Really, there is MUCH to report on in timeshare land...recap of the recent ARDA conference, update on International Timeshare Appreciation Day 2013, the launch of a new timeshare MLS site that's free for consumers and has lots of things that are missing from the current services available, more pending "Five and Almost 10 With..." interviews, recapping the brilliant Five Year Plan from TATOC...and yet, this week, I'm drawn yet again to the ongoing escapdes with Festiva/Patton Hospitality.
If you are new to this blog...welcome and before you continue, I urge you to read the previous posts and comments regarding the former Celebration World Resort, Festiva Hospitality and RCI. Big, important issues there.
I was made aware of a letter than some owners of the former Celebration World Resort recently received with the subject being "Important information regarding your vacation week". Here's the letter in full:
We are excited to
announce that Festiva Management Group is now Patton Hospitality
Management. With the ever changing world of vacation ownership, we are
changing as well to offer you programs that create value and benefits through
all stages of your vacation ownership. From owner rental programs to new
exchange benefits to new vacationing opportunities, Patton Hospitality
Management gives you reasons to ‘Expect More’ than ever before from your
We would like to introduce you to
www.VacationCondos.com. This professionally managed
rental portal designed as a resource for timeshare owners to market their
timeshare to millions of online vacationers searching for vacationing
opportunities in your property’s destination. VacationCondos.com has a proven
rental track record with more than $30 million in rental revenues for timeshare
owners since 2010!
In addition to a core database of more than 100,000 renters to the desinations
where your property is located, VacationCondos.com
works with an extensive network of online global distribution systems to market
your property though as well as many additional online travel partners. Once in
our program, our revenue management team will consider all factors of
demand, market conditions and competition to maximize the occupancy
and revenues you can achieve.
Plus, it's easy to get started.
The entire process to list your unit with VacationCondos.com can be done online
in only 5 minutes and costs $5* when you enroll by April 30th and use
promotion code VC1.
This is just one of the many new and exciting programs offered by Patton
Hospitality Management. We look forward to working with you on this and
other valuable programs in the months and years to come.
Patton Hospitality Management
Huh? What? Festiva is now Patton? Why? And why are they assuming that timeshare owners want to rent out their week? And why bother charging the $5.00? Did this letter go to all Festiva owners or just owners at the Orlando resort? Is Festiva/Patton changing their business model? What are the implications for current owners?
There's a ton more question that I and owners have. We all know that Festiva is monitoring this blog...so I'm reaching out to them for answers. If any owners have opinions...and I know you do...we want to hear from you as well.