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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.

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.

Interval International and Plaza Hotéis Enter Into Affiliation Agreement January 4, 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 a long-term, club affiliation agreement with Plaza Hotéis. The agreement encompasses the shared ownership component of seven mixed-use properties in Brazil, as well as others that become part of the vacation club.

Interval-International-logo“As one of Brazil’s leading hotel brands, Plaza Hotéis takes pride in superior quality standards,” said Carlos Henrique Schmidt, superintendent director for Plaza Hotéis. “Our decision to partner with Interval was based on its like-minded commitment to top-notch service. We are confident that our vacation club members will appreciate the opportunity to exchange with the outstanding Interval resorts around the world.”

“Including this affiliation, we have added 13 Brazilian resorts to Interval’s global network since opening our office in São Paulo in 2012,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America. “This is a clear indication that Interval will continue to play a significant role in the region’s rapidly growing and dynamic shared ownership industry.”

The Plaza Hotéis properties are located mainly in the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Here in some of the country’s most popular vacation destinations, bountiful natural surroundings, pristine beaches, historic cities, diverse cultures, and traditions of European origins, are among the visitor attractions. In the northeast, where Bahia Plaza Hotel is situated, natural landscapes, colonial architecture, culinary arts and unique blend of European and African influences drive tourists to the coastal state of Bahia.

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Interval International Welcomes Ireland’s Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes to Exchange Network December 28, 2014

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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 nine of the Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes in the Irish village of Killiney, 20 minutes south of the city centre of Dublin. Set on a hillside within the grounds of the 18th century Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, the luxury apartments offer full access to the four-star hotel’s facilities, which include two award-winning restaurants and an indoor swimming pool.

Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes Ireland timeshare“Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes are a natural extension of the family-run Castle Hotel’s 43-year tradition of exceptional hospitality,” said Darren Ettridge, Interval’s senior vice president resort sales and business development Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. “In addition to being a historic landmark in its own right, the hotel is a conference centre and popular wedding venue, renowned for its spectacular setting.”

Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, the apartments are a short stroll from Killiney Hill affording panoramic views of Dublin Bay and 121 hectares (300 acres) of unspoiled parkland, as well as Killiney Beach and Dalkey village, a short drive away. In addition to a 20-metre (65-foot) heated swimming pool, owners and guests can enjoy the hotel’s gym that offers fitness classes, a sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and a full-service beauty salon. The on-site restaurants offer gourmet and casual dining options, and a bar and relaxing lounge overlook the grounds, which include a Victorian Park.

Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes are elegantly furnished and outfitted to the highest standard. The one-bedroom apartments can comfortably accommodate up to four people and the two-bedrooms are roomy enough for six. Eight of the units have a private balcony or large terrace, a spacious living and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, and separate utility room. En-suite amenities include flat screen TVs in the lounge and master bedroom, a DVD player, telephone, Wi-Fi and intercom. Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes are part of a development of 54 apartments, the majority of which are in private ownership.

“Owning or exchanging to one of our self-catering apartments is an ideal way to experience the peace and beauty of the Irish countryside, without being too far from the culture and nightlife of Dublin,” said Eithne Fitzpatrick Scott-Lennon, chairperson of Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes. “We look forward to expanding our community to include owners and vacationers who visit us via exchange through our affiliation with Interval International.”

Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes are an hour’s drive from Dublin’s airport, which is served by a year-round hourly coach service, and 17 kilometres (10 miles) south of Dublin’s city centre, with easy access via Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART).

Existing owners will become Club Interval Gold members, entitling them to trade their week or convert it to points for maximum exchange flexibility. They also have access to a number of upgraded benefits and services that they can enjoy year-round, including discounts on Getaway holiday rentals, membership of the Gourmet Society, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, and VIP Concierge for year-round personal assistance.

Interval International Adds Jamaica and Mexico Resorts to Exchange Network November 13, 2014

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Interval International has announced the affiliation of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande and Le Blanc Spa Resort in Mexico. Developed by Palace Resorts, these luxury shared ownership properties follow Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Nizuc, Cozumel Palace, and Isla Mujeres Palace, which joined Interval’s global network earlier this year.

