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2013 banner year for U.S. vacation timeshare industry
Hospitality Net
The U.S. timeshare industry enjoyed significant growth in 2013, according to the State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry: United States Study 2014 Edition conducted by Ernst & Young. Compared to 2012, sales volume increased nearly 11 per cent, average sales price rose nine per cent, and there are 29 per cent more resorts planned for the upcoming year.
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Interval International adds fourth Grupo Vidanta property in Mexico to its worldwide exchange network
Wall Street Journal
Interval International, a worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, has announced the addition of The Bliss Jungle Riviera Maya in Mexico. This property joins Grupo Vidanta's The Grand Bliss Riviera Maya, The Bliss Nuevo Vallarta, and Grand Luxxe Residence Club that are currently part of Interval's global network.
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Wyndham Worldwide to endow American Junior Golf Association ACE Grant
EIN News
Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world's largest hospitality companies, announced recently during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Wyndham Cup that it will establish an endowment to benefit the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant Program. Over the next four years, Wyndham Worldwide will give $100,000 to the American Junior Golf Association to support talented junior golfers who lack the financial resources to play a national junior golf schedule.
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Crelogix ranks No. 264 on The 2014 PROFIT 500
Perspective Magazine
Crelogix Acceptance Corporation, a leading Canadian consumer financing provider, has ranked No. 264 in PROFIT Magazine's 26th annual PROFIT 500, a ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies by Canadian Business and PROFIT. It is Crelogix's third consecutive inclusion in PROFIT's annual listing of the fastest-growing Canadian businesses, recording a five-year revenue growth of 210 per cent to make the 2014 list.
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Investors are buying troubled golf courses and giving them makeovers
New York Times
When the Gaillardia Golf and Country Club opened in 1998, it was to be the crown jewel of golf in Oklahoma City, complete with an 18-hole P.G.A. championship course and a 55,000-square-foot clubhouse of Norman-style architecture. The Gaylord family, best known as Oklahoma media moguls and owners of the Grand Ole Opry, sank a reported $59 million into the project.

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Leadership Culture Retreats launched for timeshare industry
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Two dynamic companies have announced a new partnership to produce a series of unparalleled leadership programs specifically for the timeshare industry.

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Canadian Resort Conference 2014 to attract diverse audience
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The Canadian Resort Conference (CRC) is an annual conference hosted by Perspective Group on behalf of the Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA), a trade association dedicated to furthering the interests of the resort industry in Canada and throughout the world.

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HVS opens new hotel consulting and valuation office in New Orleans
Hospitality Net
HVS is pleased to announce the opening of a hotel consulting and valuation services branch in New Orleans to serve a rising volume of hotel projects and a strong client contingent in the Gulf Coast market.
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Mahindra Holidays acquires 18 per cent stake in Finnish firm
Business Standard
In a major expansion move, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts (MHRIL) has entered into a deal with the shareholders of Finland-based Holiday Club Resorts Oy to acquire 18.8 per cent shares. In addition, the deal has also entitled MHRIL the right to increase its ownership in the company in two years.
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Holloway Lodging Corporation completes acquisition of Royal Host and proposes assumption of Royal Host's convertible debentures
Wall Street Journal
Holloway Lodging Corporation and Royal Host are pleased to announce that Holloway has completed its previously announced acquisition of Royal Host with an effective date. As consideration for Royal Host's outstanding shares, Holloway paid a total of $16.4 million in cash and issued 1,637,967 Holloway common shares. Holloway funded $16 million of the cash purchase price from its existing credit facility and the remainder from its cash on hand.
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New equity club offers U.S. polo fans entrée to Argentina's best sporting and cultural venues
Inside the Gate
There are two kinds of polo enthusiasts — those who have visited Argentina and those who dream of doing so. Either kind will be keenly interested in a new club that offers value-driven, worry-free real estate ownership and privileged access to some of South America's most compelling attractions, from polo to world-class skiing, private vineyards and one of the world's most vibrant cities.
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How to create, improve engagement on social media for timeshare resorts
Inside the Gate
When most people think of social media, they think of the big three: Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Social media is so much more than that, however, as it includes sites such as: Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and many others. One of the biggest opportunities for attracting the new generation of timeshare buyers is through connecting with them on the sites that they use the most.
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Timeshare company buys former Las Vegas Hilton, where Elvis performed hundreds of times
680 News
The storied former Las Vegas Hilton, famous for staging Liberace and more than 800 sold-out Elvis Presley concerts in the 1960s and 1970s, has a new name and owner. Florida-based timeshare company Westgate Resorts announced it purchased the LVH hotel from Goldman Sachs and Gramercy Capital and would rename it Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
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