This week’s timeshare sales tip:

The Chef:

REMEMBER: Generally speaking everyone selling a TS product, regardless of their company, location, property, etc., pretty much has the same ‘plan’ as the does rep down the street, across the State or Country (and beyond). This begs the question why some reps consistently out perform others regardless if it is within the same sales center or half way around the globe.

Assuredly there are many opinions, insights and perspectives, etc. but at the end of the day a good analogy is akin to a really good chef and one who is not. Both have the same ingredients in front of them to prepare a meal but the outstanding chef always creates a superior ‘plate’, is better paid, better known, etc. than the other chef.

Yes schooling, training, attitude, ambition, preparation and so forth also play a part in distinguishing the two chefs but, like the best chef, the savvy TS Pro who takes all the ‘goodies’ (aka: ingredients) our industry has to offer a timeshare owner, mixes ‘em together and presents them in such a manner as to make their sales guest salivate, 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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QUOTABLE QUOTES: “We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.” -Will Rogers


Penny.

Penny.

Penny.

I’m sick. Sing “Soft Kitty” for me…

Thank you. I hope I didn’t sneeze on you…

Gatekeeper

paycheck
 
 
Burt collected a well deserved SPIFF from
a sale 8 weeks ago on a four-week 3-bedroom
all-cash deal, and with the extra $25
in hand this payday he became giddy with
excitement about the endless possibilities
of what to do with his windfall!


(Leave your own caption in the
Comments if you’re so inclined…)


It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse Scoop has been as sick as a dog all week (trust me, you don’t want the details), so there is no new Scoop du Jour for you today.

I know it’s a big disappointment. You have certain expectations, a Friday morning routine that’s now been disrupted, but I’m sure you can make it through till next Friday for your weekly fix.

In the meantime, have a great weekend and remember to always wear sunscreen.


If you haven’t heard about it yet, there’s a really serious new Internet security bug that leaves people all across the Web vulnerable to having their passwords and other sensitive data stolen. It’s called the Heartbleed bug and involves an unintentional “hole” in OpenSSL, a popular data encryption standard, that gives hackers who know about it the ability to extract massive amounts of data from the services that we use every day and assume are mostly secure.

Heartbleed BugAs Business Insider put it, “This isn’t simply a bug in some app that can quickly be updated. The vulnerability is in the machines that power services that transmit secure information, such as Facebook and Gmail.”

How bad is it? It’s REALLY bad! And that security breach has been in place for a couple of years, so take heed!

Security firm Codenomicon reports:

You are likely to be affected either directly or indirectly. OpenSSL is the most popular open source cryptographic library and TLS (transport layer security) implementation used to encrypt traffic on the Internet. Your popular social site, your company’s site, commercial site, hobby site, sites you install software from or even sites run by your government might be using vulnerable OpenSSL.

You can get more information and learn what to do to protect yourself from Business Insider

And there’s a list of affected websites here (note that fixes are being made most ricky-tick).

Note that InsideTheGate.com is hosted on Bluehost servers. Bluehost has already patched all of its platforms and is now secure, and is in the process of reissuing SSL Certificates. InsideTheGate.com has also taken the necessary steps (password changes, etc.) to make sure that we are also secure from those angles, though the risk to us and our readers has been minimal due to the lack of a public exploit at the time of the disclosure. You can check the safety of websites before you visit them at this URL: http://heartbleedcheck.com/

Pay attention to the above links, everyone, and be prepared to change a lot of passwords.


Here’s a KUDOS moment. This year marks the 40th anniversary of RCI, and as part of its year-long celebration RCI commemorated 40 years of sending families on vacations with co-founder Christel DeHaan at the 2014 ARDA World conference in Las Vegas on April 8.

Founded by Jon and Christel DeHaan in 1974, the company has come a long way from its original use of index cards on the kitchen table to keep track of things. The company, then called Resort Condominiums International, was established in Virginia, with one resort affiliation and 453 members. Later that year they opened their first office in Indianapolis. Jon and Christel divorced in 1989 and Christel became the sole owner of RCI by buying Jon out. In 1996 she sold the company for half-a-billion dollars, using the bulk of the money to set up Christel House International in 1998. Christel House is a non-profit organization for assisting impoverished children. It operates schools in the United States, Venezuela, South Africa, Mexico, and India.

