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Cape & Islands Vacation Rentals Make a Strong Comeback for 2009

Contact: Elizabeth Weedon
Phone: (888) 281-8660

July 10, 2009 —As the summer vacation rental season on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket is now in full throttle, booking rates continue to make a strong comeback. July 2009 bookings are now up 47% over same time last year—holding even more promise for the remainder of the season.

Website Traffic

Website traffic on continues to spike—with Wednesday, July 8th, 2009, being the single most highly trafficked day in our 11-year history. In the last 30 days, vacationer inquiries to homeowners were up 18% over this same time in 2008.

2009 vs. 2008 Booking Rates

Month to month bookings have steadily picked up since January 2009, as compared to the same months last year. The table below shows the changes:

January -20%
February -24%
March -3%
April 1%
May 30%
June 55%
July 47%

Overall for the 2009 season, Cape and Islands bookings are down only 8%. Specifically, the Cape is down 7%; Martha’s Vineyard is down 8% and Nantucket is down 16%. Currently, bookings for the first three weeks of the fall off-season (beginning August 22, 2009) have increased by 1% over 2008.


Prices on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard have returned virtually to last year's levels. Nantucket prices continue to fall and are now 6% below 2008.


About WeNeedaVacation: Since 1997, WeNeedaVacation has been providing an efficient and inexpensive way of matching vacationers and vacation rental homeowners. The website lists nearly 4,000 properties on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. The WeNeedaVacation Vacation Planner also offers extensive information to the 175,000+ vacationers who use our site yearly, including information about beaches, events, dining, activities, and shopping. Our amazing staff provides unparalleled guidance to our Cape & Islands vacation rental homeowners. Many of our staff are vacation rental owners themselves, and all work hard to promote this special place. We proudly belong to 17 local Chambers of Commerce.

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