HARRISONBURG, VA (February 9, 2015) — C.A.R.E., the vacation industry’s premier trade association, will celebrate its 30th anniversary during its 60th conference at the Westin Annapolis, Annapolis, MD from May 2-5, 2015.
It is only fitting that the organization, long known for its stringent Code of Standards and Ethics, is holding the celebration in Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Since Annapolis is also the gateway to North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, the celebration theme “Anchored in Integrity” takes on a special meaning.
President Alain Carr notes that “30 years…not too many things run as well they once did after 30 years, but C.A.R.E. sure does! The best part about being around for such a long time is that most of our core members have continued this extraordinary journey with us. As we look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion, it’s easy to get excited about the next 30 years.”
Numerous events to commemorate C.A.R.E.’s anniversary are scheduled. The conference will begin with “C.A.R.E. Gives Back”, a community service event for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. On Sunday, Colonel Arthur J. Athens, SUMRCR (Ret) will deliver the keynote address, “Back to the Basics: The Fundamentals of Extraordinary Leadership” and Maryland based C.A.R.E. Member and Elite Sponsor, Travel Advantage Network, will host an evening celebration aboard the Catherine Marie, a private, charter yacht. Other events include a tour of nearby Washington, DC, sponsored by Endless Vacation Rentals and Global Connections and a speed networking session hosted by Resort Travel and XChange.
C.A.R.E. began in 1985 when a handful of resort employees, who had been working together informally to provide an extra level of service and additional vacation fulfillment opportunities to their owners, met in New Orleans, LA and officially started the organization (The Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers). Today, C.A.R.E.’s membership numbers more than 140 member companies comprised of Resorts, Developers, Management and Exchange Companies, Travel Clubs, HOA’s, Wholesalers and Service Providers. Members not only provide each other with opportunities for vacation fulfillment through exchanges, but offer enhanced revenue opportunities through increased inventory utilization and yield management.
For more information on C.A.R.E. and its 60th Semi-Annual Conference, visit
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