It's Happy Hour at The GateHouseQUOTABLE QUOTES: “On the whole humans want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” -George Orwell

Neg me out, man…

First thing that happens when I get up in the morning is to load up on caffeine and check my email. It comes pouring in (the emails, not the caffeine), most of it bitch-and-moan, complaints from consumers, tales of woe and fraud and outrage and incompetence, etc., most of it dead serious and somewhat depressing. It continues all day long, interspersed with the occasional forwarded email full of jokes about old age or picture-heavy platitudes of how Jesus will reward me if I just re-forward it to an additional 9 people (don’t break that chain, dude, or you’ll be sorry!).

Five years of it.

Should I kick my dog or find a more positive line of work? (this is a rhetorical question.)

GrouchoBTW, if you’re looking for me at the big ARDA World 2014 Convention in Las Vegas this week, I’ll be the guy wearing flip flops and Groucho glasses and a permanent scowl…

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Grand Pacific Resort Management has added Meadow Lake Resort to its portfolio of timeshare resorts, bringing the number of resorts managed to 20. Meadow Lake is GPRM’s first addition of 2014, adding to the four resorts GPRM welcomed into its family of managed resorts in 2013.

Meadow Lake, the premier Montana Golf and Ski Resort is located just minutes from Big Mountain at Whitefish, Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake. This 330-acre RCI Gold Crown resort features 114 timeshare condominiums, 24 hotel rooms, an on-site restaurant/bar, a full service spa, recreation center with pools, hot tub and fitness rooms; all adjacent to the championship Meadow Lake Golf Course.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations has added an 11th location to its portfolio of vacation resorts, a 130-unit resort located near historic Colonial Williamsburg, Va. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Williamsburg Resort offers one and two-bedroom villas ranging from 682 square feet to 1,100 square feet. The resort will offer many amenities for guests including: an activity center, game room, indoor pool, two outdoor pools, patio area with grills, bowling lanes, mini golf course, and a fitness center. There will also be a market offering grab-and-go food choices as well as Starbucks® coffee.

Formerly the Colonial Crossings Resort, it was acquired in July 2013 by timeshare resort developer Orange Lake Resorts, who owns and operates the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® resorts. As part of the refurbishment of the resort the company has also added a new 11,205 SF, one-story sales building was designed by L2 Studios of Orlando, Florida and consists of open office areas for sales associates, a kids club and on outdoor patio area overlooking a pond.

DAE Egypt has signed an agreement with Sun House Vacation Club who own the Sun Hills Suites Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, to provide DAE’s services to their members.

The 5-star Sun Hills Suites Hotel is located in the luxurious area of Adma, just outside the city centre of Beirut overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, offering proximity to Lebanon’s sunny beaches, sightseeing in nearby Jounieh and Harissa, and historical cities such as Byblos.

The deal signed between DAE Egypt’s Regional Managing Director, Mr Ahmed Adel Saleh, and Sun Hills Resort owner, Mr Albert M. Hadchiti, signifies the worldwide exchange provider’s strengthening presence in the Middle East region.

cheerleaderHoliday Inn Club Vacations, DAE and Grand Pacific Resort Management: getting BIGGER!

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Why am I quitting?

Why am I quitting, you ask? Really? Why am I quitting???

You promised me an endless flow of quality tours but instead I went broke living off my savings while you forced me to haul low income 25-35-year-olds barely grossing $40-K per year; 70 to 75-year-old widows and widowers with major health issues living on SS and a pittance from their reverse mortgage payments.

And if that wasn’t bad enough I had listen to your never ending crap that “either they sell you or you sell them” and “An Up is an Up”.

Are you kidding? I’m outta here!

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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse Scoop went over the list of companies that will be on display in the Exhibit Hall during the ARDA Convention and of the about 100 vendors and noticed that once again a big chunk of them are the ‘usual suspects’ offering the same products and services that they display year in and year out during each annual ARDA get together.

