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Local vacation rental company signs on to regional website posted on 10/01/2018

The launch of a new vacation rental website experience – NorthwestStays.com – has attracted a local professional to its association.

NorthwestStays was created to unite regional vacation rental managers under the single mission of increasing awareness and tourism specific to the vacation rental industry throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, Hawaii and British Columbia.

“Travel and tourism are booming and yet the market is more diverse and challenging than ever, particularly for individual property managers,” said Dan Eby, president of Northwest Vacation Rentals which has launched the new website. “It’s our job as property managers to find new and innovative ways to showcase properties and support the industry as a whole.”

Betsy LaBarge, president and CEO of Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals, attended a few conferences in Seattle and was attracted to the members representing smaller boutique companies in the Northwest – a group which grew into the association that would better represent its members.

“I joined the association this year and a benefit of membership is to have the privilege and opportunity to list our vacation rentals at NorthwestStays.com.,” LaBarge wrote in an email to The Mountain Times. “The main goal is to showcase the best property managers with the best vacation rentals in the Pacific Northwest to the traveling public and to offer them a way to find vacation rentals in several areas that they can have confidence in knowing they will be clean and well-maintained and the visitor will be treated well.”

LaBarge added that the cherry on top is that visitors will pay less through the new site than by using other resources like HomeAway or Airbnb which add service fees, or Booking.com where the rates may be increased by the property manager to cover the 15 percent commission that is charged.

Besides being cost effective, the website allows visitors to explore and compare multiple websites in one place and click over to learn more information or to book directly via member websites.

The association requires unique qualities in its members.

“The company must be professional and represent high quality homes that are clean and safe,” LaBarge said. “The company also needs to engage in ethical and legal business practices.”

Besides Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals, the Mountain community is also represented in the association by All Seasons Property Management.

By Larry Berteau/MT

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