Millennials are a powerful force driving growth in the global travel industry.
Orlando, Florida – January 7, 2016 – (INTUITION by Perspective Group) – These young adults, who range in age from about 18 to 30, make up 20 percent of international travelers, according to a 2014 report by the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation. The report, released during the World Travel Market London trade show, projects that by 2020 Millennial travelers will take 320 million international trips – a staggering 47 percent increase from 217 million in 2013.*
“This generation has grown up in a technologically advanced world where travel is easier and relatively more affordable than it was for previous generations,” says Jack Chevrier, president, staySky® Vacation Clubs. “They are taking full advantage of this to travel the world in search of new experiences.”
The innovative staySky Vacation Clubs are designed to suit varied travel tastes and styles, and internationally jet-setting Millennials will easily find their niche within the vacation club membership options.
“Many of our Millennial members are travelling internationally,” Chevrier explains. “That’s where our affiliation with Interval International really shines.” staySky Vacation Clubs members enjoy enrollment in the Interval International® Gold program, which gives them access to nearly 3,000 resorts in more than 80 countries around the globe.
“Millennials also want unique experiences on their own terms,” Chevrier continues. “Our points-based vacation club caters to them with a host of flexible offerings they can enjoy however they like.”
The affiliation with Interval International goes well beyond accommodations. The worldwide vacation services provider also offers staySky Vacation Clubs members cruises, tours, and spa vacations. Plus, they can take advantage of travel agency services, discounts at restaurants and shops, 24/7 concierge service, and more.
The popular staySky® Escapes program, enjoyed by all members, provides perks for further customizing a trip. These benefits include: tours; excursions; dining certificates; discounts on shopping; special deals on airline tickets and rental cars; tickets for theme parks, concerts, sporting events, and shows; and domestic and international cruises.
“Another key trend that we’re seeing is an increase in shorter weekend stays among Millennials, who often can’t get away for longer,” Chevrier points out.
Catering to the increasing number of Millennial travelers, Short-Stay® Exchanges eliminate the need to fit travel to the rigid requirements that characterize typical timeshares. From brief weekend getaways to extended vacations, staySky Vacation Clubs members choose whatever vacation length fits their lifestyle.
“Millennials are driving multigenerational travel, too,” Chevrier continues. “They travel with their families more than their parents did. With everyday life becoming increasingly frenetic, time away from it all is becoming more important. As wonderful as travel is, however, it can be stressful with young children who are out of their normal routines.”
To ease those stresses, staySky Vacation Clubs offers an array of family-centric amenities. The club’s four home resorts are located in America’s No. 1 destination – Orlando, Fla. Each of these family-friendly properties is minutes from world-class theme parks and premier shopping, dining, and entertainment. They offer free transportation to theme parks, seasonal kids’ clubs, family-friendly dining options, sparkling swimming pools, game rooms, convenience stores, free Wi-Fi, and more.
Also appealing to families, staySky Vacation Clubs’ Orlando resorts feature spacious accommodations with multiple bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens. After a full day of fun together at the parks and attractions, families can return to the resort to spread out and relax in their own spaces, rather than one small hotel room. Having a kitchen is another plus. It frees families up to eat on their own schedules and have extra money to spend on recreation and entertainment.
“We also know Millennials prioritize their ‘couple time’ more than previous generations,” Chevrier concludes. “That’s why our Orlando resorts are rich in amenities for both ‘family time’ and ‘couple time.’”
The resorts have kids’ clubs during peak travel times to give parents the opportunity to enjoy part of their vacation on their own. At the staySky Vacation Club at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, for instance, parents can duck into the spa for a couple’s massage, while little ones stay busy with the children’s program.
For more information about staySky Vacation Clubs resorts and member benefits for Millennials and all generations, visit www.stayskyvacationclubs.com.
About staySky Vacation Clubs
staySky Vacation Clubs is a family of flexible, points-based vacation ownership clubs that offer members a lifetime of travel in locations from staySky’s four award-winning home resorts in Orlando, Florida to international luxury properties in more than 80 countries. The clubs deliver top-tier service, modern amenities, and a custom curated suite of exclusive perks with something for everyone! For more information, visit stayskyvacationclubs.com
staySky Vacation Clubs was honored with a 2015 Perspective Magazine Awards as the global timeshare industry’s Best Newcomer.