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hope it will continue to enable our HGV
team members to build a lifetime of
happy memories."
The company offers corporate, hourly,
and resort-based team members an
adoption assistance benefit of up to
$10,000 per child to help offset the cost of
adoption. HGV also provides 12 weeks of
paid parental leave for all eligible U.S. team
members who have been with the company
for 90 days. The parental leave program
applies to birth and adoptive mothers and
fathers, as well as team members who have
a child via surrogacy.
"I applaud [HGV] for its commitment
to supporting families formed through
adoption," said Rita Soronen, president
and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation
for Adoption. "Adoption benefits help to
remove the barriers of affordability and time
off from work that many adoptive parents
face. Thank you for sharing the Foundation's
belief that every child deserves a permanent
home and loving family."
The Dave Thomas Foundation partnered
with RTI International, an independent
nonprofit research institute, to conduct the 13th annual survey in 2019.
Organizations were selected for the Best

Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list based
on adoption benefits, such as paid leave
and/or financial reimbursement, the
amount of financial reimbursement or
assistance allowed by an organization's
policy, and the number of weeks of paid
leave an organization offers for adoption,
among other factors.
International Cruise & Excursions Inc. Honored
With American Express Travel's 2019 US Travel
Network Agency of the Year Award
International Cruise & Excursions Inc.
(ICE) recently received American
Express Travel's 2019 U.S. Travel Network
Agency of the Year Award. The distinction
recognizes ICE for its commitment to
American Express, its card members,
and partners. American Express recently
announced the award at their 2019 Travel
Forum held in Los Angeles. ICE has now
received this prestigious award for two
years in a row.
"It is an honor to receive this coveted
distinction from American Express Travel,"
said John Rowley, ICE CEO. "ICE has
enjoyed a longstanding and successful
partnership with American Express
Travel for many years. ICE's dedication

to innovation and ongoing commitment
to improving every aspect of the travel
experience, for the benefit of our partners
and their customers, is demonstrated
through the extraordinary performance of
our products and team."
Club Wyndham Denarau Island Honored
at Fiji Business Excellence Awards
Club Wyndham Denarau Island was
honored at the Fiji Business Excellence
Awards held at Sheraton Fiji Resort in
late 2019.
The resort received the Excellence in
Business prize at the prestigious annual
event, which recognizes and rewards leading public and private organizations that
achieve excellence in leadership, strategy,
customer focus, information management,
people, and processes.
The award was presented by the president of Fiji, Jioji Konrote, at a gala dinner
November 2.
"Club Wyndham Denarau Island is
a stunning property staffed by a passionate
and dedicated team that radiates the true
spirit of island hospitality," said Warren
Cullum, vice president of resort operations
at Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific. "We

Club Wyndham Denarau Island was honored with the Excellence in Business award at the Fiji Business Excellence Awards. This award recognizes public and private organizations that achieve
outstanding leadership, strategy, and customer focus, among other qualities.

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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
Developments - February 2020 - Cover1
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
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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 - 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
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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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