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Lodging Update January 27th, 2014

By William May
Published: 01/27/14 Topics: Comments:

Its Seattle Superbow week edition of the Vortex Insider. Crazy here. But business as usual for our hard working reservation staff, even on Sunday. In this edition other news and super stuff too. Read more

Lodging Update January 20th, 2014

By William May
Published: 01/22/14 Topics: Comments:

Ryan, Matt & Emmalee join us as we learn about guest behavior, refunds and how guests are learning how to rip off lodging providers. Read more

Lodging Update January 6th, 2014

By William May
Published: 01/06/14 Topics: Comments:

In the new year waiting for now, changing batteries, property maintenance limits and now is time to increase inventory. Read more

Lodging Update December 16th, 2013

By William May
Published: 12/18/13 Topics: Comments:

This week is all about security. Please read and head. Read more

Lodging Update December 9th, 2013

By William May
Published: 12/09/13 Topics: Comments:

This week the weather is in the news and its time to warm up properties. Technical news too makes it into the list as does a new concept called Manifest Photos. Please read and head. Read more

Lodging Update December 2nd, 2013

By William May
Published: 12/02/13 Topics: Comments:

This update is all about HelpBook.me our ace lodging software, Secret products, How to do Hourly Billing, Overtime, New Keysafes and how to Change Keysafe Codes. Read more

Lodging Update November 1st, 2013

By William May
Published: 11/01/13 Topics: Comments:

Plumbob Publishing has published a new website for an old magazine. NortwestSkiers.com is now online and staff members are listed as correspondents in some cases. Its good for skiers, snowboarders and our lodging partners. Read more

Lodging Update October 21st, 2013

By William May
Published: 10/21/13 Topics: Comments:

In this issue: Your list of Unit Notices, Owner & Staff Dashboards, Owner Self-cleaning procedures, Freshens Reminder. Newly enrolled properties. Read more

Government Officials Driving Tourism Economy Away

By William May
Published: 06/01/12 Topics: Government Comments:

Tourism is a clean, responsible industry that brings in visitors anxious to shop, attend events, tour attractions, rent lodging, and pay the taxes that go with them. So why do local government officials want to drive away vacation rentals and turn away the easy spending guests who want them? Read more

Lodging Update August 31st, 2010

By William May
Published: 09/02/10 Topics: Comments:

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Lodging Update November 1st, 2009

By William May
Published: 11/01/09 Topics: Comments:

Sometimes it is nice to see your name in the media and sometimes it is not. As the volunteer Director of the Vacation Rental Association (VRAI) I receive calls from media all over the country. Speaking with most reporters reminds me of sitting in Journalism class while pursuing my college Read more

Lodging Update October 1st, 2009

By William May
Published: 10/01/09 Topics: Comments:

I stumbled onto an Internet posting the other day that told me it has been twenty years since Robert Fulgham wrote Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in kindergarten. That is stunning really because it does, as they say, seem like yesterday. Of course I've read some of his othe Read more

Lodging Update July 23rd, 2009

By William May
Published: 07/24/09 Topics: Comments:

We can not believe July is almost over. And the good news is that the number of email, website and telephone inquiries seems back to normal. Maybe people are loosening up or maybe its all the advertising we're doing. Sorry this blog is a little long. It is our goal to write you more often but s Read more

Lodging Update May 12th, 2009

By William May
Published: 07/04/09 Topics: Comments:

SUMMER IS COMING: Finally we are seeing nice increases in inquiries for the summer. This is later than usual but most in our industry thing the latent demand will result in decent summer occupancy anyway. We continue to post additional ads for all destinations and units. LUXURYREALESTATE.COM: Read more

Lodging Update July 2nd, 2009

By William May
Published: 07/01/09 Topics: Comments:

We can't believe the 4th of July is upon us. And the good news the number of email, website and telephone inquiries seems back to normal. Maybe people are loosening up or maybe its all the advertising we're doing. William May Penny Taylor Sunspot Inns, Resorts Vacation Rentals ADV Read more

Lodging Update May 20th, 2009

By William May
Published: 05/20/09 Topics: Comments:

If banks can pass the stress test, maybe you can too ! Had a little fender bender the other day. Guy jumped out of his car and ran up screaming, I'm not happy. So I said,OK, which one are you?; Wm. May Penny Taylor Sunspot Inns, Resorts Vacation Rentals === Read more

Lodging Update April 18th, 2009

By William May
Published: 04/18/09 Topics: Comments:

ECONOMY UPDATE: Yes the economy is affecting luxury travel like Vacation Rentals. Some markets are getting hit harder than others. From our perspective the biggest challenge in predictability. Guests seem to be booking more last-minute but the inquiries keep coming. With a bit of luck, more 12 Read more

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