RCI

For more than 40 years, RCI has been at the forefront of the vacation exchange industry, transforming the vacation experience for resort developers and owners alike. As the global leader in vacation exchange, RCI is known for being a trusted associate as well as a full-service, single source growth partner for our clients' needs. RCI strives to make dream vacations a reality for our subscribing members, and to work with developers to help enhance their sales and profits by expanding the utility and enjoyment of their leisure real estate products. RCI is committed to driving innovation and harnessing the power of new technologies, and we continue to advance the timeshare industry as a whole. RCI is proud to affiliate with approximately 4,500 resorts in more than 100 countries, including some of the most respected and renowned brands and vacation clubs in the business, and to provide its 3.8 million members with unmatched flexibility, choice and control through our RCI® Weeks and RCI Points® exchange programs.

RCI Launches Club 365SM to Deliver Year-Round Benefits

NEW ORLEANS (March 27, 2017)RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange (NYSE: WYN), debuted the Club 365SM program at ARDA World 2017 in New Orleans. The new solution is a travel and lifestyle benefits program that adds value to affiliates’ existing timeshare offerings by providing incredible discounts on hotel stays, cruises, wine and more.

“Club 365 is a seamless option to transition non-buyers to an enticing exit program, or serve as an impactful add-on benefit for purchasers,” said Fiona Downing, senior vice president of Business Development for RCI North America, Canada and the Caribbean. “The suite of offerings can increase consumer satisfaction and provide affiliates with an additional revenue source. This is the latest in a long line of tools we are bringing to the sales table to help our resort partners grow their businesses.”

The benefits of Club 365 are wide-ranging, with multiple uses for affiliates in North America. Club 365 can be seamlessly integrated into virtually any sales process, and can be utilized to best suit business needs by serving as:
• A low-cost, value-added benefit to enhance core product offerings
• An enhanced purchase incentive to increase closing rates
• A strong non-buyer program to increase revenue and build the pipeline of future prospects

“We are excited about the potential that Club 365 holds for our business,” said Scott MacGregor, president of US Operations for ARC Resorts. “We aim to pack as much value as possible into our products, and this program adds benefits 365 days a year for owners and prospects. The platform is intuitive for users and simple for us to incorporate into our existing technology, so we can’t wait to see the immediate impact it will have.”

For enrolled owners and prospects, Club 365 delivers a valuable consumer experience by providing access to an impressive array of travel services and popular merchandise and goods. Benefits include dramatic discounts on more than 150,000 hotels with no blackout dates, significant savings on thousands of cruises, and member-only pricing on wine in the U.S. Club 365 members are eligible to earn credits as they complete qualified transactions, which may include paying maintenance fees, to encourage further engagement.

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI, a Global Leader in Vacation Exchange, Rolls Out New Communications Platform for Customer Emails

Boston, May 9, 2016 – RCI, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, announced today that the company has worked with ListEngage to roll out an innovative new communications platform for its customer transactional emails leveraging the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. The two companies feel that this represents a major advance by RCI for the industry.

The Travel and Hospitality (T&H) industry understands the importance of customer satisfaction and keeping customers informed in real time, but traditional modes of communication can cause branding confusion, fragmented customer experiences and missed marketing opportunities. Antiquated software and systems have also made it more difficult and time consuming for staff to update with the information customers need.

As the largest timeshare exchange network in the world, RCI sends millions of transaction-based emails to its members every year and realized the need to transition to Salesforce Marketing Cloud to provide customers with more relevant experiences. In the past, it would take hours for members to receive notifications. Now, they receive them within minutes of completing a transaction. The new platform enables consistent branding, more personalized messages and allows RCI to make use of multiple touch points that reinforce the RCI brand.

To solve this challenge, RCI brought in Salesforce partner ListEngage to develop a dynamic, mobile-responsive email program that would allow RCI to connect with its members from 4,300 resorts, more than 100 countries and in 19 different languages. The new automated solution is expected to generate significant ROI, save RCI a substantial amount of money and increase sales through cross-selling products in a way they couldn’t previously do.

Email and mobile messaging can be extremely useful, cost-effective tools for T&H initiatives, such as nurturing new customers, remarketing, responding to reservations abandonment, safety and travel alerts, and promoting room nights. The industry has traditionally struggled with effectively using the data they collect and providing personalized customer experiences in a multi-channel environment. With new business models emerging from non-traditional competitors (such as Uber and Airbnb), traditional T&H companies need to seek every advantage to maintain a competitive edge. Companies who embrace a comprehensive digital marketing strategy will have an advantage over competitors who don’t.

The new solution implemented by ListEngage for RCI makes it possible to:

  • Embrace the new sharing economy.
  • Understand customers’ needs and desires.
  • Create optimal, personalized customer journeys.
  • Capture data and automate processes in real time.
  • Utilize mobile technology and social media.
  • Use predictive intelligence to target the right prospects.

Altaf Shaikh, founder & CEO of ListEngage, said, “In RCI’s case, we developed a fully scalable, single, mobile-responsive ‘uber’ email template that provided solutions to all of their transaction-based email needs by utilizing dynamic content blocks, custom scripts and automation. Due to this innovative, highly scalable solution, a once labor-intensive job has become much more manageable.”

The RCI solution has become a platform that can be expanded for future Member Notifications and one that can be managed with very few (if any) technical resources.

“It is the bringing together of all these elements that makes the solution from the Salesforce Marketing Cloud/ListEngage/RCI side so impressive,” said Paul Moody, RCI’s head of marketing optimization & execution for RCI, Europe and Middle East. “I have worked with countless tech and development teams over the years, but it has been an absolute pleasure working with ListEngage on our latest Salesforce Marketing Cloud project. Their responsiveness and ability to deliver innovative yet robust solutions to a seemingly endless set of business requirements and challenges has been highly impressive. Not only would I recommend them, I look forward to working with them on further complex projects in the future.”

“Today, in this age of the customer, companies that focus on customer success have the best chance of thriving in a connected world,” said Eric Stahl, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing, Salesforce. “RCI is leveraging ListEngage on Salesforce to transform their business.” 

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About ListEngage

ListEngage is a Salesforce partner and has been committed to helping clients succeed on the Salesforce Marketing Cloud since 2003. ListEngage’s team of 40 experts represents a high level of expertise and experience in email and mobile marketing, strategic planning, digital campaign management, CRM implementation, marketing automation, and mobile-responsive email design. Located in Framingham, MA, ListEngage was named in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in Massachusetts in 2016 and made the Inc. 5000 list in 2015. For more information, visit www.ListEngage.com. ListEngage is also on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Welcomes Calypso Cay Resorts to Affiliate Network

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Oct. 16, 2015)RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), recently signed an affiliation agreement to add Calypso Cay Vacation Villas at Calypso Cay Resorts to its network of approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts. Located in Kissimmee, Florida, the Caribbean-themed property is fashioned as a “personal tropical island getaway.”

 

“We’re delighted to welcome Calypso Cay Vacation Villas to our vacation exchange program,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “This beautiful property, which further expands RCI® subscribing members’ high-quality accommodation choices in central Florida, can be an excellent option for travelers looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the real world, while also being minutes away from some of Florida’s most well-known attractions.”

 

Guests staying at the Calypso Cay Vacation Villas have access to spacious and luxurious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. For those traveling in larger groups, many of these villas can be linked to other one- or two-bedroom villas to allow for greater space and comfort. All accommodations feature large dining areas, full kitchens, entertainment centers and comfortably furnished living rooms ideal for relaxing after a long day of play.

 

Calypso Cay Vacation Villas feature many renovations designed to maximize guests’ fun, including a new pool deck and full-service pool bar, a sports court and a beach volleyball court. Adding to the resort’s tropical atmosphere is a beautiful picnic area with a patio, gas grills, colorful vegetation, background music and plenty of shade and seating areas to stretch out and relax.

 

A lushly-landscaped 18-hole miniature golf course, as well as a daily schedule of resort activities and events, can keep visitors active and happy. Located just seven miles away from popular local theme parks, guests can opt to make the short drive to their choice of exciting nearby attractions, and then return home to the peace and calm of their private villas.

 

“We’re thrilled to join RCI’s vacation exchange network,” said Steve Bradley, managing director of Calypso Cay Resorts. “Helping ensure that our club members receive the quality vacations they deserve is at the heart of everything we do. We’re excited that RCI shares that same mission and drive to deliver fantastic, flexible and memorable vacation options, and we look forward to continuing our partnership well into the future.”

 

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center orrciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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Travelers Entering the RCI® 'Win Your Dream Vacation' Sweepstakes Say Two's Company for an Ideal Vacation

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (May 30, 2014) – What does your dream vacation look like? Where would you like to go, with whom, and what would you like to do while you're there?

RCI's 'Win Your Dream Vacation' Sweepstakes* asks travelers to choose their ideal combination of vacation traits on RCI.com/sweeps. Consumers who enter are eligible to win one of 40 vacation prizes, including a grand prize dream vacation – worth up to $25,000 USD.

So far, more than 120,000 individuals have entered the sweepstakes, and the choices they have made provide some insight into their ideas of the ultimate getaway:

  • In the category of how many people the traveler would like to bring on vacation, 32 percent chose just one guest. Interestingly, the second most popular option was to bring five guests, with 27 percent choosing this option.
  • When choosing the type of vacation, the most popular option has been a beach vacation (48 percent), with a cruise vacation coming in second (22 percent).
  • When presented with 'add-on' options, the one most chosen by far has been an all-inclusive, with nearly 60 percent picking this option.
  • For a vacation destination, the responses have varied greatly; Hawaii comes in the lead with 28 percent of respondents choosing this location as their dream vacation spot 

If you'd like to enter for a chance to create your own dream vacation and win the grand prize, there's still time! The sweepstakes is open to all U.S. residents until June 18, 2014. Create your trip on RCI.com/sweeps, and then share the sweepstakes with family and friends to gain additional entries.

By sharing the sweepstakes, you will not only increase your chances of winning your dream vacation, but you can also help children around the world: RCI will donate $20,000 USD to Christel House International when the sweepstakes reaches 250,000 shares. Christel House International is a nonprofit organization that seeks to break the cycle of poverty by providing impoverished children with the tools they need to succeed in life, including education, nutrition and community support.

RCI is the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). It has sent millions of families on the vacations of their dreams for the last 40 years, and continues to do so for its approximately 3.7 million members worldwide.

For more information, visit RCI.com/sweeps.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Prize information:

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.) 18 YEARS AND OLDER.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 6/18/14. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit www.rci.com/sweeps.  Sponsor: RCI, LLC, 14 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

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Calling All HOA Board Members, General Managers, and Resort Staff: RCI Announces Lunch & Learn Tour 2017

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (April 13, 2017)RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange

(NYSE: WYN), announced its 2017 Lunch & Learn Tour for HOA board members, resort

general managers, and resort staff. The educational series offers the opportunity to learn the

latest about timeshare industry trends, including solutions to engage resort owners, revenue

generating and cost saving mechanisms, and ideas on how to run a resort more efficiently.



“The RCI ® Lunch & Learn Tour gives resort staff the opportunity to meet in person to hear the

latest innovations available to them,” said Erica Gause, director of RCI Business Development.

“We are all so busy with our daily tasks that taking the time to step back and learn some of the

latest ways to streamline operations and optimize your business can be incredibly worthwhile.

This year, the addition of the online webinar component will make this powerful content

available to even more people.”

The Lunch & Learn courses are free of charge, and open to all resort staff members. This

includes RCI affiliated resort staff, as well as those not affiliated with RCI. Enrollment is open>

for all nine event locations for 2017:
• Bellevue, Washington: Wednesday, April 19
• Whitefish, Montana: Thursday, May 11
• Daytona Beach, Florida: Tuesday, May 16
• Hyannis, Massachusetts: Tuesday, June 6
• Denver, Colorado: Tuesday, June 20
• Outer Banks, North Carolina: Tuesday, June 27
• Oahu, Hawaii: Tuesday, September 12
• Kauai, Hawaii: Thursday, September 14
• Lake of Ozarks: Montana: Tuesday, September 19

After three years of successful in-person Lunch & Learn tours, RCI has added a webinar

component. The topics will range from RCI Affiliate Access to Strategic Sourcing information to

RCI news and updates. These webinars are helpful to those who cannot attend the in-person

seminars, but also make for great complements to the content presented at those meetings for

those who do attend. A schedule of the 12 webinars is available on RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110

countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased

flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI

Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program, the

industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to

its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The

Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200

affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI

is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands

(NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also

can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Welcomes UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya

NEW ORLEANS (March 28, 2017) — RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange (NYSE: WYN), recently added UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya to its exchange network. Located on oceanfront property in the Riviera Maya, the stunning all-inclusive, adults-only resort will offer nearly 450 guestrooms when it opens in April.

“The addition of UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya to the RCI® exchange network contributes to the wealth of exchange options we offer in Mexico,” said Ricardo Montaudon, president and executive director of RCI Latin America. “This property is set in a beautiful and popular location, and will offer some of the finest services and all-inclusive benefits in the world. It is a wonderful complement to our portfolio, and I know our members will enjoy many dream vacations there.”

The design of UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya is inspired by the rich culture, history and character of the Riviera Maya, and the rooms and suites incorporate materials and art sourced within the area. Modern luxury awaits travelers with comfortable and thoughtful furnishings, but the panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding areas take center stage.

The property’s all-inclusive offerings take the experience to the next level. Travelers will be able to dine at their choice of four gourmet restaurants, which offer a diverse mix of international flavors made with locally-sourced ingredients that elevate even casual meals. The highlight of these dining experiences is likely found at Cueva Siete, run by celebrity chef Christian Bravo. Five bars and lounges feature devoted mixology programs and live entertainment.

The all-inclusive program extends beyond food and drinks into full, immersive Riviera Maya experiences with private tours, cooking classes, golf options, spa treatments and more. Each guest will also have 24-hour access to the Anfitrión Service, UNICO’s exclusive private butler service available to take care of vacation details.

“UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya will shatter the preconceived notions and expectations of what the all-inclusive category currently offers,” said Enrique Martin del Campo, vice president of Business Development. “Stepping outside of the box of traditional branded hotels, UNICO Hotels will captivate consumers looking for more than just a vacation.”

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.
About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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Green is the New Black: Timeshare Industry Recognizes Sustainable Businesses with the RCI® Green Award, Giving Wyndham Ocean Boulevard Highest Honors

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (May 6, 2016)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, announced the winners of its annual RCI® Green Award program today, recognizing Wyndham Ocean Boulevard with the highest honor. 

Now in its fifth year, the RCI Green Award program recognizes the most environmentally-conscious resorts within the company’s exchange network. The application process includes a thorough audit of green practices with stiff competition among the many properties that admirably implement sustainable business initiatives.

Applicants for the RCI Green Award were evaluated on innovations in energy and water conservation, waste management, community outreach and environmental management. The evaluation process, winner selection and verification system was completed by third-party eco-certification expert GreenCircle Certified, LLC.

“Five years ago, we launched the RCI Green Award program to applaud those affiliates that show that running a business can be about making a positive impact on the world while also driving bottom line results,” said Brian Bruno, vice president of content and brand marketing for RCI, and head of the brand’s sustainability program. “At RCI, we take sustainability very seriously and incorporate it into our own company practices. Because it is part of our ethos, we are proud to work with many other amazing companies that prove that green resort properties can be high quality, amenity-rich and luxurious while maintaining their responsibility to the environment.”

The Platinum RCI Green Award winner, Wyndham Ocean Boulevard, exemplifies exceptional sustainability practices throughout its operations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The property uses an energy management system in all tower units to turn off the HVAC system when the balcony door is ajar, uses variable frequency drives on its pools, lazy rivers and parking garage exhaust fans and uses LED lighting in its parking garages and picnic area. To promote sustainable transportation, the property offers two electric vehicle charging stations, and resort management teams use bicycles to commute to and from work. 

The Resort at Seaside in Seaside, Oregon, took home the Gold RCI Green Award for its impressive sustainability and community outreach programs. The resort installed UV reflective window film in all units to significantly reduce energy consumption and also implemented a food donation program so that guests can donate unused food to the South Community Food Bank at the end of their vacation.

The Silver RCI Green Award went to the Wyndham Vacation Resorts Great Smokies Lodge in Sevierville, Tennessee. The property sponsors and participates in several community initiatives, including road and river clean ups, a Pollinator Garden Planting initiative and various community and fundraising events. On property, the environmentally-friendly practices even extend to the golf course where the golf carts are solar powered. 

For more information and details on the RCI Green Award, visit RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI® Affiliate Access Program Welcomes Cunningham Asset Recovery Services and IMPACTenergy

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2015)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), recently added two companies to the growing list of providers that are a part of the RCI® Affiliate Access program: IMPACTenergy, which offers energy solutions for a more sustainable community; and Cunningham Asset Recovery Services, which provides non-judicial foreclosure services.

 

Developed to offer affiliates a one-stop resource for procuring valuable services at attractive pricing, RCI Affiliate Access connects resort developers and operators to customizable solutions to assist in successful resort operations. These include accounting and insurance services, marketing data solutions, survey deployment, sales training, revenue management and analytics, contact center resources, video and photography services, inventory rental solutions, and maintenance fee billing and collection.

 

Through an agreement with IMPACTenergy, affiliates now also have access to discounted pricing on sustainability services. IMPACTenergy conducts studies to identify energy-saving opportunities, and then works with clients to implement energy- and cost-saving solutions. These services also help resorts obtain various green certifications, including LEED, Energy Star, Green Globe and the ARDA Green Sustainable Program.

 

Non-judicial foreclosure services have also been added to the list of services provided through RCI Affiliate Access through an agreement with Cunningham Asset Recovery Services. The company enlists industry contacts, local attorneys and title companies to offer non-judicial foreclosure services at attractive costs to management companies, owner associations, developers and lenders.

 

“Through the RCI Affiliate Access program, we are able to offer affiliated developers and resort operators ways to run their businesses more efficiently with services from high-quality providers at favorable pricing,” said Eugenio Macouzet, senior vice president and managing director of RCI Legacy and Affiliate Partners. “IMPACTenergy and Cunningham Asset Recovery Services are two wonderful additions to the growing list of providers that are a part of this program.”

 

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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Premium Vacation Club, Pioneer of Tourism in Turkey, Signs Multi-Year Affiliation Agreement with RCI

Kettering, UK (June 3, 2014) —  RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, announced a new multi-year affiliation agreement with Premium Vacation Club, part of Gezenay Tourism Inc’s Premium Group, a pioneer of the tourism industry in Turkey

Through the group’s affiliation with RCI, its Premium Vacation Club 5* Hotel in Istanbul has joined the exchange network. Close to the city centre, the luxurious RCI Gold Crown resort comprises 305 elegant hotel rooms – 50 of which will be vacation ownership units. All rooms benefit from views over Istanbul or the sea, and feature spacious living arrangements as well as modern appliances and amenities.

