The timeshare industry has evolved over the years and continues to grow. However, it has faced several challenges and has been plagued by many problems, particularly with owners. Nonetheless, the industry has survived major financial crises and has become a key part of the global economy. Despite the challenges, the timeshare segment has some promising future in the tourism industry.
As the economy recovers, people are eager to take advantage of opportunities that were missed, especially those related to traveling. In fact, a Morning Consult survey showed that 63% of Americans are excited to plan a vacation when the economy is better. This growth in tourism may contribute to the recovery of the timeshare industry.
Today, more than 5,000 resorts exist worldwide and more than 1,600 are located in the United States. These resorts are operated by various timeshare companies, which must register in their state to sell timeshares. Aside from the need to meet regulations, timeshare companies must also train their employees and manage the exchange program.
In 2007, the ARDA International Foundation studied the timeshare industry and found that sales of timeshares grew by 81% over five years. It found that the greatest challenge to the industry was its image. Luckily, the timeshare industry is not only resilient to change, but is evolving to keep up with changing needs and preferences of its consumers.
Timeshares are now a popular choice for travelers who prefer predictable trips to certain destinations. Often, the location and amenities offered are the most important factors in choosing a timeshare. Unlike other types of vacation rentals, timeshares offer flexibility in making decisions. Depending on the timeshare, the owner can stay at the same resort for an entire year, or choose to take a short trip to a different destination.
One of the largest luxury brands in the timeshare industry is Marriott Vacations Worldwide. Founded in 1976, the company now owns and operates the Marriott brand and a number of other timeshare networks. With destinations throughout the globe, Marriott is popular among travelers from around the world.
A recent study by HVS predicted the timeshare industry to experience a resurgence in 2021-2024. According to the study, the economy is expected to recover and may result in a strong demand for Timeshare products.
Several large branded companies have helped make the timeshare industry more reputable and attractive. Whether the brand is Disney Vacation Club or Interval International, these companies have contributed to the industry’s credibility. They have also introduced diversified Vacation Ownership products, which are more appealing to savvy vacationers.
Similarly, the timeshare industry is benefiting from the emergence of new technologies. For example, Wi-Fi is a common feature in timeshares. Moreover, the industry has been able to attract young travelers. Millennials are the generation most likely to be involved in the industry.
The timeshare industry has also been able to capture a larger share of the travel market. During the past decade, timeshare sales in the United States averaged about $7.5 billion per year. This figure increased to a record $10 billion in 2006.
The resurgence of the industry has contributed to a more positive image of the timeshare industry. Consumer protection agencies have become involved in the industry, which has led to stricter enforcement and regulation.