ARDA Announces Theme, Schedule, and Sponsors for  2014 ARDA World Convention in Las Vegas  

Three Thousand Attendees Will Discover “Next Gen”  

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WASHINGTON, February 26, 2014 – This year’s ARDA World Convention and Exposition will be focused on “Next Gen”: the next generation of products, customers, business models, and distribution sources.  The annual convention will be held April 6-10, 2014 at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

This international event expects to attract 3,000 attendees that will learn about and share best practices and ideas to continue to grow the timeshare industry.  It will feature an impressive line-up of speakers and entertainers, including keynote speaker Scott Klososky (sponsored by RCI), a thought leader that specializes in helping other industry leaders see the world in new ways.

“This year’s ARDA World will be very exciting since we are taking a collective look at what is coming next in our industry,” said Howard Nusbaum, ARDA President and CEO. “From design to finance to marketing, our schedule is built around the next generation.  We encourage everyone to make the trip to Las Vegas for this one!”

Key highlights of this year’s ARDA World include the 13th Annual AIF Open Golf Tournament at the award winning championship golf course at TPC Las Vegas. To help kick off evening festivities, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE) is sponsoring the ICE Breaker Party on the first full day of the convention. Interval International is hosting its annual “Party with a Cause,” where all ticket proceeds benefit the ARDA International Foundation, supporting and promoting the industry with research, education, and outreach.

The last night of ARDA World will feature the ARDA Awards Gala, which includes an elegant dinner, presentation of the annual ARDA Awards, and live entertainment by comedian Elon Gold, sponsored by Holiday Systems International (HSI). Thursday morning’s Breakfast of Champions, sponsored by Hilton Grand Vacations, features keynote speaker Michael Durant—master pilot, best-selling author, and inspiration for the movie Black Hawk Down. 

Besides the robust line up of educational sessions (underwritten by Capital One), including a number of “next gen”-focused sessions, ARDA is showcasing their embrace of “next gen” by eliminating a printed Convention guide for the first time. The ARDA World mobile app, to be released in the third week of March, will have all of the information that attendees need in the palm of their hands. In addition, a tabbed on-site guide will be available in the April/May issue of Developments magazine, distributed at ARDA World.

ARDA is also embracing “next gen” social media—ARDA World fans can follow @ARDAorg on Twitter as the excitement builds, and join the convention conversation using the hashtag #ARDAWorld. Attendees are also encouraged to join the ARDA World Facebook event to connect and share with their colleagues and friends.

This year’s Signature Sponsors include: American Express, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Capital One, Crystal Lagoons, Diamond Resorts International, Hilton Grand Vacations, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Systems International (HSI), International Cruises & Excursions, Inc. (ICE), Interval International, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp., Oömbaga, RCI, ResortCom International, Starwood Vacation Ownership, Vacatia, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc.

Thanks to the support of the Signature Sponsors, ARDA World has become a top industry resource, providing networking for industry leaders, timely educational programming, and exposure for sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees. Attendees from over 35 countries plan to attend, including international development organizations from around the world.

Registration for ARDA World is still open, and sponsorships are still available. Interested sponsors should contact Bob Craycraft.

For more information about the 2014 ARDA World Convention, visit the ARDA World website.

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit or ARDA’s consumer website at