Episode 148 - How Many Guests Are Too Many? Our Rent Responsibly Summit Session
May 01, 2023
Sarah Bradford/Tim Cafferty
How many guests are too many? The question begs you to think of over population of our resort areas. Today's podcast is a webinar that Sarah and T did for Rent Responsibly's People, Places & Planet Summit. Check out Rent Responsibly's 2023 STR Sustainability Report for more on all of the topics discussed.
Sarah and Tim cover what we all can do to be better citizens as Vacation Rental Managers.
The session covers staff housing efforts, as well as the issue of having "naysayers" in the local population of your destination, plus what the future of tourism looks like in your community.
Key Takeaways covered:
- Get involved with your local government bodies and join the conversation about how much workforce housing is needed, what types, and work on creative ways to fill the gap now while getting building efforts off the ground that will serve the community and make sense for filling the need
- Marketing Education to Visitors - recycling, reducing plastic (stop with the throw away plastic bottles!!), responsible behavior, etc
- Be sure that you aren’t just sending a text “take out the trash and be sure to put the lid on!” but put action and money behind your efforts - talk with guests, create signage, create a culture at your office with a mission to help guests be great visitors
- Work with City/Town on long range tourism - you may have to do the heavy lifting here. Elected officials LOVE someone to do the dirty work for them and then take credit.