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Capital Resorts Announces Affiliation with Beach House Resort

Capital Resorts Group, a vacation ownership company in Myrtle Beach, has just announced that they have added Beach House Resort to their portfolio of top vacation destinations. This resort is situated in a luxury oceanfront destination along Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Beach House Resort offers a wealth of upscale amenities in their accommodations including full kitchens, balconies, custom decor, and large living rooms. Capital Club members can now choose a one-, two-, or three-bedroom oceanfront suite at this deluxe location. On-site amenities at Beach House Resort include a swimming pool, hot tub, shuffleboard, fitness center, picnic area, and an activity room.

The Beach House Golf & Racquet Resort, a Defense Resorts managed property, entered into an affiliation agreement with Capital Resorts Group. This allows the group to expand their vacation options to all Capital Club members.

Capital Resorts Group is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but features resort destinations all across the United States. Users enjoy a points-based travel system for truly flexible vacations at luxury resorts. Learn more by visiting their website.

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RCI Points Program Launches at Asia Resorts

The RCI Points program, a popular and convenient way to exchange timeshares through Resort Condominiums International, is coming to the network’s affiliated resorts in Asia. Beginning immediately, RCI Asia resorts will have the option to offer points-based exchange options for owners and members instead of the traditional weeks-based option.

Traditionally, owners at RCI Asia resorts and members elsewhere seeking to exchange at an Asian property have had to rely on RCI weeks exchange to trade their timeshare. However, the addition of the RCI Points program is part of a continued global expansion by the exchange giant to transform the timeshare exchange industry.

First launched in 2000, RCI Points is the largest points-based exchange program in the world. RCI members can take advantage of flexible exchange options using their points to discover new experiences and vacations across the globe. Each vacation ownership is given a specific points value that varies on individual basis. With these points, members can more easily explore alternative vacation options.

RCI members at Asia resorts can now take advantage of benefits exclusive to points-based memberships, like banking and borrowing points, splitting up vacations into several smaller getaways, and even book cruises for an entirely new vacation experience. The best benefit of all, however, is the flexibility to customize accommodation options like unit size and room type with each exchange.

Jonathan Mills, managing director for RCI Asia Pacific, said the RCI Points program in Asia will bring more benefits and options to members:

“RCI Points has been a tremendous success since its launch in the U.S. in 2000, and has proven to be the most flexible and rewarding vacation exchange program in the market today. As RCI continues to expand its presence in Asia, we are confident that RCI Points will provide more benefits and options to our affiliates in the region and meet the changing needs of consumers today.”

For more information on RCI Points and affiliated resorts around Asia, visit RCI’s official website.

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RCI Welcomes 74 Newly Affiliated Properties to its Network

Resort Condominiums International (RCI), the world’s leader in external exchange, has added 74 new properties to its global exchange network over the first half of the 2017 year. These resorts reside in fantastic travel destinations including Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America.

Over 30 resorts were added across Latin America and the Caribbean this year, including the all-inclusive Sunscape Splash Montego Bay by Unlimited Vacation Club in Jamaica. This family-friendly property gives guests access to gorgeous beaches, water slides, a lazy river, and both kids and teens clubs.

In Africa, RCI members are now able to visit Sea Point, South Africa with a vacation at Bantry Bay International Resort. These gorgeous apartment-style accommodations face the Atlantic Ocean, providing stunning sea and shoreline views.

RCI was pleased to also grow in India with the addition of The Ananta Udaipur resort in Rajasthan. This resort is set against the Aravalli Hills across 75 acres of lush greenery for a whimsical vacation experience.

Royal Blue Hotel and Spa Paphos in Cyprus was also added to RCI’s extensive network of vacation ownership resorts. This stunning property is located 700-feet above the coastline, boasting panoramic views of the shore and Paphos. Amenities include four outdoor pools, gardens, on-site dining, and more.

“We are excited to welcome these new properties to the RCI global exchange network,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “With the addition of these great resorts across sought-after destinations across the globe, we continue to bolster both the number and quality of vacation choices we are able to offer our 3.8 million subscribing members.”

