BooksterAcronyms in the Short Term Lets Industry There are an increasing number of acronyms used in the Short Term Lets Industry, and the list is growing as the industry matures. As a property management software provider, we're here to help you grow your business through providing tools to attract bookings, manage bookings, and manage guests' needs. To help you understand the tools we offer and the tools across the industry that will support you, we've noted here the most common acronyms. We'll update this list as and when there are new ones! Property type acronyms HR Holiday Rental HL Holiday Let (This includes Self-Catering Home / Apartments / Cottages / Castles / Boats) STL Short Term Let VR Vacation Rental Holiday Rental Software acronyms PMS Property Management Software (e.g. Bookster) Software that helps you run your vacation rental business. Holiday Let Pricing acronyms, commonly used in Dynamic Pricing ADR Average Daily Rate The amount of money on average that is received for a booking in a property during a fixed period of time. ALoS Average length of Stay The length of time that a guest stays in a property on average during a fixed period of time. ARI Average Rate Index A comparison between the property’s Average Daily Rate (ADR) and the competitors ADR during the same period of time. This is one piece of data that helps you to evaluate if you need to adjust your pricing. CMA Comparative Market Analysis A report that evaluates similar properties in a pre-determined area. This helps you evaluate the value of your holiday rental property. RevPAR Revenue per Available Room According to AirDNA, “RevPAR is the Revenue Per Available Rental and is calculated by dividing the total revenue earned by the number of available listings. Eg If the total monthly revenue (daily rates + cleaning fees) for all available listings is $200,000 and there are 100 active listings, then RevPAR would be $2,000.” Holiday Rental Association acronyms ASSC Associations of Self-Caterers in Scotland (Scotland) Bookster is a long-standing member and supporter of the ASSC. ASTRHO Association for Short-Term Rental HomeOwners (North American based) Bookster is a member of ASTRHO. EHHA European Holiday Home Association (Europe) HHA Holiday Home Association (England) HOA Homeowners Association (North America) ISCF Irish Self Catering Federation (Ireland) Fevitur La Federación Española de Asociaciones de Viviendas y Apartamentos Turísticos (Spain) PASC The Professional Association Of Self Caterers UK (Predominantly England + Wales) STAA Short Term Accommodation Association (England) VRMA Vacation Rental Managers Association (North America) Marketing Channel acronyms OTA An Online Travel Agent. For example Airbnb or Vrbo. Websites used to attract bookings for holiday rental properties. API Application Programming Interface: something that allows two software applications to talk to each other. In short term rentals, APISs are often used to connect a software such as Bookster property management software with a channel software, such as our Channel Partner Airbnb or a cleaning software, such as our partner TurnoverBnB. The connection will then share information from one software application to the other, such as booking details, calendar availability, cleaning schedules. iCal / iCalendar A digital calendar format for sharing calendar and scheduling information. In holiday rentals it is commonly used for sharing property availability. Can also share booking arrival and departure dates which is useful for cleaners and property owners.
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Acronyms in the Short Term Lets Industry

Kelly Odor
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Key Takeaways

  • There are lots of acronyms in the short term let industry
  • They are for software, associations, properties, pricing and associations.
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Acronyms in the Short Term Lets Industry

There are an increasing number of acronyms used in the Short Term Lets Industry, and the list is growing as the industry matures. 

As a property management software provider, we're here to help you grow your business through providing tools to attract bookings, manage bookings, and manage guests' needs.

To help you understand the tools we offer and the tools across the industry that will support you, we've noted here the most common acronyms. 

We'll update this list as and when there are new ones!

Property type acronyms

HR

Holiday Rental

HL

Holiday Let (This includes Self-Catering Home / Apartments / Cottages / Castles / Boats)

STL

Short Term Let

VR

Vacation Rental

Holiday Rental Software acronyms

PMS

Property Management Software (e.g. Bookster)

Software that helps you run your vacation rental business.

Holiday Let Pricing acronyms, commonly used in Dynamic Pricing

ADR

Average Daily Rate

The amount of money on average that is received for a booking in a property during a fixed period of time.

ALoS

Average length of Stay

The length of time that a guest stays in a property on average during a fixed period of time.

ARI

Average Rate Index

A comparison between the property’s Average Daily Rate (ADR) and the competitors ADR during the same period of time. This is one piece of data that helps you to evaluate if you need to adjust your pricing.

CMA

Comparative Market Analysis

A report that evaluates similar properties in a pre-determined area. This helps you evaluate the value of your holiday rental property.

RevPAR

Revenue per Available Room

According to AirDNA, “RevPAR is the Revenue Per Available Rental and is calculated by dividing the total revenue earned by the number of available listings.

Eg If the total monthly revenue (daily rates + cleaning fees) for all available listings is $200,000 and there are 100 active listings, then RevPAR would be $2,000.”

Holiday Rental Association acronyms

ASSC

Associations of Self-Caterers in Scotland (Scotland) Bookster is a long-standing member and supporter of the ASSC.

ASTRHO

Association for Short-Term Rental HomeOwners (North American based) Bookster is a member of ASTRHO.

EHHA

European Holiday Home Association (Europe)

HHA

Holiday Home Association (England)

HOA

Homeowners Association (North America)

ISCF

Irish Self Catering Federation (Ireland)

Fevitur

La Federación Española de Asociaciones de Viviendas y Apartamentos Turísticos (Spain)

PASC

The Professional Association Of Self Caterers UK (Predominantly England + Wales)

STAA

Short Term Accommodation Association (England)

VRMA

Vacation Rental Managers Association (North America)

Marketing Channel acronyms

OTA

An Online Travel Agent. For example Airbnb or Vrbo. Websites used to attract bookings for holiday rental properties.

API

Application Programming Interface: something that allows two software applications to talk to each other.

In short term rentals, APISs are often used to connect a software such as Bookster property management software with a channel software, such as our Channel Partner Airbnb or a cleaning software, such as our partner TurnoverBnB.

The connection will then share information from one software application to the other, such as booking details, calendar availability, cleaning schedules.

iCal / iCalendar

A digital calendar format for sharing calendar and scheduling information.

In holiday rentals it is commonly used for sharing property availability.  Can also share booking arrival and departure dates which is useful for cleaners and property owners.


There are many acronyms in the short let industry, but don't be confused. We're here to help. 

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