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Weekly Wisecrack: November 25, 2017

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The Case of the Missing Sales Manager

With the Thanksgiving festivities out of the way easy going Bill is sleeping off his last turkey sandwich on a late night flight to the Dominican Republic. As he wings his way to the D.R. he has high hopes of cashing in on the next high season and those huge commissions he was guaranteed to earn, mostly from selling all those ‘Laydowns’ with deep pockets vacationing there who are eagerly buying massive amounts of points.

Sadly, and unbeknownst to Bill, the sales manager who lured & hired him via e-mail ‘chats’ suddenly, without notice and for unknown reasons found it necessary to immediately depart the tropical Nation on the very next flight out so when Bill arrives there later this morning there will be no housing waiting for him, no job and as for being reimbursed for his one-way airline ticket – sorry Amigo!



The Weekly Wisecrack is primarily (but not always) a snarky look inside the workings of the timeshare industry, usually from the viewpoint of sales and marketing representatives. Do you have a different point of view? Leave your own caption in the Comments if you’re so inclined…
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Timeshare Odds and Ends: November 25, 2017

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NOW HIRING SALES REPS, HEAVY HITTERS AND CLOSERS! ONLY THE BEST NEED APPLY! MAKE $75 PER DEAL! UNLIMITED INCOME! ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY! $$$$$$$$$$$! (No experience necessary will train right person.)

You’ve all seen ads like that in places like Craigslist, right? roll eyes

So what would you say if you saw an ad promising nearly $1 Million per year as a timeshare sales rep? Would you get massively excited and start packing your bags or would you think “puffery” and be suspicious?

So what’s the Scoop?. That’s what I want to know! See Scoop du Jour: Holy Commissions, Batman!



Here are some stats about California’s travel segment for you marketing types to ponder over the weekend.

Direct impacts represent earnings attributable to travel expenditures made directly by travelers at businesses across the state, while indirect impacts are from earnings associated with industries that supply goods and services to tourism businesses.

  • Direct travel-related spending in California totaled $126.3 billion in 2016.
  • Direct travel-generated employment neared 1.1 million, a 3.1 percent increase over 2015.
  • Travel-generated tax revenue topped $10.3 billion.
  • Room demand increased by 1.8 percent.
  • Visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased by 7.2 percent.
  • $6 out of $10 spent at local visitor destinations were attributable to residents of other states and countries.
  • The GDP of the California travel industry was $68.6 billion in 2016, which represents about 2.5 percent of the total GDP of the state

You’re welcome.




TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Have you seen the world yet?

Where are YOU going this year?

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Weekly Jukebox: November 25, 2017

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♪ ♫ Well I was born an original sinner.
I was borne from original sin.
And if I had a dollar bill
For all the things I’ve done
There’d be a mountain of money
Piled up to my chin…

Here is the British pop music duo Eurythmics, Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, performing Missionary Man, from their sixth album Revenge. The harmonica solos by Jimmy Zavala will blow your mind! The stunning Joniece Jamison performs backup vocals.

How good were they? The duo have won an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1984, the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1987, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1999, and in 2005 were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Eurythmics have sold an estimated 75 million records worldwide. In 2017, the group was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

I wonder why this song has not been covered more often by other atists?

What are YOU listening to tonight? And what would you like to see here?



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Timeshare Financial News: November 25, 2017

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Anantara Vacation Club, Asia’s leading luxury vacation ownership company, has sustained strong sales momentum for the fourth consecutive quarter, with revenue growth of almost 30% year over year in 3Q17.

Anantara Vacation Club is part of Minor Hotels, an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with 155 hotels in operation. Minor reports a net profit of Baht 2,322 million in 9M17, a 21% increase from 9M16 core net profit of Baht 1,922 million. For 3Q17, Minor’s net profit of Baht 673 million represented a 20% increase from 3Q16 net profit of Baht 561 million, largely due to robust sales from AVC.

AVC sustained strong sales momentum for the fourth consecutive quarter since the introduction of its new sales model in 2015, with revenue growth of almost 30% YOY in 3Q17. With the high operating-leverage nature of the business, net profit of Anantara Vacation Club grew exponentially YOY in 3Q17. For the remainder of 2017 and going into 2018, Minor Hotels remains confident in its performance, expecting AVC to continue to boost revenue and earnings growth of the hospitality business going forward.

