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Vacation Rental Industry News October 2019

November 1st, 2019|

The vacation rental industry experienced plenty of wild changes in October! Booking.com released a new star rating feature, Vrbo began testing unbranded listings, and Vacasa completed its purchase of Wyndham Vacation Rentals...

Increase Your Bookings and Profits Part 2

October 30th, 2019|

Today, doing business online means that you must work hard to get visitors to your listings and then have a limited time to capture their interest and engage with them. Today's consumers are sophisticated and are not interested in being sold. They are looking for straight-shooting, information they can use to make an informed decision about where they should spend their vacation dollars. Here are a few tips to help you build trust and authority with prospects and former guests.

Gibson Beach Rentals in Miramar Beach: Xplorie Partner Spotlight

October 28th, 2019|

In this series, Xplorie is shining the spotlight on our clients to give our readers insight into their unique businesses. We offer a big thank you to Brittany Blackman, General Manager of Gibson Beach Rentals in Miramar Beach, Florida, who took a lot of time pouring her heart and soul into this interview. We thoroughly enjoyed reading her answers, and we hope you will too.

6 OTA Ranking Factors to Consider

October 24th, 2019|

Consumer's today often begin their online vacation research by seeking information from Online Travel Agencies. As a vacation rental property manager, you might need to have a presence on the OTAs in order to drive traffic to your website and showcase your properties...

Increase Your Bookings and Profits Part 1

October 23rd, 2019|

The vacation rental market has changed in staggering ways in recent years. Seeing the benefits of vacation rentals, homeowners have listed over 660,000 properties on Airbnb alone. As guests continue to move away from hotels and into vacation rentals, the industry today is projected to hit $170 billion by the end of this year. While this meteoric growth is good for the industry, more vacation rentals mean more competition. To compete, you need to keep up with the amenities and offer the experiences your guests expect or your piece of the pie will slowly evaporate. This is even truer as online travel agencies continue to grow and evolve. So how can you differentiate your property from thousands of competitors? Let’s take a look at some ways you can earn more from your vacation rental properties...

Vacation Rental Welcome Book: Easy How-To Guide

October 21st, 2019|

Part of being a vacation rental property manager is providing your guests with a memorable experience before, during, and after their stay. From their first contact, you're building a relationship that can result in a lifelong customer that will return to your properties year after year. While the pre-booking process is important, your hospitality must extend beyond the reservation. Sure, your property listing covers a lot of information about your accommodations, but you need to remember that, for many guests, visiting your location might be a first-time experience...

How to Improve Your Vacation Rental Reviews

October 18th, 2019|

Today, people typically begin their vacation process by researching online. One of the most important factors when pursuing a potential destination are guest reviews. Peer reviews are often a good indicator of the guest experience and carry a lot of weight, especially in the beginning stages of research. As a property manager, you are often looking for ways to cut costs and maximize profits. However, it is important to understand that some amenities are simply too important to cut when creating a positive guest experience...

5 Ways to Attract Good Employees in the Hospitality Industry

October 16th, 2019|

In a tight labor market, recruiting and retaining quality employees is difficult. In the last few years, this has been the case in many industries, especially hospitality. As unemployment rates have trended lower and tighter restrictions are placed on work visas, recruitment has become much more difficult. Add to this fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics findings that the turnover rate in the hospitality industry is two to three times the rate of other industries and you can see the challenges of staffing in today's market. However, there are several ways hospitality companies can attract and retain quality employees to help power a positive brand and an exemplary guest experience...

The Breakers in Fort Walton Beach, Florida: Xplorie Partner Spotlight

October 14th, 2019|

In this series, we're shining the spotlight on our clients to give our readers insight into their unique businesses. Barbara Martens-Ducan, General Manager/CAM of The Breakers in Fort Walton Beach, Florida was kind enough to answer a few questions for us recently about how she got started with vacation rentals and what she loves about the industry...

3 Simple Ways to Improve Vacation Rental Guest Satisfaction

October 11th, 2019|

In today’s competitive vacation rental industry it’s important to make your properties stand out from your competitors. With dynamic pricing, competing on price alone is no longer viable. You need to look beyond price to make your properties stand out. Your guests are looking forward to their time with you. They expect everything to go according to plan giving them the time and space they need to relax and enjoy time with their family. One way to exceed their expectations is to provide exemplary customer service. Customer service is a competitive differentiator that costs you little to nothing but can make your brand stand out with your guests...

VRMA Advocacy: Why It’s Important to the Vacation Rental Industry

October 9th, 2019|

Here at Xplorie, we're big believers in giving back to our industry. We work hard to identify vendors and organizations that can benefit our customers, and owners to help them grow their vacation rental businesses. One organization that we're extremely proud to be a part of as both a sponsor and a contributor is the Vacation Rental Management Association. The work they do on behalf of the ever-evolving climate within the vacation rental industry is vital. The VRMA is an advocacy organization that is dedicated to the further development of professional and traditional vacation rentals as a safe and reliable option for consumers.

Top 3 Vacation Rental Data Analytics Companies

October 7th, 2019|

One of the biggest advantages of doing business online is the ability to gather data on your prospects and guests. This data provides you with tremendously valuable information you can use in any number of ways, from refining your website and brand to developing value-added packages that cater to guests' specific interests, to engaging with guests by providing the specific information they're seeking. While personal data for your business can give you a picture of ways you can improve, industry data can give you the information you need to make informed decisions beyond the scope of your properties...