ANYhow, Christel and RCI President Gordon Gurnik joined conference attendees to reflect on the beginnings of the company, and how the organization and the vacation ownership industry has changed over the last four decades. (Boy howdy, have they ever changed!)

So congratulations to Christel DeHaan and RCI for 40 years of innovation in the timeshare industry! KUDOS!




TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Where are YOU going this year?

This song was picked as the #2 best song of 2013 by Billboard, and you’ll like it (and its message) whether or not you’re a Country Music fan. Said Billboard, “You didn’t have to be a hardcore country fan to boogie along to Kacey Musgraves’ exuberant call to make lots of noise and kiss lots of boys — or lots of girls, if that’s something you’re into.”

So here is Katy Musgraves performing Follow Your Arrow


The Video of the Week 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?

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


ORLANDO: Six people, claiming to work for three different companies, have been charged by the Florida Attorney General’s Office on one count each of organized fraud for operating a timeshare resale telemarketing scam. Investigators claim that timeshare owners across the country received unsolicited telephone calls from telemarketers representing Clement Park, Inc., Clyde Trails Financials, or Eastgate Solutions, LLC..

The individuals charged in the case are:

  • Kevin Michael Quinton, DOB 09/28/77, Tampa, FL
  • Susan Montiegel Siegel, DOB 04/10/51, Orlando, FL
  • Michael Matthew Ramos, DOB 06/03/66, Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Clinton E Becker, DOB 12/16/82, Wilmington, OH
  • Scott Douglas Stewart, DOB 10/27/55, Saint Cloud, FL
  • Jason Keith House, DOB 10/01/76, Kissimmee, FL

According to the investigation, no timeshares were actually sold through this scheme, and more than 350 victims have been identified with losses totaling more than $753,000.

The defendants used virtual offices in Tampa, but Kevin Jackson, Chief Investigator for Hillsborough County Consumer Protection, said, “Simply because this band of telemarketing timeshare thieves from the Orlando area utilized phony addresses, names, virtual offices, and bank accounts in Hillsborough County attempting to hide their trail, doesn’t mean we won’t spend the necessary time to unravel their scheme and make them pay for their crimes.”

If convicted the defendants each face up to 30 years or life in prison, and fines of up to $15,000. This case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.


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

CAPE COD: In the “Where are they now” category, while Adam and Ashley Lacerda, Ian Resnick and Genevieve Manzoni await news of their fate in New Jersey, the scuttlebutt in Massachusetts says three former VO Financial employees have started up a new business, one that has nothing to do with timeshare.

Word on the street is that Alan Lacerda, Jon Welch and Jeff Baroni have opened a construction business named All Cape Property Management, which doesn’t sound like a construction company but its website says “We Specialize in property management, Interior or Exterior home Renovations, Including Bathroom and kitchen remodeling, garages and more!” [sic]

There’s nothing wrong with that. Folks need to earn a living, after all. But out of curiosity I checked it out.

At first I heard this was Alan’s baby and that he hired Baroni to be his sales agent; there was no mention of Welch at all. But as I looked into it things got a little more confusing.

When I looked for the company in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ corporation search (Company, LP, LLP, LLC, etc.) I couldn’t find it. No such company exists in their records. So I looked for it under contractor/construction business licensing, but I couldn’t find it there, either. I found their License ID (169552 -Home Improvement Contractor) in an ad on Craislist, but at least at the link above that number gave me no results either.

So then I searched corporations for Alan Lacerda using the individual name (Officer, Director, etc.) option, and that brought up a company named Ballast Consulting, LLC, registered in Oct. 2013 with Lacerda and Jonathan Welch as managing partners. That was all. Did I miss something? Should I be looking for All Cape Property Management somewhere else in the business records?

Next I checked out their website. Welch and Baroni are mentioned by their full names in the testimonials (“ratings”) but the only mention of Alan is the use of a first name. Nowhere else on the site is Alan Lacerda mentioned. In fact, except for those “ratings” no names associated with the company are revealed at all. (A casually interesting factoid is that the testimonials date back to August 2011, yet the website — and supposedly the company itself — is brand spanking new.)

The domain name for that website was registered by Jeffrey Baroni in January 2014 and apparently they intend to be around for a while because it was registered for 5 years. The address listed on the WHOIS registration resolves to a single family residence in South Yarmouth that belongs to Jeff Baroni.

The company’s address, as listed on their website, is a P.O. box in Forestdale, MA. Does that mean they don’t have a physical bricks and mortar office location yet?

