New Properties and New Tech for RCI
With even more new properties and innovative technology developments, it’s been a big few weeks for RCI.
More New Affiliated Properties
Firstly, RCI has just announced the acquisition of 22 new properties; bringing the grand total of newly affiliated resorts for 2012 to 98. Add that to the nearly 4,000 affiliated vacation properties around the globe, and you’ll have an understanding of why timeshare exchange is so incredibly valuable in today’s vacation ownership climate.
“One of the things that makes RCI unique is the quality, size, and breadth of our exchange network,” said RCI’s president Gordon Gurnik., “which is why we are continually working to expand our portfolio of affiliated resorts.”
In addition to RCI’s newly expanded portfolio of resorts, they’ve also rolled out new tech innovations to streamline the data-sharing process for both timeshare owner/members and affiliated resorts; and to improve accessibility with new mobile capabilities.
Site-Wide Updates to Streamline Data-sharing
The first online initiative creates an easy way for RCI® subscribing members to pay their maintenance fees by adding a link to their maintenance fee website directly on the RCI deposit verification site. This will streamline the deposit and verification process for both members and affiliates and help facilitate payment of maintenance fees.
The second initiative facilitates the sharing of data between affiliated resorts and RCI. When RCI affiliates need data on inbounds and deposits, they’ll no longer need to enter the data manually. With the new updates, it’s now possible to have the data feed directly into their own property management systems. This will reduce the hours spent entering this data and help facilitate more accurate reporting.
New Mobile Capabilities
Continuing its series of industry innovations, RCI has also updated its mobile website to now allow RCI Points® subscribing members to complete transactions, including confirming and booking vacations, from their smart-phone devices.
“At RCI, we are always striving to leverage the latest technologies, like this website for smartphones, to make our members’ lives easier and to give our affiliated resorts a competitive advantage,” said Gurnik. “We are tailoring our web presence to the needs of an increasingly mobile consumer audience with this site, which can be accessed on the go from anywhere smartphones can be used.”
In today’s vacation ownership climate, the flexibility of exchange is one of the driving forces for timeshare consumers. RCI’s continually expanding portfolio of affiliated resorts and innovative technology developments can only mean good things for timeshare consumers; and hopefully points to good things for the vacation ownership industry as a whole.