Do you consider yourself a savvy short-term rental manager? Are you ready for VRMA next week? We’ve been doing our best to stay abreast with all the news and changes in the travel industry. We want to make sure that we are completely ready and up to date with everything we need to know. Luckily for us, there is a wealth of blogs and articles that help us do exactly that.
Here’s a quick look at the top 4 not-to-be-missed vacation rental industry articles that caught our eye this week and got us in the conference-ready mindset:
San Francisco Makes Airbnb Legal At Last Business Insider’s quick read on the city’s new “spare room” ruling and how it helps Airbnb but not Vacation Rental Managers and aggregation portals like HomeAway, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, etc.The new law allows San Francisco residents (what Airbnb calls hosts) to share properties for 30 days or less as long as they personally live in these units at least 9 months a year. Read Airbnb’s Statement on Legislation in San Francisco.
Interview: HomeAway CEO on Big Players Acquiring Vacation Rental Companies HomeAway’s CEO Brian Sharples provides good insight about the importance of pay-per-booking to its prospects, their partnership with Expedia, and much more. Catch Sharples at Tuesday’s General Session Keynote at VRMA and read more Dennis Schaal CEO Interviews on the future of travel bookings here.
FlipKey Partners with TruPlace to Offer Interactive Floor Plans for Listing Pages Flipkey take another step forward in bringing listings to life. Their new feature allows potential guests to get a real feel for your property. Detailed floor plans with interactive features gives them the chance to have a virtual tour and see everything your property has to offer.
How to Make the Most of the Annual Conference We’re ready for VRMA, are you? From staying connected to educational sessions and the Vendor Showcase, this article sums up what you need to know to navigate the conference and make the most of your time there.
If you are going to be attending VRMA 2014, make you come and talk with us at booth 308/310. You can schedule a live demo here so you can skip the queues and make the most of your time in San Diego!
And finally, check out this Smart-Suitcase that we’d love to be taking on board when we set off to San Diego.
Have you read anything we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.