Thanks to the advent of the freeway systems of the 50's and the airline travel boom of the 60's, modern vacationing, or leisure travel was born. Today, the dream of a vacation is more accessible than ever! However, this was not always the case. For centuries, only the privileged classes enjoyed this freedom. They played, as others toiled...
Leisure travel and floating time resort have always symbolized luxury, freedom, pleasure and satisfaction. During the last century, our leisure time has almost doubled. Oscar Wilde wrote: «Give me the luxuries in life and I can dispense with the necessities». Today's citizens no longer yearn for vacations and leisure travel ? they demand it. That is where timeshares come in.
Timesharing as a form of vacationing began in the early 1960s in Europe, when various families shared in the ownership of a vacation home and timeshare properties. Instead of one family owning a vacation home and only using it several weeks a year, it made more sense to share the time with others. This way each family owned what they used and shared the upkeep and costs proportionally.
When this "shared vacation home" concept arrived in America in the early 70's, it took the form of furnished condominium and mega floating time resort. Floating time resort developers discovered that greater consumer satisfaction leads to greater profits. The more they improve their product, the greater its acceptance and popularity. Recognizable names like Disney, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Starwood and Wyndham now offer timeshare and they have helped improve the image. Today more and more people are discovering the benefits of timesharing. In fact, timesharing is now the fastest growing segment of the hospitality industry.
Timeshare condominiums offer the luxury of staying in an excellent floating time resort with all the comforts and privacy of your own home. Ownership creates substantial savings over renting hotels, houses or condominiums and provides additional comfort and security too. Expect to pay far more for a hotel room and enjoy it less. By pre-paying future accommodation expenses, you save on the rising cost of future vacations. Think about it. Why pay full time for a part time vacation? Owning a timeshare is like owning an affordable vacation home that fits your budget and lifestyle. Unlike owning a vacation home, typically used less than three weeks a year, you purchase your timeshare time based upon your needs and wants.
Timeshare owners enjoy flexibility in both time and place. When you own a timeshare, you can join an exchange program that enables you to trade your time for weeks and times at resorts all over the world. You are never stuck in one place! Whether you want to trade your summer vacation week to winter, visit resorts in other lands, go cruising through the Caribbean or simply extend your stay at your own floating time resort, today's timeshares are meant to match your personal vacation style.