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Here’s an update on “International Timeshare Appreciation Day”

2020 will mark the 8th celebration of this very special day that I created in an attempt to show all that is great about timeshare around the world.  I’ve been writing about timeshares for nearly 20 years and decided that the industry, the people within the industry and the owners themselves deserved a day to celebrate and share all the good news about timeshare.

There’s a dedicated Facebook page as well as a Twitter hashtag, #YES2TIMESHARE, to make it simple to share good stories with everyone. To date, we’ve had resorts, exchange companies and thousands of owners join in.

How can stakeholders work together to project a positive, brighter image?

I’ve learned in the 7 years that I’ve been promoting International Timeshare Appreciation Day to associations, exchange companies, resorts and members is that those who aren’t willing to come together and discuss both the wonderful aspects as well as the challenges facing timeshare ownership probably have something to hide. In this day and age of consumers looking for companies and industries that operate in their best interests and with transparency, it’s vital for those in the timeshare industry to embrace that. International Timeshare Appreciation Day is a platform for the positives that sometimes get overlooked. It’s a win/win for both sides.

Q&A: In conversation with Lisa Ann Schreier

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Q&A Session on the AIRDA website
January – 2020

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Dr Sheelwant Patel has been an insurance man, a forester, an environmentalist, and a researcher. He has sold insurance for five years and been forester for thirty-three. Dr Patel has climbed hills, stalked killer elephants in jungles, and stayed over at many a haunted house in the Himalayas.

A docudrama he wrote has won him a national award for the best documentary. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two amazing children with equally fulfilling professions. (One is an animator, and the other is a filmmaker.)

As Chief Conservator of Forests in Bengal, I was looking after the forests of northern West Bengal that are prime elephant habitats. This region contains five sanctuaries, three national parks, and has 14 elephant corridors that are notorious for being the terrain of the most intense human-elephant conflicts in South East Asia. I must add here that Jaldapara and Gorumara in the region are famous for rhinos.

We did organize safaris – in vehicles, in bullock carts, and on elephant back – but jungle treks being unsafe for tourists, we forbid them – especially as the visibility is no more than 10-15 meters in these dense evergreen forests.

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Message of the Month / December 2019

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How would you describe “Kodagu” as a travel destination in South India?

How do I describe Kodagu? Ours is such a beautiful experience that I am sometimes at a loss for words. Famous people have referred to it as the Scotland of India – some have even gone to the extent of calling it the Kashmir of Karnataka. I would love to call it “Heaven on Earth” – because Kodagu presents an unmatched panorama of beauty and everything that goes with that.

Believe me, in this fast changing world there still is an old-world charm about Kodagu – expressed so beautifully through its dense forests, majestically flowing rivers and spirited waterfalls. Another key visual experience is the wide expanse of lush green plantation cover.

No story on Kodagu is complete without one drink that says good morning to you, every day – Coorg Coffee. Kodagu is a world famous hill station, largely growing coffee and spices – known the world over for quality and yield.

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Q&A Interview / December 2019

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How is the AIRDA community useful for new members?

AIRDA comes in as your industry partner, conscience keeper and business catalyst – with a wide portfolio of support services. The big thing to remember here is that AIRDA is not like a big brother giving you advice – you become a member of a community of like-minded players. And you have some really big players out here who are playing a lead role and showing you the way.

From a larger industry perspective, AIRDA plays the role of a neutral body – aiming to facilitate the smooth functioning of the vacation ownership industry in India. We operate within an ecosystem that we call the organized sector of the timeshare industry.

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Message of the Month / November 2019

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In conversation with Jai Sreedhar, Joint Managing Director and CEO, Rosetta by Ferns – our newest member.

“Rosetta by Ferns is a boutique timeshare company that aims to operate and manage a growing chain of 5-star luxury resorts located in the most idyllic locations in South India.

We are here to re-define the timeshare market, because a luxury vacation is no longer an expenditure, but an experience of creating priceless memories. All this, without worrying about inflation – what’s more, at the end of the membership tenure we return your money back. (That’s a very important highlight.)

Our mission is to create a credible and yet affordable luxury-boutique lifestyle brand that delights guests every single time they visit our properties. We shall leverage our immense background knowledge and experience in creating premium gated communities and spaces, to consistently deliver experiences that enthrall.”

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Q&A Interview / November 2019

 

 

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Image Source: Pixabay on pexels.comOur Q&A section on the AIRDA website features interviews with professionals who are connected with travel, vacation marketing, and the timeshare industry in some way. In the past we have had conversations with people from different age groups – our oldest is 87 years old and still looking forward to her next holiday. Our youngest was 13 when we spoke to him three years ago – at 16, he’s considering rapid-river-rafting on his next holiday.

For our upcoming interviews we would like to feature people like you for instance. Especially if you have an observation to make, a story to share, or constructive feedback to offer. We’re also looking forward to conversations with bloggers, travel writers, travel photographers, and people who are passionate about travel – within the country and outside.

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Q&A Interview / October 2019

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Image Source: Public Domain Pictures on pexels.comThis article can be a useful frame of reference during the sales presentation that all new and prospective customers are invited to. This is where you get an opportunity to ask questions and seek assistance in choosing the right kind of vacation ownership package.

At the end of the presentation we advise you to ask the sales team to show you a very important document – the Sales Disclosure Document. This document helps you understand the roles and responsibilities of resort owners, and what you need to do to keep your membership valid during the contract period.

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Message of the Month / October 2019

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