To learn more about RCI and their global exchange services, visit their website.

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Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Wins Twenty-One Awards from RCI

RCI, a timeshare exchange maven in the Wyndham Worldwide brand family, awarded Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club (LHVC), a total of 21 awards. The resort, located in the Dominican Republic’s Puerto Plata, won five RCI Gold Crown Awards, an RCI Silver Crown Award, the Diamond Award, and 14 Top Seller Awards.

RCI, which awards its top affiliated resorts on a yearly basis, presented President of Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Markus Wischenbart and his team with RCI Gold Crown Awards for The Tropical, Crown Suites, Residence Suites, Presidential Suites Puerto Plata, and Crown Villas, and an RCI Silver Crown Award for Presidential Suites Punta Cana.

Wischenbart said:

“It’s a huge honor for us to consistently be recognized by RCI. We are thrilled to continue to receive the coveted RCI Gold Crown Resort® Award and the other RCI prestigious honors which define our commitment to excellence.”

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club includes the following distinct developments in the Dominican Republic:

  • The Tropical
  • The Crown Suites
  • The Crown Villas
  • The Royal Suites
  • The Royal Villas
  • The Residence Suites
  • The Presidential Suites Puerto Plata
  • Dream Suites by Lifestyles Puerto Plata
  • The Presidential Suites Punta Cana
  • The Presidential Suites Cabarete
  • Dream Suites by Lifestyles Punta Cana
  • Dream Suites by Lifestyles Bávaro
  • Dream Suites by Lifestyles Bayahibe
  • Dream Suites By Lifestyle and Presidential Suites by Lifestyle in Boca Chica
  • Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort
  • Costa Esmeralda
  • Villa Park Villas & Suites and Cap El Limon in Samaná

For more information on Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, visit their official website.

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Interval International’s Preferred Residences Program Adds The Point at Petite Calivigny

Preferred Residences℠, a globally known hospitality branding program, is now serving The Point at Petite Calivigny in Grenada, a small Caribbean country renowned for its spice production. ILG’s operating business, Interval International, offers the program to luxury shared ownership resorts.

A developer of the resort, Dr. Christopher C. Ashby, director of Chanson D’Argent Holdings Development Limited, said:

”Shared ownership has proven to be a successful business model in several of the Caribbean’s most popular travel destinations. After many years of involvement in Grenada’s residential real-estate market, we recognized a need for more diversification in the island’s tourism product. We are confident that The Point at Petite Calivigny provides the optimal mix of luxury and flexibility to fit the lifestyle of today’s affluent leisure travelers.”

The resort’s guests will have a choice of two-bedroom condominiums, arrayed like a remote village around a yoga facility and organically shaped pool, or modern three-bedroom villas. In the villas, guests can enjoy the sights of Hog Island, Woburn Bay Marine Protected Area, and Calivigny Island from the comfort of interiors equipped with a furnished kitchen, private patio, infinity pool, hand-made furniture, and plenty of space to dine and make merry during their Grenada vacation. The accommodations sit on a stunningly maintained 9-acre landscape.

Neil Kolton, Interval director of resort sales and service for the Caribbean, said the following:

”This exceptional property is an exciting addition to the Preferred Residences portfolio. Consumers who purchase a fractional ownership interest at The Point at Petite Calivigny will enjoy the authentic vacation experience for which Grenada is renowned, as well as the personal service they can expect from a Preferred Residences member resort.”

The resort will add an assortment of amenities in two phases:

Phase One

  • Deep-water marina
  • Boat dock
  • Three-meal waterfront restaurant
  • Indoor/outdoor gym

Phase Two

  • Hotel with 60 rooms
  • Health spa
  • Beach club/restaurant
  • Sky bar and lounge

Guests will arrive at the resort by private launch from the international airport just 15 minutes away, and have access to electric carts at the resort.

Grenada has many outdoor activities for guests to partake in, as a way to explore the country’s natural beauty. Examples include hiking through tropical jungles and rainforests, diving, deep-sea fishing, and snorkeling. A Grenada vacation also offers rich cultural experiences in the form of markets, festivals, and tours of plantations, forts, and historic landmarks.

