Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Skip the Lines and Save up to 35 Percent with the Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Black Friday Sale

Specials on ski, mountain and beach vacations across the U.S.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Black Friday Sale‘Tis the season to save! This year, add travel to your shopping list and snag major discounts with Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Black Friday Sale. Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rental business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), is bringing back its Black Friday Sale for the second year in a row due to popular demand, offering up to 35 percent off rental accommodations in all of its U.S. vacation destinations.

With last year’s Black Friday Sale being one of Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ most popular deals to date, this year’s sale kicks off on Nov. 29, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. EST, giving shoppers the chance to share in travel savings this season from the snowy peaks of Western ski country to the warm, emerald waters down South:

Save on the Slopes
Hit the slopes and save 30 percent off Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ range of accommodations in Aspen, Colo., known for its variety of ski terrain, vibrant town, and exciting nightlife. From ski-in/ski-out rooms and suites to luxurious townhomes, travelers can choose from a variety of options, many of which offer added perks like ski lockers, shuttles and housekeeping service along with onsite amenities such as a pool, fitness center, and onsite restaurant. Travelers must book by 5:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 1, 2013, for stays between Jan. 5, 2014 and April 20, 2014. A three-night minimum stay is required.

Check the website for more deals in top ski destinations including: Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat Springs, Keystone and Breckenridge, Colo.; Deer Valley and Park City, Utah; and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Save on the Beach
For travelers planning ahead for the summer, Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering guests two nights free when they book a seven-night stay in Northwest Florida. From Gulf-front condos and beach resorts to spacious private homes, travelers can kick back and relax in authentic accommodations along the gorgeous Emerald Coast and enjoy available services and amenities that may include housekeeping, beach chair and umbrella service, or onsite pools and hot tubs. Travelers must book by 5:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 1, 2013, for stays between May 23, 2014 and Sept. 2, 2014. Blackout dates include June 28, 2014 through July 4, 2014.

Check the website for more beach deals in destinations including: the Alabama Gulf Shores; Northwest Florida; Orlando, Fla.; Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Delaware Beaches.

Save in the Mountains
Travelers searching for a mountain escape can relax and unwind in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains and take in some of nature’s best views from the comfort of their own private cabin. Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering 35 percent off its Tennessee cabin rentals, ranging from one-12 bedrooms with extras like jetted tubs, stocked game rooms, and flat screen TVs. Travelers must book by 5:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 1, 2013, for stays between Jan. 3, 2014 and March 29, 2014. A three-night minimum stay is required.

According to a recent survey commissioned by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, 41 percent of Americans have given travel as a gift for the holidays in the past. This year, give the gift of travel at a discount with Wyndham Vacation Rentals Black Friday Sale. To learn more and book now, call 1-800-467-3529 or book online at WyndhamVacationRentals.com. The sale starts Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Bookings are limited, subject to availability and are on a first come, first served basis.

About Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). Backed by one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides access to more than 100,000 vacation rental properties in over 600 unique destinations worldwide. Specializing in the managed vacation rental segment, Wyndham works closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet its standards for customer service, quality and comfort. With a diverse and celebrated collection of more than 25 rental brands including Canvas Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Hoseasons by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, James Villa Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Landal GreenParks®, Novasol® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® and The Resort Company® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Rentals delivers distinct vacation experiences, ranging from beachfront condos, private homes, villas, castles and houseboats, with many properties offering kitchens, washers and dryers, maid service, spa and fitness centers, and golf courses. For additional information visit our media center or wyndhamvacationrentals.com. Wyndham Vacation Rentals also can be found on Facebook.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Black Friday Is Alive and Well: Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Survey Reveals New Generation of Shoppers

Millennials more willing to shop, fight for deals, and gift outside the box

Vacation Deals from Wyndham Vacation RentalsA new generation of shoppers awaits to descend on stores this Black Friday – and they’re ready to do what it takes to get a good deal. A recent Harris Interactive survey* conducted on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rental business, finds that 89 percent of Millennials (U.S. adults ages 18-34) are willing to shop on Black Friday this year. The study also reveals that nearly two in five Americans (39 percent) would spend more on holiday gifts if they could get a great travel deal on their next vacation.

Gearing up to snag some of the season’s best savings, the younger generation is more willing to sacrifice sleep for an early start. Burning the midnight oil, these Millennials are four times more likely to line up or shop at 12:00 a.m. for Black Friday deals than adults ages 35 and older (24 percent vs. six percent), looking for early access to valuable discounts. But their dedication doesn’t stop there – they’re also more likely to compete with other shoppers who have comparable wish-lists.

When asked what they’d do if they happened to grab the last of a coveted item at the same time as another shopper, 28 percent of Millennials said they would grab the item and run, as compared to only 18 percent of adults ages 35-64 and eight percent of adults ages 65+ who would do the same. Unwilling to lose out on a deal, Millennials who have shopped Black Friday in the past are also twice as likely to have had a dispute with another shopper during Black Friday, as compared to shoppers ages 35-54 (12 percent vs. six percent).

