You finally did it. You listed your Airbnb property or room online and you are excited. You begin going about the details, adding sheets and towels and little amenities such as soaps and flowers in the room. Then you have the idea of adding a complimentary bottle of wine to the room. You think perhaps that will win the guests over and they will write a glowing review. Let me stop you there.
If you are tempted to feel defeated knowing that Airbnb reported $5.3 million in sales tax revenue, don’t be because the lions share is with the other 93%. Knowing these numbers and watching them rise or fall can be a game changer for a business.
The slogan this year for NTTW is Travel Then and Now. The slogan encourages the industry to reflect on past success and promote policies for the future. This reflection is needed more than ever in the industry.
Just as hotels have learned to innovate because of the sharing economy, the sharing economy should learn the age old tradition of hospitality that hotels have mastered.
Is 2017 different from other years? The Governor’s Conference will focus on important issues of workforce development and visitor experience. There are several issues that should be considered for 2017. Here are some things I am watching and trying to plan for in the 2017 Maine tourism season.
I am a small business owner in Maine and I would like to see opportunity created from disruption. We are a creative state with very smart people. Don’t let the Airbnb controversy lead to angry residents and tourism businesses losing money.
The purpose of listing my 2016 lessons learned, is to share with and motive Innkeepers in 2017.