LAS VEGAS: Just in time for the big ARDA hoorah, Hilton Grand Vacations Club has erected its sign atop the newly-named Elara resort (formerly PH Towers by Westgate). Sorry I don’t have a picture, but it’s a really BIG sign and it took a really BIG crane to get it up there and it looks really cool!
This is a 100% non-smoking hotel, by the way. Just so you know.
FLASH: We just received a picture of the new signage on the former PH Westgate Towers. Click on it to see it bigger.
Since I’m sort of on the subject, word on the street is that there was a regular little Peyton Place scenario playing out at the Westgate Flamingo Bay resort in Vegas. It apparently involved the DOS/Project Director at Westgate Showcase on Las Vegas Blvd., his boyfriend, his boyfriend’s nephew, the Inhouse Sales Director for Westgate Flamingo Bay, a part-time sales rep at Flamingo Bay who is also a stripper, and the police.
What I heard is that there was an altercation of some sort at Flamingo Bay involving the first-mentioned trio when the Inhouse Sales Director refused to fire the part-time rep/stripper over some kind of finger pointing about something. Whatever the accusations were, the scenario reportedly got heated enough that the Westgate Property Manager allegedly called the police, who came, saw and conquered. I don’t think any arrests were made.
So what WAS the result, then? Well it seems that the DOS/PD, his boyfriend and boyfriend’s nephew were all sharing a unit at Flamingo Bay at the time— but they aren’t any more.
Word is that Richard Siegel had them tossed out on their ears.
Is this old news or new news? No news?
DALLAS/FORT WORTH: 40-year-old Linh C. Dinh has at least a 10-year history in the vacation/travel club business in the USA, and most of it isn’t good. His most notorious company is Vacation Network, which operated in Houston and Austin until its state business license expired last month. The company also operated out of Arizona and Nevada from 2008 to 2010 but lost its business licenses in those states, too. You need only google Vacation Network to find a plethora of complaints about it. (You can start at Pissed Consumer, if you want.)
For instance, in 2007, Dinh settled charges of trade and commerce violations in Georgia, agreeing to pay $160,000 in penalties and $35,000 in costs when the Georgia Office of Consumer Affairs accused Vacation Network and three other companies of which Dinh was either owner or CEO of misleading customers about the location of travel destinations, not allowing refunds and cancellations, asking customers to pay $249 for promised free tickets, lying to customers about how the business worked and using others’ logos to indicate partnerships that did not exist. The other three companies listed on the complaint were Augusta Reservations Systems, Premiere Vacation Systems and Vacation Reservation Systems. None of this should be news to you if you’ve been paying attention.
Well, now Dinh is involved with a company called Oasis Getaway, another vacation club that’s located in an upscale business park in Southlake. A problem arose when couples began dropping in to Steve Cosgrove’s travel agency, Dynamic Travel, looking for Oasis Getaway. Seeing the logos for major cruiselines on the mailings received by those couples, Cosgrove notified the cruiselines which ordered Oasis to stop. And Cosgrove eventually began to warn Oasis’ would-be customers to watch their wallets. (Get the full details here.)
Fast forward: In a letter from Dallas attorney Delwin E. Hervey, who was hired by Oasis, Cosgrove has now been warned to cease and desist from his company’s “premeditated defamation and disparagement” which the letter asserts “has already caused significant monetary losses to Oasis.”
Imagine that. A Linh Dinh-affiliated company threatening to sue someone else for being mean!
The Star-Telegram has covered this very thoroughly and you’ll want to read Dave Lieber’s column about it. Juicy, but it leaves a bad taste in your mouth…
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