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Florida Tampa Bay Area Traveler’s Trends Revealed by Online Lodging and Vacation Rentals Directory Rentalo.com

Comparison Shopping Interests, Vacation Planning habits, and preferences for Travelers and Vacationers Searching for Vacation Rentals, Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in Florida’s Tampa Bay Area


Miami, FL. February 12, 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 Tampa Bay Area 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 the Tampa Bay Area The study was performed on the website’s database of 20,758 opted-in travelers who visited the Tampa Bay area from July 2008 to January 2010.

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.  

Florida Romantic Vacation Destination: Englewood

Stats on Englewood reveal that 41.54 percent of the trip planners that requested Englewood vacation rentals were also open to stay in a bed and breakfast or a hotel.  32.45 percent also wanted to receive offers from Manasota Key, Rotonda West, Palm Island and others.
In Englewood 20.89 percent of the inquiries requested lodgings with children. Parties of two accounted for 58.02 percent of the inquiries, while big groups of more than 4 people were 18.02 percent of the inquiries.

61.51 percent of the inquiries were sent 3 months or more prior to the travel date, 16.84 percent were sent 1 to 2 months prior to the travel date, and 18.34 percent were last minutes inquiries sent only one month prior to the travel date.

Florida Beach Vacation Destination: Sarasota


Stats on Sarasota reveal that 50.91 percent of the trip planners that requested Sarasota vacation rentals were also open to stay in a bed and breakfast or a hotel.  15.03 percent also wanted to receive offers from Longboat Key, Siesta Key, and Bradenton.

In Sarasota 33.15 percent of the inquiries requested lodgings with children.  Romantic getaways for parties of two accounted for 43.86 percent of the inquiries, while big groups of more than 4 people were 23.13 percent of the inquiries.

50.75 percent of the inquiries were sent 3 months or more prior to the travel date, 19.04 percent were sent 1 to 2 months prior to the travel date, and 26.16 percent were last minutes inquiries sent only one month prior to the travel date.

Florida Golf Vacation Destination: Indian Shores

The study data reveals high interest in comparison shopping as 48.20 percent of the travelers interested in Indian Shores vacation rentals, were also interested in comparing offers from hotels and bed and breakfasts.  6.89 percent were interested in receiving offers from nearby destinations including Redington Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, and North Redington Beach. 

23.76 percent of the vacation planners start planning their vacations within 30 days prior to arrival.  50.33 percent plan their vacations 3 or more months in advance, and 21.84 percent plan their vacation 1-2 months in advance.

Indian Shores requests for family accommodations represented the 41.08 percent.  20.66 percent from couples looking for romantic getaways and 37.70 percent are from larger groups with 4 or more adults and children.

Florida Romantic Vacation Destination: Manasota Key

Study reveals that 40.14 percent of the trip planners that requested Manasota Key vacation rentals were also open to stay in a bed and breakfast or a hotel.  8.75 percent also wanted to receive offers from nearby destinations like Rotonda West, Palm Island, and Cape Haze.

In Manasota Key travelers that look for family accommodations the 22.35 percent of the total inquiries.  Romantic getaways for parties of two accounted for 57.45 percent of the inquiries, while big groups were 19.77 percent of the inquiries.

61.14 percent of the inquiries were sent 3 months or more prior to the travel date, 17.27 percent were sent 1 to 2 months prior to the travel date, and 18.10 percent were last minutes inquiries sent only one month prior to the travel date.

Florida Family Vacation Destination: Newport Richey

Stats on Newport Richey reveal that 67.34 percent of the trip planners that requested Newport Richey 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 Newport Richey 23.65 percent of the inquiries requested lodgings with children.  Romantic getaways for parties of two accounted for 56.45 percent of the inquiries, while big groups of more than 4 people were 18.01 percent of the inquiries.

45.85 percent of the inquiries were sent 3 months or more prior to the travel date, 21.19 percent were sent 1 to 2 months prior to the travel date, and 27.18 percent were last minutes inquiries sent only one month prior to the travel date.

Rentalo believes in consumer understanding to provide the best solutions and stay on top of the competition. “Publishing our findings on Tampa Bay vacation rental analysis, only demonstrates our desire to contribute to the industry and its participants,” says Gabriel Amorocho, Marketing Manager at Rentalo.com. “If people are correctly informed, their decision making process will be easier and the options available will better suit their preferences. We believe that all industry participants can greatly benefit from this information.”

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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