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Weekly Wisecrack: May 20, 2017

new rules
 
The New Pay Schedule

Though we’ll no longer have cash spiffs, effective immediately we’ll pay 25% of your commissions at the end of each business day the commissions are earned and the balance of any commissions due will be paid directly to you after our clients have paid their 3rd annual maintenance fee in a timely manner.

Are there any questions?



The Weekly Wisecrack is primarily (but not always) a snarky look inside the workings of the timeshare industry, usually from the viewpoint of sales and marketing representatives. Do you have a different point of view? Leave your own caption in the Comments if you’re so inclined…
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Timeshare Odds and Ends: May 20, 2017

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Did you know that Russia’s mafia is called the “Bratva” (brotherhood)? And of course besides the Bratva the world has other mafias, too. Japan, for example, has the notorious “Yakuza”; China and nearby nations have the “Triads”. In the USA we’ve got our own ‘mob’. And Mexico has its “Cartels”.

Ahhh, Mexico. Besides cartels it has mind boggling scenery, culture up the wazoo, friendly gracious people, food (oh! the food!), and some of the most magnificent timeshare resorts in the world. And therein lies the rub: Timeshare vs cartels; what could go wrong?

So what’s the Scoop? Do you think of cartels only in relation to drugs? Are they into other “activities” as well? Might some of there businesses also involve timeshare in the form of resale fraud, and are Russian expats taking advantage of that? Find out at: Scoop du Jour: The Russian Syndicate




Wyndham Vacation Rentals commissione APCO Insight to conduct a survey to examine the amount of ‘vacation stress’ everyday travelers encounter and how it directly affects their lives and relationships. The results demonstrated a definite uptick in the amount of stress the respondents reported: 51% of U.S. vacationers admit they’re more stressed today compared to a year ago, and it’s causing more than one in three (37%) to cancel or delay their trip.

There’s some good and helpful information in the study, which you will find at this link. But the thing that really caught my eye was just how much people hate to pack. I mean HATE to pack. According to the survey packing is so dreaded that half of all respondents said they would give up alcohol for a month or social media for a week to avoid doing it!

I wonder if there’s a small business opportunity there. People pay for pet sitters, transportation, moving services, catering and all sorts of other things. Do you suppose there would be a market for professional packers? 😛



TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Have you seen the world yet?

Where are YOU going this year?

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Weekly Jukebox: May 20, 2017

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Raise your hand if you’ve never heard of the group R.E.M., a rock band from Georgia that formed in 1980. Really? That many of you? Why, you must be babes in arms!

ANYhow, chuck420 asked for this song, mentioning that it’s so apropos for the time in which we now find ourselves and also mentioning that he’s a Republican but don’t blame him. Huh?

It’s the End of the World as We Know it (And I Feel Fine) was released in 1987, and chuch420 is right that it’s a good fit. It’s also a good tune, so if you’re a newbie to R.E.M. music you should give it a try.

What are YOU listening to tonight? And what would you like to see here?



The Weekly Juke Box aims to feature good music/good fun regardless of era or genre. Send in your own favorite and if I can find a good version on YouTube I’ll post it for you! What would you like to see or hear? [email protected]

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Florida USA Timeshare News: May 20, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS

ORLANDO: Orange Lake Resorts, home to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand, has consolidated all of the company’s Orlando corporate contact center operations to a new, single location.

Here’s how they describe it:

“By investing in our team members with a new, modern campus environment and incredible career growth opportunities, we look forward to welcoming top talent to help us continue our decade-long record of year-over-year company expansion.”

The contemporary two-story, 113,500 square foot office building located at 9395 South John Young Parkway was purpose built as a contact center and is close to major roads, public transit and Orlando International Airport. It also features a self-service café, gym and unique collaboration zones.

And they’re looking to fill around 150 new positions over the next several months to fill ‘er up. Does this mean they’re getting BIGGER?

What exactly do they mean by “corporate contact center operations”? Scratching Head Is that all back-of-the-house personnel, perhaps including a call center? Am I not adequately enough versed in corporate speak to understand what they’re talking about?

Gee, that’s embarrassing. embarrassed


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South Carolina USA Timeshare News: May 20, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

COLUMBIA: In June 2014 Mark and Paula Fullbright, from North Carolina, bought a $26,000 timeshare at the Bluewater by Spinnaker Resort on Hilton Head Island. So what? you ask. Well…

At some point after purchasing, the Fullbrights discovered that Spinnaker had failed to register those timeshares for sale in South Carolina and in August 2015 they filed a federal lawsuit to void their contract and obtain a full refund of all monies paid under the contract.

Spinnaker did belatedly register their product in Sept. 2014, but by then it was too late to close the barn doors. And who knows how many other Bluewater timeshares had been sold before that registration was filed, which appears to have been a period of about 9 years? How in the world can such a thing be overlooked for such a long time?

That oversight could end up potentially putting the Bluewater resort in terrible horrible financial trouble depending on how many owners purchased prior to that Sept. date and now want out.

Spinnaker insisted that the issue should be heard and solved by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission, which regulates the industry. But the courts disagreed. In the end the case was appealed all the way to the SC Supreme Court, which has just unanimously determined that although they understand Spinnaker’s argument and feel for the state of affairs under which the company finds itself, nevertheless State law clearly and unambiguously shows that commission oversight should not limit buyers’ rights to file a civil lawsuit.

Long story short, the ruling has set the precedent that buyers of timeshare in South Carolina have the right to sue timeshare developers/companies for violations of industry regulations. That’s a whopping big deal.

Stay tuned.


