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Marriott Vacation Club Pulse: New Additions and New Brand

Boston SkylineMarriott Vacations Worldwide has announced an extension to their Vacation Club brand with the addition of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse. The five announced properties that are included as Marriott Vacation Club Pulse destinations are located in New York City, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Boston and South Beach, Florida.
In Marriott’s press release Stephen P. Weisz, president and chief executive officer of Marriott Vacations Worldwide said, “Our Owners and guests are eager to explore new places and try new experiences, especially those in more urban locations. Marriott Vacation Club Pulse expands vacation choices into even more destinations, all with a very unique style. Now, our guests can truly immerse themselves in the cultures, local scenes and neighborhoods of their favorite cities.”
Washington DCThese new city destinations include four recent acquisitions by Marriott in New York, San Diego, Washington, D.C. and South Beach. In Boston, the Custom House is now included as a Marriott Vacation Club Pulse location. Marriott Vacation Club Destinations owners can use their points to book their vacations at these new urban locations now (except San Diego which is available beginning in July).
Big Island Hawaii 2Marriott also updated investors recently on their acquisition of new units on the Big Island of Hawaii in the Waikoloa hotel. Stephen P. Weisz said in their earnings call that they have reached an agreement with the owner of the hotel to purchase 112 one and two bedroom timeshare units at the property when their conversion is completed. The expected completion date for these units is July 2017. Marriott has begun construction of a permanent sales center to open this fall. It is interesting to note that this timeline is in line with what Marriott announced in March of 2015.
If you are interested in discovering these new properties, contact one of our licensed agents today to learn more about a Marriott timeshare ownership and how buying timeshare resale can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes – A Great Place to Bring the Kids

Myrtle Beach SunsetMyrtle Beach, South Carolina is one of the premiere beach destinations on the east coast of the United States. Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes is a luxury resort offering stunning oceanfront, ocean view or ocean side villas, each with 2 bedrooms and a kitchenette, right along the most famous golf and shore destinations in South Carolina. There is way more to do here than golf, so let’s talk about why the location is so family friendly.
Water ParkMyrtle Waves Water Park is South Carolina’s largest water park. With over 20 acres of rides, and pools, including a wave pool as well as a lazy river, you can keep the little ones entertained as well as the adults. If you work up an appetite there are several snack bars for your convenience.
Treat the kids to the quirky and unusual at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium. With unusual artifacts from around the globe, including a shrunken head, and a six-legged pig, there are all sorts of weird and jaw dropping oddities to pique the interests of children and grown ups alike.
TigerThe T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station in North Myrtle Beach is smaller than some of the area’s other zoos, but allows for visitors to get up close and personal with full grown tigers, cubs and apes. You can have your picture taken with a variety of animals, which makes the wildlife encounter a bit more intimate.
Myrtle BeachThese are just a few of a plethora of activities that make buying a Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas Grande Dunes timeshare in Myrtle Beach the perfect family option. Premier Timeshare Resale can help you find your dream vacation property on this east coast gem. Contact one of our agents to help get you on your way!
Written by: Shawn Romanick, Web Author

Marriott-Starwood Merger on Track – Plus New Rewards Details

We have been following the proposed MarriottStarwood merger with interest, as these two powerhouse names in the travel industry join forces. At the end of March, the third-party consortium which was led by Anbang Insurance Group pulled their offer, leaving the field clear for Marriott and Starwood to continue with their planned shareholder meetings to approve the deal.
Merger2Both company’s shareholders overwhelmingly approved Marriott’s purchase of Starwood, and the merger is expected to be completed by the middle of this year. One of the biggest questions for the consumer has been what the rewards programs will look like following the merger, as both companies have unique programs for rewards. Marriott has begun to share what their plans are for rewards going forward. For a time, it appears they will attempt to run two parallel programs, until they can complete the integration into one new program for all the brands involved.
Concert hallSome of the elements of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program that Marriott has indicated they are including in their new rewards program will be an Experiences Marketplace, Elite Concierge Service and Guaranteed Late Check-out. The Experiences Marketplace will give Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members the opportunity to redeem points for special events, including sporting events, theater tickets and other interests. This is expected to be available to existing Marriott Rewards members in late May.
Hotel RoomElite Concierge Service and Guaranteed Late Checkout will be benefits available to elite members of the Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs. The Elite Concierge Service will match a member with a concierge to help them plan for their “unique needs” before, during and after their stay in a Marriott property. Marriott is planning to make this service available first to an introductory group of Elite U.S. members and expand from there. Guaranteed Late Checkout will launch worldwide on May 16 and is a benefit for current Gold and Platinum Elite Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carton Rewards members.
The value of being a rewards member with Marriott has increased with these announcements and should be a relief to those in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. We can’t wait to see how the implementation of these new benefits goes, and will continue to watch the completion of this merger and its effects on the travel and hospitality industry.

Marriott-Starwood Merger In Jeopardy?

