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The timeshare industry has returned to growth mode, in part due to the influx of a new type of owner—one that will help to continue the trajectory of the industry.

According to the newly released Shared Vacation Ownership Study from the ARDA International Foundation (AIF), these new owners are younger, have higher incomes than current owners and represent a more culturally diverse cross-section of U.S. households.“We’re excited not only about the fact that sales are up in our industry but also about why they are up,” says Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA. “While existing owners continue to enjoy the lifestyle and purchase more timeshare, it’s the new owners that are responsible for the majority of qualified new sales.”

ARDA logoThe profile of the new owner has changed. They are nearly 10 years younger than typical timeshare owners. Thirty-nine percent are Gen Xers and thirty percent are Millennials, with the median age of thirty-nine. Forty-two percent are African American or Hispanic. They are also highly educated, with seventy-two percent being college graduates and twenty-three percent of those having graduate degrees.

Their median household income is $94,800 and they have plenty of disposable income—forty-seven percent of new owners made just a single payment to cover their purchase and fifty-seven percent spent $10,000 or more on their timeshare. In terms of financial commitment, the new timeshare owner values the long-term vacation savings and flexibility timeshare provides: thirty-six percent purchased timeshare to save money on future vacations and thirty-one percent bought for the flexibility the product offers.

The new owners are also savvy consumers, with seventy-five percent having had some form of interaction with a timeshare resort before purchasing. Forty-four percent initially stayed at the resort where they bought as a guest of another owner and forty-two percent experienced timeshare vacations through renting first. Thirty-five percent attended multiple sales presentations before buying.

And overall ownership has increased: U.S. households that own a timeshare rose from 7.2 percent in 2012 to 7.9 percent today, with the purchase price of a new timeshare bought through a resort having risen to an average of nearly $20,000. Among overall timeshare owners, timeshare vacations are fairly evenly spread between summer, fall and spring and forty percent are as likely to travel under 500 miles as they are to travel 1,000 miles or more (43%). Seventy-five percent of owners vacationed at a timeshare resort while sixteen percent converted their timeshare to a different type of vacation or vacation-related purchase (cruises, airline tickets, car rentals, hotel stays etc.).

Mobile Website Now Available From November 16, 2014

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Online timeshare resale advertiser has brought the timeshare secondary market into a new phase of development with the release of its new mobile website.

This latest innovation, which debuted in conjunction with the launch of the company’s newly-designed website at, allows consumers to research timeshare resale information on a true mobile platform from any device, whether it is a smartphone or tablet.

BAT-Logo-Hi-res StackedThe new mobile site gives prospective buyers and renters the opportunity to easily search for timeshare information and engage with search fields and links without the hassle usually associated with accessing a standard website from a mobile device, according to president and CEO Wesley Kogelman.

“Prior to the launch of our new mobile site, a consumer would have to access a regular website on their mobile device and zoom, or pinch, or swipe at the screen until they got a screen they could actually read. Then they would hope they could use the fields and click onto the links, which was more guesswork than anything else.”

“With our new site, a buyer can go straight to our site from any device, clearly see the fields and easily access the information to find the exact timeshare they are looking for. And with the significant savings available on the resale market, this is a game-changer for the industry,” said Kogelman.

The trend toward increased mobile device use in e-commerce is unmistakable. According to the latest statistics from marketing analytics firm Custora, over one-third of visits to e-commerce sites now come from mobile devices, up from just three percent in 2010.

Mobile users will also be able to access the new Market Analysis tool to gauge the average asking price for a particular timeshare in the inventory. By entering in a resort name and other primary information, such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, a timeshare owner can find out the average asking price through an automated service in a matter of seconds.

For more information about and to experience the new website, please visit

Festiva Adventure Club Selects RTX Premium Plus for Members August 21, 2014

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Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) is proud to announce that Festiva Adventure Club (FAC) has chosen RTX as its preferred exchange provider, giving all FAC members a Premium Plus membership in RTX. Festiva Adventure Club (FAC) is committed to providing its members with flexible vacation options that suit the needs of a variety of vacation owners, and believes that RTX is the best exchange company to help it reach that goal.

RTX logo“Over the years, we have learned from our members as well as from our competition and peers in the vacation ownership industry,” said Rich Hartnett, senior vice president of sales for FAC. “We have taken our own experiences as well as feedback from our members to heart and have partnered with Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX), a company that we think offers the best options in the industry when it comes to vacation ownership exchange.”

RTX Premium Plus is the highest level of membership offered through RTX. Through RTX, FAC members will be able to enjoy a wide range of benefits and vacation opportunities including a plethora of exchange and other travel options that are unique and affordable.

How RTX Is Different from Other Exchange Companies

Traditionally, exchange companies allow timeshare or vacation interval owners to exchange their weeks of ownership with another timeshare owner to make their experience more flexible. But traditional exchange companies don’t recruit members; they recruit affiliated resorts. As a result, the system typically only allows members to trade within a directory of resorts that have affiliation agreements with the exchange company. Owners with weeks or points memberships at multiple resorts may be forced to use multiple exchange companies.

RTX is different. It revolves around its members. RTX members can place search requests anywhere, after which dedicated Travel Consultants search for availability in all resorts and hotels, rather than just within a directory. RTX members also have access to low exchange fees, the flexibility of split week reservations and the longest deposit period in the exchange industry. RTX Premium and Premium Plus members also enjoy a whole world of travel benefits beyond exchange. RTX getaways are offered exclusively to RTX members and are some of the best last minute deals for luxury resort rentals available anywhere. Our travel center allows members to book hotel, flight, rental car and more from one convenient location. And with a rebate reward program, members get $20 to $40 off of future RTX purchases for each exchange transaction.

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TATOC Launches Consumer Helpline Website May 10, 2014

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The UK-based timeshare association, TATOC, has announced the launch of a separate, stand-alone consumer helpline website aimed at timeshare owners and those in need of assistance.

The new website,, reflects the recent division of the helpline from the main TATOC association. A new company, TATOC Consumer Helpline was established in 2013 so that it could concentrate resources on this important function.

Europe Timeshare Consumer AssociationDeveloped to provide easy access to TATOC’s consumer guides, frequently asked questions and consumer alerts, the website is the first timeshare consumer site to offer a ‘live-help’ facility.

This facility gives browsers direct and immediate access to the helpline team via the website, during office hours, rather than using email or telephoning. It means browsers can receive quick and instant answers to their queries.

TATOC CEO Harry Taylor explained: “The TATOC Consumer Helpline is the association’s flagship service and we felt it was important it had its own online presence, giving those looking for answers and reassurance quick and easy access to the information we can provide.”

The Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees), known as TATOC, was formed 25 years ago and is the only elected consumer association representing the interests of timeshare owners in Europe.

The mission of TATOC is to safeguard and enhance the timeshare holiday experience for existing and prospective users and to be the voice of owners. In recent years, TATOC has focused not only on increasing the membership base but also raising the profile of the Association, establishing TATOC as the recognised voice of the timeshare consumer and an informed point of contact.

The Association is now a regular contributor to the consumer press and works closely with the UK’s Trading Standards offices, law enforcement and other authorities. TATOC CEO Harry Taylor is regularly interviewed on national radio and features in the industry press.

National Timeshare Owners Ramps Up Outreach Efforts Through New Helpline April 22, 2014

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The National Timeshare Owners Association ( has announced a new toll-free consumer helpline (1-844-ASK-NTOA) which, along with their existing Feedback Page, will allow consumers to access the Association for assistance with timeshare related issues and provide feedback on great experiences.

National Timeshare Owners Association“The timeshare industry touches thousands of people each and every day. Those combined touch points are incredibly valuable to the NTOA as we strive to shine a light on some of the great aspects of the industry as well as identify potential areas of concern to owners,” says Greg Crist, President and CEO, NTOA.

