ATHOC Update

Success for the Australian Timeshare industry regarding Consultation paper 212 with separate submissions made to ASIC and Treasury and the Joint Parliamentary Committee between September 2013 and April 2015. Timeshare in Australia is regulated as a financial services product; however the Federal Government has previously recognised that the timeshare industry operates one product per company…

AMDETUR Update

Successful Conclusion to the Second Specialization Course in Timeshare Training is essential to the development of the tourism industry, and with this in mind AMDETUR launched its second Specialization Course in Timeshare, which was available in both online and classroom settings in Mexico City. The course was once again a resounding success. Its basic goal…

2015 Dick Pope Legacy Hall Of Fame Luncheon

The Dick Pope Legacy Hall of Fame Luncheon was hosted by the Grand Tour Foundation on November 13th, 2015 at the Wyndham Resort International Drive in Orlando, FL. This luncheon brought tourism industry professionals together to celebrate tourism leadership and honor three 2015 Dick Pope Legacy Award winners: Phil Rawlins, founder and president of Orlando…

HSI… older, wiser, better than ever! So what’s new?

Holiday Systems International (HSI) provides specialized, private-branded sales and service solutions for the global vacation ownership market. Its unique products and services have provided remarkable benefits to developers, owners and HOAs throughout the full vacation ownership lifecycle. HSI is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including the prestigious Perspective Magazine Award for Best Business Product…

Shared Ownership In Cuba, The Next Frontier

In 2014, 350,091 U.S. citizens arrived into Cuba and the numbers are rising. This was the second-largest nationality in terms of visitors after Canada. International arrivals in Cuba have increased a staggering 18% from January to August, compared to last year, just at the time when the US Embassy in Havana has been reopened. Jet…

C.A.R.E. Celebrates Its 61st Semi-Annual Conference In The “Mile High” City

The Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers (C.A.R.E.) held its 61st Semi-Annual Conference at the Westin Downtown Denver September 26th – 29th. This fall conference featured a number of networking and educational opportunities as well as a volunteer event. The conference was hosted by keynote speaker Mark Jackson, former Denver Bronco’s wide receiver. Forever remembered by…

Random Observations From Boot Camp

By Robert Webb My law partner Kurt Gruber and I were privileged to speak as part of the panel at Shared Ownership Boot Camp, which was the opening session of Interval International’s recent Shared Ownership Investment Conference in Miami. The session was very well attended by both new participants and seasoned players, most of whom…

Bitcoin & Blockchain: An Overview

Bitcoin – An Abbreviated History Shortly after the financial collapse of 2008, round one of “Quantitative Easing” by the Federal Reserve, and unprecedented fiascos such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi, Bitcoin was released in early 2009 by an anonymous programmer (or a group of programmers) who called himself or themselves Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin is commonly…

Use Texting To Boost Revenue And Ranking

SMS services are still relatively new in hospitality. But texting is so mainstream among consumers today that smart hotels are starting to use it to generate guest feedback and manage their online reputations. “It’s the immediacy that makes texting so appealing,” says Paul Mattimoe, president and CEO of Perspective Group. ”Guests are so comfortable with…