Dial An Exchange On….. Being Direct

Dial An Exchange has been in business since 1997 as a relatively new addition to the exchange space globally, but an even newer addition to the South African market specifically, only having done business here for the past 4 years.

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A Report on the South African Shared Vacation Industry

While the shared vacation industry in many countries around the world started 2011 slightly bruised and worse for wear due to the financial rollercoaster of 2010, the shared vacation industry in South Africa has emerged with some industry players announcing record breaking sales figures and increases in employment for 2010 and have kicked-off 2011 on a very enthusiastic high note.

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Interval International Celebrates 35 Years in Shared Ownership

Interval Leisure Group (ILG) is a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry, and has more than 2,800 employees worlwide. But as Nash reflects on the 35th anniversary of ILG’s principal business, Interval International, he credits much of the company’s success to its staff.

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Christel House South Africa in the Spotlight

Teaching is changing and, in many ways becoming a much more difficult job, but having access to technology can really make a difference. This is according to Ronald Fortune, high-school principal of Christel House South Africa (CHSA), an independent school that provides scholarships and a holistic education to poor children in Cape Town.

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Managing Your Resort’s Finances

While many resorts may have had a rough go of it in recent years, most experts are predicting that a turn-around is in sight. A more difficult economic environment over the last few years has made many of us take a closer look at how we handle our businesses.

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An Interview with Southern Sun’s Deon Viljoen

The director of operations at Southern Sun Lifestyle Resorts and chairman of VOASA talks with Perspective Magazine’s Matt McDaniel about his company and where it’s headed, as well as what’s going on in shared ownership countrywide.

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Interest in Purchasing Vacation Homes Back to Pre-Crisis Levels

The American Affluence Research Center is releasing its latest data in conjunction with the Global Networking Expo (GNEX) 2011. The data unveiled at the Bahamas event is the latest in a continuing series of twice-yearly surveys that focus on the 11.4 million households that represent the wealthiest 10% of all U.S. households.

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Shared Ownership Investment Conferences in South Africa are a Huge Success

South Africa has been a hidden jewel on the Dark Continent for a number of years, but it is only recently that the nation has arrived onto the global stage in terms of tourism and the significant economic development associated with international visitors.

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Where Five Star Meets The Big Five

Few holidays can beat the thrill of the safari; South Africa’s most exclusive bush retreats offer a heady mix of wildlife, wilderness and adventure, with enough lashings of luxury to keep guests coming back for more.

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VOASA Conference 2010

The shared ownership industry in South Africa is growing, and the Vacation Ownership Association of Southern Africa marked its ‘best ever conference’ while welcoming a ‘new dawn’ in legislation, products, financing and services.

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Dial An Exchange’s ‘New Thinking’ in Timeshare

Dial An Exchange (DAE) is the world’s largest independent exchange provider. And because they are privately owned, they have the enviable ability to listen, and react quickly to the needs of their customers.

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Grape Escapes

Take a wine hotel set in its own estate, enhance the consumer offering with an exclusive shared ownership product and you have a high end destination experience that is hard to beat, even in today’s world of luxury long-haul holidays. Fiona Klonarides discovers why fractional ownership and fine wines are a match made in heaven – or Tuscany, California and South Africa to be more precise…

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Suite Dreams

Fortunately for the shared ownership industry, leading technology creator Merlin Software has been helping businesses streamline their operations and maximise profitability for over ten years, making it the industry-specific software of choice for many major players

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The future of fractionals in South Africa

As global economies recover there seems to be a buzz within the South African shared ownership industry once again, although we are nowhere near the hive of activity experienced pre recession, it seems though we are on a slow but steady path to a new norm.

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Business-Making in the Bahamas

But the recently announced 1st Annual GNEX 2011 & Perspective Magazine Awards Gala is definitely their largest and most ambitious project to date.

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South Africa State of the Industry

Perspective Magazine South Africa asked several influential South Africa market leaders to talk about the state of the industry and its biggest challenges going forward. Each shared-ownership industry leader was individually asked to respond to the same set of questions.

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RCI celebrates excellence in Africa

In South Africa, the RCI ‘Oscas’ is an annual event that celebrates RCI’s valued Club partners, Developers, Affiliated Resorts, Top Timeshare Sales Professionals’ successes and acknowledges the important role they play in the Vacation Ownership Industry in Africa. The Oscas event is the culmination point of RCI’s Recognition Programmes for the Vacation Ownership Industry in Africa.

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An interview with Interval International’s Darren Ettridge

Perspective Magazine Editor Matt McDaniel recently chatted with Darren Ettridge, Interval International’s vice president, resort sales and service for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The one-time co-workers talked about how Ettridge got into the timeshare industry, what’s happening at his company and his favourite football club (and you’ll likely not guess which it is).

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Poverty No Match For The Spirit Of Ubuntu

A young man’s dreams were nearly cut short when the grip of poverty threatened to extinguish his potential, but thanks to a group of teachers from Christel House South Africa Rosario Schuurman’s future looks bright.

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Indulging the Senses

First Resorts, one of the worlds largest resort management Companies, managing over 50 holiday destinations throughout South Africa and the United Kingdom has introduced a new dimension in guest experiences, intended specifically to indulge all the senses of guests visiting any Resort.

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VOASA Leads the Way for Shared Ownership in South Africa

Shared vacation ownership continues to make great strides in South Africa, a nation that was largely spared from the brunt of the global economic crisis thanks to strict lending regulations that already were in place before the meltdown occurred. But the industry in South Africa is indeed strong and poised for further growth, no doubt thanks in part to the leadership of the industry association, VOASA.

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Has The World Cup Helped Property & Tourism Industries In South Africa?

South Africa put on a spectacular show during the World Cup and while the sun may have set on the football, a bright future beckons for its property and tourist industries. Fiona Klonarides takes a look at a country keen to capitalise on its new place on the world stage.

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Royal Reserve Safari & Beach Club

Of all the shared-ownership resorts in the world, there are probably not many that can justifiably include the words safari and beach in their name. But Royal Reserve Safari & Beach Club, an RCIaffiliated resort with Gold Crown status that is set among coconut palm groves on the white sandy beach at Kikambala, has all the reason in the world to.

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Will You Recommend This Article to a Friend?

By any measure, the financial crisis that began in 2007 has thrust wrenching challenges upon the business models of hospitality and shared-ownership companies in every vertical, as customers and potential prospects deal with high levels of unemployment, plummeting real estate values affecting perceptions of individual and family net worth, and declining consumer confidence.

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Orlando Magic

As Central Florida’s existing theme parks add new attractions and a newcomer plans to enter the market, the resort corridor and its sharedownership resorts are poised for a tourism boom

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The Luxurious Key To Selling Property Internationally

For luxury property providers and developers, targeting investors from overseas is vital. In the past twelve months, 45% of £2 million and above property purchases in the UK have been going to non-UK buyers and 60% in London.

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