Timeshare Factoids for the week of 7/20/09

Timeshare Factoids for the week of 7/20/09

The latest news for Consolidated Resorts owners, as Director of Communications Steve Luba explains.

ARDA Timeshare Association Calls for Family Stimulus Plan

ARDA Timeshare Association Calls for Family Stimulus Plan

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) launched a new website last year dedicated to helping people “vacation better”. Appropriately named VacationBetter.org, this site reminds us all that we desperately need to vacation better, and that means vacationing with more frequency, more regularity, and under more relaxing circumstances.

As Howard Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO says, “Unfortunately vacation is one of the first things people give up when times get tough economically, and with that goes some of the best quality time you can get with your family.” He continues by reminding us, “Tough times are when people need (to) connect to their families even more, and it can be done very economically.”

In a recent ARDA survey of website visitors at VacationBetter.org, nearly half said they felt that quality time with their family was lacking. The feedback led ARDA to launch “The Family Stimulus Plan,” as a way to help people easily plan successful vacations.

ARDA reminds us that timeshares make vacation planning especially convenient. When you own timeshare, you will be far less likely to eliminate or postpone your vacation—after all, your vacation accommodations are either paid for (or are part of a payment plan) and probably already scheduled. Since so many timeshare resorts offer lots of onsite entertainment and activities, you can even enjoy a fabulous vacation without ever leaving the property. In fact, the convenience of kitchens and eat-in dining (available in so many timeshare units and timeshare condos) means that meals during your timeshare vacation don’t have to cost a bit more than you spend on groceries at home.

As the vacation specialists at ARDA and www.vacationbetter.org remind us, “It’s a proven fact that people who spend time away reap health benefits far beyond that week or two of vacation. Vacations are not a luxury, but a necessity for good health and well-being.”

Click here to download your VacationBetter Family Stimulus Plan from ARDA.

Timeshare Factoids for the week of 7/13/09

Timeshare Factoids for the week of 7/13/09

Director of Communications Steve Luba talks about some of the stranger happenings this week.

Could a Timeshare Golf Vacation be the Start of Your Child’s Pro Career?

Could a Timeshare Golf Vacation be the Start of Your Child’s Pro Career?

As the talented pros and amateurs take to the golf course this week at the 64th US Open, we will watch veterans of ladies’ professional golf along with some rising young stars, battle it out at Saucon Valley Country Club, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The amateur’s field is young and extremely talented, including 13-year-old Yueer Feng; 16-year-old Jessica Korda (who last year finished T-19 in this event); and 14-year-old Alexis Thompson, who first qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open, at the age of 12, and has since won the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior Golf Championship.

Nearly 30 teenage or young adult golfers have already accomplished something spectacular just to be playing in this field as amateurs, not to mention the young pros Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel, ages 22 and 21, who have already won 2 Majors and 8 LPGA Tour events between them.

So is your son, daughter, or grandchild, the next Tiger Woods or Annika Sorentam? Even if a pro career isn’t in the future for your offspring, how about a college athletic scholarship or simply the chance to build skills, character, and confidence that will carry him or her through a lifetime?

Timeshare Vacations and Family Golf Outings

Many timeshares resorts are at or near wonderful golf courses. Sometimes, owning timeshare even lets you get on courses where tee times are not available to the public, or affords you discount rates for play or practice. Timeshares and families go together, which makes it ideal that timeshares and golf go together so well, too.

The Welk Resorts timeshare in San Diego currently offers its timeshare owners or timeshare renters complimentary full swing golf clinics on Tuesdays; putting clinics on Wednesdays; and chipping clinics on Thursdays. They provide all the equipment, and you don’t even have to preregister.

Select Marriott Resorts allows children under the age of 15 to play free after 3PM when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids can also receive a free golf lesson when accompanied by an adult who is taking a fully paid golf lesson from a Marriott Golf instructor. (Availability and restrictions may apply.)

And while you will find lots of great deals on rounds of golf and golf instruction at your favorite timeshare resorts, here’s another possibility you may not have considered. How about the sunshine and blue skies of a Naples, Florida vacation with a GreenLinks Golf Resort rental? These luxury condos are located on the fairway, offering one, two and three bedrooms vacation rentals, and access to a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. signature course or Lee Trevino’s Mustang course.

The opportunities for a golf timeshare vacation, or golf condo rental are excellent and sometimes, the very best part, is that they create time for a family to be together, unplugged from their electronics and in-tune with each other.

Past News from The Timeshare Authority on Timeshares and Golf