Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wyndham Vacation Rentals' Milne Elected to VRMA's Board of Directors

Bob Milne
Bob Milne, president of Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, LLC, has been elected to serve as a director for the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA), the international trade association for the professionally managed vacation rental industry. Milne joins the non-profit group’s Board of Directors effective immediately.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of an international association that is proactively committed to being both a valuable resource and a dedicated advocate for the professionally managed vacation rental industry,” said Milne. “VRMA has tremendous knowledge, insights and tools to offer to vacation rental professionals to help meet the needs of renters and owners as we continue to grow our industry together.”

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hit the Slopes at Special Rates with Ski Destination Deals from Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Save Up to 30% Off Lodging Plus Free Passes to Attractions;
Book Condos and Private Homes in Top-Ranked Ski Towns, Identified by SKI Magazine


Take advantage of the best that North America snow country has to offer by booking one of the Wyndham Vacation Rentals ski destination deals*–good for travel through 2013. Travelers can take advantage of offers which include discounted lift tickets, free night stays, and up to 30% off vacation rental accommodations.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the leader in professionally managed vacation rentals, has a diverse portfolio of ski-in/ski-out properties in several of the top ski destinations (ranked by SKI Magazine, October 2012), including Park City, Utah; Sun Valley, Idaho; and Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, Colo.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Launches Wyndham Home Exchange

Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, today announced the launch of Wyndham Home ExchangeSM. The program allows homeowners of vacation rental properties to trade weeks at their rental property for access to accommodations at more than 4,000 RCI affiliated resorts around the world.

“With Wyndham Home Exchange, we are leveraging our network as part of one of the world’s largest hospitality providers to give homeowners an added benefit to renting their homes with Wyndham,” said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals. “By deciding to rent with us, homeowners gain access to thousands of vacation opportunities in nearly 100 countries. It’s a very exciting way for owners of vacation homes to see the world by exchanging a week or more of their rental home for vacations at more resorts than anyone else has on offer for exchange.”

The new program, administered by RCI, the world’s largest vacation exchange company, gives Wyndham Vacation Rentals® homeowners access to additional vacation options by allowing them to deposit weeks of their choosing at their rental property to RCI. The week is then converted to points that homeowners can use to exchange for a stay in another available accommodation within the exchange network. Homeowners will be able to deposit up to five weeks per year, which also expands the vacation options available to RCI subscribing members.

“We’ve piloted the program in Europe with great success. Hundreds of owners have found themselves on vacations they’ve always dreamed of and come home with rave reviews. And for our RCI exchange network, the rental properties that are deposited into our system are in great demand by the millions of RCI members who are always on the look-out for new and unique products, locations and vacation destinations. It’s a win-win for both our vacation rental owners and RCI members,” added Ballotti.

Many of Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ properties in North America are currently eligible for the Wyndham Home Exchange program, with properties from English Country Cottages, cottages4you, Hoseasons, The Resort Company® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Novasol® expected to join the program in the coming months.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Make it a WINter to Remember with Getaway Sweepstakes on Facebook from Wyndham Vacation Rentals®

One Grand Prize winner will be eligible to receive a prize valued up to $3,000 USD; Daily Instant Win game winners will be eligible to receive a $25 USD VISA® Gift Card

Like Wyndham Vacation Rentals®? If so, you could be eligible to win a $2,500 USD travel voucher for a stay at a Wyndham Vacation Rentals property in North America and a $500 USD VISA® gift card when you ‘like’ the Wyndham Vacation Rentals Facebook page.

Through the WINter Getaway Sweepstakes, launched today by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rental business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), Facebook users who ‘like’ Wyndham Vacation Rentals will have a chance to win the Grand Prize and use their $2,500 USD travel voucher to choose from any Wyndham Vacation Rentals in North America, including villas, resort condominiums, and beautifully appointed private homes in popular beach, ski, mountain, theme park, golf and tennis resort destinations, subject to certain restrictions.*

Participants can also play The Instant Win Game daily where one lucky Facebook user will be selected each day to win a $25 USD VISA® gift card. The sweepstakes ends on February 3, 2013. The Instant Win Game winners will be notified daily via email. The Grand Prize winner will be selected on or about February 11, 2013 after the sweepstake ends.