The hotel’s wellness and spa centre has an indoor swimming pool with 11 massage rooms, offering an extensive selection of treatments, including two saunas, two Turkish baths, two steam rooms, snow fountains, relaxation rooms and the largest Jacuzzi in Istanbul. Guests can dine in one of three on-resort restaurant/lounges and have use of a range of sports facilities.

Cenk Kinay, president at Premium Vacation Club, said: “Hotel proprietors and investors need new sales channels in Turkey and the Premium Vacation Club is an innovative programme that will fill the sales and timeshare gap we have identified in the country. Based on our group’s 25 years of experience in Turkey’s tourism industry, we see a gap in the luxury resort sector of the country’s timeshare market. We aim to provide a unique experience exclusively for upscale travellers.

“The Club’s model is an easy-to-use, flexible weeks based approach to vacation ownership to generate new sales in our luxury resort for the discerning traveller. We have a similar mission to RCI in wanting to provide holidaymakers with the greatest flexibility and choice. We look forward to working with RCI to deliver on this with our first signing, the five-star Hotel Istanbul, ensuring RCI and our club members receive the quality holidays they deserve.”

Through this affiliation, Premium Vacation Club can offer its members access to RCI’s exchange holiday programme, comprising nearly 4,500 resort properties in more than 100 countries. Under the new agreement, buyers at Premium Vacation Club receive a complimentary two-year RCI membership. The timeshare accommodation is in deluxe rooms with the option of one extra guest staying for free. There is also a dedicated check-in and check-out for Club members and discounts on additional services.

“We warmly welcome Premium Vacation Club 5* Hotel in Istanbul into the RCI network,” said Sean Lowe, managing director, RCI Europe, Middle East, Africa & India. “This being our first resort affiliation in this iconic Turkish city, it is exciting for us to be able to offer our members such a different holiday experience. Istanbul is a new entrant to the timeshare market and we are pleased to be working with Premium Vacation Club in breaking new ground.”

A thriving city, Istanbul attracted over 10 million visitors in 2013 according to the Culture & Tourism Istanbul Regional Directorate. Voted the number one choice for travellers in the TripAdvisor’s sixth annual Traveler’s Choice Awards, Istanbul is famed for its culture, architecture and shopping opportunities.

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About Gezenay Tourism Inc & Premium Group

For 27 years, Gezenay Tourism Inc has been a pioneer of tourism in Turkey, delivering unforgettable holidays to thousands of guest families across the globe through its brands such as the Premium Group.

The Premium Group employs 350 staff across a dynamic collection of hospitality businesses, including resort management and development companies, a business and hospitality management company and the latest addition, a timeshare vacation club - Premium Vacation Club.

Premium Vacation Club was established in February this year to provide an easy-to-use, weeks-based approach to vacation ownership that offers flexibility, easy access and affordability for members to take dream vacations, year after year.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

RCI Media Contact:

Helen Foster

+ 44 (0)1536 314266

helen.foster@rci.com

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Sixth Annual RCI® Green Awards Recognize Sustainable Businesses in the Hospitality Industry

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (April 12, 2017)RCI, the global leader in vacation, announced the latest

winners of the RCI ® Green Awards program.

These awards recognize the most environmentally-conscious resorts within the company’s

exchange network. The application process includes an audit of green practices in areas

including energy and water conservation, waste management and community outreach. The

evaluation process, winner selection and verification system was completed by third-party eco-

certification expert GreenCircle Certified, LLC.

“Hospitality properties have great potential – and great responsibility – to reduce the impact their

operations have on the environment,” said Brian Bruno, vice president of content and brand

marketing for RCI and head of the brand’s sustainability program. “Many of our affiliated

properties are doing fantastic work in areas of sustainability and are leaving positive marks on

their communities, and the recipients of the RCI Green Awards are exceptional examples. As a

brand that takes sustainability practices seriously in our own operations, RCI is proud to work

with affiliates that have a similar guiding philosophy.”

Wyndham Branson at the Meadows in Missouri earned the Platinum RCI Green Award for its

multi-faceted approach to sustainability. Some of the highlights of the green efforts at this

property are a comprehensive recycling program that includes recycling coffee grounds and

filters, a robust community outreach program including many volunteer hours by staff at local

environmental clean ups and the donation of home goods.

The Gold RCI Green Award recognized Wyndham Royal Sea Cliff on The Big Island of Hawaii.

This property recruits guests to get involved with an effective guest recycling program that

provides detailed instruction signs, recycling bags and recycling bins in each room. This property

also sources all of its landscaping from vegetation native to Hawaii.

The Silver RCI Green Award went to the Wyndham Vacation Resorts Great Smokies Lodge in

Sevierville, Tennessee. This property extends its green efforts to the surrounding community

with multiple environmental cause events, including a monthly Adopt-A- Road event, a biannual

roads and rivers cleanup day, and its Green Team’s implementation of a butterfly garden at the

Eugene Huskey Environmental Center.

The RCI Green Awards are open to all RCI affiliates in North America, and the application

process does not involve a fee. RCI also offers a Green Resource Center on its affiliate website

for developers looking to expand their sustainability efforts. The application process for next

year’s RCI Green Awards will begin in October.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110

countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased

flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI

Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program, the

industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to

its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The

Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200

affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI

is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands

(NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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The Heart of the Home: Wyndham Vacation Rentals Celebrates the “Vay-Kitchen” this July for National Vacation Rental Month

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (July 1, 2016) – Wyndham Vacation Rentals understands the heart of the home is the kitchen. In recognition of this most beloved room, it’s hosting the “What’s your Dream Vay-Kitchen?” Sweepstakes* throughout the month of July to celebrate National Vacation Rental Month.

“The kitchen is often the most valued and utilized feature when it comes to a vacation home rental,” said Mary Lynn Clark, president of Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “A recent study+ found that over the course of a week travelers prepare 12 meals on average in their vacation kitchens. The same travelers estimated they save about $898 ¬during a week-long stay. The vacation rental guest doesn’t shy away from preparing meals in-rental, and that’s because it’s both practical and convenient.”

All month long, participants can take the quiz to reveal the vacation home kitchen, or “vay-kitchen,” that best fits their personality. The grand prize winner will win a stay with Wyndham Vacation Rentals and a six-month subscription to HelloFresh, a meal kit delivery service that sends easy-to-follow recipes with all of the pre-measured ingredients to your doorstep. Additionally, each week in July 2016 one participant will receive a complementary HelloFresh box.

To enter, follow these easy steps:
1. Visit www.vacationdifferently.com/sweepstakes.
2. Enter for a chance to win the grand and weekly prizes in one easy step.
3. Share the sweepstakes with your friends and family for additional entries. (optional)
4. Return daily to read the daily featured content on VacationDifferently.com to earn more entries. (optional)

For more information on the “What’s your Dream Vay-Kitchen?” Sweepstakes, visit www.vacationdifferently.com/sweepstakes. To learn more about travel deals and National Vacation Rental Month, visit WyndhamVacationRentals.com.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 U.S. (and D.C.), 18 YEARS AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 7/31/16. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit www.vacationdifferently.com/sweepstakes. Sponsor: Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, LLC, 14 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

+Source: The Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Cooking on Vacation Survey 2016. All statistics refer to travelers who stayed in a vacation rental over the past three years. Study was conducted via an online survey of approximately 10,900 vacation rental travelers from 5/27/2016 - 6/10/2016.

About Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rental properties, is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). Backed by one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides access to more than 108,000 vacation rental properties in nearly 600 unique destinations worldwide. Wyndham works closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet its standards for customer service, quality and comfort. More than 25 regional rental brands fall under the Wyndham Vacation Rentals umbrella including Hoseasons, James Villa Holidays, Landal GreenParks, Novasol, and ResortQuest. Through this collection, Wyndham delivers distinct vacation experiences ranging from beachfront condos, private homes and villas to castles and houseboats. Many properties offer kitchens, washers and dryers and other home-like conveniences along with maid service, spas, fitness centers, and golf courses. For additional information visit our media center or wyndhamvacationrentals.com. Also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

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RCI Wins Three 2016 ARDA Awards, Including the ACE Spirt of Hospitality Award

Hollywood, FLA. (May 5, 2016) RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, won three awards last night at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) 2016 Awards Gala Dinner.

Among the most prestigious of the accolades is the ACE Spirit of Hospitality Award, which RCI’s own Elizabeth Christeson earned for her outstanding leadership and contributions as an innovative thinker and knowledgeable expert to the business.

“Everyone at RCI is thrilled to congratulate Liz on her recognition,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “At RCI, we pride ourselves on our ‘Count On Me’ culture with everyone we meet. Liz embodies our philosophy through her kindness, respect for others, hard work, charitable actions and positive outlook, both in and out of the workplace.”

As the director of RCI’s affiliate reporting and business solutions team in product management and resort operations, Liz and her team are crucial contributors to a variety of initiatives across business relative processes. Her willingness to knowledge-share and enable her team to do great things for the business makes her an invaluable member of the RCI® team.

RCI was also recognized with the following awards:

  • Reputation Management Team: Timeshare Online Listening Center® (TOLC)
  • Social Media Campaign, Large Company: WeChat Launch Campaign in China

“Winning these awards from ARDA means the world to us,” continued Gurnik. “They reinforce all of the amazing work we are committed to doing, and we are thrilled to continue to offer high quality services and support to our affiliates and members.”

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

1RCI Ventures® magazine is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Apple, iPad® and the Apple logo is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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RCI Adds Five Affiliated Properties in Japan with Tokyu Corporation

Singapore (Sept. 1, 2015) – RCI®, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), recently welcomed five new properties in Japan to its exchange network through an affiliation with developer Tokyu Corporation.

 

“This is a very exciting affiliation for RCI, and we are thrilled to offer our members five high-quality resorts located in some of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan,” said Jonathan Mills, managing director of RCI Asia Pacific. “Japan is a favorite destination with RCI members and we’re confident that these resorts will be very popular. They are great additions to the collection of top vacation destinations we offer. I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship withTokyu Corporation.”

 

Big Week Hakone Gora is located in the heart of Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and a famous hot spring town less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. The resort is surrounded by hot springs and beautiful gardens, creating the mood of a home away from home. The modern Japanese units come with fully-equipped kitchens and in-room amenities for couples, families and friends to maximize their vacation experience in Hakone. An on-site natural hot spring is also available to guests.

 

Big Week Karuizawa is situated in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, widely known as a luxury mountain resort at the bottom of Mount Asama. Big Week Karuizawa is the perfect hub to explore the town’s rich culture and stunning natural landscape, as well as to enjoy a relaxing time away from the bustling city. All 30 units have two bedrooms and fully-equipped kitchens to comfortably accommodate families and groups.

 

Big Week Izukogen is located in Izu peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture. The area is surrounded by mountains and the sea, offering a variety of leisure activities such as hot springs all year around. The two-bedroom units are equipped with full kitchens and spacious living rooms for larger groups.

 

Big Week Kyoto is situated in Kyoto, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. Kyoto offers a glimpse of the rich Japanese culture and history, luring millions of tourists every year with its ancient temples and elusive geishas. The spacious two-bedroom units come with fully-equipped kitchens, washing machines, dryers and other in-room amenities to provide guests with a comfortable stay.

 

Big Week Tateshina is located in Tateshina highland, Nagano Prefecture, overlooking the northwestern slope of the Yatsugatake Mountain. Tateshina is a popular holiday destination during summer, and a hub for winter sports during the colder months. The resort is part of Tokyu Resort Town and guests have easy access to on-site facilities such as restaurants, tennis courts, the golf course and more. Big Week Tateshina is designed to evoke a sense of spaciousness and relaxation, and all units are well-equipped with modern amenities including full kitchens.

 

For more information, visit RCI.com.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our
media center orrciaffiliates.com.RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

About The Tokyu Group

The Tokyu Group was established in 1922, and as of March 2014, the group comprises of 220 companies and eight other incorporated bodies, headed by the Tokyu Corporation. The cornerstone of the group’s business is urban development, underpinned by transportation services. Over the years its business portfolio has spanned across the fields of real estate, lifestyle services, hotels and resorts, business support services and many other activities deeply embedded in the daily lives of its customers. Tokyu Corporation operates the Big Week timeshare resorts in major domestic resort destinations.

 

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RCI® Affiliates App Updated with New Content and Fresh Design, Wins 2014 ARDA Award

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (June 5, 2014) – RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently updated its RCI® Affiliates app, which provides RCI affiliates with helpful tutorials, presentations and videos that can be used to educate prospective new owners. The updated app recently won a 2014 ARDA Award in the Mobile Website or App category.

The app, which has been downloaded thousands of times, is an interactive and dynamic tool with content that demonstrates the value of vacation ownership and exchange. With the latest update to the app, affiliates will find an improved user experience with intuitive navigation and a stylish, enticing design.

"We are dedicated to providing RCI affiliates with best-in-class, customizable technology that helps them at every stage of their businesses," said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. "The RCI Affiliates app is just one of the tools we offer to support the sales process and demonstrate the amazing experiences travelers can have through vacation ownership and exchange, and we are so proud that it was recognized with a 2014 ARDA Award. We have updated the app, which was the first of its kind in the industry, to be even more useful and effective."

The content available through the RCI Affiliates app includes:

  • Tool Box, which serves as the central point for resort developers and sales representatives, filled with presentations and educational information on the RCI Weeks® and RCI Points® programs and other member benefits
  • RCI Vacation Trends, a dynamic map that shows prospects a real-time view of vacation bookings from RCI members that have taken place within the last 24 hours
  • RCI TV, which features high-definition location-specific videos, highlighting popular travel destinations as well as the affiliated resorts RCI members can visit in each locale
  • RCI Affiliated Resort Directory, which allows users to search and browse RCI affiliated resorts around the world with beautiful photography, informative area and property descriptions, and even videos
  • Hotel Accommodations Calculator, which helps demonstrate the value that prospective owners can get from a vacation ownership purchase
  • Affiliate Leadership, which serves as a sales and management resource specifically for organization leaders, including developers, managers and HOA board members

In sync with RCI's goal of creating customized solutions for each individual affiliate, the RCI Affiliates app includes functionality that allows users to select presentations as "Favorites" and save them to a "Playlist." Users can also print or download materials directly from the app to email or send home with potential owners.

The RCI Affiliates app for the iPad® can be downloaded for free from the iTunes® store under the name RCI Affiliates. For more information, visit RCIaffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

This RCI press release is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.  iPad® and iTunes® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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RCI Welcomed 29 New Affiliated Properties in Asia in 2016, Including 11 in India

BANGALORE (April 5, 2017) – RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the

Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 29 new affiliated properties in

Asia in 2016. The additions, which include some resorts currently under construction, grow

RCI’s network to more than 400 vacation options in this region.

“The entire RCI ® team is extremely proud of the growth we have seen in Asia and India with

nearly 30 new affiliated resorts,” said Jonathan Mills, managing director of RCI Asia Pacific.

“These affiliations are a reflection of our investment in these areas for the vacation ownership

industry, and the potential we see, particularly in countries like India and China.”

The affiliations in India included two properties by JC Residency. Hotel JC Residency,

Kodaikanal invites guests to relax in an idyllic and serene setting amongst the area’s rolling

green hills. JC Residency, Madurai is a luxury property that features impressive architecture and

elegant design that mixes modernism and traditionalism.

Also in India, three new resorts were added to the exchange network by Sterling Holiday Resorts

India Limited. These included the Sterling Anaikatti by the Siruvani in Palakkad, India, which is

a riverside resort that draws inspiration from the nearby Siruvani River. The resort’s buildings

are even crafted from the surrounding pinewood trees.

In Vietnam, Karma Cây Tre joined RCI’s exchange network. Set in Hoi An on the country’s

central coast, the property enjoys a riverside location. The airy and spacious rooms are found

amidst tropical gardens for a rejuvenating escape, but close enough to the historic downtown that

travelers can also experience unique culture and cuisine.

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110

countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased

flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI

Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program, the

industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to

its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The

Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200

affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI

is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands

(NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Long Point Beach Club of Ontario, Canada Joins the RCI® Network of Affiliated Resorts

LONG POINT, ONTARIO (July 19, 2016) — atPlay Adventures Inc. today announced that Long Point Beach Club on Lake Erie in Long Point, Ontario, Canada is now affiliated with RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange.

“RCI has been the global leader in vacation exchange for over 40 years,” said Jeff Bouck, president of atPlay Adventures Inc. “RCI’s diverse selection of affiliated resorts around the world delivers high-quality vacations to its members time after time. Being associated with RCI was important to Long Point Beach Club because RCI offers the strongest exchange platform, technological resources and marketing expertise in the industry. We are very pleased to be working with them.”

Long Point Beach Club offers 18 one- and two-bedroom suites ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,250 square feet, as well as a prime location within the boundaries of Long Point UNESCO World Biosphere. Members and exchange guests at Long Point Beach Club will have access to a rooftop terrace and BBQ patio just steps away from the water’s edge and a private sandy beach. Other amenities within walking distance include a fabulous beach restaurant and Long Point’s largest full-service marina.

“We are very happy to welcome Long Point Beach Club to our network of affiliated resorts,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “This first-class facility will offer RCI® subscribing members superior one- and two-bedroom accommodations just steps from Lake Erie.”

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

About Long Point Beach Club
The property at the corner of Highway #59 and Erie Boulevard in Long Point, Ontario has long been a summer destination. For more than 80 years, families travelled there to vacation and make memories in two historic motels that occupied the land where the stately Long Point Beach Club now stands. Owners Jeff and Rebecca Bouck looked to the history of the property and how much it was loved when designing and building the elegant new beachside facility on the 48 hectare site. “We are offering a fresh take on the old cottage-style family vacation,” explains Rebecca. “We never lost sight of our main goal: making this a friendly, welcoming place where families and friends come to spend time together.”

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana Joins RCI, Offering Family Vacations with A Bit of Character

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (May 5, 2016) – RCI®, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, welcomes Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, part of Karisma Hotel & Resorts, to its network of affiliated resorts. The entertainment property, which opens this month,is a five-star experiential resort designed to provide guests of all ages with luxury vacations that are anything but serious.

At the resort, RCI® subscribing members will be transported to the land of Nickelodeon filled with characters, themed adventures and plenty of chances to get ‘slimed.’ The heart of the resort is the Nickelodeon Village, where vacationers can explore the Aqua Nick™ Playground to experience water slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river. The kids can also meet their favorite Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer at Character Central. Or, they can enjoy Just Kiddin’, a kids club which is part clubhouse and part artists’ studio, where they can play, participate in organized activities and meet the Nickelodeon characters.

“RCI has been a longstanding and valued partner for many years, and we are pleased to build upon our relationship with the new affiliation of Nickelodeon’s first-ever international resort property, providing both family entertainment and Karisma’s renowned Gourmet Inclusive® Experience,” said Rinaldo Fernandez, senior vice president of Karisma’s Travel Club Division. “We are particularly excited about the business opportunities this brings to our Travel Club, and we are pleased to expand our partnership with RCI and continue to offer our members the excellence in service they are used to.”

At Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, RCI members can experience a family vacation without sacrificing luxury and relaxation. The white sand beaches, tropical beverages and Karisma’s Gourmet Inclusive Experience help ensure that the ‘grown-ups’ have the vacation they want, too. The Gourmet Inclusive Experience offers cutting-edge cuisine, impeccable service and unique amenities, proving that ‘slime’ and ‘luxury’ can coexist and create unforgettable getaways for everyone.

The beachfront resort features 208 suites designed to bring a variety of travel experiences, each with modern design and amenities that create a home-away-from-home for the entire family. Of course, the theme continues throughout the accommodations: one of the super villas is even called the ‘Pineapple’ and is modeled after the world of SpongeBob SquarePants.

“By affiliating Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, RCI will offer members a unique vacation experience for the entire family at one of the most recognized branded hotels in the world,” said Ricardo Montaudon, president of RCI Latin America. “This affiliation strengthens the relationship we have with Karisma Resorts, a company of professionals that offers the highest quality and best services and experiences to members. The fun property can offer a truly experiential vacation and can give children and adults alike memories to last a lifetime.”

For more information, visit RCI.com or nickresortpuntacana.com.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, comprises an impressive portfolio including El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, Azul Hotels & Villas by Karisma, Generations Resorts by Karisma, Allure Hotels by Karisma and Karisma Hotels Adriatic. Properties have been honored with the industry’s top accolades including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 30 Hotels in Cancun,” TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice “Best Family Resort in the World,” and “Best Hotels for Romance,” and AAA’s “Four Diamond Award.”  Karisma has received worldwide recognition for its creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations. For reservations and a full list of Karisma properties, please visit www.karismahotels.com.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company’s portfolio includes television programming and production around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, feature films and pro-social initiatives. Nickelodeon's brands reach 1.1 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 160 countries and territories, via more than 80+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

About VIMN

Viacom International Media Networks(VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is  comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, Channel 5 in the UK, VH1, VIVA, COLORS, Spike, Game One and Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 3.2 billion households in approximately 170 territories and 40 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties.  

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Nearly 60 Resort Properties Join the RCI® Global Exchange Network Through Second Quarter of 2015

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (August 20, 2015)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 26 new properties to its affiliate exchange network during the second quarter of 2015, raising its newly-affiliated property number to 58 through the first half of the year. The additions join a network of approximately 4,500 resorts across more than 100 countries.

 

“We continue to deliver on our promise to provide greater flexibility and choice to our 3.8 million RCI® subscribing members by offering more travel options than any other exchange company in the world,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Knowing that these resorts selected RCI to help enhance the vacation ownership experience they offer is very rewarding and a testament to the services we provide.”

 

The Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa, situated on the beachfront of the renowned Playa d’en Bossa in Spain, is one of the most recent properties to join the RCI network. From here, guests can take in the famed beaches, water sports and nightlife that have become synonymous with the island of Ibiza. Grand Palladium offers guests an enjoyable combination of outdoor recreation activities, fine dining, and entertainment options suitable for all ages. The property boasts more than 400 spacious and elegant rooms equipped with modern amenities and luxuries including three thematic a la carte restaurants and two freshwater pools.

 

Expanding its growing collection of resorts in India, RCI welcomed Mirasol Water Park and Resort in the second quarter. This property is located in Kadiya Village in Nani Daman, and offers a range of lovely accommodations as well as a swimming pool, a spa for massage treatments, and an onsite restaurant. A highlight of staying at this resort is the access to Mirasol Water Park for tubing adventures, a children’s water playground, water slides, water coasters and a wave pool.

 

The Registry Collection® program, RCI’s luxury exchange program, welcomed Ocean Lodge in St. Simons Island, Georgia, United States, a boutique hotel ideally located just steps from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby attractions include golf, boating and leisurely biking on the beach. At Ocean Lodge, old world elegance meets modern luxury with lavish décor and amenities throughout the property, which include a sparkling pool and spectacular rooftop terrace and lounge. Each suite boasts a full kitchen and a private verandah overlooking the ocean.

 

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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RCI Cork Named Great Place to Work® for Second Year in a Row

CORK, IRELAND (May 22, 2014)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced its Cork office was recognized by Great Place to Work® as one of the best large workplaces in Ireland for 2014.  Marking the second consecutive year RCI Cork received this prestigious and coveted honor, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland, John Ryan, personally visited the Cork office to present RCI with its award and certificate.

“Not only is this an incredible achievement for our organization, but it is quite an honor for each of our associates who make RCI one of the best places to work,” said Cortney Haber, senior director, Europe Middle East Operations, RCI.  “Our associates have helped us build a great workplace culture that celebrates camaraderie and inspires passion, which contributes immensely to the work we do and the success we all share.” 

Great Place to Work celebrates organizations with high-trust cultures where associates are inspired, passionate, committed and instrumental to business performance.  Partnering with The Irish Times, Great Place to Work administered a survey and gathered information from participating companies across Ireland, recognizing those with thriving workplace cultures.  RCI Cork was featured in The Irish Times’ Best Workplaces issue for fostering innovation through its newly launched Ideas Lab, which encourages all associates to share their thoughts and ideas for enhancing the business.

“We’re extremely proud of this impressive achievement by our RCI Cork office,” said Sean Lowe, managing director, RCI Europe, Middle East, Africa & India.  “As part of Wyndham Worldwide, we pride ourselves on our signature Count on Me! culture, which is focused on delivering great experiences to our guests, associates and communities.  Being named a Great Place to Work is a testament to the incredible efforts our associates make to deliver those experiences.”

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Pledges $60,000 to the ARDA International Foundation for Industry Research and Education

NEW ORLEANS (April 3, 2017)RCI made a $60,000 pledge to the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) during ARDA World 2017 in New Orleans. AIF is a nonprofit organization led by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) that serves to foster career opportunities and development through education and training programs and advance knowledge of the industry through comprehensive market intelligence.

“The entire timeshare industry benefits from the great work that is being done through the AIF,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “We make driving the timeshare industry forward a top priority at RCI, so we’re pleased to continue ongoing support of the organization’s valuable research and educational programs.”

RCI presented the contribution to the AIF at the opening General Session of ARDA World 2017. As the global leader in vacation exchange, RCI is a long-time advocate of the AIF and continuously encourages efforts that help further develop and promote the timeshare industry.

“The market intelligence that AIF generates is critical to our industry’s ability to make good business decisions and fundamental for ARDA’s advocacy efforts,” said Howard Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO. “In addition, AIF provides essential educational programming and tools for our industry, and RCI’s generosity greatly contributes to the success of these efforts.”

Established in 1982 to fulfill the research needs of the industry, AIF has grown to provide a multitude of services to vacation ownership professionals. These initiatives include research and market intelligence, professional education and certification and scholarship programs.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

About AIF
The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) is the timeshare industry's leading source for market intelligence and career advancement resources. AIF, a 501(c) (3) organization, serves to enhance knowledge for the public and industry through its comprehensive timeshare research studies, and aims to enrich careers through ongoing training, learning and development. For more information, visit www.arda.org/foundation.

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RCI Continues to Grow its Global Network with Addition of 70 Affiliated Resorts

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (August 30, 2016) – RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), welcomed more than 70 new properties to its affiliate exchange network during the first half of 2016. The new affiliations include resorts in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Latin America and North America.

“Through these additions we continue to expand the choices we offer our 3.8 million members through our global exchange network,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “We offer timeshare owners more properties to choose from than any other exchange company, bringing members a world of high quality travel options.”

RCI recently welcomed The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, located along the coast in Lucea, Jamaica. This tropical resort features modern design and first-rate facilities that enhance the island’s natural surroundings. With 13 bars, activity programs at the pool and beach and first-class sports facilities and water sports, guests have plenty of choices for how to spend their vacation time. The impressive accommodations include 390 junior suites, 78 suites and 48 villa suites with ocean views. In the romantic adults-only bungalows, guests can access a private pool and beach area, alluding to a remote island getaway.

RCI® subscribing members also now have the option to visit the Cameron Club Lodges, which is situated beside the serene Loch Lomond in Alexandria, Scotland. Upon entering the estate, guests are welcomed on both sides of the entrance with golf courses and stunning water features. The resort also houses the relaxing and rejuvenating Loch Lomond Spa, which has been voted Scotland’s best hotel spa three years in a row. With accommodations ranging from two-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom luxury lodges, the resort can be great for either a couple’s retreat or a family vacation.

Other new RCI affiliated resorts include the Nickelodeon™ Resort Punta Cana by Karisma in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Hotel Ambient Azumino in Azumino-shi, Nagano, Japan; and Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States.

The Registry Collection® program, RCI’s luxury exchange program, added the Club Residencial Viñedo San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Scheduled to open in late 2017 within the 60-acre San Miguel Vineyard, this incredible residence includes a private pool, terrace and roof garden. Guests at the eight-person luxurious home may also take advantage of the property’s winery and hotel amenities like the restaurants, spa, tennis court and lake.

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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The RCI® Resort Recognition Program Celebrates 25 Years of Setting Industry Standards for Quality

Hollywood, FLA. (May 4, 2016) The RCI® Resort Recognition Program is celebrating 25 years of honoring affiliated resorts that provide outstanding vacation experiences. RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, was the first to set quality standards for the vacation exchange industry when it launched the program in 1992.

Based on resort accommodations, hospitality and member experience feedback, RCI’s industry leading program presents awards to the top-rated resorts. Only the properties with the highest levels of excellence are considered for recognition.

“The RCIResort Recognition Program plays an important role in reinforcing our commitment to exceeding the vacation expectations of owners and RCI subscribing members,” says Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “For 25 years, our affiliates’ ongoing dedication to customer satisfaction and quality accommodations has raised the bar of the business. We are proud that more than 2,000 properties have earned accolades from high ratings and outstanding member feedback, which is evidence of the first-rate services and resort experiences provided by the RCI exchange network.”

Each year, resorts are re-evaluated to keep their standing as a RCI® Gold Crown Resort property, RCI® Silver Crown Resort property or the RCI Hospitality designation. Of the resorts that have been affiliated with RCI since the program’s inception, more than 45 have received honors for 25 consecutive years. 

To determine resort awards, RCI uses five categories from subscribing member comment cards including housekeeping, unit maintenance, resort maintenance, hospitality and check-in/checkout. Services, amenities and unit configuration are also evaluated.

When a resort earns one of the program designations, it is able to feature the distinction in marketing and sales materials, signifying to members that the property meets specific criteria set by RCI. It also gives vacationers an idea of the type of experience they can expect. 

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Grand Pacific Resorts and RCI Renew Affiliation, Continuing to Bring Owners a World of Vacation Options

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (July 30, 2015)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), and Grand Pacific Resorts have renewed their affiliation agreement. The partnership between the two companies continues to bring more than 20 properties in California, Hawaii, and Canada to RCI® subscribing members.

 

“We have enjoyed a very long and successful affiliation relationship with Grand Pacific Resorts, and we are thrilled to continue working together to send vacationers on trips they love,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “This group of resorts is well-known for its quality services and amenities in popular North American destinations. We believe our members will be pleased to continue visiting these resorts for years to come.”

 

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Grand Pacific Resorts is a full-service resort management and development company that is committed to “Enriching Lives by Creating Experiences Worth Sharing” for more than 70,000 traveling families each year. Each resort has a unique feel that fits the destination, but the level of service is consistent throughout the company.

 

“For more than twenty years, Grand Pacific Resorts’ owners have used RCI to explore new destinations around the world. We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship, which enhances the value of our owners’ vacation ownership by offering greater flexibility,” said David Brown, co-president, Grand Pacific Resorts.

 

Grand Pacific Resorts is a leader in sustainable hospitality practices. Several of its resorts have been recognized with the RCI Green Award, including Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel, which earned a Platinum RCI Green Award in 2014, and Hanalei Bay Resort, which earned a Silver RCI Green Award in 2015.

 

“At RCI, we place a high value on the sustainability of the planet we all share, and know that the hospitality industry has incredible potential to make a positive impact,” continued Gurnik. “Grand Pacific Resorts shares these values and lives them every day in their resort operations. This makes us even more proud to be their trusted business partner.”

 

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center orrciaffiliates.com. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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Domina Vacanze, One of Italy’s Leading Hospitality Groups, Affiliates New Sicilian Resort with RCI

KETTERING, U.K. (May 28, 2014) - Domina Vacanze SpA, one of Italy’s high-profile hotel groups, has affiliated  Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort – Zagarella on the Italian island of Sicily into the RCI exchange holiday network. This follows the recent signing of a multi-year affiliation agreement between RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, and Domina Vacanze SpA.

The affiliation of Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort – Zagarella brings the number of Domina resorts affiliated to RCI to 11. Situated on the northern coast between Palermo and Cefalù, the resort is easily accessible by air, road, rail and sea.

Nicola Cighetti, Domina’s general manager, said: “We are pleased to be bringing the Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort – Zagarella into RCI’s exchange holiday programme. RCI has a proven track record in providing a consistently efficient service to both its members and its affiliated resort clients. Add to this the almost 4,500 resorts worldwide that are affiliated to RCI's exchange network, available to our RCI owner members, and it is clear that this affiliation supports our core mission of delivering memorable holidays in the widest range of incredible destinations.”

Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort – Zagarella benefits from a shoreline location that offers its guests views of the sea, cliffs and nearby beaches, while being surrounded by lemon trees and Bougainvillea. The on-resort amenities include a gym, restaurants, swimming pools and tennis courts to ensure visitors can keep active or relax as they choose. The resort itself is characterised by modern and technologically-advanced facilities, with high-quality accommodations. Efficient and friendly service, to be enjoyed in a warm and welcoming environment, lies at the heart of the Domina guest experience.

Sean Lowe, managing director, RCI Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, commented: “Italy is one of the world’s most desired holiday destinations, so the opportunity to offer a fabulous Italian island resort experience to our members through our relationship with Domina Vacanze is one we value highly.

"Domina’s approach of maintaining family values and ensuring high service levels and quality in every aspect of the holiday offering is one we respect and share. It is always reassuring to be working with a brand and a team that apply the same fundamental customer care principles to their customer service and guest experience as you do yourself. The affiliation of Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort – Zagarella in Sicily is a great addition to RCI’s portfolio of quality affiliated resorts in some of the world’s best destinations.”

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About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Domina Vacanze SpA.

Domina Vacanze SpA was founded in 1989 by Ernesto Preatoni. The Domina product is designed to guarantee co-owners unforgettable holidays, constantly expand their options and horizons and always offer the best. The company offers second home ownerships without the worries, risk and hassle that traditionally comes with that luxury, plus a range of first-class hotel accommodations. Domina hotels are characterised by their four-star facilities, are located in prestigious national and international destinations, and found in naturally beautiful settings by the sea, in the mountains or in cities rich in history and culture. The common thread uniting these diverse destinations are the elegant suites and the first-class hospitality and efficiency of its guest and client services.

For twenty five years Domina Vacanze has been the brand in which countless Italians continue to place their wholehearted trust.

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Somerpointe Resorts Renews with RCI to Provide Vacation Exchange Services to Owners

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 31, 2017) — RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange

(NYSE: WYN), and Somerpointe Resorts have renewed their affiliation agreement. Under this

contract, 12 properties from Somerpointe Resorts will remain a part of the RCI ® exchange

network. The properties are located across the United States in destinations including Las Vegas,

the Hawaiian Islands and Orlando.

“Renewing our affiliation with RCI was an easy decision for us, because RCI brings innovative

solutions to the table during every step in our business cycle,” said Todd Spector, CEO of

Somerpointe Resorts. “Our owners and sales prospects value the additional travel options that an

RCI membership adds, and we value the business support and services available to us as an RCI

affiliate. We look forward to many more years working with RCI.”

The properties from Somerpointe Resorts that are a part of the RCI exchange network include:

1. Tahiti Village Vacation Club in Las Vegas, Nevada

2. Tahiti Vacation Club in Las Vegas, Nevada

3. Club de Soleil Vacation Club in Las Vegas, Nevada

4. The Gardens at West Maui Vacation Club in Maui, Hawaii

5. Hono Koa Vacation Club in Maui, Hawaii

6. Kahana Beach Vacation Club in Maui, Hawaii

7. Kahana Villa Vacation Club in Maui, Hawaii

8. Maui Banyan Vacation Club in Maui, Hawaii

9. Maui Beach Vacation Club in Maui, Hawaii

10. Sands of Kahana Vacation Club in Maui, Hawaii

11. Kona Islander Vacation Club in Hawaii, Hawaii

12. Villas at Regal Palms near Orlando, Florida

Somerpointe Resorts is a prominent developer of vacation ownership resorts. Its portfolio

includes its flagship property: Tahiti Village. An oasis of luxury amid the Las Vegas desert,

Tahiti Village offers 20 acres of resort paradise. Travelers can enjoy the lavish accommodations,

resort-style swimming pool, lazy river, full-service spa and fine and casual dining options. All of

the Somerpointe Resorts offer similarly impressive vacation experiences.

“Somerpointe Resorts and RCI have had a great relationship over the years and we look forward

to continuing this mutually beneficial affiliation,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI.

“Together, we have sent families on some amazing vacations, and the renewal of this contract

means there will be many more good times to come for RCI members and Somerpointe Resorts

owners.”

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110

countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased

flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI

Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program, the

industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to

its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The

Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200

affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI

is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands

(NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also

can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

About Somerpointe Resorts

Somerpointe Resorts is the successor developer to 12 resorts in Las Vegas, Hawaii and Orlando

including Tahiti Village, its flagship. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Somerpointe Resorts

specializes in the sales and hospitality management of its owners and guests servicing over

100,000 families who are owners at one or more of its affiliated properties.

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The Bulgarian Jewel in the RCI Crown: Balkan Jewel Resort Added to Vacation Exchange Network

KETTERING, U.K. (October 7, 2016) – Members of the RCI exchange holiday program will now be able to use their membership to holiday in the beautiful mountains of Pirin, close to Bansko, Bulgaria’s popular ski resort. The affiliation of the Balkan Jewel Resort brings the first Bulgarian resort into RCI’s holiday exchange network.

Sitting in the foothills of the Pirin Mountains, the resort overlooks the Ian Woosnam-designed 18-hole Pirin Golf Course and, being a 10-minute drive from the Bansko ski slopes, is ideally situated for family and adventure holidays. On resort, there is plenty to entertain, including a restaurant, fitness and spa center, indoor swimming pool and children’s playground. For guests looking to get out and about, a free shuttle bus travels to the golf course and into the town of Razlog, as well as to the Gondola lifts to get to the ski slopes of Bansko.

“We believe our resort sits well with other resort options in the RCI exchange program, which offers its members so many different holiday experiences and lifestyle options,” said Kimberley Stapleton, marketing director, Balkan Jewel Resort Management.

“As we all know, our customers value authentic experiences, adventure and cultural exchanges and we are giving our owners an exceptional opportunity to sample the best of Bulgarian spirit and tradition in a naturally beautiful location,” she continued. “We are confident RCI can offer our owners the choice of a variety of quality lifestyle holidays in thousands of destinations worldwide, which will add value to the ownership we offer.”

