December 7, 2012 — If you subscribe to the ARDA (American Resort Development Association) e-mail updates you’ve received a recent announcement asking participants to join in a webinar on December 12th for some shop-talk about “How are We Aging” (as an industry), specifically referencing what they call “legacy” resorts which are properties that are more than 20 years old, sold out and under HOA control.
So here’s the scoop. Should you not know this webinar is being held and offered by ARDA’s AIF (Arda International Foundation) 501 (c) 3 organization, whose primary mission is to: “Support, conduct and disseminate research and technical studies that will enhance and improve knowledge for the public and the industry, and develop educational resources that will optimize operations, value, acceptance and service for the industry and the public.”
There is of course a fee involved to participate; for non-ARDA members that would be $95 and for members the fee is $75 and ARDA members will also “Earn .25 credits towards” their “ARP or RRP designation” attending the webinar.
During the 1 ½ hour presentation between 3:00 and 4:30 P.M. (EST) next Wednesday the overall theme is “Preserving Our Legacy: How Are Early Timeshares Facing the Future?”
Because I’ve written on this subject on several occasions and now more than 30,000 monthly readers of ‘Inside The Gate’ (many of whom also follow my weekly ‘thoughts’) have read my perspectives on this topic, I will not be participating in this particular webinar but I do encourage others interested in the subject (and credits) to do so and become more involved in the ‘biz’.
All that said, the ARDA AIF organization also states on one of their web pages that “If you have a session you would like to suggest or speakers you would like to hear, please submit your idea”; so keep that in mind if you join in the discussion.
And since I won’t be joining in for this one I will offer up (here) a suggestion this week and that is since everyone in our industry (owners too) pretty much took a serious financial ‘hit’ since the onslaught of the ‘Great Recession’ of 2008 why not make these webinars gratis (at least for the time being) or at least at a much reduced rate?
By doing so and promoting the webinars more aggressively ARDA and AIF could, in time, increase their membership base and especially get more of the ‘grunts’ of the industry (sales/marketing reps) involved in ARDA and ‘their’ futures. To my way of thinking, especially with the new membership fees that could be generated from said effort, it would be a WIN-WIN policy for all parties.
So if you want to participate go here, sign up and become part of the solution(s) because without your participation and voice it will be the same gang calling all the shots.
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