What Are Vacation Rentals?
By definition the travel industry term "vacation rental" refers to a furnished home that is rented out on a short-term basis (usually weekly). A vacation rental serves as an alternative to traditional hotels and is typically occupied by vacationers or tourists.
Vacation rentals are sometimes called holiday rentals, villa rentals, self-catering rentals, holiday villas, agriturism, gites, etc... In certain countries, including Spain, France, Ireland, and England, the government sponsors its own vacation rental programs. Other governments certify rental locations or promote properties to attract tourists.