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Thibault Masson

Thibault is both a vacation rental property manager and a vacation rental technology marketer.

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Summer 2020 Trends: Rural places, cabins, Cottages, Private pools and “vacation rentals near me”.

In a previous article about Summer 2020 vacation rental recovery, we had shown you that searches on Google for terms such as “vacation rentals”, “cabin”, “villa”, and “cottage” were on an all-time high, in several countries around the world. This follow-up article brings you more light about what travelers are dreaming about, searching for, and, …

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While Booking.com launches a “Work-Friendly Program” for homes and apartments, Airbnb reduces Airbnb for Work into a more nimble “Laptop-Friendly Workspace” requirement.

Vacation rentals have been great places where to work for a very long time. Witness Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye villa in Jamaica, where many James Bond novels have been penned or Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha house, in Vermont, where he worked on the Jungle Book. As for business travelers and consultants have been staying in serviced apartments …

While Booking.com launches a “Work-Friendly Program” for homes and apartments, Airbnb reduces Airbnb for Work into a more nimble “Laptop-Friendly Workspace” requirement. Read More »

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Vrbo as the key engine to Expedia Group’s results in Q2 2020. Vrbo brand off to a good start with a lot of direct traffic coming in. Supply may increase as homeowners need to generate money during the coivd recession.

On July 30, the Expedia Group, owner of Vrbo, among other brands, published its quarterly report for the second quarter (Q2) of 2020. The months of April, May, and June 2020 were dark times for the travel industry. Yet, for the Expedia Group, Vrbo was a shining light of hope and good news. Vrbo, from …

Vrbo as the key engine to Expedia Group’s results in Q2 2020. Vrbo brand off to a good start with a lot of direct traffic coming in. Supply may increase as homeowners need to generate money during the coivd recession. Read More »

airbnb ceo Brian Chesky on drastic changes in travel patterns, pausing Airbnb plus and luxe, focusing on homes and experiences, refunding guests, firing employees, IPO plans and racial justice.

During an interview with Andy Serwer, Brian Chesky gave a very interesting and detailed exposé that vacation rental managers, Airbnb hosts and short-term rental operators should read. Here’s the major topics that this interview covered: How travel has changed in 2020 (e.g. international and business travel will be hit for a long time), Which activities …

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misterb&b, the world’s largest booking platform dedicated to the LGBTQ community and its allies, on raising money, adapting to COVID, and investing in tech.

misterb&b (misterbandb.com) has grown from being a niche vacation rental website to being the world’s largest booking platform dedicated to the LGBTQ community and its allies, with more than 1 million listings. Four years ago, when we first talked with the company’s CEO, Matthieu Jost, the site had only 45,000 gay rentals and homestays. misterb&b …

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Already 40+ Vacation Rental Business Videos on the Rental Scale-Up Youtube channel

Get actionable insights for your vacation rental business by subscribing to the Rental Scale-Up Youtube channel. As some of you may prefer videos to articles, we have created this channel to deliver product reviews, exclusive interviews, and tips & tricks to increase your bookings, save you time, and help reduce your expenses. To make it …

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COVID-19 certification for cleaning services: Discover Cristal International Standards, Vrbo’s expert

As cleanliness is perhaps the hottest topic in the short-term rental industry at the moment, property managers can access checklists, guides, and best practices to thoroughly clean their units and build trust with guests. But where’s the science behind these recommendations? Vrbo recently published a cleanliness training video produced in collaboration with Cristal International Standards, …

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Goodbye, HomeAway: The Vrbo brand expands globally, while HomeAway disappears from the US

Goodbye, HomeAway. Adiós, TopRural. Adeus, AlugueTemporada. The Expedia Group has been busy streamlining its portfolio of vacation rental website brands. The websites Toprural.com in Spain and AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil are already redirecting to Vrbo España and Vrbo Brasil. This July, HomeAway is becoming Vrbo. Users of the HomeAway website in the U.S. will be redirected …

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2 Key Steps for Property Managers Reopening after COVID-19