“We are very pleased to expand our relationship with one of the leading developers in the all-inclusive space by adding these two exceptional resorts. Both feature deluxe accommodations, personalized service, and a wide variety of amenities for discerning guests seeking the highest caliber vacation experiences,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America. “Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will open early next year and offer our members an exciting new all-inclusive vacation option in one of the most appealing destinations in the Caribbean.”

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

“Our objective is to raise the bar for luxury, all-inclusive resort accommodations by providing owners and guests with outstanding hospitality in spectacular settings. Following the success of our Moon Palace property in Cancún, we are eager to expand the brand and introduce Palace Resorts to a new audience in Jamaica,” said Gibrán Chapur, executive vice president of Palace Resorts. “With its comprehensive membership benefits and high-quality exchange options, Interval has proven in a short time to be an ideal partner in helping us meet our sales and service goals.”

Palace Resorts’ newest luxury all-inclusive offering, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, is strategically situated on the north coast of Jamaica, accessible from Montego Bay airport. Following a multi-million dollar transformation of what was formerly the iconic Sunset Jamaica Grande, the soon-to-open resort will boast more than 700 guestrooms and suites with oceanfront views of the Caribbean Sea. Moon Palace Jamaica Grande is situated on 17 acres of ivory sand on the longest stretch of private beach in Ocho Rios. Featuring aesthetics by cutting-edge designer Francois Frossard, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will include upon completion five lavish swimming pools, multiple restaurants, a gourmet corridor, a FlowRider®, double wave simulator, Wired Teen Lounge, expansive kid’s club dubbed “The Playroom,” an ultra-chic nightclub to be called Noir, signature Awe-Spa with dedicated wellness center, and 25,000 square feet of multi-functional meeting and event space. Among the available nearby activities are dolphin swims, snorkelling, river tubing, Negril city tours, waterfall excursions and much more.

The AAA Five Diamond adults-only Le Blanc Spa Resort, consistently recognized as one of the world’s top all-inclusive resorts, is located in a secluded enclave between Nichupté Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea in Cancún, Mexico. Le Blanc Spa Resort guests are not only looking for the ultimate in relaxation and luxury, but also want to take full advantage of everything the resort has to offer. The 24-hour Le Blanc butler on each floor caters to guests’ every whim, starting with a check-in escort to elegantly appointed waterside rooms, all with views of the Caribbean Sea. This upscale resort has eight full-service restaurants, bars, and lounges offering haute cuisine and premium drinks, including Le Blanc Vintage Wine Cellar. The signature Le Blanc Spa features a unique blend of Asian and European tradition providing guests with a personal sanctuary. All-inclusive activities range from relaxing at three luxurious pools, including two infinity pools with swim-up bars, a fully equipped fitness center, nightly entertainment shows and musical performances from local groups, and select off-site tours to various historic and cultural sites.

New purchasers at these properties will be enrolled as individual members of Interval International, entitling them to a host of year-round benefits, including the opportunity to exchange their weeks for stays at other resorts in Interval’s global network.

Interval Leisure Group Completes Acquisition of Hyatt Residential Group October 23, 2014

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Interval Leisure Group, a leading global provider of non-traditional lodging across a broad spectrum of the vacation industry, has completed the previously announced acquisition of Hyatt Residential Group from affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt”) (NYSE:H), a leading global hospitality company. The purchase price of approximately $220 million includes Hyatt’s interest in a joint venture that owns and is developing Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach, a 131-unit shared ownership property in Maui. In connection with the acquisition, a subsidiary of ILG has entered into a global Master License Agreement with respect to the exclusive use of the Hyatt brand in shared ownership.

Interval Leisure GroupUnder the terms of the global Master License Agreement, Hyatt will receive annual license fees and the Hyatt Residence Club and 16 existing shared ownership resorts will retain the Hyatt Residence Club brand. The approximately 30,000 Hyatt Residence Club owners will continue to receive all privileges currently associated with their memberships, including Hyatt Gold Passport benefits.

