The Organisation for Timeshare in Europe (OTE) will be holding its biennial UK conference in Edinburgh on 22 May, reflecting the vitally important role that Scotland plays in the UK timeshare industry. The conference, to be held at Dynamic Earth, is being sponsored by Scottish Development International and will be opened by Scottish Minister for Enterprise Energy and Tourism, Jim Mather MSP.
Holding the conference in Scotland will recognise both the pioneering role that Scotland played in timeshare’s history – the first ever timeshare resort in the UK was at Loch Rannoch – but also the high quality of the resorts in Scotland, which are so important to the timeshare industry as a whole.
Kenneth Clark of Scottish Development International is happy to show its support for the OTE and timeshare in general. “We are supporting this year’s OTE UK Conference because timeshare demonstrates all that is good about the Scottish hospitality and tourism industry; professionalism, quality and uniqueness. If we are to attract more businesses to Scotland we need to be able to celebrate Scottish success stories and timeshare has certainly been one of these.”
Timeshare has come a long way since it started in Scotland in 1976 as UK chairman of OTE, Frank Chapman recalls:
“I was fortunate enough to open the first timeshare resort in the UK at Loch Rannoch. At the time this was a completely novel concept in holiday home ownership in the UK and it has proved incredibly popular, with 115,000 week long holidays now taken every year in the UK.”
Chapman continues: “Timeshare has thrived in Scotland because it offers a unique opportunity for both UK holiday makers and those from abroad to regularly visit and build up a relationship with some stunning properties and locations across the country. Scottish Timeshare provides some of the best facilities in the world and visitors are able to enjoy the best that Scotland has to offer: from the stunning lochs and mountains of the highlands to the vibrancy of culture in its cities.”
“We are grateful for the support of Scottish Development International which has enabled us to put of a full programme of events for the conference and it demonstrates how important timeshare is to the Scottish business community. I believe that Scottish timeshare and tourism in Scotland in general can continue to go from strength to strength.”
OTE is the official trade association for the timeshare industry in Europe, representing companies from all EU Member States. It promotes best practice in the industry for the benefit of both consumers and the industry. All members are bound by a code of ethics, which ensures the protection of consumers’ rights. OTE provides a free of charge information and conciliation service for consumers dealing with its members.
Timeshare facts and figures
- There are 106 timeshare resorts in the UK and 1,500 in Europe
- 450,000 British families own timeshare, 70,000 of whom own in the UK
- A survey conducted amongst timeshare owners in 2006 reveals that 96% say it’s a better experience than other self catering holidays, 97% say it’s as good as or better than staying in an hotel, 76% are pleased with their decision to buy and 71% would recommend timeshare to others
- Average annual occupancy levels at timeshare resorts in the UK stand at 86% (92% in Scotland)
- The industry generates 2.2 million bed nights per annum
- Timeshare purchases are fully protected through the European Timeshare Directive and additional protection is provided to customers of OTE members, through OTE’s code of conduct
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About our sponsors:
Hilton International Grand Vacations Company has three resorts in Scotland with a total of 182 lodges spread over the resorts at Coylumbridge, Craigendarroch and Dunkeld. The resorts combine the freedom and flexibility of your own holiday home with all the quality and services of a 4-star hotel. Hilton have recently opened a resort in Vilamoura, Portugal
Club La Costa Resorts and Hotels owns and manages 22 luxury resorts throughout Europe and have one resort in Scotland, at the Duchally Country Estate in Perthshire, a historic country hotel with modern lodges conveniently close to Edinburgh and Glasgow with the world famous Gleneagles Golf just five minutes away.
Seasons Holidays plc owns 6 resorts in the British Isles together with 3 in Europe. The company also offers access to 90 affiliated destinations around the world in locations such as Australia, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Their Scottish resort of Brunston Castle is in the peaceful Girvan Valley, just five miles from Ayrshire’s picturesque coastline.
De Vere Resort Ownership has 4 top class resorts in the UK in Lincolnshire, Northumberland and two Scottish resorts on the shores of Loch Lomond – Cameron House, and The Carrick. Both of these are just 30 minutes from Glasgow and reflect De Vere’s uncompromising commitment to excellence in every detail.
Scottish Development International
Scottish Development International (SDI) is the specialist inward investment arm of Scotland’s business development agency, Scottish Enterprise. Their dedicated tourism team is experienced in working closely with developers, investors and operators to help secure a successful investment and maximise the opportunities that Scotland provides.
The Scottish Government with Scottish Enterprise, its business development agency, and VisitScotland, the country’s tourism marketing agency, are committed to a growth strategy that will increase revenues from tourism by another 50% over the next decade • VisitScotland’s Business Tourism Unit has doubled its marketing budget over the last two years and more than £500m is being invested in upgrading existing venues and creating brand new facilities.