Timeshares & Vacation Clubs | Understanding the Differences

Timeshares & Vacation Clubs | Understanding the Differences

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, we’re covering a controversial subject. We’re discussing the difference between timeshare resorts, vacation clubs, and hotels. (light chiming music) I want to start out with a personal story.

We recently took a trip to Mexico after receiving a free four-night stay from a family member. It was part of a raffle prize, and once we redeemed it, we were able to choose our location and hotel from most of the major tourist destinations in Mexico.

We opted for the Mayan Palace, just north of Playa del Carmen. Given that the stay was won during a raffle, I was feeling a bit cautious about it. I’ve been suckered in the past into attending timeshare presentations, and definitely wanted to avoid spending our vacation time being pushed to buy a property or join a vacation club.

I looked on TripAdvisor and saw several posts of travelers who complained about being bullied into sales presentations. We decided to lower our expectations, especially since it was a free trip, but we were going to stay firm and avoid any sales presentations. Everything seemed great when we arrived. The resort offered transportation from the airport, and when we got to the resort, we noticed that it was one of many properties owned by a company called Vidanta.

The service was impeccable during check-in, but as soon as we received our keys, we were immediately asked to meet with a manager. The manager explained the key attractions and benefits at the resort, then asked if he could invite us to a free breakfast. Red flags and immediately went up, and we politely declined over and over. The manager kept insisting that we attend and wanted to show us all the benefits of becoming a member of a luxury vacation club. We still said no. The manager also asked about booking excursions, and when we told him that we had already booked our own tours online, he seemed pretty annoyed.

Fast-forward to the evening and we noticed that the room was really noisy. The walls seemed thin, and we had a connecting door that didn’t help. We basically could hear our neighbors’ conversation and the music that they were playing on their phone. Since we had an early morning tour, we decided to ask the front desk if we could get a different room, preferably one without a connecting room or at least a connecting room that didn’t have occupancy. We were really surprised at what happened next. The front desk was unwilling to help us. We went back and forth with the manager for about an hour, and at one point, they agreed to put us in another room.

We were asked to pack up our stuff and return to the front desk, where we stayed there for about an hour, and then we were told that the room was not available and that we would have to stick to our original room. We decided to leave the resort the next day and forfeit our free stay. Using my Chase Ultimate Rewards points, I transferred 60,000 points to Hyatt and booked a stay at the Andaz Mayakoba down the road. The hotel was incredible and a complete contrast to our experience at the Mayan Palace. We’ll do a separate video on the hotel soon.

So, with that story in mind, I wanted to share the difference between a hotel versus a timeshare or vacation club for those of you who don’t know the difference. Timeshares are agreements where several joint owners have the right to use a property as a vacation home, usually for a specific period of time. The key word here is “owner”, as you’re actually purchasing the right to the property even if it’s only for a week or two in a year. Timeshare owners typically enter a real-estate deed for specific dates at a specific property. It’s like owning two weeks of a furnished condo in Hawaii. You’ll have to pay some maintenance fees for the property, but it should be less than owning a second home or property. With timeshares, you can usually participate in networks where you can trade stays with other timeshare owners, allowing you to travel to other properties in the world.

From what I hear though, this can be a bit tricky, especially around popular travel times and locations. Vacation clubs are slightly different. It’s basically a membership that gives you the right to access properties under an umbrella of resorts. The key term here is “right to access.” Rather than buying into a property, you’re paying a membership fee to use the resort. You’ll get more flexibility on the location and time that you want to use it, but you’ll sacrifice the equity that you would earn if you purchased a timeshare. In summary, the pros for timeshares are owned and built equity, consistency in the timing, and also the flexibility to exchange your timeshare with another owner.

The cons for timeshares include limited flexibility on the timing of your vacation, the annual maintenance fees, and also less services than you would find with a regular hotel or resort. For vacation clubs, the pros are more diversity of destinations and resort types. You have a little more flexibility with the timing of your vacation, and you get more hotel and resort services. The cons for vacation clubs are they’re typically more expensive than timeshares, both upfront and annually. You’re also limited to the availability. It may be difficult to book during certain high peak seasons. You have no equity or ownership, and you don’t have the ability to exchange outside of the vacation club network. If you do decide to purchase or join one of these resorts, here are some things to consider. Number one: Higher resort costs and prices. My experience at vacation clubs is that the prices at the resorts are generally higher for the value that you receive. While I expect prices for meals to be more expensive at a resort or hotel, I generally don’t mind if I feel like that quality is also high.

