RCI adds 3 Maldives resorts to exchange network

RCI adds 3 Maldives resorts to exchange networkRCI has announced the addition of three properties in the Maldives to its exchange network through an affiliation with AAA Hotels & Resorts.

The affiliation adds a new destination to the RCI exchange network, offering members access to high-quality resorts in the famous tropical destination known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs.

Pali Badwal, managing director, RCI India, said: “Maldives is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with its emerald green islands surrounded by miles of shimmering turquoise water, and members can now travel there through RCI. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with AAA Hotels & Resorts.”

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Club MahindraMahindra Holidays has started to set out its plans for the rejuvenation of TATOC platinum affiliate Holiday Club Resorts (HCR) after raising its stake in the company to 88 per cent earlier this year.

According to The Economic Times of India, Mahindra Holidays – the hospitality arm of Mahindra Group – has developed a turnaround strategy for the Finland-based timeshare operator, which has resorts in Finland (24), Sweden (two) and Spain (six).

Mahindra Holidays originally acquired an 18.8 per cent stake in HCR last year, and recently raised it to 88 per  cent, taking its total investment in HCR to Rs 350 crore.

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Macdonald Resorts achieve RCI Gold Crown StatusMacdonald Hotels & Resorts has been awarded the highest accolade by RCI, a  leading provider of holiday exchange services after feedback from more than 1,100 domestic and international guests who are also RCI members.

RCI has awarded its RCI Gold Crown quality rating for 2016 to eight Macdonald Resorts which host RCI guests across Europe.

The RCI Gold Crown award is given to resorts which meet exacting standards in areas such as housekeeping, maintenance, hospitality and check-in/check-out procedures, as well as satisfying an evaluation of resort facilities, amenities and services.

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Chareteroak EstatesAdditional business has started flowing at Dial An Exchange (DAE) through the efforts of new business development manager Alex Brown in the U.K. Just one month in to his role Mr Brown has developed partnerships with Charteroak Estates which will bring four new holiday resorts to DAE members.

Charteroak Estates, specialists in high quality holiday lodge resorts, have luxury sites in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Dial An Exchange members will now be able to enjoy holidays at Stonerush Lakes and Southern Halt in Cornwall, Indio Lake in Devon and Saxon Maybank, Dorset. Each of the resorts offers luxury lodges - and all have their own private hot tubs.

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Cameron Houses Hotel and timeshare lodges

Cameron House Hotel and timeshareThe five-star Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond has changed hands for the second time in just a year.

The award-winning resort has been sold by QHotels to the American investment firm that owns the Belfry golf course near Birmingham.

QHotels had only purchased the hotel from the De Vere group last November.

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RCI Affiliate Access Lunch and LearnLeading exchange organisation, RCI, is holding a free ‘Lunch & Learn’ session to introduce resort affiliates to its new RCI Affiliate Access service.

The new service leverages the advantage of RCI’s bulk buying power to pass on savings to its affiliate community across Europe.

“A benefit of being the world’s largest exchange holiday services provider is that we can pass on our economies of scale buying to get the very best deals for our affiliated resort developers.

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Give Us Time asks for support from timeshare resortsIn the run up to Remembrance Day 2015, Give Us Time, a charity launched by Dr. Liam Fox MP, for the Armed Forces, is appealing to owners and managers of holiday homes, hotels and timeshares to donate accommodation to British military personnel and their families.
Since 2001, more than 458 British forces personnel have lost their lives in Afghanistan, more than 2,000 have experienced physical or psychological damage, and families across the country have seen their lives profoundly changed.

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CLC World resorts enter the TripAdvisor Hall of FameThree of CLC World’s European resorts have entered into TripAdvisor’s (TA) prestigious 2015 Hall of Fame having achieved Certificates of Excellence for each of the past five years – adding to an impressive roll call of awards made to CLC World resorts.

Hall of Fame accolades were awarded to: CLC Duchally (Scotland); CLC Hustyns (Cornwall) and CLC Monterey (Tenerife).

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Diamond Resorts purchase 5 Gold Key resortsDiamond Resorts International has announced it has completed the acquisition of the vacation ownership business of Gold Key Resorts, adding five vacation ownership resorts in Virginia Beach, VA and one in the Outer Banks, NC.

The acquisition adds two new East Coast locations to Diamond Resorts, bringing its global portfolio to a total of 99 managed resorts.

David Palmer, president and chief executive officer, Diamond Resorts International, said, “We are pleased to have completed this acquisition, which expands our presence on the East Coast and brings to Diamond Resorts a large owner base. We are confident that we can further accelerate the profitable growth of the Gold Key business through synergies and innovation.

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Trip Advisor Summer Holiday Value reportA TripAdvisor report has revealed the twenty most popular summer destinations for British holidaymakers this year, with Albufeira in the Algarve the most popular European destination for Brits travelling abroad.
The Summer Holiday Value Report by TripAdvisor identifies the top 20 destinations for U.K. travellers this summer season, along with the average weekly cost of travel to each.

The report also highlights the least expensive weeks to visit each destination this season based on price data on TripAdvisor, and reveals the huge potential savings that can be made by doing so.

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Calypso Cay joins RCI networkExchange organisation, RCI, has signed an affiliation agreement to add Calypso Cay Vacation Villas at Calypso Cay Resorts to its network of approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts. Located in Kissimmee, Florida, the Caribbean-themed property is fashioned as a “personal tropical island getaway.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Calypso Cay Vacation Villas to our vacation exchange program,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “This beautiful property, which further expands RCI subscribing members’ high-quality accommodation choices in central Florida, can be an excellent option for travelers looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the real world, while also being minutes away from some of Florida’s most well-known attractions.”

