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The Independent Tourist

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Destination and Point of Origin: Asia

 

Our last post was about India, and in this one, China takes the spotlight. Globally, more than half the world’s population resides in Asia, and their economies, policies and trends are worth paying attention to. Sometimes as Americans we tend to have an insular point of view, but changes in the last fifty years in levels of personal and financial freedom have given rise to more mobility for millions across the continent, and the Chinese are no exception.

 

Who’s Traveling Where

 

In fact, China has overtaken Germany and the USA as the world’s biggest spenders on travel, with Chinese travelers spending $102 billion on international travel in 2012, an increase of over 40% on 2011.

 

Trends also reveal that most international travelers from China travel alone, rather than in groups, and that their destinations of choice include countries such as Australia, France, New Zealand, USA, Switzerland, the UK, and Canada. As such, these countries tourist and hotel industries are poised to gain much from the Chinese, most of whom travel for leisure over business.

 

The Impact

 

The big deal about these facts and figures is that travel and accommodation industries would do well to expand their marketing strategies to reach this rapidly growing population through online and social media channels. The big companies like Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Westin, and Wyndham already have some marketing strategies in place, but most have a long way to go in order to better capitalize on this exploding industry to adapt facilities and services to more extensively cater to the world’s largest market of travelers.

 

As big hoteliers rush to accommodate the influx of Chinese tourists, you may or may not notice some changes in your affiliations with them. Room prices may rise, given the increased demand, and timeshare owners or rewards members with the company may find their links to the companies more valuable in terms of savings and stability.

 

 

 

What’s in it for me?

 

If you’ve been thinking of buying a timeshare resale, consult with our licensed agents who can inform you of many of the rewards, discounts, and privileges associated with memberships across various chains

 

We can also help you sell your timeshare with NO UPFRONT FEES and agents who are dedicated to legitimizing the timeshare industry with state real estate licenses, professional licensed brokers, and the promise of true service. We stand behind our hard work, our client reviews, and our dedication to travel and adventure. See what your timeshare may be worth today.

 

 

This Week’s Hot Spot: Kaanapali

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Kaanapali Beach, the three mile stretch on the west end of Maui, has long been a retreat and place of rest and relaxation. “Kaanapali” literally means “rolling cliffs” in Hawaiian, and the destination of it’s white sand with a mountainous backdrop was used by Hawaiian royalty in ancient times with much the same intent as it is used today: an escape to peaceful and refreshing rejuvenation.

 

Even today, the daily cliff diving ceremony can be observed, in which a cliff diver lights the torches along the northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa and Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, this ceremony is a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili.

 

Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., and only 50 minutes from the airport, it’s not hard to see why Kaanapali claims many of Hawaii’s visitors. With tropical sun, beaches, mild weather year-round, challenging golf courses and an inviting aloha culture, Kaanapali opens its arms to tourists on a daily basis.

 

A true escape, Kaanapali is host to diversity in shopping, culture, dining, and accommodations. Whether you want sweeping marble columns or cozy thatch bungalows, you can find it here amongst lush natural landscape, where only half of Kaanapali’s 1200 acres have been developed.

 

The Whaler’s Village is a charming collection of shops offering everything from snacks to upscale dining and merchandise, to Hawaiian lessons. The Whaler’s Village also houses a museum exhibiting the area’s history of whaling and ocean awareness, and the entire village is nestled right up against the coastline. It’s a mall, yes, but it’s Hawaii—by law, shirt and shoes aren’t required for service, and the Whaler’s Village is a perfect example of laid back Hawaiian culture studded with elegance.

 

Kaanapali offers visitors an array of accommodation, with over 4,400 hotel rooms and condo suites. Premier Timeshare Resale is bringing your attention to Kaanapali’s attraction in this post because of one such property: The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. In addition to the expected quality and standard of luxury and comfort that Westin provides for its properties, the Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas have three restaurants on the grounds as well as two on-site markets that provide a range of sundries, snacks, and supplies. Don’t overlook the outdoor gas grills are perfectly situated for sunset barbeques in the exquisite weather.

PTR clients have been clamoring to buy Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas on the resale market. If you have one and are considering selling, please contact us today so we can get you in touch with an interested party. Some variations of the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas (different views and seasons) may be more available on the resale market, so if you’re interested in buying a Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas timeshare, contact us too!

 

And remember to keep an eye out for more posts like these highlighting locations in-demand.

 

Travel Spotlight: Seattle

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After a few days in Seattle, I’m realizing that this city pretty much has it all. Want a west-coast experience? Laid-back beaches abound. If you’re interested in the sea, the city offers an array of experiences like the free salmon ladder where you can watch fish swim upstream from the ocean one small waterfall at a time, and with docks and mariner’s museums, there’s enough here to hold your interest in oceanic matters for as long as your attention span. The city’s downtown area and Pioneer Market have a distinctly urban flavor with upscale shopping, art galleriers and public art installations, haute cuisine and brew-pubs, but to escape all that, a hidden free-to-the-public waterfall garden offers a welcome retreat. Even with the rain, the city is geared toward outdoor exploits, and city parks offer hiking trails through its verdant rainforest trees as well as children’s playgrounds. It’s easy to get around, and day-excursions can take you sailing, whale-watching, or to the nearby island where the quaint city of Victoria and its famous Butchart Gardens will charm you for several hours. As Washington state’s cultural capital and center of activity, the diversity in character and activity offering is astounding while naturally blending in to the social and geographical landscape.

 

Accommodations in the area vary from the affordable to the extravagant. From boutique hotels and exquisite and privately run inns and bed-and-breakfasts, Seattle also offers stays at trusted properties. The Seattle Marriott Waterfront (and several Marriott properties) provide the familiar Marriott guarantee for comfort and style. Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, and Westin all offer luxurious stays in fabulous locations for the traveler who wants to be in the middle of it all.

Though the pickings are slim for timeshare properties in Seattle, many abound in Washington state, where travelers can enjoy the cascade mountains and greenery that decks the hills of Washington’s coast year-round. Worldmark by Wyndham offers several properties alone, and Ocean Shores is a popular place for city dwellers to take a weekend away from the hubbub.

 

Summer is upon us, so especially if you have reward or trade points, don’t waste time and get yourself to this fabulous place that has so much to offer. (Just don’t forget your umbrella!)

 

If you have a timeshare in Washington and don’t want it anymore, get info on how to sell a Washington State timeshare. If you’re interested in buying a Washington timeshare, click on the link above or contact our agents.