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Nevada USA Timeshare News: May 20, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> WESTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS

LAS VEGAS: Who’s in charge of sales/marketing at the Grandview these days? Has there been a recent change of which I’m not aware?

Word on the street says the once sizzling sales line there has lost some of its sizzle in recent weeks, that front-line sales is in a state of quiet chaos — could it be true? Are so many experienced reps really totally demoralized?

Scuttlebutt at the local watering holes says that Grandview doesn’t even bother to Q the tours anymore, accepting anyone from early 20’s to God-knows-what, singles OK, etc.; that the $50K income requirement is ignored, and worst of all that instead of a wheel they’re running a power/love line with the inevitable result of the powerless and unloved being bumped down the line, getting the worst tours or being relegated to no-tour-for-you status for days at a time due to low tour flow.

And to add insult to injury, are there really 3 compulsory meetings every morning when all you really need is a qualified sales guest to pitch the product to? Lord have mercy, my eyes are rolling out of my head at the very notion of such a thing. JEEbus!

So why do you suppose tour flow might be so low there, assuming the gossip is correct? Would that lead to the no-Q situation and the rest of it? Is the Grandview’s sales situation really so dire that a good, experienced sales rep could make more money selling used cars down at Bubba’s Auto Emporium?

Inquiring minds want to know. 😉


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United Kingdom Timeshare News: May 20, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

MANCHESTER: Here is a follow-up to my post last week about the legal uproar between a company called TESS (Timeshare Exit and Support Services) and TATOC (“Timeshare Association for Timeshare Owners and Committees”). To recap, TESS objected to TATOC listing their company as a ‘cold-caller’ and sued TATOC for defamation.

A couple of weeks ago TESS claimed victory and gave themselves a mighty pat on the back, declaring total victory.

As it turns out, that claim was a little premature, though in the end that didn’t matter too much in the grand scheme of things. The actual court date was Monday, May 15, and TESS won by default because TATOC didn’t have the financial wherewithal to fight the charge.

This is what TATOC reported on both its Facebook page and its website on May 16:

Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees) (“TATOC”) and its Chief Executive, Harry Taylor, have been subjected to many unfounded allegations in the social media and elsewhere to which neither TATOC nor Harry Taylor have responded, concentrating on the core business of TATOC which is to represent and protect the interests of timeshares and committees.

TATOC has been involved for many months in defending a legal action for defamation. The legal costs which have been incurred have been a major strain on its limited resources. The legal advice remained positive as to the ultimate outcome but as TATOC as was unable to fund representation at the hearing on the 15 May, judgement was given against TATOC in its absence.

The directors of TATOC are considering the options available to the company and a further statement will be issued in due course.

TATOC has been fined big bucks pounds sterling by the court (£100,000 by way special damages and £75,000 by way of general damages, and(?) the Claimant’s costs of and occasioned by the claim summarily assessed in the sum of £100,000). Since TATOC apparently cannot pay that, it looks like the organization will indeed be placed into Administration.

Keep in mind that TESS appears to be both a timeshare exit and timeshare resale company. You can read their side of the story at this link. And you can read the court’s decision at this link.

My original coverage of this began at this link.

Stay tuned.




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Ya Burnt! May 20, 2017

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Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial beginning of Summer, is actually a time for remembering those who have died in service of the United States of America. It is traditionally celebrated on the last weekend in May, this year falling on May 27-29 – with Monday May 29 being the official day.

Perhaps I should have saved this for next weekend, but I want everyone to have plenty of time to digest this and feel embarrassed by their fellow Americans. Spread the knowledge, man! Sheesh!

“Just another bogus holiday?” shocked
 

YA BURNT!

 
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Idle Timeshare Thoughts: May 20, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse  QUOTABLE QUOTES: “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” —Freya Stark



Are you a location person or an amenities person when it comes to choosing a timeshare resort/vacation? I’m definitely a location person. I don’t much care if a resort has every single amenity/activity your mind could conceive. Just give me a comfortable resort with the basics in a place that’s in, or convenient to, where I want to be and I’m a happy camper.

For instance, I’ll take the elegant Hyatt Carmel Highlands in California over any resort in all of Central Florida, no matter how nice they are, any day of the week. Why? Because in addition to being a beautiful property with just enough amenities to let you know you’re on vacation, it’s on the Big Sur coast of California, fer krisakes, perhaps the most beautiful place in the world. I’d want to stay there even if it weren’t such a nice place, just for the views alone, not to mention it’s in CARMEL! If I had kids it might be a different story, but I don’t so it isn’t.

I tend to like smaller, more intimate places as opposed to big crowded cities. Venice over Rome, Aix-en-Provence over Paris, Kailua Kona over Honolulu. You get my drift. And even if I’m exploring a big crowded city I’d rather stay in a small, place offering the basics in the middle of things than a fancier more luxurious resort farther out. It helps, of course, that timeshare resorts, whether small and basic or big and busy, are pretty much all A-OK. There are very few dogs in the pack.

What’s your drathers? Give-me-everything onsite, or location location location?



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Timeshare People on the Move: May 20, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> TIMESHARE PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:

Victoria Hoffman has been promoted to the position of Creative Director for Global Connections, Inc. In that role she and her team will help support the organization through innovative communications and creative initiatives including social media, E-blasts to members, an employee electronic newsletter, the development of collateral materials and creation of print and digital advertising.

Prior to accepting her new role, Victoria was Associate Creative Director at GCI. She comes from a solid background in communications serving as Director of Communications for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City. A graduate of the College of New Jersey, she is also active in the theatre community of Kansas City where she performs in shows around the metro area.



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