Thursday, September 30, 2010

1.5 Million Timeshare Enthusiasts Choose RedWeek.com

Are you one of the 1.5 million timeshare enthusiasts who uses RedWeek.com? RedWeek.com is the largest online timeshare marketplace and is proud to announce that it continues to blow away the competition with the acquisition of its 1.5 millionth registered user. Featuring more than 5,000 timeshare resorts worldwide, unique by-owner resort reviews, and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, it’s no wonder the timeshare community and travelers are flocking to RedWeek.com.

"1.5 million users is a major milestone for us," says RedWeek President and CTO Maurice Aubrey. "I, along with the entire RedWeek team, have invested ourselves in the success of this site and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them for all of their hard work. We have great plans for the future and I am confident we will continue to make an even bigger name for ourselves in the timeshare marketplace."

Other milestones recently achieved by RedWeek.com include the launch of the RedWeek Affiliate Marketing program, complete site redesign and user interface improvements, and partnerships with The Timeshare Crusader, Lisa Ann Schreier, and traveling-with-kids website, Trekaroo.com.

RedWeek also maintains a comprehensive social media presence that includes:
The RedWeek Blog
RedWeek Travel on Twitter
RedWeek on Facebook

RedWeek.com is the premier Website for by-owner timeshare rentals and resales. More-and-more people are turning to RedWeek for their timeshare and travel needs. Owners are able to advertise their unused weeks for rent and also sell their timeshare outright when it no longer meets their needs. Travelers are able to find amazing deals on timeshare rentals and resales.

Let us know how RedWeek.com has helped you! We welcome your comments below.

Vermont Timeshares and Fall Fun in the Pumpkin Patch

Continuing our 5-part series on where to find the perfect pumpkin patch for your family's fall timeshare rental vacation, Part 2 focuses on Vermont. Of course it's a given that Vermont is a premier place to see colorful fall foliage in all of its glory. Add to that a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, or an apple orchard and you have the perfect recipe for fall family fun!

Most timeshare rentals in Vermont will put you within easy driving distance of these:
  1. Fat Mitchell's Pumpkin Patch
    In Burlington, here you'll find pumpkins of all kinds - "warty, freaky, and good eatin'" - ready to be picked in the field. You'll also find gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors. Or pick some colorful ears of Indian Corn just right for fall decorating. The sunflowers are growing big and pretty here, too. And be sure to enjoy a ride on the hay wagon, drawn by a pair of beautiful horses.

  2. Shelburne Orchards
    Located on the shores of gorgeous Lake Champlain, this 80-acre orchard lets you pick your own apples, and try fresh apple cider made right on the premises. There's a hay bale maze made just child-size, and fun tractor-pulled hay rides. Throughout the fall you can also enjoy events such as the Pie Fest and the Harvest Festival.

  3. The Great Vermont Corn Maze
    Located in Danville, this is no ordinary corn maze. Billed "An Epic Journey of Adventure," this maze takes an average of an hour and a half to complete (see photo). Celebrating 11 years of "cornfusion," this 3rd generation dairy farm creates a new maze design each year, along with new surprises.

    Just for kids, the Barnyard Nature Center helps youngsters understand how farmlife, wildlife, and a cornfield interact. Good old fashioned fun includes 100 ft. of underground tunnels to explore, farm animals in the petting area, and the world's first Barnyard Golf. The new Kid Village gives children the chance to be a store keeper, cook up supper in the log cabin, and even feed the horses in the stable.

    They aren't forgetting that October is for Haunting, either. The first two weekends in October is when Dead North is open. This year's haunt will include a wagon ride, a ½ mile walk of terror through a haunted cornfield, and dark buildings with animatronics and special effects. It's explained this way: "Not recommended for young children or persons with health concerns. We have had 8 year olds who loved DEAD NORTH and 25 year olds who were too scared to ever go through again. Everyone is different, so you can decide if extreme terror is your thing. Your screams only encourage us."

Read Part 1 - Find the Perfect Pumpkin at Your Arizona Timeshare
Read Part 3 - Halloween Fun Near California Timeshares
Read Part 4 - Wisconsin Timeshare Rentals: A Fall Family Tradition
Read Part 5 - Oahu Timeshares and the Hawaii Pumpkin Patch


(Photo credit vermontcornmaze.com)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Find the Perfect Pumpkin at Your Arizona Timeshare

Fall is such a fun time for families when you can find a great Pumpkin Patch! Autumn is the time to rent a timeshare and spend a week enjoying a harvest of foods, fun and family memories. To help you in your hunt for the perfect pumpkin patch for your family's timeshare vacation, we have looked at the ones available in 5 different states, and will offer them up in five different articles. Our first is Arizona.

A Phoenix timeshare or Scottsdale timeshare rental in sunny Arizona is a great place to enjoy warm days hunting that special pumpkin. Autumn in this beautiful state is lovely and inviting as the desert heat of summer fades.
  1. MacDonald's Ranch
    Note right off that this is a "ranch" not a farm. To begin with, it is a premier horseback riding stable located in the Sonoran Desert of Scottsdale. Staying a week in your timeshare rental will give you plenty of time to enjoy all that this special place has to offer. Yup, you'll find plenty of pumpkins (see photo)- all waiting for you to pick out in the field. You can even take a hay ride out to the field and back - an easy way to carry that giant pumpkin! There is also a maze made out of hay bales.

    The ranch offers guided horseback rides. Choose from breakfast rides and dinner rides, both offering hearty cowboy fare around a campfire. For your little tykes there are pony rides as well as a petting zoo.

    The fun just doesn’t stop - there are also sacks for entering the sack race, a Gem Mine, a "Western" golf game, horseshoe pits, and don't forget to grab a ride on the authentic Stage Coach!

  2. Schnepf Farms
    This is a true farm that offers "Farm Fresh Fun." Through out October that fun includes picking pumpkins, pumpkin decorating, and even getting to make your own scarecrow. With live music and bonfires, the "Pumpkin and Chili Party" gets started. Voted "The best family fall experience" by Phoenix magazine, and listed in the Top 5 Pumpkin Farms in the Southwest by Sunset Magazine, this is another place that could take you a week to see and do everything.

