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Intrawest announces the acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent of Blue Mountain Ski Resort
Inside The Gate
Intrawest Resorts Holdings, a North American mountain resort and adventure company, has announced that it has negotiated and entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 50 per cent interest in Blue Mountain Ski Resort that it does not already own from Blue Mountain Resorts Holdings for $58 million.
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DAE to provide owner services for LaTour Resorts
Perspective Magazine
DAE, the world's largest independently owned vacation exchange company, has recently been selected by management company, LaTour Hotels & Resorts to provide Owner Services for members of its Whiski Jack Resorts in Whistler, Canada. According to Fermin Cruz, Vice President Americas Region for DAE, "We have a core competency in servicing timeshare owners, understanding booking transactions, and offering inventory distribution channels."
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Timeshare company accused of swindling consumers out of thousands
Inside The Gate
Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received a recent pattern of complaints regarding the sales and advertising practices of Classic Connections Travel Company in Tukwila, WA. The company's website appears to provide information on vacation packages, but consumers allege they have been conned out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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CRDA Conference Registration + Membership = Great Savings
CRDA
The Canadian Resort Conference will be held September 23-24, 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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Hotel trends: Hotels spotlight top selfie spots to lure guests
Canoe.ca
Riding the wave of the selfie trend, the Mandarin Oriental Paris now offers a package with a private tour of the French capital's best locations for Instagram-worthy self-portraits. The prestigious hotel is not the only player in the tourism industry to have understood the marketing potential of the phenomenon.
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Buying a timeshare: The pros and cons
Forbes
At our wealth management and planning firm (The H Group), we occasionally get questions from clients about timeshares, most calling after the fact — fresh and tan from a vacation — wondering if they did the right thing. We've also had to deal with clients in financial distress wanting to get out of their timeshare units.

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Vacation ownership (timeshare) industry research report: 2014 edition
Inside The Gate
Vacation ownership, also known as timeshare, continues to lead in the hospitality and leisure industry with steady growth, as the large part of the industry's constant innovation developed in response to consumer lifestyle needs and vacation preferences.

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Skyline Vacation Club confirms Gold Sponsorship for CRC 2014
Inside The Gate
Skyline Vacation Club has confirmed a Gold level sponsorship for the Canadian Resort Conference (CRC 2014) that is to be held Sept. 23-24 in Toronto.

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Wyndham Hotel Group signs deal for first Wyndham Resort in Costa Rica
Inside The Gate
Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide, has announced the signing of a franchise agreement for the first resort in Costa Rica to fly the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand flag, the Wyndham Papagayo Yu Resort in Guanacaste. The 151-room property, owned by ASECCSS, is currently under development in one of the most popular vacation destinations in Latin America and is scheduled to open by the end of 2015.
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9 ways the Apple Watch could change real estate
BuzzBuzz
The biggest tech news of the week, month and possibly year came as Apple unveiled three new iPhone designs, the new iOS and, what could be the biggest game-changer of them all, the Apple Watch. Being tech AND real estate-obsessed, we started coming up with some realistic applications for Apple's latest gadget for homebuyers, brokers and anyone involved in the real estate game.
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RCI Affiliate Access Program welcomes Advanced World Concepts to offer discounted pricing on reserve analysis and management services
Inside The Gate
RCI recently announced a new agreement with Advanced World Concepts (AWC), the originator of the PRA System, a leading provider of reserve management analysis services. Through the agreement, AWC will offer discounted pricing for its services to RCI affiliated resorts through the company's RCI Affiliate Access program.
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Wyndham Vacation Rentals appoints Mary Lynn Clark President of Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America
Inside The Gate
Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world's largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands recently announced the appointment of Mary Lynn Clark as president of Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. As a member of the Wyndham Exchange & Rentals senior leadership team, Clark will be responsible for leading and growing the company's North American rental businesses, which include such well-known brands as ResortQuest, Kaiser Realty and Oceana Resorts.
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