European Industry Association


The Resort Development Organisation (RDO)

RDO (Resort Development Organisation) is the trade association for vacation ownership across Europe, encompassing a number of usage types including timeshare, fractional interests, private residence clubs, condo hotels, destination clubs etc, all aimed at providing holidaymakers with quality holiday accommodation through various concepts of use.

RDO members claim to represent the best in European vacation ownership and high service standards and integrity. Members are bound by a code of conduct and an independent arbitration scheme, providing levels of protection beyond those required by law.

RDO claim they are important to consumers, as its members are committed to high service standards and must sign up to a code of conduct. They investigate fraudulent activity and work with the authorities to have companies closed down. They offer a free complaint handling service to customers regarding their members and work with governments to bring in legislation that’s fair to both the industry and consumers.

The RDO inform the media about the difference the claim to have established between vacation ownership and holiday clubs and why the RDO important to operators in the industry?

Its purpose is to help its members to grow their businesses successfully and sustainably and does this through: promotion of the industry, Europe-wide lobbying, national representation, networking, annual conference, education, news, enforcement, research, statistics, working with owners; and mediation for members and consumers.

The mission of the Resort Development Organisation (RDO) is to be the recognised voice for the timeshare and shared ownership industry and it aims to become the kite mark for quality and trust for consumers, whilst promoting and demanding industry best practice from its members. The primary goal is for consumers to enjoy their ownership and have great holidays, now and in the future.

RDO is committed to supporting members in delivering the highest quality experiences and in acting as a mark of trust and assurance for consumers.
To achieve this RDO claims to

  • Demand adherence to ethical practices (from members).

  • Build confidence by providing practical, transparent and effective assistance when called upon.

  • Highlight and promote the excellence of service and products provided by members.

  • Work with enforcement agencies across Europe to maximise protection for consumers.

RDO Values

  • Enforcing strong business ethics.

  • Promoting transparent company practices.

  • Fostering rigorous adherence to legislation.

  • Respecting members, affiliates and consumers.

The RDO Code of Ethics was introduced in 1999 and over the years has been regularly updated to reflect best practices within the timeshare industry.

On 1st January 2010 RDO’s new Code of Conduct came into force. The new code reflects changes in the industry and legislation such as the EU Timeshare Directive, Rome 1, and the Unfair Commercial Practices Legislation which made certain aspects of the old code obsolete. The new code is accompanied by an Alternative Dispute Resolution Scheme (ADR) which allows consumers to have a cost effective alternative form of redress, in addition to RDO’s free-of-charge complaint handling service.

Compliance with best practice standards set by the code is still governed by so-called administrative procedures. RDO members have an excellent track record in complying with the code.

The new RDO code attributes additional rights to consumers when dealing with RDO members, which do not apply when consumers purchase from non-members.

From time to time the RDO Board approves additional Guidance Notes, which form part of the Code of Conduct. The current Guidance Notes that have been approved by the RDO Board cover the following:

  • Exit Options

  • Resale

  • Trade-Ins & Transfers

The current Code of Conduct can be downloaded here.

The current Guidance Notes can be downloaded here.


Contact Details

RDO Central Office

4th Floor
45 Monmouth Street

Phone: + 44 (0) 1624 653153


Please note that consumers should not call the main number as consumer enquiries and complaints cannot be handled via telephone.


The Resort Development Oganisation membership

As at the 19th of November 2019


Anfi Sales S.L.

Azure Services Ltd

Baker & Hostetler

Cala Pi Maintenance SL

CLC World Resorts & Hotels

Club El Beril

Club Meliá

Colin Jenkins

Confused About Timeshare

Connex UK & Ireland Ltd

Dial An Exchange Ltd

Diamond Resorts™

Dom Pedro Hotels

First Group

First National Trustee Company Ltd

Flagship Consulting Ltd

Greenwoods GRM LLP

Guy Williams Layton

Hapimag AG

Hilton Grand Vacations

HMC Funding

Holiday Club Resorts

Holiday FM Ltd

Howard Kennedy Solicitors

Hutchinson Trustees Limited

ICE Europe Ltd

Interval International

José María Rocabert Marcet

Karma Royal Group

KPMG Cyprus


Legis Rechtsanwälte AG

Liberty Connections Ltd

Light Enterprises

Lizarza Abogados

Marketing and Promotion Ltd

MLS Lawyers & Solicitors SLP

MVCI Europe Ltd

Nexus Leisure Ltd

Olympus Marketing Ltd

Orange Lake Country Club, Inc

Paradise Resorts (Cyprus) Ltd

Pearly Grey Ocean Club

Peninsular Club at La Manga Club Resort

Pestana Resorts

Porto Azzurro Resort

Porto Bay Hotels and Resorts

Porto Vacation Club


Regency Resorts

Resort Solutions

Seasons Holidays plc

Shawbrook Bank Ltd

Sovereign Travel & Leisure Group plc

Stallos AE

Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants


Travel & Leisure Group

Turkish Timeshare Trade Association

Worldwide Group of Companies Ltd