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Weekly Wisecrack: August 20, 2016

the dudes
Late one Saturday night a month ago Jack and Paul hooked up at a local watering hole and soon began cohabitating. To celebrate their first week anniversary living together in Atlanta they decided to drive down to Florida for a weekend to commemorate the occasion.

While there an OPC invited them to attend a presentation and though the couple did not buy they adored all the free gifts for just listening and right after they left the sales center the two were last seen beach bound – gifts and the OPC in tow – for some sun and more fun.

The Weekly Wisecrack is an often snarky look inside the workings of the timeshare industry, usually but not always 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: August 20, 2016

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Did you partake of Scoop’s lesson last week on the possibility of becoming a 40%er? Did you wrap your mind around THE RULES? Did you then allow your brain to absorb and accept those RULES?

And then discovered you’d have to wait until this week to get the rest of the story?

So what’s the Scoop? Here it is, the best kept secret in the timeshare industry. Find out how you can be a 40 percenter (Part Deux) at Scoop du Jour: The 40% Factor (Part 2)

According to Forrester’s Q2 Online Benchmark Recontact Omnibus Survey, fielded on behalf of Switchfly, Inc., which examined the behaviors of American travelers and their thoughts on hotel and airline ancillary selections, the #1 most important travel ancillary among travelers is in-room Wi-Fi.

When it comes to what travelers pay for to make their trips more comfortable, in-room Wi-Fi is at the top of the list, with almost one in five U.S. online adults revealing that they’ve made this purchase in the last 12 months (18 percent). Gotta have it!

This is followed by:

    • Ground transportation—14 percent
    • Airport shuttle—13 percent
    • Extra bags—12 percent
    • Upgraded seating—10 percent
    • Priority boarding, in-flight Wi-Fi and in-flight media—9 percent each
    • In-room services (e.g., mini-bar or massages)—8 percent

When asked which ancillary service they’ve heard of but have no intention of purchasing, more than half of U.S. online adults selected in-room services (54 percent).

What else don’t travelers want to purchase?

    • Priority boarding—53 percent
    • Extra bags—51 percent
    • Upgraded seating, in-flight Wi-Fi and in-flight media—50 percent
    • Ground transportation—44 percent
    • Airport shuttle—43 percent
    • In-room Wi-Fi—40 percent

In other words, travelers basically want to choose their ancillary services on their own terms, and they want to be able to pick and choose the services they do and don’t want – especially if they have to pay for it. Golly gee, what a surprise. (Not)

Switchfly, Inc. is a technology company powering travel search/booking, loyalty program engagement and ancillary merchandising solutions for the world’s most celebrated airlines, hotels, online travel agencies and financial services companies. The national survey was fielded to 9,996 U.S. online adults (18+, online weekly or more) in June 2016.


Have you seen the world yet?

Where are YOU going this year?


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Weekly Jukebox: August 20, 2016

The legendary Glenn Yarbrough, an American folk singer best known for his hit single “Baby the Rain Must Fall” (from the Steve McQueen movie of the same name) has passed away at the age of 86. Surrounded by friends and family members, his daughter Holly Yarbrough Burnett said in a post on Facebook, “Dad was listening to Baby the Rain Must Fall when his breaths spaced out and he drifted up and out during the last chorus – catching a ride on the Perseids to his next Great Adventure. It was a very good death.”

You youngsters may not be familiar with his work, but here’s your chance to travel through time. There are many wonderful songs to choose from, but for your pleasure this week I’ve chosen “You Can’t Ever Go Home Again”, the theme song for the 1966 Chuck Connors western “Ride Beyond Vengeance”. (You may notice that the town you see in the video is the same set used in the old Andy Griffith TV series.)

R.I.P., Glenn.

What are YOU listening to tonight?

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?

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Florida USA Timeshare News: August 20, 2016

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

ORLANDO: Here’s what we’ve got:

Wellington Financial in Charlottesville, VA, the exclusive resort finance lending correspondent for
Liberty Bank in Middletown, CT which has closed a $26.6MM loan for
I-Drive Resorts LLC, a brand new Delaware-based company registered in Florida as a foreign limited liability company related to
Accelerated Assets, LLC, based in Birmingham, MI, which describes itself as “a diversified financial services company specializing in the development of North American timeshare resort properties, in partnership with the leading sellers of timeshare, and in the purchase or hypothecation of creditworthy asset secured debt.”

Take a breath and add to that the Lake Eve Resort in Orlando, part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, and Bluegreen Vacations which is headquartered in Boca Raton.

Now put it all together and what do you get? Should I simplify it? We get Wellington Financial/Liberty Bank closing a loan for I-Drive Resorts to finance the acquisition of 91 units at the Lake Eve Resort on International Drive in Orlando, together with a $40MM forward receivables line of credit.

