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American Resort Development Association Awards RCI, Wyndham's Vacation Exchange
Business, ARDA Circle of Excellence Innovator Award


ORLANDO, Fla. (March 31, 2011)RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), received four awards last night at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) 2011 Awards Gala Dinner. Among the most prestigious of the accolades was the ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) Innovator Award, which RCI received for making significant enhancements to its RCI® Weeks exchange program, transforming the vacation exchange experience for timeshare owners around the world.

As a result of these enhancements, RCI Weeks members are able to compare the trading power value of their deposited week to the trading power value of the timeshare interval they want to exchange into and can also combine deposited timeshare intervals, allowing them to exchange into vacations having a higher exchange trading power. RCI now also provides its Weeks members with a “Deposit Credit” if the trading power value of the interval they have exchanged into is less than that of their deposited interval.

“Unveiling trading power transparency was one of the most exciting and unprecedented things we’ve ever done for our members,” said Geoff Ballotti, CEO, RCI. “We are thrilled to be recognized by ARDA for this phenomenal effort by our associates around the world, and we look forward to continuing to deliver the best innovations in the industry for our affiliates and our members.”

The ARDY awards are an opportunity for ARDA, the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries, to recognize those companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the timeshare industry. The ACE awards honor specific individuals who have attained the highest level of excellence in their fields, or have demonstrated a commitment to the betterment of the industry as a whole.

RCI was also recognized with the following awards in the advertising and promotion categories:
  • Newsletter – Print or Electronic Format:  RCI® Quarterly Member e-Newsletter
  • Specialty Marketing Piece/Program:  Happy Hippo Birthday (South Africa)
  • Website:  RCISnapBook.com
"RCI prides itself on our dedication to delivering great products and services to our valued affiliates and memorable vacations to our 3.8 million members worldwide,” said Ballotti. “It is truly an honor to see the RCI team recognized by our colleagues throughout the industry for the great work they do each and every day.”

About RCI
RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest serviced vacation rentals business, providing access to approximately 97,000 vacation properties in nearly 100 countries. The vacation exchange business includes RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and provider of travel services to businesses and consumers, and The Registry Collection® program, the world’s largest luxury exchange program. The vacation rentals business includes Hoseasons, cottages4you, Novasol®, Cuendet®, Landal GreenParks®, ResortQuest®, James Villa Holidays, Endless Vacation Rentals® and other renowned vacation rental brands through which vacationers can rent a variety of property types, from city apartments to villas. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is one of the world’s largest hospitality companies with leading brands in lodging franchising, vacation ownership, vacation rentals and vacation exchange. For additional information visit our media center media center.

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Contact:

Steve Alessandrini
Ph: 973-753-8278
steven.alessandrini@rci.com


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