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Official Launch of the Asia Pacific Resort Development Organisation (APRDO)

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A new industry body aimed at representing the timeshare industry in Asia Pacific has been officially formed. 

Incorporated in Singapore in May 2018, the Asia Pacific Resort Development Organisation (APRDO) is the first overarching organisation in Asia Pacific to support and promote the timeshare industry in the region, provide a framework that fosters innovation and regulation in the industry and ensures that business practices are being conducted to the highest ethical standards. 

The organisation has set forth the following key objectives: 

  1. Support country timeshare organisations – Currently 7 countries in the Asia Pacific region have timeshare organisations; APRDO will partner with them to support their cause and priorities. It also endeavours to encourage and facilitate the establishment of new timeshare associations in key markets in the region. 
  2. Influence industry regulation - A favourable regulatory environment for timeshare practices will make it attractive for existing businesses and potential investors. In the near term, the organisation will work in collaboration with existing country timeshare organisations to support their efforts. In the long term, the organisation will be proactive in its efforts to influence timeshare regulations in target countries and provide a guideline for countries interested in establishing regulations to ensure the healthy development of the timeshare industry in this region. 
  3. Point of contact for the industry and governments - APRDO will represent and serve as a central, common voice for the timeshare industry in Asia Pacific, and as a feedback channel to the Government. 
  4. Provide research, education and information exchange within the industry and with government bodies - this is important to ensure that best practices are shared to grow the marketplace for the timeshare industry, especially in emerging markets. 
  5. Self-regulation – APRDO will establish a code of conduct to govern and set best practices standards for the timeshare industry in Asia Pacific. 

Founding members of the new organisation include representatives from businesses across the timeshare industry, who will determine the strategy, working policy and code of ethics of the organisation. 

The executive committee of the organization includes – 

  1. President – Bill Minnock, Marriott Vacations Worldwide 
  2. Vice President – Jonathan Mills, RCI 
  3. Treasurer – Joe Hickman, Interval International 
  4. Secretary - Gisle Sarheim, Hilton Grand Vacations 
  5. Associate Director – Paul Dean, Dean and Associates 
  6. Associate Director – Shin Siow, Wyndham Hotel Group 


“APRDO is designed to be a strong, professional organisation that will be both effective in representing its Members and be a respected voice in advocating for the continued success of the timeshare industry”, says Bill Minnock, President of APRDO. “Through APRDO, we can build even greater consumer awareness and confidence in timeshare as a viable alternative to traditional vacation products.” 

For more information on APRDO or on becoming a member, please contact Jonathan Mills at jonathan.mills@rci.com or any of the executive committee members.

Back in Vegas for ARDA World 2018

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Back in Vegas for ARDA World 2018 

With nearly 1,800 attendees representing 35 different countries from all facets of the timeshare and vacation ownership industry, ARDA World 2018 provided industry professionals the opportunity to come together to learn and share in best practices, and discover new ideas. Five days of meetings, educational sessions, exhibitions and fun gave attendees the chance to strengthen partnerships, while also making new connections.

ARDA World hosted an impressive line-up of speakers and entertainers – including keynote speaker, Robert Stevenson who inspired attendees on how to be among a high-performance culture and stay relevant in today’s technologically-accelerated business economy.

ARDA World 2018 Keynote Speaker Robert Stevens
Keynote Speaker, Robert Stevenson. General Session sponsored by RCI.

The Meet the Leaders general session offered up valuable insights from some of today’s industry leaders on topical issues ranging from the impact of industry consolidation to the impending secondary market.

ARDA World 2018 Meet the Leaders Session
(L-R) Maurizio Bisicky, COO, Anantara Club; Jon Fredricks, President & CEO, Welk Resorts; Tom Nelson, President & CEO, Holiday Inn Club Vacations; Michael Flaskey, CEO, Diamond Resorts; Howard Nusbaum, President & CEO, ARDA. Session sponsored by Baker & Hostetler

New to ARDA World this year, the Sales and Marketing Leaders general session took a look at how marketing and sales paradigms within the timeshare industry is shifting as new technologies continue to arise, a new generation of owners come onto the scene and continued enhancements to the overall customer experience.

ARDA World 2018 Sales and Marketing Leaders Session
(L-R)Dennis DeLorenzo, EVP & Chief Sales Officer, Hilton Grand Vacations; Jeff Myers, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership; Brian Miller, EVP & Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Marriott Vacations Worldwide; Tony Walker, EVP of Global Sales & Marketing, Diamond Resorts; Howard Nusbaum, President & CEO, ARDA. Sales & Marketing Leaders session sponsored by Diamond Resorts

The Lion’s Den once again intrigued attendees as a group of bold start-ups presented their digital innovations and business plans to a panel of judges – the “Lions” of the timeshare industry. The Lion’s winner turned out to be Safely Stay, whereas Beyond Pricing was the People’s Choice winner.

ARDA World 2018 Lion's Den
Judges (L-R) Steve Weisz, Marriott Vacations Worldwide; Ken Potrock, Disney Vacation Club; Jared Saft, Westgate Resorts; Caroline Shin, Vacatia. The Lion’s Den sponsored by Vacatia

On the final night of convention, the ARDA Awards Gala celebrated the industry’s best and brightest in categories that recognized professional excellence, outstanding sales and marketing accomplishments, product design, advertising and staff. View the winners here. 

ARDA World 2018 Gala Comedian Tom Papa
Comedian Tom Papa shared his comedic talents throughout the night.

Click here to view the Facebook Album for ARDA World 2018. 

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The Lion's Den at ARDA World 2018

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Sponsored by Vacatia 

The Lion’s Den at ARDA World 2018 

The Lions Den 2018 - blog post 

Wednesday, May 9th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NV
Open to all ARDA World attendees 

Back again by popular demand, The Lion’s Den will take a look at a group of bold start-ups as they present their digital innovations and business plans to our panel of judges – the “Lions” of the timeshare industry. Modeled after the television show Shark Tank, this session will be judged by high profile CEOs and executives from Disney Vacation Club, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Vacatia, and Westgate Resorts.

This year our contestants include:

  • Beyond Pricing. This automated dynamic pricing solution for vacation rental sites utilizes real-time market data to ensure price recommendations maximize host revenue and occupancy. The Beyond Pricing SaaS solution allows you to link your vacation rental listing, preview a year of recommended rates and sync those prices directly to your calendar. https://beyondpricing.com/ 
  • Conichi. Conichi better connects guests and hotels with technology that helps ease the time-consuming elements of check-in and check-out, allows hotels to communicate directly to their guests, and gives guests the opportunity to share stay preferences prior to arrival. https://www.conichi.com/en/ 
  • Safely Stay. Combining a rigorous guest verification program with the most comprehensive insurance available, Safely Stay gives property managers and homeowners peace of mind that their homes are safe and protected while guests stay at their property. https://www.safelystay.com/ 
  • Tagible Travel. Tagible helps travel companies increase conversion rates in the form of bookings by inspiring their customer to take action. Travel companies add a single line of tracking code to their websites, Tagible software analyzes the site’s keywords, and then puts out interactive and rich media for that keyword. https://tagibletravel.com/ 
  • Triptease. This travel SaaS company empowers hotels to recapture guest relationships, increase direct bookings, and reduce their reliance on online travel agencies. The Direct Booking Platform integrates with a hotel’s website and booking engine in order to optimize conversion, improve price transparency and strengthen the relationship between hotel and guest. http://www.triptease.com 


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