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ClubCorp Purchases Medina Golf & Country Club

ClubCorp, boasting a reputation as the World Leader in Private Clubs®, has purchased the Medina Golf & Country Club in Minnesota. The addition of the formerly member-owned private club expands ClubCorp’s presence into 28 states, marking the company’s plans to increase its investments and improve newly-acquired properties.

Located just outside downtown Minneapolis, the Medina Golf & Country Club provides a championship golf course among stately and well-maintained grounds. The course has hosted several amateur golf tournaments sponsored by the Minnesota Golf Association, establishing it as one of the premier golf destinations in the state. The site also features a 45,000 square foot clubhouse with dining options and a grand ballroom. Tennis courts, swimming pools, and cross-country skiing trails also adorn the property, creating an alluring year-round destination.

Mark Burnett, chief operating officer for ClubCorp, spoke of the brand’s excitement over their newest addition:

“We are very excited to add Medina Golf & Country Club to our family of clubs. As our first club in Minnesota, and, specifically the rapidly growing Minneapolis market, Medina fits our acquisition and reinvention criteria perfectly—a beautiful family centric club, located in a growing residential community, that offers a wide range of amenities, including 18 holes of championship golf and a nine-hole par-3 where we can introduce golf to our beginners while expanding the practice opportunities for our more avid golf members.”

The addition of the Medina Golf & Country Club is part of an effort by ClubCorp to expand its catalogue of affiliated properties and invest more into renovating new acquisitions. The company plans to spend over $2.5 million reinventing the Medina club and modernizing dining and lifestyle features available to members. Work will also be added to the grounds to improve the course and practice facilities.

Michael Matthews, president of the Medina Golf Club, expressed his confidence in the merger:

“The members of Medina Golf & Country Club are thrilled to be joining the world-class portfolio of ClubCorp clubs. This transition is a win-win for our club and for ClubCorp, and most certainly for our membership. As an already thriving club, we look forward to the significant benefits, services, and investments ClubCorp will provide us to further strengthen and enrich our club and the membership experience at Medina.”

For more information on the Medina Golf & Country Club, or their merger with ClubCorp, read their official press release.

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The Ritz-Carlton To Offer Bespoke Yacht Experiences

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has just announced that they are entering luxury yachting and cruises and bringing their well-known and acclaimed luxury hotel services to the sea. The venture will be known as The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and will offer three high-end cruising yachts that will take to the waters in 2019.

This program was created by maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.. Ritz-Carlton will provide this luxury service under a long-term agreement.

“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”

Itineraries are now being developed with the goal to combine the Ritz-Carlton luxury resort lifestyle and bring it to the casual and free nature of a yacht retreat. The first ship will cruise to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America, depending on the season. The yacht will be smaller and more intimate, and as such will be able to stop at unique locations not accessible to large cruise ships.

The designed vessel will measure 190-meters and fit up to 298 passengers with 149 suites, each offering a private balcony. It will also feature two lavish duplex penthouse suites designed by Tillberg Design of Sweden. The experience onboard will provide guests with the uncompromised comfort and services that the Ritz-Carlton brand is so well known for.

The Ritz-Carlton yachts will also offer a dining experience with the Sven Elverfeld of Aqua restaurant, spa treatments at the Wolfsburg spa, and a Panorama Lounge with a wine bar. There will also be plenty of onboard entertainment and one-of-a-kind destination journeys in collaborations with local chefs, musicians, and artists.

Reservations can be made starting in May of 2018. Learn more by visiting the Ritz-Carlton website.

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Embarc Resorts Now Offering European Destinations to Members

Embarc Resorts®, a collection of resorts affiliated with Diamond Resorts International®, has just announced that they are expanding into Europe with more destination options for its members in both France and Italy.

Members of Emarc® are now able to make reservations at Le Club Mougins and Royal Regency, both located in France, for traveling in the beginning of July. Palazzo at Soriano in Italy will be available to visit in the beginning of October. Diamond Resorts believes that Embarc® members will fit right in with the other resorts that they know and love.

