A surprising new industry research report was just released on the popularity of vacation rentals. 8 in 10 Americans don’t consider vacation rentals for their travel accommodations. The report was compiled by PhocusWright, a leading global tourism and travel research and consulting firm.

The first thing that caught our eye has to deal with mainstream American awareness of vacation rentals. Apart from the 17% that stay in vacation villas regularly, approximately 80% of those remaining travelers don’t even consider rentals as a serious option. General awareness of vacation rental availability and brand recognition is a nagging problem for the industry.

The large vacation rental directory companies such as Homeaway® and VRBO® have led to increased public awareness gains. However, these “brand” awareness gains by large directory listing companies have potentially come at an expense to the industry. As a lead-in to the second most common problem for vacation rentals, trust in the quality of rental accommodations is still a very big issue for American consumers.

In a sense, the national listing companies have helped grow the holiday home rental market in the last 7 years, but they  have possibly stigmatized it as well. According to the report, one of the biggest is issues is trust and perception. Many potential vacation rental guests simply don’t trust the large listing companies with their precious vacation dollars.

Of course, we continue to blog about the advantages that professionally managed vacation rentals have over these “rental by owner” directory listing services. Every prospective renter should be very aware of the differences between professionally managed and owner managed rentals.

Do Vacation Rentals Provide Hotel Type Services?

Another surprise in the report is the noted perception that vacation rentals do not or cannot provide hotel type services. 4 in 10 Americans don’t recognize that there is a market for vacation rentals that offer these services. In the Central Florida market, there are plenty of options for full service vacation rental resorts.

There are multiple examples of resort communities that provide a clubhouse, concierge and some food and beverage services. These resort villa options include Windsor Hills, Windsor Palms, Tuscan Hills, Vista Cay  and others. Click on the resort hyperlinks for more detailed review and profile information. Our reviews include recreational amenity, facility and service details for each resort.

Trust the vacation rental pros at OVH 360 to plan your vacation accommodations. All of the OVH 360 rentals are hand picked for amenities, maintenance and overall quality. These condo and home rentals include villas in some of the best full service resort communities. If that is your desire, OVH 360 has plenty of great options.

Give the OVH 360 team a call at 1-888-826-0551 to discuss your best choices for vacation home rentals in communities with full service amenities. Find out why the popularity of vacation rentals that are professionally managed continues to grow.

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