Timeshare User's Group (TUG) Is a Hit With Webinar Audience

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Holiday's webinars are part of its ongoing efforts to offer timely, unbiased educational information to vacation owners. As the popularity of timeshare continues to increase, so does the need to keep consumers informed about its many benefits, and how to navigate the sometimes confusing world of vacation ownership.

They need to learn about all the types of ownership options and then determine which one is best for their lifestyle. Then, after the purchase, they need to make sure they understand completely how their individual timeshare resort processes its reservations and handles exchanges.

Holiday Resales, a division of Holiday Group, has just concluded its sixth webinar, featuring Timeshare User's Group (TUG) founder, Bill Rogers, and TUG Webmaster, Brian Rogers. TUG, an online community of vacation owners, has been a highly respected resource for timeshare consumers since 1993.

Gail Bennett, Holiday's Director of Sales, hosted the live Internet seminar. "This was our biggest attendance ever," Bennett said. "It was wonderful to host Bill Rogers, founder of TUG, and cover a lot of ground about buying, selling, and exchanging timeshares. He certainly is a wealth of information."

The purpose of the webinar was to introduce the audience to the valuable information available at the TUG Web site (http://www.tug2.net), and share secrets for getting the maximum benefit from vacation ownership. Since its founding, in 1993, TUG has become the premier timeshare Web site for the individual consumer. The site is run by the members themselves, so offers an opportunity to "tell it like it really is," without being biased.

"The single greatest factor that makes these webinars such a pleasure to host is the audience," Bennett said. "We had very experienced owners and those who have just started thinking about buying. We are even getting a following. It's nice to see some of the same names listening to our programs and supporting our webinars."

"I think most of the audience wanted to know about how to sell and exchange their timeshares," Rogers said. "With the selling, the important point was warning them about up-front fee scams and not paying companies to take their timeshare off their hands. For the exchanging tips, we talked about being aware that the quality your timeshare determines the quality of your trading opportunities. Supply and demand for your resort will also determine trading power."

Holiday's webinars are part of its ongoing efforts to offer timely, unbiased educational information to vacation owners. As the popularity of timeshare continues to increase, so does the need to keep consumers informed about its many benefits, and how to navigate the sometimes confusing world of vacation ownership.

"The most important thing timeshare owners can do is educate themselves regarding their options, especially prior to purchasing," Rogers cautioned. "They need to learn about all the types of ownership options and then determine which one is best for their lifestyle. Then, after the purchase, they need to make sure they understand completely how their individual timeshare resort processes its reservations and handles exchanges."

Rogers noted some of the changes that have taken place in timesharing in recent years. "The entrance of brand name companies like Marriott and Disney and the increasing use of the Internet are probably the two biggest changes, and these have helped to greatly improve the industry," he said. "The brand name companies helped legitimize and upgrade timeshare's reputation, while the Internet provides a means for owners to communicate with one another and find help groups such as TUG for timeshare understanding and guidance."

Bennett expressed an interest in allowing timeshare owners more opportunities to network with one another as well. "I would love to feature timeshare owners as guests in a webinar so we could have a forum discussion on their experiences," she said. "It's nice to have a place where owners can come to get information on something that's very important to them--their vacation experience."

Previous Holiday timeshare webinars have addressed basics such as exchanging and saving money on purchases. "Based on the feedback we've recieved," Bennett said, "we'll be dedicating future webinars to specific topics such as points versus weeks, branded versus unbranded, and resale versus developer."

Please visit http://www.holidaygroup.com/webinar for information on upcoming Holiday timeshare webinars, or email to webinars@holidaygroup.com.

About Timeshare User's Group (TUG)
The Timeshare User's Group ( http://www.tug2.net ), founded in 1993, is a self-help organization composed of timeshare owners and anyone else interested in timeshares and timesharing. TUG provides timeshare owners with an unbiased source of consumer-oriented information on Timeshare resorts and the timeshare concept. TUG collects reviews and ratings for over 4000 timeshare resorts from TUG Members and volunteers who have actually been to these Timeshare resorts and provide this data, along with area activities, sites to see, and places to eat. Additionally, TUG provides a variety of services which enhance the Timeshare users' awareness of the current timeshare industry.

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. Please visit http://www.holidaygroup.com for more information.

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