Private Trade Winds, Inc. Has Partnered With The Travel Institute In Launching The First Villa Certification Course

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Private Trade Winds reaches out to vacationers by setting the standard for villas in the luxury segment of the travel industry.

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Pictures can be deceiving, and 'service' doesn’t photograph well. Often times it is what you don’t see in the picture that leads to concern.

Private Trade Winds, Inc., the leading supplier of 5-Star Villa Vacations, is making enormous strides in the travel industry by educating the public on the broad spectrum of villa options currently available to the luxury traveler.

With villa travel on the rise there is a matter of extreme urgency to clearly define the term “villa” in the marketplace, and ascertain all that the term implies. It’s important to differentiate between a Vacation Home and a Villa Rental, a common misnomer that Private Trade Winds hopes to clear up.

Those interested in renting a vacation home can find numerous options on internet sites such as VRBO and HomeAway. “While these homes are typically listed with several images, a caveat emptor exists, with a high element of risk involved,” said Irene Aviles, Owner and President of Private Trade Winds. Aviles went on to say, “Pictures can be deceiving, and service doesn’t photograph well. Often times it is what you don’t see in the picture that leads to concern.” Here lies the need for clarity.

According to Private Trade Winds, Inc., a villa can be a free-standing home, condo, fractional or even a private residence within a resort community. What sets a Villa apart from a vacation home is that the location, accommodation, amenities and level of service be equal or superior to that of a 5-Star hotel.

While the classic villas of Europe are still tremendously popular, it is the modern villa that begs to be defined. A 2-bedroom, 1500-square foot beachfront condo that sits 200 feet from the water’s edge on the island of Oahu, is no less a villa than an 8-bedroom, 10,000 square foot private ranch estate in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Size, historic significance or maximum occupancy has nothing to do with villa classification; it’s all about location, accommodation, amenities and service that elevates a vacation home to villa status.

Private Trade Winds, Inc. is the low cost alternative to high priced destination clubs, and has recently announced a 96% client satisfaction rate in their first five years of business. In an effort to educate both Travel Agents as well as the luxury traveler, Private Trade Winds has partnered with The Travel Institute in launching the first Villa Certification Course. To learn more about the course contact Judy Sweetland at 866-789-4589 Ext. 804 or email jsweetland(at)privatetradewinds(dot)com.


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