Preferred Residences makes exchanging their designated resorts possible for well-to-do excursionists. In addition to trading vacation time for stays at other Preferred Residences resorts, owners benefit from discounted nightly reservations, annual Preferred Golf℠ membership, year-round Priority Pass™ airport VIP lounge program membership, dining discounts, 24-hour personal concierge services, and a great deal more.

For more information on Interval International’s Preferred Residences program, visit their official website.

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RCI Announces Agreement to Acquire DAE

Leading external exchange company, RCI, has recently made an agreement with the Beneficium vacation group to acquire DAE Global Pty Ltd. Dian An Exchange (DAE) is a leading timeshare exchange company in Australia. The agreement is subject to customary conditions precedent.

DAE currently has offices in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., and Egypt, all of which will become part of RCI once the deal is complete. This acquisition will broaden RCI’s current business and give more appeal to a new base of travelers. It will also further enforce RCI as the leader in global exchange.

Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI, spoke on company’s commitment to expansion and global leadership.

“Since first pioneering the vacation exchange concept more than 40 years ago, RCI has continually found new ways to evolve and grow its own business while also propelling the exchange industry forward. Through this acquisition we will expand the exchange and holiday options we offer travelers, increase the technology capabilities we provide to our resort partners and strengthen our footprint in key growth markets across the globe.”

Once DAE becomes a part of the RCI family of brands, they will enjoy benefiting from all that RCI has developed for over four decades, including inventory management, as well as member marketing and analytics. DAE currently has a loyal consumer base, and the company will continue to run as an independent brand and market themselves separately from RCI. Regardless of that fact, the similarities between RCI and DAE will allow these exchange businesses to collaborate and grow together.

This year, DAE is celebrating its 20th anniversary in offering their direct-to-member exchange model all over the world. DAE will help RCI to expand its exchange offerings and attract a new group of timeshare owners. In this deal, RCI also acquires @Work International, which will help further develop exchange management and reservation management software programs and boost their technology solutions for its members and resort partners.

Moving forward, DAE will continue to be led by co-founder Francis Taylor. He is confident that the partnership will help DAE fulfill its highest potential. Learn more about DAE and RCI on their respective websites.

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The Registry Collection Adds Ali’i Kai Resort to Exchange Network

The Registry Collection® program, the luxury exchange program within RCI, has added Ali’i Kai Resort in Kauai, Hawaii to its network of high-end vacation properties. Prior to this, Ali’i Kai Resort has been a part of the RCI exchange network for over 25 years.

“Having our property included in The Registry Collection program’s exclusive exchange network is a proud moment for all of us,” said Ronald G. Wright, developer and president of Ali‘i Kai Home Owners Association. “A stay at our property is truly exceptional, and we are looking forward to welcoming members of The Registry Collection to experience it first-hand as well as inviting our owners to experience the benefits of being part of this exchange program.”

Ali’i Kai Resort is located on the north shore of Kauai, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort boasts 18 two-bedroom suites that recently went under extensive renovations to add luxury bedrooms, living rooms, and dining spaces. Each offers a private balcony with stunning views of the island.

Before the incredible accommodations and gorgeous beaches, guests at Ali’i Kai Resort have the opportunity to engage in local activities including snorkeling, surfing, ukulele classes, and jewelry making. The resort concierge also gives guests the option to explore outside the resort by offering tours and experiences like cruises, kayaking trips, golfing, dinner shows, and more.

Global Vice president of The Registry Collection program, Gregg Anderson, spoke on how thrilled he is to be adding Ali’i Kai Resort to the exchange program:

“Ali‘i Kai Resort is an excellent fit for our luxury portfolio, and I’m confident our members will appreciate a new travel option in Hawaii. Resorts on Kauai provide amazing experiences, and Ali‘i Kai Resort is one of the best on the island. We are thrilled to add it to our exchange network.”

Learn more about The Registry Collection and the properties they offer on their official website.

