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Survey shows 90% of timeshare owners enjoy exercise while on vacation

WASHINGTON, February 15, 2018 – A recent survey from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and conducted by research group Leger, found that more than half (54%) of Americans enjoy fitness activities while on vacation, and timeshare owners are leading this group with nine out of 10 stating they perform fitness activities on vacation.

“Timeshare owners drive this preference because they know that they have more opportunities to take part in fitness activities while on vacation,” said Peter Roth, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Industry Relations at ARDA. “Owners know that exercising while on vacation allows you to relax much deeper, which makes for an overall better vacation experience. Whether you want to enjoy exclusive local fitness and recreational activities, or prepare healthier meals in the in-unit kitchen, timeshare owners have these options.”

Respondents didn’t just perform these activities once, 52 percent stated that they enjoy partaking in fitness activities at least once every three days of their vacation. Timeshare provides longer vacation stays, allowing for more opportunities to take in a variety of new, or different fitness and recreational activities. Many timeshare resorts provide group fitness activities and some offer excursions to new places and adventures that tend to be off the “beaten” tourist path.

Timeshare owners also have plenty of extra living spaces in their unit to fit in that quick, convenient exercise routine. The average timeshare unit in the U.S. is 1,050 square feet and most units have multiple rooms, allowing vacationers to exercise without disturbing their travel companions.

“Owners can also maintain a healthy lifestyle while away from their normal routine with a fully-equipped kitchen in their unit. Having a refrigerator and essential amenities in the kitchen, allows travelers to buy, store and cook with local, fresh and healthy ingredients,” said Roth.

For more details, see the infographic below on how timeshare provides more opportunities for vacationers to enjoy fitness activities and ultimately have happier, healthier vacations.

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Did you know that 89 percent of respondents who had a kitchen on their last vacation said it improved their vacation experience? And 87 percent said that having a separate living area also led to a better vacation.

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89 percent of respondents who had a kitchen on their last vacation said it improved their vacation experience.

Combined direct, indirect, and fiscal impacts in 2015 by the U.S. timeshare industry included $79.5 billion in consumer and business spending, 511,782 full- and part-time jobs, $28.1 billion in salaries and wages, and $10.2 billion in tax revenue.

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Today’s timeshare owners are busting long-held industry myths and loving their vacation product.

  • The average timeshare owner is just under 47 years old
  • 60% of timeshare owners are white; 20% are African-American; 14% Asian American
  • 68% are married; 17% are single, never married
  • 84% own their own home
  • 44% have children under the age of 18 living with them at home

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From Chief Fun Officers to Real Estate Developers, working in the timeshare industry is more than a job, it’s a career. With more than 500,000 full- and part-time jobs in the U.S. in 2015, the timeshare industry provides a wide range of employment and advancement opportunities and requires an array of skill sets.

 

 

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Vacationers are loving their timeshares!   The U.S. timeshare industry enjoyed a sixth straight year of steady growth in 2015, according to the State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry: United States Study 2016 Edition, conducted by Ernst & Young for the ARDA International Foundation. Here are a few of the highlights from the research:

When comparing 2015 to 2014:

  • Sales volume increased by nine percent, to $8.6 billion, the second largest increase since the recession and a 9% increase over last year.
  • There are 1,547 timeshare resorts in the United States, representing about 200,720 units.
  • The average sales price was $22,240.
  • Occupancy increased two percent, up to almost 80 percent, compared to a 661 percent hotel occupancy rate.

There were some other interesting facts to note as well:

  • 70% all timeshare units are two bedrooms or more. An average one-bedroom unit is 700 square feet; an average two-bedroom unit is 1,180 square feet and an average three-bedroom unit is 1,660 square feet—compared to the average hotel room size of 350 square feet.
  • Beach resorts are the most common type of resort.
  • Theme park resorts have the highest occupancy.
  • Florida has the most resorts—24% of the national total.
  • Nevada has the largest average resort size—230 units on average.
  • Hawaii has the highest occupancy rate for a region, at 86.7%.

For more details, check out our infographic and to learn more about vacationing with timeshare, go to www.VacationBetter.org.

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