Dictionary

This Glossary is provided to help guests understand more about the rental of inns, resorts and vacation rentals. It is not comprehensive but serves as a primer for terms guests may encounter in renting specialty lodging. Not all terms apply to all properties or managers.

Visitor

A traveler who goes to a place other than his home to experience life in a different location. Usually means a stay of a short destination.
See also: Traveler Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Visitors Center

Travel information center located at a destination to make it easier for visitors to plan their stay; often operated by a convention and visitors bureau, chamber of commerce, or tourism promotion organization.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

VRGA - Vacation Rental Guests Assocition

Trade association of guests who frequent vacation rental homes, organized to advocate for the benefit of its members
Origin: Vacation Rental Association Link: VRGA.org

VRIA - Vacation Rental Association

Trade organization that promotes the use and advancement of the vacation rental industry. Umbrella organization for VROA - Vacation Rental Owners Association, VRMG - Vacation Rental Managers Guild and VRGA - Vacation Rental Guests Association. The term VRIA is a Trademark owned by the Vacation Rental Industry Association.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association Link: VRIA.org

VRMA - Vacation Rental Managers Association

The Vacation Rental Managers Association is a trade association of companies that act as sales agents and managers for vacation homes, condos and similar lodging.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association Link: VRMA.org

VRMLS - Vacation Rental Multiple Listing Service

The world's first Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for Vacation Rentals this is an Open-Listing and Open-Distribution system. Owner and Manager Members can post Properties once and have them distributed to websites around the world. Website Publisher Members can retrive records and display the on their website.

Similar to the MLS's which have server real estate brokerage for decades; VRMLS is owned by the Vacation Rental Industry Association a Not-For-Profit organization. The term "VRMLS" is an owned trademark.
See also: VRIA Origin: Vacation Rental Association Link: VRMLS.org

VROA - Vacation Rental Owners Association

The Vacation Rental Owners Association (VROA) was a trade association comprised of members who own homes and vendors who support them. Became the Vacation Rental Industry Association (VRIA) to support all constituents in the industry.
See also: VRIA, VRMG, VRMLS, VRMA Origin: Vacation Rental Association Link: VROA.org

VVR - Verified Vacation Rental

A lodging unit that has submitted documentation and been verified as a legitimately owned and operated vacation rental by the Vacation Rental Industry Association (VRIA.org). Designated as "Verified Vacation Rental (IVR)". Does not include physical inspection as is included in the "Inspection Vacation Rental (IVR)" Program. The term IVR are trademarks owned by the Vacation Rental Industry Association.
See also: IVR, Inspected Vacation Rental, Blue Ribbon Rental Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Wholesaler Lodging

A lodging operator who sells occupancy through other parties called retailers
See also: Retailers Origin: Redstone Systems

Beach Front Accommodations

Buildings or rooms and living units in a building which is along side a body of water and generally with a reasonably level geographically between the building and the water. Generally means there are no other buildings between the building and the water. Is more specific than Ocean Front Accommodations which may not be on a beach.
See also: Ocean Front Accommodations Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Beach View

When guests can see a beach (Salt or Fresh Water) from some area of the property, not necessarily from all ares of the property. May include Full, Partial or Peekaboo Views.
See also: View, City View, Mountain View, Resort View, Water View Origin: Vacation Rental Association

City View

When guests can see sections of a town or city from some area of the property, not necessarily from all ares of the property.. May include Full, Partial or Peekaboo Views.
See also: View, Beach View, Mountain View, Resort View, Water View Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Clean Team

A designation for housekeepers and supervisors of the Sunspots operations staff. Members get training and must show mastery of skills before gaining full membership.
Origin: Istay

Common Calendar

An online calendar which shows a list of available lodging units (room, suites or homes) in a specified Complex or destination; along with available dates. Usually a left hand menu list the units and a top menu shows days or weeks. Booked units are displayed so that a guest can determine which units are available and then make a selection. Available in virtually all lodging software and many lodging websites. Also called a Tape or Grid.
See also: Availability Calendar Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Condotel

(1) A hotel room that is sold as if it were a home, but lacks certain common home features such as a full kitchen.

(2) Any condominium project where homes are operated as a hotel with a registration desk, cleaning service and more. The units are individually owned. Unit owners also have the option to place their unit in the hotels rental program where it is rented out like any other hotel room. Generally, condotels are sold as a second or third home.

NOTE: Mortgage financing for any property categorized as a Condotel may be labeled as "Non-Warrantable" and not financeable in the USA under Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lending programs.
Origin: Investopedia & VRIA

FVRMA - Florida Vacation Rental Managers Assoc

Trade Association of Vacation Rental Managers in the State of Florida.
See also: VRIA, VRMA Origin: FVRMA

Key Safe

A stout box which can be attached to a build, that requires a user to punch in a numerical combination code in order to retrieve a key from inside. Usually a mechanical device, not electronic. Some types can be hung on a door knob.
Origin: Istay

Lodging Taxes

Includes the sales, tourism and sometimes other taxes imposed on lodging by governments in a given destination. Facilities are required to add these taxes to the price of lodging and sometimes other costs.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Mountain View

When guests can see surrounding mountains from some area of the property, not necessarily from all ares of the property. May include Full, Partial or Peekaboo Views.
See also: View, Beach View, City View, Resort View, Water View Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Mutual Program

Some managers give property owners a 10% rental discount when staying in other properties handled by the manager. Usually this is optional and only available to owners who provide the same discount to other owners. Due to seasonality the discount may not be available ina ll properties at all times - - especially during high seasons.
Origin: William May

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