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The information gathered on this page is intended to assist South Walton rental management companies and individual bed tax collectors who have requested examples of written material to support #BookDirect messaging –  the idea of establishing direct relationships with renters, emphasizing quality of local service and fewer booking fees.

Information on this page is marked either as “free use,” or has been provided by local companies as an example of steps currently being taken by that company to market their services and further the #BookDirect message. Example materials provided by partner companies should be used as example only, and not copied verbatim. Materials marked “Free Use” may be used in any way and for any purpose that benefits your South Walton rental efforts, with only the minimal editing necessary to personalize for your company, or with as much personalization as you deem best.

Likewise, three “Local Expert” graphical options are available to any South Walton bed tax collector, to emphasize the value of local knowledge and support the #BookDirect message. These graphics have a transparent background and may be used online or in print. (For example, the Local Expert badge could be included on your company’s homepage, as an element of the listing photos you provide your guests, or in emails and printed communication used to connect with your guests.)

Free Use #BookDirect messaging:

South Walton Expert badge (free use graphic options):

Partner provided #BookDirect messaging:

Example messaging provided by HOMEOWNER'S COLLECTION (Example use only -- Not to be copied without express permission)

Example messaging provided by 360 Blue (Example use only -- Not to be copied without express permission)

Best Practice Tips provided by Rivard of South Walton Rentals

Information provided by Five Star Properties (Example use only -- Not to be copied without express permission)

Example #BookDirect webpage messaging provided by Gibson Beach Rentals, Inc. (Example use only -- Not to be copied without express permission)

VRBO Accommodations Partner Workshop

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the Walton County TDC hosted a meeting for accommodation partners to discuss anticipated changes to HomeAway/VRBO booking practices, how those changes might impact local businesses, and what responses, if any, were being taken by local rental management companies.

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