MIAMI, FL (September 12, 2012) — Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), will host the 14th annual Shared Ownership Investment Conference from September 18 – 20 at The Peabody Orlando. The forum is a well-known resource for developers, hoteliers, government and tourism officials, and lenders interested in learning about the viability of various shared ownership business models.
On the conference agenda are sessions that include the state of the global industry, shared ownership fundamentals, resort conversions, and accessing capital, among other subjects.
Featured speaker Michael Gelb, best-selling author and leader in the human potential movement, will explain how to turn creative ideas into profitable reality, which is the topic of his book, Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success. Attendees will also hear from Peter C. Yesawich, Ph.D., vice chairman of MMGY Global, a recognized authority on travel, lifestyle, and leisure trends. He will present findings from his agency’s 2012 Portrait of American TravelersTM.
Among the hundreds registered for next week’s gathering are representatives of financial institutions that are involved in shared ownership, as well as lenders evaluating the industry. Students from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida will participate as volunteers and learn more about career options by attending workshops and panel discussions.
“This event provides existing players the venue to explore opportunities and network with other experts and service providers in every facet of the industry,” said Bryan Ten Broek, senior vice president of resort sales and business development, North America, for Interval International, conference founder and patron sponsor. “We’re proud that developers and lenders, and many other attendees, have recognized the potential of shared ownership and chosen to enter the industry.”
Interval has also hosted investment conferences in Barbados, China, Hungary, India, Italy, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Events were held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cape Town and Johannesburg earlier this year.
Registrants can attend educational and networking sessions, and obtain complimentary research studies and reports from the American Resort Development Association and Ragatz Associates. They include: the State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry: United States Study, 2012 Edition; Financial Performance Study, 2012 Edition; Shared Vacation Ownership Owners Report, 2012 Edition; Economic Impact of the Timeshare Industry on the US Economy, 2012 Edition; The Shared Ownership Resort Real Estate Industry in North America, 2012; and Interval’s Shared Resort Real Estate Ownership 2012: A Market Perspective.
Joining Interval as patron sponsors are Aston Hotels & Resorts, Baker Hostetler LLP, Capital One Bank, Equiant, Foley & Lardner LLP, HVS Shared Ownership Services, Meridian Financial Services, Preferred Residences, and Ragatz Associates.
About Interval International
Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval has an exchange network of approximately 2,700 resorts in more than 75 nations. Through offices in 15 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and about 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.
SOURCE: Interval International