Miami, FL, January 21, 2011 - Interval International, a leading global provider of vacation services, was a sponsor of the recent Caribbean Marketplace - the region’s preeminent business-to-business marketing event for the hotel and tourism industry. The gathering in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and hosted by the Government of Jamaica, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association, and the Jamaica Tourist Board.
“We recognize the importance of Caribbean Marketplace as a venue that brings together regional tourism officials and hoteliers with tour operators and wholesalers interested in purchasing Caribbean vacations,” said Neil Kolton, Interval’s director of resort sales and service for the Caribbean and Florida. “By supporting this conference, which promotes tourism to the region, we can effectively help the Caribbean hospitality industry develop and expand.”
“CHTA acknowledges and greatly appreciates Interval, a long-standing partner, for its ongoing commitment to our organization,” said Alec Sanguinetti, director general and chief executive officer of CHTA. “Interval’s continued dedication to our programs has been vital to our industry, and in particular, to the success of Caribbean Marketplace.”
The Caribbean has proven itself to be a very popular destination for prospective timeshare purchasers of the vacation ownership product. According to the Shared Ownership 2010: A Market Perspective, the Caribbean is the preferred international destination among U.S. leisure travelers interested in traveling outside the continental United States. The study offers unique insights into the evolving product, vacation habits, preferences, and intentions of U.S. leisure travelers who are interested in acquiring some form of shared ownership in the next two years.
As a Strategic Partner of CHTA and a Board Member of the CHTA Education Foundation and the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Scholarship Foundation, Interval has been a long-time supporter of the tourism industry in the Caribbean. The company is committed to understanding the unique needs of the region and providing products and programs tailored to this market.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Miami, Florida, CHTA represents the entire spectrum of the hospitality industry’s private sector. From more than 850 member hotels in 36 national hotel associations to allied members, including airline executives, tour operators, travel agents, trade and consumer press, hotel and restaurant suppliers, and others. CHTA is online at www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com.
Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market for 35 years. Today, Interval has an exchange network of more than 2,500 resorts in over 75 nations. Through offices in 14 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating segment of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.
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