Glossary

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Non-Cancelable

When a booking for lodging property use is non-cancelable it means the guest must pay for and is not entitled to a refund even if they request a cancellation. This is similar to non-cancelable bookings for airfare and other travel services.
See also: Re-Sellable Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Normal Occupancy

The number of registered occpuants for which the normal rental rate applies. There are per-day fees for each disclosed or undisclosed guest over the normal Occupancy.
See also: Sleeps Occupancy, Maximum Occupancy, Disclosed Guest, Undisclosed Guest, Dropin Guest Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Obscure Rent by Owner (RBO)

When a website makes a property owners identify hidden thereby requiring guests to only communicate through their website dashboard, the rental is Obscure.
See also: Rent by Owner, Rbo Origin: May, William Link: VRIA.org

Occupancy

A percentage indicating the number of nights sold (compared to number available) in a hotel, resort, motel, or vacation rental facility or destination.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Occupant

A person of any age who enters a lodging unit at any time; or enters the property or resort on which it sits. Includes overnight guests but also drop-in visitors.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Ocean Front Accommodations

Buildings or rooms and living units in a building which is along side the ocean shore. Can be major oceans or estuaries. Generally means there are no other buildings between the building and the water. Not necessarily Beach Front.
See also: Beach Front Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Office Space

Space inside a larger building rented to tenants for the purpose of conducting business. Usually nicely finished and conductive to office business duties.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Order (Booking)

When a guest makes a booking online it is referred to as an Order until such time as a staff member accepts and confirms it. The software uses this word as a Booking Status.
See also: Abandoned, Aborted, Blocked, Cancelled, Confirmed, Hold, Incomplete, In Error, Out of Service, Quoted, Unblocked Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Order Fullfilment

After a booking has been accepted, it is necessary to produce and ship paperwork for the guest's signature. Then to secure its return and payment on time. After which instructions are sent to the guest. During and after the stay to check for guest satisfaction. This entire process is referred to as Order Fulfillment.
See also: Booking Origin: Vacation Rental Association

OTA - Online Travel Agent

Websites where guests can book lodging, airfare, rental cars and other services online. OTA's utilize Global Distribution Services (GDS) to display services and then to confirm them with the travel provider. Examples of OTA's are Expedia.com, Orbitz.com and Hotels.com but there are many others offering the same services.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

OTA - Open Travel Alliance

An organization that engineers computer and technical specifications to ensure traveler and supplier information flow smoothly throughout travel, tourism and hospitality. Membership includes major hotels, airlines and Global Distribution Firms.
Origin: OpenTravel.org Link: OpenTravel.org

Out Clean Fee

A certain amount above and beyond the rental rate that is charged to renters to cover the cost of cleaning the property after departure.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Out Cleaning

Vacation rental homes are usually cleaned after the guest departs, this is referred to as an Out Clean. Usually there is a one time fee for this service.
See also: Out Cleaning Fee, Interim Clean, Housekeeping Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Out of Service (Booking)

When a property is not available for rental it is Out of Service. Often this happens when a property requires maintenance. Our software uses this word as Booking Status
See also: Abandoned, Aborted, Blocked, Cancelled, Confirmed, Order, Hold, Incomplete, In Error, Quoted, Unblocked Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Overages

Charges to the Guests for additional rent, activities, services, housekeeping or repairs that are greater than appeared on the guest's original estimated charges.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Owner Help

Type of advertising that ask for rent by Owners, if they need help booking their properties.
See also: Owner Switch, Owner Try Origin: Istay

Owner Try

A type of advertising that asks owners to try our services even if they have not rented before.
See also: Owner Switch, Owner Help, starter Origin: Vortex Organization

Package

A fixed price travel product that makes it easy for a traveler to buy and enjoy a destination or several destinations. Packages offer a mix of elements like transportation, accomodations, restaurants, entertainment, cultural activities, sightseeing and car rental.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Page Permissions

System that determines which kind of user may access individual pages in a website. This function is now incorporated into the PageControls system.
See also: Page Controls Origin: Redstone Systems

Patient & Family Lodging

Traditional hotel or other facility that provides lodging to patients receiving care in the area or to their families.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

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