On Angie’s List the company lists itself thusly:

South Yarmouth, MA 02664
(855) 322-8891
www.AllCapePropertyMGMT.com
Contact: Baroni, Jeffrey
Business Description: All Cape Property Management is a fully licensed and insured building, remodeling and property management company. We are a client focused company looking to build long term relationships by fair pricing quality work and excellent customer service.
Services: Garage Builders, Home Builders, Contractors, Woodworking, Ceramic Tile, Decks, Doors, Drain Pipe, Drywall, Picture Framing, Handyman Service, Landscaping, Plumbing, Property Management, Remodeling, Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling
In Business Since: 1999
Service Area: Barnstable County

When I googled the toll-free phone number both ACPM and Ballast Consulting LLC came up in the search results. Ballast doesn’t have a working website but they DO have a domain name registered. And the registrant of that domain is Alan Lacerda, who registered it on October 7, 2013 for one year.

What does it all mean? Darned if I know. But if I were a betting man I’d guess that of the three people known to be involved in this company, Jon Welch would get the best odds for having some kind of construction background. And if All Cape Property Management has been in business since 1991, as their blurb on Angie’s List says, they’ve sure been almighty hard to find.

The one thing that is for sure is that all three of the men are listed on VO Financial’s website as having worked at the Cape Cod office at the same time, Alan as VP Operations & Compliance MA and Baroni and Welch as VOFC Senior Specialists MA. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.


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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> Eastern USA Timeshare News

WILKES-BARRE: Last month attorneys for Sundance Vacations filed a Petition for Enforcement of payment and fees in their case against Albert Whitehead. You know, the 73-year-old fellow who lives on Social Security and is currently fighting for his life as he undergoes surgeries, chemotherapy, etc. for liver cancer.

Sundance, to briefly recap, still maintains that Whitehead is responsible for the Boycott Sundance Vacations page on Facebook (despite a couple of years worth of evidence to the contrary). The original basis of their case against him is that he violated the terms of a settlement agreement by posting negative comments about Sundance on that Facebook page, but they have taken it much further than that because what they really want is the removal of that page.

Having failed at that, they have apparently decided to make Mr. Whitehead’s life a living hell, and to some extent they seem to be succeeding at that, filing motion after motion, bringing Facebook itself into their lawsuit against him, and dragging things out ad nauseum in a case that should have (and could have) been resolved long ago. If you’re not familiar with the case, click on this link to see everything about it.

Bringing things up to date, on April 7 Judge Michael T. Vough (the judge who has presided over most of the case so far) heard oral arguments in Sundance’s motion to compel Whitehead to pay $12,991.50 in legal fees and costs, which was originally ordered in January 2013. At the end of the hearing Judge Vough found in favor of Sundance, ordering Whitehead to pay that amount to Sundance Vacations within 30 days.

Let’s see. According to documents presented to the court (more than once), Whitehead’s sole source of income is Social Security Retirement Benefits in the amount of $14,760 per year. He has no savings, no trust fund, no pension, no significant assets, no anything else. He can’t even afford an attorney to represent him and is fighting Sundance all by his loney lonesome. So $12,991.50 is darned near his entire annual income, and he’s expected to come up with that amount in 30 days.

What’s wrong with that picture?

I’d bet that Mr. Whitehead will be filing an appeal, but I don’t have much faith in the court system in Luzerne County (or anywhere else, for that matter).

It’s really kind of starting to look like Sundance will continue its jihad against Whitehead until he dies, one way or another.

Oh, and in a lighter vein the Court — after years of hearing this case and document after document filed — actually managed to misspell Whitehead’s last name in this most recent order. According to the court he is now Albert Whitebread. rolling eyes

Meanwhile the Boycott Sundance Vacations page on Facebook has been quietly rolling along. The number of “Likes”, as of this writing, has risen by 15 since last week’s tally, to 1,958 and counting.

Next?


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

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE ALL OF THE POSTS IN THIS BLOG ABOUT MEXICO’S ESCROW/BANK WIRE SCAMS!

