|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