    These are just a few of the activities that await you: Hay rides, miniature golf, 4 acre Sonic Burger Maze, country road rally, honeybee adventure, carousel rides, petting barn, Hillbilly Bob's Pig Races, Flying Farmers ride (under 32" tall), new Pumpkin Launch, new Witch Mountain giant slide, Arizona's only gravity roller coaster (over 32" tall), straw bale maze, Rock climbing wall, lil' farmers play yard with lil' farmer town, and a spectacular fireworks show on Friday and Saturday nights.
After you’ve found the perfect pumpkin, enjoy the rest of what Arizona has to offer: Day spas, golf courses, renowned museums, dining and great shopping for Southwestern art and jewelry in a city with plenty of Old West charm.

Read Part 2 - Vermont Fun and Fall Fun in the Pumpkin Patch
Read Part 3 - Halloween Fun Near California Timeshares
Read Part 4 - Wisconsin Timeshare Rentals: A Fall Family Tradition
Read Part 5 - Oahu Timeshares and the Hawaii Pumpkin Patch

(Photo credit macdonaldsranch.com)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rent a Disney Timeshare for Elephant Appreciation Day

Renting a Disney timeshare in Orlando, Florida, gives you access to a world of exciting fun and entertainment through out all of Disney's Orlando theme parks. But did you know that Disney has its serious side, too? At Disney's Animal Kingdom, conservation efforts are underway and September 22 marked "Elephant Appreciation Day”.

These majestic, intelligent and endlessly fascinating animals are a joy to see, but continue to need everyone's help to increase their numbers and remove them from the endangered species list, and Disney is doing its part. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is part of a breeding program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that is focused on sustaining the elephant population in North America. In addition, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and the Disney Foundation have directed over $1 million to projects in 20 countries to help protect and conserve elephants.

Disney's 500-acre Animal Kingdom is the first theme park built entirely around animal conservation. It's also built, of course, for the enjoyment of Disney's guests, and while you're here you'll have a ball; and plan on an entire day - you'll need it.

The Kilimanjaro Safaris ride gives you the experience of an open-air safari through the savanna of East Africa. Along with some fun surprises, you'll also get to see amazing African animals, including giraffes, rhinos, and wildebeests. It's on the safari ride that you'll also see the African elephant herd, which currently is made up of thirteen members – five males and eight females. Keep an eye out for the babies. The newest is Luna (see photo), born in May, 2010 - she weighed in at a healthy 288 pounds!

Four other elephant babies have been born over the past several years at Disney's Animal Kingdom. They include girls Nadirah and Kianga, and boys Tufani and Tsavo. The oldest is just 9, so you'll see several "kids" romping through the savanna!

If you missed Elephant Appreciation Day this year, make your plans now to rent a timeshare and join in the celebration next September. There are lots of fun extra activities on that day at Rafiki's Planet Watch. For example, you'll be able to try your "hand" at using your own elephant trunk to pick up food items, and the kids can color an elephant mask to take home. You'll also get a chance to talk with members of the elephant team themselves.

An Orlando timeshare rental and a visit with the wonderful elephants of the African savanna - what a great combination!

(Photo credit disneyparks.disney.go.com)

10 Fun Things to do in Sarasota, Florida

Article written by guest blogger: Marc Rasmussen, a Realtor® who owns and sells Sarasota Florida Real Estate.

Need a vacation? Before old man winter hits you should consider a Florida timeshare vacation to the beach. Consider visiting the sunny Sarasota on the west coast of Florida. This is a wonderful place for families to relax and have a great time.

Here are 10 fun things to do in Sarasota, Florida:
  1. Swim in the Gulf of Mexico - take a refreshing dip in the soothing waters of the Gulf of the Mexico. The calm, clear waters are a great place to relax and soak up the sun.

  2. Walk along the Beach - There are miles and miles of gorgeous beaches in Sarasota, Florida. Longboat Key, Lido Key and Siesta Key beaches are fabulous and draw vacationers from all over the world.

  3. Buy a Home - How would you like to own a vacation property to escape the cold, bitter winters? Prices have declined dramatically over the last 5 years making it a great time to buy Sarasota Florida real estate.

  4. Play around St. Armands Circle - This is a great shopping and dining destination on Lido Key/St. Armands Key. There are several great restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy a delicious meal. Shopping is also plentiful around the circle.

  5. Catch some Fish - Rent a boat or hire a fishing charter and catch a few fish in the Sarasota bay or in the Gulf of Mexico. Even if you don't catch anything it is still great to spend a day on the water.

  6. Visit Ringling Museum - In 1911, John Ringling and his wife, Mable purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida (see photo). Today, that investment welcomes visitors from around the globe with fine art, historic mansion, two circus museums and a jewel-box of a theater.

  7. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - This is a 9.5 acre property on the bay front just south of downtown Sarasota. It boasts an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colorful plants.

  8. Le Barge Tropical Cruises - Jump on this boat and sit back. Relax during this 2 hour cruise along the beautiful shoreline of Sarasota, Florida. Enjoy a drink or meal with your loved ones while you catch some fabulous views.

  9. Walk over the Ringling Bridge - This is a great place to get some exercise. You will love the fabulous views of downtown Sarasota, Bird Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key and Longboat Key.

  10. Helicopter Ride - It is not cheap but what a great way to see the area. Take a helicopter ride around Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, Bird Key and Casey Key. This is a beautiful ride.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Watch Hawaii 5-0 Filming Near Your Hawaii Timeshare


When ABC's television program, "Lost," was on the air, it was fun to take a Hawaii timeshare vacation and check out the local spots that were used for the location shooting of the series.

For the last 6 years, Oahu's economy had also seen the benefits of filming the hit series "Lost" on the island, which brought in millions of dollars in various affiliated businesses, including catering, lodging, car and equipment rentals, TV extras, and various manual labor jobs.

Unfortunately for everyone filming of the extremely popular "Lost" came to an end in early 2010. But now - enter the new "Hawaii 5-0" television show, premiering this month on CBS. And guess what - this show will also be filmed on location on Oahu. "Hawaii 5-0 is again great news for Oahu's economy," stated a spokesperson.

