Monday, September 17, 2012
Author: Jason Tremblay | Topics: Hawaii Timeshare, timeshare news, Wyndham Timeshare
The Timeshare Authority blog was among the many observers to note last week that Wyndham Vacation Ownership (Wyndham timeshare), announced its acquisition of Shell Vacations LLC and its subsidiaries. (See: Wyndham Vacation Ownership Timeshare Acquires Shell Vacations) But the Honolulu Star Advertiser took the news a step further, looking at what this timeshare industry transition would mean to the Hawaii timeshare community.
In an article titled, “Wyndham’s acquisition of Shell resorts affects 7 Hawaii properties” the publication noted that the acquisition involved seven upscale Hawaii timeshare resorts. The resorts are the Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai; The Cliffs Club in Princeville, Kauai; the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy in Kapaa, Kauai; the Lawai Beach Resort in Koloa, Kauai; the Paniolo Greens in Waikoloa, Hawaii island; the Kona Coast Resort in Kona, Hawaii island, and the Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village, Kona, Hawaii island.
Although Wyndham timeshare will be assuming operations at the 7 Hawaii timeshares previously owned by Shell Vacations (as well as at 12 other timeshare resorts in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Wisconsin, Texas, New Hampshire, and Canada), Wyndham does not seem to be planning to rebrand the Hawaii properties. Wyndham spokeswoman Lisa Burby was quoted by The Star Advertiser as saying, “It will still be a resort for Shell Vacations in Hawaii. Employees in Hawaii will still serve in a resort management capacity. Resort names are not changing. Everything will remain as is in Hawaii.”
Wyndham employs 709 employees in Hawaii, while Shell Vacations currently employs 434 people in Hawaii. In addition to operations at Shell Vacations Club, Wyndham will also provide marketing, sales and financial services at the Shell Vacations resorts. Burby went on to say, “Hawaii is really on the top of most people’s bucket lists, so being able to expand a presence in such a highly desirable destination is an exciting time for our company,” said “We’re just very excited for this opportunity to leverage our resources and our combined strengths.”