American Industry Association

 

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA), based in Washington DC, is the US trade association representing the vacation ownership and the resort development industries (timeshares).

ARDA has between 550 and 600 corporate members and over 5,000 associates. ARDA members come from privately held firms and publicly traded corporations, or those with extensive experience in timeshares and shared holiday ownership.

Included in the role of members are developers, exchange companies, vacation clubs, resellers, and rimeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, industry vendors, suppliers and consultants as well as owners, through the ARDA-Resort Owners' Coalition (ARDA-ROC).

ARDA promotes the growth and development of the timeshare industry.
 
Advocacy

ARDA is actively involved in local, state, and national governmental affairs. It monitors regulatory issues which affect timeshare, engaging in lobbying efforts focused on the establishment of a legislative environment, fostering industry growth and further enhancing consumer confidence and protection.

Networking

ARDA claims to offer industry professionals educational and networking opportunities each year through its Annual Convention and Exposition with 2,500+ attendees, 50+ educational sessions and more than 200 expo hall booths; the Fall Conference, a 300+ gathering of ARDA’s leaders; and regional educational seminars focusing on resort management and local legislative issues.

Business-to-Business Partnerships / Bridge-Building

Through alliances with organisations in related and complementary industries in North America and overseas, ARDA pursues business and growth opportunities on behalf of its members.

Industry Resources

ARDA communicate through a variety of informational tools including published research summaries, news updates and email alerts, deliver an industry magazine and its websites are located at: www.arda.org, www.arda-roc.org, www.vacationbetter.org

ARDA International Foundation (AIF)

The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) is the timeshare industry’s leading source for market intelligence and career advancement resources. AIF, a 501(c)(3) organisation, serves to enhance knowledge for the public and industry through its comprehensive timeshare research studies, and aims to enrich careers through ongoing training, learning and development. For more information visit www.ARDA.org/foundation.

History of ARDA
 
The birth of the US timeshare industry occurred during the mid-1970s, as banks were faced with overbuilt condominium projects.  Project conversions turned these condos into timeshare resorts and the US vacation ownership business had its start.

In the early days, timeshare was an unregulated industry, with marketing abuses by some that marred its reputation with consumers and reputable developers.  As a result, timeshare pioneers worked together to establish a legislative framework to allow developers to prosper. From that early effort the timeshare Industry established ALDA (The American Land Development Association) which later became ARDA (The American Resort Development Association) in 1989.

In 1974, RCI entered the industry as the first exchange company and Interval International followed in 1976. Timeshare exchange added a level of flexibility in both time and location, thus the product became more enhancement in the form of floating time. Next came the points program which was claimed to offer even more flexibility.

Members did approve the Model Timeshare Act in 1983, establishing a foundation with some credibility, and this has spring boarded ARDA to a position of being able to work with legislators and regulators on issues that affect both developers and consumers.

In the 1980s, ARDA went on to establishe the industry’s Code of Ethics, which publicly serves as an industry statement on the expected ethical sales practices.  Every ARDA member must agree to abide by this code and as a condition of membership.

Marriott marked the entrance of the hospitality brands in 1984 and in response to consumer demand, for fractional and private residence clubs which were introduced in the 1990s.

Today, there are more than 1,500 timeshare resorts in the United States with over nine million owners. Globally, there are more than 5,000 timeshare resorts in 121 countries.

ARDA intends to respond to consumer preferences, lifestyle choices and by providing an expanding variety of flexible timeshare products and, more importantly, the best vacation experiences for their owners.

 

Contact Details

Washington Office

1201 15th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005-2842
(202) 371-6700
Fax: (202) 289-8544

ARDA State Government Affairs Office

Landmark Centre Two
225 E. Robinson Street, Suite 545
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 245-7601
Fax: (407) 872-0771

ARDA-ROC

1201 15th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005-2842
(202) 371-6700
Fax: (202) 289-8544