Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the affiliation of Mexico timeshare The Palm at Playa, a boutique hotel located right off the world-famous 5th Avenue in the heart of Playa del Carmen. The property was built by Alfonso Montes, a widely respected residential and commercial developer in the region.
“As a leading vacation destination, Mexico is known for providing visitors warm hospitality and some of the highest quality shared ownership accommodations,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America. “The Palm at Playa reflects these attributes and we are delighted to add it to our global vacation exchange network.”
“We are very excited to enter the industry with The Palm at Playa, our first shared ownership property,” said Montes, president of Carmenika S.A. de C.V. “The resort’s prime location, luxury amenities, and outstanding service will make it very attractive to owners and guests from around the world.”
With its clean lines and open plan, The Palm at Playa features an elegant contemporary design and organic color palette. The property has 69 studio, one- and three-bedroom units that include premium bedding, 40-inch LCD TV, and complimentary WiFi.
The resort’s crowning feature — a rooftop terrace with swimming pool, bar, and hot tub — offers a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea and the Island of Cozumel. Other amenities include two restaurants, The Roof Grill, and Calle Ocho, which serves a Mediterranean cuisine with a Mexican flair, a gym and a spa. Guests can schedule spa services in one of the treatment suites, outdoors on the rooftop, or in their own units.
Shops, galleries, cafes, and restaurants are steps from the property in Playa del Carmen’s most vibrant area.
New purchasers at The Palm at Playa will be enrolled as individual members of Interval International and will also become Interval Gold members, entitling them to a number of flexible exchange opportunities and upgraded benefits and services. These include discounts on Getaway vacation rentals, ShortStay Exchange, a personal concierge service available 24/7 via phone and e-mail, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership and benefits, and special offers at hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets worldwide. The Palm at Playa Diamond purchasers will join at the prestigious Interval Platinum level and receive the Interval Gold advantages described above, plus an array of best-in-class leisure and lifestyle benefits and services. These include US$50 Getaway discounts, priority Getaway viewing, Platinum Escapes, free Guest Certificates, and airport lounge membership.News & Events, Wyndham Timeshares , add a comment
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Denarau Island was named Best Timeshare Resort at the global Perspective Magazine Awards held in Sarasota, Florida.
The Perspective Magazine Awards, annually recognizes the top companies and individuals doing business in the timeshare and fractional sector of the hospitality industry, with this year’s Awards Gala dinner held in conjunction with the GNEX timeshare industry conference – at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida.
The resort recently underwent an AUD$30 million (US$27 million) development, resulting in the construction of 63 brand new, spacious apartments including one, two and three-bedroom deluxe apartments, three-bedroom Grand Suites and three and four-bedroom Presidential Suites with private plunge pools overlooking the ocean.
The development was a direct response to occupancy demand, with the resort running at 90% occupancy rates irrespective of season or climate.
Now offering a total of 201 apartments and suites, it is predicted that demand for the newly upgraded resort will continue to exceed expectations.
CEO and Managing Director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Barry Robinson said, “Our commitment to providing first-class accommodation and facilities to owners and guests is reflected in the significant development of this property. We are proud to welcome our owners and guests to the best address on the island, offering warm, friendly service and brilliant accommodation choices both befitting of the destination and true to the Wyndham legacy.”
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, one of the Gold Coast’s largest employers, demonstrated why they are the leaders in the vacation ownership industry, collecting five awards from a total of eight categories in which they were nominated.Disney, News & Events, RCI, Timeshare Exchange , add a comment
Disney’s timeshare accommodation arm, Disney Vacation Club, has renewed its affiliation agreement with RCI, continuing a relationship with the timeshare exchange provider which will allow DVC members to tap into the RCI network of 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries.
Through this renewed affiliation, Disney Vacation Club offers its member families access to thousands of RCI affiliated vacation ownership properties across the globe while RCI’s approximately 3.7 million subscribing members gain access to the 12 Disney Vacation Club resorts.
“We are proud to renew our affiliation with Disney Vacation Club, one of the best-loved hospitality brands in the world,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “The high-quality properties that are a part of this internationally recognized vacation-ownership program carry the signature Disney experience that has perpetually captured the hearts of visitors. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the brand, as we both work to bring new and innovative services to the industry.”
Disney Vacation Club offers vacation ownership options at 12 resorts located in Florida, California, Hawaii and South Carolina, which are part of RCI’s exchange network of affiliated resorts around the world. These include Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas in Florida; Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina.
