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CRDA's New Website Launched
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The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA), the national vacation ownership industry association for Canada, has launched a completely redesigned website. The site overhaul project also included the implementation of search engine optimization strategies to lift the online profile of the association and its members.
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CRDA Introduces New National Directors
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The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA), the trade group representing the Canadian vacation ownership industry, recently elected four new members to serve on its national board. At its August meeting, the Board unanimously elected Dianne Hounsome, Marlene Scott, Jude Carrillo and Jon Zwickel as Directors.
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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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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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How to ensure your vacation is engineered for luxury
The Globe and Mail
Gently, almost imperceptibly at first, the Rocky Mountaineer makes its way through the heart of Vancouver. People stopped at rail crossings alongside the tracks get out of their cars to take pictures of the handsome gold, blue and white train as it rolls past. We follow the banks of the Fraser River, where tugboats haul great rafts of timber through silty water. At the final edge of the suburbs we spot a coyote and deer in the fields and the trip feels like it has really begun.
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How to ensure your vacation is engineered for luxury
The Globe and Mail
Gently, almost imperceptibly at first, the Rocky Mountaineer makes its way through the heart of Vancouver. People stopped at rail crossings alongside the tracks get out of their cars to take pictures of the handsome gold, blue and white train as it rolls past.

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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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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.

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RCI welcomes Empark Hotels and Resorts to growing China portfolio
Wyndham Worldwide
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, has expanded its portfolio of more than 4,000 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries through its latest affiliation with Empark Hotels and Resorts Group. The affiliation agreement includes seven resorts located in great vacation destinations in China. "It is with great pride that we welcome Empark Hotels and Resorts Group to our network of affiliated resorts," said Adrian Lee, managing director, RCI Asia Pacific.
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Interval reinforces its commitment to shared ownership in Brazil
RDO
Interval International continues to strengthen its commitment to the growth of shared ownership in Brazil through valuable regional research and renowned investment conferences. Marcos Agostini, Interval's senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America, said, "A decade of economic growth in Brazil has created a new generation of travelers, who include millions of middle class consumers. They have the means and the desire to travel and want to vacation in new ways. That's what shared ownership products can offer these consumers."
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Plans for resort development moving ahead
Sooke News Mirror
The Cheanuh campground, owned by the Beecher Bay First Nations (also referred to as Scia'new), has announced they are going full steam ahead with converting their campground into a town resort. As stated in their press release, "The Scianew First Nation welcomes its partner, the Trust for Sustainable Development in moving forward with the Spirit Bay sustainable resort town development on its Beecher Bay lands 30 minutes from Victoria, B.C."
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Canada cracks top 5 list for real estate investment optimism
Buzz Buzz
Despite the high growth potential of emerging markets, Canada is still considered one of the top countries for investment from global companies in the real estate, hospitality and construction (RHC) sectors. The country ranked 5th behind India, China, Qatar and Chile in a new report from Ernst & Young Global Limited, called Global Capital Confidence Barometer: Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction.
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Hyatt to debut all-inclusive brands in Mexico in Q4 2013
Inside the Gate
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the first two Hyatt-branded all-inclusive resorts, currently The Royal Cancún and Barceló Los Cabos, will be rebranded as Hyatt Zilara Cancún and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in Q4 2013. Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Jamaica, formerly the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort & Spa, Rose Hall, Jamaica will open in early 2014.
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Avoiding time share ripoff scams
Southwest Florida Online
During tough economic times, many timeshare owners become desperate to sell their unwanted properties. Owners should be cautious of scammers who lure victims with the promise that it is the "best time ever to sell," says Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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