Unfortunately, we found the prices for meals, drinks, and groceries outweigh the quality and customer service. Since it’s sometimes difficult to leave the resort too, you can become quite reliant on what’s available and being charged. Number two: Prices may not be competitive. There are a ton of stories online of folks who research to stay at the exact same location and timeframe and found it to be the same cost or cheaper than their timeshare or vacation club rate. Also, with services like Airbnb, you now have more options when booking a vacation stay, so keep that in mind when considering the fees associated with a vacation club or timeshare. Number three: Limited flexibility. This primarily applies to vacation clubs. I found that these resorts typically want to control the customer experience, and when you deviate from it, you tend to find problems or a lack of support.

Our story from earlier is a perfect example. Everything seemed great until we deviated from the structure. We refused to attend the sales presentation and booked our own independent tours. When we wanted to leave, we were forced to have our luggage transported back to the resort’s main lobby rather just having a taxi pick us up and our luggage from the specific resort. When I spoke to the manager, he was unwilling to make an exception even though certain guests were allowed to have a direct pickup from the resort. This added another 45 minutes to our checkout experience, and we felt uncomfortable giving up our luggage since we already were in conflict with the resort. Number four: High-pressure sales. I can speak from personal experience that the sales tactics used by timeshare networks and vacation clubs are extremely aggressive. They usually try to lure you in with gifts or free services like meals, tours, and event tickets. Then you’re stuck in a long presentation where the price keeps dropping and the pressure to sell increases. I know it’s the nature of the industry to sell, but I personally can’t stand spending my vacation time being pressured and bullied into a deal.

Number five: Difficulty getting out. One tactic that’s often used by timeshares and sometimes by vacation clubs is the idea that you can commit now, and if you change your mind, you can just call and cancel within a certain period of time. These sorts of clauses are called a “cooling-off period.” This is often mixed in with justifications like “why not lock in the price now. There’s no penalty if you change your mind.” The trick is is that they make it very difficult to cancel.

You’ll often have to call different offices and send in all sorts of official paperwork. Some vacation clubs don’t even allow cancellations, so make sure to check the agreement if you’re considering entering a deal. Number six: Payment disputes. This goes for any hotel or resort stay, not just vacation clubs and timeshares. If you encounter a payment dispute with the hotel, I would suggest refusing to sign the credit card receipt or invoice. While the hotel and resort can still charge you the fee, you basically forfeit the right to a dispute by signing the invoice since you’re agreeing to the charges. We made this mistake at the Mayan Palace and were stuck with four nights of resort fees when we only stayed there one night. They refused to waive the fees and told us to contact SFX, which is a company that booked our stay. When I called them afterwards, they said that we were misled since they don’t deal with or receive any of the resort fees.

Since I had signed the credit card invoice, I basically waived my right to a charge back. So definitely don’t make the same mistake as us! And those are our tips and considerations. I will add a caveat that this is just my personal opinion. I have friends who love their timeshare and really find value in it. I guess I just really value having more flexibility in my travels. And with points and miles and Airbnb, I feel like I’m able to travel and afford things that would normally be out of my reach. One other thing that’s really important to me is customer service and intention. I don’t expect things to be perfect, but I expect there to be an intention to resolve issues. My experience at the Mayan Palace versus the Andaz Mayakoba was like night and day. While we felt trapped unsupported at the Mayan Palace, our experience at the Andaz made us appreciate the importance of customer service and our desire to feel like valued guests when visiting a hotel. What are your thoughts on timeshares and vacation clubs? Have you had good or bad experiences with them? If so, please share your experience in the comment section below.

