Timeshare Operator Diamond Resorts Raises Over $410,000 to Benefit the Florida Hospital for Children December 12, 2013Posted by Steve Luba in : Diamond Resorts International, News & Events , add a comment
Diamond Resorts International has announced it raised more than $410,000 in net proceeds to benefit the Walt Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital for Children (FHFC) at its first annual Brian Gay Invitational at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Celebration, Fla. on Dec. 6-8, 2013.
Hosting more than 300 attendees, golfers and celebrities, the Brian Gay Invitational included a private golf clinic with PGAtouring professional Brian Gay, and professional golf instructor Joe Mayo, followed by a celebrity/amateur golf tournament and award dinner. Saturday’s golf tournament offered a unique opportunity, as each foursome was paired with a celebrity. The winning team featured retired PGA Tour player Carl Paulson, Robert Foster, Mike Merchent and his 12-year-old son, Clay.
The Brian Gay Invitational hosted a celebrity-only golf tournament on Sunday. The winner of the Professional Golf Division wasPGA touring professional Nick O’Hern, who received $15,000. The Celebrity Champion was retired NFL player Mark Rypien, who received $10,000.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a live concert on the driving range featuring a roster of premier musicians featuring original band members from Hootie and the Blowfish, including bassist Dean Felber and lead guitarist Mark Bryan, Creed drummer Scott Phillips and a special guest performance by Darius Rucker. The concert concluded with Brian and Kimberly Gay accompanying Darius Rucker on stage.
For non-golfers, the weekend included VIP trips to local area attractions and a tour of the Florida Hospital for Children.
“From arrival to departure, Diamond Resorts International truly delivered a world-class event. It was an honor to be a part of this weekend and lend my support to this charitable effort and very worthy cause,” said Brian Gay, Diamond’s PGA touring professional.
According to Michael Flaskey, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing - North America, Diamond Resorts International, “With the immense support and tremendous generosity of our celebrities, golfers and sponsors, we were able to not only achieve our goal, but go well beyond our expectations. We want to thank every attendee for making this possible and contributing to our fundraising efforts for the Florida Hospital for Children.”
Timeshare Provider Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Wins Australian Tourism Award December 9, 2013Posted by Steve Luba in : News & Events, Wyndham Timeshares , add a comment
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has been named the Gold Coast’s best tourism operator at the 2013 Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards on Saturday night.
At the Black Tie Gala Event held at Jupiters Casino, six nominees contended for this year’s top title in the Tourism, Hospitality and Events category, but Wyndham, was ultimately recognised as the industry’s leading provider.
The Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards are acknowledged as the most prestigious of their kind in the region, and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s CEO and Managing Director, Barry Robinson, said the company was thrilled to have been bestowed the title.
“Winning this accolade is an absolute honour and testament to Wyndham’s commitment to delivering quality holiday experiences that always exceed expectations. We have a very dedicated team of tourism professionals and we look forward to continuing to positively contribute to the Gold Coast tourism industry for many years into the future,” said Mr Robinson following Saturday night’s win.
The award recognises Wyndham’s valuable contribution to the Gold Coast tourism industry. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and Wyndham Hotel Group in the South Pacific are both based at the Wyndham Corporate Centre in Bundall. It has close to 1,000 staff employed across its Gold Coast resorts, head office and community marketing sites making it one of the Gold Coast’s largest private employers.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests in a network of 24 vacation ownership resorts in the Asia Pacific region and serves close to 48,000 vacation owners throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in its WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham.
The company owns and manages two popular Gold Coast resorts, Wyndham Surfers Paradise and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Kirra Beach. Wyndham Hotel Group recently announced a franchise agreement for the Gold Coast’s first Ramada resort with the re-opening of Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort.Breckenridge timeshare, News & Events , add a comment
Award-winning timeshare resort development company, Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV), has partnered with Clean Energy Collective and the Town of Breckenridge as one of the largest local owners in Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community Program with a $1 million purchase in Breckenridge’s Ullr and Sol Community Solar Arrays.
The two community solar gardens are named after Ullr, the Norse god of snow, and Sol, the god of sun. The gardens can produce enough energy to offset the power usage and utility cost of almost 80 homes, and allows homeowners and businesses to offset their carbon footprint without having to install panels on their roof or property.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations will own 28% of Ullr and Sol solar arrays located on the Stillson and McCain properties, land owned by the Town of Breckenridge on the north and east sides of Breckenridge. The solar energy will power Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ corporate offices on Main Street as well as the Breck Inn, a boutique hotel the company manages.
