American Resort Development Association Prepares for Annual Convention

Leading vacation ownership companies and service providers have signed on as Signature Sponsors of the 2011 American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Convention and Exposition at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The annual convention, from March 27 – March 31, will feature an impressive line-up of speakers and entertainers, including keynote speaker Terry Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity and chairman of

The Signature Sponsors for this year’s exciting ARDA event are American Express, Diamond Resorts International, Equiant, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Hilton Grand Vacations, Holiday Systems International (HSI), International Cruise and Excursions, Inc. (ICE), Interval International, RCI, ResortCom International L.L.C, Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

The convention offers companies prime exposure to top vacation ownership industry professionals who gather to network, learn the latest industry trends, and visit hundreds of industry suppliers on the exhibit floor. Thanks to the generosity of the Signature Sponsors, the ARDA convention has become the number one resource for networking with industry leaders, timely educational programming, and exposure for sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees.

“The support of our 2011 Signature Sponsors enables us to continue to bring cutting-edge programs and high-quality events, and we are grateful for their generosity,” said Howard C. Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO.

RCI is once again sponsoring the RCI/AIF Open Golf Tournament at The Legends at Orange Lake®, named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest. Interval International is hosting its annual “Party with a Cause” at the House of Blues, with ticket proceeds benefiting industry research and education.

Equiant Financial Services is providing the “smart car for two” for the AIF Auto Driveaway contest. Hilton Grand Vacations is sponsoring “Breakfast of Champions” featuring decorated Army Commander Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, who will share his key factors in overcoming life-altering setbacks.

The ARDA Awards Gala, sponsored by Holiday Systems International (HSI), will include a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, presentation of the annual ARDA Awards, and entertainment by MOSAIC.

The American Resort Development Association is a Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC).
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