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Timeshare Odds and Ends: July 15, 2017


Have you ever gotten a ticket for jaywalking? Spitting on the sidewalk? Wild parking? Speeding? Have you ever checked an “Other” box on any application? Filed for personal bankruptcy? Posted your political or religious views on social media? Do you take contraceptives for a medical reason that has nothing to do with birth control?

Did you spend one night of your exuberant youth in the drunk tank in New Orleans, boopsie, and later got that episode expunged from your record?

Oh you bad bad boy. Your possible future employer wants to know every detail, whether or not it has anything whatsoever to do with your potential job. Turn your head and cough, son.

So what’s the Scoop? Do you think things might have gone a little too far in the anal probing department? But if you leave anything out and future employers discover that spitting incident your job might be on the line? Yeah, well, there oughta be a law. See Scoop du Jour: Unacceptable Social Behavior

Here’s good news and some bad news. Good News: According to the eighth annual Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index, Americans are spending more on summer vacations this year, topping $100 billion for the first time.

The total projected spend on summer vacations, among those confident they’ll take one, is $101.1 billion, up from $89.9 billion in 2016. On average, Americans will spend $1978 on summer vacations, a 10 percent increase from 2016 ($1798), which was an 11 percent rise from 2015 ($1621). Vacationing Millennials (ages 18-34) will spend the least ($1373) this summer, followed by Baby Boomers (ages 55+) ($1865), and Generation Xers (ages 35-54) will spend the most ($2628), on average.

Bad News: Something that needs to be changed is the degree to which Americans think vacationing is important. While they are slightly more confident they’ll take a vacation this year, some are questioning its overall importance. Down a significant six points since last year, the survey found that 59 percent of Americans say that taking an annual vacation is important to them (32 percent very/27 percent somewhat), and one in four (23 percent) say that annual vacations are not at all important to them.

Diamond Resorts’ trademarked motto is “Stay Vacationed”. That’s a pretty good one but we as an industry need to do a better job of talking our products and services up. Of course it might help if everyone got like six weeks of vacation every year (and took it!) instead of the crummy 1 – 2 weeks Americans get (and too much of that left on the table)…


Have you seen the world yet?

Where are YOU going this year? very big grin

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