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  • RDO Conference 10th -12th Sept 2017

    The foreword to this conference suggests that keynote speakers are going to yet again call for industry reforms. Will it happen this year or will the fear of change win the day once more? Are we destined for the same old problems with yet another year of negativity?

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    Originally posted by mavo View Post
    The foreword to this conference suggests that keynote speakers are going to yet again call for industry reforms. Will it happen this year or will the fear of change win the day once more? Are we destined for the same old problems with yet another year of negativity?
    Sadly to my experience these conferences are like groundhog day. Everyone that attends acknowledges the challenges and talks of change and then leaves and NOTHING happens. I hope that we will see a strategy to bring about positive changes that would make a difference this year.

    Like a sensible talk around exit strategies and how this could be implemented. Mavo and I have already tabled a working solution to the EU a while back. Every one was a winner with no charges to the exiting owner - but there was a process. New marketing was required and even suggested how that went could go beyond the tired old marketing the timeshare industry still tries to work. Real marketing in timeshare seems to have died a death and even if they worked out the HOW this would require some timeshare companies to bring their products in line with the 21st century.

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    • #3
      It seems a bit early in the 21st Century to me. After all it is only 2017, so there is plenty of time yet. They could spend nearly another 83 years doing nothing before we get to the 22nd Century. Mind you, we could be well shut of the EU by then so the RDO may not have any "old boys" to influence with their "we can police our own members" policies.

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      • #4
        Well the RDO8 Conference has come and gone. Seemingly with the usual whimper. There does not seem to be any reports on the RDO website as to its impact. One would have hoped that there would have been some small semblance of necessary changes and reforms rippling through the corridors of the timeshare powerhouses but alas it appears that we are in for yet another year of inactivity and the obvious problems that need urgent attention will remain on the back burner,until such times as some government agencies or law courts gets a grip of things and forces the much needed actions.

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        • #5
          Sadly these conferences seem to be stuck in Groundhog day with similar themes and 'follow through' over the years. Its now they should be planning next years conference tackling the big challenges timeshare has with real workshops not chat shops with an end objective in mind. This would need people around the table that would not have a limited mindset to trap or make things difficult for members to leave.

          How to market for new members.
          How could our products cater for todays lifestyles.
          How could we have planned exits without damaging the resorts at the cost of our members.
          What could we suggest to make the resorts more attractive to younger people with families.
          How can we best educate our existing members on best use.
          What could we do to make timeshare more attractive to our single members
          Members are maturing - some with disabilities - what can we do to make their holiday stay more enjoyable
          The list goes on

          This would need need an open mind mentality. In some areas there would be short term pain.
          Whats the alternative for some groups a slow lingering death of another resort no longer viable to trade?

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          • #6
            Well at last I have found something interesting to post about on this topic.
            Reading the RDO CEO`s blog written after the RDO Conference it appears that we learn nothing new about initiatives and much needed change etc. What we do learn is how impressed the CEO is with one persons ability to blag their way around
            . This seems to typify people working in the timeshare industry. They, in general, appear to only have the ability to blag their way through life by taking opportunistic advantage of others, using 30 year old and now seriously outdated methods and bad practices which are being highlighted around the world on a daily basis by consumers use of the internet.
            Poor sales practices and developer end customer services are antiquated and inadequate for today`s world but it seems that the show must go on unchanged until such times as authorities step in and enforce the necessary changes that will finally give the consumers a fairer deal.

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