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Starwood Vacation Ownership: New Branch Revealed

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seaside-resort-chairsAs we talked about in a previous blog, Starwood is making some changes to its structure and inventory. Adding new resorts and expanding their vacation ownership division were big announcements in March, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting more information about these exciting opportunities since.

Well, the wait is (somewhat) over. On Tuesday, Starwood gave us a tantalizing taste of their newest spinoff: Vistana Signature Experiences Inc., which is set to be completed by fourth-quarter 2015, said a news release.

VSE (an acronym of my own design) will be a publicly traded company.

“Today’s filing is a pivotal step toward the planned spin-off of our vacation ownership business, which will allow us to continue participating in the timeshare industry while seeking to create stockholder value for both companies,” said Adam Aron, Starwood’s interim CEO, in a prepared statement on Tuesday.

Summer-bathers-umbrellasThe Starwood spinoff will continue to develop and operate Starwood’s 22 timeshare resorts, including vacation destinations such as Hawaii, Orlando, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as additional anticipated locations at Westin Los Cabos, Westin Cancun, Westin Puerto Vallarta, Sheraton Kauai, and Sheraton Steamboat-owned properties Starwood expects to transfer.

We plan to follow VSE and Starwood as these resort powerhouses continue to grow. This branch is, if anything, a testament to the growing industry that is vacation ownership.

Are you already on board? Or is it time for you to invest the most valuable thing of all, getaways and quality time?

Wyndham Vacation Resorts: It’s Time to Take a Second (or First) Look

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Wyndham Vacation Resorts, long passed over in favor of Marriott’s extensive Vacation Club inventory, is worth taking a second (or first) look. Wyndham has a large network of resorts in North America and is actively expanding their presence in some exciting destinations such as Taiwan and Australia.

A quick glance at a map of Wyndham properties tells you that they have a strong North American presence. Whether you want to be on the west coast, Wyndham_Floridaeast coast or anywhere in between, chances are Wyndham has a property for you. Wyndham Vacation Resorts has Club Wyndham Plus Resorts in locations such as Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach, San Diego, and three of Hawaii’s islands. For the theme park crowd there are strong offerings in both the Anaheim and Orlando areas. And for those who hunt powder in the winter, Wyndham has resorts in Lake Tahoe, Colorado and a new resort in Park City, a ski-in, ski-out all condominium property at the Canyons Resort by Vail.

Club Wyndham Plus Resorts properties offer the traditional timeshare resort experience, with Wyndham_Poolstudios, one or two bedroom units. Some properties also offer three and four bedroom units. Upgraded units with the designation “presidential unit” are offered in some locations, these units typically include upgrades in the unit size and finishes. Most Club Wyndham Plus resort properties have at least one pool on-site, many have other amenities, including additional pools, hot tubs, game rooms, mini-golf courses, playgrounds and other family friendly features. Many Club Wyndham Plus properties also offer programming for those who wish to focus their vacation on the property.

Wyndham uses a points system for Club Wyndham Plus reservations, offering a great deal of flexibility for owners in booking the vacation of their choice. The amount of points needed for a reservation varies according to the unit size, season and property itself. But the average ownership available on the resale market can get you a two-bedroom unit at many Wyndham properties for one week during Prime Season.

The best news of all is that on the resale market, Wyndham is an attractive option for buyers. Most Wyndham ownerships sell for pennies per point, netting you an annual vacation for an affordable price. With a large network of resorts in some of the most popular destinations in the US, Wyndham Wyndham_Vacationmight be the hottest deal available in the Timeshare Resale market . And if you are already a Wyndham timeshare owner and you have had your years of fun, but are now ready to sell, there couldn’t be a better time. Premier Timeshare Resale can sell your Wyndham timeshare for you. We’ll do all the work from finding a buyer to ensuring it’s closed properly and transferred by Wyndham.

Mother’s Day Musings: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

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mother-child-beachThis weekend my mom and I loaded up the car and headed north for Idaho Falls. Besides the joys of taking a mother-daughter road trip, we were going to visit a handful of grandparents and my brother, who recently moved there.

The weekend was spent among family, flowers and wine, each generation (four in one room!) performing duties of gratitude for their mother, sister, and other lovely ladies in each of our lives.

