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Weekly Wisecrack: July 23, 2016

Margaritaville
After 6 years in Mexico (still working without papers) on the island of Cozumel both Scott and Steve, finally closed deals after blanking for two weeks.

Relieved and excited, the two Expats pooled their last few Pesos and started celebrating Hora Feliz at their favorite Cantina in downtown San Miguel, singing along to the Jimmy Buffett song playing on the jukebox… ♫ “…how I got here I haven’t a clue… Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville… Searchin’ for…”

Buena Suerte Amigos!



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Timeshare Odds and Ends: July 23, 2016

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse
Eight years of publishing timeshare news and gossip and information. Day in, day out, 6 days per week, over and over and over again OMFG! shocked

HOW DO WE DO IT?! WHY DO WE DO IT? And by the way, how is that an advantage for YOU? Hmmmm???

So what’s the Scoop? Man oh man have we got a deal for you! Find out about it at Scoop du Jour: A Brand New Harley Davidson!



Marriott Vacations Worldwide has reported second quarter financial results and below you will find some of the highlights that we care about the most.

  • Net income was $36.3 million, or $1.26 fully diluted earnings per share (EPS), compared to net income of $34.0 million, or $1.05 fully diluted EPS, in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 6.7 percent and 20.0 percent, respectively.
  • Company vacation ownership contract sales (not counting residential sales) were $166.0 million, slightly ahead of prior year.
  • North America vacation ownership contract sales were $145.6 million in the second quarter of 2016, a decrease of $5.0 million, or 3.3 percent, from the prior year period
    • Total tours in the second quarter of 2016 increased 0.3 percent, driven by a 4 percent increase in first time buyer tours, partially offset by a 2 percent decline in owner tours
    • VPG decreased $20 to $3,384 in the second quarter of 2016 from the second quarter of 2015.
    • North America segment financial results were $111.7 million, an increase of $7.1 million from the second quarter of 2015.
    • The company’s Latin America sales channels were down roughly $2.1 million compared to the second quarter of last year, as the company continued to be impacted by a stronger U.S. dollar.
  • The Asia Pacific segment’s contract sales were $10.5 million, an increase of $2.5 million, or roughly 31 percent, from the second quarter of 2015. Segment financial results were a loss of $2.5 million, a $2.4 million decrease from the second quarter of 2015, driven by a $1.5 million loss on the sale of the non-timeshare portion of the Surfers Paradise property, $1.5 million of lower development margin, and $0.6 million of lower rental revenues net of expenses, partially offset by $1.3 million of transaction related costs in the prior year.
  • In Europe second quarter 2016 contract sales were $9.9 million, an increase of $2.6 million, or more than 35 percent, from the second quarter of 2015. Segment financial results were $2.2 million, an $0.8 million decrease from the second quarter of 2015, driven by $0.5 million of lower rental revenues net of expenses.

If you need to see a lot more details for the second quarter 2016 earnings, you can click on the link to find the full press release issued by Marriott Vacations Worldwide.



TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Have you seen the world yet?

Where are YOU going this year?

 

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Weekly Jukebox: July 23, 2016

Let’s kick it up a notch this week, whaddayasay! Step back in time to 1988 when the German hot rock/heavy metal band Victory released their fourth album, called Culture Killed The Native. One of the singles from that album made the charts in the USA in 1989 – some of you might remember it, and it’s very appropriate both to the industry and to the current political scene (as was pointed out by J., who suggested the song).

So without further ado, here is Don’t Tell No Lies. Crank it up, put it on full screen and rock out, my friends, rock out!

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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New Jersey USA Timeshare News: July 23, 2016

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

CAMDEN: In case you missed it when I provided an update in the Comments on the sentencing of three more defendants in the VO Group/VO Financial scandal, I’m reposting it here.

In short, on July 15, 2016 Vincent “Vinny” Giordano, 31, was sentenced to four months in prison, four months of home confinement, 200 hours of community service and three years of supervised release.

Jeffrey Sawyer, 53, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Aimee Allen, 30, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was sentenced to three years of probation, with eight months of home confinement, 50 hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution of $197,440.

