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From Elementary Through College, Industry Supports EducationThe American Resort Development Association’s September “Timeshare Fans” Go Around the World

September 10, 2012

WASHINGTON – September 10, 2012 – Featured in this month’s edition of the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) ongoing Timeshare Fan series, are six families who own a vacation holiday lifestyle with Diamond Resorts International®. Originating from various locations all over the world, each owner shares their “once in a lifetime” vacation experiences in a video testimonial.

Chris and Susan Birdsey, loyal Diamond owners for many years, have enjoyed the flexibility Diamond offers through their point system. Diamond’s portfolio offers more than 220 destination choices, allowing members to travel to various locations across the globe.  The Birdseys explain how Diamond has reinvented the timeshare industry and then reflected on their decision to purchase vacation ownership with Diamond.

“One of the things timeshare has done for us is to be able to give our children a great deal more of a view of the world,” said Chris Birdsey.

This Diamond Resorts International® profile is the eleventh in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners.

With nearly 1.4 million owners, members and guests annually, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.  Take the time to find out why. Visit for more information.

Next month, look for vacation memories from Club Meliá by Meliá Hotels International owners who are passionate about their timeshare.  All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story here.

About Timeshare

Timeshare and vacation ownership are often used as interchangeable terms. Timeshare may be purchased through deeded property ownership, right-to-use, or a points-based program. Owners purchase a villa, usually in one-week increments, within a fixed (same week each year) or “floating” system. Floating time allows the owner to schedule each year’s vacation for the desired week within a specified season. Vacation ownership may also be used to describe the three main options of shared use: timeshare, fractionals, and private residence clubs.

*State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study 2011, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.  Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate.  The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit or ARDA’s consumer website at

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