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- Paul Theroux


Views and Interviews

June 2023

Industry Awareness Feature
The benefits of vacation ownership

Timeshare, also known as vacation ownership, can be a great way to enjoy your vacation without having to worry about booking a hotel or rental property.

Timeshare resorts are often located in popular tourist destinations, so you can be sure to find one that's just right for you. Whether you're looking for a beachfront property, a mountain retreat, a religious centre, or a location near a wildlife sanctuary, you can find a timeshare resort that's just right for you.

Here’s a quick snapshot of timeshare benefits that we would like to highlight:

  • Peace of mind: With timeshare, you are already on the promoter’s network of locations
  • Savings: You can look forward to savings (in the long term) on room-tariff payments (as in hotels)
  • Convenience: The timeshare concept is tried and tested for convenience by thousands of vacation seekers all over the world
  • Flexibility: Timeshare offers flexibility, so you can plan around the most convenient time of the year
  • Community: Timeshare owners often become part of a close-knit community, which can make vacations even more enjoyable

To find out more, we reached out to a group of professionals who are between 30 and 40 years old – these are people who are active on the travel and vacation front. And as we mentioned in our previous interview, this demographic is useful to us – and relevant, in terms of vacation interests and feedback. (Where they go, what they do, and what they look for at a vacation resort.)

For this feature, we asked them just that, and here’s what some of them had to say.

Mallika Kumar – IT consultant

If you’re looking at things from a broader view, a comparison between a hotel and a timeshare resort can be very useful and informative. While both offer comfortable lodging and amenities, timeshare resorts often go the distance when it comes to the overall vacation experience – because a hotel can sometimes be just a transit location.

At a timeshare location, your vacation suddenly becomes an exciting destination - in terms of the number of things you can do. Simply because there’s a lot of activity planned around a vacation from sunrise to sunset – for vacationers of different age groups. There’s a whole lot more in store for you at a timeshare resort.

Veena Bhaskaran – interior designer

The feature that I am talking about can be a game changer for members with a vacation ownership plan. Because at timeshare resorts there is more to look forward to in terms of a complete vacation experience. You have a choice of multiple units, living spaces, bedrooms, and kitchenettes – to accommodate even larger and extended families.

Overall, timeshare resorts are a great choice for a vacation. They offer more space for families, more amenities, cost savings, and desirable locations. So if you’re planning a vacation, a timeshare holiday gives you the complete holiday experience.

Gauri Srinivasan – investment advisor

While timeshare resorts have the same basic facility blueprint as in hotels (pool, restaurant, gym, spa) the way these facilities integrate with your vacation week can be more interesting. Most timeshare resorts offer indoor and outdoor games, activities, and plenty of opportunities to discover local cultures, cuisines, and experiences.

In other words, this can be like a destination experience - you don’t have to leave the resort to find something to do. Some timeshare resorts also offer activities such as tennis, squash, and golf, so you can truly make the most of your vacation.

Vinod Prabhu – banking professional

From my point of view, one big advantage with timeshare resorts is the cost savings in room tariffs – room rent is already part of your long-term vacation week allocation for many years. Try and do the math with a friend who understands how this works and you’ll get an idea of cost savings in the long run. Even if you don’t use all of your weeks in a single year, you can carry over to the next year. Another huge benefit is the networking effect of your resort being associated with an exchange company – putting you on the vacation map of a big wide world of vacation ownership.

So it’s not just your home resort that we are talking about here, but other resorts in the country and elsewhere in the world. RCI and Interval International are two leading exchange companies in the timeshare space and they go a long way in widening the horizons for you.


AIRDA is an independent industry-focused body dedicated to timeshare and vacation ownership in India. Our primary members are resort owners who benefit from AIRDA’s constructive sharing of ideas and strategies on the running and promotion of vacation ownership and mixed-use platforms. What underlines AIRDA’s role in the industry is our guideline on fair practices and a common Code of Conduct applicable to all members. With a balanced end-customer focus we also provide news, information, and industry updates through our website, blog, and social media feeds. AIRDA also represents the industry within government circles - on policy issues that could benefit resort owners, nearby communities, and end-customers. Essentially, we hold a mirror at decision-making levels to help visualize an organized sector in India’s timeshare and vacation ownership space.

A listing of AIRDA members on our website

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Content Disclaimer: The views expressed in our interviews and stories do not necessarily reflect the official policies, practices and guidelines of the All India Resort Development Association, or its members. These views are based on personal experiences, private opinion, or open source information. (Images used here are either "paid-for" stock photos, images shared by the people we interview, or images under one of the open source licenses such as Creative Commons and others.)

Here’s a link to some recent interviews done by us on the AIRDA website

Virtual Tours

Welcome to AIRDA's virtual tours gallery - an initiative to provide an enhanced visual experience of our member properties.

If you would like to see how 360-degree panorama can work for you and give your customers an enhanced visual experience, please get in touch. Write to us at info@airda.org for more information.


Benefits for Resort Owners

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.

Benefits for Consumers

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.

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