Become a Vacation Rental Angel
By William May
Published: 03/01/10 Topics: Comments:
Operating a vacation rental business can be fun and profitable but it is also an opportunity to do some good in the world. Now property owners and managers can do that by participating in a public program that offers unused vacation rental nights to charitable causes through the Vacation Rental Angels Website.
The program is administered by the Vacation Rental Association (vrai.org) a not-for-profit trade association offering membership services to owners, managers, suppliers and website publishers.
"Every now and then we see a property or manager who is inaccurately portrayed in the media", says William May, President of Sunspot Resorts and volunteer Executive Director of vrai, "And we thought it was high time that the public understands the millions of dollars that owners donate to good causes."
vrai offers inspections and verifications of properties to assure the traveling public of property quality. Members of vrai subscribe to a Code of Ethics and the vast majority of properties are well run, even luxurious. Guest complaints are almost non-existent for vrai members, who take their responsibilities seriously.
Participation in the Angel program is open to all vrai members and there is no cost or rigid rules for donations. Members who agree to offer at least one week per year free to charities may join the program and have their properties and their donations listed on the VacationRentalAngels.com website.
"Limiting how and when donations, or forcing owners to use the site for giving, would only serve to lessen donations," said May, "And that would defeat the entire idea. This program says give first and then get a little recognition later".
vrai.org operates the world's first Multiple-Listing-Service (MLS) for Vacation Rentals at www.VRMLA.org. vrai member can easily post their property to the VacationRentalAngels.com website along with subscribing to many other paid and free websites. Vacation Rental Owners and Managers, not already vrai members, can join the group and become Angels by visiting www.vrai.org to join.
Author: William May – Volunteer, Vacation Rental Association
Blog #: 0141 – 03/01/10
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