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RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), has added to its network of exchange options in South Korea through its latest affiliation with Vistacay Hotel Group.

Through this affiliation, RCI members seeking to travel to the world renowned Jeju Island in South Korea will soon have access to two stunning hotels: Vistacay Seogwipo and Vistacay Cheonjiyeon. In addition, Vistacay’s members will have access to RCI’s holiday exchange program, comprising nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries.

RCI timeshare exchange“We are very pleased to welcome Vistacay Hotel into the RCI network,” said Adrian Lee, managing director, RCI Asia Pacific. “This will be a great addition to the diverse portfolio of resort destinations we offer to our members worldwide, and is part of our continuous effort to expand our footprint in South Korea. South Korea is a booming tourist market with significant double digit growth in the past few years, and this affiliation reaffirms RCI’s commitment to offering more options in highly desirable destinations in Asia.”

Vistacay Seogwipo and Vistacay Cheonjiyeon are located on Seogwipo Si in Jeju Island, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. Famous for its location on the southern tip of the island, Seogwipo Si features the magnificent Mount Hallasan and Seogwipo coastline with beautiful cliffs and rock formations. Both hotels are designed with a modern and stylish interior, complete with luxurious furnishing. The 144-rooms Vistacay Seogwipo has a roof top swimming pool where guests can soak and enjoy the panoramic view of Jeju Island, while Vistacay Cheonjiyeon offers a different theme in each of its 228 studio units, giving guests a unique experience with every visit.

“Through our affiliation with RCI, the world’s largest holiday exchange company, we hope that Vistacay will gain greater domestic and international exposure,” said Mr Choi Yee-Chul, CEO of DAAS C&, the parent company of Vistacay Hotel Group. “Working with RCI will provide us with valuable business support for our growth plans, allowing us to add more value to our holiday ownership product, and give our members a wide variety of holiday options.”

RCI Returns as Title Sponsor of 12th Annual Christel House Open April 8, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) family of brands, has announced that it will return as the title sponsor of the RCI Christel House Open International Charity Golf Tournament in 2014. This marks the eighth consecutive year that RCI has served as the title sponsor.

RCI Christel House Open

The 2013 Christel House event in Orlando raised $125,000 for the charity

“The RCI Christel House Open has become a beacon of hope for people throughout our industry who support Christel House’s mission to provide education, nutrition and care programs for some of the world’s most impoverished children,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Last year’s tournament raised more than $550,000,all of whichgoes directly to those who need it most. With the help of our colleagues in the timeshare and hospitality industry, we hope to exceed that amount in 2014 and help provide even more children with the services and care they deserve.”

The 2014 RCI Christel House Open kicks off on Saturday, May 17 in Palm Beach, Fla., and continues at 12 additional sites across North America, Europe and Africa. The event, which is celebrating its 12th year, welcomes thousands of golfers, sponsors and volunteers from around the world to raise funds and awareness for Christel House International. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event directly benefit children involved with the nonprofit organization.

Christel DeHaan, the co-founder of RCI, founded Christel House in 1998. The nonprofit aims to help its more than 4,000 children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. The organization operates Learning Centers in the U.S., India, Mexico and South Africa, and funds outreach programs in Serbia and Venezuela.

“When RCI was started 40 years ago, it operated with a business philosophy that emphasized innovation, creativity and the importance of customers and employees,” said DeHaan. “RCI was known as an employer of choice and as a good corporate citizen. Today, RCI still reflects these cornerstone philosophies. As we prepare for our 12th annual Christel House Open, we express our heartfelt thanks to RCI as a generous and committed Title Sponsor.”

Christel House and the RCI Christel House Open are strongly supported by developers, resorts and vendors in the timeshare industry, with worldwide proceeds exceeding $8.5 million since the tournament’s inception. Christel House is also one of the three signature charities of Wishes by Wyndham, the philanthropic program of Wyndham Worldwide.

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RCI Signs New Deal With Italian Resort Operator Domina Vacanze March 28, 2014

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Global holiday exchange provider RCI has announced the signing of a new Master Affiliation Agreement (MAA) with Domina Vacanze SpA.

The multi-year MAA ensures that the 10 Domina Home brand hotels and resorts already affiliated to RCI, as well as all future Domina properties being entered into timeshare, will be part of the RCI holiday exchange network.

