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Wyndham expands footprint in Africa with upscale property
Zacks
Most hoteliers across the globe are trying to augment guest satisfaction and gain a better foothold in the industry. With the increasing demand for mass market brands, Wyndham Worldwide recently announced that it has entered into a management agreement for the opening of Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and Spa in Africa. This will mark the opening of the first upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in the region.
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Timeshare CEO Wesley Kogelman elected to CRDA Board of Directors
Perspective Magazine
Wesley Kogelman, president and CEO of online timeshare resale and rental advertising company BuyaTimeshare.com, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA). "The Board welcomes Wes and his representation of an ethical resale industry. Wes has been very supportive of CRDA and will bring a technology perspective to our Board, which is imperative as we continue to look for new ways to connect with the new generation of timeshare buyers," said Jon Zwickel, president and CEO, CRDA.
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Champions Tour Pro and Diamond Resorts International brand ambassador, John Cook, wins the Nature Valley First Tee Open
Inside The Gate
Champions Tour professional John Cook, brand ambassador for Diamond Resorts International, won the recent Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and earned his 10th Champions Tour title and 27th career victory, closing with a 3-under 69 for an 11 under total and a one-stroke victory. An enthusiastic endorser of Diamond Resorts, Cook prominently displayed the company's brand throughout the win.
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Millennial spend outpaces boomers, Gen X
Hotel News Now
Millennials are outpacing other generational cohorts with increases in travel spend. The research looked at more than 2,500 people in four generational categories who have traveled within the last 12 months, all of whom had an annual household income of more than $50,000.
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Turtles under the care of Sunset World go back to the sea
Inside The Gate
Within the framework of the celebration of World Oceans Day that aims to preserve the safety of sea life, Sunset World Resorts & Vacations Experiences, always looking to excel as a model of Sustainable Tourism and do its bit to preserve ecosystems, calls on volunteers, ministries, visitors and collaborators to team up to take care of beaches, oceans and all sea species that need our care.
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Perspective Group confirmed as TripAdvisor Official Partner
Perspective Magazine
Perspective Group, an marketing company for the vacation ownership industry has confirmed another major feature to its strategic arsenal, by becoming an Official TripAdvisor Partner. TripAdvisor is the largest travel site globally and its branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 280 million unique monthly visitors, and featuring more than 170 million reviews and opinions covering more than four million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions.
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65.8 per cent of hoteliers predict mobile check-in to be the norm in 3 years
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Officials of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA) released the results of a wide-ranging survey of asset managers' forecasts for the upcoming year in the hotel industry. Questions included predictions on room service, free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in.

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First Canadian Resort Conference delivers powerful content
Perspective Magazine
The first annual Canadian Resort Conference (CRC), hosted by Perspective Group on behalf of Canadian Resort Development Conference concluded after a day and a half of poignant sessions and debates.

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CRDA announces new appointments to Board Of Directors
Perspective Magazine
The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) has welcomed five new members to its board of directors at a meeting held during its annual Canadian Resort Conference, currently taking place in Toronto.

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The impact of the sharing economy on hotels
Hotel News Now
The sharing economy is thriving in the travel industry today, with apartment dwellers or home owners using a variety of distribution channels to rent out their unused units or spare bedrooms to travelers seeking alternatives to traditional hotel stays. Whether it is millennials with their different cultural tastes or long-time road warriors with a need for destination authenticity or simply a cheap room, new vendors of alternative transient accommodations have emerged to meet the demand: Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, Roomorama, CyberRentals.com and others.
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Exploria Resorts introduces new vacation club product
Inside The Gate
Executive Vice President Juan Barillas recently announced the successful launch of Club Exploria, the newest vacation product to be offered by Exploria Resorts. "This new vacation club will truly change the way we market, sell and service our product into the future," shared Barillas. "Club Exploria provides members direct access to a growing portfolio of resort destinations numbering more than 25 at the time of launch with an additional 4000+ offered through our worldwide exchange partner, RCI."
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DAE to focus on U.S. timeshare market
Perspective Magazine
Since opening its doors in Australia in 1997, Dial An Exchange (DAE) has disrupted the exchange market by offering timeshare owners free memberships with no fees until they get their desired exchanges. Now, the company is ramping up its marketing efforts to expand their presence in the U.S. market, timeshare's largest.
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Intrawest launches most affordable multi-mountain ski pass in history
Inside The Gate
With summer wrapping up many skiers and snowboarders are prepping for their favorite season. Which means many are already on the lookout for the best ski pass deals. Intrawest Resort Holdings, the parent company of several North American ski resorts, is unveiling the fall launch of the most affordable multi-mountain ski pass available this season, The Intrawest Passport™.
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Interview: HomeAway CEO on big players acquiring vacation rental companies
Skift
HomeAway is merely trying to dominate the global vacation rental marketplace, but the large market cap companies, including Expedia, TripAdvisor, the Priceline Group, and Alibaba have set their sights on global domination of the entire travel marketplace. That's the view of HomeAway co-founder and CEO Brian Sharples, who tells Skift that vacation rentals "is the number two category in accommodations [and] then you have to suspect that some of those players are going to be eyeballing a consolidation there."
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