Ho-hum. Yawn. But wait! He has picked out from those vendors a company that falls into the one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-others category. And I think he’s in love.

So what’s the Scoop? What vendor caught his eye this year? Whose booth does he think you absolutely should make it a point to visit? Find out at “See For Yourself at ARDA 2014″

eXpectations Holidays, an arm of Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket, set itself a goal recently to see if they could travel around the world in 80 days, using only 80,000 RCI/eXpectations Points. To put the feat into perspective, 80,000 points is approximately how many points would be required to book a 3 bedroom apartment in Spain during July or August, so this is a real challenge!

This is a virtual journey, of course, but well documented nonetheless to show it can be done. On their blog they even include things to do while you’re at each location.

The journey started out by using just 5,750 points to book 7 nights at an eco resort called La Casella in Umbria, Italy and so far they’ve proceeded through Village Heights Golf Resort in Crete for week 2; and on day 15 they checked in to the Shores Amphoras resort in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, overlooking the Red Sea. Today they should be virtually checking in at a new resort; where will it be?

This is really pretty cool, showing how it can indeed be done even without advanced planning. Timesharing really can be very flexible! You can follow the adventure on the eXpectations blog or on Facebook, and I suggest you do!


Where are YOU going this year?

Last week I went low-brow with “The Hey Song”; this week we’re going high brow.

O Fortuna is another song you’ve totally heard but probably never knew the name of. It’s a medieval Latin Goliardic poem written early in the 13th century, part of the collection known as the Carmina Burana. It is a complaint about fate and Fortuna, the personification of luck in Roman mythology.

In 1935–36, “O Fortuna” was set to music by German composer Carl Orff as a part of “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi”, the opening and closing movement of his cantata Carmina Burana. It opens at a slow pace with thumping drums and choir that drops quickly into a whisper building slowly into a steady crescendo of drums and short string and horn notes peaking on one last long powerful note and ending abruptly. A performance takes a little over two and a half minutes.

Where have you heard it? The 1981 film Excalibur; The X Factor; the 2002 film “Jackass: The Movie”; as the theme music for Conan O’Brien’s “Evil Puppy,”; in “Glee” season 1 episode 7 “Throwdown”; at the beginning of every Ozzy Osbourne concert; in countless commercials; at sporting events; and more.

This magnificent rendition comes complete with a light show. Hold on to your hairpiece. Here it comes!

PS: If you knew what the words mean you’d probably want to just crawl into a hole somewhere and pull the sod over you… 😉

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:

ASHEVILLE: Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX), a subsidiary of Festiva Hospitality Group, is quietly working hard at getting BIGGER. Along the way they are making nice with various organisations that can give them a boost, the latest being an affiliation with Europe’s Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees), known as TATOC.

Launched five years ago, TATOC affiliation was developed to provide a directory of suppliers of services such as marketing, exchange and re-sale to the timeshare industry in Europe. TATOC asserts that member resorts looking to purchase such services for their own operations and to recommend to their members can work with these businesses safe in the knowledge they are regularly assessed to ensure the highest levels of customer service.

So it’s a helpful affiliation to have for a company that is looking to expand its brand into new markets as a viable alternative to the Big 3 exchange companies (RCI, Interval International and DAE). Interestingly, RTX is focusing on recruiting members as opposed to recruiting resorts (in much the same way as DAE has done). RTX boasts that its members have access to low exchange fees, the flexibility of split week reservations and the longest deposit period in the exchange industry, among other things.

In addition to exchange services, RTX offers a number of travel benefits to members such as trip protection, rebates, travel discounts and more. RTX has three levels of membership: Basic (free membership, limited goodies); Premium (all Basic level goodies plus; and Premium Plus (naturally, all Premium level goodies plus).

