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15 Apr 2019

Interval International welcomes Five Senses resort, a new shared ownership property in Brazil

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, announced the affiliation of Five Senses Resort to its vacation exchange network. Situated in north-central Brazil in Palmas, Tocantins, the fractional property is being developed by JRC Engenharia, one of the largest construction companies in this region. “We are excited that the Five Senses Resort group chose Interval for its first shared ownership project, and we look forward to working with them on this impressive resort,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s executive vice president of global sales and business development. “The flexibility of this product is particularly suited to the evolving needs of...

9 Apr 2019

Jason Gamel named new President & CEO of ARDA

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) has recently announced that Jason Gamel will be the new president and CEO, following an extensive national search lead by executive search firm, Spencer Stuart. In late March, the ARDA executive committee endorsed Gamel as the successful candidate. Gamel brings more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality and timeshare industries, including his current role as senior vice president of legal at Wyndham Destinations. “I am incredibly excited that Jason has been selected as ARDA’s new leader. His rich history in timeshare law, experience running ARDA’s state government affairs, coupled with his last five...

Olivier Chavy Appointed as President, RCI Exchanges
9 Apr 2019

RCI celebrates 45 years of providing unforgettable vacations

RCI, the world’s largest timeshare vacation exchange network, is celebrating 45 years of delivering unmatched vacation memories that last a lifetime. The company has been revolutionizing the vacation ownership experience since 1974, offering its members the flexibility to exchange their vacation ownership for time at different resorts around the world. Since its inception, RCI has delivered more than 56 million vacations to its members around the world. Christel and Jon DeHaan started RCI, pioneering the timeshare exchange concept. A little over a decade later, the company confirmed more than 300,000 exchanges, welcomed more than 1,000 affiliates and made Inc. 500’s list...

9 Apr 2019

Interval International expands global resort network with Sunrise Suites by Lifestyle in the Dominican Republic

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, added Sunrise Suites by Lifestyle, a mixed-use all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to its vacation exchange network. Located on the northeast coast, the Puerto Plata area is a highly sought-after vacation destination, renowned for its stunning beaches, coral reefs, and waterfalls. “We are pleased to welcome the latest Lifestyle Holidays Hotels & Resorts property,” said Marcos Agostini, Interval’s executive vice president of global sales and business development. “Under the leadership of Markus Wischenbart, president of Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, the company has become one of the top timeshare developers in...

8 Apr 2019

RCI supports children around the World as title sponsor of Christel House Open International Charity Golf Tournament

For the 13th year in a row, RCI®, a worldwide leader in vacation exchange, will be the title sponsor of the annual RCI Christel House Open International Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will feature several locations across Europe and North America, which aims to raise awareness and funds for Christel House International® (CHI), a charity committed to bettering the lives of impoverished children around the world. “Supporting our communities is one of the core values that makes up our DNA as an organization,” said Olivier Chavy, president of RCI. “Year after year, the Christel House Open directly supports efforts to end the cycle...

8 Apr 2019

Interval International adds ninth Plaza Hotéis property in Brazil to its worldwide resort network

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, announced the addition of Plaza Barra First in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This property joins eight Plaza Vacation Club resorts that are currently part of Interval’s exchange network and are located in some of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. Plaza Vacation Club is owned and operated by Plaza Hotéis, one of Brazil’s leading hotel brands. “We are proud to add a Rio location to the points-based vacation program that we launched five years ago,” said Carlos Henrique Schmidt, chairman of Plaza Hotéis. “We made the decision to partner with Interval because...

2 Apr 2019

Julian Houchin appointed Group Resort Management Director, CLC World Resorts & Hotels

CLC World Resorts & Hotels (CLC World) has announced the appointment of Julian Houchin as Group Resort Management Director. Julian has broad experience in global hospitality across a variety of disciplines and with a track record of turnaround success of underperforming hospitality businesses. Most recently, Julian and his partners developed a hospitality business in Croatia, successfully positioning Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, a 5-star mixed-use integrated resort, to compete with other luxury family resorts in Europe and affiliating the resort with The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW). Julian will be looking to “challenge the status quo on all fronts”, applying his experience and passion...

1 Apr 2019

Karma Reef presents barefoot luxury on the idyllic island paradise of Gili Meno

Located on the tiny, traffic-free island paradise of Gili Meno, Karma Reef offers sanctuary – a world away from the noise and demands of everyday life. Guests at the resort enjoy exclusive access to a secret beach, where they indulge in blissful spa treatments, feast on freshly caught seafood, or kick back with a cocktail before strolling barefoot to their beautiful beachfront bungalow or luxurious glamping tent. An ode to authentic, sustainable architecture that is consciously designed to leave the lightest possible footprint on the environment, all of Karma Reef’s beachfront lumbung-style bungalows are stylishly appointed with comfort in mind. Perfect...

Member Relations Manager for EUROC is appointed
22 Mar 2019

Member Relations Manager for EUROC is appointed

The Board of EUROC is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Gilmartin as the Member Relations Manager for EUROC (European Resort Owners’ Coalition). Jane has an extensive career in timeshare and the holiday industry generally, stretching back to 1996 where she worked amongst other things as an overseas tour manager in Europe, Canada and the USA. She spent three years with Sunterra as a team leader before it was taken over by Diamond Resorts International (DRI) which then led her to working for its related travel partner; The Big Journey Company as Operations Manager. With a brief spell in Human Resources, she...

EUROC European Resort Owners Coalition
12 Mar 2019

EUROC, the new association representing the interests of timeshare owners, is launched

On 27th February 2019 at a meeting of timeshare owners’ committees in Birmingham, delegates supported the proposals put forward for the budget, funding and structure for EUROC (European Resort Owners' Coalition), the new European owners’ representative body, and gave their unanimous approval for its launch on March 1st. Its creation follows the closure of TATOC in 2017, which left owners in the UK and mainland Europe without any form of representation and with little protection against the activities of fraudulent or deceptive operators. EUROC, which is run by owners, for owners, is to develop relationships with Europewide government departments, consumer organisations, enforcement...