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The calendar year is coming to a close, and CRDA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer CRDA Insider subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 8, 2015.




20. CRDA announces new Chair
CRDA
From July 2, 2014: The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) announced that Ed Romanowski has assumed the position of Chair. "I am thrilled that this industry leader has stepped up his involvement in our association," notes Jon Zwickel, CRDA president and chief executive officer.
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19. Intrawest announces the acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent of Blue Mountain Ski Resort
Inside The Gate
From Sept. 18, 2014: 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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18. 4 perish in Bahamas plane crash
Inside The Gate
From Aug. 21, 2014: Four of Aqua Sun Investments' top executives were killed yesterday when the Cessna 340 they were in crashed in shallow seas a few miles from Grand Bahama International Airport. The four men were on their way to Freeport's Island Seas Resort, an Aqua Sun property.
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17. Oceanside resort again up for sale, this time for $8M
Nanaimo Daily News
From April 24, 2014: Wyndansea is back on the market — and a bargain, if you've got $8 million in your pocket. Jones, Lang, Lasalle of Vancouver put the 360-acre ocean-side paradise-inthe-making on the market last week on behalf of the lenders. "We've dropped the price, quite aggressively, to $7.95 million," said realtor Alan Johnson.
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16. 2014 Canadian Resort Conference confirmed for Toronto
Resort Development Organisation
From May 15, 2014: The Canadian Resort Conference will be held Sept. 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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15. Perspective group to produce Canadian Resort Conference
Perspective Magazine
From Feb. 20, 2014: The Canadian Resort Development Association has selected Perspective Group to produce its annual CRDA conference. In an initial three-year agreement, the official trade association for the resort industry in Canada has engaged Perspective Group to produce, manage and promote its annual event.
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14. Intrawest Resorts Holdings announces commencement of initial public offering
Inside the Gate
From Jan. 30, 2014: Intrawest Resorts Holdings has announced that it has commenced its initial public offering of 15,625,000 shares of its common stock. The Company is offering 3,125,000 shares of its common stock and an entity controlled by certain private equity funds managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group is offering an additional 12,500,000 shares of the Company's common stock.
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13. Louisiana attorney general files suit against Festiva vacation club
Inside the Gate
From Jan. 8, 2014: Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has announced that his office has filed suit against Festiva Hospitality Group and its associated businesses and principals for unfair and deceptive practices in connection with Festiva’s points-based "vacation club."
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12. Grand Pacific Resorts sentiment scores soar
Inside the Gate
From Jan. 30, 2014: The accolades are in and the secret is out that the service culture at Grand Pacific Resorts is what makes the organization and every guest encounter exceptional. Owners, exchangers, and renters are spreading the word online that their vacation experience at a Grand Pacific managed resort is unmatched.
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11. 10 individuals indicted in $14.5 million telemarketing scam
Inside the Gate
From May 29, 2014: Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that a federal grand jury returned ten one-count Indictments for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud against 10 individuals. These individuals were employees of C&G Marketing Associates, LLC, a Florida corporation which, in 2009, defrauded consumers across the continent using the fictitious name, Premier Timeshare Solutions.
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