how to set up both options. Now all you need is that dream villa abroad!