Embarc® was once known as the Intrawest Resort Club Group, and was later rebranded after it was acquired by Diamond Resorts. The brand pays homage to the long history of Club Intrawest and their 22,000 members while offering them a new and exciting way to enjoy the vacation club.

“It has been exciting welcoming Embarc® to our Diamond Resorts family, and we are thrilled to begin expanding destination options for members,” said Michael Flaskey, Chief Executive Officer for Diamond Resorts International®. “We are committed to extending the same exceptional hospitality Embarc® members have always enjoyed and are eager to continue growing the Embarc® collection of resorts around the world.”

The Embarc® brand celebrates the excitement of travel by offering a small network of unique resorts in carefully chosen destinations located across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. You can learn more about this vacation brand on their official website.

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Westgate Lakes Resort to Add New Water Park Area

Westgate Resorts has just announced that they are working to add a new water park addition to its Lakes Resort near International Drive in Orlando, Florida. Plans have officially been filed with Orange County to add this area next to the two new 80-unit timeshare buildings that are currently under construction.

Currently on the resort grounds, there is a pond and a golf cart parking area near an already existing Pelican’s Landing Pool. This area will be filled in to make room for the water park attractions. Some of the features will include waterslides, a playground, lazy river, and a ticketing booth.

This new water park addition will not only add value to Westgate Lakes Resort, but it will also help to keep people on the property. Being situated in Orlando means many people are spending their days off the resort grounds and in the surrounding theme parks. This water park will help encourage families to spend more time at the resort.

Westgate Lakes Resort currently features other great amenities such as:

  • Spacious villas – studios up to four-bedrooms
  • Miniature golf course
  • Sports courts including volleyball, basketball, and tennis
  • Bicycle and boat rentals
  • Fishing on the lake
  • Horseshoes and shuffleboard
  • Game room
  • Multiple on-site dining options
  • Serenity Spa by Westgate
  • Fitness center

This story is still developing, check back later for more updates as they are released. For now, you can learn more about Westgate Lakes Resort on the official website.

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RCI Adds Palace Resorts’ Moon Palace Jamaica to Exchange Network

The world’s leader in the external exchange industry, RCI, has just added Moon Palace Jamaica to its portfolio of affiliated resorts. This Caribbean all-inclusive luxury resort is located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

The addition of Moon Palace Jamaica provides another incredible vacation experience for RCI’s 3.8 million subscribing members. The option for an all-inclusive vacation is an added perk, and the destination is one of the more prestigious in the Caribbean.

Moon Palace Jamaica is currently one of the Caribbean’s leading resort destinations. The property offers luxury accommodations with oceanfront views, Jamaica’s largest spa, a FlowRider double-wave simulator, four restaurants, NOIR nightclub, a dolphin habitat, and more.

Vacationing at this resort, RCI members will enjoy top notch services, high-end amenities, and fine dining options. With something for all ages, guests will love the swimming pools, waterslides, kids club, WIRED Teen Lounge, bars, nightly entertainment, and 24-hour room service.

“An affiliation with RCI adds value to ownership at Moon Palace Jamaica, and offers our owners access to a world of endless vacation opportunities,” said Gibran Chapur, executive vice president of Palace Resorts. “Palace Resorts is the leader in the luxury all-inclusive space and we consistently set the standard in five-star resort accommodations. Moon Palace Jamaica is no different and we are confident RCI members will agree. We look forward to welcoming RCI members for unforgettable vacations in Jamaica for years to come.”

Moon Palace Jamaica will join RCI’s exchange network of close to 4,300 resorts. To learn more about RCI and their other affiliates around the world, visit their website.

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staySky Vacation Clubs Launches Biennial Program

staySky® Vacation Clubs has just launched their latest product that works towards offering vacation options for every kind of lifestyle with their new biennial program. The program is called staySky® Vacation Clubs Flex and it allows members the chance to travel every other year rather than annually.

“Our goal at staySky® is to make sure our members have the vacation experience they deserve, as well as to provide the same opportunity for all future staySky® members,” explains Randy Steinbeck of staySky® Vacation Club. “The different levels of membership staySky® offers is meant to assure that everyone can relax and travel. Introducing the new biennial program allows us to reach a greater audience of adventurers.”