The spacious accommodation options available at Balkan Jewel Resort range from studio to two-bedroom apartments. The resort also offers storage rooms for ski and golf equipment, plus a ski hire chalet where staff will make all bookings and reservations for guests. The many guest services are designed to make a stay at the Balkan Jewel Resort as easy and comfortable as possible and include: babysitting services; free Wi-Fi connection in all apartments and guest areas; car, bicycle and DVD hire; transport to the surrounding areas – which include Greece; excursions; and many on-resort activities and entertainments.

“This is our first resort affiliation in Bulgaria and it couldn’t be better,” said Dimitris Manikis, vice president, Business Development for RCI Europe, Middle East, and Africa. “Balkan Jewel Resort brings the best of ski experiences in Bulgaria to our network of more than 500 ski resorts worldwide. We must not forget that it is also an attractive year-round destination, being located in a place of great natural beauty, with the rich culture and history of Bansko and surrounding towns to bring to the mix. We believe this resort will have a wide appeal to the younger and older, couples and families alike.”

For more information, visit RCI.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Affiliate Access® Program: Two New Solutions Provide Resort Operation Efficiencies

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (May 4, 2016)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, recently added two new services to the RCI Affiliate Access® program: RCI® Inventory Analytics Advisory delivers specific insights, analytics and tools to help resorts maximize their inventory, and CustomerCount added a new service to simplify how resort staff processes and responds to owner inquires. 

The RCI Affiliate Access program serves as a valuable resource for affiliates by connecting resort developers and operators to customizable solutions that assist in resort operations. These include accounting and insurance services, marketing data solutions, survey deployment, sales training, revenue management and analytics, contact center resources, video and photography services, inventory rental solutions and maintenance fee billing and collection.

Available exclusively for RCI affiliates, the new RCI Inventory Analytics Advisory is a program designed to maximize inventory value. Based on industry analysis, the new offering tailors solutions for affiliates through enhanced reporting, forecasting and tracking and pricing and yield management capabilities. The service also helps improve customer satisfaction through optimized supply-demand alignment and consumer behavior predictions and provides ongoing training for in-house inventory management staff. Depending on business needs, affiliates interested in the tool can opt for short-term or long-term consulting services. 

“The RCI inventory consulting team has been amazing,” said Michele Colson, senior vice president, VSA Resorts. “They are very professional and really have a great understanding of inventory and revenue management strategies and tactics that have already started to transform our business. The recommendations they have made have given our resort managers a huge boost in managing the inventory at their respective properties. In just a few short months, we’ve seen our revenue increase over 113 percent.” 

Long-time RCI Affiliate Access partner CustomerCount has also added a new service for affiliates. The survey solution provider now offers an On Site Service Request feature, which invites guests to communicate areas in which they require assistance while they are still on the property through an online survey available through an affiliate-branded landing page. The new feature provides a fast, easy and non-confrontational way for guests to let staff know they need assistance. Instant alerts allow resort staff to address guests’ needs immediately.

“Expanding the RCI Affiliate Access program helps our affiliates exceed expectations and grow with the ever-changing business landscape,” says Erica Gause, director of business development, RCI. “Through RCI Inventory Analytics Advisory and CustomerCount, resort operators can better manage their inventory and cater to guests’ needs through analytics and direct feedback. 

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Catherine Reynolds
(973) 753-4662
Catherine.Reynolds@rci.com 

Valerie Oppelaar
(973) 753-7474
Valerie.Oppelaar@rci.com

 

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RCI Expands Vacation Exchange Network with Three New Affiliations in China

Singapore (July 20, 2015) - RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently welcomed three new affiliated resorts in China to its vacation exchange network. The properties are Shangshanqi Villa Resort and Taoyuan Hot Spring International Hotel in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and Bo’ao Holliyard Seaview Resort in Hainan Island. The signing of these agreements expands RCI’s portfolio of resorts in China to more than 55 properties.

 

“This is an exciting opportunity for RCI to expand its exchange options in Chengdu and Hainan, both popular tourist destinations in China,” said Gavin Cheong, business development director for North Asia, RCI Asia Pacific. “Boao is a popular tourist town in Hainan among the locals, while Chengdu is gaining more attention among overseas tourists for its cute giant pandas and historical landmarks. We are confident these three properties are excellent additions for RCI’s high-quality exchange network, and will be well received by our members looking for a unique cultural experience.”

 

Shangshanqi Villa Resort is located at the foot of Qingcheng Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Qingcheng Mountain has been an important Taoist site for centuries, as it is believed to be one of the birth places of Taoism, China’s only indigenous religion. Besides the panoramic scenery the mountain offers, many popular attractions are easily accessible from the resort, such as the Jianfu Palace, Moon City Lake, ancient Taoist and Buddhist temples and other historical relics. The resort comprises 760 villas, and all units come with a living room and a full kitchen. It is 40 minutes away from Shuangliu International Airport via high speed rail, and an hour away via shuttle bus.

 

Taoyuan Hot Spring International Hotel is located 57km west of Chengdu Dayi Heming Taoist Cultural scenic site, near the entrance of Qingcheng Mountain. The hotel’s architecture and décor are strongly influenced by Taoism, in honor of the religion’s birth place. Its exterior resembles a traditional Taoist temple, with a yin yang bagua – a design associated with Taoism - prominently featured on the ceiling of the hotel lobby, and subtly integrated throughout the hotel premises.

 

Opened in 2010, the hotel is an hour’s drive away from Shuangliu International Airport and has a total of 132 guestrooms. It is popular for its numerous indoor and outdoor hot spring pools, and its proximity to tourist attractions such as golf courses, ski fields and cultural sites.

 

Boao Holliyard Seaview Resort is located in the tourism area of Qionghai, east of Hainan Island and 90 kilometers from Haikou Airport. The town is famous for the Boao Forum for Asia, a platform for dialogues among Asian government officials, business leaders and experts to promote economic exchange and corporation. The annual conference is held at Boao every year. The resort has 384 luxurious sea view rooms spread over 18 floors, offering a scenic view of the nearby mountains and the sea of Boao. Each room is exquisitely furnished with a modern design and all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, including complimentary wireless internet access. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, a fitness centre and a full-service spa. It is a 15-minute drive from Boao Golf and Country Club and Qionghai Boao Oriental Culture Garden.

 

“Qingcheng Mountain is a representation of China’s rich cultural heritage and the gem of Chengdu City,” said Chen Xiaolan, general manager of Chengdu Shangshanqi Real Estate Co. Ltd. “Given Shangshanqi’s superb location at the foot of this iconic mountain, our affiliation with the worldwide leader in vacation exchange introduces a new travel lifestyle and is a strategic and mutually beneficial decision. It is in line with the Chinese government’s direction to develop new business models for the travel industry, and it fulfills the needs of today’s Chinese consumers who are constantly looking for ways to improve their quality of life. I hope that through our partnership with RCI, we will be able to present the best holiday options for our members to travel around the world.”

 

“We are honoured to be in partnership with RCI, and we thank RCI for their confidence in us,” said Jack Hu, CEO of Enwei Daoyuan Shengcheng Tourism Company. “As the pioneer and global leader in vacation exchange, we believe that RCI will be able to successfully grow the vacation ownership industry in China. We look forward to working together for mutual benefit, and bringing vacation exchange in China to new heights.”

 

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIaffiliates.com.

 

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center orrciaffiliates.com.RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

 

About Shangshanqi

Shangshanqi International Resort Club is managed by Chengdu Shangshanqi Real Estate Co. Ltd. The company has nearly a decade of experience in tourism real estate investment, development and management. Shangshanqi International Resort Club was set up to as part of the company’s strategy to diversify and expand its business.

 

About Taoyuan Hot Spring International Hotel

Taoyuan Hot Spring International Hotel is owned by Enwei Taoyuan Shengcheng Tourism Development Company, a subsidiary of Chengdu Enwei Investment (Group) Ltd. Founded in 1986, Chengdu Enwei Investment Group is a leading pharmaceutical enterprise in China, specializing in research, development, production and production of traditional Chinese Medicine. Its products are exported to more than 20 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and America. Chengdu Enwei Investment Group started its property investment arm in 2008 and has 5 real estate properties in its portfolio to date.

 

About Boao Holliyard Seaview Resort

Boao Holliyard Seaview Resort is owned by Zhejiang Nhu Company Ltd, and managed by Qionghai Boao Holliyard Seaview resort Management Co Ltd. The resort management company specializes in chain hotel management, and handles several projects in Beijing, Changbaishan, Xinchang, Qionghai and other parts of China.

 

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Tania Sim

Tania.Sim@rci.com

 

Catherine Reynolds

973-753-4662

Catherine.Reynolds@rci.com

 

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Azerbaijan Becomes New RCI Exchange Destination through Affiliation with Crown Hotel Baku

Kettering, UK (May 29, 2014) RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, today announced the affiliation of The Crown Hotel Baku in Azerbaijan.

The country of Azerbaijan is a relatively new destination for timeshare. The rapid growth in the strength of the consumer sector, driven by wealth generated from its natural energy industry, gives this ex-Soviet country great potential as a timeshare market. The World Bank Indicators reveal the country enjoys year-on-year increases in international tourism arrivals and visitor spending.

Baku is the largest city on the Caspian Sea. From its cosmopolitan high-end boutiques and music scene, to the city’s distinct culture and historic sites, it’s an emerging hot spot popular with holidaymakers looking for a new holiday destination.

Sean Lowe, managing director, RCI Europe, Middle East, Africa & India, said: “The Crown Hotel Baku is our first affiliation in Azerbaijan and the Caucasus region. It is especially exciting for RCI to be able to add this unusual and largely undiscovered destination to our exchange portfolio, as it 100 percent supports our priority to provide fresh, upcoming holiday destinations and unique experiences to our members.”

The Crown Hotel benefits from a prime location in the heart of Baku giving it instant tourist appeal. Its 93 rooms have mountain or sea views, and the RCI Gold Crown resort accommodations include a range of hotel rooms, studios and one-bedroom apartments.

The resort is close to shopping and sightseeing attractions, while onsite facilities include an indoor pool, fitness centre, massage treatments, sauna, bar and lounge, and live entertainment. Guests can dine at one of three on-resort restaurants serving international, fusion, and Azeri cuisine.

Developer Mushfig Vakilov said: “Timeshare has proven to be a popular holiday product in our region, in countries such as Russia. We are confident it will prove popular with the increasingly aspirational Azerbaijan nationals. And as our country is set to grow its international tourism sector, that brings additional marketing and sales opportunities. We are happy to have secured RCI, the world’s most experienced exchange holiday services provider, as our exchange company. RCI will bring the advantage of expert knowledge to our business operation and the widest choice of exchange holiday options currently on the market to our owners.

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About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

RCI Media Contact:

Helen Foster

+ 44 (0)1536 314266

helen.foster@rci.com

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RCI Celebrates Five Wins at the 2017 ARDA Awards, Including the ACE Employer Award

NEW ORLEANS (March 30, 2017) – RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, took home

five awards last night at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) 2017 Awards

Gala Dinner, including the coveted ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) Employer Award.

The ARDA Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and honor those that have attained

the very highest level of professional excellence in the resort industry and whose achievements

and dedication spur the industry to new heights.

Each year, the ACE Employer Award recognizes an employer that has demonstrated commitment

to its associates through training, flexibility, individual and team development, benefits and other

unique programs.

“At RCI, we recognize that our success is fueled by our amazing people and the passion they

have for sending people on the vacations of their dreams,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI.

“We pride ourselves on offering a great place to work for our associates that provides career

growth opportunities and meaningful experiences, and creates an environment that fosters

innovation and collaboration. We know it’s our people that make the difference.”

RCI empowers its employees to take advantage of all the company has to offer through programs

that address wellness, recognition, personal and team development, work-life balance and

corporate social responsibility. From flexible work benefit options to sustainability programs that

reduce the company’s global carbon footprint, RCI offers a multitude of benefits that change

associates’ day-to- day lives along with the communities it serves around the world.

Across all its campuses, RCI ® associates live by the company’s customer service focused culture

and are instrumental in defining the organization as a leader in employment worldwide that is

consistently recognized by Great Places to Work ® and other organizations around the world.

The RCI Client Sales and Services team took home the Call Center Team award for their

excellent work customizing fulfillment support across a variety of formats. The team develops

customized solutions based on business partners’ needs and delivers outstanding results in

quality service scores, revenue generation and call answer speeds. By working with passion and

purpose, the team creates an environment of trust, engagement and fun while also delivering

exceptional and sustained results for clients.

RCI was also recognized with the following awards:

 Magazine: Electronic Format: Endless Vacation ® magazine

 Magazine Advertisement: RCI 360° ® Ad Series

 Technology Initiative: RCI LiveStream ®

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers for the work that we do,” continued Gurnik. “This

reinforces and validates our ongoing commitment to delivering products and services that

provide value to our resort partners and members throughout every touchpoint of the business.”

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110

countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased

flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI

Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program, the

industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to

its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The

Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200

affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI

is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands

(NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also

can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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Catherine.Reynolds@rci.com

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RCI Expands Offerings for Global Travelers with the Acquisition of Love Home Swap

The addition bolsters RCI’s product portfolio within the global exchange market

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (July 31, 2017) – RCI, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), has acquired London-based Love Home Swap, one of the world’s largest home exchange programs. Through the acquisition, RCI adds a company that complements its existing business, broadens its appeal to a new base of holidaymakers and strengthens its position as a leader within the global alternative holiday accommodation sector.

“Since first pioneering the vacation exchange concept more than 40 years ago, RCI has continually found new ways to evolve and grow its own business while also propelling the exchange industry further,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Through this acquisition we expand the exchange options we offer travelers and strengthen our footprint in key growth markets across the globe.”

As part of the RCI family of brands, Love Home Swap will benefit from the core competencies RCI has developed over the past four decades as the leader in vacation exchange, including inventory management, member marketing and analytics. The company will also enjoy the added resources that come with being part of a global hospitality leader like Wyndham Worldwide, along with potential access to its portfolio of accommodation options around the world.

Love Home Swap, which has established a strong, loyal consumer base, will continue to run as an independent brand and be marketed separately from RCI. However, the similarities among these exchange-oriented businesses will allow for greater collaboration between the companies to foster growth and provide future travel benefits to their respective members.

RCI’s acquisition of Love Home Swap builds upon a previous investment in the company in 2015. Love Home Swap Founder, Debbie Wosskow, will remain on as an advisor to ensure a smooth transition into the RCI family. Ben Wosskow, formerly chief commercial officer, has been appointed to managing director and will oversee the daily operations of the business.

“I’d like to thank the team and everyone involved in driving Love Home Swap forward,” said Debbie Wosskow. “Dedication and hard work has yielded fantastic results in a short space of time and this is a real global success story for the UK sharing economy. We’re delighted to join the RCI family and are excited to work closely with them to help shape the future of the travel industry together.”

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI® subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
About Love Home Swap
Established by UK entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow, Love Home Swap has been helping travelers enjoy better holidays through the power of sharing for over six years. It’s a super simple idea. You choose where you want to go and a property you want to stay in, make the swap (either directly with the owner or through a clever Swap Points system) and then sit back and enjoy hassle-free holidays without a hefty accommodation bill. With unprecedented access to thousands of great quality properties around the world, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste and style.

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Steve Alessandrini
RCI
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Gemma Griffiths
Love Home Swap
gemma@thecrowdandi.com
Ph: +44 (0)7545 768 602

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RCI and The Registry Collection® Program Members Can Experience Cirque du Soleil like Never Before through Two New Properties from Grupo Vidanta

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (May 3, 2016) – RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, welcomes two new affiliated resorts to its RCI and The Registry Collection®exchange networks. The new properties from Grupo Vidanta – The Cascades and Kingdom of the Sunare scheduled to open in 2018. They will offer unforgettable vacations in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, built around a first-of-its kind Cirque du Soleil® theme park.

“We are extremely proud to welcome these two new affiliated resorts as part of what I believe will be a historical game changer with the first Cirque du Soleil® theme park,” said Ricardo Montaudon, president and executive director of RCI® Latin America. “This is a great alliance with Vidanta, one of the largest Latin American tourism resort developers. This will allow us to offer new and exciting vacation experiences for our subscribing members around the world.”

The properties will be intertwined with the Cirque du Soleil® theme park, the only attraction of this kind in the world. Here, travelers can move beyond spectatorship to become characters within the park’s interactive stage and experience Cirque as never before. The park will include several themed sections that feature live performances, entertaining rides with a unique cirque spin and adventuresome games and challenges.

An onsite cirque school can take the participation even further. Here, travelers will be able to learn some of the physical and entertainment skills they see in the Cirque du Soleil shows from the performers themselves, ranging from acrobatic feats* to learning how to apply other-worldly stage makeup. In doing so, travelers will get a taste of what it is like to actually be a part of a Cirque du Soleil performance.

Kingdom of the Sun, the property affiliated with The Registry Collection program,will be a golden palace providing luxury accommodations at the doorstep of the theme park and the unique cirque school. The Cascades, affiliated with RCI, will be a gorgeous spa resort that will provide immersive cirque experiences with each room overlooking the park itself. 

“At Vidanta, we are glad to continue strengthening our strategic alliance with RCI as the world’s largest global exchange company, with whom we’ve had a long history of over 40 years of growing together, by offering our mutual members the highest standards in quality and service,” said Ivan Chavez, Grupo Vidanta’s executive vice president. “Eleven years ago with the creation of The Registry Collection program, we were able to boost our luxury segment by affiliating our properties with the strongest luxury exchange program in the market. Our mutual goal is to enhance our guests’ experiences and redefine what a vacation is all about.”

 

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About The Registry Collection® program

The Registry Collection® program is the world’s largest luxury exchange program, with approximately 200 affiliated properties that are either accessible for exchange or under development. From condo hotels and high-end fractional resorts to private residence clubs and fractional yachts, The Registry Collection program provides members with access to an elite network of the finest vacation properties at some of the world’s premier destinations, as well as travel concierge services that are available 24 hours a day. The Registry Collection program is offered by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or theregistrycollection.com. You can also find The Registry Collection on Facebook. 

*RCI and The Registry Collection® program do not endorse any of the activities described or mentioned.  It is the individual’s responsibility to investigate the safety and suitability of any activity.  RCI and The Registry Collection program expressly denies any liability for engaging any activity and for using any guide, vendor, or service provider that may be mentioned or described in this press release.

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Steve Alessandrini
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Steven.Alessandrini@rci.com

José Antonio Villavicencio
5283-0691
antonio.villavicencio@latam.rci.com                                     

Valeria Bárcena
barcena.valeria@ambarestrategia.com
5283-1000 ext. 5092 

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It’s Vacation Season! RCI Reveals Where Travelers Want to Go this Summer

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (June 9, 2015) – Memorial Day officially kicked off the summer season, and many travelers are looking forward to their next vacation. Travel companies have an insider’s view of where customers are looking to go, which often reveals interesting trends.

