Miami, FL, September 18, 2014 - Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), and its participating member resorts, recently made a $20,000 donation to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Education Foundation. Mr. Panna Utpaul, general manager of Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove, presented the check to foundation executives during the CTO State of the Industry Conference in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Over the past 15 years, our Marriott Vacation Club resorts in the Caribbean have been honored to collaborate with Interval and its other resort partners to raise funds for the education of Caribbean nationals,” said Utpaul. “We are committed to making a difference in the lives of others and giving back to local communities here in St. Thomas and throughout the region, and are extremely proud to help generate scholarships for young professionals who represent the future leaders of the tourism industry.”
“It’s been a real pleasure for Interval to work in partnership with its member resorts throughout the region to support the important initiatives of the CTO Foundation,” said Neil Kolton, Interval’s director of resort sales and service for the Caribbean and Florida. “In 2014, the shared ownership industry is once again one of the largest contributors to this cause, which would not be possible without the generosity of our industry partners.”
“The foundation is extremely grateful for the enduring commitment of Interval and its resort clients. Their unfailing loyalty has meant a great deal to us and has had a direct impact on our ability to provide Caribbean nationals with the opportunity to develop the skills to pursue a career in hospitality,” said Jacqueline Johnson, chairman of the CTO Foundation.
Nearly 30 resorts across 13 countries made donations to this year’s fundraising efforts,including:Antigua – Tranquility Bay AntiguaAruba – Caribbean Palm Village Resort, La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino, Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, Paradise Beach Villas, and Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoBahamas – Island Seas ResortBermuda – The St. George’s ClubCayman Islands – Morritt’s Tortuga Club, Seven Mile Beach ResortCuraçao – The Royal Sea Aquarium ResortDominican Republic – VIK Hotel Cayena BeachJamaica – Sunset Beach Resort & Waterpark, The Oasis at SunsetMexican Caribbean – Laguna Suites Golf & Spa, Ocean Spa Hotel, and Westin Lagunamar Ocean ResortPuerto Rico – Aquarius Vacation Club® at Boquerón Beach, Aquarius Vacation Club, Dorado del Mar Beach and Golf Resort, ESJ Towers, and Hyatt Residence ClubSt. John, U.S.V.I – Grande Bay Resort & Residence ClubSt. Lucia – Bay Gardens Beach Resort and SpaSt. Maarten – Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, and The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and SpaTurks and Caicos – The Alexandra Resort and Spa
The CTO Foundation was created in 1997 as a not-for-profit corporation exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, with its first scholarships and study grants conferred in 1998. Since 1998, the CTO Foundation has provided over 200 scholarships and grants totaling nearly US$1 million to deserving Caribbean nationals
About Interval InternationalInterval 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 since 1976. Today, Interval has an exchange network of nearly 2,900 resorts in more than 80 nations. Through offices in 16 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and about 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.
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