Mother’s Day is an interesting holiday. I comes from a long international history of celebrating mothers and has prevailed through times of turmoil, even the creator of America’s national day denouncing the holiday all together. Here are a few thoughts to hopefully keep you remembering the essence of Mother’s Day year-round.

grandma-grandaughters-benchMother’s Day History

Celebrating mothers extends back to ancient times, when Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor their mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The tradition continued throughout Europe through a Christian festival held during Lent. But the Mother’s Day that we recognize today started in the early 20th century with Anna Jarvis.

Anna’s mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, began Mother’s Day Work Clubs in the late 1800s to teach women how to raise their children. The clubs later became a way unite families during and after the Civil War. After Ann’s death in 1905, Anna got the idea for a day that celebrated mothers and their sacrifices. Anna came to recognize that there was an unequal amount of national holidays that celebrate men, and began petitioning for Mother’s Day to become a nationally recognized holiday, which was granted by Woodrow Wilson in 1914.

Even before its presidential endorsement, Mother’s Day quickly became a popular holiday around the country. Of course, it didn’t take long for florists and card companies to take advantage of the need for Mother’s Day gifts and began avidly marketing Mother’s Day products. Outraged by the commercialization of Mother’s Day, Anna eventually denounced the holiday and spent her personal wealth on lawyers to get the holiday removed from the national calendar, but she never succeeded.

mother-pregnant-girlMother’s Day Traditions

Anna Jarvis’s original intent for Mother’s Day was for people to wear a single white carnation as a badge while taking the day to attend church and visit one’s mother. The idea of flowers as the perfect Mother’s Day gift has blossomed and today the industry makes over $2 billion from Mother’s Day alone and over 140 million cards get sent to mothers (interestingly there are only about 83 million mothers in the U.S.).

With such extreme numbers, it’s easy to see what Anna Jarvis was upset about. I certainly was guilty of spending money on multiple bouquets, cards and Mother’s Day knick knacks, but I think there’s more to this holiday than cold consumer habits.

In Ethiopia, families gather each fall to sing songs and indulge in a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood. Even in the U.S., Mother’s Day has been used to do more than spend money. Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day in 1968 to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s, women’s groups used the holiday to promote the need for equal rights and access to childcare.

Around the world and even throughout our own culture, Mother’s Day is clearly about more than a card and obligatory phone call (although, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year). I find myself passionately agreeing with Anna Jarvis’s initial motivations behind Mother’s Day: to give women a day in the national calendar, and to have a day to celebrate mothers and their sacrifices. Although Anna eventually felt that the holiday lost its original heart, I have a hard time agreeing.

flower-gift-childCelebrating Family

This weekend, I not only celebrated my mother, but my whole family. I dined with grandmas and grandpas, I talked with my great grandmother, I joked with my brother, I spoke with aunts and uncles, I learned about my cousins, I congratulated newly-mothering friends, I caught up with my dad and cuddled with my mom. It was a weekend devoted to appreciating family and celebrating the women that hold it together. Because, of course, mother’s don’t want it to just be about them, they want the day to be about the people they love and care for, a demonstration of the truly generous spirit of motherhood.

Although Mother’s Day has passed this year, we still have another chance to honor our parents and grandparents…for Father’s Day! If you’re looking for a way to truly honor your parents, think about buying them a timeshare resale. The gift of a vacation home says more than thank you for life, but thank you for the memories we have yet to create together. Bring the family together every year with a Park City timeshare in the idyllic Wasatch Mountains or relax on the beach with your family in a Florida timeshare. Our licensed timeshare agents can help you find the perfect gift that keeps on giving!

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http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day

Timeshare Scam Warning: Premier Timeshare Resale Impostor

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stopYet again, impostors have tried to piggy-back on the great name of Premier Timeshare Resale. We want to warn all of our past and potential clients of a Mr. Sanchez and a Mr. Cortez that have been calling timeshare owners pretending to work for Premier Timeshare Resale. Sanchez and Cortez are NOT affiliated with PTR. DO NOT answer any calls or emails from them offering to sell your timeshare.

Earlier today, a PTR client contacted our offices concerned about two agents, going by the names of Sanchez and Cortez, calling about selling their timeshare. These men have heavy Spanish accents and say that they are with Premier Timeshare Resale and advising that they would like to include their unit in a 90 minute presentation in Punta Cana in an effort to sell it.