Annual membership can be costly, and the staySky® Vacation Clubs Flex is geared towards those who want to participate in timeshare ownership but might not want to travel every year. Additionally, the cost is significantly reduced for this biennial program and members will not have to pay maintenance fees annually.

staySky® Vacation Clubs Flex members have the option to either pay 50% of the association maintenance fee each year or 100% of the fee every two years. This program also offered all of the same benefits of staySky® Escapes during each year of ownership.

The company has also won countless awards for their other membership services. staySky® Vacation Club features three tiers of products to ensure there is something for everyone. You can learn more about their services on their official website.

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Diamond Resorts International Launches New European Vacation Experiences

Diamond Resorts International, a worldwide leader in the vacation ownership space, has recently launched a new program at many of its European resorts. Dubbed Diamond Experiences Plus, guests and owners at select resorts around Europe will now have access to exciting family-friendly events and activities to help give them a more immersive and entertaining vacation.

Experiences at the participating Diamond resorts can range from all-day tours to brief encounters. Timeshare owners will find access to experiences like sailing on luxury yachts, winery and brewery tours, morning yoga sessions, and so much more.

CEO of Diamond Resorts International, Michael Flaskey, spoke to the program’s importance in providing advanced vacation experiences:

“We are excited to offer this new program to our members, owners and guests vacationing in Europe. The Diamond Experiences Plus program is just another example of how we at Diamond Resorts go above and beyond to deliver unforgettable vacations. We strive every day to provide the perfect experiences and settings for priceless memories, and are always looking for new ways to help our members, owners and guests Stay Vacationed.®“

Diamond Resorts participating in the Experiences Plus program include:

  • Alpine Club – Schladming, Austria
  • Broome Park Golf and Country Club – Canterbury, UK
  • Cala Blanca – Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Club de Carmen – Lanzarote, Spain
  • Cromer Country Club – Norfolk, UK
  • East Clare Golf Village – Bodyke, Ireland
  • Jardines del Sol – Lanzarote, Spain
  • Kenmore Club – Perthshire, UK
  • Le Club Mougins – Mougins, France
  • Le Manoir des Deux Amants – Connolles, France
  • Los Amigos Beach Club – Malaga, Spain
  • Palazzo Catalani – Soriano Nel Cimino, Italy
  • Pine Lake Resort – Carnforth, UK
  • Royal Oasis Club at Pueblo Quinta – Malaga, Spain
  • Royal Regency – Vincennes, France
  • Royal Sunset Beach Club – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Sahara Sunset – Malaga, Spain
  • Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Sunset Bay Club – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Sunset Harbour Club – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Sunset View Club – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Thurnham Hall – Lancaster, UK
  • Vilar do Golf – Almancil, Portugal
  • White Sands Beach Club – Es Mercadal, Spain
  • Woodford Bridge Country Club – Holsworthy, UK
  • Wychnor Park Country Club – Burton-on-Trent, UK

For more information about Diamond Experiences Plus or the participating Diamond Resorts, read the full press release.

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Anantara Vacation Club Begins Partnership with Thai Airways

Anantara Vacation Club recently presented its Diamond, Platinum, and Royal Club Points Owners with the option to convert their points into Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus Miles. With a 1-to-5 conversion rate, the new partnership allows solutions that make it easier for Club Points Owners to vacation to Anantara Vacation Club resorts across Asia and other countries.

“We are delighted to offer the benefits of this partnership to our Club Points Owners,” said Maurizio Bisicky, Chief Commercial Officer. “Thai Airways easily connects our resorts to the rest of the world with service to dozens of destinations throughout Thailand, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.”

Anantara Vacation Club is Asia’s leading luxury shared vacation ownership concept for discerning travelers. With this new partnership, its Diamond, Platinum, and Royal Club Points Owners will receive 5,000 Royal Orchid Plus Miles for every 1,000 Anantara Vacation Club Points converted. Stipulations will include a USD 50 conversion fee and the converted points will be available for use eight weeks after the conversion.