 

RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, looked at search data from RCI® subscribing members planning a vacation from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2015 to get a big picture view of where travelers are hoping to visit this summer.

 

When searching by destination, the top searched locations were:

1.      Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya areas of Mexico (9.1 percent)

2.      Florida’s Southern Atlantic coast (7.7 percent)

3.      Tenerife, Spain (7.2 percent)

4.      Cancun, Mexico (5.5 percent)

5.      Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina (5.4 percent)

 

When searching by specific city, the top searched locations were:

1.      Orlando, Florida (14.8 percent)

2.      Kissimmee, Florida (11.3 percent)

3.      Malaga, Spain (4.5 percent)

4.      Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (4.2 percent)

5.      Williamsburg, Virginia (3.8 percent)

 

For travelers yet to book a trip, it’s not too late! Endless Vacation Rentals could be the key to snagging a deal.

 

The company is currently offering 40 percent off* select studio, one- or two-bedroom units in select locations, including some of the most searched for locations according to RCI. Many of the units offer extra space compared to a typical room and include amenities like kitchens, living areas, and washer/dryers.

 

*The deal can be booked now through June 16, 2015, with travel dates through Dec. 20, 2015. To explore your options, visit EndlessVacationRentals.com.

 

For vacation planning inspiration, RCI offers a travel magazine available on the iPad through its Endless Vacation magazine app available for free from the iTunes® App Store1. The current issue includes a feature on some of the top member-searched destinations, with information about what to do, where to eat, places to stay and more in each location.

 

Data was pulled from RCI members using their RCI Weeks® accounts searching for arrival dates from May 25, 2015 through September 7, 2015.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our
media center,rciaffiliates.comorThe RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

About Endless Vacation Rentals

Endless Vacation Rentals, part of RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange,provides access to more than 200,000 resort condo rentals in desirable destinations in nearly 100 countries. At EVRentals.com, it’s as easy and convenient to search for, view availability, and book resort condo rentals as booking typical hotel accommodations online. For more information on Endless Vacation Rentals or to book a vacation rental, visit www.EndlessVacationRentals.com or call 1-877-STAY-EVR (1-877-782-9387).

 

*To explore and for more information, including the terms and conditions for these deals visit EndlessVacationRentals.com or call 877-782-9387.  Destinations and travel times are subject to availability and confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Offer specifically excludes travel costs and other expenses that may be incurred. Taxes additional fees and charges may apply.  Promotional discounts and offers may not apply to all properties. Cannot be combined with other offers and is valid on new reservations only. This promotional offer may be discontinued at the discretion of Endless Vacation Rentals.  Additional restrictions may apply.  Offer void where prohibited by law.

 

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RCI Mexico recognized as Socially Responsible Company for sixth consecutive year (2016)

 

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RCI Returns as Title Sponsor of the Christel House Open

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 15, 2017) – RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange,

celebrates its 11 th consecutive year as title sponsor of the annual RCI ® Christel House Open

International Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament is held in several locations and aims

to raise awareness and funds for Christel House International, a charity committed to bettering

the lives of impoverished children around the world.

“Since the charity’s inception, Christel House has improved the lives of thousands of

disadvantaged children through care, education and character development,” said Gordon

Gurnik, president of RCI. “Over the past 11 years, I’m proud to announce we’ve helped Christel

House raise $5.7 million in support of its mission to drive out poverty and better the lives of

future generations.”

The Christel House Open kicks off on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida, and

continues across North America and Europe throughout the following months at these locations:

 Saturday, June 3 in Boonville, New York

 Monday, June 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana

 Thursday, June 8 in Branson, Missouri

 Sunday, June 11 in Daytona, Florida

 Monday, June 12 in Kissimmee, Florida; Myrtle Beach, SC; Vista, California;

Williamsburg, Virginia; and the United Kingdom

 Friday, November 3 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Now celebrating its 15 th year, the tournament is attended by thousands of golfers, sponsors and

volunteers from around the world who come together to raise awareness and funds for Christel

House International. The nonprofit donates one hundred percent of the proceeds from the event

directly to benefit disadvantaged children around the world.

Christel DeHaan, founder and CEO of Christel House International, established the charity in

1998 and aims to help its more than 4,000 children around the world break the cycle of poverty

to realize their hopes and dreams and become independent members of society. The charity

operates learning centers in the U.S., India, Mexico and South Africa, and funds an outreach

program in Venezuela. DeHaan also co-founded RCI in 1974.

“The RCI Christel House Open has become a tradition within the timeshare industry for the past

15 years” said Christel DeHaan, found and CEO of Christel House International. “It is a coming

together of industry leaders and RCI, joining forces to help impoverished children break the

cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient members of society. Christel House is transforming

lives, and our friends in the industry are helping us to achieve this noble goal. I want to thank

RCI and the timeshare industry for their contributions.”

Christel House and the RCI Christel House Open are strongly supported by developers, resorts

and vendors in the timeshare industry. In 2016, the event raised more than $810,000 to support

Christel House initiatives, and the Christel House Open has totaled $8.7 million in net proceeds

worldwide since the tournament’s inception.

For more information, please visit christelhouse.org/events.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110

countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased

flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI

Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program, the

industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to

its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The

Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200

affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI

is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands

(NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also

can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Christel House International

The mission of Christel House is to transform the lives of impoverished children around the

world—breaking the cycle of poverty and building self-sufficient, contributing members of

society. A focus on academic excellence through a robust K–12 curriculum is combined with a

strong character development program to give students the skills and competencies necessary to

compete successfully in complex 21st Century society. Much more than a school, Christel House

was established in 1998 by Founder and CEO Christel DeHaan, and currently serves over 4,600

impoverished students through seven learning centers—located in India, Mexico, South Africa

and the U.S.A. Christel House students maintain a 99% graduation exam pass rate, and the

majority of its graduates go on to pursue higher education. They become productive citizens, and

many secure employment with top multinational corporations. Christel House graduates are

confident, hardworking, responsible and ethical, with a passion for giving back to their

communities and caring for their families. For more information, please visit christelhouse.org

and follow us on social media at facebook.com/christelhouse and twitter.com/christelhouse

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RCI Adds Astiti Bali Resort Villas & Spa to Affiliate Network in Indonesia

Singapore (November 8, 2016) - RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently welcomed Astiti Bali Resort Villas & Spa in Bali, Indonesia to its vacation exchange network, bringing a new destination option in Bali to its nearly 3.8 million global exchange members.

“Bali has always been a favorite destination among RCI Members,” said Jonathan Mills, managing director, RCI Asia Pacific. “The exclusive oceanside resort will be a spectacular new option for members planning a vacation to Bali when it is completed. We are delighted to have this beautiful property as part of our network and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Astiti Bali Resort.”

Astiti Bali Resort is located in Lovina, the northern part of Bali that is quieter and more secluded than the central areas of the island. North Bali is popular for its incredible diving and snorkeling spots, and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, hot springs and waterfalls on the island.

The resort is currently under construction and is expected to open by the end of 2018. Upon completion, there will be 15 private pool villas, each with its own open living room, dining room, kitchen, outdoor shower and sun deck. The resort will also have a swimming pool, on-site restaurants, a fitness studio and a spa facility that will provide guests with a rejuvenating resort experience.

“We are very much looking forward to the completion and future of the resort,” said Noriyoshi Sekine, CEO, Astiti Bali Resort. “We believe that this affiliation with RCI will enable us to provide our members with a wide variety of vacation options, bringing their vacation experience to the next level. We strive to make Astiti Resort a customer centric resort and exceed our customers’ expectations at every touch point. This will include providing warm hospitality, excellent service and comfortable stay.”

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Astiti Resort
Astiti Resort Co Ltd was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Its core business is in resort development, vacation ownership sales and hotel management. Its latest project is a mixed-use 15-villa resort and spa in Bali, Indonesia.

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It’s All About the Experience: RCI® App Redesigned with Fresh Perspective on Searching for Vacations

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (May 3, 2016) – With travelers placing increased focus on experiential travel,RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, has redesigned its app to allow travelers to search for vacations the way they want: by experience, by destination or by both simultaneously.

“The beauty of travel is experiencing new activities to learn something about the culture around you, and maybe even something new about yourself,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Within RCI’s vacation exchange network, there are so many opportunities to book an experiential vacation, and we wanted to give our members a way to sort by the type of activity they seek on their next trip. By adding the feature to our mobile app, we are allowing our members to search this way anytime, anywhere.”

When members open the app, they are met with immersive and vibrant photography that lead them through the intuitive design. Featured destinations can serve as inspiration, or members can dive right in to search by experience type, including options like adventure, food, sightseeing and nightlife.

From there, members can further refine their results by destination or other search criteria. With the new update to the app technology, members can also compare RCI affiliated resorts they are considering and add resorts to their favorites list to save for later.

Within the resort pages, which provide the complete content available on the RCI Directory of Affiliated Resorts, members can find photos, videos, detailed resort descriptions, area activity suggestions, member reviews and more. Even with this rich content available, the update increased operating speed and features simplified navigation that makes finding a vacation easier and faster than ever before.

The member app is just one of the mobile tools that RCI offers for vacation inspiration. RCI also provides an Endless Vacation® magazine app for tablets. The stunning photography and compelling stories available to members through the print magazine are found in the digital editions along with exclusive content like interactive elements, immersive videos, additional articles and photography and much more. Like the print magazine, which has one of the highest circulations of all consumer travel magazines nationwide, the app version often tops the charts for the most downloads in its category. 

For more information, visit RCI.com.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.           

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WayPoint Vacation Co-op of Waterloo, Ontario, Joins the RCI® Network of Affiliated Resorts

WATERLOO, ONTARIO (June 4, 2015) — WayPoint Vacation Co-Operative Ltd. today announced that the WayPoint Vacation Co-opinOntario, Canadais now affiliated with RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange.

 

“RCI has been the global leader in vacation exchange for over 40 years,” said Michael Krause, president of WayPoint. “RCI’s diverse selection of affiliated resorts around the world delivers quality vacations to its subscribing members time after time. Being associated with RCI was important to WayPoint because RCI offers a very robust exchange platform, technological resources and marketing expertise. We are very pleased to be working with them.”

 

The WayPoint Vacation Co-op will offer vacation options throughout various sought-after international destinations. Most recently it has entered into an agreement to purchase high-quality two-bedroom inventory at Arroyo Roble Resort in Sedona, Arizona.

 

“We are very happy to welcome the WayPoint Vacation Co-op to our network of RCI Points® affiliates,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “It will offer some amazing property options for our members. We look forward to sending WayPoint members on RCI® exchanges around the world for years to come.”

 

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

 

About the WayPoint Vacation Co-op

The WayPoint Vacation Co-op has been formed as Canada’s first vacation co-operative.  The mission of WayPoint is to provide affordable first-class family vacationing to Canadians at some of the finest vacation resorts in the world. The WayPoint Vacation Co-op will be wholly owned by its members, and operated solely for their benefit. WayPoint will be marketed exclusively in Canada by the Fast Track Group, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

About The Fast Track Group

The Fast Track Group is a leading Canadian financial education and sales organization. Since inception in 2001, the firm has raised nearly $500 million in debt and equity financing for projects including a portfolio of 5,000 multi-family residential apartment units in the United States.  For two consecutive years, the Fast Track Group has been ranked on the PROFIT 200 list of fastest growing companies in Canada.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our
media center orrciaffiliates.com.RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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WayPoint Vacation Co-operative Ltd.

Stephen Elliott

(416) 618-5045

selliott@waypointvacation.ca

 

Fast Track Group

Alexis Assadi

(780) 418-3427

alexis.assadi@fasttracktocashflow.com

 

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RCI Uruguay named to Great Place to Work list (2015)

RCI Uruguay named to Great Place to Work list (2015)

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RCI Cork named “Great Place to Work” and honored by Irish Institute of Training and Development for fourth consecutive year (2014)

RCI Cork named “Great Place to Work” and honored by Irish Institute of Training and Development for fourth consecutive year (2014)

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RCI’s Endless Vacation® Magazine Earns Three Prestigious Awards

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (December 12, 2016)RCI earned two Pearl Awards from The Content Council and one Editorial & Design Award from Media Industry Newsletter (min). The company received the awards for its Endless Vacation® magazine.

The Pearl Awards, recognized RCI’s Endless Vacation magazine with a top honor, the Gold Pearl Award for Best Print Publication (Design) B2C for its summer 2016 issue. RCI was also honored with the Bronze Pearl Award for Best Long-form Writing for its spring 2016 issue. The Pearl Awards is a recognized industry standard-bearer for custom media from the world’s leading brands, with awards given out based on effectiveness, creativity and editorial excellence.

During min’s Editorial and Design Awards, RCI won the Best Custom Publication for its summer 2016 print issue for Endless Vacation magazine. The awards celebrate the best of the best in magazine media editorial and design.

“We’re honored and humbled to receive these awards for our compelling writing and innovative design from these well-respected organizations,” said Phil Brojan, senior vice president of global marketing for RCI. “By striving to deliver inspiring content in a variety of different formats, our hope is to help inspire readers go on the vacation of their dreams.”

RCI produces Endless Vacation magazine for RCI® subscribing members, with a circulation of nearly two million. The publication features vacation content, travel tips, destination highlights and detailed area information. The magazine is printed seasonally and content is updated regularly online as well as on the award winning Endless Vacation magazine app for tablets.

Endless Vacation magazine is created through the efforts of RCI and Story Worldwide, a New York-based marketing and communications company. For more information, visit EndlessVacation.com or RCIVentures.com, or download the Endless Vacation magazine app for tablets, which is free at the iTunes®* App Store and the Google PlayTM **store.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our Valerie.Oppelaar@rci.com

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RCI Donates $50,000 USD to the ARDA International Foundation to Fund Industry Research and Education

Pictured (from left): Gail Mandel, CEO of RCI; Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI; Robert Miller, AIF chairman; and Howard Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO. 

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (May 3, 2016) – RCI presented the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) with a donation of $50,000 USD on May 3, 2016, during ARDA World 2016 in Hollywood, Florida. AIF is a nonprofit organization led by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) that serves to advance knowledge of the industry through its comprehensive market intelligence and enrich careers through education.

“The work of the AIF continues to have a positive impact on the entire timeshare industry,” says Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Supporting the organization’s efforts to provide valuable research and education programs to our business is a top priority for RCI. We are proud to back AIF’s ongoing initiatives through this donation.”

RCI presented the donation to the AIF at the opening General Session of ARDA World 2016. As the global leader in vacation exchange, RCI has been a long-time advocate of the AIF and continuously encourages efforts that help develop and promote the timeshare industry.

In addition to the donation today, RCI contributed an additional $50,000 USD toward ARDA’s 2016 World Wide Shared Vacation Ownership study. This study includes updates on key metrics and captures the economic impact of the industry from a global perspective. 

“The key mission of the AIF is to provide both the financial markets and the resort development communities with the necessary market intelligence and sound research to better understand and compete within the world of vacation ownership,” said Howard Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO. “RCI’s generosity allows us to better meet these goals.” 

Established in 1982 to fulfill the research needs of the industry, AIF has grown to provide a multitude of services to vacation ownership professionals. These initiatives include research and market intelligence, professional education and certification and scholarship programs. 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About AIF

The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) is the timeshare industry's leading source for market intelligence and career advancement resources. AIF, a 501(c) (3) organization, serves to enhance knowledge for the public and industry through its comprehensive timeshare research studies, and aims to enrich careers through ongoing training, learning and development. For more information, visit www.arda.org/foundation.

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RCI Welcomes 74 Newly Affiliated Properties to its Global Exchange Network

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (August 15, 2017) – RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added 74 new properties to its affiliate exchange network during the first half of 2017. The new affiliations include resorts in Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.

“We are excited to welcome these new properties to the RCI® global exchange network,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “With the addition of these great resorts across sought-after destinations across the globe, we continue to bolster both the number and quality of vacation choices we are able to offer our 3.8 million subscribing members.”

In Latin America and the Caribbean, RCI added more than 30 affiliated properties, like the Sunscape Splash Montego Bay by Unlimited Vacation Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Great for a fun-filled getaway made for the whole family, this all-inclusive resort offers travelers access to powdery beaches and features like waterslides, a pirate ship and a lazy river. Parents and kids should enjoy The Explorer’s Club, which provides daily programs and supervised fun for young children, and the Core Zone Teen’s Club that has special activities and events for teens.

Additionally, RCI subscribing members now have the option to visit Sea Point, South Africa, Africa, with a stay at the Bantry Bay International Resort. Located a short distance from Cape Town, these apartments were built against the beautiful backdrop of the sheltered rock-face of the Atlantic Ocean. From each room’s balcony, you can enjoy the seemingly endless sea views and listen to the waves hitting the shoreline below.

RCI also saw growth in India with The Ananta Udaipur in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Aravalli Hills, the resort is spread across 75 acres of lush greenery, creating a fairy tale-like experience. Contemporary villas and gorgeous amenities coupled with the surrounding picturesque façade offer families a relaxing, luxury experience the area known as the “city of lakes.” 

In Paphos, Cyprus, the affiliated network welcomed the Royal Blue Hotel and Spa Paphos for subscribing members to enjoy. Situated 700-feet above the coastline, the resort offers panoramic views of Paphos and the surrounding shore. On top of these gorgeous views, world class amenities include four outdoor swimming pools in a lavish garden and an indoor heated swimming pool. Guests are welcome to take a stroll to the on-site restaurant to get a taste of the local Cypriot cuisine.

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI® subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Wins six ARDA Awards, including ACE Innovator: Large Company recognition (2015)

RCI Wins six ARDA Awards, including ACE Innovator: Large Company recognition (2015)

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RCI Mexico recognized by the Great Places to Work Institute for tenth consecutive year (2016)

RCI Mexico recognized by the Great Places to Work Institute for tenth consecutive year (2016)

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations and RCI Build on 35 Year History, Announce Affiliation Renewal

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (December 16, 2016) — Holiday Inn Club Vacations and RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange (NYSE: WYN), have renewed their long-standing affiliation agreement. The two brands have worked together for 35 years to send families on memorable vacations through their ownership and exchange offerings.

“Our 35 year relationship with RCI goes back to the earliest days of our company,” said Don Harrill, CEO of Orange Lake Resorts. “Their values align with our goal to provide our owners and club members with memorable vacation experiences that exceed expectations. RCI has continued to do an outstanding job helping us achieve this objective and also help us grow into the company we are today.”

