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Resorts Around the World Spearhead Environmental Efforts

October 15, 2012

WASHINGTON – October 15, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) recognizes the important contributions its members make to create a greener, more environmentally friendly world—from recycling soap to cleaning up coastlines to using “green” products in resorts.  Companies like Marriott Vacation Club, Bluegreen Vacations, Grand Pacific Resort Management, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, and Interval International are leading the way to a cleaner, more environmentally-sound planet.

“It’s one thing to recycle at your resort or participate in a clean-up once in a while,” says Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA.  “But it’s quite another to develop and carry out the major initiatives that our members have done.  It’s a real model for other industries.”

Marriott Vacation Club recently announced a partnership with “Clean the World,” a group that recycles partially used bars of soap and bottled amenities from resorts in the United States and distributes the new soap and hygiene kits to communities that lack access to these essential items. Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases, which can be prevented by washing with soap.

Currently, Marriott Vacation Club resorts in the United States have contributed over 13,300 lbs. of soap and 8,840 lbs. of bottled amenities. As a result, more than 71,000 clean bars of soap and hygiene kits have been distributed to 55 countries, diverting 11 tons of waste from landfills across the country.

Clean the World also conducts soap drives for the collection of new soap that can be immediately used and distributed in hygiene kits to those in need.  In just eight weeks, 500 Marriott Vacation Club Owner Services associates based in Salt Lake City turned in a cumulative donation of 16,918 bars of new soap.  This 900-pound donation of new soap was in support of Clean the World’s effort to raise awareness by setting a new Guinness World Record in the category of “Most of One Hygiene Item,” which stands at 10,000 pieces.

Another ARDA member, Bluegreen Wilderness Club at Big Cedar (BGWC), is also a participating property in the Clean the World effort.  Bluegreen Vacations has been recognized for using supplies made only of recycled materials and equipping their guest rooms with a master switch to cut a unit’s power when not in use.  At their Hammocks at Marathon resort, they use non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaners, have a linen reuse program, and discuss environmental policy at monthly employee meetings.

Grand Pacific Resort Management (GPRM), the California management company of 15 resorts for over 50,000 owner families in the U.S. and Canada, formed a “Going Green Squad”—a group dedicated to a culture fully committed to being environmentally friendly.  Several of their resorts are engaged in unique efforts. For example, The Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort collected a thousand plastic bottles destined for landfills and contributed them to artists who crafted a 10’ x 10’ picture of Marilyn Monroe. After GPRM’s Mountain Retreat resort experienced a fire that damaged its clubhouse, the resort “made lemonade from lemons” and implemented a number of environmentally friendly changes, such as double pane windows and motion sensors to control the resources needed to heat and light the space.

The Holiday Inn Club Vacations® flagship Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, FL recently implemented a resort-wide recycling program—a huge undertaking for the 2,478-unit, 1,450-acre property. The program was piloted in one area of the resort in 2011 and introduced resort-wide in June 2012. It’s a simple, easy-to-follow program: green bags in villas designate where guests can place paper, plastic, metal, and glass to be recycled.

According to Orange Lake’s partners at Waste Management, the recycling program has already saved 208 cubic yards of landfill space per quarter. Other milestones the resort has reached include saving 258,576 kW-hours of electricity, 357,000 gallons of water, and 1,224 gallons of gasoline per quarter. To further communicate the property’s recycling program, the resort created a recycling video that demonstrates the positive impacts of recycling.

Interval International’s Singapore staff recently participated in the 21st International Coastal Cleanup Day on Tanah Merah Beach on Singapore’s East Coast. Despite sweltering heat, the volunteer team gathered 614 pounds of discarded items, clearing a mile stretch of the coastline. The International Coastal Cleanup is an annual event conducted in more than 70 countries, coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy, a U.S.-based non-profit organization. The program aims to collect data on and remove debris from the shorelines, waterways, and beaches of the world’s lakes, rivers, and oceans.

As a part of an ongoing commitment to Wyndham Green, Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) is continuing to support the Arbor Day Foundation by implementing a variety of initiatives at its resorts, including serving Arbor Day Coffee, which is organically grown under the canopy of the rainforest. Each cup preserves one of our most precious resources and ensures indigenous farmers earn a fair wage and have access to healthcare and education. To date, WVO has purchased 280,000 pounds of Arbor Day Coffee for use at its resorts, saving more than 28 million square feet of rainforest.

