2011 Timeshare Industry Predictions

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As 2010 draws to a close many people are making “best of” lists or “year in review” lists to remember everything that has happened over the past year. I am always astonished when I view these lists as many of the things that happened seem like they took place so long ago yet they happened just in the past year. At Vacation Timeshare Rentals rather than making a year in review list we have decided to look forward to 2011 and make a few predictions about the timeshare and travel industry.

We feel during 2011 the travel industry as whole will see a dramatic increase as families begin feeling more comfortable spending their money on leisure activities. Over the past few years many people have felt the pinch of the downturn in the economy and therefore decided to skip their vacation timeshare plans or travel somewhere closer to home, in the upcoming year we feel families will begin traveling with more frequency as well as be willing to travel across the country. Business travel will also see a dramatic increase in frequency as companies begin to see increased revenue from consumer spending and feel more comfortable sending their employees around the country to conduct business. Secondly we feel the increased travel demand will lead to an increase in timeshare rentals. Since people and businesses will be more likely to travel during 2011 timeshare owners who are trying to rent their timeshare will find their units drawing more interest than over the past few years. Due to the increased demand for rental units owners will also find they are able to increase their asking price, before many owners were trying to simply cover their maintenance fees when renting, there may be a little room for profit in the upcoming year. Finally we expect timeshare resales to remain in the same position they have been for the last couple of years. While travelers will be willing to travel more often they may not feel comfortable enough to commit to purchasing a timeshare and would rather rent a timeshare to make sure the economy continues to stabilize during the next year. While owners will find timeshare rentals increasing in both frequency and price timeshare resales will most likely not follow that trend this year, however resales should be set for increased activity during the following year if the economy continue to grow and people continue to gain a since of security and confidence in it. Owners trying to sell a timeshare should also make sure to list it as available for rent as well, this way they are able to at least cover maintenance fees for the year.

Making predictions is a fun way to look forward to the New Year, what are some of your predictions for 2011?

Posted: December 30th, 2010 under Timeshare Rental, Timeshare Resale, Timeshare Vacations.
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New Year’s Destinations

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It is almost impossible to believe 2010 is about to come to an end, it seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2010 and starting a new decade. Since we are about to begin the New Year we would like for our readers to share some of their top timeshare destinations to ring in the holiday, we will discuss a few of the more popular locations people have suggested as the top places to celebrate the coming of a New Year.

When thinking about New Years destinations the first one coming to many people’s mind is New York. This city receives the most media coverage and is known for the famous ball dropping ceremony held in Times Square. Every year it seems this is event is growing larger and larger; personally I have not been there during this time but have spoken with people who have and say it is an experience they will never forget and recommend celebrating the New Year in New York at least once during a lifetime. Renting a New York timeshare during this celebration provides the perfect balance, you will have a sanctuary to escape the party and crowds however you will also be close enough to the action when the time comes. Las Vegas timeshares are also a hot commodity during this time of year; this city is known for going over the top for any event no matter the size, so one can imagine the New Year celebration will be among the largest and most extravagant parties around the country. Personally I am a huge fan of fireworks and would love to see the show this city puts on during their New Year’s Eve celebration. Another location that would be interesting to visit during this time of year is New Orleans. This city is most famous for its Mardi Gras celebration, however the city also provides a great atmosphere to celebrate the new year. Imagine walking down Frenchman Street or Bourbon Street and seeing people dancing in the street as the sweet tunes of brass bands fill the air. True to the New Orleans style you will most likely see people dressed up in all sorts of interesting costumes and people who are normally fairly reserved throwing their inhibitions to the wind.

While these are some of the more popular destinations they are certainly not the only places to rent a timeshare and celebrate the first day of a new year. What are your favorite timeshare rental locations during this holiday?

Posted: December 28th, 2010 under Timeshare Rental, Timeshare Vacations.
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Holiday Traditions

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We would like to take some time today to discuss some of our readers’ favorite Christmas traditions. At Vacation Timeshare Rentals we do realize not everyone celebrates Christmas, however the vast majority of people in the United States to celebrate this joyful holiday and even if your family does not celebrate it most people are not working and use this time to spend the time off with their family and friends. As we have discussed in previous posts there are many different timeshare rental locations and favored destinations for people around the country, some like to visit the beach timeshares to escape the cold weather while others enjoy hitting the slopes for a skiing or snowboarding adventure, there is also a third group which stays close to home to spend this holiday with their family.

