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The Weekly Wisecrack: April 30, 2016

The Dancing Chicks
The committee in charge of Entertainment at the ARDA World 2016 Conference’s Awards Dinner Gala settled on a retro act as a nod to the association’s aging membership.
 


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Timeshare Odds and Ends: April 30, 2016

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♪♪♫ Penny, penny -Easily spent -Copper brown -And worth one cent. ♫♫♪

Do any of you remember that childhood ditty? It’s followed by Nickel, nickel -Thick and fat…

But what does that have to do with the Five Senses as outlined by Aristotle a couple thousand years ago? And what do those senses have to do with successful marketing?

So what’s the Scoop? And how does a penny work its way into the deal anyhow? And what the dang heck am I talking about? Find out at Scoop du Jour: Less Than One Penny



Wyndham Worldwide Corp. has released its First Quarter 2016 Earnings Report, and here are the basics for the Vacation Ownership division;

  • Revenues were $641 million in the first quarter of 2016, a 4% increase over the first quarter of 2015.
  • Gross VOI sales were $428 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 10% compared with the first quarter of 2015. Volume per guest (VPG) for the quarter increased 3.8% in constant currency and tour flow increased 6.5%.
  • EBITDA for the first quarter of 2016 was $136 million, an increase of 5% compared with the first quarter of 2015, reflecting higher sales volume and stronger resort management and consumer finance results, partially offset by an increase in the provision for loan losses.

Balance Sheet Information as March 31, 2016:

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $318 million, compared with $171 million at December 31, 2015
  • Vacation ownership contract receivables, net, of $2.7 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2015
  • Vacation ownership and other inventory of $1.3 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2015
  • Securitized vacation ownership debt of $2.1 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2015
  • Long-term debt of $3.3 billion, compared with $3.1 billion at December 31, 2015. The remaining borrowing capacity on the revolving credit facility, net of commercial paper borrowings, was $1.1 billion as of March 31, 2016, compared with $1.4 billion at December 31, 2015.

For everything else Wyndham related, see the press release.



Marriott Vacations Worldwide has also released its First Quarter 2016 Earnings Report, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Adjusted fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.87, up 2.4 percent from $0.85 in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA totaled $51.6 million, a decrease of $8.6 million year-over-year.
  • Company vacation ownership contract sales (which exclude residential sales) were $153.5 million, down 9.7 percent year-over-year. North America vacation ownership contract sales were $139.7 million, down 10.5 percent year-over-year.
  • Financing revenues, net of expenses and consumer financing interest expense, were $19.2 million, a $1.1 million, or 6.1 percent, increase from the first quarter of 2015.
  • North America vacation ownership contract sales were $139.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of $16.3 million, or 10.5 percent, from the prior year period.
  • North America total tours decreased 4.0 percent, driven by a decline in owner tours, which were down nearly 7 percent year-over-year.
  • VPG decreased 3.9 percent to $3,496 in the first quarter of 2016 from $3,640 in the first quarter of 2015, driven by an 8 percent decline in owner VPG. The overall decline in VPG in the quarter was driven by lower closing efficiency, offset partially by higher points purchased per contract and pricing.
  • The company completed the acquisition of an operating property located in the South Beach area of Miami Beach for $23.5 million for future use in its Marriott Vacation Club Destinations program.
  • In Asia Pacific total vacation ownership contract sales in the segment were $9.4 million, an increase of $0.8 million, or nearly 9 percent, from the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted segment financial results were $1.0 million, a $2.5 million decrease from the first quarter of 2015.
  • In Europe first quarter 2016 contract sales were $4.4 million, a decrease of $0.9 million from the first quarter of 2015. Segment financial results were $0.4 million, a $0.4 million increase from the first quarter of 2015 due primarily to higher development margin.

There’s lots more to look at, and you can find it at this link.



Interval Leisure Group (NASDAQ: IILG) will release its first quarter 2016 financial results after the market closes on Monday, May 9, 2016. Interval Leisure Group will also host a related conference call beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET that same day, accessible via telephone and the Internet.

Craig M. Nash, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Interval Leisure Group, and William L. Harvey, chief financial officer, will review the company’s first quarter financial results. Following the review, there will be a question and answer session. The conference call is expected to last approximately one hour and an audio webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of Interval Leisure Group’s website at www.iilg.com.

Be there or be square.



TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Have you seen the world yet?

