Interval International Names Director of Resort Sales and Service for Western Region

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group has appointed Christopher McGill as director of resort sales and service for the western region. He is based in the Las Vegas office and reports to David Callaghan, vice president of resort sales and service.

In this role, McGill oversees Interval’s presence and directs the day-to-day sales and service activities in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. He is responsible for providing service to Interval’s existing affiliated resort clients, as well as building Interval’s developer client base in those markets.

“We are extremely pleased that Chris has joined our resort sales and service team. His sales and marketing experience in the timeshare industry has already proven to be a considerable asset, as we continue to grow our business in the western region,” said Callaghan.

McGill began his sales career with QM Resorts, where he was employed from 2001 to 2004. He then served as a staffer, campaign manager, and executive director for a number of Nevada public officials. Most recently, McGill was president of Lingkt Public Relations and Business Development, a consulting firm in Las Vegas.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Nevada in Reno.

Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market for 35 years.

Today, Interval has an exchange network of approximately 2,600 resorts in over 75 nations. Through offices in 15 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs.

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Wyndham Vacation Ownership Adds 15th Timeshare Resort in Hawaii

Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies, announced it has completed renovations on its 15th resort in Hawaii - Wyndham Vacation Resorts Royal Garden at Waikiki.

“With the addition of our 15th resort in Hawaii we are solidifying our position as the industry’s largest and most successful timeshare developer in Hawaii,” said Franz Hanning, president and chief executive officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

“We are very proud to provide yet another world-class property in this highly desirable destination for our more than 800,000 owners and guests.”

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Royal Garden at Waikiki will operate within ClubWyndham®, plus the company’s points-based exchange program that allows owners the flexibility to vacation at more than 70 resorts.

Located along the Ala Wai waterway just blocks from Waikiki Beach, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Royal Garden at Waikiki offers spacious accommodations in one of Hawaii’s most desirable locations. The property features studio units and one- and two-bedroom Presidential units.

Onsite amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, two saunas, fitness center, media lounge and outdoor garden. The resort is conveniently located in close proximity to the Waikiki Beach Walk complex, one of the largest redevelopment projects in the city’s history which includes shopping, fine dining and nightlife.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of Wyndham Worldwide’s WYN family of companies, is the world’s largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and vacation ownership interests. WVO has developed or acquired more than 160 vacation ownership resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Headquartered in Orlando, FL, WV0 is supported by approximately 13,300 employees globally.

Take a look at all timeshare rentals, exchanges, and resales listed for WVO resorts in Hawaii.

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Shell Vacations Promotes Jack Waller to VP of Marketing

Shell Vacations, one of the nation’s leading independent vacation ownership development organizations, has recently promoted Jack Waller to Vice President of Marketing for Shell Vacations.

In his new position, Waller will be responsible for tour generation at all Shell Vacations Club (SVC) sales offices company-wide. Previously serving as National Director of Marketing, Waller was responsible for the design and implementation of company-wide marketing programs, as well as overseeing the National Marketing Center, which provides fulfillment for certificate programs, package programs, internet programs and marketing call center operations.

Waller brings over 18 years of vacation ownership industry marketing experience. He joined Shell Vacations in 1993 as a Marketing Manager and advanced to become SVC’s National Director of Marketing. Waller is known as an industry leader in direct marketing programs for vacation ownership and has been awarded many industry distinctions, including a Silver ARDA Award for Marketing Executive/Large Project.

“With his diverse background in marketing and finance, Jack has significantly lowered our costs and has centralized many operations that support the timeshare division,” commented Jack Chevrier, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing for Shell Vacations.

“His leadership skills and passion for innovation are foundations for Shell Vacations and I am proud to have him head the Marketing division for our future growth. He has accomplished several major changes that have kept SVC a competitor in today’s marketplace when quality and lower costs are vital to a company,” said Chevrier.

Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, Shell Vacations LLC is recognized as one of the most respected independent vacation ownership developers in the United States, operating 25 resorts in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The company specializes in the sales and hospitality management of vacation ownership resorts as well as servicing over 115,000 owner and member families of its vacation ownership products.

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RCI Pacific Announces Go Green 2011 Award Winners

RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, announced the winners of its successful “Go Green Awards” for its affiliated resorts in the Pacific, at the recent Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) conference.

This year’s winner, Club Paihia in New Zealand, the runner-up in 2010, showed remarkable progress using prize money earned last year to set up a dedicated Club TV channel that provides guests with information about the resort’s sustainable activities.

Western Australia’s Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Dunsborough and Queenstown Mews also of New Zealand were acknowledged as runners-up. To recognize their commitment to sustainable environmental practices, each of the three winners received cash donations to further expand their environmental programs.

Martyn Rix, CEO of Monad Pacific Management, the management company for Club Paihia and Queenstown Mews, commented on the awards saying, “The recognition goes to the individual resort managers who worked tirelessly and with passionate dedication to establish the successful environmentally sustainable practices at both resorts.”

“This year we tweaked the criteria to better reflect some of the latest findings on trends within the hospitality industry. More importantly we also took into account progress and performance, so that the amount of sustainability-related change made during the past 12 months was a major factor, along with actual practices and initiatives,” said Dr. David Weaver, Professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University, and adjudicate of the self-assessment and on-site inspection phases.

More than 15 resort submissions and three exceptional finalists who demonstrated credible advances in environmentally-friendly sustainable practices throughout the year, made this year’s Go Green program a resounding success.

“Having such committed eco-conscious resort managers, clearly reflects on the exceptional caliber of resorts within RCI’s exchange network,” added Charisse Cox, managing director of RCI Pacific.

Launched over two years ago, the ‘Go Green’ program was a first for the timeshare in the Pacific and for RCI worldwide. Recognizing the emergence of a growing ‘green conscious’ member base, RCI set out to encourage affiliate resorts to embrace green initiatives while aiming to improve the industry’s carbon footprint as a whole.

Consequently, the ‘Go Green’ program has quickly been embraced by affiliate resorts both regionally and globally. Since its inception, both RCI North America and RCI Europe businesses have followed suit, launching similar programs this year, yet another example of RCI’s commitment to the environment on a global level.

“Go Green Award of the Pacific region and The Green Awards of North America and Europe fit in well with our global commitment to corporate social responsibility and the environment,” Cox said.

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