Former scrap metal dealer and notorious timeshare conman, John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer, is reported to have died suddenly in his garden in Brentwood, Essex – just weeks after he was told he faced 15 years in a Spanish prison.
Paramedics battled to save the notorious criminal, once dubbed one of Britain’s richest crooks, but he died at the scene.
Palmer, 64, was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2001 after amassing an estimated £300 million in a massive timeshare fraud which ripped off thousands of British holidaymakers. Continue reading “Timeshare Conman John Palmer Dead At 64”
Ryanair has announced record coach transfer bookings following the launch of its partnership with Europe’s largest scheduled coach operator, National Express. The partnership offers Ryanair passengers travelling to/from London and Manchester affordable and direct coach travel. Continue reading “Ryanair Announces Record Coach Transfer Bookings”
It is with great sadness that the TATOC board and team were informed of the sudden and unexpected death of industry veteran Ron Haylock. Continue reading “Industry Veteran Ron Haylock Dies”
TATOC affiliate Confused About Timeshare has released a new video on timeshare resales on the social media site, YouTube.
The video, which lasts just under two minutes, shows how safe and easy it is to sell timeshare using the services of Confused About Timeshare. Continue reading “Confused About Timeshare Releases Resales Video”
The RDO has reported that a petition was made on 30th September 2011 by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to close down seven Club Class companies.
These companies are linked to ITRA, an organisation whose activities are well-known both to RDO’s enforcement department and to consumer bodies such as TATOC, the UK based association for timeshare owners. Continue reading “BIS Set To Close Down Club Class Companies”
Multicom boss John Howell has launched an e-petition calling for a freeze on Air Passenger Duty ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget statement next week. Continue reading “Industry Urged To Sign E-Petition Against APD Rise”
easyJet today announced that it is to trial allocated seating on selected routes from Spring 2012. Continue reading “Easyjet To Trial Allocated Seating”
Silverpoint Leisure has released two amazing videos to showcase its incredible holiday products.
The films, which were a year in the making, were created to give current and prospective members a real taste of the incredible experiences they can expect from their Silverpoint holiday product. Continue reading “Fantastic New Films Showcase Silverpoint’s Leisure Products”
The Committee of Club Las Calas has today announced that, under an umbrella agreement provided by the Club’s management company – Resort Solutions Limited – and with the latter’s full support, it has entered into a strategic partnership with Club Leisure Group to promote and sell the latter’s Spice leisure product, both on-site at the Club’s resort in Lanzarote and via off-site marketing and sales activities. Continue reading “Club Las Calas & Resort Solutions Enter Strategic Alliance With Spice & Club Leisure Group”
The RCI Award for Developer Achievement (RADA) programme has recognised Silverpoint’s outstanding success with a number of RADA Distinction awards.
The sales team at Silverpoint Leisure took home the awards in acknowledgment of their exceptional performance. Continue reading “RCI Recognises Silverpoint’s Outstanding Achievement”
RCI has announced the renewal of its affiliation agreement with El Cid Resorts. The 35-year old Mexican hotel group continues the partnership in an effort to offer the high-quality services and varied exchange options its owners have come to expect over the 27 years RCI has been its exclusive vacation exchange provider. The agreement includes El Cid Resorts’ six developments in Mazatlán, Cozumel and the Mayan Riviera. “We chose RCI as a provider of vacation exchange because it offers members the benefits of the world’s largest vacation exchange network, in addition to being committed to the growth and expansion plans of our company,” said Carlos Berdegue, president and managing director, El Cid Resorts. “RCI’s business and marketing solutions complement our service offerings, making for a very productive relationship.” Continue reading “RCI Renews Affiliation Of Mexico’s El Cid Resorts”
Club La Costa Travel, the exclusive travel agency which provides a comprehensive service to members and clients of Club La Costa Resorts and Hotels (CLC), has been nominated for one of the travel industry’s most prestigious awards.
Ambassador Holidays Ltd, T/A Club La Costa Travel, is on the shortlist for the Retail Travel Company of the Year TTG Travel Awards, run by the industry’s leading trade magazine, Travel Trade Gazette. Continue reading “Club La Costa Travel Agency Up For Top Award”
It has been brought to Hutchinson & Co Trust Company Ltd’s attention that Sky Services UK/New Horizon Resorts are using its company name and logo in an unauthorised manner and are making untrue statements, advertising that consumers’ rights in New Horizon Resorts are legally protected by them. Continue reading “Consumer Alert – Sky Services/New Horizon Resorts”
A man has been arrested following a police investigation into alleged re-sale fraud.