BGV will ultimately see a return on the investment, but that was not the company’s primary goal. The Developers want to support the green initiatives of the Town and also set the precedent for other businesses that can make a difference by offsetting their energy consumption.
“This is an awesome project, a no-brainer. We love our community and an investment like this is simply the right thing to do,” said Mike Millisor, Owner and Developer of Breckenridge Grand Vacations.
Brother and Co-Owner Rob Millisor added “Giving back to the community has been part of our corporate mission from the beginning. BGV continuously contributes to the enhancement of the community whenever possible and encourages its employees to give back as well.”
Breckenridge Grand Vacations is the parent company of the award-winning Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Grand Timber Lodge and Gold Point Resort. Since 1985, brothers Mike and Rob Millisor, along with partner Mike Dudick, developers of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts, have been creating great vacations for thousands of families. The company has always defined success by how much it positively impacts its owners & guests, employees, investors, and the community. This philosophy has given them the focus for their incredible success in the vacation ownership business in Breckenridge, CO.
New Timeshare Resort Planned for the Berkshires December 3, 2013Posted by Steve Luba in : News & Events , add a comment
The Berkley Group has announced plans for an additional timeshare resort in the popular Berkshires of Massachusetts. The new “Berkshire Mountain Lodge” will include 146 one-bedroom condos and is slated for occupancy in April 2014.
Located near Lenox, Mass., Berkshire Mountain Lodge will feature fully equipped vacation condominiums, an indoor pool and other amenities. Owners will have easy access to restaurants, shops, and all of the rich cultural and sporting entertainment available in the area. The property will be managed by Tricom Management, a Berkley Group company, and is affiliated with RCI.
The new Berkshire Mountain Lodge is a complement to Vacation Village in the Berkshires, another Berkley Group resort in the area. The addition increases the size of the company’s Vacation Village Resorts and Affiliates holdings to more than 8,850 timeshare accommodations in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada and Virginia.
Timeshare Exchange Company RCI Adds More than 50 New Affiliated Properties to Network in Third Quarter of 2013 December 1, 2013Posted by Steve Luba in : News & Events, RCI , add a comment
RCI, the global leader in timeshare exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 57 new properties to its global exchange network in the third quarter of 2013. The newly affiliated properties include resorts in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
“This was a fantastic quarter of affiliations for RCI, adding many beautiful properties across several of our global regions,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “These new additions further expand our members’ quality vacation choices, and we are proud to count each of these 57 new properties as part of the RCI exchange network.”
One of the latest additions is the Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This property serves as an all-service retreat on a stretch of beautiful beach. Guests here can enjoy eight a la carte restaurants, five buffet restaurants and several bars in between relaxing on the beach or at the onsite spa.
A new affiliation agreement signed in the third quarter with Empark Grand Hotel Group resulted in eight new RCI affiliated properties in China. Member demand for exchange options in China has increased, and these properties are high-quality accommodation options in destinations including Chaohu Lake, the Gui’an Hot Spring Resort area, Kunming, and Xi’an.
RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection, added eight new resorts from world-renowned developer Orascom. Orascom is unique in that it creates fully-integrated towns that are destinations on their own, offering hotels, private villas, apartments, leisure facilities and supporting infrastructure. Each location features a wide range of activities from indulgent and luxurious relaxation to adrenaline-filled adventures. The brand has several established resort towns including The Cove in the United Arab Emirates, and also has several more incredible properties planned in the future including Andermatt in the Swiss Alps.
BuyaTimeshare.com Provides Food Items For The Underprivileged November 29, 2013Posted by Steve Luba in : Charity, News & Events , add a comment
Employees from online timeshare advertising company BuyaTimeshare.com have delivered 1,189 pounds of food to charitable groups serving the communities in which the company operates, Tampa, FL and Merrimack, NH.
Volunteers donated the food items to Metropolitan Ministries (Tampa) and the New Hampshire Food Bank (Merrimack region) following the company’s annual holiday food drive – an outreach effort to support holiday food programs during the Thanksgiving weekend. The New Hampshire office collected 598 pounds of food, narrowly edging out the Tampa office’s contribution of 591 pounds of food.
“This has been a voluntary effort organized entirely by our employees and I am so proud of the way they pulled together to support these community groups,” said BuyaTimeshare.com president and CEO Wesley Kogelman.
