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CRDA Announces the 2013 Vacation Ownership Conference
CRDA
The Canadian Resort Development Association announces the 2013 Vacation Ownership Conference. "VO-CON" will be held in Vancouver, BC on October 22-23. VO-CON's mandate is "Exploring The Business Of Vacations". The event will bring vacation ownership industry executives together for one-and-a-half days of networking and learning. To be profiled as an official sponsor or speaker, please visit www.vocon.ca
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Canadian Resort Development Association announces strategic partnership with Big Picture Conferences
Canada News Wire
Big Picture Conferences is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the Canadian Resort Development Association to produce VO-CON, the Canadian Vacation Ownership industry's premiere business conference. Since 2007, Big Picture Conferences has produced over 28 events within the Canadian Hospitality sector including the flagship Canadian Hotel Investment Conference and the Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference.
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Big changes on the horizon for Americans buying baja real estate
San Francisco Chronicle
this year, the Parliamentary Group of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Parliamentary Group of the National Action Party (PAN) of Mexico submitted a bill proposing to amend section I of Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution to allow foreigners to own land.
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Niagara outlet centre to feature Bass Pro, Forever 21
St Catharines Standard
Could a new mall make Niagara-on-the-Lake a big-time outlet shopping destination akin to Pennsylvania? Lord Mayor David Eke thinks so. Speaking at the kick off for The Outlet Collection at Niagara, he said an outlet centre put Grove City on the map and it can do the same for Niagara.
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Wyndham revolutionizes its sales practices
Digital Journal
A well-known innovator in the timeshare industry, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the world's largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies is revolutionizing its sales practices by providing every member of its sales force a comprehensive sales tool center on an iPad platform.
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Timeshare is cheap, yet restrictive
Business Standard
Membership in a timeshare resort could provide you access to chains the resort has tie-ups with. For instance, Country Club owns 55 properties and has 200 affiliations within Indian and a tie-up with RCI, which gives members access to a global portfolio of 5,000 properties. Similarly, Club Mahindra, too, has 40 properties in India and abroad and members can enjoy international holidays with RCI exchange facility for discounted rates.
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Interval reports first quarter 2013 results
Business Wire
"The first quarter brought positive results from our ongoing strategic initiatives. Primarily driven by the contribution of the management and rental segment, Interval Leisure Group increased top line results," said Craig M. Nash, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Interval Leisure Group.
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Canadian Resort Development Association announces strategic partnership with Big Picture Conferences
Canada News Wire
Big Picture Conferences is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) to produce VO-CON, the Canadian Vacation Ownership industry's premiere business conference.

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American Resort Development Association honors Sunset World with award
Inside the Gate
The American Resort Development Association, which brings together more than a thousand members of the tourism industry and the leisure real estate sector, honored Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences with the ARDY Award in the category of Best Corporate Brochure.

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PRCS doing well, shared ownership to strongly rebound
RCI Ventures
In lieu of their usual conference to announce the results, Ragatz Associates held a webinar on March 20th to announce the preliminary results, which revealed that total sales volume was $497 million in 2012.

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Legislature passes law to help time-share industry
Orlando Sentinel
In response to lobbying from the state's time-share industry, Florida lawmakers passed a law that would make it harder for time-share owners to dump unwanted properties. Among many other provisions, HB 7025 would outlaw a controversial resale strategy known as a "Viking ship." Under the practice, time-share owners desperate to be rid of their units will pay transfer companies to take the properties off their hands.
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Add social login to your real estate site visitors into leads
Realty Biz
In the web-marketing world of real estate, attracting home buyers to your real estate website is only half the battle. The other half is getting them to register with your site or provide some form of personal contact information which then transforms that particular website visitor into an actual sales lead.
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The Chinese are now 2nd biggest international buyers of U.S. property after Canadians
The Wall Street Journal
The Chinese are now the second biggest international buyers in the U.S. property market. The WSJ's Wei Gu tells Deborah Kan what Chinese customers are looking for when it comes to buying a second home, whether in China or abroad.
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Harlequin Executives remain confident
Caribbean 360
Investors in the cash-strapped Caribbean investment firm Harlequin Property fear massive losses after Harlequin's sales division filed for administration. At the time of filing at the High Court in London, a statement signed by Harlequin director Carole Ames said: "The company is or is likely to become unable to pay its debts."
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Vacations boost pleasure
Market Wire
Expedia.com, the world's largest online travel agency, released the results of an online survey conducted on their behalf by Harris Interactive, which was designed to examine the link between vacations and happiness. The Expedia Pleasure Index found that consumers link their personal happiness to vacations. 86 per cent of Americans pair the two, and those who vacation three or more times per year are more likely to do so than those who travel two or fewer times.
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Las Vegas lifestyle, attractive prices propel 38 sales at veer towers since February 2013
The Wall Street Journal
Condominiums are selling again in Las Vegas. A prime location and new prices at Veer Towers are drawing buyers who spent $19 million on residences in just three months. "We jumped out of the gate with strong sales from California, Toronto and elsewhere," said Mark Pordes, CEO of Pordes Residential Sales & Marketing. "The Las Vegas condo market has been weak for years, but now we're bringing people back."
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Revel takes steps to restructure finances, ownership
Press of Atlantic City
Revel, the troubled $2.4 billion megaresort, is moving ahead with plans to overhaul its finances and ownership structure in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and before New Jersey casino regulators. Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late March, Revel has been speeding through the courts.
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JW Marriott luxury brand heads to the white sand beaches of Turks and Caicos
Digital Journal
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, announced today during the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit. Its plans to open a new 380-room JW Marriott Hotel and Casino which will include 16 residential condos located on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The property will be operated by Marriott International under a long-term agreement with DesarrollosHotelco Turks and Caicos, a group made up of prominent regional investors.
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MGM Resorts posts surprise profit for Q1 on strength of Las Vegas, Macau
Times Colonist
MGM Resorts International reported a surprise profit for its first quarter on the strength of room bookings and gambling tables on the Las Vegas Strip and continued profits in Macau. CEO Jim Murren called the results the best first quarter since the beginning of the recession five years ago, and shares rallied in morning trading.
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