Honoring All Military That Serve Our Country
WASHINGTON, DC (November 9, 2012) — On this important day for all American veterans, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) extends its thanks to the brave men and women that serve our country. Many ARDA members actively support veterans’ initiatives throughout the year, and ARDA applauds their efforts.
“Protecting our country is an important job that too often gets taken for granted,” says Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA. “On this special day set aside for those who have served and who currently serve, we want to honor this special group of people.”
Here’s a sampling of how ARDA members honor our veterans:
Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) proudly supports military reservists across the company and recently received the “Above and Beyond” Award for their efforts from the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. The award honors WVO as an employer who provides exceptional support for military employees by exceeding the legal requirements for granting leave. The nomination for this award came directly from a WVO employee who is in the National Guard. WVO held her position while she was deployed with her platoon serving our country for 12 months.
For the second consecutive year, Interval International’s Miami-based employees raised nearly $4,000 through a series of bake sales to benefit the Operation Any Soldier program.
Four “Treats for Troops” events, held at Interval’s corporate headquarters and member-services center, generated funds used to ship custom care packages year-round to wounded and deployed service members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Interval’s employee-driven support of Operation Any Soldier enhances its vacation program for military families with Steel Magnolias, a nonprofit founded by Interval member Deborah Powers-Holloway and her husband Milton. Since 2010, more than 250 travel certificates have been awarded for seven-day stays at Interval member resorts.
Interval’s London-based staff manages a similar vacation program in partnership with Help for Heroes, a charity that provides recovery services across the U.K. for military members and their families who have experienced life-changing injuries or illness. Interval will also be donating weeks to the Resort Development Organisation (RDO), the trade association for vacation ownership across Europe, for the “Give Us Time” program that supports British forces in Afghanistan.
Grand Pacific Resort Management, located in north San Diego County, includes the Orange County resort San Clemente Cove in its family of 15 resorts. Bob Crittenden, a current owner at Carlsbad Seapointe Resort is one of the driving forces behind a non-profit organization called San Clemente Military Family Outreach, which provides emergency and morale services to the 1000+ families who are stationed in the north Camp Pendleton Marine and Navy base area. Each year this organization raises thousands of dollars for meaningful support of military families. These funds go to emergency car repairs, baby showers, school supplies, and a 1,000 turkey dinner giveaway which provides “turkey and all the fixins” for military families to enjoy in the privacy of their own homes. The primary fundraising vehicle for these activities is a yearly variety show. Grand Pacific Resort Management supports Military Family Outreach by donating weeks of ResorTime.com timeshare inventory to be auctioned off to raise funds.
RCI’s Armed Forces Vacation Club® (AFVC), one of the largest military vacation clubs in the world, is holding its Great Appreciation Vacation Giveaway. Members can enter the Great Appreciation Vacation Giveaway every day from now through December 14, 2012 for their chance to win a vacation for themselves, along with one for a friend or family member that they think deserves a hard-earned break.
The grand prize package includes a week-long accommodation at an AFVC property and a $500 USD Visa® gift card for the winner, as well as a second week-long accommodation at an AFVC property and a $500 USD Visa® gift card that the winner can use or give away to a friend or family member. Along with the grand prize, there will be daily giveaways that include 20 Visa gift cards worth $25 USD each and two Resort Vacation Certificates.
The program, which was founded in 1999, now offers up to 100,000 weeks of inventory worldwide on a Space Available basis. AFVC is a membership program, which all active, veteran, and retired military personnel can join for free at http://www.afvclub.com/special_offers. Members get unlimited access to AFVC’s Space Available resort rentals, ranging in size from studio to three-bedrooms with prices starting at $369 per unit, per week.
International Cruise and Excursions, through its travel program for military and veterans, Government Vacation Rewards, founded the Vacations For Vets Program. This program was sponsored by the Walter Reed Medical Center’s “In Honor Of the Troops” Foundation. Over the past seven years, more than 2,000 wounded personnel and their caregivers have vacationed while on rehabilitation leave. Additionally, Government Vacation Rewards (GVR) has donated over $10,000 and 200 resort stays through joint promotions with their military partners, such as the Military Officers Association of America and the Air Force Association. This December, Government Vacation Rewards and Holiday Inn Vacation Clubs are providing travel and accommodations for a severely wounded warrior featured on ABC TV’s Extreme Home Makeover while his home it being remodeled. The show will be the Extreme Home Makeover Christmas special.
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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 at http://www.VacationBetter.org.