The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, opened its doors on World Food Day in 1984. As the only food bank in the state, the New Hampshire Food Bank is a vital distributor and supplier to the hunger relief agencies that serve meals and provide groceries to people not having enough to eat. On average, these agencies receive 40% of their food from the NH Food Bank. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed nearly 8.5 million pounds of non-perishable food items, fresh produce, and meats to over 400 non-profit food agencies in all corners of NH. The New Hampshire Food Bank can be reached through http://nhfoodbank.org
“The problem may seem daunting, but there are many ways that the community can help solve hunger,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “By becoming active in advocacy work and providing critical donations, individuals and businesses help the Food Bank continue to provide assistance to those in need.”
Finding a way to help homeless families and hungry people has been the cornerstone of Metropolitan Ministries’ approach since 1972 when 13 downtown churches, all different denominations, joined together to consolidate their efforts and formed Metropolitan Ministries. Since then, with the Tampa Bay community, they have made it possible for more than 522,200 families to be served through Outreach and Prevention Services, over 23 million hot meals have been prepared and more than 354,520 safe haven shelter nights have been provided. More information about Metropolitan Ministries can be found at http://www.metromin.org
“We anticipate the need being just as great as it was last year. Last year, we did over 23,000 families for holiday assistance and we’re prepared for at least that amount this year,” Metropolitan Ministries’ spokesperson Gwen Harmon told WTSP-TV Channel 10 in Tampa.Interval International, Mexico timeshare , 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 The Grand Bliss Riviera Maya and The Bliss Nuevo Vallarta, luxury timeshare resorts in Mexico. Developed by Grupo Vidanta, these properties follow Grand Luxxe Residence Club Riviera Maya, which joined Interval’s global network in 2011.
“We’re delighted to expand our partnership with Grupo Vidanta, a company that has been recognized for building award-winning resorts since its entry into the industry,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America. “These spectacular properties offer visitors a host of upscale, family-friendly amenities in two of Mexico’s top vacation destinations.”
Situated north of Playa del Carmen, The Grand Bliss Riviera Maya has 96 suites with unparalleled views of the ocean and jungle. The open-air concept of the resort blends in with the lush vegetation and Mayan architecture. Its casual yet elegant décor features a palette of warm colors combined with wood tones and natural textures that provide a sense of tranquility. Each beautifully appointed suite includes a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, spacious living room and dining area, plunge pool on the terrace, and state-of-the-art electronics.
Guests at the resort have access to numerous upscale amenities and services available onsite and at the adjacent Grupo Vidanta resorts. They include a variety of gourmet restaurants, Brio Spa and Fitness Center, several extensive, free-form swimming pools, tennis courts, and an 18-hole Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Among the services created to pamper visitors are the Kid’s Club with supervised activities, babysitting services, 24-hour room service, an Internet Café, and a concierge service to assist guests with everything from unpacking luggage to making reservations for dinner, golf, private jet charters, and the extensive menu of spa treatments.
“We’re committed to providing our members with the best possible vacation experiences and meeting their needs through deluxe accommodations, modern amenities, and personalized service,” commented Eric DuBaele, director of Hotel Operations for Grupo Vidanta. “Our affiliation with Interval will help us achieve that objective by offering them access to the same caliber properties around the world.”
The Bliss Nuevo Vallarta is located north of Puerto Vallarta in the heart of Banderas Bay. The property will be comprised of 240 suites decorated in refreshing pastel colors with kitchens, living and dining areas, and private terraces. Onsite amenities and activities that will appeal to all members of the family include several swimming pools, multiple restaurants and bars, Brio Spa and Fitness Center, a Nicklaus-designed golf course, tennis, shopping, the Kids Club, nature treks, arts and crafts, and more.
Currently under construction, the Bliss Nuevo Vallarta is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Caribbean Timeshare Resort Westin St. John Planning $35 Million Improvement Project November 25, 2013Posted by Steve Luba in : Caribbean timeshare, News & Events, Starwood timeshare, Westin timeshare , add a comment
Starwood Vacation Ownership has announced a $35 million improvement project for their Westin St. John timeshare resort, located on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The project will involve a combination of expansion and renovations designed to improve the units, dining facilities, pool and meeting areas in addition to the creation of the new Coral Vista villas. In all, 79 existing rooms will be converted into 54 timeshare villas, while adding another 30 two-bedroom apartments and 18 studio units.
