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From Elementary Through College, Industry Supports EducationThe American Resort Development Association’s September “Timeshare Fans” Go Around the World

September 10, 2012

WASHINGTON – September 10, 2012 – Featured in this month’s edition of the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) ongoing Timeshare Fan series, are six families who own a vacation holiday lifestyle with Diamond Resorts International®. Originating from various locations all over the world, each owner shares their “once in a lifetime” vacation experiences in a video testimonial.

Chris and Susan Birdsey, loyal Diamond owners for many years, have enjoyed the flexibility Diamond offers through their point system. Diamond’s portfolio offers more than 220 destination choices, allowing members to travel to various locations across the globe.  The Birdseys explain how Diamond has reinvented the timeshare industry and then reflected on their decision to purchase vacation ownership with Diamond.

“One of the things timeshare has done for us is to be able to give our children a great deal more of a view of the world,” said Chris Birdsey.

This Diamond Resorts International® profile is the eleventh in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With nearly 1.4 million owners, members and guests annually, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Club Meliá by Meliá Hotels International owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

From Elementary Through College, Industry Supports Education

September 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – September 6, 2012 – As students across America head back to the classroom, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) commends its members for the significant contributions they make to support educational initiatives around the country – from supplying backpacks to funding students studying hospitality in college.

“It’s amazing to see all of the incredible charitable and community initiatives our members engage in,” says Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA. “It’s clear that education is a priority and we’re proud to highlight a sample of the support our industry is providing.”

One example is with Orlando-based Club Meliá by Meliá Hotels International, a leading international vacation membership club with locations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and Europe. They partner with Orange County Public Schools for its Community Resources Backpack Project, donating 120 backpacks and mouse pads for students in need.

“We are excited to participate in this wonderful community program and be a part of what Orange County Public Schools does to make a meaningful difference in the success of students and teachers,” said Denis Ebrill, Executive Vice President, Club Meliá.

Orange County, located in Florida, is the 10th largest public school system in the nation, supporting more than 180,000 students and 182 schools. The Community Resources Partners in Education program has promoted business partnerships with schools since 1980.  “We welcome Club Meliá as a new community contributor and thank them for their generosity,” said Pamela Carson, Sr. Manager for Community Resources at Orange County Public Schools.  “Their gift is an investment in our children and in the community’s future.”

Disney Vacation Club, in conjunction with the Company’s Disney VoluntEARS, is very involved with the public schools in the communities where is has operations, including Orlando, Anaheim, Vero Beach, Hilton Head and Hawaii.  Some programs supported include backpack programs, school breakfast programs, Junior Achievement, A Gift for Music (supplies instruments and instruction in music), A Gift for Teaching (supplies teachers with materials like notebooks, pens, art supplies).

Bluegreen Resorts
has again worked with SOS Children’s Villages annual “Back to School and Ready” Campaign, for the fifth straight year. The Bluegreen Employee Action Resource (BEAR) Team collected and delivered donations of school supplies to the foster care neighborhood in Coconut Creek, Florida based on a wish list provided by their children.

At the college level, Interval International has made a long-term commitment to investing in education because the company recognizes the important role it plays in developing the next generation of hospitality industry professionals.

As a strategic partner of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and a board member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Interval and its resort partners have donated more than $400,000 to both organizations’ educational foundations over the past 13 years. These scholarship funds help students pursue an education in hospitality and increases their awareness about career opportunities available within the industry.

Similarly, Interval has endowed a scholarship fund at Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management for students to attend courses in timeshare resort management. As part of the curriculum, members of Interval’s management team conduct lectures and host tours of the Miami-based Member-Services Center. Students also are invited to attend workshops and panel discussions led by experts at Interval’s annual Shared Ownership Investment Conference, an industry-leading educational forum.
“Our partnerships allow us to collaborate with tourism leaders and resort clients and play an active role in facilitating opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in hospitality,” said Jan Wyatt, Interval’s vice president of corporate marketing. “A skilled workforce is vital to the continued growth of the shared ownership industry.”

