News & Information

19 Jun

Resort Management in a World of Diversity with José Luis Mella – Resorts Operations Director, VRI Europe

The way people choose to travel, the destinations they are deciding to visit and the expectations they have of the accomodation they stay in are in a significant state of change. Of course the situation in the Travel & Tourism sector has always been evolving, as technology, demands and aspirations have adapted, but there has been somewhat of a revolution in recent decades. Travellers are now designing their own holidays and becoming more adventurous in terms of where they choose to travel and what they want to do on their holidays. This represents a big difference from the average traveller...

13 Jun

Karma Group acquires two new resorts in the heart of the Normandy countryside in France

Karma Group has announced the acquisition of Karma Manoir des Deux Amants and Karma Residence Normande on the banks of the river Seine in the heart of picturesque Normandy in the French countryside. Comprising 49 apartments between them, the resorts are superbly situated just an hour and twenty minutes from central Paris. The spectacular location in Normandy offers guests the opportunity to unwind and discover lush landscapes, medieval towns, castles and beaches. The resorts are just outside the charming village of Connelles, deep in Impressionist country, and close to the medieval town of Rouen with its historic castles and cathedrals. The spacious and...

New Zealand’s Taupo Ika Nui resort selects Interval International
24 May

New Zealand’s Taupo Ika Nui resort selects Interval International

Interval International has announced its agreement with Taupo Ika Nui Resort to provide a broad range of programs and services that enhance the benefits of ownership and reinforce the value of exchange. The resort is in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island and overlooks Lake Taupo, the country’s largest freshwater lake. “Taupo Ika Nui is very popular with families who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle owing to its location in a stunning year-round vacation destination. Our owners and guests have access to a wide array of experiences, from delving into local Māori culture, river cruising and white-water rafting, to snowboarding and...

new consumer website launches
23 May

New consumer website launches

As part of a drive to improve consumer representation following the closure of TATOC earlier this year, RDO has been working with AIPP (The Association of International Property Professionals) on the creation of a new website for owners of holiday homes, with a section of the site dedicated to timeshare ownership via a new alliance AIPO (Association of International Property Owners). We are delighted to announce that the new site was officially launched by AIPP during “A Place in the Sun Live” over the weekend of 11-13thMay at London Olympia, which attracted some 8,500+ visitors and the trade. AIPP CEO, Peter Robinson, said:...

Ave atque vale
22 May

Ave atque vale

For those of you who are not Latin Scholars (including myself – 14% at Common Entrance), Ave atque vale means hail and farewell. This comes from Catullus 101 (Wikipedia is a wonderful thing), the poem to his dead brother or rather to his ashes, but may in fact be Greek in origin, which is very apt as I was using it in a “Greek” context. These last few weeks we have had to say farewell to two stalwarts of the industry – Dimitris Manikis who has left RCI after 27 years to take up a similar but expanded role at...

Interval International regognised for excellence in technology
17 May

Interval International recognised for excellence in technology

Interval International received the ARDY Award for Technology Project Team at the ARDA World Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winning Interval team was honored for its innovation in the development of the hotel exchange benefit and included a cross-functional group of software developers, business analysts, user experience experts, and quality assurance specialists. Despite the challenges of delivering a new technology with unique requirements, hotel exchange launched successfully and since then has generated bookings well above the forecasted numbers. “We have a tenacious and resourceful team,” said Jeanette Marbert, president and CEO of Interval International. “They were laser-focused on delivering an outstanding...

RCI® affiliates recognised for leading the way in sustainability 
16 May

RCI® affiliates recognised for leading the way in sustainability 

RCI recently announced the most recent winners of the RCI®Green Award programme. Now in its seventh year, the award programme recognises the most environmentally-conscious resorts within the company’s exchange network. Through a comprehensive audit, resorts are assessed by their sustainable practices in areas including energy and water conservation, waste management and community outreach. The evaluation process, winner selection and verification system was completed by third-party eco-certification expert GreenCircle Certified, LLC. “Our affiliates are in the great position to be at the forefront of sustainable hospitality practices,” says Brian Bruno, vice president of content and brand marketing for RCI and head of the brand’s...

Karma Group acquires the magnificent Borgo di Colleoli estate in the Tuscan hills
15 May

Karma Group acquires the magnificent Borgo di Colleoli estate in the Tuscan hills

Karma Group has announced the acquisition of Borgo di Colleoli, a historical estate in Tuscany, Italy. The sprawling estate is nestled in the stunning Tuscan hills, representing the latest in Karma’s stable of spectacular European estates alongside Le Preverger on the French Riviera, Pelikanos on the Greek island of Mykonos and the soon to open Chateau de Samary in Carcassonne, France. Over the years, the original medieval castle evolved to become an aristocratic villa and estate. During the 17th and 18th centuries much renovation work was carried out to the frescoes and delicate mouldings, transforming the Borgo into an elegant country...

RCI & industry partners donate to the ARDA International Foundation
14 May

RCI & industry partners donate to the ARDA International Foundation

RCI and industry partners worked together to raise $133,440 for the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) during ARDA World 2018 in Las Vegas. The donation was largely reached through the “GIVE AIF X2 by RCI” initiative, which matched the AIF donations made by ARDA World attendees throughout the course of the conference. The AIF is a nonprofit organisation led by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) that advances knowledge of the industry through comprehensive market intelligence and fosters career opportunities and development through education and training programmess. “As a driving force in timeshare, the AIF does great work to propel the industry forward,” said...

Westgate Cocoa Beach
13 May

Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort affiliates to Interval International 

Interval International has announced the affiliation of the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort. Scheduled to debut in July 2018, the newly transformed 120 villa beachfront resort will include comprehensive upgrades to all guestrooms and the addition of a water park and lazy river. “Westgate Cocoa Beach will set the new standard for luxury beach vacations in Central Florida,” said David Siegel, founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts. Renovations include new exterior finishes, a complete remodel of all interiors, a new lobby and a brand new 75,000-gallon lazy river. Owners and guests will enjoy two and four-bedroom deluxe villas furnished with a bright Polynesian...