All three defendants previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

The official presser about the sentencing didn’t have much to say about Giordano’s part in the fraud, but did mention the parts played by Sawyer and Allen, as follows:

    Sawyer pretended to be a satisfied VO Group customer to persuade others to send money to the VO Group. He admitted causing more than $70,000 in losses; Allen would call customers and give them the false impression that she was working for a bank or lending institution. Allen then would falsely represent that the VO Group could pay off the customers’ timeshares or have their timeshares cancelled. Allen also served as a “reference” for other VO Group employees by posing as a satisfied customer to persuade a new customer to send the VO Group money. After hearing Allen’s false representations, some customers sent checks to the VO Group. Allen admitted to causing over $200,000 in losses.

So that’s three more down and a five more to go:

Dennis Nadeau offered a plea agreement in Nov. 2014 to one count of Obstruction of Justice (witness tampering). His sentencing has been postponed several times and is currently set for August 4, 2016.

Nancy Manno, who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of wire fraud, is currently scheduled to be sentenced August 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Catherine Bannigan pleaded guilty in May 2013 to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. She is currently scheduled to be sentenced August 11, 2016, and the judge has requested an updated pre-sentence report prior to that date.

Brian Corley, who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of mail fraud for defrauding the US Department of Labor, is scheduled to be sentenced August 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM in Camden.

Ryan Bird (a/k/a Chris Jackson and Matthew Bross) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. Bird (who was a witness for the government at the trial) is scheduled to be sentenced August 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM in Camden.

In a separate issue, VO Financial’s house attorney Joshua Gayl, who recently pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obstruct justice during the 2013 trial of 5 defendants in the VO Group, is currently set to be sentenced Sept. 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM in Camden.

AND here is the information requested by some of you as to where Ashley Lacerda and Ian Resnick are serving out their terms:

ASHLEY R LACERDA
Register Number: 64414-050
Age: 36
Race: White
Sex: Female
Located at: Alderson FPC, A minimum security federal prison camp in West Virginia.
Release Date: 11/20/2018

IAN RESNICK
Register Number: 55032-004
Age: 41
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Coleman Low FCI, A low security federal correctional institution in Sumterville, FL
Release Date: 02/28/2029

Except for the appeals filed by Adam Lacerda and Ian Resnick, we’re almost done.

Stay tuned.


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Montana USA Timeshare News: July 23, 2016

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

WHITEFISH: If you’re a location-oriented timeshare owner/exchanger and your location of choice is mountainous and the mountains you like most are in Montana, then you’ll be thrilled to know that Whitefish Mountain Resort is continuing work on over $1 million in winter and summer improvements including Phase 2 of the Summit House remodel and the second expansion in four years in the Whitefish Bike Park. Construction on the Summit House began this spring, and three new bike trails opened on June 18.

Over the past several summers Whitefish Mountain Resort has seen tremendous growth in usage of its Bike Park. The previous major expansion in the summer 2013 added five new expert trails including the Kashmir Trail named a model “Flow Trail” in 2014 by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). This summer’s expansion added three new downhill trails designated as beginner/intermediate or intermediate. The new trails will provide riders new to downhill mountain biking an area in which to develop the skills required to progress in the bike park. Additionally the resort added custom-built bike carriers to the Bad Rock chairlift to access the three new trails plus two expert trails creating the new the “Bad Rock Zone.”

Whitefish Mountain Resort also added a new mountain bike brand to its fleet of rental bikes. Norco Bicycles’ downhill bike, Aurum Alloy, are available for rent at Village Rentals, the one stop shop for all things mountain biking at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Also new this summer, the resort will offer “Learn to Bike Downhill” lessons beginning July 1, 2016.

Other planned upgrades and improvements for this winter include an additional grooming cat, new season lockers in the lower level of the Ed & Mully’s building, widening Gray Wolf Road and improving skier/snowboarder access to the Flower Point chairlift from the Goat Haunt run.

Crestwood Resort is the only timeshare resort in Whitefish, and it’s also the best place to stay in either summer or winter, with all of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s amenities so close at hand. It’s an RCI “Hospitality” resort that’s also an RCI points resort and is additionally affiliated with Interval International and Vacation Internationale; its amenities include a year round outdoor heated pool and spa, VCR/DVD Flat Screen TVs, new furnishings, spacious accommodation and more. Big Mountain Summer and Winter area is minutes away, while downtown Whitefish is right down the street. There are too many golf courses to list and Glacier National Park is less than a half hour away.

Since 1947 Whitefish Mountain Resort has welcomed skiers and riders seeking a mountain that is uncrowded, beautiful and affordable. Whitefish’s Big Mountain is the quintessential skier’s mountain averaging more than 300 inches of snow annually on 3,000 acres of bowls, chutes, and glades on all aspects.