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE IN DETAIL HOW THE TELEMARKETING BOILER ROOMS IN THE PUERTO VALLARTA AREA OPERATE


AMDETUR warns timeshare owners about Mexico scammersEVERYWHERE IN MEXICO: NOTE: For those of you who have been dealing with people who claim to be working with AMDETUR or PROFECO related to a (phony) government fund to recompense victims of timeshare fraud, those two agencies have confirmed that they are not, repeat NOT, affiliated in any way to such a fund. The scammers are using the agencies’ names, logos, etc. without authorization. (See AMDETUR’s warning, posted on its Facebook page and on its website, in this attached pic.) THERE IS NO SUCH FUND.


I think we’re starting to make some headway against those scammers. Not enough and not fast enough, but some. ADG Realty & Services and H&M Title Agency in particular are still wreaking havoc, but I suspect they’ll soon abandon those names and start up again using new ones, if they haven’t already.

I recently received a plaintive cry for help from someone asking how can they know who to believe, me or them? The answer is simple.

Don’t believe me, believe the research I’ve done and the warnings from AMDETUR, PROFECO, and people who have already been victimized. If you believe what I have reported, if you believe my research has been exhaustive, then it will not cost you one red cent. You get all of that for free. I’m not asking for anything from you.

If, on the other hand, you choose to believe the elaborate scam those thieves have set up it will cost you a great deal and you’ll never see that money again.

Weigh your options carefully. Are you willing to take that gamble with your hard earned money?

This week I’m going to share some emails I’ve received about the various scams, mostly for the sake of those who can be helped more by hearing other people’s experiences.

(1) Good Morning. Just wanted to give an update on my dealings with the man who said he was from Amdetur. Finished with him. I did use the phone number and e-mail address you supplied to me and phoned Amdetur to talk with them. They say they are going to take legal action and I volunteered to send them all my documents – they said, please do, which I did this morning.

I have contacted shcp,gob.mx to ask if they are involved with the company who say they are going to get my money back from Belaire – U Resorts. The company’s e-mail is contacto@secretariahacienda.com.mx and they are using SHCP letterhead, Profeco letterhead, SAT forms, as well as Bancomer where they say my money is sitting and where they want me to forward $34,000.00 before they release my money. … Interestingly – for your information, they have forwarded to me copies of ALL my documents as we dealt with Belaire, even some that I didn’t have a copy of – they say they got them from Profeco. This tells me it is an inside job or as you mentioned someone who had access to, and sold them. They are saying they are dealing with 41 buy backs.
I hope this will give you a little info that will stop other people from being scammed. You sure have been a BIG help to me. Thanks so much again.

Their claim to have gotten those documents from PROFECO is a big fat lie; don’t believe it for a minute if they tell you something like that. And if YOU want to contact AMDETUR to check things out for yourself or to report the fraud, here’s how. The real phone numbers for AMDETUR, according to their website (http://www.amdetur.org.mx/), are 011 52 55 5488-2028 (or 2029, 2030 and 2031) when calling from the USA or Canada. Their contact person is Rosa de Jesus Lugo and her email address is rosalugo@amdetur.org.mx

(2) ADG and H&M Title. My husband and I just realized that we were scammed by this company.

Is there any legal recourse we can take?

And yes, this all started in January 2014.

Thanks for any help you can give us

There’s little legal recourse for you that will help in the short term. The best idea is to file a complaint with the FBI, your state’s Attorney General and the Attorney General in Georgia (since that’s where these particular scammers are pretending to be located). Be prepared to send copies of all your documents. The aim here is to start the investigation ball rolling, because no action will be taken if the authorities don’t know what’s going on.

(3) ADG and HM Title agency: I just read your on line post. I have been scammed by these people recently and can’t believe I fell for it. I feel like an idiot. I have some other names I want to give you to add to your site and want to discuss other things I have learned in trying to get my money back. Please let me know when you have a few minutes to talk? Thanks.

I’m in the process of contacting that person; hopefully I’ll have more to report next week.

(4) Dear Sirs,we were made an offer to buy our timeshare for 5 times what we paid for it by Strelitz and Brooks from Charlotte NC and they want me to wire $25000 to a bank in Mexico. Can you give me a address where i can report them so someone will not be suckered by them.

You bet. Call the FBI and the Attorney General in North Carolina and report the scam. You might also consider contacting your local TV and/or newspaper; a report on the scams using such media outlets will reach a larger audience.