The units acquired were owned and purchased from a party other than Bluegreen, but Bluegreen Vacations will provide sales and marketing, project management and loan servicing for I-Drive Resorts.

So in the end, this whole transaction is part of Bluegreen’s asset-light program: Bluegreen gets all of the advantages of selling, marketing, managing and loan servicing for the resort without any of the potential downside of actually owning the property.

I wonder if Central Florida will ever reach saturation in terms of timeshare inventory?

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” –Alice Roosevelt Longworth
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North Carolina USA Timeshare News: August 20, 2016

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

CASHIERS: Bluegreen Resorts has gotten BIGGER. The company has officially opened its newest resort, The Club Lodges at Trillium, and welcomed its first guests.

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of Lake Glenville, the resort opened with twenty-six, 2 and 3-bedroom suites. It is set within a private residential, lake and award-winning golf community in Cashiers so Bluegreen owners can, subject to applicable fees, enjoy the same activities and amenities as the community’s residents, which includes playing golf at Trillium Links, one of the best courses in western North Carolina, enjoying a pool, indoor and outdoor tennis, croquet, two restaurants, a massage room, and a chapel.

Club Lodges at TrilliumIncorporated within Bluegreen Vacations’ “fee-based services” business model, current plans for The Club Lodges at Trillium project once completed are anticipated to total 78 units delivered in three phases.

One of the things I find interesting about Bluegreen is the variety of different accommodations offered at some of their resorts. Among these are villas, RV pads with furnished patios, custom-built yurts, or for the ultimate in accommodations, Presidential suites. Trillium is one of their locations offering Presidential suites.

This is really a pretty resort in a lovely location. I predict it’s going to be very popular!

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” –Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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Texas USA Timeshare News: August 20, 2016

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

GRUENE: “Green”. Here in Texas it’s pronounced “Green”. Not Gru-en, Greenie, Gruunie, or Grun. Just plain Green”, as in the color of grass. Gruene is a historic district of New Braunfels, which in turn is in the famed Texas Hill Country just 40 miles south of Austin and 25 miles north of San Antonio.

Once upon a time an actual town, Gruene is small, quaint, full of charm, restaurants, shops, music, festivals, and more. It sits upon the banks of the Guadalupe River, where visitors can enjoy whitewater rafting, floating, or just relaxing.

Got all that? I bring it up because there’s a new fractional ownership resort in Gruene that is currently under development and in active sales, by which I mean they’re offering pre-construction prices. It’s called the Old Mill Resort at Gruene, and the plan is to include 32 two- and three-bedroom condominiums to sell in 3-week fractions (they wouldn’t say no if you wanted more), with a maximum of 17 owners per unit. All units are fully furnished, of course, with Whirlpool appliances, solid wood interior doors, soft closed cabinetry, wrap around porches and more, and they come with the use of the recreation center, pool, and fitness center.

They have recently cut an exclusive deal with DAE (Dial an Exchange) for timeshare exchange purposes. This affiliation will provide Old Mill owners with an extensive array of benefits by combining DAE’s core exchange program with upgraded Gold Advantage benefits – giving their owners priority status on exchange requests, advance booking privileges on new inventory as well as discounts on DAE products and services.

That’s some Johnny-on-the-spot action by DAE, wouldn’t you say?

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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United Kingdom Timeshare News: August 20, 2016


SCOTLAND: If any of you own at Hilton Grand Vacations’ venerable Craigendarroch Resort in Ballater, Royal Deeside then this particular renovation notice might be of importance to you.

It’s all about bathrooms, you see. And bathrooms are very important in the grand scheme of things. An outdated bathroom that is not up to snuff or — worse — that is dirty and creepy is a major black mark on visitors’ lists. Especially for women, whose first stop in any hotel or timeshare unit is often the bathroom and woe to the resort that offers inferior toilet paper!

But I digress. The thing is this: The contracts division of Laings, a luxury kitchen, bathroom and bedroom specialist, has spent a whopping four years to complete the total renovation of 194 bathrooms at Craigendarroch, which includes 32 luxury suites in the original hotel as well as the 99 lodges on the grounds of the resort.

The project was done in four phases, working around the needs of the resort and its guests in such a manner as to create as little disturbance or inconvenience as possible. I’ve seen photos of some of the refurbished bathrooms and they look very impressive.

I’m assuming the toilet paper is of similar quality. In a place like this only the best will do…

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” –Alice Roosevelt Longworth
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Timeshare Morning Meeting: August 20, 2016

This week’s timeshare sales tip:

The Asses:

REMEMBER: With the summer holiday season now in its final days in most parts of the northern hemisphere, this is a good time to remember that as far as a timeshare rep is concerned (or should be) it doesn’t matter if the SM, PD, VP of Sales or the developer is a card carrying Ass because the ONLY thing that really matters is the very next sales guest.