Quite naturally Festiva Adventure Club has not only chosen RTX as its preferred exchange provider, it is giving all FAC members a Premium Plus membership in RTX. Surprise! (not)

A relatively new kid on the block in the timeshare exchange business, the company currently has in the vicinity of 60,000 members. Their motto is “A Better Way to Exchange”, and the President/CEO of the company is Will Horton. Is that the same Will Horton who is/was President/CEO of Patton Hospitality Management? Did I miss an announcement?

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

LOMPOC: You’ll want to settle down and get comfy for this one. 😉

John Aurelio Cuda, 55, is doing time at the Federal Prison Camp at Lompoc, with a release date of June 6, 2017. You say you’re not familiar with the name? You might know him better as Antonio Copella, one of the masterminds of the Belair, Hotel U, grand Miramar and other timeshare frauds in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico.

Here’s the story.

In the early 1990s John Cuda and his younger brother James Richard Cuda were running an investment scam in Texas that primarily targeted senior citizens. According to court documents their modus operandi was to buy lists of people who responded to mailings such as sweepstakes entries and then contact them by mail or phone with “investment” opportunities that offered too-good-to-be-true returns and were run by shell corporations. While the deals wore the veneer of respectability, they inevitably failed, leaving their investors with large losses. Typically the Cudas targeted the elderly, persons often with large amounts of cash to invest and limited ability to protect themselves.

Their crime spree came to a screeching halt on May 6, 1993 when John Cuda accompanied an octogenarian woman into a Beaumont, TX bank to close out her $100,000 bank account (while Richard waited outside in a rental car). They wanted a cashier’s check made out to Home Equity Consulting Group.

But the woman, who was somewhat impaired in her thinking ability, was well known to the bank and they suspected she was being swindled so they called the police. Making a long story short, the brothers were arrested and the police notified the FBI, at which time it was discovered that the brothers were connected with four fraud cases in California. (James had also been arrested in Florida for defrauding an elderly woman but those charges had been dismissed, as the state statute under which James had been charged was declared unconstitutionally vague.)

Because of the interstate nature of these activities, a federal indictment was sought. The Cudas were charged with mail fraud, bank larceny, and conspiracy to commit bank larceny. The scope of the indictment covered not only the Cudas’ dealings in Texas, but also those in Florida and California. Two of their corporations, Rancho Santa Fe Developing Corporation and Home Equity, were also charged in superseding indictments.

In due time a jury found them guilty on all counts, they were sentenced, and were remanded to prison. Richard served his time and was released on May 4, 1996. John, who got a longer sentence of 70 months (with a projected release date of Sept. 30, 1999), decided NOT to serve out his sentence and on May 4, 1996 he escaped. (Was it a coincidence that the brothers saw the last of their prison cells on the same day?)

Fast forward, the brothers showed up in Puerto Vallarta using phony ID: John became Antonio Copella (variant spellings of Capela, Cappela, Capel and Cupel) and James became Jonathan James Tomasello (with another suspected alias of Michael Logan).

They set up shop using their special skills to conduct massive timeshare frauds and they profited mightily (google Belair or Grand Miramar timeshare fraud and you’ll get an eyeful, and that’s just part of their scams). Some estimates conclude that they scammed at least 800 people, mainly Americans and Canadians, out of millions of dollars over the years.

More recently they and several of their “lieutenants” have also been implicated in a variety of resale scams of epidemic proportions.

Fast forward again to October 2013. The two were arrested in Mexico on charges of real estate fraud, with bail set at $1 million USD ($81,842,723.93 pesos). Guess what? They promptly made bail and walked out of jail. (It made headlines in all the local papers.)

But Immigration got curious about their legal status (perhaps they were tipped off?) and ran John’s fingerprints through the US Federal Marshalls’ database. Guess what they found? Yeah.

So on December 16, 2013, Interpol took custody of John at the Puerto Vallarta airport and delivered him to the US Marshalls in the USA, at which time he was promptly arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. By January 2014 he was back in Lompoc (a low security prison from which he has already escaped once) to serve the remaining three years and four months of his sentence.

