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Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the affiliation of Anantara Vacation Club, a points-based club with a portfolio of six luxury resorts in some of the most sought-after destinations in Asia Pacific. Three resorts are in Thailand, where the company is based, and three more are located in Bali, China, and New Zealand.

Anantara Vacation Club timeshare“Anantara Vacation Club is part of Minor Hotel Group, one of the largest hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific region,” said Joe Hickman, vice president and executive director Asia Pacific for Interval International. “The shared ownership lifestyle is an ideal complement to this award-winning brand, making Anantara Vacation Club a significant regional affiliate in Interval’s network of quality resorts worldwide.”

Anantara Vacation Club Bali Seminyak is close to the designer shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Bali’s popular Seminyak district and close to cultural sights and stunning beaches. Yet it is a serene retreat, inspired by a modern colonial plantation. All of the one-, two-, and three-bedroom stand-alone villas are designed to be open to nature and have private pools.

Anantara Vacation Club Bophut Koh Samui is tucked into tranquil Bophut Bay near a laidback fishing village on the north coast of Thailand’s popular holiday island, Koh Samui. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas are either steps from the beach or scattered within lush grounds, which include tennis courts and on-site restaurants and bars. Guests have access to all of the amenities of this mixed-use development.

Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao, a few minutes’ walk from the longest beach on Phuket, Thailand’s other renowned holiday island, is ideally positioned for exploring the sea caves, coral reefs, mangroves, and islands of Sirinath National Park. The one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments offer spectacular sunset vistas or pool access at the ground level, and the secluded one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas have private swimming pools.

Anantara Vacation Club Oaks Shores treats guests to breathtaking panoramas from the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, a year-round destination near Queenstown, New Zealand. The club’s three-bedroom units provide easy access to a wide variety of leisure activities, including water sports, world-class skiing, golf, and wine-tasting.

Anantara Vacation Club Bangkok Sathorn is a stylish urban retreat, with jaw-dropping views of downtown Bangkok, Thailand, from the floor-to-ceiling windows in one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartments on the 28th floor. Guests have full access to the shared amenities of the mixed-use resort, including a 105 feet-long (32 metres) infinity-edge swimming pool, indoor/outdoor restaurants, a full-service spa, fitness centre, and tennis court with professional coaching available.

Anantara Vacation Club Sanya is situated between mountains and the beaches of the South China Sea on the southern coast of Hainan Island, 15 minutes from the heart of Sanya City, China. The club’s two-bedroom apartments are housed in a luxury condominium development with its own swimming pool and share access to the amenities of nearby Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa, which include restaurants, swimming pool, and gym.

“The resorts in Anantara Vacation Club’s portfolio are reflective of the company’s grounded expertise, and its dedication to offering guests the best opportunities for indigenous discovery in one of the world’s fastest growing areas,” said Darren Ettridge, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “We’re pleased that all the members of the club, who currently enjoy a superior level of luxury and choice in the Asia Pacific region, now have access to Interval’s quality network of resorts worldwide.”

“We’re excited to reach out to a global market through our affiliation with Interval International,” said Martin Tolan, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Anantara Vacation Club. “Our experience as leaders in hospitality in Asia Pacific has given us insight into what inspires, motivates, and satisfies our guests here. We look forward to introducing our brand to Interval members travelling on exchanges.”

Existing Anantara club owners will be enrolled as individual members of Interval International and will also become either Interval Gold or Interval Platinum members. This will entitle them to a number of flexible exchange opportunities and upgraded benefits and services. Both programmes include discounts on Getaway vacation rentals, ShortStay Exchange, a year-round concierge service via phone and email, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, special offers at hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets worldwide, and more. Interval Platinum members also receive priority Getaway viewing, Platinum Escapes, free Guest Certificates, and airport lounge membership.

Newest Capital Resorts Club Vacation Destination in Pompano Beach, Florida February 25, 2015

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Capital Resorts Group and SPM Resorts have teamed up once again to bring Capital Resorts Club members and guests a second vacation destination in Florida, this time in Pompano Beach at La Costa Beach Club Resort. The unique alliance between these two companies will strengthen the value of being a Capital Resorts Club member by adding highly sought-after vacation destinations to the Capital Collection portfolio.

la costa beach clubOriginally constructed in 1982, La Costa Beach Club, recently underwent a $3.7 million property improvement plan. The massive renovation project revitalized the whole property from the landscaping to the interior and exterior of 77 units. SPM Resorts, a leader in the resort management industry, led the renovation project, which began in 2014, and regards it as a classic example of an organized board of directors working hard to create value for its members and guests.

“Capital Resorts Group members love vacationing in “The Sunshine State,” which is why we could not be more excited about opening our second Capital Collection destination in Florida,” said Chief Hospitality Officer David DeShaw. “They are going to fall in love with La Costa’s beachfront location overlooking the breathtaking waters of the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s Gold Coast. The resort is the perfect vacation retreat to enjoy luxury accommodations, exclusive amenities, outstanding service and family-friendly activities.”

