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Exclusive Interview: Frits Van Paasschen, Starwood CEO

Frits van Paasschen is a man who stands out from the crowd. At this year’s Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, an event teeming with dark suited hotel executives, he took to the stage wearing light maroon trousers, a tie-less light blue shirt and a dark blue blazer. Casual and confident in doing it differently.

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Interval Expands Vacation Choices For Its Upgraded Members With New Tour Exchange Option

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced that its Interval PlatinumSM and Interval Gold® members have even more choices for their next vacation exchanges.

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European Timeshare Leaders Create A New Task Force

The leading businesses and bodies in the European timeshare sector have launched a new initiative to tackle issues that potentially affect hundreds of thousands of timeshare owners and consumers; the initiative also signifies a new era reflecting the great strides forward that the industry has taken in quality and integrity.

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Interval International To Sponsor St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association Crystal Pineapple Awards Event

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), is the title sponsor of the eighth annual St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) Crystal Pineapple Awards Gala. The event is being held November 22 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino and serves as a fundraiser for SHTA.

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RCI Platinum® Tier Membership Surpasses 200,000 Members

RCI®, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced today that more than 200,000 members have acquired RCI Platinum®, its premium-tier membership program. RCI Platinum takes vacation exchange membership to a new level, offering additional subscribing membership benefits that can be enjoyed while on vacation or at home.

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New E-Plus Exchange Feature Gives Interval Members More Flexibility In Vacation Planning

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the worldwide launch of E-Plus, an exciting new vacation exchange feature. With E-Plus, weeks or points members may change destinations, resorts, unit sizes, or travel dates as many as three times — up to 24 hours before check-in — for an additional onetime fee.

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Vacatia.com Attracts $5 Million In Funding To Launch Online Marketplace For Vacation Timeshares

Vacation Listing Services, Inc. (VLS),www.vacationlistingservice.com, announced today it has closed more than $5 million in funding for the launch of Vacatia.com, www.vacatia.com, the new online marketplace for shared vacation ownership. Vacatia provides consumers and the vacation ownership industry with a groundbreaking safe, open and easy-to-use transactional marketplace where people can research, discover, buy and close the purchase of timeshares and fractional interests at great prices, and cost-efficiently sell timeshares to the largest possible audience of interested buyers.

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CLC World Expands On Water!

Canaltime, the narrowboat brand developed in 1997 to offer timeshare holidays afloat on the UK’s waterways, has been acquired by CLC World Resorts & Hotels; its 4 locations bringing the number of resorts in the company’s rapidly expanding worldwide portfolio to 32.

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CLC World Resorts & Hotels And Interval Leisure Group Partner In European Resort Management Joint Venture

CLC World Resorts & Hotels (“CLC World”) and Interval Leisure Group (“ILG”) (Nasdaq: IILG) have entered into a definitive agreement to establish a joint venture resort management company that will be based in the United Kingdom. ILG will acquire a 75.5 percent ownership stake in the resulting new entity, VRI Europe Limited.

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Merlin Software For Vacation Ownership Chosen By Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort, Egypt

Merlin Software for Vacation Ownership, the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise software for the vacation ownership industry, has been chosen by Hilton’s Sharm Dreams resort. The luxury resort, which has been in operation for over ten years, is set on the southern point of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Guests…

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15 Years of Transforming Lives One Child At A Time

Anyone who has ever visited a Christel House learning center can see that it is a magical place. The students’ bright smiles, twinkling eyes and curious minds are not what many people would expect from children who live in slums, shanty towns and barrios.

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Broadening Public Relations

Public relations is the art of managing a message to the public to promote a certain point of view, topic or item with the aim of changing their perception. When PR is achieved successfully, increased awareness and subsequent behavior change can be achieved as the public becomes more aware of the message and its relevance to them. It is, at its core, an act of promotion but in a way that complements traditional marketing or advertising.

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Concord Servicing Corporation Joins RCI® Affiliate Access Program, Offering Affiliates Discounted Pricing On Financial Services

RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced a new agreement with Concord Servicing Corporation to offer discounted financial services to RCI’s affiliated resorts through the recently branded RCI Affiliate Access program.

