Miami, FL, April 1, 2003 – Vacation Club and Resort of Hershey, Pennsylvania, has been awarded Interval International’s industry-renowned Five Star Award. Located in “America’s sweetest city” and within walking distance from many of the city’s thrilling attractions, owners and guests can stay in luxurious 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom suite accommodations with nearly 1,200 square feet of living space. The resort is the only vacation ownership resort in the area, where Milton S. Hershey built his famous Hershey®’s chocolate factory in 1905 and created the surrounding community. Nearby attractions include HersheyPark®, a 90-acre amusement park filled with roller coasters and wacky water rides; ZooAmerica® North American Wildlife Park, an 11-acre walk-through zoo; and Hershey Gardens, a 23-acre botanical paradise.

“We are delighted to serve as the exchange provider for this one of its kind property in Hershey,” said David C. Gilbert, executive vice president of Resort Sales and Marketing for Interval International. “Vacation Club and Resort of Hershey will further enhance our network by adding another distinctive Five Star resort to our select group of Interval affiliates.”

Vacation Club and Resort of Hershey received The Interval International Five Star Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the vacation ownership industry, in recognition of its providing exceptional vacation experiences. To qualify for the Interval International Five Star designation, resorts must first be evaluated according to Interval’s Quality Rating System – an objective, quantitative assessment of the resort’s location, vacation area, facilities, accommodations, and guest services. After qualification, the resort must maintain high levels of exchange guest satisfaction monitored by a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) and regular on-site inspections by Interval personnel.

"Our staff and owners are proud to have the Interval International flag flying over our resort,” said Don Cappetta, managing partner for Vacation Club and Resort of Hershey. “ The Five Star rating will match our goal of providing unparalleled service to all our guests visiting the resort. Hershey is unlike any other place in the world and affiliation with Interval International will provide our owners with access to unlimited vacation exchange opportunities. In addition, Interval International members can experience all that "ChocolateTown" has to offer including our Hugs and Kisses!"

Purchasers at Vacation Club and Resort of Hershey become members of Interval’s upgraded membership program, Interval Gold, entitling them to enjoy an array of extra savings and services in addition to the opportunity to exchange their accommodations for those at other resorts in Interval’s worldwide network. Members also receive access to specially priced travel and leisure services, quarterly travel magazines and newsletters, printed and electronic international resort directories, and a host of other privileges.

For more than 27 years, Interval International has led the vacation ownership industry with innovative products and the highest levels of quality, service and value complemented by a global network of 2,000 resorts in 75 countries. With its headquarters located in Miami, Florida, Interval serves its developer clients and more than 1.5 million members through 27 offices in 18 countries and employs nearly 1,600 people worldwide. Interval International is a division of USA Interactive.

Aimee Hernandez
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