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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.

Hilton Grand Vacations Named Among Best Companies for Working Families September 11, 2014

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Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has once again been selected by the Orlando Sentinel as one of Central Florida’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families – this year placing among the top 20 large companies within the region.

“Continuing to be recognized by the Orlando Sentinel as one of Central Florida’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families, and achieving our highest ranking to date, is a source of great pride for Hilton Grand Vacations,” noted Mark Wang, President Global Sales and Hilton Grand Vacations. “Creating and maintaining a culture that supports our team members’ professional and personal growth is a priority for us at Hilton Worldwide.”

hilton_grand_vacationsNow in its 21st year as Central Florida’s premier award program, theOrlando Sentinel‘s Top 100 Companies for Working Families list recognizes companies that demonstrate a core commitment to family and work/life balance. This is HGV’s fourth consecutive year being selected among the Top 100, and the first year the organization has been recognized among the top 20 honorees.

The 2014 list of Top 100 Companies for Working Families is based on scores collected from an application that included a broad selection of questions. Applicants provided comprehensive details of workplace advantages in categories of core benefits, family-related benefits, work environment, communication, and training. Winning companies were determined by the data they provided in their application which was reviewed and scored by an independent panel of human resources experts.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Lisa Cohen, Vice President Human Resources Consulting. “Our goal is to create an environment where each of our thousands of team members can achieve their full potential. This annual recognition signals that we continue to be successful in delivering the dynamic opportunities, benefits, balance and rewards our team members deserve. Being named among the top 20 further affirms our Hilton Grand Vacations reputation as an employer of choice and reflects the comprehensive benefits we provide to our team members.”

To explore the global career opportunities within Hilton Grand Vacations, please visit the HGV careers website

New Hilton Timeshare Planned At Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki June 8, 2014

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Blackstone has announced the development of a new 418-unit Hilton timeshare tower at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, creating more than one thousand jobs. An official groundbreaking ceremony marked the construction launch of The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club(R) , slated for completion in early 2017. A Blackstone-managed fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI, is providing the capital for this new tower. It has appointed Hilton Grand Vacations, the vacation ownership division of Hilton Worldwide, to provide vacation ownership sales and marketing services, resort operations, timeshare homeowners’ association management and loan servicing.

Hilton Timeshare HawaiiThe 37-floor tower will be constructed adjacent to the Tapa Tower along Kalia Road and will offer views of the Pacific Ocean and immediate access to the sprawling 22-acre oceanfront Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort.

More than 3,000 people work throughout the Hilton Hawaiian Village campus in the hotel towers, vacation ownership properties, restaurants and retail outlets. In the short term, the development of The Grand Islander will create hundreds more jobs in the construction sector and through affiliated suppliers, as well as more than 900 additional jobs in operations, sales and marketing in the coming years.

The traditional Hawaiian blessing and ceremony was hosted by Tyler Henritze, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone; Mark Wang, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and President, Hilton Grand Vacations for Hilton Worldwide; Jerry Gibson, Area Vice President for Hilton Hawaii; Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and other local dignitaries.

“We are thrilled to partner with Hilton Worldwide to bring a new timeshare offering to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort,” Tyler Henritze said. “Combined with the quality of the Hilton Grand Vacations Club product and the Hilton brand, this destination will provide a fantastic vacation experience. We’re pleased that Blackstone’s investment will help create hundreds of jobs for the community, in line with our continuing commitment to Hawaii’s tourism economy.”

“It is our privilege to continue creating new ownership opportunities for our discerning clientele with a spectacular new Hilton Grand Vacations Club tower in Hilton Hawaiian Village,” said Mark Wang. “This project combines the industry-leading sales, marketing and management expertise of Hilton Grand Vacations with the established development strength of Blackstone, and builds upon our history of strategic collaboration.”

Hensel Phelps Construction Company has been appointed as the general contractor, Group 70 International, Inc. as the architect, and Indidesign retained for interior design. Rider Levett Bucknall will provide Project Management services, while Hilton Worldwide will act as the Development Manager.

The Grand Islander will become the fifth Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Island of Oahu and will bring the brand’s total number of resorts in Hawaii to eight. Interval sales of The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club(R) are anticipated to begin in fall 2014 and nightly rental reservations may be requested in early 2016 for stays in 2017.

The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club(R) will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and penthouses, each offering extensive amenities including full kitchens, spacious living and dining areas and private bedrooms.

The development of The Grand Islander fulfills a key milestone in the Master Plan for Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, reinforcing Hilton Worldwide’s dedication to maintaining Waikiki as one of the world’s leading travel destinations. For more than 50 years, Hilton Worldwide has remained committed to the enhancement of the preeminent resort in Honolulu and the surrounding community.

