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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. 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.
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Oceanside resort again up for sale, this time for $8M
Nanaimo Daily News
Wyndansea is back on the market — and a bargain, if you've got $8 million in your pocket. Jones, Lang, Lasalle of Vancouver put the 360-acre ocean-side paradise-inthe-making on the market last week on behalf of the lenders. "We've dropped the price, quite aggressively, to $7.95 million," said realtor Alan Johnson.
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Many smaller ski resorts in B.C. face huge business challenges
The Province
Amid challenging trends, smaller ski resorts in B.C. are looking like an endangered species. But the industry will consolidate and grow with the provincial government's new relaxed environmental assessment procedures, industry players say. It was a spotty ski season, especially up to February, with revenues falling for many of B.C.'s resorts.
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10 great luxury boutique hotels & resorts
Forbes
Bigger is sometimes better, but that is not usually the case with luxury hotels and resorts. Beyond a certain size they often lose their intimacy, their hands-on service touch and the magical feeling that they know and care about guests as individuals. In short, big resorts often lose the sensation of a true home away from home. But on the other hand, small properties often under deliver, lacking the amenities of a full service hotel that many travellers want, such as multiple restaurant options, a lavish spa and sporting facilities.
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Leaving on a jet plane: Helpful hints from seasoned travellers
USA Today
All your bags are packed, and you're ready to go. You've locked the door, and you're headed to the airport for your latest adventure or business trip. You've got that sinking feeling that you've forgotten something important, something you can't buy or find at your destination. Hopefully, it's not this issue of Bella Magazine, because we've loaded it with tips to help take the stress out of travel and add fun to your time away.
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Anantara Vacation Club wins 2 prestigious awards by American Resort Development Association
Hospitality.net
nantara Vacation Club, Asia's leading luxury shared ownership concept for discerning travellers, is thrilled to announce its receipt of two prestigious awards from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). Anantara Vacation Club's Phuket Mai Khao property won the award for Resort Architecture as well as one of the organization's highest honors, the ACE International Project of Excellence Award: International Developer. The ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) awards recognize those that have attained the highest level of excellence in the resort industry and whose accomplishments and dedication spur the industry to new heights.
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Fiji offers an array of spectacular resorts
Calgary Herald
Tourism is Fiji's biggest industry, and the South Pacific country features a wide range of accommodations at every price point. Here are some of the high-end options available:

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How much condo you can get for $1 million in these cities
Huffington Post
Canada's real estate markets are famously varied, ranging from the intergalactically expensive to the almost unreasonably affordable, but the info-graphic below really brings this home.

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Vacation properties need to be marketed to poorer buyers for sector to rebound
Vancouver Sun
A recovery in the resort real-estate sector will depend on the ability of developers to connect with a less wealthy buyer than they targeted before the recession and cater to the values of multiple generations, a panel at the Urban Land Institute's spring conference heard.

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Loews Hotels & Resorts Grows, renovates its portfolio
BizBash
Loews Hotels & Resorts is focusing on internal and external expansions. Over the past two years, the New York-based company acquired three new hotels, broke ground on two hotels, and underwent a total transformation of its flagship hotel, the Loews Regency Hotel in New York. The brand is also redesigning 12 of its hotels.
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GW Timeshare Services announces help for timeshare owners to end monthly and annual payment
Digital Journal
Groupwise Timeshare Services, also known as GW Timeshare Services, has announced that they are offering assistance to the owners of timeshares who are looking to end their monthly and annual payment obligations. According to the company, there are a rising number of timeshare owners in the United States who are paying exorbitant amounts for their timeshares simply because of annual maintenance fees and special assessments. The company is now providing a means for these timeshare owners to eliminate these rapidly rising costs.
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Resorts World Bimini celebrates Earth Day with environmental initiatives
Bahamas Islands Info
Resorts World Bimini (RWB) is joining over a billion people in 190 countries worldwide in taking action for Earth Day, as it continues to implement initiatives to minimize its environmental impact in the short, medium and long term. In keeping with the 2014 Earth Day theme Green Cities, RWB has begun implementing its own Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP), which aims to ensure that the Resort’s development is sustainable and that Bimini’s community, environment and culture are not negatively impacted in the process. The ESP is concentrating on three key areas: water, air quality, and sustainable energy.
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Casino owner MGM Resorts, Cirque, developer plan 'Rock in Rio' venue on Las Vegas Strip
Prince George Citizen
Developers are announcing plans to build a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning next year. MGM Resorts International said Monday that the "City of Rock" development to be built between the Circus Circus resort and Sahara Avenue could attract up to 80,000 people a day. Rock in Rio originated in Brazil, and the festivals have also been held in Portugal and Spain.
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Aspen Club's redevelopment breaks ground this summer
Aspen Daily News
A $65 million project to redevelop the Aspen Club and Spa through the construction of 20 timeshare condos that will position the facility as a wellness retreat will break ground this summer, according to club owner Michael Fox. The first sign of the work — drilling geothermal wells in the area of the tennis courts, where most of the new condos will be — will kick off in the coming weeks.
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