Timeshare/Resort Briefs

Interval International honored honored Aquarius Vacation Club at the Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar in Puerto Rico for its support of educational scholarships in the Caribbean….Interval recently signed two resorts to affiliation agreements: the Alaskan Vacation Club Club at the Inn at Whittier in Whittier, AK and the two existing and all future properties in Central America operated by Club Premier Four Seasons….RCI named named Carlson Wagonlit Travel as the provider of travel services for its Canadian members-only travel booking division….RCI was named a finalist for the 2006 American Business Awards in the best customer service team category….The 8th annual Vacation Ownership Investment Conference will be held Oct. 2-5 at The Peabody Orlando. Information on the conference, which was previously called the Timeshare & Resort Investment Conference, is available at www.vacationownershipinvestment.com….Sunterra Corp. purchased online rental company Beach Group LLC for $4 million. Sunterra believes the acquisition will give the company a new channel for rental opportunities and vacation ownership sales.

….Veteran timeshare industry consultant and researcher researcher Richard Ragatz has reopened Ragatz Associates following a 10-year association with RCI and Cendant Corp. He also recently received the Ace Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Resort Developers Association….Sterling Resorts landed the management contract to operate the 101-unit Sea Breeze Condominium Resort in Biloxi, MS….Bluegreen Corp. purchased 10 acres of land in Las Vegas to build a new timeshare resort, preview center and retail complex. The company will build a seven-story resort with 240 two-bedroom units. It also has the option to purchase four adjacent acres to build an additional 240 timeshare units….Outrigger Enterprises named Gary Mano as general manager of the Fairfield Hawaii at Waikiki Beach Walk, the former OHANA Reef Towers hotel that is being converted into a 195-unit vacation ownership property….The Falcon Group selected Interstate Hotels & Resorts to manage its Pinnacle Condominium Resort in Las Vegas. The $850-million, 1,100-unit project opens in mid-2009….Hawaii Business magazine and the Best Companies Group named Trendwest Resorts as one of the best places to work in Hawaii. Trendwest ranks sixth in the small/medium-sized category….K2 Developments Ltd. chose Intrawest Corp. to manage the Solara Canmore Resort & Spa, a 214-suite condo hotel in Alberta. The resort opens next summer.

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