An increasing number of holidaymakers are spending hours reading reviews on TripAdvisor before booking their next holiday yet until now, there has not been a similar site for those looking to choose a timeshare resort for their next family break.
This week, the site Timeshare Advisor looks set to fill this gap. The site allows travellers the opportunity to browse more than 5,000 timeshare resorts worldwide, to get a better idea of the resort facilities and feel of the destination before they book.
The website offers users reviews on specific destinations, as well as providing them with hotel information and useful tips from other timeshare users.
Suzanne Harris, founder and chief marketing officer for Timeshare Advisor, said: "Timeshares are one of the best kept secrets in travel. There are several general travel review websites available for consumers today and we have identified a real void in the Timeshare Industry.
“Our goal is to be a valuable resource for consumers and also support timeshare developers and managers by giving them the opportunity to showcase their properties to current and potential timeshare owners."
According to the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the timeshare industry is becoming increasingly popular and is worth around $6.5 billion in the US alone.
Timeshare Advisor has an array of tools to make it quick and easy to research resorts by name, destination, brand, Exchange Company or interest. Once the resort is selected, additional filters allow users to narrow their search by amenities and features such as pool, laundry facilities, and WiFi access. Each Resort page includes: an Overview, Reviews, Photos, Location Maps and Manager Tips. "A unique feature of timeshareAdvisor is our Manager Tips section where we encourage Resort managers to provide as much information as possible on their property in order for consumers to make an informed decision," Harris said.
Timeshare Advisor also offers an incentive-based Go and Tell Points program, making it simple and rewarding for timeshare enthusiasts to share their personal experiences of resorts they have visited by posting reviews and photos. To become a member all they need to do is create a profile. As part of the program, members receive points for participation and qualify for regular iPad mini prize drawings.
"Social media makes it quick and easy to share all types of experiences and we want to reward our members for spreading reviews for the Timeshare Resort Industry," Harris added.
For more information, visit www.timeshareadvisor.com