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“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.

Family of Four Shares Their Vacation Experiences

February 7, 2012

WASHINGTON – February 7, 2012 – Tom and Mindi Davis of San Diego took time during a recent vacation at their Marriott Vacation Club timeshare in Panama City Beach, Florida to share the reasons they bought and vacation with timeshare.  Their video and blog is the fourth in a series by American Resort Development Association (ARDA), showcasing the passion of owners about why vacationing with timeshare is simply a better way to vacation.

The Davis’ decided to purchase their Marriott Vacation Club timeshare after taking a three-night mini vacation at Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas in 2010 with their two children.   “From the minute we arrived, it was so relaxing and beautiful,” explains Mindi.   “We decided that this would provide a real vacation, giving us the fabulous locations, accommodations and experiences along with the value we couldn’t get with hotel vacations.”

“We aren’t limited to going to the same specific resort each time,” remarks Tom.  “We’ve already used our Marriott Vacation Club points for a cruise and intend to travel internationally as well.  It gives us the option of doing something completely different each year and it will never get boring!”

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 Bluegreen 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.

Product Evolvement, Expanded Offerings Meet Consumer Desire for Healthier Vacations

January 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2012 – Many think the resolve to become more mindful of one’s health is limited to a New Year’s resolution, but according to the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the wellness trend is here to stay throughout the year as consumers want their vacations to reflect a healthier lifestyle factor.  While the timeshare industry has long advocated the healthful benefits of regular time away to rejuvenate and relax, resort developers continue to expand their vacation products with more options and access to healthful programs and activities.

“Health and wellness amenities are growing in popularity among timeshare owners and resorts are now using these programs to attract new timeshare consumers unfamiliar that such vacation products exist,” says Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA.  Many timeshare resorts have expanded their offerings to include health and wellness components such as fitness programs, enhanced spa services, cuisine packages, weight-loss regimens and concierge services to customize a specific healthy vacation experience.

“It makes good business sense to offer wellness programs at our resorts, for they complement the active lifestyles of our owners and guests,” said Ed Kinney, vice president, corporate affairs and communications, Marriott Vacations Worldwide.  “Since 1984, we’ve been committed to offering relevant activities for all ages that balance our owners’ desires for relaxation and fun with staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle during their vacation.”   The Wellness Center at Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas offers classes ranging from yoga and Tai Chi to water fitness and shoulder and back strengthening.

Timeshare exchange companies RCI and Interval International enable owners to experience new resorts and vacations through access to their resort member network, particularly access to international resorts where wellness programs have been offered for a while.  “Many of our clients’ properties in the Americas and the Caribbean have fitness centers and full-service spas, and those with restaurants are presenting healthier menu options.  This increased consciousness of wellness is reflected in Interval’s most recent U.S. member profile.  Reporting on their preferred vacation activities, nearly half of those surveyed include working out and exercising while close to 40 percent cite spa services,” said David Gilbert, Interval International’s executive vice president of resort sales and marketing, Americas.

“Timeshare developers are always innovating to meet the changing demands of consumers and to offer products to make vacations more memorable,” added Nusbaum.  “That is why our owners have repeatedly given the products an 85 percent satisfaction rating for the past five years, recognizing the value of an annual vacation.”

For more information on vacationing better through timeshare, visit www.VacationBetter.org.

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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.

Dozens of Owners Cite Reasons for Traveling with Timeshare in Latest Owner Video Series

January 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – January 6, 2012 – Crossing things off a bucket list.  Seeing new places.  Pride of ownership.  These are a few reasons given for the satisfaction level among “Timeshare Fans” from Wyndham Vacation Resorts.  This month’s video, blog and photo compilation represents the third in American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) “Timeshare Fans” owner series, showcasing the passion of owners about why they love timeshare vacations.

“This is a rich man’s vacation on a normal man’s salary,” says Ron Riley, CLUB WYNDHAM® owner since 1998 in describing why he enjoys vacationing with timeshare.  In addition to Riley and his wife, more than a dozen owners participated in the video.  Other owners will share their experiences in a blog in order to clearly convey the variety of reasons they cherish their vacation ownership.

One family, CLUB WYNDHAM owners Sharon and Tom Grupe of Orlando, Fla., recently celebrated Thanksgiving at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort with 38 family members spanning four generations.  “I still get emotional when I think about the special celebration we had this past Thanksgiving”, explains Sharon.   “Being able to bring everyone together in such a beautiful and accommodating resort made it a holiday to remember.”

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 Marriott 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.


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.