Though Millennials seem to be raising the Black Friday stakes, their intentions are rooted in true holiday spirit. Sharing their savings with loved ones, 67 percent of Millennials who’ll shop this year are somewhat likely to put the money they save shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday toward a vacation for themselves, their family, or others. The younger generation is also more likely to splurge on others when they can save on their own planned purchases, with 58 percent agreeing that they’d spend more on holiday gifts if they knew they could get a great deal on their next / upcoming vacation.

“Black Friday is growing to encompass deals on all different types of gifts to accommodate the new shopper,” said Bob Milne, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “Gifting is becoming as much about memorable, shared experiences as it is about the tangible product. Our survey found that 41 percent of Americans have purchased travel as a gift for the holidays in the past, with 49 percent of Millennials going that route. As more and more companies begin offering Black Friday deals, regardless of whether or not their product can be shelved in the traditional sense, this time-honored shopping holiday will continue to evolve.” The survey also revealed a number of other interesting findings regarding consumers’ attitudes toward the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping experience:

  • Many sale shoppers gift their savings forward. Following the Millennial mindset of sharing savings with loved ones, nearly 2 in 5 Americans (39 percent) would be willing to spend more on holiday gifts if they knew they could get a great deal on their next vacation.
  • Shopping online can ease the stress of the holiday rush. Three times as many people find the Black Friday experience to be stressful (56 percent) compared to Cyber Monday (18 percent), so look for Black Friday deals online to get the best of both worlds.
  • Parents tend to shop harder when their kids’ wish-lists are on the line. Parents with young children living at home are three times as likely to have had a dispute with another shopper on Black Friday in the past as non-parents (12 percent vs. four percent). Parents who will be shopping on Black Friday this year would also be more likely to grab a coveted item from another shopper and run if they were to both reach for the item at the same time (24 percent vs. 18 percent).
  • As crazy as the holiday season can get, civility wins out in the end. Four in five likely Black Friday shoppers this year would opt to either give up an item or discuss a solution rationally if they were to simultaneously grab the last of a coveted item with another shopper.
  • Shoppers won’t just wake up early for anything! For companies looking to lure shoppers out of their turkey-induced slumber, the average minimum discount it would take for Americans to get up early on Black Friday is 46 percent. Nearly half (47 percent) of Americans would go out early for deals of 50 percent or more.
Expanding Black Friday’s reach beyond tech, Wyndham Vacation Rentals will be rolling out special sales across all of its U.S. vacation destinations. Visit the Vacation Deals page at WyndhamVacationRentals.com and keep an eye out for significant Black Friday savings.

*The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals from November 7 – 11, 2013, among 2,010 adults ages 18 and older. For complete survey methodology, including weighting and variables, please contact Christina Markowitch at Christina.Markowitch@wyn.com.

About Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). Backed by one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides access to more than 100,000 vacation rental properties in over 600 unique destinations worldwide. Specializing in the managed vacation rental segment, Wyndham works closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet its standards for customer service, quality and comfort. With a diverse and celebrated collection of more than 25 rental brands including Canvas Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Hoseasons by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, James Villa Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Landal GreenParks®, Novasol® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® and The Resort Company® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Rentals delivers distinct vacation experiences, ranging from beachfront condos, private homes, villas, castles and houseboats, with many properties offering kitchens, washers and dryers, maid service, spa and fitness centers, and golf courses. For additional information visit our media center or wyndhamvacationrentals.com. Wyndham Vacation Rentals also can be found on Facebook.

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Christina Markowitch
Wyndham Vacation Rentals
(973) 753-6480
Christina.Markowitch@wyn.com

Monday, November 18, 2013

Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Associate Receives Industry Recognition for Delivering Superior Guest Service

Head of Housekeeping at Montaneros in Vail Named Best Housekeeping Supervisor by the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association

Montaneros in Vail
Wyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rental business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced that associate Francisco “Paco” Holguin was selected to receive the award for Best Housekeeping Supervisor by the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA), as part of its 2013 Stars of the Industry Awards program. Serving Montaneros in Vail, a Wyndham Vacation Rentals managed property, for 25 years, Holguin has consistently provided the high level of personal guest service that has helped make Montaneros one of the area’s favored places to stay.

The CHLA’s Stars of the Industry Awards program recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry, honoring both lodging employees and properties that best symbolize quality service in this industry. Nominated by his peers, Holguin was presented with the award on October 21, 2013, at the CHLA Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“Over the years, Paco has been an important member of our team that many of our guests have come to know and love,” said Carrie Henderson, general manager, Montaneros in Vail. “He pays close attention to the details, remembering guests’ preferences, like who gets extra coffee in the mornings, or who prefers extra pillows in their unit upon arrival. His service appears seamless, as it should in this industry, helping our guests feel right at home during their stays.”