Loosely based on the long running Hawaii Five-O TV show that aired from 1968 to 1980, this updated CBS program has the same characters and locale, but a different story premise, and edgier action and special effects. The 2010 show stars Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett and, interestingly, “Lost” cast member Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho. The cast also includes Scott Caan from “Oceans Eleven” as detective Danny Williams, and actress Jean Smart ("Designing Women") as Gov. Pat Jameson.

Unlike the original series, the new "Hawaii 5-0" is being shot on an Oahu that now has a strong film industry infrastructure, including a sound stage in Honolulu. This makes it easier to maintain a one hundred percent "on location" production for the new series.
The presence of the film crew and the cast will be seen all over Oahu, and sometimes on the other islands, as well. Scenes for the very first episode of the series were filmed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki. This is a good resort from which to rent a budget timeshare and start your "Hawaii 5-0" location scouting. Other locations that have already been used include Punchbowl Cemetery, Iolani Palace, up and down Waikiki Beach, and numerous locations in downtown Honolulu.

As you wonder around Oahu keep a sharp eye out and you very well could stumble upon a scene being filmed. There will also be various internet sites posting scheduled film locations. Or take advantage of Oahu's "Circle Island Tours" company which offers opportunities to see the locations used in this, and many other television shows and movies, including Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii."

The fun and excitement of Hollywood mixed with your Oahu timeshare rental vacation is back!

(Photo credit cbs.com)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Halloween Fun From Your Oahu Timeshare

Every year we hear about the spookiest Halloween celebrations across the country. But did you ever think about joining in Halloween fun in Hawaii? Rent a timeshare on Oahu, and add Halloween as another reason to head to the Islands.

The "Haunted Lagoon" is a very scary Halloween experience - right in the Polynesian Cultural Center. Who would have thought?

One of the top Hawaii attractions is the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), which features a 42-acre facility on the North Shore of Oahu. With its lush tropical flora, waterfalls, lagoon (oops, there's that Lagoon again), and an "erupting" volcano, the Polynesian Cultural Center captures a lot of the beauty and excitement of the South Pacific rim. Here you'll be able to visit the many diverse islands and cultures that make up Polynesia.

But every October there's a twist. On specified days October 1 to 30 (note that it's closed on Halloween), you're taken on a canoe ride - right into the Haunted Lagoon. It's a great way for the entire family to get into the Halloween, ah - spirit.

The story and theme of the ride revolve around the legend of the Lā‘ie Lady, the restless, vengeful spirit of a young woman who fell into insanity, and now wanders the lagoon seeking revenge for her murdered family.

"Today I found myself again - at the Lagoon. Its haunting waters call out to me…More canoes will come into the lagoon tonight, and I will wait in the shadows for them…"

Beginning its third Halloween season this year, the Haunted Lagoon has become Hawaii’s premier haunted attraction. Determined to top last year’s mega-success, the PCC has turned up the terror with new creatures and has revamped effects –offering even more thrills than ever before. Two versions of the ride are available.

Not for the faint of heart, a version only for very brave souls features a ghostly cast of over 100. If you happen to spot the eerie apparition of the Lā‘ie Lady, take care. It’s rumored that the unearthly figure in white is desperately searching for someone to keep her company for all eternity - and any guest will do.

The PCC also offers milder “keiki canoes” for children, and family members who prefer their shots of terror in smaller doses. Aboard each keiki canoe is a “lost warrior” who carries a mystical light staff that repels monsters and creatures, and even - hopefully - the Lā‘ie Lady.

Keikis will also be able to enjoy a feature film presentation, contests, and activities while waiting for the Haunted Lagoon Ride.

Is it possible that even on a tropical island timeshare rental vacation Halloween ghosts and goblins can enter your dreams? There's only one way to find out. And we hear it's - a Scream!

(Photo provided by hauntedlagoon.com)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rent a Colorado Timeshare this Fall and Hit the Rails

Fall color in the western mountains can be as impressive as foliage in the eastern woods. Rent Pagosa Springs timeshare in Colorado, and see huge stands of golden aspen dazzling against a startlingly blue sky. You'll find yourself breathless, and not just from the high mountain air.

One of the best ways to see untouched and unspoiled autumn beauty in Colorado is to ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad. Durango is less than an hour's drive from your Wyndham Pagosa resort, and sits nestled in the beautiful San Juan Mountains.

Durango actually got its start as a railroad town, built in 1879 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. By 1882 rail lines had been carved through the mountains, constructed to haul silver and gold ore from the many mines around the mountain town of Silverton.

While you can drive on a modern highway between the two towns, riding the train offers a unique vantage point for viewing some spectacular scenery. By train you'll pass through canyons and along mountains in areas that are completely inaccessible by any other means.

The Durango-Silverton trip is so exceptional it received a 5-Star award from the National Association of Travel Journalists and was named one of the top ten most exciting train journeys in the world by the Society of American Travel Writers.

Besides seeing beautiful scenery, riding the train is just plain fun. This historic train has been in continuous operation for 128 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and in cars indigenous to the line. You'll relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear, from the clickity-clack of the wheels and the gentle swaying of the cars, to blowing cinders and the sounds of the great steam whistle.

To really enjoy the fall colors, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad actually offers photography tours. The 21st Annual Fall Photo Special will be held September 25 & 26, 2010, and October 2 & 3, 2010. In addition, five sessions are scheduled for exciting Night Photography.

Another fall event on the train is the Cowboy Poet Train, part of the Durango Cowboy Gathering, October 1, 2010. This tour goes from Durango to gorgeous Cascade Canyon.

On October 16 & 17, and 23 & 24, 2010, hop aboard for the Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. Wear your Halloween costumes (adults and kids alike!) and head down the track on a fun thirty-minute ride to meet Snoopy, Lucy and Charley Brown, pick your own pumpkins, find your way through a straw bale maze, and even go trick or treating!

There are many great reasons to take your family on a fall timeshare rental vacation, and getting to ride the amazing Durango and Silverton railroad is certainly one of them.

See all Colorado timeshares.

