As proof of how the timeshare industry is embracing the latest technology, both Interval International and RCI have recently launched useful smartphone applications to help their members plan their holidays.
Interval’s complimentary travel app, available for iPhone and Blackberry devices, gives users mobile access to information on hundreds of Interval-affiliated resorts, which they can then share with friends and family via e-mail and Facebook. The application has built-in GPS capabilities so that users can find nearby resorts easily. Interval plans to make the app available on iPad shortly.
RCI also launched an application for iPhone and iPod touch earlier this year. It has a mobile RCI TV feature where users can view resort videos, and the RCI Snapbook SM feature where they can capture and share their own holiday photos, videos and comments. Additionally, RCI has created an application for Facebook, “Share your vacation by RCI”, where users can add their holiday location to a map to share with friends, and ask for recommendations in that area.