Getting the Most Out of Scarce Summer Travel Dollars


NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 30 /PRNewswire/ — This summer, the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) predicts that with “historically high gas prices” and “air travel and hotel demand (rising) even as hotel room rates and air fares go up” travelers (especially families) will “have to economize to compensate” especially on food and entertainment costs. And a recent American Automobile Association (AAA) study found that the average family of four will spend nearly ten percent more on restaurants, attractions and hotel rooms this year. Factor in a 31% increase in gas prices, and families will need to cut costs wherever they can.

Renting a vacation home from ResortQuest is a great way to beat these rising summer travel expenses since travelers can share the same house for one rate (in Hilton Head, for instance, a water view home that sleeps up to twelve people can be rented by three families for $3000, which equates to $1000 per family for the week) and also enjoy the many services a home rental includes – kitchen, laundry, entertainment, parking, often free local calls, and more – that cost extra at hotels.

Here’s how to reap those savings: families who rent a home can supply their own groceries and by using their private fully equipped kitchen or deck-side barbecue, prepare some of their own meals during vacation, avoiding long waits and expensive restaurant/room service charges. They can also avoid all those hotel “extras” (like laundry services) since most homes have conveniences such as a washer and dryer. And there’s rarely any surcharge for long-distance phone calls.

They will also get more space for less cash. Vacation rental properties come in every price range (starting as low as $99 per night) and can run from a one-bedroom condominium to a home with eight or more bedrooms, allowing kids and parents to have their own space with only one lodging rate. And for extra savings kids can sleep on pull-out couches, in sleeping bags or on cots, and Mom and Dad can still have privacy and a non-cartoon devoted TV in their own bedroom. The popular practice of sharing a larger vacation home with another family can bring costs down even more.

Rental vacation homes can include bonuses such as private pools and whirlpool spas, tennis courts, and pool tables or game and entertainment rooms (often with VCRs/DVD players and stereos.) Tennis and golf privileges may also be available for free or at a reduced rate.

Families can get $50 in gas if they book a ResortQuest home as part of the ResortQuest Gas Up & Go promotion. Here’s how it works: Once full payment is made, the guest will be directed to an online site to obtain two $25 certificates valid for a three-week period (one week prior to arrival through one week after departure to allow for travel time.) To learn more about the ResortQuest Gas Up & Go offer, call toll-free: 877-582-1847 in the Eastern US or 866-503-4809 in the West, or visit ResortQuest online at http://www.resortquest.com/GasE (East) or http://www.resortquest.com/GasSki (West.)

About ResortQuest

ResortQuest, the nation’s leading vacation property management company, provides a one-stop resource in North America’s premier resort destinations (http://www.resortquest.com/). ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and home rentals in the U.S. and Canada, based on a portfolio of nearly 17,000 vacation rental properties with a combined real estate value estimated at approximately $7 billion. ResortQuest employs more than 4,000 people and is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE:GET) , one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the hospitality and entertainment industries, based in Nashville, Tenn., that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit http://www.resortquest.com/ or http://www.gaylordentertainment.com/.

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