“The guests who rent with us can be the most powerful advocates of Wyndham Vacation Rentals and know first-hand the great service and accommodations we provide,” said Bob Milne, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, LLC. “Many already share memories of their vacation experience while staying with us with their friends and family on social media websites. We want to show our appreciation to all of our Facebook fans who are helping to spread the good word about us by offering them a chance to win a vacation at one of our many fantastic rentals.”

Participants can boost their chances of winning the Wyndham Vacation Rentals WINter Getaway Sweepstakes by playing The Instant Win Game on Facebook, which runs during the eight week promotion. The ‘Guess the Destination’ game reveals a picture along with hints and asks the participant to identify where the photo was taken. By guessing correctly, the participant receives an additional entry into the sweepstakes and a chance to win the daily instant prize, a $25 USD VISA® gift card. Sweepstakes participants can continue increasing their chances of winning the Wyndham Vacation Rentals WINter Getaway Sweepstakes Grand Prize by recruiting their network of friends and family to play. The participant receives the additional entry for every completed sweepstakes registration shared through a link on Facebook and Twitter.

Backed by Wyndham Worldwide, one the most trusted names in hospitality, Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers travelers confidence and peace-of-mind when booking a vacation rental with their Vacation Rental Bill of Rights, six tenets that every traveler should expect when booking a vacation rental stay. These six tenets include working with an experienced hospitality company; receiving customer service before, during, and after a stay; searching through property descriptions that are detailed and accurate; choosing from a diverse selection of accommodations; booking and paying confidently in real time; and expecting a clean and regularly inspected rental.

*For more information and official rules on the Wyndham Vacation Rentals WINter Getaway Sweepstakes, please visit: www.facebook.com/WyndhamVacationRentals.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Runners Will Take on 24-Hour Sand Run World Record to Benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

The 2012 World 24-Hour Run Championships overall winner and Women's World 24-Hour Championships Runner-Up, who both set the American 24hr run records for their genders this year, will be joined by four other ultra runners to make an attempt at the Guinness World Record(c) for “Greatest Distance Run on the Sand in 24hrs” by an individual. The goal of this effort is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF).

The record breaking attempt will take place February 16-17th at Tops'l Beach and Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida, on the sugar white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, in conjunction with the Destin 50 Beach Ultra race. The current record, as certified by Guinness World Records(c), is 83.04 miles and was set by Christian Burke in 2010.

Mike Morton (FL), the current World Champion and American record holder at the 24hr run, 2012 Badwater 135M winner and active duty member of Army special operations, will be leading a strong group of ultra runners in this challenge. He is flanked by fellow American 24hr record holder and World Championships Runner-Up, Connie Gardner (OH). Mike and Connie's teammate at the 2012 World 24-Hour Run Championships, Joe Fejes (GA), will be looking to turn his wealth of fixed-time run experience into a win at this event. The final three runners for this record breaking attempt, Sean 'Run Bum' Blanton (GA), Dustin Krajewski (CO) and Marie-Ange Smith (SC), are aiming to make their mark on the 24hr running world with solid performances.

Every dollar of pledges and donations made in the name of this record breaking attempt will go directly to SOWF. The overhead expenses for this event are being covered by the Destin 50 Beach Ultra and its sponsors. Make a pledge or immediate donation to the SOWF for this amazing event at www.24hrsandrun.org.

The benefiting charity, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, is one of the highest rated charities in the nation and provides full college scholarships for the children of military special operations personnel killed in combat or training and also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel.

Contact for interviews with runners or more information:
Destin 50 Beach Ultra
destin50@live.com
Zane Holscher, Race Director
PO Box 1333
Destin, Florida 32540
(229) 630-9051
www.destin50.com