RCI Pledges $60,000 to the ARDA International Foundation for Industry Research and Education

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NEW ORLEANS (April 3, 2017) – RCI made a $60,000 pledge to the ARDA International

Foundation (AIF) during ARDA World 2017 in New Orleans. AIF is a nonprofit organization

led by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) that serves to foster career

opportunities and development through education and training programs and advance knowledge

of the industry through comprehensive market intelligence.

“The entire timeshare industry benefits from the great work that is being done through the AIF,”

said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “We make driving the timeshare industry forward a top

priority at RCI, so we’re pleased to continue ongoing support of the organization’s valuable

research and educational programs.”

RCI presented the contribution to the AIF at the opening General Session of ARDA World 2017.

As the global leader in vacation exchange, RCI is a long-time advocate of the AIF and

continuously encourages efforts that help further develop and promote the timeshare industry.

“The market intelligence that AIF generates is critical to our industry’s ability to make good

business decisions and fundamental for ARDA’s advocacy efforts,” said Howard Nusbaum,

ARDA president and CEO. “In addition, AIF provides essential educational programming and

tools for our industry, and RCI’s generosity greatly contributes to the success of these efforts.”

Established in 1982 to fulfill the research needs of the industry, AIF has grown to provide a

multitude of services to vacation ownership professionals. These initiatives include research and

market intelligence, professional education and certification and scholarship programs.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in nearly 110

countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased

flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI

Weeks ® program, the week-for- week exchange system, and the RCI Points ® program, the

industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to

its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The

Registry Collection ® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200

affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI

is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands

(NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or rciaffiliates.com. RCI also

can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

About AIF

The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) is the timeshare industry's leading source for market

intelligence and career advancement resources. AIF, a 501(c) (3) organization, serves to enhance

knowledge for the public and industry through its comprehensive timeshare research studies, and

aims to enrich careers through ongoing training, learning and development. For more

information, visit www.arda.org/foundation.

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Valerie Oppelaar


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Press Release Date: 
Monday, April 3, 2017