Jil Mason, the founder of CleaningCertification.com, is sharing with us her expertise on the vacation rental cleaning guideline topic. Weeks of country-wide closures and stay-at-home orders have halted worldwide travel and caused almost all vacation rental property managers to lose revenue that they cannot make up. As areas reopen after the COVID-19 crisis, some managers …

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Airbnb’s Brian Chesky on almost losing everything, and now running a leaner and More Agile Company

The tone of the press about Airbnb.com is changing. The company is now treated as the comeback kid that has matured. Over interviews, the company positions itself as agile and resilient, with good numbers, lower costs, and a relevant offering of homes. Airbnb may be stealing a bit of Vrbo’s thunder here in terms of …

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Airbnb, Booking, Expedia, and Trip endorse WTTC’s Safe Travels protocols for Short-Term Rentals

This is no small feat: Getting arch-rivals Airbnb, Booking, Expedia, Trip to agree to have a common stance on something. It is what the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has just accomplished with its #Safetravels measures to enable short-term rentals to begin welcoming guests. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, …

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TurnoverBNB and Rental Scale-Up release their vacation rental cleaning checklist infographic

We have teamed up with TurnoverBNB to offer a handy infographic that you can save on your computer, send to the phone of your cleaner or print at your property to remind your staff of the steps to take to respect the new COVID-19 grade cleaning guidelines. Our goal was, to sum up Airbnb’s enhanced …

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Airbnb go near Campaign: A global Effort to promote Domestic Travel and Vacation Rentals

As Summer 2020 is supposed to be about domestic travel and drive-to destinations, Airbnb has launched an impressive global campaign called Airbnb: Go Near. Not only does the Airbnb campaign recommend peaceful destinations and family-friendly homes nearby, but also it has partnered with 15 local organizations such as Visit Florida and VisitDenmark around the world …

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Vrbo and HomeAway enforce Mandatory Price Consistency for All Property Managers

If you are listing your properties on Vrbo and its sister sites (e.g., HomeAway US, HomeAway UK, Abritel in France, Fewo-Direkt in Germany, and Stayz in Australia), you may have received a communication stating that starting 31st August 2020, it will be mandatory for all property managers to be Price Consistent on Vrbo / HomeAway. …

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The Airbnb Cleaning Handbook: Airbnb’s manual to its Enhanced Cleaning Protocol and Instructions ( + PDF)

In order to pass Airbnb’s cleaning protocol quiz and get the cleaning highlight on their listing, hosts have to familiarize themselves with the Airbnb Cleaning Handbook. These 38-page long instructions make up a detailed cleaning manual. We show you here this handbook and tell you to download it. When Airbnb announced its Enhanced Cleaning Initiative, the …

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Airbnb hosting cleaning commitment: 5-step protocol, Education & Online Quiz to get the Airbnb Cleaning Highlight

In April 2020, Airbnb announced its Enhanced Cleaning Initiative. The company had already published some a few simple cleaning checklists and guidelines earlier that month, but something bigger was coming. Indeed, on June 7, the company rolled out its Airbnb Hosting Cleaning Commitment: More educational content, a 38-page cleaning handbook, 18-page starter guide, and online …

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Airbnb Professional Tools: Discover the new Airbnb performance report tab and its Quality metrics

Airbnb has launched a new version of its Performance tab. Not only have some names and charts changed, but Airbnb has also introduced an enhanced Quality reporting dashboard, with cleanliness as 1 of the 7 factors that guests can rate. This new performance report is an excellent way for Airbnb management companies to deep dive …

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Vacation Rental Management Conference: Learnings from the 2020 Southeast Asia & Oceania villa and Holiday rental conference

This article is part of our Rental Scale-Up vacation rental management conference series. This is the summary of the findings from our May 2020 conference: “How villa and holiday rental managers are navigating the COVID-19 crisis in Southeast Asia and Oceania“. In May 2020, we held an online conference across the Asia-Pacific holiday rental market. Here’s our …

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