The Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA) kicked off its annual conference, VO-Con 2017, Tuesday, September 12 with an opening reception at the conference’s venue in Whistler, Canada, the Four Seasons Resort & Residences.
The opening reception, sponsored by RTX brought together industry executives from Canada, US and Mexico for an evening of Buddy Bingo. In this new twist on networking, players “work the room” finding people to sign designated squares and retrieve business cards. The icebreaking event was a huge success for the participants.
According to Jon Zwickel, CEO and President of CVOA, Buddy Bingo was created “in keeping with our goal to support networking with special activities and events that encourage our industry executives to think outside the box. We hope that many new professional relationships and business ties will be forged this week at our exclusive, intimate event.”
The events for Wednesday morning include informative panel discussions. During The Directors’ View, members of the CVOA Board will discuss the Canadian vacation ownership from the perspective of their various companies. Participants are engaged in HOA management, resort operations, exchange, and development. The HOA Toolkit Panels will feature industry experts offering practical best practices in relevant areas such as resort operations, reserve fund accounting, rentals and sales.
One of VO-Con’s highlights for Thursday, will be the announcement of the coveted Cornerstone Award. Three finalists, selected by a panel of VO-Con judges, will present their entries to all the attendees of VO-Con. The winner will be selected by the judges following the presentations. The Award goes to any company, HOA, Individual or vacation ownership project currently active in the industry. Broad nomination categories included Project Excellence, Transaction Excellence, Innovation, HOA/Owner Relations, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing and Sales, Rental Programs, Green/Sustainable Programs and Community Service and Philanthropy.
CVOA extends its thanks to these Sponsors for making VO-Con possible: Beaver Boards, Booking.com, Buy a Timeshare.com, CustomerCountTM, Cyria Group, DAE, Diamond Resorts International ®, Eagle Eye Networks, Fiesta Americana, GBG & Associates, Genescy, Intuition, Holiday Systems International, La Tour Hotels and Resorts, NTOA, Newton Group Transfers, Redstamp, Resort Management Services, RTX, SaveOnResorts.com, and VacationCondos.com
About the Canadian Vacation Ownership Association
CVOA is Canada’s only association dedicated to representing the interests of the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Since its founding 1980 (originally as CRDA), the organization has become Canada’s preeminent industry association representing all forms of vacation ownership. CVOA membership is a community of active industry leaders committed to promoting and maintaining a high standard of ethical conduct within the Canadian vacation ownership industry, creating B-2-B and networking opportunities between Members, and educating consumers as to the benefits of vacation ownership. For more information, please visit www.CanadianVOA.org VO-Con information about content, registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the event website www.VOCon.ca.