Minor International is a global company focused on three core businesses: restaurants, hospitality and lifestyle brands distribution. It is one of Asia’s largest restaurant companies with over 2,000 outlets operating system-wide in 18 countries under The Pizza Company, Swensen’s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Thai Express, The Coffee Club, BreadTalk (Thailand) and Riverside brands. The company is also a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of 156 hotels and serviced suites under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana Collection, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. It is one of Thailand’s largest distributors of lifestyle brands focusing primarily on fashion, home and kitchenware and contract manufacturing. Its brands include Gap, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Esprit, Bossini, Etam, Charles & Keith, Pedro, Radley, Anello, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Joseph Joseph and ETL Learning. Bemynt is MINT’s e-commerce platform offering premium fashion and lifestyle products.



Bluegreen Vacations Corporation and its parent company, BBX Capital Corporation jointly announced Nov. 21 the closing of the initial public offering of Bluegreen Vacations’ common stock. Bluegreen sold 3,736,723 shares and a wholly owned subsidiary of BBX Capital sold 2,761,925 shares as a selling shareholder. Bluegreen Vacations’ net proceeds from the offering are estimated to be approximately $47.2 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses. The net proceeds to BBX Capital from the sale of shares by its wholly owned subsidiary are estimated to be approximately $36.0 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions. Bluegreen Vacations’ common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on November 17, 2017 under the symbol “BXG”.

In connection with the offering, BBX Capital’s wholly owned subsidiary has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 974,797 shares of Bluegreen Vacations’ common stock. BBX Capital Corporation owns approximately 90% of Bluegreen Vacations’ outstanding common stock.

Not a bad day’s work, as the saying goes.



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California USA Timeshare News: November 25, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> WESTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

SAN DIEGO: Kyle Miholich is really ticked off at Welk Resorts. How ticked off is he? Enough to file a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Welk and several marketing companies.

And what did those companies allegedly do to raise Mr. Miholich’s ire? He says they called him. Incessantly. Against his wishes and even after he told them to stop – incessantly.

According to the complaint, Miholich and other similarly situated consumers have suffered from a barrage of phone calls received from Welk Resort Group Inc., Soleil Communications Inc., Does 1-10, ABC Corporations 1-10 and ZYZ LLC 1-10 in their attempt to lure him (and other plaintiffs) to attend a timeshare sales presentation. Miholich alleges they violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act through intrusive and unwanted calls AND failed to provide him a written copy of their do not call policy, contacted him without express consent, and unlawfully utilized an automatic telephone dialing system and/or an artificial or pre-recorded voice.

Besides making them stop calling, what does he want from the US Justice System? He’s asking for a trial by jury, that the case be certified as a class action, $500 in statutory damages for each violation, $1,500 in statutory damages for each willful violation, and all further relief the court deems just and proper. They are represented by attorney Dante T. Pride of The Pride Law Firm in San Diego.

Moral to this story: If you see his name on your phone list, DO NOT CALL!

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California case number 17-cv-02240



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Hawaii USA Timeshare News: November 25, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> WESTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

O’AHU: Word on the street is that Blackstone Group has agreed to purchase the iconic Turtle Bay Resort for $330 million. For its investment Blackstone will reportedly receive 1,300 acres of land on Oahu’s North Shore that includes the 450-room resort, two golf courses, farmland, and entitlements to construct 725 more homes and rooms on undeveloped portions of the property. However, if current agreements between the government, the community and current owners stand, 1,000 acres would be protected from development. That would leave a total of 300 acres available for development, including the existing buildings. That’s still a lot of acres.

Turtle Bay Resort, OahuStill retained by the owner is oceanfront land on opposite sides of the existing hotel proposed for an estimated $370 million project with up to 100 homes plus 625 rooms in two hotel or timeshare properties.

You may wonder why I even mention this since the addition of timeshare there is so uncertain. Well, it’s because hope springs eternal and Turtle Bay’s location overlooking Kuilima Cove is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Some type of shared ownership there would be a blessing.

At any rate, the deal is expected to close in December. Stay tuned.



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Mexico Timeshare News: November 25, 2017

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BAJA: Last September I ran a post about the Wunder family’s downfall in Colorado. The post started out this way: “Back in 2013 the Colorado Attorney General sued Sea to Ski Vacations, Traditions Travel Group, and four members of the Wunder family who own and operate those travel clubs, for being dishonest about the travel deals they sell. Yeah, I know, ‘quelle suprise’, right?”

The judgement against them not only ordered the Wunders to cease all business activities, it also permanently barred them from owning or working for any company that sells timeshares, condominium reservations, hotel reservations, airline tickets, or cruise line reservations. And it put them on the hook for $7 Million for defrauding consumers.

At the end of that post I noted that Attorney General Cynthia Coffman was concerned that the Wunders might be continuing their operations in other states. She believes they are continuing to charge consumers’ credit cards using a web of LLCs and aliases to mask their business activities. According to the AG, the Wunders registered and operated businesses in Arizona, California, Colorado, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming to hide their identities and squeeze as much money from unwitting consumers as they could.

