Macdonald Chooses Interval International

PRNewswire MIAMI November 14:

Interval International, a leading global vacation exchange company, has
been chosen by renowned UK hospitality company Macdonald Hotels & Resorts
as its exclusive exchange provider for its new points club branded Options
by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

“We chose Interval for a number of reasons. Interval, the quality exchange
network, are the experts in this field and have over the years built and
advised on points clubs for many brand-names and major independent
developers,” says John MacDonald managing director of Macdonald Resorts, a
division of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. “These quality resorts are
attractive in terms of the consumer; when they exchange they see other
quality resorts and respected brand names. We also felt that Interval
provided a complementary service, not a competitive one, which was an
important factor when making our decision.”

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is already one of the pre-eminent timeshare
operators in Europe with its network of resorts in the UK and Spain. The
decision to introduce a points club comes from a demand among potential
customers and its existing owner base of over 30,000 for a vacation
ownership product with greater flexibility. The club, branded Options by
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, was designed in conjunction with Interval
International and is tailor-made specifically for the needs of their
current and future members.
“Points are now familiar currency in all sorts of transactions from
flights to supermarket shopping. People understand how to use them and the
additional flexibility that they offer,” says MacDonald. “With respect to
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, they offer our owners, present and future, the
opportunity to take advantage of the options available from the company`s
leisure and hotel portfolio. That`s why we see points as the way forward.”

In designing Options by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, a hybrid points club
was developed that allows existing fixed-week owners the flexibility of
retaining priority booking of their week while accruing the annual
increment of points. The club currently offers nine Macdonald resorts:
four based in Scotland, three in Spain, and one each in England and Wales.
When owners deposit their weeks into the club, they receive their annual
points allocation and priority on use of the week deposited. MacDonald
says that at the end of the 30-year duration of the club, his company will
return property rights to club members who own fixed weeks in perpetuity.

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Points initially are available for use on exchanges with Interval`s
network of over 2,000 quality resorts throughout the world, within the
Macdonald network and for stays at Macdonald hotels throughout the United
Kingdom. Another benefit of joining the points club is automatic
enrollment in Interval Gold. This Interval upgraded membership program
provides members with a range of discounts on travel and leisure products,
and through Interval Options the ability to exchange towards cruises,
golfing holidays, and spa breaks.

“We are absolutely delighted and extremely proud to be associated with the
launch of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts` new points club,” says David
Clifton, Interval`s managing director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and
Asia. “It took an intense collaborative effort to design a points program
that precisely fits the specific needs of Macdonald and its owners. We
firmly believe that Options by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is a superb
product to further develop Macdonald`s already highly successful timeshare
division.”

For more than 27 years, Interval International has led the vacation
ownership industry with innovative products and the highest levels of
quality, service and value complemented by a global network of 2,000
resorts in 75 countries. With its headquarters located in Miami, Florida,
Interval serves its developer clients and more than 1.5 million members
through 26 offices in 17 countries and employs nearly 1,700 people
worldwide. Interval International is an operating business of
IAC/InterActiveCorp.

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