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Domina Home Miramonti Corvara, Italy

Family-owned Domina Vacanze SpA has become one of Italy’s most trusted and respected hotel brands during its 25 years in business. In that time, Domina has developed its offering to meet the many and changing needs of the holidaying consumer. Today it boasts five business and leisure four- and five-star hotels, 14 luxury resort properties under its Domina Home brand, and a growing membership in its Domina Holiday Club.

Nicola Cighetti, Domina general manager, said: “We pride ourselves on delivering the ambience, elegance and dedicated hospitality services of a world-class hotel to our guests, fused with the warmth and comforts of home, while delivering real value.

“We have worked with RCI for 25 years and we share many business philosophies, which is why we have committed to the new MAA. Importantly for both RCI and Domina, we know that however large our organisations become, family values and personalisation of service will always be our core business drivers. Prioritising quality and choice are key to our success. I believe RCI’s experience, expertise and service innovation will help our group to identify new development and growth opportunities.

“Like RCI, we have a strong and loyal customer and member base to thank for our continued success in the hospitality business. That loyalty and trust has to be earned, and we will never rest, believing we have done enough. There will always be more and better from Domina Vacanze.”

“We whole-heartedly congratulate the Domina family and team on their 25th anniversary this year, and are thrilled to have signed the new MAA with a brand renowned for the strength of its service excellence, quality and the diversity of its holiday product,” said Sean Lowe, managing director, RCI Europe, Middle East, Africa & India. “Those qualities will undoubtedly turn Domina into an iconic hospitality brand in the international marketplace.

“We are proud to have enjoyed a long association with Domina, having affiliated Domina Home Parco dello Stelvio in 1989. We are delighted to be invited to help the company expand its product offering and its presence in international markets in the future. With the widest range of accommodation, destinations and services of any exchange holiday provider, we are confident that we can support Domina in its future growth and look forward to bringing both our member groups an enhanced value membership, both in the present and as their affiliation numbers rise.”

The Domina Holiday Club enables members to not only enjoy stays in Domina hotels, but to discover new destinations the world over using the RCI exchange holiday network. As many as 10 Domina hotels are currently affiliated to RCI in Italy’s most prestigious holiday locations, including Venice, Positano and Portofino, as well as in Sharm el Sheikh where the Domina Coral Bay Resort & Casino brings a taste of Italy to the Red Sea resort.

A rare opportunity to purchase a piece of Domina real estate backed by a notarial deed at preferential prices is offered by the company’s Formula Multisuite programme. Owners of a Domina hotel suite can use their suites for as many or as few weeks as they choose, and they can also experience other Domina destinations using the Suite Exchange System.

Disney Vacation Club Renews With Timeshare Exchange Provider RCI March 7, 2014

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Disney’s timeshare accommodation arm, Disney Vacation Club, has renewed its affiliation agreement with RCI, continuing a relationship with the timeshare exchange provider which will allow DVC members to tap into the RCI network of 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries.

Disney TimesharesThrough this renewed affiliation, Disney Vacation Club offers its member families access to thousands of RCI affiliated vacation ownership properties across the globe while RCI’s approximately 3.7 million subscribing members gain access to the 12 Disney Vacation Club resorts.

“We are proud to renew our affiliation with Disney Vacation Club, one of the best-loved hospitality brands in the world,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “The high-quality properties that are a part of this internationally recognized vacation-ownership program carry the signature Disney experience that has perpetually captured the hearts of visitors. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the brand, as we both work to bring new and innovative services to the industry.”

Disney Vacation Club offers vacation ownership options at 12 resorts located in Florida, California, Hawaii and South Carolina, which are part of RCI’s exchange network of affiliated resorts around the world. These include Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas in Florida; Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina.

Disney Vacation Club recently announced that its next planned resort will be built at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, located on Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort, near its newest property to open, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. When Disney’s Polynesian Resort project is completed, Disney Vacation Club will have destinations at all three resorts on the monorail system, including Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort, allowing easy access to Magic Kingdom Park.

“Our renewed affiliation with RCI provides our Members with more choice, expanded access and improved flexibility,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Vacation Club. “We want our Members to enjoy vacations when they want, how they want and where they want. The exchange options available through RCI are an important part of this commitment, giving families even more opportunities to have fun together, see the world and make lifelong magical memories.”

