PARSIPPANY, NJ (August 30, 2011) — RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), has announced an expanded affiliation agreement with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. RCI will continue to offer vacation exchange services to owners at all nine Macdonald resorts throughout the United Kingdom and Spain. In addition, RCI will now manage and service Macdonald’s white-label points-based program, Options Vacation Club, through the RCI Points® program.
“We are excited to grow our relationship with RCI and expand on the many services they already provide to subscribing members,” said Simon Jackson, chief executive with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. “Working with RCI has helped us offer a more flexible and diverse vacation experience to our owners, giving them access to more than 4,000 terrific vacation resorts around the world, and we look forward to continue adding to that experience together.”
“At RCI, we take great pride in the relationships we forge with our clients and are continually looking for ways to provide even more value-added services,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “That is why it is so rewarding when an affiliate like Macdonald Hotels & Resorts asks us to play an increased role in the vacation benefits and opportunities they offer to their owners. It speaks to the strong relationships we develop with our affiliates.”
With 40 hotels and nine resorts in England, Scotland, Wales and Spain, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest hotel chains in the UK. Approximately 23,000 customers enjoy the benefits of vacation ownership at the luxurious Macdonald resorts throughout the UK. Macdonald’s mix of resorts offers a wide range of high-quality vacation experiences from golf and tennis outings to fishing and skiing excursions, and from relaxing beach and spa getaways to fine dining and family fun. A variety of vacation products are available including professionally managed and serviced one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, chalets or villas.
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
About Macdonald Hotels & Resorts
The Macdonald owned and operated portfolio comprises 43 full-service, mid-market properties ranging from exclusive country houses and resorts to contemporary, regional city centre hotels. The properties are spread throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Spain in locations that enjoy strong demand from leisure, corporate, and event-related trade. Reinforcing the high quality of its facilities, Macdonald has developed the Vital brand for its health & fitness clubs and spas. There are currently 28 clubs in the Macdonald portfolio, with a total membership in the region of approximately 12,000. The Group has nine golf courses over six locations and has engaged Sandy Lyle, winner of two major golf championships as golf ambassador and non executive director of Macdonald Golf. For more information visit www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk