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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’!”

Divi Resorts and Interval International Announce Long-Term Business Relationship January 23, 2015

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Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), and Divi Resorts, which has one of the largest portfolios of shared ownership resorts in the Caribbean, announced that they have entered into a long-term business relationship. The multi-year, multi-site agreements encompass seven resorts, as well as the new Divi Vacation Club, and future properties that become part of the club.

Interval is providing a comprehensive package of customized services, including ongoing club support, reservation services, and points-based exchange. Club members receive the valuable benefits of Interval Platinum, entitling them to a number of flexible exchange opportunities and upgraded services.

Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

“Divi Resorts continues to make substantial investments in the development and upgrade of our properties across the Caribbean. We are committed to delivering exceptional vacations and believe that Interval’s network of high-quality resorts meets the needs of our members,” said Marco Galaverna, president of Divi Management Group. “In conjunction with this exciting news, we are pleased to introduce Divi Vacation Club, which Interval’s seasoned team played a critical role in bringing to market. This cutting-edge product will offer members a variety of ways to utilize their vacation time.”

“Interval is proud to welcome back Divi Resorts and to be a part of this important chapter in the company’s evolution,” said David C. Gilbert, president of Interval International. “Our relationship with this market leader further solidifies our extensive presence in this tremendously popular region.”

Divi Resorts affords owners and guests a taste of authentic Caribbean hospitality at family-friendly properties through deluxe accommodations, personalized service, and a wide range of amenities. Many recreational activities and attractions are available on-site and near each resort. Visitors can enjoy the many beautiful beaches, explore underwater worlds, hike through forested parks, kayak over clear waters, and play golf on lush courses. The resorts are located in several prime island destinations, including:

Aruba

Barbados

Bonaire

St. Croix

St. Maarten

The Caribbean has proven to be an extremely appealing location for both current owners and prospective buyers of vacation ownership products. According to Interval’s latest U.S.-resident member study, the area is the number-one destination of choice when traveling internationally.

The Divi Vacation Club launched and began enrolling members on January 1. This points-based travel club offers members access to premier destinations in the Caribbean and also provides worldwide travel opportunities. Club members will be able to use points to book vacations to the Divi Club Destinations, comprised of six Caribbean properties in the Divi Resorts Group, and to hundreds of resorts within the Interval International exchange network.

All Divi Vacation Club members are being enrolled as individual members of Interval and also become Interval Platinum members. The benefits and services include complimentary airport lounge membership through Priority Pass; Interval Options, the ability to use points toward a cruise, tour, golf or spa vacation; ShortStay Exchange; Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership; priority Getaway viewing; US$50 Getaway discounts; free Guest Certificates; Platinum Escapes; and special offers at hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets worldwide.

DAE Expands Portfolio With Oaks Group Properties January 21, 2015

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Award-winning holiday exchange provider DAE has partnered with Oaks Hotels & Resorts to expand its inventory in high demand destinations and capital cities around Australia and New Zealand.

DAE members can now access availability at Oaks properties across Australia and New Zealand through the daeOptions program.

DAE Dial an ExchangeHead of Group Marketing and Regional Manager Australia New Zealand Gary Fog said the partnership gives DAE members more choice and more value out of their membership with new availability in key high-demand destinations.

“Destinations such as Western Australia have traditionally been difficult to accommodate our members with limited timeshare availability” said Mr Fog. “With the addition of Oaks resorts we can now offer our members accommodation in great destinations such as Perth Broome and Cable Beach.”

Oaks properties in both Melbourne and Sydney CBD will also be added to the daeOptions portfolio along with an array of non-timeshare destinations around Australia and New Zealand including the Hunter Valley Glenelg in South Australia and Caloundra and Port Douglas in Queensland and Queenstown in New Zealand.

Director of Wholesale and Trade for Oaks Hotels & Resorts Lachlan Rentell said introducing Oaks properties to DAE’s global network of members would deliver benefits across both organisations.

“Oaks Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to partner with DAE’s worldwide timeshare exchange platform and we look forward to offering members the choice of contemporary studios and hotel rooms and spacious self-contained apartments in central city locations and premier resort destinations across Australia and New Zealand as well as more international destinations in the future” said Mr Rentell.

DAE Members with Gold Advantage can book daeOptions weeks on exchange while all members can have access to low-cost rental weeks at Oaks resort properties using their free DAE membership.

“Oaks are a well-known and well-respected Australian brand and we look forward to increasing distribution and exposure of their properties through DAE’s global audience” said Mr Fog.