The association is seeking input on the following areas: Fraudulent Resale Activity, Transfer and Donation Scams, Usage / Booking Issues, Sales and Marketing, Exchange, HOA, and other general ownership matters. Consumers need not be current NTOA members and may remain anonymous if they wish. This data will be compiled and used to steer future NTOA activities and strategies, including awarding of the association’s annual Consumer Protection and Exceptional Customer Service awards which in 2013 went to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and Summer Bay Resorts, respectively.

“Our association is the largest of its kind in North America and we want our members and community to know that we are listening and working on issues that are of paramount importance to them, not on what we deem important,” concluded Crist.

The helpline number is 1-844-ASK-NTOA (1-844-275-6862) and the feedback page can be accessed at

RCI Green Awards Recognize Top Sustainable Affiliated Resorts April 16, 2014

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RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), has announced the winners of its annual RCI Green Awards, with Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. awarded the highest honor for the second year in a row. The third iteration of this competitive award program saw applications from many of RCI’s most environmentally-conscious affiliates, with the winners based on criteria set by third-party sustainability expert Green Key Global.

“Sustainable business practices are extremely important to all of us at RCI, our members and our affiliates, and we want to recognize our affiliates that make this a priority in their day-to-day hospitality practices,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Many of our affiliates have implemented substantial green initiatives that are having a positive impact on our earth, and we applaud their efforts. These awards recognize the top three RCI affiliated properties amongst a competitive group of applicants.”

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, the winner of the Platinum RCI Green Award for the second consecutive year, exemplifies best-in-class practices for sustainability. Green policies and procedures are entrenched in day-to-day activities on site, and are an important factor in management’s planning. Examples of this resort’s sustainable actions include: using a green roof and high-albedo materials on more than 75 percent of the roof area; using high-efficiency lighting technology on more than 75 percent of light fixtures; installing high-efficiency windows in the majority of the building; providing bus passes to employees to promote public transportation use; and implementing a linen and towel reuse program for guests.

Peacock Suites in Anaheim, Calif. was awarded the Gold RCI Green Award this year. This property also demonstrates a range of green practices, including: participation in community and park clean ups, Earth Day and tree planting initiatives; providing employees with shuttle bus access, bike storage and parking for low-emission vehicles; utilizing renewable energy for some of the hotel’s energy needs; and rain sensors for irrigation to prevent over-watering.

Also based in Carlsbad, Calif., Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa again took home the Silver RCI Green Award. This resort’s commendable sustainability initiatives include: assignment of a Green Team to coordinate environmental initiatives; using energy-efficient lighting in 90 percent of general areas; in-room recycling programs; and implementing annual audits of energy and water consumption.

“These three resorts clearly understand the positive effect that the hospitality industry can make when it comes to sustainability,” continued Gurnik. “With millions of vacation ownership travelers in the U.S. alone, even small acts can add up to a major impact on our environment. And, with consumers increasingly looking for green travel services, it also makes good business sense to take these actions.”

RCI collaborated with Green Key Global, a leader in eco-certification, to assess and rate all resort applicants. The results of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program assessments determined the winners of this year’s RCI Green Awards.

As an additional benefit to applying for the RCI Green Awards, all applicants received Green Key certification, earning one through five keys to reflect the extent of their sustainability efforts. The comprehensive Green Key Eco-Rating Program covers both operational areas and sustainable practices, which include energy conservation, indoor air quality, land use and much more.

Green Key certification has several benefits for affiliated resorts, including: personalized reports and recommendations on cost-saving measures; exclusive marketing collateral such as a branded plaque and the use of Green Key logos on resort collateral; and eco-recognition through other major brands such as Travelocity, Expedia and AAA.