For starters I will describe some of the traditions my family has during this holiday to celebrate and enjoy time with one another. Christmas in my family is really a two day event, on Christmas Eve everyone visits a central location for a celebration with the extended family. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, brothers, and sisters all gather the night before Christmas to exchange gifts, enjoy a huge meal with ever dessert one can imagine, and take the time to visit with one another reminiscing on past Christmas holidays and taking the time to catch up. The crowd will slowly dwindle down as the night goes on and everyone will return to their homes. After celebrating with our extended family on Christmas Eve, my immediate family and I gather for another celebration on Christmas morning. As long as I can remember on Christmas morning we would wake up and immediately start opening presents, most times way to early when my siblings and I were young. After the whirlwind of exchanging and opening gifts occurs everyone pitches in to create the biggest homemade breakfast complete with biscuits and gravy, ham, bacon, eggs, pancakes, and any other special request made by any member in the family. As you can imagine it is a fairly exhausting, but extremely entertaining morning. After cleaning up the huge mess we have made both from opening gifts and making breakfast we normally play a game or watch a movie, one of my favorite Christmas movies is the 1989 Chevy Chase film “Christmas Vacation”, it seems no matter how many times I watch this movie I find myself in tears of laughter by the end. Even though my siblings and I are well into adulthood, we have tried to keep these traditions alive as much as possible, we are unable to spend as much time together for this holiday as we have in the past due to other obligations, but it is always worth the trip down memory lane to reminisce on the times we shared growing up.

As our readers can probably tell my Christmas traditions do not normally involve timeshare travel, however I have always thought it would be fun to take a trip during Christmas as a family. Many families have built their traditions around renting a timeshare during this time of year. If your family like to travel during this time is there a favorite location you have visited that has become a traditional Christmas vacation spot? Please feel free to share with us any of your favorite Christmas traditions.

Posted: December 23rd, 2010 under Timeshare Rental, Timeshare Vacations.
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Its Not Too Late For Christmas Travel

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Many travelers have been planning their Christmas vacation for a number of months now and some people even started planning for holiday travel immediately after the Christmas season last year. We do realize, however, life happens and sometimes planning for a Christmas timeshare vacation can be put in the back of one’s mind in order to take care of daily tasks. Before people know it the week of the holiday has already crept up on them and they may think it is too late to plan a vacation to celebrate the rapidly approaching holiday festivities, however this is not the case.

Travelers who have waited this long to reserve their timeshare lodging for a Christmas vacation may find it actually works in their favor. There are some great last minute timeshare deals all around the country and world for that matter. Most timeshare owners have already paid for this year’s vacation accommodations so if they are unable to travel during this season and still have their unit available most are willing to negotiate the price and pass along huge savings to travelers during this period. The nature of timeshare ownership is such that if an owner does not use a week they own, or rent a timeshare they own, they will lose the money already paid for the accommodation because of this fact many take the stance of receiving some money is better than receiving no money and will take whatever they can get for their timeshare week. The timeshare deals we currently have available for last minute rental range from Florida timeshare rentals on the beach to Colorado timeshares for rent in the mountains, so no matter what you are looking you should be able to find at least one if not multiple options to fit your needs. The best tip we can give someone who is looking for last minute rentals is to keep an open mind, even though there are a large number of last minute deals you may not be able to find the exact timeshare resort or room with the view you were looking for, it is important to be willing to compromise while making sure your minimum requirements for accommodations are fulfilled. Waiting until the last minute to reserve a timeshare unit is always a little bit of a gamble, on one line of thought travelers can find some of the best deals by waiting until the week or so before they travel, on the other hand if the traveler is not open minded and needs a particular type of accommodation they may find themselves unable to secure any lodging.

If you are a person who was interested in traveling during the holidays and thought you had missed the opportunity we would like to invite you to visit our last minute timeshare rentals section, which contains timeshare rentals available within the next month.