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Diamond Resorts International Las Vegas is Hosting a Barbecue for Homeless Youth

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, Diamond Resorts International in Las Vegas is benefitting the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), a non-profit organization combatting youth homelessness in Southern Nevada throughout the year, by hosting a barbecue fundraiser.

Diamond Resorts, an international hospitality and vacation ownership industry forerunner, has partnered with NPHY before, by putting together 500 hygiene kits and donating $3,500 to the local nonprofit organization. These efforts were the work of Diamond Resorts’ national marketing team, who managed to accomplish the aforementioned projects within two months this summer.

Michael Flaskey, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts International®, said:

“Las Vegas is home to many Diamond Resorts team members, and it is an honor to continue partnering with the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth to help better the lives of our youth in the city where we work and live. I am proud of our team members for their continued volunteering efforts, and it has been incredible to see the great impact we have when we work together to support our communities.”

Clark County, Nevada has one of the largest populations of homeless youth in the United States. In the 2015-2016 year, Clark County schools saw over 14,000 homeless youth enrollees.

Virgil’s Real BBQ is donating lunch for the event, held at the Drop-In Center at 4981 Shirley Street, Las Vegas, and Diamond Resorts team members will be there with donations to the non-profit. These donations include clothing, backpacks, and new basketballs. Diamond Resorts is putting on the event to raise awareness of the goals of NPHY and make sure homeless youth have what they need for school in the fall.

To learn more about Diamond Resorts, visit their official website.

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staySky Vacation Clubs Launches Your Way Product

staySky® Vacation Clubs recently expanded their product line to offer more flexibility for those who wish to enjoy the benefits of a vacation club membership without having to make a lifetime commitment. This new product is known as staySky® Your Way.

staySky® Your Way product offers all of the staySky® member benefits including the staySky® Escapes platform. The main difference is the length of membership commitment. Traditional staySky® memberships are 49 years or more, whereas staySky® Your Way is only 17.5 years.

Another benefit of the program allows members to opt-out of the use rights at every 35-month interval. If members can no longer afford to pay the annual maintenance fees, they can forgo their membership use rights and stop paying maintenance fees to keep their membership active. As another alternative, staySky® members can use their points to pay for their annual maintenance fees with the staySky® Escapes program.

This new program is ideal for those that want more freedom and travel flexibility without committing for life. It allows them to relish in staySky® member benefits without paying the full price.

staySky® members have the opportunity to use their points for vacation accommodations at any of the staySky® Vacation Clubs properties or by exchanging through their Interval International Golf membership program. Members can also enjoy upgrades, discounted travel opportunities, and access to various entertainment venues and tickets.

staySky® allows their members to be in control of their vacation experience with such a wide range of options available to them. To learn more, visit their official website.

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Ground Breaks on New Margaritaville Resort Orlando

The new Margaritaville Resort Orlando is officially underway. On July 27th, officials broke ground at the site of the future resort during a festive ceremony that included Margaritaville executives and representatives from Encore Capital Management. The groundbreaking kicks off the beginning of the $750 million project that’s expected to bring 187 new suites to the Orlando area.

The ceremony featured live entertainment from Radio Margaritaville’s DJ Spradlin as well as from steel drummers and stilt walkers. Attendees were also able to enjoy a Margaritaville-inspired spread that included Landshark Lager and tropical drinks.

The 300-acre resort will be no small feat. Plans for the property include a 30,000 square foot event space, 200,000 square feet of dedicated retail space, a complete entertainment and dining district, a water taxi transportation system, and much more. Also featured as part of the Margaritaville Orlando Resort will be a 12-acre water park and scenic wooded fitness trails. In addition to the 187 hotel units, numerous vacation homes, luxury villas, and cottages will also be built.

The massive vacation complex aims to be completed in 2018. Jim Bagley, project developer of Margaritaville Orlando Resort, said:

“This is an exciting day for Margaritaville Resort Orlando and sharing great food, drinks and fun is the best way to celebrate breaking ground on our Margaritaville-branded hotel. Soon travelers from all over the world can escape to paradise with an unforgettable Margaritaville vacation in the heart of Orlando.”