WVO also switched all personal amenity products to the Eartherapy brand, an environmentally responsible company that uses biodegradable and fully recyclable packaging. The packaging contains an organic-based additive, allowing the containers to fully biodegrade into water and dust when in contact with soil for three to five years, taking less than four percent of the time to degrade than traditional plastic packaging.

For more information on timeshare vacations, visit VacationBetter.org.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

Rounding Out One Year of Celebrating Timeshare Fans

October 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – October 2, 2012 –Using words like “fabulous,” “unforgettable,” and “thankful,” members from Club Meliá by Meliá Hotels International sum up their timeshare experiences in this month’s American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) Timeshare Fan Spotlight.

Five families that hail from Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, and Mexico share their experiences in a video look at the world of timeshare.  Viewers will hear from these happy members, and also get a glimpse into several Club Meliá resorts around the world.

Lisa and Greg Hawkins, members since 2005, share their reasons for vacationing with timeshare.

“It’s the greatest thing we ever did for ourselves,” says Lisa Hawkins.  “Vacation is something we both really need.  We work very hard and we probably weren’t taking enough vacation for ourselves.  This forces us to do that, and we really look forward to our vacation now.”

This Club Meliá profile rounds out a year of showcasing the passion of timeshare members and owners.

With nearly 1.4 million owners, members, and guests annually, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

About Timeshare
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

From Elementary Through College, Industry Supports EducationThe American Resort Development Association’s September “Timeshare Fans” Go Around the World

September 10, 2012

WASHINGTON – September 10, 2012 – Featured in this month’s edition of the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) ongoing Timeshare Fan series, are six families who own a vacation holiday lifestyle with Diamond Resorts International®. Originating from various locations all over the world, each owner shares their “once in a lifetime” vacation experiences in a video testimonial.

Chris and Susan Birdsey, loyal Diamond owners for many years, have enjoyed the flexibility Diamond offers through their point system. Diamond’s portfolio offers more than 220 destination choices, allowing members to travel to various locations across the globe.  The Birdseys explain how Diamond has reinvented the timeshare industry and then reflected on their decision to purchase vacation ownership with Diamond.

“One of the things timeshare has done for us is to be able to give our children a great deal more of a view of the world,” said Chris Birdsey.

This Diamond Resorts International® profile is the eleventh in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With nearly 1.4 million owners, members and guests annually, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Club Meliá by Meliá Hotels International owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

From Elementary Through College, Industry Supports Education

September 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – September 6, 2012 – As students across America head back to the classroom, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) commends its members for the significant contributions they make to support educational initiatives around the country – from supplying backpacks to funding students studying hospitality in college.

“It’s amazing to see all of the incredible charitable and community initiatives our members engage in,” says Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA. “It’s clear that education is a priority and we’re proud to highlight a sample of the support our industry is providing.”

One example is with Orlando-based Club Meliá by Meliá Hotels International, a leading international vacation membership club with locations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and Europe. They partner with Orange County Public Schools for its Community Resources Backpack Project, donating 120 backpacks and mouse pads for students in need.

“We are excited to participate in this wonderful community program and be a part of what Orange County Public Schools does to make a meaningful difference in the success of students and teachers,” said Denis Ebrill, Executive Vice President, Club Meliá.

Orange County, located in Florida, is the 10th largest public school system in the nation, supporting more than 180,000 students and 182 schools. The Community Resources Partners in Education program has promoted business partnerships with schools since 1980.  “We welcome Club Meliá as a new community contributor and thank them for their generosity,” said Pamela Carson, Sr. Manager for Community Resources at Orange County Public Schools.  “Their gift is an investment in our children and in the community’s future.”

Disney Vacation Club, in conjunction with the Company’s Disney VoluntEARS, is very involved with the public schools in the communities where is has operations, including Orlando, Anaheim, Vero Beach, Hilton Head and Hawaii.  Some programs supported include backpack programs, school breakfast programs, Junior Achievement, A Gift for Music (supplies instruments and instruction in music), A Gift for Teaching (supplies teachers with materials like notebooks, pens, art supplies).

Bluegreen Resorts
has again worked with SOS Children’s Villages annual “Back to School and Ready” Campaign, for the fifth straight year. The Bluegreen Employee Action Resource (BEAR) Team collected and delivered donations of school supplies to the foster care neighborhood in Coconut Creek, Florida based on a wish list provided by their children.