Richard is still at large, probably in the greater Vallarta area.

Will the two (plus their American partners in crime) ever be charged in the States with the crimes they’ve committed against their compatriots? It’s hard to guess, but if you’re one of their victims and you want to help in that process it wouldn’t hurt to contact the FBI with details of their perfidy — pointing out that one of them is already in custody in the USA and handy for questioning and/or prosecution.

Just a thought…

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ST. THOMAS, USVI: Wyndham Vacation Ownership is getting BIGGER! On February 12 WVO and Margaritaville Hospitality Group celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Margaritaville Vacation Club resort at the future home of Wyndham St. Thomas, located on the northeast side of St. Thomas.

Everybody who’s anybody was there for the celebration: Gary Hyde, senior vice president, resort operations and Rob Landry, vice president, project management, development planning and construction, joined St. Thomas Governor, John P. de Jongh, Jr., and commissioners and staff from St. Thomas EDA, DPNR and Tourism and more.

Construction will take place in two phases over the next three years, including the conversion of the 290 existing hotel rooms into 262 fully furnished condominium-style timeshare units. The renovation will begin with the seven beachfront buildings and common areas including reception, pool area and 5 O’clock Somewhere bar. A Margaritaville® restaurant, dive shop with water activities and venues for live music are also included in the plan at this time.

Wyndham has already begun sales of Margaritaville Vacation Club; the resort is anticipated to open early in 2015.

This partnership with Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville brand was a real smooth move on Wyndham’s part. A lot of people are really excited to see this project moving along. I don’t think it takes a genius to predict sales are going to do real well!

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EVERYWHERE 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. THERE IS NO SUCH FUND.

Here are a some more outfits to watch out for this week.

First I’m going to give you a warning about what appears to be a fraudulent law firm calling itself Miller & Markez. They claim to be working with the Mexican government (SHCP/SAT) to recoup money for victims of timeshare fraud in Mexico (they call it “the Mexico Recovery Fund”), but of course they want those victims to wire money to a Mexican bank to pay for various fees and taxes. As is usual, those fees and taxes are bogus and so is Miller & Markez. These guys are willing to go the extra mile in a final attempt to collect money from recalcitrant victims, though. They not only threaten, they threaten BIG:

My husband refused saying it was another scam and now they have sent us a notice that he is “Obstructing Justice.” The paper says that he could be punished for up to five years in prison. Attatched is the form they sent us. The man told my husband if he were to enter Mexico they would arrest him.

Miller & Markez Obstruction LetterHere’s an image of the letter they sent (click on it to see it bigger). It’s scaring the crap out of some people, even when they think it’s probably part of the scam. You know, the what if syndrome…?

Here’s the thing. Miller & Markez has a website that is brand new; the domain name was registered in June 2013 and expires in June 2014. The owner is listed as Martin Orozco with an address in Guadalajara (the firm uses a Mexico City address). They use the improbable email address of ““.

Of course this letter is totally bogus, but how are their potential victims supposed to know that? Well, they ask people like me or or or various online complaint forums.

Some of them are apparently just sending the money, because the scammers are still operating after several months and they’d have moved on already if it weren’t profitable to them.

Folks, if you are dealing with this outfit or any other outfit claiming to be working with the government to reimburse you for a timeshare fraud, DO NOT BELIEVE THEM. They are all lying to you.

Some names affiliated with this outfit: Lic. Eduardo Pérez Lomelí; Lic Andrew Young;

And if they threaten you, as this letter does, tell them you’ve reported them to the FBI, your state attorney general, Interpol (it’s an international scam), and the Policía Federal Ministerial (PFM) (that’s Mexico’s FBI). And then actually do it!

Next up is a company named Strelitz & Brooks International Real Estate Group, via an email I received from a gentleman who did his own research and rightly decided not to play along. I have emphasized the most important red flags in his email so you can quickly spot them.

