Glossary

This Glossary is provided to users of the website as a guide to terms and information they may find helpful.

Textiles

All bedding, towels and other fabric products used in a lodging facility to comfort to owners, family and guests.
See also: Bedding, towels, fleece, Linens Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Time-Shares

Homes divided in ownership or use on the basis of time periods, most often one or two week each year.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Tip Envelope

Housekeepers leave in rooms indicating their name and date cleaned. Usually includes subtle reminder that tips are not required but gratefully appreciated.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Tourism

Where consumers undertake leisure travel. As opposed to travel for business purposes
See also: Traveler, Tourist, Visitor Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Tourist

Traveler how moves from place to place to enjoy and experience different locations. Differs from business travel who comes for business purposes.
See also: Traveler Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Towels

Fleece based materials used for bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes, bath mats
See also: Textiles, fleece, bedding Origin: May, William

Transient

A Guest who arrives without an advance reservation or pre payment. Contrary to representations to those opposed to Lodging, guests with reservations are NOT transients.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Travel

Leisure and other travel including travel for business, medical care, education, etc. All tourism is travel, but not all travel is tourism.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Travel Agent

An individual who arranges travel for individuals or groups. Travel agents may be generalist or specialists (cruises, adventure travel, conventions, and meetings.) The agent receives a commission form accommodations, transportation companies and attractions for coordinating the booking of travel. They typically coordinate travel for their customers at the same of lower cost than if the customer booked the travel on his/her own.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Travel Insurance

Purchased from a carrier who agrees to reimburse guests for some expense if they are forced to cancel their plans due to certain reasons. Usually these include death in the family, personal injury or flight delays. Highly recommended.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Travel Seasons

Travel industry business cycles including:
Peak - Primary travel season
Low - Period when business is slowest
Shoulder - period between peak and low periods when business is stronger, but has room from growth.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Traveler

Any person who travels either for leisure or business purposes more than 100 miles (round-trip) in a day or who stays overnight away from his other primary domicile.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Unauthorized Guest

Property occupants who were not pre-approved by the lodging manager and for whom additional charges will apply. Also referred to as Undisclosed Guest.
See also: Undisclosed Guest, Maximum Occupancy, Normal Occupancy, Sleeps Occupancy, Disclosed Guest, Drop-In Guests Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Undisclosed Guest

Property occupants who were not pre-approved by the lodging manager and for whom additional charges will apply. Also referred to as Unauthorized Guest.
See also: Unauthorized Guest, Maximum Occupancy, Normal Occupancy, Sleeps Occupancy, Disclosed Guest, Drop-In Guests Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Unit

May refer to a room, suite or living area (such as a condo, cabin or home) which is offered to Guests for lodging use and rent. The unit includes all amenities described and associated with the unit including the grounds upon which it rests.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Unwelcomes

When a guest or tenant misuses a property, misbehaves, fails to pay as agreed or violates other conditions of the owner or manager's terms they are referred to as unwelcome and not allowed to rent the property again.
See also: Industry Origin: Vacation Rental Association Link: Unwelcomes.org

Use Fee

A proper term for the cost of renting a lodging property. May include rent, housekeeping and other charges.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Vacation Rental

A house, condo or other living unit used for short-term rental, usually in a resort or recreational area and having sleeping quarters, bath and kitchen. Also known as a Holiday let., Holiday Home, Holiday Cottage, Holiday Villa, Guest house or (in France) a Gite.
See also: Holiday Let, Holiday Home, Holiday Cottage, Holiday Village, Guest House, Gite Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Vacation Rental Manager

A company that provides comprehensive lodging management services to multiple second homes such as cabins, condos, cottages, houses, villas, etc. Such managers operate local offices, housekeepers, staff, marketing, advertising, accounting and reservations. May also refer to a person at such firm who is in charge of properties.
See also: Property Manager, Absentee Vacation Rental Manager, Corporate Vacation Rental Manager Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Vacation Rental Travel Insurance

A form of travel insurance, purchased from a carrier who agrees to reimburse guests for some expense if they are forced to cancel their travel plans including their rental of a vacation rental home. Covered events usually these include death in the family, personal injury or flight delays. Highly recommended.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

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