5 Reasons Timeshare Might Be Right For You

ARDA, the American Resort Development Association, pinpoints five reasons consumers decide to buy timeshare, and they’re a useful starting point for those considering shared ownership as a long term lifestyle.

Overall, ARDA highlights five key trains of timeshare timeshare ownership that differentiate it from conventional, one-off holidays:

Value. The typical hotel holiday can cost considerably more – hotel rooms, unlike self-catering apartments, are not equipped for food preparation or sleeping extra family members or friends (e.g. the convenience of a pull-out sofabed) and the cost of eating out during a week or fortnight can really stack up.

Quality. The choice of timeshare resorts around the world is immense – from ski chalets to safari experiences, beach resorts and even cruises and canal holidays. Most resorts have a hotel, sporting amenities and onsite dining.

Familiarity. It’s all about the comforts of home – timeshare units typically feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a full-sized, fully-equipped kitchen, a timeshare resort provides both the comforts of home along with the amenities you’d expect at resort destinations, making it a great way to holiday if you have young children or are bringing family and friends.

Convenience. Being able to return to your favourite resort or book the same quality at another location, you can expect the same standards of accommodation, facilities and service when holidaying with a large developer/operator such as Marriott, Hilton, Disney, Wyndham or Club La Costa. You can also exchange your week for another somewhere else when you feel like a change through RCI or Interval International and The Registry Collection has a superb choice of luxury properties in top class destinations.

• Lifestyle. Because timeshare is paid for upfront, timeshare owners benefit during a downturn as this year’s holiday has already been paid for. Timeshare owners often mention that one of the things they like most about holidaying at a resort with a club feel to it, is seeing familiar faces and friends each year.

Howard Nusbaum, CEO and president of ARDA, explains: "If you’re the kind of vacationer who is happy spending a week at Grandma’s house or taking short trips to the local lake, timeshare vacations may not be right for you. But for people that put a priority on regular getaways, the value of a timeshare is unmatched."

Nusbaum also hinted that timeshare represents an invaluable opportunity for the hotel operator.

A recent survey,State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry: United States Study 2011 http://www.arda.org/arda/aif-foundation/default.aspx?id=1247&libID=1267 conducted by Ernst & Young revealed timeshare is revelling in a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, with occupancy rates trending ahead of hotels by over 20 percent.

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