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How He Won Airbnb’s ”OMG!” Contest and Used the Cash to Build Bubble Retreats

Meet Tim Harper, an innovator who left the digital marketing world to create Bubble Retreats, a unique hospitality experience in Victoria, Australia. 

This episode takes you through Tim’s inspiring journey from a memorable stargazing night in France to becoming a winner in Airbnb’s OMG campaign.

In this conversation, Tim and I explore:

  • Tim’s transition from online marketing to hands-on entrepreneurship in the hospitality sector.
  • The birth of Bubble Retreats: How a transparent tent in France sparked an innovative idea.
  • Overcoming the challenges of building a unique property with no prior construction experience.
  • The strategy behind choosing bubble structures for a standout guest experience.
  • Winning Airbnb’s prestigious OMG competition and the journey from concept to reality.
  • Future plans for Bubble Retreats: Expansion, partnerships, and creating a sustainable business model.
  • And so much more

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