In what can only be seen as a “good news story” for the shared ownership industry, The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) announced today that sponsorship of CRDA’s upcoming conference in Vancouver, BC has surpassed ALL of the Association’s previous records.
According to CRDA’s President & CEO, Ross Perlmutter,: “We’re both ecstatic and grateful to have been supported by so many good corporate citizens in our industry this year, and I truly believe that this bodes extremely well for the future. Like most other industry events, our Conference sponsorship was down substantially last year, however; this year we’ve bounced back and shattered our previous, all-time record by at least 10%. In fact, we’re still receiving and processing several sponsorship and exhibit enquiries – it’s unreal.”
Perlmutter credits the increase in sponsorship to both an improvement in the overall health of the industry and a high level of interest in this year’s Conference. “While the level our event’s sponsorship commitments may (understandably) not mean that much to the average attendee, I definitely see it as ‘the canary in the coal mine’. It tells me that our industry’s premiere suppliers are once again active and engaged, and that they have a great deal of confidence in our industry’s potential for prosperity in both the short and long term. I strongly believe that it’s a very clear sign that we’ve turned the corner, and that we’re all poised for a robust growth spurt in the months ahead.”[member]
“The good news is not just on the sponsorship side; we’re also witnessing extremely strong interest in our Conference from attendees. This year, we’ve expanded the programming, we’ve increased out breakout sessions by 25% and our ever-growing roster of speakers is among the best we’ve ever offered. Our ‘Early Bird’ registration is far ahead of last year’s pace, and by the time it closes this Friday (March 25th), I anticipate that we’ll be at least 25% ahead of last year’s level. Attendees are telling us that they love the choice of venue and location of this year’s event – the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, BC – and all of these factors have contributed to the popularity of (and increased demand for) our unique event. Again, it’s all good news!”
In addition to several information sessions, the conference will feature a dedicated exhibition area and two separate networking receptions. Registration for the conference is now open and, as a special bonus, all “early bird” registrations (received prior to March 25th) will be eligible to win a Carnival Cruise™ for two, valued at over $1,000. Complete details are now available by visiting the conference’s dedicated website at www.crdaconference.com.
About the Canadian Resort Development Association
The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) is an industry-based association dedicated to furthering the shared ownership industry, both in Canada and throughout the world. Founded in 1983, the goals of the Association are to encourage and maintain a high standard of ethical conduct throughout the industry, and to assist in the education of Canadian industry members toward an enhanced standard of professionalism. For more information, please visit www.crda.com. [/member]
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