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Space, privacy and value accommodate corporate retreats and incentive programs
In economic conditions of any kind, meetings and events represent strategic methods for deepening employee relationships and improving the overall health of a business. In fact, companies can spend less on incentive travel than on cash compensation to achieve better productivity from employees.* Affording businesses the opportunity to show employee appreciation while stretching their lodging budget is the largely untapped vacation rental market, which offers more living space underneath one or multiple roofs to accommodate meetings, team building activities and off-the-clock recreation.
Often costing less than a single hotel room, vacation rentals feature multiple living areas that provide the privacy and space to house small groups in one or more homes. Reservations can be made for as few as two nights, and home sizes can range from two to more than seven bedrooms. Multiple abodes in desirable vacation home communities can be reserved, providing comfortable and convenient accommodations that help to foster a team atmosphere, ideal for corporate retreats.
Unlike other lodging options, vacation home rentals provide guests with the freedom to move or rearrange furniture to suit their needs, utilize wireless Internet and various media outlets, hold outdoor activities in the yard or pool area, and with a number of homes located near prime destinations, guests can even take a group trip to a nearby beach, golf course, historic landmark, museum or amusement park.
Vacation rental homes, communities that include a guest clubhouse, as well as condo rental properties and some property managersí offices are often equipped with spaces to accommodate small to medium-sized gatherings. Conference rooms, resort-style pools, barbeque areas, restaurants on-property and in-home movie theaters complete with large projector screen and cinema-style seating are examples of various facilities available for meeting reservations.
Rentals themselves typically come equipped with a fully furnished kitchen and dining area. Not only does this save on the cost associated with dining out for every meal, but it also allows guests to cater food in, prepare foods to meet dietary restrictions or even to enjoy a team building culinary competition. For further convenience, pre-arrival grocery delivery services are often available, and personal chef or butler services may also be arranged.
During down time, retreat participants can enjoy private in-home amenities, often including screened-in pools and patios in warm-weather climates, fireplaces in colder areas, as well as spas, in-home entertainment rooms complete with arcade games, billiard tables and more. Multiple televisions and DVD players offer more opportunities for privacy or togetherness underneath the same roof.
One place meeting planners can be pointed in the right direction is http://www.DiscoverVacationHomes.com, launched nationally by the long-standing voice of the vacation rental industry, the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA). The site provides a variety of tools and resources for businesses to find reputable vacation rental companies across the U.S., including a destinations map, information about the category in general, answers to common questions and more.
Booking a professionally managed vacation rental through a member of the VRMA is a seamless and secure process, as nearly all members offer accredited phone and Internet reservations systems, and members have made a commitment to quality hospitality, professionalism and industry excellence.
About the Vacation Rental Managers Association The Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) is a professional trade association for the short-term, vacation property management industry. Headquartered in Santa Cruz, Calif., the VRMA has more than 600 property management and associate members in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean representing approximately 150,000 vacation rentals, condos and villas. Often costing less than a single hotel room, professionally managed vacation rentals afford travelers an accommodations lifestyle unlike any other, providing considerably more space, amenities, guest services, and privacy than other lodging options. For more information, visit www.VRMA.com.
*TBA Global Report on the "Value of Meetings"
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