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Shared Ownership Investment

Conference Draws International Audience

“This year, we endeavored to offer a solid mix of fundamentals for new entrants,

as well as more focused topics of interest for existing industry participants,” notes

David Gilbert, president of Interval International. “The new additions to the schedule

were particularly well-received.”

Spanish-Language Sessions

The Latin America portion — a half-day of content conducted in Spanish and

Portuguese, and translated for English-speaking attendees — drew a standing-

room-only crowd. The afternoon session covered a spectrum of topics, including a

case study of a recent timeshare entrant in Brazil, a panel on development and

management, and an analysis of the global market. Also featured were an expert

on marketing and communication in the region, and a roundtable discussion on

getting the right coverage from the media.

“The Latin America program reflects the growing market and product offerings in

Mexico, as well as the countries of Central and South America,” says Marcos

Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development

for Latin America. “It made sense to provide attendees with an intensive focus on the

region, as it was relevant to so many of them.”

It may have been the 17th

Shared Ownership Investment Conference,

but the more than 500 attendees were

treated to a few firsts. Two media

panels and a half-day session devoted

to Latin America were just a couple of

the standouts of the two-and-a-half-

day schedule of discussions,

dialogues, panels, and presentations.

Interval International

hosted the event,

held at the Fontainebleau Miami

Beach September 30 to October 2.

And the well-rounded coverage of

topics drew one of the largest

international crowds ever to attend,

with 24 countries represented.

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