Timeshare/Resort Briefs

Condominium Ventures of America bought the two-year-old Pelican Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL and will convert it into 159 condo-hotel units and rename it the Pelican Grand Beach Resort….Starwood Vacation Ownership recently announced plans to develop more than a dozen new timeshare properties with 6,000-plus units. The company also bought a 29-acre parcel in Palm Desert, CA from Intrawest Corp. to build a Westin-branded vacation ownership resort….Appointments at Interval International include Ralph Fiol to assistant vice president of application services and George Wang to country manager for China….Cross Creek Resort in Branson, MO signed an affiliation agreement with RCI. Construction on the resort property begins later this year….Trendwest Resorts opened a new sales center in Albuquerque, NM….Veteran timeshare industry consultant and 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….Outrigger named Gary Mano as GM 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….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….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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