It’s the first Scottish resort exclusively set up as a timeshare property. The opening follows a multi-million refurbishment that transformed the 45-bedroom Hilton hotel into 32 vacation club suites for its timeshare members. Hilton has seen a significant increase in the number of Europeans joining its vacation club, so the refurbishment is well timed. The property has a fascinating history, built in 1891 as the country home of the Keiller family of the Dundee marmalade magnates. It is estimated that around 30% of its ownership will be from Scotland, 40% from the rest of the United Kingdom, and 30% from overseas, with the USA a key target market. The resort was a Stakis hotel until it was bought by Hilton in 1999.
, which will indubitably boost the country’s economy. International tourist arrivals at the country’s 16 largest airports have risen significantly by 9.3% to 6.9 million during the first seven months of 2013. The Peloponnese airport of Kalamata has seen the biggest rise at more than 43%, followed by Chania (Crete) and the airport at Santorini. The new organization that represents the country’s tourism industry, Marketing Greece, says Greece is on track to draw a record 17 million visitors by the end of the year spending millions of dollars. There’s more optimism on the horizon, as new figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority reveal that the boost from tourism is more robust than originally estimated. Greece’s GDP (gross domestic product) contracted by 3.8% in the second quarter which was lower than the 4.6% decline which many had anticipated. This good news marks the smallest year-to-year decrease in the Greek economy since 2010, which means Greece can now hope to return to a year of growth in 2014 following six years of contraction.
, which will be constructed in the place of a demolition of the two beach view towers on the 2200 block of North Ocean Blvd. The location is between Schooner II Beach and Racquet Club and the Boardwalk Hotel, which is prime territory for a timeshare resort. Construction of a new 22-story, 230 unit building is expected to begin in mid-October with an estimated build-out date of July 2015. The estimated cost of the entire project is $41.5 million. Hilton already has the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Anderson Ocean Club located a few blocks away at 2600 N. Ocean Blvd.
The resorts span the east coast of the United States and the Caribbean and include the Four Seasons at Beech in North Carolina’s Beech Mountain, the Sea Palace on St. Maarten in the Caribbean, the Reef at Marathon in the Florida Keys, and the Sand Castle in Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach based company was chosen as the management agent for the four timeshare resorts after a lengthy bidding process likely because of their expertise and long time success in the timeshare management business. Defender Resorts currently manages 22 resorts in five states.
Travel To Go is a vacation club and is a leading provider of travel services and vacation club products. The San Diego based company attributes the increase in membership to adding distributors to its network, an increase in the use and sales of timeshares, and incorporating more destinations and properties into its growing portfolio. Working as a united business entity, the family owned travel club and its distributors develop a seamless transition for new members, providing them with what some consider legendary service. Travel To Go has been operating since 1990, arranging vacation resort accommodations for vacationers worldwide and offers travel benefits and services to a loyal customer base and is currently celebrating 23 years.
, a direct to-owner mobile platform that connects timeshare owners to their resorts. Dial An Exchange (DAE), by utilizing this software, gives it members the ability to pay maintenance fees, deposit weeks, and make other transactions, including reservations and exchanges via any online or mobile device. In fact, Oombaga, was honored at the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) World Convention with the Ace Innovator Award. Dial An Exchange is the world’s largest privately owned timeshare exchange provider with worldwide destination availability servicing over one-million timeshare owners (including 450,000 direct members) at resorts and clubs through eleven offices worldwide.
resorts and two credit reporting agencies. The suit filed on behalf of eight timeshare owners against Florida-based Bluegreen Corporation alleges that false and damaging credit information was provided to Experian and Equifax and that the credit reporting agencies refused to correct the inaccurate information. The suit says the plaintiffs purchased timeshare interests from Bluegreen and that they were designated “owner beneficiaries” but they did not possess legal title. The plaintiffs became delinquent on their beneficiary obligation and their accounts were deleted. Bluegreen reported the delinquencies as foreclosures, and according to the suit, Bluegreen, Experian and Equifax were informed on numerous occasions that labeling the deletion of the account as a foreclosure was inaccurate. Experian and Equifax refused to remove the foreclosure on all the plaintiffs’ credit reports. It’s alleged the defendants violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by willfully and negligently failing to conduct a reasonable investigation and not providing accuracy of information in a credit report. As a result, the plaintiffs suffered a drastic credit score reduction and credit worthiness. The plaintiffs seek actual, statutory and punitive damages, attorney fees and other relief the court deems proper. If the court finds in favor of the plaintiffs, this could have huge repercussions for the industry. If timeshare developers that sell point based programs can no longer report unpaid assessments and dues as a foreclosure on a credit report, it will make it easier for owners to default on their obligations and pave the way for a class action against timeshare developers for thousands of past foreclosures already reported.
The seven Empark Hotels are located in China and provide a significant addition to RCI’s growing portfolio in more than a hundred counties. The Empark Grand Hotel Anhui is located near Chaohu Lake in the famous Lakeshore New District, a new international business and economic center. The Empark Grand Hotel Fuzhou Gui’an is situated in the Gui’an Hot Spring Resort area. The Empark Grand Hotel Ningbo Hangzhou Bay is located close to the world’s third longest bridge, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, making it easily accessible from Shanghai and within walking distance from the Hangzhou Bay Wetland Park. The Empark Grand Hotel Kunming is located close to ancient Guandu. The Empark Grand Hotel Tengchong is situated in Tengchong, a city famous for its volcanic landscape and hot springs. The Empark Grand Hotel Xishuangbanna and is located in the picturesque Jinghong City, along the bank of the Mekong River and adjacent to the Empark Orchid Golf Course. Finally, the seventh resort is the Empark Grand Hotel Xi’an located in the beautiful ancient city of Xi’an and the luxurious hotel has a unique facade and interior that retains the charm of the ancient city.
Representatives of the Boca Raton based company have said this is a contest exclusive to Bluegreen owners and all they need to do is refer Bluegreen to a friend or family member, then ensure that their qualified referral completes a Bluegreen Club sales presentation between now and August 30, 2014. When that referral completes a sales presentation, the owner will receive one entry. Owners can receive ten additional entries for each qualified referral that purchases a deeded Bluegreen timeshare before the Sweepstakes ends. There will be first, second and third place prizes, in addition to a Grand Prize where the owner will be able to choose their dream vacation. First prize receives one year of paid maintenance fees. Second prize is three nights in Las Vegas at the Bluegreen Club 36 Resort in the presidential suite, and third prize is a $200 on-site resort attraction credit. The winners will be announced after the sweeps ends in August 30, 2014.
and “five” favorite destinations in 2013 based on the number of rental offers through its online advertising. The Top Ten resort requests in order are the Wyndham Bonnet Creek in Orlando at number one, the LaCabana Beach and Racquet Club on Aruba at number two, at number three is the Royal Mayan in Cancun, the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas on Maui is number four, the Pueblo Bonito at Sunset Beach in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas is next, followed by the Coral Reef Resort on Hilton Head Island at number six, the Wyndham Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is seven on the list, number eight is Westgate Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, southern California’s Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort comes in at nine, and finally at number ten is the Grandview at Las Vegas. The top five favorite resort destinations in order are central Florida, the island of Aruba, the Bahamas, Cancun, and Las Vegas.