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Canadian Resort Development Association welcomes GetAways Resort Management as newest member
Inside The Gate
The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) announces its newest member GetAways Resort Management to its growing roster of vacation resort members. Jon Zwickel, President and CEO of CRDA, says "We are proud to welcome Ken Owens and GetAways Resort Management to our group. GetAways' partnership with Alderwood Resort Management brings another level to their participation as well."
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CustomerCount sponsors Canadian Resort Conference
RCI Ventures
CustomerCount, a leading online enterprise customer feedback management system, has confirmed its Silver-level sponsorship of the 2015 Canadian Resort Conference (CRC). The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) conference takes place from September 9-10, at the Pan Pacific Vancouver hotel in in British Columbia.
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Data management made simple for timeshare resorts through the RCI Connect® platform
Inside The Gate
RCI recently announced an agreement to add SPI Software to RCI Connect®, its automated transaction reporting platform. SPI Software joins the growing list of leading property management systems (PMS) available through RCI Connect. The addition of this popular system allows RCI to offer the convenience and cost savings benefits of the RCI Connect platform to even more affiliated resorts.
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National Timeshare Owners Association appoints 2 to Advisory Board
Perspective Magazine
The National Timeshare Owners Association recently announced the appointments of Dennis DiTinno and Bob Kobek to their Advisory Board. They join Board Chair Wes Sattenfield and members Michelle Donato, Suzanne Harris, Wes Kogelman and founder Ed Hastry.
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Boomers drive real estate market for luxury housing
The Globe and Mail
Canada's luxury housing market is in the midst of a striking transfer of wealth, as baby boomers trade up for bigger houses while pouring huge sums into real estate for their children. "I don't think you've ever had nearly as much help from one generation to the next in buying homes," said Ross McCredie, CEO of Sotheby's International Realty Canada, which issued a new report examining the finances and buying habits of different generations of buyers in the "luxury" market, which generally refers to the higher end of real estate markets across Canada.
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Interval International extends multi-year affiliation agreement with Dawn Beach Club in St. Maarten
Inside The Gate
Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, and Babitbay Beach Development Corporation, B.V., have extended the affiliation of Dawn Beach Club in St. Maarten. The multi-year contract also includes an array of flexible exchange benefits and upgraded services for Dawn Beach Club members.
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DAE highlights new services, global growth at ARDA Convention
Perspective Magazine
The world's largest privately owned timeshare exchange provider, DAE (Dial An Exchange), will promote its award-winning products and services to more than 3,000 industry professionals during the 2015 ARDA World Convention.

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Bank of Montreal: U.S. vacation homes expected to remain attractive for Canadian buyers
Stockhouse
As Canadians head south for spring break to escape the winter chill, U.S. housing affordability remains good despite a stronger U.S. dollar, according to a new outlook from Bank of Montreal.

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Starwood Hotels will spin off timeshare business into new public company
Skift
Starwood Hotels is spinning off its 22 timeshare resorts into a separate and publicly traded company. That business, Starwood Vacation Ownership, had revenue of about $640 million last year.

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Industry leader to highlight cost-effective design and construction at ARDA World Conference
Perspective Magazine
John Farrow, RRP, will share his expertise on cost-effective building design and construction as a featured panelist next week at the 2015 ARDA World Convention. The global timeshare event will draw more than 3,000 industry professionals, to the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, FL.
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1 in 5 holidaymakers more interested in Facebook updates than enjoying their holiday
RCI Ventures
Research by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation reveals almost one in five British holidaymakers admit they are so preoccupied uploading pictures and updating their social media status that they don't truly experience the holiday they are updating about. The survey was designed to shine a light on the Brits' attachment to their mobile devices and to understand why holidaymakers take so long to switch-off from life back home.
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Wyndham reaches industry milestone of 50,000
Inside The Gate
Vacation ownership heavyweight Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has hit a major industry milestone, welcoming the 50,000th owner to its WorldMark South Pacific Club. A multi-billion dollar global industry, vacation ownership has seen a rapid rise in popularity over the past decade as cost-conscious consumers switch to club vacations as a way to save dollars over a lifetime of holidays.
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Where vacation rentals and hotels finally get along
Skift
Here, in the midst of the vacation rental boom, it's easy to see why hotels have fought so hard against sites like Airbnb and HomeAway. Vacation rentals are the vampires of the hospitality industry, slowly drawing blood away from the hotels, one traveller at a time. They pull out millennial market share and as they grow in popularity, they're only going to make hotels less relevant.
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Envoy: Cuban property not up for grabs
Metro News
Vast, sandy expanses of undeveloped Caribbean coastline, sprawling green countryside and the faded but lingering beauty of old Havana have sparked many a business development fantasy in some of Cuba's more entrepreneurial visitors. Those dreams of new beach resorts, golf courses and condos seemed a little closer to reality after this past December, when presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama declared Cuba and the U.S. would try to normalize relations after 53 years.
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