Happy Friday! 😃This will be our final industry news for 2020, since the holidays are next week!🎄We hope everyone can spend some safe, quality time with their families. We will be winding things down until after the new year, but don’t worry! We’ll still be around if something catastrophic happens.
We would like to thank everyone for a fantastic year, despite all of the craziness that has been going on. We have a lot of exciting things planned for 2021, and look forward to seeing what the future holds. One thing you can sign up for now is our upcoming webinar with Airbnb on January 12th. We’ll discuss how to optimize your properties for listing on Airbnb. The session is free to join, but you need to use the sign-up for OwnerRez/Airbnb webinar link to register. Now, let's get into this week's industry news!
California has made vacation rentals illegal. The new travel restriction put in place makes it illegal for owners to take reservations from people traveling from another state. The exceptions to this rule are that guests may stay if they quarantine for 14 days prior to arrival, or if they are traveling for essential purposes. However, most of the state has even tighter restrictions, only allowing guests to stay for essential travel. To make matters worse, guests who book through vacation rental sites are being told there is no guarantee for refunds.
Airbnb has placed a ban on one-night stays for this upcoming New Year’s Eve. This comes as no surprise, as Airbnb has done this before with other holidays to prevent large one-night parties. We’ve mentioned this in the past here, here, here, here...I think you get the point. Some people may be angry over this, but it’s either this or your place gets trashed and your neighbors are pissed.🤷♂️
The new travel trend, Remote “Workcations”, has come about because of Covid. Some cities, such as Miami Beach, Florida have begun to invite visitors for longer periods of stay in 2021. Future "workcationers" will be able to take advantage of special incentives and unique experiences with extended stay packages. If you can work remotely, why not work somewhere with perks you can enjoy in your off-time?🌴
Now to wrap things up with hope for the future, there’s a Covid-19 vaccine! The first trucks with the vaccine left the Pfizer plant in Michigan on December 13th. They are expected to deliver 2.9 million doses this week! This will dramatically impact the vacation rental industry and the entire economy for that matter. We hope everyone who wants to can get vaccinated ASAP and things can get back to normal. Thank you to everyone who makes OwnerRez the best vacation rental software out there!