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Villas of Distinction has increased its portfolio of domestic villas as a result of increased demand.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 80 percent of Americans say they are willing to pay more for privacy and distancing, according to global communications consultancy Ketchum Travel.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are seeing an increase in requests from our travel advisor partners whose customers want to travel and are asking their advisor for a private villa within the U.S.,” said Steve Lassman, v.p. of villa product & agency relations for Villas of Distinction, in a press release statement. “People who are not quite comfortable coming into contact with large groups of people will opt to take a staycation or a road trip, and stay in a private villa with family and friends who they know have been cautious. With our exclusive concierge service, a travel advisor can create a socially-distanced experience at the villa that will enhance the guest’s vacation.”

In order to meet this demand, Villas of Distinction has added more than 140 villa properties in domestic destinations with more being added. Locations include Beverly Hills, Malibu and Hollywood, California; Big Sky, Montana; Gloucester and Beverly, Massachusetts; Great Smokey Mountains, Tennessee; Hot Springs, Virginia; Marco Island, Florida; and more.

Many of Villas of Distinction’s properties have adopted the Villa Rental Management Association’s cleaning standard for COVID-19 and its “Peace of Mind” policy provides flexible travel policies.

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