COVID-19 Impact on Vacation Rental Booking Activity

March 13, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has slowed vacation rental booking activity. Nationwide, bookings per property made between 3/1 and 3/10 are down by 32%. The trend is more pronounced for out-of-state travel. Bookings for in-state vacations are down by 29% versus last year but bookings for out-of-state vacations are down by 34%. These trends vary regionally across the U.S. and can be influenced by a number of factors, such as peak season, snowfall for ski areas, and dependency on out of state visitors during a "normal" season. As air travel slows, drive-to markets are also being impacted differently than fly-to markets. A few of the key travel states in the U.S. show the diversity, and the magnitude, of the change in in-state versus out-of-state booking activity.

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Hawaii Fast Facts:

  • Highly dependent on out-of-state guests
  • Fly-to market
  • International destination
  • Adjusted RevPAR  is staying strong

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California Fast Facts:

  • Similar numbers of in-state and out-of-state renters
  • Mix of drive-to and fly-to markets
  • Adjusted RevPAR is only slightly below last year

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Colorado Fast Facts:

  • About ⅓ of renters are from Colorado
  • Mix of drive-to and fly-to markets
  • Adjusted RevPAR is below last year, but snowfall contributes

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Florida Fast Facts:

  • Highly dependent on out-of-state guests
  • Mix of drive-to and fly-to markets
  • Adjusted RevPAR is slightly below last year

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