Dozens of Owners Cite Reasons for Traveling with Timeshare in Latest Owner Video Series
WASHINGTON (January 09, 2012) —Crossing things off a bucket list. Seeing new places. Pride of ownership. These are a few reasons given for the satisfaction level among “Timeshare Fans” from Wyndham Vacation Resorts. This month’s video, blog and photo compilation represents the third in American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) “Timeshare Fans” owner series, showcasing the passion of owners about why they love timeshare vacations.
“This is a rich man’s vacation on a normal man’s salary,” says Ron Riley, CLUB WYNDHAM® owner since 1998 in describing why he enjoys vacationing with timeshare. In addition to Riley and his wife, more than a dozen owners participated in the video. Other owners will share their experiences in a blog in order to clearly convey the variety of reasons they cherish their vacation ownership.
One family, CLUB WYNDHAM owners Sharon and Tom Grupe of Orlando, Fla., recently celebrated Thanksgiving at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort with 38 family members spanning four generations. “I still get emotional when I think about the special celebration we had this past Thanksgiving”, explains Sharon. “Being able to bring everyone together in such a beautiful and accommodating resort made it a holiday to remember.”
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well. Take the time to find out why. Visit http://www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Next month, look for happy owners from Marriott Vacation Club who are passionate about their timeshare. All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit http://www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at http://www.VacationBetter.org