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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.

RCI Adds Two Affiliated Properties in Turks and Caicos Islands January 25, 2015

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), has added two new properties in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, to its exchange network through an affiliation with developer Alive and Well Resorts & Hotels Ltd.

RCI timeshare exchange“We are excited to add two great options for our members in the Turks and Caicos Islands, which has long been a favorite Caribbean destination for its beautiful weather and famous hospitality,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “The Venetian Ridge Vacation Villas & Spa and the Ridge Residences Inn provide quality accommodations and service on Providenciales, and we are proud to have them join our network of affiliated properties.”

Both properties offer RCI subscribing members easy access to the world-renowned beaches of Turks and Caicos. Here the long, white-sand beaches and brilliant turquoise waters, along with year-round sunshine and light easterly trade winds, provide comfortable, relaxing vacations. Water sports, snorkeling, horseback riding and other activities also give travelers great active ways to explore these pristine islands.

Venetian Ridge Vacation Villas and Spa offers vacationers private suites just minutes from the Grace Bay Beach. Each suite is complete with a full kitchen, spacious living room, Wi-Fi, outdoor patio, and barbecue, providing a home-away-from-home experience. Guests here also have access to the new Oasis Pool and Spa Pavilion, where they can enjoy a range of spa treatments.

The Ridge Residences Inn offers guests an island villa experience and is also just a short drive to the nearest beaches. The two-bedroom residences feature quality tropical décor and fully-equipped kitchens with open floor plan living areas, as well as attached patios.

“Affiliating with RCI adds new flexibility for owners at our Turks and Caicos properties,” said J. Kelly Sullivan, managing director, Alive and Well Resorts & Hotels Ltd.“An RCI exchange membership opens up a world of affordable luxury island vacation experiences for our travel-loving owners, and gives owners of properties elsewhere the opportunity to come and explore all the natural beauty the Turks and Caicos Islands have to offer. After a week at one of our properties you, too, will be ‘Alive and Well’!”

RCI Adds Over 25 Properties to Exchange Network in Q3 2014 December 18, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced today that it added more than 25 new affiliated properties to its global network in the third quarter of 2014. These additions join the nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts already a part of the RCI network.

RCI timeshare exchange“We continually strive to add high-quality vacation options to our network, and this quarter was no exception,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Each of these new properties offers its own diverse and captivating vacation experience, and we are proud to bring our members these additional flexibility options and high-quality choices.”

RCI expanded its offerings in Mexico with the addition of the Grand Class property, a new building that is part of Grand Velas resort in the Riviera Maya. These upscale suites provide the utmost in luxurious hospitality, with stunning ocean views, private plunge pools on each suite’s terrace, spacious lounge areas with plasma televisions, and bathrooms with lavish rain showers.

In the European region, two new Akropol properties in Turkey were added to the RCI network, including the Akropol Resort and Spa, which is scheduled to open next year. The strikingly beautiful property offers modern rooms with private balconies that allow guests to fully enjoy the mountain and sea views. The spa for which the resort is known offers treatments ranging from the typical to the unusual, each promising its own route to relaxation.

In addition, The Registry Collection® program, the world’s largest luxury exchange program, added a new property in Barbados through an affiliation with Saint Peter’s Bay. Members can stay in the resort’s beautifully appointed three-bedroom homes and penthouses, which are strategically laid out to maximize sea views. The property offers access to the stunning beach, as well as a lagoon-style swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and personal concierge services.

RCI Expands Holiday Exchange Network in China November 20, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently welcomed two new affiliated resorts in China to its holiday exchange network. The new properties are Shangri-La Tusifu Resort in Shangri-La County, and Xishuangbanna Resort in Xishuangbanna Prefecture, both in Yunnan Province, China. The signing of these agreements expands RCI’s portfolio of resorts in China to more than 50 properties.

