Interval International and the Aruba Timeshare Association (ATSA) presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to visionary developer and pioneer Raymond Maduro, and Jan van Nes, a pivotal figure who has helped shape Aruba’s timeshare industry. The ceremony took place at the recent 20th annual International Shared Ownership Investment Conference at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino.
“Aruba’s timeshare industry is a model for other destinations and while many have contributed to its success, two individuals stand out for the significant impact they have made,” said Neil Kolton, Interval’s director of resort sales and service for the Caribbean and the Southeast U.S. “For several decades, Raymond and Jan have charted the course that has led to Aruba becoming widely recognized as a leading Caribbean timeshare destination.”
Maduro’s first shared ownership development, the 133-suite Aruba Beach Club, marked a turning point in Aruba’s tourism history as the island’s debut timeshare property upon its opening in 1977. Since then, Aruba has fully embraced the shared ownership model and Maduro has been involved in some of its most successful projects, including the iconic Playa Linda Beach Resort.
Van Nes has a long and distinguished career serving in leadership positions at Aruba Beach Club, Casa del Mar, Playa Linda Beach Resort, and Blue Residences. In addition, he previously served as director of tourism for the Aruba Tourism Authority and executive director of ATSA.
“The island’s coveted position in timeshare is the result of the hard work and vision of entrepreneurs, such as Raymond and Jan,” said Ursell Arends, president of ATSA. “As we look ahead at new growth opportunities, we are proud to honor the innovators whose achievements paved the way for today’s success.”
The International Shared Ownership Investment Conference is a premier development forum and networking event for the industry hosted annually by Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services. The conference offers attendees insights on various business models and trends, facilitates networking opportunities, and disseminates information critical to public- and private-sector stakeholders in the timeshare and tourism industries.
Joining Interval as patron sponsors were Equiant, Fidelity National Timeshare, Harbor Linen, and Preferred Residences. Supporting sponsors include the Aruba Tourism Authority, Aruba Timeshare Association, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization, First American Title Insurance Company, Meridian Financial Services, and Ragatz Associates.
About the International Shared Ownership Investment Conference
Produced and sponsored by Interval International, the International Shared Ownership Investment Conference and seminars provide a forum to educate attendees about trends and opportunities and explore the various shared ownership business models. Since 1998, these events have been providing attendees in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North and South America, and Asia with valuable industry knowledge on topics from financing, marketing and development to conversions, mixed-use resorts, and government regulations.
About Interval International
Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval’s exchange network comprises nearly 3,200 resorts in over 80 nations. Through offices in 15 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs.