The addition of 26 Shell Vacations Club resorts to RCI affiliate portfolio adds new destinations for members in world's largest timeshare exchange network
ORLANDO, Fla., March 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange as part of Wyndham Destinations (WYND), continued its strong growth with the addition of 103 new properties to its affiliate exchange network during the second half of 2018. The new affiliations include resorts in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Latin America, and North America.
"We're committed to delivering the broadest set of vacation exchange options for our members," said Fiona Downing, senior vice president, RCI. "Last year, we added 172 new affiliated properties to the RCI portfolio, a 22 percent increase over 2017, which is why we continue to be the first choice as an exchange partner for affiliated resorts and a vacation partner for our members."
On January 1, the 60,000 member families in Shell Vacations Club joined the RCI network, providing access for those owners to over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110 countries.
"I'm pleased to welcome the Shell Vacations Club members to the RCI member family. We know they will appreciate the vast array of vacation resorts they can choose from and our team will make it easy to turn their travel dreams into memories they can cherish," said Downing. "The addition of the 26 Shell Vacations resorts across the west coast, Hawaii, and Mexico will provide even more opportunities for our 3.9 million subscribing members to explore the world."
The RCI Latin America region's growth continues in several countries within the high endmarket with the inclusion of Grand Sirenis Punta Cana as well as innovative products like GrandLuxxe Jungle at Riviera Maya.
New destinations for members in Asia include four resorts from Riverside Group in China, adding new and exciting destination vacation experiences for RCI members. Two of Riverside's properties in Haiyan, Zhejiang -- the PCVP Resort Six Flags Theme Park Haiyan and Wyndham Resort Six Flags Theme Park Haiyan -- are situated within the internationally acclaimed Six Flags theme park that is currently under development. Scheduled to open in mid 2020, these integrated theme park resorts are designed with families with young children in mind and offers guests quality vacation time and fun with the family.
During the second half of the year, RCI added 16 resorts in India, including five resorts from Times Heaven Club across the country. At the Times Flute Boutique Hotel, guests enjoy a premium boutique experience located in the heart of Jaipur. Flute offers a serene refuge of comfort and hospitality where Indian tradition and modern services are blended.
In Europe, RCI welcomed Karma resorts in Greece, France, and Italy. Located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, Karma Borgo di Colleoli is a sprawling historic manor house which has received a new lease on life as an elegant and luxurious 5-star rated resort. Tuscany's top tourist destinations, including Pisa and Florence, are within easy driving distance.
The Registry Collection® program, RCI's luxury exchange program, continued to grow with the addition of the Lanais at Mare from the St. Clair Collection in San Juan, bringing a new level to vacation ownership in Puerto Rico. Also joining the Collection is the Venezia Del Caribe Resort & Spa at Wyndham Grand Belize. This is the first 5 star luxury beachfront resort and spa on the island situated on pristine beachfront just north of San Pedro Town.
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, housing a unique portfolio of brands. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry's first global points-based exchange system, RCI offers its approximately 3.9 million members access to more than 4,300 affiliated resorts in 110 countries. RCI's luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world's largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI's portfolio of brands also includes Love Home Swap, one of the world's largest home exchange programs, DAE, a direct-to-member exchange company, and @Work International, a leading provider of property management systems. RCI is part of Wyndham Destinations (WYND). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.