At the college level, Interval International has made a long-term commitment to investing in education because the company recognizes the important role it plays in developing the next generation of hospitality industry professionals.

As a strategic partner of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and a board member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Interval and its resort partners have donated more than $400,000 to both organizations’ educational foundations over the past 13 years. These scholarship funds help students pursue an education in hospitality and increases their awareness about career opportunities available within the industry.

Similarly, Interval has endowed a scholarship fund at Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management for students to attend courses in timeshare resort management. As part of the curriculum, members of Interval’s management team conduct lectures and host tours of the Miami-based Member-Services Center. Students also are invited to attend workshops and panel discussions led by experts at Interval’s annual Shared Ownership Investment Conference, an industry-leading educational forum.
“Our partnerships allow us to collaborate with tourism leaders and resort clients and play an active role in facilitating opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in hospitality,” said Jan Wyatt, Interval’s vice president of corporate marketing. “A skilled workforce is vital to the continued growth of the shared ownership industry.”

As part of an ongoing commitment to support children, Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) has renewed its support of Step Up For Students for the second year in a row with a pledge of $750,000. Step Up for Students is a nonprofit organization that offers scholarships aimed at providing learning options for economically disadvantaged children in Florida. ­WVO’s contribution will fund more than 167 scholarships in the coming year to allow at-risk students to receive a quality education that best meets their needs.

The company’s support of children and education is also evident in its three-year partnership with The Fishing School. The Fishing School is a non-profit youth development organization that provides academic and cultural enrichment support to children and families in Washington, D.C., based on the “Teach a Man to Fish” premise. Since 2009, WVO has donated more than $80,000, in addition to in-kind donations and volunteer time. In addition, the company provides maintenance support of The Fishing School facility, supports the organization’s career mentorship program and WVO associates regularly volunteer at its monthly literacy events.

On an international level, in 1998 ARDA member and philanthropist Christel DeHaan opened the first Christel House in Mexico to give children of poverty the opportunity for transformational change. Between 1999 and 2002, Christel House opened five learning centers in Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, and the U.S. Today, it serves over 3,600 students, their families, and communities, providing the opportunity for a better life through education, health and wellness programs, life skills, character development, and parent and community outreach. Industry supporters worldwide have helped raise more than $7 million over the past 10 years through the annual RCI Christel House Open.
The impact of helping young people achieve their goal of an education is immeasurable, with long-lasting results for all. To ARDA members and others who are making a difference in the lives of students everywhere, we salute you!

For more information on timeshare vacations, visit VacationBetter.org.

 


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

Starwood Vacation Ownership Family is ARDA’s August “Timeshare Fan of the Month”

August 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – August 6, 2012 – The Gelman Family of Philadelphia had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when Starwood Vacation Ownership and SeaWorld Orlando teamed up to create a unique vacation experience for them…saving a sea turtle.  This touching story is the August feature for the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) ongoing Timeshare Fan series.

As Owners at the Orlando-based villa resort since 2007, Kenneth and Lisa Gelman, along with their two kids, are excited each year to visit Central Florida and experience the area’s theme parks and attractions, as well as enjoy the world-class amenities at their timeshare resort. Earlier this year, however, proved to be just a notch above their typical vacation experience.

“When Starwood called us a few days before our vacation to see if we wanted to participate in this unique experience with SeaWorld, we jumped at the chance,” said Lisa Gelman.  “This was truly one of the greatest experiences our family has ever had.  We will never forget returning that sea turtle into the ocean!”

This unique Starwood Vacation Ownership profile is the tenth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Diamond Resorts International owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

“From One Side of the Globe to the Other”

July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – June 1, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring personal stories from three Festiva Hospitality Group owners during June as part of the industry’s effort to share the amenities, experiences, and heartfelt memories of timeshare vacations.
The three families—the Todds, Augers, and Raders—hail from around the country and each has spent their vacation time at a different Festiva resort.  From a beach resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to a lake resort in Maine, to a cozy getaway on Cape Cod, all three families had one thing in common: they felt timeshare made their vacation better
“It’s been fun to see and track the difference in the kids each year,” said Richard Todd of Ohio.  “They’ve gone from floating around in the baby pools at the age of one to chasing girls in their teens.  Our Festiva home is a strong part of our family’s history and is a tradition we look forward to all year long.”
Their story is the eighth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Next month, look for vacation memories from Shell Vacations owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.
About Timeshare
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

WASHINGTON – July 2, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring four members from Shell Vacations Club (SVC) in its ongoing Timeshare Fan series.  This is part of an industry initiative to showcase real timeshare owners talking about the reasons they love their vacations with timeshare.