Timeshare Operator Hilton Grand Vacations Unveils Program For Vacationers To Support Local Communities March 17, 2014

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Hilton Grand Vacations announced the launch of its Travel with Purpose Volunteer Program, focused on creating fun, hands-on experiences for young people and adults visiting Orlando to add philanthropy to their travel plans.

Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Vacationing Club Members and guests staying at Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Orlando can participate in the program which offers a variety of projects to help strengthen and support the local community, and to benefit distinctive outreach efforts. Projects include the Travel with Purpose Paracord Survival Bracelet program supporting active military servicemen and women and Operation: Gratitude; and distinctive Kids Camp programs engage young people in innovative activities including the assembly of emergency preparedness kits for local families and the opportunity to help preserve the natural resources and beauty of Central Florida through environmental sustainability projects.

“The Hilton Grand Vacations family is proud to launch this new program that provides opportunities for our timeshare owners and guests to help strengthen the communities where they travel,” said Kim Kreiger, Senior Vice President Club and Resorts for Hilton Grand Vacations. “Just as we provide unforgettable experiences for our Club Members and guests, we have the ability to provide meaningful opportunities and support to local neighbors in need.”

The Volunteer Program is part of Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to Travel with PurposeTM, providing shared value to our business and communities around the world. Travel with PurposeTM is built on four focus areas: creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where we operate; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of our use of natural resources.

As part of the program, Hilton Grand Vacations also launched an innovative channel of support through Café Soleil, the resort’s popular poolside grill and bar. A portion of the proceeds earned from a new signature cocktail, The Charity Chiller, will support the Travel with Purpose™ Volunteer Program. This refreshing beverage, ideal for enjoying in the Florida sun, is a frozen strawberry lemonade featuring Florida Cane Strawberry Vodka, Fat Tuesday Lemonade mix and a splash of Fat Tuesday Strawberry mix. For every Charity Chiller purchase, Hilton Grand Vacations will donate $3 per drink to help fund creative, hands-on activities for kids and parents to support families throughout Orlando. A non-alcoholic Charity Chiller will also be offered to allow parents and kids to say, “cheers” to Traveling with Purpose as a family.

Hawaii Timeshare Resort Hokulani Waikiki Opens At Waikiki Beach Walk December 16, 2013

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Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has announced the completion of its newest Hawaii timeshare resort, Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. The contemporary, urban timeshare property is centrally located in the dynamic hub of Waikiki on famous Kalakaua Avenue. The opening of Hokulani Waikiki is the final component of the vibrant Waikiki Beach Walk® development – known for premier shopping, dining and entertainment. The resort features Waikiki’s only open-air, rooftop pool bar complete with six private cabanas appointed with upscale amenities.

HokulaniWaikiki-HiltonGrandVacations“Hokulani Waikiki is designed for sophisticated, cosmopolitan travelers – visitors who want to be right in the center of Waikiki’s excitement and energy,” said Bryan Klum, executive vice president of Hilton Grand Vacations-Asia Pacific. “The resort has a great location, just two blocks from the beach and steps away from popular dining and shopping. But what really sets Hokulani apart is its design approach, which combines a distinctive Hawaiian style with a vibrant, urban aesthetic.”

“The opening of Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations is the perfect finishing touch to the Outrigger-led development of Waikiki Beach Walk®,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “Waikiki Beach Walk was developed to be an exciting and stylish gathering place for visitors and residents alike. That reputation has only been enhanced with the opening of the Hokulani Waikiki.”

Leading architectural firm Group 70 International of Honolulu was commissioned for the complete overhaul of the resort’s previous footprint, the former OHANA® Islander Waikiki Hotel, which began in 2012. Los Angeles-based Indidesign was selected for the interior design which incorporates the use of natural and native materials, finishes and textures to capture the essence of Hawaii’s vibrant culture and environment. Design expressions echoing elements such as the sky (lani), water (wai), fire (ahi), land (aina), stone (pohaku), and light (ao) pervade throughout the property through subtle, sophisticated finishes and features providing a distinctive Hawaii style, but with an urban, contemporary aesthetic. Celestial touches such as low-hanging orb pendent lamps and names of locations throughout the property are designed to complement the resort’s name, Hokulani, meaning “heavenly star” in Hawaiian.