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Weekly Jukebox: April 30, 2016

Here’s another special request, this time from “South Park” who specifically asked for this particular video of James Taylor and CS&N performing Taylor’s classic “Mexico”.

sing♪♪ Oh, Mexico
It sounds so simple I just got to go
The sun’s so hot I forgot to go home
Guess I’ll have to go now

What are YOU listening to tonight?




The Weekly Juke Box aims to feature good music/good fun regardless of era or genre. Send in your own favorite and if I can find a good version on YouTube I’ll post it for you! What would you like to see or hear?

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Florida USA Timeshare News: April 30, 2016

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

ORLANDO: Marriott Vacation Club isn’t exactly getting BIGGER nor is it getting smaller with its latest move. What it IS doing is taking its urban, city-center locations and rolling them into a new brand called Marriott Vacation Club Pulse.

I think this is a good idea, as it differentiates the urban resorts — which typically have fewer amenities and smaller units than typical MVC resorts — and gives them a distinct identity. Most of them do have connecting rooms and kitchenettes, though, making them decent options for larger parties and guests who may want a bit more room during their stay. And each resort has an updated, modern look that reflects the culture of its home city.

As MVC puts it, “Because the action is found outside the property—in the city and the neighborhoods—the guestrooms and suites are designed for shorter, more active stays.”

Currently five MVC properties have moved into the new brand:

  • Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City – Within walking distance of NYC’s flagship retail stores, Bryant Park and the hustle and bustle of Times Square, this magnificent Midtown Manhattan location features one of the city’s most spectacular rooftop bars.
  • Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Diego – A stylish downtown retreat close to all that San Diego has to offer including the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and the legendary San Diego Zoo.
  • Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, South Beach – With an enchanting mix of history and modern luxury, this lovingly restored Mediterranean revival gem is one of South Beach’s most iconic locations. On the north end of Ocean Drive, it’s a short stroll to the best of Miami’s South Beach.
  • Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington, D.C. – Landmark vacations start here, a property proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places and central to hundreds of Washington, D.C.’s best museums, restaurants, shops and attractions.
  • Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House, Boston – Built in 1847, the Custom House and its Clock Tower remain the jewel of Boston’s skyline and an elegant glimpse into America’s past.

The San Diego property is currently taking reservations for arrivals beginning on July 1; the others are taking reservations immediately.

I dunno; I think it’s a GOOD thing.




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Pennsylvania USA Timeshare News: April 30, 2016

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

WILKES-BARRE: It looks like the end of the road for the Boycott Sundance Vacations page on Facebook. Sundance Vacations, whose main focus in life for the last 4 years or so appeared to be their crusade to get that page removed, seems to have finally gotten something even better: Ownership of the page.
 
Why do I say that? If you’ve tried to access the original Boycott page during the last two or three weeks you’ll have noticed that it has a new look, new profile picture and especially a new name: “Sundance Vacations Reviews.”

Huh? Scratching Head

I admit I hadn’t been paying proper attention to it lately, until a few regular readers of The GateHouse emailed me to ask if the page had been hacked. Said one:

Tina Dowd, co-owner of Sundance, is posting messages. Sundance customer support is responding to people like it’s their page. Sundance employees seem to be posting positive reviews about their vacations and the great value of a Sundance vacation as if they were regular customers, many not volunteering the fact that they are employees.

Well, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t hacked, and here’s why.

I noticed some time ago (and reported on the fact) that after several years of what I would consider the misuse of the legal system to persecute Albert Whitehead (an impoverished elderly terminally ill cancer patient) for what turned out to be the false assumption that he was responsible for that page, suddenly everything turned mysteriously quiet. Sundance’s lead attorney Donna Walsh, who had kept up a relentless barrage of motions and demands for all those years, pretty much stood down (at one point she had gone so far as to make Facebook a “party” to the lawsuit against Whitehead, though that only lasted as long as it took for Facebook’s attorneys to figuratively slap her down).

Eventually I deduced that settlement negotiations were probably ongoing, apparently between Sundance and Ms. Denise Guida, who was not a party to the company’s lawsuit against Whitehead but was dragged into the affair when Sundance decided that maybe SHE owned the page and unwisely forced her to give a deposition. That did not work out well for them; she lawyered up and went after the company, its principals and its attorneys with the fierceness only righteous indignation can induce. That’s when news about the case entered the twilight zone of silence.

