FCO Issues Advice To Brits In Paris

British tourists in Paris are being urged to follow the advice of the French police and keep movement around the city to a minimum.

Following Friday night’s terror attack, in which 129 people were killed, France has declared a state of emergency and a three-day period of mourning, until November 16.

Security has been tightened at all border control checks around the county and there is a ban on public gatherings, the flying of drones and the use of fireworks in the Ile de France region.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised visitors to France who are considering returning to the UK to contact their travel company for information on availability.

Members of the public who have been directly affected by the incidents in Paris, or who are concerned about family members and friends who may be directly affected can call the Foreign and Commonwealth on 020 7008 0000.

As well as the 129 people confirmed dead, Friday night’s attacks left 99 critically injured.

People were shot dead in bars and restaurants close to Place de la Republique and the Place de la Bastille in the heart of the city, and there were explosions near a football stadium in St Denis, where France was playing a friendly match against Germany.

The deadliest of Friday night’s attacks was at the Bataclan concert hall, where gunmen burst in and opened fire on the audience of a concert by US rock group Eagles of Death Metal.

Nearly 90 people were shot dead at the 1,500-seater venue, which was sold out at the time.

Security forces stormed the hall and all four attackers were dead – three had blown themselves up and a fourth was shot by police.

On Saturday, Paris residents were told to stay indoors and around 1,500 military were deployed across the city. It is the first time a mandatory curfew has been exercised since 1944.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has told British nationals in France to exercise caution in public places and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Flybe is continuing to fly to Paris but is giving passengers due to fly this weekend and Monday and Tuesday the chance to change their flights or get a credit note for future travel.

EasyJet is also allowing passengers to change their flight without charge over the weekend.

“The situation in France is fluid and we will respond to government advice as we get it. Our thoughts are with Parisiens and all affected,” it said.

Air France is operating as normal but warned passengers of delays due to tightened security at border controls.

The attacks happened at Bataclan concert venue in the 11th district, Stade de France, St Denis (just north of Paris), Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge restaurants in the 10th district and La Belle Equipe and La Casa Nostra restaurant in the 11th district.

Around 80,000 people were watching the match between France and Germany at the stadium, which was being watched on television by millions.

President Hollande, who was also there, was taken to safety after the first of the explosions and held an emergency cabinet meeting.

David Cameron said he was shocked and pledged to do ‘whatever we can to help’ and US president Barack Obama said it was ‘an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians’.

 

Source: TravelMole

Why I Love My Timeshare By Regina Maack

My memory of Four Seasons Fairways by Regina Maack, who has been visiting Four Seasons Fairways, in Portugal, for 20 years and owned at the resort for the past 12 years.

January 1995 was the first time I came to Portugal with my friend Helga.

I’ll never forget the first landing, when the plane flew above the blue Atlantic Ocean and we were landing in Faro.

The first impressions of Four Seasons Fairways were so overpowering. Continue reading “Why I Love My Timeshare By Regina Maack”

Resort In Focus: Diamond Club Calypso

Committee chairman Brian Hunsley at Diamond Club Calypso explains how an active committee, good management and providing a value for money product is helping them meet the challenges times faced by many well-established independent resorts.

The resort is situated in Puerto del Carmen and is only 50 metres from the main beachfront.  It has 40 timeshare apartments and 19 privately owned apartments. Continue reading “Resort In Focus: Diamond Club Calypso”

The Cliffs At Peace Canyon: Resort Review

Sharetime’s regular resort reviewer shares his thoughts on The Cliffs at Peace Canyon in Las Vegas.

Many readers might wonder why they should consider a visit to the Las Vegas area on a timeshare exchange. Well, the first reason is obvious – for gambling in the numerous casinos on the strip and downtown.

However, while this may be the main reason why so many people come to Las Vegas, I have now visited twice – and for many different reasons.