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Diamond Resorts Cabo Azul timeshare – Testimonial

This person booked a 1 bedroom at Diamond Resorts Cabo Azul timeshare in Cabo San Lucas 

Check out his review of Diamond Resorts Cabo Azul at –Baldthoughts.com/

Additionally, you can see this person’s reviews of all Diamond Resorts properties at BaldThoughts.com/diamond

This is one of the nicest timeshares he has ever stayed at. The rooms are simply amazing and every unit has a full kitchen… although you probably won’t use it much since the on-site restaurants are delicious and fairly priced.

Makaira Resort, Canavieiras, Brazil (II)

 

Makaira Resort, Canavieiras, Brazil (II)

Canavieiras – Wikipedia

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Bahia – Wikipedia

The Discovery Coast preserves, virtually intact, the landscape seen by the Portuguese fleet described in the first pages of the history of Brazil. There are approximately 150 km (93 mi) of beaches, inlets, bays, cliffs, numerous rivers and streams surrounded by the verdant coconut groves, wetlands and the Atlantic Forest.

Canavieiras, Bahia, Brazil (BR) | ICAO, IATA codes, location of airports …

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Kingdom Of The Sun, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico (RCI)(II)

April 2018

(Another New II Timeshare Resort)

Kingdom Of The Sun, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico (RCI)(II)

Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta offers the ultimate resort vacation. As the biggest of the Vidanta destinations, it has been carefully cultivated to provide a high-end experience full of options: 40 plus restaurants and lounges to try, three golf courses and a golf academy, a shopping plaza, two indulgent spas, beautiful beaches, and countless pools.

At Vidanta, we are about creating happiness. Over the last 40 plus years, we’ve carefully cultivated a collection of resorts where families from all over the world can come to spend time exploring, relaxing, and making memories together. These resorts are known as the seven different Vidanta destinations.

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Do You Feel Safe Traveling to Cancun?

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Really, Do You Feel Safe Traveling to Cancun?

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The vacation images of Cancun are enticing but are mostly of fancy and beautiful resorts where developers have spent billions attracting tourist from all over the world. Is it safe to go off these fancy resorts to tour the area?  Images of side streets of Cancun. That’s a question you must ask yourselves before you do. Do your research beforehand. Most of these top of the line resorts have everything you need or want to do while at the resort. We can understand the urge to go off the resort and see the local shops and area. Read this recent article about Cancun

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State Department Warnings!

 

The Cascades Nuevo Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Navarit, Mexico (RCI)(II)

April 2018

(Another New II Timeshare Resort)

The Cascades Nuevo Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Navarit, Mexico (RCI)(II)

The Cascades Nuevo Vallarta is a resort nestled in a tropical forest filled with aquatic wonders, such as rollicking rivers, waterfalls, secluded caves, and a blue lagoon.

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Welcome to Complete Luxury Vacationing at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta offers the ultimate resort vacation. As the biggest of the Vidanta destinations, it has been carefully cultivated to provide a high-end experience full of options: 40 plus restaurants and lounges to try, three golf courses and a golf academy, a shopping plaza, two indulgent spas, beautiful beaches, and countless pools. With over 40 restaurants and lounges to choose from, Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta gives guests the opportunity to dine however they like. Options range from high-end eateries to casual restaurants to authentic Mexican spots, and even a gourmet market filled with offerings from all over the world. One thing is for sure—an amazing culinary experience is always just a meal away at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. With a host of different pools, an Aqua Park, and a Lazy River, this resort is a paradise for those who love spending their vacation at the pool.

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Grand Solmar At Rancho San Lucas Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Baja, California Sur, Mexico (RCI)(II)

Grand Solmar At Rancho San Lucas Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Baja, California Sur, Mexico (RCI)(II)

The new Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas resort has made its debut in Los Cabos. The all-suite property is the first phase of the 834-acre private resort community in Mexico. Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas features 89 oceanfront suites across two buildings, with units ranging from a grand studio to …

 

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Mexico Tourism – Be Careful Out There!

Mexico Tourism – Be Careful Out There!