As part of an ongoing commitment to support children, Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) has renewed its support of Step Up For Students for the second year in a row with a pledge of $750,000. Step Up for Students is a nonprofit organization that offers scholarships aimed at providing learning options for economically disadvantaged children in Florida. ­WVO’s contribution will fund more than 167 scholarships in the coming year to allow at-risk students to receive a quality education that best meets their needs.

The company’s support of children and education is also evident in its three-year partnership with The Fishing School. The Fishing School is a non-profit youth development organization that provides academic and cultural enrichment support to children and families in Washington, D.C., based on the “Teach a Man to Fish” premise. Since 2009, WVO has donated more than $80,000, in addition to in-kind donations and volunteer time. In addition, the company provides maintenance support of The Fishing School facility, supports the organization’s career mentorship program and WVO associates regularly volunteer at its monthly literacy events.

On an international level, in 1998 ARDA member and philanthropist Christel DeHaan opened the first Christel House in Mexico to give children of poverty the opportunity for transformational change. Between 1999 and 2002, Christel House opened five learning centers in Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, and the U.S. Today, it serves over 3,600 students, their families, and communities, providing the opportunity for a better life through education, health and wellness programs, life skills, character development, and parent and community outreach. Industry supporters worldwide have helped raise more than $7 million over the past 10 years through the annual RCI Christel House Open.
The impact of helping young people achieve their goal of an education is immeasurable, with long-lasting results for all. To ARDA members and others who are making a difference in the lives of students everywhere, we salute you!

For more information on timeshare vacations, visit VacationBetter.org.

 


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

Starwood Vacation Ownership Family is ARDA’s August “Timeshare Fan of the Month”

August 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – August 6, 2012 – The Gelman Family of Philadelphia had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when Starwood Vacation Ownership and SeaWorld Orlando teamed up to create a unique vacation experience for them…saving a sea turtle.  This touching story is the August feature for the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) ongoing Timeshare Fan series.

As Owners at the Orlando-based villa resort since 2007, Kenneth and Lisa Gelman, along with their two kids, are excited each year to visit Central Florida and experience the area’s theme parks and attractions, as well as enjoy the world-class amenities at their timeshare resort. Earlier this year, however, proved to be just a notch above their typical vacation experience.

“When Starwood called us a few days before our vacation to see if we wanted to participate in this unique experience with SeaWorld, we jumped at the chance,” said Lisa Gelman.  “This was truly one of the greatest experiences our family has ever had.  We will never forget returning that sea turtle into the ocean!”

This unique Starwood Vacation Ownership profile is the tenth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Diamond Resorts International owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

“From One Side of the Globe to the Other”

July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – June 1, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring personal stories from three Festiva Hospitality Group owners during June as part of the industry’s effort to share the amenities, experiences, and heartfelt memories of timeshare vacations.
The three families—the Todds, Augers, and Raders—hail from around the country and each has spent their vacation time at a different Festiva resort.  From a beach resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to a lake resort in Maine, to a cozy getaway on Cape Cod, all three families had one thing in common: they felt timeshare made their vacation better
“It’s been fun to see and track the difference in the kids each year,” said Richard Todd of Ohio.  “They’ve gone from floating around in the baby pools at the age of one to chasing girls in their teens.  Our Festiva home is a strong part of our family’s history and is a tradition we look forward to all year long.”
Their story is the eighth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Next month, look for vacation memories from Shell Vacations owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.
About Timeshare
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

WASHINGTON – July 2, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring four members from Shell Vacations Club (SVC) in its ongoing Timeshare Fan series.  This is part of an industry initiative to showcase real timeshare owners talking about the reasons they love their vacations with timeshare.