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Global Predictions 2013: Industry Players From Around The World Look To The Future

Despite lasting economic woes, the World Travel & Tourism Council predicts final numbers for global tourism in 2012 to be up almost 3% – modest growth, but growth. And with tourism numbers trending upward across the board, 2013 appears to be a shaping up as a year of opportunity. With that in mind, at the end of 2012 Perspective Magazine asked a few shared ownership executives to talk about 2013. Here’s some of what they said.

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11th Annual RCI Christel House Open Hosts 14 Sites Worldwide

The 11th annual RCI Christel House Open charity golf tournament kicked off on May 18 and runs through June 17. This year, golfers will gather at 14 sites worldwide to raise funds and awareness for Christel House. Tournament sites include:

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eXpectations: The New Approach To An Old Problem

Search the Internet or listen to any industry conference nowadays and the topics all appear to revolve around the same issue – finding legitimate ways for timeshare owners to either sell or let go of their ownership interest, not only to exit the industry, but in a manner that benefits the resorts and developers in addition to the owner, strengthening the industry instead of adding to the problem.

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SellMyTimeshareNOW.com and DAE Partner on New Timeshare Rental Opportunity

SellMyTimeshareNOW.com, a VacationOwnership.com LLC brand and the leader in online timeshare resale, and ResortRentals.com is launching an unprecedented service for timeshare owners, management and travel consumers that is unprecedented in the industry.

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Diamond Resorts International® Expands Global Footprint through Alliance with Dorsett Hospitality International

DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL® (Diamond), a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, engages in a strategic alliance with Dorsett Hospitality International (Dorsett) and now offers its members, owners and guests new destination choices in Asia. Dorsett owns and manages 20 hotels in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.…

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Interval International Adds Hotel Club Residence La Castellana To Its Global Vacation Exchange Network

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the affiliation of the vacation ownership units at the Hotel Club Residence La Castellana in Calabria, the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” The resort is set on a promontory overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast two miles from the historic centre of Belvedere.

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Interval Platinum Hits Milestone 100,000 Members

Upscale product meeting the needs of consumers and resort clients Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced that more than 100,000 families are now enrolled in Interval PlatinumSM, its most prestigious membership level. Launched two years ago,…

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Hilton Grand Vacations Honored with Prestigious Employer Award

The Timeshare Division of Hilton Worldwide Earns American Resort Development Association Circle of Excellence Employer of the Year Award Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has been honored by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) with the prestigious 2013 Circle of Excellence Employer of the Year Award. Hilton Grand Vacations received the…

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Vilnius Golf & Spa Resort Awarded Best Fractional Development in Europe & Middle East 2013

Situated just minutes away from Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, lies an incomparable 350-acre Private Country Estate of forests, lakes and rolling meadows, that encompasses the 5* Le Méridien Vilnius hotel (part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) offering 190 rooms; the Baltic’s largest conferencing facilities; Wellbeing Oasis Spa; golf and driving ranges; outdoor tennis courts; cycling; horse riding; hunting; boating and fishing; and in the winter cross country skiing and skating, all of which is undergoing a remarkable transformation over the next five to eight years. www.vilniusgolfandspa.com

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RSI’s Deedback Solutions Program Offers Assistance To Resort HOA’s

Deedback Solutions is a program specifically to help resurrect delinquent owners and generate revenue from inactive accounts using state of the art contact methodology designed to engage the owner. The program has shown remarkable success in regaining control of resort inventory while circumventing ongoing collection calls or expensive foreclosure costs. The program also provides a way to monetize a resort’s remaining and recovered inventory through the RSI travel club.

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Timeshare Software Provider Merlin Software Continues Expansion With Two Key Appointments

It has been announced today that Merlin Software for Vacation Ownership has made two key appointments in the U.S. and Australia. These appointments reflect recent client acquisition and extend the company’s representation in these important areas.

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Seventy-Eight Percent of Vacation Ownership Industry Professionals Anticipate Growth in Timeshare Sales in 2013, Capital One Bank Survey Reveals

According to Capital One Bank’s proprietary Vacation Ownership Survey, 78 percent of professionals at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) World 2013 conference expect 2013 timeshare sales to be stronger than in 2012. The annual survey found that confidence in sales growth among industry professionals increased 14 percent over last year.

