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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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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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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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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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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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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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Colombia Market Study Commissioned By Interval International Reveals Consumer Interest In Shared Ownership

According to research commissioned by Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, one of four active leisure travelers residing in Colombia is interested in acquiring a shared resort real estate product during the next two years. The findings also reveal that nine in 10 find condominium-style accommodations an…

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Vacation Storebuilder Names Mike Montemurro COO, Ramps Up For Continued Growth

Vacation Storebuilder, provider of a Software-as-a-Service ecommerce platform for the vacation rental industry, announced today that Mike Montemurro has joined its leadership team as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Used by both individual owners and property management companies, Vacation Storebuilder deploys and manages branded webstores for vacation rental properties quickly and easily by automating digital marketing and increasing web bookings.

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Martin Beesley the Developer of Pueblo Evita and Fairways Clubs Has Completed a Trade Sale to Ian Goddard the Owner of Richvale Limited

Following a successful working relationship over the last seven years a deal has been agreed for the sale of both clubs. The purchase includes the management companies, the unsold stock and the associated properties.

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Dial An Exchange Enhances Flexibility Of Timeshare Exchange Banking Service

Global timeshare exchange company Dial An Exchange (DAE) continues to significantly alter the evolution of the exchange business through the enhancement of its banked week system. Considered the backbone of timeshare exchange, the system by which owners can bank, or deposit, their weeks into the exchange pool is a crucial component of the service and, through the development of its exclusive free membership service, the process of banking a week has now been refined to include several consumer-friendly aspects

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Interval international Welcomes Fun Club Mauritius 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 Fun Club Mauritius. The shared ownership apartments are within Plage Bleu, a gated beachfront development close to Grand Baie, a popular tourist centre on the island of Mauritius.

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Dial An Exchange Opens German Office

Dial An Exchange (DAE), the world’s largest privately owned holiday exchange company, is opening a customer service centre in Germany, as it continues to expand its international network.

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Hapimag: Positive Annual Result And More Overnight Stays

Despite the difficult economic environment, Hapimag, the leading company in the European market for rights of residence, again achieved a positive annual result of EUR 0.2 million in 2012 (previous year EUR 1.2 million). The operating income remained unchanged at EUR 186.4 million. The already high occupancy rate in the Hapimag resorts and residences continued to rise.

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Occidental Vacation Club Affiliates With Club La Costa

Occidental Vacation Club, a full service, all inclusive timeshare company, has affiliated with Club La Costa, a leading provider of mixed-use holiday products in Europe. The addition of Club La Costa adds an impressive list of new vacation choices for Occidental’s members and brings the grand total of member choices to 31.

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The Registry Collection Program Welcomes Fairmont Heritage Place The Palm in Dubai

The Registry Collection program, the world’s largest luxury exchange program, recently welcomed Fairmont Heritage Place The Palm in Dubai into its network of affiliated resorts. The resort is ideally located along the Golden Mile of restaurants, upscale boutiques and luxury shops on Palm Jumeirah.

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Interval International Welcomes Dive Blue Beach Resort

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the addition of Dive Blue Beach Resort near Marsa Alam on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera. Upon the anticipated completion in June 2014, the first phase of the resort’s development will have 81 timeshare units, two large swimming pools, a marina, restaurants, and shops covering 15 acres (6 hectares) on a prime stretch of coastline.

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