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Increased Japanese Travel Stats Point to New Timeshare Destination

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The Land of the Rising Sun currently finds itself in an era of rising tourism. Recent Japanese travel numbers have shown an increasing interest in vacationers coming to Japan, and as a result, the populous Asian nation has begun opening its doors to both international and domestic tourism. As such, Japan is beginning to attract more interest in the vacation ownership space as well, with several recently-announced projects by Hilton Grand Vacations Club set to begin this year.

2017 was a huge year for travel growth in Japan, with increases numbering in the double digits. In all, tourists spent 4.4 trillion yen (40 billion USD) in the same year, totaling an increase of about 18%. All of this puts Japan on track to becoming a major tourist destination in the region, rivaling sites like China and Thailand. With Japan’s government reportedly hoping to attract 40 million tourists annually by 2020, timeshare resorts are starting to take notice.

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Welk Resorts Adding At Least 5 New Resorts to the RCI Network

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Welk Resorts Expands RCI Affiliation with 5 More Properties—and Plans for More!

Until recently, only three Welk properties were RCI affiliates. However, Welk Resorts is in the process of adding five more existing properties to the RCI network, and the company plans on adding two more properties once they’ve completed development. RCI members, including owners of RCI-affiliated Welk properties, will be able to visit more resorts via RCI exchange.

Welk Resorts President and CEO Jon Fredricks spoke regarding the technology solutions and vacation exchange services Welk Resorts Platinum Points owners can expect from RCI: “RCI provided Welk with a customized club-enabled exchange solution, and offered several additional technology solutions, like RCI Presenter and RCI LiveStream, that are expected to provide world class service to our owners.”

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Plantation Resort is Now Partnered With Wyndham

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An exciting partnership has recently been announced between Plantation Resort and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Back in November of 2017, Wyndham signed an agreement that they would be taking over all sales and marketing operations for Plantation Resort. Additionally, Wyndham Vacation Ownership got the remaining unsold inventory at the Myrtle Beach Resort.

How Does This Affect Plantation Resort Timeshare Owners?

As a current owner at Plantation Resort, you may be wondering what this new partnership with Wyndham Resorts means for you. But not to worry, this new relationship will be a seamless transition for all.

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Westgate Resorts News: New Executive Appointments

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Westgate Resorts is set for continued growth as we begin 2018. Right before 2017 came to a close, Westgate continued their company-wide expansion efforts by making five different executive appointments.

Of these new appointments, Westgate has named a new Chief Business Officer, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Vice President of Resort Operations, Vice President of Community & Public Affairs and Vice President of Security.

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Updates Revealed for Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort’s $14 Million in Renovations

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Update on Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort Transformation

Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort, formerly Wakulla Suites, is halfway done its extensive renovations to become this Florida city’s next favorite boutique-style hotel and vacation ownership property. Purchased by Westgate Resorts in 2016, the reopening is slated for summer 2018. The complete renovations will likely cost $14 million.

Luckily, guests do not have to wait until the process is finished to stay at the resort on Cocoa Beach, which remains open during the renovation process. Those who wish to reserve a stay at Westgate Cocoa Beach once the transformation is complete are also able to do so on the resort’s website.

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