CRDA Insider
Aug. 14, 2014

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

$68.7 billion added to U.S. economy by timeshare industry
Inside The Gate
The U.S timeshare industry contributed an estimated $68.7 billion in consumer and business spending to the national economy in 2013, according to a study conducted by Ernst & Young for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). That includes a total of 473,000 jobs with $23.6 billion in income. More

DAE owner awareness roadshow heads for New Zealand
Inside The Gate
Award-winning vacation exchange provider, DAE, is hitting the road again to educate timeshare owners about the full advantages of their holiday ownership — this time in New Zealand. Following the success of the Australian pilot roadshow last November, New Zealand timeshare owners will now have the chance to benefit from the educational awareness program between 10-15 August 2014. More

Study commissioned by Interval International demonstrates potential for shared ownership in Peru
Perspective Magazine
Interval International recently commissioned a study of active leisure travelers residing in Peru who are interested in acquiring a shared-resort real-estate product during the next two years. The findings revealed that 97 per cent of those interviewed find condominium-style accommodations an appealing alternative to traditional resorts, hotels, or motels. More

Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences awarded for its Sunset Pop Culture Fest PR campaign
Inside The Gate
The 1st CARIBE MEXICANO Awards were presented on July 3, 2014, at the Universidad del Caribe campus to the best PR campaigns in 2014. Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences obtained the award for its PR campaign of the 1st Sunset Pop Culture Fest, in the cultural event category.More

Is buying a vacation home a smart investment in the age of Airbnb?
Main Street
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

2013 banner year for U.S. vacation timeshare industry
Hospitality Net
The U.S. timeshare industry enjoyed significant growth in 2013, according to the State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry: United States Study 2014 Edition conducted by Ernst & Young. Compared to 2012, sales volume increased nearly 11 per cent, average sales price rose nine percent, and there are 29 per cent more resorts planned for the upcoming year.More

Interval International honoured with leading International Award for Creative Video Achievement
Inside The Gate
Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, has been honoured with a distinguished Telly Award, an international recognition of groundbreaking film and video productions, for its video "Real Members. Real Stories," on the Interval website. Telly winners represent the best work from respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments worldwide. More

Silverpoint Vacations S.L. issues statement regarding civil lawsuits filed against it
Sharetime Magazine
Silverpoint (Silverpoint Vacations, S.L) reports that since 2012, Reclaim GC has embarked on a sustained campaign of cold calling timeshare owners offering a "no win no fee" legal service with a view to getting them out of their contracts with companies belonging to Resort Properties, and trying to achieve a refund on the original money paid. In this campaign Reclaim GC has included Silverpoint in its lawsuits. More

Wyndham receives highly esteemed TripAdvisor award
Inside The Gate
Several Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific resorts and hotels have been recognised for their exceptional customer service, receiving the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Wyndham Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales Mid North Coast and Wyndham Resort Denarau Island, Fiji received their accolades recently, proving a high level of guest satisfaction. More

Interval Leisure Group reports second quarter 2014 results
Inside The Gate
"ILG continues to execute a strategy of broadening its role in non-traditional lodging. Our record second quarter revenue stems from the inclusion of VRI Europe and Aqua Hospitality," said Craig M. Nash, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer of Interval Leisure Group. More

Marketing and online reputation management: Why one compliments the other
Inside The Gate
In the vacation ownership industry, a truly astounding amount of money is spent on advertisements and marketing for resorts, timeshares, and travel clubs each year. This money is spent in order to drive people to attend presentations in sales rooms, at road shows, and a whole host of other expenses aimed at selling the prospect a condo or service. More