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Vote NOW for CRDA's Cornerstone Award Winner
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CRDA announces its first annual Cornerstone Award. The award was established to recognize a vacation ownership professional, company , resort or HOA that has achieved outstanding results through innovative deal-making, planning, financing, developing, marketing or selling techniques. The TOP 3 nominees are 1)Grand Pacific Resort Management Canada 2)Whistler Vacation Club 3)Club Intrawest-Whistler. Vote today by clicking on the READ MORE link!
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CRDA Announces Speaker Line-Up for VO-Con
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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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Asia Pacific's alternative ownership industry embraces the drive to Asian economic community
World News Report
Above Hong Kong's central business district and overlooking the harbour at over 100 floors in the fifth tallest hotel in the world, AOCAP delegates will examine many of the region's current challenges and opportunities as the Asian Economic Community (AEC) approaches in 2015.
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Delta Hotels and Resorts announces new Prince George property
Canada News Wire
A Delta Hotels and Resorts property is being built in Prince George, B.C., that showcases Delta's reinvigorated brand through modern design and innovation. Slated to open in 2015, the Delta Prince George Hotel will become the city's first four-star upscale, full-service hotel.
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Canadian housing starts see a moderate uptick in September while Ontario starts fell
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According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Canadian housing market performed better than expected in September with housing starts trending at 190,492 units, up from 188,440 in August. The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
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Asia Pacific's alternative ownership industry embraces the drive to Asian economic community
World News Report
Above Hong Kong's central business district and overlooking the harbour at over 100 floors in the fifth tallest hotel in the world, AOCAP delegates will examine many of the region's current challenges and opportunities as the Asian Economic Community (AEC) approaches in 2015.

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U.S. market set out on road to recovery in 2012
Canadian Tourism Commission
The U.S. took a beating from the global economic downturn and was understandably slow to recover. However, conditions began to improve in 2012 and GDP is forecast to increase 3.1 per cent by Q3 2013, says the latest Global Tourism Watch (GTW) summary report.

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Consumer satisfaction with timeshare resales confirmed in industry study
Inside the Gate
A timeshare resale study released by the ARDA International Foundation has revealed considerable satisfaction levels among timeshare resale buyers and sellers.

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Wyndham worldwide to report third quarter 2013 earnings
Inside the Gate
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation has announced that it will report third quarter 2013 results on Oct. 23. Steve Holmes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Tom Conforti, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call with investors to discuss the results and business outlook.
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RCI announces 2013 Go Green Award winners in Pacific Region
RCI
RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, announced the winners of its Go Green Awards for its affiliated resorts in the Pacific region at the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) conference recently held on the Gold Coast.
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Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences receives 7 awards from Travel Weekly
Inside the Gate
Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences has received seven awards from Travel Weekly. The prestigious tourism and travel publication gives seven 2013 Magellan Awards to The Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences group and its hotels, the Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park, Sunset Marina Resort & Yacht Club and Sunset Royal Beach Resort.
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Facebook is building its own resort-inspired factory town
Gizmodo
Facebook is dipping its big blue thumb into the real estate market, investing in a cushy 394-unit apartment complex that's a 45-minute walk to its new Frank Gehry-designed Menlo Park campus. The $120 million Anton Menlo will be designed by architects at KTGY Group in a partnership with St. Anton Developers.
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The resort sector makes a comeback after a facelift
Hospitality Net
As one of the hardest hit asset classes during the recession due to diminished capacity from leisure and incentive group travelers, the resort sector has dramatically improved this year accounting for 18.4 per cent of total investment transaction volume in the hospitality sector. The $2.46 billion of transactions through year-to-date August 2013 marks the highest volume in the segment since 2007 and more than triple the prior-year period.
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Is luxury travel back? Resort real estate heats up
Investors.com
Improving operating fundamentals, available debt and a hunt for better returns are fueling investment in resorts, from Florida Keys hotels bathed in sun and ocean breezes to ritzy ski lodges nestled in the Sierra Nevadas near Lake Tahoe out West.
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Improvement in resort home sales sparks optimism
Star Advertiser
Record tourism and a strong housing market in Hawaii finally appear to be producing a rebound in a sector of the local residential real estate market aimed at visitors: vacation homes.
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TUG celebrates 20 years helping timeshare owners
Digital Journal
Founded in October of 1993 by a group of individual Timeshare Owners, TUG's humble beginnings as the very first Timeshare related website has blossomed 20 years later into the largest and most popular consumer education website for Timeshares and Timesharing.
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