When the snow melts, Whitefish Mountain Resort becomes home to zip line tours, Montana’s only alpine slide, an aerial adventure park, more than 30 miles of lift-accessed downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails and the unique Walk in the Treetops.

Like I said, this is a location, location, location kind of place — but it has enough amenities to keep you happy.

Have you ever been to this area of Montana? No? Put it on your bucket list, right up near the top!



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Nevada USA Timeshare News: July 23, 2016

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

HENDERSON: I don’t really know where this belongs, because it’s very uncertain where Coconut Club Vacations is located these days (or ever). But its parent company seems to be Travel Services, Inc., which has a Nevada address and Coconut Club is now claiming a location in Henderson.

Or is the parent company WSW Holdings, a Delaware corporation with an address in Greenville, DE? Or is it that all of the Travel Services entities are distributors for WSW Holdings? It’s really rather difficult to tell, so I’ll just stick with Henderson for the time being.

The thing is, Coconut Club Vacations has issued a slew of press releases lately and someone asked me about them. Well, making the research easy on myself here’s the deal according to the BBB of Eastern Washington (who has issued an alert about the company) plus a modicum of my own research.

As it turns out Coconut Club Vacations claims to fulfill travel requests for individuals who purchase travel club memberships through independent sales organizations such as Ultimate Excursions, Holiday Adventures and Atlantic Enterprises. At least one of their websites says, “Coconut Club Vacations and its affiliates are a members only discount vacation club provider that has been in business since 1985.” Really? Then where the H.E.double hockey sticks are they actually physically located?

In the warning notice posted on the BBB’s website it says:

On April 7, 2016, BBB reached out to Coconut Club Vacations inquiring about their business ownership, physical location, and affiliation with several other travel clubs advertising in the United States using the same email address info@yourtravelservices.org. To date the business has not responded.

The affiliated businesses using the same email address are:

    1. Castaway Vacation Club, Austin, TX
    2. Funseekers, Litchfield, IL;
    3. Funtasia Vacations, New Smyrna, FL
    4. Grand Vacation Club, Waukesha, WI;
    5. Leisure Time Travel Club, Litchfield, IL;
    6. Matrix Travel Network, Las Vegas, NV;
    7. MOR Vacations, Greenville, DE;
    8. Phoenix Vacations, Spring, TX;
    9. Resort Club Warehouse;
    10. Sealand Travel, Kansas City, MO;
    11. Solterra Vacations;
    12. Tradewind Vacations, Birmingham, AL;
    13. Travel Services Deals, Greenville DE;
    14. Outrigger Vacation Club and Voyager Vacation Club, Tulsa, OK;
    15. Islander Trader Vacations, Bloomfield Hills, MI; and
    16. WSW Holdings, Inc.

That’s a boatload of vacation clubs, don’t you think? And several of them have had run-ins with the law in past years, accused of breaches of various laws and regulations.

The BBB went on to note that as of June 2016, Coconut Club Vacations changed its mailing address from a UPS store in Billings, MT to a UPS store in Henderson, NV.

The BBB could not locate any actual physical location for the company in Montana, nor could I — not in Montana nor Nevada nor anywhere else. Again I ask, where are they?

Coconut Club Vacations is not a registered business entity of any sort in the state of Nevada, nor in Montana. However a company named Travel Services, Inc. does show up in Nevada’s corporation registry as having been created in 1982 in Zephyr Cove, NV. In 1985 there was a registered agent change; in 1990 another registered agent change; in 1999 the record shows this note, “REINSTATED-REVOKED 03-01-99 MJM”; in 2000 there was another registered agent change; and in 2003 we finally get to the current registered agent and President, Mr. Todd Tuttle, who lists an address in Sparks, NV. Whew. Is that company related at all to travel clubs like Coconut Club, or is the name just a coincidence?

Who is actually running all those “travel clubs”, who’s in charge? Their websites (and all the others, including Travel Services) are void of all that kind of information. Are the clubs the children of the notorious Christy Spensberger and William Bailey? (Note that in July 2014 an Illinois-based Travel Services Inc. and its principals agreed to a $50,000 judgment that permanently prohibits them from selling and marketing vacation club memberships in Massachusetts. Travel Services was formerly known as Funseekers Vacations, Inc. and operated in Massachusetts as “Outrigger Vacation Club”. In Sept. last year the state of Wisconsin won a multi-million dollar settlement against Travel Services. In both cases Spensberger and Bailey were the principals.)

