CRDA Insider
Feb. 6, 2014

Where do most international home-buyers in the U.S. come from?
Planet Money
Our recent post about more people buying homes with cash got us wondering about international buyers in the U.S. housing market. Here are a couple surprising facts about who else is buying homes in the U.S. and how they are paying for them: International sales only account for a small share of total U.S. homes sales.More

National Timeshare Owners Association widens reach into Canada
PRLOG
NTOA has joined the Canadian Resort Development Association as part of its mission to connect the timeshare community with the industry and to work to provide a better understanding of timesharing as well as to protect and preserve owner rights. "We are very excited to join CRDA and to collaborate in their owner education programming and look forward to participating in the association's outreach programs The NTOA has a growing number of Canadian timeshare owners and our relationship with CRDA will help us to better support these members", said Greg Crist, CEO of the NTOA.More

Travel & Leisure Group documentary highlights the benefits of timeshare in retirement
Inside the Gate
The popularity of the concept of Timeshares, which originated in Europe, is fast spreading throughout the world. Considered to be among the most rapidly growing sectors of the holiday industry, the benefits of Timeshares are many. Highlighting the advantages of going for Timeshares after retirement is a new documentary that is set to be aired Sky Channel 191, which will feature the work of and the team behind the highly successful Travel & Leisure Group.More

Interval expands vacation choices for its upgraded members with new tour exchange option
Interval International
Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, announced that its Interval PlatinumSM and Interval Gold members have even more choices for their next vacation exchanges. Through Interval Options, upgraded members can now trade their resort week or points toward the purchase of a tour vacation. Tour exchanges are organized trips, led by some of the industry's finest providers, and are available on practically every continent. Members can visit the romantic Tuscany region of Italy, journey through breathtaking national parks, explore exciting urban destinations, and more. This latest "option" joins cruise, golf, and spa vacations already enjoyed by members.More

RCI celebrates 40 years of delivering dream vacations
Market Wire
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, turned 40 years, marking a significant milestone for the company and the vacation ownership industry as a whole. "When Christel and Jon DeHaan founded RCI on Feb. 4, 1974, they invented the concept of vacation exchange and forever changed the shape of the timeshare industry by adding an entirely new level of flexibility and choice to travelers," said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. More

Maestro enables independent hotel operator to increase guest engagement and revenue with micro-visual website strategy
Inside the Gate
Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) thought that its two independent properties had solid, interesting websites. Until they looked at the numbers. LHM operates 17 hotels in the St. Louis area. It knows how to run both chain properties and independents. Along with its Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, and Choice flags, it operates two luxury indies, The Cheshire and The Seven Gables Inn. More

TD Bank: Housing slowdown could send prices down 25 per cent
Huffington Post
Canadian housing is overvalued by some 10 per cent, but a spike in interest rates or an "economic shock" could send prices spiralling down as much as 25 per cent, TD Bank says in a new report. Yet "much of this imbalance appears to reflect frothier conditions in the larger urban centers of Toronto and Vancouver," the report says. More

Wyndham raises $80,000 for crucial cancer support
Inside the Gate
Gold Coast based hospitality leader Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has handed over a cheque for $80,000 to Cancer Council Queensland, following a year of dedicated fundraising through the company’s charity arm, Wishes by Wyndham.More

Parents weigh pros, cons of having kids miss school for vacations
The Province
Heather Greenwood Davis has few qualms about pulling her children out of school for short-term trips — a practice she plans to continue in future. In fact, the Toronto-based travel writer is such a firm believer in the benefits of learning beyond the classroom that in 2011, she took a year-long globe-trotting journey with her husband and sons (then aged six and eight).More

Where do most international home-buyers in the U.S. come from?
Planet Money
Our recent post about more people buying homes with cash got us wondering about international buyers in the U.S. housing market. Here are a couple surprising facts about who else is buying homes in the U.S. and how they are paying for them: International sales only account for a small share of total U.S. homes sales.More

68 stories in 60 seconds: Watch the tallest hotel in North America get built
Buzz Buzz
It took 27 months to build the 68-story Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn in New York's Times Square, but thanks to EarthCam's high-definition camera, you can watch the entire construction process in just 60 seconds.More

DAE claims its regional focus benefits customers
RDO
Worldwide vacation exchange provider, DAE is making localized customer service a priority of their organization as they expand their services into key timeshare markets around the world. DAE now has offices in 12 locations including Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, South Africa, India, Thailand, China, the United Kingdom and the United States, with a new office in Egypt.More

Air Canada, WestJet lift vacation, airfare prices as loonie falls
Global News
For a shivering, sun-deprived Canadian public, it's a perfect winter storm that's adding insult to injury. Months of ceaseless ice, snow and sleet amid bone-chilling temperatures throughout much of the country has sent many frantically searching for all-inclusive retreats or flights to warmer climes. Unfortunately for beach-bound travellers, that crush of demand combined with a downdraft in the currency in recent weeks has translated into price increases on vacation packages and airfares.More

Wyndham reveals 4 more chances to win a luxury car in 2014
Inside the Gate
Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world's largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies, announced the extension of the Company's Accelerate into the Fast Lane Sweepstakes. WVO drew six winners during the 2013 sweepstakes, with more than 400,000 owners and guests qualifying, giving them the chance to own a new luxury car. In 2014, four more winners will be given the chance to enter the winners circle, with a new winner awarded each quarter.More