ARDA World 2014 the Global Timeshare Event Kicks Off April Sixth

Have you made your reservations yet? ARDA World 2014, kicking off April sixth at the Las Vegas Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino, has something for everyone in the shared ownership industry. The five day event features comprehensive educational sessions on current timeshare issues, including reaching the new generation of owners, and keeping your resort product relevant. Attend forums on resale, resort management, and sales and marketing. Lend your voice to committee meetings, renew old connections and make new ones, and be wowed with this year’s sensational key note speaker. It’s all there and more at the industry’s biggest gathering.

Resale Forum to Focus on Developing Best Practices 

An important and very current topic being discussed at ARDA World is resale. The Monday, April 7th forum is a “Resale Best Practices Workshop.” The focus will be on developing best practices for resale programs benefiting legacy resorts. The 2011 HOA Controlled Resort report found that only 48% of legacy resorts had a resale program in place for resort-owned inventory. Resale programs for owner inventory was even lower at 24%.  
This forum asks exchange companies, title companies, resale organizations, legal entities, financial providers and others who wish to share their knowledge and expertise to join the forum. The objective is to help legacy resorts overcome financial obstacles by developing a solid resale program. The concentration will be on using best practices to produce a program that all industry segments can support. Legacy resorts will benefit from a Resale Guide that will highlight the workshop results. It will be made available to all HOA-controlled resorts via websites, webinars and education programs.

Other Noteworthy Forums

Also on Monday, is a Resort Management Forum. Industry professionals with a focus or expertise in resort management will participate in an interactive, round-table discussion. And on Wednesday, a Sales and Marketing Forum will focus on how to reach the new generation of timeshare owners. Experts from outside the timeshare industry will share what they know about these generations, and how they reach and retain them as customers. Find out more at

ARDA World’s Breakfast of Champions Keynote Speaker is a Real Champion

This year the convention ends with a wallop.  Keynote speaker at ARDA’s Breakfast of Champions on April 10th packs a huge punch! Michael Durant’s list of achievements is long and unparalleled. If you’ve n ever seen the award-winning movie, Black Hawk Down, you will remember the valor of the pilot of a Black Hawk helicopter Super Six Four that was fired upon and brought down during a combat operation in Mogadishu, Somalia in October of 1993. That pilot and inspiration for the movie was Michael Durant. He was shot, severely beaten and held captive by the Somalis for 11 days.

Durant uses his experience as a soldier and hostage, and what he learned about being an American and a leader, to captivate and motivate his audiences.  His unique experiences are used to bring his audiences insight on personal and professional growth. His speech inspires both companies and individuals to achieve success, despite obstacles, through better planning, motivation and adaption. Durant brings to life his experiences with vivid personal accounts and mesmerizing visuals to illustrate the power of leadership, teamwork and change. His many awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Bronze Star for Valor, just to name a few. He is also a best-selling author, and president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Solutions. 

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