Developments - February 2020 - 46

Interval International's Shared Ownership Investment Conferences in Bangkok and Shanghai offered networking and learning
opportunities to nearly 85 participants.

Answers Session," offered tips on tailoring
product offerings to vacationer preferences
and covered points-based clubs, trial and
exit programs, and other products that
expand revenue opportunities. During
"The Legal Perspective" session, attendees
heard about key lessons learned from legal
experts working with timeshare companies
in Asia.
Kit Whalley, Interval's director of business
development for Asia-Pacific, noted, "In
addition to exciting new content, this year's
events offered opportunities for participants
to engage with some of the most influential
executives in the business."
In Bangkok, Martin J. Tolan, Marriott
Vacation Club's Thailand-based regional
vice president of marketing and sales,
discussed "Realizing the Potential of
Shared Ownership," detailing the key
benefits of adding a timeshare component
to a resort. With more than 30 years in
the timeshare industry, consultant George
Jones explored why a developer would
enter the business and what it takes to
be successful in the session, "Shared
Ownership for the 21st Century."
These investment conferences were the
latest in a series of educational events for
current and prospective entrants hosted by
Interval this year. Also included were an
investment conference in São Paulo, Brazil,
as well as InfoExchange and HOA Insights
seminars that took place in Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina.

46 - Developments

Interval International Welcomes LiV Resorts,
New Shared Ownership Entrant in Vietnam
Interval International has added LiV
Resorts, the shared ownership component
of the Citadines Pearl Hội An, a mixed-use
resort development on the outskirts of
Da Nang City, Vietnam, to its exchange
network. The 21-acre property overlooks
An Bang Beach on the South China Sea.
"We're thrilled to welcome Abodos
Co. Ltd. to the industry with the launch
of LiV Resorts, Interval's first affiliate in
Vietnam with a local sales operation," said
Joe Hickman, Interval's vice president and
executive director of business development
for Asia-Pacific. "Vietnam is a beautiful
destination, with a rich history and
cultural heritage rivaling any other country
in the region."
Just a 20-minute drive from the resort,
Hội An historic town has been designated
a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a
major draw for international tourists. Laced
with canals, the former port is a melting
pot of cultures, reflected in its mix of
wooden Chinese shophouses and temples,
colorful French colonial buildings, ornate
Vietnamese tube houses, and a Japanese
covered bridge with a pagoda.
The resort's design celebrates Hội An's
aesthetic and culture, along with the laidback feel of An Bang Beach. Set on a lush,
palm-shaded lawn, the property includes
spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom
suites with open-plan kitchens, living

rooms, private balconies, and plasma
TVs. Amenities at the resort range from
a large free-form swimming pool and
kids' pool to two restaurants and retail
shops. A shopping complex with a cinema
is coming soon.
"Travelers in Vietnam have only
become familiar with vacation ownership
over the last few years, opening new
opportunities for developers. We situated
our property within the Citadines Pearl
Hội An complex because its wide array
of amenities appeal to consumers of all
ages, making it an ideal venue for our
new program," said Nguyen Ky Tam
Anh, CEO of LiV Resorts. "We are
confident that our relationship with
Interval will be most beneficial, as we
increase our presence in this sector and
build on the opportunity in a growing
tourist market."
Interval International Affiliates Resort on the
West Coast of Sicily
Interval International recently welcomed
the vacation ownership component of
Villa Ridente Club, a beachfront resort
in Sicily, Italy. Situated on the west coast
of the island, the property overlooks the
Mediterranean Sea and the Aeolian Islands.
"The family-friendly resort combines
Sicily's sunny climate, spectacular scenery,
and regional cuisine to make it a prime
destination for vacationers," said Darren
Ettridge, Interval's senior vice president
of business development for Europe,
Middle East, Africa, and Asia. "Villa
Ridente Club is an ideal base for our
members looking to combine a beach
experience with cultural exploration."
The property features studios and
one- and two-bedroom units, with
kitchens, a furnished patio or balcony,
and flat-screen TVs. Guests can dine on
site at Le Terrazze, a restaurant serving
Mediterranean food, or at O Fetente pizzeria. In addition to the private beach with
chairs, umbrellas, and kayaks, guests have
access to windsurfing and paddleboard
rentals. The grounds include a wide array
of other amenities, from a spa, outdoor
swimming pool, and tennis court to a kids'



