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Travel Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

By Linda Reid On March 7th, just three weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled “Virus prompts change in plans.” Now it’s March 28th. In that short window of time, unimaginable changes have taken place throughout the U.S. and the world. I suggested assessing travel plans by weighing risk vs. benefit in making decisions whether […]

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Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus

Avoid Coronavirus Scams Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay: Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you […]

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Pandemic: History repeating itself

By Evan Wechman Many experts see the Spanish Flu of 1918 as the last time U.S. citizens engaged in massive self-quarantines and social distancing prior to this year’s terrible outbreak of the Coronavirus. Though in 1918, the strain of influenza that caused a global pandemic often was referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” the virus […]

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Cut the Fluff

At the dawn of timesharing, when nobody knew what the concept was, educating prospects about it made sense. Marketing and sales organizations typically trained their personnel to follow a structured presentation format, sometimes overtly [turn the page] scripted, sometimes memorized. Remarkably, that sort of structure persists today even though the vast majority of sales prospects […]

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Arkansas Attorney Files Consumer Protection Lawsuit, says, ‘good people were left with unwanted timeshares and thousands of dollars in fees’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a consumer protection lawsuit today against Brian Scroggs, Bart Bowe and their Bentonville-based company Real Travel, LLC for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Rutledge has received 12 complaints from consumers who experienced deceptive, high-pressure sales tactics and failed to provide services valued at $136,310. […]

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Leader Of Timeshare Resale Fraud Scam Targeting Elderly Victims Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For $3.37 Million In Losses

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The leader of a large-scale timeshare resale scam was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for defrauding more than 1,000 victims, many of them elderly, out of more than $3.3 million, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada. “Today’s sentence demonstrates law enforcement’s commitment to […]

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Diamond Resorts International Points Owners-Proposed Class Action

Attention: Diamond Resorts International Points Owners-Proposed Class Action Are you a long-time member of any Diamond Resorts International Collection?  Are you a resident of Arizona? Our law firms are contemplating a proposed class action, to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, challenging the amount of annual assessments, past and […]

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Everything old is new

Last fall, my wife and I used some of our RCI points to spend two weeks in Florida. We went to two separate resorts, each with its own timeshare company (Exploria and Holiday Inn Vacation Club). The predictable calls came asking us to attend a timeshare sales presentation. We knew what that would be like […]

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A housekeeper’s vital role

By George Leposky, editor Housekeepers work at the bottom of the timeshare-resort totem pole, yet perform a vital role. They are responsible to set the stage for the arrival of the owners or guests who will occupy a unit. Will that arrival moment be a feelgood event, or a tragedy? Resorts keep house in a […]

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Avoiding turmoil on vacation

Weeks or months ago, you planned a timeshare vacation halfway around the world. Now your departure date is imminent and a crisis is brewing at your destination. What should you do? Harriet and Jerry Breslow encountered such a situation in Barcelona, where Catalonian separatists have been seeking independence from Spain. The Breslows weren’t aware of […]

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