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Wyndham Destinations becomes first timeshare company to commit to ECPAT Code to end human trafficking
16 Oct 2019

Wyndham Destinations becomes first timeshare company to commit to ECPAT Code to end human trafficking

Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company, has become the first timeshare company to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct with ECPAT-USA. The formal agreement solidifies the commitment Wyndham Destinations has previously made at its 225 managed vacation club resorts in North America, the Caribbean, and Asia Pacific to combat human trafficking. By signing the agreement, the company joins many of the major hotel chains in actively protecting children from exploitation. Corporate partners help mitigate the risks associated with a crime that affects millions of youth worldwide. By signing The Code and joining ECPAT-USA in the...

15 Oct 2019

Interval International affiliates Villa Ridente Club, a resort on the west coast of Sicily

Interval International has welcomed the vacation ownership component of Villa Ridente Club, a beachfront resort in Sicily, Italy. Situated on the west coast of the island, the property overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the Aeolian Islands. “The family-friendly resort combines Sicily’s sunny climate, spectacular scenery, and regional cuisine to make it a prime destination for vacationers,” said Darren Ettridge, Interval’s senior vice president of business development for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “Villa Ridente Club is an ideal base for our members looking to combine a beach experience with cultural exploration.” The property features studios and one- and two-bedroom units,...

RDO’s new chairman of the Board announced
15 Oct 2019

RDO’s new chairman of the Board announced

RDO is pleased to announce that Lee Dowling, Senior Vice President & Managing Director Europe and Middle East at Marriott Vacation Club International, has been appointed Chairman of the Board, succeeding Susan Crook, who stepped down at the end of her four-year tenure at the RDO conference in September. Lee’s extensive knowledge of the European industry and his tenure on the Board since early 2016 will serve the Organisation well and will be invaluable in driving forward RDO’s lobbying and enforcement campaigns and in delivering the best possible service to members. "It is a privilege to have been appointed by the Board as...

Wyndham Destinations and Caesars Entertainment extend marketing partnership to 2030
26 Sep 2019

Wyndham Destinations and Caesars Entertainment extend marketing partnership to 2030

Wyndham Destinations and Caesars Entertainment Corporation have announced the extension of their successful marketing partnership. The companies are building on their 20-year history by extending the relationship to 2030. In the agreement, Wyndham Destinations can market vacation ownership to Caesars customers in its resorts and casinos and through its large customer database. Wyndham Destinations will also purchase room nights and other products from Caesars to provide its customers with exciting travel and entertainment options. Wyndham Destinations is investing in new on-site marketing locations at several Caesars resort properties in Las Vegas, with physical and digital enhancements making it easier and more enjoyable...

23 Sep 2019

Interval International welcomes The Residences at Dewa in Thailand

Interval International has affiliated to its global exchange network The Residences at Dewa, the fractional component of the Dewa Phuket Resort complex in Thailand. The property is located a few steps from Nai Yang Beach, which is part of the protected Sirinath National Park on the northwest coast of Phuket. “We're delighted to once again have the opportunity to work with Lars Ydmark, principal of Tri-Asia Co. Ltd., the developer of The Residences at Dewa, and Paul Dean, co-founder of the Club,” said Joe Hickman, Interval's vice president and executive director for Asia Pacific. “Interval members will have the opportunity to...

Wyndham Destinations' vacation club resorts to eliminate plastic straws & other single-use plastic
23 Sep 2019

Wyndham Destinations’ vacation club resorts to eliminate plastic straws & other single-use plastic

In conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day,  Wyndham Destinations has announced it is to eliminate plastic straws and other single-use plastic from food and beverage operations at its timeshare resorts around the world.   To support the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives, Wyndham Destinations’ vacation club resorts plan to remove single-use plastic straws starting Oct. 1, 2019. The effort will eliminate more than 750,000 single-use plastic straws in North America alone and 1.1 million across the globe. Earlier this year, the company’s Asia Pacific resorts removed disposable straws from 33 managed resorts.   “The switch to biodegradable or paper straws is a small, but impactful change...

19 Sep 2019

Fundación CLC World, 20 years of charitable commitment

Fundación CLC World celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a commemorative Gala on Friday, 13th September. More ,  resort to enjoy a magnificent evening - during which attendees sampled a cocktail made with CLC World’s Gatehouse Gin – followed by the Malaga band, Dry Martina. Associations throughout the province, authorities, media, sponsors, collaborators, partners, representatives of the company, as well as the ambassadors and volunteers of the Foundation did not want to miss such an emblematic date. Fundación CLC World’s founder, Roy Peires, told those present why he set up the charity, “I have been in business in Spain for 35 years, and it is...

17 Sep 2019

Diamond Resorts reduces single-use plastic at European resorts

Diamond Resorts is pleased to announce it is working on reducing single-use plastics across its European resorts, eliminating or replacing 25 everyday plastic items with sustainable options. In an effort to reduce the company’s impact on the environment, Diamond has been training its team members on ways to be more environmentally friendly in their day-to-day tasks. The company also has developed educational programmes to help its members, owners and guests adopt green habits. Since plastic is one of the top hazards to the planet, Diamond’s European resorts procured a comprehensive list of plastic products their teams frequently used as part of operations...

9 Sep 2019

Karma Group announces the opening of Karma Sitabani, in the Corbett Tiger Reserve, India

Karma Group has announced the opening of Karma Sitabani, in the Jim Corbett National Park, part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve in the picturesque heartland of Uttarakhand in Northern India. Karma Sitabani offers guests a truly unique opportunity to experience a side of India they may have never seen. Guests can relax and enjoy the ruggedly beautiful, green landscape at the foot of the Himalayas as well as take a safari into the Park to view tigers and other unique wildlife. There are fewer than 4000 tigers remaining in the wild on the planet, and itis estimated that as many as...

6 Sep 2019

Interval International adds two Inmense Hotels Resorts to its global vacation exchange network

Interval International, a worldwide provider of vacation services, announced the addition of two Inmense Hotels properties to its global exchange network. Grand Guadalupe by Inmense is a historic landmark located in San Cristóbal de las Casas in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas and Santosi by Inmense is located in San Luis Potosí in north-central Mexico. Owned and operated by Servicios Hoteleros de Prestigio S.A. de C.V., these resorts join two others that have been affiliated with Interval since 2014. “We are committed to providing our current and future members with the most memorable vacations possible. Our properties bring them closer...