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Coming back to India


Gerhard and Beate Schreiber came on a long planned holiday to India – they were coming back after 35 years, which is a long, long time. This endearing German couple has fond memories of their first holiday in the country, and always looked forward to coming back to retrace their first vacation trail and revisit familiar tourist spots.

According to Gerhard, India seems like a country that has moved into a whole new era. I can see progress, I can see advancement and I can see a whole new pace in terms of lifestyles, architecture, entertainment, sport and travel.

For us, it was like an experience that can be described as back to the future.

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Q&A – January 2017

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Over a period of time AIRDA’s editorial team has played the role of a listening post for feedback on timeshare from customers and non-customers. Our keen interest to know more has led us to a wide cross-section of people from different backgrounds, professions, age groups and locations. These are people who also share something in common: the need for a unique holiday experience that timeshare can provide.

This month we feature a selection of responses to provide an overview of the timeshare experience. Our responses here are primarily from people who have seen the benefits of going on that well deserved vacation, every year.

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Q&A – December 2016

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Sharing what customers are saying, about their first time – their first timeshare vacation. Hope this inspires you to take a break.

Ravi Kapali, Event Manager. My first time, was when I went on this holiday with my uncle and his family – this was probably 15 years ago when I was in school. I was so happy to part of such a huge gathering of our relatives – and I can remember people of all ages enjoying themselves. I didn’t know then that it was a timeshare holiday, but have been with friends over the years to other resorts and locations. But that first (timeshare) holiday in Goa is something I will remember for a long, long time. And I think it was because it brought three families together on a happy occasion and a lovely setting.

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Ajay Kumar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Vaishnovi Versatile Ventures Private Limited. He has more than 15 years of experience in construction, real estate & softw are technology services. Ajay’s project book currently showcases 6 mega ventures in real estate – each one of them a landmark project with immense story value for visitors and guests. He is also the creative force and catalyst behind the Devlok Project.

The Devlok project could easily be India’s most unique religious theme park in terms of scale, composition and depth of experience – encompassing the visitor’s need for devotion, leisure, business tourism, recreation, entertainment and health care.

This could soon be a popular annual destination for the spiritually inclined. We are confident that our project will attract a wide cross section of tourists – devotees, school and college students, large families, residential communities, corporate houses and NRIs.

The key property under mixed-use for timeshare and open-booking customers is Pushpaka Vimanam – a 5-star Hotel with 275 keys – including premium rooms, club suites and presidential suites. This project also has the Hari Om International Convention Center – with a 2000-delegate capacity. Other highlights include a Banquet Hall – with a 1000-guest capacity, Dhanvantari Ayurvedic Village and themed restaurants.

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Q&A – October 2016

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I like the changing portfolio of offerings from today’s resorts. Not too long ago, I guess a vacation only meant a cozy cottage with a view, or maybe a balcony overlooking a pool. These days resorts are offering exciting outdoor activities, plantation visits, river rafting, hillside trekking and yes … some very interesting F&B options.

Timeshare is a holiday format that has a long, long calendar and it is nice to know that your membership is ticking long after you’ve paid your installments. I also love the idea of swapping your weeks through exchange companies. I guess this straight away opens your window to the big wide world of international timesharing.

Another key benefit according to me is the ability to vacation with your entire family – or extended family that includes in-laws and grandparents. That is welcoming indeed.

Venu Ovian
Interviewed on Q&A earlier, in January 2016

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Sterling Holidays Emerald Bay, Karwar

Ask people about their favourite timeshare locations and they will invariably talk about Goa, Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal, Mussoorie, Darjeeling and Manali – among other popular go-to places. But there’s something we all need to keep in mind. The more popular a destination, the more crowded it will turn out to be year after year. And this can make bookings a challenge, even if you think you’re nice and early.

If you are one of those vacation seekers looking for newer horizons, watch this space. We plan to feature timeshare locations off the beaten track, where AIRDA members have a quiet but significant presence. This month we look at Karwar – not too far away from Goa, but with all the buzz and beach miles you could be looking for.

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November 2015: Views & Interviews

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From my point of view, people need to take their breaks from busy work schedules – as often as they can, and as often as they can afford to. Sounds exciting, but can be difficult if you’re in a high-pressure job or part of a team that has key deliverables right through the year. But I’m sure most of us can take that annual vacation to get away from regular work, and enjoy the outdoors – the wilderness beckons.

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Source: Q&A: Talking to Arathi Venkatesh of Bangalore

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