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Martin Beesley
21 Aug

Martin Beesley

We are very sad to announce the death of old industry colleague Martin Beesley, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday the 13th of August. Martin was one of the early developers of timeshare back in the mid eighties and was one of the pioneers in marketing his resorts in the Costa del Sol and Tenerife. Very well known and loved by all that knew him, Martin was a straight forward speaker, to the point, and never short of an opinion or afraid of voicing it. His approach to the industry was always innovative and forthright and over a period of...

17 Aug

Astoria Vacation and Leisure Club, Inc. renews affiliation agreement with RCI 

RCI and Astoria Vacation and Leisure Club, Inc. (“Astoria”) has announced the renewal of their affiliation relationship. Under this contract, four properties from Astoria will remain a part of the RCI® exchange network. The properties are located across the popular travel destinations in the Philippines including Palawan, Boracay and Manila, the capital of the Philippines. This agreement allows 3.8 million RCI members to continue accessing vacation exchanges at Astoria. “Renewing our affiliation with RCI was an easy decision for us, because RCI brings innovative solutions to the table during every step in our business cycle,” said Vivian S. Ng, COO of Astoria. The properties from Astoria that are a part...

RCI Welcomes 74 Newly Affiliated Properties to its Global Exchange Network
15 Aug

RCI Welcomes 74 Newly Affiliated Properties to its Global Exchange Network

RCI added 74 new properties to its affiliate exchange network during the first half of 2017. The new affiliations include resorts in Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.    In Latin America and the Caribbean, RCI added more than 30 affiliated properties, like the Sunscape Splash Montego Bay by Unlimited Vacation Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Great for a fun-filled getaway made for the whole family, this all-inclusive resort offers travelers access to powdery beaches and features like waterslides, a pirate ship and a lazy river. Parents and kids should enjoy The Explorer’s Club, which provides daily programs and...

Consumer alert - Timeshare Council
15 Aug

Consumer alert – Timeshare Council

It has come to our attention that business calling itself Timeshare Council and using the website www.timesharecouncil.co.uk  has been cold calling consumers – some of which are registered with the Telephone Preference Service. Their methods are deceitful and unlawful. They appear to imply that they are representing the registered company Timeshare Council Limited – company registration number 02513123, which was incorporated in 1990. This is a fraudulent claim. The website deliberately withholds information regarding ownership and other details required by law. We advise consumers contacted by persons purporting to be from Timeshare Council to report the matter to Action Fraud in the UK  Telephone 0300 123 2040...

The Point at Petite Calivigny in Grenada selects Preferred Residences
11 Aug

The Point at Petite Calivigny in Grenada selects Preferred Residences

Preferred Residences has added The Point at Petite Calivigny to its collection of distinct properties. The upscale mixed-use resort is located in Grenada, often called the “Spice Island” for the abundance of spices cultivated on its volcanic soil since the 17th century. “Shared ownership has proven to be a successful business model in several of the Caribbean’s most popular travel destinations,” said Dr. Christopher C. Ashby, director of Chanson D’Argent Holdings Development Limited, developer of the resort. “After many years of involvement in Grenada’s residential real-estate market, we recognized a need for more diversification in the island’s tourism product. We are...

RCI announces agreement to acquire DAE
9 Aug

RCI announces agreement to acquire DAE

RCI has reached an agreement with vacation group Beneficium to acquire DAE Global Pty Ltd. (DAE), operator of timeshare exchange company Dial An Exchange and software company @Work International. Both companies are based in Australia. The deal is subject to customary conditions precedent, including receipt of applicable regulatory approval. DAE’s offices in Australia, New Zealand, US and Egypt will become part of RCI upon completion of the acquisition. The addition of DAE will complement RCI’s existing business, broaden its appeal to a new base of travelers and strengthen its position as a leader within the global alternative holiday accommodation sector. Dial An...

Ali‘i Kai Resort in Hawaii affiliates to The Registry Collection® exchange network
8 Aug

Ali‘i Kai Resort in Hawaii affiliates to The Registry Collection® exchange network

The Registry Collection® programme, recently added Ali‘i Kai Resort in Kauai to its luxury exchange network. The property has been part of RCI’s exchange network for more than a quarter century and is now also a part of The Registry Collection programme through its Signature Selections® collection. Situated on the scenic north shore of Kauai, the property sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The 18 luxurious two-bedroom accommodations, which recently underwent an extensive renovation project, provide lavish bedrooms, living rooms and dining spaces, all equipped with high-end amenities. Each condo includes a balcony from which guests can enjoy the outdoors and gorgeous views of...

Wyndham Worldwide
3 Aug

Wyndham Worldwide announces plan to become two publicly traded hospitality companies

Wyndham Worldwide has announced plans to spin off the company's hotel business resulting in two separate, publicly traded companies. Wyndham Hotel Group will become a new, publicly traded pure-play hotel company with a portfolio of renowned brands. Wyndham Vacation Ownership will be the world's largest publicly traded timeshare company and will be joined with Wyndham Destination Network, home to RCI. The Company will also explore strategic alternatives for its European rental brands. The two public companies intend to enter into long-term exclusive license agreements to retain their affiliation with one of the industry's top rated loyalty programs, Wyndham Rewards, as well...

RCI acquires Love Home Swap
2 Aug

RCI acquires Love Home Swap

RCI has acquired London-based Love Home Swap, one of the world’s largest home exchange programmes. Through the acquisition, RCI adds a company that complements its existing business, broadens its appeal to a new base of holidaymakers and strengthens its position as a leader within the global alternative holiday accommodation sector. As part of the RCI family of brands, Love Home Swap will benefit from the core competencies RCI has developed over the past four decades as the leader in vacation exchange, including inventory management, member marketing and analytics. The company will also enjoy the added resources that come with being part...

Three High-End Vacation Club resorts in China affiliate to Interval International
28 Jul

Three High-End Vacation Club resorts in China affiliate to Interval International

Interval International has announced the addition to its global vacation exchange network of three High-End Vacation Club resorts in China. The multi-site club properties are situated in the country’s north-eastern and eastern regions, in the Beijing and Jiangsu provinces. “We took the decision to launch our club now as we believe that the flexibility of shared ownership holds great appeal for the growing number of consumers in the region who have the disposable income and the desire to travel,” said Yin, chairman of High-End Vacation Club. “We are proud to have created resorts that offer guests an oasis from today’s hectic...