Condos Are Top Spots for Reunions According to VacationSpot.com Survey

Added Space, Privacy and Value Lead Reasons Vacation Rentals Growing in Popularity

DALLAS, July 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — According to a recent survey by VacationSpot.com(R), consumers looking to plan a destination reunion are more likely to stay in a condominium over other lodging options. The results of the survey support a growing travel trend of consumers choosing non- traditional accommodations for their vacation experiences.

“Family gatherings are spreading out beyond the typical backyard barbecues at Uncle Joe’s house,” said Rick Fisher, spokesperson for VacationSpot.com and vice president of vacation rentals for Hotels.com. “The accommodation of choice and one of the hottest trends for many reunions today include vacation rental type properties which are located in popular leisure beach, lake, and mountain destinations.”

The move to roomier accommodations is really no surprise. The average square footage of a home in the US has increased more than 800 square feet since the mid-70s according to the National Homebuilders Association. In fact, top reasons that survey respondents preferred vacation rental accommodations, such as condos, private homes, villas and suites, were for the additional space for getting the group together, for the privacy (separate bedrooms and bathrooms near communal spaces), and for the value (cost per person and flexibility of casual meals at the rental).

“People don’t live in one room at home, why should they be expected to do that on vacation?” added Fisher.

Additional Survey Results

The survey, which attempts to understand how people plan their reunions, also revealed that while the majority of reunions are centered on family, nearly 41% of respondents said they are most likely to attend a reunion of friends.

More than 70% of the http://www.vacationspot.com/ survey respondents indicated that reunion planning begins at least three months in advance. However, reunion planners suggest starting to organize your ideas at least a year before the event and making lodging reservations at least six months in advance.

Proximity is also important as 62% of respondents said that they drive to the reunion destination. And with 73% indicating that reunions last between a weekend and one week, time spent traveling should be kept to a minimum. Therefore choosing a location for the reunion is a major consideration that should be “road trip friendly” for the majority of attendees.

About VacationSpot.com

VacationSpot.com, powered by hotels.com, is the most comprehensive resource for booking vacation rentals and bed & breakfasts worldwide on the Internet. VacationSpot.com offers thousands of properties in hundreds of the most popular destinations. Travelers can book vacation rentals through the website, http://www.vacationspot.com/ , and through live operators available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-888-290-SPOT (7768). Hotels.com is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) CST: 2059975-40.

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