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South Florida Vacation Rentals Stats Revealed by Online Lodging and Vacation Rentals Directory Rentalo.com

Interests, behaviors and preferences for travelers and vacationers searching for vacation rentals, hotels, and bed and breakfasts in South Florida


Miami, FL (PRESS RELEASE - February 1, 2010) – In an effort to better understand the demand and consumer habits of travelers, Rentalo.com, the leading online vacation rental directory released markets research studies on South Florida vacation rentals and lodgings  to determine the preferences of its website visitors. These vacation rental analyses have been made publicly available to offer industry experts insightful information regarding the needs and habits of those in search of vacation rentals in South Florida. The study was performed on the website’s database of 18,627 opted-in travelers who visited the South Florida area from July 2008 to January 2010.  This data is collected by Rentalo via its free destination inquiry service; a free service for trip planners to compare lodging offers in South Florida area.

Travel experts, editors, and media publications interested in similar data pertaining to other vacation destinations, or additional consumer data stats such as budget, amenities, length of stays, peak seasons, and inventory data should contact Rentalo directly.  

South Florida Destination: Ft. Lauderdale
The study revealed that 61.46 percent of travelers that look for Ft Lauderdale vacation rentals are also interested in comparing offers from other types of accommodations like hotels and bed and breakfasts. 28.78 percent were also interested in accommodations in nearby destinations like Sunrise, Dania, Lauderdale by the Sea, Hollywood, Plantation, Tamarac and others.
Ft. Lauderdale is a popular destination among couples as 30.75 percent of the inquiries requested were for parties of 2, while 30.49 percent were for families with kids, and 30.94 percent were requests for groups larger than 4 people.
Some 40.58 percent of travelers inquired for accommodations with 3 months in advance, 22.91 percent did it between 1 to two months in advance, and 34.70 percent 30 days prior to the arrival date.

South Florida Destination: Hutchinson Island
The study data reveals an interest in comparison shopping as 61.25 percent of the travelers interested in Hutchinson Island vacation rentals, were also interested in comparing offers from hotels and bed and breakfasts.  Additionally, 11.25 percent were interested in receiving offers from nearby destinations such as Jensen Beach, Stuart, Port St Lucie and Indiantown. 
Vacation planning with 3 or more months in advance accounts for 52.54 percent of the inquiries. While 24.74 percent planned their vacations within 30 days prior to arrival, and 20.33 percent planned their vacation 1-2 months in advance.
Hutchinson Island requests for family accommodations represented the 25.76 percent, 48.47 percent from couples looking for romantic getaways, and 16.27 percent are from larger groups with 4 or more adults and children.

South Florida Destination: Pompano Beach
Pompano Beach is a popular destination among couple, showing a 45.38 percent of the inquiries from parties of two, while 26.13 percent were from travelers with children, and big groups of more than 4 adults represented 20.92 percent of the total inquiries.
Pompano Beach visitors like to compare offers between different accommodation types, as 55.95 percent of the inquiries received accepted to receive offers from hotels and bed and breakfasts in addition to Pompano Beach vacation rentals. 6.74 percent requested offers from other destinations like Lauderdale by the Sea, Tamarac, Coral Springs, Hillsboro Beach, Deerfield Beach, Sunrise, Ft Lauderdale and others.
Travelers to Pompano Beach plan their vacation with time, with 42.97 percent of the inquiries were sent with 3 months of advance, 21.60 percent with 1 to 2 months in advance, and 32.56 percent were last minute inquiries received 30 days prior to the arrival date.

South Florida Destination: Vero Beach
The study data reveals an interest in comparison shopping as 79.86 percent of the travelers interested in Vero Beach vacation rentals, were also interested in comparing offers from hotels and bed and breakfasts. 37.58 percent were interested in receiving offers from Sebastian. 
The majority, representing 39.41 percent, plan their vacations 3 or more months in advance, 31.12 percent of the vacation rental seekers start planning their vacations within 30 days prior to arrival, and 26.97 percent plan their vacation 1-2 months in advance.
Vero Beach requests for family accommodations represented the 38.83 percent.  Next, 40.66 percent were from couples looking for romantic getaways, and 20.33 percent were from larger groups with 4 or more adults and children.

South Florida Destination: West Palm Beach
The studies on West Palm Beach show that travelers looking for West Palm Beach vacation rentals are interested in comparing prices between hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals. 61.56 percent of the travelers who inquired on multiple properties accepted to receive offers from the three types of lodgings at the same time.
Also, 23.12 percent were also interested in receiving offers from nearby destinations including Singer Island, Palm Beach Shores, Lake Worth, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach and others.
More than one third (37.16 percent) plan their vacation 3 or more months in advance, 25.90 percent plan their vacation 1-2 months in advanced, and 33.33 percent plan their vacation within 30 days prior to arrival (last minute).  
Accommodations suitable for families with children represented 22.55 percent of the total inquiries, 38.28 percent were for parties of two, and 17.79 percent for big groups of more than 4 people.

“Our destination inquiry service facilitates comparison shopping for travelers, and also helps us understand consumer desires and vacation habits.  This understanding is vital for satisfying consumer demands.” says Gabriel Amorocho, Rentalo.com’s Marketing Manager. “Our objective is to provide our inventory customers with expert advice and the tools they need to grow their businesses.  We also want to support industry participants in identifying consumers’ preferences and dynamics. “

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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