Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, recently hosted an Info-Exchange Seminar at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. More than 75 sales, marketing, and operations personnel from Interval-affiliated resorts received an overview of Interval’s products, services, and digital platforms. Irania Arrindell, St. Maarten’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication, as well as several St. Maarten Tourist Bureau officials, attended the event to learn about the latest timeshare industry trends.
Headlining the program, David C. Gilbert, Interval’s president, discussed the company’s role in shared ownership in the Caribbean and Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of the American Resort Development Association, presented key findings from recent industry studies. Marcel Javois, featured speaker and president of the St. Maarten Timeshare Association, provided an update on the local market and the status of legislative initiatives.
“We were very pleased to host this seminar and bring together industry participants and tourism officials to discuss ways to enhance the shared ownership experience,” noted Gilbert. “The Caribbean continues to be an important region for our company. In fact, our latest research cites it as the preferred international destination for Interval’s U.S.-resident members interested in purchasing additional product.”
Other presenters included Bryan Ten Broek, senior vice president of resort sales and marketing, who discussed the value of Interval membership to vacation owners and provided an update on the latest features of Interval’s Sales Tool Kit app. Soraya Gonzales, assistant vice president of resort assistance, spoke about the support services available to resort partners, and Neil Kolton, director of resort sales and service for the Caribbean and Florida, discussed how developer clients can leverage Interval’s programs to drive new revenue streams and cost savings.
To conclude the seminar, Interval hosted a reception at the nearby Oyster Bay Beach Resort’s award-winning Infinity Restaurant and Bar to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
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 approximately 3,000 resorts in more than 80 nations. Through offices in 16 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and about 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of professionally delivered vacation experiences.