The origins of timeshare go way back to the 1960s – a time when tourism as an industry took wing, with the boom in commercial air travel. The world’s first vacation ownership packages can be traced to two companies in Europe.
One of these was The Société des Grands Travaux de Marseille, which had a ski resort based in the French Alps called SuperDevoluy. The other was Hapimag, a Swiss company that offered its members a right-to-use facility across its network of resorts. Hapimag is still a key world player in timeshare and continues to operate independent of exchange companies.
Looking at the contributions of the tourism industry world-wide, timeshare is visibly one of the fastest growing segments. More than 9.3 million households own vacation calendars at nearly 5,200 resorts in over 120 countries. With timeshare owners dotted across 200 countries, “vacation ownership” is a top-of- mind preference on inflation-free holidays. North America occupies a big segment of the pie with nearly half of all the resorts and approximately two million owners. Europe wedges in as second most dominant region, with approximately 22 percent of owners, and more than 1,350 resorts.
What does an AIRDA membership mean to resort owners and developers? AIRDA comes in as your industry partner, conscience keeper and business catalyst - with a wide portfolio of support services.
What does AIRDA mean to holiday seekers and prospective customers? AIRDA comes in to provide information and offer guidelines on making the right timeshare decisions.