On 27th February 2019 at a meeting of timeshare owners’ committees in Birmingham, delegates supported the proposals put forward for the budget, funding and structure for EUROC (European Resort Owners’ Coalition), the new European owners’ representative body, and gave their unanimous approval for its launch on March 1st.
Its creation follows the closure of TATOC in 2017, which left owners in the UK and mainland Europe without any form of representation and with little protection against the activities of fraudulent or deceptive operators. EUROC, which is run by owners, for owners, is to develop relationships with Europewide government departments, consumer organisations, enforcement bodies and the media, ensuring that the voice of the timeshare ownership community is heard and owners’ interests are formally represented and acted upon.
RDO and ARDA-ROC are funding EUROC over the course of 2019 to help set it up, but for 2020 it is expected to be close to self-funded through its membership fees. For further information please contact Member Relations Manager Jane Gilmartin at firstname.lastname@example.org
RDO (Resort Development Organisation) is the trade association for vacation ownership across Europe. Their members are bound by a strict code of conduct and an independent arbitration scheme offering consumer protection in excess of what is legally required. To check to see if a resort owner or resale company is a member of RDO or to read more about their work please go to rdo.org.
The RDO (alongside AIPP for freehold and leasehold property) are supporting the Alliance of International Property Owners.
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the US equivalent of RDO is also supporting AIPP and RDO with the Alliance of International Property Owners. For queries about timeshare outside Europe please go to www.arda.org.
RDO in turn funds the Timeshare Task Force (TTF) and Timeshare Helpline. Timeshare Task Force is an initiative that is bringing together timeshare organisations, consumer bodies, enforcement agencies and individual companies all with the common aim of assisting consumers with advice and resolution services.
Timeshare Business Check is part of the the Timeshare Task Force. If you are worried about the legitimacy of a company and they are not an RDO member then please contact them to carry out a check . Their services are entirely free and they are committed to helping customers with refunds and relinquishments along with ensuring rogue businesses are brought to justice.
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Did you know?
The timeshare industry has grown from around $16 billion of worldwide sales in 2013 to just under $20 billion in 2015 with over 500,000 shared holiday ownership units around the world.*
*Source: Shared-Vacation Ownership Worldwide Report prepared by Oxford Economics and Leger for ARDA International Foundation, 2016