PARSIPPANY, NJ (Aug 24, 2011) — RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) family of brands, has announced the recent release of the updated RCI “Share Your Vacation” application for Facebook. This app gives users the ability to share their vacations, find inspiration for future holidays, read and post recommendations, and play to win virtual tokens and unlock “hidden trophies.”
“Vacations are often the highlight of the year, so naturally people want to share their great experiences with others,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “We created the ‘Share Your Vacation’ application as an outlet not only for RCI members, but for all travelers across the globe. We know that hearing about other users’ vacations will inspire and excite those planning their next break, and the recommendations and tips they receive from peers will help ensure they don’t miss a beat once they get there.”
With this application, users can enter their past and future vacations by either searching by any destination around the world or by specific RCI affiliated resort name. These places are marked on a map of the world with virtual push-pins. Once users choose a destination or resort, they can add other details such as travel dates, tag other travelers and add recommendations from their personal experiences at the destination. They can also upload their favorite photos and videos from their trips by pulling from existing Facebook albums or uploading them from their computers or mobile devices.
The benefits of the app go beyond the ability to keep track of personal travel. Users can play with the different map functions to view their friends’ vacations or all app users’ vacations. They can also browse the posted recommendations, photos and videos to get an idea of what to expect at locations all over the world, which will help in planning their future vacations.
Another fun feature is the ability to compete with other users by collecting “tokens” and unlocking hidden trophies. Each activity completed on the app — including sharing vacations, posting travel tips, and viewing videos — is worth a certain number of tokens. If they accumulate enough tokens, users will find themselves on the leader board. The more they do on the app, the more tokens they can earn! Users can also unlock hidden trophies based on their activities on the app. Different combinations of behaviors, such as adding vacations in specific areas or adding pictures will allow users to unlock and showcase fun and unique trophies.
Want to know where RCI subscribing members are going? Another interesting feature, Vacation Trends, features a map display of the locations where some of the 3.8 million RCI subscribing members are booking vacations in nearly real-time.
For more information or to view a simulation of the “Share Your Vacation” app, go to the Share Your Vacation landing page, or go straight to the app by searching “Share Your Vacation” on Facebook.
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.