Vacation Rental Industry News October 2019

November 1st, 2019|

The vacation rental industry experienced plenty of wild changes in October! Booking.com released a new star rating feature, Vrbo began testing unbranded listings, and Vacasa completed its purchase of Wyndham Vacation Rentals...

Increase Your Bookings and Profits Part 2

October 30th, 2019|

Today, doing business online means that you must work hard to get visitors to your listings and then have a limited time to capture their interest and engage with them. Today's consumers are sophisticated and are not interested in being sold. They are looking for straight-shooting, information they can use to make an informed decision about where they should spend their vacation dollars. Here are a few tips to help you build trust and authority with prospects and former guests.

Gibson Beach Rentals in Miramar Beach: Xplorie Partner Spotlight

October 28th, 2019|

In this series, Xplorie is shining the spotlight on our clients to give our readers insight into their unique businesses. We offer a big thank you to Brittany Blackman, General Manager of Gibson Beach Rentals in Miramar Beach, Florida, who took a lot of time pouring her heart and soul into this interview. We thoroughly enjoyed reading her answers, and we hope you will too.

6 OTA Ranking Factors to Consider

October 24th, 2019|

Consumer's today often begin their online vacation research by seeking information from Online Travel Agencies. As a vacation rental property manager, you might need to have a presence on the OTAs in order to drive traffic to your website and showcase your properties...

Increase Your Bookings and Profits Part 1

October 23rd, 2019|

The vacation rental market has changed in staggering ways in recent years. Seeing the benefits of vacation rentals, homeowners have listed over 660,000 properties on Airbnb alone. As guests continue to move away from hotels and into vacation rentals, the industry today is projected to hit $170 billion by the end of this year. While this meteoric growth is good for the industry, more vacation rentals mean more competition. To compete, you need to keep up with the amenities and offer the experiences your guests expect or your piece of the pie will slowly evaporate. This is even truer as online travel agencies continue to grow and evolve. So how can you differentiate your property from thousands of competitors? Let’s take a look at some ways you can earn more from your vacation rental properties...

Vacation Rental Welcome Book: Easy How-To Guide

October 21st, 2019|

Part of being a vacation rental property manager is providing your guests with a memorable experience before, during, and after their stay. From their first contact, you're building a relationship that can result in a lifelong customer that will return to your properties year after year. While the pre-booking process is important, your hospitality must extend beyond the reservation. Sure, your property listing covers a lot of information about your accommodations, but you need to remember that, for many guests, visiting your location might be a first-time experience...

How to Improve Your Vacation Rental Reviews

October 18th, 2019|

Today, people typically begin their vacation process by researching online. One of the most important factors when pursuing a potential destination are guest reviews. Peer reviews are often a good indicator of the guest experience and carry a lot of weight, especially in the beginning stages of research. As a property manager, you are often looking for ways to cut costs and maximize profits. However, it is important to understand that some amenities are simply too important to cut when creating a positive guest experience...

5 Ways to Attract Good Employees in the Hospitality Industry

October 16th, 2019|

In a tight labor market, recruiting and retaining quality employees is difficult. In the last few years, this has been the case in many industries, especially hospitality. As unemployment rates have trended lower and tighter restrictions are placed on work visas, recruitment has become much more difficult. Add to this fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics findings that the turnover rate in the hospitality industry is two to three times the rate of other industries and you can see the challenges of staffing in today's market. However, there are several ways hospitality companies can attract and retain quality employees to help power a positive brand and an exemplary guest experience...

The Breakers in Fort Walton Beach, Florida: Xplorie Partner Spotlight

October 14th, 2019|

In this series, we're shining the spotlight on our clients to give our readers insight into their unique businesses. Barbara Martens-Ducan, General Manager/CAM of The Breakers in Fort Walton Beach, Florida was kind enough to answer a few questions for us recently about how she got started with vacation rentals and what she loves about the industry...

3 Simple Ways to Improve Vacation Rental Guest Satisfaction

October 11th, 2019|

In today’s competitive vacation rental industry it’s important to make your properties stand out from your competitors. With dynamic pricing, competing on price alone is no longer viable. You need to look beyond price to make your properties stand out. Your guests are looking forward to their time with you. They expect everything to go according to plan giving them the time and space they need to relax and enjoy time with their family. One way to exceed their expectations is to provide exemplary customer service. Customer service is a competitive differentiator that costs you little to nothing but can make your brand stand out with your guests...

VRMA Advocacy: Why It’s Important to the Vacation Rental Industry

October 9th, 2019|

Here at Xplorie, we're big believers in giving back to our industry. We work hard to identify vendors and organizations that can benefit our customers, and owners to help them grow their vacation rental businesses. One organization that we're extremely proud to be a part of as both a sponsor and a contributor is the Vacation Rental Management Association. The work they do on behalf of the ever-evolving climate within the vacation rental industry is vital. The VRMA is an advocacy organization that is dedicated to the further development of professional and traditional vacation rentals as a safe and reliable option for consumers.

Top 3 Vacation Rental Data Analytics Companies

October 7th, 2019|

One of the biggest advantages of doing business online is the ability to gather data on your prospects and guests. This data provides you with tremendously valuable information you can use in any number of ways, from refining your website and brand to developing value-added packages that cater to guests' specific interests, to engaging with guests by providing the specific information they're seeking. While personal data for your business can give you a picture of ways you can improve, industry data can give you the information you need to make informed decisions beyond the scope of your properties...

Become A Partner!

Xplorie Vacation Rental Manager Partners see an increase in occupancy and revenue, provide a best in class guest experience program and differentiate their brand in a crowded marketplace. To find out more about becoming an Xplorie Partner, please submit the form below and a sales representative will contact you!