Thankfully, these timeshare owners were smart enough to visit our staff website page and see that neither Sanchez nor Cortez work for PTR and they emailed us to alert us to the scammers immediately.

bag o cashTimeshare owners, and friends and family of owners, we talk a lot about timeshare scams on our blog. Our mission at PTR is to legitimize the timeshare industry, which means providing the best possible timeshare deals and customer service, as well as putting an end to timeshare scammers around the world. We love to see success stories of scam artists rightfully convicted of the times they’ve committed and being put out of business. We hope that a similar fate will befall the impostors in this case.

Be aware of scammers in the timeshare industry. Never trust an agent that promises a buyer without confirmation. NEVER PAY AN UPFRONT FEE for any timeshare deal you do. And always thoroughly check the company’s website, staff page, and Better Business Bureau rating. These three simple rules can keep you from ever being taken advantage of by timeshare scam artists trying to steal your money.

Please, share the word on social media with friends and family. Let’s put an end to these scammers!

New Hilton Head Island Timeshare Resort

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south carolina beachHilton Grand Vacations is joining forces once again with Strand Capital Group to build a new timeshare resort in the beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The resort will be the latest project the two entities have collaborated on in the last five years. This successful partnership relies on the expertise of both groups and they are sure to bring another great resort into the timeshare industry.

The development is set on a prime 7-acre lot on South Forest Beach. The beachfront resort will sit between the thriving Coligny District and the Sea Pines Plantation on one of the most sought-after miles on Hilton Head Island. The resort is slated to have four buildings with 125 two-bedroom units. Other amenities include a large lobby, under-unit parking, and a dramatic oceanfront feature pool and adjacent pool bar.

This resort will add to the many Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare hotels (HCVC) that already cross the United States. From Hawaii to California, Nevada to Florida, HGVC has already garnered a reputation for pristine timeshare resorts with quality amenities, and owners should be excited for the latest opportunity with Hilton, with occupancy expected to begin early summer 2016.

south carolina lakeThe exciting thing about this new resort is not only having quality owners like Hilton, but the beautiful and historical South Carolina location. Hilton Head Island has long been a popular travel destination, and here is why.

Hilton Head Island is just miles off of the South Carolina coast, about 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia and 95 miles southwest of Charleston. The Hilton Head port played an important role during the civil war and became an important location for cotton trade.

Today, Hilton Head is a tourism Mecca, where couples and families regularly travel to experience the preserved culture, lush landscape and un-rivaled art scene. The island is eco-friendly and works tirelessly to preserve the natural wildlife on the island. As a result, there is an unusual number of tress that overwhelm the development on the island and allow this urban city to feel quaint and exotic.

Furthermore, the culture and arts on Hilton Head Island are a huge draw for many tourists. Broadway-quality plays are regularly hosted at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the Hilton Head Choral Society boasts a 120-member full chorus and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra is highly acclaimed. To accompany these sensory delights is a number of renown restaurants and impeccable vineyards, which come together once a year to form the largest annual outdoor wine tasting event on the east coast.

south carolina driveWhether your fancy is sunshine and sailing or the performing arts and pinot grigio, Hilton Head Island has the best you’ll find on the east coast. Combine all of these natural amenities with Hilton Grand Vacations’ premier amenities and service and it makes for one of the best timeshare resorts out there. This is why we are so excited about the new Hilton Head Island timeshare resort!

If you can’t wait until 2016 to get a timeshare on Hilton Head, check out the other South Carolina timeshares for sale on our website. You’re sure to fine a timeshare deal that will fit your budget and make travel to the beautiful Hilton Head Island easier than ever.

Timeshares for World Cup Fans

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With the Cricket and Women’s FIFA World Cups in full swing, we thought we would take a look at all of the beautiful locations the world-wide tournaments are held in. Spanning the globe, the World Cup of many sports constantly travels to foreign lands. Timeshares are a great way to make your travel flexible enough to see all of the championships you want, while never sacrificing comfort and luxury.

Sydney opera houseThis year, the Cricket World Cup is being hosted in Australia and New Zealand. Although these exotic locations are halfway across the world, they are popular destination for United States travelers because English is a shared language. However, although the alphabet is the same, the combination of slang, accents and fast speech can make one feel like they don’t even speak the same language!

canada sunsetBack to the North American continent, Canada is currently hosting the Women’s FIFA World Cup. Our neighbors above are another popular tourist destination for locals due to its beautiful cascading landscapes and close proximity. A timeshare in Canada can do more than bring you closer to a number of sports championships, it can also become what feels like a second home and a place you and your family will treasure year after year.

brazil sunsetWhen it comes to World Cups, nothing can compare to the Men’s FIFA championship. Hosted in beautiful Brazil last year, you’d be surprised at how many timeshare opportunities exist in this majestic land. While the trip to Brazil may stem from a love of football, it will grow into a passion for the place and you’ll look forward to your trip each year in no time.

