Looking back, 2010 started off on an upward trajectory, I was sure it was going to be the best on record for my properties. Sadly, on April 20, 2010 everything changed because of the oil spill in the Gulf. Who could have predicted such a tragedy? There were people who lost their lives and livelihood and of course, there was significant impact on the environment and local economy. Retrospectively, I guess I was one of thelucky ones because most of my guests kept their reservations. No one knows what to expect in the coming years but one thing we know for certain, there is an uphill battle to restore tourism in the region. I can only hope for the best.
The rest of my properties did well in 2010 bringing in the same amount of money this year as last. However the significant difference was I rented fewer nights for more money per night. I am extremely grateful for this.
For my work at HomeAway, it was a year of many accomplishments. We rolled out the new version of the Owner Community website that we’re using today. We also created a special website for owners whose rentals were effected by the oil spill, and just this past month, rolled out our new Community forum.
We held 14 seminars across the country where we met and learned from many homeowners and property managers. We also had our first ever HomeAway Summit in May, which far exceeded expectations (we’re doing another one this year!). It was also a great year for my podcast show—looks like we’ll end the year with just shy of 1 million downloads in 2010!
So in the end, despite some ups and downs, I have much to be thankful for.
I hope you have a happy holiday season and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!