(Photo credit durangotrain.com)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Discount Hawaii Vacation: Budget Meals, Activities, and Transportation Tips

Article written by guest blogger: Lisa Weber. Lisa writes about Adventures-n-Discoveries in Hawaii on her site andhawaii.com.

Ok, so you're going to Hawaii and you want to keep your vacation costs under budget. You've gotten a Hawaii timeshare to save money on your lodging. You are shopping around for your airline tickets right now. Now what? How else can you make sure that you do not over-spend on your vacation?

Your biggest expense will be your lodging or your airline tickets. That's why it's important to shop around, look for sales, make sure you know what typical prices and typical deals are - but what about your other expenses?

After airfare and lodging expenses, renting a car may be your next biggest expense.

How can you Save Money on Renting a Car in Hawaii?

If you are vacationing on Oahu, consider the fact that you may not need a car. Oahu has a fantastic public transportation system called theBus. It goes to tons and tons of different must-see and do activities and it is easy to figure out.

You can't take your luggage on the bus though, so if where you are staying doesn't offer a free shuttle, consider a shuttle or cab at the airport. At the airport you can pick up a courtesy phone or go out to the taxi cab attendant. (Prices are lowest for Waikiki locations).

Another option is to consider a car rental wholesaler like discounthawaiicarrental.com. The prices are generally lower than you can get yourself, but are through the major car rental companies.

How Can You Save Money on Activities in Hawaii?

Booking early and online will save you 10 to 15% at some activities. Just go to the official activity website and see if they offer a discount.

There are also two companies that offer pretty good discounts. One is the Entertainment book and one is the Go Oahu Card. Read more about them at my discount Hawaii activities page.

How Can you Save Money on Food in Hawaii?

Now, if you are renting a timeshare with a full kitchen, you can save the most money over all. Go to a grocery store and purchase fruit and easy-to-make meals. Do realize though, that even at the grocery store you will probably pay more than you are used to. Groceries are expensive in Hawaii.

Eat breakfast in your room every day and maybe pack a lunch. For sure pack water and snacks because these will cost you big money at the convenience stores.

Also consider checking out a few plate lunch places. These are small, local restaurants where you can get a large meat choice, plus rice and mac salad or vegetable for under $8 or so. Sometimes the portions are big enough to serve two people. I suggest trying a loco moco (hamburger patty, egg, and gravy over rice, see photo) or the teriyaki beef or kalbi beef. Yum.

Plan ahead and consider these simple changes to a normal vacation, and you could save hundreds of dollars and easily stay within your budget in Hawaii.

(Photo credit wikihow.com)

Rent an Orlando Timeshare to Visit the Harry Potter Theme Park – Part 2

With summer crowds and summer heat dissipating, fall is a great time to head to Orlando, Florida. Rent an Orlando timeshare and enjoy these top must-do adventures at Universal Studios Orlando's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Our second in a two-part series focuses on the rides, and even a surprise.
  1. The Flight of The Hippogriff
    Once people saw Harry Potter soar over the lake flying with Buckbeak, Hagrid's Hippogriff, the desire to join in the fun has been a strong one for muggles. Hippogriffs are gentle creatures so this ride is perfect for your little ones and even you if you're coaster-challenged. It does have enough exciting runs and dips to be a great ride, and a bonus is the view you get of Hagrid's Hut and the rest of Hogsmead.

  2. Dragon Challenge
    For more advanced wizards, and muggles who are up for it, a ride on the only dueling inverted roller coaster in the world will definitely get the heart pumping (see photo). You'll find yourself right in the middle of a challenge between the red Chinese Fireball dragon, and the blue Hungarian Horntail. You'll see scenes from Goblet of Fire, and a fantastic view of Hogwarts Castle, looking just like it does in the movies.

  3. Hogwarts Castle
    This famous school for wizards has been reproduced to perfection. The immense structure looms over Hogsmead just as you'd expect. Inside you'll be in awe just as young Harry Potter was on his first time in the Castle, what with talking portraits, the foreboding Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, and even a greeting from Dumbledore in his revered office.

  4. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    This is the showcase of the entire theme park and is worth the wait in line. You'll find yourself in the middle of many action scenes from the films as you fly, fall, spiral and spin - and are nearly eaten by dragons. Whether you're in the middle of a Quidditch match, or fighting off Dementors, you're for sure going to get a good taste of what Harry has been going through all of these years!

  5. Bathroom Break
    And here's the surprise we promised you - when nature calls and you go into a restroom at Hogwarts who do you expect to see? You're right - you'll be greeted by everyone's favorite bathroom ghost, Moaning Myrtle!
After all of this wild wizarding, you'll probably be glad you're just a muggle, and that all you have to do in life is kick back and enjoy your timeshare rental - space, relaxation, and a water slide or two.

Rent an Orlando Timeshare to Visit the Harry Potter Theme Park – Part 1

(Photo credit squidoo.com)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How Timeshare Rental Can Help you Live a Big Life on a Small Budget

In the September issue of Redbook, you’ll find a great article with suggestions on how to Live a Big Life on a Small Budget. It touches on ways to be more creative with your household budget and offers tips on how to stretch your dollar even further. Just because you are cutting back on spending, doesn’t mean you have to settle for less.

With the challenges in the recession, people are finding that they need to really track their spending and finding a great deal is key. Under the category of Vacations, RedWeek.com was listed by Nancy Schretter, the managing editor of the Family Travel Network, as an online resource where you can rent a timeshare from its owner. Timeshare rentals are often a 50% savings from what you’d pay to rent a hotel room, the article states, so, if you’re looking for a way to save on travel accommodations, take the time to consider a timeshare rental first.

In addition to the cost of the room itself, you can save even more by cooking meals in your timeshare kitchen. Dining out costs for a one week vacation can really be expensive, especially if you have a large family. A visit to the local grocery store and cooking many of your meals “at home” is a cost effective way to have an affordable vacation.

Plus, many resorts have amenities included with the price of the room, like pools, fitness facilities and kids clubs, not to mention DVD players and wide screen TV’s in every room. Did we mention that timeshares have separate bedrooms (and bathrooms)? Depending on the unit you choose to rent, you can stay in a one, two, or three bedroom timeshare, which allows everyone their own space to stretch out, plus there are still common living areas to enjoy, like dining rooms and a living area.