I got a unsolicited phone call last week from an individual claiming that he represents a high end investor to buy my weeks at Palace Resorts in Mexico. His email (with a letter of intent attached) indicates a firm called Strelitz and Brooks with a Charlotte, NC address. When I google this, I get no hits other than their own. They are not registered as a corporation in NC. I have not signed anything nor taken this beyond getting the letter. He is offering like ten times what I perceive the real value to be for 50 weeks of ownership (useless without an all inclusive fee) on behalf of this investor whom he cannot disclose. He will only tell me the investor is a large corporation in Atlanta that is buying the vacation weeks for business use (again the weeks are only usable with an all inclusive fee). They are not interested in small purchases — must be at least 50 weeks. He goes on to say that my original purchase agreement precludes me from selling to a corporation so I must sell to him as an individual, Robert Hernandez (which I am allowed to do). Of course his firm (Strelitz and Brooks) would get 2% commission from me once the funds are in my bank. As part of my own diligence, I called other companies operating at his address in Charlotte, NC. and no one has heard of Strelitz and Brooks. As you may have surmised they have a web page (nothing real fancy) with descriptions of their services. Obviously, my instinct tells me that this a scam of some sort but does not sound like any on your web page. If I were to continue, there may indeed be a request for some money to be wired somewhere, but I do not think I will pursue further.

There is not a great deal more information available about this outfit, but in addition to there being no such company registered with the state of North Carolina there is this:

  • In addition to not being a registered company in North Carolina, I could find no such company registered with the North Carolina Department of Real Estate either
  • The “company” claims three phone numbers: 980-213-0831, 980-213-0930 and 980-236-0418, all of which have Charlotte, NC area codes — but all of them are VoIP (Voice over IP, Internet Phone), which means they could be located anywhere. (See last week’s column about VoIP numbers)
  • The domain name for their website and email was registered July 14, 2013 and expires on the same date this year. It is privacy protected so I can’t tell who registered it. The servers are located in the USA.

Is this a Mexico fraud or is it being carried out from within the USA? At this point I can’t be sure since this particular case never went further than the initial offer letter, but given the information provided above, I’d be real careful about doing business with them!

This next one is about the liars claiming the Mexican government has set up a fund to recompense victims of timeshare fraud, this time connected with the notorious Belair, Hotel U and Punta Vista Resorts frauds. In this case they are saying the government has liquidated the relevant assets and is giving the victims their money back. Again, I have emphasized a few important red flags.

Got a phone call from Frank at Member Services for Punta Vista Resort head office saying they wanted to settle our liquidation of this resort that is connected with Belaire and U Hotel. His phone number is 1-800-438-1448. He then transferred me to Lic. Ernesto Garcia Guzman at phone number 1-866-978-6857. His correspondence says his company is SECRETARIA DE HACIENDA Y CREDITO PUBLICO. His e-mail is He has sent info on a Profeco letterhead as well. Friday he told us he has deposited our money – $433,000.00 into a bank and gave me an address in Zapopan and phone number is 011-52-554-169-3241 to talk to Luis Flores. I called that man and he said yes the money is there. Then talked to Ernesto and was told I would have to forward the taxes before the money could be released. I am today waiting to hear from him – he said he would send documents today.

Forged Tax Info- Mexico ScamWell, he did send documents and I have them. Aside from real bank wire forms, all of them are forged. I have posted an image of what they claim are the new tax laws affecting timeshare in Mexico. It is a total fraud, typed on forged SAT letterhead, full of mistakes and outright lies. If you receive a document that looks like that, disregard it!

