Alex & Annie Vacation Rental Podcast

With more than 35 years of combined experience in vacation rentals, Alex Husner and Annie Holcombe have teamed up to connect the dots between inspiration and opportunity, seeking to find the one story, idea, strategy or decision that led to their guests big A-HA moment. 

Join them, as they highlight the REAL stories behind the people and brands that have built vacation rentals into the 100 BILLION dollar industry it is today.

Recent Shows

OTAs / Distribution Destination Marketing AirBnB

1st of the Month Bonus Episode: We Are Not Airbnb… So What ARE We?

Feb. 1, 2023

On today’s episode, we’re featuring our recent panel at DESTICON, a virtual conference that brought together tourism and hospitality professionals from the DMO (Destination marketing organization) space. In our session, we d…

Destination Marketing

Leading through Authenticity and Vulnerability, with Alex Zemianek CEO of JZ Vacation Rentals

Jan. 25, 2023

THE KEY TO A GREAT TEAM IS AUTHENTICITY In today’s episode, Alex and Annie welcome Alex Zemianek, the Founder and CEO of JZ Vacation Rentals. He shares how trial after trial left him broke and almost broken. However, whe…

Software

DACK’s Customer Experience Enhancing Solution, with Thomas Schaper

Jan. 18, 2023

IMPROVE YOUR GUEST EXPERIENCE WITH SEAMLESS TECHNOLOGY In today’s episode, Alex and Annie welcome Thomas Schaper, the Head of Product at DACK Inc. Thomas shares his experience in creating DACK as an app that improves the gue…

Marketing Software

CAPTURE IT! The Value of Email Capture as a Vacation Rental Marketing Solution, with Arthur Colker

Jan. 11, 2023

SUCCESS IN THE VACATION RENTAL SPACE ISN’T ALWAYS INTENTIONAL and Arthur Colker is proof of that. Arthur is the CEO and founder of StayFi, and in this episode, discusses how he accidentally fell into the short-term rental an…

Guest: Arthur Colker
Software

The Journey is the Destination, with Luca Zambello, CEO of Jurny

Jan. 4, 2023

Luca Zambello joins us for today's episode to share the journey of creating Jurny, the industry's first MOS (management operating system). With roots in property management, Luca shares how he changed software 5 times - then…

Guest: Luca Zambello
1St Of The Month

Looking Ahead: 2023, We're Coming for You!

Jan. 1, 2023

It's the 1st of the Month! Tune in as we look back on this incredible year and share our top 5 most downloaded episodes. We also share our predictions for 2023, and our Words of the Year :) Alex just returned from attending …

OTAs / Distribution AirBnB

Holiday Bonus, Part 2: Our Favorite Episodes of 2022

Dec. 28, 2022

Tune in for Part 2 of our Holiday Bonus - our two favorite episodes of this past year! Unlocking $4.9 BILLION Dollars in Military Travel to the Vacation Rental Industry, with Anthony Gantt Anthony Gantt, entrepreneur and rec…

Guest: Anthony Gantt

Holiday Bonus, Part 1: Our Favorite Episodes of 2022

Dec. 21, 2022

As we wind down this incredible year, we wanted to share our two favorite episodes from 2022. Narrowing down this list was no easy task! Over the past 12 months, we've had the privilege to interview many of the top leaders i…

OTAs / Distribution Marketing Software

How a Young Entrepreneur is Re-imagining Guest Experience Technology, with Francois Goello

Dec. 14, 2022

Francois Goello who is the founder of Enso Connect joins us today for an interesting tale of how a terrible guest experience led to him founding one of the slickest guest apps on the market. Francois tells us how Enso Connec…

Marketing

Top 6 Tips to Recession Proof Your Marketing, with Pete Dimaio of TravelBoom

Dec. 7, 2022

Pete Dimaio of TravelBoom Marketing is BACK for a three-Pete! This is Pete's 3rd appearance on the show, and today he joins us for a very timely and relevant topic. As we head into 2023 and an economic forecast that is anyth…

Guest: Pete Dimaio
1St Of The Month

Simon Says: The Vacation Rental Industry Needs More Accessible Properties, Plus End of Year Wrap-up

Dec. 1, 2022

It's the 1st of the Month! Tune in as we recap the previous month and look ahead to the next, discussing industry trends, pacing, events and more. Simon Lehmann of AJL Consulting joins us each month for "Simon Says", where …

Guest: Simon Lehmann
OTAs / Distribution Marketing Software

How Strategic Marketing and Technology Paved a Path to Success for Casiola, with Dennis Goedheid

Nov. 30, 2022

Dennis Goedheid has built a budding empire in Orlando, that has recently spawned into Miami and Aruba. His entrepreneurial journey began in Belgium, where he learned the fundamentals of marketing and branding which he has a…

About the Hosts

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Annie Holcombe

Vice President Business Development, Lexicon Travel

Annie has 30 years experience in hospitality and tourism holding positions from Front Desk, Sales & Marketing, owner relations and worked for leading OTA, Expedia. At Expedia she oversaw one of the largest Vacation Rental markets, Florida Panhandle leading to a position as Senior Key Account manager specializing in vacation and non traditional lodging accounts and most recently on the channel management side with Lexicon Travel helping managers optimize and grow reach and revenues. She currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Lexicon Travel and industry leading channel manager. This diverse background makes Annie one of the industries most empathetic and thoughtful new leaders. She is currently a member of the STR Professionals Thought Leaders on Clubhouse, hosting monthly chat rooms and in 2021 was added as a strategic advisor for up Travel OTA- Whimstay.

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Alex O. Husner

CMO, Condo-World

Alex has led the strategic marketing and business development efforts for Condo-World since 2009. She manages a team that has grown the company from a local vacation rental business into a nationally recognized condo marketing and technology enterprise. Alex has a passion for developing strategies that drive sales overnight and brand over time, connecting all aspects of digital, social and traditional marketing to keep Condo-World at the forefront of their highly competitive market. Alex is also the 2022 Chair of the Board of Directors for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB which is the DMO (destination marketing organization) for the Grand Strand.