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Miami, FL, August 31, 2010 – In light of the pivotal role that credible, timely data play in evaluating past performance and conducting due diligence, this year’s 12th Annual Vacation Ownership Investment Conference will deliver the latest invaluable research from the “who’s who” of the industry.

Aptly themed “Looking to the Future,” the event will be held October 4 to 6 at The Peabody Orlando. One of the most prestigious gatherings in shared ownership, the Vacation Ownership Investment Conference offers attendees insights from such leading authorities as Richard L. “Dick” Ragatz, Ph.D., president of Ragatz Associates; Marci Rossell, Ph.D., former economist for the Federal Reserve System and former CNBC chief economist; Sree Sreenivasan, digital media professor and dean of student affairs at the Columbia School of Journalism; and Peter C. Yesawich, Ph.D., widely quoted marketing strategist and trend-spotter.

“I don’t know of any other shared ownership conference in the world that provides this level of comprehensive, value-added research,” said David C. Gilbert, executive vice president of resort sales and marketing for Interval International, which is the conference founder and patron sponsor. “One of the primary goals in organizing this forum is to ensure that prospective entrants come away with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about the industry.”

Yesawich added, “The conference has established itself as one of the preeminent sources of insight into emerging industry trends and this year’s event continues in that tradition. And it is in this regard that I look forward to presenting the findings of our new Shared Ownership 2010 survey, a comprehensive look at the latest vacation and leisure-time habits of Americans that was conducted exclusively for Interval.”

Each attendee will receive complimentary copies of seven research studies, valued at a total of more than $1,500. They include:

  • State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry: United States Study, 2010 Edition (Source: ARDA International Foundation)

  • Economic Impact of the Timeshare Industry on the U.S. Economy, 2010 Edition (Source: ARDA International Foundation)

  • Financial Performance 2010: A Survey of Timeshare & Vacation Ownership Companies (Source: ARDA International Foundation)

  • Shared Vacation Ownership Owners Report, 2010 Edition (Source: ARDA International Foundation)

  • Shared Ownership 2010: A Market Perspective (Source: YPartnership for Interval International)

  • The Shared Ownership Resort Real Estate Industry in North America: 2010 (Source: Ragatz Associates)

  • State of the Fractional Interest Industry in North America: Mid-Year 2010 (Source: Ragatz Associates)

In addition to Interval, patron sponsors of the 12th annual event are Aston Hotels & Resorts, Baker Hostetler, DCP International, Equiant, FARROW Commercial Construction, Foley & Lardner LLP, HVS Shared Ownership Services, Meridian Financial Services, Preferred Residences, Ragatz Associates, Robb & Stucky Interiors, and Trooval.

For more information about the conference, please visit or telephone 877.700.1153 (toll-free) or 305.668.3495.​

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Interval International, 6262 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143