Thai Airways is Thailand’s flagship carrier. The airlines’ corporate headquarters in Bangkok and the company is based at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, offering service to 84 destinations in 37 countries throughout Thailand, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Thai Airways is a found member of Star Alliance, one of the world’s largest global airline alliances. The airline also co-owns the economically friendly carrier Nok Air and the regional carrier Thai Smile.

Learn more about Anantara Vacation Club by visiting their official website.

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Anantara Vacation Club Fundraiser Supports Thai Community

Anantara Vacation Club, Asia’s leading luxury ownership brand for sophisticated travelers, recently announced the conclusion of its donation drive for “The Freedom Story”. The charity helps to educate communities on Thailand’s impoverished youth and strives to help prevent human trafficking.

The fundraiser hosted a series of activities including a Lucky Draw contest at the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament by Anantara in Bangkok. The proceeds collected from the company-wide team fundraising efforts will be used to help provide daily transportation and meal costs for the 116 scholarship students that the Freedom Story supports.

“Giving back to our community is an important part of who we are and how we run our business,” said Paul Lim, Director of Corporate Marketing. “This year, we partnered with the Freedom Story to aid them in their efforts to educate Thailand’s youth and prevent human trafficking within the country. As we learned more about their mission, our team members became increasingly inspired to help support their cause.”

Since its inception in 2010, Anantara Vacation Club has contributed to and raised awareness for numerous local and national charities across Thailand, China, and Indonesia. The Freedom Story offers scholarships, mentorship, and resources to Thailand’s youth to encourage them to stay in school and avoid the risk of capture for trafficking.

In seven years, the charity has successfully helped 180 young people stay in school while providing resources to help thousands more through after-school programs, tutoring services, English and Chinese language classes, and other services.

“We have been very pleased to work with Anantara Vacation Club,” said Lisa Winterfeldt, International Liaison at The Freedom Story. “We can tell that the staff are genuinely passionate about the prevention work The Freedom Story does, which allowed us to raise awareness and share our mission with lots of people. We are appreciative of the kindness, work ethic, and positivity with which they continue to promote our work.”

For more information on the Anantara Vacation Club, visit their official website.

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Grand Luxxe Vidanta Riviera Maya Debuts New Luxury Suites

One of the most sought-after resorts in Riviera Maya just got an upgrade. The Grand Luxxe Vidanta Riviera Maya property recently introduced its new Jungle Suites, a new type of accommodation designed to create unique and unforgettable vacations. Equipped with desirable in-unit features and amenities, the suites will serve to provide families and groups with a completely new kind of comfort.

In addition to the resort’s already-solid reputation of offering above-the-line accommodations, the Jungle Suites will bring a different experience to guests at the resort. Built before the scenic, looming jungles of the Riviera, the suites will offer great views of the lush plant life that surrounds the property. However, don’t let the name fool you—there’s nothing rustic about the Jungle Suites. In fact, these new suites have been outfitted with the very best furnishings, decor, and amenities to give families the Mexico vacation they’ve always dreamed of.

The Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya Jungle Suites feature gourmet kitchens and a dining room for six that are perfect for planning home-cooked meals. The master bedroom boasts floor-to-ceiling views of the jungle beyond, while the two marble bathrooms will allow you to sink into the elegance your accommodations offer. A Jacuzzi is included in the suite to truly help you unwind, while the private terrace is perfect for enjoying the pleasant climate of the Riviera.

But that’s not all. The design team at Vidanta Riviera Maya went an extra step further and equipped the Jungle Suites with gorgeous dark wood accents and organic elements to help guests immerse themselves in the scenery. The suites also feature jungle-inspired decor and artwork that reflects the local environment and culture.

The Jungle Suites are also located within their own complex, promising peace and tranquility to those who choose to spend their vacation there. Guests will enjoy easy access to the Grand Luxxe Vidanta Riviera Maya resort’s new lazy river, which winds through its spacious grounds under the Yucatan sun. Along with other great amenities like the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, live shows from Cirque du Soleil, and sprawling swimming pools, the Jungle Suites at the Grand Luxxe will serve to reconnect guests with nature while they enjoy the very best in on-site amenities.

