Vacation Rental Demand Increases As A Result Of COVID-19
Villas of Distinction® sees increased demand for villas in domestic destinations and shares new trends that have surfaced as a result of the pandemic2021-01-26
Mass. (January 26, 2021)
– The spread of COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact
on the travel industry and as travel slowly starts to resume, new trends are
developing. According to Villas
of Distinction®, there is an increased demand for U.S. domestic villas, an uptick
in long-term rentals and a shift in the time from booking to traveling.
“Those who aren’t quite
comfortable coming into contact with large groups of people are opting to take
a staycation or a road trip, and stay in a private villa which is an accommodation
type that provides a socially-distanced experience,” said Willie Fernandez,
general manager and vice president for Villas of Distinction.
The most notable trend for
people booking 2021 vacations is the increased demand for domestic villas.
Since people may be nervous about traveling out of the country and some aren’t
comfortable flying, there is heightened interest in road trips and staycations.
As a result of this, in the last nine months Villas of
Distinction has added more than 300 villas in the U.S. including California, Colorado,
Connecticut, the Florida Panhandle, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New
York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.
In addition, Villas of Distinction
will add more villas in Canada for the Canadian market as they are also required
to stay within their country.
Now that many children are
doing school virtually and parents are working remotely, they can complete
their work from anywhere. Villas of Distinction is seeing many family’s
traveling and staying in a villa even when not using “vacation” time. These
workcations have led to an increase in long-term rentals and is very
popular in the Caribbean islands such as Barbados and Grand Cayman, which have
both devised programs specifically geared toward this type of traveler.
Villas of Distinction has
also seen a shift in book-to-travel windows. In 2020, there was a seven
percent increase in people wanting to get away within 0-60 days, creating more
close-in bookings than its seen in years’ past. There was also a five percent
increase in people booking more than a year in advance even into late 2022 and 2023.
People are looking for
travel options where they can adhere to the safety guidelines set by their
country. Villas of Distinction’s villa properties have agreed to follow the
Vacation Rental Management Association for safety and cleaning protocols.
There will be a pent-up
demand for travel and people can get away, but still be in a home away from
home. For more information about Villas of Distinction or to book a villa
vacation, visit www.VillasofDistinction.com or call 800-289-0900.
Villas of Distinction®
Villas of Distinction®,
as part of World Travel Holdings, is an award-winning, full-service premier
luxury villa experience creator with an extensive portfolio of thousands of
privately-owned villas in more than 50 luxurious destinations worldwide
including the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, Central America, the United
States and many private islands. Many villas feature private pools, butlers,
maids and chefs. The luxury villa provider has gained its guests’ trust by
ensuring every villa meets strict standards so that each home exceeds
expectations. Since 1989, Villas of Distinction’s team of experts have made
vacation planning effortless by helping travelers find their perfect vacation
home and creating one-of-a-kind getaways and lasting memories at the world’s
top villas. www.VillasofDistinction.com.