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RCI acquires Alliance Reservations Network to accelerate growth through new travel services
19 Aug 2019

RCI acquires Alliance Reservations Network to accelerate growth through new travel services

RCI, the world’s largest vacation exchange network as part of Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), has acquired travel technology platform Alliance Reservations Network (Alliance) for $92 million.  This strategic acquisition will accelerate growth at RCI through an enhanced B2B experience for members and affiliates, as well as bring new benefits for individual and group travel, events, and the corporate meetings market. Alliance’s highly configurable and intelligent booking platform will also provide RCI the ability to offer travelers a wide array of ancillary travel and lifestyle services through the delivery of optimized booking engine, inventory, content and pricing resources. The acquisition of Alliance’s industry...

KARMA GROUP AND DIAMOND RESORTS EXPAND AFFILIATE PARTNERSHIP
12 Aug 2019

Karma Group and Diamond Resorts expand affiliate partnership

Award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group is pleased to announce the expansion of its existing partnership with Diamond Resorts®, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, to offer members, owners and guests additional vacation opportunities. As part of the expanded partnership, Karma Group will open a sales centre at Diamond’s Village Heights Golf Resort in Crete, Greece. Members, owners and guests of Diamond Resorts® will be able to purchase additional Diamond Resorts vacation ownership points at the location and receive vacation certificate deals to stay at Karma properties. Both companies have seen strong demand from their respective...

Anfi teams with Silva to fight gender violence
1 Jul 2019

Anfi teams with Silva to fight gender violence

The Anfi Group has launched an ambitious international campaign against gender violence featuring various employees of the leading European timeshare company. The Gran Canaria-based company launched its ‘Stop Violence’ initiative with the help of ambassadors including Manchester City and Spain soccer star David Silva, British actor Will Mellor, Norwegian rally driver Mads Østberg, and windsurf World Champion Daida Ruano. All feature in a high-impact video video calling for an end to gender abuse. The recording features individual messages in different languages and a final image from the Anfi employees, with one hand raised, demanding an end to gender violence. The sequence, which lasts...

Timeshare Task Force
28 Jun 2019

ITRA, ECC and M1 Legal

A number of consumers are advising that following the winding up of ITRA, they are being approached by European Consumer Claims (ECC) and are corresponding with M1 Legal.  These communications concern offers of continuing work said to have been started by ITRA. As consumers paid ITRA and entered into contracts with that business and it is now the subject of liquidation and insolvency investigations, the Timeshare Task Force, which is managed by KwikChex on behalf of RDO, advises that such approaches should be reported to the ITRA liquidator, Richard Long & Co., as they are likely to be unlawful – a...

CLC World Resorts & Hotels launches Gatehouse Gin at its Scottish resort
24 Jun 2019

CLC World Hotels & Resorts launches Gatehouse Gin at its Scottish resort

CLC Duchally Country Estate – CLC World Resorts & Hotels’ (CLC World) Scottish hotel and lodge resort - launched Gatehouse Gin on June 20th. UK broadcaster and journalist, Jennie Bond cut the ribbon at the launch event. Gatehouse Gin is a craft gin distilled in the gatehouse at CLC Duchally Country Estate, in partnership with local spirit specialists, Strathearn Distillery. CLC Duchally Country Estate is the first in CLC World’s portfolio to open a distillery and produce its own beverage. Jennie Bond declared the Gatehouse Gin distillery open, saying: “I’ve been very lucky to visit CLC Duchally Country Estate a few times and I...

13 Jun 2019

Interval International receives a Palmera de Oro award in the Best Marketing Campaign category

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, received a Palmera de Oro in the Best Marketing Campaign category for its new business-to-business corporate advertising campaign. The award, which was presented during the Mexican Resort Development Association (AMDETUR) Conference held recently in Mazatlán, recognized the most engaging campaign in the industry, either print, digital, or both. Under the unifying slogan, “Demand Excellence. Demand Interval International,” the campaign spotlights the advantages of partnering with Interval from the perspective of some of its most recognized developer clients. A minimalist graphic design, with sober typography and black and white photographs, focuses attention on the...

Wyndham Destinations is shaking up timeshare with new branding and urban resort openings
12 Jun 2019

Wyndham Destinations is shaking up timeshare with new branding and urban resort openings

Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company, launched modern new brand identities for its flagship timeshare clubs – Club Wyndham® and WorldMark®by Wyndham. Wyndham Destinations is leading the evolution of the industry by creating more destinations and more experiences for travelers in the places they want to travel. The company just announced the grand opening of its newest resort in downtown Portland, Oregon – No. 2 on Thrillist’s “Best U.S. Cities to Spend a Weekend” list. Wyndham Destinations has new resorts in the hottest urban markets in the U.S., including New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco – and...

Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence & Hall of Fame Awards for CLC World Resorts
4 Jun 2019

Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence & Hall of Fame Awards for CLC World Resorts

CLC World Resorts & Hotels (CLC World) has been recognised for the outstanding holiday experience it delivers to customers at its resorts in Spain, Turkey, Tenerife, Austria, the USA and the UK. The ten resorts which have received Certificates of Excellence include: CLC Kusadasi Golf & Spa (Turkey) CLC Alpine Centre (Austria) CLC Apollonium Spa & Beach (Turkey) CLC Paradise (Tenerife) CLC Regal Oaks (USA) CLC Duchally Country Estate (Scotland) CLC Monterey (Tenerife) CLC San Diego Suites (Spain) CLC Encantada (USA) CLC Sunningdale Village (Tenerife) Of these, four resorts are listed in the prestigious Hall of Fame, as a result of being...

4 Jun 2019

The ‘Pequeño Valiente’ tournament held at Anfi Tauro Golf, sponsored by Messi and Silva raised €14,300

The Pequeño Valiente (Brave Little Ones) solidarity tournament sponsored by Leo Messi and David Silva, which was held over the weekend of 18th May at Anfi Tauro Golf raised over €14,300.  The participants again this year gave a strike of solidarity on the Anfi Tauro course, to help families of children suffering from cancer in one of the most traditional golf tournaments in Gran Canaria.  “It is always a pleasure to help those that need it most” assured Silva, whose own cousin Cinthia passed away after a battle with cancer several years ago. During the emotional day, a score of children...

Karma Group announces the appointment of Anton Tardif as Chief Operations Officer for Europe
27 May 2019

Karma Group announces the appointment of Anton Tardif as Chief Operations Officer for Europe

Karma Group has announced the appointment of the exceptionally experienced Anton Tardif as Chief Operations Officer in Europe. He brings to Karma Group a wealth of knowledge having previously owned an extremely successful development and marketing company responsible for the development of a significant number of resorts, primarily in Europe, as well as sales and expansion of membership programs. “Anton is immensely respected in the industry and he and I have been personal friends for many years. We are about to embark on a number of exciting expansion projects in Europe and I know that Anton is the ideal person to...