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Canada's next chapter
CRDA via RCI Ventures
Canada is poised to capitalize on its most powerful asset: a diverse natural landscape that caters to vacationers of all kind. Rugged snowcapped mountains, pristine beaches, old-growth forests: Canada is naturally spectacular. More and more the country is redefining its cities as sophisticated and cosmopolitan while staying true to its roots. Add to that its stability, easy-to-grasp currency and accessibility from major U.S. hubs and you've got a vacation destination with irresistible appeal.
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Anticipation builds for largest GNEX Conference ever
Perspective Magazine
The GNEX 2015 Timeshare Leaders Conference, Feb. 15 – 18, is shaping up to be the most successful of the series yet. The event, hosted by Perspective Group, takes place at the luxurious Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA, overlooking San Diego Bay.
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The only customer service trend that matters
4Hoteliers
The trend of your customer doing business with you. Let's call it "customer momentum." Is it trending the way you want it to — which is usually up — or not?
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Weak loonie will sway snowbirds, cross-border shopping
CBC News
It's not a new low — far from it. But projections that the loonie will plunge below 80 cents US by spring will clip the wings of vacationing snowbirds, take the air out of cross-border shopping and generally cast a pall over the consumer psyche, economists say.
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Optimized payment processing, Dynamic sales and marketing analytics available at discounted rates through the RCI Affiliate Access Program
Inside The Gate
RCI continues to grow its RCI® Affiliate Access program with the addition of CardConnect™ and TrackResults. Both firms will offer discounted pricing for their services to RCI affiliated resorts.
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Panorama ranks as Canada's most expensive ski resort
Canada Newswire
Panorama Mountain Village, located in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern British Columbia, is the most expensive ski resort in Canada according to a new survey from TravelMag.com. The survey determined the 20 priciest ski resorts in North America based on the cost of their lodging.

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Vancouver real estate developer makes offer to buy bankrupt Wyndansea resort
Alberni Valley Times
A Vancouver-based real estate developer has stepped forward to acquire the unfinished Wyndansea resort in Ucluelet, a pending deal that proposes to repay a long list of creditors a small fraction of funds owed from the bankrupt project.

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MP: Canadians regularly going to U.S. for long stays need to be mindful of changes
CBC News
A B.C. MP is warning people about a new information-sharing agreement between Canada and the United States that could put travellers who regularly spend a lot of time in the U.S. at risk of significant consequences.

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Diamond Resorts International asks America to stay vacationed
Inside The Gate
Diamond Resorts International® has thrown down the gauntlet to Americans. The challenge? Take a vacation! Diamond Resorts, a leading vacation ownership company offering Vacations for Life® — with the help of research and a team of experts, has created a campaign designed to raise awareness among consumers and their employers about the significance of taking regular vacations.
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Consumer Alert: TDI warns consumers of timeshare fraud
Inside The Gate
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) warns owners of timeshare vacation properties of a fraud scheme involving unlicensed title insurance companies. Consumers should always make sure they are dealing with properly licensed title companies and can contact TDI's Consumer Help Line at 1-800-252-3439 for assistance.
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Perspective Magazine announces online voting is now open
Perspective Magazine
You have until Feb. 13 to cast your votes and help your favorites gain more votes by sharing their nominations on social media. CLICK HERE TO VISIT AWARDS SITE.
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New York A.G. reaches settlement with fraudulent vacation package scammers
Inside The Gate
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that his office reached a settlement with Vacation Tours USA, a Florida based firm, and its principals Henry J. Armand and Tony J. Armand, over a false advertising scam targeting consumers across New York State. The company sent letters to consumers telling them they had won a vacation package, including airfare and lodging, and invited them to attend a seminar at a local hotel.
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4 family travel trends hoteliers need to know
Hotel News Now
Hoteliers who cater to the growing multigenerational travel demographic have an opportunity to capitalize, sources said. "Multigenerational travel has been and will continue to be a focus for InterContinental Hotels Group, not just in the United States but across the globe, given the growth of this trend around the world," said Maurice Cooper, VP for the Holiday Inn brand, the Americas.
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Cabo continues to make its comeback
Hotel News Now
Sun. Surf. Sand. Los Cabos has it all. Or had it all. Category 3 Hurricane Odile swept through Los Cabos, Mexico, on Sept. 14, 2014, resulting in more than $1 billion in economic losses. No power. No telecommunications. Massive destruction. So, where is Cabo now? Amid high season, Los Cabos has reopened several resorts that suffered significant damage just a few short months ago.
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New staySky Vacation Club reports strong gains
Perspective Magazine
staySky Vacation Club is off to a great start, fueled by the growth in vacation ownership and the booming Orlando tourism market. The Orlando Florida-based vacation club opened for sales in June 2014. Today, staySky Vacation Club is on a roll, adding members daily for an impressive six months of accelerated growth.
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Let there be rock: Amethyst-inspired hotel proposed for artificial island in South China Sea
BuzzBuzz
Naturally occurring amethysts are formed by iron and silica-rich liquids that seep into gas-filled cavities in lava. Unnaturally occurring amethysts, it seems, are formed by Dutch architects to vaguely resemble a Marriott Hotel.
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How can hoteliers take advantage of the disruptive shift from desktop to mobile?
Hospitality Net
The 2014 device usage results are in! The massive shift from desktop to mobile and tablet devices continued its rigorous pace: last year over 38 per cent of web visitors and nearly 40 per cent of page views were generated from non-desktop devices (mobile and tablet), while nearly 21 per cent of bookings and 17 per cent of room nights came from tablets and mobile devices.
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Interval International host sponsor of Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico
Perspective Magazine
Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, will be a host sponsor of the 33rd annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace. Organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association and Puerto Rico Tourism Company, the conference will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan.
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