Posted: December 21st, 2010 under Timeshare Deals, Timeshare Tips, Timeshare Vacations.
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ARDA Adopts Model Timeshare Resale Act

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People within the timeshare industry are most likely familiar with the organization American Resort Development Association, or ARDA for short, which has been a valued member of the timeshare community since their inception. ARDA has a mission to fight for the rights of everyone involved with the timeshare industry from timeshare resort developers down to timeshare owners. In the past ARDA has been recognized for their efforts to pass legislation and being involved in the government when an issue involves the timeshare industry. ARDA has recognized and fought to stop timeshare resale fraud in the past, recently the organization took another step in this fight against fraudulent activity.

In November of 2010 at their annual fall conference in Washington DC, ARDA’s board of directors voted to adopt a proposed timeshare resale act. The act has been under debate for almost a year, since it has been approved by ARDA and many high level companies in the timeshare industry, state governments will now have a template to use when encountering fraudulent timeshare resale companies who are attempting to scam owners out of their money. The timeshare resale act seeks to outline regulatory restrictions and even impose penalties to company’s who are attempting to defraud owners. The act is rather long but full of good information, if you would like to read it for yourself please visit “ARDA Model Timeshare Resale Act”. A nice summary of the act can be found in the document’s preamble, which we have quoted below:

“The Model requires resale entities to provide reasonable information to consumers, prior to the consumer paying any “consideration” so that consumers can make informed decisions and compare costs and services. Failure to make the required disclosures is an immediate violation of the Act. The Model also poses certain obligations on resale entities that offer or promise to relieve the consumer of the ownership of his or her timeshare or to terminate such ownership. The Model contains a long list of prohibited practices, based on the experiences and reports of consumers as well as various ARDA members. The Model does not include any requirements for consumers, as it should not be any more difficult for them to buy, sell or rent. ARDA recognizes that the truly fraudulent companies will not follow any law so violations of the Model are intended to be punished through government enforcement actions and consumer lawsuits with serious penalties and consumer redress.”

Vacation Timeshare Rentals would like to commend ARDA for taking such initiative and addressing a problem which has been ever increasing during the last few years of this country’s economic downturn. While this act will certainly not stop all criminals from trying to steal from timeshare owners it will at least provide local governments an outline for how to handle these cases. If you’re a timeshare owner you have most likely been contacted by one of these companies, they are at the very least a major annoyance, how do you feel about the proposed timeshare resale act?

Posted: December 17th, 2010 under Timeshare Resale, Timeshare Tips.
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Whats Your Dream Vacation?

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Anyone who loves to travel has most likely spent some time thinking about their dream vacation and the arrangements it would take to make the vacation happen. While most people take some vacation time throughout a given year the vacation of your dreams is not normally a yearly event, however it is something that is very fun to think about and imagine. Since people differ in many different ways one person’s idea of the perfect vacation may vary greatly from another person’s dream getaway. Today we would like or readers to start thinking about their ideal vacation and share it with us.

I will begin the discussion by sharing one my dream vacations, as I have many involving different locations and activities, which I have thought about for a number of years. My dream vacation would take place in the early summer time and take around three weeks to one month. The first leg of my trip would be spent in a Hawaii timeshare, I have never personally been to Hawaii but have seen pictures and heard stories from travelers about the beauty and serenity of these islands. While there some of the activities I would like to explore are taking a helicopter tour of the island, hiking on the island to find some of the most breathtaking views on earth, and visiting the lava fields in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In addition to these activities I would also make sure to have enough time on the islands to participate in my favorite beach timeshare activity, which is simply relaxing on the beach under an umbrella and watching the waves continually come on shore. While visiting Hawaii I would also like to take some time learning about the various customs and unique culture the island life has to offer. After my time on the island is finished I would like to continue westward and visit a country in Asia, possibly acquiring lodging in Japan timeshare or a Taiwan timeshare during my stay in this area. The different cultures and history in Asia have always interested me and I believe would provide the perfect opportunity to explore a completely different way of life. During my time in Asia I would definitely take the time to visit any and all tourist attractions, I normally try to avoid visiting popular tourist locations in the United States, however in a country I know very little about it seems like it would be very educational and help me to understand the culture and history of this area.

What are some of your dream vacation ideas have you already taken your dream vacation if so let us know how it went and if it lived up to your expectations? Are you ready to start planning the perfect holiday getaway, let us help by finding the perfect timeshare rental for your vacation.