A soldier of the Mexican Army stands in front of Baby Lobster and Sexy Drink bars after an evening shoot-out were several people were wounded by firearms at the touristic neighborhood of Condesa in Acapulco resort, Guerrero State, Mexico on January 28, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO ROBLES        (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images

A soldier of the Mexican Army stands in front of Baby Lobster and Sexy Drink bars after an evening shoot-out were several people were wounded by firearms at the touristic neighborhood of Condesa in Acapulco resort, Guerrero State, Mexico on January 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO ROBLES (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP/Getty Images)

We have written many articles over the years about being cautious when vacationing in Mexico. Most of the timeshare resorts offer everything you might need when vacationing in Mexico. It is understandable that people would like to go off the resorts to explore the flavor of the local customs and small towns of Mexico. But be careful! Click here to read the rest of the story!

Villa Group Timeshare Resorts, Mexico( II )( RCI)

Your Story Starts Here! Have you ever wondered what

it would be like to travel the world? Imagine taking your family to luxury resorts for those special vacations where you will attain memories that will last a lifetime. Now your dreams can become reality. With over 70,000 members, The Villa Group is Mexico’s foremost resort and leisure industry company. For over 25 years, The Villa Group has continued to develop idyllic tropical and desert beachfront resort destinations throughout Mexico, such as Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and the Islands of Loreto. Our VPA members enjoy its endless flexible, which allows them to travel any time of year and stay at any villa sizing. During their stay, they have complete utilize of all the state-of-the-art vacation facilities, including swimming pool, Jacuzzis, spas, fitness centres, tennis courts and much much more. Our VIP members participate in an external exchange program through Interval International which grants access to more than 2000 resorts worldwide. In addition to these exchange possibilities, your membership also provides you with an array of travelling benefits, including discounts on cruises, airfare, vehicle rentals, recreational activities and traveling packages.

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State Department warns of ‘security threat’ in Playa del Carmen, popular resort city in Mexico

State Department warns of ‘security threat’ in Playa del Carmen, popular resort city in Mexico

State Department warns of ‘security threat’ in Playa del Carmen, popular resort city in Mexico

USA issues travel warning for Mexican resort town 

    1. Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (March 7, 2018) | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico
    2. US closes consular agency in Playa del Carmen, bars employees from travel over ‘security threat’ 

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Consider Carefully Exchanging Your Timeshare Property To Mexico… January 11, 2018

Area Maps In Mexico To Beware Of Particularly 

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MEXICO CITY, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Rampant crime and gang activity in Mexico prompted the U.S. State Department on Wednesday to issue a stringent travel advisory, warning tourists to completely avoid five Mexican states, an advisory level often reserved for nations at war.

The State Department’s highest “do not travel” advisory places the states of Colima, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Guerrero at the same warning level as war-ravaged Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The advisory delivered a stark reminder of the formerly ritzy seaside resort city Acapulco fall from grace.  Click here for the rest of the story! Beware folks!

Timeshare salespeople are notorious for pressuring consumers into immediate signing because they don’t want you to think about whether or not the deal is good for you.

Jan. 9, 2018

Nothing Has Changed In Signing Contracts Immediately! Beware of the push to sign without reading the fine print!

Research before buying or trying to get relief of your timeshare contracts

Think About it, Read The Small Print, Tell The Salesperson You want to check the Internet

This will really get the salesperson upset. Tell them that you want to check  Tug2.net  for resale timeshare unit. Understand, however, how at this point the salesperson will get a supervisor or try to dismiss you without getting your gift, which you are entitled to after 1.5 to 2.0 hours of attending a presentation. 

Timeshare salespeople are notorious for pressuring consumers into immediate signing because they don’t want you to think about whether or not the deal is good for you.

A Timeshare Vacation Concern If Vacationing Near The Resort City of Acapulco

Jan. 9, 2018

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This article is not meant to scare you but to make you aware of some of the dangerous developments sometimes in Mexico.

Thankfully nothing has ever happen to us when exchanging over the last 17 years that came anyway near what recently happened near Acapulco, Mexico.

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Timeshare owners beware of the areas you travel in outside of your Mexican timeshare resort. It might be safer to stay on the resort while in Mexico. Do your research before you request an exchange. Click here for the article dated Jan. 7, 2018. 