Disney Vacation Club debuted in 1991 and today is approaching 200,000 member families from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries.

RCI Adds 175 New Affiliated Properties to Exchange Network in 2013 February 23, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 175 new properties to its global exchange network in 2013, representing more than a 16 percent increase over the previous year. The newly affiliated properties include resorts in North America, South America, Europe, India and Asia.

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Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Trump International Hotel

“We are proud of both the number and quality of properties added to the RCI exchange network in 2013, and our approximately 3.7 million members will be happy to find that their choices have expanded now to nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts across the globe,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “We are thrilled to be affiliated with some of the most well-respected brands in the hospitality sector as we work together to propel the vacation ownership industry forward.”

Added in the fourth quarter, Villandry Reserve brings yet another vacation option in Brazil to RCI subscribing members. The luxury suites feature terraces overlooking the Bosque Encantado Valley, providing visitors with a serene escape into nature. The property boasts a spa, a bar and lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a heated pool, a wet sauna, a home theater and a bowling alley.

Several impressive properties were also added from existing affiliation agreements. These include: a new resort through Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas; 12 properties by Club Mahindra in India; and three new itineraries from TradeWinds Cruise Club in St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and Guadeloupe.

Fairmont Heritage Place, Mayakoba was added to The Registry Collection program, the world’s largest luxury exchange program. Bordering the beautiful white sand beaches of the Mexican Caribbean, this to-be-developed resort offers visitors a unique blend of sophisticated luxury and serene nature. Fairmont Heritage Place, Mayakoba provides a complete resort experience from beach and spas to dining and world-class golf set on nearly 1,600 acres of tropical jungle.

RCI Celebrates 40 Years of Timeshare Exchange February 5, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in vacation and timeshare exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, turned 40 years old yesterday, marking a significant milestone for the company and the vacation ownership industry as a whole.

“When Christel and Jon DeHaan founded RCI on Feb. 4, 1974, they invented the concept of vacation exchange and forever changed the shape of the timeshare industry by adding an entirely new level of flexibility and choice to travelers,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Since then, RCI has partnered with some of the most respected companies in the hospitality sector to continue moving the industry forward. Today, we celebrate the achievements of each of our affiliates as we look ahead to the next 40 years.”

RCI timeshare exchangeWhat began four decades ago as a stack of index cards housed in a shoe box has grown into an unparalleled vacation exchange network of more than 4,000 affiliated properties in approximately 100 countries — the largest in the world. RCI’s approximately 3.7 million subscribing members have access to this vast network, and have created countless memories traveling to these quality affiliated resorts.

“Our members share our passion for travel, culture and adventure,” said Gurnik. “As we celebrate 40 years together, we want to thank each of our members for their enthusiasm for travel and their choice to see the world through vacation exchange. And as a token of our gratitude to them, we will be releasing several exciting member and consumer promotions throughout the year.”

Since RCI brought the flexibility and choice of vacation exchange to timeshare, the industry has grown rapidly. In the early 1970s there were 45 timeshare resorts around the world; today, the number tops 5,000. The types of products and services available to timeshare owners have also increased significantly, and the concept has grown and flourished around the world.

Over the years, RCI has continued to transform the industry, leading the way with first-to-market innovations that have given its affiliates a competitive edge while delivering a richer experience to owners and RCI members. Some examples include:

“We have some of the best and brightest minds working at RCI, who are constantly looking for ways to improve on an already celebrated vacation exchange system,” Gurnik continued. “Our reputation and track record of being an innovator in the industry is only possible thanks to the spirit and dedication our associates have for delivering the best experience to RCI members and affiliates.”

As RCI celebrates its 40th anniversary, it continues to look ahead for new ways to bolster the future of the vacation ownership industry. In 2014, RCI has plans to improve its online experience and content with the goal of furthering positive messages about vacation ownership while improving the exchange experience for members.

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Timeshare Exchange Company RCI Adds More than 50 New Affiliated Properties to Network in Third Quarter of 2013 December 1, 2013

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RCI, the global leader in timeshare exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 57 new properties to its global exchange network in the third quarter of 2013. The newly affiliated properties include resorts in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

“This was a fantastic quarter of affiliations for RCI, adding many beautiful properties across several of our global regions,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “These new additions further expand our members’ quality vacation choices, and we are proud to count each of these 57 new properties as part of the RCI exchange network.”