Each of the SVC members  cite a variety of reasons they’ve chosen timeshare as their preferred way to vacation—including more space, adventurous locations, and resorts around the globe—they all say that timeshare makes their vacation better.
“I brought three girlfriends with me on a recent getaway and they were in awe,” said Shell Vacations Club member  Jayne Carney.  “They couldn’t believe we had two bedrooms and bathrooms, and I said, ‘yes, I have this all the time!’”
The Shell Vacations Club profile is the ninth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Next month, look for vacation memories from Starwood Vacation Ownership owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.
About Timeshare
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

“Heaven on Earth”

June 1, 2012

WASHINGTON – June 1, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring personal stories from three Festiva Hospitality Group owners during June as part of the industry’s effort to share the amenities, experiences, and heartfelt memories of timeshare vacations.
The three families—the Todds, Augers, and Raders—hail from around the country and each has spent their vacation time at a different Festiva resort.  From a beach resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to a lake resort in Maine, to a cozy getaway on Cape Cod, all three families had one thing in common: they felt timeshare made their vacation better.
“It’s been fun to see and track the difference in the kids each year,” said Richard Todd of Ohio.  “They’ve gone from floating around in the baby pools at the age of one to chasing girls in their teens.  Our Festiva home is a strong part of our family’s history and is a tradition we look forward to all year long.”
Their story is the eighth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Next month, look for vacation memories from Shell Vacations owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.
About Timeshare
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

WASHINGTON – June 1, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring personal stories from three Festiva Hospitality Group owners during June as part of the industry’s effort to share the amenities, experiences, and heartfelt memories of timeshare vacations.

The three families—the Todds, Augers, and Raders—hail from around the country and each has spent their vacation time at a different Festiva resort.  From a beach resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to a lake resort in Maine, to a cozy getaway on Cape Cod, all three families had one thing in common: they felt timeshare made their vacation better.

“It’s been fun to see and track the difference in the kids each year,” said Richard Todd of Ohio.  “They’ve gone from floating around in the baby pools at the age of one to chasing girls in their teens.  Our Festiva home is a strong part of our family’s history and is a tradition we look forward to all year long.”

Their story is the eighth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Shell Vacations owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.


About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
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The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

“When We All Get Together It’s Magical”

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON – May 1, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is featuring a Disney Vacation Club owner during the month of May as part of the industry’s effort to share the amenities, experiences, and heartfelt memories of timeshare vacations.

Four generations of the Sayers family have enjoyed their 15 years of ownership at Disney’s Old Key West Resort in Orlando, Florida and they say it’s provided some of the best memories and experiences they have had—and they look forward to making more.  From celebrating Dad’s 74th birthday, to watching the kids’ eyes light up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to holding hands in sheer anticipation of their vacation, this family has never looked back.

“We started a family tradition that’s encompassed four generations by becoming Disney Vacation Club Members,” said Donald Sayers of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  “It’s worked out exactly the way we hoped it would.”

Their video is the seventh in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Festiva Hospitality Group, owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

 

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

International Property Spotlight Coincides with ARDA World Convention

April 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – April 2, 2012 – The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) will feature timeshare members from the Dominican Republic resort, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, during the month of April as part of the industry’s continual effort to share the features, amenities, and global destinations of vacation products in stories from owners and members themselves.Debuting at ARDA’s globally-focused Convention in Las Vegas, owners from Lifestyle Holidays talk about their vacation experiences, giving a glimpse into a world of better vacationing.  Their video is the sixth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.  It is the first international property profiled.

Several long-time members tout the charm and relaxation of the Dominican Republic resort, including families from the United States and Canada.

“We have been members since 2006 and just love staying in all the different villas Lifestyle has to offer here in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.  This is the best vacation experience we have ever had, relaxing, walking, looking out on the ocean,” said Norm and Cheryl Scott of Spokane, Washington.  “We take the Lifestyle helicopter from the airport to the resort whenever we can.  It’s just delightful with great views of the island.  And we love all the new things they keep adding and improving with the many restaurants like AZUL and VIP Gourmet.”

With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit www.VacationBetter.org for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Disney Vacation Club owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

 

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

 

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.