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3 Apr

Diamond Resorts International® raises over €6,000 through international charity walks

  Leading timeshare brand Diamond Resorts International® has raised well over €6,000 from a series of charity walks in the UK and in Spain. In December 2011 Diamond launched its first Charity Walk in Costa del Sol as well as organising walks at most of the brand’s UK resorts; last December, it raised the impressive total of 5,111€ (Europe) and £918 (UK) for local charities in various regions where it owns and operates luxury holiday resorts. Support for the charity initiatives was fantastic – no less than 25 different resorts in the UK, Ireland, France, Austria, Italy, Spain (including Mallorca and the Canary...

3 Apr

Interval International Promotes Resort Sales And Service Executives In Western Mexico

Interval International has announced the promotions of Juan Pablo Gomez to region director for western Mexico, and Veronica Montes to region manager for the same territory, in its resort sales and service department. In his new role, Gomez oversees the company’s presence and plays a lead role in building its developer client base in the region. He also serves in the same capacity for Preferred Residences®, a branded membership and exchange program for luxury shared ownership resorts, private residence clubs, and condominium-style hotels. Gomez joined Interval in 2007 as region manager for northern Mexico and is based in Los Cabos. He...

3 Apr

Hapimag celebrates the opening of its new residence in Salzburg

Leading European timeshare company Hapimag has unveiled its newest residence, a boutique property set in the heart of Salzburg’s beautiful old town. Thanks to 28 stylish luxury apartments, Hapimag members can now explore the city of Mozart and its renowned baroque architecture while enjoying all the comforts of home in a very special setting. Kurt Scholl, CEO of Hapimag, said: "With the new address in Salzburg, we are offering our members an additional top destination in Europe. "Salzburg has extremely diverse cultural attractions, both modern and natural, which provide something for all tastes." The new residence – Hapimag’s 12th city centre location – is...

3 Apr

Interval Travel Receives Viking River Cruises’ Platinum Circle Award

Interval International, a leading global has announced that Interval Travel has achieved Viking River Cruises’ Platinum Circle status for the second consecutive year. The prestigious award is given to top-tier travel agencies that exemplify excellence in sales and provide outstanding support of the Viking River Cruises® product. “Our travel partners are essential to our ongoing success,” said Darren Dolan, director of business development in southern Florida for Viking River Cruises. “It’s a privilege for us to recognize Interval for its impressive 2012 sales results.” The Interval Travel Cruise team was presented with a cut-crystal scale model of a traditional Viking Longship, exclusively...

3 Apr

ADR Proposals Approved by the European Parliament

Today the European Parliament approved two new instruments for settling disputes between consumers and traders- the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Regulation. They aim to solve disputes concerning cross-border and domestic transactions and e-commerce purchases, without going to court, within 90 days. Unlike court proceedings, which are time-consuming (court proceedings in the EU last on average 500 days), expensive and burdensome, ADR and ODR offer speedier and cheaper solutions that will aid consumers in seeking compensation and take full advantage of the Single Market. Alternative Dispute Resolution is an out-of court instrument where the entities help resolve...

3 Apr

Interval’s Next Generation Of Tech Tools To Engage Digitally Savvy Consumers

Interval International will be launching an expanded array of digital tools designed to interest prospective timeshare purchasers and further enhance the engagement of existing owners. They include the first-of-its-kind Interval Sales Tool Kit App, an update to the Interval International App, and a mobile version of IntervalWorld.com. The Interval Sales Tool Kit App leverages the growing popularity of using the iPad on the sales floor to create a more impactful exchange presentation. A key component is the Interval Exchange Tracker, an interactive world map that animates exchange and Getaway vacations that have been booked by members in the previous 24 hours. Since...

2 Apr

Tourism Alliance presents excellent tourism statistics at its annual Parliamentary reception

At the Tourism Alliance annual Parliamentary reception this March, which was attended by 39 MPs and Lords, the latest tourism figures from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation were announced. These revealed that global tourism grew by 4% in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion international visits and expenditure of over $1 trillion. Whilst the strongest growth was from developing markets in Asia, travel from the developed economies still grew by a robust 3.6% and is forecast to grow at a similar rate in 2013. The UK is the seventh most popular worldwide destination, with London being the most popular city in the...

20 Mar

Interval International Welcomes Fun Club Mauritius To It’s Global Exchange Network

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the affiliation of Fun Club Mauritius. The shared ownership apartments are within Plage Bleu, a gated beachfront development close to Grand Baie, a popular tourist centre on the island of Mauritius. "Our goal was to create a private and tranquil home from home experience for families on vacation," said Mahendra Ghumundee, CEO of Fun Club Mauritius. "We are proud to partner with Interval International and confident that members who visit us on exchange will have memorable stays." Mauritius is approximately 1,200 miles...

7 Mar

Interval Travel Receives Viking River Cruises’ Platinum Circle Award

Interval International, a leading global has announced that Interval Travel has achieved Viking River Cruises’ Platinum Circle status for the second consecutive year. The prestigious award is given to top-tier travel agencies that exemplify excellence in sales and provide outstanding support of the Viking River Cruises® product.   “Our travel partners are essential to our ongoing success,” said Darren Dolan, director of business development in southern Florida for Viking River Cruises. “It’s a privilege for us to recognize Interval for its impressive 2012 sales results.”   The Interval Travel Cruise team was presented with a cut-crystal scale model of a traditional Viking Longship, exclusively...

5 Mar

Spring is in the air….

Early February found me in Berlin, meeting with Klaus Juhl, whose PR Firm works with Hapimag in promoting timeshare in Germany and also promotes RDO and its members. The German media appears to have a more difficult reputational relationship with the industry than here in the UK (if possible) and there is to be a hearing in April before the relevant committee of MP’s in the Bundestag to enquire why that is still the situation. RDO is of course providing material and evidence to Klaus for that. It was great to see the RDO Logo up in Berlin and to listen...