Ryan Pittman


Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC) and Interval Leisure Group, known as ILG (Nasdaq: ILG) announced a merger today. Marriott will buy the outstanding shares of ILG in a cash-and-stock deal estimated at $4.7 Billion.

The combined company will become the global leader in the timeshare industry, trading under NYSE:VAC.  Further, it will hold over 650,000 million combined owners and seven luxury brands. As a result, this makes it the largest luxury brand for timeshare resorts.

Diamond Resorts

It has been said that change is good, and that’s exactly what Diamond Resorts has done. With their latest announcement, Diamond introduced their new and refreshed brand image. The leading hospitality and vacation ownership company decided to make a few changes, the first one being to shorten their name. Formerly known as Diamond Resorts International, they moved to the simplified Diamond Resorts. Their new brand promise: “Make a habit of breaking from the routine” is part of their new launch. They also put emphasis on helping their members connect to what’s really important, all while enjoying their stay.

Nevada’s Mojave Desert is home to one of the most well-known tourist destinations in America–Las Vegas. This bustling city offers up so much to see and do, especially with a Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshare. You might begin to wonder just how you’re going to fit it all in. Luckily with vacation ownership, HGVC members in Las Vegas know they’ll always have a home away from home. As a vacation owner, you can have the chance to experience all this amazing city has to offer.

Recycle Reduce Reuse: Timeshares are Going Green

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) recently announced that their members are making a conscious effort to “Go Green”. These six eco-friendly resorts take pride in their community and want to make it a better place.

Franz Hanning, the President and CEO of Wyndham Vacation Club and ARDA Chairman, states in his blog article: “I firmly believe that our industry is a leader when it comes to ‘going green.’ Re-using and recycling to avoid waste and pollution in addition to adding in-unit energy efficient and water-saving devices are at the forefront of new timeshare construction and renovations around the world.” He also states that if eco-friendly resorts continue to incorporate and expand on these practices into the future, it will be the key to the timeshare industry’s success.

Recent studies from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) show that timeshare sales are up globally and in key markets. New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando and more are seeing greater vacation ownership sales according to this timeshare industry overview. Timeshares resales are also experiencing a dramatic upswing. Along with increased occupancy rates, more families show interest in the vacation ownership product.

The timeshare industry is seeing a coming-of-age scenario with companies attracting younger, more educated, more affluent buyers because of consumer changes. The industry continues to make vast improvements, becoming more consumer-friendly and more transparent, largely from major hospitality chains such as Wyndham, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Starwood, and Four Seasons.

If someone contacts you claiming to be from Timeshares Only with a buyer for your timeshare and asks for “advanced closing costs,” it is a scam! Call (800) 610-2734 immediately. Above all, you should NEVER pay closing costs in advance and we will never ask you to! Read more to learn about this latest timeshare resale scam.

Timeshares Only and Fidelity Real Estate have proudly teamed up with ARDA (American Resort Development Association) to successfully get a house bill signed by Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina. The bill will create greater safeguards for timeshare owners. The law defines vacation timesharing plans and includes consumer protection provisions. Effective immediately, this law will address deceitful business practices in the timeshare secondary market.

If you are a timeshare owner contacted by someone claiming to have a buyer for your timeshare property and you are asked to send money in advance for “closing costs,” please beware!  This type of “offer” is not legitimate.  If there is a genuine offer on your vacation ownership, you as the seller will never be asked to send money in advance.  Please call us at 1-800-610-2734 if you have any questions.

Traveling to another country is something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. With so many nations and beautiful places around the world to see, why travel to the same place all the time? It seems like most Americans don’t explore the world as much as they should and the proof is in the numbers: there are 320 million-plus citizens in the United States and only 42% have passports.