CRDA Insider
Mar. 5, 2015

DAE scoops top honours at Perspective Magazine Awards
Inside The Gate
Worldwide vacation exchange provider, DAE, has been named the global timeshare industry's Best Overall Company with less than 250 employees for the second year at the 2015 Perspective Magazine Awards. The leading exchange company was also honored with a fifth consecutive title for Best Customer Services and took out Best Consumer Product for the second year running at the Gala Awards, which were held during the 2015 GNEX Conference in San Diego.More

Saskatchewan residents warned about timeshare scammers
Leader-Post
If you're planning a warm vacation to escape the cold winter months, be careful not to get scammed. 'Tis the season for vacation scammers and one unlicenced company is advertising in Saskatchewan. More

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort awarded with RCI Gold Crown Resort Designation
Inside The Gate
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort announced it has earned the prestigious RCI Gold Crown Resort® designation by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange. A select number of RCI affiliated resorts meet RCI's requirements for recognition and have earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort award. More

Lower loonie threatens to slow retirement home purchases in U.S.
The Globe and Magazine
When Mike and Brenda Schiller bought their first vacation home in Phoenix in 2010, economic factors worked in their favour. Arizona home prices were low and still dropping after the real estate crash of 2007; the Canadian dollar was strong and became even stronger by the time the deal closed.More

ResortCom International's Chairman John Small steps down
Inside The Gate
After 16 years at the helm of ResortCom International, Chairman John Small has stepped down to pursue other projects. He will continue to consult in the hospitality industry and to stay involved with La Tour Resorts and Hotels. More

Gulf Shores, Alabama: A true coastal escape
Inside The Gate
The picturesque waterfront destination that is Gulf Shores, Alabama is the perfect place for your next getaway vacation if the sound of stunning sands, crystal clear water, and numerous attractions is music to your ears. More

Why Canada's snowbirds are under U.S. scrutiny
Timmins Press
Canadians who normally head south of their border for warmer weather are keeping closer track of their time in the United States because if they stay too long, they could lose their Canadian health benefits and might owe U.S. income tax. More

Starwood Hotels will spin off timeshare business into new public company
Skift
Starwood Hotels is spinning off its 22 timeshare resorts into a separate and publicly traded company. That business, Starwood Vacation Ownership, had revenue of about $640 million last year. More

Surprise! Retirees 'upsize' housing
StarTribune
Retiring baby boomers are turning the conventional wisdom about simplifying and downsizing on its head. A good chunk of the 65-and-older set are moving into larger homes or sinking big bucks into remodeling projects to create the homes of their dreams. More

Grand Pacific Resort continues to grow
Inside The Gate
Grand Pacific Resorts has added Tahoe Beach & Ski Club to its portfolio of managed timeshare resorts. Located on the shores of spectacular Lake Tahoe, just minutes from downtown South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Beach & Ski Club blends the ease of lakeside living with close proximity to Heavenly Mountain and Stateline, Nevada. More

Second Homes Survey: Signs of overheating
Barron's
The market for second homes is so tight from Aspen to Palm Beach that signs of speculative overheating are starting to show up. Even where markets appear soft, such as Vail, CO, and Sea Island, GA, it's an illusion: buyers, unable to find new inventory, are buying tear-downs and dropping the area's median sales prices in the process. More

Interval Leisure Group announces election of 2 new members to its Board of Directors
Inside The Gate
Interval Leisure Group announced that Jeanette E. Marbert and Chad Hollingsworth were elected to join its expanded board of directors, effective Jan. 25. Their election fills the vacancies resulting from the board's decision to increase the number of directors comprising the board from nine to 11. More

Lease vs management debate continues
Hotel News Now
Owners and operators are jockeying for position in Europe as the investment wave continues to approach its crest. One area of contention surrounds hotel agreements, be they lease, management or some variation therein, said panelists during the "Riding the investment cycle" general session during the 18th International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin. More

Diamond Resorts International commences public offering by selling stockholders
Inside The Gate
Diamond Resorts International announced the commencement of a secondary public offering of 4,833,000 shares of its common stock on behalf of certain selling stockholders pursuant to a registration statement that Diamond filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each of the selling stockholders made their investment in Diamond prior to the company's 2013 initial public offering. More

Number crunching Canadian travel trends
Winnipeg Free Press
While a successful vacation is measured on experiential qualities, for the providers who supply the transportation, accommodation and motivation it is, in the end, all about the numbers. Today's questions all lead to the mathematics of travel success or failure, more than consumers' response to service. More

Diamond Resorts International to host Investor Day
Inside The Gate
Diamond Resorts International announced that it will host its first Investor Day in Orlando, FL, at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club. Led by Chief Executive Officer, David Palmer, the live event will commence with formal presentations from several members of the senior management team.More

RTX provides owner education at first NTOA meeting of 2015
Inside The Gate
International timeshare exchange company Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) exhibited at the first Regional Meeting of 2015 of the National Timeshare Owners Association (NTOA), at The Villages, just outside of Ocala, FL. The company received enthusiastic feedback from owners on its fresh approach to enhancing the value of vacation ownership through exchange. More