Sales of U.S. vacation homes rose twice as fast as other homes last year -study

By Jonnelle Marte

(Reuters) -The U.S. housing market bounced back quickly last year after the pandemic gave some workers the flexibility to work from anywhere – and demand for vacation homes was especially hot, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Association of Realtors.

Sales of existing homes in counties with a higher share of vacation homes rose by 24% on average in 2020, more than double the 11% increase in counties that don’t have a high concentration of vacation homes.

Home prices also appreciated more quickly in vacation home counties, gaining an average 14% last year,

Madelene Sagstrom Only Four Strokes Away From Second LPGA Tour Win | LPGA

For Madelene Sagstrom, the winner of the 2020 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, the key to earning a second LPGA Tour victory on Sunday at Blythefield Country Club is right in front of her. She needs a flock of birdies.

 “We know this course is playing soft and easy. So we know we have to make birdies out here. It’s critical, because here when you make a bogey you lose against the field. The steadier you can stay and keep making pars and, then knowing you’re going to roll a few in, I mean, you’re going to stay up there,”

Walmart used to be a haven for RV parking, but more stores won’t allow it

The company has allowed overnight parking for RVers in many of its 4,700 US lots going back to the days of founder Sam Walton in the mid-twentieth century. Even RV enthusiasts Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, conservative activist Ginni Thomas, have been known to stay at Walmart.
But parking at Walmart (WMT) is getting harder to find. In 2010, about 78% of Walmart stores allowed overnight RV parking. Now, it’s close to 58%, according to Jim O’Briant, who runs OvernightRVParking.com, a website that tracks more than 14,000 free RV parking locations in the United

Water discharge event starts at popular tourist spot Kurobe Dam

Kurobe Dam, a popular tourist destination in the central Japan prefecture of Toyama, began its annual discharge of water on Friday.

The hydroelectric dam, located in Japan’s Northern Alps, releases 10 to 15 tons of water a second through gates in the middle of its 186-meter dam wall, the tallest in Japan, creating a spectacular arc that can be viewed from a designated observatory area.

Kansai Electric Power Co., the operator of the dam, said the water discharge began in 1961 to maintain the landscape of the nearby Kurobe River during summer when the water level typically drops.

Annual water

Vacation Rental Market to grow by almost $ 63 Billion During 2020-2024|Technavio

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. 9flats.com Pte Ltd., Airbnb Inc., Booking Holdings Inc., Expedia Group Inc., Hotelplan Holding AG, MakeMyTrip Pvt. Ltd., NOVASOL AS, Oravel Stays Pvt. Ltd., TripAdvisor Inc., and Wyndham Destinations Inc. are some of the major market participants.

The adoption of effective promotional strategies will offer immense growth opportunities. To leverage the current opportunities, market vendors must strengthen their foothold in the fast-growing segments while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

Vacation Rental Market 2020-2024: Segmentation

Vacation Rental Market is segmented as below:

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