Through this affiliation agreement, Holiday Inn Club Vacations and their more than 340,000 owners have the opportunity to expand their vacation options through RCI’s exchange network of 4,300 properties. Twenty-five of Holiday Inn Club Vacations properties will also continue to participate in RCI’s global exchange network, opening these options to RCI’s more than 3.8 million members. The resorts are located across the United States, and many have earned the prestigious RCI Gold Crown Resort® designation, including:
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Mount Ascutney Resort in Brownsville, Vermont
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee, Florida
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Cape Canaveral Beach Resort in Cape Canaveral, Florida
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations Panama City Beach in Panama City, Florida
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Beach Resort in Galveston, Texas
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Desert Club Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
• Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Lake Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

“Holiday Inn Club Vacations helps to provide exceptional vacation experiences to our members in diverse destinations stretched across the U.S.,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “We have had a long and beneficial relationship for nearly four decades, and are extremely proud to continue this affiliation with one of the icons in the industry to together send travelers on unforgettable vacations.”

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our Steven.Alessandrini@rci.com

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RCI Becomes First Timeshare Exchange Company to Offer Travel Packages in Cuba

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (May 2, 2016)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, has opened doors to a new frontier for timeshare owners. The company is offering travel options to Cuba through a new alliance with Cuba Travel Services, an established travel tour company. This relationship is a first in the timeshare exchange industry.

RCI Platinum® members in the U.S. will now have access to unique “people-to-people” educational tour packages designed and operated by Cuba Travel Services. With an initial pilot of the tours providing two customized itineraries, RCI Platinum members and their guests can book five-night and seven-night rental packages with departure dates starting this summer. The packages include charter flights from Miami to Havana, accommodations in Havana and Varadero, educational people-to-people activities, select meals and assistance with travel documents and license requirements.

The itineraries bring travelers to important historical and cultural sites, providing great opportunities to interact with the Cuban people, including visits to Revolution Square, the studio of famous artist José Rodríguez Fuster, Ernest Hemingway’s museum at Finca Vigia, local farms and sugar cane fields, the marina at Cayo Blanco and more. Travelers will enjoy further insight into Cuban culture through a taste of Cuban cuisine and interactions with dance instructors, musicians and local guides.

“We are so excited to be entering a new destination with our foray into Cuba,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “With recent changes to travel regulations, there is an amazing opportunity for Americans to visit Cuba and experience a new culture.

“We know people are looking for ways to visit, with new data from MMGY Global reporting that 19 percent of all U.S. adults said they would consider taking a vacation to Cuba within the next two years,” Gurnik continued. “With that type of enthusiasm, we wanted to give RCI Platinum members a way to experience this new destination with this initial tour program.”

Cuba Travel Services is a travel service provider headquartered in Cypress, California, and is one of the leading providers of “people-to-people” educational tours to Cuba. “People-to-people” travel is one of the educational activities that are approved forms of travel for Americans visiting Cuba. Cuba Travel Services has significant experience in managing and operating tours, as they have been sending travelers on memorable trips for more than 16 years. 

“We were so happy to join RCI in offering specially designed Cuba itineraries to RCI Platinum members,” said Michael Zuccato, general manager of Cuba Travel Services. “For years, our team has been creating amazing travel experiences in Cuba, and we are so excited to begin offering these options to vacation exchange members. The Cuban culture and the beauty of the country make for truly memorable trips, and we are confident RCI’s members will love traveling there as much as we do.”

With the pilot program offering dates for travel beginning this summer, RCI Platinum members in the U.S. will be contacted about travel opportunities. As the program gains popularity and demonstrates successful travel experiences for RCI Platinum members, additional travel dates may be added to expand the opportunity to a larger RCI member base.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Cuba Travel Services
Cuba Travel Services (CTS) is the leading authorized air charter and travel company providing a diverse set of services to, from and within the Republic of Cuba. As the premier indirect air carrier, CTS arranges flights from Miami, Los Angeles, New York (JFK) and Tampa to Havana, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Camaguey, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba using next generation Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320 aircraft. The largest US based tour operator and destination management company serving the country, Cuba Travel Services offers hotels bookings, transportation services and specialized tour programming all consistent with US Government travel restrictions. CTS has been arranging flights and travel services to Cuba for more than 16 years and is widely regarded as the most trusted and respected travel company in the industry. For more information follow us on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, InstagramYouTube or visit www.cubatravelservices.com.

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Astoria Vacation and Leisure Club, Inc. Renews with RCI to Provide Vacation Exchange Services to Owners

SINGAPORE (August 17, 2017)RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange (NYSE: WYN), and Astoria Vacation and Leisure Club, Inc. (“Astoria”) today announced the renewal of their affiliation relationship. Under this contract, four properties from Astoria will remain a part of the RCI® exchange network. The properties are located across the popular travel destinations in the Philippines including Palawan, Boracay and Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

This agreement allows 3.8 million RCI members to continue accessing vacation exchanges at Astoria.

“Renewing our affiliation with RCI was an easy decision for us, because RCI brings innovative solutions to the table during every step in our business cycle,” said Vivian S. Ng, COO of Astoria.

The properties from Astoria that are a part of the RCI exchange network include:

  1. Astoria Plaza Suites, Manila, Philippines
  2. Astoria Palawan, Palawan, Philippines
  3. Astoria Boracay, Boracay Island, Philippines
  4. Astoria Current, Boracay Island, Philippines

“We have enjoyed a very long and successful affiliation relationship with Astoria and we are thrilled to continue this mutually beneficial affiliation,” said Jonathan Mills, managing director of RCI Asia Pacific. “The renewal of this affiliation agreement is testament to the support that RCI provides to its affiliates.”

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

About Astoria

Astoria is the largest and leading "Vacation Ownership" club in the Philippines today. A membership to this prestigious club allows members to explore exotic cultures and popular destinations and stay in some of the world's best resorts and hotels. Since its launching in 2006, Astoria has the largest sales and marketing force in the Philippines and it is for this reason that Astoria has the most number of members. Astoria is duly registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission since 2006.

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RCI won 10 Content Marketing Awards from the Content Marketing Institute (2014)

RCI won 10 Content Marketing Awards from the Content Marketing Institute (2014)

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RCI won three ARDA Awards, including ACE Spirit of Hospitality Award (2016)

RCI won three ARDA Awards, including ACE Spirit of Hospitality Award (2016)

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Hard Rock Hotel Goa Affiliates with RCI

India (July 5, 2016)RCI®, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), along with Convention Hotels India Pvt. Ltd (CHI), have announced an agreement to affiliate Legends Club at the Hard Rock Hotel Goa to the RCI network. Located near the vibrant and famous Calangute beach in North Goa, the 135-room Legends Club at the Hard Rock Hotel Goa is the first music memorabilia themed resort of its kind in India.

“We are delighted to welcome on board the first ever Legends Club in India through our affiliation with Legends Club at the Hard Rock Hotel Goa,” said Pali Badwal, managing director, RCI India. “This is the first ever music-inspired hotel in India. This affiliation opens doors to our members across the world, providing them with the opportunity to experience the ‘complete entertainment’ resort.”

With its beaches and unique culture, Goa continues to be one of the most sought-after holiday destinations for travelers across the world.

Pali further adds, “It is our continuous endeavor to provide best-in-class and unforgettable holiday experiences to our members. We are totally committed in enhancing our resort portfolio through such affiliations and plans are on to affiliate more with similar, top quality resorts and hotels not only in India, but throughout the subcontinent. With the addition of the Hard Rock Hotel Goa, the total number of RCI affiliated resorts in Goa now stands at 14.”

“Legends Club is India’s most exclusive and premier Vacation Club that offers a unique stay experience at the Hard Rock Hotel Goa,” said Prataap Wadhwa, director, CHI. Furthermore, Priyakant Amin, director, CHI, stated, “With music as a common thread that binds all generations, the Hard Rock Hotel Goa offers a stay experience that is extremely relevant to the Goa culture. We are delighted to have Legends Club at Hard Rock Hotel Goa, affiliated with RCI as it offers our members exchanges to exotic locations beyond Goa and the opportunity for global RCI members to experience the unique stay experience at the Hard Rock Hotel Goa.”

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our www.RCI.com

About CHI
CHI was formed in 2006 to invest in India’s hospitality sector. The company has developed the Hard Rock Hotel Goa which is the largest hotel in North Goa with 135 units. The company plans to extend its Hotel and Legends Club portfolio to new destinations within South Asia.
Resort website - http://www.hardrockhotels.com/goa/

About Hard Rock International
With venues in 69 countries, including 164 cafes, 23 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Reykjavik and Lyon. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, Itapema, Los Cabos, Tenerife, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

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RCI Platinum® Membership Shines with Transformational Updates

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (May 2, 2016)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, recently expanded its RCI Platinum® membership program. Launched in 2010, RCI Platinum is a premium-tier membership level that offers benefits that go above and beyond the standard RCI® subscribing membership offerings.

The program’s benefits are grouped into three categories: Priority Privileges, Exclusive Sales & Savings and Upgrades & Changes. They include early access to vacation sales, additional discounts on vacation purchases, free on-hold vacations, additional RCI Cruise discounts and much more.

Looking for ways to make the membership even more valuable, RCI responded to feedback from members by upping the ante with four new benefits:

  1. Complimentary Unit Upgrades & Changes: RCI Platinum members with confirmed exchange vacations now have the opportunity to submit a request for an upgrade to a larger unit at the same resort or a different unit at another resort in the same geographic location.
  2. Ten Percent Discount on all Extra VacationsSM getaways and Last CallSM Vacations: RCI Platinum members now automatically receive an additional discount on all non-RCI Platinum member exclusive Extra Vacations and Last Call Vacations offers, even if the trips are already on sale.
  3. RCI Deposit RestoreSM: RCI Platinum members receive full Deposit Trading Power for Weeks deposited between 270 and 181 days in advance of their Week’s start date without a fee. Standard RCI members need to pay a fee for this service.
  4. Savings Dollars: RCI Platinum members now earn one Savings Dollar for every $1 USD spent on many RCI transactions, such as paying RCI exchange fees, select membership renewals, purchasing Guest Certificates/Guest Passes and more. Savings Dollars can then be redeemed as partial payment toward the purchase of a range of products and services on the RCI Platinum Store. (This benefit is for North American members only.)

“The RCI Platinum membership tier is a great way for our members to take their vacations to the next level by adding benefits, discounts and even more flexibility to their travel options,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Since rolling out the latest transformation to the program, new enrollments have increased more than 10 percent year over year, signaling that members are seeing the added value in these new benefits.”

For more information, visit RCI.com.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Welcomes Encore Resort at Reunion in Orlando, Florida

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (August 29, 2017)RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, announced an affiliation agreement with Encore Resort at Reunion to offer members a new vacation option in Orlando, Florida. The resort comprises meticulously kept individual homes and offers a variety of resort-style amenities.

“For members looking for a home-away-from-home experience just minutes from the Orlando theme parks, Encore Resort at Reunion can be a perfect choice,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “This is the latest in a wide range of accommodation options we can offer in Orlando so that families can enjoy magical vacation experiences for years to come.”

The vacation homes available at Encore Resort at Reunion range in size from four bedrooms up to 13 bedrooms, with beautiful, modern, full-sized kitchens and dining spaces. Many feature their own private pools and outdoor living spaces, game rooms, theater rooms, and other additional spaces that lend their own benefits to a vacation in Orlando.

While guests can enjoy the privacy that comes along with a single-family home, the property offers resort amenities to give the best of both worlds. A large and well-equipped clubhouse and fitness center overlook the AquaPark, which includes waterslides, a pristine swimming pool, a children’s splash area, and cabanas for relaxation. Outdoor facilities include soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and sand volleyball courts.

On-site dining is also available. Finn’s Café is a full-service, casual restaurant with an expansive menu, while The Shark Lounge provides a space to enjoy televised sports over beverages and appetizers. The Bis Grill also serves hamburgers, hot dogs and other quick bites on the sundeck of the AquaPark. Additionally, there is a Grab N Go market where travelers can grab sandwiches, snacks, and necessities to make their own meals in their kitchens.

To complete the experience, the Encore Concierge service can assist with a broad range of activity scheduling and recommendations. RCI® members can use these services to book restaurant reservations, transportation, attraction tickets, golf tee times, grocery deliveries, babysitting, and even in-home chefs, cooking lessons, and massage services.

“At Encore Resort, we believe you can feel at home while still experiencing the luxury amenities and services found at resorts,” said Nicholas Falcone, managing member, Encore Resort at Reunion. “By offering RCI membership, we add a new layer of possibilities to the owners here, who can now travel the world to properties in more than 100 countries. We also look forward to welcoming many RCI members to our property to enjoy all we have to offer in the Orlando area.”

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

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About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI® subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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RCI won nine ARDA Awards, including ACE Customer Service: Industry Partner award (2014)

RCI won nine ARDA Awards, including ACE Customer Service: Industry Partner award (2014)

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RCI Announces Agreement to Acquire DAE

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Aug. 8, 2017) – RCI, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), has reached an agreement with vacation group Beneficium to acquire DAE Global Pty Ltd. (DAE), operator of Dial An Exchange, a leading timeshare exchange company headquartered in Australia, and @Work International, a software company also based in Australia. The deal is subject to customary conditions precedent, including receipt of applicable regulatory approval. DAE’s offices in Australia, New Zealand, US and Egypt will become part of RCI upon completion of the acquisition. The addition of DAE will complement RCI’s existing business, broaden its appeal to a new base of travelers and strengthen its position as a leader within the global alternative holiday accommodation sector.

“Since first pioneering the vacation exchange concept more than 40 years ago, RCI has continually found new ways to evolve and grow its own business while also propelling the exchange industry forward,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Through this acquisition we will expand the exchange and holiday options we offer travelers, increase the technology capabilities we provide to our resort partners and strengthen our footprint in key growth markets across the globe.”

As part of the RCI family of brands, DAE will benefit from the core competencies RCI has developed over the past four decades as the leader in vacation exchange, including inventory management, member marketing and analytics. The company will also enjoy the added resources that come with being part of a global hospitality leader. DAE, which has established a strong loyal consumer base, will continue to run as an independent brand and be marketed separately from RCI. However, the similarities among these exchange-oriented businesses will allow for greater collaboration between the companies to foster growth.

Founded in 1997 and celebrating its 20th anniversary, DAE offers a direct-to-member exchange model globally through a combination of corporate-owned operations, joint ventures and licensed entities. The acquisition of DAE will expand RCI’s exchange offerings to reach a new pool of timeshare owners. The addition of @Work International, which develops exchange management and reservation management software programs, will allow RCI to bolster the technology solutions it can offer its Homeowner Association (HOA) and affiliated resort partners.

DAE will continue to be led by co-founder Francis Taylor as managing director while Peter Vanderhorst will continue to serve as managing director and lead @Work.

“This will provide DAE with the resources it needs to fulfill its ultimate potential,” said Taylor. “It’s a great opportunity for the company and its dedicated staff around the world.”

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI® subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

About DAE
Founded in Australia in 1997, DAE has been the pioneer of the direct-to-consumer model of vacation exchange. Today, it is the largest global operator in this field worldwide, with 11 offices located across North America, UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, South Africa and the Middle East.

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Taking the Sales Room Online: RCI to Demo Virtual Sales Tool at ARDA World 2016

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (April 28, 2016)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, will demonstrate its visual remote selling tool at booth #117 during the ARDA World 2016 Annual Convention & Expo. The technology platform, which offers video conferencing, screen-sharing capabilities, document transfers and more, provides a way for RCI® affiliates to increase their touchpoint opportunities with current owners and prospective buyers.

“Since previewing RCI LiveStream® at last year’s ARDA World conference, we have received immense interest in the platform, and there are affiliates already using it,” said Fiona Downing, senior vice president of business development and operations for RCI. “With success already evident and the massive potential this holds for resorts, we wanted to offer live demonstrations of how the technology works at this year’s trade show.”

The in-person demonstration will show affiliates the fully-equipped video and audio platform, which allows resort representatives to speak live with prospects and owners anywhere, at any time. The tool includes pitch prompt capabilities, which can show scripted responses based on the discussion topic to the resort employee, allows guests in various locations to view a presentation, and can include two sales agents so that specialists can provide further information on a call as needed.

Additional useful features include screen-share functionality, making it easy to show prospects the same visuals that are used in the sales room or to share website materials. If the conversation moves to a contract, a file can be sent for signature within the platform, making the signing process as convenient as possible.

“RCI LiveStream has proven to be a functional and useful tool for assisting our clients to understand the benefits of RCI Points,” said Justin Chaney of Leisure Getaway, Inc., who is using RCI LiveStream for several affiliated resorts. “It’s user-friendly, easy to follow and understand, easy to navigate, interactive for both parties, and clients have been extremely receptive to it. We are truly honored to have the privilege of utilizing this product and expect a considerable amount of new business as a result of it.”

The RCI LiveStream capabilities are powerful tools for customer service, providing a way to hold personalized, face-to-face conversations that can occur at any time of year, not just when the owner is on vacation. In fact, even the RCI Call Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, now uses the tool to provide personalized support to subscribing members.

RCI LiveStream was developed by RCI in collaboration with sales technology specialist Generator Systems. For more information, visit the RCI booth (#117) at the ARDA World 2016 Annual Convention & Expo, contact your account representative, or visit RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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RCI Bolsters Collection of Travel Benefits for RCI Platinum® Members

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – October 2, 2017  RCI, the worldwide leader in the vacation exchange industry, has expanded the benefits provided to members of RCI Platinum, the company’s highest membership tier.

The additional benefits include:

  • Access to a Travel Concierge - Personal Assistance Coordinators available by phone to assist booking items like theater and sporting event tickets, make restaurant reservations, schedule tee-times, and provide local activity recommendations to enhance the overall vacation experience for RCI Platinum members;
  • Access to 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance by phone to help in the case of flight rebooking, hotel rebooking, rental vehicle booking, emergency return travel arrangements and more;
  • 25 percent discount on Guest Certificates;
  • 10 percent discount when combining RCI Weeks®

Existing benefits of the RCI Platinum membership will continue, including priority access to specially acquired inventory, the ability to earn Savings Dollars, 10 percent discounts on Extra VacationsSM getaways,  20 percent discount on select Go Cards and Explorer Passes through City Discovery, access to free unit upgrades and resort changes, free Points Transfers for RCI Points® members, free RCI Deposit RestoreSM for Deposits made from nine to six months before the vacation start date for RCI Weeks® members, and more.

“We recently surpassed the 300,000 member milestone for RCI Platinum, which illustrates just how attractive the program is for those travelers who are looking to get the most out of their membership experience,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “By adding services like travel concierge, emergency travel assistance, and additional travel discounts, we have built one of the strongest and most appealing travel memberships in the industry.”

In addition to the new benefits for RCI Platinum members, RCI also announced the launch of RCI Gold®, a new membership tier created with RCI’s discerning member base in mind. The new tier will sit between the standard RCI membership and the RCI Platinum tier membership, and will offer travel perks, discounts, and offers that extend beyond just exchange.

A full list of benefits for both RCI Platinum and RCI Gold can be found on RCI.com.

