RCI announced today at the ARDA World 2012 Annual Convention and Exposition that it added more than 150 new affiliated properties to its global network last year. These additions join a collection of more than 4,000 affiliated resorts in popular destinations around the world.
The new resorts include Hawaii’s Aulani Resort & Spa from Disney Vacation Club, 12 properties from Somerpointe Resorts including its flagship resort Tahiti Village in Las Vegas, Puerto Vallarta’s Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, Vietnam’s Hon Tam Eco-Green Resort and Castello Izzalini in Umbria, Italy.
RCI.com received several updates this year, including a cutting-edge vacation recommendation tool, which combs through the available vacation inventory to present members with resorts that meet their specific preferences and are similar to the resorts they have searched for or booked in the past. RCI also added more than 200 descriptive elements to the Resort Directory, making more information available to members in one place. Overall, the website now makes it faster and easier for subscribing members to search and book vacations.
RCI has also introduced several new services to help members and affiliates access information from their mobile devices. After the success of the RCI app for the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®, the company introduced similar apps for Android® and BlackBerry® users in 2011, which allow them to easily access the Resort Directory, RCI TV and Account Alerts. Similarly, RCI also released a mobile version of its website, www.RCI.com, which streamlines the look and feel of the site to make it more convenient for mobile device users.
RCI Presenter is a new touch-screen sales tool that engages consumers during sales presentations to help affiliates interest them in the benefits and value of owning timeshare. The new tool comes loaded with engaging content promoting RCI products and services, and its modular format gives affiliates the ability to select only the content that suits the specific needs of their resorts and existing sales processes. These distinctive and dynamic presentations provide staff members with the tools they need to meet high consumer expectations, capture attention and garner interest in timeshare and exchange.
RCI eSchool is a free online learning network exclusive to RCI affiliated resorts. Through partnership with Levitin Group and ePercipio, the RCI eSchool was created as a way to help RCI affiliates stay up-to-date with information related to RCI products and services as well as sales techniques within the industry without having to incur the expense of in-person training. The courses offered through RCI eSchool are free to all RCI affiliate staff members.
Following the success of the RCI Points Platinum® membership, the company unveiled the RCI Weeks Platinum tier in 2011. This premium-tier membership option offers lifestyle benefits and exclusive exchange privileges, including opportunities for room upgrades, exclusive “first look” access to specially-acquired vacation inventory, rebates for various RCI transactions, preferred rates at premier ski destinations and discounted green fees at numerous golf courses.