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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Monday, January 26, 2015

Visit America’s Best Ski Destinations with Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Choose from nearly 2,000 vacation rental properties across Condé Nast Traveler’s top-ranked ski spots

Slip into warm boots, hit the country’s best slopes, and head back to a professionally managed vacation rental property. With Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), skiers and snowboarders have a choice of nearly 2,000 properties in 11 of America’s Best Ski Resorts, as chosen by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.

“We want skiers and snowboarders to experience the country’s best mountains while getting the most value they can from their ski vacation,” said Mary Lynn Clark, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “Vacation rentals offer benefits like kitchens, washers and dryers, and multiple bedrooms, which all help to offset other travel costs. Whether they pick the spot best known for tough trails or après ski, travelers can discover the best of each destination while enjoying the many benefits a vacation rental offers.”

Friday, January 16, 2015

10 Fun Facts about Skiing in Park City, Utah

Gearing up to plan a ski trip this winter or spring? Here are 10 fun facts about skiing in Park City while you stay with Wyndham Vacation Rentals:

1. Ski two resorts in one day—on one pass. Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) and Canyons are only 7 miles apart, and both are on the Epic Pass™. Buy your pass or lift ticket and ski both resorts in one day, or switch off during your stay.

2. Don’t get overcrowded. During the busiest ski days, Deer Valley® Resort actually limits the number of tickets they sell to prevent congestion at lift lines. It’s still busy on the slopes, but lift wait times are typically shorter than other resorts on the busiest days.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Younger Skiers and Snowboarders Want More than Just Mountain Time, Finds Wyndham Vacation Rentals Study

Next Generation covets variety, value and convenience in a ski vacation

Wyndham Vacation Rentals 2014-15 Ski Trends Research ReportYounger adult skiers and snowboarders want their friends by their side, a good deal in their pockets, and plenty of off-mountain entertainment. These are among the findings of a recent study of today’s ski and snowboard traveler 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).

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Infographic - The Next Generation of Skiers and SnowboardersThe study’s full findings are captured in the Wyndham Vacation Rentals® 2014-15 Ski Trends Research Report, which explores today’s ski and winter vacations. The findings reflect data collected from more than 3,000 skiers and snowboarders.

“For the industry to cater to the evolving needs of ski and snowboard travelers, it’s important we get to know the next generation,” said Mary Lynn Clark, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “By listening to their wants and needs in a ski vacation, we can hone our offerings and help deliver the well-rounded mountain experience they’re looking for.”

Next Generation Finds Ways to Enjoy a Better-Rounded Trip

  • They value promotions over tradition. 53% of younger travelers (ages 18-34) are most motivated by promotions when booking a ski or snowboard vacation compared to just 38% of mature travelers (ages 55 and up); meanwhile, mature travelers are more likely to be most motivated by tradition than younger travelers (24% to 14%).
  • They seek a shared experience. More younger travelers find recommendations from friends and family very to extremely important when planning a ski trip, as compared to mature travelers. They are also more likely to travel with friends (71% to 43%).
  • They want service and cuisine. Younger travelers place more value on amenities like on-site dining and concierge services. 44% of younger travelers find an on-site restaurant very to extremely important compared to 25% of mature travelers.
  • They don’t just ski. More younger travelers (60%) find other outdoor activities outside of skiing very to extremely important when choosing a ski destination to visit compared to mature travelers (48%).
  • They look for convenience. 59% of younger travelers find onsite equipment rentals extremely important on a ski/snowboard vacation vs. 42% of mature travelers.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

ResortQuest Park City Now Wyndham Vacation Rentals

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 the rebranding of its ResortQuest Park City office to Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

“With ResortQuest Park City now fully operating under the Wyndham Vacation Rentals name, we’re able to deliver added value to our owners and guests,” said Bill Anderson, vice president of operations, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Western U.S. “The rebranding comes as the result of a carefully planned and gradual approach meant to preserve the brand’s celebrated local history of over 35 years while leveraging the strength of a global hospitality brand in the marketplace.”

The rebranding efforts include a completely transitioned storefront, all new signage throughout Park City, and updated marketing materials that combine deep local expertise with global brand recognition.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Plan a Healthy Family Vacation with Tips from Ashley Castle

Staying healthy while on vacation isn’t always easy, but travel blogger Ashley Castle shares her tried and true tips for planning a healthy getaway the whole family can enjoy. From picking a destination that offers a range of outdoor activities to taking advantage of the home-like amenities of a vacation rental, Castle outlines a number of easy ways to avoid common travel pitfalls when it comes to your health, like eating out too often or rushing from attraction to attraction. Watch the video to get Castle’s tips.

And, check out Castle’s own healthy vacation experience in Tennessee.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Congratulates The Inn at Aspen Property Owners on Major Renovation

Aspen, Colorado property completes significant upgrades and helps revive the Buttermilk Mountain base

Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), congratulates The Inn at Aspen on a multi-million dollar renovation funded by the property’s homeowners.  The Inn at Aspen, with units professionally managed by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, began common area renovations in April 2014 to bring a fresh appearance and better guest experience to the ski-in/ski-out property at the base of Buttermilk Mountain.  The renovation is slated to be completed in November for the 2014-2015 ski season.    

“We congratulate The Inn at Aspen’s dedicated homeowners, who worked hard to make this renovation happen,” said Thomas Ernst, executive general manager, Aspen, Breckenridge & Keystone, Wyndham Vacation Rentals.  “This season, guests can expect enhanced amenities and a new look that celebrates the Inn’s amazing views of Buttermilk Mountain.”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ashley Castle Visits the Tennessee Smoky Mountains

This fall, travel blogger Ashley Castle headed to the Tennessee Smoky Mountains to soak up the great outdoors from the comfort of one of Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ professionally managed cabins. Bringing along her family, Castle settled into Grizzly Manor, a luxury five-bedroom cabin in Sevierville, Tennessee, and documented their memorable experience. With panoramic mountain views, a private hot tub, plenty of living space and a game room, they all enjoyed a relaxing stay together. Watch part one of Castle’s three-part video series for an inside look at her cabin experience.