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Published On: Tue, Jan 17th, 2017

The myths and misconceptions clouding the vacation rentals market

It’s a market that has become immensely popular over the years – with various online platforms fueling the vacation rentals area.

However, with popularity, brings a lot of inaccuracies. While these platforms have transformed the way that this area of the travel industry functions, at the same time it has probably resulted in information from all sorts of sources being published which isn’t necessarily accurate.

As such, we’re here to dismiss a few myths. We’ll now take a look at some of the biggest misconceptions that have blitzed this industry and highlight the real truths.

Myth #1 – Vacation rentals only offer value to a small portion of the market

Once upon a time this might have been true, but the way that the vacation rentals market has developed over recent times means that we can now completely dispel it.

photo/ William Iven via Pixabay

Sure, several years ago it might have only been of value for large groups to take advantage of one of these types of rentals. Now, the situation has turned on its head. For example, Elan Vacations have umpteen different types of properties available to rent – it’s not just large houses which are only suitable for the big groups who wish to make a saving.

In other words, you can get anything from a large property, right the way to studio-size ones in this market.

Myth #2 – There are strict minimum stay restrictions

Again, this may have been true a few years ago. However, the market has adapted to demand and providers realize that they just won’t attract visitors if they have such strict minimum stay requirements in place. Gone are the days where you may have to stay for seven nights or more – most of the time rental companies will not give you any restrictions whatsoever.

Myth #3 – There’s little reliability with vacation rentals

This is a myth that will probably become extinct in years to come, for the simple reason that a lot of vacation rental companies are becoming such established players. People are starting to recognize the brands, which adds a much greater degree of trust.

Ultimately, there’s a reason why the market has exploded recently – vacation rentals are satisfying a huge need and they are doing it well. If they weren’t reliable, the market wouldn’t have reacted like this.

Myth #4 – Visitors don’t get the same luxuries

This links in from the previous point. Before this industry reached the size it has now, there may have been a degree of DIY when a visitor stayed at a property. Now, this has pretty much gone out of the window and visitors are able to receive the same luxuries that they would if they were staying at a large hotel chain.

In other words, all the little things like towels and soap are included, while some companies will go the extra step and provide their guests with the likes of spa treatments and childcare.

Author: Anwar Hossain

photo/ Jo Wiggijo via pixabay

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