ANYhow, to see if I could confirm my suspicions about a settlement I headed over to look at court documents about the lawsuit against Mr. Whitehead and guess what I found? This:
Sundance - Whitehead Settlement

Yup. Confirmation by the court that a joint motion for approval of a confidential settlement and release agreement was granted on April 6, 2016. It’s a done deal.

The settlement details are sealed, but I imagine that one of the results was the transfer of ownership of that page, which is actually a better outcome for Sundance than the mere removal of the page. I suppose also that at the very least Mr. Whitehead probably got relief as a result of the cessation of hostilities against him, and I suspect that Ms. Guida probably came out of it satisfied as well.

I’ll always remain at least mildly disappointed that we’ll never get to see the mysterious video tape of the deposition Sundance forced upon Ms. Guida and later scrambled mightily to keep away from the public’s eyes. What IS in that video they so didn’t want anyone to see? Did it reveal that Mr. Whitehead was telling the truth all along and they had been hounding the wrong person for 4 years? Did it have anything to do with the sudden urgent desire of the company to reach a settlement? Wouldn’t it be something if Sundance/Ms Donna Walsh somehow shot themselves in the foot with that deposition? We’ll never know, but it’s fun to speculate.

And it’s all speculation from here on out ’cause I don’t think we’ll be hearing so much as a peep from anyone previously involved in the controversy.

I guess if the folks who depended on that Boycott Sundance Vacations page want to have a place to continue its work, why they’ll just have to set up their own forum or something and run it themselves, yeah?

Man, that Boycott page had a good run, though, didn’t it? 😉




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Colorado USA Timeshare News: April 30, 2016

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> WESTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

BROOMFIELD: The timeshare industry has been increasingly embracing sustainability, renewable energy, the whole “going green” thing for several years now, and they’re to be congratulated for it. I’ve even noted several of their accomplishments over the past few years.

Now comes a very clear sign of how commonplace the subject has become in the hospitality industry, including the timeshare segment. A company by the name of RES Distributed, a wholly owned subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems, will be exhibiting at ARDA World this week hoping to catch the attention of timeshare developers, HOAs, etc. to demonstrate how they can cash in on the savings that can be had by using renewable energy at their resorts while also gaining the satisfaction of helping to enhance local and global sustainability.

Since 1997, RES has been providing development, engineering, construction, and operations services to the utility-scale wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage markets across the Americas. The company employs more than 500 full-time professionals and has over 8,000 MW of utility-scale renewable energy and energy storage projects and constructed more than 1,000 miles of transmission lines throughout the U.S., Canada, and Chile. RES’ corporate office in the U.S. is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX, Minneapolis, MN, and San Francisco, CA.

I know this sounds a bit like an ad for RES but it isn’t. It’s an ad for environmental awareness, for “going green” in any way we can and saving money while we’re at it. And I think that a company like RES showing up as an exhibitor at ARDA World 2016 is indicative of a very positive trend!

GO GREEN!


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Hawaii USA Timeshare News: April 30, 2016

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> WESTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

O’AHU: Location location location. How’s this for location: 2280 Kuhio Avenue, just across the street from the back entrance to the new International Marketplace (an abomination that’s opening August 25, 2016), two blocks to the world-famous Waikiki Beach and within walking distance to the area’s best shops, restaurants and entertainment.

That’s where you’ll find the Aqua Ohia Waikiki, which just completed major renovations and is back in business. At 17-stories and 251-rooms the renovations include a full renovation of the lobby and front desk, updated pool area, new public area bathrooms, new corridor carpets throughout the hotel, room enhancements featuring upgraded furniture, exterior building enhancements, as well as other improvements to the common spaces. Additional guest amenities have also been introduced such as the popular shuttle service, free use of beach chairs and towels, complimentary DVD rentals, and a complimentary weekly Manager’s Reception where guests can sample the hotel’s signature cocktail, the Ohia Island Tea.

And starting this month, guests can take advantage of the fully renovated tiki bar and restaurant, Big Kahuna Waikiki, offering Hawaiian-style pub food and tropical cocktails in a casual setting. (Wait till you try it, it’s wonderful!)

