resort properties have recently been designated as “gold crown,” the highest standard within the RCI exchange network. Of the ten Madrid, Spain based company’s resorts, seven are in Mexico, two are in the Caribbean and one is in Central America. The resorts are: Occidental Grand Flamenco Punta Cana, Occidental Allegro Playacar, Occidental Allegro Cozumel, Occidental Grand Cozumel, Occidental Grand Flamenco Xcaret, Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta, Occidental Grand Aruba, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Occidental First Club Allegro Playacar, and Occidental First Club Allegro Cozumel.
of affiliated resorts in India. The Hotel Shevaroys in Yercaud is nestled amidst several acres of lush green coffee plantations on the Servaroyan Hills of Tamil Nadu. With the objective of meeting the demands of the modern traveler while providing a relaxing hill resort experience with its uniquely designed and well-appointed cottages, Hotel Shevaroys was the first to start the trend of offering villa style accommodations in Yercaud. Most of its villas come with an attached car park, a private lawn, the bedrooms open into a courtyard with a view of a resplendent coffee plantation. The separate living room comprises a pull-out sofa and a dining area. The Hotel Shevaroys also offers four food and beverage options, which include the Red Dragon, a Chinese restaurant; the Silver Oak, featuring multiple cuisines; Malar, which serves pure vegetarian fare; and Bear’s Cave, a well appointed bar. The hotel also boasts an on-site supermarket and a bakery. Other amenities include a business center with internet facilities, a travel desk, indoor and outdoor recreation areas and a newly launched spa and salon.
it has been awarded the Gold Crown Resort property designation by RCI. Legacy Vacation Club is a family-friendly vacation provider with resorts located in destinations from coast-to-coast. The company boasts eight resorts in the states of Florida, Colorado, Nevada and New Jersey. Founded in 2011, the resorts see more than 70,000 reservations made a year. Currently, the company’s timeshare division has a membership of 36,000. The Indian Shores resort is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida near Tampa.
The largest privately held timeshare company in Australia continues to implement changes for the benefit of its expanding membership base. Classic Holidays is now responsible for over 650 employees between corporate staff and resort personnel, while the latest resort to come onboard, Boambee Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour, brings the total of Classic managed holiday resorts up to 14, located in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The company has also been raking in awards this year, taking the Perspective Magazine Award for Best Management Company while Classic-managed resort Vacation Village in Port Macquarie, NSW was named as Gold Medalist in the 2012 North Coast Tourism Awards in the standard accommodation category. Vacation Village also received a Gold Industry Recognition Award and a Hospitality Award at the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council industry conference held in Cairns, where Classic staff was also recognized for Sales Team of the Year, Corporate Team of the Year, Marketing Performer of the Year, Excellence in Service and Resort Managers of the Year awards.
The Finland-based developer is the largest European timeshare developer, with 25 spa hotels and resorts in Finland, two in Sweden, six on mainland Spain and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The new affiliation agreement brings Holiday Club Resorts and RCI together for a new term, with all of the existing Holiday Club Resorts properties continuing to be a part of RCI’s affiliation network.
for the first time in three years according to the 12th annual Ragatz Associates “Shared Ownership Resort Real Estate Industry in North America” report. The report looked at 305 fractional ownership projects and private residence clubs and six destination clubs. A total of 98 of the properties made sales and overall sales reached $552 million last year, which is a 4.2 percent increase from the previous year. It’s important to note that the 207 properties that recorded no sales are older and sold out. Of the properties studied, 67 percent are in the United States, 17 percent in Canada, 8 percent in the Caribbean, and 8 percent in Mexico.
RCI Timeshare exchange added 43 new affiliated resorts in the first three months of 2012. Currently with more than 6,000 vacation resorts in its network of exchange properties, RCI is the largest timeshare exchange company in the world. Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI, says, “We have started the year off strong with some great new affiliations in the first quarter of 2012. We are continuously working to add more high-quality resorts year after year to help give our approximately 3.7 million subscribing members new choices for amazing vacations in some of the world’s most incredible places.” Two new resort properties include, Puerto Plata Village and Resort in the Dominican Republic, and Daya Bay Sanmendao Resort, a property located on an island off Shenzhen, China.
Club Melia at Melia Puerto Vallarta has been awarded the prestigious RCI Gold Crown for the ninth consecutive year. RCI, a global leader in vacation exchange, presents awards annually to the top RCI affiliated resorts. Located in the new and exclusive area of the marina in Puerto Vallarta, the resort offers the biggest pool in Puerto Vallarta in an atmosphere surrounded by gardens. The services and facilities include three restaurants, two bars, daily recreational activities, and two lighted tennis courts. An air-jumping game, camping nights, batting cage, rock-climbing wall, cyber cafe, and mini disco are also available at the resort.
Occidental Vacation Club is awarded the RCI Presidents Club Award. A division of Occidental Hotels and Resorts in Madrid, Spain, the vacation club has been awarded this coveted award for 2012. The award was created to recognize RCI affiliates that are the top-performing organizations in the timeshare/shared ownership industry. It is presented to a select few who are chosen from thousands of affiliates based on their exceptional performance. Occidental Vacation Club resorts are located in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Spain and Portugal.
Group of Seven Cottages has joined the RCI network of affiliated resorts. Located in Bancroft, Ontario, the Group of Seven Cottages is a lakefront cottage community that was inspired by renowned Canadian artists who captured the natural beauty of the area on canvas. Built along the shoreline of Baptiste Lake, each fully-equipped, two-story cottage offers breathtaking views, open-concept interiors and three or four generously proportioned bedrooms. The 12.5-acre property offers swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing in the summer, while winter provides guests with opportunities for skating and cross-country skiing.