For more information on the Jungle Suites at the Grand Luxxe Vidanta Riviera Maya, visit their official website.

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Alan B. Levan Appointed Chairman of Bluegreen Vacations

Bluegreen Corporation announced today that Alan B. Levan has been appointed for the role of Chairman of Bluegreen Corporation.

Currently, Alan B. Levan acts as the Chairman and CEO of BBX Capital Corporation, formerly known as BFC Financial Corporation. Levan was formerly the Chairman of Bluegreen Corporation.

Over his 40+ year career in the industry, Levan has served as Chairman of four New York Stock Exchange listed companies and has been a driving force in raising more than $2 billion in debt and equity. At the age of 27, he founded IRE Financial in 1971. The company served as the predecessor to BBX Capital Corporation, and over the decade, raised hundreds of millions of dollars and developed a portfolio of real estate national exceeding $1.5 billion in value.

Levan was the mastermind behind the acquisition and development of several master-planned communities including tens of thousands of square feet of commercial space, shopping centers, and homes. He acquired control of BankAtlantic in 1984 and built the company into a 100-branch, $6 billion Florida Banking franchise and later led its sale to BB&T. Levan served as the director of Benihana, Inc’, and managed the sale of the company. Benihana’s stocks grew from $2.00 per share to $16.30 per share.

Bluegreen Resorts is a world leader in the hospitality industry. With over 60 resorts in states all over the country, Bluegreen offers an expansive catalog of luxurious accommodations with world-class amenities and services. Learn more about Bluegreen today.

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Interval International Provides Upgraded Members with More Ways to Vacation

One of the world’s leaders in the external exchange industry, Interval International, has announced that members now have even more flexibility. In addition to their wide variety of valuable services, Interval Gold®, Interval Platinum®, and Club Interval Gold® members can now utilize a new hotel exchange benefit in top destinations like New York City, Chicago, London, and Paris.

This new benefit allows Interval International’s upgraded members to trade their weeks or points for a vacation at any of the available accommodations all over the world. This enhancement has been added to Interval Options®, a program that offers members opportunities for cruise, tour, golf, and spa vacations, or vacation activities and excursions through Interval Experiences.

“In addition to the more than 3,000 resorts in the Interval network, we can now offer members seamless access to thousands of additional quality properties in popular destinations, including urban and international markets,” said David C. Gilbert, president of Interval International. “And, it’s a tremendous feature to present to prospective buyers at the point of sale, reinforcing the flexibility of vacation ownership.”

Interval International’s senior vice president of consumer marketing, Sharon Free, also commented that previous research has shown how members truly value hotel exchange options because it allows them another way to customize their vacations and travel experiences.

Interval International Gold, Platinum, and Club Interval Gold members also enjoy a wide array of travel and leisure benefits such as ShortStay Exchange®, Golf Connection, discounts on Getaway vacation rentals, Dinin Connection amenities, City Guides, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards®, and more.

For more information about these updated vacation benefits and all the other member perks offered by Interval International, visit their website.

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Ritz-Carlton Astana Property Brings Luxury to Kazakhstan

Ritz-Carlton, a brand name that belongs to high-end luxury hotel properties around the world, has opened the doors to its newest addition in the Kazakh capital city of Astana. The new hotel, located in the center of one of the fastest-growing travel destinations in Central Asia, provides luxurious rooms, residences, restaurants, health spas, and more.

The Ritz-Carlton Astana is located in a mixed-use facility called the Talan Towers. The facility also includes a business center and shops to give hotel guests access to additional amenities. Located next to the iconic Bayterek Tower, the new property brings the best in luxury and conveniences when it comes to Kazakhstan hotels.

The hotel includes more than 150 guest rooms, 32 suites, and 27 residences with views of the surrounding urban attractions. The Ritz-Carlton Astana will also feature a club lounge on the 14th floor, as well as an on-site spa that will offer guests signature treatments and experiences. Three new restaurants, dubbed Ɵzen, Mökki, and Selfie Astana, will also be located at the hotel to provide exquisite dining options in the heart of the city.