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Leading Hospitality Experts To Share Key Vacation Trends At Shared Ownership Investment Seminar In Colombia

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), will host a Shared Ownership Investment Seminar on May 16 at Club El Nogal in Bogotá, Colombia. Interval created these events in 1998 to educate developers, hoteliers, lenders, and government officials about resort development opportunities, and has sponsored many around the world.

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Another Gem Of A Project For FARROW Commercial Construction

FARROW Commercial Construction (Santa Rosa, CA) a nationwide commercial construction company specializing in the hospitality industry has announced a five year engagement with a major timeshare company on behalf of its Homeowners Associations. The two companies have had a long term relationship primarily focused on refurbishments of the developer’s timeshares in Arizona, Missouri and New Mexico.

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Fidelity National Timeshare Joins Interval International’s Affiliate Advantages Program

Interval International has partnered with Fidelity National Timeshare (FNT) for its Affiliate Advantages program, a collection of value-driven products that provides member resorts with preferential access to services, discounted rates – or a combination of both, to enhance marketing and sales efforts and to improve overall operational inefficiencies.

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Sirenis Premium Travelers Wins a Gold ARDY Award

Sirenis Premium Travelers Club proudly announced today that it won a Gold ARDY award for its innovative new iPad-based electronic member kit. The tablet application replaces the long-standing traditional printed binder member guide that most vacation ownership companies have used for decades. The iPad application is part of a larger plan to provide virtual member access through robust website, tablet and mobile applications, all of which are scheduled to launch later this spring.

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Holiday Systems International Confirms Platinum Level Sponsorship For GNEX 2014 Timeshare Conference

Perspective Group announces that Holiday Systems International (HSI) has confirmed the renewal of their Platinum Sponsorship for the Fourth annual Global Networking Expo (GNEX). Additionally, the agreement will provide HSI with exclusive sponsorship of the Perspective Magazine Awards Program.

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TATOC Announces Launch Of Ambassador Programme With The Appointment Of The First Global Ambassador

The Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees), TATOC, is delighted to announce the launch of the TATOC Ambassador Programme and the appointment of Mike Ashton as chief Ambassador.

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Dial An Exchange Appoints Gary Fog As New Business Development Manager-Australia & New Zealand

Dial An Exchange (DAE), the world’s largest privately-owned timeshare exchange company, appoints Gary Fog as their new Business Development Manager for the Australia and New Zealand region.

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Pacific Palms Resort Featured In Prominent Australian Hospitality Publication, HM Magazine

Classic Holidays managed resorts continue to shine within the accommodation industry with Pacific Palms Resort recently featured in the Accommodation Association of Australia’s Hotel Management Magazine.

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Dial An Exchange Renews INTUITION Contract With Perspective Group

Dial An Exchange, the largest privately-owned timeshare exchange company in the world has confirmed a renewal of its contract with Perspective Group, the timeshare industry’s leading PR and Multimedia company to continue their INTUITION brand marketing service.

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Interval’s Latest Technology Advantages Showcased At Global Industry Convention

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (ILG) (Nasdaq: IILG), unveiled many of its new and enhanced digital tools designed for resort clients and consumer members at the recent American Resort Development Association convention in Hollywood, Florida.

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Breckenridge Grand Vacations Takes Gold Medals In ARDY Awards Competition

It’s another winning year for Breckenridge Grand Vacations. The world famous timeshare company was recently honored with two Gold ARDY awards at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) World Convention. Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) captured the gold in the categories of Best Manager or Team– BGV’s Event Team, and for best In House Sales Team–BGV’s Grand Lodge on Peak 7.

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Ramada Resort Phillip Island Declared Officially Open

Located at 2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, Victoria, Ramada Phillip Island features 211 free-standing cottages situated on 65 acres of picturesque countryside. Ramada Phillip Island is a Wyndham Hotel Group resort, which is the world’s largest hospitality company with over 7,340 properties.

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