Daily Archive: 03/31/2012

Odds and Ends: March 31, 2012


It being April Fool’s Day tomorrow, I thought I would point out to you the Gate’s Off Topic story about The Best April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time. The first one involves a 1957 British newscast about a bumper crop of spaghetti in southern Switzerland, which showed film of young women picking spaghetti from …

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Video of the Week: March 31, 2012

Especially for Tom, here is LCD Soundsystem, fronted by American singer-songwriter and producer James Murphy, performing their big hit All My Friends. Is it good? Well, “All My Friends” was named the #1 Single of 2007 by Pitchfork Media. In 2009, Pitchfork listed the song at #2 of their Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s. …

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Eastern USA: March 31, 2012

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FLORIDA: BOCA RATON: The good news is that Bluegreen Corporation’s losses narrowed in the fourth quarter as revenue grew 34 percent. The company lost $135,000 on revenue of $98 million, but it lost $23.7 million on revenue of $73.2 million in the same period a year ago. Its revenue increase was due to the sale …

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Midwest and Southern USA: March 31, 2012

GEORGIA: ATLANTA: The Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection (“OCP”), has entered into settlements with a pair of timeshare transfer/”postcard” companies that provide timeshare transfer and lien release services to consumers in all 50 states and Canada, including Georgia. The companies are Safe Hands Transfers, LLC and Direct Transfers, LLC, and they stood accused of employing …

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Western USA: March 31, 2012


NEVADA: LAS VEGAS: Just in time for the big ARDA hoorah, Hilton Grand Vacations Club has erected its sign atop the newly-named Elara resort (formerly PH Towers by Westgate). Sorry I don’t have a picture, but it’s a really BIG sign and it took a really BIG crane to get it up there and it …

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International: March 31, 2012

CANADA: BARRIE, ONTARIO: In 2008 Skyline International Development bought the Horseshoe Resort near Barrie, which shares grounds with Carriage Hills though the two resorts are owned separately. The company announced big plans to develop the entire resort into a mini-Blue Mountain, and very quickly the timeshare owners at Lodges at Horseshoe began to see an …

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Morning Meeting: March 31, 2012

Join us for a pithy morning meeting timeshare sales tip of the week, originally published in InsideTheGate.com, to help you to greater success in selling timeshare. Brief and to the point, these sales training tips are designed to get you thinking, to expand your knowledge, to help you to become all that you can be …

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Idle Thoughts: March 31, 2012

QUOTABLE QUOTES: “A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.” – J.P. Morgan I got nothin’ this week, so I thought I’d entertain you with this video of SNL’s Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) on “The Secret of Life”. 1980. Don’t forget to laugh this week… Do …

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The Grapevine: March 31, 2012

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Is there any truth to the rumor— that Westgate Owners Membership Cards have been printed out by VLO/Contracts staff from at least one Westgate resort in the Western USA and given to reps to show to their tours so they can see these sales reps own timeshare at Westgate? Not that this practice is anything …

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Getting BIGGER: March 31, 2012

Interval International has added two new properties to its exchange network, located in Colombia and Italy. La Gran Reserva Anapoima, in Colombia, is located on the outskirts of the exclusive tourist destination of Anapoima, southwest of Bogota. The master-planned community will feature 69 fractional villas. It is being built by well-respected developer Constructora Bolívar S.A. …

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