Resort Travel and Xchange Hits 80,000 Member Milestone January 20, 2015

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Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX), a leader in the timeshare and vacation ownership exchange industry, is delighted to announce that it has reached 80,000 members.

Entering the third quarter of 2013, RTX had approximately 70,000 members. Today, the growing exchange provider has a member base of approximately 80,000 members and growing, an impressive gain of over 10,000 members in the last year. Additionally members are more active now than ever before with total company transactions being up 225% from last year, a record high for the exchange provider.

Resort Travel and ExchangeRTX’s continued growth can be attributed to its member-focused approach to consumer awareness and education. Through consumer outreach initiatives, RTX has spread the word about its membership benefits that add value to any timeshare owner’s purchase, and existing members such as Brenda and Dick Lidbom are happy to tell others about those benefits from their own experience.

“Through RTX we have been able to visit many locations that we might not have been able to visit otherwise. When planning vacations in the past we have asked ourselves where do we want to go? Now we are inclined to say, let’s see where RTX can take us,” says Brenda Lidbom, RTX member from Winston Salem, N.C. Lidbom continues, “The benefit of staying in a place where you can go to the grocery store and cook your breakfast and one of your other meals makes your vacation dollar go so much farther, and just to have access to so many places where we can do that is a real plus.”

“When RTX was looking for a location with us, they were not trying to find something that was just accommodating, they were trying to find something that was in tune with what they knew we enjoyed,” says Dick Lidbom. “One of the things that RTX does is when you call in and you make contact with a person, that person is going to be the same one that you complete the whole process with. They want to make sure that they satisfy you and the better they get to know you, the better they can do that. Relationship building is one thing that all businesses need to consider, and I believe it was a designed consideration when RTX was founded.”

Through RTX’s unique approach to providing flexible exchanges, members are able to request a location anywhere rather than just searching through a limited inventory of affiliated resorts. Once a request is placed by a member, a dedicated RTX Travel Consultant searches for availability in all resorts and hotels in that area. Additional benefits include split weeks which allow members to split their vacation time so they have the option to take two separate trips, a deposit life of up to 48 months, a $117 exchange fee for domestic or international travel, and last minute getaways starting as low as $49 per week.

Over the past year RTX has implemented several member-focused initiatives to enhance the customer experience such as increasing the customer service staff and providing them with additional training. In doing so, RTX has seen significant growth with the number of exchanges nearly doubling since this time last year while the number of getaways booked is more than twice the amount it was last year.

National Timeshare Owners Association Announces Florida Regional Meeting January 18, 2015

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The National Timeshare Owners Association (http://www.nationaltimeshareownersassoc.com), the largest timeshare owners association in North America, has released details of their upcoming regional meeting which will be held on Sunday, February 8th 2014 in Central Florida.

National Timeshare Owners AssociationThis meeting is included with NTOA membership however is open to all timeshare owners (non-members) for a nominal fee. Space is limited and reservations are required in advance. Guest speakers will include Dennis DiTinno, President of Liberte Management Company, Wes Kogelman, CRDA Board Member and President of BuyATimeshare.com and Michael Burns, President of Vacatia.com covering topics on HOA, Resale and Rental along with other related issues important to owners.

Representatives from Dial An Exchange, RCI and RTX will be on hand to assist members with exchange questions. In addition, Fast, Park and Relax and Vacation Guard, will be showcasing their programs which are part of the annual NTOA member benefit package.

Gregory Crist and Wes Sattenfield, the NTOA’s President and Vice President will be speaking about current and future legislative issues impacting the timeshare community and sharing a recap of the major accomplishments of the association over the past year. Other NTOA Staff and Advisors will also share information about the improved Member Portal as well as explain how to use the NTOA Help Desk (1-844-ASK-NTOA).  In addition, there will be a presentation on the dangers involved in using some of the timeshare donation and transfer firms that are aggressively soliciting timeshare owners.

This Regional Meeting in Florida sells out each year, so early reservations are recommended. Come prepared to have fun and be educated on timeshare issues. There will be generous time allotted for guest questions and participation. Prizes and gifts will wrap up each session and refreshments will be served.

RSVPs can be made by e-mailing memberservices@ntoassoc.com or by calling 727.502.6877 Extension 1001.

Winter Issue of Sharetime Magazine Available From Europe’s Leading Timeshare Consumer Association, TATOC January 17, 2015

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Europe’s leading consumer association for timeshare owners, The Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees), widely known as TATOC, has published the winter issue of its consumer magazine, Sharetime.

TATOC the timeshare associationThis is the 20th edition of the free magazine produced by the association for timeshare owners and the committees/HOA who represent them. TATOC resort members, affiliates and supporters provide all the stories, news and information featured.

