April 27, 2012 — East coast (USA)-based industry veteran Blake Plumley (aka: Blake Plumlee), who has apparently been out of the timeshare business for some time, recently returned to the ‘biz’ and attempted to introduce a promotion called Exotic Escapes Resorts in the city that has an advertising claim of “What Happens Here Stays Here”.
The details are sketchy and somewhat convoluted but here is what we know so far, and unfortunately the ‘happens here stays here’ doesn’t apply.
On or about February 27, 2012 Blake Plumlee and his wife Julie, a person by the name of Jennifer Nardone and one Danny Keathley registered a newly formed company (Exotic Escapes, Inc.) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The group had apparently reached an agreement with the landmark Las Vegas hotel ‘The Plaza Hotel & Casino’, located downtown at the foot of the Freemont Experience. There, at the rear of the 3rd floor by the elevators of the well known hotel, they were set to operate their newly-formed entity.
It also seems some sort of deal was struck with ‘Living Social’. Like Goupon customers ‘Living Social’ responders would take advantage of a discounted offer that allegedly included $300 of free ‘play’ money at one or more Vegas casinos, a discount on a hotel room and a massage.
But things began to unravel about as quickly as the company and its promotions began. As consumers were posting complaints on some online message boards and complaining to The Plaza, Plumley and his ‘crew’ at Exotic Escapes Resorts soon closed down their operation. As of this writing they are gone, gone, gone.
‘The Gate’ contacted Blake for his feedback on the situation and Plumley said they had indeed closed down the Vegas operation, that refunds had been issued to the approximately 5,000+/- consumers who responded to the promotion and that due to contractual obligations they are currently in arbitration with the ‘business parties’ involved.
There is much more to this story and at this time we are investigating and verifying all the details etc. Blake did tell ‘The Gate’ that although the promotion had once been active no actual selling of anything had taken place because ‘registration’ issues had not been resolved.
The objective of the Plumlee plan, however, may have ultimately lead to the offering and selling of a ‘dirt’ (land) deal, maybe a vacation club, actual homes, timeshare interests, investments or a combination of all at one or more properties located in Costa Rica.
What I will say today is that this project, whatever it actually is or is meant to be, seems to have been a duck or two short of the little web-footed feathered critters being all lined up as is normally required from a statutory-business perspective, and that sort of muddle in itself is often a scarlet-colored waving caveat.
As of this writing ‘The Gate’ did ask Mr. Plumlee, twice and in writing, to submit any additional comments, information, feedback or details, etc. and so far none has been forthcoming.
Personally I’m not yet passing judgment. We’ll see how it all turns out in the wash.
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