May 29, 2009 // Franchising.com // Orlando, Fla.- Holiday Inn Club Vacations today announced that the upscale Signature Collection at the club's flagship Orlando resort has joined with RCI's The Registry Collection® Exchange Program, the world's largest luxury timeshare exchange program.
Holiday Inn Club members who purchase vacation weeks in the Signature Collection villas at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort and own more than 500,000 Holiday Inn Club Points will enjoy the benefits of The Registry Collection program, which provides members access to an elite global network of the very finest vacation properties at some of the world's premier destinations, as well as personal concierge service available 24 hours a day. The Signature Collection villas are currently available for purchase and will be open for occupancy starting Jan. 1, 2010.
"We're proud that our Signature Collection presents an upscale product offering to our club members, giving them an extraordinary way to experience the benefits of the Holiday Inn Club," said Patrick Connolly, Senior Vice President of Owner Support for Holiday Inn Club Vacations. "We're very pleased to now provide our Signature Collection members access to The Registry Collection program, expanding their membership benefits and travel options to great resorts all over the world."
Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort features more than 2,400 villas located near the area's theme parks. The 56 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom luxury villas and 4-bedroom penthouse suite villas in the Signature Collection reside at the resort's River Island village, featuring either a sunset view or a view of the tropical 12-acre recreation complex.
The Signature Collection was designed to offer the intimate, residential feeling of a home away from home, appointed with upscale resort amenities to complete guests' vacation experience. Accommodations have been designed for comfort and relaxation with special attention to detail, including soothing color palettes, luxury linens and bath amenities, surround-sound stereo, LCD televisions, screened patios and balconies, spa tubs with hydro-jets, full-sized washers and dryers, and fully-equipped kitchens. Signature Collection members can also enjoy personal attention from exclusive concierge staff, plus additional perks including daily newspaper delivery, a special on-site activities package and exclusive access to a private pool deck with a dedicated pool attendant.
"Members of The Registry Collection consistently rank Central Florida as one of the most requested inbound exchange destinations, so we are especially happy to welcome the Signature Collection to our portfolio," said Gregg Anderson, Global Managing Director for The Registry Collection program. "The resort amenities are outstanding, and the proximity to the area's themed attractions is sure to be a big hit with our members."
Holiday Inn Club Vacations was created in September 2008 as a strategic alliance between IHG, the world's largest hotel company, and Orange Lake Resorts, a leader within the timeshare industry with more than 25 years of proven success. Holiday Inn Club Vacations' flagship property in Orlando, located next to Walt Disney World® Resort, was established in 1982 by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. A 1,450-acre golf, water park and sports resort, Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort includes 2,412 villas and plans for expansion to 4,500 villas. Other member resort locations include Lake Geneva, Wis., Panama City, Fla. Brownsville, Vt., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Gatlinburg, Tenn. Holiday Inn Club members enjoy access to Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts and IHG's network of more than 4,200 hotels worldwide. Holiday Inn Club Vacations will continue to expand their Member Resorts to top North American destination locations.
The Registry Collection program is a global network comprising over 30,000 members and more than 130 affiliates on five continents. The more than 160 properties available through the program are either accessible for exchange or under development. As the world's largest luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection program provides members with access to an elite global network of the very finest vacation properties at some of the world's premier destinations, as well as personal concierge services that are available 24 hours a day. From condo hotels and high-end fractional resorts to private residence clubs and fractional yachts, The Registry Collection program facilitates exchanges around the world and redefines the vacation experience for owners and developers. The Registry Collection program is offered by Group RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the European leader in vacation rentals and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN).
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,200 hotels and more than 620,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with 43 million members worldwide.
IHG has nearly 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create around 140,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.