Canadian Timeshare Resale Buyers Now Have Financing Option Through Crelogix April 6, 2014

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Crelogix Acceptance Corporation, a leading Canadian consumer financing provider, is pleased to announce it has partnered with, a US-based online platform specializing in re-selling timeshares across the world. As part of the partnership, Crelogix will provide direct consumer financing for Canadian timeshare buyers interested in accessing the timeshare re-sale market offered online by

crelogix_medium_red_3This affiliate partnership will enable’s Canadian customers to finance their timeshare purchases through Crelogix’s online application form or by contacting Crelogix directly. customers can begin the application process through a dedicated link on the company website at .

“We are excited to be a reliable financing provider for vacation ownership customers, and we are sure they will benefit from our expert knowledge of the timeshare industry,” said Nicholas Carter, Vice President of Quality Assurance for Crelogix. “We share’s enthusiasm for helping facilitate a growing market for Canadians interested in owning a timeshare. Our loans are convenient and competitive, making them a perfect match for’s straightforward re-sale market.”

“The timeshare re-sale market continues to grow as a significant generator of sales for the overall timeshare industry, providing nearly one out of every three new buyers to the U.S. market alone,” said Wesley Kogelman, President and CEO, “With Canadians accounting for nearly $2 million USD in confirmed offers to purchase timeshares on our website, our relationship with Crelogix will give us the opportunity to offer financing to those Canadians and let them enjoy the significant savings available on the re-sale market.”

Margaritaville Vacation Club Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony with the Governor of St. Thomas April 4, 2014

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Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE:WYN), and Margaritaville Hospitality Group, celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the first-ever Margaritaville Vacation Club resort in St. Thomas.

The event took place at the future home of Wyndham St. Thomas, located on the northeast side of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wyndham Vacation Ownership leaders including Gary Hyde, senior vice president, resort operations and Rob Landry, vice president, project management, development planning and construction, joined St. Thomas Governor, John P. de Jongh, Jr., and commissioners and staff from St. Thomas EDA, DPNR and Tourism to mark this exciting event.

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. (center with purple tie) joins Wyndham  executives and contractors at groundbreaking ceremony

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. (center with purple tie) joins Wyndham executives and contractors at groundbreaking ceremony

“We’re thrilled to see construction begin at Margaritaville Vacation Club,” said Governor de Jongh. “Hospitality is the livelihood of our island and this new resort will open up so many opportunities for the people of St. Thomas.”

In 2013, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Margaritaville Hospitality Group announced their plans to redevelop the former Grand Beach Palace Resort. Wyndham St. Thomas, a Margaritaville Vacation Club resort, is anticipated to open in early 2015 and will be the first resort of its kind in the world.

Construction will take place in two phases over the next three years, including the conversion of its 290 existing hotel rooms into 262 fully furnished condominium-style timeshare units. The renovation will begin with the seven beachfront buildings and common areas including reception, pool area and 5 O’clock Somewhere bar. A Margaritaville restaurant, dive shop with water activities and venues for live music are also included in the plan at this time.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership has hired J. Benton Construction of St. Croix in a joint venture with Moss & Associates of Florida to complete the renovation and construction. The Company will be looking for local craftsman to work on the renovation of the former Grand Beach Palace Resort. Interested parties can contact The design team for the resort includes L2 Studios architecture and Harris Civil Engineers, who have been involved with other USVI projects, as well as Design Poole interiors and McBride Company designers.

Upon the completion of the full opening of the resort, approximately 125 full-time jobs ranging from front-desk clerks to sales associates will have been created. As an employer of choice, full time associates will receive comprehensive health and welfare benefit packages. Wyndham Vacation Ownership anticipates that hiring for these positions will begin later this year and interested applicants will be able to apply online at:

The Company also recently began sales of Margaritaville Vacation Club. To learn more visit

ARDA Resale Forum To Include CEO Wesley Kogelman April 2, 2014

Posted by Steve Luba in : free russian dating in uk,, Timeshare Resale, Timeshare Resource, Wesley Kogelman , comments closed President and CEO Wesley Kogelman has been asked to participate as a table discussion facilitator during the Resale Forum as part of the ARDA World Convention.