“The Westin St John Resort & Villas is one of the most successful resorts in the Caribbean. As the resort and the on-site vacation ownership continue to play a pivotal role in St John’s expansive tourism market, we are thrilled to enhance our presence and commitment to the island,” Steve Williams, chief operating officer for Starwood Vacation Ownership, said in a statement.
“The significant investment in the renovation of The Westin St John Resort & Villas will raise the standard of this premier resort with stylish and contemporary accommodations, unique amenities and a world-class guest experience,” added John de Jongh, Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. “These efforts will ensure that The Westin St. John Resort & Villas continues to be one of the top destinations of choice for business and leisure travelers.”
St. John, along with its neighboring islands St. Thomas and St. Croix, make up the U.S. Virgin Islands and are territories of the United States. As such, U.S. citizens can travel to these Caribbean islands without the need for a passport. St. John is the most unspoiled of the three islands, as approximately 60 percent of the island is protected as a National Park. Adding to the charm is the fact that there are no airports on the island, with visitors flying in to St. Thomas and taking a ferry over to St. John.
Proposed Hilton Timeshare Resort Gains Council Approval November 24, 2013Posted by Steve Luba in : Hilton Grand Vacation, Myrtle Beach Timeshare, News & Events , add a comment
The proposed Hilton Grand Vacations Club timeshare resort in Myrtle Beach is a step closer to reality after the Myrtle Beach City Council approved the proposal on second reading following a public hearing on the development last week.
The approval, which was first reported by South Carolina television station WPDE NewsChannel 15, will allow construction on Ocean Boulevard at the former site of the Beach View apartments, which were torn down in August to make room for the new resort.
The new Hilton timeshare will be one of the largest resort structures in Myrtle Beach, standing 22 stories high with 230 units at a projected cost of $41 million. The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015.
Building construction is scheduled to begin in December, with developers including an additional $1 million worth of landscaping and additional public benefits to the site in exchange for zoning concessions provided by the city.
“There’s going to be some parking, little parks, some street trees, some landscaping, some sidewalks, things that will make it easier for the public to walk around and enjoy the public amenities there,” Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea told NewsChannel 15.
The city council also unanimously approved those improvements for the resort site.
“It will be a very attractive extension of what we already have over on Ocean Boulevard,” Kruea said.
The project is a boost to new resort construction in town, which was on hold for four years during the recession. However, city officials say this latest Hilton timeshare project is more evidence that the Myrtle Beach tourism sector has rebounded from the downturn, with record tourism numbers over the past couple of years.
ARDA Timeshare Industry Conference Highlights Legislative Advocacy November 22, 2013Posted by Steve Luba in : ARDA, News & Events , add a comment
As timeshare industry leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. for last week’s Fall Conference of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), association staff were quick to point out the legislative victories achieved so far in 2013.
Just a quick taxi ride from the world’s most influential legislative body, legislative and regulatory themes dominated discussion, with ARDA concluding one of their busiest years on record for legislative activity on the state level. In all, 25 bills in 13 states were either introduced, passed or defeated as staff worked with state legislatures across the country to advance the interests of developers, associations and timeshare owners.
“It has been one of the busiest years ever for us in pushing and strengthening legislation for the benefit of timeshare owners,” Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA, said in a statement released on the ARDA website. “We have advocated for owners in 14 states this year, all the way from Arkansas to West Virginia, with the thrust of our efforts focused on providing specific guidelines related to resale and transfer company legislation.”
ARDA is the trade association which works on behalf of the timeshare industry, with some of the specific activity including:
- Resale and transfer company legislation introduced in Florida, Colorado, South Carolina, and Massachusetts that will provide specific guidelines related to resellers and transfer companies
- Streamlining the Nevada Real Estate Division’s process of issuing a timeshare public offering statement (POS)
- Passing three bills in Hawaii, including one that provides for voluntary de-registration of timeshare fee interests from the Land Court to the regular system at the Bureau of Conveyances
- Helping the governments of St. Maarten and Jamaica introduce comprehensive timeshare legislation that benefits developers and owners alike
According to Nusbaum, both ARDA and ARDA-ROC (the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition) continue to jointly support needed protections for timeshare owners transferring or reselling a timeshare, and to ensure the best standards, disclosures and policies are in place. BuyaTimeshare.com supports the efforts of ARDA to bring increased transparency and balanced regulation to the secondary market and will work with ARDA to progress these measures.