Monday, June 15, 2015

Travelers Are Hitting the Road This Summer, Finds Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Study

Nearly 90 percent plan on taking a summer road trip – and the majority are willing to drive farther than you’d think

Vacation rental travelers are in it for the long haul. The nearly 90 percent who plan on hitting the road this summer will spend an average of 12.3 hours driving to their vacation destination. These are among the findings of a recent study* of more than 11,000 vacation rental travelers conducted by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rental properties and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN).

As might be expected, the study also found that men tend to take the wheel on road trips. However, the actual disparity between genders is steep. Nearly four in five men (79%) say they drive on a road trip compared to just one in five women (23%). Perhaps more surprising, women are the more aggressive road trippers. They’re more likely to describe their driving style as “Pedal to the Metal” (49% vs. 41%) while men are more willing to take the “Long & Leisurely” route (29% vs. 21%).  

“A travel tradition that may have once been seen as a means to an end actually holds much more reverence among vacation rental travelers today,” said Mary Lynn Clark, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “They’re a unique group who often travel with larger parties and appreciate spending as much time as they can with each other, whether it’s on the road or vacationing together under one roof.”

Other findings show that food plays an important part in the road trip. 
Vacation rental travelers can be very particular when it comes to snacks for the ride, even making unique and specific choices like egg and lobster sandwiches or summer sausage with squirt cheese. When it comes to choosing between food groups, here’s where they stand:

 They try to snack healthy in the car. When picking their favorite road trip snack or beverage, only 4% of vacation rental travelers cite fast food as their top choice. 26% prefer healthier options like nuts, seeds and trail mix.

 Where you live might affect your choice. Vacation rental travelers from the Pittsburgh, PA metro area have the biggest sweet tooth, while those near Cleveland-Akron, Ohio are more likely to crave something salty. Tampa-St. Pete, Florida and Denver, Colorado tie for the most health-minded vacation rental travelers, while those from Los Angeles, CA are most likely to be found in the drive-thru.

Part of the fun is getting there.
Surprisingly, most vacation rental travelers don’t really get annoyed by things like talking too much or playing “I-Spy.” However, when they start to get agitated, here’s what sets them off:

 Bad driving is their biggest complaint. Nearly half (49%) of vacation rental travelers agree that bad driving is far and away the most annoying road trip occurrence. 22% rank backseat driving their second biggest annoyance.

 Men and women clash on car-ride fun. Men are less appreciative of aspiring singers with 35% finding singing or humming moderately to extremely annoying compared to just 25% of women. Women are more likely to roll their eyes at steering wheel drumming with 26% finding it very to extremely annoying (compared to 18% of men).  

Start planning your own road and vacation rental experience in celebration of upcoming National Vacation Rental Month in July. Visit WyndhamVacationRentals.com for vacation deals in popular destinations like Delaware’s Beaches, Northwest Florida, Gulf Coast Alabama and the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

*This study was conducted through an online survey of Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ database from April 6, 2015 – May 3, 2015. 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Adds California to Portfolio with Acquisition of Vacation Palm Springs

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Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rental properties and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced that it has acquired Vacation Palm Springs. The addition of the Palm Springs-based company, which manages more than 450 upscale vacation properties, marks Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ first entry into California.

“Vacation Palm Springs is an ideal fit for our business, and we are thrilled to welcome the company to the Wyndham Vacation Rentals family,” said Mary Lynn Clark, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “Through this acquisition, we have added Southern California to the growing list of popular destinations that we offer to travelers and have once again enhanced our growing rental portfolio in the U.S. In addition, Vacation Palm Springs’ dedication to delivering a quality experience to guests aligns well with our own service pledge, the Vacation Rental Bill of Rights®, which provides peace-of-mind that can’t be found when booking directly from an owner and assures renters that their most common expectations will be met.”

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Celebrates the Grand Opening of Bali Bay in Myrtle Beach

Invites guests to experience the new community with special summer offer

Wyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), is celebrating the grand opening of the Bali Bay community in Myrtle Beach by offering guests 7 nights for the price of 3 this summer. This special offer is available on stays through August 27, 2015, using the promotion code BALIBAY.

