ORLANDO, Fla. – Holidays during the coronavirus pandemic show some interesting trends.
What you need to know
- Coronavirus pandemic changing holiday
- Holiday homes, resorts that see new trends
- Many people opt for staycations
We’ve visited a few options to see what travel trends are currently taking place.
Nick Falcone with Rentyl Resorts is an expert in vacation home rentals, telling Spectrum News 13 that privacy is Central Florida’s new travel trend. We chatted with him at Encore Resort on Reunion in the Four Corners area at Walt Disney World Resort.
“Our calling volume was even the highest ever last week,” said Falcone. “Right now we are seeing a tremendous amount of traffic from drive markets. Lots of staycations.”
Callison Miller was at Encore’s poolside with her mom. Miller is a teacher from Colorado.
“This is the first time we’ve been on vacation in five years,” she said.
Because of the pandemic, she wanted a resort-like experience just without the hotel.
“You wouldn’t be very comfortable [at a hotel]. You wouldn’t get a chance to say, “This is our space “… We were in the pool and you could just really relax because you have the room,” she said.
Falcone said Encore Resort on Reunion has about 25 percent capacity. They ensure that guests do not check in until three days after the previous guests have left. This gives staff time to deep clean.
We also wanted to know what houses like Wyndham Orlando Resort or International Drive does it, just reopened on June 5. Wyndham tells us that they also have a “deep clean” policy of 72 hours.
“Having a sprawling 22-acre campus really helps borrow for social distance, walking around our walkable neighborhood,” said spokesperson Gino Marasco. “And many of the resorts have that in Orlando.”
Marasco added that local hotels occupy an average of 20 percent on weekends. He sees reservations from South Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.