The Vacation Rental Show, Episode 6: Rio de Janeiro

​As a child I remember seeing carnival on TV and following their famed soccer team in the world cup -- I envisioned this South American landmark almost like a separate world of samba and beaches and eternal fun.

​But reputations of destinations change. And most recently Brazil seems to have fallen on harder times: a moment in history where the headlines aren’t nearly as savory, and the perception for vacationers...its not the first place you’re wanting to go.

But there was a specific vacation rental in the capital Rio that always peaked my interest. It wasn’t long before I started to wonder, what’s it like to visit a legendary cultural destination when the news is telling you not to go?

What's it like to visit a cultural landmark when the press is telling you not to go? #brazil #rio

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In this episode, there are a few interesting takeaways for vacation rental professionals:

  • The Coral Penthouse is an archetype of Limited Edition: notice how in addition to just the look and feel of this penthouse, the host adds touches that a hotel could never replicate
  • The role of in-person check-ins as "the new luxury" in an age of technology
  • How local sporting events can become almost-religious experiences when attended with a passionate fan
  • Anxiety: as a host, it's easy to get nervous about every guest and whether or not they'll have a good time. This is normal. It's also important. NOT caring would be the opposite and that's a dangerous kind of hospitality to play. 

About the author 

Matt Landau

Matt Landau is the Founder of VRMB. He spends most of his time inside of VRMB Communities, one of the leading collaboration platforms helping vacation rental owners and managers build more profitable & sustainable businesses.