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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,...

RCI Pledges $60,000 to the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) for Industry Research and Education
11 Apr

RCI Pledges $60,000 to the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) for Industry Research and Education

RCI made a $60,000 pledge to the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) during ARDA World 2017 in New Orleans. AIF is a nonprofit organization led by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) that serves to foster career opportunities and development through education and training programs and advance knowledge of the industry through comprehensive market intelligence. “The entire timeshare industry benefits from the great work that is being done through the AIF,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “We make driving the timeshare industry forward a top priority at RCI, so we’re pleased to continue ongoing support of the organization’s valuable research and...

Interval International welcomes six Maeva resorts in France
7 Apr

Interval International welcomes six Maeva resorts in France

Interval International, a worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), added six Maeva resorts in the French Alps and the south of France to its global vacation exchange network. Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group, a preeminent French tourism and investment real estate company, has managed the Maeva properties, known for family-friendly holidays, since 2001. “Interval has had a relationship with Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs since we affiliated its first timeshare resort in 1989 in Paris,” said Darren Ettridge, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia....

RCI Celebrates Five Wins at the 2017 ARDA Awards, Including the ACE Employer Award
6 Apr

RCI Celebrates Five Wins at the 2017 ARDA Awards, Including the ACE Employer Award

RCI, a global leader in vacation exchange, took home five awards at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) 2017 Awards Gala Dinner, including the coveted ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) Employer Award. The ARDA Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and honor those that have attained the very highest level of professional excellence in the resort industry and whose achievements and dedication spur the industry to new heights. Each year, the ACE Employer Award recognizes an employer that has demonstrated commitment to its associates through training, flexibility, individual and team development, benefits and other unique programs. “At RCI, we recognize that our success is fueled by our amazing...

The Registry Collection Expands in India with Addition of The Ananta Udaipur
5 Apr

The Registry Collection Expands in India with Addition of The Ananta Udaipur

The Registry Collection® program, a world leading luxury exchange program, announced its affiliation with another elite property, The Ananta Udaipur in City of Lakes – Udaipur. This will be the second affiliation in India for The Registry Collection; the first was The Rangers Reserve in Corbett. Located against the breathtaking backdrop of the Aravalli hills, The Ananta Udaipur creates a fairytale-like experience by offering the best of five-star luxuries for its discerning travelers. “The Ananta Udaipur is a great addition to our growing affiliate network for TheRegistry Collection, which is devoted to growth in India,” said Sabina Chopra, managing director, RCI India. “The Registry Collection has been...

Hotel Riviera Maya
3 Apr

RCI Welcomes UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya

RCI, a worldwide leader in vacation exchange (NYSE: WYN), recently added UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya to its exchange network. Located on oceanfront property in the Riviera Maya, the stunning all-inclusive, adults-only resort will offer nearly 450 guestrooms when it opens in April. “The addition of UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya to the RCI® exchange network contributes to the wealth of exchange options we offer in Mexico,” said Ricardo Montaudon, president and executive director of RCI Latin America. “This property is set in a beautiful and popular location, and will offer some of the finest services and all-inclusive benefits in...

RCI Launches Club 365℠ to Deliver Year-Round Benefits
30 Mar

RCI Launches Club 365℠ to Deliver Year-Round Benefits

RCI, debuted the Club 365SM program at ARDA World 2017 in New Orleans. The new solution is a travel and lifestyle benefits program that adds value to affiliates’ existing timeshare offerings by providing incredible discounts on hotel stays, cruises, wine and more. “Club 365 is a seamless option to transition non-buyers to an enticing exit program, or serve as an impactful add-on benefit for purchasers,” said Fiona Downing, senior vice president of Business Development for RCI North America, Canada and the Caribbean. “The suite of offerings can increase consumer satisfaction and provide affiliates with an additional revenue source. This is the latest...

The Registry Collection® Program Grows its Network and Expands Benefits in Asia Pacific Region
27 Mar

The Registry Collection® Program Grows its Network and Expands Benefits in Asia Pacific Region

 The Registry Collection® program, the world’s largest luxury exchange program, has recently announced several new developments in the Asia Pacific market. The brand has added a new affiliated property, a new Collection Partner, and expanded its concierge services to members in the Asia Pacific region. At the end of 2016, a new destination was added to the exchange program through an affiliation with Kembali Vacation Club’s Grand Gili property in Lombok, Indonesia. Visitors will have access to the beautiful white sand beach and turquoise water of the Gili Air area of Indonesia. When completed in September of 2017, the property will include three villas...

Karma Group to open stunning new resort on the Greek island of Crete
13 Mar

Karma Group to open stunning new resort on the Greek island of Crete

Karma Group have announced the acquisition of a new property just outside the gorgeous historical town of Agios Nikolaos, on the Greek island of Crete. Located only 5kms from the town, Karma’s captivating new address is nestled between rugged mountains and the sea. Karma Minoan will be comprised of a selection of hotel apartments and one and two bedroom suites along with pool, bar, restaurant, library, spa and kids club. Each of the property’s 26 holiday apartments offer panoramic views of Mirabello Bay, Agios Nikolaos and the surrounding mountains. Guests will be able to spend their days lounging by the large...

Brian Folley
1 Mar

Brian Folley

We are sad to report the passing in January of Brian Folley who was one of the best known and respected figures in the timeshare industry. He had been in poor health for some time and died after a ten-week period of hospitalisation. His early career was spent both in the UK and the US in public relations and publishing, mainly in the airline business. In the late eighties he joined RCI as one of its original team based in Victoria in London, before the company moved to its new European headquarters in Kettering. He spent nearly twenty years with RCI during its rapid expansion...