Herve Humler, president and COO of Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, spoke of the importance of the new hotel and its location:

“We are excited to be launching The Ritz-Carlton in this flourishing capital and can’t wait to help our guests discover what made The New York Times call Astana one of the 52 places to visit in 2017.” He went on to add, “The Ritz-Carlton, Astana represents the future of Astana and acknowledges the city’s growing power and prominence. By bringing The Ritz-Carlton’s legacy of service together with Kazakhstan’s traditional culture of hospitality, our guests will feel truly at home in this city as they experience all that Astana has to offer as it comes into its own.”

The hotel will go on to benefit from the city’s promising future in the travel and tourism space. The upcoming international exposition Astana EXPO-2017 is expected to bring between 3 and 4 million travelers to the city this year, presenting a big upside for the newly-opened Ritz-Carlton Astana.

For more information on the hotel, its features and services, or about Ritz-Carlton’s plans for Astana, read their full press release.

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Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens is Now Taking Reservations

Marriott Vacation Club’s newest resort, Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens, is expected to open on January 1, 2018. This property is located in Bali Indonesia, a gorgeous island destination known for it’s diversity, stunning temples and palaces, and top-notch surfing.

While the resort doesn’t open until early 2018, reservations can now be made by guests, Members, and Owners to get to experience the resort right away.

Marriott Vacation Club also has three other resorts in Southeast Asia including Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, and Marriott’s Vacation Club at the Empire Place. Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens with be the fourth of the properties in this region in continuation of the company’s growth strategy in Asia.

Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens is located in the Nusa Dua beachside community. It will be composed of 51 one- and two-bedroom apartments with decor inspired by the tropical beauty of Indonesia. Access to the adjacent Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua allows visitors to enjoy amenities such as a lagoon-style pool, lazy river, on-site dining, fitness center, spa, and a private beach club.

Bali features so much to explore including volcanoes, temples, pagodas, forests, beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, and so much more. Guests of Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens will delight in this exotic home base for discovering all that Bali has to offer.

To learn more about Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens or make your reservation, visit the official website.

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Westgate Park City Resort Wins 7 Best of State Awards

As a result of its excellence in hospitality, dining, and travel and tourism, Westgate Park City Resort & Spa won in seven categories of the 2017 Best of State Awards.

For the fifth consecutive year, Westgate Park City Resort & Spa was deemed the Best Ski Resort in Utah based on its impeccable recognition of both its restaurants and spa.

The Edge Steakhouse and Drafts Sports Bar & Grill each claimed two category victories. Edge Steakhouse won for Best Steaks and Best Wine List, while Drafts ran away with the Best American Pub and Best Gourmet Burger. These eateries are now in their fifth year of winning the Best of State awards.

“It is an honor to once again be recognized by the Best of State Awards,” said Brian Waltrip, general manager of Westgate Park City Resort & Spa. “Our team is dedicated to providing our guests with the best experience possible, and these awards showcase that commitment.”

The Westgate Park City Resort & Spa won the following categories:

  • Best Ski Resort – Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
  • Best American Pub – Drafts Sports Bar & Grill
  • Best Gourmet Burger – Drafts Sports Bar & Grill
  • Best Steaks – Edge Steakhouse
  • Best Wine Service – Edge Steakhouse
  • Best Destination Spa – Serenity Spa by Westgate
  • Best Fitness Camp – One Fitness Camp

Westgate Park City Resort, which over the past several years has been one of the most awarded resorts in Utah, continues to improve by investing in new features and amenities to provide its guests with a refreshing new vacation experience.

Additionally, Westgate Park City Resort & Spa and its Edge Steakhouse have been awarded the AAA Four Diamond designation, and Edge has also been awarded with a Forbes Travel Guide Recommendation. Forbes Magazine also recognized Serenity Spa as one of the top spas in Park City by awarding it a Four-Star rating.

Learn more about the Westgate Park City Resort and its award-winning qualities by visiting their official website.

