International Property Spotlight Coincides with ARDA World Convention
WASHINGTON (April 04, 2012) — The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) will feature timeshare members from the Dominican Republic resort, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, during the month of April as part of the industry’s continual effort to share the features, amenities, and global destinations of vacation products in stories from owners and members themselves.
Debuting at ARDA’s globally-focused Convention in Las Vegas, owners from Lifestyle Holidays talk about their vacation experiences, giving a glimpse into a world of better vacationing. Their video is the sixth in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners. It is the first international property profiled.
Several long-time members tout the charm and relaxation of the Dominican Republic resort, including families from the United States and Canada.
“We have been members since 2006 and just love staying in all the different villas Lifestyle has to offer here in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. This is the best vacation experience we have ever had, relaxing, walking, looking out on the ocean,” said Norm and Cheryl Scott of Spokane, Washington. “We take the Lifestyle helicopter from the airport to the resort whenever we can. It’s just delightful with great views of the island. And we love all the new things they keep adding and improving with the many restaurants like AZUL and VIP Gourmet.”
With more than 8 million owners, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well. Take the time to find out why. Visithttp://www.VacationBetter.org for more information.
Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.
*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit http://www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website athttp://www.VacationBetter.org.