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About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI® subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI named among Best Places to Work in Indiana (2016)

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RCI Welcomes Palace Resorts’ Moon Palace Jamaica to Vacation Exchange Network

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – June 19, 2017 – RCI, worldwide leader in the vacation exchange industry, is celebrating the addition of Moon Palace Jamaica to its exchange network. This latest addition in the Caribbean is a luxurious, all-inclusive option in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

“Our affiliation with Moon Palace Jamaica will allow us to provide an amazing vacation experience for our members,” said Ricardo Montaudon, president and executive director of RCI Latin America. “This new property is located in one of the most important and prestigious destinations in the Caribbean.”

The luxury accommodations found at Moon Palace Jamaica offer magnificent vacation options for RCI® members. Part of the Palace Elite residences, Moon Palace Jamaica has quickly become one of the Caribbean’s leading resort destinations for singular vacation experiences. Strategically situated on the north coast of Jamaica and accessible from the Montego Bay airport, the property boasts more than 700 guestrooms and suites, many with oceanfront views of the Caribbean Sea, an array of luxurious amenities, including Jamaica’s largest spa, a FlowRider double-wave simulator, four dining destinations, the ultra-chic NOIR nightclub, a dolphin habitat and much more.

When visiting this all-inclusive luxury resort, RCI members will have the chance to be pampered with exceptional service, delightful amenities and numerous culinary offerings. These include a full range of non-motorized water sports, four pools, including a plunge pool, Whirlpool tubs, a waterslide and children’s pool, an incredible kids club - The Playroom, and the WIRED Teen Lounge. The property also boasts four gourmet restaurants, six bars, private balconies, unlimited beverages and cocktails, nightly entertainment, 24-hour room service and more.

“An affiliation with RCI adds value to ownership at Moon Palace Jamaica, and offers our owners access to a world of endless vacation opportunities,” said Gibran Chapur, executive vice president of Palace Resorts. “Palace Resorts is the leader in the luxury all-inclusive space and we consistently set the standard in five-star resort accommodations. Moon Palace Jamaica is no different and we are confident RCI members will agree. We look forward to welcoming RCI members for unforgettable vacations in Jamaica for years to come.”

Moon Palace Jamaica will join the exchange network of approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts available to RCI’s 3.8 million subscribing members. For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

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About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI® subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

About Palace Resorts:
With ten oceanfront resorts overlooking sparkling turquoise waters, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean & Mexico’s most extravagant spas, a premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations. For more information, visit www.palaceresorts.com.

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RCI Expands China Portfolio with 11 New Properties

SINGAPORE (June 20, 2016) - RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently welcomed 11 new hotels in China to its vacation exchange network through an affiliation agreement with Frontier Vacation Club, part of Days Hotel China. The RCI portfolio of affiliated resorts in China now includes nearly 70 properties.

The majority of the 11 Days hotels are located in popular tourist cities such as Emeishan, home to one of China’s four famous Buddhist mountain shrines; Shanghai, the location of the newest Disneyland slated to open later this year; Suzhou, which boasts some of China’s most beautiful classical gardens and Qingdao, home to the world famous Tsingtao Beer.

“This new affiliation with Days Hotel China gives RCI members even more opportunities to visit sought after destinations in China,” said Jonathan Mills, managing director, RCI Asia Pacific. “With 1,800 locations worldwide, Days Hotel is one of the biggest and most popular hotel brands under Wyndham Hotel Group. Since the inception of Days Hotel China in 2004, the brand has grown tremendously and it has become one of the fastest growing mid-tier hotel chains in China. RCI is excited to be part of this growth and we hope that our partnership will bring greater success to both parties and the development of the Chinese tourism market.” 

Days Inn Frontier Shaoguan is located in the heart of Shaoguan, a few minutes’ walk from Zhongshan Park. Situated next to Zhen River, guests at the hotel can enjoy a scenic city skyline with a beautiful view of the pagoda by the riverside. The hotel has 104 guest rooms and provides free Wi-Fi and self-parking for all guests.

Built in 2014, Days Hotel Frontier Yantai is located by the sea, just 1.6 km from Golden Beach. This family-friendly hotel has 153 guestrooms with full amenities such as flat-screen TV with cable channels, free Wi-Fi, bath tub, bathroom slippers and free toiletries. Certain rooms have an outdoor seating area with views of the sea, where you can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of your room.

Days Inn Frontier Wuxi offers easy access to the city’s popular attractions with its convenient location. The 145-guestroom hotel is a 15-minute drive from Sunan Shuofang International Airport and within close proximity of Tai Hu and Three Kingdoms City. Guests are offered free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

Days Hotel Frontier Yangshuo is located by the picturesque Li River in Yangshuo, a county known for its dramatic karst mountain landscape. Bicycle hire is available at the hotel, as the area is popular for cycling. The well-known Impression Liu Sanjie is located about one kilometer from the property.

Located near the coast of eastern China, Days Inn Frontier Cixi welcomes guests with traditionally decorated guestrooms infused with modern comfort. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary newspaper and free self-parking are provided. Guests can drive two hours north to spend a day in Shanghai or visit Dapeng Mountain, which is less than an hour away. 

Days Hotel Frontier Nantong is conveniently located near several attractions, such as Nantong City God Temple, Nantong Museum and Xintiandi Waterbom Park. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, newspaper and self-parking during their stay. Supermarket, shopping malls and an amusement park are also available near the hotel.

Recently renovated in 2015, Days Inn Frontier Emeishan is about a 15-minute walk from Emeishan Museum and a 30-minute drive from Emeishan Zhuyeqing Ecological Tea Garden and Feilai Temple, making it an ideal accommodation choice for travellers exploring the area. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi to all in-house guests.

Newly built in 2014, Days Hotel Frontier Shanghai Pudong is located in Shanghai’s financial district Lujiazui, a 10-minute drive from Shanghai New International Expo Centre and Jin Qiao International Shopping & Entertainment Centre. It is also an excellent accommodation choice to visit Shanghai Disney Resort, which is scheduled to open in June 2016.

Days Inn Frontier Qingdao Airport is conveniently located for tourists exploring the city, just steps away from the city’s numerous attractions such as Shengwen New Port Qingdao Commercial Plaza and Liuting Sports Park. The 152-room hotel provides a pleasant stay with modern comforts such as complimentary Wi-Fi, sauna, spa, massage and other amenities. Free airport shuttle is also provided.

Located in the Jiading district, Days Hotel Frontier Shanghai Jiading is a 30-minute drive from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. The hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, toiletries, hair dryer, free parking and other amenities. Shanghai’s People Square is about a 45-minute drive from the property.

Days Hotel Frontier Suzhou Xiangcheng is a brand new hotel in the heart of Xiangcheng district that started operations in early 2016. Its central location makes it an ideal spot to discover Suzhou’s popular attractions such as Xi Lu Garden, Ferris Wheel Paradise and Suzhou Culture & Arts Centre. The hotel provides a variety of recreational facilities, including a fitness center, massage parlor and a theme park for kids.

“As Frontier Vacation Club strives to provide our members with exotic holiday experiences, we see a huge potential and opportunity in the China tourism market,” said Chen Jiacai, president, Days Inn China. “In recent years, more and more Chinese are venturing overseas for their holidays, travelling to all parts of the world. This increasing demand for a diverse range of global holiday options can be satisfied with RCI via a membership with us. Through our affiliation with RCI, Frontier Vacation Club hopes to bring more awareness to the benefits of vacation ownership and vacation exchange which we believe will be one of China’s main travel trends in the future.”

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIaffiliates.com.

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About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in holiday exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of holiday exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their holiday ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible holiday options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Days Inn China

Established in 2004, Days Inn China is the first and one of the fastest growing mid-tier hotel chains in China, with hotel franchise and management agreements in more than 23 provinces and 80 cities. Days Hotels are mainly situated in developed tier 1, 2 and 3 cities in easily accessible locations. True to its reputation as “The Best Value Under the Sun”, Days Hotel China strives to offer great value to both business and leisure travellers, including comfortable rooms, free breakfast and free high-speed internet access for an exceptional stay.

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RCI Celebrates 10th Year as Title Sponsor of the Christel House Open

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (April 7, 2016) – RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, celebrates its 10th consecutive year as title sponsor of the annual RCI® Christel House Open International Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament, held in over a dozen locations around the world, aims to raise awareness and funds for Christel House International, a charity committed to improving the lives of impoverished children around the world.

“By providing care, education and character development, Christel House has bettered the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “I’m grateful to those who have lent a hand over the years to help make the event a success and extremely proud that over the past 10 years, we’ve helped Christel House raise $5.5 million in support of its mission to drive out poverty and improve the lives of future generations.” 

The Open kicks off on Friday, April 8, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and continues in additional sites across North America and Europe through the spring. Now in its 14th year, the tournament is attended by thousands of golfers, sponsors and volunteers from around the world who come together to raise awareness and funds for Christel House International. The nonprofit donates one hundred percent of the proceeds from the event directly to benefit those that need it.

Christel DeHaan, founder and CEO of Christel House International, established the charity in 1998. The organization aims to help its more than 4,000 children around the world break the cycle of poverty to realize their hopes and dreams and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. It operates learning centers in the U.S., India, Mexico and South Africa, and funds an outreach program in Venezuela. DeHaan also co-founded RCI in 1974.

“RCI’s culture of giving back is something I much admire, and it is touching the lives of thousands of Christel House children, helping them cross the threshold of poverty to a new path of self-sufficiency and human dignity,” said DeHaan. “RCI has supported the Christel House Open since its inception in 2003 and this year marks their 10th year as the event’s title sponsor. I am enormously grateful for the generosity, commitment and loyalty of this wonderful company.  There is only one RCI, and I still so love it.”

Christel House and the RCI Christel House Open are strongly supported by developers, resorts and vendors in the timeshare industry. Last year’s event raised more than $670,000 to support Christel House initiatives, and the Christel House Open has totaled $7.9 million in net proceeds worldwide since the tournament’s inception. Christel House is one of the three signature charities of Wishes by Wyndham, Wyndham Worldwide’s philanthropic program.

For more information, please visit christelhouse.org/events.

 

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Christel House International

Established as a public charter school in 2002, Christel House Academy (CHA) today operates four schools in Indianapolis—CHA South, serving 641 at-risk students in grades K-12; CHA West currently serving 198 students from K-3, and two adult high schools, Christel House DORS South with 268 students and Christel House DORS West with an enrollment of 151 students. CHA provides a holistic human development approach that focuses on building strong character to complement each child’s rigorous academic foundation.  Through its College & Careers program, CHA continues to support its graduates through post-secondary education and job placement so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Christel House Academy South was Indiana’s first charter school to receive the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform’s “School to Watch” designation. Additional awards include the Indiana Achievement and Breakthrough Schools Awards. For more information, please visit http://www.chacademy.org.

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Endless Vacation® Magazine was honored for its content marketing with two Pearl Awards and one Media Industry Newsletter award (2016)

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RCI Appoints Sabina Chopra to Managing Director of RCI India

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 7, 2017)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently announced the appointment of Sabina Chopra to the position of managing director for RCI India.

Chopra will serve as a member of RCI’s senior leadership team, leading the execution of strategic priorities for the Indian market. She will be responsible for driving business growth and delivering on-going value to RCI® members and affiliates in this thriving country. She will be based out of RCI’s Bangalore office.

“With more than 25 years of experience in the Indian travel market, Sabina brings a wealth of hospitality knowledge and talent to our business,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “She is vital to our ongoing commitment to grow the timeshare industry together, and we are excited to welcome her to the team.”

Chopra most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Yatra.com, one of India’s leading online travel agencies, which she also co-founded. Prior to Yatra, she headed the India-based operations of ebookers, Europe's largest online travel company, where she was responsible for customer service, sales, air ticketing, email and online departments. Sabina has also held management roles at Hewitt Associates, RAC (Aviva Plc), Japan Airlines and Canadian Airlines.

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About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Zlatá Praha in the Czech Republic Joins RCI Network

KETTERING, U.K. (May 24, 2016) –Zlatá Praha recently announced the affiliation of the Golden Prague Resort Salabka in the Czech Republic into the RCI network of approximately 4,300 resorts around the globe. This is the company’s first affiliation with the world’s leading holiday exchange company.

The Golden Prague Resort Salabka is located in Troja, 15 minutes from Prague city centre and close to the Drahán-Troja Natural Park. The Troja Chateau, Prague Botanical Gardens and Prague Zoo are also nearby.

The resort comprises historic buildings in the Salabka Troja site, which is the oldest estate preserved in Troja. Recent years have seen the sensitive regeneration of the Salabka resort, and careful consideration has ensured that it blends beautifully with its picturesque natural surroundings.

František Čemák, CEO of Zlatá Praha and Kristýna Jelínková, GPRS project director, said: “We are excited to announce this affiliation, and to begin offering this exceptional resort to guests. This has been made possible, in part, due to the excellent cooperation of RCI and individual members of its Business Development team, with whom we have worked closely.”

The resort is a mixed-use development, and its timeshare units will be a part of RCI’s holiday exchange programme. Each apartment is unique, yet all pay tribute to the craft of the old vineyards and farmsteads in their rustic, traditional feel. 

Guests staying at the Golden Prague Resort Salabka will also benefit from its excellent suite of facilities, which includes a restaurant offering fine French-Czech cuisine. The property also offers a vineyard and Prague’s first distillery, where guests can enjoy wine tours and tastings.

Dimitris Manikis, vice president of Business Development, RCI Europe/Middle East/Africa, said: “The Golden Prague Resort Salabka has a unique offering in that it is close to Prague city centre, yet has all the charm of a countryside residence. RCI strives to continually provide its members with new and exciting holiday exchange options, and is therefore delighted to have added this affiliation with Zlatá Praha. 

For more information, visit RCI.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in holiday exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of holiday exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their holiday ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® programme, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible holiday options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange programme, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest programme of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Signs RCI Affiliation Agreement

KETTERING, U.K. (March 10, 2016) -- Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the U.K.’s largest independent hotel group, has signed a new long-term contract with RCI, having been affiliated to the world’s leading holiday exchange services provider for more than 20 years.

“The long-standing relationship we have with RCI continues to deliver year after year, both in terms of the flexibility it offers to thousands of our owners and in the support we receive from RCI on a day-to-day basis,” said Simon Jackson, CEO of Macdonald Resorts Ltd. “Through RCI, our owners are able to maximise diversity in their holiday planning, while we are able to offer flexibility, combined with the consistent quality and high standards our owners expect of our product, and which they have come to rely on. This is a partnership which works well for all concerned. We have a great relationship with the helpful staff at RCI and we are delighted to be continuing to work closely with them.”

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts currently has 10 resorts affiliated to the RCI holiday exchange programme – four in Spain, four in Scotland, one in Wales and one in England. Each resort has earned an RCI quality award, with eight having been awarded RCI Gold Crown status, and two receiving RCI Silver Crown status.

Dimitris Manikis, vice president of Business Development, RCI Europe/Middle East/Africa, said:  “Quality sets the timeshare accommodation and experience apart from other self-catering holiday types. Macdonald Hotels & Resorts can be relied upon to ensure that its resorts, guest facilities and service levels are of a consistently high standard – our commendation of all Macdonald properties in our exchange network with RCI awards speaks for itself. We are both proud and pleased to be continuing this long and fruitful association with a developer company that offers a product that is popular with our members and which has been meeting our quality criteria for many years now.” 

The success of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts can be attributed in part to the fantastic locations of its properties, together with their standout features, of which Macdonald Spey Valley & Golf Country Club in Aviemore, Scotland, is a prime example. The apartments are set in acres of mature woodland on the banks of the River Spey and the golf course was recently voted to be the most picturesque golf course in the U.K. at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards 2015.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® programme, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® programme, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange programme, The Registry Collection® programme, is the world’s largest programme of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media centre or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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James Villa Holidays named “Best Large Villa/Self Catering Holiday Booking Company” and Hoseason’s named “Best Large Special Interest Holiday Company” at the 2016 British Travel Awards (2016)

James Villa Holidays named “Best Large Villa/Self Catering Holiday Booking Company” and Hoseason’s named “Best Large Special Interest Holiday Company” at the 2016 British Travel Awards (2016)

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More than 100 Affiliated Resorts Join RCI’s Global Network Year to Date

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (November 15, 2016) – RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), welcomed more than 100 new properties to its vacation exchange network during the first three quarters of 2016. The new affiliations include resorts in Asia, the Caribbean, India, Latin America and North America.

“By adding more than 100 properties to our global portfolio, we continue to provide our 3.8 million members with more travel options in more destinations around the world than anyone else,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “From all-inclusive beach resorts to luxury treetop tents, we offer a wide variety of unique experiences that help members to make memories that last a lifetime.”

Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pestana São Paulo recently joined RCI’s affiliate network. As one of the liveliest and most bustling cities in the world, São Paulo can be a great place to visit for an urban vacation. With a refreshing cultural feel, the resort is located in one of the city's main areas, great as a base from which to explore the city. After spending time shopping, eating and sightseeing, Pestana Sao Paulo is a great place to return and unwind, whether it’s in their luxury rooms or taking a dip in the pool.

In addition, the network expanded to Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana, which is ideally situated on the stunning El Cortecito Beach in the historic and vibrant Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Surrounded by all the beauty and excitement of Punta Cana, this resort, which is opening in December 2016, can be perfect for the entire family ready for an unforgettable getaway. Guests will enjoy impeccable golden sand beaches, unique water sports and all the culture the Dominican Republic has to offer.

The Agra Sterling Regal Vista in Agra, India, was also recently welcomed to RCI’s global network. Located in the heartland of historic Indian royalty, this traveler’s paradise offers views of the Taj Mahal and other majestic architecture dotting the surrounding landscape. The balcony dining can be a perfect place to take it all in. Modernly furnished rooms and best in class amenities, like the relaxing pool and spa services, can create a lavish stay in a city full of places to visit.

The Registry Collection® program, RCI’s luxury exchange program, added the African Monarch Nambwa Tented Lodge in Windhoek, Namibia, South Africa. Honoring the elephants’ right of way, a timber walkway meanders through the trees and joins the ten luxurious and comfortable tented suites. One main resort feature is the majestic viewing deck where the “open to sky” dining offers rewarding views of the floodplains below and are more than often the playground for large herds of elephants, buffalo and plains game that frequently seek refuge and security under the tented suites for the night.

For more information, visit www.RCI.com or www.RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Adds Four More Properties from MGM Muthu Hotels Group

KETTERING, U.K. (May 20, 2016) – MGM Muthu Hotels Group recently affiliated four newly acquired properties to RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN).

The recent acquisitions of Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel and Muthu Westcliff Hotel, both in England, Grand Muthu Golf Plaza Hotel in Tenerife, and Forte da Oura in Portugal have noticeably boosted India-based MGM Muthu Hotels Groups’ already impressive resort property portfolio. These four new properties join the eight MGM Muthu-owned resorts currently affiliated with RCI: four in Portugal, two in mainland Spain and one each in Tenerife and India.

Michael Green, sales director for MGM Muthu Hotels Group, said: “We at MGM Muthu Hotels Group are extremely happy to announce the affiliation of all four hotels with RCI. We are confident that they will be fantastic additions to our successful partnership, benefiting both MGM Muthu Hotels and RCI members.”

