STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A recent Forbes article suggests that luxury catered chalets could be the next hottest vacation trend in North America, and one Steamboat Springs, Colo.-based company is paving the way in luxury vacation rentals.
The catered chalet concept in Europe has been a cultural norm for almost a century and is finally making a splash in North America. Moving Mountains, a specialist in luxury vacation rentals and property management, is riding a five-year hot streak with 20-30 percent annual growth that shows no signs of slowing down.
Forbes explains that instead of the frantic arrival to a hotel or resort with no groceries, equipment or local knowledge to guide your decision making, Moving Mountains guests have the option to be greeted by a stocked fridge, beautifully prepared rooms, equipment delivery, a personal chef, concierge service, chauffeur and even pre-purchased tickets for skiing, concerts, tours and adventure.
The trend toward vacation rentals has, without exception, influenced demand for luxury homes. Robin Craigen, Moving Mountains Co-Founder and CEO, is quick to credit Airbnb and VRBO/Homeaway with driving change amongst consumer habits creating new interest in renting homes.
“Twenty years ago, renting someone’s home was adventurous,” says Craigen. “Now it’s mainstream. Nearly 60 percent of Airbnb renters now want to rent someone’s entire house which is a huge confirmation of our business model. It also helps draw more people away from hotels into the vacation rental market, which is great for us, but Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO aren’t offering the luxury, fully catered experience. That’s where we’re doing something completely different.”