There’s only one thing wrong with this scenario in my point of view — it isn’t a timeshare resort, though it could be with lodging that ranges from hotel rooms to studios and junior suites, each with a private lanai and kitchenette with a four-burner stove and oven. Let’s see, with 251 rooms and 52 weeks in a year, that would give a potential for 13,052 weeks or their equivalent in points to sell in a prime urban destination. Sweet! 🙂

The hotel is part of the Aqua Hotels & Resorts portfolio which is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group which owns Interval International, Hyatt Vacation Club and soon Vistana Vacation Experiences among other subsidiaries. That’s close enough, don’t you think?

An editorial: Two or three decades ago, when Waikiki was laughed at as a place for the “newly-wed and the nearly-dead”, tourists who visited Waikiki were wont to sniff to their friends back home that Waikiki was too commercialized. Seeing what developers have done to the neighborhood since that time, so slickly and expensively commercialized as to wipe out most traces of authenticity the place once held, I laugh until coffee comes out of my nose at what those folks of yore used to consider “commercial”. The “new International Marketplace” is a perfect example of that. For some of us old timers it’s difficult to accept Waikiki as the sophisticated urban shopping destination it has become.

But I digress. If you’re in the area, do check out that tiki bar. 😉




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Canada Timeshare News: April 30, 2016

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

BRITISH COLUMBIA: WorldMark The Club owners/members have gained new booking opportunities in Vancouver thanks to a new affiliation with Vacation Internationale.

The glamorous VI resort at Rosedale on Robson is now accepting reservations for upcoming vacations via a direct exchange arrangement with WorldMark.

The Rosedale at Robson is an urban resort at city-center, offering suites in a sea glass-colored building with magnificent views of the city. Shopping is available on world-famous Robson St. right outside the front door, with Yaletown a short walk away. It’s also just a stroll away to Gastown, China Town, Stanley Park and many shops, restaurants, and cafes.

IMO this is a great deal for WorldMark owners.

But you’d better be Johnny-on-the-spot if you want to get a reservation; availability is extremely limited!




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Timeshare Morning Meeting: April 30, 2016

This week’s timeshare sales tip:

Amigos?

REMEMBER: Being too friendly in any sales environment can often work against the sales rep but at the same time there has to be a friendship ‘base’ established between the rep and the timeshare sales guest.

Back in them thar old timeshare sales days when reps were ‘breaking-bread’ with sales guests the process of dining was used and justified for just that purpose; to have additional time to ‘chat’ and become better acquainted (‘make a friend’) before the selling began.

However, what really happened then and today, especially from many reps’ (and management) perspective, is that the sales guests, right out the chute, through the presentation and afterwards (including those who become ‘owners’) were mostly thought of and treated as ‘ups’ (‘tours’, ‘googans’, etc.)

And if you don’t believe me then take this quick test. Get out a piece of paper, be honest with yourself and answer these two questions!

    1. Write down the first and last names of the last 20 sales guests you have met.

    2. Write down the first and last names of the last 5 owners you’ve sold.

Did you bat a 1,000? Likely not! Did you bat 500? Likely not! Other than (maybe) yesterday’s sales guest or the last owner, did you get any of the other names?

And here is one more question for you reps working in (e.g.) Cancun. Name the cities your last 20 sales guest came from (or your last 5 owners).

If any rep didn’t do well with any of those questions that is a problem that has many facets to it, but the one we are dealing with here today is the fact that the rep is likely treating these prospects as pure ‘ups’, not establishing that ‘base’ friendship, etc. and likely closing less than 20%!

The moral of the story is that the next hand (and every hand thereafter) the rep shakes is the best friend that rep has (at that moment). And if any rep wants to be a ‘hitter’ then they’d be well advised to establish that ‘base’ (friendship) with these prospects, get to know them, like them and then sell ’em. And the savvy Timeshare Pro who does just that will laugh all the way to the bank.




Join us for a pithy morning meeting timeshare sales tip of the week, originally published in InsideTheGate.com, to help you to greater success in selling timeshare. Brief and to the point, these sales training tips are designed to get you thinking, to expand your knowledge, to help you to become all that you can be in the timeshare sales arena.

Whether you’re an industry veteran or a green pea, it never hurts to brush up on your skills!

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Idle Timeshare Thoughts: April 30, 2016

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QUOTABLE QUOTES:
“A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time.” —Henry Ford



Here’s something new at this year’s annual ARDA World Conference on Wednesday, May 4:

An Interactive ‘Digital Meets Travel’ Pitch Competition
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 9:30-11 am
Grand Ballroom, The Diplomat Hotel
Open to all ARDA World attendees.

