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What Lies in Wait for You in Vegas!

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What Lies in Wait for You in Vegas! 

By Georgie Bohrod, RRP
ARDA Guest Blogger

February 26, 2014 

What Lies in Wait for You in Vegas!

With ARDA World right around the corner, it’s not too early to start planning for the industry’s biggest gathering. In addition to all the networking, festivities, and renewed connections that surround the event, ARDA offers the most comprehensive educational sessions to help newcomers and seasoned professionals stay current and informed. 

This year, under the umbrella of the Resort Operations Council, Suppliers Council, and Construction & Design Council, members have the opportunity to help educate attendees about two important topics:

The new generation of owners – As we see an increase in ARDA members who represent mature resorts, it is clear that operations are just as important as a component of timesharing as sales and marketing. The session Generation Transition: How to Keep Your Resort’s Product Relevant is directed at resorts whose aging owner base may be looking for a way to leave. The session will explore ways to physically improve the product to better appeal to a younger buyer, including what interior designs and components will best attract this segment and what technologies and amenities could be implemented to stay current.

The conversion of existing properties to timeshare products – On the flip side, a session called Everything That’s Old is Renewed Again will discuss relevant issues pertaining to conversion. They will examine important topics such as the best ways to assess which hotels and condominiums are candidates to be converted to timeshare. The panel will also look into risks and rewards in making this change. Converting condos and hotels into timeshares delves deep into the history of our industry, and this new spin on the historically successful concept is bound to offer innovative insights.

Educational sessions are only one aspect of ARDA World. The Expo Hall is another excellent place to learn more about what’s going on with members of the Suppliers Council, as well as scores of other vendors. Whether it is textiles, patio furniture, homeowner’s kits, cleaning supplies, or insurance—this is where you will be able to talk with experts first hand.

So mark your calendars and prepare yourself for ARDA World. Las Vegas is waiting for you! 

 

ARDA World 2014 – Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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ARDA World 2014 – Where Everybody Knows Your Name 

By Franz S. Hanning, RRP, Chairman of the ARDA Board of Directors
ARDA Guest Blogger

February 19, 2014 

ARDA World 2014 

 

Ask any ARDA Convention veteran (that’s most of us), and they’ll agree—arriving at ARDA World is like stepping into an episode of the 80’s sitcom “Cheers.” Everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. It’s a beautiful thing, really. 

What’s remarkable about Convention is that it removes us from our silos and reminds us that we’re all a part of something bigger than just individual companies. Once there, we reflect on the challenges and opportunities we face collectively, consider where we’re heading as an industry, and brainstorm ideas to take us to the next level. We work together (regardless of being competitors outside the conference halls) to benefit the industry as a whole.

For those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to attend, I’m telling you now, you won’t want to miss this premier gathering for our industry. Convention is the place to be!

Expand your industry knowledge at ARDA World through:

Networking – Unique opportunities to meet face-to-face with your peers from across the world and expand your network to learn from one another, share best practices, forge new business relationships, and celebrate successes.

Education – With more than 40 exciting sessions running the gamut, from recruiting top talent and attracting the next generation of buyers, to navigating consumer protection laws and structuring deals in the new world order, this Convention has it all.

Trend Setting – ARDA maintains its status as the leading resource on the latest trends including IBM’s annual “5 in 5” predictions list naming big data at the center of the new era in computing. So don’t miss the chance to learn more about what it is, how to use it, and why you should care, at one (or both) of the big data sessions.

So come on down, where everybody knows your name! ARDA World 2014 promises to be another unforgettable occasion, and I look forward to seeing you there! 

 

Gear Up for ARDA World With Your Creative Energy

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Gear Up for ARDA World With Your Creative Energy 

By Kathryn Mullan, Editor of Developments Magazine

February 6, 2014 

Gear Up for ARDA World with Your Creative Energy

With ARDA World 2014 right around the corner, all of us at ARDA are thinking about the value of bringing our industry together. It seems that ARDA World serves its greatest purpose as a “connector” and a “collective”—otherwise known as a “collective connection!”  

A recent article in Developments magazine discussed this very issue. It stated, “Collective progress comes from the application of collective intelligence: putting more minds to work on a problem…makes the discovery of new and better solutions much more likely.” 

Isn’t that what ARDA World is all about? Innovation that becomes progress and then best practices…it’s been woven into the very fabric of our industry for 45 years. This energetic force field of new ideas dwells at the core of ARDA World. 

We look forward to another year of bringing our industry together to create a mash-up of ideas, best practices, and brainstorm to fuel our own “collective creativity” engine to push forward in new ways.

Early-bird registration deadline is February 7, so sign up now—can’t wait to see you there!