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Vacation Rentals Versus Hotels Trends for South Carolina’s Top Vacation Destinations by Lodging Directory Rentalo.com

Comparison Shopping and Vacation Planning Trends for Travelers Searching Visiting Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and Fripp Island


Miami, FL. February 17, 2010 – Rentalo.com, a leading lodging and vacation rental directory, has recently conducted a trend analysis on its database of 33,431 opted-in travelers who visited some of the top vacation destinations in South Carolina from July 2008 to January 2010.  In an effort to educate the travel industry, the website has decided to share these trends so that travel experts and industry participants may gain a better understanding of the vacation planning dynamics and consumer’s level of interest on comparison shopping when searching for hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals in South Carolina

South Carolina
Vacation Destination: Myrtle Beach, SC

Fifty four percent of the trip and vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  Sixty one percent were also interested in receiving offers from vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels in Myrtle Beach including Bluffton, Daufuskie Island, Tybee Island, Port Royal, Fripp Island, Beaufort, and Harbor Island.

Fifty two percent were early planners who started their vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 18 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 28 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

South Carolina
Vacation Destination: North Myrtle Beach, SC

Fifty three percent of the trip and vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  Only eighteen percent were also interested in receiving offers from vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels in North Myrtle Beach including Bluffton, Daufuskie Island, Tybee Island, Port Royal, Fripp Island, Beaufort, Harbor Island.

Fifty three percent were early planners who started their vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 18 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 25 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

South Carolina
Golf Vacation Destination: Hilton Head Island, SC

Sixty two percent of the trip and vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Hilton Head vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  36 percent were also interested in receiving offers from vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels in Hilton Head including Bluffton, Daufuskie Island, Tybee Island, Port Royal, Fripp Island, Beaufort, Harbor Island.

Forty- three percent were early planners who started their vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 18 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 36 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

South Carolina
Family/Golf Vacation Destination: Isle of Palms, SC

Seventy one percent of the trip and vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Isle of Palms vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts and hotels.  Only 10 percent were interested in receiving offers from vacation homes, bbs, and hotels in Isle of Palms including Sullivan Island, Sullivans Island, Charleston, Mt Pleasant, North Charleston, and Folly Beach.

Thirty nine percent were early planners who started their vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 17 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 41 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

South Carolina
Family Vacation Destination: Kiawah Island, SC

Sixty- two percent of the trip and vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Kiawah Island vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  30 percent were interested in receiving offers from vacation condos, bnbs, and hotels in Kiawah Island including Seabrook Island, Folly Beach, Mt Pleasant, Edisto Island, Charleston, Sullivans Island, North Charleston, and Sullivan Island.

Thirty- seven percent were early planners who started their vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 23 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 35 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

South Carolina
Family Vacation Destination: Fripp Island, SC

Fifty- one percent of the vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Fripp Island vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  Only 7 percent were interested in receiving offers from vacation home rentals, b&bs, and hotels in Fripp Island including Harbor Island, Beaufort, Port Royal, and Hilton Head Island.

Forty- six percent were early planners who started their vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 21 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 28 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

In today's fast paced world, information availability plays a definite role in consumer's decisions. “Everyday I help several travelers find lodging within minutes” says George Lauzardo, Customer Service representative for Rentalo.com. “Our free destination-based inquiry service allows travelers to easily and quickly compare their lodging options for all top vacation destinations worldwide.”

About Rentalo.com
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