Coffman asked that if anyone has “any information about any of these individuals or any companies they may be operating,” we should let her know.

Guess what? We have discovered that Andrew Wunder, operating out of San Diego, CA is setting up (and recruiting for) a new vacation club in Mexico, with its first location to be Rosarito Beach, then Cabo San Lucas, then Bajamar, then Valle se Guadelupe, though the beginnings of a website for the company also mentions Ensenada, Cancun and San Miguel de Allende as well as San Diego and Anaheim in California. The name of the new business is Voyage Vacation Club.

California has no record of a registered business entity by the name of Voyage Vacation Club, but perhaps it’s registered somewhere else? Or is a fictitious business name that hasn’t yet been registered? Or perhaps it’s a Mexican corporation?

A contact person for the Club, as shown on their website, is someone named Tim Jacobson, but make no mistake: This is definitely an Andy Wunder operation.

Are other members of the family involved? Maybe his wife Bethany?

If you are wundering (see what I did there? deal ) about what this is really all about, you can get the details of the lawsuit against them here. You’ll get quite an eyeful.

IMPO, considering the extensive and shady background of the Wunders in the vacation/travel club and timeshare businesses, if you are approached by that company you might be well advised to follow that old adage of let the buyer beware…

Just sayin’…



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Bermuda Timeshare News: October 28, 2017

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

HAMILTON PARISH: The financially troubled Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel and Resort was sold to the Miami-based firm Gencom in May 2017 and taken out of receivership, and Gencom recently unveiled its plans for the resort.

The 200-acre resort remains under the management of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, which has managed the property since 2011, and a spokeswoman for Rosewood said the transition to new ownership will not have an impact on the staff, operations or overall guest experience.

Except, that is, for the fact that the resort is being closed for what Gencom calls “a comprehensive $25 million reimagination” that will completely revamp the entire property. Gencom will also commit to additional follow-on obligations for future development.

The new and improved version of the resort will reopen in April 2018.

Of particular interest to us is that as part of the renovation Gencom will unveil and sell fully renovated fractional ownership units branded as the Tucker’s Point Private Residence Club. The Residence Clubs as currently configured offers five-week deeded ownership in two superb locations: Harbour Court and Golf Villas. Both private clubs are centrally located and easily accessible to Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa, golf, beach and tennis.

The company also plans to develop, market and sell branded and unbranded luxury real estate properties including townhomes, single-family homes, villas and condo-hotel units oriented toward the waterfront and golf course.

Gencom is also currently selling ocean front lots and lots oriented towards to golf course for luxury home development.



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Idle Timeshare Thoughts: November 25, 2017

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QUOTABLE QUOTES: “The problem with most salespeople is that they talk too much. If every time they opened their mouths they asked a question, they would close more sales.” —Marc Wayshak



 

We hear about this issue a lot from people who don’t get fed on the line, but how about another view?

I’m a sales line rep at a resort in Orlando and am consistently in the top 10, sometimes even number one for the month. Like other resorts, we have different types of tours that come in on each wave, some of course being better than others (more qualified to buy bigger tickets). The sales managers used to be able to pick out the higher income tours and give them to the more experienced, higher closing reps. Now that a few of the lower reps have quit they have come back and made a stink about not getting their fair shots.

The resort now has to adhere to a strict rotation and no one is happy. Sales are down, avg. price is down, etc. How can this be allowed? Word is that this is a legal issue but is this true? Can’t a developer decide to give out tours to who we want, especially when it’s based on performance? Can’t a business allocate its scarce resources as it sees best fit? We want it back the way it was and aren’t sure how to approach this. Any ideas? The bottom of the line may be fine with this but how about the top of the line? I once heard that 90% of the business is written by the top 10%. Let us know what you think.

Love line, anyone? 😉



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Getting BIGGER: November 25, 2017

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Interval International and West Bay Hospitality, a subsidiary of investment firm Singerman Real Estate, have entered into a multiyear affiliation agreement for the Grand Caymanian Resort. The mixed-use property has an established vacation ownership program and is located in the Cayman Islands’ North Sound.

The one- and two-bedroom units feature fully equipped kitchens, dining and living areas, whirlpool tubs in each bathroom, TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Guests can enjoy numerous on-site amenities and services, including a restaurant and lounge, a swimming pool, tennis courts, beach volleyball, a variety of water sports, a dive shop, a private boat dock, and a full activities program. The resort is conveniently located across the North Sound from Stingray City.

West Bay Hospitality has retained New York-based Boutique Real Estate Advisors LLC to oversee the sales and marketing of Grand Caymanian Resort’s shared ownership component.



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