Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket at the seminar

Started by Mavo, October 07, 2009, 16:24:23

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Mavo



I am deliberately putting this report into this section.
I hope it helps some of those seeking an honest re-sale agent.

Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket were one of the main sponsors of the recent seminar Timeshare Stripped Bare and on the first day Philip Watson of Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket was invited from the floor to give us a presentation on the theme. "How can we ensure that timeshare re-sales work for everyone"
The most obvious point was for sellers and purchasers to identify the honest brokers in an area of timeshare where the rogues ply their trade with such gusto and enthusiasm. Philip pointed out that many of those scammed with the opener of "we have a corporate buyer for your timeshare" often fell for the same gambit on more than one occasion and he knew of one person who had gone for scams on 6 different occasions losing about £1000 each time. He asked the question as to where do these companies get your phone number from? This was a danger signal if you had not supplied it to them.
He pointed out that up front deposits and fly over to Spain to sign over, were also "a give away" to it being a scam.
Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket are a re-sale agent endorsed by the consumer led body TATOC and as re-sellers they provide an ethical product.
Philip pointed out that the image of timeshare and re-sales was perceived in the public eye as products to be avoided and his company were pursuing positive media activities in order to repair confidence in timeshare products. He stated that they had already had some one minute adverts running on The Travel Channel and these had been very successful. They are proud sponsors of The Travel Channel and  they are currently showcasing Club la Costa on there having already shown Moness House Hotel & Resort, Devere and Seasons Plc this year with Diamond resorts looking likely for November.

Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarkets are going to be putting out a half hour TV advertising programme on SKY 647. This will begin on 7th November and will be shown  4 times per day during the afternoons and ad hoc at other times during the day. It  will showcase 3 resorts. One will be Diamonds Santa Barbara in Tenerife one will be Club La Costa, Las Ferolas on the Costa del Sol and the other will be Paradise Kings Club in Cyprus.  
He then signposted developers to an advertising specialist, Terry Rose of Four Chairs Advertising in Kent, who could cost effectively put together showcasing clips which could be put on company websites to enhance sales and the consumers perception of timeshare products.
Philip also stated that at one time Developers would not communicate with Re-sale Agencies but lines of communication were now open between his company and a number of the leading developers including Diamond Resorts International, Club la Costa, Petchey Leisure, Macdonalds Resorts, Devere Resorts & Hotels and Seasons PLC and many more.
   


daveandmaureen

Thanks for that Tom,

Not an advert but simply confirmation that we used Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket (WTH) to buy the two resale Garden Lago fixed weeks which we ultimately converted to S unterra Points before the DRI era began.

WTH did everything they said they would do and were very reliable and kept us up to date with progress throughout.

I recall that WTH are associated with the Company (from Bournemouth I believe) who used to have Paradise Club and Paradise Monterray at Adeje in Tenerife. They sold the Resorts to CLC to fund the further development of Paradise Kings Club in Cyprus. I am not surprised therefore that one of the three Resorts in the 30 minute advert is Paradise Kings Club Cyprus.

Sadly whilst WTH are very good for assisting in the disposal of fixed weeks it does not assist those wishing to sell DRI Points although I am pretty sure you can buy second-hand CLC Points through WTH. The rules of CLC Points must be different to the DRI version in this respect.

You could always convert your DRI Points into a DRI Fixed Week then engage WTH to try and find a buyer for that fixed week. A word of caution before everyone follows this "plan", even 4 years ago second-hand weeks were selling for an awful lot less than they cost and I am sure resale prices are now a whole lot less.

Cheers
Dave K

Mavo

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Originally posted by daveandmaureen

Thanks for that Tom,

Not an advert but simply confirmation that we used Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket (WTH) to buy the two resale Garden Lago fixed weeks which we ultimately converted to S unterra Points before the DRI era began.

WTH did everything they said they would do and were very reliable and kept us up to date with progress throughout.

I recall that WTH are associated with the Company (from Bournemouth I believe) who used to have Paradise Club and Paradise Monterray at Adeje in Tenerife. They sold the Resorts to CLC to fund the further development of Paradise Kings Club in Cyprus. I am not surprised therefore that one of the three Resorts in the 30 minute advert is Paradise Kings Club Cyprus.

Sadly whilst WTH are very good for assisting in the disposal of fixed weeks it does not assist those wishing to sell DRI Points although I am pretty sure you can buy second-hand CLC Points through WTH. The rules of CLC Points must be different to the DRI version in this respect.

You could always convert your DRI Points into a DRI Fixed Week then engage WTH to try and find a buyer for that fixed week. A word of caution before everyone follows this "plan", even 4 years ago second-hand weeks were selling for an awful lot less than they cost and I am sure resale prices are now a whole lot less.

Cheers
Dave K



Evening Dave
Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarkets are based in Bournmouth and whilst they are connected to Moness House Hotel and Country Club mentioned as being showcased in a TV advert they do not make any reference, in the pre seminar write up, to any current connection to Paradise Kings Club in Cyprus. They may have retained a connection but it was not listed in their portfolio of interests.
With reference to DRI points. DRI are at present looking at options with regards to the re-sale of points so perhaps WTH are being looked at as possible agents for this purpose. I do not know. All I know is that changes were made to the rules at the last AGM which would allow for the sale of points through a DRI approved agent.  

daveandmaureen

Evening Mavo,

The only reason I know that WTH and Paradise Club (Originally Paradise Club Tenerife now Cyprus) are connected is because when I 'phoned them (WTH) some years ago for details of resale weeks in Majorca, Christian the sales person who processed both of our resale purchases asked where we had holidayed with timeshare recently.

I mentioned Paradise Club at Adeje Alto in Teneife and he said, that was on resort he could not sell me as his company was part of the same group. Apparently it would be unethical for WTH to "hoover up" the weeks of unhappy purchasers of Paradise Club weeks and make fees from reselling them.

As I said before I would recommend WTH as a resale company and hope that your suggestion of DRI using them comes off.
Cheers

Dave K

Mavo

Evening Dave.
I did not suggest that DRI use them. I suggested that DRI may be looking at them (among others), if DRI are thinking of rolling out a re-sale plan.
It is obvious that if DRI do put something together, unless it is done in house, due diligence would have to be done on any involvement of re-sale agencies.


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