News & Information

22 Dec 2022

Harry Taylor, former chief executive of TATOC, has died

We are sad to report that Harry Taylor, former chief executive of TATOC (the Timeshare Association), died last week, age 77. Harry was well known to many in the industry, having been involved in TATOC, the timeshare owners’ association, since the late 90s. He was originally appointed as treasurer but after the death of chief executive Fredericka Johns in 2008, took on the role of chief executive, working with a dedicated board to promote timeshare ownership. He was instrumental in establishing a closer relationship with the industry via RDO and took over RDO’s responsibility for its non-member consumer helpline. TATOC went...

22 Dec 2022

Interval International co-sponsors development program for Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism professionals

Interval International, a leading worldwide provider of vacation services, recently co-sponsored an educational conference for hospitality professionals in Eagle Beach, Aruba. The program ran from Nov. 26th to Dec. 13th at the La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino, organized by the Aruba Timeshare Association (ATSA) and Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF).  More than 300 Aruba-based hospitality professionals from over 30 companies attended the conference, which provided participants with full-day, interactive workshops. Industry training professionals led sessions focused on housekeeping, food and beverage, and supervising personnel.  “ATSA would like to thank Interval International for its sponsorship of this important event,...

20 Dec 2022

Interval International hosts 29th Annual Toy Fest to benefit the children of South Miami

Interval International, a leading worldwide provider of vacation services, held its annual Holiday Toy Fest on Dec. 14 at the Gibson Bethel Community Center benefitting the City of South Miami.  Children from local families received holiday gifts and visited with Santa Claus and his elves. The festive event included face painting and games to spread cheer around the community.  Interval’s members and clientele stretch across the globe, but the company maintains a strong focus on South Miami, where its world headquarters calls home. Over 30 volunteers from Interval made the Holiday Toy Fest possible. For more than 46 years, the company has...

16 Nov 2022

Hilton Grand Vacations (Formerly Diamond Resorts) European Resorts Have Been Recognized with a “SILVER” Award by World Tourism Responsible Awards During the 2022 WTM London Event.

The awards, first launched in 2004, recognise and reward businesses and destinations that are contributing to a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry. Winners were chosen by a group of industry experts, which met online to allow for an internationally diverse panel. WTM Rest of the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2022 – Responsible Tourism Partnership Out of nine categories, 24 of the 30 European resorts, which were previously Diamond Brand Resorts prior to the acquisition with Hilton Grand Vacations in August 2021, submitted a nomination for “Conserving Water and Improving Water Security and Supply for Neighbours,” as the partnership with the Spanish...

30 Aug 2022

Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA) unveils new vision

Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA), the industry-based trade association dedicated to furthering Vacation Ownership in Canada and throughout the world, will concentrate primarily on international timeshare resorts and vacation clubs with high levels of Canadian members.  Previously the Association was a tight consortium of Canadian-based resorts.  Although this is still an important aspect of CRTA, the view toward consumer education and protection is a fresh approach. According to Gaetan Babin RRP, CRTA Chairperson, President and CRTA CEO, “Our membership efforts are focused to include timeshare properties the world over, as Canadians make up a considerable percentage of owners, particularly in...

Hilton Grand Vacations’ European Team Members Partner with We Are Water Foundation to Bring Water to Ukraine
22 Aug 2022

Hilton Grand Vacations’ European Team Members Partner with We Are Water Foundation to Bring Water to Ukraine

In response to the war in Ukraine, Hilton Grand Vacations’ (HGV) European team members have taken action by teaming up with We Are Water Foundation to bring water and sanitation to people affected by the war. HGV’s European team members have raised over €15,000 since April to directly support their neighbors in Ukraine. HGV’s team members in Europe were actively involved in organizing fundraising efforts that included bingos, raffles, solidarity paellas and cheese tastings, as well as many other creative ideas. Through We Are Water, these funds have contributed to two specific projects: UNICEF's World Water and Sanitation for Ukraine project and World...

Interval International recognised for industry-leading client service & member engagement
27 May 2022

Interval International recognised for industry-leading client service & member engagement

Interval International was honoured with two coveted industry awards during a recent conference held by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) in Hollywood, Florida. ARDA recognises outstanding accomplishments in the vacation ownership industry − and this year, winners were chosen from nearly 400 nominations. Interval’s Client Services & Program Operations Team was chosen in the Owner/Customer Relations Team category for being a “one-stop-shop” for customers and sustaining high-levels of satisfaction among its resort developer clients. A yearlong member campaign, “Why I Love Interval”, which featured inspirational photos and testimonials of Interval members and their families enjoying vacations across the globe, was...

12 May 2022

Interval International and Westgate Resorts extend 30-year relationship

 Interval International, a leading worldwide provider of vacation services, has renewed its decades-long affiliation with industry-leading resort developer Westgate Resorts. Expanding on a relationship that began in 1991, the continuation of this long-standing affiliation includes 20 Westgate properties in premier travel destinations throughout the United States.  “For more than 30 years, Interval International has been an incredible partner, enabling our company’s tremendous growth,” said David Siegel, founder, president and CEO of Westgate Resorts. “The flexible exchange options and valuable benefits they offer have helped us not only increase sales but owner satisfaction as well.”  As members of Interval International, Westgate owners enjoy...

25 Apr 2022

Interval International renews long-term agreement with Dawn Beach Club

Interval International, a leading worldwide provider of vacation services, and Babitbay Beach Development Corporation, B.V., have signed an agreement to renew an affiliation first established in 2009 with Dawn Beach Club in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. The multi-year contract provides Dawn Beach Club members with access to Interval’s numerous vacation exchange benefits and upgraded services.  “Dawn Beach Club has enjoyed tremendous success in the vacation ownership business and has built a reputation for providing its members with the highest quality vacation experience,” said Neil Kolton, Interval’s business development director, Caribbean and Southeast U.S. “The club’s membership base has expanded significantly due...

9 Mar 2022

Karma Group announces new initiative in response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

Karma Group founder and owner John Spence has announced that to help the large number of people fleeing Ukraine, Karma is turning its resort in Normandy into a hotel for Ukrainian refugees. As well as providing accommodation it will give guests food and provide activities, especially for the children, as well as French and English classes for all. Karma's project manager, Victoria Williamson, is already in Warsaw working with local agents and is establishing short-term hotel accommodation in the city and then a coach transportation route from there to the Normandy property. John Spence hopes that once the programme has been established, other properties...