Facebook Page Has Taken on a Life of Its Own
SANTO DOMINGO, DR (May 7, 2013) –– Occidental Vacation Club (OVC) Members have taken the initiative to put together their own Facebook Page to share everything from operational questions (“Can someone help me understand bonus time?”) to membership perks.
OVC itself maintains its own blog site www.occidentalvacationclub/sharethejoy which is chock full of Club, Caribbean and general travel information. As good as it is, it still can’t compete with the vibrant members only Facebook Page.
The page was started by Angela Simonelli Yost, an OVC member from Oakhurst, New Jersey who explains she “started this page several years ago, long before OVC entered the world of social media.”
She says “I wanted to connect with other members to exchange information. I wanted to hear from my ‘peers’ about the resorts, the staff, the units, etc… I wanted a better understanding of how to maximize my benefits and enjoyment of the … investment that I had just made.”
Now the page has taken on a life of its own, with a member administrator and OVC employees jumping in to clarify details from time to time. The “man in charge” on a day-to-day basis is Michael Barca from Lindenhurst, New York, who, along with founder Angela, is responsible for growing the membership on the page. In fact, since April 2012 the number of members has increased by nearly 200% with more being added on a daily basis. Angela says that “for the last nine months Mike’s knowledge of timesharing and OVC has been a cornerstone of our successful page.”
Cindy Harper, who has been a member for 15 years and hales from Sibley, Iowa says the FB page is one of her favorite things about the Club. “I’ve met and become friends with so many members. From what I hear all the OVC resorts are wonderful. We seem to kind of be in a rut, and return to the same resorts every year. I have 3 favorite resorts, Xcaret, Allegro Playa and my newest Allegro Cozumel. I can’t say enough about all of them.”
If you read through the posts you’ll see that most agree with member Priscilla Day Haynes who says “we love the hospitality. We always feel like we are the “only” special guests in the entire resort even though we know other club members are vacationing at the same time!”
Recommendations vary from “so you are going to Coz? Allegro or Occidental? You will love it, all the way around. One of the Maître D’ Ladies, used to greet us every breakfast and dinner, and walk us arm and arm to our table, so very welcoming and warm” to help vacationing with an aging parent who is physically challenged: “resort is small not a lot of walking your mom should be able to get around without any trouble. It is a beautiful resort and the first club staff are great. We did the Puerto Vallarta city tour not a lot of walking mostly on the bus.”
The real time, spontaneous testimonials can range from humorous (“I swore I wouldn’t upgrade from First Club to Grand Level, but couldn’t help myself”) to shout outs to employees: “Madeleine Mason, Daniel Guedea & Karina are wonderful! Love when Danny says, ‘Welcome home!’ Freddie, the bartender at the swim-up bar is one of our favorites!” Others reinforce why they purchased a membership in the first place: “Family bonding time is PRICELESS! My daughters, who normally hang out with their friends, rather than each other, become joined at the hip while on vacation. It’s all about having fun and making wonderful memories.”
Reading the comments on the Facebook OVC First Club Member page makes most anyone want to take a vacation. From candid photos of smiling families to grinning concierge staff, the power of social media is clearly evident. This is clearly the true meaning of a Club, where people have something in common and share the experience together.
The club has 11 resorts located in Aruba, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, and Mexico. It has recently affiliated 18 Club La Cala properties in Europe to enhance the vacation experiences of its more than 23,000 members. The all-inclusive clubs feature limitless meals and snacks, á la carte dining in specialty restaurants including unlimited alcoholic beverages; sports (including tennis on a lighted court, water polo, aqua aerobics, and kayaking where available), use of the fitness center and more. Daily entertainment and a supervised Kids Club (ages 4 – 12) are also part of the package, as well as nightly shows and live entertainment and all taxes and gratuities.
Although the resort is part of a Vacation Club which offers exclusive features and amenities to its members, it is open to the public for all-inclusive vacations. For information on rates and specials, as well as vacation club membership, go to: http://tinyurl.com/OccidentalVC. US and Canadian callers may call 1-888-538-8048. For more international numbers email firstname.lastname@example.org Follow on Twitter @OccidentalVC facebook.com/occidentalvacationclub Or check out the online blog at http://sharethejoy.occidentalvacationclub.com/
Contact: Stefan Bolta 809-487-5715
Media: Georgi Bohrod 619-255-1661