For more information on the upcoming Margaritaville Resort Orlando, visit their official website.

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RCI Expands Offerings with the Acquisition of Love Home Swap

Global travelers will rejoice in the acquisition of London-based Love Home Swap by leading external exchange company, RCI. Love Home Swap is one of the world’s largest home exchange programs that will now complement RCI’s existing business and services.

“Since first pioneering the vacation exchange concept more than 40 years ago, RCI has continually found new ways to evolve and grow its own business while also propelling the exchange industry further,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Through this acquisition we expand the exchange options we offer travelers and strengthen our footprint in key growth markets across the globe.”

Love Home Swap will benefit under the RCI family of brands with services including inventory management and member marketing and analytics. They will also enjoy other resources that come with partnering with a global hospitality leader like Wyndham Worldwide. Additionally, they will have potential access to the portfolio of accommodations all around the world.

While being acquired by RCI, Love Home Swap will continue to run as an independent brand and market themselves separately from RCI. Love Home Swap and RCI’s exchange similarities will offer opportunities for collaboration and growth while providing future travel benefits to their respective members.

The acquisition of Love Home Swap builds upon another investment RCI has made in the company back in 2015. Debbie Wosskow, Love Home Swap Founder, remarked on the dedication and hard work the team has put in to make the company a global success story for the UK sharing economy. She will stay on as an advisor to help make the transition into the RCI family a smooth one.

Learn about RCI and Love Home Swap’s services by visiting their respective websites.

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Vistana Signature Experiences Resorts Win TripAdvisor Distinctions

Vistana Signature Experiences, the developer of Sheraton and Westin-branded vacation ownership resorts, was recently recognized by TripAdvisor through the website’s Certificate of Excellence awards. 16 properties in the Vistana network earned the distinction, marking the brand’s dedication to providing quality accommodations and vacation experiences.

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards recognize hotels and resorts that earn positive reviews on the site by former guests and the TripAdvisor community. Now in its seventh year, the award offers an indicator of high-quality for potential guests and timeshare owners, and the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame recognizes properties that consistently earn the reward.

This year, Vistana Signature Experiences had 16 of its resorts qualify for the award. Steve Williams, chief commercial officer for the company, spoke to the significance of the achievement:

“We’re pleased that so many of our resorts have once again received this prestigious honor. This is a testament to our dedicated associates, who are committed to creating unforgettable, inspiring experiences for every guest, every day.”

The resorts that won the award are as follows:

  • Sheraton Desert Oasis
  • Sheraton Mountain Vista
  • Sheraton Vistana Resort
  • Sheraton Vistana Villages
  • Sheraton PGA Vacation Resort
  • Sheraton Broadway Plantation
  • Westin Kierland Villas
  • Westin Desert Willow Villas
  • Westin Mission Hills Resort & Villas
  • Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas
  • Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
  • Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
  • Westin St. John Resort Villas
  • Lakeside Terrace
  • Baja Point
  • Vistana Beach Club

For more information on the award-winning Vistana Signature Experiences resorts, visit their official website.

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Interval International Welcomes High End-Vacation Club Resorts in China to its Exchange Network

One of the leaders in the global vacation ownership exchange market, Interval International, just announced new additions to their ever-expanding network of properties. Three High-End Vacation Club resorts in China will be joining Interval International. These resort properties are located in Beijing and Jiangsu provinces.

Darren Ettridge, Interval International’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia, commented on his excitement on adding with Yin Wenhuan and his High-End Vacation Club to Interval’s portfolio:

“One of the reasons this experienced developer, who owns and operates a dozen boutique hotels in key destinations throughout China, is entering the industry is his optimism about the future of the country’s travel and leisure market.”

Wenhuam also touched on his pride with his latest venture—High-End Vacation Club:

“We took the decision to launch our club now as we believe that the flexibility of shared ownership holds great appeal for the growing number of consumers in the region who have the disposable income and the desire to travel. We are proud to have created resorts that offer guests an oasis from today’s hectic urban lifestyle, yet provide the latest conveniences and personal service.”

