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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
CRDA
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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China becomes world's biggest travel spender
Hotel Online
China has overtaken the U.S. and Germany as the world's biggest spenders on travel, with Chinese travelers spending $102 billion on international travel in 2012, an increase of over 40 per cent from 2011. The second annual Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) released by Hotels.com, the world's leading hotel booking website, reveals significant insights into the changing behaviors of Chinese travellers and how the global hotel industry is adapting.
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New E-Plus exchange feature gives Interval members more flexibility in vacation planning
RDO
Interval International has announced the worldwide launch of E-Plus, an exciting new vacation exchange feature. With E-Plus, weeks or points members may change destinations, resorts, unit sizes, or travel dates as many as three times — up to 24 hours before check-in — for an additional onetime fee.
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Wyndham increases online fans by nearly four hundred percent with trivia contest
Market Wired
Wyndham Worldwide, one of the largest hospitality companies, announced that the Wyndham Championship Facebook page increased its online fan base by nearly four hundred per cent through the recent Wyndham Championship Trivia Contest. During the 18-week campaign, fans were encouraged to visit the Wyndham Championship Facebook page to enter the sweepstakes and answer a trivia question related to the Wyndham Championship, Wyndham Worldwide or its family of brands.
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China becomes world's biggest travel spender
Hotel Online
China has overtaken the U.S. and Germany as the world's biggest spenders on travel, with Chinese travelers spending $102 billion on international travel in 2012, an increase of over 40 per cent from 2011.

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The most expensive house for sale in Canada is a $35 million heritage home in Vancouver
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The former home of a lieutenant governor, this 12,216-square-foot mansion in Vancouver's exclusive Shaughnessy neighbourhood is listed for $35 million.

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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.

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Australia defies recession to keep its wanderlust.
Canadian Tourism Commission
While the rest of the world found itself on an economic sticky wicket, Australia defied the global recession. Rising household consumption, stock-market prices and consumer confidence swatted financial anxiety over the boundary fence.
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This $300,000 Tribeca storage unit costs more than the average American home
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Ah, New York luxury real estate, where storage costs more than the average American home. Tribeca superstar condo project 56 Leonard just sold a 200-square-foot storage unit for $300,000, or $1,500 a square foot, The New York Post reported. For reference, the average sale price for existing homes in the U.S. was $260,600 in July, says the National Association of Realtors.
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Victoria family puts Pacific Sands Resort in Tofino up for sale
Times Colonist
Citing the need for a new perspective and fresh capital for future development, Victoria's Pettinger family has decided to put its Pacific Sands Beach Resort near Tofino up for sale. The waterfront resort, which has plenty of room for growth along the west coast of the Island, was listed late last week and is already generating interest.
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The housing market is hot, so Re/Max is going public
Business Week
There's money to be made in real estate again, and one of the big names in the industry is eager to catch the boat. Re/Max Holdings, the franchiser of real-estate brokerages, filed papers to go public, hoping to turn the rebound in the U.S. real estate market into a successful payday as a publicly traded company.
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Vacations are important for your physical and mental health
Inside The Gate
Do you have to push yourself to take a vacation every year? Getting away from the grind might be more important than you realize! A properly-planned holiday with ample opportunities to relax can improve your health in several ways. A well-planned, restful vacation can be like a new lease on life. Here are seven reasons why.
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Diamond Resorts announces the completion of its cash tender offer for its 12.0 per cent senior secured notes due 2018
Market Watch
Diamond Resorts, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Diamond Resorts International, DRII 0.46 per cent, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, announced that it has accepted for purchase its 12.0 per cent Senior Secured Notes Due 2018 in an aggregate principal amount of $50,560,000.
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Dollywood plans $300 million expansion with Dreammore Resort
International Business Times
Country superstar Dolly Parton announced that the group that helps run her namesake park, the Dollywood, plans $300 million in capital investments over the next 10 years, including new attractions, resorts and the creation of more than 2,500 jobs in Tennessee's famed Great Smoky Mountains.
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ARDA announces the Timeshare Effect
Inside The Gate
The Timeshare Effect initiative — a look at how timeshare vacations have a positive effect on lifestyle, family memories, and finances. Inspired by the Travel Effect, a campaign by the U.S. Travel Association, the Timeshare Effect was developed to highlight the link between timeshare vacations and their effect on owners.
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