“These two new affiliations not only show a growing interest for shared ownership in China, but also reaffirm that RCI is offering an innovative and appealing product to both consumers and business developers,” said Gavin Cheong, business development director for North Asia, RCI Asia Pacific. “RCI continues to be committed to forming new alliances with quality resorts to offer the best exchange options for RCI members.”

Shangri-La Tusifu Resort

Shangri-la Tusifu Resort is located in Shangri-La, which is a four-hour drive from Lijiang. Shangri-La means ‘Land of Sacredness and Peace’ in Tibetan, which mirrors the county’s breathtaking landscapes, sacred monasteries and lamaseries, magnificent snow-peaked mountains and tranquil lakes.

The property has an interesting historical background: during the Ming Dynasty, the minority tribal clans in Shangri-La were bestowed with official titles by the central government, which led to the development of the Tusi ruling system in the region. The 36-room Shangri-La Tusifu Resort is the restoration of the office and residence of Tusi officials, built more than 1,300 years ago.

The resort décor is reminiscent of ancient Tibet, with every piece of furniture, painting and ornament showcasing the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. RCI members can enjoy traditional Tibetan cuisine such as butter tea and yak meat at the onsite restaurant, or join the Tibetan song and dance performances organized by the resort for a unique cultural experience.

Xishuangbanna Resort is located in Jinhong, the capital city of Xishuangbanna Prefecture. Xishuangbanna is home to many different ethnic groups, and the home of the world famous Pu’er tea. The Mekong River flows through Jinhong City, creating a hub for travellers passing through China, Thailand and Laos. Opened in 2013, Xishuangbanna Resort has 110 rooms and suites, and is seven kilometres from Jinghong Airport. It is within walking distance to Jinsha Bay and Jiangnan Riverside Walk, while tourist attractions such as the Peacock Garden and Manting Park are within close proximity.

“In order to provide our members with quality leisure options and unforgettable travel experiences, we have chosen to partner with RCI, the world’s largest holiday exchange network,” said Zheng Huiyu, chairman of Luju Vacation Club. “Our members will not only be able to enjoy quality holiday options within China, but will also have access to thousands of travel destinations around the world. They can visit tropical beaches during China’s cold winter, take a multi-city tour around Europe or go on a cruise holiday with their exchange memberships.

“This affiliation will also boost Shangri-La and Xishuangbanna’s tourism growth, introducing the concept of holiday exchange and changing the ways people can holiday in the two regions,” Huiyu continued. “I believe this will have a significant, positive impact for Yunnan province’s economic development.”
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Palm Springs Resort The Dunes Club Joins RCI September 25, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, recently added The Dunes Club in Coachella Valley to its network of affiliated resorts. The boutique-style residence club is a haven for golfers looking for a high-end experience in California.

The Dunes Club“We chose to affiliate with RCI because, as the world’s largest exchange program, it can help provide an effective and efficient way for us to market ownership at The Dunes Club,” said Vanessa Estes of The Dunes Club. “Adding RCI’s vacation exchange services for our owners allows us to drive more business while also minimizing marketing expenses. And, we believe RCI members who are golf-enthusiasts will be very excited about the new opportunity to visit our upscale Palm Springs resort.”

Owners and RCI subscribing members who visit The Dunes Club can enjoy an experience in the private gated community of the Bermuda Dunes Country Club, the original home of the PGA Bob Hope Classic. Guests here can access the same fairways where Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson have played.

Originally a small hotel catering to the Hollywood elite, The Dunes Club maintains this high level of luxury in its accommodations with spacious residences that include state-of-the-art kitchens, comfortable living and dining areas, and serene bedrooms. The resort grounds also feature a variety of pools and hot tubs, so guests can enjoy time on and off the green.

“The beautiful Dunes Club is a wonderful addition to RCI’s list of golf exchange options,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “The greens and resort facilities are impressive, and the luxurious accommodations will provide a home-away-from-home experience for RCI members. We are glad to have this property as part of our network, and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with The Dunes Club.”

