RDO, the trade body for vacation ownership industry, which includes timeshare and fractional developments, is marking VisitEngland’s second English Tourism Week (16 – 24 March 2013) by highlighting the importance of timeshare to the country.
VisitEngland’s Chairman, Lady Cobham, commented, “English Tourism Week is about celebrating the fantastic quality of holidays here in England. We have such a vast array of top class accommodation in the country to suit all budgets and I am delighted to see the RDO’s members supporting this week by some great offers.”
With *72% year round occupancy levels, compared with just under **47% for the UK hotel sector, many of the 131 resorts in England are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty where there are few full time job opportunities. Timeshare is an important employer in these rural locations, offering year round rather than seasonal work.
The industry in the UK generates £1.1 billion in timeshare expenditure, including £450 million in visitor spend on restaurants, shops, attractions etc. Compare this with all-inclusive resorts, which have been under the spotlight for contributing little in terms of visitor spend to local communities!
With converted manor houses, hotels or even coaching inns, some dating back as far as the 15th century, timeshare offers quality accommodation in popular touristic destinations such as Devon and Cornwall, the Lake District and the Cotswolds. Timeshare owners are not necessarily limited to a resort or hotel, they can also try their hand on a narrow boat and take a holiday on the canals of England.
So it’s not surprising that the UK’s 589,000 timeshare owners are a happy lot, with 88% satisfaction levels. And by making use of the exchange system, they can holiday away from their home resort, giving them the flexibility that so many families want nowadays.
CLC World Resorts & Hotels are offering 2 nights dinner bed-and-breakfast for £299 (normally £399) or 3 nights at £399 (normally £499) at their award winning hotel and spa resort, Trenython Manor, in Cornwall. The price includes free entry to the world-famous Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
For more information go to http://www.clcleisure.com/trenython//garden-breaks
Diamond Resorts International® is offering 15% off stays at any of its resorts in England (see attached) including:
Broome Park Golf and Country Club – Kent
Cromer Country Club – Norfolk
Pine Lake Resort – Carnforth
Thurnham Hall – Lancaster
Woodford Bridge Country Club – Devon
Wychnor Park Country Club – Staffordshire
Bookings must be made by 8th March 2013.
For more information, contact Diamond Resorts International® on 0800 358 6991
*Data source University of Nottingham Business School, 2009, report compiled on behalf of RDO
** Data source EuroStat Tourism Statistics
The Resort Development Organisation (RDO) is the pan European trade body for vacation ownership.
Covering usage types such as timeshare, fractional ownership, private residence clubs, condo hotels and destination clubs, it was established to improve representation for reputable companies in the industry and to promote fair-trading, quality and growth.