Another article near San Carbo click here

 

Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove Hotel Overview – Marriott Vacation Club

Align:start [Music] [Music] welcome to marry a Frenchman so a cheerful yet relaxing island retreat perched on a hillside overlooking Victor s pasture Bay conveniently located at the southern tip of st. Thomas our property provides a tranquil oceanfront Oasis within easy reach of scenic Charlotte Amalie and the islands many entertaining attraction built into the mountainside our Resort offers stunning Caribbean sunset you’ll [Music] begin your stay here in our elegant resort lobby the friendly staff will welcome you to your home away from home your spacious Miller features a comfortable living room and a separate dining area with seating for six the fully equipped kitchen offers a conventional oven no microwave refrigerator dishwasher up and ten dishes and silverware [Music] [Applause] the luxurious master bedroom features a king bed with plush bedding for a peaceful night’s sleep guests traveling with a group or family will appreciate a second bedroom with two clean bed the third bedroom in our three bedroom villas also offers two queen beds and an extra bathroom the luxurious master bathroom offers a large vanity with two sinks and an oversized tub for you to soak in at the end of a long day the elegant bathrooms are well-appointed with modern day four and design takes in the view from your own private balcony or patio the study offers a Continue reading “Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove Hotel Overview – Marriott Vacation Club”

Warning: For Travelers Visiting Mexican Resorts

Line:92% MEXICO AFTER AN AMERICAN WOMAN DIED FROM TAINTED ALCOHOL AT AN INCLUSIVE RESORT. MARC LIVERMAN TELLS US WHAT VISITORS NEED TO DO TO STAY SAFE. IT’S VERY SCARY. YOU TRAVEL TO, YOU KNOW — YOU CHOOSE A RUE SORT TO BE SAFE TO NOT GO OUT IN LIKE THE STREETS AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN SOMEBODY’S CHANGING YOUR DRINK, THAT’S NOT GOOD. Reporter: TRAVELERS ON ALERT THURSDAY AFTER REPORTS OF COUNTERFEIT OR ALTERED ALCOHOL MAKING PEOPLE SICK AT SOME ALL INCLUSIVE MEXICAN RESORTS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, 20-YEAR-OLD ABBY CONNOR DIED WHILE STAYING IN A PLAYA DEL CARMEN RESORT.

Line:92% SHE WAS FOUND FACE DOWN IN A POOL. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER RULED HER CAUSE OF DEATH LACK OF OXYGEN TO THE BRAIN AND CEREBRAL INFLAMMATION BUT CONTAINED ALCOHOL HAVE PLAYED A ROLE? THAT’S SOMETHING AUTHORITIES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM. THAT’S SCARY TO THINK ABOUT IT HAPPENING. Reporter: SINCE HER DEATH SIX MONTHS AGO THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER REPORTS OF VACATIONERS WHO SAY THEY GOT SICK OR BLACKED OUT WHILE STAYING AT RESORTS IN CANCUN AND PLAYA DEL CARMEN.

Line:92% THOSE TRAVELERS SUSPECTING TAINTED ALCOHOL, AS WELL. SOME OF THOSE VICTIMS SAYING THEY WERE ROBBED OR SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. SOME TRAVELERS THAT WE SPOKE TO SAY THEY ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT THESE WARNINGS, THEY PLAN TO CANCEL FUTURE TRIPS TO THE COUNTRY. WE WERE GOING TO PLAN A MEXICO TRIP THIS SUMMER AND WITH THIS REASONING, WE’LL BE MORE, UM, WE’LL BE MORE CAREFUL OF WHERE WE PLAN IT.

Line:92% IF I TOLD MY MOTHER AND MY WHOLE FAMILY THEY WOULD BE WAY MORE WORRIED THAN — IF WE WENT WITHOUT THIS HAPPENING. Reporter: IF YOU GOT A TRIP PLANNED, THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS REMINDING YOU TO BE VIGILANT ISSUING THIS WARNING EARLIER THIS WEEK. IF CHOOSE TO DRINK ALCOHOL, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DO SO IN MODERATION. AND TO STOP AND SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF YOU BEGIN TO FEEL ILL. MEXICO’S TOURISM SECRETARY SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN NO FORMAL COMPLAINTS OF CRIMINAL CASES AND THAT MILLIONS VISIT HERE SAFELY.

