Editor: I want to commend the Board of Supervisors on its recent action to require short-term residential rentals in Loudoun County (such as those advertising on Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO) to register with the county by July 1.
As president of the Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild, representing about 30 B&Bs and 35 partner tourism-related businesses, our organization is supportive of all small businesses that operate in Loudoun County and welcomes the participation of short-term residential rentals in the lodging market. We believe short-term residential rentals should be subject to the same tax and regulatory requirements as B&Bs.
The goals of our organization include the following:
- To promote and reflect high quality, professional service within the small-scale hospitality business sector.
- To be seen as an influential leader and voice in Loudoun’s tourism industry.
- To be recognized as the “go to” place for the small hospitality industry for best practices through our training, mentoring, and education.
The Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild welcomes the new registrants to join our organization and take advantage of all we have to offer. In particular, in September we hold an annual education day, where members and partners can learn about the latest marketing and operations techniques, current county rules and regulations, and have an opportunity to network and share best practices. In addition, throughout the year, we hold such events as our annual Open House Tour free to the public, mixers for our members and partners, and familiarization tours to visit member properties. And our website, LoudounBandB.com, can help send guests to the new registrants’ locations.
Our dynamic and growing county needs more high-quality accommodations of all types. We welcome the new entrants and together we can improve the quality of our hospitality industry.
Ellen Goldberg, President
Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild
Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn, Middleburg