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CLC World Regal Oaks opens in ForidaGreat acclaim has greeted the opening of CLC World’s luxury mixed use resort in Orlando, Florida, which brings the company’s hallmark stamp of European design quality to a location just four miles from Walt Disney World®.

CLC Regal Oaks, a gated resort with a spectacular $9 million clubhouse, opened in time for the US spring break and was heavily occupied, with virtual sell out already achieved for summer.

The mixed use resort is sold as freehold townhouse holiday homes, with rentals offered via CLC World’s Leisure Sales division, and members who have already bought and visited, along with other owners and first-time guests, are providing plenty of positive feedback.

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Lake District courtesy of VisitBritainTimeshare resorts in the Lake District with weeks available for rent should be targeting the Australian market as this makes up the largest number of visitor numbers to Cumbria.

This was one of the golden nuggets of information shared by expert speakers from VisitBritain, VisitEngland Delegates at this year’s Eden Tourism Summit.

Dozens of businesses gathered for the conference which took place this week at Appleby Manor Country House Hotel.

From 2010-2014 there were 151,000 visits to Cumbria from Australia, up 38 per cent from 110,000 from 2002-2006.

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Refurbishment of the pool area at Holiday Club Vista Amadores, Gran CanariaTATOC member resort Holiday Club Visa Amadores in Gran Canaria is set for a major facelift thanks to a 1.5 million euro investment which will see the complete refurbishment of the resort.

Works will commence on April 18th, 2015 and the estimated completion date is between July 15 to 30, 2015.

After the successful completion of renovation works at Holiday Club Puerto Calma in 2012, there were numerous requests from owners to refurbish Holiday Club Vista Amadores to a similar high level. The proposal and corresponding budget were approved at the owners association meeting held on the December 4, 2014.

Planned works include a dramatic overhaul of one of Holiday Club’s older resorts located above the spectacular bay of Amadores. All apartments will be re-designed in order to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. They will be fitted and furnished to the highest standards and the common areas – including the pool area – will be much improved as well.

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CLC World project launch October 2015Plans to build 250 apartments at CLC World’s prestige California Beach Resort in southern Spain have been given the green light by the local authority.

The luxury project, costing around €70million, was unveiled at a meeting to which local press were invited and which was attended by the major of the coastal region Mijas Costa: Juan Carlos Maldonado, and councillor for development Andrés Ruiz.

Details were given by Salvador Díaz, director for development and construction at CLC World Resorts & Hotels. Once completed, he said the company would expect the annual number of holidaymakers to CLC Club La Costa World to rise from 90,000 to 120,000, bringing additional benefits to the local economy.


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Barnsdale Country Club voted best UK holiday resort by DAE membersWhere is the best place to holiday in Britain?

This was the question asked members of DAE (Dial An Exchange) who have been voting for the U.K. resort where they have most enjoyed holidaying at.

Britain's top holiday accommodation was identified by the guests that have stayed there and experienced it for themselves. Their reviews have been collated and DAE can announce that its members’ much-loved resorts are:

In third place, Seasons at Clowance Estate & Country Club. Located in Camborne, Cornwall. Members felt that the resort has tastefully furnished apartments, coach houses and secluded lodges, and their leisure and recreation facilities were excellent.

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Celebrity chef visits CLC World resortFans of TV and radio cookery shows will recognise celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala, who recently took time out from the kitchen to enjoy a holiday with friends at CLC Club La Costa World resort on the Costa del Sol.

A regular contributor on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, he is author of several renowned cookery books such as The Incredible Spice Men, linked to a prime time BBC TV series of the same name which saw both him and Scottish Chef Tony Singh spice up some favourite British dishes.

Having been extremely busy with his TV and radio shows, as well as writing, teaching and running his successful restaurants with wife Pervin, Cyrus decided to swap the heat of the kitchen for some late summer warmth on the Costa del Sol.

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Dyserth FallsA fire in a timeshare lodge at Dyserth Falls has resulted in the closure of the resort in North Wales.

At 5.45pm on New Year’s eve a maintenance team member noticed smoke coming from lodge 23 and realised that it was on fire. Unfortunately, the lodge could not be saved and has been totally destroyed.

The source of the fire has been identified as a cooker that had not been switched off properly and clothes left on the hob.

The local health and safety department visited on Friday, January 9th and advised that the resort be closed for 30 days. The lodge will be removed and the site inspected again. The resort is expected to re-open on February 14th.


DAE resort lunchesHoliday exchange company DAE (Dial An Exchange) is celebrating a year of success with its innovative VIP lunches.

The lunches, which were launched in October 2014, are an exciting way of bringing together committee members and resort owners/managers from different resorts. The aim of the lunches is to enable sharing of ideas, build new relationships and develop a network of helpful contacts, all in a relaxed and informal setting.

Over the past year the events have been held around the U.K. including in the Lake District, Scotland, Birmingham, Reading and Exeter.

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Kentisbury GrangeClub Paradiso from TATOC affiliate the Silverpoint Group has affiliated ten lodges within its North Devonshire development, Kentisbury Grange, into The Registry Collection.
The lodges are set in the landscaped grounds of the Kentisbury Grange boutique hotel, a Grade II Victorian country house located on the edge of the Exmoor National Park – and just a ten-minute drive from the Devonshire coast.

Guests staying in the lodges will be able to enjoy the many services and facilities of the hotel itself, including fine dining at the fabulous restaurant, The Coach House by Michael Caines, presided over by Head Chef Jean-Marc Zanetti.
The double-fronted lodges have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with contemporary stylish interiors designed by local interior designer Karen Gray, who has created airy, bright modern living spaces featuring handmade furniture and exclusive fabrics from design houses around the world, including Jim Thompson and Christian Lacroix.

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