Most likely they didn’t aspire to a career in vacation rentals but seized the opportunity.
One recent visitor to Three Rivers said he actually prepared for a career in short term rentals. Meet Lucas Rowe, 30, a self-described Airbnb entrepreneur from Canada.
As an Airbnb host and owner of 13 rentals, Rowe travels and stays in Airbnb units wherever he goes. He came out west for Burning Man then visited Sequoia National Park and Three Rivers with another Airbnb host from the Dominican Republic.
“It’s all about building long-term relationships and staying in touch,” Rowe said. “I’m a people person so it’s not about social media for me but rather in-person meet-ups and problem-solving conversations.”
Rowe says his model is simple and focused on doing good in the community.
“In Canada, I don’t trust government to do much of anything on their own, and in Three Rivers you shouldn’t either,” Rowe said. “The Airbnb phenomenon is not going away so it’s best to organize for local control.”
Rowe has pledged to continue to share how the short-term rental explosion plays out in Ontario, Canada.
“I’ll be back to check on Three Rivers’s progress,” Rowe said. “I can see it now: Three Rivers and Kitchener-Waterloo — sister Airbnb communities.”