“Montaneros is one of the original properties in the area, and Paco has been there to see it through a number of changes and upgrades over the past 20 years, helping it achieve a Platinum rating,” said Bill Anderson, vice president of operations, Western U.S., Wyndham Vacation Rentals. “His dedication to providing exceptional guest service has remained the same through those changes and inspired others to deliver quality service. Paco is a valued member of our team and exemplifies the type of service that truly characterizes this boutique property.”

Located in Lionshead Village in Vail, Colo., Montaneros offers one- to four-bedroom condominiums with a range of guest services and onsite amenities. To learn more, guests should visit the website for Montaneros in Vail.

About Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). Backed by one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides access to more than 100,000 vacation rental properties in over 600 unique destinations worldwide. Specializing in the managed vacation rental segment, Wyndham works closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet its standards for customer service, quality and comfort. With a diverse and celebrated collection of more than 25 rental brands including Canvas Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Hoseasons by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, James Villa Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Landal GreenParks®, Novasol® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® and The Resort Company® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Rentals delivers distinct vacation experiences, ranging from beachfront condos, private homes, villas, castles and houseboats, with many properties offering kitchens, washers and dryers, maid service, spa and fitness centers, and golf courses. For additional information visit our media center or wyndhamvacationrentals.com. Wyndham Vacation Rentals also can be found on Facebook.

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Christina Markowitch
Wyndham Vacation Rentals
(973) 753-6480
Christina.Markowitch@wyn.com

Monday, November 11, 2013

Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Appoints Marc Schwartz Vice President of Consumer Marketing and Brand Strategy, North America

Marc Schwartz, Vice President of Consumer Marketing and Brand StrategyWyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rental business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of Marc Schwartz as vice president of consumer marketing and brand strategy, North America, effective immediately.

Schwartz will lead Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ multi-channel marketing operations, guiding consumer, brand and e-commerce strategy to support the ongoing growth of the company’s vacation rentals business in North America. He will execute the company’s sales and marketing programs to increase brand awareness, attract new customers and build profitable, long-term customer relationships. He will also influence product, promotion and distribution strategies. Schwartz will be reporting directly to the President of Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, Bob Milne.

“With more than 20 years of marketing expertise, Marc has proven to be an innovative leader, successfully driving a number of marketing transformations,” said Milne. “His experience in building consumer brands, developing marketing platforms and executing acquisition and loyalty strategies will make him a tremendous asset to our team as we continue to grow and strengthen our brand presence in the quickly evolving U.S. vacation rentals market.”

Prior to joining Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Schwartz led multi-channel marketing at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for the past five years, overseeing marketing initiatives across North America, Asia and emerging markets. He also served as vice president of global brand marketing for Westin Hotels and Resorts, part of the Starwood family of brands, and has held previous marketing leadership roles at Novartis, Prodigy Internet, Publishers Clearing House and Kraft Foods.

Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree in food science from Rutgers University and went on to earn his master’s degree in marketing from Hofstra University.

For more information about Wyndham Vacation Rentals, visit www.WyndhamVacationRentals.com.

About Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). Backed by one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides access to more than 100,000 vacation rental properties in over 600 unique destinations worldwide. Specializing in the managed vacation rental segment, Wyndham works closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet its standards for customer service, quality and comfort. With a diverse and celebrated collection of more than 25 rental brands including Canvas Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Hoseasons by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, James Villa Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Landal GreenParks®, Novasol® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® and The Resort Company® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Rentals delivers distinct vacation experiences, ranging from beachfront condos, private homes, villas, castles and houseboats, with many properties offering kitchens, washers and dryers, maid service, spa and fitness centers, and golf courses. For additional information visit our media center or wyndhamvacationrentals.com. Wyndham Vacation Rentals also can be found on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Christina Markowitch
Wyndham Vacation Rentals
(973) 753-6480
Christina.Markowitch@wyn.com

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ski the “Best” and Head Home to Rest with Wyndham Vacation Rentals®

World’s largest professionally managed rental company offers properties in eight of SKI Magazine’s top-ranked 2014 U.S. ski destinations

Wyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rental business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced that it offers rental accommodations in eight of the highest ranked ski destinations in North America as reported in SKI Magazine’s recently released 2014 ski resort rankings. From ski-in/ski-out condominiums and luxury townhomes to private mountain residences, Wyndham Vacation Rentals is a leading provider of authentic ski accommodations in the Western U.S.’s best ski towns.