RCI 35 Year Logos2One of the latest additions is the Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This property serves as an all-service retreat on a stretch of beautiful beach. Guests here can enjoy eight a la carte restaurants, five buffet restaurants and several bars in between relaxing on the beach or at the onsite spa.

A new affiliation agreement signed in the third quarter with Empark Grand Hotel Group resulted in eight new RCI affiliated properties in China. Member demand for exchange options in China has increased, and these properties are high-quality accommodation options in destinations including Chaohu Lake, the Gui’an Hot Spring Resort area, Kunming, and Xi’an.

RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection, added eight new resorts from world-renowned developer Orascom. Orascom is unique in that it creates fully-integrated towns that are destinations on their own, offering hotels, private villas, apartments, leisure facilities and supporting infrastructure. Each location features a wide range of activities from indulgent and luxurious relaxation to adrenaline-filled adventures. The brand has several established resort towns including The Cove in the United Arab Emirates, and also has several more incredible properties planned in the future including Andermatt in the Swiss Alps.

RCI Adds Skyline Vacation Club to its Affiliation Network in Canada November 6, 2013

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced an affiliation agreement with Skyline Vacation Club, a newly launched brand from Toronto-based Skyline International Development.

“We are thrilled to add Skyline Vacation Club to our affiliate network, and we look forward to adding to our members’ choices of high-quality properties in sought-after Canadian destinations,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Skyline is fine hotelier and developer with wonderful properties that has decided to enter the vacation ownership market, and we are very pleased that they have made us their exchange partner of choice as they take on this exciting new venture. Our team of vacation ownership experts in Canada identified the Skyline properties as ideal vacation spots for members, and we are proud to have this club on board.”

Pantages Hotel

Pantages Hotel

The new vacation club makes use of Skyline’s existing properties, and has launched first in the brand’s Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre. Located in downtown Toronto, this property offers easy access to the city’s restaurants and entertainment. Guests will also be able to make use of the hotel’s onsite amenities, including the Shizen Spa, a martini bar, a modern fitness center, 24-hour business center and more.

The Skyline Vacation Club anticipates expanding to include Skyline’s other Canadian properties to offer vacation ownership options in a mix of urban and resort vacation settings. These planned additions are expected to include another downtown Toronto property and two properties offering access to Ontario’s beautiful countryside.

“Finding a partner that could give our members more value and flexibility was very important to us,” said Jude Carrillo, president, Skyline Vacation Club. “Out of all the vacation exchange providers, RCI offered the best combination of value and choice for our members. We look forward to a successful relationship together.”

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Timeshare Exchange Company RCI Adds Over 90 Properties To Network This Year September 16, 2013

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Timeshare exchange provider RCI has announced that it has added 93 new properties to its network of affiliated resorts since the beginning of 2013, including several new European properties.

“We constantly listen to our members and we know that they want more choice in the types of accommodation and destinations they can enjoy,” said Sean Lowe, managing director RCI Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “We have been working to expand our affiliated resort portfolio in our best-loved holiday destinations, as well as bringing some more exotic locations into the network and introducing more experiential resorts such as the fabulous new spa experience resorts which have come on board with us in Turkey.”

Royal Sun Resort

Royal Sun Resort

Royal Sun Resort in Tenerife, which recently joined RCI’s exchange network, is set on a cliff offering dramatic views over Los Gigantes’ marina and village. The resort offers tastefully designed apartments that are spacious and comfortable, along with several on-site restaurants, two swimming pools, a pool bar and gorgeous sunbathing terraces where guests can take in the striking panoramic views.

Emet Termal Resort & Spa in Turkey, located in a botanic garden in the Emet district of Kütahya, was also recently added to the resort network. The resort has an outdoor pool and spa centre with indoor thermal pools and a Turkish bath.

Another addition is Akasya Vadisi Resort, located approximately 70 kilometres from Ankara in Turkey, where guests can enjoy an in-room whirlpool bath with the same thermal water that is sourced throughout the resort. Accommodation comprises living rooms and fully-equipped kitchens.