And here’s the big one:

(5) I offer the following in hopes that it might assist others in avoiding this latest timeshare scam:

I was recently called by a Mexican lawyer who works for Profeco, a division of the Mexican government dedicated to eliminating fraud with regard to timeshares. He was going to return timeshare fraud money to me and assured me there would be no upfront fee for his help in getting all of the money that I had spent on timeshares in Mexico back to me. He requested very little information or documentation from me and in just a couple of days emailed to me a copy of the court’s decision to return more than double that which I had lost. He also emailed to me a couple of documents from the Banco de Mexico showing the breakdown of the monies to be returned to me.

At this point he explained that I would have to send a bank wire to a Banco de Mexico special account an amount equal to 8% of the money to be rewarded by the court. Of course, this was money that would be returned with the settlement money so it was not “up front” money. I knew this was a scam but I played along to see where it would go. I explained that I was skeptical and it made no sense to me to put my money at risk in order to receive the judgement monies. They said it was the court’s decision and there was nothing they could do about it. They had the bank call me and I could tell this was a phoney official at the bank, but I still played along. Finally, I told them that I knew I was being scammed and I did not wish further contact. They continued to call me and insisted that I was being overly cautious and paranoid, etc, because of my previous losses. They were getting nowhere with me so they had their supervisors call me. Same story but in a more convincing and calm manner.

These people were quite good at deception and side-stepping the truth. The documents appeared to be completely authentic. They showed me their names on legal websites, and the bank girl’s name was listed as a director on the bank’s registrations. Obviously, this was identity theft for their purposes. They covered all the bases. They even lowered the 8% to 4% to entice me to send the bank wire. Of course I did not, but I must admit that they were so good at what they were doing that it was a temptation to believe them. They will continue to call me and I will continue to let them know that I am on to them. Eventually they will stop. Thank you for the information you have provided. What you have written totally confirms that which I believed after the first few contacts with them, but I was not certain. Now I am certain. Thank you again.

You’re welcome!

The scammers are also ripping off Mexican timeshare owners and owners/members from as far away as the United Kingdom, so this truly is an International situation.

That’s enough for this week. But watch this space for more to come.

Red Flags: How to Spot a Mexican Bank Wire Scam

  1. Someone contacts you and tells you they have a buyer for your Mexican timeshare who is willing to pay you more than you originally paid for it OR they want to RENT it out for a lovely price. THE TRUTH: Sorry, but no one is going to purchase your timeshare for anything near what you paid.
  2. Someone contacts you saying some branch of the Mexican Government has set up a fund to reimburse victims of timeshare fraud in Mexico, and you’re one of the lucky ones. THE TRUTH: There is no such fund! It is a bald-faced lie, no matter how legitimate their documents look!
  3. AND THE BIGGEST RED FLAG: YOU ARE ASKED TO BANK WIRE FUNDS TO AN ESCROW ACCOUNT IN MEXICO (OR SOME OTHER COUNTRY) TO PAY FOR SOME SORT OF FEES AND/OR TAXES. THE TRUTH: The “escrow account” is fraudulent; the fees/taxes are fraudulent; once you wire the money you will never get it back.

IF ANY OF THE ABOVE SCENARIOS APPLIES TO YOU, BE AWARE THAT YOU ARE BEING (OR HAVE ALREADY BEEN) SCAMMED.

NOTE that regardless of the details (names, locations, etc.) the basics of this scam are always the same with the end result being YOU bank wiring funds to a Mexican bank in the belief that you are paying some sort of tax or fee in order to complete the sale of your timeshare (or, more recently, to release funds from a phony baloney government remuneration fund). DON’T FALL FOR IT! NEVER BANK WIRE FUNDS TO MEXICO OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY!

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!


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This week’s timeshare sales tip:

Pillow Talk:

REMEMBER: Regardless of an adult vacationer’s age, at the end of each night they’ll lay their heads, bodies and souls down to sleep and regardless of what ‘activities’ may (or may not) take place next in their boudoir they will normally reflect on the day’s activities and chat with one another.

When touring the models, reps will often make light of or briefly pass over the bedroom, only mentioning the size of the bed, the TV, etc. and yet the bedroom is one of the most important places in your prospects’ lives.

Back home and romance aside, this is where they talk about the kids, watch late-night TV, read a book or magazine, have private and personal discussions, often ‘sleep on’ and make important decisions when they wake up in the morning. And when they are all tucked in for the night the bedroom is their ultimate refuge, their safety (security) net and the only place where they can, after a good night’s sleep, be rejuvenated for the next day’s events.