Developments - February 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Developments - February 2020

UP FRONT: New Decade, New Improvements
FIRST WORD: ARDA's Priorities for 2020
AROUND ARDA: Meet Elizabeth Baker, ARDA's Newest Staff Member
FACES FROM THE FRONTLINES: ARDA Fall Conference Wrap-Up
MEETINGS: WIN's Pinktober Event Raises Nearly $15,000 for Breast Cancer Research
TRUSTEE SPOTLIGHT: Sam Pontius, Timeshares Only and Fidelity Real Estate
VIP SPOTLIGHT: Mike Samet (Trustee) and Chris Clark (Chairman's League), Digital-Ignite
KEEPING PACE WITH DISRUPTION
PARTNER SHOWCASE: Capital Vacations: Filling an Industry Void with Sales Solutions and Resort Management
CREATING UNIQUE WORK-LIFE BALANCE BENEFITS TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN EMPLOYEES
BRANDS MATTER – AND MUST EVOLVE TO SURVIVE
‘CAPITAL LIGHT,’ AN INCREASINGLY COMMON PHRASE IN TIMESHARE – BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
ACCEPTING CRYPTOCURRENCY PAYMENTS: PROS AND CONS FOR BUSINESSES TODAY
HONORING THE SELF-OPINION OF OTHERS
AROUND THE INDUSTRY
MEMBER UPDATES: ARDA's Trustee and Chairman's League Members and New Corporate Members
LAST WORD: We are ARDA Strong
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Developments - February 2020 - Inside
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Developments - February 2020 - UP FRONT: New Decade, New Improvements
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Developments - February 2020 - FIRST WORD: ARDA's Priorities for 2020
Developments - February 2020 - 9
Developments - February 2020 - AROUND ARDA: Meet Elizabeth Baker, ARDA's Newest Staff Member
Developments - February 2020 - 11
Developments - February 2020 - FACES FROM THE FRONTLINES: ARDA Fall Conference Wrap-Up
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Developments - February 2020 - 15
Developments - February 2020 - MEETINGS: WIN's Pinktober Event Raises Nearly $15,000 for Breast Cancer Research
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Developments - February 2020 - TRUSTEE SPOTLIGHT: Sam Pontius, Timeshares Only and Fidelity Real Estate
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Developments - February 2020 - VIP SPOTLIGHT: Mike Samet (Trustee) and Chris Clark (Chairman's League), Digital-Ignite
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Developments - February 2020 - KEEPING PACE WITH DISRUPTION
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Developments - February 2020 - PARTNER SHOWCASE: Capital Vacations: Filling an Industry Void with Sales Solutions and Resort Management
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Developments - February 2020 - CREATING UNIQUE WORK-LIFE BALANCE BENEFITS TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN EMPLOYEES
Developments - February 2020 - 35
Developments - February 2020 - BRANDS MATTER – AND MUST EVOLVE TO SURVIVE
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Developments - February 2020 - ‘CAPITAL LIGHT,’ AN INCREASINGLY COMMON PHRASE IN TIMESHARE – BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
Developments - February 2020 - 39
Developments - February 2020 - ACCEPTING CRYPTOCURRENCY PAYMENTS: PROS AND CONS FOR BUSINESSES TODAY
Developments - February 2020 - 41
Developments - February 2020 - HONORING THE SELF-OPINION OF OTHERS
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Developments - February 2020 - AROUND THE INDUSTRY
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Developments - February 2020 - MEMBER UPDATES: ARDA's Trustee and Chairman's League Members and New Corporate Members
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Developments - February 2020 - LAST WORD: We are ARDA Strong
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