What role do short term rentals play in Chelan County’s tourism industry?
Tourism in Chelan County is Booming. In 2017 over $500,000,000 was spent directly on travel and tourism in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Our guests have come to appreciate and rely upon the unique advantages of short term rentals when they visit. This lodging option allows better privacy for a family or group, and the ability to enjoy social activities just as if they were in their own home. Hotels, camping and other lodging options are important as well, but short term rentals fill a niche that thousands of mostly repeat visitors have come to count upon.
How do short term rentals operate, and who makes sure they are safe and neighborly?
Short term rentals are typically managed by the property owner or a property manager. Reservation systems rely on well established websites like AirBnB and VRBO. Owners and managers vigorously screen potential renters to make sure that the property suits their needs and group size, and that they agree contractually with all terms of rental, which include provisions related to existing code enforcement (noise, parking, garbage etc.). Our guests love visiting our communities, and enjoying all of the same things we do about NCW life. Neighborhood safety, serenity and sense of community matter as much to our guests as it does to the residents around them.
How do short term rentals contribute to our overall economy?
Based on tax revenue reports from 2018 $74,000,000 were spent on lodging in Chelan County last year of which we estimate that $14,800,000 were visits to STR homes. Those guests of course ate in restaurants, shopped for retail items and enjoyed many of the outdoor activities utilizing outfitters and vendors. In addition, short term rentals create thousands of jobs for residents, including property management, housekeeping and, other property care service providers. Without short term rentals, a significant portion of our tourism industry would simply collapse.
How do I get involved?
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