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South Florida’s Top Vacation Destination Trends Revealed by Vacation Rentals and Lodgings Web site Rentalo.com

Interests, behaviors and preferences for Travelers and Vacationers Searching for Vacation Rentals, Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in the South Florida Area

Miami, FL (PRESS RELEASE – February 3, 2010) – Rentalo.com, the online lodging directory has recently performed an intensive market analysis to its database of 35,649 opted-in travelers who visited the West Palm Beach area from July 2008 to January 2010 to better understand traveler needs when searching for South Florida vacation rentals. In an effort to educate the travel industry, the lodging website has decided to perform and publicly share South Florida area travel demand studies so experts and industry participants may fully understand the dynamics and consumer habits on worldwide vacation rentals.

South Florida Area Vacation Destination: Miami Beach
Stats on Miami Beach revealed that 66 percent of the travelers who inquired on Miami Beach vacation rentals showed interest in comparison shopping, by accepting to receive offers from vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  
12.60 percent were also interested in receiving offers from other cities within Miami-Dade such as Fisher Island, Surfside, Miami, Bay Harbor Islands, Bal Harbour, Key Biscayne, Sunny Isles, Aventura, Coral Gables, Hallandale and others.
35.74 percent plan their vacation 3 or more months in advance. 23.06 percent plan their vacation 1-2 months in advanced, and 39.09 percent plan their vacation within 30 days prior to arrival.
24.62 percent are from families planning family vacations with children, 26.29 percent are from couples looking for romantic getaways, 17.39 percent are solo travelers and 23.61 percent are from people planning family reunions and larger groups with 4 or more adults and children. 

South Florida Area Vacation Destination: Miami
Miami visitors also showed interest in comparison shopping. Besides inquiring about Miami vacation rentals, 60.78 percent accepted to receive offers from vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  
13.18 percent inquired on other destinations within Miami-Dade area including South Beach, Fisher Island, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Bay Harbor Islands, Surfside, Bal Harbour, Doral, Miami Lakes, Aventura and others.
 36.77 percent plan their vacation 3 or more months in advance. 22.76 percent plan their vacation 1-2 months in advanced, and 37.60 percent plan their vacation within 30 days prior to arrival.
25.15 percent are from families planning family vacations with children, 30.03 percent are from couples looking for romantic getaways, 31.79 percent are from people planning family reunions and larger groups with 4 or more adults and children and 11.41 percent are solo travelers.
South Florida Area Vacation Destination: Hallandale
The study shows 58.28 percent of the travelers looking for Hallandale vacation rentals showed an interest in comparing offers from other accommodation types like hotels and bed and breakfasts.
45.16 percent of those looking for Hallandale vacation rentals sent inquiries three or more months in advance of their stay, 30.72 percent did so within 30 days prior to the arrival date and 20.93 percent was looking one to two months in advance.
Hallandale is a destination for all kinds of travelers. 27.55 percent of the inquiries were for groups of four or more people. 29.49 percent were families with children and 29.49 percent were couples.

South Florida Vacation Area Destination: Hollywood
Stats on Hollywood revealed that 59.97 percent of the travelers who inquired on Hollywood vacation rentals showed interest in comparison shopping, by accepting to receive offers from vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  
12.60 percent were also interested in receiving offers from nearby destinations including Hallandale, Dania, Aventura, Sunny Isles, Pembroke Pines, Weston, Miramar, Ft Lauderdale, Davie, Bal Harbour, Sunrise, Bay Harbor Islands and Surfside.
44.88 percent plan their vacation 3 or more months in advance. 20.67 percent plan their vacation one to two months in advance, and 31.42 percent plan their vacation within 30 days prior to arrival.
26.49 percent are from families planning family vacations with children, 42.37 percent are from couples looking for romantic getaways and 21.49 percent are from people planning family reunions and larger groups with 4 or more adults and children. 

South Florida Area Vacation Destination: Lauderdale by the Sea
The study on Lauderdale by the Sea revealed that 55.89 percent of the travelers who inquired on Lauderdale by the Sea vacation rentals showed interest in comparison shopping, by accepting to receive offers from vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.  
12.92 percent also inquired on nearby destinations including Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Ft Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Tamarac, Deerfield Beach, Plantation, Dania, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Davie, Hollywood, Hallandale and others.
43.41 percent plan their vacation 3 or more months in advance. 22.83 percent plan their vacation 1-2 months in advanced, and 30.81 percent plan their vacation within 30 days prior to arrival.
Lauderdale by the Sea is a popular destination among couples and parties of two. 43.67 percent of the total inquiries were from couples looking for romantic getaways, 29.02 percent were from families planning family vacations with children and 20.94 percent are from people planning family reunions and larger groups with 4 or more adults and children. 

“As we see South Florida lodging and other travel related businesses getting ready to host the Super Bowl this coming Sunday, we believe this information can greatly improve the understanding of vacation lodging dynamics in this highly demanding environment,” says Alfredo Purrinos, president & founder of Rentalo.com. “By the way, I can’t wait to watch the super bowl TV commercials this year.  I think it’s going to be a very exciting day the vacation rental industry.”

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.  This data is collected by Rentalo via its free destination inquiry service; a free service for trip planners to compare lodging and vacation rental offers in South Florida area.

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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