“We are very excited about the grand opening of Bali Bay this summer,” says Kim Sanborn, vice president of operations for Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. “In addition to fabulous savings, Bali Bay offers travelers something special in Myrtle Beach. The community’s oceanfront location is close to all the action, including the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NOVASOL by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Adds Happy Home to Portfolio

Acquisition strengthens its position as a European market leader

NOVASOL by Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced today that it has acquired the holiday home letting operations of Happy Home, which is based in the Netherlands. The Happy Home brand will continue to exist, operating out of the current office in Alkmaar, and will be added as extra consumer brand to the current portfolio of the NOVASOL Group.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Participates as Official Lodging Sponsor of South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

Offers 20% off lodging for guests of TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort

Wyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced that its ResortQuest brand will serve as the Official Lodging Sponsor of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival taking place from April 23 to April 26, 2015 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach, Florida.

The festival includes numerous events throughout the weekend, such as a charity wine auction, culinary village, wine and food tastings and seminars, as well as a Nashville Songwriters Showcase. There will be over 800 wines available for tasting and purchase in addition to celebrity winemaker, chef and craft brew master appearances.

As a proud sponsor of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering 20% off select properties at TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort. In addition, ResortQuest guests can enjoy discounted festival tickets and are encouraged to take advantage of complimentary shuttle service, which will be available throughout the weekend.

On Friday, April 24, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., TOPS’L guests and members are invited to enjoy a private “Sand, Songwriters and Sangria,” event on the pool deck at The Tides overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The event is set to include a complimentary glass of TOPS’L’s signature Club Tiki Sangria, live music, and a great view of the resort’s private beach.

“We are truly pleased to sponsor the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival again this year and kick it off with an exciting, private event exclusively for TOPS’L guests and members,” said Ed Evans, executive general manager, TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort. “We look forward to offering the attendees of this popular festival an unforgettable experience with our beautiful, nearby accommodations.”

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers professionally managed vacation rentals along Northwest Florida’s beaches from Perdido Key to Panama City Beach.

TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort is a full service resort situated on 52 private acres and bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and a nature preserve. Resort accommodations range from studios to three-bedroom condos with desirable resort amenities, including a Gulf-front location, on-site fitness and tennis facilities, and multiple swimming pools.

Offer is valid on travel dates from April 21, 2015 through April 29, 2015, with a minimum stay of three nights. To take advantage of this special rate, call 855-434-3429 or book online using Promo Code VINO at WineFoodRQ.com. Availability is limited, and reservations must be booked directly with ResortQuest by April 26, 2015. More details, including terms and conditions, are available online.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals-managed Property to Host Annual Tennis Tournament

TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort welcomes Helen Drake Invitational for 32nd consecutive year

TOPS'L Beach & Racquet ResortWyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced that TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort, a ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals managed property, will again host the 32nd Annual Helen Drake Invitational tennis tournament, April 15 through April 19, 2015.

The Invitational is a sanctioned United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournament where approximately 300 players compete within their age division for points on their state and national ranking.

"Helen and Cecil Drake are known throughout the Panhandle for their dedication to the game of tennis. We are honored to have hosted the tournament for the past 31 years,” said Ed Evans, executive general manager at TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort. “Not only is the event one of the largest sanctioned tournaments in the nation, it has also won the USTA Florida Al Mills Memorial Adult Tournament of the Year award numerous times over the years. We couldn’t be more pleased that its home is here at TOPS’L.”

Interested players may register online at USTA.com, selecting TennisLink and searching by identification number 150100615 on the Tournament tab. The entry deadline for the 2015 tournament is Friday, April 10, at 5:00 p.m., and match times will be posted online by Sunday, April 12, at 8:00 a.m.

