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Who are millennial travellers and what do they want?
The Huffington Post
The term "millennial" is thrown around a lot nowadays. Roughly, it refers to the generation of people born anywhere between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. It's a big group of people, and they're just now starting to enter their prime travelling years. But what does this generation of younger travellers really want when it comes to hotels?
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Today's timeshare owner more diverse, younger
Inside The Gate
The timeshare industry has returned to growth mode, in part due to the influx of a new type of owner — one that will help to continue the trajectory of the industry. According to the newly released "Shared Vacation Ownership Study" from the ARDA International Foundation (AIF), these new owners are younger, have higher incomes than current owners and represent a more culturally diverse cross-section of U.S. households.
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Canada ranked as No. 1 country to visit
Canadian Tourism Commission
The international love affair with Canada shows no signs of cooling off. According to a new study from the Reputation Institute, Canada is the top country in the world to visit, live in, study and attend or organize events. A beautiful and enjoyable country, friendly and welcoming people, contributions to global culture and safe environment were key drivers in the rankings.
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DAE signs deal as preferred exchange partner with LPA
Perspective Magazine
Worldwide holiday exchange provider, DAE, has announced its affiliation with South African timeshare company, Leisure Portfolio Association (LPA), as a preferred exchange partner. Launched in December 2013, LPA offers its South African customers the best aspects of vacation ownership through a customer-centric online vacation platform.
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Mexico timeshare scammers targeting Saskatchewan
Global News
The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) issued a warning Tuesday warning people of timeshare sale fraud. The consumer protection division of the FCAA is advising consumers two companies claiming to be U.S. firms are selling timeshares for properties in Mexico.
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Wyndham Hotels and Resorts makes travel more rewarding
Stockhouse
To provide its most loyal guests with a more rewarding travel experience, the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand is giving guests the opportunity to earn up to 10,000 Wyndham Rewards® bonus points when they book and complete their upcoming stays.

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Timeshare resale advertiser BuyaTimeshare.com launches dynamic new website
Inside The Gate
In a significant step forward for the timeshare resale industry, online advertiser BuyaTimeshare.com has announced the launch of a newly designed website aimed at providing easier access for consumers seeking information about the secondary market.

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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 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 $58.0 million.

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Grand Pacific Palisades featured on KUSI TV's Good Morning San Diego
Hotel Online
Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel made its television debut on KUSI — Channel 51 recently. The popular Good Morning San Diego broadcast hosted on site by Brad Perry began with an early morning surprise visit to a family enjoying breakfast in their timeshare condominium unit and moved on to an interview with Co-President Tim Stripe in the lobby.
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National Timeshare Owners Association appoints Wesley Kogelman to Advisory Board
Perspective Magazine
The National Timeshare Owners Association (NTOA) has appointed BuyaTimeshare.com CEO Wesley Kogelman to its Advisory Board, as the group continues to expand its influence in the timeshare industry. The Advisory Board was created to spark fresh ideas and bring a broader knowledge of the timeshare industry to the organization following a management restructure and the appointment of Gregory Crist as Chairman and CEO.
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3 convicted in federal court for their role in a nationwide timeshare telemarketing fraud scheme targeting the elderly
Inside The Gate
United States Attorney James L. Santelle of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that following a six day jury trial, Jason D. Schultz (age: 31), and Jessica M. Gilbert (age: 25) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, as well as Jessica Weinhart (nee Hensen) (age: 31) of Neenah, Wisconsin were convicted of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The jury further found that they had engaged in a telemarketing scheme that defrauded at least 10 individuals over the age of 55 thus subjecting each to enhanced penalties under the Senior Citizens Against Marketing Scams or SCAMS Act.
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Investments aimed at improving B.C. ski resorts' operations in lead-up to winter
Business In Vancouver
B.C. ski resorts have been upgrading facilities, renovating buildings and otherwise gearing up for what many expect to be a busy winter season. The province's largest resort, Whistler Blackcomb, has invested in the most ambitious upgrade, spending $6 million on new gondola cars as part of an overhaul that started when the mountain closed.
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Diamond Resorts International reports record third quarter 2014 financial results
Inside The Gate
Diamond Resorts International recently announced results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2014, as well as the authorization of a $100 million share repurchase program. David F. Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "This was another outstanding quarter for our business, and the fifth consecutive record quarter since our IPO."
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RCI Affiliate Access Program welcomes Advanced World Concepts to offer resorts discounted pricing on reserve analysis and management services
Perspective Magazine
RCI announced a new agreement with Advanced World Concepts (AWC), the originator of the PRA System. Through the agreement, AWC will offer discounted pricing for their services to RCI affiliated resorts through the company's RCI Affiliate Access program.
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Changing trends in hotel couture: How hotels are capturing a new designer dream
4Hoteliers
For years, hotel operators and developers have collaborated with luxury fashion houses to combine the best of five-star hospitality with flashes of designer fashion, But travel trends are changing and the industry must do more than stamp brand names on bath robes to lure Asian jetsetters.
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'View From The Top' panelists gathered during the 16th annual Shared Ownership Investment Conference
Perspective Magazine
The 16th annual Shared Ownership Investment Conference attracted record numbers this year with more than 530 registered delegates from 25 countries participating. The conference featured guest speaker Kelly McDonald, a nationally recognized marketing expert and author of How to Market to People Not Like You.
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