Why Vacationers Turn to Timeshare Resorts for Better Security

Timeshare resorts are purpose built for family vacations
Timeshare resorts are purpose built for family vacations

Every time there is an event that raises concerns about travel safety, such as this past week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, timeshare resorts edge past hotels a little further in terms of desirability and appeal. Why? Because they inherently carry a lower risk of threat from an outside source than do hotels.

In an article by Adam Leposa published by Travel Agent, the Director of Risk Management at Petra Risk Solutions and former director of loss prevention at Marriott, Todd Seiders, was quoted as saying, “The Boston Marathon bombing is just another example of how hard it is to secure public places and events. According to the news, bomb dogs had swept the finish line area 1 hour prior to the start of the marathon. So obviously police did everything they could to secure the area, and the bombs were brought in during the event.”

Leposa went on to point out that in order to make hotels truly safe, you’d have to implement TSA-style security measures which are contradictory to the warm, welcoming, “home away from home” environment that hoteliers strive to create. In fact, the significance of projecting a safe but non-intrusive ambiance in hotels is so critical to hotel culture that many hotel staffers feel their job security hinges on it.

Why Timeshare Resorts Beat Hotels for Security and Safety

You already recognize that timeshare resorts offer more amenities and more spacious accommodations than hotels provide. But do you realize timeshare resorts are theoretically safer vacation sites than hotels are?

Timeshare resorts are purpose built for vacationing. While they can function as conference venues and even overnight accommodations for travelers, that is not how they are typically used or how they were designed to be enjoyed. By in large, the guests at timeshare resorts are timeshare owners—people with a vested interest in the resort through their vacation ownership. Timeshare owners don’t check into timeshare resorts with falsified credentials and IDs; instead they are couples and families on holiday at a resort where they have an ownership commitment.

Unlike a busy hotel where many people who are not registered guests at the hotel pass through the building and its public areas daily, at timeshare resorts, the people there are the owners and guests who are supposed to be on property.

No resort, neither hotel nor timeshare, can guarantee that it will not be the target of a threat. But timeshares seem to be a little off the mainstream radar. Timeshare resorts already maintain a database of information on their owners, and even fairly detailed contact information on timeshare renters, affording a level of security that hotels can’t offer.

Vacation safely, but whatever you do, don’t stop taking vacations. Time shared with your family in relaxation, holiday, and escape is too important to your mental and even physical well-being for you to let anything stop you from making it an ongoing part of your life.