Miami, Florida, November 3, 2010 – Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating segment of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), today announced that it has broadened its relationship with Grand Crowne Resorts, an industry-leading developer of flexible vacation ownership products. The long-term master affiliation renewal comprises resorts in Grand Crowne’s points-based vacation club in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, as well as a property in Biloxi, Mississippi. In addition, the agreement contemplates that any club or non-club resorts developed in the future will become part of the Interval Network. The expanded relationship also includes reservation services provided by Interval Resort & Financial Services (IRFS), an affiliated company of Interval International.
“As an independent developer, our company has found Interval International to be a great partner. Its executives are hands on and work in partnership with our team on a regular basis,” said C.J. Perme, president and CEO of Grand Crowne Resorts. “We are committed to providing our owners with exceptional vacation experiences and are confident that Interval is uniquely qualified to meet our future needs and those of our discerning owners.”
“We are delighted to renew and enhance our longstanding relationship with Grand Crowne Resorts,” said Craig M. Nash, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Interval Leisure Group, parent company of Interval International. “Its dedication to guest service and its quality resorts combine to provide Interval members with access to memorable vacations in some of the top family destinations in the country.”
The Branson-based properties include The Surrey Grand Crowne Resort, The Surrey Vacation Resort, The Carriage Place at Surrey Vacation Resort, Crowne View Heights, and The Lodges at Crowne View. In addition to numerous nearby activities, these resorts feature spacious accommodations; numerous on-site amenities ranging from golf to spas to concierge services; and live entertainment at the weekly owner welcome receptions.
Grande Crowne has two other vacation properties in its collection that are located in popular destinations: Owners and guests can visit Biloxi, Mississippi, and stay at Ocean View Vacation Villas. Or, they can head to The Lodges at Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains National Park.
Owners who purchase at one of the Grand Crowne Resorts will continue to be enrolled as individual members of Interval International, as well as Interval Gold®, an upgraded level of membership. This gives owners the opportunity to exchange their accommodations for those at other resorts in Interval’s worldwide network, as well as the ability to relinquish their resort weeks toward the purchase of cruise, golf, and spa vacations. They also will enjoy an extensive menu of Gold benefits, including discounts on resort Getaways, ShortStay Exchangesm, access to a personal concierge service available 24 hours a day via phone and e-mail, complimentary Hertz #1 Gold® membership, and worldwide hotel and dining discounts.
About Interval International
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 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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