The 14-story property includes 143 one-bedroom suites with sophisticated and personalized touches. Each unit ranges from 545 to 575 square feet and includes a boutique kitchen with a two-burner cook top, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and Tassimo espresso maker. Sleek, slide-out shelving houses appliances and glassware. The living area features a sleeper sofa, coffee table, cozy dining area, and an integrated TV and gaming entertainment system. The spacious bathroom has both a soaker tub and separate shower room, washlet with bidet functionality and a LCD screen set integrated within the vanity mirror. Every unit also has a private lanai (balcony) with either a city or skyline view.

Owners and guests can also access the exclusive Nalani (“heavens” or “the sky” in Hawaiian) Pool – Waikiki’s only open-air rooftop pool bar featuring dynamic urban views of bustling Kalakaua Avenue, the Koolau mountain range, Diamond Head, and the Pacific Ocean. Owners and guests can enjoy poolside cocktails or reserve one of six private cabanas outfitted with a flat screen TV, beverage refrigerator and comfortable seating. In addition to a plunge pool, there is also a hot tub and outdoor rain showers.

A spacious dining area adjoins to the lobby, which transforms from a morning breakfast café to an evening bar and social scene, providing ample indoor and al fresco seating. The lively space is accented with natural elements including living walls, a water wall and fire urns suspended over a pool of water. Other amenities include a 24-hour “Stay Fit” fitness center, a Business Center, a laundry room on each floor, and valet parking.

“Hokulani Waikiki is further proof of the popularity of HGV’s timeshare properties in Hawaii,” Klum said. “This new location provides a nice complement to our three timeshare properties at the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village. Our properties within the Village offer a relaxing and immersive beach vacation, while Hokulani is designed to provide a more energetic urban experience.”

Proposed Hilton Timeshare Resort Gains Council Approval November 24, 2013

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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.

Artist rendering of new HGVC resort

Artist rendering of new HGVC 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.

Hilton Timeshare Company HGVC Invests In Scottish Timeshare Market August 6, 2013

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Hilton timeshare operator Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) has opened its first timeshare-only vacation property in Europe, Scotland’s Craigendarroch on Deeside, after a $6.2 million renovation.

According to a story on, the 45 bedroom former Hilton Hotel will now become a 32 suite vacation club operation as part of HGVC’s global network of timeshare properties. The hotel had previously been a mixed-use facility hosting both hotel and timeshare guests.

Hilton Scottish TimeshareIn the article, Richard McIntosh, managing director of Europe and the Middle East and Asia for HGVC, said the timeshare concept is “generally recession-resistant as once people have purchased [a share in the property], they continue to use it. The existing timeshare part of this property had around 90% occupancy, whereas in the hotel the figure would have been 70-75%.”

HGVC owners will be able to exchange into the Scotland timeshare property, which expects an ownership breakdown of about 30 percent from Scotland, 40 percent from the rest of Britain and 30 percent from overseas.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club states its membership at around 200,000 and growing at between 15,000 – 16,000 members per year.

The great part is that there are Hilton timeshare properties available on the resale market now at a fraction of the retail price offered through Hilton. The article stated the average week at Craigendarroch selling for £13,000 ($19,900 US) but there are weeks available for $4,000 on the website right now. For more information, please click here.

New Hilton Timeshare Resort Planned For Myrtle Beach July 14, 2013

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Myrtle Beach could soon see more resort construction on its famed stretch of oceanfront – this time for a new Hilton timeshare property.

According to a story on, a 22 story, 230 unit timeshare tower has been proposed for North Ocean Boulevard at a potential cost of $41.5 million. The property would be a Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) branded facility and is being planned by Crystal Blue Investment Group, which hopes to begin construction on September 1st pending approval from the city.

The project is the third new accommodation enterprise planned for Myrtle Beach this year, coming on the heels of a proposed Homewood Suites Oceanfront Resort & Conference Center and a Residence Inn-SpringHill Suites Oceanfront Resort. The activity is breathing new life into a city which hasn’t seen new hotel construction since 2009.

HGVC Anderson Ocean Club

HGVC Anderson Ocean Club

“It’s not the construction boom we saw in the mid-2000s, but it may be a trend in the making,” according to city spokesman Mark Kruea, who was quoted in the article. “It seems confidence in the economy has returned and we’re seeing the benefits of the tourism advertising that community has done.”

The resort would be the second HGVC-branded property in Myrtle Beach, along with Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Anderson Ocean Club.

The expansion of the Hilton timeshare brand in Myrtle Beach is more confirmation of the location’s popularity, as Myrtle Beach has been a top timeshare vacation destination for years. Most of the major brands are located there in addition to Hilton, including Bluegreen, Marriott, Westgate and Wyndham.

For those of you looking for excellent savings on Myrtle Beach timeshare resale and rental opportunities, please click here.

