A History of Timeshare

The story told in the timeshare industry is that a hotel was going broke in the Swiss Alps. They put a sign up on thier marquee that said "Own your room instead of renting it".  They adverted going bankrupt, the rooms quickly sold out and the concept of Timeshare was born.  We at timeshareadvisor.net are not sure this is the way it happened or not.  Instead we will offer you the facts:

1963 - 1968 - Timeshare starts with a French company (the Societe Des Grandes Travaux De Marseille company) and a Swiss company (HAPIMAG {hotel und appartementhaus immobilien Anlage} AG) that develop the concept of timeshare in the French Alps, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

1966 - 1969 - There's much speculation about the first Timeshare resort built in the United States. The first account shows the first timeshare resort as the Kaanapali Beach Destination Resort on west Maui, started in 1966.  Another account credits the Kauai Kailana on Kuai as the first one, starting in 1969.

1974 - John and Christel DeHaan start RCI, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Today they are the largest exchange company in the world.

1976 - Interval International forms. Becoming the Second largest exchange company today.

1980's - Timeshare develops through out the world with Western Europe developing the fastest. Sheraton, Ramada and Westin all become part of the industry and have bigger companies purchase them during the 1990’s

1984 - Marriott Joins.

1985 - Likewise, Four Seasons joins too.

During the 1990’s - Trading Places (that started as a full service Travel agency in southern California in the 1970's) becomes the third largest exchange company.

1991 - Disney starts Old Key West Resort at Walt Disney World.

1992 - The San Francisco Exchange company emerges seeking a high end timeshare client the same year  Hilton Grand Vacation Club is starts.

1994 - Hilton Grand Vacation Club opens The Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1997 - Cendent Corporation purchases RCI while another company called Dial an Exchange starts in Australia.


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1998 - Starwood purchases Sheraton and begins to renovate, while Marriott purchases The Ritz - Carlton.

2000 - RCI introduces RCI Points.

2002 - USA Interactive acquires Interval International

2007 - Wyndham becomes the Parent Company of RCI.

2016 - Marriott International purchases Starwood Hotels

2017 - RCI announces it will be acquiring DAE, placing it under the Wyndham Umbrella.

             Wyndham announces it will be splittiing into two seperate publicly traded companies splitting the hotel division and the timeshare divisions.


RCI has almost 4 million members in addition to 5240 resorts located in over 100 countries.

Similarly, Interval International has over 2 million members with almost 2500 resorts in over 75 countries around the world.

America has the most timeshare owners with 45% of the total owner base, as well as the most timeshare resorts for any country being 1500.

There are over 9 million weeks of timeshare owned by over 7 million households.

Eight out of ten owners are satisfied or very satisfied with their ownership.




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