Accommodations at La Costa Beach Club include one and two bedroom suites, spacious studios and one bedroom townhouses, each professionally decorated in a classic coastal style. Vacationers can also choose from 3 pools, 2 hot tubs, quaint courtyards and tiki areas to relax and unwind in or enjoy lounging on the 300 feet of private beach area. Located just a few minutes from the Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport and halfway between Miami and Palm Beach, the Pompano Beach area boasts an endless list of restaurants, attractions, entertainment and shopping for vacationers of all types.

Interval International Welcomes Parrot Tree Plantation on the Bay Islands of Honduras February 22, 2015

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Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the affiliation of the shared ownership component of Parrot Tree Plantation on Roatán, the largest of the Bay Islands. Located approximately 35 miles off the north coast of Honduras, the luxury beachfront resort is set on 168 acres.

Parrot Tree Plantation Beach Resort Roatan“Parrot Tree Plantation is an excellent addition to our exchange network and will offer our members a unique vacation experience,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America. “Roatán is renowned as one of the top diving destinations in the world, with spectacular coral reefs.”

“As the first shared ownership property on the island, our recently opened resort has been very well received,” noted Parrot Tree Plantation developer John Edwards. “We entered the industry because of its proven business model that will assist in generating higher occupancy rates and new revenue streams. We are proud to introduce the ownership concept to consumers who are interested in purchasing in this beautiful area.”

The Mediterranean-style resort is built around a signature 320-foot free-form swimming pool and a saltwater lagoon with a half-mile private white-sand beach. Each villa is appointed with furnishings crafted from exotic hardwoods, colorful textiles, and stone finishes. They also include fully equipped gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, private pool, veranda, and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.

Among the amenities and services that owners and guests at Parrot Tree Plantation can enjoy are restaurants, spa, gym, children’s pool, hot tub, waterslide, marina, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Roatán lies on the southern edge of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System — the second largest barrier reef in the world, which stretches from Mexico to Panama. The island has a varied ecosystem with hundreds of species of fish, sponges, and coral.

Disney Epcot International Flower And Garden Festival Is Fast Approaching February 18, 2015

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Epcot Flower and Garden FestivalSpring 2015 will bloom with a fresh take on lush gardens, inspired flavors and lively entertainment during the 75-day Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 4-May 17 at Walt Disney World Resort. New Disney character topiaries, including a nod to the blockbuster animated film, “Frozen,” will offer colorful selfie and family photo ops. Outdoor Kitchens will serve a fresh take on sweet and savory noshes. And guests can get “hands-on” with festival fun during Disney-led gardening seminars.

“This is one of our most ambitious festivals ever,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “We’re telling stories we’ve never told before. You’ll get a fresh taste of spring — it’ll be like the first spring farmer’s market for America.”

As park guests nibble on inspired Outdoor Kitchen goodies, they can wander among multiple themed gardens and children’s play areas. Nearly 100 expertly crafted topiary characters, including Snow White, Bambi, Mickey Mouse, Simba and Peter Pan, will animate the landscape when Epcot transforms to a vibrant wonderland of sweeping garden beds and exhibits.

The “Frozen” topiary vignette at World Showcase Plaza will pop with color as Anna’s and Elsa’s icy world, illustrated with white and silver blooms of delphinium, alyssum and other floral varieties, transforms to a brilliant spring palette featuring Gerbera daisies, petunias, Sweet William and other flora.

A Health Garden near The Land pavilion in Future World will display ancient medicinal plants including garlic, aloe, chamomile, fennel, mint and others. Plants used to develop modern prescriptions will be papaya, periwinkle, turmeric, yew, thyme and valerian. And the new Shakespeare Garden at the United Kingdom pavilion will feature roses to represent Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Also in the garden: rosemary from Hamlet, lavender from The Winter’s Tale, plus representations featuring poppy, lily, honeysuckle and willow.

Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House will return with hundreds of winged beauties fluttering above and lighting upon their favorite nectar-producing plants. Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will add to the floral splendor of the park’s landscape.  At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.

Several special weekend happenings will include Art in the Garden Weekend (March 27-29); Florida Fresh Weekend (April 24-26); and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. Weekend (May 8-10).

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DAE Forged Record Growth In 2014 February 15, 2015

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Award-winning vacation exchange provider, DAE, achieved record transactional growth across their various regions around the world in 2014, making it the company’s most successful year on record.

DAE Dial an ExchangeThe opening of DAE’s office in Cairo, Egypt in February catapulted DAE’s growth in the emerging market. Starting with 22 members joining DAE’s free worldwide exchange program, the region now services close to 5000 members from 10 different nationalities.