One reason why people should consider visiting Las Vegas is for the top-rated shows by some of the world’s leading entertainers based at the casinos. Continue reading “The Cliffs At Peace Canyon: Resort Review”

Exclusive: Spotlight On Weholi – How To Make Your Unused Vacation Time Really Work For You

In this Sharetime web exclusive, we speak with Vivienne Sharman Lewis, business development manager for TATOC affiliate weholi about the company, the services it provides and how it can help TATOC member resorts.

1 Tell me about weholi and its product and services:

weholi was founded on a simple principle: timeshare owners should be empowered to pay for the vacation time they use and monetize the time they don’t. And, they should be able to do it online, in a safe, intuitive and transparent environment. Continue reading “Exclusive: Spotlight On Weholi – How To Make Your Unused Vacation Time Really Work For You”

Timeshare Leads To More Frequent, Happier Holidays

One-third of timeshare owners took four or more vacations in the last three years, compared with only 18 per cent of non-owners. This is the major finding of a survey of more than 1,000 vacationers conducted for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).

And vacationers who have taken more than four vacations in the past three years are more likely to be traveling with family and friends.

A recent cover story in Time Magazine asked ‘Who Killed the Summer Vacation? “Our answer has to be ‘it sure wasn’t the timeshare owner’,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). Continue reading “Timeshare Leads To More Frequent, Happier Holidays”

Top 50 Resorts Of 2015

The team at Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket (WWTH) has cross referenced its top 50 best selling resorts with the latest winners of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and Traveller’s Choice awards for 2015.

The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to accommodation, restaurants and attractions that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The Traveller’s Choice award is given to the top 25 hotels in popular countries, with a sub category specifically for those resorts that excel at family holidays. Continue reading “Top 50 Resorts Of 2015”

Why I Love My Timeshare By Tracie Bushell

Tracie Bushell lives life to the full and uses her RCI membership to get the most for her family from timeshare ownership.

Platinum member Tracie bought a week at Holiday Inn Orange Lake – West Village in Orlando in 1996. Using her RCI membership, she has tailored her holidays to suit the changing needs of herself and her family.

“That first stay at Orange Lake really opened my eyes to how I could be holidaying, “ she says. “After hotels, the accommodation seemed luxurious and I really enjoyed the feeling of security. Continue reading “Why I Love My Timeshare By Tracie Bushell”

Resort In Focus: The Lakeland Village

Located on the banks of the River Leven which flows directly from Lake Windermere and 15 minutes from Bowness, is The Lakeland Village. The club has just re-joined TATOC. 

Sharetime asked committee chairman Wally Francis and resort manager Richard Guzinski how the resort has fared during this challenging time for independent, legacy timeshare resorts in Europe. Continue reading “Resort In Focus: The Lakeland Village”

Confessions Of A Timeshare Sales Consultant

Sally Angel, sales consultant at The Osborne Club in Torquay for 30 years, shares her experiences at England’s oldest timeshare resort.

I didn’t believe in love at first sight until it happened. The moment I entered the main gates of Hesketh Crescent I was captivated by the most handsome Regency-style architecture in the Southwest.

I jumped at the opportunity to become a sales consultant. Not only was it England’s pioneering timeshare development, it was a retreat for the great Victorians Darwin, Brunel and Angela Burdett-Coutts. Continue reading “Confessions Of A Timeshare Sales Consultant”

All Inclusive Holidays – Good For Tourists, Not So Good For Locals

According to a survey by charity Tourism Concern of over 1,700 holidaymakers the majority (55 per cent) thought the shift towards all-inclusive holidays a negative development.

Almost 70 per cent of the 1,750 responders had been on an all-inclusive holiday. However, the majority believed that while tourists benefited from all-inclusive holidays, they thought local communities were made worse. Continue reading “All Inclusive Holidays – Good For Tourists, Not So Good For Locals”

Resorts Best Run In ‘True Partner’ Style

Owner committees are elected by their peers to represent the best interests of all owners and determine the club’s overall strategy. The sheer complexity of club operations, however, means a third party professional management company often becomes a valued ally in this.

