VRWS Leadership Interview of the Day

In approaching the 11th edition of the Vacation Rental World Summit, we’re releasing a series of interviews to leaders, key players and highly motivated people in our industry whose companies make a deep impact in our space and will be present at VRWS.

The aim is to get you some insight into these leaders and the company they founded, manage or work for, as well as getting some behind the scenes on their thinking, their motivation and their drive.

BEN SMITH

BEN SMITH

CEO at Check-in Scan

1. What do you do for a living and which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I’m the company CEO and co-founder. I really enjoy crunching down on our business metrics, goals and targets as well as seeing the team grow and develop.

2. How does your company innovate or adapt to the evolving needs of the vacation rental space?

Our services are quite focused around guest’s checking-in to their vacation rental property. We started out by offering instant legal compliance through registering guest ID’s and signatures with the authorities. But with the wave of digital transformation, our offering has now expanded to signing rental contracts and house rules, collecting damages deposits, collecting tourist taxes and issuing door keycodes so that the guests can enter the property and enjoy their vacation. We always aim to listen to our clients to see what their latest needs are and keep an eye on trends happening in the vacation rental space around the world.

3. How do you view the various predictions about AI’s impact on society, ranging from dystopian scenarios to transformative advancements, and how does your company approach or integrate AI technology?

Whether we like it or not, AI is here to stay and its impact on society will be huge. We currently use AI for our business operations, to speed up manual processes. AI as a technology is growing exponentially and we keep a close eye on any new offerings that we can incorporate into the company to improve both business and operations and the services we offer to our clients.

4. What would you like to achieve by attending the Vacation Rental World Summit 2024 in Porto with your company?

Check-in Scan has clients in Spain, Italy & Croatia but we also offer connectivity to the SEF in Portugal, so we’re hoping to showcase our technology to property owners & managers. We’re also keen to network, create partnerships and to learn from some of the great speakers that will be there!

5. What are your passions, including any hobbies or sports, that you enjoy discussing and sharing with others outside the professional setting?

I love to cook and come up with new innovative dishes; I enjoy cooking Thai food as you have to balance out the hot, sour, salty and sweet flavours.  I also play guitar and sing when I get the chance!



You’ll have the opportunity to meet Ben directly at VRWS in Porto

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