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Travel Trends for Hawaii’s Maui Top Vacation Destinations by Lodging Directory Rentalo.com

Hotels Versus Vacation Rentals Comparison Shopping and Vacation Planning Trends for Travelers Visiting Kihei, Kaanapali, Wailea, Lahaina, and Maalaea


Miami, FL. February 19, 2010 – Rentalo.com, a leading lodging and vacation rental directory, recently conducted a trend analysis on its database of 9,734 opted-in travelers searching for hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals in Maui’s top vacation spots from July 2008 to January 2010.  The lodging directory has decided to make these insightful findings available to the public in order to contribute to the travel industry’s understanding on consumers’ vacation planning dynamics and level of interest in comparison shopping.  The study results shown below confirms Rentalo’s business model success as a lodging web site that facilitates comparison shopping and vacation planning for vacation planners.  

Maui’s Top Romantic Vacation Destination: Kihei


Sixty-one percent of the vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Kihei vacation rentals, bed breakfasts, motels, and hotels.  21 percent were also interested in receiving offers from vacation houses, condos, guesthouses, inns, and hotels in Kihei including Wailea, Maalaea, Wailuku, Kahului, Kula, Makena, Paia, Makawao, Haiku, West Maui, Kapalua, Lahaina, Napili, Huelo, Honokowai, and Kaanapali.

Fifty-two percent were early planners who started their Kihei vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 24 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 22 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

Maui’s Top Family Vacation Destination: Kaanapali

Fifty-eight percent of the vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Kaanapali vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  10 percent were also interested in receiving offers from vacation cabins, cottages, guesthouses, motels, and hotels in Kaanapali including Honokowai, Napili, West Maui, Lahaina, Kapalua, Kahana, Wailuku, Lanai, Kahului, Maalaea, Kihei, Wailea.

Fifty-six percent were early planners who started their Kaanapali 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 20 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

Maui’s Top Golf Vacation Destination: Wailea

Fifty-seven percent of the vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Wailea vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, inns, and hotels. 12 percent were also interested in receiving offers from vacation homes, inns, resorts, and hotels in Wailea including Kihei, Maalaea, Wailuku, Kahului, Kula, Makena, Paia, Makawao, Haiku, Lahaina, West Maui, Kapalua, Napili, Huelo, Honokowai, and Kaanapali.

Fifty-two percent were early planners who started their Wailea 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 23 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

Maui’s Top Beach Vacation Destination: Lahaina

Fifty-eight percent of the vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Lahaina vacation rentals, b&bs, inns, and small hotels.  13 percent were also interested in receiving offers from other accommodations such as vacation cabins, inns, and boutique hotels in Lahaina such Kaanapali, Napili, Kahana, Wailuku, Maalaea, Kahului, Lanai, Kihei, and Wailea.

Fifty-seven percent were early planners who started their Lahaina vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 20 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 21 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

Maui’s Top Beach Vacation Destination: Maalaea

Fifty-eight percent of the vacation planners showed interest in comparison shopping among Maalaea vacation rentals, b&bs, resorts, and hotels.  Only 7 percent were interested in receiving offers from vacation homes rentals, bbs, inns, and hotels in Maalaea including Wailea, Kihei, Wailuku, Kahului, Kula, Makena, Paia, Makawao, Haiku, West Maui, Kapalua, Lahaina, Napili, Honokowai, Kaanapali, Kahana, and Huelo.

Fifty-seven percent were early planners who started their Maalaea vacation planning 2 or more months in advance from the travel date, 24 percent of the inquiries were sent 1 to 2 months in advance, and 22 percent were from last minute travelers inquiring within the last 30 days prior to the arrival date.

In today's fast paced environment, having quick access to information plays a very important role in consumer's decisions. “Planning a vacation should be fun, but there is no fun in having to spend countless hours jumping from site to site searching for lodging deals.” says Alfredo Purrinos, President and Founder of Rentalo.com “Our free inquiry service allows travelers to easily and quickly compare lodging options.”

The Lodging directory has helped over 400,000 travelers find vacation rentals, hotels, and bed and breakfasts since July of 2008.  Additional trends and analysis data is available from Rentalo.com on its opted-in database of 1 million travelers and vacation rental listing owners in close to 15,000 vacation destinations worldwide.

About Rentalo.com
Rentalo.com is a leading online travel lodging and vacation rentals website. Its broad inventory of vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels is available online and via RSS feeds, affiliate 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, visit http://rentalo.com or call 1(305) 558-5577.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Carolina Plata Email
1-305-558-5577 ext 607
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Alfredo Purrinos Email
1-305-558-5577 ext 606

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