So, if you are looking to enjoy a big vacation on a small budget, browse over 5,000 timeshare resorts available for rent on RedWeek.com. Your wallet and your family will thank you.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Timeshare Marketplace RedWeek.com Gets Facelift and Shot of Adrenaline

Just in time for the winter travel season, RedWeek.com, the leading online timeshare marketplace, rolls out a fresh look and faster operating speeds. Site enhancements include a new color scheme, a refined search module on the homepage, and increased operating speed thanks to an updated content distribution network (CDN).

“In today’s competitive environment, it is imperative that we keep the site fresh and running at peak efficiency,” said Michael Reeps, RedWeek director of design and development. “The new look puts a fresh face on the site, and the back-end upgrade to the CDN will result in faster browsing speeds for our users.”

The upgrade to the site’s content distribution network brings the unique content found on RedWeek closer to the end-user. Instead of serving an image from the site’s main server in Seattle, images are maintained in CDN data centers worldwide, greatly decreasing the amount of time a page takes to load. RedWeek chose Akamai as their CDN as they are the largest and most respected in the industry.

RedWeek.com is the premier website for by-owner timeshare rentals and resales. With nearly 1.5 million registered users and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, more-and-more people are turning to RedWeek for their timeshare and travel needs. Owners are able to advertise their unused weeks for rent and also sell their timeshare outright when it no longer meets their needs. Travelers are able to find amazing deals on timeshare rentals and resales.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rent an Orlando Timeshare to Visit the Harry Potter Theme Park – Part 1

Fall is a great time to rent an Orlando timeshare in Florida. The summer crowds are gone, the summer heat and humidity are changing to more pleasant temps, and this "off season" can bring savings in airline tickets.

And the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando's greatly anticipated new attraction which opened in June, has had the summer to work out the kinks and settle in.

Enough visitors have been through the gates of Hogwarts that a good picture of what awaits you at this Harry Potter theme park is now emerging. Here are some of the top "must-do" things at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Part 1.

Sampling the local cuisine
As you enter this theme park you'll find yourself in the village of Hogsmead. The Three Broomsticks is open for business, and a taste of the butter beer that Harry and his wizard friends are so fond of will set you on the right track. It's a cream soda/butterscotch sort of concoction, which you can get in collectible souvenir mugs. Remember that pumpkin juice is another wizard-student choice, if you'd prefer.

A quick meal of delicious English dishes at The Three Broomsticks, including fish and chips and Shepard pie, is served with an entertaining flourish from a group of wizards right out of central casting. Be ready to answer questions, though - they'll be checking you out by inquiring where you live in Hogsmead or how to cast a spell.

You also must stop by Honeydukes (see photo) for the wizard world's favorite sweets. Here is an endless supply of magical treats, including Ron Weasley's favorite - chocolate frogs. You'll be able to join Ron in collecting the Hogwarts house wizard cards that come packaged with this chocolate treat. And haven't you been really curious about Every Flavour Beans? Well, now is your chance to try some, including salmon, earwax, and dirt.

Shopping
Diagon Alley is a little hard for muggles to get to, so some of its favorite stores now have a branch in Hogsmead. Head to Zonko's Joke Shop for your pair of extendable ears, an inflatable tongue, or a screaming yo-yo. Dervish and Banges is where you go for your broomsticks, robes and cauldrons. Even Ollivander's Wand Shop is represented - where your wand chooses you.

When you emerge from Hogwarts Castle after your Forbidden Journey ride, you'll see Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods. You know how devilishly particular Filch is, so here is a good place to pick up things he's collected such things as Hogwarts house crest pins, Hogwarts house scarves, and even a Golden Snitch or two.

Rent an Orlando Timeshare to Visit the Harry Potter Theme Park – Part 2

(Photo credit community.journel.com)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Plan a Disney Halloween Timeshare Vacation

Fall is here - the kids are back in school and Halloween is next month. And Disney is geared up to kick off the Halloween Season on September 17th. So Now is the time to make your timeshare rental plans - at a Disney timeshare rental, or one in Orlando or southern California - and you and your family will be ready to "trick" or "treat" your way through Disney.

Both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Resorts in California love having fun with Halloween, which is why they start the "party" so early. They want all of you to have the opportunity to join Mickey and the gang in celebrating this fun holiday.

The entire family is invited to dress up in Halloween costumes for Mickey's Halloween Party (formally known as Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party) which has moved from California Adventure over to Disneyland this year (2010). A benefit of the Disneyland location is access to nearly all of Disneyland park with your Halloween Party ticket.

Mickey's Halloween party also rocks with, ah, "spirited" music. And there will be fun, interactive games for the kids and a nightly character cavalcade with Mickey Mouse and other favorite characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes. This is also the time to keep a watch out for the Disney villains, who undoubtedly have some "tricks" up their sleeves.

New this year for Halloween season at Disneyland will be Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, where you'll be launched into an uncharted - and haunted - section of the Universe. "Out of the darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, ghosts try to pluck riders from their seats as they speed through space. The drops and curves of the journey are even scarier with piercing screams and haunting music."

At Walt Disney World the family is invited to join the festivities at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom. (This will be the only time and place at WDW that the family is allowed to come in costume.)

Here you'll enjoy the "Boo To You" Parade showcasing Disney characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and leading the parade is non other than the Headless Horseman. Later don't miss the "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks - a "spooktacular" display. During the fireworks the Disney villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
Insider tips include: white balloons mark the treat stations, trick-or-treat lines get shorter as the night goes on, the second parade is less crowded, and the Merchant of Venus in Tomorrowland is Halloween Headquarters.

Disney's Halloween events occur on selected nights September through October, and require a separate ticket.

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(Photo credit disneyblog.disney.park.com)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Did You Take Your Timeshare Vacation this Year?

Summer, the "official" vacation season, is now behind us, and on its tail comes some woeful statistics for Americans - over Two-Thirds of us did not take a vacation. So, it's time to change that. Rent a timeshare and plan a fall vacation, a winter vacation, or a spring vacation - any time and any where, but plan your vacation now!

