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What Companies are Doing to Prepare for the Timeshare Industry Recovery

After canceling and postponing trips earlier this year, people are starting to plan and take vacations again – albeit with a sensible degree of caution. As travel restrictions start to ease, timeshare companies like KOALA are poised to offer guests the same luxurious accommodations they love, with the additional peace of mind that comes with guaranteed cleanliness and private space. Read on to find out how KOALA is preparing for the timeshare industry recovery, from our co-founder and CEO Mike Kennedy.

Ashley Burke - Aug 07, 2020
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas provide an incomparable setting of lush tranquility and premium luxury from which to set out on your Maui adventure. Spacious studios and splendid one-to-two-bedroom villas with kitchen/kitchenettes and private balconies offer a restful haven after another magnificent sunset in paradise.

We’re Emphasizing Ease of Social Distancing

Timeshare properties make it much easier than traditional hotels to socially distance. Eighty percent of all timeshare units have at least two-bedrooms, and come with a full kitchen, which means you can effectively limit your contact while taking a great vacation at a branded resort. More importantly, having a full kitchen means groups or families don’t need to venture into public spaces or restaurants to eat. They can simply prepare all their meals in house. 

The Westin St. John Resort Villas is your passageway to St. John’s vibrant natural wonders. Featuring studios to three-bedroom townhouses with in-suite washer/dryers, entertainment systems, and dining areas, Westin St. John provides a launching pad for experiencing the island’s stunning diversity of experiences (and wildlife).

We’re Supporting Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

KOALA’s resort partners released updated standard operating procedures which contained enhanced cleaning protocols, detailing exactly what brands are doing during and between stays for both the accommodations and the resort grounds. Naturally this kind of certainty is above and beyond what traditional vacation rentals (where hosts are private home owners) can guarantee. KOALA’s rentals are all professionally managed resorts by trusted hospitality brands that offer all the benefits of the home rental as well, including things like full kitchens, living rooms, separate bedrooms, washer dryers in-room, etc.

The Ritz Carlton Club St. Thomas lives up to our expectations with gorgeous everything: pools, rooms, property, cuisine, you name it.

We’re Appealing to Groups

KOALA is well positioned to welcome families and groups of vacationers in search of space and value without compromising safety or certainty. Think of KOALA as Airbnb 2.0. 

The flawless grounds at The Grand Luxxe at Riviera Maya are only matched by the quality of the entertainment provided to guests; Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya is home to the first resident Cirque de Sole show in Latin America, “Joya” as well as a wealth of local live music and themed party nights that showcase the different regions of Mexico.

We’re Highlighting Properties That Are Accessible and Desirable

KOALA is focusing on domestic destinations and Mexico at the moment. Obviously we want to be mindful of how fast the situation is changing, and always encourage guests to do their own research with regards to infection numbers and local guidelines for their destination of choice. KOALA is also working with Newlab to offer proprietary technology on our platform that informs travelers of COVID-19 risks and preparedness at domestic destinations. That being said, our timeshares make it easier to have a safer vacation, wherever you choose to go.

Hyatt Residence Club Beaver Creek, Mountain Lodge, is one of the most breathtaking resorts in the Beaver Creek, Colorado, area. This ski-in/ski-out location is adjacent to Market Square’s new Center for the Arts and within strolling distance of the year-round outdoor skating rink, charming restaurants, and boutiques. 

We’ve Updated Our Policies to Reflect Pandemic Travel Concerns

Originally KOALA had a strict, case-by-case cancellation policy, with the owner having to approve all cancellation requests. Now we offer more flexibility, so owners can select Strict (no cancel), Moderate (61 day cancel with 100% refund) or Flexible (72 hour, 100% refund) for their listings.

When you need a break from the action of Las Vegas, retreat to Bluegreen Club 36 and enjoy the peace and privacy of an elegant 1 or 2-bedroom villa with all of the conveniences of home. 

We’re Making Sure Travelers Know What to Expect on Their Vacation 

KOALA has made all standard operating procedures for brands/resorts available to guests, so they can stay informed of what each hospitality brand is doing to ensure cleanliness and safety protocols. For example, many have implemented contactless check-ins, sterilization and enhanced cleaning protocols, social distancing measures within resort amenities and more.

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