Posted: December 15th, 2010 under Timeshare Rental, Timeshare Resorts, Timeshare Vacations.
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Christmas Travel Memories

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With the Christmas holiday just around the corner I began to reflect on some of the trips I have taken in the past around this time of year. Many people will be traveling during this season, most of them to visit their families which they may only see a few times throughout the year. Since most offices are fairly slow during the holiday season many view it as the perfect time to see their families as well as enjoy a fun filled family vacation. Often times the most difficult part of planning a timeshare vacation during this time of year is deciding where to go. For this reason I have decided to post some of my favorite trip ideas for this time of year to give everyone some ideas.

Most of my Christmas travel memories have to do with skiing or snowboarding, when I was younger all of my trips to the mountains were strictly for skiing, however after trying snowboarding I deciding I enjoyed it immensely more than skiing and I have not looked back since. Anyone who has ever been skiing or snowboarding knows the feeling of flying down the mountain on the edge of being out of control is truly unmatched and can bring even the most mature person back to the point of giggling like a small child. While there are many people who would agree that skiing during this time of year would be the perfect relaxing escape I know there is another group who would disagree and feel that visiting a tropical location would be ideal for this time of year, after all most places around the country are beginning to receive very cold temperatures and people are seeking to warm up during their vacation. Beach timeshare vacations during this time of year can be a great way to get away from the cooler temperatures and relax. While I have never visited a tropical location during the winter I know many people love to visit Mexico timeshares during this time of year, in fact the winter months are the most popular for people in the United States to head south to Mexico for vacation.

For myself as many others around the country Christmas day is spent with the family and skipping this important family time is not favored, however no one said you can’t have your things ready to go and leave the day after Christmas or even on Christmas day after all family activities. As briefly mentioned above the week between Christmas and New Year’s is normally not a very busy one for many offices and supervisors seem to be generous in giving time off to employees during the last week of the year. No matter what your idea of the perfect Christmas vacation the goal should always be to relax and re-cooperate your mind and body for the upcoming year. We would love to hear from our readers about this subject, what are your favorite winter timeshare locations to visit?

Posted: December 13th, 2010 under Timeshare Tips, Timeshare Vacations.
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RCI Introduces Trading Power

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Timeshare owners who read our blog on a regular basis know that we try to keep owners up to date with all the latest news and stories occurring in the timeshare industry. These readers have also most likely noticed we have written many blog posts about the largest timeshare exchange company, RCI. If it seems like we have written quite often about this company it is because we have, however they have been making many upgrades and changes to their system and product in an effort to better the timeshare exchange process for their users. Over the past year RCI has really attempted to make contacting and learning about their process as easy as possible for prospective owners wanting to exchange a timeshare. They have recently started a blog, developed an app for the IPhone, created a YouTube channel, and created a Spanish version of their YouTube channel to reach the Spanish speaking audience. With so many new changes and improvements going on it comes as no surprise we found another article about a change to the trading process which will benefit owners.

Recently officials at RCI announced they would be assigning trading power to every week an owner wishes to deposit into their system. More prominent weeks such as a Christmas Orlando timeshare week will be assigned a higher value than a low season week somewhere else. Since it was reported most owners at RCI would rather trade down for lesser weeks this system will allow them to do so without losing any of the value of their weeks. Instead of trading a more prominent level week for a lesser demand week straight up, the owner will now receive a deposit credit into their account for the remainder of the trading value when trading down. On the same line of logic a timeshare owner who has a week with less trading power can pull from future usages in order to trade up in the system. In the past members of RCI were limited to a selection of weeks which were of the level or lower than their week, now the entire RCI pool will be opened up for every member. There will most likely be some members who are upset to learn the true trading value of their week if they have been over valuing their timeshare ownership, on the other hand some owners may be pleasantly surprised to learn their week has a higher trading value than they had originally thought.

RCI officials say they have introduced trading power in an effort to stimulate owners into trading their timeshares more often, which will result in greater revenue for the company but the owners are also receiving benefit from the new system. If you are a member of RCI how do you feel about the new trading power rankings?

