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Another judgement made against International Timeshare Refund Action (ITRA)
8 Feb 2019

ITRA (International Timeshare Refund Action) wound up in the High Court

On 30th January 2019, KwikChex reports that International Timeshare Refund Action – more commonly known as ITRA, was wound up in the High Court of Justice England & Wales. This followed a petition made by a couple that had taken ITRA to court on grounds of unlawful conduct involving misrepresentations and failure to provide promised services concerning timeshare relinquishment and compensation. ITRA failed to refund monies as ordered by the court.  The original claim case against ITRA was one of several brought successfully against the business by consumers, with a number of courts repeatedly finding that ITRA had used deceptive methods and not provided...

6 Feb 2019

Exciting new job opportunity

Member Relations ManagerUK based, working from homeSalary circa £40,000, plus benefits EUROC, a newly formed, independent, member led, organisation representing timeshare owners committees in Europe, is seeking a full time member of staff to recruit members and administer the association’s day-to-day operations. EUROC has engaged RDO to manage the association on its behalf and the successful candidate will report both to the EUROC Board and the RDO Chief Executive.  Main responsibilities Recruitment of members and increasing membership numbers according to targets set by the Board is critical to this role and you will travel extensively around the UK and Europe, visiting timeshare resorts,...

Which Social Networking Platforms Should Your Resort be Using for Marketing in 2019 and Why
17 Jan 2019

Which social networks are the best way to market your resort in 2019 and why?

The power of social networking platforms as a tool for promoting your brand to a wider audience, resort reputation management and ultimately increasing sales is now almost undeniable, even to those most resistant to change. This isn’t to say though that even now at the start of 2019, almost 15 years since the start of Facebook, that there aren’t still people who view social networks as something new and doubt their significant and powerful usage as a marketing tool. In fact different versions of social networking sites were started way back in the mid-1990s and  the popularity of these types...

19 Dec 2018

Green 9 Same Spa & Beach Resort joins Interval International’s global exchange network

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, welcomed to its network Green 9 Same Spa & Beach Resort in the province of Esmeraldas on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. Steps from Same Beach, the property lies within the private residential community of Club Casablanca. Esmeraldas is known for its spectacular natural attractions and is a popular weekend destination for Quito residents. “After being in the industry for more than 20 years, our team remains committed to offering members the best vacations possible,” said Susana Guerrero, general manager of Green 9 Same Spa & Beach Resort. “As part of that promise, we...

5 Dec 2018

Howard Nusbaum ARDA President and CEO to Retire

After a successful 19 years as President and CEO of the American Resort Development Association, Howard Nusbaum has announced his intention to retire in 2019. The ARDA Board of Directors has appointed a search committee of its members to work with Spencer Stuart to conduct a national search for a new president. Ann Fastiggi and Leslie Hortum of Spencer Stuart are managing the process. Don Harrill, an ARDA past chairman and current chair of the ARDA International Foundation, is leading the search committee. Mark Wang, President of Hilton Grand Vacations and current ARDA Chairman, said, “We were of our course disappointed...

4 Dec 2018

CLC World Resorts & Hotels adds to its Yacht Club fleet with British Virgin Islands based catamaran

CLC World Resorts & Hotels (CLC World) has announced the addition of a further yacht, CLC Gemini, to Club La Costa Yacht Club. Based in the British Virgin Islands, it offers members the opportunity of winter sailing in the Caribbean to complement the Mediterranean summer sails. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are one of the world’s top sailing spots. A sailor’s paradise with calm currents, consistent trade winds, protected bays and more than a hint of a pirate past, it is comprised of four main islands - Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada – that are complemented by fifty...

4 Dec 2018

The Treaty of Dover 1670

I like to think of myself as a bit of a history buff, particularly on the 17th/18thcenturies in England and Europe which is one of my favourite periods. I was however totally unaware of this Treaty when it was cited by a Brexiteer on a BBC Radio 4 news programme recently. For those interested, (and thanks to Wikipedia yet again), the Treaty, sometimes known as “The Secret Treaty of Dover “ (so no wonder I hadn’t heard of it) was signed between England’s Charles 11 and France’s Louis XIV (“The Sun King”). In the treaty Louis promised Charles money so that...

4 Dec 2018

Interval International welcomes The Residences at Baan Yamu a luxury fractional ownership resort in one of Southeast Asia’s top destinations

Interval International, a worldwide provider of vacation services, has affiliated Baan Yamu on Phuket, off the southwestern coast of Thailand. The club currently comprises The Residences at Baan Yamu,  a luxury fractional ownership resort situated within a high-end residential complex spread over 18 acres on the exclusive Cape Yamu peninsula overlooking Sapham Bay. “The Residences at Baan Yamu’s central location makes it the perfect base for members to explore Phuket’s many attractions,” said Joe Hickman, Interval’s vice president and executive director of resort sales and service for Asia Pacific. “And for members and guests who prefer to stay put and relax,...

RCI and Bluegreen Vacations recently announced the renewal of their affiliation agreement
27 Nov 2018

RCI and Bluegreen Vacations Renew Affiliation to Continue Providing Vacation Exchange Benefits to Members and Owners

RCI, a worldwide leader in vacation exchange (NYSE: WYND), and Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG) ("Bluegreen" or the “Company") have renewed their affiliation agreement. Through the renewal, Bluegreen Vacations’ more than 60 vacation resorts will continue to be part of the RCI® exchange network. Properties are located across the United States and Caribbean in destinations including Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Aspen and New York City. “Bluegreen is a company built on the strength of its long-term relationships,” said Famous Rhodes, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Bluegreen Vacations. “As such, we are very excited about the renewal of this...

20 Nov 2018

The Registry Collection® Program Expands Exchange Network in the Caribbean with New Affiliations

The Registry Collection® recently added two new resort properties in the Caribbean to its luxury exchange network. The resorts, LANAIS at Maré in San Juan and Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia, expand The Registry Collection program’s presence in these popular vacation destinations. LANAIS at Maré was originally part of the ESJ Towers complex, one of North America’s first timeshares. Developer Keith St. Clair purchased the complex with the vision of revitalizing the property and providing members with an exceptional, upgraded experience. Located in San Juan, the property is right in the heart of the area’s electric urban scene with access to its amazing...