MIAMI, FL, June 17, 2010 - Interval International and participating resort affiliates continued their financial support of tourism education with a $15,000 donation to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation. Neil Kolton, director of resort sales and service for the Caribbean and Florida, Interval International, presented the check to Hugh Riley, secretary general of CTO, and Jacqueline Johnson, chairman of the foundation, during Caribbean Week in New York City. The latest contribution underscores the ongoing commitment of Interval and its resort affiliates to the foundation. Over the past 11 years, they have funded $190,000 in scholarships and study grants for Caribbean nationals.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of the many vacation ownership resorts located throughout the region that have participated in this very worthwhile initiative. Their donations have had a positive long-term impact on the lives and careers of the scholarship recipients,” Kolton said.
“Our organization is very appreciative of the role that Interval and its member resorts play in assisting the foundation to provide scholarships to Caribbean nationals who are pursuing hospitality and tourism studies,” commented Riley. “Education is critical to the growth and sustainability of the tourism sector that employs millions and makes such a significant impact on our regional economies.”
“The CTO Foundation depends on the goodwill of responsible corporate citizens like these to realize its mission,” noted Johnson. “We commend their efforts in sponsoring the professional development of individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism.”
Participants in the 2009 scholarship fund include:
Antigua - Tranquility Bay Antigua.
Aruba - La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club, Marriott's Aruba Surf Club, Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club, Paradise Beach Villas, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Hotel.
Bahamas - Island Seas Resort.
Belize - Reef Village Vacation Club.
Cayman Islands - Plantation Village Beach Resort, Seven Mile Beach Resort.
Curaçao - The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort.
Dominican Republic - Coral Costa Caribe.
Mexican Caribbean - Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort.
Puerto Rico - Aquarius Vacation Club® at Boquerón Beach and Aquarius Vacation Club® Dorado del Mar Beach and Golf Resort, ESJ Towers, Hyatt Hacienda del Mar.
St. Lucia - Bay Gardens Beach Resort, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort & Spa.
St. Maarten - Dawn Beach Club, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Pelican Resort Club, Pelican Marina Residences.
CTO’s primary objective is to provide its members with the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization offers specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, and sustainable tourism development.
As a strategic partner of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association and a board member of CTO’s Foundation, Interval is committed to understanding the unique needs of the Caribbean region and providing products and programs tailored to this market.
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 more than 34 years. Today, Interval has an exchange network of more than 2,500 resorts in over 75 nations. Through offices in 15 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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