Remember when you were a kid and your parents got you a big present for your birthday and all you played with was the box? Well, I’m here to tell you that in your vacation rental business, you’re still just playing with the box.
According to the US Department of Commerce, accommodation accounts for only 19% of the total consumer spend on travel and tourism. While this information is based on US travel data, the trends can certainly be translated for global tourism spending as well. The rest of the money is spent on transportation, dining, entertainment and recreational activities while on vacation.
What if there was a way to tap into that untouched 81%?
People spend countless hours searching for the perfect vacation rental for their annual holiday. Nights, weekends and probably some work hours are spent clicking through Airbnb, HomeAway, Booking.com and the like, only to be crosschecked and eliminated down by side-by-side comparisons before finally confirming the one perfect listing.
If that listing was yours, congratulations. They no doubt read every single review on all of the listing portals and probably ran some Google searches to make sure you’re on the up and up. Well, in addition to confirming you’re not a sociopath or a crooked scam artist, something else was occurring subconsciously during their due diligence of your vacation rental.
They built rapport with you.
They’ve seen your face, they’ve read the stories of others that have come before them and now, they feel like they know you, and more importantly, they TRUST you.
That trust is worth more than gold.
That trust is why they will take your advice about local restaurants and amazing tour guides and wonderful day-trips to nearby landmarks. Most of you already know this and already supply your guests with the friendly local advice so their stay is that much sweeter and they leave a great review.
But there is so much more potential than just a good review. By connecting your guests to local service providers that you know and trust, you’re saving them hours of research and removing the element of a negative experience. That is worth something.
This is where Vreasy’s Splendid Services become an invaluable part of your vacation rental business. Vreasy’s vacation rental software allows you to automatically plug into a trusted network of curated services providers that you can offer your guests with a click of the mouse.
From the moment they land, they are greeted with a personal driver, met with a smiling host at the property, offered a welcome gift basket when they arrive and finally, they are recommended the perfect place for an easy dinner after a long day of travel.
That’s just the beginning. Vreasy’s automated guest relationship software can offer your guests tried and tested tour guides, bike rentals, spa treatments and babysitting services directly from their email.
To learn more how you can save time and increase your vacation rental income, sign up with Vreasy today!