The magazine can be read directly online here: Sharetime.

“This is the last issue of the magazine in our 25th anniversary year and we are delighted that this version is not only available online but printed copies will be sent to our members and handed to all delegates attending the upcoming TATOC conference in March 2015,” explained Harry Taylor, TATOC CEO and executive chairman.

This issue includes:

There are updates and news from many of TATOC’s member resorts and affiliates as well as general travel and tourism news.

TATOC urges all affiliates and member resorts to encourage their owners, guests and clients to view the magazine from the Sharetime Magazine website or request a printed version.

Harry Taylor added: “As we end our year of celebrations I am delighted that we have produced another superb issue of Sharetime magazine. Our aim is to provide interesting news and stories for timeshare owners and their committees and we thank everyone for their contributions over the years. The magazine and the website is always in need of news, so please keep sending through your stories, reviews and comments.”

Printed copies of the magazine will be distributed to TATOC individual members, member resorts and affiliates over the next few days. You can order a printed copy by contacting the TATOC head office on +44 (0) 161 237 3518.

BuyaTimeshare.com Celebrates 15th Anniversary Milestone January 14, 2015

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BuyaTimeshare.com is proud to celebrate its 15th year in business this week – a major milestone in an industry that has seen its share of challenges over the years.

Wes Kogelman

Wes Kogelman

Beginning with an idea while studying as an undergraduate student at the University of Tampa, president and CEO Wesley Kogelman decided in 2000 to create an online marketplace where timeshare owners could easily connect with buyers and renters online to facilitate transactions.

Coinciding with the rapid impact Google had on the growth of online search, Wes became a pioneer in the online timeshare resale industry, having begun his business prior to all of his current major competitors. It is the experience over the past 15 years which has translated into the success the company has enjoyed.

“We saw early on the effect Google was having on the internet and how search would change the exchange of information,” Kogelman said. “There was a pent-up market of timeshare sellers and buyers who had no way to interact, except by traditional newspapers or local real estate offices, and the internet became the great equalizer where owners could transact directly with buyers and renters.”

“Timeshare resales has evolved beyond the corner real estate shop-front into a major driver of the overall timeshare industry. A study by the American Resort Development Association estimated that nearly one-third of all timeshare sales take place through the resale market, which legitimizes timeshare resales as an important sector of the business,” added Kogelman.

This past year has seen significant progress for BuyaTimeshare.com, with the launch of the newly designed website in Q4 which incorporated dynamic technology, allowing the site to be properly displayed on any device whether it is mobile, desktop or laptop. The company also now offers resale financing options for timeshare buyers who live in the U.S. or Canada.

The company became the only timeshare resale company to be endorsed by the world’s two most influential, independent timeshare owners associations, the National Timeshare Owners Association and U.K.-based TATOC, the Timeshare Association. In addition, Wes Kogelman became a coveted ARDA Trustee member, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Resort Development Association and invited onto the NTOA Advisory Board.

With over $181 million in confirmed, documented buyer and rental offers generated for advertisers over the past two years alone, the BuyaTimeshare.com online platform has proven its effectiveness over the last 15 years. For more information about BuyaTimeshare.com, please visit http://buyatimeshare.com or phone 800-882-0296.

New Disney Polynesian Villas Timeshares To Go On Sale Tomorrow January 11, 2015

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Disney Vacation Club will begin initial sales tomorrow for its newest resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Current Disney Vacation Club Members will be able to purchase real estate interests beginning Jan. 12, and general sales will begin Feb. 9. When the first phase opens, scheduled for April 1, the resort will introduce unique Disney accommodations, including Bora Bora Bungalows and connecting Deluxe Studio Villas.

Disney Polynesian Bungalow timeshare“We’re looking forward to welcoming families to this enchanting new resort, located just a quick monorail ride from Magic Kingdom Park,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “At Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, both the young and young at heart will enjoy a truly unique, enhanced and memorable vacation getaway, one that combines completely new Disney elements with the iconic and beloved experiences found only at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.”

The 20 Bora Bora Bungalows on the Seven Seas Lagoon will sleep up to eight guests each in a two-bedroom, home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific. The Bungalows have two full bathrooms, a kitchen, washer and dryer, and large dining and living room spaces for gatherings. Décor combines modern style with the tropical and enchanting look and feel of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort that guests love.

Private decks will feature a plunge pool where Members and guests can view fireworks over the Magic Kingdom, complete with the soundtrack that can be heard through an individual sound system. They will also have front-row seats to the Electrical Water Pageant, a playful nighttime water parade in the Seven Seas Lagoon.