The Omer Thermal Hotel and Holiday Village is a city centre resort, in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. It benefits from private gardens, swimming pools, playgrounds for children, a fitness centre and a cinema.

Another new resort, Club Mahindra Kanatal, is tucked away high above sea level in the mountains of India. The stunning resort blends with the surrounding snow-capped peaks and offers views that seem to stretch on forever. The resort features a spa, restaurant, fitness center, and many outdoor classes and activities including a rock climbing facility.

Joining The Registry Collection programme, RCI’s luxury exchange network, is Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach. Located on the South Shore of Kauai, Hawaii, the beautiful guest rooms are outshone only by the striking views of the Kauai mountains and sea that surround the property. The resort also boasts two tropical lagoon pools, hot tubs, a fitness pavilion and 24-hour concierge services. The two- and three-bedroom units are extravagant homes away from home, with spacious living and dining areas in addition to the lavish bedrooms.

“We are so pleased to welcome these great new properties to our portfolio of affiliated resorts,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “These fantastic resorts join more than 4,000 properties from some of the best names in the hospitality business, adding even more flexibility and choice for our members.”

Wyndham Coffs Harbour Timeshare Resort Named Top Green Resort in South Pacific September 14, 2013

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Australian timeshare resort Wyndham Vacation Resorts Coffs Harbour has been recognised as the South Pacific’s leading environmentally friendly resort, after winning the prestigious Go Green Resort Award at the recent Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) conference on the Gold Coast.

The coveted award is an initiative of global timeshare exchange leader RCI, and recognises South Pacific resorts that have implemented exceptional eco projects.

Wyndham Coffs HarbourIn a major coup for the New South Wales mid-north coast region, the Coffs Harbour property took out first place for a range of recent initiatives focused on reducing power consumption and recycling.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised at this level for our environmental program at Wyndham Coffs Harbour-Treetops,” said Resort Manager Gary Collard.  “The maintenance team has put a lot of planning and hard work into making our green ideas become a reality, and this award confirms we’re setting a new benchmark in eco-holiday experiences,” he added.

“Wyndham Vacation Resorts Coffs Harbour demonstrated a range of practical and highly effective measures which have dramatically improved the property’s green credentials, especially in relation to power consumption,” said RCI Managing Director Charisse Cox.

“As consumers become increasingly eco-conscious, it is crucial that the hospitality industry responds with clean and green holiday experiences, and resorts like Wyndham Vacation Resorts Coffs Harbour are leading the way,” she added.

The resort received $2,500 prize money to be spent on future green works at the property.

“This is a significant financial boost which will allow us to implement some of the exciting ideas we currently have in the pipeline,” said Resort Maintenance Manager Steve Drake.  “We are still deciding on our next project, but we’re considering constructing a nature trail on the property so guests can enjoy the stunning bush surrounds,” Mr Drake said.

The 2013 awards were judged by Griffith University Professor of Tourism Research, Dr David Weaver, who visited the resort to view the environmental projects first-hand.

Over the past year the resort has seen an extensive reduction of energy costs thanks to a host of recent improvements. The property is now at stage three of its LED lighting upgrades, taking the resort to 50% LED lighting.  A second 10Kw solar system was installed this year to reduce energy consumption.

Eight new speed controlled pool pumps have also been implemented, leading to an impressive 85% reduction in power costs in the resort’s pump room.  Together these initiatives have seen on average, a consistent 15% reduction in overall power usage.

The resort is currently developing a program which will see guests contributing to the onsite recycling programs, which include a worm farm.  Fertilizer is also generated onsite for the property’s extensive gardens, which are irrigated with water captured in rainwater tanks.

The resort’s spacious, well-equipped apartments feature water efficient washing machines and dishwashers, environmentally friendly taps and shower heads and recycling bins.

Bordered by pristine beachfront and sub-tropical rainforest, Wyndham Coffs Harbour- Treetops features a heated pool, gym, barbecue area and access to a golf course, day spa and restaurant. The resort offers a truly relaxing getaway for nature lovers and those who seek genuine eco-holiday experiences.

Wyndham Coffs Harbour – Treetops adopts environmental best practises in line with the Wyndham Green program, part of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s commitment to conserve resources, preserve natural habitats and prevent pollution.