Interval Leisure Group (ILG) is a leading global provider of non-traditional lodging, encompassing a portfolio of travel, leisure, membership, exchange, resort management, and rental businesses including Interval International and Trading Places International (TPI), which offer exchange and travel-related products to more than 2 million member families worldwide. Under license from Hyatt, Hyatt Vacation Ownership markets and manages shared ownership properties and operates Hyatt Residence Club. Vacation Resorts International, VRI Europe, and TPI offer timeshare resort, homeowners’ association, and club management services, while Aston Hotels & Resorts and Aqua Hospitality provide hotel and condominium rentals and resort management. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, ILG has offices in 16 countries and nearly 6,000 employees.

Interval International Welcomes Two South Africa Resorts to Vacation Exchange Network September 18, 2014

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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 South Africa resorts Simola Golf and Country Estate and Arminel Hogsback Village, part of the Kat Leisure Hotel Group. A leading hospitality company in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, the group is known for its range of accommodation in sought-after destinations.

“Simola Golf and Country Estate is Interval’s first affiliation in the popular Knysna area of the Garden Route, and Arminel Hogsback Village offers visitors an idyllic natural setting in the centuries-old Afro-Montane forest of the Amathole Mountains,” said Darren Ettridge, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Europe,Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “Together, these beautiful resorts showcase the diversity of South Africa’s coastline and mountains.”

Simola Golf and Country Estate

Simola Golf and Country Estate

Simola Golf and Country Estate is a mixed-use property that covers 325 hectares (803 acres) of rolling wooded hills located between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of the Western Cape Province. The resort features a mix of two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom duplex lodges, both featuring a well-appointed open-plan living space and spectacular views. Its grounds are laced with jogging and bicycle paths and extensive landscaped gardens. The lodges also have a large outside area with a barbecue and two-car garage. Guests have access to a number of on-site amenities, including a Jack Nicklaus championship golf course, spa and gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a full-service restaurant, lounge and clubhouse, and a heliport.

The freestanding two-bedroom Forest Lodges of Arminel Hogsback Village have a large wood deck and gas fireplace and are furnished to a high standard. Amenities include a dishwasher, plasma TV, outdoor barbecue, and private parking. Guests can use the on-site swimming pool, playground, La Royale Arminel Forest Spa, and dine indoors or out at the full-service restaurant at the resort’s associated hotel. Forest trails and the charming village of Hogsback are steps away.

“Both of these resorts provide an authentic experience of South Africa’s Cape region that we look forward to sharing with Interval members,” said Avril Kaschula, chief executive officer of Kat Leisure Hotel Group. “Simola Golf and Country Estateis in the heart of the action, yet away from the crowds with a hilly landscape and panoramic views that extend to theIndian Ocean. Arminel Hogsback Village is a magical world of mountains and forests. In fact, there are unconfirmed rumours that JR Tolkien was inspired by the scenery while he was writing Lord of the Rings.”

Interval International Renews Agreement with St. Lucia Resort September 4, 2014

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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 renewal of its affiliation with Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort & Spa, a mixed-use resort in St. Lucia, West Indies. The multi-year agreement with the 60-acre luxury retreat located on Labrelotte Bay extends the relationship established in 2009.

“We are delighted to continue offering our quality programs and services to owners at Windjammer Landing,” said Bryan Ten Broek, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and marketing. “The resort is well known for its spectacular location and wide variety of amenities, as well as its dedication to providing owners and guests with the highest level of service.”

Windjammer+Landing+Villa+Beach+Resort+in+Saint+LuciaDesigned by noted architect Ian Morrison as a self-contained Mediterranean-style village with graceful archways, Windjammer Landing features white stucco walls, beamed ceilings, and tile roofs. The 70 spacious villas are decorated in tropical colors and include an open floor plan, wood furnishings, fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace or sundeck with scenic ocean views.

