According to the American Resort Development Association (that's the trade
group for timeshare industry) two million Americans owned timeshares in
1999. That's a 25 percent increase from the year before. Cynthia Huheey is
the president of the association. We asked her just how this whole system
The Truth about Timeshares
An Interview with Cynthia Huheey
Not so long ago, the word "timeshare" was nearly synonymous with "scam."
Con-artists and fly-by-night developers made the words connect by sometimes
selling stays at spots much different than they advertised -- or at resorts
that didn't exist at all. But these days, growing pains behind, the
industry is much different. Even luxury hotels chains like Ritz-Carlton,
Four Seasons, Hilton and Marriot are getting into the game. And is it
Savvy Resources for Timeshares
- American Resort Development Association
See the "Consumer Information" area for information on vacation
ownership products (timeshares, vacation clubs...), interval
resales and the resort industry.
- The Timeshare Owners Users Group
Run almost entirely by volunteers, who happen to also be TS
owners and enthusiasts. In addition to classified buy, sell
and rent ads there is a wealth of information an knowledge
regarding every aspect of timesharing. Access to some pages
require membership, which is $15 per year.
- Time Share Owners Organization
Not as much information as TUG but has a good link page to
other TS information.
- Timesharing Today magazine
Another teriffic resource for owners.
- Fern's Timeshare and Travel
A personal site operated by a knowledgeable timeshare owner.
- Resort Condominiums International
Learn more about RCI and the vacation ownership industry,
get more details on affiliated resorts, and look into travel
conditions around the globe.