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14 Aug

Personal Fulfilment is the New Ultimate Luxury with John Spence – Chairman & Founder, Karma Group

In today’s changing world, ever greater numbers of people are choosing to travel to increasingly far flung destinations for their vacations, either once or even multiple times per year. In addition to this there are ever more options of styles of accomodation, places to explore and things to do while on holiday. Unique, personalised experiences and vacations are almost becoming expected as the norm, while fewer and fewer travellers are content to merely flop on the beach or by the pool for a typical holiday. Travellers from more traditionally wealthy, so-called “developed” areas of the world such as North American or...

7 Aug

The Top Travel Trends and What it Means for Timeshare!

For this highly relevant RDO9 session, two travel experts will present what the public is beginning to expect and demand from their travel experiences. Speaking at this session will be Richard Aston - Director Deal Advisory at KPMG LLP and Victoria Bacon - Director of Brand and Business Development at ABTA, both of whom have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. Richard is responsible for KPMG’s mid-market UK travel and leisure team across the UK. For the past 15 years he has focused on deals, working with both B2C and B2B businesses and has been in charge of...

7 Aug

RCI grows its global exchange network with more than 90 newly affiliated properties

RCI, a global leader in vacation exchange as part of Wyndham Destinations(NYSE: WYND), added more than 90 new properties to its affiliate exchange network during the first half of 2018. The new affiliations include resorts in Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. “We’re proud of the more than 90 affiliated properties we’ve added to the RCI network so far this year,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Our 3.9 million subscribing members travel to our locations from all over the world to have new adventures and experiences. Through these new affiliations, members can get an authentic taste...

6 Aug

Interval International Brazil-resident members travel often and own several timeshare weeks or its equivalent in points

Miami, Florida, August 1, 2018 – Interval International, revealed that 60 percent of its Brazil-resident members reported traveling domestically at least one week per year and more than 50 percent said they travel internationally one week or more per year. Approximately half indicated that they own at least two weeks — or the equivalent of two weeks in points — of vacation time. , a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services These findings are from the Interval International 2018 Membership Profile, Brazil Edition, which was developed from a sample of Brazil-resident vacation owners maintaining an active Interval membership. The online study...

Brexit
31 Jul

It’s a mad world my masters

Used by Nicholas Breton a pamphleteer in 1603 and 2 years later was the title of a Jacobean comedy by Thomas Middleton. I have managed to stay off the subject of Brexit for some time now, but events of the last few weeks can hardly be allowed to pass without comment (well that’s my excuse). Difficult to know where to start, but I suppose events post the “Chequers agreement” is good enough. First David Davis, then Boris (late as usual whilst he decides where his best advantage lies) – Theresa May must have been secretly relieved to see him go and...

24 Jul

GDPR and other legislative matters

People’s decision about where to travel, what to do when they get there and which hotel or resort to stay in when they decide to take a vacation are certainly all very important, but they also want to feel when they book their holidays that they have complete confidence that their data is safe, and that they have legal protection from the companies they choose to book their travel, accommodation and excursions with. If they don’t have this feeling of safety and protection, then they are likely to look for alternative options. This is why it is so important that businesses...

3 Jul

Adventure travel done differently – G Adventures a global success with Brian Young – Managing Director, EMEA at G Adventures

The world of Travel & Tourism today is very different from how it was over three decades ago, with the internet only just starting to have a big impact in the world by the mid 1990s. There have been several factors that have brought huge changes within this industry including greater access to technology and therefore more information, and rising levels of disposable income. For much of the past most tourists were generally fairly conservative about the style of holidays they took, and relied on travel agents to design standard holidays for them such as a week in a resort near...

Another judgement made against International Timeshare Refund Action (ITRA)
29 Jun

Another judgement made against International Timeshare Refund Action (ITRA)

International Timeshare Refund Action (ITRA) have had a judgement made against them in a court action brought by a consumer. The action was supported by KwikChex, which manages the Timeshare Task Force on RDO’s behalf. On 4th June, ITRA, which failed to turn up in court and defend the claim, were ordered to refund a consumer all the monies he paid to them plus costs – a total of over £5700. For more information, go to https://timesharetaskforce.org/2018/06/28/another-judgement-issued-against-itra-in-court-and-this-time-they-dont-even-show-up/...

Interval International and the Absolute World Group sign exclusive affiliation agreement

29 Jun

Interval International and the Absolute World Group sign exclusive affiliation agreement


Interval International has entered into an exclusive, multi-year master affiliation agreement with the Absolute World Group, the founding company behind Absolute Vacation Club. The contract extends the relationship first established in 2004 and encompasses four existing club properties, as well as any future resorts developed or acquired during the term of the agreement. “The Absolute World Group firmly established itself in Asia many years ago and has grown to be a respected developer of boutique properties in very desirable Asian destinations,” said Joe Hickman, Interval’s vice president and executive director of resort sales and service for Asia Pacific. “It has been...

25 Jun

The Secret to Winning Awesome Guest Reviews with Danica Davis – Product Specialist, ReviewPro

In today’s Travel & Tourism environment, customer expectations are at an all time high due to a number of important factors. There is now a tremendous choice of different options available to those wishing to travel including cheaper air fares, a greater variety of places to stay than ever before because of new disruptive brands such as Airbnb, and incredible experiences to try while on your next holiday because of innovative brands like G Adventures. Whereas before, travellers were more restricted to a limited set of companies that were able to monopolise their attention, the world of Travel & Tourism has...