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Lisa Ann Schreier is the driving force behind The Timeshare Crusader – a blog dedicated to helping consumers through the myriad of confusing information, as well as working with forward thinking organizations to be a catalyst for positive change. She is the creative force behind International Timeshare Appreciation Day, held annually on November 1st.

Author of two best-selling books, “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation – Confessions From The Sales Table” and “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies.” Also co-authored the college-level textbook, “An Introduction To Vacation Ownership Management.”

Regular speaker and contributor to the National Timeshare Owners Association and the Florida Timeshare Users Group. Featured speaker at CRDA’s 2011 conference, as well as TATOC’s 2012 conference. Guest lecturer, each semester at the University of Central Florida.

Member of North American Travel Journalists Association. Contributor to AllExperts.com. Lead Timeshare Advocate on Elliott.org, and monthly contributor to Senior.com.

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Views & Interviews on the AIRDA website – October 2017

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Vikram Nanjappa is a multi-faceted individual with vast experience in fields that can be clubbed under one relevant header – “outdoors”. He is an able administrator, leader, team builder, and a reputed naturalist, writer and photographer. Vikram likes to be described as a well-informed amateur who is interested in the world around him.

He is presently working in the marketing department of Evolve Back (formally Orange County).

Here is Vikram Nanjappa on his stint as a Freelance Naturalist, Writer and Photographer – writing on wildlife and nature for magazines?

This was an interesting period in my work life. For the first time I was freelancing and found myself with a bit of free time (there does not seem to be much for a demand for a writer on wildlife) and therefore decided to pursue my other interests.
If you ask me to mention the photographers who influenced me the most or whose works I used to admire in my younger years, one name springs to mind – Hugo Van Lawick and David Hamilton. I had just spent the last seven years photographing wildlife and emulating, at least in my imagination, the works of Hugo Van Lawick and suddenly I was presented an opportunity to learn the art of David Hamilton.

I promptly joined a fashion photography course in Bangalore to learn the basics of the genre. No one would dare least of me, to describe David Hamilton as a ‘fashion’ photographer, but I needed to know the technicalities and the thought process that went into fashion/ glamour photography before I could attempt anything in the style David Hamilton.

While I cannot lay claim to much success in this venture I certainly did get a good understanding of the technicalities and did get some good results. I hope to return and complete my journey sometime in the future. A few of us (a model, another photographer, two stylists and a makeup artist) got together and did a few fashion shoots which was great fun.

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Q&A with Vikram Nanjappa

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Packing your holiday bags is not as simple picking sets of clothing for each day you’re on vacation. You need to plan what goes into your bags – depending on destination, holiday season and what your resort guide recommends. Most of the time we don’t really look at the “guideline” mails sent to us by customer assistance, because we just don’t have the time. But that’s where things can go wrong.

A beach side location for instance would call for shorts, tees, Bermudas and flip flops as your move around clothes. A jungle lodges location on the other hand would call for something that’s trendy but close to army camouflage clothing, if you want to call it that. Of course what season you have in mind would also be a prime consideration. A summer vacation would call for something summery, and a winter vacation would likewise get you pulling out some woollies.

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Views & Interviews on the AIRDA website – August 2017

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This month we touch upon a tourism issue that is being taken seriously in the hospitality industry – “the concern for environment protection on a vacation”. So while more and more people are getting aware about the need to do something, where do you go from here?

Let’s talk about the industry that we are in – timeshare, or vacation ownership.

On the one hand resort owners need to drive the implementation of ecotourism practices at their resorts. You can start with outlining a set of easy-to-understand guidelines that visitors and tourists can follow. At a second level you need to go from awareness to implementation – by helping your guests follow these guidelines.

A good place to start is aiming to protect the environment around us – living spaces where forests survive, water bodies retain their pristine state – and where animal and bird life don’t feel threatened by the presence of visitors, or tourists.

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Q&A – April 2017

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These days you can obtain customer feedback from various sources. Social media, word-of-mouth, and of course your own internal forms handed out to guests. But printed forms rarely provide accurate or critical feedback – even when it is necessary, or justified. That’s why online forums are popular, especially on travel portals that assist bookings – these forums provide potential customers a fair idea of what people are saying about the hotel or resort.

Some of the feedback featured here has been drawn from comments submitted to popular travel portals. We have left out resort names, because featuring names is not the object of this article. It’s about being constructive about feedback – and following through with corrective action, where necessary.

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Q&A – March 2017

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Pratap J is a landscape and travel photographer from Bangalore, India. He loves shooting in the great outdoors of India – a country so vast that he thinks one lifetime is not sufficient to cover the length and breadth of the country. An engineer by education and profession, Pratap J works hard to balance his hobby and day job. His weekends are almost always dedicated to photography and travel. When he is not living off a backpack, he is mentoring other photography enthusiasts in a classroom or in the field.

Pratap loves to write about the places he visits in detail. He has been blogging at http://www.pixelshooter.net since 2006. His articles are a documentation of his experiences and also offer readers information about popular travel destinations. Combined with his stunning photography, the website is source of high quality content for travel enthusiasts.

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Q&A – February 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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