When I first moved down to Central America, it was because I wanted to avoid the rat race of corporate America. Most of my friends were entering jobs in DC and New York and while I knew that wasn’t for me, I didn’t exactly know what was. And so I connected with an alumn from my school who basically took me under his ...

Last night was the 1-year anniversary of Fortaleza Tours: Fried Fish and Mojitos, a company that emerged from our gang intervention and reintegration program Esperanza Social Venture Club here in the historic district of Casco Viejo, Panama.It was a very surreal experience for me: to have some of my greatest mentors and friends sitting in what used to be a bullet-ridden alleyway…Only now ...

[Warning: I predict that HomeAway or FlipKey or one of the other big companies will take this idea and turn it into an app within the next 2 years. Just remember, you heard it on Matt Landau’s VR blog first!] I’m constantly on the lookout for new tools or secret weapons I can use to better engage my potential guests and convince them ...

In 2013, the average attention span of a human was 8 seconds, one second less than that of a goldfish (fact).This is relevant (as it relates to your vacation rental) because we all suffer from a little glitch when it comes to listing sites…We hook prospective guests with our gorgeous featured images and compelling titles.But just seconds into this process, they land on ...

One of the very simplest, most influential tips I share in my one-on-one consultations with subscribers  revolves around the following questions: “But Matt, I already operate at full occupancy. What room left do I have to improve?” “Matt, we are already successful and we’re not interested in buying a second vacation rental. What can your advice do for people like us?” “Hey Matt, ...

Update: This post dates back to 2009. If you'd like to see how far we have come with video since, check out The Vacation Rental Show presented by Booking.com. We still encourage all advanced vacation rental professionals (Stage 3 and 4 of Listing Site Independence) to begin practicing with some form of video storytelling. It should be no secret that video is playing an ...