USA Today just published a study commissioned by Westin Hotels & Resorts. After polling 1,500 employed professionals, Studylogic found these dismal statistics: 64% canceled vacations this year, 1/3 canceled vacations for work-related reasons, 25% check into work hourly while on vacation, via email and the phone. USA Today put this to a test with a survey of its own, and its online poll found that 51% of respondents did not travel this summer.

Americans seem proud that they are "workaholics" compared to just about every other industrial country in the world, many of which mandate workers' vacations By Law. But truly, being a martyr to your job is not a healthy way to live.

In fact, Studylogic's survey also found that 67% feel better on vacation and 64% sleep better when they're not working. It's well known that having some down time, along with relaxation and fun, actually helps productivity. That is a fact and timeshare owners know it well.

So get smart - balance your work life with recreation and rest. Don't even know how to get started? Here are some suggestions:

Autumn leaves will soon be in their glory, and you can take a fall vacation by renting a timeshare at Smuggler's Notch Resort near Stowe, Vermont. This top rated family resort has timeshare rentals that start at just $107/night.

Think out of the box - how about taking your family on a sun splashed Caribbean Thanksgiving vacation? The ESJ Towers resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico (no passport required), has a Thanksgiving timeshare rental available for just $71/night. Or head to Hawaii for Christmas - you can hang your stocking at a Ka'anapali Beach Club timeshare rental(see photo) on Maui for just $82/night.

Did you love to ski as a kid, but it's been years since you gave yourself that exhilarating feeling of swooping down a slope in high, thin mountain air? Rent a Park City timeshare for a great winter vacation in Utah. Marriott's Mountainside at Park City has timeshare rentals starting at just $125/night.

You can take a deep breath of sweet spring air among colorful wildflowers covering the Ozarks with a Marriott's Willow Ridge Lodge timeshare rental in Branson, MO, for just $71/night.

Do yourself, your family, and your job, a favor and plan a real vacation now. You'll be glad you did - guaranteed.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tahiti Village Timeshares Have New Owner

If you own a Las Vegas timeshare at Tahiti Village (see photo), Tahiti, or Club de Soleil, The Arthur Spector Companies are the new owners as of August 31, 2010. This means that they now operate all three resorts and own all the current unsold timeshare units at each resort as well.

If you read our previous article back on June 2009, you know that Consolidated Resorts Filed bankruptcy. Consolidated Resorts was the majority owner of these timeshare resorts, at 75 percent, when Goldman Sachs sponsored their investment in 2007. The Arthur Spector Companies held the additional ownership with a 25 percent interest in the properties.

For the last 30 years, the Arthur Spector companies have been a leading the timeshare industry developing properties in Las Vegas, Hawaii and Orlando. And, Arthur Spector himself is a trustee member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).

"We are especially thankful that we were able to assist the trustee to protect the interests of over 100,000 timeshare owners in these difficult times," Arthur Spector said. "All of the timeshare resorts have remained fully operational, the owners have had uninterrupted use of their vacation plans and continue to choose Las Vegas and Hawaii as their vacation destinations. We look forward to rebuilding this vital sector of the Las Vegas economy."

The Spector family plans to invest over $30 MM in the Las Vegas economy through timeshare development and property expansion.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Timeshare Rentals Revolutionize Family Vacations

In today's soft economy, travelers are spending more time searching for deals, discounts, and sales that will make their vacation affordable. Families that have become accustomed to annual vacations are most affected by travel barriers such as rising gas prices, additional airline fees, and inflated resort rates. Taking advantage of by-owner timeshare-rentals is the solution that is revolutionizing family vacations. Families looking to save money on accommodations can find five-star resorts at bargain rates on RedWeek.com.

RedWeek’s family-friendly focus has helped thousands of travelers find accommodations that meet their needs. A recent partnership with Trekaroo.com led to an expansion of family travel resources on RedWeek that includes kid-friendly timeshare resorts, top kid-friendly timeshare destinations, and a state-by-state list of kid-friendly activities.

“I've met the nicest people on RedWeek, found some fabulous vacation deals, and had super customer service," says six-year RedWeek member Lee Stearns. "We've been timeshare vacationers and owners since 1983 and have used them for our family and friends, celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and reunions. It's hard to find places like RedWeek on the Internet that you can trust, but they have never let me down. I've recommended them to many friends and they feel the same way."

For those who are sold on the timeshare experience and are ready to become an owner themselves, RedWeek also offers by-owner timeshare resales. Prices found on the secondary market are often half of what is being charged by the resorts and developers. Timeshare owners who advertise their timeshares for sale on RedWeek are generally willing to negotiate on price, which results in even more savings for the buyer.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Find Film Festivals Near Your Timeshare

One way to really take advantage of vacationing with a timeshare rental is by staying in one when you attend a film festival. You'll have plenty of time to watch films and rub elbows with celebrities, and then go "home" and relax in spacious comfort.

A film festival is "an organized, extended presentation of films," and the very first one was in Venice, Italy in 1932. Film festivals are a world-wide phenomenon. The three most prestigious film festivals are commonly regarded to be Berlin, Cannes, and Venice, known at the "Big Three." The "Big Three" in the United States are the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

San Francisco International Film Festival
Rent a San Francisco timeshare to attend the oldest continuously running film festival in the Americas. The 2011 dates for the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) are April 26 - May 10, when it will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The SFIFF presents an average of 150 films from over 50 countries.

In the past, recipients of the SFIFF Founder's Director Award have included Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, and Robert Altman. The Peter J. Owens actor's award has gone to such luminaries as Robert Redford, Robin Williams, and Dustin Hoffman.

Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival will be held in 2011 January 23 - 30. The main venue is Park City, Utah, where you can find many great Park City timeshare rentals, and you'll be able to do some skiing in between all of the glamour and the hoop-la. This film festival is by far the "glitziest" in the U.S. It began as a low-profile venue for small-budget, independent creators from outside the Hollywood system, and has morphed into a media extravaganza for Hollywood celebrities and paparazzi. Many famous independent filmmakers received their big break at Sundance, including Quentin Tarantino.

Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City was founded in 2002 by actor Robert De Niro and two friends in a response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, and the consequent loss of vitality in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan (see photo).It rapidly became the largest film festival in the U.S. Showing up to 800 films in 16 theaters over 12 days, the amount of film shown at the Tribeca Film Festival could stretch 200 miles. Up to 500,000 attendees enjoy not just movies, but also the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair and the highly acclaimed Tribeca Cinemas Kids Club. Rent a New York City timeshare for a great family experience.

Other film festivals where you can rent a timeshare include Breckenridge, CO, Newport Beach, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Nashville, TN, West Palm Beach, FL, and Washington, D.C.

(Photo credit tribecafilm.com)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

New Hampshire Issues Timeshare Resale Warning

In an article featured on Fosters.com, Attorney General Michael A. Delaney issued a warning to New Hampshire consumers regarding timeshare resales. Timeshare owners need to protect themselves and exercise caution when attempting to sell their timeshare using a real estate brokers, agents or a company that claims to specialize in reselling timeshares.

Whether you live in New Hampshire or not, these tips and suggestions can be helpful for any timeshare owner looking to resell timeshares:
  1. Don’t agree to anything over the phone and get all information in writing.

  2. Be wary of the sales pitch, “Our office is overwhelmed with calls looking to buy timeshares!”

  3. Inquire as to how they plan to advertise and promote the timeshare for sale and how often they will provide a status of their progress.

  4. Have a good understanding of the fees required and how long they estimate it will take to sell. (You should prefer if they take their fee after the unit is sold and if they do require money up front, ask about refunds and get the policy in writing.

  5. Contact the Attorney General's office (www.naag.ord) in the state where the reseller is located to see if there are any complaints on file.

  6. Ask if the agent is licensed to sell real estate in the State that the timeshare is located in and be sure to verify that with the state real estate commission in that state.

  7. Always check out the resale company or agent to validate their credentials before agreeing or signing anything and get referrals from satisfied customers.

  8. If you are having trouble finding information on the broker or service company, contact the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org)
If you have owned your timeshare for less than five years, you should not expect to recoup the purchase price. Your resale price should be based on the location and week of your unit, as well as current market demand.

For more information on protecting yourself during the timeshare resale process, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Bureau for your State.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

See ElecTRONica from your Disney California Timeshare

If you're part of the many Disneyland Resorts visitor's who rent Anaheim timeshares and love to visit the Mouse, you may already know that there is an area in California Adventure, over by the Tower of Terror, that is kind of, well, a dead space.

No more! Opening October 8, 2010, that area in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot comes alive with "ElecTRONica"! This spectacular "party" will light up on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and will also be open every day during the major holiday weeks of Thanksgiving through Christmas.

It's a new world - and even Geeks are welcomed to Disneyland! The movie, "TRON: Legacy" opens December 17th, and "ElecTRONica" gives fans a chance to peak inside the world of the movie ahead of time.

"TRON: Legacy" is a sequel to Disney's 1982 film "Tron," which has a large cult following. Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn, a man once known as the world's leading video game developer. Bruce Boxleitner reprises his role as Alan Bradley, and Tron, the security program developed by Bradley. Garrett Hedlund plays Flynn's now-adult son, Sam. Electronic music duo Daft Pink composed the film's score.

ElecTRONica is planned as "the greatest dance party to ever rock Disney California Adventure Park." It's an "electrifying" experience that all members of the family can enjoy. From a dazzling futuristic dance club under the stars to an authentic recreation of Flynn’s Arcade to some radical gaming, "it’s like nowhere else on the grid!" Each night there will be live entertainers complete with lasers, glow accessories and the hottest music. ElecTRONica is The place to dance the night away in a fantastic world that only Disney can create. Expected highlights for all family members are Flynn’s Video Arcade, face painting, and the TRON: Evolution video game area.

So, make your timeshare rental plans now, and head for this "electrifying experience for the entire family, filled with music, lights and some of your favorite food and beverage, all set amidst the captivating world of 'TRON: Legacy!'" Go Disney!

See timeshare rentals at The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian.

(Photo courtesy disneyparks.disney.go.com)

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Spot Hidden Mickey’s – Even at Your Disney Timeshare

It doesn't matter if it’s your first visit to Disneyland / Disney World, or your tenth, there is always something fun going on with Disney. Have you heard of the Hidden Mickeys? If you're a newbie, perhaps not. Read on and learn how you can spot Mickey’s “mark” not only in the parks, but, at your Disney timeshare as well!

If you ask Disney Imagineers about Hidden Mickeys they'll insist they don't know what you're talking about. But the truth is, the Imagineers have been hard at work in all of the Disney parks resorts hiding Mickeys! These strategically placed images can be anywhere, come in many forms, and many different sizes. They can be Mickey's full face, his profile, just his gloves, handprints or his shoes. You might even find just his name or his initials. The most common Hidden Mickey image is the "tri-circle" frontal silhouette - the three circles that form Mickey's round head and adjoining round ears.

The "official" version of the beginnings of Hidden Mickeys is that they started in the late 1980’s in Epcot as an inside joke among the Imagineers. Hiding Mickey around Walt Disney World was just plain fun. The "unofficial" story is that when the Imagineers were designing Epcot in the late 1970's and early 1980's Disney management felt that the characters belonged in the Magic Kingdom only. The Imagineers disagreed and began slipping Mickeys into Epcot.

Rumor has it that there are now nearly 800 Hidden Mickeys through out all of the Disney resorts, and they're fun to hunt. Once you've found a couple, you'll be hooked, and you'll never walk through the resorts again without your head constantly swiveling - for you never know when or where you'll find another Hidden Mickey.

To get you started, here's a hint about one at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure. There's a Hidden Mickey on the "Soarin' Over California" ride. When you're "soarin'" over Palm Springs, the ride is so realistic that when the golf ball comes flying at you your instinct will be to close your eyes and duck! But if you keep your eyes open, and on the ball, you'll see a black silhouette Hidden Mickey!

And here's a real top secret - there are other hidden characters, too, such as Hidden Minnies, Donald Ducks, and Goofys. So, no matter how many times you take a timeshare rental vacation to a Disney theme park, you'll always have the "hunt" to keep you occupied! What are you're favorite Hidden Mickeys? Let us in on Your secret!