RCI and Plantation Resort of South Carolina Renew Affiliation Agreement September 14, 2014

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RCI and Plantation Resort recently renewed their multi-year affiliation agreement. The property has a long-standing affiliation with RCI, and brings a high-quality property in South Carolina’s Grand Strand area to the exchange company’s approximately 3.7 million subscribing members.

“Plantation Resort is pleased that we are continuing the mutually beneficial relationship we have enjoyed with RCI over the past 26 years,” said Blaine Liljenquist, chairman and CEO of Planation Resort. “We are impressed with the total commitment of RCI to provide exceptional services to our resort and enhanced vacation experiences for our owners.”

Plantation Resort South CarolinaThe RCI Gold Crown Resort property is found in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, just four miles south of Myrtle Beach. Surfside Beach provides a relaxing area to enjoy a peaceful vacation, while also offering convenient access to the water and beach activities, plentiful golf courses and lively nightlife of Myrtle Beach just minutes away.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with Plantation Resort, and are excited to be continuing our affiliation,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “The beautiful property is ideal for both couples and large groups looking for a beach and golf getaway, and our members have enjoyed vacationing there for many years.”

Guests at Planation Resort can take advantage of the on-site amenities like the swimming pool with expansive sun deck, the lazy river, the fitness center with several class offerings, the saunas and steam rooms, as well as the spa with massage options. The resort also provides a complimentary shuttle to nearby beaches.

The residences available offer plenty of space to accommodate various group sizes, ranging from studio to three-bedroom units. The units each include a fully-equipped kitchen, a living area, a balcony or patio, and a washer-dryer in unit.

RCI Adds 70 Affiliated Properties During First Half of 2014 August 14, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 70 new properties to its affiliate network during the first and second quarters of 2014. The newly affiliated properties include resorts in Asia, Europe, India, Latin America and North America.

RCI timeshare exchange“We are excited to welcome these 70 new properties to the RCI portfolio of affiliated resorts and to offer our members even more fantastic vacation options,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “We’re also proud to work with some of the most respected names in the hospitality business and to promote the vacation ownership industry worldwide.”

One of the latest additions is Astoria Boracay in the Philippines. This coveted island retreat is located on a stretch of beautiful white sand beach on Boracay Island, frequently cited as one of the world’s best islands for vacationing. Astoria Boracay is just minutes from the island’s shopping center, delicious restaurants and popular bars. Offering white sand beaches, watersport activities and close proximity to a championship golf course, the resort is a fantastic destination for many travelers.

Another new affiliate, Island Residence Club at Golden Sands Resort in Malta, joined RCI in the first quarter. Comprising a collection of more than 180 residences in the prime setting of the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, guests at the resort enjoy luxurious appointments, Mediterranean styling and unparalleled views of either the coastline or the unspoiled beauty of Malta’s largest nature and history park. With nine on-site bars and restaurants, a state-of-the-art spa and leisure center, a private beach, 90-meter lagoon swimming pools and close proximity to transport links, it could be a traveler’s dream destination.

The Registry Collection®program, RCI’s luxury exchange program, added a fantastic new property, The Residence at Gwel an Mor. The Residence is a new development of eco-friendly lodges at the award-winning Gwel an Mor Luxury Resort, situated on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Located in Cornwall, England, the development’s contemporary two- and three-bedroom lodge ‘retreats’ are designed with luxurious styling and offer spacious, open-plan accommodation. The resort’s onsite wildlife center, Feadon Farm, offers guests amazing wildlife activities, such as meeting reindeer and birds of prey, and even hand feeding its rescued foxes. The resort’s Terrace Restaurant combines ocean views and a relaxing ambiance with delicious Spanish- and French-influenced dishes.

