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VO-Con Agenda Announced
CRDA
The Vacation Ownership Conference is shaping up to be CRDA's biggest and best event ever. Conference highlights include opportunities to network and forge new B-2-B relationships, highly informative workshops, presentation of the first CRDA Cornerstone Award and participation in creating "The Resort of the Future".
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CRDA Announces the 2013 Cornerstone Award
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The award was established to recognize a vacation ownership professional, company, resort or HOA that has achieved outstanding results through innovative dealmaking, planning, financing, developing, marketing or selling techniques.
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Versace signs deal to build hotel at casino resort in Asian gambling hub Macau
The Province
Italian fashion house Versace says it has signed a deal to build a luxury hotel at a casino-resort in Macau, the world's top gambling market. Versace and Macau casino operator SJM Holdings said in a joint statement that the five-star Palazzo Versace hotel will be part of the resort SJM is building in the former Portuguese colony.
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Singapore hits timeshare sector
The Phunket Insider
Four global shared ownership firms jointly issued a statement to Singapore's Straits Times regarding a proposed new government amendment to consumer laws. Thailand's Anantara Vacation Club, Interval International (II), RCI and Wyndham Vacation Ownership are crying foul over a possible change, which would disallow the collection of payments during the mandatory five-day cooling off period following a sale.
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Interval International adds Encontro Das Aguas Thermas Resort in popular tourist destination
Daily Finance
Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, announced the affiliation of Encontro Das Águas Thermas Resort, a fractional property in Caldas Novas, Goiás. The city is home to one of the largest hot-spring aquifers in the world, making it a very popular destination in central Brazil.
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Versace signs deal to build hotel at casino resort in Asian gambling hub Macau
The Province
Italian fashion house Versace says it has signed a deal to build a luxury hotel at a casino-resort in Macau, the world's top gambling market.

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The who, when, why, what and how of travel to Canada in 2012
Canada Travel
Canadian festival and fairs recieved 1.7 million international visitors up 20.6 per cent in 2011. Travellers come to Canada via air, land and sea.

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Marriott completes securitization of vacation ownership loans
Inside The Gate
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation announced the completion of a securitization of a pool of approximately $263 million of vacation ownership loans.

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Trump Tower hotel-condo dispute expands in Toronto
World Property Channel
Less than 20 per cent of hotel-condo buyers in the year-old Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto, ON, have closed on their units, due to a long-running dispute with the developer, the Toronto Star reports.
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Fairmont Heritage Place renews multi-year affiliation agreement with the registry collection program
Market Wire
Fairmont Heritage Place, a leader in the luxury travel industry, recently renewed its affiliation agreement with The Registry Collection program. The Registry Collection, the largest luxury exchange program in the world, currently offers more than 200 properties either available for exchange or under development in 40 countries.
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Canadians suffering from vacation deprivation?
Calgary Herald
As the last days to squeeze in a summer vacation tick by, a survey finds Canadians yearn for longer escapes like workers across the pond in Europe who generally receive more vacation days per year. The irony is that Canadian workers often don't even take the number of vacation days they're allotted, citing work overload or fear of falling behind if they take any kind of extended holiday.
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Grand Pacific Resort Management wins TripAdvisor awards of excellence
Inside The Gate
Grand Pacific Resort Management (GPRM), one of the oldest and largest vacation ownership companies based in California, has been recognized for its service culture and excellence in resort management. TripAdvisor honored ten GPRM managed resorts with Certificates of Excellence.
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Porsche Design Group opens new store
Manila Standard Today
Porsche Design Group and its local partner the Adrenaline International Concepts headed by young entrepreneur Hans Yao, has expanded its local operations by opening a second and bigger branch at East wing of Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong.
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The most expensive house for sale in Canada is a $35 million heritage home in Vancouver
Buzz Buzz
The former home of a lieutenant governor, this 12,216-square-foot mansion in Vancouver’s exclusive Shaughnessy neighbourhood is listed for $35 million. According to the MLS listing, the home is actually two units that the current owner connected for easy access, so if you're a millionaire looking for a tenant or two, the duplex could easily be converted back to two independent units. That's two homes for the price of nine average Canadian homes.
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