Which Timeshare Resort Company Keeps Growing and Growing?

Which Timeshare Resort Company Keeps Growing and Growing?

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Timeshare Resorts
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Timeshare Resort

Despite the economic ups and downs US (and global) businesses have experienced in recent years, there is one timeshare resort company that just keeps growing and growing. Who is this developer? Orange Lake Resorts!

Now with ten resort properties across the US, Orange Lake Resorts has announced the addition of the Colonial Crossings Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. The plan is that this 120-unit timeshare will become part of the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand in early 2014.

Located only eight miles from historic Williamsburg, this popular vacation destination is within easy driving distance for millions of Americans, especially those in the Baltimore, Washington DC, and Atlanta areas. Even New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are only a one-day road trip away (approximately 280 miles) adding to the drive-to appeal of this family vacation destination

Orange Lake Resorts, Timeshare Resort Company

Orange Lake Resorts, always making a good thing better, has committed to over $8 million in upgrades over the next year for the Colonial Crossings Resort. The rennovations and upgrade include the build-out of a current unused building, which will, when completed, house new timeshare villas. The two top floors of this new space will feature the upscale Signature Collection villas with granite countertops, deluxe kitchen appliances and enhanced interior décor.

This exciting news leaves only two unanswered questions:

  • What does Orange Lake Resorts have planned for their next expansion?
  • And, when are you planning a timeshare vacation at Colonial Williamsburg?
RCI Christel House Golf Tournament at Orange Lake Resort

RCI Christel House Golf Tournament at Orange Lake Resort

 Donation to RCI Christel House from Orange Lake Resorts tournament.

Donation to RCI Christel House from Orange Lake Resorts tournament.

For the eleventh year, Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort hosted the RCI Christel House Open. This fundraiser golf tournament helps support the Christel House mission of helping children around the world break the cycle of poverty.

Played at the Orange Lake Resort 18-hole, Arnold Palmer-designed Legends golf course, this tournament event is part of the RCI Christel House Open which is the  largest multi-day charity golf tournament in the world. At 14 tournament sites—11 at US golf courses and 3 in Mexico, the United Kingdom and South Africa—golfers were teeing it up for the benefit of the more than 3,000 children of Christel House, this past Monday.

 Golf at The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

Whether a golfer is part of the Christel House fundraiser tournament, or just at Orange  Lake Resort to enjoy a family vacation or a golf outing, the 7,072-yard championship course is a favorite among players of all skill levels. Built in 1998, the course features Floradwarf greens and Bermuda fairways.

Designed as a Par 72 course, the front nine are a Scottish-style links golf experience while the winding fairways of the back nine are lined with pines, oaks, and blooming flowers, reminiscent of a Carolinas-style course.

You can find out more about The Legends Golf Course at the Orange Lake Resort website (click here http://www.orangelake.com/plan_an_event/golf_facilities). And you can click to learn more about the life changing accomplishments of Christel House.

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Change in the Works at Orange Lake Resorts Executive

Change in the Works at Orange Lake Resorts Executive

Tom Nelson, new President and COO, Orange Lake Resort
Tom Nelson, new President and COO, Orange Lake Resort

Last week Orange Lake Resorts, home to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations®brand, announced changes and new appointments to its executive leadership team. The timeshare and vacation ownership company has been in a growth mode in recent years, seeing expansion in its resorts, revenues, and brand recognition. The reorganization of the company’s executive leadership will support and enhance the growth and momentum that has come to be identified with Orange Lake Resorts.

Tom Nelson has been announced as the new president and chief operating officer, effective immediately of Orange Lakes Resort. He will continue leading Orange Lake Resorts’ financial and technology areas and will now oversee the resort operations, club operations and human resources divisions. Nelson has been with the company since 2003, most recently serving in the role of executive vice president and chief financial officer. He was the top winner in the CFO category for the 2012 Orlando Business Journal’s  C-Level Awards.

Sonya Dixon has been announced as the new chief financial officer of Orange Lake Resorts, effective July 1, 2013. She has served as the principal partner with Orange Lake Resorts’ financial auditor, Grant Thornton, for 13 years. With more than 17 years experience in public accounting, most recently in the role of assistant audit practice leader, Florida, for Grant Thornton and prior to that with Arthur Andersen. Dixon’s experience includes partnering with major companies within the timeshare industry to provide large-scale auditing services.

Don Harrill will continue to serve in the role of chief executive officer, providing leadership to the legal and product development, sales and marketing and corporate communications and brand services divisions.

Harill says, “It’s an exciting time to work for Orange Lake Resorts. Right now, we’re positioning ourselves for future growth and opportunities. I’m pleased that we can nurture the talent within our organization and also with a long-time external partner to support this momentum. The changes we are making in our executive leadership team will provide laser focus on our people, products and services to create an even better company to work for and even greater owner and guest vacation experiences.”

For more information on career opportunities with Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts, visit the Orange Lake Resorts page on LinkedIn.

To learn more about vacation ownership resales at Orange Lake Resorts visit

Orange Lake Resort Timeshare, Shaking the Harlem Shake

Orange Lake Resort Timeshare, Shaking the Harlem Shake


It’s Saturday … what’s shaking? The answer to that would be “you,” if you plan an Orange Lake Resort timeshare vacation.

Every day on The Timeshare Authority blog we talk about the opportunities and values in spacious, amenity-laden timeshare resales and timeshare rentals. And as important as these benefits are, they are not the main reasons to buy a timeshare or rent vacation ownership properties.

Vacations are fun!

Yep, that is it. That is the most important fact to remember about timeshare vacations; they are fun! We has said it so many times before: life is better when you are on vacation. Whether your idea of fun is sleeping in followed by napping poolside or you want to jet ski, rock climb, and zip line by day while you party at the hot spots by night, there is a timeshare resort that is just perfect for your kind of fun.

Life will always throw you challenges. Tomorrow is a big question mark. And far too many of us forget that fun only happens in our lives when we open the door to it, when we seek it, and when we stop doing all those must-do things and simply embrace fun.

When Swampy, Holiday Inn Club Vacation’s mascot alligator at Orange Lake Resort gets together with friends, guests, and owners for a little Harlem Shake, everyone should be reminded to drop what they are doing, shake off their worries, plan a vacation, and have some fun. What better way to shake it up than a vacation in the sunshine at the Florida timeshare, Orange Lake Resort, or perhaps one of the other great Holiday Inn Club Vacations timeshares?

Now help us help Orange Lake Resort get Swampy and the Harlem Shake viral. Share this blog post, like the Swampy video on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VacationOwnershipcom and then shake up your life, get out of your routine, and make a commitment to plan a vacation and have more fun!

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