This investigation followed a complaint to police about Golden Sands Marketing which was offering to organise timeshare resales for a £1,000 advance fee. It is reported that the cheques made out by members of the public were sent to a Banbury address, where they were then sent on to Spain. Continue reading “Consumer Alert – Golden Sands Marketing”
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has appointed 11 travel and tourism industry leaders to serve on the Corporation for Travel Promotion (CTP) Board of Directors. The CTP is a new non-profit corporation that will promote travel to the United States and communicate and improve the entry process so that visitors want to return. Continue reading “Cloobeck Appointed To Board For Corporation For U.S. Travel Promotion”
We are expecting another record breaking year in 2017 with representatives from TATOC member resorts, individual members and industry professionals working together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the day. Please note there is no joint TATOC and RDO seminar this year. Continue reading “TATOC Conference 2017 Booking Forms”
Worldwide vacation exchange provider DAE has opened a new service centre in Portugal, expanding the company’s footprint in Europe. Continue reading “DAE Opens New Service Centre In Portugal”
As well as getting to grips with the major tourist sights when on holiday, sometimes it’s even more rewarding to have some insider information from locals about their own ‘must sees’. With this in mind, Pat May, DAE’s Business development Manager for Spain, the Canaries and Portugal and long-time Tenerife resident suggests the following: Continue reading “Tenerife Top Tips”
The Santa Cruz Provincial High Court has dismissed an appeal filed by a private prosecutor declaring the case closed as “there are no indications that any criminal offence has been committed”. Continue reading “Appeal Case Against Silverpoint Dismissed”
Brexit – if Britain left the European Union – could see the end of cheap flights and a threat to travellers’ safety, claim travel industry leaders.
EasyJet boss Carolyn McCall said how much people pay for their holiday really depends on how much influence Britain has in the EU.
She added that if Britain leaves the EU, cheap flights could be a thing of the past and flying could return to the days when it was ‘reserved for the elite’. Continue reading “Brexit Threatens Cheap Flights And Tourists’ Safety”
Timeshare exchange company Dial An Exchange (DAE) has swept the pool at the 2016 Perspective Magazine Awards, taking out top honours at the GNEX Conference in New Orleans.
DAE was awarded the Best Overall Company (less than 250 employees) for the third year running, and Best Customer Service for the sixth year in a row, as well as Best Marketing Campaign and Best Online Media. Continue reading “DAE Wins Big At GNEX 2016”
Merlin Software for Vacation Ownership, the leading provider of cloud-based software for the timeshare industry and TATOC affiliate, has announced the installation of Merlin Software for HOA Resorts at Holiday Vacation Condominium, Cape Cod’s premier timeshare resort.
This is the second installation of the purpose-built software by a home association-run resort since its launch in autumn 2015.
Based in the heart of the Cape Cod area, Holiday Vacation Condominium comprises 48 timeshare apartments sold on a fixed unit/fixed week basis. The resort operates from week 13 through to week 47. Continue reading “Merlin Software For HOA Resorts Installed At Mature Cape Cod Resort”
November 11th 2015 was a very special day for Christel House charity in Cape Town, South Africa.
The charity’s founder and CEO, Christel DeHaan, was paying her annual visit and during a special assembly held for the school’s friends and donors, she was personally able to dedicate the Ron Haylock Music Room in tribute to him as a passionate lover of music and supporter of Christel House. Continue reading “Dedication Of Ron Haylock Music Room”
Perspective Forums, the online engagement tool designed exclusively for the shared ownership industry, reports over 25,000 member interactions since its debut earlier this year. When Perspective Magazine launched their social media platform (http://perspectivemagazine.com/network) for the timeshare and fractional industry it was originally as an experiment to see if the popularity and main features of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn could be combined and utilized specifically for industry professionals. Seven months later and more than 25,000 friend requests later, the site has grown beyond the original expectations of Perspective Magazine President and CEO Paul Mattimoe. Continue reading “Perspective Forums Success”
A new infographic from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) shows that experiencing a timeshare vacation is about vacationing on your terms.
The graphic depicts the endless options of choosing when you want, where you want and how you want to vacation as the differentiating value of timeshare vacations.
According to research commissioned by the ARDA International Foundation over the past decade surveying owners why they value their timeshare, respondents consistently cite the flexibility of product types and global locations as a resounding benefit of ownership.
“Everyone wants to vacation on their own terms,” said ARDA’s president and CEO Howard Nusbaum. “But it’s the flexibility and variety of ownership options that timeshare lets you truly create a vacation experience based on how you like to travel.” Continue reading “ARDA: Timeshare Brings A World Of Options”