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Plan Ahead For 2013
Failing to plan for your vacation is waiting for your vacation plans to fail! That being the case, it is never too early to start thinking about your next vacation. Chances are, someone else already has made reservations! goes to press, reservations will be available for the first week of October 2013. An owner requesting this week and subsequently depositing the week, will be able to utilize the week until October 2015. While many may find that making reservations so far in advance to be overwhelming , there are two major advantages to doing so: Premium Inventory. More and more owners are discovering the advantages of requesting the weeks with the highest Travel Demand Index (T.D.I.) depending on their respective seasonality. Weeks carry values between 50 - 150. The rule: a week with a value of 150 will provide a comparable exchange for a week valued equal to or less than a T.D.I. value of 150. Keep in mind that the unit week you request with your home resort DOES NOT have to be the unit week you request when exchanging. Early Deposit. When making a deposit with the exchange company, the “lead time” you have allotted SEE ‘EXCHANGE SEMINARS’ Page 2
Your resort lets you make a reservation up to one (1) year in advance. Similarly, Interval International, Inc. offers a three-year travel window. (A reservation made one year in advance is available for two years after its date of deposit). For example, by the time that this publication
Volume 12, Issue 4
Fall/winter 2012 Dates to Remember:
In this issue:
Grand Illumination Tips for Resale Meet David Butler Local Event Calendar
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“The Shack” is open Friday - Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting 1st Annual CCW Harvest Festival begins on Friday, October 12 at 5 p.m. Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade takes over the York River on Saturday , December 1 Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination will be held on Sunday, December 2
First summer season complete for bar & grill
Many drinks were poured and
hundreds came to indulge in a “Shackburger.” The band has played their last song. But as the Summer season at “The Shack” comes to a close, it has been a monumental success thus far. “We wanted to create a focal point on the property for our owners and their guests. We
concluded that a poolside food and beverage operation would serve this purpose,” said Michael Voss, Business Manager. The feedback, as highlighted by this Tripadvisor.com posting, has been excellent. Many have raved about the menu. “I know good food and this food
is freshly grilled right there beside the pool and was high quality and even better it was cheap. We will only eat our meals there in the future and save the time and hassle of taking the kids out!” (jenny929) The bar and grill is currently open Friday - Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A r o u n d t h e i n d u s t ry: r e s a l e
Exchange seminars CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 for the week can make a big impact. For example, depositing a week with a one (1) year lead time provides ample time to find a successful exchange. The “lead time” generally allows for you to review a larger selection of available weeks/resorts. Keep in mind that the exchange of your unit week is not predicated on another guest using your week here. Our Customer Care team offers weekly Exchange Seminars at the Resort to discuss the characteristics of exchanging. Our staff is able to answer most questions about Interval International, Inc. and guide you through the sometimes complex exchange process. The seminar is available to owners and Interval exchange guests. Please check the weekly Activities Guide for dates and times.
is widely recognized that timeshare resellers have been plagued by the deceptive and sometimes fraudulent practices of the few. But the problem is so great that many states have taken action against this type of activity. Virginia regulates the industry under the Virginia Real Estate Timeshare Act. Florida, for example, just signed into law the Timeshare Resale Accountability Act. Among other things, this Act requires timeshare resale companies to disclose all terms and conditions, provide a right of cancellation, and stiffened the penalties for companies that engage in such deceptive practices. These deceptive practices may include requiring a substantial down payment with no guarantee to sell the interval or telling a timeshare owner that a buyer is available to purchase the unit for a profit. Even with increased legislation, many may still be skeptical of a reseller. There are several things that the American Resort Development Association - Resort Owners
Coalition recommends an owner consider prior to engaging a resale company: 1. Companies may contact you randomly with an irresistible deal that may seem “to good to be true”. It probably is. Never pay upfront...for anything. This includes paying for a title search or appraisal. You don’t need either. Some resellers claim to be endorsed by reputable companies and display their logos. This implies a business relationship when there is none. Charging excessive fees to list your unit. Commission is a standard practice and that is all they should be paid. Don’t fall for the sales pitch. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOUR TIMESHARE INTERVAL WILL BE RESOLD. Don’t accept legal or tax advice.
A Tradition continues
Your holiday planner
The Summer heat has given way to the
crisp mornings of Fall! Grab a pumpkin spice latte, zip up your fleece and explore one or all of these great events in the Williamsburg area!
Christmas Tree Lighting
Tradition dates back to 1945. Riverwalk Landing - November 30
Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination dates back to the 18th century. Used to mark the birth of a reigning sovereign, among other things, illuminations have been a long -standing tradition of English culture. Combined with firework displays, candle lightings and the sounds of the Fife and Drums, CW’s Grand Illumination (December 2, 2012) draws thousands of visitors every year to take part in the commemorative event. For instance, visitors receive glow sticks, symbolic of candles that were once lit in unison. And while the annual illumination no longer symbolizes royalty, some suggest that the nighttime color display serves as a reminder of another birth: that of Jesus Christ in the Christian tradition.