RCI Signs Premium Vacation Club, Pioneer of Tourism in Turkey, To Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement July 27, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, announced a new multi-year affiliation agreement with Premium Vacation Club, part of Gezenay Tourism Inc’s Premium Group, a pioneer of the tourism industry in Turkey

Through the group’s affiliation with RCI, its Premium Vacation Club 5* Hotel in Istanbul has joined the exchange network. Close to the city centre, the luxurious RCI Gold Crown resort comprises 305 elegant hotel rooms – 50 of which will be vacation ownership units. All rooms benefit from views over Istanbul or the sea, and feature spacious living arrangements as well as modern appliances and amenities.

RCI timeshare exchangeThe hotel’s wellness and spa centre has an indoor swimming pool with 11 massage rooms, offering an extensive selection of treatments, including two saunas, two Turkish baths, two steam rooms, snow fountains, relaxation rooms and the largest Jacuzzi in Istanbul. Guests can dine in one of three on-resort restaurant/lounges and have use of a range of sports facilities.

Cenk Kinay, president at Premium Vacation Club, said: “Hotel proprietors and investors need new sales channels in Turkey and the Premium Vacation Club is an innovative programme that will fill the sales and timeshare gap we have identified in the country. Based on our group’s 25 years of experience in Turkey’s tourism industry, we see a gap in the luxury resort sector of the country’s timeshare market. We aim to provide a unique experience exclusively for upscale travellers.

“The Club’s model is an easy-to-use, flexible weeks based approach to vacation ownership to generate new sales in our luxury resort for the discerning traveller. We have a similar mission to RCI in wanting to provide holidaymakers with the greatest flexibility and choice. We look forward to working with RCI to deliver on this with our first signing, the five-star Hotel Istanbul, ensuring RCI and our club members receive the quality holidays they deserve.”

Through this affiliation, Premium Vacation Club can offer its members access to RCI’s exchange holiday programme, comprising nearly 4,500 resort properties in more than 100 countries. Under the new agreement, buyers at Premium Vacation Club receive a complimentary two-year RCI membership. The timeshare accommodation is in deluxe rooms with the option of one extra guest staying for free. There is also a dedicated check-in and check-out for Club members and discounts on additional services.

“We warmly welcome Premium Vacation Club 5* Hotel in Istanbul into the RCI network,” said Sean Lowe, managing director, RCI Europe, Middle East, Africa & India. “This being our first resort affiliation in this iconic Turkish city, it is exciting for us to be able to offer our members such a different holiday experience. Istanbul is a new entrant to the timeshare market and we are pleased to be working with Premium Vacation Club in breaking new ground.”

A thriving city, Istanbul attracted over 10 million visitors in 2013 according to the Culture & Tourism Istanbul Regional Directorate. Voted the number one choice for travellers in the TripAdvisor’s sixth annual Traveler’s Choice Awards, Istanbul is famed for its culture, architecture and shopping opportunities.

RCI Network Now Offering Ramada Resorts in Australia July 14, 2014

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RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, announced the addition of four affiliated Ramada resorts, part of the WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham. These resorts are available for exchange exclusively through RCI.

Ramada Resort Port Douglas

Ramada Resort Port Douglas

The new affiliated resorts include the Ramada Resort Port Douglas in tropical North Queensland; Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre Marcoola Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast; Ramada Resort Phillip Island in Victoria and Ramada Resort Shoal Bay in Port Stephens, New South Wales.

“We are excited to offer these four great properties for exchange,” said Andrew Heslehurst, RCI Pacific Director. “Ramada is a well known global hospitality brand and we are proud to welcome its resorts to our portfolio. This affiliation is a testament to our commitment to widen the choice of holiday experiences we offer our members in the Pacific region.”

These additions add to RCI’s growing portfolio of exchange options in the Pacific region, which are nearing 150 properties available to RCI exchange members. The properties come from well-known and renowned brands in the hospitality industry, including the WorldMark South Pacific Club, which now has 112 properties affiliated with RCI including these four new Ramada properties.

Ramada Resort Port Douglas, with its sprawling grounds, offers guests beautiful rainforest gardens and a luxurious lagoon style swimming pool. Guests can relax by the pool with a refreshing cocktail or walk along the nearby picture perfect Four Mile Beach. The resort is an ideal base for those wanting to experience the Great Barrier Reef via luxury yachts, high tech catamarans or through the comfort of a glass bottom boat.