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Grupo Vidanta Sponsors Successful Golf Tour

One of Mexico’s most premier vacation resort brands, Grupo Vidanta, was the official sponsor of the Greg Norman Academy Professional Golf Tour last week. Running from May 24th through May 28th, the tour promoted the growth of golf in Mexico and highlighted some of the country’s best courses. The event also served to promote the group’s golf brand, Vidanta Golf, and their mission to create remarkable playing grounds around their high-end vacation properties.< --more-->

Through the sponsorship, Grupo Vidanta coordinated with some of the world’s best PGA talent. Carlos Ortiz, as well as golf legend Greg Norman participated in the tour, serving to promote the sport’s prominence in Mexico and also to celebrate the excellent courses at Grupo Vidanta’s resorts.

Vidanta Golf maintains six courses spread throughout some of Mexico’s most alluring destinations, including Los Cabos, Acapulco, and Riviera Nayarit. Greg Norman, who lent his name to the tour, recently opened a new signature course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, which features fantastic grounds along the banks of the Ameca River. Additional courses include the course at Vidanta Los Cabos, which was one of the region’s first luxury golf courses, as well as the Vidanta Golf course in Acapulco, which offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Vidanta Golf focuses on providing excellent golf facilities in a mixed variety of terrain and natural surroundings. Resort guests and timeshare owners will also find the best in service at the courses, with many including luxury clubhouses, pro shops, individual lessons and classes, as well as world-class restaurants. From the vibrant gardens of the Yucatan at Vidanta Riviera Maya to the arid desert fairways at Puerto Penasco, golfers of all skill levels will find a breathtaking game at Grupo Vidanta properties.

For more information on the Greg Norman Academy Professional Golf Tour, or the golf courses at Grupo Vidanta, read their official press release.

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Diamond Resorts Applauds Ka’anapali Beach Club for Charity Walk

Diamond Resorts International® is applauding and recognizing the staff members at Ka’anapali Beach Club for their hard work raising $10,378 at their annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Maui at the War Memorial Soccer Field. This is the resort’s 38th year hosting this benefit.

The money raised at this Charity Walk will go to benefit several local charities such as Maui Food Bank, Maui Youth and Family Services, and Special Olympics Maui.

“We are proud of our team members for demonstrating considerable initiative and for so freely giving of their time to support the local community,” said Mike Flaskey, Chief Executive Officer Diamond Resorts International®. “All of us at Diamond Resorts would like to congratulate Ka‘anapali Beach Club for surpassing their fundraising goals by holding creative fundraising events such as making and selling bento boxes and linens.”

The Ka’anapali Beach Club team raised money for the event and participated in the 3.1 mile walk. They also showed through actions how Diamond Resorts is deeply committed to hospitality by hosting members of the community at the booth they managed. A team arrived first thing in the morning to serve up breakfast for all participants. The Ka’anapali Beach Club staff also purchased and donated slippers to a local organization for those who can’t afford shoes.

This event is sponsored by Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association, a group that has raised over $30 million since its beginnings in 1978, all of it benefiting local organizations all across the island.

To learn more about this annual Charity Walk, visit the official website.

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New Universal Studios Water Park Opens Today

Orlando’s popular Universal Studios resort is debuting their brand-new Volcano Bay water park today. Spanning 28 acres along Interstate 4, the new addition to Universal Studios will feature waterslides, roller coasters, and a 200-foot man made volcano towering in the center of the park. The grand opening will be recognized with a special VIP ceremony beginning at 10 AM.

Volcano Bay is the newest water park in Orlando since SeaWorld’s Aquatica water park opened in 2008. Universal’s newest addition will replace the long-standing Wet ‘n Wild park, which closed permanently in December of last year. Volcano Bay is also located adjacent to the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, offering easy access for guests at that property.

The park will also feature a new wristband technology called TapuTapu that will let visitors access special features and gain unique park insight. Similar to Disney’s MagicBand technology, TapuTapu bands will be issued to every guest upon arrival, and will carry the ability to alert guests when it’s their time to ride, and can also be synced to credit cards to make easy purchases within the park.

