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Central and Northeast Florida Stats Revealed By Lodging and Vacation Rental Directory Rentalo.com

Travelers Stats Reveal Traveler’s Interests when staying at Vacation Rentals in Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and St Augustine


Miami, FL. January 31, 2010 – Rentalo.com, the leading online vacation rentals, hotels and bed and breakfasts marketplace has revealed a recent market study that outlines the behavior and consumer habits of vacation rental seekers around the world. The website has decided to publish the Central and Northeast Florida vacation rentals traveler analysis in an effort to educate the travel industry and its participants by allowing them to gain insight on consumer demand. The study was performed on the website’s database of 26,721 opted-in travelers visiting the area during July 2008 to January 2010. Below are Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and St. Augustine findings.

Travel editors, writers, media publications and travel experts looking for similar data on other vacation destinations or additional consumer data such as budget, length of stays, peak seasons and inventory must contact Rentalo.com directly.  

Central and Northeast Florida Destination: Coca Beach 
Travelers looking for Cocoa Beach vacation rentals are early planners. About 50.3 percent of these travelers sent inquiries 3 or more months prior to the travel date, 27.72 percent did so within 30 days prior to the arrival date, and 20.12 percent 1 to 2 months in advance.
Cocoa Beach visitors also like to do comparison shopping, as 55.44 percent of those inquiring on vacation homes also accepted to receive offers from hotels and bed and breakfasts. Some 53 percent also inquired on nearby destinations as Merritt Island, Rockledge, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne and Melbourne Beach.
In Cocoa Beach families traveling with children accounted for 40.16 percent of the inquiries while 29.56 percent were from couples looking for a romantic getaway. About 26.80 percent were for large groups with four or more people traveling.

Central and Northeast Florida Destination: Daytona Beach
Stats on Daytona Beach reveal that 54.44 percent of travelers looking for Daytona Beach vacation rentals were also interested in comparing offers from other accommodation types like hotels and bed and breakfasts.
About 27.24 percent plan their vacation one month in advance, 46.90 percent 3 or more months in advance, and 23.40 percent 1 or 2 months prior to arrival date.
Some 37.55 percent of the inquiries received by Daytona Beach owners were for families with children, 26.30 percent for couples, and 36.12 percent for family reunions and big groups of more than 4 people.

Central and Northeast Florida Destination: New Smyrna Beach
The study shows that 49.61 percent of the travelers looking for New Smyrna Beach vacation rentals showed an interest in comparing offers from other accommodation types like hotels and bed and breakfasts. Also, 35.31 percent were also open to stay in nearby destinations like Ponce Inlet, Port Orange, Daytona Beach Shores and Daytona Beach.
Last minute trips are popular in New Smyrna Beach as 35.50 percent of the inquiries for this destination were received 30 days prior to arrival. 43.52 percent were received 3 or more months in advance, while 18.56 percent started their trip planning efforts 1 to 2 months in advance.
Some 36.37 percent of the inquiries submitted for New Smyrna Beach were for families with children, 31 percent for couples, and 32.35 percent for family reunions and big groups of more than 4 people.

Central and Northeast Florida Destination:  St. Augustine
Stats on St. Augustine reveal that 55.63 percent of the trip planners that requested St  Augustine vacation rentals were also open to stay in a bed and breakfast or a hotel.  73.42 percent also wanted to receive offers from Crescent Beach and Elkton.
In St. Augustine 37.93 percent of the inquiries requested lodgings with children.  Romantic getaways for parties of two accounted for 29.06 percent of the inquiries, while big groups of more than 4 people were 32.93 percent of the inquiries.
Above 35.22 percent of the inquiries were sent 3 months or more prior to the travel date, 19.72 percent were sent 1 to 2 months prior to the travel date, and 42.84 percent were last minutes inquiries sent only one month prior to the travel date.
In today's fast paced world, information availability plays a definite role in consumer's decisions. “The idea behind providing statistics on popular destinations is to allow travelers to make informed decisions as far as when to travel and what lodging type to choose,” says Gabriel Amorocho, Marketing Manager at Rentalo.com. “If people are correctly informed, they will have the opportunity to better plan their trip taking into account such variables as time, budget, and lodging alternatives, therefore getting the most out of their vacation. Marketers can also benefit from this information.”  
To save time in finding the best lodging option that can meet specific lodging needs, travelers and travel agents should take advantage of Rentalo’s free wanted ad service at rentalo.com/docs/index4.html within minutes; travelers can compare lodging offers from highly motivated owners and property managers. 

About Rentalo.com
Rentalo.com is a leading online travel lodging and vacation rentals website. Its inventory of vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts and hotels is accessible through search engines, RSS feeds, affiliate online distribution partners, as well as thousands of journalists and editors through e-mail, press releases and travel publications. Through selected partnerships, Rentalo's inventory is available to an online audience of more than 100 million travelers in the United States and abroad.  For more information, go to http://rentalo.com or call (877) 710-5914, 1(305) 558-5577.  


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