To function at its most effective, this relationship has to be founded on excellent communication and close co-operation. Continue reading “Resorts Best Run In ‘True Partner’ Style”

In My View With Robin Mills

Mills, managing director of the points-based holiday programme Aroma, will be celebrating 30 years in the industry in 2015. His experience includes working with timeshare exchange organisation Interval International through to his work with the industry’s trade association, the Resort Development Organisation (RDO) – with much more in between. Sharetime magazine spoke with Robin to find out his views on the future of the timeshare industry.

What is your background in the timeshare industry and what experience have you gained during that time? Continue reading “In My View With Robin Mills”

A Review Of Langdale Resort In The Lake District

Regular Sharetime reviewer and timeshare owner Stephen Burton shares his thoughts on Langdale, a TATOC member resort, located in the Lake District.

Langdale was one of the earliest timeshare resort developments in the U.K and it’s my guess that, if there was ever a vote to decide the best resort in the country, Langdale would be voted best of all.

It comprises four resorts that are affiliated with RCI. They include Langdale, Chapel Stile Apartments at Langdale, Elterwater Hall at Langdale and Aroma at Langdale.

I have stayed on five separate occasions at this resort: four times at the main Langdale development and once at Elterwater Hall at Langdale. Continue reading “A Review Of Langdale Resort In The Lake District”

Timeshare – Change Or Be Challenged

Vacation ownership was founded to create better ways for the public to enjoy their leisure time – “but as resorts, recreational amenities and owners age, we have fallen behind in delivering on that promise.”

So said Jon Zwickel, president of the Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA), at the organisation’s recent conference.

He argued that industry leaders couldn’t be content with simply staying the course and following trends:  They needed to step up their game by setting the course. Continue reading “Timeshare – Change Or Be Challenged”

Millennials Changing Travel

Happy friends standing against white background

The millennial generation is travelling. The United Nations estimates that 20 per cent of all today´s international tourists were born between 1980 and the early 2000s. This translates to 200 million travellers.

Younger travellers, it says, are looking for new types of travel. Timeshare resorts with weeks available for sale and rental need to know more about them.

1. They’re committed to travel. According to a survey published by Expedia, those 30 and under report taking an average of 4.2 leisure trips a year, more than any other age group. Continue reading “Millennials Changing Travel”

Resort Focus: Monte Carvoeiro

It is a sad fact that many resorts in Europe are running into financial difficulties – with some going into administration. However, not all cases are the same and, as the experiences of the owners at Monte Carvoeiro show, with determination, time and effort, it is possible to reach a successful operating conclusion.

Algarve-based Monte Carvoeiro is located on a cliff top just outside the small town of Carvoeiro and about 55kms from the airport in Faro. Continue reading “Resort Focus: Monte Carvoeiro”

Management Fees Collection: Achieving Results By Knowing The Industry

CBC International and Resort Recoveries director Roy Caligari shares his thoughts on collecting outstanding management fees.

It’s the time of year again when the collection of outstanding, unpaid management fees becomes critical for resorts.

Crucial for the on-going operation of every timeshare resort, the collection of these unpaid bills, and how far a resort should go to do so, remains a hotly debated industry topic. Continue reading “Management Fees Collection: Achieving Results By Knowing The Industry”

European Timeshare Leaders Create New Task Force

Leading businesses and organisations in the European timeshare sector have launched an initiative to tackle issues that potentially affect hundreds of thousands of timeshare owners and consumers.

Set up and funded by the Resort Development Organisation (RDO), the Timeshare Task Force brings together the RDO’s own enforcement operation, resorts, timeshare owners, consumer organisations such as TATOC and law enforcement agencies to achieve common goals. Continue reading “European Timeshare Leaders Create New Task Force”