The new resort also includes 360 Deluxe Studio Villas, the largest at the Walt Disney World Resort. These villas sleep up to five guests each and feature a kitchenette, enhanced storage space for convenience and comfort, and two separate bathroom areas, one a full bathroom with a tub/shower and another one with a shower and sink. A pull-down armoire bed showcases painted artwork from the popular Disney film, Lilo & Stitch.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, where Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is located, began a multi-year reimagining project in 2014. This year, the resort will debut dramatically enhanced feature and leisure pools, as well as a new children’s water play area for Members and guests to enjoy. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is also slated to open and, like Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Resort, will feature exotic cocktails and Polynesian-themed small plates in an imaginative setting only Disney could create.

Last year, new additions included Pineapple Lanai, a quick service location that offers popular Dole Whip treats, and Lilo’s Playhouse, a whimsical activity center where young guests can enjoy supervised play while their parents spend quality time out on the town.

The much beloved Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort opened in 1971 and is one of the two original Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Disney Vacation Club debuted in 1991 with a flexible, vacation points-based system, and when this new resort opens, Disney Vacation Club will have 13 resorts total, nine of which will be at Walt Disney World.

Park City Timeshare Owners To See Major Ski Facility Upgrades January 7, 2015

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Vail Resorts, Inc has announced details of the company’s planned upgrades to Park City Mountain Resort (“Park City”) for the 2015-2016 ski season. The plan, which totals over $50 million, is one of the most ambitious and impactful capital programs in U.S. ski industry history and will transform the guest experience at Park City.

Park City ski areaThe plan would establish the connection between Park City and Canyons, creating the largest single ski area in the country with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, and complete a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure of both resorts. The plan will be subject to approval by both Summit County and the City of Park City.

Components of the $50-million capital plan include:

• The Interconnect Gondola. An eight-passenger, high-speed two-way gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. The gondola will also have an unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge to allow skiers and riders the opportunity to ski into Thaynes Canyons at Park City via gated ski access or to the Iron Mountain area at Canyons through new trails that will be created from Pine Cone Ridge. This will mark the first gondola at Park City since “The Gondola” was dismantled in 1983.

• Upgrade of King Con and Motherlode Lifts at Park City. The King Con Lift will be upgraded from a four-person to a six-person, high-speed detachable chairlift and will increase lift capacity to this very popular ski pod. The Motherlode Lift will be upgraded from a fixed-grip triple to a four-person, high-speed detachable chairlift, also increasing lift capacity. Both upgrades will reduce crowding, lift lines and improve the guest experience.

• New Snow Hut Restaurant, Upgrades to Summit House Restaurant at Park City and Expansion of Red Pine Lodge Restaurant at Canyons. The plan calls for building a completely new Snow Hut restaurant at the base of the Silverlode Lift and next to the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, with 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. The plan also includes an upgrade to the “scramble” area inside the Summit House restaurant to improve the flow of diners and improve the quality of the experience. At Canyons, the Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to accommodate an additional 250 indoor seats. This upgrade follows the recent renovation and increase of 150 seats to the Cloud Dine restaurant at Canyons.

• Snowmaking and Other Improvements. The plan features additional snowmaking on two trails in the Iron Mountain area of Canyons which will become increasingly central ski terrain given its proximity to the Interconnect Gondola. The plan also includes almost $5 million of “catch up” maintenance and upgrades at Park City, given the lack of spending at the resort over the past few years. This “catch up” maintenance spending is in addition to the normal annual maintenance capital for the two resorts of $5 million, which will be undertaken this year as well.

“This comprehensive capital plan for Park City and Canyons is one of the most ambitious and impactful plans undertaken at any resort in industry history, transforming the experience at both resorts and creating the largest single ski resort in the U.S. with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain,” said Blaise Carrig, president of the mountain division for Vail Resorts.

He added, “The improvements offer skiers and riders more terrain and upgraded lifts to enhance the guest experience and reduce crowding and lift lines, new and upgraded restaurants, more snowmaking and an overall ‘touching up’ of all aspects of the resorts. The plan was based on feedback from guests and the local community as well as discussions with the senior operating teams at the two resorts. We look forward to continuing to work with the county and the city and are hopeful we can bring this plan to life for the 2015-2016 ski season.”

For the 2015-2016 ski season, the company intends to operate the two resorts as one unified branded experience under the name “Park City Mountain Resort”. The Canyons base area will be renamed “Canyons at Park City”. The company will continue to maintain the unique history and atmosphere of the two base areas with differentiated marketing for the diverse hotel and hospitality experiences.

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.

Included in this agreement are: