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.
 

U.S. Timeshare Industry: By the Numbers 

Sources: AIF State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry: United States Study, 2016 edition (reflecting 2015 data); AIF Economic Impact of the Timeshare Industry on the U.S. Economy, 2016 edition (reflecting 2015 data); AIF Shared Vacation Ownership Owners Report, 2016 edition (reflecting 2015 data) 

$8.6 Billion—Size of the Industry  

  • 1,547 timeshare resorts in the U.S., 200,720 units – 130 units per resort on average
  • Comparable to the $9 billion in revenue for Major League Baseball and the $7 billion music industry

9.2 Million—Number of U.S. Households That Own 1 or More Types of Product(timeshare weeks, points, fractional and/or Private Residence Club)

  • 68% are married
  • Average age of an owner is 47 years old
  • 10.9% of timeshare owners earn $100K or more

$20,040—Average Price of a Timeshare Interval 

$79.5 Billion—Contribution to U.S. Economy  

  • 511,782 full- and part-time jobs
  • More than $28.1 billion in income and wages
  • Approximately $10.2 billion in tax revenue

$10 Billion—Amount Spent by Timeshare Owners & Guests during Timeshare Stays  

  • Approx. $3.4 billion spent onsite at resorts.
  • $6.6 billion was spent off-site in the communities where the timeshare resorts are located.

79.9%—Average Timeshare Occupancy  

  • 45% of occupants were owners or owners’ guests; 14% were exchange guests; 16% were renters; and 6% were marketing guests.
  • Comparatively, hotel occupancy was 64% in 2014, according to Smith Travel Research.

10.4 Million—Number of Nights Rented at Timeshare Resorts  

  • 87% of timeshare resorts offer some type of rental program.
  • Reflects $1.8 billion in revenue

46%—Sales from New Owners  

  • The industry continues to attract new owners. In 2015, 46% of timeshare sales are from new owners, reversing a trend of increasing reliance on existing owners.
For in-depth research reports including the State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry, the Economic Impact of the Timeshare Industry on the U.S. Economy and the Shared Vacation Ownership Owners Report, click here.

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