Disney Vacation Club recently announced that its next planned resort will be built at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, located on Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort, near its newest property to open, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. When Disney’s Polynesian Resort project is completed, Disney Vacation Club will have destinations at all three resorts on the monorail system, including Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort, allowing easy access to Magic Kingdom Park.
“Our renewed affiliation with RCI provides our Members with more choice, expanded access and improved flexibility,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Vacation Club. “We want our Members to enjoy vacations when they want, how they want and where they want. The exchange options available through RCI are an important part of this commitment, giving families even more opportunities to have fun together, see the world and make lifelong magical memories.”
Disney Vacation Club debuted in 1991 and today is approaching 200,000 member families from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries.
DAE Takes Prestigious Timeshare Industry Awards March 5, 2014Posted by Steve Luba in : Australia timeshare, Dial An Exchange, News & Events, Timeshare Exchange , add a comment
DAE has been named the Best Overall Company in the 2014 Perspective Magazine Awards, taking home three top awards at the global timeshare industry’s annual night of nights.
The worldwide vacation exchange provider took out the new award for Best Overall Company (up to 250 employees), as well the Best Customer Service Award and Best Consumer Product.
It is the fourth year in a row DAE has been named the industry’s Best Customer Service provider, and the company’s free worldwide exchange membership received due recognition as the Best Consumer Product available to timeshare owners.
“We are simply over the moon to win these prestigious awards,” said Francis Taylor, CEO of DAE. “Being named the Best Overall Company (Small to Medium Business) is an enormous honor.
“To have the recognition of the industry for all the hard work we do as an independent, customer-focused business is incredibly humbling.
“Providing the very best customer service is the reason we started this business, it’s what we focus on every day, and now we are even more inspired to keep moving in this direction knowing that we are making a difference in the industry.
“DAE has made the experience of vacation exchange achievable for every timeshare owner through our free worldwide membership and we will continue to deliver the best products and services for our customers.
“Thank you to Perspective Magazine for sponsoring the Awards,” added Mr Taylor. “The 2014 GNEX Conference has again been a fantastic event for drawing our industry together and celebrating our achievements around the world.”Diamond Resorts International, News & Events , add a comment
In what could be one of the largest vacation giveaways ever, Diamond Resorts International, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, has announced its Vacations of a Lifetime™ Sweepstakes awarding prizes potentially totaling $1.8 million. Dozens of entrants will win resort stays during the sweepstakes, and seven grand prize winners will each have the opportunity to win from a one-week stay up to 80 weeks of accommodations over a 20 year period at any Diamond Resorts International property throughout the world. Consumers can enter from now through July 22, 2014, at diamondresorts.com.
“We are giving away a multitude of opportunities to experience the world, and it couldn’t come at a better time,” said David Palmer, President and CEO of Diamond Resorts International. “Our recent study conducted by Nielsen Research confirmed what we already suspected: regular vacations reduce stress, improve health, relationships and careers, and ultimately, are critical to overall happiness. Simply put – taking vacations is good for you. We want people to think about how important it is to make a commitment to taking great vacations.”
“We know that vacations are important, and we have an incredible sense of responsibility to provide our members, owners and guests with meaningful, relaxing and memorable vacation experiences. This sweepstakes was named and designed around our core mission, creating Vacations of a Lifetime™,” continued Palmer.
Each month for six months, starting on February 23, 2014, Diamond Resorts International will randomly select four winners to win a one-week stay for four people at one of the company’s properties. All non-winning entries will be rolled over and included in the following month’s drawing. And at the end of the sweepstakes, the company will choose seven grand prize winners at random.
Hopeful vacationers can enter either via diamondresorts.com or by participating in a Diamond Discovery Tour to learn more about Vacations of a Lifetime™ at one of the Diamond Resorts International properties. No purchase is required to enter the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia (except those residing in NJ, PR, US Virgin Island and other US territories, possessions and military installations), U.K. and Canada (except Quebec) who are of legal age of majority. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsored by Diamond Resorts International Marketing, Inc., 10600 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89148. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.
Additional details about the contest and the Official Rules are available on the Diamond Resorts International website.
BuyaTimeshare.com To Begin European Outreach at TATOC March 1, 2014Posted by Steve Luba in : News & Events, Timeshare Resource , add a comment
BuyaTimeshare.com will begin exploring the opportunities in the European timeshare resale market by participating at the TATOC conference March 7-9, 2014 at the Park Royal Hotel in Stretton, near Warrington, England.
