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Build a Powerful Direct Booking Strategy with LODGEA

In the past couple of years, hotel and vacation rental guests have become savvier when it comes to finding the best deal for travel products online. As a result, they’ve been increasingly turning to direct booking channels instead of going through large OTAs.   This has led to an urgency for accommodation providers to offer a smooth, user-friendly direct booking experience and

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3 Smart Thermostats for Vacation Rentals to Save Energy & Costs

As a property manager or owner, it can be difficult to estimate the cost of your energy bills for each month with the constant coming and going of guests.  You’ll have some guests that are very conscious of their energy usage, and you’ll have others who forget to turn the heating or AC off before they leave. Over time, these extra

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Announcing the Winner of the VRTECH Startup Competition 2021

The VRTECH Startup Competition is an annual contest where vacation rental tech startups compete for a chance to win the title “The Most Innovative Vacation Rental Startup of the Year”.  The contest was organised for the 5th consecutive time in 2021, sponsored by Rentals United and HOWZAT Partners, and came to a head at the Vacation Rental World Summit in Annecy,

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Reduce Your Operating Costs & Boost Your Revenue With Mr. Alfred

The pandemic has ruthlessly underlined the shortcomings of vacation rental businesses worldwide. One of these was undoubtedly the need for automating operational processes.  When bookings and revenue suddenly dropped to zero, but operational costs continued to stay high, property managers were forced to improvise to try and keep their businesses afloat. These events made the need for effective operational tools abundantly

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The 5 Best Smart Locks for Vacation Rentals

Since the beginning of 2020, check-ins powered by contactless technology have become the new normal for vacation rentals across the globe. In fact, guests now prefer keyless solutions over in-person key handovers, according to Breezeway’s Property Operations report.  It’s not surprising: smart locks offer a more flexible, streamlined, hygienic and safe solution for both property managers and guests. There are many

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Pandemic Pivots in the Vacation Rental Industry: How 12 Tech Companies Changed Course

The pandemic changed the face of the vacation rental industry in countless ways. As travel was turned upside down, guest expectations and booking behaviours changed radically. In response to these changes, tech companies abandoned their plans and built new products and features with lightning speed to help property managers soften the blow.  Furthermore, numerous tech startups were born, bringing never-seen-before solutions

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Increase Your Revenue With Yield Management Experts & an Automated Rate Tool

If you haven’t tried dynamic pricing yet, you’re missing out. It’s a must for property managers in today’s competitive market, and for good reason. Frequently adjusting your rates helps you generate more revenue and get the most out of your properties.  However, not all property management companies have the expertise required to build sophisticated revenue management strategies in-house. Luckily, there’s no

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VRTECH Startup Pitch Nights in London & Málaga: Apply Now

In-person events are back and we’re so excited to see you all again! Over the next couple of months, we’ll be hosting two VRTECH Pitch Nights in London and Málaga. If you’re a startup founder and would like to pitch your product to a crowd of vacation rental professionals, sign up via the link in this article.

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Boost Your Profits With a Unique & Powerful Revenue Management System

In the past few years, revenue management has become an indispensable pillar of vacation rental property management. As a result, several revenue management platforms have appeared on the market, promising invaluable data insights and expert help with finding the optimal rates for your rentals every day. But how do you know which one is right for your business? In today’s article,

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Maximise Revenue and Streamline Operations with Angel Host

Whether you’re a property manager or investor, it can be difficult to find the balance between maximising your output and maintaining a healthy level of time and effort that you put into your operations.  Furthermore, managing everything on your own may mean that you cannot effectively optimise every aspect of your business. This can impede solid growth in revenue and business

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VRTECH Startup Competition 2021: Meet the Finalists

The voting is closed, and it’s time to announce the finalists of the VRTECH Startup Competition 2021. These three startups will have the chance to pitch their products in front of a distinguished audience at the Vacation Rental World Summit and compete for the VRTECH Award. Find out who they are!

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VRTECH Retrospective: A Look at the Past 6 Months

Can you believe we are already halfway through the year? And what a busy first half of the year it has been for VRTECH!  We’ve started a video series, brought VRTECH events online and created a bunch of content. So much time and care went into all of this, and we’re proud of what our team of seven has been able

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The Adapters, A New Book on the Travel Industry Featuring VRTECH Founder, Vanessa de Souza Lage

The release of the multimedia phenomenon, The Adapters, is a book that presents real-life experiences and fresh insights from a diverse group of innovative workers in the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industries, including Founder of VRTECH, Vanessa de Souza Lage. This book provides an unfiltered breakdown of how you can navigate through unprecedented times and effectively run your business in the hope of inspiring workers in the services industry and beyond.

