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CRDA Conference Registration + Membership = Great Savings
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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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Happy 20th anniversary, Club Intrawest!
Inside the Gate
Since opening its first location in Whistler, B.C. in 1994, Club Intrawest has grown to include nine properties across Canada, the United States and Mexico. As North America's premier boutique vacation club, its focus has always been on Member satisfaction. "There are a lot of milestones in a company's evolution," says Trevor Bruno, President, Intrawest Resort Club Group.
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Resort municipality funding to support tourism growth in 14 communities
News Room
The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million under the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) to 14 designated communities to support programs or projects which add amenities, provide a better tourism experience for visitors and help to increase the tourism component of the local economy. RMI supports the B.C. Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: B.C.'s Tourism Strategy by helping resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings.
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10 individuals indicted in $14.5 million telemarketing scam
Inside the Gate
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that a federal grand jury returned ten one-count Indictments for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud against 10 individuals. These individuals were employees of C&G Marketing Associates, LLC, a Florida corporation which, in 2009, defrauded consumers across the continent using the fictitious name, Premier Timeshare Solutions. PTS telemarketers worked in an office building in West Palm Beach, FL.
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Dubai timeshare sector 'to witness rapid growth'
OPP Connect
Boosted by rapid growth in Dubai tourism and a desire for affordable investment, the timeshare sector is set to take off and could be worth DH14 billion by 2020, a new report claims. Slice of ParadiseThe vacation ownership market is "a sunrise sector with high growth potential being driven by the burgeoning growth witnessed in the emirate's travel and tourism sector," according to the Slice of Paradise economic report from timeshare specialist, Arabian Falcon Holidays.
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Resort municipality funding to support tourism growth in 14 communities
News Room
The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million under the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) to 14 designated communities to support programs or projects which add amenities.

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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.

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Club Resort Intervals sponsorship of C.A.R.E. benefits charity
Inside the Gate
The Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers (C.A.R.E.) would proudly like to recognize its member, Club Resort Intervals (CRI), Manchester, NH, as a recent Presidential Sponsor of its 58th Semi-Annual Conference held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, FL. As a C.A.R.E Presidential Sponsor, Club Resort Intervals contributed $20,000 by hosting an amazing Mexican Fiesta event for conference attendees and CRI's fifth year as member of C.A.R.E. with a "Cinco de CRI Celebration."
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Vegas, king of giant resorts, welcoming smaller, artsier boutique hotels
The StarPhoenix
For years, Las Vegas, NV, took the bigger-is-better route, building expansive glassy megaresorts with 4,000 rooms apiece and seemingly endless check-in counters. But with just 188 rooms, the newest hotel-casino on the Strip takes a different tack. Managers of The Cromwell hope to impress guests not with an imposing tower, but with unexpected details such as in-room hair straighteners and backgammon boards and free, self-serve coffee stations in the elevator lobby of each floor.
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RCI Cork named Great Place to Work for second year in a row
Inside the Gate
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands announced its Cork office was recognized by Great Place to Work as one of the best large workplaces in Ireland for 2014. Marking the second consecutive year RCI Cork received this prestigious and coveted honor, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland, John Ryan, personally visited the Cork office to present RCI with its award and certificate.
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Diamond Resorts International to present at upcoming investor conferences
Diamond Resorts
Diamond Resorts International announced that President and Chief Executive Officer David Palmer and Vice President of Investor Relations and Financial Planning, Frank Acito are scheduled to attend the Morgan Stanley Gaming, Lodging & Restaurant Corporate Access Day and participate in investor meetings being held at the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston, MA.
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TripAdvisor has acquired Vacation Home Rentals
Market Watch
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. "The team delivers a great experience for both homeowners and travelers and the inventory is a valuable addition to our fast-growing business."
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DAE introduces online resort reviews for members
Inside the Gate
Worldwide vacation exchange provider, DAE, has teamed up with timeshareAdvisor to introduce a new online platform for DAE members to write and read reviews of exchange Resorts. Announcing the new online system would be available for DAE's members globally, CEO Francis Taylor said, "By partnering with timeshareAdvisor, DAE can now share valuable visitor feedback through our own website with the 'reviewconnect' online timeshare review tool."
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Exclusive Resorts study reveals that owning a vacation home is more of a burden than a joy
Exclusive Resorts
Exclusive Resorts, the preeminent destination club specializing in bespoke villa vacation experiences, revealed the results of a newly commissioned study on vacation home ownership as the Denver-based Club unveils GATEWAY by Exclusive ResortsSM, a new product appealing to luxury consumers opting to travel often, own less and share more.
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