Nov. 27, 2006 – Seattle, WA–Holiday Resales, a division of Holiday Group, just concluded the first-ever timeshare presentation done live on the Web. One hundred participants signed up and attended via their home computers while Holiday hosted the webinar from their headquarters in Seattle.
The presentation included interactive polls and a question and answer session. Each attendee received ARDA’s Consumer Guide to Vacation Ownership and a one-year subscription to Timesharing Today magazine.
“This turned out to be an amazing event,” said Holiday President David Skinner. “It was a lively exchange of questions and information from the basics of timesharing to some insider secrets. Considering the rousing response, I’m sure we’ll be making online presentations a regular thing.”
Gail Bennett, a ten-year professional in the timesharing industry and Holiday’s Director of Sales, conducted the seminar and spoke with audience members about the facts and fictions of vacation ownership.
“The turnout was phenomenal,” Bennett said. “It was refreshing to see so many people being proactive in their desire to learn about timesharing. People are savvier today about doing their own research, and webinars allow them to do so on their terms.”
Among the topics Ms. Bennett explored were: how to use the web to do your research; how to select the best timeshare for your family; exchanging to popular and exciting locations; and the benefits of buying resale versus retail timeshares.
Lisa Ann Schreier, author of “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies,” and founder of Timeshare Insights (www.timeshareinsights.com), applauded Holiday’s efforts to help consumers navigate the sometimes-confusing world of timeshare.
“Despite what the mainstream timeshare industry believes,” said Ms. Schreier, “a better educated consumer is the industry’s best friend.”
Recent statistics show that over 4 million households in the U.S. own timeshares (often more than one), but uncertainty over how timesharing works, as well as a fear of high-pressure sales presentations, has discouraged some consumers from considering vacation ownership.
“Holiday is making huge strides in removing the mystery that has always surrounded timeshares,” Schreier said. “Consumers will now be able to get the unbiased information they want without being pressured to make a purchase.”
Bennett added, “It’s important to us to help people determine whether timeshares are the right product for them. We’re looking forward to doing so in this innovative and no-pressure manner.”
About Holiday Group
Holiday’s online timeshare business connects thousands of vacation buyers with discount timeshares every year. Founded in 1992, Holiday was one of the first timeshare companies to host a comprehensive Web site. Holiday is headquartered in sunny Seattle. For more information, please visit Holiday’s timeshare Learning Center at http://www.holidaygroup.com/basics.php.
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