Egypt’s staff numbers also grew exponentially throughout the year in line with the impressive member growth, from 2 people to now a team of 19 employees providing dedicated services to members in the local market.

DAE’s US office moved to larger premises in Phoenix, Arizona, to cater for the increased growth in both members and employees.

Throughout Asia, DAE China embarked on a Service Upgrade Strategy in 2014 that included a new Chinese website to improve the overall user experience and engagement for Chinese members.

The introduction of a value-added package to book members’ flights and organize visas – leveraged through the popular We Chat mobile technology platform – saw DAE China’s exchange sales volume increase by 40% each month since June, as well as boosting customer satisfaction rates.

Impressive year-on-year growth was also witnessed in South Africa, where DAE’s office completed a Resort Registration Program which resulted in 17,500 new members joining DAE – a 49% YOY increase in membership, corresponding with a 68% increase in weeks deposited in South Africa.

CEO of DAE, Francis Taylor, said 2014 was an important year of celebrating how far the company had come from its humble beginnings, as well as the forging of new partnerships to drive future growth.

“In 2014, DAE Europe celebrated its 15th anniversary, reminding us what an important role DAE has played in the timeshare industry in the UK and Europe,” he said.

“The focus for DAE always remains on customer service – and our growth is driven only by customer demand. Along with growth in membership comes new initiatives to continuously improve our levels of customer service – and that is the case across all the regions we operate in.

“This year, we launched our DAE Award of Excellence across our partner resorts in Australia and New Zealand to recognize resort staff who provide members with outstanding service, and we partnered with resorts in New Zealand to host the inaugural DAE Invitational 45 Hole Golf Classic in Taupo – our first themed holiday week for members.

“We also facilitated staff exchanges and training to continue to provide the very best service to our members across every region.

“Upgrades continue to our digital platform, with DAE leading the advancements in online booking technology, providing the best online user experience for our members to use our simple and affordable exchange platform.

“And we have introduced new products and services to add even more value to our members who have a higher propensity to travel more frequently – with daeExtra and daeRewards piloted in the US.”

Mr Taylor said the successful year would be followed up in 2015 as the company continues to grow from strength to strength.

“We look forward to continuing to expand our membership around the globe, and just as importantly showcasing our strengths as an innovative and viable exchange partner to various businesses within vacation ownership.”

Club Sea Oats Selects Defender Resorts As New Management Company February 11, 2015

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Myrtle Beach-based Management Company Defender Resorts, Inc. has been selected by the Board of Directors of Club Sea Oats in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida as their new professional management company.

Defender ResortsClub Sea Oats is a timeshare resort property located along the Atlantic Ocean coastline in Daytona Beach Shores. They have a floating inventory and are centrally located for many of the areas famous events such as the Daytona 500.

“We are excited to have a growing family of resorts.” said Frank Baker, Executive Vice President of Defender Resorts, Inc. “Every individual property has its own uniqueness and its own specific needs and we enjoy getting to be part of helping resorts operate more efficiently. We are truly honored to be named the new management at Club Sea Oats.”

With the addition of Club Sea Oats, Defender Resorts, Inc. manages a total of 24 resorts and 26 associations, which span the Eastern Seaboard including Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Sint Maarten and the Cayman Islands.

InnSeason Resorts Begins Construction On New Resort In New Hampshire February 8, 2015

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InnSeason Resorts, a developer of fun-filled, family-oriented vacation resorts in New England, have begun construction of a new resort coming to Loon Mountain and the Lincoln, NH area. RiverWalk at Loon Mountain will be InnSeason’s third resort in Lincoln and the largest investment in a resort in the North Country to date.

InnSeason ResortsThe resort will be located at the base of the South Peak of Loon Mountain on the banks of the Pemigewasset River. Guests will have easy access across the river to the mountain via shuttle. Broken up into three phases, the first phase of the development is set to be completed by January 2016.

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“We’re extremely excited to bring back the tradition of luxurious ‘grand hotels’ to the Northeast,” said Dennis Ducharme, President of InnSeasons. “RiverWalk at Loon Mountain will bring an incredible vacation experience to skiers, vacation enthusiasts and residents of Lincoln.”

Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, NH, guests will also have access to the charming local restaurants, shops and other businesses year round.

“We are creating a small village at the center of town which will feature amenities unrivalled by anything else that exists in New England,” said Ducharme. “We are excited to extend our involvement and investment in Lincoln and look forward to the positive impact the project will have in the North Country.”

RCI Affiliated Resort Network Well-Represented on TripAdvisor’s Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts List February 4, 2015

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), is celebrating TripAdvisor’s list of Top 25 All-inclusive Resorts in the world with many of its affiliates that were recognized among the best vacation properties. The rankings are based on reviews from travelers, and represent the amazing experiences vacationers have had at these resorts.

