"This year's TATOC conference was considered by many as the best to date," says Harry Taylor, TATOC's executive chairman.
"With delegates representing a number of resort committees and several of the major players from the timeshare industry, it was a great opportunity for networking and discussion.
We were able to announce good progress on all major initiatives launched at the 2011 conference and proud to report 11 new member resorts, a 1,000 per cent increase in individual memberships, six newly-accredited resorts and ten company affiliations.
But we were disappointed that some committees and resorts were not represented.
TATOC is rightly proud of its independence from any timeshare company or body but must also recognise that we 'sail in the same boat' as reputable developers, management companies, exchange companies and re-sale companies.
There is only one timeshare industry and a successful future for owners is inseparably linked to that of a successful and reputable industry.
Consumers are stronger when we work together, and stronger still when we maintain good communications and relationships with the companies who manage and deliver our holiday investments and services.
It is impossible to influence major industry people, companies, policies and practices from the outside.
The TATOC annual conference is a tremendous opportunity for committees and owners to share success stories and to discuss problems, opportunities and solutions.
It is the perfect environment for committees to engage with major industry players to represent their owners’ views and to hear first-hand the industry thoughts on the trends, factors, challenges and opportunities that will shape the future for timeshare.
At previous conferences we announced the launch of TATOC's consumer helpline, the TATOC code of conduct, resort accreditation, re-sale company accreditation, the industry working party on owner exit strategies (which I chair) and many other major initiatives.
The 2013 conference will report on all current major initiatives and launch new ones that will continue to drive TATOC forward as the principle consumer representative for timeshare owners in Europe.
Planning for TATOC 2013 is already under way and, as well as the many major companies who regularly attend, we have invited some leading industry speakers to address delegates covering a range of topics of interest.
The location will be the prestigious Crewe Hall hotel, near Crewe on March 8 - 10, 2013 and the theme of the conference will be Finding Solutions.
The conference will begin on Friday evening with canapés and an opportunity for informal discussions and networking followed by an informal dinner.
Saturday is a busy day packed with presentations and workshops and, in recognition of a hard day, finishes with a gala dinner. Sunday morning continues the hard work and closes with the TATOC annual meeting and lunch."
Early-bird rates which include the delegate fee, all accommodation and meals are now available and committees are urged to take advantage of these. Booking forms are available from the TATOC website or if you would like to discuss attendance, contact Harry Taylor directly.