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(Photo courtesy of peterpanthemovie.com)

Friday, September 03, 2010

6 Uses for an iPad on Your Timeshare Vacation

Apple's iPad has been on the market for several months now and is doing superb business. And it's no surprise that this "tablet PC" has become a real "must-have" for travelers. When you plan your timeshare rental vacation, take along your iPad. Not only does it lighten the load (use it instead of your laptop) but it's mighty handy for instant travel information.

Below are some of the top travel apps for your iPad as suggested by Jen Edwards, contributor to Travel PC Review.
  1. Travel Organizer
    TravelTracker Pro (see photo) handles everything from flight and rental car information to packing lists and budget management. It also saves time by integrating with TripIt so you don't have to enter all of the details yourself.

  2. Currency Conversion
    With Converter Plus you'll always be on top of the latest rates (it automatically updates rates every time you open the app), and foreign shopping will be a joy since you'll never fumble again with currency conversions. A bonus is that this app converts everything else you can think of including distance and mass and volume to velocity. It also does loan, mortgage and tip calculations.

  3. Language and Translation
    The best dictionary is Ultralingua which has detailed hyperlinked definitions as well as verb conjugation and a number translator. For a basic phrasebook, World Nomads is the one - it contains an introductory audio lesson and covers all of the basics. If you want to learn a little more of the language use Byki which uses a three-step learning process to help build your vocabulary. And finally, if you want learn enough of the language to get by in just about any context use Survival Phrases which includes audio lessons and flash cards.

  4. Weather
    There are many good weather apps but the one Edwards recommends is AccuWeather. It's the easiest to use, offers clear forecasts, and gives you detailed information such as hourly and lifestyle forecasts, along with radar maps and high quality video forecasts.

  5. Navagation
    As an adjunct to your GPS system use Beat the Traffic. Its detailed information will help you plan a route around traffic accidents, construction sites, and traffic jams due to special events.

  6. Dining Out
    Urban Spoon is the top app for restaurant information and integrated maps. You can find the information by cuisine, neighborhood, price range, or most popular. More detailed information about each restaurant, including photos, menus, and critiques and reviews, is available if you have a 3G iPad.
A timeshare vacation anywhere in the country or the world has never been so fun - or so easy. Do you have an iPad travel app that is your favorite? Let us know! We welcome your comments below.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

5 Tips to Sell Your Timeshare

Ready to sell your timeshare? There are some things to consider before you get started. Here are 5 tips to make sure you are including all the details needed for a successful timeshare resale:
  1. Get Your Papers in Order
    You’ll need to pull out your ownership papers to determine what you actually own so you can inform the buyer. Is the property deeded, right-to-use, or a club property?

  2. Legal Limitations
    With your papers out, read them to determine if you have any legal limits? Are you legally required to give the original seller (or anyone else) the first right of refusal when selling your timeshare? It is always best to contact your resort directly and ask questions before you try and resell the property.

  3. Resort Costs
    Does your resort charge a transfer fee when you transfer ownership, or, do they charge a commission when you sell the unit, (even if they are not involved in the sale?) Read your documents and call the resort if you are unsure.

  4. Resort Restrictions for the New Owner
    Find out if your resort will impose any restrictions on the new owner. For example, with Marriott Vacation Club International, the resale buyer cannot participate in the Marriott Rewards program. You’ll need to know these details and understand them make the buyer aware of what they are getting, or not getting with your unit. The terms of use for a timeshare resale can differ from a retail purchase directly from the resort itself.

  5. Post your Timeshare Resale on RedWeek.com
    When adding your timeshare resale posting to RedWeek.com, be sure to include as much detail as possible about what is included in the sale, based on the questions above: the type of ownership are you offering, resort costs (which may change your offering price), any restrictions to the buyer, etc. Also, take the time to review our timeshare posting dos and don'ts and include your own photos of the resort with your posting.
By following the 5 steps above, and reading additional timeshare resale resources on RedWeek.com, should have all the information you need for a successful timeshare resale.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Sports Tourism and Timeshares

us soccer Pictures, Images and PhotosWith Fall coming on many of you will be seeing footballs sailing through the crisp autumn air. Baseball fans are already gearing up for the World Series. NASCAR® is in high gear in Daytona Beach. And all of this is a reminder that there quite a few of you sports fans out there. There are sporting events all over the world (think surfing competitions in Australia, ski championships in the Alps, and everywhere - soccer). You can plan a sports vacation by renting a timeshare with your buddies, or as a family adventure, and indulge the sport fan that you are.

Did you know that as a traveling sports fan you are part of the $600 billion "Sports Tourism" industry? Recently a delegation of top travel and sports officials gathered in London for the announcement of a new annual report that will "examine the dynamics and potential" of this huge multi-billion-dollar world-wide phenomenon.

The much anticipated 2010 Sport Tourism Report will be launched at the 2010 World Travel Market in London this November, and will have a global reach to an estimated 200,000 travel and tourism professionals. This ground-breaking publication will give an overview of the Sports Industry as the fastest growing travel sector in the world.

Leading analysts predict that Sport Tourism will post record profits and "contribute an astonishing 14 percent of overall travel and tourism receipts by the end of 2010. At a time when some traditional tourism trends are in decline, sport tourism continues to flourish and is set to grow exponentially in the next decade," stated one delegate.

The report follows the huge success of the inaugural World Sport Destination Expo – the first dedicated Sport Tourism exhibition and business forum which took place alongside the final week of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa this summer.

Timeshare rental and timeshare exchange are two ways you can plan a budget-friendly sports vacation. While the cost of sporting event tickets, as well as air travel, are on the rise you can still plan on a budget-friendly timeshare for great accommodations.

The U.S. Open champion tennis play is in full swing now through the middle of September. You can find a wonderful NYC timeshare rental. Or, how about seeing your favorite golf pros at PGA tournaments? Several will be held around Florida this fall - where you can rent timeshares in Orlando, Miami, and along Florida's Paradise Coast.

With so many sports events going on all year and all over the world, and with great timeshare rentals, it's easy to be part of the great Sports Tourism phenomenon. Play Ball!

(Photo courtesy of photobucket.com)