There are dozens of vacation rental news outlets in the marketplace offering thoughtful insights and unique perspectives on what’s happening throughout the industry. But in the digital world we live in, traditional media outlets aren’t the only way to keep a pulse on the industry.
In this article, we highlight not only our favorite vacation rental news outlets, but also some of our favorite vacation rental professionals offering unique insights on LinkedIn, podcasts, and more.
VRM Intel is our go-to resource for relevant and timely vacation rental news. Offering digital news at VRMIntel.com, a print publication (VRM Intel Magazine), plus a series of in-person events, VRM Intel is focused on curating news and content for professional property managers
“Our mission is to provide relevant, factual, timely industry-specific news, information, and resources to help vacation rental professionals build their businesses, to address the challenges and opportunities in the industry, and to positively contribute to the vacation rental ecosystem.”
With direct experience in the vacation rental industry at brands like Expedia, Condo-World, and Homes and Villas by Marriott and Casago, Alex and Annie are a dynamic podcasting duo that have taken the hospitality industry by storm with their quick wit and relevant topics.
“With more than 35 years combined experience in vacation rentals, Alex Husner & Annie Holcombe teamed up to launch what has become one of the fastest-growing hospitality podcasts, engaging the hearts and minds of their audiences with thought-provoking interviews and candid conversations. On a mission to find the one story, idea, strategy, or decision that led to their guests’ big A-HA moment, this podcast appeals to a wide variety of listeners within hospitality and beyond.”
P.S. Catch BeHome247 President Lino Maldonado on a recent Alex & Annie Vacation Rental Podcast episode, “Re-Imagining The Leaning Tower of Tech, with Lino Maldonado, President of BeHome247”.
Based in London, ShortTermRentalz offers an expansive archive of vacation rental-specific news, ranging from legislation to marketing and distribution. Articles are clearly delineated to note the focus market, with many articles highlighting the latest U.S. trends.
“…ShortTermRentalz provides news and intelligence for the fast-growing and rapidly-evolving short term rental industry. Otherwise known as vacation rentals or holiday lets, our goal is to contribute to the growth of the global short-term rental industry. We endeavour to help rental professionals build their businesses, while successfully navigating the opportunities and challenges facing rental owners, managers and service providers.”
While Skift is known the world over for travel-industry news, Skift offers a dedicated short-term rental content vertical focused on urban and traditional vacation rental markets. Skift is an excellent resource for breaking news and emerging trends affecting the industry, both within the United States and internationally.
“Skift reaches a global audience of travel professionals as well as those working in related industries who also rely on our coverage, research, and insights to better understand the business of travel. Whether it’s our rapidly insightful Skift Take on the current news or the hundreds of hours that go into a Skift Live event, our travel experts deliver the information our industry finds essential.”
Cohosted by Sara Karakaian and Annette Grant, Thanks for Visiting is a weekly podcast with a unique focus on the trials and tribulations of self-managed vacation rentals. However, professional property managers can benefit from a range of topics including keyless entry tips, third-party listing platform strategies, inspection checklists, and more.
“Annette and Sarah met at a Columbus, Ohio City Council Meeting fighting for their right to host homes on Airbnb. The two shared a belief that the short-term rental industry needs hosts to be more hospitable. Every resource they’d come across in growing their own businesses was purely profit driven – and ‘heads in beds’ just isn’t their style.”
If you’re already using LinkedIn to follow conversations around #vacationrentals and #shorttermrentals, these names may look familiar. In honor of #womenshistorymonth, we’ve rounded up some of the most influential female voices in the industry.
VRM Intel Founder Amy Hinote offers over 15 years of experience in the vacation rental industry and relays relevant data and research in the vacation rental sphere.
Partner Relationship Manager at TravelNet Solutions, Shelley Warsaw highlights companies with great products for short term rentals and offers her insight into the hospitality industry as a whole.
Senior Account Executive at InterCoastal Net Designs, April Burns keeps you up to date on events and conventions to expand your knowledge of the vacation rental industry, as well as tips for your overall business strategy.
Head of Sales at StayFi, Talia Lockard focuses on vacation rental data and analytics, applying the numbers and using them as direction for where to focus your next initiatives.
Looking for even more opportunities to help your business and expand your knowledge? Consider joining VRMA, a vacation rental-specific organization providing education, information, and networking opportunities for vacation rental professionals. And, don’t forget to check out the BeHome247 Resource Hub for the latest trends in vacation rental technology.