It’s interesting that Coconut Club Vacations and several of the others listed above note on their websites that “All services are provided by WSW Holdings 4023 Kennett Pike, Suite 678, Greenville, DE 19807”. So is WSW the fulfillment company? Hmmm.

All of that information and much more that is available at various consumer complaints websites leads me to look at Coconut Club Vacations with a jaundiced eye, no matter how many glowing press releases they issue.

Of course your mileage may vary. Make up your own mind. 😉



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Mexico Timeshare FRAUD: July 23, 2016

scam warning >> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

EVERYWHERE: A victim of one of the scam outfits operating in Mexico recently wrote me asking about the legitimacy of Metropolitan Title and Escrow Services LLC in Denver CO (they are a registered business, but that fact is actually irrelevant) and saying “I also went so far as to call SAT in Mx and email the email address I received (but from escrow co) contactco@sat-mx-gob.com and asked if the Federal de Contribuyentes was necessary before my money was released.”

As I’ve explained many times before, the immediate give-away that this is a scam lies in the email address. Notice that it does not end in .gob.mx; instead it ends like this: sat-mx-gob.com. What that means is that it is NOT a legitimate address, it does NOT go to SAT/SHCP, it was set up to fool people into thinking it is real.

SAT’s website is http://www.shcp.gob.mx/ . SAT’s email address is @sat.gob.mx

(Note that the Mexican government is in the process of moving all of its branches/agencies websites to a new portal at www.gob.mx, so SAT/SHCP for instance will be http://www.gob.mx/shcp – but it is still a gob.mx address)

In cases like this, that phony email address is enough to tell you that everything else they’re telling you is also a lie. Nothing else really matters.

Fast forward a little bit, and that victim emailed me again with this question: “I received a call from David Gonzales, who sent his SAT ID who stated that this was a real deal(which I have attached). Would scammers actually go this far as to fake ID’s? Would they send fake bank statements? If this was a true deal, and after taking your word that it is a scam, I then have definitely lost $3744 USD.”

The answer to that is yes, of course they would go that far. As I explained, and am now reinforcing for you, scammers do go so far as to send fake ID’s, fake bank statements, forged documents of all sorts. That is part of their regular operations.

As for the ID’s, imagine this: I can go online to a Mexican governmental website and look up the license for, say, someone named David Gonzales Jimenez. I can then digitally copy and save the picture of that license and send it to you saying, “See? Here is my license, you can find it at this official page. See how transparent I am being?” But since we are not sitting face to face you have no way of knowing whether or not I’m really that person, right? It’s identity theft, that’s all. It’s done all the time, and it’s just that easy to do. It would take me less than five minutes to become anyone I wanted to be for a scam like this.

Again, let me remind you that the email address they used at “contactco@sat-mx-gob.com” does NOT belong to SAT. It is a bogus address. If you type http://sat-mx-gob.com into your browser’s address bar you will discover that there is no website connected to it. Do not let them confuse you with a lot of smoke and mirrors. All you really have to remember is that they lied to you about that email address, and they have also lied about everything else. They do it for a living, and they’re living pretty well…

That’s all I’m giving you this week, though I’m working on more. There’s always more… beating head against wall




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Timeshare Morning Meeting: July 23, 2016

This week’s timeshare sales tip:

CPA:

REMEMBER: Naturally a timeshare rep is not a tax advisor, an attorney, business consultant, accountant, book-keeper or CPA, etc.

But there is nothing wrong with suggesting to new (and existing) owners that now that they are happy TS ‘campers’ they might want to touch base with a CPA firm and consider the potential benefits of forming a basic corporation, such as a ‘C’ corporation, an ‘S’ corporation, etc., and transferring (or selling) their ‘ownership’ into that company.

There are many reasons why a timeshare owner may want to do just that because corporations traditionally have many ‘perks’ that apply to the ‘principals’ (I.E. the company) of the corporation. And when an owner forms such an entity and transfers their TS to that company, well, the CPA will surely be able to disclose why doing so may benefit the owner.

The rep should NEVER tell an owner that there are any specific tax, travel, business (expense) benefits, etc. but instead suggest that is why the owner should check into it because it seems that most corporations have a lot of advantages over individuals.