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Sunset Royal Beach Resort Timeshare Presentation Nightmare….

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Sunset Royal Beach Resort

Timeshare presentation nightmare!

U.S.  State Department Warning About Cancun Area!

This resort is associated with a time share representation. DON’T SUPPORT IT. It a scam and the people are extremely rude and non cooperative.

The presentation is 6 hrs from the time you arrive until the time you leave.

We were approached by a represtarive at the mall who promised 40 min presentation.

STAY AWAY FROM THE RESORT!

Top Five Travel Tips for Cancun and the Riviera Maya

(upbeat music) – Thank you for joining us, this is Travel Top Five.

We’re talking about our top tips for when you’re visiting Cancun and Riviera Maya.

We each have our top five, and we’ll be going one at a time giving our best tips, so the number five. I’m sorry, let me introduce. We got Jackie here, – Hi! – And this is Tara, and I’m Philip. – Hey! – Okay, Jackie, what is your number five tip? – My number five tip will be to bring sunscreen or any type of toiletries, just because the stores at the resort will overprice these items, and it’s just better to bring it with you, because that way you’ll save a lot of money. (laughs) – You are absolutely correct.

They really jack up the prices for that stuff. – Last time I was at a Riviera Maya resort, sunscreen was, no joke, $15. – Ouch! Ouch, ouch, ouch! – Just bring it! – Mine can be a little bit related to that as far as pricing goes. When we go on vacation, my wife and I, we love to get massages, and if you’re on the property, you’re gonna pay  150, 180, $190 for a 15 minute massage. Continue reading “Top Five Travel Tips for Cancun and the Riviera Maya”

St. Thomas Vacation Properties and Hurricane Irma – Some May Be Closed For Awhile…

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The following St.Thomas properties will be closed until 2019:

Other resorts will likely open in 2018, with February seeing quite a few reopenings:

Resort owners and personnel will likely even see some reopenings this year:

While many of those in the hospitality industry are out of work for the time being, those in other trades are being employed in large numbers to help with repair efforts, according to St.Thomas Governor Kenneth Mapp.

The aforementioned reopening timelines are predictions which may change. USVIHTA President Lisa Hamilton stated the following:

“The closure of the largest properties in the territory at the same time is not ideal, but it presents opportunities for us to renovate and update the tourism product. And while the hotels focus on revealing a polished, new product, USVIHTA will continue to promote properties and members who came out of the storms with minimal damage. Many of our members are up and running and ready to welcome guests today. However, restoring the territory’s infrastructure, airport and hospitals is essential prior to welcoming visitors back.”

She added:

“Everyone is invested in creating a renewed and re-energized product, even those who are still assessing damages. The focus on community and human capital is paramount.”

To learn more about the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association and their reports on hurricane damage and relief efforts, visit their website.

Cancelling a Mexican timeshare within the recession period

Timeshare Scams And Advice – Mexico

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Align:start prophy Co a government agency that helps consumers solve issues with merchants states in its 56 article of the federal Consumer Protection Act that timeshare purchasers have five business dates and cancel and recoup their down payment many resorts try to waive this right by not disclosing it to the client or having clients signing a cancellation waiver this is illegal and should not be permitted be careful if you were asked to give up your cancellation rights cancel your contract right away and honest company will not ask you to do this Mexican timeshare solutions can help you rescind your purchase regardless if you cancel within five days or later please contact Mexican timeshare solutions today to see how we can help you cancel your timeshare contract in three simple steps remember MTS does not collect any upfront fees so you can be sure your peace of mind is our main goal for a detailed consultation in your timeshare matter call eight eight eight two seven five three five nine five or email us at info at timeshare scam calm

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Brisa Oceano Resort, Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize (II)

Brisa Oceano Resort, Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize (II)

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Is Anyone a Club Melia Vacation Club Victim?

June 25, 2017

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Is Anyone a Club Melia Vacation Club Victim?  

For those of you who have had the run around with Club Melia we thought you might be interested in some information that has been floating around. Click Here.