Look What’s Happening at ARDA World 2015!

It's that time of year again - time for you to update your skills, find out about the latest trends and best practices, make new connections and renew old ones at ARDA World 2015, the timeshare industry's top event. Head out to Florida's Orlando World Center Marriott, April 12-16, for an opportunity to meet hundreds of timeshare professionals from around the world, take part in numerous educational sessions, committee meetings and networking events.  Have fun at the ARDA World Kick-off Party and the Awards Gala Dinner. Here are some of the highlights:

ARDA World Kick-off Party

Opening day, Sunday, April 12, the event gets started with the all-day AIF Golf Tournament, followed by the ARDA Kick-off Party that evening featuring food, drink and games. The Kick-off Party is sponsored in part by ARDA-Win Advantage. The women-centric group aims to advocate, educate and connect its members with a focus on networking, philanthropy, mentoring and diversity/inclusion within the vacation industry. ARDA-Win Advantage will present its Winspiration Award at the casual event.

A Session for Everything

The event features so many sessions, we can't mention them all, but here's a few to get you interested. A hot topic right now, how to handle defaulted inventory, will be covered in a Wednesday session called, Defaulted Inventory, Inventory Recovery and Protecting Owners and the Association. Grand Pacific Resort’s Nigel Lobo will be one of the speakers talking about all the legal, regulatory and practical aspects of dealing with timeshare inventory in default status. 

Another session on Wednesday, Short-term Fever: Variable-term vacation products – Time for a new approach? Innovators like Tom Lyons from Global Connections, Inc. will discuss various short-term products for those buyers not interested in long-term commitments. 

Don’t miss Thursday session, Is Your Yelp showing? Led by moderator/speaker Robert A. Kobek from CustomerCount. Learn how to make your message more impactful through the right multimedia content.  

Find Your Committee

One of the more important parts of ARDA is the behind the scenes work of the committees. There are a number of them meeting during the event. These committees are not just for industry professionals, but they are also for owners. For instance, the HOA Outreach Committee will meet during the event on Monday, April 13. This ARDA committee works both to provide information about timeshare plan owners associations and its members. It also assists HOA Board of Directors and Board officers in their efforts to oversee or partner with a professional manager or management company in the successful operation of a vacation resort property.

Congratulate your Award-winning Colleagues

Kick back and have some fun at the Awards Gala Dinner and Entertainment event Wednesday evening. Be the first to congratulate the winners of the ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) awards honoring those that have attained the very highest level of excellence in the resort industry through their accomplishments and dedication.

Breakfast of Champions

If you take off early on Thursday, you'll miss an inspiring speech from Bill Clement, Two-Time NHL Stanley Cup Champion and Television Broadcaster. In Mr. Clement’s recent autobiography, EveryDay Leadership: Crossing Gorges on Tightropes to Success, he calls on readers to seize all leadership opportunities and transform the way they look at leadership as a whole.  So stick around Thursday morning and you’ll be sure to leave ARDA World 2015 even more inspired then the day you arrived!

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