High-End Vacation Club features three resorts—Shanli Lohas Village Tourism Hotel in Shanli Village, and Lili Waterside Houses and Zhenze Waterside Houses, located just south of Suzhou.

Shanli Lohas Village Tourism Hotel features one-, two, and three-bedroom apartment style suites with private courtyards and rustic decor. Amenities including a pool, restaurant, and miniature golf course.

Lili Waterside Houses has one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites as well, each featuring a different design that blends Eastern and Western elements. Zhenze Waterside Houses accommodations are spacious with white walls, wood timers, and picturesque garden views.

New owners that purchase at High-End Vacation Club will get the benefit of being enrolled as individual Interval International members and in addition, become Interval Gold® members. This level of membership offers more flexible exchange options and upgraded benefits and services including Interval Options®, ShortStay Exchange®, Getaways, 24/7 assistance with VIP Concierge, and more.

Learn more about Interval International and their other affiliated resorts on their official website.

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Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock to Renovate Restaurant

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, located along the Red Rock Scenic Byway, has just announced that they are beginning a $2 million reinvention process of their on-site casual restaurant and lounge. The project began this month and is scheduled to be finished in September.

The renovations to The Grille at Shadowrock plan to offer a modern and comfortable gathering space that will offer fresh dishes and local specialty craft beer. The inspiration for this project came from the natural environment of Sedona. As the resort is the area’s adventure headquarters, Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock offers active programing as well as fitness and exploration partnerships. The resort continues to work to provide authentic experiences inspired by the area’s rich and colorful landscapes. The remodeled restaurants will provide a laid back social environment for guests to enjoy after a busy day exploring and discovering.

“We are thrilled to share our inspiration and concepts with our guests and the community,” said Jay Kriske, general manager, Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. “We hope they will enjoy following along as we bring these designs to life.”

This restaurant and bar will provide a social communal bar as well as an intimate outdoor setting with natural woods and metals blending with the surrounding earth tones. Lounge seating, game tables, and fire pits will complete the relaxing dining and drinking experience.

Other amenities at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock include three outdoor pools, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, 25,0000 square-feet of fitness, wellness, and spa features, and gorgeous accommodation suites.

Learn more about Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock by visiting their website.

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Grupo Vidanta To Host 2018 Platinum Awards

Grupo Vidanta, the developer of Mexico’s extremely popular Vidanta resorts, will sponsor next year’s Platinum Awards honoring the best talent and professionals in the Ibero-American film industry. Next year will mark the fifth anniversary of the awards, with the ceremony to be held at the developer’s Riviera Maya property.

2018 will be the first year the awards are hosted in Mexico, with previous years’ ceremonies being held in Panama, Spain, and Uruguay. The awards honor excellence and outstanding performances in the Ibero-American film industry, focusing on actors, directors, and films from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain and Portugal. Grupo Vidanta chose to sponsor the 5th annual awards to continue its commitment to supporting the local arts and entertainment industries.

At the event’s 2017 ceremony held on July 22nd in Madrid, pop musician and actor Miguel Bosé called upon Mexico native Diego Boneta to announce the location for 2018’s gala.

Ivan Chavez, the executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta, release a statement expressing his excitement about the event:

“With great pride, we look forward to welcoming the 2018 Platinum Awards to the Vidanta Theatre, home to JOYÀ by Cirque du Soleil, to celebrate the most notable talent among Ibero-American cinema. Grupo Vidanta is committed to supporting the entertainment industry and its role in showcasing the diverse appeal that Mexico offers as a tourist destination. We are truly thrilled to host this prestigious international awards ceremony and will continue our efforts to spotlight Mexican tourism through the arts.”

For more information on the Platinum Awards or Grupo Vidanta’s sponsorship of the annual event, read their full press release.

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Pueblo Bonito Celebrates 30th Anniversary

This year, Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts is celebrating their 30th anniversary. This premier hotel firm started with a hotel in Mazatlan in 1987 and has grown into a dominant player within the Los Cabos vacation destination.

