Learn More about the Timeshare Industry 

Timeshare, also known as vacation ownership, continues to lead the hospitality sector with steady growth, due in large part to the industry's constant innovation and evolution in response to ever-changing consumer lifestyle needs and vacation preferences. 

Research, studies and surveys are a vital component to our industry—providing valuable information to our members and consumers about the industry, from buying trends to product satisfaction and economic data. The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) fulfills the industry's research needs, and commissions well-respected research firms such as Ernst & Young (EY) and Deloitte & Touche to continuously conduct surveys and produce research studies representing the most reliable data available on vacation ownership. 

The information below provides an overview based on recent research of the timeshare industry. You can also learn more by downloading ARDA's Understanding Vacation Ownership brochure.

World Wide Vacation Ownership 

The shared vacation ownership industry supported nearly 1.3 million jobs worldwide in 2015, according to a study performed by Oxford Economics and Leger. The global shared vacation ownership industry generated more than $57 billion in direct economic output in 2015. The total impact of the shared vacation ownership industry reaches nearly $146 billion when including indirect and induced impacts. Purchase the full study at www.aifeducates.org for more details. 

State of the Industry 

In the report performed by Ernst & Young (EY), there were 1,547 timeshare resorts in the United States in 2015, representing approximately 200,720 units for an average resort size of 130 units. Sales volume reached more than $8.6 billion, with approximately 9.2 million timeshare intervals owned; average occupancy rose to nearly 80%. Purchase the full study at www.aifeducates.org for more details. 

Economic Impact 

Ernst & Young (EY) reports that in total, the U.S. timeshare industry generated nearly $80 billion of economic output in 2015. In addition, 511,782 full- and part-time jobs; $28 billion in income; and more than $10 billion in total tax revenues were generated. Purchase the full study at www.aifeducates.org for more details. 


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