That sales guest is in fact the ‘boss’, the big Kahuna, the ‘in-crowd’, the decision maker (if you will), and it is that person who has the power of signature that can change a timeshare rep’s world with the mere stroke of the pen.

When the timeshare rep gives each sales guest 150% of their time, talent, energy, knowledge and expertise and treats them all with respect and with their best interests at heart, the prospect will pick up on that every time and that equates into more sales!

So put on the blinders to the ‘surroundings’ at the sales center and avoid all the negative reps and other Asses like they carry the Bubonic Plague. Concentrate instead solely on each sales guest, all the while accentuating the positive, eliminating the negative (from the mind) and by doing so every time the savvy Timeshare Pro will beat the ‘Asses’ at their own game and laugh all the way to the bank.

Join us for a pithy morning meeting timeshare sales tip of the week, originally published in InsideTheGate.com, to help you to greater success in selling timeshare. Brief and to the point, these sales training tips are designed to get you thinking, to expand your knowledge, to help you to become all that you can be in the timeshare sales arena.

Whether you’re an industry veteran or a green pea, it never hurts to brush up on your skills!

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Idle Timeshare Thoughts: August 20, 2016

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QUOTABLE QUOTES: “I have an idea that the phrase ‘weaker sex’ was coined by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm.” –Ogden Nash

Recently I got to thinking about how many independent timeshare companies there used to be that have since gone the way of the Dodo bird. Some just folded, some were purchased by other, bigger, branded timeshare companies, but whatever happened to them the end result is that so many smaller companies simply no longer exist as separate entities. Some that come to mind are:

  • Epic Resorts
  • ILX
  • Kosmas Resorts
  • Tempus Resorts
  • Pacific Monarch
  • Island One
  • Point to Point Destinations
  • Gold Key Resorts
  • Silverleaf
  • Escapes!
  • Shell Vacations
  • Trendwest/WorldMark
  • Equivest Vacation Club (Peppertree Resorts)
  • Club Intrawest
  • And…?

Add Sunterra and Fairfield to those, which were purchased by Diamond Resorts and Cendant/Wyndham respectively to become the foundations upon which those two companies built their timeshare empires. In fact several of the companies listed above have since been merged into either Diamond or Wyndham, making them even BIGGER.

And now a rumor is circulating that Wyndham is buying the venerable Berkley Group, which includes the Vacation Village Resorts and its affiliates. I repeat that this is a RUMOR, unsubstantiated, so don’t put too much faith in it. But if it did turn out to have legs, I think it would be a shame.

The timeshare industry isn’t actually getting smaller, it’s just consolidating into a few mega entities that makes for less competition. That may be a good thing for the companies involved, but it’s not necessarily good for consumers or, for that matter, the sales and marketing reps who toil in the industry. It removes much valuable diversity.

That’s just my opinion, of course. I could be wrong.

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” –Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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Timeshare KUDOS: August 20, 2016

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There’s no shortage of KUDOS that need to be offered this week! Read on.

Orange Lake Resorts, home to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand, is proud of the fact that its flagship Orange Lake Resort property in Kissimmee, FL has earned its 25th RCI Gold Crown Resort designation. That’s it’s 25th consecutive Gold Crown award. As in continual. In a row.

Since RCI launched the Gold Crown Resort program in 1992 only 46 resorts worldwide, including Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort, have received the Gold Crown Resort award every year.

That ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at!

applause KUDOS!

Breckenridge Grand Vacations employees and their families and friends joined other Summit County, CO volunteers and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District to maintain the trail systems in and around Breckenridge. This year was the first time that BGV’s new philanthropic program, BGV Gives, was in existence to help coordinate the trail repairs with FDRD. These groups came together for their most recent volunteer efforts on July 30th and 31st, which resulted in notable restorations along the Spruce Creek Trail, located just a few miles south of town.

Following an assessment of which areas needed the most attention, 16 volunteers comprised of FDRD staff, BGV employees, families, friends and locals donated their time, energy and resources towards a weekend of cleaning trails, transplanting trees and closing trails that were created in sensitive areas. The next day another group of 20 volunteers continued laboring on the Spruce Creek Trail and were able to complete work on a drainage system. The fruits of their labor were brought to life when some rain allowed them to see that the drainage dips they’d worked so hard on were indeed successful.

As Breckenridge Grand Vacations has pointed out there are a multitude of ways to get involved locally and help preserve the environment. If you live in Summit County, for instance, visit FDRD’s website here and see the calendar with links to signups and more information. All opportunities are open to the public and directly benefit the Summit County community.