This year, ARDA is bringing a new, exciting and interactive pitch competition to its general session! Modeled after Shark Tank, you’ll watch as a select group of bold start-ups present their digital innovations and business plans to our panel of judges —the Lions of the timeshare industry —including three high profile CEOs and executives of Disney, Marriott and Wyndham.

Our brave contestants include:

  • Proxce – A secure and seamless hotel check-in experience.
  • Rented – A world-class marketplace for competitive short-term rentals.
  • Suiteness – Exclusive online bookings of lesser-known luxury hotel suites.
  • Tansler – A reverse auction, one round of bids approach to home rentals.
  • Trekkable – A booking solution for the 30 million people with mobility challenges.
  • Alice – Guest experience and operational management on one platform.
  • Voyat – Hotel guest connection via the most effective retention engine.

Our judges will evaluate the companies and, following a live audience vote, a winner will be announced! They’ll gain massive exposure to members of the timeshare industry, feedback on their innovations, and it’s all happening live at ARDA World 2016!

Watch the clever video ad they produced to promote it. 🙂

That might be fun, don’t you think? If you’re going, do attend this event and let me know how you liked it.



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Getting BIGGER: April 30, 2016

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Exploria Resorts is getting BIGGER in that the much anticipated Recreation Pavilion at Summer Bay Orlando is expected to open this summer. The pavilion, at 10,500 sq. ft., will feature an Arcade, Fitness Center, Movie Theatre, Billiards Room, Owners Lounge, and expansive spaces for daily scheduled activities.

Resort sports court experiences include basketball, bocce ball, ping-pong, horseshoes, tennis and volleyball. The 50-seat indoor movie theatre will feature daily, recently released blockbuster hits with popcorn, sodas and candy available for purchase. The theatre space, along with other dedicated spaces, will be available for private group movie screenings and gatherings as families celebrate milestone occasions while on vacation together. The new Owners Lounge will feature a library, coffee station, luxury seating and computers and printers for exclusive use of vacationing Owners. The Arcade will feature gaming consoles with video game checkouts along with large flat screen televisions, a billiards table, board games, and redemption-style video games. An expansive fitness center loaded with state of the art equipment and a multi-purpose Activities Room will be the two largest spaces of the Recreation Pavilion, providing round the clock opportunities for fitness, fun, and making family vacation memories.

Yup. Definitely a getting BIGGER event!


Westgate Historic Williamsburg Resort in Virginia is sort of getting BIGGER, having expanded its room type offerings to include a new wing of colonial rooms and suites.

The newly updated, period-specific accommodations range in size from cozy guestrooms to Grand King Guestrooms and Colonial Family Suites with 648 square feet of space that sleep up to six guests. The guestrooms feature several types of bedding arrangements, mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, table with two chairs, in-room safe and 42-inch cable TV. The Colonial Family Suite boasts two connecting rooms containing one king bed and two queen beds, two bathrooms, two mini refrigerators, two microwaves, two coffee makers, two in-room safes and two 42-inch cable TVs.


SPM RESORTS is now managing the Peppertree Maggie Valley resort, which is located approximately 30 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina. The company was chosen by the Board of Directors who cited SPM’s sound management practices and ability to effectively market their property for sales and rentals.

In total, SPM now manages 9 resorts and 13 associations in North Carolina. Other resorts in North Carolina include A Place at the Beach, Sands Villa, The Highlands at Sugar, Foxhunt at Sapphire Valley, Barrier Island Station Duck Resort, Ocean Pines, the Outer Banks Beach Clubs, and Sea Scape Beach & Golf Villas.


Vacation Resorts International (VRI) has entered into a property management agreement with La Boca Casa Resort located in Boca Raton in the heart of Florida’s Gold Coast, on the Atlantic Ocean. The addition of the boutique beach property expands the company’s Florida presence to more than 20 resorts.

The one-bedroom units feature a living room, master bedroom with king-size bed and walk-in closet, fully equipped kitchens, and complimentary Wi-Fi. On-site amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, barbeque grills, and pool-side patio dining area. The beaches are just steps away from the resort.

VRI, an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, has regional offices in Hyannis, Massachusetts; New Bern, North Carolina; and Salt Lake City, Utah; and manages more than 120 resort and club locations in North America for the approximately 200,000 families who own at VRI-managed properties.


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