Each of the SVC members  cite a variety of reasons they’ve chosen timeshare as their preferred way to vacation—including more space, adventurous locations, and resorts around the globe—they all say that timeshare makes their vacation better.
“I brought three girlfriends with me on a recent getaway and they were in awe,” said Shell Vacations Club member  Jayne Carney.  “They couldn’t believe we had two bedrooms and bathrooms, and I said, ‘yes, I have this all the time!’”
The Shell Vacations Club profile is the ninth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Next month, look for vacation memories from Starwood Vacation Ownership owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.
About Timeshare
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

“Heaven on Earth”

June 1, 2012

WASHINGTON – June 1, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring personal stories from three Festiva Hospitality Group owners during June as part of the industry’s effort to share the amenities, experiences, and heartfelt memories of timeshare vacations.
The three families—the Todds, Augers, and Raders—hail from around the country and each has spent their vacation time at a different Festiva resort.  From a beach resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to a lake resort in Maine, to a cozy getaway on Cape Cod, all three families had one thing in common: they felt timeshare made their vacation better.
“It’s been fun to see and track the difference in the kids each year,” said Richard Todd of Ohio.  “They’ve gone from floating around in the baby pools at the age of one to chasing girls in their teens.  Our Festiva home is a strong part of our family’s history and is a tradition we look forward to all year long.”
Their story is the eighth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Next month, look for vacation memories from Shell Vacations owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.
About Timeshare
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

WASHINGTON – June 1, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring personal stories from three Festiva Hospitality Group owners during June as part of the industry’s effort to share the amenities, experiences, and heartfelt memories of timeshare vacations.

The three families—the Todds, Augers, and Raders—hail from around the country and each has spent their vacation time at a different Festiva resort.  From a beach resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to a lake resort in Maine, to a cozy getaway on Cape Cod, all three families had one thing in common: they felt timeshare made their vacation better.

“It’s been fun to see and track the difference in the kids each year,” said Richard Todd of Ohio.  “They’ve gone from floating around in the baby pools at the age of one to chasing girls in their teens.  Our Festiva home is a strong part of our family’s history and is a tradition we look forward to all year long.”

Their story is the eighth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Shell Vacations owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.


About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

“When We All Get Together It’s Magical”

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON – May 1, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring a Disney Vacation Club owner during the month of May as part of the industry’s effort to share the amenities, experiences, and heartfelt memories of timeshare vacations.

Four generations of the Sayers family have enjoyed their 15 years of ownership at Disney’s Old Key West Resort in Orlando, Florida and they say it’s provided some of the best memories and experiences they have had—and they look forward to making more.  From celebrating Dad’s 74th birthday, to watching the kids’ eyes light up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to holding hands in sheer anticipation of their vacation, this family has never looked back.

“We started a family tradition that’s encompassed four generations by becoming Disney Vacation Club Members,” said Donald Sayers of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  “It’s worked out exactly the way we hoped it would.”

Their video is the seventh in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Festiva Hospitality Group, owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

 

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

International Property Spotlight Coincides with ARDA World Convention

April 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – April 2, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) will feature timeshare members from the Dominican Republic resort, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, during the month of April as part of the industry’s continual effort to share the features, amenities, and global destinations of vacation products in stories from owners and members themselves.Debuting at ARDA’s globally-focused Convention in Las Vegas, owners from Lifestyle Holidays talk about their vacation experiences, giving a glimpse into a world of better vacationing.  Their video is the sixth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.  It is the first international property profiled.

Several long-time members tout the charm and relaxation of the Dominican Republic resort, including families from the United States and Canada.

“We have been members since 2006 and just love staying in all the different villas Lifestyle has to offer here in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.  This is the best vacation experience we have ever had, relaxing, walking, looking out on the ocean,” said Norm and Cheryl Scott of Spokane, Washington.  “We take the Lifestyle helicopter from the airport to the resort whenever we can.  It’s just delightful with great views of the island.  And we love all the new things they keep adding and improving with the many restaurants like AZUL and VIP Gourmet.”

