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RCI acquires Alliance Reservations Network to accelerate growth through new travel services
19 Aug 2019

RCI acquires Alliance Reservations Network to accelerate growth through new travel services

RCI, the world’s largest vacation exchange network as part of Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), has acquired travel technology platform Alliance Reservations Network (Alliance) for $92 million.  This strategic acquisition will accelerate growth at RCI through an enhanced B2B experience for members and affiliates, as well as bring new benefits for individual and group travel, events, and the corporate meetings market. Alliance’s highly configurable and intelligent booking platform will also provide RCI the ability to offer travelers a wide array of ancillary travel and lifestyle services through the delivery of optimized booking engine, inventory, content and pricing resources. The acquisition of Alliance’s industry...

13 Aug 2019

Yield Management – Slicing the Pie with RDO10 Expert Panel of Speakers Daniel Bates, Guy Mantel and Roman Sucharzewski

At every RDO conference, in addition to the inspirational speakers and motivational sessions, we always aim to provide our attendees with practical education sessions, and we’re pleased to announce that our panel of experts, Daniel Bates, Guy Mantel and Roman Sucharzewski, will be presenting “Yield Management - Slicing the Pie” at RDO10, organised by Janice Anderson-Pearne, VP Client Services & Operations EMEAA at Interval International. During this practical session, our panel of experts, Daniel, Guy and Roman will be taking a look at the interesting and occasionally controversial balancing act of the world of inventory yield management, a much needed business...

KARMA GROUP AND DIAMOND RESORTS EXPAND AFFILIATE PARTNERSHIP
12 Aug 2019

Karma Group and Diamond Resorts expand affiliate partnership

Award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group is pleased to announce the expansion of its existing partnership with Diamond Resorts®, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, to offer members, owners and guests additional vacation opportunities. As part of the expanded partnership, Karma Group will open a sales centre at Diamond’s Village Heights Golf Resort in Crete, Greece. Members, owners and guests of Diamond Resorts® will be able to purchase additional Diamond Resorts vacation ownership points at the location and receive vacation certificate deals to stay at Karma properties. Both companies have seen strong demand from their respective...

15 Jul 2019

Online Reviews: An untapped channel for the timeshare industry with RDO10 Speaker Jordan Pellant

With the rapid improvements in digital technology over the last decade such as the widespread availability of high speed mobile internet and incredibly powerful smartphones, there has been an accompanying increase in the use of social media networks, video streaming platforms such as YouTube, blogs and review websites such as TripAdvisor. As the use and sophistication of all of these have continued to increase globally year after year, power has continued to shift from brands to consumers. Whereas in the past, brands could rely on their own marketing to convince people to choose their products, through print, radio, TV and internet...

4 Jul 2019

John Spence appointed the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale University School of Architecture

John Spence, Founder and Chairman of Karma Group, has been honoured for the second time by the Yale University School of Architecture by being appointed the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architectural Design for the fall semester of the 2019-2020 academic year. This marks the first time that the faculty has offered this position to the same person on more than one occasion. Established through the generosity of Edward P. Bass, this fellowship enables the School to invite distinguished private and public sector leaders in the development community to participate as integral teaching members in advanced studios and seminars. John...

2 Jul 2019

The New Influence – how to build an influential brand online in the age of digital disruption with RDO10 Speaker Ste Davies

Today’s incredible digital technology, driven by the rapid growth of high-speed internet, smartphones as powerful as computers and other amazing innovations, has created incredible opportunities for individuals and brands. One obvious benefit for companies and individuals aiming to power their brand exposure in today’s increasingly interconnected world has been the massive growth in the usage of social media, with the number of social media users predicted to reach almost three billion by 2021. That means that around two billion more people will have become social media users since 2010! The power of these platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn...

KwikChex awarded Trading Standards award
1 Jul 2019

KwikChex given Trading Standards Hero award

KwikChex, which manages the Timeshare Task Force on RDO’s behalf, has been awarded a Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Hero Award for its work in targeting fraudsters and protecting consumers through its close cooperation with Trading Standards and local law enforcement agencies. Much of KwikChex’s focus has been on businesses targeting timeshare owners and in addition to providing guidance and assistance to consumers through its online and telephone services, it has provided expert witness testimony in a number of court cases in the UK, all of which have been successful. KwikChex is a corporate affiliate member of the CTSI and has been...

Anfi teams with Silva to fight gender violence
1 Jul 2019

Anfi teams with Silva to fight gender violence

The Anfi Group has launched an ambitious international campaign against gender violence featuring various employees of the leading European timeshare company. The Gran Canaria-based company launched its ‘Stop Violence’ initiative with the help of ambassadors including Manchester City and Spain soccer star David Silva, British actor Will Mellor, Norwegian rally driver Mads Østberg, and windsurf World Champion Daida Ruano. All feature in a high-impact video video calling for an end to gender abuse. The recording features individual messages in different languages and a final image from the Anfi employees, with one hand raised, demanding an end to gender violence. The sequence, which lasts...

Timeshare Task Force
28 Jun 2019

ITRA, ECC and M1 Legal

A number of consumers are advising that following the winding up of ITRA, they are being approached by European Consumer Claims (ECC) and are corresponding with M1 Legal.  These communications concern offers of continuing work said to have been started by ITRA. As consumers paid ITRA and entered into contracts with that business and it is now the subject of liquidation and insolvency investigations, the Timeshare Task Force, which is managed by KwikChex on behalf of RDO, advises that such approaches should be reported to the ITRA liquidator, Richard Long & Co., as they are likely to be unlawful – a...

CLC World Resorts & Hotels launches Gatehouse Gin at its Scottish resort
24 Jun 2019

CLC World Hotels & Resorts launches Gatehouse Gin at its Scottish resort

CLC Duchally Country Estate – CLC World Resorts & Hotels’ (CLC World) Scottish hotel and lodge resort - launched Gatehouse Gin on June 20th. UK broadcaster and journalist, Jennie Bond cut the ribbon at the launch event. Gatehouse Gin is a craft gin distilled in the gatehouse at CLC Duchally Country Estate, in partnership with local spirit specialists, Strathearn Distillery. CLC Duchally Country Estate is the first in CLC World’s portfolio to open a distillery and produce its own beverage. Jennie Bond declared the Gatehouse Gin distillery open, saying: “I’ve been very lucky to visit CLC Duchally Country Estate a few times and I...