As I’ve mentioned, the vacation rental industry is experiencing awesome growth and maturity. A travel industry GIANT is taking shape. A force to be reckoned with.
The 2013 VRMA conference in Nashville was a great demonstration of this growth and maturity.
I’ve attended at least 5 VRMA conferences over the years, and no doubt the 2013 was the most impressive show of industry strength.
The 2013 conference was a record setting year – more attendees and vendors than any previous year. But it wasn’t the great numbers and records set that impressed me.
It was an overall vibe. A professionalism.
As a collective, the vacation rental industry is recognizing the significance and power building behind the vacation rental brand.
The travel industry is recognizing the strength of vacation rentals. Travelers are increasingly recognizing the value, comfort, and convenience vacation rental homes offer over traditional travel options, like hotels, motels or B&B’s.
As a result, the entire vacation rental industry is taking on a much more professional approach to management.
It’s hard to put my finger on it. But conversations are changing. VRMs seem to recognize the potential, and the need to improve, to capture that potential.
Overall, the 2013 VRMA conference was by far the best VRMA show I have attended. Great presentations. Great networking. And an overall great energy.
Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth to chat.
But more importantly, thanks to all of the departing board members – the VRMA board is making a significant transition in 2014. And Best of luck to the newly elected Board.
These are exciting times…and I’m glad we can all share in the excitement!
Hats off to the VRMA staff. See you at the regional shows in April!
PS: As a great example of the professionalism spreading through the VR industry, the keynote speaker for the conference bailed at the last minute, and the Conference Committee was able to fill the keynote spot almost immediately with an amazing speaker – Keni Thomas, a Ranger from Black Hawk Down. Keni is so super awesome that he generated TWO standing ovations. Kudos VRMA!
PPS: If you don’t attend the VRMA events…why?! Where else can you get so many great VRM professionals in one room? It’s worth every penny. Come be a part of the amazing growth.