Iván Chávez of Grupo Vidanta Joins Forbes Business Council

Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Development Council—an invitation-only community for senior-level business development executives. His extensive experience in business development, strategy and operations will help enrich the discourse of the council, helping progress its mission of connecting and educating business leaders worldwide.

Vail Resorts CEO To Donate $58 Million to Establish Charitable Fund

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz has established a new donor-advised fund, a charitable giving vehicle, which will be funded from the shares and proceeds he will receive from exercising Vail Resorts share appreciation rights (SARs) that are approaching their 10-year expiration date. This charitable fund, with assets that are expected to total approximately $58 million, will make grants over a long-term period, based on the recommendations of Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam. The grants will align with the couple’s charitable giving priorities and will include significant contributions to non-profit, social service organizations that provide support to the mountain resort communities where Vail Resorts operates. Katz and Amsterdam will work with local mountain resort community leaders and Vail Resorts employees to identify and address critical local challenges that these communities are facing.

Negotiation Professor From Harvard Provides Seminar for Vida Vacations in Nuevo Vallarta

Vida Vacations hosted Harvard Professor Daniel L. Shapiro Ph.D. for a two-day seminar September 28th and 29th at the Vidanta Convention Center in Nuevo Vallarta. The two-day seminar was part of an ongoing effort to improve professional development at Vida Vacations and intended to facilitate personnel on negotiation and resolution. The seminar was a private event dedicated to over 300 sales representatives, managers and support staff.

Sundance Resort Club Japan Selects RCI to Provide Vacation Exchange Services to Owners

RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange (WYN), welcomed six new resorts in Japan to its vacation exchange network through an affiliation agreement with Sundance Resort Club Japan, bringing exciting new destination options in Japan to its 3.8 million global exchange members. These six properties are located across the country in popular tourist destinations including the Kanagawa Prefecture, the Yamanashi Prefecture, the Chiba Prefecture, the Shizuoka Prefecture and the Nagano Prefecture. 

Anantara Vacation Club Launches Loyalty Partnership with Asia Miles

Anantara Vacation Club is pleased to now offer more opportunities than ever before to its upper-tier Club Points Owners. Elite Diamond, Platinum and Royal Club Points Owners will have the opportunity to embark on a new journey with Asia Miles. This partnership enables Club Points Owners to enjoy a wide range of options on excellent travel and lifestyle offers from Asia Miles partners.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Grows to Second Largest Private Company in Central Florida

Orange Lake Resorts, home to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand, recently was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as the second largest privately held company in Central Florida as part of the publication’s Golden 100 Awards ceremony. Kemmons Wilson began the company in 1982 when he opened Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. Today the company has grown to 26 resorts in 12 states with more than 7,600 villas and 4,600 employees.