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We struggling with our Airbnb launch strategy due to COVID19.
Our location is more of a summer destination, however we feel that we can capitalize on some winter attractions and activities, but are prepared for leaner winters and Busy booked summers.
Our suite will be ready Nov 1st, 2020. Our options are:
Do a private 6 month rental and then launch the Airbnb for the summer peak season.
launch the Airbnb right out of the gate in Nov 2020.
With the Canadian Market focusing on local travel to contain the spread of the virus, it seems short term rentals are booked solid. I am wondering if other hosts are seeing more off season bookings due to the pandemic?
Yes, I am seeing a tremendous bump in off season booking. Summer is my slow season with generally 3-4 booking from June- mid-Sept. Winter is booked every weekend, with some 3 day and longer holiday bookings.
I had a LT renter through July 6th, and have been booked every week since. We are keeping 3 days between bookings, but next open weekend is mid-Sept.
I will say that the Covid cleaning protocols are tremendous, so if you’re not prepared for all the extra work and time, then go w/ the 6 month rental. I’ve increased my rates to make up for the extra cleaning time, but it’s exhausting.
British Columbia - Shuswap Lake is where the property is.
I have looked around and chatted with a friend who has an Airbnb on Okanagan lake. Bit of a different area as she is in wine country. But she is booked solid after just opening in May.
Other STR in my area show vacancies in the late fall and winter Online, but there is a huge amount of government promotions and focus on travel locally in B.C. So I question how Far in advance do people book weekend getaways? I need 35 nights booked between Nov 1 and Apr 30th to make it worthwhile.
I just don’t want to miss out on a good opportunity to launch sooner Rather than the spring. But I also don’t want to be sitting empty all winter! Anyone have a crystal ball?
Of course this will vary quite a lot depending on the listing, location and season, but I have noticed that people generally seem to be booking much closer to the stay since Covid. I’d say about 2 - 3 weeks prior at the most. I used to get people booking at least a month if not several months ahead for some stuff. Thanksgiving would definitely be booked by now in other years, but it seems like people are being tenative about making plans, which makes sense. Not sure if others are having the same though.