Photo Glossary

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High Dynamaic Range (HDR) Photos

Digital photos taken and processed to produce the most life-like quality and colors possible. Used extensively for quality architectural and lodging photographs. Techniques that allow a greater luminances between light and dark so they more accurately the wide range of real scenes.
Origin: Wikipedia Link: Wikipedia.com

Absentee Vacation Rental Manager

Company posing as vacation rental managers who does not actually reside in the geographic area. Actually onlly a booking agent, who sub contracts to freelance housekeepers. Being absent imposes unnecessary risk on property owners and guests.
See also: Property Manager, Vacation Rental Manager Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Composite Vacation Rental manager

A company that provides comprehensive vacation rental management services to second homes such as cabins, cottages, houses and villas by being a locally owned and operated business supported by a centralized back office support team. This allows local staff to focus on housekeeping, maintenance, guest and owner services, while the back office.provides accounting, reservations with work class marketing and advertising.
Origin: Vortex Managers Link: VortexManagers.com

Corporate Vacation Rental Manager

Very large corporate company, often venture capital backed, that offers vacation rental management services usually to condos, cabins, houses, villas. They hire local employees or contractors but all other services are located far away in a corporate office. Subjects property owners to unreliable services and responsiveness
See also: Vacation Rental Manager, Absentee Vacation Rental Manager, Property Manager Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Dude Ranch

Usually working ranches that accept guests for lodging, food service, horse back riding and other ranch and farm activities.
See also: Guest Ranch, Farm Stay Origin: Wm. May Link: GuestRanchers.org

Farm Stay

Usually operating farms that accept guests for lodging, food service, horse back riding and other farm life activities and experiences.
See also: Guest Ranch, Due ranch Origin: Wm. May Link: GuestRanchers.org

Guest Ranch

Usually working ranches that accept guests for lodging, food service, horse back riding and other ranch and farm activities.
See also: Dude Ranch, Farm Stay Origin: Wm. May Link: GuestRanchers.org

Hostel

An establishment that provides inexpensive lodging often for students, workers or travelers, some in shared bed or bunk rooms, sometimes with modest individual rooms. Usually baths are across the hall. Many have bending machines and coffee service, but seldom sit down dining.
Origin: Wm. May

Limited Vacation Rental Manager

A locally owned and operated company that manages multiple second homes for short-term rental such as cabins, condos, cottages, houses, villas, etc. Provides onsite services and marketing without aid of a support organization. May also refer to an individual who works at such a company.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Name Your Price

An offer to guests to specify the price they want to pay per night for lodging, and the manager then looks for lodging to meet their criteria
Origin: William May Link: VRIA.org

Rustication

Vacation in a rustic, rural or remote Inn, Lodge or Resort
Origin: William May Link: Rustications.com

Signatour Photo

Every Inns, Resort, Hotel & Vacation Rental website needs a Signature photograph that entices the guest and compels themn to inquire and book. These are you Signatour.
Origin: William May Link: VacationRentalPhotographers.com

Vacation Rental Manager

A company that provides comrepehensive lodging management services to multiple second homes such as cabins, condos, cottages, houses, villas, etc. Such managars operate local offices, housekeepers, staff, marketing, advertising, accounting and reservattions. 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

Travel Glossary

AHMA - American Hotel & Motel Association

A trade association that offers benefits and services to hospitality properties and suppliers. It propose legislation affecting hotels, sponsors seminars and group study programs, conducts research, and publishes Lodging magazine.
Origin: AHMA.org Link: AHMA.org

Amenities

The features and benefits associated with a property such as furniture, equipment, furnishings, resort priviledges and so forth. Amenities widely between types of accomodations such as hotels, motels, cabins, bed and breakfasts; and also between one unit and another.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Availability Calendar

An online calendar which can be updated to allow renters see the dates open for a certain property (Room, Suite or Home).
See also: Common Calendar Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Bed & Breakfast

A small inn or lodge that provides a room and a breakfast. Often a B&B is in a residential home setting and/or a historic building converted to a quaint lodging facility. B&B's are not Vacation Rentals.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Best Practices

Those policies and procedures that best suit an industry and lead to satisfied customers, good vendor relations and success for business owners. In lodging, best practices are many and varied. In short they can be summarized as being good neighbors with good customer service.
Origin: Redstone Systems

Cancellation Policy

The terms and basis on which a lodging property owner or manager will or will not accept cancellations. Also dependent on the terms on which the guest booked the property. Usually stated as a number o days prior to first date of occupancy on which a guest may request a cancellation. Fees may apply to cancellations or cancellations may be denied altogether.
See also: "Guarantee Reservation" and "Advance Loding Reservation" Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Check-In

The process by which guests arrive and check into a lodging property. Check In may be accomplished at a front-desk office, by meeting a representative at the property or by a telephone phone in requirement. These vary by the requirements of the owner or manager.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

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