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Grand Holidays Club swimming poolLeading consumer organisation, The Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees), widely known as TATOC, has announced the successful affiliation of Spanish hospitality brand, Grand Holidays Club.

Based in Tenerife, Canary Islands, and with more than 20 years’ experience in the holiday ownership industry, Grand Holidays Club’s mission is to provide unique and unforgettable vacation experiences in prime locations for the discerning traveller.

Today, the resort portfolio comprises three resorts located in Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote: the Flamingo Club, Oasis Lanz and Atlantic Garden with over 6,000 members owning fixed weeks and points. 

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Sharetime magazine spring 2015 from TATOCTATOC, the Timeshare Association, has published the Spring 2015 issue of its new-look Sharetime magazine.

“This is the 21st issue of our free magazine for timeshare owners and committees and we felt it was time for a re-think,” said Harry Taylor, executive chairman of TATOC, Europe’s leading consumer association for timeshare owners.

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Sharetime magazine winter 2015

Sharetime magazine winter 2015The winter 2015 issue of Sharetime magazine has been published by the Timeshare Association (TATOC) for timeshare owners and the 90-plus resort committees the association represents.

Said Harry Taylor, TATOC CEO and executive chairman: “This is the last edition for 2015 and will be the issue distributed to delegates at the upcoming conference in March – so it had to be packed with news, information and advice. I believe we have achieved that.”

The 32-page magazine is available to view online at the Sharetime magazine website and printed copies will be sent to TATOC individual members, member resorts and affiliates.

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TATOC Supreme Court Ruling January 2015Owners of Spanish timeshare have been warned to beware of approaches by so-called claims companies offering ‘trouble-free’ legal support.
 
This follows a recent ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court finding in favour of a claimant who brought a case against the Anfi group.
 
Anfi’s legal advisors say the court’s judgment has been  a misrepresentation of Spanish law and has limited applicability, citing  the two European timeshare Directives. 

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Timeshareforsaleonline.com affiliates with TATOCThe Timeshare Association (Timeshare Owners and Committees), widely known as TATOC, has announced the successful affiliation of timeshare resale company, TimeshareForSaleOnline.com

Headed up by Anthony (Tony) Bugg, the website has been in operation for some time providing private timeshare re-sales. The team works with other resale businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the U.S. to resell other vacation-style products.

Currently in development, and set to launch this month, is a new auction website, OwnersTimeshareAuctions.com. This will run alongside the main resale business and will assist private owners at resorts that will not work with third party resale businesses.

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Pearlly Grey joins TATOC membershipEurope's leading consumer association representing timeshare owners, TATOC, has confirmed that Pearly Grey Ocean Club on Tenerife has been approved for TATOC resort membership by the board.

Based near Adeje in the south of the island, Pearly Grey Ocean Club comprises 105-studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Facilities on-site include: heated swimming pool; children’s play area; Origins gym, wellness and fitness; English bowls; restaurant; bars and Jazzy Salon offering a range of treatments and nail bar. There is Wi-Fi access across most of the resort.

The resort has achieved RCI Gold Crown status as well as TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014.

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Sharetime magazine issue 22 coverTATOC, the Timeshare Association, Europe's leading consumer association, has published the autumn 2015 issue of Sharetime magazine.

“With 32 pages packed full with news from TATOC member resorts and affiliates and interesting features and advice for timeshare owners and committees, this is a must-read for everyone involved in the industry,” said TATOC CEO and executive chairman, Harry Taylor.

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Club Olympus Tenerife joins TATOC resort membershipTATOC, Europe's leading timeshare consumer association, has confirmed that Club Olympus in Tenerife has been approved for TATOC resort membership.

Speaking at the recent TATOC conference, the resort’s managing director Tony Rhodes explained the decision to apply: “We have been watching the activities of TATOC closely over the years and have been impressed by what they are doing to support legacy resorts like ours. Having just spoken at the joint TATOC and RDO seminar, applying for membership was the natural next step and we look forward to working with Harry and the team.”

Located in Garden City, the resort has been in operation since 1986 and offers 130-studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom well-equipped apartments. There are also a number of on-site facilities including a fitness centre, two swimming pools, bar, restaurant and clubhouse. As a new member resort, the resort will sign up to the TATOC codes of conduct and practice.

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CARE announces conference detailsC.A.R.E. has released further information about its 61st conference being held at the Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado from September 26-29, 2015.

The association will continue to celebrate its 30th year in the “Mile High” city by offering its members and attendees numerous networking and educational opportunities.

Before the conference officially begins, C.A.R.E.’s signature volunteer event, C.A.R.E. Gives Back, will be held at The Washington Street Community Centre. Volunteers will clean the inter-generational community centre’s playground, organise and clean classrooms and spruce up the garden area.

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ASA says Solution For Timeshare advert is misleadingSolution For Timeshare, a company linked to ITRA, claims to offer a 'legal cancellation' of timeshare contracts to owners.

Following a complaint by KwikChex about the testimonials featured on the company's website, in which it challenged whether these were genuine, (http://www.solutionfortimeshare.com/), the ASA carried out an investigation. It is also noted that similar testimonials, with different names and locations, also appeared on the Swedish version of their website, www.slappdintimeshare.com.