Pueblo Bonito is a family-owned business, offering five all-inclusive hotels and two villa properties in Los Cabos and Mazatlan. The brand set the bar for luxury travel 30 years ago with its first hotel, and made a similar impact when they opened their first resort in Cabo San Lucas in 1991.

In 2001, Pueblo Bonito opened the Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Nuevo Mazatlan, featuring large accommodations, gorgeous pools, and a luxury spa on a private beach. Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach opened in 2002, located just 10 minutes from the downtown area of Cabo San Lucas. This family-friendly property offers a 2.5 mile stretch of beach with 635 accommodation suites.

After debuting Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica was unveiled in 2005. This resort highlights the beauty of the Baja Peninsula’s mountain-desert-ocean environment and is an adults-only, all-inclusive hotel.

Pueblo Bonito’s golf course, Quivira Golf Club, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and was named “Best New International Course of the Year” by Golf Magazine after opening in 2014.

Last year, Towers at Pacifica opened as a “resort within a resort,” offering VIP amenities like 24-hour butler service and a new gourmet restaurant serving Baja cuisine. The Market at Quivira was also added in 2016, providing a variety of eateries. It has since quickly become Cabo’s top gastronomic “food hall” experience.

After 30 years of incredible achievements, Pueblo Bonito continues to grow and exceed the expectations of all guests by offering the highest quality service. You can find more about their properties by visiting the company’s official website.

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Hyatt Carmel Highlands Celebrates Centennial Anniversary with Finished Renovations

Hyatt Carmel Highlands, a grand Northern California Hotel featuring 48 luxury guestrooms located along the breathtaking Big Sur Coast, recently announced the completion of one of its most exciting transformations in its 100-year history. The oceanfront resort boasts a renovated lobby area, redesigned guest rooms, and remodeled restaurants and lounge. The resort will commemorate its renovations, as well as its centennial anniversary, with a celebration in late July.

Formerly known as the Highlands Inn, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands recreated their establishment using the hotel’s rich history and the city’s thriving artistic, social, and literary culture as inspiration. Redesign was applied to many aspects of the resort.

The guestrooms, including 10 suites, undertook a brand new design with new furnishings, decor, color schemes, new heating and additional air conditioning. The rooms now host an aesthetic inspired by the area’s upscale, coastal vibe.

The resort’s restaurant, the California Market at Pacific’s Edge, added an expanded 40-seat, 1,200-square-foot patio with a new gourmet menu. Additional furnishings include a large communal table made out of a fallen Monterey cypress tree trunk as well as a number of new high top tables.

The Sunset Lounge has been redesigned to offer guests a one-of-a-kind view of the awe-inspiring coastline. Additions have been made to the bar menu including delectable tapas and hand-crafted cocktails, and the lounge features local, live jazz and soul music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The lobby area boasts new furnishings and living room-style components, opening itself up for parties of up to 100 guests.

“We are excited to announce the completion of this renovation, just in time to celebrate the centennial of the hotel,” said James Cooper, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ general manager/managing director. “These upgrades offer a fresh new look, fusing modern touches with the authentic ambiance that this iconic property is known for worldwide.”

Hyatt Carmel Highlands will kick off its centennial celebration on Friday, July 28th. The festivities will showcase the exclusive Local Legends event offering Monterey County’s acclaimed wines and winemakers as well as local chefs that have helped define the cuisine of the California community.

Learn more about Hyatt Carmel Highlands by visiting their website.

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Disney Opens New Copper Creek Villas & Cabins in Orlando

Yesterday, Disney Vacation Club opened its 14th vacation ownership property at their already-successful Wilderness Lodge Resort. The Copper Creek Villas & Cabins opened its doors, featuring nearly two hundred new accommodation options and distinct lakeside cabin units. The opening of the resort comes on the heels of a momentous D23 Expo, which saw the announcement of ambitious new plans from Disney.

