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Welcome gift boxes for vacation rental guests: 5 Providers

Who does’t like being given free goodies? Welcome gift boxes are hugely popular with guests and apparently always mentioned in reviews. Some clever start-ups out there have made it their goal to help us provide great welcome gift boxes without the hassle. Check these top 5 Welcome gift boxes suppliers for vacation rentals out and continue collecting those 5 stars reviews!

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PMS Channel Manager vs Dedicated Channel Manager

“I’m using a Property Management System that can connect me to some global listing sites. Why should I use a specialized Channel Manager like Rentals United?” A very valid question! We get it all the time! These are the answers and the reasons why PMS clients choose the Channel Management capabilities of Rentals United rather than their own PMS Channel Manager.

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Top 3 vacation rental housekeeping tools

Management tools for property owners and managers in the vacation rental industry are gaining a lot of momentum this year. In this article we explore the newest maintenance and vacation rental housekeeping tools available to property managers and owners. Streamlining your housekeeping can now be a reality – take advantage of the technology!

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Key Exchange & Key Drop Box for Vacation Rentals

At Rentals United we know from our clients that running from check-in to check-out can be a major stress factor. One way to deal with this pain point or (at least as a backup) is to use specialised companies in key exchange and key drop box for vacation rentals. We researched such services in Europe, UK and the States and found these 4 companies that have slightly different ways of doing things and different pricing! Looking for more peace of mind with your check-ins? Dive into the world of vacation rental key exchange!

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How to manage a vacation rental from abroad

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!

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8 vacation rental amenities guests are willing to pay extra for

Whether you’re looking to potentially raise the price of your property or increase those low season bookings, revising your vacation rental amenities is an absolute must. So what is it that guests are looking for when booking a place over another? What are the triggers that make them choose your vacation rental? We found THE 6 amenity types that make heads turn.

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The Distribution Strategy of a Successful Property Manager

When we ask Jaume’s from Bizflats what his distribution strategy is, the answer was straightforward: trying many websites and making decisions based on data not intuition. He turned to Rentals United Channel Manager to ease the entire process of finding channels, testing them and maximising their revenues. Here’s the very insightful interview no property manager should miss out on.

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18 Seriously Useful Services for your VR Business

We scanned the Vacation Rental market and came up with 18 categories of businesses that help vacation rental property managers and owners streamline their businesses. These can be grouped into 3 top-level categories: Marketing, Guest Management and Business tools. With high season starting for most, are you taking advantage of all the help out there?

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8 Things Hotel Websites do to Generate Direct Bookings

The vacation rental industry has a great advantage: it can look at what the hotel industry does right & wrong and learn from it. This is what we’re proposing today: let’s look together at hotel website trends. How are they growing their direct bookings? We’ve discovered 8 definite trends that you could easily implement on your vacation rental website today.

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4 easy tips to improve guest satisfaction in vacation rentals

Customer satisfaction… a large and much debated topic by pretty much everyone in the hospitality industry. Our success as vacation rental professionals largely depends on getting good reviews from customers, so to surprise and delight them is absolutely paramount. Today we got James C. Sells (who also writes for Tripping.com) with his years of experience in the vacation rental industry to shed some light on the subject. So read on for 4 easy tips to improve the guest satisfaction in your vacation rentals.