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Karma Group to debut in London's West End with the Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel
16 Jun

Karma Group to debut in London’s West End with the Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel

Karma Group have recently purchased an equity stake in the Sanctum Hospitality Group with The Sanctum Soho, one of the West End of London’s finest hotels, to be rebranded as Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel. An urban hideaway in the heart of London, the Sanctum Soho offers 30 beautiful rooms across four floors, including 8 crash pads, 4 Suites, 3 Junior Suites and 2 Loft Suites all finished with the highest calibre furnishings, chic décor and bohemian opulence. The hotel’s bars and restaurant are already legendary and additional facilities such as a private film screening room for 50 people, pop up tattoo...

7 Jun

TATOC Consumer Helpline

The TATOC consumer helpline, which provided advice, support and information to timeshare owners and other consumers, has ceased to offer a telephone service. Consumers with complaints or queries about non-RDO member companies should be directed to the Timeshare Task Force (TTF) website www.timesharebusinesscheck.org. Assistance provided to consumers is free of charge and the TTF has built up an extensive knowledge of companies that operate both within and on the fringes of the timeshare industry. Those who wish information on buying or selling timeshare can visit the RDO website on: http://rdo.org/timeshare-resale/ or http://rdo.org/buying-timeshare/ RDO itself offers a free of charge complaint handling service about its...

New Online Auction Site in support of RCI Christel House Golf Open 2017
6 Jun

New Online Auction Site in support of RCI Christel House Golf Open 2017

The countdown to the 15th RCI Christel House Golf Tournament for 2017 is well underway and Christel House Europe have launched a new action site in support of the 15th Open. Please help to drive out poverty by visiting the new Christel House Europe Auction site, https://christelhouse.org.uk/. This year, thanks to their most generous supporters and donors, Christel House Europe have many exciting items to view and buy in support of Christel House kids in India and South Africa, including some wonderful artwork from the students; a “pop music” themed artwork by David Litchfield, a professional illustrator whose debut children’s book...

CLC World Resorts & Hotels hosts families from UK charity at Costa del Sol resort
2 Jun

CLC World Resorts & Hotels hosts families from UK charity at Costa del Sol resort

CLC World Charity Holidays is providing 333 weeks of free accommodation during 2017 for select UK-based charities. As part of this initiative, seven families from Give Us Time, a charity offering UK military families a chance to rest and rehabilitate, stayed at the CLC Club La Costa World multi-resort for a week in May. A cava reception was held for the families hosted by Jennie Bond, UK broadcaster and journalist. Jennie, CLC World’s brand ambassador, enjoyed meeting the Give Us Time families and hearing about their experiences. In her welcome speech, she wished them well, saying: “I understand that being away...

Messapia Hotel & Resort in Southern Italy chooses Interval International
23 May

Messapia Hotel & Resort in Southern Italy chooses Interval International

Interval International, a leading global provider of vacation services and an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), announced the addition of the new shared ownership component at the Messapia Hotel & Resort. Located on the eastern coast of Puglia’s Salento Peninsula, the property sits on more than 12 acres overlooking the seaside town of Santa Maria di Leuca. “Interval’s stellar reputation and impeccable credentials as an industry leader are very important to our family who has a long history with the company,” said Maurizio Galati, managing director of Aurora Club S.R.L., owner of the new Messapia shared ownership units. “We are...

RCI Celebrates addition of more than 150 Affiliated Properties in the Caribbean over the past decade
22 May

RCI Celebrates addition of more than 150 Affiliated Properties in the Caribbean over the past decade

RCI, a worldwide leader in the vacation exchange industry, is celebrating the addition of more than 150 new affiliated properties in the Caribbean over the last 10 years.   “The Caribbean is a highly desirable vacation location, and a region where we have seen tremendous growth,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Over the last decade in particular, we have significantly grown the vacation choices we offer travelers.”   One of the most recent affiliations – which joined The Registry Collection program – is Eden Roc at Cap Cana. This property aims to redefine luxury in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with 34 indulgent freestanding...

RDO welcomes first Egyptian developer to membership
18 May

RDO welcomes first Egyptian developer, Porto Vacation Club, to membership

 The Resort Development Organisation (RDO) is pleased to announce that Porto Vacation Club joined RDO as a developer member in May 2017. Porto Vacation Club has five resorts in Egypt; two in Ain Sokhna, one in Sharm el Sheikh and two in El Alamein.  The resorts are affiliated to Interval International. “We are delighted to be part of the industry trade body and the benefits that it brings,” commented Nancy Sarwat, Porto Vacation Club's Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to meeting fellow industry professionals from around the globe at the RDO conference in Marbella this September”....

8 May

Preferred Residences adds luxurious beachfront resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Preferred Residences, a worldwide branding program for luxury shared ownership resorts offered by Interval International, an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), has added The Fives Beach Residences at Playa del Carmen to its collection of distinct properties. Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, the beachfront resort is in close proximity to countless cultural and archaeological attractions. “Every aspect of this signature project was conceived to provide our discerning owners with upscale amenities and personal service,” said Joaquin Serna, an owner of the developer’s parent company, TM Real Estate. “Our affiliation with Preferred Residences helps take our commitment even...

RCI launches shared vacation ownership industry white paper
3 May

RCI Launches Shared Vacation Ownership Industry White Paper

RCI recently published a new global industry white paper on the shared vacation ownership industry to help educate, inspire and support potential new entrants into the business. It is also designed to assist the media, legislators and hospitality groups to better understand the leisure real estate industry. Created to support industry growth, the Leisure Real Estate Trends & Opportunities handbook demonstrates the credibility of shared vacation ownership products and markets, helping to demystify one of the fastest-growing and established industries in the hospitality sector. “RCI has been involved in facilitating the swapping and sharing of residential leisure real estate for more than...

RCI Welcomed 29 New Affiliated Properties in Asia in 2016, Including 11 in India
12 Apr

RCI Welcomed 29 New Affiliated Properties in Asia in 2016, Including 11 in India

RCI, a global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 29 new affiliated properties in Asia in 2016. The additions, which include some resorts currently under construction, grow RCI’s network to more than 400 vacation options in this region. “The entire RCI® team is extremely proud of the growth we have seen in Asia and India with nearly 30 new affiliated resorts,” said Jonathan Mills, managing director of RCI Asia Pacific. “These affiliations are a reflection of our investment in these areas for the vacation ownership industry, and the potential we see,...