A look at the timeshare and vacation ownership segments of the lodging industry, including their branding partnerships, marketing programs, membership and points programs and management , and development approaches and opportunities.

Is Timeshare Right for Your Resort Hotel? 

The timeshare industry was born in the U.S. nearly 40 years ago as a way for distressed real estate—mostly failed condo and resort hotel projects—to achieve financial viability. In the past five years, as commercial real estate again took a tumble, some ailing real estate projects looked to vacation ownership for a lifeline. Yet, conversion of hospitality properties to timeshare doesn’t need to be a function of distress. ...

Timeshare: The Boom is Back 

The U.S. timeshare industry is healthier, wealthier and wiser than it has been since the years before the crushing recession struck in 2008. After four years of reevaluating its business and marketing practices, absorbing outstanding inventories and retooling its identity and message to consumers, sales volumes are back on the rise....

Timeshare Industry Bounces Back 

Like its cousins in the traditional hotel industry, the timeshare business has recovered quite well from the abysmal effects of the 2008 economic downturn. Sales are once again brisk, profit margins are improving and lenders are back with securitization money. Yet despite the good news, ...

Vacation Ownership Goes Global 

The vacation ownership is undergoing a renaissance following its abrupt downturn as a result of the global financial meltdown. Wall Street and other investors are again looking at timeshare in a positive light. And many companies are looking beyond North America for development opportunities....

Timeshare Business Continues to Rebound 

The mood was understandably festive as executives gathered in early April in Las Vegas to cut the ribbon on Holiday Inn Club Vacations’ newest property, the 640-unit Desert Club Resort just a few blocks east of The Strip. Holding the ribbon was Don Harrill, president & CEO of Orange Lake Resorts, the developer of Holiday Inn-branded timeshare properties. Despite the lingering stagnation in the economy, Orange Lake Resorts is enjoying strong success in finding the needed funding for expansion....

Conferences Explore Caribbean Investment Opportunities 

The Caribbean hospitality industry is facing some tough challenges. Higher fuel prices reduce the region’s ability to compete for visitors with other destinations and increase operating costs for hotels and resorts. Airlift into the region is always a concern and now, according to recent press reports, American Eagle is considering abandoning its inter-island air service in the region. And the individual governments in the area have a poor record of working together to market the Caribbean as a single destination....

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