  • The email address used ends in a The suffix for all government agencies in Mexico end with Note, that’s (dot), not (dash) as many such scams use.
  • If you paste into the address bar of your browser you will find there is no website associated with it. That domain is used strictly for emails.
  • These scammers often send copies of what purports to be their official government license, with their picture on it. There are only two realistic possibilities with that; a) it’s identity theft; b) the person in the picture is being paid for its use. Either way, it is not believable
  • Names associated with this group include: Ana Patricia Ponce Palacios; Ernesto Garcia Guzman; Luis Flores
  • None of the phone numbers provided show up in a number search as belonging to an official government entity, including the 1 (866) 978-6857 listed for calling inside the USA. The direct line almost certainly forwards to a cell phone with a scammer at the other end. Again, see last week’s post about phone numbers. If you call those numbers you might think you’re talking to someone official, but in reality you are talking to the scammers.

There is a curiosity associated with this group, which is that in one of their emails to their proposed victim the subject line says “ATC Brokers, Inc.” This is the only reference made to ATC, so who are they and how are they connected to this scam?

I found such a company online, a timeshare resale website that lists an address in Austin, TX. Their website says “Focus is on investments of high-quality real estate investments in selected markets.” Hmmm. A timeshare resale company is saying that? A quick look showed me that there is no such company registered in the State of Texas.

Also, the domain name for their website was registered Dec. 17, 2013, expires on Dec. 17, 2014 (yep, another one-year registration), and the servers hosting the website are located in Spain.

Their Austin address resolves to a small office building and I haven’t had time yet to see if they actually have a presence there.

All in all, whether or not they’re in on this scam they don’t appear to be entirely legit as of this date.

PS: I you have been a victim of the Belair, Grand Miramar, Hotel U, etc. frauds you surely know the name Antonio Copella. If so you will want to read this post in this week’s California Timeshare News post. Heck, you’ll want to read it even if you aren’t a victim of those frauds!

What can you do on your own as further research?

  • Check with the Secretary of State or other appropriate entity in the state where the company is supposedly located and perform an online corporation search to see if that company is an active registered entity in that state. (Google e.g. “Georgia corporation search” to find the website).
  • Check the address given by the company to find out if that company actually has a presence there (or if the address even exists). If the address goes to an office building that includes virtual suites (such as Davinci Suites), be very cautious. You may have to call the office building to ascertain if such a company exists there.
  • Go to and look to see when the website’s address (the domain name) was registered, when it expires, who the registrant is (that’s the owner of the domain name), etc. Be cautious if it is new and only registered for one year; if the registrant’s address or other information is in Mexico; if the named servers are located in Mexico; if the information is privacy protected.

That’s enough for this week. But watch this space for more to come. Beating my head against a brick wall

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.


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!


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This week’s timeshare sales tip:

Getting There:

REMEMBER: Did you know that the National Institute of Mental Health has indicated that 6.5% of Americans’ fear of flying has intensified to a bona fide phobia which prevents them from conducting any airplane travel at all, as Michele Monteleone noted in the New York Times in July of 2007, “For Fear of Flying, Therapy Takes to the Skies.”

That may not seem like a big deal percentage-wise but anyone who’s been around this business long enough knows about those ‘rolls’ (making or blanking 10 times straight) and if you happen to get 10 tours in a row who just so happen to be in that 7%, well, if you’re selling the ‘Sun & Fun’ of flying off to exotic destinations around the world that aspect of being an owner is likely falling on deaf ears. It might even be giving the prospect a reason not to become an owner.

Indeed, including people who get seasick or car-sick (long trips), the savvy TS Pro will explore their prospects’ preferred method of vacation travel and then concentrate on those aspects of ‘timesharing’, etc. and laugh all the way to the bank.

Join us for a pithy morning meeting timeshare sales tip of the week, originally published in, 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: “Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.” -W.C. Fields

I had something profound in mind for this space last night just before I fell asleep. Unfortunately I can’t for the life of me remember this morning what it was. Ain’t that a bitch?

So I’m going to leave you with this “Good Old Timeshare Presentation”. It makes fun of both sides and though it’s a little on the slooow side, it’s pretty funny so hang in there. 😉

Have a great week!

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