The resort offers a wide berth of one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas spread across Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Most notably, the property features 26 lakeside units dubbed the Cascade Cabins. Unique to this specific DVC property, the Cascade Cabins incorporate two-bedroom, two-bathroom spaces with modern amenities. Timeshare owners will find the cabins include full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, laundry facilities, a hot tub, a private porch, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

As with the rest of the larger Wilderness Lodge resort, the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins focus on channeling the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The resort is just a short water taxi ride away from Magic Kingdom, and guests will aso have easy bus access to the rest of Walt Disney World. Also available on-site, the new Geyser Point Bar & Grill offers amazing views of Bay Lake and unique cuisine inspired by the region.

Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club, spoke to the company’s excitement over the new offering:

“Copper Creek Villas & Cabins offers members and guests a uniquely designed and exquisitely appointed home base for their Walt Disney World vacation, and it is truly a gem in the growing Disney Vacation Club portfolio. This resort offers the best of everything, including immersive theming, accommodations in a variety of sizes to suit any type of family, high-quality amenities, and the ideal waterfront location that is just around the river bend from Magic Kingdom Park.”

For more information on Disney’s Copper Creek Villas, visit their website.

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Disney Vacation Club Announces Development for Disney Riviera Resort

At the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced the brand’s next development for Disney Vacation Club. The Disney Riviera Resort will be a brand new resort near Epcot and will feature a new skyway transportation system connecting the property with other areas in Walt Disney World.

“We’re thrilled to announce plans for a new Disney Vacation Club property called Disney Riviera Resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort,” Chapek said. “Our Vacation Club Members are among our most loyal fans, and we think that they will love what we have planned, especially the rooftop restaurant that will offer unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.”

Additionally, Chapek announced that Disney will be designing a new transportation system of gondolas called the Disney Skyliner to give guests a never-before-seen birds-eye view of Walt Disney World. The transportation system will connect Disney Riviera Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach Resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot.

The resort is slated to open in fall 2019, becoming the 15th Disney Vacation Club property in the catalogue. The Disney Riviera Resort will offer approximately 300 units spread across a variety of accommodation types.

Disney Vacation Club will also be celebrating the opening of its 14th resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, today (July 17th). The resort features 184 rustically elegant vacation accommodations including Deluxe Studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, three-bedroom Grand Villas and unique waterfront cabins.

“The opening of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and the announcement of our next planned development, Disney Riviera Resort, demonstrate the incredible momentum underway at Disney Vacation Club,” said Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Disney Vacation Club. “Our members tell us over and over again how much they love the outstanding accommodations and the value and flexibility of a Disney Vacation Club Membership, as well as the unique location to our growing and evolving theme parks and the exclusive member experiences and benefits they get from our Membership Extras program.”

Learn more about Disney Vacation Club on their official website and become familiar with its unique ownership system today.

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Marriott International Luxury Brands Award Top Honors in J.D. Power Ranking

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, and W Hotels are all Marriott International luxury brands that have recently been recognized by the J.D. Power 2017 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Survey. These brands stand out as having a high guest satisfaction rating among guests.

Tied for the number one positions this year was the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott, showing Marriott International’s commitment to providing unparalleled guest services to all travelers. For the third year in a row, Ritz-Carlton was honored at the #1 luxury brand, with JW Marriott increasing their score up from #3 to #1 this year. W Hotels was also recognized among the leaders for satisfied guests.

“This prestigious recognition shows that our luxury brands are consistently delivering on their promise to enhance the experience through personalized service and superb amenities. It’s wonderful news to have The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott lead guest satisfaction scores in the luxury category, and shows that both brands are a true favorite with their loyal guests,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer, Marriott International. “This acknowledgement is mostly a reflection of the incredible work of our hotel teams, who are, at the highest level, anticipating the needs of today’s luxury traveler.”

This is the 21st year of the J.D. Power study, which measures overall guest satisfaction across eight segments of hotel luxury. It also monitors seven factors to determine guest satisfaction such as the reservation process, efficient of check-in/check-out, accommodations, food and beverage, cost and fees, and the general hotel services and facilities.

Marriott International also features Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, and EDITION Hotels in the luxury portfolio of properties.

You can learn more about Marriott International by visiting their website.

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