Resorts, in Norden, are places of commercial establishments, used for relaxation or recreation, and which attract visitors during holidays and vacations. Towns where tourism or vacationing is very popular, attract a large number of visitors, and are often called 'resort towns'. The term resort is now used for a self-contained establishment that attempts to provide all the facilities that a person may avail during his vacation like food, drinks, lodging, sports and entertainment. The term may also be used to define a hotel property that offers a wide number of amenities to visitors and tourists, that typically include entertainment and recreation. There are various types of resorts available ,like seaside resort that is located on a coast, ski resorts that are located in ski areas, destination resorts, spa resorts, etc.
Vacation rentals, in Norden, refer to renting of a furnished apartment or house to tourists on a temporary basis, as an alternative to a hotel. Vacation rentals have been a popular travel option for European tourists and are now spreading across in the rest of the world. These are fully furnished properties like a cottage, or a single style home that are rented by the tourists for a period of time. Vacation rentals are however different from timeshares, which are offered for a greater period of time.