CRDA Insider
Jul. 24, 2014

CRDA Conference Registration + Membership = Great Savings
The Canadian Resort Conference will be held 23-24 September 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. More

How to sell real estate to millennials
Wealth Daily
We usually associate luxury real estate with the baby boomer generation. But there's actually a huge opportunity with millennials — folks born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. This younger generation makes up about one-third of the population, and their preference for renting over buying is quickly dissipating. More

How to increase a resort's TripAdvisor score and ranking
Inside The Gate
One of the biggest places where resorts and hotels are dropping the ball is not using the free tools that are at their fingertips in a variety of different places online, but especially on TripAdvisor. The TripAdvisor dashboard allows resort managers, owners, social media managers and more to log into an easy-to-use dashboard and respond to any and all reviews, whether they are positive or negative. More

Former VO Group employee sentenced to 3 years in prison for fraud conspiracy
Inside The Gate
A former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution for conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Eric Reilly, 34, of Galloway, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. More

Wyndham Worldwide completes $350 million term securitization
Inside The Gate
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation has announced that it has completed a term securitization transaction involving the issuance of $350 million of asset-backed notes. Sierra Timeshare 2014-2 Receivables Funding LLC issued $277 million of A rated notes and $73 million of BBB rated notes. More

David Siegel completes acquisition of Orlando Predators franchise
Inside The Gate
Orlando Predators LLC, a company owned by David A. Siegel, Founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, has purchased the Orlando Predators Arena Football team. Under the new ownership, the Predators will return to the Amway Center for the 2015 season. More

Increased protection for condo buyers
Saskatchewan's real estate market is changing: the province's rapid growth and the resulting escalation in prices have necessitated a more diverse selection of housing choices. In the not-too-distant past, 60 per cent of new homes were single-detached and 40 per cent were in multi-unit developments; now the numbers are reversed, and many of these new multi-unit developments are condominiums. More

Is buying a vacation home a smart investment in the age of Airbnb?
Vacation homes sound like a luxury for only the wealthiest among us. And it's true — most vacation homebuyers earn significantly more than the national median income, and almost half make an all-cash purchase, based on a recent study from the National Association of Realtors. More

3 real estate trends that are here to stay, according to ACL Property Management
Digital Journal
Leading real estate and property management firm, ACL Real Estate and Property Management state that with the housing market recovering in San Francisco and the rest of the country, some residential real estate trends are becoming more apparent. These trends have brought about positive changes and are therefore likely to stay for some time to come, the company adds. More

Travel To Go makes its mark south of the border
Inside The Gate
Travel To Go, a leader in the vacation industry that provides travel club memberships to a loyal member base of 60,000, is expanding its timeshare and resort booking opportunities through alliances with new partners in Mexico and South America. More

Canadian Resort Conference 2014 to attract diverse audience
INTUITION by Perspective Group
The Canadian Resort Conference (CRC) is an annual conference hosted by Perspective Group on behalf of the Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA), a trade association dedicated to furthering the interests of the resort industry in Canada and throughout the world. More

Scoop du Jour: Almost destroyed the timeshare industry!
Inside The Gate
There is a video online where a TS "sales manager" (Director or PD) is instructing all the company's sales reps not that they have a great product and service to sell, not that they offer superior vacation accommodations and a traveling lifestyle that surpasses the competition.More

DAE fires up fall getaways
Perspective Magazine
It may be warm where you are now, but when the temperatures start to drop, Dial An Exchange (DAE) can provide a week in a vacation destination that is sure to please. These travel hotspots are in both warmer and cooler climes, so there's something for everyone.More

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto to welcome new WestJet flights from Calgary
Inside The Gate
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts, is thrilled with the recent announcement that WestJet, Canada's most-preferred airline, will launch non-stop weekly service between Calgary and the Islands of Loreto beginning on Feb. 14, 2015, just in time for a romantic Valentine's Day getaway. More

Hong Kong buyers snap up Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa Apartments at exclusive 2-day launch event for final third phase
Perspective Magazine
Following the sell-out success of Phase I and Phase II, Absolute World Group, launched the third and final phase of Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa, with 20 per cent sold at an exclusive two-day event in Hong Kong. Nestled between two white sand beaches and set within a spectacular peninsula boasting remarkable views and prestigious neighbours, such as the new six-star Rosewood Phuket, Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa, on Phuket's south west coast, is a stylish development offering all of the five-star services and facilities expected of a world-class resort. More

Diamond Resorts International announces second quarter 2014 earnings conference
Inside The Gate
Diamond Resorts International recently announced that it will release its second quarter 2014 earnings results after the market closes on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Management will hold a conference call to discuss the quarter's results at 5:00 p.m. ET that day. More