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Westgate Resorts completes securitization of timeshare loans
Westgate Resorts completes securitization of timeshare loans
On April 26, 2016, Westgate Resorts completed a securitization through Westgate Resorts 2016-1 LLC (the "Issuer").
Mobile device is top factor in hotel booking
Mobile device is top factor in hotel booking
Results from a global study illuminate changing behaviours among Canadian travelers when finding the right hotel.
Interval International expands benefits for upgraded members
Interval International expands benefits for upgraded members
Interval International has launched an exciting suite of new benefits for upgraded members. They can enjoy access to world-class golf courses and restaurants around the globe, in addition to a variety of specially curated travel and leisure experiences.
Airbnb goes after vacation rental owners with technology push
Airbnb goes after vacation rental owners with technology push
Airbnb is increasing its ability to capture business from the traditional vacation rental industry, with a series of connections with technology providers.
New passport rule could prevent millions of U.K. travellers from entering U.S.
New passport rule could prevent millions of U.K. travellers from entering U.S.
All told, the U.S. and the U.K. have a relatively amiable relationship: Despite jokes about accents and what, exactly, a chip is, London remains a popular destination for American travellers, and the Royal Family holds a special sort of allure for thos...
How toilet tourism can change the world
How toilet tourism can change the world
Every year I love reading about the Ig Nobel Award. This is an international science award that every year recognizes a great truth about humans. If we can make an emotional connection to an issue, we are more likely to do something about it. The ide...
What's trending in the private club industry?
What's trending in the private club industry?
The private club industry has encountered many significant challenges in recent years, one of the biggest being a change in demographics. The average age is considerably lower than 10 years ago. So what do the changing demographics mean for private clubs?
Majority of travellers claim they prefer booking on a mobile device
Majority of travellers claim they prefer booking on a mobile device
Is mobile search and booking really at the point where consumers prefer it to a tablet or desktop device? It appears so.
Jamaica's timeshare legislation takes effect
Jamaica's timeshare legislation takes effect
Efforts to further diversify Jamaica's tourism product have been significantly boosted with the introduction of Timeshare legislation. The Timeshare Vacations Act officially took effect on May 1, 2016 providing unique opportunities for developers and b...
The art of crafting powerful newsletters
The art of crafting powerful newsletters
With today's abundance of data on your customers, it is easier to create personalized emails that help you to achieve your marketing objectives. However, in order to ensure higher conversion rates, there are certain technical and visual guidelines you ...
Skift survey: Donald Trump's presidential bid is bad for his hotel business
Skift survey: Donald Trump's presidential bid is bad for his hotel business
It's long been said that politics is bad for business.
Academic discovers why travellers trust TripAdvisor
Academic discovers why travellers trust TripAdvisor
Information quality is the key to success for travel review websites, which is why TripAdvisor still leads the way, according to an expert from a U.K. business school.
Doing less gets you more when it comes to owning a vacation home
Doing less gets you more when it comes to owning a vacation home
The sharing economy allows individuals to make some extra money by bucking conventional methods and going it alone. However, vacation homeowners who decide to play do-it-yourself host might want to think twice. That's because they may make more money a...
4 weird things that hotels are doing and why they might matter
4 weird things that hotels are doing and why they might matter
Hotels are a popular source for interesting initiatives and promotions. In the past few days, we've seen a handful of new hotel promotions and concepts that seemed to make little sense, at first. Some continue to make little sense at second and third g...
Canadians are still travelling despite instability in tourism hotspots
Canadians are still travelling despite instability in tourism hotspots
Travel industry insiders worried about the impact of global events, such as terrorism and health scares like the Zika virus, have no great cause for concern, according to new research released by Travelzoo Canada. The research shows resilience from Can...
Eco-resort planned for remote area of Yukon's Kluane National Park
Eco-resort planned for remote area of Yukon's Kluane National Park
Kluane First Nation and Parks Canada are developing plans for an eco-tourism resort in the remote Donjek valley of Kluane National Park - a UNESCO wilderness area in the Yukon without road access.
7 charts showing Americans' travel intentions for 2016 and beyond
7 charts showing Americans' travel intentions for 2016 and beyond
Many travel brands believe 2016 will be one of the better years for American travelers for domestic and international trips and spending since the Great Recession began in 2008.
The 10 most highly compensated hotel CEOs of 2015
The 10 most highly compensated hotel CEOs of 2015
Another year, another big windfall for Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn - even if it's about $4.6 million less than the $25.3 million he took home last year.
The 'Brexit' is happening: What will it mean for travellers?
The 'Brexit' is happening: What will it mean for travellers?
In a historic and, for many, shocking vote, Britain has decided to leave the European Union. Here are some guesses on how it will affect travellers, from air fares to the value of the pound.
A snapshot of the vacation-home market
A snapshot of the vacation-home market
Summer is inching closer, but, if the data are accurate, fewer Americans have bought vacation houses lately.
How more and more resorts are making efforts to reduce their eco-impact while keeping luxury alive
How more and more resorts are making efforts to reduce their eco-impact while keeping luxury alive
In an age where consumers are increasingly obsessed with green this-and-that, it's ironic that we quickly abandon our eco ideals as soon as we leave the country. We demand organic, GMO-free kale sourced from a farm whose exact coordinates we can look u...
How hotels can localize their website to compete with Airbnb
How hotels can localize their website to compete with Airbnb
The "Live There" campaign from Airbnb reveals an intention to target a new demographic - after traditionally looking to connect with millennials, it is now marketing to families. The ad is all about Airbnb's proposition that immersive, local experience...
Infographic: Sizing up the U.S. pipeline by brand
Infographic: Sizing up the U.S. pipeline by brand
The U.S. hotel industry had 407,413 branded guestrooms under contract at the end of April, representing an 18 per cent jump over 2015 levels. Take a look at which brands contribute the most rooms to the pipeline.
First economic citizenship real estate project approved in St. Lucia
First economic citizenship real estate project approved in St. Lucia
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has announced the first approved real estate project under the country's Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).