Timeshare leads to happier holidaysOne-third of timeshare owners took four or more vacations in the last three years, compared with only 18 per cent of non-owners. This is the major finding of a survey of more than 1,000 vacationers conducted for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). 

And vacationers who have taken more than four vacations in the past three years are more likely to be traveling with family and friends.

A recent cover story in Time Magazine asked ‘Who Killed the Summer Vacation? “Our answer has to be ‘it sure wasn’t the timeshare owner’,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).

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Algarve resorts were big winners of TripAdvisor awards

Algarve timeshare resorts big winners of TripAdvisor awardsThe team at Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket (WWTH) has cross referenced its top 50 best selling resorts with the latest winners of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and Traveller’s Choice awards for 2015.

The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to accommodation, restaurants and attractions that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The Traveller’s Choice award is given to the top 25 hotels in popular countries, with a sub category specifically for those resorts that excel at family holidays.

“It is a great way to gain a comparable and measurable insight into the overall quality of timeshare resorts and the satisfaction of guests. With almost 40,000 traveller ratings the data is certainly comprehensive too,” explained Roy Forsdick, commercial director.

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Why I love m timeshareTracie Bushell lives life to the full and uses her RCI membership to get the most for her family from timeshare ownership.

Platinum member Tracie bought a week at Holiday Inn Orange Lake – West Village in Orlando in 1996. Using her RCI membership, she has tailored her holidays to suit the changing needs of herself and her family.

“That first stay at Orange Lake really opened my eyes to how I could be holidaying, “ she says. “After hotels, the accommodation seemed luxurious and I really enjoyed the feeling of security.

“The early years were about my daughter Shellie. She loved the theme parks and the pools; I enjoyed the freedom to relax which you just don’t get in hotels.”

Tracie, from West London, has a full work schedule. Since buying timeshare she has enjoyed a variety of holidays – and more of them.

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The Lakeland Village is a TATOC member resortLocated on the banks of the River Leven which flows directly from Lake Windermere and 15 minutes from Bowness, is The Lakeland Village. The club has just re-joined TATOC. 

Sharetime asked committee chairman Wally Francis and resort manager Richard Guzinski how the resort has fared during this challenging time for independent, legacy timeshare resorts in Europe.

Key facts

  • 47 properties divided into 22 one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom units;
  • 1,363 fixed-week timeshare owners cared for by 11 full-time staff and approximately 40 casual/weekend staff; and
  • Facilities on site include a leisure club with 20-metre pool, whirlpool bath, sauna, steam room, squash court, fully equipped gym and Elemis Spa. There is a tennis court and children’s play area while the adjoining Whitewater Hotel offers bar and restaurant facilities with specific deals for our guests.
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