Based in Manchester, England, TATOC (which is the abbreviation of The Association of Timeshare Owners Committees) is celebrating its 25th anniversary as Europe’s leading consumer-based timeshare association. With 92 resort members throughout Europe representing 400,000 timeshare families, TATOC is the largest consumer association for timeshare owners in Europe. Serving individual timeshare owners, owner committees, resorts, and reputable timeshare companies, TATOC has developed significant influence within the European timeshare industry and with the U.K. government.
Executives from BuyaTimeshare.com will be speaking to TATOC members to gauge interest in the company’s new exclusive referral program, which is already in place for members of the U.S.-based National Timeshare Owners Association.
“As a global timeshare advertising company, we have already been serving owners who live in the U.K. through our industry-leading online marketing platform, so this is just an extension of the services we have been providing to owners for the last 14 years,” said Wesley Kogelman, president and CEO, BuyaTimeshare.com.
“With over $97 million in confirmed offers provided to our advertisers from prospective buyers in 2013, we are looking at new ways to provide our services to those U.K. residents who may be looking to sell or rent their timeshares. Because so many British residents holiday in places like Orlando, it makes sense that they would use us, especially if they own a timeshare in the U.S. and want to sell it,” added Kogelman.
TATOC has the only Accredited Resale Program in the world where resale companies need to comply with a strict Code of Practice in order to be recognized and referred by the Association to consumers. During the event, Kogelman will be discussing this program with TATOC executives to assess potential membership into the Association.
For more information about BuyaTimeshare.com, please visit http://buyatimeshare.com.
Timeshare Exchange Operator DAE Expands Resort Portfolio February 27, 2014Posted by Steve Luba in : Dial An Exchange, News & Events, Timeshare Exchange , add a comment
Global vacation exchange provider DAE is increasing the choice and variety of timeshare exchange destinations available to members through its growing membership and inventory base.
With membership numbers soaring in the past two years to 500,000 direct members, the world’s largest independent exchange company has expanded its resort portfolio and exchange availability in key vacation destinations.
“We have more timeshare, vacation ownership and club members from all over the world joining our free membership program every day,” said CEO of DAE, Francis Taylor.
“What that means for our members is more choice and more availability to exchange their weeks or points for a vacation in any number of desirable destinations.
“As members open up availability in their own resorts, in January DAE also created new partnerships with several resorts in Thailand, India and Italy, giving DAE members access to more exchange options in these high-demand vacation markets.
“From bustling Bangkok, to the beautiful beaches of Thailand; an Italian summer by the sea; or travelling through majestic India – DAE has more choices for our members, whatever style of vacation they prefer.
“Owners looking for an exchange in Italy have several new options with exchange weeks now available at the relaxing Hotel Alba Sporting in the historic Abruzzo region; or by the sea at Blue Marine Residence and the Residence Torre Inserraglio, both located in Apulia – the latest Italian summer hot-spot.”
DAE’s free membership also offers a broad range of products and services including access to unlimited discount Bonus Weeks and Rentals, with no exchange required, for members to travel as often as they like.
“We continue to grow our non-timeshare resort inventory, offering members access to exceptionally priced Rental weeks,” added Mr Taylor. “The Tara Court Boutique Hotel is a new daeOptions resort in Pattaya, Thailand – a luxury serviced apartment facility located on Pratumnak Hill, just minutes’ drive to the world-famous Jomtien beach.
“As well as providing the simplest and most affordable exchange platform, DAE is enhancing membership by boosting our range of accommodation types and availability in top destinations around the globe.
“With more places to travel, our members are booking more vacations through DAE and getting the best value for money out of their vacation ownership.”
Diamond Renovates Williamsburg Timeshare Resorts February 25, 2014Posted by Steve Luba in : Diamond Resorts International, News & Events , add a comment
Diamond Resorts International, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, announces that Williamsburg timeshare destinations The Historic Powhatan Resort and Greensprings Vacation Resort in Williamsburg, VA have undergone significant renovations and refurbishments in 2013 and have plans for continued development in 2014.
As the oldest standing home in James City County, The Historic Powhatan Resort underwent an extensive $800,000 renovation managed by the Diamond Operations Management Team in 2011-2012. In 2012-2013 common area renovations included new resort-wide brick and concrete pathways, a new workout facility, renovated outdoor pool and spa area, and a renovated mini-golf course.
Future plans for renovation include a multi-year, multi-million dollar unit renovation with the installation of new kitchen cabinets and countertops, new flooring, furniture, drapes, artwork, flat screen TV’s, updated bathrooms, new mattresses, new outdoor furniture and renovated outdoor landscaping. Construction has commenced and the projected completion for the first 100 units is April 2014.
