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2015 ARDA World Convention goes interactive with 'The Digital Zone'
Inside The Gate
This year's ARDA World Convention and Exposition will feature a digital content component — The Digital Zone — for attendees to interact with fellow attendees (and also non-attendees), speakers, and presenters about their experience at the industry's largest global networking conference and educational event in real-time. The Digital Zone will broadcast from the center of the Exhibition Hall with an ongoing social media feed for attendees using the hashtag #ARDAWorld, and provide a daily digest on ARDA Insight's blog about top takeaways from educational wave sessions and forums at the end of each day.
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Behind the surge in vacation-home purchases: A rebounding real-estate market and baby boomers looking for a retirement destination
The Wall Street Journal
Economists looking for further proof of a robust vacation-home market should head to New York's tony Hamptons. In the U.S., vacation-home sales jumped over 50 per cent in 2014, up from 717,000 homes in 2013, according to preliminary data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a trade group. And second-home sales are expected to continue climbing in 2015, says Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist.
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Marriott International completes acquisition of Delta Hotels and Resorts for $134 million; becomes the largest full-service hotelier in Canada
Hotel Online
Marriott International announced it has completed the acquisition of the Delta Hotels and Resorts brand and management and franchise business from Delta Hotels Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. The transaction increases Marriott's distribution in Canada to more than 120 hotels and 27,000 rooms, making Marriott the largest full-service hotel company in Canada.
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Defender Resorts selects DAE for branded exchange services
Perspective Magazine
DAE (Dial An Exchange) the largest independently owned vacation exchange company, has been selected by Defender Resorts to create a branded internal exchange platform for the 60,000 owners they service at their managed resorts. The prominent Myrtle Beach, South Carolina resort management company has specialized in timeshare resort management for over 35 years.
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Does investing in social media advertising pay for hoteliers?
Hospitality Net
I recently presented at the 2015 EyeForTravel Social and Mobile Strategies conference on "Navigating the Pay-to-Play Social Media Landscape." In this talk I discussed how to invest wisely in social media advertising to ensure return on investment, and ways to use social media advertising to reach the right audience at the right time throughout every touch point of the travel planning journey.
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TATOC membership for Tenerife's Club Olympus at Garden City
RCI Ventures
TATOC, The Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees), announced that Club Olympus in Tenerife has been approved for TATOC resort membership.

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Saskatchewan residents warned about timeshare scammers
Leader-Post
If you're planning a warm vacation to escape the cold winter months, be careful not to get scammed. 'Tis the season for vacation scammers and one unlicenced company is advertising in Saskatchewan.

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Dolce, Wyndham deal makes 'perfect sense'
Hotel News Now
The $57 million acquisition of Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham Hotel Group is a marriage of familiar bedfellows, according to the former's president and CEO, Steve Rudnitsky. The man himself personifies the connection.

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What TATOC is doing for timeshare
RCI Ventures
There is no single answer to the challenges of running a timeshare resort, TATOC Director, Geoff Chapman, told delegates at the annual European Timeshare Owners' Association conference in Manchester, in the UK. Referencing the management of maintenance fees, resort refurbishments, sales and resales programmes, and providing exit routes, Chapman said: "It's a cycle that needs to deliver an excellent high-quality experience against high consumer expectations. Evolution in our industry is essential. Evolution is happening."
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Interval Leisure Group announces offering of $300 million of senior notes by Interval Acquisition
Inside The Gate
Interval Leisure Group, a leading global provider of non-traditional lodging across a broad spectrum of the vacation industry, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Interval Acquisition, intends to offer, in a private offering, $300 million of senior notes due 2023, which will be guaranteed on a senior, unsecured basis by ILG and certain of its other domestic subsidiaries.
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Revealed: Dubai link to Alpine plans to build the world's tallest hotel
Arabian Business
Dubai's success story has been identified as the inspiration behind plans to build what will be the world's tallest hotel in the Swiss Alps. The current world's tallest, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai at 355 metres tall, is set to be surpassed by the new 381-metre structure in the Swiss Alps.
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Concierge Realty provides proven marketing strategy for developers
Perspective Magazine
Resort developers have an easy and innovative way to reduce marketing costs, while increasing their bottom line. Concierge Realty has helped developers throughout the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean turn empty vacation villas into lucrative rentals and fill unsold inventory with quality candidates for membership.
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FIBRAs, aggressive lending boost Mexico hotels
Hotel News Now
Mexico's burgeoning hotel industry is benefitting from growth in the business sector, and industry leaders said during the recent Mexico Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference that they expect the trend to continue well into the future. "Business travel seems to be organized in regional economies, some with deeper demand for the short run," said Richard Katzman, managing director of HVS-Mexico City and the conference's chairman.
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Leading developers and brokers announced as speakers at HVS Central Florida Hotel Market Review
HVS
Kathy Conroy, MAI and John Lancet, MAI, Directors of the HVS Consulting & Valuation practice in Florida, have announced that the first annual Central Florida Hotel Market Review (CFHMR), scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015 will feature an impressive group of the key industry executives active in today's hospitality development scene in the Greater Orlando area.
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RCI to offer call centre services to Royal Resorts owners through new agreement
RCI Ventures
RCI has signed an agreement with Royal Resorts, one of the international Karma Royal Group of companies, to offer its owners call centre services. Royal Group founder, John Spence, said: "We have definitely leveraged RCI's services as a primary navigator in our member journey, as we do not see that part of the business as being where our core expertise lies."
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Unlimited Vacation Club wins top honour
Perspective Magazine
Unlimited Vacation Club (UVC) by AMResorts announced its Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa was named the global timeshare industry's Best Timeshare Resort in Latin America at the 2015 Perspective Magazine Awards celebration. The Perspective Magazine Awards program, now in its fifth year, presents one of the timeshare industry's highest honours.
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