For Immediate Release
Symposium held at the Cape for Short-Term Accommodation Owners
November 7th, 2023
On November 5th, 100 short term accommodators from the County and surrounding areas gathered together at the Cape for the first ever Vacation Income Property (VIP) Symposium.
The one-day symposium was hosted by the Licensed Short-Term Accommodation of Prince Edward County https://licensedstas.com/.
The symposium covered various topics including property management, super host best practices, design tips and trends, financing solutions and understanding the County Rules and Regulations, which was presented by Arryn McNicol, the Director of Corporate & Legislative Services for the County and Chad Brown, the Fire Chief. The event concluded with an After Party Networking reception at the Prince Edward Yacht Club, sponsored by Picton Home Hardware, with one lucky winner receiving a $500 gift card as the door prize.
The lucky winner, Stephanie Roles, Realtor with Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage Prince Edward County was thrilled and shared, “As an STA owner there is always another project, repair or idea on the horizon. This gift card takes one less item off that list! Big thank you to Home Hardware and the organizers!”
Airbnb, was the opening keynote speaker and an event sponsor, along with Price Labs, Wynd Technologies and Touch Stay. Karlo Estates graciously sponsored an afternoon wine tasting. Several other local businesses contributed items for the attendee gift bags, ensuring that hosts were made aware of local products and services to pass information along to their overnight guests.
“Airbnb at its core is about connectivity, with Hosts opening up their homes to people from around the world. It’s always wonderful for Hosts in PEC to meet and connect in person. The symposium demonstrates the dedication PEC Hosts have in building a thriving community that supports local tourism and economic development to the place that they call home.” Camille Boulais-Pretty, Public Policy, AirBnB.
The Airbnb presentation highlighted how travel patterns have changed and the need for dedicated work spaces & strong wifi signals to allow travelers to work remotely is vitally important to the industry. And that 40% of guests choose which local businesses and attractions to support based on their hosts’ recommendations.
Session speaker, Joe Sammut, Mortgage Broker with Mortgage Architects said, “The Vacation Income Property Symposium was a fantastic event. It was incredibly well organized and full of poignant information from many different industry sources. It was a day full of learning and networking. I would hope that this group and its initiatives will become industry standard over time. They are truly working to improve standards for the STA industry. I look forward to expanding my relationship and working with The Licensed Short-Term Accommodators of Prince Edward County.”
The association has already started plans for next year, to build on this year’s success. The Licensed Short-Term Accommodators of Prince Edward County now has over 200 members and represents one of the largest associations in the County.
About the Licensed Short-Term Accommodators of Prince Edward County Inc.
A strong voice for Licensed Short-Term Accommodators will ensure that we contribute to the spirit of the community and facilitate sustainable and thoughtful tourism in Prince Edward County that allows local businesses, residents, and our community to flourish. As representatives for Licensed Short-Term Accommodators, we will use our collective voices to ensure that all stakeholders in the County – council, local residents & other tourism related businesses – benefit and community concerns are heard. For more information, visit www.licensedstas.com and contact email@example.com.
For media inquiries please contact Davelle Morrison, President, Licensed Short Term Accommodation of Prince Edward County firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.509.3286.