MIAMI, FL (October 16, 2012) — Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, and participating Caribbean-based member resorts, donated $20,000 to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation. Neil Kolton, Interval’s director of resort sales and service for the Caribbean and Florida, presented foundation executives with the contribution during this week’s CTO State of the Industry Conference held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino.
“Interval extends its gratitude to the resorts that have generously supported the foundation’s education initiatives during the past decade,” said Kolton. “More than $200,000 has been given to this important cause, enabling many Caribbean nationals to advance their careers in tourism.”
“The tourism sector is a major economic driver in the Caribbean, so it is essential to provide access to higher education that helps develop a skilled local workforce. This in turn enhances the region’s competitive position,” said Hugh Riley, secretary general of CTO. “We commend Interval and its resort partners for being one of the largest financial supporters of the foundation. The donation will greatly assist us in awarding additional scholarships to deserving individuals.”
The 33 resorts across 11 countries that participated in this year’s fundraising for the CTO Foundation include:
Antigua – Tranquility Bay Antigua
Aruba – Aruba Beach Club, Caribbean Palm Village Resort, La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club, Paradise Beach Villas, Playa Linda Beach Resort, and Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Bahamas – Island Seas Resort and Ocean Reef Resort and Yacht Club
Cayman Islands – Plantation Village Beach Resort, Seven Mile Beach Resort, and The Grand Caymanian Resort
Curaçao – The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort
Dominican Republic – Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort, Coral Costa Caribe, VIK Hotel Cayena Beach, and Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort
Mexican Caribbean – Ocean Spa Hotel
Puerto Rico – Aquarius Vacation Club® at Boquerón Beach and Aquarius Vacation Club® Dorado del Mar Beach and Golf Resort, ESJ Towers, and Hyatt Residence Club
St. John, U.S.V.I. – Starwood Vacation Ownership
St. Kitts – Marriott Vacation Club®
St. Lucia – Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa and Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort & Spa
St. Maarten – Diamond Resorts International®, Mary’s Boon Beach Resort, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina, and The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa
Turks and Caicos – The Alexandra Resort and Spa
CTO’s primary objective is to provide its members with the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization offers specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, and sustainable tourism development.
As a long-standing supporter of the CTO and a board member of the CTO Foundation, Interval is committed to understanding the unique needs of the Caribbean region and providing products and programs tailored to this market.
About Interval International
Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval has an exchange network of approximately 2,700 resorts in more than 75 nations. Through offices in 15 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and about 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.
Interval International, 6262 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143 U.S.A.