Dale Mason, vice president and executive art director for Universal Studios, commented on the immense planning that went into opening Volcano Bay:

“We have traveled the world looking at other water parks and other experiences. We traveled all over Asia and brought back with us all the knowledge about what’s great in a water park and what’s not great. And we applied it here at Volcano Bay.”

Volcano Bay will feature 18 different attractions, including water slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool. The centerpiece of the park, however, is the Ko’okiri Body Plunge, a 70-degree angle slide dropping 125 feet.

For more information on the brand new resort and everything it offers to guests and visitors, visit the Volcano Bay website today.

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Hilton Grand Vacations Opens The District by Hilton Club in Washington

Hilton Grand Vacations has just announced the opening of The District by Hilton Club, the largest timeshare property in Washington D.C. The District is located on the top three floors of Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. Georgetown, HGV’s first resort property in the city.

Mark Wang, president and CEO of Hilton Grand Vacations, commented:

“With travelers continuing to gain interest in experiencing major cities like locals, we made the strategic decision to develop a timeshare property in one of the most sought-after urban destinations in the world. The District combines affordable luxury with a top travel location so owners and guests can enjoy high-quality accommodations while exploring the rich culture of our nation’s capital.”

Located between Georgetown and Dupont Circle, The District provides guests with a prime location near great restaurants, shops, nightlife, and all of the historical museums, monuments, and memorials.

The three floors of The District offer 96 large one-bedroom suites and 12 two-bedroom suites. Resort amenities include a fitness center, heated indoor pool, restaurant and bar, business center, arcade room, a market, and a private owners’ lounge area.

Hilton Grand Vacations is working to expand their portfolio of urban travel and vacation options for its members, and The District provides a new and exciting setting close to all that Washington D.C. has to offer. They are also working on The Residences by Hilton Club located in the New York Hilton Midtown. This property is expected to open in Spring of 2018. Hilton Grand Vacations also offers resorts in Manhattan and West 57th Street, both in the heart of New York City.

To learn more about Hilton Grand Vacations, visit their official website.

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Country Music Star Lee Brice Serves as Diamond Resorts’ Newest Brand Ambassador

Diamond Resorts International announced their newest alliance and sponsorship arrangement with Grammy-nominated musician, singer, and songwriter Lee Brice.

“I spend a lot of time traveling all around the world, performing for the most incredible fans anyone could ask for,” said Brice. “When I’m able to take time off with my family and friends, I look no further than Diamond Resorts. Their properties are beautiful and their amenities first-rate, but what I appreciate the most is their team members. Their customer service—from reservations to housekeeping—is second-to-none.”

In addition to his affiliation with the global leader in hospitality and vacation ownership industries, Brice will be performing live, acoustic performances at various Diamond Resorts destinations across the U.S. Diamond Resorts plans on incorporating these performances as part of their Events of a Lifetime experiential vacation program for members and owners. The 2017 Diamond Resorts Concert Series will also include multiple performances by country music artists such as Jana Kramer, Colt Ford, and Cole Swindell.

“I’m proud to be a Diamond Resorts ambassador,” continued Brice. “I look forward to spending some quality time with the Diamond Resorts members and owners at these exclusive Events of a Lifetime, and getting the opportunity to perform at some of the amazing destinations that Diamond Resorts offers.”

“Besides being an incredibly talented musician with an outstanding repertoire of chart-topping hits, Lee is a great guy who brings a lot of energy with him everywhere he goes,” said Michael Flaskey, Chief Executive Officer for Diamond Resorts International®. “We are honored to have Lee join our Diamond Resorts family, and are confident that he will take our Events of a Lifetime to a whole new level by creating unforgettable experiences for our members and owners to enjoy through our concert series.”

Diamond Resorts members will also have the opportunity for premium seating options, private meet-and-greet experiences, and a backstage tour at Brice’s concerts and shows all across America in 2017. These concerts will also be a part of the Events of a Lifetime franchise. The events program offers more than 3,000 exciting VIP experiential opportunities for Diamond Resorts members and owners every year.

Learn more about Diamond Resorts International by visiting their website.

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