CARLSBAD, CA (April 2, 2013) — Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort , the iconic Carlsbad timeshare resort and hotel managed by Grand Pacific Resort Management was host to four students and three chaperones from Futtsu, Japan. Futtsu and Carlsbad are celebrating their 25th Anniversary as Sister Cities.
Under the sister city program, designed to promote international cultural understanding, visits are held in both directions. This year’s group was treated to a night of luxury at the Carlsbad Inn prior to meeting their local host families for a week long home stay and immersion in U.S. and San Diego County Culture.
Randy Chapin, General Manager of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort said, “We are proud to be the first stop for these enthusiastic young people. We are pleased to represent our community in this important effort to build relationships worldwide. In fact, we will also shortly play host to our other sister city’s Lord Mayor. Carlsbad was named after Karloby Vary in the Czech Republic and its leadership will be our guests when they come here.”
The group from Japan has a full slate of activities including a meeting with the city’s mayor Matt Hall, an All-American BBQ at a private home, visits to the world-famous Flower Fields and Gemological Institute (GIA), LEGOLAND®, and the Carlsbad Outlet Mall.
According to Tom Hersant, President of Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors, the reaction to Carlsbad has been “dizzyingly pleasant. We started their trip with a stay at one of the area’s best properties, and the Carlsbad Inn of course was tailor made for the task. We are proud that one of the former visitors we have hosted has even been a mayoral candidate in his home town of Futtsu.”
Other activities lined up for this jam packed tour include a meeting with the Japanese Counsel and visit to the Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, a Petco Park tour and an interview with Carlsbad High School TV. During the tsunami relief efforts La Costa Elementary School raised $1000 for Futtsu and this year these Japanese students were able to visit the students at the school. They brought with them Japanese text books as a gift on behalf of the grateful citizens of Carlsbad’s Sister City.
According to Jeff Farr, Vice President at Carlsbad-based ResorTime.com, the leading on-line provider of professionally managed timeshare and vacation rental accommodations, “The sister city program is to be commended for broadening the scope of these young people, as well as those of us who are fortunate enough to act as their hosts. This mixed-use resort is one of the most popular of our nearly one million room nights ResorTime.com users may book online.”
Among the other resorts currently managed by Grand Pacific Resort Management (GPRM) are Hanalei Bay Resort and Ali’i Kai Resort in Hawaii. In Canada, Banff Gate Mountain Resort (Alberta, Canada) and Panorama Vacation Retreat at Horsethief Lodge in British Columbia, Canada. in Southern California Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa, Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel, Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, Coronado Beach Resort, San Clemente Cove Resort, Southern California Beach Club, Villa L’Auberge (Del Mar, CA), Indian Palms Vacation Club, Indio, CA and Channel Island Shores (Ventura County, California.). In Northern California – Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge (Lake Tahoe, CA), Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley, RiverPointe at Napa Valley, and Mountain Retreat (Arnold, CA).
Award-winning Grand Pacific Resort Management (Carlsbad, California) is one of the oldest and largest vacation ownership companies based in California. Serving over 60,000 owner-families every year, GPRM has developed and manages 18 resorts in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.gprmgt.com. Or email [email protected] For more information about The Carlsbad Inn, www.carlsbadinn.com and for more information about ResorTime.com, www.resortime.com
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