Letting each new owner know that there are still more potential benefits to being a Timeshare owner and encouraging them to speak with a (e.g.) CPA on these matters not only adds more credibility to the ‘product’ but also makes the new buyer more confident in their decision. And when that happens the savvy TS Pro 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: July 23, 2016

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QUOTABLE QUOTES: “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” –Will Rogers



We here at InsideTheGate.com and The GateHouse are accustomed to receiving phone calls and emails from people who are really mad at us for various reasons. Sometimes they include some impressively inventive threats against us, and once we were even alarmed enough to call authorities about it.

I mention this by way of saying that generally speaking I pretty much shrug off most of the vomit that occasionally spews forth from my email program. I keep a rag handy just for the purpose of cleaning up my keyboard.

But recently I’ve received a few emails from someone who vomits up noxious insults while simultaneously offering to snitch on his compatriots, and for someone for whom English is a second language I have to admit I’m impressed by the lengths to which he goes to insult me.

It started off when I mentioned his name in conjunction with some known scammers in Costa Rica. Incensed, he left some colorful comments in the blog, and when I blocked him (due to foul language) he began to email me. So far I have not responded to him. After all, even though I would be interested in receiving “documents and photos” showing that two someones are reportedly cloning credit cards belonging to customers at a certain resort (and I wouldn’t put it past them, considering their reputations) how can I trust any input from someone who writes like this:

Hey You Miserable Piece Of Sh-t…

I Have In Here For You Some Serious Staff, But No, You Rather Go Gossip With Your Stupid Sh-t…

You C-nt Lowlife Mother F–ker Piece Of Sh-t …

You F–king C–t, Son Of a F–king Bitch, You Are One Serious Piece Of Sh-t, Aren’t You?

Listen To Me You Stupid F–k:

A.- Pictures.

B.- Documents.

Of xxxxx xxxx Cloning Credit Cards…

LISTEN… YOU STUPID C–T PIECE OF SH-T.

Call Me:

I dunno. What do you think? Should I respond to Mr. Erudite in case he’s a genuine snitch, taking the chance that it’s for reals and not a set-up, or should I just continue to ignore him? See my dilemma?

At any rate, it’s been fun so far… mail



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Getting BIGGER: July 23, 2016

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RCI has affiliated Long Point Beach Club on Lake Erie in Long Point, Ontario, Canada. The boutique resort offers 18 one- and two-bedroom suites ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,250 square feet, that are reminiscent of the cottage-style units in two historic motels that occupied the land where the new building now stands.

Situated in a prime location within the boundaries of Long Point UNESCO World Biosphere, members and exchange guests at Long Point Beach Club will have access to a rooftop terrace and BBQ patio just steps away from the water’s edge and a private sandy beach. Other amenities within walking distance include a beach restaurant and Long Point’s largest full-service marina.


Interval International has affiliated Cortona Manor House & Spa in Umbria, Italy. Built in the 18th century, the resort is four miles from Cortona, one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany.

A 300-year-old property, Cortona Manor House was restored using materials that have a reduced ecological impact and with consideration for its historical significance. The original tiles, wooden beams, frescoes, coats of arms, and fire places were preserved wherever possible to create an authentic rural atmosphere. The units have views of Lake Trasimeno or the surrounding countryside and feature separate living/dining rooms, small kitchenettes, flat screen TVs, and complimentary internet access.

Among the on-site amenities are The Old Post of Cortona 1745 restaurant serving traditional fine Tuscan- and Umbrian-style meals and wines, outdoor swimming pool open during the summer, and a sun terrace. The property also features a spa with an indoor heated swimming pool, and sauna.


Holiday Inn Club Vacations has unveiled 27 Signature Collection villas as part of its expansion to its Holiday Inn Club Vacations South Beach Resort property in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Construction of a new building containing the Signature Collection villas was completed in May and with these additional units, the resort now has 283 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom villas just a short walk from the area’s beaches.

Signature Collection guests enjoy larger villas with amenities such as gourmet-style kitchens that include stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, home theater entertainment and gaming systems, premium linens and décor, spa tubs with hydro-jets and exclusive VIP check-in services.


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Weekly Wisecrack: July 16, 2016

Training
 
“Okay people listen up,” said Big Maude, the company trainer. “That concludes your company orientation and sales training. We covered a lot of ground the last 30 minutes but all ya have to remember is that either you sell them or they sell you! That a sale is made every time and that an UP is an UP!

“Now get out there and take your 1st tour, flip the table and report back here for the 2nd wave…”



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