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Vacasa on Deaths Door

(News Item #0462, Published: 05/09/24, Author: Steve Milo, – With current lilaibites $200 million more than current liablites, is Vacasa close to bankrupc? Or will a white knight buy the firm and sell of the inventory of Read more

Vacasa Hawaii Vacation Rentals Plight: Low Satisfaction, High Fees

(News Item #0461, Published: 03/10/24, Author: , Beat of Hawaii) – We felt stung when we checked vacation rentals in Hawaii and found that even on five or more day rentals, fees and taxes in most cases were about equal to or more than the actual rental cost. Read more

Airbnb boots a Washington State user off the site

(News Item #0421, Published: 11/09/20, Author: , Seattle Times Classifieds) – Airbnb locked a Washington state user out of its site, then refused to provide an explanation — until Travel Troubleshooter Christopher Elliott stepped in. (Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg) Read more

'A disaster': Airbnb hosts blast decision to refund guests amid coronavirus

(News Item #0414, Published: 03/16/20, Author: , – Airbnb has updated its "extenuating circumstances" policy globally, ensuring all guests are refunded for their reservations amid the sweeping coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Veranda Cottages Owner Direct Vacation Rentals

(News Item #0353, Published: 11/07/18, Author: Elizabeth Rogers, – Outlook Okanogan, a full service vacation rental management company in the Okanogan Valley of Washington State has created a website for owners and guests at Veranda Beach Resort. Read more

Vacation House Destinations Selects Vortex Managers

(News Item #0324, Published: 11/25/15, Author: , – The only destination club specializing in Northwest Vacation Rental homes has selected Vortex Reservations to expand its properties and services. Read more

Ocean Shores Reservations sold to By the Sea

(News Item #0301, Published: 11/01/14, Author: William Victor May, – Ocean Shores Reservation Bureau purchased by By the Sea Vacation Rentals, a Vortex Group affiliate. Read more

Yelp aggressive Ad company

(News Item #0292, Published: 01/16/14, Author: Terry Thomas, Seattle Times Newspaper) – Is Yelp an impartial free service to consumers or an aggressive advertising company touting the services of paying clients, asks guest columnist Terry Thomas. Read more

Jackie Martin Moves to the Mountains

(News Item #0290, Published: 12/04/13, Author: William Victor May, – Crystal Chalets picks new rental management firm and experienced onsite manager, Jackie martin. Goldener Resorts specializes in unique, unusual and remote lodging properties like Crystal Chalets. Read more

May 2013 Speakers Covered The Bases

(News Item #0283, Published: 05/07/13, Author: Josh Dettwiller, – Speakers for the May 2012 get together of the Washington State Vacation Rental Managers Association ( covered topics from State Tourism to startling internet innovations. Read more

Florida Vacation Rental Managers Teach Liens

(News Item #0282, Published: 02/20/13, Author: , – Vacation Rental property managers are sometimes left short by property owners. The Association offers a course that deals with collecting from property owners including the use of liens. Read more

Your 2013 travel resolution? Don’t be a jerk

(News Item #0278, Published: 01/03/13, Author: , Seattle Times Newspaper) – Wheter you're flygin, driving or sailing, there's something about travel that brings out the jer in all of us. Read more

New Washington State Vacation Rental Website

(News Item #0271, Published: 06/01/12, Author: William Victor May, – There is a new vacation rental website in Washington state that lists homes only from quality managers who are members of the Washington State Vacation Rental Managers Association. Read more

WAVRMA widens doors for new members & directors

(News Item #0263, Published: 04/27/12, Author: William Victor May, – Washington State Vacation Rental Manager Association returns to its roots of free wwheeling open-forum trade association open to membeship by managers, suppliers and vacation rental suppoters. Read more

VRA Director - 10 Things Vacation-Rental Sites Won't Say

(News Item #0257, Published: 12/14/11, Author: Linda Lacina, Smart Money Magazine) – Since 2008, when Americans spent $24 billion on vacation rentals, the industry has undergone a veritable sea change, thanks to a new breed of travel-booking websites Read more

The Music-Copyright Enforcers

(News Item #0272, Published: 08/06/11, Author: , New York Times) – Read more

Readers Digest Magazine Grades The BBB

(News Item #0285, Published: 08/01/11, Author: , – Long considered an impartial arbiter of who’s scamming whom (and who’s not), the Better Business Bureau—a “federated association” of locally run bureaus—has been facing questions Read more

TripAdvisor releases survey results

(News Item #0246, Published: 07/27/11, Author: Greg Coffone, –

Homeaway announces Brand Boost Program

(News Item #0244, Published: 07/21/11, Author: Greg Coffone, –

Talks Breakdown on Vacation Rental Switch

(News Item #0239, Published: 06/30/11, Author: Thelma Coffone, – Efforts to establish a website with on-line booking capabilities by the Vacation Rental Manager's Assn. have fallen apart. Read more

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