Wesley Kogelman, CEO Wesley Kogelman

Set to begin at 8:00am on Monday, April 7, 2014, the Resale Forum will be the first scheduled business session of the Convention, to be held April 7-10 at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ARDA World Convention is the world’s largest gathering of timeshare industry executives, with nearly 3,000 participants expected to attend and discuss trends and strategies important to the growth of the industry.

The theme of the Resale Forum is “Resale Best Practices Workshop” and is structured to identify best practices for the development of a comprehensive resale program at so-called legacy resorts, the vacation ownership resorts which are traditionally under the control of a home owners association and are no longer in active sales.

“ARDA statistics show that only 24 percent of these resorts have a resale program for owner inventory. Such a low percentage is not only detrimental to owners looking to sell their timeshare but also to a resort’s ability to attract new owners to the resort,” said Kogelman.

“We have been operating in the online resale space for 14 years and understand what it takes to market to today’s Internet-based consumer, so I look forward to participating in the discussion,” Kogelman added.

In 2013, directed $103 million in confirmed buyer and rental offers to advertisers looking to sell and rent their units. The success of the company is directly related to online marketing strategies which position to the forefront of searches for buyer-related terms that potential owners will enter when looking for vacation ownership products.

“The resale market is only getting stronger, with ARDA’s own statistics showing that resales jumped from 17 percent to 32 percent of overall sales from 2010 to 2012. With many of these buyers using online outlets such as ours, we want to help develop a program that will be beneficial for these resorts in need of a resale solution,” stated Kogelman.

For more information about the ARDA World Convention, please visit and to review the timeshare inventory available for sale or rent at, please go to .

Timeshare Board Members Association Conference Coming Up March 25, 2014

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The Timeshare Board Members Association (TBMA) will be having its sixth meeting in Orlando, May 4-6, 2014. Every timeshare HOA Board Member and on-site Resort Manager is encouraged to join TBMA at and to RSVP to attend the upcoming meeting.

tbma-logoThe Timeshare Board Members Association is a unique resource for the managers and elected officers of timeshare associations. Each semi-annual meeting is organized to explore the challenges resorts face, to discuss strategies to address these challenges, and to network with other members of the timeshare community.

Jeffrey T. Weinland, Board President of Vacation Villas at FantasyWorld Timeshare Owners Association in Kissimmee, Florida, and TBMA member, recently provided his insight on attending this important industry event. “The most significant take-a-ways from the organization is the knowledge about how other resorts are attempting to resolve the challenges inherent in timesharing along with details about what is working and what was attempted but not worked. Further, members are offered an opportunity to network with like-minded people and to form mutually beneficial relationships,” said Weinland.

Resort delegates from across the country have already sent their RSVPs for TBMA Orlando. The Association’s planning committee is preparing a robust agenda consisting of highly interactive educational panel discussions, with ample time for Q & A, extensive opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and for networking among industry experts.

“The spirit in which industry professionals, resort managers, and board members cooperate with each other to solve shared challenges is truly unique. After each meeting I have been able to return to my resort and immediately implement best practices learned from the TBMA. This results in additional value for my owners and an improved vacation experience for all who visit our resort,” shares Mark McCarthy, General Manager of the Village of Winnipesaukee Resort in Laconia, New Hampshire, and TBMA member, relating his previous TBMA Conference experience.

TBMA is leading the way in education, solutions and resources for its participating members. No resort should operate in a vacuum and TBMA Orlando is the best way to join with your peers to plan and work on addressing the key issues facing many resorts. Through TBMA, Board Members, Resort Managers and industry professionals are focusing on the future of timeshare vacation ownership.

Membership in TBMA is free to Board Members and Resort Managers and there is no registration fee for members to attend TBMA Orlando. RSVP for attendance is necessary by sending an email with your contact information to: Subject: RSVP.

For more information, prospective attendees are encouraged to contact TBMA president Shep Altshuler at or 201-924-7435.