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Crelogix Exec Appointed to CRDA Board of Directors 

Crelogix Acceptance Corporation, a leading Canadian consumer finance provider, announced that their Director of Sales for the Vacation Ownership division, Guillermo Martinez, has agreed to serve on the board of the Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA). Crelogix Vice President & General Manager, Sean Zaichick says, “As the only Canadian-based finance lender in the vacation ownership industry, we…

Global Connections Makes Short List at ARDA Awards

American Resort Development Association Names Finalists in Annual Awards Program Travel industry leader Global Connections, Inc. (GCI), a travel club fulfillment and service provider, which has received numerous awards and recognitions from prestigious hospitality industry organizations over the years, has added two more notable honors to its portfolio.  The company was named as a Finalist…

Data Security Vital When Renting, Re-Selling Timeshares, Says Weeks4Less 

The recently-launched online advertising portal for timeshare resales and rentals,Weeks4Less, expressed the importance of having a server that is HIPPA compliant for data security and meets the requirements of the EU Safe Harbor for data privacy. “Resort operators who refer timeshare owners to resale agencies with the latest data security measures in-place can be assured…

Liberty Bank Renews $50MM Receivables Loan with Bluegreen Vacations 

Wellington Financial, the exclusive resort finance lending correspondent for Liberty Bank, announced the bank has recently renewed a financing agreement with Bluegreen Vacations (“Bluegreen”). Bluegreen is a major vacation ownership sales, marketing and resort management company. The $50 million hypothecation loan will be used to finance vacation ownership interest notes receivable. “We’ve been lending to Bluegreen since 2008…

What AccorHotels’ Entry Into the Sharing Economy Means for the Future of Hotels

AccorHotels acquired a 30 percent stake last month in Miami-based Oasis Collections, which operates an accommodation-sharing model that incorporates some hotel-style amenities. “We have been looking at this space for a while, prompted by Airbnb having so much momentum,” Vivek Badrinath, deputy CEO at AccorHotels, told Skift. “This is very much a learning experience for us because we want…

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Announces Groundbreaking Expansion to Cuba

Becomes First Hospitality Company to Obtain U.S. Treasury Department Authorization to Operate In Cuba Signs Two Agreements and Letter of Intent to Open Hotels in Havana in 2016 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (“Starwood”) (NYSE:HOT) today signed three new hotel deals in Cuba, marking the first U.S. based hospitality company to enter the market in nearly 60 years. This announcement follows receipt…

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Hosts “Resort Madness” Sweepstakes

Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE:  WYN), is inviting travelers to vote for their favorite  resort as they go head-to-head during the “Resort Madness” Sweepstakes now through April 12, 2016 for the chance to win a three-night vacation package with a retail value of…

Your First Drop® At The Ritz-Carlton

Luxury Hotel Company Launches Proprietary Coffee Brand A new coffee is brewing at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts across the United States. First Drop® Coffee is proprietary and branded for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in America. It is made 100% from coffee beans harvested by Rainforest Alliance Certified® farms in Mexico and Brazil. In addition, select hotels…

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Eco-Savvy Element Brand Accelerates Growth in Texas with Adaptive Re-Use Project in Dallas

Element Dallas East will Deliver Smart, Sustainable Lodging just Across from the Baylor Medical Center Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced it will expand its portfolio of Element Hotels in Texas with an adaptive re-use project in Dallas. Set to open in July 2018, Element Dallas East is one of six new Element hotels opening in Texas in the next…

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens its 10th Hotel in Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Van Welcomes its First Guests. DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton Worldwide‘s (NYSE: HLT) 13 market-leading brands, announced today the opening of Doubletree by Hilton Van. The newest property in the brand’s fast-growing global portfolio of upscale, full-service hotels, joins nine DoubleTree by Hilton hotels already open in Turkey. Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu,…