Hawaii Timeshare In Major Growth Mode March 25, 2013

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The Hawaii timeshare industry is in a major growth spurt with no end in sight.

According to an article in Hawaii News Now, the timeshare growth is taking place on every island with all of the major branded timeshare developers, at the expense of standard hotels.

Case in point is the interest shown in the new Hokulani tower, the latest timeshare development by Hilton Grand Vacations in Waikiki.

Dan Dinell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hilton Grand Vacations, says Hilton timeshare has been a big seller. “The Lagoon tower went up in 2000,” says Dinell. “That was followed by the Kalia tower because of the demand and most recently the Grand Waikikian in 2007 and now we’re building on Kalakaua.”

The Hokulani is being developed at the former location of an Outrigger Hotel.

The trend isn’t just happening on Waikiki Beach or elsewhere on the renowned island of Oahu. In the last 10 years, there has not been a standard hotel build anywhere in Hawaii, according to the article.

“Currently there are over 10,000 timeshare units. It’s about 13 percent of the mix. When you see what’s coming on down the road it’s all timeshare units as well,” added Dinell.

From Waikiki’s Trump Tower to the new Disney timeshare Aulani, new developments create the promise of return visitors, and their lucrative impact on the local economy.

Since 2000, the State lost a reported 8,000 hotel rooms to timeshares or condos – impacting the average hotel room rate to $230 per night.

The costs of a new timeshare can be as high as $30,000 for a week in a one bedroom unit at the Hokulani, to $400,000 to stay in the penthouse in Hilton’s Grand Waikikian.

The good news for potential owners looking to buy Hawaii timeshare is that you can stay in a Hawaii timeshare for much less by searching the resale market. Check the availability on the website by going to

GNEX Conference 2013, Wesley Kogelman Is Scheduled to Attend January 30, 2013

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Wesley Kogelman, president and founder of, is scheduled to attend Perspective Magazine’s GNEX Conference 2013—The Global Meeting of Minds.

GNEX Conference has announced that its founder and president Wesley Kogelman will be attending the 3rd Annual Global Networking Expo (GNEX Conference 2013 – The Global Meeting of Minds) in Beverly Hills, CA.

Kogelman, who has been part of the timeshare resale industry for over a decade, will be sharing his experiences and building relationships with presidents and top executives from companies across 6 continents.

Kogelman’s company has been successful in presenting offers to owners promoting their timeshare on For timeshare owners who are looking to sell or rent their timeshare, has remained a pioneer in by-owner advertising and marketing online.

Due to the industry leading, technological advances made by the company’s website, offers made on the resale market were nearly 50% off the average price of a new timeshare interval. This remains an excellent value for vacationers that are seeking ways to save money when they travel.

Wesley Kogelman explains the importance of this Global Networking Expo. “GNEX provides a great opportunity for the industry’s brightest minds to share their experiences. This meeting of CEOs and decision makers creates an open forum for people to better understand the issues facing the shared ownership marketplace.” Kogelman has attended every GNEX event over the past 3 years.

This year’s gathering provides a chance for senior executives to tackle issues and draw knowledge from distinguished speakers like ARDA President and CEO Howard Nusbaum, Westgate President David A. Siegel, and RCI President Gordon Gurnik.

Scheduled for Feb. 3 – 6, 2013 at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, the GNEX Conference 2013 is the only professional networking event for the vacation ownership industry.

Perspective Magazine will be kicking off the conference with a VIP Super Bowl Party. Along with the always popular speed networking events is Perspective Magazine’s Awards Gala Dinner. The Hollywood-themed bash will recognize nominees for global recognition across more than 30 categories.

Sponsors and supporters of GNEX Conference 2013 include:
Anantara Vacation Club, Baker Hostetler, Blue Strawberry Resorts, Brand Tango,, Emirates Vacation Club, Global Connections, Gold Key Resorts, Holiday Systems International, Interval International, Leisure Logistics, Lloydshare, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, Perspective Magazine, Ragatz Associates, RCI, Resort Television, The Association for Timeshare Owners Committees (TATOC), Track Results Software, Trade Winds, Wells Fargo, Westgate Resorts, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, The American Resorts Development Association (ARDA), Hutchinson & Co Trust Company, ResortCom International, Yucatan Holidays.

About is an internet advertising and marketing company for timeshare owners who seek to sell or rent timeshare by-owner. The company has been in business since 2000 and was ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the country—making the prestigious Inc. 5000 list in 2010 and 2011. was also listed as one of BusinessNH Magazine’s Top 10 Companies to Watch in 2009 and the company also operates Timeshare Pulse, an innovative program designed to help buyers and renters find the timeshare vacation of their dreams. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-882-0296.