“This year’s resort rankings recognize an exceptional collection of ski destinations,” said Bob Milne, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “As a past ski instructor in Steamboat Springs, and having lived in the area and skied these mountains myself over the years, I can attest to their world-class terrain and high-quality trails. No matter which top destination skiers choose to visit this season, we’re committed to helping make sure they have a trusted selection of rental accommodations to choose from.”

Deer Valley, Utah: Ranked #2 – Known for providing great all-around days of skiing, skiers praise Deer Valley for its charming setting, wonderful employees, and good snow. Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers a wide variety of rentals in this leading ski town, from gorgeous private homes with mountain views to luxury ski-in/ski-out condominiums offering hotel-like amenities like Mont Cervin Plaza. With air service into the Salt Lake City airport, Deer Valley is a must-ski destination.

Vail, Colorado: Ranked #3 – Each year, skiers take advantage of the direct air service into Eagle and Denver, flocking to Vail for its abundant snow, plentiful sunshine, and high-speed access to miles of groomed trails, pristine glades, and Back Bowls. Guests can hit the slopes at this premier ski town and stay at one of Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ luxury ski-in/ski-out condos at the Lion Square Lodge or Montaneros in Vail.

Sun Valley, Idaho: Ranked #4 – Sun Valley offers everything from downhill skiing to Nordic sports and dog-sled tours, along with exciting apr├Ęs-ski entertainment. In-between ski runs, guests can enjoy the comforts of home at one of Wyndham Vacation
Rentals’ many Sun Valley properties, from private homes and cabins to amenity-rich condominiums.

Park City, Utah: Ranked #5 – From gentle slopes for beginners to world-class terrain parks, Park City Mountain Resort offers a unique ski experience located roughly 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport. Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers a variety of professionally managed rentals in the Park City area, from private homes with mountain views to condos like Moose Lodge with added amenities.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Ranked #8 – Whether on skis, snowshoes or sleigh, or on foot in town, Steamboat Springs offers exciting winter adventure for everyone in the family, with air service right into Hayden or Denver. Guests can enjoy an authentic Steamboat ski experience at one of Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ many properties, including two- to four-bedroom condos at the recently renovated Kutuk or Canyon Creek, located right at the base of the mountain, both with easy walking and convenient shuttle service to the area’s slopes, dining and shopping.

Canyons, Utah: Ranked #10 – Canyons Resort is one of the five largest ski resorts in the country and the largest in Utah, with convenient air service into the Salt Lake City airport. Guests can stay at one of Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ ski-in/ski-out condos in the ski area, including Sundial Lodge located at the base of the Canyons, and explore more than 4,000 skiable acres of world-class terrain.

Beaver Creek, Colorado: Ranked #11 – Blending relaxed family enjoyment with the upscale refinement of an alpine village, Beaver Creek caters to skiers of all levels and can be accessed from the Eagle and Denver airports. From ski-in/ski-out condos at The Borders Lodge, to luxury rooms at The Charter, Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers a range of properties in this favorable ski area that combine the space and comfort of a rental with the service and amenities of a hotel.

Breckenridge, Colorado: Ranked #16 – Breckenridge boasts world-class skiing and the largest historic district in Colorado. From conveniently located condos in historic downtown, like Main Street Junction and BlueSky Breckenridge, to spacious ski-in/ski-out private homes, guests can customize their ski experience with Wyndham Vacation Rentals and fly into Eagle or Denver to access this ski town.

Ideal for families and larger groups, many Wyndham Vacation Rentals properties offer amenities like kitchens in which to cook meals, a washer and dryer, multiple bedrooms for privacy, and ample space for everyone to come together under one roof. In addition to the in-home conveniences of a rental property, many ski properties include added perks like ski and snowboard valet, rental equipment delivery, storage space for ski equipment, gas or wood-burning fireplaces, private decks with hot tubs, heated underground parking, amazing mountain views, and convenient complimentary shuttle service to shopping and dining. Wyndham Vacation Rentals also offers guests a Vacation Rental Bill of Rights, which ensures them peace of mind throughout the entire rental experience. To learn more and kick off this year’s ski season with steep savings, guests should check out the current deals.

About Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). Backed by one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides access to more than 100,000 vacation rental properties in over 600 unique destinations worldwide. Specializing in the managed vacation rental segment, Wyndham works closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet its standards for customer service, quality and comfort. With a diverse and celebrated collection of more than 25 rental brands including Canvas Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Hoseasons by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, James Villa Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Landal GreenParks®, Novasol® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® and The Resort Company® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Rentals delivers distinct vacation experiences, ranging from beachfront condos, private homes, villas, castles and houseboats, with many properties offering kitchens, washers and dryers, maid service, spa and fitness centers, and golf courses. For additional information visit our media center or wyndhamvacationrentals.com. Wyndham Vacation Rentals also can be found on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Christina Markowitch
Wyndham Vacation Rentals
(973) 753-6480
Christina.Markowitch@wyn.com