Whether you’re traveling to see your favorite athletes in person, or just to experience a new country, buying a timeshare can make your travel easier. Guaranteed reservation dates, an in-room kitchen, and a full-service resort eliminate many of the struggles associated with traveling abroad.

flight boardPremier Timeshare Resale believes in travel, and wants to share the gift of travel with everyone by making it easy. A timeshare resale not only cuts down on planning, but cuts costs, getting you your timeshare at the best price possible. If you have questions about how owning a timeshare resale can make your travel dreams come true, talk to one of our licensed timeshare resale agents. These trained professionals can answer your questions and begin the search for your dream vacation home.

Five Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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2015New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday. Yes, I do love the sequin dresses and popping champagne, but more than anything I love reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the future. Each year, I sit down with my pen and paper and carefully craft my New Year’s Resolutions. This is a special opportunity we all get to say good-bye to old habits and actively form new ones, but this is often easier said than done.

We all know that New Year’s Resolutions can be hard to keep. Of course we are all excited for the first few weeks, but as the year waxes on, our old habits take over and we quickly forget the promises we made ourselves just a month earlier.

A big resolution of mine this year is to travel more. Travel has always been important to me, and I’m ready now to start exploring the world. This is a resolution that can easily get pushed aside by work, relationships and money, but I’m determined to keep my promise this year. Here are a couple of tips that can help you, and me, keep our resolutions this year and make 2015 the best year yet!

runner determined1. Be Specific
The more vague a resolution is, the easier it will be to procrastinate on and push aside. Instead of promising to exercise more, promise to run a mile three times a week. The more specific your resolution, the easier it will be to fulfill it. For me, instead of just promising to travel more, I want to travel to three new places I’ve never been before, and one of those have to be outside of the country. I’ve decided on Florida, Washington state, and Mexico. Knowing exactly where I want to go helps me look for opportunities that will help me achieve my goal.

2. Automate
It is much easier to fulfill resolutions when the thinking is taken out of it. If you can automate a system to help you achieve your goals, you won’t even realize you’re working until they come to fruition. For people who want to save money, working with the bank to move part of their paycheck into a separate savings account can be a huge help in achieving that goal. I’m going to do something similar to save up for my travel expenses by figuring out how much I’ll need for each trip, breaking that down by month, and pulling that money into a special travel savings account each month.

Timeshares are a great way to regulate travel as well. Because they occur annually or biennially, it is easy for busy owners to set aside time to take advantage of their timeshare. The regulation makes travel an easy task, especially since it takes the planning of finding a place to stay out of the equation.

plane at night3. Have an Action Plan
Resolutions start out as ideas, but the first step is turning those concepts into actions. Making deadlines that force you to move can help you reach your goals. For instance, I’m setting deadlines for scheduling flights, hotel rooms, and activities. Having a plan that requires action not only gets me excited about my trips, but helps me break down my big goals into smaller, more achievable pieces.

4. Talk About It
When trying to accomplish big goals or break old habits, it’s helpful to have friends and family that can keep you accountable. Talking about your resolutions with others will not only keep you excited, it will motivate you to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Don’t be shy when people ask what your resolutions are. In fact, your enthusiasm could motivate others to reach their goals as well.

5. Reward Yourself
Hard work deserves a reward. Set checkpoints as you work toward your goals where you can reward yourself. For example, when I book my flight to Florida, I’ll reward myself with some shopping for beach attire. Or when I get a hotel room in Mexico, I’ll reward myself with a delicious Mexican dinner. These little rewards will help motivate you to continue achieving.

pocket watch travelIf travel is your New Year’s Resolution, timeshares are a great option. Their specific locations and regulated seasons help you plan your trip and buying a timeshare resale will be a fun conversation starter that will get you excited for all of your upcoming vacations. Whether you want a mountain getaway or a beach holiday, Premier Timeshare Resale has timeshare deals that will make your resolutions come true! Research our timeshares for sale and take the first step toward achieving your goals this year!