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Wyndham Vacation Ownership was recently recognized by Orlando Business Journal as one of the “Healthiest Employers in Central Florida” for the company’s commitment to wellness in the workplace. With nine Central Florida timeshare resorts, a corporate headquarters office and more than 3,000 associates across the region, Wyndham’s “Be Well Services” are dedicated to programs that focus on nutrition, exercise, lifestyle management, physical and emotional wellness, financial health and the quality of the environment in which associates work and live. This is no small thing; just look at what is provided!

To help associates lead healthier lifestyles while balancing family, work and other responsibilities, WVO offers several resources such as weight management, stress reduction and work/life balance education programs. The on-site Be Well Health Services facility at the company’s Orlando headquarters provides a board certified nurse practitioner for associates to utilize completely free of charge. In addition to providing convenient care, there is no cost to associates to access the clinic that provides care for minor illnesses, annual wellness screenings and ongoing health monitoring services. Be Well Services also facilitates quarterly blood drives with the mobile Blood Bank, in-house breast cancer screenings, and skin cancer screenings.

Additional “Be Well” perks include a no cost on-site fitness center, health fairs and biometric screenings and flu vaccines. An Employee Assistance Program (EAP), administered by Cigna Behavioral Health, is available via a toll-free phone number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Topics covered include health and wellness, legal consultation, and financial services and referrals. Some topics are available as webinars, allowing associates to access and participate in sessions as their schedules allow.

How does your vacation ownership measure up to that?

applause KUDOS!

Rosewood Tucker’s Point, the site of Bermuda’s first-ever fractional ownership clubs, has once again been certified by Green Globe, a world leader in certification of sustainable travel and tourism businesses. Rosewood Tucker’s Point first obtained the recognition in 2012 and is the only member in Bermuda. The certification process requires properties to follow a rigorous collection of 337 compliance indicators applied to 41 individual criteria in areas of sustainable management, social/economic, cultural heritage and environmental. Standards range from conserving resources to the incorporation of local culture to employee training regarding their role in environmental, sociocultural, health and safety practices.

In North, Central and South America, including the Caribbean, there are currently 147 members of Green Globe and Rosewood Tucker’s Point is now in the Top Ten. The property shares the 8th position across the Americas, including the Caribbean, and also shares the 6th position amongst the Caribbean members.

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Global Connections, a pioneer in the travel club industry, announced that Club Loco, a distributor of its travel club product Global Discovery Vacations, has donated $3,000 to Teen Angels, an organization which helps homeless and underprivileged high school teens. A portion of the monies donated will be used to start the Teen Angels program in North Myrtle Beach Middle School and the balance will be used for the existing program in North Myrtle Beach High School.

Teen Angels, a non-profit organization, is headed by Renee Hembree and based at North Myrtle Beach High School. This organization assists these kids in both the local high school and the middle school by providing schoolbooks, yearbooks, personal care products, transportation to dentists and doctors, and other small items so that these students can stay in school and have a better future. Teen Angels further offers assistance with college expenses for its youth that have been successful in this program.

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KUDOS and a tip of the hat to them all!

If you have a KUDOS you’d like to share with the timeshare community, send it to [email protected] I’d love to include it!

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Getting BIGGER: August 20, 2016

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staySky Vacation Clubs, created just a couple of years ago and run by timeshare industry veteran Jack Chevrier, has gotten BIGGER enough that they needed more space. So they have relocated both the Vacation Club Division and staySky® Resort Management Division to larger and more modern office space at the Kirkman Point Professional Park building in Orlando.

Located in the newly constructed 4-story Office Building that is part of the larger Kirkman Point development project, the company’s new office is comprised of approximately 12,400 square feet of space and will allow for several of its divisions to combine their talent pool and resources.

The new location will also provide the growing company with potential for national growth, with their Sales & Marketing division synergizing their efforts with the Reservations & Telemarketing division to further promote the company’s line of Vacation Club products

staySky® Vacation Clubs is a membership-based program offering vacations worldwide in addition to its own four Orlando, Florida-based resorts: Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista, staySky® Suites-I Drive Orlando, and Enclave Suites.

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has made affiliate resort Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket available for WorldMark the Club owners to book. The resort is now accepting reservations for upcoming vacations.

The 213-room Sea Pearl is the debut property in the new CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA, which is the latest addition to the extensive Wyndham Vacation Ownership portfolio. This is the first Wyndham branded, mixed-use property in Asia, with 30 newly refurbished apartments that were purchased for CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA.

The resort will offer CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA members (and WorldMark the Club members) eight room types, including Deluxe Private Pool Villas and Deluxe Jacuzzi Rooms. Onsite facilities include four restaurants and bars; a multipurpose hall for meetings and events complete with catering; and a five-star day spa offering a range of lavish treatments.

There is also a state-of-the-art fitness centre boasting a 35-metre lap pool, fully-equipped gym, yoga room and kids’ club. Resort services include a free scheduled shuttle to Patong Beach and Jungceylon shopping precinct; as well as concierge and limousine services.

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