With a beachfront location, Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre Marcoola Beach offers superb Sunshine Coast accommodation with spectacular 180-degree views of the coastline. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the bar followed by delicious meal at the poolside restaurant. The property has a 60 metre lagoon style pool, a resort shop, a restaurant and a multitude of attractions nearby.

Ramada Resort Phillip Island is surrounded by several acres of bush land and provides a natural and intimate setting for its guests. Relax by the pool or recharge indoors at the health centre and spa. There are seven kilometres of walking and cycling tracks around the resort, in addition to two tennis courts and a children’s playground. The resort has an onsite restaurant as well as a wood-fired pizzeria and barbecue areas.

The Ramada Resort Shoal Bay is the ultimate beachfront resort perfect for family holidays, beach getaways and special events. The resort lies at the entrance to Port Stephens, overlooking the white sands and the magnificent volcanic Tomaree Headlands. The resort features four restaurants, five bars, the iconic Country Club Hotel, a conference centre and an outdoor heated pool.

“The rapid expansion of Wyndham Hotel Group brands across the South Pacific, such as Ramada, has presented us with great opportunities to also grow our vacation club portfolio. We are proud to offer our WorldMark South Pacific Club owners RCI membership options for exchange holidays all over the globe,” said CEO and managing director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Barry Robinson.

RCI Upgrades Mobile App To Include Booking Feature May 8, 2014

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RCI has taken its member app to the next level with new features and updates that deliver even more vacation planning options. The app is now transactional and incorporates a tool called “Share Your Vacation” that can synchronize with social media networks to create shareable online vacation albums.


When RCI subscribing members download and open the app, they can now log in to access their individual account information. They will be able to view their existing vacation plans, or search and book available affiliated resorts directly in the app. With the updates, members can book their exchange vacations or Extra Vacations getaways on-the-go, helping to fit the lifestyle needs of RCI’s busy member base. Members can also perform a range of other tasks from within the app, including: checking resort availability in real time, making deposits, redeeming special offers and browsing fresh destination content from RCI’s award-winning Endless Vacation magazine.

And to share their vacation experiences with friends and family, members now have access to the “Share Your Vacation” feature by RCI. This tool conveniently allows members to pull together existing photos and videos – like those stored on the member’s phone or uploaded to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and create an online photo album of the member’s adventures. The album can be shared using a simple link, and can be updated constantly as the vacation continues.

“Our goal is to provide an app that dramatically enhances the vacation planning experience, across all mobile devices and platforms,” said Phil Brojan, senior vice president of Global Marketing, RCI. “We’ve added a tremendous amount of key functionality for RCI members, completely redesigned the user interface to be simple and more elegant, and made the app more consistent across iOS and Android™ devices.

“We’ve also made the RCI app more relevant and engaging by integrating our award-winning vacation planning content and adding the Share Your Vacation feature,” Brojan continued. “Share Your Vacation is a very convenient way to gather up and share all of your favorite vacation memories from your social media networks in one consolidated online photo album.”

The look and feel of the app has also been updated. The design is clean, contemporary and provides intuitive navigation. The Resort Directory has also been enhanced, including the ability to play RCI TV affiliated resort videos within the directory listings, making for a streamlined vacation planning process.

RCI members aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the app’s new updates. Non-members can browse the same inspirational destination content to help them dream about and plan their next trip. They can also use the app to get detailed information on how vacation ownership works, and the breadth of opportunities RCI’s vacation exchange network offers to travelers.

In addition to these new functions, the RCI app allows users to search or browse the Resort Directory, where they can view resort information and amenities, view resorts’ photos and videos, and compare resorts.

The RCI app can be downloaded to iOS and Android devices. RCI also offers an Endless Vacation magazine app for iPad®, and an RCI Affiliates app for iPad.