Instant Software Reports That Vacation Rental Bookings Across the Industry Were Down 10% in the First Half of 2009

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Instant Software issues a trend report on the vacation rental industry compiled from the largest and most representative data pool in the industry

Making decisions from a small data set may be dangerous and could, potentially, lead you in a direction that could harm your business, rather than help it - Remember, data can easily be skewed by certain outliers. The only way to get reliable accurate data is from a large sample representing different sized organizations across a wide geographic range.

Instant Software, Inc. (ISI), the leading technology solution provider for the Vacation Rental industry, reports that the number of bookings during the first 6 months of 2009 in the U.S. vacation rental industry were down 10% compared to the same period in 2008. Revenue from bookings decreased 15% during that same period as economic pressures drove the average daily rate for Vacation Rentals from a 2008 average of $199 per night to $185 in 2009.

These figures come from a Research report published by ISI using reservation statistics from its client base of over 1200 property management firms managing 200,000 properties, the largest aggregated network in the vacation rental industry. Because of the size and geographic range of ISI's data pool, this is the industry's only truly reliable and accurate source of vacation rental data. The free report is available on ISI's website at http://www.InstantSoftware.com.

ISI launched this report as a tool for the vacation rental industry because of the recent issuance of Industry Trend reports that use so few data points that they may be skewed and inaccurate. This resource offers the most accurate and representative stats for companies to make the most informed decisions. ISI aggregates these stats using actual transaction data from the largest data pool in the industry. The data is then cleaned to include only the most representative year-to-year comparisons in the industry so that the stats show true "apples to apples" comparisons.

"Beware of potentially skewed and misleading information from companies that draw conclusions from a small data sample," warns Dave Hopcroft, Instant Software's CEO. "Making decisions from a small data set may be dangerous and could, potentially, lead you in a direction that could harm your business, rather than help it - Remember, data can easily be skewed by certain outliers. The only way to get reliable accurate data is from a large sample representing different sized organizations across a wide geographic range."

Other interesting trends from the report are that the average length of stay in a vacation rental increased by 2% from 6.4 nights to 6.5 nights, bucking the industry perception that the length of vacation rental stays were actually decreasing. And last minute bookings did not appear as prevalent as the industry thought they would be as the Average Advanced Booking Windows only reduced from 87 days in 2008 to 84 days in 2009.

ISI will continue to update its "Research" section of its website and will make more detailed data available specifically for its clients to compare their business performance with more localized stats.

About Instant Software
Instant Software Inc. (ISI)(http://www.instantsoftware.com) is the nation's leading provider of technology solutions for the Vacation Rental Management industry. Instant Software's complete end-to-end solutions include the market leading Reservations and Business Management Solutions; First Resort Software™, PropertyPlus™, Entech™, and V12.NET™, plus Online Solutions integrated through ISILink™, the most powerful web distribution system in the industry. ISI has installed software at more than 2200 property management companies and vacation rental resorts throughout North and Central America and the Caribbean. ISI was the first in the vacation rental industry to bring real-time online booking, serves more than 200,000 vacation rental properties and services more vacation rental management companies than any other in the U.S.

For more information, please contact:
Scott Gerber
Vice President of Marketing
Instant Software, Inc.
866-746-6347

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