As C.A.R.E.‘s (Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers) 63rd Semi-Annual conference came to a successful close, details for its 2017 Spring Conference at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort, Virginia Beach, VA were announced.
C.A.R.E.’s fall conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, in Incline Village/Lake Tahoe, NV from October 22-24, 2016, offered numerous educational and networking opportunities. The conference began with its always popular and fast-paced Speed Networking event, hosted by Trade Up Travel, LLC and moderated by Jim Madrid, Founder and CEO of Advance Sports Technology. Madrid kept the momentum going as he opened the conference agenda on Sunday with his key note session: “Invent Your Future”, an interactive workshop from Mr. Madrid’s High Performance series, in which he led conference attendees through concepts to assist in creating and achieving a compelling vision for individuals and their companies. Paul Mattimoe, President and CEO of Perspective Group, followed with an informative session “How Customer Profiling Will Improve Your Business.” On Monday, during the General Session, a lively discussion followed C.A.R.E. President Linda Mayhugh’s “International Industry Update” and invaluable information was shared at the C.A.R.E. panel discussion “Impact and Opportunities of Alternative Lodging OTA’s” moderated by Ryan Monson, National Sales Director at Access Development.
C.A.R.E. is renowned for its networking events, and opportunities to develop new business relationships and solidify existing associations were plentiful. On Sunday, the “Grand Evening of Recognition, Relaxation and Networking”, sponsored by Endless Vacation Rentals, CondoWarehouse.com and RTX-Resort Travel & Xchange featured fire pits, s’mores, hot toddies and the exceptional acoustic guitar playing of Brad Perry. Conference attendees concluded their conference experience with laughter, lots of comradery and a little bit of competition at the C.A.R.E. Triathlon Bowl sponsored by Global Connections, Inc. and Resort Management Services.
President Linda Mayhugh notes, “The fall 2016 C.A.R.E. conference in the Lake Tahoe region of Nevada was an absolute success! C.A.R.E. continues to grow throughout the industry in respect, recognition and participation and this conference validated that. To boast our growth success we had nearly a 15% overall increase in attendance compared to recent year fall conferences; with a comparable 20% of all attendees being new members or first time attendees. I’m excited about the future of C.A.R.E. and am confident that these numbers will continue to grow, just as we will as an association. As we move into 2017 we plan to continue efforts to strengthen our industry relations with association partners and media allies, be present and visible at all industry trade shows possible, build relationships that lead to more new members and opportunities, and create new and improved member benefits that will not only attract more new members but strengthen our platform to retain our existing members. It will be my personal goal to encourage all C.A.R.E. member representatives to attend at least one of our 2017 conferences and to focus specifically on those companies that aren’t members of C.A.R.E. to whom my message is…I think it’s time you give us some serious consideration and be a part of our tremendous growth; come see what we are all about!”
Planning for C.A.R.E.’s 64th Semi-Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA from May 6-9, 2017 was well underway prior to the close of the fall conference as speaker, Randall Dean, MBA (the Email Sanity Expert®), Randall Dean Consulting & Training, LLC had already been engaged to deliver his key note address “Finding an Extra Hour Every Day: Key Strategies for Time, E-Mail, Clutter and Distraction Management”. Numerous C.A.R.E. companies, including Global Connections, Inc., RTX-Resort Travel & Xchange, Resort Management Services and Weeks4Less, LLC have already pledged their support as sponsors. Registration for the conference will open in February 2017.
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C.A.R.E. (www.care-online.org) the Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers, established more than 30 years ago in 1985, continues to gain respectable growth as one of the most valuable trade associations in the industry. Its internationally diverse member base includes Resort Developers, Management and Exchange Companies, HOA’s, Travel Clubs and Wholesalers as well as many respected industry suppliers bringing (value-added) revenue enhancement opportunities. Members that possess rentable inventory or seek inventory for fulfillment of rental requests set the foundation of C.A.R.E. with a multitude of scenarios for securing client vacations, increased inventory utilization and heightened yield management. C.A.R.E. members have the ability to share inventory via week-to-week exchanges, weekly wholesale rentals, guaranteed and free-sale blocks as well as year round and seasonal leases all over the world.
C.A.R.E. members must comply with a strict Code of Standards and Ethics and will undoubtedly gain professional and personal development when participating in C.A.R.E.’s semi-annual conferences. With nominal annual membership fees and some of the industry’s lowest conference registration rates, C.A.R.E. can prove an undeniable value rather quickly.