The Vacation Rental Show, Episode 5: Lisbon, Portugal

The city of Lisbon Portugal is going through extraordinary times. Only a few years ago, it was one of Europe’s sleepier capitals. Reeling from a global financial crisis, the historic heart of the city lay mostly abandoned by residents. It was one of those places tourists simply. didn’t. go.

But when locals began restoring properties and offering them as vacation rentals — cafes, bars, and artist venues followed, and almost overnight, Lisbon exploded onto the big stage. It became one of the most hyped travel cities in the world.

This kind of thing used to be rare in tourism’s textbooks. But it is starting to happen in more and more destinations. I decided to visit Inner Circle member Filipa Aguilar of Rent4Rest, to explore the question, how do we visit the world's emerging hot spots in the most sustainable way?

​How do we visit the world's emerging hot spots in the most sustainable way?

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We have heard from lots of viewers who are enjoying the second season of the show. One interesting aspect of the Lisbon episode was the theme of overtourism. This concept has been covered by a number of travel publications including ​its inception on Skift in 2016

 Keep an eye on a few interesting applications to your destination:

  • How to integrate small business and people (not huge corporations) into your guest experience
  • How to work with other hosts to solve problems and create a unified voice
  • How each gesture (no matter how small) can indeed make a difference

Comments and suggestions and feedback welcomed as always! 

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