Solution for Timeshare did not respond to the ASA's enquiries and the ASA was concerned by its lack of response and apparent disregard for the Code which was a breach of the CAP code (Edition 12) rule 1.7.

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TATOC conference 2016TATOC, the Timeshare Association, has announced the dates of its 2016 conference.

This annual event will take place from Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 6. Further details about the venue, speakers and delegate booking forms will be announced shortly.

The TATOC annual conference is a unique event in the industry calendar. It is the only conference where timeshare owners and timeshare professionals come together to network, share ideas and discuss the challenges and opportunities they are all facing.

Further information about the 2016 conference will be available on the TATOC conference hub here: www.tatoc.co.uk

TATOC launches video campaignTATOC has announced the launch of a video-based campaign to promote itself and the services it provides to timeshare owners, resort committees, the general timeshare industry and the wider legal, consumer and media community.

Explaining the Association’s decision to invest in this marketing tool, TATOC CEO and executive chairman Harry Taylor said: “The association has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and we are now involved in every aspect of the timeshare industry representing the interests of timeshare consumers.  We felt that a short video was the best way to showcase who we are today in a quick and easy-to-follow way.”

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hapimag-at-burnside-park-1TATOC, Europe’s leading timeshare consumer association, has announced today that The Burnside Park Owners Club in the U.K.’s Lake District has achieved TATOC resort accreditation status.

Launched in 2008, TATOC resort accreditation gives independent recognition to resorts that continue to meet the highest standards of holiday experience for guests and owners alike. There are now 45 TATOC accredited resorts in the U.K. and in Europe.

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Timeshare scam group smashedCosta del Sol police have arrested 56 people implicated in a timeshare re-sale scam that involved calls from fake lawyers convincing owners to sell their timeshare weeks.

The three tier scam involved calls from fake lawyers and court officials persuading owners to hand up to £35,000 after being conned into selling their timeshares. Police have uncovered over 500 victims but expect more to come forward.

Lead investigator, Inspector Mercedes Perez Quesada, explained the fraud:

“Telesales operators contacted potential victims and offered them attractive prices to sell their timeshare properties and took advantage of their ignorance of Spanish law once they'd been tempted to instruct them to pay things like administrative or public notary fees.

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harry-8aTATOC, The Timeshare Association, has confirmed today that Harry Taylor, the association’s CEO and executive chairman, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Classic Holidays Directors Conference 2015.

The event, which takes place in Surfers Paradise from August 3-4, comprises two days of presentations from leading industry professionals covering a wide range of relevant topics, intensive discussion and networking.

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Change is an inevitable part of life. But just as we can be resistant to it in our daily routines, it is not always embraced by employees, managers and business owners.

indeed, within the timeshare world, many of today’s committees are hesitant to leave the familiarity of their comfort zone and fail to make the decisions needed to adapt to change.

The TATOC 2015 conference made it clear: evolution is happening.

Today’s timeshare resorts can either accept the short-term, and in some case painful effects of change or bury their heads and suffer the long-term decline of their resorts.

The TATOC conference was once again a melting-pot of views, suggestions and ideas. Delegates heard from range of industry speakers and panelists from many of TATOC’s member resort - each with their own individual issues and success stories.

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St Mellion International Resort joins TATOC resort membershipThe Timeshare Association has confirmed that St Mellion International Resort in Saltash, Cornwall, has been approved for TATOC resort membership by the board.

The resort, located at the St Mellion International Resort & Hotel, incorporates a golf and country club and is just ten miles from Plymouth. The resort is set in 450 acres of beautiful stunning Cornish countryside and is near the seaside towns of Looe and Polperro.
 
The extensive on-site facilities includes a fabulous indoor leisure complex with three swimming pools and spa facilities, full-scale health club and three restaurants featuring the two AA Rosette fine dining restaurant.

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TATOC Conference 2015TATOC, the Timeshare Association, has released the full programme of speakers at its upcoming annual conference - A Time For Change.

Speakers include: John Spence, Calvin Lucock, Gregory C Crist, Darren Ettridge, Alex Radford, Geoff Chapman, Mark Caldicott  and TATOC CEO, Harry Taylor.

The conference is the only event in the industry calendar which brings together timeshare owners and industry professionals to discuss the issues, network and share ideas and solutions.

The conference takes place at the Park Royal Hotel, Stretton, Near Warrington, Cheshire, UK from March 6 - 8.

Some delegate places are available and further information can be found at the TATOC 2015 Conference Hub here: Conference Hub or by contacting the TATOC head office on: +44 (0) 161 237 3518.

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Leisure Management Plus affiliates with TATOcTATOC has confirmed the affiliation of resort management company and hospitality consultants, Leisure Management Plus (LMP).

Headed up by industry veteran Stuart Humphreys with over 30 years’ experience, and re-launched in early 2015, Leisure Management Plus offers a full range of management services for today’s timeshare resort. These include resort management, rentals, in-house sales and marketing, accounts services, club administration and management charge collection.

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TATOCToday, Thursday February 12, the TATOC Consumer Helpline and TATOC office will be experiencing issues with their internet access and communications. Steps have been taken so that the team can continue to provide support and assistance and they apologise if there is any delay in replying to your query today. The TATOC Consumer Helpline and TATOC team thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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