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The Biz According to Snidely: February 17, 2018

  –Captious Captions by Sam Snidely Little Tommy showed up for sales training this morning and ‘rode’ with Debbie Downer during the first wave. Now, with the second wave soon starting – being fully trained & prepared as a sales professional who is also well versed in the products and services he’ll be representing (including …

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Timeshare Odds and Ends: February 17, 2018

► We all know about “legacy” resorts, a euphemism for those older, once-loved properties that have long been sold out, have seen better days and are now struggling to survive. There are companies that specialize in managing such properties, helping to resell defaulted weeks, to collect overdue maintenance fees, bring the resort up to snuff, …

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Weekly Jukebox: February 17, 2018

  Prince may have been small in physical stature, but what a giant talent he possessed! Wikipedia says “Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and director. He was known for his electric work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide …

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Timeshare Business News: February 17, 2018

  Three (count ’em!) timeshare companies will be releasing their 4th quarter and full year financial reports within a day of each other: One on Feb. 27 and two on Feb. 28. $$$► Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC) will report financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017 before the market opens …

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New Jersey Timeshare News: February 17, 2018

>> EASTERN TIMESHARE NEWS:   PARSIPPANY: In the “Getting smaller” category, Wyndham Worldwide is selling its European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3 billion smackaroos. This sale is related to the spinoff of the company’s hotel business from its vacation ownership and timeshare exchange businesses, which will result in two separate, publicly …

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New York Timeshare News: February 17, 2018

>> EASTERN USA NEWS   ALBANY: Xavier Walton, a Texas man from San Antonio, was arraigned on an indictment charging him with fraudulently soliciting and receiving payments from timeshare owners. The indictment came down in New York because one of his alleged victims resides in Saratoga Springs, NY. Walton received a total of more than …

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Nevada Timeshare News: February 17, 2018

>> WESTERN USA NEWS   LAS VEGAS: Here is yet another instance of timeshare resale fraud whose perpetrator has been reeled in by the long arm of the law. In this case it is being prosecuted as securities fraud due to the way it was “sold”. Louis Joseph Curto III, aka Lou Curto aka Joe …

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Caribbean Timeshare News: February 17, 2018

>> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS US VIRGIN ISLANDS: The island of St. Thomas continues to go through a lengthy recovery process following the devastation visited upon it by the double whammy of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September last year. But it isn’t all bad news. Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is one of the first large resorts …

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Idle Timeshare Thoughts: February 17, 2018

  QUOTABLE QUOTES: “I resent that remark. I don’t deny it, but I do resent it.” —Groucho Marks Why can’t timeshare corporations find people who think out of the box when it comes to promoting their products? Especially when it comes to videos, most of the time it’s a same-old same-old endeavor showing sexy young …

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In Memoriam: February 17, 2017

Harvey Baron March 2, 1927 – January 17, 2018 Today we remember the life of timeshare industry icon Harvey Baron, who passed away January 17, 2018. Harvey passed away peacefully with family members at his side. He was 90 years old. Harvey is survived by his sons Gary Baron, (Taylor Billington) and Todd Baron, (Bea …

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The Biz According to Snidely: February 10, 2018

  Captious captions by Sam Snidely Tom has been working as an independent contractor (I/C) and earns a decent living closing deals in the timeshare industry. But unfortunately one of his children recently needed surgery for a small bowel resection. With no health insurance, costs quickly climbed to around $48,641.82 and, sadly, he had to …

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Weekly Jukebox: February 10, 2018

  We all know who former boy band member Harry Styles is, right? Sure we do. I mean, as of this writing nearly 293 Million people have watched the video below, so he must be doing something right, amirite? “Sign of the Times” is the debut solo single by Styles for his self-titled debut studio …

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Timeshare Business News: February 10, 2018

  $$$► End-of-year 2017 data gathered by Spain-based consultancy firm ForwardKeys, which helped forecast future travel by analysing almost 17 million flight booking transactions a day, global long-haul flight bookings were 10.4 % ahead of the same time in 2016 — except for the USA, which was down from the rest of the world. Looking …

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New Jersey Timeshare News: February 10, 2018

>> EASTERN TIMESHARE NEWS: CAMDEN: It’s time to give an update on the status of Adam Lacerda’s and Ian Resnick’s appeals, for those of you who are still interested. This is Re: the VO Group scam, as a result of which Lacerda received a 27-year sentence in the Big House and Resnick got 18 years. …

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Florida Timeshare News: February 10, 2018

>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS: BONITA SPRINGS: Hyatt Residence Club is getting BIGGER. GATES Construction has signed a contract to add a new building at Hyatt Residence Club Bonita Springs, Coconut Plantation on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The three-story structure, built over covered parking with enough space to accommodate all guests, will feature 24 studio, one- …

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Mexico Timeshare News: February 10, 2018

>> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS EVERYWHERE: In the “I TOLD YOU SO” category, it has finally been confirmed that resale scammers (many of whom operate from Mexico, as you well know) are impersonating attorneys in the U.S.A. in order to legitimize their very sophisticated scams. In this particular case, the North Carolina State Bar has issued …

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Getting BIGGER: February 10, 2018

>>Timeshare Companies Getting BIGGER Interval International has affiliated the D’Monaco Private Residence Club overlooking Table Rock Lake just minutes from Branson, Missouri. The Mediterranean-style, gated property boasts two- and three-bedroom accommodations that range in size from 1,900 to 3,700 square feet and offer a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, flat-screen televisions in the living …

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Japan Timeshare News: February 10, 2018

>> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS: KANAGAWA PREFECTURE: Last week I told you about the new Hilton Grand Vacations resort 30 miles from Tokyo via bullet train. In case you’ve already forgotten, HGV completed a real estate purchase from Hilton that includes existing buildings and land for development within the Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa. The company …

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