For Greensprings Vacation Resort, the multi-year, multi-million dollar unit renovation, which commenced in 2012, will continue on into 2014. Renovations for this property include new flooring throughout the unit, new furniture, drapes and artwork, flat screen TV’s and updated bathrooms. The goal is to complete an additional 36 units by April 2014.
According to David F. Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts International®, “We are in the business of delivering Vacations of a Lifetime™ to our members, owners and guests, and to accomplish this goal it is essential that we continually make enhancements and improvements to our properties worldwide. It is our hope that these property renovations will serve to also enhance the communities in which we live and work. We value our presence in the community and are proud to support and be a part of the rich history of Williamsburg.”
Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 300 vacation destinations located in 33 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, provides guests with choices and flexibility as they design their dream vacation, whether they’re traveling an hour away or around the world. Our hassle-free, relaxing vacations give guests a truly memorable experience every time, for a lifetime.
RCI Adds 175 New Affiliated Properties to Exchange Network in 2013 February 23, 2014Posted by Steve Luba in : Las Vegas timeshare, News & Events, RCI , add a comment
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 175 new properties to its global exchange network in 2013, representing more than a 16 percent increase over the previous year. The newly affiliated properties include resorts in North America, South America, Europe, India and Asia.
“We are proud of both the number and quality of properties added to the RCI exchange network in 2013, and our approximately 3.7 million members will be happy to find that their choices have expanded now to nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts across the globe,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “We are thrilled to be affiliated with some of the most well-respected brands in the hospitality sector as we work together to propel the vacation ownership industry forward.”
Added in the fourth quarter, Villandry Reserve brings yet another vacation option in Brazil to RCI subscribing members. The luxury suites feature terraces overlooking the Bosque Encantado Valley, providing visitors with a serene escape into nature. The property boasts a spa, a bar and lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a heated pool, a wet sauna, a home theater and a bowling alley.
Several impressive properties were also added from existing affiliation agreements. These include: a new resort through Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas; 12 properties by Club Mahindra in India; and three new itineraries from TradeWinds Cruise Club in St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and Guadeloupe.
Fairmont Heritage Place, Mayakoba was added to The Registry Collection program, the world’s largest luxury exchange program. Bordering the beautiful white sand beaches of the Mexican Caribbean, this to-be-developed resort offers visitors a unique blend of sophisticated luxury and serene nature. Fairmont Heritage Place, Mayakoba provides a complete resort experience from beach and spas to dining and world-class golf set on nearly 1,600 acres of tropical jungle.
Costa Rica Timeshare Resorts Join Interval International Program February 21, 2014Posted by Steve Luba in : Interval International, News & Events , add a comment
Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the addition of Costa Rica timeshare resorts Residence Club at Coco Bay and Residence Club at Vista Ocotal, two shared ownership resorts in the heart of the spectacular northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
“Since we are new to the shared ownership business, we sought the expertise of Interval – the industry’s quality leader,” noted Julian Rembert, managing partner of Segovia de la Montaña Limitada and Vista Ocotal GP Limitada, development entities of the respective resorts. “We are confident that Interval’s comprehensive benefits and services will greatly assist us in meeting member and guest expectations for exceptional vacation experiences.”
Nestled on a hillside within the grounds of Coco Bay Estates, Residence Club at Coco Bay is comprised of 33 spacious units with views of landscaped gardens or Papagayo Bay. Each luxury residence features elegant décor with warm colors and stone floors and includes living and dining room, fully equipped kitchen, state-of-the-art electronics, and a covered terrace.
Residence Club at Vista Ocotal is located in the coastal resort community of Playa Ocotal and has 19 studio, two- and three-bedroom units surrounded by tropical gardens. Each has a living and dining room, kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, tile flooring, and Wi-Fi access.
“We are pleased to welcome these outstanding resorts situated in the desirable Guanacaste area,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America. “Coco Bay and Vista Ocotal are prime examples of successful conversions from whole ownership to mixed-use in the region. We believe that the addition of a timeshare component will assist the properties in realizing their full potential.”
Members at Coco Bay and Vista Ocotal have access to an array of amenities at Coco Bay Estates, an exclusive development set on 136 acres. They include a restaurant, club house, tennis and fitness center, spa services, sauna, 120-foot swimming pool, and the private Ocotal Beach Club.
Part of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, Guanacaste has some of the country’s most spectacular natural wonders. Outdoor enthusiasts can surf off beautiful beaches, explore the waterfalls or hike to the volcano at Rincon de la Vieja National Park, dive and go deep-sea fishing in Bahia Salinas, play golf at several stunning courses in the area, and bird-watch at Palo Verde National Park.