Situated on 52 acres near Destin, Florida and bordered by both the Gulf of Mexico and a tranquil nature preserve, TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort is not only renowned as a top tennis destination, but has also won an award for being an eco-friendly property. Booking details and additional information about TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort can be found online at TOPSL.com.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Offers Spring Travelers up to 20% Off Stays in Charleston’s Islands

Save on a Spring Break or Easter holiday stay on Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island or the Isle of Palms

Save up to 20% on Spring Break and Easter vacation stays on Charleston's IslandsWyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), is offering savings up to 20% for a Charleston’s Island vacation this Easter holiday or Spring Break. This special offer is available on stays through April 7, 2015, using the promotion code LASTMINUTE.

“There’s still time to plan an affordable spring getaway the whole family can enjoy,” said Phillip Tumminia, general manager of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Charleston’s Islands. “On top of our current deal, a vacation rental stay provides great value by offering in-home conveniences, which may include a full kitchen, washer/dryer and plenty of space. By booking one of our managed homes, guests can also rest assured they’ll receive certain hospitality standards, like a regularly maintained home and assistance before, during and after their stay.”

Wyndham Vacation Rentals manages a variety of vacation rental properties on Charleston’s Islands including Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Isle of Palms. Guests can choose from a wide range of property types from one-bedroom luxury villas to 11-bedroom oceanfront homes. Available features and amenities may include fully-equipped kitchens and incredible views. Some properties are just a short drive from the historic district of downtown Charleston.

To take advantage of Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ Easter/Spring Break promotion, guests should book online or call 866-897-6198 and mention promo code LASTMINUTE.

Availability is limited, and reservations must be booked directly with Wyndham Vacation Rentals Charleston’s Islands by April 5, 2015. More details, including terms and conditions, are available online.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Non-Skiers Still Enjoy a Stay on the Slopes, According to Wyndham Vacation Rentals Study

Right lodging and plenty of activities make mountain experience just as fun for the one in five non-skiers that still take ski vacations

Wyndham Vacation Rentals 2014-15 Ski Trends Research ReportNon-skiers are headed to the mountains this season, and they’re ready for their own winter fun. One in five non-skiing travelers still take ski and snowboard vacations on occasion with family and friends who enjoy the sport, according to a recent study conducted by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN).

More and more U.S. ski resorts are enhancing the destination experience for skiers and non-skiers alike. Olympic gold-medalist and ski racer, Picabo Street, who has been on the mountains all her life, has seen the changes first-hand.

“One of the best things about ski resorts these days is the long list of activities they now offer,” said Street. “There’s fun for the whole family, whether it’s snowmobiling and mushing behind the dogs or a relaxing afternoon at the spa. If there’s a non-skier in the group, they can choose from a ton of attractions and enjoy the winter vacation experience just as much as those on the slopes.”

The Wyndham Vacation Rentals® study’s full findings are captured in the 2014-15 Ski Trends Research Report, which explores today’s ski and winter vacations. The findings reflect data collected from more than 11,000 travelers, including skiers, snowboarders, and non-skiers.

Non-Skiers Have Distinct Travel Preferences

  • They want to be dined. 90% of non-skiers find dining very to extremely appealing when taking a ski/snowboard vacation with family and friends.
  • They enjoy the snow, too. Non-skiers don’t avoid the snow. 57% find other outdoor activities like dog sledding, snowshoeing and snow tubing very to extremely appealing while on a ski/snowboard vacation.
  • They hit the town. Ski towns are a hot spot for non-skiers on vacation. They find the area’s arts and entertainment (68%) and shopping (64%) very to extremely appealing.
  • They’re ready to relax. Nearly twice as many non-skiers find an on-site spa very to extremely appealing compared to skiers and snowboarders (42% to 22%). Non-skiers also find a pool/hot tub more appealing (74% to 62%).
  • They crave comfort and convenience. Nearly twice as many non-skiers feel privacy is extremely important on a ski/snowboard vacation compared to skiers (44% vs. 23%). They also place more value on the extras that may be available with their vacation rental. 39% of non-skiers found concierge services very to extremely important compared to 24% of skiers.
“Vacation rentals are a great option for non-skiers who want that extra space and privacy for relaxing downtime while the rest of the group hits the slopes,” said Mary Lynn Clark, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “And with many of the ski rental properties we manage, they can enjoy amenities and extras like a concierge to help plan alternate activities or an on-site restaurant for a convenient bite to eat.”

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