Timeshare versus package holidaysThe team at Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket (WWTH) has turned to TripAdvisor to see how traditional package deals compare to timeshare.

The first few months of the year are a popular time for booking holidays. With plenty of cold weather in store having some sunshine to look forward to makes the weather all the more bearable.

But with holiday advertisements in every newspaper, magazine and TV advertising break, and disposable income at its tightest for years, the WWHT team wanted to see how timeshare holidays stack up against run-of-the-mill style package holidays.  

Phil Watson, managing director at WWHT, explained: “Before people splash out on that much-needed week away to sunnier climes, and if high standards of accommodation are an important factor in their decision making, we wanted to take a serious look into the holiday options open to people  - including timeshare.”

So, how does the standard of accommodation measure-up? To answer this WWTH turned to TripAdvisor with a list of the company’s top 50 best-selling timeshare resorts of 2013. The results were impressive to say the least.

Of their top 50 best-selling timeshare resorts from around the world, no less than 40 have been awarded TripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’, an award TripAdvisor say “is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews…and represent the upper echelon of business listed on the website, with only the top ten per cent receiving the prestigious award.”

Breaking the results down a little further, the island of Madeira is a small island in a popular destination for timeshare holidays and has five resorts in the Top 50, all of which hold TripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ with the exception of one which holds the ‘Travellers Choice Winner’ award.

Read more ...

Club CasablancaSharetime spoke with Charlie Millar, chairman of Club Casablanca, and asked for his thoughts on why the resort continues to enjoy success.

Club Casablanca opened 28 years ago and comprises 11 connected apartment blocks, each with its own lift, which creates an inner amphitheater with well-tended gardens.

Resort facilities including the pool, bar and bowling green are contained within this spacious amphitheater. For a small fee, secure parking is available in the basement beneath the resort.

Other facilities include a restaurant/bar with regular live entertainment, games room, laundry, 24-hour multi-lingual reception, Wi-Fi connection throughout, gym (subject to payment of a small fee) and satellite television.

 Tell us a little about the history of Club Casablanca?

The resort opened in 1986 and, from its concept, was set up to run as a dual operation - timeshare and tour operator. The timeshare side has 161 apartments and the hotel has 126 apartments.  

The resort, as a whole, has been managed by the same company together with the club’s committee for the last 28 years. This relationship has proven to be beneficial to both sides, contributing in no small way to the resort’s success.

Although originally conceived as a ‘British-member’ resort, the club’s membership base now comprises 40 per cent British, 25 per cent German, 25 per cent French, 10 per cent Italians and Scandinavians.

Read more ...

Jacky Rawlinson“We bought the timeshare just as we were leaving university while all our friends were starting to buy houses and nice cars, but holidays were always more important to us.”

 “We love everything about our timeshare and the RCI exchange system… Because of work commitments we sometimes book quite late which limits our options, but the good thing is you find yourself saying ‘we know the accommodation will be good, let’s take a chance and go on an adventure’.”

Timeshare is something of a family affair for Peter and Jacky Rawlinson, who purchased their week at Hilton Grand Vacations, at Craigendarroch in Scotland, from her parents.

The couple, RCI weeks members, now holiday at the resort with their own children, as well as sharing it with their extended family.
“My parents bought at Craigendarroch when I was very young because they loved it so much,” said Jacky, who recalls seeing royal guests due to its location next to the Queen’s summer residence of Balmoral.

“I remember they closed the swimming pool once so that Princess Diana could go for a swim with Princes William and Harry, who were both very young at the time,” she said.

”On another occasion, I swam in the pool at the same time as Zara Phillips, another member of the Royal Family.”

As well as taking holidays at their home resort, Jacky says her family regularly uses the RCI exchange system to travel further afield, particularly to the U.S.A. Her parents loved it so much they ended up buying a home in Florida.

Read more ...

Paul Gardner BougaardIn a recent issue of Sharetime magazine we asked leading timeshare professionals from Australia and South Africa for their views on the industry in their region.

Here Paul Gardner Bougaard from Europe’s Resort Development Organisation (RDO) shares his thoughts on the European industry in 2014.

RDO members have, like other industries these last five years, been battered by the world-wide recession that has led to the catastrophic drop in property prices in Spain, record unemployment across the E.U., the Euro crisis and the near bankruptcy of some E.U. member states.  

Hopefully all this is behind us now. 2013 was a definite improvement on previous years in terms of new sales and the timeshare industry, represented by RDO, looks forward to an even better year in 2014.

The fact that members have survived relatively unscathed through the worst recession since the 1920s is due to a combination of factors - even tighter budgeting with regard to on-going resort maintenance costs, a move towards new, shorter-term products to meet consumer demands, and the development by RDO of new policies to enhance consumer confidence that will ultimately lead to a “buy only where you see this sign” policy.

Most importantly, 2013 saw the advent of the requirement that RDO members develop exit strategies for owners who can no longer use their timeshare – whether through death of a partner, illness and so on.

This has become an increasingly important issue as the generation who bought in the 1970’s and 80’s finds they can no longer travel as they used to and the media has started to publicise the problem. We also saw the entrance into the market of two new ‘exit clubs’.  

The issue of club ownership and the rule against perpetuity as it operates for clubs based on the law of England and Wales will become an increasingly important issue in 2014, not only for RDO but also for TATOC and the smaller owner-run resorts, which operate independently.

Read more ...

Our Latest Magazine

Sharetime Sponsors



Sharetime Ad

Subscribe to Sharetime - FREE

* indicates required

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy. I accept cookies from this site. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

  I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive Module Information