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Manage Your Rentals with a Smart Property Management System

There are plenty of PMS tools on the market, but few offer property managers such an easy and efficient solution as Hostify.  The startup is based in the USA, with offices in Bulgaria and Spain. Since launching in 2018, Hostify has helped property managers keep track of more than 28,000 listings in 43 countries. Their mission? To bring the most up-to-date

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VRTECH Competition 2021: Meet the Judges

Who will win the title of Most Innovative Vacation Rental Startup of the Year? The race is on! Meet the expert judges and property managers who will vote for the tech startups whose solutions impress them the most.

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VRTECH Startup Competition 2021: Vote for Your Favourite Startup

The time has come to vote for the most innovative startup in the vacation rental industry. For the fifth consecutive year, the VRTECH Startup Competition, sponsored by Rentals United and Howzat Partners, brings the most innovative young startups into the limelight. Out of twenty contenders, three finalists will be selected, by: 1. Public vote 2. A panel of expert judges (we

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How to Create 3D Virtual Tours for Vacation Rentals & Top 5 Providers

If you want to get more bookings and make your vacation rental listings stand out from the rest, why not create 3D virtual tours for your guests to explore? 3D tours allow you to showcase your property in detail. Instead of relying on their imagination, guests can view every aspect of the inside and outside space. Moving from room to room,

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Enhance Your Vacation Rental Guest Communication with a Virtual Host

Guest communication is a major time drain for property managers large and small.  Answering the same questions over and over again, giving personalised recommendations to guests, and upselling extra services can take hours out of your day.  In our previous articles about vacation rental chatbots and check-in apps, we listed some tools that can help you tackle this problem by automating

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The Top 20+ Vacation Rental Consultants

Vacation rental businesses often face specific challenges that only experts with substantial experience in the industry can solve. Fortunately, asking for help when you need it is becoming easier, as an increasing number of highly-qualified vacation rental consultants are offering services in this niche.  Today, you can hire a vacation rental consultant to help you with anything from business development to

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The 2021 VRTECH Startup Competition Is Open for Applications

The time has come to find the most innovative startup in the vacation rental industry. For the fifth consecutive year, the VRTECH Startup Competition sponsored by Rentals United and Howzat Partners is now taking applications.   The vacation rentals industry is always in need of specialised software products to streamline operations, marketing, distribution, guest communications, security and other aspects of the business.

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How to Boost Your Brand and Increase Direct Bookings With StayFi’s WiFi Marketing Solution

If you get most of your bookings from OTAs like Airbnb or Booking.com, it’s challenging to build relationships with your guests.  Listing sites are notorious for restricting communication between property managers and guests. They withhold guests’ phone numbers and email addresses, so you can only contact them through their own messaging system.  This creates barriers for property managers who want to

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VRTECH Connect: The Online Networking Event is Back for Round 2

“Attended my first VRTECH event hosted by Vanessa de Souza Lage and loved the format. Round table discussion with a few start-up elevator pitches sprinkled in. The one-hour time frame is just long enough to be substantive while not hijacking your entire day. Definitely worth joining if you have not already.” – Matthew Loney, Xplorie  Following the overwhelmingly positive feedback we

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Top 5 Vacation Rental Maintenance and Housekeeping Tools

Vacation rental maintenance and housekeeping is not only a huge operational overhead, it also takes lots of time to manage. First, there’s regular cleaning. On top of that, you have plumbing, security systems, electronic appliances, fire alarms, heating, air conditioning and more, which all have to be kept in good condition. Swimming pools, gardens, and other amenities need even more care.

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VRTECH Connect: The Online Networking Event for Vacation Rental Professionals

While face-to-face networking may not be an option at the moment, it’s more important than ever to maintain your ties to the vacation rental community. Working from home has its perks, but it can also leave you feeling isolated. Plus, networking is essential for building valuable, long-lasting relationships that can help you get ahead in business. So it’s time to get

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20 most influential people in vacation rental technology

The 20 Most Influential People in Vacation Rental Technology

Despite the difficult year behind us, the vacation rental industry is continually growing and claiming its space in the world of travel. Property managers have shown incredible resilience in finding ways to battle the challenges they faced. In their efforts, they were aided by vacation rental technology that’s more streamlined, more connected, more specialised and more empowering than ever before. Technology

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top dynamic pricing tools for vacation rentals

Top Dynamic Pricing Tools for Vacation Rentals

Pricing is one of the biggest challenges for vacation rental property managers. If your rates are too high, you risk losing bookings to more competitively priced listings. However, set your prices too low and you’ll miss out on profit. As supply and demand fluctuates throughout the year, it’s crucial to make sure you always have the right price at the right

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