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“We congratulate all seven of the RCI affiliated properties that made this prestigious top 25 list,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “RCI is proud to be affiliated with so many high-quality, highly-reviewed resorts, and we look forward to continuing to send our millions of members to these types of properties for unforgettable vacations. Our network’s solid representation on this list is a tribute to the robust network of vacation options we have created for our exchange members.”

All-inclusive resorts are popular for their convenience – the price of the stay often includes many amenities and services like food, beverages, room service, entertainment, activities and more. With all-inclusive resorts, travelers are including their vacation extras in the up-front costs, which often leads to fewer surprises than paying for meals and activities a la carte.

The list includes seven RCI-affiliated resorts:

TripAdvisor used traveler reviews from Aug. 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014 to compile its Top 25 All-Inclusive Resort list.

Hyatt To Launch Free Wi-Fi Access In All Lobbies And Guest Rooms Worldwide February 1, 2015

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As part of the company’s continued efforts to evolve the guest experience by listening and responding to guest needs, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) has announced plans to offer free Wi-Fi at all Hyatt hotels worldwide, providing connectivity and convenience regardless of booking method or loyalty program participation.

Hyatt HotelsFree Wi-Fi will become available to Hyatt guests around the world in February 2015. Travelers will be able to access free Wi-Fi on an unlimited number of mobile devices or laptops in Hyatt-branded hotel guest rooms and social spaces.

“Internet connectivity is no longer an amenity. It has become an integral part of travelers’ daily lives and a basic expectation,” said Kristine Rose, vice president of brands for Hyatt. “Travelers shouldn’t have to remember which brands or locations offer it for free or the strings attached to get it.”

Hyatt hotels across many brands have long offered Wi-Fi at no charge to guests in several of its brands and to elite members of the Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program. Expanding free Wi-Fi is part of Hyatt’s ongoing focus to make the guest experience more seamless.

“Our colleagues are committed to not just listening to what our guests say, but understanding their real needs. This practice has already brought us new ways to make a guest’s stay more personal and seamless, from expedited check-in methods to easier ways for guests to make requests,” Rose said. “Today, people consider smartphones just as important as their car, and more important than television or coffee.* Travelers feel out of sync with their lives when they can’t freely connect. Giving free Wi-Fi without a catch will enable us to continue innovating the guest experience to help people be more productive and stay better connected to colleagues, friends and family.”

Where available, Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond and Platinum tier members will receive a complimentary upgrade to premium Wi-Fi service.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club Hawaii Resort Earns LEED Certified Status January 28, 2015

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Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which opened a year ago in December 2013, achieved LEED certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The upscale, urban timeshare resort earned the internationally recognized certification for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems.

Hilton Hawaii timeshare“Hokulani Waikiki was built and designed with a strong focus on honoring Hawaii’s unique cultural heritage,” said Kim Kreiger, Sr. Vice President Club and Resorts for Hilton Grand Vacations. “This certification further demonstrates the importance and responsibility we feel to preserve and respect Oahu’s land and natural resources, which is part of what makes Hawaii so special.”

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally recognized green building certification program that provides independent, third party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. To obtain LEED certification, buildings must pass a rigorous checklist of sustainability points that include water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and awareness and education.

A few initiatives that earned Hokulani Waikiki LEED Certified status include the installation of a system that reclaims heat from the cooling towers that serve Hokulani and a number of other projects in the Waikiki Beach Walk entertainment district. The reclaimed heat is used to heat domestic hot water, heat the plunge pool and for dehumidification systems that remove excess humidity from all the ventilation air for the Hokulani guest rooms and public spaces. In addition to the substantial savings in purchased energy, reclaiming this heat energy reduces the load on the cooling towers. Since the cooling towers reject heat through the process of evaporation, this reduces the water consumption by up to half a million gallons per year.

Hokulani Waikiki was also recently recognized with a 2014 Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design in the Best Timeshare/Fractional Ownership category by Boutique Design magazine. Los Angeles-based Indidesign, selected for the interior design of the property, used natural and native materials, finishes and textures to capture the essence of Hawaii’s vibrant culture and environment. Locally, the property was also recognized with a Hana Nui award from the Waikiki Improvement Association. This award recognizes a company, organization or group for its significant contribution toward the enduring revitalization of Waikiki’s physical, cultural and/or economic environment.

Hokulani Waikiki is located at 2181 Kalakaua Avenue providing guests with immediate access to premier shopping, dining and entertainment selections in the exciting Waikiki Beach Walk entertainment district. The property is comprised of 143 one-bedroom suites with elegant and personalized touches, which include a living room, boutique kitchen and spacious bathroom balancing Hawaiian aesthetic with modern elements. Guests and owners also have access to Nalani, an exclusive rooftop deck with plunge pool, bar, private cabanas and dynamic views of Waikiki.