Festiva Timeshare Resorts Fined by Missouri Attorney General

According to an article published by the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader, Festiva timeshare resorts will pay $339,000 to the State of Missouri and to Festiva timeshare owners participating in the lawsuit, for using what was determined to be, “false and misleading sales tactics while selling timeshares at a Branson resort.” The action specifically refers to timeshare sales at the Cabins at Green Mountain near Branson, Missouri, which are owned and marketed by Festiva Resorts, an Ashville, North Carolina company.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon’s office originally brought suit against Festiva timeshares in 2005. In the Attorney General’s news release, issued at that time, the lawsuit alleged that, “Festiva lured consumers by falsely promising to:

Opportunities in timeshare resales at the Cabins at Green Mountain in Branson, Missouri.

  • Help them sell other timeshares they owned.
  • Help them rent out timeshares they bought from Festiva.
  • Help them get good deals on condo rentals in attractive locations.
  • Help them get good deals on vacation packages.
  • Give refunds to those dissatisfied with their purchase.

Nixon also says Festiva didn’t give consumers enough time to make decisions, creating a sense of urgency and a high-pressure sales environment.”

An unidentified number of consumers will receive a total of just over $324,000 collectively, and the state will receive $15,000 for civil penalties and costs. Of the settlement to consumers, $106,885 will go to customers who complained to the attorney general’s office before June 25, 2005, and use their timeshare at least once. The balance, $217,508, will be distributed to consumers who filed their complaints before June 25 and never used their timeshares.

If a Festiva resort timeshare owner, who is part of this lawsuit, used his timeshare at least one time, he is given the choice to: deed the timeshare unit back to Festiva and receive a partial refund; keep the timeshare and receive a small cash payment; or keep the timeshare and receive a free upgrade from the resort. If the timeshare owners who participated in this lawsuit have never used their timeshare, they have a choice to receive a portion of what they paid Festiva and then return their deed to the company.

Criticisms of Timeshare Sales Practices, but not of Vacations at Festiva Resorts

Remember that this lawsuit deals with timeshare owners who are unhappy with timeshare sales practices at Festiva Resorts, and their perception that promises made were never fulfilled. These timeshare owners are not unhappy with their vacation experience; there are thousands and thousands of very satisfied timeshare owners at Branson’s Cabins at Green Mountain timeshares.

This problem goes back to what we say time and time again at SellMyTimeshareNOW.com…timeshares can be great to own and enjoy and offer wonderful vacation opportunities…if you understand what you are buying and can make a thoughtful buying decision without the pressure of unethical or inappropriate sales tactics.