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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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Tourism businesses power Canada's economic engine
Canada News Wire
Tourism is a trillion-dollar global business and one of the world's biggest industries, employing more than one in 10 of the world's population directly or indirectly. It's not surprising then that Rendez-vous Canada RVC, the Canadian Tourism Commission premier international tourism marketplace, will enjoy record-breaking attendance. The Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., will play host to hundreds of international travel buyers jetting from 28 countries, including all of CTC's key markets, for close to 24,000 pre-scheduled face-to-face business appointments with Canadian sellers of tourism experiences and products.
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New visa program to make it faster for Mexicans to visit Canada
CTV News
The federal government is making it easier for some Mexicans to travel to Canada, but will not scrap a controversial visa requirement that has led to a strained relationship between the two countries. Mexican nationals who have travelled to Canada or the United States within the last 10 years will be eligible for expedited visa processing. The program will speed up visa processing for an estimated 50 per cent of Mexican nationals travelling to Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said.
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Tourism businesses power Canada's economic engine
Canada News Wire
Tourism is a trillion-dollar global business and one of the world's biggest industries, employing more than one in 10 of the world's population directly or indirectly. It's not surprising then that Rendez-vous Canada RVC, the Canadian Tourism Commission premier international tourism marketplace, will enjoy record-breaking attendance.

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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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Talisman Resort in Ontario has been sold
CTV News
The Talisman Resort in Grey Highlands, ON, is getting a new lease on life. The resort closed in 2011 and was falling into disrepair. The Township of Grey Highlands took over the property after previous efforts to find a buyer failed. Recently, they announced that a buyer has been found. The new ownership group, which is headed by Brian Ellis, is promising to develop it into a hotel and spa resort with a convention centre. The group also says it will renovate the main lodge of the resort as well as rooms on the property.
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Travelling with your pet
Durham Region
Travelling with your pet can be fun but also hectic. That's why it's so important to plan ahead and properly prepare for your journey. Whether you travel by car, train or plane, ensure that your pet is both healthy and safe no matter what mode of travel you choose. Click the read more button to view helpful travel tips when planning your journey.
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Architect pioneers shared ownership of hotel property
All Africa
A Nairobi-based architect has set out to build a budget hotel in the outskirts of the city, which will be sold to investors on a fractional ownership basis. The fractional ownership model allows several buyers to own high-value assets such as property in set proportions. Costs and access are shared proportionately as well. The model is gaining popularity in the country and has been successfully tested on holiday homes at the Coast.
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DAE launches digital member magazine
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Dial An Exchange (DAE) has launched a digital version of its Holiday Access member magazine. The publication, which goes to every DAE member, has news, destination features, and tips to help people get the most from both their holiday ownership and their membership of DAE.
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Diamond Resorts International announces closing of $470 million credit facility
Inside the Gate
Diamond Resorts International has announced the closing of its previously announced $470 million senior secured credit facility with Credit Suisse AG, as administrative agent and collateral agent, which includes a $445 million term loan issued with 0.50 per cent of original issue discount and a $25 million revolving line of credit. Borrowings under the New Credit Facility bear interest, at Diamond's option, at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus 450 basis points, with a one percent LIBOR floor applicable only to the term loan, or an alternate base rate plus 350 basis points.
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TripAdvisor gas acquired Vacation Home Rentals
PR News Wire
TripAdvisor announced it has acquired Vacation Home Rentals, a Massachusetts-based vacation rentals website. Vacation Home Rentals features more than 14,000 properties around the world. "We're thrilled to welcome Vacation Home Rentals to the TripAdvisor family," commented Dermot Halpin, president, TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals.
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Grand Pacific Resort Management continues growth surge
Inside the Gate
Grand Pacific Resort Management (GPRM) of Carlsbad has added Meadow Lake Resort to its portfolio of quality timeshare resorts, bringing the number of resorts managed to 20. Meadow Lake is GPRM's first addition of 2014, adding to the four resorts GPRM welcomed into its family of managed resorts in 2013.
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GATE reappoints DAE Head as Chairman
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Chairman of DAE Global, Ramy Filo, has been appointed for another two year term as Chairman of GATE, the Global Alliance of Timeshare Excellence. The announcement was made at the ARDA Annual Conference held in Las Vegas. GATE was established in 1999 by the leaders of timeshare associations in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, Argentina, South Africa, and Australia to advance the growth and positive perception of the timeshare industry worldwide.
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Interval Leisure Group reports first quarter 2014 results
Inside the Gate
Interval Leisure Group has announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2014. "The first quarter revenue growth demonstrates the positive impact from our strategy to broaden the ILG footprint." said Craig M. Nash, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Interval Leisure Group.
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Wyndham Worldwide once again achieves energy reduction across 10 million square feet
Market Watch
Using unique, industry-leading ideas, Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world's largest hospitality companies, again demonstrated its continued leadership and innovation in sustainability best practices, achieving a total 12 per cent reduction of its North American locations that are part of the program since first starting the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge.
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Interval Leisure Group to acquire Hyatt Residential Group
Inside the Gate
Interval Leisure Group, a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a leading global hospitality company, has announced their affiliates have signed a definitive agreement for ILG to purchase Hyatt Residential Group for approximately $190 million. In addition, ILG will acquire Hyatt's interest in a joint venture that owns and is developing a 131-unit vacation ownership property in Maui, and will reimburse Hyatt an additional approximately $35 million, representing Hyatt's contributions to the joint venture through the transaction’s anticipated closing date.
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Wyndham Worldwide offers something for everyone
The Motley Fool
Wyndham Worldwide offers investors a combination of hospitality businesses that all have substantial industry tailwinds to keep things moving forward. A mix of traditional hotels and resorts along with a burgeoning vacation ownership segment has the company growing quietly on the top line, but with greater results on the ever-revered net income level. Investors have plenty to celebrate with the state of Wyndham's current operations, and with the added bonus of an appealing valuation, this may be one of the industry's top picks.
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