Since November of last year Marriott International had agreed to a merger with Starwood Hotels & A Marriott-Starwood Merger would add properties like this to Marriott's portfolioResorts Worldwide in a deal worth 12.2 billion dollars. That is until early March when a Chinese consortium, including Anbang Insurance Group Co., moved in on the deal, offering Starwood $12.6 billion, and later $13.2 billion. Marriott countered on March 21, with a $13.6 billion dollar offer. Well, not to be outdone, Anbang came back yet again on Monday, offering $14 billion dollars.
Marriott says it remains committed to the Starwood merger, and believes stockholders would benefit more with them in the long run. Marriott is moving to become the world’s largest lodging company with this merger, believing in ever expanding growth. Anbang, on the other hand, is looking to diversify their already lucrative portfolio of U.S real estate investments. The Anbang consortium’s all-cash offer might be more appealing for Starwood shareholders to Marriott’s offer which is a combination of cash and stock.
Is the Marriott-Starwood merger in jeopardy? Although Starwood has yet to change its recommendations to shareholders in support of the Marriott merger, analysts say it is possible the Anbang Consortium, which includes J.C. Flowers & Co. and Primavera Capital could go higher. The fact that Marriott has already had to bargain early on with Starwood, twice in fact, to Starwood’s favor, means this bidding war could be in the early stages.

Marriott’s Purchase of Starwood Hotels Amended

In November we blogged about the announced sale of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to Marriott International. We closed that post with this note: “Today’s news is a good reminder that the only constant in life is change.” And earlier this week we learned that Marriott’s purchase of Starwood Hotels has been amended. Proof that we were correct about changes!
MergerStarwood had recently announced they received a superior proposal from a consortium of Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd., J.C. Flowers & Co. and Primavera Capital Limited. Marriott International increased their offer to Starwood in order to become the superior proposal once again. This is good news for Starwood stockholders, as the value of the deal just increased for them. This transaction is subject to the approval of stockholders for both Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and certain other conditions.
Sheraton ExteriorBrand names of the 1,270 Starwood Hotels that will be included in this merger include Sheraton, Westin, and St. Regis. Marriott’s hotels include over 4,300 properties worldwide such as these familiar brands: The Ritz Carlton, Courtyard, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn and Suites.
Starwood has also announced that it expects to close on their spin-off of their vacation ownership business to Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc. and merger into Interval Leisure Group, Inc. on April 30, 2016. Fortunately for Starwood stockholders, Starwood says that no action is required by them for their stocks to merge into the Hotel Room new company. Owners of Starwood vacation properties will also not have to take any action during this time.
With the amended merger in the works, Marriott is set to become the largest world-wide chain of hotels. Time will only tell how the merger will affect all of the hotel brands that will now be coming under the Marriott umbrella. And perhaps the bigger question is, how will this merger affect the hotel industry as a whole?

Marriott Vacation Club Plans to Expand in Three Key Markets

Marriott owners and fans: rejoice! Marriott Vacation Club plans to expand in three key markets. First, the company indicated that they have acquired a property in South Beach, Florida. This was a long anticipated move by Marriott. Second, Marriott Vacation Club has taken over the management of a property in New York City. Third, Marriott announced plans to expand their existing resort: Marriott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club in Oahu.

Image courtesy of Marriott.com

Image courtesy of Marriott.com

In 2015, Marriott said that they planned to acquire a 182-unit property in South Beach, Florida. Recently, Marriott indicated that this sale would not be proceeding. Instead, Marriott purchased The Edgewater Hotel in South Beach, Miami, Florida. The Edgewater was built in 1936 and offers 49 studios and suites. These units are available for booking through the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program as well as through Interval International. Now branded as Marriott Vacation Club, South Beach, the property is located on the 1400 block of Ocean Drive and offers a rich South Beach experience.
NY SkylineEarlier in 2016, Marriott announced an expansion in New York City with the management of The Strand Hotel. The Strand Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan on 37th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Marriott plans to purchase the 176-unit hotel over time, beginning in 2018. It will be rebranded as a Marriott Vacation Club destination this month and is already available to existing owners to book through the Destinations Exchange Program.
Oahu SunriseMeanwhile in Hawaii, Marriott Vacations Worldwide says that they plan to add as many as 202 new timeshare units to their popular Marriott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club in Oahu. Currently Marriott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club has over 500 villas. Oahu is one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii and the Ko’Olina Beach Club has been a staple for families and couples alike.
Marriott’s Vacation Club Destinations points are an ideal way to explore these two new locations as well as existing Marriott locations, like Ko’Olina. Premier Timeshare Resale has licensed resale agents able to assist you in buying Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Points. Contact us today!

Marriott to Purchase Starwood Hotels

The travel industry is abuzz with the news today of a merger between two vacation titans and rivals. Marriott International is purchasing Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide creating the largest hotel chain in the world.
Marriott brands include The Ritz Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn and Suites, just to name a few. Swimming PoolMarriott currently has over 4,300 properties in 85 countries. Acquiring the 1,270 properties that Starwood manages in over 100 countries will increase Marriott’s worldwide presence. Starwood property brands include Sheraton, Westin, and St. Regis.
Already announced earlier this year, Starwood is moving forward with plans to separate their vacation ownership business into a separate entity known as Vistana Vacation LandscapeSignature Experiences, so their timeshare resorts will not be included as part of the deal with Marriott. At the end of October, plans were revealed for Interval Leisure Group to acquire Vistana, with the transaction expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016. Interval Leisure Group operates Interval International and Trading Places International.

We will be watching for updates and further details for both of these Starwood sales. And we can’t help but think that this news is a good reminder that the only constant in life is change!