When it comes to ‘touring’ the bedroom each prospect needs to know that as a timeshare owner instead of being in a small hotel/motel room sleeping on a cheap bed, etc., they’ll have the same benefits/features (every night) as they do back home in their bedroom. The savvy TS Pro who conveys that message 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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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouseQUOTABLE QUOTES: “If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.” -George Bernard Shaw


“What’s it all about?” asked one of our readers recently. “I guess we all have a tendency to look at our industry through our own shade of glasses. I hear sales moaning when the gravy isn’t flowing and that’s what timeshare is all about… sales. Then marketing reeling from the challenges of no call lists, and that is what timeshare is all about… setting up tours. Occasionally there is the blurb of resorts falling apart, and that is what timeshare is all about… the resorts.

No matter what our role in the mix is, aren’t we marketing, selling, delivering a perceived dream to someone else? If we become so focused in just putting another one in the ‘win column’ for ourselves, we’ve lost the essence of what makes any company or industry or country great.

No one else feels sorry for us, so why should we?”

And your opinion is…?


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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse
Interval International has added five new properties to its network of affiliated resorts.

In Breckenridge, CO, Interval has affiliated The Colorado Grand, the newest project in the Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) family of resorts. In conjunction with this affiliation, Interval has also extended its agreements with the three other BGV properties. The first BGV resort to join Interval was Gold Point Condominiums in 1985. It was followed by Grand Timber Lodge, then Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and now The Colorado Grand.

In Los Cabos, MX, Interval has welcomed The Resort at Diamante, a shared ownership property within the 1,500-acre Diamante Cabo San Lucas master-planned community. Situated just a few miles north of Cabo San Lucas city center, The Resort at Diamante will consist of 120 units to be constructed in three phases. The units will have a kitchen, Internet access, cable TV, iPod docking station, and private terraces. The first phase is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.

Also in Mexico, Interval and and Karisma Hotels & Resorts have entered into a long-term, multi-site affiliation agreement for Generations Resorts, the newest brand operated by Karisma. This encompasses Generations Maroma and Generations Riviera Maya, two upscale beachfront developments in the Mexican Caribbean. Generations Riviera Maya recently opened with 144 large oceanfront units, swim-up infinity pools, and distinctive decorative accents inspired by Mexican culture.

Generations Maroma is a boutique property located on Maroma Beach, considered among Travel Channel’s best beaches in the world. The resort includes 30 units designed in a contemporary Caribbean decor, with views of lush tropical gardens or white sand and clear waters.

In Orlando, FL, Interval has signed a master affiliation with Club Trust LLC, doing business as staySky Vacation Club. The long-term agreement includes staySky Vacation Club’s four existing resorts in Orlando as well as future properties. Interval will provide reservation services, points-based exchange, and the comprehensive Interval Gold® package of expanded benefits.

Among the products offered by staySky Vacation Club are a points-based, multi-site vacation club; a membership-club plan; and a whole-ownership plan. The club’s flagship property is the luxurious Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, which has one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom condominium-style units with private balconies in a village like setting just minutes from area theme parks.

Other resorts in the staySky Vacation Club are Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista, staySky Suites-I Drive Orlando, and Enclave Suites.

In addition to those new affiliations, Preferred Residences®, a worldwide branding program for luxury shared ownership resorts offered by Interval International, has announced the addition of CéBlue Villas & Beach Resort, an exclusive private residence club on Anguilla in the Caribbean. The property is nestled on a hillside overlooking Crocus Bay and combines a relaxed atmosphere with luxuriously appointed villas. The nearly 8,000-square-foot villas feature five bedrooms and baths, gourmet kitchen, media room, state-of-the-art electronics, two spacious decks, private plunge pool and outdoor shower, and a two-car enclosed garage. Golf carts are available for use on the property.


RCI and Azure Malta have announced the signing of a multi-year agreement for the affiliation of Island Residence Club at Golden Sands Resort on Malta. Island Residence Club at Golden Sands, which joins the RCI network of affiliated resorts with the RCI Gold Crown Resort® property designation, offers a luxurious collection of residences in the prime setting of the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands. The resort comprises 66 studio, 45 one-bedroom, 30 one-bedroom deluxes, 48 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments, all generously appointed. Mediterranean styling is featured throughout the spacious accommodations, which benefit from large dining areas and unparalleled views of either the coastline or the unspoiled beauty of Malta’s largest nature and history park.


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