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U.K. timeshare resale brokerage Travel & Leisure Group reveals results of 10-year satisfaction survey
Inside the Gate
International timeshare resale brokerage firm Travel & Leisure Group has announced the results of a 10-year industry study that concludes 86 per cent of timeshare buyers are happy with their investment after 10 or more years. According to Travel & Leisure Group Managing Director Maria Mills-Farinas, the findings come from the comprehensive study out of London's Resort Development Organisation of satisfaction levels reported by timeshare owners.
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Dial An Exchange And timeshareAdvisor team up to provide DAE members with resort reviews
Resort Development Organisation
Dial An Exchange (DAE) and timeshareAdvisor form a strategic partnership, to provide a visitor-feedback mechanism for members of the DAE exchange service. DAE and timeshareAdvisor will make reviewconnect, a new online review tool that allows DAE to request and display guest reviews directly on DAElive.com, available for exchangers to share their experiences.
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Vacatia timeshare owners survey finds need for improving resale experience
Inside the Gate
Current U.S. timeshare owners report liking many aspects of their timeshare ownership, but have questions and concerns when it comes to selling their timeshare interest, according to a new nationwide survey fielded by Vacatia, the online marketplace for buyers and sellers of vacation ownership.
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Club Leisure Group signs on with TrackResults
Resort Development Organisation
Club Leisure Group, the largest timeshare sales and property management company in South Africa, recently selected TrackResults for their business intelligence and analytics partner. "We have invested and developed a lot of our own software over the years," said Thea Bormann, Board Member & Director of IT at Club Leisure, "and that helped us recognize that TrackResults does something unique: they deliver crucial information instantly, in a format our non-technical managers can use, at a cost effective price."
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RCI announces 2014 Lunch & Learn Tour
Inside the Gate
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, is launching its 2014 Lunch & Learn Tour, which aims to help vacation ownership resorts achieve greater operational excellence. The seven-month tour begins with a stop in Gatlinburg, TN, at The Park Vista DoubleTree by Hilton on April 15,and is scheduled to continue throughout the year to bring this learning opportunity to resorts across the country.
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Older skiers causing demographic snowball for ski resorts
Ottawa Business Journal
The general manager of Edelweiss in Wakefield, ON, barely has time to speak to a reporter — such is the pace of business at the resort during one of the busiest skiing weeks of the season. "It's a winter sports mecca here," he says, referring to eastern Ontario and western Quebec, though he could be talking about many places in Canada. "People like to get out and play in the snow." With school out for the week, many of those on the slopes are youngsters, an important target market for ski areas.
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Confusion and court proceedings continue for Sunchaser Resort owners
Inside the Gate
After several months of further legal debate, the actual court orders arising from last fall's B.C. Supreme Court proceedings initiated by Northmont Resort Properties Ltd. over the Sunchaser Resort in Fairmount, B.C., have been settled. The first of the orders made by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, dealing with the resort operator's right to unilaterally impose a fixed termination fee on any vacation interest owner who wished to surrender their time share interest, clearly states that no such unilateral right exists.
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Grande Bay Resort in USVI announces the new luxurious Grande View Residences
Inside the Gate
For those of you who enjoy staying in the heart of Cruz Bay, you're in luck as a new batch of residences recently hit the rental market and are also being offered for sale. John Alvarado, Director of Sales at Grande Bay stated, "The Grande View Residences at Grande Bay are now available for rent, and these residences represent the best of what St. John has to offer in terms of location, refinement and convenience."
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How to rent the perfect vacation house
Gothamist
While nothing beats a luxury hotel, sometimes it's nice to swap the chlorinated sheets and overpriced turndown service for a full kitchen and the comforts of a real vacation home away from home. And though Airbnb's managed to become the number one home swap site on the Web, it's not the only source for travel abodes.
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Scoop du Jour: Timeshare ghosts of the past!
Inside the Gate
A new study suggests that when a Facebook user posts a negative comment or suggests they are in a bad mood and then blasts that to all their friends and their friends pass it along to others — and still others to others, etc. — the originator's mindset becomes contagious and many of those recipients develop a similar attitude. It was also suggested in this study that a positive or upbeat message passed along results in a positive attitude or mindset by the recipients.

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Where do most international home-buyers in the U.S. come from?
NPR
Our recent about more people buying homes with cash got us wondering about international buyers in the U.S. housing market. Here are a couple surprising facts about who else is buying homes in the U.S. and how they are paying for them.

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Shared property owners in North Vancouver can force sale, B.C. Supreme Court rules
The Globe and Mail
A Supreme Court judge has ruled that a majority of owners in a strata-type project in North Vancouver can ask for a sale of the whole property, even if a minority says the sale will force them out of the only affordable homes in their neighbourhood.

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Resort Travel & Xchange affiliates with European timeshare owners advocate group TATOC
TravPR.com
Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) is proud to announce that the Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees), known as TATOC, has approved its application for affiliation with the organization, which was formed in 1989 and is the only elected consumer association representing the interests of timeshare owners in Europe. Launched five years ago, TATOC affiliation was developed to provide a directory of suppliers of services such as marketing, exchange and re-sale to the timeshare industry in Europe.
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Wyndham Worldwide completes $425 million term securitization
Digital Journal
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation announced that it has completed a term securitization transaction involving the issuance of $425 million of asset-backed notes. Sierra Timeshare 2014-1 Receivables Funding LLC issued $328 million of A rated notes and $97 million of BBB rated notes.
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