With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Disney Vacation Club owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

 

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

 

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

Tips for Adding Flexibility and Choice to Your Vacation Ownership Experience

March 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – March 15, 2012 – As the professional association representing the vacation ownership industry, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) knows well the desire to explore destinations beyond your “home” resort from time to time.  After all, this is one of the main reasons people continue to buy and love their timeshare vacations.  Now, with the help of global exchange companies RCI and Interval International, ARDA is sharing tips on how to most effectively use your exchange program.
Exchange programs enable owners to trade their timeshare for comparable accommodations at other resorts throughout the U.S., as well as internationally.  From ski slopes to beaches, modern cities to quaint villages, championship golf courses to dude ranches, exchange programs offer a variety of destinations and accommodations from around the globe.  Owners enjoy the benefits of exchange, including the opportunity to experience new places and resorts while knowing the resort experience and standard of quality will remain consistent—adding variety to the timeshare experience and flexibility to vacation at high-quality resorts all over the world.
“Vacation exchange allows timeshare owners to discover new locations and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of resort vacations all over the world,” says Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI.  “By becoming a member of an exchange company like RCI, owners can expand their vacation options from one resort during the same period each year to thousands of properties throughout all four seasons.  This is a wonderful way for owners to experience new and memorable destinations around the world.”
 
Tips for getting the most out of your timeshare exchange:
Deposit early: In general, the earlier you deposit your interval the greater trading power you will receive. This will result in more variety of vacation choices. Members of the RCI Weeks and Interval International’s program can deposit their timeshares up to two years before their start dates.
Be flexible: Allowing for some flexibility in the dates you plan to travel or the destinations or resorts you want to visit will greatly increase your chances of finding a match. The more specific you make your vacation searches, the fewer options you will find.
Strength in Numbers: Members who own multiple weeks or points intervals can deposit them at once and may be able to redeem them to secure additional units to travel with family and friends.
Exchange Online: Search for your next vacation online at your convenience by visiting IntervalWorld.com or RCI.com. These online sites allow subscribing members to search through thousands of vacation options and complete their vacation exchange in a few simple clicks.
Interval International has a “Pending Request” option and RCI has a special tool called “Ongoing Search” that automatically scans the network for units that match members’ preferences.  This way, they don’t have to continually perform a manual search each time they want to check on the availability of the vacations they want to take.
Protect Your Vacation: Purchasing vacation protection gives timeshare owners the peace of mind in knowing that if they need to cancel their exchange vacation they can receive some form of reimbursement.
Watch and Learn: Get the story on placing pending requests, finding a pet-friendly resort, and more by watching Interval’s informative tutorials on IntervalWorld.com or by visiting RCI.com and checking out the educational videos at RCI® TV.
“Membership really does have its privileges for members who exchange within Interval’s Quality Vacation Exchange Network, ®” adds David Gilbert, Interval International’s executive vice president of resort sales and marketing.  “Members can enjoy exciting locations and new adventures around the globe, at properties that offer spacious accommodations and an array of on-site amenities. They also have access to a number of year-round leisure and lifestyle benefits and services that enhance the value of their vacation ownership.”
Timeshare provides the opportunity to see the world….or to enjoy your home away from home each year.  It’s up to you.  Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

“No Comparison to Hotel Rooms”

March 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – March 6, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) announces that owners from Bluegreen Vacations are the March Timeshare Fans of the Month.  Ten owners share their experiences vacationing with timeshare and give us a glimpse into a world of better vacationing.  Their video is the fifth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

One owner in the video explains.   “Owning this timeshare has transformed our lives, our world,” says Sheri L.   “We are visiting places we never thought we’d see.”
“Friends tell us they spend over $2,000 for a week visiting theme parks,” remarks another owner.   “Not us,” says Ben and Traci B.  “With our timeshare and the kitchen, we don’t even come close.  It can get expensive to rent hotel rooms and eat every meal out.”
Owners agree that there is no comparison between a hotel room and a timeshare vacation.  The space, the amenities and the service set timeshare apart.
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Next month, look for happy owners from Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.
About Timeshare
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.