Posted: December 9th, 2010 under Timeshare Resorts, Timeshare Vacations.
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Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

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During this holiday season many stores, shops, and restaurants will begin playing the standard Christmas tunes, one of the most popular being “White Christmas”, written by Irvin Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby. While there are many people who hope and pray for snow on Christmas every time I hear the song I can’t help but wonder about the people who do not want to have a white Christmas and would rather be in a warmer location, after all everyone has different preferences and not everyone likes to endure the cold that comes with snowfall even though it is a beautiful sight. Today we would like to make some suggestions to those people who want to be in a tropical setting for Christmas.

For almost anyone thinking of leaving their home to get away from the cold the first thought coming to mind is visiting a beach timeshare where you can escape from the cold season. There are many locations close to the United States where people can visit during this time of year to enjoy warmer climates. One option people have is to visit a Hawaii Timeshare during the Christmas holiday. Just imagine spending a relaxing vacation on the beach watching the tide come in, with average temperatures close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the month of December you can forget about packing any winter apparel and retrieve your summer clothing, which had most likely already been stored away for the winter. If you are trying to escape the winter climate there is truly no better way to do so than to spend your vacation sitting on the beach under an umbrella, sipping a tropical drink, and watching the waves continually crash the shores of this magnificent tropical island. Another popular travel destination for winter travel is Mexico timeshares. Again this tropical setting can provide the perfect background to slow down and enjoy life, not to mention the unbelievable weather this country offers during this time of year. Average temperatures in Mexico can be a little higher than in Hawaii and can actually approach the mid 80s on any given day. The perfect day in a Mexico timeshare might consist of waking up to a breathtaking sunrise, followed by a few hours relaxing on the beach with a good book. During lunch time you might head to the closest town and sample the local cuisine, sampling different types of food and local variations is personally one of my favorite activities while visiting a Mexico Timeshare. After lunch its time to hit the beach again and maybe even sneak in a quick siesta, then you can dance the night away as the sound of mariachis fills the air.

Mexico and Hawaii are just a few locations people enjoy visiting during this year, if you are someone who likes to travel during the winter months and visit warmer climates we would like to know what your favorite destinations are? If you are interested in finding a warmer location for your Christmas vacation please visit our timeshare rentals page.

Posted: December 7th, 2010 under Timeshare Rental, Timeshare Resorts, Timeshare Tips, Timeshare Vacations.
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New Car Timeshare Concept

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People applied the timesharing concept to almost anything one can imagine, obviously the idea originated with vacation timeshares where people purchase time at a resort during a given period and are allowed to use their ownership during their allotted time period. However from these humble beginnings the concept has been applied to many different luxury items including boats, jet skis, planes, high end cars, and even in some cases pets. When we hear of a new concept or variation on a timeshare concept we like to post about it for the fun of our readers, we find it interesting to learn how some people are applying the concept and hope our readers do as well.

We recently found an article about a company located in the San Francisco area called Getaround. The main focus of Getaround’s business model is to help automobile owners turn their car into a modified version of a timeshare. People who travel a lot either for business or pleasure will normally need a rental car for at least a few days, everyone who has rented a car recently knows the added fees for parking, fuel, and maintenance can add up very quickly taking money away from other planned activities for the trip, this company is seeking to offset some of these costs by renting cars directly from owners. With Getaround the automobile owners set the price at which they are willing to rent their vehicle to another person who is visiting the area, since the person is already paying for parking and maintenance of the vehicle the savings are normally passed along to the renter. Many people would be very leery of letting a stranger drive their vehicle around town; this is also covered by Getaround. In addition to brokering the deal between owner and renter the company also provides insurance in the event something happens to the car or it is damaged when the person is using it. A mobile app was also developed by the company for the convenience of users allowing them to find vehicles in close proximity to where they plan on staying and even unlocking the doors of the vehicle they decide to rent. The company has reported they will be able to provide access to high end cars as well as normal more modest vehicles. California recently passed legislation making it legal for companies like this one to operate; it will be interesting to see if more companies like this one begin to open for business around highly populated California cities or if the concept will even prove to be successful.

Personally I would have a hard time letting a stranger drive my vehicle, I take pride in keeping my car in order both in appearance and performance, however I could be in the minority some people might like the concept of being able to offset some of the costs of ownership by letting someone else use their vehicle in return for some extra cash. How do you feel about this concept would you be willing to participate in the program if it was offered in your area?

Posted: December 1st, 2010 under Timeshare Tips.
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