Winter Travel: COVID-19 and Cancellations

With COVID-19 still impacting travel, what are the trends to watch this winter season? We’re breaking down this question into two main sections: Booking Trends Cancellations   Booking Trends Booking Trends have absolutely shifted, but a look at the recent September data could help us predict the holiday period. According to Guesty, in September, across […]

Expert Q+A: Smart Home Solutions

We sat down with Minut, NoiseAware, and PointCentral to discuss how smart home solutions can improve efficiency, cost savings, safety, and guest trust. The panel also talks about regulatory benefits, and the ability to charge guests more for your property. Monitoring smoking marijuana or vaping is also a hot topic and one area where new […]

7 Tips for Avoiding Unauthorized House Parties in Your Vacation Rental

In your personal life, you may be the life of the party but you likely don’t want a raging party at your home when you’re not at home. Unauthorized parties are one the biggest concerns for owners of short-term rental homes. Many homeowners are reporting a recent increase in party issues at their homes, with […]

Branding Your Property … And Yourself!

When making a lodging reservation, consumers typically seek reassurances that the lodging option they select will provide them their desired lodging experience. Positive brand image plays a major role in minimizing risk for the consumer, and enticing them to choose your property. The idea of brand image typically conjures up thoughts of property branding, but […]

Recap: The Book Direct Show

ASTRHO recently had the opportunity to attend the Book Direct show online, where industry experts led over 50 dynamic presentations to discuss how to drive more bookings through direct channels. For many accommodation providers, direct bookings are viewed as the holy grail of profitability, avoiding having to pay fees to middle men and having more […]

Vacation Rental Insurance FAQ’s

What Insurance Options Do I Have To Insure My Vacation Rental? As the owner of a vacation rental property, you have three insurance options. You can purchase a homeowner’s policy, a dwelling landlord policy, or a commercial policy. All three options vary significantly with regards to coverage and pricing. What are the main differences between […]

Expert Q+A: Revenue Management Systems

We chatted with Vacation Rental Industry Experts at Beyond Pricing, Perfect Price and Wheelhouse to discuss revenue management systems. 03:45 Technology Needs & Human Deployment20:30 System Capabilities & Levers31:45 RMS + PMS + Merchandising + Marketing48:15 Q&A and Closing We dive deep on what an RMS can do for you and how to translate your […]

A New Operating Paradigm for Self-Managed Vacation Rental Owners

Contributed by Ted Miller, COO and Partner at GuestSmiles I’ve worked in the vacation rental industry since the mid-1990’s— before VRBO, before, and way before Airbnb. Almost before the internet! So it’s a bit of an understatement when I say that I’ve seen a lot of changes to the industry. Way back in 1998, […]

Expert Q+A: Pricing + Revenue Management

Both Anurag and Neal have extensive backgrounds in airline revenue management and have been working to provide revenue management, pricing technology for the short-term rental segment. We had a chance to sit down with them and chat about basic concepts, technology solutions, and strategies. The Vacation Rental Experts: Quibble Neal Cyr, Co-founder PriceLabs Anurag […]

VRM Intel Data and Revenue Management Conference (DARM) Recap

We had a chance to participate in the 2nd Annual DARM conference focused on short-term and vacation rental. Because there was so much valuable information, we decided it is best to share as a 2-part series. More snackable content is better – here is a 5 minute read. Top 5 Data Points: Markets, Definitions, and […]