The Tenerife and Portuguese properties are both excellently situated close to beaches as well as restaurants, bars and golf courses for guests to enjoy. The U.K. properties take advantage of quintessentially English scenery, with the Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel located in the picturesque countryside, and the Muthu Westcliff Hotel close to the charming seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea. While each affords a unique guest experience, the focus on quality is unwavering.

Dimitris Manikis, vice president of Business Development, RCI Europe/Middle East/Africa, said: “We are delighted with these new affiliations and to be expanding our relationship with MGM Muthu Hotels Group. We share common goals with the group in that we both commit to providing our members and customers flexibility, choice and, above all, excellent quality. Affiliations such as these further enhance our exchange offerings.”

These properties will be affiliated with RCI through the MGM club, Infiniti, which has long been an affiliate of the RCI exchange holiday network.

For more information, visit RCI.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in holiday exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of holiday exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their holiday ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® programme, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible holiday options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange programme, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest programme of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Welcomes Five New Resorts to Affiliate Network in China

Singapore (February 24, 2016) - RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently welcomed five newly affiliated resorts in China to its exchange network. The properties are Bo’ao Yudaiwan Hotel in Hainan Island, Paxton Vacances Resort Qionghai Bay Xichang, Suiton by Paxton Qionghai Bay Xichang, Paxton Park Hotel Chengdu and Paxton Vacances Resorts Jiuzhaigou in the Sichuan Province. With these additions, RCI’s portfolio in China now boasts nearly 60 properties.

“These newly affiliated resorts are located in popular destinations in China, including the historical city Xichang, often known as the garden of Sichuan for its natural beauty, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jiuzhaigou,” said Jonathan Mills, managing director, RCI Asia Pacific. “This is the first time we have RCI affiliated resorts in these locations, and we are pleased to be able to expand the variety that RCI offers members.”  

Bo’ao Yudaiwan Hotel is located in Bo’ao Hainan where the annual Bo’ao Forum is held. The hotel has been used to host important leaders and media from all over the world. Recreational activities at the hotel include a billiard room, swimming pool and spa. The hotel also provides car and bicycle rental services. Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that offers Hangzhou cuisine or enjoy a Southeast Asian buffet spread at the café.

Paxton Vacances Resort Qionghai Bay Xichang sits by the tranquil Qionghai Bay, facing the magnificent Lu Mountain. The U-shape structure of the building maximizes the views from each room so that guests can see the beautiful scenery no matter which room they are staying in. The hotel is located near famous scenic spots such as Wetland Park and Moon Town, which is about 15 minutes away from downtown Xichang.

Suiton by Paxton Qionghai Bay Xichang is located at the southwest bank of Qionghai Bay. Boasting dual attributes of a hotel and an apartment, the accommodations are suitable for long-term vacations. Each suite comes with a homey interior, refined décor, electrical appliances, kitchen and dining area.

Paxton Park Hotel Chengdu is a five-star hotel with 161 guestrooms and suites, all fitted with gorgeous French windows. The hotel is a landmark building in the north end of Chengdu. Popular tourist spots, such as Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu International Exhibition Centre and Chengdu Botanical Garden, are easily accessible from the hotel.

Paxton Vacances Resorts Jiuzhaigou is located in Jiuzhaigou, a UNESCO World Heritage site most famous for its breathtaking waterscapes. The hotel has 290 luxurious guestrooms, each with its own unique design. There are various facilities available on site, including a spa, a game room, a performing arts and conference hall that can hold 400 people, and the area’s only Korean restaurant.

“As China’s standard of living increases and the tourism industry develops, going on holiday is becoming a necessity for many families,” said Mr. Hua De Ming, CEO of Paxton Hotel Group, China. “The growing popularity of vacation ownership is an inevitable trend. Our affiliation with RCI, the world’s largest holiday exchange network, will give us a strategic advantage as we develop our vacation club to be an important arm of our business. We hope to provide more families and high-end consumers with a totally new travel lifestyle, so that every traveller can enjoy the best hotel experiences and tour services.”

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RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®he Registry Colleworldeg largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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RCI Celebrates Addition of More than 150 Affiliated Properties in the Caribbean over the Past Decade

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – May 15, 2017 - RCI, the worldwide leader in the vacation exchange

industry, is celebrating the addition of more than 150 new affiliated properties in the

Caribbean over the last 10 years.

“The Caribbean is a highly desirable vacation location, and a region where we have seen

tremendous growth,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “Over the last decade in

particular, we have significantly grown the vacation choices we offer travelers.”

One of the most recent affiliations – which joined The Registry Collection program – is Eden

Roc at Cap Cana. This property aims to redefine luxury in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

with 34 indulgent freestanding suites. The accommodations are immaculately designed with

crisp whites and azure blues, reflecting the beauty of the sea outside. Each suite features its

own swimming pool and outdoor relaxation area, and includes ways to personalize travelers’

stays with smart technology to control room settings.

A property in Jamaica that was recently added to the RCI ® exchange network through

Unlimited Vacation Club by AMResorts is Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa. This

stunning, adults-only resort is a chic escape in paradise. In addition to luxurious rooms, the

property boasts the only rooftop pool and bar in Jamaica, a beach club, fire pits, cabanas, and

five bars and lounges. Guests can enjoy the all-inclusive benefits of AMResorts’ signature

Unlimited Luxury ® program throughout their stay.

On the coveted island of St. Lucia, Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort now offers a new

option for RCI members. Home to a certified dive center, the property caters to marine

enthusiasts, both beginner and advanced. The private beach, outdoor pool, spa and wellness

center offer plenty of spots to relax, and the stylishly appointed rooms help ensure total

comfort.

These properties join the exchange network of more than 4,300 affiliated resorts available to

RCI’s 3.8 million subscribing members. For more information, visit RCI.com or

RCIAffiliates.com.

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About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly

110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members

increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through

the RCI Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program,

the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation

options to its 3.8 million RCI ® subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange

program, The Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with

approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development

on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham

Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media

center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

RCI does not endorse any of the activities described or mentioned.  It is the individual’s responsibility to

investigate the safety and suitability of any activity. RCI expressly denies any liability for engaging any activity

and for using any guide, vendor, or service provider that may be mentioned or described in this press release.

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RCI and The Registry Collection® Welcome Kembali Vacation Club in Gili Air, Indonesia

Singapore (February 9, 2017) - RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently welcomed Kembali Vacation Club in Gili Air, Indonesia to its vacation exchange network, bringing a new destination option to its global exchange members. There are two resort properties under Kembali Vacation Club: Grand Sunset will be affiliated with RCI, while Grand Gili will be part of The Registry Collection® program.

“We are very excited to be in partnership with Kembali Vacation Club and have these two beautiful properties join the RCI and The Registry Collection network of affiliated resorts, representing the first property in the Gili Islands for both programs,” said Jonathan Mills, managing director, RCI Asia Pacific. “Gili Air is the closest of the three Gili Islands to Lombok and has arguably the best white-sand beaches among the three with no motorized vehicles on the entire island. It’s a tropical paradise at its finest, but yet has sufficient cafes and restaurants by the beach to provide a dash of nightlife. Members looking for a quiet, off-the-beaten-track getaway will love this new holiday destination.”

Grand Sunset is situated in Gili Air, a small island on the northwestern shores of Lombok, Indonesia and about a 90-minute boat ride away from Bali Island. Grand Sunset is an oceanfront resort hotel that boasts majestic views of the Bali Sea as well as Mount Agung, Bali’s largest volcano.

All rooms have beautifully designed open-air bathrooms, queen-size beds with 500 thread count sheets and free wifi. In addition, Grand Sunset has its own on-site dive center that offers scuba diving, free diving and snorkeling activities. The village, where the main strip of restaurants is located, is just five minutes away.

Grand Gili is situated on the southwest corner of Gili Air, a scenic spot that boasts beautiful sunsets, a white sand beach and turquoise water, and is conveniently located 500 meters away from Gili Air harbor. When completed in September 2017, the condo-hotel will include 13 villas, three of which feature private pools. Each villa will have a semi-outdoor bathroom with a retractable roof, allowing for bubble baths under the stars. The villas are designed by award-winning architects of ‘Ibuku,’ whose unique eco-luxury designs feature modern luxury built with eco-friendly, traditional building materials such as bamboo. The resort also utilizes solar power, grey water systems and organic gardens.

“There is something about Gili Air and its charm that will captivate you and make it hard to leave,” said Amigo Bugeaud, sales director, Kembali Vacation Club. “Our affiliation with RCI and The Registry Collection gives members from all over the world the opportunity to experience this tropical splendor with us. We hope to bring a new eco-friendly edge to vacation ownership.”

For more information, visit RCI.com or TheRegistryCollection.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or TheRegistryCollection.com. You can also find The Registry Collection on Facebook and Instagram.

About Gili Development and Rentals
Gili Developments and Rentals is a rapidly expanding resort development company focusing on development projects in up and coming travel destinations that lack luxury amenities in the mid-tier market. Often such emerging tourism markets will have 5-star luxury hotels and a large selection of lower tier hotels and hostels. There is a gap in meeting the demands of young professional travellers looking to travel comfortably while on a budget. Gili Developments therefore focuses on building 3-4 star properties to provide affordable accommodation to travellers who are looking to travel in style while exploring popular remote destinations.

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RCI Adds Three New Izumigo Vacation Club Resorts to Affiliate Network in Japan

SINGAPORE (May 10, 2016) - RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently welcomed three new resorts in Japan to its vacation exchange network through an affiliation agreement with Cest la vie Resort Izumigo, bringing exciting new destination options in Japan to its 3.8 million global exchange members.

"Japan continues to be a popular destination among RCI members, and we are delighted to welcome three more resorts to our exchange network in Japan, growing RCI's network in the country to a total of 10 affiliated resorts," said Jonathan Mills, managing director of RCI Asia Pacific. "Our new affiliation with Izumigo is an affirmation that more Japanese developers are seeing the benefits of vacation ownership as a business model, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Izumigo."

The three newly affiliated resorts will offer RCI members the opportunity to experience a different side of Japan, an alternative to the popular tourist cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto. 

Hotel Ambient Izukogen Annex is located in Izu peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture. Located about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo or an approximately two-hour train journey away via the JR line, Izu Peninsula is a resort area popular for its onsens (natural hot springs), beautiful coastlines and scenic views of Mount Fuji. Each unit comes with a kitchen equipped with a stove, refrigerator and microwave. Guests also have access to an on-site hot spring and a restaurant as well as other onsite facilities in the main building. The resort is an approximately 10-minute drive from JR Izukogen Train station, and a free shuttle bus service is offered for guests.

Neo-Oriental Resort Yatsugatakekogen is situated in the Yatsugatake area of Yamanashi Prefecture. Yamanashi is widely known as one of the most preferred residential areas in the country, and its harvest of grapes, peaches and plums is considered some of the best and most beautiful in Japan. Each unit is a private cottage surrounded by plenty of nature, offering a relaxing environment. The area boasts a variety of activities throughout the year such as hiking, fruit picking, visiting museums and winter sports. There is a hot spring, a restaurant, a souvenir shop, and a catering service on site. A free shuttle is available from JR Kobuchizawa Train Station, which is an approximately 20-minute drive away.

Locatedin Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Hotel Ambient Azumino overlooks the beautiful landscape of the Japanese Alps, providing hotel guests a spectacular view that changes each season. Each spacious unit comes with a kitchen and a Japanese tatami room that allows extra guests to sleep on futon mattresses. There is a Japanese restaurant and a French restaurant in the hotel that each offer flavorful dishes using fresh local ingredients. Several tourist attractions are located within a 30-minute drive from the resort, such as the Azumino National Park, Hotaka Shrine and Hotaka River. JR Hakuyacho Train Station is a 20-minute drive from the resort.

"It is a great pleasure to be affiliated with RCI," said Mr. Hideo Ema, president, Cest La Vie Resort Izumigo. "It has become much easier to travel overseas in recent years and we are seeing a change in domestic tourist behavior, including an increased demand for overseas travel among the younger generation. With this new partnership, Izumigo is committed to offering a variety of new vacation options to consumers and we are very excited about the potential business opportunities it may bring."

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIaffiliates.com

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About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Cest la vie Resort Izumigo Hotels & Cottages

Cest la vie Resort Izumigo Hotels & Cottages was founded in 1970 and its core business is in hotel & cottage accommodation, resort membership and real estate. The company owns and manages hotels, cottages and condominiums at 9 locations in Japan including dog friendly accommodations at popular leisure locations across the country.

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RCI Adds 170 New Resort Properties to its Global Exchange Network in 2015

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Feb. 19, 2016)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added more than 170 new affiliated resorts to its exchange network in 2015. The additions, which include some resorts currently under construction, span all six populated continents.

“The RCI® exchange network is known for both its breadth and quality of resorts and these 170 new affiliated properties contribute to the variety of vacation options we offer our 3.8 million subscribing members,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Spread throughout the world in amazing destinations, these resorts are run by respected hospitality companies that we are proud to work with as we continue helping send families on incredible vacations.”  

The resort additions were highlighted by 19 newly affiliated Iberoclub properties in many popular destinations, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Bayahibe Beach, Dominican Republic. The Iberostar Punta Cana is a recently renovated, all-inclusive resort located along the stunning Bavaro Beach on the island's northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Guests are welcome to enjoy an extensive list of activities from sports designed for the whole family to an after dark dance club and casino.

In Asia, the RCI network added more than 25 new affiliated properties to its portfolio, including four resorts with Paxton Vacances Hotel Management Group. The Paxton Vacances Resort Qionghai Bay Xichang property is especially alluring with its breath-taking sea views and gorgeous room amenities along with a great balance of recreational and spa offerings.

Existing affiliations added many new resorts to the exchange network as well. Sterling Holiday Resorts added six new properties in India, including Dindi by the Godavardi which is located on the lap of the Godavari River, India’s second longest river. Dindi is an undiscovered realm of natural beauty which holds some of nature's most incredible elements with its serene backwaters, vast lakes and palm-fringed canals. 

Additionally, four properties from Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited, Inc. join RCI’s network, including The Club at Big Bear Village in Southern California. Travelers can easily access the San Bernardino Mountains from their three- or four-bedroom villas that provide fully-equipped kitchens as well as balconies where they can take in the gorgeous views and crisp, fresh air.

The Registry Collection® program, RCI’s luxury exchange program, welcomed Elephant Point Estate, a unique property development in South Africa. Offering an appealing juxtaposition of modern luxury and natural beauty, the incredible lodges are set in the African Bush with scenic views of the Sabie River and Kruger National Park, where zebras, elephants and lions can roam. Each villa has its own design, with lavish elements including outdoor showers, large outdoor decks and private plunge pools.

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com. 

 

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our media center. RCI can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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RCI Launches Shared Vacation Ownership Industry White Paper

KETTERING, U.K. (May 1, 2017) – RCI recently published a new global industry white

paper on the shared vacation ownership industry to help educate, inspire and support

potential new entrants into the business. It is also designed to assist the media, legislators and

hospitality groups to better understand the leisure real estate industry.

Created to support industry growth, the Leisure Real Estate Trends & Opportunities

handbook demonstrates the credibility of shared vacation ownership products and markets,

helping to demystify one of the fastest-growing and established industries in the hospitality

sector.

“RCI has been involved in facilitating the swapping and sharing of residential leisure real

estate for more than four decades,” said Dimitris Manikis, vice president of Business

Development for RCI Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We have worked with developers

and investors from every walk of the hospitality and leisure real estate sectors and have seen

firsthand what a resilient and robust business this is. We at RCI understand the shared

vacation ownership model’s potential to grow a business base, as well as making a significant

contribution to tourism revenues. For all these reasons, we felt it was important to draft a

white paper that makes absolutely clear how the products work and where the opportunities

lie. We see a great future for a product that offers access to a property asset – it is the perfect

fit for today’s Millennial consumer mindset.”

This new industry handbook is designed to be an A-to- Z guide to the shared ownership and

leisure real estate business. It contains valuable business insights into the European

marketplace, as well as analysis of the global industry. Among highlights of the expert views

and knowledge shared by a wide range of industry professionals are:

 New information from the AIF (American Resort Development Association

International Foundation) Worldwide Industry Study, including top line European and

global industry performance figures and metrics

 Shared holiday ownership/residential leisure real estate business models outlines and

explanations

 The product cycle, including feasibility studies, resort openings and comparisons with

traditional hotel operations

 Marketing, sales and training advice

 Insightful industry case study by Perry Newton of Azure Malta, sharing the

company’s marketing and sales strategy, critical sales figures and metrics

 Global opportunities – highlighting the potential for this business in markets around

the world, covering Europe, India, the United States, South Africa, Asia/Pacific, and

Latin America and Mexico

 Product considerations, such as accommodation dimensions, human resource

requirements and more

The publication is initially available in English, with versions in the Spanish, Russian and

Turkish languages to follow shortly. You can download the English language publication

here: https://issuu.com/rciventures/docs/pem001993_leisure_real_estate_issuu.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly

110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members

increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through

the RCI Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program,

the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation

options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange

program, The Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with

approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development

on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham

Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media

center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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RCI Welcomed More Than 170 New Resorts in 2016

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Feb. 21, 2017) - RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added more than 170 new affiliated resorts to its exchange network in 2016. The additions, which include some resorts currently under construction, span across every populated continent.

“We’re proud of the quantity and quality of properties we added to the RCI® exchange network this year,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “By working with superior brands in the hospitality sector, we’re able to offer our 3.8 million subscribing members a world of experiences to help them plan the vacation of their dreams.”

RCI saw exceptional growth in Latin America in 2016, with 60 new resorts added throughout the region. In particular, the RCIGrand Velas Los Cabos, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is a beautiful resort that features three oceanfront pools next to the Sea of Cortez. With a variety of recreational activities for adults, children and teens, this resort caters to all age groups, making for a fun multigenerational getaway.

The Asia-Pacific region also saw sizable development with nearly 30 resorts added collectively. One of three new resorts added to the network by Sterling Holiday Resorts India Limited, My House Holiday Village in Mugla, Turkey, which features charming stone and stucco villas perched along hillside paths overlooking the Aegean Sea. With its hot summers and mild, sunny winters, the resort attracts an array of visitors with its eclectic mix of history, culture and sultry Mediterranean climate.

The Registry Collection® program, RCI’s luxury exchange program, welcomed Tonopalo Private Residence Club, beautiful and unique lakefront properties located on the shores of the majestic Lake Tahoe in Tahoe Vista, California, United States. The resort boasts 270 feet of sandy beach and can be a perfect place for both mountain and beach lovers to play, with nearby skiing, snowboarding, biking and hiking along with lake activities like kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing just outside guest accommodations. Guests can enjoy all the recreation that Lake Tahoe has to offer from residences with three- to four-bedrooms, a kitchen, a balcony-view of the lake and the other comforts of home.

For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit our Steven.Alessandrini@rci.com
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