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Hawaii Timeshare Industry Adds Billions to Local Economy

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According to a recent ARDA study, the Hawaii timeshare industry contributed $5.3 billion in consumer and business spending over the course of 2016. This also included 31,727 local jobs with $1.8 billion in labor income and $263 million in state and local tax revenue.

Mitchell A. Imanaka, ARDA-Hawaii Chairman, commented:

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Key Announcements from Disney Parks and Resorts at 2017 D23 Expo

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2017 D23 Expo

Many exciting Disney announcements and updates were made at the 2017 D23 Expo on June 15th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Guests enjoyed Disney Legend Awards, celebrity appearances, panels and presentations, films, and exhibits. But the real excitement featured announcements of updates coming to Disney Parks and Resorts including new attractions, new resort experiences, transporations options, and more.

New Resort Experiences

Some particularly fun updates come in the form on brand new resorts, including the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney Riviera Resort. This stunning club resort will be located in Epcot and will feature a rooftop restaurant where guests can take in views of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Accommodations will include studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas as well as luxury waterfront cabins. A new skyway transportation system will also connect this resort to other areas of Walt Disney World.

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StaySky Receives The Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies For Working Families Award

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For the second year in a row, staySky Hotels & Resorts has been chosen by the Orlando Sentinel to receive their Top 100 Companies for Working Families award. The hospitality brand is thrilled to have ranked 20th on this list that recognizes companies in Central Florida that provide great working environments, employee benefits, development, and engagement opportunities.

staySky Hotels & Resorts joined its affiliated company, StaySky Vacation Clubs and a handful of other companies within the Central Florida area for a celebratory luncheon on August 19th. The top 20 companies were recognized at this event for their above-average efforts in providing employees with a positive working environment.

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Aston Waikiki Beach Tower Makes Elite List

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Each year, travel site Expedia.com compiles a list of the best hotels and resorts according to their Expedia+ members. This year, only 400 resorts made the cut, and the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower made the exclusive list. The news is good for the resort, as it holds a reputation as one of Honolulu’s best vacation ownership establishments, and receives high praise from owners and guests.

The Criteria for Expedia’s Best of +VIP Access

Expedia’s list takes into account a number of factors that reflect a property’s customer satisfaction, feedback from Expedia+ members, accommodations, amenities, and more. Hundreds of luxury resorts are eligible, and making the list provides a chance for properties like the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower resort to increase their visibility and attract more vacationers to their available units.

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Diamond Resorts International Acquires Gold Key Resorts

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Diamond Resorts International Acquires Gold Key Resorts

Diamond Resorts International has recently completed acquiring vacation ownership company, Gold Key Resorts. By obtaining this business, Diamond now has six new timeshare resorts in its extensive collection of high-end vacation ownership properties. These resorts are located in two exciting destinations in the US: Virginia Beach, VA, and the Outer Banks, NC. Diamond now has a total of 99 resorts managed globally with the addition of these East Coast travel hot spots.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts International, David Palmer stated: “We are pleased to have completed this acquisition, which expands our presence on the East Coast and brings to Diamond Resorts a large owner base. We are confident that we can further accelerate the profitable growth of the Gold Key business through synergies and innovation.”

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