Resorts in Orlando are plentiful, and some have very distinctive characteristics. But we’ve been asked this question by many interested buyers looking for their next dream home-away-from-home: what is the difference between Sheraton Vistana Villages and Sheraton Vistana Resort?
Of course, both are affiliated with the recognized Sheraton brand and are located in the popular travel destination of Orlando, Florida. But with such similar names and situated in the same great vacation town, how do you decipher the real differences between Sheraton Vistana Resort vs Vistana Villages? We’ve compared and contrasted these resort properties in order to help you decide where to vacation for your next trip to Orlando.
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Ever since the United States began to normalize relations with Cuba in late 2015, the travel world began to wonder at the possibilities. For the first time in over 50 years, American travelers could be able to seamlessly book vacations in one of the Caribbean’s most alluring destinations. With the first commercial flight from the United States touching down in Havana late last year, it’s easier than ever to see the potential for timeshare in Cuba. However, timeshare enthusiasts shouldn’t get ahead of themselves—signals point to a long road ahead for Cuba timeshares.
The Current State of Cuba Travel
With flights touching down and the island nation topping lists of best places to visit this year, many are looking to travel to Cuba in 2017. While it is vastly easier to get to and from Cuba (and even bring back some souvenirs), finding a hotel can be challenging. Although the government there alleges they will double the number of hotel rooms there by 2020, the country’s current industry is scant to say the least—International Business Times reports that many of the country’s 61,000 hotel rooms are in dire need of repair. That includes the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Havana, the only property managed by a major American-based brand (Starwood).
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As we ring in the year 2017, it’s always good to take the time to reflect on the year gone by. At SellMyTimeshareNow.com, it’s only natural we want to take a look back on all the timeshare news that has happened within the industry. From acquisitions to new resorts, there was a full year of news! Take a look at the top five timeshare news 2016 stories that engaged and excited us.
January – Marriott Buys The Strand Hotel
Mid January, The Strand Hotel in NYC was purchased by Marriott Vacation Worldwide. This means The Strand will now be included in the desirable Marriott Vacation Club vacation ownership program. The rebranding happened as quickly as March 2016 and was opened to Marriott Vacation Club shortly thereafter.
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The year of 2016 is drawing to a close, and in these final few days, we’re looking forward to a brand new year full of potential. For the travel industry, 2017 means another year of new and exciting destinations to explore, fantastic resorts and boutique hotels to enjoy, and another opportunity to truly take a vacation and reconnect with yourself. This week, we consulted with our staff of vacation experts and travel junkies to collect their picks for the top travel destinations to look forward to next year. To our surprise, there were both some newcomers and familiar faces in this year’s list!
The first travel destination on our list is an obvious one, as it continues to open its doors to American travelers. Cuban tourism is slowly starting to take off, with commercial flights from the U.S. just starting to touch down in Havana late in 2016. One of the largest islands in the Caribbean, Cuba presents an opportunity for new travelers to truly explore a world they’ve never seen before. From the oddly poetic antique cars still lining the streets of Havana, to the pristine shores of Varadero, you must make it a point to travel to Cuba in 2017.
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Following the massive merger with Starwood that was officially finalized earlier in 2016, Marriott has reorganized its brands into two distinct categories. For Marriott Vacation Club owners, the change is of little significance. Prospective owners, however, will want to get acquainted with the all-new Classic and Distinctive categories.
The addition of the former Starwood brands—including Sheraton, Westin, and St. Regis—has resulted in Marriott being the owner of 30 different brands, prompting the hotelier to reorganize their catalogue. The new categories serve to simplify the guest experience and give prospective guests and timeshare owners an immediate idea of what each property offers.
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