Christmas Market on Main
Features arts and crafts. Main Street Yorktown - December 1
Yorktown Wine Festival
Food, arts, music and WINE! Yorktown Riverwalk - October 6
Williamsburg Christmas Parade
Santa makes a special appearance. Downtown Williamsburg - December 1
An Occasion for the Arts
Art show and music festival. Event is free to the public and is outdoors. Downtown Williamsburg - October 6 - 7
First Night Williamsburg
20th Anniversary New Year’s Eve celebration. Downtown Williamsburg - December 31
Yorktown Victory Weekend
Celebrate the 231st anniversary of the American and French victory at Yorktown. Yorktown Victory Center - October 20 - 21
Busch Gardens Christmas Town
The theme park is transformed as millions of lights illuminate the festive celebration. Busch Gardens - November 23 - December 31
M e e t Dav i d b u t l e r :
Director of member services
“I envision Colonial Crossings [of Williamsburg] being a resort where you can spend your entire vacation with us and never need to leave the property to have fun!” And the person who will make sure you have fun: Mr. David Butler, Director of Member Services. Mr. Butler, hired in February 2011, applied creative thinking to make an instant impact within resort activity programming. New to the Resort Activities Guide are “Creative Kids,” an interactive art experience where kids of all ages are able to “create” a keepsake from their Williamsburg vacation. Or guests looking to apply their photography knowledge, can take part in the photography scavenger hunt. Guests are given a list of resort items, plants and animals to photograph around the property; some you can only find in Virginia! Other activities include chocolate making with the Williamsburg Chocolatier, A Patriot of the Past (Colonial-themed storytelling), Virginia Wine Tastings and a Manager’s Reception on Friday evenings. David and his staff are also responsible for the operation of The Shack. Recalling his 10 years of experience with the James City County (VA) Parks and Recreation, David brings a vast knowledge of event planning to the resort in addition to recreational programming. “I want to provide our owners and guests with fun, familyoriented activities by thinking out of the box,” he said. “My staff and I can help them plan their vacation experience. This year we are orchestrating an inaugural Harvest Festival, which will be held October 12-14. I hope that everyone will gather their family and friends to come visit!” Admission to the Harvest Festival is free! Plans include a bounce house, live entertainment Saturday night and pumpkin carving. Food and beverages (beer and wine also) will be available for purchase. He encourages everyone to come and always invites owners and guests to stop by and share their ideas!
resort Units to be refurbished
IN OUR COMMUNITY
The Salvation army: red kettles
All of the units will be refurbished
over the next several months. The semi-annual maintenance project will begin in October and is scheduled to be completed by April 1, 2013. In addition to general repairs, plans include: Interior Paint (68 Units) Continued Upgrades to Small Wares and Utensils (68 Units) Continued Television Upgrades (10 units only) Continued Upgrades to New Terry and Linens (68 Units) Comforters to be Replaced with Duvets (24 Units only) Continued Repair of Fireplaces (7 Units only)
the U.S. in 1982. Today, it is one of the most recognizable charity displays. Over the month of December, employees of Colonial Crossings will be “ringing the bells” at Farm Fresh Supermarket in Norge, VA. Owners, guests and family members are invited to stop by and make a small donation….or grab a bell!
the holiday season, the staff of Colonial Crossings will be participating as bell ringers for the Salvation Army. Founded in London, England in 1865, the international movement reached the United States in 1880. Known most for its charity shops, the Christian denomination now spans over 125 countries. During the Christmas season, the Salvation Army’s employees and volunteers sing carols or ring bells to encourage donations. Donations are housed in red kettles. In recent years, these kettles have been opened to reveal gold rings and other fine jewelry pieces. The practice of ringing bells and using the kettles, first started in
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Howl-O-Scream
Fear the night as the park is transformed into a ghostly landscape. Weekends through October 28
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF Cheaper RATES
Your piggy bank doesn’t have to look like this
when you start thinking about a getaway. In fact, there are many deals up for grabs as the vacation industry begins to unwind from its’ summer boom. This time of year, certain travel destinations are ripe for the picking and the deals are prime. We searched for a vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC and the results were staggering. Rates dipped as much as 67% on some hotels with check-in dates mid-November versus September. Several other destinations offer discounts that are equally attractive. Rates in Orlando can fall over 50%. In fact, the lowest rate we found was $23.00 per night! Granted, this rate was for a local hotel; not a Hilton or Marriott. Weekend rates for Virginia Beach, VA in November averaged discounts equal to
35% from the summer rate. FYI...the deepest discounts we found were using search engines like Kayak.com. For international travelers, this may be the best year ever to see Europe. Smartertravel.com suggests that a vacation to Europe will return considerable savings. There has been some reduction on prices for international airfare but prices are hit-ormiss. If you shop right, you won’t have to trade your gold to see the glitz and glamour that belongs to the Royal family. But every rule is meant to be broken. For example, our research on several discount web providers noted that rates in Las Vegas, NV showed no discount or an increase in some cases. Arguably, this can be attributed to the seasonal climate changes or a reduction in normal business traffic as the year winds down. But the price in Vegas, like everything else, stays in Vegas!
*** CIAO Italian Festival
Wine tasting, great food and fun for the whole family. Location: Walsingham Academy Dates: October 13-14
*** Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Christmas Town
Celebrate the holiday traditions around the world! Visit Santa too! Weekends starting November 23
*** Veteran’s Day
All Veterans of the Armed Forces are invited to visit Shirley Plantation with free admission. Location: Shirley Plantation Dates: November 11
Colonial Williamsburg: Grand Illumination
The Historic Colonial Williamsburg celebrates the Christmas season with fireworks, carolers and dancing. Location: CW Historic Area Dates: December 2
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