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2014 Canadian Resort Conference confirmed for Toronto
CRDA
The Canadian Resort Conference will be held 23-24 September 2014 at Pantages, a Skyline Hotel that is just steps away from Downtown Toronto’s art, entertainment and shopping districts, and is considered among the leading boutique hotels in the city. Recently, an initial three-year agreement was confirmed for Perspective Group to produce the Canadian Resort Conference on behalf of the Canadian Resort Development Association.

The annual conference, which alternates between locations in Eastern and Western Canada, will be extended from the previous one day format into a two day event comprising of a half day networking activity and a day and a half of debates and educational sessions, providing invaluable opportunities to spend time exploring business opportunities with Canadian and International attendees. The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) is a trade association dedicated to furthering the interests of the resort industry in Canada and throughout the world.

The association and its nearly 50 member companies are committed to supporting the highest standards through a structured Code of Ethics which all CRDA members pledge to uphold. “With the theme of ‘exploring the business of vacations’, we will bring together the industry’s key players to learn, network and take advantage of B-2-B opportunities,” said Jon Zwickel, CRDA’s President & CEO. “We believe that our new relationship with Perspective Group will further establish our association as the voice of the Canadian resort industry.” Registration for the event will open in early April.

As the event takes shape, the latest information is available at the www.canadianresortconference.com website. There is also a Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CanadianResortConference.
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Why vacation ownership can be a good deal?
Money Control
Timeshare or vacation ownerships is a much discussed concept these days among holiday seekers and travellers. While the same has been quite pervasive and popular globally, the concept is picking up fast in India. And there are valid reasons for it to do so. While the primary reasons are cost and convenience, there is a lot more to vacation ownerships than that usually gets spoken about. If you fancy high standards of accommodation with top notch services, vacation ownerships are a great way to indulge in a relaxing and pleasant holidays without burning a hole in the pocket; vacation ownership is for you.
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StatsCan: Tourism spending sees biggest rise since 2010
CTV News
Statistics Canada says tourism spending in Canada rose one per cent in the fourth quarter, the largest gain in three and a half years. The agency says the increase was mostly due to higher spending by Canadians travelling within the country. Those Canadian travellers spent 1.2 per cent more in the fourth quarter, marking the largest gain since the first quarter of 2011. 
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Is it ok to crowdfund your vacation?
Calgary Herald
Her husband's 40th birthday was approaching, and Erin Legere wanted to surprise him with a trip to Las Vegas to see the Descendents, his favourite band. But cash was a little tight for the local graphic designer, so she decided to crowd-fund the milestone celebration. Legere signed up for GoFundMe, and shared the page on a secret Facebook group to spread the word. Then she sat back to wait.
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Why vacation ownership can be a good deal?
Money Control
Timeshare or vacation ownerships is a much discussed concept these days among holiday seekers and travellers. While the same has been quite pervasive and popular globally, the concept is picking up fast in India. And there are valid reasons for it to do so. While the primary reasons are cost and convenience, there is a lot more to vacation ownerships than that usually gets spoken about.

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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.

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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.

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National Timeshare Owners ramps up outreach efforts through new helpline
Inside the Gate
The National Timeshare Owners Association has announced a new toll-free consumer helpline (1-844-ASK-NTOA) which, along with their existing Feedback Page will allow consumers to access the Association for assistance with timeshare related issues and provide feedback on great experiences.
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Margaritaville Vacation Club celebrates groundbreaking ceremony with the governor of St. Thomas
Inside the Gate
Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world's largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies, and Margaritaville Hospitality Group, celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the first-ever Margaritaville Vacation Club resort in St. Thomas. The event took place at the future home of Wyndham St. Thomas, located on the northeast side of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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3rd annual RCI Green Awards recognize top sustainable affiliated resorts
Wyndham Worldwide
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, announced the winners of its annual RCI Green Awards, with Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, CA., awarded the highest honor for the second year in a row. The third iteration of this competitive award program saw applications from many of RCI's most environmentally-conscious affiliates, with the winners based on criteria set by third-party sustainability expert Green Key Global.
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RCI hosts first shared ownership seminar in Yangshuo, China
Inside the Gate
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, recently hosted its first Shared Ownership Seminar in Yangshuo, China. About 50 attendees were present at the seminar held at the Guilin Yangshuo Resort. The two-day seminar was developed for RCI affiliates' sales professionals to give them tangible, hands-on and "how-to" approaches for today's shared ownership marketplace.
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The new RCI.com makes planning your vacation almost as fun as the actual trip
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While going on a vacation is the highlight of the year for many travelers, the planning and decision-making process can often be a bit overwhelming. RCI has reimagined its website — RCI.com — to provide consumers with even more interactive destination content, easy-to-use functionality, and a personalized experience that help make travel decisions a breeze.
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Merlin Software for vacation ownership set to bring cloud computing to ARDA 2014
AB News Wire
Merlin Software for Vacation Ownership, the leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service to the resort industry, will once again be participating at the upcoming ARDA World 2014. The event takes place at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Merlin's Mike Ashton will be joining the ARDA IT Smorgasbord panel considering how much of this function should be kept in house and how much to hand off to third party specialists.
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ARDA resale forum to include timeshare executive Wesley Kogelman
Inside the Gate
BuyaTimeshare.com President and CEO Wesley Kogelman has been asked to participate as a table discussion facilitator during the Resale Forum as part of the ARDA World Convention. Set to begin April 7. The Resale Forum will be the first scheduled business session of the Convention, to be held April 7-10 at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The ARDA World Convention is the world's largest gathering of timeshare industry executives, with nearly 3,000 participants expected to attend and discuss trends and strategies important to the growth of the industry.
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Hilton timeshare resale YouTube video set record views for HGVC broker
PR Web
Selling Timeshares, has recently released their new YouTube video, "The Benefits and Features of Hilton Resale Timeshares" on their YouTube channel, as well as their website. Since the video's posting, it has received a record amount of views for the company's YouTube channel, which the company refers to as "a precursor for future content." This marks another step towards their focal shift to video content. A move the marketing team is hoping will help the public easily attain information about the world of vacation ownership.
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Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa phase 3 nearing launch
Inside the Gate
With the news that Absolute Twin Sand Resort & Spa phase two construction has commenced, Absolute World Group now announces that phase three of this award-winning mixed-use resort is nearing its launch. The first two phases of the Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa were sold off plan, in a very short time. Select investment opportunities for phase three at pre-launch prices will be announced in June 2014.
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