Guests at the resort can enjoy five restaurants, Serenity Spa, a newly expanded 2,500 square-foot beach on Labrelotte Bay, six swimming pools, supervised activity programs for children, babysitting services, and a plethora of water sports. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the Gros Piton, go horseback riding, zip-line in a rain forest, golf and sail on the beautiful bay waters.

“Our partnership with Interval has provided our owners with access to upscale membership and exchange privileges that they truly appreciate,” said Franz Starker, project director for the Private Residence Club. “And, Interval’s continued focus on delivering innovative point-of-sale technology and training support greatly enhances our product offering with prospective buyers.”

Earlier this year, Parents Magazine recognized Windjammer Landing as one of the “10 Best Caribbean Destinations for Families” for its impressive array of family-friendly activities. The resort also received TripAdvisor’s® “2014 Certificate of Excellence” for consistently earning high ratings from travelers.

Interval International Extends Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement To Dubai Resort August 24, 2014

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Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), Arabian Falcon Holidays and Royal Club Dubai recently announced a multi-year extension of the affiliation agreement for Royal Club at Palm Jumeirah.

“This renewal offers a win-win situation for Interval International and Arabian Falcon Holidays,” said Darren Ettridge, Interval’s senior vice president resort sales and business development Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. “For our part, we have two of the best resorts in the United Arab Emirates affiliated with our worldwide network. On the part of Arabian

Royal Club at Palm Jumeirah

Royal Club at Palm Jumeirah

Falcon Holidays it can offer members at Royal Club at Palm Jumeirah an Interval membership as an additional benefit.”

”Royal Club members at the Palm Jumeirah will continue to be enrolled into the exchange network, giving them quality alternatives when they go on vacation,” said Mohannad Sharafuddin, CEO and president, Arabian Falcon Holidays, the marketing company of Royal Club Dubai.

”We are very pleased that the affiliation of Royal Club at the Palm Jumeirah with Interval International has been extended,” added Nozmul Islam, CEO of Royal Club Dubai. ”Our partnership is good for our companies, and what is more it is good for Dubai.”

Royal Club at Palm Jumeirah was the first timeshare resort in Dubai and has been successfully marketed by Arabian Falcon Holidays since 2004. Located on Dubai’s landmark Palm it was later joined by Royal Club at The Bonnington Tower, another Interval affiliated resort.

Mexico Timeshare The Bliss Jungle Riviera Maya Joins Interval International August 17, 2014

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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 addition of The Bliss Jungle Riviera Maya in Mexico. This Mexico timeshare property joins Grupo Vidanta’s The Grand Bliss Riviera Maya, The Bliss Nuevo Vallarta, and Grand Luxxe Residence Club that are currently part of Interval’s global network. Grupo Vidanta is a leading development company known for its high-caliber hotels and resorts.

Interval International“It’s been a pleasure to work with this dynamic group for the last several years,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America. “We are delighted to add The Bliss Jungle Riviera Maya, yet another high-quality Grupo Vidanta property in a sought-after location, to our resort network. Our members will enjoy personalized attention and warm hospitality in an environment of casual elegance.”

“We strive to make every vacation an extraordinary experience for our members and guests. Through our membership program, visitors can stay in spacious world-class accommodations, and create lasting memories with their families,” said Michel Beuffe, CEO of Grupo Vidanta. “Our affiliation with Interval serves to further enhance their enjoyment through the many exchange opportunities and year-round benefits the company offers.”

The Bliss Jungle Riviera Maya is close to the town of Playa del Carmen, well known for its pedestrian walkway, sidewalk cafes, and bustling nightlife. The property has 60 units that feature living rooms, kitchens and dining areas, premium bedding, ceiling fans, 40-inch LCD TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and daily turndown service.

Guests at the resort have access to upscale amenities and services available on-site and at the adjacent Grupo Vidanta resorts. These include a variety of eateries, from fine dining to casual buffets, several bars and lounges, sprawling pool areas, kid’s club, a full-service spa and fitness center, and a par-54, Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course and pro shop.