It's less than a week until Christmas and many vacation rental managers will be working extra hard to fill booking calendars before a well deserved break. It's a busy time of the year what with all the festivities and for some, it may be difficult to sit down and catch up on some industry news!
So to keep vacation rental managers up to date, we have compiled together a digestible list of some of the news buzzing around the vacation rental industry this week. Airbnb's first major ad campaign, takeaways from the VRMA European Seminar last week, and what travel activities users perform on mobile, have taken the spotlight this week in vacation rental industry news.
Industry Buzz for December 12-19, 2013
AirBnB launches first major ad campaign
Although AirBnB have previously conducted small advertising campaigns, this Tuesday they launched their first ever major advertising campaign costing a staggering $2 million. Their 5 minute video captures the creation of 50 birdhouses based on real AirBnB locations. AirBnB state in the description that "This film is a celebration of our passion for travel and the kind of hospitality that makes people feel at home anywhere."
If you haven't seen the video already we recommend you watch it, the delivery of this campaign is really beautiful. And whats more, this campaign is an excellent move for those in the vacation rental industry; it will heighten awareness of alternative lodging to vacationers even more so.
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Top 3 takeaways from the VRMA European Seminar
Dwellable collected together their top 3 takeaways from the VRMA European Seminar in Bruges last week. This article discusses the ever growing vacation rental industry and some of the key topics learnt from the incredibly insightful VRMA event e.g. the expansion of property management software to include more services.
Florida is labelled as most popular vacation rental destination
According to FlipKey, Florida has been labelled as the most popular destination for vacation rentals in 2013, taken 7 of the 10 positions. In this article, Flipkey also predict the top 10 trending travel destinations for 2014, with the World Cup's host Rio de Janeiro taking the lead.
Top 10 lists are a fun way to deliver statistics and this one by Flipkey is really insightful. It's really interesting seeing what locations received the most booking requests in 2013. Find out who else made the list here.
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New info-graphic on travel and mobile users
Mobile performance-based advertising platform Tapjoy, recently released a useful info-graphic for travel marketers on the mobile habits of travelling consumers. It highlights things like what travel-related activities users perform on their mobile devices and how far ahead travellers make holiday reservations.
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